Win a Happy New Year Mystery Box Giveaway

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How do you pamper yourself? I love taking hot showers and really nurturing myself with body scrubs and manicures. I love mystery boxes and this box is filled with so many goodies like makeup, skin care products and many are full size products! I want to help you pamper yourself in the new year so this box will be a great start!

Even better is that I will add more that you don’t see in the box after the giveaway is over. It makes it much more fun and you never know what will be inside!

One lucky winner will receive this AMAZING Mystery Box of Goodies!

The giveaway ends on Monday January 4, 2016 at 11:59PM EST!

Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Olaf Hide & Hug Doll Giveaway Winners Announced

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First I wanted to thank everyone for entering. It was a great turnout and I wished I could pick everyone, but I can’t afford to do that.

I have the TWO Winners of the Olaf Hide & Hug Doll Giveaway!

Without further delay, the Winners are…

Pamela Smith

Amanda Pankey

Please check your spam/junk folder as I have emailed you!

Win Disney Frozen Hide-and-Hug Olaf Doll Giveaway

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Move over Elf on the Shelf! Disney Frozen Hide-and-Hug Olaf Doll will start a new Christmas tradition in your home! This one is going to be hard to find and so much cuter. Your entire family will enjoy this cute little guy! This deluxe box features a brand-new story about Olaf the snowman. Inside, children will also find a huggable Olaf plush. Following the hide-and-seek theme of the story, parents can hide the plush for children to find and deliver Olaf’s big, warm hug!

TWO Lucky Winners will each receive this Disney Frozen Hide-and-Hug Olaf Doll!

You can also enter to Win Disney Frozen Pull Apart and Talkin’ Olaf Doll Giveaway

The giveaway is open to only USA. It ends on Wednesday December 16, 2015 at 11:59PM EST!

Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Diamond Candles Giveaway Winner Announced

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First I wanted to thank everyone for entering. It was a great turnout and I wished I could pick everyone, but I can’t afford to do that.

I have the winner of the 2 Diamond Candles Giveaway!

Without further delay, the Winner is…

Jenny Gunnoe

Please check your spam/junk folder as I have emailed you!

You can still enter to $25 Gift Card Help for Holidays Giveaway!

Gluten Free Breakfast Cheesecake Recipe

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I have found that taking the gluten out of my diet has tremendously helped me feel so much better including my digestive health. I was never officially diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), but the amount of cramping and other issues made me look into finding relief. Yes that pun was intended as I was suffering daily. I am not saying you have to remove wheat from your diet, but there are many studies on the subject. If you are having digestive issues, skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff then it is worth learning more.

I am always looking for fun ways to eat protein but not miss all my old recipes that mostly use wheat. Gluten Free Breakfast Cheesecake Recipe is such a recipe. This is a delicious but healthy treat that you can eat for breakfast! It is also a great recipe that even your picky eaters will love it! This recipe came from the Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook. I will be honest and I found it a little dry so the next one I made, I used 1/4 cup of coconut flour which helped. Also, if you defrost some frozen fruit like strawberries or raspberries on top a slice, it adds some nice liquid and a great flavor. I also used 1/2 cup of coconut sugar as I am not a huge fan of Stevia. I also use less sweetener as I find some recipes use too much. That’s just my personal preference.

INGREDIENTS:
4 eggs, separated (meaning separate the yolk from the white)
1 Cup Ricotta Cheese (room temperature)
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
Sweetener equivalent to 3/4 Cup Sugar
4 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Vanilla

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
1) Preheat the oven to 375° F and grease a 9×9 baking pan and preferably a glass dish. You can lightly spray with a baking spray and I use an Olive Oil one.
2) Beat egg whites until peaks form.
3) Use another bowl and combine flour, cheese, sweetener, lemon juice, egg yolks, vanilla and beat until smooth.
4) Then you will gently fold egg whites into cheese mixture until combined.
5) Pour into the baking pan and bake for 20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. You will stick a knife or toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, then it’s ready to be pulled out.
6) Cool Slightly and then serve.

Gluten Free Breakfast Cheesecake Recipe
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Cheesecake recipe so healthy you can eat it for breakfast. This is a gluten free cheesecake that is good for even picky eaters.
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Gluten Free Breakfast Cheesecake Recipe
Print Recipe
Cheesecake recipe so healthy you can eat it for breakfast. This is a gluten free cheesecake that is good for even picky eaters.
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: slices
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F and grease a 9x9 baking pan and preferably a glass dish. You can lightly spray with a baking spray and I use an Olive Oil one.
  2. Beat egg whites until peaks form.
  3. Use another bowl and combine flour, cheese, sweetener, lemon juice, egg yolks, vanilla and beat until smooth.
  4. Then you will gently fold egg whites into cheese mixture until combined. Pour into the baking pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. You will stick a knife or toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, then it's ready to be pulled out.
  6. Cool Slightly and then serve.
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Thirsty Thursday: Fun Ways to Drink More Water!

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Water is a subject that hits a nerve with some people. UGH! I hate water! It’s so boring to drink or it’s hard for me to drink plain water. I hate having to go to the bathroom so often. There are hundreds of excuses people make on why they don’t drink enough water. I personally love to drink water. I always drink at least half a gallon daily.

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If none of this convinces you to drink more water, then nothing will. It seems obvious to me your body needs water. Seeing how almost 3/4 of your body is made up body then you really need to replenish your body on a daily basis. So you really hate to drink water but you can do more than just drink plain old boring water.

Add lemon slices, cucumber, ginger or fruit. You can either just slice it up and put it in your glass of water or use a Water Infuser Bottle or Water Infuser Pitcher! It’s super easy to use and will add some tasty flavor to your water.

You can also eat your water. Eat water soluble vegetables such as: cucumber, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, apricots, cherries, grapes, and zucchini. Even broths and water based soups would help hydrate your body.

Also, you can keep a bottle of water with you during the day to sip on. I fill up my tumbler and drink it throughout the day. One last thought. How much water should you drink? Most health professionals agree on 1/2 your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 120 pounds then 60 ounces, but some also agree everyone should strive to drink at least 64 ounces or half a gallon. If you weigh more than 240 pounds, then I would aim for a gallon of water. Starting with at least 8 glasses of 8oz daily is a great start especially if you are only drinking 1-2 glasses now.

Water really isn’t horrible and it’s quite refreshing. I enjoy drinking my water and I feel much better after drinking that first glass first thing in the morning.

To Cheat or Not to Cheat that is the Fitness Blogging Challenge

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The fitness blogging challenge for today is to cheat or not to cheat on your diet. First, I want to mention that I am not a health expert nor do I pretend to have all the answers. I am someone who struggles with weight loss and keeping it off. I don’t want to put labels on it but I am trying to get the word “diet” out of my mindset and replace it with “Lifestyle Change“.

Many personal trainers and nutritionists say it is a good idea to have a planned cheat meal. I found a great list of planned cheat meal articles that discuss this very topic. My personal belief is that no one is perfect and sometimes we are going to eat something that isn’t healthy. You know what, that is ok. As long as you don’t go overboard and binge eat, then it is a reminder of why you don’t want to feel like that anymore. Some people can’t handle eating cheat meals as it will make them very sick. You know your body best so you know if eating something once in awhile off plan won’t undo all your hard work. I know I can’t be too strict either as then I will binge eat.

It can be a slippery slope so this is why I have healthy alternatives in my pantry that will help if I get a craving. If I am craving ice cream, yogurt with some frozen fruit on top can give me that same satisfaction. Sometimes when I think I’m hungry, I’m actually thirsty so I try to drink a glass of water first. That usually does the trick. I know we are all so busy juggling jobs with family, again having a plan can help you not to cheat. You can already have all the ingredients for a healthy salad sitting in your fridge waiting for you and it’s quick to prepare. Or frozen meals ahead of time and just pop it in the oven. Ok, so if that doesn’t work then doing a rotisserie chicken is still better than eating pizza or at a burger joint. You can eat a side salad or fix some frozen vegetables to go with the chicken. We do that on nights when we really don’t have time or didn’t plan ahead.

I think most of it is a mindset. I don’t call it cheating anymore which has alleviated a lot of the guilt. I also try really hard to eat clean 85% of the time, and I can afford to eat 15% off plan as long as I don’t do it daily. The last important point I want to make is don’t beat yourself up either if you eat something you shouldn’t have. It’s ok and just dust yourself off and resolve to do better. Learn from your mistakes and sometimes eating a piece of cake is just what you needed.

My Top 10 FREE Fitness Apps for iPhone & Andriod

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My Top 10 FREE Fitness Apps for iPhone & Andriod



Today’s fitness blogging challenge is to post my favorite fitness apps. I included a list of my favorite 10 FREE Fitness apps for both the iPhone and Android or iPad. These are apps that I use daily or regularly and again all of these are FREE! These are not listed in any particular order. Some of these apps are a little more than just fitness but also health and wellness. I included a fun one to help train your brain as it also needs to exercise and not just your body. Let me know which one is your favorite.

1) MyFitnessPal: is a very popular app that many like to use to track your food. It is a great app that I do use not so much for counting calories but it keeps me accountable and is a great food journal. never been easier thanks to this robust app. It has an extensive list of foods you can add and you can also scan a upc code if you can’t find a particular food. It also allows you to input recipes you make from scratch and save them. iOS and Android

2) Water Your Body: This app helps you track your daily water intake. So many of us do not drink enough water daily so this is a great app to help you keep up. Track your daily water consumption in an intuitive way, and because not everyone needs to drink the same amount, it is designed specifically for you. iOS and Android

3) C25K: This app is perfect for beginners who want to train for their first 5K. It is an eight-week training plan which starts out slow with alternating walking and running. It will work you up to an advanced level. This app is perfect for even busy people. iOS and Android

4) MapMyFitness: This app has tracking activities and you can log your food. You can set challenges for yourself and friends. iOS and Android

5) Nike+ Training Club: The app has more than 100 workouts all designed by Nike master trainers and for people of all fitness levels. Just select your specific fitness goal (do you want to get lean, toned, strong, or focused) and follow the workout plans and they do have built-in rest days. iOS and Android

6) HealthyOut: Do you have trouble finding healthy options for dining out? Then HealthyOut App can help. Put in your address and you can even add filters like dietary restrictions, cuisine, ingredients, or even what type of dish you are looking for. Then the app will list all the available restaurants near you and it even notes the healthiest food on the menu. iOS and Android

7) ShopWell: This app helps you to take out the mystery of nutrition labels. App users can create personal profiles with your age, gender, health goals, any dietary restrictions you have or if you only want items that are gluten-free for example. While you are the store, then just scan the barcode. The app then gives that item a score. Low scores are foods you want to avoid while higher rated foods are the ones you want to buy. 100 is the top score meaning perfect. iOS and Android

8) Lumosity: This app is perfect for exercising our brains. It has lots of fun games that can help improve memory, attention span and even problem solving. iOS and Android

9) Sleep Bug: This app is great for people who have a lot of noise or trouble falling asleep. Some people can’t sleep if it’s too quiet and need a little white noise. Sleep Bug is your new white noise machine. Listen to sounds of the beach, a zen garden, or perhaps you like the noises of a jungle. You can even customize your app by adding on rain or the sounds of whales. iOS and Android

10) Charity Miles: This is a wonderful app that allows you to earn money for lots of different charities. Charity Miles donates 10¢ for every mile biked and 25¢ for every mile walked or ran with the help of corporate sponsors. Being fit is important but it’s amazing when you can get fit while helping charity! iOS and Android

48 Bottles of Nail Polish Giveaway Winner

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First I wanted to thank everyone for entering. It was a great turnout and I wished I could pick everyone, but I can’t afford to do that.

I have the winner of the 48 Bottles of Nail Polish Giveaway!

Without further delay, the Winner is…

Kate Moore

Please check your spam/junk folder as I have emailed you! You can still enter to Win TWO Diamond Candles Of Choice Giveaway!

November Fitness Challenge: Motivational Quotes #mondaymotivation

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Today’s challenge is to post 5 motivational quotes. I picked these quotes as they do inspire me and remind me that I am in charge of my life and how I chose to live it. I’m only human so I do make mistakes. As long as you learn from your mistakes, then you are making progress. The trick is to stop making these same mistakes over and over. I make excuses like so many of us do, but I like reading these quotes as they help to keep me accountable for my actions and the choices I make. The first one is one I try to live by on a daily basis. Each day will not be good, but it’s a great reminder to always count your blessings. I am thankful for my health, my family, my house, and many more. The true key to success is to remember how blessed you are even if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have had many trials and tribulations in my life but I always remember how much I do have to be thankful for.

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This is one I also remind myself that I am not dieting but changing my eating habits and lifestyle permanently. It’s not a race either so I am trying to pace myself and each small step is a success to my overall goal of being healthier. stopgivingup

These last two quotes are so true for  as I battle anxiety so I do have to push myself out of my comfort zone. I went to Colorado this May with my husband and visited my best friend who lives in Vail Valley. I have never been to the mountains so I was shocked that she literally lived in the mountains. It was an amazing experience but also scary for me at the same time. I didn’t have a chance to go skiing as it was May, but I did a little bit of hiking and really pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to go back and hopefully next year. If I hadn’t pushed out of my comfort zone, then I would have missed a wonderful trip and to see the Rocky Mountains. That is a memory I will never forget.

confined-walls comfortzone Did any of those quotes inspire you? What is your favorite motivational quote or words you live by?