Posts made in June 2019

Join ME on the The FASTer Way to Fat Loss!

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I am very excited to share with you some news! Over the next 6 weeks, I will be participating in The FASTer Way to Fat Loss program thanks to my friend and coach Stephanie. She is giving me the opportunity to try a 6 week round and to share my results with YOU! I can’t wait to share and to see amazing results along the way! And, stay tuned because my coach Stephanie is going to give away a Free round to one of you for the September round! You don’t want to miss following along!

I have tried many different diets over the past several years, and while I have had great results, I feel that sometimes those programs are not sustainable. That is why I am so excited for this new journey! I love that the goal through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss Program is progress, not perfection. Don’t  allow perfection to be the enemy of good. Commit to a healthy lifestyle and focus on making steps toward better health.”

Look at my Coach Stephanie’s results so far! Doesn’t she look amazing?

What is the FASTer Way to Fat Loss? 

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss is a healthy eating program (I would not call it a diet, it is a lifestyle change) that is composed of eating clean, whole foods. You will be eating gluten free, dairy free (as much as possible) all while eating a ton of food and feeling great! You will still have room in your macros for treats so no depravation there!

There FASTer Way to Fat Loss incorporates several key components:

Intermittent Fasting: I think when many people when they hear the word fasting, they get scared and run. Don’t let this intimidate you. This is a core component to the program and you will come to actually enjoy it! You stay in a fasted state for 16 hours and then you will eat during an 8 hour window. I have been fasting the past several days to prepare myself and it has been much easier than I expected. I stop eating at 8pm and then break my fast at Noon. If you need to slowly ease into it, I suggest that you do that during your prep week to prepare your body.

During your fast you may drink coffee, water or herbal tea. You want to make sure that you don’t go over the 50 calorie mark or you will break your fast. For me, this has been the hardest. I love me some cream in my coffee, but I have been using these Nutpods which are dairy free, gluten free and the taste is really great! I am going to experiment with some other dairy free creamers, so stay tuned for what I find!

Carb Cycling: On Mondays and Tuesdays, we partake in Low Carb days and pair it with high intensity interval training workouts. These workouts can be done right at home or they gym. After the through the  two low carb days we will refuel our body with carbs for the rest of the week. I LOVE this as Monday and Tuesday we are focusing on lower carb foods and filling our bodies with the good fats that we need, then, when Wednesday comes around we can eat yummy fruits, oatmeal, and other good for you-carbs to refuel! 

Macro Counting: Macros are the breakdown of fats, carbs and protein in your food. With the FASTer Way to Weight Loss, we are tracking these to get the best combination of what is best for your body and how you consume the food that is best for your overall performance.  We track our Macros through the My Fitness Pal App. This is a free app that tracks everything for you. t breaks down everything for us so we can see fats, carbs and proteins that we are consuming each day. It really does take all the guesswork out. You can even scan barcodes of products, check nutritional values at restaurants and so much more! 

Workouts (can be done at home or the gym): You really want to work out at least 5 days a week. There are three different styles of workouts: Beginner, Home and Gym. When you sign up, there are links for videos for all of the exercises you need to do each day. Doing something is better than nothing, so just get up and moving! 

What Do You Eat on the FASTer Way to Fat Loss?

You will eat a TON of food! Last night while my coach Stephanie was helping with my plan for today, I could not believe all the food that I have to eat! Really, you can eat whatever you want as long as it is REAL, whole food! I plan on eating lots of good fats, salads, nuts, avocados, sweet potatoes, berries, brown rice and more. I will keep you posted as my journey progresses so stay tuned! I will tell you that it is best to input your food the night before so that you are not scrambling the day of. Preparation is key here!

When you join, your Coach will also give you access to their personal FWTFL Facebook group. This is where you will share meal and snack ideas and really, just be a huge support to one another! I have learned so much already!

Now it is your turn! Want to learn more about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss? GO HERE and sign up for the next round that is starting July 15! When you sign up using the link HERE, be sure to enter my coach Stephanie Lightfield as your coach. You will love her and she will be there to answer any questions as you begin your journey to a more healthier you!

Stay tuned as I will be sharing my thoughts with you on how my first week goes!

$5.99 Whole Publix Subs! (includes Boar’s Head & Chicken Tender)

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It’s baacck! Through June 19, Publix is offering their whole subs for only $5.99! This includes Boar’s Head and Chicken Tender varieties. YUM! And, you can order online then pick up in store which is so awesome if you are in a rush!

GO HERE to see the different varieties of Publix subs available.

The Clara Dress Only $16.99!

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Here’s another adorable dress for summer! Head on over to Jane where you can snag the Clara Dress for only $16.99! It is available in 4 color options and sizes S-XL. Shipping is $3.99 for the first item and $1.99 for additional items. Enjoy!

Captain Marvel on DVD with Exclusive SteelBook at Best Buy!

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Calling all Captain Marvel fans! If you are like me, I am sure that you have been counting down the days until the release of this amazing film on DVD! It is time to head on over to your local Best Buy today where you can purchase the exclusive Captain Marvel Collectible SteelBook that includes custom box art! This is only available at Best Buy so you will want to grab it while you can! With Father’s Day right around the corner, this SteelBook would make the ultimate gift for any Marvel or super-hero fan! I love these super cool SteelBooks and they are the best way to gift a DVD!

Information: Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck this sci-fi action film is the latest offering from the American comic books by Marvel Comics. The narrative follows Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), an Air Force pilot who experiences a freak accident that somehow bestows her with alien superpowers, making her Captain Marvel. With time running out, Captain Marvel joins forces with Nick Fury (Samuel.L Jackson), and together they work to save the planet from a looming war between alien races.~Clare Perez-Izaguirre Lopez.

I just love how Captain Marvel empowers and is so confident! She definitely has a positive message to share with everyone! This makes Captain Marvel the perfect date night movie or a great action-packed film for the older teens in your family! It would also be a fun idea to throw a Girl’s Night and watch it with some of your favorite girlfriends. After all, this is a chick super hero! Are you ready to learn more and to purchase your Captain Marvel Collectible SteelBook from Best Buy? GO HERE to purchase and to learn more.


Instant Pot 6 Quart 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker at a SUPER Price!

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WOW! This is an insane deal! If you still have not pulled the trigger and bought an Instant Pot now is the time to do so with this deal!  Amazon is offering the Instant Pot 6 Quart 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker for only $59.95 SHIPPED! (reg. $99.95) That is the lowest price around that I have seen it in quite some time so grab it while you can at this great price!

  • 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker–Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. Please refer the user manual before use.
  • Large, easy to use control panel with 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures for saute and slow cook
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
  • Includes 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack with handle & manual and recipes in English, Spanish, Chinese and French
  • Note: New Anti-Block Shield is used and the actual component may not match images shown in manuals. For pressure cooking programs, do not fill the inner pot over 2/3 full. For non-pressure cooking programs, do not fill the inner pot over the MAX line.
  • 14 Micro-Processor controlled programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Fermented Rice (Jiu Niang)
  • Dual pressure settings for fast and flexible cooking. Cooking with the high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food.

*Amazon pricing and promotions can change at any time so act now if interested! These prices are current at the time of this posting

CVS Photo: FREE 8X10 Photo Collage Print with Free In-Store Pick Up!

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Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s a great photo freebie! Add in a beautiful frame and you have a fabulous gift idea! Through today, June 11, is offering a FREE 8×10 Collage Glossy Photo Print ($4.49 value) when you choose same day in-store pickup with promo code DAD810 at checkout. Offer is limited to one per customer and valid online only. 

Old Navy: Swing Dresses Only $5!!!!

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I don’t know if this is a pricing mistake or what, but RUN!

Our favorite jersey swing dresses are back at Old Navy and select styles are ringing up for only $5 when you add them to your cart! And you can choose Free in-store pick up to avoid shipping costs!

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.

Tip: If you order online and have your items shipped to your home, you can choose to order the Tall sizes if you prefer some extra length.

The Best Things to Buy in June

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Summer is in full swing and many of us are planning where to go, what to do and how to keep the kids busy during these busy months. With that being said, it is also a great time to find bargains on many things.

Swimwear/Lingerie– Most stores are offering great deals on swimwear for the entire family. I have discounts as much as 50% off.  Don’t forget to check warehouse clubs like Sam’s Club for swimwear deals. I recently purchased my son Drew a pair of Nautica swim trunks for $12.97 at our local Sam’s Club. While shopping, I also noticed adorable women’s 2 piece swim sets for under $30. I have also noted that many stores are offering promotional offers on lingerie right now so it may be a great time to replenish if you need to do so!

Father’s Day Sales– Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, you may be able to find some great deals on items for dad. Check stores like Harbor Freight, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s and The Home Depot. I often find that there are great bargains on items like tools and sporting equipment around this time of the year as most stores are trying to market around dads. I would especially be on the lookout for gift card with purchase promotional offers. Don’t forget about restaurant deals. Many restaurants will offer discounts or even freebies for Father’s Day so don’t forget to ask.

Dishes– June seems to be a popular month for weddings and retailers are competing for your gift budget. Prices will be slashed on many dishes and dinnerware items, so if you need to replace items this is a great month to do so! I have seen some great deals including gift card with purchase options so be on the lookout at your favorite department stores!

Semi Annual Sales– June is also a great month for semi-annual sales at stores like Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works. Many products are marked down as much as 75% off! I purchased hands soaps for $1.75 this week at Bath and Body Works so it definitely pays to stock up at these prices! I also like to buy items at the semi-annual sales for birthdays and the holidays. This is a great way for me to keep my gift closet stocked without breaking the bank.

Gym Memberships– Believe it or not, June is one of the best months of the year to buy a gym membership! The weather is at its peak so most people are enjoying the outdoors for exercise. With that being said, gyms want your business so they are offering incentives to get you inside their doors! In fact, you may even be able to negotiate a deal to your favorite gym! It doesn’t hurt to ask. I recently scored a great deal to my local YMCA. If you joined during the month of May, they were waiving the $100 Family Join Fee. That is a huge savings for my family of 4! I went ahead and joined during that time as I know that the boys and I will get so much use out of our local YMCA this summer!

Savings for the Great Outdoors– If you have been thinking about purchasing a new tent or other outdoor items, now is a great time to do so! Stores like Dicks’s Sporting Goods and even Amazon have had great deals on anything outdoor related. One idea is this Sport-Brella Vented SPF 50+ Sun and Rain Canopy 8 foot Umbrella for only $39.99! You can take this with you anywhere in the great outdoors! 

Captain Marvel Lands on on Blu-ray & Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD June 11!

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Calling all Captain Marvel fans! The epic film centered on Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel lands on DVD, Blu-ray & Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD on June 11! Did you and your family see this movie when it was in the theater? Here is a fun fact for you… this film not only electrified and inspired audiences worldwide, but surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales! Wow!

Here are a few thoughts of mine from reviewing the movie:

First of all, how could I not love the movie since it is a chick super hero? I live in a house full of boys so anything with a chick super hero is my jam! I really appreciate the film-makers focus on Carol Danvers super powers and the movie is filled with a female empowering storyline.

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the MCU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. When we first meet Danvers, she already possesses her superhero powers, having left her earthly life behind and become a member of an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by their enigmatic commander, Yon-Rogg. But after Danvers has trained and worked with the Starforce team, and become a valued member­, she finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. While on Earth she quickly lands on the radar of Nick Fury, and they must work together against a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls—the notorious Marvel bad guys made even more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities—and their leader, Talos, who is spearheading a Skrull invasion of Earth.

Is Captain Marvel right for kids?

While there is no nudity or sexual inappropriateness, there is some suggestive language. I would say that you as a parent should use your judgement here. There is of course, violence. The violence in this movie is not graphic. It is more action and sci-fi fighting with laser type of guns. Captain Marvel is rated PG-13 for “sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive language.

Honestly, I think that the overall storyline of this movie is a very positive one especially for children in today’s society. It portrays not only positivity and perseverance, but integrity and confidence. These are all values that we as parents are trying to instill in our children on a daily basis.

If you have been waiting to purchase The Captain Marvel DVD, Blu-ray & Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, it is available on June 11! And, there are some extra features to note when you purchase these! Depending on which retailer you purchase at, they will feature Bonus material including deleted scenes, Gag reel, digital exclusives and more!

Have you and your family seen Captain Marvel? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments!