Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This Pilates Work Out... "Pilates Weight Loss For Beginners" KICKED MY BUTT Today And Yes, There Are Pictures!

Since school is back in session, the fall is upon us now and I know that means "eating season" (you know what I am talking about) is coming,it's the perfect time for me to get back into shape, right?  I have two kids in school, one that naps for a copule hours a day and one that is old enough to work on her letters, color or do a learning program on the computer...so mommy has time to tighten and tone her muscles.  Fitting in a workout is sometimes difficult, but I know that it will be worth it in the long run and definitely will benefit my "quality of life".  My body needs to be exercised, beyond my typical chasing and moving about during the day.
I received this DVD (sent to me free of charge for this review), which put me a little out of my comfort zone.  I've never done Pilates before.  It's a foreign concept for me, but I have heard that it really works, and hey...I am willing to try most things at least once.
So I popped in the Pilates Weight Loss For Beginners DVD, listened to the opening (by Brooke Siler) and braced myself for a workout unlike any I had tried before.
Breathing is really important with any workout, but especially with Pilates...
This workout started out with some basic stretches, which gets your body ready for the "main event".  This video mixes Pilates-concious cardio and mat Pilates.  It is a low impact workout, but should, if done correctly...strengthen and tone your whole body and help you develop a slimmer you.
A few of my thoughts... though the movements are slow and precise, this does not mean you will not sweat.  I WAS SWEATING...a lot!  I could feel my body stretching out, and even though this was my first shot at this workout...I could feel the toning process beginning already.  The descriptions of the movements, the instructors information and the visual movements make it easy to follow and a dvd any person could follow.
I look forward to mixing this Pilates workout into my normal workout routine this fall and I am excited about the results that will come from it.  Not only will I feel better about the fact that I am doing some good for my body, but I am pretty sure that the reflection of results will be an awesome reward too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was only compensated by the product sent for review/feature!  This review will also be featured on the Chic Mom Magazine website!

Win A Pair Of DIAMOND Earrings!! Check Out This Giveaway...

Yes, you read that right!  FREE DIAMOND EARRINGS!
I was contacted by DiamondEarrings.org to feature this business and do a review/giveaway of their amazing "simulated" diamond earrings
No...they aren't giving out AUTHENTIC Diamond Earrings...that'd be totally crazy, but hey, a free pair of beautiful "simulated" diamonds is close good enough for me.
So this adorable black velvet jewelry box arrived at my house (sent to me free of charge for this review/feature) and I couldn't wait to check out the BLING inside.  I was already super impressed by the fact that the earrings didn't come in a little ziplock bag, and instead were presented in a way that I could actually give these earrings as a gift to someone if I chose to.  I was pretty blown away by the classiness of the presentation!
I was thrilled with what I found inside.  Two shiny, beautiful, princess cut "simulated" diamond earrings were inside.
Aren't they pretty?  Hey, in my opinion...people that see me wearing these diamond earrings aren't going to know if they are "AUTHENTIC" or not.  They are not huge (but not tiny either) and they really look amazing on...check it out:
Alright, so since I have teased you, by showing you my amazing pair...here's where I get to offer you the part you actually came on this blog for...THE GIVEAWAY!!

(1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Winner will receive a pair of their own "simulated" diamond earrings from DiamondEarrings.org just by entering this giveaway!

To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
1st - Tell me if you can spot a faux pair of diamonds from a mile away
2nd - If you think you can, what gives the earrings away?
3rd - Tell me if you own a "real" pair of diamond earrings and if they were worth the investment
4th - Follow this blogspot & comment that you do
5th - Follow this blogspot on Twitter: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
6th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you can do this twice daily)
7th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
8th - Enter one of the other giveaways & comment which ones you entered (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

This giveaway will end on September 14, 2010 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry.

I was not paid to write this review/feature!  I was only compensated by the product sent for review/feature!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Puffy Swollen Eyes Are No Longer A Problem Thanks To Eye Candy Coolers!

I got up way to early this morning!  Why?  The anticipation of the day (1st day of school) ahead woke me up and I couldn't put my mind to rest to fall back asleep again.  A problem?  For my eyes...yes!  Because I should still be sleeping, my eyes are puffy, swollen and just plain tired.  Plus, the bags under my eyes seem to be getting darker by the minute. 
What's a tired mommy to do?
Thankfully, my swollen eyes are no longer a problem in this house thanks to Eye Candy Coolers
These two soft gel pads (when cooled in the refrigerator) make the perfect soothing solution for my tired eyes!
I received some Eye Candy Coolers in the mail (sent to me free of charge) and thankfully...I had them nice & cold for this morning's SPA treatment.  Let me tell you...these babies did the trick.  Not only did they make my eyes feel so much better...but it was quite refreshing too. 
Talk about a WAKE UP CALL!  Just the way I needed to start my day, as my kids are heading to their first day back to school!  I layed on the couch (since I was up a bit before the rest of the family), closed my eyes and enjoyed the relaxing coolness on my eyes.
Use this exclusive One Bored Mommy discount code and Buy 3, Get 1 Free:  FREEOBM
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Thank you Eye Candy Coolers.  Your product helped me look a lot less sleep deprived than I really am today, as I sent my kids back to school.  Your product is going to come in "really" handy around this household, cause having tired, swollen eyes is a typicaly problem around here!  Even my daughters thought they were neat!
I was not paid to write this review!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

And They're Off...2010-2011 School Year Starts With A Lot Of Excitement From My 1st and 3rd Graders!

All the "Back to School" posts have been leading up to today, for our family at least.  My 1st grader and 3rd grader are heading to their classes, making new friends, eating their first school lunches of the year and making memories to last a lifetime.  My husband begins his MASTER's program today too!  It's a big day of "back to school" beginnings around here for us!
Though I am sad that the summer has come to an end...I am ecstatic to leave them in such great hands and with such excitement!  They are thrilled to be "back to school" too.
My two little guys are going to miss them while they are away everyday!
Okay, I won't lie...MAMA is going to miss them too!
Anyway, I just wanted to wish all the other families who already have sent their kids off, or are sending their kids off in the next couple weeks "A LOT OF LUCK" this 2010-2011 school year.  I hope it's prosperous, exciting and mind-growing!  May it be an amazing school year for each and every one of them!

A Nursing Winner Announcement...

The winner of the BumbleWee Nursing Top Giveaway is:

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Considering A Tattoo? Maybe You Should Try "Conscious Ink" First! We Did!

I have always thought about & considered getting tattooed, but have always been way to chicken to get one "in real life".  Though I think that I would really enjoying having one (and I have enjoyed watching my husband get our kids names on his his calf), I am not sure I am brave enough to mark my own body permanently.

That doesn't mean that I can't be inspired and inspire others through "temporary" ink, right?  Check out this cool company! 
Conscious Ink offers temporary tattoos that look "almost" real.  It's the closest thing, I personally think you can get without having to go under the needle and have permanent ink done. 
They come with easy to use instructions (and removal instructions)...that take these "conscious" ink tattoos to a new level.  Even faux tattoos should mean something to you! Though they are temporary, the words you put on your body can have a powerful way about how you look at your day, your life, your stress.
Even my kids got into the tattooing attitude!

Thank you Conscious Ink.  I may get brave enough to have a real tattoo someday, but until then...I love your tattoos!
I was not paid to post this feature!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review!

GLEE...The New Season Starts Sept 21st! Who's Excited With Me?

I found an interest (OK AN ADDICTION) with GLEE last year.  There are several things I love about it! 
I love the music!
I love the drama!
I love that it's set in my husband's hometown!
 I love that they are highlighting music that is both new & classic!
 I love to see who their guest stars will be!
 I love getting excited about seeing what happens next &
I AM SO IN LOVE with the fact that this Season of GLEE starts September 21st.
Anyone else with me?  Who's excited?  What do you think will happen?  Who's going to be watching on September 21st?   Please leave a comment and let me know you're a GLEE fan (or a GLEEK...I think that's what they call us) too.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Consider "Back To School" Purchases From Discount School Supply...And Win This Awesome Giveaway!

You know it!  Back to School is in full swing.  If your child is not "back to school" yet, they will be in a few short weeks.  As any parent knows, this involves purchasing supplies for your child's homework needs, project needs and even in class needs.  Where you do typically buy these things?
I found a website that not only has a huge selection of "back to school" products perfect for every classroom MUST HAVE list, but their prices are phenomenal and they offer so much more than just basic supplies.
We received an amazing bundle of "Back To School" Necessities (sent to us free of charge for this review/feature) from Discount School Supply that not only delighted my kids, but gave me a sigh of relief too.  Some of the items we received were straight off their "HAVE TO HAVE" list.  Discount School Supply hit the nail on the head with this bundle!  We received: a pack of crayons, a pack of washable markers, a pack of "chubbie" markers, a pack of scented markers, a pack of colored pencils and a pack of repositionable alphabet & letter stickers.
If you can't tell from my daughter's face (after we started playing with the stickers), the creative juices immediately began flowing when these school supplies arrived!  My kids got their paper and went to work, drawing and creating and this made me a very happy mommy! 
Not only was the house quiet as they worked, but I also saw their creative juices (that sometimes melt away with the summer heat) come back into play!  This was a great way to kick start "Back To School" in our house. These supplies will come in handy through the entire school year.  Not only for the two that are going to school, but for the two that I will be pre-schooling at home. 

I am elated to offer (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Reader the chance to win the same "Back To School" bundle that we received!  Are you interested in getting your kids all set for school with Discount School Supply?
To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
1st - Tell me what else you'd be interested in purchasing from Discount School Supply
2nd - Tell me what types of things are on your kids "back to school" supply list
3rd - Follow them on Twitter: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
4th - Follow this blogspot & comment that you do
5th - Follow this blogspot on Twitter: CLICK HERE & comment that you do
6th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you may do this twice daily)
7th - Blog about this giveaway and comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
8th - Enter one of the other giveaways & comment which ones you entered (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

This giveaway will end on September 9, 2010 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry.

Thanks again Discount School Supply for giving my kids the JUMP START back into the "Back To School" mode!  We are definitely going to put this bundle to good use throughout the 2010-2011 school year.
I was not paid to feature this review!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

Finding The Perfect Sippy Cup Is Simple And Easy With Playtex®! Why You Need To Buy Playtex® Sippy Cups!

Sippy cups are a big deal around this house!  Why?  Well, I have a little guy that LOVES to dump his cups.  Doesn't matter how quick I am to get to him, he has things turned upside down and spilled all over before I can reach him.  So spill-proof sippy cups are not only a MUST but a definite NEED (to save my sanity) in our household.
We have found, through our trials & errors with our four kids, that some sippy cups claim to be "spill-proof" but their "spill-proof design only lasts for a short time.  Soft nipple sippy cups are easy to ruin with teeth and fun to poke with toys, which eliminates their "spill proofness".  And let me tell you, nothing makes me more upset about investing (cause some of these cups are not cheap) in a cupboard full of sippy cups, only to have one or two still work.
That's why I am a huge fan of Playtex® Sippy Cups line.  Not only do they have a vast selection, all with different functions to make the cup perfect for your child, but they also take a mommy's need for sanity into consideration.  They offer a 100% Spill-Proof, Leak-Proof, Break-Proof Guarantee!  CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?  Seriously...this company is a dream come true for mommies who have children that are "rough" on their cups or for families who have several children who use the same product.  AWESOME!!

We received several different sippy cups (all sent free of charge for this review/feature) for us to try out.  We received their:

Though all of these cups worked perfectly for our 2 year old's needs right now...I have to tell you...I LOVE THEIR Insulator® Cups!  Why?  They keep his milk colder for longer...and they really do work!  Since we spend a lot of time outside, I am always leary about taking his milk with us, because I don't want him drinking curdled, warm milk.  Thankfully, I can worry less with these awesome cups! 
Best of all...they are SPILL-FREE & LEAK-FREE (which we need in this house) and covered by a guarantee that makes them worth the investment all the way around!
All of Playtex® Sippy Cups are BPA Free and are covered by their 100% Guarantee!  I highly recommend that you BUY Playtex® sippy cups for your family! 
Not sure what cup would work best for your child?  CLICK HERE & use their "CUPMATCH" to find the perfect fit for your family!
I was not paid to write this review!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!