DVD Spotlight: ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies: 30th Anniversary Addition”

SYNOPSIS:FAIRFAX, VA — For thirty years, the inimitable Richard Simmons has been helping people lose weight (more than 3,000,000 pounds and counting) and get healthy with his unique enthusiasm, charm and encouragement.  Since opening his first aerobics studio in Beverly Hills in 1974, he has cemented himself in America’s pop-culture psyche with 65 fitness videos (selling over 20 million copies), dozens of infomercials, nine best-selling books, myriad parodies of his over-the-top persona, and seemingly endless TV and film appearances.  And, on October 31, Time Life celebrates the iconic weight loss guru with a landmark DVD release: RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.  The set will be available for $39.95srp, exclusively from Amazon.com.

“So many sparkly tank tops – so many memories.”
— Richard Simmons

The energetic 6-disc set includes the complete collection of Simmons’ best-selling Sweatin’ to the Oldies workout programs.  Pairing lively classics from the ’50s and ’60s with rockin’ low impact routines and Simmons’ humorous banter, encouragement and sparkly tank tops, SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION offers fun for the entire family.  Across five discs, home exercisers will find forty-one exercise routines set to rock n’ roll classics such as “It’s My Party,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and more.

Loaded with extras, this special anniversary set also includes 100 minutes of bonus programming featuring an exclusive interview with Richard, testimonials and success stories from Simmons’  students, a full-color 20-page album of rare personal photos and memories personally selected by Richard and a bonus disc of “Love Yourself and Win — Six Steps to Self-Esteem & Permanent Weight Loss.”

Says Simmons’ “I can’t believe it has been 30 years since the beginning! For the first time ever, I have compiled the complete “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” collection…It’s the original and still the best way to get your heart racing and your blood pumping!”

Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose millions of pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.  And, since the early ’70s, when he established his innovative weight loss facility where the overweight of the world were welcome with open arms, Simmons has become a pop culture fixture with numerous local and national television and radio appearances including a four-year run on “General Hospital,” followed by his own nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning series, “The Richard Simmons Show.”

With the overstuffed holidays coming potentially adding on unwanted pounds, there’s never been a better time to become re-acquainted with one of the best-selling home entertainment fitness series in history with RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

MY THOUGHTS: My mom & I were always big fans of Richard Simmons. From the ‘Deal-A-Meal’ Program to ‘Sweatin’ To The Oldies’, we’ve made weight loss a priority with Richard. Besides his shining smile and award-winning personality, what always stuck with me was how sincere he came across. Every guest, every participant received his 100% attention and he was never afraid to reach out to hug people. His loving guidance is what sets Richard apart from the countless fitness instructors that have come along.

He never put his name on anything that didn’t work. Committing to helping people was his goal and not just his job. He had fun, that’s for sure, but it was always with a purpose. He endured the ribbing from comedians and imitators for a greater good. I wonder how many of them are platinum-selling stars? No matter how many how-to videos you purchase, it’s impossible to have MORE fun than you do when you’re ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies’. These DVDs are simply timeless. You will get a great workout. You will have fun and you will never forget Richard Simmons.

Thankfully, Time Life has offered all 6 DVDs in one awesome collection so that a whole new generation can experience his unique, effective workouts. Thank you, Richard Simmons, for all you’ve done for all your fans!

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.
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**We received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Mouthwatchers : Simply Better Toothbrushes

Not all toothbrushes are the same. But, if you’ve ever stood in front of the rows of them in a dental care aisle, there are enough types to make your head spin! First, there are electric vs. manual. Then, there’s different bristle types. Asking your dentist doesn’t always help. SOmetimes you get differing opinions amongst the staff. Bottom line is: everyone wants a quality toothbrush that does a good job at leaving your mouth feeling clean.

Most consumers don’t want all those gimmicks and bells & whistles. Give me a straight answer on a good toothbrush. Finally, a company has done just that! Mouthwatchers delivers a simple promise- ‘A Better Toothbrush For Better Health’. They offer a full line of toothbrushes: power, manual, and a folding travel brush. Developed by Dr. Ronald Plotka, what sets these brushes a part from the rest is the ‘antimicrobial dual flossing bristles’.

That’s a mouthful to say, pun intended, but it also means a lot when it comes to dental health. Unlike their competitors, the bristles on these brushes eliminates 99% of bacteria that accumulates between brushing. Honestly, the thought of bacteria developing on your brush may not have occurred to you. But, when it comes to dental health, it’s a big deal. Using Mouthwatcher allows you the freedom of knowing your brush is clean & ready for every use.

Now, as for the bristles, everyone has a preference. Usually, consumers chose between a firm or soft brush. What you may not have considered is the size of the bristles. I certainly didn’t. But, Mouthwatchers is 1 micrometer thin at the tip of the brush. This small size lets ut go super deep into the areas around your teeth. The result? More debris is removed, less plaque accumulates, and say goodbye to gingivitis. My youngest noticed a difference in the first use. He said he felt like he really brushed his teeth. Nice and clean were the adjectives he used.

For those who prefer a power toothbrush, the antimicrobial, flossing bristles are the same as with the manual. The only difference, obviously, is that the brush oscillates. This provides an even deeper cleaning. Most of the time, when a product is this good, it’s expensive. Not so with Mouthwatchers. With their MSRP of $4.99 for manuals to $24.99 for the power packs, dental care is completely affordable. I’ve paid more than this for lesser quality brushes.

I’ll completely sold on a product if I know it’s good for my family AND they’ll use it. Being that our son enjoyed it, I know he’ll implement it into his daily, dental routine. I can also feel good about the fact that his brush is antimicrobial and cleaning his teeth better than ever before. I highly recommend that you give Mouthwatchers a try.
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When Your Diagnosis Becomes Real

Receiving a diagnosis for a disease is a whole lot different from having a doctor tell you that you have strep throat or a sinus infection. With those, an antibiotic has you feeling better within a few day. No, a diagnosis leaves you with that feeling in your stomach (like you just ate too many pancakes). Your mind whirls and you feel flushed. Then, the gears of your brain start immediately switching to combat mode. How can I get out of this? What do I do?

While every diagnosis is uncomfortable, the worst, to me, is receiving a diagnosis of a disease that A.) has no cure and B.) is progressive. For awhile now, I have lived with the knowledge, albeit in the back of my head, that I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Because my visible tremors aren’t that bad, I often forgot I was dealing with it at all.

Most days, when pesky symptoms popped up, I blew it off as something entirely unrelated. That all ended yesterday. For the last 2 weeks, I have gotten very little sleep. On average, I’ve been getting 2 to 2-1/2 hours nightly. I sucked it up and plowed through. I pushed myself daily, refusing to nap or even sit. Instead of sleeping, I was constructive, doing things that wouldn’t wake the family or reading up to 3 books a night. The reason for my restless nights was easily explained, I thought. Each night, an hour after I fell asleep, I was awaken by full body, muscle spasms that not only constricted my body, but hurt beyond belief. One night, I even begged God to either manifest a healing in me or take me home. Home as in Heaven. I couldn’t take the pain. I’m not even embarrassed to admit it!

Buster was my rock through it all. When I broke down crying, he must have thought some ‘thing’ was hurting me. He ran literal circles around my body as I lay on the floor. Growling and barking at invisible force that was hurting his mommy, he, too, spent the last couple weeks without sleep. I so love him. But, this isn’t something Buster can chase away. No, it was time to admit that I needed serious help.

I should add that my doctor ordered a battery of tests back in January. I have found every reasonable excuse to not get the tests done. Then, I began to rationalize that some magical blood test held the cypher to my pain. Of course, they didn’t. But, on Thursday of this past week, I got the tests done. Having a lab in her office building allows my doc to get results fast- usually the same day. But, again, I procrastinated until yesterday. I called and was told that yes, she had the results and I needed to speak to her.

Initially, all was good. She called right away. My A1C has dropped to a non-diabetic level. Sweet! My cholesterol was great. Awesome! Then, she asked as she always does, how I felt. I took a deep breath and told her the whole ugly truth. Being that she has a heart of gold, she didn’t say ‘I told you so’ or ‘Duh’ or any thing even close. She simply said, ‘Are you ready for some help?’. Yes, yes I am.

She knew right away that everything I am feeling is PD-related. So, we had to take a step I hadn’t been ready for at this point. I am going to start taking meds specifically for my disease. Am I happy about it? No, no I’m not. Am I scared? Yes, yes I am. Mostly because I know that once you begin a dopamine regime, you’re stuck with it. There’s no turning back. No second thoughts. My body doesn’t do it’s job in the dopamine arena. So, now, it’s official and real to me.

I had to tell my husband, who didn’t take it well. I know he’s worried about the future. So am I. But, the sun still rose this morning. God is still on the throne. He can still manifest a miraculous healing in me. Even if I have to wait for complete healing until He calls me home, I’m holding on to that promise. I will have my weepy days and my pity parties. But, I will take one day at a time.

BeardGuys For A Perfectly Groomed Beard

All 4 of my boys have facial hair. My husband has had a beard & moustache since I met him. All three sons have followed suit. In fact, at 14, or youngest has more facial hair than any of his peers.

In all honesty, I never gave much thought to beard care. Shaving cream was about the only product that I’d really thought about. But, now they’re going to be spoiled. They’ve just discovered BeardGuyz Beard Care Products.
Being that my husband and youngest are the only two males (besides Buster) left still living at home, they got to experience all the benefits of BeardGuyz. Both tried all three products, the wash, deep conditioner, and beard scentz. Both had the same opinion- BeardGuyz Beard Care rocks!

Starting with the wash: they first thing you’ll notice is the scent. It is fabulous. If you think regular face wash or shampoo is good enough for beards, you’re sadly mistaken. This beard wash is a daily use product. Containing 35 natural and organic ingredients. That may seem like a lot, but it’s a winning number. The product description will tell you how it removes impurities and gently cleans. I can say with certainty that my husband, a contractor, ends up with sawdust, paint, and other chemicals, in his beard. After using the wash, he could see and feel a difference. I could, too. Being that he & our son have sensitive skin, they have to be careful with skin care products. Both of them were able to use it without issue.
Next up, we have the Deep Conditioner.
Each of my guys has coarse beard hair. My husband has touches of gray throughout( they drive him bananas). So we were excited to see that the conditioner is geared for both these issues. It contains 25 oils, butters, extracts, vitamins & conditioners. I most definitely noticed a difference, especially in my husband’s beard. His is much thicker than our son’s, but even the younger one’s beard looked more groomed and smooth.

My favorite of the products was the Beard Scentz. The fragrance is AMAZING! It’s perfectly sized for back-to-school, gym bags, or office drawers. It’s easy to use and convenient. Containing Tea Tree, Thyme and Manuka Oils for moisturizing, it’s an extra boost for keeping beard hair smooth. I think it’s cutting edge time-release technology is fabulous. Eliminating odors and bacteria will keep them fresh & smooth throughout their day.

If you’re creating a care package for a son who’s going to college or getting a high schooler ready for the new year, BeardGuyz has some phenomenal products. Surprise your husband or boyfriend with a complete grooming collection. Visit the BeardGuyz website for full details & product info.
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My Year of Firsts

I will be 40 this year. I have no idea where the last decade went. It has NOT been an easy decade for sure. So, this year I decided that I would take every opportunity to try new things this year. It’s not a bucket list. It isn’t a wish list either. But, when an opportunity presents itself, I will jump on it. It’s a promise I made to myself.

I’ve been taking stock of things, internally, lately. I figured this would pull me out of my slump, get me moving more, & maybe, just maybe, motivate our youngest to try new things, too. Now, some things might not be big things. In fact, most won’t. I suppose my theory is to just do things. Having two debilitating diseases, one of which is progressive, makes a person re-evaluate a lot of their time and effort. The bottom line is that if my body is going to be tired anyway, I might as well give it a good reason to be tired!

A hinderance for me has always been anxiety. Whether it’s caused by or in addition to, my diseases, the doctors can’t specify. But, I do have issue with crowds, strangers, etc. Wal-Mart is a literal nightmare for me. So, some of my firsts are going to challenge me. I know that. It also takes me twice as long as my husband & son to get somewhere we’re walking to and I am usually exhausted a whole lot quicker. So, the firsts will be a physical challenge too.

So far, I have done some small things. I ate at our local VFW with a crowd of people there. It was a major step for me. However, the people were pleasant, the food was fantastic, & we had a good time. I also tried yoga for the first time. But, I did The Yoga Prayer. Basically, it’s yoga but at times when one would meditate & such, Biblical Scriptures are read along with a Christian prayer. It lasted 45 minutes. It was tasking, difficult, but motivating & I felt accomplished when I’d finished. For a few of the poses, I did have to change a bit. There a just a few things my body can’t physically do.

Win, lose or draw, I hope to accomplish a lot more as the moments arise. If nothing else, I feel like I have a goal for the year. Hopefully, I will have a much fuller list when 1/1/18 arrives!

Unexpected Reactions to Medicine

My husband and I are nearing 2 decades of marriage. Over that time, he’s had a few ear problems, a headache here & there, and one or two bouts of the flu. Other than penicillin & Tylenol, he isn’t a medicine type of guy. Now, he’s a year away from 50 and has begun to have some arthritic issues. Most notably, the cartilage in his neck is gone.
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