Thursday, July 11, 2013

Zeal Update

Still working this Zeal Challenge. I'm down another pound but I have still been lazy. I keep saying I'm going to add exercise into my daily routine but I just get so busy and find other things to be doing/enjoying instead. I would rather just not eat. Haha... Seriously though I will start one of these days... As far as hunger goes I'm good. I haven't really had an issue with feeling hungry this far. I do keep forgetting to take the Burn at dinner but thankfully I haven't been eating extremely bad. Because of summer gardens we're getting a lot of fresh veggies so we've been getting creative and trying to eat healthier as a family. I have started to notice that my portions are getting smaller and still seem to fill me up naturally. Lately I have been working on seeing food differently. Instead of being in love with it, I'm trying to just stay away from it. Which could also explain why exercise has been alluding me. Exercise makes me hungry which = eating more and thinking I can get away with cheating more because I earned it by burning a few calories. Definitely not the healthiest way to look at things but its keeping me more on track right now. I figure you can't rush these things. One day at a time down this journey of weight-loss that we all love/hate so much... 

Thanks for all the support!! 

Xo
Lindsay

Monday, July 8, 2013

I HATE laundry!!!


This is my laundry basket almost always. And I guarantee that a lot of the kids clothes are clean. The girls love to play dress up and they always promise to hang their clothes back up or put them away. I always fall for it and they always end up in my hamper to be rewashed. Needless to say I'm never caught up and we were spending a small fortune on laundry soap and softener. So in an effort to save money I decided to make my own. I started with a liquid recipe, but found that it was a lot of effort and I'm all about easy peezie. But I do keep it on hand for spot treatments. I pretreat any grass stains, mud, food, etc. It works great and is a fraction of the cost of shout or other stain removers. However it does take up more space in the laundry room or becomes a great step stool for my son to stand on and get into things that he shouldn't. Here's the recipe:

1 Fels Naphtha Laundry Bar, grated
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
Hot water

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add grated soap. Reduce heat to low and simmer until all soap is melted. Be sure to stir continually. Next fill a 5 gallon bucket half way with more hot tap water from the sink. Gently pour soap water into the bucket. Add remaining ingredients and stir until all is dissolved. Fill the bucket up with more hot water, stir again, cover and let sit overnight or 8 hrs to thicken and cool. 
This recipe makes 10 gallons of laundry soap. I transfer the concentrated soap into a smaller 2 gallon bucket and add warm to dilute if using as my detergent or if using as a spot treatment I leave as is. For top load washers use about 3/4 a cup or for front load washers use about a 1/4 cup. 

Because time is an issue for me I have started using the dry version of this recipe. It takes up less space in my laundry room and works very well. So far I've been very happy with the end results. Of course you can play with the recipes and make them your own! Here's the dry recipe I use:

1 Fels Naptha Laundry Bar, grated
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

I use my food processed for this and it works amazingly! Just make sure you mix all the ingredients completely and I like mine to be very fine in texture. Use a tablespoon per load or 2 tablespoons if really dirty (always at my house). 

Now lets talk fabric softener. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first but I decided to brave it and it turns out that it works great. I don't even use bleach anymore (don't mix bleach & vinegar). So here's the recipe: 

3 cups White Vinegar
1 15 oz bottle of hair conditioner, any brand (I use whatever is on sale)
6 cups hot tap water
100% essential oil of your choice

Mix all ingredients together and use a 1/4 cup per load. Depending on the essential oil, I use about 20-30 drops. Just do the smell test if the vinegar bothers you. 

Vinegar neutralizes odors, helps colors from bleeding/fading, and is a natural softener. Who knew vinegar would become a staple in my home! 

Good luck and let me know what you think!! 

Xoxo
Lindsay

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!!!

So much history surrounds this holiday! Growing up it was just all about fireworks and playing with my cousins at the family cookout. It never really sank in during school or even as an adult really. Then I married a Marine. He has taught me what it means to be patriot, to love this great nation, and just what it cost our forefathers so long ago. 

Please have a fun but safe holiday weekend! Thanks so much for reading and never forget what this day means to us as a nation! 

Xoxo
Lindsay

Monday, July 1, 2013

Oh the Zeal challenge...

How am I doing??? Well besides being a little cranky things are going good. I had a bad weekend and still I'm 7 pounds down. That's pretty awesome considering I drank myself stupid Saturday night and ate Denny's for brunch. I enjoyed the super bird with avocado and seasoned fries. Oh and with a side of ranch for dipping. It was bad but so good! 

I think as punishment my hubby decided it would be great to go shopping for pond supplies and plants all day after eating such a satisfying meal with 3 kids in tow. But we all survived and I got to take a long nap when we got home. I woke up refreshed and ready to get back on it. I can honestly say that my hangover was not as bad as it should have been after drinking an entire bottle of wine alone the night before. In fact, I should have been sick for days! 

Go Zeal! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Zeal 90 Day Weight-loss Challenge

I decided to take this challenge a couple of weeks ago and I ordered my Zeal for the month. My trial start date was July 19, 2013... Actual start date is tomorrow July 27, 2013. Why you ask? Well, I had every intention of starting the 19th but I cheated like 3 times already and I wasn't exercising at all. I lost 7 lbs even without exercise so I thought imagine what I could lose if I exercised! Since I have always loved running I decided to get back into it. So I went to Target and bought this little book called Fit Plan Running by GAIAM. It helps you... Plan it. Track it. Achieve it. Or that's what the front of the book says anyway. Then I came home and while eating my last bowl of chocolate ice cream (I already cheated once today so why not?) I got this brilliant idea to blog about it. 

I know what you're thinking, it's an awesome idea! Haha... But seriously, it's going to make me more accountable and work harder to impress my fans aka anyone who googled the 90 Day Zeal Challenge. So each day I'll work this challenge and I'll let you know how I'm doing by going along with this lovely book that I just purchased. And maybe inspire a few lazy asses like myself to get off their bums too. 

Xoxo

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Va-JJ Hair Removal...

Yes, this blog post is about my experience getting a wax job down there. It was no joke. Would I recommend it? Definitely. Will I do it again? Definitely. Did it hurt? Definitely.

So groupon is amazing and I got a Brazilian Wax for $35. A friend agreed to hold my hand and I thought why not?! I have always wanted to do it and this is half price so it's win win. I took my pain meds and thought it can't be that bad, besides the vagina heals itself so quickly anyway. I can do this. This pep talk did not help much but I ended up getting on the table anyway... She had to trim the area first (I wasn't sure how long it needed to be so I let it grow) which was very embarrassing but funny to me. Then she got started. The wax was warm but not hot and then she put the cloth strip over it and WHAM!!! I expected it to hurt but wow! That was a shock and I literally cried out in pain. I almost got off the table and walked out of there, but my friend survived and I didn't want to be a total vag (haha) so I didn't move. I stayed spread eagle and let the torture continue. Yes I said torture because that is exactly what it was... TORTURE!! But I survived like many do, tipped the nice lady and left.

The first day or so after my whole region was nice and swollen which was very unattractive but fascinating at the same time. I walked a little funny but the pain was getting better so that was a plus. By day 3 she was back to normal size and she very smooth. Despite the pain and swollen vagina I loved it and so did the hubby. It's lasted about a month and no red bumps appeared like when shaving. I did use my Coochy as a calming lotion during the shower but I don't know if it helped or just helped ease my mind. Regardless I'm going to make that a regular part of my waxing ritual from now on. Final verdict: if you have ever thought about doing it, just do it. You will find that the pain isn't as bad as you think it will be or that you are way tougher than you thought you could be. Either way you'll survive and love the end result (and so will your spouse). <3

Xoxo, Lindsay

Sunday, March 3, 2013

My PR Passion

Pure Romance came into my life almost 6 years ago when a friend threw my bachelorette party. I remember thinking how much fun I had and of course I was super excited to get to try so of the many products on my wish list thanks to all my friends. But never once did I think I could ever sell PR for a living. In fact, as open as I am it felt so wrong to even think about it.

What changed? Well a couple years later one of my BFFs started her PR biz and loved it. She never pushed too hard to get me to sign up (now I wish she had!) and I never asked to many questions. I realize now that I let fear stop me. You see, I have tried selling many different things over the years and failed at it. You can't expect to sell a product that you aren't passionate about and that is exactly what happened to me. I started out with good intentions but always got bored or moved on to the next thing. Once I even helped a friend by signing up underneath her so she could meet her fast track requirements. It was free so why not? No surprise when I got bored and quit.

Over the years I hosted a few parties, went to a few parties, and ordered lots of products. Then the kits went on sale (for a third time) and the sale was 60% off. My PR mom finally got her recruit. Why now? Well, honestly I am the type of person who likes to keep busy. If I don't have a ton of things going on then I get bored and lazy. This was fun way to get out of the house and be a woman, not a wife, or a mother. I thought, the heck with what anyone thought! I want to have fun! So I signed up and started studying.

My first party was extremely nerve racking. My stomach hurt, I had no idea what I doing, and I was just plain scared to death. But I kept reading the information provided, I watched demo videos, and I listened to speeches and seminars. Two things happened... The parties started getting easier. I found that once I relaxed I set the mood for everyone. Second, I realized how much I loved it. I get to connect with women on a very personal level and sometimes help them improve what I believe to be one of the most important aspects in our lives... Our sexual health. Now it's a ministry for me. I don't feel like my business is taboo anymore, it's empowering. I educate, I entertain, and I empower women. I study and I talk about something that really matters, and if it doesn't it should! Who'd of thought that selling relationship enhancement products could bring me closer to God and help me work toward perfecting me? This is what PR has done for me. It has changed my life, made me want to be a better person, wife and mother. And it has helped me help other women do the same. Sex is a hard topic but it shouldn't be ignored. It should be embraced and enjoyed!!!

Xoxo, Lindsay

Lindsay Bane
Pure Romance Consultant
405.473.8666
LindsayBane.PureRomance.com