Wednesday, May 4, 2016

For My Mother - Meryah's letter

   I am lucky again to have another first time host on the blog. My friend Meryah. I have worked with Meryah for a long time now and I have watched her grow from a young girl into a beautiful, amazing woman. She is so funny and kind and has a great sense of humor. I am grateful that she has taken part in the #formymother series. Thanks Meryah!



Through the good, the bad and the ugly you have remained the one constant in my life and I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me and the life lessons you taught me. 

The person I am today is because of the life lessons and confidence you instilled in me and I am proud of that person.
You taught me the importance of hard work and let me believe I could be whoever I wanted to be and
do whatever I wanted to do, the skies the limit.                             
Thank you for teaching me to always stand up for what I
believe in. Everyone knows I am hard headed and stubborn and I am pretty sure they know I get that from you too. I would not have the drive or determination to go after my goals if it weren’t for you and there’s nothing I want more than to make you proud.

Thank you for making me independent and telling me to never rely on anyone. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to be financially and emotionally stable on your own. 

You taught me the value of respect not only for others, but for myself as well, because of you I know my self-worth and will
never settle for anything less than what I deserve.

You have the biggest heart and always put others before yourself, even when times are hard. Whenever I need an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on you are always there. Thank you for keeping me grounded and being my confidant.

I know I do not say it enough but I hope you know how much you mean to me and how much you have taught me. You are the most beautiful person I know, inside and out and I can only hope to be as strong, caring and understanding as you one day. Thank you for showing me what unconditional love is.

You are not only my mother but my best friend, my role model, my hero.

I love you,


Monday, May 2, 2016

For my Mother - Wendy's letter

To my mother,

I know there have been times throughout the years when there has been distance between us, both physical and emotional, but the bond between us as mother and daughter can never be severed.

As a child, I thought you were magnificent. I wanted to be around you all the time, do the things you did, and I couldn't wait to be a mommy just like you. I remember the rare occasions when you and Dad went out and I would watch you do your make up. I love those memories. 

You always had an encouraging word when I was down, a shoulder to cry on, and words of wisdom when I had a problem. And you ALWAYS had an answer for whatever question I had. 

I remember thinking to myself, “Man, I hope I can answer my kids' questions like that someday.” Through all the ups and
downs, the fights, the struggles, the heartaches, the accomplishments, the happy events, I've always loved you, even when I said I didn't. 

You've been my center, my guiding light and my protector. And now that I'm an adult with children of my own, our relationship has shifted to friendship. I love this new period in our lives! I hope I will be as wonderful of a mom to my kids
as you were to me. You will always be my mommy, my protector and my friend. I love you.

Your Loving Daughter,

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Body Budd Review

   Thank you to the makers of the Body Budd, they sponsored this post today. Well, both my husband and I gave the Body Budd a try and my husband was MUCH better at this than me.  
Once it was set up, I have to say this was very hard. Only because I do not have any upper body strength. What I really liked is there are many ways to use the Body Budd.

 Here is where I struggled and gave myself a good laugh. My husband didn't have any trouble with this at all. I chose the different moves. 

Best part about the Body Budd is you can use it anywhere and it travels easily.

Jump on Amazon and purchase at an affordable price, the Body Budd. Tell me what you think. I worried all the stretching could break the Body Budd but the strength will surprise you. 

Good luck and let me know what you think.

For my Mother - Stacey's Letter

This is the first letter in the series #Formymother and I am so very honored to have my sister Stacey to kick off the series. My Sister and I do not share the same mother but we share the same appreciation for our mother's and for our daughter's for each of us was loved more than we could say. For my sister who recently has struggled, I say Thank you for participating and I wish you the very best Mother's day!

Hi Mom,

  I want to start out telling you how much I love you and appreciate all the love your have shown my children.  We both had a lot out in our shoulders at young ages.  Mine came when Frank passed away and I had to become strong to raise these beautiful girls on my own and you having to pick up where I fell short.   I know my girls are strong Women because they had to live life with sacrifice at such young ages and it hurts to think about what must have gone on in their minds and hearts.   I didn't do everything right and thought I did my best but I could have done better.   

You told me just a few months ago that I was numb and just living to survive I thought you were crazy because I felt everything.  But you were right I have been numb for a long time.   I didn't see things that were right in front of my face and was scared to  do anything to change because I lost faith in myself.  

 This was slowly taken from me and now I spend hours a day remember that feeling of keeping faith that God is here I am not alone.  Now facing another challenge I keep thinking of how it is effecting everyone else.  

My children are first to come to mind and it is weighing in my heart because no child should have to have to worry about mom, but I am doing the same worrying about how all of this must be effecting you.   I would rather be in my shoes than yours.  I don't know what I would do if I had to sit back and watch my daughter go through this. I am a strong woman because of you but I have grown tried of  being strong for so long.   I have always believed in prayers but find myself having daily discussions with God on a variety of subjects but most of all strength and health for my loved ones and others facing their own battles.  

 Everyone comes into your life for a reason some we will understand and others we will shake our heads then smile to ourselves when they walk away.  

Thank you mom for making me go to church and learning about God.  
For giving me life, teaching me how to be strong,love hard and question everything.   

I love you mom stay strong I got this.   

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Game of Life Yo - Kai Edition - Giveaway

Win The Game of Life Yo-Kai Edition

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Wrapy Baby Wrap - Review

   Wrapy was kind enough to send me a Wrapy to try and review. I didn't have a newborn for this review but my best friend was just about to give birth so I knew she was a good fit for a Wrapy review. 

Here is a little information about Wrapy.

Wrapy was created with one simple, yet well-meaning, objective:

To allow the holder freedom to do other important tasks, while keeping the baby comfortable and safe at the same time.

They have a great website with helpful advice and hints plus a video to help with your first Wrap.

  • Outstanding comfort – Made of 95% Cotton and 5% Spandex, Wrapy® ensures that both the baby and its carer will feel comfortable. 
  • A size that fits all – This convenience allows any family member to use Wrapy®!
  • Freedom – Now you can look after your needs while keeping your baby close (literally and figuratively!) Baby wraps benefit the baby in many ways, but it also gives you the mobility to get other things done while caring for your baby.
  • A dryer-safe, machine-washable wrap – Unlike many similar products out there, Wrapy® will survive being washed MANY times. 
  • Extra wide fabric – This feature enables you to securely wrap your baby in various positions.

And last but not least - Thank you to my friend Bria who was kind enough to review Wrapy for me and for giving an honest review.

I have used a myriad of carriers from a sling the the lillebaby nordic carrier.  This is my first time using a "wrap" style which are very on trend right now as baby carriers go.

This is the first carrier I have felt comfortable using a newborn in.  Being able to tuck them in the fetal position and not forcing their legs through slots to hang out is a big bonus.
This is an extremely packable and lightweight wrap- which is a huge plus especially if you are used to non flexible or bulky carriers.

There is definitely a learning curve to it, it is a must to try this at home sans infant before trying it with a baby.  Because the fabric is so stretchy I find it difficult to get tight enough across my body in order to have a snug fit carrying my daughter.

Although this is approved up to thirty five pounds I have a hard time imagining it is very comfortable passed the fifteen lb range.  Since it is just fabric - your back and shoulders don't receive any support.

Overall I find this to be a great carrier for the newborn/young infant stage but I don't see myself using it long term with her.

Thanks Wrapy for sending us your product to review.

Happily Ever Rushed

*** I received this product at no charge in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own.**

Live Infinitely Loop Resistance bands- Review


   Thank you to Live Infinitely for sponsoring this post. I did receive the product at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.

Live Infinitely makes a great product and the resistance bands are pretty cool. First I like that it came up with a nylon carry case. I love something that allows for organization so from the start, I was impressed. Once removed from the case the bands all come in different colors and sizes. On the bands it lists the resistance as well as the weight resistance it creates. I like that you can combine the bands to create more weight and resistance. 

  • ✦LARGER SIZE✦ At 14" long & 3" wide these loop exercise bands are designed longer and wider than others to provide more versatility and boost comfort! No more scrunching up and cutting into your skin! Easily combine any combination of bands to achieve the exact resistance amount your personal fitness level needs!
  • ✦PROFESSIONAL GRADE✦ This set of resistance bands includes five 14" x 3" loop bands ranging from Light (3-7lbs), Medium (5-9lbs), Heavy (9-15lbs), X Heavy (15-22lbs) & XX Heavy (22-35lbs). Made from the highest quality all NATURAL latex available. These resistance bands are durable, eco friendly and remove the need for any synthetic additives. Enjoy years of total body workouts knowing these are designed for rigorous exercises and will retain their elasticity.
  • ✦PORTABLE✦ With the included traveling case and the compact size of the workout bands you can achieve your fitness goals at home or on the road. Excellent for all types of at home workouts, strength training, stretching, endurance training or physical therapy treatments.
  • ✦ALL INCLUSIVE✦ Every resistance band set includes a FREE eBook with detailed pictures outlining numerous workouts to get the most from your new Live Infinitely product. As well, you get lifetime access to our how-to video collection explaining how to workout your arms, legs, abs and more to sculpt the body you have always wanted!
  • ✦RELIABLE CUSTOMER SERVICE✦ Every purchase is backed with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If your not thrilled, simply contact our reliable customer service team and know you will receive unmatched personal assistance.

Live Infinitely sends an EBook and some instruction with starter moves as an example. This product is available on Amazon and is a affordable price. Give it a try and get toned for Spring and Summer.