The hidden hiking trails of Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C., provides a wealth of museums, monuments and sights to explore, but sometimes the abundance can be overwhelming. Our advice? Take a day and head outdoors to get your nature fix at one of these urban escapes.”

My first time publishing in American Way, American Airlines’ magazine!! Read here in full: https://www.americanway.com/articles/the-hidden-hiking-trails-of-washington-dc/

Your Dog Could Be the Key To Well-Being During Difficult Times

When you find yourself in trying situations, a good relationship with your dog can make all the difference. Read my first article for Southern Living Magazine featuring Meg Daley Olmert author of  “Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond” here.

“It has grown increasingly common to wonder whether experiencing shortness of breath is a coronavirus symptom or a reaction to the ongoing news. Indeed, the resulting worry and stress is undisputedly taking a toll, negatively impacting our mental well-being. I’ve discovered my dog is a special source of calm. The steady hum of her predictable routine and loyal affection helps me balance the drumbeat of these hard times. ” 

 

“I make up to $500/month selling macrame!” Featuring Deb Mellema, Macrame Nest

EDB3EC3F-6C3F-43B9-86F0-F57409E2411E_1_201_aDeb Mellema couldn’t have guessed the craft she loved doing as a teen would provide a creative outlet and cash in her 50s.

“When my 30 year-old daughter said she was excited about this cool new thing she’d seen on Pinterest called ‘macrame’ (a crafting technique that uses knots to create various textiles), it made me laugh because I’d grown up doing it!”

Read my latest lifestyle clip,  all about Deb Mellema’s small business Macrame Nest in full here at Woman’s World July 2020 Deb Mellema, Macrame Nest.

Enjoy The Perfect Picnic With These 5 Things

3C109CA4-21A1-44A4-B06F-6B98528AD187_1_201_aThe simple things can be that much sweeter with the right gear.

The grass and food in the great outdoors — it’s a humble concept, and yet Kate Winslet says going on a picnic is one of the things in the whole world that makes her happiest. Curious?

It’s time to heed summer’s soft call to trade your air-conditioned lair for nature and experience the rejuvenation that comes with placing a tasty spread on a blanket under a tree.

Read in full at AARP The Girlfriend.

How Worry Was Hurting Me And Those I Love Most

4F5A12B4-200D-41D1-94CD-547A2A5F0FACNote: This article was scheduled for today’s publication months ago, well before the world turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike ever before, it’s nearly impossible not to feel the weight of stress and worry bearing down. If you’re like me, there was always “enough” worry to contend with before the pandemic erupted. How much harder it is today to breathe deeply and stay calm while stuck indoors, digesting the daily news and facing the unknowns of coronavirus fallout. This personal story includes wise words from a friend and from a seasoned therapist, but if needed don’t hesitate to call the CDC stress-anxiety hotline for help.

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On social media I recently posted the meme, “Didn’t get much sleep last night but I did get a few solid hours of anxiety in,” followed by a trail of laugh-cry emojis. Many responded, piling on with a lot of LOLs and high-fives, much as I’d encouraged.

But truthfully, I wasn’t laughing on the inside. Worry wasn’t just waking me at night. Its presence was coloring my mood and clouding my judgment about what to say and how to say it. My worry was more than my problem — it was seeping into my family life and poisoning the air. It started innocently enough when my first child was born and intensified as my second appeared.

Read in full on AARP The Girlfriend.

 

 

I Love This Deep-Dish Pizza So Much I Even Made It for Thanksgiving

“Imagine receiving a deep-dish pizza pan and bootleg recipe for Chicago-style Giordano’s pizza as a wedding gift. Twenty-eight years ago, we did, and it’s been the most cherished of all our wedding gifts. We’ve amassed dozens of memories, hosted countless guests for dinner parties, and have made it the centerpiece of book-club dinners and high school friend reunions. We made it the night before our youngest left for college, at his request.

But one of the most memorable pizza parties was the time we skipped the turkey and served deep-dish pizza for Thanksgiving. It was such a rare and unexpected Thanksgiving day that our guests still talk about it.”

Read in full at The Kitchn.

3 Skin-Care Tips for Dealing With Melasma

“In my 40s I noticed my skin gradually changing to reveal light splotchy shadows around the sides of my face and over my upper lip. Summer’s unforgiving sunlight seemed to intensify their appearance. My dermatologist diagnosed me with a mild case of melasma, a skin condition that commonly appears when hormones are in flux, and prescribed Retin-A.

Now in the throes of perimenopause at 50, my melasma continues to be on my mind. In my youth I battled zits to achieve a great complexion. Today, my focus is on addressing discoloration in order to maintain healthy, clear skin.”

Read in full on AARP Disrupt Aging.