Wrapping Wednesday

I have been really working hard to get back to my pre baby self. I would love to get to my before 6 year old self but for right now I am shooting for pre baby.

I have had 3 caesarians and now have the proof to show it. I am not going to lie…I am not a fan my stomach. I love having my girls but I needed to feel better.

I tried so many different diets and workout plans. I started to feel discouraged. After a lot of research I figured out what I needed…It Works. I found Angela and she instantly hooked me up with these great wraps. I started wrapping and noticed a big difference in my skin and my stomach.

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Here is little more info about the wraps:

The wraps are ready to go and take just a minute to apply. All you need is saran wrap, an ace bandage or a brace to hold the wrap close to the body- most use saran wrap. The Ultimate Applicator is coated with an all-natural botanical based formula that will tighten tone and firm the skin in 45 minutes with progressive change occurring over the next 72 hours.

 

How will the wraps help my body?

These wraps are designed to target problem areas including fat, cellulite, varicose veins, and stretch marks and will take inches off of your body from the very first application!

 

How often can I wrap?

They are safe enough to use every 72 hours (about 3- 4 days apart on the same area).   You see progressive results over 72 hours. The results last up to 6 months if you change nothing in your diet or exercise program.  Changes are permanent, like any diet, with proper nutrition and exercise, so we want you to take care of your new body!  We love how this product not only affects the SIZE of the body, but the repairing of the skin is incredible.  Stretch marks dramatically lighten and loose, stretched skin becomes firm and tight.

 

How do the wraps work?

The ingredients improve the microcirculation on the area where the body applicator was applied. This is what creates skin tightening, firming and toning. Fat tissue requires a great deal of blood vessels. If we can improve the microcirculation then we can improve the overall health of the area. Finally, they have an anti-inflammatory effect.

You can place the wrap anywhere on your body except the face- we have a special facial applicator which can be used daily as desired. The body wrap can be cut & placed on multiple areas. You can use two wraps at the same time on the body.

 

How do I apply the wrap?

Open the wrap and lay it against the skin and secure it in place with saran wrap or an ace bandage.

How long do I wear the wrap?

You wear the wrap for a minimum of 45 minutes and up to several hours!!! ****DON’T waste a drop of this lotion however.  Don’t throw away the wrap if any product remains!!! Place it somewhere else, even cutting it and moving it to target more skin. Wipe the lotion remaining on the wrap on another area of the body to maximize.

Here are my person results with just one wrap worn for 45 minutes!

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After a few months I decided to join Angela on this adventure and started using some other products and in March became a distributor. I love every product I have used.
If you have any questions comment below!!

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Sweet & Crunchy Kale Salad

One on our biggest challenges is trying to find healthy foods that are easy to make and tasty. I have always wanted to make a kale salad because I’ve read about it’s health benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol to fighting against some types of cancers. But, I was afraid of this veggie because I didn’t know how to work with it.  Then I found a wonderful recipe on Pinterest @jolynneshane.  It has yummy cranberries, almonds and carrots and is dressed with a sweet/tangy honey balsamic vinaigrette.

I’m no magician in the kitchen, so I was pleasantly surprised when this came together quickly and easily and made enough for me to take into the office for a birthday celebration!

Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of chopped kale (I purchased 6 large leaves and pulled the curly ribbons from the stalk)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup of dried cranberries (I used Ocean Spray Craisins)
  • 3/4 cup of slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of shredded carrot
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Balsamic Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp of Honey
  • 1 tbsp of Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry your the kale.
  2. Pull the green curly leaves away from the stem.  Throw the stems away, they are too tough to eat.  Chop the leaves/ribbons into bite sized pieces. Drizzle with 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and “massage” the kale for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Set aside for the moment.
  3. In a jar or contain with a lid, add the vinegar, oil, lemon, honey, salt and pepper.  Shake well until fully blended.
  4. Add the cranberries, almonds and carrots to the kale and drizzle the vinaigrette over.  Toss and enjoy!

Note:  I actually enjoyed this better after it sat in the fridge for a bit.  It gave the flavors time to mingle.

Nutrition(per 1 cup serving): Calories 247; Total Fat 14g; Saturated Fat 2g; Monounsaturated Fat 10g; Cholesterol 0g; Sodium 100g; Total Carbohydrate 29; Dietary Fiber 5g; Sugar 19g; Protein 5g (source of nutrition from http://www.myfitnesspal.com)

Original recipe found at @jolynneshane

Target Cartwheel App

If you know me personally you will know what store I shop at the most! Target is like an oasis for me. Well when I get to go by myself it is. I easily find myself strolling down almost every aisle to see what is new or on sale. But my most favorite part is using my Target Cartwheel App.

What?!? You haven’t heard or you have heard but you might be confused how it works. If this is the case then you need to take a look! There has been 5 million downloads just on the the Google Play Store alone.

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Are you worried it is complicated? Are you tired of clipping coupons? Read my tips below and see how easy it is for yourself.

First:

Choose from hundreds of offers from across every category you could possibly think of. New offers are added regularly.

Second:

Scan your personalized bar code at checkout.  You can either have this on your phone or you can print it out online and carry it like any other rewards card. I use my phone because while I shop I can see if that product is on there.Screenshot_2016-02-01-22-01-03-1

It really is that easy! Plus who doesn’t feel good when you see how much you can save using this app!

We went over how easy it is to use now let’s go over some tips to help you get the most out of it.

  1. Stack cartwheel with 5% Red Card discount (credit or debit), a manufacture coupon, target coupon, weekly sales, and a rebate offer. You probably have used manufacture coupons, target coupons, and weekly sales before but what are rebate offers. These are apps that allow you to scan bar code and receipt for after purchase rebates. There are so many to check out but my most favorite is Ibotta. I will go over these in another post.
  2. New Cartwheel offers come out on Sunday. What a great time to use the Sunday papers and save more. Now this isn’t a blanket statement. Cartwheel also add some special daily deals so it is smart to check it our daily. For example leading up to Christmas the Cartwheel App had a daily toy deal. This special deal was for one day only and was 50% off! I got so many amazing toys for my girls, nephews, and niece.Screenshot_2016-01-29-14-54-56-1
  3. Built in scanner. There is a built in scanner you can use with your phone camera. While you are shopping and you pick up something that you don’t have a cartwheel for yet, you can scan the bar code and it will search for you. BOOM!! YOU JUST ADDED MORE SAVINGS!
  4. Free Guest Wi-Fi. I like this because I use a lot of data shopping trying to get these deals. Added customer service bonus.
  5. Individual offers can be used up to 4 times per transaction and a bar code can be used up to 6 times per a day.
  6. Check out the collections tab for even hotter deals. In this section of the app you can find deal specific for your needs. For example: working out/living well, groceries, baby, and even one using the weekly circular for that week!

 

If you have any questions please comment below!! I would also love to know what your tips might be!

Heart Healthy Walking Challenge

So, with February being the month we pay homage to our ❤️, we thought it would be a great time to put up our first challenge!

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. We want to help fight against this statistic by challenging you to walk every day in February!

According to several healthcare professionals we’ve spoken with, you should aim to walk 10,000 steps a day to reduce your risk of heart disease and get more fit. Unfortunately, most of us don’t even take more than 4,000 steps a day. (I only average about 5,500 a day) We think we can do better than this!

BEFORE STARTING ANY NEW EXERCISE ROUTINE, PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER.

  1. Once you are cleared for this challenge, get a step tracker. I use the free tracker in my phone and the free app MyFitnessPal to keep track of my calories and steps. Tess uses her FitBit. There are many other options in the market place though so pick what works best for you.
  2. Use a tape measure to record your waist, hip, and thigh measurements. (Keep it somewhere safe)
  3. On February 1st, 2016, start walking every day with your tracker. Walk with a purpose, like you have somewhere important to be. 10,000 steps is about 5 miles or 9 kilometers. You don’t have to do all of it at one time. I usually do mine in 20 minute bursts.  
  4. Let us know how you are doing each day by taking a picture of your tracker and sending to us. Also, add your daily total in a comment for this post. We will be adding ours too.
  5. At the end of February, we will award a small sampler prize pack to the top people in the following categories:
    • Most Steps overall
    • Most improved step count
    • Most inches lost (yep, break out those tape measures again!)

REMEMBER TO DRINK TO STAY HYDRATED. APPROXIMATELY HALF YOUR BODYWEIGHT IN OUNCES. EXAMPLE: I weigh 176lbs so I should drink about 88oz of water each day.

      Have fun!

Be Kind to Yourself

imageSo often in this fast-paced busy world, we add unnecessary pressures to our already overpressured lives.  Today was one of those days for me.  I woke up doubting myself and my abilities so much that I wanted to crawl right back to bed! Thankfully, Tess sent me the image at the beginning of this post and it got me thinking…if we focus on the positive moments of a day and celebrate the successes, we create the right frame of mind to to move past the negative ones, turning them into opportunities to excel!

Comment with one positive thing you experienced today!

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Stop Waiting!

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Yep!  This about sums it up for us this year!  We have goals, individual and team, that we will not put off any longer!  Getting this blog going is the first of many things we will accomplish this year. We have been talking about it for almost a year and finally, one afternoon as a nor’easter approached, we sat down at a computer and brought it to life!  

We are so excited to start this adventure and share all our milestones and successes with you!   Join us as we share our healthy choices, fitness tips that we have put to the test, money saving tips, family fun ideas and tasty, healthy recipes that we have tried and and our families have loved!

So stop waiting!  Join us today as we move forward through 2016 towards success, health and happiness!