A blog about the life of a 33-year old beauty junkie who is trying to find her place in the world! From being a Mom, being passionate about helping other Moms save some cash, to being a successful businesswoman. I've walked all sorts of lives, and I want to share them with you!
The one about my Slimfast Experience.
Recently, Influenster, a site that connects brands with people to test out free products, sent me a VoxBox from Slimfast. They sent me a days worth of Slimfast products to test out and give my opinion on. Basically the Slimfast diet is this, you replace breakfast and lunch with meal replacement shakes or bars, you have 2-3 Slimfast 100 calorie snacks, fruits, or vegetables, and then a 500-600 calorie healthy dinner. Easy enough, but like most people I was worried that it wouldn't taste good or fill me up. So here's what my day looked like:
The shake was just like it's named. Creamy and chocolatey. It was really good. The only thing I did not like is that it had artificial sugar. I hate artificial sugar, it always leaves a weird taste. It left me feeling full and satisfied.
The Slimfast 100 Calorie Sour Cream & Onion Baked Crisps were really tasty. They were just like chips. So if you're a chipaholic, these will definitely be a good snack for you. They had a really good flavor.
Lunch: Slimfast Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Meal Replacement Bar
The Slimfast Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Meal Replacement Bar was another tasty treat. Chocked full of good protein, it was a filling and tasty meal. It had lots of nuts in it, so it wouldn't be good if you have a nut allergy. Since I don't, I had no problem enjoying this bar!
Snack 2: Slimfast Cinammon Bun Swirl Drizzled Crisps
I was definitely skeptical when I got these. They looked like rice cakes and rice cakes never taste good to me. However, once I tried them, my mind was definitely changed! These are crispy and thin. They have a good texture and an even better taste. They are a good sweet treat when you are craving sweets. The icing drizzle is so tasty. These taste just like a cinnamon roll. I was definitely pleased.
Verdict: The Slimfast diet is a tasty way to lose weight and definitely a diet plan I think you could stick to without issue. It's something I think I'll definitely keep in mind in my journey to lose weight!
Note: I received these products for free for testing purposes, but the thoughts and opinions are my own!
Christmas is coming! I'm getting so excited for Christmas this year. I haven't gotten a lot of things yet, but I already know what all the kids want. I'm most excited for Harper's stuff because the Calico Critters are toys from my childhood that I ALWAYS wanted. I'm probably going to have just as much fun playing with them as she is! Ha! Calico Critters and a Lalaloopsy doll that poops charms for a charm bracelet (so weird) are all that Harper talks about lately. It's pretty cute.
Since I picked up my secondhand Critters off of Ebay without any clothes, I've been busy working away to make everyone clothes. Here are the final shots of the 3 families I got:
I think everyone turned out really cute! It's all DIY clothes that involve NO sewing. No sewing was important because in my family I don't sew, my husband does. Seriously, he's the designated stuffed toy fixer. I dressed all the girls in simple dresses, the babies in diapers, and dads and boys …
Today the mailman came and he brought with him the most anticipated Christmas gift! The calico critters! Hooray! I can't wait to see Harp's face on Christmas morning. And my face is happy because they are in awesome condition. The only issue that they have is that some are missing their clothes. But, these guys are the vintage version. Some of them still have their 1985 Epoch stickers. Which means that this was a super good buy. The vintage ones sell for even more. So when Harper gets older if she gets tired of them she can get rid of them for a decent price!
So, since some of these guys need clothes, my mommy DIY cheap brain has been working overtime to think of ideas on making these guys some clothes that don't involve me sewing. I'm not a seamstress. I found a tutorial on Pinterest for making doll dresses out of socks, but when the Critters got here, I quickly realized that a sock would be too small. Even my son's infant socks didn't have the snug fit I want…
Gas. Gas is so damn expensive. My family goes to the gas station a lot. My husband is a delivery driver and spends most days out in the field. He makes numerous trips to the gas station for food or drinks. We are a typical family who gets gas in our vehicles at least once a week, too. You have got to find ways to save when you cut your budget. My favorite gas saving app/money making app for gas stations hands down is trunow.
The trunow app is two-fold, the app will tell you which gas station has the cheapest gas around you, and then if you take pictures of your gas receipt, it gives you points for them which you exchange for cash or gift cards. Again, I have really specific rules for what apps I will use. See Part One of my post about ibotta.
I'm all about this app since I am dually saving money because it's finding the lowest gas price for me and adding to my reserve funds through gift cards. trunow also allows you to spend your saved money at gas stations, however, I don'…