New Adventures

You have probably noticed that I have been a little MIA lately. A new adventure has begun in my life. I have become an Independent Consultant for Ava Anderson.

If you are like me, before I had a friend become a Consultant, I had ever heard of the company. Let me give you a little background on it.

At the age of 14 Ava Anderson realized that many personal care products contain hazardous and toxic chemicals. In 2009, Ava Anderson Non Toxic was born with 6 skin care products and in just 7 years there are now 17 different categories of non toxic products!

The Mission at Ava Anderson is “to educate consumers about current health risks in personal care and home products and provide non toxic alternatives and in doing so, build meaningful businesses with many Consultants”

So, let me tell you about why I became involved in Ava Anderson. The process started before I became pregnant with Princess. I started the healthy lifestyle transition. I wanted to make myself the best I could be to be able to provide a healthy home for Princess to nest for 9 months in. After she was born, I have felt it is my job to keep her as healthy as I can, not only in food choices but also in every day life choices. I have done my best, I thought, to show her how to live a healthy lifestyle. The reason I say I thought was because I never even considered all the toxics that we come across in every day life!

I made the decision to become an Independent Consultant was because I want to reduce the toxics in everyday life. I want to share my passion with others and educate them in ingredients to avoid.

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Are you someone who would like to learn more about the products or ingredients to avoid? I would love to be able to share with you the knowledge that I have for the products with you or anyone you know. Comment below. Find me on Instagram. Find me on Twitter. Find me on Facebook.

 

Did you know… A woman is exposed to 168 chemicals, on average, before she leaves the house in the morning. Think soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, cosmetics..etc (Source: EWG)

 

33 Things in 2016

Wow! Can you believe it? We are already almost a week into 2016.  I have decided that this year, I want to accomplish 33 things. Why did I pick that number? Simple! Because I will be 33 in 2016!

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So here is my list: I will come back in 365 days and see where I am at! So here’s to 2016!!!

  1. Read 12 books
  2. Loose 52 lbs
  3. Walk 10,000 steps everyday (approx 1780 miles!)
  4. Ride my bike more
  5. Unplug at night
  6. Become a 3 star rated daycare program
  7. Transition Baby P into her big girl bed
  8. Find our forever home
  9. Take time for myself
  10. Start night yoga
  11. Become healthier (80/20 works for me!)
  12. Complete 5 craft projects
  13. Take Baby P camping at least 3 times
  14. Meal plan weekly..EVERY WEEK!
  15. Blog at least twice a week…EVERY WEEK!
  16. Stress Less
  17. Visit somewhere new
  18. Step out of my comfort zone and try something new
  19. Successfully finish at least one round of Whole 30.
  20. Get outside more
  21. Learn to love myself for who I am
  22. Turn off the TV
  23. Really listen and be present
  24. Get the whole house organized
  25. Feel comfortable in my own skin
  26. Love harder
  27. Get all of our friends together at least one time this summer
  28. Move more during the day
  29. Organize pictures
  30. Decorate the house
  31. Learn to say “no” and not feel bad about it
  32. Join a club or something to get more me time
  33. ENJOY, LOVE, and LIVE everyday!

 

What do you want to accomplish in 2016?

Heavy Hearts

Last night I went to bed with a heavy heart. Not because of something that directly effects me or my life but because of the actions of others against innocent people in the world.

Yet again, there was breaking news of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California where 14 innocent people lost their life and so far 17 others were injured.

It pains me to know that this is the world we are raising our children in. It scares me to know that as innocent as Baby P is right now, that there will be a time that I will have to sit her down and explain that there are bad people in the world and Mommy and Daddy will do anything and everything in our power to keep her safe.

My heart hurts for the victims families that are now grieving.

So as you go about your day, remember tomorrow is never promised. It is not something that should be taken for granted. Hug your loved ones just a little tighter. Make sure you let them know how loved they are and how much you appreciate them.

If you have to use this horrific event as a teaching tool for your children; teach them this lesson (in the words of Mister Fred Rogers) –

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
– Fred Rogers

 

Update in Pictures

Wow! One holiday is over and the other is just around the corner..literally! It has been a busy Thanksgiving. I took closed the child care program on Wednesday (before Thanksgiving) and reopened on Tuesday (after Thanksgiving).

On Wednesday, Baby P and I ran some errands and then spent the afternoon making cupcakes for our Thanksgiving family festivities. Thank you Pinterest!

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On Thursday morning, I was at Meijer by 3:30AM in order to get in line for the sale. I love the #BlackFriday shopping excursions. Hubby stayed home with Baby P and they slept in. I was out of Meijer by 6:30am (after standing in line until 6:00AM for the Fitbit Charge HR (and a few other things). I also went to Rural King and was back home for good by 7:45AM.

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After returning home, I was able to get a nap in before we went to my inlaws for dinner. After dinner, we sat around for awhile, watched some football, and then it was time to head back out. By 5pm, Hubby and I were standing in line at Kohls. After Kohls, we went to Target, and Old Navy. Crowds were surprisingly low this year. (Hubby was thankful for that!) We were completely done by 7:50pm.

Friday morning, we were back at it by 6am at Sams Club. This day took a little longer because we went to more stores and also stopped for breakfast. When we finished shopping, other then a few miscellaneous items, everyone is done! We have 95% finished our Christmas shopping before December 1!!!!

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So, tell me…
Did you go Black Friday shopping? Have you started Christmas shopping yet?

 

Rejuvenate your floors

Are your floors dull? Do they lack the shine they once had? 

If you answered “YES!” to either one of those questions, I may have a solution for you!

I, like many others, had floors that looked amazing right after being mopped. The shine from the water made them look like new. I love that look! But after the water dried, the shine left.

 

I googled all natural ways to get laminate flooring a shine and nothing worked like I wanted it too. I went to different stores and searched for products that would work on laminate flooring; everything I found was for wood flooring.

Jackpot! While watching a commercial one evening, I seen a product called Rejuvenate. So that night I made a mental note to remember that product when I went to the store next.

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Mental note — Forgot!

Finally just the other day, I was browsing aisles in a store and what did I come across? Rejuvenate! Ahhh! Yes! This is what I need to try. So I picked up a bottle. I used it and it has made a difference on my kitchen floor! I can’t wait to use it on the foyer floor also!

The picture below is one that I attempted to get a picture to show you the difference. I hope you are able to see it.

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How do you use the product? 

Make sure your floors are clean and fully dried before using the Rejuvenate product. (I just used water only to wipe up the floor because I just mopped it 2 days prior) After the floor is completely dry, apply the product directly to the floor. Rejuvenate suggests doing it in a 4×4 square area. To apply the product to the floor, use a microfiber cloth and in a circular motion spread the product over the flooring. Let dry for 45 mins and check out the shine on your floor!

Where can you purchase the product?

You can visit the website: http://www.rejuvenateproducts.com/

You can also purchase at most local retailers!

Disclaimer: Products were purchased on my own and all opinions expressed are my own. This company has not influenced any opinion  expressed in this review. 

 

Yes, I’m ONE of them!

It’s almost that time of year again.

That time of year where the crazy, get up at 2am to stand in line until the store opens at 6am kind of people come out of the wood work. The time of year where stores now open on Thanksgiving Day instead of only on Black Friday. The time of year where people have been camped out at a store for weeks just to score that amazing deal!

Yes, I am one of those people!

Do I camp out for weeks? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Am I super excited about going out and shopping before people are getting up and scoring an amazing deal? ABSOLUTELY!

We are just over a week away and I have already started to plan the shopping festivities. I have went through the leaked ads, as they come on a website. Made a list of what items, what times, and what places that will be needed to make that day run smooth.

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What do you need to be productive on Black Friday?

You must plan! You must go through all the ads. Figure out what items you really want and write them down. Next to the item, write down the store in which you have found it (yes it can have multiple stores), the price and what time the store opens.
After your list is made, then it is time to organize the list. Organizing the list takes the most time. (Make sure if you have the same item from different stores – it is the exact same item!!)  This is where you will go through the times, the items and the stores to see if you can combine the same items from the same stores.


Your list may look something like this:
sheets – kohls (6pm Thurs), jcpenny (6pm Thurs), meijer (6am) – 59.99
silverware – jcpenny (6pm Thurs), macys (6pm Thurs) – 49.99
kid toy – meijer (6am), kmart (online all day thurs), walmart (5pm Thurs) – 25.99
ETC…
Organizing list:
Kid Toy – Order online ASAP Thursday Morning!
Silverware/Sheets – JCP (6pm Thursday) – Check online in AM – Get to the store by 4pm!


So tell me, Are you ONE of them? Do you avoid Black Friday all together? 

 

My HSG Experience

Last Thursday evening I went for my first HSG test after officially being diagnosed with PCOS last year. I know that this can be a scary, and nervous time for anyone so I would like to share my experience; in hopes that I can calm your nervous before you have the procedure done.


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After scheduling the test, I did what every other one of you reading this post did…I went to the all mighty Mr. Google. I wanted to find out about the test. I wanted to know the pain associated with the test. I wanted to be prepared! BAD MOVE! Step Away from Mr. G…Walk Away…FAST! (but finish reading this post! HA!)

I read many different experiences from people who not only had one test done, but multiples. I totally had myself in a panic.I was worried about the pain associated with it because let’s be real – My pain tolerance is not the highest. As the day went on the more nervous I became. I tried to keep myself busy during the day but my mind kept wondering back to “is this something I should be doing?”

Welp, the time came and I checked into the facility. Waited about 30 mins before getting called back. {Hello Nerves..We Meet Again!} Finally, my name was called and the time has come. There was no looking back now.

They gave me one of those o’so fashionable hospital gowns and taken back into the x-ray room. The doctor explained how the procedure would go. She then asked if I had any other questions. And it’s go time….Time for the test to begin!

Deep Breaths – Relax – Breathe 

The test began like any normal pap test. The catheter like tool was then inserted in order to put the dye in. A little pressure at this point but nothing more. Dye began and I watched on the screen as it entered my left tube. SCORE! It’s open! Doctor then wanted me to roll onto my right side. – nothing yet. Let’s roll a little more… Yep. still nothing. The doctor decided that the right side was blocked and the test was done.

I am able to sit up now and the doctor then went over the results with me. She said that my official doctor would get the results and proceed with the next step. She gave me some ideas of what the next steps could be but because she isn’t my official doctor, she could not actually tell me for sure which route we would take.


On a scale of 1-10 — I can’t even rank the pain. It was just like a normal pap with the uncomfortable feelings with a little pressure. I know that everyone’s pain tolerance is different but this is my experience and I hope that I am able to put at least one person’s mind at ease before experiencing the test.

So tell me.. 
Have you had the HSG test done?  Share your experience!