Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Save Daily With Groupon Coupon

Though this post is sponsored by Groupon Coupons
All opinions expressed are my own 100% unbiased.

Do you shop with coupons? For the last five years or so I have saved thousands of dollars using coupons. I use them for everything. I must confess though, until a couple months ago I had not heard of Groupon Coupons. Having been a huge fan of Groupon for a long time, I decided to check out the coupon section and couldn't believe all the stores listed. They had deals on everything. These are stores you shop at all the time, so why not save money doing it. 
While searching the stores found hundreds listed. I was excited to see I can use Groupon to save by shopping online or by using my mobile device in store. This means I can shop Travelocity for a hotel deal near my favorite mall and then shop til I drop at all my favorite stores. I can hit Macy's and Kohl's for housewares then head to Carter's to find deals for the little guys. 
I was most excited to see my favorite clothing store there. Lane Bryant carries all the clothes I have loved for many years. Now that I am on my weight loss journey I am counting on Groupon Coupons to keep me clothed in style while I go down sizes. 
Go check them out, I bet you can find a deal that's perfect for you.
Check out Groupon on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news on deals.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Week 2 Nutrisystem

The post is written as part of a 3 month agreement with Nutrisystem. They provide all food and I post for them.
The fact that they have provided food in no way influences my thoughts and opinion of products. 

Here it is the end of my second week on the Nutrisystem diet. I have heard many times that the second week is the hardest week as far as weight loss showing on the scales. I am sure hoping that is true because I have worked my butt off all week but I only see .8 pounds lost.
The one thing that I have been doing to keep me on track this week is using the NuMi app. This app is made by Nutrisystem and helps me stay focused.
"NuMi is all about personalizing your online weight loss program experience. Backed by 40 years of Nutrisystem expertise, users are able to manage their progress with greater ease."
After downloading the app you can use this to log in your meals and keep track of calories. This also has over 12,000 recipes and gives you the nutritional info on the menus at over 300 restaurant chains. This helps you tremendously in making informed decisions on what you are putting into your body. 
I took the boys out to eat this week. Instead of bringing my food with me, I figured I would just order something there. With NuMi I was able to pick out a meal that was filling and stayed under the calories in the average Nutrisystem meal.
I also love knowing that with NuMi I have moral support at my fingertips. Nutrisystem has included a live chat feature for when you need to reach out for help.  
NuMi is available to download free from the Apple Store and from Google Play.
I have to admit I was discouraged when I stepped on the scale this week, but I am determined to keep going forward on this journey, These extra pounds did not get here overnight and they will not go away overnight.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Favorite Summer Roadtrip Apps

 I am writing this post as part of the Verizon Wireless Lifestyle Bloggers program. Being part of the program does not in anyway influence this post in anyway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Summer is coming fast. One of my favorite summer activities is taking roadtrips with the family. If you are headed out on the road, be it for a day trip or the whole summer, there are some great apps to help you on the way. I would love to share a few of my favorites with you. 

1: PackPoint
For any trip you're planning it's great to have the right clothes packed. PackPoint will help you organize your suitcase based on trip details. All you do is input the where you are traveling, trip length, and your gender, then the type of trip you are planning. Business or pleasure, formal events or all casual. PackPoint will then make a list of clothes, accessories, toiletries and more that you will want to take along with you. 

2: Along The Way
Most people research their destination to find cool things to do while they are there. With Along the way your adventures don't have to begin when you arrive, you can find fun things to do all along the way. Begin by adding your starting point and destination and the app will search for food, sights and attractions on the way.

3: Field Trip
Ever wish you knew more about the places you visit? Field Trip will tell you all about your surrounding without the cost of a personal guide. 
With Field Trip you will discover interesting things in the world around you. It helps you learn everything from the local history to the best places to hang out and shop. 
Field Trip runs in the background on your phone and pops up when you are close to something interesting. You can either read the card or, if you have bluetooth or a headset, your phone will read it for you. 

4: Free RV Campgrounds & Parking
Did you know that in every state you can find free places to stay for the night? This app shows you the local spots available to you. It is geared toward those traveling in an RV but if you're in your car and looking for a spot to nap there are many listed that will accommodate your needs.  
The places available include campgrounds, truck stops, casinos and chain stores.

5: Waze
Waze is a great app to help find out real time traffic and road info. It is a community based app that alerts you of accidents and other delays in traffic. Save time and money by avoiding situations before you get to them.

These are just a few great apps to help you on your trips this summer. Do you have a favorite? Share it below.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cirque du Soleil Ovo Bangor Maine Mother's Day Giveaway

Perhaps you remember me telling you about the Cirque du Soleil Ovo performance coming to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Maine
If you are local you will be excited to know that I was given a four pack of tickets to give away for Mother's day. 
Good Luck guys!!!

Cirque du Soleil Ovo Bangor Maine Mother's Day Giveaway

Cirque du Soleil Ovo Mother's Day Ticket Giveaway

Monday, April 25, 2016

All Moms Are Special Giveaway Hop

When I found out that Miss Molly Says and Mom Does Reviews were hosting an All Moms are Special Giveaway Hop I couldn't wait to contact my favorite people at
Udderly Smooth and ask if they would like to sponsor my giveaway. I am happy to let you know that they said yes. 

If you haven't gotten the chance to try Udderly Smooth you are really missing out. There are so many uses for their products other then just a hand cream. 
"Made in the USA for over thirty years, Udderly Smooth® products contain rich moisturizing ingredients. Not your average moisturizing lotion- Udderly Smooth® can be used on Dry Skin, Cracked Skin, forDiabetes Foot Care, as a Facial Moisturizer, as a General Moisturizing Lotion and many other uses.
Pioneered by a Pharmacist, reasonably priced and made in America’s heartland. Use Udderly Smooth® daily for smooth, soft skin head to toe.
Look for the lotion with the black and white cow spots. Try it and get Udderly Smooth®" 
If your interested in seeing how their USA company keeps a big business small Check out Udderly Smooth on MSNBC.


Win an assortment of Udderly Smooth Product from this site, then hit the Links below to find some more great giveaways. 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Why Choose Nutrisystem

Photo from Nutrisystem Website
I am a Nutrisystem Blogger. I am provided the food in exchange for my blog posts
and social shares. What you are about to read is my honest opinions about the products
are my 100% honest and unbiased opinions on the diet and product.

A full week down on the Nutrisystem Diet. This was Turbo Takeoff week. This is Nutrisystem's way of jumpstarting your weightloss journey. The biggest question I was asked is if I was hungry all the time. No, infact it was quite the opposite. Just when I was starting to feel a little hungry it was time to either eat or drink a shake. The Nutricrush shake really did help curb the hunger. These were the perfect addition to my break at work. With them I didn't feel the need to eat the, often junkfood, snacks that are in the breakroom.
When I stepped on the scale at the end of week one I had lost 5.8 lbs. A great start to great things to come I hope. Remember guys, I did not just eat the food. I got outside and got moving. When the weather was to bad to go out I went to the gym. I also drank gallons of water.  As much as I was impressed with the weight loss, I was also impressed with the fact that my muscle and water percentage went up.
One of the other questions I have heard a couple times this week is, "Why Nutrisystem?"
I am a person who does not listen believe what I hear on TV. I am not influenced by actors advertising a product. To be completely honest, I could care less that Marie Osborne lost weight on Nutrisystem. I am however impressed when I see the results my friends and family get from using a product. When I see a friend lose 25 lbs. on Nutrisystem, that grabs my interest.  When I hear another lost 60 lbs., now I am really interested. Word of mouth is why I decided to try Nutrisystem. This is also the reason I agreed to become a Nutrisystem Blogger. I want to be the voice that tells my friends and family, as well as you, if Nutrisystem works.
This week I eat the foods that Nutisystem picked for me. This happens for the first month and then I get to pick from my favorites. This week I will continue exercising and getting in my water. Wish me luck and watch for my update next week. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE - New Teaser Trailer


The brand new teaser trailer for Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE starring Benedict Cumberbatch is now available.
“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.  
Check it out: 

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

5 Apps For The Health Conscious

This post was written as part of my work as a Verizon Wireless Blogger.
Though, I am sent review product in exchange for posting on their behalf. All opinions expressed are are my own

Due to a recent health scare I was forced to re-evaluate my life. When you are told you need to change the way you live or you will have a stroke, or worse, it is a slap in the face with reality. Both parents died young. My father had heart problems and diabetes, he died before he was 60. My mother Was 70 when she passed away due to years of heart issues. She had numerous, undetected, mini strokes, before the one that left her needing full time help and in a wheelchair.  
If you want to read some of my personal story as to where I am weight wise you can see it here. I won't bore you with the details again, other than to say I am have used food to as a coping mechanism for far too long. I have yo-yo dieted all my life, and know this type of weight loss is a bandaid for a much larger problem. This time I am doing things differently. 
I have started a journey to getting healthy and would love to share with you some of the apps I have placed on my HTC1 M9 to help me stay accountable. 

This app is perhaps the most important for me at this time. It uses my camera to help me track my stress levels. This App uses A  trademarked Revolutionary StandUp Test  that will provide insight into your fitness. It shows you a detailed analysis about your heart's strength. It does this based on how hard you have to work when you stand up. This App has been invaluable to me.

2. Moves
This App is great if you have not invested in a fitness band. It is better then a pedometer. The App runs automatically on your phone, so it constantly measures your walking, cycling and running. It then shows you the distance traveled, steps, duration and calories burned.

This fitness App makes use of the GPS on your smartphone to track your walks. It will record distance traveled, speed, elevation, pace, speed and the traveled route. This info can be easily saved for future reference. This has been great for tracking my daily progress.

One of the first things I did when I started working towards getting healthy was join a fitness group. One of the apps they recommended was My Fitness Pal. This has helped me immensely by holding me accountable, both to myself and to others. This not only keeps track of the foods you eat, but, learns your habits to make using it easier. Each meal you choose from the over 1,000,000 database, or add your own foods and recipes at any time and access them from anywhere with an internet connection. With this app you can also connect with like minded people to lend emotional support.

This app may make owning a fitbit well worth the price of the fitness band. This app helps the band track so many different aspects of healthy living. Not only does it keep track of steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, but you can keep track of sleep patterns. This App also lets you connect with others.

Verizon is also doing what they can to help you get healthy. They offer much advice about health and fitness on their site with a section dedicated to health and wellness. They also have many fitness gadgets for sale

What is your favorite health and fitness App? If you have one not listed please comment below.