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I Interviewed and worked out with Dominique Dawes and Tide Pods


Last week I took a gymnastics class with Dominique Dawes as part of the Small But Powerful Tide Pods event. She’s one of the Magnificent Seven and was literally one of my child heroes. Coupling that with my major Olympic fever I consider it a win that I managed to not pass out during my interview with her — although her workout had me sore for two days. Tide is a sponsor of the Olympics and of Dawes and Simone Biles who both appear in their The Evolution of Power video. Drawing parallels on how detergents have evolved from large amounts of powder, to a cup of liquid and now Tide Pods. It illustrates how the amounts of detergent have gotten smaller over time and more powerful.  Biles exemplifies this #smallbutpowerful message, ruling the sport at 4 feet 8″. Check out their campaign video:


I think it’s great, since at 5′ 9″, I now have an excuse as to why my splits looks like this…


Dawes led us in a stretch and gymnastics 101 class before the instructors took over to have us use the facility at Chelsea Piers, while we rotated having 1 on 1 interviews with her. dominque-dawes-tidepods

My Interview with Dominique Dawes:

PC: What would go through your head when you’re competing at the Olympics?

DD: I try to take myself back to my home gym, the gym that I started at in Wheaton, Maryland… Because that was where I started, where I fell in love with the sport, and where it was fun. It wasn’t a back job then so I would always have that vision in my head when I was competing.

PC: What are your top 3 beauty products?

DD: My top three are water, Black African Soap and natural, organic Shea Butter. (Brands were not specified).


PC: What is your best stress management tip

DD: Breathing. Relax, take a deep breath and count to 10. Because when you’re not relaxing and you’re not breathing, and you’re not just taking things in and putting them into perspective, you over analyze. And that’s when paralyze yourself from doing things.

PC: What is your biggest stress management tip?

DD: Taking one step at a type. I used to be very type A and it was all about productivity, productivity, plan, plan, plan. But now as a mother of two and being a wife it’s about taking one step at a time and if you don’t get it all done, oh well there’s going to be another day ahead if you’re blessed.

For anyone that missed Biles Small but Powerful Tide Pods commercial it’s worth a watch:


Thank you Tide for this truly special experience!

Vote Our Next Olympic Flag Bearer: Go Chris Fogt!


I can not believe the Olympics are less then a week away! And that one of my best friends from High School is up for the honor of being the flag bearer during the Parade of Nations at the Opening Ceremony. NBC has

Ariat outfits the U.S. 2012 Olympic Equestrian team + Scope their Fall Collection

It’s official, fashion brand Ariat, known for their western styles and professional riding gear will outfit the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team for the 2012 London Games. As the official apparel supplier and partner of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), Ariat will provide Team USA with official team gear, which includes a cap, jacket and polo for men and women in traditional red, white and blue. In addition to the team gear, Ariat will also support some of the members of Team USA with leading performance riding apparel such as breeches, red show coats (for Show Jumping), and show shirts.

As for any of us not participating in the Olympic games, here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store for fall.

{Check out this footwear!}

{The detailing on their cowboy boots is pure craftsmanship}

{See what I mean…}

{If I owned a horse, I’d be all over these riding shoes — I want a made-for-walking-not-riding version!}

{This style caught my fancy, I like the western meets simplicity vibe to it}

{I’m also partial to these for hiking in the woods}

{Ariat also has a full line of belts and clothing for men and women launching this fall}

Select styles photographed are currently available on their website. The rest you have to wait until fall. Learn more about Ariat and the collection at Ariat.com