Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas

With this past year being a whirlwind of jumping into the self employed world I realize that my poor ol blog is a'lackin but I really do miss all of you! I have made some extremely close friends and I value each and every friendship I've made. I promise that 2015 will be more focused on building my blog back as well as coming back and practicing routinely keeping updates about life and what's going on around the farm. I have to say the one update I miss the most is my farming on the four's and although I still keep tabs on the farm I miss adding those journal entries on here for you all to see! I'm hoping to do a few round up posts to share what went on in the garden and how hard we worked during harvest on the farm as well as many other updates that happened through out the year. Keep an eye out, but in the meantime, enjoy the holiday season. Take every moment and soak in the festivities! This may be your last holiday you'll celebrate, enjoy every blissful moment!



Merry Christmas from our family to yours!



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Monday, December 1, 2014

Good Life Halfsy


***This was written a few days after my race, but it wasn't posted until now when I finally buckled down and added all my race pics. I wanted to make sure this post was perfect before it was posted so sorry for making you wait to re-live my first half marathon but I'm a perfectionist ;)

I'll admit, I'm still on my runners high so bare with me as I write this for you guys. I wanted to get a post together to let you all know how the run went before I forgot the emotions that the day were filled with.

Yesterday, Sunday, November 9th was a day that all my training (or lack of training) led up to and I was as ready as I could be for it.

MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!

It was so much fun! (I can say that now, I'm done and no longer filled with millions of different emotions) I'm not going to lie, I was so nervous and excited for this race to come. Not only was it a local race but it was something I knew I'd been wanting to do for awhile. 

I decided awhile back that my need for longer distance races were starting to form. I loved my 5k distances but they just weren't enough of a challenge for me. I wanted something longer, harder, something that'd put me into the elite group and set me apart from the average gym rat.

I looked around for quite some time to find the perfect race for me. I knew I wanted something out of the box that had a huge love of fun and high energy. I wanted something that was endorsed by products and companies I was already in love with. But most of all, I wanted a race that I could call mine and come back and run in the future. I wanted something close to home to call my first half marathon.


PACKET PICK-UP & RUN EXPO

I was excited to go visit packet pick-up! I'm actually already a member of the Bulu Box community (Use this link and code BULUGAN065 to get 50% off ANY box subscription!) so when I knew that they were sponsoring this race AND I had the opportunity to meet a few of the guys/gals behind the company I was thrilled! And, meeting them in person was amazing! They're all SUPER kind, super friendly and totally hilarious! I was also grateful that at packet pick-up they let you try on and trade-out shirts if they didn't fit. I ordered a medium since I knew it was a women's fitted shirt and thankfully they allowed me to trade out sizes and get a small. (FYI this is still my favorite tech shirt to date and I actually ordered a second one because I love it so much!) After I spent awhile chatting with the Bulu Crew I took a look around at the other running companies at the expo and headed home. Bib in hand, ready to race the next morning... But first, I had to take a selfie!! 



RACE DAY MORNING

Race day morning was tough for me. I woke up with less than four hours of solid sleep and I dreaded it. I knew I wasn't prepared but I knew I was running it no matter what. I actually laid out all of my clothes the night before that way I'd be ready to jump in them and go the next morning. My dad, mom, Travis and his mom Joan all met at our place to car pool up to Lincoln. We were planning on meeting my sister and Cliff at the race start just to make things easier. 

I laugh thinking about the entire drive up, the boys talking about farming, me thinking of every possible way to get out of the race. Them encouraging me saying I'll be fine. On the way up I whined as I laced up my Brooks. I complained as loudly as possible the entire time I filled up my Blender Bottle (free from Bulu Box!) and dumped in my Uplift by NLA For Her pre-workout formula that I'd been training with.

We arrived in Lincoln and we were totally overwhelmed with the amount of people walking towards the start line. The parking was insane but I guess it should have been expected for those kind of events.


PRE-RACE JITTERS

I almost started crying when we started walking towards the race line-up area. I was nervous, thrilled, scared, anxious and so many other emotions because I wasn't sure I'd trained enough for this day. That morning it was chilly, the chills made me even more nervous. I was really annoyed that we were late, getting there about half an hour before the race really wasn't enough time for me to get stretched out and ready for the 2+ hours of running I was about to do. And I wanted to get a few photos in with friends and family before I started. 

I started stretching, slamming my pre-workout drink and trying not to shiver and waste too much of my energy keeping my body warm. It was just a weird feeling being giddy with anticipation yet insanely nervous and ready to pee your pants.
The things us runners will put ourselves through!


RUNNING THE RACE

I was so scared at the starting chutes. Seriously, I was standing there, attempting to stretch, calm my nerves and prepare myself for the "first" of firsts for the day. I stood there, with tears in my eyes. Yes, my emotions were that high and I was that worked up. I believe my tears were truly tears of joy and anticipation. I prayed the entire night before and felt a huge calm come over me through those 12 hours leading up to this event. I felt tears well up because my heart was so ready for this event but I felt my body hadn't trained hard enough. 

A kind young lady named Jessica was standing next to me and I'm so grateful she started up a convo with me. She's what saved me from tears falling down from my eyes at that point. She just did the typical small talk about how many races you've done, how often you've trained, but her small talk meant the world to me. I felt like I wasn't alone in this race.

As the runners started moving forward I found myself searching for my family. I needed to see a glimpse of them before embarking on such a long journey. I needed that final smile and good luck wish. I found my mom and ran to her arms for one last encouragement and she sealed my send off with a kiss. I could feel her lipgloss on my cheek, but I didn't dare wipe it off, I needed my family with me as I ran. Seeing both my mom and Joan right before I cross the start line meant the world to me. You always need your moms with you before doing anything courageous.

Then as I'm starting the race, I find Travis right around the first bend. He's smiling at me and taking pictures. This just makes the race start even better!
If you take a look at the miles, you'll see my first mile was actually extremely slow. I'm thinking I did this because I wanted to get my breathing under control, get into my "zone" and really start focusing on the entire race. I prepared myself for the race by constantly reminding myself this was an endurance run, it wasn't a short race and I needed to really pace myself and conserve energy.

At mile three I reminded myself that I just finished a 5k and this was the longest distance race I've ever ran. That was already an accomplishment in my books and anything after that distance was an added bonus and this was now all for fun.

After the first four or five miles I was feeling completely fine. I was finally warmed up and didn't feel chilly anymore and loved seeing those first few cheer stations. They all happened so quickly but I loved them. They felt natural, no cramping, no pain, just crowds of encouragement and mass amount of adrenaline going through me.

When I finally hit the halfway point around mile six I knew I was feeling great, a little tired but I was running my halfsy off! I was thrilled to see family and friends there for me and the sign Chrissy and Cliff made me really kick it up and continue through the next few miles with a smile. Seeing their faces is what pulled my spirits back up and reminded me why I was running this race.

I could tell that my non-existent ADHD kicked in around mile 8ish because I started sending selfies to family members and even had time to update one to fbook, with no spelling errors!? That was the point where I wished I'd have word headphones so I could listen to music. 

The cheer stations were great but the gaps in between with no crowds is what killed the vibe. I really needed someone to entertain me and keep my mind off the distance. I remember counting in my head how many miles I had left and that's where my doubt and hatred of the run started.


Then, the wall hit me. The big ol wall that everyone talks about with longer runs. Mile 11 is exactly where it hit me, I can remember running through a residential neighborhood area and I'm not sure if that's what caused it or the amount of pressure and pain I was feeling running through my knees at that point. I think it was both. It was around that time I started to really dig deep and find my reasons for why I was doing this. It was tough and I questioned my sanity at this point.

I pushed through, I had to look down at my race bib because I knew I added two very important Bible verses to the back of it. I repeated those verses over and over in my head and at one point heard myself say them out loud. Mile eleven about killed me. But I refused to walk, I refused to give into the pain. Knowing this race was about over and reminding myself that I couldn't quit early because I knew I could do it helped me. Yelling DIG DEEP DON'T GIVE UP also was an incentive to continue to run because the walkers beside me gave me weird looks as well. I was going to do this. I was going to finish.

The next miles were brutal and tough but the skittles and gummy bears are what kept me going. I needed those last little bites of sugary filled goodness. I didn't stop the entire race to walk but I did slow down enough to slam a dixie cup of water. I'm normally not a water drinker during runs but I seriously needed something. Pretty much every opportunity I had to take a snack from those last two stations I did it. I didn't care about the after tastes in my mouth of the dryness they created. I needed that energy!

I think what helped to pull me through the last few miles was also seeing a glimpse of friends. My best friends parents were there and cheered me on bringing me hope that there were people fighting in my corner. Then, I heard the roar of a crowd and knew I was close to the finish line. 

The last hill, a huge new bridge put in leading to the finish line was tough. I dug my head down deep and just climbed. Reminding myself I'd trained for hills. I could do it. I was on the last .1 miles of this course and I wasn't going to give up and walk now. It hurt, I was ready to be done. But I didn't give up! I knew I could accomplish it. I knew I was going to defeat my doubt!!

At the top of the hill I finally saw the crowds and knew it was time to smile and prepare myself for a powerful win. I knew I'd accomplished a goal I had set years ago and I knew that this was it. I needed to enjoy the bitter sweetness of this crowd encouraging me to finish strong. 



POST RACE

I can't remember exactly why, but I remember after the finish line I kept running into the finishers chute. I think my body said to keep going before my brain could reply to stop. Even after stopping my legs didn't know what to do. I couldn't really feel them, they call that noodle legs right?! I grabbed my medal, thanked the sponsors as well as volunteers and continued through the chute to check out what was all in there.

There were so many delicious options to choose from at the end. Runza may have been a great choice but I wasn't hungry for anything really at the time. I grabbed a few pieces of oranges and slammed them as well as a gatorade and grabbed a banana to go. Looking back, I should have grabbed a Runza, they're so delish and worth every bite! What an unique finish line reward for our state. (Another reason I loved this race)

The one thing I wish I could have found was the post race photo area. I really wanted my picture taken with a neat backdrop and my medal and sadly it never happened.


RACE RESULTS

This is where my nerdy skills kick in. I thrive for scores/results! I love seeing what "the numbers" say about my runs and how I stack up compared to the hundreds of other runners out there. I'm proud to say that looking at the official results, I placed 918th out of 1450 for the female division and I placed 1594 out of 2255 for the overall category. That means I place in the top 2/3rds of the entire event! PROUD :) 

Aside from just those numbers, I also like to look at my splits for each mile and determine what made each mile easier or harder. For the most part, the entire race was downhill which was another benefit of practicing those hills here at home. 



RACE REVIEW

Overall, this was hands down one of the best races I've ever participated in. I loved how encouraging each and every cheer station person was including everyone in the crowds along the route. I LOVED the sponsors and the swag we got with our race entry fee. I really loved the shirts included. They're super comfy and I'm actually wearing mine as I type out this post. The only thing that I didn't like was the extra .13 miles I ran. Not that it's a bad thing because most races are cut short, but if I'm running a 13.1 mile race, I hate that extra .13 miles, that's when I'm extremely exhausted anyways. ;) 

I work with Bulu Box and would love to give away a free Bulu Box for you guys to try out and get started with a great subscription box with healthy and fun new products. I'll be posting soon with a full review on them and how I enjoyed their sponsorship of this race but for now, I would give this entire race series a 10 out of 10!
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And now, I can cross off a half marathon for the state of Nebraska in my Project Run 50 Series as well! Yay! Now that I'm hungry for more races it looks like I'd better find another state with a fun race (potentially even half mary?!) to sign up for! I'd love to find one before the end of this year even!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 Miles In 30 Days - September

September was a tough but FUN month for me. I looked at my calendar to realize that my first half marathon is coming up in November and it's time to seriously focuse on running! No more skrewing around, it's time to start running daily!!
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-RACE RECAP FOR SEPTEMBER-

No races, and I'm ok with it. Since I'm pushing for my half marathon I knew I wouldn't be running as many races this year. But with all these fun fall 5k's popping up it's really tempting to sign up for a few!!


-MILEAGE RECAP FOR SEPTEMBER-

Holy moly I hit the jackpot this past month!! I realize that I haven't ran that much this summer with activities and work going on but when I really look at just how much I ran in September I'm totally amazed and proud of myself. I have NEVER ran that many miles. Ever.

Soooo, imagine how delighted I was when I pulled up my daily mile log, entered in my miles and saw that I had run my highest mileage month to date since I started logging all my miles. And not only did I go over and hit my high but I also blew it out of the water. 

From what I can see it looks like 37 miles is the highest I've ever ran in a month, I high 67.1 this past month according to my RunKeeper App! Yes! Party time! I get to indulge and buy new workout gear for myself as a reward!! ;)

But in all seriousness, this was such an inspiring thing to hit. I've been working my butt off trying to throw in higher mileage runs and seeing the numbers crunched got me excited to continue to push myself for higher numbers and bigger goals. I worked hard, I ran almost every day and really focused on my distance skills.

This past month I also really focused on my sprints. I realize my strides suck as a runner and the only way to get better is to practice. So with a little "pep talking" from my running app and following a first marathon outlined workout schedule I'm learning to run a few miles then work on sprints. It's tough but I honestly can feel that I'm doing better about stretching out when I run.

Annnd, I started really working on hills. I've been babying myself and only doing flat ground but something clicked and I realized that not every race will be ideal "Kelsey Perfect" running conditions so I'm trying to get outside of my comfort zone more. Again, work in progress but I'm getting better about it!

My long runs used to consist of 3.5 miles, now they're doubled and I'm seeing number around the 6ish mile mark. Pretty exciting and moving to think my body will allow such a crazy adjustment in a short thirty days already!!


The picture above is from my Daily Mile account, it's showing miles per month breakdown. Pretty crappy looking summer wouldn't you agree?! The month of January it's crazy to think I ran almost as much as the other warmer months... Weirdo!


-INSTAGRAM RECAP FOR SEPTEMBER-


1. Heeeelp! What's your favorite pre-workout formula? Mine is #NLAuplift and it's yummy, but i must warn my snapchat friends of the monster that is created once I start chugging... It's just so good! If you want a good laugh add me, @kuwkels on snapchat.

2. Lookie I found a new highway to run on! Clatonia is a totally new territory for me but I'm kinda digging it. The little down time between volleyball games is great to get a quick three miles in. Not gonna lie the hills were rough, but it's back to volleyball games now!

3. Black Friday! So I decided today should be black out day for my run. Sounded like a good idea, mainly because I'm mourning the fact that it was my first day of needing to switch to workout pants instead of the ol summer shorts. Ready or not fall is coming! Life seems so much simpler when I have time to think while our running. :)

4. Yup, pretty much mad and angry all at once! Don't worry, I finished up the run, but was feeling defeated and disappointed as I cursed the last half mile. #suckit

5. Unfortunately, this "run off the pain" dealo didn't work this evening. I guess when my workout schedule calls for a rest day I should listen next time! #wecantstop

6. Don't mind the shameless mirror selfie, but I've been watching a lot of Sex & The City lately and I'm obsessed with Sarah Jessica Parker! Today my hair is just screaming Carrie Bradshaw and I'm not complaining one bit. :) #sex&thecity #obsessed

7. My shirt says, "I don't sweat I sparkle" Well, today I was extra sparkly from my run! But the sunsets always make the runs seem so much easier. Today was also a record breaker for steps power day according to my phone. WooHoo!


-WORKOUT ROUTINE FOR SEPTEMBER-

This isn't the one I follow but it's fun to find some new workout routines and schedules so I decided to start adding something new for you. You know, just in case you're looking for something to try out! ;)
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This month rocked for running and workouts!! I'm really wanting to add a new abs/arms workout to the mix, maybe I'll work on that for this next month. Does anyone have a solid plan they're using and like enough to share? I'd love to see how you're doing!!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello my name is Kelsey and I'm addicted to....

...evidently I'm addicted to skipping out of blogging for the past two months?! #sorrynotsorry

With that being said, I'm BAAACK! Well, for now. Let's not get too far ahead of the game. I'm not making any promises to blog as often as I used to. Quite honestly, I do miss it though! 

So, my excuse for being absent? WORK. Yes, work is getting in my way of blogging and it's just plain unacceptable in my opinion. But, someone's gotta pay off the credit card bills and buy junk food to fill our cabinets. So, that's my job.

I quite my full time job back in November of last year and jumped in face first into the self-employed world. I opened up shop to my photography business Dirt Road Photography and I'm pretty dang proud of myself for making a go at it and becoming successful enough that I'm not needing to get a part time job to supplement my income (yet).

Right now I'm waist deep in editing work that needs to be finished but I'm taking a break and back-tracking to read up on all of my blog friends' posts that I've missed out on. I logged into BlogLovin and saw I had over 1,300 posts to read. Holeeee buckets people! I'm trying to catch up but it's a bit overwhelming at this point.

What else is new in my world? Well, I'm working on some projects that I'll be sharing soon I promise!! But for now, I'm still the same ol me. Focusing on longer distances for running since I've got my half marathon coming up in November. Still shooting pictures of random animals around the farm. And of course I'm fully participating in watching reality junk tv!

Until next time, enjoy my short quick update and know that I'm coming back soon :)



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wheat Harvest

The first harvest of the season is happening! 

With about 20 acres of wheat that Travis farms we made the decision to hire our neighbor to come combine it for us. We recently just purchased a new combine and instead of pulling it out, make all the adju to adjust it all for wheat we decided it was much easier to have our neighbor who also combines several acres of his own wheat to do it. Without getting too into the details our newer combine chops up the straw stubble more which would cause us to not get as good of pieces to bale with later.



As farmer's we're always looking for ways to use every last bit of the crops that we plant and harvest. Part of using everything and not letting anything go to waste is baling up the "trash" or part of the crop that isn't harvested and sold at COOP. We like to bale straw bales to use for cattle bedding and normally a 20 acre field could last us several years worth of small square bales.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Benefits of Compression Sleeves

I've seen my serious running friends are sporting the compression sleeves and socks and I was intrigued by them. I mean, they look super important and I assume they have to work if so many people are using them. So I did a little digging and a few social media calls for input to see what others thought about them and also used a pair of sleeves I got in one of my StrideBox's to do a little research of my own. Oh, and notice the running belt? Ya, I should probably do a review on that baby as well eh?!
- Protection against scratches from branches or bugs. Every runner knows that trees on trails are a pain in the butt, sometimes arm sleeves can help prevent some scratches. And bugs, I'm not sure about you guys but bugs are always chasing after me, this is perfect to help keep them away from me.

- Reduced recovery time for sore muscles. It's obvious that your muscles get tired after extended periods of running, this helps to reduce the amount of time your muscles spend recovering from those longer runs. If you're muscles are under compression sleeves they don't "flop around" as much meaning less time getting them back to normal.

- Improved circulation throughout entire body. With your arms being compressed it helps to keep your blood flowing to the rest of your body, compression is your friend!!

- Reduced chance of muscle strains/tears. Again, this is due to the compression keeping your muscles together and not loose, tight muscles result in less chances of wear and tear on them over extended periods of time working out.

- Extra warmth on longer runs and workouts. Because some days in the early spring in fall I'm just not feeling the full sweater or long sleeves. My core is warm enough but my blood flow to my arms makes my arms feel cold. These babies are just perfect for that reason!

- Layer of sun protection during outdoor runs. They do give you some pretty nifty tan lines if you wear them often, I guess it gives you a reverse farmer tan, something fun to look at! But it is important to keep track of the sun, burns can really reduce your ability to focus your body's energy on running and endurance if you're pouring it all into recovering from a sunburn. 
- Reduced amount of muscle swelling. Less swelling ties into the smaller recovery time! Anytime you're moving and working muscles you have muscle fatigue due to them wanting to grow and get stronger. If you keep compression on it then they really have no where to go so they stay in place, reducing swelling! Makes sense to me but not sure I'm getting the point across?!

- Keeps moisture off your arms. This is really just an added benefit and not something oober important. I really hate the feeling of sweat just hanging out on me so these sleeves help to absorb sweat and keep it away from me!

- Ups your "hardcore runner" look on the cool scale! YES! I mean really, when you walk into a race line-up and you see someone with sleeves your mind automatically thinks, "oh great, I'm gonna lose to that guy who is a hard core runner with sleeves"... come on, admit it. It's true.
So, thoughts? Judging by the benefits of them it sounds like they'll help. I think it might partially be mind over matter but I really did feel better after running a little over 4.5 miles last night. I'd love to try out some compression socks as I think they'd be even more beneficial than sleeves so if you know of any company looking for a test dummy send them my way! 
 
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy fourth of July everyone! I'm excited to see what you guys did over the next few days and will be catching up on blogs this weekend! Stay safe, enjoy the fireworks and honor our military members!

And what kinda fourth would it be without my good ol gal pal Dolly helping me wish you guys a great holiday!?

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Bulu Box ((Product Review)) -April-

Finally getting caught up on posts that have been sitting in drafts for awhile and I couldn't miss a review on one of my favorite box subscription services that I've subscribed to!

If you didn't already know, I'm a Bulu Box Brand Ambassador. What that means is I get a super awesome discount code to share with all of my friends that allows you guys to get 50% off ANY subscription from them. They have super neat regular Bulu Box (which is what I'm subscribed to) and they have a Weight Loss Bulu Box which is geared with more weight loss type products in it. 

To get your Bulu Box for just $5 visit Bulu Box, use my link and use code BULUGAN065.

I figured to give you a better idea of what the boxes are all about I'd do my monthly review and give you my opinion's on the products!

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The picture posted at the top is the April box that I received. So pretty right?!

1. Rally Capsules- Going out for a drink tonight shouldn't ruin your tomorrow. Rally Capsules are a stimulant-free hangover prevention that replenishes your body's vitamins and antioxidants lost during drinking. After drinking, take two before bed and wake ready for the day tomorrow! Remember to always drink responsibly. Priced at $24.99 for a 10 pack. My Review: Ok, again, I'm not sure what the deal is but I'm pretty sure between Bulu Box and StrideBox they know I like to have a good time and go out with friends and party it up. Cause this might be the third or fourth "hangover" type product I've recently recieved. And it's tough to use these when I honestly don't go out that often! I mean, yes I do go out but I normally keep the drinking under control and I don't have a need for these suckers. I hate hangovers so I pace myself and avoid them at all costs when possible. This has yet to be used so I can't give it an honest review yet but I'm certain it'll work out just fine...

2. WhiteShield- Prevent staining from your morning coffee with this natural, flavorless powder that mixes easily into your morning cup of joe. WhiteShield prevents new stains from forming while also helping gently remove existing stains. No more coffee teeth! Priced at $22.99 for 50 packets. My Review: These were yet another product that were tough to test out for me! I normally don't drink coffee which is great for me considering the amount of caffeine in them and also the fact that I already have terrible teeth but crappy to give you guys a review on! I did make myself some coffee just to try them so I could tell you how I felt about them and surprisingly it did just what it'd say it'd do. Be tasteless. I did notice that I must not have stirred it in quite enough because I could almost feel "chunks" in it. As for preventing stains on my teeth I really couldn't tell a major difference but I gave it a try and the others are sitting patiently waiting for me to make more coffee so they get their chance to be tried out!

3. Fruit.O in Mango Pear Pineapple- A more convenient way to snack, Fruit.O pouches are made using organic fruits including mangos, blackberries and bananas with none of the artificial stuff. Swap out your afternoon vending machine run for Fruit.O. Priced at $22.99 for 10 pouches. My Review: I'm already in love with the Buddy brand of these pouches I buy at Wal-Mart so anytime something new comes out I like to get all super comparative about it and try to find a reason to love what I already know. Well, amazingly, I did like these almost as much. I didn't like how runny the fruit was, it was a little too liquidy and not a paste like my ol Buddies are. BUT, I did like the flavors! Anything pineapple is my friend and when I read mango on things I get worried because sometimes mango can be good but other products it tastes horrible. Looking at the ingredient list I'm impressed, mangoes, pears, pineappl juice and lemon juice. Pretty simple and that's the way I like my ingredient list, easy to read!!

4. Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System- Ease digestive discomfort and distress for a more balanced body. Advanced Enzyme System uses 10 potent types of plant-based enzymes to help your body better breakdown proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates. Give your tummy total relief from discomfort and keep things running smoothly. Priced at $20.99 for 90 capsules. My Review: This time I will whole heartily admit I did not even take the time to try this out. I don't have any issues with tummy discomforts so I just skipped it completely. If you're reading this and tend to have tummy issues shoot me an email with your addy and I'll go ahead and send this product your way so it doesn't go to waste! I'd hate for it to not get used but I just won't use it. See, there's always that "one item" in the box that I won't use and it just so happened to be this one! It just didn't fit me, but that doesn't mean the others who received it won't love it! Just part of the fun of trying new things :)

5. Grandma's Lye Soap- Some soaps can irritate skin. Grandma's Lye Soap gives your skin a soft, squeaky clean feeling with no detergent residue. Grandma's only uses three ingredients so you know the soap you're using is just a soap. Priced at $15.00 for three 6oz bars. My Review: Who doesn't love a new bar of soap!? I can remember my grandma making lye soap so this was an exciting one to test out!! I'm not sure I can describe the soap smell besides waxy? It also flaked off the bar while pulling it out of the package but with ingredients as simple as lard, lye and water I guess that'd make sense. Seriously, that was all that was listed as ingredients, I love it! Along with a fun little card with information it also had a 20% off coupon included! That's a win in my books and the prices are extremely reasonable considering it takes me awhile to use up a full bar of soap. I love that it recommends using this soap if you have dry skin or get rashes easily. I have border line eczema skin so anything that helps me out is something I take into consideration! For sure loving this product!

6. Promax Low Sugar Bar in Peanut Butter Cookie Dough- The delicious flavors of Promax protein bars now with less sugar. Promax Low Sugar Bars pack 18 grams of protein with 14 grams of regulating fiber. Promax Low Sugar are gluten-free and contain no artificial sweeteners. Priced at $27.60 for 12 bars. My Review: I've tried so many chocolate "health" or protein bars and gels that I truly despise these things. Some chocolates are so fake and disgusting that they've kind of ruined me but I gave it a try to be a sport and tell you guys how I felt about it. I could for sure tastes the peanut butter and the cookie dough was faint but I could still find it in the taste. The only thing I disliked was the texture of the bar, it was kinda like a crunch type bar yet still soft. I really hate hard crunch bars so to me that wasn't very appealing but otherwise, pretty easy to get through. The chocolate wasn't too fake tasting either which is always an added bonus for me.

And of course you want to see me munching on some of these yummy products and testing them out right?! Alright fiiiine, here you go. The rest will be added once I hunt them down but here's one to laugh at. Enjoy!


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I personally have loved each and every box I've gotten over the past few months. Not only do I get to try out NEW products in trial sizes but I get to see what I don't like and what would be worth purchasing a full size product of. I realize that not all of the products are for me but I always seem to find that over half of the box I did enjoy and the things I didn't enjoy were still worth a try.



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Link-Ups & Networking

Here's a list of different places I link-up to, network with and a couple fun blog hops to participate in!

         The Carpe Diem Directory 

And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't participate in blog hops to gain more exposure and meet lots of buddies?! Here's just a few places I like to party at. And by party I mean hang out and me new people...

MONDAY
 Showered With Design Mingle 240 Manic Mondays with itsemmaelise

TUESDAY
Grab a Friend 

WEDNESDAY
The Hump Day Blog Hop How My World Runs  Loyal RUN Life Revolves Around Them Pretty Strong Medicine

THURSDAY
Obviously MARvelous HER & NICOLE button 

FRIDAY
That Friday Blog Hop The Rachael Way    JVKom Chronicles


MONTHLY LINK-UPS
Adventures of Manda and Mr Howie Peacoats & Plaid


I'm always looking for new link-ups and would love to have you guys recommend your favorites to participate in! I think these are so much fun and I love hanging out with new friends :)