Kwik Stix Rock….

Hello guys! I know it’s been awhile but I’m back. I am going to blog in a few days about my oldest turning 9, latest dramas with the middle and of course all of the crazy antics with the little.  I’ll just leave you with these three things, broken iPad, knives and potty training. I just haven’t been in the right mindset to write about my little devils angels.

But I did want to share with you guys about the newest Kwik Stix product from The Pencil Grip. I know that you have read about them on my blog before back in my original Kwik Stix Review. If you missed it, click here to read about the original product. They also took part in my 1st Holiday Gift Giveaway. Well this time I can say that I love them even more. In my original review I mentioned that the only downside was that they needed to be a little thinner. The older kids had trouble staying in the lines when painting.  Well, they listened to me (ok, I am sure that it was already in the works when I did my review, but I am going to take credit for it. Kidding).

Check out the latest Thin Stix.

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Sorry that I didn’t snap clearer pics of the packaging but Owen was grabbing them out of my hand and ripped open the box! See here’s the proof

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Once again I just hand Owen some paper and his “paints” and he goes to town. They are non-toxic and the paint dries so quickly I don’t have to worry about messes. I can actually get a few things done while he’s painting me beautiful pictures of circles. I don’t have to help him because he’s a pro at using them now. He can uncap them, paint and then clean up. But I did just discover that he did a little art project off the paper and onto my kitchen table. Thankfully these Thin Kwik Stix are so awesome that it came off very easily (even after sitting for a few days).

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They work on paper, wood, cardboard and more. This time we tested them out the wood! My older boys had to design and paint their pinewood derby cars for cub scouts. Well Owen was so excited that he wanted in on it too. Now this was the morning of the race and we didn’t have time to cut his car, so he just painted his block of wood. We installed the wheels and he was able to race as a sibling in the derby. Unfortunately his Trolls car didn’t place. Ha! But we painted it and within minutes it was dry and ready to go. The boy loved his car. He still takes it to bed every night. And the best part, the paint has not rubbed off at all onto any of his bedding! I mean how cute is his car! And it was all done using his Thin Kwik Stix.

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Once again I cannot say anything bad about this wonderful paint from Kwik Stix. They now have a large variety of Kwik Stix. You can find the original ones, the thin ones, you can also order them in neon or metallic colors.  They have small starter sets and then larger sets as well.  Go ahead and order them, you will love them.  As always they are available on their website The Pencil Grip or on Amazon. If you have young ones in the house that love to paint but you hate the bowls of water, the dripping messes, etc. then I definitely recommend Kwik Stix. We cannot get enough of them in our house. They are non-toxic, convenient and so easy to use. Just ask Owen!!!!

Remember to check out Kwik Stix

I would definitely recommend these for kids of all ages!

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Holiday Gift Guide

Hey folks, I know that it may seem a bit early, but the holidays are quickly approaching. Once Halloween ends everyone will have one thing on their minds – Christmas. Just this past week I noticed that some stores are full of Christmas lights and decorations already.  The toy sections are stocking up and I am already stressing about what to buy for the holidays.  I need gifts for my kids, family, teachers, etc. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time. I would love to take some of that stress off of you by helping my readers out.

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I thought that this year I would make a list of some of my favorite items and share them with you. They might be small stocking stuffers or maybe just some great gifts for a teacher or friend. I would also love to showcase products that I have reviewed on my blog or items that I have purchased outside of blogging life, whether they were from Etsy, my friends or neighbors, or local shops.  There are so many things that I would love to share with you.

So here’s what I am asking, if you would like your product or company to appear in my Holiday Must Have’s, let me know.  Shoot me an email, text me, Facebook me, etc.   I am also trying to put together a big giveaway of all of the items too.  Don’t get too excited, I am not Oprah!

If you want to be included in my list and want to participate in the giveaway, I am accepting donations of one (or two) of your items from your company. If you are unable to do that, maybe you could create a specific freebie or discount code for the winner?  I know that I have many friends that have small businesses and I am including you guys too. Don’t think that this is just for the larger companies that I write about on the blog! The only requirement is that I have ordered from you in the past and I have used or tested your product. I have a list already in my mind and I will be reaching out to some of you shortly. But, if you have a product that you sell, make and I haven’t tried it yet, but would love to be included on the list/giveway, contact me ASAP so I can test it out. I only like to showcase items that I have experience with.  Remember, the more the merrier!

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Nuby Product Review: Clik-it™ No Spill™ Grip n’ Sip™

Well it’s about that time that I start breaking Owen from his bottle.  First off, I am done washing the darn things! I love his bottles to death but there are a TON of parts!  Second, he is almost a year old {eek tomorrow} and I will be transitioning him off of his formula {thank goodness}!  I have transitioned all of my kids from formula to whole milk by using sippy cups!  But it’s never easy finding the right cup.  I have tried them all.   This time around I started off with the Nuby Clik-it™ No Spill™ Grip n’ Sip™.  So far so good!

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He has not had any problems drinking his water and formula from the cups.  He really does enjoy it.  Of course he left this one in the cart at Target!!!  But I had purchased a few others so thankfully he still has those!  It’s great! The only spill we had is because when I washed the cup, I didn’t put the plastic sippy part in the lid correctly! Other than that the click technology has worked perfectly!  Besides my own small error, they haven’t leaked at all and you can really here the “click” when you twist the lid on.

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Clik-it™ No Spill™ Grip n’ Sip™

  • Perfect for beginners!
  • 4 months +
  • 8oz/ 240ml
  • Two handles for initial cup drinking
  • NEW one piece No-Spill™ soft silicone spout
  • Touch-Flo™ Technology, that activates as soon as your child puts their mouth on the spout
  • Leak Proof Technology that you can see and hear!
  • Hear the “click” know its locked!
  • Endorsed by Pediatric Dentist Dr. Grace Yum
  • BPA FREE

Available at these retailers: Target (which is where I picked up a few more of these cups).

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Color Me Rad – My 1st 5K Race

So this past weekend I ran my very first 5K. I was hoping to do this last year but instead I got pregnant with my sweet little Owen.  I figured that since I was trying to exercise using my Beachbody programs and I was trying to eat a little healthier that I would attempt to run again.  So I signed up for my first 5K.  I had 2 months to train and start running again. I was going to get a treadmill from my moms house.  Well I didn’t get the treadmill to my house and I didn’t join the gym. So all of my training was non-existent. Zero, zilch, nada! I didn’t want to quit though. I was going to run {or walk} the 5k no matter what.

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My friend Leslie {from Three Peas and a Dog} was my running partner. We signed up for the Color Me Rad race at the Jersey Shore! I figured that my first race should be a fun one without worrying about times.

I felt myself getting stomach aches the week leading up to the race. I was so nervous because I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I did go on a little jog on Friday with the stroller and it wasn’t too bad but 1/4 mile is nothing compared to 3.1 miles.  I knew it would going to be a struggle for me.

Well the big day finally arrived and there was no turning back. It was go time. Leslie picked me up at 7:30am and we were on our way.

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We got there early and were able to sneak into the first heat. We had a great time. It wasn’t too bad at all. Did I run the entire time? No, but there were these three hills that I could barely walk up let alone run. But we gave ourselves goals along the way For example if we had to walk up the hill then we would  start running the moment we got to the top.

The color bombs were fun and they weren’t as bad as I thought.  I thought I was going to be pelted non stop with the color. But it was only 5 or so color tents that we had to run through.  The only problem with the color was that you had to run through it with your mouth and eyes closed. I think that I ran through it like a zombie with my hands out front making sure that I didn’t run into anything or anyone.  At one point I think I knocked a little kid over {not my fault she stopped inside to get more color}. Then I had contact issues when I didn’t shut my eyes in time. But they were still a lot of fun. Oh and I spent all day Sunday blowing out orange and pink powder!

Towards the end my heart was racing pretty fast but I could see the finish line and as much as I wanted to stop, I didn’t. They handed out some color packets right at the end so we coated ourselves with color and then made a mad dash to the end!!! Then I just sat my butt on the ground and drank a bottle of water!!! I did it! I finished my first 5K. Was I fast? No! But we finished and we had a blast!

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Thanks Leslie for encouraging me to do it!! Here’s to many more. Now I just really need to start training before the next one comes around.

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My Crazy Mind

I don’t know what it is but my mind is on overdrive these days.  I have so much going on but I can’t just pick one thing and stick with it.  I have a to-do list of about 700 things and I am in the middle of about 10 projects but I can’t complete anything.

I don’t know if it’s the third kid adding to all of the craziness in my brain but I am getting so frustrated. I am so used to order and control and ORGANIZATION.  I have lists about other lists.  That’s the type of person I am. I am slightly OCD {about certain things, not all} and I feel like I am losing control of it all.

For example here’s a little bit from my to-do list:

1. Exercise – I have been trying to do Hip Hop Abs for 2 weeks now. I just need to put the DVD in and START. I need to stop all of the damn excuses…..

2. Dishes. Oh dear lord the dishes. Well it’s just the darn bottles! Can they please create a cycle on dishwashers called “Dr. Brown’s”. It would make my life soooooo much easier.
3. Create a food journal – but not based on the last two weeks.  Back on track MONDAY! NO EXCUSES.
4. Create a personal growth/goal journal. I need to start writing shit down…..
5. Eat healthy — DUH!
6. Fix the boys room so they feel like they have their own individual style in a shared room {i.e. curtains, paint, shelves, pictures, etc}
7. Fix the toilet seats in two of the three bathrooms. Boys!!!!
8. Fix my kitchen sink {I have the parts but I don’t know where to start}. Stupid fancy faucet!
9. Stain the steps on my back “deck”
10. Organize the boys clothes {somewhat done.  I just need a few extra totes and either donate, sell or get rid of the clothes that Owen has outgrown}
11. Organize the basement {aka – toy room from HELL}
12. Organize and purge my clothes that I haven’t worn since I worked 6 1/2 years ago – dear Lord it’s been that long since I had contact with humans that didn’t wear diapers but still complained about too much shit.
13. The ongoing piles of laundry. I used to love laundry but now I can’t keep track of what’s clean and what’s dirty.  Who hates when they think that they are on top of things by throwing in an “extra load” then realizing when it’s time for the dryer that there is still a pile in there that’s only half dry…..
14. Organize my kitchen drawers. I have so much crap and so few cabinets. I store Owen’s bibs in my pasta drainer!
15. Don’t even look in my coat closet. You open it up things may rain down on you {and it won’t be dollar bills y’all}
16. Find a spot for Owen’s pack and play! Right now his changing table is my dining room table so good luck solving this mystery! Oh and please ignore the pile of boys artwork and papers behind Owen’s changing pad.  I have not thrown out ONE thing since Ben started preschool back in 2010. Yeah… do the math. That’s 4 years worth of papers from Ben and 2 years from Sean.  I swear that I am NOT a hoarder but their shit is so darn cute.  How can I throw it out?

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17. Oh I just discovered that from Sean climbing on my kitchen cabinets that he split the wood in a very expensive cabinet door. Do I use wood glue? Do I replace? UGHHHHH. Yes, I know that my cabinets are dirty. I was cleaning them when I spotted the big crack

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18. Have Joey call Moen to order a new toilet paper holder – THANK GOD for MOEN and their free replacement parts. We have definitely taken advantage of that with these boys and our bathroom/kitchen products

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It’s an ongoing list and this is only half of it. I have so many projects and so little time {and money} to complete them all.

How do you guys handle this stuff? There are things that my husband can/will do {i.e. he does all of the yardwork, planting, etc} but I try and do indoor stuff like painting and fixing things. He works so much that he doesn’t have time at all during the week to do a lot but take out the trash at 10:30pm when he gets home. So when the weekend rolls around I would rather him occupy the kids so I can do laundry, clean, etc. But he does do laundry and lots of other things for me. So I can’t complain about that at all. I am home all day but I still don’t have the time to get things done. I want to just hire a handy man to do so many things but dear lord who can afford one? I just finally got a cleaning lady every few weeks to help me out with the dusting and the bathrooms.

I feel like I have no time for myself. And now that Owen is around I want to spend time during the day with him and not plopping him down in a seat while he watches me clean dishes. But some days that’s what happens. But he isn’t that kid that will sit long and since I know for a fact that he is my last baby I want to spend as much time as I can with him. I want to lay on the floor and roll with him, sing him songs, shake the rattles. I don’t want to miss one moment with this kid. So how am I going to accomplish everything on this list??? HELP!!!!

PS. Since I started typing this I did change one toilet seat! Woo Hoo!!!!

So tell me moms {and dads} how do you get it all done?  I am so overwhelmed that I feel like the walls are closing in on me because I can’t do it all. It’s my job to do these things and I can’t even keep my floor clean let alone take some time for myself.

Thank goodness that I love these kids so much. They are pretty darn cute, right?
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Spring Photos with Photography by Jen Davis

Now by now you know all about my friend Jen from Photography by Jen Davis and her awesome skills.  Well she did it again.  Since our family is finally complete I thought it was time to get a ton of new photos!  I plan on doing this a lot more often as the kids get older.  I am so guilty of taking a million pictures of my kids but they are all on my iPhone and I make a few of them {usually in an odd angled selfie with Owen}.  So I plan on trying to get pictures done at least once a year by a professional {ahem Photography by Jen Davis}.

The day started out great.  The boys were pretty good pre-game. They got dressed, brushed their teeth, their hair and we all managed to get out of the house on time and without any stains on our clothes! It was a miracle.

Well cue the camera and Owen started with the quivering lip and tears. I think that the boys were holding him too tightly and he was not a happy camper.  It was close to his nap time and the normal happy Owen just wanted a break.

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But he soon hammed it up for the camera but that’s when Sean decided to have his mini breakdown.  We were all going to sit on the blanket for a family photo but all of the sudden he was afraid to get the blanket dirty with his muddy shoes.  Even after we all stomped on the blanket he still didn’t want in on the pictures. But after some lolipops and bubbles he finally sat down and we got a few great pictures in with Mr. Moody! Notice Sean is missing from one of the pictures below!

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There were a few moments where the boys took off, had to use the restroom or wouldn’t put down their bribes {the lollipop} but of course non of this showed up on Jen’s awesome camera. Somehow she managed to capture the wonderful moments!

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I am so glad that we have these photos. I will cherish them forever. I am already struggling on which ones to print for our wall.  I need to sit down and organize my thoughts. I just want to put them all up there.  Thanks again Jen for such awesome pictures. Oh and I am glad that we didn’t do the mini sessions.  My kids would have never have survived that one!!!  A full session is a must for the Callaway crew!

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The Oldest is Still My Baby

Okay so I took some time this week to talk about Owen and Sean so today it’s Ben’s turn.  I have so much to share about Ben but not sure I want to put it all out there. We are having some behavioral issues at home and at some point I am sure that I will share a little more but it’s been a huge struggle and we are trying to figure it all out.  In the meantime let’s chat about how amazing this kid is.

He had his very first Kindergarten play this week.  I think that I was much more nervous than he was.  He is so much like me with the OCD and anxiety and I thought for sure that he would get up there, see the crowd and not do his line.  But boy the kid proved me wrong.  He looked so cute in his piggy hat. Speaking of the hat, the play was performed on three separate nights – they split up the 9 kindergarten classes into three nights {3 classes a night} but they shared the same hats.  I wonder why the school has had a problem with lice this year? HMMMM. But anyway.  Ben was AWESOME! His line was about half way through the show and he went up to the microphone said his line and walked back to his row.  Perfection!

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This kid is truly a smart and talented kid but he is still very shy and so afraid of what others think about him. He feels like he can never be good enough and as a mom that breaks my heart. I try so hard to teach him to just be himself {but stop picking your nose}.  He wants to fit in but he is afraid sometimes of getting involved. I was always a shy kid filled with anxiety and I see that in him.  I want to break that cycle now so he doesn’t grow up being afraid and full of anxiety like I still have today.  I try to push him to do new things so he can make new friends, try new things and just enjoy being a kid. He is coming along and I am so proud of him.  

He is excelling in school and I just got his latest report card. His teacher said that he is a wonderful reader and great at addition.  He struggles with handwriting and subtraction! But hey it’s kindergarten he is only going to get better from here. I can’t believe how well he is doing at school.  When I look at the work that he brings home I often wonder if he is bored.  He has perfect worksheets {except for the handwriting} but the back of the pages are full of drawings and designs.  Is he bored? Is there too much free time at school? Who knows but as long as he is happy and doing well, I am happy!!!

I still can’t believe that he has been in school for 4 years now {3 years in pre-school and he is now almost done kindergarten}. Here’s a quick look at Ben’s school pictures over the years.  I definitely have a favorite of all 5 pictures {red sweater}.  Which one do you like the best? I can’t believe how much he has changed, yet stayed the same over the past 4 years!

Preschool Pictures – 2 1/2 Year old class, 3 Year old class and 4 Year old class

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Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 Kindergarten Pictures.  I am not sure what they did to his glasses during the Fall picture but it’s horrible.  They could have at least taken them off or put them on his head properly! Thank goodness I have a great friend who is my own personal photographer {Photography by Jen Davis}. I can’t wait for our photo shoot in early May! I’ll have some more pics to share soon.

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Ben is not a sports person.  He really loves the iPad and all of the star wars, angry birds and lego games that he can find.  I think that he likes it a little too much in my opinion, but I let him use it because it makes him happy.  But if he doesn’t finish a game on the first try he gets extremely frustrated and down on himself.  I often hear him say “why did God make me so bad” or “why can’t I do this right”.  It breaks my heart but I explain to him to never give up and some things take time but they are worth all of the hard work. 

This past week we went to a birthday party at the YMCA.  It was a sports themed party {something that he doesn’t like}.  He had anxiety going in but I tried to help him relax and told him that he didn’t have to participate in the soccer game but he could play with some other toys on the side.  The first 45 minutes he didn’t leave my side but thankfully after a few bites of pizza and a lacrosse stick he started to play with his friends.  Then when they handed out basketballs as party favors he was finally in a good mood.  Now he LOVES basketball.  I want to encourage him to play but I am also afraid that once I sign him up he won’t want to do it. This is the hard part.  Do I spend the money and then take him to the class which he will hate and never want to go back or do I just say this is a phase and not sign him up.  I am at a loss.  Sean loves soccer but after 10 minutes he wants to play on the playground.  It’s so frustrating to spend a ton of money and then have them cry on the sidelines.

Ben is still enjoying karate but it has been a struggle to get there.  But once he is there he enjoys it. I don’t know if we will continue it after summer is over.  I want Ben to be involved in something.  I don’t care what it is as long as he is doing something other than the computer all day.  I’m open to suggestions???!!!!

He is an awesome big brother to Owen.  The boy loves his little brother so much — even if he tends to be a little too rough, I know deep down he is smitten with the kid.  And Owen just adores Ben {and Sean}.

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He still really struggles with Sean though.  He cares about him a lot but I know that Sean tends to bother him. Ben is awesome at figuring out video games and Sean struggles.  Ben just doesn’t want to show Sean the way.  He doesn’t understand that other kids may need help with those sorts of things {much like Ben needs help at sports}.  He just wants to be left alone to do his own thing.  But on occasion he will help his brother out.  He is also my little con artist.  Just the other day he convinced Sean to rub his head and he would help Sean beat a level on Star Wars.

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Oh and I really think that I am going to be in trouble with Ben when it comes to the ladies.  I swear each school year he has a new crush.  We all remember his crush from last year {A Shiny Gold Necklace}.  This year it’s a girl at his bus stop {who is also in his kindergarten class}.   She is such a cutie pie. He told me that everyone on the bus says that they are going to get married.  I think it’s cute, he on the other hand does not.  But he tries so hard to get her attention.  On her birthday he made her a special card.   Then the other day they made a brown letter E – brown E {brownie – get it}.  Well his crush lost hers so he spent the afternoon tracing and cutting out a new one for her – only to have her find her own the next day. I know that he was crushed but he still is such a sweetheart.  God this kid melts my heart every day.

This picture describes Ben to me.  He is in a world of his own and we are all just trying to figure it out.  He has a heart of gold but really struggles with a lot in life.  He is a deep thinker and is always asking the tough questions but the boy loves to have fun.

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I love this kid more than life itself.  He will always have a special place in my heart because he is the boy that made me a mom for the very first time.  He is the first person that ever projectile vomited on me or pooped down my leg.  He is the first person that I put before myself when it came to life and all it’s crazy issues.  He was the person that gave me a reason to keep moving forward after my father passed away 3 weeks after his birth.  He has given me health scares, anxiety and emotional breakdowns but I wouldn’t have it any other way…. Yes he may look 100% like my husband but he is definitely my son.  

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Summer is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!! Do you want to feel comfortable in your swimsuit? I know that I want to not hide under my towel when I’m sitting on the beach this summer and I am going to continue to keep moving!  How about you join me and we can hold each other accountable? I have a great team that I work with and you can too.   Plus there are some great deals right now on a few programs that can help you reach those goals!

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Yes, I Cheated…

On the 21 Day Fix that is… not on the husband!

I have had a rough few days with the kids and like I said before I am an emotional eater.  Well once I dropped the not so sweet angels off at the bus stop and at school I came home and had some cold pizza.  For some reason I cannot stop eating pizza. It’s my weakness. Even cold DiGiorno pizza {It’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno}.

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It happens but I am going to pick myself back up and keep on going.  One rough day is not going to stop me.  That’s what I am trying to learn in this whole process. Not to let one slip up derail my whole day, which turns into a week then a month.  I won’t let it stop me from reaching my goal… which is hitting my goal weight {18lbs to go} and wearing a cute white top that doesn’t show a saggy muffin top.  I want to feel more comfortable in my skin.

This picture was 3 years ago and I liked my body then. I felt good then. I want to be there again.

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So I think for lunch I will have another awesome shake and reflect on why I’m eating the cold pizza.  One of my Beachbody coaches {hey Nikki} suggested on our Facebook page that when you cheat, it may be because you are bored.  So maybe I am just bored eating the same foods and I need to go through the 21 Day Fix book again and reboot my meals.  I have been eating the same things for almost 2 1/2 months now.  So maybe I need to switch.  Also, after this round I need to get a new workout routine. I love the programs in there but it’s good to switch it up. I keep going back and forth on what I want to try so today my goal is to figure out AND ORDER my next fitness program!!!!!!

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Well gang, the weekend is here.  Spring Break is starting today when those kids get out of school.  So say a prayer that we all make it through the next week without going off the plan and my exercise routine.  We will be spending some days down in Delaware and I know I will be packing my containers, my shakes and my videos.  Just because I am in a different state doesn’t mean that I can’t continue to reach my goals.

Sooooo are you willing to give it a try? Summer is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!! Do you want to feel comfortable in your swimsuit? I know that I want to not hide under my towel when I’m sitting on the beach this summer and I am going to continue to keep moving!  How about you join me and we can hold each other accountable? I have a great team that I work with and you can too.   Plus there are some great deals right now on a few programs that can help you reach those goals!

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Why I Eat, Breaking the Cycle

The main reason for starting this new journey of beachbody and shakeology was to lose that extra baby weight and to get my body back Into shape. The past 6-7 years I have let myself spiral out of control both physically and a little mentally.

I think what I have learned over few months is that I am a food addict. There I said it. I am an emotional eater and addicted to harmful foods.  About 10-12 years ago I would have said the opposite. If I was sad or depressed then I didn’t eat. If I was nervous or scared then I skipped meals. All throughout high school and college I had severe social anxiety. I would like to say that I hid it well but it was a struggle. I hated going out to parties or dinner. Anything that involved food or a new experience  freaked me out. I would get sick or find excuses to not go. Towards the end of college and the few years after I learned to go with the flow a little better but it was still very hard for me.

See I was skinny at one time!

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But somewhere in the past 7-8 years it’s like a switch went off and I became an eater. I would eat whenever and wherever. I couldn’t turn down a slice of pizza or a bacon cheeseburger with fries. I was skinny and had high metabolism so I would never gain weight. Well here I am 3 kids later and I am at the heaviest non pregnancy weight of my life.  It scared me. I hated it. This girl who never gained weight and could eat whatever the heck I wanted, was now packing on the pounds. Yes I used my pregnancies as an excuse. Each pregnancy gave me a reason {excuse} to eat whatever I wanted.  Well this time it backfired on me because the weight didn’t just fly off. Why am I an emotional eater now? Well I just ordered a book recommended to me by a friend and I’m hoping to find out and break that cycle.   When my kids stress me out I run towards the refrigerator or pantry. If I am bored, I eat.  If I am tired, I eat.  I need to reprogram my brain but in the meantime I can work on my diet and my exercise and try and undo the damage that I’ve already caused to my body.

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I must also admit that I have {had} an addiction to fast food. I always have.  I love McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A but hey I wasn’t partial to any fast food.  Especially since I stopped working it’s been a hard habit to break.  When you are running around with the kids or stopping at the grocery store and Target or you are just driving around trying to get a baby to sleep it’s so easy to go through the drive thru and grab some grub.  Whether it’s for breakfast {mmmm Chick-fil-A mini bites} or dinner {a McDouble} I couldn’t stop.  So when I started this new diet {21 Day Fix} I knew that I needed to use this opportunity to break the cycle of horrible eating.  Fast food was my number one goal.  I am proud to say that I have been free of fast food for 50+ days. Now I may have had a few fries here and there but I haven’t had anything else.  No cheeseburgers, no chicken sandwiches, zip, zilch, nada!!!  I have ordered a diet coke and that’s it.  Yeah that’s my next addiction that I need to break — baby steps, one addiction at a time.  And it really is an addiction.  Do I need the fast food and the diet cokes – ABSOLUTELY NOT.

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Over the past 50 or so days, I have eaten a clean diet {mostly} and I feel good.  I’m not as tired during the day like I used to be. I don’t need those naps that I craved so much.  Yes, it’s nice to take a little nap here or there because I was up with the baby or the boys were driving me nuts but if I can’t sneak it in I’m okay.  I can keep going. It all has to do with my new changes. Is it the shakeology? Yes. Is it the healthy foods? Yes. Is it the exercise? YES! YES! YES!  One huge change that I have noticed is that I don’t need the soda for my energy and caffeine.  Right now it’s just an addiction.  I did a little experiment while on the 21 Day Fix.  I did the first round without any diet coke {I started to add them in towards the end}.  I was fine drinking the shakes and not drinking soda.  But when I did start drinking it, I noticed that my energy levels would start crashing shortly after that soda so I would reach for another.  The soda was making me tired making me lose my energy.  It didn’t help keep me going throughout the day it helped me keep up with the addiction.  Now I’m still struggling with this soda thing.  I like the taste of them but I am getting better. I used to drink about 5 a day {yes I know I’m slapping myself too}, but now I am down to about 2.  Some days I don’t have any.  I will beat that addiction just like I did the fast food one!  Like I said, one thing at a time.

Alright, now that I let that off my chest, it’s time to move forward. I had a week off from my meal planning and my strict exercise so I’m ready for more.  I’m going to do one more round of the 21 Day Fix  — I just started today.  I have a few friends that are doing it for the first time and I want to do this journey with them.  Then I will do one other workout before I hope to start with PiYo at the beginning of the summer! I can’t wait.

New beginnings for me. I am hoping to make these changes now so that they will last a lifetime. I know that I have already screwed up with my kids and their diet and I am trying to change myself so that I can make the changes with them. Oh and I forgot to give you guys updates on my changes after two rounds.. I will try and get that up soon. Email me if you want to see before and after pictures!!! Or you can join our challenge groups on Facebook where my pictures are splattered all over {but you have to commit to a program from Beachbody and share your pics too}!!!!!

Happy Monday everyone!!!!

So are you ready to make a change in your life? I was the queen of excuses but I finally threw them all away and got up off of the couch and started my life over!  If you want to know what Beachbody or the 21 Day Fix is all about please drop me a quick email, call me, visit my Facebook page or just run on over and check out my Beachbody Website.

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21 Day Fix Mission Complete: Round 1

So I officially finished the 21 Day Fix.

Was it easy?  No, not everyday was a walk in the park, but it was totally worth it.

Results:

Lost 13lbs

3 1/2″ from my waist
1 1/2″ from each of my thighs
2″ from my hips
4″ from my bust {don’t worry I can afford to lose the weight there}
12 1/2″ overall lost!

How awesome is that? All in 3 weeks!

Would I do it again? Yes, I am glad that you asked because I am doing it again right now. I went right back into the program and I am now almost at the halfway point of round two.  I decided that I am not taking any measurements until the end this time because I don’t want to worry about what the scale is saying.  I am going on how I feel.  I need to make it more about my new lifestyle, not about weight loss.  Yes, I am doing this to shred those pounds but I am also doing it to make HUGE changes in my eating.

I definitely want/need to lose more and the 21 Day Fix has been a fun and exciting path for me. It gave me the jumpstart that I needed to get healthy again. I have enjoyed the meal plans and the portion containers.  I knew that I was overeating but to see how much was shocking.  I have skipped all of the horrible snacks {like my chips and dips and snacks} and I have not had one bit of fast food in over 30 days!  That’s huge for me.  As much as I still want some of the junk food, l I am trying my best to walk away. I know that they make me feel horrible and not worth it.  I don’t even have them in the house anymore {except for the kids snacks – which I am slowly trying to improve as well}. I threw out an entire container of onion dip last week because I knew it would be too tempting.  It was left over from a party that we had and I knew that I just had to get rid of it. I know that what I am doing is the right thing. I even went to a St. Patrick’s Day party this past weekend and I stayed away from the chips and the cheese doodles. I didn’t even touch the hot dogs or the corned beef and cabbage. I had a nice turkey wrap and just enjoyed chatting with my husband and friends.   It was a struggle but I did it and I felt great. I even came home and did my exercises for the day.  I didn’t let the party interfere with my health.

And what has shocked me the most is that I actually enjoy Shakeology. That was one of my biggest fears is that I would not enjoy the shakes.  But they are DELICIOUS!!!!  I wake up in the morning craving my chocolate shake with banana and peanut butter! YUMMY! I have even encouraged my husband to take on a healthier lifestyle.  He just started doing Shakeology and really does enjoy it as well.  He took his bag to work and will have his shakes there.

Now it wasn’t always a walk in the park.  Did I mess up at all. You betcha. I had more wine than I should {umm hello! I am a mom of three boys here}. I had a little bit of pizza but I always, always worked out. In the 31 days that I have been doing the program I have only missed one Yoga exercise.  I made up for it the next day by doubling up on a few others! Another thing that I started doing recently was adding the 10 minute ab exercise into my routine.  My stomach is my huge issue {3 c-sections in less than 6 years} but I can definitely see a huge difference and I want to see more changes.  I have noticed some toning in my obliques but I still have this bump of fat that I MUST get rid of.  I am working on it.

I am also so much more flexible now and I am able to do more exercises without modifying the moves.  I still struggle with planks and the core exercises but I am getting so much better each and every day.  I also just graduated to heavier weights to help tone some more.  I am pretty weak since I was not an exercise person so I started out with very small weights! But I will keep increasing them as I chug along.   I also live in a townhouse so I don’t have a ton of space.  See pictures below to view my gym.  Space is not an excuse.  I just shove all the baby items to one side and get moving.  I even work out with my husband and/or a kid sitting on the couch!

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Not only have I changed my lifestyle over the past month but I have made a ton of new friends who are so supportive and encouraging.  I actually enjoy being challenged everyday to make the right decisions. I even signed up as a coach so I could possible help or inspire others on their own weight loss / healthy lifestyle goals.   I love chatting with friends {old and new} about what they are doing to stay healthy.  What programs have worked for them and which ones that they want to try next.

What am I going to do after I finish this round? Well, I will definitely continue with the shakes.  That is just going to be a new part of my life. I may not always have them for my breakfast but they will be part of my daily routine.

I haven’t decided my next challenge yet but I am chatting with my coach about it. I will post as soon as I decide my next challenge group. I really hope that you guys join me on this journey.  You can really try out anything from the 21 Day Fix to the Ultimate Reset to P90X or Insanity.  You can even just try the Shakeology.  There is so much to pick and choose from. You can customize it to YOU! That’s what is so awesome about Beachbody.  Plus at the end of May there is going to be a new release from Chalene Johnson called PiYo. It will be a combination of the best moves from pilates and yoga! I can’t wait. CLICK HERE and enter your email address so you can be one of the first to know about PiYo.

So are you ready to make a change in your life? I was the queen of excuses but I finally threw them all away and got up off of the couch and started my life over!  If you want to know what Beachbody or the 21 Day Fix is all about please drop me a quick email, call me, visit my Facebook page or just run on over and check out my Beachbody Website.

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CLICK HERE to order your Shakeology.

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