Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Its never too early to think about boy costumes

Its never too early to be thinking about Halloween!  This year we will be going on a vacation shortly before Halloween.  When I get back, I do not want to be thinking about running around stores to try and find a Halloween costume for all 3 kids. 
So I had the chance to do a review for a wholesale costume club, I jumped on it!
 
 
Right now Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all the rage with my boys and every little boy out there, including my husband. :)
I remember when I was younger watching these shows with my brother and now they recently came out with a movie!  My kids are dying to see that.  They have been watching old shows on amazon prime.  My husband is thrilled that a favorite childhood show of his is back!  Just another excuse to be a kid again.  Have you checked out all the TMNT shows?
 
I was looking around at wholesale costume club and came across a whole section just about ninja turtles!  I knew my 4 year old would love this!!  I ended up going with Leonardo.  It shipped very quickly and was here within a few days. I was very pleased.
 
 
My 4 year old was thrilled to see this when I opened up the package.
 
I am a ninja turtle!!
 
Isn't he cute!?  I had gotten a size small which said was (size 4-6) for ages 3-4.
I was worried it might be too small or too big but its just perfect!!  Its a tad bit big, but I know in the fall when weather starts getting cool, he will be wearing more clothing and I know he will grow a little bit between now and then. 

 
Here is the back of the costume.


It gives you an option to stuff the shell, here it is stuffed (small round pillow).  I think I might just leave it empty because I honestly can't tell that much of a difference between it stuffed and not stuffed.  Plus the added weight was a little heavy for him.
 
 
Here what it looks like with the shell removed.  It has velcro across the shoulders to attach it.  It was very easy to put on and off. 
The costume has velcro on the back and it ties in the back like a sash.  It also has removable padded knee and elbow pads.  All he needs now is a sword and maybe a pizza!!  I might look around for a plastic one for him to use trick or treating. 



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Thursday, July 3, 2014


More days till they go back to school......  not that I'm counting down or anything!!! 
UGH!  Kids driving me nuts today!
 
Ok... rant over!




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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Long time no blog


Well, It has been a while since I've posted in this blog.   Just got to the point where I didn't know what I wanted to post about. 

My kids are all growing and thriving.  My oldest is starting middle school!! How did that happen?!  and my baby is starting pre-k.  This makes me feel old!!  But once school starts back up, I will have 8 hours of quiet to myself.  I have absolutely no idea what I will do with all that free time! I keep thinking I need to contribute more towards our household budget.  But I have no idea what.  I want to be able to be there for my kids if needed.  I also do not want to have to pay for daycare cost for after school. 

My biggest accomplishment this year is losing 36 pounds so far!!  I'm thrilled.  I've come a long way since I started in July of 2013.  I had only lost 24 pounds from July to November and I hit a plateau.  I was getting discouraged and frustrated.    I was happy that I did not gain any weight over the holidays. 

Then in May, A friend of mine decided to lose some weight so I decided I would push myself too.  I've been watching my calories and what I eat. Drink TONS of water.  I hired a AWESOME personal trainer that comes to my house 2 x a week and I go to her house 2 x a week.  Since May, I've lost another 12 pounds.  I'm just thrilled that I've overcome my plateau.  

 
 
We decided since we had a blast on our last cruise, we decided to go on another family vacation.  We will be going on a cruise for 7 days!  We are all excited about this!  I love the fact that my husband can just turn off his phone and email and not have to worry about being contacted by his boss 24/7.
 
 




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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CVS pre black friday deals


I ran into CVS for a few mins to get some items that were free after ECB.  I started off with $7 in ECB.
 
Order #1
Reese Peanut butter tree x 2 - .50
- $1/2 MQ Printable
Twix Santa x 2 - .50
- $1/2 MQ Printable
Hershey Chocolate Bar - .79
Kraft Mac n cheese - .99
CVS Pantyliner - .99
Listerine Mouthwash - $2.99
- $2 MQ insert
Orbit Gum - 1.00
5 gum - 1.00
Colgate toothpaste - $2.50
- $2 CVS coupon
- .50 insert coupon
Glade warmer - $1.25
- $1 MQ printable
Sparkle Paper Towel x2 - $1.00
- BOGO Printable
 
ECB used $5 and $2
Total was .01 cents plus .90 cents tax = .91 oop
 
Got back the following ECB
.79 for Hershey Bar
.99 for Kraft Mac n cheese
.99 cent for CVS panty liner
$2 for Listerine Mouthwash
$1 for Orbit gum
$1 for 5 gum
$1.25 for Glade warmer
$1 for sparkle paper towel
$1 for sparkle paper towel
 
Total ecb $10.02
 
 
Order #2
 
CVS travel wipe - .99
Rescue Pastilles Stress relief - $7.79
Total Home Detergent - $1.79
 
Used $10.02 in ECBs. 
Total was .55 plus .74 cents tax = $1.29
 
Got back the following ECB
.99 for CVS Travel Wipes
$7.79 for Rescue Pastilles Stress Relief
$1.79 for Laundry Detergent
 
Total ECB $10.57
 
 
 Order #3
 
Milk Duds Theater box - .99
Gum Toothbrushes - $2.00
Ricola Cough Drops - .99
CVS anti diarrheal - $4.00
 
Used $7.79 ECB
 
Total is .19 cents plus .52 tax = .71 oop
 
got back the following ECB
.99 movie theater candy
$2 Gum toothbrushes
.99 Ricola Cough Drops
$4 CVS anti Diarrheal
 
Total ECB is $7.98
 
 
Order #4
I noticed that the kraft mac n cheese limit wasn't reached so I grabbed another box
 
Kraft Mac n cheese - .99
 
Used .99 cent ECB
 
Total was 00 plus .03 tax = .03 oop
 
Got back .99 cent ECB
 
 
Order #5
I thought some items were out of stock and the cashier showed me where it was at.
 
Children's Advil - $2.37
Advil - .99
 
Used $1.50 Children's Advil coupon and $1.79 in ECB
 
Total was .07 cents plus .24 tax = .31 cents.
 
Got back $2.37 and .99 cent ECB
 
 
When I was all done, I ended up with $12.33 in ECB and spent $3.25 oop for a total of $38.91 in merchandise.
 



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Friday, November 1, 2013

Plexus Opportunity of a lifetime!!


PLEASE keep an open mind when reading this and if you are not interested in what I have to say, would you PLEASE think of at least 3-5 (or more) of your friends or family, whom suffer with diabetes, high blood pressure, are over-weight, are... depressed, have fibromyalgia, or headaches, and PLEASE share this message with them. It could possibly change their life forever by allowing them to regain control of their health, or if they are out of work, it could possibly provide them with an opportunity to help them towards financial freedom! THANK YOU!

So as most of you know I am a stay at home mom to 3 kids. I just have not felt or been myself for many years now. I did NOT like the “me” I had become. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I was also dealing with sciatica nerve pain from my pregnancies as well as numbness in my fingers and hands. I began looking for a way to first, and most importantly, regain control of my health and to stop taking pharmaceutical drugs for! Second, to lose weight and take back control of my life. I happened upon a product called Plexus Slim and after CAREFULLY (because I am always skeptical of anything that has to do with health and weight loss) studying the company, and testimonials from customers of the product, I decided to try it myself. I decided to join as an Ambassador to receive my items at wholesale. I thought, why pay retail when Plexus has such a low start up for Ambassadors and you receive the products at such an unbelievable discount in a Welcome Pack? It only made sense to me to go that route. Well, before I knew it, I had people noticing the weight loss (20 lbs in 3 months, my husband 16 lbs in 2 months), that I was feeling 100% better and had more energy than ever! My BP is way down and my aches and pains are 90% gone! People began asking me what I was doing and wanted to know more about it. When I shared the product information with them, I signed up 3 Ambassadors within a 2 month period.

In a recent survey 92.8% of the people responding said that they were involved with Plexus because of the products. Some companies are happy if 50% of their customers get results from their products. At Plexus, that number is close to 90%.

Being a 1 income family, I came to realize that I really would like to take this opportunity I’ve been given and see where it can take me! But, this is just the beginning. The last couple of days, I was given the opportunity to work with some very successful Ambassadors within the Plexus Organization and I've accepted a 90 day challenge to get my business off the ground and going to where I begin seeing the financial freedom I am seeking. A job that allows me to set my own hours, work as hard as I want to work to produce the income that I want....whether it be $1,000 a month or $10,000 a month or even more...the opportunity to do just that is there with Plexus!

I am looking for people who want to join me on this ride. These 90 days could change your life forever. It will be FUN and ADVENTUROUS!!! Who wouldn't like to have more free time and be able to work when you want, as much or as little as you want and be rewarded with financial freedom by doing so? You must give 100% to get your business off the ground and growing in 90 days! I PROMISE you, I will be there by your side to help you every step of the way so that we both succeed in obtaining these goals! Then it's slow and steady. There are NO hidden gimmicks or tricks to being an Ambassador for Plexus, even if you ONLY want to get your products at cost. You just sign up ($34.95 sign up fee a year) and either sale or purchase $100 worth of products a month to start getting paid! You are NOT contracted in and can get out anytime you want! It’s that simple. BELIEVE me, when you use the products and people see a change in your physical and or emotional well-being, the products will sell themselves. You ARE A PRODUCT OF THE PRODUCT!! No need for cold calling, knocking on doors, making phone calls, etc.

Plexus is here to stay and this is just the beginning of the business side of Plexus!

* This past Friday October 25, 2013 Plexus had a 2 million dollar day in sales.

* Plexus went from 3 million in sales a month to now 22 million a month in just a short period of time!

* Plexus is a DEBT FREE COMPANY

* Plexus has the BEST of the BEST products made from the BEST of the BEST ingredients that WORK!! ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS!!

* Plexus has the BEST COMPENSATION PLAN
* Profit Sharing Offered to Everyone from Day One!
* No Direct Competition within the Company!
* Weekly and Monthly Pay!
* 50% Payout to Ambassadors
* Easy Monthly Qualification

We are experiencing momentum and growth that is unheard of.

Message me to find out more about this OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME! Also, please message me even if you are not looking for a financial opportunity right now, but would like to regain control of your health and well-being, physically and/or emotionally!

Thank you for letting me take this time to share this with you!

http://nicoleedwards.myplexusproducts.com/


 

20 pounds lost in 3 months!!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Cruise Trip

We had such an awesome time on our cruise to the Bahamas!!  Can't wait till we go on our next one!!  We went with friends of ours and their 3 year old son.   We left Friday afternoon after the kids got home from school.  We drove down to Jacksonville, FL.
 
We had a packed van!

Swampy was entertaining lol

Our hotel had the tiniest bed! 2 double beds for the 5 of us.  Needless to say we didn't get much sleep that night.

 We woke up Saturday morning to head to the ship!!  We are here!

Checking out the window view at Jax Port.

waiting to leave port

My boys being silly

These windows were a popular seat among the kids.

Braden waiting to leave Jacksonville

Caden is checking out the view at Jax Port

Kayla is patiently waiting to leave

 My husband is being silly, he wouldn't let me take a decent picture of him.
 
 
 
Eating dinner in the fancy dining room - he had peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Kayla and Caden eating in the fancy dining room on the 1st night

a blurry shot of our friend's kid.

This was on our bed when we got back to the room for the night.  I think its a dog.
 
The 1st full day was at sea.  I woke up and got a massage at the spa.  That was NICE!  Then afterwards we took the kids to the waterpark area for a couple hours. 
Our friend's poor son was seasick and was up all night throwing up. :(

1st day at sea, playing in the waterpark area.

Kayla on the big slides 
 
Braden on the little slides - he loved this, he played on it for over an hour

Nap time was a must for a cranky 3 year old.

My drink of the day after dropping the kids off at camp carnival for the evening!

2nd night towel animal - I think this one was a hippo

we arrived at Half Moon Cay!!

 
We were on our 2nd day and we were at Half Moon Cay.  We had to get on to a smaller boat since the cruise ship was too big to get close to the island.  Here is a shot of the boat from the smaller ferry boat.

Shot of Half Moon Cay

another shot of the cruise ship

The water was so crystal clear!!  We could swim out about 20 yards and still touch and see all the way to the bottom.  The water was just perfect temperature wise too.

shot of all 3 kids swimming


swimming with Daddy

isn't the water beautiful?!

shot of me and the cruise ship

The family swimming

Caden!

The boys!

My view from the lounge chair - Heaven!!

Kayla playing in the water fountain.  They had a kids water slide area.  That's where the boys spent most of their time playing.

Braden playing in the water
 
There was storm coming in, so we decided to go back to the ship and eat lunch while check on our friend's kid since he was seasick the night before.  Things were better so they were able to go back with us to the island. 
 


The kids with the Half Moon Cay sign.  I didn't take it before because a lot of people were trying to get pictures of it.

This is everybody about 20 yards out swimming


my friends little boy

Bobby and Caden swimming

Bobby, Caden and Seven


Hubby relaxing on the chair

That night we dropped the kids off at camp carnival and Braden came back with this!  Arrg Matey!


He loves camp carnival!  He was crying the 1st 2 times we dropped him off, but then after that he wanted to go with no tears!
 
The 3rd day we were in Nassau!  We were disappointed in this island, there wasn't much to do other than excursions.  We just walked around the town square and did a little shopping (what a rip off!) and went to this little cafĂ© to use their free wifi for a few minutes.  Then we just came back to the ship to eat lunch and relax till we had to leave port at 5.



Shot of the kids in Nassau near the ship


Braden being silly.

They did another face painting in camp carnival - a clown

Kayla with a view of Nassau

Caden with a view of Nassau


Braden with a view of Nassau

A shot of the Atlantis Side of Nassau.  There is a small bridge with just hotel rooms between 2 hotels, it goes for 10k a night!!  CRAZY!

shot of Nassau town square.

When we were there, there was 3 other cruise ships in port.  2 were Carnival and 1 was Royal Caribbean. 

leaving our port slip and a view of Fantasy ship


Leaving Nassau

This was face painting #3 from Tuesday night after we left Nassau - a Tiger


This was on our bed at night 3 - I have no idea what it was lol.
 
The 4th day was a day at sea.  We dropped the kids off that morning to go to camp carnival for a little bit.  We had to pick them up for lunch and here we are in the fancy dining room.  Kayla wasn't feeling good, the water was real rough that day.  Very rocky with storms all around us plus we were going full speed without stabilizers to get back home to Jacksonville.

 
Picked up the kids again from camp carnival after lunch to take them to the Hasbro Game show.  I tried to get Caden to participate but he wasn't having anything to do with it.  Kayla tried to get on the night before, but there was just too many people wanting a chance.  She still didn't feel good and was napping in the room.  Thank goodness for the medicine our friends gave her that worked on their seasick son.

Pirate Caden

Bunny Braden

This was our last night - we got a Gorilla. 
The kids loved seeing what kind of towel animal we were going to get.

This was on some random door as we were coming back to the room from a late night snack.  I had to get a picture of it lol

another random picture.... really!? they needed that many boxes of lucky charms??

A final shot, the kids were worn out!
 
We had a great time!!  Ate WAY too much and spent a little too much!  But we didn't go over our spending limit so that's good.  I wish the shows were interpreted so I could understand it better.  I had to keep asking Hubby to interpret.



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