Ok, ya'll. If you haven't noticed I took a vacation from blogging and frankly, so consider this a comeback! As most of you know I'm a member of Influenster.com and what that means is, I get sent boxes of things to try out and then give my honest opinion on them. Shoot... ain't nothing better than getting something for free and then getting to talk about it!

So, in my latest #GoVoxBox I received a TON of stuff. But for right now I want to point you to one item in particular - the Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake - that I have fallen in love with, and apparently I'm not the only one. Ok, let me get something out of the way... I was sent this box with free samples in return for my honest opinion. Just because I get stuff for free doesn't always mean I like it. However, in this case, I do.

Here's the deal.. I'm not really one to tell anyone to do a meal replacement plan for weight loss, because frankly I just feel that stuff like that is just not maintainable. I feel like you'll do the shakes, lose some weight, but then as soon as you stop the shakes (or whatever the meal replacement is) then you'll probably put weight back on. However, this is a little different as because the Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake actually has almost the same nutritional values as all of my other protein shakes, so if you're going to replace a meal with a protein shake, then you might as well try out this brand.

What I like about this the most is that, even with it being mixed with water, it's actually filling! I'm the type of person who hates substituting shakes and stuff for food because I always seem to get hungry like 10 seconds after I finish the shake... and then waiting 3 hours to eat again while my stomach growls and gurgles. Not fun. So, when I received 3 samples of the Fit N Full shakes (chocolate, vanilla and fresh berries) I was a little scared that I'd have the same results. I didn't. Yay! I was actually full. Not side splitting full or anything like that but I definitely wasn't having to camouflage my stomach growls with coughs during my morning meetings!

I really liked the vanilla and chocolate. I hated the fresh berries. I don't know, I'm just not a berry flavor kinda gal when it comes to protein shakes or any type of supplements. After I finished my 3 samples I received, I went to the Vitamin Shoppe and used my $5 coupon that I also received and I bought a tub of the French Vanilla flavor. It's a little more pricey than the typical WalMart brand protein but there are some notable differences. This is more of an isolate protein than the typical whey protein you find in the Walmart and Target aisles. Long and short of that means that it's a more pure protein, lower in carbs and fat, and usually is better digested by those with lactose intolerance.

Ok, enough of the protein talk because frankly, I'm an amateur when it comes to the real science behind it all. What I do know, I've lost 4 pounds by replacing my breakfast with a Fit N Full shake and I'm digging the taste and results and it's a heck of a lot cheaper than a lot of the other shake/meal replacment plans out there... that's why I wanted to share.

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What We Are Reading

5.22.2014 |

And by WE, I mean me and my kid. Frankly, he reads more than I do, and I love that about him. I hope that the reading bug stays with him.

So today at lunch I ran by our local library headquarters. The one by us is a small branch but I love it, it has the best view out of it's wide floor to ceiling windows that overlooks a river and greenery. It's so relaxing there. But I was bored at lunch and it's been great weather so instead of waiting for the weekend to come and going to our local little branch I decided to hit our library's main headquarters. Needless to say, I could have spent hours in there.

But I had a mission, I was getting a couple of book for my kiddo to read because now that summer is almost here, I don't want him to lose that interest. Plus, we're running out of chapter books for him to read by himself when he wakes up at night. He has an interesting little routine going on right now. After I read to him (currently Harry Potter) before bed, I'll turn out the lights and he'll turn on his LED light that's attached to his loft bed and he'll read to himself for a bit before going to bed or if he happens to wake up in the middle of the night. So far he's completely re-read the entire Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. So I'm in some serious need of books to keep him entertained at night.

Anyway, the title of this is what we are reading, not all about my kid's reading habits.

What The Kiddo Is Reading
Hank the Cow Dog The Case of the Vampire Cat and The Lemonade War.

I started reading Hank the Cow Dog to him when he was about 6 years old, when he first became infatuated with dogs. It's a great series and I can't believe how many of them there are. It's always a funny read and I hope he gets hooked on these again because I actually like reading them with him. Plus, now that he's reading at a more advanced level, he can read these to himself. By they way, they have a really fun website for kids too.

The Lemonade War is new to me, I just found it on the Barnes & Nobel website and the story sounds intriguing.  There are five books in the series and this is the first, which I'm all about starting new series, so we'll just see if he can get into it.

What I'm Reading

I've just hit the forth chapter of The Black Box by Michael Connelly. Yes, I'm still on my Harry Bosch kick. I just can't stay away, plus there's a new Bosch book coming out soon so it makes me want to finish up the series so I can see what's NEW!  I haven't really had the time to read like I used to, but I'm making good progress because the book really is a page turner.

So... there we go... that's what we're reading.... What about you?

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... somedays...

5.14.2014 |

nuff said.

So I've gotten some messages lately asking why I haven't been posting. I'm just really not good at being a consistent blogger. I've tried scheduling posts, putting ideas down in my lifeplanner, forcing myself to write a blog post a day.

I'm just not too worried about it.

I want to post when I feel passionate about posting, because if I start blabbing off at the mouth on some random day about some random topic I chose only because I couldn't think of anything better... well heck, I just shouldn't have posted at all!

If people stop reading my blog because I don't post often enough, well... okay. My friends don't tell me they don't want to be my friends anymore because I don't call them every day. I get busy (don't we all) and instead of trying to find content to post or sitting at my computer all hours of the night, I'd rather be out practicing my karate or running through the hose with my kid.

When I have something to talk about, I will... don't you worry about that!

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