WAF’s Five for Friday – mind games, virtual makeovers, free ivy league…

Five fabulous finds we think you’ll like…

Natural world 1. Going green? The Alternative Consumer provides eco news, green product reviews and useful info for those looking to cultivate a greener, healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. From fashion to food, home decor to alternate energy, if it’s green, The Alternative Consumer has it covered.

2. Three keys to achieving health and fitness goals? Tracking, tracking, tracking. Livestrong.com helps you achieve your goals by offering a library of more than 817,000 foods and 1,500 activities and the ability to track calorie intake and burn rate with a free diary. Start by entering your age, height, weight and activity level and it calculates how many calories you should eat to maintain, increase or decrease your current weight. It also lets you enter what you have eaten and calculates the nutritional value and shows you what percentage of your daily calories, fat, carbs, sugars, sodium, you’ve consumed. Thanks for the heads up Rachel!

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WAF’s Five for Friday – Tofu noodles, 4-hour work weeks, geek girlfriends…

Five fabulous finds we think you’ll like…

tofu_shirataki_02 1. Ok, so you’d have to be drunk to be fooled into thinking this was really spaghetti – but at only 20 calories, 3 grams of carbs and .5 g fat per serving, House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles will do. Served best in soups or stir fried, these noodles add a bit of texture and flavor to low carb meals. You can find these noodles at your local farmers market, or you can check out the store list here.

2. Busy mom? E-mealz is a “meal planning resource for mom and frugal family cooks.” Meal plans are based on what’s currently on sale at grocery stores and options are categorized according to store choice and/or whatever weight management plan you and your family are on. Meal plans are designed to feed 4-6 people and are budgeted at around $75 per week. Two person plans average $35 total per week.  For a subscription of $5 per month, members receive a complete weekly aisle-by-aisle grocery list and menu plan. Continue reading WAF’s Five for Friday – Tofu noodles, 4-hour work weeks, geek girlfriends…

WAF’s Five for Friday – Diamonds, budget luxury, eating out…

Five fabulous finds we think you’ll like…

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1. Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but at what cost? For years I’ve been troubled by “blood diamonds” and other precious gems mined at the expense of others’ lives and wellbeing. The company Brilliant Earth believes that luxury goods don’t have to come at great human or environmental cost. The company tracks their gems to ensure that they are mined, cut, and finished in a socially and ethically responsible manner. They also donate 5% of their profits to help communities who have suffered from unethical practices in the jewelry industry. Now that’s jewelry we can live with.

2. Love the good life, but live on a budget? The Frugal Bon Vivant is the perfect site for you. In her own words “The best things in life might not always be free, but they can usually be had at a bargain. The Frugal Bon Vivant serves up deals, coupon & promo codes, how-tos, and tips on enjoying the good life on a budget.” Now who wouldn’t like that? Continue reading WAF’s Five for Friday – Diamonds, budget luxury, eating out…

WAF’s Friday Finds

Friday Finds spotlights stuff we like. From fellow women bloggers, to great deals, to books and businesses, this the stuff we like this week…

The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker – The Women at Forty Project is fascinated by the lives of women all over the world. We recently came across this site while surfing the web. The author blogs about the “everyday life of an urban Indian homemaker and her reactions to what’s happening in the world around her.” She speaks out against violence and intolerance, and against the use of tradition, culture and religion to justify certain behaviors. Read more about this fascinating homemaker from India on her blog, The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker.

The Gluten-Free Goddess – While not all of us have gluten and wheat allergies, as we get closer to 40, many of us are experiencing some, let’s say, new digestive sensations. Once able to tolerate gluten and dairy, I now find that eating either has me feeling crummy all day. Her recipes are also vegan for those pursuing a completely animal free diet.

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WAF’s Friday Finds

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We’re starting a new feature this week. It’s our Friday Finds and it spotlights stuff we like. From fellow women bloggers, to great deals, books and businesses, every Friday tune in to Women at Forty to discover our latest finds.  Take notes, this is the stuff we like this week…


Heifer International – We’ve been long time fans and supporters of this unique organization which empowers women, families and communities around the world.  They give families a hand-up by providing gifts of livestock and training. Heifer’s catalog allows you to choose gifts of livestock, flocks of geese or even trees. A little known fact – Heifer also supports needy families and communities right here in the states. To learn more about Heifer International, visit them at www.heifer.org.

Make Under my Life – Great site by a Chicagoan named Jess. She’s a jewelry designer going through a life makeunder. What’s a makeunder? In her own words “I use this term to describe any action that improves one’s life through addition by subtraction. For example, every Friday I get rid of something that I don’t need, use, or love anymore.” I’ve always liked the idea of addition by subtraction and really gravitate toward the concept of choosing one day each week to do it. Check out Jess’ site at www.makeundermylife.com.

Groupon – Groupon is a collective bargaining group that provides deep discounts on everything from Honey Baked Ham to helicopter rides. Each day they feature a deal at an “unbeatable price.” The deal is emailed to you and if you get in on it before it’s sold out, you’ve got yourself, well, a deal. Last week in Atlanta, it was a complete dental visit and cleaning for $49. Today, it’s a helicopter Tour for $40. Deals differ by city, so visit www.groupon.com, select your city and see what deals are in store for you.

If you’d like to submit a site, book or business to Friday Finds, email us at contribute@womenatforty.com.