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39 posts from June 2011

June 30, 2011

Women Have To Stop Beating Themselves Up

By Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman 

FrustratedWoman Women are incredibly hard on themselves. We are — smart, successful, attractive, benevolent — but for some reason we feel like we are never enough so we beat ourselves up.

Okay, this nasty secret is out in the open.  Too often we feel selfish, lazy, and guilty that we just don't give enough.

Research shows that women are generally kinder, more nurturing and empathetic to others than men. At the same time, they’re meaner, more dismissive, and critical of themselves.  What is all that saying about us?

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June 29, 2011

Diana at 50 Sends Chills Down My Spine

by Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman

Diana at 50

Princess Diana would have been 50 this month. So, Tina Brown at Newsweek, thought it would be a good idea to photoshop Diana on the cover and write an article on what life at 50 would look like.

The Newsweek cover featuring Princess Diana walking alongside Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is surely an intention getter.  Tina is good at that.  

The comments about the article are not good.

The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post ran brief posts and corresponding reader polls on the "jarring" cover image. Nearly half of the L.A. Timesreaders polled find the image "horribly offensive," and 60 percent of HuffPost readers think it's "a bit too much!" Twitter agrees. The top trending tweet comes from Janice Turner, a columnist for The Times of London. She tweeted, "Astonishing. Why didn't Newsweek just row to Althrop island, exhume & snap Diana's rotted corpse?"

What do you think?

June 28, 2011

Real Cougar Tips For A Long Term Relationship

Smiling couple In this day and age, when women 50+ are the largest demographic initiating divorce, remember there are couples who do make it through.  My husband and I have many rocky patches in our relationship but both of us feel we are better together than we would be apart.  That's an important consideration and one that shouldn't be taken lightly.  

When you are with a spouse that shows you he cares, that makes you feel like you are not alone, you're fortunate. Both men and women want to feel like their life matters.  We all need that especially when the going gets rough.  Knowing there is someone there to support you, no matter what, means everything.   

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June 27, 2011

George Clooney & Other Commitment Phobes

George Clooney Just days after George Clooney’s girlfriend, told an Italian magazine she wanted marriage and children, her beau appears to have run away.

Meanwhile, Hollywood actor Owen Wilson is said to have split from Jade Duell, the mother of his five-month-old son, reportedly because, at the age of 42, he’s ‘not ready to commit’.

Men like Wilson and Clooney maintain control over every aspect of their life. Their work, time with their friends and interests are all carefully factored in.  So when a woman’s feelings start running too deep or a baby demands too much of their time, they no longer fit neatly with his expectations.

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June 25, 2011

Money Loves You - Open The Door And Invite It In

By Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman

Money loves me Money is energy. Money loves you and wants to be a part of your life.  If you want to attract it - stop sending out those negative vibes. Worrying about money doesn't help.  

Women tend to worry more about money than men.  We are also less confident in making our own investment decisions. Men enjoy learning about investments while we would rather go shopping.  

Only 53% women in a recent survey said they have a handle on their cash flow and spend less than they make each month. By contrast, 71% of men made that claim. Only 36% of women say they regularly pay off their credit card balances in full, compared with 61% of men.

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June 24, 2011

Makeup Is No Substitute For Loving Myself

Kelly Head Shot by Kelly Falardeau

A couple of days ago I was looking at pictures of burn survivors and noticed how many of the women were wearing lots of makeup to hide their scars.   Whenever I see someone with too much makeup I wonder what they are trying to hide. It's almost like a mask of protection.

I am a burn survivor and I don't like to wear makeup,  Here are the  reasons why: 

The first reason is -  I hate the way it feels on my face.  It doesn't make me feel beautiful.  So, if that's how I feel why would I use it to cover up my scars?  Would I be doing it so other people think I look better? I don't need the approval.  I feel beautiful because of me, not the makeup.

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June 23, 2011

Bottled Water Can Kill You

by Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman 

Bottled water 
This is important!!!

Bottled water in your car or left out in any kind of heat is very dangerous!

On the Ellen show, Sheryl Crow said that this is what caused her breast cancer. It has been identified as the most common cause of the high levels of dioxin in breast cancer tissue. Sheryl Crow's oncologist told her: women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle, which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue.

So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left out anywhere it could get really hot or in a car. Pass this on to all the women in your life. This information is the kind women need to know that just might save them! Use a stainless steel or a glass bottle instead of plastic!


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Summer Sheer: What’s Underneath Makes The Difference

by Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman

Sheer Summer is here.  The hot, humid weather has arrived and wearing sheer clothes helps keep us cool.  But - it only looks good if we know how to work it with the proper laying piece.

Flashionista.com is a site that delivers relevant appealing content to women who are interested in reinventing themselves. In this article, they wrote they provide us with a complete picture guide on how to wear sheer. Here's what we have to do. 

Generally a blouse will hit from about 4 inches below the waist to mid hip. Tunics can go from 27 inches to 30 or even longer. To minimize hips look for a style that stops around the top of the hips or covers them completely. Anything that stops mid-hip is likely to accentuate because it creates a horizontal line at the widest part of the body.

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June 22, 2011

Women, Love and Money According to Forbes Woman And Your Tango

According to a new survey conducted by ForbesWoman and YourTango.com 75 percent of women would not marry someone who was unemployed, and 65 percent said they would not feel comfortable getting married if they themselves were unemployed. 

“With the recent unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent, joblessness is an increasingly pervasive issue—especially for women as they consider the fiscal and emotional stability of their romantic future,” said Andrea Miller, founder and CEO, YourTango.com. “From money woes to resentment, joblessness can create great strain on relationships.  Before women enter into a lifetime commitment, they want to feel secure in what their partner can bring to the table.” 

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Alpha Females Are Lagging Behind At Work

by Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman  

WomanAtWork-hires Women of today are a match for any man.  But  when we achieve high level positions we have to keep our female traits intact.

Researchers at the University of London found that women in the boardroom who suppress their natural skills in dealing with people can become confrontational, and they would fare so much better if they tapped into their feminine qualities of sensitivity and good communication.

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