WeighFast Two-Day Detox by WeightNot Review

WeighFast Two-Day Detox by WeightNot Review

While I don’t feel like I have a lot of weight to lose, I would definitely love to be just 2 to 3 pounds lighter so I’d be back at my goal weight of 145 pounds. When I heard about the WeighFast Two-Day Detox by WeightNot I wanted to try it out, not for any potential weight loss, but I was interested in a weekend detox for improved energy. As a single mom with five kids and three jobs I don’t have a lot of extra energy and after a stressful work week I figured I’d be up to the challenge.

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Organizing for Family Caregiving

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Organizing for Family Caregiving

A few months ago my dad had throat surgery and was unable to swallow or eat afterward so they put a feeding tube in his stomach before the hospital would allow him to go home. He’s much more comfortable healing at home but it’s been a very slow process and he’s needed quite a bit of assistance and care from the family. There is a home health care service that sends a nurse to the house a couple times a week to check his progress, but my mother takes care of all his daily needs and I enjoy being able to assist her or relieve her whenever possible.

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How to Put Together a Race Day Survival Kit

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How to Put Together a Race Day Survival Kit

Car racing is practically a way of life here in the Florida panhandle. I remember going to the race track every Friday night as a kid and now we live close enough to the speedway that we can hear when they are racing. While it’s always exciting to go to the races, it also often means a long, hot, LOUD day in a crowded stadium full of other fans.

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15 Summer Beauty Commandments for Every Woman

15 Summer Beauty Commandments for Every Woman

Ah, summer…Can you just hear the sound of waves crashing on the shore, smell the salty sea air, and taste of the tropical drinks? No? Are you too busy dealing with breakouts, frizzy hair and a sun burn to enjoy beach season? We all know the coveted Victoria’s Secret -swimsuit-model-look isn’t easy to achieve, but if you follow these 15 summer beauty commandments, you’ll spend more time having fun and less time worrying about the way you look (and feel). After all, confidence is the best accessory!

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Potty Training Tips from Dr. Laura Jana & a Pampers Prize Package Giveaway

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Quadruplets in a Toy Box

When my quadruplets were potty training it was such a stressful time in our lives! Potty training is a major milestone for both toddlers and parents but it can also be overwhelming. Oh boy, once all four of these were finally potty trained life got so much better for everyone!

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Why Vitamins are an Important Part of My Personal Health Plan & $50 Giveaway

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I’ve always believed in the importance of taking multi-vitamins for overall health and wellness, plus I take Omega 3 Fish Oil to support a healthy heart. When I was pregnant with my now ten year old quadruplets and discussing what supplements I took with my doctor he suggested increasing my Omega 3 intake since we knew the babies would come early and wanted to give them the best head start possible.

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Grab Some Great Deals on Pampers Diapers and Training Pants

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Quadruplets Baby Picture

You would not believe the diaper expenses at our house when my quadruplets were babies! I used to joke on those occasions when they’d wet a new diaper right after changing them that it was coming out of their college fund. Getting a great deal on our favorite Pampers diapers was always exciting so I wanted to share some current savings deals with you.

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DIY Wintergreen & Eucalyptus Bath Salts for Sinus Relief

DIY Wintergreen & Eucalyptus Bath Salts for Sinus Relief

These all natural bath salts will bring some serious relief to you and your children if you are suffering from sinus or seasonal allergy issues. They are simple to make and contain easy to find ingredients that you can feel good about using! The wintergreen and eucalyptus oils will help any body aches, especially with a good, long soak in the tub, plus they’ll help you feel invigorated, in addition to the sinus relief.

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Do It Yourself Salon Gel Nails at Home

Do It Yourself Salon Gel Nails at Home

I recently bought a Groupon for a mani-pedi at a local salon and felt like it was a great deal – I paid $27 for a $60 value manicure. When I called to schedule the appointment I mentioned that I wanted gel nail polish and she told me that would be $15 more. When I got to my appointment she was only going to do my fingernails with gel polish and when I told her I wanted the toes in gel polish also she said that would be ANOTHER $15. After tip I ended up paying $67 for my mani-pedi. Not only that, but I was at the salon for nearly three hours and felt like I had to entertain the manicurist the whole time. I left there feeling like I had wasted my time and money since I can do my own gel nail polish at home for SO much less!

Do It Yourself Salon Gel Nails at Home

All you need are a few simple, inexpensive tools and you can do your own gel nail polish manicure at home and save a bundle! Here’s the list of the things you’ll need to do your own gel nail polish manicures at home:

  1. UV Lamp
  2. pH Bond Nail Prep
  3. Gel Polish Base Coat
  4. Gel Nail Polish
  5. Gel Polish Top Coat
  6. Pure Acetone Remover
  7. Lint Free Nail Wipes
  8. Nail Buffer and Fingernail File
  9. Soak Off Nail Caps

How to Save Big on Salon Gel Nails at Home

I’m currently obsessed with heat sensitive gel polish that changes color and I think I now have about 15 different colors. In the pictures above I’m wearing Ice Queen from DIY Hard Nails, which changes color from a light lilac when warm to a dark purple when cold, but normally has dark purple tips.

To give yourself a professional gel polish manicure at home follow these easy steps:

  1. Trim, file and buff your nails until smooth to prepare for the polish.
  2. Apply a coat of pH Bond.
  3. Apply a thin coat of Gel Polish Base Coat then cure under UV Lamp for two minutes.
  4. Apply a thin coat of your favorite Gel Nail Polish then cure under UV Lamp for two minutes. Repeat for a second coat.
  5. Apply a thin coat of Gel Polish Top Coat, being sure to cover the tips and sides, then cure under UV Lamp for two minutes.
  6. Wipe nails with a Lint Free Nail Wipe soaked in acetone to remove the tacky feel.

To remove soak off gel nail polish:

  1. Using a nail file buff off the shiny top coat.
  2. Soak a cotton ball or cotton square in Acetone and hold in place over the fingernail with a soak off nail cap.
  3. Keep caps on for ten minutes then use a cuticle pusher to scrape off the loosened polish.
  4. Buff nails until smooth.

5 Ways to Eliminate Stress from your Life

5 Ways to Eliminate Stress from your Life

As adults, especially parents, it is easy to find ourselves stressed out more often than not. There is a lot to take care of: bills, kids, spouses, meal times, the house…and it seems like there’s so little time to do it all. It’s no wonder stress is sky high for so many!

However, there is hope. Below are five ways you can eliminate stress from your life, making way for a happier and healthier you!

1) Change your eating habits 

Healthy meals, drinks, and snacks each day help your body cope with stress and keep it at a maintainable level. A well-balanced diet ensures your body has the nutrients it needs to feel better, more motivated, and less worried. Avoid caffeine, especially coffee, as it can cause you to be jittery, and it can actually heighten anxiety and stress.

2) Sleep more – and better

Our bodies need rest in order to keep stress at bay. Make sure you are getting the optimal amount for your body, which is typically 7-9 hours a day. Stay away from the TV, cell phone and other devices that stimulate your mind for at least an hour before bedtime. Create a relaxing environment in your bedroom with the help of fans or white noise machines, and begin a bedtime routine that allows you to wind down before hitting the pillow.

3) Reduce your plans

Going out every weekend after working late and getting the kids to their activities may seem fun. However, overdoing it is a great way to increase your stress levels, and keep them high. Start prioritizing your responsibilities, and learn to say no more often. Cutting back on commitments gives your body more time to chill and relax at home.

4) Stay active

While cutting back on your commitments is important, make sure exercise is not one that gets the boot. Studies have proven that working out regularly can increase endorphins in the brain, a chemical that gives us that happy feeling. Along with decreasing stress, exercise can also help ward off anxiety and depression.

5) Practice self-care regularly

It is easy to overlook your own health and well being when there is so much going on in life. However, self-care is essential if you want to alleviate the stress you feel on a daily basis. A nightly 30-minute bubble bath, weekly manicure, or monthly spa day gives you the time you need to clear your mind and just rest your body so you can meet the day feeling renewed.