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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tone up Tuesday:

Tone up Tuesday: So what have you been doing to Tone up lately? For me the past few weeks have been nothing because I have been feeling so bad. The past two days I started up with my Shred again and now I am sick again. Sorry for the whining but I wanted to let you all know why I have not been posting.

So that aside here are some interesting things I found on Pinterest:

If you are still getting started then here is a good work out to do that is just 15 mins...

If you are like me and want to flatten your tummy then try this. I am still working on mine. After 4 kids I have a lot of work to do. I have seen an improvement though.

And just a little poster to motivate me:

Please share any other thoughts or workouts that you like...

Monday, February 13, 2012

Infinity LED Ultra Series LED Light Bulbs: Review

Are you in search of a light bulb that saves you 93% more energy than all other lighting types available? Then you should check out Infinity LED Ultra Series LED Light Bulbs.

Now let's learn a little more about these light bulbs and what makes them so special...

Some of the features of these bulbs are...

I received the Cool White Infinity LED Ultra Series LED Light Bulb 4W which is equivalent to a 60W incandescent. It is also a bright but soft glow.

I really enjoy the look of this light bulb. It is different an almost has a Sci-Fi look to it. (Brings out the nerd in me.) The color when lighting up a room is a blueish color at night and it is very bright. During the day the color isn't as blue. Also what is nice is that this bulb is cool to the touch at all times, so it is good that you don't have to wait for the bulb to cool down. Of course I had my awesome husband test that for me.

The more I look at the pictures the more I love this light bulb. I really enjoy the look it has. So if you are looking for a nice looking bulb that uses less energy then you should check out the Infinity LED Ultra Series LED Light Bulbs.

You can go to the site CableOrganizer.com and purchase these bulbs. The Infinity LED Ultra Series Light Bulb 4W can be purchased for $15.75 and the The Infinity LED Ultra Series Light Bulb 6W can be purchased for $18.75.

*Note this is my honest opinion of the product above. I was not compensated for this review but I did receive a free bulb to review.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Family Friday

It's Friday! Yes I know I am slacking at Family Friday but I have a great reason. I am actually spending it with my family. Last week the weather was so nice I spent it outside with my kids. It is usually freezing in the winter but we actually had 70 degree weather! It was so wonderful!

Here are some pictures from the two days we spend outside last week...

My cute 2 almost 3 year old sliding down the biggest slide there

My daughter with our youngest

Ok if you know my family you know my mom would kill me for this picture. She hates having her picture taken. I am just glad I get some of her even though she doesn't like it.

And my 5 year old is missing in action. This is a normal thing. I think he hates having his picture taken too!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sticky Monkey Label Review

Are you looking for a way to help you organize your home or keep track of your kids personal belongings? Are you someone who loves labels? If so you should check out Sticky Monkey Labels.

Who and what are Sticky Monkey Labels?

Sticky Monkey Labels is a sister team who like all moms were in desperate need of a way to keep track of their children's belongings. So they came up with Sticky Monkey Labels as a cute, fun and effect way to label their children's belongings.

Sticky Monkey Labels are are cost effective, waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe, laundry safe, and weather resistant. And don’t forget they are super-cute!

So being a mom of 4 children you can imagine my excitement to have a chance to review these labels. I received complimentary samples of a few different labels to review and I also let my children pick out what they wanted for their labels.

My kids are famous for taking over things. The labels not only had their names on them but also cute little designs. So needless to say I did loose a few labels. One of the really cute ones that were lost were the shoe labels. I hope that they turn up soon.

The shoe labels are great! I really hope to find them so they can be placed in my kids shoes. When you go into a play area where the kids have to take off their shoes this would be the perfect labeling system. If there are shoes that are exactly alike all your child has to do is look in the shoe and see if it is theirs or not. The above photo is taken from the website and this label is for older kids. These you can get 12 labels which will do 6 pairs of shoes for $6 here. All you have to do with these labels are stick them in the shoe towards inner heal of the shoe and cover the label with the clear protective overlay so it lasts longer.

These labels for the shoes are for those children that are learning their left from their right foot. They are called Shoe Helper Labels. This image is also taken from the website. As you can see there is a "L" for left and "R" for right. What a great way for kids to learn their left from right. Also they won't be confused if they look down at their feet and see which sticker matched their foot. These are also 12 labels or 6 pair for $6 and can be found here.

Last in the shoe category is the Baby & Toddler Shoe Labels. The above image was taken from the website. As you can see above these labels are cute little ducks and have 3 colors available, blue pink and yellow. These come in packs of 16 labels or 8 pair which can be purchased for $10 here.

Now lets look at some other labels.

There are the Standard Labels that are perfect for labeling things for school such as notebooks, lunch bags, books and more. I decided to use them to label my shelf where I keep my kids homeschooling books. That way I would know where there books were without having to look at the book and see who's it was. I now can tell if it is for my son or for my daughter. The Standard Labels are 20 labels for $14 and can be purchased here.

The Mini Labels can be use for many things as well and my favorite use was sticking them on my sons dresser. My two youngest children use the same dresser and my daughter is always wanting to pick out their clothes. She had no clue what drawer had what clothes until I used the Mini Labels on the handle of the drawer. Now even my husband can go and get clothes for the younger two with out being confused. You can get these labels for $14 for 36 labels here.

Last I want to talk about the Round Small Labels as picture above on a sippy cup. Now how many of you end up around another child besides your own that has the same exact sippy cup as your child. I have been there so many times it is crazy. Now there is a solution for that. The Round Small Labels are perfect for a sippy cup. It is also dishwasher proof. I have put this one through the dishwasher a few times and I am impressed that nothing happened to it. You can get a set of 48 labels for $15 here.

So if you are looking for a way to labels your children's things so they don't get mixed up then you should check out Sticky Monkey Labels. Not only am I happy with the labels but my kids are too.

You can follow Sticky Monkey Labels on Facebook and Twitter.

*Note I was not paid for my review. This is my honest opinion of the product above.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tone up Tuesday

Tone up Tuesday: So what are you doing this week to Tone Up?

My husband found Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred for me. I have now been doing this for 4 days. Let me tell you the first day I was in tears and fighting to finish this. It may be better for people who are more in shape than me but I had a hard time the first 2 days.

After I made it through the first 2 days (I skipped the weekend because I was super busy) it wasn't so bad. I am kinda glad for the break because my whole body hurt. My husband actually did 5 mins of the video and gave up. He said that I wasn't kidding when I said it was hard. He also said after me doing this work out I deserve a cupcake or something lol. I told him no that I was sticking with my good eating habits. It just made me feel good to know that he knows now all that I am doing to help my self improve. I get lots of support from him.

So have any of you done this workout before? How has it changed you?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Guest Post: By Heather a Mesothelioma Survivor

Today my guest post comes from Heather a Mesothelioma Survivor. I was so happy when she contacted me about wanting to do something for my blog. I always love to hear stories from any person who has survived any type of cancer. She is a fighter and a wonderful person. Thanks so much Heather for your post. I hope this helps to give hope with anyone that is going through the same or similar trial.

Heather Von St. James - Mesothelioma Survivor Blog

Hope in a Time of Fear: A Mother's Journey with Cancer

I’ve always been accused of seeing the glass as half full. Yes,
I am a chronic optimist, and that ability served me very well in
my life, particularly when I was diagnosed with a deadly form of
cancer at the young age of 36 only a few short months after the
birth of my daughter.

In November of 2005, I was diagnosed with malignant pleural
mesothelioma. There I was, a new mother with a 3-month-old baby, hearing those three dreadful words: "You Have Cancer."

I had two choices: I could give up and wallow in self pity while
cursing God, or I could face this diagnosis head on with the
optimism and determination I have put forth throughout my life.

I put on my rose colored glasses and decided to fight for my
daughter and see her grow up, learn, and experience her life for

Cancer is arguably the worst experience anyone can endure in
his or her lifetime. However, my life was changed for the
better because of my diagnosis. I didn't choose to be a victim.
Instead, I chose to make light of a horrifying experience to
erase the fear and give others like me the hope to carry on. It
also may be because I had the good fortune to be referred to one
of the world's leading mesothelioma doctors.

Whatever the reason, I chose to find the good, and it served
me well. My surgery to remove the tumor was scheduled for
Groundhogs Day in 2006. It was for this reason that I nicknamed
my tumor "Punxsutawney Phil" and, from that point forward,
celebrate Groundhogs Day as "Lungleavin' Day," the day my tumor
was removed, as a reminder that focusing on the good that comes
from an otherwise bad situation helped me conquer my fear to
further live and celebrate life.

An additional blessing from having cancer is all the amazing
people, other mesothelioma survivors, and people who are
committed to bringing about awareness to this disease along the
way. They are now my dearest friends.

My life has much more purpose to it now, and I want to continue
to give hope to those who are touched by this life-altering
disease. There is hope, if you choose to pursue it.

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