Ways To Stick To Your Healthier Lifestyle Resolution – And Giveaway!

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The Blog Forward Challenge - Ann Again and again Reviews We’re 5 months into the year 2014.  Did you make a resolution to get fit, or eat healthier this year?  I was tired of the tummy flab that was taking over my middle due to menopause (yep, I said it) and I was feeling pretty weak.  Enough of that I say!  I’m five months into my healthier lifestyle and feel confident I can keep this up.  Here are ways to stick to your healthier lifestyle resolution – and a giveaway! Ways that help me stick to my resolution:

  • Make a standing appointment to exercise.  Try to keep it the same time every day.
  • If you don’t feel like moving tell yourself ‘Let’s just do a couple of minutes’.  I’m sure your body will encourage your mind to stick around and do a few more reps. and you will find you’ve completed a full workout.
  • Remember to drink a full glass of water before eating.
  • You will always feel better about yourself after you exercise.  Remember that!

With regard to food choices I’m enjoying the taste and long lasting full feeling I get from eating Zone Perfect bars.  The taste selection is vast and my girls like them too.  We’ve finally tried Quinoa (keen-wha) that we’ve been hearing about but weren’t sure how to pronounce.  I really like grains so quinoa works out well for me as a smarter nutritional choice over rice.  And now that grill season is here my-oh-my!  My husband grilled Cauliflower and added dashes of seasoning salt, black pepper and the juice of one lemon to create a flavor I’ve never had from cauliflower.  Absolutely delicious and so much better in the nutrition and calorie category over mashed potatoes.  Check out this chart for side dish swap ideas: Ways To Stick To Your Healthier Life Style - And A Giveaway!  Ann Again and again Reviews With my exercising routine, on one hand I’m bummed about the fact that weight is not coming off.  I’ve been exercising for 4 months now, 5 to 6 days a week – a mix of cardio and area specific movements – and have lost a whopping 5 lbs.   But on the other hand I am so much stronger than I was a month ago, let alone 4 months ago, and that feeling of strength is what I absolutely love about exercising.  If weight doesn’t come off, well that’s a drag and it frustrates me, but I won’t stop my workouts because feeling stronger brings me joy and strength and joy is what I want in my life.  (Oh and love, of course!  and a delightful Pinot Gris ;->)

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Giveaway – Tommie Copper Compression Apparel Helps Support and Refresh Your Workout

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WOMEN'S RECOVERY COMPRESSION SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT $49.50

 

 

Giveaway! Tommie Copper Compression Apparel - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

I have stayed true to my goals of exercising more with the intention of becoming stronger and, hopefully, leaner.  (The strength part is happening, it’s the “leaner” part that’s taking some extra effort with this late-4o’s body of mine.)  I’m used to exercising in either yoga pants or lycra based workout wear and I’ve felt fine about the support those materials offered.  However, I have been introduced to performance wear by Tommie Copper and it’s changing my workout world!  And I have Tommie Copper Compression Apparel to give to one lucky winner of Ann Again and again Reviews!

I feel muscle support, freedom of movement and – the most important trait for me – Tommie Copper material cools your skin.  I hate sweating!  This workout wear is great! AND… they’re are having a great sale this weekend for Memorial Day. Check them out here!   Really good site!  The soft polished copper fabric features UPF 50 sun protection and Cool Copper™ moisture management to keep your skin cool and dry in any activity.  Here’s what you get in Tommie Copper Performance wear:

PERFORMANCE 2.0

  • Reduces muscle fatigue, damage, and injury
  • Enhances muscle and joint performance
  • Helps shorten muscle and joint recovery time
  • Improves circulation
  • Increased oxygen to the muscles
  • Increased range of motion
  • Cool Copper™ moisture wicking, drying and cooling
  • Permanent anti-odor technology inhibits growth of odor causing microbes
  • UPF 50 rating protects against 99% of the sun’s harmful rays

 

I was provided the Women’s Performance Compression Capris and the Women’s Recovery Compression Short Sleeve Shirt.  The material is light weight and provides comfortable support.  And… it’s cool!  Literally cool to your skin.  During a workout I discovered this when I breathing hard trying to maintain a Downward Dog, I blew on my legs in frustration and it felt like a cool breeze just came in the room.  I needed that!  The moisture wicking material helps keep me going instead of wanting to stop since I feel gross and sweaty.  (I just don’t like it.  Oh well.)

Tommie Copper provides workout wear for women and men.  There are compression garments for almost every body part and workout wear that will support and flatter you in your efforts to get, and stay, fit.  My items have washed well, no shrinkage, and have kept their pre-wash performance wear traits.   Now, after all this talk of how wonderful Tommie Copper is, I bet you’d be interested in winning an item for yourself wouldn’t you? :->  Check out what’s available at www.TommieCopper.com and let me know what piece looks right for you and your fitness endeavors.  Enter to win through the RaffleCopter below.  Good luck!  (Open to US and Canadian residents.)

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(*Disclosure:  As stated above I received items to facilitate my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Did You Know These Big Companies Are In Your Cupboards?

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I’m not oblivious to the fact that companies like Nestle and Kraft have a wide net over the foods that are offered in grocery stores. But I was surprised to find the reach a particular company had with regard to butter – even though the brands are different, they are all owned by the same company. Money isn’t spread around, it looks to all be going into the same pockets. When standing in the grocery aisle it appears you have many choices, but do you really?

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New Kitchen Style With Wall Art Decals from DecDecals

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Recently I came across a new site DECDECALS that showcases an easy way to add flair to your walls.  DECDECALS designs vinyl gave me an idea on how to spruce up my kitchen walls quickly with no painting.  Yay!  (See what the designs offerings here.) Vinyl wall art stickers are the latest idea in home decorating that are easy to buy, easy to ship, easy to use and, if you change your mind on the design, easy to remove. Currently they are the most popular trend for modern home improvement giving you easy access to beautiful designs and encouraging affirmations with wall quotes. (See here.) You can choose from many different designs and styles, and they also allow you to create your own quote any way you like.  Nice.

Nowadays, I feel more and more people are pursuing a quality of life that brings them comfort and nourishes their spirit. They are paying much more attention to the ingredients in their food,  the materials which our clothes are made, and where they’re made, along with daily choices that improve their living environment.  With inspiring DIY projects all over social media, and in print, more efforts are put forth in decorating our homes to become our oasis from the world.  Any steps that can be made to make decorating easier is always welcome in my book and I feel that’s the reason easy to use wall stickers are so popular these days.

After perusing DECDECALS I would like to highlight some of my favorite wall stickers for kitchens.  (Click image to appear larger):

 

The place where savory dishes are made and delicious desserts are created, the kitchen is a good place to add some creative touches to your walls.  I’ve always wanted a window over my kitchen sink but that wouldn’t work for the current design of our house because I’d be looking into the bathroom.  No thank you!  With wall decals you can have just about any view you like, no construction required :-> Visit www.DecDecals.com and get inspired.

 

(*Disclosure:  I was compensated for my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Check Out This Great Deal For Mother's Day From Specials by Restaurant.com

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Check Out This Great Deal For Mother's Day From Specials by Restaurant.com

What a great deal just in time for Mother’s Day! This also makes a great offering for Father’s Day! Restaurant.com, the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide, wants to help kick-start your summer with a blockbuster event. Get two movie tickets to use at one of your favorite movie theaters along with a $50 Restaurant.com eGift Card, all for just $28 with the Specials by Restaurant.com Dinner and a Movie deal!

Check Out This Great Deal For Mother's Day From Specials by Restaurant.com - Ann Again and again Reviews

Whether you’re celebrating a special mom in your life or just looking for a night out, enjoy this Specials by Restaurant.com Dinner and A Movie deal. With this exclusive offer from Specials by Restaurant.com, you’ll get two movie tickets to use at one of your favorite movie theaters along with a $50 Restaurant.com eGift Card, all for just $28!

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Don’t miss out on this Blockbuster MOVIE event as this offer is only available for a limited time! Specials by Restaurant.com deals make great gift ideas for everyone. You can locate your theater here and you’ll be on your way: http://emoviecash.com/locator/

(*Disclosure: I’m happy to share this information with you as I am a Blogger with USFamilyGuide.com.)

Win A $50 Winco Gift Card! Use The Ibotta App To Make Your $ Go Further!

Win A $50 Winco Gift Card Giveaway! Use The Ibotta App To Make Your $ Go Further!

When I was very young one of my favorite things to do was be in my room and have a tea party with my stuffed animals and imaginary friends while listening to my Alice In Wonderland album. My little cups weren’t filled with tea however, they were filled with cereal. Any chance I would get I would eat cereal. Cheerios® was a favorite of mine then and it is now. How about you? do you have a favorite cereal? If so, what is it? Honestly it’s hard to me to name a favorite, I’m like that with a lot of things :->

Since my family loves cereal as much as I do I’m always looking for cost saving measures on what we eat most. Do you use a mobile phone? If so you really need to check out an app called Ibotta. This app has been helping me not only save money at the grocery store but it has also brought new items to my attention that my family has really enjoyed. When you are ready to grocery shop go to your Ibotta app and select your store. You will see items that will give you cash back after your purchase. Some items offer $1.00 cash back, and that’s on top of your coupon use! Ibotta is really a great resource to save money with your groceries.

I’m focusing on cereal here so let’s check out Ibotta on your mobile phone for weekly General Mills cereal offers at WinCo. Each week from 4/10-5/25 there will be a featured cereal of the week that you can redeem for $1.50! If you buy 5 cereals, you can redeem an additional $2.50! Cereals included in this offer are Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Chocolate Toast Crunch, Golden Grams, Dark Chocolate Multigrain Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Fiber One Protein. Save up to $9.50 on your favorite cereals! For more information visit Ibotta’s blog – http://bit.ly/WinCoCerealoftheWeek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lily and Katie enjoying their cereals. Hey, girls? Hey, can you look up please?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah yes. Thanks for taking a break with your cereal. Well, almost taking a break.

 

Also, I have found the best prices on my family’s daily grocery needs at WinCo. They offer fresh produce, baked goods and nice selection of meats that will go over really well for up coming holiday celebrations. Do you get creative with your holiday treats and make something using cereal? I’d love to be inspired by what you do! Please share!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey. Um… I’m doing something here. Can you leave Lily’s cereal alone?

 

 Win A $50 Winco Gift Card! Use The Ibotta App To Make Your $ Go Further!

I am thrilled that I am able to offer one of my lucky readers a $50 WinCo Gift Card! Shopping at WinCo and using the Ibotta app will help the $50 Gift Card go a very long way. What a great prize!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob! Honey, I think it’s time you made your own bowl of cereal.

 

Enter today to win a $50 Gift Card from WinCo and go check out all the yummy cereals General Mills has to offer. Be sure to use the Ibotta app for great deals. Enter now. Good luck!

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(*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine.)

This Will Show You Everything You Need To Build A Successful Blog

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