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Stay Cool Without Calling Attention to Yourself


Hot flashes and just heat in general are hellish for menopausal women. Often, we find ourselves, mopping ourselves with kleenex or fanning ourselves with the nearest sheet of paper. It just plain sucks.

I found myself in just that situation a few years ago. One of our beloved elders had passed away in Molokai. A few thousand showed up for her memorial service held in a community center on the island. While we could open the doors, it was Hot with a capital H in there. Luckily, I had my secret weapon: the BlowMeCool fan. I’d charged it with the USB cord and dropped it in my purse for just such a menopausal emergency.

I turned it on, holding it in my hand. It was barely noticeable visually, it was QUIET, and blissfully blew loads of cool air right onto my beet red face. It saved my bacon that day and so many others. We’ve carried it in the Menopause Marketplace for 5 years or so.

Now, there is a new, blue edition (the first iteration is orange.) It’s sturdier and the blue color makes it even more unobtrusive. It’s less transparent so the inner workings are less visible. It costs a couple dollars more, but having tried it when the company sent me one, I can definitely recommend you buy the blue one if you can. If you are truly geeky and you want to see the innards, by all means buy the orange one.

And Menopause Goddess Blog readers get a 10% discount just by adding this code at checkout:  MGB18.

In this video, creator Brian Burge explaining why he developed this wonderful fan (spoiler alert: his wife went the the Pause).

Click here to order. And don’t forget to add our Menopause Goddess Blog discount code: MGB18. You won’t be sorry!
 

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The Goddess-Like Way to Discipline Menopause Hot Flashes

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Inner Wave © lynette sheppard

This latest guest blog post features cooling relief you can hold in the palm of your hand. Sure wish I’d had this when I was going through the worst of the hot flash hell. Check it out:

When you’re a Goddess, being cool when you are the wrong kind of hot is important. The image of a goddess can vanish quickly as you turn into the “Glistening one”, with beads of sweat running down your face. The image of a calm, cool, collected goddess is hard to maintain if I seek relief through overt, aggressive fanning motions; although, some nicely styled hand fans do allow some degree of grace and style.

As a professional business woman, being the only one in the room that was in the middle of a heat wave did not appeal to my preferred image. I actually started trying to avoid face-toface meetings. The challenge of trying to appear collected and cool when I’m hot was helped when I discovered the new BlowMeCool mini-fan.

This little fan does just what the name suggests, it blows me cool. It’s always with me in my purse or a pocket – it’s my new best friend. As a handheld fan, it has no exposed propellers or blades, so it can operate while largely hidden in my hand, and it’s quiet and light weight. It pushes enough air to provide me a soothing flow of air and instant hot flash relief.

Also, I like the fact that my new best friend is also environmentally friendly, it’s rechargeable battery means that I’m not regularly increasing the number of hazardous waste batteries in the world.

I’m glad that today our menopausal sisterhood allows us to share our discoveries, and expand our awareness of the growing number of ways to manage our individual hot flash hell. We can now utilize many layers of ways to gain relief from annoying menopause issues. We are lucky, years ago no one seemed to care – women simply endured alone – let’s hear it for blogs.

Susan

BlowMeCool Inc.

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Staying Cool

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http://www.mulberrywest.net

Menopause Goddess Lana Abrams started her line of products when she turned 50 and things started heating up. Like they do.

Mulberry silk comforters and blankets are naturally wicking and cooling while they keep a woman warm. Mulberry silk is a natural fiber that contributes to temperature control, repels dust mites and bedbugs, resists mold and mildew, and lasts longer than down or synthetics. And it meets the luxury requirement, too.

Menopause Goddess Blog readers  get a 25% discount on all items with this code: goddess2017.

 

 

 

Bedjet

BedJet is a truly amazing innovation. They sent me one to try and I fell instantly in love with it. So did my husband. We sleep at different temperatures – he likes it cool and I fluctuate from day to day now that I am post menopausal. Sheesh! Dual temperature control without wires or special pads or mattress toppers! And that’s so important now that I have the perfect mattress – I sure don’t want to change it.  Cool off or warm up nearly instantly.  BedJet is quick relief for hot sleepers, night sweats, evening hot flashes, cold feet and cold legs, cold winter sheet shock and memory foam mattresses that trap heat. There’s even a Bluetooth Sleep App for intelligent remote control from your smartphone or tablet. They say that the Bedjet reinvents your bed to become one of the most delightful places in your home.  I totally agree. Click here to learn more – you won’t be sorry.

 

Blow Me Cool

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Cooling relief you can hold in the palm of your hand, this wonderful little fan is a quiet powerhouse that can tame those pesky hot flashes. It recharges via USB, so no disposable batteries. I love the name, I love how it works. The company sent me one to try – now I have to buy one for my husband! And some for my girlfriends. Great gift for a Menopause Goddess sister.

Menopause Goddess readers can claim an additional  10% discount by entering  – MGB18 – as a discount code upon checkout.

Check out their website to order today: Blow Me Cool

 

Traveling Breeze Fan Cooled Pillow

The folks at Traveling Breeze sent me this fan cooled pillow – and it’s well, really cool. Pardon the pun, but it’s comfy and cooling. I take it to the beach. It runs on batteries and it’s QUIET, which is huge for menopause goddesses. It’s lightweight and easy to carry with its strap. Now I can enjoy the beach again. I also take it camping with me. Additionally, they have fan cooled sports/camping chairs – I haven’t tried these yet, but they look great. Perfect for Menopause Goddesses – and of course, you know I love that there are no side effects which makes it a remedy I feel good recommending. Find out more on their website: Breezy Buddy

No Sweat Linens by Perfect Linens

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The No Sweat linens are designed specifically to dispel moisture and prevent and help with those pesky night sweats.

Here’s more about their specific attributes:

Perfect for sweaty sleep from menopause, pregnancy or high humidity.  Scientifically proven to increase sleep duration.

    • Dispels perspiration at twice the rate of cotton.
    • Exceptionally smooth for relief from itchiness.
    • Durable anti-microbial finish inhibits germs and bacteria.
    • Medium-soft nylon/polyester blend.  Made in USA.
    • Oversized to fit mattresses up to 19 inches (17″ Twin size).

Find out more on their website – they have many other excellent comfort sheet options as well.

No Sweat Linens

 

Keep the Peace Bedding

I love this idea – so often couples sleep at different temperatures and one is always too hot or too cold. Enter Keep the Peace Bedding to make sure both partners get a full, comfortable night’s sleep. Read their story to learn more.

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The Story of Keep the Peace Bedding

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well in my case that is how Keep The Peace bedding came about. It all started when I got married and my husband and I had extremely different internal thermostats. When it came to sleeping, it really became a problem. At night he would sleep with the door open and just a sheet and I would need my down comforter to keep me warm. Well because we only had a king size comforter, it usually ended up doubled up on my side of the bed and then I was roasting and could not sleep. After many restless nights, I thought I needed to cut this comforter in half! We need two different bed coverings! I have been an interior designer for 30 years and do custom bedding for all my clients. So to start with, I just bought a down quilt and a lightweight matelasse blanket and took it to my workroom and asked them to cut it in half and attach a zipper to both and zip the two different beddings together. Now we can each have the weight of covering we want! The first night I used it, I slept great for the first time in our 4 month marriage! I started telling all my friends about it and they said that they had the same problem. Sometimes the opposite if perhaps you were dealing with menopause or other health issues. So I listened to all the different scenarios and came up with what I thought would solve everyone’s sleeping problems. Keep the Peace Bedding offers several different bedding materials such as lightweight down for summer or synthetic down for those with allergies. Some others may just want a lightweight blanket so we have a wonderfully soft cotton matelasse and bamboo matelasse option to choose from. You simply unzip them and zip on a different covering! Keep The Peace bedding is of course used under your regular decorative coverlet.

Visit their website to learn more or place an order:  Keep The Peace Bedding

Slumber Cloud

Slumber Cloud offers wonderful technology that actually cools rather than wicking away moisture after you are overheated. Though I have not tried their Nacreous Mattress Pad, one menopause goddess raved about it after her hysterectomy. They have a number of other products, too. Anything that helps us get a good night’s sleep is a necessity. Check out their video:

Visit them at Slumbercloud.com.

Sheex Bedding and Pajamas

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Cooling sheets and pajamas can make the difference between a good night’s sleep and that sluggish lethargy that we so often suffer in menopause. I have not yet  tried this bedding – right now I am hooked on linen sheets. Still, they sound very promising – if you try them, please let us know how you like them.

I do love companies started by women, so I included the story of their start (from their website.)

The SHEEX® Story

On August 25, 2007, Michelle Brooke-Marciniak and Susan Walvius were coaching basketball at the University of South Carolina. They had just finished a long day of teaching at camp and we were sitting in the gym, exhausted. Michelle, a superstar athlete and fitness fanatic, was wearing her favorite performance fabric athletic gear in which she frequently trained. Susan was also wearing the same gear but made a different connection on that summer day. Where Michelle liked it for its superior moisture-wicking and quick-dry features while working out, Susan stated that she “loved the drape and the feel of the fabric against her skin” and then commented, “I would love to have bed sheets made out of this stuff.” Without blinking an eye, Michelle said, “let’s do it.” So began their adventure to transform the bedding category and help people get a better night’s sleep on performance fabrics.
Fine and Folded Fans
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Locally owned and designed in Austin, TX, Fine & Folded Hand Fan Co. was inspired, after a sweltering trip to Tokyo, with a mission to bring hand fan culture to the U.S. Best friends, Carmen Sutherland and Suzanne McGinnis have a selection of beautiful and useful folded fans. A lovely way to cool off – and they fit in your purse.

Menopause Mop

Menopause Mop For Hot Flashes

Menopause Mop For Hot Flashes

The Menopause Mop is a must for any Hot Flasher’s handbag. This fashionable cloth goes everywhere with you so you can delicately mop yourself after each surge. Three “sistas” created this for those of us who are tired of using paper towels, tissues, and our sleeves. Choose from a variety of shapes and fabrics. And as the sistas say:” it’s neat, it’s discreet, and it really does absorb the heat.” Order yours at Menopausemop.com.

Sales support the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

hot girls pearls

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Woo hoo! There is actually jewelry made to cool us. Literally. Constance Sherman, the Chief Cooling Officer of Hot Girls Pearls alerted me to their super cool products. Their pearls are filled with non toxic cooling gel. Just throw them in the freezer. When the world heats up, cool off with pearls. Check them out here:  Hot Girl’s Pearls.

 

there is actually jewelry made to cool us. Literally. Constance Sherman, the Chief Cooling Officer of Hot Girls Pearls alerted me to their super cool products. Their pearls are filled with non toxic cooling gel. Just throw them in the freezer. When the world heats up, cool off with pearls. Check them out here:  Hot Girl’s Pearls. – See more at: https://www.menopausegoddessblog.com/#sthash.dKePskGP.dpuf
there is actually jewelry made to cool us. Literally. Constance Sherman, the Chief Cooling Officer of Hot Girls Pearls alerted me to their super cool products. Their pearls are filled with non toxic cooling gel. Just throw them in the freezer. When the world heats up, cool off with pearls. Check them out here:  Hot Girl’s Pearls. – See more at: https://www.menopausegoddessblog.com/#sthash.dKePskGP.dpuf
there is actually jewelry made to cool us. Literally. Constance Sherman, the Chief Cooling Officer of Hot Girls Pearls alerted me to their super cool products. Their pearls are filled with non toxic cooling gel. Just throw them in the freezer. When the world heats up, cool off with pearls. Check them out here:  Hot Girl’s Pearls. – See more at: https://www.menopausegoddessblog.com/#sthash.dKePskGP.dpuf

 

 

Not So Hot Fans

Fun Folding Fans

Susan and her sister sell these amazing fans that fold up tiny to tuck into a purse or pocket. They are very chic and a fashionable way to stay cool. So you can LOOK cool while you are cooling off. Every time I use mine, women come up to me and beg to know where I got it. I tell them and I’m telling you, too. A Not So Hot Fan is a must have for any menopausal woman. Check them out!

Night Bliss Bed Fan

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Formerly called the “My Breeze” cooling system, this remarkable system consists of an ultra quiet, high power electronic fan that works with most bedding styles, including waterbeds and beds with footboards. Programmable with wireless control, it stops hot flashes and promotes restful sleep.

I was lucky enough to get a prototype to try just as I was trying to decrease my HRT. What can I say? I love, love, love this fan. It has saved my sanity and is helping me get off HRT. I just can’t say enough good about this. And I love that it was invented by a concerned spouse for his wife while she was going through the Big M.

Basically, you can set duration and power of the fan to go off at the first sign of a flash. You trigger it with a little switch, (I wear mine around my neck.) It stops the flash before it gets going, and then you stay asleep as it turns itself off. So no heating up and then freezing as with a fan that stays on continually. (I tried one of those; it didn’t work for me.)

Read more in my blog entry about Night Bliss/My Breeze: Click Here

You can try it free for 30 days. And it has no side effects or health risks. For more info or to order, visit the Night Bliss website.

Chili Pad Cooling Mattress Pad

I have not personally had a chance to try the Chili Pad, but it sounds like a no-brainer. A mattress pad that cools makes all the sense in the world. Here is an endorsement from one of our satellite Venuses who has used it:

“Hi Lynette,

I love your blog! The down-to-earth suggestions and support I’ve received here have really helped me through perimenopause. Thanks so much for taking menopause off the list of taboo subjects and all the support you provide.

I want to recommend a product to you and your readers. It?s called ChiliPadTM, and it?s a mattress pad that cools (or heats) the bed. The single zone ChiliPadTM allows you to adjust the entire surface of the bed to your desired temperature. The dual zone ChiliPadTM adjusts each side of the bed to its own unique temperature. The ChiliPadTM is especially useful for women going through menopause, as it helps both with hot flashes and insomnia.

ChiliPadTM is part of a legacy of sleep innovation – a step in a family history of caring about sleep solutions (the founder?s father created the waterbed). ChiliPadTM technology uses water instead of air to generate a range of temperature adjustment from 46oF to 118oF. Similar to the semi-conductor technology that cools your computer, water passes by the chip and depending on the direction of electron flow the water is cooled or heated. The water flows through soft coils in the mattress pad actively adjusting the temperature of the surface. There is nothing but water flowing through the mattress pad; all temperature change happens in the control unit placed conveniently under the bed. The motor is virtually silent (under 20 dBa) and has been designed to fit under a standard bed frame. It is controlled in one degree increments with a hand held remote. There is a ChiliPadTM for every size bed from twin to California king.

Also, the ChiliPadTM is guaranteed by a 90 day money back guarantee when purchased from Chili Technology. Please visit this link to learn more: http://www.chilitechnology.com/

I’m trying to get the word out about the ChiliPadTM because of the difference it?s made in my life and the help it’s been with my hot flashes, and wit! h return ing my husband to my own bed because before he was sleeping on the couch to avoid my sweaty, grouchy self and the fan noise from the three fans I was using to try and cool my room! I?d be very grateful if you could consider referencing or reviewing the ChiliPadTM in your blog.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, or for a more direct answer see this page: http://www.chilitechnology.com/contact.php

Sweet Dreams,

“M”

 

 

 

 

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