Saturday, January 24, 2015

Amazon Prime just $72 For The Year....January 24th Only!!


I saw this and wanted to pass it on in case you've been on the fence about signing up for Amazon Prime.  


It's regularly $99, but since they're celebrating the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, they're having a special.  Personally, I love it -- we order from Amazon pretty much on a weekly basis and it has paid for itself already in the short time we've had it!

This concludes this special report...we now return you to your regular programming, already in progress..... :-)

xoxo,
Gigi

California Dreamin'


So my flight to L.A. was uneventful....although the flight was late getting off the ground due to low clouds, so we did taxi for about an hour before takeoff - but once we were up and away, it was smooth sailing.  The highlight of the flight (insert sarcastic eyeroll here) was the lady behind me who had one too many glasses of wine and kept insisting to her travel mate that the song "Chuck E's in Love" was  (and I quote) "...a Sheryl Crow original dammit!!!!" (and by 'one too many' glasses of wine, I mean eight to ten).  My first thought was "Are people seriously arguing over a song that hasn't had any radio air play in about 35 years?!!" -- at one point, I really thought they were going to start slapping each other around.  



I mean, fighting over "Chuck E's in Love"??!!! That's like getting into punch out over the lyrics to "Muskrat Love"....or "Kokomo"....who does that? It's just unheard of.  I thought, "If this plane gets diverted so they can kick these two loons off..........over a Rickie Lee Jones song.....I'm going to lose it!!" If anything, I thought the pain meds would kick in that make me think I'm Lindsay Lohan a little loopy and I'd be that person!! 



The man across the aisle actually turned around and said to the chick, "She's right - it's not Sheryl Crow" - I was relieved that finally a voice of reason jumped in and ended this --- but no.....she kept on and on, now having two people to take on and convince she's right and they're wrong....so I just tuned out, put in my earplugs, and soon fell asleep listening to the "Japanese Horizons" in-flight music station.....(I totally blame that selection on the pain killers....)

So...recap....



Now that that's settled...

(and if that set the lady off so much, I'd hate to see how she reacts to something actually set-off worthy like "Hey honey, I'm seeing someone else" or "I sold all of your Sheryl Crow memorabilia while you were in L.A.")

I cannot tell you how good it was to feel the warmth once I was on the ground....I am not a fan of the cold weather - and even though I had to drag myself to the airport (I'm still not back to 100% with the strep/pneumonia combo platter), I am more than happy to soak up the warm California sun for a couple of days!!  I hear it's sleeting & snowing in Philly.

A meeting yesterday, lunch meeting today, grabbed a little dinner, did a little shopping, and now I'm just going to lay on the bed and enter giveaways until I fall asleep (I'm pretty sure that's what all the cool kids do on a Friday night in L.A.)......early meeting in Malibu in the morning.......then leaving for home tomorrow.  Too quick of a trip, but I miss the hubs, birds, and bun! 

I did get to spend a little time at Venice Beach today and had a delicious lunch at the French Market Cafe.




Then I wandered around some more, watched some surfers, and caught the sunset.  So pretty!



.....aaaaaand......




So that's been all the excitement I can handle for the past 30 hours! I'm bringing you guys home a giveaway 'souvenir' and will be putting that up next week, along with some great new reviews & giveaways! 

Then....I get to fly back here again the week after!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Have fun, be safe, and I'll catch ya on the flip side!!

xoxo,
Gigi

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Complete Book of Indian Cooking - Book Review & Giveaway! US/Can Ends 2/5


My husband knows when I'm asked to go out to eat, I'm picking Indian food! It's my absolute favorite.....and if you're ever here visiting the Liberty Bell, stop by Karma or cross the river and enjoy dinner at Coriander, in Voorhees, New Jersey.  If I could choose to only eat 10 things for the rest of my life, their Crispy Lasooni Gobi (crispy cauliflower) would be near the top of that list!!

I have tried my hand at cooking Indian at home and, while I'd say nothing was a flop, my recipes are pretty basic....curry this...curry that.  I've never ventured out beyond that, most likely because I've never had the resource at hand to delve beyond the basics.  Until now! The Complete Book of Indian Cooking by Suneeta Vaswani has given me all the tools, knowledge...and delicious recipes...to cook with confidence!

Another hit from Robert Rose Books, this is a huge cookbook --- 480 pages!! 



Inside, you'll find 350 recipes -- basically meaning you could try a new recipe every day for almost a year!! While light on actual photos of the food, the recipes themselves are easy to follow, with many having additional tips in the sidebar.  You will find some gorgeous frame-worthy photos taken throughout India in the book.



I love how she's color coded the recipes by region of India and fully explains the regional cooking styles. <---- prepare to dazzle your friends with your newfound knowledge the next time you are digging into a basket of naan!


There is a nice section on spices, which are the clear stars in any Indian recipe. I think the most difficult part of pulling off some of these recipes would be finding some of the spices many of them call for.  If you live in a city, you may be lucky enough to have a market that sells some of these not readily available in your local grocery shop spices, but there's always online shopping too - which is how I've found many of the spices I have in my own kitchen. The author provides a list of online resources - including Indian Foods Co. - which is where I like to purchase online.  (note: Ethnic Grocer, also listed, is no longer in business)



I love this book because there are a ton of vegetarian recipes, but you'll also find sections featuring eggs, chicken, and meat, as well as fish and seafood. Even though I don't eat meat, I never skip over these chapters because just a simple switch out to tofu, tempeh, or even portabello mushrooms, and you've got a veg. recipe!

From Appetizers to Dessert -- and everything in between (Chai Spiced Tea anyone?!), the Complete Book of Indian Cooking has you covered.  

The book retails for $37.95 and is available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble (just $26.85!)

You can follow Robert Rose Books on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with all their books and new releases.  I love love love Robert Rose Books --- if you want to learn about absolutely anything related to cooking, baking, entertaining, health & wellness, or parenting, they'll most likely have the book for you!


Giveaway Time!!!



Are you ready to win a copy of Complete Book of Indian Cooking for yourself?! Just fill out the form below and you'll be in it to win it! Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner is randomly drawn and will be contacted via email once the winning entry is verified.  Winner will then have 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to both US & Canada and will end on February 5, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Good luck!!

xoxo,
Gigi







Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of the above book at no cost in order to facilitate this review. The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this book. Yours may differ.  If potential winner drawn is a Canadian resident, per law, they will need to complete a basic skill question before being declared the winner. Winner is responsible for any taxes or duty associated with this prize.  My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Home Precautions When Caring For a Family Member with Dementia + a Book Giveaway - US Only - Ends 2/3


This topic is a little off from my usual beauty & skin care rap, but it's one that's very important to me.  One of my dearest friends was a caregiver for many years for her Mom, who suffered from dementia.  It's a long, tiring, job which requires total selflessness and 24 hour shifts, 7 days a week.  Often times, one is thrust into the position of being a caregiver, with little to no training and really nothing to guide them other than love and faith.

Did you know that more than 15 million Americans (usually family members or friends) are the caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, this according to a 2014 report by the Alzheimer’s Association.

While it’s wonderful so many are willing to assume that huge responsibility, it’s also important they take steps to make sure the home is a safe place.  

Kerry Mills, co-author with Jennifer Brush, of the book “I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People With Dementia.” (www.engagingalzheimers.com) has come up with several tips to help those caregivers focus on potential hazards. The thought process is not unlike new parents making a house “childproof.” Many of the concerns are similar, such as stairs, electrical sockets, sharp objects, and swimming pools.

While it's important to keep surroundings safe, it’s easy to go too far. Ideally, the environment for the person with dementia should be as unrestricted as possible. “For example, if your loved one enjoys cooking for a hobby and can safely cut and peel vegetables, then by all means, encourage it,” Mills says.



Mills has given us several ways to make a home safer for someone with dementia.

•  For the front and back doors. Use bells on the doors, motion sensors that turn on lights or alerts, or other notifications that make the care partner aware when someone has gone out. Add lamps or motion-activated lighting so people can see where they are going when they are entering or leaving the house.
“Another way to discourage someone from wanting to leave the house is to make sure that he or she gets plenty of outside exercise whenever possible,” Mills says.

•  For stairways and hallways. Add reflective tape strips to stair edges to make stairs more visible. Remove obstacles, such as mats and flowerpots, to minimize risks of falls on or by the stairs.
Also, install handrails in hallways and stairways to provide stability, and install a gate on the stairway to prevent falls. Improve the lighting around hallways and stairs by installing more ceiling fixtures or wall sconces.

•  For the bathroom. Install grab bars and a raised toilet seat to help both the individual with dementia and the care partners so they don’t have to lift the person on and off the toilet.
Add grab bars inside and outside the tub, and a non-skid surface in the tub to reduce risks of falls. You can also add colored tape on the edge of the tub or shower curb to increase contrast and make the tub edge more visible.
Lower the water temperature or install an anti-scald valve to prevent burns, and remove drain plugs from sinks or tubs to avoid flooding.

•  For the possibility the person becomes lost. Provide your loved one with an identification or GPS bracelet in case he or she wanders. Label clothes with the person’s name, and place an identification card in his or her wallet with a description of the person’s condition. Notify police and neighbors of the person’s dementia and tendency to wander.


If you're one of the millions of people who act as caregiver for a loved one living with Dementia or Alzheimer's, or know someone who is, Kerry Mills' book, "I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People With Dementia", can be an invaluable tool in your quest to provide the best care for those who rely on you so very much.  "I Care" is also a 2014 Gold Award Winner of the National Mature Media Awards!

For your chance to win a copy, please fill out the form below and you'll be in to win.  Please only one entry per person/email/IP. Winner is randomly drawn and will be contacted via email once winning entry has been verified.  Winner then has 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

Unlike my other giveaways, and out of respect for those who may be entering, there will not be a mandatory blog comment for entry, but please feel free to leave a comment with any safety tips you may have or share your experience you may have with being an adult caregiver with us if you feel comfortable doing so.

This giveaway is open to US only and will end at 11:59pm on February 3, 2015

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi




Book: "I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia"





Disclaimer: My Fab Fit Forties is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Giveaway: Win a Gorgeous Green Crystal Necklace $50 US/Can Ends 1/30


I wanted to have a just because giveaway to thank you all for being so fab during my foray into blogging!! It was definitely a venture into uncharted waters for me and so many of you have been around since the beginning.  The more I thought about giving it up recently, the more I started getting pangs of missing it!  While my new gig is going to be keeping me hoppin', I love doing reviews, giveaways, and sharing articles I think you'd be interested in....so we'll trudge forward and see how it goes with a more casual 1-2 times a week posting approach. I think I can swing that. If not, we'll reassess.



Speaking of giveaways.....and awesome.....here's a little something that would be perfect for a Valentine's Day gift....or a gift for yourself! A gorgeous green cushion cut crystal necklace (say that fast five times!!), in a bezel setting with milgrain detailing that almost looks like little diamonds from a distance. The metal is a rhodium-plated silver-plated brass on a 18" chain with spring ring clasp. Retails for $50.


The pictures don't do this necklace justice! (I don't take good pics?! Shocking!!)

If you'd like a chance to win this pretty necklace, just enter the form below! Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner is randomly drawn and contacted by email once winning entry has been verified.  Winner then has 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn. 




This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents and will end at 11:59pm on January 30, 2015.

Good luck!!

xoxo,
Gigi




Green Crystal Necklace $50 - US/Can

Disclaimer:  My Fab Fit Forties is solely responsible for prize fulfillment as this is a self-sponsored giveaway.  If winning entry is from a Canadian resident, potential winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question prior to being declared the winner.  Winner is responsible for any taxes - state/federal/country/duty they may incur with this prize.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Get Long Lush Eyelashes with RapidLash Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancing Serum + Giveaway #Sponsored US Only Ends 1/28

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for RapidLash. 
I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item 
to thank me for my participation.

One of the many things I've noticed about growing older is that my eyelashes just aren't as naturally long as they used to be.  Sure, I could layer on the mascara, but that just ends up looking clumpy and unnatural. I could get extensions, but they're expensive and who has time for all the maintenance appointments!? False eyelashes? Forget it! I'm almost 50 and have never gotten the hang of them! 

Enter RapidLash -- a clinically proven, non-prescription, paraben-free, eyelash and eyebrow enhancing serum that can help give your eyelashes length and shine!

Age, stress, environmental factors, and medications can leave us with limp, dehydrated, and damaged lashes and brows. In just 4-6 weeks (with ultimate results at 8), RapidLash can give you that look you've been missing and the confidence that goes along with a lush set of lashes! If you do use false lashes or want lash extensions, RapidLash can give you a great lash line to use as a base which can give you better results while keeping your natural lashes healthy!

Men and women can both use this product - which is not tested on animals, is fragrance free, and Ophthalmologist and Dermatologist tested! If you're a contact wearer, no problem, RapidLash is safe to use with contact lenses! As always, you should check with your doctor to make sure RapidLash would be a good fit for you.



I set out to use RapidLash for 6 weeks and chronicle my testing.  Using the product is very easy. Make sure your eyelashes are free of makeup and any creams/beauty products. Then, simply apply the serum (made up of amino acids, biotin, vitamin b5, soybean oil, and pumpkin seed extract) to your upper lash line, using the thin applicator brush, from inner corner of eye to outer - right along the base of your eyelashes. You use it every night at bedtime. It's as simple as that. It dried within a couple of minutes and I didn't experience any irritation at all. 

I didn't use it on my eyebrows (because they are like caterpillars anyway!) and, while you can use on your lower lashes, you have to use great care to not get it into your eyes (and I am not that confident in my 'skillz').

So...did it work?! (drumroll please!!)

Here are my lashes at the beginning of week one....and at the six week mark.



I definitely see the difference!




I will say that I was getting discouraged when I really couldn't see any difference after two weeks.  I can see how it might be very easy to say "this isn't working" and throw it in the drawer where all unused beauty products go to die! (We all have one!!)  But I stuck with it and soon I was noticing my lashes getting longer and more lush.  I noticed that I didn't have to put multiple coats of mascara on and, nearing the six week mark, there were times I didn't even put any mascara on my upper lashes. I have to say, I loved not having to take the (extra) time for mascara and still be able to walk out of the house knowing my eyes were looking great!


Whether we spend 4 minutes or 40 minutes getting ready in the morning, starting out with a healthy smile, healthy skin, and healthy lashes can leave us with a canvas we can feel confident about!  

RapidLash is available in stores nationwide such as: Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS, Fred Meyer, Kohl's, Meijer, and ULTA.  You can also pick it up online at BBB.com, Costco.com, CVS.com, dermstore.com, drugstore.com, kohls.com, skinstore.com, and walmart.com  This is just a partial list, but it's easy to find a store near you!

As for price, it retails for $49.95, but you can find it for less with just a little shopping around (Drugstore.com sells it for $29.69). One tube will last between 1-2 months depending on if you just use it on your lashes or use it on both lashes and brows!

You can also follow RapidLash socially on Facebook and Pinterest

I was pretty impressed with RapidLash and think it's a great way to get those healthy eye lashes back naturally and affordably!



I'd love to give a My Fab Fit Forties reader the chance to try out RapidLash too! If you'd like to win a tube of your own, just fill out the quick & easy form below! Only one entry per person/email/IP please.  Winner will be randomly drawn and contacted by email once winning entry has been verified.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will need to be drawn.

This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18+ years old, and will end at 11:59pm on January 28, 2015!

Good luck!

xoxo,
Gigi


RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum $50

Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for RapidLash. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. The above review is based on my own honest opinion of, and experience with, this product. Yours may differ. My Fab Fit Forties is solely responsible for prize fulfillment.





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Augusta Sportswear Helps Keep Men & Women Active & Fashionable + Giveaway - US Only Ends 1/25

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Augusta Sportswear.  I have received products in order to facilitate my review and will receive compensation as a thank you for participating in this campaign. The below post is based on my own opinion of, and experience with, the products sent.

If you're like the bulk of us that make resolutions for the new year, losing weight and/or being more active just might be high up on that list.  

There is no doubt that moving a little every day and mindfully eating can set good habits that will help you meet your goals, but I also believe that having a positive attitude and having that "I can do this!!" mind set is also very important. There is truth in looking good helps us feel good - and Augusta Sportswear is leading the charge, with fashionable - functional - workout wear for both men and women.



You may be familiar with Augusta Sportswear by their line of teamwear & athletic gear for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, cheering, and more - but may not know that they also make gym clothes for you and me - perfect for running, yoga, hopping on the treadmill, taking a zumba class....and fashionable enough to meet a friend for lunch afterwards! 



I was able to try a couple pieces out and I have to say they fit and felt great.  The gray capri pants went all the way up (which is often a problem I have with workout pants - designers seem to make them ultra low rise - which does no one any favors when I bend over in yoga class!!) and they were a great 90/10 blend of polyester and spandex, so they held their shape without being ultra tight or ultra shiny. They also didn't cut into my waist, which gives them big points! These capris are also odor resistant and feature moisture management, which is very important for keeping us healthy and self-confident while building up a sweat!



I loved the top too with its center pockets and long sleeves -- it's a great choice for when you want to have a cover-up for your sports bra/tank --- it's also perfect if you like a longer style top (but don't want to wear that old XXL t-shirt we all have tucked away!) - it's billowy and long enough to cover your tush. The color is vibrant - you can't help but feel good with it on, and the 50/50 cotton/polyester blend is very soft and breathable!



The gym bag is a great size for all your necessities without being super bulky. I liked that it had double handles and an optional shoulder strap.  Inside zip pocket and roomy compartment for dirty clothes/shoes too.  

You can connect with Augusta Active socially by following them on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Their blog is also really informative - with posts on gym bag essentials, the best free online workouts, and more!

Whether you're a marathoner or someone who is just starting a daily walking routine, Augusta Active has the work out clothes for you!

Augusta Sportswear wants to help you get movin' and groovin' with a fantastic prize pack.....two actually --- that's right - two winners......one lucky lady will receive a large active kit for women.....and one lucky guy will win a large active kit for a man....take a peek at what the lucky winners can look forward to:


The above picture is a representation of what the winners may
receive. Actual styles/colors will depend on availability.

Each kit is valued at approximately $200!!

Just fill out the rafflecopter form below and you'll be in to win! This giveaway will end on January 25, 2014 and is open to US residents only.

((I did have the end date listed as 1/19 on several giveaway directories & tweets, but my post went live prior to seeing they had extended the original end date))

Good luck!!

xoxo,
Gigi

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Disclaimer:  I received the above products in order to facilitate this review and will also receive compensation as a thank you for participating in this campaign. This is a sponsored post on behalf of Augusta Sportswear; however, the above post is based on my own opinion of, and experience with, this brand and the products I received. Yours may differ. My Fab Fit Forties is not the administrator of this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.