Category Archives: Menopause

Beat the Heat! A Nano-Ice Necklace Giveaway




A summer giveaway offer from our friends at Nano-Ice Cooling Necklace:

Summer can be tough, hot, and uncomfortable for many; however, you may not have to suffer like this anymore thanks to the Nano-Ice Cooling Necklace. Whether it’s a Fourth of July barbecue or an afternoon baseball game, the Cooling Necklace will keep you comfortable and cool for up to 3 Hours! With superior cooling abilities and stylish designs, the Nano-Ice Cooling Necklace is a staple for this summer.

Join the movement today, and Beat the Heat in Style with your very own Cooling Necklace!  See the 2 designs, above and below.

unnamed (1)Giveaway: For a chance to win a necklace, please enter a comment by July 15. Thanks!

Read more about the development of this innovative necklace here on  Friend for the Ride. The last giveaway winner was delighted with her necklace. Cool!

M is for Menopause and Men!



M stands for menopause, and it also stands for men. What do men think of menopause? Do they get a vote?

Sure they do, since menopause affects them too. I was delighted to receive this note from my good college friend, Glenn:


It’s taken me far too long to send you a note to let you know how much I have enjoyed and learned from your Friend for the Ride blog. To be honest, as a near 60 year old man, I really only started to read it to see what you’ve been up to – but I’ve continued to follow it because it has provided so much information and insight as to what my female family, friends, and co-workers are going through.

It’s really helped me to better understand and relate to their circumstances.

Great job!


Thanks, Glenn, and thanks to men everywhere, including my own husband, who get that this is a difficult transition. As I’ve written before, I wish I’d shared more with Cliff about the emotional side of menopause. Trouble is, for many of us, these emotions are so odd and so troubling, they’re tricky to characterize and to talk about.

Here are links to two posts I wrote for EmpowerHer on men and menopause:

Five Mistakes Couples Make During Menopause and Five Things I Wish My Husband Knew About Menopause.

If I could suggest another article for EmpowerHer, it would be on how to talk to your male friends about menopause because that’s an important topic, too. Thanks Glenn, for reading my blog, and thanks to guys everywhere for caring enough to connect with us during a challenging transition.

Hot Women Need Cool Beautiful Fans! A Giveaway


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The cool news from Fine and Folded Hand Fan Company. Their fans are gorgeous!

In menopause, you may find yourself hotter than you’ve ever felt before! We’ve learned that women with hot flashes love fans! We love fans too, and we like that we can help.

Equally practical and delightful, our fans provide an instant breeze; slip one in your purse or bag to have at your fingertips whenever you need it. The beautiful and unique designs pair classic patterns with a touch of whimsy – each with its own personality to mix and match with your style and mood! All fans come in a lined, fabric bag with a magnet closure – easy to open and close and keeps your fan protected.

Hot flashes? No sweat – unfold a little cool. They are a perfect gift for yourself or friends!

Fan in Hand

Giveaway: We are teaming up with Barbara to provide 2 lucky readers with a hand fan of your choice (9 designs to choose from). You can read more about us and see the designs at For a chance to win, please leave a comment by July 1. Thanks!

Discount: If you don’t want to leave it to chance, enter “FRIEND” at the check-out for free shipping if you buy 2 or more.

Check out this fun guide to fan language!

Fan Language

It Was Never a Dress (and a Mug Giveaway)



When I first read the words, “It was never a dress,” they didn’t sit well with me. I love dresses!   But when my friend Kathy sent me more info, I began to appreciate the slogan.

I like what this software company, Axosoft, is doing to empower women, especially girls, through the company’s support of the STEAM program.

Here’s what they say on their website:

In science, technology, arts, mathematics, politics, houses of worship, on the streets, and in our homes, insightful women are often uninvited, overlooked, or just plain dismissed. Through storytelling, community building, innovation and creative disruptions, #ItWasNeverADress will foster necessary conversations, vital voices, and images from around the world that honor ALL women.

For a few months of my childhood, I dreamed of becoming a geologist, thanks to a shiny book my mom got me on rocks and minerals. What was your science dream? Did it become a reality?

Take a few minutes to watch this video about It Was Never a Dress.



Giveaway: I’m buying a mug to give away. According to the website: “Profits from It Was Never a Dress merchandise will go towards a scholarship for need-based, under-represented individuals entering the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).”

For a chance to win the mug, simply enter a comment by July 1. Comment link is at the bottom.