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Stop Making New Years Resolutions

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We have all done it, and most of us likely still do. Every year on New Years Eve we sit and think of all the ways we want to change our lives. I want to get healthy. I want to save money. I want to pay off debt. This year instead of just saying what you want let's get real and actually plan for what we are going to achieve! It has been said that Failing to plan, is planning to fail. It the last 3 months I have found that as true as ever. You can say you are going to do it, but how? How are you going to get healthy? How are you going to save money? How are you going to pay off debt?

Time to make a plan!


Here are 6 steps to successful planning that will help you break in the New Year in style!

1. Start with a purpose! 
~~What is you goal this year? (these are mine feel free to make your own)
****I want to get healthy
****I want to help people achieve their health goals
****I want to save money

2. Set a time frame!
~~When you you want to achieve this goal by?
****ASAP
****All year long
****…

A New Year, A New Challenge For Myself............And You!

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I have to say that 2015 was probably the best year that I can remember happening. So many changes took place and I finally found peace. As New Years rapidly approaches I can't help but to think of the amazing things that sit in my path.       The last 3 months Beachbody and the 21 Day Fix became a big part of my life. It all started with a friend of mine sending me the program. Honestly I was thinking that this would really just be a neat new thing to try and maybe lose a little weight. See back in September that is all it was to me. If I could lose these last 5 pounds I would be happy, happy with the way I looked, and happy with myself. The 5 pounds vanished during the Labor Day Fix Challenge, and I looked in the mirror and saw 5 more pounds. My second round I began to focus on something different as I had decided to become a Beachbody coach. I decided to focus on seeing what my body could do, instead of what my body could look like, or what that imaginary number on the scale…

Beachbody Holiday Sale Up to 85% off!

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Beachbody is having their Holiday Sale till the 1st of December! Hurry no while supplies last. You can save up to 85% on select items including clothing, programs, supplements and equipment. Hurry now things are starting to sell out! ORDER NOW!


Give the gift of Wellness

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Wellness and The Jackson Galaxy Foundation have teamed up for a great cause. Running Nov 1 - Dec 16th. " Give the gift of Wellness." For every Wellness product purchased at Chewy, 1 meal will be donated to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, or if you purchase + Auto-ship N' Save with us 2 meals will be donated to the foundation. If you're already stocked up with Wellness but want to help we have a Facebook post that went up on the 1st that is a share-based donation in which Wellness will donate an incremental 1 meal for every like, comment or share the post receives up to 50,000 meals! If you have any questions on the cause or want to know more let me know. We encourage you guys to share and help us get as many pet bellies filled as we can! So SHOP NOW!

How to Chose the Right Indoor Airer

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Images by Chris_Samuel used under Creative Commons License.      If there’s one thing that parents across the world know, it’s this; the laundry is never done. If you’re a parent, you’ll have nodded in agreement at that statement, where as non-parents may find it a little harder to believe.      However, it’s completely, utterly and undeniably true. As soon as you have children the washing machine is never off and the house quickly fills up with clothes that need to be washed and dried. While radiators are great for drying clothes quickly, indoor airers are the best and most useful gadget for helping your laundry dry quickly and safely at home.       But, which style should you buy? Here is the tried and tested mom method of choosing an indoor airer. 
The Heated Airer       If you want to be all fancy and get the neighbours talking (especially that stuck up lady that lives down the street, you know the one) you can get a super fancy heated rail. This, as the name might suggest, has a heati…

Throw the Perfect Halloween Bash With Oriental Trading

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I am beyond excited that the holidays are finally coming back around! From parties and gift, to tricks and treats Oriental Trading is always my go to company for a good time. This year I have gathered up some of my favorite Halloween goodies from them and I wanted to share with you. After all it never hurts to squirt a little more fun into a holiday does it?

Of course having 3 children my favorite part is seeing them happy. Treats for them, they seem to always say at least, and who can blame them! I love candy as much as the next guy, but I hate shopping in stores.lol Oriental Trading offers candy in bulk of some of your favorite varieties! From Gummy Bear to Taffy, and Tootsie Rolls of course. What makes it even more fun is I can always find a cute container that is just perfect for serving my guest. I absolutely love these little pumpkin buckets. I use a couple just for my goodies, and since they come in a 12 pack I have plenty left for our smallest party guests. Gummy Eye Ball …

Becoming a Beachbody Coach

I have to admit my whole life it was never really the weight I struggled with. Of course after children I gained more the I wanted to, but by all standards I was not obese and if you ask the doctor, while I have a little extra love around the middle. I have never been "fat" What I have always struggled with is my health and fitness. A couple months ago a friend sent me a program by Beachbody called 21 Day Fix and I fell in love. From learning the proper way to eat, and the things that my body loves and doesn't love, to fitness that not only didn't take me all damn day, but was fun and encouraging! After a couple months on the program and a lot of thought and talking with friends I decided that helping others feel the way I feel was what I wanted to do!

      Now don't get me wrong I still have some distance left in my journey, but I feel better then I have ever felt. I am sleeping 8 hours straight instead of 4. I have the energy to wake up early and work lat…

Oriental Trading $250 Spooktacular Giveaway

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Visit www.spooktaculargiveaway.com today and enter to win our weekly prize -- $250 in Halloween products of your choice from Oriental Trading. Plus, they are giving away a $25 Oriental Trading gift card every day! Contest endsOctober 17, 2015. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Just think of what you could buy with the money you win :D

Spinning, Spinning, Spinning..........

Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like your life is just spinning and you want to throw up?? Yeah I will admit I have never been one for amusement park rides. With preparing to move, and my kids going back to public school it is all I can handle not to cry some days. :p Welcome to my rollcoaster ride. Hold on tight good stuff is happening :D

#21dayfix Meal Plan #LaborDayFix Week 1

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Ok here we go for the first time in my life I have meal planned for a week! Shopping is done and I am ready for prep day tomorrow. The #LaborDayFix starts Monday and I am ready!  Yeah I used pen so we will have to forgive the spelling mistakes. Lol now unfortunately I am one of the people on the bottom level plan. Lol sorry carbs :p

#21dayfix round two is coming #labordayfix

Life has been crazy and changing so fast. I lost my best friend and kitty Ginger 9 days ago and it has spun me around. I started a journey towards getting healthy 17 days ago that I am actually sticking closely with for the first time. Probably ever. I was invited to join the program again but this time in a challenge. So I am busy meal planning an emotionally preparing for the #labordayfix challenge with friends on board and I am ready! I am down 3 pounds and 7 inches this round and can't wait to see the rest fly off! Join me as I document the ups and down of this challenge :)

Wordless Wednesday-Fostering Saves Lives

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Motivational Monday

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I'm not sure I have much to add to this. Be the change you want to see in the world :)

Why My Husband is a Real Dad

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My blog has been around for a while now, and I have tried to be as upfront as possible. Some of you have known me for years, while others have just found their way to my blog. I won't lie the only time my ex husband crosses my mind any more is when my bank statement comes. It is like playing the lottery, you are always hopeful for a little bit of money, but let's face it the odds.......pretty low. Today my ex mother in law found her way to commenting on my blog facebook page. I don't mean to sound like a heartless bitch, but stop telling me how much you miss us, what a great granny you will be, how much MY boys "dad" misses them. Tomorrow marks my 9 year divorceiversary, and honestly as each day passes I am more and more grateful that he is out of my life. Never looked back, never regretted it. I mean how could I? 
       Anyways with Father's Day coming up I am reminded more and more today why I love my husband, the father to my 3 children! My husband…

Wrap it Wednesday

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Every Wednesday I am going to feature one of my favorite Jamberry nail wraps! The Patriot is just one of my favorite wraps that can be ordered just in time for the 4th of July! It comes with 3 fun filled designs that are perfect for any finger ;) also make sure to check out more options for the 4th of July! SHOP NOW!

Tuesday Thoughts

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We all have those days, the ones where the past just lingers in your mind. The things you should have, could have, would have done....and I have to say I am the queen of second guessing myself. The last week has been just one of "those" weeks. It seems only common that when one thing goes wrong, it all spirals out of control. From personal matters, to stuff with work......you start to wonder what exactly has brought you to this point. The point where you are ready to throw in the towel. It has been 11 months now since we said we were going to get out of this town. Our 8 month goal gone.....our 1 year goal fast approaching. When will it end? Today I am desperately trying to find the answers for the questions I have. How do I get rid of everything, when I can't focus one one thing? Where do we go, when all I want is to not be here? I know that no one but me can answer those questions, but I also know we all have those struggles in our lives, and honeslty, I am comple…

Motivational Monday

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It's been a rough day, but for some reason these words keep ringing in my head and pushing me to keep going. 

Pinterest Find or Flop?? Homemade Mosquito Traps

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Living in West Texas there is always mosquitoes, but with rains that have well exceeded our normal levels the mosquitoes have been horrid! So of course we sprayed our yards and sprayed out bodies, with no real improvement. I decided I would turn to Pinterest for ideas on how to resolve this mosquito issues! The process is simple really, the outcome.........

1. Gather some 2 liter soda bottles. This was my kids favorite part, they don't normally get soda, so they got to help empty 3 of them for my experiment.lol

2. Cut bottles in half. Now I cut the first one in half and it seemed like it was way to low......so I made all 3 different heights. Why not right??

3. Invert top half and tape inside the bottom half. Another simple task :p and as you can see. The 3 different heights become more noticable after you do this step.

4. In a container mix 1 Cup of hot water with 1/4 cup of brown sugar per trap you intend on making and let cool.

5. Pour Mixture into container.

6. Add 1 gram …

Tube Feeding Kittens

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Many of your know that I run an orphan kitten rescue called the Lazarus Rescue Foundation with my friend. We can't always take a kitten in, whether they aren't close enough, or we are just simply out of space. A couple months ago an online friend need some help, her vet wasn't in and tube feeding was her only option. She didn't know how so I made a quick video to show her how. Now excuse the mess it was not meant to go on the Web but I don't currently have any kittens to make a new video with and I have been getting requests for it :) remember please do not attempt tube feeding without discussing it with your vet first. You must have the appropriate supplies available and there can be no short ends. Please sterilize your supplies before every use, these babies have enough struggles. If the video does not load you can view it HERE!

#ThrowbackThursday Jamberry Wraps June 4th-8th

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I love the new things that Jamberry has been doing. For those who know and love Jamberry it is always a sad moment when a wrap retires :,( just recently Jamberry has heard our ever growing cries and every Thursday makes available 2 of our favorite wraps for us to purchase. Through June the 8th you can get these two wraps once again! To order of these wraps please go HERE.

Where Does Life GO?

Do you ever sit down at night and try to remember where the day went? You wake up, make breakfast, eat, and go about the day. Life throws obstacles in your way and you dodge them the best you can. Only at the end of the day to sit down and wonder what you even did that day. That is how I am feeling today.
     11 months ago we sat down and swore we wouldn't be here by now. Stuck in the same old rut, working, cooking, cleaning......living. Here I sit though, doing just that. Looking at how my life has changed...but how it only stays the same. Saving for our escape, and spending, hoping it is part of what is meant to be.
      Our journey out of here has taken so many twists and turns, and honestly I still hate this town with a pretty big passion. The neverending people, who pretend to be someone they are not. People who could care less about their children, or yours, while they educate our future. I sit and stare off into the "stuff", the stuff we own, that really owns…

June's Sister Style Exclusive

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I love being a Jamberry independent consultant :) my favorite part is seeing the new style that comes out at the beginning of each month call the Sister Style Exclusive! Available only for the one month they are always fun and exciting. For the month of June the sister Style Exclusive is called Between The Lines. It is a clear wrap which is perfect alone or layered with a great nail lacquer. You can order this month's Sister Style Exclusive HERE.

Breaking Down The Stigma of Bladder Leakage #Underwareness

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I know as a mother life has taken me through many twists and turns. The act of having a child alone can put such a toll on the body that we are often left with those moments we are not able to control. Bladder leakage whether light or heavy effects more then 51 million American women! Did you know that is 1/3 of women? So why is it that we spend so much time hiding the things that we cannot avoid?
     After having 3 children there are certain times I wonder to myself if my body will ever return to normal, those moments when you bend the wrong way, pick something up, and are left wondering if anyone has noticed. The Depend brand is introducing Depend Silhouette Active Fit Briefs. They are a new design that is great for moderate leakage. With the new thin design you can have the security of knowing you are covered for life's little leakage moments (which lets face it we have all had at one time or another), with the comfort of knowing that your secret is safe. They a low rise…

Major Blog Remodel Coming

    I don't think I have to tell anyone how many twists and turns life often takes :) thank you everyone who has stuck with me. Major remodel and relaunch coming! New topics and some old favorites in a fun new light.

#Cozycatfurniture Growing up Kitty with Ginger

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It has been so many years since we have had a kitten around the house I think I had forgotten just how active and amazing they are! I am sure many of you have seen me talk about Ginger our baby. She is FeLV positive, and just days short of her 7 month birthday. We also have 2 other boys with are getting up there in age. Thomas has always been a scratcher and I admit I had never thought about getting a kitty tree before this. Earlier in the month a great opportunity to review the Kitty Condo Tree from   Cozy Cat Furniture came about I thought oh great Ginger will have a place to nap, play, learn, and most importantly SCRATCH!

     It Arrived in a box which I have to admit scared me a bit at first, it was much small then I thought.....was the tree smaller....was this one of those "some adult assembly required" items? Luckily it was easy to put together and came out so much sturdier then I had expected.  Even before we could give the word go Ginger was eager to play and exp…

The Lazarus Rescue Foundation

If you are a loyal reader you are likely aware that a friend and I run a Non-Profit Rescue Foundation, and since today is World Spay Day I thought I would talk a little more about it! Just over 6 months ago it all began when two strangers met over a box of kittens. Found in a dumpster with their eyes barely opened and covered in spoiled milk, I found a life long friendship in a stranger who was willing to help save these babies! After a few weeks of working together, bottle feedings, and sickness we found out we had so many hopes and dreams in common and decided that rescue would be a passion we could work together. In the 6 months since these 5 little blessings came along we have saved 71 cats and kittens. Today on World Spay Day we have 2 females getting spayed and 3 males getting neutered. In 6 months we have been able to spay or neuter over 30 cats and kittens! From not only our own pockets but from the generous donations of others. We currently have fosters for the first tim…

Finding Time To Breath, Our Imagination Staycation #popsecret

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It's no secret that the last 2 months life has become nothing short of insane. We went from a one income household, to a two income, insane shuffling, craziness condo lol. Without the cool condo to live in. Last week I was given an opportunity to take time out of my life and do something that was probably long, long over do!


       Now growing up as a kid popcorn and fort build were kind of how we spent our weekends. We would gather the chairs from all over the house, throw in a couple blankets and watch movies. Now my sister and I were never best friends as kids :p but it was a time that I think my mom must have loved most, when we would come together and laugh.
     Here in West Texas we have had a whirlwind winter already. Personally I think Mother Nature has probably lost her mind! With 5 inches of snow falling we headed outside for snowmen and snow angels! Then I thought what could be a more perfect way to warm up then to pull out the blankets, chairs, tables, and popcorn…

My Plan Day 5- I Guess Chocolate Isn't My Friend :,(

Well that just made my birthday even just a little more sad.lol I lost just 0.2 pounds today which means while not extremely reactive I did have some amount of reaction. My husband insisted we spend the day celebrating my birthday. So I had my normal breakfast and tried to do my best at eating. I'm sure there will be a gain and I will start my day 6 as soon as I get back down to 125.2 pounds :) life is to short to not enjoy, just enjoy it sparingly.

My PLan Day 4-Down 1.5 MORE POUNDS!

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I have to say every morning I wake up unsure of what the scale will say. Adding in Chicken yesterday I was really scared this morning because, well, I'm pretty sure if I have to go vegan I would have to have bail money ready lol. Getting on the scale this morning my body told me to chill that it would never do that to me ;) now no 2 ounces isn't a lot and I will have to test and slowly increase those amounts as a test but it was enough o make me happy! Breakfast and lunch were just more of the same old same.lol Nothing exciting to share with you there :p however for lunch I made an amazing garlic, rosemary and chickpea hummus! Now the book says it is VERY important to make your hummus this day and I am glad I did it is SUPER easy.

YUMMY HUMMUS
1/3 pound dried chickpeas 1 cloves garlic Dried Rosemary Enough water to have a little more then double your chickpeas
Just put it all in a pot and boil it till most of the liquid is gone. Throw it in the blender and turn it on. TA…

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up

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<a href=" http://totsandme.blogspot.com/search/label/Tuesday%20Giveaway%20Linky "><img alt="Tots and Me" src="http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt58/kewkewphoto/TuesdayGiveawayLinkup2.jpg" border="0" alt="num2"></a> Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 
Our co-hosts this week are Mellissa from Something Like Life and Danelle from Our Wolves Den

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.
Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it…

My Plan Day 3-Down 1 more pound!

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Wow I have to say waking up the morning of the last of the cleanse phase and being down 6.4 pounds already I just can't wrap my head around how this has happened. Breakfast, lunch, and snak were all pretty uneventful today.lol I am a creature of habit and this book says that is bad.....but so far I just keep eating the same things and it is a lot of carrots haha. The excitement for the day though is I got CHICKEN BREAST WOOHOO! Now I was shocked how much 2 ounces of chicken really was. I wanted to start on the slow side of the recommendation because well....... I'm not really that big of a person. At 5'7" I am at 126.6 pounds today and what started as a 10 pound weight loss goal I am now completely unsure of my goal. I guess my goal is what my body wants it to be :p. That really seems to be the thing is we gain weight and I guess the numbers in our head all spin.This time my plan isn't about loss though it is about health! Now many of you have heard me talk…

My Plan Day 2- Down Another 1.6 pounds!

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All I have to say is wow! I thought surely after yesterdays HUGE weight loss I would be lucky to see the scale budge at all let alone that much. While I do I have to say I try to follow The Plan diet as much as possible I have made a couple modifications due to availability of items and money. The one thing I have noticed is this book could be expensive to follow to a T. I am not taking supplements and couldn't find detox tea but ALWAYS ALWAYS start my morning with two ice cold glasses of water with some lemon in it :)

Breakfast today I did NOT make a smoothie out of my items lol. I chewed and chewed and chewed my flax seed and made a smoothie out of my rice milk and blueberries though :). Why you may ask.....well I hate blueberries lol, and while I completely understand the importance of including them in a diet, like a small child the quicker I can get them down the better! I think the important thing is I got all my items in my stomach ;).

Lunch was soup, it's been f…

My Plan Day 1-Down 3.8 pounds!

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So I have been working for some time to lose the weight that keeps growing around my middle. As a woman we all know that is the worst place for it to flock to. I mean go to my boobs or butt and we can work with that, but the middle is unattractive an unhealthy! I decided to give The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas a shot. This year I am giving myself the gift of health plain and simple. And after watching reviews, listening to podcasts, and reading books I thought THIS would be the best place to start. So on to day 1 and how it went for me :)

Day 1 Breakfast- I had in my mind I would not be able to eat the granola on The Plan.....Soooo I had a brilliant idea to make a smoothie out of all my breakfast ingredients. Let's just say I am not going to be winning a noble peace prize ANY TIME SOON! It turned into an instant blob of jelly nastiness.lol So breakfast didnt go so well and after adding over a cup of water I chugged down, while gagging, my creation. Now I do have to say it kept me ful…