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GIVEAWAY! Growing Growing Gone Gift Certificate!

60f5d56b150e838f48e5a04ccfbff567 I’m sure you have all read/heard us talking about the Growing Growing Gone consignment sale that is coming up April 19-21, right? Well, that’s coming up REALLY soon. It kind of snuck up on us! This is the very first sale for GGG, and we are really excited that it is in Grapevine, Texas – so close to us! Karma, the owner/creator/founder of GGG, has generously offered a $100 gift certificate for the upcoming kids consignment sale to one of our readers! I don’t know if you guys have ever been to a kids consignment sale, but $100 is going to get you a LOT of stuff. A lot. Growing Growing Gone is an upscale semi-annual event where parents sell their gently used kids items and make up to 80% of their asking price.  We are open to the public and anyone can buy and sell!

  • Shop – Buy high quality brand name items at really low prices! Learn more
  • Sell – Consign and sell all of your kids’ items and make 70-80% of your sales! Details here
  • Save – Stay in your budget and save over 50-90% off retail!

Friday, April 19th: 2pm-8pm – Private Presale Party

Saturday April 20th: 9am-5pm – Family day filled with fun activities!

Sunday April 21st:  11am-2pm – Most items half price!

Volunteer and shop before the public at our Private Presale Party and earn G3 bucks! This twice yearly kids event happens in the Spring and Fall. Come and experience thousands of items and almost 10,000 sq. ft. of shopping bliss! Growing Growing Gone sells all things from toys to books, clothes, shoes, hats, and anything related to the kids in your life! Growing Growing Gone is giving away a great prize to one lucky winner.

Enter to win a $100 Gift Certificate to the sale! The gift certificate can be picked up at the front entry of the sale, April 19-21. Good luck! The giveaway begins Friday, 4/12/13 at 12:00am and ends Wednesday, 4/17/13 at 12:00am.

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I won a blog giveaway!

I read a lot of blogs, there is no denying it. I actually get most of the updates on Facebook, since I am on there more than I am on Bloglovin / reading other blogs. By using Facebook, I can quickly enter giveaways that so many blogs have – and if it’s not too much of pain, I enter them!

I entered a giveaway last week for a $50 Minted.com giveaway – and I won! I have won a few giveaways in the past, but it’s been a few years, so I was thrilled to get that email :)

Now I’m just trying to decide what to spend it on. I love everything on the site, and $50 will definitely help, but that stuff isn’t cheap! Oh well, you get what you pay for, right?

Thanks Bargainhoot!

NOW – what would YOU spend $50 on at minted.com? Tell me in the comments, and maybe that will help me decide what to buy!

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Hair Tie Winners!

I really did love reading all of your comments about what your favorite post was – that not only makes us happy, but it also tells us what you really enjoy about our blog! That way we can do more of what you want – because sometimes we’re just not sure :)

Anyway, I got busy crafting tonight and didn’t get around to choosing the winners until now – so if any of you snuck in after 6:00 Texas Time, you still get a chance!

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Virginia!

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Brennen!

Check your emails – all I need from you is a mailing address! I will be mailing them out on Wednesday, my day off :)

Thanks to all of you that entered – we will be sure to have more little contests if you want them!

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DIY Hair Ties and a Giveaway!

So, this started about 6 weeks ago when Whitney and I went to get our hair cut (yeah, we usually get haircuts together, so what?) and she told me about the awesome hair ties / headbands that the hairdresser sold on the side. Yeah, I’m a sucker, because we bought some.

Why?

To figure out how to copy them, of course!

I was on my phone googling “how to make hair ties” as soon as I sat down in the car. (For all you texting/driving freaks, SHE was driving, so calm down) We went straight to Joann’s to find some of the elastic so we could make our own. Yeah, well, we had to search for it, and they only had 3-4 colors of it and they were in multipacks. Oh yes, they were also expensive, all things considered. I mean, come on, it’s only elastic. Put it in some cutesy special packaging and mark it up 500%! Duh!

I had to order it online. I will admit, I was a tad bit upset about this because I was motivated to make them right then and I had to tap the brakes. The tutorial I used (if you could even call it that, because if we’re keeping it real, all you’re really doing is cutting elastic to size and tying a knot in it) can be found here, but since then I found another blog that I really love – that will be a whole ‘nother post in itself.

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So here is the RCHOTX tutorial on how to tie a knot in a piece of elastic. Enjoy!

Materials:

Foldover elastic (I used 1/2″, the tutorials say to use 5/8″ – next time I will order 5/8″ but this works just fine and I have thick hair)

Ruler

Scissors

Fingers and thumbs

Lighter

1. Cut a piece of elastic approximately 8 1/2″ long. (I ordered mine from Sunshine Shoppe, but it is very widely available on Etsy as well.)

DIY Hair Ties Step 1 - RCHOTX

2. Fold it in half, pretty side facing out. (The elastic I ordered had a matte side and a shiny side – I like shiny, so I had the shiny side facing out. If there is a pattern on it, you obviously want that side facing out)

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3. Tie it in a knot, leaving a little bit on the end. Cut the end at an angle. Why? ‘Cause I said to. And it looks better.

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4. Light it on fire. (No, I’m serious. Get a lighter and burn the ends of the ribbon. It will keep it from fraying. No one wants to be seen with a frayed hair tie. Come on now!) Also, I had to buy lighters, and I’m 99.9% sure that the Target Lady was judging me for it. Crafters need lighters too!

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I went a little crazy with the foldover elastic, of course. Because I am a craft hoarder, I am going to share the hair ties with YOU. Well, two of you.

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Alllllllll you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite post of ours is. It’s just that easy, dudes. You can go all the way back to last July if you want to. Oh, and you might want to make sure you leave an email in the comment in case you win.

The giveaway is for TEN (count ‘em, TEN) random, assorted hair ties made by yours truly.  I will choose TWO winners, and I will even mail them to you. Can’t get any better than that. I will let random.org pick our two winners, and I will email you as well as post it here on the ol’ blog, so pay attention! It starts as soon as you see this post and ends at 6:00 Texas time Sunday night (3/24/13), so it’s a quick one. One entry per person, please!

Oliver is my late night craft supervisor, and he approves of this giveaway.

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Good luck! Remember, the giveaway ends at 6:00 Texas time (yes, that’s a thing).

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Who wants a Silhouette Cameo?

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If my name was Oprah, I would give YOU and YOU and YOU and YOU and YOU a brand new Silhouette Cameo, but unfortunately my name is Heather and I don’t have Oprah’s financial backing – so all I have to offer you is a chance to win ONE Silhouette Cameo!

Our friend Amy at One Artsy Mama is having her 2nd Blogiversary (yes, that is a thing) and several of us have pooled our hard-earned money to buy a Silhouette Cameo to give to one of our many readers. Will it be you? We have been lucky so far at RCHOTX, because if you remember, the last time we did a Silhouette giveaway with other bloggers, one of OUR readers won! So we’ve got that going for us :) Consider us your lucky charm.

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The giveaway goes from March 17 to March 24. I’m sure that you are familiar with Rafflecopter by now, and that is how you will need to enter. Make it a point to actually check out the other blogs that have joined in with us – we love most of those blogs!

Good luck to all of you! If you don’t remember what all a Silhouette Cameo can do, refer back to these posts – those things are so handy to have around.

Pinterest Party Crafts

Fall Silhouette Projects

Silhouette Monogram Ideas

Christmas Silhouette Ideas

Silhouette Ideas: Kid Edition

Silhouette in the Kitchen

Silhouette Tips & Tricks

Pieced Flower Canvas

MORE Silhouette Ideas

Halloween Plaques

Yet another Pinterest Party

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Silhouette Name Frame

Valentine’s Crafts

Hey Y’all Canvas (in all fairness, this was done with a Cricut, but it can be done just as easier (or probably easiER) on a Silhouette. I’m just saying.)

Obviously, we highly recommend the Silhouette machines. I love mine and you will love yours too if you win!
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And now for the fun legal stuff:

Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over and ends at 11:59pm EST on March 24, 2013. Approximate retail value $299.99. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. This is a giveaway sponsored as a group buy, which means the bloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. All liabilities and responsibilities with the product itself is directly responsible by Silhouette America. Winner will drawn by random.org from all verified entries, contacted by the email provided when entering, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. Entrant is responsible for the email address they provide, whether through typing it directly or through the Facebook entry method. Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas and One Artsy Mama are not responsible for lost, misdirected, or undeliverable emails. All prizes will be awarded, no prize substitutions allowed. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook and we hereby release Facebook of any liability. Information is provided to One Artsy Mama, not to Facebook, and your information is never sold or shared. Facebook and Silhouette America are not a sponsor of this giveaway. Prize is mailed or emailed directly by Amy of One Artsy Mama. Protected tweets do not count as an entry method for tweeting; tweets must come from a public account. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

 

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Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway: Celebrate with Wait Til Your Father Gets Home & Chase the Star!

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Smile Brilliant Giveaway

A few weeks ago Heather asked me if I wanted to try out a Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System and do a giveaway. I am always on the hunt for a brighter smile, even going as far as trying out Pins on Pinterest.

I tried out the pin where you brush your teeth with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and was horrified that my only results were very irritated gums. Toof Whitening is expensive, which is why I will try anything free, whether it be found on pinterest or part of a giveaway.

My goal is too look just a hair under this:
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(I think all of life’s experiences can be traced back to a Friends or Seinfeld episode)

Okay, maybe not that bright, but definitely brighter than what I’m rocking now. The Smile Brilliant pack is pretty straight forward and easy to use. It comes with a whitening gel, a rubber tray and an LED light to speed up the whitening. Slap it on your teeth, turn on the LED light and enjoy part of your 3.5 hour trip to ATX.

Yes, you look ridiculous doing so, but the result is whiter teeth.
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I’ll post my teeth whitening results when I announce the winner of our giveaway on Wednesday, Feb. 13. In the meantime, enter to win your own Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System by liking Smile Brilliant via Rafflecopter

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Southwest Crock Pot Short Ribs

Southwest Crock Pot Short Ribs

This week it hit me that the “lull” after the holidays was over.  My son is entering playoffs with his winter league football, and baseball will start shortly.  My daughter starts ice skating again this week, and Chris’s work schedule is back to full throttle.  What’s a busy mama to do?  Bust out the slow cooker, my friends.

I spend 5 minutes in the morning and the stress of my afternoon.trying to get dinner on the table is GONE.

Tarah has offered up some tasty selections for the crock pot, and I still need to try the Sesame Chicken recipe.  This is one of my faves.  I especially love it because it can be completely done in 4 hours.I use it on Sundays after church or when I get home with the kids after school, but have to run back out the door again to dance/baseball/skating lessons.  Dinner is ready when we walk back in the door and it’s not coming from a sack from (insert name here) fast food place.

The Ro-Tel offers a little zip that I like.  It’s comfort food with a twist! This recipe can be easily modified to suit your tastes, I’ve played around with the vegetable combos.  This tastes very similar to pot roast, but cooks quicker since the short ribs are smaller cuts.

Southwest Crock Pot Short Ribs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Country Style Pork Ribs
  • 1 Onion (halved & sliced)
  • 4-6 large potatoes (cut into 1" chunks)
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 1 can Ro-Tel
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 pouch French Onion Soup Mix
  • 1-2 c water
  • **Optional Worcestershire Sauce (I like 1-2 TBSP)

Instructions

  1. Spray the Crock Pot with non-stick spray to make clean up a breeze!
  2. Place the potatoes, carrots, and onion in the crock pot
  3. Season the Country Style Ribs with Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning (Or similar) to your liking
  4. Place over vegetables
  5. Pour 1 can of Ro-Tel; 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup; and French Onion Soup Packet into crock pot
  6. Add 1-2 c water (Cover potatoes, but meat does not need to be covered)
  7. Add a splash of Worcestershire Sauce (if desired) I use 1-2 TBSP.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
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Pin there. Done that. {A wreath}

We’re prepping you for Valentine’s Day. NO holiday should be left behind … even if it is a “Hallmark holiday”. I’ve actually put up the few Valentine’s decorations that I have. And sadly, it’s the Lots of hearts frame and LOVE garland that I’ve made this week and this wreath. How depressing.

As always, you should always have a wreath for your front door. I’m not normally a big fan of hearts, but for this wreath I did hearts. I happen to have this red/pink tie-dyesque yarn handy, and I always have wreath forms handy!

Valentine wreath | RCHOTX

As a serious crafter, you should always keep extra supplies handy. I’m sure I have enough “extras” for at least 3 more people (Hush, Heather!) I happen to have some Valentine color options of felt to make these super cute flowers and throw some hearts on there. Its so simple!

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One more! {Giveaway}

It’s here! Our last giveaway for the year. We have been so fortunate to have so many giveaways in the few months we have been in the little blog community. We are definitely excited to be able provide our readers with some fabulous things! This one will not disappoint.

Do you have a friend or family member that would enjoy in some fabulous beauty products? Or even yourself!?! Well, if so, let me introduce you to BeeSilk Naturals.

Jennifer Spurlock, the owner and creative force of BeeSilk Naturals, has some fantastic ideas, products and scents! Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and have been working in the field of organic chemistry for the past 10 years.  Handcrafted natural products have always piqued her interest, especially since she is surrounded by toxic chemicals in a research chemical environment.  It was a natural progression to blend her love of chemistry with natural ingredients to make handcrafted bath and body care products without synthetic chemicals.  She started BeeSilk Naturals to help provide affordable bath and body care products using quality natural ingredients without unwanted synthetic fillers.

Her philosophy is “Less is More”.
Are you ready to see what is up for grabs? Oh, who am I kidding?!?! I know you are!
This lovely basket is BeeSilk Naturals CLEANSE Facial Pampering Set. It’s overflowing with so many things – cleansers, toner, creams!
Product description is as follows -

2 fl.oz. Facial Cleanser { ORANGE & GERANIUM: Normal/Dry Skin }
Orange and Geranium cream cleanser is specially formulated to keep the moisture in, so skin retains resiliency, and suppleness. Blended with 100% pure essential oils of geranium and orange which will balance oil levels in the skin, leaving it soft and healthy looking.
2 fl.oz. Facial Cleanser { GRAPEFRUIT & LIME: Oily Skin }
Specially formulated to balance oily skin and remove impurities leaving skin fresh and revitalized. Our facial gel contains natural extracts of Aloe Vera and papaya that help balance and protect your skin’s natural moisture, while scented with refreshing tones of grapefruit and lime.
4 fl.oz. { CITRUS TWIST} Facial Toner
Our alcohol-free toning mist is specially formulated with aloe vera, rose floral water and the twist of grapefruit, Bergamot and lime essential oils.
The mild astringent properties of the combined citrus fruit will minimize pore appearance, lock in the moisture and leave your face feeling fresh and revitalized. This gentle formula is suitable for all skin types.
1 fl.oz. { LESS THAN 5: NOURISHING FACIAL SERUM }
Passionfruit Seed Oil is a light, penetrating oil that is excellent for sensitive and inflamed, normal/dry, combination and mature skin types. Rose Hip oil is high in Vitamin C, which is considered to be beneficial to skin cell regeneration. Red Raspberry is high in alpha and gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E), Vitamin A and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Roman Chamomile promotes relaxation, calmness and is considered to be an excellent an anti-inflammatory. Finished by the richness of ylang ylang, seduced by the tease of jasmine.
2 oz. { CACAO-COCONUT MILK } Facial Mask & Exfoliant
Our facial mask and exfoliant is good enough to eat, but beneficial for your skin. Excellent to restore dehydrated and dull skin to a rejuvenated healthy glow without harsh abrasive chemicals. Key ingredients include ~ Colloidal Oatmeal, Coconut Milk, Honey, White Clay and Organic Cocoa Powder.
2 oz. { ROSE SILK } Facial Cream
Ultra-silky cream helps rejuvenate the skin while it moisturizes.  Evening Primrose and Rosehip help promote new cell regeneration while AHA sloughs off dead skin cells, leaving your complexion brighter and improve skin elasticity.
*Not for super sensitive skin*

I am a personal customer of BeeSilk Naturals. I have purchased her Ouchless Detangler for myself and my daughter, and also her NightCap Bath Cubes. Both are fabulous.

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Free Treat Card? It’s like Christmas came early!

As you can (obviously) tell, we do a lot of Shutterfly posts. We love Shutterfly around these parts! We get emails that tell us about free stuff, so why not share it with you? Duh!

To promote their new-ish card website,Treat, Shutterfly is giving away greeting cards! This is a 2 day only deal – 11/19/12 and 11/20/12 – so don’t procrastinate (if you’re anything like me, you will try). Your holiday checklist just got shorter. Create and send a totally personalized greeting card from Treat for FREE. Whether saying thanks for Thanksgiving, wishing a best friend a holiday birthday, or simply sharing the holiday cheer with a just because card, Treat lets you create a one-of-a-kind card that is sure to impress. (Or if you’re like me, making a sarcastic card for your BFFs)

Get this: Treat will even mail your card for you. That totally saves you a trip to the post office! You get lots of options once you get to the “delivery” portion of the transaction. Of course, you can also have it mailed to your house.

Guess what? Here’s the code to get your free cardTREATBLOGR . Make your card, and instead of paying, just pop that code in and you’re good to go. Awesome, huh? Now you can send blackmail sweet cards to your friends too! Go go go, because it’s only good Monday 11/19 and Tuesday 11/20.

Enjoy – I know I had a blast making my cards :)

 

What? Another giveaway?!

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Donna O. – you are the winner! 

Before I was offered these products to review, I had never purchased any Seventh Generation brand products. I have my brands I like to stick to, so why look at anything else, right? Well, I really did like most of this stuff and I will be purchasing it in the future – so pay attention! I received this awesome “Cold Care Kit” to review, so here goes!

These are the items that were sent to me to try out:

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner – I actually used this for more than just the bathroom. It also worked great on tile floors! While I am not in love with the scent (Lemongrass & Thyme), it is not bad – and I don’t expect antibacterial cleaners to smell great anyway! It does the job and it does it well.

Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes – These were/are great! The fragrance is the same (Lemongrass & Thyme), and it is pretty strong on these wipes. I actually used them to wipe down the walls in my living room while my husband hung the mantle I bought in Canton (pics to come). I can honestly tell you that these wipes worked better than the Clorox wipes I usually buy.

Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner: Free & Clear – Now this is what I’m talking about. When I am not sick (which is, sadly, not often – but we’ll get to that momentarily), I have a very keen sense of smell. This smelled great to me – not offensive, not even close – it just had a faint scent and it smelled CLEAN. I will most definitely be switching to this product instead of Windex. I love using vinegar to clean just about everything, but sometimes you just need a little more than what vinegar has to offer. This is it!

Seventh Generation 100% Recycled Facial Tissues – If you know me in real life, you know that (more often than not) I have the sniffles/sinus infection/cold. I don’t know what it is with me, but it’s just something I have to deal with! I go through a lot of tissues. A LOT. I will admit, I was a little scared of these at first because I thought, “Recycled. That means I will be blowing my nose with cardboard. Yay!” However, I was pleasantly surprised and they are actually pretty soft! I’ve gone through the small box and I’m about to start on the bigger box.

Seventh Generation Hand Wash – These were my favorite part of the collection by far. They both smell great, they both work great, and my hands don’t feel gross or sticky after I use it. You know how some soaps just leave a residue, even after you wash it off? These don’t! The scents are Mandarin and Lavender. I love love LOVE anything orange scented, so obviously the Mandarin is my favorite, but the Lavender is so calming – good to use before bed. The bottles are pretty big, I think they are going to last me a long time (yay)!

Seventh Generation’s website is very informative on every product they sell. Their Facebook page is hopping, along with Twitter and Pinterest! They’ve got lots and lots of fans (myself included!).

Check out this cute video they made to celebrate ONE MILLION fans on Facebook! So adorable and creative.

And now for the part you’ve been waiting for – the giveaway. Seventh Generation has agreed to give one of our readers a Cold Care Kit as well! The giveaway will run through 12:01am on Monday 11/19, so hurry up and enter!

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Shutterfly Christmas Cards – and a giveaway!

First of all, yes – I realize this is early. However, I also realize that some of you are picky like me and need to research, research, research before you pull the trigger on something as important as Christmas cards. Most of the photographers I know have already started/completed their Christmas card shoots! It’s crazy, but it’s true. Bear with me, it’s worth it.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is receiving all of the adorable Christmas cards from my friends – luckily, most of them send out photo cards so I can see their sweet kids. Those go right up on my fridge, and they may or may not stay up there for most of the year (partly because I’m lazy, but mostly because they’re cute)!

Shutterfly has some amazing Holiday Cards this year. Of course, they’re amazing every year, but this year I really have some favorites. Check these out!

Painted With Joy – 5×7

Crayon Christmas Wishes – 6×8

Bubbles of Snowflakes – 5×5

Definitely Naughty – 5×7

Very Merry Origami – 5×7 or 4×8

Not only does Shutterfly have great cards, they also have great photo books. Whitney makes them regularly for my nephew, Logan. I’m pretty sure he is up to 18 books now?!   It is very rare that any of us print out photos anymore, so photo books are a great way to share them. He loves sitting down and looking at them with us, and we love looking at them too. He gave me my very own book last Christmas, and it was my favorite gift!

Every single one of us girls has ordered something from Shutterfly, whether it be prints, enlargements, photo books, cards, or gifts. We’ve got nothing bad to say about them, and that is not normally the case!

Don’t mind the tears in my eyes!

So, here is the awesome part. Shutterfly will give ONE of our lucky readers a $50 promo code to use towards any order of at least $50 on their website (cannot be used towards shipping and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions). I don’t know about you, but I could get a bunch of stuff for $50! The promo code will expire on 12/14/12 so it’s a quick one.

Here’s how to win that $50: Go to the Shutterfly holiday cards page and come back and tell us which one is your favorite in the comments section. That’s it. We’ll have random.org pick a comment and let you know by 11/12/12! Tell your friends :)

* Disclaimer: I did receive a promo code from Shutterfly for sharing their holiday cards. All opinions and words are mine and mine alone! 

Shape Up … Sunday?

Hey y’all!

How YOU doin’? (I love FRIENDS. Its okay to admit it.)

The first week of October I kicked major butt at the gym. We’re doing what’s called the YFL and every minute you workout is equal to a yard, plus they give you bonus yards to earn with questions to answers. Well that week, I scored 301 yards. Yes, yes I did. It was also the first time I’ve EVER gone to the gym 5 days in a row. Last week, sadly wasn’t as awesome. I’m still trying Zumba, using the elliptical and strength training. I’m also going to add that running back into the routine. I actually miss it.

I weighed in last night. It’s the same as last week, and the week before. I’m going to be re-evaluating my food, because that has to be the one MAJOR issue. There were cupcakes and candy involved in eating this last week. I had a child turn 3. I couldn’t NOT eat cupcakes … or that donut on his breakfast morning. ;) Any healthy recipes you have, I’ll take! We eat only shrimp and chicken, sometimes pork and ground turkey.

I believe Brittaney and Christie are still in the midst of attending Boot Camp. I’m not envious … at all. I was given a trial month for a boot camp style workout once. I showed up to the park, looked at all the people who were there to workout. Seeing they were all tiny and built, I hopped back in my truck and went back home. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Are you having a hard time dropping the weight? Keeping up with your workouts? Finding the right meals?