*I was provided with several pairs of Hickies for review and this post contains affiliate links. I will use money made toward my travel fund.* 🙂
Most of the time if I’m not wearing a slip-on shoe then I’m wearing my Nike’s. And not until I received Hickies did I realize how much I treat my Nike’s like slip-ons! But now I can switch out my laces for a pair of hot pink Hickies and not even worry about having to tie and untie my laces. No I don’t run, cycle or do anything remotely athletic but who wants to waste precious time worrying about shoelaces. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
When I wear laces with these shoes I typically leave this one of the eyelets empty. With the Hickies I only needed to use 4 for each shoe. After wearing them for a little while I ended up trying one of the other ways to lace them and the fit was much better. Takes a little bit of trial and error in the beginning before you figure out which is the best lacing system for you. And no matter whether you have a wide or narrow foot, you can lace them up to suit your personal needs. Each pair of laces come with a handy guide to show you different ways to make them tighter or looser. Also if you have long fingernails you’re gonna end up cussing trying to pull the Hickies through. Luckily (or not luckily) I had to cut one of my thumb nails down pretty low so it made it a lot easier to pull them through the eyelet.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock there’s an old saying of “Black Don’t Crack”. While this may be true in most cases, if you don’t take care of your mind, body and soul you’ll end up looking a hot ratchet mess! I for one am not about that life and would like to keep looking “29” LOL It wasn’t until I reached my 40s before I finally found a perfect combination of things to help me look and feel younger! Now my knees on the other hand haven’t caught on to that but hopefully they’ll catch on soon!
I’ve also learned that the price of a product doesn’t necessarily mean its going to work the best. Many of the items I use are over the counter and I splurge on a few products that I know will do what they promise and more.
1 | Maintain a Good Skin Care Regimen
I like to keep my skin care regimen very simple. My dad is knocking on 80 and I swear that man doesn’t have ONE SINGLE WRINKLE! And my mom also keeps her regimen simple and has been using Ponds Cold Cream since I was a teenager. My skin however is very oily and it took what seems like years before I finally figured out a good combination. I use Bioré® Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser with my face brush, follow that with a hyaluronic acid serum with vitamin C and Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream. I’ve been dealing with my face looking like I smeared chicken grease on it toward the middle of the day and JUST learned about gel moisturizers. And once a week I’ll use my charcoal face mask from KJ Naturals. I’m also wanting to incorporate treating myself to monthly facials. 😉
Ok so I’m being a little dramatic when I say Tough Mudder tried to kill me….but I’m sure I saw my life flash before my eyes at least twice.
Back in July I shared a post full of Tough Mudder Training Tips. Guess who didn’t take their own advice and was so out of shape it wasn’t even funny! I seriously thought I was gonna throw up a few times but in the end I survived and now I want to share my experience as a 40+ out of shape REAL mom! I mean heck I always keep it real around these parts but I’m gonna be extra real today! LOL
This year’s Tough Mudder in Nashville was held on the grounds of the Nissan Stadium. When I arrived I was surrounded by so many amazing people ready to take on the obstacles. But as I walked around I kept thinking…where the heck is the mud??? Well the owners of the stadium were like “Ain’t no way in **** y’all are gonna tear up our grounds with mud and all kinds of foolishness.” So it was more of an asphalt/dirt/grass Tough Mudder. But in the end if worked out and I didn’t have to worry about where I was gonna rinse off so I didn’t leave my car looking like I’d been playing in a swamp all day.
Mid August in Nashville can feel like a moist sauna on a good day so I was happy that the weather had decided to cooperate and wasn’t quite as humid. There were a ton people in attendance and the races were done in waves. We started around 10am and we finish around 11:30am. Now had I done EVERY obstacle my arse would have easily been there until 3pm…no lie! One of the obstacles was like the monkey bars where you basically go hand over hand. I looked at it and was thought I might give it a try but knew in the end I’d basically look like this.