Little Update!

Little weight loss update- down another 2.5 pounds!  I know that is not a lot, but when you add it up, it’s more then 10 lbs so far   🙂
So I’m excited.  Hard work, but yay!  And I am only using products that I am blogging about, this way I can tell you how things are going and if things work (and honestly!)
Have a good one!
~Samantha

Total Fitness DVDs- Review and Contest

OK, so it’s January. How is that New Years Resolution going? Have you found a fitness product or workout routine that you love? Variety, I believe, really is the spice of life. I like have different things to do on a regular basis, and that includes my exercise routine. If you are bored with yours, want to add in a little something for variety, or just want to try something new (or maybe get going on that resolution!) – do I know where you should look!
Total Fitness DVDs has a little bit of everything- which translates into something for everyone! (Yes, even you) There are so many fitness options, it’s nuts! Trying to narrow down what to try is both fun and a bit mind-boggling, LOL. (And they have a good promotional even going on right now, too!)

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But I did find a fun one! Anyone who wants to try a fun workout, that is interesting, different, and something you will look forward to doing- this is one for you! I love Pure Barre Pershing Square 2 DVD, by Carrie Rezabek. Total Fitness DVDs has some really fun and interesting workout options- I have never heard of this one!- and when I got the chance to do a review of Pure Barre, I was super excited! I am not graceful, I am not (and never have been!) a dancer or enrolled in a dance or gymnastics class.
And, let me state this- IT IS REALLY HARD! Not because you need fantastic dance moves, or hard in the way that you will not want to do it, but it will definitely make you work. Like- the next day? I was sore in places I didn’t remember that I had, and I found myself muttering unkind things at the instructor under my breath as I went through the routine (hehehe). I also must confess- I didn’t make it all the way through the first time. But you know, I kept at it- and I did get though it after the third try. I am not going to hurt myself or kill myself over losing weight or getting “fit”- you can’t get fit if you can’t move, LOL!
I’m not in the best shape (I used to be a competitive athlete, and I was a paid model at one point long ago and far away!) but I know I can get there. Pure Barre definitely made me work- but isn’t that it’s “job”?
I do really like it. I posted a few times on Facebook and Twitter about how it is going- and if you are followers there, you know that I’m loving it! It’s hard, but so far it has been one of my favorites. I also Bookmarked “Total Fitness DVDs” for future use- they have such a great selection, and I know I am going to want to shop there the next time that I am on the lookout for a new “something” to get me moving!

Instructor’s name: Carrie Rezabek Type of Workout: Toning
Fitness Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Equipment Needed: Small Rubber Ball
Total Running Time: 45 Minutes
Release Date: 2009


“Lift your seat, tone your thighs and arms, flatten your abs and burn fat in record-breaking time with the Pure Barre Technique! This 45-minute full body workout will not waste your time. Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective way to change your body, producing results in just 10 sessions. You will be amazed at your narrower, leaner new physique. Pure Barre creator Carrie Rezabek leads you through a system of exercises targeted at the parts of the body that need it the most. You will begin with a warm-up to melt away fat and shape your upper body. Carrie then guides you through specific isometric movements that target your legs, seat, hips and abs. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a a stretch section, which will help you achieve the slim look of a dancer. The Pure Barre Technique truly is the answer. All you have to do is this DVD 2-3 times per week and your body will change- it is that simple. To mix in another level of workout in to your Pure Barre routine, try the first DVD in this series- Pershing Square: 1.

Carrie Rezabek is the creator and CEO of Pure Barre. Carrie grew up dancing, performing and choreographing events all over the U.S., gaining extensive training in dance, pilates, and fitness as well as the Lotte Berk Method, NYC. She opened her first studio in Birmingham, Michigan and developed the Pure Barre Technique, which is currently licensed in locations throughout the nation.”
As much as I love my Little Man, I hate my “Body by Baby”. And he’s not a baby anymore! My “baby” is 3. So I need to move it, and get my body back! I know I will not be 17 again- and that’s cool- who needs the acne? 🙂 But I do miss my favorite jeans, my cute tops and dresses, and not having quite so much arm jiggle. Ladies (and gentleman)- take charge of your body! It’s not always going to be easy, or even easy to make the time. But YOU ARE WORTH IT! You will feel better about yourself, you will feel better physically- and you will be healthier for your family. You can do it! 🙂

Want a little help getting started? You can win a copy of Pure Barre from Total Fitness DVDs right here!
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Shmirshky, a review

New Book! This one is a little bit out of my “normal” reads, LOL, but informative nonetheless. It’s about women who are going through menopause, and pre-menopause. I’m a bit young for this now, but it is good to know what’s to come! It’s not like people discuss this stuff on the regular- though maybe they should. If all women go through some kind of menopausal issues- why not at least understand what’s going on?

It’s a but much at times- the author is trying really hard to be funny and witty, and sometimes it’s just like GROAN, ok, yep. Got it. And the words Shmirshky and Erlick are used every other second. But it is not a dry read, it’s not boring, and that is saying something when the topic is as “touchy” as this one. If you are going to read a book on the subject- and we all should- give this one a try. It’s a quick read, and like I said- you won’t be bored. It also has some good suggestions for going to the doctor and things to watch out for. Kind of like a “What to Expect When You’re Expecting….the Menopause Years” (LOL)

Are you a woman? Or do you know one? Then
Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness is for you! Shmirshky is the first book on menopause of its kind — it’s easy, funny, and full of love! Rest assured, this is not your mother’s menopause resource book. The truth is, your mother probably never had a book on menopause, and if she did, she probably thought it was really boring. Reading shmirshky is like having a cocktail with a hilarious friend, who just so happens to know a lot about menopause.
Let’s face it, menopause doesn’t have the best reputation in the world. It’s rarely talked about, and when it is, it’s usually quickly dismissed and often dreaded. Shmirshky, a menopause resource, redefines this time in a woman’s life, turning a taboo topic into an all-inclusive page turner.
Whether you’re a forty-five-year-old woman in perimenopause or an eighteen-year-old man who thinks his mom is in need of an exorcism, Shmirshky is the perfect introduction to a subject we all encounter in one way or another.
Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness comes with a Daily Symptoms Chart, which will help you communicate your symptoms to your doctor. Remember, reaching out is IN. Suffering in silence is OUT!

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Info for Vidazorb

Just because Cassie asked, and I got 2 emails- I figured I would post for all of you who may be interested in Vidazorb!
Here are links to a few of my posts-

http://havesippywilltravel.blogspot.com/2010/11/vidazorb-part-2.html

http://havesippywilltravel.blogspot.com/2010/10/vidazorb-review-and-giveaway.html

I have other ones, but they are the most comprehensive. I can’t tell you how great this stuff is, the “belly boost” for kids.
My son had the worst constipation, and I have potty trained LOTS of kids (I was a nanny in college, I have my own kids, and am a Pre-K teacher). I can’t stand to see him in pain. We have seen Drs, specialists, tried every medicine. But nothing, NOTHING else worked. He’s been very regular since the first week he was on the Vidazorb. One in a while, he needs a little “extra” fiber or something- but nothing like he used to. I can’t describe the pain he used to be in. And what we had to do to get him to “go”. Plus, he had a skin issue- and it cleared up. SUCH a bonus. It’s been 5 months that he’s been using it, and I can’t see a time that I won’t be giving it to him. I’m in LOVE! LOL…..
~Samantha

Yum Yum Dishes

Yum Yum dishes- created to help you manage your snack portions. So many of us don’t realize how much we are eating! I myself know I can be a mindless eater, just kind of “popping” stuff into my mouth without paying any attention to the quantity that I am consuming. Yep, a regular vacuum!
Enter, Yum Yum Dishes. Here is how the inventor came up with the idea.

After my second child was born I realized I was snacking too much. I’d drag a bag of chips off the shelf and head for the couch. Before I knew it, half the bag was gone.

The fact is, I didn’t realize how much I was eating. I decided to do something about it.

I started using a small dish for snacking. As long as I didn’t re-fill the bowl, I could never over-snack! In a short time, I was back to my original weight. I thought others might like to try out this simple method of portion control. The Yum Yum Dish was born, a 4 oz. dish that’s fun and easy to understand.

A Yum Yum dish is a creative gift for the foodie in your life and a smart addition to any weight loss plan.

These ceramic, 4 oz bowls come in 4 colors.
They are microwave and dishwasher safe.
When the bowl is empty- Yum Yum time is OVER 🙂

You can connect with Yum Yum on these sites-



Gaiam- it’s yoga-riffic!

Ah, we all know I love yoga. There is nothing that compares! I love to do yoga right before bedtime, so I am relaxed and to get all my tension out. I love my weekly yoga class, because I know I won’t be interrupted!
My very first mat was from Gaiam. You can say it hold a special place in my heart, LOL. Kind of like a first love. I definitely think of Gaiam when I think of yoga.
So! Ready to begin a New Year, New YOU? This is a great way to get not only the body you want, but to also relax your mind and body as well. And yoga is an instant attitude adjustment- your body and your mind will become more flexible, LOL.

The Tree of Life Yoga Kit is a great set for beginners. It has everything you need to begin your yoga practice! (Not to mention it’s just pretty!)
“Get ready to go to class in style with our light-tack, textured non-slip mat that is latex-free. Lightweight and durable. 68″L x 24″W. Taiwan. The richly detailed embroidered tote is 30