MealEnders Review +GIVEAWAY!!

MmI was blessed with the opportunity from FitApproach and MealEnders to be able to review their product and also giveaway some to my fabulous readers!

Are you someone who is known to overeat? Do you have a hard time not giving into cravings? If you answered “YES!” to either question (or both, if you are like me) then you are in the right place!

What are MealEnders?
It is a weight management product that help to avoid overeating and clearing cravings. MealEnders do not only work solely on your stomach. The lozenges focus on the mind and body.

How do they work?
The lozenge will keep your mind and mouth occupied after a meal (to replace dessert) or when you want to curb a craving. The lozenge is made up two layers. The first layer is the sweet layer. This is the “dessert” portion of the lozenge. The second part is a cooling/tingling hard layer. According the MealEnders, this layer clears the palate and lingers on the tongue after the lozenge is dissolved.

Borrowed From MealEnders Twitter Feed @mealenders

 

How did I use them?
I used them after meals when I felt like I needed to eat more but I didn’t want to overeat, and also on days that I felt like I couldn’t stay out of the kitchen. Working from home in a child care setting, I am ALWAYS in the kitchen and it’s hard for me to not graze all day long. On those days particular, I felt that the lozenges worked well. According the directions, you are not allowed to chew the lozenge. Allow the lozenge to dissolve completely. This step was hard for me because I am the type that likes to bit suckers, and hard candy. I can’t just let them dissolve! BUT I did it!

There are four flavors that are available from MealEnders. Each pack comes with 25 pieces. You can chose from the following flavors: Citrus, Mocca, Chocolate Mint, or Cinnamon. Prices start at one pouch for 14.95. You can also make a 30 day commitment for 34.95 or a 90 day commitment for 89.95 (SAVINGS of 45.00!!!) Plus if you subscribe to either the 30 day or 90 day commitment then you can save an additional 10%. Who doesn’t love a good savings?!

What are they made of?
Each flavor contains different ingredients – Head on over to MealEnders Ingredients page to check on the flavors that you would like to try.

My overall experience with MealEnders:
I have used them a handful of times throughout the days since my product came in the mail. I can defiantly tell a difference when I use them versus days I do not. The cravings are reduced on days that I use them and at 15 calories for 1, that in my mind is A LOT less then half a bag of chips, cookies, candy bars, etc!
I really enjoyed the citrus and the cinnamon. I am not a huge coffee fan so the Mocha was not one that I would pick and also the Chocolate Mint I let my husband try and he enjoyed that one since Chocolate Mint is a favorite flavor of his.

AND NOW for the FUN: MealEnders was gracious enough to allow me to giveaway a 4 pack (one pack of each flavor) to one of my lucky readers! (a $50.00 value) So if you want to win enter now! If you do not want to wait until the giveaway is over and you want to purchase your own at a 20% discount using the code FitHolidays20; Head on over to www.mealenders.com.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦

How to Enter:
1. Follow me on Instagram – @beinspired_betrue (will check!)
2. Repost the pic below and tag me
3. Hashtag – #beinspiredgiveaway
4. Tweet About the Giveaway : “I just entered a @mealenders giveaway from @smltwngrl920 & you should too! #fitholidays #sweatpink https://myjourneymydestination.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/mealenders-review-giveaway/
5. Don’t have twitter: Leave a blog comment about your thoughts on this product!

All things must be done to qualify and Winner will be chosen on December 21!!!!  Good Luck!

 

IMG_20151207_110458

 

Disclaimer: I was given this product for free to review. The opinions are my own and not influenced my anyone, including the company.

Advertisements

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!

IMG_20151202_150228

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.

IMG_20151202_150424
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!!!!

IMG_20151202_150511

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.

IMG_20151119_142032

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.

IMG_20151119_142818

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.

BlackFridayPost

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.


HSG Test

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! 

It’s Me…Not You

As you know, if you have been following along, I started the Whole 30 challenge last week. I had such high expectations for this round of it. I wanted to succeed and finish strong. I didn’t want to fail. Sadly, the headaches and cravings won (AGAIN!).

I don’t look at this as a failure. I look at it as a learning experience. I have learned that being that strict with restrictions is not something that my body is okay with. I have learned that moderation is something that I will be able to do. I am still eating clean and I have noticed that I haven’t had many cravings since then. I think when I tell myself that I can’t have it at all, my body goes into panic mode. When I tell myself that moderation is okay, the cravings go away. I know! It’s a mental game that my mind is playing but if that makes me be able to subside the cravings and give myself the best chance at succeeding..why wouldn’t I do that?

whole30breakupIf you are reading this and try to finish the Whole 30 challenge, and you have not been able to do it. I want you to walk away from this post knowing that it is not a failure. Take it as a learning experience. Understand that not every thing will work the same for everyone. Everyone is different and you may need to play the mind game (as I am!) with my body. I hope that if you are struggling, you have to do what’s best for you’re body and yourself.

I give those who are able to succeed on the Whole 30 a standing ovation! (no seriously! I am so proud of you!!) I would love to have a magic solution that would have helped me but that’s not the case. This is my body and I know what it needs and what it can handle.

So… I know breakups shouldn’t happen in a letter but there is no better way then this right now.

Dear Whole 30,
It’s me! Not YOU! We just aren’t compatible. I know you will find others that you will be more compatible with. Good Luck in each relationship you have from here on out!
Sincerely,
Ashley

So tell me, what have you struggled with and it ended up being a learning experience?