Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weight Loss Update: April 22, 2014

There's so much I wish I could say, but I can't. It's the most awful feeling to have your own space on the web and yet you can't even write about the things that are bothering you the most. Those near and dear to me know what I am going through, but for those of you who don't, I only ask that you keep me in your prayers. Work is really affecting me emotionally and physically right now due to stress, and I feel so helpless. I can't respond, I can't defend, I can't overcome. I just simply have to hang on and hope it all works out. Being a 1 person department is so challenging, so if you work in a PR/marketing team, go hug your co-workers like RIGHT NOW. Do it. I’ll wait.

They really weren’t joking when they say that a career in PR is the 2nd most stressful job ever. Oy vey.

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All I can do is laugh. And cry. Sometimes in the same hour.

Lately I’ve completely put myself on the back burner and cut myself off from friends and family at times. I’ve been eating out, I’ve been drinking a lot, and there are some weeks when I don’t even recall drinking water. I don’t want to spiral out of control and gain more weight than I already have. I’ve taken a few steps in the right direction like trying to plan out healthy meals, incorporating exercise to alleviate stress, and just finding ways to be positive even though I feel very negative at times.

Learning to cope in a healthy way is what I am focusing on. What also helps me is surrounding myself with positive people. Sure, it’s great to vent, but it’s not good to dwell. Right?

Here are my goals this week:

-Exercise 4 times for at least 20 minutes (One is done, so 3 to go!)

- Drink 3 bottles of water per day

- Try to ONLY snack on fruits or veggies or Greek yogurt (no processed snacks)

Potential challenges:

- Lots of very important events coming up at work that lead me to skip lunches + order takeout

- I tend to buy fresh produce and not eat it.

And to reduce my stress, I totally bought a Roomba 770. Please don’t judge me, I know it seems like the epitome of laziness, but I really can’t afford hours and hours of cleaning my house every day.

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The verdict? It’s pretty awesome…if you have your expectations right. I didn’t at first, but I do know. I’ll be writing a review post about it soon once I get all the kinks figured out so I can produce a fair review.

Some other blog projects I hope to showcase soon is the other half of the master bedroom makeover, plus I’ll be showcasing our first attempt at DIY landscaping. Oh, and I’ll also need your advice on how to start a herb garden because I am failing miserably.

Tootles for now, and smooches to all!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Cleaning Success with Tide #TideAlRescate

Disclosure: This post was developed in conjunction with Tide, and I was provided with product and compensation for this post. All opinions and clean, sparkling spaces are my own.

How to use Tide around the house to clean patio furniture, carpet, upholstery, and more! #TideAlRescate

When I say Tide, you probably think laundry. And I can totally get why…Tide makes great products that are used in many homes, mine included. BUT, today, I have some other ways you can use new Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover to get ALL your spring cleaning done. If you’re anything like me, you might have a ton of products in your cleaning closet that do specific things. I really think you could replace 90% of those cleaners with this product.

This product claims to have over 225+ household uses other than the laundry. Some examples are cleaning grout, upholstery, tile spots, shower doors, hard surfaces, soft surfaces, bathtubs, sinks, toilets…the list goes on and on.

I’m always skeptical about product claims until I get to try them out myself, so I tested out this Tide product on two tough spots in my home—my patio and my living room carpet. My backyard patio is unfortunately situated in the prime spot where wind inevitably sprinkles dust and pollen all over EVERYTHING, but especially my outdoor dining table. I don’t like to eat where it’s dirty, and I am sure you don’t either. It is a pain to keep it clean, and sometimes I just avoid going out there because it’s a huge chore to clean it all the time.

Adding to the chaos is my living room. My living room is where my family and I LIVE. We are in that room a lot, Pee Wee (the pooch) runs around a ton, and it’s just always getting stuff spilled on the carpet or mud gets tracked in from outside. It never ends. I don’t like complicated carpet cleaning treatments, so I was hoping this would work miracles on several stains that have been there for awhile.

In my video review below, you’ll see the results of my Tide experiment. I hope you’ll be as impressed as I was. The best part was I simply made my own “mix” by adding water to the powder. No waiting. No complicated measuring. Easy! Plus, it’s color safe, but tough on stains. (I would still test it on upholstery, just in case!)

The lovely folks at Tide also sent me two additional canisters to share the love with you fine people. So, if you’d like to win your very own canister of Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover, you simply have to enter below. Super quick, easy, and fuss free to enter this giveaway.

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If you have any questions, you can leave them in the comments section. I hope the video review was helpful in proving just how awesome this new Tide product is. If you’d like to tweet along with fellow cleaning fiends, follow @Tide on Twitter and/or search for the #TideAlRescate hashtag. Lots of other bloggers have tips and tricks for how to use it around the house, too, so no excuses…let’s clean!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Developing Positive Habits in My Life #QuakerUp

Through out this campaign with Quaker Oats, I've explored different tips, products, and techniques to create a happier version of me. From being more active to trying new recipes, I've really developed some great, long lasting, and habits during this campaign with Quaker. Their wholesome, tasty, and affordable products are a staple in my household (as you can see above), and I think they help me stay motivated and focused on my journey.

My favorite products would have to be the Quaker Real Medleys Bars, Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats, and Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal. The bars are perfect on the go, and I literally have them stashed all over my home and office at work (and even on my vanity area in my master bedroom in case I need a late night snack while watching TV!)

Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats are extremely versatile—they can be used for oatmeal, baking, or other snack recipes (like creating honey oat clusters to top salads or Greek yogurt). I always have oats in my baking pantry because they instantly add texture and flavor to almost any dessert dish.

At work I sometimes don't have time to leave the office for hours and hours, so I love snacks and meals that I can whip up in no time. Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+ comes together in just a few minutes, and it is essentially comfort in a cup. It's warm, sweet, creamy, and so satisfying at any time of the day—not just for breakfast.

Being a part of this campaign has really helped me feel empowered to make better changes and choices in my lifestyle. This series of changes helps me reach a variety of my goals such as eating out less, saving money, and being more active. Naturally, Quaker's products help support my endeavors and I also know that their delicious products are enjoyed by other members of my family (even Pee Wee who adores licking the oatmeal bowls).

No matter what your lifestyle goals are, I encourage you to try some of Quaker's tasty products whether it is for your next family game night or your next cookie exchange. I also hope you'll stay tuned to my blog for more updates about my journey to reach my goals—there's definitely more to come!

No matter what your lifestyle, Quaker has the right product for you – from breakfast to snacks to hot cereal and bars – life can get crazy, but you can get Quaker. For recipes, product information, and so much more, visit quakeroats.com! Comment below for a chance to win $100. Official Sweepstakes Rules

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Quaker. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Boosting Curb Appeal via Landscaping

We bought our house in October 2010 and have slowly revamped the interior to our taste. It's more modern, sleek, and I absolutely love it. Unfortunately, this means that we've totally neglected the outside of the house for nearly 4 years. Curb appeal is important whether you're house is on the market or not, and it's the first impression that people get of your home when they visit. Our first impression needs some improvement.

Now that spring is here (yay!), Daniel and I are going to invest some time and energy into creating a mulch area for some shrubs/hedges. The previous owners didn't leave us with much to work with other than some random weeds, trees, and lots of rocks.

This tree covers up a bulk of the front of the house, plus it's surrounded by random weeds that weave through the rocks. There's also that weird plant over by the porch that adds absolutely nothing to the landscaping.

Over the next few weeks we're going to totally gut this area and rid of the weeds using Spectracide Weed & Grass Killer. What I love about this product is that it's affordable (plus they have coupons on their Facebook site), only kills plants/weeds that you spray the product on (it's not absorbed into the soil therefore it won't kill nearby plants), and you can get results in as little as three hours. Ultimately, Spectracide products seem straightforward and perfect for those of us who like to DIY projects around the house.

I've scoured Pinterest for ideas, and I've started a new Outdoor Curb Appeal board that you can follow. I'll be pinning inspiration photos as well as any helpful tools or hints I find during the process. Here's my favorite inspiration photo so far:

I love how green, lush, and simple the landscaping is. While I love flowers, I cannot commit to high maintenance landscaping, so I really think timeless simplicity is my mantra.

I hope you'll stay tuned to see our progress. We consider ourselves weekend warriors (RAWR!), but outdoor landscaping is totally new to us. If you have tips or suggestions, please do share. Hopefully some elbow grease and dirty fingernails will help add some much needed pizzazz to our home.

To all of my yard warriors, whether you are after a total yard overhaul or just want to keep your yard looking its best, visit the Spectracide Facebook page for tips and savings to get started.  

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Spectracide. The opinions and text are all mine.

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