Setting Goals and becoming accountable

As some of you know I have gained weight due to medications that I was on for my Fibromyalgia. I am almost 100 pounds heavier then I was about five years ago, at my lightest. As you know I have been with It Works for a year. I have tried the products but have not been consistent especially since I did not have a gym membership. And with the passing of my Grams its been hard…So now with our conference about five months away. And  I’m attending it alone I wanna look my best. Plus for health reasons I want to feel better. My Goals are to lose at least 50lbs by conference. You may wonder how I plan to do it.

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Workout frequency:

At least 3 times a week. If I go out or have a cheat day I will workout 5 times a week the following week.

Workouts:

30 minutes on the ARC trainer then weights then 30 minutes on the treadmill. Goal is 500 Calories burned.

IT WORKS Products being used:

*Thermofit- Twice a day

*Greens- Once a day

*Ultimate Body Applicators- Twice a week

*Cleanse- Once a month

*Probiotics- To balance intestinal health

*New You- To help Build Muscle and improve sleep.

Diet: High Protein with lots of salads. At least 80oz of water a day. Goal is 150oz. Total Calories to be 1250 to 1500 a day.

**Wanna learn more about the products or to just be diet buddies. Email me at bodywrapyourcurves@gmail.com**

Prudential’s #WomenInspired event in Chicago

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Prudential and Dime Media. However,the opinions are that of my own.

 

     Growing up my parents did not plan for the future. I did not want to be in the same boat. That is why I was so excited to attend Prudential’s event. When I was in grade school my father owned a restaurant. I remember going into Toy stores and getting whatever I wanted. We were not very rich but we were definitely upper middle class. My Dad at any time had a couple Cadillac cars. I do not remember them having much of a savings. When I was in 8th grade the business failed. I remember being on food stamps. I was so embarrassed when we had to go shopping. But Hey! we needed to eat. Now that I am older I realized that they were not prepared for this situation. I made it my mission to not have that happen to me.

 

As a single Mom I knew that I needed to save as much as I could to prevent a similar situation. When my son was two I found what I’d call a good job. I had an amazing health insurance, 401k and they matched some of my donations to the 401k. During some hard times I had to take loans against my 401K which I did not see as a problem. But then I got sick. Even though I had put extra money into disability my company would not pay the extra percentage. They only offered about $300 a week but after insurance, taxes and other charges . I was supposed to live on $140 a week. At the time I was also helping my Mother by feeding her. So groceries were about $100 a week. The savings I did have was gone in about 6 months. The worst part was I was still on leave and with my severe Fibromyalgia and would not be able to go back to my past job. I was not as prepared as I could be.

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The Beautiful Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, along with Jenny the voice and Dr Renee at #WomenInspired

I was lucky enough to be invited by Dime Media to Prudential’s #WomenInspired event at the Gwen Hotel in Chicago. I met many small business women. Plus the special Guest Host Michelle Williams of  Destiny’s Child. She has now started an amazing bedding line called Believe. So she knows what it is like for us new business women.

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After attending the #WomenInspired event I learned quite a bit about having a legacy. For example if something happened to me what would happen to my blog? My business? And of course my son. I was not prepared but I will be now. I also did not realize that I needed a financial planner. I thought only “rich people” needed them, ones with hundreds of thousands in the bank. This is not true, everyone needs one. If I had gotten one years back I may have not lost my savings. The best part is Prudential does not charge you to meet with a planner and set up a plan. I feel most people my age don’t realize they need help planning for the future. My parents were not ready to retire and now both are having financial issues. That is why I am seeing a planner next month.I want to have a legacy for my son and with Prudential I will. Are you still unsure if you are ready? Watch this vide0..

Some inspiring words from Michelle Williams.

 

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I will Own My Legacy!

Windex and Walmart a winning combination for your Spring Cleaning!

     When I was chosen  for this blog post, I found it ironic that the Greek Mommy blogger was selected for WINDEX® . Yes we have all seen that movie where the Greek family say they put Windex ® on everything. Well that is partially true. No I don’t put Windex ® on aches and pains, nor has my family. But we do use it to clean everything else. Did you know that Windex ® is not just for Windows? You can us it on mirrors, sealed granite and marble, glass shower doors, chrome bathroom fixtures, lucite, tile, plastic, vinyl, aluminum and more. Oh My! Did you know that Windex® Original Glass Cleaner is America’s #1 glass cleaner? I can see why.

I love having clean windows even on a gloomy Chicago day.

I love having clean windows even on a gloomy Chicago day.

     With Spring Cleaning season upon us I headed out to my local Walmart. Got to love how easy it is to find my favorite products there. At Walmart I picked up Windex ® for all my cleaning needs. Being a Mom I clean all year around. But in the Spring I always do an extra deep cleaning. The Salt and grime on the windows is a particular mess for us Chicagoans. By the time Spring comes around I need a strong window cleaner. And ever since I can remember it was Windex ®. That familiar blue bottle that my family used. Even as a young girl I remember my Yaiyai, Greek Grandmother using Windex ®.

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YAY! Not only did Walmart have my Windex but a Bonus bottle with 23% more Free!

 

 

Now as a Mom and a Pet Mom dirt and smudges are an everyday item. So when I start cleaning I always do the windows and dust first. For the windows I tackled our Living room windows that are stained glass. They are actual two windows in each frame. Yay! Double the work. But if the glass is not clean what good is having pretty windows? Even though Spring weather has not hit us officially I am ready to start cleaning. How about you?

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You can pick up the Original Windex ® at Walmart

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*This is a Sponsored post between myself and SCJ  however, the thoughts and opinions are that of my own*

I’m Back again

     I have not written a blog in a long time. My goal is to have one written about my Tampa trip. Earlier this month I attended One 2016 conference for It Works. I plan to write my first travel related blog entry. After 6 days I got to know the city and experience some great places. From ocean front seafood restaurant to what I would call a shack with some of the best crab legs ever. If your wondering why I haven’t been blogging I had put more time and effort into my It Works business? My paid blogs had stopped and I honestly was not sure what to talk about. But I am back and look forward to adding more content this week. Talk to you soon.

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As some of you know I started a business, I am an It Works distributor now. But that was not the reason I slowed down blogging. And I also stopped doing Twitter parties. I mainly only attend Dime Media and Latina Bloggers Connect’s parties lately. Nothing against other companies but I try to support the companies that support myself and this blog. Plus I love the idea of supporting a Latina based company. As women we should support each other

The main reason I stopped blogging as much as I use to. I did not have much to say. WOW! Really? Me, not have much to say. Well I have been busy building my business. But also have been busy with family issues. Nothing serious just a lot going on. I will be writing a longer and better blog this week. Stay Tuned. Stay Blessed!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup- Crockpot version

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This has become a family favorite. The best part if you like it spicy or hot you can make it easily, by substituting mild ingredients for their hot versions.

Ingredients-

  • 4 uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (15oz) can of un-drained crushed or petite tomatoes
  • 1 (10oz) can of mild or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 1 (15oz) can of black beans, Drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped. I omit this because my son hates them and its just as good.
  • 1 (4oz) can of chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 (15oz) can of corn, drained
  • 2 (14.5oz) can of chicken broth
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

 

  • Instructions: Place all ingrediants in Crockpot. Cook on High for about 3 to 4 hours. When chicken is done. Pull out the chicken and shred with a fork. Caution they are hot! Add the chicken back in and let sit for about 5 minutes then serve. Top with cheese and tortilla strips or broken chips.

Philips home Hue A19 Starter Kit and Hue Go Lighting our house in a whole new way!

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As some of you read in my previous blog I have been fixing up my house. But most people don’t always think about lighting when they first think redecorating. And I have to agree I am one of those people. But after seeing some of the ideas and photos I offered to do this blog. This will change the way you think of lightening your house. This will  transform the way you use light by adjusting colors, timers, alerts and more from your phone or mobile device. I mean who does not have their phone with them 24/7. I do and I have the new Note 5 so I couldn’t wait to download the application. The bulbs, accessory lights and bridge work with your Wi-Fi. You can  create mood-setting color schemes, or enjoy the right light setting for reading, relaxing, a romantic night in or even to fit the season. You can also easily maintain an automatic schedule so your lights will turn on when the sun goes down. Or if you are on vacation to look like someone is home.  Hue A19 Starter kit available at: Bestbuy.com

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Also for this project I got to try the Hue Go, completely wire free light smart light. Take it or put it anywhere. You can plug it in or carry it with you with up to 3 hours of rechargeable battery life. It has different preset settings also two shades of white. Bright and a softer white for when you want dim lights. You can control it with the button on it or through the app. “Hue Go helps you to wake up fresh and energized in the morning with deep dimming. The gradually increasing light intensity gives you the feeling you are waking up from sunrise – gently and naturally.” The Hue Go can ordered BestBuy.Com

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The final product I got to test is Netgeat Nighthawk DST Router & DST Adapter. I still have not received this as of writing this blog so I will update it when it when I do as far as my view. But from what I hear it has a plug in adapter that you can use in places like basements, where you get dead zones with your wifi. I cant wait to see if it works. It is a Best Buy exclusive. Available for purchase at: on BestBuy.Com

My favorite product so far is the wireless Hue Go. I use it in my room at night to relax. I love the color options. And its great to unwind after a long day. However, the kids steal it a lot so we will be buying a second one. As far as the est of the products I was unable to test the router before the blog was due. There will be an Update in a week or so. The starter kit is great however, I havent gotten creative with the lights as far as location…Yet! So I will add that to my update. But I did love the Hue app. I’m a app addict so this is so me and a must try for any techy.

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

imPRESS Manicure: Can you get a Salon quality manicure at home?

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     As we all know a salon manicure can cost a lot of money. And worst is if your busy and do not have the time. A manicure usually costs me about $15 not including tip. But my real nails don’t grow, so if I wanted nails past the tips of my fingers I would have to get gel or acrylics nails. Those nails run $30 to $60 in most salons. For me I don’t get manicures often because my nails are so short. Also a standard Manicure for me usually chips in less then 2 days for me. Mom Life, dishes, cooking, laundry and whatever else can mess up my nails I do in a day.

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The imPRESS manicure isn’t the stick on nails of the past.

– Simply peel backing and press on
– No drying time and no mess
– Safe on natural nails
– Mega gel shine
– UltraHold Technology keeps nails on
– $7.99 / Walgreens

So I bet your wondering  what I thought? Well over all I love them. I originally thought these were the kind that you had to place little tabs on each nail, then stick the nail down. NO! These are so much easier. Just pull the tab and stick the nail down. The best part? These are not like the nails of the past they are waterproof. But my only issue is I had received 2 sets and bought 2 sets of their product because I liked them so much. Two of the Four sets kept popping off. One set did not even make it past midnight when I put them on for a night of dinner and drinks. It was probably due to washing my hands like 5 times in 6 hours or so. But if your going on a getaway or a long night out. Maybe bring some glue. As far as the looks of them. They are amazing and gorgeous.

Wanna Check out the imPRESS website? www.imPRESSmanicure.com

*I was given this product complementary for review but the thoughts and opinions are that of my own*

Saving for a new house? SunTrust Bank can help with their Sunny Day Savings

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You may have read my previous post about Saving for a Sunny day Wedding. But if you have not, saving for a Sunny day means saving for good things not just bad. Now maybe your not saving for a Wedding or even if you are. Its NEVER to early to be thinking about saving for a new home. It is part of the American dream to own your own home. But with that comes more responsibilities. In my opinion it is worth it especially if you have children or pets. They need the room.

I know first hand how much owning a house can run you. Of course there is mortgage. But in some areas there are additional fees for things like parking, maintenance and such. Always take those into account when looking for a house. Once you have gotten a house little things always pop up, Clogged toilet, sink, or shower are are most often. Those things I learned how to fix myself. I even removed and replaced my kitchen elbow thanks to Google and youtube videos. Of course major fixes you should call a plumber.

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Now I bet your wondering how SunTrust Bank fits into buying a new house? They have resources for people like us to help start saving for a new house. Or maybe you have money set aside but not sure how much you need.  Or you want to see how much it will be to maintain a house. There is an option for that too. They have tips, tricks, and even motivational help to make you owning a home a reality. And doesn’t everyone deserve their own home?

SunTrust Owning a home site

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Sunny Days start here.  At SunTrust, they have the tools and resources to help you achieve your sunny day. Start here to find out how they can help you enjoy the things that matter to you.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.  They know we all live for the sunny days and want to you help you live yours.

For even more sunny day inpiration visit yoursunnyday.com

Subscribe to the Shine newsletter and receive inspiration and advice twice a month to help you live for a sunny day.

Visit the SunTrust resource center anytime for help achieving your financial goals.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

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SunTrust will help you have a Sunny Day Wedding

     Well we all know the saying about saving a rainy day, like your car breaking down. But how about saving for a Sunny day? And one of the biggest Sunny days in your life is your Wedding. Or maybe its your child’s or friends’s Wedding. However, it is also one of the most expensive days of your life. For those who are like me just in the early stages of planning I’ll give you a few numbers. Of course this is just a National Average, it varies by location.

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  • $1,211 Average price of a Wedding dress
  • $5,550 Average price of the Wedding Rings
  • $466 Average price of the cake
  • $26,444 Average price of a Wedding not including a Honeymoon.
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Excuse the photos my Dad took them.

Now I know you are saying WOW! That is a lot of money!  In the last few months, I was Maid of honor at a Wedding/Baptism and attended another Wedding. Plus a good Friend is having a destination Wedding early next year and I am saving up money for my own Wedding? How do you make all that work? Well you save on things where you can. Like My Sons clothing I found at Macys during a sale. My dress for my cousins wedding was from Burlington coat factory’s clearence. However, if you have clothing that fits well and you are a guest you can always just spice up the outfit with new shoes or accessories.  You don’t have to spend a lot on your outfit or even your gift. Most people have varied registries as far as price. Stay within your price range is easier then.  Well like saving for rainy days you should save for Sunny ones. That may mean setting aside an extra $25 a week or so until a friends Wedding. However, if you are the bride to be its a lot more planning but so much more rewarding. Now I know your asking as a Bride to be or maybe a Maid of Honor how do you plan. Because that gets expensive. As a bride to be SunTrust Bank created a website to help us.

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I looked at the site myself and found it very helpful. Even if you just got engaged this is the perfect site. Just take an basic estimate of what things cost and enter it in. You should do this especially if like me your family is not paying for the Wedding. They also have great resources to help with after the Wedding like saving for a home. We all want the dream Wedding and dream house we have pinned on Pinterest and this will help us achieve it. But in the end its not about how much you spend it is about who you spend it with. My Cousin pictured below was told two days before her sons Baptism that she needed a church wedding. Her Husband were married in Court years ago. So with two days to plan we went from a Baptism to a Wedding and Baptism. There were a few hiccups along the way. But she made an Beautiful Bride. I cant wait for the professional photos. I will change these photos then. But sometimes the non professional fun photos are the best ones.

 

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The Bride and I.

 

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Well we all know the saying about saving a rainy day, like your car breaking down. But how about saving for a Sunny day? And one of the biggest Sunny days in your life is your Wedding. Or maybe its your child’s or friends’s Wedding. However, it is also one of the most expensive days of your life. For those who are like me just in the early stages of planning I’ll give you a few numbers. Of course this is just a National Average, it varies by location.

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$1,211 Average price of a Wedding dress
$5,550 Average price of the Wedding Rings
$466 Average price of the cake
$26,444 Average price of a Wedding not including a Honeymoon.

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Excuse the photos my Dad took them.

Now I know you are saying WOW! That is a lot of money! In the last few months, I was Maid of honor at a Wedding/Baptism and attended another Wedding. Plus a good Friend is having a destination Wedding early next year and I am saving up money for my own Wedding? How do you make all that work? Well you save on things where you can. Like My Sons clothing I found at Macys during a sale. My dress for my cousins wedding was from Burlington coat factory’s clearence. However, if you have clothing that fits well and you are a guest you can always just spice up the outfit with new shoes or accessories. You don’t have to spend a lot on your outfit or even your gift. Most people have varied registries as far as price. Stay within your price range is easier then. Well like saving for rainy days you should save for Sunny ones. That may mean setting aside an extra $25 a week or so until a friends Wedding. However, if you are the bride to be its a lot more planning but so much more rewarding. Now I know your asking as a Bride to be or maybe a Maid of Honor how do you plan. Because that gets expensive. As a bride to be SunTrust Bank created a website to help us.

SunTrust Bank Wedding Site

I looked at the site myself and found it very helpful. Even if you just got engaged this is the perfect site. Just take an basic estimate of what things cost and enter it in. You should do this especially if like me your family is not paying for the Wedding. They also have great resources to help with after the Wedding like saving for a home. We all want the dream Wedding and dream house we have pinned on Pinterest and this will help us achieve it. But in the end its not about how much you spend it is about who you spend it with. My Cousin pictured below was told two days before her sons Baptism that she needed a church wedding. Her Husband were married in Court years ago. So with two days to plan we went from a Baptism to a Wedding and Baptism. There were a few hiccups along the way. But she made an Beautiful Bride. I cant wait for the professional photos. I will change these photos then. But sometimes the non professional fun photos are the best ones.

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The Bride and I.

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Sunny Days start here.  At SunTrust, we have the tools and resources to help you achieve your sunny day. Start here to find out how we can help you enjoy the things that matter most to you.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.  They know we all live for the sunny days and want to you help you live yours.

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Subscribe to the Shine newsletter and receive inspiration and advice twice a month to help you live for a sunny day.  

Visit the SunTrust resource center anytime for help achieving your financial goals.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.