Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crazy Cupid Giveaway: Aqua Chef Smart Cooker

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Welcome to Crazy Cupid Giveaway Hop hosted by Cheap is the New Classy!  We wanted to celebrate this Valentines Day with some awesome bloggers giving away awesome prizes!  Awesome, right?!  This giveaway will run from February 1st to February 15th, this will give you PLENTY of time to hop through the linky below and enter ALL the awesome great giveaways.

What do we have for you today to win?  Your very own Aqua Chef!

Buffalo Chicken Dip: Super Bowl Recipes

The Super Bowl is this weekend and when I think of the Super Bowl I think eating!  Oh yes, the husband and I were already discussing what was on the menu for Sunday.  However, all of this eating is most likely going to put a snag into my weight loss goals.  But I plan on combating the battle of the bulge while eating like a queen!  To do this, I need to trick these fat cells of mine.  I need to make the foods I love but make them lower calorie!  And that is why I am introducing you to this Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm Dreaming of a #MomCave Inspired by La-Z-Boy Furniture #CBias

~This is my Mom Cave~
We have been living in our home for 6 years now.  I love our home, I really do but when we decided to purchase our home it was more for the "layout."  In my opinion, it needed a lot of cosmetic work.  Of course I was promised that work but for some reason or another it was always put on hold.  One of my husband's reasoning's for holding off on the cosmetic work?  "As soon as we paint the walls, the kids are going to draw all over it."  Yup, he said that.  First of all, my kids have never drawn on walls in their lives, ever.  So come on now, I think he could have thought up of a better excuse than that!  And even if they were at an age where it could be a possibility, they are older now and should know better.  So lame excuses will not work anymore honey, it is time to get to work!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 20: Weight Loss & Sickness

It is now week 20 (wow 5 months!) on the Nutrisystem program.  Time sure flies when you are eating delicious, low calorie meals!   I have to admit, this week has been rough.  My family and myself have been plagued with sickness after sickness.  Being sick can sure put a dent into your healthy living regime.  For one, when I am not feeling well I want to "heal" myself with food.  They call it comfort food for a reason, right?  Well, there definitely were times this week I comforted myself with some chocolate, a couple of cookies and that night filled with Toasted Raviolis.  Food Happens.  The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep at it!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Phineas and Ferb Live at Chaifetz Arena Feb. 9th & 10th

Phineas and Ferb Live at Chaifetz Arena
~Win 4 Tickets Today!~
 I really do love taking my kids to live shows!  Not only does it get them out of the house but it also gives them the chance to experience live theater in all its glory.  Nothing can really replace being able to experience a show live.  So when I found out that Phineas and Ferb was coming to the Chaifetz Arena February 9th and 10th, I immediately freed up my calendar!  We missed the show last year and really regretted it, especially after hearing the high reviews it received!  I was not going to make that mistake again and neither should you!  Head on over HERE to book your tickets today!

Friday, January 25, 2013

MPix Personalized Daily Planner Review & Giveaway 1/25-2/8

I am old school.  Well sure I am hip to some things, I am a hipster social media mommy that blogs about her family life and weight loss progress but there are a few exceptions to my "hipness."  Example of one, I do not trust online calendars.  As a full time working mom who runs a family, a blog and a lab; my life is stacked with daily activities!  This requires specific planning and online calendars just do not cut it!  No siree, I know how easily computers can crash and things can accidentally erase but this can not happen when it is set in ink!  So, I depend on my mommy daily planner to get me through this hectic life of mine!

Now being the girly girl I am, I do not want just any old planner, this is something I will carry around with me all 24/7 for the entire year.  I want something cute and I sure found it in this MPix Daily Planner!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Recipe

I am always looking for healthy dinner ideas.  I like to peruse healthy eating forums and see what folks are cooking.  Well, the other day I saw a post on a Healthy Buffalo Chicken Lasagna recipe (adapted from a post at My Fitness Pal by ThinningDownC).  At first I was skeptical because it contained chickpeas in the recipe!  So, I did what any good cook would do.  I whipped it up and served it to my family.  After my 7 year old son ate two servings and my husband ate THREE servings of the lasagna, I decided to try a piece myself.  Oh. My. Goodness!  It was like a piece of heaven with every bite.  I am not even that big of a Buffalo Chicken fan but this was just amazing!  It was too good to not share it with you all today!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 19: Protein Shake Recipes

I've now completed my 19th week on the Nutrisystem program and this week just felt so "easy."  I know that might sound a little weird but week 18 was a bit of a struggle for me.  You see the week before I had one of those weeks where I felt hungry all the time and I was constantly craving sweets.  But I resisted the cravings and the overeating; I did so well!   Despite my efforts, the scale did not budge.

This week was so different, like I said, it just felt too easy and that worried me.  If I struggled against all these cravings last week and this week did not even feel like a struggle, what was the scale going to think about that?!  Well, I guess it sure liked it because I lost a pound!!!  This weight loss journey can be SO baffling sometimes but I am not complaining.  I feel like the results are just amazing!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Year, New Faces: Meet Some New Sites ~ WIN $10 Amazon Gift Card

Welcome to Survival Guide by The Working Mom friends new and old! This is a really fun giveaway to meet new blogs and win more prizes! You'll have a chance to win multiple gift cards from multiple blogs! And the neatest part is there is NO RAFFLECOPTER!  Neat, huh?

Here is how it works:

Affordable Fashion with No nonsense Leggings & Tights

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am totally self conscious when it comes to "showing off" my legs.  Since losing over 175 pounds, dressing up has become a lot fun except when it comes to wearing a leg baring outfit.  Why you ask?  Because of the dreaded jiggle!  Oh I am sure many of you ladies know what I am taking about; the older we get, the less "firm" we become and the more jiggle we develop.  That is why a good pair of leggings/tights are a lifesaver for not only holding our jiggle in place but also at making us look super hot while wearing them!  And No nonsense tights and leggings is the choice in tights for their quality and affordablity.  You don't even have to brave the clothing/department stores to find them either, they are available at your local food and drug stores as well as mass retail stores!
After checking out all the varities of styles and colors No nonsense has to offer, I decided to play around with Polyvore and assemble an outfit for myself!  I would call my style classic/comfort, comfort being the highest priority.  Well, what can be more comfortable then a pair of leggings?  Look what I came up with:

Monday, January 14, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 18: Water and Weight Loss

It has now been 18 weeks since I first began the Nutrisystem program.  You would think that after such a long period of time on Nurisystem, I would have this program down pat!  For the most part I do.  Since my meals are provided for me, I only have to plan out my snacks of nuts, meat, yogurt, veggies and fruits!  I am always well stocked with the necessities so that I do not stray from the program.  Routine is my middle name and I go through each day with such ease but there is one thing I struggle with... something I have struggled with on every diet program I have been on.  It's getting in my water!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bloggerversary Giveaway: Pick Your Prize!!

It was a cold stormy night... I sat down with my computer and began to type and type and type....

And so it began, Survival Guide by The Working Mom was born!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Recipe: What is Quinoa?

  Quinoa is all the talk these days in the "health world" and for good reason!  Because of it's high protein count (including 9 essential amino acids) and it's low glycemic index, it has become a healthier alternative for rice/grains and used in various other ways to "enhance" nutrition in recipes.  Some other benefits of Quinoa is it's high fiber content which keeps one feeling "full" throughout the day, minerals and it's gluten-free!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 17: I am Thankful

I can not believe it's been over 4 months since I first started my journey on the Nutrisystem program and I am down another pound this week!!  Looking back, I can't even count the number of weight loss programs I have started and restarted and restarted.  It is one thing to start a program but a whole other ball game to actually stick to one.   Which is why I am extremely thankful for given the chance to start and continue the Nutrisystem program.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Full Core Refreshments: Quench Your Thirst & #StopSnacking #CBias

If you are constantly on the weight loss track (like myself) and have not heard of Full Core refreshment drink, you might want to climb out from under the rock you have been living in and check them out.  I first learned of the drink from a friend of mine who was raving on and on about it, so when I was offered the chance to try it out for myself, I squealed ran jumped happily accepted the opportunity!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Diet Soup: Fat Flush Soup Diet & Testimonial

Now that the holidays are over, are you looking for a healthy eating program so you can lose those extra pounds gained?  Last February, I posted the FAT FLUSH SOUP RECIPE & DIET.  Since then, not only has it become a Pinterest sensation, I have also received a number of emails from readers who have found much success on it!

 One reader in particular raved on and on about the diet, so I thought I would share her success story with you all today!

Meet Peggy, A Fat Flush Soup Diet Success!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Delectables By Brynne & Strappy's Review

I am not really a "dress-up" type of person.  My daily wardrobe usually consists of jeans and a t-shirt.  Along with that, my job can be a bit messy so wearing "nice" outfits is a recipe for wardrobe disaster.  But I do have the XX chromosome and during the holidays (and other special occasions) I enjoy getting all girly and cute!  Having these extra fashion accessories this holiday season was a pure delight!

Let me first introduce you to the cutest handmade jewelry I have seen!  Delectables by Brynne has gorgeous hand crafted jewelry with each piece having it's own unique flair.  I received a pair of earrings shown above, these earrings were the talk of the day!  I am not sure how many compliments I received on them and questions of where I got them from!  Check out Delectable by Brynne and be the talk of your next party!