Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Freeman Beauty's BAREFoot Spa Professionals Love It or Leave It #Review

          Influenster & Freeman Beauty sent  me Freeman Beauty’s *New* BAREFoot Spa Professional Line.  So far they have a Moisturizing Massage Cream and an Exfoliating Polish. These luxurious products include ingredients from the sea! (Which sea? I don’t know….but some sea….somewhere….)

Love It: The Exfoliating Polish includes Mica which gives your feet a slight glowy shimmer! It also includes Apricot Oil & Vitamin E!  It feels good and is easy to use! The polish is made of non-abrasive micro-granule which means it’s gentle on your skin!
               The Moisturizing Massage Cream contains Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Soybean Oil, Aloe Vera & Algae for some deep hydration.  It goes on like a dream!
               This line (and more of Freeman Beauty’s BAREFoot line) is available at Walmart, which means great product for low prices! You can also order these products off of Freeman Beauty’s website.

Leave It: You get a lot of product with a small squeeze, so go easy! I’ve got some rough calluses, so I could use a more intense  exfoliating polish.

Verdict:  If you’re looking for a quality foot product line that has a little something extra, this may be for you! You can check out my Youtube Review here if you're undecided! 

*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster & Freeman Beauty for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Monday, July 7, 2014

BlondieChell's New Living Spaces

          Right now our family is in the process of buying a house (fingers crossed it goes well). This means we’re looking forward to being first time homeowners…. Which means…. REDECORATING!!  We get to design our own spaces! Paint whatever! Wherever! Hang curtains in the middle of the hallway if we wish!!!
             Now here’s one of my dilemmas: I love the idea of an “active living space” as opposed to the traditional living room styles.  Meaning…I want a climbing wall in my living room along with the treadmill (possible swings instead of couch), zipline… climbing rope…. However, this clashes with where to stick the keyboard, family computer & couch that the Hubs won’t trade in for swings…. So, which style would you choose? (Note: I found the following pictures on the interwebs...)

 Active (Okay, I originally thought the brown squares on the wall were climbing wall hand-holds...the more I look at it, the more it looks like duct, imagine this, but a lil more "BlondieChell-style")

   Traditional (plain...boring...yet functional and inviting....)

           We would have the space to make an exercise room too (there’s a small room to the left of the living area), but I really love the idea of having the active living space… and maybe the proposed “fitness area” can hold the more sedentary activities??
           Perhaps I should add that there is a wood stove in the larger space…which means more sweating when others will be trying to keep warm… So I think my question/pondering has morphed into: Which space will be for sedentary activities and where will I stick my treadmill?
            These are the things that keep BlondieChell awake at night (just kidding! This girl knows how to sleep!) To weigh in on our decision, comment below:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

TLC VoxBox Love It Or Leave It #Review

This is the TLC VoxBox (From Influenster) Love It OR Leave It Review!

Love It:
         This fantastic Voxbox came with Neosporin Neo To Go, Breyers Gelato Indulgences, Ivory Bar Soap, AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother, Puffs To Go, and a (for a total retail value of approximately $43)
         My fav items are the Neo To Go and the Breyers Gelato Indulgences! I used the Neo To Go right away-we took it on a run with the kiddos (and we also ended up rolling down hills) and it sure came in handy! No more leaving the park early or waiting till we get home! Just spray and go!
         The Hubs and I (I shared! I did!) really enjoyed the Breyers Gelato Indulgences during out at-home date night! Soooooooooo good! The commercial doesn’t lie!
          The Ivory Bar Soap has so many uses! It’s more than just a cleansing bar! For tons of ideas, check out Pinterest!
           The first time I tried the AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother I saw results! I’m not a daily user yet, but I like what I see!
           Puffs to Go? Who doesn’t love Puffs?? It’s my fav tissue brand!
           Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card saves you $$ at the pump! Who doesn’t love that??

Leave It:
           Breyers Gelato Indulgences can be a bit pricey
           I can’t seem to use the Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card here in Alaska yet. Maybe someday, but right now it’s not a positive for me.
           The AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother? I’m still trying to figure it out…apparently, you’re supposed to “pat” it on…that’s what the directions say on the box. No lie!

            Get the Neo To Go, Use coupons/sales for Breyers Gelato Indulgences (unless you’re rich. Then, spend away!) Grab some Ivory Bar Soap and get creative! And don’t forget to toss some Puff To Go in your cart!

Disclaimer: I received these products for free from Influenster in exchange for testing. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

5 Things You May Not Know About Running At 5:30am

 Today I'm sharing 5 Things You May Not Know About Running At 5:30am but I do...because I run that early...

1. Sprinklers. Sprinklers turn on this early...and if you haven't heard one before, it might scare the crap out of you when it first turn on-there's this faint clicking sound...then a hissing as it pops up out of the ground and starts viciously assaulting the sleeping grass.

2. You are not alone. Even if you think you are. There always seems to be someone else (at least in the summer time) with the same crazy exercise commitments/notions.

3. Not everyone knows trail etiquette: If you're passing someone, politely let them know you are there! Stay to the right on trails so people can pass  you by on the left...ect...

4. Moose. I haven't seen any at this time yet...but I know they're there...lurking....

5. Gorgeous. Photo ops. Most of the time.

     Have a great week!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

#FitKids Ain't Easy

     Keeping kids active isn’t always easy. It takes time and sometimes planning….and sometimes just a crazy idea. I try to take the kiddos on a run a few times a week, but now that it’s summer and my work schedule is changing, it hasn’t been easy.

     One of the things I keep in mind is J. He's on the Autism Spectrum and capable of waking early (I don’t know how he does it, but he can wake himself up at 4am for a 5:30 run….every time….) and run 3 miles or so at a decent pace.  This kid needs to get some gross motor time in everyday, or his behavior tends to run a muck. 
     We do random things like running on a local trail, hitting the park, practicing cartwheels and roller skating! (We haven't bought bikes yet!) I don't force the kiddos to participate (unless I'm the only adult home-then everyone has to go) and we take things at their pace. I even hang back with the slowest runners! If we have a hard time fitting activities in when I get home, I do something fun on the weekends-we like to long runs to a park or go roller skating at the outdoor rink by their school.
    One day while skating at the outdoor rink, we found some sticks and an empty iced tea bottle. Viola! Instant hockey teams! (There's a resident goal net that seems to live there...) The kiddos had fun playing hockey...and chasing each other with sticks....and a fight even broke out! Maybe hockey's in their blood!

                                       My Team:

    A few times week, we'll run to a park close to the house (and after playing, run back!). The other day, we had a huge group of 6 of the kiddos plus me & the Hubs (he's a recent running convert!). After a while, Hubs decided it would be a good idea to roll down the hill....then the kiddos & I were telling him about a ginormous hill at a park near the kiddos we all decided to run to that park to roll down the hill! And of course we still had to run home afterwards. Needless to day, everyone slept wonderfully that night! we are, just tumbling down a ginormous hill...yep, that's me-the longest one out there....

Monday, June 16, 2014

Our Father's Day 2014 Memory

      Well, this week's plan was to post something sentimental, yet comical about things my Dad has said/taught me. Howev, the Hubs and I decided (cuz he's  a big fan, ya know...and unofficial semi-editor-in-chiefish) that I'd tell ya about our Father's Day trip. Because it's funny...which makes it memorable....
       In order to appreciate the situation, I shall fill you in our day: We left the house a little before noon to travel almost an hour for what turned out to be a ghetto car show (10 classic cars. A bunch of old people. Free {rubbery} food).
       We tried to salvage the disappointment by browsing a few shops (you know-Sears...Walmart...the non-fancy kind) before heading back towards home. Since it was nearing dinner time, I suggested we stop at "that-thar-new-fancy-restaurant".
       Since it was new, it was packed....and apparently came with a 2-hour wait time! So instead of napping in the car, or browsing more shops, Hubs (Father's Day. He gets to call the shots!) insisted we go for a run/walk on the nearby trail (the *one time* I didn't have any running gear except my Vibram Five Fingers....). So we went. After three-quarters of a mile, we headed back.....down a ginormous hill...Hubs was carrying the sleep-deprived three-year-old (3yo) who's chubby legs forgot how to move. And our blonder-than-most daughter was walking in front of him.
       Does anyone else see where this was going?? I sure didn't. After admiring the view, I turned to my right, only to see a dog-pile next to me. Hubs had tripped over the five-year-old (5yo), which caused him to tumble down like Goliath and drop the 3yo, It was not a pretty sight (funny, yes. pretty? no.). They all lost their battle with gravity for a few moments.
      The two littles were scared and confused ("who am I? what am I? where am I?) and the Hubs scraped his knees pretty bad. This poor guy didn't know the meaning of the words "pain", "accident" or "hospital" until he met me! I've sure livened up his life!
        Other than that, they all survived! And I got a good chuckle out of it (afterwards, of course!!!). Here's a pic of us pre-accident:

Hope you had an epic weekend too!

Monday, June 9, 2014

BlondieChell = #FitKids #FitFamily

         You may (or may not have) noticed that I've spend the past few weeks tailoring my content to #fitkids and #fitfamily. Because I've finally found my niche, lol!
     I am a self-described "accidental fitness nut". This is because I'm not a fitness nut on my own. As much as I've loved running, I've seemed to avoid other types (and amounts) of exercise. I mean sure, core workouts are beneficial for runners, but let's face it...who has time for that??
    I've spent the past few months carving out my own fitness time daily, whether it's a few miles in here or just a rest day mile. I've added headstand a few times a week, and since I've learned how to cartwheel, I try to increase that weekly too! This girl has found her niche and is running with it! (har har har.)
    Really, I blame the kiddos. It seems like at all times, at least one of the 7 is begging to go outside and do something. I've learned how to ice skate, cartwheel and hula hoop in the past 6 months because of them! They really do have me on the go! (I feel like the designated fitness coach in this family!)
    We've done 5K's together, and when we run home from the park, we make sure to balance on the short wooden fence/barrier. We roller skate, jump of swings and even hula hoop! (In fact-we went to a free event/festival this weekend downtown, and in the kid's area they had a "hula hoop garden". The poor things were laying on the ground all lonely-like until we took them for a spin! Pretty sure they didn't see much action after we left!)

     So (for now) #fitkids and #fitfamily makes sense. Maybe (if we're all lucky!!) there'll be some posts about healthy eating habits too! (as soon as they start making chocolate-covered spinach leaves!!!)