Monday

Getting my son to be healthier without him knowing it... or even better... with his knowledge and approval! #silkcashew



I had a hard time deciding what to get! I ended up with chocolate!
"Silk is changing the world, one sip (or spoonful) at a time!" I have always been afraid of these alternatives to milk. I was afraid that I wouldn't like it or it wouldn't taste right. I was recently asked to write a review on Silk Cashewmilk. 

Bryce (my son) and I had already decided that it was time to try make our household a healthier place. My biggest fear in life is that my bad habits will become his. So adding some cashewmilk sounded like a good start. 

BUSTED!
It's funny because as I was sitting here writing this post, I was thinking about what my angle would be. I went into Bryce's room to check on him because he is reading his summer reading book. I walked in on him drinking straight from the carton. I was able to snap this picture of him enjoying his chocolate silk! Priceless and very timely! It's very nice that I had my angle! Why not feed your kids things they like? I am so happy that I found a product that my son has to sneak into his room that tastes great and is a healthy alternative!

Cashewmilk is the product for people who are looking for a creamy, calorie-conscious, versatile alternative to dairy milk. There are 4 flavors: original, unsweetened, vanilla and chocolate. It is lactose free, dairy free, cholesterol free, has no high fructose corn syrup, 
no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, plant based, has no GMOs, is responsibly produced, and has no gluten, casein, peanuts, eggs and MSG.

You can learn more about the Silk at http://silk.com/our-story

NEW Vanilla & Chocolate Silk Cashewmilk!
I had heard the advertisements telling me that Silk Cashewmilk was irresistibly creamy. But what caught my eye now is the Introduction of new Chocolate and Vanilla flavors. Whether you’re looking for fewer calories, less sugar or something to please the kids, life just got a little sweeter. And those ads were right. It is delicious! 

Not only is summer full of activities, get-togethers, and outdoor adventures, but back-to-school is lurking just around the corner. I am glad that I have found something that can start out our day at breakfast time as well as something for the lunchbox. Kids love chocolate milk (let's be honest so do adults!) 
*Silk chocolate Cashewmilk: 90 calories and 16 gm of sugar/svg
*low fat diary chocolate milk: 180 calories and 24 gm of sugar/svg

I am not the most creative chef or baker. I don't get creative on my own, but the good thing is that you can go to the Silk website and sign up to get a coupon and some great recipes! You don't have to be creative! They have done that for you! Yay! 



This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thursday

Jump Starting my Fitness with DailyBurn Fuel-6! #FuelToday

Well, confession time! I have done a poor job lately taking care of myself. I have gained weight and I been really slacking on my exercise. This week, I decided I am sick of being sick of it. I am forgiving myself for my slacking and moving on. It is the perfect timing too because FitFluential asked me to review some protein powder on my blog.

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I am not a vegetarian or vegan, but I was really intrigued by DailyBurn's Fuel. It is a plant based protein. I have only tried Whey protein in the past, and I was a little concerned that I would not like it. I was REALLY surprised. Lucky for me, DailyBurn sent me vanilla, which is my favorite flavor in protein.

I was excited to see the nutrition content. I am not doing any "fancy" named diets. I am counting calories and that is it... end of story. So when I see
24G Protein 170 Calories 4G Sugars
I was extremely happy. This protein is something that is realistic for healthy living for me.

I am trying to do my workouts in the am before my body knows what hit it. This protein is a great post workout, refueling protein that will help my body recover and be ready to start my busy day as a Realtor. Believe me, my days are pretty hectic and it's nice to have something in my stomach that makes me feel nourished in the morning.

It is soy free, gluten free and non dairy.  It uses plant proteins including quinoa, hemp, and sacha inchi seed to give the complete protein support. It also is formulated with digestive enzymes and without any artificial sweetners or flavors. Fuel-6 is giving me a healthy boost for my body!

You can purchase this online at http://store.dailyburn.com/products/fuel-6?partner=fitfluential&mtype=6&ldate=05012015&grp=fitfluential&utm_source=influencer&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=05012015&utm_content=fitfluential

To find out more about DailyBurn:
 
They also have pre-workout and post workout drinks. You can find info about those here:



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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of DailyBurn.

Friday

American Sniper: Moving Movie and Giveaway

**Congrats to Susan Devaux for winning the DVD I often get the chance to review and giveaway products on my blog, but every once in awhile, something comes along that is extra-special, a true honor to be able to work on. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I would like to do a review and giveaway for a movie that my son and I saw in the theaters. When we saw it, we were moved. Moved to tears, moved to do more, moved to pay attention to our surroundings... moved!!!

AMERICAN SNIPER is Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography. It is moving and meaningful filmmaking, depicting the heroism of both the service member in combat and the family left stateside. It is not an easy film to watch, given its subject matter, but it is, I believe, an essential film to watch to help us better understand the cost, to those on the battlefield and on the home front, of the freedoms we hold so dear. That was a paraphrase from the person who offered me this opportunity, and his words said it better than I ever could. 

The movie hits stores May 19th, just in time for Memorial Day.


Warner Bros. are donating $1 from the movie sales to The Wounded Warrior Project whose mission is to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. 

I have spoken to many people who have or know someone who has served this great country and those who have seen combat and been involved. I know that lives are changed forever, and the struggle is more than I can ever imagine once our soldier return home. 

I have one DVD to giveaway and one to give away to a veteran. I am giving the DVD to someone who served in the Marine Corps and is still very active with other vets. He was my high school softball coach and he pushed us but still taught us to be good people. He is and was very special to me. 



Now I get to give one away to you. If you don't win the giveaway, an easy place to buy the DVD is on amazon.com link here: http://amzn.to/1zKw2VJ 

SYNOPSIS of the movie:

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield.

But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

So how do you win? It is only open to US citizens 
Giveaway ends Monday night at 10pm EST:
To win, you need to comment below and tell me why you feel blessed to live in this country. Then you can tweet the following and post the link to your tweet here.

Tweet: 

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Tuesday

MantraBands: Express Yourself Giveaway!

We all need reminders sometimes...
     She believed she could, so she did!
     Enjoy the journey!
     Persevere...
     Fearless...
that is me! That is perfect. It is how I want to live my life! I choose the 4 phrases above because that is who I am... how I feel about who I am. I know that I have gotten through worse than a little extra weight or a bad day... I am a fighter.

Two of my favorite people (Kelly Olexa and Kelly Gregorakis) were writing about MantraBand® and I knew if those two inspiring people were loving these, I needed to learn more about them.

I read the following on their website:

Because positive thinking leads to a positive and happy life. That's what we want for ourselves and everyone else on this planet. 

We do this by promoting a lifestyle of optimism, positivity, and mindfulness. Mantraband bracelets are made to inspire. They are the reminders to choose happiness, to live what you love and to be present in every moment.

 

MantraBand® has offered to give away some bracelets right here on my blog. I cannot tell you how much you will love these. They are stylish and fun and are right there to keep you focused on your mission or to remind you of who you are!  You have to try these out! I love mine!!!

You can follow MantraBand® here:

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Win one of  two $25 gift cards!
 
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Monday

@DiettoGo: saving me time and money and tastes great!


I have really enjoyed working with Diet-to-Go. A few years ago, I got to review my very first Diet-to-Go meal for Fitfluential. I loved this idea so much that I have continued to work with them for the past few years. The meals are getting better and better, and I loved them the first time I had them.

I am not a good cook, and a lot of my eating problems stem from grabbing food quickly. With Diet-to-Go, I don't have to grab unhealthy food. They have 3 different types of meals to choose from; low-carb, traditional, vegetarian. I typically choose low-carb.

I got three meals a day for 5 days, and it was wonderful! The breakfast meals were amazing. Eggs, bacon, spinach... mmm! Delish!

Seriously... who doesn't want a cooler full of meals delivered to your front door!


You can order your own meals today. DTGA126 will get you 25% off the first order of any meal plan.

You can follow Diet-to-Go here:
Twitter: @DiettoGo

Diet-to-Go would like to invite you to explore some of the weight-loss tools they have available in their myDiettoGo forum. With myDiettoGo, you can manage your Diet-to-Go meal plan, track your meal and calorie intake, and engage with others in the myDiettogo Community. Registration is simple – just visit http://diettogo.com/mydiettogo and enter your customer I.D. number in the registration area.



Thursday

I am becoming a lean, mean, low carb machine with #isopure

You can find more info about Isopure and follow them here:
o Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Isopure
o Twitter: https://twitter.com/isopurecompany
o Instagram: http://instagram.com/isopurecompany


I have recommitted myself to eating healthy in the last week. There really is no magic pill. I just have to do it. For a while now, I have been telling myself that I will start Monday or I will start soon, and I always came up with an excuse. Well, no more. I have been doing this without ANY cheating this week, and I feel good about it. I can do it! I want to do it.
Anyone who has ever tried to change their eating habits and succeeded can tell you that you truly have to WANT it... you can't be wishy washy about it because it won't work. Something is different this time. I feel the change in me. I want this. I am tired of giving up and tired of not trying hard enough. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see!
The busier I get, the less time I have to eat healthy. I don't plan well so I need of feeling something that I can grab quickly. When Fitfluential asked me to review Isopure's whey protein isolate, I was excited to try.
This girl wants to be a lean mean carb free machine. The Isopure Zero Carb powder packs 50 grams (per 2-scoop serving) of 100% pure whey protein isolate, without a carb in sight. And it still comes with glutamine, vitamins, minerals and nutrients to keep your muscles tough, lean and ready to rock it. Isopure Zero Carb has 10,900 mg of BCAA's and 4.6 grams of L-Glutamine in every serving, and is lactose and gluten free.
This whey protein isolate powder is available in 1lb, 3lb and 7.5lb size tubs, and comes in a variety of seriously delicious flavors: Creamy Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate (Low Carb), Strawberries & Cream, Cookies & Cream, Banana Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Toasted Coconut (Low Carb), Mango Peach, Alpine Punch, Apple Melon and Pineapple Orange Banana. Best of all, it was easy to drink. I don't mix up fancy protein shakes on most days. I grab it quickly and mix with water and shake. This tasted good, wasn't too thick and was super easy!

Isopure also has a clear protein drink. The microfiltration process used to create Isopure is so complete that it is the only completely clear milk protein when it is dissolved in water. (Please note that since the powders have a vitamin/mineral premix, the powder will be cloudy when dissolved as not all the vitamins/minerals are soluble) It comes in delicious fruity flavors. My favorite is the grape frost. Other flavors include: coconut, passion fruit, pineapple orange banana, icy orange, apple melon, blue raspberry, alpine punch and mango peach.
You should check it out!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Isopure.



Friday

Check out my son in Reebok #Zig Big N Fast EX

Reebok Zig Big N Fast EX

My son is a very active little man. He is always doing something. I often hear parents complain that their children are always playing video games or something like that. Not my kid! He would rather be playing outside than doing pretty much anything else. 

He loves to run, shoot hoops, play frisbee, and so much more. While he does this, he wants shoes that look cool and feel good. I want shoes that fit him right and give him support. 

We got really lucky because these Reebok Zigs do it all! First of all, when the box came in the mail from FitFluential and Reebok, he couldn't believe that he was getting a chance to review shoes like I have on my blog. Then he couldn't believe that they were so "sic and awesome!"  He kept them in the box and walked around with them showing the family for an entire day! He's a HUGE Tampa Bay Bucs fan, so the colors were absolutely perfect for him. He says that he jumps higher, runs faster and is even a better frisbee golf player!  

"Reebok ZigTech powers the way you play, with a super-sized midsole to cushion your biggest movements. Make a Big Impact with Reebok ZigTech."  And let me tell you, there is a lot of jumping and impact with this kid. He is really supported in these shoes. 

Features:
The Reebok ZigTech is built to energize your run, providing full length energy from heel to toes. 
    SUPERSIZED ZIGTECH MIDSOLE: Engineered for maximum cushioning in the heel and responsive acceleration in the forefoot. 
    TPU PROPULSION PLATE: channels energy at impact for lightweight, accelerated mid foot transition.
    NANOBREEZE: lightweight mesh upper provides superior breathability and comfort. 

My son LOVES these shoes! He now has a total of 3 pairs of ZigTech shoes... And nobody has more shoes than this kid! Seriously, shoes are all he asks for for birthdays, holidays, and rewards. He is a shoe-guy and these shoes are tops on his list! 

These shoes are available at Finish Line or finishline.com

My son told me that you had to see this video! It's every active kid's dream to play like this!


This post was created in partnership with FitFluential on behalf of Reebok.