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Eat Like a Woman with bistroMD!

Welcome to the Eat Like a Woman program,

Today the modern woman is busy, so I partnered with bistroMD because their meals honor a woman’s specific metabolic rate and they are doctor designed, as well as chef-prepared and conveniently delivered right to your door.

At bistroMD it’s not about eating less, but about eating better. Food works as medicine to correct metabolic issues which make losing weight difficult and gaining weight easy.

The meals consist of a nutritious balance of lean, adequate protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats that are Eat Like a Woman® approved.

I am so excited that bistroMD has given the Eat Like a Woman® community a special discount, so you can get started today. Visit www.bistroMD.com and enter my exclusive code ELAW50 to receive $50 off your first order.*

What I love about bistroMD is they are not a fad diet and their meals are whole and complete, and do not require additional shopping, cooking, or calorie counting. In today’s modern world, bistroMD is a woman’s health and time solution.

Be WELL, and if you are a woman…eat like a woman.

Staness Jonekos
Women’s Health & Empowerment Advocate
Author, Eat Like a Woman®

*New members only. Does not include shipping and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Fashion Flash

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Cindy from Prime Beauty Blog is hosting Fashion Flash!

“The official debut of spring is on its way and I’m thrilled to be hosting Fashion Flash this week. Our expert bloggers are ready with great information on how exercise can help with menopause, how to wear new spring fashions, whether you need an eye cream and a new non-invasive skin tightening technique.”

Fashion Flash tips from:

Deb at NoNonsense Beauty

Mirabai at Moving Free

Kari at FabOverForty

Barbara at the Best Of Everything After 50

Jackie at Aging Backwards

Jodlee at Black Cat Plus

Deborah at Fabulous After 40

Debbi at DivaDebbie

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Fashion Flash

FASHION FLASH! The BEST OF EVERYTHING In Beauty, Style, Health And More! SPRING 2014 EDITION!

FashionFlashNEWlogoBarbara Hannah Grufferman from the Best Of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash this week.

“I have the double honor of  hosting FASHION FLASH this week AND welcoming a fantastic new woman to our fabulous group of experts!

Debbi O’Shea, founder of the hugely popular site DivaDebbi, has joined FASHION FLASH, and will bring her brilliant POV about fashion and beauty to our weekly online mini-mag. We are thrilled to have her!
Okay . . . back to biz! Aren’t you so so so glad that winter is almost over? Now that we’ve finally pushed the clocks ahead it’s starting to feel like Spring is truly around the corner. And that means it’s time for a bit of beauty, style and health spring cleaning! And what better way to kick off the season where hope springs eternal than by hanging with the FASHION FLASH experts?
But, enough yakking. Now it’s time to kick off your heels, grab that glass of Pinot Noir or cup of green tea, relax and dig into this week’s edition of FASHION FLASH!”
AND PLEASE, EVERYONE . . . IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE: READ, LIKE, AND SHARE. YAY!
Fashion Flash Tips from:
  • BlackCatPlus has opinions about Target’s plus size clothing.
  • Fab Over Forty has tips on how to make your eyes look more youthful.
  • NoNonsense explores a nutritional rock star.
  • Fabulous After 40 shows you how to wear a dressed up version of sporty chic.
  • Moving Free with Mirabai has etiquette tips.
  • Aging Backwards went straight to the woman who ws born into etiquette.
  • Prime Beauty shares secrets for her top 10 face, eye and lip primers.
  • Staness from the Menopause Makeover shares her latest book, Eat Like a Woman, book trailer.
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Fashion Flash

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Posted on March 3, 2014 by 

Fashion Flash logoI’m so psyched to be hosting Fashion Flash again this week.  While  most of us have Oscar fever, our lifestyle bloggers are  focused on  sharing the  best in  in  beauty, fashion,fitness and nutrition:

*Cindy at Prime Beauty shares her tips and tricks for applying eye makeup on older eyes and its eye-opening (  no pun intended)

* As another snowstorm  rolls across the country,enjoy a cup of cozy warm Matcha Green Tea latte. Loaded with  antioxidants it can lower cholesterol and  even boost metabolism.  Staness Jonekos of  Menopause Makeover shares her favorite, easy to prepare recipe.

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai wants   you to learn how cardio dance may  improve memory.

* Would you try the newest ‘ backwards hair craze’  that  Jackie from Aging Backwards discovered.

* Is age appropriate  dressing all  in your head?  Deb Boland of Fabulous After Forty   explores why  dressing age appropriately  may not be all its cracked up to be.

* Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman of  the Best of Everything After Fifty wants women to stop spending  so  much money on health and beauty treatments and instead go shopping  in their kitchens to look gorgeous and feel great.

* Are you one of those lucky ones that is getting away for the winter?  Even if you’re not, you need to check out this fabulous giveaway that Fab Over Forty has going on! Enter to win a travel T3 hair dryer and stylish hair ties perfect for the gym or the winter giveaway.

* Jodell  at Black Cat Plus checks out  Oscar fashion styles  that work for plus size silouettes.

No-Nonsense Blog Sign-Up* And at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog you can now download  a FREE four page guide to Retin A when you subscribe to the blog.  It  explains  how this powerful anti-ager works,  how to  choose the right formulation  for your skin needs,  offers a day and night  Retin A treatment plan and answers the five top Retin A questions.  Just click the little envelope, on the right hand  side of  the homepage. One click and you will become a Retin A  zen master. FYI if you are reading this blog on an I Pad or smartphone, the box will be at the bottom of the page.

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Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash

Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 is hosting Fashion Flash this week:

It’s my turn to host this week’s Fashion Flash, and I’m thrilled to be introducing you to the best 40+ fashion, beauty, and wellness bloggers on the Web.

Fashion Flash is a weekly roundup of the best beauty and fashion tips for women over 40 from eight of the best fashion, beauty, and health bloggers on the Web. Here’s what all the ladies over 40 are buzzing about this week:

  • Is Botox better than microdermabrasion?
  • Is the skin around your eyes dry during winter?
  • Check out a new makeup line.
  • Is wheat making you fat?
  • Check out the plus size classic styles year round.
  • Suffering from back pain?
  • Learn how to exercise, so you don’t hurt your knees.
  • And Deborah has a GREAT GIVEAWAY!
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Fashion Flash

Beauty Secrets

Jackie from Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash! Please enjoy the variety of posts below from some of the top bloggers online.

Fashion Flash Bloggers

beauty over 40

Tracking meals and daily activity is the first step to taking control of your health. Staness Jonekos, women’s health advocate and author of The Menopause Makeover, has a FREE meal planner to start the ultimate makeover.

beauty over 40Prime Beauty chooses her Top 10 Red Lipsticks for Makeup Wars. If you want a sexy red pout but a bit shy of wearing a bold lip, this list is perfect for you!

beauty over 40

Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman is positively crazy over these fabulous shoes she found when looking for styles that were beautiful, fashionable, affordable, and sexy . . and says “RUN DON’T WALK!” to your computer to order right now!

beauty over 40

Jodell from Black Cat Plus says, “Zac Posen adds his talents to the list of designers who design for plus size brides.”

Fitness over 40

Feeling stressed? Gaining weight? Having trouble getting enough sleep? Mirabai Holland, Women’s Fitness And Wellness Expert tells you why and how aerobic exercise can help!

beauty over 40A long cold winter makes you want to snuggle up in something comfy and cozy. Deborah Boland shares 4 fabulous ways to wear a sweater dress.

beauty over 40

This winter has been rough on skin and our hands can take the brunt of the harshness. Fab Over Forty shares a beauty secret from fabulous hands.

beauty over 40

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at getting your money’s worth when it comes to beauty.

Also, be sure to check out the new Youtube channel, Fashion Flash On-Air!

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BistroMd

BistroMD

Start your Menopause Makeover TODAY with chef prepared meals by the number one meal delivery service* … BistroMD!

Special for the Menopause Makeover community!

I am excited to share a meal delivery service that honors the Menopause Makeover Food Pyramid, catered to women and our unique metabolism during menopause.

BistroMD has a food program for women going through the menopause transition, including heart healthy and low sodium meals, and meals for women who are diabetic!

I have personally selected BistroMD for my Menopause Makeover community because BistroMd was created by the highly respected Ed and Caroline Cederquist: the foodie and the MD.

They believe food is medicine and that nourishing your body with the right nutrients will help you achieve a healthy weight.  The power of science combined with GREAT-tasting, REAL food.

BistroMD understands that the ability to manage your weight is affected by factors like your age, your hormonal changes, genetics and stress.

They have over 200 delicious entrees that are hand-prepared by chefs and planned by registered dietitians.

I love that you can choose your meals.  The Odyssey Chicken Crepes with Waldorf Apples for breakfast is a great way to start your day.  Slide into lunch with the scrumptious Citrus Glazed Chicken and end the day with Jerk Tilapia Red Pepper Coulis – so yummy!

They have a 5-day plan and a 7-day plan.  I enjoyed the 5-day plan because I often meet friends out for dinner, and I would save my uneaten BistroMD meals for the weekend.

As I was writing The Menopause Makeover sitting in front of the computer 10 hours a day, BistroMD meals kept me healthy and feeling full so I did not gain weight from grabbing poor food choices because I had no time to cook.

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The 5-day program is $129.95 per week and includes 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. The 7-day program is $159.95 for 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners to include My Night (a great idea, read more when you click on the image).  And they have a great snack program called EATS, Essential and Tasty Snacks

There is no MSG, no trans fat, not freeze dried, and no aspartame in the entrees!

Using natural ingredients and not altering their natural state makes BistroMD the perfect choice to start your Menopause Makeover!

Get your own personal chef with BistroMD – it’s Menopause Makeover approved!

ORDER NOW! Click on the image.

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*In a blind taste test against other weight loss meal delivery programs, BistroMD ranks #1 with a 5-star rating from Next Advisor.com.

BistroMD was reviewed and ranked the highest against Jenny Craig, Diet to Go, eDiets: Fresh Prepared, Biggest Loser, and Nutrisystem programs. BistroMD was the only meal delivery program rated five stars for all its meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner—in the taste test.

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Fashion Flash

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

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I’m so happy to be hosting Fashion Flash this week! Although its snowing ( again) , our lifestyle bloggers are staying warm and healthy:

* Are you over 50 and suddenly single?  Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman of The Best of Everything After 50 thinks  many women may not be quite ready to get back into the dating game after a long term relationship ends. So she got some tips  from Date Like a Grown-up to help you get back out there without the angst.

*  Jackie of Aging Backwards wants you to know that honey is not just for tea and shares the unique benefits of raw honey.

* Staness of Menopause Makeover is concerned that one in three women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture  caused by weak bones– and  most women do not their risk of fractures.   She shares  tips on how to embrace good bone health for life.

*Kari of  Fab Over Forty wants you to know that skin saving beauty products don’t necessarily come only in a serum,crean or oil, but they are also in the air.  She shares her best winter skin saving tips and offers  a unique  opportunity to sign up for a chance to win.

* Cindy of Prime Beauty shows several foundations that are  perfect for the woman over 40.

* Deb of Fabulous After 40  shares  nine key tips for looking fabulous in tall boots.

* Jodell of Black Cat Plus profiles  a Virginia teen who has created  a petition to lobby Disney for a plus size Disney princess. Its about time!

* Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai highlights the role of vision in falls.

Fashion FLash On-Air

This week on Fashion Flash On Air

This week the  Fashion Flash On Air video  features Deb Boland  Of Fabuous  After 40.  She provides expert advice on where  you can  save money and what deserves a splurge– and has a surprising take on  costume jewelry.

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Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash

February 2nd is  ”Groundhog Day,” the day that a little woodchuck determines if there will be six more weeks of winter weather.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

With this record-breaking cold winter season, I hope that groundhog does not see it’s shadow, forecasting our thaw-out.  Fingers crossed, and odds in our favor on this cloudy day, that groundhog will not see it’s shadow and spring will come early!

Whether it remains cold for another 6 weeks or spring is on the way, my favorite fashion, style, beauty and health bloggers have tips so you will survive looking fabulous in cloudy or sunny weather.

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Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks there’s one exercise that every woman should do every single day . . . no matter what.


Learn about the benefits of glycolic acid for aging skin from Prime Beauty. Freeze 24/7 Skin Smoothies has a  super easy and convenient delivery system!


Jodell from Black Cat Plus explains why vests make an excellent fashion choice for the plus size woman.



Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated.  Fab Over Forty shares the makeup set that Bobbi Brown put together, the Makeup in a Minute set so you can look polished and pretty.


When your tops feel too short and your pants feel too long, you are long-waisted. Deborah Boland shares 6 style tricks for balancing your figure.


Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog   uncovers  new  beauty benefits of mushrooms.


Women’s lifestyle expert, Mirabai Holland from Moving Free With Mirabai brings you recent research on delicious eating for heart health.


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Fashion Flash

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This week, Fab Over Forty is the host of Fashion Flash!  We have some exciting new news this week, too!  Fashion Flash has a You Tube page! Be sure to check it out as we will be adding more and more videos over time.

Read the latest Fashion Flash from Kari at Fab Over Forty!

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Fashion Flash

Mirabai from Moving Free is hosting Fashion Flash.

“It’s Fashion Flash Monday! I’m delighted to be hosting our 40+ women’s Fashion Flash this week. We, Fashion Flashers give you the latest, and greatest fashion, beauty, health, and fitness info, tips and deals. Check us out and let us know what you think!”

Check out:

  • FabOverForty’s celebrity beauty looks you can recreate at home.
  • BlackCatPlus shares a debate about body image.
  • The Best Of Everything After 50 thinks we should be doing one thing every day for fitness.
  • FabulousAfter40 chats about the latest Carole Middleton fashion controversy.
  • Prime Beauty has a surprise beauty gift worth over $100.
  • AgingBackwards uncovers tips about your best colors.
  • No-Nonsense compares cell growth factors and Retin A.
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Fashion Flash

Cindy from Prime Beauty Blog is hosting Fashion Flash.

“Fashion Flash is a roundup of the best over 40 bloggers on the internet today and I’m thrilled to be hosting this week! The entire country is suffering from a cold snap making it the perfect time to stay curled up indoors with a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee and your computer. Read what our over 40 experts have in store for you this week, I guarantee it will be time well spent!”

Check out this week’s tips:

  • Winter green packed anti-aging nutrition
  • Visualize your goals
  • Look stylish when its could outside
  • Beauty in the kitchen
  • How to wear the boho trend
  • Fashion tops for full figures
  • How to control hunger
  • New anti-aging cream
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Start your Menopause Makeover with chef prepared meals!

BistroMD weight loss success story

Start your Menopause Makeover TODAY with chef prepared meals by the number one meal delivery service* … BistroMD!

Special deal for the Menopause Makeover community!

I am excited to share a meal delivery service that honors the Menopause Makeover Food Pyramid, catered to women and our unique metabolism during menopause.

BistroMD has a food program for women going through the menopause transition, including heart healthy and low sodium meals, and meals for women who are diabetic!

I have personally selected BistroMD for my Menopause Makeover community because BistroMd was created by the highly respected Ed and Caroline Cederquist: the foodie and the MD.

They believe food is medicine and that nourishing your body with the right nutrients will help you achieve a healthy weight.  The power of science combined with GREAT-tasting, REAL food.

BistroMD understands that the ability to manage your weight is affected by factors like your age, your hormonal changes, genetics and stress.

They have over 200 delicious entrees that are hand-prepared by chefs and planned by registered dietitians.

I love that you can choose your meals.  The Odyssey Chicken Crepes with Waldorf Apples for breakfast is a great way to start your day.  Slide into lunch with the scrumptious Citrus Glazed Chicken and end the day with Jerk Tilapia Red Pepper Coulis – so yummy!

They have a 5-day plan and a 7-day plan.  I enjoyed the 5-day plan because I often meet friends out for dinner, and I would save my uneaten BistroMD meals for the weekend.

As I was writing The Menopause Makeover sitting in front of the computer 10 hours a day, BistroMD meals kept me healthy and feeling full so I did not gain weight from grabbing poor food choices because I had no time to cook.

bistroMD Free Shipping

The 5-day program is $129.95 per week and includes 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners. The 7-day program is $159.95 for 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners to include My Night (a great idea, read more when you click on the image).  And they have a great snack program called EATS, Essential and Tasty Snacks

There is no MSG, no trans fat, not freeze dried, and no aspartame in the entrees!

Using natural ingredients and not altering their natural state makes BistroMD the perfect choice to start your Menopause Makeover!

Get your own personal chef with BistroMD – it’s Menopause Makeover approved!

ORDER NOW! Click on the image.

BistroMD

*In a blind taste test against other weight loss meal delivery programs, BistroMD ranks #1 with a 5-star rating from Next Advisor.com.

BistroMD was reviewed and ranked the highest against Jenny Craig, Diet to Go, eDiets: Fresh Prepared, Biggest Loser, and Nutrisystem programs. BistroMD was the only meal delivery program rated five stars for all its meals—breakfast, lunch and dinner—in the taste test.

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Fashion Flash

New Year 2014 Fashion Flash

Black Cat Plus is so excited to have one of the first Fashion Flash posts for 2014!!

Fashion Flash is a weekly round-up of the best fashion and beauty posts from 40+ bloggers! Take a look below!

Let’s see what is in the news from our fabulous Fashion Flash Bloggers!

FabOverForty reviews French Women Don’t Get Facelifts.

PrimeBeauty chats about a great make-up foundation.

The Best of Everything After 50 has the scoop on nookie over 50.

Aging Backwards warns about smoking and skin health.

No-Nonsense tests a home reedy for dry skin.

Moving Free has fitness tips.

Fabulous After 40 chats about wearing white during wintertime.

Happy New year!

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Fashion Flash

‘FASHION FLASH’ GUIDE TO YOUR BEST NEW YEAR . . . EVER!!

FashionFlashNEWlogoBarbara Hannah Grufferman from the Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash this week.  Great tips from our FAVORITE bloggers!

From Barbara: “It’s that time of year again! If you’re like most people around the world, you’re busy making a lengthy list to make major changes in your life: lose weight, new job, eat better, more sex, and so on.
But, why not do something a little different this year? Try this: throw out your list, sit back, relax, grab a cup of green tea or glass of heart-healthy Pinot Noir, kick off your heels, shoo everyone away, and get into the “Happy New Year!” edition of FASHION FLASH! Yay!

Our fab FASHION FLASH bloggers have pulled together the best of everything in style, health, fitness, nutrition, and more . . . and it’s all here!”

Tips on how to look your best to getting fit to getting rid of dull skin to feeling beautiful at any size and my favorite New Year’s Eve cocktail recipe.  Check it out!  Click here.

Happy New Year!

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What’s in a Name? Vaginal Atrophy Rebranded

As a health advocate for menopausal women, I often see uncomfortable responses when I mention “vaginas,” from excessive feet tapping and unnecessary shifts in body position to painful grimaces. Even the word “menopause” evokes a squirm encouraging a change of subject. Combine these two words and it is no surprise the terminology used to diagnose menopausal vaginal symptoms needs rebranding.

Last year, Novo Nordisk invited a small group of menopause bloggers to brainstorm
solutions that would help knock down those taboo vagina barriers, so women and
their health care providers could openly discuss vaginal atrophy … you may know it
as thinning and drying of vaginal walls due to declining estrogen.

One solution tossed on the vaginal atrophy think-tank table was changing the name
since the word “vagina” is already shunned in the media.

As reported in the New York Times a couple of years ago, three networks rejected a Kotex commercial, because it used the word vagina. When they subbed it with “down there,” one of the networks aired it.

Per the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, atrophy is defined as “a wasting away or progressive decline, decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue.”

The 2012 Vaginal Health: Insights, Views & Attitudes (VIVA) survey found that as many as 75% of postmenopausal women felt vaginal atrophy had a negative impact on their life. Combine the word “vagina” with “atrophy” and this duo leaves many women feeling uncomfortable talking about this, leaving them to suffer in silence. Its taboo nature may be causing women to avoid seeking help.

How does a woman know if she should seek help? Common symptoms of vaginal atrophy are vaginal dryness and itching, painful urination, recurrent urinary tract infections and pain during intercourse.

If you suspect you are suffering from vaginal atrophy, discuss your symptoms with your health care provider. A symptom tracker with tips on how to discuss this potentially embarrassing topic with your health care provider is available at:

www.vaginaldiscomfort.com

With so many treatments available, including over-the-counter lubricants, vaginal moisturizers and prescribed systemic and/or local hormonal and non-hormonal options, there is no reason a woman’s vaginal health needs to be compromised or her sex life retired because of terminology that can evoke shame or embarrassment.

So what’s in a name? When it comes to vaginal atrophy, a woman’s health and even her relationship may be compromised. No matter the name, don’t suffer in silence. Speak to your health care provider.

By Staness Jonekos, Co-Author The Menopause Makeover
Medical reviewer: Wendy Klein, MD, FACP

I am a member of  GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause), a women’s health
initiative sponsored by Novo Nordisk.

Visit www.VaginalDiscomfort.com for more information on the vaginal
symptoms associated with menopause and tips on how to speak with your doctor
about them.

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Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoDeb Chase hosting Fashion Flash this week.   Our bloggers  have assembled a great selection of  posts that reflect  the fashion, beauty and health needs  for this time of year:

* Jodell from BlackCatPlus shares an inerview on Katie Couric that  encourages plus size women to start moving.

* Deb at Fabulous After 40 wants you to  look gorgeous  AND save money.  With all the expenses of the holidays, she doesn’t want you to blow your Christmas budget on a single dress.

* Heather lost 52 pounds during her Menopause Makeover and her family lost weight too.  What are you giving yourself for Christmas this year?

*Still busy with work and holiday parties?  Kari from Fab Over Forty has a look to take you from office to office party and make-up by ther reknowned Sandy Linter.

*  Do you have alligator skin? Jackie from Aging Backwards consulted experts for  dry  itchy winter skin tips.

* Positive Aging guru  Barbara Hannah Gufferman  of  The Best of Everything After 50 knows how dry everything can get… especially after 50.  But don’t  despair because help is on the way!

* Cindy form Prime Beauty found a fabulous gift  for the traveler. Whether you are going away  for the weekend or a long distance trip, you will definately want the Jonny bag with you.

* Moving Free with Mirabai helps you get a jump on New Year’s fitness resolutions with   the top five holiday workouts.

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Fashion Flash

Fashion Flash is hosted by the FABULOUSLY styled Deborah Boland at Fabulous After 40!

Fashion Flash is a weekly roundup of the best beauty and fashion tips for women over 40 from 10 of the best Fashion, beauty, and health bloggers on the Web. Here’s what all the ladies over 40 are buzzing about this week:

-Deb from NoNonsense Beauty investigates Retin A.

-Jackie from AgingBackwards.com has tips on keeping your energy up over the holidays.

-Prime Beauty has the latest on soothing peels for the perfect holiday glow.

-Over 40? Need to keep those upper arms covered? 40+Style has suggestions for styles with sleeves.

-Jodell from BackCatPlus shares the latest foreign retailer for the plus size market.

-Kari from Fab Over Forty reveals the beauty secret to the stars.

-Barbara from Best Of Everything after 50 has hair tips on how to love your hair.

- I have some holiday de-stressing tips.

ENJOY – Happy Holidays!

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Interview with Dr. Mache Seibel, My Menopause Magazine

I had the most amazing conversation/interview with Dr. Mache Seibel who has dedicated his life to women’s health!

He is known as America’s Most Innovative Health Educator, and after meeting him… HE IS!

We discussed the 8-step 12-week Menopause Makeover program.  He is so committed to health and has an incredible website, www.DoctorSeibel.com, with tons of info on menopause and overall health!

You can subscribe to his My Menopause Magazine, by clicking here.

My Menopause Magazine, interview with Staness and Dr. Seibel, click this link to read.

http://bit.ly/18wu8bo

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Fashion Flash

The ageless Jackie Silver from Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash this week!

Check out the fabulous styling, beauty and health tips from my FAVORITE bloggers:

  • Embrace your hair with tips from positive aging expert, Barbara Grufferman.
  • Great gift sets from the tarte Gift of Giving Holiday 2013 Collection from Cindy at Prime Beauty.
  • Dress your body type featuring the hourglass figure this week from 40+Style.
  • Protect your skin from the elements of winter from Jodell at Black Cat Plus.
  • Kari from FabOverForty has a giveaway to win some cool headphones.
  • Look great for a holiday party with tips from Deb at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog.
  • Mirabai from Moving Free tells why and how you can dance yourself to FIT.
  • Deborah Boland at Fabulous after 40 shares tips on how to get that ‘look’ of black leather leggings just right.
  • And I share the latest on hormone disruptors and what to buy and not buy at the grocery store.
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    Fashion Flash

    Fantastic styling, health and beauty tips from the sensational Cindy at Prime Beauty Blog.

    -Check out custom dresses from Kari at FabOverForty

    -Is short hair for you?

    -Are you dressing age appropriately?

    -Find out about the perfect exercise to get back in shape.

    -Every girl needs booties for the winter.

    -How to dress plus size silhouettes this holiday.

    -Tips on how to enjoy the holiday treats without weight gain.

    -My tips on feeling sexy all year long.

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    Fashion Flash

    The lovely and perfectly fit Mirabai Holland from Moving Free is hosting Fashion Flash this week.  Great tips from our favorite bloggers.

    • Survive the holidays and watch Mirabai’s exercise videos, use this coupon code: FabExerciseVDs
    • Check out this fantastic exfoliator from FabOverForty.
    • Black Cat Plus encourages women to pose in sexy clothes to celebrate their bodies and promote self-acceptance.
    • Barbara Grufferman, positive aging expert, has some “liquid gold” that could be the answer to “everything.”
    • Fab examples of how to rock fall booties at work from Deborah Boland at Fabulous After 40.
    • 40+ Style has some excellent gift ideas for women over 40.
    • Chase away seasonal affective disorder and warm up with Jackie Silver at AgingBackwards.
    • Deb from NoNonsense Beauty Blog profiles the beauty benefits of America’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish – sweet potatoes.
    • And I have the perfectly healthy Thanksgiving menu that is low in calories.

    Gobble Gobble!

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    Fashion Flash

    The FABulous Kari from Fab Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash this week!  Great tips from our favorite bloggers:

    • Are you at risk for melanoma and skin cancer?
    • Check out a bone healthy diet.
    • What’s your ideal weight? Tips to survive the holiday calories.
    • Find out about Hitachi Hadacrie Cool Ion Cleanser.
    • Do you know your best fashion accessory?
    • Message to manufacturers about a woman’s body image.
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    Fashion Flash!

    This week we have great fashion, beauty, styling and health tips from my favorite bloggers!  Enjoy.

    Looking for a beauty value? How about beauty gifts for the holidays? These Laura Mercier gift sets are some of Fab Over Forty’s favorites of the season.

    The 2013 Holiday makeup collections are arriving, and Prime Beauty has the scoop on one of the holiday offerings from bareMinerals, The Perfect 10.

    Wearing great shoes are crucial for any outfit. Unfortunately, many women over 40 have feet problems which prevent them from wearing just any shoe. For those women 40+ has a list of some of the best arch support shoes.

    Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman wants you to know that it’s COPD Awareness Month. Not sure what COPD is? Read on . . .

    We tend to fight with food in fall. Fitness expert Mirabai Holland of movingfreewithmirabai.com tells us how not to fall in to pre-hibernation gorging mode.

    Confused about casual Fridays? Style expert Deborah Boland shares style recipes that are perfect for those days when you have more freedom with your wardrobe.

    Being sick is not pretty! Find out how to stay healthy during flu season with tips from Jackie Silver, AgingBackwards.com.

    Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog puts the spotlight on the nutritional superstar of the Thanksgiving dinner.

    Recent study reveals that curvy women are happy with their bodies and that Plus Size 16 women are the happiest and most confident of all.

    Win a free copy of The Menopause Makeover.  Hurry winner selected soon.

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    Check out the latest Fashion Flash hosted by  Shelley at Still Blonde After All These Years!

    Great health, beauty, styling and fashion tips!

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    Fashion Flash Fall Edition

    Happy Fall Everyone, or Autumn.  Days are getting shorter and it is getting colder here in the Northeast.  Below are some great tips from our Fashion Flash Bloggers to keep you warm and cozy for the season.

    Kari from Fab Over Forty talks about how Brows are an important way to keep looking youthful. Fab Over Forty shows us a new eyebrow pencil that works beautifully to fill in brows.

    Staness from Menopause Makeover reports that,

    Drinking red wine in moderation may reduce a risk factor for breast cancer, acting as a natural weapon.  A recent study found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels while elevating testosterone in premenopausal women who each drank eight ounces of red wine – just under two glasses (eight ounces) – daily for about a month.

    Cindy from Prime Beauty thinks she may have taken a sip from the fountain of youth. See what new skincare product has her turning back the clock!

    Welcome to Sylvia at 40+ Style!

    40+ Style gives tips on how to wear an A-line skirt over 40 and shares the results of the latest ‘translate the runway’ look dressing challenge with 40+ women rocking their A-line skirts!

    Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferma thinks too many women over 40 skip right past the THIRD PILLAR of OVERALL FITNESS . . . putting themselves at risk for, well . . . read the post to find out!

    Mirabai Holland, Women’s Fitness Expert tells you what you can do to become more flexible


    Still Blonde after all these YEARS brings you “The Perfect Menopause Gift” … Menopause Parking.


    How do you look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks? It’s easier than you think!  Style expert Deborah Boland shares her tips for looking fabulous when money is tight.

    Before you paint your face into a cat or a ghoul, see these Halloween makeup tips from Jackie Silver at AgingBackwards.com.

    Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  offers  a truly effective  skin care plan for less than $1/day.

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    Painful Sex? How to Relieve Vaginal Dryness

    Many women suffer in silence during painful sex, unaware that there are treatment options for vaginal dryness, and its effects are far-reaching.

    Vaginal dryness affects a woman’s health, intimate relationships and quality of life. I know because it affected my health and love life.

    It occurs most often after menopause, but it can also develop during breast-feeding or at any other time your body’s estrogen production declines.

    Estrogen, important for maintaining vaginal health and lubrication, is the hormone that actually plumps up the cells in the vagina. When estrogen levels decline, the vaginal walls can become thinner, less elastic and dryer.

    The result is vaginal dryness, also known as vaginal atrophy (VA), which is a chronic progressive condition contributing to painful intercourse.

    According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), up to 75% of menopausal women may experience vaginal dryness as they age. I was not alone, but I must admit no one was talking about it, other than my extremely supportive husband.

    Are you suffering from vaginal dryness?  Or is your partner?

    Symptoms include:

    • Vaginal dryness
    • Burning and itching
    • Irritation or soreness
    • Pain and bleeding during intercourse or urination
    • Shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal

    When a woman experiences pain during intercourse, it is no surprise that her desire for sex may decrease.  A physical condition such as vaginal dryness can avalanche into an emotional response affecting both relationship and self-esteem.

    With severe vaginal dryness, the tissues of the vagina become dry and sometimes fragile and inflamed. As a result, they are more prone to injury, tearing, and bleeding during sexual intercourse or even a pelvic exam. Over time, especially in the absence of regular intercourse, the vagina may also become slightly shorter and narrower. The resulting discomfort can intensify to the point where sexual intercourse is no longer pleasurable or even possible.

    Not only does the physical act of intercourse become a challenge, the increased emotional stress can be a double whammy for a healthy sexual relationship.

    The Partners’ Survey, which is a part of a larger global survey called CLOSER Research (Clarifying Vaginal Atrophy’s Impact OSex and Relationships) sponsored by Novo Nordisk, revealed that 65% of men worried that sex would be painful for partners, and almost a third of both men and women reported that they discontinued having sex with their partners as a result of discomfort.

    This survey, which included 4,167 post-menopausal women ages 55 to 65, found that 57% of women avoided being intimate, and 65% said they lost their libido.

    The good news is the majority of the 4,174 men in the survey were concerned about what was going on with their partner. Unfortunately, this taboo subject has partners turning off the lights at night rolling over, confused and frustrated.

    Margery L.S. Gass, MD, NCMP, NAMS Executive Director says,

    “This topic is so sensitive that, according to the International Menopause Society, 70% of women say their healthcare professionals have only rarely or never raised the subject with them.”

    James A. Simon, MD, NCMP, FACOG, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, says,

    “In my experience treating patients, most women are not comfortable talking about vaginal symptoms, especially related to pain and discomfort. The word ‘vagina’ is somewhat taboo, so it’s no wonder no one talks about vaginal atrophy.”

    Taboo or not, vaginal dryness is manageable and treatable.  The North American Menopause Society recommends:

    • Vaginal Lubricants: Decreases friction during intercourse.  There are many over-the-counter (OTC) water and silicon-based options. Water-based lubricants are popular and easy to wash off. Silicon-based lubricants tend to last longer, but are not as easy to wash off.
    • Vaginal moisturizers: Non-hormonal OTC, generally used twice a week.  Moisturizers are absorbed by the skin and adhere to the vaginal lining, keeping it moist.
    • Regular sexual stimulation: Intercourse promotes blood flow to the genital area, helping to maintain vaginal health.
    • Developing expanded views of sexual pleasure: If vaginal penetration (intercourse) is difficult or uncomfortable, consider so-called “outercourse” options such as extended caressing and massage.
    • Local prescription therapy: For vaginal dryness and discomfort that does not respond to over-the-counter lubricants and moisturizers, low doses of local vaginal estrogen therapy are very effective and safe. Local estrogen increases the thickness and elasticity of vaginal tissues, restores a healthy vaginal pH, increases vaginal secretions, and relieves vaginal dryness and discomfort with intercourse.
    • Systemic prescription therapy. Low doses of systemic estrogen in the form of a pill or skin patch or gel used to treat hot flashes are also effective for treating vaginal dryness, although some women might benefit from adding local treatment to their systemic treatment to relieve discomfort. If only vaginal symptoms are present, local therapy as described above is recommended.

    During my menopause transition, I was very aware that vaginal dryness was a common symptom and assumed this was a natural part of aging.  I made assumptions that if my skin was aging, why would my vagina be any different? Then, I became aware of the many options for treatment.

    I started out using OTC silicon-based lubricants and that worked for a few months.  It solved the friction problem, but not the pain.  Then, I tried vaginal moisturizers and the pain was relieved for a few more months. However, since vaginal dryness tends to be a progressive condition, the situation only got worse for me.

    Per the Partners’ Survey, 56% of women and 57% of men whose partners used local estrogen therapy reported that sex was less painful.  This was true for me.  Painful sex disappeared once those vaginal cells were plumped up with local estrogen therapy, restoring my love life.

    Recently, I asked Wen Shen, MD, Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, about the safety of vaginal hormonal treatment:

    “Vaginal estrogen comes in very low doses, as light as ten micrograms used twice a week.  There have been premarketing studies that show women who use vaginal estrogen do not increase their systemic estrogen levels above the post menopausal level.  After treatment, the levels actually go back down again to really low levels.

    The vaginal skin and bladder are very well treated with vaginal estrogen, and they have more elasticity and thickness, so that the vagina can serve as a sexual organ again and the bladder can be less irritated.”

    It is important to discuss vaginal dryness with your healthcare provider to confirm that you are not suffering from a vaginal infection.  If left untreated, it can lead to long-term complications in some women.

    According to Dr. Shen:

    “Vaginal dryness is one of the easier symptoms of menopause to treat that carries the least amount of risk.”

    I was so happy there was a solution to vaginal dryness that I started talking about it with my girlfriends.  Many confessed that they too suffered from extreme dryness during intercourse and were losing interest in sex, leaving their partners feeling confused and distanced.

    My friends and colleagues in the menopause community started calling me “Vagina Girl” because I always asked, “How’s your vagina?” It was perfect when asked to join the GLAM TM (Great Life After Menopause) team to bring awareness to vaginal dryness.

    My message to woman, and to the men who love them, vaginal dryness is treatable. Talk to your healthcare provider. If you are menopausal or suffering from hormonal changes, you don’t have to suffer in silence.

    Vaginal health is more than sexual health – it is good women’s health.

    By Staness Jonekos, Co-Author The Menopause Makeover

    Medical reviewer: Wendy Klein, MD, FACP

    Disclosure: I am a member of GLAM™ (Great Life After Menopause), a women’s health initiative sponsored by Novo Nordisk. www.VaginalDiscomfort.com

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    Fashion Flash – The Best in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty for the Over 40 Woman!

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    I’m delighted to be hosting Fashion Flash this week. Learn how to apply false lashes, dark lips and products for fine hair. Struggling with Menopause? Our bloggers have tips for weight loss, navigating the physical change and even a menopausal joke!

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    Can women over 40 wear the fall trend of a dark lip shade? Fab Over Forty went to beauty expert Sandy Linter to have her help us figure it out.

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    Keeping a food diary and tracking your goals doubles the odds of losing extra weight according to a new study.  Menopause Makeover has FREE planner downloads. Start today and take control of your health!

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    Plus Size Actress Melissa McCarthy’s Elle Cover Causes Controversy.

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    October is National Dental Hygiene Month. Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com offers healthy teeth tips.

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    Positive Aging Exert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks women should speak up and stop being embarrassed about this physical change almost all of us go through. After all, life after 50 should be filled with joy, fun and great sex!

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    Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  reveals  a top celebrity beauty  secret.

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    Feeling a little blue?  Women’s Fitness Expert, Mirabai Holland tells you how aerobic exercise can help lift your spirits.

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    Are your natural lashes starting to thin and become shorter and lighter? Style expert Deborah Boland has great news. Faux lashes have gone mainstream, and Deborah shares what you need to know for choosing the right type and applying them for a look that is real.

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    Still blonde after all these YEARS offers up a Menopausal Joke summarizing life!

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    FASHION FLASH! The Best Of Everything In Fitness, Style, Beauty And So Much More! FOCUS ON: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!

    FashionFlashNEWlogoOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month . . . and since the risk of breast cancer increases the older we get, the fab women of FASHION FLASH got together to create a theme around the issue, in honor of all those who are cancer patients, survivors or are working hard to prevent it!  We’ve got articles on the best exercises to do, ingredients in beauty products we might want to be aware of, best ways to lower your risk, how to look and feel pretty no matter what you’re going through . . . and so much more!

    I’m honored that THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 is hosting this week’s FASHION FLASH, and I’ll start the conversation going with my own blog post!

    The-Best-of-Everything-After-50 logoBarbara from THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 says: New studies report that exercise is a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer, and my exercise of choice is running, with walk breaks. Get started on your path to better health . . . today!

    menopause makeover logoStaness from MENOPAUSE MAKEOVER says:  About 70-80% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations. Find out 10 ways you can lower your risk of getting breast cancer!

    FabOverForty logoKari from FAB OVER FORTY says: A face oil may not be what you think, but many people benefit from these natural oils. Read more about them and Fab Over Forty is giving away one Darphin Essential Oil Elixir.

    Black Cat Plus logoJodell from BLACK CAT PLUS says: BeauCoo, the body positive style network launches the Stories Project to promote positive body image.

    Moving Free with Mirabai logoMirabai from MOVING FREE WITH MIRABAIsays:  What are the best exercises for cancer patients? These are some of the best exercises I use with those who are cancer survivors, patients, or trying to prevent it!

    nononsensebeauty logoDeb from NO NONSENSE BEAUTY BLOG says: Know your ingredients! Deb looks at the breast cancer risks of a common ingredientthat’s found in a lot of our favorite skin care products!

    ABwithRlogoJackie from AGING BACKWARDS says: Couldreading food labels help you lose weight? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com chews on that topic.

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    f40 loggo-1Deborah from FABULOUS AFTER 40 says:  With so many new fashion trends for fall 2013, how do you sort out what’s wacky and what works? Here’s a rundown of the top 10 fashion trends worth paying attention to.

    Prime-Beauty logoCindy from Prime Beauty Blog says:  These are my Top 10 Beauty Products from the Fall 2013 collections that will make any woman feel and look fab!


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