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11 Aug

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, most teens have positive mental health, but statistics show that one in five teens will have or have had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their lives.

Problems with mental health usually start early in life. In fact, over half of mental health issues begin by age 14. Normal teen development includes a wide range of emotions. It is common for teens to experience stress or anxiety over friendships, school, relationships, sports and home life. If overlooked without establishing healthy ways to deal with these emotions, the effects can be detrimental and even life-threatening.

The effects of poor mental health can lead to anxiety, depression, substance use, violence, anger issues, poor decision making and even suicide. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year-olds. 

To help combat these challenges and assist youth in developing better resilience skills, a group of local teens have been working to host a countywide youth summit this fall, and are seeking middle and high school students to join the planning committee.

The Power to Transcend Routt County Youth Summit seeks to prevent depression, other mental health disorders, substance use disorders and suicide by helping teens to focus on healthy alternatives and building positive, happy and healthy lifestyles.

The full-day event planned for this fall is being led by a group of youth volunteers operating under the guidance of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, a community resource for substance abuse prevention in Northwest Colorado. The group meets twice a month to organize the details of this year’s event titled “Burst the Stigma.”

The summit will feature a keynote speaker and multiple breakout sessions.  The focus of the conference is on the serious topic of mental health, but the workshops are designed to be fun and interactive with activities.

Those looking for a way to benefit the mental health of teenagers, flex leaderhship skills or build their resume should consider joining the Power to Transcend Routt County Youth Summit planning committee.

The next planning meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Rocky Mountain Youth Corp Center off of Captain Jack Drive. For more information, contact Emily Craig at craige@steamboatmountainschool.org or Lindsey Simbeye at executivedirector@grandfutures.org or 970-819-7805.

Emily Craig is a senior at Steamboat Mountain School.


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11 Aug

Have a few extra-large zucchinis? Stuff them with Italian sausage, onions, garlic, tomato, and fresh breadcrumbs, and bake!

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Elise Bauer

Fellow gardeners, you know this tale well. You step away from your garden bed for one minute (or a weekend) and come back to find a monster zucchini hiding in the greenery.

Sometimes the plant warns you. Regular zucchini production starts slowing down, odd for early summer. The reason? All of the plant’s attention is going to feeding that one humongous, baseball bat of a zuke.

Fortunately, those ginormous zucchini are perfect for stuffing!

Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini RecipeItalian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini RecipeItalian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

How To Make Stuffed Zucchini

Making stuffed zucchini is easy. You just cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, and scoop out the insides, leaving a shell to stuff with whatever your heart desires.

This week my heart desired Italian sausage, so my friends, this is what we are using to stuff this particular zucchini.

We brown some Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and some of the zucchini insides, and mix it with fresh breadcrumbs, basil, tomatoes, oregano, and Parmesan cheese. One egg is all you need to bind the stuffing together.

Into the oven go these stuffed zucchini boats to bake for 40 minutes. Yum!

Make-Ahead Stuffed Zucchini

Need to make ahead? You can easily stuff the zucchini a day ahead of time. Just stuff the zucchini, keep it chilled, then bake right before serving.

And this is a meal in and of itself—no real need to serve it with anything else!

Zucchini tends to become watery and mushy when frozen, so we don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

More Ways to Stuff a Zucchini!

Updated August 11, 2019 : We spiffed up this post with some additional tips to make sure its foolproof. No changes to the original recipe. Enjoy!

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

You can stuff the zucchini a day ahead of time and bake right before serving.

Ingredients

Method

1 Preheat oven to 375°F.

2 Cook the sausage: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. Add the sausage, and gently cook until it is mostly (but not completely) cooked through.

Stir frequently and break up the sausage into smaller pieces while it cooks. Remove to a large bowl and set aside.

3 Prep the zucchini: Cut the zucchini in half. Use a metal spoon to scoop out the insides of the zucchini, leaving the zucchini shell about 1/4-inch thick. Remove and discard any thick seeds from the insides you’ve scooped out.

Chop up about a cup of the remaining zucchini flesh. (Whatever remains beyond a cup use for another purpose, discard, or compost.)

4 Cook the onions and garlic: You should have 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan (rendered from the sausage). If not, add more olive oil so that you have at least a tablespoon of fat in the pan, and heat on medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more.

Add the chopped zucchini and cook a minute or two more, remove from the skillet and add it to the bowl of sausage.

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5 Make the stuffing: Add the rest of the stuffing ingredients to the sausage and onions.

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6 Stuff the zucchini and bake: Place the zucchini halves in a baking dish and add the stuffing. (At this point you can make ahead, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.) Add 1/4-inch of water to the bottom of the pan, which will help zucchini cook evenly and prevent the bottom of it from drying out too much in the oven.

Bake at 375°F for 40 minutes. Let sit to cool briefly before serving.

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11 Aug
NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
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NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner
NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner

Broadway

NARS Broadway High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single stroke, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer. The texture was smooth with excellent glide but never felt too creamy or emollient, so the liner didn’t move around as it set into place. It wore well for eight and a half hours on my lower lash line before I noticed it looked a bit thinner.

Rodeo Drive

NARS Rodeo Drive High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a light-medium gold with moderate, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture seemed to have good glide, so it didn’t pull on my lash line, but it had weak adherence, so the product went on unevenly and was difficult to build up. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was buildable to medium to semi-opaque pigmentation, but it looked patchy at all times. The color lasted well for eight hours on me before fading visibly.

Sunset Boulevard

NARS Sunset Boulevard High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep gold with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was fairly buildable; it looked opaque when applied to my lower lash line from a normal viewing distance but close-up, there was a little patchiness. The texture felt smooth and comfortable to work with as it didn’t tug or pull at my lash line, yet it wasn’t overly creamy either. This shade stayed on well for eight hours on me before thinning noticeably.

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11 Aug

Las Vegas Aces star Liz Cambage penned an impassioned personal story in The Players’ Tribune on Sunday, describing her battles with depression and anxiety and how it has affected her playing career in the WNBA.

“My mental health played a role in my decision on where to play this year,” Cambage wrote.

Cambage was traded from Dallas to Las Vegas over the offseason. She said that she wanted to be closer to her family on the West Coast after Wings’ head coach Fred Williams was fired.

“I knew that my support there was gone,” Cambage wrote.

The 27-year-old is a three-time All-Star and led the league in scoring last year. She admitted that her mental health has kept her from the court at times:

First, on Saturday against the Wings, and then again on Monday against the Mystics. I took a DNP-Rest….. but here’s the truth of what it should have said:

DNP-Mental Health.

Cambage wrote about how the All-Star festivities in Las Vegas took a toll on her, and that she had an anxiety attack after struggling in the first game after the break.

She called on the WNBA to have the same access to the new NBA policy that requires every team to have a mental health professional on staff. Cambage believes that everybody should have access to mental healthcare.

“But at the same time, I won’t lie — it’s disappointing to me that we’re praising anyone for “progress,” when so many women are being excluded from it,” Cambage wrote. “I mean….. doesn’t the WNBA deserve this same program?”

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11 Aug

MAC Under the Covers Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with moderate, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, but it had to be built up to get to full coverage. The texture was lightweight, emollient enough to glide on without tugging but not enough that it felt slippery when worn, so it adhered well and was comfortable to wear. There was a touch of product that sank into my deeper lip lines, which wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. It stayed on nicely for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating over time.

  • Colour Pop Canoodle (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • bareMinerals XOX (PiP, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Chandelier (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Guerlain #06 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Bobbi Brown Uber Pink (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Bobbi Brown Angel (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Éclair (DC, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • Chanel La Secrete (61) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Shiseido Coral Shore (RD309) (DC, $28.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • MAC Tres Blasé (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.1 oz. – $190.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a “lighter-than-air texture” with “all-day moisturization” paired with “intense color and soft shine.” They had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage in a single layer, and most of the shades applied evenly and smoothly to my lips without emphasizing lip texture or sinking noticeably into my lip lines.

The texture was very lightweight, lightly creamy without too much slip, yet there was a distinctive shine to the finish. The luminosity wore down within an hour or so of wear. The formula seemed like a cross between Amplified and Cremesheens, yet there was no tackiness, and the Love Me formula was much lighter and thinner (without being clingy). The wear has ranged from three to six hours and has been lightly to moderately hydrating. They had a sweet, vanilla scent (typical of the brand) but no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Love Me Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline WaxCera MicrocristallinaCire Microcristalline, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Vanillin, Bht, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Red 27 (Ci 45410), Red 28 (Ci 45410), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

MAC As If I Care Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had good color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly across my lips without tugging, but it was shy of full coverage in one stroke. The lipstick had a lightweight, thinner texture that wasn’t clingy and had enough slip to be comfortable to apply and to wear. There was a smidgen of product that sank into my deeper lip lines, and I felt like the texture was less forgiving of lip texture/imperfections. It wore well for four hours and was lightly moisturizing while worn.

  • Estee Lauder Power Mode (410) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
  • Laura Mercier Sophia (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Bobbi Brown Bitten (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Still Crazy (P, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • Estee Lauder Poesie (215) (LE, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Maui Wowie (P, $7.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Guerlain #77 (P, $33.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar).
  • Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (DC, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar).
  • Cle de Peau Silk Thread (P, $65.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Givenchy Rose Flanelle (202) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.1 oz. – $190.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a “lighter-than-air texture” with “all-day moisturization” paired with “intense color and soft shine.” They had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage in a single layer, and most of the shades applied evenly and smoothly to my lips without emphasizing lip texture or sinking noticeably into my lip lines.

The texture was very lightweight, lightly creamy without too much slip, yet there was a distinctive shine to the finish. The luminosity wore down within an hour or so of wear. The formula seemed like a cross between Amplified and Cremesheens, yet there was no tackiness, and the Love Me formula was much lighter and thinner (without being clingy). The wear has ranged from three to six hours and has been lightly to moderately hydrating. They had a sweet, vanilla scent (typical of the brand) but no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Love Me Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline WaxCera MicrocristallinaCire Microcristalline, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Vanillin, Bht, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Red 27 (Ci 45410), Red 28 (Ci 45410), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

MAC Bated Breath Love Me Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with strong, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that adhered evenly to my lips without emphasizing lip texture. The consistency was lightweight, emollient enough to prevent tugging, and felt thin (but not clingy). It lasted well for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn.

  • Dior Ultra Crave (843) (P, $37.00) is less glossy (95% similar).
  • Sephora Labyrinth City (09) (P, $8.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Chadwick (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Natural Born Leader (LE, $19.50) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Tom Ford Beauty Kyra (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Nude Fudge (LE, $19.50) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Charlotte Tilbury Dangerous Liaison (P, $34.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar).
  • Sephora Matinee (30) (P, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • NARS G*psy (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Bite Beauty Jicama (DC, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$19.00/0.1 oz. – $190.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a “lighter-than-air texture” with “all-day moisturization” paired with “intense color and soft shine.” They had semi-opaque to fully opaque color coverage in a single layer, and most of the shades applied evenly and smoothly to my lips without emphasizing lip texture or sinking noticeably into my lip lines.

The texture was very lightweight, lightly creamy without too much slip, yet there was a distinctive shine to the finish. The luminosity wore down within an hour or so of wear. The formula seemed like a cross between Amplified and Cremesheens, yet there was no tackiness, and the Love Me formula was much lighter and thinner (without being clingy). The wear has ranged from three to six hours and has been lightly to moderately hydrating. They had a sweet, vanilla scent (typical of the brand) but no discernible taste.

Browse all of our MAC Love Me Lipstick swatches.

Ingredients

Polybutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline WaxCera MicrocristallinaCire Microcristalline, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Vanillin, Bht, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400), Carmine (Ci 75470), Copper Powder (Ci 77400), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Red 27 (Ci 45410), Red 28 (Ci 45410), Red 30 (Ci 73360), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

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11 Aug

A task force’s study of whether Macomb County Community Mental Health should operate as an authority instead of a county department has drawn opposition from a union.

The Community Mental Health Board, with support from the county Board of Commissioners, formed a task force earlier this year to review the pros and cons of establishing an authority for operations.

A separation would take the county “off the hook” in case CMH is placed into a deficit position by the state, said county Commissioner Phil Kraft. But it also could be a disadvantage to employees because they would be working for a much smaller governmental unit.

Donna Cangemi of Local 411 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, represents 160 therapists, case managers, psychologists and clerical workers, among Macomb CMH’s 360 employees.

“We’ve made it pretty clear we are against authority status,” Cangemi said. “We are still asking the question, what does the authority have to gain? Nobody has yet to show to us what is the benefit of going to authority status. My biggest question is, what money will be saved?”






Phil Kraft

Macomb County Commissioner Phil Kraft

If an authority is approved, union employees for one year would work under its existing contract but a new deal for union workers would be negotiated.

“You’re always in a better bargaining position with a larger unit,” said Camgemi, noting employees likely would see a decline in benefits, such as contributing more for health care.

MCH Chairwoman Kathy Vosburg, a member of the task force, said that aspect of a potential transfer makes consideration of the move “more political.”

Vosburg, a former chairwoman of the county board, said she is in favor of looking at the separation from county government but wants to see the outcome of the group’s study.

“I don’t have an opinion one way or the other,” she said. “What I am concerned about is whether people will continue getting the services and will they receive them in the best possible way.”

Kraft, R-Chesterfield Township, agreed: “The goal is to provide as many or much serves as possible.”

CMH, among other things, funds care for those with developmental or behavioral health disabilities. It, like other CMH agencies across the state, is funded via Medicaid dollars distributed by the state.

Macomb CMH, which has its administrative offices on Hall Road in Clinton Township, is the only one in the state receives Medicaid funds that still operates under the umbrella of county government.

Kraft said the “driver” of the renewed consideration was the state’s 17-percent reduction of funding to Macomb CMH four years ago.






Kathy Vosburg

Kathy Vosburg, chairwoman of the Macomb County Community Mental Health Board.

Macomb CMH has seen its allocation go from $219 million in 2014 to $184 million in 2018; the amount arose to $194 million this year, and the same amount is expected for next year.

MCH officials say the decrease hasn’t necessarily reduced the number of people it serves has impacted the amount of services each recipient has received.

“We cut back on some services and used some reserves,” Vosburg said.

Vossburg said the biggest drop in services has been for temporary care for a developmentally disabled person when his or her caregiver – typically a family member – wants or needs to take a break for a week or two.

Macomb County subsidizes the CMH budget with an approximately $5 million annual contribution. The county by law would continue with its subsidy under an authority.

Vosburg said creating an authority would allow it to ask voters for a millage.

The county board, in a resolution creating the task force in June, says officials are “concerned about the sustainability of the current model to provide the best services for the people served in order for them to live as independently as possible.”

CMH “seeks best practices in order to maintain sustainability, longevity, and most importantly, the undisputed continuation of services” to the recipients, the board said in the resolution approved at a meeting in the county Administration Building in Mount Clemens.

The task force is expected to complete its work by the end of the year, Vosburg said. A report will be forwarded to the CMH board, which will make a recommendation to the county board for a decision.

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11 Aug

The New York Times has a vested interest in maintaining the narrative – not just in politics and popular culture, but in the current medical dogma as well. The Received Wisdom must be defended, even if it’s plainly wrong. The latest wrong thing: the poisonous nature of dietary protein.

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11 Aug

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11 Aug

A dance program is offering Kentucky veterans with mental health issues a way to ease back into civilian life.

The state’s Department of Veterans Affairs estimates thousands of Kentucky veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. The program being offered in Louisville is called Dancing Well: The Solider Project.

Men, women and children are swirling in this demonstration of Dancing Well. It’s part of a Veterans Administration Health Expo in Louisville. 

Deborah Denenfeld is calling out the steps.  She’s a dance educator who created Dancing Well four years ago. 

“The psychiatrist who worked at Fort Knox contacted me thinking that perhaps I would come and call a couple of evenings of contra dancing for the soldiers,” said Denenfeld.  “He thought that perhaps the movements and the music would help improve their memories.

Contra is similar to square dancing, but it’s done in two long lines. Denenfeld decided to adapt very basic community dances to meet the physical and emotional needs of soldiers with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI.  

“People have issues with balance and vertigo, and that affects what I teach,” she said. “So if there’s a swing, I will show them how to do a very simple, two hands, walk around, slow swing.”

Denenfeld got advice from dance therapists. She got good feedback from the Fort Knox sessions, and then had a 10-week session in Louisville a couple of years ago. So far, about 20 veterans have taken part in Dancing Well. 

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11 Aug

In celebration of DermStore’s recent relaunch, we’ve partnered with them on this giveaway, which features many of my favorite skincare products.  The relaunch, which features a new logo, look and feel, comes on the heels of the retailer’s 20th anniversary and continued commitment to carrying top brands and promoting the love and education of all things skincare.

I’ve been shopping for skincare from DermStore for years now; it’s typically where I purchase products from brands like Avene, Dermalogica, Eminence, Skinceuticals, SkinMedica, and Sunday Riley.  So, you can bet that I’m excited to give away some of my favorite skincare products that have been generously provided by DermStore.

The Prize

The following products are all ones I’ve personally tested and really enjoyed over the years!  I’m a huge, long-time fan of Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, which I first purchased in 2017 and have repurchased three times since. Sunday Riley UFO Ultra-Clarifying Treatment Face Oil is one of the few staple products in my routine; the combination of salicylic acid and tea tree just really works for me, and the texture of the oil is perfection. It’s another product I started using in 2017 and have continued to use since (I think I’ve gone through five or six bottles at this point, and I actually have an active subscription for it through DermStore–that’s real commitment!–which saves 15%).

Products like CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Avene Redness Relief Cream SPF 25, Avene Hydrance Optimale SPF 25, and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream are all products I’ve gone back over the years.  CeraVe is reliable brand for more affordable products, and their cleanser is perfect for gentle cleansing (I’m currently going through a bottle as my morning cleanser).  I often purchase Avene moisturizers for suncare, as the texture is lightweight and comfortable and works well under makeup (I got a tip from readers here back in 2017 about Avene’s moisturizers!).

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream has the texture of a higher-end cream but with the quantity/price tag ratio that’s a bit kinder to the wallet; my husband has worked his way through a few jars over the last two years, and it’s one I often add back into my routine in the winter–we always have at least one jar as backup!  My husband loves Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Shower Cream-Gel, which we’ve gone through a dozen or more bottles of at this point; I really enjoy the way it lathers and feels during and post-shower.

Finally, the inclusion of one haircare product: Alterna Caviar Leave-In Heat Protection Spray, which is what I’ve been using the last few months before I blow dry my hair–I’m even more cautious and diligent about protecting my hair from damage since I started bleaching and coloring it.

Full List:

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