Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Heely's Review

I had the wonderful opportunity to review a pair of Heely's. I thought this would be great for Brooklynn to try! So we looked at the options that Business2Blogger and Heely's sent us and she decided on this pair!

Have you heard about Heely's? If not let me tell you a little about them and our experience with them! When you open the box you see these directions on the inside of the box!

Heely's are a great two for one, shoes and skates! They are super stylish shoes and are quality made to last. As shoes, they are nicely made, the sole is thick and is sturdy. They seem as if they will last a long time, which is a plus with this mom. One aspect of the shoe that I love, you can completely take out the wheel and put the bracket back on so it is functioning only as a typical shoe. Great because I don't have to fight in the morning before school trying to tell her she can't wear her new shoes to school because they have wheels! Plus, it literally takes seconds to switch from shoe to skate mode. You can be ready to ride in no time!

Brooklynn was very excited about the new shoes but was also a little nervous to use them. We watched a few tutorials on the Heely's website to make sure we knew what we were doing before going out to the driveway. I helped Brooklynn roll down the driveway a few times holding onto her arms to help her balance. Okay so here is a real problem we encountered, because she has skated before she wasn't used to needing to lift up her toes. The first few times weren't that easy and she had a hard time keeping her balance.

After using the Heely's a few more times she is starting to get the hang of it which was great. It is just going to take more practice and maybe even time practicing in the house. It is also about feeling confident enough to take off running in the Heely's to zoom like the videos displayed. Brooklynn happens to not be much of a risk taker, which means we need to practice more to build up confidence after she fell outside!

We do think it will be a lot of fun and very good exercise once she masters the skill!

If you are interested in your own pair of Heely's they have a great deal coming up! Heely's is throwing a Black Friday special!! Between Nov 25-Nov 28, Buy any pair of Heelys, get the second pair for $25. Or buy a Nano, and get a pair of shoes for $25, and get free ground shipping on all orders!

Want to watch for future deals they may have? Follow them on facebook, on twitter, or on their website!

Disclosure: I was sent a pair of Heely's in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions were honest and my own.

Thank you to Business2Blogger and Heely's for this opportunity!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Dirty 30"

Okay, with me turning 30 this month (ahhh), I wanted to come up with an idea that would make this upcoming birthday something to look forward to rather than dread it! Really I am having an issue with this birthday!!! I not only feel old, gasp, I found a gray hair....yikes! Really does this mean I need to dye my hair, okay, step back and breathe....worry about things I can change!

Okay! So, instead of celebrating my birthday I had an idea! I have heard many birthday ideas from friends and I am customizing my own idea using a similar name.

Ever feel like sometimes you are playing tug-of-war with your life? Let me explain here. I think I have things pretty well managed, but sometimes I feel like I am being drug in a direction I don’t need or want to go. I want to get a hold on these feelings instead trying to block them out. I am not trying to impress anyone with this; I just want to go down a different road where there is no tug! I want to better my life but in turn better the lives of my kids. A better me equals a better them and is a better bigger picture!

The Dirty Thirty, no it will not be the dirty thirty parties some of you may have heard of! Mine will not consist of any going out bar to bar, but simply tasks or items that I have wanted to get at and attack! Some of the things I made a list of are my "Dirty" little secrets, some are my wants as far as my house, and some are some habits that I would like to instill in my daily routine!
No they aren't dirty and yes this may seem silly or weird, but listen folks, its better than stressing and causing more of those little white friends to pop up!! The reason for it being a dirty "30" is not because I am coming up with thirty things necessarily, but they should take about 30 min. If it takes more than 30 min, it will be a weekend project! Also for something to become a habit you need to do it at least for 30 days for it to become natural!

So here is my list:

1. I want to get rid of my junk drawer. (Yes my secret drawer- I stash things in so it's hidden, please let me know I am not the only one that stashes things from time to time!)
2. I want to re-organize my china cabinet (it stresses me out)
3. I want to get rid of all my skinny clothes, no I will NEVER be a size 2 or 4 again!
4. I want to get rid of all my unmatched sheets.
5. I want to box up all the kids’ clothes that don't fit.
6. In our basement, I want to get my laundry area all sorted.
7. Hang up our smoke detectors (please don’t ask!)
8. Replace light bulbs in basement
9. Flip mattresses
10. Build railing for front porch steps
11. Get fencing for side of house to hide the hot tub!
12. I want to get a storm door for the front door. Really I have wanted one for the last 8yrs.

1. Wake up at a consistent hour everyday (I used to be good at this, by getting up early before the kids to do my devotions, needs to start again)
2. Walk/Workout three days a week (This is to get healthy, not because I want to fit into the previously mentioned size 2/4 clothes!)
3. Spend more time in bible study (I do our group bible study, but I want to make sure I am doing more, seeking more)
4. Keep up with my zones-Fly lady! Especially on days I work!
5. Specifically spend time with the kids doing something with them without the distraction of phone/computer/television. During the summer it is easier to be an “unplugged” family. I want to be more intentional about our time together!

Here's a bonus to this, I feel guilty already about sharing that I have so many things I want to regain focus on; but if it isn't too shameful I will post pictures of before and after if I have some wonderful organizing tips, etc. Again, I will never say I am perfect, but sheesh this makes me feel bad to admit some of the stashing....does that mean I need therapy? I hope not!


Monday Menu

This weeks Menu is pretty simple!

Meatloaf with Carrots and Potatoes

Crockpot Pineapple Chicken

Cheese and Chicken Quesadillas

Spaghetti and Green Beans

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken served with rice

I will be making soup and rolls and then having someone bring desserts and salad.
(We are doing rake and runs with our small group....)
Grilled cheese, fruit, and carrots with ranch

Baked French Toast
Stuffed Chicken, Rice, and Green Beans
Leftovers/Sandwiches :)

Hope you are blessed this week!

Here is a little snipit from a craft I am going to do with the kids on Thursday!!

Of course I found the idea on Pinterest!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday's Menu!

This week I have some great new chicken recipes to try!!! I will post a blog with pictures and the recipe and how it went over with our family! I wanted to find things that my kids would love and would be healthy as well as easy to make!

Here are our Dinners for the week!

Pizza after an evening of trick-or-treating!
Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna with salad
Crock Pot Meal ~working late~
Chicken and Spinach Casserole
Make your own Taco Bar
Balsamic Chicken with Rice and Veggie

Out to Eat for lunch and leftover dinner

Happy November!!! What are you most thankful for today?!

Today I am thankful for my wonderful family!

Enjoy your day and Be Blessed!