Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Adrenal Reset Diet: Book Review

I have heard about adrenals a bit, although I'll admit, I had no idea what they were for or what adrenal fatigue was. I feel completely exhausted all the time, and that was my main reason for getting this book. I wanted to see if I had adrenal fatigue, and I just think I might. The Adrenal Reset Diet
by Alan Christianson, NMD
I was interested in learning all about adrenal fatigue and this book was very informative. I learned that most people have this condition simply by the way they live their lives. Most people are overstressed and eating too much processed food. This book was easy to understand. First, you learn all about what your adrenals do. Next, you need to find out where you are on the "adrenal spectrum".  He then gives suggestions on various things to try to help reset your adrenals.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and learned a lot. I am implementing slowly, some of his suggestions to see if it would help with my fatigue, and so far I am still tired all the time. I do feel better in other ways though. I'm going to read it again and really dig in with both feet this time.
I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A Heart's Obesession: book review

A Heart's Obsession (Journey of the Heart) by Colleen Coble is the sequel to A Heart's Disguise. This is a series of short novellas. They are very short, quick reads. So, you can read all about the first book in the link above. This is a continuation of that book. In this book, Sarah's dad finally passes away and urges her to go to Rand, her true love. Rand left their little town to continue to be in the military and moved out to Fort Laramie. Sarah is certain that Rand will be excited to see her and they will be able to resume their relationship.
Little does she know that Jessica DuBois has already put her sights on Rand. When Sarah arrives, she finds out that Rand is engaged to Jessica! Still she tries to make the best of it by teaching the Native American children English. Little does she know that her ex-fiancĂ© Ben Croftner has decided to follow her to Fort Laramie and his intentions are to have Sarah no matter what.
I like this book. I am enjoying reading them, however, I wish they were put altogether instead of into  6 smaller books! I'd much rather have one larger book to read. Overall, it's a good story, but it is made so that if you want to know the end, you HAVE to buy the next book. 
I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Trim Healthy Mama Style!

Another Monday, and another time to menu plan for the week! I find that when I plan out my meals, it makes my week go so much smoother! Don't forget...I've been using the menu planner from over at Gwen's Nest. (she also has some great THM recipes if you are following that lifestyle! You can search Trim Healthy Mama on my blog to see my journey and you can also check out the Trim Healthy Mama Site.

Monday: Breakfast: Cheesecake Berry Crunch (Page 373 S)
Lunch: Chicken Stir Fry (Peppers/Onions/Brown Rice E)
Dinner: Sausage stuffed mushrooms (S)
Snack: Triple 0
cheesecake berry crunch
Tuesday: Breakfast: THM Pancakes, FF Redi Whip, Berries (E)
Lunch: Fat Stripping Frappa (Page 240 FP)
Dinner: Chicken Wings
Snack: Wasa, LLC cheese, Jerky (FP or E)
Wednesday: Breakfast: Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
Lunch: Black Beans and brown rice (E)
Dinner: 3 cheese chicken casserole (S)
Snack: Triple 0 (FP)
I did a little organizing of my ingredients this weekend. :)

Thursday: Breakfast: Apple Pie Oatmeal (E)
Dinner: Mini Quiche (page   S)
Snack: Wasa, LLC, jerky (FP or E)
Friday: Breakfast: Cheesecake Berry Crunch (Page   S)
Lunch: Grilled cheese tortilla with LLC and Light tomato soup (page 293 FP)
Dinner: Out :)
Snack: Berries with FF Redi Whip (FP)
Saturday: Breakfast: THM pancakes with FF Redi Whip and Berries (E)
Lunch: Big Boy Smoothie (Page    FP)
Dinner: Mini Meatloaves (S)
Snack: Triple 0 (FP)
Cheese Danish with Strawberries

Friday, March 6, 2015

Organic India Moringa: Product Review

Organic India
If you are like me, you try to do your best to be healthy. You make sure you eat your fruits and veggies, cut back on sugar, and drink lots of water. :) If you are like me, you've also never heard of Moringa! After reading about it I was super excited to give it a try and give you my review. First, I got a fantastic trial pack through Moms Meet. Take a look below:
My package of goodies! (not pictured is a reusable shopping bag)

I got many different flavors of tea, and I LOVE tea! I also got the Moringa powder and some supplements. First, I'll tell you more about Moringa. I had never heard of it before and maybe you haven't either. Here are the facts about Moringa straight from the India Organic website:

Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant minerals.

• Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.

• Daily use of Moringa as a dietary supplement can help restore nutritional imbalances.

• This concentrated superfood is both alkalizing and energizing, and is abundant in vitamins, minerals and complex amino acids.

• ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.

• One 8 oz. canister of Moringa Leaf Powder retails for $22.99, and 90 capsules of Moringa retails for $19.99.

The powder is so simple to use. You can sprinkle it on just about anything! Mac and cheese, in a smoothie, mixed in your pancake batter, in a cake mix! Really the possibilities are endless. And when done this way, there is no taste at all other than what you are eating! It is so easy to get the added nutrition with the powder. The tea is pretty good. My absolute favorite is the cinnamon flavored tea with a bit of Stevia. (You could sweeten it with whatever you'd like, or not at all! I also love honey in my tea.) It is so relaxing to smell the cinnamon aroma from the tea. I have tried the supplements and to be honest, I haven't noticed a ton of difference, but that could just be me. I am always exhausted no matter what I try. But I still am trying to be healthy from the inside out, so I keep trying. The powder I usually sprinkle into a delicious chocolate protein shake. I don't even notice it's in there! It is such an easy way to get so many health benefits.

 On another note, I did notice it had a label that says in California it was known to cause birth defects in babies. I was a little leary when I read this, but I have heard that this is on many things in California. I have not had any adverse reactions thus far, and I am done having babies. :) :(  Overall, I like the product, the teas taste great, and it is so easy to use the powder!

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Heart's Disguise: Book Review

I am a big fan of Colleen Coble and her books. I haven't read one that I have not liked yet. :) So I was excited when I had a chance to review this book A Heart's Disguise. First, I was super surprised as how thin it was. I knew it was going to be a fast read. It took me about 2 hours, with many interruptions. Take a look at how thin it is.

It was just under 100 pages. I did not know when I got this that it was one of what will be 6 little novellas. Now, on the review! Sarah has loved Rand for as long as she can remember. They are to be married when he returns from fighting in the Civil War. That is, until Ben Croftner, one of Rand and Sarah's friends, tells Sarah that he saw with his own eyes that Rand was killed. Sarah is devastated for months. Ben has always had his eye on Sarah. So, when he sees that Rand is seriously wounded he decides to tell Sarah that Rand has dies. He intercepts all of Rand's letters. Finally, 5 months later, Sarah decided to give her dying father his last see her married. She reluctantly agrees to marry Ben even though she does not love him.

Then, Rand returns home. Ben is furious that his plan has been thwarted and Rand is upset that Sarah would move on so quickly. It ends with a cliffhanger, which I don't like! I like books to be completed so that I don't have to keep buying book after book to see what happens! Will, Sarah and Rand get back together, or will Ben's schemes and plans work? Well, we have to wait for the next book to find out!

I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, March 2, 2015

Who Needs Toys when you have....

It's been awhile since I've done a Who Needs Toys post....or any kind of post! Life is busy, :) The hubs and I decided to ban electronics for awhile and it's amazing they things they'll play. Today, it's jumping over a streamer and making and obstacle course with it and blankets!
We also went sled riding and snow boarding and played some board games. (Sometimes my boys call them bored games! HA!) It's fun to watch them getting along and making up a game with something so simple.

Trim Healthy Mama: Menu Plan Monday!

Last week I told you all about how I got started on my THM journey and a little bit about the book. I am sharing my weekly menu plans because...well, I hate the question, "What's for dinner?" It stresses me out. And now I know what's for dinner. :) And I am also happy to say that after a bit of a stall I lost 3 more pounds.  Without further ado, here is this weeks menu:

I use the template over at Gwen's Nest because I can type right into it!

Monday: breakfast:THM Pancakes with FF Redi Whip and berries (Page 223 E)
Lunch: Fresh chicken salad with leftover roast chicken, salad (S)
Dinner: Stuffed Zuchini (S)
Snack: Fresh berries with FF Redi Whip (FP)

Stuffed Zucchini

THM Pancakes-I may have put a little too much Fat Free Redi-Whip!

Tuesday: Breakfast: Sour Cream Donuts (S)
Lunch: Ham Sandwich with light mayo, cottage cheese, veggies (Light S)
Dinner: Chicken Fajitas/tacos (S)

Sour Cream Donuts

Wednesday: Breakfast: THM Pancakes, FF Redi Whip, Berries (E)
Lunch: Bean chili (E)
Dinner: 3 Cheese Chicken Casserole (S)

Thursday: Breakfast: Cottage Berry Whip (Page 379 FP)
Lunch: Leftover chicken casserole from yesterday (S)
Dinner: Breakfast food (E or S depending if I have eggs or THM pancakes)
Snack: Triple 0 yogurt

Friday: Breakfast: Apple Pie Oatmeal (E)
Lunch: Carmel Apple Smoothie (E)  or Fat Stripping Frappa (Page 240 FP)
Dinner: Hamburgers, grilled veggies (S)
Snack: 1 Wasa,cracker, 1 laughing cow, turkey jerky (FP)

Fat Stripping Frappa. I did not make this look all glorious in a parfait glass, because I eat it straight out of the blender! Less dishes. If you have not tried this you MUST! It was like I was eating a Frosty or chocolate milk shake for breakfast!!

Saturday: Breakfast: Big Boy Smoothie (Page 242 FP)
Lunch: Grilled Cheese Tortilla with light laughing cow and Light tomato soup (Page 293 FP)
Snack: Triple 0 yogurt
Dinner: Easy stuff like leftovers!