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Fashion Flash time! This week, it’s hosted by Jackie Silver of Aging Backwards, a blogger who is dedicated to helping women turn back the clock on aging. Learn how you can start “aging backwards” and enjoy all the other links from our fab Fashion Flash friends.
FOF Susan Orlins, an author, blogger and self-proclaimed “worry wart,” reflects on the perpetual battle between worry and happiness in her life and why post-50, she still makes room for both.
Left: Susan at her computer, Right: Susan’s book, Confessions of a Worrywart
Like sibling rivals, they argue constantly, vying for my attention. Happiness tells Worry, “If you’d vamoose, I could have her all to myself.”
“With all the bad things she thinks up, she needs me,” retorts Worry. “I’m not about to skedaddle anytime soon.”
Okay guys, quit quarreling, you’re both right. Worry, it’s true you get in Happy’s way, yet, I do feel safer knowing you’re there with me when scary thoughts sprout. (more…)
Amie Hoff is giving away a FitKit50+ – a portable fitness kit designed to help FOFs gain confidence and control of their bodies. It includes a fitness band, ID tag, pedometer, reflective armband, resistance tube, exercise band, stability attachment, and access to Amie’s specialized online video library of exercise routines. Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: What’s your favorite way to workout?
Amie Hoff, a 49-year-old trainer, first made a name for herself in New York City gyms, and then in national media outlets. After being featured in major magazines such as Fitness, Women’s Health, and Allure magazine and appearing on ABC, NBC and CBS segments, she set her sights even higher hoping to reach a wider audience with her fitness routines. “I wanted to develop a product where I could really help everybody,” says Amie, “because I could only work one-on-one with so many people, and I could only reach so many people during a TV segment.”
Amie and her sister, Beth Wieczorek, an entrepreneur with a background in business development, put their heads together to develop an on-the-go fitness kit that could be used anywhere. Amie came up with a list of exercises that she wanted to include, and 13 major muscle groups that she wanted her kit to target. Her original fitness kit, the FitKit, contained a pedometer and jump rope for cardio workouts, an exercise band and resistance tubing with handles for sculpting and toning muscles, a reflective arm band for late night or early morning workouts, and an ID tag that lists your name, emergency contact, and any medications you may be on. When you purchase a FitKit, you automatically gain access to Amie’s online video fitness library, which has over 250 exercise videos.
After launching the FitKit in December of 2010, both Amie and her sister started experiencing symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Amie found that age and perimenopause was really affecting her balance, perception and agility. “I really started to think about the issues that the 50+ population were facing,” says Amie, “and I thought, here’s our next FitKit!”
Left: Co-founder and fitness expert, Amie Hoff. Right: Amie and Beth (left) pose for a picture at the finish line of the Nautica New York City Triathlon.
Amie modified the original FitKit and created the FitKit50+. She swapped the jump rope for floor markers to be used in exercises addressing stability, agility, coordination, and balance. The exercise library for the 50+ kit incorporates balance exercises, as well as all of the same strength and cardio exercises from the original FitKit.
Amie recommends using the FitKit50+ 2-3 days per week. For the best results, she tells FitKit users to split up their workouts into cardio and strength training segments, spending about 20 minutes on each. “The great thing about the FitKit is that people can take it on the road with them or do it right in their own living room,” says Amie. ”If people are especially time crunched and can’t get to the gym they have it right on hand. You can even take it to the office!”
Enter to win a FitKit50+ by answering this question in the comments below: What’s your favorite way to workout?
Extreme couponer Kathy Spencer and author of “How To Shop For Free” lives off a yearly income of $45,000, feeding her family of six on just $4 dollars per week. One of her money-$aving secrets: Kathy only shops at stores that she knows will show her some serious customer appreciation. Here, she breaks down the loyalty programs that will save you the most cash this year. Did someone say fiscal cliff?!
Ann Taylor, “Perfect Rewards” Program
How it works:
When you open an Ann Taylor Rewards credit card, you’ll earn 5 points for every $1 spent at Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft. Other perks includes a $15 coupon to use during the month of your birthday and exclusive coupons and discounts mailed to you all year.
The bottom line:
With Ann Taylor’s point system, every 2,000 points earned ($400 spent) gets you a $20 off coupon towards anything in the store.
You can stack deals and coupons at Ann Taylor and The Loft. Sometimes they have sales that are 40% off, and then they’ll offer different coupons or a savings card that says something like: spend $50 get $25 off. So if a brand new shirt was $50 and then you get 40% off, that brings it to $30, and if you had $25 off $50 that would bring it down to $15.
Stop and Shop Card
How it works:
When you open a Stop and Shop card in the store or online, you’ll receive exclusive weekly specials, manufacturers coupons, personalized coupons mailed to you based on your shopping habits, Stop and Shop Real Deal specials (sale items that last for more than one week), and manufacturers coupons printed right on your receipts when you check out. Every dollar you spend at Stop and Shop using your Stop and Shop Rewards card translates into one point.
The bottom line:
With Stop and Shop’s reward program, every 100 points earned ($100 spent) gets you 10 cents off of every gallon per fill up (up to 22 gallons) at any Stop and Shop or Shell Gas Station. Just present your Stop and Shop rewards card to the gas station attendant when you pay, and your discount will be added.
CVS Extra Care Card
How it works:
Open a CVS ExtraCare card online or in a CVS store. You can scan and save the card to your smart phone so you don’t have to carry it in your wallet. The CVS ExtraCare program gives you access to coupons online as well as printed coupons on your receipt. When you link your email to your ExtraCare card, you’ll receive weekly discounts that you can send directly to your ExtraCare card, or print out and use at the store. Using your ExtraCare card also earns you ExtraCare bucks, which can be used as cash on anything in the store with a few exceptions (alcohol, tobacco, and lottery tickets).
The bottom line:
For every purchase you make (excluding alcohol, tobacco, and lottery tickets) you earn 2% back in ExtraCare Bucks. ExtraCare bucks are distributed quarterly. So, if you spend $100 quarterly at CVS, you’ll receive $2 back to use on CVS purchases.
Sephora V.I.B Beauty Insider Club
How it works:
When you open a Sephora card online or in store, you become a Sephora Beauty Insider, giving you access to exclusive sales and products only available to those in the program. You get a free gift on your birthday, as well as a free eyebrow shaping. Each dollar you spend earns you a point.
The bottom line:
When you earn 100 points (by spending $100), you get your pick of a deluxe beauty sample. You can also wait until you earn 500 points ($500 spent), when you’ll qualify for a deluxe sample set.
The Body Shop Love Your Body Rewards Program
How it works:
Pay $10 per year, for a Love Your Body rewards card and membership. Your rewards card will get you 10% off of all in store and online purchases at The Body Shop. Members get $10 dollars off at The Body Shop on their birthday, invitations to members-only in-store events, special savings during customer appreciation days, and sneak previews of new products. For every $20 dollars you spend you earn one point, for all purchases over $50 you earn two points.
The bottom line:
Four points (a minimum of $80 spent) earns you $15 off your purchase, and 8 points (a minimum of $160 spent) earns you $25 off your purchase plus a free year membership renewal.
Need a place to host a party? The Body Shop will close down one of their stores for you and your friends and provide either a brunch of mimosas, coffee, and bagels, or a night of champagne. Each person in your party receives a free mini facial, hand massage, makeup application and samples completely free of charge.
Dunkin Donuts Dunkin Perks Card
How it works:
When you load up a DD card with a minimum of $2 and register it online, you’ll receive a coupon for a free medium beverage of your choice. Cardholders also get a free medium beverage on their birthday.
Papa Ginos Rewards Card
How it works:
Every dollar you spend with your free Papa Gino’s rewards card, you earn a point. You’ll also have access to exclusive members-only offers and promotions throughout the year.
The bottom line:
For every 50 points you earn ($50 spent), you get $5 to spend.
FOFitness guru Margo Kamin says she’s “eliminated all excuses” for not working out. Her fitness sessions don’t require any equipment, or even a trip to the gym. She employs the use of resistance training, paired with video chat capabilities like Skype and FaceTime, to train her clients. Margo has clientele all over the U.S–some of which she’s never even met in person! Read on to find out more about her video chat training sessions and why video training sessions are the new secret weapon for getting FOFit.
Want to win a 30-minute video training session with Margo? Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: What are your trouble areas?
How did you first get into fitness?
I’ve been into fitness my entire life. I used to use fitness in an unhealthy way–in high school and college I was your textbook anorexic turned bulimic, and I would exercise on top of that to try and lose even more weight. I understand how it feels to be overweight, and I understand the struggles with addictions and the relationship that food can have with your emotions. I earned my Personal Training Certification from Cal State Hayward in 1991, and got my Group Training Certification from ACSM in 1992. Now, I’m able to help others incorporate fitness into their lives.
Where do you train your clients who don’t use video chat?
I have a studio in my house, or I would go to my clients’ houses. I’m not at a gym or a studio where you can walk in and come see me. My sessions are absolutely private, by appointment only, because I cater to women who are older and don’t want to go into a gym.
What gave you the idea to start offering video training sessions?
A few years ago I was watching television and I saw Skype and FaceTime technology on Oprah. I started offering video sessions to my current clients who were traveling and couldn’t make it to their sessions.
How do your clients who train exclusively online find you?
They usually come across my site through an online search for a personal trainer. Typically people will email me and ask to talk to me on the phone about hiring me as their trainer. I’d say that more than 90% of them end up hiring me after we speak, and I explain more about the video training sessions and how they work.
How do they work?
Usually my clients are relatively familiar with Skype and FaceTime, but we do go through that. We always do a practice session first, which is complimentary, for about 5-10 minutes, and then we go over some basics. The next time I see them we get right to work.
What kind of equipment do your clients need?
You don’t have to have any equipment at all. I am very skilled at working out every body part using just you and gravity. You’d be surprised what you can do with a chair, or on the floor, or on a mat. I might have them grab water bottles or books for weights, or if they have a baby or toddler around I’ll have my clients put them on their laps and they will act as the resistance while my client is doing core work, or arm work, or chest presses. Your body and gravity is all you need.
Have you run into any technical glitches during your video training sessions?
During bad weather the internet connection can be a little bit choppy, or sometimes a screen will freeze but then come back, but that’s happened maybe twice out of hundreds of times. When it freezes, all you do is start the video chat over again.
Are there any limitations when training someone via video chat versus training them in person?
During video sessions I can’t reach out and adjust someone with my hands, but I’m very good at adjusting my clients orally. I can see them from head to toe, and I can see when they’re doing an exercise incorrectly. I also exercise along with them to demonstrate.
What is the most common problem that women over fifty ask you to address?
A lot of the postmenopausal women that come to me insist that they are gaining weight because they’re postmenopausal, but I’ve found that about 99% of the time that’s not true. It’s their lifestyle. When women hit 40 they think that something’s going to change, and they do this preemptive strike and start eating differently and stop exercising, thinking that they’re going to go downhill anyway. It catches up with them–they get caught in a rut. They come to me and I teach them how to put themselves back on the list, and they start to eat better, to exercise, to feel better. I’ve eliminated all excuses. You don’t need equipment, you don’t need to leave your home–all you need to do is go to your computer and hit a button.
Enter to win a free 30-minute video training session with Margo by answering this question in the comments below: What are your trouble areas?
Are you FOF and single this December? It can be tricky trying to navigate a holiday party when the only man in your life this winter is Kris Kringle. Luckily, FOF dating expert Cheryl Savage has got you covered. Read her 10 tips for surviving any holiday affair and avoid standing solo under the mistletoe this year.
1) Find out what kind of party you’re going to. Let the type of function help you determine your game plan. If you’re invited to an open-house style cocktail party with a mix of single and married people, either bring a girlfriend or go alone. If it’s a couples dinner, ask the host whether or not you should bring a date. If she says yes, bring a male date, even if he’s just a friend, so that you’re not the odd one out. If it’s a sit-down dinner where other single people will be, go alone and mingle.
2) Don’t over analyze. Don’t think about who you’re going to sit next to, who you’re going to talk to at the party, or whether or not you’re going to be the third wheel. Leave all of that at home. Get dressed up, go with a smile on your face, and have a great time.
3) Don’t dwell on your relationship status. If someone asks if you’re with anyone, your answer should be ‘No–I’m newly single and available.’ You don’t want to dwell on your divorce or past relationship during the holidays. If a person asks if you’re divorced or widowed, answer, but then switch the conversation by asking the person about themselves. A good trick: use the art of the compliment. Tell them how well their sweater goes with their eyes.
4) Talk to the single man at the party. If you notice an interesting man that you would like to talk to at a holiday party who appears to be single, go over and talk to him. Ask him how he knows the hostess or where he’s from. A holiday party is the perfect setting to meet someone– people are loosening up, having a cocktail or two, and they’re in a festive mood.
5) Mingle with couples. This one is counter-intuitive, but make an effort to talk to everyone, not just guests that are single. If it’s a work party, introduce yourself to your co-workers wife or husband and get to know them. You never know if a guest might have a single brother or cousin or uncle that they could set you up with. This is an opportunity to put yourself out there.
6) There’s no wrong seat at a holiday party. If you sit between a couple, you’ll be able to talk to both the husband and wife. You can take a seat next to the hostess, if that makes you most comfortable. If you’re really unsure of where to sit, ask the hostess where he or she would like for you to sit. If you’re at a dinner where there are single men at the party, make sure you sit next to one of them and start a conversation. Even if nothing comes of it, they may know a single friend or brother that they could set you up with.
7) Throw your own holiday party. If you’re newly single and haven’t been invited to any holiday parties this year, throw your own. Invite couples and singles. Ask each guest to bring a single friend along with them. Single guests should bring a single friend of the opposite sex so that you get an even mix. Serve cocktails and have everyone bring hors d’oeuvres. Ask guests to wear red for the holidays–it makes for a really fun last minute party!
Carol April is giving away a studded water bottle, baseball cap, and a shirt of your choice from her line of inspirational apparel, Not Done Yet. Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: What are you looking forward to that you haven’t done yet?
FOF Carol April lost her friend Jenise to cancer in 2006. At her memorial, Jenise’s daughter spoke about her mother’s fight against cancer. She said that whenever people got too morose around her, Jenise would snap and say, “Give me a break, I’m not dead yet!”
“Not Dead Yet” evolved into “Not Done Yet,” and became the slogan of Carol’s company. “I started thinking about all that Jenise could have accomplished, which made me realize that our whole generation had more to give and to contribute,” says Carol. “I wasn’t ready to roll over and be dead, so, I started up this idea, and have been preaching it ever since.” Carol’s idea was to develop a line of apparel featuring the slogan “Not Done Yet.”
“We launched with just a couple of t-shirts,” says Carol. In 2008, she began selling her apparel at the California Governor’s Conference for Women, hosted by journalist Maria Schriver. “Maria has extraordinary contacts and ties with speaker and journalists,” says Carol. “That’s when business started to pick up. People would come back and tell me how much the messages on the shirts made a difference in their lives.”
A portion of all Not Done Yet sales go to three charities that are close to Carol’s heart–The The Noreen Fraser Foundation, Our House and The Alzheimer’s Association. “Noreen Fraser is a breast cancer survivor, and one of my closest friends,” says Carol, “The Noreen Fraser Foundation funds collaborative research for women’s cancers.” Our House is a local non-profit and non-denominational group support center that counsels children, teenagers, and adults through the grief of losing a loved one, a cause Carol empathizes with, since she lost her mother to cancer at age four. The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. “So many of the boomer generation can identify with taking care of parents who have Alzheimer’s, or knowing other friends whose parents who are suffering from it,” says Carol.
Since launching Not Done Yet in 2008, Carol’s inspirational apparel has reached thousands of people. “We do gift baskets and support other charities throughout the year,” says Carol. “You can’t start a business at my age and not feel like you don’t have to give back. I feel blessed in my life, and want to get our message out there!”
Enter to win apparel from Not Done Yet by answering this question in the comments below: What are you looking forward to that you haven’t you done yet?
FOF Sharlene May lost 12 pounds in nine days and 30 pounds in two months. Now, she’s giving away the tools that helped her do it–a 9-Day Isagenix® Cleansing System. Enter to win by answering this question in the comment section below: What fad diet have you tried?
After working in accounting for 30 years, Sharlene May left her job to pursue her dream of owning her own business. She started a women’s fitness club in 2003 to provide middle-aged women with a comfortable, non-intimidating environment to work out. Sharlene was also struggling with thirty pounds that she just couldn’t manage to lose. “With all the stress of having my own business, [the weight] just wasn’t budging,” she says. “I tried everything–the name brands, the fad diets. I would lose some weight, but then it would just come back when I started to eat normally.”
Sharlene’s friend, a nutritionist, recommended that she try Isagenix®–a system of nutritional cleansing and replenishing. Formulated as a full-body cleanse, the system addresses toxicity in the body. Sharlene says that our bodies will create fat to enrobe impurities to protect our vital organs. “I went on many diets, but I never addressed toxicity until then,” says Sharlene. “The typical result is very safe, very fast weight loss.”
Sharlene lost 12 pounds on her first 9 days of the program. ”I found that my energy returned, I could think more clearly, sleep better, and my day and night sweats went away!” Sharlene stayed on the program, and lost a total of 30 pounds in just eight weeks. After experiencing success, Sharlene decided that she would become a distributor. “I introduced it to my fitness club first, and then just by word of mouth,” says Sharlene. “When something works this well you want to tell people about it.”
In 2006 Sharlene sold her fitness club and started working full time as a distributor with Isagenix®, earning a six-figure income yearly. Sharlene not only sells the products, but coaches her clients through the process. “We have coaching emails and schedules,” says Sharlene. “My favorite calls are from over-50 women that tell me they have 20 pounds that won’t budge, because I know how successful they are going to be. Their results are phenomenal.”
Enter to win a 9-Day Isagenix® Cleansing System by answering this question in the comment section below: What fad diet have you tried?
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FOF Susan Davis is giving away one of her handmade, antique pieces of jewelry to one lucky winner. Enter to win by answering in the comments below: Which of these three pieces of jewelry would you most like to win: the All That Jazz Bracelet/Necklace, Bronze Button and Abalone Watch, or Classical Trio Necklace.
Susan Davis was working in public relations for seven years in Baton Rouge when she and her husband decided to move to South Louisiana and become farmers on her family’s farm. “I found out I hated it,” says Susan. “So, I started looking for a craft that I could do.”
One afternoon in 1985, Susan was spending time with her grandmother who lived next door. Susan was rummaging through her grandmother’s button collection, when she was struck with a great idea. “I said ‘Grandma, these would make great earrings!’ She gave me all 30 boxes [of buttons], and I got to work.”
Susan started selling her jewelry line, Grandmother’s Buttons, at local craft fairs that same year. Within a year, she began selling at antique shows. “It was really fun,” says Susan. “After seven years of having a professional job, I had a gypsy lifestyle for about a year just going to shows and setting up on weekends.”
In 1995, Susan and her husband purchased and restored a historic 20th century bank building in St. Francisville, Louisiana, and turned it into a button museum, with a retail store for Grandmother’s Buttons on the first floor. “We have buttons from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries” says Susan. All of the pieces feature buttons made before the 1960s with the exception of some earring sets (made specifically to match certain necklaces). “Many are warehouse finds,” says Susan. “We’ll visit an old factory and buy all of their remains.”
Grandmother’s Buttons jewelry is now sold in over 800 retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada, parts of Europe, and even Shanghai. All of Susan’s pieces are handcrafted, either by Susan herself or by one of her ten team members. Susan estimates she sells about 25 to 35 thousand pieces of jewelry per year on average.
“What I hear the most from our customers is that every time they wear a piece from Grandmother’s Buttons, people ask them about it,” says Susan. ”Customers love the feeling of uniqueness that gives them. We treat the buttons like little gems, setting them in the jewelry just as if they were semi-precious stones. We’re extra vigilant about our quality because our pieces are often worn by their owners for decades!”
Enter to win a handmade, antique piece of jewelry from Grandmother’s Buttons by answering in the comments below: Which of these three pieces of jewelry would you most like to win: the All That Jazz Bracelet/Necklace, Bronze Button and Abalone Watch, or Classical Trio Necklace.