Friday, June 28

Reader Spoils Summer Must-Read iPad Mini Giveaway!

Some great titles here to read through!! Scroll down to enter to win an Ipad Mini, don't forget to do the entry on which book would be your favorite!! Open to U.S. Residents Only. Good luck!

Get fit. Get inspired. Get the dirt. Vinnie Tortorich Fitness Confidential Book Review.

Find it on Amazon for $4.99
Fitness Confidential is a fantastic, detailed book about Vinnie Tortorich. The Angriest Trainers twenty-two years in the Personal Training Business. The more I read the book, the more I related, and enjoyed how real Vinnie really is. I don't think he's an angry person, but angry at the gimmics sold to people that are reaching out for help. He's genuine, eccentric, and I felt as if he want's his clients to achieve everything he knows they can. Even if it takes pushing them to do it, or being a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes that's really all a person needs is a better mindset to succeed.

The first thing I noticed was when he asked the manager of a hollywood movie star "does she have the weight to lose?" That alone shows that he cares about their health, not just about numbers. I also completely agree with what he has to say about the overly processed, and sugar coated foods that has infected the nation. It is nice to see a trainer not believe in the word Diet, but more so in healthier life style changes by staying away from sugars, and grains.

I was extremely impressed by the information that is packed in this 159 page book. I feel lied to, I've been to plenty of dieticians from when I had gestational diabetes while pregnant. Then I just had pancreasitis, and I've cut back on things like red meat, and high fat grains. This book flows, and breaks things down more real, than just a set equation like we are robots. Vinnie makes me remember, we are human, and need that inner, and outter help.

Fitness Condifential has became my Holy Grail of healthier living. I'm guilty of using that word "diet" way too much. After reading this, I've promised myself not to call it a diet anymore. Not to worry about what I ate today, because I do need to eat. The "Remapping" Chapter is my favorite. Vinnie growing up was picked on, and punished at school a lot, but he did not become a victim. He became a Victor by getting into sports, and even going to the gym to work out after school. I really love stories like this. He didn't just become a personal trainer like some do on those new Reality TV Trainer Shows. He did it because it helped build himself into a great person. He shares this knowledge in the book, and on youtube.

Each chapter explains what most of us are doing wrong with how we perceive diet, and exercise, and why we shouldn't think, or follow the fab diet's any more. The more I read, the more I am learning what has been wrong with my mentality this whole time with wanting to be healthier. Even from things like Calorie in, and out, to The Food Pyramid. Reading Fitness Condifential truely is like peeking inside the mind of a successful trainer, that isn't in it for the money, or to push his work out gear or protein bars. He also overcame Cancer, did Chemo, and rebuilt his muscles. He is real. The advice in this book is real. I really need to check out his radio shows now. You should read the book too.  I've left a lot out,  it's just packed with a lot of information, along with Vinnies personal experiences.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Monday, June 24

What are your favorite #momswisdom quotes?

Welcome Summer! 

What are some great Mom Quotes you live by? Share them on Nestles Pure Life Facebook Page, using hashtag #momswidom

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Sunday, June 23

Marylander, through, and through!

We have been on a Crab Cake kick lately.  Our local Giant Eagle has had the blue crab on sale for $9.99 (That's almost half it's price for a 16oz of the Lump White Meat.)  My husband loves my crab cakes.

I grew up in Maryland, and now living in Ohio makes me miss the Seafood houses back home.  I do beg family members to get bushels of blue crabs to steam with Old Bay when I go to visit.  I don't like my crab cakes with a lot of breading.  To me, that is not a Maryland Crab Cake.  

For these crab cakes,  I add the blue crab meat into a bowl,  dried onions, garlic powder, dried parsley, dried oregano,  OLD BAY! (there is no exception.) yellow mustard, egg whites, and just a little almond flour since my husband doesn't eat any wheat products.  The almond flour gives it a more earthy, nut taste.  If you eat crabs, you would know the yellow mustard tastes like the female crabs.  I personally love that about female crabs.

I like to make a game out of how big I can make the crab cake.  

Friday, June 21

Does Rheumatoid Arthritis run in your family? It does in mine.

I found out what bone pain felt like when I separated my tibia plateau from my tibia, and fractured down. Since Rheumatoid Arthritis runs in my family (My father suffers from it.) I was told by my Orthopedic doctor that either Arthritis, or Rheumatoid Arthritis is in my future. There are days I feel like my body is attacking itself, and every joint hurts. But, also because my knee has an Open Reduction Fixature in it, along with Cadavers that bend to 90 degrees so I can still walk without assistance, I feel the bone on bone, and swelling. I'm only 31, the average female with Rheumatoid Arthritis has a history of it in their family, the age ranges also from 25 - 45 for developing the condition. My heart goes out to any one with bone pain. For me, I start to favor the side of my body that doesn't hurt as much, and balancing my weight like that every time I stand up is taking a toll on my spine, and other joints. I do believe a diet, and exercise is a must. I refuse to give up, there are way too many things to try to make life still livable. Every body is different, and because of that every possible way to make things more tolerable should be tried. Right now I am on a Fat Free diet, no caffeine, and no tea because I was just hospitalized for pancreatitis. I "flex" my knee's daily, and stretch when I wake up every morning or I get what I call "marsh mellow foot." Even if you are young, and you are experiencing bone pain, you should bring this up to your doctors. I also believe in taking vitamins. You may think you are eating enough nutrients, but if your body is attacking itself, those nutrients may not even make it where they are supposed to. Please take the time to read what has to say about RA. It may help you, or someone you know that is suffering, and too hard headed to tell a doctor.

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Join The Hydration Movement!

Happy First Day Of Summer Everyone!

Here are a few Hydration Tips For The Whole Family! Because of Health Problems, I've had to stop drinking any kind of carbonated sodas/water, coffee, and barely any tea (oh how I could drink coffee, and tea all day.) Now I drink mostly water, and might reward myself with tea once a week or so.  Which really isn't a bad thing.  Water is extremely critical for all life.  I would also rather give my 2 year old water when he is thirsty than overly sugar juices, and drinks.  It's not because I have anything really against it, but I just know all that is needed when you are thirsty, is water.  

We love the water,  so it's natural that our son does too.  I love this movement that Nestle Pure Life has started.  I truly believe when you are thirsty, you should drink water.  Nothing else is going to quench your thirst like water.

I try to just go with the flow of things.  Life really is too short, and precious to get upset over things that shouldn't matter.  All that should matter is a healthy family, your best to support that, the kids, a place to live.  Messes,  competing with others, and unwanted drama does not matter.  I believe that is part of living within your means too.  

Moms have provided many pure words of wisdom. Listed below is some of our favorite advice.

“Be patient, breathe, and smile. Everything will always work out.” #momswisdom
“Don’t be a worrywart” #momswisdom
“Be independent and follow your dreams.” #momswisdom
“If someone is giving you a hard time, give them kindness in return.” #momswisdom
“It’s always better to walk away than to say words you can’t take back.” #momswisdom
“Don’t let small details upset you. Look at the big picture and what's really important.” #momswisdom
“Your individuality makes you unique and wonderful.” #momswisdom
“Mother knows best” #momswisdom
“Opportunity is always knocking, you just have to listen hard enough to hear it.” #momswisdom
“Trust your gut instincts.” #momswisdom
“Learn from your past but do not let it define you.” #momswisdom

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Tuesday, June 18

Enter to win Jack the Giant Slayer Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet) Giveaway goes live 6/19 12:00AM Est! Many daily entries.

Take the Quiz, Play the Giant Sound Board, and Share The Gifs using the Social Media Icons on the App, and enter below to win Jack the Giant Slayer Combo Pack (Blu-Ray + DVD + Ultraviolet) Lot's of other super easy, fun entries! The Fantasy geek in me is loving this.  



About Jack the Giant Slayer:

Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of this life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend... and gets the chance to become a legend himself! Directed by Brian Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) Starring: Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy), Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!), and Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones).

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Monday, June 17

Fat Free Fettucini With Zero Calorie Noodles.

Tonight for dinner I made Fat Free Fettucini With Zero Calorie Noodles.  The noodles I used are by Skinny Dip. They are calorie free, carb free, and soy free.  So basically.. everything that is awesome!  The texture of the noodles are still like noodles..  I used two bags in my fettucini.  This is a recipe I made up on the spot that turned out delicious.

I sprayed the pan with a little buttery Emerils cooking spray.


Two bags of Skinny Dip Noodles,
Dried Onions 3tsp,
Garlic Seasoning 2tsp,
1/2 cup of Spinach Dip that is fat free because it is made with Greek Yogurt.
1/4 cup of Fat Free Milk, low heat simmered.
1/2 cup of Fat Free Mozz Natural Shredded Cheese. (Or whatever amount you like! I like to eye ball things.)

Then when it's almost done,

Added Fresh Leaf Baby Spinach, Stirred, let set for a little, and stirred again.

 It really tastes delicious.  It's tricking me into thinking it's regular pasta.

I also did a few home made crab cakes with just egg whites, chopped up red onions, garlic seasoning, old bay, parsley, marjoram and almond flour (barely any flour, I like my cakes to be mostly crab.)

Hubby is loving that I am cooking again.   Maybe he will clean the mess I made in the kitchen??

Strawberries are in season!!

I absolutely love dehydrated strawberries.  Not only do they last a long time, but also I only paid about $5.00 for 5 LBs.  My 2 year old will not eat any thing that is sticky, but he will tear up some strawberry dehydrated chips.  

I give these to him with his cereal in the morning, and his own little bags as snacks throughout the day like chips.  It's a much better alternative! 

I made these in my 4 tier Nesco Dehydrator.  The great thing about this dehydrator is I can buy extra tiers (Which I am doing soon!) Makes it a lot easier to dehydrate a lot at once.

Whats your favorite thing to dehydrate? or something you'd like to try?? I like to also do blueberry fruit leather (Puree blueberries, add natural stevia, pour on the fruit leather tray, and fits directly on the tier.) 

Thursday, June 13

Summer Fun Giveaway! Five Winners!

Summer Fun Giveaway Event

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8 

Love the summer time! Not only is it my BIRTHDAY soon but also time for things like chocolate icees with marshmellow ontop (its like a totsie roll with marshmellow so good.), and swimming!!   This prize event will make any family happy. Make that FIVE different families happy!
Prize Package Includes:
Skywalker Bounce-N-Learn Trampoline
Your little ones will love to get their bounce on in the Skywalker Trampolines 5-ft. Seaside Adventure Bouncer, which features a fun ocean theme and excellent bouncing capability. This fun bouncer offers a steel frame construction, woven jump mat with numbers, dual zipper enclosure. It's recommended for children 6-8 years of age and has a weight capacity of up to 100-pounds. Kids will love to jump and play as the secure elastic stretch bands provide bouncing fun.
Intex 10' x 30" Metal Frame Swimming Pool
Easy to set up, this Intex 10' x 30" Metal Frame Pool is supported by strong, durable steel frames, which are powder coated for rust resistance and beauty. Triple strong, super-tough laminated sidewalls of the Intex Metal Frame Swimming Pool are reinforced with an all-around band to keep frame legs firmly in place. For clean, refreshing water, connect the new economical and environmentally friendly Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump. The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is an added safety feature that shuts off the pump if electrical current is exposed to water.
Glenmeadow 6-Piece Folding Patio Dining Set with Umbrella
The Glenmeadow 6-Piece Patio Dining Set comes with four chairs that fold flat for storage, a glass-top table and an umbrella that is easy to open and close. This patio dining set with umbrella is covered in 100-percent outdoor furniture sling fabric that is UV-rated fade-resistant and constructed of durable, powder-coated steel. Each chair of this patio dining set with umbrella holds up to 200 lbs and comes with a safety lock feature. The table is tempered glass and scratch resistant. Your folding dining set cleans easily with soap and water.
Flexible Flyer Swing Free Metal Swing Set
The Flexible Flyer Swing Free Metal Swing Set will provide backyard fun all summer long. This swing set allows your kids to play and get some exercise at the same time. It comes with four different activities that can keep up to six kids busy and active. The sturdy, steel frame of this backyard swing set is built to last and can have parents feeling confident that their kids are safe. The swings, trapeze swing, air glider and slide provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun.
20" Huffy Rock It Boys' Bike
The Huffy Rock It 20" Boys' Bike has just what he needs to have a great adventure. It has a quick adjustable seat post for your growing teen and the padded seat is fully decorated with the logo on it. The heavy duty steel black frame makes it sturdy, durable, and stylish. A single speed bicycle in black and blazing orange, it is fully equipped with coaster brakes for instant control while racing at high speeds. The attractive orange blast handlebars and rich black pedals with orange blast 28-spoke rims add to its trendy look. This steel frame bicycle is easy to assemble and includes the instruction manual. Thank you to each reader who is taking the time to visit, read and entering to win this amazing summer fun prize package. Please take a moment to also visit our lovely co-hosts whom without them great things such as these would not be possible: 365 Things to Do In Southwest Florida, Celebrate Woman Today, My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life, Coupons In Motion, The Stuff of Success, Budget Earth and Baby Costcutters.

Five lucky people will win! Each receiving one of the following: Skywalker Bounce-N-Learn Trampoline, Intex 10' x 30" Metal Frame Swimming Pool, Glenmeadow 6-Piece Folding Patio Dining Set with Umbrella, Flexible Flyer Swing Free Metal Swing Set & 20" Huffy Rock It Boys' Bike!

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Friday, June 7

Beehive Cheese Giveaway, Great Fathers Day Gift Idea!

One lucky follower has the chance below to enter, and win Hand Crafted Cheese by Beehive Cheese Co.  Seriously, some of the best cheese, ever.  These are great ideas for Fathers Day Gifts.

The Gift Set Includes the following:
  • One 6-ounce cut of Barely Buzzed - rubbed with coffee and lavendar.
  • One 6-ounce cut of Big John's Cajun - rubbed with Cajun spices. 
  • Slide Ridge Honey (5-ounce jar) 
  • 1 box of RUSK Crackers 
  • Customized Gift Card
If you'd like to learn more about Beehive Cheese Co. and drool over other unique flavors, or learn what wines to pair with these flavors go to 

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Thursday, June 6

Harvey Prince Submariners Mens Spray Giveaway! FIVE WINNERS!!

"Feel a soft ocean breeze. Dip in the fresh sea water. And ride every tide in your life, with Submariner by Harvey Prince.

Introducing Harvey Prince’s summer fragrance for Men. Submariner combines strength, balance, and essentiality to produce a timeless and modern scent that captures the thrill of jagged waves. A Submariner is not afraid to take risks. A Submariner is spontaneous and bold, and unrestrained in his desire to conquer the far corners of the world.

Submariner’s aquatic notes of Bermudian island spice and vibrant South Pacific Tonka Bean inspire vigor and vitality.

Notes: Citrus, Nutmeg, Amber, Tonka, Blonde Woods.Style: Energetic. Spirited. Cool.
Find the Submariner in You.

Harvey Prince products use only eco-friendly & high-quality ingredients and come wrapped in handcrafted packaging. Our fragrances are featured extensively in the press, from The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Prevention and The Economist to NBC’s Today Show, CBS's Early Show, and the New York Daily News."

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Beehive Cheese Co. Review, Perfect Gift for that Cheese Loving Foodie.

We are a cheese loving family.  We are just starting to get back into doing "Cheese of the Week." We used to do this every week before Sy was born. We did it with Wine also.  So when I tried Beehive Cheese Co. recently, I immediately emailed the company to praise them on the quality of the cheese.  I don't think enough companies get positive feedback when deserved.

The moment I bit into the cheese, I may have started talking dirty to it.  The cheese is THAT good.  The sampler pack I received to review had four different cheeses.

Big John Cajun (Secret Cajun Recipe),Seahive (Real Seasalt & Wildflower honey), Teahive (with Black Tea & Bergamot), and Barely buzzed (Espresso, need I say more? I had tried the Barely Buzzed before, and that is what made me contact the company) are all worthy of experiencing.  Great texture on the tongue, easy to serve.  The tastes are simply amazing.

I prefer the spicy blends.  I also really like the Jams that come with some of the Gift Sets.  I've bought my hubby the set before, and that's how I found out about Beehive Cheese Co.  I like to buy him things he's never tried before, that he can eat instead of a gift that will just collect dust in the closet.  He ate the Hot Blooded Orange Jam on everything.  

Beehive Cheese Co. hand crafts their cheeses, and I can honestly say  that it is seen, and tasted in the cheese itself.  I was impressed by how fast it was shipped, and was delivered in a shipping cooler with ice.

Don't forget to give Beehive Cheese Co. some love on their social medias, 
Like Beehive Cheese Co On Facebook, Follow Beehive Cheese Co Twitter, and check out Beehive Cheese Co's website: to drool over all the other unique flavors.  I wish I lived near their shop in Utah because I would be there daily, sampling, and taking photos.  Some people dream of Gold, I dream of a cheese shop.  For everyone else tho,  find a retailer near you, or shop online for Beehive Cheeses.  

“What does a little monster take?”…“A Potty Break!” #PullUpsPottyBreaks #Ad

I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to Potty Training.  I also have no problem admitting I am a first time mom either! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Huggies Pull-Ups.

We all start somewhere right? He will always be my baby, but what I do know is he's starting to take his diaper off after he uses it.  It's time to Potty Train my Big Kid, right? Right!

I keep calling the Monsters U Training pants his big kid underwear.  He has noticed the texture is different than his other diapers already. He also climbed up onto the toilet himself.  Now what? If you have any ideas, or suggestions what worked for you, Please tell me!! I am also learning more by going to Huggies Pullup's Potty Training Tips.  It's really cute, there are timers to download, even to sign up to get a phone call from Mike or Sully.

I am willing to try anything that makes this fun, and interesting for him.  He starts therapy for speech, and sensory soon at Childrens Hospital.  I am always trying to find ways to keep his interest for learning new things.  To express himself (He's non-verbal right now.) and tell me he has to go will mean so much to me.  So far, so good! This is when that No Fear Mentality will come handy.

To get Sy excited about being on the potty we also kept the Monsters U theme going by making some cookies as a treat.  I am proud of him for even sitting on the potty without throwing a fit. I also have a surprise for him when he uses the potty for the first time.  It hasn't happened yet, but I have been watching him like a mama hawk, and ready to put him on the toilet when I see him stop to go (This kid is always on the go, and into something.)

Pull-Ups helps take the scare out of potty training by making it fun and easy with new Monsters U character training pants! You can help make potty training easier by staying consistent and using rituals like the potty break. Make it a game and ask your toddler, “What does a little monster take?”…“A Potty Break!”

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Tuesday, June 4

Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Giveaway!


Welcome to Greentoe's Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Giveaway, This is a fantastic opportunity to win a great camera to catch those Summer Memories.

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Well then look no farther!

Greentoe provides a great new way to shop online. You just need to select your product and name your price. Greentoe will then check with their certified retailers to see if they will meet your price. The first retailer to agree gets the sale and ships your product.


There is no catch and no service fees. Your offer price even includes taxes and shipping. They also have a 14 day return policy. Greentoe just saves you time and money.

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Greentoe is generously giving away a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit!


One lucky winner will receive a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera with Lens Kit!

This giveaway ends June 30, 2013 11:59pm, Open to US residents. Good luck!

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Monday, June 3

Help Hemp Farming, Actions That We As Americans Can Do.

I truly believe farmers should be able to grow hemp.  The essential oils, health benefit, clothing,  even fuel that can be made from hemp is way to beneficial to not have the knowledge.

Instead of believing Hemp is bad, when it is not.  In all actuality,  if consumed, hemp has fatty-acids, that the body needs.  Hemp lotions have more elasticity properties than those overly expensive water based lotions.

I believe instead of hating a plant, more people should be aware of the benefits. Hemp wasn't always banned.  Not until the government wanted them to stop growing hemp, and grow tobacco instead.  I won't even step on my soap box on why they did that.

This is Hemp week, instead of searching mind numbing MeMe's of cat's,  find out how easy hemp is to grow, and how you can support the Hemp Farming Act.