How to Drink Coffee Black with iCoffee Giveaway

Benefits of black Coffee @iCoffee

My coffee typically consists of nine parts sweetened creamer to one part coffee.  However, after being introduced to the iCoffee machine, for free—don't worry all thoughts and opinions are my own, I can proudly report that I am now drinking my coffee black! How to Drink Coffee Black I tried weaning myself for weeks.  I got down to just using almond milk, but I wasn't really enjoying my coffee … [Read more...]

Reach Your Fitness Goals with Slimfast

Fitness Goals NO MORE Binge Eating

It has been a great two weeks towards reaching my fitness goals with a big thanks to the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge.  I received products and a promotional item to facilitate this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Fitness Goals This year I am thinking about doing a bikini competition.  I am telling myself that I am going to compete to stay focused.  Even if I don't get on … [Read more...]

Join me at the #MyMarianos Twitter Party

#MyMarianos Twitter Party #Shop

Planning to eat healthier for the new year?  I am sure many of us have vowed to do so.  It can be a little overwhelming and difficult to know where to start.  Mariano's realized this and has developed a new way to help us shop easier and healthier.  The new health key™ system at Mariano's is designed to help those who have diet restrictions or that simply would like to eat healthier. Let's talk … [Read more...]

Step Towards Fitness with the Slimfast 14 Day Challenge

2014 Fitness Goals Slimfast 14 Day Challenge

I am so excited to be taking this step towards fitness by participating in the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge!  I received free products to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Step Towards Fitness I have been chewing on the idea of training for my first bikini competition.  This is a huge fitness goal of mine and it takes an enormous amount of dedication.  With my full time … [Read more...]

6 Foods For Everyone That Fight Cancer

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Foods to Fight Cancer Many of you probably know by now that I am in school full time studying nutrition science.  I am almost done with my bachelors degree and so far, I can say with 100% confidence that we really are what we eat. From a molecular standpoint, we build and maintain all our cells using the foods that we put in our mouth. Knowing this, it is so important to fuel our bodies with … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Favorite Gifts This Season

Yoga Trapeze for Back Pain, plus fun

Some of the items on this list may seem totally random, but that's just the kind of person I am.  I mean, really, aren't we all? I'm probably way nerdier, but I own it proudly and cannot wait to share this list of cool gifts with you!  Some I have received or reviewed, will be giving, or am still hoping for... Favorite Gifts of the Season The Yoga Trapeze Okay, so I admit, at first sight I … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hot Yoga Apparel from the Onzie

The Onzie Hot Yoga Apparel

I seriously cannot get enough yoga apparel from The Onzie.  I received the outfit described below to facilitate my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Favorite Hot Yoga Apparel The Onzie offers my all time favorite hot yoga apparel and I should not limit it by saying it is just that.  I wear my gypsy pants all the time!  The material can actually pass for dressy in a pinch.  When … [Read more...]

Best Buy Jawbone UP to Track Your Way to Health

Best Buy Jawbone UP to Track Your Way to Health

A Best Buy Jawbone UP was sent to me for review purposes.  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  All opinions are my own. Best Buy Jawbone UP to Track Your Way to Health Over the years I have found that I am at my healthiest when I track my activities.  Awareness is the key -- and logging … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Perfect Foods Bar Review

Gluten Free Soy Free #PerfectFoodsBar

The lovely Kaitlin, (you may remember her from our trip to the Chicago Cubs game,) introduced me to the Perfect Foods Bar.  These gluten free bars are simply divine.  I was beside myself with joy when the company agreed to work together on a review and giveaway.  I received boxes of each of their flavors and their snack sizes and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Gluten Free Perfect Foods … [Read more...]

RYOBI Lithium 40V Battery Operated Weed Eater

RYOBI Lithium Battery operated tools #sponsored

I have been doing yard work since I was a kid.  Now that I'm older, I actually get excited about power tools.  When I saw RYOBI's line of outdoor products that all run on the same type of lithium battery, I immediately contacted them.  As a result, I was lucky enough to receive this RYOBI Lithium 40V Cordless String Trimmer in exchange for my honest feedback.  All thoughts are my own. RYOBI … [Read more...]

Tubing on the Illinois River with a WOW Tube

Tubing on the Illinois River with a WOW Tube

Tubing is probably the highlight of boating.  We chose our new boat because it was capable of towing a tube!  I was beyond thrilled to receive the Yankee Coupe towable raft from WOW for review.  All opinions are my own. Tubing on the Illinois River Finding the best place to tube around here can be quite challenging.  We live 5 minutes from the Cal Sag river, but people are advised to have … [Read more...]

Hot Yoga Pants from the Onzie

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If you have ever done Bikram yoga, you know it's much more than just hot yoga.  It's mentally and physically committing yourself to 90 minutes in a 105 degree room with 75% humidity.  I freaking love it.  However, finding the right hot yoga pants and tops can be really challenging. I am thrilled to once again bring you a review and giveaway for The Onzie's line of hot yoga apparel. Hot Yoga … [Read more...]

Funny Exercise Videos that I Used to Do

Funny Exercise Videos

I was recently reminded of the funny exercise videos that I used to do and take very seriously.  This came about when I shared a funny video on Facebook.  Another page that I follow, No Hope for the Human Race posted the newest awesomeness that is Prancercise and I was jokingly trying to recruit my friends to do it with me at a local park.  Soon after they all brought up my sordid past of … [Read more...]

Self Magazine’s Workout In the Park is Back in Chicago

Self Magazine Workout in the Park

Last year, my workout buddy, Vickie and I attended Self Magazine's Workout in the Park in Chicago.  We had so much fun.  It was one of those perfect days with great weather and memorable moments at every turn.  We spent the entire day trying new workouts.  We were sore for literally DAYS after the event, but we felt amazing!  We are thrilled to have been invited back this year! Workout In the … [Read more...]

Week 8 Revolt Fitness Challenge

caloires lost while running 13.3 miles

I am having a bit of trouble keeping up with my Revolt fitness challenge goals.  However, I do have some exciting accomplishments to report! Revolt Fitness Challenge Week 8 I ran 13.3 miles!  Yes, all at once!  That is the farthest I have ever run!  I signed up for Tough Mudder and have been trying to work up to this distance for some time now.  This was just one of those days where the weather … [Read more...]

The Biggest Loser Resort Comes to Chicago and Recipe

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The Biggest Loser is opening a resort in Chicago!  Being a fan of The Biggest Loser show, and living near Chicago, I thought this was pretty exciting news.  I have partnered with them to let you know all about the Grand Opening. The Biggest Loser Resort - Chicago Fitness Ridge Worldwide, the parent entity of the Biggest Loser Resort, will open its fourth destination resort location this … [Read more...]

Week 7 Revolt Fitness Challenge

Revolt Fitness work outs

I cannot believe seven weeks have gone by already!  Technically this is week one of the second round of the Revolt Fitness challenge, but I'm going to go ahead and call it week 7 because that is less confusing. Revolt Fitness - Week 7 Results I am having slow and steady progress with little hiccups here and there.  But overall I am very happy with these results!  I love the structure of this … [Read more...]

Bikram Hot Yoga Attire from Onzie

Onzie yoga apparel

If you've ever read any of my posts, there is a good chance you know how obsessed I am with yoga, specifically Bikram yoga.  This past February I even completed my first 30 Day Challenge!  That's right, I did a class a day for 30 days straight!  It was pretty intense to say the least.  And everyday I would walk by a selection of yoga apparel and think oh, maybe I should consider getting some...  I … [Read more...]

Week 6 Revolt Fitness Challenge

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My first uprising for the Revolt Fitness Challenge is done!  :D  This uprising lasted for six weeks and I will now continue for another six, however, I will probably follow this program for life!  I love the support and structure.  It isn't just something to do real quick and then yo-yo back to bad habits.  This is actually making me change my lifestyle and I can't get over how much I love it.  … [Read more...]

Healthy Shortcuts for Busy Moms

healthy shortcuts for busy moms

I am surrounded by moms who are nonstop busy.  I honestly do not know how they balance it all!  My sister, for one example, is one of the busiest people that I know.  Even with all her running around, she usually manages to squeeze in her workouts and maintain a healthy diet.  When she gets too overwhelmed and cuts corners, it's inevitable that she will get sick.  I have partnered up with Mom … [Read more...]

Week 4 and 5 Revolt Fitness Challenge

fitness challenge bum

Okay so I realize combining two weeks of the fitness challenge like this is like horrible cheating but the end of week 4 and beginning of week 5 was just so awful I would like to pretend it never happened.  :( Week 4 Revolt Fitness Challenge Well, my results were exactly the same as week 3.  Absolutely nothing changed.  I was sick all week with an annoying cold-ish type thing and tried not to … [Read more...]

All Natural Juice from Your Kitchen

All natural juice juicer

As a nutrition science major, I can confidently say natural is the way to go when it comes to diet.  If you cannot pronounce something on the ingredient list of your food you should not be eating it.  Some of the chemicals in our foods are just mind-boggling. But, I'm not going to go on and on about freaky chemicals.  We have all been told enough about how hazardous they are to our health...  … [Read more...]

Week 3 Revolt Fitness Challenge

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Ugh.  So this week I had a few minor set backs for the Revolt Fitness Challenge.  But all is not lost.  I learned that I cannot take shortcuts (only because I am a total glutton in my nature) and need to listen to my body. My Fitness Challenge Results Week 1   Week2 I learned... In order to have success with transforming my body I learned a few things this week that should really be … [Read more...]

Low Carb Recipe Perfect for Spring

Yogurt bite Easter recipe

The "holiday season" just never seems to end if you're trying to lose weight.  So many temptations every month!  It seems to really begin with Christmas but then there is all that chocolate for Valentine's Day, shamrock shakes for St. Patrick's Day, and now here it is Easter and all those decadent recipes are in your face! Well, I have managed to find a way to trick myself into thinking I'm … [Read more...]

Week 2 Revolt Fitness Challenge

flexing fitness

Okay, so I have kind of screwed up my posting schedule with this fitness challenge.  My apologies!  I have been completely overwhelmed with a gazillion things going on but have remained completely faithful to this program!  :D  I'm going to try and make sure these are posted every Friday.  My measurements were taken on time though so this will still give you an idea of what results to … [Read more...]

Week 1 Revolt Fitness Challenge

Revolt Fitness Challenge

Fitness is a top priority in my life right now.  You may have seen me write about how I have gained a few pounds in the last few months... When I started school last fall I weighed around 110 pounds and was working out regularly.  I could actually see my abs!  Sadly, I don't have any great pics but I do have some from last summer when I had just started working out. This is me … [Read more...]

Best Buy Deals Great Perfect for the New Year

healthy soft serve ice cream maker

Best Buy always seems to have great deals going on but I found some that I cannot possibly let slip by.  With the New Year well underway and my resolutions becoming harder and harder to keep, I think it's time for some fun gadgets to help! Best Buy Deals With this great Best Buy Deal on small appliances, I thinking about these two gadgets... This single serve blender from Hamilton Beach … [Read more...]

Jump Start your Weight Loss with Zaggora

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Like most, I have decided to try to lose more weight in the new year. So - I am jump starting the weight loss with Zaggora sportswear. Zaggora has a selection of pants and tops that raise your body temperature - making you use more energy while working out. Zaggora Hot Pants 2.0 come in shorts and capri length (I chose the capris because I prefer to work out in capris or pants on the treadmill … [Read more...]

Free trial membership to www.WorkoutsOnDemand.com

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COUPON CODE: 2AF583 www.WorkoutsOnDemand.com - Free trial membership Home workouts made easy! Exercise from home, online. Stream over 180 gym-style exercise videos. Dozens perfect for beginners. CODE CAN BE USED AT: WorkoutsOnDemand.com CODE EXPIRES: 01/08/2013 DISCOUNT AMOUNT: free CLICK TO USE THIS CODE! … [Read more...]

Belly Fat Diet for Dummies Book Review and Recipe

crunch peanut butter bites

The Belly Fat Diet for Dummies book is perfect for anyone who wants an easy way to shed some excess belly fat off their midsection.  It's a no-nonsense guide that includes helpful info, tips, recipes, exercises and more, to help you stay on track and reach your goals. Belly Fat Diet for Dummies Most of us struggle with our weight.  I think the people that just naturally stay slim without … [Read more...]

On a Mission to Stop Snacking with Full Core

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I can eat an obscene amount of food and I rarely feel full.  I don't know if it is because my hormones are out of whack or perhaps I am just a gluttonous pig.  It is likely the latter.  :/ Now that I am back in school full time, I am out of control with snacking.  I munch my way through class and then when I get home, I eat my way through doing homework.  Ironically, I'm in school for … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Yogi Yoga DVD Review

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Yoga has quickly become my favorite way to exercise.  I wouldn't have said that a few years ago.  I never thought it could possibly give me a hard enough workout... boy, was I mistaken! The Ultimate Yogi Yoga The Ultimate Yogi with Travis Elliot is a 108 day program designed to transform your body and mind.  It comes in a DVD booklet with everything you need for the potential to change your … [Read more...]

Fun in Chicago with the ElliptiGo

ElliptiGo elliptical bike

We do not enjoy Chicago nearly as much as we should since we live just half an hour from the city.  So when Jodi found a Groupon to rent two ElliptiGos for 4 hours to go wherever we want in the city I was all about it. Fitness Experts - Chicago I have to start by saying that these guys are AWESOME!  After purchasing two Groupons (one for Jodi and her son, and one for my son and me) we had … [Read more...]

Get Energy the Healthy Way from Zipfizz

zipfizz energy

My husband has been a fan of energy drinks and shots for a few months now. It worries me because it just doesn't seem that they are good for him. The ingredients can be scary and who really knows the long-term effects, right? Well, I was pleased to come across a new option for him that is all natural: Zipfizz! Energy the Healthy Way Zipfizz is a powder that is to be added to water. It is … [Read more...]

10% off 108 Day Yoga DVD pack

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COUPON CODE: YogiAug10 10% off 108 day yoga DVD program (similar to p90x but for yoga) CODE CAN BE USED AT: TheUltimateYogi.com CODE EXPIRES: 08/31/2012 DISCOUNT AMOUNT: 10% off CLICK TO USE THIS CODE! --> … [Read more...]

Barre Nutrition Bars Review

Barre Black Swan Chocolate Berry Nutrition Bar

I'm so excited to share Barre Nutrition Bars with you! If you have ever attempted to maintain a healthier lifestyle, specifically in the area of eating and nutrition, you can relate to the struggles that most of us face when trying to make better decisions concerning our food. As women, the struggle can be elevated even more, as we require different needs that often are not catered to in general … [Read more...]

Sweep Tight Biggest Winner Weight Loss Event WEEK 12 FINALE

Jodi Final weight loss event results

Weight Loss Event - Week 12 - Grand Finale The grand finale for our weight loss event has finally arrived!  We'd like to give a huge thanks to our sponsor, Medi-Weightloss Clinics, our contestants, Jodi and Ben, and all of you who encouraged them along the way! Jodi Jodi lost a total of 28.5 pounds, 23 of which was all body fat.  She took 8 inches off her waist!  Her BMI went from 28 (which … [Read more...]

Body Composition Scale Great for Weight Loss Review

Omron Body Compostition scale for weight loss

Weight loss is tough.  Many of us know all too well that losing pounds is one of the most difficult obstacles facing us daily.  There are yummy treats everywhere!  For me, it’s a tragedy to walk by a creme filled doughnut and not snarf it down. Omron Scale - Perfect for Weight Loss Today, there is an overload of updated information on the benefits of healthful eating, good fitness, and dieting … [Read more...]

Medi-Weightloss Clinics Weight Loss Products

InterActive Exercise Program from Medi-Weightloss Clinics

This will be our final giveaway in our Medi-Weightloss Clinics sponsored Weight Loss Event.  If you haven't already been following Jodi and Ben on their journey, check it out here! Weight Loss Products Giveaway! For Giveaway: The InterActive Exercise Program starts with the Activator. The Activator includes the following:   A Medi-Weightloss Clinics® travel bag so you can take … [Read more...]

Sweep Tight Biggest Winner Weight Loss Event WEEK 11

Weight loss event week 11 results Jodi

Oh my gosh!  This weight loss event is almost over!  I cannot believe how time just flies!  All the more reason to hop on your weight loss goal plan immediately.  Don't you wish you started eleven weeks ago?  Eleven weeks from now, you'll wish you had started today... Weight Loss Event - Week 11 Results Jodi's Eleventh Week: She's still going strong.  She's so determined to not just reach her … [Read more...]

Christmas in July Round Up | Health and Pets

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I believe this is our last Christmas in July Prize Round Up!  I hope you get to hop to all of the participating blogs and definitely don't forget to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE worth over $730!!! GIVEAWAYS WITH HEALTH/FITNESS PRIZES: Sportline Heart Rate Monitor at Two Belles Fitness Prize Package at Huff and Buff $50 ItWorks! Gift Card at Savey Spender GIVEAWAYS WITH PRIZES FOR … [Read more...]

Sweep Tight Biggest Winner Weight Loss Event WEEK 10

weight loss event week ten results Ben

Weight Loss Event - Week 10 Results With our weight loss event just zipping by, our contestants are excited, relieved and stressed!  But, they have nothing but great things to say about Medi-Weightloss Clinics in Naperville, IL. Ben's Tenth Week Ben's original goal was to lose 50 pounds in 12 weeks.  With just two weeks left it doesn't look like he'll reach that but he's well on his way.  He's … [Read more...]

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