Aug 162014
 

This post brought to you by Post Great Grains Cereal. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a woman, it can often be hard to feel good about yourself, and realize just how great you really are.  We are always comparing ourselves to other women and celebrities, when we should be confident in our own accomplishments and abilities.

When I was in high school, and even during my 20's, I had very low self-esteem.  I didn't have much confidence at all.  I felt awkward in my own body, I let people walk all over me, and never stood up for myself.

We Live, We Learn, We Grow…

When I entered my 30's, I worked up the courage to leave a very bad marriage.  I was buried under a great deal of debt, and didn't know how I would ever get out of it.  After several years of dedication, and hard work, I paid off those debts.  I fell in love again, with a man who treats me like a queen, and I fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a Mom.

While I was pregnant with my daughter, I decided that I wanted to put my mind and body to the ultimate test – a natural, unmedicated birth.  At first, I was very scared.  Was I really going to be able to do this?  Can I really get through the pain without any medication? 

In the months leading up to my due date, I researched everything I could find about giving birth natural.  I learned coping mechanisms, different laboring positions, breathing exercises.  I watched documentaries about giving birth naturally.  I went to a hospital, staffed with a team of midwives, where having an epidural was not even an option.

When I finally went into labor, I wasn't scared anymore.  I was ready to face the biggest challenge of my life head-on.  I knew that my body was made for birthing, and that I just needed to trust it, and myself.  After a very long 24 hour labor, including 2.5 hours of pushing, all unmedicated, Kayleigh was brought into this world.

The pain was unbearable at times, and I was so exhausted, but I found the strength within myself to get through it.  I think if I had had a baby in my 20's, the outcome would have been different.  I'm not sure I would have had that same confidence and strength. 

I Can Do Anything I Set My Mind To!

After giving birth naturally, I have a new found respect for my body.  This body carried my beautiful daughter for 41 weeks.  This body labored for 21.5 hours and pushed with everything it had for another 2.5.  This body brought my daughter into this world.  I am a strong woman, and I feel like after that, I can do just about anything I set my mind to.

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In a recent "What Makes You Great" survey, most women revealed that they felt better about themselves as they aged.  I can say that is very true in my case.  You live, you learn, and you grow from your mistakes.

Seventy-three percent of women have reinvented themselves after turning 40, and 80 percent of women love themselves more than they did 10 years ago, according to the survey by Wakefield Research for Post Great Grains Cereal.

Fifty percent have improved their health, 42 percent have found a new passion, and 23 percent have changed their career.  The women surveyed say they are more comfortable in their own skin (38 percent), have gained perspective (34 percent) and feel a sense of security (12 percent).

This video brought tears to my eyes.  It's so awesome to see REAL women, unashamed of who they are, loving themselves and being proud to say why they are great. 

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So far, I have tried the Berry Medley, Vanilla Graham, Crunchy Pecans and Cinnamon Crunch, and they are all delicious!!  I  love that I can see exactly what I am eating, and that they are full of healthy and nutritious ingredients.  I can't wait to try the rest of them!

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 Posted by at 7:44 am
Aug 122014
 

I love my cats, but they can be finicky eaters.  That’s why I was thrilled at the opportunity to try out Fancy Feast® Broths as a part of this sponsored post program.

I’ve realized that I’ve been writing this blog for quite a while now, and I haven’t ever introduced you to my cats.  Well, that’s about to change!  They are a huge part of my family, after all. 

My cats mean a great deal to me.  John and I have had both of them since they were just little kittens.  We have watched them grow over the last several years, and they are like kids to us.  They have enriched our lives in so many ways and continue to bring us happiness each and every day.  

Maggie and Pablo

Meet my cats:

Maggie

Name:  Maggie, a/k/a Maggie Mae, Maggie Moo,  Mags

Age:  8 years old next month

Indoor or Outdoor Cat:  Indoor

Likes:  Loves to climb (on EVERYTHING!), cuddling, playing with toys

Dislikes:  Does not like to have her belly rubbed!

What to Watch Out For:  Maggie loves to steal people’s drinks when they aren’t looking!

 Pablo

 Name:  Pablo, a/k/a Buddy

Age:  Turned 4 this month.

Indoor or Outdoor:  Indoor

Likes:  TREATS.  This guy is a little treat beggar.  He’ll do just about anything to get some treats, and he tries to steal Maggie’s! 

Dislikes:  Cuddling and petting is only acceptable on HIS terms.  He will come to you when he wants some loving, otherwise, stay away.

What to Watch Out For:  Pablo has a foot and shoe fetish.  If you’re sitting down in our home, he  may come over and plop his whole body down right on top of your feet, making it difficult, if not impossible for you to move.

While my cats have very different personalities, there is one thing they have in common.  They are both very picky eaters.  It’s hard to find something that they both like to eat.  

I was really excited to try giving them Fancy Feast® Broths.  Fancy Feast® Broths are a delicious combination of delectable broth with real seafood and veggies.  I was pleasantly surprised at just how appetizing they looked, and thought for sure that my cats would enjoy them.  A lot of cat foods out there look like unrecognizable mush, but not this.  I could actually see the chunks of seafood and vegetables, so I know exactly what they are eating.

Fancy Feast Broths

I love that the broths are carefully crafted without by-products or fillers, as I want only the best for my kitties.  The pouches are also very easy to open, unlike some of those cans out there, and they are perfectly portioned and ready-to-pour, which makes my hungry kitties very happy!

There are 8 varieties of Fancy Feast® Broths, and they feature either a Classic Silky or Creamy Broth.  My cats went crazy over the Fancy Feast® Broths, just as I had thought they would.  As I was pouring the pouch into bowls for them, they were both right under my feet looking up at me in anticipation.  They both licked their bowls clean, and appeared to be completely satisfied after.  

Take a minute to watch the cute video below.  I think all of us cat owners can relate to just how picky, and hard to please our cats can be. 

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 Posted by at 10:09 am
Aug 112014
 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Walgreens and Global Influence.

Ice cream is one of my favorite indulgences, and always has been.  When I was a kid, my Mom kept ice cream in the freezer almost all of the time, and we would often enjoy a bowl together on a hot summer night. 

Breyers

In our town, there was no such thing as an ice cream truck when I was a kid.  I did not even know that ice cream trucks existed, until I visited my cousin who lived in the “city” when I was about 12 years old. 

Reese's

I still remember my first ice cream truck sighting.  It started with the music.  We were all inside the house and suddenly I heard this kiddy-like music coming from outside.  Before I could even ask my cousin what that was, he bolted out the door in his socks, waving a dollar bill in his hand.  I ran outside after him, and caught him chasing the ice cream truck down the street.  I couldn’t even believe what I saw.  A truck that sold ice cream?! 

Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake

Now, having an ice cream truck come around to your home can be all well and good, but when I want ice cream, I want it NOW.  I don’t want to wait around and “hope” that the ice cream truck will pay me a visit at the exact moment I’m craving an ice cream.  I want to have my cravings right on hand, in my own freezer, so I can indulge whenever I want.

Klondike Heath and Original

When I stock my freezer full of cool summer treats like Breyers Ice Cream, Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cups, Klondike Bars and Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Bars, I know I can satisfy my craving, and my family’s cravings, whenever we want.
Kayleigh Ice Cream When my stash is running low, I head on over to Walgreens to stock up.  They have a great selection of goodies to choose from, and it’s so convenient.  I love stores where I can just run in and out quickly.  I’m a busy Mom, after all!  

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 Posted by at 11:11 am
Aug 082014
 

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Now that John and I have our own home, with plenty of room to entertain, we love to invite friends and family over for dinner or a movie, or to sit outside by the fire.  It's always so much fun to get together with your loved ones. 

Sometimes, we make plans to have people over well in advance, giving us plenty of time to prepare, but more often than not, we just invite people over on a whim.  If I don't have food to serve to my guests, I get frazzled, so I make sure to keep a stash of frozen foods on hand that are quick and easy to prepare, and are just perfect for entertaining guests!

Frozen foods are so great to keep on hand, because they are ready when you are.  They fit every family's lifestyle without compromising taste or nutrition.  They are made from real recipes and with real ingredients.  Below are some of my favorite frozen foods for entertaining friends and family.

Everyone loves pizza, and Freschetta is one of the best frozen pizzas out there. 

Freschetta Pizza

I love the flavor of the sauce, the soft and airy dough, with a perfectly crunchy crust, and the ooey gooey cheese. I buy one of these just about every week, and it's always a hit when guests come over.

Freschetta Pizza

Sometimes when we have guests over for a game night, we are not hungry enough for a whole pizza.  It's times like that when Bagel Bites are great to have on hand.  They are bite sized bagels topped with pizza toppings, and they are super tasty!  I also love that awesome crunch factor when I bite into them. 

Bagel Bites

I also like to serve up Delimex Rolled Tacos. 

Delimex Rolled Tacos

They bake up in the oven really fast, and there are a ton of them in a box.  I can take out as many as I need to feed my guests and save the rest for another time.  They are really delicious, and can be paired with sour cream or your favorite sauces for dipping. 

Delimex Rolled Tacos

On the occasions when we do have guests over for a complete meal, I always serve up Green Giant Boxed Vegetables as a side dish. 

Green Giant Steamers

Take a look at this Broccoli with Cheese Sauce.  It is so yummy, and the perfect side to your favorite meal.

Green Giant Steamers

Every now and then we will have guests over for coffee and breakfast in the morning.  While I love to cook a grand breakfast every once in a while, I also like to actually spend time with my guests.  So, I opt for Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches. 

Jimmy Dean Croissant

They are a quick and easy breakfast option, and hearty enough to fill my guests' bellies.  My favorite are the Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissants.

Jimmy Dean Croissant

How do you feel about fresh vs frozen?  Frozen is how fresh stays fresh.  Freezing locks in the flavor and nutrients of the foods you love.  Read Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh  to learn the benefits of frozen foods

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What are your favorite frozen foods for entertaining guests?

 

 

 

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 Posted by at 11:14 am
Aug 082014
 

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 Posted by at 12:01 am
Jul 302014
 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored brand ambassador post with Find Your Influence for LifeLock. All opinions are my own.

It’s been quite a long time since I have traveled very far out of the State of Maine.  I believe the last time was in 2006, when I went on a cruise to the Caribbean with my parents and sisters.  It’s been way too long, and I am in desperate need of a getaway before the snow starts falling again.

John and I have planned a road trip to Niagara Falls in September, and I cannot wait!  While it’s been really exciting to plan where we will be staying, and researching the best restaurants and local attractions, financial security has always been in the back of my mind. 

We haven’t even left for our trip yet, and we have already used our credit card online to buy tickets to a concert (did I mention we will be seeing Lorde in Concert at the Artpark??!!), and to book hotel reservations at three different hotels, each in a different state.  As we make our way from Maine to New York, a 10.5 hour trip by vehicle, we will also be stopping for gas, stopping at restaurants and convenience stores.  That’s a lot of credit card use, at a lot of different places, and that really scares me!

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In addition to using our credit cards at so many different locations, I am wary because well, let’s face it, my mind isn’t as focused as it used to be.  I think ever since I became a Mom, my mind started trying to focus on a million different things at once, and I have a hard time keeping track of things, like my purse, for instance.  I wouldn’t put it past myself to just up and leave my purse some place that’s unsafe while on vacation.  I tend to get wrapped up in the moment, and forget about the important things, like making sure my purse is in my possession all of the time.

I have had my credit card information stolen on more than one occasion in the past.  One time, someone had attempted to use it to pay a bridge toll in Spain.  Another time, someone tried to buy a plane ticket at an Australian airport.  These people are having way more fun than I am, and trying to at MY expense!  Luckily, my bank did not recognize the charges, since they were out of country, and very unusual for me, and did not let them go through.  I can’t say the same thing would happen if my credit card information was stolen and used here in the US, however.  I’m always reading in the newspaper, about these employees that steal customers’ credit card information, and then use it to buy a bunch of stuff at local stores.  That probably would not send any red flags to my bank, since it is a local purchase, and they could rack up thousands of dollars in charges before I even knew anything was going on. 

I really want to be able to relax and enjoy our vacation, without worrying about our financial security.  So, I’m being proactive, and signed up for a one-year membership to Lifelock.  Now, I feel much safer! Lifelock graphicLifelock offers 5 different points of protection for their membersMonitoring Your Identity (via public and court records), Scanning for Identity Threats, Responding to Identity Theft, a $1,000,000 Guarantee for their Services, and also Tracking Your Credit Score.  They help protect your personal information using a combination of data surveillance techniques and outstanding member service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  It sure feels nice to have someone looking out for me at all times, even during the times I forget to look out for myself.

The LifeLock Ultimate credit monitoring service alerts you each time your personal information has been used including to open new accounts. You are also notified if your information appears in criminal searches, payday loan applications, and used for address changes.

Should your identity be stolen, LifeLock will assist you in replacing the contents of your wallet by contacting financial institutions and completing paperwork.  How great is that?!

Credit Card Statements

In addition to all of that, Lifelock also works with major credit bureaus on your behalf to help remove your name from mailing lists for preapproved credit offers.  I don’t need any more credit cards.  If I did, I would seek them out myself.  I don’t need to get dozens of credit card offers in the mail every month.  Not only is it annoying, but it’s a huge security risk.  What if someone were to get their hands on one of those and sign up for a credit card in my name?  Yikes!

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 Posted by at 3:28 pm
Jul 282014
 

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

I love having guests over for dinner, to play games, or for a movie night, but I often worry about how my house smells to outsiders when they visit.  We have two cats and a toddler still in diapers, so it can get pretty smelly in here sometimes, especially during the hot summer months when odors seems to linger.

It’s very easy to become “Noseblind” to the smells in your own home, since you are there all the time and become accustomed to them.  For visitors, though, it’s easier to pick up on all of the not so pleasant odors that may be lurking in your home. 

I recently hosted a movie night at my house with my sister and her boyfriend.  Febreze sent me a package of their Meadows and Rain products to eliminate the odors in my house, but first, we all had to take a survey about the odors in my home.  Boy, was I nervous!  I didn’t see their results, but I was really afraid that they might have smelled my cats or toddler, or the Chinese food we had for dinner before they came over. 

Febreze Products

After the survey, I popped some popcorn.  What’s a movie night without popcorn, right?  Well, we all know how strong of a smell popcorn makes.  Once you pop a bag of popcorn, the smell just completely takes over the whole house.  We were then asked to take another survey, and I’m sure that everyone could only smell the popcorn at that point.

We watched our movie, and then at the end of it, we were asked to take another survey.  By then, we had become accustomed to the smell of popcorn, and while it still lingered in the house, it wasn’t as powerful and obvious as it had been after I had just popped it.  I wondered if my guests had started to smell cat or toddler smells again.

Finally, I broke out the Febreze products, and within just a couple of minutes, my house was smelling fresh and clean, and I couldn’t smell the popcorn, or anything but pleasant scents anymore.  We were asked to take another survey, and I am sure my guests could only smell the wonderful Febreze scents at the point, too.  Febreze completely eliminates odors instead of just covering them up!

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 Posted by at 11:31 am
Jul 252014
 

This post brought to you by Listerine. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have always been one to keep up with a good oral hygiene regimen.  I love the feeling of a fresh, clean mouth.  I think it's one of those small joys in life.  I actually enjoyed going to the dentist as a kid, and still do as an adult, every six months!  It's so important to take care of your teeth.  Plus, my parents spent a good amount of money on braces for me in highschool, so it's important to me to protect that investment.  And yes, I think a beautiful, healthy smile is a great investment.

A huge part of my oral hygiene routine is rinsing my mouth with LISTERINE® on a daily basis, as it is the #1 dentist recommended brand, and leaves my mouth clean and healthy.  While LISTERINE® is something I use very often, it's also something I hide in the cabinet under my sink. Let's face it, that giant bottle kind of sticks out like a sore thumb, right?

Well, not anymore!  Now, you can find these super stylish chevron bottles of LISTERINE®, exclusively at Target.  Instead of sticking out like a sore thumb, they blend nicely into your bathroom decor, and actually look pretty.  They are a nice way to add a little pizzazz to your bathroom countertop!

Chevron Listerine

These bottles come in 4 different flavors, each with their own color – Cool Mint, Fresh Mint, Arctic Mint, & Fresh Citrus.  My personal favorite is the Arctic Mint.  It's so refreshing.  What's your favorite?

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Chevron Listerine

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 Posted by at 2:52 pm
Jul 242014
 

This post brought to you by American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable. All opinions are 100% mine.

So, there’s this thing that happens in Maine during the month of July.  It finally hits the high 80′s to low 90′s, and everyone here begins to melt.  We are not used to this hot weather.  To us, 50 degrees is considered a warm day. 

The last few weeks have been absolute torture for me, and the last thing on my mind is cooking a big meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I don’t want to deal with the meal prep., the oven or stove being on for more than a short period of time, or with the mess that comes with cooking. 

I have always been a huge fan of frozen foods.  They are so easy and convenient, and taste great too.  I used to work outside the home in a small law office, and I would stock the freezer full of frozen foods for my breakfasts and lunches.  I worked 30 minutes away from home, so going home for lunch just wasn’t an option, and while there were many restaurants nearby, it was just not in my budget to eat out every day.  It was so convenient to have breakfast and lunch right at my fingertips whenever I wanted it. 

Now that I stay at home, I still keep the freezer stocked with my favorite frozen foods.  I find myself eating frozen foods even more during these hot summer months, because I don’t have to put a lot of effort into getting something to eat.  I’m so busy blogging, picking up my house and watching Kayleigh, that I just don’t have time to cook for myself.  

There are so many benefits of frozen foods, like the fact that I get to control my food selections, which is really amazing.  I get to pick out exactly what I like to eat, and there are SO many options to choose from!    You’d also be surprised to learn all of the pros & cons of fresh vs frozen

Frozen food is made from real recipes and real ingredients. Freezing is simply a natural pause button that keeps just picked, just baked and just crafted foods at the peak of freshness, and locks in flavor and nutrients.  Check out Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh for more details about frozen foods.

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For breakfast, I really enjoy Eggo Waffles or Pillsbury Toaster Strudels.  I have enjoyed both of these since I was a kid.  It’s so nice to wake up in the morning, grab an Eggo Waffle or Toaster Strudel out of the freezer, pop it into the toaster for a couple of minutes, and have a delicious breakfast ready for me to enjoy before I start my day. 

Eggo Waffles

Eggo Waffles

Kayleigh has also become a huge fan of the Eggo Waffles.  I haven’t given her a Toaster Strudel yet, because I’m afraid if I did, she would never want to eat anything else again, because they are so sweet and yummy!

Toaster Strudel

For lunch, I really enjoy a Lean Cuisine or Hot Pocket, depending on the day.  The Hot Pockets are great when I’m in a mood for comfort food.  With flavors like Pepperoni Pizza with a Garlic Buttery Crust, or Ham & Cheese Croissants, you can’t go wrong! 

Hot Pocket

Just look at that flaky crust, and all that gooey cheese and pepperoni piled in there.  Yum!

Hot Pocket

I love fixing myself a Lean Cuisine on days when I’m in the mood for something a little lighter.  I tried the Chicken with Garden Vegetables for lunch today, and it was absolutely amazing.  The chicken and vegetables tasted really fresh, and the sauce had just a bit of a kick to it.  It was so good!

Lean Cuisine

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers are a great choice for dinner.  They are always so fresh and delicious tasting.  Can you tell I have a thing for chicken & broccoli??

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

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 Posted by at 12:05 pm
Jul 222014
 

This post brought to you by Tasty Bite. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love going out to the local Indian restaurants for a delicious meal, but these days I've just been too busy to find the time.  I thought I would try making Indian food at home, but I was quickly overwhelmed by all of the ingredients, and how time consuming it was. 

Luckily, Tasty Bite offers several ready-to-eat Indian entrées, that make cooking Indian food at home a breeze!  Tasty Bite was established in 1995, and they now feature over 40 products, including Indian, Asian and rice products.  I was lucky enough to sample a few of these myself recently.

Tasty Bite

Now, you may think that because these entrées are pre-packaged, that they are loaded with preservatives, MSG and artificial ingredients, but that's just not the case.  Tasty Bite only uses real, non-GMO ingredients that you can actually pronounce.

Tonight, I set out to prepare an Indian meal at home, using the Indian entrées I had received from Tasty Bite – Bombay Potatoes, Madras Lentils and Tandoori Rice.  I decided to make Madras Lentils Baked Potatoes, a recipe found on Tasty Bite's website, and serve them alongside the Tandoori Rice and Bombay Potatoes. 

Tasty Bite Indian

While the potatoes did take a while to bake, the remainder of my meal was done in only 5 minutes!  I simply baked the potatoes ahead of time, so that when we were ready to sit down to dinner, all I had left to prepare was the Tasty Bite entrées.

Tasty Bite Indian

To prepare the Tasty Bite entrées, you simply place the packages in boiling water for 5 minutes, and then they're done!  What could possibly be easier than that?!  Oh wait, you can also cook them in the microwave for only 90 seconds!  Seriously, this is so easy.

Tasty Bite Indian

After my Tasty Bite entrées were nice and hot, I dished them out on my plate.  I split open my baked potato and poured the Madras Lentils down on top, added a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese.  I added a slice of Naan bread too, which went great with the Bombay Potatoes.  Yum!

Tasty Bite Indian

John and I both really enjoyed all of the Tasty Bite entrées.  They were very flavorful, and you'd never know they came from a ready-to-eat pouch if you didn't make them yourself!

Tasty Bite Indian

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 Posted by at 3:58 pm