Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Review

I know we all can use a break once in a while, like a nice hot bath. Even though it's hard to find time as a mom to indulge, we need to. It's relaxing and good for our body and soul. When I do get to take a bath, I like to enjoy a glass of wine and read a book while I'm in there. Truly cleanses my mind. Well thanks to the wonderful people at Toilettree Products, I got to review this awesome bathtub caddy. This caddy is beautiful, well made and sturdy. The sides extend so that it can fit most bathtubs. On the left it has a slot where you can slide the stem of a wine glass, in the middle is where you can rest your book, and then on the right there is a spot to put your cell phone, or maybe a MP3 player so you can listen to music while you're relaxing.

While I don't get a lot of time to myself, when I got this caddy in the mail I told my hubby I was taking a bath that night so I could enjoy it, and I did :) It was great to be able to combine reading with the bath and not worry about the book falling into the bath. I also loved the wine holder, because otherwise I put the wine glass on the counter and it's not easily in reach and I have to stand up in the tub. Not convenient at all, and besides it's cold when you get out of the bath. I hope to have many more enjoyable moments using my caddy :D

Me enjoying a nice bath, glass of wine and a good book :)

The great thing about this caddy to is it's made from bamboo, so it won't warp or mildew from the humidity of the hot water. Ok, so now that I've convinced you that you need to start enjoying baths regularly, you need to go out and get one. Where you ask? You can purchase it right through the Toilettree website, and it's reasonably priced at $39.95. 

This review was made possible by Toilettree Products  The thoughts and views are my own. I was given a bamboo bathtub caddy for my time and effort on this campaign.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mamavation Monday

Happy Monday!!! I had an extremely busy weekend. Friday night, my oldest performed with his jazz band in a Jazz Revue dinner and concert. It was his band, the middle school jazz band, and the other high school band. They all performed with a guest musician named Scott Wilson. He was amazing!!! I helped out with the event, and we didn't get home until after 11:30. It was so much fun, but tiring. I am truly in awe with talent that was on that stage that night. Saturday, the jazz bands had to meet at school at 6:15 am to go to the State Jazz MPA Competition. My son's jazz band scored all excellents, and the other high school jazz band scored all superiors. This is amazing because the judges score these bands as if they were college bands. We took him to lunch after to celebrate his success. The rest of the afternoon, I played basketball with my youngest, and raked and bagged leaves. You would think after the 2 hours I spent on the yard, it would look like I made a difference, but it didn't. Then finally, on Sunday my oldest and I set up to sell candy bars for the band during a bowling tournament. We spent all day there, and sold almost 3 boxes of candy. Pretty good. I finished the day by taking the dog for a walk, and playing a sort of football type game, where my kids tried to kill me. After being tripped, and making contact with my nose/lip to my youngest's head, I was done for the day.... man did that hurt. I'm sporting a bit of a swollen lip and a sore head, but it was worth it.... they all had fun. Okay, here's my recap for last week -

Monday - Mash Up Conditioning
Tuesday - 2.24 mile run, 20 mins of soccer with my son
Wednesday - Mash Up Conditioning
Thursday - Circuit training, 2.45 mile run
Friday - 1 hour worth of walking during jazz revue event
Saturday - 30 mins basketball with my son, 2 hours of raking and bagging leaves
Sunday - 30 min walk, 30 min football with both sons

Here's my plan for this week -

Monday - Mash Up Conditioning
Tuesday - Circuit Training, run
Wednesday - Mash Up Conditioning
Thursday - Circuit Training, Run
Friday - Mash Up Conditioning
Sat/Sun - run/rest

Tonight on Mamavation TV we will be learning about fitness from the inside out. It looks to be another great show. If you'd like to join us, check it out here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hipssister Review

If you're like me when you go out for a run you bring a few things with you like your phone, a car key, chews, etc. Well, I've tried a few other belts, and they've always rode up, and twisted on me. I would have to keep pulling the belt down. I got the opportunity to test out a new belt called the hipssister. Let me say I love this belt. It fits what I carry, and it doesn't flip or ride up on me. The style I chose was the Left coast hipssister and of course it was in pink, but they have many different varieties and colors on their site.

There are 2 zipper pockets, on in the front and one in the back, and a slit on the top that makes another pocket which is for your phone. When you wear it make sure that pocket is in the front. It's really convenient to have the phone pocket because you can just slide it in and out instead of having to unzip the pocket to pull it out and zip it back up after you put the phone back in. My only issue is that the pocket is a little short for my phone. I have the Samsung galaxy 3 and it's a big phone. Another worry of mine was that it might be hot, because it's wider than my previous belt. I have not found that to be a problem yet, and I am in central Florida and I run in the evening when it's the hottest. It's easy to care for, normal wash and dry, and it's reasonably priced. The one I'm wearing sells for $28.99, which is a comparable price to all the other belts out there.

After my first run with it :)
I wholeheartedly recommend you check this belt out, even if you aren't a runner. It would even be convenient and stylish to wear when you're walking through the amusement parks, or going to the club. This belt gets an A+ in my book. Head on over to hipssister to check them out and order yourself one!!

This review was made possible by Shannon at  Hipssister.  The thoughts and views are my own. I was given a copy of the Left Coast hipssister belt for my time and effort on this campaign.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mash Up Conditioning Review and Giveaway

The folks at Mash Up Conditioning sent me this awesome new workout DVD to review and give another copy away to one of my lucky readers. This is an awesome workout program for all levels of fitness, and it's very unique. First it offers 3 different people to follow depending on how you feel, and she even offers a few variations to do to each level if you are in between levels. Second, each workout program is 15 minutes, but you can do 2 or 3 of the workouts if you don't think the 15 minutes is enough. They provide you with a training plan that shows you which workouts you should combine.

Now to delve into the actual workouts. Each workout has 5 minutes of strength training, 5 mins of HIIT cardio workouts, and 5 minutes of Mind and Body which is your core workout, and there are 7 different workouts to choose from. I have been staying with the level 2 variation, and it has been very intense for me :) I definitely can feel my workout. Another great thing about this program is that it's designed to be done three times a week, so you don't have to give up your favorite workout. You can do those on the opposite days. It's been great for me, because I'm a runner, so I run 3 times and week and do Mash Up 3 times a week.

Still out of breath :)

Let's just say this one is staying in my rotation. I absolutely love it.

Okay, so now for the good part. The part where I get to give one of you this very DVD. But if you can't wait to win it you can purchase it here for a reasonable $49.99. 

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This review was made possible by Mash Up Conditioning. The thoughts and views are my own. I was given a copy of the Mash Up Conditioning Temp DVD for my time and effort on this campaign.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mamavation Monday - Less Stress More Calm

Happy Monday. I had a great, but busy weekend. Saturday my oldest performed with his band at a concert band competition and got straight superiors, which means they can now perform at the state level, and Sunday both my boys competed in a bowling tournament. They did very well, can't wait to find out the official results. I didn't get in enough runs again last week, but I did run my longest run in quite a while. Here's my wrap up -

Monday - Mash Up Conditioning
Tuesday - 7.5 mile run
Wednesday - Mash Up Condidtioning
Thursday - Mash up Conditioning
Friday - Mash Up Conditioning
Saturday - One on one soccer game vs. my youngest

Here's my plan for this week -

Monday - Mash Up Conditioning
Tuesday - probably on a 2-3 mile run because they are doing picture day
Wednesday - Mash Up Conditioning
Thursday - speedwork
Friday - Mash up Conditioning
Sat/Sun - 2-3 mile run/rest

Tonight's show is about having less stress and being more calm. I can't wait for it because I am always feeling stressed, and I need to find ways to destress besides my running :) Since this is a common issue for moms, please come join us on the show  tonight.

How do you destress?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mamavation Monday

Happy Monday!! I'm still struggling with getting my 3 runs in and portion control, but I'm not giving up. I know I have this!!! Here's my recap for the week -

Monday - Mash Up Conditioning
Tuesday - 6.1 mile run
Wednesday - Mash up Conditioning
Thursday - Mash up Conditioning
Friday - Mash up Conditioning

My schedule for this week -

Monday - Mash Up Conditioning
Tuesday - 5-6 mile run
Wednesday - Mash Up Conditioning
Thursday - Tempo Run
Friday - Mash Up Conditioning
Sat/Sun - 3 mile run/rest

How about you? How are you doing on your goals?