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My Morning Cup

Friday, April 29, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Folgers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I can't tell you when I had my first cup but I can tell you who I think of when I smell that delicious aroma.  Instant coffee reminds me of my grandma.  Maybe because she doesn't know how to work a coffee maker, or want to deal with the trouble.  It could be because it's convenient and so yummy.  But when I go home, I know that kettle on the stove top is for her first cup. 

Folgers Instant coffee is my morning go to when we are on the go.  Okay that's most mornings.  I barely can catch a second to have breakfast let alone wait for coffee to brew in a pot.  Two minutes of water in the microwave until it's hot, a splash of cream, two sugar cubes and I'm ready to rock and roll.
Yup coffee on the go most of the time for us!  It's the best single cup solution for our on the go life.  
I do admit that on days when I can get up before the kiddos I still use Foldgers instant cofee.  That's usually around 5am when it's still dark, it's just me, my notebook, and pile of books.  I love getting warming up some water in my little blue kettle and reading a chapter or taking some time to write. 
 Mix up a cup with a drizzle of caramel and it's the perfect calm before the storm.  
It's in these quiet little mornings that this cup of warm coffee reminds me of my grandma.  I think about her sitting there at the kitchen table with her toast.  So sweet and so peaceful.  Whether I'm on the go or wanting to be nostalgic about my grandma, it's Folgers in my cup.  

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The Why that Caused a Chain Reaction

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Heart Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
My husband, two kids, and dog. This little unit is the reason why every day I strive to be a better me. I want more adventures.  Hikes, trips, and races down the street in the summer.  I want to see the kiddos graduate elementary, middle and high school and helping them decide what is next. I want to see them live out their purpose using their gifts and talents.  To see them get married, help my daughter pick out the dress and to dance with my son. I want to be there when they have babies of their own. I see myself rolling around the carpet, wrinkles and all with my grandbabies. Reliving baby snuggles. I want to grow old with my husband Randy, holding his hand at 16 and still holding it at 100. To chase our crazy dreams together, taking care of him better each year. I want us to be that old couple at the gym lifting those five-pound weights and getting smoothies in the cafe. They are the reason why I want to live a healthier, longer life.  
Meeting Healthy
Life Is Why.  It led me to finally make the commitment to Healthy. We met in a 30-day fitness challenge where I finally decided to commit to taking care of myself first. Healthy helped me make little changes. I stopped skipping breakfast. I ate fresh fruits and veggies and I started to exercise at home. I traded my soda can for a water bottle. I made small changes for 30 days. The result was more than a physical change. Healthy made me feel better about myself, I had more confidence, more energy and less mood swings. Sometimes you don't know what you are missing because you never had it before and that is how I felt about Healthy.  Our relationship isn't perfect but Healthy is now my life partner.  
Chain Reaction
A funny thing happened once healthy didn't just come for a season.  It was like a spark and started a chain reaction.  Randy saw the change and the next month our family became members at a gym.  He gave up his two diet sodas a day without me ever telling him he needs to.  He jumped in and started eating healthy.  We both discovered a shared passion for cooking together.

My change affected the kids.  They see mommy and daddy active and they want to be active.  The little man sees me working out and he is right there wanting to jump in too. 
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 Every little change I made inadvertently affected them. From workouts to what's on my plate. 
They want some too. Loading my plate with veggies sparked their curiosity. 
They voluntarily want to try and even if they don't like it at that moment, I'm happy that they tried.
  We value and care for our health and they are learning how to as well. 
When healthy comes to stay it's infectious.  Pinterest became headquarters for inspiration, ideas, recipes and motivation. We started finding fun ways to stay active. Running is no longer a dreaded workout but a fun event for the whole family and even our whole neighborhood! 
I'm joining this movement towards a healthier, longer life for me and for my family. I've seen that taking care of myself allows me to take better care of everyone else. You have the power to make a change in yourself and in others.  It all starts with a "why". Everyone has a reason to live a healthier, longer life. What is yours? My family is why.
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Pool Fun Easter Baskets

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I'm super excited for Easter this year because the little man will actually  be old enough to enjoy his basket!  I went light this year, filling them because our two kiddos got crazy spoiled over Christmas and birthdays. I am sure they will still enjoy the treats they find inside. 

I still love this list of 101 Kids Easter Basket Ideas and I've used a lot of these suggestions.  This year I did all the shopping at Target.  They are "pool"-ish themed baskets with little extras.  I went practical and filled them mostly with things they need. 

How cute is this basket I got last year the day after Easter for 75% off?! 

Little man has mostly the same things.  Stickers and a new book.  Can you tell he loves dinosaurs?! 

I know he is just going to LOVE that pool gun.

If you're looking for more ideas, here are some of the baskets from the past years:
sippy cups, hair bows, Pez, little wooden trains, coloring books.  So many ideas to help you fill your baskets! 

I didn't get a chance to get a good picture of last years but here it is anyways. 

And if you are thinking of making one for the hubby...

Happy Easter everyone! Really appreciate you stopping by.  Until next time.

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Morning Face with Prosacea

Monday, March 21, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Prosacea for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Skin is one of those things that used to make me very self conscious.  I had horrible acne in high school and the rosacea on my cheeks made me want to cover up.  Cover up with concealer, then powder or heavy foundation when needed.  My face looked more like a cake than natural.  It was even worse during times of stress and with my first pregnancy.  My face broke out and reddened as if I was going through puberty again!  BUT thanks to this little tube of Prosacea Medicated Rosacea Gel my skin is better than it ever has been!  
Even in the winter time when the dry cold seems to irritate my skin, Prosacea® has helped to control the redness, bumps and irritation.  My husband is still amazed at how much my skin has cleared up!  
Every morning I wash my face with a light cleanser and use a teeny tiny bit of Prosacea® Medicated Rosacea Gel on my cheeks.  Top that with a moisturizer because my face gets really dry.  Like most facial products Prosacea does have a smell but it is not horrible or stinky. The aloe helps to soothe the reddened skin and it is very light.  The water- based formula so it goes on easily and absorbs quickly.  You can wear it under your makeup during the day because it provides a flawless finish.  
Prosacea® Medicated Rosacea Gel isn't like makeup that will just cover up Rosacea but will help control those symptoms.  Just like with every other medicine in your cabinet just be sure to read and follow the directions on the label.  It will heal and not just conceal.  Prosacea® is dermatologist recommended and the #1 over-the-counter rosacea treatment.  It has a 90% satisfaction among users because it actually works!
If you suffer from rosacea or redness why not give Prosacea a try?  It can be picked up in the First Aid aisle at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and many retailers.  Head over to the website for a $3.00 off coupon. You could see results in just a few days.  Leave me a comment letting me know how you deal with redness and you could win a Prosacea care package!  

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Overnight Oats

Friday, March 11, 2016

Most days of the week we are on the go so breakfast isn't always a sit down four hour event like it is on the weekends.  I'm usually the last to feed myself and I hate skipping breakfast, so I love overnight oats.  It's like a parfait with extra points because it has soaked oats and I love oatmeal.  Not everyone loves it but I can tell ya, my kids do!   Not mention it's a great sweet treat after dinner.

There are so many ways to make these oats, you can customize to your families tastes and favorites.  We keep it simple in our house with these ingredients:

2 cups of oats
2 1/2 cups of milk
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
drizzle of vanilla extract
6 cups of Activia Yogurt
fruit of choice [optional]

I like my oats to be a little soft in the morning so I throw everything except the yogurt and fresh fruit into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for two minutes.  This recipe is easy to remember because there are a lot of twos in it.  Mix this up.

Take six little mason jars and put half of the yogurt cup in the bottom.  Layer with the oat and liquid mixture.  Top with the rest of the yogurt.  

I like to have a little yogurt in every bite.  Put it in the refrigerator overnight and the oats will be just the perfect texture and softness.  It is so yummy!!  There you go, you've got 6 breakfasts and snacks.

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The Test of Life

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When I left college, I walked across that stage with my degree in hand thinking, I'll never have to study again.  Good bye piles of books, sleepless nights, and tests.  Hello freedom of adulthood...

It's been seven years since I graduated but here I am with my piles of books, experiencing sleepless nights [thanks kids], and daily taking the test of life.  Unlike sitting in a room with a pencil and paper, life's tests are more subtle.  In fact, I don't even know I'm taking them unless I'm paying attention.  Graduation isn't at stake, but the future of my life; my marriage, the kids, finances, career, and my own personal well being.  Life is full of tests and whether I choose to study for them is up to me.  

I'm not an expert in any of these areas, but thankfully there are many men and women who are.  They've come before me, and have graciously taken the time to share their knowledge in whatever test I'm facing. These book have become my classroom, the authors are my teachers preparing me for my future. I've learned how to use ultimate study guide for life taught by the best teacher I know. God's word has been the most relevant information for helping me with each test I face.  

I came into post college life knowing nothing about finances, but Dave Ramsey's Extreme Money Makeover was there to guide us.  Marriage is a test full of pop quizzes but Love and Respect taught me a lot.  Not only about us but myself.  I learned how to pray for him with The Power of a Praying Wife.  The most difficult class by far is parenting.  Loving Your Kids on Purpose is one I've kept coming back to.  And some have touched the wounds in my own heart, What a Difference a Daddy Makes. 

Life is full of tests and until graduation day, I'll pass some and fail some.  But until I reach that day, I will never stop learning.  Never stop growing. 

The Sport-It Fitness Ring

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pregnancy weight.  Enough said.  Like most women, I indulged in every treat and told myself I was eating for two.  I put on the pounds and like most women it did not just melt off.  After getting cleared, I worked hard to fit back into my old jeans and tone those muscles back into shape.  [After baby one, almost due with baby 2, and now].  One of the workouts on my regiment was Pilates.

I love Pilates and Yoga because it's low impact and doesn't leave me feeling like I'm about to die.  I am not the biggest fan of cardio.  Equipment can be pretty pricey so I was excited to find o there was an alternative that would enhance resistance for better results.  Say hello to the Sport-it Fitness ring.  

I love this ring because it's compact, lightweight, effective and a great way to maximize results with the resistance.  

At some point in my life I may end up like my mother in law who can find any opportunity for a "work out" because all I could think of when I was doing the chest squeeze was I could do this while I am watching TV or just hanging out with the kids.  Ha! 

The hundred is a norm for Pilates routine but the ring made it way more intense!  You press your legs against the edges of the rings and pump your arms.  You can also lift and lower your legs while in the ring to get a good workout to the lower abdomen. 

A more intense alternative to leg lifts is placing the ring in between  your ankles and slowly lowering your ankle.  A great way to tone the inner thighs.

The Sport-It Fitness ring is a great addition to any workout and to my little home gym.  It's a great way to add extra resistance and stabilize certain workout moves.  Adding resistance will help avoid plateaus and can make your workouts shorter without compromising on results.  You can get the Sport-It Fitness ring on Amazon HERE

I received a discount on this product for my review of it.