Saturday, May 25, 2013

Deborah and Co. Memorial Day Sale!

Deborah and Co is having a Memorial Day Sale!!!!
May 24th through May 27th

Everything in the store is 15% off with the code: MEMORIALDAY
Also, there is Free Shipping within the US on orders of $100 or more!

Deborah and Co sell a lot of great clothing items for women (regular sizes and maternity items as well) and girls!

Click here to go and browse the store and take advantage of their sale!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Chalean Extreme - Burn Phase Results

As I mentioned in a previous post I am doing ChaLean Extreme to try to help me get into shape more. I have really enjoyed doing ChaLean, moreso than any other exercise videos I have ever done! Can definitely see myself sticking with her for a long time :)

Stats when I started Chalean Extreme Burn Phase...and...after completing the Burn Phase

Weight 156.4 pounds......155.6 pounds...... -0.8 pounds
Body Fat: 37.3%......36.8%...... -0.5%

Chest: 34 inches......33.5 inches...... -0.5 inches
Bust: 42 inches......41.75 inches...... -0.25 inches
Natural Waist: 34.5 inches......34 inches...... -0.5 inches
Belly Button: 38 inches......37.5...... -0.5 inches
Midway: 41 inches......40.75 inches...... -0.25 inches
Hips: 41 inches......40.5 inches...... -0.5 inches

Right Upper Arm: 12 inches......11.5 inches...... -0.5 inches
Left Upper Arm: 12 inches......11.5 inches...... -0.5 inches
Right Forearm: 10.5 inches......10 inches...... -0.5 inches
Left Forearm: 10.5 inches......10 inches...... -0.5 inches

Right Thigh: 22 inches......21.5 inches...... -0.5 inches
Left Thigh: 22 inches......22 inches...... -0 inches
Right Knee: 15 inches......14.75 inches...... -0.25 inches
Left Knee: 15 inches......15 inches...... -0 inches

Total inches of change: 5.25 inches

Not a whole lot of change, but it is some. I will admit, I had hoped for a little more, but hey I will certainly take any I can get :) And I can tell I am stronger and clothes that didn't fit are now fitting and/or clothes are fitting better than they had! Note: I have lost more inches in places since starting to exercise a little more and watching my food intake, these measurements are only reflecting during the Burn Phase of ChaLean.

My weight has been up and down during this whole time, so trying to eat some more calories each day since I'm exercising more than I had been.

Now, I will admit, I do have some trouble measuring myself. I have scoliosis in my lower back (around a 40-42 degree curve) and it causes my right hip to be an inch higher than my left hip, so I have to watch where I put the measuring tape and on my right side it tends to be in a higher place than on my left when measuring my natural waist and belly button areas. My left leg tends to run bigger than my right leg.

Where I measure for certain measurements...
Chest: under the breasts
Natural Waist: where I bend when I bend to the right and to the left sides
Belly Button: around the belly button area, but the tape measure above my hip bones
Midway: the biggest part between my hips and belly button
Hips: the biggest part around that area
Upper Arms: the biggest part
Forearm: slightly below my elbows
Thighs: where they are the biggest
Knees: right above the knee bone

Saturday starts the Push Phase, so excited to see some more results! :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ivory 2-IN-1 Hair & Body Wash

Through Influenster, I received a complimentary Ivory 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash to try out. The scent I received was called Refreshing (the green bottle). Also available is the Energizing scent (the orange bottle).

You can watch how using the Ivory 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash simplifies the showering experience for everyone! Also, check out and "like" Ivory's Facebook page for more information on this product and other products they have available.

My Thoughts:
I have really enjoyed using the Ivory 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash. I really like how it makes my skin feel after using it. My whole body feels fresh and clean and doesn't dry my skin out too bad like other body washes do. I really enjoy the smell of the product too. It isn't too overpowering and doesn't linger a lot like other body washes do.

My main negative about it is that my hair doesn't always feel totally clean after washing and I usually end up using another shampoo/conditioner so my hair feels more clean. Just using it alone I do still need to use a conditioner. My hair is pretty long, comes about half way down my back. I also feel like I have to use a lot more of it to wash my hair compared to other shampoos as well.

I have used it on both of my kids as well and it works really well on both of them. I like that it is something that all of us can use, saves on space and not having to have a bunch of different shampoos and body washes around. My youngest, a girl, has eczema issues and it doesn't make that flair up at all. My oldest, a boy, has short hair and washing his hair with it works just as good as other shampoos do and it feels clean with his hair and only takes a little extra compared with other shampoos to feel like it is working. With my daughter's hair I get a similar situation as with mine - it takes a lot more than regular shampoo to make her hair (around shoulder length) feel clean to the touch and to get it working on washing her hair. I am not sure why, but it does do a better job washing both of their hair compared with washing mine.

I would definitely buy this when going away on vacation as you only have to pack 1 bottle and be done with hair and body wash for the whole family. I don't, however, think I would use it in my every day life, at least not as a shampoo.

Where to Buy:
You can find it at Target and Walmart for around $3.50. also sells it for $4.09.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Chalean Extreme

So I wanted to start to do more exercising to get me into better shape and look better. Also, I am trying to lose more weight. I have been tracking calories with My Fitness Pal - restarted regularly the beginning of this year after buying the FitBit, which has helped motivate me to get moving more.

When I first started to use MFP to lose weight (January 2011) I lost all my baby weight from both kids and got down to my wedding weight and pre-baby weight range of 150-155. I wanted to go lower, but lots of things were going on and just never lost more after that. Maintained that range for close to a year, then between moving twice going on a year ago and other things, gained weight back, was going 160-165 for several months and hated it, but just couldn't get back into the grove of tracking calories and losing more weight. Actually, since restarting, it has taken me a while to get back into the routine. Starting Chalean has really helped me watch my eating as has taking Skinny Fiber. I began the skinny fiber after an acquaintance advertised she was selling it. For almost the first month I took it as directed (take 2, 30 minutes before your 2 biggest meals)...then the stomach bug hit (hello weight loss of 3 pounds overnight!!), so now I am taking 1 before each of my 3 main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). It has helped, that's for sure, not as much as I hoped, but for my size and not having a lot of weight to lose, it does seem to be helping, especially helps me not want to overeat because of how full I feel after taking it.

I talked to a friend about Chalean Extreme and decided after hearing good things from her and reading good things about it online I would go ahead and buy it.


I have tired many other exercise DVDs, but have never stuck with any for one reason or another. But this one is so different, I can see myself sticking with it and am excited to do the workouts every day I am supposed to do one!

I am currently getting close to the end of my second week of the Burn Phase. Will update with results after I finish it.

I started out using the only weights I had, which were 3 pounds. But because of my kids stealing them when I was trying to exercise and the cost of them, I bought myself these resistance bands. Wow! I am impressed with resistance bands - love using them vs weights right now. The pack came with a 5 pound, 10 pound and 15 pound resistance band. Right now I am using the 5 pound one all the time, but if it is feeling too easy, I just choke up on the band more to create more resistance. Not as sore this week as I was last week, but still really feeling the workouts, well, everywhere! :)

So far I am at 9.1 pounds lost since the middle of January, when I first weighed myself again - started at 164 pounds, and today weighed in at 154.9 pounds :) Excited to be seeing the weight (finally) coming down and other changes going on with my body from exercising. My goal weight is 140 pounds, so still have a ways to go, but I know I will eventually get there.

Have you done Chalean Extreme? What did you think of it? What were your results like? Would LOVE to hear some about other peoples' experiences with it :)

April BirchBox

Sorry for being delayed, yet again, in writing my blog review of my April BirchBox. Life has just happened and it got pushed to the back burner right now.

A few days ago I got my "thank you for being a BirchBox member for 13 months" key chain :) Its cute

But here it is!!!! :)
This month's theme was: Tiny Tweaks, Big Results! BirchBox and Women's Health teamed up for this month's box. Women's Health put together a collection of their favorite products, all designed to help us fine-tune our lifestyles. BirchBox wrote, "We all know that the little things...can make all the difference. That's why we've got plenty of ways that you can improve your overall outlook."

In The Box...

Joanna Vargas
Daily Serum
Sample Size: 5 ml
The celebrity facialist packs her brightening serum with vitamins A, E, and C, plus hyaluronic acid. This is an all-natural serum that has serious hydrating power to brighten any skin type. It sinks in quickly and leaves skin smooth and matte.

I am excited to give this a try. I would have before now, but forgot it was in my box until I got it out to write this blog post about it - oops! I love anything that will help hydrate my skin more.

Buy It:
BirchBox  $85 for 1 fl oz / 29.5 ml

Age Premium Bain Substantif
Sample Size: 2 pouches, each with 10 ml / 0.34 fl oz
Made with UV filters and hyaluronic acid, this action-packed shampoo fortifies hair against damage. As we get older, our hair fibers tend to become more porous, leading to a loss of density. This one-of-a-kind formula addresses this problem with a host of actives.

I used this shampoo. It cleaned my hair well and felt good after using it. I'm sure if I used it more often and regularly I might notice some difference in my hair and not after only 2 washes with it :)

Buy It:
BirchBox $38 for 250 ml / 8.5 fl oz

Fleurs de Baies Bath Soap
Sample Size: 1.86 oz / 53 g
Infused with wild roses, black currants, and raspberry, NY-based LAFCO's lush blend is a world away from ordinary bar soap.

I LOVE the smell of this soap. For me, it is overpowering at times, but its not a scent that lasts and lasts, its there, but then slowly dissipates after using it. It is a nice, fresh scent. It works good, too!

Buy It:

Glossy Kiss Lipstick
Sample Size: 4 g / 0.15 oz
Sample Color: Cheeky Kiss (color in the picture is not the color I got)
Launching exclusively in the BirchBox shop, this user-friendly lip pencil is a quick way to score a high-impact pout. They are bold, glossy hues that are a no-fail way to add polish to any ensamble, and the long-lasting formula stays high-impact for hours. Also, each pencil can be used as a cheek stain!

Cheeky Kiss is a beige-toned pink. Other colors available are Flirty Kiss (a true red), Quick Kiss (a daring orange), Perfect Kiss (a soft coral with subtle shimmer), Angel Kiss, and Romantic Kiss.

I wore this on Sunday to church as was very impressed by it. Super easy to put onto the lips, no weird smells or anything like that. I did blot mine a little as the color was a little bright for me compared to my currently-pale skin. But the color lasted for hours!

Buy It:
BirchBox $26.55 for 4 g

** BirchBox Finds**
Simple Sensitive Skin Experts
Revitalizing Eye Roll-On
Sample Size: 0.5 fl oz / 15 ml
"We love sending you the latest high-end beauty essentials every month. But we also keep an eye out for affordable finds that will brighten your routine. Our newest obsession: this nifty eye roll-on from Simple Sensitive Skin Experts. It helps to reduce puffiness and revitalize tired eyes by instantly cooling and gently massaging the delicate eye area. We're adding it to your sample haul because we think you'll love it as much as we do."

I tried this the other day and the coolness of it did make under my eyes feel less tired and puffy. Great to have around for those days when sleep hasn't been great :)

Buy It:
BirchBox $10.99 for 0.5 oz
It can also be found at mass retailers, drug stores, and grocery stores!

Certainly a fun box this month, full of things I will certainly use!

Interested in trying out BirchBox? For $10 a month you get a box of samples. Visit and sign up today! :)