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      Here's To Staying Connected

      Here's To Staying Connected

       

      “I’ve been isolating.” That’s what my friend said to me the other day.

      “That’s why I stopped by. I could tell you were in isolation mode.” I answered.
       
      We ended up having a wonderful couple of hours of conversation, some laughs, some tears and some great coffee cake and tea!
       
      It was just as good for me, as it was for my friend.
       
      As we age some of us tend to become more withdrawn.
      People have a fundamental need for socialization and inclusion.
       
      Whoever you are and whatever your age, it’s important to socialize. It has been proven that leading an active social life can protect you against memory loss as well as many chronic illnesses. Spending time with others, engaging in stimulating conversation, and staying in touch and connected with family and friends are good for your brain health, as well as overall health.
       
      Although there’s nothing like a face-to-face conversation and human contact, even video-chatting is a good alternative.
       
      Those with the most social interaction, experience the slowest rate of memory decline and illness.
       
       
      Here’s some ideas of things you can do with friends or family:
       
      Take a walk
      Make a lunch or dinner date
      Enroll in a class
      Join a group
      Join your community center
      Engage in a sport
      Play a board game
      Card games
      Go to the park
      Invite a neighbor over
      Museums
      Movies
      Go to a play
      Call an old friend
      Or set up a video chat!!
       
      Please comment and share your ideas with others!  ~
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      June is Alzheimer's & Brain Health Month

      June is Alzheimer's & Brain Health Month

      As many of you know my life has been touched by this devastating disease. I’ve made it my mission to bring awareness to others. In honor of my parents and my husband, I am summoning friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and customers to help bring an end to Alzheimer's disease. Sometimes all it takes is being aware.
      Here’s something you can do right now for your brain.
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      THE BRAIN LOVES BLUEBERRIES AND EXERCISE
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      Adding extra blueberries and a regular exercise routine goes a long way. Anthocyanins in blueberries have been found to help delay cognitive decline and improve overall brain function. A 2018 study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease found the lack of exercise sped up the deterioration of important nerve fibers in the brain, which resulted in weaker white matter and lower brain function.
      Grab a handful of blueberries and go for a walk, even better take a walk with a friend!
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      This Saturday June 9th my husband and I will be speaking at Maria Shriver's - Women's Alzheimer's Movement event, Move for Minds in Los Angeles!

      The Petite Capsule Collection!

      The Petite Capsule Collection!

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      When we started our online journey a year and eight months ago, I never dreamed we'd be where we are today. We are so grateful to all of our devoted followers and thrilled that you love what we're doing! People magazine even called us a cult! Our Dream is to make the "Magic Pants" for everyone! Slowly but surely, we're getting there. 
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      My dear friend Janet Gunn, purveyor of the beautiful Grateful Gardenia blog and website, approached me not too long ago, about doing a Petite Capsule Collection. I loved the idea, but I didn't think we were quite ready. Simultaneously, we were getting hundreds of requests to make our pants in Petites!
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      Everything that has happened for my brand has been very organic, and this was no different. I took it as a sign. 
      Introducing, The Grateful Gardenia Petite Capsule Collection!
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      Plus Size and Tall are not far behind. With a little gratitude and a big dream, there's nothing you OR we can't do. 
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      XO
      Franne
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