Thursday, July 19, 2012

imPRESS Press On Manicure

This is my second time I have received imPRESS nail from Influenster and I am so happy I get to try them out again.  These nails are so easy to apply and the best part they do not damage your nails!! 
I have not wore this set yet because I am saving them for "date night" with my husband!

Where you can buy imPRESS nails:
You can find imPress Manicure at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit imPressManicure.comwhere you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!
Suggested retail price: $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns

FTC:  I received these nails for free through influenster to review, I am not being paid for this review, and my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Many Uses of Ivory

I received a bar of Ivory soap my Mom Vox Box from Influenster to test out and I have to say this may be my favorite product in my box.  I have used Ivory soap before but never knew it could be used for so many different things.  

The first thing I used my soap for was cleaning my make-up brushes.
The ivory soap cleaned my brushes great, no damage and they smell great!

Next I decided to let the kids have some fun!
I cut a small chunk of my bar...
and microwaved it for 1 minute 
It expanded to this whole plate of foam-like stuff.
It was so neat watching this small chuck of soap turn into all this foam.
I let the kids play in it (after it cooled)

They had fun molding and touching the soap

and of course I have used in my my body and face in the shower (no picture of that lol)
I find it dries out my skin a little so I rather use ivory for household stuff then to clean myself.

Other idea's on how to use you soap are:
1. Since Ivory soap is the only soap that floats it prefect for taking camping (to wash your hand or body in a lake or river) 
2. Laundry detergent 
3. Cleaning mirrors
4. scrapping your nails against the bar before gardening, it will prevent dirt from getting stuck under your nails
5. If you sew you can use the bar as a pin cushion 

Find your Ivory now at your nearest retailer, including stores such as Walmart and Target as well as any major grocery, dollar and drug store.  A 10-pack of Ivory bar soap retails for around  $4.49 (bath bar size).

FTC: I receive my bar of ivory soap for free in my Vox Box from Influenster, I am not being paid for this review, my opinions are my own

Monday, May 7, 2012

Palmolive Fresh Sponge Dish Soap

This stuff really works!!!
Highly recommend it!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Weight Lose Journey: What I eat and how I workout

After getting on the scale after the holidays I realized I had gains 6 pounds and I was very upset with myself, but it motivated me to get my butt in shape. I really had no clue where to start so I started writing down everything I ate and started pay more attention to how many calories and fat were in the foods I was eating. I'm going to start with some helpful tips that have helped me loss weight:

1. Drink lots of water!!
I had pretty much cut sodas from my diet when i was pregnant so it was easy to not drink them.  Sodas are "the devil"  and if you are drinking more than 2 a day, I promise cutting them from your diet will make you lose weight.  A friend of mine cut them from her diet last week and has lost 8 pounds already!!! 

2. Eat three meals a day!!
For me this was easy because I already ate three meals a day (but I know many people who don't) I also have two snacks in between my meals (I will go into more detail later in them post)

3. Cut out evening snacks!!
This one is hard for me and some nights I still have a snack but it's not my usually fattening ice cream.  If i decide to have a later snack I try to make sure it's low in fat and calories (Like sugar free, fat free pudding)

4. Exercise!!
Before starting this journy I have never workout, I have walked, but thats pretty much it.  I decided to sign up for a Zumba class (on Saturdays) and it was the best thing I could have done.  IT's so much fun and a great work out (I will go in detail about what exercises I do during the week late in this post) The hardest part is get motivate and getting off the couch.  I am so tried most days but to my surprise exercising gives me extra energy and the endorphin's are amazing!  I feel so much happier once I work out  :)

5. Eat fruits and veggies
This is a given, fresh fruit and vegetables are great.  They full you up with out tons of fat and calories and provide you with essential vitamins. 

6. Portion control!!
I love to eat big meals and stuff my belly, so this was a hard one.  Try to make sure you are eating smaller portions that way you are eating less calories.

7. Don't fall for the "healthy" meals!!
There are SO many foods that claim to be "Healthy" but they are NOT. Those frozen "healthy" meals really aren't good for you (and too me don't tasty that good)  I fell for a few of these so called healthy foods. for an example veggies chips... yeah they look like they are healthy then other chips but they aren't, the serving size is just smaller.  

For the first two weeks I wrote down everything I eat and drank and it really helped
So here what a usually day looks like for me
Breakfast:  I usually have 2 cups of coffee (and I use a lot of creamer but it's how i like my coffee) a banana, and either a small (1 cup) of cereal or a breakfast bar.
Morning snack: I either have a yogurt or a cut up apple (sometimes with a tbsp of peanut butter)
Lunch: I usually choose between a sandwich (turkey or chicken) with a salad or a bowl of organic veggie soup (it's high in sodium but I don't drink all the broth) with a salad.  Sometimes I will go out for lunch and I try to choose then healthiest thing on the menu which is usually a wrap.
Afternoon snack: hard boiled eggs or a low fat string cheese
Dinner:  This is the only meal that sometimes is high in fat.  I do my best to make dinner as healthy as possible but if it's not I eat a smaller portion the i use to. I try to make a lot of chicken (baked chicken with streamed broccoli and rice w/ a light cheese sauce or chicken fajitas)They have some awesome recipes on Pinterest.
Evening snack: If I'm bad and have one i usually have sugar free, fat free pudding or jello.  Also my favorite is the troll house semi-sweet morsels (you can have 24 of them and it's 70 calories)  this helps with my sweet tooth and gives me my chocolate fix (I am a huge sweets lover and if why i gained those 6 lbs over the holidays)
Working out:  I try my hardest to work out everyday.  Since I'm new to the whole workout thing I've started in small steps. At the moment all I do is 10 mins of cardio (my cardio is dancing, I shake my booty and do some zumba moves I've learned) If you are sweating and breathing hard you doing a good job.  Like I stated earlier I do a one hour Zumba class every Saturday.  I try to walk as much as possible (like parking at the end of the parking lot at the store) If you do a little more than you have been doing it will help.  I would love to be able to workout for an hour everyday or even have a gym membership but for now this is working and it makes me feel good. 

I hope this helps you with your week loss journey and just remember you didn't put this weight on over night so it's not going to come off over night! We all want to see results right away but here's a picture of just four weeks of changing my eating habits and exercising did for me.  I still have a long way to go but I am so happy with my results. 

Please note I am NOT a doctor, a nutritionist, or a personal trainer!  This is what is working for me and I wanted to share.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Two Lumps of Sugar: Oven Mitt/Pot Holder & Apron Review & Giveaway

 Two lumps of sugar is a great company that make products for your home and children.  They make the cutest products and they were kind enough to send me some products to review. 

The first product I received was this apron in the fabric 2 x 2 squares.  This apron is lightly coated to product it from strain and easily cleans up.  It has a large pocket on the front and a button (for you can attach a dish towel or the coordinating oven mitt.  It also has adjustable straps.  I don't own an apron but I have always wanted one, this is going to be prefect for baking Christmas cookies (since I also make a big mess of my clothes)

The next item's I received were the oven mitt and pot holder set in the same fabric 2 x 2 square fabric.  I LOVE this oven mitt, it made so well (100% cotton with quilted lining) and it fits my hand prefect. I was in desperate need of a new oven mitt and pot holder set, the one's we have are so old and not stylish at all.

TLS has so many different fabric choices and all of them are so cute!  I highly recommend you checking them out. Like I said before they sell so many great products, such as baby bags, children's aprons, storage tots, and garden supplies.

Two lumps of sugar were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway for my subscribers.  One lucky winner will receive a oven mitt & pot holder set of your choice.

1. MUST be a Follower of my blog (publicly) 
3. Please go over to their website and choose what fabric you would like your oven mitt in if you win and comment below.

Head over to my YouTube channel and enter for a bonus entry

Giveaway will close on January 20th, 2012 at Noon EST
Winner will be chosen by random using

FTC: I received these products for free to review, I am not being paid for this review and my opinions are my own