Friday, April 17, 2015

Purely Inspired Protein Powder for great smoothies!

Spring is finally here! The air is warmer, the sun is shining and best of all, the snow has melted! That means I can continue my weight loss routine outside! Walking is one of the easiest ways for me to get cardio exercise, and it's also free! I try to walk 30 minutes, rest and walk 30 back.

While I'm resting, I like to have a little healthy snack or drink. I usually pack frozen grapes or homemade granola. It gives me a healthy boost and my 30 minutes home has the same stamina as the first 30 minutes!

I was contacted through one of my favorite review sites to give Purely Inspired protein mixes a try! They were very generous in sending me some Chocolate and Vanilla protein mixes!  I must say, I was excited to learn PURELY INSPIRED is backed by one of my very favorite NASCAR drivers, Danica Patrick! Check it out!  She said “This is the best tasting plant-based protein I’ve ever tasted.”  My daughter Leah especially loves to root her on during races!

Anywho, I looked into the company and products to see what I was getting myself into, and I was pleasantly surprised!!

  1. Purely Inspired is 100% plant based! That means it's also Dairy, Soy and Gluten free! Sutiable for anyone on a vegetarian or vegan diet!
  2. FREE FROM artificial dyes, flavors and sweeteners! Also doesn't contain aspartame, lactose or cholesterol. 
  3. One serving of Purely Inspired packs more of the antioxidant vitamin C than you'd find in a serving of apples, broccoli, oranges, spinach, and blueberries combined!
  4. 20 vitamins and minerals!
  5. Contains Omega-3 (from flaxseed!) and digestive enzymes!

The protein powder comes in 3 delicious flavors, so delicious they have won a Gold Medal for superior taste compared to other plant proteins from The American Masters of Taste! How awesome is that??!!

When made into a tasty shake, these bad boys pack 16g of plant-based protein, at least 6g of fiber and no more than 2.5g of fat per serving! That's pretty perfect for someone like me!

I tried whipping up my traditional "smoothie" recipe using vanilla. Greek yogurt (blueberry) and a variety of fruits. Strawberries, bananas and silk vanilla soy milk was used. I really enjoyed this first shake, however the vanilla was very strong! I added some honey to the next batch and it balanced it right out!

As for the chocolate protein mix, I went with a bit of a different approach. Since Purely Inspired shakes are safe for kids, I thought I would make my girls a yummy chocolate peanut butter shake! Let me just say, they were very well received and I ended up making another batch right away! I used vanilla soy milk, peanut butter and bananas along with my scoop of chocolate protein powder. Yum!

Since the kids wanted to try the vanilla variety, and I was thinking the potency of the shake might make them less likely to try my future concoctions, I made vanilla pancakes! I added a scoop of protein powder to pancake mix and added additional water to make it "batter" I also used colored sprinkles! The result was fluffy, vanilla, protein pancakes! :) My kids wondered why they tasted so great so I informed them they were finally trying the vanilla protein powder! :) It was a fun morning!

I highly suggest giving Purely Inspired a try if you're seeking the greatest in protein powders! Only one scoop per shake, and it's recommended to drink 1-2 per day, before, or after working out. Or whenever you'd like one!

 I like my shakes first thing in the morning, as it gives me a boost of energy without having to rely on caffeine.

When do you like to drink protein shakes? Leave me a comment in the section below! Thanks for reading!

Check out Purely Inspired at the links below for even more infomation!

I received product free in return for my honest review. I only review products I think would be beneficial to my readers and myself.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

InstaNatural Anti-Aging Products

Now that I have hit age 30, I've been more and more concerned with how my face is aging. My mom, who is 46 still barely has any wrinkles. I hope I am fortunate to age as gracefully as my mother.
However, every person is different and ages differently. I received an arsenal of anti-aging products intended for my face, neck, and also some specifically for my eye areas. Overall, I had really great results with my Insta Natural products, so now I'd love to share them with you! I hope you will give them a try and see the amazing results you can have by using their products!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Enter to win in the Lush Decor Giveaway!!!!

Christmas is over and I am still recovering from all the shopping, cooking, and festivities.  Most of my shopping was done on Black Friday at my favorite retailers.  The crowds were insane, and at some points I felt that maybe I should have shopped more online.  A lot of what I was purchasing for my household were towels, sheets, and household goods, that I was putting off on buying until I could find a good deal on.  After Christmas, I hit the clearance sales, hoping to find more deals that were going for 75% off on seasonal things.  Unfortunately, by the time that I made it to the store, the things that I would buy are already gone.  I love to browse but sometimes shopping is not convenient for me, because I am rather busy with children and when I do have downtime everything is closed. Therefore, I spend a lot of time browsing on the internet for things that I would need for my house.

Recently, I came across a site that offers home decor.  If you are a fan of online retailers like Wayfair you definitely should check out out what they have to offer.  Lush Decor has a wide selection of window treatments, shower curtains, bedding, and living room soft treatments.  I was really surprised at how nice the items were.  I am a huge fan of HGTV and I found that their items had more of a high end look.  I think that you can really decorate your entire house with what they offer.

One of the items that I really love is the Lori Bamboo throw.  If you have ever owned bamboo sheets, you would know that bamboo is quite luxurious and soft to the touch.  Valentines Day is coming up
fast and now I am looking for something romantic for the hubby and I for our annual V-Day night-in date and so I think that this would be perfect for cuddling up with my sweetheart while watching a movie, after our romantic dinner.

There are so many items that are perfect for Valentines Day and any other occasions.  You might find yourself browsing for hours, and just admiring variety of fabrics and  rich colors that they have to offer.   So if you are looking for a great deal, Lush is running a huge sale. Right now, you can get free shipping on purchases of fifty dollars or more.  Also, if you sign up for their email subscription or follow their facebook page you can get an additional ten dollars of your purchase. So look around there are a lot of items on sale.  It almost feels like you are shopping at a high end retailer on a smaller budget. So look around and find a gift for that special-someone. I have all my birthdays from March to August so I will definitely be taking a look for some great birthday presents!!

Giveaway time: Lush Decor is giving one of my readers a one-time use gift certificate for a purchase of up to $200 dollars.  What is great about their site is that you can check out with your credentials.  They are fully integrated for a quick and safe checkout.  

Mandatory: go to Lush Decor and tell me one item that you are absolutely in-love with and come back here to leave a comment. The rest of the entries are optional but I highly recommend that you enter as many of the other entries to maximize your potential to win.  This giveaway is ends on 2/1. Thanks to all of the wonderful bloggers who are hosting this giveaway: 

Good luck Readers 

I  have given an honest review in exchange for an item of choice.  However, all opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.  Please note that the sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and the participating bloggers are only responsible for hosting this giveaway.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mommas Review: Summit Nutrition Garcinia Cambogia

Happy New Years! I, like so many of you, have taken part in creating New Years Resolutions. And, maybe unlike a lot of you, I have made a few that are difficult or at least seem unreachable.... 

travel to 5 new cities (within the U.S.!!)

drink a sea of water everyday (well, just half my body weight in ounces)

wear a bikini on the beach at 30........... Something I haven't done since getting a mommy tummy. Seriously, it has to have been about 10 years, since I was living in Venice FL, the last time I wore a Suit O'Youthfulness. So, to go into my 30's at 180 was a bummer and a drag, I'd like to go into 31 about 50 lbs lighter....

To help me reach my weight loss goals, I've started a food journal (thanks to advice from my momma.) She says "if you bite it, you write it" and that has been super helpful in making me more conscious of my eating habits.

 I have already come to realize that I am an emotional eater.

Literally drowning my feelings in pancake syrup.

So, to combat my appetite and my willingness to eat my way happier (or so I used to think!) I've decided to try a new supplement. I usually don't try supplements, because there are literally thousands out there. How the heck could I pick one to use? Well, the guesswork has been taking out because the supplement I choose helps fight stress/emotional eating!!! My 1-2 supplements are a combination of Garcinia Cambogia and Raspberry Keytones.

Key Points of Garcinia Cambogia:

Naturally Derived without harsh chemicals or solvents.

Kosher, Halal and Vegetarian Capsules, that are also Gluten and GMO free!

Natural Source of Calcium

Increases Serotonin! (great for stress eaters!)
Increases Energy Level!

I take one capsule 2 times a day 30 minutes before meals with 6 ounces of water! I also take my raspberry keytones supplement which burns even more fat! So far, I've lost 3 lbs in a week. I feel like with my diet, exercise level (30 minutes a day, 6 days a week) and taking my supplements, that is a healthy amount of weightloss. At this rate, I will be bikini ready in about 4 months! 

Check back again soon as I will be updated this post, and creating new ones, regarding my weightloss journey!

You can purchase Garcinia Cambogia here (great discount going on Amazon right now! Get it while you can!!!!!!)

I'm a member of and recieved the product free in exchange for my honest review! Regardless, I only review products that I think would be beneficial to my readers.