Ooh my Secret – Product Review & Giveaway

Apr
17

I was asked to review Secret Clinical Strength.

Secret Clinical Strength 

Moisture activated, and formulated with odor neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh scent, Secret Clinical Strength is proven to give you 4X* the protection against stress sweat. You can feel confident that Secret Clinical Strength will provide stress sweat protection regardless of what the day brings. Visit www.nostresssweat.com for the scoop on stress sweat!

 *vs. wetness protection required of an ordinary antiperspirant

 Secret Clinical helps protect against the three causes of sweat:

  • Heat
  • Activity
  • Stress Sweat – especially stress sweat!

Why does stress sweat smell worse?

  • Sweat caused by physical activity and temperature is produced by eccrine sweat glands, and is 99% water and 1% nutrients
  • But stress sweat produced from the apocrine gland increases bacterial, and Water + Nutrients + Bacteria = Odor

Available in three varieties and four scents:

Varieties

  • New! Clear Gel

o   No white marks

  • New! Invisible Solid

o   Goes on dry and stays dry

  • Smooth Solid

o   Contains skin smoothing conditioners

Scents

  • Completely Clean
  • Powder Protection
  • Ooh-la-la Lavender
  • Sport Fresh

I received my Wal-Mart gift card to purchase but seemed like I could never get there lol. Finally I did!

image

image

Wal-Mart had a huge display and I watched the video a few times they had playing. I had seen the product before and wanted to try but $8 for deodorant? ??? Nope I’m frugal fran so I wasn’t going to buy unless I had a coupon. Excited to get the opportunity to try it out for FREE!

I purchased the completely clean scent. It was the closest to unscented lol. I’m not a fan of highly scented deodorant.  I prefer “clean & simple” so this worked for me. The Lavender wasn’t strong either but I wasn’t sure how my body would react so I went with the safest bet.

I’ve been using it for the last couple of days. I am actually impressed! I’ve had a stressful week and I tend to *sweat* when nervous. I always keep a travel deodorant & wipes with me JIC I need to freshen up. I haven’t had to use them.

My annual review was on Tues am. I was pretty upset & nervous before my meeting. Even during the meeting I felt it but I stayed dry!! SCORE!!

I will continue to use this and update my thoughts on the product.  As of today after using it for 3 days.. I’m sold.  Now the frugal fran side of me still feels this is a little pricey but I’m sure I can take a look in BJ’s which is where I do the bulk of my shopping and see if I can find a multi-pack for a cheaper price per item.

So to celebrate my new find.. and give one of you lucky readers the opportunity to try this out as well.. I have a $25 Walmart gift card to giveaway..  Enter below to win!!! Giveaway closes on Friday, April 25th and winner will be announced on Monday, April 28th.  Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

“The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by Secret.”

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in everyday, Giveaways, Review | Tagged | 9 Comments

iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S5

Apr
14

Ok so maybe it should really be whatever the NEW iPhone that’s coming out vs. Galaxy s5.. lol but you get the point.

I’m in the market for a new phone.. I currently have the Galaxy S3.  When I upgraded from my beloved Blackberry Bold I went #teamandroid because of the expandable memory feature etc.

Now what do I do??? Any feedback from you guys?  Where are my #teamiphone and #teamsamsung readers??? Please chime in.. I have 2 mos to make a decision lol

 

Thanks!

 

p.s. this post inspired by Single Ma

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in everyday | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Wordless Wednesday

Apr
09

image

image

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in Coach BK, Run This Year, running, Wordless Wednesday | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Georgia On My Mind

Apr
08

yeah.. title has NOTHING to do with this post.. it’s just what’s been floating around in my head.. Random ish like that happens when I have a lot on my mind.

Things happen when you are in the middle and it seems as though you are being pulled in 15 different directions but you want to continue to stay true to what YOU believe is the right direction.. yet the more you go in that direction you realize it probably isn’t the right direction and then you are in limbo and you pray on things and LISTEN and WAIT and find that you are MOVED into a different direction all together??? Oh.. just me??? well yeah THAT’S where I am.

I feel like I’m in a twilight zone and everyone is moving my cheese multiple times a day. LOL.. So I’ve decided to be still and listen.. trust in my faith and go from there.  In doing so, I’ve already seen so many changes happen which are true blessings for me.  Mama BK constantly reminds me to walk by faith.. and I am FINALLY getting it…

Coaching HS track has been an experience.  Pretty good one but nonetheless an experience LOL Conversations of teens that you are privy to because you are in the same space is umm disturbing.. Some of the teen girls OVERSHARE with me and I don’t know if it’s because they think I’m “cool” or they look at me as “mom” but yeah.. I had a very interesting discussion about hygiene with them…. let’s just say I’m happy I have the means to make them personal hygiene carekits.. and even happier that they are keeping them up and keep them in their gym bags..

I’m looking forward to my trip to Penn Relays later this month.. I haven’t been to the relays in a long time.. probably since late 90s.. but I’m excited to be heading back.  I will get to connect with a bunch of my old HS buddies who are now coaching as well and some just as spectators because their kids are running or it’s their way to recharge.. There are a couple of faces I MUST see and I don’t care if it’s a 5am workout wakeup call lol I will see my big sis 1969 and my other homegirl who is driving down from south jersey to meet me at the games one day.

My birthday is coming up and honestly I have no big plans and I’m ok with that.  After being at the Outdoor State Championship meet for 2 days prior.. I think I just want to sleep in and do nothing! LOL I’m sure that may change but I’m going to just roll with the punches on that one and not have a “plan”… yup see that there already stepping out my comfort zone and not having my life planned to a T ha!

I have a few reviews coming up.. Food Should Taste Good Chips.. they are gluten free and delicious!

 

So what’s randomly on your mind?

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in everyday | Leave a comment

Almost Wordless Wednesday – Princess J Edition

Apr
02

Princess J is growing so fast.  I can’t believe it.. Potty training is going well and she recognizes her numbers up to 20 and all of her letters.  She says things in spanish & english which I love.  She is such a joy and it’s not cause she is my kid.. but don’t get on her bad side.. she will give you the side eye of death!!!

Her favorite thing is going to the playground.  Even when it was cold she would try to dress herself boots and all and say outside?? Playground? Pweeeeeeeeessseee and flash her killer smile.. Already a charmer..

image

image

image

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in everyday, Family Life, Kids, Wordless Wednesday | 1 Comment

Run this Year Update

Mar
31

So I committed to running 450 miles in 2014. It’s the end of the first quarter and guess how many I have run?????

A whopping 27.5

Marinate on that…that should be a weekly total NOT for 3 mos!! But you know what I’m not even upset anymore. I beat myself up so bad during the month of February about my running goals that I lost my desire to run..to train and pretty much said F it!

January I began teaching again post injury & running…I was so beat that something had to give so it was running. I needed my legs to “do my job” So I focused on Jazzercise in Jan. In February the weather was just disrespectful!  From snowstorms to blistering cold temps hmph I ran on the dreadmill but it didn’t feel right (excuse yes but those who run outside definitely understand).  March more of the same and then I got my training plan for my 5k from my coach and then SHIT GOT REAL

Goals were set and as lofty as they were I saw that plan & retreated into my hole. Then I saw pictures of friends who had lost their mojo finding it again…a few inspirational running photos & quotes and I started to get the itch. My turning point…talking to my Half Marathon Training group. Wow I was such a hypocrite!  Everything I told them I was too damn scared to do for myself and I cried a good long cry. Yes I sure did. I Coach T was a chicken…when I say recovery from an injury is 90% mental and 10% physical shit I’m being truthful.

Some ask how can you teach but not run… my injury happened while running not teaching..I can easily adjust the impact when teaching but not running…dynamics are different. So a few things clicked for me. I will share when ready but change is coming.

I laced up and left my watch home. I didn’t turn on any app from my phone. I did start the app on my ipod and I just ran. I needed to get the cobwebs out. It was raining but I didn’t care. I needed to run….I need to get over that hurdle….and I did.  Mister ran with me.. he too needed to press reset but also didn’t want me to be outside by myself in the rain.

Tomorrow is April 1st….. April is a big month for me..why it’s my 8yr Jazzerversary. It’s the month before my birthday month.  I’m doing the Green Smoothie challenge and I have a few other goals that  need to be met.

My mileage goal for April is 85 miles.  I will get there by running 4 miles 3x a week and my long run will be 5 or 6 miles. Coupled with teaching Jazzercise and my sunday Bikram class I will be back to my groove and can really go harder in May..

So let’s blow the dust off this joint.. BK is back

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in Challenges, everyday, Fitness, Goals, Run This Year, running | Leave a comment

Wordless Wednesday

Mar
26

image

image

image

image

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in everyday, Fitness, Healthy Living, jazzercise, Quotes, Run This Year, running, Wordless Wednesday | Leave a comment

Dealing with Conflict

Mar
19

I know it has been a while.  So many great things are happening in my family’s life it’s been hard to keep up.

Just as great things happen bad things show up. I’ve dealt with it all before but it’s something about writing my thoughts down that helps me to deal with them & have a clearer focus. My journal is probably screaming for me to stop as last night alone I filled about 7 pages.

I also realized that I can’t abandon my blog.  This is an outlet for me.  Week 1 of training for my return to racing has begun and already sucked lol. Old man winter brought us snow on Mon. 8.5 inches worth but then the weather gets nice. Goal is to get my run in today even if I have to go get on the dreadmill.

I’m running a 5k at the end of June…that’s my goal race.. but as a family we may be running a 5K in our neighborhood on Mother’s day.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in everyday, Family Life | 1 Comment

Family Vacation

Feb
16

image

image

image

Recap coming…… just know this was one of the best trips I’ve had in a long time and a much needed getaway.

Great time, great memories….only one thing would have made it better…Lil Debbie being able to come.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in everyday, Family Life | Leave a comment

One Month

Feb
04

It has been a month since I returned to teaching Jazzercise. I taught a total of 15 classes in Jan. Initially I was worried I was doing too much to soon but I quickly adjusted the formats in which I taught based on how I felt.

I tried to add running back as well maybe once or twice a week and that didn’t work. I felt a lot of pain actually more like discomfort. It reminded me that I MUST continue stretching. My stretching routine is key for me to remain pain free.

In January I ran a total of 4.2 miles and I’m ok with that. At first I was upset but I took my own advice you know what I tell my clients all the time. Patience is key. So I backed off on running in January and just taught. I added a few extra stretching routines before bed or in the am when I get up. They have helped some. I’m going to go back to icing daily as well. I may have been released from PT but doesn’t mean I give up on what I was taught.

My Achilles isn’t 100% and I need to remember that so I don’t reinjure myself. Teaching last night made me realize that. It’s OK to come back slowly & I’ve decided that I will be doing high Intensity Low Impact for my classes this month. For the full classes(60 mins) that I teach I will incorporate a stretch routine in addition to our ending routine.

I am really looking forward to the Bikram Yoga studio near my home to open. In the meantime I will have to find a hot yoga studio where I can take a few classes until it does. If I continue to put it off I will never resume my practice. That’s not acceptable.

So how would I rate my performance for Jan… B-

My students say I haven’t missed a beat…but I can tell I have. My stamina is there but my coordination is not. I need to get back to a place where I’m not overcompensating for my injury. Now let me go work on that

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS
Posted in Bikram Yoga, Dear Body, everyday, Fitness, Goals, Healthy Living, jazzercise, Run This Year, running, The Fit Lounge, yoga | Tagged , | Leave a comment