Friday, May 30, 2008
I had a bad Weigh In this week... No results at all... I have contemplated all week whether or not to let this make me crabby.. so I am thinking.. to make myself feel "better" lol I will celebrate the fact that I have lost 20 lbs, by offering a GIVEAWAY! lol
If you aren't interested in exercise or health, you may NOT want to put your name in the "hat"!
In the spirit of losing weight, I am giving away a cool two set dvd exercise video by George Foreman, called Walk It Off with George! The DVDS focus on circuit walking and also boxing. Perhaps, this will inspire some healthy habits in your home. Also, adding in a cute little 31 day devotional for Mothers.
Please sign up for the giveaway(by adding a comment to this post) and make my week BETTER! lol :)
"Drawing a Name" randomly on June 4th.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I absolutely love to shop, but I love to find a good deal more. The biggest shopping day of the year, we all know, is the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday! As much as I want to get up at 4 am, fight the traffic, and stand in lines for hours only to be railroaded in the aisle by a shopping cart, driven by a frantic face customer, diving for the last stereo on the shelf, which happen to be the very thing I had come for!!!!! Well, I have a solution. Black-friday.net is an awesome website! They provide a priceless, time saving, incredible service. All you have to do is submit your email address on the main page, and you will receive Black Friday add updates! This means for instance, one of my favorite stores to shop in is Target. I look down the list of stores that black-friday.net has listed and find Target. Click, and wow, I have the list of items that will be on sale this year on Black Friday. Not only do I know ahead of time, but I will be able to buy these things ONLINE, the same Friday that everyone else is out and about fighting for their purchases! No more hassle for me!
I love the idea of having all the Black Friday store adds come to my email instead of having to wait until the thanksgiving ads come out! So hurry up click here and be the first to know the Black Friday sales for 2008.
Well, hopefully my hubby won't be toooooooooo mad when he gets home from work LOL
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Along with having my exercise room set up and stocked with a Treadmill, Stationary bike, and Eliptical machine, I needed to do some strength training.. I have recently noticed on tv lately that a few different trainers are recommending the Stretch Bands as a MUST HAVE. I purchased one a couple of weeks ago..and I really feel a difference.. Now.. I didn't lose any weight this week GRRRRRRRRRRRR but as far as the strengthening goes, I can tell that this is really doing the job, and I did lose 8.5 inches since last week... It is recommended to use the band for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.. I found mine at Target. I like the Reebok band with the handles, allows you to incorporate the leg muscles as well.I enjoy this opposed to lifting the HUGE Weights lol
Oh my word, what a bad RESULT week. Not quite sure why.. I did not have any positive results, seeing that I did exactly what I did the week before. However, a few weeks back I remember having a 1/2 lb gain grrr.. so maybe this is just one of those weeks. Well, at least I still lost inches...that is consistent every week if anything is... How did you do??
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Recently, I read that the USPS will give you "free" boxes to mail items in at a flat rate. lol I had never heard this before. So I made my way to their website...and what do you know??? You can order however many boxes or envelopes you need for "free" and you don't even have to pay for postage lol I know this sounds lazy..but I thought my word this saves on gas..and is quite convenient. I must admit, I thought perhaps the postman might be mad at me..as he had to make three seperate stops to drop off my silly boxes.. (30 total haha) This works for me lol
Go to Works for Me Wednesday for more great tips!!! lol
Monday, May 26, 2008
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Saturday, May 24, 2008
A couple days ago, I posted about my brother being in the most recent Tornado in Colorado. I really thank the Lord for sparing my brother's life, and the life of so many we know. My brother told us that the Tornado was evidently 1 1/2 blocks away from his home. One and a half blocks! What a miracle.. Looking at the footage of the storm, really shows God's might and power. But it reminds me that HE is a just and loving God, and wants all of our trust and love.
Even when things are bleak and scary, we need to keep our eyes on the Lord. I have heard this statement many times - Why do bad things happen to good people- I think there are many reason, but one is that God has a purpose and a much bigger picture than we can ever imagine or see. Sometimes it can be starting out as simple as getting our attention, driving us to our knees in prayer.. igniting our faith in Him. In an odd way I am thankful for this Tornado...caused me to pull out my bible, and pray... I am so thankful to Him that my brother is fine...
To read the latest on the Colorado Tornado click here
For more Works of God Weekend click on "A Dusty Frame". (I really encourage all of you who have had a blessing or just a bad week, and God has used it to teach you something, link a post to A Dusty Frame. It really is super encouraging to read what God is doing in your life.)
Friday, May 23, 2008
My husband and I went to Costco last night! I love that store!!!!!!!! One of my favorite things to buy there is the prepackaged chicken breast. I know its more expensive then just buying a whole chicken, but I have to say the convenience of having chicken breast already divided in neat little prepacked bags is priceless for me. That way I only have to defrost one chicken breast at a time if I want. That really works well since I like to grill up chicken to go on my salads for the week. My opinion is this is pretty frugal.. becauseeeeee when I buy chicken in a huge pack bundled together or buy a whole chicken cooking it all up at once I find myself wasting chicken! Even If i freeze it.. then I forget that I have it in the freezer. So paying more actually saves me in the long run!
I also bought myself a monster bag of Baking soda hahah thanks to all you lovely bloggers who have now convinced me that Baking soda and Vinegar are a necessity to have in the home!!!! Baking Powder is such a good deal there as well. I think I paid like 3.49 for a big container.. that will last me quite a while! I bought the 5 dozen eggs, which is such a good deal at 5.49! Anyway, I won't bore you with EVERYTHING I bought lol but Costco really is a great place to buy some things in bulk.. truly does save money in the long run. (That is if your husband doesn't keep throwing stuff in the cart like books, computer software, and anything else they can find lol)
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Thursday, May 22, 2008
I am sure everyone has heard by now, of the horrific tornado that touched down in Windsor, CO this morning. My brother was in the Tornado, and we have a lot of friends in that area. My brother said he woke up this morning to beautiful weather, he started getting ready for work, then he heard crashing noises.. went to go check at the window..and saw baseball size hail falling.. then the window exploded in his face, then all the glass was instantly sucked back out the window. He ran outside to see people running, and screaming.. One woman came running up to him saying "Please help, my house is gone". He has been helping people all morning as much as he could..trying to patch up windows. Please pray for the people in Windsor, CO. Many people were hurt, and lost their homes. Sure brings things back into perspective when those you know and love are affected by tragedy!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This Weeks Weight
Loss of 3.5 lbs
I am setting a new goal of 15 lb loss by June 16th!
Feel free to join in the Weigh in Wednesday.
(You don't have to link up to my site in order to participate in Weigh in Wednesday! )
I wanted to share what has really helped me with my exercising the last few weeks. When on the treadmill, I tend to become very bored, very easily, VERY fast.. lol I have to be watching something! However, because treadmills tend to be noisy, I was finding that the TV volume was up way tooooo loud..therefore I was disrupting my entire household lol My husband gave me an extra laptop to use exclusively for the treadmill. I am telling you.. this is the best thing ever!!! I plug my earphones into the laptop and turn a movie on or watch tv shows online..this is an incredible distraction to the huffing, puffing, and PAIN of exercise. THIS WORKS FOR ME lol :)
For more tips click on What Works for Me Wednesday!
Seems like every six months my Mailing List grows by leaps and bounds, and coming from a large family with siblings who seem to be having children every other month (ha) I think it might be time for me to invest in Birthday Cards by the hundred then one at a time. CardsDirect has a huge selection of Birthday Cards to choose from. My favorite one, and believe me it was difficult to choose, is called the Birthday Gifts Card . After choosing the Birthday card you "LOVE" then you choose your quantity, click Continue. The next page will give you the options to either personalize the inside of the card or personalize the return address label on the envelope. I really can't believe how simple they have made the process. Between family, friends, my husbands co-workers, and church friends it will be so worth ordering my cards through CardsDirect.
Don't let another birthday go by without checking out birthday cards at CardsDirect.
Too many things to do in a day lol
Monday, May 19, 2008
Do you enjoy Oysters? People all over the world consume Oysters in many different ways. Some eat oysters raw, steamed, or grilled. There are hundreds of ways to fix an Oyster. However, there are many risks to eating a raw oyster. Gulf oysters processors have made it their mission to develop a technology that offers much safer alternatives to the regular raw oysters you might be used to. These safety features highly reduces the Vibrio vulnificus to non-detectable levels. Making it once again healthy, safe, and enjoyable for you to eat raw oysters.
BeOysterAware.com is a very informative website that really educates you in the proper way to choose a healthy oyster and of course the proper way to cook them.
Was my video worth me "coming out of my shell"? haha I am not sure, but its definitefly worth you "coming out of your shell" and checking out BeOysterAware.com so you can experience a healthier life.
Am I the only one that has a husband that forgets to stop and get the eggs, milk, and bread??? lol It's not his fault really. He works really hard. It's just that now I am in a panic over what to eat at breakfast. I have one egg left grrr and with my eating plan I need two lol I don't exactly have chickens out back, and salad doesn't exactly sound appealing for breakfast..blah! Well, I guess I will have to survive on one egg in the morning with my decaf coffee. The things we do to be healthy lol :)
Located in Orange, Texas, is an incredible museum known as the The Stark Museum of Art. They have a unique, authentic quality in how they present and display these amazing collections. The Western collection, which starts back in the early 19th century, depicts many artists view of the United States at the time, such as paintings of early American Indians in their natural settings, along with portraits of American Indians. Artists such as George Catlin, Alfred Jacob Miller, John Mix Stanley and Paul Kane embraced their journey and lent their perspective to beautiful artistry recording what a camera could not during their lifetime. The Western Collection delves into decades later and captures the true identity the Cowboy.
One collection that interest me the most is the American Indian Art. How fascinating it is to view artifacts, clothing, and artwork of the the American Indians! A small part of history restored, for our children and their children so they to will remember how our country came to be.
If Decorative Arts claim your attention, then the Stark Museum of Art is where you need to visit. The exhibits include items from the Steuben Glass collection, such 76 engraved plates. Also highlights artist Dorothy Doughty's series of porcelain birds, and so much more.
For the Rare Books and Manuscript lovers, there are works by naturalist John James Audubon, like the famous "The Birds of America".
Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark established The Stark Foundation as a non-profit corporation in 1961. Their vision was to educate through the arts, health, and human services. Through this vision, the Stark Museum of Art was born. Sitting today in the great place of Orange, Texas, teaching, educating, and offering the public a place to absorb the history of our great country.
Please take a look at the Stark Museum of Art website. You will find it educational, informative, and any lover of the Arts will add this to their list of "Must See" places.
We will be taking several trips this summer, mostly business trips, we both HATE I repeat HATE to fly haha, so we will be driving and most likely be renting a car. I think next time we will rent a car from Advantage Rent a Car. They have a great selection of new cars to choose from with some pretty good Specials going on right now, and with rising gas prices we need good deals!
If you are thinking about going on vacation and renting a car, or like us trying out new cars before we buy, then why not check out the Advantage rent a car site. I think you will be pleased with both the selection and the price.
She loves her Excersaucer ... I had to get the pink one lol With having a boy first I was soooo excited and anxious to have girly things :) (Please ignore my stupid voice on the video lol)
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Sunday, May 18, 2008
I came across this website called Ultimate Paintball, and I immediately thought of my loving, bratty brothers haha. They have gone paint balling many a times, coming back home with all kinds of paint spatters and exaggerated stories of near victory. I will admit I have always secretly wanted to go. This company is not just the petty paintball this is Ultimate paintball. This is serious stuff!!! I was navigating through the site and found the coolest stuff. You can buy just one paintball gun like the Tippmann 98 Custom which is evidently pretty cool. Its made of a aluminum die cast, has a place for a 200-round hopper. The paintball gun comes by itself or with an entire kit. The Snyder MR2 is another paintball gun that is loaded with features like 3 modes of Fire, has a Break Beam Eye, evidently is easy to Disassemble without tools. Most of these topselling paintball guns come with a 1 year guarantee and free shipping. Free shipping and 1 year of fun guaranteed? What is better than that?
Now this is what I am thinking...how in the world could I miss one of the bratty cheshire smiles of my brothers armed with one of the Ultimate Paintball topselling paintball guns. So I officially am sending out the call to my brothers and daring them to meet me for a game of Ultimate Paintball.
To learn more about Ultimate Paintball, and to pick up one of the topselling paintball guns visit their very informative website click on Tippmann.
Today I am determining to get our Master Closet organized once and for all. I slowly have been shoving things in the closet this entire week.. with thoughts of organizing..it's time I do it and stop procrastinating. So I shutter to post a before picture but I must lol When its completed I'll post the new and improved organized Closet lol
I recently came across a new site called SocialSpark, and immediately opened up a profile for myself. The concept of this site is pretty cool. Basically you get paid for writing a post about different products or companies. There is a whole list of opportunities that come available 24/7, you just have to be quick and click on them.
The SocialSpark webpage itself is pretty impressive. I would say a bit overwhelming at first. I am still getting used to all the options. To get involved in this exciting venture you must first create a profile. Once your profile is accepted you may begin claiming available opportunities. However, you must have a blog that is at least 90 days old. My blog is still awaiting the 90 day mark. :)
SocialSpark has quite a unique code of ethics:
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I personally am excited about having more opportunities to make money doing something I have come to really enjoy, Blogging. SocialSpark brings opportunities for your blog and definitely brings the traffic. We all want to be heard don't we? :) There is a whole community of bloggers on SocialSpark just waiting to meet you and introduce you to the world of paid blogging.
SocialSpark definitely appears to be a solid and trust worthy company to invest my time in. I look forward to having lots of opportunities come my way with SocialSpark. You should try it too!
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After reading several blogs yesterday that discussed the treasures of the .99 store lol I told my husband 'we must go' lol I found so many neat things like kids books, found several boxes of ABC and 123 flashcards, playdough, and lots more.
This afternoon, my 3 1/2 year old and I decided to try out the playdough. I can't recall the last time I played with playdough lol. Of course with his short attention spand I think we played all of ten minutes, but thats pretty good for him lol
Don't laugh too hard.. I tried to make a flower..and took it too seriously.. had to make myself laugh when my son pick the flower up and SQUISHED it in his eager hands lol
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Friday, May 16, 2008
As I was bent over with the Nevada sun beating on my back, and the chatter of my little boy close by trying to hold the big trash bag open, I started thinking.. about the weeds... (bare with me lol) not too long ago I was watching something with my son I am not sure if it was Veggie Tales or what.. but it was a little story about weeds.. and they compared them to gossip, rumors, and slander... It seemed that with each weed I was tugging at the Lord was bringing this story to mind in a very real way. The funny thing was after about an hour working at it.. I thought I must be close to being done.. when I took a quick survey of the yard I realized with some dismay, there were tons of weeds I had missed.. What a analogy... Gossip is ugly...once the "seed" of doubt.. or gossip is "planted" it is often impossible to stop the rumors from "growing". They are dangerous and damaging. I for one make excuses for what "stories" I tell or listen too.. God is definitely working on my heart. Be careful what you say..and what you listen too.. Its too easy to justify our curiosity.
Funny how the Lord teaches us things.. He can even use an Ugly ole' useless Weed...
- Proverbs 11:13
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.
- Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
- Proverbs 18:8
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
- Proverbs 20:19
A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008
Oh, they had an entire end cap full of these greeting card boxes.. might be some left for you lol
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Seems like I lose between 2 and 3 lbs a week. Kind of wish it was more, but I am happy that its been pretty consistent. I really started intentional exercise this last week: Treadmill, stretch bands, (don't laugh but...) jump rope hahh. Not as easy as when I was a kid. lol I have til Friday to make my first 20lb goal..so we will see.
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A little about me...
It is that time again!!!! I am thinking of attempting to lose weight for the 100 millionth time. haha. This time I know it will work :)
In November of 2007, I gave birth to my second child, a C-Section. Not only did that put me back physically, but I also developed high blood pressure. I am only 29. Talk about discouraging.
I started gaining weight in highschool. Seems to have followed me everywhere. My ultimate goal is to lose 120 lbs but I'll settle for 10 right now. haha.
There is absolutely no reason why I cannot succeed in this weight loss endeavor. I have exercise equipment. I guess that means I have to use it. Also, I am going to attempt the Carbohydrates Addict Diet. I have had some success with this in the past.
So I am thinking, with putting my progress out for the world to see.. it will force me to make the right choices. Let's hope!! Feel free to comment on anything or tell your story. It's always encouraging to hear about others successes. Join me on this weight loss journey...
My Weight Progress: