Thursday, March 31, 2011

Game Day Goodies: White Chocolate Frito Popcorn

I don't know about you all but I HAVE to mix my salty with something sweet when it comes to snacking. I also have to admit a certain fondness for Fritos :) So when I found this recipe I was in heaven.

8 cups of popped popcorn
1 lb. (16 ounces) white chocolate or almond bark
2 cups Frito's, crushed

Pop corn according to package directions. Put popped corn and crushed Fritos into a large bowl. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Pour melted chocolate over popcorn mixture and stir to coat completely. Pour onto a wax paper or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with M&Ms. Allow to cool and dry.

I found this recipe here.

We have a winner...

and it's Rachel Gustafson!!

Thanks to everyone who entered....tune in for the next one in April!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sport Princess Photo/Story of the Week...

I'm in Australia today ... working on something very exciting for the Sport Princess series! I will share after we are all official ... *grin*

But it made me think of the Australian women's soccer team, and I found this super cute picture of the Australian team, "Matildas". This picture was taken after a victory against Canada in China's FIFA World Cup, moving them up into the Quarter Finals. 

The next Women's World Cup is actually this year, in Germany between June 26 and July 17th!

We will be starting a new month April 1st with a new spotlighted sport!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

1 day left to enter to win Soccer freebies and Dick's Sporting Goods card!

Our March Soccer month is coming near to a close - and we are also nearing the end of our free soccer giveaway! You still have one day to enter to win all the pictured items - and it's easy to enter! 

All you have to do is comment with what your eligible entries are! If you just comment alone, you have an entry... if you follow the blog, that's another one, if you "Like" us on Facebook, that's another one, if you do a posting on the blog that's another way, etc etc. You still have to comment with your entry in order to win though - it's easy! And your chances are high of winning - see comments so far! :) 

You can comment with all your entries up until March 30th at 12AM PST

Winner will be announced on Thursday on Facebook, and emailed to the address provided.

It's just for fun to close out this month of soccer - we will be going into our next Sport on April 1st, and there will be a new free giveaway at the end of every month! Here are the full giveaway details again and where to comment! 

Cheers and good luck!!

$25 at Dick's Sporting Goods... and more giveaways too - see full details and where to enter here

Monday, March 28, 2011

Athlete Spotlight: 7 year old lioness, Malia

I've been excited to share today's spotlight about little Malia and her soccer studliness! When her mom, Mandy, posted on the blog contest about one of her Sport Princess's achievements, I asked her to send me more information so I could learn more. I'm so happy she did!

"Her name is Malia, she is 7 yrs old and in the 2nd grade. She started playing recreational soccer when she was 4 yrs old and knew right away she wanted to be a goalkeeper.  She joined a select team, "traveling team", when she was 6 yrs old. Her team won numerous tourrnaments and there was an entire season where they were undefeated.  

She plays year round, and even played in a "soccer in the sand" tournament at Lake Michigan's Grand Haven beach.  One of her most memorable tournaments was on the campus of University of Michigan. Her team took 1st place and posed for pictures with the head coach of U of M's men's soccer team. We have also traveled with Malia's team to the campus of Michigan State University. She escorted the female college team onto the field at the start of the big Michigan vs Michigan State soccer game. At half time, her team got to play an exhibition game for the crowd! 

Malia has been compared to a caged lioness when she is in goalkeeper mode. She never takes her eye off the ball, paces back and forth like she could attack at any moment! :)

She has been kicked in the stomach many times and gets right back up. Except that one time when she carried off the field! She has also been kicked in the mouth while diving on a ball. She took a minute to compose herself, got up and shook herself off and when the referee asked if she was ok she replied, "I'm ok, let's play".  Afterwards she told me in disgust, "His foot was in my mouth!".
Malia is highly competitive, and puts her all into everything that she does. She is a straight A student and has tested above her grade level in reading and math. She is a very compassionate girl, and a great friend. She has a love of animals and decided on her own that she does not want to eat any meat. I'm sure this is challenging for her living with a family of meat eaters! One day in the grocery store she was horrified to read the word "lamb" on a package of meat. She picked it up and hugged it and said "I'm sorry someone had to kill you". This morning, on the way to school, she saw a dead skunk on the side of the road and said "that skunk had hopes and dreams!"

Little Sport Princess, Malia
I think what makes Malia's accomplishments so amazing to me is the fact that she was born tongue tied, pigeon toed and with poor vision in one eye. She spoke very little at the age of 3, and underwent surgery to clip the skin holding her tongue down. She got her first pair of glasses this school year and looks adorable in them! She is still very much pigeon toed and it is amazing how quick her footwork is when she is dribbling the ball around other players on her way to score a goal. She has over come these obstacles and is excelling in spite of them!"

And here is Malia's contribution: "Malia would also like you to know her favorite soccer player is Lionel Messi. She HAD to have his replica Barcelona jersey last weekend as soon as she saw it! She will also be attending 3 Lions Soccer Academy Summer Camp this coming July." :)

WOW. What a darling, motivated, inspirational Sport Princess. MANDY - you write well - I love how you worded all of this, and being able to picture the pacing caged lioness. Also, that's an appropriate nickname since she loves Lionel Messi and is attending the 3 Lions Academy Summer Camp. I love this girl already, thank you for sharing her information!

*For any other submissions for the weekly spotlight, please email to

Friday, March 25, 2011

Game Day Goodies: Cinnamon Tortilla Chips n Fruit Salsa

How is it that everytime I sit down to share a recipe, I am instantly STARVING!!
I'm going to need a "fourth meal" after I write this out.

This quick and easy yummy-ness is a HIT with the kids! And, well..... me.

Ingredient ideas for fruit salsa:
1 peeled and diced apple
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 sliced bananas
2 sliced kiwis (optional) (delicious!)
1 Tablespoon lime juice
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

Ingredients for tortilla chips:
Flour tortillas
Cookies Spray
Cinnamon and sugar!

Toss the fruit together and chill in the fridge before serving... (Another alternative is Costco's peach mango salsa!)

For the chips, preheat oven to 350. Slice flour tortillas into triangles... (I stack them in a pile like pancakes and then slice it like a pizza with a pizza cutter) Arrange the tortilla triangles in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Spray with cooking spray, and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar!
Bake for 5-8 minutes, watching carefully.

Voila! A sweet, crispy ... and healthier version of chips and salsa!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My dream vehicle, worthy of tough sporty adventures

I've been drooling over these for as long as I can remember. 

My husband can tell you about the countless times I've been mid-sentence with him, only to stop immediately, googly-eye-stare-down a passing Land Rover Defender 90, then to shake my head back to reality, not remembering what I was even saying.

I recall another distinct afternoon when I was driving home from work that a yellow Defender passed me on a narrow bridge. Afterwards when I closed my open mouth and put my eyes back on the road, it dawned on me that the guy driving the Defender wasn't that bad looking either. He must have thought I was looking at HIM. I'm so naive sometimes. But I hope it did things for his ego.

They are RARE. They stopped building them in the states in the late 90's. And even when you do find the rare one for sale, the prices are usually still in the upper 30k to 40k+ range, even with high miles!

But it's the ultimate, rugged vehicle for me, out in the elusive fairytale of my existence. 
So this week when I finally found a parking spot in front of a new restaurant in Washington for a lunch appointment, I was surprised to see a white Land Rover Defender parked right next door, For Sale. It's like a magnet to me, I don't even remember my legs taking me to the car. I may have heard harps and birds tweeting in the distance. 139k miles, 1994, $22,000. 

I would love to put a big Sport Princess decal on this baby. A bright turquoise blue one. Or orange.

I've heard "Someday" is a dangerous word. But what else can I say? Someday I will own a Land Rover Defender. I know it's petty... so for now, I will keep daydreaming.

White defender for sale I found

Sport Princess Photo/Story of the Week

I was sent this picture recently that reminded me of a poster I've seen. I don't know if it was intentionally posed this way, and I love it! A Sport Princess is an empowered girl, much like the famous motto on this poster: "We can do it!"
Ana, Sport Princess

This is little Ana, who won the Sport Princess Photo contest last summer. Here is the link to her mom's blog post:

Please submit your sporty pictures or stories to be used for this weekly slot! I will link to your blog. Email to

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March Soccer Giveaway! Lots of hot pink soccer freebies

Today I am kicking off a fun Soccer Giveaway for March! At the end of every month, after unveiling one of the 12 Sport Princesses and highlighting that sport, I have fantastic freebies to give one winner! New items every month. That means that after you're following us, you'll get to see the new sport-themed giveaways every month for this next year!

YAY! Here's what we've got for you this week:
Beaded soccer bracelet!

Hot pink and gray camo Soccer Ball, size 3

Girl's hot pink soccer socks
Sport Princess sticker decal! Choose any color, size is 8 inches
Hot Pink Armband!

Plus $25 bucks at Dick's Sporting Goods for you!
(You can use it to buy online if you don't have a local one)
Retail value of all of the above is $75. Saweeet!
So how do you win these free soccer goodies? Just follow the directions below... there are LOTS of way to be entered into the drawing! We will run this giveaway for just ONE WEEK! Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, March 30th, with the winner announced on Facebook next Thursday 31st, and emailed to email address provided below!

If you would like to enter this giveaway, here is what to do:

     -Just leave a comment below with your email address!

Extra entries available:
Leave an additional comment with your email address for each extra entry below! This is the easiest way for me to track multiple entries :)
      -"Follow" my Sport Princess Blog
     -"Like" us on Facebook
     -Share this giveaway link on your facebook wall
     -Blog about this giveaway, linking back to this post (leave a link to your post in your comment)
     -Grab our Sport Princess button for your blog

For example, if you are already a follower of my blog you would comment: "already a follower. here's my email:"
And then if you did a facebook post, you would also comment: "Posted on facebook today. email:"
And then you do a blog post on your blog you comment: "Here is the link to my blog post today: http://www.jfkld;jj/.etc" :)

(Hey, that means that if you "like" on facebook, or have our Sport Princess button on your blog, and/or follow our blog, you automatically have entries in all the future giveaways this year!!)
Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! You have until next Wednesday to spread the word and help us get Sport Princess out there more... good luck! Hugs, BH

Monday, March 21, 2011

UK Athlete Spotlight: Rachel Yankey

This week I'm taking you to the UK to highlight one of England's finest players, a midfielder with Arsenal Ladies,
Rachel Yankey!

Rachel Yankey, #11, Arsenal
Not only is this all star playing for the Women's FIFA World Cup on England's National Team this year (nicknamed the "Three Lionesses")...

...but off the field, Rachel often works with children and youth, coaching football skills. She even created her own Rachel Yankey Football Academy in London a couple years ago, where she receives grants and teaches young primary girls and young ethnic minority groups how to play football for free! WOW. She is all heart for the game, and working with children. Here's a video where Rachel plugs youngins getting involved in the London Youth Games, over 30 sports:

She started playing on boy's teams when she was younger. Now, with 105 caps (football appearances) under her belt, she's got the most experience then all the other ladies on the Englad squad. I admire her humility, for how good she really is, and how she is giving back to the kids in the communities around her!

(I know where I'm going first when looking for coaches for the Sport Princess camp down the road!!)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Game Day Goodies: Buckeyes!

I lived in Dublin during my High School years... okay I wish that one... Dublin OHIO... and became an avid Ohio State Buckeye Fan! During my Senior Year, I did an Athletic Training internship at Ohio State for a week, spending some time with the football players in the locker room too. (I still heart Joe Germaine)
One of my favorite football game day goodies comes from this time in my life. The school mascot for OSU is Brutus the buckeye! (huh?) 

bc the Buckeye is the Ohio state nut! 

But I do love Brutus, and I DO love this chocolate peanut butter version of the Buckeye nut. Enjoy!!!


  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
  2. Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.
  4. Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.

Peanut Butter Chocolate BUCKEYES! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Soccer Princess eBook

NEW: The cover for the Soccer Princess eBook that will be available for the iPad this Spring as well! 

The Soccer Princess: Josephina and the Gown Fashion Runway Show, eBook version

This version has a slightly different cover, due to the different size layout, to fit on the iPad best. I don't have the hard date yet, of both. But we're getting close! "Follow" the Blog or "Like" on Facebook for exact timing and big discounts right away :) xo. BH

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hot Pink Soccer Cake

Sport Princess photo of the week! 
I haven't made this yet ... but was looking through soccer pictures online with my little Mack and she saw this and INSISTS (something along the lines of please please pretty please with sugar on top momma?) on having it for her bday in June. Sweet!

Hot Pink Soccer Cake

Feel free to submit your sporty pictures or stories to and I'll share here, linking to your blog! 


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

As we get closer ...

I'm starting to get excited. nervous. butterflies. I just have about another month and a half before I will get to finally have this first Sport Princess book - for the Soccer Princess - in my hands. 

But it makes me think ... I've always wondered if famous singers get sick of singing the same songs over and over again, and then hearing them afterwards played over and over on the radio, usually months and years after they've produced them? Or what about novel writers, who write, rewrite, edit, re-edit hundreds of pages of manuscript before it's official, then to wait an endless time before having it in print. Do they enjoy reading it that first time after it's published? And what do movie stars think as they watch their million dollar movie at the box office after they filmed it in bits and pieces? I imagine it's weird being on the flip side. You're obviously biased... yet you're also your own worst critic. Will I still like reading the Soccer Princess book after I have it in my hands? 

I have one of the book proofs from the printer right now - a paper version - not true color, but it's called a "Plotter Proof", showing how all the pages fit together right. Mack requested it for her bedtime story a couple nights ago, and when it was over, she sighed and told me "I love that story mom, can you read it again?" It's moments like those - or the days when she responds better to "Josephina" then she does to "Mackayla" ... that I remember why I created the Sport Princess series in the first place. For her. And it already did exactly as I hoped it would. So no matter how the books end up doing, or what I think, the most important thing to me is that my little Mack became my true Sport Princess, and how she squeals in delight when she sees her picture next to mine on the back inside jacket of the book. 

Of course, it would be a dream come true to watch other little girls also transform from Disney Princess high-heelers to Sport Princess hot pink cleats and jerseys... but in the meantime, my little one is everything I could have hoped for. Hugs. BH 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Athlete Spotlight: Abby Wambach

As we are in the midst of March Soccer month, I have to tell you about an active soccer gal on the US Team, and currently playing for Washington Freedom... miss Abby Wambach.

As far as I've read, this is one hardcore chick, ever since she was hatched. Abby is the youngest of seven children, and learned defense quickly. Her brothers put hockey pads on her so they could practice shooting their hockey pucks at her. Her siblings would raid her food, until she learned to quickly bite each French fry in half on her plate before they had the chance. Abby shares her secret advice: "Always cut your underwear a little so that when your brothers hang you on the doorknob, it will tear away easier."

So it comes as no surprise that she shreds it up on the soccer field.  In Abby's first youth league, she was transferred from the girls team to the boys team after scoring 27 goals in just 3 games. TODAY, She has quickly become "one of the most dangerous strikers in the world" ... with the best goals-per-game-ratio in US history ... 101 goals in 131 games at the end of 2009. And here's my favorite part of that: 41 of those goals were made with her head. 

PLUS she likes to surf. 
And play video games with the other US Soccer mom's kids. 
............ And she has an English Bulldog named Kingston. WHO can ride a skateboard. 

I can't even ride a skateboard. Not to say I haven't tried ... but I've had kaboodles more success and fun sliding down the skateboard ramps and pipes on my butt than standing up on a skateboard. And yes, that was on purpose, during early mornings before the skaters were at the park to watch. (And I didn't even take a skateboard with me) Different story.

Here's a quick vid on Abby Wambach, followed by a much longer vid of a skateboardin' English Bulldog. Enjoy :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Game Day Goodies: Frito Dog

Um.... can I just say that I want to bear hug whoever wrote the inspirational piece I found: "30 ways to top a dog"......... all about different ways to dress a hot dog for game food! NOW we're talkin'! Don't worry, these are not my next 30 Friday recipe spots. However I will definitely throw a favorite in every so often. These are a cinch, and are an exciting twist on your classic hot dog! Just in case my mom reads this, I should add that you should always buy Nitrate Free hot dogs:) Aka Trader Jo's. 
Okay with that disclaimer aside, here we go:

Hot Dogs
Toasted hot dog buns
Your favorite bean chili
Shredded cheese
Pickled Jalapeños
Crushed FRITOS

Directions: Well, basically, load them all up together in your toasted bun! Check out this picture below for aesthetically pleasing-ness. Leave out the Jalapeños for your little niños. Grub a lub!

Yummmm. Frito Dog!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mackayla's first soccer goal ... except ...

My little SP Mack is almost 5 now (June), and now that I'm seeing all the Spring Soccer signups, it makes me think back to last fall - her first soccer season - and her first-ever soccer goal. First of all, I love the little warm-ups and exercises they have these little kids do in soccer practice. Like dribbling around the cones before they know ball control so you either have kids chasing down soccer balls across the field that they've kicked way hard, or, like my daughter, you have a little girl in a skirt taking the tiniest... timid-like baby kicks that go about 2 inches in front of her cleats, her eyes focused on the grass in front of her, so carefully going around each cone that there's a huge lineup of the other kids behind her. :) 

For Mack's first game, I hadn't explained the rules of the game to her yet, (What more was there to kick the ball in the goal?) But quickly discovered that, oh yeah, she needs to learn about what direction you are going. Because, YES, her FIRST ever soccer goal was for the other team. But it was so beautiful I almost cried. She crossed the entire field to get it into the goal, and she was so proud, I just couldn't tell her it was for the wrong team. In fact, she still doesn't know. I will save that for later. She jumped and whooped and had so much fun that I remembered, that's the real reason to play. I'm just happy she likes being out there, likes to run, likes to meet new people, wants to play again. :)

My little Sport Princess, Mack

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sport Princess Photo/Story of the Week

I have to share this picture I found of a young girl playing soccer - look at her form! 
And the HUUUGGE stride as she is stretching out to kick the soccer ball! 
Also I love the pure focus and concentration on her face. 
I wonder is this something you can teach? 
Or is it just a natural inherited trait? 

Sport Princess photo of the week
Feel free to submit a sporty picture or story for this weekly piece to and I'll share your blog or webpage along with it!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Soccer Princess book update: Sneak Peek

The Soccer Princess: Josephina and the Gown Fashion Runway Show is just around the corner! With the first volume in the Sport Princess series at the printer right now, we are looking at a Spring release date. We will have an ebook version available at the same time. I hope it's worth the is just a sneak peek at some of the illustrations by Kristin Abbott in the book!!

Princess Josephina

Jo playing soccer before the Royal Ball

Perfectly Pink Princess Etiquette School Schedule

Sam's first day at Princess Etiquette School (Baseball Princess)

Book 2 - Baseball Princess - is already more than halfway illustrated too. I love how both turned out and can't wait for you to see. :) 
As far as overseas rights go - my lovely Irish agents, Prizeman & Kinsella, are headed to the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy at the end of March -- and then the London Book Fair a few weeks later in April. I will keep you updated!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Athlete Spotlight: Milene Domingues

Something about this athlete intrigues me! Today I want to spotlight Milene Domingues, a Brazilian midfielder who retired after 2009 at just age 30. Can you imagine?

Beforehand, Milene was a Brazilian MODEL that decided to play soccer (football, in Brazil) and became the highest paid player in Spain. She was first famous for being married to Ronaldo, a very well known soccer player in Brazil. She later married Spanish soccer player David Aganzo, who is still playing today.

The ex-model also holds the record for ball juggling - keeping a soccer ball off the ground for 9 hours, with 55,198 touches!

I think what impresses me most is that someone who is beautiful - and the camera loves - turned away from that to play an active, fast paced sport instead! She even played on the National Team.

Anything is possible! Without knowing her, I am proud of Milene!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Game Day Goodies: Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Yummmmm I am salivating as I type this already. If you haven't had these yet - they are a must try! Easy ingredients, fast procedure, super delicious! I've made these several times for football parties, new years, and, well, even breakfast. Talk about the perfect mixture of carmelized sugar, grease, and meat.

Bacon Wrapped Lil' Smokies!

1 package beef cocktail weiners (14 ounce)
1 pound bacon, sliced into thirds
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar (or more to taste!)

Preheat oven to 325. Wrap each lil' smokie with bacon, securing with a toothpick. Place on a large baking sheet. Then sprinkle generously with brown sugar! Bake for about 40 minutes, until the brown sugar is warm and bubbly. Serve hot, or keep warm in a slow cooker on low setting until ready to party! This is supposed to yield "16 servings" ... but whatever, it's more like 3 or 4 at my house. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sport Princess Photo/Story of the Week...

Today's story of the week comes from our very own Sport Princess illustrator, Kristin Abbott, about her mom! I love this true story about the ultimate Sport Princess, back in the day:

"Here's a story my Dad likes to tell about my Mom. One day when she was pushing a stroller with two tots (my sister and I) through the park, a loose basketball from a pick-up game crossed her path. My eight and a half months pregnant Mom picked up the ball and executed a perfect lefty hook shot. All the guys in the game laughed and exclaimed "You could never make that shot again in a million years." "Oh yeah," said my Mom, and she proceeded to do it again, and again and again until all those guys went silent. She is an original Sports Princess -- luckily, in her home town of Gackle, North Dakota, a variety of sports were available to girls in the 1950's and she played basketball and ran hurdles and was a cheerleader. This was not true of so many places in our country back then. My mom loves sports!"

Shared by Kristin Abbott,

Feel free to submit a sporty picture or story for this weekly piece to and I'll share your blog or webpage along with it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March is for SOCCER!

Here we go. Volume 1, Princess 1.

Josephina ... "Jo" ... came to me first, and she was also the easiest to create. Especially how she looked. Slightly latino, beautiful hot pink gown, but soccer accessories - the soccer socks, cleats, armband, headband, lots of black and white too. Proper parents who didn't understand... who just wished their princess daughter would act like the rest of the princesses in town did. This first book in the series is about a young princess finding who she really is.

Soccer was MY first sport, and probably my favorite sport still, back from my early years going to Uintah Elementary. I was fast. My dad took me running with him often, and would put us me in local races. We played soccer out on the recess field almost every day, and my friends and I joined a "Leopards" team and played on Saturdays.

I was viscious and jealous back then though. I had a major crush on my favorite boyfriend (friend/boy), Taylor Moncur. A grade younger than me, super cute blonde boyish boy. (How can you not be boyish though? I was in 3rd grade, he in 2nd!) I used to think he was "mine". We were good friends, playing kissing tag, (my first kiss) trying not to bump elbows when we walked on the sidewalk because that meant we were getting married, running wild together. But then he got a girlfriend in 2nd grade with him, a pretty girl who played aggressively on an opposing soccer team. One of my favorite memories is when we played her team, and she was dribbling the soccer ball my way and I went to kick the ball as hard as I could, only, whoops, missing completely and nailing her in the shin instead.
Don't worry, she didn't even cry. She didn't even know who I was. But it was my little secret, and I felt better afterwards.

Now fast forward 4 years to 7th grade. I was living in Kansas at the time, and two of my girlfriends and I joined a co-ed indoor soccer leage. (whatever. It was so a boy's league. We were the only girls there) Only my little missing-the-soccer-ball-instead-kicking-the-shins didn't work anymore. I remember one time I literally missed and kicked this tall, bronze, god-like muscled male in the shins. (Wait, wasn't this 7th grade?) But instead of inflicting any pain on the guy, MY foot twisted completely backwards, and I was out for a couple weeks. There was my karma, call it what you will. :)