Sally’s 2012
January 1, 2013

I love reading everyone’s year-in-review.  But I never feel that I have anything particularly interesting to share myself.  However looking back at where I’ve come since January 1, 2012, my year reads like the elevation profile of the 11.2 mile run through Percy Warner Park.

January
On New Year’s day I wake up with pain in my left shoulder.  It becomes very severe over the next few days and I begin many painful and expensive tests to diagnose it.  I eventually lose most of the strength and mobility in the arm altogether.  It is not for several months (see below) before we are able to diagnose the mystery condition.  But I take my first Caribbean vacation to Jamaica with my good friend Sara.  It is fantastic and just what we needed to thaw the dreary winter grays.  I also start training to Hoop the Half Marathon again.

February
I take a trip to Chicago to visit the city and see friends.  I begin planning my race calendar for the year.  But 2/3 of the way through the month I became very ill and take a brief stay in the hospital.  This sets me back physically and race and training-wise.  I eventually end up having to miss out on 4 different races this month and the next month due to illness and recovery.  I also support a friend during a difficult trial and witness that sometimes the judicial system doesn’t always work out the way it’s supposed to.

March
I miss out on the Triple Crown races due to the previous month’s recovery and post my first DNS ever, unfortunately it’s a 3-for-1.  I come up with an Athletic Bucket List and start working towards a plan to check off the items.  I tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and hit 7 distilleries in 2 days.  I attend an Olympic soccer qualifying tournament game.

April
I apply for the Nuun Hood To Coast team, though I don’t get picked, I still make a funny video.  I post some really high mileage with our hoop walking.  And eventually complete the Hooping the Half Marathon.  Many thanks to everyone who donates to the cause.  I finally really start training again in all 3 sports.  I also have my first swim lesson and find out that my self-taught freestyle form really isn’t that bad.  I also meet my Coach for the first time in a different swim lesson.  I witness my amazing friend Kira become ordained as an Episcopal priest.

May
I do my first open water swim ever, which also happens to be my first wetsuit swim ever.  I manage to survive both.  I compete in my first triathlon of the season and learn an important lesson of mental tenacity.  I have another minor surgery unrelated to my two previous medical issues earlier in the year.  I get a new fitting on my tri bike.

June
I make another trip to Chicago for a wedding and to visit friends.  I begin training with my Coach.  I go through a little bit of heartbreak.  I revise my race schedule for the year and really buckle down and distract myself with training.  I compete in the Du Run Run duathlon again and walk away with my first podium finish!  I also finally get back to the doctor for my left arm, and get a diagnosis of Parsonage Turner Syndrome.  I compete in the Muddy Buddy with a friend and have a great time, and once again somehow manage to never really get muddy in a mud event.  It’s a special talent.  I witness more heartbreak at the loss of a friend.  I also go to see Tenacious D with Sara and we have a lot of rocking out silliness.

July
I do a LOT of running, biking, swimming during the hot month, and put down more mileage than I ever imagined.  I compete in my first Olympic distance triathlon.  And I go to the Forecastle Festival after my race and get to see my favorite band play.  I volunteer at a major triathlon in my city and really get a chance to give back for all the racing that I do.  I run in a cape for beer.

August
My Coach comes to town and I get in another swim session.  I work on riding the course for my next big race, but the course keeps changing and I learn my lesson on some hills.  I get up way too early (even for me) to watch the Olympics for marathon and triathlon.  I compete in a Women’s super sprint tri and get misdirected on the course by a volunteer.  They throw out the run times and I end up with a podium finish, but maybe not the one I planned.  I begin physical therapy for my arm and shoulder.

September
I compete in my second Olympic Triathlon, in a torrential downpour.  This is my last tri of the season, but I don’t let that stop me because I sign up for my first Half Ironman race for the next year.  I attend my first Nashville Rollergirls bout and love it.  I buckle down on my running to train for my next few running races of the season.  I run my first 5k in probably 5 or 6 years, and walk away with another podium finish, once again a second place in my age group, which makes for a hat trick of podium finishes for the year.  My best friend has another baby, once again with a dramatic entrance.

October
I run in the Boston Half Marathon.  I get to visit my old friends and meet new ones, and see my best friend in a play.  I tour the Sam Adams Brewery finally.  I try Eritrean food, and of course eat lots and lots of lobstah!  I walk the Goo Goos Jog N Hog due to a painful injury.  That injury turns out to be peroneal tendonitis, and I also find out (on my 3rd Xray and MRI of the year) that I have a cyst in my heel, but the doctor doesn’t think it is affecting me.  I attend a Vanderbilt football game and watch them actually win!  I take a Motorcyle class.  I watch the Kona Ironman championships online and am amazed by the athletes.  I do the Color Run with a couple friends.

November
I make a road trip to tour the Calfkiller brewery and fall more in love with their beer.  I try to talk them into selling me a bike jersey with no luck.  I run in the Ragnar Tennessee relay race and tick off another Athletic Bucket List item.  I volunteer at the Flying Monkey Marathon and witness some truly hardcore runners.  I run the Boulevard Bolt and get another PR.  Coach comes into town again and we have a little team dinner and recap of the year and discuss the next year.

December
I start the month off with my first 12k, the 12 South Winter Warm Up, and finish the day with the 12 South Winter Warmer, one of my favorite beer fests.  Running and beer, what a perfect day!  Then I announce I’m doing something really crazy for my birthday.  I document all of my runs here, and follow it up with beers with friends.  I do one more Yazoo Barely a 4k Beer Run and earn a Yazoo Santa hat.  I find out I qualified for the USAT national championships for Olympic distance triathlon based on that Women’s race in August, which redeems the unfortunate results of that race.  I bake a monstrous cake and swear off buttercream forever.  I take a little New Year’s vacation and got to see my alma mater play in a bowl game.

2013
And what does 2013 hold?  I’ve already started working on my race schedule for next year.  Who knows what else it holds?  I’m hoping for a happy, healthy, and injury-free year.  Looking forward to ticking off more Athletic Bucket List items and maybe clawing my way to more podium finishes?  I’d also like to start trying to race more duathlons.  What are your plans and goals?

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Pick Me! For the Team nuun Hood To Coast team!
April 6, 2012

Just as I promised, I have finished my application for the nuun Hood To Coast relay team!  I think this gives you, and nuun, a really good introduction to me!

So, maybe I should introduce my readers to nuun first before you see the video.  What is nuun?  So glad you asked.  It’s an amazing way to hydrate and get all the electrolytes and other good stuff you need without getting all those sugars in regular sports drinks, but you still get some really great flavors.  Best part? It comes in a tablet that you just drop into your water.  So, you can travel with it.  It doesn’t take much space and no need to worry about liquids or spillage!  I’ve been using nuun for a few years now, when my friend Barbie first told me about it.  So if you’re a runner, or just need to stay hydrated, go check them out!

Now, on to the video.  One of my athletic bucket list items is to run the Hood to Coast Relay.  For those of you not in the know, Hood to Coast is a 200 mile relay race that takes place over 24 hours (give or take) with a relay team of 12 runners trading off various legs of the race.  It starts at Mt. Hood in Oregon and goes all the way to the Pacific coast (hence the name).  It seems like a fun and challenging event and definitely something every runner should do once.

As you know, I’ve done a lot of different kinds of races, but I still want to add that notch to my running shoes.  So, hopefully with the help of nuun, I’ll be on a nuun sponsored team of women running bloggers (hello, what an awesome group of people to be on a team!) in August ready to rock those 200 miles.  So, if you like my video below, let me know in the comments!  This is the biggest part of my application and I’m thrilled to share it with you!

P.S. How awesome is that song?

And many thanks to Downtown Brown who helped get the awesome video of me and gave me some very useful constructive criticism on editing the video!

My love affair
February 14, 2012

Did you ever know someone who had an on-again, off-again relationship?  And on the surface it appeared that they had a dysfunctional relationship, but upon digging further, you realize that maybe it was always a case of the right person-wrong time?   They keep trying, but it never works…until that one day where the timing lines up and it finally develops in to the most beautiful love affair that you only now realize is how it was intended to be.

I am one of those people.  And I am finally ready to come out about my past dysfunctional relationship and current torrid love affair.  With Running.  Gotcha!  But I really am serious.  My love story goes like this.

In middle school (yes I started young), being the athletic figure skater I was then, I decided to join the track team.  Was I cheating on my current love, figure skating?  Yes certainly, but it was a polyamorous moonlighting type of situation.  Skating was always my first love, but I soon learned it was a fickle lover that realizes you’re too old and dumps you at the ripe old-maid age of 16, so it always had a short shelf-life.  Two years of middle school track and I was on fire, the fastest I’ve ever been.  (Though lack of puberty and hips and boobs make a huge difference).  So it started as a really beneficial union, but it began to develop into an abusive relationship.  Sport asthma reared its ugly head.  I was still winning my meets, but at my last few track meets the coach would have a teammate standing at the finish line to catch me in case of one of my running induced hyperventilation attacks.

Moving on to high school, I tried to get into cross country in the fall, but something always prevented me from joining the team.  Right person, wrong time?  So, I joined track in the spring for a couple years.  But we were continuing to drift apart.  I had less time for practice and for meets, with schoolwork, skating (though I had moved on to teaching at that point), and music (my new lover).  The sport asthma still abused me at meets.  And finally after a couple years, I realized I needed to break up with running.  Why was I doing this to my body?  Nobody was chasing me.  I’m not going anywhere (running around an oval is essentially running in circles).  Occasionally the track coach would talk me into showing up for a meet here and there for a little “for old times sake” date with running, but by the end of high school were were done.  Finito.

For 13 years, I had nothing to do with my old lover.  We didn’t speak.  We avoided each other at parties.  I mean, heaven forbid I should ever run for anything.  It was a dumb sport and a bad old boyfriend that was bad for me.

Then, in law school I decided to try running again.  To try to encourage a former runner to get back into it for his health’s sake.  And it was a very time effective way to exercise and burn calories, which was important for a busy law student and future lawyer.  It was a very, VERY slow rocky start getting back together with running.  Battling my need for speed with my underworked, asthmatic lungs; eventually settling on slow, but able to breathe.  But it remained a casual relationship.  Taking it slow to 1 mile.  Then a 5k or two.  And eventually jumping off the deep end and getting hot and heavy training for a half marathon.  Never in  my life had I run that much.  It was exciting.  And something I said I only wanted to do once.  After that I fell back into a casual relationship.  Running off and on to stay in shape.  Kinda loving it, kinda hating it all at the same time.  But never really giving it my full attention.

A couple years later, a friend wanted to run her first half marathon.  She had started her own love affair with running, and I wanted to be supportive of her relationship, so I trained to run it with her.  That race was one of the best runs of my life.  I fell in love with running all over again.  But this time, everything was perfect.  I didn’t have any other distractions or lovers in my life to compete for my attention.  I was able to give my all to running.  And it gave right back to me.  I was in great shape.  I rarely had any trouble breathing or with distance.  And I actually enjoyed spending time with running.  And sorely missed it when we were separated.  It had become just as important in my life as breathing or sleeping or eating.  It made my life better and made me a better person in so many ways.

Last year I discovered triathlon.  And as I can assume that maybe marriage or having children enriches your relationship, that is what happened with my running with triathlon.  I have an even deeper love for my running.  We share a bond that others cannot  understand, and triathlon has strengthened that bond even more.  So, yes, I have a red hot torrid love affair with running, and I would inflict serious harm on someone who would try to come between us.  And I always encourage people in their own relationships with running.  So no matter where you are in your own relationship, embrace it.  We all have our own path, and it’s not for everyone.  But for me, I have found my own little love affair.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

46 Day Challenge 2011
March 10, 2011

Yes, that’s right.  My 46 Day Challenge is back!  If you’re either new to the blog or have just forgotten about it, check out last year’s 46 Day Challenge.  Between Fat Tuesday and Easter, I make it a challenge to myself to exercise at least a little bit every day.  For many people, this time of year might mean giving up something.  I’m not particularly religious, but find this a good timeframe to maybe add something extra to my life.  It’s also an excellent timeframe (a month and a half) in which to form a new, healthy habit.  Not to mention, this is also just after most of the New Year’s Resolutioners (also something I don’t participate in) have petered off in the gyms.  And it’s also just after the worst of winter’s blast that might keep you from going outdoors to exercise.

I was pleasantly surprised to see my friend at Cook, Pray, Love has also chosen this time of fasting to turn it around for good as well, and not just a “40 day diet” or a “New Years Resolution Take 2.”  So, she (along with a comment from Barbie) has reminded me that I should make this my 3rd annual (2nd annual on the blog) 46 Day Challenge.

And it couldn’t come at a better time.  This is an extremely busy week for me.  I have actually been exceptionally good about my running and workout routine throughout the entire winter.  I’m way ahead on my mileage so far this year than I have been in the past.  But life sometimes gets in the way, which is what this 46 Day Challenge is supposed to teach you; that no matter what you can always make time for at least one healthy habit and get your body moving.  So, whether it’s running 10 miles or walking a half mile or 90 minutes of Hot Yoga, or gentle stretching for 20 minutes during your favorite sitcom, it counts.  And you can do it too!  Are you going to join me?  I will document my progress here to keep myself honest.  And don’t worry if you didn’t start yesterday, the 46 Day Challenge can be done at any time you want to form a new healthy habit!

New way to hydrate
July 7, 2010

I have been a fan of nuun tablets since Barbie told me about them a couple years ago.  You just add them to your water, and it adds electrolytes (and other important good stuff athletes need) and a hint of flavor, but without any sugar!  It’s a great way to boost your hydration, and we all know I have a hard time keeping my hydration under control.  It’s a slippery slope and I’m usually on the wrong side of the slope.

So, I decided I’m cutting out all soda for a while.  That means, no carbonated drinks, no high fructose corn syrup.  But that generally means no caffeine for someone who doesn’t like coffee.  My second day in and I’m jonesing a little for some soda on top of not packing enough food for lunch…it’s a recipe for a bad headache by dinner time.  I needed to try to find some kind of caffeine fix.  I realized I had one of my favorite English Breakfast Teas in my desk, which is usually good for a caffeine/perk up.  But it’s a million degrees outside and I can’t bear to drink hot tea.  Nor do I think that particular tea poured over ice would be especially tasty without anything else to add to it, such as sugar or honey.  That’s when I discovered:

Instant Runner’s Caffeinated Hydration

1 bag of your favorite black, English Breakfast, or otherwise high octane tea
16-32oz bottle/glass of ice
1 nuun tablet of your favorite flavor

Brew the tea.  Feel free to steep a little longer to get more caffeine and flavor, plus it will be diluted in the end.  Pour over ice.  Add more water if necessary/desired.  Add nuun tablet (pushing to bottom under the ice).  Wait for tablet to “fizz out” and Enjoy!

This was surprisingly good and I instantly felt better.  Necessity is the mother of invention!

Blogiversary, Helpful Hints, Giveaway
June 14, 2010

That’s right kids, it’s been 2 years since Sally opened her own virtual world!  In the past year, Sally has: posted more recipes, hunted more dinos, trained for 2 very different half marathons, got a personal record running a half marathon, hula hooped 13.1 miles in a storm, bought her own home, traveled to Canada again, hula hooped with fire, got snowed in, was flooded, became a new aunt (Tante), and shared many of her Helpful Hints.

And what better way to celebrate a blogiversary than with a Helpful Hints Giveaway!  But first, here are a couple more helpful hints to keep you going!

Sore feet
Been wearing heels too long?  Or feet are just worn out from a long run?  Use a TENNIS BALL or GOLF BALL to massage those sore feet.  This can be done at your desk or while watching TV.  Just slip off those shoes, and roll your foot back and forth on a tennis ball to massage your feet.

Scratches on Wood
I hate when I accidentally ding up a coffee table or picture frame moving it around.  How do you cover that ding?  Just just a MARKER that is a similar color to the wood finish.  You could buy the fancy expensive furniture markers, or you can just save your money and buy the same thing with a different name.  I keep a black and a brown marker on hand at all times!

No Socks
In the summer, you can’t just wear socks or hose with all kinds of shoes.  Besides the weird way it looks, it is also very warm.  But how do you get your shoes to feel comfortable and to reduce the sweatiness factor?   Just sprinkle some BABY POWDER or other foot powder in your shoe and voila, instant dry fit!

Back Tension
I hate when I have a knot in my back.  It seems impossible to work it out on my own.  But I just place a TENNIS BALL between my chair or the wall and my back and roll back and forth on it, or just sit back against the ball on the knot in my back.  It really helps relieve the knot and massage your back.

Gardening
While gardening, many plants need to be staked against a trellis or other stick, but some plants are too delicate for metal or plastic ties.  Just take some old PANTYHOSE, cut off small rings from the legs and snip one end. You instantly have a gentle, stretchy tie that will expand with the plant and can be easily removed, without damaging the plant.  Next time don’t throw away that pair with the run, just put it in with your gardening tools!

Wet Shoes
In the past year, I have learned a lot about running and walking in the rain!  So, I’ve had to deal with my fair share of soaking wet water-logged sneakers.  The fastest way to dry out the sneakers (without causing any warping, etc.) is to stuff them with NEWSPAPER.  For some reason, the paper used for newspapers is very absorbent and dries quickly.  Just remember to change them out periodically until your shoes are dry.  The paper wicks away the moisture and helps prevent any mildew or mold, and means you’ll be back out running or walking quicker!

Fluffing Laundry
Do you want your towels fluffy like when you first bought them?  Throw a TENNIS BALL in the dryer with your towels (just don’t use dryer sheets – they zap the absorbency of towels and should never be used with any towels).  The ball will bounce around with your towels, make a little noise, and help fluff and separate your towels while they dry!

BLOGIVERSARY GIVEAWAY
Ok, now to the Giveaway.  I know, I know, that’s the only reason you’re here.  That’s ok, I love giveaways too, just be sure to tell your friends!  This Blogiversary Giveaway is Helpful Hints related!  Each item in the package is something I have mentioned as a tool in Sally’s Helpful Hints!  I have not included every item I have suggested because some are not very conducive to shipping (e.g., honey).

This package includes:  Tennis balls , eye drops, Friction Aid stick, cinnamon, black and brown sharpie markers, meat tenderizer, Tide To-Go stick, baby powder, pantyhose, dryer sheets, and tea tree oil stick.  And I may throw in some other bonus goodies for good measure upon shipping.

What do you need to do?  Just leave a comment (one comment only per person please) either about your favorite Helpful Hint from Sally, or share one of your own helpful hints with Sally and her readers!  The giveaway will end Friday, June 18 at 12:01AM CST.  At that point I will assign the valid entries a number and take a random drawing.

*(NOTE:  Sally does not specifically endorse any product featured on Sally’s Helpful Hints on Sallaboutme, nor has she received any special endorsements or sponsorship by any particular brand or company.  She’s just that nice to go out and buy them herself just for the readers.  Often the products purchased for the giveaway are generic brands with no particular preference to a particular company.  All uses of or participation in any of Sally’s Helpful Hints are at your own risk.  It’s the internet folks, you are always at your own risk.  Giveaway currently only available for shipping within the lower 48 States.  Rules subject to revision at any time by Sally.)

AND THE WINNER IS…..

Nate Baker! Congrats Nate!  I’ll email you very soon and get your package to you!  Thank you to everyone for playing along!  There are some really great hints below, check them out!  And look for them to appear in future Sally’s Helpful Hints posts!

(Note: Many apologies to Gareth, one of my most faithful readers.  He lives on the other side of the pond, so he was disqualified from the Giveaway.  But you should go check out his blog and send him a little love from this side of the pond…especially after the world cup game the other day…)

Nashville Flood Update
May 4, 2010

Grand Ole Opry submerged. Photo courtesy of Nashvillest and local photographer

Today is Day 4 of the Nashville Flood.  They are calling this a “1,000 Year Flood.”  We are not much better than when I last posted on Sunday and in some cases, we are worse.  It finally stopped raining Sunday night, but the flood waters and rivers continued to rise.  And in some cases the water was oddly bubbling out of the ground, threatening to flood buildings from the bottom up!

Landmarks: Our city relies heavily on tourists, but many of our “crown jewels” are in danger.  Some of our threatened/submerged sites:  Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, LP Field (where the NFL team the Tennessee Titans plays), Bridgestone Arena (where I just saw our NHL Nashville Predators play in Stanley Cup playoffs last week), Schermerhorn Symphony Center (where our Grammy award winning Nashville Symphony plays), Historic 2nd Avenue, Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Opry Mills Mall (site of the former Opryland theme park), Bicentennial Mall and the Nashville Farmer’s Market, the Ghost Ballet statue (though I never loved that thing, it’s become a part of downtown and now it’s fallen into the river), and the list continues to grow!

Flooding: We think the rivers have finally crested.  (fyi, “cresting” means the highest point the water is going to reach before receding, not the highest it has ever been or the water’s act of rising)  But now at least one levee is leaking and threatening to break.  Some amazing volunteers went down to the site last night and helped build a sandbag wall.  Although at least one correctional facility had to be evacuated, the inmates still helped fill the sandbags and volunteers built the wall, well after nightfall last night.

Loss of Life and Rescues: We have had at least 10 deaths in the county and 14 statewide so far, and counting as the waters recede and they are able to get to some of the homes and cars submerged in the hardest hit neighborhoods.  Many shelters are at capacity and running low on supplies.

Water Supply: Our water supply is still threatened.  The city had to shut down one of our two water treatment plants due to flooding, so we are operating at half capacity.  The inmates were also sandbagging yesterday to help keep the waters from threatening the last plant, and apparently the water stopped rising within a foot of reaching the plant.  A sewage treatment plant has been flooded and sewage has leaked into the river, but fortunately it’s very diluted from the rain.  Our water is still safe to drink, but we have to conserve and use water only for drinking and food preparation.  If we put too much strain on the remaining treatment plant, the psi (pounds per square inch) could drop and that is when we could experience leakage and contamination.  So, for the meantime, I’m not showering (smell me yet over there?), washing clothes, or washing dishes, and using bottled water, turning off my ice maker, and only flushing when necessary.

Utilities and Public Services: Many locations have lost power and continue to lose power, either as a system becomes submerged or as the electric company has to shut off the power to a location threatened by rising waters.  As you know, water and electricity do not mix.  Others have lost their gas heat as well, which means cold showers (if you have enough water).  Unfortunately with this mixture of water, electricity, and gas outages, we’ve had several fires, and even one home exploded in a nearby neighborhood once the gas was sparked.  We are also starting to experience spottiness and outages in cell phones, telephone landlines, and internet, but hopefully that is only temporary and we won’t get completely cut off from the rest of the country.  All bus and train services have been suspended indefinitely, hindering many who rely upon those to commute to work and other areas.  Mail appears to still be running.  We are running low on gasoline due to flooding in some fuel storage areas, but hopefully that will resolve soon.  Public school systems are still closed, because some of the buildings have been affected. We’re right at the end of the school year and some kids were in the middle of national exams.

We will make it through this!  We have finally started to get some national media attention and the President called the Governor and pledged aid to the city and surrounding area.  But there is more you can do!

Donate:
Text to “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate to the Middle Tennessee Red Cross
Community Fund of Middle Tennessee (thanks for Barbie for this tip!)
Hands on Nashville

Volunteer:
Hands On Nashville is coordinating the volunteer efforts

There are many more opportunities!  Follow Nashvillest for all the latest information on the flooding and ways to help out our city, its people and animals, and our famous landmarks!

Sweet Sixteen
March 19, 2010

I have some very exciting news.  There is a Baby Barbie in our midst!  And she’s Sweet Sixteen today; 16 days that is.  I’m so overjoyed for Barbie and her man and her pup, that they have a beautiful Baby Barbie in their lives.  It was quite a surprise and a blessing at the same time.  The best part is that Baby Barbie was born here in town, which means that not only is Barbie sticking around (and only a couple miles from my house) for the next several months, but so is Baby Barbie!  I have my favorite Lady back from Canada for a little while and get to spend time totally spoiling the Baby Barbie as well!  Tante Sally is smitten!

Sally’s Helpful Hints – Products Edition
March 2, 2010

Here’s another edition of Helpful Hints.  I thought I’d highlight some of the most wonderful products I’ve found that really make my life so much easier and better.  Or little things that have really surprised me.  I have tried out all of these products and can vouch that they worked for me.*

Band-Aid® Friction Block® Stick
Ever find the perfect pair of strappy sandles the day of a big event, but then realize that those cute little straps will become torture devices by the end of the night?  Enter this product, found in the band aid aisle at your local store.  You can wear any brand new shoes after you rub some of this on your feet where you anticipate blisters or other painful spots.  Best part, it smells nice and does not stain your shoes, socks, or feet.  It comes in a tiny, little deodorant-type container that makes application super easy.  It seems to be a very similar product to Body Glide used by runners (that also works wonders!).  Say goodbye to blisters and hello to super cute shoes!

Tide To Go® Stain Remover Stick
You may have heard many celebrities talk about this product, but I’m not paid to love it.  I unknowingly spilled some red wine on a T-shirt and woke up to find it had set in overnight.  I rubbed the stick over it according to directions.  A couple hours later, I couldn’t find the wine again.  It’s magic!

Instead
I discovered this product many years ago in college.  It is incredible and will completely change your monthly cycle!  It is much safer for your body.  Developed by a woman.  Can be worn much longer than any other product.  Has minimal mess, once you’re used to using it.  And the best part…you can use it during…ahem… “intimate moments” without mess and without your partner even noticing.  I LOVE this product.  Sometimes they are hard to find, but I have been very lucky lately to find them in Walgreens in the feminine aisle.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick
One of my fave foodie bloggers reminded me in my first Helpful Hints post that tea tree oil is very good on acne.  She is so right!  So, run to your nearest Trader Joes in the hygiene products aisle, you will find a small tube about the size of a tube of lipstick.  It has a roller ball for easy application, it smells great, and easily fits in a purse or makeup bag.  Oh, and Barbie reminded me that this works wonders on itchy mosquito bites!!

* I have not received any special promotions or benefit from any of these products or their manufacturers.  This is just a pure, honest review of each product.

Happy Cheap Heart Candy Day!
February 15, 2010

If you haven’t already gone to get the discount candy, you may be out of luck!  Don’t worry, the bunny holiday and all of its wonderful candy is on the way soon.

Oh…and…it snowed.  AGAIN!  This one I’m going to blame on Barbie, because she drove down from Canada for a few days and she probably brought some of that cold weather with her.  Ok, maybe not, but I do feel bad for her for two reasons: 1. She left the great white north in hopes of better, sunnier, and less snowier weather (yeah, no luck there sweet cheeks), and 2. Her bucket (how I lovingly refer to her vehicle) may have finally kicked the bucket, so to speak.  Good news is I will get to visit with Barbie!!