Friday, January 30, 2015

#Free Julep Valentine's Maven Box

Julep has an unbelievably adorable Maven box available for the month of February! And whats even better? You can get it for FREE! That's right for free. All you need to pay is 2.99 shipping and you will get the 3 above nail polishes, and a very cute lip gloss! A 58.00 value free. Just use the promo code BEMINE.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I Am Having Weight Loss Surgery

     I have had a few requests since telling a few of you that I am having weight loss surgery, if I would mind posting and reviewing items that will be making my journey easier. I personally think this is a great idea. So I am going to be posting the whole process from before to after, diets, recipes, and of course protein choices. Anyone that has looked into the program knows that protein is very crucial to the healing process and to your diet in general. But choosing the right protein can be tricky at best! And you need a whole lot of it both before and after surgery.
     My journey in the weight loss program began with seeing my Primary care doctor who suggested it to me in order to remove some stress from my heart. I am currently at 234.0 lbs which is the heaviest I have been. I have tried countless diets as well as working out, but the weight just isn't coming off. Not to mention I am having stomach and heart issues. This isn't a decision that I came to lightly. I researched for about a year and have gone back and forth on it many times, finally I came to the realization that what I am doing just isn't working. I want to be healthier, I want to be happier and I want to be around for a long LONG time. 
     I got a referral from my Primary doctor into the weight loss program at Eastern Maine Medical Center, who are an accredited hospital in the weight loss program, and in all of the surgeries they have done, they have only ever lost 2 people, which is a huge relief especially with all the horror stories out there. 
     My first meeting consisted of a very informational orientation class and a support group meeting, where you get to speak with and ask questions. The experts of the support group are all people that have had the surgery done and with both negative and positive experiences the story was all the same... none of the people regretted having the surgery.
    My second appointment was an hour with a physical therapist basically explaining what the exercise expectations were before and after surgery and how you can do certain things at home to help along your progress.
    My third appointment was a 2 hour class with a nutritionist. There were 5 people in the class, and we went over many things. We covered the different surgeries offered, the complication possibilities from each surgery, what you could expect for diet restrictions etc. We also covered diets, which are extremely important and strict in both before the surgery and after. We talked about protein expectations and vitamins. And over all how we can prep ourselves now for an easier recovery and surgery.
     I have my next appointment with the nutritionist on Friday and I will update you all on that appointment once I have it. 

     I have had many people ask me why I would choose the EASY way out. This isn't the easy way at all. I will still need to diet and work out. This is to give me a helpful tool, a tool that is going to help me succeed where I have failed in the past. Anyone that tells you this is the easy way, has never been through the program and has never researched anything to do with surgery. This is not an easy option, deciding to take this step isn't easy, before and after the surgery isn't going to be easy. Its challenging! I have made the decision to make a change for the better. It is MY decision, no one else, and not everyone is the same. My experience isn't going to be yours or anyone else's. But I want to be able to help you where I can if possible.

     In the coming months you will get to go through my meetings with me, the diets, the surgery, and the recovery with me. I will be posting reviews on different products I am using in the process to help me succeed, and maybe they can help you to. Most of the products I am going to be using can be used by both surgery patients and just people that want to be healthier and make better decisions concerning their diet.

    I hope that you all enjoy this journey with me... if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave me it in the comments below. Please be positive... this is a negativity and judge free zone :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Juneberry Bags Review

      Let me start by saying that this review is way... WAY overdue. Apparently I completely space shot everything the original day that I wrote this review and when I went to publish the post, it saved to my drafts because there was an HTML error. I immensely apologize to the owner of Juneberry Bags - Natalie because this is inexcusable.

     When I first came along Juneberry Bags, Natalie was having a Kickstarter campaign. The minute I watched her presentation video... I was hooked. I absolutely love the concept. Its a purse, a messenger bag and a backpack all in one bag. How is this even humanely possible right? In concept this is the perfect bag! But to sweeten the pot a bit, you can even change the canvas... yes thats right CANVAS!!! cover. WHAAAT?!? It truly is something completely unique.

     Natalie sent be a complete set, including 3 covers. Each purse starter set comes with a nice heavy duty canvas base bag, the base bag is a deep brown and has three inside pockets. Two slip pockets and a pocket with a zipper. It also comes with handle attachments for a regular over the shoulder purse, backpack drawstrings, and a long adjustable messenger bag strap. The three covers I received were Red Foliage, Stems and Lace , and Classic chocolate sketch.

     All of these prints are amazing, and go with every outfit you can possibly imagine. These aren't the only designs though. Juneberry bags now come in 10 different designs! The possibilities are seriously endless.

     I have now used my Juneberry Bag for approximately a year! I have used this as my sole purse, I absolutely love it, and I am constantly getting compliments on it. I occasionally change the cover, but the awesome part is, I don't have to transfer anything over to a new bag. I just casually unzip the base bag and slip on a new cover, zip it into pace and I am ready to go. 

    I also really love the multiple options on how to carry the purse. I keep the extra handles in a pocket inside the purse, that way when I am out and about and feel the need to change the style to a hands free option I can. This has come in very handy at fairs, and being out with my 4 year old. When I am attempting to carry way too much, or when my 4 year old is requiring more than one hand, I can easily switch to either the backpack or messenger bag. I seriously feel that I have found the perfect purse / backpack / messenger bag and luck just has it that its all ONE bag. A Juneberry bag. 

     I would recommend this to anyone that carries any type of bag. I have suggested this bag to family, friends and co-workers. And if I feel confident enough to suggest this bag to my own mom, then you know it has to be amazing! I honestly believe that everyone needs a Juneberry bag! And they are very affordable. For 39.99 you get the base bag and a sleeve cover of your choice! How awesome is that?!? For less than a tank of gas you can get an original purse from Juneberry and have 10 options of design. I always suggest getting more than one cover, because you'll want to change it often when you do. Additional covers are only 16.99 when you buy the base bag or 18.99 alone. When is the last time you could buy three bags for $40? 

Disclaimer: This item was supplied in exchange for an honest review. All pictures were supplied from the Juneberry Bags website.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Healthy Surprise Review and #Giveaway

     A lot of you may be wondering what Healthy Surprise is. Healthy Surprise is a monthly subscription box that features healthy and delicious snack options. For the classic box, which features 15+ delicious snacks the monthly subscription cost is $49. While you are paying a little bit more for this box than most subscription boxes, you will not be disappointed! This box includes a lot for the price.

      I received the Classic box to review, which arrived at my house only 3 days after ordering it! So shipping time is amazing, especially if you are in need of a last minute and original gift. Upon opening the box I was very impressed! There was a thank you/ gift message right on the top and underneath all of my goodies were wrapped in tissue paper. It was like getting a beautiful gift. You could tell that the lovely people at Healthy Surprise took extra care when packaging the snacks. They were neatly stacked and organized vs just being thrown in the box. 

We received 17 total snacks, some where full size, while others were a single serving size. There were bars, chips, kale chips, dried plantains (which were out absolute favorite), two popsicles, which my 4 year old gobbled right up! (you need to freeze these!) , some pumpkin seeds, and much much more. All of the snacks were delicious and FRESH! I didn't get to taste the popsicles as my kiddo called dibs on them, but she loved them so I am assuming that they were amazing! (She's very picky!)

Overall Impression:
I LOVED Healthy Surprise! It takes all the guess work out of trying to make the proper snack choices, gives you an opportunity to taste a great selection of goodies, and is an affordable price. Not to mention this would make the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person in your life. And with all those "Get Healthy" New Years resolutions this year, why not start off on the right foot? 
I personally would purchase this for myself in the future, as well as for family. I highly recommend Healthy Surprise!

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