ON Beverages and My Trek Through Fit Body Boot Camp

Thank you ON Beverages for sending me a complimentary selection of your products. All opinions and photos are entirely my own.

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I have no idea what I’m doing. Something inside me saw that darn Groupon for $59 for 6 weeks of Fit Body Boot Camp and my inner bargain hunter took over. I’ve been wanting to get fit, lose weight and be stronger for a long time… okay, my whole life. The problem is I’m that person who despises exercise. I hate being tired, sweating and feeling pain. So why now? Groupon seduced me.

I figured 6 weeks wasn’t really that long, right? I mean, it’s not like I’ve committed myself to 6 months. So I squeezed into my workout clothes, grabbed a bottle of water and headed off to the great unknown.

Day one was not fun. I moved body parts that haven’t been moved in years. I learned that I had muscles I never knew I had. I also learned how easily it was for me to get dehydrated. I got so dizzy on my way home. I guzzled down my water… and learned that I really hate water.

I’ve never really loved water. It’s just not my drink of choice. I guess I never developed a taste for it… maybe because it has no taste. I’ve tried putting in lemon or other flavorings, but I have a sweet tooth and it just didn’t make me happy. Then ON Beverages asked if I wanted to try out their line of energy drinks. I knew that I was going to need to take something with me to work out every day so I thought it was a good time to start trying some new things.

Here’s the #ad part of the post:  ON Beverages comes in 5 flavors (as you can see in the photo above). My favorite one turned out to be the Blueberry Lemonade. OMG SO SO Good! I also like the Raspberry Limeade. They were actually ALL really good, those two just happened to be the ones I could drink every day.

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So what is in these that makes them different? ON contains a combination of natural caffeine from tea leaf extract (and I love that I don’t have to grab a cup of coffee before I work out to get my caffeine fix) and the amino acid ornithine. These work together to increase your stamina, boost your brainpower, and enhance your focus… hey, all 3 things that I definitely need. Plus, they are low in calories, contain no fat and give you a head start on your vitamins for the day.

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I wanted to show you all the actual ingredients because I love that there are natural flavors and colors… and NO Soy, Gluten and GMO FREE!

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After 6 weeks of working out (and O.M.G. my muscles are killing me) I do feel stronger and clearer and more energized. ON Beverages have been a great addition to my new get-healthy program.

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Frozen Time… Sing Out Loud, Sing Out Strong

Thank you Disney and Entertainment New Media Network for sponsoring this post.
All opinions are entirely my own.

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On September 30, 2014 Walt Disney is releasing 4 albums: Frozen: The Songs, Frozen: The Songs Vinyl Soundtrack, Frozen Canciones de una Aventura Congelada, and  Frozen Score Digital Soundtrack. Lucky for me, Disney sent me a copy of Frozen: The Songs just for me. Okay, for me and my kids. Well, not really… mostly for me.

I’m pretty sure there aren’t many people left that haven’t seen the movie Frozen. It’s kind of taken over at the top of our list of favorite movies. The soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014… of course. I’m not sure there have been any other movies where the music has taken off as much as this one. It’s been crazy… my kids (especially Lauryn) know every word to every song.

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So… the songs. The CD has all your favorites:

1. Frozen Heart (performed by Cast)

2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman (Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monnand and Katie Lopez)

3. For the First Time in Forever (Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel)

4. Love Is an Open Door (Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana)

5. Let It Go (Performed by Idina Menzel)

6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People (Performed by Jonathan Groff)

7. In Summer (Performed by Josh Gad)

8. For the First Time in Forever – Reprise (Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel)

9. Fixer Upper (Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast)

10. Let It Go – Demi Lovato Version (Performed by Demi Lovato)

Who knew Kristen Bell had that kind of voice? She is amazing… and I’d love to see her reprise her role in the theatrical version when it arrives. And what can I say about Idina Menzel? I’ve loved her since she starred in Wicked and I could listen to her voice all day long. In fact, I kind of am since I’ve pretty much set Frozen: The Songs on a loop. I have to say, though, that I usually skip the Demi Lovato version. When you have Idina singing, you kind of can’t compare.

I have all the songs downloaded to my iPhone, but I have to say it’s kind of fabulous to have the CD that I can keep in my car and just pop it in when I’m driving. This is some seriously fun driving music… especially when you’re waiting to pick up the kids every afternoon. Go ahead and sing out loud… the other parents won’t think you’re strange belting out a song with your windows rolled up. Well, at least not much.

The CD has a few surprised as well. If you remove the paper information, you’ll find that one side unfolds into a poster of the characters. The other side is a full-on list of all the lyrics. I would probably love this if I didn’t already know every single word by heart. But I have to say… this is pretty good for those of you who regularly Karaoke.

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So what do you think? How many Anna and Elsa Halloween costumes do you think will be knocking on your door this Halloween?

Want to purchase your own CD… click on the link (it’s an affiliate link – means I make a few cents off of it – just so you know).

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And.. you also get a chance to WIN one of your own. Disney is letting me giveaway TWO Frozen CD’s. Just follow the Rafflecopter and winners will be randomly selected on October 5th! CD’s will be shipped via the manufacturer. Good luck!

If it come to this bloggers attention that the winner of my giveaway has won on a additional blog, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner.

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Change is Inevitable… Make it Count

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Predictable is boring. It might be safe, but it usually doesn’t get you very far. I’ve had the same blog design for years and I would wake up every day and look at it and think, “I need a change!” Change was a long time coming for several reasons. First, I’m not a blog designer. Ask me to redecorate a room in your house, or your office, or a hotel, and I’m all over it. I can do a mood board, draft up a floor plan, budget, purchase and install. But blog design? Nope, I haven’t got a clue. So after my amazing blog designer left the business, I was kind of lost. I would spend hours scouring the web and Pinterest for a new blog designer who would be a good fit for me. The problem was that I had absolutely no idea what I wanted. I new change needed to come… but change to what?

The second thing that held me back was that I knew I couldn’t do it myself. I’m great with the theory of blogging, know all about blog campaigns and social media… but when it comes to being techie about it all… you lost me. I can figure out a lot, but taking a chance that all my years of blog posts could magically disappear if I hit the wrong button scared the crap out of me.

So… it took forever for me to make a change. But I’m glad I finally did.

It’s not super fancy, but it is super simple. And sometimes simple really is best. The new design is a work in progress. I’m not sure what it will evolve into, but I’m getting my feet wet and trying some new things. I got over the hump of doing something new and different, and now I’m running with it.

Instead of wondering why I wasn’t getting more page views or more shares or likes on my posts, I decided the blog wasn’t going to change itself. If you don’t take a step in a new direction, you are sure to never get there.

I took the step… a little scary… and I’m excited to see what lies ahead.

 


Bringing in Autumn with #FebrezeFall

This post has been sponsored by SheSpeaks and Febreze. All opinions are my own.

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It’s my favorite season: FALL. Living in Southern California, I don’t get to experience it as much as I did when I lived in Connecticut, but I can still pick out the trees that do change colors on my street, and I can at least bring those great fall touches to the inside of my home. Part of that comes from adding in the colors, flavors and scents of the season. Thank you Febreze for creating your new Home Harvest Collection of scents.

One day last week, I happened to find a huge box on my doorstep. What was inside made me smile. How adorable is this?

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Febreze has an entire new line with scents that will make any house feel warm and cozy. Remember how your home smells when you cook Thanksgiving dinner? Now you can get the same feeling with Febreze.

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The plugin freshener is my absolute favorite and I have one in my living room so you get that touch of sugar and vanilla (my chosen fragrance) when you walk into my house. There is also a Febreze car freshener that clips to the visor. I got Toasted Almond. Yum… wanna come for a ride?

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One of the things included in my Home Harvest box was a recipe box full of great fall ideas for your home.

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I loved all the recipe, activity and decor ideas, but I really wanted to try out one of them in particular: the Lightbulb Pear.


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 You will probably have all the supplies you need in your home already.

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The trick is making sure you hot glue as you go around the light bulb or else you might find the twine unraveling in places you don’t want it to. And watch out for your fingers… they don’t call it HOT glue for nothing.

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The finished pears look ah-mazing! I love how easy they were to craft and how incredible they look as part of my home decor. You can even add some Febreze fragrance to them to make them really pop on your coffee table.

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Check out the new varieties of Febreze for the holidays at your local Walmart. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up on new products and great decorating ideas.


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This little girl with the big, blue eyes, the heart of gold, who hugs tight and adores her family… this little girl, not so little any more, who is stuck between two sisters – one older, one younger – and who often feels left out… she is my heart, my soul and my pride & joy. She is 12. 

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 HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMANDA SARAH
WELCOME TO “12”