Broadway is back and we are going to The Smash Hit SIX Again!!

I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked if I was going to get tickets to the London theater smash hit Six AGAIN.  It’s reopening on Broadway and we have a block of tickets in the Mezzanine on October 25th at 8pm.  Each ticket is $150. Email me to save your spot.

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power! SIX is the global sensation that everyone is losing their heads over. The New York Times says SIX is “pure entertainment!” and Evening Standard hails SIX as “the most uplifting new British musical I have ever had the privilege to watch.”

4th of July Easy Vanilla Ice Cream…

After this heatwave we can all use a little ice cream, especially to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday. I saw this recipe in a blog post last week and bookmarked it to share with you. This is so easy and fun for all the family to make together. You can also add any of your favorite mix-ins to the ice cream to make it even better! Some favorites are Oreos, crunchy cereal, brownies, peanut butter cups, etc. Bon Appetit!!!

Adapted from food network

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Ice Cream:

One 14-ounce can sweeten condensed milk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Pinch fine salt

2 cups heavy cream, cold

  1. Whisk together the condensed milk, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Whip the cream with a mixer on medium-high speed until firm peaks form, about 2 minutes. Fold about 1 cup of the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture with a rubber spatula until combined, then fold the lightened mixture into the whipped cream until well blended. Pour into a chilled 9-by-5-by-3-inch metal loaf pan (I love this one), and freeze, covered, until thick and creamy, like soft-serve, about 2 hours. Swirl in any desired mix-ins with a spoon. Continue to freeze, covered, until solid and scoopable, about 3 hours more.

Christmas Cards In July? Only With This Offer from Basic Invite of course!!!

Honestly, with the task of Christmas/Holiday cards, you can never start too early…..I just started working with the stationary company Basic Invite, Truly Custom Invitations. The Holidays are when most people create a personalized card that tells their family’s story for the past year. So much time is spent picking out just the right card, with the right sentiment, with the right design, and the just-right family photo(s). Most recently Basic Invite sent me their new Custom Christmas Card and Custom Holiday Card assortment. I know there are so many online card options but besides their unbeatable prices and value, plus innovative products found nowhere else, here are a few other reasons why I chose to partner with Basic Invite to tell our family’s 2021 story:

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Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost UNLIMITED COLOR OPTIONS with instant previews online. Once you select a design, customers can change the color of each element on the card. With over 200 colors to choose from, your finished product is sure to be exactly what you want. This is what sets Basic Invite apart from almost any other online stationery company.

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Basic Invite lets you see instant previews that allow you to adjust your Custom Christmas Cards or Custom Holiday Cards until they are just right.

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Cities with the best single men: Trends in dating profiles

With the end of the pandemic insight, dating should return to some form of normalcy in 2021. The last year of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Americans to embrace online dating as their primary way to meet new singles with in-person dating being several limited.

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Kingsmen Beard Club recently released a new study just in time for Valentine’s Day to highlight some of the biggest dating app trends in 2021. In the study, they analyzed more than 3,500 Tinder profiles of men living in 31 of the biggest American cities to learn more about single men in America and what the typical dating profile looks like.

They focused their attention on the main profile picture compiling insights into more than a dozen characteristics, including smiles, facial hair, attire, selfies, kids, and cars.

Highlights include:

  • 71% of men wear casual attire in their main profile picture. 20% dress like a slob and only 9% wear formal attire.
  • 61% of men’s profiles have some sort of facial hair, while 39% are clean-shaven.
  • Surprisingly, 53% of men hide their bodies in their main picture.
  • Smiles go a long way to making a first impression, however, only 51% of men smile in their main picture.
  • Top cities for single men: 1. Denver 2. Washington D.C. 3. New York 4. Indianapolis 5. Nashville.

Let us further explore what they found in their analysis.

The Fundamentals

Naturally, they looked at facial hair first. Sixty-one percent of men who were analyzed have some sort of facial hair, while 39 percent are clean-shaven. They seemed to take a very liberal view of what exactly constitutes facial hair. They included everything from a couple of days of chin stubble to a full on mustache. Since they included many types of facial hair, they categorized facial hair in two categories “heavy facial hair” and “light facial hair”. In order for facial hair to be classified as “heavy facial hair”, it had to be full coverage and something so thick that you could run your fingers through.

The next part of the analysis looked at smiling. A smile can go a long way for both men and women. Many women like a guy who smiles as it can make them seem approachable and trustworthy. In the analysis, Kingsmen Beard Club found a mixed bag between men who smile and those who do not in their main dating profile picture. They found that 51% of men smile in their main profile picture, where 49% do not smile.

Anyone using a dating app in 2021 is probably going to make a snap judgment on swiping left or right based on what they see in the main profile picture. Because of this it makes sense for many people, both men and women to try and show off to make a lasting first impression. When it comes to men, more men choose to hide their body in their main profile picture than not. The analysis found that over 53% of men do not clearly show their body off in their main profile picture.

The next part of the analysis looked at how men dress in their dating profiles. Kingsmen Beard Club found that a majority of men dress very casually in their main profile picture. This may be as a direct result of the pandemic, but the numbers were surprising. 71% of men had a casual look in their profile picture, where 20% were dressed like a slob and only 9% had formal wear in their main picture.

The last consideration among the fundamental part of the analysis looked at men taking selfies. Selfies are convenient and during the pandemic, they are more prevalent than ever. They found that 47% of men used selfies as their main profile picture, where 53% did not.

Other notable trends

It additional to the fundamentals listed above, they noticed some other notable trends in men’s dating profile pictures.

  • 9% of men use a selfie taken in their car.
  • 9% use a selfie taken in the mirror.
  • 5% of men go shirtless in their main profile picture (we thought it would have been higher!)
  • Only 4% pose with a dog.
  • 3% pose with a group of friends.
  • 2% pose with their can or a motorcycle.
  • Only 1% post with their children.
  • Men posing with cats, guns, and fish show up in less than 1% of all dating profiles.

The top cities for single men\

Kingsmen Beard Club ranked the top cities for single men based on the highest number of men’s profiles that they deemed as the “Total Package”.

They defined the “Total Package” as smiling in their main profile picture, showing their body, not a slob, not using a selfie picture, not shirtless, not posing with a group, not at the gym, not in a car, not posing with a car and not using a mirror selfie. Overall, they found that only 17% of men in the U.S. met the standard of being a “Total Package”.

Listed below are the top cities with the % of men defined as the “Total Package”:

  1. Denver (26%)
  2. Washington D.C. (26%)
  3. New York (25%)
  4. Indianapolis (23%)
  5. Nashville (23%)
  6. Austin (21%)
  7. Philadelphia (21%)
  8. Columbus (20%)
  9. Minneapolis (20%)
  10. Atlanta (19%)
  11. Phoenix (19%)
  12. San Francisco (19%)
  13. Seattle (19%)
  14. Boston (18%)
  15. Detroit (18%)
  16. Baltimore (16%)
  17. Chicago (16%)
  18. Cleveland (15%)
  19. Memphis (15%)
  20. Portland (15%)
  21. San Diego (15%)
  22. San Jose (15%)
  23. Dallas (14%)
  24. San Antonio (14%)
  25. Charlotte (13%)
  26. Cincinnati (13%)
  27. Los Angeles (13%)
  28. Jacksonville (12%)
  29. Las Vegas (12%)
  30. Miami (11%)
  31. Houston (10%)

Methodology

Between December 18-31, 2020 Kingsmen Beard Club analyzed the first profile pictures of 3,100 heterosexual or bisexual men between the ages of 24-35, living in one of 31 American cities. For each city, a sample size of at least 100 men was used.

The analysis was completed used a premium Tinder account with no history and a verified profile. In order to not bias or our analysis towards certain characteristics, we exclusively swiped left on all 3,100 profiles.

**** This study was provided by https://kingsmenbeardclub.com/

CBD Oil and Migraines: An Information Breakdown


CBD is one of the active agents in the hemp plant, and studies show that it helps to lessen migraine pain. Unlike THC, cannabidiol does not cause a high but brings about many health benefits, including pain reduction.  So, let’s analyze cbd oil and migraines as they relate to your well-being.

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Overview

Some common migraine symptoms include distorted vision, vomiting, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light, loss of appetite, etc. Most adults experience migraines at some point in life. Currently, about 33 million Americans suffer from chronic pain caused by migraines.

Migraine-related pain is quite unbearable and can disrupt one’s health. It can lower your productivity and ability to focus. Some researchers link migraines to stress; hence, people often want a faster and more natural way to get relief.

That said, studies into CBD oil and migraines shows cannabidiol could help lower the pain. In comparison, a prescribed drug may limit the pain but with side effects. So, CBD hemp oils a safer alternative.

What Causes Migraines

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Scientists believe that certain diets like chocolate, wine, and cheese trigger migraines. Again, people that often experience stress, fatigue, and anxiety are at risk of developing a migraine. Hormonal imbalance caused by injury or trauma could also trigger this chronic pain. For example, some women would experience a headache during menstruation because of hormonal changes.

Exposure to high altitude and pressure changes could result in a migraine. High-intensity light conditions and antidepressant drugs can also fuel migraines. Meanwhile, many studies support the use of CBD oil for migraines.

Beneficial Properties of CBD Oil

The brain secretes signaling molecules like histamine, dopamine, serotonin, and melatonin. The body needs these hormones to function well. For example, histamine controls allergic reactions, serotonin lifts mood, and melatonin causes sleep.

Meanwhile, plant cannabinoids like CBD are signaling molecules. Studies show CBD is a neurotransmitter and could influence the activities of the human endocannabinoid receptors. The cannabinoid receptor function is to keep the cell balanced despite changes in external conditions.

Humans have two special receptors, named CB1 and CB2. The brain has the highest CB1 receptors, which interact with THC, causing people to get high. However, CB2 receptors exist in the immune system and nerves and alert the brain for any cell conditions change.

So far, there are conclusions that CBD hemp oil is highly active around CB1 and CB2 receptors. Again, cannabidiol can alter the behavior of these receptors. That’s to say, CBD can promote or prevent the binding of body cannabinoids. It can also delay signal transmission between neurotransmitters, producing a certain physiological effect.

Besides, CBD may prevent the body from absorbing anandamide, which regulates pain. Of course, high concentrations of anandamide in your blood result in pain reduction. What’s more, CBD limits body inflammation, and, in turn, lowers pain and immune dysfunction.

Many people already use CBD oil for pain, making it a viable option for combating severe headaches. Since hemp-derived CBD doesn’t contain THC, you don’t feel high when using CBD oil for migraines.

Research and Studies into using CBD Oil for Migraine

The first research into using CBD oil for migraines took place in 1985. Luckily, the study revealed that CBD and THC’s combination delayed the release of serotonin, which causes migraines.

Recently, scientists stated in the European Journal of Neurology that CBD hemp oil is more effective for treating migraines than regular medications. And the best part is that cannabidiol doesn’t cause severe side effects in most people.

In 2016, 127 migraine patients received CBD and THC combinations; after that, the pain reduced by 55%. In comparison with a group that took the usual antidepressant drug, those with CBD responded positively.

A 2017 study into cannabis and cannabinoids also showed the positive effects of CBD. Here, 26 people who were addicted to pain killers got Ibuprofen and Nabilone for their symptoms. Meanwhile, Nabilone is a regular medicine mixed with artificial cannabinoids, while ibuprofen is a common pain reliever. The researchers administered each medicine for eight weeks and stopped for the next eight weeks.

In the end, the patients that got the cannabinoid medicine experienced more health improvements than the other group.

However, we still need more studies on the use of CBD isolates on migraines. That’s because existing studies is greatly on CBD and THC combinations.

How to Use CBD Oil for Migraine?

The various forms of using CBD oil for pain include tinctures, vaping, topicals, and edibles.

Some beginners may start with CBD tinctures since they don’t come with the risks of vaping. You can place a few drops under your tongue (sublingual) and hold for a few minutes before swallowing. In this method, you will experience its effect in about fifteen to forty minutes.

Vaping CBD oil might be a faster way to get relief if you’re experiencing migraines at home. That’s because you won’t put others at risk if you smoke outside.

Luckily, smoking is the quickest way to get the chemicals to your bloodstream. This delivery speed makes it the best option for those under excruciating pain.

Most people using CBD hemp oil for migraines prefer edibles because they taste great and are easy to use. Again, edibles have higher cannabidiol concentrations, making it easier for you to take higher doses. Though edibles have lower bioavailability, manufacturers store it in fat to enhance its potency.

As expected, CBD topicals are pretty effective for migraines. They come in creams, balms, and gels for you to apply to the affected skin areas. As mentioned above, when you use CBD oil for pain, it interacts with your skin’s cannabinoid receptors for fast-acting.

Currently, there are some confusion regarding regulations for using CBD oil for migraines. Before you buy CBD oil, speak with a physician to know the right dosage. You should also check with specific state laws as well.

Meanwhile, beginner cannabidiol users can start with the smallest dose and gradually increase their intake over time. Of course, this will allow your body to adapt to the supplement and reduce any possible side effects.

Are there any side effects?

Luckily, studies show that CBD hemp oil consumption is almost free of health risks. Of course, this is one reason many see it as a better alternative to prescription pain killers.

Some people might still experience fatigue, stomach upset, appetite changes after using CBD oil for anxiety or pain. Meanwhile, how you take cannabidiol determines the side effect you might experience. For example, smoking is harmful to your lungs and could cause chronic cough, breathing issues, and wheezing. Besides, people with asthma should avoid vaping.

What’s more, the cannabidiol may interact with medications and dietary supplements like antibiotics and blood thinners. Be mindful that CBD interacts with cytochromes P450, an enzyme that controls drug absorption. Here, the simple rule is to avoid drugs that can interact with grapefruit.

The Legality of CBD oil

The only cannabidiol formula approved by FDA is Epidiolex, created for epilepsy treatment. While this drug is quite effective against epilepsy, it still has a few side effects.

A few of these issues, like fatigue, decreased appetite, and diarrhea, are dose-dependent. It means the problem increases if the dose is high.

Despite being approved by some states in the US, cannabis extracts are illegal at the center. Again, CBD is only legal if it’s hemp-derived and with less than 0.3%THC. It’s worth mentioning that stores are not allowed to make claims of what CBD can cure.

However, in 2018, the Legislatures defined hemp and marijuana, creating room for CBD products to thrive. Still, the FDA is against the use of off-counter CBD products. That’s because you may buy products with high THC levels and impurities, which are is unsafe for use.

Here are some tips to help you buy the best CBD oil for migraines.

  • Make sure that CBD content in the bottle is accurately stated.
  • Check whether the product is hemp-derived.
  • Always ensure the hemp is grown in the US, which is regulated by the Agriculture Ministry.
  • Know the extraction method used, preferably, CO2.
  • Check the company’s website for third party laboratory results.

Final Words

Cannabidiol is a natural supplement derived from the hemp plant. The CBD benefits list seems inexhaustible; it’s non-psychoactive and has no side effects if taken properly.

About CBD oil and migraines, several studies have opened our understanding of the painkilling cannabidiol properties. Meanwhile, migraines can cause severe pain, but using CBD oil for migraines may be the perfect alternative to conventional drugs.

However, the cannabidiol industry is still not fully regulated, meaning you should guard yourself against buying the wrong product.

Some Backyard Lemonaid for the weekend!!!

I have not done a fun cocktail in a while. I saw this recipe and I really wanted to try it. I love homemade lemonaid. Growing up, every summer, we always used to make Countrytime and my mom would serve it in these plastic green glasses decorated with painted lemons all over them filled to the brim with ice.

I cannot wait to fill up a glass and sit on my patio with my feet up reading a new book….Bottom’s Up!!!

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Ingredients

• 4-5 fresh lemons, juiced and strained —about 1 cup juiced•

1/3 cup raw honey, plus more to taste•

4-5 cups filtered water•

12 ounces vodka, or

12 ounces per glass sparkling water (non alcoholic version),

• lemon slices, to garnish

• fresh thyme, rosemary, or mint, to garnish


Directions

Step 1

Stir together lemon juice, honey, and 4 cups of filtered water. Adjust the lemonade to taste and refrigerate until ready to serve.Step 2

Fill your desired glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, followed by 2/3 cup of lemonade. Stir until combined. Add a splash of sparkling water and garnish as you please. If you are making this nonalcoholic substitute the vodka for all sparkling water.