Wednesday, March 11, 2015

stress no more!

The other day someone on Instagram asked me how exactly I do it, how I have a daughter, work full time, own a home, write a blog, meal prep, train at the gym, compete AND am working on building a clientele for my online fitness/competition coaching. Sounds like a lot, huh? Well, I'll be honest - there are times that I am stressed, crazy stressed, but I have found ways to overcome this stress and to be honest everyone is always at their best when they stress less.

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For me one of the absolute best ways to wind down and collect myself is putting on some of my favorite tunes, lighting a candle and laying on my couch. Anything that is going on in my life, worries, thoughts, body aches, whatever it might be completely diminshes and I feel calm and relaxed. What I've learned is you have to find balance within your life and if you don't you are bound to let your thoughts and stresses get the best of you.
I recently found a product that also helps me with those stressful days, when even my most tactful approaches don't work called RESCUE. Now, don't get me wrong - I am not the girl that takes pills for everything, however, I do believe in natural remedies and if something works and won't harm my body nor cause any sort of addiction I am all for it. RESCUE is a natural/homeopathic product that helps you stress less, stay calm and in control. It was developed by a doctor and is safe and gentle with little to no side effects and is non-habit forming.

 photo rescue.jpgIt's so very important to take care of your body and stress can really take over and throw off your normal balance of life. We all have it happen to us, even if it's just having a million errands to run or if your family is going through some sort of trauma, you name it. It's not always a bad thing, because let's be real - sometimes we're stressed because we are just nervous things won't pan out exactly as expected, but in reality they do. However, if you need something to take that "edge" off and make yourself relax a bit and be able to thoroughly enjoy some of those important moments more, rather than having your heart race and anxiety running though your fingertips RESCUE is a great option to try :) What do you typically do to manage your stress? Tell me about it!
You can purchase your RESCUE stress relief product in the US at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and wherever you find natural products! Also, be sure to check out their sleep liquid melts for those of you that are having sleeping issues!! Check out some coupons here before you run out to the store too.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Why couponing is not always the perfect shopping strategy

First of all, despite the title that may suggest otherwise, this post in no way discourages couponing, as it really is a strategy that would let you save enough on your everyday stuff, BUT it takes TOO MUCH TIME and EFFORT, which is not worth it at times! At times, as often you can visit a website such as and quickly find a promo code for lots of products, but even there you won't find a coupon for everything.
In today’s era, we merely have time enough to even talk to our family members, then why spend hours finding, printing and clipping coupons? To save a significant amount, you really have to spend a lot of time doing it. Why not just skip it and adopt better strategies to save money, and also skip the downsides of couponing! YES, there are certain bad effects it has on our pockets, and we’ll see them as we talk why it’s not always the best idea to use coupons.
SAVE on groceries, WITHOUT using COUPONS – Just because it’s not feasible to spend extra hours trying to find those coupons, it doesn’t mean that you can’t save on groceries.  Rather, keep a watch for the store sales; and stock up on the stuff that is REQUIRED+ON SALE and also that doesn’t perish too soon.  Buy just the ultimately necessary items off sale. You may indulge in cash-back schemes as well.
With coupons, you tend to buy just anything and everything which isn’t even required, but is available for less (and you think your family might consume it). This is all just the excitement of getting too much for less. So, what happens is people end up with a pantry full of food items that isn't liked by anybody or food items that isn't edible any more. That’s too much wastage and one of the major downsides of couponing. So I would advise you to stock up only on those food items that you know will get consumed timely by your family. And also, buy in quantities that are appropriate for your family size.
Most of the coupons and HOT DEALS that are available are applicable for processed foods. Though, these are available for healthier foods as well, but are more common for processed foods (as they have a better margin). So when you stop running after deals, you get to eat more wholesome and healthy meals.  Stick to a diet which includes more of fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains as it would do you more good as compared to eating pre-packed ready-to-eat food. So that’s another reason to not look for coupons!
All said and done, the ultimate decision whether to use coupons or not, depends entirely on what’s beneficial & feasible for you. You need to weigh the evens against the odds as you know your dietary needs, budget and routine the best. But whatever strategy you choose, make sure that you save. Coupons or not, why not visit Discountrue for more tips!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mickey's Magical Arts World .. a new fun app!

I think I've mentioned once before how I am always looking to find apps for my phone and other electronic devices that we have for Blake to play with that are not only fun, but educational so she is gaining some knowledge at the same time she's enjoying herself. We don't spend hours and hours on apps, but I definitely do let her enjoy sometime with some games because well, I just do :)
With that said recently we were given the opportunity to try out a new app called Mickey's Magical Arts World by Disney Imagicademy. Disney Imagicademy is the first comprehensive brand of interactive and connected early learning experiences that combines the Disney characters and stories families love, with a research-driven curriculum developed in conjunction with top academics and education experts. Disney Imagicademy is a new learning brand designed for families with children ages 3 to 8 to inspire a natural love of learning and encourage kids to learn by creating, making and doing. The integrated program includes 30-plus app-based experiences – five of which are available now as part of Mickey’s Magical Math World – along with a companion app for parents – as well as books and other physical products that will be available for back-to-school 2015. The apps and products cover key subject matters that are important for early childhood development, including math, creative arts, science, reading and social and emotional skills.
There are so many wonderful things about this app that I honestly could just rave forever. First and foremost, Blake loves Disney and all of the characters that they've created so with that feature alone she really was hooked instantly. For me that is huge, it gives her that connection to want to see more based solely on loving particular characters. The interface of the app is very "kid-friendly" allowing your child to choose which type of activity they would like to play whether it be drawing, design, music, etc.
One of Blake's favorite activities is the "drawing" portion. She loved adding hair of all different colors to the character and laughed hysterically at the facial expression of the little character.

I definitely would reccomend downloading this app for your little one's if you're looking for something new and different! I'm positive it will become one of your child's favorite apps! Mickey’s Magical Arts World will be available on the App Store on February 12, 2015.Disney Imagicademy apps are available exclusively for iPad and can currently be found on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

yep, i'm a lazy bum

Can we just talk for a minute about how "behind" I feel with the progress of our new home? I had and still do have all these plans for things I want to do with and to the house, but I've been such a slacker and completely avoided every last one of them. Ugh. I think with my shows, Blake starting daycare, work and the weather I've just put everything off.
I have a plan or idea though, with an end goal. I'm going to give myself a task list, 2-3 items per month that I can fully complete and check-off the grand master list. I'm thinking this might be the most effective way to get everything completed that I'm wanting done in a timely manner, but without feeling like I'm overwhelmed. Right?! Right. Ha!

Want those arrows!This month's goals -
* Paint my brown nightstand pink, distress it and change out the handle for something more vintage chic.
*Hang the vinyl text quote I purchased on Etsy 2 months ago above my bed - "Always Kiss Me Goodnight..".
* Create the distressed wooden arrow decor I want for my living room wall using pallet wood. (see left)
Seems easy enough, right? Sigh. Minuscule items I just haven't done. BUT I'm motivated! Spring is right around the corner and I have a million and one projects I want to do then :) Ranging from making my driveway a bit larger where you pull in so I can stop destroying my yard, to decorating my front porch and my back porch, cleaning out my garage - you name it.
Phew - is it odd that I already feel somewhat relieved just writing this post? Putting a plan into action? hahaha. Sad. Anyhow - pics to come of my newly painted nightstand, I'm going to paint it on Monday I believe! Stoked! :) Then I can finally have a bedside table rather than the box on the floor with my vinyl decal in it next to my bed. Classy.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Eat right, look young.

Eat right, look young.

Did you know that eating right food items can help you stay young? Well, most of us know this fact but we are not eating it regularly. Why? There are many reasons for the same, but the main reason is that we don’t know what food products should be on our list. So, here are some tips that will make your selection easy and, at the same time, help you look young.

Fat content

Burgers and Pizzas are not healthy and hence, it will not help you look young. There are items like avocado and olive oil that can help you look young. Do you have to eat avocado and drink olive oil? Oh God, No!

You have to bathe with them. Avocado is one of the items that can help you feel fresh, hide aging signs, and make you look young.

Talking about fats, you should cut down the amount of fats consumed on a daily basis. To start with, butter and cheese should be controlled. If that sounds extreme, try and replace it with low-fat butter and low-fat cheese.

Want to buy a low-fat gift basket? Buy it at and save money. is a one-stop solution and offers price lower than the retail price of the product. However, for additional discounts, you can use this 10% off coupon to save big at Overstock. Coupons should be used as an add-on to save money.


Water is magic. Yes, it is! Water can help you look young.

Also, you should consume more of water-based vegetables and fruits. Here are some suggestions for you – cucumber, watermelon, and citrus fruits.

Water and water-based fruits and vegetables help in keeping you hydrated. Staying hydrated, you look younger because it hides wrinkles that begin to show.

Vitamin C

To keep your skin wrinkle-free and your skin cells full, Vitamin C is important. Here, you have options like citrus fruits and guava. However, Guava is a better option here.


What is beta-carotene? It is a strongly colored red-orange pigment that promotes cell turnover, helps combat dryness, and balances skin’s pH. So, it is good for your skin and results in smoother skin.

Did you know that sweet potatoes have beta-carotene?

So, sweet potatoes should be on your list.

Note: Beta-carotene is good. However, if you can combine it with olive oil or other good fats, the results will be even more effective.


How can antioxidants help you look young?

Well, antioxidants help in fighting free radicals. Free radicals are one of the causes of our skin wrinkling that makes us look old. So, look for food items that are high in antioxidant content.

A couple of suggestions are strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

If you are making your shopping list, make sure that the above-noted items are on your list. Also, look for discount coupons to save money while shopping for your necessities.

Apart from the noted suggestions, what do you eat to look younger? Share your views in the comments section below.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

a lighter, HEALTHIER you for the new year!

Eating healthy for me is essential, but it's also even more essential for me to give my daughter healthy snacks and options to ensure she grows strong and stays well, healthy. I think a lot of people have a misconception about the "look" of wanting to eat healthy and may misjudge and think someone is solely doing it so they look better, but in all actuality that's just a perk to the fact that your overall body is healthy and to me THAT is the key goal!
New Year's resolutions are easy to make but difficult to maintain, but I will say I was a New Years Resolution girl. I vowed to get fit 1 year after having Blake, for not only myself but for my daughter and now look at me? I compete in fitness competitions. It became my passion!
For the many Americans who resolve to eat healthier in the New Year, focusing on healthy snacks is an easy way to improve the quality of your diet, especially when you add the Feel Good Fruit to your favorite snacking recipes. Sunsweet® prunes and juices are an easy fix to help you stick with your healthy eating resolutions for 2015. The great thing about this Feel Good Fruit is that it's high in fiber, which is a definite essential to incorporate into your diet when beginning your health journey! Also, studies suggest the following positive effects from certain nutrients in prunes:
  • Bone Health: Prunes may promote healthy bones. Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi of Florida State University says, "Dried plums (prunes) are the most bone-friendly fruit that I have seen in decades. They are nature's solution to maintaining good bone health." Dr. Arjmandi hypothesizes that the many compounds and nutrients contained in prunes, such as vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron, likely work synergistically to have this positive effect. Additional research is currently being conducted to learn more about prunes and bone health.
  • Potassium: Potassium may help prevent hypertension and stroke and play a role in helping support cell energy by regulating fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contraction to increase energy.
  • Fiber: A diet containing foods with fiber can replace fats and sweets, and contributes to heart health.
  • Regularity: A fiber rich diet may contribute to maintaining a consistent digestive tract which helps lead to improved digestive health.
 On top of all of those great effects, let's just admit it - prunes taste great! Yes, they have sugar, but a little misconception people have these days is that natural sugar in moderation is NOT bad and your body actually needs it to function properly. This doesn't mean go grab a cake with natural cane sugar - what it means is that you can eat fruits, such as prunes in moderation within your diet and you aren't going to gain weight or bloat. Mix in some complex carbohydrates and your lean proteins and you'll be well on your way to owning that New Years Resolution!

I also love the Sunsweet® Plums too - check out the stats!

While I'm sharing information about Sunsweet® prunes - take a look at these other nutritious products they offer, that would be great for you and your children:
  • PlumSmart® Light: This juice is made from a special variety of fresh, juicy plums and has only 60 calories and 15g of carbs, and helps you stay fit on the inside by providing a good source of fiber. PlumSmart Light is a great addition to a smoothie.
  • Amaz!n Prunes: These little gems are a good source of fiber for only 100 calories per serving. Amaz!n Prunes are nature's perfect way to feel good with nutrition and delicious taste. Prunes also have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer. They add a powerful boost of nutrition and fiber to snack time or your favorite recipe.
  • Amaz!n Diced Prunes: Grab a handful of these delicious diced prunes for nutritious snacking. Toss them in cereal, oatmeal, salad or your favorite recipes for added flavor and fiber. One serving of Amaz!n Diced Prunes is a good source of fiber for only 100 calories. Add to your favorite snacking recipe for extra fiber and a fruit flavor boost.
For us - my daughter LOVES smoothies and not only do we make them a meal for her by adding in protein powder occasionally, but sometimes these are a nice dessert for her after a light dinner. We mixed the Sunsweet®  Light Plum Smart with some strawberries, blueberries and apple sauce - blended it up with some ice and she loved it! :) PLUS - it was nutritious.

So get to it - try out some awesome products and incorporate some new things to your diet to keep it interesting! Consistency is key and being able to stay excited about your diet is just as important as the results so that you can make it a lifestyle and not just a New Years Resolution diet!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, December 29, 2014

twas the night of Christmas ..

Christmas 2014 :)





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