Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last blog post of 2011


It's been one heck of a year. The year has come and gone faster than I can even grasp it. I've gone through many challenges, triumphs and great excitement through the year. As a family we have encountered many milestones and goals and even some saddened heartbreak with the loss of some family members. We have made many memories as a family and intend do make many more. 
Like every year, we want to make changes for the new year, do things differently, better and have our resolutions. And like many, those resolutions don't always make it through the year. 
In the blog world, I have had an amazing time building friendships with many other fantastic bloggers, Moms and readers. I have learned so much and have so much more to learn. My blog has become a big part of my life and has encouraged me to dip my feet into many parts of the social media world. 
I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and challenges themselves to do all they can. In the new year I am eager to see myself grow as a person, my relationship with my Husband evolve into another chapter in our lives. I look forward to our 7 year anniversary and to build our family bond. My kids are forever growing and taking their own challenges. I will soon have a Kindergarten graduate and a smarty pants moving onto 1st grade.
As a Mom I am challenging myself to take on more activities and understand and help my kids as they take on the world. By being a support Wife, Mother and Friend to all those around I wish you all the very best.

Some family tidbits from 2011:
  • We welcomed my first niece of the family Marielle in May
  • We also welcomed my GODDaughter Madisyn 
  • As a family we had an amazing time in Palm Springs for our beginning of Summer vacation
  • We celebrated our Christmas on a Carnival Cruise in December. Our first cruise as a family. Konnor and Kameron's very first time cruising
  • I received my confirmation at Guardian Angels Church on Easter 
  • Konnor entered into EAK at the beginning of the year and started Kindergarten in June
  • Both Kameron and Konnor excelled at Tball and is playing again this season
  • Konnor had an amazing year in music lessons with his concerts. The Fall Concert was the most recent in which he played in 3 songs. (Guitar and drums)
  • Kameron had learned to swim without floats this Summer
  • Hubby is on his way to earning his eMBA and will graduate in May 2012
Those were just a few things that came to mind. As a family we have made so many memories (I can't print the photos quick enough). 


Wishing you a very Happy New Year in 2012!!!
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Slim-Fast 3•2•1 Plan: Going From Now to Wow!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Slim-Fast for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
SF-123-RTD-CreamyMilkChocolate.jpgHave you done the diet plans? What has worked for YOU? Like most women out there, I'm always trying to shed pounds. Especially after the birth of my kids. It's always a yo-yo experience for me. I'm not a fan of the "dieting" trend or fad. I have in the past, tried the Atkins diet. I have tried to eat "healthier" but could never really stick to a diet. Of course I would love to be able to to change eating habits to lose weight. With all the helpful weight loss drinks out there there  I'm always looking for the one that doesn't have that "diet" taste. With Slim-Fast, you'll never have to worry about the chalky, tasteless flavor. 
 Slim-Fast is a known brand in the dieting world. It was one of the first diet drinks I've tried years ago when I first tried to lose weight. Slim-Fast now has a new tasting shake that will satisfy your dieting tastebuds. The flavors available in the new Slim-Fast bottle include: 
• Creamy Milk Chocolate 
• French Vanilla 
• Rich Chocolate Royale 
• Cappuccino Delight 
• Strawberries N’ Cream

They now have a new plan called the Slim Fast 3•2•1 Plan. 
• The new Slim-Fast shakes are part of the Slim-Fast 3•2•1 Plan, The plan gives you quick results* - done right. Plus it’s flexible so you can get the structure you want and the variety you crave. Just follow the plan: 
• 3 Snacks: Three nourishing snacks a day such as Slim-Fast 100-calorie snack bars, fruit, nuts or veggies 
• Slim-Fast 100-calorie snack bars provide a delicious calorie-controlled snack to help curb sweet cravings between meals 
• 2 Slim-Fast Shakes or Meal Bars per day: Slim-Fast shakes and meal bars are delicious and satisfying, providing the balanced nutrition of a meal and up to four hours of hunger control 
• 1 Balanced Meal: Enjoy one balanced 500-calorie meal per day. As a rule, try to fill half your plate with veggies, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with whole grains 
You can find Slim-Fast are available in the pharmacy sections of grocers and retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway and Kroger and online at Amazon.com and the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Store on Facebook.
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With the holidays it's always hard to stay in shape and stick to a diet. But with the help of the flavorful Slim-Fast program, you too can keep those unwanted pounds off. I am excited to try the new snack bars and the new flavored shakes. I'm used to the chocolate flavor but love the idea of having the new options.
Look out 2012...I'm working on getting SLIM....fast! 
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Redbox

It's come a long way from renting videos from a video store. Many video stores like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster Video have since vanished, turned into renting DVDs and have become online rental businesses like Netflix. I am a fan of many movie rental businesses but my favorite has been Redbox. Since seeing the little convenient red boxes inside my local grocery stores or outside small stores in my area I've been hooked. It's convenient and affordable. What used to be $1.00 per video has now changed to $1.20 +tax, still very affordable!  Not only are they affordable and convenient, their customer service is like no other. There had been times in the past when a movie was scratched or stopped working midway through. I emailed customer service and received quick instructions on how to fix it and if it didn't work they compensated me by giving me a refund/Free rental in the future. 

My kids and I rent movies and games from Redbox several times a week. We love the convenience and choices Redbox has. 
Don't forget that now you can purchase Redbox gifts anytime of the year as a thank you, get well or just no reason, feel good fun! Visit http://bit.ly/uqDw4a to buy bundles of DVD and game rentals for your friends and family via email, text message or Facebook.


Thanks to Smiley360 I had a chance to rent a movie for free. If you are not familiar with Smiley360, click here for more information. 
Do you love Redbox? 


My Holiday Vox Box Review: Larabar

I received the apple pie bar. Unfortunately I didn't get a taste of it! My kids grabbed it and ripped it open before I could get my hands on it. But I did go out and buy my own, the Chocolate Chip Brownie one and it was delicious. Now a favorite in my purse, I take this everywhere I go. It's great for a quick snack rather than my typical Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Loaded with fruits, nuts and chocolate chips, this 200 calorie bar will lift your vitality and provide energy with every bite. 
Simple. Pure. Delicious.
Loaded with flavor, you will love this snack. Check out the many other flavors available at Larabar.com
I received this product complimentary to try and review through Influenster’s VoxBox program. To learn more about Influenster please visit: Influenster.com 

My Holiday Vox Box Review: Softsoap Coconut Scrub

I love all things coconut. I am a huge fan of the Softsoap coconut body butter coconut scrub. I have used this for years and was so excited to see the soap bar in the Holiday Vox Box. I love the feeling of the scrub and exfoliants and of course the flavorful, rich smell of coconut. It's lush, tropical fragrance will help you feel relaxed and fresh.

I recommend this to anyone who loves exfoliants and the fresh fragrance of coconuts!
I received this product complimentary to try and review through Influenster’s VoxBox program. To learn more about Influenster please visit: Influenster.com 

Create your own Family CookBook

I come from a family who loves to cook. I learned my favorite recipes from my Grandma and my Mom. A Family Cookbook is an awesome way to create your own family cookbook. It's perfect for gifts that will last a lifetime. 



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My Holiday Vox Box Review: Mentos Pure Fresh Gum

I am a fan of Mentos. I have been a fan since I was a teen. When they came out with gum I was so excited. I am not one to chew "bubble" gum, but love minty fresh flavored "chewing" gum.
I love the fresh minty flavor and the long lasting freshness the Mentos Pure Fresh gum has. The crunchy outer shell conceals a green tea extract core that provides an immediate burst of coolness for long-lasting fresh breath. The container is unique and easily fits into a purse or bag for on the go freshness. Besides it's taste, this gum is sugarfree! Great taste, without the sugar! How's that for freshness? Mentos Pure Fresh Gum also comes in Lemonade and Spearmint.
Have you tried Mentos Pure Fresh Gum?
I received this product complimentary to try and review through Influenster’s VoxBox program. To learn more about Influenster please visit: Influenster.com 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays

Wishing all of my fellow bloggers and all the others in the social media family a safe and Happy Holiday!!!! Looking forward to a holiday with my Husband and my kids. I hope you all have a wonderful time with your loved ones too! 


Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Holiday Vox Box Review: imPRESS Press-on Manicure


Introducing imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPress is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all 36 colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPress, your nails will always be your best accessory.
imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visitimPressManicure.com, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!

I was excited to try the imPRESS nails. I was leaving for a cruise and didn't want to worry about bringing my nail polish and manicure stuff on board with me. Because the imPRESS nails that came in my Holiday Vox Box (Estatic cling) wasn't an appropriate color to wear while on vacation with my family and the In Laws, I decided to use the coupon to buy another set, Holla! The directions are simple. Although they didn't lay flat on top of the nail bed it made it difficult not to think they'd get dirty inside when the real nail starts to grow. I was impressed at how durable they felt on and definitely far from the typical "press on nails". I like not having to use the glue and to ruin the top layer of my natural nails. On the flip side, they didn't all fit me as much as I would have liked. I have small, but not petite size nails and most of the imPress nails were a bit too wide for my nails. 


 After 3 days the tip of the nails started to peel. I hadn't done anything extreme other than dishes and showers.  They started to peel, kind of like real nail polish without a top coat. I was disappointed. 

I had mixed feelings about it after reading all the reviews on Influenster versus my recent experience. When I decided to try it for myself it left me excited and not so "impressed" They were great for a quick, last minute pop of nail color and design, but not for a period of time.  I wouldn't say I didn't like it. It's a great idea and works well for a day or two at the most. Check out their website for more information and more designs

I received this product complimentary to try and review through Influenster’s VoxBox program. To learn more about Influenster please visit: Influenster.com

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I received my Holiday Vox Box from Influenster!!

I had eagerly awaited for this package everyday since Influenster had announced the Holiday VoxBoxes were shipped. As I was leaving for a vacation I had hoped to receive it before then. What do ya know...it came 2 days before I had to leave. I opened the box and to  my surprise, I saw my favorite soap! 

A full list of the goodies I received in the Holiday Vox Box:

Introducing imPress, the revolutionary way to apply nail polish!  Featuring advanced technology, this product delivers a salon-perfect manicure in seconds - simply peel off, press on, and you’re done (no drying time!).  imPress comes in 36 colors and patterns, including trendy brights, fun prints, classic darks and animal prints.   

Renew the skin with NEW Softsoap® Coconut Scrub bar soap. Enriched with crushed coconut extract, this bar soap gently exfoliates to renew your skin’s surface, while helping retain natural moisture for soft, supple skin.  Also comes in two other exotic fragrances: Juice Pomegranate & Mango Infusions and Sweet Honeysuckle & Orange Peel.

Montagnue Jeunesse’s face masks are jam packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious juicy fragrances. Influensters will receive one of the following flavors: Strawberry Souffle, Cucumber Peel Off, Passion Peel Off, Dead Sea Mud, Fruit Smoothie. 

Straight from the city that never sleeps, New York Color’s Liquid Lipshine is uptown style at a down-to-earth price.  With pure pigments that create a 3-D gloss effect and vitamin E that provides shine and moisture, this product is perfect to keep lips looking and feeling fabulous this season.  Comes in 10 shades from neutral nude, to berries & fuchsias.

Whether it’s before a holiday party, date or meeting, pop Mentos Pure Fresh Gum for a quick refresh!  The crunchy outer shell conceals a green tea extract core that provides an immediate burst of coolness for long-lasting fresh breath.  Its unique container keeps gum protected in your purse! 

Made from only 2-9 ingredients, each LĂ„RABAR is a delicious blend of just fruits, nuts and spices. Pure and simple, just as nature intended.  Larabar comes in 19 delicious flavors!


I received this product complimentary to try and review through Influenster’s VoxBox program. To learn more about Influenster please visit: Influenster.com.

Another milestone...he's growing up!

Guess who has their first loose tooth? Yup, my lil'  man Konnor! He has been so excited since I told him he had a loose tooth. He's been eager because it seems many of his classmates in Kindergarten, even some in EAK (early acceptance kindergarten) had started losing their teeth. I check it everyday and he can only smile and say, "Oh yes!"
I'm trying to think of a fun way to have him experience his first loose tooth. Any ideas and tips are greatly appreciated! I guess with my baby losing his first tooth is yet another sign of him growing up into the little man he is becoming. Oh how time flies! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday to my Baby Boy Kameron!

Happy 4th Birthday Baby Boy!!!
Happy 4th Birthday to my Baby Boy Kameron Ethan! 
Mommy's Little Trouble Maker, Mommy's {other} SONshine. Today is the day I gave birth to my fiesty little {big} baby boy Kameron. On this day I take time to remember my pregnancy, my birth and the growing days of my little one Kameron. He's fiesty, yet needy. Caring and sensitive. Affectionate and playful. He's alot like his Mommy!!!
Me with Kameron @ 36wks The Day before I delivered

Happy Birthday Kameron! 3 hours after he was born


Kameron's 1st Christmas

6 months

Happy 1st Birthday Kameron

I'm TWO

Kameron's 2nd Birthday

Kameron's 3rd Birthday



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 12/7/11 Happy Holidays

I let my son pick the photo for today's Wordless Wednesday and he wanted to share this photo of his brother and some of his favorite cousins.

Happy Birthday to my #1 Man

Happy Happy Birthday to my Hubby, Kevin! It's his special day and unfortunately he has to work. But I wanted to introduce and share to my blogging world my best friend, my soulmate, my biggest supporter, the father to my children, the one who makes me smile and laugh everyday. We've known eachother since we were in Jr. High School...although didn't date until long after college. We have been friends forever and that's what made the base of our relationship.










Happy birthday Sweetie! I LOVE YOU!