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How to Survive the Big M

Yep! We’re talking menopause.

While researching menopause causes, symptoms and the treatment/prevention of the aforementioned, we’ve come to certain inevitable conclusions:

There is no known prevention for menopause. We know, we know, for the most part we don’t mind the end result of menopause, but, by golly, isn’t there a way to avoid the discomfort? Nope, just like exercise, we got to go through it to get to the end result.

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After thorough Internet research, here’s what we’ve learned.

 

Anything and everything you eat may or may not cause hot flashes.
Anything and everything you eat may or may not cause insomnia.
Anything and everything you eat may or may not cause joint pain.
Anything and everything you eat may or may not cause night sweats.
Anything and everything you eat may or may not cause mood swings.
Anything and everything you eat may or may not cause weight gain.

Okay, now that every man has groaned and uttered “Ewwww” and left this blog, let’s talk turkey.

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Sorry to say menopause appears to be a fact of life for most women. And if you think about it, for their partners. They enjoy it vicariously through us. You’re welcome. Did you all honestly think we were going to go through this without you?

(Insert evil laugh here)

Okay, we are done laughing and back to this blog.

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As you can see by our bullet points above, the best thing you can do is avoid eating or drinking anything and everything. Difficult, we agree, but think of your waistline!

Based on the fact that we enjoy eating and drinking, we’ve decided to put together our own list of do’s and don’ts.

How to avoid or lessen the symptoms of menopause.

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Do go through menopause with a buddy or two. This is the safest way. Keep your buddy on speed dial for emergency texts and calls.
Don’t decide for your buddy what they can and can not eat. This prevents injury to yourself and others.
Do go out with your girlfriends and laugh. This eases any and all symptoms
Do go out with your girlfriends and their significant others. The sympathetic nods amongst the significants makes them feel like part of the team. (Did we just call menopause a team sport?)

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Do live near a nice cold swimming pool, lake or ocean. Do feel free to take a plunge at anytime. Do not feel free to do so naked. Alternate solution: Keep your bathtub full of cold water at all times – Do feel free to take this plunge naked.
Do take anyone who says “oh c’mon, it’s not that bad!”, to a local sauna, sit with them until they get up to leave, pull them back down and say “nope,not done yet” and “oh c’mon, it’s not that bad!”

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We sincerely hope this helps .

Read this book for more humor on Menopause .

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And this one for safe and natural ways to balance your hormones.

Dr

 

Here’s to a Happy Life!

MaryBeth & Sherry

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A Christmas List – Gift Ideas for Her

Recently, while hanging out with a group of friends, the stress of giving and getting Christmas gifts came up. What does she really want?  What will he actually use?

So we asked, what would you like to receive?  Below is a list of gift ideas for her from their responses. We will do a gifts for him blog too.

These laptop cases have style and make her life a bit easier.

Laptop Carrying Case – Bellino Mason Messenger – this bag is faux leather and gets great reviews. The strap is adjustable for either shoulder or cross-body. This bag works for men or women. The price is great too!

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Looking for a more colorful case? Try this one – McKlein Women’s Tote – this one is leather and comes is a nice variety of colors for her.

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For the High-End Gift Giver try this Prada bag – Prada

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Are you a jewelry giver? How about this simple yet elegant necklace? It’s perfect for either the office or a night out.  Black Pearl Necklace.

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The forecast for this winter is COLD! How about some warm items to help her survive?

These Muk-Luk items are perfect when you are outside on a cold winter’s day. I’ve given these as gifts and own a set myself. Muk-Luk 3-in-1 Gloves and Muk-Luk Trappers Hat

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These hat is perfect when you need warmth but desire a more fashionable look. Crochet Hat

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(A side note – if you haven’t yet shopped on Etsy.com please do, these shops offer so many unique items.)

You can pair either of the above accessories with this Cold Weather Coat – Columbia TurboDown Jacket

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Finally, a little something for her long winter’s nap.

These pj’s are incredibly soft and comfortable while still providing warmth – Gisele Long Pajamas  or if you live in a warmer climate Gisele Shorts Set 

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Comfy Slippers?  Minnetonka Cally Slipper or Bob’s from Skechers Slippers

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These gifts sweeten the atmosphere while provided a romantic glow. Himalayan Salt Lamp or Honest Organic Candle

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We learned that when it comes to choosing a gift for someone the best way to figure out what they would really like is to listen. Most people unwittingly give clues in conversation.  What would you like for Christmas this year?

Here’s to a Happy Life!

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🎁MaryBeth & Sherry

 

 

 

Finding Our Way Back to Creativity

I used to make things all the time. Baking, cooking, crafting decorations, gardening, painting… I don’t know where the day goes, I don’t seem to have the time to do these things like I used to. Isn’t that strange, I had the time when my kids were going up.

Do we get lazy or move on to other things? Do we become less organized as we get older, more scattered perhaps? I know I miss painting and gardening, I keep telling myself I just need to do it. Then another day, season, year goes by and I still haven’t started a new project.

I have a so many wonderful memories of making crafts or recipes with friends and family. Days spent in artistic pursuit while enjoying conversation and laughter.

This Christmas, MB and I decided to get back to it.

We made foot balm from a natural recipe and bottled it up for Christmas gifts. We took great delight in designing our own scents and labels, creatively attaching a pair of socks, ribbon, and bells to each jar for a festive look.

We got quite a few laughs as we realized just how rusty we had become in the simple art of tying a bow.

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We tried the double boiler method of melting our ingredients, patiently stirring on low heat until MB got impatient, mixed a second batch and stuck it in the microwave. The microwave method is so much quicker, requiring very little effort on our part, leaving more time for constructing our holiday presents.

It was fun :). We got to gab, ok we always gab, still talking, laughing while concocting gifts, well, it was just kind of fun doing a girly thing! I think I’m gonna go buy those paints…

Many thanks to Sarah Lipoff at Popsugar.com for sharing her DIY Sleep Salve recipe.