#Spon: Cotidea – A Less Awkward Way to Shave Your Legs

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Cotidea Shower Sidekick in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Shaving your legs in the shower is one of those things you hate to do, but you know you have to do it. If your shower is like mine, this task can sometimes look as ridiculous as a circus clown act. You throw your leg up on the wall and hope it stays, as you start shaving your leg, your leg slides down the wall, and before you know it, you’ve got a great big gash on your leg.

Every time my husband would walk into the bathroom and I was shaving my legs, he would chuckle and let me know that he’s glad he’s not a girl.

It’s tough sometimes! I totally get it!

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So, when I got the chance to review the Cotidea Shower Sidekick, I jumped on it! This is just what I need. I’ve been using the Shower Sidekick since I got it, and I have to say: I love it! It has made shaving in the shower so much easier! My shower looks much like the one pictured above, and there’s nowhere to put my foot to shave. The Shower Sidekick makes a perfect shelf for me to put my foot and easily reach my whole leg. No more gashes out of my shins. No more circus acts. Just an easy-peasy way to shave my legs.

The Cotidea Shower Sidekick would make a great gift for any woman in your life – whether she travels, is in a college dorm, or just needs a way to safely and easily shave her legs. She’ll be thrilled that you took the time to really think about her needs – because I think every woman needs one of these in her shower! It’s portable, adjustable, easy to set up, easy to use, and overall a fantastic product I wish I had gotten a hold of a long time ago. It’s designed for safety with non-rust aluminum, high grade plastic, and special non-slip rubber grips. Perfect for using at home, in a dorm, in a hotel room shower, or even at the gym.

(Note: The Shower Sidekick is NOT for use in a tub-shower combo. It’s designed for 3 wall showers.)

The Cotidea is available to purchase on Amazon for $29.95. You’ll love the Cotidea Shower Sidekick. Hurry on over and grab one for yourself and one for every woman on your list!

#Spon: #LaserX Real-Life Gaming Experience #Review #Giveaway @LaserX_game

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Laser-X Gaming Experience in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Living in a home filled with boys, I am always looking for toys and products that will get my boys up off the couch and outside playing. So, when the opportunity to review LaserX came up, I jumped on it! This set is perfect for my 12 and 13 year old boys. (Although, my 6 & 7 year olds like playing it just as much.)

First, let me tell you what I love about this system:

  • It gets my boys up and moving. They are off the couch, outside in the fresh air, playing, laughing, and having a great time. They both love video games, but this is an even better way for them to play together.

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  • The complete set retails for just $49.99 and comes with everything you need for 2 plays to start playing right away (minus the batteries, but living in a house with 8 children, I have learned to always have batteries on hand). Open the box, put in the batteries, and BAM! You’re on your way to fun! Also, you can stock up on additional sets for 1 ($24.99) or 2 ($49.99) players that can all be linked together. You can get the whole neighborhood in on the fun!

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  • Play on Team Red, Team Blue, or go Rogue and blast anyone! It really is easy to connect new sets to the original set and get lots of players on board!

 

  • It blasts up to 200′ away. That, my friends, is awesome! It means one boy can be up on the deck while the other is hiding in the yard. My boys are all over the place wearing their vests, and I love it!

 

  • This isn’t a cheap toy. I’m really impressed with the quality of the laser blasters. Normally, I worry about bringing anything into our home, because if it can be broken, my boys will break it. They usually get to use something 2 or 3 times before it’s no good anymore. But, not this set! My boys have played with this dozens of times in the past 2 weeks, and it still looks like new. It is absolutely worth every penny of the cost.

I can’t tell you of anything that I’d like to change, because my boys and I all really love everything about it. This would make a great Christmas or birthday gift if you have a tween or teen boy in your house.

For more information about the LaserX Gaming Experience, check out www.GetLaserX.com. You can also find LaserX sets at your local Target stores and other retailers.

Be sure to follow LaserX on their social media accounts:

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#AD: @TheQueensTreas: @LHPrairie Laura Ingalls 18″ Doll #LittleHouseMoment #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Laura Ingalls doll from The Queen’s Treasures. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

When I was a little girl, I had an obsession with Little House on the Prairie. It started with the books. I loved reading, and the Little House book set was the first set of books I ever read. I loved them so much, I probably read the entire set through 5 or 6 times. I also loved the television show. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I watched it every chance I got. In fact, I still watch it whenever I get the opportunity to sit down. (Which isn’t as often as I’d like any more! 😉 )

So, when The Queen’s Treasures offered me the chance to review their exclusive 18″ Laura Ingalls doll, I had to jump on it. What a sweet way to pass my love and memories of Little House on to my girls.

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My girls often watch Little House reruns with me, so they know exactly who Laura Ingalls is. And, it made my heart leap with joy when Carly, (my 3 year old), recognized her when I opened the box. (I think the sweet little nightgown and cap set is what Carly recognized first.)

This gorgeous doll typically sits on my dresser, proudly displaying how beautiful she is. (See the photo above.) But, every so often, I will happen up this scene in my bedroom:

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Carly will sneak into my room, carefully climb up to my dresser, and take the doll onto my bed, where she will gently cover her, play with her, and enjoy the doll for a few minutes. She always gets caught, and while she knows she’s not supposed to play with the doll, I can’t bring myself to get onto her about it. I think it’s sweet.

If Little House had a significant impact in your life, I know you’re going to love this doll! Want some even better news? You’ll have a chance to win the complete collection of Little House products! It’s valued at over $700! You could also win the Little House on the Prairie DVD Set, ($100+ value), or the Laura Ingalls Wilder documentary ($20+ value). See the rafflecopter gadget below.

If you’re ready to purchase this gorgeous doll and all the accessories she needs, she can be purchased through The Queen’s Treasures Website or on Target.com. She’s available for just $99.99, so grab one today.

I also want to encourage you to check out www.LittleHouseonthePrairie.com where you can find tops of helpful and educational details all about Little House on the Prairie. You’ll find a historical timeline, history articles, fun crafts, recipes, and so much more.

Also, be sure to follow The Queen’s Treasures and Little House on the Prairie on the following social media accounts:

Now, be sure to enter the awesome giveaway here:

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#Sponsored: Current Catalog Makes Everything Prettier #Review #Affiliate

sampleDisclaimer: I received a samples of Current Catalog products in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way. Links in this post are affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Blessed Beyond Words.

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Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already trying to figure out how to make everything perfect.

I’ve found something that can help! Current Catalog is a great way to get everything you need for the perfect holiday.

Let me share an example.

A friend asked me to make a “Santa Cam” ornament for her kids. She wanted something to hang in her tree to encourage her kids to make better choices this season, and maybe even go above and beyond.

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It turned out GREAT! But, in order to convince her kids that this really came from Santa, I had to wrap it to make everything look like it came straight from the North Pole. That’s where the Current Catalog came in. They sent me everything I needed to make this package perfect.

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The Jumbo Roll of Kraft Paper was perfect for wrapping the box. The Red & White Jute Cord was just what I wanted to tie things all together and give it a little more of a professional touch. And the Candy Cane Curly Bows are the best topper I could have ever imagined. The Gift Tags added a special touch to personalize it all. And, the Plaid Tree Gift Top is a soft, fun way to add a little extra detail. Put it all together, and it really looks like Santa’s elves packaged it up and sent it from the North Pole. Each of these products and more can be found on the Current Catalog website.

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Isn’t it perfect? I love absolutely everything about it. I did add one last tiny detail, though….

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Because this isn’t really going through the mail, I still needed to make it look that way. One quick label printed off, and it’s ready for me to secretly hand deliver. 🙂 I asked my friend to record her kids’ reactions, and I just know they’re going to love this!

Thank you, Current Catalog for making this project amazing. I love the way it turned out, and I know it exceeded the expectations of my friend. I couldn’t have done it so beautifully without the products Current offers.

Right now, my readers can save BIG on the items in the Current Catalog. Check out these amazing deals:

Start shopping – and saving – now! You won’t believe all the different items you’ll find on the Current website. Be sure to share your creations with me. I’d love to see them!

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#Sponsored: Inspired by Happiness: Gluten Free Made Amazing @IBHappiness #Review

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of Inspired by Happiness products in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Do you see that cake pictured above? Do you see how absolutely delicious it looks? How perfectly put together and decadent it must be? Oh, my dear readers, let me tell you: IT IS.

I recently received a shipment of cakes from Inspired by Happiness. If you have not heard of this company yet, you are missing out!

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Inspired by Happiness offers cakes that are Gluten Free, contain only natural flavors, no artificial colors, and have no artificial trans fat. They use simple, honest, high-quality ingredients such as Belgian chocolate and real strawberries to inspire your snacking and make life a little happier.

I wish there were words that I could type to convey how amazing these cakes are. We sampled all 3 flavors, “Dreamin’ of Strawberries,” “Dreamin’ of Chocolate,” and “Cravin’ for Cookies & Cream.” Y’all, when I tasted them, I did NOT believe they were gluten free! There’s no way. They taste too good! If we’re being honest, it is hard to find gluten free food products that actually taste good. I promise, these really, really do!

I have a son who is gluten intolerant, and he hates it, because all of the snacks and goodies he loves contain gluten. Now that he’s had a taste of Inspired by Happiness cakes, it has completely changed his mind. I’m certain they have found new customers for life!

Inspired by Happiness has gone above and beyond my expectations for gluten free food. They have smashed the competition with their flavors, decadence, and quality. I am a convert to Inspired by Happiness products, and I will proudly serve their desserts in my home from now on. I can make everyone happy, and my son no longer has to feel left out because everyone else gets the goodies!

To learn more about Inspired by Happiness products and where to buy them, I want to encourage you to connect with them in the following ways:

And, to my Canada-based friends, I have more good news! Inspired by Happiness is available in your area!! Check out their website to learn more.

Can I make one suggestion, Inspired by Happiness? You all need an Instagram account! That’s one account I would love to follow and drool over any time I get the chance. 😉

I am super impressed with how great these cakes taste. If you have been searching for a gluten free dessert that actually tastes great, let me encourage you to try these cakes. You won’t be disappointed!

#Sponsored: Entenmann’s Harvest Products #Facebook #Giveaway & #Review

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of Entenmann Products in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Fall is my absolute favorite season, and even though I am deathly allergic to pumpkin, I still love all the other fun things Fall brings, including all the fun food choices!

Entenmann’s contacted me recently and wanted to me to share with my readers all of their fun fall offerings. You can find things like:

  • Entenmann’s® Pumpkin Pop’ems – these are my husband’s favorite. Even though I can’t enjoy them like everyone else, they are still a staple in our house this fall. 🙂 Check out this cute little video:

  • Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Apple Cinnamon Muffins – Now, these?! I absolutely love! They remind me of years ago when we’d go to the apple orchard. These are so soft and moist and YUMMY. There’s just no other way to describe them. (Also, this month, you can find Butter Cookie Muffins. Don’t those sound divine? That’s what I’m trying next!)
  • Entenmann’s single serve coffee selections – These are such a great option. With classic, dessert, and harvest flavor choices, you are certain to find something you love. (We received the vanilla flavor, and it smells like vanilla cake – and it tastes even better!

Entenmann’s offers some of the most amazing fall harvest choices you can find anywhere. They all taste great and are good to the last bite. (Just ask my kids!)

If you’d like to win the prize pack listed above, head on over to our Facebook page and learn how to enter and win!

Hurry, the giveaway ends 11/13 at 9pm Eastern Time. Don’t delay… enter right now!

#Spon: Gift Guide Pick: @Philips Wake Up Light #Review

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Philips Wake Up Light in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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I’m going to make a confession: I do NOT like getting up in the morning. When I finally fall asleep at night, whatever time that may be, it never seems like much time passes before I hear the annoying sound of the alarm clock. Whomever it was that decided such an awful sound was a good way to wake people up was an idiot. Seriously? Who likes hearing that dreadful noise and then gets excited about getting out of bed? Not me! My head hurts, I’m still tired, and my day is off to a miserable start.

So, when Philips contacted me and told me there was a better way I could wake up in the mornings, I wanted to try it for myself.

Y’all, let me tell you… this little circular clock is amazing. It has made drastic changes in my mornings! I cannot get over it.

Let me share with you some of the awesome benefits this Wake Up Light offers:

  • Colored Sunrise Simulation – This is my favorite feature. Over the course of 30 minutes, the light gradually changes from soft red to orange and then to bright yellow at wake up time. Because of this change in light, your body wakes up naturally, rather than being jerked awake by an alarm.
  • Choice of 5 Wake Up Sounds – At your set wake up time, your selected wake up sound will start to play. This completes the wake up experience and it makes sure you are actually awake. The sound gradually increases in volume to your selected level within a minute and a half. You have 5 different sounds to choose from including a bird song, birds in the forest, a zen garden, gentle piano music, and seaside sounds. (My personal favorite is the gentle piano music, but that’s only because I have an unnatural fear of birds, and it totally freaked me out the first morning when it sounded like a flock of birds were flying around my bedroom. 😉 ) You also have the option to wake up to the sound an FM radio if you prefer.

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  • Easy Snooze – Some days, you just don’t want to get out of bed. That’s ok! Just put your hand on the front of the Wake Up Light to Snooze a little longer. It’s so easy! (And, yes, I still woke up refreshed.)
  • Sunset Option Also Available – You can also set a sunset option to help you drift off to sleep at night. So far, this hasn’t worked for me, but I have 8 kids and falling asleep is one of the hardest things I have to do. It’s a great feature, though, and my husband loves it, so we do utilize it every night.

If there were anything I would change about the wake up light, though, it would be two little things:

  • I’d add more sounds without birds. I really, really, really hate birds, but I love the sound of the ocean. If there were an ocean sound without seagulls, it would be absolutely perfect!
  • The power cord on the back of the unit unplugs too easily. My two year old’s favorite thing to do is walk into my bedroom and pull the cord out of the back. That means I’m resetting the clock a thousand times a day. It can be frustrating.

Overall, I love this light, and I’m still in awe over the changes I’ve experienced in the mornings since I’ve had it. I’m ready to jump out of bed and start my day, and with a smile on my face. I think my family is glad I got the light, too! 😉

So, if you (or someone you love) tend(s) to wake up grumpy, consider the Philips Wake Up Light. It’s made a difference in our home, and I know you’ll love it too!

You can find this gift and many more in our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

#Ad: #SuperWubble Bubble Ball #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Super Wubble Bubble Ball & NSI. All opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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Right now is the perfect time for outdoor activities with the kids. The days are getting shorter, yes, but they are also getting cooler. We love spending as much time as possible outside as a family, and I am always looking for activities and things we can do outside.

When I was asked to do a review of the Super Wubble Bubble Ball, I jumped on it! THIS was perfect. What a great way to get my kids outside, moving, and having fun together. The boys were all very excited to receive the blue ball, and the girls didn’t care what color it was, they just wanted to play!

Jace begged me to let him blow up the Super Wubble Bubble Ball, so we read the instructions together, and I let him go for it.

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I think he went a little overboard. It’s hard to gauge what is 36″ or 30″, and so he just guessed. I think his estimate was a little off, but I really don’t think he cared. After it was blown up, they headed out to the yard to play.

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They had so much fun playing in the yard together. Before I knew it, all 7 of the younger kids were outside playing with the Super Wubble Bubble Ball. It did pop in the first half an hour of play, but I think that’s because it was filled too full. No worries, though! The Super Wubble Bubble Ball comes with patches, so they were right back to playing after a quick fix. (And we made sure to let some air out.)

We love the Super Wubble Bubble Ball. The kids can’t get enough of it! It’s the perfect outdoor toy to get kids moving, playing, and having fun!

Want to learn more about the Super Wubble Bubble Ball and their top secret Xpandium™ material that makes it up to four times stronger and more tear-resistant than the original Wubble Bubble Ball? Visit their website at http://wubbleball.com/ to learn more and purchase now!

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#Ad: US Flag #3DCoinArt Set #Review & #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post for 3D Coin Art & NSI. All opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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If there is one thing our home is never lacking, it’s spare change. Usually, it falls out of my husband’s pockets and ends up in the couch, although we do have a jar where it’s supposed to go.

I’m always looking for a fun, unique way for my kids to pass the time, and this 3D Coin Art set is perfect! My kids were thrilled to see that we got the US Flag Set, and they couldn’t wait to attack our spare change jar and start putting the coins into the flag.

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I loved watching them work together. And, while the spare change from our jar (and our couch!) didn’t quite fill up the set, they boys had so much fun working on this project. I do wish the flag held quarters, though, because we were left with lots of quarters after the boys were done. But, at the same time, it’s probably a good thing it doesn’t hold quarters, just because my kids and my husband would be much more likely to break into the flag to get the quarters out. 😉

We’ve decided we’re going to take our quarters to the bank and exchange them for pennies, dimes, and nickles so the boys can finish filling up the flag puzzle. They’re really excited about it, and I’d love for them to have something to display that they’re proud of.

Here’s how far they got:

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Look how proud they are!

We still have a long way to go, but we’ll get there! Zander, the older boy in this picture, has decided they’re not putting any stickers on the base until they’ve got it all filled in and can display it.

I love that this brought some of my kids together for a project. They’ve both had so much fun with it, and they can’t wait to finish it so they can display it. What a simple, easy project that anyone can do – whether they are just a kid or an avid coin collector.

If you’d like to purchase your own 3D Coin Art Set, head to http://www.3dcoinart.com/ right now! You can learn more about how the sets work and what sets are available.

Also, for a chance to win your own 3D Coin Art Set, use the rafflecopter gadget below:

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#Ad: Check out the @jfshome Spider-Man Collection #JFShome #Review #Giveaway

sampleDisclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Jay Franco & Sons. All opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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It’s no secret that we love superheroes in our house. In fact, we love them so much, that each family member actually has their own superhero. One of those superheroes happens to be Spider-Man. We love Spider-Man! 🙂 Our son, Parker, was even named after Spider-Man, that’s how much we love him! (Peter Parker = Spider-Man. Our boys picked out his name, and we went with it!) So, when the opportunity arose to review the new Jay Franco & Sons Spider-Man collection, I jumped on it! I just knew Parker would be giddy when this box arrived in the mail.

I wasn’t wrong! 🙂 Parker couldn’t wait to get his hands on everything in the box, and the first thing he did was put the Marvel Spider-Man Zippy Sack on his bed. (Don’t worry! He had help!) Here’s why I love the Zippy Sack:

  • It’s super easy to put on the bed. We just put it right over his sheet, and it was ready to go! Less than 2 minutes from bag to bed. Love that!
  • Parker can make his own bed every morning. I hate fighting with my kids about making their beds. With the Zippy Sack, he gets out of bed, zips it closed, and his bed looks fantastic all day long. Bam!
  • It is super soft! I don’t have to worry about him getting to hot or cold or itchy during the night. The incredibly soft material keeps him comfortable all night long.

He also absolutely loves the Spider-Man Plush Snuggle Pillow Buddy. So much fun in one crazy little character. He’s perfect to snuggle with every night, he uses him as a pillow to watch movies in the living room, and he loves playing with him. Parker is a rough and tumble kind of kid, and the pillow buddy has held up to countless pillow fights already. 😉

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The last item we received is the Spider-Man Hooded Bath/Beach Poncho Towel. While Parker loves this, the baby won’t let him use it. It’s hysterical. For some reason, Sawyer has claimed this towel as his own, and he freaks out if Parker uses it. Parker totally understands, though, and he’s been good to share the towel with Sawyer without complaint. This towel is soft, dries quickly, and makes anyone who is wearing it feel like a superhero.

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If your kids love superheroes like we do, I encourage you to check out the Spider-Man collection from Jay Franco & Sons. You will not be disappointed! While I posted the links to the items on Amazon, you can also find them in your local Walmart store. Be sure to look the next time you go shopping, and stock up now for Christmas gifts your kids are sure to love.

I also want to encourage you to follow Jay Franco & Sons on Social Media. Here’s how:

Want the chance to win the Jay Franco Spider-Man Collection for yourself? (It’s valued at $75!) Enter through the easy-peasy Rafflecopter gadget below:

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#Ad: #LetsPowerTheirDreams Together with @SheSpeaksUp, @Walmart, & @AussieHair

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Is your family as obsessed with the Olympic Games as my family is? Once the Opening Ceremony starts, our TV is set to absolutely nothing else besides Rio 2016. My family absolutely loves all the different sports, and we all love cheering on the USA! My kids are all at the ages where they start to want to think about what they want to do with their lives, and my son, Jace, has big dreams of making it to the Olympic Games one way or another. 🙂

A big way to support Team USA is to shop for Proctor & Gamble brand products at your local Walmart store. For this review, we received a sample of Aussie® 3 Minute Miracle Smooth Treatment. Oh. My. Goodness. This is one way I can easily support Team USA by buying this at Walmart.

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I also let my daughter try the Aussie® 3 Minute Miracle Smooth Treatment, and she loved it as much as I did. In fact, I think her exact words after using it were, “Wow! Look how amazing my hair looks now,” after she did her hair that day. It truly is amazing the difference after just one use. She was even able to leave her hair wavy, and there was no frizz, no static, just gorgeous waves all throughout her hair. One treatment each week, that’s all it takes, and you’ll instantly have gorgeous frizz-free hair thanks to a touch of Olive Oil and Australian Ginseng. It smells amazing, works fast, and lasts all week long.

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Now, let’s get back to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. One of our very favorite sports is beach volleyball. We love, love, love the sport of volleyball. My daughter, Ashley, has admired April Ross since London 2012, and she absolutely refuses to miss a match when April plays.

I also loved volleyball as a teenager, and I even played in high school. I passed on that love to Ashley, and I always hoped she’d go far with volleyball. Unfortunately, the school system in our county doesn’t have a volleyball team, and so Ashley could never pursue volleyball with the passion that she has. It’s never stopped her, though, and she’s found ways to continue playing the sport she loves. I just wish we could have done more to help her go farther. I’m so proud of her for never giving up, and I hope some day, she achieves every goal she’s set for herself.

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I can’t wait to see how Team USA does throughout the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and you can bet, my whole family will be cheering them on from our living room. Not only that, but we will also be supporting Team USA by stocking up on Proctor & Gamble (P&G) products from Walmart. Products we use every day anyway, and now they’re helping to make a difference in the lives of the Olympians.

I’m also going to keep cheering my own children on and encouraging them to Power their Dreams. Who knows? Maybe one day, I might get to watch one of my own children or grandchildren in a future Olympic Games.

Do you and your family watch the Olympic Games? What’s your favorite sport? Tell me in the comments below!

#Sponsored: #TastingGrace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study

sampleDisclaimer: I received a copy of the Tasting Grace book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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If you are a regular reader around here, you are probably aware that I am not a whiz in the kitchen. In fact, while I have several recipes here on the blog, that’s not what this blog is about. And, it’s for good reason.

Growing up, my mom worked. A lot. And she traveled. A lot. While I did spend time with several women who did know how to cook and were amazing homemakers, I never really learned how to work in the kitchen. I knew how to order from a menu, and I knew what my favorite dishes were at every restaurant we frequented. Meals around the table at our house were basically non-existent, though I do recall a few… many after Daddy became sick and mom spent more time at home.

I will never forget my Home Ec class my junior year. Our assignment was to make biscuits. Easy, right? HA. My biscuits turned out like hockey pucks, and they were inedible. Not only did I get a “D” on the assignment, but the teacher also felt the need to tell me that I would never be able to make biscuits, and that I should just learn the proper way to order from a menu like my mom did. OUCH. From that moment on, I didn’t even want to try in the kitchen. I didn’t care.

After I had my daughter, Ashley, I learned how to make the basics: mac ‘n cheese, grilled cheese, ramen… we could survive. And, then I got married. And started having kids. LOTS of kids. Over the years, my ability in the kitchen has grown, but I have never felt like I knew what I was doing.

Then I met Leah Adams. Y’all. I wish you could meet this woman in real life. What a heart she has for Jesus!

Leah started her Tasting Grace ministry, and Ashley and I attended one of her sessions. Wow, wow, wow! We made chicken and dumplings and pound cake, and she also taught us the proper way to make biscuits. While the food cooked, and after we had cleaned up, Leah held a short Bible study. What an amazing opportunity for Ashley and I to spend the afternoon together, to learn how to make a meal our family would enjoy, AND hear the word of God surrounded by new friends. It was truly one of the best days of my life, and it’s something I will never forget.

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Several weeks later, Carly and I made biscuits together. They came out golden and flaky. Absolutely perfect, and a far cry from my Home Ec class all those years ago. Before Tasting Grace, I never would have had the confidence to even try to make biscuits again. Because of Leah and her ministry, I am so much more confident in the kitchen, and now I want to learn to make all the things!

So, when I found out Leah would be releasing a book called Tasting Grace, and that it would be a Bible Study, I knew it was something I had to share on my blog.

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You all know how I feel about Titus 2 women, and I believe Leah and her ministry are the perfect example of ways older women can mentor and teach the younger women. I know there are many women in my generation and younger who don’t know how to do anything in the kitchen, and it’s because there wasn’t someone there to teach us. I am in no way tearing down my mother for not being home, she did what she did to take care of us. I just wish I had been a little more experienced before I got married and started a family of my own.

I highly recommend that every woman on earth have a copy of Tasting Grace in her kitchen. Whether you are an older woman who has a desire to mentor the younger women, or you are a younger woman who wants to learn and grow spiritually and in the kitchen, this book is just right for you! Maybe you’re like me – somewhere right in the middle, who has a desire to teach her own children and younger women around her how to live for Jesus and how to make a meal their family will love, but you still feel like you have so much to learn. This book is excellent for us as well! I promise you will love Leah’s book as much as I do. It will touch your heart and have you excited to be in the kitchen. And just wait until you see all the wonderful things you can make!

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Tasting Grace is now available for purchase on Amazon for just $14.99. It is truly worth every penny, because it may just change your life – or the life of someone you love!

I also want to encourage you to learn more about Leah Adams and all of her ministries and books. She is a wonderful woman who is sold out for Jesus, and I just know you’ll want to know all about her. Learn more about her on her website, www.leahadams.org. You can also learn more about Tasting Grace the book by visiting the publisher’s website: tastinggrace.warnerpress.org.

#Spon: @ParasolCo and MOPs Help Welcome New Babies into the World

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of Parasol Diapers in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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I don’t know if I’ve talked about it on here much or not, but I am blessed to be a co-leader of my local MOPs group. (Mothers of Preschoolers) I absolutely love my position, and I’m even more blessed to have the most amazing co-leader ever.

At MOPs, we love to serve. We are all about community, and helping new moms (and seasoned moms) find friends, find Jesus, and feel loved. (And, we give them time off without kids and a hot meal! Win-win for all of us!)

One way that we find new moms is through “diaper packets.” Every year, for as many years as I can remember, we put together little diaper packets to take to the hospital and give to the new mamas. We’ve always just grabbed a bunch of diapers at the store and used those, but this year, we did something different. Because I’ve worked with Parasol Co. in the past, and loved their diapers so much, I asked them if they would like to be a part of our diaper packets. It’s a great way to get the word out about them, give moms an amazingly wonderful diaper to try, AND spread the word about MOPs.

Parasol Co. agreed, and sent me boxes and boxes of diaper packs filled with samples of their diapers and wipes. They were AWESOME. These moms at the hospital are getting spoiled! 🙂

So, at our last meeting, we dropped in some information about MOPs, tied the packs together with a bow, added our label to the front, and they were ready to deliver to the hospital!

Here’s the finished product:

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And some of my favorite pictures from the meeting:

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As you can see, we had a GREAT time! And the diaper kits were a hit with ALL of our mamas! 🙂 I dropped a few boxes off at the hospital, and they’ll call me when they need more. I’m praying for good things for our MOPs group AND for Parasol for their participation in this.

HUGE thanks to Parasol Co. for their overwhelming generosity. Folks, THIS is a company I want to stand behind and promote! They are so giving, so kind, and have a heart for MOMs! Isn’t that what we as moms want? A company who loves us as much as we love our products?!

Remember. You can still get $20 off your first box by using code BLESSED16. You are going to *love* these diapers! Hurry on over to the Parasol Co. website, and use code BLESSED16 on your first box. You’ll thank me later. 🙂

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#Spon: My #Review of #Focus Shampoo & Conditioner


sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Focus Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner at a deeply discounted price in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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After 8 pregnancies and a hysterectomy, my hair has been through a tremendous amount of stress. It’s always been thin. That’s just what I was born with. During pregnancy, it would get thicker and fuller, longer and stronger. And then, as soon as those pregnancy hormones were gone, all the extra hair that had come in would fall out. Imagine this 8 times over. My hair is really thin now. And then I had my hysterectomy, and it got even worse. My hair started falling out in clumps. I would take a shower and just get out and cry. I could hardly stand to look in the mirror because the front of my hair is thinning so badly.

So, it’s no wonder why I was excited to try out the Focus Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner!

I’ve been using it for a little over a week now, and I’m already starting to see some change!

I have little wispy hairs where new hair is starting to grow. (How exciting!!)

My hair doesn’t look as thin. I can pull it back in a headband without wanting to cry. (That’s great, right?!)

My hair no longer comes out in clumps, and my hairbrush is no longer full of hair each time I brush my hair.

My hair is no longer the reason the shower drain is always clogged.

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There are a few drawbacks, and I need to share those with you.

The shampoo smells VERY medicine-y. It’s a very strong smell, and it took me about 4 days before I could stand the smell. After those 4 days, I hardly even noticed the smell, though.

The conditioner doesn’t smell badly at all. In fact, I really like the smell of the conditioner. However, the conditioner doesn’t really “condition” my hair, though. Because I have very long, thin, stringy, naturally curly hair, my hair tangles VERY easily. This conditioner does nothing to help with the tangles, so I was still pulling out a ton of hair with each brushing. I started mixing the conditioner with my regular every day conditioner, though, and that made a world of difference. Of course, now I’m spending twice the money because I still have to buy my regular conditioner too…

Overall, I do like the shampoo. I would probably buy the shampoo by itself again. The conditioner isn’t my favorite, and I think the only thing it’s doing is counter-acting the smell of the shampoo.

I am thankful that I am no longer losing clumps of hair, so for me, it’s worth the price to buy both the shampoo and conditioner if I can’t get them separately.

#Spon: My Final Weigh In on the @Medifast Plan

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Medifast products in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

Today marks my final weigh in on the Medifast Program. My goal was to break 160 pounds and be back in the 150s. Before I get to my weigh in, though, let me tell you about this past week.

This week has been one of the most stressful weeks of my life. My oldest daughter graduated High School on Friday night, we had a party for her on Saturday, Sunday we had TWO church services (one with food – and dessert!) to celebrate her, and then Monday was Memorial Day. Boy, did I ever pick the **wrong** week to have as my last week on the Medifast plan.

I was sure I was setting myself up for failure. It was a lot of eating on the go, and a *lot* of temptation. Luckily, I had planned it all just right, and I always had a Medifast meal I could take with me. (I also had a few “lean and green” meals to take a long too.)

Remember – my last weigh in was 162. I only had to lose a little bit in order to break 160.

Check out what I saw when I hopped on the scale this morning:

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I DID IT!!!

I didn’t do it by much, but I still met my goal! I broke 160 and am back in the 150s. I’m just 10 pounds away from my final goal.

Take a look at my starting weight and my ending weight on this journey:

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There’s one other thing I want you to see. Take a look at my picture from day one next to today’s photo:

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Ignore the sweaty post-workout hair, the fact that I have no makeup on, and how terrible I look, but look closely – especially at the hip area. I lost 5 inches *just in my hips!* Yes, I’ve been working out in addition to the Medifast program, but when you commit to eating right AND exercising, the results are obvious! After birthing 8 kids, I’ve always hated my thighs, but now? Man, I’m just giddy! My muscles are toning up nicely, but I’m not done. I’m committing to reaching my goals both on the scale and off.

Thank you, Medifast, for helping me reach this first goal! I am excited to see how much further I can go, but you gave me the very best start.

Have you enjoyed watching my results each week on the Medifast progam? Remember: If you use the code Blessed25 on the Medifast website, you will receive $25 off your order of $250 or more, as well as free shipping! It’s a great way to get you started on your own journey.

Also, be sure to follow Medifast every way you can in order to learn more about them:

#Spon: My Week 3 Do-Over on the @Medifast Plan

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Medifast products in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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Remember last week? How I failed on the Medifast program because I let life get in the way? I didn’t even weigh in last week, because I didn’t want to know how much weight I had gained back. (I had eaten REALLY badly!)

I am happy to report that I am now back on track!

The last time I weighed in, I was at 162 pounds. Today, the scale read 161.4. That’s great! That means I lost whatever I had put on in the previous week as well as a little extra! I’m quite happy with that. My goal in this challenge was to break 160 before my 4 weeks are up. I’m back on track to do just that, and I’m hoping I have good news to report after I finish out this next week.

I’m doing much better on the Medifast journey if I make a shake to drink on the way somewhere. If we’re heading out to a function, I drink a shake on the way and bring one of my other meals to eat while I’m there. It keeps me from filling up on junk, and that’s where I need the most help!

How are you doing on your journey? Are you finding tools to help you succeed? Have you decided to try the Medifast program? It’s a great option if you need all the help you can get staying on track. Their guidelines are easy to follow, the meals are easy to prepare, and the shakes are really really good! 🙂

One more week to go, and I can’t wait to see my final results! I’m anxious to see how many inches I’ve lost and if I can make my goal and get back into the 150s. Think I can do it?

Want to join me on this journey? Remember: If you use the code Blessed25 on the Medifast website, you will receive $25 off your order of $250 or more, as well as free shipping! It’s a great way to get you started on your own journey.

I would LOVE to have you join me on this journey! Please check back to see my results each week. You can also track my results on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow me there.

Also, be sure to follow Medifast every way you can in order to learn more about them:

#Spon: PinPix #BulletinBoard Keeps Me Organized and Looking Great


sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the PinPix Bulletin Board at a discounted price in order to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.
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When we moved into our new house last fall, it came with a small work shed in the yard. I quickly took over that shed and turned it into my craft space. I do everything in there from design work to paint and even make wreaths and cut vinyl. I’m not kidding – I do everything. While the peg board on the wall is great for hanging things, I still needed a bulletin board so I could keep myself organized. Sometimes I just need to tack something up in a safe place for a few minutes, and the PinPix bulletin board is perfect!

BUT, I also needed a bulletin board that I could take with me on my Simply Said parties. I needed a way to showcase that month’s specials, attach a calendar for scheduling future parties, and even showcase a few of my favorite designs. This bulletin board achieves all that and more! My clients absolutely love this board, and they can’t stop talking about it whenever I bring it along.

Overall, I am very impressed with this board! The size is perfect, the metal frame is sturdy and sleek. The design is modern and fun. And the board itself doesn’t flake, peel, or crack no matter how much I use (and reuse) it. I absolutely love this board and plan to purchase several more. I’d like to put one in my girls’ room, one in the boys’ room, and one in the living room to keep the entire family organized all year long. (This would make finding those Field Trip forms SO much easier!)

I would highly recommend this board to anyone who asked. It is a gorgeous board, and it is made to last. I’m looking forward to make more years of using my PinPix board in lots of different ways.

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(Ignore my messy craft space! Such is the life of a crafter!)

#Spon: Week 2 on @Medifast: Tools to Help You Succeed!

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Medifast products in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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I’ve been on the Medifast program for 2 weeks now, and it is still going great! This week, the pounds didn’t fall off as easily as I hoped, since I weighed in a 162, but I can feel a difference in the way my clothes fit and how I feel. (The exact opposite of last week!)

Last night for church, I was able to get into a size small skirt and sweater set – that I took out of my daughter’s closet. It’s such a great feeling to see the fruits of my labor. It makes it all feel worth it!

Not only that, but the very best part was having my (almost) 13 year old son hug me and say, “You look pretty, Mom.” He didn’t say it because he wanted something or had ulterior motives, he just hugged me and said it. It about sent me to the floor! What a great thing to hear!

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I still have my favorite foods: the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and the vanilla shakes – to name a few. 🙂 And I’m starting to do really well with making Lean & Green meals that my kids all love and are excited to try. (Note: I made one meal the other night, and Lucy loved it so much, she went back for seconds – and she’s my pickiest kid!!)

Today, I want to share with you some tools Medifast offers to help you on your journey. Not only does the meal plan come with a food journal – which is great for keeping you on track with your eating, but you can also download the MyWellness App. This app has become my best friend over the past 2 weeks. Not only can I log my calorie intake, but I can also log my water intake, calories burned, weight, measurements, and even sleep duration. I can pair it with my fitbit and it helps keep me on track with everything!

You can also create an account on the Medifast website and do all the same things. It’s all about what’s more convenient for you. (I prefer to have the one-touch access the app gives me on my phone. Then, it’s always with me, and I can quickly and easily input data into it. It takes just a few seconds to put in the data, and I immediately have it recorded so I can look back on how far I’ve come!

8 pounds in 2 weeks is great. Yes, the weight is much easier to put on than it is to take off, but it’s coming off. And by the end of these 30 days, I have a feeling there’s going to be more than just a change in my diet, I’m looking forward to a total lifestyle change.

I can do this!!

Want to join me on this journey? Remember: If you use the code Blessed25 on the Medifast website, you will receive $25 off your order of $250 or more, as well as free shipping! It’s a great way to get you started on your own journey.

I would LOVE to have you join me on this journey! Please check back to see my results each week. You can also track my results on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow me there.

Also, be sure to follow Medifast every way you can in order to learn more about them:

#Sponsored: #AngelCraft Vinyl 6″x12″ Permanent Adhesive Vinyl Sheets


sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of this product at a heavily discounted price from Angel Craft Vinyl in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Recently, I posted about Angel Craft Vinyl 12″x12″ sheets and how much I love them. Shortly after that, Angel Craft asked me if I would test out their Angel Craft 6″x12″ Permanent Adhesive Vinyl Sheets and see if I liked them as much as I did the larger size.

Can I be honest?

I think I like them even more! 🙂

This weekend, I am hosting a Make & Take/Simply Said party. That being said, I need to have 20 Make & Take projects cut out and ready to go. We will be making 6″x6″ tiles with an inspirational design on them. Easy, right? BUT, I have to come up with 20 designs, cut them out, and get them ready for the ladies to make at the party.

These 6″x12″ sheets just made my life SOOOOOO much easier! Now, instead of printing one design at a time, I can print FOUR! That’s going to make life so much better around here.

So, I gathered all of my materials, and started cutting.

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The first cut didn’t go so well. Next time, I won’t pick 2 of my favorite colors to cut on! Sigh. I picked 2 new colors and changed my settings and tried again.

Finally, I got a beautiful, clean cut, weeded it, and I’m ready to put it on my tile! 🙂

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I put the vinyl onto transfer paper, and I *love* how easily the vinyl sticks to the transfer paper and not the back of the vinyl sheet. (I have had SO many issues with this and other vinyl brands!)

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Ready to see the final product? It looks so great!!

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Didn’t that turn out pretty? I just love it!

Thanks, Angel Craft for supplying me with beautiful vinyl that will help me create the perfect designs!

If you are looking for high quality vinyl at an affordable price. Let me once again suggest Angel Craft Vinyl. You won’t be disappointed!

#Spon: Week 1 on @Medifast: Curbing the Cravings

sampleDisclaimer: I received a sample of the Medifast products in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Medifast products and the Medifast program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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So, here I am. One week into the Medifast program. As you can tell by the pictures above, it doesn’t look like there’s much outward change yet.

But, boy, oh boy, has there been a change on the scale!

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Check that out! Down 6 pounds in just one week! That is fantastic!

And, take a look at my wii fit graph:

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I went from way up in the “Overweight” section last week to back down in the “Normal” section this week! (I shouldn’t have done the body test yesterday. It was at a different time of day than I normally exercise, so it was off a bit. But if you take yesterday’s weight out, I’ve gone straight down significantly!

It’s been difficult adjusting to the Medifast program, but only because I’m eating way more than I feel like I should! The program requires 4 Medifast meals per day as well as 2 Lean & Green meals. That means I’m eating 6 times a day! I’ve stuck with it, though, and it’s paying off!

I’ve made it one week without sweet tea, soda, ice cream, or junk, and my body is trying to adjust. Sometimes it’s hard to curb those cravings! (Especially when your church has a Sunday afternoon social and everyone brings their favorite foods and desserts. Passing that up was HARD. REALLY HARD.) But, I know that if I want to get down to a healthy weight/BMI for my frame, I need to give it up. In time, it won’t be so hard to pass up, but right now – I’m having lots of cravings!

Luckily, the Medifast meals help! The chocolate pudding is just what I need when I’m craving ice cream. The Chocolate Peanut Butter bar is my favorite on-the-go meal, and it’s what I’ve been taking to baseball games to keep myself from buying out the concession stand. And the shakes are awesome. I can’t decide if I like the Strawberry or Vanilla shakes better, but they are all so good!

I’m hoping that since I’ve made it through a week of fighting my cravings that it will get easier. I’m sure it will, my body just needs to adjust to eating these foods that are good for me.

Let’s take a minute and talk about the Lean & Green Meals, shall we?

One feature I love is that Medifast offers Flavors of Home for the nights when you’re family isn’t eating so “lean and green” or you need something fast. And those really are great for the nights when my family wants to order pizza or grab something quick and easy. I love them.

But, the point of all of this is to bring a healthier lifestyle to my whole family. But, I have to admit, eating healthy is NOT my strong point. I grew up always eating out, and it was rarely healthy. So, I had to do some searching, but I found this link that gives me 34 great recipes that I can use as my lean and green meals AND I can adjust them to feed my whole family. Win/Win, right? It’s going to be a long, slow process with the family, but eventually I’ll get the junk out of their systems, and they’ll only want the good stuff!

I’m excited about how well this first week has gone, and I can’t wait to see what next week brings! 🙂

Remember:

If you use the code Blessed25 on the Medifast website, you will receive $25 off your order of $250 or more, as well as free shipping! It’s a great way to get you started on your own journey.

Be sure to Enter My Giveaway for Medifast Brownies. (YUM!)

I would LOVE to have you join me on this journey! Please check back to see my results each week. You can also track my results on Instagram and Facebook, so be sure to follow me there.

Also, be sure to follow Medifast every way you can in order to learn more about them: