Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother's Day - Photo Recap

I started out with a 4 mile walk. No run or jog, just a leisurely power walk with my tunes on.

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Then the boys got a turn.

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Someone slept in. For the first time in 8 years. Can you read the clock? That's 8:47 a.m.!!! Yes, I checked to make sure she was breathing. Twice.  Talk about Happy Mother's Day.

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Let the baking begin.

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Need some chocolate chip cookie dough.

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Need some brownie dough.

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Smoosh em nicely together.

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Cookies and brownies make brookies !!

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We delivered a few cookies via bike messenger, then headed out for a 5 mile bike ride.

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Taking a break to toss rocks in the canal.

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Had a small lunch with my Subway date.

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Preparing for mani's.

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And pedi's.

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Topped it off with movie night.

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Ironic how someone is so lovey dovey every time that popcorn bowl comes out.

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And finally....facials.

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Was going to end it putting Ashlyn to bed and soaking in the tub with a glass of wine. But I was too tired, I went to bed too. 

Hope all you Mama's out there had a great day. 


 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shaklee - Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body Broad Spectrum Protection

We are exposed to UV radiation anytime we're outdoors, even on winter or on cloudy days. Research shows that as UV radiation increases, so does the incidence of skin cancer, particularly life-threatening melanoma. 

UV rays are the primary cause of accelerated aging, contributing to the discoloration, sagging and wrinkling that results from UV-induced damage to the surface of the skin as well as to the underlying collagen and elastin that give our skin firmness and structure.

As I got older and wiser, and did my own research on this subject, I've been a pretty avid sun protection gal for about the last 10 years. But it doesn't do any good if you don't apply it well. Can you tell where I could and couldn't reach? In the areas that got coverage, look how well it worked. 

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Over the years, I've also tried to reduce the amount of chemical-based products I use. Sunscreen being a big one. 

By combining UVA and UVB sunscreen agents with the patented antioxidant protection of Vital Repair+, Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body provides unique, patented, non-irritating and extremely effective sun protection while using the lowest levels of chemical sunscreens possible.  

CLINICAL PROOF
Extensive independent clinical testing has demonstrated: 
  • UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection helps inhibit the UV-induced accelerated loss of collagen and elastin.
  • Provides both high-level and broad-spectrum UV protection without irritation. 
  • Very high protection against sunburn for blondes, redheads, and fair-skinned persons. 
  • Diminishes the visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Oil free.
  • Safe for sensitive skin.
  • Waterproof and sweat-proof.
  • Won't clog pores.

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Shaklee - Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body Broad Spectrum Protection - #32565

It's designed for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin, this patented, water resistant, oil-free sunscreen smoothes easily into your skin and absorbs quickly, without leaving a sticky residue. There's nothing worse than feeling like a grease ball that sand sticks too, looking like a chalkboard or feeling like a sticky hot mess after application. It's a thin consistency, soothing and moisturizing. I use it on body and face. Sometimes under make-up too. And it's paraben free !

Quick view of features:
  • Protect and prevent premature aging of your skin with the clinically proven and patented Enfuselle® formula.
    It provides broad-spectrum protection against both harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • Vital Repair+® Complex adds extra protection against prematurely older-looking skin by neutralizing harmful free radicals
  • Filters out sun’s harsh rays to protect against skin damage
  • Nonirritating formula designed for sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Contains triple-patented Vital Repair+® Complex
  • Formulated with witch hazel and chamomile extracts
  • Alcohol Free
  • 100% dye, oil, and paraben free
  • pH-balanced
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Not tested on animals
Shaklee's Unconditional Guarantee:  If for any reason a Shaklee product is not satisfactory, return it to your Distributor or Shaklee Corporation, for exchange or full refund.

Just like many other Shaklee products, a little goes a long way. Like many people, I didn't care enough to protect my skin from sun damage in my younger days. It's never too late to start. I'm just glad I knew about Enfuselle sunscreen to start protecting Ashlyn right from the start.

When to wear sunscreen & other protective items. 

Anytime you are playing in the water, sprinkler or pool. Even on cloudy days.
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When you're needing a drink. Swim shirts are great protection.
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When geese are crossing.
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When you wear purple and you are just so stinkin cute !
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When digging large holes. Lightweight breathable hats are great for baby's thin hair (the scalp can burn easily) and neck & face protection.
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Even if you are just trying to get a nice quick photo of your kids. That sun can be harsh, even if you aren't out long.
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When you just can't take it anymore and you fall asleep in your sandbox.
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When choosing flowers to pick.
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Especially at the beach. All those rays reflecting off the water and sand. At all times of the day, forget the between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm rule. At the beach, it's all the time.
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Sunglasses are a must. Ashlyn wore them more easily when she was younger. She seems to really not want to wear them now. Our eye doctor stressed how important a good pair of shades are for your eyes.
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Maybe even when you're having a bad day.
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Shades and sunscreen are a must when your ridin' your Harley cruisin' for cute boys.
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When your sloshing through puddles.
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When you are trying to sneak in some added fiber to your nutrition and diet.
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Even when it gets a little breezy.
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Enjoy your summer and be sun safe ! 

Do you have summer vacation plans? Lounging around home summer plans?

Shaklee - Enfuselle SPF 30 for Body Broad Spectrum Protection


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Garmin Forerunner 15 - Review

The running watches, activity watches, GPS watches...it's all very overwhelming. My choice was made easy because I didn't want to be forced to pair anything up with my phone. One - because I don't have a Smart Phone, iPhone or whatever. Two - even if I did, I don't want to be bothered by incoming text and phone notifications on my watch. And the data sent to your phone from your watch is so small and hard to read. I like to bring it up on one of those old school computer monitors and see it nice and big and all at once. 

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I ended up going with the Garmin Forerunner 15. Let's talk refurbished for a moment. People are so scared of refurbished items. Depending on where you are getting it from, whether you trust it or not, if they have any extending guarantee's, you probably have a reason to shy away from refurb items. Garmin and Amazon are very trusted sources. This watch is offered by Garmin as Certified Refurbished and it's backed by a 1 year warranty. 

Size & Color
I am wearing the size Small. If you are used to wearing a watch, it won't feel like any big deal. If you are not, it won't take much to get used to. It's extremely lightweight and you don't realize it's there most of the time. 

     Size Small: Black/Green, Teal/White, Violet/White
                      watch size: 1.58" x 2.05" x .62"  
                      display size: .81" x .77"
                      weighs: 1.3 oz. 
     Size Large: Black/Green, Red/Black
                      watch size: 1.79" x 2.25" x .62"
                      display size: .98" x .94" 
                      weighs: 1.5 oz

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Easy & Simple
Before I hit all the features. This watch is very user friendly. It's simple and easy to use. It's uncluttered and uncomplicated. For the average person, it's perfect! I give the watch a huge thumbs up. I figured I wouldn't pay much attention to the daily activity tracking, but I found I like it just as much as I do using it for running and walking. I found no flaws or problems. All features function exactly as they are supposed to. I love the watch ! Glad I chose this one.

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Overview
  • Personal Records - Watch yourself improve, it tells you when you set a new fastest mile or longest run to date.
  • Activity Tracking - tracks distance, pace, heart rate, calories and sleep.
  • Heart Rate Monitor - Use with a heart rate monitor to track your heart rate and zone data for any fitness activity. (I do not have)
  • Foot Pot Pairing - Record your distance while running indoors and review your cadence later on Garmin Connect. (I do not have)
  • Garmin Connect - Upload to see your runs on a map. Save, plan and activities. 
Motivation by the Mile
It has an auto lap function that automatically alerts you when you complete each mile, giving you a beep and back lit screen that flashes your time for that mile. When you complete your run and save it, you'll see a summary of how you did, including your total time, distance, average pace and calories. It even lets you know when you achieve a personal record, like your fastest mile or longest run to date. 

Train Indoors or Out
For outdoor runs, the GPS accurately records your time, pace and distance. To track distance and pace when you hit the treadmill or an indoor track, just pair it with the optional foot pod, which attaches to the laces of your shoe.

Battery Life is Great - Water Rating
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will last up to 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode or 8 hours when using it with GPS on your outdoor runs. It also has a water rating of 5 ATM (50 meters), which means it resists rain and sweat and can even go for a swim with you.

Garmin Connect
This is the free simple connection to your Mac or PC that allows you to upload your activities online. You can see your run on a map, get all the detail from each mile and see daily summary of your activities. You can customize it to what you like to view most on your dashboard. You can also join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation. 

It's very cool to be able to pull up the map of your run or walk and view all the stats about it. I won't be sharing photo's of that feature for privacy reasons, so that psycho stalkers don't have that easy route to my front door. Oh wait, I only have 1 reader any way. Hey Mom ! 

Just to show you 2 examples of what you can view. These are the expanded views. Your dashboard gives you a quick snapshot of all your activities. 

Your steps per day. I set my own goal for 10,000 steps per day. Green days, I met my goal. Blue days, I was too lazy. You can change your goal at any time. It will also auto set your goal for you, based on your daily steps if you want it to.

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Sleep Monitoring 
Monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep. I showed you one of my good sleep nights. Otherwise these usually show under an hour of deep sleep, only 5-6 hours total with lots of purple awake times in there. I would probably keel over if it ever logged more than 0 for a nap. Not likely to happen in this lifetime.

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Running Features
  • History: holds 7 activities. Once uploaded, you'll have them forever. Once device is full, your oldest data is overwritten.
  • Virtual Pacer: compares current pace to target.
  • Personal Records.
  • Run and Walk Intervals. (My favorite!)
  • Auto Pause: pauses and resumes timer based on speed. (Such as stopping for traffic or traffic lights)
  • Auto Lap: automatically starts a new lap.
  • Calculates calories burned.
  • Customize display screen(s).
  • Shock Resistant.
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One day, I would love to upgrade to one of them that has the cycling, swimming, golfing, running and walking options. Especially the feature to create your workouts online at Garmin Connect and send them to your watch, then it will prompt you through your workout. How cool would that be? Who am I kidding, that would probably require phones and apps and be way too fancy-schmancy for this old school girl.

Apparently it's time to end this review and Move !
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Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS Watch with Activity Tracking


Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch



What GPS or Activity Tracker are you currently using?


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It Haircare 12-in-One Leave-in Treatment - Review

Years ago I condensed my hair care products dramatically when I discovered It's a 10 Leave-in Treatment. Since it did 10 different things to your hair, it saved you all those other products. I think it truly did what it claimed (repairs dry & damaged hair, adds shine, detangles, controls frizz, seals & protects hair color, prevents split ends, stops breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, flat iron spray & thermal protection). 

It's a superior product with excellent quality. But. There's always a but to something great. It comes at a steep price point. It varies online and in the stores, but it's quite high. I think it's worth it, I do. But. There's that but again. But I'm still a tight-ass and I like a good deal as much as anyone. 

This is actually a really good price right now. Target and Amazon are my go to stores, and Target has this same 10 oz bottle for $36.99 and it's $28.25 at Amazon. I've actually never seen this size priced so low. Fist bump to Amazon!


I was looking for something in Walgreens one day, I came across a similar product. Sounds to me like a knock off of It's a 10. It was a big 10 oz bottle. It claimed to do all the same things mostly. Except it added two more. Honestly, it's all the same, just reworded to sound like more. 
  • Repairs dry, damaged hair
  • Protects from split ends & breakage
  • Shiny & healthy hair
  • Transforms frizz to silk
  • Maximum heat protection
  • Seals & protect hair
  • Removed tangles
  • Restores natural body
  • Abyssinian Oil for silky hair
  • Fuses silk amino acids
  • Infused with silk amino acids
  • Transforms brittle hair

It's called It Haircare 12-in-One Leave-in TreatmentIt's at a much lower price. I had points to burn on my Walgreens card, so I picked this up for $14. But the $19 Amazon has it for sounds about right. Walgreens pricing varies from store to store. 
 
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How does it compare? I think it's a very close second to It's a 10. I like it just as much, it falls short only slightly. Very slightly. But for the cheaper price, I love it all the same and just as much. It's a 10 is just amazing. It Haircare is a very close runner up and it's very, very good. I'll definitely stick with it.

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I use it on my own hair as well as my daughters. We spray it on damp towel dried hair, then style as usual. It also makes for a great touch up detangling spray on dry hair for kids. It does have a pleasant smell. Not overpowering, it's very light. Just a couple of sprays does it, you don't need to douse your whole head. When you brush through, it disperses it nicely throughout your hair.

I love that the heat protection is included in both products. I think they both do a good job. Since we all use blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons....I think a good heat protector is easily forgotten. 

It Haircare 12-in-One saves on additional product and saves on additional steps.  



Have you tried either one of these? Or do you know of any other similar products?


Friday, April 8, 2016

Marbleized Easter Eggs

We gave marbleized eggs a whirl this year. We went the oil route, I hear the shaving cream technique is a good one too.

I have too many photo's for this post, so let's get right into it. 

We chose to blow our eggs. You ever tried blowing yours? One thing we don't like about coloring eggs, is having to refrigerate them in order to still use the hard boiled egg. We like to display them. So we gave our first shot at blowing eggs. We had some break and crack, we poked holes too big. We found our later a thumb tack works better than our safety pin and chop stick approach to get started. 

First comes the snot.
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Then the yolk.   (Not a good idea if you have a headache.)
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Since we weren't sick, and no guests would be dining in with us, we decided it was a scrambled egg breakfast kind of morning. (rinse the eggs you'll be using for coloring and allow to dry)
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We chose pastel food coloring over the bold this time. 
Note: Next year, it would work best to do the first solid color with the pastels, and do the marbling with the bold. 
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Step 1: Add 3/4 cup of warm water in a shallow container. (We used tall glasses, clearly we listen well). Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and about 10 drops of food coloring. Use a lighter color food coloring for this batch.
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Step 2: Dunk 'em til you like 'em. Make sure the egg is completely covered. Allow it to sit for up to 5 minutes or until you are happy with the color.
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Since we blew our eggs, they did not sink. So we had to hold them down.
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Step 3: Remove egg from dye and place it on a drying rack to completely dry.
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Step 4: In a different shallow container (we listened this time), place 3/4 cup of warm water. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and about 10-20 drops of a different color food coloring to the water. Be sure to use a darker color for this batch. 
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Step 5: Our instructions said to submerge the egg into container and roll it around. We found it worked better to roll the egg around on top of the water, which worked well since ours were hollow. Submerging seemed to 'blend the colors' too much. Either way, allow your egg to dry on the rack when your happy with your marble effect.
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Step 6: Allow egg to dry completely. About 10-15 minutes. Because of the oil, the outside of the egg will continue to look wet. Once you know the dye is dry, use a paper towel to gently wipe excess oil off.
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Step 7: You can repeat this process for as many different layers and color combinations as you like. We just did 2 colors per egg. Maybe we'll get a little crazier and rebel like next year and go for 3 !
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After wiping oil off, this is what you'll get. Unless we completely screwed them up, in which case you better start following Martha Stewart instead.
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What is your favorite way to color eggs?  Marble..with oil..or shaving cream?