Sunday, June 14, 2015

Product Review | Quality Encapsulations Omega 3 Fish Oil


So, I've been losing weight. So far, as of this morning, I've lost 39.8 pounds. (yay!)One thing I'm a little worried about all the loose skin I'm going to have left, because seriously, I have a lot of weight to lose. Did you know taking Omega 3s can benefit elastin and collagen in your body, helping with skin elasticity? It can.

So when I was offered some Omega 3s to try and review, I accepted.
I received these "softgels" a couple weeks ago and have been supplementing my diet with them. In all honesty, since I was already taking Omega 3s every day, I haven't noticed a big difference in my skin, etc with them. 

BUT. 

But. 

Have you ever taken an Omega 3 Fish oil? They stink. They smell of fish, and most leave a squicky little aftertaste that I do not enjoy. I mean, I hate fish. I don't eat things that live in water. 

These don't smell! There's no aroma, there's no aftertaste, and I LOVE that. Super awesome. I'll keep taking these instead of the ones I was already taking. 

They're also pharmaceutical grade, which means there is less bacteria and icky stuff in them. They're non-GMO, and overall they're great. I'll absolutely purchase these again, and make them my go-to Omega 3. 

The only thing I would change is I would make them a little smaller. The capsules are huge, making them hard to swallow for some. 

Overall, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Hands down. 

*I was given these for free in exchange for my fair and unbiased review*

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Book review | The Mapmaker's Children | Sarah McCoy

I recently finished reading The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy. Based loosely on the story of Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, it is a fascinating story of two women whose lives are connected across more than a century of time.

In alternating chapters of story-telling, McCoy tells the stories of Sarah and Eden, two women whose lives are both impacted by fertility struggles. Both women are, unknowingly at times, on a quest to redefine themselves as women with a major part of womanhood taken away from them. One by disease and one one for unknown reasons.

I am a reader, this is without a doubt. However, I am a reader who reads primarily for escapism. So much of my day is about reading to learn. At work where I guide students in how to do that, and at home, where I am teaching my own children to love words and their meanings. Add to that my constant need to take classes (June 15th my new courses start!) I am reading to learn all day long.  So when I pick up a book for myself, it is usually for escapism. That was my plan when I picked up this book to read.

BUT.

This book made me want to learn more. I constantly had my phone in hand looking up things like "john brown" and "sarah brown" to see how much of this story was fact and how much was fiction.

*If* I had to say something negative, I would say that I would have liked a bit more substance to the closing of Eden's storyline, a deeper glimpse into where the future takes her.  But even without it, I am just able to wonder and imagine more.

It was a fascinating journey through the lives of two women searching for themselves, their purpose, and their defintions of motherhood.

I dislike rating things on scales, so I won't give x out x stars or anything, but I do encourage anyone looking for a thought-provoking read that is simultaneously entertaining and educational to grab their nearest copy of The Mapmaker's Children.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from bloggingforbooks.com.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Oh my goodness.

I recently got a book from bloggingforbooks.com for free to review here.

If you need me, I'll be reading it. It is SO GOOD, but my children have decided I don't get time to read.

Seriously. Stay tuned. This baby is awesome.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Summer goals

Aaaaah, summer. Obviously, this picture is from a spring walk we recently took (jackets), but summer is on it's way. As a teacher, I can tell you exactly how many school days are left (27) even if I refuse to put a countdown in my room. This is the first summer I've had where I have a child (or two) and am returning to work in the fall. I went back after C was born, but since he was an August baby, I had no children all summer. Then when M was born in September, I didn't go back to work, choosing to stay home for a year.

But this summer, not only do I have TWO children to entertain, I am returning to work in the fall, which means trainings, conferences, research, planning, and a deadline. Added to that, I've decided to pursue my media specialist license, so I will be taking a class or two as well. Andplusalso, I co-own an event design and planning business, and we have 4-5 weddings on deck for weekends.

Fortunately, my daycare provider is amazing, and has given me a great deal on part-time care for the summer, so I will have two days to work every week, and three days to spend with my kids. I kind of feel like I'm the luckiest woman on the planet to get to divide my time like that and be able to affordably not completely disrupt my children's routines.

But, I'm a planner by nature (you've seen my planner layouts. I love me some plans) so I wanted to get some goals for the summer down in writing. Or typing. However you want to describe it.

My last day of work for the summer is June 10. I can't stay later than that, as my classroom will be under construction all summer (I'M GETTING WALLS!) so I have to be 100% packed up and moved out so they can start. Ok by me, because I'm building me a list.

1. I need to repaint my kitchen island. When we replaced the countertop, there is a small ~1/2 inch area that isn't painted because the laminate top had an overhang. Time to clean this baby up and repaint it.

2. Plant and mulch the "strip" in the backyard. Hopefully, this will actually get done in the next week. We have a sidewalk to the garage in our backyard, and a 3 foot strip of "grass" between it and the fence. Grass just plain refuses to grow there, and so we are changing it up. We have 6 or 7 (I can't remember) hydrangea bushes to plant bricks to line it with, and plan on adding mulch to pretty it up. Thankfully, we have leftover bricks from a front walk project, and our city gives residents mulch for free. Hopefully the bushes will grow quickly and provide a little privacy from the neighbors, quiet down the dogs because they won't see every.little.thing, and make maintenance of that area easier.

3. Caulk the tub. Seriously, a few weeks ago we replaced some falling tiles in our main bathroom. (We'd had and fixed a leak), and also needed to re-caulk the whole tub. We accidentally used clear caulk, and I prefer white caulk, so I need to re-do that. This has been on my to-do list weekly for quite awhile, but I keep forgetting to find the painter's tape so I can keep the lines clean.

4. Replace a light fixture in the kitchen. We bought the house with a light fixture that looks like it's from the Skyview motel circa 1967. It's not pretty. I have my eye on this baby from Amazon but I will need some help battling anything electrical. Youtube, here I come. (And a neighbor who is handy at these sorts of things.

5. Deal with the "garden" in the back of the yard. I haven't planted anything back here for a couple years. (Dudes, I was pregnant FOREVER) I've always planted tomatoes back there, but the soil lacks calcium, and the tomatoes always rot. So i quit, and I just haven't gotten back to it. I'd like to plant something easy, and preferably perennial, that thrives in the sun. Suggestions welcome. (Except lilies, I have a lily garden already).

6. Put the canopy on the swingset. We recently bought a used swingset, and while it's awesome, and beautifully cleaned up, it needs a new canopy. I ordered the outdoor fabric for it, but I need actually cut, hem, and attach it. Today would have been a good day for it, but I ran out of time.

7. Replace the hammock. Sadly, ours has holes in it. Nuts.

8. Paint C's room. The paint is in desperate need of touch ups, and as much as I love the jazzy aqua, it doesn't go with the navy and orange he chose for his big boy bedroom.

9. Organize the "lobby". It's seriously embarrassing. Like, really, really, bad. It needs a function that works, and after almost 6 years in this house, it's time we find one.

10. Enjoy my kids, and my summer. This is really number one on my list, and I almost didn't mention it at all, because really, it's a given.  I love my family, and I have every intention of spending as much time having fun with them as I can.

What is on your agenda for the summer? Or, what is a good perennial that is low-maintenance that I can plant in a very sunny garden?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

hey there, hottie

hey.

*waves*

just chilling. visiting ye old blog for some fun.

How YOU doin?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ListersGottaList

I am doing a listersgottalist challenge in April, hosted by @theresetgirl, and she provided everyone with rules and labels for their notebooks. I wanted to personalize mine a little bit, to coordinate with the project life cards I plan on using during the month, so I made these:

I just wanted to put them somewhere others could access it in case they wanted to use this instead. It can be found for free, here: listers gotta list labels - color 

I DID NOT MAKE THIS LIST, Cori, aka theresetgirl did! All credit goes to her! Enjoy if you use it! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Yet another week...

I decided to go with a black and pinks theme this week. I found some stickers left over from the days when I thought I was going to be an awesome scrapbooker (um, nope) and thought they looked like a good deal for this week. 

It is kind of a light week this week, so there are a lot more quote and decorative stickers than in the past. I got a sheet of pink quotes off a facebook group I am in for planner geeks, printed them off and ran them through my sticker maker. Which is my favorite thing ever, btw.

Stickers are from Facebook and Making Memories "Sabrina" collection. Water tracker is from Mrs. Wenduhh (link in first week's post), washi from Michael's. Pink and gold dot flag is from Target dollar section.

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