Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Nutrisystem’s My Way Plan: Fast 5 ~ Week 1 Results!

In exchange for participating in the Nutrisystem #NSNation Blogger Program, I will receive the Nutrisystem My Way program, free of charge, which includes food and support services for three consecutive months.  All opinions are my own.


One week ago, I began my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem Fast 5!  I will admit that I was 100% ready to make a change and think that it helped me succeed and make it through the week.  After all, starting is always the most difficult step.

When you order a 28-day Nutrisystem My Way plan, you receive a Fast 5 kit for free. It includes an extra 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners.  The “Fast 5″ contains 7 days of a very low calorie diet, no snacking program to help kick-start your body and prepare it for weight loss mode!

In additions, there were 2 different types of shakes.  That's right, SHAKES... 7 EnergiZING shakes to boost your metabolism in the morning and 7 Craving Crusher shakes to fight off hunger and cravings in the afternoon.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Most Popular Reasons for Using Barcodes in Business

There are a number of distinct reasons why implementing a barcode system for your business would be the best move for increasing productivity and profits over time. Companies such as Shopify understand the need for a barcode scanner and printer combination that you can count on to institute and manage your barcode system. But why are barcode systems so good at making businesses more profitable and effective? Let's take a look at their most popular benefits. 

Ease of Use 

In any industry, having skilled staff means that the processes that your business runs on occur in a more efficient manner. Barcodes are surprisingly easy to use and that means that staff do not need to be trained extensively to use a brand new barcode system. Implementation of the system usually goes a lot quicker if the staff doesn't require learning to use the assorted hardware and software components. This translates into less downtime after the new system is implemented before it can be up and running efficiently. Systems that include barcode scanners are almost intuitive in the way they are used to manipulate data. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Swagbucks for FREE Gift Cards, Christmas Gifts & More!

Just moments ago, I cashed out for my 100th, $5 Amazon.com e-gift card from Swagbucks!  That adds up to $500 for FREE!!   There is absolutely NO CATCH, I promise! 

I currently earn between $15 and $20 each month and it really adds up.  Simply by searching the web like I normally do each day!  Once I redeem my Swagbucks for a prize, it takes about a week for it to arrive, sometimes less.  I'm always impressed with how quickly they send our rewards.

I "bank" and save my rewards all year long and redeem them for "FREE" Christmas gifts for the kids!  The kids are always thrilled with their gifts and I'm happy that I was able to stick to our holiday budget and not break the bank!

There are LOTS of other great prizes, rewards and gift cards to choose from as well!  So, you aren't limited to just the Amazon gift cards (although it is my reward of choice).  Rewards also include: books, magazines, apparel, video games, electronics, music and so much more!

COME ON... JOIN ME on Swagbucks!  I guarantee you will love the freebies! You have nothing to lose!  And absolutely everything to gain!


Monday, September 22, 2014

LOVE is Bigger Than HATE ~ Stand Up Against Bullying!

Did you hear about the horrific ALS Ice Bucket Challenge prank that was played on a 14 year old autistic boy in Bay Village?  As a mother and a teacher, I must say that I was disgusted by the actions of the other children involved and immediately turned my thoughts towards the parents.  What did these parents NOT teach their children and allow them to get away with?

When GiveForward heard the details, they were outraged and new they had to do something positive to help this young boy.  They wanted this boy to know that love is bigger than hate and that people were going to stand up for him and help put a stop to bullying!

When people don't stand around being bystanders, magic can happen. We saw it when a bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and this nation made a collective decision that they were going to do something about it.

GiveForward wants this magic to happen for the 14 year old boy that was subject to terrible bullying and a disgusting prank. We need to teach people, especially our children, that there is a place to turn when we see tragedy or injustice in the world!  One small step can truly make a difference and change the world!

Typically, when we see a tragedy or injustice on the news, we say "what a shame" and then we simply flip the channel and proceed to do NOTHING about it, as we expect someone else will step up and help.

Blog Forward Challenge #3 ~ Time to Recharge and Renew! (ZonePerfect "Well Being" Essentials Kit Giveaway)


You may have read my first two Blog Forward challenge posts earlier this year when I talked about my New Year's resolutions and making better choices this year.  My main focus for 2014 is to lose weight and become more active. I'm still faithfully working toward that goal. 
I've received complimentary ZonePerfect bars for participating in the Blog Forward Challenge this year. I will also be entered into a contest when I complete all of the ZonePerfect Blog Forward challenges for a chance to win additional prizes for myself and my readers.


In order to recharge and renew my excitement and commitment that I made to myself earlier this year, I decided to join a "summer slim" program at the gym.  It consisted of 12 weeks of personal training with a group of 5 other ladies, two nights a week for 30 minutes.

During the course of our 3 month program, there were sessions where I thought I was going to die, my legs were going to collapse, and that I would surely not be able to make it through to the end...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Enjoy a Fall Treat from Starbucks for FREE!

Why not head to your local Starbucks and enjoy a treat with someone special!  My son and husband are at a wrestling camp today, so I'm going to take my daughter.


From 2 – 6 pm. Buy one (1) Pumpkin Spice Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha or Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea Latte and get one (1) absolutely free. Free beverage must be of equal or lesser value. At participating Starbucks® stores.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nutrisystem’s My Way Plan ~ My #NSNation Journey Begins on Monday

As a #NSNation Blogger, I will be receiving the Nutrisystem My Way Plan free of share for the next three months.  This includes 28 days of nutritious food delivered right to my door and a personal Nutrisystem counselor to help in my weight loss journey.  All opinions are my own.

I'm proud to be a #NSNationBlogger. Click here to start your weight loss journey!

The ALL-NEW Nutrisystem My Way program is designed to help you lose weight, look great, and feel fabulous!  Whether you're battling baby weight, desk job damage, or the simple truth of aging, My Way factors your personal goals and metabolism into the winning weight loss solution for you. 
With the My Way Plan, you also receive the Fast 5 Kit for free! This includes 7 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, 7 EnergiZING Shakes, and 7 Craving Crusher shakes to help you lose 5 pounds your first week.

My ultimate goal is to lose an average of 2 pounds per week, for a total weight loss of 24 pounds.  Can I do it?

You can follow my 12 week weight loss journey on Nutrisystem through weekly updates... STAY TUNED!  My journey begins on Monday!