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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Steppmommin 102- Survival Guide Review

I was blessed nine years ago, when I found my husband. It sounds crazy, but it really was love at first sight. The first time I saw my bonus daughter, it happened all over again. 7 years ago, I officially became her stepmom and I can't be happier.

Her mom...not so much. We have barely gotten to see her the first 8 years. She only started doing every other week visitation last month and we are taking full advantage of the time. Our relationship is good but a bit hmm weird. I know from friends who are also friends with her that she bad mouths both of us in front of Nevaeh all the time. I really needed this course. I'm smart but I couldn't figure out what to do and having a relationship with the mom is totally out of the picture at this point.

This course really helped me. There are workbook parts and information pieces as well. You learn more about yourself than anything throughout this whole course. being always hard on myself, it really made me think about a lot.

Once you get through that, you learn about your relationships with others. Answering questions like "Why you love your husband." and "Ways to improve your relationships with others."

I haven't finished the whole course yet, but I am well on my way through it and it is already on my list of reccomendations. One of my favorite self help courses that also gives me a better relationship with my husband and step daughter.

If you are a step mom you really need to take a look at this course. It has so many benefits!

I want to thnk everyone for reading and again please go and check out the course. If you're a step parent and have a proud moment, good memory, or even a horror story to share, please leave it in the comments. :)

I received this course for free in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Back Saver Wallet

Growing up, we heard all about Vietnam and nothing at all. Vietnam vets just don't like or want to talk about it. He was however, very proud of his service in the Army. It didn't define him but it helped mold him into the man he turned out to be.

We lost him a few years back, but he will always be my soldier Dad. You may wonder what this has to do with a wallet, I would too. Every year I do something special on his birthday and I give a gift to my mom. The Army wallet is that gift for this year. I can't wait to stock it with photos of him in Vietnam and mom and dad together. Now, on to the reason for this post, a review of the back saver wallet.

If your husband is like mine, you see how much they stuff into their wallets. It keeps them off balance while they are sitting and starts affecting their back and hips. 

I was able to take everything out of his "big" wallet and fit it all into the back saver wallet. It fits 24 cards, has photo slots, and a clip for your money. The real leather smells and feels amazing and the stitching is incredible.

I have to say, I love everything about this wallet. As I go on talking about it I'm doubting whether my mom will get this or not. My husband complains of back pain every day, this may have to be his new wallet. Either way, it will be used and loved.

Did I forget to tell you it comes with a 3 year warranty or that you can get your initials or logo on your wallet? Because they offer both of those services. They provide quality products and great customer service. You have to go and check out all of their different designs!

I'm really happy that I got to review this adorable wallet and that you are here to read about it. We love you all!

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

How to be confident.

Growing up, I had a brother who was a typical boy. Bullying me on a daily basis and always telling me I was fat. From there I went on to have a pretty serious eating disorder. It went on for 4 years and would have went much further if I hadn't gotten pregnant.

I went on to have three children, with a man who told me every day I was fat and ugly and no one else would want me if I left him. It took some extreme circumstances, but I finally got out of there and he is totally out of the picture. The damage was done, my self esteem was gone.

That's where this book comes in. Of course, I had my doubts, How could a book really help me? After the first pass, I realized how wrong I was. Maybe self help does work better than most people think it does.

Jumping in, to a short book seems simple, but this book is packed with information. Where I assumed common sense would be, information and interesting reads followed.

I have a long way to go, but this book has already started to help me. Parts of me that were slammed way down deep, are coming out and this book is teaching me how to move past them with a set plan.

So far, i'm impressed with this book. If you need help with confidence, self esteem, etc you have to check this book out on Amazon. start to love yourself!

Thank you somuch for reading everyone. I would love to hear your personal stories or even stories of a friend if you don't want to share your one. Let's all love each other!

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Stop the vicious cycle of emotional eating.

About a year and a half ago I started my weight loss journey. Food is a major hurdle for me. All through high school I suffered from anorexia. Once I got got done having kids, I had a bit of a tummy. The worst came when I got Fibro and a bunch of meds. My weight skyrocketed and I turned to food.

Food, something I once shied away from, I was now shoving down my throat to feel better. It got so bad, I stopped looking in the mirror and my already low self esteem, got worse. One day I decided enough was enough and started helping myself.

I wish I had had this book back then, but it is still helping me now. It helps you figure out why you emotionally eat, triggers.

Once you figure that out, you can move on to help with stopping your emotional eating. For example, rewarding yourself with things other than food and recognizing you're doing it and helping you talk yourself out of it.

This book is awesome. Many informative books are common sense and this one actually taught me a few things. It is short, but well written and very easy to read. I highly recommend it if you're an emotional eater.

You have to go and check out this book and see the other reviews as well. Thanks for reading everyone!

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Stop getting burnt by grease!

Waking up to the smell of bacon is probably the best way to wake up. Last year, they were giving away alarm clocks that give out the smell of bacon to help wake you up. I thought the idea was so silly, but still tried every single day to win one. I didn't. IWGs are just not my cup of tea, I rarely win and they always make me feel worse.

Bacon, like life, gives you a little bit of pain to remind you, you're still alive. Those pops can get rather annoying and leave marks on your skin. If the kids were going to make their own, we needed a layer of protection.

That's where this comes in. It's a 13" Stainless steel splatter screen, made by EasternHorses. It has an extra fine mesh that's an annti splattering protector.

This screen helps you from those pops, protecting you from oil, boiling liquid, and spitting grease. I like that it's so fine, you can still see through it easily, to check on your food or even to see how much is left when heading back for a second serving.

The handle is pretty awesome. I can honestly say, we didn't have a splatter screen before, because of the awkward shape and handle. This solves that problem by having a handle that folds in when not in use. It's also got notches so you don't put oil directly on your counter when taking it off your pan or skillet. Well besides what drips down that is.

I am in love with this product. I made lasagna Hamburger Helper and this splatter screen worked out perfectly. It kept the grease off of me and the stove and it even helped when it came time to drain the grease as well. We usually use a plate, this saved me another dirty dish! Then it served as a great cover while we were eating so the cat didn't enjoy our food as well.

You definitely need to go and check this product out on Amazon. I fell in love and I think you will too!

 Thank you so much for reading everyone, I appreciate each and every one of you. We all have our favorite kitchen gadgets, what's yours? Let me know in the comments below and have an amazing day!

I received this splatter screen in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, May 11, 2018

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

My "Skin feels Good" with Lancome.

I never really learned how to put on make up. It probably shows as well. Every time I watch a video or watch a friend, or even do it myself, I feel like I'm getting better.

As far as coverage goes, I usually have to buy the cheap stuff that doesn't ever seem to work very well. Money is a problem for us, but I really found something that worked, I think I could swing the price.

I didn't know much about Lancome or their prices before I got into this Influenster campaign. It just wasn't something I was in to. First, I have to say, I appreciate that I was chosen by Influenster and Lancome for this box and I can't thank you enough.

Skin Feels Good, is amazing. It made me look like a person with different skin. Now, this foundation is $35, but like I said, it really does work and i think it is well worth the price.

One thing I love about this stuff.. you don't need much to get a good layer of coverage. That means, it lasts longer. Plus, it doesn't cake on my face and they have a bunch of different shades. You have to check this stuff out!

They also sent me a few other things. Genifique Youth serum which is amazing. It doesn't make your face tight, but it really does give you a good look and starts working in the first few days!

Renerige Lift. A little goes a long way and like the other, it starts working in the first few days. My wrinkles started going away after only a few days. It was shocking!

Last but not least, Primtastic Plump, lip plumper. First, I love the color, and it looks good on my lips. Second, I have big lips already and this did nothing for them size wise. I'm not impressed, especially when it costs $22 at Sephora.

That was my awesome set of review products from Lancome and Influenster. I got it all for testing purposes.

Pump up the volume with Ancordworks.

Bluetooth speakers are important in our home. We use them multiple times throughout the day. Also, they are probably my favorite thing to review. Every time a new one comes, my husband shows everyone and makes them listen to "his" new speaker.

When I started blogging almost six years ago, relationships with businesses was a given. We got to know each other on a business level and we could count on each other to do the job we needed. That is a rarity anymore, but I'm happy to say, it does still exist and this company is proof of that. I can't express my joy of working with them again.

This speaker is adorable. Instead of the rectangle shape, it is a triangle. This one is so much cooler than all the normal boring ones. Plus the black and orange look really good together.

Sound wise, this speaker is pretty loud. Even if your phone isn't very loud, this thing will blow you away. Now, it isn't as loud as one of their other speakers, I won't name it, but it is our favorite from this company.

They promise earth shattering bass. While it isn't quite that, the bass is actually pretty nice. Better than most of their other speakers, even our favorite one. My husband likes to take it into his friend's vehicles and use it instead of their radio. It really doesn't sound like a speaker is making the noise.

As always, this speaker is awesome. The sound is good, the bass is pretty loud, and the sleek design is gorgeous. Charge it for a few hours and then take it out with you for the day! Please go and check out this speaker and the other speakers they sell as well.

Thank you so much for reading everyone. I appreciate you so much. Please comment below and tell me what you want to see on the blog. :)

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Join the pursuit..the Killer pursuit with Jeff Gunhus.

When I was young, the local library always did a summer reading program. If you read five books you get a pencil, 10 a notebook, and so on. I always wanted to be on the wall as the person who read the most books, but it never seemed to fail, someone always beat me.

Just talking about that dragged up another memory. Remember when we did fundraisers and we actually wanted to sell stuff because, just like the summer reading program, the more you sold the better prizes you got. Those were the days, I miss those days.

Another thing that seems to be ancient lately..really good thrillers. Writers seem to be getting lazy and stealing ideas from other books or movies. Jeff Gunhus is different though. This stories seem to be unique. His on the edge of your seat pattern of action scenes is something I admire. I can be totally disconnected from a book and then bomb, he throws in those awesome moments.

Killer Pursuit had me from the start. It started out with a bang and grabs your attention. The first few chapters are key to learning all you really need to know about the characters. Jeff is able to do this without the boring old "here's my life moments." Yes it does have a few of those, but you instantly find out the character of the characters without them even saying a word. I wish I could be half as descriptive as Jeff with my characters. I am definitely taking notes.

What's that you say? I am skirting around the book? Why yes, I am. I don't do spoilers, but I will give a light description, that hopefully tells you everything you need to know without telling you too much.

A call girl gets entangled with a bad dude. Even after her death, she has her butt covered with a hidden camera. The only problem? The cops can't figure out where the images ended up. Agent McNeil is an FBI profiler and will soon be right in the middle of this case and she won't stop until she solves the case. But who can she trust?

I'm in love with this book, it was hard to put it down. You can find this book and his others, by visiting his website.

Do you have a favorite genre and author? Please let me know below. Thank you so much for reading everyone!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Let's have a party with this minifigure city set!

I go through a lot of different obsessions. Unlike a hoarder, I let them go before I start a new collection. I do feel like a hoarder sometimes. There has to be a reason why people keep things, but I don't know what it is. I just hope I can continue to keep and then get rid of stuff.

Lately, my obsession has been minifigures. It started when my husband got me a mini Bob Ross and I fell in love. What started as just Bob of the day pictures on IG, has turned into something bigger now. I thought these might be the perfect addition to my current set.

The first thing I need to say about this set is simple..time. These minifigures don't come already together, you have to put all 36 of them together. With my arthritis, it took me almost 2 hours to do them all and my fingers were swollen and bruised for days afterwards. If you are buying these as a gift, it would be wise for you to put them all together before you give them to young kids. Otherwise, you're going to have a big mess and probably a lot of lost pieces.

Like I said above, each minifigure comes in it's own bag and you have to put them together. It doesn't seem like much, until you actually see the bag. All the characters look nice and nothing was broken, before or after, I strated putting them together.

This really is a great city set to me. There are so many different characters, like a male and female police officer, chef, pirate, Geisha and just normal town people as well. With the right imagination and pieces, your child could create an awesome community.

This set also comes with a few extras. cell phones, spatula, frying pan, lipstick etc. The most important extra, is the lego 4 wheeler. It's pretty cool, but be warned the only instructions to put it together, are on the Amazon listing page.

I have to say that I am really loving my new minifigures, even if they caused me some pain in the beginning ideas on ways to use them are popping up in my head as we speak and I'm excited.

Whether this is for one child or even a party favor bag, these minifigures will bring enjoyment and lots of fun memories to you or your child. You can find them on Amazon.

Thank you so much for reading everyone. I would love to find out what you think about this post and the others, and how I can improve and of couurse, what you collect!

I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest review.