Friday, February 3, 2017

French for Kids: Les Saisons (The Seasons) DVD Review

Allow me to begin by saying I think this is a wonderful DVD that has a good starting point to teaach your children the French language. When the DVD arrived my four year old couldn't wait to watch it. As most shows or movies go though this soon became just "background" noise which is ok with me.

You might not think your kids are listening but you would be surprised what they pick up. This lesson was easy to long as you can keep the kids' attention. I found it worked best in short lessons rather than sitting down to the whole thing at once.

Above you can see a preview of the DVD from the WhistleFritz website. It's colorful, fun, and interactive.

You also can download the booklet to help you right from their site. This is filled with help so even if you have no knowledge on French you can help your kids learn it.

You can purchase this product or others from the website.

*Disclaimer: I was sent this product at no cost in exchange for my honest feedback, all opinions stated are my own.*

Lumen Fire Starter Review

My husband loves to hike and we as a family enjoy camping so when I was given the opportunity to test and review this Fire Starter Kit from Lumen I was super stokked!

First, let me say how portable and lightweight this fire starter is, we have a few and they are all heavier than this one. The light weight is wonderful for hiking because you only have a specific amount of room to pack and a specific amount of weight to carry. This truly does fit anywhere, you can throw it into your bag, hang it from your bag or carry it in your pocket.

The glow in the dark top makes this easy to find, especially in darkness. It also provides a nice little gripping handle for holding. This is easy to use and so far it works very well.

Besides being a fire starter, this handy little piece offers many other benefits I suppose you could call this the Swiss Army Knife of fire starters. You can see above all the added features to this product, like the bottle opener, hex wrench, and even a ruler.

Overall, I would have to give this product a 5/5 star review, it works well, it's portable, and it's a good quality product.

You can pick your Lumen fire starter kit up from Amazon for only $14.00!

*Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback. All opinions stated are 100% true and my own thoughts.*

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Little Girls Bolero Top From JStarKid

This is a little review on the adorable little girls' Bolero style top. I hope you enjoy. :)

You can order yours from Amazon and they come in black or pink color options.

 *Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.*

Buffalo Chicken Cucumber Bites *Recipe*

As a weight loss surgery post op breads and pasta usually do not sit well with my "pouchy" so I have to find ways around eating these items, this can be challenging because I LOVE pasta and I LOVE bread, and most times I would make myself sick just so I could endulge in eating these but since getting back to the basics I have tried very hard to avoid these two food categories. 

I recently made a batch of buffalo chicken dip...and usually I would eat it on wheat tortillas or bread but the other day I decided to try something totally new and guess was DELICIOUS! So, delicious I had to share with you guys. I hope you enjoy it. 

Buffalo Chicken Dip:

1/2 Cup Frank's Red Hot
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Tbsp Ranch Dressing
1 Package (8 oz) Philadelphia Cream Cheese
2 Cans (larger ones) of Chicken (these can usually be found with the Tuna)

* Mix all these items in a oven safe dish and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes...remove and stir up until blended then bake for another 5-10 minutes. You can then serve this as a dip or eat it as a meal like I do. Haha

Now, on to the Buffalo Chicken Cucumber Bites...

1 cucumber (I use 5 slices at a time, and the slices are ususally between 1/2" and 1" thick) I then take my buffalo chicken dip (you can heat it up if you like but I personally prefer mine cold) and I place 1 to 1.5 tsp on each cucumber slice, then I take about 1 tsp of sour cream and place on top of the chicken, then top it all off with a tiny pinch of shredded cheddar cheese. This is a delicious and filling meal for me.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 5 Slices

  Calories: 133                                                           Cholesterol: 29.8mg
Carbs: 3.9g                                                              Sodium: 190.5mg
Fat: 10.4g                                                                Potassium: 46.5mg
Saturated Fat: 5.2g                                                  Sugars: 1.5g
Protein: 5g                                                              Calcium: 9.0%

*Please note* These figures might be slightly different depending on the ingredient brands you use, these were simply based on the ingredients I use and are meant to give you a reference point for nutritional information.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Let's Be Real....WLS & Regain

Well, let's start at the beginning, shall we? It all began about a month ago when I decided to go to the doctor for the first time in...oh I dunno like 4 years. Mind you I had gastric bypass done July 26, 2010 and was suppose to be going for annual checks but that wasn't happening. Now, I realized I was gaining weight because let's face it I wasn't fitting into the size Small shirts and size 8 jeans anymore, in fact I couldn't get into jeans..PERIOD. I keep the mind frame of it was just the baby weight I mean having 3 babies in 4 years will add some pounds, right? No sweat...Well, when I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office and that scale flashed those numbers my heart sank...

236.8 was a number I never wanted to see, I began my weight loss journey at about 360lbs and that was about 6-7 years ago. So, I was thankful I wasn't as heavy as I was in the start but if I didn't do something soon I would soon be there again. No one likes to regain weight especially after you lost almost 200lbs (actually it was 181lbs to be exact), and what's even worse than gaining the weight is having to admit that you failed and gained weight back...a substantial amount of weight. It takes courage to stand up and admit you were careless and you know what I was, I was careless and I expected my tool to work even when I wouldn't and that's not how it works. If you want your tool to work for you then you need to work for your tool.

It is time to get back to the basics. So, I am happy to say I have been making the necessary changes to get back on track and get those extra 66lbs off...once and for all. It is now time for my tool and I to become one again and work together to make me the healthiest I can be.

I have been counting calories, watching my intake and not just calories but what I am putting into my mouth as well, exercising when I can (around 4 kids and babysitting) and just eating more like I should with my gastric bypass pouch. I cut out all soda and drinks other than herbal tea and water...oh and one cup of coffee in the morning with my protein powder. Today I weighed myself and the scale read 225.2 lbs which isn't my goal but it's going in the right direction! I am starting this blog again to keep track and hold myself accoundable for my weight loss this time around. 

If you want to lose some weight, get healthy or just get fit please consider following me both on this blog, my YouTube channel, and My Fitness Pal. I will post all the links below. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and thank you for following my journey.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

*Guest Post* Simple Ideas To Make Your Nursery Eco-Friendly

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Dread Update

So, after being reminded that I had begun a blog about my dread journey I figured I would update everyone. If you read my first dread post you know my dread journey began on August 14, 2016 which means my dread babies are 11 weeks and 2 days old and some major changes have been underway.

It still looks crazy and messy and I absolutely LOVE it!
First, I switched from using my all time favorite shampoo from Shea Moisture and have opted for a baking soda wash with an apple cider vinegar rinse. It keeps my hair cleaner and free from residue, now I admit once a week I will wash my hair with the "detox ginger and mint" shampoo from Shea Moisture as a treat but most times it's the baking soda and vinegar I grab for. 

Trying to capture the loopies....such a difficult task on the camera

Second, my babies have really been crazy I started with a few little loops and soon grew into all sorts of loops on the top of my hair, the only hair still straight is the underside that just won't seem to stay locked but I hear this is a common issue with starting dreads.

I love the crazy little loopies!

Some things I have learned along the way...

1. Wash daily (if you want) clean hair locks faster
2. No brushing means more time
3. Washing your looped and knotted babies is awesome but they do take some extra time to dry
4. I love tying my hair back with my hair no more hair ties needed
5. I feel free but my hair seems heavier with the loops and bumps
6. Each day I love my dread babies more and more
7. Your hair will get super short as the loops form, don't worry it will grow long again.