Five Reasons to RUN

Happy Friday! Today I’m linking up with Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed up for What?!! for their Friday Five. Today’s theme is Five Reasons to Run ___. But I thought, I’ll just make it Five Reasons to Run, FULL STOP.

Five Reasons to Run

5. Carb Loading.
No further explanation needed.

mac & Cheese

4. Race atmospheres are so exciting!
When else in your life can you run down Hollywood Blvd and have all traffic stop for you (without having LAPD wrestle you to the ground)?

Hollywood Half Marathon

3. I can catch up with my soaps when I run on the treadmill!
Sometimes I’m so engrossed in the drama that I don’t even realize when I’m done.


2. Races are fun family events!
Here I am with my sister at the Hollywood Half Marathon in April.
Hollywood Half Marathon
1. Because I can.
Who knows what will happen to my body as I age?  For now, I’m making the most of it and feeling like a bad ass in the meantime.
Wonder Woman

Do you run? What’s up for the weekend?


Winter Book Challenge

Good morning! I had a lot of fun with the Summer Book Challenge from Semi-Charmed Kind of Life, so I’m all over the Winter Edition, too.

Here’s the categories for this round:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books.
10 points: Read a book of short stories.
10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) in the title.
15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!).
15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language.
15 points: Read a book written by a local author (either an author from your state if you live in the United States, or in your country if you live somewhere else—note: author must be from where you currently live).
20 points: Read a “bookish book” (in which books play an important role, e.g. the setting involves a bookstore or library, a major character is an author, or a book that celebrates reading and books. Examples: The Book Thief, The Shadow of the Wind, The Thirteenth Tale, etc.)
20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those).
25 points: Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read.
25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well!
30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch; update: meals like feast, banquet, picnic will also count, but try not to get too “creative” with your meal words!).

Who’s joining us for the Winter Book Challenge? Do you have any book suggestions for me?


Humpday Confessions – The Gym Edition

Vodka and Soda

I’ve got a lot to say about this category, so no dithering around – we’re going to get right to it.

  • People who comment on my food choices, be they healthy or indulgent. Please also see my earlier rant about assigning moral value to food here.


  • Butt sweat on the bench. Clean that nasty mess up!
  • People who workout RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE WEIGHT RACK. Yes, I know there’s a mirror there and you like to see yourself curl and flex your biceps, but other people need access to the dumbbells, too!
    people who work out in front of the weight rack
  • I’m not the gym truancy officer! I like to work out, maybe you hate it. None of my business, so no need to offer up excuses why you don’t exercise.
  • Workout partners who bail.
  • I’m annoyed with myself for getting on the scale this week.
  • Gym selfies – are you there to work out or to model?! Oh wait, that’s me.  But I only took it to show the dude working his biceps in front of the weight rack. Yes, that’s the reason.
    gym selfie
  • How cool is this?! Tony Horton and Dreya Weber from the original P90X workout. My little heart raced with excitement! Or maybe it was racing from the workout.
    Tony Horton, P90X, Workout Wednesday, Dreya Weber, Westfield

 What bothers you about the gym? Lay it on us!

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Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine

I recently received this incredible goody bag in the mail from Neutrogena.

Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine, Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, bacne, salicylic acid

It was a collection of gym essentials – a headband, 1-lb weights, a cute pink string bag, facial wipes, and a post-workout body wash to combat bacne (back acne).

Neutrogena Post-Workout Skin Care Routine, Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, bacne, salicylic acid

The Neutrogena Body Clean Pink Grapefruit Body Wash is my favorite item in the goody bag. If you’ve been reading the blog for any time at all, you’ll know that I have been waged in a multi-decade war against acne. I don’t just have it on my face and back (like this body wash is designed to combat), but on my chest, too. But! The salicylic acid in this body wash has really helped tone it down. The body wash has a refreshing citrus-y scent, and I haven’t noticed that my skin is any drier because of it, just smoother and clearer.
Thank you, Neutrogena! I didn’t even know that specialty body washes for torso zits existed, but now that I’ve tried it, I’ll never go without such a product again!

What products do you use in the battle against acne?


Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

Good morning friends! I’m still catching up on my posts, so here’s an entry that I probably should have written two weeks ago. I was recently invited to the Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen event in Hollywood.

Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

A perk of blogging – I get invited to amazing places and events that I’d otherwise not even know about! So I grabbed my WingWoman Candice and off we went.

Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

First off, everything in the studio was PINK so I knew we were in for a good time.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

I love Benefit’s retro-cool look.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

There were celebrities! Here’s the commotion at the VIP entrance.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

Here are some of the celebrities at the event.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

Somehow I missed the part of the invitation that stated this was at the Benefit Cosmetics Tattoo Parlor…now, I have a tattoo and it REALLY REALLY HURT, so I wasn’t about to sign up to get another one. Instead, we opted for temporary tattoos!

Candice got the Benefit logo.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

I got the WingWomen logo.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

There was a goody bag at the end of the evening! They’re Real Pushup Eyeliner and Mascara samples sizes were handed out in these cute pink bags. I’ve been wanting to learn how to draw a cat-eye and this seems like a great tool for practice.
Benefit Cosmetics WingWomen Event

Thank you Benefit for inviting me and Candice to this fun event! We enjoyed the cocktails, atmosphere, and our mini-makeovers.

Do you know how to wing out your eyeliner? Any tips for me?



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