Friday, December 12, 2014

Secret Outlast™ Product Review

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It's no secret that I sweat a lot. Anyone who has ever met me at the gym has most likely noticed how wet I get after my workouts. While I know I could never find an antiperspirant that would keep my completely dry during a hard workout, I do want one that will keep me dry and odor free during the rest of the day.

Secret Outlast™ is good for odor protection on my regular days though it doesn't work as well during my hard workouts. What I like the most about Secret Outlast is that it glides on clear, eliminating white marks on my clothes. I have had to throw away good workout clothes because of deodorant stains before so I am happy to find a product that will keep me from tossing out another item. 

Secret Outlast goes on wet but dries quickly. I usually use a blow dryer on low for a few seconds to make sure it is completely dry before getting dressed for the day.

While the clear gel doesn't last as long as solid deodorant, it is nice to have a bottle around for those times I worry about my clothing. 

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Hiking in Moab, Utah: Corona Arch

Corona Arch - Moab, Utah

Though Moab is close to Arches and Canyonlands National Park, you don't have to go inside the national parks to partake of Utah's beautiful arches. Corona Arch is near Moab and can be enjoyed at no charge.

Getting There: From Moab travel north on Highway 191. Cross the bridge to the Colorado river and about 1.3 miles past the bridge turn west onto State Road 279 also known as Potash Road. At 10.1 miles, the marked trail is on the North side (right) of the road. A gravel parking lot sits at the trailhead.

Length and Type: 1.5 miles one way or 3 miles round trip on constructed trail and slick rock. Good for beginner hikers. This is a hiking trail only. 



The Trail: At the trailhead, follow the constructed trail to the visitor register box near the railroad tracks. Cross over the tracks through the fence openings. 


Continue following the trail along the roadbed to a gap in the rim.

From the gap, it is important to look for the cairns which will mark the rest of the trail. Follow the cairns up the wash about 100 yards and then veer left. Continue following the cairns over a sandy pass, toward the base of a large cliff.



Follow the base of the cliff to the first safety cable and around to the second cable. Steps have been cut into the rock for easy climb and descent.
2nd cable with steps

From the top of the second cable,  climb the ladder over the ledge and follow the cairns along the slick rock. You will see Corona Arch as well as Bow Tie Arch to the left as you approach them.




Hiking shoes are recommended but a good pair of athletic shoes will suffice.

Corona Arch is also a popular destination for thrill seekers. It is billed as the world's largest rope swing. The BLM has tried to ban this and I do not recommend trying it as there have been deaths from miscalculating ropes. Not only that, but the ropes leave damage to the delicate rocks. When we hiked, there was a group of young adults jumping off the arch thus the climbing rope in the photo. Please do not try this without somebody who knows what they are doing.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Hiking Terms: What is a Cairn?

Cairn along Corona Arch Trail in Moab, Utah

Experienced hikers know that following man made cairns is one of the best ways to avoid getting lost in the wilderness. New hikers may not have even heard the word.

What exactly is a cairn? A cairn is a man made pile of rocks set as a memorial or marker. On hiking trails, a cairn is a trail marker. (Pronounced care-n)

While many mountain trails can be easy to follow, trails on rocky areas are much harder to distinguish. This is where the use of a cairn will not only keep you on the trail but may literally save your life.


While some trails already have a series of cairns set in place, many do not. I was hiking a trail in which I was trying to find the turn off for another trail. I missed the turn off and found my way into an archery range instead. It wasn't until the following week, I returned and found a small cairn at the fork which led to the trail I was looking for. Needless to say, I made sure to add several rocks to the cairn. I wanted to be sure I never missed it again.

Of all of the places I've hiked, the trails in Moab, Utah have the most cairns I've seen. Put on your hiking shoes and head to the nearest hiking to find a cairn.


A huge collection of cairns.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Orkin Mouse in House Giveaway

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Fall has arrived, and cooler weather has come with it. Whether or not you know it, your warm house is an open invitation to unwanted guests looking for a cozy winter vacation: rodents.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Tazo Decaf Chai Latte Concentrate Review

**FTC Disclosure: I received a complementary sample through Smiley360.com for review purposes.
 

I have been a fan of Tazo herbal teas for some time. I jumped at the chance to try Tazo Chai Latte. I chose the decaf version since I try to stay away from caffeine.
Getting ready to curl up with a good book with my Tazo

I mixed my concentrated chai latte with vanilla soy milk at 1:1. It made for a great combination. The chai spices, like cinnamaon and cloves, gave the decaf tea a smooth taste while the vanilla soy milk added a sweet and nutty creaminess. It's perfect for those cold days when all I want to do is curl up with a good book.

The Tazo decaf chai latte is the perfect bedtime treat. I don't have to worry about caffeine keeping me up at night. I have a new favorite drink to get me through the cold winter.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bike Like a Girl or Take A Hike Sterling Silver Necklace Giveaway


We love the outdoors and we've always wanted to sell jewelry on our blog that expresses who we are and will appeal to our readers who also love the outdoors. I am a biker and a hiker. Kalina is a runner but we both find to be a climber, a waterskier, a paddle boarder and whatever else we can fit into our lives. We hope to add more jewelry to fit all of our interests. Now, our sterling silver jewelry consists of necklaces and matching bracelets for the avid hiker and biker.


We also have a line of leather wrap bracelets which has been popular amongst our readers. Check out some of them.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mountain Biking in Southern Utah: JEM Trail

Riding along the ridge of the Virgin River
Utah has such a diverse landscape which makes the entire state a perfect mountain bike mecca.

After years of being scared of my mountain bike, I finally spent the autumn falling in love with mountain biking all over again. On a recent trip to St. George, we had a chance to drive through Hurricane, near the town of Virgin, to ride the JEM trail. It ended up being a perfect trail for me, not too technical or steep.

Getting There

The trickiest part of the JEM trail is getting there. From I-15, take exit 16 (Utah State Route 9) to Hurricane/Zions National Park. Travel east on Highway 9 past Hurricane. Make a right onto Sheep Bridge Road before getting into Virgin, Utah. Follow this dirt road over the bridge of the Virgin River. After crossing the cattle guard take the first right and follow the two track road to the end where you will find the trailhead and parking.

The Trail

From the parking lot head west along the rim of the Virgin River. This is a singletrack trail. As it bends and heads south, it merges with a dirt road (about 1.3 miles). Turn right on the road and ride over a dry wash a short way then turn left at the brown trail sign where it's singletrack again.

Stay left on the JEM trail at the Hurricane Trail Junction (1.6 miles). Stay on the singletrack for a steady, easy climb. At mile 4.5, the singletrack crosses a gravel road again. Follow the singletrack to a steep hill. Many will attempt to climb this but few will master it. I didn't even try. I walked my bike up the hill. At the top of the hill, follow the singletrack to the upper parking lot. This is where you will turn around for an out-and-back ride. It's about 6.9 miles to the upper parking lot from the lower lot.

For those who want to only do the downhill, you can drop off at the upper parking lot and send a shuttle to the lower lot. It is a fast and fun descent. On our return, we veered off the JEM trail and onto the Goosebumps trail. The Goosebumps trail has a lot of up and down hills, like a roller coaster. It is a little more technical but a lot of fun.






I made it with a smile on my face and only had to walk my bike in a few spots. A new record for me.










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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review and Giveaway

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I have been a fan of Purex Crystals since the first day I tried them. I am physically active as are the other members of my family. This means we have a lot of stinky sweaty work out clothes that are made of fabrics that aren't suitable for liquid fabric softeners. Though I still prefer the liquid softeners or dryer sheets on my whites, I like the in-laundry scent boosters of the crystals for my dark clothing, especially my gym clothes.


Introducing the latest edition to the Purex line: Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. 

I received the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in Energy scent.  I was super excited to try the Energy scent since citrus smells are my favorite. While the crystals left a fresh laundry scent, it was more on the floral side and less on the citrus---not what I would prefer. However, it did eliminate laundry odors, especially the sweat from our work out clothes. It also stayed fresh smelling for a week after I did our laundry.

The new Purex Crystals have a soothing smell for those who like a lingering scent on their laundry. However, I like to eliminate strong odors on my clothing without leaving a floral "perfume" scent. While I liked the new crystals, I would love to try the other two scents to see if there is one I like better.




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Friday, October 10, 2014

My Favorite Wildlife Photos of the Season

©by Trudy Zufelt. Do not use without written permission

One of my favorite things about hiking is catching a glimpse of the wildlife.
Too bad the animals don't feel the same about me. When it comes to deer, it is hard to get close enough to get a good photo. I tried all summer until I finally got one to hold still long enough to pull out my camera and take a picture. Just off the side of the road in Little Cottonwood Canyon at the entrance to the Red Pine Trail, I spotted a doe and stopped to zoom in. It didn't last long before she skittishly ran off but I got the picture.


©by Trudy Zufelt. Do not use without written permission
I'm usually afraid of snakes. I spent a lot of time hiking in the last six months and saw plenty of these little garter snakes. Unfortunately, I saw rattlesnakes too but I wasn't willing to risk getting bit to get close enough. I did have a baby rattlesnake coil up at me and it took me only a second to see what what was different from the snake in the photo to the markings of the baby rattlesnake. I'll stick to photos of the nonpoisonous snakes.

Bull Moose along Catherine Pass Trail - Little Cottonwood Canyon (Utah)
©by Trudy Zufelt. Do not use without written permission
One of the most awe inspiring animals to see in Utah is a moose or even two. They can also be a bit scary. Moose don't move off the trail and it's never a good idea to get to close. I have heard of people being charged by a moose and since they are so huge, I don't want to get close enough to see what that is like. I'll enjoy them from a distance and use the zoom on my camera. I have seen moose in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and in Ogden Valley. In fact, I see them more than I see the mule deer.

Moose at Red Pine Lake - Little Cottonwood Canyon
©by Trudy Zufelt. Do not use without written permission



 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Reveal Your Glamorous Look With Mia Mariú Makeup Review and Giveaway




While I would rather be outside, wearing only sunscreen on my face, the reality is that life is not always fun. I have to work and get dressed up once in a while. That means I get to wear make up and show my glamorous side. I like to light and natural looking make up. I also like to use products without scents. I've used mia mariú cleansing products before so I was more than excited to try their make up products. They did not disappoint.



Volumizing Mascara

The most important thing with mascara is finding one that doesn't make my eyes itch. Mia mariú's mascara is one I can wear all day with no problems. It doesn't clump and it makes my eyelashes look longer.





 Loose Mineral Shadow Liner

The loose mineral shadow ended up as my favorite product. I tried the Mora and Rosa colors. The rich purple of the Mora is beautiful and really made my eyes pop. The Rosa was a nice addition. Most of the shadows I use wind up creasing by the end of the day but I didn't have this problem with the mineral shadows.

Black Eyeliner

My eyes look small without eyeliner and the black complements them the best out of any of the colors I've tried. I also like eyeliners that I can sharpen like a pencil. Mia mariú's black eyeliner is exactly what I look for in an eyeliner.






Hydrating Stick Gloss

The Mia color of the hydrating stick gloss moisturized my lips well with a natural tint, perfect for day time. I would like a darker color for a night out.

Mineral Blush
I've never tried mineral blush until now. The Maria Azucena was a perfect color for me and I loved the mineral blush. It lasts longer than my usual blush.





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Monday, September 29, 2014

Mountain Bike Teams: Fun High School Sports Addition


Could mountain bike racing be the best addition to high school sports in the last few years? 
I think so. 
It's one of those sports where every person on the team competes. There are no bench warmers and boys and girls have equal opportunities.

My son is in his second year of racing for his high school team. I love that he gets a good aerobic workout in practice and at races. Even better, he has fun and learns a sport he will use for the rest of his life. It doesn't stop when he graduates like so many other team sports. It's also become a family affair. We all load our mountain bikes onto our rack for his practice and ride the trails too. Sure, I can't keep up with any of the high school boys or girls but I don't care. It's much more fun than sitting on the sidelines or dropping him off and picking him up later.



Mountain Biking is relatively new on the high school scene. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) was founded just five short years ago in 2009. My home state of Utah formed its league in 2012 and with over 600 riders, has quickly become the largest league in the nation.

Not surprising, with the abundance of trails within minutes of the most densely populated cities in the state. In fact, many Utah riders compete nationally and internationally, though we haven't made it to that level.

While riders wait for their age group to race, they build camaraderie with their team members and those of other schools while they hang out in the "Pit Zone" where team tents stand side by side. It's also a place to fuel and recover from races and parents gladly volunteer behind camp stoves to feed the riders and their families.

The "Pit Zone" is also a great place to meet the awesome companies who sponsor the races and to find out about new gear. A ton of new sponsors came on board this year. I e got to hob nob with the guys at Backcountry.com, one of the places I shop for outdoor gear. They were nice enough to let my family load up on their famous goat stickers and even provided cow bells for us to clang at the finish line.

Riders can head to the Specialized sponsor tent to have their bikes checked and adjusted before the race.

If the race isn't fun enough, the Utah National Guard provides a climbing wall to keep bored siblings occupied.

While high schools usually don't approve mountain biking as an official sanctioned sport, they do recognize it as a club sport. At our high school just being on the mountain bike team elevates you to the status of "cool." And if you do happen to get injured while riding, the broken wrist or leg gash serves as a "badge of honor."

Want to join a league or start one in your state? 
Check out NICA Leagues.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Arla Dofino Gouda Cheese

Product received at no charge to facilitate my review.

I miss cheese. 
Growing up, it was always one of my favorite foods. As a teenager, I worked in a deli and loved trying new types of cheese. My favorites were gouda and muenster. After I discovered I was lactose intolerant, I cut back considerably on my dairy intake. Cheese was the hardest to give up.
Now, I can take medicine that provides an enzyme to help me digest the cheese I miss so much


I have had a hard time finding gouda cheese at the stores near me. I was thrilled to find the Arla Dofino gouda cheese. Just having one piece was like finding an old friend again. 
Besides the awesome taste, I like that Dorfino cheese does not have added hormones and is made from natural ingredients. 

Though gouda cheese is great in recipes, I like eating it plain or on crackers. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a free sample to try as a Bzzagent and was free to pick the flavor. Comments are based upon actual experience

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fulcrum Gallery Canvas Art Review

FTC Disclosure: I received art at no charge in order to facilitate an honest review.

So many beautiful outdoor scenes to choose from.

I was lucky enough to be asked to choose a beautiful art print from the Fulcrum Gallery. There were literally hundreds of prints to choose from, it was so hard to decide!! I narrowed it down to seven....and finally after a lot of internal debate settled on one. I wanted a print that was whimsical and fun, a little bit modern, but would go in any house. Since I'm just renting a place right now, I wanted something I was going to like in 6 months and in a couple of years.

I ended up choosing a beautiful piece of fantasy art art titled "No One Would Ever Believe Her"


It is a picture of a young girl hiding behind a tree watching a unicorn drink from a misty pond beneath a sliver of moonlight.

You can choose to have your print framed, gallery or museum wrapped. I chose the museum wrap. I'm not a big fan of frames, plus its hard to find a frame to match your current decor. And as I'm not in a permanent home I wanted something that would be more versatile. You can also choose to have brushstrokes on the print or not. I chose standard size brush strokes so it would look more like an actual painting. The last thing you can choose if you are getting a wrap is the depth and side color. I got a deep depth and chose black for my side color because it matched the painting best.



When my canvas arrived I was not disappointed. It is slightly bigger than a folder (for those of you like me that can't picture how big 13x11 is). I love the size. Big enough to be noticed, but not so big that it takes up a whole wall or is too in your face. The brushstrokes add a nice authentic feel. It is tightly and securely wrapped on a nice wood frame. It is a very high quality, sturdy feeling canvas.

I love the picture too. It tells a little story and captivates the audience. It is whimsical and classic. I have it hanging in my bedroom as a reminder to never lose curiosity and wonder in the world. I'm so excited to own such a nice piece of art. I would absolutely recommend them to anybody looking for high end artwork for their home. With the incredible range of variety and styles to chose from, there is something for everyone. The customer service is excellent and I received my artwork quickly but most importantly, packed with care. I don't have anything about the artwork I didn't like.

I have a new favorite wall decoration.

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Review by Kalina Zufelt