June 25, 2013

Favorite new finds

Have you ever been schooled on electronics by a four year old? Well, I have. Times two because of the twins and all. It's one of the things that I love about life. No matter how much you think you know, there's always a little bit more to learn. That's what today's post is about, new things that I've discovered or rediscovered -- sometimes thanks to a tiny person. 

1. The first one is absolutely thanks to tiny people. When I accidentally stepped on this kids toy, part of this shape sorter play sorter, I thought, hey, this actually feels good -- opposite of stepping on a Lego. This toy worked well because it's not completely round, so it was easy to keep it on the right plane under your foot, not like a golf ball that likes to slip and slide and slingshot across the room while you are using it as a foot massager. Just goes to show that you don't need to spend a ton of money on foot therapy when you can find therapeutic contraptions just lying around on the ground, especially if you have kids or dogs.  


2.  This one is a rediscovery: lettuce wraps! Remember when fast food places used to sell burgers with these? Or at least Hardee's did for a while. A lettuce wrap adds a little extra crispness to a burger, but I need a salad spinner for all of the extra water from lettuce rinsing.

Lettuce-wrapped burger, corn and grilled portabella mushroom.


3. Well, I haven't received this order from The Clymb yet, but I'm so excited to finally have a rain jacket for running! Has anyone tried a Zoot jacket before? I have a Zoot shirt that I love, so I decided to go for it. Plus I love yellow, second only to orange. Oh, and I could get it at The Clymb for almost $40 less (after extra 20% discount code) than on Amazon. 

This is my favorite time of year to pick up sales on winter/fall gear because you can find the best deals!


I also finally ordered a headlamp to replace the one that was stolen from a bench on which I so brilliantly left it while I went on a long run. Turns out that sometimes people take things if you leave them out in the open. Cry from my own stupidity. 

Discount codes: if you are thinking of putting in an order at The Clymb, use the discount code TAKEOFF20 (expires Wed., June 26th) or MYFIRSTTIME (not sure when that expires). 

4. This was a random new discovery at our local library: a healthy vending machine. I only sort of appreciate that they put it in the kids section of the library because now my kids are going to beg for healthy snacks every time we are down there. 

E.T. phone home. Or give me some snacks.


The up-close selection.



What's your favorite found-around-the-house tool for massaging away running kinks? I also like the rolling pin. 

Do you have a running rain jacket? What kind? I discovered this spring that I really need one. Badly. Especially in Alabama where it rains every other day in the springtime.

Have you seen healthy vending machines in your community? This is one of the few I've seen. Life Time Fitness, where I work, also has a pretty decent one where they sell coconut water!

17 comments:

  1. I stole a fast-pitch, waffled softball I found near a batting cage (I know, not very kind of me) and I love using that for my foot massages. I haven't seen any healthy vending machines, but I would love if they became more common!

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  2. I like rolling one of my dogs tennis balls under the arch of my foot and under my toes. it gives your foot a good stretch. another good tennis ball use is to lie on top of one on your back with it btwn your spine and shoulder blade. its like a deep tissue massage. except one of my dogs likes to drive bomb me while doing this to get her ball back.

    I have a Brooks jacket that i found at either TJ Maxx or Marshalls.

    Never seen a healthy vending machine yet. odd because i live in Los Angeles and youd think we'd be all over this.

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  3. I've never seen a heathy vending machine. There needs to be more of them around! I haven't purchased or used a rain jacket in years but I use to want a clear one. I've seen so many cyclists wearing them in the past so you can see their cool jersey's underneath.

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  4. I have a NorthFace rain jacket that I wear in the fall/winter/spring. It's too hot for now. I should've picked up the Lululemon one I saw at the outlet store - it looked super light.

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  5. Running rain jacket? I'd melt from heat exhaustion. Bring on the rain. ;)

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    1. Right now I would melt too, but we had lots of running in freezing rain a few months ago. Not quite as fun. Hoping I can get a lot of use out of it this fall!

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  6. Love the healthy vending machine (didn't realize that gold fish were healthy)!!
    I still like a small ball (tennis ball usually) for my feet!!

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    1. Ha! Maybe their standard of healthy is, is this food more or less healthy than Starbursts? Then goldfish are totally in!

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  7. I'm kind of torn on the vending machine. I guess it's good there are healthy choices, but in general I don't agree with the snack mentality overall. I agree if it were in our library my kids would expect a snack every time we went. I feel like kids today (as opposed to the stone age when I grew up) can't go anywhere (15 minute car trip) without snacks/sippy cups etc. None of that existed back in the day. Do we really need all that food at our fingertips? Ok I'll get off the soapbox. :)
    Love that you found a toy that does double duty!

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  8. I've been using two tennis balls stuffed side-by-side in a sock as a back & hip massager. I have a friend who uses a lacrosse ball for those spots that a foam roller just can't get.

    I bought a neon green/yellow Nike Storm-Fit jacket at TJMaxx a few years ago. It has been life saver for me! It's thin enough that I even wear it in the mornings when it's not raining because it's so bright I figure it makes me more visible to drivers.

    I've never seen such an awesome vending machine but I hope this healthy vending machine thing catches on. I would love to see them in high schools & colleges too.

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  9. I'm actually surprised I've never seen one of those healthy vending machines in Denver! Looks awesome!!!

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  10. I've never seen a healthy vending machine! They need those in all the hospitals. I have a couple of rain jackets that I can use for running but it seems like if I have it with me then it never seems to rain so I have yet to use them.

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  11. I have a North Face jacket, I LOVE it! Lots of convienent pockets and air vents.

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  12. Ha, nice alternative to stepping on a LEGO, which I certainly did many times. There's always one more LEGO, and you will probably step on it. Found-around-the-house massage tool: my husband?

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  13. I love that healthy vending machine. Not that I shop vending machines too often but I love having options. I do not have a rain jacket for running but I do have more running jackets than I have regular jackets!

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  14. i've never seen a healthy vending machine but LOVE that idea!! they need to be everywhere!

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