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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Have you heard of Walmart to go?! #walmarttogo

As a participant in the Walmart to Go First program, I’ve received a personal invite and incentives for my time and efforts in creating this post. 

 


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Have you heard the newest thing coming out of Walmart? It’s called Walmart To Go  and is a pickup/delivery service for Walmart. Let me just tell you….it’s LIFE changing! Ok so maybe that’s a little dramatic but when you have 4 kids under the age of 6, you will understand. Jim Gaffigan said it best, “ You know what it’s like having four kids? Imagine you’re drowning. And someone hands you a baby.” haha! I felt like I had things under control when we had 3 kids then we were hit with an unexpected but amazing surprise which was our 4th child.

Here are 4 reasons why Walmart To Go is my new favorite obsession:

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One lesson I have learned is it is smarter to just leave the kids at home if I need to go shopping. I have went a few times with all 4 and it was a circus. I dreamed of grocery stores implementing drive thru window’s so I could have to drag 4 kids in a store but Walmart stepped it up a notch and has delivered Walmart To Go!

Walmart To Go gives you the ability or order your groceries online and have a Walmart To Go truck deliver your items right to your door step. I was impressed they offered all of my regular purchases I would have made in the store. I bought some feeding spoons for my baby, a sippy cup, baby food, eggs, milk and so much more. You don’t know what a stress reliever it was to order my items on wednesday then have them delivered at 9am the next day! And I got mostly organic items!

You can sign up for either a 2 hour window or 4 hour window for your items to be delivered. I choose the 2 hour window from 9-11 and my items around at 9:15. Talk about serivce!

When you are checking ok, there is a box that says “ok to substitute” so if you are ok with them switching out items they don’t have for items nearest what you order, you can decide whether it is ok for them to subsitute or have them just not include that item. I had 3 or 4 items substituted and the items I was given were totally fine. My driver even told me if I wasn’t happy, they can take those items back with him on the truck or schedule a time to have them picked up.

They even called me when they were almost to my house to give me the heads up! And the delivery driver was so nice!

My driver also said they are so busy and tons of people are taking Walmart up on their newest venture!

You have 2 choices when shopping Walmart To Go. You can order online and pick up in store or have one of their Walmart To Go temperature controlled delivery trucks deliver your items right to your door. 

When you want to start shopping start here at Walmart.com/togo. 

Type in your zip to see if it’s available in your area.

Add items to your cart.

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Then book your delivery time. You can choose between a 2 and 4 hour window. 

 

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You HAVE to get your baby a Boon Gnaw!

 *I was sent a Boon Gnaw free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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I was sent the Boon Gnaw to review with my little sugar and I can’t get it away from him! This is the neatest teether/feeding spoon! I have loved using Boon products with all of my kids. With 4 kids running around it’s hard to keep track of everything including all the times a day my little Summit throws things on the floor from his high chair. Of course when he does, I have to sanitize the toy so he doesn’t pick up any nasty germs from the floor. With the Boon Gnaw it’s keeps him busing with food or a play toy while attached to his shirt.  

It’s basically a old chinese finger trap except for baby food! Genuis right??! You put a little teething biscuit, treat or spoon in the mesh end and clip the other end your babies shirt. So food or a little play toy is right within their reach and they cannot drop it!

Of course this is BPA, phthalate and PVC free so you know it’s safe for your little one.

This is something we can use at home, out at the playground or just about anywhere! It’s keeps my little one enterained and I have fear of this dropping on the ground.

Go here to find a store near you that sells Boon products.

Or if your an online shopper, check out Boon products on amazon.com. Trust they have lots of fun things for kids. I just bought my sister one of these for her baby!

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Captain America comes to theaters THIS WEEKEND plus activity sheets!

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Captain America is coming to theaters THIS WEEKEND! If you have some little Marvel fans in your house, print out the activity sheets below!

 

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Click the picture or go here to download!

Like Captain America on Facebook: facebook.com/captainamericamovie

Follow Captain America on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaptainAmerica

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters everywhere on April 4th!

 

 

 

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Try out the new Beech Nut baby foods!

 *I received a goody bag of products from Beech Nut free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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For our 4th baby I thought for maybe a second about making all of his baby food then as I am just *thinking that thought, I get asked around 1049 questions buy my other 3 kids so that thought quickly left my mind, haha! When selecting which brand of baby food I want for little Summit, I can be very selective because I only want the best for him and want it as close to home made as possible!

Beech Nut sent me some of their brand new 100% natural baby food and I am in love!

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This is how the food came packaged and I have told you before I am a sucker for fun packaging and this reeled me in! I love that it looks like jars of food you picked up at the local farmer’s market that was just freshly made. 

When I opened the jar of carrots to feed to to our chubby little boy I couldn’t believe how homemade it looked and smelled! It looked like I had just got done cooking some carrots then processed them in my very own blender!

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And as you can see it was a success! He loved all of his Beech Nut baby food! This is how I can describe this baby food…I won the lottery, hired a private chef, they grew a bunch of vegetables, cooked, and pureed them fresh out of the garden and handed me a jar. Now that is fresh!

If there was a gourmet category for baby food, this would be in it!

And I could not be happier that Beach Nut is teaming up with the Non-GMO project and seeking to get the GMO-free seal for their baby food! Now that is something to celebrate about!

And to see all the flavors and variety of food they offer go to their baby food page here!

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Find out more about Beech Nut baby food here!

 

 

 

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Juice in the Box review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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My kid’s love drinking juice and this drink box is just the cutest thing I have ever seen! Juice in the box is the hottest thing on the juice box scene.

This is a reusable drink box that you can use over and over and add the types of drinks you want to add! In order to save my kids teeth from so much sugar, I love for them to drink organic apple juice but add a little water to it. 

It’s safe, BPA and Phthalate free, easy to clean and comes in five beautiful colors – green, orange, pink, red and blue. The box was easy enough for my older kids to open and pour their own juice but the top stays on good when they were taking it all around the house. The top closed nicely so you can take it in the car or out and about and not worry about it spilling.

The only thing negative I can say is 1 just isn’t enough… I need to get one for all my kids! They were so sweet in sharing this one but each of them need them own so I need to buy a few more asap!

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

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