Thursday, May 27, 2010

Belly Burner Review & Giveaway ~ CLOSED

The Belly Burner

I have been wanting to lose my belly for a few years now, it is really my only problem area.  I have found that just doing crunches alone does nothing.  Trust me, I have tried getting away with that!  When I had the chance to try The Belly Burner, I jumped at it!

The Belly Burner Belt intensifies your calorie burn by increasing your thermal core temperature.  It is made of high quality neoprene that naturally generates more heat in your core, which increases metabolic rate, the belt focuses energy, and burns off unwanted inches. Neoprene fabric is most commonly used in wetsuits for insulation and in such other items as laptop sleeves, iPod holders and remote controls. The Belly Burner's simple Velcro design makes it easy to take on and off. It can also be worn under clothes so you can squeeze every extra calorie out of normal daily activities. 

With the actual Belly Burner Belt, you get a workout DVD plus an Exercise and food journal Meal planner nutrition log At-a-glance calorie counter.

I've been using the dvd and I really enjoy it a lot.  All exercises target your abs, but it is not all floor work.  When I first started the dvd, I thought ok this is pretty easy.  I've been doing the 30 Day Shred, so this seemed a piece of cake.  I was going along thinking ok, I can do this.  Then I started to feel it a bit.  That is when Bobby Waldron said, "That is it for the warm up". Uh oh, that was just the warm up.  I did really enjoy the exercises though, especially the standing exercises for abs.  Those were fun and helped keep the heart rate up.  

Now the entire time I was doing this dvd, I was comparing it to the 30 day shred.  With the shred, you are non-stop with no breaks.  By the time I'm done, my heart feels like it is going to jump out of chest.  With The Belly Burner DVD, there was a stretching break in between each set of 30.  I have to admit, I liked that a lot.  It kept my heart at a more even pace.  

I also enjoyed Bobby Waldron, he was very nice throughout the entire dvd.  No yelling like Jillian, lol.  After the workout, I was feeling pretty good.  No pain at all, so I wasn't sure what to think.  Later that night, I started feeling some pulling in my side abs.  It took a few minutes, then it dawned on me ~ I don't usually work my side abs.  Woke up in the middle of the night for a bathroom break, uh oh feeling it a bit more.  The next day, really feeling it. 

Ok the workout WAS really good.  It is really working, woo hoo!  

I haven't been using it long enough to tell you any results yet.  I have been totally feeling my ab muscles though.  Another great benefit to the belt itself, is that you can use it for tons of activities, not just the included dvd.  Works with walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, weightlifting and most other activities (housecleaning, laundry, etc etc).  Now this belt isn't a quick fix, you can't just wear it and lose weight.  You have to wear it AND exercise.  That is the entire point, it is supposed to just help aid you in burning more calories while exercising.  

The belt is easy to wash as well.  Just rinse it out and let dry.  

Available in either medium or large, it is available online at for $39.90.  I received the medium size and it is a great fit.  They have a lot of stretch to them.  You can also purchase the  Belly Burner Weight Loss Belt - Black (50") over at Amazon.

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I was sent this product for free for review purposes.  I was not paid for this review or giveaway.  This review is part of a campaign through Mama Buzz.  You can also check them out for more reviews and giveaways of The Belly Burner!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Yoursphere ~ Social Networking for Kids

Have you let your kids join Yoursphere yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?  This is the perfect place for your kids under 18 to get the social networking experience without the concerns of inappropriate adult behavior. 

If you haven't joined yet, hop on over there an join right now.  Use the code YSMC-0041 when joining. 

If you have already joined, then you probably know how much fun it is for kids.  If not, then keep reading ...

Not only is joining super easy, but there is so much for kids to do.  We've talked a bit about spheres.  These are like groups or forums.  My daughters created one for Dance themselves.  They are also members of various groups like Art/Photography, Fashion, Webkinz and more.  There is literally something for everyone, and if there isn't then they can create it. 

The kids can upload pictures, talk to each other, enter contests and learn fun facts.  Like the Did you Know that gives a fun fact, video uploads and the best part according to my 8 year old is the games.  There are tons of games to play.  You can Level up, as you earn "flow" from playing games, by clicking on the "flow meter" at the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Prize Central will come up and give you different options to earn flow and level up.  Very fun, so go check it out with your kids!

I wrote this review while participating in the Yoursphere Test Drive program by Mom Central on behalf of Yoursphere. I received a free lifetime Gold membership on, Yoursphere t-shirts, and a $50 American Express gift card to facilitate my review.
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Summer must haves Giveaway from Clearly Beautiful, LashFood and Le Baby

I was offered the chance of giving away $60 worth of Summer must have products! 

Clearly Beautiful: Perfect to soothe tired eyes after a long day in the sun, this eye mask utilizes a pure plant collagen delivery system to nourish both the top layer of the skin and to penetrate deep under the surface to increase collagen production, cell renewal and total skin hydration.  The all natural eye mask acts as a protective layer while it encourages complete absorption of the masks rejuvenating liquids to alleviate wrinkles under the eyes. Price: $10.00

LashFood: This summer, full and thick lashes are in!  LashFood Drama Mascara features the company’s exclusive Nano-Peptide Technology to encourage eyelash growth and thickening.  The mascara provides volume and length to lashes for a dramatic finish while simultaneously transforming frail and brittle lashes into healthy and strong lashes with every stroke.  Price: $27.00

Le Baby:  Whether headed to the beach or the pool, Le Baby hair gel is ideal to throw in the bag for some quick hair touch-ups.  From taming those wild fly-aways to smoothing frizzies, Le Baby hair gel works on all hair types and is safe for babies and adults with sensitive skin. Whatever the hair type, Le Baby will make combing and styling a cinch. Le Baby keeps hairstyles in place, contains no harsh chemicals or sulfates, and never leaves hair sticky. Price: $9.95

To enter ~ What is your summer must have in the beauty care department?  Also, tell me which of these 3 products you are most excited about trying.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tween Confidence Index ~ Unilever Deodorant/DOVE

As you probably know, I have two daughters.  They are almost 9 and almost 13.  My oldest has always been very quick to grow up, while my third grader wants to stay small.  She already thinks she is to old.  Thinking back to how my 7th grader acted in third grade is unbelievable to me.  In third grade she started driving me crazy to wear a bra and wear deodorant.

I personally felt third grade was too young.  She had those undershirt type bras but she wanted a real bra.  My lovely daughter went to my mom and told her, and she somehow convinced my mom to buy her both a bra and deodorant (against my wishes but anyway).   I believe that same year, my daughters dance teacher handed out samples of deodorant to her students.  My daughter was in an advanced class, so she was the youngest.  I figured I lost the battle and embraced it.  

I got pretty lucky with my tween, she is super open about all of this type stuff.  She will talk to me, her dad, my mom.  She says stuff in front of my dad, my brother and on.  I was the total opposite.  I was totally embarrassed to talk about anything like this with my mom.  I don't think I got deodorant until like 7th grade, I tried giving hints but they never worked.  I think that is why I was even more annoyed that it was my mom that bought of my daughters first in this kind of department.

My now third grader has no interest or need yet in anything like this.  When she does though, I think it will be easier since she does have an older sister.  If you have a kid like I was though, then the Unilever company, the makers of the ONLY deodorant/antiperspirant that I will use (DOVE) is helping us parents of tweens out a bit.

Recently, Unilever the makers of Dove, Degree and Suave deodorants released the Tween Confidence Index, which suggests that tween confidence is short-lived but can be safe-guarded by maintaining strong communication between tweens and parents. With this and more resources available at, Unilever hopes to show parents that they can talk to their tweens about how the right deodorant can keep them free from odor, embarrassment and discomfort along the way.

The biggest thing when dealing with tweens is keeping the embarassment down.  This is a super touchy age when you are growing up, but are still struggling with staying young.  Plus if you recall, everything embarrasses you at this age.  Don't Fret The Sweat has a great FAQ section, along with expert advice for parents to read.

Read about the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant.  We actually started my daughter on deodorant in third grade because she wanted it, but didn't need it yet.  Around 4th or 5th grade, I don't recall we made the switch.  I usually buy her what is on sale, but she prefers Degree and Dove.  If you have a child like one, consider yourself lucky.  This can be such a touchy subject, I have found that I really had it good that she pushed for it.  I still remember my sixth grade homeroom teacher giving us the "talk" because we had one boy that stunk really bad.  Everyone knew it was him, and she didn't want to embarrass him by talking only to him.  We all got the talk, but we all knew why as well.  I always remembered that poor kid that way.  I'm pretty sure that for the most part though, kids felt sorry for him and didn't make fun of him.  Nowadays, I'm not so sure he'd be that lucky.  Kids seemed to have gotten a tiny bit crueler in my opinion.

Be sure to check  If you have a tween, have you approached this subject yet?  If so, how did you handle it?

PS. I was sent the Pomegranate & lemon antiperspirant and body mist.  My daughter let me keep the deodarent because Dove is the only brand that does not make me break out in a terrible rash.  She kept the body mist and absolutely LOVES it. It smells super yummy, I would suggest trying this sent!  Another I like is the Cucumber, yum and of course baby powder I think is the best for the hotter months.  Seems to cover any odors a bit better :)

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Unilever and received the items necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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