The Shave that Makes Me Fall in Love with my Husband Again and Again

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There is something oh-so-sexy about my husband when he just finished shaving

From his soft skin, to the intoxicating scent of his aftershave, I just can't help but plant kisses all over him.

His freshly shaven baby face still attracts me to him after all these years. 
I'm so in love with him and I know where every adorable mole and beauty mark on his face is, especially the heart shaped one on his left cheekbone.

His magnificently groomed face is no fluke. It's meticulously crafted using Gillette razors. 

My husband is not really brand loyal unless it's a product that touches his face. He won't use any other razor but Gillette. He prefers power, but will use the manual, but that's it. 
I've tried to get him to use other brands, but he won't. Normally, I'd nag him since some of the other brands are cheaper, but with the way his face looks and feels after so many years of using Gillette Fusion razors, there's no point.

When we found out about the launch of the NEW Gillette Fusion Pro-Glide Power Flexball Razor, of course we went and pick one up from Walmart. 
My husband shaves every two days, but I asked him to skip shaving for five days before trying out the Gillette Flexball Razor.
He was very reluctant, but eventually gave in. Day five couldn't have gotten here any faster.
He couldn't wait to shave, and I couldn't wait to have his stubble free, kissably soft face back again.

Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry with Avocado

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I like to cook Garbanzo beans at the beginning of the week by the pounds. I cook two pounds of dry Garbanzo beans in my slow cooker and use them throughout to week in various recipes.

The recipes are usually invented out of the necessity to use up fresh ingredients in my refrigerator.

For this recipe I used fresh baby spinach leaves, pre-cooked diced sweet potatoes. To make the sweet potatoes, I peeled and diced them into small cubes.

They were seasoned with salt and paprika, then sauteed in extra virgin olive oil until slightly soft.

Next, I added the garbanzo beans to the pan and mixed them with the sweet potato. Finally, I added the fresh spinach and removed the pan from the heat. 

The heat from the sweet potato, and beans will soften the spinach.

I would have liked to infuse some garlic cloves in the oil first, but I didn't feel like peeling them.

I served this with a side a fresh avocado. 

It was so delicious and filling. 

Find Your Fitness Passion

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About a year ago, I made up my mind that I was going to get healthy. That included eating healthier and exercising consistently. I'm a mom of 4, and I'll be 40 in 3 years yet I feel amazing.

A year ago, I was tired all of the time, addicted to caffeine, eating junk, skipping meals, was sick, and had headaches often. 

My husband nagged me to no end about my health, but I still wouldn't go to the gym. I only weighed 125 pounds and was skinnier than most women so I felt like I was healthy. Boy was I wrong! 

Do you know you can be skinny and unhealthy?

Today I'm even skinnier, but I'm stronger, in better physical shape and I'm rarely fact I can't remember the last time I was sick.

A year ago I made a decision, but each day I had to keep rededicating myself to that choice. It was hard, but I had something driving me.
For a long time, I'd given up shopping. I mean, I was a complete fashion flunky until we made the decision to become debt free. I'd shop every week, before making the decision to pay off our debt. 

Now that we only have a mortgage left to pay, we can budget for spending money and my spending money goes straight to fashion related purchases.

Once I started following more and more women in fitness, I realized that there is some cute workout stuff on the market. Knowing that every few weeks, I can buy something cute excites me about exercising.

That's my motivation. It may not work for you, but you need to find out what does and use that to reward yourself. A friend of mine loves Starbucks and treats herself to a soy milk latte after every workout. She works twice as hard at the gym so she can drink her Starbucks guilt free and still look amazing.

Find your motivation. Devise your fitness plan, and be committed to success.

How to Use Coupons: Walgreens Mobile App Paperless Coupons

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If you haven't already done so, download the Walgreens Mobile App on your iPhone or Android. If you already have the app, make sure it's the newest version. The Walgreens Mobile App now offers paperless coupons. There are three types of coupons you can load to your card just by virtually clipping them within the app.

You can load, manufacturer coupons, weekly in-ad coupons, and Walgreens instant value coupons to your card using the app. All three types of these coupons can be loaded to your Walgreens Balance Rewards Card and redeemed in store via the app on your phone, by scanning your card, or entering your telephone number at the register.

I use coupons on just about everything I buy so this is fabulous. 

Paperless coupons are convenient, they save on ink, and time since I don't have to clip them.

The easier it is to get my in-store savings, the better.

Saving money is very important for my family since we are working toward being debt free.

The app tells me exactly what I'm saving by using the coupons I clipped.

We generally put every extra dollar we save toward paying off debt so seeing the total savings in the app makes it easier.

Keep in mind these are manufacturer coupons available for print, online and can be used at any store.

Walgreens has made it convenient to redeem them with just a scan of your Balance Reward Card. 

Also, a paperless coupon can only be used once and then it's deleted from your coupon list.

I'm already a regular customer at Walgreens, and with the updated mobile app, they've given me one more reason to shop there.

Kids Can Cook After School Snacks: Delimex Enchilladas

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My kids are always hungry after school so I usually have something prepared for them, but sometimes they'll make their own after school snacks.

Depending on how hungry, they are, they'll either grab some chips and fruit or make a light meal.

My kids love enchiladas, but they can't make them from scratch, so I decided to teach them a kid friendly version.

This version is fast, easy, and perfect for kids 10 and older.

We used Delimex Beef and CheeseTaquitos from Walmart. You can find them in the frozen food section. 
Being this was our first time making this recipe, we also grabbed some Bagel Bites to create a backup recipe just in case. 

Bagel Bites are another kid friendly after school snack option and is made with real cheese and homemade sauce with 0g trans fat.  

We also needed shredded cheese(s) and enchilada sauce.
Since we didn't have any sauce in the pantry, we cheated and added a tablespoon of Chili powder to one cup spaghetti sauce to create a quick sauce.
Full Ingredients:
✅1 box of Delimex Chicken or Beef Taquitos 
✅1 large can of Green or Red Enchilada Sauce
✅Shredded Cheeses
1⃣Preheat oven to 325º. 
2⃣Lay frozen taquitos into a casserole dish. 
3⃣Pour the entire can of Enchilada Sauce over taquitos until covered.
4⃣Cover with cheese. 
5⃣Bake for 20 minutes ��or until sauce is bubbly.

They also heated some Pepperoni Bagel Bites while their enchiladas cooked.

My 10 and 12 year olds were able to put the entire casserole together themselves. 

They also arranged the Bagel Bites on a baking sheet, and I popped everything in the oven.

They really loved the flavor and texture. 

My daughter hates mushy enchiladas and always asks me to cook her's a little longer, but the texture was perfect using Delimex Taquitos.
 Because they were frozen and already firm, the finished dish had a texture she enjoyed.

We're looking forward to enjoying these kid friendly after school snacks throughout the coming school year.

I'm also looking forward to seeing my children become more independent in the kitchen.