Skin Care

Olay Scrubs and Serums- I Try Before You Buy

By on September 25, 2019

Can you imagine the glee I had when I opened my mailbox and there was a package waiting for me? Not just any package, but an Influenster package. New skincare to test out!

This week I am reviewing Olay’s Pore Perfection Face Scrub and Cooling Hydration Pressed Serum Stick.

The Pore Perfecting Face Scrub is “Made with Vitamin C, the scrub helps brighten and refresh your skin, while the essence of Dragon Fruit feels like an escape to the tropics”.

The Cooling Hydration Pressed Serum Stick will “Moisturize, cool and refresh your skin with this serum stick include with Vitamin B3 and calming Cactus Water”.

I will use this for a week straight to come to the conclusion if I can see or feel a difference after using these products.


I used both the scrub and the serum twice a day. It was the only products that I put on my face. My face was kept acne free this whole time. The serum made my skin feel hydrated and soft. Even the next day.

These products are certainly a good addition to your skin regimen.

You can buy the scrub for $8 and the serum stick for $20 from Olay (They are both on sale right now for those prices).

These opinions are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone or anything else.

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Life Update: New Things Coming Soon

By on September 17, 2019

I have been about three weeks into my job at the radio station and I am loving it! The real world is so much different than college life and it is much appreciated. I truly do make my own schedule since the show is in the afternoon!

However, that’s not the exciting news. My fellow board operators and I are going to start a new podcast! We don’t quite have a name for it yet, but it’s going to be discussing the oddities that happens in sports!

I can’t wait to share it with everyone! Stay tuned!



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Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water – We Try Before You Buy

By on September 4, 2019

The following is a transcribed taste test of three Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water flavors between Wildcats 1290’s Robby Leaño and T Statman. 

T:It’s not white girl Wednesday, but we are still going to go hard with the seltzers. We are going to start with Melon Basil.

Robby:It sounds interesting. 

T:*Starts reading the description on the back of the can* … this is 100 calories … clean, pristine, and untamed but like our Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water. 

Robby:Alright. Let’s try it… Interesting. 

T:I don’t know what it tastes like. 

Robby:A bit of an earthy taste. 

T:It kind of tastes like dirt, but a good kind of dirt. Like the chocolate dirt cups that you would eat for dessert. It’s definitely something that I would drink. You definitely taste the basil in it. 

Robby:Oh yeah absolutely. Not bad though!

T:Drink two, this one looks fun. Lemon Agave Hibiscus

Robby:I already imagine, that this has the underlying tones of a margarita of course without the tequila. These are the things you would have in a margarita like hibiscus, agave. Well agave is the most important part.  

T:It’s very light and airy. This is what you’re drinking by the pool. If you’re in college, this is what you’re drinking poolside. This doesn’t taste like alcohol. 

Robby:A lot of these don’t really. That’s the thing about hard seltzer. This is something you would lounge around with. 

T:Classic Limetime… it doesn’t really taste like anything. 

Robby:  I get a little bit of lime taste. 

T:Yes, but I need to taste it again. It has a light smell which is different then the Melon Basil which has a distinct smell. 

Robby:Do I like this one? Yeah, I like this one. I’m a fan of lime flavored things. 

T:This is the drink of the future. It’s gluten free.

Robby:It’s light in calories, refreshing in ways. 

T:No sugar. 

Robby:Something like this is light and refreshing. Perfect when it is so hot outside in Arizona. 

T:It’s great because it doesn’t taste boozy. Like you’re putting shots of alcohol in my drink. 

Robby:Go for this if you want something that is lighter than beer, but not as sweet as a wine cooler. 

You can hear lots of beer talk with Kevin and Mike’s Beer of The Week on Wildcats Radio 1290AM. 

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Fun in the Sun (and Clouds) at the Hawai’i Big Island

By on August 29, 2019

To culminate my summer before going to work, I was able to visit the beautiful Big Island of Hawai’i. The air was thick with humidity at 80 degrees, even rain would not spare our time there, but I loved every second of it. We were able to explore all over the Big Island, since we did not travel to any of the other islands. 

Besides playing golf at some beautiful golf courses and snorkeling at the beach, this is what I did!

The Black Sand Beach 

This is not only a beach with amazing views, but there is also some nice exercise that you get trying to hike to it. Don’t worry, the hike takes about 20 minutes, but it can be a little slippery so watch out. While the beach is pretty, it is not the kind that you would go swimming in. The current is too rough to do more than just putting your feet in. 

Mountain Thunder Coffee

A drive through the clouds into the rainforest of the Big Island brings you to Mountain Thunder Coffee. The free tour is where knowledgeable staff shows you all the machinery it takes to make the coffee after they have gathered the beans. There is even an option to take a tour of the coffee plantation for an extra fee.  Free samples of coffee are available and they have a cute gift shop that ranges from coffee beans to coffee infused lotions. 

Volcano National Park 

Even though there is no active flows at the moment (which they have posted everywhere at the park), the Volcano National Park is one of the most interesting National Parks that I have been to. Though many trails are closed due to the recent eruption, there are still plenty of old lava flows and other natural/human occurrences to see by hiking or scenic drive. You can walk to see the new lava flows as well at the end of the scenic drive. 

Kohala Zipline

I am scared of heights and I really had to push myself to do this. After the first two lines, I was fine and having so much fun. It is incredibly safe and they make you certainly feel that way. The scenery is beautiful. So much green!!! This is a great time if you go with friends.

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Skin Care

BioClarity – I Try Before You Buy

By on August 21, 2019

When it comes to skin care, I usually just slap some stuff on my face and call it a day. I have been thinking about developing a skincare routine for a while, but I was not quite sure where to start. Influenster seems to have answered my thoughts and they sent me a bioClarity skin care routine to try out!

bioClarity is a cruelty-free and vegan skin care company that focuses on being “green”. In their products, they use chlorophyll (from plants) and take out the magnesium and replace it with copper (which has healing properties).


  • Reducing redness
  • Supple face
  • Fight acne
  • More clear skin in (as little as) two weeks

What They Sent

Clear Skin Routine $34.95  

Three bottles: cleanse, treat, and restore.


The back of the restore bottle says to use twice a day. For continuity, I will use all three bottles twice a day for two weeks to see if it makes a difference.  



As you can tell I have some acne, but it does not tend to be on the front part of my face. I had two zits on the left side of my neck, and one on the right side. I also have always had acne on the sides of where my baby hairs are.

After a week, the neck zits were much less noticeable, which was amazing! They were no longer raised. The neck zits did seem to scar (but they have been there for a while, so probably due to my own mistreatment of them). What I like the most about this product is that redness all over the face did go down. I liked having a three-step treatment and will probably use some of BioClairty’s other products in the future.

What do you like to use for your skincare treatment? Let me know in the comments below!

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GIMME Beauty Hair Ties – I Try Before You Buy

By on August 7, 2019

I am a sucker for a good Instagram ad, but I also love finding a good product that actually does what it is supposed to do. Today I am going to review GIMME Beauty’s GIMME Bands. I purchased the starter kit, but I will mainly focus on their headline product: the GIMME Bands.  

What I purchased:

GIMME Bands – Starter Kit: $12 on their website usually $20 GIMME Bands themselves cost $12 for a pack of 6.


Strongest Hold – all day long

Retains elasticity for 6 months+ with daily use

No Slipping

No Snagging – Easy to remove

Secure yet gentle

Won’t Stretch Out

The Crease Test:

Now I do not expect a lot out of most hair ties because when your hair is held a certain way for hours, it’s going to want to stay that way when you take it out.

Even though my hair does look gross because I was working out when testing the product, I was surprised at the results. The crease was a little less noticeable with the GIMME Bands, than just a standard hair tie. It also kept my hair voluminous.

I agree with the claims that it does not slip or snag. I am the queen of having a hair tie halfway down on my hair. So, it is nice to have something actually secure. These hair ties are easy to remove and do not snag my hair.

Most importantly, GIMME Bands do not hurt my head even with a tight high up ponytail!

I gave the band to one of my friends who has extremely thin hair. She wore it to bed and has a positive review for it as well.

I used to be a huge fan of the ribbon hair ties that were included in the starter kit, but new ribbon ties are not my favorite. They have to get to a certain level of stretch before I get comfortable. The scrunchie is such a pretty color and a nice texture. It has the same results as the regular bands.  

I will not be going back to normal hair ties anytime soon that is for sure. I would call this a Clickbait yes approved product!

What is your favorite hair tie? Let me know in the comments below!

*Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions of anyone or anything else.  

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InnerPro Sports App Review

By on July 31, 2019

Conveniently, on my way to Israel to play softball, I was given the chance to test out an app called InnerPro Sports. It is a player development program that focuses more than just physical ability. 

This app provides tailored workouts for positions, nutrition, mental game training, and personal self-reflection. 

I tested out the app while I was playing in Europe this summer. Typically, the program runs for $34.95 a month and has a free 14 day trial. 

These are the results: 


This app provides legitimate training workouts are extremely tailored. Not only to which position you play, but takes into account soreness, if you have recently played or have a game coming up, and what kind of equipment is accessible to the user. 

I really like how customized the workouts are, especially if you do not have access to equipment. There is always a video of someone showing how to do the exercises. It reminds me of a workout DVD which is fantastic.

There has certainly been a lot of thought and research put into these workouts. 

The workouts were great because of how specific they are, but the only downfall is that when it comes to dumbbells it does not tell you how heavy to lift. At UofA, we used a program called BridgeTracker which automatically put how much to lift (with adjustments if necessary) and it would track all of the weight over the years.   

Mental Game:

I personally believe that the mental game is so important. Just because someone has the skill, does not mean that they have what it takes between the ears. It will make or break you. 

Personal Evaluation Training: 

L1: Understanding where you are now and where you want to go.

L2: Creating the best version of yourself. 

L3: Performance. Gaining consistent access to your skills. 

The video quality is excellent. The graphics are wonderful and the speaker, Eric is great. I watched all of the videos and I have learned a lot. I am on my way out as a competitive athlete, but all of this information can be applied to the real world. 


The app provides a good breakdown about what you should be putting in your body to hit your target to lean, maintain, or gain weight. It also makes it easy to understand macros and how much you should be consuming (which has always been confusing to me). 

The only downfall is that you would have to write down elsewhere (either by hand or another app) what foods you are consuming and how it fits in with your goals. 

Create Your Game (Morning and Evening Routine): 

Every day, this is where the user would look to where their destination is. They can put photos of what success looks like and read/expand upon what their own personal “Athlete Belief System” is.  In the morning, the user writes down what their targets of the day are and, in the evening, they can grade their progress. 

This is really good for people who really want to envision success the same way every day or for those who need reminders of why they do what they do. 

It creates a routine for an athlete, so they are not just going through their day without purpose. 

Generate State: 

I love this part of the app. This is where you can compile all the good things you have done and have it in one place. There is certainly something to be said about seeing all of your highlights and how it makes you feel. It is all about mindset and seeing yourself play your sport well makes it reality. If you can do it once, you can do it again.


For the holistic view of an athlete, I find this program fantastic for all athletes regardless of level.

Two Key Points:

  • The Personal Evaluation Training is by far going to be extremely useful for high school/college aged athletes. It should be assigned by coaches as homework and discussed. 
    • As I enter into the real world, I can take what I learned and tailor it to the job sector. 
  • The training workout will be best for young athletes, athletes who are on break from school who want a variation in their training, and older athletes past college who may not have access to trainers. 

For me, the price point ($34.95 per month for an individual) is worth it if you don’t have access to trainers or the app is used consistently for physical and mental training regiments. 

If you want to check out more see to sign up for your free 14-day trial. InnerPro also has team packages available where the coaches can view how their athletes are training anytime, anywhere. This pricing comes directly from the company

*Disclaimer: This is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinions of anyone or anything else.

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European Championships 2019: Israel Softball

By on July 24, 2019

Now that I am back from Europe, I was finally able to recollect all my thoughts from the European Softball Championships! We got 9th place and went 7-2 at the tournament. That does, however, end our Olympic quest.

This tournament format is much different than I am typically used to. It starts out with pool play where it is a round robin with 5 teams. Based on how you do in the pool, then you get sorted into a separate pool for a more tournament style. There was three of these pools. The top pool was where eight teams would fight to be top six in order to qualify for the European/Africa Olympic qualifier. We were in the middle pool and fought for country pride and to earn the highest ranking possible.

It was such a great experience to be able to play teams from all over Europe and Russia. Everyone speaks different languages and they all come from different experiences and levels of softball. It’s fascinating to see all the different customs that these teams have and how they interact with the game.

Israel Softball definitely surprised a lot of people and I can’t wait to continue what will be the future legacy of this team.

What is something that you’ve been trying to achieve lately? Let me know in the comments below.

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Summer Sunburn Misery

By on July 17, 2019

*This is a fun repost from a few years ago. I am still in Israel and you will hear more about that soon! 🙂 

I’m really white. Not the Starbucks frappuccino, Ugg Boots, and leggings type of white, but my skin is so pale that when I go outside I’m being cooked like a pizza. I have always had my run ins with the sun, but let me tell you about the summer from a few years ago.

I feel like I should have known better about protecting myself since skin cancer runs in my family and I have had some lesions cut out for prevention, but you live and learn.

Then this happened when I was working softball working camp:

The sun double burned me on the neck and legs. I wore long socks with shorts, but the sun still got me in the space between. Now, I have a sliver of a tan in the crack of my knee on my left leg where I got burned the worst.

Now after all of this you would think that I would just never go out in the sun with my skin uncovered ever again? Right? Wrong.

Now I’ve really learned my lesson. It’s a real hassle sometimes to put on multiple layers, but that’s something that I have to do to keep from turning red in .2 seconds of being outside.

Now you tell me, ” T this is why you should get a base tan.” and to that I tell you “NO!”. I already have my permanent hand tan and I’d just rather not take the time to damage the rest of my skin cell DNA.

My body reacts a certain way to the sun for a reason and when I’m sun safe, I’m happy.

Because I totally *much sarcasm* go swimming so much I bought this long sleeve swimsuit and swim pants from the internet. The top is from somewhere in China that I got off Amazon and the bottoms (which look like leggings, but I promise they are made for swimming) are from a modesty swim suit website.

This outfit was THE GREATEST THING EVER when I went swimming at my friend’s birthday party.  I didn’t have to worry about the sun and I had fun at the pool. How great is that?

Even though I felt like I looked like a total mom in it, I could not be any happier being outside.

Circumstances are different for everybody, but it is important to become comfortable in your own skin and ignore everyone’s crap. You have to be able make yourself happy before you can make anyone else happy.

It definitely took a lot of time to get comfortable wearing pants and long sleeve shirts all the time around other people growing up. Not because I was physically uncomfortable, but because people would always say: “Aren’t you hot?” or “You’re so pale, you should get some sun.”

Now if I just tell someone who asks why I do what I do they are like “Oh, that makes sense”.

Strange thing that in the 115 degree Arizona heat I promise having my full body covered doesn’t make my body temperature any hotter than yours. It sometimes even has a cooling effect.

Moral is to get comfortable with yourself and always reapply sunscreen after 1.5 hours.

What is your worst sunburn story? Let me know in the comments below!



This is a repost from a few years ago! 

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