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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gatorade Sports Moms

This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and GATORADE.


UPDATE: Winner chosen at random by BlogHer was clc408...#63!! Check your email for instructions on claiming your prize! Congratulations!



Baseball, gymnastics, football, wrestling, tennis, t-ball...our seasons don't just consist of weather changes, they consist of changes in gear, uniforms, and practice schedules!

With wrestling winding down and gymnastics and baseball gearing up (secretly, between you and me, I LOVE baseball season. I love the sport itself, but it also means that we're putting the horrors of winter behind us! But shhhhh...don't want to play favorites...), I find myself looking forward to the change...even though it means our schedules are about to become a lot more hectic!


Mealtimes, practices, and games, OH MY!

I often find myself struggling with mealtimes the most during athletic seasons. Not only the logistics of eating together as a family (very important to us) but also finding things that will nourish and appease "The Picky One". Our oldest, who is by far our most involved athlete, is NOT a good eater, and I worry that he is not getting the nutrition he needs, particularly when his body is being worked it's hardest during practices and games.

Gatorade recently conducted a survey and discovered that 75% of Sports Moms were unaware that to help aid muscle recovery, an athlete should consume protein within 30-60 minutes post-workout.


Count me in that 75%.

I had no clue.

I also learned, from Gatorade, that 70% of kids show up for an athletic event dehydrated. Wow. Here I thought I was being a good Sports Mom by providing my firstborn with a steady supply of Gatorade (not a plug, just the truth...Sam's Club is our best friend for staying stocked up on Gatorade during sports seasons!) during his games.

Turns out, I should've thought about pre-game as well!

Gatorade has launched a website dedicated to we hard working Sports Mamas. This site has a plethora of information...articles about common sports injuries, video stories of "real Sports Moms" like you and I, information on the G Series products, and a lot more. It excites me to think of the potential this website has for helping ALL Sports Moms in our plight to help our athletes succeed.

To help their bodies perform their best BEFORE they hit that ball diamond or tennis court or wrestling mat...and to know how to support them as they come off the playing field.

And, because this video makes me laugh, and makes the Pal shake his head in teenage disgust at his mother who screams wildly for him...I thought I'd share it with you!


If you're a Sports Mom, or heck, even if you just wanna check out some great info, Visit the Official site or have a peek at the Gatorade videos.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CSN March Winner!


Oh dear...will you guys forgive me? I was supposed to pick a winner last week...then our world got all topsy turvy when my daughter's appendix decided to turn all gangrenous on her and cause her all sorts of strife...we JUST returned from the hospital tonight.

After a week. Ugh.

Anyway...I have a WINNER!!!

As always, I headed on over to random.org and plugged in the numbers...and here's what number was chosen out of 60:

Number 39!! And that is...


So, katychick, YOU are the lucky winner!! I'm sending you an email right now...please reply as soon as you can and I will forward you all the info you need to claim your loot!

Congrats!



Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CSN Giveaway Time!!


Who's ready for a giveaway?!

Well then, how 'bout we get this party started?!

CSN has offered to sponsor a giveaway for a $65 certificate to one of their 200+ stores! CSN is an incredible site that sells everything from Le Creuset to wooden swing sets!

Wouldn't you just love to have $65 to spend on ANYTHING over there? I know I would!

Lemme just show you a couple of things...(photos from CSN site)

Look at this adorable outdoor table and chairs...LOVE!

And, I've totally been eyeballing some FiestaWare...must. get. soon!!
So, what say you...wanna chance to win?

Just leave me any old comment for a chance to win!

**Only one entry per person, comments (entries) will be closed Thursday night and a winner will be drawn via random.org and announced Friday morning! Winner will be contacted by email and has 24 hours to reply, or a new winner will be chosen!

CSN has generously offered the sponsorship of this giveaway. But even if they didn't, I'd still think it's a great site!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Skin MD Natural Winner!!


Yikes!! 'Bout time I announced the winner of the moisturizer, huh?!

Well, my last giveaway resulted in number 1 being the lucky number...and guess what?


Yup...out of 12 entrants...number 12 won!!


Congrats, Jules! I'll shoot you an email to verify your win, and when I hear back from you, I'll forward your email addy onto Skin MD Natural (with your permission!)!




Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Skin MD Natural


Recently, I was asked to review a moisturizer from Skin MD Natural, a skin care company that prides itself on it's use of natural products.

Before I get to my review, let me show you what the company says about it's line of Skin MD Natural moisturizers:


"A shielding lotion does the real work to prevent dry skin in two ways.

First, it assists the inner layers of skin to absorb moisture. The humectant (an ingredient that attracts moisture) used in Skin MD Natural is unique to it and has been laboratory tested to be 6 times more effective than any other you will find in common creams.

Second, a shielding lotion enhances the power of the top layer of the skin to resist environmental irritants while protecting the inner natural moisture.

This can be a big benefit for those who cook, wash dishes and garden because Skin MD Natural helps skin retain its natural moisture and oils in the face of all those irritating soaps and chemicals.

The manufacturer's website www.skinmdnatural.com has hundreds of dermatologist and user reviews including many addressing severe dry skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. People with sensitive skin -- and those of us who like to live as naturally as possible -- will appreciate that Skin MD Natural is hypoallergenic, free of fragrances, parabens and colorants. It is made with more than 90% natural ingredients and 100% food-grade ingredients that are on the FDA's "most safe" list."

With all the talk "these days" about renewable energy, I found it very interesting that Skin MD Natural is made in a facility that is 100% solar powered!


I found Skin MD Natural to be a very lightweight, effective moisturizer, that does not have that "greasy" feeling at all. It is not a heavy moisturizer, and while we don't have chronic skin issues in our family, we do live in MinneSOOOOta, which basically means we live in some sort of state of dry skin or another.


If it isn't dry winter air sucking the moisture out of our skin, it is summertime and too much sun that's drying us out! And, speaking of too much sun...Skin MD Natural also has an SPF containing moisturizer, too!


I appreciated the lack of fragrance in the moisturizer...sometimes, a girl just needs a good ol' fashioned SCENT-FREE moisturizer to soothe her dry skin, right?! Being that it is a lightweight moisturizer, I did find that I needed to apply it several times throughout the day to keep my hands feeling soft.


Being that the bottle boasts "face" as one of it's treatment areas, I went right ahead and sacrificed this old face of mine...and you know what? It's not too shabby! I didn't notice any breakouts, and it did not leave my face feeling oily at all!


All in all...I'd give Skin MD Natural two (nicely moisturized) thumbs up!


Would YOU like a chance to try Skin MD Natural? Just leave any old comment on THIS post between now and Friday, March 11th at 9pm, CST, for your chance to win a bottle of your very own!


**I was not compensated by Skin MD Natural for a favorable review. What I've stated above are my honest accounts of the product. Skin MD Natural did provide me with a full sized bottle of their moisturizer for this review.