Saturday, December 20, 2014

#HintingSeason Best Buy: Your Shopping Destination

That time is here, the time where the crowds are out in full swing, and the race to find those gifts to give this holiday season, is on! When it comes to those gifts, there are many to choose from, but like in my house, there are some items out there, that are on the top of the lists, that I can find under one roof and at amazing prices, when I shop at Best Buy, making the holiday shopping a lot easier!

Of those items that are a must have this year, I have found the XBOX One to be at the top of some of those lists. With the XBOX One, my husband can have access to the hottest must have games out there, connect to his XBOX Live Account, stream movies and shows from the apps we can get on the XBOX One, and even watch those Blu-Ray movies from it!

Another set of items that are on those must have lists this year, are the products from JBL! With the line of JBL products that we can find at Best Buy, they include ones like the JBL Charge 2, JBL Flip 2 and the  JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones. With the JBL Charge 2, you find a speaker that gives you twin passive radiators for deep bass, a massive 6000mAh battery and a hands-free conference speakerphone which the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

With the JBL Flip 2 you get a personal speaker with dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, and with the JBL Flip 2 you get the SoundClear with helps with echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker. With the JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones you get a pair of headphones that are great for wearing to the gym, they are sweat proof, have a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet. The JBL Reflect BT’s with the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets you can keep your buds on standby without having to worry about loose cables.

Then when it comes to that holiday travel, finding some great GPS systems to give is very ideal, so when I head to Best Buy, I like that I can find the latest and greatest when it comes to the GPS that are out there like the ones from Garmin and TomTom! Like with the newest models that are out there I can get those in car GPS that feature bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates, lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates as well as voice recognition technology! Some of the GPS that can be found at Best Buy include the following:

Garmin 52LM
5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions     ·      

Garmin 2597LMT
5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions     ·      

TomTom Go 50s
Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
5" touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

In all making Best Buy, your shopping destination this season when it comes to those hot must have items!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Warming Up this Holiday Season with Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup

As we prepare for the holidays, I find that with the cold weather that is here, that having some great tasting soup on hand is ideal. Another item that we like to have on hand over the season for making drinks with when we are entertaining is some tequila, so when we were sent some of the Jenni Rivera La Gran Senora Tequila, I was excited to not only share it this season, but also cook with it!

The first thing I have to say is, when I saw that this was the Jenni Rivera Tequila, I was very excited to try it! For one it is a tequila that has been endorsed by a woman, and for two, Jenni Rivera was a beloved singer of one of my closest friends, so I knew she would also enjoy it this season as well! Just from the taste of this tequila, we found that we like how smooth it is, which really helped when deciding to use it in a soup.

I chose to make a Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup, using the Blanco we were sent. This soup turned out to be a great soup for the cold weather, and really came in handy for those sore throats we had in our home recently. I liked that with the amount of tequila that is used in the soup, you get the fainest of the tequila flavor, giving the broth an amazing flavor!
Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup

Ingredients needed:

2 Cartons Chicken Broth, 2 pounds turkey or chicken breasts, 2 medium carrots, 5 medium potatoes, 2 celery, 1/2 white onion, and 1 can of the hatch green chile enchilada sauce, 2 cups water, 1 lime, 1 bag of tortilla strips, and 2 shots of the Jenni Rivera Tequilla (Blanco)

Chop up the meat, you can use chicken in place of the turkey, dice the carrots, celery, potatoes and onion, then add the chicken broth, meat, carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, enchilada sauce, and water to a pot and mix. Also roll your lime (so you can get more juice out of it) and cut in half, squeeze both halves into the soup mixture and stir. Turn heat on high, and continue stirring until soup begins to boil. Then turn heat on medium, and let cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the soup is finished cooking, spoon into bowls and sprinkle tortilla strips on the top, serve and enjoy!

Product received, thank you to 3 Crown Imports and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

#GIVEHAPPY Holiday Shopping with OshKosh B'gosh

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to thank me for my participation.

When it comes to the holiday shopping, I find that when I head over to OshKosh B'gosh, I can not only find the cutest outfits of the season for all of my kids, but I can also find them at amazing prices! Yes, I said all of my kids, because when I shop at OshKosh B'gosh, I shop for the baby and toddler, as well as my 2 older kids since they have an amazing selection in clothes for children sizes 0-12! Also, right now, when I head to OshKosh B'gosh, I can save 25% off of my purchase of $30 or more when I print off and use the coupon above, making OshKosh B'gosh a holiday stop on my list!

So as you head out to do your holiday shopping, be sure to head to OshKosh B'gosh, and print off your coupon which you can use between now and December 31st! You can find your nearest OshKosh B'gosh by going to the store locator, or go online and shop and be sure to use the online promo code: GIVE25 at checkout!

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#CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason Best Buy: The Camera Destination

As we head out to find those must have gifts that are sure to make those on our lists happy, or even those gifts for ourselves, I find that heading to Best Buy, where I can find a variety of products to choose from, all under one roof, can help with the holiday shopping! For me, one gift that I always enjoy getting and even giving is a camera. I also like knowing that when I head to Best Buy, I can find a variety of those must have cameras that are on the market, and even check out some of their features for myself while I am in store!

With the selection of brands that are out there when it comes to the cameras, I like knowing that I can shop at Best Buy with ease, and find the latest and greatest that are out there when it comes to those cameras that offer the built in Wi-Fi! With the built in Wi-Fi, I can not only take some amazing pictures, but I can then share them right from my camera! Of those cameras with the Wi-Fi, I find that with the Nikon D5300 DSLR with the 18-55mm VR lens, I can capture those high quality photos, then share them instantly.
The Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that allows me to capture sharp photos and video footage. With the optical image stabilization, it can help prevent blurring to ensure image clarity! This amazing camera can be found at Best Buy, and comes in three colors which include the black, red, or grey!

Another great camera that I can find at Best Buy, that has not only the great picture quality but also the Wi-Fi is the Sony Alpha A6000, which has a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to capture photos with an amazing clarity. You can find this camera in black, silver, or white!  

Then for those who want to be able to use a camera that has the built in Wi-Fi along with the ability to use some of those Android apps that they love, the Samsung Galaxy 2 16.3-megapixel Digital Camera is a great choice! The 16.3 megapixel1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor allows me to capture sharp images, and high-definition video footage. The 4.8" touch screen makes it so it is easy to use and navigate, and with the built-in Wi-Fi I can share the photos and videos I take without having to plug into my computer! 

Making the cameras I can find from the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center, a selection of cameras that will help me when it comes to shopping for everyone on my list this year!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
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Gift Giving for Toddlers with the Casdons' Toy Dyson Vacuum

If you are in search of a great gift to give the toddler in your life this holiday season, be sure to check out the Toy Dyson Vacuum! I know in my house, with my toddler, he is always wanting to help me with any chores, so finding toys that are replicas of some of the gadgets I use to clean with is something I look for. So I was excited to check out the Toy Dyson Vacuum I was sent to review and add to this years holiday line up!

With this adorable mini toy Dyson, my little guy can vacuum right along with me, or when he and his siblings are playing, he can pretend to clean house! I like how it maneuvers like my Dyson vacuum does, and it also has little colorful balls on the inside that cyclone, just like mine does with the dust particles is cleans up! Oh, and to give it a even more realistic feel and look to it, it has realistic sounds and can actually suck up small pieces of paper and such off the floor!

At 25 inches high, it is the perfect size for my little guy, and after he is done cleaning, he can empty out his dirt bin that is in the back, just like mommy does! Making the Casdons' Toy Dyson Vacuum a great gift to give the toddler on your list this holiday season!

Product received, thank you to Casdons' and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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The Hundred Foot Journey on Blu-Ray

With the holiday break in the horizon, I like to find movies that I can put on and watch with the family. So when we were sent The Hundred-Foot Journey on Blu-Ray, I was very excited to watch it and add it to our family movies to share over the holidays this year!

In this movie, you have a Indian family, who after a tragedy, find themselves displaced. They are a family who are known for their love for food. They not only cook together, but their foods are something they pride themselves on. The family find themselves, broken down in a small French village, where they decide to put down roots in and open a family restaurant. This all seems great until they realize that the local French restaurant is not only one that is known for its amazing cuisine, but also one that does not take kindly to a little competition. The two find that they can come together, in the strangest of ways, both having a love and passion for food!

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We have enjoyed watching The Hundred-Foot Journey, and look forward to sharing it when our guests arrive this next week for the holidays! You too can share this movie with your family by heading out today to bring home your copy!

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Product received, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Holiday Prize Pack from MGA Entertainment

With all of the holiday shopping that we have been doing, we can find ourselves wore out. I mean as a parent, we go on searches, going from store to store, or scouring the online stores, to find that gift the ones that the kids have asked for, spending a whole afternoon searching for one product. This can be quite a chore all in its own, then for those kids where they do not have a preference on what they want, or the ones you are stuck on when it comes to finding that perfect gift to give, we can find the stress of the holidays upon us and in full swing!

Well the people from MGA Entertainment know that this time of year can be a stressful one for parents, knowing that parents can feel a little pooped when it comes to the season, and they want to help ease some of the stress of trying to find those gifts to give this year by giving one of my amazing readers a great holiday prize pack! This pack will include a selection of toys, that poop in one way or another with the Moxie Girls Poopsie Pet, a Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Doll, and a Big Dog Truck!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dressing Little Ones in the Truly Scrumptious Line at Babies R Us

With the colder weather upon us and the holiday shopping in full swing, I like to not only head out to find some of those great gifts to give, but also find those adorable clothes to keep the little ones in my life warm during the season! To help with that search, I was sent some of the new items from the Heidi Klum Truly Scrumptious line of clothes, which can be found at Babies R Us.

For my toddler, I was sent the very adorable, Boys Black Fleece Monster Hooded Sweatshirt to review. This sweatshirt will not only to help keep my little guy warm this season, but with the adorable Interchangeable Mouth Appliques, my little guy found this sweater to be more than just another sweatshirt! He loves the monster face, and that he can open and close his monster mouth with the zipper, making this sweatshirt from the Truly Scrumptious line a great choice for any toddler boys in your life!
Then for baby, I was sent the very adorable Truly Scrumptious Girls Printed Brocade Sweatshirt. This sweatshirt is another that will help with keeping baby warm this season, and with the shiny design that is on this sweatshirt, it makes this sweatshirt more than just another sweatshirt as well. So it can be worn when heading out with baby as she is dressed up to keep her warm, or even with a pair of pants for everyday play, making this piece another great piece from the new winter line of the Truly Scrumptious clothes at Babies R Us!!

Product received, thank you to Babies R Us and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Gifts for the Kids from the Maya Group

As we see those days on our countdown getting shorter when it comes to the Christmas countdown, I find that checking out some of those last minute gifts for the kids is something I, as well as others, are in search of. To help with this years holiday guide when it comes to those last minute must haves for the kids, I was sent a couple of great gifts from the Maya Group to review.

For those girls out there, like my daughter, who are tech savvy tweens, who love to decorate and personalize just about everything, I was sent the Make Your Own Case iPhone and iPod Touch Case Maker to review. With this case maker, my daughter and her friends, can find ways to personalize their gadgets. They can design 2 of the real cell phone cases that come with this set or design one of four ready made cases, to make the case their own, and a fashion accessory that makes a statement!

They are easy to make, by pushing the plungers that are filled with the colors of their choice, then filling the mold. Once the molds have set, my daughter and her friends can then bling out their favorite photos and put them on their cases! This is a great gift to give this season and you can find the Make Your Own Case Makers at Walmart!
Then for boys like my son who love those fun toy guns that are out there, or even those big kids like my husband who also enjoys playing with the toys guns with the boys, we were sent the Xploderz Mayhem to review. This fun toy, has a multi-shoot auto firing system, that can shoot off 120 rounds of ammo in 60 seconds! It comes with 2,000 rounds of ammo and with a velocity of 100 feet per second it is 50% faster than any foam blaster! Making the Xploderz Mayhem a great gift to get the kids this year!

In all, I found both of these gifts along with some of the other hot must have toys from the Maya Group line to be great gifts to give this holiday season! So as you head out to get some of those last minute gifts this season, be sure to check out the Make Your Own Case Maker and the Xploderz Mayhem!

Product received, thank you to the Maya Group and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason Gift Giving from Best Buy with Canon

As a mother, I have been one to capture the moments of my children's lives over the years. I have had many cameras, and it was not until I received my first Canon DLSR Camera, that I realized that I could change the way I took pictures. Since my first camera, I found a love for the Canon DSLR Cameras as well as the lenses that I can add to my cameras, and one place that I have on my list every year when it comes to shopping for cameras is Best Buy! Well like many, I find that every couple of years, I like to upgrade my equipment, and like many out there, I have found a want for the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera.

With this camera, I can get continuous auto focus when I capture HD video of the kids as they interact with one another or for when I take video of their soccer games in the coming spring! I like that I can take advanced photos that are easy to take, making photography fun for both capturing those moments with my kids as well as on my blog. I can also get an exceptional image quality as well as some great features that will help with enhancing creative expression while taking photos!

There is 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor so you can get vivid, crystal-clear images. And with the 3" vari-angle touch screen, you can find easy navigation, making this camera a must have for anyone who enjoys taking pictures! I find that this camera would make for a great gift, and with the fact that when say, my husband goes to Best Buy between now and Dec 20th to purchase the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera for me, he can save $150, I see no excuse on him not knowing what to get me this year! So if you love taking photos, and you want a camera that will give you the quality that you are looking for in the photos and videos you take, then head to Best Buy today, and get the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera or find ways to give those who are scratching their heads on what to get you, hints on what it is you want!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
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Tips for Improving Posture in Kids

You can tell your child to stand or sit up straight 100 times a day, and it is probably not going to help them. There is a lot more to poor posture than most people realize. Bad posture can stem back to them being a newborn, so it is not always as easy to correct as you might think.

Spinal Development in Babies

Children grow at a rapid rate for their first four years. The nerves, joints, and muscles are all developing, so although you may be just now noticing your 7-year-old hunched over, this habit can be the result of spending too much time in a car seat years ago. Approximately 10 percent of children 8 to 10 years old complain of lower back pain and posture is the main culprit.


Poor posture can be the result of one or a combination of causes, including:

Eye problems
Ear problems
Central nervous system disorders
Musculoskeletal system problems
Peripheral nervous system disorder

Deconditiong of a muscular system is the most common cause. Holding your body in an improper position for extended periods of time weakens certain areas of the muscles. So, while you think they should just be able to stand straight now, it is really not that easy.

Improving Posture

Ideally, you will take steps to promote healthy posture from babyhood. So, if you are dealing with one child with bad posture and you are expecting another shortly, as least you can help your next child have a healthy back from the beginning, which is a lot easier than making corrections. That being said, hope is not lost for the one you are watching hunched over their homework right now. These tips will help.

Make it a Priority - Your child may think you are nagging them, but it is important to make proper posture a priority. When they are made aware of their slouching it becomes easier for them to recognize on their own.

Ergonomic Seating - Sitting on their bed or at a desk hunched over while reading, studying, playing video games, or hanging out with friends is doing more damage. Bean bag chairs are the most recommended pieces of furniture because the beans cradle and support their back. This eliminates strain and is essential for a healthy spine.  If you are looking for a bean bag chair online, stores like offers them.

Yoga - Body awareness is a focus during yoga practice. Many postures require the spine to be straight for proper extensions. There are yoga studies that offer a kids' class or at least a "mommy and me" class for little ones.

Praise - Make sure you praise them, when you notice they have good posture. This will give them more incentive to continue to put forth the effort to correct the habit.

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Helpful Advice for Getting Your Child to Sleep in Their Own Bed

You let your child sleep with you once when they had a bad dream. Then, the next night it happened again. Pretty soon it is months later, and your bed has officially become their bed. You can't really blame them for not wanting to start sleeping in their bed now, but sooner or later they are going to have to learn to sleep alone. Be prepared to not get your full eight hours of sleep during this transition, but if you are consistent, you will have your bed back again in to time at all.

Pick the Right Time

Maybe you want your bed back now, so you can get through a night without getting kicked, but it is important that you time the transition thoughtfully. If you are leaving for vacation in a week, trying to potty train, or have something else going on that affects them your best bet is to wait. Choose a time when there are not any other changes or events happening.

Bedtime Routine

Talk to them about sleeping in their own bed during the day. Don't wait until bedtime to spring it on them. If you don't already have a bed time routine, now is a good time to start. Your child's mind needs time to quiet down. A warm bath can be helpful and story time definitely helps. You may even want to make a homemade bedtime story with illustrations, and make sure one of the pictures represent your child sleeping in their own bed.

Lights Out

Once you make the decision that they have to sleep in their own bed, you have to really commit. Letting them come in your bed for just a few minutes only makes it harder. You have to be prepared for crying and/or temper tantrums.

The easiest way to tackle this process is by sleeping in their room. Not with them though! Put a sleeping bag on the floor, or blow up the air mattress. Stay all night because if they wake up, and you are not there, you know they are coming to find you. After a few nights the reset button will be naturally pushed, and you can sneak out.

Morning Praise

It is important to praise them for getting through the night, even if there was fussing. It will give them incentive to do it again. Make a sticker chart and after seven days of sleeping in their bed, they get a reward.

Create the Right Environment

Your child's bedroom environment will play a role. You want the space to be calming, so their mind will be quieted. This will help them fall asleep faster. Clean the clutter, rethink that bright red accent wall, and shop for wall fountains which can be found online at stores like The cascading water will help them fall asleep faster. Plus, the sound acts as a noise barrier, so they might not hear you when you make your escape in the middle of the night. A gate in the doorway can also eliminate the risk of them coming to find you.

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#Giveaway Holiday Gift Giving + $100 Target Gift Card

As we get closer to the big day, I find that the excitement that my kids have in my house, can be quite contagious. I like knowing that when we all gather around the tree to exchange gifts, I will get to see the looks in my family and friends eyes, as they open the gifts I have bought them, wrapped, and placed under our tree. I think one of the things that can make things really come into place, is by ensuring that I have checked all of those gifts off of my list, and have found something for everyone that I had intended on shopping for this year.

This can be a lot easier said than done though, especially when you have a list that has people on it, including the kids, that are all completely different from one another. Don't get me wrong, the individuality in those I care about is what makes them so special to me, but in the same note, trying to find gifts over the holidays for each of them, can have me going in a circles. So instead of trying to be the one that tries to guess what everyone wants this year, I simply ask them. I will ask for a few suggestions, then go from there when it comes to the holiday shopping.

For me, this helps to reduce the stress, and also makes it so I am not questioning if they like what I got them, and if they will be returning the gift, regifting it, or putting it away to only take out when I am around, making the whole atmosphere during the present opening a awkward one. With my kids, I like to allow them to create a wish list, like the ones they can make when we go to I also like, that when we utilize a wish list like the one from Target, the kids can not only add the gifts that they would like, but it makes the whole experience fun, with the Target Wish List App.

I have found this one to be a lot different than any other wish lists we have seen and used, in that we can download the app, create unique profiles for each of the kids, then let the kids add the items they want by exploring the Target Wish List Factory, and explore the rooms adding items they want from there. Or we can even scan the items they want with the camera on my phone, from the Target Kids Gift Catalog. So my son can go and search for those must have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle items and the XBOX One Games that he wants, add them and then allow my daughter to go on, put in her info and add those cute boots she found at Target that she just can not live without! Then, once they have their wishlists, we can share them, or those shopping using the wish lists, can search for the lists by entering the kids names or the parents names!! Making the holiday shopping experience a easy and fun one for everyone so you can get everyone what they want, and also making it so those like my sister, who wait until the last second to shop, can pull up my kids wish lists and get them gifts they will love!

So as you make those last shopping preparations or even ready yourself for those calls asking what the kids want for Christmas this year, create a wish list and help everyone stay jolly this holiday! Also enter to win a $100 Target Gift Card below!

This post was sponsored by the wonderful people from Target and the PR group, all opinions are my own!
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Making a Change with the Sara Lee® Delightful Breads

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With the holidays, many think, it is okay to splurge, it is just once a year. I mean, we end up spending more money over the holidays, splurging on those gifts that we would not buy any other time of year, so why not splurge on the food, right? So when I was given the chance to learn more about the Sara Lee® Delightful Breads as part of the Sara Lee® Delightful Breads campaign, I was excited to not only share my story on weight loss, but also share some info on the breads!

Well, if you remember my own story, when, if you track back 2 years ago, I realized that those times of, oh what will one hurt, and I will start my diet tomorrow, landed me 200 pounds over weight? Yeah, it did, and it was not until I had my third baby, while I was at the park with my kids, and realized that I was "that" mom. The one who can not get up to play and keep up with her kids, the one who was too embarrassed to go out to school and sporting functions, because I was too self conscious of how I looked. That I realized it and to make the change. It was the reality of the fact that I was not the mom I had visioned being when I first had kids, but when I had gone to my Dr, I realized that I was too young to be on heart medications, have blood pressure issues, and have breathing issues that were all weight related. So instead of sitting and waiting for a change, I made the change.

I took it into my own hands, by first getting rid of the sugary sodas that I lived on. It was not easy by any means, but it was a first step. I began replacing the soda with water, and from there I quit going for that second piece of cake and eating any sweets I came into contact with. I started a great diet program, where my menu was planned out each day, from the meals to the snacks, and I even kept track of the water I drank. Once I got to a point where I could get off of some of the medications I was on, I started going to the gym, finding that I could do it! Now I am not going to say that I am a saint when it comes to the watching what I eat, I have my moments, but, when I start to splurge, I just think back on where I was 2 years ago and how far I have come.

I find motivation in knowing that by making the little changes, they can all add up, and create a big change. For me, I still have a goal that I am working towards, and even though I have hit that plateau, I still see the changes, even if they are small and gradual. I also find motivation in the stories of others, knowing that I am not the only one who has struggled with weight and who has made the decision to make a change. I still continue to seek out those products, the ones that I adore, but that offer a better choice for me when it comes to the caloric intake. I think like many out there, one thing that I adore, that I still go for, is the bread.

I like having bread on hand, for those afternoon sandwiches, some toast in the morning, or even for a snack where I add some kind of spread to it, but one thing that I do not like about bread, is the calories. So when I was introduced to the Sara Lee® Delightful Breads, I was not only excited to know that I could find a great selection of the breads, but at just 45 calories per full size slice, I can enjoy the bread without having any guilt!

I have enjoyed some of the breads from the Delightful Breads line, and with the new flavor of Oatmeal, I can enjoy that along with the 100% Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-Grain and Wheat! I like that the Delightful Breads are heart healthy, and can provide me with a excellent source of fiber with each serving. They also contain no artificial colors, flavors, or high fructose corn syrup. I also like that I can use the Sara Lee® Delightful Breads just like any other bread, as a snack, for toast, for my sandwiches and more, and that I can find the Delightful Breads at supermarkets nationwide! Making the breads from Sara Lee® Delightful Breads a great line of bread to add to those resolutions this year, and also help with getting a head start on those resolutions over the holidays!

Well, on top of finding ways to make a change when it comes to those weight loss goals, like myself, I find that sharing those stories and reading the stories of others, not only helps when it comes to motivation, but also when it comes to keeping on track! So share your own stories, whether you have a weight loss story, or a goal and you are ready to make the change, and enter to win in the 45 Delightful People program, where you can not only enter to win by sharing your story, but just by sharing you can get a free shirt! Share your story by going here:

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Giving Back this Holiday Season with Hickory Farms

With the holidays, many of us find that we stick to traditions, ones that our parents shared with us and so on. So when I think of some of the traditions we have in our family, there are some that have created a lasting memory, ones that I cherish, and ones that I continue with my own children. Some of those traditions include the baking of cookies and decorating them the night before Christmas, singing Christmas Carols with my family, sharing stories and catching up with loved ones over some of our favorite Hickory Farms cheeses and sausage, and the tradition of the gift giving.

These are holiday traditions that I can not only remember sharing with my parents, but also sharing with my grandparents when I was younger, and they are all traditions I share with my own kids. Now when it comes to the gift giving, one tradition that I remember enjoying as a child, and we include our kids in every year, is the giving back.

When I was little, I can remember my mom getting together with her Rotary Club, and we would go shopping, buying a lot of gifts for kids that were on these lists we were given from a local orphanage, then wrapping them, and delivering them to the children's home. I can remember looking forward to this gift giving every year, because I looked forward to seeing the kids faces as they got that bike that they had asked Santa for, or that doll that they wanted, and remembering that the feeling I got when giving to others, was a much better feeling than receiving gifts over the holidays.

This is a tradition that my husband and I continue, and my husband can remember as well from his own childhood, since he was a child who lived in a children's home and who can remember the feeling of knowing that even after everything he had gone through, there were still those who cared out there, and that the spirit of Christmas was something he embraced, even if it was just once a year. So with our own kids, we give back each year, taking gifts to our local children's home, and CASA, including our kids in the giving back so they too can understand and see the true meaning of Christmas in the eyes of the children that we help each year!

Well as we head out to prepare for our holidays, and embrace the traditions, I like knowing that even when we include the tradition of sharing a platter of Hickory Farms Beefy Hearty Hickory Basket, we can also embrace the tradition of giving back at the same time.

I like that just like the tradition of having Hickory Farms on our table for snacking on over the holidays with friends and family, sharing the sausages, cheeses, and chocolates is something that many have shared and included in their holiday celebrations for over 60 years. And as we stock up on the various Hickory Farms products from the Party Planner line, we can give back at the same time, because Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign! 

To date, with Hickory Farms and their customers, they have raised more than $3.3 million. With these contributions, they can help provide funding for summer meal programs, emergency food assistance, nutrition education, holiday charitable giving and long-term solutions for families in need. Making it so, when we add the various Party Planners from the Hickory Farms line, we not only keep the tradition of having their foods added to our celebrations, but we can give back even by just purchasing the products!

Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

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Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow + Figurine DVD Set

With the seasons changing and the holidays upon us, my kids and I enjoy finding fun shows to share and enjoy together, and one show that they all like is Dinosaur Train. Well to help with sharing some great holiday shows this year, we were sent the DVD Set, Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow + Figurine to review.

This set not only comes with fun Buddy figure that my kids can play with, but they can also enjoy the 8 episodes that are on the DVD.

The episodes include:

Dinosaurs in the Snow
Cretaceous Conifers
Night Train
Fossil Fred
King Cryolophosaurus
Dinosaur Block Party
Surprise Party
Flowers for Mom

Along with the great episodes and the Buddy figure, you and your kids also get some great special features like an interactive game, coloring pages, a dinosaur reference guide and some information for parents! Making the Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs in the Snow + Figure DVD Set, a great gift to give your Dinosaur Train fans this holiday season!

Product received, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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