Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What's this About "Shaklee"..??

I was lucky enough to get to review this Basic H cleaning concentrate from a Shaklee Independent Distributor. In this tiny capsule was enough to make a whole bottle of all purpose super cleaner and another whole bottle of glass cleaner, 16 ounces each.  I was excited to see how it worked.  I started wiping down my kitchen counter, then I saw some dirty spots on the front door.  I couldn't stop after that I went to the walls!! Haha, The kids had colored all over the window with window markers and I then wiped the windows clean.  It worked great!  The one thing I really loved is that it doesn't smell at all.  No chemically smell What So Ever.  Yay! I love that it is safe enough for my kids to use without breathing in the harmful chemicals.  What a powerful little sample tube. :)

Claire, Shaklee Independent Distributor, is a Cancer survivor and realized how important it is to expose her and her family to SAFE things.  Shaklee has many products from cleaning, nutrition, beauty products and more.  I like what I've seen so far and I'm excited to try some other things out.  
Every product is completely SAFE to use and comes with a money back guarantee.

Shaklee also gives you an opportunity to be a distributor.  If you are looking for a way to get healthier or make a healthier income, Shaklee may be fore you.  Check out Claire's site.   

Have a great day!!

(This post is a product review based 100% on my opinion) 



Friday, May 11, 2012

I Love My Fitbit!! (Review)

Have you heard of fitbit? Well, let me tell you a bit about it. It's an electronic wireless tracker that does a whole lot of stuff. It tracks your steps, distance traveled, tracks how well you sleep, calories burned, tracks floor climbed, it also has a clock so if you don't like to wear a watch you always have a clock on you.  It's very small, easy to clip on to the waste of your pants, in your pocket or even on your bra. :) I really Love it!! Before I got mine I was wondering what's better, The body bugg or the fit bit. This is some research I found to compare them.


I love knowing how many calories I burned during the day.  Knowing how many steps I take has really motivated me to make sure I take at least 10,000 each day.  This last week I got up to over 16,000. WooHoo!! I love this little device.  It's motivating, I feel more in control of what I'm doing.  I've never been very good at tracking what I eat, writing it down, etc.  But, I love doing it with Fitbit and I now realize how keeping track is a really important thing to do to help me reach my fitness goals. I put in what I eat and it lets me know if I'm over my calories or if I can eat more based on my goals and based on the activity and calories burned that day.  It's pretty awesome!  You can also connect it to other popular apps like My Fitness Pal , Map my Run, and many more.  It's also pretty cool that it tracks my sleep, it will tell me how many times I woke up, how long it took me to fall asleep, my sleep efficiency, how many hours of sleep I actually got.  It's a pretty nifty little device.  My husband wants one now too. :)
Go to www.fitbit.com to learn more about it and everything that it does.
Let me know if you try it out.  In my opinion you will not be disappointed with Fitbit!





Thursday, May 10, 2012

Guest Post: The Basic Cardio Equipment You Need


The Basic Cardio Equipment You Need
Staying healthy is a huge concern for Americans. After all, doctors have concluded heart disease is the top killer among the American people today. This is mostly because Americans fail to exercise enough and are consuming too much (unhealthy) food. However, there is hope for a healthy heart. There simply needs to be goals and priorities. Let's get started!

Eat for Health
A proper diet is a great start to getting your heart in shape. You need to consume foods that have vitamins that are helpful in keeping arteries free of clogs. Believe it or not, dark chocolate (in small, daily quantities) is a beneficial part of a diet. Also, remember to drink plenty of water (normally, there isn’t a limit to how much you should drink, so fill ‘er up!). 

Flex that Muscle
Yes your heart is a muscle. It needs to be exercised to stay healthy. A basic cardiovascular workout regimen needs to be at least 20 minutes a day, three times a week. Exercise helps boost your energy level AND keep your cholesterol down. Speaking of exercise, let’s look at some specific exercises to start us down the road to a healthy heart.

Starting with Basics
An easy and simple exercise to start out with is jogging or walking. This is especially great when you have someone you can chat with while exercising. If you do not have a walking partner, use an I-pod to keep you company. Walking on trails provides great scenery and different levels of difficulty. 

Sit Ups 

Sit ups are a very popular exercise and they do not require any equipment. They also do not require any special training. They allow you to easily work on your abs while strengthening your heart. A basic sit up is when you sit on the floor with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Place your hands behind your head, then lay completely flat on your back. You raise your torso up with your stomach muscles. You can let your chest touch your knees, then lay back onto the floor. Repeat this motion. For another variation, touch your right elbow to your left knee and visa-versa, as you go up and down. 

Kick Butt!
Kickboxing requires minimal equipment. You can learn how to side kick, jab, cross and round kick. The basic equipment is loose pants, a sleeveless or short sleeved shirt, and good cross-training shoes. If you are looking for more intense training, you may need to add a helmet and protective padding.


Wheels
Bike-riding is another great basic cardiovascular exercise. It’s very easy to purchase a stationary stand that you can use indoors during inclimate weather. Always wear proper head gear indoors and outdoors, too. When on the road, make sure you wear reflective gear, so you can be seen. 

Weights 
Dumb bells are a very effective way to gain strength, build muscle and get a good cardio workout. They are easy to use and inexpensive. You should always start with light weights. As you gain strength and become more proficient, you can increase the weights you use. 

Ginnifer Hallows writes about saving money, wellness & saving money at www.homeequityloan.net


Friday, May 4, 2012

Tone it up: a little Review


If you haven't checked out Tone it Up you may be missing out.  It's a great site with a lot of information.  Trainers Karena and Katrina are fun and beautiful, they are inspiring and real.  They are always having challenges and new workout videos to keep you going. Check out their workout videos at Tone it Up TV.  Sometimes it gets me a little overwhelmed with all their info, I don't seem to know where to start. They are currently sponsoring a challenge with SELF magazine- Drop 10 challenge that you can check out.  I love that they suggest creating your own "vision boards," something you can look at everyday, with pics or quote are whatever inspires and motivates you.  Put it somewhere you can see it everyday to keep you looking towards your goals and reaching for them. 
 

I love how they seem so down to earth.  They have a HUGE following of women who want to get fit.  They have their own meal plan that you can buy to really tone up.  It seems a bit pricey, because you print it all out on your own, but once you sign up you have a lifetime membership and will get updates automatically to the diet for a lifetime.  The diet plan give you lots of recipes you can try.  The Main tips they suggest are to eat plenty of fruits and veggies, lean proteins, lots of water, No starches after 3 pm, No artificial sweeteners, No dairy at lunch or with your afternoon snack, doing 30 minutes of cardio every morning...or what they call a "Booty Call."  I think they have put together some great info in the diet plan and on their site.  They have an online community to help give support as well.  They recently launched their very own Protein Powder that seems Perfect and easy on the go, would make a great post workout drink or if you need to fit a little more protein in your day like I know I need to!! It's called Perfect Fit Protein and I really want to give it a try.

Keeping it clean, each delicious serving of vanilla Perfect Fit Protein is
- Organic
- Gluten-Free
- Raw
- Vegan
- Non-GMO
- Sugar-Free
- Fat-Free
- Dairy & Lactose Free
- Soy, Corn & Wheat Free
- Hypoallergenic
- Complete Amino Acid Profile
A "Perfect Fit" for Everyone!

       







Overall, I think "Tone it Up" is a great resource for anybody trying to do just that....to Tone up! If I could stick to a stricter diet plan, I might get a little more serious about following their rules exactly.  I do like to follow their blog and I love getting their email updates because it just continues to motivate me and keep me going! Thanks Tone it up ladies! You can also like their Facebook page and follow their Pinterest boards.  


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Easy Girl Skirts

I wanted to share this easy skirt tutorial.  I'm not really a sewer.  I don't know exactly what I'm doing when I'm using a sewing machine.  I can usually figure things out pretty good.  But, I wouldn't call myself the greatest sewer.  So, If I can make these cute skirts, anybody can. 

 I actually made 3 for each of them, all different fabric.  They turned out really cute.  I'm pretty proud of myself. :) I was meaning to get more pics, but this is it so far :/
Go here for the Tutorial.  Sew Cute!! They are perfect for Spring and Summer!

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