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Small Business Saturday is here!

Poppy Sports is offering 30% off store-wide with the coupon SBS2011.

This day is not just about Poppy Sports (as much as we would like it to be!) This day has been set aside for all independent companies, and as part of our pledge to shop independent, here are a selection of a few of our favorite independent stores that make our lives much lovelier!

Category:  Food and Drink

Category: Sports

Category: Retail

Get ready…Here it comes…

Poppy Sports will be celebrating Small Business Saturday on 11/26/11

November 26th, the day after Black Friday, is the Second Annual Small Business Saturday; a day when we all “shop independent”, coming together to celebrate America’s small businesses.

Pledge your support for Small Business Saturday with Poppy Sports

The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting independent businesses
on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

On November 26, American Express is asking millions of Americans to shop small at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge.

I can not wait…

Poppy Sports is joining the shop local, shop independent revolution and we’ll be presenting a series of special offers around Small Business Saturday to help customers get the best our of our store with some special help from us. There will be discounts (big ones, free wrapping and maybe a giveaway or two!)

We are just thrilled and happy and ready.

There are thousands of other small independent businesses out there, and they’re all walking the same journey on Saturday November 26th.

Come on folks, let’s go.

What can you do to help?

  • Share this blog post with your friends encouraging everyone to shop independent on Sat. Nov. 26th
  • Become our friend on Facebook and join our mailing list to make sure you know about our SBS special offers
  • Visit Facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday to find out more!
  • More importantly, shop on Saturday 26th at your favorite independent stores in person and online.

What’s in it for you?

American Express will credit your card with $25 when you shop at a Small Business Saturday business. Just register your American Express card to receive $25 statement credits when you shop at a registered store on 11/26/11.
Also, shop knowing you are pumping money back into an innovative business (or online business as we like to say) who is making positive contributions to your local economy.

LEG LUBE

Another product we love at Poppy Sports

Review by Laura Romeo—reluctant shaver and fast runner

Shaving for Cyclists

A bead is all you need!

Let me preface this review of Leg Lube by saying that I hate shaving. I always have and probably always will. I stopped using shaving cream several years ago because it was too messy, even though the result was smoother legs. I shaved in the shower using only water, and while my legs weren’t as smooth, it got the job done. I even tried those no-shave creams, and I hated those just as much because they had an awful scent. So, when I say that Leg Lube has helped me not dread shaving, that’s a good thing.

Owner Austin Baskett created Leg Lube as a triathlete who wanted a better product but didn’t see one on the market. Leg Lube is better than your average shave gel, and the fresh scent of mint and aloe is aromatherapy in the shower. It’s slick, easy, and you don’t need to use very much.

Leg Lube for fast legs

A quicker shave means more time to run!

The directions say you only need one “bead,” and admittedly I was dubious it wouldn’t be enough. I expected this gel to be like the rest; foamy and messy. I was pleasantly surprised. One bead was enough, and it wasn’t foamy at all. (Of course, you can use more if you need to, but I doubt you will.) It’s a clear gel that provides just enough lubrication on your skin that your razor glides along without leaving behind any nicks or cuts. I’m infamous for cutting myself right above my Achilles tendon, but not so when I used Leg Lube.

I first tried the gel in the shower. When compared to my normal shaving habit of only using water, Leg Lube made the process go much faster and with a much better result. The next time I hopped in the shower, I found that I wanted to shave – which is something I have never said. This gel leaves my legs feeling smooth and soft, and I’m unabashed to show them off in short running shorts.

One thing I rarely did was use traditional shave cream outside of the shower, because I hated the time it took to rinse that foamy stuff off the razor before the next stroke. While using Leg Lube still took more time outside the shower than in, the result was the same. I only needed gel the size of a pea, and I had no pesky cuts anywhere.

My only caveat with this product is that I had no accompanying Leg Lube lotion or cream for after shaving. I would love lotion with the same eucalyptus and aloe, since living in Colorado’s semi-arid climate can easily dry out one’s skin. And if it were made by Leg Lube, I know I’d be getting the same quality product.

While I can’t really say that shaving with Leg Lube made me run any faster, it made for softer skin and fewer cuts. I’d recommend to any athlete, or to just about anyone looking for a better way to shave.

Editor’s note: We hope the brains at Leg Lube will think about an accompanying lotion or cream for after the shave.  Great suggestion Laura!

Dian - blogging and a bike!

Dian - blogging and a bike!

Greetings from Tulsa!

I’m Dian, the cycling enthusiast of the Poppy Sports Blog Team. I’m very excited to join a women’s sports team as positively passionate about fitness, women’s athletic apparel, and especially about women supporting women in sports as I am! Multiple triathlons and duathlons, one marathon, a couple of half marathons, several century rides, numerous multi-day charity rides and tours, as well as hiking in the mountains all pave the roads of my athletic past and present.

Balancing athletic goals with time constraints

My exercising has unfolded like the numerous rolling hills that we cycle here in northeast Oklahoma. For the past 25 years, running, cycling, swimming, and yoga have consumed my life, often curving gently (or sometimes sharply) in the direction of one sport over another, but consistently finding the joys and challenges of sharing my journey with family and friends. I ride and run until family needs, an injury, or work create an encounter like one of the sudden, short 16% -grades climbs, which derails my fitness focus temporarily.

My current goals include the healing of traumatized ligaments around my knee as my life took an unexpected twist last February, manifesting in a torn ACL. This aspiration will involve finding balance – balance between aerobics and strength training as my ligaments begin to mend, balance between riding and recovery, and balance between the emotional obsession with exercise and the mental discipline to take some down time. Maybe swimming will work into my schedule again!

Sports Travel

Seeing mountains on the horizon, I look to navigate some previously unchartered roads this year. The Poppy Sports Team plans to ride the Deer Creek Challenge on August 21, and it’s my intention to leave the comfort of 648 feet above sea level to climb to an elevation over 8,000 feet. After that, I’m hoping to stick around Colorado to watch some of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, cheer on the pro women in the Aspen/Snowmass Women’s Pro Stage Race, and ride in the cooler, drier air of the Rockies. I love cycling; I especially love long mountainous climbs!

These days when I’m not sitting on the saddle of a bike, hunched over the handlebars hour after hour, you might find me encouraging novice cyclists, teaching yoga to kids, studying for personal training certification at a coffee shop, or walking my dog, a yellow lab named Jake. Of course, most likely I will be wearing bike shorts and cycling jerseys or yoga pants and a running jacket. I love it that women’s athletic apparel looks appropriate and feels comfy for most all but the dressiest of occasions.

Join me on my ride via the Poppy Sports blogs, including, but not limited to, interviews, apparel reviews, race reports, musings about exercise and life, training tips, to discover what roads are beckoning all of us to be ridden this year.

See you on the road!