Archives for May 2011
We have been using Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes for awhile now, and honestly when I go somewhere and don’t have them, it makes me wish I had brought my own container with. I don’t know how we ever got by without them, they make such perfect sense!
As much as it is a funny topic to discuss, we all use toilet paper.
Everybody poops (yeah I said it).
Whether we want them to or not.
So why wouldn’t we want to be as clean as possible, especially with kids?
Without Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes my 7 year old would not only be calling me in there to help him wipe, he’d be clogging my toilet on a daily basis using too much regular toilet paper.
But we’ve found the Cottonelle Wipes have other uses as well! I like to use them anywhere I would use a baby wipe or other wet wipe because they are flushable. I don’t have to have 3 different kinds of wipes in the house, we have one kind and it works for any use. We take them to the park to wipe the kids off before they get back in the car, we use them in the car for the kids to wipe their hands off if they were having a snack. And I like them just because sometimes after being outside, my hands or face feel dry and dirty and need some attention. I wipe them off with a Cottonelle Moist Wipe and I just feel refreshed!
And Cottonelle’s new packaging makes their Wipes even better! OneTouch dispensing technology makes it easier for everyone to use. My 3 year old always used to have trouble with the old packaging, now she doesn’t have any problems getting a wipe out and closing the lid. Also, for a limited time, the new Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes comes with a FREE EasyReach hanger with 3M Command Strips so you can hang your wipes right near the toilet paper for easy access.
Through September 1st you can receive a $1.00 off coupon for a tub of Fresh Moist Wipes by sharing “fresh rewards” at GetFreshWithaFriend.com.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cottonelle and received product and a promotional item as a thank you for my participation.”
I was so darn excited to show off my shirt that I couldn’t wait for someone to take a picture for me.
I’m inclined to be embarrassed over how dirty my mirror is, but nah – I EARNED MY INSANITY SHIRT.
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Today at dinner my daughter was rambling while she ate.
It’s a common occurrence so I don’t always pay close attention until I heard this: “then she washes them with soap.”
And I was intrigued.
“What did you say Abby?”
She responded, “when I was at Grandma’s she took her teeths out and she washed them with soap and the water.”
Then I said “her teeth come out, huh?”
She said “yes, Grandma’s teeths come out. Mommy, do your teeths come out?”
“Not yet, I replied.”
To my mother-in-law: this is payback for you selling that table I wanted to someone else, hehehehe. Actually the story was just too darn funny not to share.
Last week I had the privilege of traveling to Mexico and staying at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spas.
And it was truly amazing.
Dreams is an “unlimited-luxury” resort meaning that everything is included with your stay – food, drinks, activities and more! It is right on the Caribbean Sea and nothing beats the locale or the view.
Dreams has been named on a number of “best” lists and it’s easy to see why.
Your whole being will relax immediately, surrounded by our large sun-dappled swimming pools and a sugar white sand beach. To this, add lush tropical gardens and of course, our fabulous palm-filled beach. Your day and evening activities range from exciting to purely relaxing — with plenty to do for everyone including endless land and water activities, a world-class Dreams Spa by Pevonia and fitness center, nearby golf and much more. “Home” features the uniquely shaped octagonal room or suite, beautifully appointed with a private balcony, marble floors and full marble bath area with Jacuzzi tub and dozens of other luxury amenities and conveniences that anticipate your desires and fulfill them instantly.
- Elegant octagonal rooms and suites offer stunning ocean views, shimmering pools or manicured gardens.
- A spectacular array of day and evening activities for every age and interest
- Multiple sun drenched swimming pools
- Nine international restaurants serving gourmet fare and six friendly bars and lounges serving unlimited premium brand beverages.
- 24-hour room and concierge services
- Supervised Explorer’s Club for kids, so everyone enjoys their own time in their own way.
- Nearby excursion sites for golf, shopping, adventure tours and history
- A friendly, fastidious staff who will make you feel like the honored guest you are.
My room was nothing short of amazing. Clean, comfortable and with a killer view.
Everything in the mini-bar was included and they refilled it each morning (sometimes it’s the simple things…).
I didn’t actually find time to use the Spa but we did get a tour of it. It was beautiful and serene.
Oh the food.
The food and drinks were nothing short of fantastic. First of all, it’s all included, any time of day. Restaurants, poolside, room service, you can have it all! And I did. But I lost half a pound so I guess I didn’t overdo it.
And of course, there were margaritas. As many as you can or want to drink.
The resort itself has quite a few different things to keep you busy. Each day in your room you receive an outline of the next days events and activities. And Dreams is family-friendly and has activities for all ages. Their Explorer’s Club caters to kids ages 3-12 and is open from 9am to 10pm with a full schedule of activities from a climbing wall & crafts to movies & dance contests to keep them busy throughout the day. They might not actually want to leave.
For the adults there are fitness classes, poker tournaments, soccer, volleyball, music, tequila tastings and so much more! And with 9 different restaurants and 6 bars, great food & drink is at your beck and call at all times.
My experience at Dreams really was unforgettable and I would definitely consider bringing my family back. However, I have 2 reservations that are probably easily remedied, the first is that my room, while gorgeous and great for a couple was probably not appropriate for all families. The bathroom area was open to the rest of the room and the partially frosted glass and non-latching doors on the shower & toilet room allow for little privacy. The other issue is that weddings are a very common occurrence at the resort and the outdoor receptions have loud music playing until late in the evening (11 pm or so). Depending upon the location of your room, children might be kept awake. Mine would have been kept awake in the room I stayed in.
But overall, it was a very positive experience, and without question I would not hesitate to return at least with my husband for a romantic trip. The room was very clean, the staff was very courteous and the food, drinks and everything I experienced was top-notch. I felt safe and pampered in paradise!
For more information about Dreams Resort & Spas:
- Website: http://dreamsresorts.com/drerc
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DreamsRivieraCancun
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/dreamsresorts
- Blog: http://dreamsresortsblog.com
- YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/dreamsresorts
I admit that we tend to rush around in the morning getting ready for our day and don’t actually spend a lot of quality time together. In fact, many mornings we don’t eat breakfast together. My kids eat in front of the TV, my husband rarely eats at all, and I eat once I can relax a little bit after my son has gotten on the school bus.
Mornings here are a FLASH of panic and activity and half the time I don’t know if I am coming or going.
But Florida Orange Juice believes that a better day begins with a “meaningful morning” and that drinking Florida OJ can help us jump start our day by interacting with each other and starting off the day happy and healthy. In order to help families like mine develop habits that can lead to meaningful morning moments, the Florida Department of Citrus has teamed up with parenting expert and author, Dr. Michele Borba and nutritionist and author, Elizabeth Ward to provide some simple solutions to help us start the day on the right foot. Together they have developed a checklist that is quick and easy to follow:
When I read through that checklist, it really will be so easy to incorporate these tips into our lives. They are easy to follow and seriously much better for our physical and emotional health. Even if we just spend 5 minutes around the table drinking a glass of 100% Florida OJ while we share about our upcoming day, I think that will go a long way to bringing us closer together. Of course, I first have to wake my son up and I usually do that by going into his room and pretending to sit on him until he is awake. It doesn’t take long.
For more information on Florida Citrus, visit their Facebook page: Florida Orange Juice
I am heading out to buy another carton of OJ, we’re all out!
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus and received an OJ Gift Pack and a promotional item as a thank you for my participation.”
With spring and summer approaching, people often forget about their immune system. They take it for granted. They associate colds with cold weather.
But you never know when you are going to get sick and summer colds are the worst!
With Ester-C Gummies vitamin C, it’s easy (and kinda fun) to take your vitamin C so you can protect yourself and your family year round.
About Ester-C Gummies:
Jealous that your kids get all the fun, great-tasting vitamins? New great-tasting Ester-C® Gummies aren’t just kid stuff. You get a full 500 mg of Ester-C® per serving, the patented vitamin C that’s absorbed into your system and is well retained… providing advanced active immune support, plus support for your heart, joints, skin, hair and nails.* Once you get a taste of new Ester-C® Gummies, you’ll never go back to ordinary vitamin C again.
I look forward to taking my vitamins each day now that Ester-C Gummies are a part of my daily routine. My son and I both take them and they taste great!
Ester-C offers support for your immune system but they also support busy moms too. They recently held a contest called 24/7 Moms and awarded some amazing prizes. You can see the winners of the contest here: Ester-C 24/7 Moms contest.
I received product samples and a gift card to participate in the Ester-C campiagn. Opinions expressed are my own.
I just returned from a 4 day trip to Cancun, Mexico.
Who goes to Cancun and doesn’t swim, right?
Well, the last time I wore a swimsuit, I think Ronald Reagan was in office. Ok, maybe it wasn’t that long ago, but I do know the suit I wore I bought when Reagan was in office.
I’ve never been comfortable in a swimsuit. Even when I was a size 8 and in great shape in college I still felt like they didn’t fit me right. When I wasn’t covering up with a shirt, I’m sure my discomfort and lack of confident in the fit of my suit shined through in my posture and my attitude.
While I was looking forward to my trip to Cancun, I was not looking forward to shopping for a swimsuit, especially with a 3 year-old in tow.
But I did.
And it sucked.
I tried practically every swimsuit in the entire mall and nothing fit right.
If it fit on top, it was way too big everywhere else. Actually, no. I take that back. NONE of them fit on top, at least well enough that I felt comfortable wearing it in public. I did buy one. It didn’t fit great but it was the best of the worst if that makes any sense.
I was so disappointed that I was going to Cancun without a swimsuit that fit me right, especially after working so hard to lose weight and get in shape.
That is, until Lands’ End came to my rescue.
I now have SWIMSUIT CONFIDENCE!
Lands’ End let me pick out the swimsuit of my choice, rushed it to me, and below you can see just how confident and comfortable I am wearing it.
The top I got is the Lands’ End Women’s Beach Living Dot Scoop Tankini Swimsuit Top that you can actually order by bra cup size if you are over a C cup. The bottoms are the Lands’ End Women’s Regular AquaTerra 10″ Supplex Board Shorts. I went with the board shorts because I really liked the idea of not having to have a cover-up or anything, just ready to swim. In hindsight, they were a bit longer than I expected so I will likely get a set of traditional bottoms to wear under them. The top fits AMAZING. Nothing came close to fitting me this well, I couldn’t ask for a better fit. Nothing hanging out and great support on top.
Now, if only i can even out my farmer’s tan, all would be right with the world.
If you would like to participate in National Swimsuit Confidence Week, Lands’ End has some events planned all week:
Save the Week to Tweet! – May 23 – 27, 2011
Join National Swimsuit Confidence Week and Save The Week to Tweet
Announce and Display Your Swimsuit Confidence for a Chance to Win a $500 Lands’ End Gift Card
Celebrate women of all shapes and sizes and inspire them to have fun this summer by taking part in National Swimsuit Confidence Week. Lands’ End together with 21 real women from Curvy Girl Guide (www.curvygirlguide.com), will launch the first National Swimsuit Confidence Week May 23 – 27, 2011. You can be a part of this nationwide effort to inspire women to get off the beach chair this season with confidence.
Here’s how you can participate:
- Get the Twibbon – Go to http://twibbon.com/join/I-Have-Swimsuit-Confidence-2 and display the “I have swimsuit confidence!” Twibbon on your Twitter profile photo. Send a tweet to @LandsEndPR proclaiming “I have swimsuit confidence!” #landsend for a chance to be entered to win a $500 Lands’ End gift card – winner announced May 27.
- Participate in a Week of Tweets – Mark your calendar each day May 23 – 27, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CDST so you can join in the series of National Swimsuit Confidence Week events on Twitter. Follow @LandsEndPR and tweet at #landsend. We will be announcing exclusive swimwear promotions, giving away great prizes and inspiring women to embrace their swimsuit beauty.
- Bloggers Join the Movement – On May 23, 2011, 21 women from Curvy Girl Guide will show off their swimsuit confidence by posting a photo in a 2011 Lands’ End Swimsuit. You can join in by posting your swimsuit photo on May 23, 2011 to inspire your followers – send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win one of five $100 Lands’ End gift cards.
Spread the word, join the movement and embrace your swimsuit confidence this summer!
If you participated in National Swimsuit Confidence Week and posted a picture of yourself in your swimsuit on your blog, feel free to leave your link in the comments so I can visit you!
Note: I received the products indicated from Lands’ End in order to participate in National Swimsuit confidence week.
I’ve never been anywhere tropical.
Even went I went somewhere sort of tropical – Florida, it was barely 65 degrees when I was there.
Next week, thanks to the Mexico Tourism Board and Dreams Resorts & Spas Cancun, I will be in Cancun Mexico!
Preparing for the trip hasn’t been easy. I tried on about 400 swimsuits and none of them fit. Land’s End, however, has come to my rescue and are sending me a suit that promises to fit great.
I also had to get a passport, right during the time the US Government was threatening to shut down. But I did get it in plenty of time even though I had to pay $60 to expedite it.
I’ve been shopping for some summer clothes. See, I don’t have a summer wardrobe because of all the weight I lost. Indiana summer clothing isn’t exactly the same kind of summer clothing one needs for a place like Cancun. It’s 40 degrees in May right now, and we barely get 3 months of summer around here. I got a few things that hopefully will get me through the weekend without actually looking like a cheeseburger.
Here’s an aerial of Dreams, Cancun:
Don’t be jealous.
Actually, you can be a little jealous.
I took the Insanity challenge and completed it!
Yesterday was the last workout in my Insanity journey and today was the final fit test. I achieved so much in 60 (well actually 63) short days.
And I experienced INSANE results, some of which even a picture or measurements can’t fully indicate:
- I committed to something intense and difficult and stuck with it.
- I lost inches.
- I gained endurance.
- I increased my strength.
- I developed more confidence.
- I earned the coveted Insanity t-shirt!
FIT TEST RESULTS:
|FIRST fit test||FINAL fit test||Difference|
|1. Switch Kicks||70||99||+29|
|2. Power Jacks||33||57||+24|
|3. Power Knees||60||105||+45|
|4. Power jumps||20||45||+25|
|5. Globe Jumps||5||9||+4|
|6. Suicide Jumps||8||13||+5|
|7. Push-Up Jacks||10||25||+15|
|8. Low Plank Oblique||14||51||+37|
|Before INSANITY||37″||41″||24 3/4″||11 1/2″|
When committing to a program like Insanity you have to put the scale away, or at least accept that if you are normally in weight LOSS mode, this kind of intense, muscle building workout may leave you confused and frustrated when you actually GAIN weight. Depending upon how much extra weight your body is carrying (if any) you may find that you lose inches yet gain weight. I did. About 3 lbs.
And not that I had any cellulite on the backs of my thighs. Nope. Not me. But I’ve noticed it toning up and there are quite a few less dimples back there than there used to be.
As a busy mom, I had to make an extreme commitment to this insane program. For over 60 days I got up between 5 am – 5:30 am in order to workout. This is a not a workout that was easy for me to “fit” into my day. I had to block out time before my day began.
And it was hard.
But the Insanity program has a fully laid out schedule and is only for 60 days. There was a beginning, an end, and all I had to do was look at the calendar that came with it to see what I was supposed to do each day. The only thing required from me was commitment – well and to dig deeper than I ever thought possible.
I am extremely happy with the results I achieved. Would I have liked to lose my last 15 lbs and have a ripped body? Yes, of course. But it’s only been 60 days. The results I’ve seen on Insanity have been enough to convince me that I have what it takes to get to my goal. That is a huge victory because before Insanity I was convinced myself that I would never get beyond my “before” picture. That 2 kids destroyed my body beyond repair. Now, I know that I can not only get to my goal, I have the strength to achieve anything I set my mind to.
Is Insanity for everyone?
But, I think it could be modified for most people.
The hardest part is taking the time out of your day and committing to changing your life, one positive decision at a time.
For complete details, weekly stats, updates and progress photos, visit my Insanity results page.