Sunday, 27 November 2016

Nutrisystem week 18 Update! #NSNation

Discalimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my honest opinions based on personal experiences. Your views and experiences may differ to mine. Thank you. 

Here we are, so many weeks in and it has been a really long few weeks past, to say the least - holiday food, party season, you name it, which all isn't helped at all by the fact that I have been on a plateau for so long it is hard to even remember. 

HOWEVER. That being said, the scales actually moved in the right direction this week and I am now at 265.4lbs, which is a huge cry from the 298lbs that I was when I started this journey. 

It is sometimes hard to stick to eating the food that you are given on Nutrisystem - you would think it would be super-easy grabbing something already there, prepared, but sometimes you really have to get organized to make it work. 

If I go out during the day, which I usually do, I really have to keep an eye on the clock and make sure I keep eating on a good schedule and not play catch up when I get home. I make sure I take snacks and lunches out with me that I can eat on the go (lunch bars or something I can microwave depending on my location) and shakes if I need those, instead of the snacks. 

I am trying hard to push water, which is getting harder and harder by the moment but I am trying to figure out which is best for me on this front - not overly sure quite why it is SO difficult to consume the water I need to stay hydrated and still can't quite figure out why I can't just go and get a glass of water instead of a cup of coffee. It is boggling my mind. The only way I seem to keep the water intake up, which has remained constant, is by buying water by the gallon and keeping it close by. 

I am not bored of Nutrisystem, even this far into it, which is a great sign for those of you who have tried any similar plans and not quite made it this far - I don't feel bored by my choices and I never feel deprived. 

I love the new crepes that are now available for breakfast and still my favorite remains to be the breakast sandwiches. I love the hamburgers and just about anything you can put in a bun, but I really love the portion sizes and now find it really hard to eat more than I need. I eat a lot of vegetables and so that was never an issue and I am never hungry. 

I have been a little sad about the season changing as I am not so active in the cold but I am trying to combat that with indoor exercise machines, then outside with walks to and from places that are a little harder to get to and require an extra push.

I was worried for a moment seeing the scale not do anything, but glad it went down a bit this week. Each week is a new week to try my best and every day is a new day to achieve the best I can for me. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving this past week -  I am truly thankful for the opportunity afforded to me by Nutrisystem, to really try and get my body back into some kind of shape. I will forever be grateful for that! 

Until next time, folks!  

Monday, 7 November 2016

Nutrisystem, week 16!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views and experiences may differ to mine. Thank you! 

This is a late update for last week, week: 16.

I have been on Nutrisystem now since July and I lost quite a lot of weight, which I have been thrilled about. This week, however, was the first week that I put on a pound instead of losing or maintaining, so I have been feeling a little disheartened with that, though not too much as 1lb is better than 20lbs, so I can't really complain about that, but I would, at this point like to see the scales moving instead of hovering around the same weight every week. 

Nutrisystem waffles with scramble egg and hot sauce.

I am doing everything I can, sticking to the food, having my flex meals, exercising and all that, but I will admit that this week I ate a little more cake than I should have and soda, which I don't usually drink, but it was available so I did. I have been a little less active since the air is more frigid, too, so I just need to keep motivated.

Nutrisystem Meatball Melt and Salad.

I have been tracking my food and there are days when I just don't drink enough water and so I have upped that over the last couple of days, too. My decrease in water intake seems to have come with buying a water filter! I don't know if it is just that it is more convenient to carry about a half a gallon of water at the time and just reach for it or what, but for some reason I was easily drinking far more water when I was buying it in bottles - if anyone actually has a theory on this, I'd love to hear it, because I'd prefer to save cash and use the filter, but somehow my butt would rather make a cup of coffee while i'm out in the kitchen, than pour water!? I don't know!

I'm not going to sweat it over a pound as you can put that on in a day doing just about anything, but I certainly would like to see that weight going the other way. It is a lot harder at this stage, but not impossible as I still have a long way to go! Fingers crossed!

All I know is that since a 1lb gain last week, I have been trying to push more water, trying to get more done, get more active, change it up a little and yet go back to eating breakfast, lunch and dinner and not switching that routing up, out or around, which I tried before to get over this plateau, which didn't work. I did pick up 3 new workout DVDs on Thursday, so i've been using those, too. Maybe I just need to keep pushing and keep it fresh!

Look out for the next update to see how it went...

Keep on keeping on!

NUTRiBULLET Pro - The gift That Keeps on Giving, This Season! #MGBHGG

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This is the NUTRiBULLET Pro...

Those of you who are familiar with Magic Bullet may also already know about the NUTRiBULLET and its family of devices in the NUTRiBULLET range, which includes, but is not limited to, the NUTRiBULLET Pro!

The NUTRiBULLET Pro extractor comes in the color of "Champagne", boast a 900 watt motor, is 50% more powerful than the last model and also has a 32 oz capacity, which is plenty enough to keep you on the go, whatever you have planned and wherever you need to be.

I was lucky enough to get to try out the machine plus some of these NUTRiBULLET Superfood blends, which you can add in to any of your drinks, smoothies or recipes for an extra boost. There are various you can add but my favorites are the Cleansing Greens and the Super Boost, which has Chia, Goji, Cacao and Maca in it and gives a yummy (chocolately) taste! 

To make a Nutri Blast/Shake/Smoothie etc, you just add all your ingredients, fill with liquid to the fill level and tighten on your blade. You then tip your cup of choice upside down and give it a little jiggle and place securely on the power-base. You'll click the cup into position, let it blast your food down until you are satisfied with the consistency you have achieved and voila! You've made yourself a delicious, nutritious drink full of yummy foods that make you happy.

I like to make very simple smoothies to sip in the day to make sure I get the vegetables I need, which I do sometimes find really hard to keep up with on the plan I am currently on, so actually the NUTRiBULLET Pro has been extremely useful for that. One of my favorite smoothies includes veggies, spinach, a little of one of the powders and a little frozen blueberries instead of ice, to thicken it up. It is simple, doesn't contain anything I can't eat and I can take it on the go.

I also have a love for soup this time of year and I do love chunky soups, but prefer them to be smooth and creamy looking, which is easy to achieve with the NUTRiBULLET Pro. I just cook up my soup, wait until it is cooled down, completely, and then give it a whirl in the NUTRiBULLET Pro and store for later. When I want to grab my soup later on, I just pour, heat in the pan and serve. Delicious!

There isn't much the NUTRiBULLET Pro can't blast smooth and that makes me happy! I enjoyed the regular NUTRiBULLET but the Pro has a bit of an edge on that and I love the bigger capacity and color of the unit, which looks nice on my counter-top and stays out all the time.

Along with the NUTRiBULLET Pro and accessories, I also did get a recipe book - you can also view more recipes online, too. There are lots of ideas to keep things fresh and I personally have used it now a few times a week since I got it, so it is one of those extremely useful machines that you didn't know you had to have, until you have it and refuse to let it go! Absolutely 10/10!

The NUTRiBULLET retails for $99.99 and this makes for an affordable gift this Holiday Season, or for any occasion.

The NUTRiBULLET Pro is part of our Holiday Gift Guide recommendations for 2016, which you can follow on social media with #MGBHGG.

Happy giving!! 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Captain Morgan's Jack-O Blast Brings Pumpkin to Your New Favorite Shot! #MGBHGG

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Halloween might have been and gone, but there is one kind of pumpkin left that is going to be good for any time of year and that is Captain Morgan's Jack-O Blast!

It comes in this quaint bottle that looks just like a pumpkin and supplies these buttery-pumpkin shots that go down smooth and easy on a cold night. 

Great to show off at a party - who doesn't like a fancy bottle? And perfect decor all on its own! This one has grabbed the attention of friends as they've rolled in for coffee this week as it has sat on my counter and they've ooh'd and aah'd over it as most of them also love pumpkin everything. 

I tried this on its own and it tasted delicious, I also tasted it in a cup of coffee, which worked surprisingly well, too. I do have to recommend you drink responsibly because it is so good that you might forget you are drinking alcohol with it being so sweet, smooth and drinkable.

Definitely great party shots and absolutely going to carry through any season, so if you see it in the store, you could grab some for gifting this holiday season, too - perfect for the friend who loves pumpkin everything, and a little tipple, too! I bet it would even taste great in a rum-cake!

You can find Captain Morgan's Jack-O Blast online for more information, and across social media. I'd love to hear from you if you've tried it already - let me know what you think!

Drink-up, me-hearties!

**Jack oh blast is recommended as part of Mom's Gone Bronson's Holiday Gift Guide for 2016, more of which you can find on social media with hash tag #MGBHGG, Thank you!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Canvas Factory Canvas Giveaway! - #MGBHGG

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As someone who has taken photos her entire life, I can certainly attest to how great it feels to get that one photo every now and then that just HAS to go on the wall. 

As a family of 6, it is hard sometimes to get everyone to smile at once, or to look great in a picture, which is why, when I got this one, I was so excited to be able to get it printed out and up on display. 
I was even more excited when Canvas Factory offered me the chance to try out their printing service and had that special family-photo printed out for me. 

I love black and white and so decided to have it printed in black and white, on a canvas that measures 16 x 20 inches and the image wraps right around this particular canvas, which is just how I wanted it. 

There are several ways you can edit your photo to make it look how you like, before deciding on a final print. There are also various sizes and styles of canvas to suit your preferences, too.

I wasn't too sure about the quality that my photo would produce when I uploaded it as I haven't printed anything out this large in a long while, but I was so very pleasantly surprised with how this turned out and found a great spot for it in my hallway on the wall as soon as it arrived.

I am so thrilled to finally have a photo of all 6 of us, as usually there are 3, 4 or 5 of us, but rarely all 6 of us in the same place at the same time and so this is definitely a wonderful gift to us all. 


Speaking of gifts - the good folk at Canvas Factory would like to offer one of our readers the chance to print out a canvas in the same dimensions as the one I have featured here in my review. 

All you have to do, to be in with a chance of winning your own print on canvas, just in time for the holiday season, is enter via the rafflecopter, below!

Entrants must be 18 or over to enter, or have their parents permission and reside in the USA or Canada only. ONE winner will be picked at random within 24 hours of giveaway ending and will be informed as such. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, via email, so please enter with a valid email address - your emails are never used for anything other than to contact you if you should win and we do not offer your emails to anyone for any reason what-so-ever.

If our winner hasn't responded within 48 hours, the prize is forfeit and a new winner is chosen in the same manner until we have a reply. We do this to keep our giveaways punctual for us and our sponsors. Any questions, please just ask!

**Canvas Factory is recommended as part of our Holiday Gift Guide for 2016! Please follow our gift guide with hashtag #MGBHGG across social media! Thank you! 

Go ahead and enter, below!


Thursday, 3 November 2016 has what you need for gifting, this season! PLUS $100 #Giveaway #MGBHGG

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One place you might want to consider picking up some items this year for your gifts for loved ones is STYLEWE. They gave clothes and bags that will suit just about anyone and I found these two bags extremely adorable.

They have so much choice and the prices are affordable for products that are well made and well worth the cash you pay for them! 

I got this adorable little owl bag that is a cross-body or a hand held little bag and then this back pack that is pick with pretty decor on it, which is smaller than my regular back packs but very thick and sturdy and holds everything I need. 

The website at has so much to offer that you are sure to find something you will love to keep or to gift this holiday season! 


As a token of appreciation to our readers, is offering one lucky winner a $100 gift code to their website just in time for gifting, this season! 

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is enter via the rafflecopter, below!

Must be 18 or older to enter, or have parents permission. Must enter with valid contact details as we will email you to confirm you as our prize winner. All winners contacted within 24 hours of drawing and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If no confirmation is received then your win will be forfeit and a new winner will be selected in the same manner until we have a confirmed winner.

Go ahead and enter, below - good luck and happy browsing - MGB

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Giant Yellow Duck For ALL Your Holiday Needs!

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Thanksgiving is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a little fun in the form of a GIANT YELLOW DUCK?!?!

If you are still with hot weather and want to make this holiday season happy and happening, then this is seriously all you are going to need to bring people to the house, to hang out and to have a good time.

It doesn't take long to blow up (even if you want to do it the conventional way) and it looks perfectly spectacular once it is up and in the water!

Once up, throw that duck into the pool and VOILA! Instant state of relaxation once you assemble yourself on the fabulous floating duck...

You can't beat this thing for fabulousness, it is approx. 87 inches long X 71 inches wide when inflated and that means big enough to fit a couple of children or a grown adult far too easily to have THIS MUCH fun!

Who needs a real turkey for Thanksgiving?! Not us! This is far too much fun to have, instead, even though by "instead" I probably mean as-well-as, seeing as we love turkey just as much as we love this inflatable!

If you want to bring the fun to your pool, then head on over to their website and check out the Giant Yellow Duck and bring it to your next party - you're going to be the bringer of fun, we love it!

Take a dive, this Thanksgiving, and for all your holiday needs - the Giant Yellow Duck gets our seal of approval! You know you want one!!