Join us for Feed Me Friday Email Subscription #bloghop featuring @kaitlynmarie003

  <center><a href=""><img src="" /></a></center> Welcome to Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Just Us Four and Eco Baby Mama Drama! Feed Me Friday is a Blog Hop to help you meet new bloggers and build your e-mail subscriptions. Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

Taking back the power & feeling safe again with Street Safe Mobile Security #cbias


Back in college, I was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. Even though I have moved on, forgetting the fear is not the easiest. After I got away from my attacker, the rebuilding started. I joined a Sexual Assault Response Team through the university and started volunteering at the local domestic violence office. I was determined to help where I could to help me get back to being the confident person I once was. No matter how much I have moved on there's this part of me who just has trouble trusting people. I have a hard time feeling completely safe around strangers when I have seen first hand what someone who supposedly loved me was capable of. How do I raise my kids to feel safe without passing on my insecurities?  {image courtesy of Street Smart} Unlimited access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year Affordable monthly subscription plan –  Monthly rates are $19.99 per month and you can save $7.49 a month by getting the yearly plan! Walk With Me … [Read more...]

Full Core as a healthy snack alternative: Lemon Lime Mojito Recipe too! #StopSnacking #cbias


I am frustrated. At 30, I am not in the best shape for me. This was me at my peak about a year and a half ago... Below is a more recent picture. Today I could stand to lose about 15 pounds and tone back up. `It's not just about the weight loss, but about the confidence I feel when I am taking care of my body. You know that feeling when you look at a picture where you see the extra weight in your trouble areas that's where I am at right now. Being petite, the extra weight shows. In the 1st picture, I could push myself beyond what I thought I was ever capable of! However, since a car wreck last march leaving me with nerve damage, I am unable to workout like I use to. I have been forced to ease up on the intensity and I miss that! I am now doing more pilates and yoga rather than bootcamp intensity. I use to run and now it hurts to walk fast. However, we are planning on doing a 5k as a family! As far as my eating, I am used to making food homemade and sticking to fresh foods. I … [Read more...]

L’Oreal Magic BB Cream {Beauty Review} #MagicBBCream


I am a minimalist when it comes to beauty. BB Creams have been my new favorite way to get ready in the mornings. As I entered my 30's, I realized my complexion is not in prime condition. With acne, discolorations, pores, etc... picking makeup can be overwhelming. When I heard about Loreal Magic BB Cream, I was excited at the possibilities... About L'Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: This product gives the sheer coverage needed to create a natural bare skin finish, while delivering built-in skincare benefits. With four beautifying actions, this all-in-one innovation primes and smoothes, perfects to hide flaws, hydrates all-day, and corrects and evens skin. The product is infused with skincare ingredients like Panthenol, Vitamin E and Glycerin for 24-hour moisturization. To apply, simply dot on and blend with fingertips. Self-adjusting beads will instantly transform and blend to your skin tone. L'Oréal Paris Magic BB Cream retails for $10.95 for 1 fl oz. It is … [Read more...]

Stretching the Budget with Cookie’s Kids #CookiesKids #cbias


Being the mom of 3 boys, I am constantly buying new clothes, shoes, etc... because they have outgrown something or played too hard! Over the years you learn that saving money is not just about spending the least amount of money on everyday items, but also about the life you can get out of them. We are saving money to buy our first brand new car. I am cutting corners everywhere to put every little bit into saving  for our dream car. This is not my first time shopping at Cookie's Kids and definitely won't be my last! I choose Cookie's Kids for my boys because Cookie's Kids helps me stretch the budget as well as get them quality clothes. We don't have to pass on quality just because we are on a budget! Cookie's Kids is celebrating their 40th year in business!  A little bit about the company... In 1972, a young man named Cookie and his brother Marvin went into business together. They rented a 1600 square foot store in Jamaica, Queens, fixed it up, bought inventory and Summer and … [Read more...]

The Color Run: Join us for the Happiest 5k on the Planet! {promo code for select cities}

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What do you want to achieve this year? I am not talking about New Years Resolutions, because by the time February1st comes around many feel defeated. Is there something you want to do? I want to... continue to live a healthy lifestyle participate in a 5k surround myself with positive energy encourage healthy living to friends & family I am 30 years old. I always told myself I would run a 5k before I turned 31. However, I was injured in a car wreck last year that is interfering with the original plan. So I made a new one! I am going to walk my first 5k with my friends and family this year during The Color Run. Next year I hope to run it, but for now I am putting one foot in front of the other so to speak! Join us at one of the many nationwide events  {Photo belongs to The Color Run) What is The Color Run™? The Color Run™ 5k is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Color runners come from all … [Read more...]

Join Us for Feed Me Friday Email Subscription Hop with @rainhoneyblog

  <center><a href=""><img src="" /></a></center> Welcome to Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Just Us Four and Eco Baby Mama Drama! Feed Me Friday is a Blog Hop to help you meet new bloggers and build your e-mail subscriptions. Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

How Gluten Free Brightens our Day! Could it yours too? Featuring Udi’s Gluten Free


You can't seem to go anywhere without hearing about gluten free this and gluten free that. When we went gluten free over 5 years ago, the convenience factor of gluten free didn't quite exist and if it did the flavors were not right. Maybe it was due to where we were located, but we were forced to learn to adapt without the convenience foods. I know I have discussed our reasons for being gluten free before, but for those who are new to Great Contradictions: Meet Hunter (he's the one in the middle) Hunter is how I found out I had Celiac Disease after over 20 years of not knowing. I usually could not get my weight to 100 pounds, tired all the time, constitipated, upset stomach, bloated, chronic migraines, and a lot of other symptoms that no one had ever tried to get to the root cause of. Now back to Hunter...When he was 6 months old, we knew something was wrong because he was losing weight, really tired, and who can forget 10+ poops a day. When Hunter stopped sitting up and … [Read more...]

Let La-Z-Boy Furniture inspire limitless options for the Ultimate Mom Cave! #MomCave #CBias


 Casual Chic is an easy way to define my style. Above is an example of a living room I could see myself having {Photo Courtesy of La-Z-Boy} However with my husband's work, we get the pleasure of moving around on average of every 2-3 years. I have no desire to do anything beyond renting until we are where we are going to end up. The problem with that is that it is hard to really feel at home when it doesn't always feel like our home. Renting definitely has it's limitations; such as, an inability to paint. We have come to terms with our situation. So, Artwork and bright decor is our solution to make a rental like home! Here is what I am currently dealing with: Our living room is not the biggest of living rooms or maybe our over-sized furniture does not help matters. While the sleeper sofa and love seat are roomy. I just feel like it overwhelms the living room.  The love seat obstructs the hallway to our bedroom. In between the love seat and sofa there's a gap that … [Read more...]

Not all Milk Alternatives are equal: Try Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe Using Silk Soy Milk #rethinkwhatyoudrink


Milk!?! It's one of those tough subjects that seems so simple, but can become so complicated without even realizing it. The thing about it is when I was a kid I don't remember people drinking anything except regular or chocolate milk (and not anything like the ones pictured below). When I started working at a health food store in college, I got curious about all the different milk alternatives. The funny thing was I hadn't even realized that dairy milk made me feel bad, because we just get so use to the way that we are. For 19 years, I let dairy milk make me miserable. It's interesting how small changes in your life can make you feel new again. That's what happened when I went away from dairy milk. It turns out I am lactose Intolerant.  To see more pictures from the Alternative Milk shop from home to spoon check out my google+ album I don't normally prefer to drink Original varieties of Soy Milk. I use them in cooking, but I generally drink the vanilla, chocolate, or sweetened … [Read more...]