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!

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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.






A certain fabric will send me sailing back to my youth. I snapped this summer sailboat dress last year. The texture reminds me of pique, which was big when I was in Junior High.

The pattern is reminiscent of larger prints, which were in fashion for part of my youth.

And the style of the dress, a shift, brings to memory the stir shifts made in the sixties. My dad didn’t like my mom in shifts, so one day he hid hers in the back of the closet. She had a nice figure too. I have no idea what he hated about them. Makes me extra appreciative that Cliff has never pestered me about my clothes.

But back to fabric. What are the fabrics you remember?

Mine are wool, dotted swiss, pique, and corduroy. Loved them all!

Here’s to the fabric and the fashion of our lives.


Oh and BTW, I didn’t buy this simple shift because the price was NOT simple at all.

The Ladies Room Door Art Series: Part Twenty-Four




More bathroom doors from far and near!

The first few doors are from Susan, who traveled to India to visit her daughter Gwen in February. (Check out Gwen’s travel blog here. (Gwen has been to fifty-five countries, and she’s just 25 years old!)

Back to doors! The colorful photographs of a man and woman (above) are from the New Delhi airport.

Below, Susan snapped this photo from the train. It’s a restroom on the Kalka-Shimla railroad line.


This door was taken at a rest stop en route to Agra from Delhi.


This marks a ladies room at a rest stop en route to Jaipur from Agra.


Susan photographed this door at the airport in Jaipur, India. To read more about ladies rooms in India, read Gwen’s post on Friend for the Ride: Bathrooms in the Developing World.



In the U.S. of A., Amelia took this photo at  New England Seafood in Jensen Beach, Florida.

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Candace snapped both of these doors at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, DC. You got to wonder what our mothers would think of the men’s room door. In fact, what do we think?



Carol found superhero doors at Sully’s Steamers in Greenville, South Carolina.



Becca spotted this elegant door at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse, New York.


I took the mirrored door at the Shoals Club on Bald Head Island, North Carolina.


I loved the drawing on the girl’s room door at the Expedition School, a charter school here in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
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And oh-so-true, the upbeat mural on the wall of the girls’ room.



Celebrate your own inner beauty as  you look in the mirror at ladies rooms far and near. But first, check out the door as you go in. If it’s a cool one, snap a photo and send it to me. Thanks so much!