Menopod: Natural Cooling Relief for Hot Flashes (A Giveaway!)



A post from the makers of Menopod. I love the story behind this innovative treatment for hot flashes:

Tired of unexpected hot flashes? Need cooling relief for those night sweats? Take control of your menopause with Menopod!

Menopod Co-founder Patricia Copeland frequently suffered from hot flashes and night sweats due to menopause. Her family history of heart disease meant she was not a candidate for hormone therapy. She wanted a drug free and non-invasive, natural solution. Patricia turned to her husband Steve Copeland, an internationally acclaimed Industrial Designer, for a solution and the Menopod was born.

In 2015 they pitched Menopod to Dragons Den a Canadian reality show similar to Shark Tank. Three of the “Dragons” made offers confirming that Menopod was truly something special. The Copelands forged ahead and today Menopod is available to you.


The Menopod is a patented electronic cooling device that provides fast natural cooling relief for hot flashes caused by menopause. Menopod’s sleek, durable award winning design fits into the palm of your hand making it convenient for everyday use.

With just the press of a button, the patented Peltier technology instantly chills the copper plate to 41 °F (5 °C). Just press it on the back of your neck for instant relief. No more drippy ice packs or bulky gel packs. And just like a cell phone, Menopod™ is fully rechargeable with its own USB connection. You can have instant cooling relief in the palm of your hand wherever you are, whenever you need it!

Menopod may also be used for relief from other uncomplicated medical conditions such as hot flashes associated with the chemical treatment of cancer, migraine headaches, fevers, and heat stress.

This video shows you Menopod at work. Please note that it does feature our old design. We have since improved the design to include one larger copper plate to add even more cooling.


Giveaway: We’re giving away a Menopod to one Friend for the Ride reader. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by July 25. Thanks!

To learn more about the Menopod or purchase online at Order now for our special 20% discount offer! Don’t miss out, this offer only lasts until August 7th. Shipping is FREE in the U.S.A. and Canada.

Downsizing: An Update!



We’re still downsizing over here in preparation for moving into our new house. We bought the model in a nearby community, and it became available sooner than planned. So we’re been moving bit by bit as we clean out our old house and get it ready to go on the market.

I’m giving the new house touches of old. Quilts over the banister (above) and a toy spice cabinet on the kitchen counter (below).


And a frog in our shower. Ribbit!

Cliff has jumped into the game and has given away or tossed parts of his youth too (more to come in a fun post soon!) We’ve bought some new furniture, including these pillows to add some zing.

For my birthday in March, daughter Kath surprised me with a painting of our old house, which was built 1n 1833 The front and back wings were added in 1889.

The artist is Bruna Webs. Bruna is wonderful to work with, and her prices are good. Just send her a photo, and she’ll pick up her paintbrush. Contact her through her website or email her at Bruna Mebs at

I liked Kath’s present so much that I commissioned Bruna to paint the back wing of our house too. Here it is:

And Bruna did a wonderful portrait for Kath of the little guy below, my grandson Maze.

The grandchildren’s room is well underway at the new house, with a closet full of old house toys

brand new zebra sheets

and in the bathroom, a rainbow rug next to a flamingo shower curtain.

Our house isn’t officially on the market yet, but when it is, of course we hope it sells quickly. I’m working through the emotions of leaving. I want someone to love the house and yard and care for them even better than we have. There’s so much I’ll miss, including this old doorbell. The girls would come to the back door after school and ring and ring and ring.


I can’t bring the doorbell, but I’m bringing my new paintings! Thanks Kath! Thanks Bruna!

Gumbo Love: A Cookbook Giveaway


Love this cookbook by Lucy Buffett! The photos are gorgeous, and the recipes sound delicious. Here are two other aspects of the book I really like.

One:  I’m delighted that Lucy presents her desserts at the beginning. She writes, “It may seem strange to start this cookbook with the desserts, but being a lifetime rule breaker and someone who actually reads magazines from the back cover to the front, this seems entirely the right place to start this book.”  Let’s hear it for Dessert Power. In college, I always ate mine first. What fun!

Two: As a lover of self-help, it pleases me that Lucy introduces the book with “Ten Grateful Ingredients for a Bright Life and a Happy Kitchen.” One of my favorite snippets: “You’ve got to make your own gumbo.” Yep. You’re the expert on your own self. It took me years to really get that.

Key West Tuna Burger_credit Angie Mosier

Meet Lucy in this charming video and hear more about gumbo love!

The publisher of Gumbo Love is Grand Central Life and Style. Here’s what they write about the book:

A delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast’s vibrant food culture, by Jimmy Buffett’s sister and owner of two beloved destination restaurants in Alabama and Florida.

Incorporating Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican, Old Florida, and Creole influences, Lucy proves through her collection of recipes that the Gulf Coast has its own distinct flavors and traditions that make it a destination year after year. Surviving hurricanes, the Gulf Coast—beyond just New Orleans—has a vibrant food and culture that’s gone largely unnoticed. Lucy wants to change that by sharing her food and stories with GUMBO LOVE readers.

Like her brother, Jimmy, Lucy celebrates freedom, relaxation, and seaside decadence in her own art–cooking, and has now written the cookbook her fans have been asking her for; one that offers the recipes she’s famous for, along with Gulf Coast classics and stories of growing up in Mobile, Alabama, working in New Orleans, and her philosophy of relaxation, gratitude, and enjoyment.

Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. Her fans will find recipes for their social occasions including gumbos, main dishes, deep fried favorites (with her easy frying tutorial), salads, seasonings, libations, and desserts. They will also learn how Lucy navigates the kitchen, her business, and her family and readers will come away with the basic ingredients of an inspiring life philosophy.

Gumbo Love (1)

Giveaway: The publisher is offering a copy of Gumbo Love to one lucky Friend for the Ride winner. For a chance to be that winner, please enter a comment by August 1. Thanks!

Lucy “LuLu” Buffett cooked her way from coast to coast before returning home to Alabama to open a modest little bayside gumbo and burger joint that doubled as a bait shop. Now, she is the successful restaurateur of two locations of LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Destin, Florida, where she serves over a million guests a year. Her adventures-culinary and otherwise-inspired her to write LuLu’s Kitchen (formerly self-published as Crazy Sista Cooking), and now Gumbo Love. For more information, please visit and follow Lucy on Facebook and Twitter.
Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries_credit Angie Mosier (1)
   Image credit: Angie Mosier     Lucy Buffett’s headshot: Chandler Williams of Modus Photography

Women of the Hourglass Magnets: A Giveaway!



I adore the work of Marylou Falstreau. Her Women of the Hourglass series touches on ideas I’ve tried to highlight on Friend for the Ride: the new possibilities that menopause brings (above). Along with those possibilities, comes  the realization that we can indeed simplify, giving up what drags us down (below):

Many women talk about the liberation of menopause (once the moods and flashes and goofy periods abate):

Age helps us appreciate the powers of forgiveness. Of other people and our wrinkles:

Just a few posts ago, I told you about my new breathing technique, which worked again last night:

With the loss of each of my parents, I’ve had a deep regret that I didn’t thank them enough for the blessings they brought to me. I’m working hard not to make that mistake with my friends. Thank you all for reading my blog! I’m honored that you take time from you busy days to read my words.

And thank you, Marylou, for your words and your pictures!

Giveaway: I’m giving a  Women of the Hourglass magnet to three lucky Friend for the Ride readers. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by July 25. Winners will choose their magnet from the selection here.

Meet the lovely Marylou and hear about her Women of the Hourglass series:


Visit Marylou’s website to learn even more about her work and to purchase her art in the form of prints, note cards, affirmation cards, magnets, and a coloring book!