Thursday, November 5, 2009
Shower Cleaner: "Not a body wash". I am admitting to you all here today, that, "yes, I bought it". Why is the "easy button" so attractive? I fall for it too often thinking that it just might really make my life easier. So I hang the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner on my shower head and take a shower (fighting the urge to use it as a body wash - ha). When the shower is over, I simply push the button and in 15 seconds, the sprayer starts coating the inside of my shower with cleanser. It sprays for about 5 seconds. My 4 year old son watches with delight while I realize I just spent $12 on this thing so it would spray for me? So it saved me 5 seconds of spraying and I still have to get in and rinse it off. Trust me I waited day after day to see if it would clean itself (as the directions stated "no rinsing, no scrubbing"). Finally I just got in there and cleaned it the old fashioned way. It is just so pleasing to hear things like "Spray and Walk Away" and "Fix it and Forget it". On that note, I also bought the dishwasher gel packs that have a rinse agent built it. Now, I actually liked those little dishwashing pillow pouches but are they really easier than pouring some liquid or powder into the little hole? Not really, but they are way cuter! It wasn't until I bought a cheaper version of the pre-packaged dishwasher pouches that I realized my quest for making my life easier was getting out of hand. The cheaper version also came in pre measured packets, but these ones didn't disolve, they had to be unwrapped; and they didn't unwrap easily. When I finally got the little bugger out and dropped it in it's place I realized that it looked like the chunk of dishwasher detergent that would get stuck in the bottom of the box during the humid summers in NY. I just paid extra to have someone turn my detergent into the hardened chunks I used to try to avoid. Somebody help me! Now there is the Bounce Bar calling my name. Instead of spending, oh let's see, half a second getting a dryer sheet into the dryer, you just mount this bar on the inside of your dryer and never think about dryer sheets again. The ad has women telling how much time they save and how they can use all the help they can get when it comes to laundry, blah blah blah. Saving a milisecond does not count as helping me with the laundry. When it can sort, fold and put away, then you have a product (or is that a maid?). I am making a vow not to buy this thing, but feel free to pass on information about a product that really does help, and really does save time and/or money.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Disclaimer: I do believe it is prudent to wash one's hands often, and I don't encourage touching things that look or smell gross. A little dust or dirt however, doesn't bother me one bit. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070905174501.htm
Monday, September 14, 2009
Begin laying on the floor with your feet resting on the ball. Keeping your hands on the floor for stabilizaiton, lift your hips off of the floor. Hold for a count of 4, then draw the heels toward your glutes while keeping your hips off of the floor. Hold for a count of 4. Contract your abs working on core stabilization in both positions. Contract your hamstrings and glutes as you draw in. For an extra challenge, raise your hands off of the floor. Your abs and hamstrings will tell you how many reps to do.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
In high school ('83-'87) I drank Knox for Nails gelatin to make my nails grow. In college, I experimented with Lee Press-On Nails. I remember waking up with them stuck in my hair instead of on my nails. As a young professional, I tried the DIY acrylic gel sets and ended up with weird cement lumps permanently adhered to my nails. I have always admired pretty, manicured nails, but I guess I've never been willing to pay for them, so I have learned to accept my flat, thin, short, manly nails. Last Christmas we went skiing and my boots were too small (I told the guy they felt small and he said I would want them snug, so I went with it. What do I know?) By the end of the first day, my big toes felt bruised so I got the bigger boots - duh. A week later, my toe nails were black and blue. A month later, they fell off! Gross!!! I did what I always do when I have a medical or other important question; I googled it - "toe nail falling off". I learned that if I put fake nails on over the new growth, it would help guide the new nail so it wouldn't come in funky, crooked or bumpy. I fully intended on going to a real salon and having real acrylic nails put on my big toes, but then, I saw it at Target - glue on toe nails! I thought I should give it a try. What did I have to loose, another nail? So I picked out the right sizes for both of my big toes and glued them on and painted them to match my other toes. Yay! They looked so good, and stayed on over 7 days; I even wore them in the pool. My toe nails have grown back perfectly now, in case you're wondering. So I say all of this to say - You can imagine how excited I was to get an email from Revlon asking if I'd like to try their new "Runway Collection" of glue on nails, and review them on my blog! This excites me on so many levels, first of which is they were free! Secondly, someone actually found my blog! Thirdly, they are DIY and very inexpensive! Fourthly (?), they are gorgeous and go very well with my "lipgloss side". I put on my first set last night and for my first attempt, they look pretty good. I've got nails! I did however glue my fingers together several times over the course of 10 nails. If you look closely, you can see some air pockets where I either didn't press hard enough or didn't get enough glue. I still need to see how difficult it is to get them off, and how much damage the glue does to my real nail. But for now... I like them, except when trying to text (I think I'll file down the thumbs).
Update!!! - I've now tried taking them off and have on my second set. Everywhere I go, I get compliments so I have to say, I love them. My second attempt was much more successful considering I didn't glue my fingers together this time. I also filed down a couple of the nails prior to gluing them on so I got a better, more custom fit. A friend from high school, who uses these regularly gave me a tip on getting them off too. She leaves them on until they start falling off on their own, which makes the soaking time shorter, and the temptation to pry them off lesser.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Free things make me happy! Last year, the city of Plano rolled out an experimental recycling program with RecycleBank.com. Our recycling bins were fitted with a UPC type label so all of my recycling efforts could be recorded and rewarded. Our neighborhood pick up area is grouped together and we are rewarded with points based on the total weight of our recycled trash. The program also sent out a detailed list of acceptable items, including plastics #'s 1-7! I taped the list to our "in-home" bin and explained to the kids what should go in. About every month I get an email from RecycleBank letting me know I have points, then I go "shopping". It doesn't take much for me to get excited, so my monthly coupon for a free hand soap or salad dressing is all it takes to keep me going. Between the beefed up recycling and our compost bin, I am amazed at how much trash I am NOT making. Check it out for your neighborhood!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This is the modified "monkey deadlift". With a "monkey" on your back, hinge forward from the hip, (placing your hands on thighs for extra support) until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings. Stand up using your glutes and hamstrings. Keep your back flat and abs engaged throughout.