Month: January 2018

Recommitting Myself To Nutrisystem In 2018

 

If you have followed my blog for the past couple of years (or more) you’ll likely remember the journey I went through in 2016 to find a happier healthier me. Thanks to Nutrisystem, I was able to lose 55 pounds, reach my goal weight, and feel better than ever about myself.
The last half of 2017 was a pretty tough time for me. There were various reasons that my stress levels were sky-high and I have to admit that I did not handle the stress as well as I could have. Then the holidays hit and what else comes with holidays? Sugary, delectable treats. With my stress mounting higher than ever and so many hard to resist treats around, my life-long struggle with food won and here I am facing 2018 thirteen pounds heavier than what my goal weight was, which I struggled so hard to get to. Rather than let my weight spiral out of control I decided I was going to do something about it, and recommit myself to my health and wellness this year.

 

Today marks the start of my new Nutrisystem journey with more clear goals in my sights this time around. In 2016 I was so incredibly focused on that number on the scale. Those little digits on a scale were my defining moments, which led me to lose the weight, yes, but this time around I’m looking to make a complete lifestyle change. While working on losing the 13 lbs gained, I want to improve my stamina, improve my endurance, strengthen my cardiovascular system, and improve my flexibility as well. I am completely recommitting myself to my health and wellness this year and I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way than with Nutrisystem.

 

This first week will be my ‘Turbo week’ which means pretty restricted calories to help kick off the weight loss and get my body geared up and my metabolism revving. Since the first week does have such restricted calories I won’t be able to stat any workouts just yet, but I have a brand new treadmill arriving on Wednesday so that once Turbo Week is over I can kick things into high gear. I’m so pumped for this new year and the new me that will be emerging along with it. Stay tuned folks…the best is yet to come!!

Classroom Valentine’s Treat Bags

 

I’m sure you can all guess by now how much I love making treat bags for my daughter’s class for every holiday.  Treat bags are such a fun way to offer a little something extra for all the littles in your kid’s class and are SO easy to pull off when you shop Oriental Trading.  When my boys were younger I made treat bags for their classes as well and it typically involved going to four or five different stores (sometimes even going back to one I’d already been to when I couldn’t find something I was looking for at a better price at a different store).  Thanks to Oriental trading, I can order everything I need at a great price, I can shop at one convenient place, and the selection is far bigger than anything I could hope to find in my little rural corner of the world.

 

 

You cant have a great treat bag without some delicious goodies, right?  I found some of the CUTEST Valentine’s themed candies at Oriental Trading!  If you’re looking to recreate these treat bags, here’s the candy my daughter and I chose to help fill the bags:

  • Valentine’s Day Llama Gummy Candy Fun Packs – You’re a “llama” fun – and these Valentine’s Day Llama Gummy Candy Fun Packs are too!  These super cute packs a great for classroom valentine giveaways…they’re so cute and filled with cherry flavored deliciousness!!
  • Tootsie Roll Pops Valentine Candy – Let your valentine get their licks in with the valentine candy everyone knows and loves.  But these Valentine Tootsie Roll Pops come with a fun twist!  Each pop surrounds a cherry-flavored Tootsie Roll center and includes fun Valentine’s Day messages on every wrapper for a delightfully sweet way to celebrate your sweetie.
  • Sweethearts True Love Classroom Exchange Packs – These classic conversation hearts are sweet Valentine’s Day treats for a sweet class of kids. With enough to go around, this bag of goodies is a crowd-pleaseure and is guaranteed to make your holiday shopping easy.
  • Dum Dums & Smarties Assorted Candy – This candy mix is a smart choice for all your sweet events!  With an assortment this big, you’ll have plenty of tasty treats for every occasion!  Includes Smarties roll candy and peach-mango, mystery, fruit punch, bubble gum, strawberry, cherry, sour apple, cream soda, orange, grape, blue raspberry, blueberry, root beer, raspberry lemonade, cotton candy and butterscotch suckers.
  • Valentine Printed Hard Candy Bracelets – Pretty enough to wear yet tasty enough to eat, hand these sweet accessories out to all your buddies on Valentine’s Day.  Each candy bracelet features a candy “charm” with “XO” inscribed on it.  Include a candy bracelet in Valentine’s Day cards or treat bags for an extra special treat!

 

 

While candy is always a given, for me, a REALLY awesome treat bag always includes a few fun finds that kids will love, that aren’t candy.  While there are SO many fun things to choose from at Oriental Trading, here are the items my daughter and I picked out to include in the treat bags:

  • Valentine Monster Pencils – Kids will go crazy for these fun wood Valentine Monster Pencils! With messages including, “Eye Like You” and “Sweet,” these wrapped pencils will create monstrous smiles this school year.
  • Polka Dot Slap Bracelets – Slap on the style when you add these bracelets to your party favor bags. Slap bracelets are fun and trendy kids’ jewelry – and adults love them, too! In four bright colors, these bracelets look great layered or alone. Stock up and hand them out on Halloween or during school Valentine’s exchanges!
  • Valentine Cards with Glitter Heart Tattoo – Glittery tattoos are a great way to dress up for Valentine’s Day! Party favors that everyone loves, they’re sweet gifts that make great alternatives to sugar-packed Valentine candy.
  • Mini Conversation Heart Erasers – Make no mistake – these conversation hearts are perfect for school Valentine exchanges! They’re great party favors at a Valentine’s Day party when you hand them out with stickers, notebooks and pencils.

 

 

Last but not least, you’ll need some super cute bags to put all these fun treats in, and you guessed it, you’ll find those (and even the ribbon to tie them with) at Oriental Trading.  These Conversation Heart Cellophane Bags are perfect for Valentine’s Day goodies!  Printed with pretty pastel conversation hearts, these cellophane treat bags are ideal for party favors and delicious gifts for your special sweethearts.  Set them out on your own Valentine’s Day candy buffet, or spend some quality time with your youngster assembling goody bags for his or her school Valentine’s party!

 

If you’re looking for the mother-load of all things Valentine’s Day, make sure you check out the full selection that Oriental Trading has to offer.

 

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

Perfectly Purple Products for 2018

 

If you guys haven’t heard yet, purple is set to be one of the hottest colors of 2018!  You don’t have to tell my daughter that twice before she asks for a whole slew of new purple products to kick off the new year right.  We found a few perfectly purple, super-fun products that my daughter just couldn’t live without and we wanted to share them all with you so you can have a perfectly purple year too!  Whether you’re looking to add some purple toys to your home or some functional (and purple) products to send your kiddo off to school with, we’ve got you covered.

 

 

Drink in the Box and Snack in the Box are some of our favorite new products.  Packing a school lunch or taking my daughter on a small road trip have never been easier, or more mess-free!

Drink in the Box is the world’s only reusable drink box, is patented, BPA and Phthalate free, won’t squirt or leak, and helps to hydrate your kids without all the sugar and risk of mold, or impact to the environment of a disposable juice boxes.

Snack in the Box features two separate chambers that each hold 6 ounces of your favorite dry snack. Using USA-made Tritan, the body lets you fill with 2 different types of snacks, and the Tritan pop-up lids let you easily pour out the snack from each chamber individually. Patent pending design, Snack in the Box is BPA and Phthalate free, keeps your snacks from being crushed or mushed, and works as quantity control so you don’t eat more than you planned.

 

 

 

The Colorz Box from ZIPIT is the purpley-ist way to store all of your stuff!  Bursting with bold colors and striking patterns, this hard shell pencil case can hold so much more than just pencils!  Store school/office supplies, your cell phone, electronics, cosmetics and more.  Only high quality materials are used to create this stylish and practical, storage box.The Colorz Box easily holds up to 60 pens and pencils, but the storage possibilities are really endless.  Keep all your essentials organized and exactly where you need them, day in and day out. From the vivid red interior to the hard shell exterior, this is one clever product with as many uses as you can think of.

 

 

One of the funnest (and purple) ways to explore your surroundings is the Nancy B Science Club Microscope from Educational Insights.  Zoom in on the microscopic world with this purpletastic microscope!  This 2-in-1 light and dissecting microscope gives up-close views—30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications of anything you can imagine, from peacock feathers and goldfish scales to your own skin and cheek cells.  The included Activity Journal features 22 pages of awesome experiments as well as writing and drawing activities designed to encourage meaningful, hands-on experience with this real, scientific tool.  Set includes:

  • microscope with 30x, 100x, and 400x magnifications
  • tweezers
  • scalpel
  • petri dish
  • spatula
  • stirring rod
  • test tube
  • pipette
  • 7 blank slides
  • 7 cover slips and slide labels
  • 4 prepared slides
  • specimen vial

 

We’re set to kick off our year in purple style thanks to these fabulous finds…make sure you’re ready to rock the hottest color of the year too!  All of these products are under $27 and easily available online 🙂

 

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

DIY Unicorn Valentine’s Exchange Box

 

Can you guys believe it?  Valentine’s Day is almost here!  While most people are just packing away their Christmas decorations, you KNOW my six year old daughter already has her mind geared towards Valentine’s Day…I guess she got her preparedness from me, but hey, who doesn’t like to be prepared, right?  Since my little munchkin had her heart set on a unicorn Valentine’s exchange box for her class I just couldn’t let her down, and I figured why not show you all how easy it is to make so your little unicorn-obsessed munchkins can have this super cute box too.

 

 

This super cute unicorn box is actually really easy to pull off. I found all of my supplies at Oriental Trading, so everything was an easy one-stop-shop, I didn’t have to go to multiple places to grab what I needed.  For this project you will need:

 

 

First things first, you’ll want to center where your unicorn horn will be, and cut an opening off to the side that’s large enough for Valentine’s to be put into the box.

 

 

You’ll want to create a good base layer of the tissue paper, which is where the craft glue and foam rollers come in SUPER handy.  I put some of the craft glue in a small dish and covered the roller.  Apply the glue to the box, add a layer of tissue paper, and use another (clean) roller to press the tissue evenly on.  For the remaining 5-6 layers of tissue (however many you need) you’ll simply wrap the tissue around the box and tape into place for a crisp, beautiful white box that’s ready to decorate!

 

 

For the next step, you’ll want to create the unicorn horn so it can dry while you finish the rest of the box.  Using the same craft glue and roller that you just used on the box, cover the foam cone in glue, then simply roll in the silver glitter sand.  (Tip: if you place a toothpick in the bottom of the horn it will help you cover the horn in glue and glitter WITHOUT covering your hand too!)

 

 

While your unicorn horn is drying, you can start working on the rest of the box.  For this box, I used 25 pink and 25 purple ribbons that I simply curled with some scissors.  Attach them in an alternate pattern with whatever glue you prefer (I used hot glue for these so they would dry quickly and not slip out of place).

 

 

Once the unicorn horn you glitterfied is dry, you can attach to the box with whatever glue you prefer, again, for quick-drying purposes I used hot glue.  Just make sure you remove the toothpick (if you inserted one) before you try and attach the horn!

 

 

To create the unicorn ears, I used 2 large white hears and 2 small pink hearts.  Turn the hearts upside down and attach the pink heart to the white heart like you see above.  Fold the heart in half, add a dot of hot glue to keep in place, then cut the bottom flat so they’ll be easy to attach to the box.

 

 

When you’re all done attaching the ears, simply add eye stickers, eyelashes, a couple extra hearts and a cute little smile and you’ve got quite possibly the cutest Valentine’s exchange box you’ll ever see!

 

 

There’s no doubt that your little one will want some super cute valentines to pass out to everyone else’s boxes, and you guessed it, I was able to find those at Oriental Trading too!  These Valentine Emoji Bracelets and Exchange Cards are perfect for the whole class and offer a cute little item kids will love to wear every day, even after Valentine’s Day!

 

Thanks to my friends over at Oriental Trading, we were able to get everything we needed for Valentine’s Day in one quick shopping trip and had everything delivered to our door just a few days later.  Make sure you check out everything they have to offer to fill all of your Valentine’s needs.

 

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