Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to our Salon giveaway winner, Christie B.

Christie is the owner of St Pete’s Baby Boot Camp and teaches a lot of fitness classes around town. She’s also expecting baby #3, so I’m sure she can use all the salon pampering she can get!

My winner was randomly chosen when I asked Steph from to pick a number for me over Facebook chat, and she’s probably still wondering why!

Lucky Winner!

Lucky Winner!


Salon Day and Giveaway

logoLast month some of the Tampa Bay Blogger ladies and I (and my DD1, Alice) enjoyed a Girls Night Out at Serendipity Salon and MediSpa in Tampa. In addition to some no-cost treatment, we enjoyed spending time together and discussing social media and parenting.

spa group shotI’ve been hearing Denise talk about Dean Downing, her hair stylist, for some time. His location was way north of me. Now that he is also in Tampa, visiting him is much more realistic!


Dean gave us samples of Rusk hair products. He loves these salon-quality products. While working on Alice’s hair, which gets kind of dreaded in back when she sleeps, he said large tangles like hers are a result of using cheap shampoo and conditioner. They contain wax, and wax sticks to wax, causing more knots and tangles. He washed her hair with Rusk shampoo and conditioner, and immediately was able to comb right through her hair without having to stop and detangle.

“You don’t understand,” Alice said, “my hair doesn’t just do that!” She was amazed at the sleekness just a quality washing provided. She had a fun dinner planned with her boyfriend and his parents the next day, so Dean gave her a blow out and some bouncy curls with a flat iron. She had prom hair instantly with Dean’s magic!

Alice Before (unwashed, flat ironed hair)

Alice Before (unwashed, flat ironed hair)

I needed some major layers, STAT. My curls were too thick and bulky.



We also had our eyebrows done – Alice’s were waxed and mine were tweezed.

Private room for aesthetic treatments

Private room for aesthetic treatments

One woman had a hair gloss added. Afterwards, I thought she had a whole new color, but it just added so much shine to her chestnut hair that the light hit it differently. It’s a great pick me up that is less expensive and not a commitment like full hair color.

We also had a giveaway for eyelash extensions.

Winner winner!

Winner winner!

Serendipity is getting ready for their Happy New Year Event!
January 15th from 11am-7pm.
tcaskinpeelChoose 3 for $99:

  • Medical Grade Skin Peel
  • Eyebrow Wax & Lip Wax
  • Blowdry & moisture treatment
  • Shine Hair or Gloss treatment and blowout
  • Brazillian Wax
  • Microdermabrasion
  • B12 injection
  • 3 units Botox (or use 10 units for additonal $99)

Swag bags and goodies for snacking will be available… Call now to reserve your time!

Serendipity Salon And MediSpa
3002 West Azeele Street
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 384-0460 | On Facebook

Need some help with the price tag? One lucky reader will win two $25 gift certificates for Serendipity Salon & Spa! One is good for new client services, and the other is for getting your hair done by Dean and expires 11/25/14. I’m sure you can find time between now and next Thanksgiving to get cute!

To enter, leave a comment below stating which 3 services you would love to receive from the list above. Comment before midnight Tues, Jan 14, 2014. I’ll announce a random winner Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014. I’ll contact the winner via email for a mailing address so I can send the gift certificates. Good luck! Get Gorgeous!


Smelling Like a Non-Runner

You can avoid stinky running clothes by dressing like this guy, or just try WIN detergent!

You can avoid stinky running clothes by undressing like this guy, or try WIN detergent!

When I lead teams of runners through a Ragnar Relay, I get a lot of the same questions asked over and over:

  • How do I stretch my aching I.T. Bands?
  • Do you have Vitamin-I in your bag?
  • How fast *is* Brian??

and inevitably

  • How do I get the running funk smell out of my Ragnar gear?

You see, with a Ragnar you might run your first leg at 9am on Friday, and might not do your laundry until 9pm on Sunday. In the meantime, if you care about the other clothes in your bag staying clean while living out of a van, and the noses of those around you, you’ve probably taken the clothes you just ran your last leg in and balled them up in a plastic bag, which is now zipped up in a duffel bag in the trunk of your team’s van. Roughly 40 hours later, that bag will be opened over your washing machine while you hold your breath!

So although any running is sweaty, Ragnar running ferments the scent. Gross.

Here’s my typical answer to the question of “How do I get the smell of running funk out of my Ragnar gear?”

unstoppables161314_90x90I buy the cheapest laundry detergent I can find (like Xtra on sale at Walgreens with a coupon for $2) and add in Downy Unstoppables scent booster (with a coupon from Target) in whatever the aqua color scent is. I use just enough Unstoppables to fill the bottom of the cap for regular dirty laundry, and double that for Ragnar/camping gear/super gross smelling stuff.

winlaundryRecently I was introduced to a new laundry solution for those items that permanently smell like a high school locker room. I tried a free bottle of WIN Sports Detergent. The science behind WIN is made specifically for the technical fabrics of most workout clothes. It doesn’t just cover the scent or clean the clothes, as I understand it – WIN sports detergent goes beyond simple cleaning and breaks down the bond between your leftover deodorant and stench on the garment, eliminating the bacteria and yuck left behind. Bye bye oils and residue! Bye bye odor on synthetic fabrics! Hello fresh scent!

I’ve tried half the bottle – 5+ loads of laundry with WIN. I am happy with the performance of the product. I feel like I had a good system figured out, but this does the same thing in terms of making my clothes smell better with just one product instead of two.

I asked Brian what he thought of how WIN washed his running gear. He actually sniffed the crotch of his shorts that came out of the dryer and said, “This doesn’t just smell not gross, it actually smells pleasant. Without smelling flowery like a girl.”

The question is, will WIN help my athletic gear stay in better condition in the long run? Only time will tell. I kind of want to get a new race shirt and just wash it in WIN from day one and see if I notice a difference over time, rather than rewashing items I was already wearing and washing.

Do your own experiment! Try WIN for yourself on your sweaty, stinky gear! I’ll help you with a coupon code. Use this coupon code for $5 off a purchase of WIN: WIN-IAZQ-YXFZ and it’s not just a code for first time shoppers. You can use it over and over again!

If you don’t like online shopping, I know there are a handful of stores near me selling WIN. You can check their online store locator to see if someone near you is selling it too.


For one lucky member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers I have one free bottle of WIN detergent!! (I don’t want to ship it, see.) Comment below and tell me which recent fitness activity left your clothes in their WORST state ever! Mud? Lake? Marathon? I’ll pick a random winner who bowls me over with their wit and stench by midnight Nov 5.

Ready – set – comment!


October Instagram Challenge

Disclaimer: This Instagram #Octogram #Parkesdale photo challenge is a sponsored collaborative effort between the Tampa Bay Bloggers and Parkesdale Farm Market.  Other than prizes to be awarded as giveaways for the Instagram photo challenge, the Tampa Bay Bloggers did not receive any compensation for this campaign.

Starting October 1, I am co-hosting my first Instagram Challenge with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. You can start by following each of these talented bloggers on Instagram and the hashtags #Octogram #Parkesdale.

@rafdarrow <– that’s me
@Run_DMT <– that’s my girl Denise
@carolinecalcote <– Caroline takes the best food porn pics
@Wildlyd <–Lydia is not opposed to stealing celebrities’ pillows under her dress
@mindyartze <– Mindy is a great partner in crime
@metamorfit <–Jenny lost a ton of weight and works out with her family

Don’t just browse our photos! We’re dying for you to play along too!

To join in the spooky October Instagram Challenge and be eligible for prizes:

  1. Add your Instagram ID to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  2. Each day in October, snap a photo inspired by the suggested photo prompt for that date from the image below and upload it to Instagram with the hashtags #Octogram #Parkesdale.

Everyone who Instagrams and plays along will be entered for a chance to win a gift fruit basket from Parkesdale Farm Market valued at $65.90. TWELVE lucky winners** entered in the Linky tool will be randomly selected on November 1.

**Only eligible to USA and Canada residents.

Good luck! Happy Haunting!


Summer of Rum Festival – Flash Giveaway!

Are you still on the fence about attending Tampa’s Summer of Rum Festival?

Maybe I can help sway you! I have 2 General Admission tickets to give away, and better yet – I’ll be there so you can hang with me and the other Tampa Bay Bloggers who are attending (#TBBloggers).

Here’s the scoop:


On Saturday, August 24th from 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM at The Heights Waterfront (1910 N. Ola Ave. in Downtown Tampa) there will be rum themed festival. It is indoor/outdoor – utilizing both the outside waterfront area and inside the historical Tampa Armarture Works Building also known as the “Trolley Barn” – so it will be held rain or shine! Ages 21 and over only may attend – don’t forget to bring your I.D.!

The 2 GA Admission tickets you might win give you access to the Summer of Rum with all day re-entry privileges. Enjoy live entertainment on a main-stage, each unique rum zone, rum shacks, and more while you sip on your rum drinks. Once inside, your rum drinks are ALL ONLY $5 (full 12 oz. drinks, not those little tasting sized cups).

Headlining Band:

The Landsharks are part of Beach Music History. They have played with Jimmy Buffett and also opened up for The Beach Boys; and have played at The Super Bowl several times, as well as playing overseas for the troops! [see the entertainment schedule here]

To win, visit the page listing their drink selection and tell me what you are most looking forward to trying! I’ll pick someone at random to win 2 GA tickets TONIGHT before 10pm. I’m hoping for some brain freeze at the Cruzan Daiquiri Deck, but there will also be an Appleton Rum Shack, and one Jamaican rum drink usually holds me for a week or so!! 🙂 #truestory

They’ve thought of everything, even bicycle valet. Please drink responsibly and remember not to drink- or bike- and drive!