Cynthia Roberts, Romance Author

Your Metabolism Nightmare

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Life is a struggle in of itself … contending with a metabolism that will just not cooperate with you no matter what you do to lose those extra pounds is enough to drive anyone absolutely bonkers.  Losing weight can be a nightmare.

What contributes to this nightmare? Well,  it depends on the individual. A simple blood test could disclose whether you are experiencing a thyroid problem or diabetes. Undue stress, a high count of toxins in your body, resistance to insulin, after effects of a hysterectomy and the dreaded stages of menopause can all be factors. If you have the slightest inclination one of these might be the underlining cause, make an appointment with your primary physician and get yourself checked out right away. Otherwise, you may be looking at a change in your lifestyle or, your eating habits.

Making the commitment to try and lose weight will require some major adjustments in your life. Call upon the support of your circle of friends and family to help you get over those humps that always seem to get in your way. Ask someone to walk with you after dinner, work out at the gym or, take a class in aerobics, yoga or dance to burn off those extra calories. Knowing that it will take time and some patience on your part, is the first important step. It took you a while to gain the weight, and it certainly will not melt away overnight.

Foods you are digesting could also be a major reason for why your metabolism is burning in slow gear. Your body will most certainly add on the pounds if you do not eat the foods that will increase body heat to turn the food you have consumed into energy. The quickest way to rev up your metabolism is eating foods high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamins.

If you are of the mentality that cutting out a meal and decreasing your caloric intake will help you lose weight, it is farther from the truth, especially if you have a slow metabolism to begin with. This only makes your body work harder storing energy for later when it needs it. Changing your mindset, what you eat and when you eat it, will make your body function like the burning machine it is meant to.

The most important meal of the day is a healthy breakfast as it kicks your metabolism into jump start and along with regular daily exercise, you are creating a win-win situation. Remember, exercise does not have to be strenuous to make a difference. It could be as simple as walking three to four times a week. Once you put all of these easy solutions together, you will see that knowing and understanding how your metabolism works is not a nightmare after all.

How Important Is Your Recovery When Exercising?

Whether you are a pro-athlete getting ready for a high-level event, a weekend warrior with a strong penchant for sports, or a routine gym-goer determined to get or stay in shape, recovery is a key factor of training.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what kind of shape you’re in, everyone might feel exhausted, achy, completely drained, and even slightly nauseated after an intense workout and training session.

How do you recover?  Do you down 2-3 nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) like Aleve, Advil, or Ibuprofen?  Do you suck down a Red Bull or other popular energy drink brands before or after?  Even just one energy drink can harm your blood vessels, studies suggest. Years of research have identified a variety of serious health risks associated with downing a couple of energy drinks, such as liver damage, increased blood pressure, tooth erosion and more.  Taking the pain pills above with daily regularity can cause chronic kidney disease known as interstitial nephritis.

If fatalities from these poisonous results were arranged independently, they would be ranked the 15th most common cause of fatalities in the U.S.  CBD Oil is the best most natural and organic choice and shown to have numerous benefits such as:

  • Alleviates pain
  • Manages inflammation post workout
  • Topical CBD creams applied straight to muscles offers deep tissue rejuvenation
  • Muscular tissues expand and recuperate best throughout deep sleep cycles which cannabinoids in CBD have relaxing and sedative qualities
  • Anti-Emetic effects in decreasing nausea during and after workouts
  • Antispasmodic properties eliminating muscular spasms that can strain muscle mass and cause dehydration and injury

CBD Oil is making its presence known in the sports and fitness world changing and improving the health and well-being of active individuals worldwide. 



Pets & Bowel Inflammation

Most household pets afflicted with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) or Syndrome (IBS) are generally middle-aged or into their senior years.  The cause can be many factors including bacteria, allergens in food they digest, a poor immune system, and even parasites.  Pet foods can and do contain artificial dyes, preservatives, milk proteins, glutens, and artificial flavorings our pet’s bodies can’t digest, causing extreme irritation and inflammation.

One of the safest and best treatment options available today is an organic, purely potent oil processed from the Hemp plant known as CBD. It is an anti-inflammatory that works extraordinarily with each animal’s endocannabinoid system to restore complete homeostasis, which is a well-balanced and maintained physiological system.


Is CBD oil safe for cats, dogs, and horses?

Emphatically, yes! CBD has undergone numerous clinical testing at Colorado State University for tremors, tics, and seizures common to epilepsy, at Cornell University for osteoarthritis and other prestigious institutions as being safe and non-toxic.  It is also known to help in the treatment of cardiovascular problems, skin diseases, anxiety and phobia, controlling nausea and vomiting, and promoting the overall health and well-being of our loving family members.

Dogs, cats, horses, and humans are all warm-blooded mammals who share the same kind of endocannabinoid system.  Because of that, this organic supplement is blowing the doors off harmful compounds and prescriptions on the market today.  CBD can be shared to aid, support, prevent and promote your pet’s full health and wellness.  

CTFO Full Spectrum Hemp Derived CBD oil is:

  • Extracted from farms throughout the U.S. without use of herbicides, pesticides, and   chemical fertilizers
  • Non-GMO
  • Has a 60-Day money back guarantee
  • Science proven third-party lab tested results provided showing all cannabinoids, terpenes, and compounds present
  • Processed using no toxic solvents like alcohol or butane
  • Free of propylene glycol and other synthetic chemicals that degrade the potency of our oil for pets

At CTFO, we make sure our customers receive the maximum benefits of CBD oil for their pets all formulated with the purest, all-natural blend of homeopathic compounds that facilitate cannabinoid absorption and effectiveness.  It’s important you buy from companies that are GMP certified, meaning what’s on the label will be found in the bottle.  We are proud of our certification.





Healing and Renewing Skin Nature’s Way



There is a multitude of outrageously expensive products on the market today basically targeting a woman’s vanity rather than eliminating the underlying cause of the problem completely.  Now more than ever, women are demanding healthier, organic, consumable and topical products for a reasonable price that will promote healing, rejuvenate cells, and beautify their skin and hair without harmful side effects.

Many have concerns extremely sensitive in nature, affecting how they view themselves or how they suspect others judge and view them.  Such sensitivities are eczema, psoriasis, acne, hair loss, chronic pain, and extreme aging due to lifestyle or neglect.

One compound becoming well known for addressing all those concerns mentioned above is cannabidiol (CBD) and not just for its healing properties.  It has proven effective in reducing the production of sebum in the skin which causes acne.  The anti-inflammatory properties are synonymous with soothing conditions caused by eczema and psoriasis as well.

CBD isolate is the purest version of CBD and best for facial skin because of its purity, doesn’t clog pores, and is packed with skin-rejuvenating antioxidants.  Most importantly is know the quality of the product. Look for products that mention “broad-spectrum CBD”, “full-spectrum CBD” or “hemp CBD” on the label.  Quality is important.  Because this is becoming a billion-dollar industry due to the natural and safe benefits it truly offers over 60% of brands being sold have proven fraudulent.  The FDA has a list of those found to not contain the levels they claimed.  While others have been determined to have class-action suits filed against them for the same reasons.

One sure way to guarantee the purity and potency of the brand is to look for a GMP seal on the bottle or company website, which the FDA has ensured the product is safe for use or consumption, has the ingredients listed and strength it claims noted clearly on its label. 

CBD Unified is a company that proudly displays such a seal on the products they distribute AND at wholesale prices 30% lower than retail PLUS a 60-day empty bottle return policy unheard of in the industry.  Check out some of their testimonial photos of satisfied customers on their Facebook Business Page HERE.

Precious Me Time Ideas For Busy Moms

We all know it’s really difficult for moms to find precious and much needed “Me Time” for themselves. Is that you? Do you rarely take a few moments from your busy schedule to kick back, put your feet up, and simply exhale to help relieve the stress?  Little breaks are probably an afterthought, and understandably so, when carpooling, preparing meals, maintaining a household, nurturing children, working outside the home, and running errands come into play.

Did you know chronic stress can be detrimental to your health, increasing blood sugar and blood pressure levels.  Symptoms of stress also include low energy, headaches, upset stomach, aches and pains, sleep problems, frequent illness, and loss of sexual desire. 

“Mom = Juggler” is far from an understatement! If a one- hour break isn’t doable, a mini-break cannot only be achievable, but it’s also a necessity to maintain a healthy balance in your life. It’s important to remember that you really do need to come first. Niching out a quarter-half hour for you is far from being selfish. You deserve it when you’re at the helm day after day non-stop.

Here are a few easy ways to relax and how you taking pleasure in a quick break is possible.

1. Can’t get out for an hour facial? Why not take a few minutes and pamper yourself with a mini-facial using any number of scrubs or masks available on the market today?

2. Enjoy a little treat of dark chocolate that will give you an energizing boost.

3. Enjoy some favorite tunes. Turn on the radio, create a break away playlist, or make a CD to escape for a quick ride in the car with the top/windows down and let it blare!

4. Find a quiet, relaxing spot to flip through that magazine you just bought or received in the mail. Maybe even read a few chapters of that novel you’ve been dying to start or can’t get back to.

5.  If you’re suffering constant anxiety or any of the symptoms noted above for stress, chronic or otherwise, a preventative and alternative holistic aid like CBD Oil will help promote relief without harmful side effects.  Look for a company in good standing that hasn’t been cited by the FDA.  

Remember. Stop feeling guilty. Your body needs a break, and so does your mind.

Tweezing and Shaping Your Eyebrows Correctly

Did you know it was fashionable at one time to shave one’s eyebrows off completely?  Surprisingly enough, that faux pas resurfaced again back in the late nineties and was very short-lived … thankfully.  Knowing how to tweeze and shape the eyebrow correctly is important to compliment the overall look of the eyes. 

Women have been known for years to follow what fashion magazines dictate, even if the latest and hottest trend isn’t the least bit complimentary.  Young teens today follow their favorite celebrities as if they were gods despite how gaudy or unflattering the style or beauty trend may prove.  Shaving eyebrows, should not be one of them because you’re taking a gamble they will not grow back. Unless you lose your brow hair due to fire or medical reasons, no one should shave off their eyebrows… not for the love of a celebrity or to be fashionable.

Eyebrows really do serve a purpose. No one is born with perfect brows and they need to be redefined and reshaped. The only way to accomplish this is to tweeze, and wax later if you choose once you create the definition and shape right for you. The eyebrow contours the eye. Bushy, unshaped brows are less than attractive and can downplay the soft line of the eye.

Follow the natural shape of your brow and tweeze those hairs that sprout between the eye and outside and below the natural brow line. The diagram provided with this article is a perfect example of how to determine your individual shaping.  Apply a wet washcloth (warm-hot) to help open up the pores, tweeze hair one by one with an angled-tip tweezer, pluck in the direction that hair grows naturally while holding skin taut with the finger of your other hand. Tweeze until the brow is clearly defined, not ragged, following along the natural brow line. Don’t forget to remove those hairs growing between your eyes at the top of your nose.

After plucking, splash with cold water or use witch hazel on a cotton ball to close the pores and soothe the irritated area. If red & swollen, apply a cold compress or ice. Do not apply makeup for at least thirty minutes. The best time to tweeze is in the evening before bedtime. Always brush brow hair upward to check any new growth and stray hairs you may have missed.

To tweeze or, not to tweeze, is up to you. But please, don’t shave!

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The Trouble With Heels

HEELS… can’t live with them… can’t live without them… just got to learn how to tolerate them, wear them, and keep them as part of our wardrobe, right?

Now, reality check. They hurt, and they hurt really, really bad after strutting around in them for an entire day and even night. The question is, do you sacrifice style for comfort? Most women would probably reply, “Ah, heck no!”  Women love them because they make their legs look longer and their body slimmer.  They love them because they know men think they are hot.  Women love them because they add “chic” to their outfits. There is just no denying that a good looking pump or, stiletto can make our calves look fantastic and sexy as heck.

One might thank all those wonderful shoe designers for causing all this misery.  The American Podiatrist Medical Association tells us the best solution is simply tossing them out with the trash. Here are some hints that may prove more helpful than tossing out your favorite pair of Jimmy Choo.


  • Granted a shorter heel (up to 2 inches) is right for comfort and health. Just keep in mind anything higher is going to place undue pressure on the ball of your foot and frontal bones. If you have to go with the height, try kicking them off when you can and keep a pair of flats/slippers under your desk for relief.
  • Did you know A-listers including Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Kim Kardashian, rub a CBD cream or roll-on on theball and arches of their feet, when they know they’ll be wearing their heels for a while.  They are some of CBDs biggest proponents. 
  • Believe it or, not, many women will sacrifice a smaller size because they fell in love with a certain style and the store doesn’t have a pair left in their real size. Also, it’s important to have your foot measured ever so often. Feet can grow as we get older and also longer and wider after pregnancy. You have to make sure there is at minimum a thumbs width between your longest toe and the shoe tip for the proper room.
  • Pointed & Narrow Squared toes may be the fashion but, rounded toe shoes allow your toes to lie flat and spread out naturally. If you can’t, then at least try and alternate once and a while. Pointed & narrow squared toes can cause joint pain, bunions and wrench your toes inward.
  • Many fashion shoes only come in a standard width. If you have wide feet, obviously this will cause a problem. If you love the style so much and must have them, a shoemaker can usually stretch them to widen the toe box to enhance comfort.
  • Think about cushioning. You’re on our feet more than ever and many shoes come with less than adequate padding. You have felt that unbearable burning on the balls of your feet once or twice already. It is pretty obvious it will happen again if you continue to wear them because heels shift the weight fully right to that area.

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Holiday Safety Tips For Your Pets

The holidays are certainly known as a time for excitement especially, while preparing for all the upcoming activities, meals, and decorating.   If you’re a pet owner, you also need to keep in mind just how festive plants, lighting or other changes around your house can affect your pet’s safety. Listed below are some tips that’ll keep your pets safe from harm this holiday season.

1. Electrical Cords

Generally, holiday lights and decorations mean cords scattered about the house. Pets are certain to be tempted to play and chew. It may be a good idea to unplug cords when you’re away to minimize the risk of electrocution.

2. Keeping Food Out of Reach

Oh, how we love to eat all those delicious foods and desserts. Let’s not forget the festive drinks as well.  It’s important to remember, there are a host of delicacies dogs and cats shouldn’t eat because it could make them sick. When you’re clearing the table and counter, try to wrap and store items quickly and take out the trash.  Our pets are tempted easily and if it smells enticing, they’ll do anything to get to it.   

3. Ditch the Candles

Candles lit about the house are charming and festive.  They can be dangerous when left unattended around pets because of their playfulness and curiosity.  You might want to consider opting for battery-lit candles instead to help keep everyone safe during the holidays.

4. Holiday Plants

Plants such as mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias could cause your dog or cat to have cardiovascular or gastrointestinal issues if ingested. It’s best to avoid the temptation, then ending up losing a pet or paying a very high vet bill if an incident occurs.

5. Updating Vaccinations and IDs

It’s a good idea to ensure your pet’s vaccines are up-to-date, especially if you’re planning to travel. You should also ensure their identification tags include your current home address and contact information. This can be helpful in case they accidentally get loose or slip out the door as guests come to and from your home.

6. Creating a Safe Space

Consider creating a specific area or room where pets can go to escape from the hustle and bustle of visiting guests.  Too much commotion can be overwhelming and stressful especially when overly-rambunctious children are around. 

7. Decorate With Safety in Mind

Holiday trees and other decorations can be a safety hazard to your pets. Cats and dogs may be interested in dangling decorations and lights on holiday trees and could accidentally knock the tree over from playfulness.  Avoid stringing lights and decorations on low-hanging tree branches, or anywhere else within your pet’s reach, to help deter chewing and strangulation. Avoid tinsel, as it could cause an intestinal blockage if ingested.

8. Keep Emergency Numbers Handy

Being prepared if the unexpected happens is important. Keep contact information for your veterinarian, a 24-hour pet hospital, and the Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) easily accessible in case of an emergency.  It’s better to take extra precautions than to be sorry later. 

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The Allure of Vanity Tables Never Dies

Antique vanity tables were perfectly named for the purpose in which they were intended, a station for the primping and beautification of its owner. Even though its heritage is as vintage as its name, its usage has remained pretty much the same throughout the ages while its design has been updated to match modern-day trends.

I had a vintage vanity many years ago that belonged to my mom. It was given to her when she turned thirteen years of age back in 1940. I so loved and used it for close to twenty years. It broke my heart when I had to give it away after my marriage ended and the apartment I moved into couldn’t accommodate the space needed to keep it. I regret, even still today, having to depart with it. The history of the vanity table is intriguing as is, how its design has changed over the years. I hope you enjoy the collection I’ve accumulated in this YouTube video and would love to know in the comment box below, which style is your favorite.

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