Random Ramblings

Monday, August 29, 2016


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInmyLife #CollectiveBias

Weight loss is such a yucky subject. I have struggled with being overweight for quite some time now. I have tried "going on a diet", walking on the treadmill etc. But I have never really stuck to it or something came up and I missed a few days on the treadmill - whatever the case I have just never stuck with it before.

I am excited though to start this new journey to become a healthier version of myself. I have decided to use a little help from alli®. alli® weight loss aid is not exactly what you are thinking. Stick with me for the rest of this post and let me share some information with you.  First let me ramble on for a bit about myself lol.  

There is something that I know I need to do, not just for my own health but for my family. If I don't take better care of myself, then what good am I going to be to my family.  So now it is time to get serious about it. I know it won't be easy and it isn't something that happens overnight. It is a change I need to make in myself now though, to better reach those goals in my future and will benefit me for the rest of my life.

I have been trying to figure out when to start making this change, and I have started little things, but nothing major yet. I started by trying to cut down on my soda intake, and gosh that is harder than you would think. The struggle is so real I am not even joking. But I have noticed that the more water I drink the better I feel. That right there is big! Now I am still drinking soda and some days too much, but I am learning and growing and trying everyday. I hate hot soda, so I will not have the ability to carry around a soda with ice with me while I am working with the kids and going from class to class. So right here this is going to already set me up for drinking more water. I have a large water bottle I am going to take with me and fill with ice and water. For starters, I am going to give myself permission to drink a diet pepsi maybe with my lunch break and one when I get home from work.  That will be a cut back already.  Then eventually I would like to get down to maybe one a day.

I also thought that the best time to start making changes is right now along with starting my new job. I have been a stay at home mom for many many years, and now I will be working at the kids school, on my feet walking around all day. Not that I sat on my butt and did nothing at home, as any stay at home mom knows this isn't true, but I wasn't really "active" I would say.  Walking to the laundry room and back doesn't give much exercise at all. But now I will be going between classrooms all day, and supervising on the playground. So I am sure I will be gaining many steps in a day.

Something else I know that was a bad habit I had while staying home was I would snack.  Something I did without realizing it. It wasn't always a good snack, it was a “pass the time I have a few minutes before the kids get out of school, but not enough time to do much else so let me grab a snack on my way out the door” kind of snack. Whatever it was, it wasn't always that great.  Now without being at home with those snacking moments I know that this new job is going to help with this so much too.

Now I don't know about you, but I am a huge list maker. I make so many lists in so many notebooks sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with my own self.  But I like to see things written down so I can see them it seems to just sit better in my brain this way.  So I created this printable to help me keep track of some of my goals, short daily ones and long term ones as well. After I fill it out each day I am hole punching it and putting it into a binder. This way I will have all my goals and progress to look back on. Sometimes it may not seem like you are getting to your goal, but when really each day is a step in the right direction and when you can look back on last week, two weeks ago or your first day you will really see how far you have come. I think this helps with motivating and inspiring yourself to keep going.

Each morning I fill out my goals and then I tape it to my bathroom mirror so while I am getting ready for my day I see it and it is planted in my brain.

I think that with weight loss, part of my struggles before have also been setting unrealistic or too high of goals for myself.  Well, not even that really, but to say I wanted to lose 50 pounds seems like a lifetime of trying to lose it, but now I have decided that I want to celebrate the small goals, that don't seem so far off in the future. So I want to set a goal for myself daily and weekly and celebrate and be proud of myself for reaching those goals.  Like for my first week of work I am setting my goals as :
* 2-3 sodas a day
* 500 steps a day
* drink 3 bottles of water a day
* no eating after 7 pm

I have decided that for the first week or two or three I am not going to focus so much on my actual weight loss, but trying to make better choices for food, drink, steps and that will help me be better focused on the long term goal in the end.

One last way I am going to help myself achieve all these big and small goals is alli® weight loss aid. Let me tell you a little about alli® weight loss aid.
alli® weight loss aid is the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid on the market. It works by blocking 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed by your body.  

* Adults over  the age of 18 and if you have a BMI index of over 25.
*DO NOT take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.  
* Use ALONG with a low fat/ calorie diet.

* You can download your getting started guide HERE.
* Take a multivitamin at bedtime while taking alli® weight loss aid
* Drink plenty of water during the day.
* Take one capsule per meal that includes no more that 15 grams of fat per meal, up to 3 times a day.

*For every 5-10 pounds you lose with diet and exercise alli® weight loss aid can help you lose 2-3 more pounds
* Studies have shown that people tend to lose 5-10 pounds over a 6 month time period
*It helps boost your weight loss goals

I picked up my alli® weight loss aid at Target. This gave me the perfect chance to get out of the house and head across town to shop at Target.  :)  It was really easy to find in the store, it was right in the aisle that was called proteins.    

If you want to find out more information about alli® weight loss aid you can find more HERE
So now to really hold myself accountable I am going to share 2 photos with you.  Here are my BEFORE photos. I hate pictures of myself and especially full body ones, but I am keeping it real here and am going to use this to keep myself inspired. This is day 1 of my new healthier version of me!  You can join me in your quest to lose weight and get healthier. I think I would like to do an update once a week or now that I am working maybe I will do every other week or just once a month, I am not sure I haven't thought that part out yet.

So who is with me on this journey?  If you could just set one small goal for yourself today to create a healthier version of yourself what would that change be? Remember even the smallest step is still a step in the right direction. Lets encourage each other and hold ourselves accountable. Today is my first day to a better healthier me!  
Are you with me? Let's get started today!


*alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


  • I have received information and materials from JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER, Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, LLC. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. #PositivelyPrepared #BacktoSchool#CollectiveBias

I have always been a stay at home mom for the last 12 years since I was put on bed rest when I was pregnant with little Jacob. I worked a few small part time one or two days a week jobs here and there but nothing major.  
But I just started back to work as a Para Pro Teachers Aid/ Playground Supervisor at my little ones school.  I just started last week and all the kids started last Thursday.
Let me just say it has been adjustment, for my body in so many ways.  I was not overly or really much active as a stay at home mom.  Just the normal back and forth to the car to pick up the kids or to the laundry room kind of thing.
So with my new job I am on my feet all day long for over 6 hours.  This may not sound like much but wow when you are not used to it, it surely is.  I am back and forth to the playground and into the kindergarten class I aid in.
So by the time I get home my feet and body are pretty achy!  

I have found a few ways that helping my family and my own body adjust to being a full working family.  
My go to products for all my body aches and pains are TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain and  Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream

Every now and then my entire body is pretty achy when I wake up in the morning and to help with those extra achy days, I take 2 TYLENOL® 8 HR Muscle Aches & Pain.  This helps me get in total control of my body aches and pains and take back my day so I am not consumed with body pain.  Another plus in my book is that it is tough on my aches and pains but not on my stomach. Which I need for sure.  I cant do my job well with an also upset stomach.  I love that it acts fast and lasts up to 8 hours.  

Each morning when I am getting ready for work I rub some of the  Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream into my feet and ankles.  It helps  me outlast my muscle pain throughout the day.  Because trust me I really need any help I can get while my feet are still adjusting to being on my feet all day long.  

Other ways that I have found help me really relax and have good days now that I am back to work are finding a few minutes in the evening to sit on the back patio with my husband and drink a glass of soda.  I have been drinking no less than 5 bottles of water a day and sometimes more.  It feels so good.  We chat about our days and just catch up and I love every minute of it.  

I also created a chore chart to help stay completely organized with what days the kids are doing what chores.  This has helped us stay so on top of things and organized.  Even the kids are really excited by this chart.  

My final way I fully relax at the end of a long day is soak my feet and body in a nice warm bath each night before bed.  It gives me about 30-40minutes of time to browse facebook or pinterest and just refresh myself so that I can do a good job at my new job and most importantly be a good mom and wife.  If I am not so good myself how will I be any good to anyone else. 

I love that I was able to pick up both of these products on a recent trip to Target and they were on the same aisle even.  Double bonus.  
If you want to Get positively prepared with the right pain relief for you and your family you can find them at your local Target too.  


Tuesday, August 9, 2016


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SaveOnChef #CollectiveBias

With the back to school season approaching, my family is looking for easy weeknight meal solutions. By spending less time in the kitchen, we can enjoy other after-school activities together. Now through August 29, 2016, each 14.5 to 15 ounce can of Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart for only $0.80! Purchase five cans for $4 in a variety of flavors that include: Mini Ravioli, Beefaroni, and Spaghetti and Meatballs. You can enjoy a week’s worth of quality meals at an affordable price.
Be sure when you stock up on Chef Boyardee at Walmart to look for the Chef Boyardee cans that feature NO artificial flavors, NO preservatives, and NO artificial colors. With quality ingredients since 1924, Chef Boyardee has been a pantry staple for many families.
While shopping at Walmart, be sure to look for the Rollback signs for Chef Boyardee in the Canned Food aisle!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I told you I was committed to really getting caught up here on the blog with my Project Life pages.  
So here is another installment of getting caught up.  

FEBRUARY 28, 2016 - MARCH 5, 2016


  • Finished the boys KTM shirts.  
  • Jacob's last Hockey game of the season.  I have enjoyed watching him play because he has loved it so much. 
  • Today I reached the next level up in my YOUNIQUE buisness.  
  • The kids played outside and caught lizards. Something they love to do.  


    • Working on some YOUNIQUE products for some of the other presenters. 
    • I love how our M wall is coming along.  It is so much fun to find another one to add to the collection. 
    • A whatever kind of night for dinner and I came up with a pizza grilled cheese.  Mozarella cheese and pepperoni on the bread, grilled and pizza sauce to dip it in.  It was pretty good actually. 
    • The start of Spring Break. 
    • A new recipe for chocolate chip cookies and they turned out amazing!

    WEEK 11
    MARCH 6, 2016 - MARCH 11, 2016


    • Huge rain storm, which I love so much. 
    • Starting a painting project for our Spring Break.  Painting a cheap bookcase cabinet thing I got to go in Chloe's room. 
    • Finishing up some projects I started.
    • Working on the collage wall in the hallway.
    • Jacob is not feeling well.  Not a fun way to start Spring Break. 
    • Enjoying some time outside in the nice weather. 

    • Working in bed on the laptop tonight.  Working my YOUNIQUE business. 
    • I woke up not feeling great so Little Jacob made me breakfast and brought it to me in bed.  He is so sweet.  
    • Little Jacob still hasn't been feeling good this week so after trying some medicine and nothing helping I took him to Urgent Care.  He had an ear infection. 
    • All the kids fell asleep on the way home from Urgent Care.  
    • Trying to find a pharmacy that had his medication in stock was a pain.  I had to call UC and have them call in something else so that we could get some medicine for him. 
    • Playing 8ball pool against Little Jacob this morning and he of course beat me badly. 
    • Found a new yogurt that I love so much. 
    • Watching our favorite supercross rider earn the most consecutive wins. 

    How are you doing on your Project Life pages?  


    Tuesday, July 19, 2016


    I wasn't quite sure what to call these mugs.  They look like nothing I have ever created or seen before. I have seen this idea before to paint your nails, and then recently I saw them done on a coffee mug and I knew I had to make them too.  

    So I was deciding exactly what I wanted them to look like so I decided that I wanted them to match our kitchen.  

    I started by going through my nail polish stash.  Now for this project you by in no means have to have fancy or expensive nail polish for this at all.  Dollar store stuff will work just fine.  But before I went out and bought any I wanted to see what I had on hand.  I had three different turquoise/teal ones which was perfect and exactly the look I was going for. But since I have just a hint of navy blue in our kitchen too I wanted to have that slight contrast on the mugs as well.  I didn't have any dark blue so I just picked some up when I went to Target. 

    The next thing you need to get started are plain white coffee mugs.  Wash and dry them.  

    Then grab a bowl of warm water.  Now let me note I do not know if it has to be warm, I just used warm. I didn't try this with cold water, although I don't know that it would really make any difference.  Take all the tops off the nail polish bottles.  

    I laid out a cookie sheet with paper towels to set the mugs on to dry after we dipped them. 

     Once you have everything together, slowly drip and swirl the nail polishes in the bowl of water, one color at a time.  

    I drizzled it completely random each time.  

    Once you have done this with all the colors you want to use, which I did forget to mention you don't have to only have 4 colors, you can have more or less.  But I think if you get too many then they will not show up as well.  

    Now grab your mug and you will dip it in the water, and you can swirl or spin or whatever.  I do not recommend  moving fast though, go slow in your motions so the colors don't mix into one blur of a color.

    Then repeat drizzling the nail polish in the bowl before each mug you dip in the water. 

    Something to note also is not to go all the way to the top of the mug. You do not want it where your lips will touch.  So I told the kids not to go past the first row of dots on the mugs we had.  But you don't have to go that high even you could just do a small part or you can go that high. It is your creation so the details are what you make them. 

    Once you pull the mug out of the water, turn them upside down on the paper towel to dry. We let ours dry overnight.just to ensure they were completely dry. 

    After they were dry completely I took a black sharpie and wrote the kids' names on the bottom so they would not fight over who's is who's.   

    Now if I had left them this way they would not be washable.  So I had grabbed some Mod Podge dishwasher safe sealer and coated the mugs.  This is also not good to put where your lips would touch.  So I only put it right over the paint.  I let this dry overnight too.  

    Now the only thing with this product is that you can not actually dishwash it for another 21 days.  So you have to pretty much put it aside.  It is so worth it in the end though because then you will have these beautiful custom mugs forever.  

    After they are done curing, enjoy something wonderful in your beautiful custom mug that you made. No one will ever guess that you created these amazing mugs using nail polish and a bowl of water.  :)

    Ours are still curing, and I cannot wait to enjoy mine.  Not that I drink coffee, but I do have a slight obsession with cool mugs lately. I love my Rae Dunn mugs and I even drink my diet pepsi in it.  And in the winter we drink a lot of hot chocolate so hey it works.  

    I told my mom after I did these that I want to make some of these as Christmas gifts this year.  I think I will do them in different colors that match the color kitchen of the recipients.  

    I would love to see what kind of mugs you create.