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What's Up Wednesday

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow, and the idea is to let other bloggers know where you are with any writing and reading goals you may have. 

I'm excited! This is my first week to participate and I can't wait to jump in and share.

What I'm reading:
I am reading Hopelifter by Kathe Wunnenburg. Although, I haven't started reading this book, it's the next  book on my list. Hopelifter shows you how to creative comfort to ease another's pain.

What I'm writing:
I recently started writing again. I lost my youngest daughter to an AIDS related illness in May and I stopped writing. Recently, I was given the opportunity to write a three articles for Healthline. So what I'm writing: three articles about menopause.

What else I've been up too:
I've been trying to get back to normal. I've been withdrawn into my own world. I'm still angry and it's hard for me to get back on track. I'm trying to forge forward and work the kinks out. 


What inspires me right now:
The one thing that inspired me right this minute is my nine year old special needs grandson. I guess he's the main reason I try to keep going forward. If I didn't have him in my life, I would be lost upon a sea of despair without a compass.




Contributer @ Healthline.com

Monday, August 19, 2013


It's been a while since I've actually sat down and written anything. I stopped putting words to paper when my youngest daughter passed away. I just couldn't pick up my pen and write.

When the opportunity arose for me to contribute to Healthline.com, I jumped on it. I needed to get back on track. I needed a way to focus all my unwanted emotions.

I wrote and contributed three articles related to menopause. Below you will find the links. Please stop by and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you and know your thoughts. Your comments are always welcome.





SkinCeuticals review for Astonishing Skin Care

Sunday, August 18, 2013
Disclosure: I received sample products for review. However, all opinions are my own.

I am always in the market for trying mew skin care products. I received the following samples to try out.

SkinCeuticals samples I received:

I found each sample to be not quite what I expected. They were indeed small sample sizes so I couldn't actually get the full benefits of the product. I do have to say however, the products do actually work. The full size products are priced very high-end, so I personally wouldn't purchase them. 

You can find out more about each product by clicking on the above links or to find out more about SkinCeuticals click on this link.

Founded in 1997, SkinCeuticals discovers, develops, and delivers innovative dermatology products that improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. They use pure, pharmaceutical grade ingredients with proven scientific results. SkinCeuticals formulations are based on optimal concentrations of active ingredients elegantly crafted into functional products designed, formulated, and tested for effectiveness. SkinCeuticals entire skincare program works as a complete system for maximum improvement to skin health.

Early in their history, a SkinCeuticals research team helped pioneer the advent of cosmeceuticals with the original topical vitamin C formula that protects skin from premature signs of aging caused by environmental damage. SkinCeuticals continued to lead the industry as one of the first companies to provide scientific evidence to support product benefits รณ publishing clinical studies in respected medical journals usually reserved for pharmaceutical research. 

CorsetChick Review

When it come to sexy, I always try to spice things up with hubby. I recently had the opportunity to review a product from CorsetChick. I chose the Black Burlesque with Red Stripes Corset. This corset retails for $29.99 and comes with matching panties. It comes in regular and plus sizes up to 8XL(fits size 22/24). I ordered the 8XL which was still a little snug for my taste. I like breathing room, but it still fit well.

The only problem I had was lacing up the back. I did have to get hubby to help(which of course he didn't mind.)

I've chosen not to picture the corset. but you can find out more about CorsetChick here. They do offer a variety of other styles as well.

With this particular corset the sizes fit a lot smaller than usual.  Please check the size chart below before choosing your size. 

                                                                   More details: 
Black with Red Burlesque Corset
Regular or Plus Size Corset

 Comes with matching panties  

Sensual lace up back under wired satin corset with mini ruffle satin corset with satin bow   

14 1/2" long closed front corset
Zipper on the side, and adjustable laces in the back for a proper fit
Mild sweetheart neckline
Under wire cups for added support
12 light-weight bones through-out


Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL, 6XL, 7XL & 8XL
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

ALPHA HYDROX BODY CARE KIT Review and Giveaway #sponsored #neoteric #giveaway #win #alphahydrox

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Disclosure: I received a body care kit for review from Alpha Hydrox. However, all opinions are my own.

I love Alpha Hydrox and when I got the opportunity to review the Body Care Kit, I couldn't wait! Ever since I used the Alpha Hydrox 10% Enhanced Lotion I've been in love with their products.

The Body Care Kit contained everything I needed to take care of myself and hubby. The kit included: 

The first product I used was the moisturizing body wash in luxurious sea mist. 
 I loved the way the fresh ocean scent enveloped my body as I sunk into a hot tub of bubbles. It reminded me of being at the beach and the sea mist spraying against my skin. I have to admit, I used the entire bottle up in a week. 

More about the moisturizing body wash:

Gentle, rejuvenating, soap-free
12 fl. oz.
* For all skin types
* Contains 4% Glycolic AHA
* Effective pH 4.5
* Refreshing fragrance
* Contains Vitamin E and Aloe
* Rich, luxurious soap-free formula
* Cleans, conditions, soothes
* Exfoliates & moisturizes
Indulge your skin with this rich, luxurious formula that cleanses, exfoliates, moisturizes, conditions, soothes and rejuvenates. Formulated for gentle, soap-free cleansing. Leaves skin feeling healthy, soft, clean and revitalized.  

How To Use:Lather over body with hands, a wash cloth or body pouf and rinse clean.  Pat skin slightly dry and follow with Alpha Hydrox SilkWrap Body Lotion.
The 12 fl.oz. bottle retails for $7.99. 

I also received the silkwrap body lotion
The silkwrap body lotion wraps your skin in a cocoon of richness. This lotion is very thick and silky. I love lotions that are thick. I feel like I'm bathing my body in water with thin lotions. With the silkwrap body lotion you only need a little. This lotion is also great if your have chicken bumps like me.
More about silkwrap body lotion: 
The ultimate in skin-saving therapy. Especially effective for persons affected with Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin bumps)
12 oz.
* For all skin types
* Contains 12% Glycolic AHA
* Effective pH 4
* Fragrance-free, non-greasy
* Exfoliates, hydrates, renews
* Adds rich moisture to your skin
* Leaves skin feeling smooth & soft
How To Use:
After cleansing with Alpha Hydrox Moisturizing Body Wash, gently pat skin slightly dry and apply Alpha Hydrox SilkWrap Body Lotion.
The 12 fl.oz. bottle retails for $12.49

The third product in the trio was the deep therapy foot cream.
My husband and I both suffer from cracked and dry feet. He's a diabetic and the deep therapy foot cream is perfect for his feet. It deep penetrating moisturizing gets into his feet making them soft and less prone to cracking. For me, the deep therapy foot cream was the perfect solution to my tired, achy feet. I use the twice a day and my feet never felt better. 
More about deep therapy foot cream:
12% Glycolic AHA
4 oz.
* For all skin types
* Extra strength exfoliation
* Effective pH4
* Deep-penetrating moisturization
* Effective pH 4
* Fragrance-Free
The exfoliating properties of the 12% glycolic alpha hydroxies work to loosen dead skin cells, allowing the penetrating moisturizers to soften the skin.  Ultra rich, deep-penetrating moisturizers soften, smooth and hydrate.
A 4 oz tube sells for $9.49

You can purchase these great products separately or in the body care kit  which is on sale for $25.50 a saving of $4 when you buy the kit. You can also win a body care kit. Neoteric Cosmetics is giving one lucky High Heels and Hot Flashes reader a body care kit. All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below.

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Blog For Mental Health 2013 Official Blogroll

Art by Tallulah “Lulu” Stark

The blogs/bloggers listed on this blogroll have taken the pledge to Blog for Mental Health in 2013:
I pledge my commitment to the Blog For Mental Health 2013 Project.  I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others.  By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health.  I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.
Please join me and other bloggers as we take the pledge and blog about mental health!

Twinlabs Whey Protein Isolate Giveaway #sponsored #win #twinlab #whey #protein

Disclosure: I received a product for review and giveaway from Twinlab. However, all opinions are my own.
I am so excited to offer one lucky High Heels and Hot Flashes reader a chance to participate on the CleanSeries by Twinlab - The ultimate sports nutrition series! giveaway.

I'm trying the product and I'd love for one of my readers to try it along with me. I received Twinlab Whey Protein Isolate for review and thanks to Twinlab one lucky reader will have a chance to win their own canister.

I chose the vanilla(which is yummy). It's also available in chocolate.

From Twinlab:
  • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners
  • Non-GMO & banned substance tested
  • 23g protein per serving from premium cross flow ultra filtered Whey Protein Isolate
  • Promotes muscle repair and helps reduce recovery time*
  • Instantized for easy, no-blender-required mixing
  • No fat and only 2g sugar
  • Low in lactoseX
  • Low glycemic index
  • Easily digestible
  • No preservatives added
  • No wheat, fish or egg added
  • No yeast or starch ingredients
X There is a very small amount of lactose 0.06 – 0.28 g (typical is 0.06 g) per serving.

DESCRIPTION:

Whey isolate is one of the highest quality protein sources, and Twinlab Clean Series Whey Protein Isolate delivers 23g of this superior ingredient per serving to help you build lean muscle and reduce recovery time after exercise.* Whey isolate is ideal for athletes because it’s naturally rich in glutamine and desirable branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) without the fat that often accompanies other whey sources.
This delicious formula mixes easily – no more dealing with clumps or globs! – and is absorbed faster than many other sources of protein.

SUGGESTED USE:

Add 1 scoop (33 g) to 6-8 oz of cold water, shake or blend for about 5 seconds and enjoy. For best results, use as part of a proper diet and exercise program.
Certified Gluten Free by NSF®, an independent laboratory.

OUR PROMISE:

Twinlab Clean Series represents a new standard in trust and quality for sports nutrition products. Created from scratch with the single-minded purpose of proving that you don't have to sacrifice performance for peace of mind, this product is painstakingly produced in our own NSF®GMP for Sport registered facility and is held to the highest standards.

The product sells for $44.99, but you can enter to win on the Rafflecopter below. US only, must be 18 to enter. Contest ends 8/24. Winner has 48 to claim prize. High Heels and Hot Flashes is not responsible for prize delivery. Once you receive your Whey Protein Isolate be sure to come back and let me know how it's working for you. My review post will be up in a few weeks with my results. I'd love to post yours as well.


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DryBabe Absorbent Sleepwear Review #sponsored

Friday, August 16, 2013

Are you a hot mama?

When it comes to menopause, I suffer from all the unbearable symptoms. The worst is of course hot flashes and night sweats. I've tried everything to help me rest at night. When I got the opportunity to try DryBabe Absorbent Sleepwear, I thought why not!

I received the "Sweet Dreams" Night Gown" which comes in plus sizes. I chose a 3x in fuchsia and I have to say I love it!


The "Sweet Dreams" Night Gown" retails for $49 with free shipping to US and Canada. It comes in plus sizes 1X to 3X. The gown has a puckered front(which took some getting use to). I like "breathing" room. Although I ordered a 3X the gown was a little snug. If you place an order, you might want to get a size larger unless you like a snug fit. Other than the snugness, everything was great. I also love the fact it's made in the US. 

When I wear the DryBabe Absorbent Sleepwear, it does actually help me sleep. I don't sweat as much and I love it!

Product description:

The updated Sweet Dreams by Dry Babe Night Gown. Super absorbent and super pretty with a hand crafted feminine bow at the bodice for that extra touch.
80% absorbent cotton with 20% polyester for stretch and comfort
In sizes 1X, 2X, and 3X
Fuchsia, Turquoise, and Navy

Features

  • 80% Cotton, 20% Polyester
  • Side slit on left thigh
  • Roomy and comfortable
  • Made in USA


DryBabe Absorbent Sleepwear offers a variety of sleepwear made for all women with night sweats including menopause, perimenopause, post partum, medical, etc.

To learn more about DryBabe Absorbent Sleepwear check out FB, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Also, be sure to check out this great blog post: Menopause and Hot Flashes and Night Sweats OH MY


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

ChiliCloud Pillow Review #sponsored

Saturday, August 10, 2013
Disclosure: I received  a product for review. However, all opinions are my own.

I'm in love with my new pillow! If you're like me, you have a certain pillow you sleep with and nothing will change unless you're fifty-something and have hot flashes.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try a new pillow. Now, I don't like change especially my pillow, but when I received my ChiliCloud Coconut Gel Pillow to try I wanted to see if it really would work.

I suffer from hot flashes and night sweats and I need something that will cool me off at night. This pillow actually worked! I no longer wake up to a soaked pillow and I actually sleep at night.

What is the ChiliCloud Coconut Gel Pillow?

Coconut Pillow
Breathable, open-cell EcoScience memory foam pillow.
Coconut Gel Pillow
Same as our Coconut Pillow, but with a layer of Cooling 3D Gel that offers the ability to absorb and dissipate heat through the night.

Coconut Foam Offers:
  • Cooler sleep surface
  • Breathable open cell structure
  • Actual coconut oil reducing the petroleum content
  • Pressure reactive foam for maximum support and comfort
  • Hypoallergenic inner jersey
Gel Layer Offers:
  • Available with a single layer of Gel or Gel X2 that offers two sides of gel for maximum cooling
  • Ability to absorb and dissipate heat through the night
  • Additional support for increased pressure relief
Cover:
  •  Removable and Machine Washable
  • Constructed of all-natural Tencel® fiber.
The price for the Coconut Gel Pillow is $99, but other cooling pillows are on sale; starting at $29. To learn more about Chili Technology be sure to stop by their website, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, or YouTube.

MyCoolingStore Review #sponsored

Disclosure: I received sample products for review. However, all opinions are my own.


Awhile back I was approached about reviewing products from MyCoolingStore.com. I received a few sample products to try, all which seem to be okay at cooling, but my favorite by far is the O2 Cool Mist N' Sip Bottle.
The O2 Cool Mist N' Sip Bottle is great while walking or biking. It has been extreme hot here in the South and this handy bottle comes in handy. I filled my with bottled drinking water and ice cubes to keep me cooled down while in the garden or kitchen. It's also great a night when I have night sweats or hot flashes.

Right now the O2 Cool Mist N' Sip Bottle is on sale for $9.99 which is a great bargain. It's available is blue. Be sure to visit their website for more great products to keep you cooled off.

You can also connect with them on FB and Twitter.