@SAMSCLUB Member’s Mark 4x Probiotic supplement #digestive health #celiac #glutenfree

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If you have read my blog before, you know that I have Celiac Disease (an auto-immune disorder to gluten).  I was very excited to have the opportunity to test out Member's Mark 4x Probiotic Digestive Care Supplement.  I have experienced issues with my digestive health since I was a child.  Fortunately, at age 25 (4 years ago), I found the reason for my gastrointestinal (gi) & digestive problems.  While gluten free living has significantly helped me find balance, gluten contamination can set me back.  Contamination symptoms from being "glutened" (as we call it in our household), vary from person to person, yet many experience some kind of gi/digestive problems.  Even within our own household, our symptoms varies.   A few days ago, my Member's Mark 4x Probiotic Digestive Care Supplement Arrived!  Timing could not be better because I was contaminated the day before it arrived.  It is easy to say how effective something is when well, but for me the true test is when I am at … [Read more...]

@Beachbody RevAbs w/ @Bretthoebel: Almost to the Finish Line!

Has it really almost been 90 days?  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to tell you my results, but you have to wait! (see past posts here) I will be posting my final results after BlogHer.  It has been quite a journey getting my body back after 25 years of untreated Celiac disease and having 3 children.  I spent a lifetime unable to gain weight and weak from anemia & malnourishment.  Then, when gluten free, I went through the weight gain since by body was actually processing food.  At my height every pound seems to show.  However, feeling good is first & foremost when living a healthy lifestyle.  With that being said, I am not going to give any measurements or numbers this week.  However, I will say that I went clothes shopping last week.  I was pleasantly surprised that I had dropped more sizes than I thought.  By the way, thanks to the strength found during RevAbs, I am scheduled to do both a bootcamp & yoga class back-to-back at BlogHer.  RevAbs has helped me be … [Read more...]

Facebook Fan Me Friday Hop: week 4

Welcome to the Forth Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop hosted by Saving with Sybil, Sassy Mama in LA, Great Contradictions, and Baby Costcutters.  This is a fun and quick way to find new blogs/business' as well as pick up fans for your blog/business. The rules are simple: 1. Like the four hosts on Facebook at the above links 2. Post ONLY your FACEBOOK URL (others will be deleted) 3. Like any other pages that look interesting to you! Note: You must use your PERSONAL PROFILE to like pages from the hop.  If you leave an update with your page tagged (type @pagenamehere) you will get a like back from the hosts and most others who join hops like this as well.   Happy Hopping! … [Read more...]

#Blogher11: How I am preparing for my first conference: Advice? #salsacraving

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I am just barely past my 6 mos. blogoversary.  I am amazed of what I have accomplished.  Such as, who knew I would be attending BlogHer 2011 courtesy of Salsa Sensations.  As Salsa Sensations BlogHer delegate, I am receiving a sponsorship to BlogHer 2011.  Without Salsa Sensations generosity, BlogHer would not be a possibility for me. Preparing for something full of so many possibilites can be over-whelming at times. These are several things I have learned from observations and assumptions: ~Packing:  I am a minimalist.  I don't like to take more than I need ever and rarely go beyond a single carry-on bag (shared by 2).  However, I have been told that swag may get in the way of my plans.  I am now checking a large suitcase  that will be storing an extra carry-on filled with gluten free food (just in case :)). Then, I am carrying on a suitcase plus laptop bag.  Yes, I am already packed.  It is my least favorite part, so I like to get that out of the way early. ~Supplies: … [Read more...]

Amy Adele Review: Personalized Flat Card Stationary *hard-drawn artwork*

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For birthdays, I always try to do something different.  I like to show our personality through our invitations, so I don't normally run to a store to buy cookie-cutter invitation.  Usually we make photo cards of our favorite picture of them.  This year, I am testing out Amy Adele customized note cards. About Amy Since I was a child, I have been hand-drawing birthday and Christmas cards and never took my art very seriously. However, in 2004 our friends and family encouraged my husband and me to turn my doodles into a business of selling cards. I remember lying in bed one night laughing with my husband about the idea. Would people really want to buy my artwork? I haven’t studied art my whole life and I don’t have an art degree. I was just a mom to two sweet Moon Bounce Flat Notecard (as low as 79 cents each) Amy Adele's cute flat note cards are great for all of your special greetings.  And since all of our note cards and envelopes are made of 100% post consumer recycled … [Read more...]

Celebrating our anniversary: EdenFantasys $50 #Giveaway (adults only)

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John & I just celebrated our 6th anniversary.  It sounds like an eternity when we are surrounded by that high divorce rate. We have had an adventurous 6 years, I am hoping the hard part is over.  No matter what though, I don't think relationships just fall into place that is when things become monotonous & boring.  I hate boring!  We work hard to make sure our relationship doesn't fall in a rut. Pink Champagne Dress (Above picture): "This delicate mini dress is made of polyester and spandex. It features a bubble shaped black skirt attached to a pale pink halter and comes with black thong. The halter's straps feature jeweled rings detail. Super cute and sexy this is a great outfit for all body types." Another idea to bring out your adventurous side... Collection Deluxe Agent Secret- sensual kit Release your inhibitions and explore the world of eroticism. Flip the lid off of this lovely scented black tin box and take your partner on a secret mission. One of you should use … [Read more...]

Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz: 2 dipping sauce recipes: Sweet & Savory! #OreIdaFries

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Encouraging my family to eat healthy is very important to me.  As other parents might know, presentation can be essential in getting your kids to try new things.  Isn't it amazing how something as simple as fries (a.k.a. sliced potatoes) can turn sweet potatoes into something edible to kids.  Anyways, I don't care what form our vegetables are served as long as the boys eat them.  I usually make fries (all potato varieties) homemade.  However, Ore-Ida is one of the few fry/hashbrown brands that provides gluten free options.  Ore-Ida is a brand that we all know & love that has just introduced sweet potato fries to their line of products. This weekend, we took our monthly trip to Sam's Club to stock up on Ore-Ida Sweet Potato fries and then checked on other ingredients for the sweet & savory dips. Sweet or Savory? Cinnamon Dream vs. Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Visit my Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries Intersect story to see more in-depth pictures of my Sam's Club Shopping … [Read more...]

@MurphyUSA Pack the Cooler: Day at the Pool with Murphy Sport/Aquafina #MurphyUSA

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Weekdays are filled with rushing from work, errands, karate, and any extra activities we add into our week.  It can get overwhelming, so we try to spend our weekends enjoying family time.  This weekend we drove to Baxter Springs, KS (my hometown) to spend a fun-filled day for the boys with grandma, grandpa, and cousins hanging out by the pool.  Preparing for a day at the pool doesn't have to be hectic.  Thanks to MurphyUSA, you can grab last minute supplies... About MurphyUSA   I am been a customer of MurphyUSA since I worked at Wal-Mart in Joplin, MO during high school.  What's not to love about getting 3 cents off per gallon just for using a Wal-Mart giftcard?  Back then, the kiosk seemed to sell mostly gas & cigarettes with not much else.  Since then, I have been a pay at the pump customer.  However, now they offer a kiosk lined with coolers that are filled with drinks and shelves lined with snacks with the same convenience as before. Sign up for MurphyUSA … [Read more...]

Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop: Week 3

Welcome to the third Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop hosted by Saving with Sybil, Sassy Mama in LA, Great Contradictions, and Baby Costcutters.  This is a fun and quick way to find new blogs/business' as well as pick up fans for your blog/business. The rules are simple: 1. Like the four hosts on Facebook at the above links 2. Post ONLY your FACEBOOK URL (others will be deleted) 3. Like any other pages that look interesting to you!     Note: You must use your PERSONAL PROFILE to like pages from the hop.  If you leave an update with your page tagged (type @pagenamehere) you will get a like back from the hosts and most others who join hops like this as well. Happy Hopping! … [Read more...]

@gratefulbodysc *Beauty is not one size fits* all aquative/midnight body oil #giveaway #glutenfree

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We are not one size fits all, so there is no need for our beauty needs to be either.  I am almost down to the last 2 weeks of the 90 day beachbody program with RevAbs.  I have been working hard and enjoy treating myself without food. Beauty products are a great way to enhance & encourage all our efforts. So, what is worthy of our efforts... Imagine a company that offers cruelty free, vegan, & raw ingredients.  Then, combine that with the fact that the products are blended by hand in artisan-sized batches with a low-tech approach (absolutely no exposure to high heat, chemicals, or any other factors that might compromise the value and effectiveness of our creations). About Grateful Body "Following Mother Nature's rules . . . Biologically Appropriate Everything in nature contains all the power of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ Our body is very particular, very precise about what it uses to keep itself strong and … [Read more...]