Starting Your Kids Early with Good Food Fuel Choices

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This summer I've focused on getting my kids more active. We've signed my youngest son up for basketball and all three of the children work out with me.
There are lot's of kids and activities at our gym so the kids get to burn off some energy and stay fit.

Before heading to the gym we eat a healthy breakfast of either oatmeal or eggs and turkey bacon. Then follow up with a smoothie.

Smoothies are so easy to make and can be packed with as much or as little nutrition as you like.
One of our quick versions include a packet of NESTLE CARNATION® BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ and fruit. Walmart carries CARNATION® BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS™ in chocolate, rich milk chocolate and classic french vanilla flavors. 
The french vanilla works best as a base for smoothie recipes.

An eight ounce smoothie before hitting the gym gives us everything we need to get through our workout.
After our workout, I make what fitness folks call a "recovery drink". It's simply a large glass of good ol' chocolate milk using NESTLE NESQUIK®. 
This is a real treat. When my husband told me chocolate milk as a recovery drink was supported and encouraged in the fitness community I was so excited. 
I don't eat many sweets, so being able to have a glass of chocolate milk after a workout is a treat.

Of course, this excites my kids since they love chocolate milk.

I'll share more about my workout routine soon, so stay tuned for that.

Victoria's Secret: Panty and Bra as low as $6 plus FREE shipping!!

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Okay ladies....get your wallets out because this is a HOT deal!! You can get a bra and panty for $6-$10 plus free shipping. I just ordered both pieces in black!!

Just follow my steps below.

1. First, sign up with and visit Victoria's Secret via Ebates and you'll get a $10 gift card for this order if you are a new customer or 1% cash back if you're an existing customer.

2. Next, add a full priced bra to your cart. I chose the Victoria's Secret Pink Lace Plunge Bra (item number: GA-313-884) for $24.95
3. Now, choose a Very Sexy Lace Trim Cheeky panty  (item number: GA-326-107) $12.50
4. Then proceed to check out an use promotion code FA1442721 (exp. 7/23) for FREE SHIPPING and SP1442289 (exp. 7/31) for $10 off a bra + panty purchase.
Your total will be $16 out of pocket depending on your tax. 

If you used Ebates for the first time, you'll get a $10 gift card from them making your order just $6 or $3 per item.
You'll also receive a $10 off a future online order coupon in your package.

Don't be stingy.....tell a friend about this deal!!

My 5-hour ENERGY® Shot Day

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I'm an early riser, and I always start my day with a light breakfast. This morning I had a blueberry milkshake protein smoothie with a berry 5-hour ENERGY® shot mixed in.
By 8 a.m., I was out the door, running errands for the day. I like to get an early start so that I can finish my daily to-do's as early as possible.
I used to complain about being overwhelmed, but learned that I wasn't properly using my time. Nowadays, my entire workday is done by around noon.

Between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. I'm already in the gym. This is a must if I'm going to stay energized all day, plus by now, that 5-hour ENERGY® shot is kicking in
I only add energy shots to my smoothie on days when I stay up way later than normal the night before.

When at CVS I just grab a few when I'm running low and keep them my pantry and gym bag. 
Right now, the 6 pack 5-hour ENERGY® shots are Buy-One-Get-One 50% off.

By 11 a.m., I'm at my computer attending to emails, social media, and working on my blogs.

At noon, is when I break for lunch and begin winding down to relax with my family for the rest of the day.

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Blueberry Smoothie

1 banana
1/2 c. blueberries
1/4 c. apple juice
1 bottle of berry  5-hour ENERGY® shot
1 scoop of vanilla protien

Blend until smooth.

Face of the Day - Purple Reign #FOTD

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I was always told that because I dark-skinned that pigmented makeup wouldn't look good on me.

I was led to believe that dark-skinned women didn't wear pinks, purples or red toned make-up.

While I love me some earth tones, sometimes I want to totally change my look for a few hours.

I believe color is fun and a great way to accentuate your features and your outfit.

Tonight, I dabbled around in my favorite purple pallets and ended up with this fierce and attractive look I call "Purple Reign".

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Do it Yourself Movie Snacks Buffet

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The summer is winding down quickly, so we are trying to cram in as much quality time with the kids as possible.
Each week we plan something special to do as a family and this week is "movie night". After deciding on a few movies, we made a quick stop at Walmart to grab some movie snacks
I wanted the night to be fun and relaxing, but to also feel like a movie theater experience. 
When we go to the theater the kids usually get a "Zap Pack", which includes popcorn, candy and a soda.

To recreate that theme for them, I used the new Mike and Ike Zours and some cheddar flavored popcorn. 
I set everything up on the console below our family room television.
Right before the movie started, the kids tried the Zours® and loved the sour flavor.
The best part of the night was getting to spend time together as a family. 

School will start back in a few weeks and I want to spend as much quality time with them as I can.