#FitnessFriday – update time!

Happy Friday ya’ll!  I know, I know, when was the last time I posted an update on me and my fitness.  It’s really been a long while.  So, let’s update…

What I’ve been doing:

Paleo Challenge

For the last six weeks I’ve been doing a Paleo Challenge. It’s a weird Paleo/Whole 30 hybrid type challenge.  I’ve had a couple cheat days along the way – Mother’s Day, my birthday….days when I just needed an ice-cream (I did put fresh fruit on it though I promise!)

I lost six lbs!

My digestive system loves me – lactose isn’t my friend and gluten isn’t the best, but its not the worst.  My skin is also amazing.

If you are interested in doing something like this I’ll be posting some of my favorite recipes soon here.  They got me by.  I’m just really proud I did what I did.  It was so hard but it was an amazing learning experience. I hope to ease up a bit, moderation is the key, but try to live as closely as possible to the idea surrounding the challenge I participated in.

**Because I did this challenge I learned that I can’t have gluten.  I haven’t been confirmed as having celiacs.  but myself and my youngest son are now living gluten free**

P90X

One month of the program and I hurt my knee.  There wasn’t a moment where I remember injuring it, but it was just swollen one day.  I tried to be careful, got a brace…but it didn’t get better and I started lazing on the working out.  I didn’t want to lose momentum though.  One of my bff’s here as the 10 Minute Trainer Program.  So right now I’m borrowing that, and being really good about icing and heating my knee.  I mean, how do you rest your knee with three kids six and under?  *can I get an amen from momma’s out there*

10 Minute Trainer

my new favorite work out!  I can customize it to fit what I can do during the day.  This proved to be super helpful while the hubby was gone recently.  Some days I found I had more time, so I worked in all three 10 minute workouts, sometimes I only did two.  They were quick and easy and I still felt like I was getting a work out.  I might not have been building muscle mass but it was good stuff.

Zumba

Holy calorie burner batman!  It is so fun and I try to do this twice a week.

Creative Bio-Science 90 Day Challenge

I finished my first 30 Days of Creative Bio-Science’s 30 Day Diet.  This isn’t a diet pill.  It contains great herbal extracts like Raspberry Keytones, Lychee Fruit extract and African Mango.  It is designed to help curb your appetite and help increase your energy.  I noticed an immediate change in my appetite.  Combined with my diet and working out I lost the weight I already mentioned.  Now that I’m not as restrictive of a diet and my work-out plan will be changing I’m excited to see if it continues helping me like I think it did.
Check out Creative Bio-Science’s website for information on this and many other products they have.

**Disclaimer – I was provided a free 90 Day supply for Creative Bio-Science’s 30 Day Diet in exchange for my honest opinion and thoughts on the product.  My opinions are my own.  No other compensation was given.

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Wednesday Walkabout – Perfectly Posh *Review and Giveaway*

Happy Hump Day everyone!  Hope your week is going well.  The count down for the weekend is on, and I know that I’m looking forward to it.  Hubby has some time off and we are looking forward to spending some quality time together.  Hope  you all have a great weekend.  If you haven’t already heard the good news about the 50 Blogs that have been named the best of the Military Blogs by VoiceBoks – The Voice of Parenting, I am one of them, although with some amazing blogs that I am an avid fan of.  Make sure to stop by and vote for you favorite!

Today I have a fun little thing for you all.  A little review and giveaway of a product sold by a fellow MilSpouse.  Not only do I love supporting my MilSpouse Entrepreneurs out there, but small business is something I love to support as well.  You have a dream and you do what you need to do to accomplish that.  If that’s working at Starbucks or selling a product online, you do it the best that you can.

I’d like to introduce Perfectly Posh and Molly Morgan to you today!

There she is showing off some of the great product!
I received several samples of product to try out.  One of the first things that struck me about it was how adorable the packaging it is.  It is super eye-catching, the names are fun and everything is so colorful.    Perfectly Posh is also an American Made product.  Supporting a locally made product when I can is really important to me.  From there the list goes on.  Perfectly Posh is also paraben and paraffin-free, sulfate free and uses only the best phthalate-free fragrance.  They are natural and gentle even to the most delicate of skin AND they are cruelty-free.  You can find something for everyone with their collection.  Perfectly Posh has hair, skin, lip, foot, baby, young girl and male specific products.  Basically anything you can think of they have.  
 
Some of my favorite products are part of  the Playing Footsie collection.  The Fabulous Fizzies soothe and soften your tired tootsies, then you can exfoliate with the Rubby Scrubby and finally soothed by tootsies with the Soothing Stick.  My feet are one of my problem areas.  I live in flips, and when I can I avoid putting shoes on my feet.  I blame my mom for that one.  It takes a pretty heavy duty product to take care of my feet.  Sometimes I can find myself being skeptical of more “natural” products.  Unfortunately I’ve found they just don’t work as well.  However, that is completely not the case with this line of products.  It felt good, smelled good and did the trick!

The Lip Scrubs are another fun product. I tried the Make-Out Magic Sugar Lip Scrub.  It smelled amazing.  The product sells for $13 for a .5oz container.  This might seem like a small amount, but you honestly don’t need much to put it on your lips.  You don’t need to wipe it off either, just put it on and go!

Overall I really like this product, and the company.  The prices are fairly comparable to a similar company.  Body Washes run for about $18 for 14oz and a moisturizer will set you back $20 (but its a night/day one, so you aren’t buying one for each time of day).  They have some pretty cool and unique products like The Stripper D Tox body mud mask.  This is an aggressive, detoxifying, mud mask for your body.  Very, very cool.

Find Molly’s website and facebook to find out more about her, the products available, to order or maybe host your own Perfectly Posh party!!!

But in the mean time you can win the Lipshot Raspberry Bang-Bang (lip balm)!  Thanks Molly!
Good Luck!

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Preparing for a Little One: How to stay connected to your partner


Preparing For A Little One


Welcome to another installment of Preparing For a Little One.  It hasn’t been that long that I’ve been a follower of Kaitlyn over at Wifesessionals, and I was super happy to find her little corner of the web.  When she discovered she was pregnant it wasn’t long before she created this weekly link-up with topics relevant to pregnancy and having a newborn.  It is such a great idea.  Anything in a weekly format is great.  I haven’t been able to do it every week but I’ve participated in a few of the topics:

This week’s topic is all about staying connected to your partner.  After three kids, 14 years of being together and 9 years of being married, we’re still finding the balance in that.  It’s ever changing, and develops over time.  It can fit the needs of wherever you are in your life.  It can be easy and it can be hard.  For me I think its gotten harder with each kid we’ve had, with each move and with each career path.  But there are things that we’ve done that have remained consistent over the years.
1. make time in the hospital special
With our first one, I’m going to honest, it was a very difficult delivery and I was so tired I just don’t remember a whole lot about the time in the hospital.  However, I do remember that my husband was with me and we spent time together alone, looking at our cute little bundle of joy.  With our last little man we decided to not have anyone at the hospital waiting to come in right away.  While I think that would have been a difficult decision had it been our first one, especially since I’m so close to my mom, with our last one it was important.  We didn’t feel rushed or overwhelmed.  Hubby helped with the first bath in our room, we ate a meal together and snuggled with our little man.  Then we brought our older two in the next morning.  If you start off right, making connection of vital importance right out the gate, it will go a long way to preserve that.
2. Don’t rush the romance
I guess I mean in a physical way.  With our first born it was a fairly painful and long-term recovery.  I had an emergency episiotomy and the recovery from that was extremely painful and much longer than the six weeks.  My poor sweet hubby was a freaking saint.  I think I fell more in love with him then.  We took the time to hang out with other, we starting reading more together at night, and building the communication romance.  It’s easy to get swept away in the stress of the baby and adjusting but if you stay focused on each other, even from the beginning, it will do wonders for your marriage.  
3. You have a life separate from your kids (and that’s okay!!)
One thing I have always tried to maintain is my own interests, not just for me, but my husband.  Maintaining a healthy life without our kids, separate or together, has done wonders for us and will continue to do wonders as our children grow older and are around less and less.  I know you must have heard stories of couples that don’t know what to do when their kids leave the home.  They don’t know each other and they have nothing in common.  They’ve been so wrapped up in their kids that everything else is a mystery.  Yes, your life must change when you have kids, but letting go of everything else will not keep you connected to your partner or yourself.
Those are the first things that come to my mind, and its always a learning experience, and each child has been a different experience.  But if you keep these things in mind and think of your family as equal parts to a whole pie, you will be a success!  
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Sunday Social Week 63 – Blog Hop

It’s a new week everyone, which means its time for a Sunday Social!  I missed these link-ups while I was off vacationing in the beautiful Northern California (more to come of that).  So happy to visit some old bloggy friends and maybe find some new blogs.  If you’ve never linked-up you really should, it’s so much fun.

Sunday Social

1. What’s something you’ve never done but always wanted to do?

Gosh, I always wanted to go to another country (aside from Mexico – I went back in the day when you didn’t need a passport).  I’m not a super dare-devilish kind of gal, so sky-diving and scuba diving…not for me!

2. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years all of my kids will be in school.  Whoa!  That’s a little weird and slightly emotional to think about.  I’d like to be close to making our way back to California to be near our families, but that can always change.  I’m just along for the ride.  Since the kids will all be in school I’d love to find a job, not sure where exactly that would be.  This last year has just been so crazy, with so many doors opening to me.  Who knows, one of those doors might lead to a paying job one of these days!

3. What are you looking forward to by the end of 2013?

By the end of 2013 I will have run my first 5K and I’m super excited about it.  I’m hoping hubby will be working slightly less and I’m looking forward to maybe having him home for some of the major holidays at the end of the year…which doesn’t happen very often.

4. What are your hopes for blog.

I feel like I’m really starting to get the word out to people, not just about me, but really helping the military community.  I’m starting to hear feedbaack from people and interest in helping me highlight and spread the word about programs that are available to military families.  I really want to do more for the National Guard and Reserves community and I just want to be able to reach out to them more.  It’s so exciting to think about all the possibilities for my blog, and because of my blog!

5. Do you always see yourself living in your current city/town?

I think we will be here for awhile.  We’ve been wanting to get here for a really long time and we’re finally here.  The adjustment was a lot harder then I expected it to be, but I think I had a recharge after going home to California.  So, in short yes and no.

6. What is your morning routine?

oh gosh!  LOL!  My children are usually my alarm clock, cute ones though huh 🙂  I get up, start coffee and make breakfast while they are either playing or watching some morning cartoons.  Once I get the coffee started I get their breakfast going.  After they are all settled I finally sit down my little living room, with my coffee, and begin my email/blog reading!!!

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Rhe’s Bookshelf – Redeeming Love

California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. 

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. 

Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw. 

But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go. 

A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

Includes a six-part reading group guide!

What I thought:
I’m sure many of you have read this book, at least that’s how I felt when I first let people know that I was reading this book.  So many of my friends expressed shock that I had never read it, many of them reading it while we were in high school and our early college days.  Even my mom read it.  How did I miss this?!  Frankly, I have no clue how I did.  Francine Rivers is a name that I’ve heard and seen, and I was surprised to find out that she had previously been a mainstream romance writer.  Trust me, she’s got a knack for that particular kind of romance, that is more about the romance and less about anything physical.  I would be willing to bet good money that most women know exactly what I’m talking about and are just as much of a succor for it as I am.  The emotional connection one feels with someone can be more powerful than anything else.  Redeeming Love is just that.  It’s an emotional, and spiritual romance novel.  I couldn’t put it down.  I was absolutely addicted to it.
The story, it was just amazing.  What kind of love is this?!  It was a beautiful representation of the love Christ has for us.  He never gives up on us!  Ms Rivers painted a word picture like none I’ve read in a really long time.  It is a rather long book but it didn’t feel like it, there was no real slow parts, which is a pet peeve of mine.  Everything that was written mattered to the story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!  If you have older teenage daughters…yes!!  I’m already looking forward to my next Francine Rivers book.  In the Spring of 2014 Francine Rivers’ new book, A Bridge to Haven, which takes places in 1950s Hollywood is being released.  I’m so excited!
5 out of 5 Stars
visit Francine River’s blog and facebook

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