Friday, July 16, 2010

The Moment you Knew from E.P.T

Do you remember the moment you found out you were pregnant?   I certainly do with both of my girls!  My oldest was totally planned.  I read a ton of books on having a baby, figured out my cycles and everything.  I wanted to get pregnant in April, so I started trying in February.  Never thought I'd get pregnant on my very first.  Next thing I knew, I was staring at a positive pregnancy test in March.  My darling baby girl came early in September of that same year.  Talk about world win, especially since I was 19, lol.  I was done having kids after that, but I had a wonderful little surprise 4 years later when I was staring at a positive ept stick :)  

Being a scrapbooker all my life, I saved both of my pregnancy tests.  My first one was a square one, so I stuck it on a scrapbook page inside a memborilia holder, lol.  My second was the ept stick, so I took a picture of it and scrapped that.   I did save the stick in a plastic baggie as well.

Throughout our pregnancies, we collect and save keepsakes by which to remember our experience.  According to a recent survey commissioned by the makers of e.p.t. brand, the top three pregnancy keepsakes are ultrasound photos, items from the delivery day and at-home pregnancy tests.  What's more, 67% of expectant mothers saved their at-home pregnancy test – the first proof that they were pregnant – for reasons ranging from showing it to a partner to saving it as a poignant life-milestone keepsake.  Confession: I saved both of mine, buried in the back of my lingerie drawer.  Not anymore!  Now, e.p.t. offers women a commemorative Keepsake Case and scrapbook card to mark the life-changing occasion (available with a mail-in proof-of-purchase).  For more information about the Keepsake Case and pregnancy testing, please visit

I'm using my keepsake kit to save my 2nd daughters pregnancy stick.  Super excited to get it out of the plastic ziploc baggie :)

e.p.t. has partnered with Room to Grow <> , an organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.  Please consider Room to Grow when you select a charity to support.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of e.p.t and received an e.p.t. keepsake case and a $20 gift card to to facilitate my review.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bright Beginnings from Parent’s Choice Has A New Look!


This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

Parent’s Choice’s Bright Beginnings Infant Formula has come up with a new can design recently!  I am really liking the new design.  It really "pops" off the shelves.  Plus it doesn't look like a generic brand anymore, it looks like an actual brand that can compete with Enfamil and Similac (like it should!)

After all, Bright Beginnings infant formula is certified by the USDA and contains nutrients in levels recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics which is the largest organization of pediatricians dedicated to the health and well-being of infants and children.

It has more of the easily digested protein whey, just like breast milk has. It also provides nucleotides in levels like breast milk to bolster immunity and has the highest level of DHA (19mg per 100 Calories) found among national baby formula brands

Bright Beginnings comes in several different varieties to suit your needs ~ Gentle Formula, Organic, Milk-Based, Follow-On, Weight-Gain, just to name a few.

Bright Beginnings Formula Fast Facts ~
  • Available in powdered baby formula only.
  • Sand- like granules that are yellowish in color .
  • Sold in a large cans, approximately 23 percent larger than the largest cans offered by most other manufacturers.
  • Not only does the canister contain and make more formula than other infant formulas like Similac, Enfamil or Good Start it also has more DHA and ARA than other brands.
  • 100% nutritionally complete – Fortified with iron and contains all vitamins, minerals, and nutrients required for your healthy baby’s first year and in levels recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Costs less than other infant formulas.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Underway and Smart for Life Review ~ Helping to Lose Weight! + Discount code

I never had weight issues until around 2004 (this was 3 years AFTER having my 2nd child).  I'm not really sure what happened that year.  I know money was tight, and I was eating a lot of noodles.  I typically eat a lot of noodles though.  It could have also been when my thyroid started acting up.  I gained about 10 pounds, which for me was a lot.  Now in 2010, I'd really like to lose 15 - 20 pounds.  Now, I'm actually not overweight, I'm right where I should be for my height.  However, I have always been underweight ...  If I was up to average and it was evenly distributed, I wouldn't care, but it is all in my belly.  I can't stand it!  I've been trying to watch what I eat and exercise.  Whenever I get a chance to review something that helps me out, I jump at the chance!

underWay Appetite Suppressant Supplement - 6 Pack Sample Pack (2 Grape, 2 Orange, 2 Acai-Pomegranate)I was recently able to participate in a Campaign through Mom Central for Underway and Smart for Life.  Now with the help of innovative products from underWAY and Smart for Life, we may finally achieve those ever-elusive weight loss goals that most moms seem to have (and women in general!). 

The underWAY supplement drink, infused with a special HeroFiber and heart-healthy vitamins, works naturally to suppress your appetite and quench your thirst.  underWAY curbs your hunger two ways.  Its special formulation not only takes longer for the stomach to absorb, it also slows the absorption of what's already there, making you feel fuller, longer.  What's more, its unique ingredients stimulate your stomach, telling your brain you've consumed more calories that you really have which, with underWAY, is almost zero!  It contains no preservatives, sodium or caffeine, with only 10 calories and 2 grams of carbs per 8 oz. serving.  HeroFiber, a soluble dietary fiber, helps maintain normal levels of cholesterol, glucose and insulin that are already in the normal range.

The underWAY™ appetite suppressant supplement drink can be combined with any weight loss programand/or exercise program. Stop looking for snacks – Instead Drink underWAY™!
underWAY™ Supplement Facts:

  • Amazing taste with natural appetite suppression and heart healthy vitamins

  • Made with ***HeroFiber™ (a super fiber) which includes ForteFiber™ Soluble Dietary Fiber which helps to maintain cholesterol, glucose, and insulin levels that are already within normal range.

  • Only 10 calories per 8 oz. serving

  • Only 2 carbs per serving

  • No preservatives

  • No sodium

  • No caffeine
The underWAY™ natural appetite suppressant drink is for the here, the now and the future. Drink it to suppress your appetite naturally, to satisfy your thirst, to reach and maintain your target weight, to improve your fiber health, and to improve your overall health in ways never before imagined.
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

My Thoughts ~ The Underway drink is actually really good.  I was sent the Grape and the Acai-Pomegranite to try out.  First, I checked out the nutritional information and was glad to see that it contained some B-12 in it, I lack in vitamin B, so love when I can get some.   It also has some much needed fiber in it!  I enjoyed both flavors a lot.  

I took one to drink on the way to working at a Tigers baseball game yesterday.  If the games are busy, it is really hard to find the time to take a break to eat something.  Since we are near food at all times, it is really hard not to want to eat!  The Underway drink totally took away my hunger.  It was pretty cool!  

I also tend to get hungry around 10 or 11 at night.  I'm more of a night person, but have heard eating late is bad for you.  The Underway takes away those night cravings!  This product is really cool.

Smart for Life all natural, 60% organic products offer great snacking on-the-go, containing necessary nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids and HeroFiber, with zero trans fat and making you feel fuller, quicker.  Adopting a new 7-meals-per-day schedule featuring 6 cookies or products plus a balanced dinner allows your body to maintain steady blood sugar and glucose levels, and to burn more fat for a longer portion of the day.  For variety, Smart for Life also offers soups, shakes, bagels, cereals, cupcakes and more.

My thoughts ~ I was sent a variety of the products from the Smart for Life line of foods, and I had a really good time sampling them all.   Honestly, I was not sent enough to actually see if weight loss would occur from these items.  I have heard this is a great program.  It basically helps you keep calories low, so I can see it actually working.  I will try to cover everything I was sent and my thoughts on the taste.  My daughter, my Dad & my brother also tried a couple of the products, so I will give you there thoughts as well.

  New Smart for Life Cupcake Diet

Chocolate Mountain Cupcakes
 Carrot Sunshine Cupcakes
These were suprisingly good.  My daughter, dad and brother actually tried them first.  I'm super funny about food, lol.  I personally liked the Carrot the best which shocked me to know end.  That is not something I'd like.  The cupcakes don't have much flavor which is a good thing when it comes to diet food in my opinion.  With the carrot, you can smell the cinnamon on it and you can taste the frosting the most.  It is super yummy though!  I could probably do an entire diet on those, lol.  I didn't care as much for the Chocolate Mountain Cupcakes but my daughters LOVED them!  My youngest liked these best for the reason I didn't.  They have a bit of a granola texture to the frosting.  If it wasn't for that, I'd have liked them.  My dad & brother both said they liked the cupcakes for diet reasons :)  Everyone agreed these are totally doable when it comes to "health/diet" food.

Momma’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Chocolate Berry Cereal Cup 
I tried the Chocolate Berry Cereal cup and it was ok.  I don't eat milk with my cereal, so I think if I liked milk it would have been better.  I thought it would be like Grape Nuts, and it was not like that.  I ended up giving most of it to my dad to eat. He really liked it a lot!  He also was the one that ate the soup.  He ate the entire thing, but said it was kind of weird.  He said, it didn't have much of a taste.   Both products, are definately something I'd recommend trying out if you are doing this diet plan.   They aren't terrible, and it will give you some variety.  There are other flavors available in the lines as well for you.

Smart Crunch is the easy take-along that you can pop in your mouth when you’re on the go. It contains SASSON Technology™ (Smart Appetite Suppressing Sustained Organic Nutrition) and HeroFiber™ which suppresses your appetite. Just one gram of HeroFiber™ contains the benefits found in nine grams of ordinary fiber.
I really liked the Smart Crunch a lot.  It is great for the on go, easty to eat & tastes good.  Highly recomend adding the Smart Crunch into your diet plan.
I was also sent a bagel to try, think of Melba toast and a shake.  The shake was not bad at all.  
The Smart for Life program is great if you are trying to lose weight.  They basically do all the work for you, just follow their guide.  Of course, I highly recommend adding exercise as well to this diet plan.  Plus I'd check with your doctor first!  They offer several plans or you can purchase items on your own.  It seems a bit pricey, but if you have tried other things and they aren't working, definately a way to go!  You can also purchase the underWAY products and the Smart For Life 21-Day Weight Management Kit - Diet Cookies on Amazon.
I also wanted to let you know about a recent study done at the Boca Raton Smart for Life Weight Management Center. Out of 46 subjects that visited and used a portion-controlled, protein-rich, low fat cookie with unique fiber technology, all subjects lost weight with the average being 13.1 pounds in 35 days.  Five subjects lost over 20 pounds in 35 days and 20 subjects lost over 15 pounds in the first 35 days.  The 46 participants lost a total of 601 pounds with one patient losing 38.7 pounds in 35 days.

You can learn more about the Smart for Life and underWAY products, developed by physician Dr. Sasson Moulavi, a board certified bariatric weight loss doctor, and

COUPON ALERT ~ I have a special 10% discount code for underWAY and Smart for Life products. Please use MCUS10OFFUW for underWAY products at and MCUS10OFFSFL at These codes will expire on August 30th. 

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of underWAY and Smart for Life and received samples of the products to review.  

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