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Better Way Love – A Review

Better Way Love – A Review

My skin is so dry. How dry is it? Well, it’s dry like saltine crackers. Dry like an overcooked turkey. Dry like unbuttered toast. Dry like Death Valley. Dry like… you get the point. As you can imagine, to combat this dryness, I use a lot of lotion. Finding good ones can be a challenge. Sometimes they smell funny or they’re greasy or they just don’t even work. Who wants to spend money on lotion that they’ll hate? Not me. With Spring *finally* here, it’s time to start shedding layers. I know it’s flip-flop weather for some of you already but I just stopped wearing two pair of socks, so I have a few weeks before I break those out. In the meantime, sleeves are getting shorter, the capris are showing up, and I know my elbows and knees could use a little attention. Your too, probably. When I was offered a sample of Better Way Love’s Whipped Hand Cream, I naturally jumped at the chance. There was a wide variety of scents to choose from and I had a hard time narrowing down my selection. I decided to go with Birthday Cake. I was not disappointed. My hands smell so good when I use this cream that I want to eat them. It’s a warm, almondy scent that stayed on my hands for quite a while. Yes, I kept smelling them. You would too if your hands smelled this good. It has a good feel to it – it’s light and not greasy, but thick enough to work. With other, cheaper lotions, I feel the need to reapply often. With this one, the only reason I was going back for more was for the scent. Okay, fine, I might have been opening it up and sticking my face in it just for the smell. But if scent isn’t your thing, you could go for the Plain Jane version. It’s also hypoallergenic and nut-free. My sample also came with a bonus Coconut & Lime Organic Sugar Scrub. I LOVE a good sugar scrub. It’s invigorating and, again, the scent is heavenly. I’m in love with all things coconut lately and this was perfect. The lime gives it a nice, sunny burst and it compliments the coconut nicely. Sarah Walton is the founder of Better Way Love and she has developed these products with moms in mind. All of the lotions are organic and gluten-free. They are made with almond oil, but if you’re allergic to nuts, you can special order the same wonderful products made with grapeseed oil instead. To take a look at the full product line, check out the Better Way Love website. Free shipping is available on all orders over $50. If you’re local to Cresskill or Glen Rock, NJ, you can also pick up your items in person after placing an order online. With Mother’s Day coming up, the products available would make a really nice gift or you could just pick some up for yourself. I’m looking forward to getting more for myself in the near future! Although I was given a free samples of the products I tried in exchange for this review, my opinions are my...
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Scentbird: A Review.

Scentbird: A Review.

Smelling good – it’s something most of us strive to do.

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Blog Forward Challenge – Third Installment

Blog Forward Challenge – Third Installment...

It’s time for the latest installment of the Blog Forward Challenge by ZonePerfect! (There’s a giveaway at the bottom, but you have to read the post to get to it. Promise you will?)   This is my third post in this series. You can read the other posts here and here. We are more than three-quarters of the way through the year. It’s time to check in on those resolutions! So… the resolutions… well… You guys, I have no excuses. I mean, I have plenty of them. They just all stink. I weighed myself recently and I weigh almost exactly as much as I did in the beginning of the year. In a way this is progress because last year I put on weight instead of losing. This year I maintained. Baby steps, amirite? I could rehash all my shortcomings again, but why bother? The issue is that I have some pretty big hurdles between me and my goals and I haven’t come up with effective strategies to deal with them. In this post, I’m supposed to tell you how I plan to recharge and reignite some of the excitement I had earlier this year. The truth is I have no idea. The days are getting shorter, it’s already colder than I’d like it to be, and a schedule change has made it impossible for me to work out at all during the week (not that I was working out, but the possibility is killed dead at this point). In fact, I’m going to have to learn to be one of those people who cooks and preps food on the weekends just so I can keep my head above water during the week. I guess my plan is to figure out how we’re going to eat mindfully when I don’t even really have time to make a grocery list. (When I no longer have a lunch break most week days, the ZonePerfect Bars are going to come in handy what with their not needing to be cooked and requiring no clean up! Go ZonePerfect Bars!) I’m also supposed to revisit the letter I wrote to future me earlier this year. In case you missed it, here’s the letter: Dear Future Me: Hey, what’s up? I hope you’re not still fat. Haha, kidding. Sort of. Seriously, did you get your act together? I hope so. You need to be strong and healthy to watch your kid grow up, write your memoir, and empty your house. Wait a second, how old are you now Future Me? If this is 6-months from now Me, it’s fine if you didn’t accomplish this stuff yet. But if you’re 5 years from now Me and this stuff still isn’t done, what the what?! Come on, Me. You had 3 goals in 2014. I’m disappointed in you. Oh. This letter was supposed to be encouraging. If you did the stuff, yay you! And I know you did because Present Me was pretty adamant that this stuff would get done. Past Me was the one all about slacking off. I hope you’re on to newer goals and newer challenges. You better be. Don’t let us down, Me. Keep growing, or some other inspirational message. Also, work on your pep talks. Kind regards, Present Me. Obviously I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not accomplishing what I wanted to but the year’s not over yet, so there’s still some hope. Let’s go with that: There’s still hope! As previously...
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Science Fun at Liberty Science Center

Science Fun at Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center is the perfect place for some summer learning!

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On Making Better Choices.

On Making Better Choices.

This is the second post as part of my participation in the ZonePerfect Blog Forward campaign. Mandatory disclosure is required for every program-related post. I hereby disclose to you that although I have entered the program and received complimentary product and ZonePerfect promotional items, I am free to comment about ZonePerfect in a positive, neutral or negative fashion. And if you stick with me to the end on this one, there’s something in it for you. But you love me, so you’re going to keep reading, right? Of course you are. One of my resolutions this year (just like every year for the last 15+ years) is to lose weight and to get in better health. I go in fits and spurts. I do well, then I crash and burn. I lack consistency. Sometimes this happens because I go too far with my diet or exercise, other times it’s because I’m lazy and pizza tastes good. So do burritos. And ice cream. Here’s the thing: I know better. I know that everything is OK in moderation, I just often lack the motivation to do things in moderation. So when I make these poor choices, I feel terrible about myself. Feeling terrible doesn’t exactly inspire me to do better, so I don’t. It’s a vicious cycle, you guys. I haven’t lost any weight this year. I haven’t really gained, either. But holding steady isn’t what I want for myself and it certainly isn’t healthy. The only real option I have is to work on making small improvements, make better choices and lose the weight in a reasonable way. Those of you who make these healthy choices already are thinking, “Well, duh, Michelle, yeah.” And those of you who are in the same boat I am know how hard those changes are to make. One recent change has been to include Greek yogurt as a major component of my breakfast. It’s filling and packed with protein, so I stay full longer than if I had, say, a bagel. (Mmm. Bagels…) Another thing I’ve been doing, particularly on weekends when I’m running like a maniac, is to throw in a Zone bar. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, those things come in mighty handy. I can eat them while I’m getting stuff done around the house and since they come in a neat little wrapper, I don’t even have to dirty a plate, thus saving valuable time not washing an additional dish. Seriously though, they are packed with protein and are super satisfying. You see, if I eat lunch at 11am when I’m hungry, I want to eat dinner at 4pm. We don’t eat dinner until usually 8pm or later (please don’t tell me how bad this is for me, I already know but this is just the way things are). The end result is I end up snacking way too much in the afternoon and it’s never healthy. I’ve found that a bar around 11 lets me hold off on lunch until 1pm and things fall into place better. This isn’t the magic cure to all of my weight woes, but it helps. I feel like I’m more in control of my hunger, which makes me feel good. Feeling good helps me to not eat half a pizza for dinner followed by a pint of ice cream. This is one of the little things that I’m hoping will add up to bigger things later. Also, if you’re obsessed with...
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In The Zone.

In The Zone.

A while ago I mentioned that I had some resolutions for the new year and I intended to write about them. Here’s a quick recap: 1. Empty my house. I’m just so tired of owning stuff. 2. Writing. Word by word, the memoir is getting written. 3. Health. Well, sigh. That’s a tough one and the main focus of this post. In general, I haven’t been living a healthy lifestyle these last few years. As a working mom, it’s hard to find the time to get everything done and exercise is usually one of the first things I let slide. Cooking a healthy dinner is another. And the snacking. Oh, for the love, the snacking. I have a lot of changes to make and an opportunity arose to work with ZonePerfect in their Blog Forward campaign. Naturally, I jumped on it. The great thing about ZonePerfect bars is that they are quick fuel for those times when I’d otherwise forget to eat. You would think someone like me (that is, overweight) doesn’t forget to eat often, but on weekends when I’m running like a chicken without a head, stopping for a meal or a healthy snack doesn’t happen. I probably would not have purchased a giant box full of bars, mostly because I wouldn’t want to spend the money and then find I didn’t like them. I received a box of 25 bars as part of the campaign and I got to try many varieties. I have to tell you, they’re pretty tasty. In particular, I liked the ones with coconut. The yogurt and fruit flavors are also delicious. Fudge Graham was another hit. They pack a nice amount of protein and the calories aren’t out of control. They certainly satisfy hunger. There is one line, the Zone Perfect Simple line, that boasts fewer ingredients. The cranberry almond one and the toasted coconut are definitely ones I’ll pick up in the future to keep on hand. Since I’m a complainer, I will tell you what I didn’t like about the bars. First, and I know this might sound crazy, but I’m not a huge chocolate fan. I mean, I like chocolate, but I’m not all gotta-have-it about the stuff. So given that there are so many chocolate varieties and less non-chocolate (or so it seems to me), the options that would be my favorites are a little more limited. But if you like chocolate, there are definitely many flavors for you to choose from. Second, peanuts. I hate peanuts and I hate peanut butter. I find all snack bar brands to be big on the PB. Again, if this is your thing, then you will be happy. It just isn’t mine. Finally, and here’s where you’re going to think I’m crazy, there is just so much chewing. These are hearty and satisfying bars. They are hefty. There were some times when I couldn’t finish a whole bar because there was just so much chewing. Yes, I’m that lazy. But they hold up nicely to finish the bar the next day, so even my negative isn’t really a negative. Maybe I’m losing my complainy touch! All in all, I think the bars will be a helpful addition in my journey towards healthier eating. Having a quick and satisfying snack at the ready certainly can’t hurt, right? Another part of the Blog Forward campaign is to include a letter to my future self. I am not one to write letters to...