Friday, November 30, 2012

Help Out If You Can

There are many families out there this holiday season that need our help. There are several toy drives going to make sure that children get gifts on Christmas morning. I love to see those drives be successful in fulfilling kids' wishes and dreams during the holidays. It really warms my heart. The Monkey Do Project also needs your help this holiday season. Here is a post about one way that we can all help their efforts. Many times the emphasis is put on toys and gifts for others during the holidays because a lot of times, that's what our minds and hearts first go ot. However, more than toys and gifts, a lot of times, people just want a nice, warm meal for their families. We talk about the Christmas cookies and all the fancy meals that we are having for our families. There are families who are wishing for a meal. That is sad to think about so I want to try to help get the word out that the Monkey Do Project is rasiing funds to give families in Appalachia just that, a warm meal to celebrate the holidays. Open your hearts to maybe provide one family a meal this Christmas by stopping over at the Monkey Do Project, here is the link to that post again. Thank you.

30 days, 30 posts

Well, I accomplished my goal of participating in Nablopomo! It seems like such an easy task but there ends up being days when I am frantically trying to remember to post. It also became harder when I was forced to rely on my phone to post. It is not easy to do. My phone is a smartphone but it is not quite up to speed to what I am used to. I am definitely thankful for my smartphone though so I was able to make it to the end with this challenge. So, for anyone else out there, how did you do? Did you make it the entire month?!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Fun

Today was Lincoln's holiday shop in school. The PTO sets up a small store in the school gym so the kids can shop for their families. The kids get so excited and they have a great time. It is one of my favorite events to volunteer for because the kids make it so magical. The items range from bad to really nice and some of the parents are shocked when they get to the register and it ends up being over $50! I really love that they make sure that the kids that can't afford to really spend a ton of money on gifts are still able to participate. One little boy had only $5.00 to spend on his entire family and he was able to do it. He felt so proud to be buying gifts for everyone and it warmed my heart. I really enjoyed being there today to see all the excitement and joy on all those little faces. I allowed Lincoln to shop because it is exciting for him but last year, I took the kids to Five Below to shop for each other so that they could get some nicer things and it was still less expensive. They enjoyed that and I am planning on taking the older kids there again this year to pick out something for each other. Jada is also doing a secret Santa thing with her friends and they put the limit at $10 so she is planning on making up a gift basket or going to Five Below for that as well.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I got our local small magazine that is sent out quarterly to our community. Inside I found the article about my husband and I! I am wondering how many people will see it and ask me about it. It is kind of strange to see our picture inside and our story featured about how we met. I really love our story and I will keep telling it to whomever will listen because in my heart, I know that God brought us together and He knew all those years ago what He was doing!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Moving Forward

I turned in a job application today at the local grocery store. I realized that the hours I am able to work are considered abnormal because I am able to work late at night rather than daylight hours. It really doesn't matter to me what I do, if I am earning money, I am happy. That is the point of a job, right?! So hopefully I will be hearing back from them. If not, I am assuming it is because of my availability. O did put on the application that I am available all weekend so maybe that will Help.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Five More Years

Today I went to the doctor to renew my birth control.  For me, this means five more years of stress free living and not worrying about getting pregnant.

Part of me is sad that there will be no more babies for us because I would love to have one more but it just isn't going to happen.

So, I'm good for five years and no baby worries here

Sunday, November 25, 2012

When Friends are Family

We have a network of friends that we call Family which is probably pretty common for many people. We go on vacations together and see each other pretty frequently. I love this core group of good people that we surround ourselves with. We all have a great time together and our kids are all good friends as well. I love that we can go to each others houses and feel comfortable . I think we are also teaching our kids that it is important to have good friends that you can rely on and spend quality time with. We try to get together each week and during football season we do. Lately we have been going over to our one frieands house, he is probably our closest friend. We enjoy just having a few drinks and watching movies while the kids play.  these easy gatherings are becoming my favorite part of being a grownup!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lazy Days

When the kids don't have school anwd we have along weekend, I think I tend to slack off of housework and I tend to lounge a lot more. I enjoy just hanging out and watching watching TV or just relaxing. That is whatbwebhave done all day today.

Friday, November 23, 2012

To Open Myself Up Or Not

I notice that a lot of people now have blog fan pages on Facebook.  I know a ton of people that do and it opens a lot of readership but I don't know if I am quite ready for that.  My blog is not private and I do Google+ it a lot but I am not sure if I want to open myself up to that many people yet. 

I have thought about it and I have even started the process a few times but then I don't finish.  I'm not sure what exactly is holding me back.  It's not that I have anything to hide or that I don't want people to read my blog.  For some strange reason, it is a huge leap for me and I don't really know why. 

Maybe it is because my husband is not thrilled about my blogging.  He doesn't really understand nor enjoy the fact that I am sharing our life with other people. Nobody needs to know our business. 

I understand his point, he even hates Facebook and can't stand when someone goes up to him and talks about something I've posted.  It drives him crazy.  I'm sure he would feel differently if I were making money from my blog or Facebook page though.  

I am still considering opening up and creating that page but for now, I think I will just keep it all here and enjoy the readership I have now. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, I am wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you are able to spend some time with those you love and are thankful for.  I will be spending the day with my family, running a virtual 5K with my Mamavation ladies, going to my sister's house to eat, laugh and eat some more.  Yes, I am running a 5K then going to eat.  It's not counter productive.  I am running and burning calories so I can use more for all my eating. ;)

One thing that I think is important is that we shouldn't necessarily save all our thankful moments for one day.  Tell someone each day that you are thankful to have them in your life.  Be thankful daily for all your blessings.  Share blessings with others every single day and recognize that we take things for granted far too much. 

I am thankful for so many things.  I am healthy, I have 3 great kids and a wonderful husband who all love me unconditionally.  Even on the days when I am less than deserving.  They are my life, my rock and my inspiration.  We are lucky to have a roof over our heads, warmth in our home and food on the table. 

I often think of those that are less fortunate than we are and how they handle this time of year.  Those that are alone and don't have warmth in their homes, clean clothes on their backs and food to eat.  We need to keep those people in our hearts and help them when we can.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Thank you for your friendship, your love and your kindness.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wish Lists

One of my requirements for the holidays is probably much like any other parents'  I'm sure.  I make my kids write out their wish lists.  I love to not only see what they are hoping for because isn't it sort of magical.  That is where the first sign of the magic of the season is for me, to see them think about what they are wishing and hoping for.  I love to see their gears turning and thinking about all the things that would make them happy. 

My kids have always been pretty good about not asking for very expensive things.  Yes, they are kids so they put one big ticket item on their list and some years we are able to get them those items.  Last year, the older kids got pretty much every single thing on their lists, that included iPod Touches.  They were thrilled but not only with that gift but about all of them. 

This year the older two have written a list and they are pretty simple.  Jada has asked for nail polish, makeup, art supplies and she would love to get some baking supplies to start baking.  Chuckie has asked for football cards and Legos.  That is it, folks.  They know that we can't give them the moon and so they decided that they don't need the big, expensive, gotta-have-it items that most kids are asking for.  I love these kids so much.  Although it is a tough lesson to learn, it is a lifelong lesson.  I feel both guilty and okay about them learning that life won't always be sunshine and roses. 

They did both want laptops and believe me, if it wer possible, I would totally get them those. However, there are other holidays where that can be possible.  Christmas isn't the only holiday in a year's time. 

Lincoln wants a few things but he hasn't written out his list yet.  He wrote one out for my mom but not for me. I have some idea of what to get him but he is very easy, he would be happy with anything, especially cars, action figures, superheroes, usual boy things. 

Chuck and I are not going to exchange gifts this year, which is totally fine with me, I really don't need anything and there hasn't been anything that I've said, "Oh, I really want that!!" I can't think of one thing that I would ask for. I really just enjoy seeing the smiles on my kids' face as they open their gifts and take part in the magic of the holiday. 

What is on your wishlist this year?  I love hearing what people want and what they get.  It's all so exciting!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MAMAVATION MONDAY: (a day late) Workouts, the scale and goals

I have been keeping up with my workouts and really enjoying all that Bob Harper offers, I haven't found a workout yet that I haven't liked.  They are all such a good calorie burning, muscle tiring, sweat inducing workout!

I haven't really enjoyed the scale.  While I don't see the scale number going down, I feel a change in my body.  I feel I am getting stronger and my waistline on my jeans are a little looser.  I was starting to get really discouraged about the lack of changes in the numbers on the scale but I just have to keep moving and knowing that eventually, I will see a change. 

My goals for this week:  Keep moving!  I want to work out every single day.  I may be taking advantage of the warmer weather again and go running everyday after I drop Lincoln off at school.  I can stop at the track and get in at least 3 miles everyday.  I want to get my time down on a 5K so this should help me do just that.  I am going to try to continue to eat healthy.  I know that I will be eating more on Thanksgiving day so I am vowing not to feel guilty about that.  If I work hard all week, it will be okay.  I will just work harder after I eat.  I will have plenty of time to get in a good, hard workout on Thursday morning to help offset some of the calories and we may be having a dance-off when we get together on Thanskgiving day!

This post is sponsored by Dole and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

Monday, November 19, 2012

Whirlwind Ahead

This week always seems like the first week of the holiday season for me.  The week where I start paying a little more attention to the sales ads, when I am finalizing my shopping lists and really thinking about the things I want to get done fore the holiday season.

The weeks seem to rush by even faster and we all try to keep up.  There are only 5 weeks left before Christmas so the next few weeks will be a whirlwind of shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating, stressing and delighting in the season. 

While this year is less than cheerful for me, I'm trying to remail positive and not let on to the kids that I am miserable and not really knowing how I'm going to buy them gifts but I do know that somehow things work out in the end, they always do. 

I am still going to get a job and I found one that doesn't work for me but I would love for my husband to do, even though he already has a job.  This one would be so perfect for him but he is really liking his current job and he likes his coworkers. 

So, I have been applying for jobs and hoping that maybe I will get a call this week and I can begin my holiday shopping. 

So, to get back to my original point, (I'm so good at getting off topic :P) I love Thanksgiving and getting together with my family.....we are loud, we are fun and we laugh a ton.  I know it is going to be a stress reliever for me to just relax and enjoy the time together.  At the core of my life, is my family and it always has been and always will be.   I think we are planning a dance off using Just Dance for Wii.  We did this at our family Easter gathering and we had a blast.  If we are doing this, I'm wearing comfy pants instead of jeans and I'm stretching! We have a few good dancers in our family so it's on, like Donkey Kong!!!

Besides the food, Thanksgiving is a mix of family, football and fun.  Who doesn't love all that?! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Weekends are for Family

During the week, our days are go, go, go.  We are hardly ever just sitting around talking or having any fun with each other.  Although the days seem to fly by, I really look forward to the weekends when the pace slows and we get to sit around and talk and laugh and be silly together. 

We don't do much on the weekends now that football season is over and Chuckie won't be playing basketball this year.  We have been lounging in bed or hanging out in the living room watching movies as a family. 

I love the simplicity that the weekend brings.  We can enjoy each other and do things together that we can't during our hectic weekdays.  We can eat a big breakfast together or stay up late and all sleep in the living room. 

I try to make our weekends more about family so that we can keep that strong sense of foundation for the kids growing up.  I had that when I was growing up and we had fun, we learned a lot and we still have the sense of closeness.

What is your favorite thing about weekends?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Making it Work

I am so upset to say that all the at home jobs that I have been trying to make work, haven't been.  I mean, the one is good when calls are coming in but a lot of times when I am able to work, the calls aren't coming in.  I need those calls in order to get paid, it's not hourly. 

I have been thinking about when/how I can go to work during the day but honestly, that doesn't work.  My days are split with kindergarten drop off and different things I have going on. 

The only solution would be for me to work at night.  I mean, like in the middle of the night.  It won't go over well with my husband because he worries about my safety and wouldn't be able to sleep but I think he could get used to it.  I can do the overnight shift until Lincoln is in school full time and then I can either switch to daylight shifts or completely change jobs to a daylight job.  This will all be a balance for us.  See, I knew I was naming this blog what I did for a reason! ;)

I talked to someone on Facebook who does this and it works for her family and she is still able to be home for her kids during the day.  She goes to work while they are sleeping.  In my head, that could work for us. 

I am going to apply for this job this weekend and hopefully I can get in as soon as possible because we really need the money to come in or we won't be having a Christmas at all. At this point, we have no money for any gifts for the kids.  I know they would understand if we didn't get them anything but they shouldn't have to.  The weight shouldn't be on their shoulders, they are kids. 

So....wish me luck!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Monkey Do Project


I came across this organization through a group I am in on Facebook.  It is called the Monkey Do Project.  This is from their site:
The mission of The Monkey Do Project is simple:

The Monkey Do Project works to assist the most distressed areas of the Appalachian region by feeding the entire being: physical, spiritual and emotional. We are a nonprofit project that will donate the time and items needed to meet those basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We strive to be an ongoing “outreach” for the Appalachian community, and help plant seeds of growth and change within the community—homes, schools, churches and businesses. 
This organization relies on donations from all over the country to help those that need it.  What a great thing they are doing to change lives!
I am always trying to teach my kids about helping others when we can.  That there are people with less than what we have and if we can help them, we will.  We make donations to several organizations and I am happy to add Monkey Do Project to that list. 
You can see their ongoing donation needs list here.
This holiday season, as we all struggle to get our shopping lists done and the gifts wrapped, stop for a minute to think about those that are struggling to keep warm or struggling to have basic necessities for their families. Please help, if you can. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Can You Hear Me Now?

We all have cell phones these days and every company is a lot alike.  Each company has their plans, the special offers, their best phones ever, etc. 

We have been with Verizon Wireless for quite some time, I think at least ten years or so. It has been a long time.  We have had our issues with the company but lately, they have gotten so much worse.  Our rates have gone up without having any changes to our plan, our usage or our phones.  It is really frustrating. There is no explanation for the changes. 

We have decided to leave Verizon and we have been doing research on several different companies.  Can I just say how confused, frustrated and crazy I have gotten from doing this?  I have compared the plans, the usage, the data, the phones, the minutes and I have had to take several breaks from it because so many of these companies are so alike that I really have been at a loss as to who to go with. 

I am switching our carrier today and I am really hoping that this new company will be a better experience than what I have had lately with Verizon. 

I know that Verizon is pretty much at the top when it comes to wireless carriers but it just isn't for us anymore.  I have enjoyed their service and I have dealt with some amazing customer service people over the years.  I guess I was just getting attached and blowing off the charges going through the roof.  We should not have to pay over $200 a month for wireless services though! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Have a Happy Holiday Season with a Great Company!

Sexy Christmas gifts from EdenFantasys - the sex toys shop you can trust!

WARNING: Some content may be considered Adult Content, please use precaution when around small children or at work!

If you are looking for a gift for someone that has everything, why not get them something that they will really enjoy?!  If you have never visited Eden Fantasys, you need to. They have something for everyone.  They offer a wide variety of intimate products from lingerie and lotions, to sex toys and naughty things. 

The holidays are a great time to add a little spice to your life, why not start the new year off right with a rejuvenating experience for you and your significant other or spouse.  If you have hard limits when it comes to sex toys or personal pleasure items, then you have a lot of other choices such as massage oils, candles and lotions. 

If you have a bachelorette party coming up or a bridal shower, consider visiting Eden Fantasys for some lingerie for the bride.  There are plenty of choices when looking for a special gift.  If you want to wrap yourself up for that sexy holiday gift, you will have a hard time choosing just one piece because the options are many.  Here are some of my own favorites:

This set is sweet and sassy and isn't too revealing, which means your man or woman will enjoy unwrapping you.

Who doesn't love some red?  It's sexy and festive this holiday season and well, any season!  This set is sure to drive any man crazy!

This set is just beautiful.  It is classy, sexy and flattering.  I love the lace and bow on this along with the deep green color.

Eden Fantasys also has gift sets available if you want to have a variety of things in one package. Here are a few that would make a great gift:

In the reviews, this gift set is said to be great for beginners, it comes with a body mist, shave creme, lip balm, massage candle and gel.  These items are sure to help anyone get in the mood! The scent is pink cupcake, talk about dessert! ;)

This is the weekend kit.  It includes lubricant, body dust, massage oil, oil of love and a feather duster/tickler.  If you are going away for a weekend getaway, do just that, get away, to another place in your relationship!  With a label that says Kama Sutra on it, you cannot go wrong!

I understand that some people may be saying, why in the world would I need that, my significant other and I am perfectly happy without those things! Honestly, why wouldn't you want to try some of these things?  Add spice and a whole new level to your intimacy with the one you love. Explore things that drive you both wild or play out that fantasy that you have always had.  We all need to keep ourselves happy in every way.

I encourage everyone to explore and consider Eden Fantasys for all your needs, whether it's in the bedroom or not!

Disclaimer:  The opinions on this blog are my own.  I am receiving compensation for my honest opinion, however, I have not been prompted or scripted. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Passion

I worked in the local gym nursery this morning and I loved it. I have been subbing for the regular workers in there on an as needed basis and today I had a lot of fun. 

I had a total of nine kids in with me but not all at the same time, they came and went over a 3.5 hour period.  There was a good mix of kids but definitely more boys than girls. 

I got on the floor with some of them to play and went around picking up after some others.

I came to the realization that I do miss having a little toddler around.  They are so fun, so full of wonder and amazement.  They are so proud of themselves for the simplest of things and full of smiles. 

I don't miss that stage enough to have another baby though.  I will maintain my little kid fix by occasionally working at the nursery! Being around children is a passion of mine and I do want to work with kids more in the future when I have the time to do so. Right now, life is very hectic but if the opportunity arises for me, I will take it.

Our school district is looking for paraprofessionals to help out at the elementary schools but I am unable due to kindergarten being half day and my needing to drive Lincoln to school.  I would love to apply for the position though.  I think that if that flier goes out again next year, I am going to jump on the chance to do it.  I would love to go in to the schools and help the kids that need help.  To work one on one or in a small group with them, using compassion and patience. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Always Up for More Income

When you need to stay home and you don't have the professional training to do a full time job as your own boss, you always look for more ways to bring in an income. 

I came across Kitsy Lane recently and, of course, was intrigued.  Here was a company that you can sign up for, for free and earn a commission and all sales are based online.  Is it too good to be true?!

I am doing some research to see what I can find on this company to find out if it is legit and if it is, I will be shouting it from the rooftop because couldn't we all use some extra income for very little work?  I know it definitely sounds too good to be true!   I will dig up the scoop and get it for you guys and let you know what I find!

I found this article online and it seems like it may be legit but it is very new.  I signed up and I will see what happens.  The only personal information I gave them was my name, address, email address. No truly personal information went out to them.  If you end up with over $600/year in income they do need to get your social security information to issue you a 1099. 

So, who wants to join me in this new venture?!  You can click my link here to sign up!  I have nothing to lose at this point, only income to gain!

MAMAVATION MONDAY: 2 Week Challenge Ends, Thoughts and Wrap Up

So, I survived the Bob Harper Live 2 week challenge with Mamavation!  I have found that I really enjoy working out and it was so nice to get back into a routine of working out and living a healthier lifestyle. 
My stats are the same as last week so in the second week, there was no final change.  My numbers went up and down over the course of the week but I ended at the same stats. 
I feel like the second week was easier, the workouts were still very tough and I was always sweating and breathing heavy but I think I was getting stronger, which is always the goal.  I feel like I am on my way to a better body, a better self image and a better health evaluation. 
I know which exercises I love to do so I will be continuing to do them.  I find that I love when I am sore a day or two after working out because then I know that I worked hard and I am changing my muscles. 
I liked the two week challenge because it was like I was restarting my exercise routine and doing a 2 week challenge was manageable and it wasn't overwhelming to start off.  Had it been a six week challenge or so, I probably would have gotten bored with it.  I had fun and so now I know that I can continue to workout and enjoy the exercises I am doing. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Beautiful Day

Here in western Pennsylvania, you really never know what kind of weather you will have.  We have had snow in October, 70+ degrees in February, it is just a mixed bag around here. 

Today, our temps will be 70+ so we are going to spend our day outside enjoying the sunshine and warmth while it lasts! 

What a beautiful way to spend our day of rest!  With family and sunshine!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Prepping for the Holidays

With a limited income, I am looking at ways to make extra money and so I do vendor shows and craft shows with my Scentsy business. Today, I will be at a local craft/vendor show hoping to sell some of my inventory and take orders.  It is a great way for me to get my business out there and to bring in sales. 

I am using my Scentsy money for holiday shopping this year so I hope I can bring in a good amount this year!

If you haven't checked out my Scentsy business yet, head on over and check out what we have to offer, there are gifts available for everyone, even the kids!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Four Days of Fun or Frustration

My kids are home for four days because of in service days at school.  They have a four day weekend.  This will either mean we will have fun or I will be frustrated.  I just never know how these days will go.  Will they fight all day, will they complain about being bored, will they find enough things to keep them occupied? 

I have a parent/teacher conference today and some errands to run so that will break up the day a bit for them.  I'm sure they are just itching to run to Staples with me....or not.  At least it will be a chance to get out of the house, right? 

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful, weatherwise, so they can spend some time outside getting rid of some energy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Holiday Gift Guide, of sorts

I am an independent consultant for Scentsy and I have a few things that I want to share with you all to help you if you are looking for gifts for some people and have run out of ideas.  Scentsy warmers make a great gift for teachers, paper boys, mail carriers, bus drivers, garbage men, hairstylists or anyone else that you might buy for. 

Scentsy offers so many different products that there are gifts in every price range.  I love the Scentsy Fragrance products because the available scents are so many and there are an abundance of wonderful scents for the fall/winter seasons. 

Here are a few of the great products you might want to think about getting for all those people on your list.

The fragrance foams, or antibacterial foams are Buy One, Get One Free!  That's right, you can stock up on stocking stuffers or make little gift baskets for those that you have to shop for!  There are a bunch of scents to choose from so they aren't just for women! Stock up on yours today for all the people in your life!

How cute is this warmer?!  It has a chalkboard area on it so that you and your kids can countdown the days until Christmas!  I love this because I always had a little chalkboard that I would hang up and use and it broke so this is on my own list this holiday season!
Our Scentsy Buddies are Buy One, Get One Free as well!  The buddies are stuffed animals with a zipper pouch in the back so that you can put in a Scent Pak to make the animal smell wonderfel when the kids are carrying them around!  You can choose the scent for the first buddy and Scentsy will choose the second scent for you (to help control inventory levels)!  If you have kids on your list, this is a great addition to their stuffed animal collection. These are also great for a baby shower, baby's first birthday, christening and any other excuse to give a stuffed animal! 
This is the warmer of the month for November which means that throughout the month of November, you can order this at 10% off!  Get yours today and add it to your holiday decor and enjoy the colorful lights when you turn it on!  They glow with the light inside the warmer to add a festive look to your home!

If you would like to order any of these products, host a party of your own so that you can earn these items for free or have any questions, feel free to visit my site at and take a look around!  I am always here for any questions or inquiries.  If you are looking for a source of extra money or would like to join my team, feel free to contact me also!  I would love to share the experience with you!

Monday, November 5, 2012

MAMAVATION MONDAY: Finished Week 1, Working Out, Weigh-In and Moving Forward

Okay, I finished Week one of the 2 week Bob Harper Live challenge through Mamavation!  I feel great and I think I am learning some things as far as workouts go. 
I have pushed myself every single day to get in a workout and really put forth the effort to get as much out of each workout as possible.  I have sweat everyday and been sore everyday and that is how I know that I am doing well.  If I wasn't sore, I would know that I wasn't working hard enough.
I will post my stats at the end to show my progress, I am really pleased so far with my progress!
Bob Harper really has great workouts and I am enjoying them.  On the days when a new circuit is not released, I love going in and checking out the Team Bob workouts and finding one that I want to try.  I have found some that I plan on doing and some that I want to do again.  I also really love the recipes.  I tried one lunch on Saturday and it was good.  I hope to try several more through the next month. 
Moving forward, my goal is to continue on with the workouts, continue to eat healthy and just be mindful of what I am doing or not doing so that I can benefit the most from this opportunity.
Starting Weight: 143.7lbs.                                  After Week 1:  141.9lbs.
Arms: L 11.5" R 11.5"                                        Arms: L 11"  R 11"
Waist:  34in.                                                        Waist:  33in.
Hips: 37.5in.                                                        Hips: 37.5in.
Thighs: L 22, R 22                                               Thighs: L22, R 22
I am happy with the results so far, I am actually surprised, quite frankly, I didn't think I would notice such a difference so soon.  I thought that maybe after the two weeks, maybe I would lose a pound or two but to lost almost 2 pounds after only one week.  I'm excited and I can't wait to see what the results are after the challenge is over and then again after a month!  I am motivated and ready to really kick some butt!!

 “This post is sponsored by Bengay Zero Degrees and hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway” 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Trick or Treat Hangover

Last night was trick or treating in our area because it was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy. We always go to a friend's house because they live in a great neighborhood for trick or treating. The kids got a lot of candy, we all got a lot of exercise walking all over the neighborhood (at least 100 houses) and we all had fun. Today, I feel like I have a trick or treating hangover. I am tired, a bit sore from carrying heavy bags of candy and I have a headache. The positive to today is that we got our extra hour of daytime and we are getting together with good friends for the Steeler game! We get time with them and I don't have to cook dinner. I am going to try to eat as healthy as possible while I am there but I can't make any promises because it will be gameday food which we all know is not always the best!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It Seems Strange

Chuckie's football team lost their playoff game last Saturday. It was the game that determined who would be going to the Superbowl and they lost. It was tough to watch and the boys were very upset. We watched as several 11, 12 and 13 year old boys cried as they walked off the field. It seems strange now to not have a football game to go to on Saturday. I am sort of thankful though since it is so cold outside! I will be missing watching Chuckie play though and I already look forward to next season.

Friday, November 2, 2012

I Made It

Well, it is Friday and I woke up and worked out this morning. That means that I worked out with Bob Harper every single morning since Monday and that was a goal of mine for this week. I feel great, I still have a lot of work to do and I plan on working out again tomorrow morning. I had to take my Lincoln to the doctor this morning because of a pesky cough that just will not go away. I was relieved to hear that it is not pneumonia or an ear infection but it is a sinus infection. He gets to have a few weeks of amoxicillin to clear out the infection and make his way back to better. I am so excited for this weekend. I can't wait to relax and do fun things all weekend like Trick or Treating, getting together with friends and then the Steeler game on Sunday with friends. Oh and not to mention the extra hour of sleep we will get when we turn the clocks back an hour!! Woo hoo! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's That Time of Year.

I've been at this blogging game for quite some time and so I have done this a few times and I think I only succeeded once!  It's NaBloPoMo!  What the heck is that, you ask?!  It is National Blog Posting Month. 

Throughout the month of November, you aim to publish a post every single day of the month of November and you are entered to win prizes and you will be added to a blogroll of hundreds of blogs.  It is just something fun that I like to try to do.  As I said, I have only been able to hold up to my end of the bargain once!

It is a lot tougher than it seems.  I usually get caught up on the weekends with whatever we are doing and forget to post.  Are you gonna try it?!

NaBloPoMo November 2012