Monday, May 14, 2012

BlenderBottle Review And Giveaway


Recently I was sent a BlenderBottle SportMixer to review.  I do have a protein shake every now and then but more often fresh juice or just plain water.


The details: “Our aim at BlenderBottle is to encourage healthy lifestyles by making it easier for people to stay hydrated, as well as mix healthy drinks on the go,” said Steve Sorensen, inventor and CEO of BlenderBottle. “With the BlenderBottle SportMixer, we have taken the water bottle to the next level. Busy people can stay hydrated with water and then simply add their nutritional or meal replacement ingredients, drop in the patented BlenderBall wire whisk, and shake.”

Well, the BlenderBottle SportMixer worked as promised.  I put in my water and powder, gave it some shaking, and it was ready to drink - lump free.  Loved it!  When I'm not using it for protein shakes (which is most of the time) I use it for my morning juice (that I make in my juicer) and then later rinse it out for water throughout the day.  I also really like the loop at the top that makes it easy to carry.  

The BlenderBottle SportMixer is leak-proof with ounce and milliliter markings for easy measuring. It is dishwasher safe and is available in a variety of colors.  The BlenderBottle SportMixer is available for purchase in both a 28-ounce and a 20-ounce mini version. The 28-ounce BlenderBottle SportMixer has an MSRP of $14.99, and is available at stores nation-wide as well as online at www.blenderbottle.com

Want to win one?

All you have to do is send me an email at sportswriterchick(at)gmail(dot)com and tell me what you're going to use it for.  Continental U.S. addresses only please.  Want an extra entry?  Follow me on Twitter @womenlikesports and make sure you tell me in your email what your Twitter handle is and that you are now following.

Winner will be chosen at random and notified on Monday, May 21st.

Good luck!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spring And Summer Women's Golf Apparel From Antigua



It's that time again ladies!  Yes, it's time to get some cute new golf clothes for the warmer weather!  I was sent some samples from Antigua to review.  As you know, when I'm not at the beach being Surf Betty then I'm on the golf course as much as possible.  When I play, it's usually the full 18 with some friends of mine that also love the game (and love a good time).  It's important that what I wear is not only comfortable, but also does not inhibit my game.  Looking good is a definite plus as well.

I tried out a few pieces and here's how they worked for me:

Lyric sleeveless polo (above): I was a bit worried that this would make my surfer shoulders look huge because of the cut.  Not so!  The fit is not only flattering but I don't look like a linebacker in it.  The feel is quite comfortable and I move really well in this.  The design doesn't interfere with my golf swing at all and the armholes aren't tight at all and aren't up too high like a lot of sleeveless polos that I've seen.  Adding an inch or two to the length is the only thing I would change to this piece, but then again I am 5'10" so the length works great for most all of the golfing ladies I know.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not showing off stomach at the end of my swing or anything and it won't stop me from wearing it.  The details:  100% polyester Desert Dry™ Xtra-Lite D2XL moisture management jersey yarn-dye pattern stripe sleeveless polo with 5-button placket, solid insets and flat knit collar and armholes.   The Antigua branding is at the back yoke.



Adore short sleeve polo (above):  Another cute cut (look at that neckline!) with a great fit.  Easy to move in, breathable and light, this really looks great on.  Again, this doesn't interfere with my swing and is so comfy.  The name really says it all for me, I adore this top.  Really, both of these pieces are so effortlessly stylish.  The details:  100% polyester Desert Dry™ Xtra-Lite D2XL moisture management jacquard mesh pattern knit short sleeve polo with contrast color keyhole placket with single button closure, contrast cover stitch detail and tipped flat knit collar and cuffs.  The Antigua branding at the back yoke.


Entice skort: I can't rave about this skort enough.  I absolutely love the stretchy, easy to move in fabric.  Even better is the length!  I love how it doesn't look like I'm wearing a micro-mini like others that I have tried.  The cut will look great on a variety of sizes.  The fabric moves really well and - again - doesn't interfere with my game.  The details: 96% polyester/4% spandex Desert Dry™ moisture management woven satin twill stretch woven under short, hook/eye and zipper side seam closure, back slit, front hip pockets and right back welt pocket.

The word from this company is that, “Antigua has always wanted to appeal to the average female golf customer.  Our last few collections have been extremely successful in that sense, so why would we want to mess with success?” says Danielle Dellios, Antigua’s Women’s Senior Designer. “…by offering an updated color assortment & fresh looking styling we can continue to be current without going overboard”.  I agree - these styles appeal to the 'average female golf customer" and to hardcore surfers that golf a lot like me!

Here's a few more pics of some of the latest in the collection:


You can check out these styles and more at the Antigua website.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Not Ready For Competition


So I thought that by now I would be much farther along...meaning that I would be ready for more advanced surf competitions in July.

That isn't happening.

It's mostly mental, but I've had a bad winter.

It started about 2+ months ago.  I was in the water on a pretty big day.  It wasn't the size that was the issue, it was the current and the power behind the wave.

I saw this outsider that was a pretty big bomb.  I paddled my @$$ off to get over it.  I did.  There was one behind it.  I didn't make it over that one.  I tried to punch through the top of the wave but...instead...I was thrown violently backward and then into the washing machine.

My contacts came out.  This doesn't happen all that often since I have the immediate reaction to close my eyes once I hit the water.  This time though, I was spun around and the water hit me from all directions.  My vision is really bad so after that I could only see the wall coming toward me.  I hadn't lost my board at this point but I was getting worn out.

The next wave came and my board was gone from my grasp.  I was on my short board with the comp leash so the lightweight nature of it all left me unsure of whether it was all still attached to my left ankle.

It was!

I managed to grab it but there was another wall coming.  This time I went through the cycle but I managed to hold on to my board.

I'm pretty blind at this time and I was calling out to the shapes I could see in the distance.  I recognize a friend that I surf with on a pretty regular basis.  I call out.  He tells me, "you're fine", and paddles away.  I wasn't fine.  However, I was making my way in and after a few more of holding on for dear life I managed to pull myself on top of my board and ride in a monster on my stomach...barely able to see and exhausted.

Whew.

Yes, myself and many of my friends give the "friend" who left me hanging a hard time (to say the least).  What is even more awesome is that there are a group of 10+ guys that I surf with every day that hang back for a minute to make sure I'm okay if it looks like I took one on the head.

I'm set back a little.  No worries.  I'll do my fun summer contests and then get 'em next year!





Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fun Fitness Gear Giveaway





Hey everyone, I've got a fun giveaway for you today.


Vanessa, the mind behind Ruffles With Love  is giving away one of her cute fitness shirts.  I asked her to tell me about herself and she said:


"I started early this year in January and I had the idea to make workout shirts with fun, motivational sayings that had to be bright, fun, but still have some girl in them (hence the bows in the back). My fiance and I work together closely on the company - he helps with the phrases and I am the creative mind behind the colors and style and the labor. I for one get motivated if I have something cute to wear while working out.  I also like the idea that just because you work out doesn't mean you're manly because you can still look cute doing it. I am getting married in November (which is how some of the marriage quotes came about) and knew I would have to be at the gym a lot.  The shirts gave me a reason to want to go to the gym.  Aside from that my favorite thing is bows! I would put them on everything if I could (and I have tried trust me)! I tried to come up with a style that would appeal to any girl, bright bows, cute, and has something motivating on the front. I also coach soccer and I get used to seeing the same boring workout shirts for women so I decided to mix it up a little! "


I love her story!  So check it out, Vanessa is giving away one of her cute workout shirts to a reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me your favorite shirt.  The contest will end Monday, May 7, 2012 at midnight PST.  You have until then to find a shirt here and leave a comment below.


Check out Ruffles With Love's Facebook page here.


Here's to staying fit after the wedding vows!


Good luck!