Puffin Picks 10.5

Puffin Picks

I have more repeat appearances on my list this week than usual. But great stuff is worthy of being called out, even if I’ve done it before.

Read prior Puffin Picks posts.

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Puffin Picks

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle

I’ve mentioned the Hidrate Spark in two earlier blog posts. First was an ‘I haven’t tried it, but I’m intrigued’ shout out after the IDEA World fitness conference where I first discovered it. Then I did an ‘I’ve tried it and loved it’ shout out in an earlier Puffin Picks post.


The Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle

So why is it getting a repeat appearance so soon?

Two weeks ago, the batteries in my Hidrate Spark died. Given my settings, they lasted about 2 months (which is longer than I expected them to live). I didn’t have replacement batteries on hand, so I figured I’d go back to my regular ‘dumb’ water bottles.

At that point, I’d been using the Hidrate Spark (which tracks how much water you drink and connects to an app showing your hydration levels) for 4 or 5 months. I’d learned how great I feel when I’m fully hydrated. I (thought) I’d gotten into the habit of drinking more throughout the day. My runs generally felt so much easier when I drank enough water.

I thought I’d be able to maintain my water consumption habit even when my water drinking wasn’t being tracked.

I was wrong.

After 2 days of using regular water bottles, I realized I’d barely finished one 24 ounce bottle of water each day. I immediately reverted to my old (bad) water consumption habits.

There just seems to be something about the tracking and recording of water consumption that clicks in my brain and makes me do it.

Errand run, new batteries purchased, and my Hidrate is back in business.

And just like that, I’m back to 100% of my water consumption goal.

The road to my being fully hydrated leads directly through this water bottle.

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Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme

I’m just past the peak week of ultramarathon training, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that my feet are more than a little abused. I’ve been really good about rolling out and massaging my feet (Thanks [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LX72D9A’ text=’MobiPoint’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’sarakurth-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8a83949c-c82e-11e8-9c10-73850cae423d’]), but that isn’t enough.

In the last few weeks specifically, my feet have gotten more than a little gross with gnarly callouses and dry spots. If I was a different kind of girl, I’d go to a spa for a real foot massage or get a pedicure, but I hate that kind of stuff. So I went DIY.

I slathered my feet in Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme, put on a pair of fuzzy socks, put my feet up and relaxed.

The Creme (I’d say the texture is more like loose petroleum jelly than ‘creme’), is made with coconut oil, peppermint, and rosemary. It softened and revived my feet.

Although there is a chance just putting my feet up for a little while helped.

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Candy Corn & Peanuts

’Tis the season!

I know candy corn is divisive. Even I think it can be too sweet (and I have a raging sweet tooth) when eaten by itself.


Last year, someone told me the best (and easiest) recipe ever – mix one bag of candy corn and a jar of salted dry roasted peanuts.


Peanuts and Candy Corn
That’s it.

I thought of this recipe again when I was running the Rocky Ridge Half last weekend. I got on a kick of eating Payday bars at the aid stations. This candy corn/peanut mix tastes just like Paydays.

After the race, I couldn’t get it out of my head.

Since candy corn was on sale at Target, I made a stop on my way home.


I’ve seen other recipes on Pinterest adding more stuff into the mix: pretzels, dried fruit or the like.

I say keep it simple, but to each their own.

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Picnic At Hanging Rock

Originally a novel, I first saw the 1970s Peter Weir movie version about Australian school girls many years ago. I’d heard the movie was ‘spooky’ and ‘eerie’ and atmospheric. I finished the movie thinking I must have missed something because I found it quite boring.

I probably should revisit the movie – it’s been decades since I’ve seen it.

Earlier this year, a new re-telling of the story appeared on Amazon Prime. This mini-series stars Natalie Dormer as the mistress of the girls’ school whose pupils disappear during a Valentines Day picnic.

I don’t know if I’d call this version ‘eerie’ either, but it is atmospheric, and well worth a watch.

It’s really good on its own, but I also found it very reminiscent in time and place of my beloved Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which is always a plus in my book.

Picnic At Hanging Rock is available on Amazon Prime Video



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