Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bounce dryer bar - for the laziest of lazy laundry doers

I hate laundry. It takes forever to do - especially with our rhino piss water clogging the pipes. We are unable to wear whites in our house without extreme chemical intervention. It sucks all around.

I try anything that promises to make laundry be less torturous.

Although I thought it sounded gimmicky - I bought the Bounce Dryer Bar.

Bounce Dryer Bar- Outdoor Fresh 4-month, 2-count Box [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]Why?

Because I use dryer sheets A LOT - but hate the disposal process. Sometimes the sheets stay in the dryer, other times they are wadded up in shirts or sheets or towels.  They end up everywhere but the trash.

It's a trivial, but annoying issue.

That is why the Bounce Dryer Bar piqued my interest.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Shiny coat - no waiting

I have had my boxer-mix for eight years.  I love her.  She's been through everything with me.  When I first got her, I was concerned about having a large dog and protecting her hips from going out on her.  She's a couch potato, and the ups and downs were likely to wear on her joints.

Purina One Large Breed Puppy FormulaThe first food I bought for her was Purina One Large Breed Puppy food.  Her skin was/is very sensitive.  I noticed that her skin got flaky if I fed her (non-Purina) food at a friend's house.

When we'd get home, she'd load up on her regular food, and her standard sheen would return.  Flakes gone.

After her first year, we continued with Purina either Large Breed or Lamb and Rice formulas (whichever we could find in the largest bag possible).  We now have two large dogs, and if you don't get the monster bag - you'll be back for more all too soon.

On several occasions, I've skimped (I was in college...and times got tough) and bought the next cheaper bag of food.  FAIL!  Within a day, her fur would dull and skin would flake.

I am Purina loyal, and if you have a dog whose fur is dull - I suggest trying this brand.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Keep your dog in her place

I love my dogs.

I don't know what I would do without them.

We have a large property that we use for hunting and need the dogs to not sully the woods with dog funk.  We're also not blocking our view of the woods with a fence.

Any of you that know me, know how much I HATE when people let their dogs just run free (especially on the road).

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A little dab will do ya - Berber Trader Pure Mediterranean Skin Balm

Berber Trader contacted me recently to review their Pure Mediterranean Skin Balm.

They provided the product free of charge ($15 retail value) for my use.

Super excited by the prospect of writing a solicited review, I cracked the tin sitting in my car beside my mailbox.

Eager beaver.

The first impression was strong - the aroma of the skin balm is unique.  Being unfamiliar with argan oil and black seed oil, I'm not sure which is the scent that carries this product.

In all honesty, the smell reminds me of my Macedonian neighbor's house from my childhood.  Not necessarily bad, not necessarily good, just different.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I am not a plumber, don't want to look like one...

I don't plan on doing much with clothes on here.

And by plan, I mean if I see something I like or hate, I'll still do it.

My issue (ok, one of my many issues) is that I can't get jeans to fit.

I've always had a bit of junk in the trunk - and post-baby hasn't improved that situation. My waist used to be fairly slender (not so much anymore), so my curves made it VERY difficult to find a decent pair of jeans.

Either I crammed my ass into jeans that fit my waist (and I didn't sit that day) or I fit my butt and had my crack out for everyone to see.

Back in the day, a little T-bar/ass hat tattoo was cute, but now the stretch marks just make the idea entirely too unappealing for me to attempt.

I spent the summer in cute-yet-elastic-waisted pants and shorts. This was a mistake.

I went up a jeans size without knowing it. (yikes!)

Commence shopping - but not the fun "woohoo, check out my ass in these jeans shopping" the "damn, really, do I need to buy that size jean" shopping.

It wasn't great, but I need a pair of jeans that don't make me look desperate or ones that maybe, just maybe, could lose a rivet and kill somebody.

I bought these:

Lee Midrise No-Gap Waist Bootcut jeans. They are the right size for both my ass and my waist. I can bend and crouch and do other wonky mirror moves without so much as a peek at my crack!

Yes, they are a size up from where I was (and 2 up from where I'd like to be), but they fit. I feel good and even a smidge hot in them. They aren't the electric blue that I used to associate with Lee, and I'm good with that too!

Thanks, Lee, for making my feel good about being me again! It's been a long time coming!

Grapefruits are not for face washing

I like to wash my face.

The crisp, clean feel after washing my face is so refreshing.

Unless said face washing makes me smell like BO.

Unfortunately that has been my experience with my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub - in Pink Grapefruit flavor.

I was lured by an end-cap display. I bought it on a whim. I must have been in a pink mood or something.

I've had this stuff for about 2 weeks. Each day, I use it with the hopes that my experience the day before was an exaggeration.


It smells like I'm having my hair washed by a corner-hooker-turned-hair-dresser.

Pit stench in the face.

Yes, it will wake you up - but not in any sort of a fun way.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

(Fiber) One and Done

I am all about tricking myself into eating food that is good for me.

It is rare that I find a "good for me" food that is so genuinely good that I have to slam on the brakes before I do a "good for me" bit of damage.

This is the case with Fiber One's Oats & Chocolate bars. These bars are chewy, chocolaty, and substantial!

Of course, when I find something yummy - I want to eat as much as I possibly can!


I've learned through negative reinforcement that overdoing it with Fiber One is a big fat NO NO! Oh, the bloating and the intestinal strain... ohhhhhhh!

Although, I only tried my first Oats & Chocolate bar this morning (and looked longingly into the box of the others staring at me - begging me to gobble them up), but I've learned this lesson with other Fiber One products.

I have yet to meet a Fiber One product that I don't LOVE - but I know that I need to limit myself to one serving a day.

Moderation is key with these little goodies!!