Ivory® 2-IN-1 Hair & Body Wash Influenster Voxbox

Do you like body wash? Check out this video from Ivory. Ivory has come out with a new product. It’s a 2 in 1 body and hair wash.  I  got a chance to test it out!  I absolutely LOVE it as a bath wash. The first time I washed my hair with it I was a bit concerned. I have rather thick hair and typically will use conditioner after I’ve shampooed. After I rinsed out the Ivory my hair seemed to be a bit dry. I wasn’t able to comb it out either. Since I don’t blow dry my hair I combed it out the best I could and let it air dry. The next morning I was shocked at how soft and tangle free my hair was. Even the normal “fly aways” that I have were laying down. So over all a good experience. I still don’t like the fact that this product has my hair feeling dry right after it’s been washed.  To keep up with Ivory’s newest products check out their Facebook page.



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So here we go :)

Well I’ve obviously been neglecting my blog about as much as my weight loss initiative. So here goes once again.

My job’s wellness committee has arranged for us to have access to Weight Watchers @Work program. It’s a 12 week program where they come to our work place for meetings. My first meeting was on 1/30/2013. I really wasn’t all that impressed with it at that meeting. Everything seemed rushed and not much information was given. At this initial meeting I weighed 336. I was told that my “daily points” would be 48. So week one I followed everything to a T. I was weighing everything, increasing my veggie/fruit intake, tracking all food. So when I stepped on the scale on 2/6/2013 I wasn’t expecting to see a 1.6 lb gain. WTH!?? Well then on the 7th that lovely visitor that women my age get showed up. A whole week early. Well that explained a lot. So then I became ecstatic. Typically I gain 5lbs during that time. So a gain of 1.6 was awesome since it means I had to have lost some weight. So Week two I continued on the same course. Weigh in three was on 2/13/2013.  I was down 5.8 lbs since the previous weigh in. Yeah!! So week four starts. I will be honest I didn’t stick to my plan as I should nor did I track. I had three birthday parties along with Valentines that week. So I wasn’t really all that surprised to see on 2/20/2013 that I had gained 4lbs. So back to the drawing board.

This week I am making menus and sticking to them. I can do this. I’m also going to make it a point to get my water intake goals as well as physical activity goals. Hopefully I can at least knock of those 4lbs that I regained if not more.

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It’s time!

I don’t know if I ever mentioned on my blog that I had RNY (a type of gastric bypass) done several years ago.  At first I did wonderfully with it. I stuck to the rules. Protein first, no drinks with meals, eating only what I could eat in 20 minutes. I was going to the gym 5 days a week. Three days cardio, two days weight training. In one year I lost 150lbs. I kept it off another year. Then I fell out of my routine.  I got married and stopped going to the gym. I then stopped following the rules. Including snacking on junk. I gained 50lbs during the first year of our marriage. We have now been married 6 years and I’ve gained another 30 lbs over the last five years. Yes, in six years I’ve gained 80 lbs. It has sucked to see this happen. My job has a wellness program that has a dietician come to our business and we have a 6 wk weight loss challenge. So this time around I signed up for it. I met with the dietician before the first meeting and we set out a plan. I’m on a 1300 calorie diet pushing protein. I’m also working on increasing my exercise. Right now I’m doing walking. I’m trying to get 20 minutes a day.  The wellness program has also started their fall walking program. I signed up for this also. The person with the greatest increase in steps at the end of the program will get a prize.  As of right now I have had a 69% increase in my steps.  The first week I lost 2 lbs. The second week I lost 7lbs. Week three I gained 5lbs back.four just ended and I lost 3lbs.


Summer 2012

March 2008

Me July 2006

2005 (1 yr post op)

Day of surgery March 2004


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One of my favorite quotes

“Never regret anything that once made you smile.”

I don’t know where I saw it first or even who wrote/said it. I truly have believed what it said until recently. For almost 7 years now I have been doing a job that I absolutely enjoy. A job that not only myself but my family has had to make concessions for. It was a job that I thought I’d be doing until the boys were grown and living on their own.

However, recently I have found out that no matter how hard you work, no matter how good you are at what you do, and no matter how much of your heart and soul you put into what you do you are expendable. It comes down to that wonderful bottom line.

People wonder what has happened to the work ethic of workers. I can tell you what happened. What happened is that companies no longer give a damn about their workers. They don’t give their employees their worth. It’s made workers say to hell with work ethic. Who is going to keep busting butt for nothing? In my situation it’s not just a job. As my director pointed out it’s a lifestyle. It’s not something that I can just up and walk away from.

The decisions I make affect so many people. People that I care about. People who while biologically might not be related to me, but are still family to me. So now I am left here wondering if a decision I made 7 years ago is one I regret. If I’d had another job I wouldn’t be so emotionally connected. The decision I’m having to make would be much more of an easier one.

A decision that in 60 days would change the world for not just me, but my family, and the individual I assist. How do you tell someone that you’ve basically been family to “Sorry but we are leaving. Everything will be okay.”  Someone who you have been one of the few constants in their lives for the past 5 years. How do I tell my oldest son that someone who has been here since he was born, we will no longer see? Someone that he loves and cares a lot about. On the other hand when do you say enough is enough to your employer. My family and I aren’t going to keep giving and giving and not getting anything. Seven years….

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Ever wonder about teaching your child reading?

I’m sure many parents worry about their child learning to read. I know I do a lot considering I plan to homeschool my sons. I have helped homeschool my nephew and nieces however, when they began homeschooling they already had a pretty good foundation in reading. My two sons though are ages 33 months and 13 months. So I will be laying the foundation for their reading skills. I have been doing a lot of research in the internet homeschool “world” to see what resources are out there to help me with this. I subscribe to Freely Educate’s email newsletter. They are a wonderful source for the homeschooling parent. Right now they have a giveaway for Level One All About Reading curriculum. So I went and looked at it and was really impressed. This curriculum has a 1 year money back guarantee. Here is what the publishers of All About Reading say about it:

“Here’s Why All About Reading Works

Your child will be actively involved in the learning process. This is a true multisensory program: your child will learn through sight, sound, and touch. Everything is taught in context, and your child applies new learning right away. Your child will be engaged in thinking, processing, comparing, and learning.

Students who use the All About Reading method tend to feel a sense of excitement in learning. And they should! They are learning how to think, explore, and grow in their abilities. They feel successful as they see continual progress.

There are no gaps in this program. Your child will be taught everything he or she needs to know about reading, so no guessing is required. Each new concept builds upon the previous one, and no steps are skipped.

There are five key components of reading—and our program teaches all of them thoroughly. Those components are:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics and Decoding
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

Most importantly, All About Reading is committed to results. The All About Reading program has a very focused mission: to enable you to teach your child to read as quickly as you can, while guaranteeing retention and enjoyment. Our approach to reading develops children into confident readers who absorb and retain new information.”

If you think you might be interested in this curriculum you can try to win it at Freely Educate.


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Church Family???

I don’t typically post about politics or religion. However, something has happened at the church I attend and it has had me really thinking about things. Granted to a lot of members at this church my family and I are “new” members. We just started attending this church again a few years ago.  What they don’t know though is I had started attending this church when I was 5 years old and attended there until I was approximately 15 or 16 years old. So you could say I was basically raised in this church. The members of the church at that time and the ones that were still there I consider family. It tugs at my heart that recent events have made it to where many of these members have decided to no longer attend. I returned to this church when I began having my family because of how close members were. We were attending a local “big” church and I didn’t like it. It’s not where I wanted my children to grow up attending. I didn’t want them to be lost in a sea of strangers. One of the arguments for the exodus was that what people were wanting was needed to keep and bring “young” families here at the church. That the church needs to be “revitalized”! That if this wasn’t going to happen they were leaving. Do you know how childish this all sounds? It reminds me of a child gathering up all their toys because others weren’t playing the way they wanted them to play. The opposite of what you are arguing you want to happen has happened. There are many of us that didn’t see the reason you were so passionate about what you wanted. Why not try to convince those of us that oppose it instead of just “packing your toys and leaving”? I have honestly considered not attending church anymore. There is way too much tension. Too much gossiping and talking behind others backs. I guess Pastor Harper was right when he said “The place you will find the most hypocrites is in the pews of a church”

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House Party

After I posted yesterday I got to thinking. I’ve never mentioned house party on my blog before so those that do follow my blog might not have any idea as to what it’s all about. HouseParty.com is a site that you sign up with. They have various sponsors that are looking for people to host parties to promote their items.  You fill out an application for each party that you are interested in. Then once the applications close they go through the applicants and see who fits best for what the sponsor is looking for.  I have been signed up with house party since 2008 and have hosted 7 parties. For each of the parties the host is sent a party box, has a party site on house party, as well as sponsor site with ideas for your party.  The party boxes vary but they will either have the product that is being promoted or coupons for the promoted item.  The coupons usually have a set for the host (items free or at a significant discount) and a set for the party guests that have a discount on the promoted item. They also have little trinkets to send home with guests. Your party site on house party has where you can upload pictures from your party. You can also send invitations to your party from it as well as manage your guest list there.  There are several party applications that are currently open on the site right now. One of the big ones is the Halloween Monster Party 2011. They will be accepting applications for this one until October 4th. So check out  #monsterhouseparty or #Halloween House Party if you are interested. You can also go to HouseParty.com. Party On!!!

Here are some pictures from they #Halloween House Partyparty I was asked to host.

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Chef Boyardee House Party

I have been signed up with House Party since 2008 and really enjoy the opportunity they give me to try the various promotions that they have.  The most recent party that I hosted was the Chef Boyardee House Party.  The purpose of this party was to showcase Chef Boyardee in a new light. For most of us Chef Boyardee means opening a can, dumping into a bowl or pot and then reheating the product. Chef Boyardee has actually come up with a few recipes that incorporate their product into main meal entrees.

House Party sent me a Party Pack with 6 Coupons for FREE cans of Chef Boyardee product, Coupons to save on Chef Boyardee product, a Chef Boyardee tote bag, Chef hat, Chef Boyardee recipe cards, and Chef Boyardee notepads.  For my party I chose to make three of the 5 recipes that we had been given. The first was a ravioli lasagna, the second was a taco roni, and the third was a chili mac. I also made cornbread and garlic bread to go with these as well as a Cesar salad. My guests began to arrive at 5pm for the party. Once everyone was here I went over the purpose of this party and the recipes that we would be tasting.  I then asked if any of the guests would like to help in making any of the entrees so they could see the ease in making this dishes. A few of the guests did. So while we prepared dinner the other guests socialized. Dinner was rather easy to prepare. All of the recipes took less than 30 min from prep to finished.
The results from two of the recipes though were not all that favorable. My guests unanimously agreed that something was definitely missing from the Ravioli Lasagna and the Chili Mac. The Taco Roni though was awesome.  Some of the guest suggestions for the Ravioli Lasagna was to use fresh spiniach instead of the frozen and to use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. For the Chili Mac guests suggested that it just needed more seasoning. That it was just bland.  In the next month or so I will try the guest suggestions and see if it changes the response to those two recipes. I will be sure to blog about those results.
Here is the recipe for the Taco Roni:

Close up of Taco Roni


  • 2 cans (15 oz each) Chef Boyardee® Beefaroni®
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz each) Rosarita® Premium Whole Black Beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup broken yellow tortilla chips


  1. Place Beefaroni, drained tomatoes, beans, corn and cumin in large saucepan; stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and broken chips just before serving.

It's Chef Boyardee time!!!

Ravioli Lasagna, Chili Roni, garlic bread, cornbread and Caesar Salad.

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Do you know what your..

breaking point is? I like to think I’m a fairly patient person. My own husband has told me at times that I let too many people walk over me. I’m a firm believer that there is a time and place for everything. That sometimes it’s best to keep quiet. I always think of the logistical side of things. Well folks I do believe I reached my breaking point today. Let me just say I absolutely love my job. I have been doing this for 6 yrs now and wouldn’t have it any other way. However, there have been somethings going on that have me reconsidering where I’m at right now.  I realized today that at some point I need to take into consideration my family and how certain things affect them also. I know that this too shall pass and will get better. However, I have now found my breaking point.

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Today was one of those days….

Today was one of those days that I really wish that Alex was home.  It’s one of those days that I wish I could have come home to his arms and just cry. Just to have him hold me and tell me that everything is going to be okay. To have him look at me and remind me why I do what I do. He’d remind me of the aspects that I really enjoy. I knew it was going to be rough when we both agreed that he was going to use his CDL and go with this truck company (OTR). I knew that there would be rough days with Edwin and Evan. Those I can handle. Today though is a day that is rougher than any day with a 29 month old and an 8 month old. I can’t truly vent to anyone about it since it pertains to my job, however it’s very frustrating and has got me very unnerved. When I spoke to Alex last night he told me about how he’s really enjoying being OTR and for that I’m very thankful. I know how important it is to enjoy what you are doing. I will openly admit that when we made the decision for him to go OTR I was ecstatic. I thought this will be great for us we really need some time apart. Then I watched him board that Greyhound bus June 17th and it began to sink in. Even though I am very independent I do rely on him for a lot. It’s not just a physical relying. I mean I can use tools and fix most anything that needs to be fixed. It’s the emotional support. Yes, we’ve had our ups and downs. We’ve had our disagreements and have even been upset with each other on more than one occasion.   In almost 5 yrs of being married though I never realized just how much he helped me in keeping myself level. There is a reason why our paths kept crossing after we broke up at age 16 and went on our own paths. There were many things that happened in each of our lives during those almost 20 years that had to happen so we could be where we are now. I’m glad that things have turned out how they have but I really miss my husband.

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