Sunday

Color Run Fun

If any of you have never done a Color Run... you need to try it.  So much fun, and.. you don't have to run, you can walk the whole way if you want.   It is only 3 miles.

Most people that do the color run want to get as much color on them as possible.  Not me.   I told EVERYONE I didn't want any color.

When we were going through the color stations, I would tell them NO COLOR and run walk behind them.   They were all very good about not giving me any color, except to the half way point.   Then someone thought it would be funny to get me from behind.     So... okay, it wasn't too bad.  I just had a little bit on me.

My Daughter and some of her friends ran the race too.  Since they ran most of the way and I walked, they were a ways ahead of me.
After the half way mark, I headed back and got through two more color stations with no color except the little I had on my back.

I spied my Daughter and her friend ahead of me.   When I walked up to them, my Daughter came up and gave me a hug.  I thought she was being a sweet Daughter.... but NO.....  She had color all over her and wanted to give me some.

Okay... still, I am not too bad.  Not a whole lot of color on my body.  My face and hair are clean.   At this point I am walking with my Daughter and her friend.  We come to another color station.    I again say.. NO COLOR.   My Daughter whispers to them to GET ME and that was all they needed to hear.  Now, my back is covered in Green besides the pink.
What a kid I have... Protects her MOM all the way. !!

As we go to the end of the race, there is an Orange color station.   I again say NO COLOR.   They let me through .. BUT, My LOVELY DAUGHTER asks for a bottle of color and she plasters me.  Did I tell you my kid loves me?  Man... what a super kid she is too.

Later, this child of mine gets a hold of a pink bottle of color and LETS ME HAVE IT!!

I am covered by now.  It is in my eyes, up my nose and in my ears.













Since my sweetheart of a Daughter loves getting color on her... I returned the favor.  
I didn't want her to go home feeling unloved.   So I let her have it worse than she did to me.








Have you done a color run?

How I Make My Own Insoles For Plantar Fasciitis and Metatarsal Bone Problems

I have been making my own insoles.  Why???  Because no one makes enough padding for my metatarsal bones.  At least I haven't found any yet.   There are a couple of companies that come close, but not close enough.

Making my own works, but my metatarsal is so sensitive that I can feel the piece I put in to help protect it.

How I Make My Own Insoles For Plantar Fasciitis and Metatarsal Bone Problems

The hard part was finding padding thick enough to use for my feet.   I searched all over.  Finally I found a yoga mat that was thicker than normal.  I actually found this at a yard sale for $1.   I brought it home, washed it and hosed it off good.








To make the insole, I traced around the insole out of the shoe I was putting it in.  I did make sure I made it bigger at the arch so I could get some good arch support.









Since I have metatarsal problems, I cut a piece that would fit my metatarsal.  I also cut out an extra piece to give it more arch support.

I then glued the pieces onto the main insole.








Now, just put them in the shoe.  I put the insole that came with the shoe over my homemade job.  This is an Adidas shoe and it had no support.

The thing is, this makes the shoe tighter than what it was.  You can see in the picture how thick my mat was.

These work out pretty well for me, but like I said.  It does make the shoe tighter.



This is not the perfect solution, but it works for me until I can find a company that can make me insoles that really work.

I paid a lot of money years ago to get special orthotics made for my shoes.  My metatarsal still hurt so I am not paying over $300 again to have a special insoles made and still have my feet hurt..

If you need a lot of cushion in your shoes, this might work for you.   I am still looking for that perfect pair of insoles, but.. In the meantime, I will make my own.

Tuesday

Kidecals Aren't Just For Kids Review

* I was sent Kidecals for the purpose of this review. No other form of compensation took place.

If you thought Kidecal Stickers are just for kids, Think Again!!    Although Kidecals were made to label your kids clothing, backpacks, toys, lunch box, YOU NAME IT, you can label it.   Why let the kids have all the fun

Kidecals are personalized label that are dishwasher, washing machine and dryer safe!  Plus they stick on any surface.   Even if you don't need any name labels, there are still lots of options to choose from.

Kidecals has labels for both kids and adults.  They offer keboard stickers, canning and baking labels.


They also offer chalkboard labels that I think might work out great for a project I am doing.
I am trying to organize my winter gloves, hats and scarves.

I am thinking I may put them in baskets like this and get the chalkboard stickers, write what is in them and organize them that way.

What do you think?

My Hubs will be going hunting in Montana in about a month or so.  He thought it would be great to have some decals to use on his hunting equipment, bags, knives and all the other things he thinks he needs to hunt with.

Here is one of the decals he chose to label his things.   I do have to tell you though.  If you order these, be sure to get the larger size.
We are older and the smaller ones are very hard for us to see.

Check him out putting decals with his name and phone number on all of his treasured hunting equipment.
What is nice about the decals though, They are washable.  So if you put them on clothing, they won't wash off.













If you have a lot of treasures that you want to make sure stay in your possession, stop on over to Kidecals and check out all the different decals they offer.  GREAT for labeling back to school supplies!!

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Sunday

Good Customer Service Is Still Alive @Jockey

You may remember a post I did about a bra I bought. It was Jockey brand and when I wore it,  the bra dug into my side.

When Jockey found out I wasn't happy with the bra, they went out of their way to apologize for the problem I had.  Here is something they said that impressed me.

We strive to make sure our customers are happy and with the type of experience you had we are all let down as well.

Many companies don't really care if you like their clothing or not.  Once you buy them... they are yours, like it or not.
 JOCKEY has proven to me that they care about how I feel, what I think and if their clothing isn't up to par.

Jockey wanted to send me something special to say they were sorry for my experience.  I thought it would probably just be another bra... but look at all the great things I got.    I never expected all this.
I was sent all these things from Jockey
I love Jockey bikini underwear and have worn them for years. I would have continued to wear them even if they hadn't sent me anything.

So let me tell you about the things I got.  Undies!!  2 of them are the boy like underwear.  I had never tried those type before.  I almost think I like them better than my bikini ones I wear.

Sports bras!!  These ones are comfortable.  Really!!!  I am not just saying that.  The only thing I wish is that they would fasten in the back, but that might make them less comfortable.

You can see all the other clothing they sent me and believe me, I am putting it all to good use.  And yes, I realize I am not great at doing yoga, but I love doing it.  

Look at the great Lounge Wear Set They Sent Me

YOGA HELPS ME FEEL BETTER!  
 But when it is time to relax, I am all about that too!!












So Thank you Jockey for taking the time to care about one of your customers.  I really appreciate it!!

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Tuesday

Fried Green Tomato Pizza

My Granddaughter gave me a great idea.  She was telling me she made Zucchini Pizza.  You use zucchini as the pizza crust and add sauce, cheese or whatever.

We like Zucchini, but we love fried green tomatoes.   My mother rasied me on those things.   She could fry them up better than anyone I know.... including me.

Doesn't this look good?   My Hubs says it tastes just like pizza, only without the crust.

I don't eat cheese so I just ate fried green tomatoes and was happier than a pig in a poke.


To fry green tomatoes, you can read my post here.  Fried Green Tomatoes
. After frying, layer the tomatoes in a pan.  No need to grease the pan.   I kind of push the tomatoes together so there is no space between them.
. Put sauce on each tomato
. Top with cheese
. Add whatever you want on top the cheese, I put the peppers and garlic on that I fried with my tomatoes.

Sunday

Wall Basket Storage For Small Bathrooms #DIY #HomeImprovement

My Hubs and I have been working on finding storage for my small bathroom

This is the wall between the shower stall and the bathtub.  Not a lot of space there.

I had been trying to figure out what I could do with that wall to make more space for all of my hair ties, bows, makeup, whatever!!  I just need more room.








I found these baskets at a yard sale for 50 cents each.  I bought all the lady had.  She used to do crafts and these were what she had left over.   

I told my Hubs.  There has got to be a way I can hang these baskets down my small wall in the bathroom.







Look at the GREAT idea he came up with.   He started with a 2X4 piece of wood.   Sanded, measured, drilled, and stained.   He also put knobs on the wood for the baskets to hang on.

I LOVE IT!!  All his hard work paid off and now I have a lot of things I can store in my baskets.

Sorry the pictures are so dark.  I have 3 lights on in the bathroom, plus the camera flash and it isn't enough.








I am also thinking I could put some plants in a couple of the baskets.  I put a few fake ones in just to see what it would look like.

Here is a better picture of the wall now.   Those fake ferns won't be staying there.  I am just trying to see what I can do different with the baskets.    I want to have things stored in them, but also have them look nice.

I might have to end up making tops to cover the baskets so you can't see what is in them.    Any ideas?


Also, now I am looking for a winter hat and glove storage solution.  


Friday

Spice Cabinet Helping With Kitchen Clutter

I detest a clutterd kitchen. I don't know about you, but I have a LOT of spices for cooking.  So many that they made my kitchen cupboards look very clutterd.

A couple of months ago, my Hubs parents moved into an assisted living facility.  His Mom had a spice cupboard that was pretty ugly.  It wasn't only ugly, but the spices kept falling out of the center part of the cupboard.   It is odd that they had dowel rods on the sides, but not the center part of the cabinet.

I told my Hubs.  Why don't you fix that spice cupboard for me so the spices won't fall out.  Plus, can you make it match my dining room table.
My Hubs is so good to me that he will usually do anything I ask.  He said he would try to get the spice rack so it was usable and looked nicer.

Here is the spice cabinet before he first started the project.


Tah Dah!!  Doesn't it look nice now.   I really like the darker color.

It is not a perfect match to my dining room table but so close that most people wouldn't even notice.












On the inside (Center Section) of the spice rack where all the spices fell out, my Hubs put some dowel rods across to help hold the spices in.

Look how many spices this rack holds.   My kitchen cabinets are so much less messy with all the spices out of the way.

The really good thing about this, is we can now find what spice we want to use.  Before we had to dig around looking to find the right one.

I still have some spices that don't fit in the spice cupboard, but eventually, when I use some of the other spices that I have duplicates of, they will fit.

My Hubs who really didn't want to get into as much work as he did on this cabinet uses it as much, or possibly more than I do.

How do you keep your spices from cluttering your space?

Sunday

Gravity Defyer Womens Scossa XT Athletic Shoes Helping With Plantar Fasciitis and Metatarsal Problems

I received a pair of Women's Scossa XT Athletic Shoes from Gravity Defyer to see if they would help with the foot problems I have been experiencing.  I am happy to say they have helped a lot with the Plantar Fasciitis. It seems the more I wear them, the more they are helping with my Metatarsal problem and my broken arches.




What is Plantar Fasciitis  (pronounced PLAN ter fash ee EYE tus.)
It is a a flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes.  It also supports the arch of your foot.  When you strain the Plantar Fasciitis, it gets irritated, swollen and weak.
Some people get a lot of pain in their heel because of it.  Others have pain on the bottom of the foot, not just the heel.

I happen to have some pain in the heel, but most of my pain is on the underside of my foot, up towards my toes.  Right around the metatarsal area.   It gets so bad that I just can't walk any longer.
My arches are also breaking down from straining the plantar fasciitis.

I can't walk in my bare feet... no way.  I always have to wear shoes.  The problem is finding shoes that don't irritate it.

Now that I am wearing the Gravity Defyer Womens Scossa XT Athletic Shoes, It seems when I walk, I don't have to put a lot of effort into it.  The way the shoe is designed, it just propells me forward.

I was at the 3 Rivers Heritage Trail walking uphill and noticed how much easier these shoes made it to walk. It has to be the springs that are in the heels and they seemed to just keep me going forward.

Not only are these shoes great on smooth surfaces, but when I get into a rough terrain I don't feel how rough or uneven the ground is.  It feels smooth with these shoes on.  Rocks don't hurt my feet when I walk over them.  That is because the shoe is so cushioned inside that it hugs my feet in comfort.
Just take a look at all the parts that go into making this shoe.








When I first started wearing this shoe, I told my Hubs... I don't think these are going to help me at all.  I had worn the shoes all day and walked for hours.   My metatarsal was so sore and bruised that I thought I had damaged it worse.  Then I read that you need to break these shoes in.
You are using new muscles and you need to gain strength in them.

Now, it seems the more I wear the Womens Scossa XT Athletic shoe, the more comfortable they become.  I can walk a very long time now with no problems.  That is something new to me. Normally, I had to take a few pair of shoes with me and keep changing.

The Scossa XT is the first shoe I have had in a very long time that I don't have to buy insoles for to make my feet not hurt.

Look at all the sneakers I have 

 I probably have every brand name there is.  None of them work for me.  I have to redo the whole inside of every shoe I buy. 

With Gravity Defyer, I didn't have to put anything in the shoes to make them comfortable.




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