Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Landon's 9th birthday and an awesome recipe to try!

Today my baby turned 9. Where has the time gone? I swear last week he just came home from the hospital, all little and wrinkly and orange, and now he is a real little man.

For Landon's birthday we had a tie dye party with a photobooth. We had a lot of friends and family come over and had a little bbq. We had chips and dip, a fruit platter with dip, baked beans, chicken, pasta salad and hot dogs. The food was delicious and everyone loved a new dip recipe i tried, that i'll be sharing at the end. The kids spent a lot of time playing outside, and digging "for treasure" in the dirt in my yard, lol. Landon had a cool tie dye cake, yellow cake with cookies and cream filling. It was sooooo good!

Landon got some awesome presents, his favorites of which were his bike and his new TMNT sweatshirt.

The thing the kids all liked best (besides the cake) was the photobooth. I did the first one last year at my graduation BBQ, and it was a huge hit. This year i bought the props instead of making them, which was about the same cost and less work for me (yay). The kids love being silly with the props, and it's fun to watch.

Easy Refried Bean Dip Recipe
And now on to the dip recipe. I wish i had gotten a picture of the dip before the heathens attacked it, LOL. It's so easy to make and it really looked so amazing.

-One can re-fried beans
-2 cups shredded cheese, i used colby jack
-One small container of sour cream, maybe like a cup worth
-Half a packet of ranch dressing mix

Mix everything in a small pot, and heat it till the cheese is melted and everything is mixed thoroughly. The dip tastes amazing, but doesn't look very appetizing. I added 3 drops of red food color to make it look a little more orange and attractive. I served it with tortilla chips and also plain ridged potato chips and it went fast. If you try it let me know how you like it!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Magnetic Screen Door by IGotTech review

Have you ever seen those commercials for the magic magnetic screen doors? Have you ever thought to yourself they couldn't possibly work as well as they say they do? That was me. My thoughts were confirmed when my friend ordered one off an infomercial and it was cheap and didn't work right.

This is not that kind of screen door. The Magnetic screen by IGotTech is made with tough, heavy duty mesh. It has 26 magnets along the middle section to make sure it closes firmly, with no gaps. No gaps means no bugs slipping through and into your house! The magnets are firmly encased with reinforced edges, making the screen very durable.

The screen fits doors that are 34 inches wide or less, and 82 inches high or less. The screen attaches to the door frame using super duty velcro. It comes with a roll to attach to the frame, as well as some tacks you can use to more firmly anchor it. The velcro on the screen is reinforced to hold firm, and lessen the chance of it falling or having gaps that would let in bugs. The screen is easy to hang, though it is a 2 person job. The website has a super easy to follow tutorial video that explains it all. You can view that here, as well as check out the other great products made by IGotTech.

I really like the Magnetic Screen Door. It's great for me, because i live in an apartment and can't really drill holes or hang a door myself. Once it's up it's easy to use, you just walk through and it closes right behind you. No hands required is great for when you are carrying in groceries. The screen itself is high quality, and comes with a 100% money back guarantee. If you don't like it for any reason the company will refund you no questions asked. This is the 2nd product from IGotTech i have gotten and so far it has been my experience that they are a great company. So, if you have ever wanted to try out a magnetic screen door, i recommend you head on over to amazon and check this one out!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com in exchange for my honest opinion and review, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Raspberry Ketones Review

For the past two weeks i've been trying out Raspberry Ketones from Summit Nutritions.   I had heard a lot about Raspberry Ketones before trying them. It's one of the hottest new diet trends, but i had never really paid attention. The ketones are formulated and Manufactured in U.S.A in GMP certified facility, and are made with no additives, no fillers or artificial ingredients, and come in a rapid release capsule. 

What is Raspberry Ketone Extract?
Raspberry Ketone is a phenolic compound, which is naturally found in berry fruits like raspberries, also known as rheosmin, and chemically known as 4-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone. It is the primary compound responsible for the fruity aroma of raspberries, and is often used as a fragrance and flavoring agent for cosmetics, perfumes, foods, and beverages.
How Does it Work?
In Vivo and In Vitro studies have shown that Ketones increase fatty acid oxidation and stimulate adiponectin, which is a protein involved in regulating glucose level and fatty acid oxidation. It burns body fat and converts it into energy the body needs. In this way, it helps the body to control appetite making it an appetite suppressant. Raspberry Ketones work as an efficient weight loss supplement when combined with a balanced diet and exercise. During exercise the body requires extra energy to burn fat, and if you’re taking Raspberry Ketones, existing body fat is burned and converted into the energy needed for exercise. Raspberry Ketones also stimulate the secretion of adinopectin (enzyme). This supports and boosts your metabolism, which converts food into energy and will help in storing less food and fat in the body.
Key Features
  • Maximizes Body Energy* - enzyme lipases help breakdown fat cells, turning fat to fuel promoting increased energy levels.
  • Burns Body Fat* - by metabolism and lipolysis (breakdown of fat).
  • Promotes appetite suppression* - causes the body to release more of a hormone leptin. Leptin is one of the appetite hormones in your body that, when producing more, will help you feel full.
  • Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones Extract – a safe, natural compound found in raspberries. Not synthesized in a laboratory.
  • Comes in 500 mg capsules – 120 capsules per bottle. Manufactured in the USA in USFDA, cGMP certified manufactured facility.

So what do i think? I can't say that i have seem any weight loss, but i have noticed a decrease in my appetite, which i am sure will lead to weight loss soon. The pills are easy to take, smell like raspberries, and don't make you feel sick or leave a weird after taste. There is no magic pill to help you loose weight, but in combination with healthy eating and exercise, i really think these will help. As with all over the counter medications, you should check with a doctor before you take them if you have any serious medical conditions. You can check out Summit Nutritions website here, and you can view and order Raspberry Ketones on amazon here.

* The claims made about this product have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I would NEVER recommend a medication i did not approve of myself. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mobile Phone Sticky Suction Car Mount by IGotTech

This week i got to test out a new product for review. The Mobile Phone Sticky Suction Car Mount by IGotTech. This little gadget is super handy. It uses a vaccum suction base and can stick on all kinds of materials firmly: plastic, metal, glass, rubber, silicon, etc. It can hold mobile phones, navigators and tablets. The head rotates a full 360 degrees, so you can suction it anywhere and still be able to move your device if needed.  And if the sticky part loses stickiness, just use water to wash it, let it air dry and it will be as sticky as day 1!

It comes with an amazing  "stuck on you"  200% satisfaction guarantee. The company is so confident you'll love your sticky suction stand that they offer it with such a great guarantee. If you have any problems with your sticky suction stand for a full 2 years, simply let them know and they will refund your purchase and  send you a brand new unit free of charge. 

I first tested my sticky mount out in my car. For some reason i could not get it to suction to the hard plastic of my dash board, but it did suction to my windshield just fine. I positioned it behind my rear view mirror, so that my device would hang right under it. The picture shows my MP3 player on it, as i was using my cell to take the photo. It held my MP3 player just fine, and it didn't interfere with my vision through the windshield. I also put my phone on the mount, but after about 5 minutes my phone fell off. It also fell off at a later point when i went over a speedbump. 

I also used it to hold my phone in an upright position on my kitchen counter while i was cooking. It made my small phone feel like a larger tablet and let me view my recipe easily. All in all i found this to be a great product and would recommend it to anyone. You can view the sticky suction stand here on amazon, or check out the company website here

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

Monday, September 15, 2014

IPhone holder SiliGuy Review

The awesome product i am reviewing today is the IPhone holder SiliGuy. SiliGuy is made of top quality silicon, flexibly & securely fitting numerous devices and has the ability to be use almost anywhere.Easy-flex arms and legs puts control of position in your hands. You can bend the arms and legs to fit any phone, not just an Iphone. The hanging "head" allows you to hang the phone in your car, on a towel rack in the bathroom, on your machine at the gym, on your bike or motorcycle, on the charger for your phone, or use it leaning against something to keep your phone upright. 

 This little product is cute and innovative. The ways to use Siliguy are endless. Anywhere you go, you can find a place to hang or set your phone. I cannot tell you enough how much i love Siliguy and recommend him to anyone. It does say IPhone in the name of the product, but it fits my smaller Samsung with ease, and it fit my friends Iphone slim perfectly as well, even with the big otterbox case on it. If you are like me and are constantly looking for where you left or set your phone, head over to amazon here and order yourself a Siliguy!  You can also check out the company here.

Here i have my Siliguy hanging from the rearview mirror in my car

Here my Siliguy is hanging off the lock on the door of my car

Here Siliguy is hanging off the towel rack in my bathroom,
letting me enjoy Pandora while i get ready. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com in exchange for my honest review. The opinions here are 100% real and 100% mine.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Vinyasa Prenatal Yoga Workout DVD with Julie Schoen

Vinyasa prenatal yoga DVD is led by Julie Schoen, a certified pre-natal yoga instructor, author, and founder of Yoginiology.com and Mommy Does Yoga. Watching the DVD you can see that Julie is in her element, and that she truly cares about helping expectant mothers stay healthy and connect with their bodies and their babies. Nowhere in the DVD does her smile or demeanor seem forced or fake, which is a nice change from other workout DVD's.

 The DVD features a 60 minute workout, using yoga poses modified to be easy for expecting mothers while still providing a workout effective and keeping and maintaining muscle tone and flexibility. It begins and ends with soothing meditation and gentle stretching. Julie understands expecting mothers are capable of a true workout, and makes sure her 60 minute workout really worth doing.

 I spent 60 minutes doing this DVD workout with a pregnant friend. We both enjoyed the workout, and she got a lot out of the information in the DVD. I cannot say enough good things about this DVD, and i would recommend it to anyone, from beginners just wanting to have a healthier pregnancy, to exercise enthusiasts wanting to stay in shape.

 Vinyasa Prenatal DVD- http://goo.gl/hFth0M
Julie's website- http://goo.gl/pJHWKv

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com to review in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Why i stayed...

In light of the recent video that has come to light showing ex-ravens player Ray Rice knocking then fiance, current wife Janay Palmer unconscious in a elevator, i have seen a lot of people asking "why did she still marry him?" and "why do woman stay with men that beat them?" I'd like to take a moment to offer some insight, as a survivor of domestic violence myself.

The day i was married, sept 2nd of 2005, 8 months pregnant and so naive, is the day my ex-husband first hit me. One of my male family members had said something incredibly rude to him, which caused us to argue after the wedding and reception. I made the "mistake" of defending that while my uncle was wrong, he said what he said because he loved me. I didn't even see it coming when he backhanded me. I locked myself in the bathroom, holding my stomach, thinking of my son, and sobbing. But he apologized...he was stressed, hurt by what had been said to him, and so sorry. He worked hard the next week to prove to me how sorry he was. Despite the fact that i grew up in a home with DV, i believed him. 3 weeks after our wedding our son was born, and for 4 months things were good.

What people who have never experienced domestic violence don't understand is, it's not like one day he starts  beating you. There is a buildup to that point, where day by day he breaks down your confidence, makes you feel small, worthless. He isolates you from your friends, if he is the only one working he controls the money and the fiances. He does anything he can to make sure you are dependent on him. He makes sure you know no one loves you like he does, no one will understand or believe you if you tell them, that if you were just better he wouldn't get so angry. Usually, by the time the first blow comes, you already have been broken down so much you almost believe him when he says you deserve it.

(That's quite the fat lip i have under that white face mask.)
Even an abused woman who has been broken down will tell you she had moments where she knew she had to leave. I certainly did. But that brings up new issues. Good woman, Christian women, they stay. They work it out. God hates divorce. If you leave you're a failure.  Plus it's so embarrassing. Walking into stores with that fat lip, seeing people stare or whisper...knowing they know what happened, and yet here you are, walking through the grocery store at his side like an idiot. Who wants to admit the man they love, who vowed before God and family to "love, honor and cherish" them, is abusing them. Not to mention the fact that we live in a culture that plays down abuse and tries to justify why men do it. So we stay silent, we stay, we try harder.

Plus, it's not all violence and anger. There are good times too. When things were good they were really good. The picture on the right was taken while we were on vacation is California. That week was amazing. So much fun, so many good memories. Women in abusive relationships learn to ficus hard on the good times, because they make the bad a little easier to deal with. But even the good times always have a little shadow over them. Or they did for me. No matter how good it was, i was always aware in the back of my mind that at any moment he could snap and it would be ugly. I never knew what it was that i was going to do to make him mad, make him hit me. Christmas eve 2007 i used a seasoning he didn't like on the turkey and he tried to stab me with a butcher knife. He once did stab me with a small kitchen knife. The fat lip in the picture above was because i asked him to not have his buddies stay the night that weekend like they usually did.

Why did i stay? Because i wanted my son to have his family be whole. Because he loved me, i just brought his anger out sometimes. Because i believed him when he said no one would believe me, no one else would want me, that i couldn't do any better. Because if left, i would be a failure. Because God hates divorce. Because part of me felt it was better to deal with the abuse than be alone. Because maybe one day he would change. Because i was naive and stupid. Because i didn't want to deal with the judgement.

Why did i leave then? Because things exploded, and i had to choose. My ex and i got in a argument over a blanket i made for him. Yup, the story that follows is because of a blanket i made for him. He was mad that i had done it wrong, so he hit me. I so was so mad i hit him back. Slapped him across the face as hard as i could. The worst thing i could have done at that moment. He grabbed me by the throat, punching me in the head as hard as he could. He threw me into the fridge, then across the hall into the wall. i tried to push him away, ending up scratching his face in the process. He threw me into the front door, where i cowered in the corner trying to protect myself. He punched me in the head many more times, a few punches to the ribs, then he began to squeeze my throat. I started trying to gasp air in, eyes watering like crazy. He smiled at me. Told me i was going to die and he was glad. I remember banging against the wall, hoping a neighbor would hear it. Then our son ran over and started yelling at my ex to stop hurting his mom. My ex used his arm to push him away, but in the small pace we were in he pushed him into the corner of the wall, causing him to hit his head. He started to cry, my ex looked at him and realized what he had done. He let go of me, pushed me out of the way, and left the house. I called 911. While i was on the phone with them he came back. He realized what i was doing, and called me a dumb bitch. Then he grabbed his jacket and ran out of the house. My son and i ended up at the ER, my ex hid from the police for about 5 hours before he turned himself in.

As bad as that was, the worst part came after that. Sitting in the ER with a concussion and bruised ribs, trying to explain that my husband did this to me. Having to have my son's head looked at, just in case, because my husband threw him into the wall. Then the next day, opening my door to find police and 2 people from CPS at my door. Asking about the violence, how often it happened, did he often hit our son...so many questions. Them explaining to me how i had been negligent and could loose my son if there wasn't a change. I have never been so angry in my entire life. I gave this "man" everything, and he could be the reason i lost my son? That was the end. We were divorced not long after.

I dealt with a lot during the time of our divorce. There were people who didn't believe me. They could not fathom that this nice guy they knew was a wife beater. I still get people who believe him that i am crazy and he is the best guy ever. I;m the bitch who got him sent to jail. I felt very judged by the people in the church i had grown up in, so i left. I felt judged by my family, like it was shameful i had let myself be abused. I no longer associate with some of those people. I still deal with his violence. His anger. He has told me straight up that i'm only alive because he is afraid of prison. That he'd love to smack the shit out of me but he won't go back to jail. And my fears about my son losing his father were valid. He know see's him, maybe 4 days a month. He will go for 10+ days of not calling him. My son knows his dad values other things above him, and i know one day my ex will have to deal with the fallout from that. I do wish i had chosen a better dad for him. I was young and naive. I was stupid beyond belief.

I will carry these scars for the rest of my life. I am still learning to overcome my PTSD and the mental abuse i suffered. I am still learning to love myself and find my worth again. I was so strong and independent before my marriage, and i know someday i will get back to that place again.

So next time you wonder why a woman stays, try not to judge quite so much. There is a battle, an internal struggle, that you cannot comprehend. There is so much more to it than her just leaving. My mother had to plan in secret, hide away money, for months. He went to work one day, we loaded a small uhaul and were gone by the time he came home. This is the story so many survivors of DV have. Abusers will threaten everything, including the children, to keep the power they have. The best thing you can do is be educated, be available to listen or help if someone you know is being abused, and hold the men who do this accountable. There is NEVER  a reason for a man to hit a woman. Even if she attacks him first, him hitting her should be the last resort. A lesson i am teaching my son. I am stopping the cycle of violence in my life, and in our family.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Children 'n Us stroller organizer review

Thanks to Tomoson I am getting to try out an awesome product, a stroller organizer from Children 'n Us. The Children 'n Us  Stroller Organizer has a lot of space to hold all of your essential baby needs on the go. It has a pocket for your phone; a velcro pocket to carry things like pacifiers; two bottle/beverage pockets; a zipper pocket to store your keys; two external pockets, and lots or rooms for diapers, wipes and even extra clothing. The whole bag is insulated, allowing you to carry and keep bottles/beverages cold longer.

The Children 'n Us Stroller Organizer has an adjustable strap with clips that allow it to be used in a lot of great ways. Clip it to your stroller,clip it to your bike, clip it around the headrest in the car to allow older kids access to their things; you can even use it as a purse type bag.

I loaded mine with some books, snacks that won't go bad or melt in the car, some toy cars, kleenex, my son's extra sunglasses, and bandaids. Clipped around the headrest, with the bag on the back, will make it easy for my son to reach his things himself, and give him a place to store them, keeping my backseat clean and clutter free.

It's a great product, and i would recommend it to anyone who needs a little more organization and hates carrying around a diaper bag. You can check the company out at their website here and you can check out the product, and read reviews on amazon here.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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