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OPI Hello Kitty Collection – Super Cute in Pink

Good morning!
Last weekend I treated myself to a mani and pedi at a new nail salon in my neighborhood. I’d taken my own polish, but then I saw the Hello Kitty OPI collection on the shelf…
Now, I knew about this collection, but I really have to restrain myself with the Hello Kitty merchandise. I came back from working in Japan with an entire giant suitcase full of Hello Kitty cuteness. So I told myself NO. I do NOT need to buy anymore nail polish, even if it’s Hello Kitty!

But if it’s at the salon, it’s fair game!
This is Super Cute in Pink. It’s bright mauve in a creme/jelly formula.

OPI Hello Kitty Collection - Super Cute in Pink

So bright! So shiny! So…SUPER CUTE!

OPI Hello Kitty Collection - Super Cute in Pink

Alas, the nail technician only applied two coats, and I don’t think it was enough since I have Visible Nail Lines (VNL). I think jelly formula polishes are a bit thinner and need three coats for full opacity.
But, who cares?! It’s Hello Kitty nail polish!

What color is on your nails today?


UncommonGoods Gift Guide

Hey guys –
I was recently asked by UncommonGoods to look over their website and pick out a few items for a gift guide! Now, I’d never heard of UncommonGoods before, but I was immediately attracted to the company’s mission of sustainability, handmade, recycled, and organic products. Those adjectives make my hippie heart happy!
You can read more about the company’s mission here. But besides that, the products on UncommonGoods are creative and unusual, so if you need a special birthday gift, this is the site to visit.

uncommon goods

Last month was 유씨’s birthday and I got him…a cupcake. He’s hard to shop for! But if I’d known about UncommonGoods then, maybe I would have found him something special. Like:

Seattle City Map glass from uncommon goods
This City Map Glass of Seattle. 유씨is from Seattle, so it would have been perfect. There are other cities available, too. I could imagine this even being an auxiliary gift. Say you’re whisking your beloved off for a surprise birthday weekend in San Francisco – you could give him a SF City Map Glass to unwrap!

I think 유씨 also would have liked the Spongester. This might seem like a strange gift, but if you’ve got a germ freak in your life, you know how much this would be appreciated.

spongester from uncommon goods
If your fellow is a professional, you might like to give him cufflinks for his birthday. If (like my fellow), he’s in IT or just likes gadgets, well, there’s an entire section of gifts for geeks!
Or you could totally blend the two with these USB cufflinks! Each cufflink has a 8GB flash drive. Genius!
usb cufflinks

What if your birthday boy a mathlete? Ain’t no shame in that…he might like this Pi Basket. 유씨 peeped over my shoulder while I was browsing the UncommonGoods website and seemed particularly interested in it…pi basket from uncommon goods

You can find more gifts for men here – http://www.uncommongoods.com/gifts/by-recipient/gifts- for-men… but prepared to spend a lot of time oohing and ahhing over all the exciting and unusual gifts!

What about birthday gifts for women? You can check them out here – http://www.uncommongoods.com/gifts/by-recipient/gifts-for-women, and there’s even an option to filter by recipient: mom, grandma, wife, girlfriend, or teen. Here are some ideas:
uncommon goods floral wood watchHow awesome is this floral wood watch? You just know that the lady you give this to has nothing like it already.

Sure, women get perfume for their birthdays all the time, but what if your special lady wants something unique? I thought this was a pretty cool gift for a woman who’s got everything: Mixologie Blendable Perfume Collection. There are 8 rollerballs for mixing and matching custom fragrances.


I hope you enjoy the UncommonGoods web catalog as much I did! What’s your favorite item?



Bath & BodyWorks sale haul

I recently (and by recently I mean two months ago but I haven’t updated my blog so…recently) stopped by Bath & BodyWorks to take advantage of their semi-annual sale.

These are autumn and winter scents, but it was 75% off, and I think there’s never a wrong time for pumpkin…so I had at it.

Bath & BodyWorks semi-annual sale haul

These scents aren’t too terribly strong. They’re a light fragrance that is just pleasant enough without being overwhelming. I suppose I could have purchased the body sprays to add an extra boost of scent, but I remember how they reeked of alcohol in the 90s…perhaps the Fine Fragrance Mists have a better formulation? I’ll give them a try during the next semi-annual sale!

I was pleasantly surprised by the body wash formula. I guess I expected it to be a bit drying, but with the shea butter added, it’s smooth and creamy. The lotion absorbs nicely and does a good job of moisturizing.

The Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin formula was the first set I used; I think it was about 4-6 weeks to go through them both. That’s a pretty good bargain!

Bath & BodyWorks semi-annual sale haul

These were quite the indulgence for me – I usually wash with a bar of Dove and use a regular body lotion after the shower, but the sale prices make this a nice and affordable treat. I’ll be splurging during the next sale, too!


What’s your favorite Bath & BodyWorks scent?


WTH is a frozen shoulder and why do I have it?

Peeps, I have a frozen shoulder. I had a stiff shoulder for a while, so I stopped with my Body Beast program (but didn’t stop eating the same quantities of foods, hence the weight gain).

I saw a physical therapist for the stiff shoulder, but when I returned for a follow-up visit, my right shoulder was completely frozen.

This means, I can’t move it. It’s frozen. I cannot lift my arm higher than 90 degrees. And, it’s painful. I’ve never heard of this condition, but it’s not too terribly uncommon. A few ladies in my super-secret Body Beast for Women Facebook group have had it, too. Apparently being a woman over 40 is the biggest risk factor (although a male coworker in his 60s tells me he just got over a frozen shoulder).

Treatment options are limited. I’ve had physical therapy, but that’s only to teach me how to stretch it so it doesn’t fuse. I’ve had a few acupuncture treatments, but that was for pain, and relief only lasted a day or two. I finally saw a sports doctor who gave me a cortisone injection.

Have you ever had a cortisone injection? I was expecting it to be like a flu jab, but when that medicine hit my system, I blacked out! (Apparently it’s a good idea to have food in your stomach before you get a cortisone shot. Just an FYI)

The cortisone shot has helped a little bit with the pain; I can at least sleep through the night, as long as I’m careful to sleep on the left side.

This frozen shoulder nonsense eventually resolves itself; fully recover is expected within three years. That means…THREE YEARS of no weight lifting. No Body Beast. No Insanity. No P90X.

Between the pain and the inability to exercise, I’ve been really bummed out. And I’ve been overeating, sleeping too much, and generally feeling sorry for myself.

But that stops now! I’ve decided that I’m going to train for a half marathon again. And I’m really going to try to speed up this time. Here’s my Couch to Half program for Week One:

PicMonkey Collage

Just a tiny bit faster every day. I want to get to a regular~10 min/mile pace. I’ll work my hardest for it! I think I’m off to a great start; I just need to keep the momentum going. I don’t have a half marathon scheduled…but that doesn’t matter. I have to do something and I need a goal!

Wish me luck!