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Venus Blogs http://venusblogs.com Venus Blogs - Real Talk for Women Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:15:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Depression in Perimenopause and Menopause http://venusblogs.com/depression-in-perimenopause-and-menopause/ http://venusblogs.com/depression-in-perimenopause-and-menopause/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:15:14 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/depression-in-perimenopause-and-menopause/ I’m back with the next post in the “Depression in Perimenopause and Menopause” series.  If you are just now joining this conversation, you can go here to read all of the posts in the series which have been published so far.  I’m ready now to move into depression which occurs in perimenopause and menopause. Because […]

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BestOfEverythingAfter50 is a “Best Blog” Winner! http://venusblogs.com/bestofeverythingafter50-is-a-best-blog-winner/ http://venusblogs.com/bestofeverythingafter50-is-a-best-blog-winner/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:14:12 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/bestofeverythingafter50-is-a-best-blog-winner/ I am thrilled to tell you that for the 2nd year in a row, Healthline–America’s go-to website to learn more about how to stay healthy throughout life–has named BestofEverythingAfter50 one of the top ten best blogs that focuses on menopause.

BestofEverythingAfter50 isn’t a menopause-specific website per se, but for the last 5 years I have consistently delivered content to help women live their best lives with articles on health, fitness, sex, eating well, career, money, relationships, style, hair, and much more. My goal has always been to motivate women to be proud, fierce, and fearless at every age, no matter what.

Click here to see the full list of winners and learn more about Healthline.com. 

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So, What Have You Been Doing During The Last 35 Years? http://venusblogs.com/so-what-have-you-been-doing-during-the-last-35-years/ http://venusblogs.com/so-what-have-you-been-doing-during-the-last-35-years/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:10:39 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/so-what-have-you-been-doing-during-the-last-35-years/ I had a three-hour lunch on Friday with four old friends. It was a long lunch because three of us haven’t seen each other in about 35 years. That’s a lot of catching up to do! We actually could have spent three more hours, but other obligations beckoned.


All of us worked together in the mid-70s at Norelco, the company that’s well known for its electric shavers. Back then, it also produced a full line of kitchen products, including microwave ovens, coffeemakers, and food processors, as well as personal care products like hair dryers. I was the publicity director; Pat worked for the brilliant but completely crazy president; Diane assisted the sexy, smart and roving-eyed vice president; Alice worked for an adorable, hard-to-understand Dutchman, and Theresa worked for fun and intense me. Theresa and I lost touch for many years, but reconnected a few years ago and have remained pals ever since.

First, we took turns presenting synopses of our lives during the last three-and-a-half decades.

Four of us still live in the New York metropolitan area; the fifth lives on the east coast of Florida.

Four of us have a boy and a girl. One has three boys and a girl.

Two of us are divorced, but remain friendly with our ex-husbands; one is about to be divorced; one lost her husband about 10 years ago because he never took care of himself, and the fifth, Alice, has been married for almost 39 years.

Four of our 12 grown children are married; one is separated. Our children are working at jobs ranging from a fashion textiles designer and senior writer at a brand consultancy to a teacher and a fireman. Two of our daughters had children with African American men; one daughter is gay. We’ve all had our ups and downs with our kids, from estrangement to chronic illness, but have coped with them or worked them out.

We have 7 grandchildren among us.

Four of us are working; the one who isn’t quit her job a few years ago, when she underwent treatment for benign brain tumors. She has periodic MRIs, but she’s in good shape, thank goodness!

Two of us are on estrogen therapy. And, speaking of estrogen, one woman asked: “Do you think it’s possible to feel passion for a man at our age?”  We didn’t arrive at an unanimous answer, but another of us said, “I’d be happy just to have companionship now.”

I asked Alice about what attracted her to her husband and the secret to their decades-long marriage.

alice-and-her-husband“Jeff and I believe in the same things. We’re each other’s best friend. We know we can always count on each other. We’ve raised our children together as a united front. We’ve worked hard, together, to acquire what we have now and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished. I like to think we’ve instilled those values in our kids. I’m proud of us.”



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What Suzanne Somers Does Once A Week To Keep Her Skin Looking Wonderful! http://venusblogs.com/what-suzanne-somers-does-once-a-week-to-keep-her-skin-looking-wonderful/ http://venusblogs.com/what-suzanne-somers-does-once-a-week-to-keep-her-skin-looking-wonderful/#respond Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:00:06 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/what-suzanne-somers-does-once-a-week-to-keep-her-skin-looking-wonderful/ Suzanne Somers may have portrayed Chrissy Snow, a ditsy blonde, in the popular TV sitcom, Three’s Company (it ran from 1977 to 1984), but in real life, no one would call Suzanne “ditsy.” Sharp. Savvy. Entrepreneurial. Controversial, perhaps. But definitely not ditsy.

suzanneOver the course of the last three decades, Suzanne (who turns 70 this October) has built one of the most successful beauty, health and fitness businesses in the United States, with legions of loyal fans.  She could never have kept her enterprises  going this long, based solely on her popularity as a celebrity. Her customers really do like what she’s selling. She’s been promoting her ThighMaster, for example, since the late 90s.

FabOverFifty recently had the opportunity to ask Suzanne about a product she uses every single week, called Crystalift, a microdermabrasion machine that we can easily use at home.

Microdermabrasion is all the rage today with plastic surgeons and aestheticians, who use a “minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer,” according to the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and stretch marks, improve age spots and blackheads, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce or eliminate enlarged pores and acne scars.

“Microdermabrasion helps to thicken your collagen, a protein in your skin that’s abundant when you’re a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin,” the ASPS site says.

Read what Suzanne says about Crystalift and watch her short video to see it in action. Then, learn how you can get this spectacular $250 machine for only $99. Plus, you’ll receive LightActives Firming Collagen Booster as a free gift. It’s an absolute dreamy skin serum valued at $110.


FOF: How does Crystalift work to both soften wrinkles and target age spots and fine lines?  Why do crystals work specifically?

Suzanne: Crystalift is a professional process that combines vacuum lifting and Crystalift exfoliation to lift away older cells from the skin’s surface and bring younger, fresher cells to the surface. This lifts away imperfections and leaves smoother, younger-looking, glowy skin.   

Does Crystalift really work as well as microdermabrasion?
How do the two differ?

Crystalift was developed by the same professional microdermabrasion company that develops machines for dermatologists. So you are truly getting $4,000 professional technology for your home, for under $200. Think about it…for the same cost of one salon treatment, you can purchase Crystalift and bring the spa home and use it whenever you want.  

How long have you been using Crystalift and how often do you use it?  

I was introduced to Crystalift about five years ago, and I use it every Thursday on what I call my ‘home spa day!’ It keeps my skin looking fresh. Exfoliation is so important for the skin’s vitality.  

How long is each treatment?

Most people do a treatment in about five minutes, once or twice each week.

How long did it take you to start seeing a difference in your skin?

I saw immediate results in my skin radiance and texture the very first time I used it! There was an instant wow factor, and my husband noticed right away. With ongoing use I saw my lines diminish and age spots fade.

Can you use Crystalift on all types of skin?

Because Crystalift is a non-invasive treatment it’s effective for all skin types and ages.

Plus, crystals have special skin balancing properties that neutralize the skin and allow

for better product penetration and smoother makeup application.

What type of skin do you have?

My skin is normal to dry because my home is in the desert. That’s why exfoliation is so important. I wear a lot of makeup for my work so I like to make sure my pores are getting cleaned out frequently.

Are there other products like Crystalift on the market?

Crystalift is a true advancement in anti-aging skincare and there is nothing else that I know of that puts this professional level technology into consumers’ hands.

Why should every woman 45+ use Crystalift?

As we age, collagen production slows, our skin’s texture changes, and sun spots start to appear. It makes us look older than we feel. Crystalift helps reverse this and makes you look younger and feel better.

What were the credentials of the Crystalift inventors?

Crystalift was invented by Jonathan David, who has been at the forefront of skincare innovation for over a decade. He has a long history of innovation in professional and consumer skin care devices.

Crystalift sells for $250, but FabOverFifty is delighted that BioRenew Labs, the manufacturer, will provide machines for $99 to the first 50 members our community who order. You’ll automatically receive Crystal Capsule refills each month. Cancel anytime after 2 months. No further obligation. No questions asked.

Note: Crystalift should be used for at least two months to see maximum results.

to redeem this special offer on Crystalift and receive your FREE LightActives Firming Collagen Booster.

Remember: The offer is limited to 50 FOFs!

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What’s YOUR (Short) Story? http://venusblogs.com/whats-your-short-story/ http://venusblogs.com/whats-your-short-story/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:22:50 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/whats-your-short-story/ When women get together, whether we saw each other yesterday or many yesterdays ago, we undoubtedly have “stories” to tell. We can flit from subject to subject without skipping a beat, or taking a breath.

Now, I’ll tell you one of my stories. Here goes:

I went into labor in the early afternoon of Friday, October 30, 1981, and gave birth to our daughter, Simone, at around 3 pm. My doctor shuttled between my room and someone else’s, to deliver another baby.

The next day, my best friend, Linda, called me at the hospital and breathlessly said: “Do you know who also had a baby there yesterday? Ivana Trump!” Sure enough, Dr. Porges was delivering Ivanka Trump around the same time he was helping to bring Simone into the world.

A few years later, I was at a press event for the opening of a new gourmet food store in Manhattan, when I spotted Mr. and Mrs. Trump. Not being a blushing violet, I went up to them and told them that Simone and Ivanka were born in the same hospital, at the same time, with the same doctor. Ivana was charming. Her husband didn’t even look at me and didn’t say a word.

End of story.

Now tell us one of your stories, ANY STORY that involves you. It can be funny or lighthearted, dramatic or traumatic. It’s your story, and FabOverFifty would love to publish it.  

Please limit your story to around 150 words.  Longer stories will not be considered!

NOTE: By submitting your story and image, you give FabOverFifty the right to publicly publish them.

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Dear Magnolia….I Do Most of the Cooking & the Cleaning & Everything Else! http://venusblogs.com/dear-magnolia-i-do-most-of-the-cooking-the-cleaning-everything-else/ http://venusblogs.com/dear-magnolia-i-do-most-of-the-cooking-the-cleaning-everything-else/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:15:31 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/dear-magnolia-i-do-most-of-the-cooking-the-cleaning-everything-else/ Today’s “Dear Magnolia” installment is from “Paul.”  Paul, like so many men who come to The Perimenopause Blog looking for answers, is feeling unappreciated for all that he does for his wife, who is now going through perimenopause.  He’s a bit stressed, angry, frustrated, and is clearly venting in his comment.  I wish I could […]

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Why I’m Running in the NYC Marathon http://venusblogs.com/why-im-running-in-the-nyc-marathon/ http://venusblogs.com/why-im-running-in-the-nyc-marathon/#respond Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:29:07 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/why-im-running-in-the-nyc-marathon/ Yep. I’m going to run in my third New York City Marathon. I’m worried. This year I suffered a herniated disc from lifting a heavy box, and I’m five years older than the last time I ran the New York City Marathon (2011). But, that won’t stop me from doing it again to celebrate my 60th birthday and to raise money for colon cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.


2016 NYC Marathon

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Lady Patch To The Rescue http://venusblogs.com/lady-patch-to-the-rescue/ http://venusblogs.com/lady-patch-to-the-rescue/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:01:08 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/lady-patch-to-the-rescue/ FabOverFifty has partnered with Lady Patch to bring you a very important message about your bladder health!

My mother used to call me a “camel” because I could hold in my urine for hours on end. Then, one fine day a few years ago, I was alarmed to feel some leaking while I performed yoga poses in class! I forgot about it, until it happened again a few weeks later, when I sneezed during a walk with Rigby. I was reluctant to tell anyone, including my doctor, but I worried about what was going on.

When I broke down and saw the doctor, I learned I have a condition called “light bladder leakage,” or “urinary incontinence,” and that I was far from alone. LBL is extremely common, affecting as many as 30 percent of American women.

LBL Triggers

Besides stressors such as coughing, sneezing or exercise, many other factors can trigger bladder leakage, including (but not limited to) smoking, alcohol and caffeine, previous pregnancy and childbirth, hysterectomy, obesity and medical conditions including hypertension, vascular disease, urinary tract infections and diabetes.

As if all these aren’t enough, menopause is another culprit of LBL. Before menopause, estrogen keeps the bladder lining healthy and strengthens the pelvic muscles by stimulating blood flow to the pelvic region. Decreasing estrogen, however, weakens the connective tissues of the pelvis and urinary tract, which act as the supports to the bladder and urethra. This may prevent your pelvic muscles from keeping the opening of your bladder sealed, which invites unwanted leaks, especially when you cough, sneeze, or lift something heavy.

The capacity of the bladder also decreases as we age, forcing us to go to the restroom more frequently. It can sometimes even be tough to get to the toilet in time.

Enter Lady Patch

The clitoris is the powerhouse behind the nerves throughout our body’s entire pelvic floor. And now a strikingly simple–and clever–product, called Lady Patch, can be safely positioned on the clitoris with an adhesive back to help stimulate the nerves throughout the pelvic region, enhance pelvic muscle tone, and give you more control over your bladder and leaking. Wearing the small Lady Patch can be likened to applying pressure with your finger or crossing your legs. It works with your body.

The Regular Lady Patch is designed for everyday use, for travel or overnight, and the Active Lady Patch is best when doing activities like exercising, dancing and walking the dog, Both are completely drug free. The Lady Patch stays in place and I don’t feel a thing. I replace it about every six hours and then before bedtime. It is removed before sex.

product-revThe small Lady Patch is a cinch to apply by pressing its adhesive side directly onto the clitoris, above the labia. It stays in place and I don’t feel a thing. I replace it about every six hours and then before bedtime. It needs to be removed before sex.

With the summer travel season approaching, many of us will likely be spending more time in the car, on planes, and enjoying the great outdoors. I’m taking a long plane ride to Rome this week, and I know that my trusty new travel companion, Lady Patch, will keep me feeling secure and comfortable.

Learn more about Lady Patch here and try it today!

activitiesThis post is sponsored by Lady Patch. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting FabOverFifty!

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Don’t Miss The Eleventh, With The Incomparable Cloris Leachman http://venusblogs.com/dont-miss-the-eleventh-with-the-incomparable-cloris-leachman/ http://venusblogs.com/dont-miss-the-eleventh-with-the-incomparable-cloris-leachman/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2016 15:09:49 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/dont-miss-the-eleventh-with-the-incomparable-cloris-leachman/ The fifth and final episode of The Eleventh is breathtaking! Starring the inimitable Cloris Leachman, this original dramatic series takes us on an emotionally rich journey of a teenager and her newfound grandmother, who has been estranged from the family for years. The heartbreaking–and utterly surprising– outcome will leave you wondering if you would have made the same decision as grandma Margaret.


The gripping story of The Eleventh is available on Feeln, Hallmark’s subscription video on-demand subsidiary. Complementing Cloris’ powerful performance as no-nonsense, pragmatic Margaret, Ren Harris beautifully plays her guarded but determined granddaughter, Janine, on a mission to reunite her fractured family. And Christopher Atkins is Janine’s dad, Neil, who harbors intense antagonism towards his mother-in-law. Florence Henderson plays Margaret’s sister and Ed Asner is a sympathetic friend.

>>Try one month of Feeln FREE today!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every single movie or show I’ve watched on Feeln’ during the last four months. This new streaming service offers Hollywood hits, timeless classics, and carefully selected TV shows with the emotionally rich stories women love, but without the endless browsing on cable TV.  And, at a fraction of the cost. Considering Feeln, at only $2.99 (?????) a month, is dramatically less than what I used to pay for premium cable channels, I’m delighted that  I made the switch.

Feeln’s answer for ‘digital boomers’

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. Imagine. You get unlimited, year-round access to the movies and TV series you love, for just $1.99 a month. An entire year of unlimited watching for the cost of two movie tickets or a single month of basic cable.

The fact is, 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!

Worth a Try

I’m so sure you’re going to love Feeln, I asked one of the top executives for the streaming service if he’d give members of the FabOverFifty community the chance to try Feeln free for one month. And he said“YES!”

to redeem your free month of Feeln today, and start watching movies and shows you’ll love! Make sure The Eleventh is on top of your list!

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Struggling with the Cost of Health Insurance? Try BrightBod.com for Free! http://venusblogs.com/struggling-with-the-cost-of-health-insurance-try-brightbod-com-for-free/ http://venusblogs.com/struggling-with-the-cost-of-health-insurance-try-brightbod-com-for-free/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 13:19:25 +0000 http://venusblogs.com/struggling-with-the-cost-of-health-insurance-try-brightbod-com-for-free/ BrightBod.com is a FREE alternative to health insurance for women who can’t afford the real cost of Healthcare; it might be considered “alternative healthcare” for Unemployed women and Part-time employees who cannot afford the Premiums, Deductibles, co-pays, etc., which, ordinarily, prevent people from being able to access real Healthcare. There are 325 million people in the United […]

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