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MenopauseMop: A Giveaway!




A menopause mop!

How cool is that?

Created by three Hot Flash Sistas!


This is how they describe their innovative mop:


Read the testimonials here!

Check out the colors and designs here.

Giveway: The Hot Flash Sistas are offering a mop to TWO Friend for the Ride readers. Simply enter a comment by September 1 saying that you’d like to be a winner. U.S and Canada only. Thanks, Sistas!

Estroven’s Summer Giveaway! Keep Cool!



Estroven is offering one Friend for the Ride reader their summer giveaway!

They wrote to us:

Menopause is already a tumultuous time for nearly half of women in the United States, and between hot flashes and night sweats, it can seem like an uphill battle to beat the heat: especially in the summer.

As the temperature rises, so do the number of beach days, and for these women, a trip to the beach could feel like a trip to the sauna.

This season, Estroven®, the safe multi-symptom menopause relief supplement, is helping women ditch the discomfort associated with menopause so they can feel good about bathing suit season, with “Beat the Heat with Estroven” Summer Survival Kits.

The kit includes a 50 ml. spray bottle, an ice sphere mold (perfect for fruit-infused refreshments), beach towels, sunscreen, a water bottle and a sample of Estroven’s newest product, Estroven Weight Management which helps provide relief for hot flashes, plus helps women manage their weight.*

For a chance to win, simply enter a comment by July 10. Sometimes, readers have trouble finding the link to comments. It’s at the bottom of the post, right here:



Thanks, Estroven! Neat kit. Love the colors!



Slammed into Menopause


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A post by blogger and landscape architect Amelia Grant:

Women in my family tend to go through menopause later than usual. My mother was 56 years old and claimed ,“It only took one day!” My cousin is 54 and my sister 57, and  neither of them have any symptom of ‘the change.’

Last year I was diagnosed with a fibroid the size of a cantaloupe and an ovarian cyst the size of an orange.

I was looking somewhat pregnant and feeling a bit, um, large. The gynecologist was none too happy with me when I, at age 51, said,“Let’s give the things a little time. Maybe menopause will naturally shrink them.“ (This is possible –estrogen causes them to grow and lack thereof causes shrinkage).  51 is the average age of menopause.

Needless to say, I found myself having a total abdominal hysterectomy 3 months later, as I was still producing plenty of estrogen and the things were getting bigger instead of smaller. I emerged from the surgery thinner and happy my ovary had not exploded .

Things were not too bad at first. I was (and still am) reluctant to take hormone replacement therapy.

However, one night I awoke to find more fluid coming out of my body than I had ever experienced. Primarily, my neck for some bizarre reason.

It was as if some gigantic pores had opened below my hairline; the pillow was soaked, and I had to get a towel and sleep with it.

Then I decided to start counting the hot flashes; it was exceeding 10 a day, most of them requiring a wipe down.  Living in South Florida and the time of year being Summer did not help matters. I called the gynecologist and asked for some help.

“Is your sleep disturbed?” they asked.

Only by waterfalls of mysterious fluid leaking out of my neck..followed by frozen clamminess.

I am not sure if disturbed is even the proper word. Defiled is more like it.

So, I got the horse dose of HRT in a transdermal patch. The patch does help but I am still not out of the woods and menopause has definitely lasted more than one day.

Amelia Grant is a very experienced Landscape Architect/Designer who a few years back left the big city of Atlanta for an idyllic life in a small town in South Florida. The ensuing experiences led to a blog and new found pleasure in writing and sharing information online.


She lives on the Treasure Coast with her husband, two retired racing greyhounds and a fluffy  white cat. Landscape design and consulting are her primary occupation with writing, gardening, and cooking as sidelines.

Amelia’s  blog,The Shrub Queen, may be found at theshrubqueen.wordpress.com.

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho: Winning Your Battle with the Seven Dwarves of Menopause



A post by wellness nurse Mary Buchan:

In the last post, I identified and described the 7 Dwarfs of Menopause in detail. My encounter with them helped me with my own defensive strategy for dealing with these annoying creatures.  Now it is my turn: Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work I go.

When they began to show up at my house a few years ago, it was like a mini invasion. Very suddenly without warning, it was as if a switch to my inner furnace was turned on and I began waking up in the middle of the night hot and drenched with sweat. I would get up, change my night gown, go back to bed, sleep awhile then repeat until the next internal heat wave hit.

I was hoping the hot flashes were just passing through and would stop but they didn’t.  I was tired, cried at the drop of a hat, irritable and basically miserable. After 3 months of hot flash bombardment I realized, it was time to ask for help.

I want to share about how I mounted a counterattack against these troublesome tormentors…

First of all I want to say that addressing and alleviating the factors that contribute to hormonal imbalance is vital and not a one-size-fits-all proposition. A multifaceted approach is the best strategy. Dr. Christiane Northrup states in The Wisdom of Menopause, “It is important to realize that hormonal support can be a smorgasbord.”  In other words, there are many alternatives and strategies that can be used in addition to hormone therapy.

I did my research and assessed my lifestyle habits including: diet, exercise routine, sleep habits and stress level and realized that I needed to make a few changes if I wanted survive and thrive in this new phase of my life.  So I created my own personal Menopause Care Plan…

I took a look at my diet and identified the toxic foods that needed to be removed. I worked more fruits and vegetables into my diet and made sure I drank plenty of water. I increased the good fats like legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and oils. These good fats are the starting point for hormone balance.

I created and followed a more consistent exercise program including both cardiovascular and strength training components.   I walk 5 days per week for at least 30 minutes and strength train 2 days per week. It is well documented that regular exercise reduces physical and emotional stress and releases endorphins, the happy hormone, a great tool for zapping the dwarves.

I gave more attention to my sleep schedule and bed time ritual.  I personally need 8 hours of sleep on most nights. I’ve learned that hormone balance occurs mostly during deep sleep which also supports a healthy serotonin balance.  Serotonin helps keep our moods balanced.

Finally I looked at my life and listed all of the energy sappers. I listed 50 items that I needed to delete or get in order so that I could experience less stress and more peace. This exercise not only helped me decrease my stress but increased the productivity in my life.

Ready or not, these dwarves may show up in your life. You can take control and alleviate your discomfort in natural ways with lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy (preferably Bioidentical Hormone Replacement), and alternative medicine strategies.

One last tip… Create your own Menopause Tool Box. This critical toolbox should be amply supplied with the following items:

  • Combat Sweaty (hot flashes) with a fan, a tank top, and a cool, damp rag.
  • Overcome Itchy (dryness) with lubricants, moisturizing lotions, and by drinking lots of water.
  • Outsmart Forgetful by doing puzzles and other activities that exercise your brain cells.
  • Do aerobic activities to put Bitchy and Weepy on the run. And if needed, don’t feel bad if you also require the help of an antidepressant and a box of tissues.

Finally, be sure to limit caffeine and alcohol consumption. And avoid such things as smoking and spicy foods, which can open the Menopause Pandora’s Box. Trust me: Nobody wants to open that box.

The good news is that when you get past the battle and learn how to deal with these miniature tormenters , you can experience more energy, fun, passion for life.  I am living proof!

Let me close with this thought about the seven dwarves of menopause: (1) They are sneaky little guys, and you may not be able to avoid them entirely, no matter what you do. But don’t despair, because (2) With a few simple tools—and lots of patience—you can WIN this battle and maintain your sanity. At least most of time.

 So hold on to your seat belt. Before long, “happily ever after” is bound to return.

 Don’t forget to send me your personal stories about how you encountered and overcame the seven dwarves of menopause!

Mary B

Mary Buchan has spent the past 30 years as a wife, mother, registered nurse and singer/songwriter.  In 2012 she re-purposed her nurse’s cap to start her own coaching practice with a focus on life reinvention. Mary is also a blogger and the author of the soon to be released book  Over It: How To Live Above Your Circumstances and Beyond Yourself  (Spark Publications).

Check out Mary’s website, where you can also find her blog:   http://marybuchan.com/