Train Trendy with Catchies!

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catchies4We love gymnastics and I love to share about all the pretty leotards we find and the best gym equipment out there for your how gym! One thing I never talk about is something very real and plagues every single gymnast at one time or another…rips and blisters, specifically those on wrists due to grips. These are very painful and can be caused by the constant rubbing of the grips so, wristbands are a must! Wristbands create a barrier between the grip its self and the gymnasts wrist, but heres the thing not all wristbands are created equal and in fact some really shouldn’t be worn under grips {I’ve had the bloody wrist to back that up} For the most part if you look most girls are wearing the basic terry cotton sweat wristbands under their grips, but they are just not very comfortable, they are bulky and can get really itchy. Gabbi is SUPER picky about texture and I’m here to tell you those are not her cup of tea! She HATES them and if she does wear them its not fun! What the heck is a mom to do? Protecting her wrists there MUST, so, friends I would like to formally introduce you to Catchies!

About Catchies:

Created by a gymnastics coach/mom looking to shake things up and make bands FOR GYMNASTS!

Tired of the wrist and hand rips, the slippery bulky wristbands, rough fabrics, and PLAIN options….. We decided things needed to change! That is how we came up with our patented wristbands! The unique length and premium fabric and fit are softer, super-safe, and protective!

We TRAIN TRENDY, KEEP IT HAPPY, and GIVE BACK!

Through high quality and fun accessories, we make sure all gymnasts can show their style and train trendy!

We know gymnasts are the hardest working athletes in the world.  Catchies wants to help put the “happy” in gymnastics.

At Catchies we also LOVE our wildlife!!

We believe it is our responsibility (and we all know how responsible gymnasts are!) to take care of the at-risk animals we share our planet with! Catchies gives 10% or more to proven and trusted wildlife conservation organizations, and efforts.

Catchies is a green company with 100% RECYCLED, RECYCLABLE and/or COMPOSTABLE packaging!

We keep our BIODEGRADABLE PROMISE!

catchies5After reading about Catchies I was hooked! Not only is Heather {the mom behind Catchies} the best and loves to give back but she has also created wristbands that are not only cute but they are soft and not bulky at all yet still give AWESOME protection! I love their #TRAINTRENDY! How cute is that!

catchies3From the moment Gabbi’s Catchies arrived she LOVED them! She immediately commented on how “soooooooooft” they are! They are not bulky at all, in fact they are very slim fitting! Catchies are double layered so they have give all the protection your gymnasts needs while not having the extra bulky that those above mentioned terry ones have. They did not exacerbate existing healing blisters which was a huge win!

Gabbi loves wearing them during bar and vault training. Catchies actually fit perfectly under her wrist stabilizers, she wears Tiger Paws. These can also rub and become uncomfortable without a barrier, prior to Catchies she couldn’t wear any bands under them because they were just too bulky, Catchies for the win AGAIN!

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So lets be real here, one wristband pet peeve I have {since my gymnastics days} is that they snag like crazy, especially if the grips used have velcro wrist closures. Our Catchies have not snagged once at all, they look beautiful even after hours of wear!

Gabbi doesn’t wear grips full time yet and I really wanted to make sure they were used to their full capacity so her friend used Catchies during her level 7 team practice! The verdict? “AMAZING!” her mom ordered her two pair before they even left the gym, now if that isn’t a glowing review I don’t know what is! My hope is that all the teams at our gym will start transitioning to Catchies wristbands!!

Catchies currently offer nine different prints/colors with an additional customizable option! These nine styles with without a doubt have your gymnast swooning! Check em out:

You love them don’t you?! We are basically dying to get out hands on ALL the adorable prints, especially the Llama and Halloween Catchies! I love the black and white options too! Get this…these bands are $14.99 {$19.99 for the competition styles} AMAZING right! So this means your gymnasts can have protected wrists and awesome style without breaking the bank!! YAY!
I want to extend a HUGE thank you to Heather at Catchies for partnering with me! You are awesome!

Giveaway is now CLOSED and winners have been contacted!

I have a very exciting announcement!!! I have partnered with Catchies for a amazing two winner giveaway!!! That’s right not one but two readers will win a pair of Catchies of their choice!! 
Catchies Giveaway will run from October 7, 2019 – October 24, 2019. Please note all entries will be checked and those who have not followed all prompts will be removed.

 

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Quick and Easy Pico de Gallo!

Whether its tacos, burritos or chips pico de gallo makes it better!

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It seems like everyone has their own pico de gallo recipe, everyone has a different spin right? Well, so do I 🙂 This is my go to quick and easy recipe for Spicy Pico!

I really hope you like it!

My kids actually request this on a daily basis, so much so that our online grocery shopping orders always ask if we’d like to add “onions, tomatoes, jalapeno and cilantro”!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet onion {I usually by tear free}
  • 4-6 roma tomatoes
  • 1-2 Jalapeno depending on the size {use less or none if you don’t like heat}
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

Make it!

  • Chop onion
  • Chop tomatoes {I like to drain them before I add them to the rest of the ingredients}
  • Finely jalapeno {I leave the seed to make my pico hotter, if you don’t want it as hot discard the seeds before chopping}
  • Coarsely chop cilantro
  • Add all chopped ingredients into a bowl with a lid, a squeeze half a lime in it!
  • Now, add the lid and shake it! This mixes it perfectly and is perfect for storing if you don’t eat it all in one sitting {we usually do unless I double or triple it}

We like to eat our Pico with corn chips, nachos and my favorite family Mexican casserole recipe!

ENJOY! 

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Lizatard Leotard Love {Our Favorite Leotards}


For years Lizatards has been one of our favorite leotard brands, Gabbi loves the fit and the styles! Lizatards always has so many adorable leotards to choose from, as well as sweatshirts, activewear and accessories. Oh and they have the best medal hangers ever! Today Gabbi and I would love to share her 2019-2020 season Lizatards Wishlist!

ENJOY…its a big list!

Leotards:

Assorted Fun Designs! {Butterfly Wings!}

Girls Gymnastics Leotards Assorted Fun Designs!

Fairy and Castle Sparkle Tank

Girls Gymnastics Leotard Fairy and Castle Sparkle Tank

Giraffe

Lizatards Gymnastics Dance Giraffe Pattern  Leotard in Two Colors

Tahitian Floral

hawaiian print leotard

Purple Star Pop

Lizatards Tank Leotard in Purple Star Pop

Activewear:

GYMNAST Sequin Stretch Zipper Front Jacket

Lizatards GYMNAST Sequin Stretch Zipper Front Jacket in One Size Fits Most

Tye Dye Capri Legging

Tye Dye Capri Legging Girls Youth One Size Fits Most

Tye Dye Stretch Shorts

pink shorts

Zebra Stretch Shorts

Lizatards Zebra Stretch Shorts

Zebra Sequin Stretch Bra Top

Lizatards Zebra Sequin Stretch Bra Top

Sequined Stretch Capri

Lizatards GYMNAST Sequined Stretch Capri- NOW in TWO Colors

Medal Hangers and Accessories:

Double Row Slinky Style Rhinestone Bangle Bracelet

silver rhinestone bracelet

GYMNASTICS Medal Holder Cut Out Display

Lizatards GYMNASTICS Medal Holder Cut Out Display Male (Boys) Or Female (Girls)

Medal Holder Display Rack Xcel Bronze

Lizatards Gymnastics Medal Holder Display Rack Xcel Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond

Hair Tie Bangle Bracelet Set

Lizatards Hair Tie Bangle Bracelet Set Kids or Tween SizesI told you it was a big list 🙂 Now its your turn, head over to Lizatards and start your own Wishlist! Let us know your favorites!

Here are all the Lizatards categories with quick links so you can find exactly what you want!

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Murder on Lot B, a STARFIRE COZY MYSTERY: By London Lovett

Profile avatar for London LovettI know this will come as no surprise but I LOVE London Lovett books! A few months ago I shared my love for the Port Danby series {you can check that out HERE if you would like} Today I’m sharing my love for another one of London’s series called Starfire!

I absolutely ADORE this series, era and characters! Starfire takes place in the 1920’s {my all time favorite decade…I SO badly wish the 20s style would come back in style or easily available!}

Poppy Starfire and her brother Jasper are waiting on their next big adventure to walk in the front door of Starfire Detective Agency, yep Poppy is a private detective!

Los Angeles in 1923, Poppy has a new house in a new neighborhood tasting independence for the first time, she’s taking over the family detective agency with her young brother side kick Jasper! Everything is fantastic…except a case to investigate…until Anna walks through the door. Roger, Anna’s Hollywood stuntman brother has recently died in a extremely publicized accident. Was it really an accident or is there something far more nefarious going on? Poppy is on the case! With all kinds of twists and turns this book will no doubt have you hooked from the first page! 

I love that London always writes about strong women who can take care of themselves and aren’t afraid! I really appreciate this since it is very much my personality!

I have recommended all these books to pretty much every person I come in contact with! Seriously, I pretty much inundated my best friend with every single detail about each of LL series!

STARFIRE COZY MYSTERY SERIES:

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1. Murder on Lot B

Los Angeles, 1923. The land of movie stars and perpetual sunshine has a stylish new force to be reckoned with—Poppy Starfire, Private Investigator.

2. Murder at the Ostrich Farm

Poppy Starfire is looking forward to a summer outing at Dawson Ostrich Farm with two of her favorite people, her brother Jasper and her dad. The day starts out well enough with souvenir shopping, cold lemonades and, of course, plenty of ostriches. But when one of the farm visitors is found strangled to death, the fun-filled visit takes a grim turn.

 

PORT DANBY COZY MYSTERY SERIES:

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1. Marigolds and Murder

Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton has left behind a six figure job and her reputation as the million dollar nose—a nickname her super sense of smell earned her within the perfume industry. With her pet crow Kingston and a tabby cat named Nevermore, she is settling right into her new life in the small coastal town of Port Danby.

2. Carnations and Chaos

Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton, the local flower shop owner, is thrilled to supply colorful flower arrangements for the Third Annual Food Fair being held in the Port Danby town square. But when one of the well-known but not so well-loved bloggers is found dead in her motel room, Lacey steps in to help Detective James Briggs solve the case. (Whether he likes it or not.)

3. Mistletoe and Mayhem

Port Danby is preparing for the annual Harbor Holiday Lights Flotilla, and Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton is anxious to see the colorful boats light up Pickford Beach. But the festive spirits of the town are dampened when one of the boat owners is strangled to death. Lacey enthusiastically volunteers to help Detective Briggs sniff out the clues and track down the killer. Once again, she finds herself nose deep in a murder mystery.

 

4. Roses and Revenge

When the Georgio’s Perfume crew, including her ex-fiancé Jacob, show up in Port Danby for a photo shoot, Lacey is taken by surprise. But their unexpected arrival is nothing compared to the shock of what happens next. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Lacey ‘Pink’ Pinkerton finds herself caught up in another unexpected murder mystery.

5. Tulips and Trouble

Lacey Pinkerton is busy getting ready for spring at Pink’s Flowers and at the same time Port Danby is bustling with activity as it prepares for its annual flea market in the town square. In the midst of it all, a talented group of artists has shown up with their easels to paint pictures of the Pickford Lighthouse. When one of the artists turns up missing and then dead, Lacey works alongside of her favorite detective, James Briggs, to solve the murder. What she doesn’t expect is to end up on the murderer’s short list of enemies.

6. Dahlias and Death

Lacey Pinkerton and the town of Port Danby are preparing for the annual Fourth of July celebration at Pickford Marina. Lacey’s parents are coming to stay for the week. Lacey and her friends at the Port Danby Garden Club are excited to set up a fundraising booth at the festivities. But the patriotic celebration is cut short when one of the club members is found dead. While her trusted and handsome partner Detective Briggs is dealing with a personal issue, the unexpected return of his ex-wife, Lacey works hard to tamp down the disappointment and find the killer.

7. Peonies and Poison

Port Danby is in the middle of a scorching summer heat wave. Looking for relief from the sweltering temperatures, Lacey Pinkerton invites her newly minted boyfriend, Detective James Briggs, out for vintage movie night at the Mayfield Four Theater. It promises to be a fun evening filled with Humphrey Bogart, frosty lemon-lime drinks and, most of all, air-conditioning. But when the theater owner is found dead in his office, the classic movie date night turns into a murder investigation where the motives are plenty and the poison is suspiciously sweet.

8. Hyacinths and Homicide

After a busy day providing bouquets and pumpkins for a ten year high school reunion at the posh Chesterton Regency Hotel, Lacey Pinkerton is thrilled to have a nice romantic dinner with her boyfriend, Detective James Briggs. But when the reunion’s class bully is thrown from the hotel balcony, Briggs is called to duty. Lacey soon finds herself involved in a complicated murder investigation where the evidence points in every direction and the victim has more than his share of enemies.

9. Crocuses and Crime

The new year is off to a smooth start. Pink’s Flowers is doing well and Lacey is growing even closer to her wonderful boyfriend, Detective James Briggs. But when a local man is killed, one of Lacey’s dearest friends is implicated in the murder. Briggs has asked her to step away from the case but Lacey is determined to find the real killer. Will her meddling cause irreparable damage to their relationship? Lacey must risk everything, including her heart, to find the truth.

10. Sunflowers and Sabotage

Lacey “Pink” Pinkerton is in the middle of a bustling summer in Port Danby. Les and Elsie, her neighboring shop owners are up to their usual sibling rivalry antics. Lola’s parents make a rare stop in town, causing a rift between Lacey’s best friend, Lola, and her shop assistant, Ryder. In the midst of it all, Lacey is starkly reminded that her boyfriend, Detective James Briggs, has a dangerous job. And of course, summer in Port Danby wouldn’t be complete without a murder.

 

FIREFLY JUNCTION COZY

MYSTERY SERIES:

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1. Death in the Park

With her social life and writing career in tatters at the ripe old age of thirty-five, Sunni Taylor decides to pack up her things and join her sisters, Lana and Emily, in the small town of Firefly Junction. Hoping to open a bed and breakfast, Sunni sets herself the task of refurbishing the rundown Cider Ridge Inn, a two-hundred-year-old house with a sordid past.

2. Killer Bridal Party

Journalist Sunni Taylor is working hard on restoring the Cider Ridge Inn to its former glory so that she can open a bed and breakfast, but Edward Beckett, the resident ghost, is not exactly helpful. Still, Sunni has grown used to having the arrogant gentleman spirit hanging around.

3. Murder at the Inn

When the Applegate Paranormal Preservation Society visits Firefly Junction, Sunni Taylor finds herself tasked with writing an article about the group as well as hosting them for an evening at the Cider Ridge Inn.

4. A Humbug Holiday

It’s holiday time in Firefly Junction but not everything is sweet sugarplums and glittery tinsel.

5. Calamity at the Carnival

Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, Jackson’s kisses keep coming, and despite the occasional moodiness of her ghostly housemate, Sunni is looking forward to the season.

6. Double Trouble

Firefly Junction meets Port Danby as Lola and Lacey take a trip to the Cider Ridge Inn in Double Trouble.

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Mmmmmmm Donuts!


Guys my friends at Lizatards have done it again! They have released another stinking cute leotard! WARNING the leotard I’m about to show you will make you want some donuts!!

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I’ve seen quite a few donut leotards out there but this Polka Dot Donut Leotard is my favorite print for sure, its so cute! Ok I’m going to date my self here but it totally reminds me of the beginning song of Saved by the Bell…you see it don’t you! Gabbi loves wearing this to open gym with hot pink bar shorts! Its also too cute with jeans and shorts!

YUMMMMM head over to Lizatards now and grab your Polka Dot Donut Leotard now!

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OOPS!!!

See the source imageHave you noticed I’ve been missing? Well, there is a reason for that…omgosh I am embarrassed to admit that over the last few months there was glitch in my posting resulted in all of my posts being private, so I could see they were there but no one else could! UGH! Apparently within my preferences I accidentally made my blog private…without knowing UGH again! Thankfully I have loyal readers who noticed that I pretty much fell off the face of the earth and reached out! Thank you Stephanie, Kara and Shelley for bring it to my attention!!! Everything is fixed and back to normal now! New posts heading your way soon!

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