Saturday, February 28, 2015

#BuluBox #Review #Sponsored #Healthy

    Have you heard of subscription boxes?? There's basically one for everything nowadays. There's even a website to help you launch your own subscription box service! The possibilities are endless!!!
     The folks at BuluBox sent me a free box to try and review, so here we go:
    Bulubox is the subscription service for you if you want to try out health products but don't want to spend $$$ on full-sized products you may not like.
    They have a few different options and I chose the weightloss box (I may have put on a few pounds or so over the holidays)
   My box included: Cellucor Alpha Amino (endurance, recovery and hydration formula), Cellucor C4 Extreme (energy formula), Dollar Shots Club Energy Shot, NeoCell Beauty Infusions drink mix, Met-Rx Prime Bar (protein bar), and VitaPerk (vitamins to add to your coffee).

   Would I buy these products on my own?? Of course not!!! It would cost me over $150 to obtain these products in their full sizes, but why would I invest that much $$ without knowing how I like the product?? That's where BuluBox comes in-letting me sample products I wouldn't normally purchase. Now I can try all of these fantastic products, but without the hefty $$ commitment!

   I love the product card they sent me with my samples because not only do I have easy access to a product's name, but now I also know how much of the product I would receive for the price. Also, the back of the card has a place for you to write notes about the individual products like how you felt before and after using the product.
    Since I signed up with BuluBox, I keep getting emails with discount codes, so I recommend signing up with your email first in order to get a discount on your first purchase!

    Disclaimer: I received my Bulubox complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions states are my own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

BlondieChell's Original Small Group Game Idea

     Remember's last week's post about my special talent?? Well, the following Monday, I felt like God was telling me to bring toilet paper in addition to a snack to the small group. Looks like I was just meant to be that "one weird girl".
       So I did. And I was reluctant, for obvious reasons. Thanks, God. 
       I showed up (ON TIME!!!) with my toilet paper and snack. Needless to say, the Honey Buns were well received. The bathroom tissue on the other hand?? Accepted with as much gratefulness as I had expected...with questions. Yep. That's me now. The girl who brings TP to Bible Study. 
      I dodged questions by answering with "I...can't tell you". But by the end of our time together, I found the boldness to share my story with the wife of the small group leader and another attendee.
      I explained to them how I was pondering the small group, and what to bring for snack. More specifically, I thought to myself "What would happen if I was hosting a small group? What would I want people to bring??" Top of my list was toilet paper. Because these people use your toilet, their kids dump your rolls in and...well, I think it just makes sense.  After these dwelling on these thoughts, I couldn't decipher if they were from God or just my own random ramblings. 
      Since I've learned to "go with God" (aka: trust the Holy Spirit), I brought the toilet paper. Well, the ladies enjoyed the story enough for me to suggest a new game idea, called "Who can bring the weirdest thing to small group?" (Patent pending)
     So game on!!!! What am I bringing this week?? I'll tell you later....Meanwhile, give me your suggestions for the next few weeks below! The only rule we have (so far!) is that it *has* to have been in your house for at least 30 days-that means no buying something brand new....hhhhhmmmmm.....

Monday, February 16, 2015

BlondieChell's Special Talent

      Gods has granted *this girl* a special talent. Now, don't be jealous-this skill has taken years to perfect. Are you ready to find out what it is??
   I have this *innate* knack for showing up at in opportune times, making things more awkward than they already are and (drumroll, please....) not being needed when I seize an opportunity to help. I don't have a name for it, but maybe you can help me choose one! So here's my story for you:
   A few weeks ago our church was spreading word about their small groups and passing out info. I think they called it "Light it up Sunday" (i.e. the "lights" are the church's ministries). Now, even though Hubs and I have been attending this church since last summer, we haven't taken part in a small group. So we felt like now was our chance. And we picked one. About raising kiddos God's way...and the time frame worked for us.
    Since I like to know what's going on before I commit to things, I asked one of the leaders a series of informational questions like what to bring (snacks, anyone??), time constraints, ect. The most important thing I said was, "So we just show up Monday?" and of course that elicited a "Yes!"
    Monday came. Due to other circumstances God wanted us to take part in, we were running late. And the McDonald's drive thru ensured we would run even later.
    We showed up about 15 minutes after the scheduled start time (of course by this time I am fully embarrassed and trying to shush the kiddos outside because they sound like a herd of elephants) and rang the doorbell. Expecting a warm welcome and "Oh, we're elated you could come!" We were greeted with "What are you doing here?" ,"Why are you here?" , and shocked expressions.
    Me: "Um....Hi! I'm here for the Bible study...for small group....Monday nights....right??"
   Them: "Oooooohhhh.....The 'Alternatives to Beating Your Kids' (or whatever it is called) starts *next* Monday night."
   Fantastic. So they invited me in and we swapped life stories. Love this talent! Good times.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Spanx A Million

       If you're like me, you have a magical garment in your wardrobe that some refer to as a "fat-sucker-inner". I don't think you can really appreciate the power of this enchanted fabric until you've had multiple kiddos and been slacking on your diet and exercise routine.
      I've actually been in denial about my recent weight gain, so my fat-sucker-inners have been taking a vacation in my dresser. I pulled them out today to wear to church because my dress pants made me look fat(ter).
      And I was honest about it at church too-several of us "chubbier than thou" women were standing around, complimenting each other on apparel when I admitted that I looked so fantastic because I was wearing one of the magical pieces of fabric that took my fat and squished it into my body as tight as it could!
      To my surprise, I was not alone in hiding my excess poundage. We threw around words like "fat-sucker-inner", "spandex", "spanx" and even "corset". (Did you know corsets were becoming a thing again??) I was not alone in hiding all those extra calories....
     And now you can help me laugh them off:

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Yum To The 'O' #ReesesSpreads #InfluensterVoxBox

   Who doesn't love peanut butter and chocolate mixed together?? (Oh, dad..Dad, you may skip this post)
      Well, the folks at Reeses Peanut Butter Cups have outdone them selves with this fantasyic Reeses Spreads! It's essentially a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup that you can smear on everything!!!
       Now you can have some Reeses all day long! I put it on my toast and pancakes, add it to my coffee and protein shakes...and it's great for dipping fruit or other treats into! (Try it on some Reeses Peanut Butter Cups with some Reeses Pieces sprinkled on...I dare you!!!)

           My recipe for faux "bullet-proof coffee":
1. Protein Shake
2. 8-10oz coffee
3. 1 Tbs Reeses Spreads
4. 1 Tbs Coconut Oil.
(I also add cinnamon and honey to taste)
Blend well. I use my Ninja.
         You're welcome.
           The only drawback is the calorie content- it's just as caloric as my fav peanut butter! 

     *Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own..but it sure does taste fantastic, so go get some!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Jeepers Creepers!!!

    How creepy are your kids?!?? Have you ever found your offspring to do anything to creep you out or scare the snot out of you?? Mine are experts at it! So much so that if I now refer to someone as creepy, the 8yo chimes in with "like me, huh?"
     For example, on Friday nights we usually have a "movie night" where the kiddos eat popcorn and watch a movie while Mommy falls asleep on the couch and Daddy puts them to bed when he gets home.  This also coincides with a very strict rule in our house: "Do not bug Mommy when she is sleeping!" It is frequently repeated.
      Last Friday we uttered this rule before Mommy dozed off on the couch. And I woke up at 9:30p.m. with three sets of eyes in my face and the question "What next? What next?" being repeated like seagulls who say "Mine? Mine?" All because the movie had ended...and apparently they weren't as ready for bed as I was ready for them to be.
      Needless to say, they were immediately (and a bit harshly) sent to bed. Hey, if this view was the first thing you saw when you opened your uncaffeinated eyes, you would have reacted negatively too. (I do believe the children now have more respect for the "Mommy's sleeping" rule now. )

           Do you have a Jeepers Creepers story?? Share it with me!