I received calorease from Moms Meet to review.  As a Moms Meets blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.

When I first heard about Calorease, I was skeptical.  I have not had the best of luck with any weight loss supplements, and always believe the best way to lose weight is through diet and exercise.  However, Calorease is stimulant free and heart healthy.  I was worried about feeling anxious or not being able to sleep, but was reassured that would not happen.

The low down:

Calorease is a revolutionary diet supplement that decreases daily caloric consumption by up to 500 calories a day. Stimulant free and heart healthy—Calorease has no unwanted side effects when taken as recommended. The unique, active fiber in Calorease, FBCx, is a soluble fiber derived from grain and binds up to 9 times its weight in dietary fiber. A convenient blister pouch provides 1 serving (2 tablets) so Calorease is easy to bring along for your lifestyle on the go!

Calorease does not contain gluten, lactose, yeast, wheat, sugar, salt, egg, soy, dairy, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives. It is naturally sourced from grain and is suitable for vegans.

So, I decided to give it a shot.  The directions say to take 2 pills 3 times a day with fat containing meals or snacks.  Calorease binds and eliminates up to 18g of dietary fat.  I have been trying to eat healthier, and figured this would be a good way to jump-start the program.  That way, I could lose more weight with Calorease and then hope my healthy eating was on track enough to keep the weight off.

I was happy that Calorease did not give me any unwanted side effects like I was worried about.  However, I don’t feel as if the weight has been coming off either.  Maybe it is just hopefully thinking that I could have immediately started rocking a 2 piece, but for now, my clothes will stay on.

I am hoping that by continuing to eating healthier, I will be on the track to shedding some weight…more on this to follow!

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The condo we stayed at had a great beach that was never busy, we were able to leave our stuff close to the water and relax in the sun in waves.  On our last day at the beach, I was standing about knee deep in the water watching HJ boogie board.  He was about 20 feet beyond me in the water with his cousins, and a few of his cousin’s friends who joined us for the day.  Side note: non-pool water has always given me the heebie-jeebies.  It’s gross, fish are disgusting and you can’t see what is lurking beneath the surface.

Like I said, I was standing about knee deep, which is bold for me.  I was talking to my sister’s friends and I felt something brush up against my leg.  There had been quite a bit of seaweed, so my instinct was that it was seaweed or a fish.  A small, non-scary (yet disgusting fish).  So I shook my leg a bit to scare away whatever it was.

However, when I shook my leg, my toes hit something rather solid.  It didn’t move away like fish or seaweed, and it felt sort-of rubbery.  So I looked down.  And then flipped the heck out.

When I looked down, I noticed it wasn’t a tiny fish.  It was about 2 to 2 and half feet long.  It was white.  With a fin on top.  My sister’s friend looked at me and said, “What is that?” As I was saying “It’s a SHARK! No, it has to be a fish.  THAT LOOKS LIKE A SHARK!”.

My dad was standing a few feet away and was quick to say, “THAT’S A SHARK!”.  Which made me feel a lot less crazy.

I flew out of the water while yelling, “SHARK!!”  The way I reacted, people must have thought I saw jaws himself instead of a little 2 foot shark.  But I don’t care how big it was, it was a shark.  With ROWS of teeth.  Not that I saw them.

The shark swam away from where I had been, basically heading straight towards the children.  Great.  We yelled shark to get them to come to shore, however this meant they were frolicking in the water right where the shark was.  Luckily, they all thought I was half crazy and were fine with it.

Within 10 minutes, everyone was getting back in the water while I shuddered as water lapped over my toes.  I couldn’t bring myself back in that shark invested water.

Later that night, my sister mentioned to a local I had kicked a shark.  I think she did this to try and make me feel crazy, but the lady responded with, “Yeah, there’s lots of them.  My own daughter refuses to get in this water.”  In fact, right before we ran into her, someone had caught a 5 foot shark on the pier we were walking on.  And she told us about how the week before a 12 year old caught one with his bear hands and threw it over his shoulder.

Now my tiny kick seems weak.

She mentioned it sounded like I kicked a bull shark, which doesn’t sound like a nice shark at all.  So I googled a bull shark for you all (and I am thankful I did this waaay after the fact, because AHHH!)…

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Random picture of a bull shark, thanks google.

And info on the bull shark from National Geographic:

Bull sharks are aggressive, common, and usually live near high-population areas like tropical shorelines. They are not bothered by brackish and freshwater, and even venture far inland via rivers and tributaries.

Because of these characteristics, many experts consider bull sharks to be the most dangerous sharks in the world. Historically, they are joined by their more famous cousins, great whites and tiger sharks, as the three species most likely to attack humans.

After reading a little more, I learned bull sharks are born at about 2 feet, so I likely encountered a young pup.  Which means the mom was close by.  And bull sharks are likely travelling in packs.

That means I kicked one of the most aggressive shark’s baby, with a large scary mama close by.

AHHH.

And now I am never getting back in the water.

Our vacation started with heading to Cocoa Beach in Florida.  My parents had rented a 2 bedroom condo overlooking the ocean, while my sister’s family had rented another condo.  After searching for places to stay, they actually found a great deal on a place at Vacation Rentals by Owner.  Our view, was amazing…

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5th floor, overlooking the ocean.

Our mornings were spent drinking coffee (or juice) on the patio, while watching dolphins jump around in the waves.  We would sit there in silence and suddenly shout things out like, “THERE!  I SEE ONE!  DID YOU SEE IT!?! OH, LOOK!”

We would head down to the beach fairly early (it was hot out!) and spend the mornings splashing through the waves, looking for shells and building sandcastles.

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HJ also learned to boogie board, and was nearly impossible to get inside when he discovered how fun it was.

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One day, I noticed a crab stick its beady little eyes out of a hole and stare at me.  Naturally, I screamed and he ran back down his hole.  My dad wanted to see one, so he dug it out.  When the crab came flying out of the hole, my nephew ran about a quarter-mile screaming.  HJ shimmied up my leg like a koala bear while shouting at me to start driving home.  The rest of us screamed.  Loudly.

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The crab ran under a local’s chair who was reading, he didn’t flinch.

While mornings were spent on the beach, we would go inside to cool down for lunch.  Then, head out to the pool for an hour or two.

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When HJ was completely worn out, we would head in to rest.  He would nap, while I would read on the patio, drink an iced coffee and force myself to get ready for the day.

After HJ woke up, we would do a few quick things like stop by some shops or go to a manatee park in hopes of seeing…a manatee.

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Do you see it?  Yeah, either did HJ, but how pretty is the manatee park?  My parents and I did notice one stick its nose out of the water, but we didn’t wait to long…it was around 95 outside that day!

Then we would go back to the condo to get ready for dinner.

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Once again, the amazing view from our condo.

We went to a few seafood places for dinner.  In fact, one was so amazing, we went 2 nights in a row.  The first night, I ordered Scallop Volcano.  It is one of the best meals I have ever had.  Even HJ was adventurous and devoured crab cakes, fish and chips and ceviche.

When night set, we would relax in the condo or go on a beach walk.  We were there during a full moon.

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While walking on the beach, a local told me that there were 2 weeks left of sea turtle season.  During this time, huge sea turtles would come onto land to lay their eggs.  They only do this during high tide and a full moon, so we were there at the perfect time.  However, we didn’t see any turtles.  Just a lot more crabs.  People were out crabbing, and we got to see the crabs in a cooler…close enough for me.

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While the beach was amazing, HJ was excited for the next part of our trip…Disney World!

Hello all!  I will be back Monday, but today I wanted to let one of my favorite bloggers introduce herself.  Meet Filiz!

 

 

Why Hello There! I’m Filiz, and I blog over at Light & Sweet. A little bit about the blog – – Light & Sweet is a lifestyle blog where I share my adventures in DIY, Cooking, Style, Beauty and … well… life! I chose the name Light & Sweet because I like to keep things fun and lighthearted.
Here are snip-its of whats going on over at L&S:

DIY Teacup Candles
DIY Picture Frame Earring Holder
Avocado Basil Pesto
Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Seeing as Kristin has been so sweet to host me on her blog, and I don’t usually get too personal, I thought “What the heck, I’ll tell you more about me!” So here it goes, a few random facts:

1. First and most frequently asked, my name, Filiz. It is a common Turkish name meaning “sprout”. But it seems to be most commonly associated with Filiz Akin, who was one of the famous actresses in the history of Turkish cinema.

2. I absolutely could not live without hot sauce! I am the poster child for Frank’s RedHot’s slogan “I put that *$%# on everything”

3. I have recently developed an obsession with Restaurant Impossible. Yes, I know it is soo predictable and repetitive, but I love the reveals on opening night!

4. I am afraid of cockroaches and needles. Yeah yeah… so is everyone, but seriously I freak out, cry and even pass out at the sight of either.

5. I am a huge fan of The Price is Right (I’m watching it right now)! I know that makes me about 90 years old, but I am totally cool with that.

Anyway, stop on by Light & Sweet sometime and say hello! I’d love to meet you!

Guess what loves?  I am on vacation!  Since I am relaxing and computer-less, I wanted to share some oldie but goodies.  Here is a lost of my top 10 posts:

Another Stitch Fix Post Clearly people want to know what Stitch Fix is all about.

Homemade Face Wash I still use this nightly and recommend it to anyone!

No-Sew Roman-ish Shades This post was 2 years ago, and is still looked at daily.  I am hoping to fall in love with new fabric and make some new shades!

Fall Recipes with M&M’s and Motts Apple Juice I have noticed lots of pins of the apple cider, that must be why it has been so popular!

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five and Part Six I love that these stories are at the top.  I feel like I really showed a side of myself I don’t open up about a lot.  Most of my friends haven’t even heard this whole story, yet lots of you read it all.  I also like that they all have about the same views.  That tells me that people who started the story were engaged enough to read the whole thing.

Mickey Mouse is Vain This makes me laugh, since we happen to be at Disney :).

Why Don’t I Have a Daddy? This is one of those posts where I really exposed my emotions.  I cried while writing this.  A lot.

Week Night Recipe: Pillsbury Grands Chicken Pot Pie Another one that has been pinned lots!

Dear Teacher My nerves and anxieties about sending HJ to school for the first time.

Lego Table HJ’s birthday present I made last year. Hope you enjoy reading the top ten posts from A Slice of Mudpie!  I will be back soon with LOTS and LOTS of pictures!

Happy Monday! Today, Chelsea from Little Lessons in a Big City is here to share a recipe that I know HJ would love…

hello all – I’m chelsea from little lessons in a big city. and I’m here to entertain distract you while kristin is on vacation. I thought the best way to achieve that would be to create something sweet, chocolaty, and fall-inspired.

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If you can’t be on vacation, you should at least be cuddled up on the couch. possibly watching a movie. and definitely snacking on some cozy peanut butter popcorn. because it screams comfort & fall. [in addition to being delicious].

did I mention it’s simple to make?

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all you need is:

• 8 cups of popcorn.

• 1/2 cup honey.

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar.

• 3/4 cup peanut butter.

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

• 3 squares almond bark [I used white, and added food coloring to turn it orange].

• 1 cup mini peanut butter cups.

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in a small saucepan combine honey + sugar. bring to a boil. reduce heat & simmer for two minutes.

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remove from heat. add peanut butter + vanilla.

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drizzle over popcorn. and stir to combine.

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create a double boil to melt almond bark.

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add red + yellow food coloring to create a fall-appropriate orange color.

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spread popcorn on a cookie sheet topped with parchment paper.

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drizzle orange almond bark. and let cool.

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toss with mini peanut butter cups. and you have yourself a delectable fall treat. perfect for a cozy movie night, in front of a warm fire.

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enjoy!!!

xo,

chelsea at LLinaBC.com

You can follow Chelsea on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Hello everyone!
I am on vacation, but didn’t want to leave everyone without a few posts.  Some of my favorite bloggy friends have offered to post in the meantime, and I think you will enjoy getting to know them.  Today, is a cute etsy store, perfect for little girls, and Monday is a yummy recipe!  Enjoy!
Also, the lovely Kari is offering a discount code to her cute shop (code at the bottom of the post)…
Hey Yall!  I am Kari from Pink Cow Mootique!  A few months ago, I stumbled across the Wifessionals blog and her Cara Box Exchange program!  This sounded amazing, so I joined.  Well, it has been nothing short of amazing!  I have met some really great ‘friends’ through this ordeal.  If you like to receive adorable boxes filled with goodies (for you!!!!), then head over there and sign up!  Its so much fun!
My latest friend is Kristin, here at Slice of Mudpie!  Unfortunately, we live quite a few states away, but she seems so down to Earth and ‘likeable’!  I am sure we would be friends in real life! 🙂  Plus, that little HJ she has is quite a charmer!
So, Kristin asked me to do a guest post and I feel very honored to be here!  She told me to write about anything.  Well, that is a big open ocean, if you ask me and I have so many ideas, yet no ideas…if that makes any sense!!??!
So, I am just going to talk about me and our handmade shop!
I am married and have 2 1/2 year old twin girls!  (twins are amazing…that could be a whole post in itself)…When my girls were born, my mother in law started sewing and crocheting.  She made us so much stuff and everyone kept saying we should open an etsy shop.  So, we did.  Since opening, we have revisited our goals several times and we currently have quite a big bow stash going.  We have sold a lot local, and are working on marketing to the internet world.  We also have a lot of items in the works and cannot wait to reveal those very soon!
So, how did we come up with the name Pink Cow Mootique?  When my girls were itty bitty (gosh, those were the days…), they somehow ‘took to’ these pink lovey cows.  They have stuck with them ever since.  CANNOT go without them.  They both are obsessed.  So much, that we had to search Amazon (they were baby shower gifts) to find more.  We currently have about 12 between all the houses the girls will be at!!  Sitting around one day trying to think up names, we were holding the girls and one of us mentioned how special the cows were….the rest is history!!
Starting up a handmade business is slow.  I have done a lot of research and we are working out the kinks as we go.  It is my dream to have a successful handmade business and I love how social media has really allowed hand makers to ‘step up their game’.  It is so much fun learning all about it.
A special thanks to Kristin for allowing me to post today!!  I sure hope you stay around and get to know me and my shop a little better!
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How cute is her store?  And her twins?!?!  Also, Kari is offering all Slice of Mudpie readers a discount.  Just enter the code “mudpie”.  The code is good through October 24th!

Stephanie L. Reed is celebrating the release of The Bargain, the first book in her new series, Plain City Peace, with a Kindle Fire ‘Bargain Bundle’ giveaway!

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One winner will receive a ‘Bargain Bundle’:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Bargain by Stephanie Reed

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 27th. Winner will be announced at the Litfuse blog on October 28th.

 


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the Litfuse blog on the 28th to see if you won. (Or, better yet, subscribe to their blog {enter your email in the blog sidebar} and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox)!

apple crisp

Growing up, I would love when my mom and I picked apples from the neighbor’s trees.  This always meant a few of my favorite things were in store.  Homemade applesauce and Apple Crisp.  Side note: When I was pregnant, my only craving was apples, I think I called my mom in tears once begging her to make homemade apple sauce.

This past week, one of my fabulous neighbors brought us over a bag of apples, and I knew I needed to make some Apple Crisp.  My grandma passed on the recipe, and I am excited to share it with all of you!

First, cut about 6 cups of apples up and place them in a 8×8 pan.  They should be about 1 1/2 inches high.  Then Sprinkle on 1 cup of white sugar, and sprinkle liberally with the cinnamon.

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For the topping, mix up the oatmeal, brown sugar, flour and margarine or butter.

IMG_4643Spread it over the top and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.  I wish I had known it was this easy, I would have made this all the time.  Actually, it’s probably better I didn’t know this; even though it is a fruit, I have a feeling it’s not overly healthy.

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What kind of recipes bring back your fall memories?