What is your financial animal? -with TCF Bank

 

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Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? TCF Bank, a Minnesota-based, national bank, wants you to consider your financial habits and has created a fun quiz that lets you find your “financial animal.”

I just took the quiz and guess what animal I got? The Coyote! This could not have been more spot on! Check this out “I’m a crafty scavenger, always on the hunt for a bargain. My ideal day is spent digging in the couch cushions for spare change, clipping coupons and scouring the web for promo codes.” Hilarious because that is exactly me!!

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With my husband being in school for the past 4 years it has really given me the chance to take control of our finances and save as much money as we could. We have never been reckless with our money but with finances being so tight while Jacob has been in school, I learned more about needs and wants and tried my best to curb my shopping habits. 

After taking control of our finances we have been able to take control of our future and plan for our kids future more so than we ever have and it’s important to have a great bank like TCF to help you achieve your financial goals. 

TCF Bank has a financial learning center where they make use of a unqie technology that incorporates video, animations, gaming and social networking to simplify complex financial concepts.  My favorite information was about insurance and taxes. Both topics can be hard to navigate and they have great information on types of insurance, types of tax forms and more!

Another thing I was interested in was the Credit score information. We plan on moving within the next year and I know our credit score will pay a big role in what house we can get. You can actually find out who in the world comes up with your credit score! Neat information! 

What are your financial goals? I would love to own a house with some land for my kids to run around on and be able to pay it off before my kids graduate from high school. I would love to pay if off sooner than later and be able to own our home and not have a mortgage hanging over our heads. 

It’s important to set financial goals for you and your family so you don’t get yourself in a bind later down the road and makes your finances one less thing you have to worry about.  

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Weight loss weigh in #2

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Week #2 weight in! Last week I weighed 159.4 and this week, 156.1! I was shooting for 155, but I want to lose weight the healthy way and losing 5 pounds a week isn’t bad but not always attainable. I have to make sure I am eating enough and not starving myself. I have to think about it this way, it took me 9 months to put on all this weight and it sure isn’t all going to come off in 24 days. However my goal was to loose 10 pounds and I am only 2 pounds away. 

Goal for next week:

Weigh 152 or loose 4 pounds.

Am I exercising?

I am still doing the Advocare 24 day challenge.   I cannot stand diets that say “I eat a box of cookies a day, never work out and still lose weight!” That is ridiculous.  I am not exercising but I am very active. With 4 kids and some still not sleeping through the night, it’s all I can do to stay awake all day. I haven’t been working out but I am active. 

As a former personal trainer, what you eat is more than half the battle of loosing weight! I know at some point I need to work out to lose all the weight plus get toned but at this point eating right is what is working.

Before pictures: 

Don’t believe I used to be a personal trainer??! Look at this throwback picture from 2002. I really did have a 6 pack!

 
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Here is a picture right after I had Summit, chubby-ness and all! The 6 pack is long gone but I am slowly on the road to get it back!

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This is how I wind down each night…with Aqua Spa

 

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Who doesn’t want to come home to this every day? There is one part in my day that I have all to myself…oh who am I kidding, I have kids and at one point or another someone needs something during my bath time but I wouldn’t have it any other way! This momma doesn’t even have time for wine…that beautiful glass is just grape kool aid…the first thing I could grab before anyone saw me sneaking upstairs for my bath! haha! 

Aqua Spa products are my go to calming solution when I have had a long day. I am in love with a hot bath and love the Aqua Spa Bath oil because it leaves my dry skin smooth and soft. Up here in Colorado, we need every defense to combat our dry skin. I also love the Aqua Spa bath soak. It gently foams for a soothing bath that can revitalize tired and sore muscles  and diminish the signs of aging with Marine Youth Complex. 

When I am feeling extra grimy, I use the Aqua Spa body cleanser with Lavender and Chamomile. It cleans my skin with over drying it. 

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I love a good thick and creamy lotion but I don’t want it to be heavy with the summer months coming up. The last thing I want to feel is greasy and this lotion, although thick, does not go on heavy and has a wonderful lavender scent!  

What I liked most about these products is that the scent was not overpowering. It was a nice compliment in each product. 

The products can be found at your local Walmart and are mostly priced $10.

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Go here to learn more about the brand new Aqua Spa products!

Keep up with Aqua Spa on all their social media networks!

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And sign up for their emails here!

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Follow my husband’s #coffeejourneys through 4 years of school. Graduation is upon us!

Yvette Petersen winner of the name your favorite coffee giveaway! Winner has 24 hours to email me at thewasherfamily at iCloud.com or message me right on my Facebook page!

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4 years ago my husband decided he needed a new career path and applied to one of the top engineering schools in the US. It is a hard school to get into so we decided if he got in, we would move from our small town in Louisiana to Colorado. With over 10,000 people applying and only 900 accepted I wasn’t sure how good his chances were to get in. Fast forward 3 1/2 years, moving halfway across the country, 2 babies later, lots of school loans, and coffee, my husband is finally about to graduate!

Almost every morning my husband wakes up early and brews a pot of coffee. To be honest, I have NEVER made a pot of coffee! I know I should be ashamed so when I bought this Mr. Coffee® coffeemaker I decided I had to learn.  I normally put together all appliances in the house so I was hoping this one would not be to hard to figure out. Within 5 minutes I had this Mr. Coffee®  Optimal Brew™ coffeemaker up and running and actually brewed my first cup of coffee. I think it helps that this coffeemaker was so easy to use. We have been using an older Mr. Coffeemaker for the past few a lot of years and it’s out with the old and in with the new!

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And I kind of fell in love with this Millstone® Hazelnut Cream coffee! Check your local walmart for new packaging and great flavors . 

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I found this bad boy at my local walmart in the kitchen appliance section. It was on the the front row so it was easy to spot!

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Well hello their beauties! Which one should I take??

It has been tough these past few years with being pregnant, my husband working and in school but the one thing I wanted him to focus on is doing good in school and having his morning coffee helped him focus. Plus up here in Colorado you need a warm drink on all the snowy days we have! Can you believe even in -30 degree weather his school was never cancelled! Thanks goodness for coffee!

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And there she is! I guess I just didn’t want to learn how a normal coffeepot works but with the Mr. Coffee®  Optimal Brew™ coffeemaker, it could not have been easier. Just pour the amount of coffee grounds in the filter and slide the door back in. Fill up the side tank with water, and push brew! You can brew 10 cups in under 7 minutes. You can even pour a cup of coffee WHILE the post is still brewing by choosing the Pause n’ Serve feature.

Due to the advanced filtration system you can eliminate up to 97% of chlorine from your water you use un your coffee making.

My husband admitted this is the best coffeemaker we have ever owned! 

And it doesn’t hurt we are using super premium Millstone® coffee which is a high quality coffee sold at Walmart stores. If you want to see if this coffee is sold in your area, go here for the store locator. This coffee contains 100 percent premium Arabica beans and you can taste the difference because this coffee tastes amazing! My husband has been drinking this every morning for his morning coffee. 

 

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Check out my #coffeejourneys video below in Vine.com!
 

Go here Mr. Coffee®  Optimal Brew™ coffeemaker find a near you at a local walmart!  If you want to know how Millstone coffee makes their coffee, go here! It’s really neat to watch!  And here is the really fun news! I am giving away 1 Mr. Coffee®  Optimal Brew™ coffeemaker and 1 bag of Millstone® coffee to 1 lucky reader! All you have to do is enter the easy rafflecopter below! Only open to the US must be 18 to enter!

This giveaway is sponsored by  Millstone® coffee, Mr. Coffee® and A sweet potato pie!

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Conquer Spring Allergies with Hyland’s. Take the quiz to enter to win!

 

Disclaimer: I am a Hyland’s Homeopathy Ambassador and receive various products and gift cards from Hyland’s and promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and are not to be interpreted as medical advice. 

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Spring is here and so is allergy season! My husband has had allergies all his life so we are always prepared with Hylands Seasonal Allergy relief!

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It is so helpful when things start to bloom and my husband eyes start to water. He can also take this for indoor allergies like when we go to someone’s house who has an indoor pet! It’s non drowsy so he can take it at anytime during the day too!

And listen up….Each day this week, Hylands will feature a new question about fighting allergies and give people a chance to win by clicking through Facebook to answer the question on their website.

Each day from April 21 to 25 there will be a different question that people can answer to enter to win the products. There are 10 winners a day for 5 days.

Go here to enter!

Here are some questions they might ask…
 
True or false? You will outgrow your allergies.
 
Which symptoms develop faster, allergy or cold symptoms?
 
How can you tell the difference between cold and allergy symptoms? 
Good luck and let me know if you win!

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My weight-loss journey using Advocare and eating clean

 

 

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My Story:

I love a good weight-loss story…except when I am the subject and I have to cut out sugar! My son is 7 months old and I finally decided enough is enough and it’s REALLY time to get this baby weight off. 

During my last pregnancy I put on some a lot of weight so of course getting it off has been tough. Above is the picture of my weight after having the baby. I started at 174 then got stuck at 165 for the past 7 months.

I am not one of those mom’s whose weight falls off while breastfeeding or can fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans. Let’s be honest, I am still wearing my maternity jeans. I wear mostly black because it’s slimming right? Well black shirts and yoga pants. But it’s time for a change and I wanted to involved all of you! I want to share my victories, and defeats and let you know how my journey goes.

I decided to try out the Advocare 24 day challenge because I needed a plan. I hear about Advocare at least once a day from different people so I decided to sign up. This is NOT a review this is just what I am trying to loose weight and I paid for it!

What I am doing to loose the weight:

This is how I feel about Advocare. You will not loose weight unless you decide you have had enough. No diet or plan will work unless you are committed. What I like about Advocare is you eat clean and have a plan. I started eating healthy a few days before I started the challenge and have been on the challenge for 5 days and the have lost 5 pounds!  (I wrote this on sunday so it’s been a few days since then ;-)

This is a 24 day challenge of eating their meal plan and taking their supplements. You eat 6 small meals a day so I normally dont get hungry.

Postives:

I have lots of energy, am loosing weight and eating clean. It is safe for breastfeeding mommas like myself and this is the only cleanse I have ever found that I am do while nursing.

My husband graduates on May 9th and my goal is to lose 10 pounds but I might just surpass it!

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Goal by Next sunday:

Weigh 155 or loose 5 pounds.

I will let you know how it goes!

Btw I signed up for Advocare and I know lots of people do it as a business as well as take their products. I signed up to get a discount and use their products. I would be happy to help any of you if you are interested in their products to give you more info and you can follow along and see if it works for me!

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Bogo tickets to the Denver outlaws games!

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Check out the nation’s fastest growing sport at Sports Authority Field at Mile High this summer. The Outlaws are Denver’s professional outdoor lacrosse team and provide fun, affordable entertainment that is perfect for a family outing, date night or a guys or gals night out. My readers get BOGO FREE for Denver Outlaw tickets this season with this exclusive Denver Outlaw coupon. Go here to grab it! 

I know for sure my boys will want to go to some games this year. For all you mommas grab some tickets for your boys and hubbies and send them on a man-date! I do that every now and then and me and my little girl go and get out nails done!

Here is the home schedule for this season:
Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Game
May 4th 2014

Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Game
May 17th 2014

Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Game
May 30th 2014

Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Game
Jun 14th 2014

Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Game
Jun 21st 2014

Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Game
Jul 4th 2014

Denver Outlaws Lacrosse Game
Jul 20th 2014

 

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Walmart and Wild Oats team up and drive down organic prices! HOT NEWS!

*Neko Sam winner of the organic/non organic flash giveaway of a mystery prize! Winner has 24 hours to claim your prize. You can email me at thewasherfamily at iCloud.com or message me on my Facebook page! 

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Walmart, the nation’s Largest Grocer Works with Organics Pioneer to Relaunch Brand and Save Customers 25 Percent or More on Organic Groceries. I love to eat organic food and serve them to my family as well and the only deterrent sometimes is the price. I was looking at a bag a organic flour. It was $11 and 15lbs I think, they I looked over to the 50lb bag or regular flour that is only $9 and it made me sick because I know more people would buy organic if they could afford it!

Originally introduced in 1987, Wild Oats will relaunch at Walmart starting this month with a new, more affordable price point on quality products covering a broad variety of categories – from salsa and pasta sauce to quinoa and chicken broth. Customers will save 25 percent or more when comparing Wild Oats to national brand organic products.

When I lived in Little Rock, AR I shopped at a Wild Market and loved it! They had great food at great prices and I am so excited to see them teaming up with my BFF Walmart!

 Check out the video below because everyone deserves the choice! #wildoats4all

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Come along with me on my weightloss journey starting with a TEN calorie treat!

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This last baby had me pushing 200 pounds and I have weighed around 130-120 most of my adult life. PHEW that is hard to admit! You never ask a girl how much they weigh but during my journey I am committed to being 100% transparent and tell you all the details good and bad.

I started a weight loss program last week, which I will blog about tomorrow, and I am going to share the tips and tricks that help me on my weightless journey.

The thing with me is I have a massive sweet tooth. I am on a gluten free, dairy free diet and in order to succeed I have to treat myself every now and then but I found a 10 calorie sweet treat that curbs my sweet tooth.

Nothing says treat like a glass of any of the Four DPSG TEN beverages or sodas and I picked up all 4 at my local Walmart. Does anyone else pour their soda in a fancy glass like me? It makes me feel like I am REALLY getting a treat and let’s face it you barely ever use the china you got for your wedding. 

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Chasing around 4 kids all day will wear you out so at night I like to take a warm bubble bath along with my glass of 10 sweet sweet calorie 7 up TEN, A&W TEN, Sunkist TEN, or Canadian Dry TEN. 

 If you want to pick some up for yourself, go here to their website and score a coupon! I know all pricing is different but in my Walmart the TEN products were cheaper than the regular which is extra sweet!

I get 500 calories a day to eat whatever I would like so drinking a glass of any of the 4 DPSG soda’s barely tips my toe into my allowance!

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I have to tell you I am a root beer kind of gal and the A&W TEN hits that sweet spot. It has so much flavor and calms my sweet tooth when I feel like I want to cheat on my diet. I feel like I am slurging when I drink my daily glass of A&W TEN but I am far from it!

To make any diet successful you have to have a plan and I am on a diet that is well laid out and I work my glass of any of the Four DPSG TEN beverages or sodas into my daily meal plan. 

 

I am down 5 pounds in 1 week and feel great and not deprived at all since I get my daily glass of any of the TEN products. 

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I also found these super cute mini bottles. They fit right on my diaper bag so I can grab one on the go.!

Want to see what’s inside my diaper bag….take a look!

 1. Every must in diaper bag essentials is a big bag because a lot is going to go in it!

2. Diapers and wipes

3. Sunkist TEN or any of the DPSG TEN products because a girl has to bring something for yourself!

4. toy for the baby

5. EOS lipbalm

6. Extra cloths and possible a superman cape because you never know when you will need your little one to be a superhero!

7. Aden and Anias blanket…softnest blanket ever!

8. A trusty nursing cover

 If you want to connect more, follow Dr. Pepper Snapple Group on Facebook here! 

Or tweet them something sweet on Twitter!

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#FightToxins with Seventh Generation

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Did you know that of the 80,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the marketplace since 1976, the EPA has only required testing on less than 10%? 

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The Cause:

When I looked at these sweet faces, my son and nephew, I know I only want the best for them and that includes researching what chemicals I use in my home. I teamed up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States. Seventh Generation is one of my favorite companies and I buy their products regularly. There are so many things I cannot control in my world but I can control what my kids are exposed to in my home. I want to give my kids the best start they can have.

 

Why I care:

My husband’s side of the family is plauged with diabetes and my husband has asthma and allergies. I have been working to have a healthy home since I started having kids and not one of my kids has allergies or asthma and I think it is part to how we use safe products in our home. 2 more reason why I try to live safer is because first my grandfather had a lung disease and he tried everything you can imagine to live a healthier life to combat it. My sister is also living with severe food allergies so she lives a very healthy lifestyle and both people have inspired me to try and live the healthiest I can.

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Why this cause is important:

Scientists have linked exposure to chemicals to lots of healthy risks including cancer, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects and so much more!

What can you do? On April 30th if The Toxin Freedom Fighters collect 100,00 signatures they will deliver a statement to congress demanding reevaluate the Toxic Substances Control act since 1976. I know it’s hard to believe one person can make a difference but we can and Seventh Generation is leading the charge!

I literally cannot believe so many toxins have not been tested and I think if we want to try to find the cures to cancer and lots of other illnesses, maybe we should delve further into the chemicals we use on a daily basis.

What Changes I have made:

One thing I have been doing with my kids and use safe hand sanitizer. I am all for hand sanitizer but with all the alcohol in some of them. I just don’t like they are safe. My little girl still sucks her thumb so I have to be careful what she uses because her thumb goes right to her month.

 I now read food labels more, I try to serve my family “real food” not synthetic pretend food! If I cannot pronounce the ingredient, we probably don’t need to eat it! And of course this is on top of only using safe cleaning products in my home.

What can you do?

If you want to sign the petition to get more chemicals tested, click on the picture below to sign it! I am going to sign it today!

 

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