6.18.2014

Easy Green Cleaning with Ology from Walgreens


  1. I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. 
I absolutely love the idea of natural cleaners, but I never feel that they work quite as well as the "regular" ones. I've tried every brand out there and have even made my own, but they just weren't working for me. I'm so glad Moms Meet sent me the new Ology brand products by Walgreens to try because their products are the solution to my green cleaning problems. 

Ology has an extensive line of products from paper towels and all purpose cleaners to laundry detergent and personal bath products for you and baby. 

  • Ology 2x Laundry Liquid Detergent is gentle on clothes and your skin, while still fighting tough stains. It works in both HE and regular machines and
  • is formulated to thoroughly clean all types of loads (regular, delicates, and woolens).
  • Ology 2x Laundry Liquid Detergent is available in a free and clear scent as well as a spring lavender vanilla scent, both of which are derived using only natural ingredients—nothing artificial.
  • Ology detergent contains no dyes, artificial fragrances or phosphates.
  • You won’t find these harmful chemicals in Ology products: ammonia, chlorine bleach, DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, and SLS/SLES.
  • Ology products are made using plant-based and mineral-based raw materials.
  • Every Ology bottle is made from 100% post-consumer materials.
  • Their products are never tested on animals and do not contain any animal byproducts.
  • The Ology brand is endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World, a national leading independent nonprofit organization, dedicated to the protection of children from harmful chemicals.

I tried the Ology Ultra Absorbent Paper Towels, 2x Laundry Liquid, and All-Purpose Cleaner. I immediately grabbed a load of my son's laundry and used the 2x Laundry Liquid. It worked great in my HE washer and didn't over or under suds. I was really curious as to how clean my son's clothes would get since they can get pretty dirty from being outside, but they all came out nice and clean. The laundry liquid retails for $6.79.


I then set to work to tackle my kitchen with the All-Purpose Cleaner and the paper towels. I immediately noticed how thick and plushy the paper towels felt. They're made from renewable sugar cane husk and quick growing bamboo. They worked great with the All-Purpose Cleaner at wiping up messes and got up a lot of grease on my stove that I normally would've had to spend a lot of time scrubbing. The Meyer lemon and lavender scent of the All-Purpose Cleaner was really nice and not overpowering. The cleaner worked great and I will never ever bother with another cleaner again because this one is leaps and bounds better than any of the other green cleaners out there. 

I can't wait to go to my local Walgreens and check out all of the Ology products. I love that I can get all of my cleaning and personal care supplies in one place without having to drive all over town to different stores to get different products I might need. When it comes to green cleaning and green living, Ology products are definitely the way to go.

Connect: You can connect with Ology and Walgreens on their websiteFacebook, and/or @Walgreens on Twitter!


6.11.2014

Injury MIA

Hey, hey, hey! I've been gone from the blog world for a few weeks now due to injury and therefore lack of anything to write.

Somehow I ended up with some severe sciatica that sent me to the ER. It affected my right leg, made it numb, and I quite literally couldn't walk and was in so much pain I'd have rather been in labor. So I got some good drugs and have an MRI tomorrow to see what's going on.

Because of this I haven't been able to workout at all :( It sucks, but my right leg is just so week. I may end up having to do physical therapy. Let's hope for some good news tomorrow!

5.22.2014

The Down Low on Low Down Waxing


I realize this is not my usual topic of conversation on here, but hey, why not. It's not everyday someone posts about waxing their va-jay.

I'm pretty anti hair. I just don't like it and yeah I get it, mammals, warmth, etc., but I live in Florida - I need no more warmth. I have always been curious about getting waxed down there, but honestly was never ballsy enough to do it. I've had my eyebrows and lip waxed and that's uncomfortable enough. I've had a friend that has done it for YEARS and just told me to suck it up.

So I did.

The first time sucked. Bad.


I seriously couldn't understand how people did it monthly. The esthetician assured me it's cause I was a newbie and it would get better. I will admit it looked pretty fab (for a vag), but I wasn't totally sold. 

I went almost 3 weeks sans hair and that was enough to convince me to give it a second go. It was decidedly less bad, but still sucked a little. The hair grew back slowly and thinner and soft. I was convinced for round 3. 

I went a week ago for my third time. It honestly felt like next to nothing. So now I'm hooked.

I will admit it's a little strange having someone all up in your lady parts, but given that she's seen plenty of vaginas and has one of her own, I try not to think about it too much. The weirdest part for me is when they do the back door. 

I was told it was the cherry on the waxing sundae, if you will. It's one thing to have someone looking down there, but it's another when it's your butt. You basically just grab your knees and bring them to your chest. This is surprisingly the least painful, but most awkward part for me.


So if you're ever thinking about doing it, go. Just don't judge on your first try. Had it felt like the first time every time, I would not still be doing it. Also, make sure you find a reputable place. Don't go to some random place with a Groupon as I've been told they'll rip your vag off.

Have you ever gotten a Brazilian? Share your good or bad stories!

5.21.2014

Weigh in Wednesday: Water Retention?


I've been KILLING it this last week with diet and exercise. I did my 4 days of weight training, did a little bit of running, and some HIIT workouts. I was able to do so much more this week than I thought I'd be doing 2 weeks ago. I'm slowly able to lift a little more and do more reps. I (strangely) enjoy the sore feeling I have the next day after working out.

My diet has been great too. I've been right on target with my macros every day. When we do our one meal out on the weekend, I balance it out the rest of the day. So if it's a carb heavy meal, I eat lighter the rest of the day and make it low carb, high protein. The only downfall I find with eating based on macros is getting such a high protein intake in. I know protein is important when weight training and I'm only doing 1g per lean body mass, but I find myself eating a lot of lunch meat to get it all in.

Lunch meat = salt = possible water retention?

I'm going to tell myself I'm holding water to feel better because I was not thrilled with my weigh in today.



Last week: 191.6
This week: 192.8
Up 1.2 lbs

Womp, womp

I know it's not always encouraged to weigh in when weight training, but I feel like the scale helps keep me accountable (and I like keeping up with all of my Weigh in Wednesday friends). I can't say my clothes have been fitting a whole lot better either to use that as a non-scale victory, so I guess I'm feeling a little bummed out. Hopefully next week I'll see a scale change. I know muscle weighs more than fat, but I'd like some (most) of my body fat to take a hike. 

Here's to next week!

5.16.2014

Calm Your Gut with Gutsy Chewy


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

When I was pregnant with Nugget, I had terrible heartburn. Ever since then, I still experience a lot of reflux and my stomach just seems more sensitive. I am not a big fan of taking certain over-the-counter heartburn/reflux products because they've got artificial colors as well as ingredients I'm just not comfortable consuming. I was so excited when Mom's Meet contacted me about a new all-natural product called Gutsy Chewy to help with this problem.


Gutsy Chewy is a fast-acting oral and digestive supplement for the queasy, uneasy, reflex feeling.
  • Gutsy Chewy products are available in two delicious flavors: Citrus and Wildberry.
  • Gutsy Chewy supplements are safe, gluten-free, vegan friendly and lactose-free.
  • Gutsy Chewy products are all-natural and made in the U.S.A.
  • All Gutsy Chewy supplements contain a proprietary blend of apple cider
    vinegar, licorice extract and papaya extract (GiGs®). GiGs® has been
    shown to be effective in treating GutBurnTM and GutBloatTM.
  • Xylitol is used in Gutsy Chewy to aid oral health, while calcium and
    magnesium are included to fortify the bodies stores of these important
    minerals.
  • Gutsy Chewy comes in a handy 8-pack tube that’s easy to travel with.
  • The retail price for Gutsy Chewy ranges from $15.99 to $79.99 (2 - 12
    tubes), depending on volume purchased. Each order also has a cost of $4.99 to cover shipping and handling. 
I was so excited to try this product because I tend to experience a reflex type feeling at least once every other day, if not every day. Once you get that feeling, you chew 1-2 tablets for as long as possible and then swallow. Easy to take and the container is small enough that it fits comfortably into my purse or diaper bag so I can have it with me even when I'm on the go.



I love how fast this product works. Within a minute, I can instantly feel a difference. I really like that this product tastes good as well - both the wild berry and citrus are yum and they don't leave any weird chalky tastes or strange aftertastes when you take them. The all natural ingredients make me feel comfortable in knowing that I'm not putting any scary chemicals into my body - and being made in the USA is a big plus for me! Gutsy Chewy is definitely my new go-to product whenever I feel reflux or my stomach feels a bit uneasy.

Connect:
You can connect with Gutsy Chewy on their website, Facebook, YouTube, and @GutsyProducts on Twitter.
Always check with your physician before starting any supplement product and specifically Gutsy Products. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your healthcare professional prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a medical condition. This product contains papaya and should not be used by people with a latex allergy. Keep out of reach of children 

5.14.2014

Weigh in Wednesday: Moving on Down

Weigh In Wednesday

Last week I did really well. I did my 4 day weight routine, added in some days with HIIT workouts, and even ran 2 miles without stopping and/or dying. Leg day was insane - it was my first one ever and my legs honestly hurt for 3 days. THREE DAYS! It was good and bad...I guess I now "get" leg day.


My eating was on point for the most part. I made sure to stay on target with my macros almost everyday. There a few times I ate out and since those meals were fairly carb heavy and high in calories, I planned ahead by eating a very light protein heavy breakfast and dinner (and by light, I'm talking about some egg whites).

I wasn't sure what the scale was going to say this week. I was hopeful for a pound (since I've planned my calories/macros to help me lose a pound per week) and was not disappointed with my number :)


SW: 193.4
CW: 191.6
-1.8 this week

Holla! Almost 2 lbs was pretty exciting for me. I'm feeling really good and like I can do this. This week I've got another 4 days of weights, HIITs thrown in as well and I have plans to run again tonight with my neighbor. 

Speaking of running - still debating on registering for another half. I told my husband I would never do another long run again, but it's only $40 and for a great local cause. The problem is, after my last 5k my body felt wrecked - like hip pain and could hardly walk. I've gotta get back into regular running to see how I feel before signing up, but I feel it calling to me :)