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Venus Blogs http://venusblogs.com Venus Blogs - Real Talk for Women Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:37:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Streaming Service JUST FOR US! http://venusblogs.com/a-streaming-service-just-for-us/ http://venusblogs.com/a-streaming-service-just-for-us/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:37:23 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/a-streaming-service-just-for-us/ If you cherish heartfelt movies as much as I do, I enthusiastically recommend Sweet Nothing In My Ear, about a deaf woman and her hearing husband whose love is tested when they split over whether to provide their deaf son with implants that could restore his hearing.  Playing the mother with unflinching authenticity, marvelous actress […]

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If you cherish heartfelt movies as much as I do, I enthusiastically recommend Sweet Nothing In My Ear, about a deaf woman and her hearing husband whose love is tested when they split over whether to provide their deaf son with implants that could restore his hearing.  Playing the mother with unflinching authenticity, marvelous actress Marlee Matlin makes you think she actually faced this decision with one of her own children. (She did not.) And Jeff Daniels is wonderful as the father who must decide whether his  wishes for his son are truly selfless.

I discovered this compelling 2008 film on Feeln, a new streaming service that offers movies and TV shows with the emotionally rich stories I–and millions of other women–desire, but without endlessly browsing to find them, like I had to do on cable TV.  I was tired of paying almost $80 a month for dozens of “premium” movie channels that feature movies I don’t even care to see. The people who choose the films for the big-name entertainment channels are pretty clueless about what women 45+ want to watch!

Feeln’s answer for ‘digital boomers’

Considering Feeln, at only $1.99 a month, is dramatically less than what I used to pay for premium cable channels, I’m delighted I made the switch.

Besides handpicking beloved Hollywood hits like Midnight in Paris, and timeless classics like Some Like It Hot, Feeln is the only streaming service to present carefully selected TV shows and miniseries, such as The Five People You Meet In Heaven and The Red Tent, especially for the 45+ demographic!

What’s more, boomer women and our families have the opportunity to enjoy the exclusive library of 70 exceptional Hallmark Hall of Fame features, Christmas movies all year long, as well as award-winning originals they won’t find anywhere else, such as Breaking Bread with Brooke Burke. Brooke invites viewers to go inside the homes of her celebrity friends, including Jane Seymour, Florence Henderson and Roma Downey, to share recipes for the meals that have tradition and meaning for them.

Feeln knows that women cherish heartfelt stories of love and togetherness, and it wants us to be able to see the movies and shows featuring these themes–anytime and anywhere– without one single commercial interruption. The video-on-demand service is available on the web, on dozens of devices including iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, and at home on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox 360.

Worth a Try

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Streaming subscription services like Feeln are fast replacing traditional TV to offer a much larger selection of movies and shows, handpicked just for us, for a fraction of the price! That’s why millions, just like me, are cancelling cable and dropping our expensive pay TV channels, or spending less time watching cable TV. Not only do we want uninterrupted viewing, we want to watch what we want, when we want.

Imagine. You get unlimited, year-round access to the movies and TV series you love, for the cost of two movie tickets or one-month of basic cable.

to give Feeln a try for the incredible price of $24–and that’s unlimited watching for one whole year!

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Perimenopause and Heart Disease http://venusblogs.com/perimenopause-and-heart-disease/ http://venusblogs.com/perimenopause-and-heart-disease/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:00:01 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/perimenopause-and-heart-disease/ Perimenopause is the stage of your life before you begin to enter menopause, and may begin between the ages of 35 and 45. You may experience some of the signs and symptoms of menopause, such as menstrual irregularities, hot flashes, heart palpitations and mood changes. Also during this time period, your risk of developing heart […]

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Perimenopause is the stage of your life before you begin to enter menopause, and may begin between the ages of 35 and 45. You may experience some of the signs and symptoms of menopause, such as menstrual irregularities, hot flashes, heart palpitations and mood changes. Also during this time period, your risk of developing heart […]

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How To Play ‘Spin The Bottle’ After 50 http://venusblogs.com/how-to-play-spin-the-bottle-after-50/ http://venusblogs.com/how-to-play-spin-the-bottle-after-50/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:31:07 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/how-to-play-spin-the-bottle-after-50/ I was asked to participate in the #KYconfessionals campaign, sponsored by K-Y Brand and Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Invoking the name of my former lover, Edgar (1988-2000), comes in handy when I’m about to write a blog about sex, because my sexual experiences with him were o-u-t-of-t-h-i-s-w-o-r-l-d! Sex […]

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I was asked to participate in the #KYconfessionals campaign, sponsored by K-Y Brand and Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

Invoking the name of my former lover, Edgar (1988-2000), comes in handy when I’m about to write a blog about sex, because my sexual experiences with him were o-u-t-of-t-h-i-s-w-o-r-l-d!

Sex on the magnificent beach in Longboat Key, Florida. Sex on the plush carpet of his opulent executive office in Connecticut. Sex in his high-end Lincoln Town Car (before it became a car service car). Sex in the oversized jacuzzi tub. We not only had sex all over the place; no place on each of our bodies was off limits!

Well, that was then and this is now. I’m almost 16 years older and intimacy and sex have become routine, as in ordinary.

So, I have two choices: 1) Accept ordinary or 2) Figure out a way to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Interestingly, more and more companies are creating products and devices to help me make the second option possible, a response to a sexual revolution in America today.

Women of all ages are openly discussing the subject of sex, and many boomer women, especially, would like to enjoy the same quality of sex they once cherished. Or, at least come close.

2K-Y, a brand we’ve all known since we’ve “come of age” and has grown up with us, wants to help us put the va va voom back into our bedrooms. Its brand new K-Y Touch, which it bills as a “2-in-1 silky massage crème and pleasure gel,” is designed to increase our skin’s sensitivity, so every touch feels like it did “back in the day.” Instead of getting right to the business of having sex, and acting like robots, K-Y encourages us to “slow down and explore more of each other for a more profound intimate connection.” The crème and gel combo is designed to be activated by touch, so the sensations build with every caress, stroke and move.

“OK, I’m game,” I told the folks at K-Y, who invited me (and David) to try K-Y Touch. So, off I went to pick it up at Walgreens.

productsAfter obediently shaking the sensual-looking bottle, and then drizzling a few drops of K-Y Touch about three inches below my belly button, I asked David to softly massage it into my skin (that’s a new one!). Sure enough, I felt a warming, tingling feeling. The cream can be used anywhere on our bodies, including on the penis and vagina, to enhance the ease and comfort of sexual activity, and supplement our body’s natural lubrication.

K-Y even has created a series of clever activities, called KY Confessionals, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The idea is for you and your partner to forget the flowers and dinner out, and try something new, like arousing each other’s passions right at home. Luckily, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so we won’t have everyday stresses hampering our pleasure, and we can take as much time as we need to get in the mood.

My favorite activity is a K-Y version of spin the bottlewhich I plan to play with David after a sumptuous homemade dinner.

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Here’s how it works:

You place the K-Y Touch bottle in the center of a paper wheel, spin, and then must perform the intimate act that’s described where the bottle lands. There are 10 instructions, such as: Picking a sexy song and giving your partner a show; taking turns massaging each other (with K-Y Touch, of course), wherever you may choose, and whispering in your partner’s ear to turn him on.

I’m thinking about trying a couple of other activities that are a bit more daring, and invite David and me to play out some of our inner secrets, including breaking out the blindfold, and surprising each other with where the next lick, kiss or stroke will land. K-Y Touch should come in handy here. A sexy take on BINGO, and other ways to play, should give you a few giggles, not to mention get you gushing with excitement.

Try K-Y Touch today! You can save $2 on any K-Y product at Walgreens through 2/16/2016 using this coupon.

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What to Pack for Business Travel http://venusblogs.com/what-to-pack-for-business-travel/ http://venusblogs.com/what-to-pack-for-business-travel/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:02:17 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/what-to-pack-for-business-travel/ I’ve been doing a lot of one- and two-night trips for business this past year, and I’m not always sure what I should pack to look cool, confident, and chic. And, to make things more complicated, I’ve been heading to different climates, too: Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte . . . sometimes all in one week! […]

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BHG photoI’ve been doing a lot of one- and two-night trips for business this past year, and I’m not always sure what I should pack to look cool, confident, and chic. And, to make things more complicated, I’ve been heading to different climates, too: Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte . . . sometimes all in one week!

On my last trip to Charlotte to launch the new partnership between Red Heart Yarns and the American Red Cross, I traveled in the morning wearing an outfit that was perfect for my afternoon of meetings, followed by an early dinner: black tights, medium-heel black pumps, and a charcoal grey crew neck, 3/4 length sleeve sheath dress, worn with a cool necklace. It was comfortable enough to wear on the flight, and chic enough to wear to meetings.

IMG_3016The next day, when I gave my speech I wore a very cool navy blue dress, nude fishnets, and nude patent high heel pumps. It’s one of my favorite “power” outfits. My pop of color was the special Red Heart Yarns “Red Heart Cares Cowl.”

Wanting to make sure I always present my absolute best self when traveling for business, I consulted with my good friend Karen Klopp, the founder and editor of the fabulous What2WearWhere website, and author of “Packing for Travel: From Jetset to Trekset, the Definitive Globe-Trotting Guide.”  This terrific book has become my personal guide to knowing what to take . . . and just as important . . . what to leave behind, for any possible travel opportunity.Packing for Travek KKlopp

But, since my thoughts have been less on adventure and more on giving speeches about positive and healthy aging at women’s conferences around the country, I asked Karen to tell me her top tips to make sure I always have what I need, when I need it, in my bag when traveling for business.

Here’s Karen’s ideal 5-day business travel wardrobe (which works just as well for two nights!):

Clothes

  • 1 Jacket/Blazer
  • 1 Pencil Skirt
  • 1 Pair of Pants with Stretch (St. John makes fabulous, chic knit pants)
  • 1 Cardigan
  • 1 LBD (little black dress, not too short!)
  • 2 Cashmere Sweaters
  • 1 Blouse

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  • 1 Pashmina or Cashmere Scarf/Wrap
  • 1 or 2 Silk Blend Scarves
  • 1 Tote or Work Bag (or a very cool backpack, like this one)
  • 1 Clutch
  • Statement Necklace and Cuff Bracelet

Shoes

  • 1 Pair Ballet Flats or Wedges
  • 1 Pair Kitten Heels
  • 1 Pair High Heels

Karen feels that black or navy are perfect colors for business travel clothes, and you can add pops of color with scarves and blouses, and interest with jewelry.

Of course, if time allows, be sure to stick your workout clothes and sneakers in your bag, too. Or, consider doing what I try to do whenever possible: see if the hotel  has a spa.  Sweet.

 

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Estrogen Protects Women Against the Flu? http://venusblogs.com/estrogen-protects-women-against-the-flu/ http://venusblogs.com/estrogen-protects-women-against-the-flu/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:18:36 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/estrogen-protects-women-against-the-flu/ Here’s a study worth crowing about!  According to a study published in the American Journal of Physiology, estrogen has anti-viral effects against the influenza virus. Given that we’re smack in the middle of flu season, this is good news for us estrogen users, eh? In order to conduct the study, researchers examined nasal cells from both men […]

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Here’s a study worth crowing about!  According to a study published in the American Journal of Physiology, estrogen has anti-viral effects against the influenza virus. Given that we’re smack in the middle of flu season, this is good news for us estrogen users, eh? In order to conduct the study, researchers examined nasal cells from both men […]

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Kegel Exercises with KegelSmart http://venusblogs.com/kegel-exercises-with-kegelsmart/ http://venusblogs.com/kegel-exercises-with-kegelsmart/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:58:29 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/kegel-exercises-with-kegelsmart/ I’m going to be the first one to tell you that I hate Kegels. Primarily because I’ve never been able to figure out how to do them correctly. And like everything else which frustrates me, I simply abandoned them altogether. Up until the last few years, I was able to do that without any real […]

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I’m going to be the first one to tell you that I hate Kegels. Primarily because I’ve never been able to figure out how to do them correctly. And like everything else which frustrates me, I simply abandoned them altogether. Up until the last few years, I was able to do that without any real […]

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Was Isaac Newton Talking About YOU? http://venusblogs.com/was-isaac-newton-talking-about-you/ http://venusblogs.com/was-isaac-newton-talking-about-you/#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:18:30 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/was-isaac-newton-talking-about-you/ We women can be “funny,” especially when we avow one week that we’re going to start eating right, drinking fewer glasses of Merlot, and exercising more, then do a 360 the next! Case in point: Near the end of 2015, we sent an email to the FabOverFifty community and invited women to meet Vann Duke, […]

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We women can be “funny,” especially when we avow one week that we’re going to start eating right, drinking fewer glasses of Merlot, and exercising more, then do a 360 the next!

Case in point: Near the end of 2015, we sent an email to the FabOverFifty community and invited women to meet Vann Duke, the man who has taught me to actually enjoy exercising during the last year. Exercising, as in lifting dumbbells and doing other weight-bearing routines for my bone density and muscle mass, cardio for my heart health, and ab work to strengthen my core.
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Women were excited!  About 40 FOFs emailed back within a day and enthusiastically told us they “were in,” saying that they couldn’t wait to meet Vann, since they REALLY needed to start moving and finally get in shape in the new year.

We gave each of them a number of days and time slots when they could join an intimate group Skype session with Vann.  Every single woman chose a session, which was gratis, by the way. We also followed up with emails to remind everyone about their sessions and how to reach Vann on Skype. Vann had to add groups to fit everyone in,  since he didn’t want the get togethers to be too large and lose their impact.

I assumed not everyone would show up. After all, we get busy, our schedules change, and emergencies arise. But I never dreamed 75 percent of the “committed” ladies simply would bail.

What’s more, most never bothered to contact Vann to explain why they didn’t show, or to reschedule. Maybe they all found trainers, joined gyms, or started exercise programs on their own. More likely, most of them simply decided they just can’t be bothered to start exercising just yet. And they found any excuse they could to make sure they didn’t!  

I get it.  I really, really get it.  Hopefully, though, those of you who were excited to meet Vann in the first place will eventually make a real commitment to exercising.  Not because you want to be size 8, or meet a new man, but because it will do every inch of your body–and your mind–a world of good.   

BRAVO! to the 10 women who did meet Vann. He told me you were passionate about taking your body on a new path.

One of you just turned 50, Vann reported, and wants to reclaim the active lifestyle you once shared with your family; another one of you, who just turned 60, is starting to see big changes in your body and you’re feeling like it’s ‘betraying’ you.

The women who did attend had firmly decided not to settle for unwanted weight gain, low energy, pain and weakness, and disappointment in their bodies, Vann said.  They were ready to start a fitness regimen, but knew they needed the guidance and motivation to begin making the big changes they desired.     

Remember Newton’s First Law of Motion, which states:

“A body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it,

 and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion

 in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.”  

So, if you’re the “body at rest,” chances are you’re going to stay at rest unless an “outside force” acts on you. EXERCISE, my FOFriends, IS THE OUTSIDE FORCE. And, once you start moving, it’s a good bet that you’ll stay in motion!

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Smart fellow, that Newton!

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NAMS Claims that Compounded Hormones are Unregulated and Unsafe: NAMS is a Liar http://venusblogs.com/nams-claims-that-compounded-hormones-are-unregulated-and-unsafe-nams-is-a-liar/ http://venusblogs.com/nams-claims-that-compounded-hormones-are-unregulated-and-unsafe-nams-is-a-liar/#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:07:03 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/nams-claims-that-compounded-hormones-are-unregulated-and-unsafe-nams-is-a-liar/ In December 2015, The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), published a report in their journal, Menopause, citing the dangers of unregulated compounded hormones.  These so-called unregulated hormones, according to the article, reach an estimated 26 to 33 million patients [primarily women] per year. The story implies that hormones compounded by compounding pharmacies are unsafe and extremely risky, […]

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In December 2015, The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), published a report in their journal, Menopause, citing the dangers of unregulated compounded hormones.  These so-called unregulated hormones, according to the article, reach an estimated 26 to 33 million patients [primarily women] per year. The story implies that hormones compounded by compounding pharmacies are unsafe and extremely risky, […]

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Dear Husbands of a Perimenopausal Wife http://venusblogs.com/dear-husbands-of-a-perimenopausal-wife/ http://venusblogs.com/dear-husbands-of-a-perimenopausal-wife/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:50:21 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/dear-husbands-of-a-perimenopausal-wife/ Update: This post was originally written in 2009.  It has been edited and updated to be republished Well, as you can tell from the title of this post, I’m sending out a lifeboat of sorts, to husbands whose wives are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause.   The search data on my blog tells me that more than a […]

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Update: This post was originally written in 2009.  It has been edited and updated to be republished Well, as you can tell from the title of this post, I’m sending out a lifeboat of sorts, to husbands whose wives are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause.   The search data on my blog tells me that more than a […]

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Soy May Prevent Osteoporosis in Menopausal Women http://venusblogs.com/soy-may-prevent-osteoporosis-in-menopausal-women/ http://venusblogs.com/soy-may-prevent-osteoporosis-in-menopausal-women/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2016 17:15:25 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/soy-may-prevent-osteoporosis-in-menopausal-women/ I’ve been beating the drum for soy as a remedy for hot flashes and night sweats in perimenopause for a very long time. Primarily because during my own perimenopause years when my hot flashes and night sweats were at their worst, drinking two 8-oz glasses of soy milk helped keep them totally at bay. To […]

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I’ve been beating the drum for soy as a remedy for hot flashes and night sweats in perimenopause for a very long time. Primarily because during my own perimenopause years when my hot flashes and night sweats were at their worst, drinking two 8-oz glasses of soy milk helped keep them totally at bay. To […]

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