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Archive for February, 2011

This video from the Women’s Sports Foundation featuring Natalie Coughlin is from last year, but I am posting it today for my youngest daughter. She is 9 and swimming her first 500 yard freestyle race this afternoon. Natalie Coughlin is her idol and namesake. Eleven time Olympic medalist, Natalie Coughlin talks about everything from injuries and perseverance, choosing college eligibility over going pro, and lessons she has learned from participating in sports in the video and is such a positive role model for  young athletes.

Speaking of postitive role models – 43 year old Dara Torres returns to the pool this weekend in what is being called the “Can’t Miss Race” of the Missouri Grand Prix swim meet this weekend. Torres will swim her signature 50 Free against Amanda Wier, Jessica Hardy, Kara Lynn Joyce and a talented field. You can catch live coverage of the meet through the USA Swimming Web Cast.

Categories : Swimming
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Whether you are the parent of a college bound gymnasts looking for the latest recruiting information, a college coach looking for a list of up and comers to begin keeping watch of, or a die-hard college gymnastics fan, you have to add to your regular reading – if you haven’t already. is the single most comprehensive portal of information, news, results, and community for college gymnastics. Every single Division I, II, and III NCAA school that has a women’s (or men’s) gymnastics program is listed – with links to their websites. Additionally, there is an extensive database of gymnasts from across the US (and beyond) that are eligible for recruiting during any given year and it is updated as gymnasts make verbal and written commitments to various schools.

Categories : Gymnastics, NCAA, Resources
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Junior Drake, known for its designer genuine leather handbags at affordable pricing and for its inspirational message “It’s not the Bag, it’s the Girl!” kicked off 2011 by launching the “Herbie” men’s line including a signature “Herbie” duffel bag.

They sent me a Herbie duffel bag and wallet to review and let me just say WOW! Now, I know this is supposed to be a “men’s” duffel bag, but I am going to put a red ribbon on the handle and claim it as my own. The leather is thick but amazingly soft and I love the brushed silver hardware. It has a zippered top closure, double handle and an adjustable shoulder strap. The duffel is available in brown genuine leather with brown silk lining or black genuine leather and a cool green silk lining.

As you can see from the photo, the Herbie duffel is plenty big enough to hold all the gear a gal (or guy) would need for a day at the golf course or a quick weekend trip. The silk lining is a very nice touch and there is a roomy interior zippered pocket and two open top pockets perfect for stashing your phone or wallet.

Speaking of wallets, Junior Drake also sent me the “Herbie” wallet that goes with the duffel bag. My husband loves it. Again, the first thing I noticed was the quality of the leather – it is just so soft! My husband likes the configuration of the slots for credit cards and ID and the divided pocket for cash (he uses one section for cash and the other section for receipts). Keep the “Herbie” line in mind come time for Dad’s birthday or Father’s Day. The Herbie line is definitely style meeting function – and doing it well!

Junior Drake will be adding an exclusive line of “Herbie” golf accessories which will include “Herbie” logo hats and golf towels, too. Now if we can just convince them to release a ladies golf line! I’m sure it would be beautiful – based on what I have seen of their handbags.

Junior Drake Handbags has teamed up with the Golf Channel reality show “Pipe Dream” with an exclusive offer for both handbag lovers and golf fans!

Watch “Pipe Dream” which premiered January 11th on the Golf Channel to see Mark Burk resume his journey to become a touring professional. After playing for many years, then leaving the game, Mark is picking up the club again and with the support of his friends, will seek to fulfill his dream. The Junior Drake Herbie line will appear on episode numbers 6 and 7. Enter “Pipe Dream” at checkout and receive 60% off your purchase.

And don’t forget what Herbie always says:
“You’ve Gotta FINISH!”

**Disclosure: I did receive both the Herbie Duffel and the wallet to review, however, all opinions of the product are my own.

Categories : Golf, On TV
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