Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blogging for One Year. So Many Changes.

One year ago today, I started blogging. Not only has it opened up many possibilities, but I have been motivated by so many other blogger's to continue this journey. I don't think my blog necessarily has a niche but there are definitely things I love to discuss. Here's a fun recap of my amazing first year as a blogger:

I can't say that I have a fitness blog, but I can say that I am always trying hard to be healthy, eat clean and stay fit. Here's the story of how I lost 20 pounds by ONLY changing my eating habits. 

Based on lifestyle changes, I have also decided to start working with Beachbody to help people become healthier and feel better about themselves. Blogging has given me the confidence to do this and I really can't wait! You can check out my Beachbody page HERE and my new Facebook page HERE.

Blogging has allowed me to document every day stories of life, random moments, fun weekends and so much more. I always call it my digital scrapbook. I documented my attempt to take monthly pictures of Zachary, I documented his first birthday and so much more. It's a great way to document life. 

I love doing Project Life and scrap booking day to day. I've done it for over 12 years now and this is a great way to share my creativity and get new ideas. 

I'm so thankful that I found this outlet and am happy that this little space of mine is starting to touch more people. I hope this page continues to grow and continues to reach out to so many amazing people. 

Thank you so much for reading this past year and being on this blogging journey of mine!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Egg Hunts, No Power, & Beachbody

This weekend was seriously jam packed! We finally had some nice weather Friday, had an Easter egg hunt and a Thirty One party on Saturday, and then my friend's son's 5th birthday party on Sunday. And to top it all off, we lost power on Saturday due to a crazy storm and didn't get it back on till late Sunday! And during this hectic weekend, I made the decision to join Beachbody!

The weather was gorgeous on Friday so I took Zachary and my nephew to the park to play when I got off work. They loved getting outside and enjoying some fresh air. I loved wearing them out for Grandma so that I could get a night out. We went to my brother's for a bonfire and had a great time!

On Saturday morning we went to an Easter Egg Hunt near our house. It was perfect for the little ones. This was Zachary's first one so I was so excited to see how he reacted. He had fun getting the eggs but he was more excited about chasing the giant soccer ball in the field near by and playing at the park. Oh well, as along as he had a good time.

Zachary was all about the Easter bunny until we got close!
After his nap, I had a Thirty One party at my friends house. We drank a couple glasses of wine, had some appetizers and the kids played outside. Zachary loved their trampoline and playroom so he was completely entertained. 

On the way home, a horrible storm hit right near our house. It wasn't supposed to come this far south but they were definitely wrong. We came home to NO POWER! Ugh. It was so fun for Zachary but a little stressful on me. But we made the best of it by running around with flashlights and reading stories in the dark. 

We still didn't' have power in the morning so we went out to breakfast and ran around target. Like literally ran around Target...Zachary was having a blast. 

After wasting some time at Target we got ready and headed to Pump it Up for a birthday party. Does anyone else feel like the kids don't get enough play time at these things? It seems like everything is rushed along. But either way, he had a great time.

During all this craziness, I finally made the decision to join beachbody. Changing the way I have eaten over the past year has changed my life and I hope to help change others. More about this change coming soon but for now you can check it out HERE. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

A few weeks back we took Zachary to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. Honestly, we can't believe this was our first time. It has something for all ages and we never once had to say "Stop" "Don't touch" "You're going to break that". Because seriously, that's how most of our outings go. He's 2 and hes like an untamed animal. It was a great experience and we will definitely be going more regularly. 

There was a kid's room designed specifically for those under 5. There was a ton to do, but Zachary loved the water table the most. He also loved watching Daddy build with the blocks and then knocking them down. There was also a small space within this room for kids under 18 months. It was separate so they could crawl around and explore. 

Zachary loved exploring the rest of the museum. Even though it wasn't age appropriate, he could still try everything, touch and climb on everything. He had a great time! We always love finding great places for Zachary to run around and have fun!

Do you have any kid friendly museums or fun spots near you? 
Are there any other gems for toddlers in the Detroit Metro area that we are missing?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Target Spring Preview VoxBox from Influenster!

I absolutely LOVE Target! I don't know who doesn't. Somehow I always "need" more stuff than I meant to shop for when I go there! When I found out that I was chosen from a small group of Influensters to test 1 of 25 products from 5 different brands, I was pretty excited!

The item I received to review is Crest Sensi-Relief Plus Whitening. The taste is good and I've definitely noticed a change in how sensitive my teeth are in just a couple weeks. And I love the fact that it is whitening too because I drink way too much coffee. ;) I highly recommend you check it out the next time you visit Target! 

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Corktown 5K: No more cold runs!

The Saturday before St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in the Corktown area of Detroit. There is a 5K race  (along with tons of other runs for kids) before the annual Corktown Parade. It is family friendly but is also a great party if that is what you are in the mood for.
This was our first time running this and we had a great time. Our only complaint (besides the cold) was the fact that they didn't start on time so that they could register more runners. Seriously? It's 10 degrees outside and you want me to wait 20 more minutes here at the start line? Really annoying!

But the run was a blast. Tons of costumes and green everywhere! I really enjoy running through the city.
At the finish line!
 The finish line was right in front of the Abandoned Train Station in Detroit. Check out more pictures HERE. I've always loved this building and I was excited to have the opportunity to get so close. It's such a beautiful building and I hope they chose to do something good with it sometime soon.
After the race we headed to Ferndale to have some drinks/lunch. We had intentions of hanging out downtown, but it was too cold for us. If it had been warmer we would have stayed to hang out and eat but everything was mostly outside and in tents so it was not working for us.

 With that being said, we decided that races below 40 are no longer for us. We ran the Turkey Trot in November and it was even COLDER! Although the races are fun, its not as fun as it could be if the weather was nicer. Most of the races that we like have registration up until 2 days before (some even on the day of the race) so if we aren't sure of the weather, we will wait till the last day of registration to make a decision based on the forecast. No more running in the cold!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

J’Adore Influenster Voxbox

 I was so excited to hear that I was selected to receive one of the Influenster VoxBox boxes! This one was the J’Adore VoxBox and was a little Valentine’s treat! The best part about this box was that it had something for everyone in our family! I know I'm behind in posting this, but things have been extremely hectic lately. I appreciate trying these items so better late than never.
Zachary couldn't wait to open the box to see what was inside!

 Here are the items I received:
~ Hershey’s KISSES Milk Chocolates My husband has a huge chocolate addiction and was so pumped to see the large bag of kisses in the box! I never got to snap a photo because he ate the whole bag that evening!

~ Boots Botanics Shine Away Iconic Clay Mask I used this once so far and liked it. I thought it made my skin feel smoother, but I need to use it on a weekly basis to be sure it is helping. I'm not the best with a skin care routine so I'm hoping this will help me get in a better habit.

~ Red Rose Simple Indulgent Teas I am a BIG tea drinker! The Crème Caramel smelled amazing, but really wasn't my favorite. I also received the Lemon Chiffon and it was amazing! I will definitely buy that flavor!

~ Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray My hair is wavy. Not straight and not full on curly...smack dab in the middle. I finally tried this today and my hair feels great. I'm going to see if I can actually get it to stay looking good for 3 days and post my results next week!
~ KISS Looks So Natural Lashes I am actually testing these the next time we go out. I don't want to waste them on just going to work. But I am super excited to try them myself. I used fake lashes on my wedding day and they looked amazing!
~ Vaseline Men Spray Lotion My husband was happy to get something for him to try (Other than the chocolates that he destroyed anyway). He thought the lotion was nice but you still had to use your hand to rub it in so he didn't understand why you would buy a spray lotion. But he did say it was non-greasy and there was no crazy scent afterwards. My son saw him use it and now he always wants to spray the lotion on! We may have to buy more. ;)

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Run or Dye!

I really do love a fun 5K where the weather is warm and the atmosphere is fun! We did a Color Run last year and it was an absolute blast. This year we are doing the Run or Dye at the Hazel Park Raceway and can't wait!
Run or dye is for absolutely EVERYONE! Whether you're a recovering couch potato or an avid marathon runner, you'll love the atmosphere and experience at Run or Dye.  You're welcome to walk, run, dance, or skip your way to the finish line.  And Run or Dye is family-friendly -- kids 6 and under run FREE!

Run or Dye, the world's most colorful 5K, is coming to Hazel Park Harness Raceway on Saturday, May 10th 2014! Bring all your friends and run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer.  Then enjoy our world-famous Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friends!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun.Create a team and save, then use the code: DETROITRUN to save another $10. You can register HERE
Feel free to join our Facebook Run or Dye event here, too!
NOTE: The registration fee goes up on March 20, so sure to sign-up TODAY for the most savings!

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Such a blast last year, can't wait to do it again!
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