Lotion for Winter

I’m not a big lotion user. Maybe because the main thing I drink is water, so I am fairly hydrated daily. Or maybe because I live in subtropical central Florida, where the humidity is often 90%. But when December sneaks around, I usually need a good lotion for a couple of months.

My friend Lynn started selling Perfectly Posh beauty products earlier this fall. I had never heard of the company. They work with local reps and home parties, like Avon or Mary Kay. Perfectly Posh products are naturally based and never have petroleum-derived ingredients including SLS, parabens or paraffins. Plus they use no gluten ingredients, no soy fillers and no lanolin. That is why I feel good about recommending their hand creme to you – without being asked.

hottie-patottie-bfyhc_1First I tried a sample of their Big Fat Yummy Hand Créme in Hottie Patottie scent. It’s described as “loaded with vitamins A and E to easily penetrate the driest skin without feeling greasy” and it features apricot kernel oil – not petroleum. This creamy and nourishing, non greasy hand creme has a fabulous fragrance that I found sexy and wanted a perfume of! The scent is supposedly brown sugar vanilla, but it was muskier than that to me. Although I originally applied it for my cuticles, I ended up dabbing it on my neck and wrists so I could smell the scent rising up throughout the day.

This scent is also available in a solid lotion bar,which provides deep-healing moisture with shea butter, and creates a soft, protective barrier with gentle beeswax. It would be a great gift for doctor or nurse friends who wash their hands a lot, because it is recommended for skin that is over-washed, dry, cracking, or in extreme circumstances. It comes in a pretty, little, round tin.

Just today I tried Big Fat Yummy Hand Créme in Lil Snarky. That scent is described as “exotic flowers & sandalwood with a serious attitude.” I did not smell attitude, but it did seem to have citrus undertones to me. I later learned it has extracts from mandarin and bergamot orange fruits. After putting it on I realized I hadn’t washed my face yet, and I was kicking myself for “wasting” my hand lotion since I would have to reapply after my face routine. As it turned out, though, I didn’t reapply the lotion for HOURS. I had it on before 9am and reapplied around 7:40pm! My cuticles look great despite how dry they felt the last two days!

The key ingredients of the hand cremes are coconut oil, glycerin and apricot kernel oil. They will leave your hands looking and feeling pampered!

There are other Perfectly Posh products I am interested in trying! The Tea tree and neem hair mask moisturizes hair and scalp. I’ll probably need that after my winter trip to St. Louis. The Argan Oil Anti Frizz Smoothing Hair Serum would be a great protectant when flat ironing or to tame my curls.

This company is less than a year and a half old. I’m curious to see when they have a big boom. If you think your friends would be interested in learning more about Posh products from you, it is $99 to become a rep with 30 days of training – or Lynn hosts online parties with Facebook groups so people can check out products on their own time online.

Dec 16 is the last day to order in time for Christmas. If you want to learn more about their products a little at a time like I did, you can join the Facebook page and get updates about random items from Lynn. Then you can take advantage of her specials too!

And if you need a new hand creme that is naturally based and lasts for hours, try Perfectly Posh!


Introducing jmpLite

I learned about #GivingTuesday at school this year. My daughters attend a private school that is a non-profit, and every dollar here helps support education – from the technology the students use to the continued learning for the teachers. We have over 45 athletic teams, a thriving musical theatre program, ongoing community service projects and were among the first in the area with a Makerspace so students get hands-on skills for better problem solving and better futures.

jmpliteef9c6_largeIt is rare, however, for people to donate to a cause they don’t feel an emotional pull to. And as much as I love the school we’ve been at for 14 years, I have more readers who are runners than members of my community. (Well, arguably runners make up their own community…) So I have found a cause to tell my running friends about this #GivingTuesday. It is the jmpLite.

I read about this runner’s light online and have not been contacted by them, nor am I receiving compensation for posting this information.

jmpLite is the first safety light that never uses a battery. Running safely at night usually involves a light that often dies, or requires batteries that are bad for our environment. So two running friends designed a safety light that needs no batteries – ever – and thus costs us less and causes less harm to the environment.

  • Total Weight: 1.1 oz
  • Size: 1.4 x 2.2 x 1 inches
  • Water resistant (see water dunking video on their Kickstarter page!)
  • Armband and Headband: Optional accessories. You can just clip it to your running skirt, shorts or shirt.

How does it work?
Wind turbines, hydroelectric generators, and gas powered generators all produce electricity using basically magnets and coils. Our jmpLite uses the same basic principals, but in a very compact and efficient way, fine-tuned to take advantage of the running motion.

Want to know more? Check out the jmpLite Kickstarter campaign here. For just a $15 pledge you may be among the first to own a jmpLite!


Dressember: for Femininity and Freedom

Today is Cyber Monday – which means tomorrow is #GivingTuesday. On Giving Tuesday, people show their support for a cause they love. Here are 2 that have been a topic of conversation at my house lately. My older daughter, Alice, is participating in Dressember this month. She will be wearing a dress every day the month of December.

Alice found out about Dressember from a friend who is supporting equal rights for women by helping victims of human trafficking. Human Trafficking is the illegal holding of people against their will, and selling or renting them out for involuntary sex or labor. This is a problem worldwide, but seems to have a heart right where I live. Florida accounts for the third highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Tampa Bay is a hotspot for traffickers. 70% of trafficking victims are female and 50% are children.

921433_10151596495550923_819795177_oOn her fundraising page, Alice explains:

“I’m participating in Dressember because I believe in everyday advocacy. I know my voice matters, and that I can help change the world that millions of abused women and girls wake up to every morning. Your voice matters, too, and our voices are louder together. Let’s yell, let’s run, let’s dress for the restoration of dignity for all women.

Help me meet my goal and create real change. Every dollar counts, and the process is fast, easy, and secure.

You can also partner with me by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter. Or, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to my page!

Thank you for locking arms with me in the fight for dignity.”

I’m wearing a dress today, are you?


Currently, Oct 2014

Current Book – I just read Roald Dahl’s “Danny, the Champion of the World”, which is probably meant for 10 year olds. I’m also reading “The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only: A Parent’s Guide to the New College Experience: Calling, Not Calling, Packing, Preparing, Problems, Roommates, … Matters when Your Child Goes to College” by Harlan Cohen.

Current Shame-Inducing, Guilty Pleasure – Facebooking when I should be working out.

Current Drink – water

Current Favorite Blog – Lorahogan.com because I have known her for years but I always learn new things about her when I read her blog posts. And because we empower each other.

Current Song – Marry You by Bruno Mars

Current Wish-List – a few lbs off

Current Needs – well there’s that empty light on my dashboard…

Current Triumph – Met Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom TWICE in one day!

Current Indulgence – Musicals. Les Miz in Gainesville, #CinderellaTour at the Straz and Anything Goes at my kids’ school

Current Outfit – PJs

Current Banes of My Existence – loud sounds waking me up around midnight.

Current Excitement – College acceptance letters showing up in our mailbox for my daughter!!!!!

Current Mood – enjoying the ride.


#Cinderellatour Quotes


I was so excited to receive tickets to the Straz Center‘s Tampa Bay Bloggers night of the Broadway touring production of Cinderella. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the show:

“You’d be surprised how many beautiful gowns have crazy women in them!”

She’s a frothy little bubble with a flimsy kind of charm, and with very little trouble I could break her little arm.”

“I get to ladle.”

“Fight for your dream!”

“I’ll be back at eleven with weather and sports.”

“Now you have someone to believe in – yourself!”

Cinderella also says something like… “People will say my name and know they can be better.”

There were a few political quips that made the audience laugh, but that’s not my thing.

I think I laughed loudest when Cinderella and the Prince kiss at their wedding (woops, spoiler) and a little girl in the audience shouted, “EWW!” loud enough to make at least 5 rows of audience members giggle. I bet the front rows were wondering what we were laughing about back there! I think I even sensed a pause on stage, because it was not a typical point for laughter and we may have thrown the cast for a loop…


I saw Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella when I was little with my Grandmother and Mother at the Muny in Forest Park, St. Louis. You can my R+H Cinderella history lesson here or in the Tampa Bay Times article here.

Cinderella is playing at the Straz Center through October 26. Performances are Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2 and 8pm and Sunday at 2 and 7:30pm. Regularly priced tickets are $56-$95 and may be purchased by calling 813-229-STAR or 800-955-1045, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at the Straz Center. Handling fees will apply.