I Love to Drink!

Bonnie's PostWater that is…well wine too but that’s another post.

I drink a lot of water.  Water for my morning tea every day, a glass of water with my lunch and even if I am drinking wine with my dinner I am also drinking water with it too.  I keep a glass or bottle of water handy wherever I am.  The last thing I do before I go to bed each night is to fill a glass of water to put by my bedside in case I wake up thirsty in the night.  I bought one of those stainless steel water bottles to take with me when I go to the gym.  It holds about 1 liter and I can go through it easily while I’m at the gym.  Every time my husband and I go for a long road trip the first thing we make sure we have stocked in the vehicle is water.

It is something that is so common and available to me.  I look out my front window onto a large beautiful freshwater lake.  I can pour pure clean water into my glass from a tap in my home…whenever I feel like it.  Not a big deal right?  Well it is a huge deal for the one billion people on our planet that don’t have access to clean drinking water.  One billion people!

I’ve recently visited the Children’s Safe Drinking Water website and was shocked at some of the statistics I read there.

  • Everyday more than 4,000 children in developing countries die, simply because they don’t have clean drinking water.
  • More than 1 billion people do not have access to safe water.
  • Diarrhea caused by drinking contaminated water remains a leading cause of illness and death among infants and children in the developing world.
  • About 1.8 million children die every year due to diarrheal diseases.
  • More children die from diarrheal diseases like cholera and dysentery than from HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

P&G Pur It isn’t all bad news though because there is a great solution being offered.  It’s the PUR packet.  A quick, simple and easily transportable way to clean dirty water.  The PUR packet turns 10 liters of dirty potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water.  It is small and easy to transport so it can reach a large population easily.  The PUR packet was developed by Proctor and Gamble in collaboration with the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and is considered an effective technology by the World Health Organization.  Please visit the website for more in depth details as well as some interesting videos demonstrating their use.  It is really worth the visit.  pur_02

I discovered that the packets only cost 10 cents each and that each one equals 10 liters of clean water.  $1 gives a child clean drinking water for 50 days.  $7.50 gives a child clean drinking water for 1 year and $30 (US) gives a family clean drinking water for a whole year.

I’ve just donated to give a family clean drinking water for a year.

Now as I appreciate my clean drinking water with every sip I take I will raise my glass and say “Svaha” to those little PUR packets.



Girlfriends Youthful Secrets

Tracy’s take~

As I age it gets harder and harder to look young and fresh.  Some days it’s hard to look in the 10X mirror, but I wouldn’t live without it or all hell would break  loose!  I want to age gracefully!  I have been told my entire life I have never looked my age  (or was it never acted my age? hmmm)  so I guess what I am doing is working.  We’re here today to share with you what we do to try to maintain a certain level of youthfulness.

1~ I think you need to start from within, for sure, by drinking water all day long.  I don’t know about you but I see the difference in my skin Tracy moisturizingwhen I am not hydrated.  It looks similar to an orange peel.  Drink water!

2~ I also run and get exercise at least 4-5 days a week.  It gives you a natural glow and brings fresh blood to the surface of your skin so you look healthy.  You feel good which definitely shows in your attitude and you have energized your mind, body and soul.

3~ I ALWAYS take off my make-up before bed and moisturize day and night. I wish now I had listened to the lady in the mall years back when she said make sure you also do your neck…curses!! Do your neck, too.  You’ll wish you had!

So Bonnie, what’s your secret to looking so great over the years?


Bonnie’s two cents~

Why, thank you, Tracy.  Assuming, as you all now must because you can’t really see me, that I do look good for my age, here are some things I’ve learned:

1~ I recently learned, through my hair dresser (thanks Meeshala!), that I should take about 15 minutes and blow dry my hair properly.   What this means is that one hand must pull my hair through a large round brush while the other hand holds the dryer on it.  This results in my hair having more body but it eliminates frizz.  Wow! I can’t believe how much better I look without the frizz and more importantly I can’t believe I went for so many years not knowing this simple beauty tip.  I must have missed that issue in one of my magazines!

2~ Have you ever noticed that older people lose their whiteness?  No, they don’t suddenly dance well.  The whites of their eyes dull and their teeth do, too.  I don’t recommend doing this every day but on special occasions I always use eye drops to brighten my eyes up.  I also don’t recommend over whitening your teeth (George Hamilton/Tracy) but I’ve found using a good whitening toothpaste for everyday works well (I use Arm and Hammers Extra Whitening and also rinse with Listerine Extra with Whitenol).

3~ The very best beauty secret I know of is to smile.  Seek joy in your life and you can’t help but smile and then you automatically look beautiful.  You can’t help it, it radiates out of you.

I know what Tracy means about the neck.  We’re now entering the era of…turtlenecks.  It will be a little uncomfortable this summer.  Whatcha got for us Jacquie?

Jacquie weighs in…

Are you guys for real?!!!!  Seriously?

OK… exfoliation is key, I’d say.  At least once or twice a month I strip down to my undies , tie my hair up in a ponytail and roll down the length of my asphalt driveway a few times.  Great way to smooth down those rough elbows and knees.

I love going out for sushi and I always ask for extra wasabi (green Japanese horseradish) on the side to bring home.  Makes a great toner when my blonde highlights begin to look a bit faded and coppery and a little bit mixed into my foundation and dabbed under my eyes corrects the bluish dark circles I get after late nights boozin’ with the gals.

This last one is my personal fave.  I hired a very talented and discreet lighting director to follow me around holding up soft focus gels and filters so that I’m only ever seen it the best possible light.   Smoke and mirrors ( slathered in Vaseline, of course) works well, too.