Thursday, August 29, 2013

Xyng: Product Review

Disclaimer: I received one 30-day supply of Xyng for free to review for this blog post.  All words and opinions are of my own.

This post is way overdue!  A while ago, a friend of mine (and Alpha Phi sister!) that I haven't seen since college (where does the time go?) approached me with the opportunity to review this new product.  An all-natural weight loss supplement?  Ok - I'm in!  I am very careful with what type of weight loss products I take.  With so many dangerous products out there that cause heart palpitations and the like, I was a little nervous.  It seems like every product I've taken makes my heart feel like it's about to beat out of my chest.  Not good.  This one was different.  It didn't make me feel any different in any negative way.  No dizziness, no crazy heart issues, nothing.  I did notice more energy.  I didn't have my 3 in the afternoon can't hold my eyes open events.  It was a great feeling.

 

I didn't take it as consistent as I should have, but I think that actually helped me realize the difference it made.  On the days I didn't take it, I came home every night and snacked on everything.  Salty, sweet.  Salty, sweet.  You know what I'm talking about.  Vicious, vicious cycle.  But on the days I did take it, it truly curbed my cravings.  I would go home, eat a healthy dinner, and not feel like I NEEDED dessert.  

From their website:
"This product is a blend of all-natural ingredients designed to help you achieve your weight loss goals and feel incredible while you do it.
XYNG™ is a powerful blend of herbal ingredients, vitamins and minerals that help control your appetite, increase your energy, and create a euphoric feeling of excitement and positive mental energy!
Many people feel listless, tired, and stressed out, with not enough time each day to complete what needs to be done let alone time to prepare the nutritious meals that a healthy diet requires. Worse yet, they just grab fast food as a quick solution. XYNG solves all of these problems.
XYNG increases your energy and helps you stay more alert and active. Lack of energy is one of the major reasons we don’t exercise enough. The basics of losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight is to not only eat less, but also move more. XYNG provides the added boost to get you through your day with enough energy left to do the extras, such as exercise. It’s this natural balance that make us feel our best.
And the natural energy lifts your mood so that, even if you diet, you feel amazing! XYNG: the all-natural solution to add vitality and FUEL FOR LIFE!"


They have many, many other products that I am interested in trying (after we are done TTC).  Go check out her website, do some shopping, and start losing weight.  


Monday, August 26, 2013

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

I recently bought Denise's Daily Dozen and unlike some of the other healthy recipe books I've bought, there are actually some really tasty meals in this one.  Here's one I recently made.


Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
What You Need:
2 oz. dry whole wheat spaghetti
2 tsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 T. chopped shallots
1 C. roughly chopped plum tomatoes
1/2 C. low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 C. fresh spinach
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

What You Do:
Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain, and put it aside.  Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Add the garlic and shallots and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and chicken broth and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add fresh spinach one handful at a time and stir.  Cook until the spinach is wilted.  Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine.  Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

I may or may not have had a little wine with this meal :)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mini Trash Bag Holder

Short and sweet post:  I have to share this mini bag holder I made for car trash.  If you'd like me to make you one, I can...just message me for details!


I used this tutorial and got this adorable coordinating fabric at Joanns.  It fits about six Target sacks perfectly.  I'm always needing a bag for trash in my car and I thought this was way cuter than other things I've seen.  My Grandma used to make the bigger version of these.  I have one she made me hanging in my pantry.  

I haven't sewn in about 2 years but this was "sew" easy!!  Wow - I really just did that!!!  The fabric was one of those Fat Quarter packs I believe quilters use.  They are perfect for crafts and the fabric all coordinates.

I can't wait to make more things!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Lip Products

I've recently became obsessed with the new lip products out right now.  Because Lord knows I need more makeup.  

Here are a few I've picked up for the summer.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain: Stubborn Plum
L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss: Barely Nude
Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids: Shocking Coral
Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids: Electric Orange


Here's what they look like on.  The Barely Nude is great for anytime.  I keep it on my desk at work to reapply throughout the day without having to worry about looking in a mirror.  The Stubborn Plum (second from top) doesn't look like this on my lips.  It's not as dark as I'd like it to be.  I have to layer it on to see any color.  The Shocking Coral is more of a pinkish color...not so much coral.  The Electric Orange is BRIGHT!  But, I usually mix it with another golden nude I have and it tones it down a little. All of these are perfect for spring and summer; but I think with the right mixing, they can be great for fall and winter as well!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Hobby Lobby Clearance Finds

A couple weeks ago while I was at Hobby Lobby, I "stumbled upon" the clearance section.  I've never really looked at the this section and had to do a double take when I saw all of the scrapbook items on the shelf!  I got some awesome deals so I wanted to share them with you!  

Here is my entire purchase from that day.  The only thing that wasn't on clearance was the paper pack - which is what I went in to buy.  

The Paper Studio: Glittered Cardstock Border Stickers - Originally $2.99 - got them for 22 Cents!!!  What?!?!  These will be perfect for my fall pages/cards.  Once I actually start scrapbooking again :)

Stampabilities Clear Stamps: Fall Holiday and Winter Snowmen - Originally $9.99 each - got them for $3.59 each!

Hot Fudge Studio Rubber Stamp: Happy St. Patty's Day - Originally $7.99 - got it for $2.51 

The Paper Studio 12x12 Album: Antique Brocade - Originally $19.99 - got it for $7.19

The Paper Studio: Black/White Ribbon - Originally $4.99 - got it for $1.79
The Paper Studio Spare Parts: Gemstone Yellow Flowers - Originally $3.47 - got it for $1.43
The Paper Studio Spare Parts: Black Layered Paper Flowers - Originally $5.99 - got it for $2.15
These will be perfect for our wedding album....whenever I finally decide to work on it!

Mark Richards Fluerettes: Fabric Flower Stickers in Teal Blue and Yellow - Originally $3.99 each - got them for $1.43 each!

Authentique 12x12 Paper Pack: Blissful Collection
This is the whole reason I even went to Hobby Lobby that day!  I want to mix this in with our wedding album.  I got it for half off because they had their paper on sale that week.  

So, next time you're in HL, stop by the clearance section.  You never know what you'll find that you can't live without!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

My SeaWorld Nails

When we went on our SeaWorld trip a couple weeks ago, I decided to go for beach inspired mani.

Orly: Green With Envy
I can't remember the glitter they used...it was a gold glitter with teal flecks in it.  

Linking up with Jennie for the Nail Files

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