by Jeannie on Jul 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM
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Swimmers Need Eye Cream Too!!

 

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Long hours, pollution, age....Goggles????  Whatever your reason for those nasty bags, dark circles or puffiness around the eyes, you need a good eye cream to get rid of them.  I have tried many and came across one that is perfect for swimmers.  It's a light gel that absorbs quickly and works as well as any thick creamy eye product.  What I found different from other eye creams is that I can use it all over the eye area before I apply eye makeup and my  makeup stays put!  Love that!!

 

Adovia Mineral Eye Gel

 

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·                           Our Promise: Your Eyes will Look 10 Years Younger or Your Money Back! - Reduce Puffiness Under and Around The Eyes - Makes Eyes Appear Years Younger and Radiant!

Gets Rid of Dark Circles Under Eyes - Your Eyes Will Look More Youthful and Refreshed!

Formulated Specifically for The Genltle Area Around the Eyes - this Light Eye Gel Absorbs Quickly into Skin for Deep Hydration

Dead Sea Salt Delivers an Immidiate Infusion of Dead Sea Minerals - Essential for Proper Skin Health and Beauty

Contains Vitamin C which Delivers Powerful Antioxidants Deep Into Skin Cells

 

 

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by Jeannie on Jun 26, 2014 at 1:58 PM
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Taking a shower….something swimmers do after every swim…..we all know that…and swimmers are always looking for ways to save time…so I found  a great product to help with that!  This fogless shower mirror is perfect to save time for boys and men….they don’t have to shave before or after their shower…they can shave IN the shower!  How great is that?  I got this product for free and was asked to try it.  It really works!  Of cours, I don’t need to shave my face in the shower, but I used it to wash my face and take off my eye makeup and I loved it!

You can find this product on Amazon!

 

Happy Showering…and

Happy Swimming!!!

 

Jeannie

 

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by Jeannie on Jun 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM

 

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GREEN TEA!!!  One of those superfoods we’re always hearing about.  Well, we all know that it’s good for swimmers and really……everyone to consume superfoods.  I’ve tried to drink green tea, but after a cup or two, I’m ready to have something different when I’m thirsty.  There’s no way I would ever be able to drink enough hot tea to get the amount to do me any good.  So….I found a great way to get mega doses of green tea without having to drink it non-stop all day, every day!  This Organic Matcha comes in super concentrated powder form and you only have to have ½ to 1 teaspoon a day to get your recommended daily amount.  I got this recently, and I already love it!  I wasn’t sure how to take it, so I just put it in my morning cup of coffee….added just a bit of sweetener and cream and….WOW…..sooooo good!  I love it. 

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Okay, swimmers……eat right, work out  hard and

 

Happy Swimming!!!

Jeannie
 
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by Jeannie on Jun 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

It’s Maumelle Marlins night at Splashwear Aquatics!  What fun!!!  We’re staying open late for the summer league swim team that is just a mile down the road.  It’s always so much fun to see all the cute little ones getting outfitted for their summer sport!  Some of them I see every year but many of the kids are first time swimmers who don’t understand about suit fitting, but somehow we manage to outfit them all perfectly and they leave with brand new suits, goggles and whatever else they can talk their parents into!!  We’re giving away prizes and hopefully everyone is having a great time.  

 


     Speaking of fitting…..I think I must say this at least 20 times a day, but……Competitive swimsuits sizing is different from any other style of clothing!  Parents always want me to tell them over the phone what size their child wears, without me looking at them, or by just telling me how old they are.  I do my best, but fitting a swimmer is completely personal.  What one child says fits perfectly, another will say is too small.  It really depends on how tight you are willing to wear your suit!  How fast do you want to go?  A competitive swim suit is not a piece of clothing….it is a piece of sports equipment.  It’s not supposed to be comfortable.  It’s supposed to make you go fast!!    The fit of your suit is very important….we may not be talking about taking 30 seconds off your swim, but you will see a definite improvement in your time when you wear a tight suit!  Speedo and other suit manufacturers have spent millions to test and come up with the perfect material and fit to allow swimmers to perform at their best.

       As a general rule, you shouldn’t be able to just pull your suit up quickly.  You should have to work to get it on your body.  It should fit tighter than your skin.  You should feel compression.  For girls, the straps will dig into your shoulders and sometimes they even leave marks.  We call them swimsuit hickies.  Just put petroleum jelly on them and that will help.  My daughter and her friends considered them a badge of honor!  Just like getting bruises when you’re a gymnast.  It’s just part of the sport.  When you hang around the pool during a swim meet, you will see many girls with the straps off of their shoulders between their races. 

       Of course, summer swimmers aren’t always are serious about swimming and don’t want to be uncomfortable…they just want to swim and have fun with their friends, and I think that’s great too!  What a great way to spend the summer….staying fit, making new friends and learning about a great sport!  What could be better??   I love them all and welcome them all tonight.  Go Marlins!  Swim FAST!!

 

Happy Swimming,

Jeannie

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by Jeannie on May 30, 2014 at 2:47 PM

     Summer isn’t “officially” here, but Summer League Swimming is definitely here at Splashwear!  We have been swamped with summer swimmers buying their suits, goggles, equipment and other fun swim stuff the last month or so.  I love this time of year.  We are super busy and I get to see so many cute little beginner swimmers. 

     It always takes me back to my own little summer swimmer.  My daughter, Chelsea, who is now 27 years old, started her swimming career 20 years ago.  A family friend, invited her to join the local, neighborhood swim team.  The Lakewood Waves, was the team sponsored by our neighborhood property owner’s association.  She loved this friend, so decided she wanted to try it!  I took her to her first practice.  It was a night practice in the outdoor pool.  The pool was packed and they didn’t have lane lines up…so it was pretty much, bedlam.  They told her to jump in and go…..so she did!  She got half way across the pool and started to panic.  We had to get her out and make sure she swam against the wall….just so she would feel safe.  I really thought that would be it for her….I thought she would be too scared to go back.  But, much to my surprise, the next night she was ready to go.  Of course, she was a beginner, but she progressed steadily and really enjoyed it.

     Her first coach was a young lady named Amy.  Chelsea loved Coach Amy.  Amy was so encouraging, patient and loving to my daughter.  She carried a bag of “treats” with her to pass out when a swimmer did something outstanding.  It was just small things, like balls, fingernail polish….just whatever she found.  The kids loved it and would work so hard to earn the privilege of “shopping” in Coach Amy’s bag.  Coach Amy seemed to take a special interest in Chelsea….maybe because she had to be rescued the first night….or maybe because Chelsea never complained and worked really hard….or maybe she just treated everyone like that…..whatever it was, Chelsea adored her and  I know she had a lot to do with Chelsea’s love of the sport.  All the way through Chelsea’s swimming career, we continued a tradition Coach Amy started with Chelsea that first summer.  Before every race, Coach Amy would go up to Chelsea at the starting blocks and sing quietly in her ear, “Chelsea’s gonna swim faaaaast”.  It always made Chelsea smile and gave her that little bit of encouragement.  It was so amazing….I will never forget Coach Amy for that!  So…even though Coach Amy was only there the one year, I continued the tradition for many years and it still makes Chelsea and I smile when we think of it.  At the end of Chelsea’s first year of swimming, at the Meet of Champs, she ended up winning a first place ribbon in the backstroke.  That was so amazing, that she was awarded with the Most Improved Swimmer on her team.  A great year for my little girl.  

 

  

       That first year, led to another summer season…then that led to swimming year around….which led to college swimming for my daughter.  I was lucky enough to have my daughter swim at the same college I swam for.  It was a great experience for both of us.  She now is a dolphin trainer at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.  All of the success she has achieved started with summer league swimming! 

 

I loved it back when my daughter started and I still love it now.  I am lucky enough to have several swim teams buy their suits and equipment from me for their summer season.  Our most popular brand suit is the Q Swimwear Custom suit.  Summer teams love having a suit design all their own and they never have to worry about it not being available.  They will be able to get that same print forever.  The prices are comparable to other off the rack brands too.  It’s a winner…that’s for sure!   But, if a custom suit isn’t what your team needs, we carry all the major brands and we would love to outfit you and your team!  We have suits in all price ranges and styles.  Here are some examples:

 

 

 

 

     

      

     

      

If you want to see a free design for your team, just email me with your team name, mascot and colors and I'll put one together for you!  You can send that info to Jeannie@swimmerstuff.com.
 
So....are YOU ready for summer???? I AM!  Bring it on!!
 
Happy Swimming,
Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 30, 2014 at 5:32 PM

 

Sad Day at Splashwear

 

Boy…has this been a rough week….first, the tornado that tore through central Arkansas a few days ago…and today, my little orphaned Carolina wren, Larry Bird died.  Now, I realize that losing a little wild bird isn’t even close to the devastation the victims of the tornado are suffering, but losing my little charge, is just another thing on the pile this week.

 If you follow my blog, you know that we found him about 3 weeks ago…with no feathers and tried to nurse him to adulthood.  We got pretty close, but earlier this week, he hurt his leg and I guess just couldn’t pull through. 

It’s crazy how attached you can get to such a tiny little thing.  He was no bigger than a hummingbird.  But, we loved him and I was looking forward to seeing him fly all around the house and perhaps, eventually, setting him free.  I kept telling my husband that I wasn’t sure I could let him go and my husband just kept insisting that we WERE going to let him go!   Well, I guess he set himself free…he’s in birdie heaven now. 

So….all you shoppers who came to the store to see him…..I’m sorry, but he’s gone now. But, when you look in the trees and see a sweet little Carolina wren, think of Larry! 

I’ll miss you little guy!

 

Happy Flying Larry!

 

Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Tornado Damage in Arkansas

 

Well, it’s been a rough couple of days here in central Arkansas.  Two days ago, our neighbors in Mayflower and Vilonia were hit by an incredibly strong and fatal tornado.  Living in Arkansas, tornadoes are something we all have to live with.  It’s scary, but we always just assume that every place has something they have to deal with.  This is our thing. 

As sad as it is to see the damage and loss of life…this is exactly the time Arkansans come together.  Watching everyone scrambling to help is inspiring and reminds me that the human spirit of kindness is alive and well.  As much as I hate the devastation, I love to see people come to together to help each other. 

Being a swim shop, with swimmers as my customers, it just seemed fitting to do what I can to provide water for the victims and workers, so I am collecting water to donate.  If you want to help, just bring bottled water to the store and I will make sure it gets to them.  As a matter of fact, Splashwear will match any donation. 

As swimmers, we all know that water is life….Help us give that little bit of life to the ones who need it the most now. 

Stay safe and

Happy Swimming!

Jeannie 

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by Jeannie on Apr 21, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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Birds in the Store….Spring has Sprung at Splashwear!!!

 

Don’t you love spring?  After a long cold, gloomy winter…the new leaves on the trees, the flowers and the warmer weather?  I have to admit, as much as I love winter, spring is always such a welcome sight.

 

Of course, one of the sites we see in spring is momma birds busy building nests and caring for their babies.  What you don’t normally see is a swim shop owner caring for a wild baby bird….in her store!!  Well, that’s exactly what I’m doing.  I bring my new baby bird with me to work every day so I can feed him around the clock.  And today, he is super hungry!  I don’t know why he’s suddenly so hungry, but he is wanting to eat every few minutes!  It’s hard to get work done when I have to stop what I’m doing every 5 minutes or so to feed the little darling!

 

Okay…I know what you’re wondering….where did I get a wild baby bird?  Of course, I didn’t steal it from it’s nest…we found it and it’s mommy was long gone and I just couldn’t let him die….so…here I am….a bird mommy!  As I write this, he’s sitting next to me, tweeting quietly….maybe he’s finally going to take a nap!  Yup, it’s just like being a human mommy to human babies! (Well, that didn’t last long…I had to feed him AGAIN!!)

 

Anyway, back to the story.  Last weekend, to prepare for the upcoming summer at the lake, we took our boat from home to launch into the lake and park at our dock.  We drove it to the boat store for servicing and then to the lake to launch.  We took the boat cover off the boat and put the cover in the back of the truck. Then we drove the truck a few miles and got the cover back out of the truck and carried it to the lake to cover the boat back up to await our first summer boat ride.  As the hubby was trying to cover the boat, he noticed an inordinate amount of leaves and grass coming from the cover, so he shook it and out fell two brand new, tiny baby birds, with no feathers!  Since I am a bird lover, he brought them to me.  As soon as I saw them, my first reaction was to put them out of their misery….there was no way they would live long without their  mother.  But….it only took a minute for us to come to the conclusion, we could at least try to save them.  After all, I have hand fed baby birds before….how different could it be?  Right? 

 

Well, I have never hand fed babies this tiny.  It took some trial and error, but now, I think we’re in our groove.  Unfortunately, one of the babies didn’t last….very sad, but we do have one very healthy, very loud and very tiny baby bird.  As you can see, he started off pretty sad looking, but everyday he gets more feathers and a definite personality!  His name is Larry.  Larry Bird J….that’s what you get when the hubby is a coach!  He has to be fed every few minutes during the day and his favorite place to be in our hands.  When we found him, we had no idea what kind of bird he was, but now I think he’s a Carolina Wren.  He will always be a tiny bird, with a big mouth!!  Both for eating and tweeting.

 

Yesterday was Easter, but because he has to be fed so often, I HAD to take him to church with me!  So, I put his little bowl in my purse, got a syringe full of baby bird food and off we went.  Now, he’s a “holy” baby bird.  Yes, he did sing in church, but no one noticed his voice was a little different!  As they always say, God loves all of our voices…so SING!!

 

So, if you’re in my neighborhood, come on by the store and meet Larry! I’m sure he’ll sing for you too!

 

Happy swimming and singing!

Jeannie

 

 

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by Jeannie on Apr 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

It’s LIFEGUARD Time!

 

 Oh, the days of my youth, spent as a lifeguard at our local pool.  It was a great experience.  I learned so much by being a lifeguard.  But…things have changed, as they always do.  Of course, as most adults think, being a guard now, is so much easier than when I was teenager.  I’m sure I had to walk 10 miles to the pool, both ways, in knee deep snow!  Even in Arkansas summer! 

I grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  It was such a great place to be a kid.  Small enough to know everyone in town, but close to Little Rock and the Air Force Base, so we had everything we needed close by.  I loved it.  And, like many other kids, my favorite place in the summer was the local municipal pool.  We spent the whole summer there, swimming, visiting with friends and idolizing the lifeguards.  They were gods and goddesses to me!  I wanted to be one of them!  So, when I turned 15, I decided it was time to make that dream a reality.  I was a good swimmer, so I thought it was going to be a piece of cake……

I couldn’t have been more wrong!  Back then, in the early 70’s, lifeguards didn’t use rescue tubes.  We depended on our swimming ability, physical strength and knowledge of the rescue skills.  Taking the class was rigorous and difficult.  Our instructors told us on the first day that their job was to flunk us out of the class.  I guess that makes sense, since we were going to be responsible for people’s lives…..we needed to be GREAT lifeguards.  And, as he predicted, I did flunk the swim portion of the first class I took, just as everyone else in the class did.  It was brutal!  For our final exam, we had a long written test to complete, which was okay.  I passed that…but the rescue part was almost impossible to pass.  Our rather large male instructor was the victim we rescued.   He tried to drown each and every one of us, and he could have.  It was a rough day, to say the least! 

But, I took the class again and knowing what to expect, I passed with no problems. 

So, on to my three years as a lifeguard at Jacksonville Municipal Pool. 

Being a lifeguard, I saw the pool from a completely different view.  It was no longer just the place to hang out with my friends and wile away the hot summer days.  No, now it was my job.  I enjoyed being there, but the weight of the responsibilities I held was daunting.  It was never far from my mind.  Even when the lifeguards would have contests, like how many kids we could sit out around our lifeguard stand, we knew what we were doing there was serious.  We were there to save lives, and we all had to put our skills to use. 

Luckily, we never had a serious injury in my years there.  I guess that impossible guard training was exactly what we needed!  We were great lifeguards!

 

So, it’s that time of year again.  Now, when lifeguard season rolls around, I let the memories wash over me and smile…but what I really focus on is helping my customers with their guard supplies and lifeguard suits!  When I was lifeguarding, we wore whatever we wanted, but most pools now have a uniform, or at least a color they like.  Splashwear can help you will all of your guard needs.  We have lots of styles of guard suits, both male and female.  We can do custom suits for your pool, or just off the rack.  Our guard suit prices range from $20.00 up to $80.00. We also have all the equipment you will need; from rescue tubes and visors to backboards and umbrellas.  If your pool needs it, we’ll find it for you! 

 

   


			

 

 

If you want your guards to buy their suits individually, I can set up a page on my website with your pool’s required items there and your guards can log in and purchase exactly what you want them to have at your discount!  We try to make as easy for you as possible!

Okay…so here we go….summer is on the way…..time for YOUR great lifeguard season!
 

 

 

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by Jeannie on Apr 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

It’s Friday!  Hooray!!  It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend in Arkansas!  We really need it after a long, cold winter.  Well, I know to those of you farther north, our cold is probably mild to you…but…what can I say…we have thin blood here!  So, anyway, this gorgeous weekend is just a taste of what’s to come.  Lake weather!  Spending weekends at the lake is pretty common here and we love it.  I adore days on the boat, eating at lakeside restaurants, lounging in the water, gazing at so many stars at night, roasting marshmallows by the campfire….it’s just heaven to me.  I have to thank my late father for designing and building a wonderful lake house to leave to his child and grandkids.  It is a wonderful gift that will keep giving for generations.  So, because of the impending warmer weather, I decided it was time for a change and got a hair cut! 

 

 
Which reminds me of hair care when you swim!  It’s so important to take care of your hair and skin before and after your workout!  We carry lots of chlorine eliminating products to help with that.  From shampoos and conditioners like UltraSwimTriSwim and Reflect H2O, to body lotions, body washes, Swim Spray and Suit Cleaners. 
 
 
 
Reflect H2O also has a pre-swim product that you can apply to your hair before you swim either in chlorine or salt water that will protect your hair from the effects of the water and sun.  My daughter, a former competitive swimmer and now a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld, swears by it!  And her hair proves how great this product is!  It’s healthy, silky and soft.  When she comes home, she always takes several bottles back to Florida with her!
 
 
 
DermaSwimPro is a pre-swim lotion that you can apply to your skin to keep the chlorine off your skin completely!  It makes you super slippery and works like a charm.  I have lots of customers who love it!  
 
 
 
Swim Spray is a relatively new product that it based on citrus extracts and it neutralizes the chlorine.  This is to be used after you get out of the water and before you shower.  It can be used on your hair and body.
 
 
 

If you are having problems with your hair from the effects of chlorine and/or salt and sun I have a few tips for you:

1. Of course, use high quality chlorine out products before and after you swim.

2. Wear a cap!  Even though you hair may still get wet, having that protection is key!

3. Wash your hair as soon as you get out of the water.  This tip is critical. Don’t let the chlorine or salt water dry in your hair.  Get it out before it dries!

 

Swimsuits don’t have to be washed.  The manufacturers recommend that you rinse your suit in cool water and hang to dry.  They do not recommend you machine wash suits or use any detergent on suits, but instead, if you feel they need to be washed, you need to use a swimsuit cleaner designed for swimsuits.  We have those!  I personally recommend that you soak your suit in a sink with a capful of Speedo Swimsuit Cleaner, then hang to dry.   That will keep you suit in tip top shape.
 
 
 

So, that’s all for today!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend at home, the lake, the beach or where ever this great weekend takes you!

 

Happy Swimming!

Jeannie 

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