Tuesday, June 30, 2015

IDLife Review

I was given products from the IDLife line to try out this week. Audra brought a sample kit for me to check out and I was surprised at the range of products. I think a lot of supplement companies really push weight loss down your throat and what I like about IDLife is their focus on complete health. It's not just about weight loss. They have products to improve your overall quality of life. 

The IDLife Hydrate drink contains electrolytes, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins to replenish your system after working out. It's like a healthier alternative to the sugary sports drinks. 

The IDLife Sleep strips are a natural and organic solution to your sleep issues. If you're using the fitness trackers that also track your sleep patterns, you may notice that you aren't getting a great night's sleep. Part of weight loss success is making sure you get enough quality sleep. If this is something you struggle with, IDLife Sleep is definitely for you. I noticed a big difference when I used them. I am normally a light sleeper. I wake up still feeling drained quite often, but I could tell I felt more rested when I used IDLife Sleep before bed.

When Audra approached me about the IDLife line, I was most curious about the Energy line. I actually love Spark from Advocare. I wanted to see if I liked the IDLife Energy better. I do like the taste better and that really surprised me. I would like to see IDLife roll out other flavors soon. I think that would definitely help them as a company.

I could tell that my energy was increased and I like that I wasn't jittery. I just had an overall feeling of healthy. Many of you know I have been battling an active Epstein Barr virus for several months. I am really struggling with my energy levels and it is taking a toll on my body. I have searched for natural ways to heal my body through vitamins and my nutrition.

I hate to shove weight loss products down your throat because I honestly believe real weight loss success is based on quality nutrition and an active lifestyle. IDLife's focus on caring for our bodies and not just focusing on weight loss is a big selling point for me. I like they they use quality, natural organic ingredients. They don't cut corners and I like that.

If you're looking for weight loss help, they do have several items that can aid your efforts. It's meant to be combined with quality nutrition and an active lifestyle.

 Have you heard of IDLife yet? Anyone else tried it? What do you think?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Family Time

This weekend we were able to celebrate my husband's grandfather's 90th birthday. What a blessing!!! Ryan's grandfather served in our military, traveled all over the country, and raised an amazing family.

He is so precious to me because I see so much of him in my husband. I have him to thank for Ryan's dedication to his family, work ethics, and handy man talents. Ryan has been raised by two wonderful men and I can see their influence throughout my husband's life.

Ryan's aunt and cousin joined us this weekend. Caleb has been so excited to spend time with them. 

We had a shrimp boil at the house and watched the wildlife in the backyard. Somehow we now have another cat and a pet raccoon. We started out with our cat and ended up feeding other animals. 

Caleb convinced Audra to try out his new bunk bed. He was so excited to show off his new room. 

And no cousin trip would be complete without pictures... This was the best we could pull off. There were a few that didn't make the cut... Ha! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekend Recap

I feel like a broken record at this point. Life is nuts. End of story.

In all honesty, last week finally feels like our turning point around the house. We are beginning to see things come together and it is a great feeling. I'd love to be able to tell y'all that my eating has been fabulous and I have tons of weight loss progress, but unfortunately that would be a complete lie.

Do you know how tough it is to lose weight when you cannot cook meals at home very easily?

I've told myself that this is a period in my life that weight loss is not at the top of my priorities list. I have maintained give or take five pounds so it hasn't spiraled out of control. I've really struggled with accepting that right now. Everything in me wants to rededicate, but I am worn out. I work full time, I have a husband and a child, and we are in the middle of a massive home renovation. It's truly exhausting.

This weekend we got the cable and internet hooked up at the new house. I also was able to fully unpack and set up my kitchen. I feel like this week will finally let me get back on track! It's so tough planning meals when you have half of your kitchen packed in boxes.

My husband is beyond thrilled to be able to watch TV. Caleb and I haven't missed it very much at all. I've mostly missed Pinterest and blogging more frequently. Hopefully I can squeeze in more now that the internet is installed.

The boys' bunk bed is assembled. Our TV's are almost installed. The trim is being installed. We are slowly getting there. I have a huge pile of donation items, but I can see some of our garage floor finally. Our old home is under contract and finally in underwriting. Things are definitely moving in the right direction. 

We have family visiting this coming weekend so we have just a few more days to wrap some of these projects before we take a break. My stepchildren arrive next week and we are determined to not work on projects while they are with us. Bring on summer! Bring on the boating, cookouts, and beach!

We may be getting a later start, but we are most definitely going to enjoy it. Now if I can just figure out how to lose weight in the middle of all this....

Sunday, June 14, 2015

River Fishin'

This weekend we took a much needed trip to the mountains. Caleb was so excited to go fishing. We've always taken him to the trout pond and have been waiting for him to be old enough to fish the river. I actually love to fish for trout, but I have not been in years because Caleb has been so small. 

Early Saturday morning we caught up with my dad so we could go river fishing. 

Seeing three of my favorite guys fishing on the river was just so awesome to me.

My grandfather fished the river with my dad, my dad raised me to fish it, Ryan and I spent our honeymoon fishing the same river, and now we are raising Caleb on it.

Caleb was so proud of himself! He caught his first limit of trout this weekend. That boy was covered in fish blood and slime. 

We joke about it a lot, but Caleb was truly born country. There was never any doubt that he'd love fishing, hunting and being outdoors. There were times in my life I denied that part of myself, but Caleb has always embraced it and I love that about him. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Move More. Stress Less.

I like that.....

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Kohl's sent me a Timex Ironman Run x20GPS watch to try out and review. I was actually pretty impressed with the design and overall size of this watch. My wrists are very small and most watches don't adjust small enough to not flop around on my wrist. It drives me absolutely crazy! Luckily, this one stays put. 

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When I run, I absolutely hate to run on the track. I did enough of that in school! I prefer a change of scenery. After a decent run, I normally jump in my SUV and drive the route to find out how far I went. It works just fine, but this watch actually has a GPS built in to show my speed and distance! How awesome is that?!?

It can show calories burned and also does interval training with a built in acceleration sensor. The Timex Ironman Run x20 GPS watch also tracks distance and pace for those of you who happen to train for races. 

I don't know about you, but I am so busy with life in general right now. I don't have a lot of time to do much of anything and when I can workout, I want my workouts to be efficient and effective. This watch makes sure I'm not wasting time backtracking over my routes or estimating calories incorrectly. It just does all of the work for me!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015


We are loving this beautiful weather we've been having lately. Ryan and I had a picnic lunch by the lake one day last week. It was so peaceful to just sit still for once. It's about the only time we get a chance to be still lately!

Ryan and Caleb have spent some of their time working on the landscaping in front of the house while I work on inside of projects. They have had so much fun working together on this.

Everything just looks so much prettier and Caleb has spent a lot of time watering the plants that were transplanted.  

My parents came over one evening to help us sand trim throughout the house. After dinner, my dad passed the football around with Caleb. I can really tell a difference in Caleb's maturity levels lately. During football season last year, he had no concept of really trying to catch or throw the ball. Now, he's actually enjoying it and getting more hand-eye coordination. I cannot wait until football season this year!

Last week I taught a 20 minute toning session and one hour Zumba® fitness class. I wanted to check my calorie burn through it and I was very surprised at my count. We all worked hard and the numbers showed it!

We've got big changes around the house this week and I am hoping to show y'all our progress soon. We are getting so close to the decorating part that I just can't stand it! 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Family Filled Weekend

This weekend was very special for us. Caleb and I traveled with my parents and niece to see my great aunts and uncles. As a child I can remember huge family reunions with them, but unfortunately I had not been to one since I was 8 years old. My great aunt and uncle have a farm and I can remember tractor rides with Uncle Bob. I wanted Caleb to share part of my childhood memories with me so we took a break from all of the home projects to visit them.

It was about a three hour trip there and I was stuck in the backseat with two five year olds. My child talks non-stop.... Thank goodness for his Leap Pad!

Zoey loved the nearby horses!

The "big" kids assembled Caleb's new toy.

And the biggest kid of all had to try it first.

My dad showed Caleb how to shoot a basketball and he was surprisingly not bad!

And Uncle Bob showed the kids his tractors. Caleb was in Heaven!

We had four generations of my family together and it was so nice to see everyone.

My Uncle David let us cruise around in his Beetle and the kids had a great time. There's nothing like cruising around on back country roads with the top down. 

Both kids were exhausted when we loaded up to come home. Caleb was whiny and moody and Zoey passed out. She looked so uncomfortable riding with her head slumped over. Caleb tried to help her out and ended up with her leaned on his arm.

His face was just too funny!

We were glad to get home and see Daddy. Ryan brought some of our bigger pieces of furniture in and did a bunch of yard work. It looks so nice!


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