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December Giveaway!

Linda from West Chester won the holiday giveaway – congrats!

Happy Holidays from The Menopause Makeover!

Celebrate YOU with a giveaway worth over $300!

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The Ultimate Makeover!

The Menopause Makeover: The Ultimate Guide To Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause.

Celebrate the NEW YOU in 8 easy steps in just 12 weeks!

Natural Hot Flash Relief from One Haute Chick

Fifty-something entrepreneur and aromatherapist, Cheri Larson formulated this hormone-free, natural cooling mist to help control her raging hot flashes. Friends also found relief with the product and encouraged her to share it with others and One Haute Chick was born.

Besides the Hot Flash Cooling Mist, their line of products includes an organic renewal facial serum and menopause humor magnets.

The giveaway includes a full size bottle of Hot Flash Cooling Mist, a purse size sprayer and a bottle of the Renewal Serum.

Handmade SWEETS

by Pat Shepard, Two Sisters and The Other One.

Happy New YOU! With the start of the new year, we are always looking for ways to improve our eating habits but still enjoy some well deserved treats from Two Sisters and The Other One!

This bundle of goodies will get you off to a good start:

1 1/2 # Honey Fruit Granola (packed full of Organic Oats, Pecans, Cranberries, Almonds, Apricots, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Yellow Raisins – sweetened only using Local Honey)

2 boxes of healthy snacks – Skinny Fig Bars *made with Organic Oats, Agave and Figs (I grew the figs!) and Chocolate Honey Granola Bars (a girl needs some chocolate)

A jar of Harvest Honey (Local from Aurora, IL)

1# Trail Mix – great for snacking – All organic fruits, nuts and seeds (A package of Organic chocolate is included for adding in an emergency!)

1# Honey Caramels – These are handmade with our local honey.

Hot Flash Havoc DVD – be one of the FIRST to own Hot Flash Havoc!

Hot Flash Havoc is the most provocative and revealing film ever made about menopause.

HOT FLASH HAVOC is enlightening, entertaining, humorous, profound, and is a crash-course in what you need to know about menopause. It has the power to be a life-changing experience for every woman in your life. Every women over 30 needs to have this information. DVD is officially released February 1st!

Give the gift of beautiful skin! Thanks Debi Talbert!

Natique is a comprehensive skin care system. This four component set is for women and men contains all of the essentials- vitamins A, D, and E, aloe vera, chamomile and natural oils-that work together to cleanse, soothe and nourish your skin. The fifth in the christmas special is a night cream which provides your face with replenishing nourishment. Night Essential Complex penetrates deep into the layers of skin where damage from sun, wind and pollutants can cause fine lines and wrinkles. This restorative formula repairs and rejuvenates your skin.

Create a sanctuary for YOUR spirit at Ganesha Center

Ganesha Soul products are introduced by Ganesha Center, Sanctuary for the Spirit in Las Vegas. These four exquisite proprietary blends of therapeutic grade essential oils are gracefully unified for empowering and illuminating results. Whether it be assistance with overcoming obstacles, raising one’s vibration, deepening your meditation or purifying and energizing, these soulful blends were exquisitely created with today’s new thought, new expression and self realization seekers in mind – you! A Beautiful Empowering Gift for You!

Say YES to Yes

Limited intimate lubrication is a common problem for many menopausal women. Yes Pure Intimacy has the perfect solution – a sensuous, natural, discreet intimate lubricant range that is plant based, free from chemicals, glycerine and hormone mimics. Its purity is guaranteed as it is the only certified organic intimate lubricant in the world, combining the performance of an outstanding lubricant with that of a vaginal moisturiser. The recently launched Yes Travel Pack includes the company’s top selling applicators plus a water-based and an oil-based lubricant.

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Contest closes mid-night January 15, 2011!

January 16th one GRAND winner will be selected to win this pampering giveaway.

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The Ultimate Belly Busters

If you want a set of great abs, roll out the ultimate Belly Busters.

A great set of abs has always been a fantasy for me. For years my youthful estrogen-rich skin held my belly so it appeared toned. As the years have passed with too many responsibilities and too little time for exercising, my gut has just started pouching out. Then menopause took the fat from my hips and thighs and redirected it to my belly. I started looking three months pregnant. Ironic isn’t it? I can no longer bear children yet I look like I am carrying one. Just a couple of months ago on the way to yoga class a teenager waiting for a bus smiled and asked me, “When are you expecting?” Escaping a response I ran into the nearest restroom locked myself in a stall and sobbed. Between age, menopause and craving food 24 hours a day…. this mid-aged menopausal girl called in the ultimate Belly Busters!

Benefits of a tone tummy

1. Better balance and coordination
2. A healthy flexible spine
3. A sense of “feeling” better
4. Increased motivation
5. A strong support system for the muscles in your lower back,
hips and pelvis
6. A more stable center of gravity
7. More shopping options

The abdomen consists of three main muscles groups:

1. Rectus abdominis is the large flat muscle wall that runs from the lower chest to the pubic bone. Most of us refer to this
muscle as our “abs”.
2. Oblique abdominis is the muscle that runs diagonally along the side of the mid-section from the lower ribcage to the pubic area. The internal obliques lie underneath the external obliques.
3. Transversus abdominis is the thin strip of muscle that runs horizontally across the abdomen.

The ultimate Belly Busters is a series of exercises focused on each muscle group. All you need is an area in your home that gives you the space to lie down and 10 minutes.

The Ultimate Belly Busters Program
– Three sessions per week, with a “rest” day between workouts
– 10 minutes per session
– 3 Belly Busting exercises that consist of 8 to 12 lifts per set
– 3 sets, with 60 seconds between each set.

The Ultimate Belly Busters

– Lie on your back on a mat or a carpet.
– Bend your knees with your feet flat on the floor.
– Press your lower back to the floor.
– Place your hands behind your head.
– Lift your chest to your pelvis. Do not tuck your chin to your chest.
– Keep your elbows pointing outwards; do not wrap your arms around your head. Do not pull on your head. Let your abs lift you up.
– Exhale as you lift your chest upwards.
– Keep your lower back on the floor.
– Contract your abdominal muscle as hard as you can and count to 3.
– Return your shoulders to the floor, with your head still up.
– Repeat this crunch for 8-12 repetitions.

The Bicycle
– Lie on your back.
– Press your lower back into the floor.
– Place your hands behind your head, and do not cross your fingers.
– Bring your knees to a 45- degree angle.
– Lift your shoulders off the floor, and do not pull on your neck.
– Touch your right elbow to our left knee then repeat, as your
right leg extends.
– Switch sides, bringing the left elbow to the right knee and the
left leg extended.
– Continue alternating sides imitating a pedaling motion on a bicycle.
– Do 8-12 repetitions

Cross over crunches
– Lie on your back.
– Press your lower back towards the floor.
– Bend your right knee at a 90- degree angle.
– Cross your left foot on top of your right bent knee.
– Put your hands behind your head – one on top of the other.
– Lift your shoulders up off the floor and twist so your right
elbow tries to touch your left knee.
– Hold for 2 seconds, squeeze those abs.
– Return to start position.
– Do 8-12 reps.
– Then switch sides.

Repeat these three Belly Busters two more times.

1. Make sure you suck in your belly button toward your spine before curling off the floor. This activates twice as much muscle activity and makes each move more effective.
2. When doing the Belly Busters breathe through your nose and out through your mouth. Breathe with full inhalations and exhalations. Exhale when your muscles are tightening and inhale when your muscles are lengthening.
3. Include a cardio activity 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Once you shed excess belly fat you will start seeing your new “abs”.
4. Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol drinkers who consume more than three glasses per sitting have more belly fat than moderate or non-drinkers. Try to limit your alcohol intake to one glass or less per day. Alcohol can also raise levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol helps your tummy to store fat.
5. Eat fiber. Fiber helps fight constipation that can give your abdomen more roundness. A bowl of yummy raspberries is loaded with fiber.
6. Drink water. It is calorie-free and keeps you hydrated.
7. Improve your posture. Start sitting up straighter. Sit with your shoulders back, chin up and your lower back pressed up against the chair.
8. Keep a slow, steady pace while doing the Belly busters. Focus your attention on doing these exercises properly. Proper form and moving slowly will make your session more efficient. If you experience any pain, stop. If you have back issues, speak to your doctor before beginning these Belly Busters program.

Having gone through most of my adult life only dreaming of a firm belly, it took the menopause wake up call and the ultimate Belly Busters to thank for a tone tummy.

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Geri Brin, founder of, “I’ve Still Got It!”

Geri Brin is a new cyber friend who has touched my life by encouraging me to think big and live my dreams.  We have never met in person, but she feels like family.

Geri was Vice President of Publishing at Fairchild Publications for 23 years.  She also wrote two books and freelanced for publications including New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Parents Magazine and the New York Daily News Magazine.

How did I met this incredible woman?   Geri invited me to join her amazing world at and share information about menopause with her community!  Women over 50 are connecting!

I am so excited for you to meet  Geri.  She is an inspiration.  She is committed to empowering women over 50 – yay!  Geri STILL HAS IT and she shares “it” with you in our interview.

Question: What inspired you to create

Geri: It was time that “baby boomer” women were celebrated for their accomplishments, passions and successes. We are the most exceptional generation of women ever and will be inspirational to women for generations to come.

Question: How did your previous career as a fashion publishing executive prepare
you to launch FOF?

Geri: Through my career, I’ve had the great opportunity to meet many women of style and substance all over the country, and by style, I mean more than fashion sense. I mean strong values, intelligence and a desire to share what they’ve learned with other women.

My experience also taught me to understand what women want to know about other women and what they want to share.

Question: What is your message to women over fifty?

Geri: The best really is yet to come, but it’s up to you to make sure where and how to find it.

Question: You are a woman of substance, ­ what is YOUR FOF style?

Geri: From a fashion standpoint, I’m somewhat funky and not afraid to try new looks all the time. I mix gold and silver jewelry, checked and striped clothes and dressy with casual. I like comfortable. From a business standpoint, I love to work with challenging, passionate, hard-working people. From a personal standpoint, my style is outgoing, direct and embracing.

Question: Why did you create Date My Single Kid?

Geri: To help my single 31-year-old son, and all single “kids” find the mates of their dreams. Who better than moms know what their kids need. FOF like to share everything, including their offspring.

Question: How does your son describe you?

Geri: Hmm I guess he’d say I’m his best friend, but also a pain in the neck when I ask too many questions or want to fix him up with every single girl I meet.

Question: What is your secret to managing a busy career with your personal world?

Geri: I am blessed with a great storehouse of energy, which has always let me multi task with a vengeance. But, honesty. I don’t think it’s possible to keep it all in balance all the time. Sometimes, my work consumes me. Other times, I’d rather knit all day or go shopping with my daughter.

Question: What things are left on your bucket list?

Geri: To take history and literature classes; to go to Paris dozens more times: to make FOF a big brand: to do nice things for as many people as possible, one by one by one, especially my sisters; to see my children and 4 nephews live happy healthy lives.

Question: If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing in your life, what
would it be?

Geri: Bring back my father, who died at 69.

Question:  What’s YOUR “I’ve Still Got It!” moment?

Geri: Launching a cool website at 62.

Geri’s website has the best giveaways and a strong community of women. Whether you want inspiration, to set up your single kid, go shopping, network or get informed has it.  But for me, Geri is a reminder that you can live your dreams at any age.

Geri Brin still has it and is going strong!  What’s YOUR “I’ve Still Got It!” story?  Leave a reply and inspire others.

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