First Time Mom and Losing It

Monday, February 27, 2017

What My Daughter Still Plays with After Christmas: Lite Poppers

We received the items pictured below free for review. All opinions are 100% our own. 


Every year it never fails, my husband and I go overboard with the Christmas gifts. She is our only child so we tend to go a little crazy around the holidays. Even though she received a lot of gifts this year, there are only a select few that she still plays with on a consistent basis.


One of the Christmas toys I see my daughter take out at least once a day is the Lite Poppers. She always loved building and creating her own things so I knew she would love it. The lights on the Lite Poppers is a huge plus that keeps her entertained for a long time. My husband always loved building as a child too so it's nice to see them spending lots of quality time building. She is having fun creating and making stories with her new creations and I love that she is learning while she plays.

While playing with the Lite Poppers I know she is learning how to construct, problem solve and using fine motor skills. Looking at the colorful and easy to follow instructions also helps to start on math and reading skills. At first we built the models in the book together and then I let her go at it inventing her own models.


Lite Poppers is a construction toy with unique spherical pieces that click and pop together to create virtually anything you want. It comes with a rechargable LED base that lights up the pieces. It also comes with cute little characters that can interact with your creation to create a great story. The fun and colorful instructions, comic book and trading cards that also come with each kit gets the kids interested in reading too.


For more information on Lite Poppers and to find out how you can purchase your own, head on over to www.litepoppers.com.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Back on Keto with the 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse


Since our big move to Texas I have been struggling to live a ketogenic lifestyle. I would do good for about 4 days and then eat anything I wanted the rest of the week. This caused me to gain back almost all of the 70 pounds that I lost.

After the holidays and my birthday, I had no more excuses. I joined Maria Emmerich's 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse Facebook group because I was curious about the cleanse. For a long time I wanted to go back to basics with keto and try to cut out some dairy. The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse was the perfect plan because it is nut and dairy free. After a couple of weeks in the group and seeing the success that other members were having, I decided to start the plan myself.


I ordered the Kindle version of the 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse and decided to start on February 2nd. A few days before I had my grocery list ready and went to Trader Joes, Sprouts Farmers Market and Aldi to find everything I needed.

I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it on the plan. I love cheese, heavy cream and snacking on nuts. I also didn't know if I would be able to only eat two meals a day. Day one was a total success with the Bacon & Mushroom Rosti and Umami Burgers. Everything was delicious, fresh and worth the work. On day two of the cleanse I was hit with a painful case of the keto flu. It was so bad that I didn't think I would be able to continue on the cleanse. I was in bed most of the day and kept telling myself it would be better the next day, and it did.


Currently I am on day 19 and am down 12.6 pounds. I have lost pounds, inches and feel so much better. I have a lot of energy and since I am only eating two meals a day, during a short window, I have time to do so much more.


Check out my YouTube channel for videos on how I did on the First and Second week. I also have grocery haul videos for the First and Second week. I highly recommend this cleanse for anyone just starting or restarting the keto diet. The cleanse is also great for people who want to do keto in a cleaner and dairy-free way.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Keto & Low Carb Thanksgiving Sides


When you are on a ketogenic (low carb, high fat) diet it is super easy to plan the protein side of your meal. Since meat doesn't have carbs we have a huge variety to choose from. The tricky part comes with the sides. Every side I used to make before starting a ketogenic diet was full of starches and sugar. It was always mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, breads and macaroni and cheese.  To get around all of the carbs you have to be creative in the kitchen and substitute all of the starches and sugars with keto-friendly ingredients.

One of the most typical side dish at a Thanksgiving meal would be a bowl of mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes can easily be substituted for my Low Carb Sour Cream and Chive Mash. Instead of potatoes I use cauliflower. Click on the link to find out the secret to my smooth and fluffy mash that tastes better than mashed potatoes!


Macaroni and cheese is another staple side at Thanksgiving. Since pasta is not allowed on a low carb diet I substituted cauliflower again. With all of the butter, cream and cheese in my Low Carb Baked "Mac" n Cheese you will never miss out on the pasta.


Years ago I saw this deliciously creamy brussels sprouts recipe on a Food Network Thanksgiving special. Full of butter, cream and pancetta I knew it would be easy to modify. I "ketofied" the recipe with my Keto / Low Carb Creamy Pancetta Brussels Sprouts.


You have to have some kind of bready side to complete the meal. One of my favorite breads comes from my favorite Keto YouTuber Cooking Keto with Kristie. It has quickly became my go-to "bread" recipe because I always have the ingredients on hand and they are super easy to make. Keto Test Recipe: Low Carb Biscuits.


What Low Carb Sides do you like to make on Thanksgiving?


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Why I Drink Lots of Water on Keto

*I received the product below free for my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

Being on a ketogenic diet it is super important to drink lots of water. This is because "one molecule of glycogen usually attracts four molecules of water and as a result of it, when your body gets rid of glycogen, it also exerts water." (KetoDietApp.com). Every time I started a new diet I made it a habit to drink 8 glasses of water. Now that the I am on the ketogenic diet I know that I have to drink even more.


Drinking tons of water can get boring really fast. I am the type of person that needs my water to be super cold in order for me continue to drink throughout the day. I was always filling up my water bottle and leaving it out. As soon as the water was warm I would lose interest in drinking my water for the day. I would put it back in the fridge and then I'd forget about it all day. I would be stuck at the end of the day without getting my daily requirement in.


The answer to my water problems came when I got the Stainless Steel Tumbler by VALRO. It holds 30 ounces of water so all I have to do is fill it up 3 times to get 90 ounces of daily water in. The double wall vacuum insulation keeps my water super icy cold all day. I add some ice in the morning to make it even colder and the ice is still there when I empty it out to pop in the dishwasher at night.


I love the that Valro comes with a stainless steel straw, straw cleaning brush, and air tight splash proof sliding lid. The materials it is made from keeps bacteria at bay and is eco-friendly. The Valro can also be used for hot drinks like coffee and will keep it hot for up to 6 hours.

You can check it out on Amazon to get your own.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Deluxe Review

*I received the product below free for my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.


Being in my mid 30's I didn't think I would have skin issues like I did when I was a teen. I know a lot of skin problems can be caused by a change in what you eat so being off and on again on the ketogenic diet hasn't helped.  I wanted something powerful to clear my skin up so I was super excited to try the Soniclear Elite by Michael Todd.

 The Elite edition gives you everything you need to have fresh, clean skin. With the Soniclear Elite you get the following:
  • Sonicare Elite Device
  • Antimicrobial Face Brush
  • Body Brush
  • Pedi Head
  • Charging Cradle and Charging Cord
  • Extension Handle
  • Shower Caddy
  • Travel Case
  • Sonic Infuser Head (free gift with purchase)
  • Lush Cashmere Face Brush (free gift with purchase)


When I first used the Sonicare Elite it felt really nice on my skin. The normal setting was the perfect speed to really clean my face. I love that the device beeps every 30 seconds to make sure you are moving around and getting every part of your face. After cleaning my face with the Soniclear Elite not only does my face feel super clean but it makes my face feel soft too. I feel like the brush gently removes the dead layers of skin. 

I love that the deluxe kit comes with an extension handle to really clean your whole body and not just your face. I have always had breakouts on my back so I love that the extension handle can really help clean my back without any help. 


I really appreciate that you get the Pedi Head and Sonic Infuser head because it gives you more use out of the device. The pedi head has helped take away the rough stops I got on my feet from wearing flip flops all summer long. I love using the sonic infuser on my skin when I apply my face serum. 

You can check out the Soniclear Elite that I got here: http://www.michaeltoddbeauty.com/soniclear-elite-deluxe/ 

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Monday, August 8, 2016

#LetsPowerTheirDreams with P&G at the Summer Olympics

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.


We were never really a "soccer family" until we registered my daughter into summer soccer a year ago. We did it to keep her healthy and active during the summer. She loved the sport so much that we quickly became that dedicated soccer family. We love watching my now four year old run around the field as she tries out for those goals. It is also super cute seeing a team of little preschoolers in their soccer uniforms.


Things are even more exciting for this soccer family with the start of the The Olympic Games. Now that my daughter is four she actually understands what The Olympic Games are. We looked at the women's soccer schedule and marked down all the days they are playing so we wouldn't miss the games. My daughter wants to be just like Alex Morgan from Team USA, so we are definitely cheering her on.


Did you know that you can support The Olympic Games by shopping for P&G brands at Walmart to support Team USA? My family is supporting Team USA when we purchased the Always® Infinity Pads and Tampax Pearl Regular Tampons. Always® and Tampax has always been my go-to brands during that time of month. It made it super easy for me to participate in the #LetsPowerTheirDreams campaign going on right now at Walmart.


Even though the Always® Infinity Pads are made of a really light material called FlexFoam™they are still super absorbent and that can absorb 10X its weight. This makes it comfortable for me when I am sitting at my daughter's soccer games in this Texas heat. I alternate that time of month with the Tampax Pearl Regular Tampons which stop leaks before they happen! I love that they give me protection for up to 8 hours. The BUILT-IN BACKUP™ Braid gives me extra piece of mind when I know I don't have a bathroom near to run to at the games.

Do you watch the Olympic Games? Which P&G products would you buy to help support Team USA? 


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Monday, July 11, 2016

How The Stork Is Helping Me TTC Baby #2

This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.


If you have been reading my blog for a while you already know that we started the Journey for baby #2 a little over a year ago. We both went on a ketogenic weight loss journey in August to see if that would help our chances. In May we made a huge life change of moving from New York City to Texas so TTC took a place on the back burner for a couple of months. Now that we are settled and happy in Texas, TTC is fresh on our minds for baby #2.

Since I am in my late 30s and my husband is in his early 40s we are doing everything possible to give us the best chances to become pregnant as soon as possible.  I used The Stork OTC on the best day for me to conceive according to my basal temperatures and ovulation charts. We wanted to try everything possible before seeking help from a doctor so The Stork OTC was the perfect conception aid for us.


The Stork OTC is an at-home conception aid that helps couples conceive naturally without the help or expense of a doctor's visit. You can easily buy The Stork OTC over-the-counter at stores like CVS. The Stork OTC helps get the sperm exactly where it needs to be for the best chance of conception. The instructions are super easy to follow and the design of the conception aid really makes it goof-proof.


We used it a few days ago and it was really easy and comfortable to do. I love that after using it I could get up and do my normal household routine while waiting the 4 to 6 hours. I am really anxious and hopeful that I will see positive results in a couple of weeks.


Go to StorkOTC.com for more information and find out where you can purchase it for yourself. You can also buy 1, Get 1 50% off with code STORK50 at CVS.com for the months of July and August.

Join me on July 20 at 8pm EST for a Twitter Party using #successwithStorkOTC. Click to RSVP and join the party for a night of learning and prizes.


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