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Look what I got in the mail last week! That is right, I got my Vox Box from Influencer! I have been using the Colgate SlimSoft for about a week now, so I finally feel that I can review this fantastic new toothbrush. The one issue that I have always had with toothbrushes is that they are either a) too hard or b) too soft to make my teeth feel clean. I have a permanent retainer behind my top teeth and my bottom teeth so it is essential that my toothbrush be able to clean those hard to reach places aka behind the metal.

The SlimSoft has been an excellent toothbrush for ALL of those reasons! It is soft but I can tell that it is cleaning because my mouth actually feels cleaner! The tiny bristles also fit perfectly between my teeth and my wire to reach those otherwise hard to access areas. This toothbrush is fantabulous! I’d highly recommend it if you are in need of a new toothbrush. I am definitely sold on this! A+!

 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Happy August!

newpolyproWhoops! I haven’t wrote here in quite sometime because I have just had nothing to write about that hasn’t already been said in my last two posts. However, I did buy a brand new hoop! I did the blogilates.com June Dietbet and was a winner, so I got $44 added to my paypal account. That hoop was purchased with that money from HoopMamas on Etsy! It is very light compared to my other hoop so I prefer using the new hoop for off body tricks and my heavier hoop for well, hula hooping. I am getting better and can do some tricks but due to the class being cancelled until September, I have to learn all on my own. By September, when it reopens, I hope to be decent enough that the instructor is impressed. Well, I can dream anyway!

Another health related topic is that I have been waking up at 4:45am (Monday through Friday) so I can go for a two mile walk. Yes. 4:45am. Now, if you know me at all, you would probably know that I am not a morning person and it is beyond shocking that I get up that early to do that. I hate mornings. However, I woke up at 7:30am today so that sucks. Anyway, I have been burning roughly 400-600 calories according to my heart rate monitor but since I don’t believe that, I will say 200-300 because that seems more realistic!

So, during this summer I have come to the realization that if I could “do over” my schooling after high school, I probably would have went into Nutrition or Sports Nutrition. I find everything nutrition related to be pretty darn interesting when I look more into it. I mean, I enjoy graphic/web design but I find that lately I just haven’t had the motivation to create anything. Maybe it is because when I was younger I had webpages for a simulated pets game as well as simulated horse games. I was always redesigning websites and I loved it! However, now I really only have this website to design for and it requires WordPress, which I haven’t quite 100% grasped yet. I should just make myself come up with layouts so I can learn this stuff. I could be making money on Etsy! Actually, what I really want to learn is how to create tumblr layouts. I am sure it’s a lot easier than I am thinking it is, but whatever. I am just a lazy person when it comes to figuring things out like that. I try to remind myself that I did not learn html/css in one day and it took quite a bit of trial & errors to figure out coding.

On another note, my sister found me a free spam blocker so now I don’t sign in and see 40 pending spam comments. I hated that! However, I haven’t signed in for a week and no comments. I am sad that there are no comments but I am happy that the spam blocker is working. Well, I think I am going to go do something else because I have a stupid headache and staring at this white screen isn’t helping. Have a great week everyone!

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First, I am really annoyed by all the spam comments that I get. I get so excited to see I have a new comment and then it turns out to be spam. I used to have a spam comment blocker but then they made it where you had to pay like $50/year or something, and I didn’t feel that it was worth it. Maybe this fall when I can toss $50.00 at my blog even though it gets 1 visitor a month. However, that is not today. Still… die spam, die!

Second, I really enjoy hooping. The class was cancelled Sunday though so I am still just working on the stuff that youtube and hoopnotica dvds are teaching me. That is fine though because I am barely able to hoop for 5 min straight, let alone anything further than that! I can do off body tricks much better than I can on body stuff. I also cannot get my back lift down at all. So difficult! I did, however, buy a polypro hoop with my dietbet winnings. Oh that brings me to number 3…

Third, I won $44.50 off of the blogilates dietbet. I put $25.00 down to achieve a goal and met that goal so I got a certain % of the pot. That 44.50 went into my paypal which went into my polypro hoop. Hey, at least I bought something fitness related with it! It would have went for something dumb, I am sure, if I hadn’t bought that hoop. I have the tendency to spend money on dumb things.

That is really about it haha. My life isn’t all that exciting sometimes 😛

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Hula Hooping

hulahoop So, yesterday I went hula hooping for the first time since I was a kid and it was so much fun! While I sucked for the first 10 minutes and couldn’t get the hoop to stay up for more than 4 rotations, after a few very nice girls in the class gave me pointers and tips to help, I got it! The hoop was one that my instructor brought with her to show us what a collapsible hoop was, but it was also a 2lb hoop which I guess is easier to hoop with? Apparently “heavy” hoops are slower and that makes it easier. You would think that fast rotating hoops would be easier to keep up, but I would be wrong.

I also find that a few of the “tricks” are a lot easier because I used to be a flag girl/colorguard member. Once you learn how to do these moves with a 6 foot tall steel flagpole, you find that mimicking those same moves that I did for 4 years with a 39″ tall 2lb hula hoop is easy. My arms weren’t thrilled at first because they haven’t done that stuff in many, many years but they still did them. Am I sore today? Yes. Did I sweat my butt off? Yes! I also burned 350 calories, according to my heart rate monitor.That is the best part! It was fun and a good cardio exercise. Plus, I could have easily gone longer than I did because it didn’t seem like a workout.

Do I like it more than pole dancing? The answer will be a yes. Now, don’t get me wrong, pole dancing is very fun and challenging but the fact that I was able to go from not being able to hoop to being able to hoop in an hour, was a lot less frustrating with me still trying to get moves on the pole down. Plus, I can actually practice my hoop at home with my lovely hoop that you see in this post (it’s so sparkly! I love it!) while I can’t quite go buy a pole (well I can, but I won’t). My friend keeps telling me to go to more pole dancing classes but the thing is… it’s expensive! Well, for me it is! I am not quite a fan of paying $75/month for the unlimited classes. It’s $35 for 3 classes and $55 for 5 classes. She wants me to go to 3 classes a week which is $35/week. If I had an extra $75 laying around for nothing, sure, I’d do more.. but I don’t. I think the instructor/owner is a bit annoyed that I only go once a week but, tough cookies. She’s really nice but I feel like I don’t get as many “good job!” as the other girls so it’s a bit less rewarding. I dunno. Whatever. I am loving my hoop 😛 Oh and I also find the girls in the hooping class are far more friendly/talkative than the girls in the pole dancing class. They were all so nice and when I threw my hoop across the studio, they were all like “that is normal, we all do it!” and nobody cared when I dropped my hoop 50 times at first. The girl next to me was pretty good and she was giving me pointers on how to make it easier/learn it faster. They worked 🙂 I need to rearrange my apartment so I can hoop inside.. because I don’t really want to hoop outside where everybody can watch me (though there really aren’t that many people outside).

Fun times!

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Almost as bad as gas prices!

So this is just going to be a special little vent about the cost of web hosting. I do freelance webdesign and honestly, I never really paid attention to the cost of the web hosting/domain because usually my clients buy what they want before they contact me. However, recently somebody asked me for suggestions on who to use for a web host, and I always suggest surpasshosting.com (who I use) because they have been amazing. I love them to death, I really do! I pay $72/year for 200GB of space and 2TB of bandwidth. Not bad at all! I have 2 domains attached to my hosting package (my portfolio and fyrefly) plus a few friends have subdomains, and I use maybe 12GB. However, if I go to surpasshosting.com now and get their basic package (100GB space, 1TB bandwidth) its $9/month for a year which is $108.00. Wow!

So, I thought maybe I should suggest somebody else. Godaddy.com has a special going on right now for 100GB/Unlimited Bandwidth/1 Domain for $2.99/month and that really isn’t bad but when that special goes away, it is still 71.88 which is what I pay now, I guess. I’ve never used Godaddy, myself, because I tend to avoid the huge popular companies because I feel like they are the ones that have a billion domains on one server and they go down a bit. Maybe that is jaded thinking but I really have checked out quite a few “popular” hosts and none of them are cheap.

What happened to the web hosting companies that was like $40/year?! Why is web hosting so expensive now? Goodness. Is it because everybody and their brother uses websites for their business? I don’t know but my mind is blown. I have had fyrefly.org for so long that I can’t imagine not having it but it doesn’t generate any revenue for me and that is fine. I bought it for my hobby and it really sat collecting dust for the longest time. Why? Because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it, to be honest. My old domain was eclipsedsky.net that I had with netrillium but netrillium was bought out by axishost.com. The prices for axishost… oh lord. For 1GB of space and 20GB of bandwidth it is $5.99/month, for 5GB of space and 100GB of bandwidth it is $19.99/month and for 15GB of space and 500GB of bandwidth it is $39.99/month. Here is the big kicker… for a SUPER SITE of 25GB of space and 500GB of bandwidth it is $59.99/month. Are they insane?! Who would pay $700+/year for a website when they could get much more space/bandwidth at any other company for far less. I wonder if anybody is with them… but still, Im glad I got away from that company when I did!

Speaking of old webhosts that I used, or wanted to use way back in the day, e-starr used to be one of the most popular hosts for personal blogs/websites and I saw that they were celebrating their 11 year anniversary this year. I was like “wow they are still around! Let me check their prices!” and they are just as bad as Axishost! Why would you pay $5.95/year for 1GB of space and 20GB of bandwidth? I dunno. Ugh this is all giving me a headache and maybe I was just spoiled back in the day when I first started the whole personal domain/blog stuff. Surpasshosting has spoiled me, that is my conclusion and I better never leave them/close fyrefly because I am getting it at a fantastic price.

Well, I guess I will keep searching and I will probably end up with bluehost or godaddy because I just can’t think of any others right now that are cheaper. Sigh.

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