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®" 
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Why Choose Nutrisystem

Photo from Nutrisystem Website
Disclaimer: 
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

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE

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: 


To follow the latest news about "DOCTOR STRANGE" follow along on dedicated social media accounts:
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Follow DOCTOR STRANGE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrStrange

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Visit the official DOCTOR STRANGE website here: https://marvel.com/doctorstrange

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

5 Apps For The Health Conscious


Disclaimer: 
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. 



Monday, April 4, 2016

I Am A NutriSystem Blogger

Disclaimer;
This post is written as part of a 3 month ambassadorship 
Program with Nutrisystem. I am provided three months
of food and services in exchange for my honest thoughts
on the program 

It is hard for me to remember a time that I did not struggle with my weight. I look at old pictures and it seems that the extra weight came with Puberty. Throughout high school I was overweight. In my senior year I decided I was going to do something about it. I started dieting. I started losing weight and getting compliments. The more compliments I got the more I wanted to lose weight. It became an obsession, The less I ate the more I lost. Imagine how much you can lose if you only eat a few crackers a day. I even came up with a solution for the days friends wanted to go out to eat. I became a pro at throwing up.
I had a 23 inch waist when I found out I was pregnant. I knew I had to eat to feed the baby, and eat I did. I gained back what I lost and then some. I became pregnant within months of having my daughter and, though I didn't gain much more, I didn't lose it after. 
I because an emotional eater. When my fiance was killed my weight went out of control. This pic was taken at my highest weight. I was over 260 pounds.
I was able to get from here down to 179 over the next few years. Then within a couple years I lost my Dad, my Mom and my best friend. I have gone back up to 227.6 pounds and have been thinking I need to make changes. 
I was so happy when the people at Nutrisystem asked me if I was interested in becoming an Ambassador. This is my chance to change the way I eat while changing the way I think about food. I love that the NutriSystem is all weighed out. All I have to do is heat it up and I am ready to eat. 
For this first week I have been provided with the Turbo Takeoff package. This provides a  jumpstart for the diet. Included in the package is seven days worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and both the Turbo and NutriCrush Shakes. There is also a meal planner to help guide your week. 
Tomorrow will make one week since I started and my first weigh in. I will share it with you in next week's post. 
If you are interested in learning more about the Nutrisystem you can find them in several spots on the web:


Step2 Water Toys Twitter Party

I am so excited to announce that Step2 thinks it's time for another Twitter Party. This time they have asked me to show you some of the exciting water toys they have out.


Who:
Follow @mmc67 and @thestep2company

What:
Water Toys Twitter Party

When:
April 17th, 9PM EST

Where:
Twitter Hashtag #Step2Toys

Did I mention there will be prizes? Step2 Has offered 5 of their water toys for those actively tweeting. 

PRIZES:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Travel Turmoil: When Your Holiday Turns Into A Nightmare


The folks at Oliver's Travels  asked me to share one of my funniest trip memories.
Did you ever have something awful happen and think someday I will look back and laugh about this? Yeah, me too. Imagine a whole vacation like this. Luckily there has been many chances to laugh about it ever since. Let me tell you about my vacation from hell.
It was 9 years ago, and I remember it all like it was yesterday. My friend Lisa and I decided we needed a break from reality so we thought it would be really fun to point to a spot on the us map. Wherever we pointed would be where we vacationed. She closed her eyes and pointed. We then looked the town up to see what was around. It didn't take long to realize that there was not much around. Lucky for us they did have a hotel in town, one hotel. We booked our vacation and was on our way.
We had to make special arrangements as she was in a wheelchair, no big deal we had traveled many places together in the past. We arrived at the airport and things went downhill from their. When it was time to board the plane Lisa climbed into the special lift chair and told the attendant to take good care of her chair. After a promise that it would be ready and waiting for her when we landed.
Three  very turbulent hours later we arrived at the airport. After all others left the plane they brought Lisa the lift chair. We left the plane and waited on the ground for them to unload the chair. Suddenly the flight attendant came and told us they had misplaced the wheelchair and were trying to locate it. After a half hour they located it, back at the airport we had departed from, but they had one we could use until the following day. no big deal.
in the airport they brought the wheelchair. As wide as it was we could have both easily sat in it. Oh well it was only for a night. Next to grab the car and go. We got to the car rental booth and was informed there had been a mistake and there was no car available, but they had called a taxi to take us to the hotel. They would deliver one the next day with the wheelchair.
I pushed her in the chair to the taxi stand, as the chair was so wide she couldn't reach to push herself. We got her in the car and the driver grabbed her chair to place it in the trunk. One problem, they place a bar across the chair so it doesn't fold to deter wheelchair thieves. The chair ended up strapped down with the trunk left open. We then spent 1 1/2 hours in a taxi that smelled like dirty socks and cigarettes.
We were exhausted and couldn't wait to rest. The Hotel was just what you would expect in a small town in the middle of no where, tiny and outdated. The only thing the place had going for it was the friendly person at the desk. After telling her of our day's adventures she check us in and gave us the room key.
I wheeled my exhausted friend down the hall and opened the door. It was then that we discovered that the chair would not fit though the door, She tried to push it through anyway and became stuck. After we finally got her free, I went to the desk and asked to borrow the computer chair. We finally made it in the room. Worn, ugly, brown hotel bedspreads and lumpy pillows never looked so good. We hit the pillows and was fast asleep, only to be woke up every 1/2 hour by the rumbling of old water pipes. Called the front desk to see about moving rooms and was informed that all the rooms on the first floor sounded the same. 
The following morning we had made the decision to cut our stay short. When we went to the desk and told the young lady our decision. When we asked her to call a taxi she told us there were none any closer then the airport, but if we wanted she would take us when she got of her shift. She said she had to call the airport though, to make sure they didn't bring Lisa's chair to the motel and to inform them they would have to come pick up the one they lent her. After she got off the phone she informed us that there was two reasons why she couldn't bring it. Number one was that her car was tiny, and by tiny I mean I was holding luggage on the 1 1/2 hour trip back. The second reason was that her car had recently broken down on the way back from grocery shopping. It went to the garage and when she got it back the smell was breathtaking. She discovered that she forgot to grab her turkey out of the trunk. Needless to say we rode back to the airport with all windows down and our noses plugged. 
It took awhile, but, we laughed about this trip ever since.
If your looking to make great memories, instead of closing your eyes and pointing to the map, check out all the trips Oliver's Travels have to offer. I am so excited they have just added properties in Portugal. Beautiful place with beautiful people. Go have a look at all the places you can go, you will be amazed.



















Monday, March 28, 2016

Pure Spoon Puree And Giveaway



Disclaimer:
I was sent this product in exchange for this review. 
All opinions on the product are 100% honest and unbiased.

I was recently sent some Pure Spoon Organic Puree to try out. I had never heard of this product before, as it is new and not available everywhere yet. 

"Pure Spoon was started by Alyson Eberle, a working mother, who was disappointed by the baby food she found at the grocery store when looking to feed her six-month-old baby. Alyson’s research revealed most baby food is made from pre-made, processed bases and cooked in individual ready-to-eat containers, including plastic bags and pouches. Wanting to give her daughter healthy, fresh baby food she made her own homemade baby food from raw, fresh organic produce. Soon, she had requests from friends and family for her baby food and recipes. That is how Pure Spoon was created ––we call it a “Pure Approach” ™. Based on Alyson’s original “Pure Approach” ™ Pure Spoon’s fruit and veggie purees are made from 100% raw, organic produce."

Pure Spoon fruit & veggie purees are made from fresh, certified organic produce. • Certified organic fruits & vegetables • Organic fruits & vegetables remain raw or are lightly steamed • Gluten-free ingredients • Uses cool temperature, high-pressure pasteurization, HPP • HPP means higher nutritional value and better taste than traditional high-heat pasteurization

The thing I soon discovered about this product is that it's not just for babies. In fact it makes a delicious addition to smoothies, It is also a great way to sneak veggies into your picky eaters diet. I decided to try to cook with it and come up with a great health bread or muffin recipe I thought I would share with you. It uses the puree in place of oil. 

Pure Spoon Bread

1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons quick cooking oats 
2 teaspoons organic stevia or sugar

Mix together in Medium sized mixing bowl


Add one beaten egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
one teaspoon Vanilla
and two containers of your favorite Pure Spoon puree

Mix just until moist and pour into either greased small bread pan or muffin tins. sprinkle with stevia or sugar. Bake at 375°  Cook Bread for 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick come out clean. Cut back cooking time on muffins to 15-20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and place on wire rack.