Swapping indoor workouts for outdoor #Switch2BODYARMOR

This post was sponsored by  BodyArmor. All opinions are my own.  I am part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network 

It’s that time of year.  Its warming up and if you are anything like me you are ready to get outside.  For most of the winter my workouts are inside, it’s way too cold to be outside.  Now that its warming up I am swapping indoor workouts for outdoor.  I have always found outside workouts so much more fun than stuck inside. Don’t get me wrong I still like working out inside, but when I’m inside it feels more like a workout.  When I am outside it feels more like fun.  I love the smell of fresh air and the feel of the sun on my face.

Our winters are cold and snowy here in Colorado.  When spring finally hits it’s a whole new world for me.

Bike Riding

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A few good ways to swap indoors to outdoors

  1. Inside I would be riding a stationary bike, Now I can go on a bike ride through the woods.
  2. Instead of walking around the house I can go on a hike or go fishing.
  3. walking to the mail box ever day to get mail. Does not seem like much but I really feel accomplished when I do this every day.
  4. Walking to the store daily to get what I need to cook for the day. There is nothing like walking to the store for fresh vegetables and meat every day.
  5. Start gardening, not only will the outside of your house look better but it’s a great workout.
  6. A walk on the beach or in the sand is not only a great workout, but also easy on the knees.

 

With the warmer weather, there are also a few more precautions to take.

 

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  1. Make sure to stay hydrated, If you have your kids with you make sure you are stocked up on BodyArmor Lyte with only 20/cal per serving, Naturally Sweetened, Contains coconut water, electrolytes and vitamins. See list for retailers below. 
  2. Know where you are at all times.  Don’t go for a hike in the woods and not know how to get back.
  3. If you do like to work out after dusk, make sure to bring a friend and wear reflective gear.
  4.  Please always make sure to always let someone know where you are going.  If you get hurt its good to have someone know where you are at just in case.
  5. One last thing if your area gets high heat during the day consider working out in the early morning or after dusk when it cools down.

As long as you are safe moving outside can be fun and invigorating.  Changing up your workout also helps in losing weight and gaining muscle tone.  Everything you do that is new will work different mussels, which will help you get fitter and toner. Get outside have some fun and when you are done, don’t forget to relax a little.

Retailers for Major Markets for BODYARMOUR 

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New York:

  • Metro/Suburbs: Stop & Shop, Shop Rite
  • Rochester: Wegmans, Tops
  • Buffalo: Tops, Wegmans
  • Syracuse: Price Chopper, Tops

     Boston: Stop & Shop,

DC/Baltimore – Safeway, Wegmans, Target

Philly – Wegmans, Target

Chicago: Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s

Detroit: Kroger, Meijer

Ohio:

  • Cincinnati: Kroger, Meijer
  • Cleveland: Kroger, Giant Eagle

     Atlanta: Kroger & Publix

Florida major cities:

  • Miami- Publix
  • Orlando- Publix
  • Tampa- Publix
  • Jacksonville – Winn Dixie and Publix
  • San Fran: Safeway, Target, Lucky’s and Raley’sLos Angeles: Ralphs, Stater Bros, Vons , TargetSan Diego: Stater Bros, Vons, TargetSeattle: Safeway/Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, and then QFC

    Texas:

    • Dallas: Kroger
    • Houston: HEB
    • San Antonio: HEB
    • Austin: HEB

This was a sponsored post with all opinions are my own.

Your Fashion & Style Guide For Summer 2017

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Summer is almost upon us, and that leaves us with another opportunity of looking great for the season. This is around the time of year where fashion trends blossom in popularity, thanks to the radiant sunshine and therefore ability to wear more adventurous items of clothing.

But where should you start? You’ve looked great for the last few years and now you’re lost. What fashion resurgence could possibly return that hasn’t already been re-visited? How do you look great without looking stale or repetitive?

Well, don’t worry, because this fashion and style guide for summer 2017 will allow you to incorporate some of the hottest trends into your wardrobe, and turn plenty of heads as a result. Another promising aspect of this summer is the number of retailers that are having sales. What’s further is, you could use vouchers to reduce your clothing costs even more. For example, check the Jack Wills sale to learn more.

Without further ado:

Bright Colors

Bright colors are making a comeback. In fact, that’s the main trend of this summer. No matter what item of clothing that’s likely to be stocked in the hot sections of the high street retailers, you can be sure that they’ll have a bold and beautiful color scheme. Deep reds, fuschias, greens, and yellows are here to celebrate the summer in style. This was first noticed at Paris Fashion Week, where the bold often bring their most experimental items of clothing.

This was a gorgeous and beautiful display, the model’s positively beamed from the catwalk, and it wasn’t their drop dead gorgeous looks this time. Instead, the clothing did all the talking. What was special about the color scheme was that it wasn’t limited to a select method of display. Instead, super bright all-in-one’s, heels and trousers were seemingly all part and parcel of the display. Be sure to incorporate this bold yet elegant look for a truly show-stopping aesthetic this summer.

80’s

The 80’s are back, with a slightly modern twist. Huge belts, large shoulder arraignments, and big heels are doing the rounds. Leather jackets are also big as a nighttime accessory if your local can support you wearing such an insulated item. This is a great time to ask your parent to raid their wardrobe and visit vintage sales. Apps like Depop or Sphock also have a thriving online marketplace for this sort of stuff. Anything goes, but be sure to give it a modern twist to help identify it in the current era. Harping back to old decades is a tried and true method of the fashion world, yet keeping it current brings the methods of the past in front of a new, beautiful and chic light.

See-Through Dresses

If you’ve seen any A-List shows lately, you’ll have noticed the see-through, strapless and sometimes purely exposing dresses they wear. This is in this summer. Showing a little bra can be tasteful if done elegantly, and with a strapless see-through top, you might not even need that. This isn’t to encourage you to reveal anything you’re not comfortable with, in fact supplementing these items with underneath garments is also all the rage this summer, especially during the nightwear. Look at the upcoming award shows like the Tony awards, hosted on June 11th for a clearer example of what we mean.

Stripes

Vertical and diagonal stripes are quickly entering the modern fashion trend and for good reason. It’s not hard to understand why wearing thick, deeply colored stripes can help you both emphasize your figure and implement the bright colors trend listed above. This must be the summer of love because the hippy motif is also a strong one this time. Imagine your favorite decorative tapestry, and now imagine someone has made a chic dress out of it. That’s the style you should be aiming for. Clashing colored stripes are in, and the more detailed and decorative the better.

Purist

Minimal purist is a big look this summer too, and it’s probably in a sensible counterbalance to the bright color motif that seems so popular at the moment. Stonewashed colors and little frills on an outfit are to be emphasized if you’re just not feeling the summer color splash. Post-modernist chic is going to be prevalent throughout summer because of this. Incorporate this into your wardrobe to prepare for the rainy days or the days that you just don’t feel like making a statement.

Overall, fashion is dictated by your personality and how you feel on the day. Taking inspiration from all the headings listed above will detail your wardrobe with a ubiquitously applicable arsenal to mix and match with ease.

3 Ways to Make Big Savings on Household Energy Use

Using too much energy at home will not only lead to a larger carbon footprint and a bigger individual impact on the environment, it will also cost you dearly. The more energy that you use, the more you’ll need to pay for – causing your household expenditure to rise. So, there are many reasons to cut back on the amount that you use at home, both for the benefit of the planet, and for your pocket! We’ve put together a list of some top tips and tricks to help you reduce the amount of energy that you use at home.

Tip #1. Conduct an Energy Audit:

You can conduct an energy audit at home on your own, however, it’s good to note that many energy providers have also begun offering this service. Conducting an energy audit involves going through your home to find any areas where you may be wasting unnecessary energy, for example, heat that escapes through drafts in windows and doors, or appliances or lights that are being left on unnecessarily for too long. Being able to visualize exactly where you are wasting energy in your home will make it much easier for you to cut back on your usage. In addition, you might want to consider installing a smart meter – this will tell you exactly where the energy is being used.

Tip #2. Use Solar Energy:

You will need to invest in solar panels such as those from Semper Solaris to get started with powering your home via solar energy, however, the initial cost is well worth the investment. Once you have the panels installed, you can quickly begin to make significant savings. Not only are households that use solar energy able to stay independent of changing energy prices in line with demand, they can also often get their energy free of charge by generating it themselves. In addition, the energy generated from solar panels can be sold on to other households, allowing you to make more money from it!

Tip #3. Insulate Your Home:

If your home does not have adequate loft and wall cavity insulation, you could be losing a lot of energy and wasting your money as a result. Even if your home has been insulated in the past, it’s a good idea to regularly have it checked to make sure that it does not need to be updated or replaced. After a while, certain types of home insulation can become worn, therefore they won’t be quite as effective when it comes to keeping the heat or cool air trapped inside. In addition, properly insulating your property also means that you’ll be at a lower risk of dealing with incidents such as burst pipes, since there’s a far lower chance of them freezing over during cold weather.

These are just some of the main ways that you can make substantial savings on the energy that you use at home. Would you like to add to this list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

A must have for any house Shark Genius Steam Mop

Shark Steam Mop          Shark Steam Mop

We all know that Shark makes some of the best household products out there.  Before I had tried this stem mop I had no idea that I really did need one in my life.  This has made cleaning the kitchen floor a breeze.  It is like no work at all.  When it comes to cleaning that is what I need.  Something that makes it so easy that I don’t even really have to try. Lol

Shark Steam Mop        Shark Steam Mop

The Shark Genius Steam Pocket Mop System has 3 levels of steam, I love that you can control it.  You will never have to touch the dirty pad, this is great when cleaning the bathroom floors.  The steam will clean and sanitize the floor, so there are no chemicals you will have to worry about for your kids and pets.   It also has steam blast to help get those really pesky stains.

     Shark Steam Mop

Putting this together was a breeze, this was only 3 pieces and it was ready to go.  I could not believe how dirty my floors were.  As you can see they are a darker color so noticing when they are dirty is hard some times.  With a little guy at home and dogs running threw I can mop it and a few minutes later it just grabs the dirt.  I love that I can now quickly steam mop it, and know it is fresh and clean and ready to get dirty again. Lol

Shark Steam Mop

If you are looking for the must have summer cleaning product I would make sure to have the Shark Steam mop on your list.  It’s so easy to use and won’t leave any chemicals on your floor. The picture above is what I got off my floors after I had already moped.  I can not believe what else was left on the floors.

 

I got this free to try in exchange for an honest review.

NOW Probiotics

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Have you been looking for a way to start off your healthier living this year?  Sometimes taking a tiny step to start off will help you achieve success in the long run.  One thing you can start doing to start off your journey can be as simple as starting your day off with a great Probiotic.

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NOW is a proven company.  They have always had great products and now you can get your probiotics for yourself and for your little ones.  Adding a probiotic to your daily routine will help in gut digestion, and they can also help synthesize some nutrients like B Vitamins and Vitamin K.   This awesome pill can not only help your body get what you need but also help your body get rid of what it does not need.

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When I am looking to add a new product to my life I like to find a company that has had great products in the past.  I have used NOW for years and now I can add another one I know will help me on my journey.  I loved that the pills were not horse pills they were very easy to swallow and I did not have to take them three times a day.  Who can remember that.  They did not make me jittery or tired, really, I would not have known I was even taking them.  I just take and go about my normal life.  On a side note they also did not upset my stomach or make me run to the bathroom all day long.  So, all in all I was very happy with these and will definitely be adding these to my daily routine.

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“I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided.”

 

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products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

New Beauty Products Every Month With Adore Box

Woo Hoo it’s that awesome time of the month where I get to try get new beauty products.  I love when my Adore Box comes.  For less than the price of one item I get to try a few items every month.  I have fell in love with so many new brands.  If you are a beauty lover and are on a budget like I am, Adore Box is so the way to go.

I hate when I go to the store and spend a ton of money just to find out the product is just not for me.  Adore box comes with a mix of full size and trial size products.  I get to try so much stuff out and not spend a fortune.  I love the trial size of the hair products.  I cannot tell you how many hair products I have in my bathroom.  Now I get to try it before I buy it.  This actually makes a huge difference in my space.  I have a tiny bathroom so I don’t want to take up all my space with stuff I most likely will never use again.  Now when I find a product I know I love from the sample I can go buy the big one.

I have to say before I got this box I really did not know what a good highlighter could do for you.  I have used a few before and was never a fan.  Little did I know that the right one really could make a world of difference.  The Queens Lyfe Star Glow Highlighter not only gave me a great glow, it was so easy to use and just brushed right on.    The sample of the Viter Energy Breath Mints I threw into my purse and they came in handy.  They gave me fresh breath and a little caffeine buzz while I was out and about with no energy.  This box also came with Rimmel Exaggerate full color lip liner, Hask Monoi coconut oil deep conditioner, and Tony’s Molypandas dream white magic cream.  This box was just stuffed with goodies I could not be happier.

    

 

I got this free to try in exchange for an honest review.

Hiking Is The New Fitness Craze: Here’s How To Do It Right

These days, more and more of us are looking at new and innovative ways to keep fit and well. Gym memberships can be great, especially if you switch things up between solo workouts and attending group classes. But as we all know, spending time outdoors is also a great way to build up our fitness AND get some much-needed fresh air while we’re at it. That’s why in recent years the world has seen a huge rise of people going hiking as a means to lose weight and to up their fitness game. It’s little wonder really, as hiking has plenty of benefits. It will see you tackling various levels of terrain, which gets your heart pumping and those muscles working. It is also a great way to see some of the amazing sights nature has to offer, and if you go in a group, it’s a great team-building activity as well. Cardio without even realizing you’re doing it? Count us in! But like with any new sport or activity, you need to be aware of the potential risks you could face while out on a trek. Hiking can be full of perils if you don’t know what you’re doing, so have a read of this before you set off into the wilderness.

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Dangerous plants and fruits

As you’re hiking along your route, you may come across some particularly appetizing looking fruits or berries on a nearby bush. In true wilderness style, you find that you are tempted to pick a fresh one off the branch to sample – but hold your horses before you do so. Even though a plant may LOOK tasty, there are thousands of wild berries that are actually incredibly dangerous – with some even being fatal if consumed. If you do consume one without think, make sure you know how to make yourself throw up. You need that fruit out of your system before it has time to take effect.

Uneven surfaces

Tackling a route with varied terrain can make your trek much more interesting and challenging. However, it can also pose some pretty serious threats to you and your group. If, for example, you come across a sheer rock face on your route, never attempt to scale it unless you have all the right equipment and seasoned professionals at hand. Going a long way round might be a pain, but it is better than risking your life attempting something that’s beyond your skill set.

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Getting lost

Spending a few hours losing yourself in the wild can be a welcomed break from city life. But there’s a marked difference between ‘losing yourself’ and actually getting lost! Never just rely on your phone to take you on your route – always bring a backup paper map in case your phone dies, or you lose signal. Additionally, if you’re hiking alone, always tell people where you are going. That way, if you do get lost and you can’t contact anyone, it will only be a few hours before someone sends out a search party for you.

6 Tools That Make Your Small Business Look Big

Small companies have many great benefits. They’re more agile, they’re able to switch their direction at a moment’s notice and they have autonomy. Independent of conglomerates, they’re not attracting as many customers as the other companies are, however, that doesn’t mean that they’re not important and worthy of your business. Here’s how you can make your business look larger.

  1. Stick to One Niche

Avoid going off-topic. Stick to one niche and focus on it. Even if you’re the only employee. This will help you to brand your niche and efforts and you’ll be doing business with the same people over and over again. The more these people see you, the more they will believe that you’re the only one to go to for their needs. This will help to grow your business.

  1. Use More Than One Address

The more mailing addresses that you use, the more likely they are to believe that you’ve franchised and have more than one location. Most people will believe that a client with more than one location clearly knows what they’re doing and talking about. You’ll gain more customers when they think you’re larger than life.

  1. Use An 800 Number

When you use a professional voice system and an 800 number you’ll look more professional and established. Use a virtual phone system where callers can navigate to get ahold of you. Don’t use a single numbered extension, use one that allows you to punch in a 3 to 4 digit extension.

  1. Avoid Titles On Business Cards

When you’re the only proprietor, don’t use a title on your business card. Instead, just use your name. You may be the president, clerk, receptionist and more so don’t give yourself a label, it can work against you. They want to speak with the sales rep, that’s you. The president can’t help them with sales. They want to speak with a receptionist to find out what’s available for appointments. You’ll be better prepared to serve your customers when you leave the title off of your business cards. It will also make your company look larger.

  1. Use Only A Professional Website

Pay for a professional looking website. Your customers are weighing in on how professional your business looks so be sure that you’re giving them a professional website to work from. This is a no brainer no matter how large your company is. If you’re seeking to make a good impression, this is the way to do it. First impressions count so give your customers a good first impression and they’ll return to you time and time again. Your business will look larger if you’re looking so professional.

  1. Use A Corporate Mailing Address

Never list your home address as your business address, even if it is. This doesn’t look as professional. Instead set up a corporate address via an office sharing program a parcel service or somewhere that allows you to use this option. It will make you appear larger and as if you have more employees.

 

On a subconscious level, larger companies mean that you’re more professional and serious about your business. You’ll appear to be more successful and as if you are really a great company. It will appear that you have many employees and that you’re taking your business seriously and doing it right to build it up. If you want your business to appear larger, you’ll want to follow these tips and make it appear to be just that, larger than life. Larger businesses naturally scare the competition as well and that will give you the leading edge in your niche of choice. So, use these tips and make your business appear big.

5 Ways to Make Cooking Enjoyable Again

 

In today’s busy world, it’s hard to find time to eat a homecooked meal, much less cook it yourself. In an age where fast food is king, cooking seems to have become obsolete. However, there is something to be said for getting in your kitchen and cooking something with your family. Cooking can be enjoyable and many people are realizing that and doing everything they can to get their kitchens in the shape they need to be to cook for their families. With that being said, read on below for a few of the top ways you can make cooking at home enjoyable again.

Create a Modern Kitchen

In this modern era, there are so many different appliances and conveniences to help with cooking that it almost does it itself. One of the best ways for you to start enjoying cooking for your family is to call in the professionals from a firm like Gilman’s Kitchen & Baths to remodel and renovate your kitchen. With a new updated look and modern appliances, your kitchen can quickly go from the place that was avoided to the area that your entire family gathers in at the end of the day.

A Fully Stocked Kitchen

It’s impossible to enjoy cooking in a kitchen that doesn’t have the tools you need to get the job done. Once your kitchen has been remodeled, make sure that you stock it with the proper tools to make cooking a breeze. A fully stocked kitchen, from a blender to non-stick pans, is the first step in taking back your kitchen and whipping up dishes your family will love.

Involve Your Family in the Cooking Process

You’ve seen it in the movies and on TV shows all the time. Families gathered around the kitchen table or working to prepare a Sunday dinner together. While times like these may seem to be a part of the past, they don’t have to be for your family. Cooking together not only helps you teach your children the joys of cooking, it also allows you to spend quality time with your family at the same time. Once your kitchen is remodeled and fully stocked, set aside one night a week that the family stops with their busy lives and you prepare a meal together. You’ll be happy that you did!

Cook with a Plan and a Purpose

The one thing you should know about cooking is that you don’t go into it scattered and disorganized. Enjoying your cooking happens when you have a plan and the determination to get the job done. Instead of standing at the pantry for ten minutes trying to decide what to cook for dinner that night, plan out the meal a couple of days ahead of time, go shopping, and have everything ready to go on the night you are cooking that particular meal.

The Results

There are going to be more than a few great results from following the tips above. For one, you will learn to enjoy cooking again and spend time with your family. One result that you might not have thought of yet is quite simple. If you start cooking at home and stop eating fast food as much, you will, in the end, be happier, thinner, and healthier as well.

These are just a few of the ways that you can make cooking enjoyable again. From a newly renovated kitchen to cooking with a plan and purpose, cooking isn’t a thing of the past, you just have to slow down and learn to enjoy the process! See you in the kitchen! 

Personal Photography Ideology with Matthew David Parker

 

                                                  Personal Photography Ideology

Matthew David Parker

I can honestly say there wasn’t one single thing, person, or event that inspired me to take up photography as a professional that earns a living from it. At an early age I took a liking to photos and where they came from, and how fascinating it was that we have the ability to capture a moment in still frame and be able to hold onto it for a lifetime. If I were to explain my photographic inspirations for everyone to understand, I would start with the first time I recognized beauty, or when something great had happened in my life and I wished it would last forever. If it wasn’t for those moments I don’t believe any of us would appreciate the camera.

 

Photography is actually not always what I wanted to do for a living. I originally planned on literally being a rock star lead guitar player in a band. I had dreams of making it in the music industry because I had natural talent. However, a turn of events like mentioned previously got me interested in taking photos. When I first discovered what took place in a darkroom I then became fixated on the process of photography. Eventually that lead me to sink into other aspects of photography, which resulted in me drifting away from playing my music.

 

Most of my life revolves around taking pictures; because I do it for a living and as a hobby too. but there are other things that I enjoy doing on my spare time as well, and one thing in particular that I’ve been building up the courage to do. I once took a photo of the sky and still to this day it has been my favorite photo. This picture hangs in my living room and is a consistent reminder of one thing that has been on my bucket list since I retained memory, and that one thing in particular is to go skydiving. I’m deathly afraid of fears so that’s something I wish to conquer before my time on this beautiful green earth reaches an end.

 

My favorite photo as you already know is the one I took of the sky on a clear blue day. But if I had to pick a favorite photo that wasn’t taken by me, I would choose a photo called Santa Clara – it was taken by Henri Cartier in the early 1930’s. It also reminds me of the fact that my favorite location I have ever produced photos in was Santa Clara, Mexico. I love to take photos of that place when I take my once a year visit there.