Friday, August 30, 2013

Finale, Laatste, Τελική, La fine - My #Shakleeblogger #shaklee180 journey comes to an end #sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for
participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

How do I begin?
I never thought I would be sad for a program to end.
I think the majority of the bloggers involved the past 6 months, crave just 1 more month..
Once more opportunity, one more chance.
 
But it's up to us now. We move forward, changed. Wiser.

I've learned a lot about myself. I know what I am capable of, what to steer clear of, and what path I want to take.

I would have never completed a 5k without Shaklee 180. My confidence level is better than it's been in 10 years !
 
 
 
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I have lost 8lbs
I wish the scale was nicer to me.
Or that I was nicer to me, I should say.
 
However, I am happy with the inches that came off
-Shaklee180 required
Bust -4.4 inches
Waist -5.3 inches
Hips -5.3 inches
Arm -2.7 inches
(Subtotal loss of 17.7 inches)
Plus
Neck -1.4 inches
Thigh -2.4 inches
 
Grand Total loss of 21.5 inches
 
 
 
I am going to continue my running. I have a handful of 5k's to run here in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area through December plus a multitude of Virtual Runs I've committed to as well.
 
For anyone who doesn't believe that the Shaklee 180 program works, There are women I have watched over the past 6 months who inspire and amaze me.
The loss of inches and pounds are in the hundreds between all of us.
 
I am proud to be affiliated with this program, with the participants and yes, I would do it all again !!
 




Thursday, August 29, 2013

Let's talk Organic Feminine Hygiene #sponsored

Disclosure: This review is based on my experience with the products discussed. All Opinions expressed by me are my own.
 
Please note, This review is for Organic Feminine Products.
There are NO graphic photos in this post.
It is information only.




Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Get the latest styles for less with #KmartBackToSchool #ad @Kmart

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own.
 
 
 
 
My kids are busier and busier with each school year. It seems not only do their activities and interests cost more money, so do school clothes and school supplies!
 
Thankfully Kmart has great back to school savings that keep your budget on track and make Back To School shopping so much easier.
Kmart has everything your children need from school clothes, to backpacks, to school shoes. Your children can have the latest styles and trends and your pocketbook won't suffer the consequences.
 
With all of the money you're going to save at Kmart this Back To School Season,
I have just one question for you.
 
What are YOU going to do with all of the money you saved?
 
I think some new additions to your wardrobe are in order !
 
 
 
 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Enter the Del Monte “First Day of School Photo Contest” .. Contest Ends 9/7/13

Disclosure: I am promoting Del Monte via the below stated information and via review.
I will receive products to review for Del Monte. Any an all opinions are my own or that of my family.
 
 
Do you have a great 1st Day of School photo?
One of you or your child/children?
 
Why not submit that photo via to Del Monte's First Day of School Photo Contest” through Facebook!
Just upload an original photo of you on a First Day of School or that of your child or children.
 
The top 20 Finalist photos will be posted to the Del Monte Fruit Squeezers website, and fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite photo. The winning entry will receive a $10,000 donation to a school of their choice!
 
How do you get started?
Let me give you all the details!!
 
 
Submissions will be accepted now through through September 7 at 11:59 CDT.
► From September 8, 2013 at 12:00:00 CDT to September 15, 2013 at 11:59:59 CDT, the public will be able to vote for their favorite Entry.
► From September 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 CDT to September 22, 2013 at 11:59:59 CDT, the public will be able to vote for their favorite Finalist.
► To submit your photo entry, you can visit http://www.delmontefruitsqueezers.com/
► Entering the contest is simple! Upload an original photo of your child on their first day of school or yourself on your first day of school.
 
 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nerf Cyber Hoop Teaser #GotItFree @bzzagentjono @BzzAgent

My boys are at school right now, but when they get home, we are going to be trying out the new product we received.
(This product was provided to my family for review purposes courtesy of BzzAgent.
All opinions, photos of my family and any videos are based on our own experiences and opinions)
The Nerf Cyber Hoop is going to be a hit with all of my kids !

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Karina Year of You Giveaway ends 9/20 -You could #win $2000 worth of Karina Dresses of your choice

What if you could choose a new dress every month for 1 year?
 
 
 
 
How would you like to own your very own Karina dresses wardrobe?
This year, we're celebrating the YearOfYou™. What have you done to reward yourself lately? Whirlwind of Surprises is celebrating by hosting a massive giveaway that includes $2000 worth of Karina Dresses of your choice. Karina Dresses offer unique limited edition patterns, machine washable, easy-wear, easy-care dresses that fit women of all shapes and sizes. They make fashion easy and comfortable. Each dress is made with love in Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Flavor Run Finished ! #5k #MyFirst5k

Today was the day. It was beautiful !!
My family joined me at the Tampa Fairgrounds for my 1st 5k.
This was a Fun Run. It was not "officially" timed, so it took alot of pressure off.
 
The Flavor Run was AWESOME !!
I didn't realize it was the Inaugural race. That made it even cooler to participate in.
 
I walked 60% of the race. My shins were not cooperating. I did run through the finish line.
3.1 miles in 52 minutes..
I'm happy with it
 
The "Flavor Stations" and "Flavor Fairies" were awesome !! I loved seeing families getting involved. Little kids running along side their parents and some even tossing out the Flavored, colored cornstarch powder at runners.
 
I will definitely do this again next year. And I'm not going to do it alone either !!

RFYL Zombie Run Entry Giveaway (x2) #ZombiePrepTeam ends 8/25 Open to US #sponsored


Disclosure: Run For Your Lives, the original zombie 5K, has invited me to be a brand ambassador on their Zombie Preparedness Team. Because of your love for my blog, you can take full advantage of my relationship with Run For Your Lives and receive 15% off when registering for any of their races in the United States. I have received entry into the Run as compensation for my promotion of this event.

What is Run For Your Lives?

Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind 5k obstacle course adventure run series. Unlike other obstacle races, runners are chased by zombies roaming the course, who are trying to grab flags from the runners’ flag belts. Similar to flag football, runners must reach the finish line with at least one flag to claim survival. At the end of the race, runners and spectators (who get in for free) celebrate survival or their zombie infection at the Apocalypse Party with music spun by the RFYL traveling DJ, entertainment, dance-offs, beer, food, and festivities!

This run also works with charitable partner Kennedy Krieger. A portion of ticket sales goes to raising awareness and funds supporting research and care for kids battling brain injuries, so if you don’t want to run for your life, you can Run ForTHEIR Lives. Check out their upcoming race locations, and if you want to register, you can use my special discount code ZPTD9 for 15% off.  Another perk of working with Run For Your Lives. 

I also have two free runner tickets to giveaway by August 25th.




Monday, August 12, 2013

Pepsi's Iconic Summer - Pepsi Prize Pack Giveaway! #iconicsummer #sponsored ends 8/23

#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between our site and Pepsi. This could include the Pepsi providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment.
 
Are you having an iconic summer ? What is the most memorable thing you've done all summer?
 
We've had some great moments ! Our 1st race (mine and
hubby's), Our vacation to Cedar Point, and the beautiful lighthouse at Marblehead!
 
I shared my picture.. Check it out here
 
 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I think I'm addicted.

Check out my run page.
Not only do I have runs I'm attending this year.
I just signed up for 2 "Virtual" runs. And my oldest is doing one with me...

Runs and Races - Are you ready for it?

6 days and counting !!

Okay, I'm officially nervous. The last time I "ran", jogged is the more appropriate term, was before vacation!
 
My 1st 5k is on the 17th... 6 short days away.

Photo credit
 
 
I know I can do this !! I may not be able to run/jog the entire thing, but I will make it. And I will love it ! Someone tell me I'll be okay.. I need encouragement !!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Get Your Ride on with @CedarPoint goodies! #Giveaway ends 8/23

We recently returned from a Fun Family Vacation at Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio.
 

 
To say we had fun is an understatement!

The cooler weather (than Florida), the Theme Park, and our hotel made for a fantastic vacation.

It's the first time in a long time we've gone somewhere new!
 
Of course we bought plenty of souvenirs and decided to share some goodies with one lucky reader!
 
The Cedar Point Prize pack includes
4  Cedar Point 2013 T-Shirts. (adults sizes XL, L, M, S)
2 Cedar Point Peanuts Inspired Pencils
1 Cedar Point Shadow Magnet


 
This giveaway begins at 5pm 8/8/13 and ends 8/23/13 11pm EST .US Winner must be 18 year of age or older. This giveaway is self sponsored and therefore prize will be shipped directly from EDROML. There is no affiliation with Cedar Point or it's park in regards to giveaway.  Please use Rafflecopter to enter. All entries are verified. Winner has 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
 
Good Luck !!!!


The TradeWinds Island Resort offers a variety for everyone ! #TWBloggers @TWResorts #sponsored #GoGoPlayfully

The last of July brought us a wonderful day at the TradeWinds Island Resort. The Resort hosted a Blogger Family Day, where we (bloggers, children, and spouses) could take in all that the TradeWinds has to offer. Thank you @TWResorts.
 
I have to admit, in the almost 25 years I have lived in Pinellas County, I had never been to the TradeWinds Island Resort. While it's only about a 45 minute drive south for me, I've not taken the time to explore the resort.
 
But that has all changed now !
 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Back from Vacation - Cedar Point Rocks - Photos, videos, and commentary #sponsored @CedarPoint

Disclosure: My family & I were guests of Cedar Point. All reviews, photos and videos taken by myself or my family are property of EDROML. Thank you to MPM B.E. for allowing us access to Cedar Point for 2 days.
 
 
What an amazing vacation!
 
 
If you are a lover of all things Peanuts and Roller Coasters, you have to plan a vacation/trip/outing to Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio.
 
My family and I have been planning this vacation since last summer.
This was a dream vacation for my hubby, as he loves all kinds of Roller Coasters.
 
Each staff member we encountered from Guest Services to the shops and restaurants, were friendly. Even on Friday evening, in the rain, not a guest nor employee looked cross.
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#GetOutAlive is Back on Mondays- 9/8c on NBC - Win a Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet ends 8/20

Renowned British explorer and survivalist Bear Grylls is back with the ultimate survival competition, Get Out Alive! Airing Mondays 9/8c on NBC!
 
I have to admit, I have never watched the show, but it sounds interesting.
I think I'll have to watch it at least once!
 
#GetOutAlive SEASON FINALE on August 26
 
 
You Could Win
Take The Quiz
 
This giveaway begins 8/6 12:00pm and ends 8/20 11:50pm
Open to residents of the US, 18 years of age or older






Disclosure: I have received no compensation in any respect in exchange for this giveaway. Sponsor is responsible for shipment of prizes

Monday, August 5, 2013

Update on my BFF's Daughter - Reason to celebrate !! #ZombiePrepTeam #sponsored

Run For Your Lives, the original zombie 5K, has invited me to be a brand ambassador on their Zombie Preparedness Team. Because of your love for my blog, you can take full advantage of my relationship with Run For Your Lives and receive 15% off when registering for any of their races in the United States

At the end of July, I shared with you some information regarding The Kennedy Krieger Institute, and how it focuses on the brain and the problems/injuries affecting a child’s developing brain.

And then I told how close this hit my family.

My Best Friend's eldest daughter was born with Chiari Malformation Type 1. Chiari malformation is a condition in which brain tissue protrudes into the spinal canal. Read more about this condition.

Today, My Princess had surgery. The Neurosurgeon said it went well.
Hubby and I visited them at the Children's Hospital and besides a headache and upset tummy, she was good, just sleepy.

Per the request of my BFF, I am not sharing her name or photo. I will only refer to her as "My Princess" or "G".

I've decided to make my Run For Your Lives 5k in her honor! I'm going to have a shirt made and wear it on the run. When I come up with some designs, I'll let you, my readers, choose the design !!!

I am also going to set up donations through paypal. My BFF is a single mom with a new mountain of medical bills and taking time off work to be with her daughter at the hospital is going to financially take it's toll. She also has a younger daughter, My other little Princess "K".

I have something in mind for donations and how to say Thank You to those who help..
I'll save that for another blog post!

Want to donate directly to The Kennedy Krieger Institute? Text "BRAIN" to 85944,where you can donate $5.

Want to Run For Your Life?

Want to participate in a Zombie Run in a city near you?
Use code ZPTD9 for 15% off !

Friday, August 2, 2013

#ZombiePrepTeam Survival Gear #sponsored

Run For Your Lives, the original zombie 5K, has invited me to be a brand ambassador on their Zombie Preparedness Team. Because of your love for my blog, you can take full advantage of my relationship with Run For Your Lives and receive 15% off when registering for any of their races in the United States.

 
I received and awesome Zombie Preparedness Team Survival Pack !
 
 
I received a T-shirt, Comic Book, Backpack, Koozie, Stickers, Tattoos,
and a fabulous Cracker Jack snack pack.
 
The backpack and T-shirt are super cool and I can see me using the backpack and wearing the shirt all the time. Also, The stickers are cool !
 
 
I'm trying to decide which of these stickers to put on the window of my van !!!
 

Running and Vertigo.. A Tale of Month 5 .. #ShakleeBlogger #shaklee180 #sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating. My opinions are my own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Month 5 has been insane !

I started off by participating in my 1st run!
It was a 1 mile that began at 11pm.
I'm grateful for my hubby pushing me towards the finish line.



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Enter to win great prizes during the Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop #summersweeping ends 8/15


Summer is coming to a close, but it's still HOT, HOT, HOT outside. We want you to stay cool and keep Summer Sweeping with this Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!
Each blogger linking up has a Giveaway for you worth $25 or more,
so be sure to hop around to them all!