Fat VS Skinny, is that even a thing?  I’ll be honest with you, this is probably a topic that many people are thinking about, but don’t normally talk about.  As most of you know, I have been on a “Getting Healthy Journey” as of September/October of 2017.  It’s been almost a year since I started working on my overall health while losing my weight.  And boy oh boy have I noticed how differently I’m treated now that I’m smaller than I was before.  Let’s chit chat about this, shall we?

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As much as we all love to share our accomplishments with others, I think talking about weight loss is like an unspoken language.  You either have those that support you and encourage you no matter what and those that talk about or put you down.  Then, you have those that just don’t talk about the subject at all.  But, once you really start losing weight, do people treat you differently?  Well, after 10 months of working on my weight loss journey, I’ve noticed that I am most definitely being treated nicer in comparison to my heavier self.
You can read more about my weight loss journey here, but I’ll tell you that in about 10 months, I’ve lost over 80 lbs.  Having gained all of my weight after having children, I was about 125 lbs through my mid-twenties,  I guess I never really remembered how differently I was treated as I started to gain my weight because I was so caught up in everyday life.  Fast forward to 2018, having lost as much as I have, I notice that so many people are polite and sweet to me.  Going as far as acknowledging me with a smile (instead of a nod or a smirk) and often times holding my door open for me when they wouldn’t have done so before.
How can you tell that you are being treated differently?
Now you may be saying… “How can you tell that you are being treated differently?”  Well, Maui (my island home) is small and you basically shop and visit the same locations most of your life, while seeing the same people each day, time and time again.  So it’s very easy to compare how they treated you at one time VS how they treat you now.  I’ve definitely noticed.
I’m super proud of my accomplishments, having not only losing over 80 lbs but also going from a size 3x/4x shirt to now wearing an XL.  When it comes to jeans, pants, and shorts – I was wearing a size 22/24 and can now comfortably fit into a size 14/16.  It’s been a long and challenging road and making the changes has taken a lot of time and effort.  I’m very happy with the new me, but I can’t help but notice that being smaller means people are much nicer than before.
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This photo was taken on July 14th after my daily workout. You can see my gym behind me. I’m officially 83 lbs down from my original weight. Original weight = 286.9
If you’re smaller in size, you may not have experienced this before, but imagine being overweight (or fat to put it bluntly) and in a grocery store and purchasing food.  It doesn’t have to be “bad for you” type of food, because we don’t eat badly in our household.  Imagine you’re buying vegetables and have a person say under their breath “Yeah right like you actually eat vegetables.  If you did, you wouldn’t look like you do.”  Or imagine that when you’re shopping for clothes, you have someone tell you, “no ma’am, that will not fit you, it’s meant for a more petite frame.”  How about someone not say anything to you at all, but just snicker when they look at you, snob you or ignore you when you ask for assistance.  I grew up with my Dad holding open the door for any woman or girl as my husband and sons do for me now, but imagine being at a door and a man walks past you while letting the door slam in your face.
Now, those may seem like they are quite extreme scenarios, but I assure you that if I didn’t experience them myself, I would have never known that it happened.   While I experienced these things during the time when I was much larger, I just assumed that people were having a bad day or just didn’t like me.  It didn’t dawn on me that it had to do with my weight.  Fast forward to the present and I’ve had many encounters in similar situations and in some cases with the same people only to find that I was treated respectfully and nicely.  Many of these people smiled at me, took the time to greet me and even have conversations with me.  Some of these people even continue to acknowledge me by name, which only instills in my mind that they just did not like the fact that I was overweight before.  Whether it disgusted them or they just had a phobia of it, I don’t know.  All I know is that I noticed a difference.
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I guess the reason for this post is to remind people that it doesn’t matter if a person is skinny or fat, tall or short.  It doesn’t matter if someone has a skin color that is different from yours or they have curly hair and you have straight hair.  No one deserves to be treated like they are beneath you.  There’s a stigma in the world that basically states that “overweight people are gross and disgusting and that they don’t deserve to be treated with respect because they don’t respect themselves enough to lose the weight,” but most of the time that could be furthest from the truth.  I didn’t gain my weight overnight and much of it stemmed not because I overate, but because of underlying health issues.  I didn’t like being overweight or unhealthy and it took me a long time to figure out the formula to change all of that for me.  I do want to say, that I am in no way skinny, but I’ve noticed a huge difference in my body as others are noticing as well.
If there is a lesson to be learned from this post, it is that everyone, no matter their size should be treated with respect.  Smile at more people, hold doors open and treat others as you would like to be treated.  We shouldn’t have to deal with that on top of everything else that is happening in the World.
I hope you all enjoyed this post.  It may have been a little bit of venting or a whole lot of nothing, but it came from my heart and I wanted to share it with all of you.



If you’re interested in more “Fit and Healthy” stuff, be sure to check out some of my blogger friends and their posts.  This post is in collaboration with some of my favorite bloggers and they have a wide range of information to share with all of you.



About a month ago I received products from Hersday.  Since they are a new subscription box/service, I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you.  I’ve been using the night time and daytime pads, as well as panty liners and I am definitely impressed so sharing with all of you is a must.
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What is Hersday?  
Hersday is a cool subscription box that offers you pads that feel exactly the way we hope any pad does… non-existent.  Hersday Pads are specially designed, allowing you to customize them for your flow while being so comfortable, you’ll forget you are wearing them.
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What makes Hersday worth a look-see and test-drive?
Hersday pads are super absorbent, which is definitely important to me.  I don’t want to get into details, but I experience a heavy flow each month and have really enjoyed the protection and absorbency that you get with these pads. They are also comfortable against my skin (I have sensitive skin) and don’t bunch up or move around.  They are also leak-free and they dry pretty much immediately, which is a huge plus.

Hersday pads are customizable where you can select one of the following:  Light Flow, Medium Flow or Heavy Flow.

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One of the most important things that I enjoy about Hersday is the fact that the box is completely discreet.  I had no idea what was included inside and neither will anyone else.  The packaging surrounding the pads is minimalistic and compact, so it’s great for travel or tossing into your bag without anyone noticing.
How much is the subscription and the details of your order?
Hersday subscription is available at a PRE-ORDER cost of $4.99 for the first month and just $12.99 subsequently.  Your subscription ships worldwide from the United States.  Subscriptions automatically renew each month, but you can cancel at any time.
Each month you receive the following products in your subscription depending on which selection you choose:
  • Light Flow:  Liners (10 pieces), Day Pads (12 pieces) and Night Pads (3 pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 4 times per day select this plan.
  • Medium Flow:   Liners (8 pieces), Day Pads (12 pieces), Night Pads (5 Pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 6 times per day select this plan.
  • Heavy Flow:  Liners (5 pieces), Day Pads (10 pieces), Night Pads (10 Pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 8 times per day select this plan.
  • Light Flow:  Liners (10 pieces), Day Pads (12 pieces) and Night Pads (3 pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 4 times per day select this plan.
  • Medium Flow:   Liners (8 pieces), Day Pads (12 pieces), Night Pads (5 Pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 6 times per day select this plan.
  • Heavy Flow:  Liners (5 pieces), Day Pads (10 pieces), Night Pads (10 Pieces) – Girls/Ladies who usually change 8 times per day select this plan.
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Why do I like the Hersday Subscription?
First, let’s talk about convenience.  Heading to your local grocery market, big box store or pharmacy takes time and energy.  Not to mention, sometimes, it’s an uncomfortable situation to shop in public for feminine products.  I like that you can order from the comforts of your own home, and have your Hersday products delivered straight to your mailbox.
Second, Hersday products are made well.  They are so comfortable to wear that I forget that I have it on most of the time.  They don’t shift and stay still on my panty.  They absorb extremely fast (literally instantly) and leave me feeling dry and fresh.  I’m absolutely impressed with the absorbency and comfort of these pads.  Most pads I use require me to change every hour due to my heavy flow.  But, Hersday gives me peace of mind without worrying about overflow or leaking.
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For every sale they make, $0.20 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Organization.  
So, to sum it all up – I’d like to say that I’m very impressed overall with the Hersday subscription.  I highly suggest checking it out because it’s well worth a try.  You can cancel your subscription at any time and check it out for yourself.
Have you heard of Hersday before?  Head on over to their website and get all the details and/or sign up for a monthly subscription.

*This post is sponsored by the PRIMPNetwork.  All opinions are my own.


I would be lying if I said that 2017 has been a fabulous year for me.  It’s been one that has brought forth change, sadness, death and more problems and issues than good.  Having lost my Dad in June, I have been struggling to deal with all the challenges around me.  Then, to top it all off, I have to deal with my monthly “woman” things.  You know, that time of the month that makes us want to pull out our hair, crawl into bed and stay there for 7-10 days until it’s all over with.  While I’m on an IUD and don’t experience the messy parts of my monthly “not-so-best-friend”, I still experience all the aches and pains and emotional roller coaster that comes with it.  Ugh… as if that was enough, I’m bombarded with feelings that I don’t know how to deal with.  Today, I wanted to share with you my 3 very easy steps to promote positivity (with the help of Pamprin’s 21 Days of Positivity) and I hope my tips will help get you through that time of the month, or any time of year you may need it.

Start your day with a little positive affirmation

I think self-affirmations are definitely important, but I change it up a bit.  For years now I always start my day with a quote – reading from my favorite quote books or searching the internet for some.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I use quotes consistently.  Reading them aloud each day or using them as a form of inspiration will encourage positivity dramatically.

“Hey there, beautiful.  Go look in the mirror.  Really look at yourself.  Past the insecurities, past everything you think is wrong.  YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.  Remember that!” – anonymous

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Surround Yourself with people that make you happy!

Are the people in your social circle building you up or tearing you down?  I believe whole-heartily that the company you keep helps to either encourage you or make things much more difficult.  My family (my husband and sons) are some of my biggest supporters.  Many say that we are such an elite team unit, but it’s because our ultimate goal is the success for each of us.  Together, we can move mountains and their positive and loving energy feeds my soul.

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Know that you are not alone, that everyone is struggling

I’ve always been the type of person that helped the little ol’ lady to cross the road or that would give my shirt to the homeless person if that’s all I could afford.  My Grandma Young always instilled in me that everyone is fighting a battle and that often times, a person’s smile is hiding their sadness.  After dealing with the unexpected death of my father just a few months ago, I have realized that I too hide my sorrows and pain well.  I take this thought and remind myself each day that a smile, a small gesture or even a lending hand can change a person’s entire day around.  Spreading positivity with encouraging words or help not only helps the recipient, but you also feel good about yourself as well.

“Never underestimate the pain of a person, because, in all honesty, everyone is struggling.  Some people are better at hiding it than others.” – Will Smith

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Join Pamprin and I and form a Habit!

Have you ever heard that it takes 21 Days to form a habit?  I remember when I worked in Corporate America and that was instilled into our brains.  Well, it really is true.  If you can do something for 21 days straight, consistently – well then, you can certainly continue to do so.  Pamprin invites you to 21-Days of Positivity.  Repeat this 7-Day Cycle below three times.  Since habits form after 3-weeks of consistent and intentional effort, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish and how it will all come together.

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Day 1 – Start today w/3 positive self-affirmations.  Attach your list to your mirror.  Read them aloud every day.  Add to the list every day.

Day 2 – Find positive company.  Who are the stars in your social circle?  Who builds you up?  Stick with the stars and become one.

Day 3 – Make a list of things for which you are grateful.  An attitude of gratitude is a sure fire way to attract positive vibes.

Day 4 – Give yourself and others an “atta girl (boy).  When you give encouraging words, you also receive them.

Day 5 – Seek, and you will find.  We are responsible for choosing our perception.  Look for the good, and you’re 100% guaranteed to find it.

Day 6 – Find what brings you joy and order it up every single day.  Unlike fleeting pleasure, joy is consistent.  We cultivate it internally.

Day 7 – Stop to smell the roses.  Give one away.  Be present minded enough to give and receive life’s simple gifts.

Day 8 – Hit “re-play” and make it a habit.  Positive thinking begets positive action.  Positive action (over and over) creates positively powerful results.

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I’m excited to be working with Pamprin.  Here’s the deal – we all need positivity in our lives and with the holidays approaching, it’s a must to be able to deal with everything life throws at us.  It doesn’t help with the dreaded aches and pains that come with our monthly friend, so with a little help from Pamprin in thinking positive and developing positive habits, while helping with the uncomfortable pain and irritability, I think we can do it!  Being a woman, after all, is a superpower, right?

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Pamprin Multi-Symptom contains three active ingredients:  an antihistamine to relieve irritability, a diuretic to fight against the bloating and the dreadful water weight gain and a pain reliever to help alleviate cramps.  Pamprin Multi-Symptom treats all menstrual symptoms from bloating, pain and cramps and irritability.  It doesn’t just treat the pain.  It has the same strength as Extra Strength Tylenol PLUS the added benefits of fighting against bloating and irritability.


I encourage all of you in joining me in the 21-Days of Positivity Challenge!  I know you’ll be absolutely amazed at what you can accomplish over the next 21 days.  If you need a little (or a lot) of help during your time of the month, I also definitely suggest you check out Pamprin Multi-Symptom.  It’s hard to remain positive when you’re dealing with bloating, cramping and pain and irritability.  So, get a little help from your friend (me) and check it out.

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by PRIMPNetwork in collaboration with Pamprin.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links may be posted through out.



Before I start this post and assumptions fly, I wanted to let you all know that I’m not pregnant and not trying at the moment.  But, I really wanted to share some information on this subject since I have struggled with similar in the past.  I’m currently on Birth Control, but I remember a time when trying to conceive was a struggle for me.  You see, I have had several difficult pregnancies and miscarried quite a few times as well, but I also experienced trouble when trying to get pregnant.  My twins are now 7 years old and while it’s been a few years since my last pregnancy, I’m constantly worried about what my body will do when and if my husband and I are ready to have another child and add to my family.  With so many great products on the market today to assist in trying to conceive or avoid pregnancy altogether, I thought it would be a great idea to share with you an advanced Ovulation Kit called KNOWHEN.

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So, what is KNOWHEN?  KNOWHEN is an Advanced Saliva Ovulation Test Kit that pinpoints your 5 most fertile days so you’re in control of your fertility.  In 2016, the KNOWHEN kit was rated #1 Ovulation Test Kit and it’s easy and safe to use.

How does it work?  This innovative test tracks your ovulation using only a drop of your saliva.  It identifies your five (5) most fertile days and the best days in your Ovulation Cycle if you’re trying to conceive.  With a 98.9% accurate rate (100% proven correlation with a doctor’s ovarian ultrasound examination), this test is 100% Safe, Natural and OB/GYN recommended.

How to use the kit:

  1. Remove the lens cover.
  2. Remove the lens housing.
  3. First thing in the morning before eating, drinking, smoking or brushing your teeth, apply a thick drop of saliva (without bubbles) to the glass surface.
  4. Wait for the saliva to dry.  This will take about 5 – 15 minutes (the saliva must be completely dry for accurate results).
  5. Replace the lens housing onto the tube.
  6. Hold the monitor up to your eyes to view the image.
  7. Compare the image to the chart supplied with the kit (see right-hand side of chart.)
  8. Input your results on the KNOWHEN App.

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The KNOWHEN Fertility Monitor APP is the leading fertility tracking and ovulation monitoring app worldwide.  Users made the KNOWHEN Fertility Monitor App #1 because it is:

  • FREE – you get full access and functionality included in the KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit.
  • DIFFERENT – tracks and records when you ovulate or have sex over your lifetime.
  • INNOVATIVE – Identifies your most likely days to get (not get) pregnant.
  • ACCURATE – information based on your actual daily test results
  • EASY TO USE – quickly and easily monitors your ovulation test results daily.
  • REVEALING – shows the fertility pattern of your unique ovulation cycle
  • PRIVATE – stores your results on a secure server forever
  • FLEXIBLE – access to your secure date when needed, even if you lose your mobile device
  • INFORMATION – sends you message alerts on your ovulation status.  Provides access to exclusive educational materials and keeps you up-to-date on the latest news and innovations in the fertility field.

The KNOWHEN Fertility Monitor APP is available in the iTunes store and Google Play for both iPhone and Android.

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While all the obvious things make KNOWHEN Fertility Monitor APP and KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit ideal for conceiving or avoiding pregnancy, for me there are many things that stick out.  As someone who struggled to get pregnant many times and some of my pregnancies resulting in miscarriage I find that documenting and keeping proper files and records are always important to provide to your doctor.  A kit and app like this one from KNOWHEN will allow you to keep track of these things easily and provide that information to your physician should you need it.  Tools like KNOWHEN allow you to track your ovulation cycle so that you can make informed decisions about your body and whether or not to plan accordingly.

The KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit retails for  $49.99 and with the purchase of the kit you get the Fertility Monitor App included.  When used careful and taken cared of, your KNOWHEN Ovulation Test can last for years, so long as you do not get it wet, drop it or interfere with the light housing unit.  Please note that results are not necessarily typical so while one product will work for some, it may not for others.  However, there are a number of positive reviews on the KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit, so I highly suggest checking it out and get informed before making a decision to purchase.

When the time is right, I’ll be using this Ovulation Test Kit to help me with planning my next pregnancy – should there be one.  I wanted to share this with all of you because I thought it was a genius product and while I haven’t personally used it, any information that I provide is simply my own.

You can get more information or purchase your own KNOWHEN Advanced Ovulation Test Kit here: https://www.knowhen.com/

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While I’m a stay at home mom, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a job that most people underestimate.  It’s a job I love and I take pride in but it’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no days off.  You’re on call all hours of the day and night and as much as the job is rewarding, it can be trying and stressful.  But, I love being a mom!  Come on now, look at those three adorable faces… they keep me busy, they keep me on my toes, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the whole world.  Because I’m constantly on the go and busy being a mom, I am always looking for ways to help with the stress.  Here are a few steps and tips I can give busy moms like me going through the same.

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1.  Positive Affirmation – First of all, know that you are just too blessed to be stressed!  I know, I know – this is easier said then done… but if you take a few seconds and actually say it out loud… “I’m too blessed to be stressed” you’ll be amazed at how good it will make you feel.  Saying positive affirmations out loud is a great way to empower yourself.  When I’m feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, this helps me in a pinch and works quickly.

2.  Breathe – As simple as this one may seem… no one really stops to think about it.  When a person is under stress or feeling stressed, their breathing pattern changes and they can often start taking on small, shallow breaths – which in turn can add to the symptoms of stress and make it worst.  This is otherwise known as a form of hyperventilation.  By controlling your breathing you can help to improve the symptoms.  Slow, controlled breathing can help to relax your body, muscles and can also lower your blood pressure giving you increased energy as well as the feeling of calm and well being.

3.  Exercise or Stretching – I find that sometimes just a long, good stretch will get the blood flowing in my body, give me a boost of energy and help me to get focused.  It’s a proven fact that when you exercise, your body releases natural endorphins in your body giving you a boost of self confidence and even happiness.  I will be honest, this is the one thing I need to incorporate more into my stressful days, but when I do – I have the feeling like I’m “unstoppable” and I can concentrate better for a solution to help with the cause of stress.  Overall – I’m much more relaxed and feel less stressed.

4.  Jam out to your favorite music while driving – This may not be a stress reliever if you live where there is heavy traffic, however – I find jumping into my car, opening the windows and sun roof and just listening to my favorite music helps to relieve a lot of stress.  Sometimes we underestimate how helpful belting out our favorite music makes us feel.  I love driving down a country road, easy listening songs on the radio and clear my mind.  It works, try it.  If you find yourself in heavy traffic – try putting on your favorite music and just sing along – you’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll calm down and how quick your drive will be.

5.  The last tip for conquering or relieving stress comes in homeopathic form.  RESCUE Pastilles is a natural stress reliever in a chewy pastille lozenge.  I especially love that these are available when I need them and are non-habit forming.  Just simply chew on one when you feel stressed or could use some relief.  They are travel friendly and I have one in my purse at any time to help when needed.  Active ingredients help you to focus, have patience and give you a balanced mind when losing control.

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Keep a canister of RESCUE Pastilles in your purse in case you need it while on the go… and get natural relief in the form of a lozenge.  I find that while I’m out and about, I experience a lot of anxiety if I’m rushed or have to deal with large crowds when I was not expecting to.  Having RESCUE Pastilles in my purse has been a lifesaver.  I have the one flavored like Black Currant and it tastes pretty good.  Keep one around the house if you are looking for a quick way to provide stress relief.

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RESCUE Pastilles has been trusted for generations and comes in a variety of forms to fit your busy (and sometimes stressful) lifestyle:

    • RESCUE Pastilles
    • RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts
    • RESCUE Pearls
    • and more

RESCUE stress relief products are available now at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods and Sprouts (in the U.S.) or where ever you find natural products.  RESCUE is developed by a doctor and since it is non-habit forming, it allows you to help keep stress at bay without side effects.  RESCUE products are affordable and can be found for under $10.  I especially enjoy taking one of the lozenges pre-workout to help me relax and just buckle down in the grind.

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Want to try RESCUE?  Click on the Printable Coupon and Buy 1 Get 1.  Try RESCUE for yourself and see how it will fit in your every day life.

So – while keeping stress at a minimum is not an exact science, sometimes it’s the little things that help make it all better.  Let’s face it, we live in a complicated world filled with stressors that can often damper any positive thought or situation, but learning to deal with stress and help relieve it, helps not only in our day to day – but in life.  What do you use to relieve stress?  Is RESCUE Pastilles something you may try?

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I’m all about exercise and staying active, cardio and weight resistance, but I also love using resistance bands to help strengthen my ankles.  About 6 years ago I sustained a bad injury to my left ankle, resulting in a class 3 sprain.  Now, I would have rather my ankle break completely so that it would heal properly, but due to the fact that it did not, my injury is a burden constantly.  Having had several physical therapy appointments over the years, resistance bands has become a part of my lifestyle.  I have tried several different types and brands and found that the PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands have become a favorite of mine to use.

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The PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands ($12.99) is an affordable way to get in your exercises without all the strain of weights.  The sets include a total of four bands and one nylon carrying bag.  The bands included are:

  • 1 Blue “Light” Band
  • 1 Red “Medium” Band
  • 1 Green “Heavy” Band
  • 1 Black “X-Heavy” Band

After injuring my ankle, I have been using resistance bands to strengthen my ankle.  While most bands do work well, I like the fact that the PhantomFit bands come in four different strengths, allowing me to start my exercises with a light band and when I’m comfortable, work my way up to the X-Heavy band (black).  I also like that my husband and sons can use the bands as well.  My husband, who can easily use the Black band, enjoys using the bands to strengthen his shoulder (which he had surgery on about 6 years ago).  As a family, we also love using the bands as a form of exercise in place of our weights.  Using the bands work well form arm, leg and ankle work outs and I love that they are durable, light weight and portable.  If we are traveling, this can easily be tucked into our luggage or overnight bag without taking up any room.


PhantomFit also offers a 100% lifetime no-hassle free replacement guarantee.  If it breaks, they will replace it.  Overall, I am impressed with these bands and my family and I have enjoyed them over the last month.  We incorporate them in our daily work out routines as well as use them to strengthen the parts of our body that need Physical Therapy.  This will definitely become a brand we will use moving forward in the future.

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Petunia Skincare Vitamin C Serum + E + Hyaluronic Acid + Ferulic Acid



Vitamin C serum Hyaluronic Acid are a must in my skincare routine whether it be for day or night.  Since entering my 30’s I have been trying to utilize skincare products that will be great for Anti-Aging but that also provide my very dry and sensitive skin extra moisture so I’m always happy to try new brands.  Petunia Skincare offers an Advanced Formula and Highly Concentrated Vitamin C + E Hyaluronic Acid Ferulic Acid Serum that is reasonably priced (about $25.00) for a total of 1 fl oz of product.

I have been using this serum now for about a month and like all Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Serums, this one has definitely become a favorite.  Affordable, easy to use, includes a dropper for easy application and has a light scent of citrus – I’m definitely enjoying this product.

Petunia Skincare Vitamin C Serum + E + Hyaluronic Acid + Ferulic Acid

Water,Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hyaluronic Acid, Glutathione, Pomegranate Seed (Punica granatum) Oil, Tocotrienols, Vitamin E Oil (Alpha-D-Tocopherol), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Gum, Lemon (Citrus limon) Extract, Orange (Citrus Sinensis) Extract, Citrus Essential Oils, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid

Clean face. If using toner, apply before serum. Apply a thin layer onto the face until fully absorbed. Allow to dry then follow with moisturizer and sunscreen.

★ Our serum is made with 100% natural ingredients in the USA at an FDA approved facility.
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After using this serum for just a couple of weeks, I noticed that my skin feels softer, moisturized and my skin looks brighter.  I love that while my pores are not necessarily large, it definitely did make my pores look smaller – or they shrunk them. lol  Like I mentioned before, application is very easy.  The serum comes with a dropper in the bottle so you squeeze out the required amount and apply to your face.  I let it dry or make sure it is fully absorbed before I apply the rest of my skincare products (which is pretty fast).

Petunia Skincare Vitamin C Serum + E + Hyaluronic Acid + Ferulic Acid

The serum is light weight and while it may feel a little sticky at first touch, once it applies and it soaks into the skin, it no longer has that sticky feel – which I love.  The serum is like most I’ve used on the market – it feels more like a liquid then a gel and the texture nice.  The product squeezes out easily from the dropper and application is a breeze.  I like the soft citrus scent – it is very soft which allows me to use the product at night as well… strong citrus scents are too fragrant for me to use at night, but this is not as such.

I have noticed that some of my fine lines have decreased quite a bit and again, my moisture level on my skin is great.

Overall – while I have used quite a few different Vitamin C Hyaluronic Serums, I really am impressed with this one.  It’s affordable, feels great on the skin and I have noticed visible changes to my skin since I began using it.  I definitely suggest checking it out and seeing if this is a product for you.

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If you have been reading or keeping up with my blog or YouTube channel, you will know that I have severe eczema and have been working at keeping my skin from flaring up.  Because my eczema usually flares up when my skin is super dry or when I try a product that is too harsh for me to use, I take precaution when testing out new products.

Recently I had the opportunity to try out a product from Bioque, which is a brand I had never heard of before so I was very interested in seeing what they had to offer.  I tested out the Rejuvenating Day Cream over the last month and here are my thoughts on the product.

Bioque Rejuvenating Day Cream

The Bioque Rejuvenating Day Cream (1.75 oz / 50g) retails for $45.00 on the website.  This day cream comes with pretty unique and eye catching packaging, offering a clean white box with black lettering and a jar that looks like a crystal vase.  I was immediately sold just opening the box to be greeted by such a pretty jar and definitely loved how feminine and expensive it looked.

An advanced moisturizer to defend against signs of premature aging of the skin and to diminish the appearance and early signs of aging.  Dullness and fine dry lines are visibly reduced.  Exceptional daytime hydration to bring out the radiant youthful look to your skin.  Peptide-rich, botanical-bursting moisturizing cream – keeps regeneration running at peak performance for long-term luscious skin. 

Directions for use*
Cleanse face with Bioque Facial Cleanser and pat dry. If using Serum XL and/or Serum Rejeuvenate, apply first and wait for product(s) to fully absorb. Apply in the morning to facial area, gently massaging with upward motions; can also be used on back of hands and neck. Wait for absorption before applying any additional creams, foundations, or makeup. Use together with Serum Rejeuvenate and Rejuvenating Night Cream for maximum benefit.

Bioque Rejuvenating Day CreamThe cream reminds me of the texture you would get from a thick lotion or body cream.  I like the consistency of how it feels on the skin and it applies nicely.  I tested this product during the warm summer months here and felt like it didn’t quite soak into my skin as great as I thought it would.  While it felt nice applying it to my face, I felt like it was heavy and almost left a sticky type residue behind through out the day.  I felt like the product didn’t quite soak into my skin.  Immediately after applying it – I did feel like my skin was moisturized, but within an hour, my eczema started to flare up on me and my skin felt really dry and irritated.  I washed it off immediately and decided I would test the product again on a cooler day – thinking the heat may have had some to do with the reaction towards the product.

Info from the site:

Food for thought—Delivers nourishment to cellular mechanisms with a rich and unique formula of peptides and active botanicals.
A firm decision: wrinkles, buh-bye—With regular use and in as little as four weeks, you will have a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pair with Serum Rejeuvenaté to get even more impressive results.
Radical departure—Decadent moisturizers plump skin’s appearance for a dewy glow.

INGREDIENTS  Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phospholipids, Glycerin, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Ethylene/Acrtlic Acid Copolymer, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Extract, Dimethicone, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mimosa Pudica Leaf Extract, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Sodium PCA, Retinyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Vinyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, BHT, Polyquaternium-51, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Trehalose.

Bioque Rejuvenating CreamWhen testing the product out another day and a few days after, while I did not have a severe reaction those other times, I did have minor flare ups each time, so I think my skin is just so sensitive that it did not work for me.  Here’s the thing I say about all skin care products I use however… just because it doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it will not work for you.  Each skin type is different and mine happens to be extremely sensitive.

While the cream didn’t work well for me, I was able to pass it on to someone else in my household who is loving and enjoying the benefits of the product as I’m typing this.  A few key notes to my friends who read my blog…  For the amount of product you receive and of course the packaging, the price point on this product is pretty good and while not extremely affordable, I think it’s definitely attainable.  The packaging alone is what I was sold on immediately.  The cream is a nice texture and consistency and if you are fond of creams that have a slight thickness to them but still feel creamy – I think you would enjoy the texture of this one.  There is a mild scent like one you would kind of expect from a facial moisturizer, not strong at all but you can get a hint of it when applying.  A little of the product goes a long way and when applying to the face, it is easy to take a small amount and apply all over instead of using a ton of product.  I do not like the fact that I felt sticky and even kind of hot through the course of the days when I used this, but keep in mind I live in Hawaii – a warm climate and of course, it is summer too.  I also was not fond of the fact that it didn’t really soak into the skin as other moisturizers and serums have done for me in the past – so I didn’t like feeling it on my skin all day.  For those that like the dewy look, this may be a product that will work for you – but I was not too excited about that.


Overall I think this product could be beneficial for many out there.  The company claims sound like this may work if I didn’t have overly sensitive skin and since passing this product on, my family member enjoys it quite a bit.  If you have sensitive skin – I would definitely test this on a small area first to see if you have any reaction.

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In 2011 I created this makeup look.  It was one of my most popular then, one that definitely got attention and it was even featured on the Homepage of Beautylish that year.  I’m not gonna lie, it was exciting and definitely cool to see years of playing and doing makeup to see your work start to get noticed on the Worldwide Web.  Looking back at this photo from almost 3 years ago is a reminder of how far I have come… not only in learning more about makeup, but more about my skin, about how I thought of myself, my appearance and so much more.  Basically – looking back on this, I am reminded of how far I have come as a person… my throwback Thursday is about reflection of where I have been and how far I have come.



Have you ever stopped to look at an old photo and think to yourself… “Wow – time sure has come and gone!” and then realize that the path you have taken the last couple of years while difficult was a road that needed to be traveled?  Yup – that was me… and let me just say, that this road was one filled with a lot of learning.  I’m proud to say that I have learned so much about the person I am and it’s taken three years to realize that a person can grow overnight.  Let’s be honest here… we didn’t think that this was all going to be about makeup… right?


While this photo was taken just under three years ago, it shows a person who isn’t smiling… who looks, almost rugged and rough.  Yes, the pretty face (lol) and exterior may look nice, but this is the photo of a woman who is still trying to figure out who she is in the beauty community… but realized later that she is exactly who she was meant to be… herself.  So now… when you look at a photo of this women, majority of the time, there is a smile on her face… and when there is not – it’s just because she is trying to look fashionable. lol  I have learned more than ever in the last 3 years that beauty is only skin deep… and that it was important that I must be comfortable in my own skin.  I’m not gonna lie, I have those days where I wallow in self doubt… come on now, we all do – no matter how much we try to get away from it.  But, I have also learned to look in the mirror and be proud of who I am, the accomplishments over the years, how I look and most importantly know that the company I keep is worth my time, energy and love.

People forget that life is a journey… every day – every week – every year… we learn and we either grow by learning or we take a step back and become what we are not meant to be, when all we are supposed to be… is ourselves.  Love and Kisses from me to you!


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Aches and pains come in a wide variety for many people… and in our family – my husband and I suffer from inflammation and  injuries that cause uncomfortable daily pain.  Supplements and healthy eating eating help us with pain control so that pain medicines – especially narcotics are not needed as often.

Nutraviva Turmeric Curcumin Supplement



About 3 years ago my husband was diagnosed with a Perforated disk between the L4 and L5 region in his spine, that leaks spinal fluid and irritates the nerve causing inflammation.  Now, this diagnoses came after a few years of suffering without knowing the cause.  Pain medication, anti-inflammatory medicine and even Cortisone shots are all provided to him to assist with pain management and while they may take the edge off sometimes (not all the time), my husband literally lives day in and day out in constant pain.  We are very selective in our physical activities in that one wrong move could cripple him and doctors do not want to operate since he is so young and having to redo the surgery several times through out the rest of his live will be inevitable once the surgery is performed.  I have minor injuries – all of which are a challenge to work with, but compared to my husband – not nearly as bad.

While we live daily with our aches and pains, we both do our best to increase the quality of our life by including healthy eating, exercise and of course supplements to increase mobility as well as decrease our pain levels.  Since pain medicine is not something we enjoy taking or the side effects it gives to both of us, we try not to take them as much as possible.  I have been reading about Turmeric and the benefits it offered so my husband and I were very excited to try this supplement out and see how it worked for both of us.  Honestly, the benefits of Turmeric are quite plentiful so we were excited to see and feel what it could do for us.  Even if it didn’t help tremendously with our normal pains, since both my husband and I are experience signs of Arthritis, we were in hopes to see some relief there.

Nutraviva Turmeric Curcumin Supplement

  • Njutraviva’s Turmeric is 2000% More Bioavailable: Enhanced with Bioperine®
  •  Zero Fillers/Binders/Preservatives/Artificial Ingredients to Provide Customers with the Cleanest Turmeric Supplement they can.
  • Standardized 95% Curcuminoids (the KEY Ingredients). They are NOT Selling Root Powder, but Instead More Concentrated Curcuminoids.
  • 120 Turmeric Capsules in Each Bottle for 2-3 Months Supply.
  • Clean & Pure: NO Stearates, NO Silicone Dioxide, NO Titanium Dioxide

Why is Nutraviva’s Turmeric Supplement the Premium Choice?

The major problem with turmeric is that the active component ‘Curcumin’ does not disolve very well and the efficiency of transporting it into the body’s cells is compromised. However Nutraviva’s premium Turmeric overcomes this problem as its a patented blend of Curcumin C3 Complex with Bioperine, which is proven to increase the bioavailability and absorption of Curcumin, making it much more effective than standard Turmeric supplements. We are not simply selling Turmeric extract like many other brands, but instead a premium Turmeric Curcumin C3 Complex with Bioperine!

Because we have such a high quality, clean and effective product we are able to offer all our customers a 100 day full money back guarantee, if you don’t get the results you desire then we don’t want your money, it’s that simple! Keep your receipt and at any time within the 100 day refund period, if you’re not happy you get a FULL refund no questions asked, sound fair? Click the add to cart button and give it a try now.

Our Turmeric is made in the USA, in GMP-certified facilities

Safety Information
Not intended for persons under 18 years of age. Please consult a health care professional before taking this product if you are taking or planning to take prescriptions medication. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing or at risk of or being treated for high blood pressure and heart disease. Do not use if safety seal is broken.

Turmeric Curcumin C3 Complex® (500mg) w/ BioPerine®, 95% curcuminoid, 120 Vegetarian capsules.NO Magnesium Stearate, NO Silicon Dioxide, NO Titanium Dioxide NO Fillers/Binders/Preservatives/Artificial Ingredients. GMO FREE!

As a dietary supplement adults take 1 capsule 3 times a day, preferably with a meal or as directed by a health care professional.
Nutraviva Turmeric Curcumin Supplement

I’m not gonna lie, the pills are kind of larger than I had expected and it freaked me out quite a bit.  I love the fact that when you do take them however, that they do not have any funky after taste or any taste at all – major bonus.  Keep in mind though, that because they are so large, make sure you swallow it with a lot of water so it goes down easily.  After taking the pill just two days – my husband and I both noticed that while still achy and sore, our inflammation was tolerable.  MAJOR BONUS!  After a month of using the product while we still have pain and inflammation, we definitely noticed the difference in our mobility and how we felt.  It’s hard to explain because we still experience pain, but you can tell a difference in how our body reacts to certain things and how we feel.  Mind you – this is not a cure all, pain be gone type of pill but a supplement to help with ease of pain as well as other benefits.

After reading about Turmeric, some of the benefits include:  Ease of Arthritic Pain, Bad Cholesterol, Inflammation, Blood Sugar Imbalances, Promotes Heart Health, Aids in Digestion, Helps prevent the early manifestation of Parkinson’s Disease, slows or delays Liver damage, slows or helps reverse Alzheimer’s Disease, Insulin Resistance, helps heal inflammatory bowl disease.  This list is a small one compared to what I have been reading about Turmeric.  While I’m not a doctor, it’s been nice to find different articles and first hand reviews on the product itself.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is not necessarily a cure all – or at least not yet or not for us as of yet… but it has helped to make pain a little more bearable by easing a lot of our inflammation.  Yes – my husband and I still experience a ton of pain but it’s nice to know there are supplements out there along with those we already take that help with the issue instead of masking it like pain medicine does or dulling it.  It truly feels like its combating our pain issues to make our quality of life better.  Overall – if you experience some of these issues – while I’m not doctor, I suggest talking to your Physician to see if this may be something you can add to your daily vitamin intake, maybe it will work for you.  I know my husband and I will continue to have Turmeric – more specifically Nutraviva’s Turmeric Curcumin supplement as a part of our daily supplement regimen.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.