It’s National Lipstick Day!

And anyone who knows me, knows that I am a lipstick addict. A lifetime spent searching for just the right red, not too ‘blue’ or ‘orange’ – if you know, you know!

Mattes, sheer, satin, crème, gloss, lacquer, stain; roses, reds, corals. Could we ever have enough?!

I have more lipsticks than brain cells and fully disclose my addiction. Send me out for milk and I’ll come home with a side of lipstick. I’ve purchased from cosmetics companies all over the world. I am confident to declare myself an expert in lipstick and one of the biggest aficionados on the planet.

My latest find and love is La Bouche Rouge Cosmetics. La bouche rouge means “red lips” in French, and also stands for having a voice, striking a message. They are a clean beauty company and well worth the investment if you’re a lipstick queen. Check them out:

If you want to add a pop of color to your pout, today is the day! Happy Lipstick Day!

What’s July 17th?

It’s National Ice Cream Day – and I will be totally in on this celebration because I love ice cream!

People are picky about their ice cream. Some like pure ice cream, without chips or cookies, no candy or fudge swirls. Nothing but the cream. Others like lots of ‘goo’ as I say – fill it up raspberry truffle chips, heath bars, snickers and cookie dough. That’s me! I’m the latter. I may as well ask for a candy bar with some cream on the side.

Today, anyone can enjoy a frozen dessert. There is no sugar added ice cream for those with diabetes or managing their sugar intake in some way. There is dairy free and plant-based ice cream for those who can’t tolerate lactose or don’t eat anything made from animals.  Anyone can enjoy a trip to the local ice cream stand or supermarket and get something made just for them.

Now, the question is, cup or cone? Do you mind the ice cream melting at record speed on a hot and humid day, dripping onto your fingers, leaving a sticky mess? Or do you prefer a dish, no rush to eat it and no mess to be had? You can take your time, savor each spoonful and not deal with hoping the scoop doesn’t fall from the cone to ground. Something tells me you now know what my preference is – with chocolate sprinkles, please.

On the subject of sprinkles, if you’re from Boston you most likely call them ‘jimmies’. And most likely you know that ‘jimmies’ are credited to the Boston-based ice cream company Brigham’s, circa 1914. According to Karen Cord Taylor in a 2020 Yankee Magazine article, Bostonians consume more ice cream per person than any other city in the world – with or without ‘jimmies’. As a Bostonian who grew up with Brigham’s being a household name, I would not dispute that claim.

Oh, ice cream. No matter how you like it, you love it.

What’s your favorite flavor? Let us know! And be sure to treat yourself to a cone, a cup or a pint this Sunday, July 17th!

Wishing you a happy National Ice Cream Day – and a wonderful Sunday.

It’s National Video Game Day!

Do you have a favorite video game or fun memories of those you played growing up?  I do!

Frogger, Galaxia, Donkey Kong, Defender, Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man – to name a few!  I remember my skate breaks at the roller rink when I would find myself a bit too interested in them, making it tough to get back out there and practice. And I remember killing time before a movie, back when the theaters had sticky floors and seats that creaked, by playing video games. I can picture it like it was yesterday and hear the sounds of each of them.

It sure has changed today and video gaming has elevated to a whole new level of skill. I’d need a 10-year old to show me the ropes. for sure.

I hope that this post takes you for a walk down memory lane. National Video Game is meant to do just that – to commemorate the games that had an impact on our lives, the technical art involved in making such games, and the skill set the pro game players have.

Today is PTSD Awareness Day.

Most people are familiar with PTSDPost-traumatic Stress Disorder. Most people also throw the acronym around lightly, not with malice, and apply it to anyone who is freaked out by something.

However, the reality of this disorder is not to be taken lightly and it is very real. On any given day, we could encounter or interact with one or more persons suffering from PTSD.  Chances are, we may not even know it.

This is why it is important to take a step back and think before we speak, reflect before we come to judgment. Countless people suffer silently, that number rising each hour.  To sum it up – don’t be an anal opening, AKA a*&%hole!

PTSD is usually due to a horrific incident in someone’s life, resulting in chemical and/or neurological changes in brain chemistry.

There IS no stigma. There IS no shame. There IS support.

About 3.6% of adults ages 18-54 have PTSD during the course of a year. That’s 5.2 million people, with women having a higher incidence than men.

Psychiatric care is equivalent, if not more important, than physical care. The body and mind are connected.

Today, June 27, is PTSD Awareness Day – a time to educate and support those who suffer in silence. Play a role in saving someone’s life.

Learn more.