Tuesday, 23 August 2016

End of Week 7 on Nutrisystem! #NSNation

Disclaimer: All opinions are based on my own experiences with Nutrisystem based on the products provided to me in exchange for these views. Your views and experiences may differ to mine. Thank you! 


It is the end of week 7 on Nutrisystem and this week my weight has remained the same. So, still 275 and 23lbs down, but (at the risk of oversharing) it is that time of the month, again, and the same thing happened last month and so I am not at all concerned or bothered by the lack of any real loss this week.


I have been quite busy running around town as usual and attended a few back to school events over the weekend. I did get a little too much sun, but we have switched to evening walks for when the air is cooler to compensate.

Yesterday I also took the kids to a ball play-place called Ballocity, where parents can run, jump and slide down slides, throw balls around and generally have a great time, too and that exhausted me to no end.


One thing I did realize when we were at Ballocity is that I now don't fear not fitting on slides and I am not worried about getting out of breath or what I look like. We just had fun, like we normally would, but with more of a confident approach.

One other thing I noticed this week, also, is that I don't want to wear all the old clothes that I have, anymore. I have one t-shirt in particular that I used to adore but now it just makes me look like I have zero shape and so i'd rather put it away and never wear it again - maybe in a few months, some new clothes will come in handy, and winter could get a lot more stylish, we'll have to wait and see!


I am looking forward to the week ahead as I do have some activities planned with the kids and my new shipment of food is due to arrive in the next couple of days. I look forward to sharing with you some tasty Nutrisystem goodies that I haven't tried before - along with some trusted favorites like the melt, above.

If you are on Nutrisystem, I would love to hear how you are getting along, and your opinions, either in the comments section or via email - however you like! Let's talk about it!

Until next week - keep on keeping-on!

-MGB

Skinny Pop Popcorn for Back to School Treats!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you!




Skinny Pop Popcorn is ready to go back to school with the kids and they also want you to think about the ingredients in the food you put in your lunch boxes. 

With everything we eat becoming more and more laden with added extras, Skinny Pop Popcorn wants us to think about applying the "If you can't spell it, don't eat it" rule and that can be easier said than done!

Skinny Pop Popcorn, made with just a few simple ingredients (sunflower oil, salt and the popcorn itself) asked a few kids to spell out words like "soy lectin", "monosodium glutimate" and "dextrose" (all found in popular snacks), which resulted in this cute video:


We love the taste of Skinny Pop Popcorn and at 100 calories, putting it up for snack time or in with lunch is something I am definitely O.K. with and the kids will munch it with a wide smile - it also makes for a tasty snack through the day if you'd like to stick to a lower calorie eating plan. 

To find out more about Skinny Pop Popcorn, head on over to their website and on social media, too!

Enjoy!


Monday, 22 August 2016

No-Nut Butter from Sneaky Chef!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my opinions. Your views may differ to mine, thank you! 


This is the Sneaky Chef's NO-NUT Butter in creamy and chocolate flavors! 

There are zero nuts in these products, which makes it great for kids (or grown-ups) with allergies, to step away from the nuts, while still being able to enjoy the tastes similar to hazelnut spreads or peanut butters, without the trouble nuts can present. 

So what ARE these made from?! Well, PEAS! Can you even believe it? I had no idea until I tried these out that you could make such deliciously creamy (and chocolaty) spreads from Golden PEAS!

These spreads are a great source of protein, contain no high fructose syrups, are all natural AND gluten free, so there are so many people who are free to enjoy them, even after regular spreads have been taken off of the table. 

The big test on these two came with my 5 and 2 year olds, who pretty much tell it like it is when they try something new. I tried a No-Nut Butter and jelly sandwich and no one could tell the difference between the No-Nut Butter or Peanut Butter. Similarly, they couldn't tell the difference between a regular chocolate spread and the Sneaky Chef spread and actually came back for another go!

You can pick up both of these products in 18 oz jars, plus grab and go cups (available for the smooth). Right now, Sneaky Chef has also partnered with Annie's Homegrown to come up with Pea B&J Pockets, which you will be able to locate in Target (in the freezer isle).

Check out more from Sneaky Chef on social media and via their website, and get tasting, today - allergy or no allergy, enjoy!


Bananawave - as close to milk as you will get without the milk!

Disclaimer: I was provided with product in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine! Thank you!

BANANAWAVE!



Bananawave bananamilk is made from, you guessed it, BANANAS! Something we can all agree on in our house as a fruit we all enjoy. Passed down through generations, the ancient African recipe for BANANAWAVE leaves us with a nutrient-rich, smooth and creamy alternative to milk products across the board.

In just a single serving, you can find as much potassium as you find in that of a small banana, with 29 vitamins and minerals plus omega-3s.

If you are vegan then this is for you as BANANAWAVE is natural, dairy-free, gluten-free and even GMO free, leaving you to enjoy the product as good as it can get, even on your vegan diet!
BANANAWAVE is a great alternative to anyone managing certain allergies that might leave them unable to consume similar beverages, or for those just looking for something a little like milk. 

You can use BANANAWAVE on your cereal, in your coffee, in a shake (like I did) or just on its own or in baking and mixing. There are many great possibilities and alternatives that you can substitute this for in many recipes. 

There are a plethora of things you can add BANANAWAVE to, but we all found it quite delicious just on its own, which meant that it didn't last very long in our house and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it - my youngest son is particularly fond of bananas and so this is his pot of gold!

If you are looking for a delicious, sweet and creamy milk alternative, I would definitely give this one a shot! 10/10!

Let Jennie-O Help You Slide Back to School with Recipes for Success!

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It is back to school time and Jennie-O has great online resources for busy moms to help the transition back to regular meal times go as smoothly as possible - and with a few handy tips and tricks to keep things running like clockwork, as well.

How about Turkey Tacos to go, Turkey BLT or Brunch in those school lunch boxes? These will keep the kids from getting hungry and they'll be full and satisfied.

And what about mom? All that running about, you might want to think about some make-ahead mason jar salads, which are all the rage, right now and really easy to make ahead when you make the kids lunches, and just grab them to go when you're hungry or when you have to pack a lunch of your own. This five minute Mediterranean salad is right up my street and so simple, it takes no time at all.

"Packed with veggies, packed with protein and packed into a jar, this portable picnic pleasure is a quick and easy Mediterraneansalad treat. No gluten and under 500 calories per serving!" 
- Jennie-O Website (in reference to the Mediterranean salad).

In under 15 minutes you can prep your salads and store them ready for the day/s ahead and with simple, protein packed goodies and in a relatively low calorie count, I can even eat these on a flex lunch or dinner on the plan I am on right now AND other members of my household will appreciate these, too!

Jennie-O has a list of snack ideas to keep your kids (and you) going through the day, and lunch ideas to keep things fresh! If you also want to know how to keep an apple from turning brown, yet still be able to send it to school as sliced, then you can find out how, here! They've just about thought of everything.

I personally like to take some turkey with crackers and cheese for the kids to snack on any time of day, and I also like to make up a big vat of either turkey chili or turkey bolognaise to freeze down in portions to heat and serve as the week goes by - usually prepping on a Sunday for the week gets the job done, but whatever suits your schedule is the way to go.

SO! When you are getting ready to go back to school this week, maybe when you are in the larger stores buying up school supplies, just stop and think about the food for a moment and see if Jennie-O can make it easy on you and the transition back to this regular, sometimes tiring, routine that is school!

Got any recipes for turkey, or some fun back to school tips and tricks? I'd love to hear from you. In the mean time, find Jennie-O on social media like Twitter and Facebook with hashtag: #switchtoturkey.

With turkey recipes, how-tos and a menu for your lunch boxes to keep things simple, back to school never tasted so good!


Dr. Eureka - Building Skills, Learning and Having Fun with Blue Orange Games!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. I was not otherwise compensated. Thank you. 

BRAND NEW in the 2016 collection of Blue Orange Games comes:

Dr. EUREKA


Designed by Roberto Fraga, this is a hands-on, learning game for kids 8 and up, but my daughter, who is nearly 6, loves this game a lot and so does my step son, who is a young 12. 

The basics to this game are that you each get 3 viles, with 6 balls, which represent molecules. You then have to be the first person to get all of your "molecules" in the right order to correspond with the pattern presented on the card that comes up for that round. 

The players have several ways of getting to the end result of the displayed "molecules". They can pour from one to another (vile) and end up with the result or they can even simply tip the vile upside down to get there. There are other ways to play, also, which can make it easier or harder depending on age or level of confidence.

When you think you have the right result, you should EUREKA! Then, once a player has been determined as the winner, all viles are put back in their upright position (if they were turned) but the "molecules" do not reset. You continue with those just right where they are and start the next round. The overall winner is the person who wins several rounds and you can add extra if you want to prolong a game.

This is a simple game with lots of energy and hand-eye coordination, with dexterity and cognitive learning skills involved. The players are also lead to grasp the idea of molecules, which has sparked a conversation with my kids on just what exactly a molecule is - which is a learning moment you might want to explore if this happens to you. 

The whole family can play this game, it keeps you thinking fast and everyone likes to compete. I would keep it away from youngsters though as the balls are a choking hazzard in the wrong hands - definitely not a game for my 2 year old, so we've had to play this game during his nap so that he doesn't get hold of the pieces, and so that he doesn't feel like he is being left out. 

The presentation of this game is nice, clean and bright. It is easy to pack up in the box that it came in and the rules and game-play are simple and easy to understand.

I would definitely consider this a gift-giving game that kids will enjoy and that will spark some science conversations and a learning window. 

Definitely giving this one a 10/10 as we all enjoy it a lot and we can run several rounds before anyone gets bored. Well worth a look!


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Nutrisystem, end of week 6 - we're still going strong!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to form a honest opinion based on my own experiences with Nutrisystem. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you!


So! Here we are at the end of week 6 - time is flying by and I feel so much better than I could even have imagined I would just a month and a half in to Nutrisystem.

This week's weigh-in brings me down to 275.2lbs, which is almost 23lbs down. For a 6 week total, I am actually amazed that I am doing so well. I had that stumbling block before where I didn't shift any weight but last week we got moving again and this week sees another 2lbs gone!

I have no idea where that weight is going from, but I think most of it (if not all of it) has gone at the thigh and the waist as I no longer feel like I look 22 months pregnant and I actually JUST (this week) fit back in to a pair of my favourite jeans that I have not worn in 3 years.

The jeans speak volumes to me about how this is all working and really boosts my drive to keep on going. I only just recently bought a couple of pairs of new jeans that are now too big for me at the waist and so I am glad I didn't throw out the jeans that had gotten too small as I now suddenly have this whole new (old) wardrobe that I loved in the first place and am more than happy about being able to wear once more.

I have stuck to the Nutrisystem plan as directed and I haven't had alcohol now since July 1st, either. I do allow a little creamer in my coffee here and there and I do once in a while reach for the closest alternative to something that is on the list of foods from the Smart Carbs and the Power Fuels lists - I also am a lot more confident that I know that I can make a flex lunch or dinner and be completely satisfied with the results there, too.


This week the hardest thing for me has been the heat. The weather has been less than forgiving but I have gotten up and wandered and walked and played outside with the kids and walked some more! I do a LOT of walking and I really think this has helped immensely. I do a short workout every day, too, to make sure I am keeping things well oiled and the gears in motion.

This week's activities included a walk around a local museum's arboretum, which was shady because of the trees and cool because of the shade and because of the water that runs in a stream through the middle of it. It is very scenic and there are (dare I say it) Pokemon stops everywhere, so not only can you walk and enjoy the gardens, you can actually collect those elusive Pokemon and keep up with your friend's on social media, while burning off those calories and getting things together.

I still don't notice much of a change when I look at myself in the mirror, but I am noticing little pieces here and there and in certain clothes I know I look so much better than I did just 6 weeks ago. I also had a compliment from a friend I haven't seen in some time who had no idea I was on any kind of plan and so wasn't trying to pat my ego or anything when she commented on the fact that I looked like I had lost some weight. These moments make me really appreciate that something more than just numbers on a scale are really happening now and that it won't been too long before people that see me on a daily basis get to noticing the changes, as well.

My thoughts this week lead me to appreciate the things that I am gaining, while losing this weight, which are:
  • The ability to breathe without getting winded
  • To walk without getting exhausted sooner
  • New jeans in the shape of old pairs that I haven't worn in forever
  • Respect for myself 
  • Pride in the fact that I can do this if I work hard enough at it
  • Joy, knowing that change is possible
I have had a few emails from people wanted to know if I think Nutrisystem is worth it and I have to say, without a shadow of a doubt, that (for me especially) I am completely sold on the principle and the process that comes with Nutrisystem and that YES, it works for me. If you are thinking about trying it for yourself, you can find them on their website and across social media for more information to see if this might be the right choice for you, too. 

For more information or ideas, follow me on Twitter: @GoBronson and follow @Nutrisystem, too. You can also follow the hashtags #NSNation and #NutrisystemSnaps for inspiration, too. 

Until next week! 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Nutrisystem end of week 5!

Disclaimer: i was provided with product in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ from mine, thank you.

This week's Nutrisystem update comes to you in video form as my laptop is in for repair! (Sorry about about the poor quality and crazy hair!).




Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Nutrisystem, end of week 4!

Disclaimer: I was provided with Nutrisystem in exchange for my honest opinions. My views and results may differ from yours. Thank you. 

This week, I admit, was hard.

Week 4 is over, which means I have been on the Nutrisystem plan for a month and I have seen some great results that I can definitely "write home" about.

I didn't quite know what to expect going into it, but I didn't expect it to go so well, though it has and I am eternally grateful for that push to really start getting my body on track and back to something healthier than the almost 300lbs I had hit just before getting on the Nutrisystem plan.

Last week, I hit 280lbs which has been a huge goal of mine since I blew up and out and sideways, so I have been over the moon with that. The weight loss has simmered a little this week, though and I have not really lost much if anything, though I have happily maintained the weight from last week and feel all the better for it.

I have been sticking to the plan, though I did have one weak moment where I had an ice cream that was not part of Nutrisystem or a flex anything and so I shouldn't really have had that, though I am not going to beat myself up about it.

I have received my next month's worth of food in the last couple of days and there are some meals in there that I have not yet had the pleasure to try and so I can't wait to let you know how those go down! I have ordered the things I liked from last month like the waffles, ice cream, french toast, cheese melts and cheese and broccoli stuffed chicken (and more) and left off the items that I liked, but could live without for this month.

Shakes have been included for this month, so I can choose a shake in place of one or two snacks here and there if I so wish, so we will see how that goes, as well.

I have not been exercising quite as much this week as I was sick  and did have a trip to the doctors and had to get some meds for a chest infection, but I am taking everything at a reasonable pace and making sure I stay hydrated and not getting ahead of what my body can handle.

I did get weighed at the doctor's office, too - the weight was the same as I'd seen on my at-home scales and so I am confident that I am on the right track and getting the accurate results that I need to keep me motivated and honestly reporting!

I can't wait to see what this month brings - lots of walking, exercising at home at my own pace and level, Pokemon Go for motivation and whatever adventures await us at the park/bowling/events etc from now until it gets just too cold to venture out!

I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you in the coming weeks, and would love to hear from you if you are on Nutrisystem, too!

Have a wonderful week, and stay positive!

-B xx


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Upgrade the kids with a new LGK3 phone (on Boost Mobile), just in time to go back to school!

Disclaimer:: I was given items to review in return for my honest opinions. Your views may differ from mine, thank you. 

Back to school is on the way and it is time to think about furnishing the older children with a new mobile phone and [his year] you can get a lot for your money in this LGK3 phone on Boost Mobile.

The LGK3 phone is lightweight, small, has a 4.5 inch touch screen, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a front and back facing camera, 8GB ROM and is compatible with up to 32 GB of microSDHC (not included) and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 1,1GHz Quad Core Processor.

There is plenty of room on board to download apps like facebook or twitter, plus of course Pokemon Go to stay up to date with all the other kids in school already playing the game! Your child can stay in the know and you can get in touch with them to make sure they arrived at school safely, or need a ride home. It is win-win!

There is also a bonus to going with Boost Mobile right now, too, as you can gain more data with their Growing Data Plans. What this means for you is that you can earn up to 3GB of extra high-speed data for your monthly plan just by making your payments in a timely manner.


Boost Mobile Growing Data Plans are available on the $35 Unlimited and $45 Unlimited plans, or there is also a convenient plan that costs $60 a month for unlimited high-speed data.

If you are interested in Boost Mobile's Growing Data Plans already, then you will be happy to know that with each Auto-Reboost you will also receive a nifty $5 discount on your current Boost Mobile plan once you have enrolled (in Auto Reboost) to pay automatically via card or bank account every month.

But wait, there is even more! Every third on-time payment earns an extra 500MB of high-speed data - Customers can earn up to 3GB of high-speed data after 18 on-time payments. After 18 on-time payments, customers on the $35 plan will get 5GB of high-speed data (8GB of high-speed data if you are on the $45 plan).

Did you also know that you can use your phone as a free mobile hot-spot now on all plans with Boost Mobile, where you can turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hub for up to 10 devices? Great for playing and great for sharing.

You can even have unlimited streaming of music without it affecting your high-speed data allotment, either - especially good for teens who never want to sit in a quiet room if they can help it! If you have Pandora, iHeartRadio, Samsung Milk Music or Stracks then you are good to go - you can find out more about this great news here!

Between the streaming of music, the growing data plans and the phone itself, there is already a lot to keep your child happy with this great, cost-effective phone. The LGK3 costs $79.99 at Boost Mobile, which is a one-time payment and the phone is yours. You just pay the monthly top up fee when you are ready and maintain your plan on time for all the rewards.

The phone itself is one of my current favorites because it is small, fits well in my pocket or stroller cup holder, isn't bulky or fiddly and holds a really good charge. We were actually out yesterday catching Pokemon around the local park and the battery held much better than a previous phone I had tried to play on, which is a nice bonus considering mostly everybody I know right now is playing Pokemon Go, whether they admit it or not!

Personally, I can't find any faults with this phone. The controls are easy to navigate, the brightness is easy to find and alter and the alarm isn't difficult to set, which is a pet peeve of mine if I can't find it within a couple of taps. I like that there is already a flashlight app built into the phone so you don't have to download one separately and there are plenty of features for editing photos or doodling when you want to waste a little time. Of course, what you ultimately end up with on your phone is up to you, depending on what you find at the app store.

Some people prefer the bigger phones, but I love a phone that fits into my pocket and still has enough room to show me what I need to know, which is exactly what this phone does. It has a screen big enough to be comfortable and a body small enough to carry around without feeling bulked down. All in all, the LGK3 is a win, for me! 

Friday, 29 July 2016

SoCozy Salon Quality Hair Care Products to Make Your Routine a Well-Oiled Machine for Back to School!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you! 

This is a line of salon-quality hair products from SoCozy, which contain none of the following harmful elements: 
  • parabens
  • sulfates
  • phthalates
  • synthetic color
  • propylene glycol
  • gluten
  • wheat 
  • nuts
I received some products from the Cinch collection, which make washing and styling for the kids easy and manageable in little time and with ease. My daughter especially loves the smell of these and was happy to have me wash and style her hair, which can be a real pain as she has slightly curly, dry hair and so sometimes products can make things worse than better and can sometimes leave her hair a little tangled mess. 


The 3in1 is perfect for someone like my daughter who likes to get things done on her own terms and sees 1 bottle for all jobs and thinks that she is going to be done and on with her life when you just show her this bottle instead of shampoo, conditioner and a separate wash! She will let me use other products from this line without arguments, though, mostly because they feel great on her hair and because they do smell quite nice! 

I really like the de-tangling spray from this line-up, which makes my daughter much less hesitant to let me brush her hair, now, and which (again) smells so nice that she is happy to have it following her around. 

There is also a lice scaring Boo! collection of products, which are extremely practical and a good tool to use when trying to keep those nasty little critters away from your child before they are able to take hold and cause an infestation. 

It has been years since I had to deal with lice with my children, but I do remember the days when my son began nursery back in 2010 (or so) and soon ended up with head lice. Those suckers traumatized me for life and I have always combed through everyone's hair in my home ever since.


My step son brought head lice over a couple of years back, which I assume he got from school, but thankfully, seeing as I have been so diligent over the years, we didn't catch them ourselves and for that I was very much grateful! 

I don't have an issue with head lice on a personal level, they can survive as best they can, wherever they want to try, just not on my children as they are just so darn pesky and my daughter has a heck of a lot of hair - thankfully we've not had to deal with her getting anything like that, yet, and I am so happy to be using these SoCozy Boo! products to try and make sure it stays that way! 

I think that the Boo! collection is by far a top place to start if you are worried about head lice as the kids go back to school in a few weeks.You can work to keep them at bay, while simultaneously keeping your kids' hair well kempt and with a light fragrance, too. 

The BOO! collection is not going to thoroughly treat the occurrence of head lice, but it will prevent them from wanting to enter the hair in the first place, and prevention is usually key rather than getting them in the first place, at all! 

I love the look of these bottles, but the product inside of them is top-notch and great quality, too. My daughter loves them and is even letting me brush her hair even more now that we have the de-tangler that I mentioned earlier. 



These products are available at SoCozy website as well as Target, CVS and a few other places, which you can learn more about, online, too. 

You can also find SoCozy on social media at places like Twitter and Facebook if you would like to learn more, and keep up to date with new products, while checking out the current ones. 

I have found our bathing routine to be fun and fragrant for everyone this past week and a joyful, tear-less experience for all. So can you! - do let me know what you think in the comments!

Have a wonderful, shiny, day! 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

End of Week 3 Nutrisystem Results.

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to form my own honest opinions. Your views, and results, may differ to mine. Thank you!

So! Here we are - week 3 is over and I have lost a tiny bit of weight this week and am now down to 283lbs! That is a total loss of 15lbs, which I am very satisfied with at this juncture.

I have been diligently following the Nutrisystem plan now since July 5th and I did have a significantly high loss in the first week on the Turbo Take-Off and was prepared for that number to be lower in the weeks that followed, which they have been - but steadily so.

I am very pleased with a pound or two a week as I know this is a long haul and not an overnight fix, which is why I decided to go with Nutrisystem in the first place - rapid weight loss is not particularly smart and I want long-term results that I can maintain, which is exactly what I am getting here as I learn exactly what I need to be eating to keep my body ticking over.

I have been incredibly unwell for part of this week, which is no fault of my own. It is that time of the month and so I expected that to maybe have an impact on this weeks results, but actually it seems that it didn't make too much of an impact in the grand scheme of things at all.

We went to the zoo on Sunday and I must have picked something up there from someone because I was feeling unwell from Sunday to Tuesday, which impacted my motivation and mood, but I still stuck to the plan and carried on with Nutrisystem without any bother because it isn't any extra hard work for me to cook up some veggies, warm up a dinner or grab something from the shelf-stable box and pop it in the oven.

I think my new favorite breakfast item this week has been the cinnamon roll, which was so hot, sticky and delicious with a cup of coffee that I would seriously eat those all day if that was a realistic possibility - I know!

I really enjoyed the burger I had earlier today, too, which tasted amazing and was extremely satisfying. It looked so tasty on the plate and my (youngest) children both wanted to eat it and I had to fight them off after letting them have a small bite each (sharing is caring).

I am starting to feel better, today, which means I should be able to resume some walking and exercise in general tomorrow. I usually am out all over town every day and always have something to do, but I haven't been out since I got sick Sunday, and am subsequently going a little stir-crazy!

I did take the children along to an all you can eat place, this week and I was very sensible and made the meal one of my flex meals. I followed the guide and had the grilled chicken, had them cut it down for me and make it a smaller portion. I loaded up on fresh veggies and did take on board 1 lonesome shrimp - it was battered and I am not about to lose my mojo over a pile of battered shrimp!

I will admit, I did take a tiny bite of a cheesecake and a bit of another dessert and that was about as far of a deviation as I got. I gave the desserts to the kids, who happily ate them for me instead, so win-win for us all. I also stuck to black coffee and water, so I didn't have to worry about all the added extras piling up in front of me.

I am very pleased with myself for not just diving in as a special treat and just the fact I can enjoy the food without limiting myself to a plate of cucumber, is fabulous. I really do love the way I can eat on Nutrisystem.

Week 4 is a go, right now, and I can't believe we've gotten here already. By the time I have my next update I will have been on this plan for a month and it doesn't feel like I have been on any kind of plan at all, it is that easy and I feel very rewarded for little effort on my part.

I look forward to updating you next week, but please feel free to get in touch if you are on Nutrisystem, too - I would love to hear from you. You can also follow #NSNation #NutrisystemSnaps and @Nutrisystem (as well as @GoBronson) across social media, too!

Until next week...

Take The Hassle Out of Whitening with Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products (by Colgate-Palmolive) in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine!

It is back to school time (already, I know!) and one thing I think we can all agree on is a nice, clean smile for everyone in the home to head out the door with on the first day back.

As a mom of 4 children, I know what it is like to get back in the school game, to have to great other moms with a nice smile and so when I had the chance to try out the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen - I couldn't say no.

On my current eating plan I drink a lot of black coffee (I avoid milk where possible) and so my teeth do get pretty stained. I have tried tooth whitening packs where you squirt on the gel then wear mouth guards for a while and shine a blue light on them and what not, but I also have nasal polyps, which makes it really hard for me to breathe when I have those kind of things in my mouth.

For me, Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, which can whiten teeth quickly, seemed the perfect solution to not being able to breathe, while attempting to produce myself a better smile in the process.

I have been using Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen for less than a week but the process is simple. You brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste and brush as directed. When done, you click the bottom of the whitening "pen" and run the gel (that appears at the tip) over your teeth in an even fashion. You don't have to do it long, or at least I don't do it for very long, and it adheres to your teeth without having to do anything else - you just pop it on and you're ready to roll.

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen will brighten your teeth for a beautiful smile and I am going to keep using this until I get to the end of the gel, and to see the results for myself. I have already gotten more days into this than I ever did with other products because of the polyps and inability to breathe, so it is definitely a stayer for me.

With specially designed polishing bristles (and cups for whitening), surface stains are helped with removal, while the gel (containing peroxide) provides extra whitening power deeper than the surface.

I am brushed, and ready to get out of the door at any moment, with clean teeth and a pretty smile to win over all those other moms about town for just $14.99 at most mass retailers. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

You can find out more about Colgate products across social media and check out the hashtag #DesignerSmile on Twitter and Instagram (@OpticWhite).

I would love to see your results, and hear your comments, too, so don't be shy!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Cool Down with Unilever Ice Creams: July is Ice Cream Month!!

Disclaimer: I was provided with ice cream to give my own opinions. I was not otherwise compensated. Your views may differ from mine. 



July is national ICE CREAM month and Unilever have so many different styles and flavors to choose from that there is something out there to satisfy every taste bud.

We headed out to a grocery store on Monday to pick up some of our favorites, which included:

  • Orange Creamsicles
  • Strawberry Shortcake Bars from Good Humor
  • Breyer's Blasts Raspberry Creamsicle
  • Magnum Double Raspberry 
  • Reese's Klondike Bars

My kids love to indulge in an ice cream on the porch after a splash in their kid-pool, or while relaxing and watching the world go by. I picked up some waffle cones for pennies and treated them to a delicious Breyer's-filled cone each last night, which they eagerly lapped up and left not a single bite.

My daughter adores the Creamsicles and so we had a hard time choosing between those and the Elsa and Anna/Frozen mini Popsicles, but the Creamsicles eventually won and that is what we came home with,

My oldest son just adores Reese's Peanut Butter EVERYTHING and so the Klondike bars are just what he wanted and my downfall right now are the Double Raspberry Magnum bars, but as I can't include them often in my current eating plan, I know my children are going to be over the moon with those, too!

My husband, who is not a big ice cream eater, still adores the Strawberry Shortcake bars and so those I picked up for him, which means that everyone in the house has something they can enjoy at the drp of a hat, while cooling down in this hot summer sun.

Did you know that Unilever love their cool treats so much that they actually release 17 NEW flavors this year, which means there are EVEN MORE for you to seek out and enjoy, too.

You can find all Unilever brand ice creams in all good grocery stores and bring some home, today - you can also find Good Humor, Magnum, Klondike, Breyer's and Creamsicle (plus aaaaaaaall the other brands in the Unilever range) across social media, far and wide, so seek them out and see what they have in store for your taste buds!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Nutrisystem - Week 2 Results!

Disclaimer: I was provided with Nutrisystem food in exchange for my honest opinions based on my own story and progress. Your views and experiences may differ. Thank you! 

Well here we are - the end of week 2 and the beginning of week 3. I can't believe how quickly these last 2 weeks have flown by.

I started out this week eating snacks instead of taking shakes and am no longer on the Turbo Take Off. My weight loss has slowed a little and that is exactly as expected, which is also a healthier speed at which to lose the weight.

I lost 3 more lbs this week, taking me down to 285.4lbs and that brings a total loss to ALMOST 13lbs! (12.6lbs to be exact), which is just so amazing that I can't describe it.



I have not been hungry at all this week, I have allowed myself to mix and match the foods and have tried a couple of flex meals, where I make the meals myself instead. I had lamb and vegetables for the one meal because I had been given a nice bit of lamb and I haven't had lamb in about 7 years, so I couldn't resist. I did stick to a very small portion, though and included everything I needed to make it a proper meal.

I have been following everything else pretty meticulously other than that and have included yogurt into breakfast or milk to a snack via a latte and so on, to get the things I need throughout the course of the day. I am making it work and I feel like I am constantly eating, too. I am really making the effort to keep on a time schedule with the food and putting in exercise and getting my daily dose of water as well.

All in all, I have had a great time trying out the foods and keep coming back to certain favorites like the waffles and pancakes, which I make with scrambled egg in the morning and which I have come to learn to love in smaller portions, which are actually now very satisfying.

I did come across one meal that I didn't like quite as much as the others, this week, which was the meatloaf and potato, but I think that might be because it was a little bland for my tastes. Once I added some non-salt seasoning of various spices, it tasted great, though, so it was totally redeemed and I couldn't really stay away!

I have been preparing foods the night before I need them and made sure to stick to the items i've picked out and not stand at my fridge trying to decide for hours the day of! The fact I just have to get up and go get what I want, without really thinking about it, is really helping - especially because I usually take forever to decide on anything at all, let alone food.

I am looking forward to getting into WEEK 3, so let the eating begin!

Check out all the delicious ways to enjoy Nutrisystem via #NSNation #NutrisystemSnaps and @Nutrisystem on Twitter, too! See you there!