Friday, February 26, 2010

Free Striking Question of the Week - 2/26/10

Some of us rely on our hair dryer more than others, some of us could not live without one on a day to day basis. We hope that we are not the only ones that take our hair dryers when we travel to ensure we have one that works the next day...

How often do you replace your hair dryer?

Post how often you replace your hair dryer on Facebook, our blog or by email to Each post will be entered in a random drawing on Fri, Mar 5th @ 9am/PT.

Prize=Winner gets to select one product of their choice.

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Spring - What's that?

In some parts of the country, snow is abound and continues to fall but that is not the case in the Northwest. Almost overnight the trees have begun to bloom and spring is beginning to show its beautiful face. (Do not fret, the rest of you will catch up very soon.)

When spring begins to surface a feeling comes over us and we have the need to feel refreshed with the urge to try something new. It could be a planning a long, relaxing weekend, getting back to the gym, trying a new hairstyle or adding new pieces to your wardrobe.

Enjoy the changing of seasons and how it makes you feel as we begin to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring and all its beauty.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Top 10 Steps to a Healthy Menopause

It could be just around the corner or already here, but here are some tips on the Top 10 Steps to a Healthy Menopause excerpted from

#10: This is not your grandmother's menopause

#9: Know what's happening physically

#8: Menopause can affect sexual function

#7: Talk with your clinician about menopause

#6: Focus on what's important to you

#5: Menopause treatments are safe and effective

#4: Don't accept a "one size fits all" treatment plan

#3: Know how hormone therapy works

#2: What to expect from your hormone therapy

#1: Stay fit and healthy

To read more on each tip visit their website and the post on Top Ten Steps to a Healthy Menopause:

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic Inspiration - Tracy Sachtjen

As we watch the 2010 Winter Olympics this week it is hard to imagine what life sacrifices it takes to get there. We are inspired by all Olympians but there is one that caught our attention this week.

Her name is Tracy Sachtjen is from Lodi, Wisconsin and was born in 1969. As the oldest female on the US Olympic Team in Vancouver this year she will celebrate another birthday on Saturday with her team. She is an alternate on the US Women's Curling Team in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Tracy began curling in 1982 and has won several events since then. Here are only some of her career highlights:
2003 World Championships Gold Medalist
US Nationals Gold Medalist in 2009, 2008, 2003, 1999 and 1997
US Nationals Silver Medalist in 2001, 2000 and 1998
US Olympic Trials Gold Medalist in 2009
US Olympic Trials Silver Medalist in 2005 and 2001
US Curling Association Female Athlete of the Year in 1989
US Curling Association Team of the Year in 2003

Tracy is a support member for her team and a role model for kids across the US especially young girls. For more information on Tracy and the US Women's Curling Team, visit NBC Olympics or read this article posted 2/15/10 on Tracy Sachtjen.

Happy Birthday Tracy!

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SELF Magazine-Women Doing Good Contest

SELF Magazine is sponsoring a contest called "Women Doing Good". The contest is centered on nominating women who make a difference and inspire us. Someone who helps to improve lives and does it with passion and vigor. A woman who challenges others to also help or contribute time to help others.

Do you know anyone that would qualify? If so, enter her for the contest as a way of telling her that she is doing good.

The winner receives:
- $10,000 donation to her charity of choice
- Feature in the September issue of SELF Magazine
- Trip to New York City to attend the Women Doing Good Awards Ceremony

The contest began on November 24, 2009 and ends on March 30, 2010 (11:59PM ET). This contest is void outside the US. For more information on rules, go to

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Need Something New for Valentine's Day?

Why not add something new to your wardrobe by going shopping today. Look for something that will make you look and feel your best for a date with your Valentine.

We can always count on the Glam Gals to give us inspiration. Read a recent post title Look Pretty and be mysterious this Valentine's Day for tips on what to look for while shopping.

The Glam Gals are JoJami and Deborah who are image consultants and the founders of Fabulous After 40.

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Valentine's Day Ideas...What to do?

Whether you have been together awhile or cannot think of anything special to do this year, here are some ideas that you could do with your Valentine.

Summary of Nina Malkin's list:

Dine someplace really exclusive - skip the trendy locations and have someone cater your dinner. Or pick up take out from your favorite restaurant and arrange it on your china. Why do the work when someone else can?

Reminisce romantically - put on some tunes that remind you of years past. Reminisce together and enjoy the music and laughter.

Blow some big bucks - do something that you not normally do, like take a helicopter ride, hot air balloon ride or even rent a limo or your Valentine's favorite sports car.

Plan an indoor picnic - turn the living room into a special relaxing outing. Select food that is finger food and easy to eat on the floor.

Take a Valentine’s adventure - go explore a nearby city that you never go to or spend much time there. You might find a new place to eat or something special you would have missed.

Pen a tale of passion - write a short story together and see where it goes.

Unwind à deux - relax together at home or at a day spa with a couples treatment.

Court with a classic - read romantic poetry together or find a local spot that is doing poetry readings.

Flirt with the future - talk about the future and all of the things you will do together. You never know, you might start planning your next vacation.

Ideas courtesy of and Nina Malkin at this link:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Striking Mini Facial - Bring out your Valentine's Day Beauty

Make sure your Valentine's Day is perfect by pampering yourself with a Striking Mini Facial.

You will need:

A wash cloth & hand towel

Very warm water

1 cup regular oatmeal ground in blender to a fine powder

1 T honey + 3-4 T Orange or Grapefruit juice, warmed in the microwave

Striking Multi-Vitamin Creme Cleanser

Striking Rejuvenating Eye Creme with SmartPeptides™

Striking Multi-Peptide Serum with SmartPeptides™

Striking Restorative Moisture Creme with SmartPeptides™


1. Clean your skin as usual with Striking Multi-Vitamin Creme Cleanser. Rinse well with warm water.

2. Mix oatmeal, honey and juice, adding enough juice to make a spreadable paste.

3. Apply to your face as a mask avoiding your eyes and hair line.

4. Relax for 10 minutes while the betaglucans in the oatmeal soothes, the gentle fruit acids help loosen congested sebum and the honey plumps and hydrates your skin.

5. Wet the hand towel in very warm water (not too hot). Wring until still moist, but not dripping.

6. Lie down and wrap the towel on your face avoiding your nose. Relax and leave it until it becomes almost cold.

7. Then rinse off the mask with warm water and use the moist towel to gently clean the skin.

8. Apply Striking Multi-Peptide-Serum to your face and neck and let it absorb in.

9. Finish with a layer of Striking Rejuvenating Eye Creme and Restorative Moisture Creme.

Add a smile for perfect valentine beauty!

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In Case Your Valentine Needs Directions

Valentine’s Day should be full of romance and sweet surprises, but sometimes things can just go the wrong way, even with the best of intentions. So to help your Valentine stay on the right track here are our top 5 do’s and don’ts for Valentine’s Day, suitable for posting on the refrigerator in large font to help your guy get it right.

Definitely Avoid for Valentine’s Day

1) Weight scales, exercise videos, low cal sweets or anything that suggests you think she needs to trim down or change her appearance.

2) Gift certificates for make-overs – goes along the lines of number one above.

3) Unless she has specifically expressed a desire to get tools, TVs or video games, skip these too.

4) New tires for her car.

5) Dinner with your mother.

You’ll get bonus points with these:

1) Champagne and a single red rose.

2) Two absolutely decadent double dark chocolate truffles, cupcakes or brownies beautifully wrapped.

3) You make her favorite dinner and do the dishes.

4) A gift certificate for a relaxing spa experience.

5) Send a Tweet-sweet message or email telling her you can’t wait to see her. Or an "I Love You" note under her pillow.

And to make sure you are Valentine perfect, pamper yourself with a Striking Mini Facial.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

6 More Weeks of Winter...

I was really hoping that Phil, the groundhog, would say only 2 more weeks of winter and then on to spring. But not today on Groundhog Day, the little guy said 6 more weeks of winter. Which to some seems reasonable and to others seem unimaginable. Some areas of the country have had a long drawn out winter already and 6 more weeks could seem a little much to them.

Is your skin ready for 6 more weeks of winter? Remember to keep skin hydrated with moisturizers appropriate for your skin type. Skin can change from oily one week to dry another when climates and seasons change. For many, winter months can lead to dry, uncomfortable skin. Striking Restorative Moisture Creme is an emollient moisturizer that leaves skin hydrated and protected from antioxidants. It also has a SmartPeptide (palmitoyl hexapeptide-14) in it to help firm skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Have you ever noticed that when your skin is dry, wrinkles and fine lines are enhanced? Applying moisturizer can help to hydrate skin for a more vibrant look. Stay warm and keep your skin hydrated and hopefully spring is just around the corner.

For more tips, read our recent post on called "My Winter Facelift".

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Friday, February 5th - Wear Red

This Friday is National Wear Red day. This is a day to speak out by wearing red to recognize National Heart Month and heart disease prevention. For more information, visit Go Red for Women.

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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. This is such an important month for women because heart disease has been described as a silent killer. This is a month to listen and learn about how heart disease can be prevented and to know the early signs to keep yourself and family members protected. The American Heart Association is a great reference site to visit to learn more.

During the month of February we will be adding posts about information on this important topic so check back and read more.

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