Celebrating the Radio Disney Music Awards with Aquabeads (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!!)

 

 

Do you have a little one who loves to get creative?  Say hello to the Aquabeads Beginner’s Studio, complete with everything your little one will need to get the creative juices flowing and keep those beautiful creations coming.  Summer is the time us parents are most afflicted by the nasal-y whines of youngsters everywhere crying “I’m booorrrreeeedddd”, but not this summer, and not in this house!  Aquabeads to the rescue!  Aquabeads take arts & crafts play to a new level of creative fun that children of all ages will adore.  Children can create Aquabeads designs from the included templates (plus more to be found online) or they can let their imaginations run wild, there’s no limit to what they can come up with.  It’s as simple as place beads onto a layout tray, then spray with water to fuse the beads together.  Once dried, the masterpiece can be shared with friends and family, or given as thoughtful gifts full of personal flair.

 

 
 

The Aquabeads Beginner’s Studio comes with everything your little one will need.  The star-shaped bead case stores the 840 included beads with lots of room to hold more which was perfect for the Aquabeads we had lying around from previous sets we’ve bought.  The set will also come with a sprayer, bead pen, and the amazing bead peeler to life creations off the tray just ten minutes after spraying!  Everything you need is included so it makes the perfect gift for kids who are just getting started with Aquabeads.  The lid to the star-shaped case can be used as a bead tray to keep designs neat and tidy with minimal clean-up.  Be creative and make beautiful designs such as cakes, rainbow and animals!  Want to know the best part?  Just spray the creation with water and the beads stick together!  There’s no need for heat or ironing, making this a GREAT kit for self-motivated children like my little Jadey-bug.  She loves being able to do things completely on her own and she loves taking charge of all of her bead creations.

 

 
 

The Radio Disney Music Awards are just a couple short days away and with Aquabeads as a proud sponsor, you KNOW that means there’s some fun to be had!  The team of Aquabeads designers have been hard at work creating a true-to-size ARDY trophy from Aquabeads, and you won’t want to miss all the action happening on stage.  Make sure you tune into Disney Channel June 23rd at 8 pm to catch all of the fun and witness the awesome ARDY trophy the Aquabeads designers have come up with!

 
 

***GIVEAWAY***
Thanks to my friends over at Aquabeads, I’ve been provided with the opportunity to offer a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive a Beginner’s Studio of their own!  One lucky winner will receive an Aquabeads Beginner’s Studio sent directly to them from Aquabeads!  Giveaway will begin 06/21/18 at 12:00 pm EST and will end 06/28/18 at 11:59:59 am EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Enter below!

 
 

Aquabeads Beginner’s Studio Giveaway

 
 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Stir Up Some Fun This Summer With the Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab

 

Are your kiddos like mine and already whining “I’m bored”, when it seems like summer just started?  Give your little ones some out of this world fun with Beaker Creatures from Learning Resources.  These mysterious creatures from tiny distant planets are heading to Earth in search of science adventures, and they need your help!  Your kids will LOVE dissolving the Beaker Creature Reactor Pods and seeing which creatures they’ll discover, and with 35 creatures in all to discover, the fun never ends!

 

 

The Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab has been a HUGE hit with my children, even my oldest (14 years old) who seems to be too cool for anything these days.  So, just what does this wacky looking reactor do?  It’s afun way to explore the colorful bubbling creature reaction that come from the Reactor Pods!  After placing one of two included Reactor Pods within the Super Lab’s center chamber, kids send water whirling through the tubes with the help of two hydroplungers, filling the chamber and triggering the amazing reaction (which can bubble up out of the chamber so plan ahead and lay something down…trust me!).  Once the reaction ends, kids can extract their Beaker Creatures collectibles and start classifying!

 

 

The working lab set also comes with the equipment and instructions needed to perform amazing real-world science experiments inspired by the creatures and their home planets.  The Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab also includes an exclusive full-size poster, two classification cards and two double-sided mini-posters: one side features a quiz filled with amazing real-world science facts, while the other features fun images of the creatures at play that combine to form a larger scene!

 

This summer, trigger a colorful reaction in your kiddos with these super cute, super fun Beaker Creatures.  What better way to inspire play that also teaches real-world science?  Now available are the single Beaker Creature Reactor Pods so the fun can keep coming all summer long!  You may even discover one of five limited-edition 24-Carat Creatures!

 

Watch the Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab in action:

 

 

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Let the Summer Entertaining Begin With the SunBriteTV Veranda Series Available at Best Buy!

 

 

Headed out this weekend to pick up some summer entertainment essentials?  There’s no time like the present to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful extension of your home, ready to greet all of your friends and family.  This summer, take your outdoor entertaining space from drab to FAB with a SunBrite Veranda Series TV at the center of your outdoor home theater.

 

 

Did you know that the SunBriteTV Veranda series is a family of weatherproof televisions designed for full-shade applications?  That’s right!  Veranda outdoor TVs provide durability and safety for the shaded locations you’ll be frequenting most this summer, like covered patios and screened-in porches.  The SunBrite Veranda comes standard with a premium direct-lit 4K UHD screen which is brighter than typical indoor televisions and includes built-in down-firing speakers…perfect for those elevated install areas!

 

Ready to learn more and take your outdoor entertaining space to the next level?

SunBrite Veranda features:

  • Outdoor TV engineered for use in different climates – allows for operation in low temperatures from -24°F and high temperatures up to 104°F.
  • Large weatherproof media bay – plenty of storage room for many popular media players and cables.
  • Up to 30% brighter than indoor TV’s – for improved viewing in brighter outdoor environments.
  • Premium 4K UHD screen with direct LED backlight – performs well in all lighting conditions. It also delivers plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors.
  • Powder-coated rust-proof aluminum exterior – protects internal components from rain, snow, dust, insects, humidity, and salt air.
  • 55″ screen – large enough to provide an immersive experience for everyone in the room.
  • 2160p resolution for breathtaking HD images – watch 4K movies and TV shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD, and upscale your current HD content to gorgeous, Ultra HD-level picture quality.
  • Watch high dynamic range (HDR) content on your TV – with an HDR-compatible 4K TV, you can enjoy HDR movies and TV shows, in addition to all your current content.
  • Advanced TV sound – built-in 20W down-firing speakers for an all-in-one sound solution.
  • 4 HDMI inputs for the best home theater connection – high-speed HDMI delivers up to 2160p picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable. HDMI cable not included.
  • Supports HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 – ensuring compatibility with the latest 4K sources and streaming services.
  • Enjoy the picture from anywhere in your outdoor entertaining space – 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide a clear picture for viewers seated near the side of the screen.
  • 2 USB inputs – easily connect your digital camera or other USB device to view compatible JPEG files.

 

With the help of Best Buy, you’ll be able to save a little cash while prepping your summer entertainment area!  Say goodbye to the added cost of a new TV mount with an incredible offer from Best Buy…get a free: outdoor weatherproof tilt mount with the purchase of your new SunBriteTV Veranda Series 55″ Outdoor Full Shade TV!!  With an offer like that, how can you say no?!

 

Make sure you head out to your local Best Buy location this weekend and check out the SunBriteTV Veranda series.  Let the summer fun and entertaining begin!!

 

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

Summer Fun For Everyone

 

Well guys, summer is officially here. Yesterday I watched my youngest graduate kindergarten while I cried like a baby.  My other two children have also moved on to 7th and 10th grade, and today is our first day of summer break! I was dreading hearing “Mom…I’m bored” all summer long so I set out to find a variety of toys that would help me make it through the summer just a little bit more sane. Here are some of our favorite picks for summer fun:

 

 

Splash Out is an action-packed extreme outcome game, where you need to provide answers quickly and correctly, and pass the ball on, or you will get splashed out!  At its core, Splash Out features a ball that contains a water balloon. It includes a wind-up timer, and when the timer goes off, the water balloon is punctured.  Whoever is holding the ball gets splashed with water!  This is a fun game that the whole family can have fun with, even Mom and Dad!  The box suggests ages 8 and up, but my daughter who is 6 can play with no problems and has tons of fun.

 

 

Kids will have a JUMBO good time this summer with the new Mega Melon Sprinkler Ball from Prime Time Toys.  Standing 3 feet tall, this giant, melon ball of fun, spouts water from four different fountains, and connects to a standard garden hose for super convenient fun.  It’s the super soaker inflatable of the summer and you don’t want to be caught without one!

 

Getting the upper hand in competition has never been easier with the Tidal Storm Battle Monster. The pressurized supermax water blaster action will send water soaring up to 38 feet! Dominate Battle Monster’s two blast modes. Attach to standard garden hose for Constant Blasting. For Blasting on the go, detach garden hose and use Battle Monster’s standard pressurized water blasting mode. Pump to build pressure and pull trigger for continuous stream. Each blast mode works with the adjustable spray nozzles.

 

 

Headed to the beach this summer?  This handy, stackable beach basket has everything! The Deluxe 20 Piece Beach Basket Set from American Plastic Toys includes a lid which doubles as a sieve. The roomy basket holds a pail, two boats, three hand tools, three castle molds, three large sand shapes, four medium sand shapes, a large character shovel, and a sprinkling can.

 

 

Like most homes, we BBQ a LOT during the summer.  This American Plastic Toys My Very Own Grill toy is perfect for little ones to cook alongside the grillmaster.  Train them on the grill early with the American Plastic Toys My Very Own Grill. It features wheels, side shelves, and a lightweight lid. Your little one will barbeque just like mom and dad with realistic grill. The eight-piece accessory set includes tongs, spatula, and playfood.

 

 

Another SUPER fun beach toy is the American Plastic Toys Seashell Roller.  This long, wooden-handled, ocean-themed roller is sturdy and perfect for a day of fun at the beach. Simply press and roll it over damp sand to make imprints of starfish, crabs and sea shells!

 

With these fun accessories, I’m looking forward to summer being one big ball of fun.  Make sure you grab a few of these to keep on hand for those ‘I’m bored’ days in your home too!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Summer Fun For Your Four-Legged Friends

 

I’m sure you all know by now how much my fur-kids LOVE trying out new stuff.  We got an incredibly ‘pawesome’ shipment of pet products that we couldn’t wait to dive into!  If you’re looking for fun new products to help keep your furbabies (cats OR dogs) busy this summer, check out our top pet product picks for summer 2018:

 

 

Petlinks has some AMAZING pet beds that your cats and dogs will go nuts over!

The Petlinks premium pet beds with gel memory foam cushion provide cooling comfort while conforming to your pet’s body contours.  Gel beads cool and comfort while memory foam relieves achy joints.  Cover is removable and machine washable so if there’s any accidents the cleanup is a breeze!  The reclaimed memory foam mix is made of shredded leftover remnants from foam manufacturing, keeping waste out of landfills for a product you can feel great about.  Petlinks therapeutic pet beds help relieve join pain and ease tired muscles by evenly distributing your dog’s weight to help rejuvenate him while he rests.

 

 

Any pet lover knows that dogs love the feel and sound of “squeaky” toys, but enduring the high-pitched repetition in the wee hours of the night can drive any pet-parent crazy!   Ultrasonic HEAR DOGGY! toys are made with a squeaker ONLY your dog can hear!  Hear Doggy! plush toys give your pet the same sensation and enjoyment of traditional squeaky toys without the irritating noise!  The science behind Hear Doggy!: Dogs can hear sounds at a higher frequency (0 to 45 KHz) than humans (0 to 20 KHz).  Tuned to an ultrasonic range in the 24-28 KHz frequency, each Hear Doggy! squeaker is out of human hearing range, but still fun for your four-legged friend.

 

 

Whether your cat likes scratching or playing, SmartyKat has some great picks!

Scratching helps cats stretch, tone muscles and even helps alleviate stress.  The rough texture of sisal provides a particularly vigorous workout and is an exceptionally durable scratch surface.  This tower is made with materials that also replicate natural surfaces found in nature…sure to please the pickiest of paws especially when combined with another feline favorite, carpet.  SmartyKat Claw Tower is a super-sized 2-in-1 sisal and carpet scratch post which allows cats to stretch and scratch.

SmartyKat kicked Critter kicker is an irresistable Jumbo crinkle toy to wrestle, hug & kick.  This extra long plush attracts cats to play and when playtime is over, kitties love to cuddle up and nest with their kicked Critter.

 

 

goDog Retrieval toys are super fun for high energy dogs that love playing fetch.  These super fun toys are great for repetitive fetching fun.  Throw, chase, fetch, repeat.

The goDog® Sonic Stick™ is a unique “stick” with lights and fun sound for interactive play! The light makes the stick easier for your dog to track day or night! The Sonic Stick is made from a soft and durable material that is safe for teeth and gums. One size for all breeds and weights. Available in bright yellow, a color that is easy for you and your dog to see!

The goDog® Retrieval goFetch™ picks up any sized tennis balls, goDog Ultimate Ballz and goDog ScrewBallz – NO MORE SLOBBER!
The goFetch was designed with a unique duro-flex hinged jaw that works on any sized, toy in almost any material! This design allows for you to have just one thrower for all of your tennis balls.
The goFetch has a rubberized handle for easy grip.

 

What dog doesn’t love a great plushy, squeaky toy, right?  My dog Beast has absolutely fallen in love with his new goDog plush chewies and goes rooting through his bed full of toys to find just the right one each time.

 

What I love most about these chew toys is the Chew Guard technology.  A wide array of goDog toys are available with tough Chew Guard Technology™, so even the toughest jaws won’t destroy them!  Chew Guard offers added durability to help toys stand up to tough chewers.  goDog toys are bright and colorful, perfect for the summer fun! Check out all of the fun families of toys goDog has to offer!

 

 

Trusty Pup toys are PERFECT for those pups (like my Beasty) that have a SUPER strong jaw.  TrustyPup plush dog toys are designed to be stronger and last longer, no matter how your dog plays. These soft plush toys are also made more durable with Chew Guard Technology

TrustyPup Rope Buddies Parrot: Toss, tug-of-war, fetch, cuddle are all options with this inventive dog toy with crinkle sounds to add to the excitement. Your dog will love this parrot toy! The checkered texture appeals to dogs, and with a knotted rope inside makes it even toughed for your pup to toss it for themselves or you can hurl it for a fun game of fetch.

TrustyPup Fling-A-Longs Pig: Toss, tug-of-war, fetch, cuddle are all options with this inventive dog toy with crinkle sounds to add to the excitement. Your dog will love this pig toy. The checkered texture appeals to dogs, and with a tennis ball sewn into each end your pup can toss it for themselves or you can hurl it for a fun game of fetch. Nylon webbing sets the balls into place in the toy.

 

Don’t let your furry friend be bored this summer while everyone else is out having fun in the sun.  Whether you’re pooch likes to laze around and chew or loves to go on adventures with the fam and fetch his heart out, there are TONS of great goDog toys to make the summer the best yet for your four-legged buddy!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Fill Your Easter Baskets With PEEPS And Other Iconic Just Born Favorites

 

I’m sure everyone in the country knows about PEEPS and for good reason.  PEEPS are one of the most iconic Easter candies that no basket is complete without.  Ever since I was a little girl PEEPS were one of my favorite candies, and I love that they’re still around to be part of my Easter traditions with my children.  PEEPS sure have come a long way since I was a little girl!  I love how they’ve kept things traditional while adding fun new spins on their bunnies and chicks every year.  PEEPS is always coming up with new and delicious flavors for each holiday season that compliment the holiday just perfectly.

 

 

This Easter you’ll be able to find all of your favorite classics along with the fun new Easter 2017 PEEPS.  My kids and I have had a blast testing out all of the new flavors.

PEEPS Easter 2018 offerings include:

  • PEEPS® Fruit Punch Flavored Marshmallow Chicks are a delicious rush of classic fruit punch flavor is sure to tickle your taste buds!  26 calories per Chick, fat-free and gluten-free.  Available in a 10 count package.
  • PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks are a delicious vanilla cake flavored marshmallow chicks sprinkled with fun rainbow confetti.  28 calories per Chick, fat-free and gluten-free.  Available in a 10 count package.
  • PEEPS® Sour Watermelon Flavored Marshmallow Chicks are where sweet and sour flavors collide to create a burst of watermelon in these ten green chicks with a blush pink center.  28 calories per Chick, fat-free and gluten-free.  Available in a 10 count package.
  • PEEPS® Pancakes & Syrup Flavored Marshmallow Chicks are where pancakes and syrup are made even sweeter with marshmallow Chicks!  That’s right, PEEPS® has brought you a whole new way to eat our iconic marshmallow treats! Yep, breakfast! These MUST-HAVE PEEPS® are the best around.  Get yours today!
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks – The 5, 10 and 15 count packages of the iconic PEEPS® Chicks are available in classic Easter colors including pink, orange, lavender, green, blue, yellow and white! (Note, some colors only available in certain pack sizes).  28 calories per Chick, fat-free and gluten-free
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies – The classic PEEPS® bunnies come in yellow, pink, lavender, green blue and white. (Note: Some colors only available in certain pack sizes).  28 calories per Bunny, fat-free and gluten-free
  • PEEPS® Delights™ Blueberry Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate.  These three blueberry flavored marshmallow PEEPS® Chicks are delicately dipped in decadent dark chocolate for a taste as sweet as blueberries in season.  50 calories per Chick, gluten-free.  Available in a 3 count package.
  • PEEPS® Delights™ Coconut Flavored Marshmallow Dipped in Dark Chocolate.  Get whisked away to a tropical island with every bite of Coconut flavored PEEPS® Chicks.  The decadent dark chocolate adds to the experience for the ultimate PEEPS®-lover’s treat.  50 calories per Chick, gluten-free.  Available in a 3 count package.
  • PEEPS® Delights™ Strawberry Flavored Marshmallow Creme Flavored Fudge.  These are a limited edition PEEPS® flavor you’re sure to rave about all season long!  The taste of these Strawberry Delight flavored marshmallow Chicks dipped creme flavored fudge is oh so sweet!
  • PEEPS® Delights™ Marshmallow Chicks Dipped in Milk or Dark Chocolate.  Enjoy the magic of classic marshmallow PEEPS® plus the added delight of real chocolate.  Bite into creamy milk chocolate or decadent dark chocolate and experience the iconic PEEPS® Chick elevated to new heights!  53 calories per Chick dipped in Milk Chocolate, gluten-free.  57 calories per Chick dipped in Dark Chocolate, gluten-free.  Available in a 3 count package.
  •  PEEPS® Delights™ Neapolitan Flavored Marshmallow Chicks are a new item that is sure to rock your socks off!  These PEEPS® Delights Strawberry flavored marshmallow Chicks are filled with delicious, creamy chocolate and dipped in white creme, yummy!
  • PEEPS® Filled Delights™ Triple Chocolate Chicks are one that you absolutely don’t want to miss.  For all you chocolate enthusiasts, who know there’s just no comparison to the decadent, creamy taste of chocolate, this PEEPS® Delight variety is for you!  These FILLED triple chocolate Marshmallow Chicks are just that; a chocolate flavored marshmallow Chick, FILLED with decadent chocolate, and dipped in even more milk chocolate!

 

 

If you’re a Wal-Mart shopper, then you’re in luck because you’ve got exclusive access to the new line of PEEPS mystery chicks!  Which one will you try?  Mystery Flavor #1Mystery Flavor #2, or Mystery Flavor #3?  Or if you’re like our family you’ll try all three!

No Easter basket is complete without PEEPS…make sure you’re stocked up on all the flavors so you can be the best basket giver ever!!

Make sure you keep up with PEEPS for all of the latest and greatest treats.  PEEPS on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Looking for Whole Life Insurance for your little ones? Check out Great Start!

 

 

Juvenile whole life insurance is one of those things that every mom and every family should give serious consideration to and is one of those things that many of us are either unaware of or give no thought to whatsoever. However, in many circumstances it can be a very valuable element in the financial planning and protection for you and your child.

Great Start® Insurance Plan is offer by Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company, which is in Glenview, Illinois, and has been in business for over 80 years. You can check them out at https://greatstartinsure.com/. Great Start specializes in juvenile whole life insurance coverage which is available to children from the day they are born until they are 24. They offer 5 policy levels: $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000 and $30,000.

The application process is very simple. They only ask questions about the general health of your child, their age and gender and where you live. Basically, almost everyone who applies is accepted.

If you are a parent or grandparent who is trying to decide if juvenile whole life insurance is right for your family, it is often a good choice. Whole life insurance is the most affordable when a child is young, and you can lock in rates that are extremely low. Furthermore, the policy that you secure when they are young can be extended by them when they are adults. They are then the owner of a a policy that is much less expensive for them than if they had purchased it for the first time as young adults. They can even keep their policy if they join the military or engage in a risky occupation as an adult.

Visit the Great Start site at https://greatstartinsure.com/ and you can learn everything you need to know about the importance of juvenile life insurance for your family.

CandyRific Easter Basket Fillers GIVEAWAY!!!

 

Guess what guys?  Easter is just around the corner and I’m so excited!  When it comes to Easter baskets, I’m not sure if I get more excited putting them together, or if my kids are more excited to receive them.  A fun basket is full of goodies, of course, and I have some super fun CandyRific basket stuffers your kids will love!

If you’re not looking to travel all over to find great basket stuffers, these CandyRific items are available at most grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores across the country.  They’re perfect for any little one’s Easter basket, a table centerpiece, party favors, or even larger gift toppers!

While there are LOTS of great CandyRific items you can find, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites that my kiddos will be finding in their baskets this year?

DREAMWORKS TROLLS LARGE EGG DISPENSER

With all new graphics for this year, this Trolls Egg Dispenser will be a huge hit with any little Trolls love.  There are delicious jelly beans included with each dispenser so there’s yummy good fun to be had by all.

These super cute Trolls Hug Bands are available in both pink and blue.  The bands play a tune when the button is pressed, and also features a hidden compartment to keep candy away from pesky siblings.  With fruit flavored candy included, how can you go wrong?

 

LIGHT UP BUG FANS

How adorable are these little things?!  If you’ve got a little explorer who loves to be on the lookout like my daughter, these fans will be a kid-approved basket addition.

It seems like just about every kid loves emojis right?  These Expressions Easter Candy fans are not only filled with sweet little treats, the emojis make them that much better.  My daughter is OBSESSED with the poo emoji (gross) but she’ll be so thrilled to see one happily waiting for her in her Easter basket this year.

 

I have loved M&M’s since I was a kid, and my kids got the M&M love bug too.  My sons are going to love seeing these in their baskets this year.  If you have a kiddo (or hey, even you) who likes M&M’s, keep your eyes peeled for these and other Easter themed M&M fans.
The fun just keeps getting better…I’m going to be offering a giveaway for a similar candy-filled box to help you fill your little ones baskets with a few extra little special things this year.  One lucky winner will receive a box of Easter Basket Fillers sent directly to them. Giveaway will begin 03/13/18 at 11:00 pm EST and will end 03/19/18 at 10:59:59 pm EST.  In order to get the package shipped in time for Easter, the winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize before another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Enter below!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Week 6 On Nutrisystem…Comfort Foods You Can Rely On

 

 

Well guys, I can’t even begin to explain how rough the past couple of weeks have been for me.  Remember my last Nutrisystem post where I was recovering from the flu and eager to get back on the plan hardcore?  Yeah…life had a totally different plan in mind for me.  After beginning to feel better from the flu for about 36 hours I was completely blindsided by what came my way just those short hours later.  I began to feel even worse than I had before and started running a dangerous fever that just wouldn’t break.  Even with alternating acetamenophin and ibuprofen every 4 hours and taking cool baths and laying with a cold rag on my head my fever was barely breaking from 104 degrees + to just under 102 degrees.  After 5 days of this fever that just wouldn’t break I decided it was time to seek medical attention.

(My DOB is whited out for my privacy 🙂 )

Turns out, that awful flu ushered in an awful case of pneumonia.  After a short stay in the hospital I was sent on my way with antibiotics and a different inhaler than the one I use for my asthma.  After finishing my round of antibiotics, I was still not any better.  I had to be hospitalized a second time, this time with stronger, steroid based medication.

 

While I was sick, you can imagine how hard it was to even try and stay alive every day, let alone worry about eating, and eating right at that.  Lack of calories daily coupled with steroidal medication helped me have 2 weeks of stalled weight loss…whoopie (and I throw in that ‘whoopie’ quite sarcastically).

 

Although it was hard to get my daily meals in, I can say that I was truly grateful for some of my favorite comfort foods that are also on the Nutrisystem plan.  Mac and Cheese and Pizza are two of my favorite comfort foods, and I tended to stick with those when I felt like eating.

Now that I’m back to being *mostly* better, I am ready to tackle this beast again.  Although I’m not well enough to work out or walk on my treadmill yet (my lungs are still a bit congested), I’m up to the challenge of getting back onto the horse…again.  This WILL be a better week, and I WILL get back to my old self again. Watch out weight loss world…HERE I COME!!!

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Super Cute, Adorably Pink Lugz For Valentine’s Day

 

 

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?  Are you still looking for that perfect gift that’s different than you’re ordinary chocolate or flowers?  You HAVE to check out these super cute Lugz Regent Lo sneakers!  They’re available in a few different colors, but how can you go wrong with such a pretty pink for Valentine’s?!

 

 

Just like your typical girl, I am a sucker for anything pink.  When I can combine pink with various pieces of my wardrobe, even better!  I can’t even begin to tell you guys how excited I was when I got these adorable shoes.  They looked super cute on the website but they looked even cuter in person and I have to say, this is the only time in my 33 years I’ve ever been so thrilled with a pair of sneakers that I squealed when I opened the box.

I tend to stay away from shoes with completely flat soles as I have high arches but I am SO glad that I took a chance on these!  The insole has far more cushion that I anticipated so now not only are they adorable, but they’re SUPER comfy!!

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Canvas upper
  • Padded collar
  • Cushioned insole
  • Vulcanized construction
  • Durable rubber outsole

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Trust me fellas, that special lady in your life does NOT want the same old chocolate, stuffed animal or flowers.  Spoil her this Valentine’s Day with the gift that she really deserves…something super cute to make every pink-inspired outfit pop.  If the Regent Lo style isn’t the style that your lady loves, make sure you check out everything else Lugz has to offer!  There are so many great styles with so many different color options there’s bound to be a pair (or two) that she’ll fall head over heels for.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***