Sunday, October 30, 2011

Handmade Harry Potter Gryffindor Apron - Bakingdom

Handmade Harry Potter Gryffindor Apron - Bakingdom:

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Make Halloween fun but healthy!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Mamavation Monday

How would you brand your health and wellness lifestyle? How do you want others to know you in this area?

For some reason this semester has been one of the worst and hardest since I went back to school. I can't put my finger on why, the classes are not that hard and the professors are not that bad it is just not a good sixteen weeks. I think if my health and wellness lifestyle was a brand right now it would be a fledgling company just getting started and still not sure of their place in the marketplace. I have big plans and lofty ideals but if they will come to pass I just do not know.

I am a tiny new company with big ideas that needs to make sure they don't bite off more than they can chew but grow steadily and make sure it grows to be strong and a company that will eventually be on the Fortune 500 list. The ladies and now gentlemen of Mamavation are great, like a vast library of information available to anyone that wants it.

This post is sponsored by New Balance and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Radio Flyer - 4 in 1 Trike

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Guest post with Katie Roets

Katie is a great lady doing some great things, thanks for taking time to guest post.
Make sure to visit her at Life with Katie and Welcome Weightloss.

Hi everyone! You probably don't know me, but my name is Katrina. I blog over at Life With Katie and Welcoming Weight Loss. I'm a 35 year old mother of two and if I don't stop now, this is going to sound like an advertisement for something! Then again, in some ways it is. You see, my fiance and I are up for a pretty exciting opportunity. If we get enough votes, we get to be a part of the Mamavation Couples Campaign. This means that we could get the help we need to not only lose weight but to live healthier lifestyles. So, I'm over here telling you all about us in the hopes that you'll go and give us your vote.

So, like I said, my name is Katrina and I'm a "single" mom of two boys. I put single in quotes because while I am engaged, Justin lives about 2300 miles away in Arizona. Ours is a pretty typical tale these days. He has a great job in Arizona and can't find one in Michigan. I've got two great boys and because of them, I can't move to Arizona. Still, we do our best to make the most of a pretty crummy situation. That leaves me on my own though to handle a lot of things.

One of my favorite things to deal with are my boys. They're 10 and 11 now. I never thought I'd be old enough to say I had a child who just attended his first school dance. I am though and those two keep me really busy. Since they're pretty awesome kids, I love every single second of it. What I don't love is that I can't keep up with them anymore. My 10 year old can run rings around me while I stand there and pant. My 11 year old has cerebral palsy and will be having leg surgery in the next few months. It kills me that he has to go to his dad's house to recover because I know I'm not strong enough or in good enough shape to help move him as he recovers.

I want to be the best mom I can be to my boys, just like any good mom out there. I come from a family full of heart disease, various cancers and diabetes. I don't want to become another statistic. I want to be a young(ish), healthy and happy mom who can run up and down the football field without having to stop to catch her breath. I want to live to see my kids grow up (but please God, not too fast, ok?) and to see them (someday) happily settled down with families of their own. I want to give them a good foundation of how to be healthy. I want the statistics to stop with us.

To do this, I need your help. I need you to head on over to the Mamavation website and vote for us. There's no registration. All you have to do is check the box by CraftsByKatie and Justinvation and then scroll down and click on the vote button. Could you do that for me? Just remember, two minutes of your time could be adding years onto our lives.


(A huge thank you to Mary for allowing me to hijack her blog to post this. Her support has been absolutely wonderful.)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mamavation Monday

It has been a couple of weeks since I have done a MM post (I know I am a bad...... mom)with school and other family things going on. Water is easy for me to write about since close to 7 years ago we gave up soda and tea (or I did hubs still does a soda or tea now and then). I drink decaffeinated coffee or water with an occasional ginger ale or Sprite thrown in for variety. I love how water taste I love to eat ice I love it in all ways so the Brita Challenge was a great thing for me. Everyone would be so surprised to find out that after a while you loose your taste for soda's and tea and other than the few and far between cup of hot tea at the local Asian restaurant I can' drink it. It is weird that I can drink hot unsweetened tea but cold sweet tea (the official drink of the south) makes me gag. So folks drink up and take the Brita Challenge!

This post is sponsored by Brita and I took the Brita Challenge to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women .