Product review: Carpe + discount code

carpeWhen you are an active person, you tend to sweat. Sometimes a lot. And though the whole purpose of physical activity is to get your heart rate up and get a sweat going, sometimes the sweating part is counterproductive to the activity. I struggle enough to hold a down dog without having my sweaty hands slide across my yoga mat. And I will never attain chin-up board status at the gym if my hands are slipping on the bar. Even in the cold winter months, my usual activities can raise a good amount of perspiration, which is probably why the people at Carpe thought I’d be a good reviewer for their product, an antiperspirant hand lotion. (“We’ve found a sweaty one, let’s give her a call,” is probably what went through their minds.) I said sure, why not? which usually just gets me into trouble but this time it worked out well. They sent me a tube of Carpe Antiperspirant Hand Lotion for free to try out and review, and a code you can use to get a 20% discount.

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Step away from the ledge: a survival guide for sports parents

We are in the doldrums of winter and your youth sports team forecast is dreary with a chance of losing it. The long season is wearing on you. Your player has managed to lose one uniform sock and has worn a hole in his $45 warmup pants. That super spirited mom with the team cheers and cowbell is causing your eye to twitch. The motivational speeches from the assistant coach P1010134are wearing thin, and if you get one more team email about snack schedules, you might blow.

The bloom is off the rose, people, and it’s easy to start focusing on the negative. Maybe your team won-loss record isn’t what you thought it would be, or your kid isn’t in the starting lineup every game. We’ve still got a long way to go, so let’s take a step back from the ledge and get some perspective. Read the rest of this entry »


Holiday gift ideas for your favorite coach

Some people have their act together and are already Christmas shopping. I am not one of those people. But that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it. All year long I keep my eye out for gift ideas for that special person in your life–your youth sports volunteer coach–and then wait until the last moment to buy and wrap them. Here are some of my best ideas for 2015, sure to please your coach and earn your kid some extra playing time.

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Life Coaching Giveaway! Transform your life

Last fall I got a really great opportunity to take a course that had the potential to transform my life.* Exaggeration? No, not really. And I’m going to give you the same opportunity for free. Just keep reading.

You at the Center logoCaught between too much and not enough

I found myself in this place where I think a lot of people end up– caught between too much and not enough. Too much stuff to do, too much running around, too much busy. Not enough time, not enough energy, not enough fulfillment. I don’t think you get to this place all it once. It happens gradually, as your family grows, your responsibilities increase, and the “too much” gets added to your life just one grain at a time, until you are overwhelmed and exhausted. Yet at the same time, at a loss to figure out a way to extricate yourself from it, because it all seems so necessary. What do you give up? Feeding the kids? Bad idea. Going to work? Another bad idea. Sleeping? Even worse idea.

That’s when the You @ The Center opportunity came up. Through Enlist Moms, I was selected to participate in Rachel Davis’ 100-Day Course. And even though it came at a really bad time for me, I had the sense to recognize the potential and go for it.

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Gold medal in sports crafting

We are moving on to round two in the recycle old sports trophies and medals and such project. So as not to set the bar too high, we are tackling another easy one, upcycling (trendy word for taking old junk and making it into new junk) medals into magnets to use on the fridge or any other metal surface. This is so stinking easy! If this were a Learn to Skate program, it would be appropriate for the third group–the kids that can barely stand up and try to suck their thumbs through the helmet cage. Read the rest of this entry »


Win first place in the trophy re-use category

A selection of trophiesWe live in very real danger of being impaled by a sports trophy. Hockey, baseball, softball and soccer trophies hang out in the house alongside important things like the TV remote and the Waterford pitcher we got as a wedding gift (surprisingly still in one piece). After nixing the idea of adding a trophy wing to the house, we instead moved to cull the herd of gold figurines and got rid of anything that wasn’t a first place finish or individual award. Yet still they lurk in small gangs–on bookshelves, dressers, from closets, the mudroom, the living room–staring expressionlessly, stuck in an unnatural frozen pose, feet moored to a base of plastic.

It kind of creeps me out.

As I have mentioned in the past, I am not the crafty domestic sort. But I am a believer in making something out of nothing and not being wasteful. So after consultation with the winners of these trophies, we are moving to dismantle the collection and put the trophies, or at least parts of them, to good use. Some time spent surfing Pinterest yielded a few doable ideas, and since you probably have a treasure trove of trophies and medals at your house, I’ll post the results of my efforts– successes and failures.

This week, I broke out the craft supplies and got to work on Project #1. We are going to make decorative wine stoppers from trophies. Project #1 involves wine, looks super easy, no sewing involved and I get to use the cordless drill. Seemed like high potential for success and I needed a confidence boost, so that’s why we picked this for the first project. Read the rest of this entry »


Putting YOU at the center

Regular readers will note that they haven’t had much Trophy Mom to read lately.  Sadly, the blog has dropped toward the bottom of the batting order, somewhere between making graduation party decorations and cleaning out the linen closet.

But I’m hoping that will change by the time I complete Day 100 of You @ the Center, a coaching program with Rachel Davis, Ph.D.  The opportunity to take this course came to me through Enlist Moms. I applied, mostly out of desperation, with no real hope of 1) being selected or 2) being able to fit it in to my ridiculous schedule. To my surprise, I was selected, and even though the timing was not so great, I decided that I couldn’t let an opportunity like this pass by. I enrolled, and have just completed week one. Read the rest of this entry »