Do You Have a Fitbit?

As you know, I want to lose weight…a lot of weight.  One of the things my husband and I did was get a membership to Planet Fitness gym.  We’ve been members of a lot of different gyms, but this one is by far our favorite.  I never have to wait for a machine (which is good…make me wait and I lose interest…seriously) and they don’t tolerate the whole body building thing where you feel intimidated by big huge guys walking around slamming weights all over the place.  Instead, if they hear that, they press a button sounding an alarm and everyone stares at the offenders.  It’s one of my most favorite times at the gym!  And to top it all off, the membership is only $10 or $20 a month.  I have the $20 a month membership because I like the massage chairs and the infrared machines.

I also use My Fitness Pal to log all of my weight and exercises (ImLeah525 is my screen name…friend me)!  I think it is key to use something like My Fitness Pal to keep track of what you are eating.  What I like about this site is that you can literally see, in pie graph form, the percentage of fat, carbs and protein you are eating.  This way, if you are not losing weight, you can see exactly what area you may be eating too much or too little in.  And they have an app for both your ipad/iphone or your Android phone!

But today I got something I have been wanting for a VERY long time.  I got a Fitbit.  This little thing will track how many steps you take, how many calories you burn and it will also tell you how well you sleep (can’t wait to try that feature out tonight)!  The other nice part is that the Fitbit site will connect with My Fitness Pal so I can see just how much calories I am burning and see where I need to step it up (literally) to be successful in my weight loss journey.  Here’s a picture of the one I got…isn’t it pretty?
Now I just have to decide where I want to wear it…on my waist or my bra.  Apparently women like to wear it hooked to their bra.  I’m thinking mine will be on my waist.  But really, I doubt it will be a bother anywhere I decide to wear it.  This thing is the size of a fun size Kit Kat.

Tomorrow is the first day I start to wear it (well except for sleeping tonight).  How many steps do you think I will take throughout the day?  Knowing my competitive nature, I will always try to one up myself in the steps department from day to day (which will help my weight loss efforts).  I could seriously see myself running around the block before bed because I didn’t beat yesterday’s steps.

Leave me a comment telling me how many steps you think I will take my first day…

Disney Pixar Brave: The Video Game Obstacle Course and Giveaway!

We are a gaming family.  My husband knew I was the one he was meant to marry when he realized I loved playing video games just as much as he did.  I was a pretty cheap date when we first met; quick bite to eat and back to his place to play video games.  It was love at first punch (I’m pretty good at the fighting games)!  So as you can imagine, our kids love video games as well.  Of course we limit the amount they are allowed to play, but we have been known to have family game night that included the use of the Xbox 360 with Kinect.

Being the video game enthusiast that I am, I am VERY excited to give away one copy of the new Disney Pixar Brave video game for the Xbox Kinect!  If you aren’t familiar with this game, you choose your character and run, jump and battle your way through mythical Scotland.  Face off against enemies to end the curse and save the kingdom!  The new Disney Pixar Brave video game is available on Kinect, PlayStation Move, Wii, Mac and PC.  But that’s not all…two lucky winners will also win a Brave Temple Run for the iphone or ipad!

Xbox Kinect

If you’re interested in entering the giveaway please watch the You Tube video put together by Disney Pixar that is of  an obstacle course that mirrors events in the game and movie and challenged several popular YouTubers (Tobuscus, Olga Kay, DaneBoe and Katers17) to see who is truly brave!  Once you’ve viewed the video, scroll down for details on how to enter!

  GIVEAWAY!!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  You must complete the mandatory entry first before any additional entries will be accepted.  Please put EACH entry in a separate comment.  All entries will be verified.

Mandatory Entry:  After viewing the YouTube video, who do you think will be the winner of the obstacle course?

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This giveaway will run from today (July 6, 2012) until July 16, 2012 at 8pm EST.  One winner for the Brave Xbox Kinect game and two winners for the Brave Temple Run iphone/ipad app will be chosen at random using the “And the Winner Is” plug-in.  Each of the winners will be notified via email and they will have exactly 48hrs to respond with their shipping information or a new set of winners will be determined.

 

Disclosure:  The prizes for this giveaway have been provided by Disney Pixar.  I will be receiving a copy of the Brave Xbox Kinect video game in the mail shortly as compensation for this post.  All opinions/personal stories are solely mine and have not been influenced by this giveaway.

Gund Girls for Your Little Fashionista!

My daughter is not your typical girly-girl.  In fact, I often times describe her as the girliest tom-boy I know!  When my son was in Kindergarten (she was 3) we would go pick him up from school and she would wear her princess dress up dress while digging in the dirt and shoving rocks in her pockets.  But the one thing she LOVES is dolls.  At one point her bedroom was like an orphanage for dolls and she was always asking for more!  Even now, at 5, she still loves dolls.  So when I heard about the Gund Girls, I knew she would love them.

 The all new Gund Girls are perfect for your little fashionista!  Each one has their own, unique personality…just like your little one!  Let’s meet the girls!

Brooklyn

 

Meet Brooklyn!

·         She’s a big city girl!

·         Her style is super girly!

·         She loves to shop with her friends!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Emma!Emma

•              She loves having dance parties with her friends!

•              She also loves painting and anything with stripes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deedee

 

 

Meet Deedee!

·         She loves traveling and having adventures with her friends!

·         Her favorite color is violet like her eyes!

 

 

 

 

Sloan

 

 

Meet Sloan!

·         She loves hanging out on the beach with her friends!

·         Her style is hippie California chic.

 

 

 

 

Bella was sent Sloan and when I told her that Sloan likes to hang out at the beach, Bella yelled “so do I”!  And being that Bella JUST got back from a 10 day trip in Florida where they spent many days at the beach, this was the perfect Gund Girl to be sent to her!  Just look:

Sloan

Bella has slept with her Gund Girl each night she has been home and it has made it’s way throughout our house.  She never wants to put her down.  In fact, Sloan joined us at dinner tonight!  With removable clothing that you can mix and match with the other dolls (and I think she is wearing something that one of Bella’s other dolls normally wears at the moment), the all new Gund Girls are a great addition to any family!

Be sure to check out Gund on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Which Gund Girl would you get for the little fashionista in your life?!?

 

Disclosure:  Thank you to Gund and Team Mom, Bella was provided with a Gund Girls for the purpose of the review.  All opinions are solely mine!

 

 

Ipad 3 Cases at Overstock.com!

My husband and kids surprised me big time this year for Mother’s Day.  They got me The New Ipad!  I was beside myself happy when I opened that gift.  Do you know how long I have wanted one of those????  I have not put it down once since I got it!  Well…accept for when we went shopping this afternoon to try and find a case for it.  Boy was that a trip.  I found a really cool one with camels (I like camels, remember?) all over it, but it was $85.  There was nothing special about it (well…accept for the camels!) to warrant me spending $85 on it.  If it were up to Dan, I would have this military grade case that you could probably run a tank over without destroying your ipad, but I find that to be a tad overkill.

When I got home I tried searching my favorite websites, but nothing jumped out at me.  Until I checked Overstock.com.  Are you familiar with that site?  EVERYTHING…and I mean EVERYTHING is significantly cheaper.  Same great quality…just a lesser price!  Being the kind of person I am, I immediately looked for an Overstock Promo Code.  While shipping is extremely cheap with this site, if I could find a code that would give me free shipping…I’ll take the free shipping!  Promo codes are nice though.  Simply enter the code in where it tells you to.

If you have an ipad, which kind of case do you have?  I have it in my  head what I want, but I can’t find it (and I know it is out there).  I want something girly; something with a little bling; but most importantly, I want something that is going to protect my ipad.  I’ve found a few promising cases, but something tells me there is something better out there for me.

Leave me a comment with a link to the ipad case that you use…and remember, if you have a coupon code…let me know that too!  Gotta save money where I can!

Mother’s Day Coupons to Help YOU Shop and Save!

I am a HUGE couponaholic.  No really…I am.  Every Sunday I buy 3 newspapers (at the Dollar Store) AND I take my parents coupon inserts.  I then cut out ALL coupons that I would be willing to use, if the item went on sale…so that means I am NOT brand specific (well unless it’s Mac & Cheese…nothing beats name brand Mac & Cheese) and I put them in my coupon binder that is divided up by the various sections in the store.  Yes…I do realize this is crazy to some people (I’ve been told that I am wasting my time)…BUT when I am spending less than $50 a week on groceries for a family of 4…I’ll be the craziest person of all!  Side  note:  Every other month I buy a few toiletrie items in bulk at Sams Club…but that still only adds an additional $10 or so to my monthly grocery budget…still WAY better than what most families of 4 who do not use coupons, spend.

So, as you can imagine, when I am shopping for birthday’s, Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, Christmas, etc I try to always find an online coupon.  It drives my husband crazy.  But it pays off.  We went to the large outlet malls near us and I spent about 25 minutes before we were leaving (if you ask my husband, he’ll say I held us up 25 minutes) because I KNEW I could find online printable coupons to use at the different store.  Why wouldn’t you want to save more money?  Sure it takes time to find the coupon, print it and actually remember to take it to the store, but again…it SAVES YOU MONEY!

As you know, Mother’s Day is coming up.  I’m usually the type of person that when asked what I would like as a gift, I say “oh I don’t need anything”.  Because I don’t.  And because I have the MothersDon’tSpendMoneyOnThemselves syndrome.  However, this year I made sure to nonchalontly send my husband an email that said:

Hey!  If you are looking to get me something for Mother’s Day from the kids, be sure to check out the Mother’s Day Coupons online.

I could hear him groaning when he opened the email…BUT I did see him click on the link and look around!  Again, why wouldn’t you?

If you have any questions on how to save money, please don’t hesitate to ask me a question.  You can email me (using the “Contact Me” at the top) or leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond!

Disclaimer:  This post was a sponsored post written  by me.