Sunday, February 19, 2017

Men & Marriage: Debunking the Ball and Chain Myth

What Popular Culture Teaches Men About Marriage Is Not Necessarily True

Marriage is not worth it for men. It’s not worth the practical and financial sacrifices, the lost romantic opportunities, or the “lack of freedom.” All in all, a spouse is a ball and chain—of little benefit to any man interested in pursuing happiness and well-being. 

Considering both the latest survey data and the continuing decline in the marriage rate, it’s fair to say that this viewpoint is becoming more entrenched in our society, particularly among younger men.1 But despite its prevalence, the ball and chain view of marriage is simply not supported by the research. Indeed, the benefits of marriage for men are substantial by every conceivable measure, including more money, a better sex life, and significantly better physical and mental health. Yet many men remain ignorant of these benefits, a view seemingly promoted by popular culture.

Read about the health and other many benefits of marriage for me here:
Men & Marriage: Debunking the Ball and Chain Myth


Study Disproves Three Myths about Cohabitation

Sunday, December 25, 2016

New Poll Reveals Which Hazards Increase During Holidays

New Poll Reveals Which Hazards Increase During Holidays 
Allstate finds homeowners not quite prepared for holiday home hazards 

Festive, joyful and togetherness are just a few words that come to mind when thinking about the holidays. However, a new Allstate poll shows “hazardous” should be at the top of the list, too. 
Allstate’s fourth annual national holiday home hazards survey The 2016 Allstate Holiday Home Hazards survey was conducted by FTI Consulting from October 6-16, 2016. The survey was conducted among N=1,015 adults (home/condo owners and renters) and an oversample of N=224 first-time home or condo owners who purchased their very first home in the past year.
reveals homeowners as well as renters aren’t prepared as they could when it comes to protecting their homes during the holidays. Some of the most common pitfalls are leaving temptations for “porch pirates” and sharing too much on social media. (See details below). And in Southern States* specifically, Allstate found the following hazards have the largest spikes during the holiday seasonPercentage change based on holiday season versus non-holiday season homeowners, condo and renters claim frequency for *Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi during the three-year period of Jan. 15, 2013-Jan. 15, 2016, with the holiday season from Nov. 15-Jan. 15. Only hazards that occurred at least 10 times during the three-year period, with positive and statistically significant percentage changes, were included.   :
  1. Bursting Pipes from Freezing 
  2. Fire originating from a fireplace
  3. Smoke damage from Kitchen
  4. Ice Dams 
  5. Glass breakage
“With so much focus on shopping, gift giving and making holiday meals and other preparations, people may overlook simple, but important safety steps to protect their homes,” said Steve Blume, Allstate agency owner. A few precautionary measures can better protect the hosts and their guests:

  • Test smoke alarms and/or carbon monoxide detectors 
  • Inspect home interiors and exteriors (including windows, roofs, gutters and chimneys) for leaks and damage.
  • Keep your home heated above 65 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Limit the number of lights per outlet or power strip to prevent a live Christmas tree fire. 
  • Place a live tree away from heat sources to minimize fire risk 
Not taking proper precautions can lead to costly damage. Allstate claims data shows the median cost of bust pipes from freezing was $5,500, fire-related fires was $10,149 and electrical fires was $22,683
Holiday trips also may become holiday home hazards as travelers often leave behind opportunities for theft. 
  • Consider stopping your mail and/or newspaper delivery before taking a holiday trip.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked before leaving on a holiday trip (Only about 77% of homeowners and renters plan to do this).  
  • Lock all vehicles left in their driveway or garage. 
Think no one will notice you’re not home? Think again. Allstate found the following happens more frequently during the holidays: 
  • Missing Property from garage increases 37% during the holidays (median cost $1,697)
  • Burglary increases 6% (median cost $2,911)
  • Theft from unlocked vehicles increases 2% (median cost $1,177)
SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING – Oversharing can send a message to criminals that a home may be unoccupied. Those who post on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and other popular sites should think twice before: 
  • Sharing pictures of yourself at holiday travel destinations 
  • Sharing details of travel itinerary, such as being at the airport or on their way home 
  • Showing off presents
Taking a few simple steps can be the difference between the holidays being happy and memorable for all the right reasons.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Take to the Stairs and Fight for Air

Registration is open for the 2017 Fight for Air Climb in Nashville

If the stairs don't take your breath away, the view from the top of the Fifth Third Center will. The American Lung Association in Tennessee is holding its annual Fight For Air Climb in Nashville on Saturday, February 18, 2017, and they're looking for hundreds of participants to help them in their fight for clean air for everyone! 

On Event Day, climbers, walkers, runners, firefighters, first responders and supporters of the American Lung Association will climb Fifth Third Center in downtown Nashville. The participants will challenge themselves to climb 29 flights of stairs, 644 steps, while raising money to help support the fight against lung diseases. 

The registration fee for the Fight for Air Climb is $25 through December 31, 2016; and $35 after January 1st. For $45, thrill seekers can take part in the new Power Hour Challenge, in which 20 advanced climbers will racer up and down the stairs as many times as possible in one hour. In addition, all participants need to raise a minimum of $100 to participate and can quality for a variety of incentive prizes based on the amount of money they raise. 

Lung diseases such as asthma and COPD cannot yet be cured, but they can be managed. Making sure people know what's needed to take control of these lung diseases is one of the American Lung Association's top priorities. Thirty five million Americans are living with chronic lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and COPD; lung cancer is America's #1 cancer killer. 

You can climb as an individual or form a team with family and friends or one's company. Anyone interested in more information about the Climb, participation in the Climb or in making a donation to support this event, please visit the website at

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving & Holiday Eating Tips

With Thanksgiving just around the corner. Focus on the Family has come up with some tips to help you make Thanksgiving dinner more healthy and enjoyable.

Here are just a few healthy eating tips compliments of Focus on the Family. These would apply to the holidays as well as Thanksgiving:
  • Provide nutritious appetizers and dishes. Allow guests and family to nibble on vegetables before dinner. Also, you might be surprised that many side dishes are quite delicious even without gobs of canned cream soups and loads of carbs and fat.
  • Don't wait until dinner to eat. A healthy breakfast and snacks before the big meal can help keep you from overindulging.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and during the feast. It will help you feel full and replaces high calorie drinks.
  • Have some sweets—in moderation. Healthy eating doesn't mean you'll never again eat anything you like. But it does involve not eating half a pie. Sample the sweets, just don't gorge on them.
Special thanks to the good folks at Focus on the Family for these timely Thanksgiving tips.    For more Thanksgiving reading, check out the Focus on the Family article Seven Days of Gratitude

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lipscomb University to Host 'A Tailored Fit' for Men Oct. 24

October 24: Men's Style Project "A Tailored Fit"
Join us as special guests Jeff Loring (owner of Loring & Co: The Art of the Fit and Stitch It Alterations), Michael Shane Neal (portrait artist heralded for his sense of style), and Reggie Blair (stylish man about campus) discuss the role “fit” plays in projecting a professional image and how to achieve it on any budget. All men of the Lipscomb community (past and present) are invited.
• Fashion show featuring Lipscomb students
• Local retailers will share style advice and showcase merchandise
• Tips on style, fit, fabrics and what to look for to build a brand that helps you reach your career goals.
This is a free event. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the College of Arts & Entertainment, College of Business, Career Development Center, Associated Women for Lipscomb and Young Alumni Engagement.
Bring business cards to enter in drawings with local vendors. Students who don't have business cards can get a free sheet of cards by contacting Monica Wentworth in the Career Development Center at
Shamblin Theatre, October 24, 5:00pm (Fashion)

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ASK KATHRYN: What is Multi-Med Therapy and How Does It Work?

You may have heard me refer to Multi-Med Therapy when referring to the products I represent. If you are wondering what exactly Multi-Med Therapy means and how it works, here is some info you will enjoy!

Multi-Med Therapy is a system of usually 2, 3, or 4 products used together. It combines the right ingredients, in the right formulations and in the right order to achieve the best results.

For instance, our regimen for age spots contains skin lightening ingredients which brighten dull skin, improve tone and texture, and add radiance to the skin. The Reverse regimen exfoliates skin to remove dead skin cells to assist cell turnover and remove dullness. It also protects against future sun damage with the Reverse broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. Using the products together as a regimen will lighten excessive darkness to reduce and even eliminate brown spots, and uneven pigment.

Our other regimens work in a similar way. Specific ingredients are layered in such a fashion that they enhance the strength and effectiveness of the other ingredients. All ingredients and combinations of ingredients are tested for safety and efficacy so you know you are getting the best ingredients, applied in the right order, and formulated to work together for maximum effectiveness. That's how Multi-Med Therapy works!

However, some ingredients can cancel out the effectiveness of other ingredients or even make them mildly toxic. The skincare industry is unregulated except for products designated as "premium" skincare. That's why it is important to buy from a company you trust and always make sure you are buying clinically tested, regulated, premium skincare products.

Ask me about amazing premium clinical skincare products and start your way to clearer, healthier skin today! Join me on Facebook or email for more info! I would love to help you have more beautiful skin!


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

World’s Oldest Barbershop Responds to Today’s Beard Trend

For Men's Grooming Day, Truefitt & Hill Launches Beard Range for the Modern Man

Introducing Beard Oil, Beard Balm and Moustache Wax

On the eve of Men's Grooming Day (August 19) and just in time for World Beard Day (3 September 3)  Truefitt & Hill, the world’s oldest barbershop, is pleased to announce the expansion of its product portfolio with the launch of its new Beard Range –  Beard Oil, Beard Balm and Moustache Wax. With over 210 years of experience in styling moustaches and beards alike, Truefitt & Hill has always been at the forefront of product development throughout the changes in facial fashions. Handlebar, Dali or Fu Manchuwhatever your facial hair choice, Truefitt & Hill has the perfect beard and moustache product to assist you in the pursuit of your ideal style.

The introduction of the Beard Range is a response to customer demand and reflects Truefitt & Hill’s commitment to ensuring healthy and natural offerings are available to customers,” says Truefitt & Hill North America Director Linda Mountford.  “The welcome addition to our range also rightfully shows that as a brand, Truefitt & Hill continues to expand beyond shaving, to offering a full grooming solution for the modern man all under one roof, be that online or in-store.”

Truefitt & Hill Moustache Wax is formulated using 100% natural, non-synthetic ingredients and is both alcohol and paraben free. This unique product masterfully combines Bees Wax and Shea Butter with Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Avocado, Sunflower and Aloe Vera Oil not only to condition and soften the whiskers but also to offer an excellent mouldable hold that will allow a moustache to be styled into a variety of shapes and provide a glossy, controlled and well-groomed look. Grapefruit, Mandarin and Bergamot oil, provide an underlying scent, which is subtle and will not disappoint any dapper gentleman.

Truefitt & Hill Beard Balm is made from 100% natural, non-synthetic ingredients and it is alcohol and paraben free. The blend of Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Avocado and Aloe Vera Oil combine with Shea Butter and Bees Wax to produce a Balm that is not only easily absorbed by skin but also especially formulated to nourish, condition and soften even the toughest beard bristles.

Regular use will help to improve beard strength as well as aid in the prevention of dry, itchy and flaking skin. Grapefruit, Mandarin and Bergamot oils combine to provide a subtle, fresh and alluring scent. Suitable for all beard types.

Truefitt & Hill Beard Oil is made with a natural blend of the finest oils. Coconut, Avocado, Sesame, Jojoba and Argan Oil combine to leave the beard looking and feeling soft, well-conditioned, non-greasy and neatly styled.

The Beard Oil formula is based on a selection of oils renowned for their exceptional properties. The blend is not only easily absorbed by the skin without clogging pores or hair follicles, but it also combines to reduce irritation, as well as conditioning and nourishing hair and skin alike. Green Tea and Cucumber fragrance provides a subtly crisp scent that will leave the wearer feeling clean and fresh throughout the day.

Ask me about amazing clinical skincare products and start your way to clearer, healthier skin today! Join me on Facebook or email for more info! I would love to help you have healthier skin!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Top Five Ways to Improve Bedtime with Your Spouse -- Focus on the Family

Five Tips on How to Sleep Better -- and Healthier -- with Your Marriage Partner
If you're married, chances are you've encountered some challenges when it comes to sleeping together—not that kind of "sleeping together." I mean getting some actual shut-eye and enough sleep.
From tossing and turning to snoring and different sleep habits, sleeping with a spouse comes with its share of discomforts. However, it also comes with a great deal of benefits.

Read the great article from Focus on the Family to learn the health, emotional and marriage benefits of sharing a bed—and how to overcome the challenges posed by sleep incompatibilities.

Ask me about amazing clinical skincare products and start your way to clearer, healthier skin today! Join me on Facebook or email for more info! I would love to help you have healthier skin!

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