Monday, July 21, 2014

Balance Bar review & Walmart trip PLUS a #Giveaway

As many of you know I love fitness. I've been in the fitness life for over a year and a half now and love my results. Like they say, once you start to see results, it becomes addicting. Addicting to eating clean and working out even if it's just a walk around the corner. The effort of doing so is what counts the most.

During this journey of mine I noticed consuming sweets was going to be harder to let go than I had imagined. Even though eating clean was a big change I had to cut down on the sugar way more than what I thought. Sugar is one of the best known foods to create fat. Many people think calories is a big gain factor, but its not, sugar is. You need calories to build that muscle. So, I did my research and found out that Balance Bars was going to be not only the best bar to consume without any worries, but also a nutritional bar for lasting energy. Something every fit individual wants.

Balance Bars was created in Santa Barbra, CA in 1992. It was created by people who care about great taste and good for you nutrition. They are available to buy at over 10 local stores including online retailers. You can find out a lot more about Balance Bars on their website at http://www.balance.com . Where there you can also sign up for their newsletter where you can stay up to date about Balance Bars and much more.

I was able to try out 2 different Balance Bar flavors that I've never tried before, cookie dough and peanut butter. Now what girl is going to say no to those two flavors? I love cookie dough and I love peanut butter, I literally have to have at least 3 full spoons of peanut butter everyday. That's not including the peanut sandwich I also have every morning (guilty). I bought these two boxes at my local WalMart for under $5.00. Very very affordable for such a great bar.  I loved everything about both flavors. They're filling which is a good thing for me. The cookie dough has little pieces of chocolate in them which is awesome. Chocolate fix right there all in a nutritious bar. You can also see how creamy and delicious the peanut butter bar looks. It's just so heavenly with absolute no regrets.

When it comes to the nutrition facts I always and never miss over looking at what I will be consuming. The first thing I look at is the sugar grams. If it exceeds over 25 grams of sugar I will not buy the product. Balance Bar surprised me when I seen it only had 17 grams of sugar. Not bad for someone like me who is cutting out the sugars. I also noticed that it had a long list of vitamins and iron. I always look at the iron percentage as well. And the best part is the protein grams. Also contains an excellent source of antioxidants.  I can't consume any product without it having enough protein so with that said all in all I give these 2 amazing bars a thumbs up.


One of the most common topics I also wanted to cover was workout clothes. I know many of us are on tight budgets trust me I know because I'm always on the hunt for a good bargain when it comes to workout clothes. But one of my top places I would recommend is WalMart. Walmart always has the best prices. I've compared both price and quality and let me tell you this place has won. I kid you not the shirt to the left was on clearance for $1.00. I love a regular tshirt for my workout days. It's loose no need to worry about any tight fitting. You can work out comfortably. To the right I have a racer back shirt that I fell in love with. It was $5.49. That's a great price for a shirt like that. I compared it to a store where they sell clothing like this and I wouldn't pay $13 bucks for this. The shorts are also amazing. It has a slight tight band around the waist so they won't fall which is a plus for me. They are very comfortable and not tight. I like loose clothing because you can actually do your workouts. They were under 6 bucks. Great price once again. Shorts like these would range around almost 10 bucks. Again, that's not what I'm willing to pay. With an easy 10 bucks and some change I was able to buy 2 tops and a pair of shorts at WalMart for workout clothes. Make no excuses. You can also check out their website at http://www.walmart.com and sometimes you can find clearance workout clothing too. 
In conclusion, Balance Bars are really my favorite go to bar. Not only does it kill my sweet cravings, but its nutritional, indulging and best of all affordable. You can't go wrong with an affordable product when trying to lose weight or get fit. I personally love it because it contain protein that I need on a daily basis for muscle gain. 

Now for the giveaway!! One lucky winner will receive a $10.00 gift card along with a box filled with a variety of my favorite Balance Bars. WOW. What a better way to start off your journey. Go ahead and enter for your chance to win. 

Note: I was with monetary value or product value. I received a WalMart giftcard as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar and WalMart. 




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tide to Go Review #influenster

Here come the bells here come the bells. It's wedding season, YAASS! I said it wedding season. An awesome gf of mine just got married last week and took a honey moon trip to Cabo. One of my child hood friends is getting married in September and another one of my child hood friends is getting married in November. Whew. It's all over the place this year with wedding season, but its always exciting to see a couple who you know will enjoy their lives together for ever.

One of my favorite parts of a wedding has to be the food! I love food, but I am also a messy gal. Pass the bib please. My boyfriend always tells me not to wear white or any light colors or we will be needing a bib for me. Do I ever listen, nope. And what happens to me? I end up staining my cute clothes. Ugh! So, I decided to prepare myself this time around and brought the amazing Tide To Go pen with me.

We decided to head to Joes Crab Shack for lunch while we were out the day before the wedding. It was just us and the newlyweds and ofcourse all the grooms and bridesmaids. I ofcourse wore a white with blue strip maxi dress that I was going to wear even though I knew it would turn out to be a messy lunch. I took my Tide to Go pen with confidence because I knew I could count on it.
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Can you see I even got a bib on. Lol that was a classic moment. I enjoyed my amazing lunch grubbing and making a mess. I did end up staining the leg part of my dress, but it was no biggie. I happily pulled out my pen and began to erase the stain off and it came off. The bride was in shock. Her inner bridezilla came out and tried to steal my stain eraser pen, but I ended up hiding it from her. I was so happy I was able to enjoy this lunch without any worries. The Tide to Go pen is a life saver for me. It fits in my purse without taking up any space. It's easy to use and works instantly. Literally second to come off. For the next wedding I know what I'll be packing along with me.



Thank you Influenster for this complimentary product sent to me for testing purposes. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Balance Bars Review & Giveaway

What is Earth Day?
  1. Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the  Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
    This year I was fortunate to have the opportunity to not only celebrate Earth Day myself BUT to help spread the word about staying healthy while thinking about and celebrating Earth Day with Balance Bar. 

    I have been a huge fan of Balance Bar since last year when I decided  to change my lifestyle. I changed the way I ate, the way I looked at food and the way I managed to keep myself on the right track. And during that journey I did a little research and found out Balance Bar would be the best fit. A year later, I am in love with Balance Bars I eat them after my workout for that boost of protein and best of all when I get my sweet cravings I can always count on Balance Bars to be there for me. Even when on the go I have found that Balance Bars are very convenient and tasty for me at the same time. I am thrilled to be able to review their Balance Bars Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars for Earth Day! 

    I am a big chocolate lover when it comes to sweets. Knowing that candy is no longer on my list I know that the Balance Bars Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars can help me satisfy my cravings in a healthy way with no regrets. Now I am no fitness trainer, but if I had to recommend a delicious way to help with those chocolate cravings I would totally recommend the Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars by Balance Bars. Especially for myself, I always get a sweet tooth after my workout session at the gym. But trying to find that perfect bar with the right amount of nutrients and protein I always find myself with a Balance Bar. 

    Some amazing facts about the bar if you didn't know: The Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar is 100% Rain-forest alliance certified Cocoa. It is Gluten free (my favorite fact about the bar). 13 grams of protein which is amazing to me. This is one of the main reasons why I love this Balance Bar. It has a high amount of protein. 4% fiber which is also another plus in my book. Excellent source of Antioxidants. Vitamins A,C,E and Vitamin D. And it has Kosher. The ingredients in these bars follow the 40-30-30 nutrition principle which is a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels and represents the caloric ratio your body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer. 

    Balance Bar was one of the originators of energy bars and the nutrition bar category, founded in 1992 by a group of sports enthusiasts, scientists and people with a passion for life. They started the company to help consumers find balance in their lives – the meaning behind their name. Since its founding, Balance Bar has added several flavors, styles and formats of energy bars to make nutrition easy and delicious for everyone. They offer a bar for every possible taste! To see all the flavors they have you can check out their awesome website. You can also find them on their social media sites: FACEBOOK, TWITTER and PINTEREST

    Now for the exciting part, the giveaway! To help celebrate Earth Day this year, one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a box of these amazing Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars. You DON'T want to miss this chance so go ahead and enter below to start YOUR journey to a healthy you this year for Earth Day with Balance Bar! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet & Full Coverage Concealer Review

Well hello there beautiful, thanks for stopping by. Today's review is my favorite I shall say. Let me give you all a little background to how this review came about. I only review the BEST makeup out there. So please sit down and relax. Lol because this is about to get good.


So last week I went to my Sephora to look for a full coverage foundation. I have oily skin on my face so trying to find that without help was going to be a mission. So my first color match was done by a guy. My theory about guys and makeup, they're better than us women. Hands down. So anyways, he matched me to the Kat Von D tattoo foundation which is supposed to be the best full coverage right now. At the store yes the color matched. I was excited to wear it the next day to work. And I did....looking like a ghost from the grave. Ugh. Great. Another trip to Sephora. So a couple days later I go back. Different gal tells me that with the Kat Von D foundation is a bit tricky. You either match it or you don't So, she recommended me the Clinique foundation. Matched me, took it home and again couldn't wait to try it in the morning for work. Again, the biggest fail. I look pale and oh my goodness it didn't fit me at all. Went back to Sephora the next day BUT to a different Sephora. Told them my annoyance of coming for the 3rd time. She said sit down I know the perfect foundation for you. And she brought out the Makeup Forever Mat Velvet foundation. Tried it on and wow, perfect match. I asked her then how I needed a full coverage under eye foundation. She then came out with the Makeup Forever concealer. Bam perfect match. I guess 3rd time is a charm for some of us. Anyways here is my picture after applying the makeup on. My skin looks flawless, fresh and I just feel wonderful. Makeup Forever is my new best friend.

Here is my flawless picture. I have very dark under eye circles and you can't tell I do on here. I did not touch up anything this is the original photo. Very amazing products. Very satisfied and happy that I bought these items.

Bath & Body Works Candle Review

Have you ever bought a candle that was highly recommended by You-Tubers or those "advertisers" whom claim to so be "obsessed" with an "amazing" candle? Yeah I think we've all been there before. Well, on Monday  I decided to stop by Bath and Body Works to check out their candles. This week you can grab their 3 wick candles 2/$22 each one is individually priced at $22.50 and above. I wasn't going to buy any candles because I really didn't need them nor did I believe they give that aroma I expect. And for that price I really expected a lot from their candles. Anyways, I smelled almost all of their candles and I only liked, not love, 2 scents, Hawaiian Hibiscus and Red Guava Lava. The only ones that caught my attention. Anyways, got home and turned on the Hawaiian candle first. I couldn't get the wick to turn on so I kept trying to turn on the wicks. After my 4th attempt I finally started them off. I loved the look of the wicks burning it looked very relaxing and just something I can stare at. At first I didn't smell anything at all. I let an hour pass and still nothing. I left it on over night to see if something would give off and it did...just a little. I was kind of disappointed because I knew it was too good to be true. But then again some of you may have experienced differently than I have.



So for their candles overall I would give them a 7/10. The presentation of the candle and the look of them I rate them a 10/10. Their pricing for the candle I rate them a 5/10. Reason being is because who would want to pay over 20 bucks for a candle that's not really going to give a strong scent? I want my money's worth. I would honestly pay the most 8 bucks for this candle if I were to give it it's worth. I truly believe if anyone is going to be honest about a product I would be the first to raise my hand. Thank you for stopping by!


This post is in no way sponsored. I purchased these products with my own money. All opinions are my own 100% honesty.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bloggers Wanted: Opulent Monsters Giveaway! 3/24-4/7


Crafters Gather Round for this awesome giveaway coming up! 

Hosted By: Mami's 3 Little Monkeys
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Who Keeps You Healthy


                                         American Recall Center

Being healthy has many meanings to us. It means eating healthy organic foods, being active and working out, laughing, smiling, being happy etc etc. Since last year toward the end of February of 2013 healthy has been the new definition of my new lifestyle. My biggest motivation, my boyfriend.

We have been together for merely over a year now. It all began when we both noticed our eating habits were not healthy. We ate out a lot, we felt very guilty which isn't a good feeling after eating a certain meal. No one should ever feel guilty about eating something. So, we both decided to change our eating habits and get in shape. First thing was first, we both changed the way we ate, drank more water and targeted on losing weight before we got into building muscle, (which we are both now at 3 months of building muscle). Along with eating healthy and losing our weight we were doing Insanity workouts featuring Shaun T 6xs a week. Very hard commitment let me tell you, but he pushed me. Everyday he reminded me of how I was able to do it. That in the end it would be all worth it. And it has been. It's been over a year now and we are still continuing our healthy lifestyle. We are still doing Insanity and both going to the gym when we can. I'm usually the gym rat waking up at 330 in the morning to get my workout at 4. While he waits until he gets out of work, but either way we are motivating each other to continue our healthy living together. Today, I've lost 22 pounds of fat, I've gained a lot of muscle and I have to admit I have NOT gotten sick what so ever. No flu no nothing. And I know it's because of our healthy living. Thank you to my boyfriends motivational words to keep me going!



American Recall Center is focusing on hip replacement this month. Their recent contributor, Amy, kindly shared her hip replacement story with the world. Which inspired this campaign. You can read more about hip replacement at Hip Replacement American Recall Center. There you can read about the common causes of hip pain, types of hip implants and many other important facts about hip replacement.

Thank you to American Recall Center for this blogpost opportunity. All opinions are my own and from my own experience. No compensation was made nor am I affiliated with the company. You can like American Recall Center on Facebook at AMERICAN RECALL CENTER and follow them on Twitter at AMERICAN RECALL CENTER