Review Wednesday: Neutrogena Face & Body Stick Sunscreen

I have written before about sunscreen and growing up under that hot Arizona sun a time or two or three before.

I pretty much never wore sunscreen and made it my mission to have the best tan of the summer as a kid. I even slathered myself with Baby Oil in order to “cook” quicker.

About 10 years ago I realized my skin had changed and sunscreen was a must.

I have tried a variety of sunscreens over the years. And my favorite is Neutrogena brand.

Before my March weekend in Vegas I was at Target stocking up on sunscreen. I got a new bottle of the Body Mist Sunscreen spray, which I have used for the past couple of years and love. I usually use the Age-Shield Face or Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock for my face. I noticed a couple of new items for the face: Face & Body Stick Sunscreen and Liquid Daily Sunscreen.

I decided to try the Face & Body Stick. It’s like a stick of deodorant. And it is super easy to apply to the face. It’s for both the face and body. I like the spray for my body … Continue reading

Being OK with this week’s challenges

I was in Vegas for a long weekend with The Husband and our good friends.

As I said in yesterday’s post I gave myself permission to eat and drink whatever I wanted.

That being said I didn’t go super nuts. Many of my meals were decent in the calorie department, in fact, some were actually healthy.

I told myself that starting today I would get back to healthy living. And today I did. In fact, I was so busy at work that I didn’t even want to snack. And I hit the gym after work for my usual Monday night body conditioning class.

This week is going to be interesting and challenging with some added emotions.

This week is my boss’ last week. He is about to retire. I have worked with him for almost eight years. He has been my only boss while at Onyx. He is my boss, my mentor and my friend.

So besides the emotions associated with my boss retiring and the craziness going on at work with added projects and playing catch up for being out a whole TWO days there will be eating and drinking fests with a major challenge to my regular exercise … Continue reading

Love of reading

As a little girl I loved to read. I read so much that I was three grade levels ahead of my own grade reading level. My vocabulary was quite advanced. I would participate in reading contests.

My parents really limited the amount of TV my brother and I watched. I didn’t need TV. I had a world of imagination in my books.

In junior high in my reading class we were able to pick any book we wanted and write a report. I picked Jane Eyre. In college as an English Lit minor in one of my classes we were assigned to read Jane Eyre. I was assigned that at the age of 21 or so but had already read it about 10 years earlier.

For seven years of my life I got paid to read. I was a copy editor at two different newspapers: one in Salem, Ore. and the other in Phoenix.

Since I read all day at work I really wasn’t into it in my free time. As the years went on I started to read less and less. I am embarrassed to admit this, but I don’t think I read one book last year.

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Are you being good?

Are you eating healthy? Are you on Plan (aka Weight Watchers Plan)?

For anyone who has tried to lose weight or tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle that can be a question you hear from your friends especially as you are trying to decide where to eat lunch.

I had a lunch date today. I have one on Thursday. And Curt and I are planning on having dinner on Thursday night.

So today when Melissa and I were trying to decide where to have lunch my only request was no Mexican and something with a healthy option. (I love Mexican food, but there are really no healthy options.)

Before we went to Vegas a couple of weeks ago my goal was to get back to my goal weight before hitting The Strip and that pool. I didn’t quite make it. And I ate and drank whatever I wanted while in Las Vegas. There was a birthday dinner last week and then guests in town.

So yesterday I decided it was time to get back to the healthy eating again. And I can’t use eating out as a reason or excuse to not make healthy choices.

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Hydrating with my wacky water bottle

Sorta sticking with the Las Vegas this week …

Whenever I travel I always attempt to keep my regular water intake. I regularly drink a lot of water. And my body notices almost immediately when I haven’t had enough.

Somewhere like Las Vegas where it is dry, there is alcohol everywhere and just the idea of not being at home all makes it difficult for me to keep up with my water intake.

My favorite water bottle is my Camelbak. But part of it recently broke. I have written to them as they guarantee their products 100%. And at some point I will be receiving a new one. It is just going to take time.

While in Vegas I didn’t want to take my metal water bottle.

I was recently at Office Depot buying my new shredder. While standing in line I saw something called a collapsible water bottle, which was only $1.50.

The bottle can be reused, folded, rolled up or flattened, it has a carribinder, which makes it attachable, and it stands up when filled with water.

My collapsible water bottle is a little smaller than I am used to having. It seems to hold 12 … Continue reading

Dry nose remedies

(Be warned: Some of the pics associated with the articles I link up not are not exactly appealing. I mean they aren’t grotesque, just remember it is noses.)

It was either last Thursday or Friday while in Las Vegas that I noticed that my nose was really dry. I have never had a bloody nose before but I felt like I was about to get one. I was pretty sure it had to do with the dry environment.

Almost a week later my nose is still feeling dry.

I did a little research to find ways to “cure” my dry nose. Such as keeping hydrated, using a saline solution or even a humidifier.

When I was discussing my dry nose with Jen while still in Vegas she mentioned the saline solution. I just can’t do that. I have this thing with not wanting to put anything up my nose, which includes inhalers, sprays and drugs!

I also thought about using petroleum jelly. This article on Livestrong mentions petroleum jelly is OK in small doses and as long as it is used for a short period of time. Apparently it can be inhaled into the lungs. Yuck. I used … Continue reading

Sharing dry shampoo secret

I have written in the past about how I don’t wash my hair every day. It’s not good for my hair or scalp. It has been more than two years since I have stopped washing my hair every single day.

I wash my hair two to three times a week. It seems to be just right for my hair and scalp, which is what this NPR article mentions.

I have noticed that my hair doesn’t get quite as greasy as it used to.

But when it does, or my hair needs a little freshening I use TIGI’s Rockaholic Dirty Secret Shampoo. It absorbs grease and gives hair a clean smell.

While in Vegas this weekend we hung out a lot at Elllis Island Casino, which is a little more divey than casinos on The Strip. And the air quality is not quite as good either. The food is cheap as is the great tasting home-brewed beer … but the nasty cigarette smoke lingers. Bleh!

I should have brought Febreze with us, but that thought never entered my mind until we reeked of cigarette smoke. I thought since the dry shampoo gets my hair smelling fresh, … Continue reading

Havin’ fun in Vegas

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Curt and I have been in Vegas since late Wednesday night.
There has been a lot of eating and drinking.
Last night we participated in Dollar Menu Madness at Ellis Island Casino. We spent less than 20 bucks and got 3 hot dogs, 10 wings, 2 small beers, 2 regular-sized beers and tipped well. Oh yea!
And I am proud to say I have made it to the gym twice.
Rarely do I exercise on my own while on vacation. Not sure what my motivation has been this time around. But I will take it.
I think Jen will be joining me tomorrow morning.
Jen and Dave should be here soon. Yippee!
There has been pool time, drinking beer and some frozen beverages consumed, some minor betting on basketball, lots of yummy calories consumed, basketball watching, oh, and I am do excited to be reading a book. (I actually have time and energy to read a book.)
Good times so far …

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Vegas, here we come

Curt and I head to Vegas tomorrow night. This will be our third annual Vegas trip for the opening of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament, which starts Thursday morning.

Our good friends Jen and Dave will meet us on Friday.

Last year Jen and I discussed doing our best to get some exercise in. Jen did some research and a Google search on “best place to exercise in vegas.”

The first hit she got was How to Avoid Exercise in Vegas.

I Google searched the same term this year and my fourth hit was the link How to Avoid Exercise in Vegas.

I have no problem avoiding exercise in Vegas with the drinking, basketball watching, pool lounging, eating, gambling and fun. I am hoping our hotel room at MGM Grand comes with gym access, because that gym is super expensive.

I had access last year and Jen and I put it to good use. It’s funny, Jen and I would meet in the morning and exercise and the guys would meet and scope out a bar or a good place to place bets. The girls, of course, met up with The Husbands later on. We like our beer and basketball, too.

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