Skinny Limits {Review}

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetsSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

 

To be honest, when I had previously heard the phrase “juice cleanse”, I just assumed hunger and a lot of work prepping was involved. I was wrong! Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to experience a Skinny Limits juice cleanse first hand. It really was a simple process. The hardest part for me was figuring out a good time that would let the juice cleanse kit benefit me and not set me up for failure with a big holiday party or wedding.

All Skinny Limits juices are made fresh to order and delivered immediately after being produced. They are also all completely natural and raw, made without pasteurization or processing. Plus they are vegan and gluten-free. 

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What Is In the Juice Cleanse Kit?

The standard 3-day juice cleanse kit includes 18 bottles of juices total, in varying flavors and fruit/vegetable combinations. The retail price of a 3-day Skinny Limits juice cleanse is $147. Each day you will drink six 16oz bottles of juice.

The ingredients in each type of juice are listed below:

Pure & Simple (Green Juice): Kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, and lemon.

Balance (Green Ginger): Kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber, apple, lemon, and ginger.

Green Firefly: Kale, spinach, parsley, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, and pineapple.

Scorpion Lemonade: Lemons, agave nectar, cayenne, and filtered water.

Crescent Moon: Raw cashews, vanilla bean, cinnamon, agave nectar, coconut oil, himalayan sea salt, and filtered water.

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How Does a Juice Cleanse Work?

Once I decided on when I was going to do it, I ordered a week in advance just to make sure I did not forget to order it in time and started to eat more raw foods in preparation like they suggest in the video below. My juice was delivered cold to my door on a Tuesday and ready for me to begin the next day! Good thing too because when they said it was fresh, they were not kidding. My juice was set to expire with only enough time for me to do my 3 day cleanse.

The kit comes with simple instructions and it was all I needed to get going! Each day I would drink 6 16 oz bottles of juice every 2.5 – 3 hours in the order specified in the instructions. They recommend finishing your last bottle of juice at least 2 hour before bed. They also recommend starting out your day with a cup of hot water with lemon to wake up your body, which I really loved and will probably keep on doing this. Some people may do juice cleanses to lose weight, but Skinny Limits even states in their instructions that this should be more for a wellness journey and weight should not be obssessed about.

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The Results

Overall, I really enjoyed the Skinny Limits juice cleanse and, to my surprise, was full and satisfied the entire day. My main purpose for participating in a cleanse was to detox in preparation for me to lose my last bit of baby weight (if I can even call it that any more) in my Fresh Start Fitness Challenge and to give my body a fresh start from all my sugar cravings. Here are a few notes I took during the cleanse:

Day 1: By the end of the day, I missed chewing and had a very slight headache ,which I was warned may happen. It only lasted about 30 minutes and I noticed it was during the time that I am usually craving sweets at 2:30-3:3- time of day.

Day 2: It got a little difficult to keep with the 2.5-3 hour schedule because I was not as diligent at keeping track as Day 1.

Day 3: That morning I woke up expecting to be tired of it, but I acutally enjoyed all the juices even more than the days previously and even had more energy. I did not even miss chewing like I did on Day 1. My favorite juice had to be the last one of the day, Crescent Moon, which reminded me of Horchata with it’s cinnamon flavor.

The end results: Two weeks later and I still do not have any huge sugar cravings like I did previously. I still find myself looking for chocolate, but I am discovering that is more out of habit than my body REALLY wanting it like it did before the cleanse. I also feel more aware of what I eat and how it makes my body feel. The hardest part of the entire cleanse was keeping all my Littles and Hubby from wanting to drink the juice!

 

Tips and Tricks that worked for me

  • I would fill up my finished bottle of juice with water and my goal was to drink that before it was time for my next bottle of juice.
  • I found writing down the times when I had my juices was essential to keep me from forgetting a “meal” and letting my daily activities get in the way of my juice schedule.

 

5 Tips To Decorating a Room On a Budget with AllTapestry.com

 

We moved into our house over 2 years ago and I am slowly moving from room to room. So, when I had the opportunity to review a tapestry from AllTapestry.com, I knew this was a perfect opportunity to focus on another room makeover! I have come up with 5 tips that have helped me to decorate our Family Room on a budget.

Room Makeover

 

Find Something That Inspires You

This past month my focus has been on our Family Room. This room has been bare walled and neglected since it is a back room in our house and rarely visited by anyone outside of our family. But that has recently changed when we took over the Living Room with a Play Room for the kiddos and with this change we now needed to make our Family Room something I am excited (and comfortable) inviting guests into!

I am excited to announce that I found the inspiration for my Family Room decor at AllTapestry.com, where I found this Poppy Tango Wall Hanging.

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It is large enough to help fill my large wall and has a lot of bright colors, including the right shade of green that matches the paint of the nearby Kitchen. I love that it is a tapestry because I do not have to worry about  one of the kids bumping it off the wall when they “accidentally” do a headstand on the couch or throw a ball in the house.

Before:

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After:

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There are hundreds of options to choose from at AllTapestry.com of varying sizes and themes, including classical artwork that I grew up looking at in museums and books. The tapestry was easy to hang once we got our hooks for our rod level. We could not find our leveler to double check, but lucky for us there is an app for that!

 

Paint

Painting is not always necessary, but is a cheap way to make a big change to a room. This room before we painted it, were all orange. Although orange can be a great color, it was not for us! So we opted for our current Crouton color and that is what we have had until I found our large tapestry for the wall.

 

Create Something Unique

Making something unique to go into the room is always fun. For this room I wanted to create some pillow that would bring in some more color to the room and the brown couch. I was afraid that my kiddos would ruin them by turning them into wrestling pillows, but came up with a great solution! To solve this problem I had my children help me make the pillows and make them something personal.

How to make a handprint pillow

 

Now they think they are something special and are really careful with them.

How to make a pillow

 

Borrow and Reuse

Finding items in your house that you can repurpose or make better use of in the room you are decorating is a great way to save money on decor. We had a tree that no longer had a home in our Living Room that was perfect for our Family Room just behind the couch. I think it helps create a soft break between the Kitchen and the Family Room. The added perk is that our toddler can no longer reach the base of the tree to spread the fake grass around the house!

 

Clean and Organize

Giving the room a good clean and reorganization is a great way to help the room feel fresh and bright. That added layer of dust can really dull the color of our book shelves! I forgot how much I loved their color until I gave them a good dusting. Moving the books around really helped keep the not so kid friendly books from being torn and scattered all over the house by my busy toddler’s hands.

 

We still have a little bit more work to do, but overall I think we have a really great start!

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 **I received product to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own!

 

Nothing says Christmas like M&M’s and Forza 5 #FueledbyMM

I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client.

M&M Coupon #shop

How many of you are out there last minute Christmas shopping for the perfect gift for your husband, brother, kids or the video game lover in your life? Have I found the gift for you!! Xbox One has come out with a game everyone will love. Forza Motorsports 5 is partnering up with M&M’s to make gift giving even more fun and affordable. Right now if you buy Forza 5 and a big delicious bag of M&M’s in any flavor you get a $10.00 e-gift card. I will be the first to admit I am the absolute worst at rebates. Copying the receipts, finding a stamp and taking something to the mailbox just never happens with me. This is no longer a problem for me with the Buy, Snap, Redeem offer!! I bought the product at my local Wal-Mart, took a picture of my receipt with my phone and texted it to the number given and the next day had an e-gift card sent to my phone!! Easy peezey lemon squeezey!! I hope this is the wave of the future because I am in love!!

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Lucky me I now have a present wrapped and ready under my Christmas tree and a gigantic bag of Peanut Butter M&M’s. Now snacks and video games go hand in hand in our house and M&M’s are great by themselves but make an even yummier snack in these fabulous cookies. They can be made with any variety of M&M candy but peanut butter is our personal favorite. Try making them while you have your next family game night with Forza Motorsports 5. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

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M&M Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • ½ c white sugar
  • 1 c shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ t vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ c all-purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 ½ c M&M candies any variety

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together both sugars and shortening. In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients. Add eggs and vanilla to sugars mixture and mix. Slowly add dry ingredients and when all mixed add M&M’s and mix one last time. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Holiday Meals – Let Fry’s Do The Cooking! {$75 Giveaway}

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The holiday season is busy enough, why worry about cooking dinner? Let Fry’s do the cooking! We recently hosted Thanksgiving dinner for my side of the family and thanks to Fry’s Food Stores we were able to order a Turkey Holiday Dinner pre-made and ready for pick-up from our local Fry’s Deli. With all our family coming from a good distance away, this eased the typical kitchen pre-holiday meal prep stress and chaos. Instead, we arranged for everyone to go on a scenic family hike while the meat warmed. By the time everyone got home, dinner was ready and the kitchen looked great!

 

How It Works

Let Fry’s Do the Cooking!

The site has everything from meal details, ingredients, and ordering forms.

 

Our Experience

We ordered a Express Turkey Dinner via online and picked up our order from the deli the night before Thanksgiving. As packed as a store can get the evening before a holiday, we could have been in and out of the store in less than 10 minutes, if the deli was our only stop. The Fry’s Deli employee placed our turkey dinner order directly into our shopping cart for us with these two reusable shopping bags.

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Our Express Turkey dinner included: a 10-13 lb. Oven Roasted Turkey, 1-24 Oz. Mashed Potatoes, 1-32 Oz. Old Fashion Stuffing, 1-24 Oz. Turkey Gravy, 1-12 Ct. Dinner Rolls.

Knowing we were going to be serving 15 people, I knew we did not have enough sides in the order (little kiddos love mash potatoes!). Luckily, they had additional sides in the refrigerated section across from the deli and I could snag enough of the individual sides we needed. We also picked up a ham from the meat department, some corn on the cob from the freezer section, and some paper plates/plastic utensils…all the essential for a great holiday meal!

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Since the turkey was already cooked, we decided to slice it up and remove all the meat from the bone. We did the same with the ham and placed them in 9×13 pans all ready to be warmed the next day. It felt great to have the majority of the meal prep done before we even went to bed.

When my family arrived at our house (some of them for the first time) the next day, it was so nice to be able to have an entirely clean house, especially a clean kitchen, to show off, have dinner already prepped and not be stressed out. Everyone was able to enjoy just spending time together instead of making a mess in the kitchen and hoping the turkey would be done in time. Awesome!

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All the food tasted great! My husband was a little concerned about the way the stuffing looked coming out of the package, but once we fluffed it, it looked fine and tasted pretty good. I do not think we heard a single negative comment from anyone, even our pickiest eaters (see below ;-) )! We did use crockpots to keep the food warm to be served, but we literally pulled them out 20 minutes before serving. We heated the majority of the food (not the meat) in the microwave and then placed them in the crockpots. That way the food stayed warm for those who wanted seconds.

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We will definitely be ordering another meal from Fry’s in the future. Can you imagine enjoying Christmas Eve Dinner instead of being exhausted from cooking a nice family meal? You have to save that energy for all that Christmas Morning fun, right?

 

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Elf Magic ~ Creating Christmas Traditions

I did it…I guess I should be saying, we did it! We have three extremely excited children, each with their own Magic Elf and we are embarking on our first Christmas incorporating the Elf Magic tradition thanks to the Elves we received from Elf Magic. This Elf tradition is the only one that lets your child play and cuddle with their Elf, which I am a HUGE fan of. Let me explain…

What is Elf Magic?

First, a little about Elf Magic:

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“Elf Magic is the booming tradition where Santa’s “magic” Elves visit children’s homes during the Christmas season. The visiting Elf comes to life at night to embark on all kinds of adventures – the remnants of which surprise children when they awake the next morning. Elf Magic Elves are also very sweet and enjoy being held and loved throughout the day. While some of the Elves have mischievous streaks from time to time, Santa knows which Elf will be the best fit for each family. So whether a family wants excitement or simply companionship from their Elf, Santa will make sure their Christmas wish comes true.”

The Tradition Begins

I will be honest. I was not going to jump into the “Elf” tradition this year. I have heard tales about them from my children’s friends and their parents and they sounded like so much work. And the biggest deterrent to me, was that the elf was not supposed to be touched. My children are the type that have to touch. And so the Elf tradition sounded like added stress and one more thing around the house that I would have to police (keeping the Christmas Tree standing is hard enough!), both of which I would love less of during the Christmas Season.  No Elf’s for us!

BUT then some crazy teacher at school started bringing their Elf to in a couple of weeks ago. I started to see that Christmas twinkle and excitement in my children’s eyes every time they saw that teacher or visited her room and luckily that is when I learned about the Elf Magic Tradition.

How It Works

Step 1: Write a letter to Santa Claus. The tradition begins when your child writes a littler to Santa requesting an Elf Magic friend to visit through the holiday season.

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They even worked together to write a letter for their little sister.

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Step 2: The Elf appears. Once, the Elf has finished all their work at the North Pole, the Elf magically appears sometime between Thanksgiving and the days leading up to Christmas. I may or may not have told my children that the Elf cannot come unless their rooms were clean because they do not want to get lost in them. Now they have amazingly clean rooms for the start of the Holiday Season. Our Elves then appeared under each child’s pillow and I cannot even describe how surprised and excited they were!!!

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That evening, I kept hearing exclamations of how they thought their Elf’s eyebrow moved or that they thought they saw them smile!

 

Step 3: Read the poem and tips from Santa that will explain the tradition and what the Elf needs. Each Elf brings Magic North Pole Snowflakes (included) that the child should sprinkle on them each night to bring him or her to life. Then magically when everyone is asleep, the Elf goes on all types of adventurous Elfcapades. Now the Elfcapades were my biggest fear, but they do not always have to be crazy (this is explained more in the poem and tips from Santa). Elfcapades can be something simple like hiding or moving to a different room or something a little more fun like cookie baking, gift wrapping and hiding in freezers (because the Elves love the frosty temperature!). If a small mess is made (also explained in the tips), your children are supposed to help clean it up, which amazingly mine have been more then happy to do!

So for us, one night I was making a pie anyways and let the Elves wrap it up for me…

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…and another night they were found on the couch with the remote in hand.

For more inspiration, click here for Elfcapades ideas or to share your own.

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Step 4: Elf fun is not only at night. Elf Magic Elves love to be held and loved thoughout the day. Their visit is only for a short time, so playing with the Elf Magic Elf makes their stay more special and creates family  memories. Like I said earlier, this is my FAVORITE part. No added pressure on this mom to make sure the Elf is not touched. Love it!

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Step 5: Elves may make surprise visits during the year. All Elves return to help Santa at the North Pole on Christmas Eve ready to return to create more memories next year. But because children get attached to their Elves, they have been known to show up for brief visits thoughout the year as a surprise for a special events, like a birthday, first day of school or a family vacation. My son is super excited about this possibility!

 

So far we are enjoying our new tradition and it helps me to remember to have a little fun and not to be such a Stress Scrouge during this special and magical time of year.

 

*I received product in order to help facilitate our experience. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own!

 

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Book Series {Review and Giveaway


As part of our family bedtime routine, like most families, we like to read books. My son is a huge fan of adventure books! Our most recent read has been the first book of  the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series.

About the Book

“In the tradition of the historic journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook, comes the fictional adventure book series Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. From Africa to the South Pacific, these twin brothers have traveled to all corners of the globe. The journals, photographs and video compiled on their real-life expeditions provide the foundation for this action-packed educational series.”

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt is a middle-grade adventure series written by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet. These adventure books are written different than other books we have read before. The stories are are told from the perspective of twin teenage brothers in journal format, which means that instead of chapters, the brothers take turns writing a few paragraphs to a few pages about what is going on. It is a fun way to read an adventure and keep things moving or stop for the night when this mom simply cannot keep her eyes open much longer.

The Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series include:

  • Botswana (released May 2013)
  • Great Bear Rainforest (released October 2013)
  • Egypt (to be released January 2014)

Right now THREE Kindle Fires are being given away on the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Facebook page in November.

Gannon & Wyatt Series

Our Experience

Our first book of the series that we read was Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana. Each night my son, without fail, asked to read the book, if that is any indication of how much he liked it!

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We had a great time reading about the brothers’ adventures and there were even a handful of pictures throughout the book, which I found especially helpful when they were talking about animals we were not familiar with. Another fun part of the book are the maps that are found on the inside of the front and back cover. My son loved looking at them and asking me questions about the locations we were reading about.

Gannon and Wyatt, Books boys will love

My son has been telling everyone about “his new books” and how he can’t wait to read the one about the bear (Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest). Lucky for him, that is the next book we will be reading together!

Giveaway

Win your own set of the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series (all three books valued at a total of $38.85.)

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TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling me what kind of books you child loves to read.

 

**Giveaway will end Monday, November 25, 2013 at noon EST. Winner will be contacted via email and have 12 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 

 

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

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