Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Can I lose 12 inches in 12 workouts? Really????

Remember THIS post???  It is the one about how to lose 12 inches in 12 workouts with that cowboy?? Remember that?  If not....go to the link above and read it again.....well....here I go!!!!  You are LUCKY enough to FOLLOW me!!!  Hmmm...lets see how this goes.  What is your opinion??  Do you think it is TRULY possible to lose 12 inches in 12 workouts???  Well....I am going to watch the video tomorrow...see what he says....do what he says....post my measurements......and I guess we'll find out!!!!

I do have to tell you though.  I have been walking/jogging with a friend 4 mornings a week....3.5 miles around Wherspann Lake.  And I have been using weight watchers however very minimally.  We have been doing this walk/jogging...and weightwatchers though for a few weeks and I have seen no change. So....whether or not that will play into this, I don't know.  But....we will see.  Stay tuned!!

Tell me what YOU think....is it possible????  You should do this with me!!  We can hold eachother accountable!!!

Ready, Set, GO!!!!!  Stay tuned....

North of Hope Book Review

North of Hope, A Daughter's Arctic Journey, by Shannon Huffman Polson is a memoir.....a memoir that deals with the sudden and unexpected loss of her father and step mother.

Here is what the back of the book says:

When her parents are killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's remote Arctic, author Shannon Huffman Polson is forced into a wilderness of grief. Her quest for healing is recounted with heartbreaking candor in North of Hope.

Polson travels from her home in Seattle to the wilderness of Alaska, where she retraces her father and stepmother's final days along an Arctic river, effortlessly weaving together the internal landscape of grief with the exterior landscape of the Arctic, elegantly entwining natural history, adventure and sacred pilgrimage while she wrestles with and draws strength from her faith and memories.

This deeply moving narrative is shot through with the human search for meaning in the face of tragedy. Readers will find inspiration for their own challenges through Polson's journey.

My Take:
I lost my mom 4 years ago....so I was excited to read someone else's story of loss and strength. Always wanting to go to Alaska, I really enjoyed her very precise details about the landscape, location, smells, colors, etc. She was VERY detailed....and that I enjoyed very much. The author had a very traumatic experience losing her parents the way she did. I felt for her, I really did....but to fill 254 pages with it seemed a bit much. It became very depressing to have 254 pages of her bitterness and sorrow. I am NOT saying that she didn't have the right to be bitter and sorrow given what she had been through...but I had a hard time reading it....maybe because of my experiences....maybe not. Who knows why I struggled with it. The author seems to be a great writer...obviously...her writing was so descriptive, I felt that I was in Alaska with her.....I just had a hard time with the ongoing sorrow. I saw very little hope in it. I really didn't get much strength from it. Although the strength that SHE showed was awesome as far as traveling the same river that her parents did, etc., I just didn't get much strength from it.

If you want to discover what Alaska has to offer, this is a great book to read. Like I said, very descriptive. If you are looking for a book that will give you hope, you may want to look elsewhere. BUT...if you love to read....by all means, pick up this book!!! It is a memoir after all....just not one that I could relate to!

Check out the Book Trailer HERE!  It is really neat!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort Getaway!!!

Want to win a trip!!!  Click here NOW.....you have GREAT odds!!!!

About the Resort
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort at Zion National Park ranks as one of the best active-life family destinations. We have 4,000 acres literally on the border of Zion. You may find that our canyoneering adventures are very unique (LINK) and very exciting for an active family. Please view the condensed information below (with links), and attached photos.
- 4,000 acre ranch resort adjacent to Zion National Park (literally against border of park)
- Overview of operation and location - here
- Aerial View of operation - here

Most activities (on property) of any destination resort in the region - http://www.zionponderosa.com/activities.htm
Swimming Pool (Two Level / Gravity Edge / Water slides) / Jacuzzi)

Lodging Options (Six Lodging Types)
Western Wagons
Cowboy Cabins
Cabin Suites
Vacation Homes/Cabins

- Zion National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park (75 minutes)
- Summertime rafting trips (90 minutes)
- Grand Canyon North Rim (105 minutes)
- Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (20 minutes)
- Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
- Pipe Spring National Monument
- Coral Pink Sand Dunes
- Frontier Movie Town

We offer fine diningrelaxation / spa treatments and excellent accommodation options. We welcome your contact and questions.
For more information contact - Mark Wade at 435-216-8171 or via e-mail at Mark@OculusMedia.com

Total Value - $428.00. Valid May. Sept - Nov, 2013. Not valid on holiday weekends. Based on availability. Must reserve at least 14 days in advance. Winners of getaway are responsible for own transportation and all other expenses.

*I was given no compensation for this post*

Adventure Treks

Win a Summer Camp Experience at Adventure Treks!
Click here for the official contest entry: Adventure Treks Essay Contest Announcement!
Scale snow-capped peaks you’ve only seen in postcards. Shoot towering rapids with your new best friends. Walk wildflower-laced trails by day and wonder at a twinkling sky by night. Cook crazy concoctions around a campfire and laugh more than you ever thought possible!

About the Camp:
Adventure Treks is all about making memories, fostering lifelong friendships and creating more confident and capable young men and women. We are a small and personal company and getting to know you is our biggest priority. But Adventure Treks isn't just about outdoor fun; it's about YOU! We want you to discover your best self, and we believe that the great outdoors is just the way to do it!
Adventure Treks is more than a summer adventure camp.  Our two, three and four week outdoor adventure programs for teenagers ages 12 - 18, help great kids build skills for future success.  While our students are having the time of their lives rafting, climbing, hiking, and biking in some of the greatest scenery on the planet, something else is happening. They are growing in numerous ways: self- confidence, social achievement, teamwork, leadership and new outdoor skills, to name just a few.

*I was given no compensation for this post*

Soft Scrub 4 - in - 1 Toilet Care Review and Giveaway!!!!!

Soft Scrub introduces another innovative bathroom care product, NEW Soft Scrub 4 - in - 1 Toilet Care!!!!

Available in two fragrances:

Alpine Fresh...a fragrance with bleach
Sapphire Waters....a fragrance without bleach.

Say goodbye to constant scrubbing and hello to 4 - in - 1 Toilet Care that:

Cleans Toilets PLUS Prevents Future Buildup PLUS Fights Toilet Ring PLUS Freshens up to 4 weeks!  

What makes Soft Scrub 4 - in - 1 Toilet Care different?  Unlike other toilet bowl rim hangers that don't stay in place or that dissolve too quickly, Soft Scrub 4 - in - 1 Toilet Care provides long lasting cleaning and freshening thanks to its unique design and advanced formula.  The plastic cage keeps the product in place and allows water to activate the cleaner with each flush.  What's more, it freshens for up to four weeks and costs less than $2.00!!!!  Available at Walmart.

Learn more at softscrub.com.  MAKE YOUR SURFACES HAPPY!!!!  :-)

Soft Scrub is hosting a sweepstakes along with the release of New Soft Scrub 4 - in - 1 Toilet Care.  One grand prize winner will receive $1000, while 250 additional winners will receive one Soft Scrub coupon for a free product.  Just click HERE.

Well, I am ALWAYS looking for THE PERFECT toilet bowl cleaner that is NOT me!  :-)  I've tried just about everything.  This was a new one for me.  In theory it sounds great!  And honestly, it has kept my bathroom smelling pretty for about 2 weeks.  The package says 4 weeks....but I figure with 4 boys living in the house....it probably has to work overtime on the smells!  :-)  It doesn't seem to keep the toilet any cleaner than my usual product, but it does still work.  But...again....4 boys.  It would have to be magical to keep my toilet clean!  All in all....it wasn't an ASTONISHING product....but it worked just fine!

*The Soft Scrub brand provided me with a samiple of Soft Scrub 4 - in - 1 Toilet Care in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Fast Metabolism Diet, by Haylie Pomroy


I was given the GREAT opportunity to review The Fast Metabolism Diet book by Haylie Pomroy.  Haylie is a celebrity Nutritionist and wellness Consultant.  She claims that in just 28 days you can lose up to 20 pounds and that you can eat more food and lost more weight.  You can check out the website at www.fastmetabolismdiet.com.  

I can't wait for you to experience the awesome tips and delicious recipes designed by Haylie Pomroy.

Just to give you a little bit of an idea what this book covers, I will write what the front and back flaps say:

Haylie Pomroy has helped thousands of clients lose up to twenty pounds in just four weeks, all through the fat burning power of food.  Hailed as the metabolism whisperer, Haylie reminds us that food is not the enemy but medicine needed to rev up your sluggish, broken down metabolism to turn your body into a fat burning furnace.

On this plan you're going to eat a lot, three full meals and at least two snacks a day, and you're still going to lose weight.  What you're not going to do is count a single calorie or fat gram, or go carb free or ban entire food groups.  Instead, you're going to rotate what you eat throughout each week according to a simple and proven plan carefully designed to induce precise physiological changes that will set your metabolism on fire.  

Phase 1:  Monday - Tuesday, Lots of carbs and fruits
Phase 2:  Wednesday - Thursday, Lots of proteins and veggies
Phase 3:  Friday - Sunday, ALL of the above, plus healthy fats and oils

By keeping your metabolism guessing in this specific and deliberate way, you'll get it working faster.  This isn't just a theory, its' the results based product of Haylie Pomroy's successful programs.  It has worked for celebrites, for athletes, and for people with chronic illnesses who need to lose weight, doctor's orders.  Now its going to work for you.  

In four weeks of meal plans and more than fifty recipes, including vegetarian, organic, and gluten free options, this is the silver bullet for the chronic dieter who has tried every fad diet and failed, for the first time dieter attempting to kick his or her metabolism into gear, and for anyone who wants to naturally and safely eat his or her way to a skinnier, healthier self.

I will be honest, I have NOT yet read the book....but I have skimmed bits and pieces of it, and it looks like a very sound idea.  Everybody's body is a little bit different though, so it is hard to say for sure if this particular one will be the right fit for you...but if you've tried everything else and nothing has worked...why not try this one?  Purchase her book HERE, and give it a try!  You have nothing to lose, but weight!!

I did have a Party to launch this new book and idea....we had a great time playing games, chit chatting, discussing our weight issues, etc.  Here are some fun pictures from the party!  Some of the recipes in her book are yummy by the way!!
 Here is the blender and the crock pot...ready to get going....
 These are all of the things that I was sent to help make my party a success!

 Here are a couple of my friends checking out the contents of the crock pot!

 Here are a couple people getting food set out!  Our kids had their own little party in the other room!

 Looking over the book.....

*I was given a crock pot and books as well as coupons and many things to make my party a success from Mom Select Media, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Matchbox is 60!!!!!!


Iconic Toy Brand Motors in Anniversary with 60 Cent Toy Cars at Retail and $60,000 “Hero” Scholarship 

March 5, 2013 (El Segundo, Calif.) — From fire trucks to dinosaurs to police cars in pursuit, Matchbox® has provided kids with unstoppable adventures and the durable vehicles and playsets to tackle them for six-decades of imaginative play. To commemorate its 60 year anniversary, Matchbox® is kicking off a three-month national campaign to honor heroes-in-training – the children who play with, and inspire, Matchbox®. The campaign includes the Matchbox® Heroes Wanted™ Sweepstakes with a hero-sized $60,000 college scholarship!

“Since its launch, Matchbox has enabled kids to live out their own adventures with inspiration from the many community heroes they see and interact with every day,” said Matt Petersen, vice president of North America boys marketing, Mattel. “Sixty years later, Matchbox continues to fuel the imagination of kids around the world through heroic vehicle play.”

The Matchbox® Heroes Wanted™ Sweepstakes calls on parents to celebrate the heroic attributes of their children by submitting a picture and caption of their hero-in-training dressed as their favorite real-life icon. Submissions will be showcased on the Matchbox® Heroes Wanted™ Facebook gallery and are automatically entered to win the grand prize – a $60,000 college scholarship. Parents with children between three and 10 years old can enter the contest now through May 13, 2013. Sixty prize pack giveaways will be awarded weekly consisting of a Matchbox® branded gift box, a personalized photo-frame thank you card and four heroic Matchbox® vehicles. To learn more about the contest and read stories from the heroes that inspired Matchbox® vehicles, visit www.Matchbox.com/Heroes

Since 1953, detailed Matchbox vehicles have inspired and helped create countless unstoppable adventures all over the world. om. 

The brand is also releasing a collectible diecast line of 24 vehicles that harkens back to its roots to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Finally, fans can view the Matchbox’s® 60th anniversary anthem video, which captures the spirit of the brand – unstoppable vehicles for heroic adventures – at www.Matchbox.com/Heroes

For the hottest in Matchbox® adventures, games, toys and videos, visit www.Matchbox.com.

About Mattel
Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends®, Fisher-Price® brands, including, Little People®, Power Wheels®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the sixth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs approximately 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at www.mattel.com, www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel

*  Disclosure:  I was given a Matchbox car from Mom Select, to enjoy in exchange for this post!  No compensation was given.

Lose 12 inches with any 12 workouts??? Follow me as I try this out!!!

From the Cowboys' mouth:

I'm Cowboy Ryan Ehmann  "AS SEEN ON ABC SHARK TANK" and I can't wait to share this program with you.  Are you "TIRED OF WORKING OUT WITH MINIMUM RESULTS? CAN'T GET RID OF BELLY FAT? For only $9.95 LEARN THE Cowboy Fit Zone SECRET at LOSE12INCHES.com.  

IT'S SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN AND SWEEPING THE NATION BECAUSE IT WORKS.  YOU WILL DISCOVER that YOU'VE BEEN WORKING OUT WRONG YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. My client "Daymond John, Founder of FUBU and Reality TV Star of ABC Shark Tank is doing the Cowboy Fit Zone training so why not join him.  You will learn the scientific reason why you are not losing fat with any other workout. Come on, let's get started today.  Wooo Hoooo ... That's What I'm Talking About! VISITwww.Lose12inches.com

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic

I was given the awesome opportunity by Waterbrook Press to read Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic.  Have you ever heard of Nick Vujicic?  You would know if you have.  Here are some pictures of him:

He has a face that is pretty much unforgettable, wouldn't you think?  When I was sent the book, I went on to youtube and watched several things on there about him, with him speaking, stories, him surfing, swimming...you name it.  This guys is amazing!  His book is just as amazing too!  I was pleasantly surprised with all of the things that I learned from him.  Sure it is all stuff that I knew before, or should have known...but he puts it in a whole new light given his lack of limbs.  He is extraordinary!  I can't even imagine living with no limbs.  The back of his book Unstoppable says this:

Being unstoppable is about believing and achieving.  It's about having faith in yourself, your talents and your purpose and, most of all, in God's great love and His divine plan for your life.

In this book he used his own stories and also stories and experiences of many other people.  He asks the question what is standing in your way?  Why not become unstoppable?  And then he answers the question of how you can become unstoppable.

I read this at a very hard time in my life where I was feeling sorry for myself...you know those little pity parties that sometime sprout out of our lives.  I was in a deep, dark one.  But, reading his book helped me start to climb my way out.  I still have an occasional pity party, but then I remember some of the things that he said in his book.  I remember the scripture that he reminded me of....I remember that God is molding me to become unstoppable.

I would encourage anyone to have this book handy...to read whenever, or to pick up when you are having your own pity party.  Even when you are not in a pity party...you will learn a lot to help you combat the next one you're in.

I give this book...and Nick Vujicic two thumbs up!!!

Be sure to go to Amazon and pick up his latest book too!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


I have to confess....yesterdays post about Purex Glitter was an April Fools Day joke!  SORRY!!!  All other posts on my blog are 110% truthful!  PROMISE!!!!!  I partnered with Purex to bring you the joke!  Not a bad idea though....if you wanted to add bling to your clothes anyway!!  :-)  FORGIVE ME!!!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

New Purex Glitter Review


Why fit in when you
were BORN
to STAND OUT?!?!

Add a Sparkle to your Everyday Wardrobe!
  • Contains 100% natural glitter formula
  • No additives or harmful chemicals
  • Packs the power of Purex® DirtLift Action
Purex® thinks you’re special and wants to help you stand out from the crowd with our fabulous new detergent, Purex® Glitter. 

Finally, Purex® delivers
a new way to display your individuality with glitz and glam.

Purex® Glitter detergent contains 100% natural glitter that embeds into your clothes. Use Purex® Glitter detergent and your laundry will come out of the wash sparkling like a stained-glass window in the bright, golden sun!

While Purex® Glitter detergent guarantees to leave your clothes looking as glamorous as a pair of diamond earrings, you can rest assured that this unique detergent will leave no mess. Any glitter that does not leave the wash with your clothes is flushed out during the spin cycle.

Like other Purex® detergents, Purex® Glitter is optimized to perform in high efficiency or traditional washing machines, and costs half the price of the leading brand. 

I know I say this a lot...but I gotta be honest...at first I was skeptical...and honestly thought it was a horrible idea....but then I washed a couple of things of my daughters and she was enamored with the bling!!!!!  Now a days, kids...GIRLS...LOVE BLING!!  And this Purex Glitter brings out the BLING in any clothing you would like!!  :-)

Clothes STILL come out smelling clean and fresh, NO difference in the cleaning ability...just an added bonus of GLITTER when they are done!

I am looking forward to Prom someday so I can bling up my daughters dress!!!!

“Purex® provided me with a sample of Purex® Glitter detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.”