Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Free nail polish - a $15 value


New members on the website SaveMore, gets a $10 credit to use towards whatever deal you would like on their site. Right now, they have a deal with Fabulous Nails. Each one of their colors (Jewel, Fall collection, or Crackle) is $15.  Right now on SaveMore they are $7.50 each, or $14 for 3. Either way a great deal. BUT, if you are a new member, you get that $10 credit. You don’t have to pay shipping/tax when you order! So, if you are not a member, sign up, get your credit, and get that polish! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll answer what I can.
I’ve gotten several deals from this site, its well worth it.
So tell me, what color did you get?
{Jennifer}

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Labor Day sale at Body Marinade


There is a sale going on for Body Marinade. Never heard of them? Well, they are pretty cool. You can design your own custom scents for body wash, candles, etc. You should check them out.

From now until 9/6/11, you can get 20% off bottled products, 30% off 2-step Microderm Abrasion, and 20% off candles and soy squares. Oh, and their candles, are made from plants, so they are so much better than the candles you buy from Wal-Mart and Target.

Go HERE and check them out! You can also check out their FAQs to learn a bit more about them, but they literally have every body product you need.

Comment if you got in on the sale! I would love to know!
|Jennifer|

Monday, August 29, 2011

Warning: Extreme Heat Alert

Really National Weather Service? That is all that seems to come on my Weatherbug/TWC apps anymore. I live in Arizona, and August is generally the hottest month, and OMG, its been so hot! Right now, at 7pm, its 108 outside. I cannot stand it! I want to move somewhere where it rains, and the seasons change. Gets cold, and snows on/near Christmas... Is that too much to ask for? By the way, if you know where that lovely locale is, please comment and let me know!!!

So, this past Saturday was my birthday. Yupp, I am now 25 years old. Isn't that the age where you start to feel like an adult, your out of that 18-24 category, and into the 25-39 category. Wow. I bet my mom feels old LOL. I don't feel old. Or much like an adult. Maybe its because I don't work right now. Maybe its because I choose to be young/act young. Who knows.  All I know, is I went out with my sis, her bf and a friend (hubby was great and stayed home with our son) to a karaoke bar. OMG, it was the best time. Unfortunately, we were too drunk to think of taking pics/videos. And when we got back to her house drank some more. So yea, I probably should do an extra workout to compensate for that. But you know what, it was my birthday. You gotta be able to get down with ya bad self on your bday! Its only once a year!

So, my working out last week, not as often as I hoped (like, 2ce). But, better than not at all.

So, my Mamavation post isn't really much of one. Its more like, I am recuperating and will hopefully have a better post next week! But, I at least wanted to get one in. I missed last week (I was really busy).

|Jennifer|

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Birthday: Relaxation time

So, my birthday is tomorrow (August 27). And I’ll be 25 this year. A whole quarter of a century. How crazy when you put it in perspective. About 1/4 of my life, gone. Interesting though, to think of how much has happened, and what is yet to happen.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lysol: Review + Giveaway

About a month ago, I received 2 really great products from Lysol. The new Lysol Disinfecting Dual Action Wipes, and the Lysol Healthy Touch No-Touch Hand Soap System. Let me say, both are really great! I’ve wanted the No-Touch system since it came out, but personally, I don’t buy much of anything these days without a coupon. I am so happy I got one to review! So, here is some info, and my review, and at the end, enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

48 hr flash back to school sale!

Sometimes its hard to go shopping for school clothes for your kids. Times are tough, and its just difficult when you don't have the extra cash. 

Have you heard of ThredUp.com ? thredUP.com is where busy moms swap children’s clothes, toys and books online.  This back-to-school season, thousands of moms are saving money and giving back by trading outgrown kids’ clothes for gently used school clothes that fit. 



Sale Starts: August 24, 12:01 am EST
Sale Ends: August 25, 11:59 pm PST

Today (Aug. 24th) and tomorrow (Aug. 25th) only, get 30% off boxes of pre-loved kids & baby gear listed by other moms across the country.



So go check it out, and let me know if you purchase anything! 


|Jennifer|




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Monday, August 22, 2011

My first experience at Carrabba’s Italian Grill

I received a gift card for Carrabba’s restaurant for a post I did a while back (it was my form of payment).  I must admit. When it comes to Italian restaurants, I am more of an Olive Garden kind of girl. So when I got the gift card for Carrabba’s, I was happy, but kind of Leary. I know they are pricey, and honestly, if I didn’t have the gift card, we probably would not have gone.

I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the restaurant. It had dim lighting and soft music. The deco was very Italian, very old town Sicily. I felt like I was in a traditional Italian restaurant. I also felt a little under dressed (I was wearing a purple dress and nice flip flops), but then I saw other patrons wearing jeans and t-shirts.

We were greeted immediately, and were asked if we wanted a booth or a table. I love sitting in a booth, it’s more personal, and so we was seated at a booth. It was not ground level; it was up on a platform that was about 6 inches off the ground. The waiter came over right away, and introduced himself. He was very friendly, and very knowledgeable about their drinks and menu. He asked to start us off with drinks and an appetizer, and so we ordered a berry Sangria, as well as fried mozzarella. The waiter informed us that everything was made from scratch, nothing was frozen. Even the marinara was fresh made. He went to put the order in, and he brought out complimentary fresh bread, and brought a plate with a variety of crushed Italian herbs. He poured extra virgin olive oil over the herbs, and said that even though it looks a little weird, it is dipping oil for the bread. I just want to say, it was fabulous. It was so delicious. The drink was brought out first. The fruit was in the glass with ice, and the wine was separate. The waiter poured the wine into the glass, and boy did I feel fancy. The fried mozzarella was brought out promptly, within minutes of the drink being brought out to us.

                                                                      

The menu has many options, but I am a very picky eater. The waiter told me that I could order anything I wanted, and any variation of anything. He said they are a “scratch kitchen” which means they make everything fresh. And so if I wanted to change anything, I can, without a problem. I was impressed.

The waiter was very friendly, and despite having other customers, was still able to come around often to see if we were doing OK, or if we needed anything. We were taking a while to order, not sure of what to get. I ended up ordering Chicken Parmesan with broccoli and a side Cesar salad. My husband ordered Steak Marsala with pasta. The waiter brought my salad first, but the food came shortly after. It smelled delicious. And tasted even better then it smelled.

My husbands:          My plate:         

While we were eating, the waiter came by several times, ensuring that everything was to our liking, and that everything was OK. My husband asked for sour cream to go with his steak. The waiter said there was none in the restaurant (as the steak has the marsala sauce on it), but he was aiming to please. He went to the steakhouse next door and got some for my husband.

When we were done eating, the waiter asked if we wanted desert. I ordered Tiramisu to go. When I tasted it at home, it was absolutely perfect. The wait staff is very friendly, and definitely memorable. I cannot wait to go back.

This is a recommendation to anyone who wants to try something new, and delicious. The food is absolutely wonderful, and to be honest, perfect. I cannot wait to dine there again. It will be a splurge for us, but totally worth it.

{Jennifer}

|I was not paid, nor asked, to write this post. I felt the need to share with you my experience at a new restaurant.|

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A letter from my Autistic child to you.


I stumbled across this on the internet. It was originally written to help someones family and friends coming over during the holidays understand their autistic child better....  I think this is a great way to tell you parents of "normal" children how our children differ... They look the same on the outside, but inside, its a whole different ball park. Please read this and get a better understanding how children like mine work... Keep this letter in mind when you see screaming children in Wal-Mart or Target or any other store you go to.  Thank you for reading. If you like it, please share with your friends (and link back to me). I really appreciate it. 
Thank you. 



 
Dear Family and Friends:

I understand that we will be visiting each other for the holidays this year! Sometimes these visits can be very hard for me, but here is some information that might help our visit to be more successful. As you probably know, I am challenged by a hidden disability called Autism, or what some people refer to as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Autism/PDD is a neurodevelopmental disorder which makes it hard for me to understand the environment around me. I have barriers in my brain that you can't see, but which make it difficult for me to adapt to my surroundings. Sometimes I may seem rude and abrupt, but it is only because I have to try so hard to understand people and at the same time, make myself understood.

People with autism have different abilities: Some may not speak, some write beautiful poetry, others are whizzes in math (Albert Einstein was thought to be autistic), or may have difficulty making friends. We are all different and need various degrees of support. Sometimes when I am touched unexpectedly, it might feel painful and make me want to run away. I get easily frustrated, too. Being with lots of other people is like standing next to a moving freight train and trying to decide how and when to jump aboard. I feel frightened and confused a lot of the time. This is why I need to have things the same as much as possible. Once I learn how things happen, I can get by OK. But if something, anything, changes, then I have to re-learn the situation all over again! It is very hard.

When you try to talk to me, I often can't understand what you say because there is a lot of distraction around. I have to concentrate very hard to hear and understand one thing at a time. You might think I am ignoring you--I am not. Rather, I am hearing everything and not knowing what is most important to respond to. Holidays are exceptionally hard because there are so many different people, places, and things going on that are out of my ordinary realm. This may be fun and adventurous for most people, but for me, it's very hard work and can be extremely stressful. I often have to get away from all the commotion to calm down. It would be great if you had a private place set up to where I could retreat.

If I can not sit at the meal table, do not think I am misbehaved or that my parents have no control over me. Sitting in one place for even five minutes is often impossible for me. I feel so antsy and overwhelmed by all the smells, sounds, and people--I just have to get up and move about. Please don't hold up your meal for me--go on without me, and my parents will handle the situation the best way they know how. Eating in general is hard for me. If you understand that autism is a sensory processing disorder, it's no wonder eating is a problem! Think of all the senses involved with eating. Sight, smell, taste, touch, AND all the complicated mechanics that are involved. Chewing and swallowing is something that a lot of people with autism have trouble with. I am not being picky--I literally cannot eat certain foods as my sensory system and/or oral motor coordination are impaired.

Don't be disappointed If Mom hasn't dressed me in starch and bows. It's because she knows how much stiff and frilly clothes can drive me buggy! I have to feel comfortable in my clothes or I will just be miserable. When I go to someone else's house, I may appear bossy and controlling. In a sense, I am being controlling, because that is how I try to fit into the world around me (which is so hard to figure out!) Things have to be done in a wayI am familiar with or else I might get confused and frustrated. It doesn't mean you have to change the way you are doing things--just please be patient with me, and understanding of how I have to cope. Mom and Dad have no control over how my autism makes me feel inside.

People with autism often have little things that they do to help themselves feel more comfortable.The grown ups call it "self regulation," or "stimming'. I might rock, hum, flick my fingers, or any number of different things. I am not trying to be disruptive or weird. Again, I am doing what I have to do for my brain to adapt to your world. Sometimes I cannot stop myself from talking, singing, or doing an activity I enjoy. The grown-ups call this "perseverating" which is kinda like self regulation or stimming. I do this only because I have found something to occupy myself that makes me feel comfortable. Perseverative behaviors are good to a certain degree because they help me calm down. Please be respectful to my Mom and Dad if they let me "stim" for awhile as they know me best and what helps to calm me.

Remember that my Mom and Dad have to watch me much more closely than the average child. This is for my own safety, and preservation of your possessions. It hurts my parents' feelings to be criticized for being over protective, or condemned for not watching me close enough. They are human and have been given an assignment intended for saints. My parents are good people and need your support. Holidays are filled with sights, sounds, and smells. The average household is turned into a busy, frantic, festive place. Remember that this may be fun for you, but it's very hard work for me to conform. If I fall apart or act out in a way that you consider socially inappropriate, please remember that I don't possess the neurological system that is required to follow some social rules. I am a unique person--an interesting person. I will find my place at this celebration that is comfortable for us all, as long as you'll try to view the world through my eyes!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Working out again

Alright. So, I had to stop working out because I sprained my foot really bad, and was stuck in a walking boot.  Well now, its feeling better, not 100%, but better enough for me to try again. 

So I am back on my PS3 EA Sports Active 2, and am starting with the 3 week plan. I did 2 out of 4 workouts for the week, and burned 300 cals so far. I feel good about this. Some of the stretches I just cannot do right now. Partly because of my back, and the other part is because I have all tile floors in my apartment. No carpet. So laying on the floor trying to do reverse crunches hurts my back like hell. So, I lay on the couch. LOL. I’m still doing it, but not as they like…  I plan on buying small weights instead of using that resistance band thing. They don’t really tell you how to tie it so it will not come off, but I try and I knot it, and it still every once in a while pops off.

Anyways. On to the Mamavation question of the week.

This weeks blogging carnival is sponsored by Omron Fitness.

What are your currently technology tactics in your healthy living journey?

Well, my PS3 is my technology. I don’t have anything else to use, what else would there be? It would be cool to have that Nike+, but all I have is an iPad, not an iPod. Maybe in the future I will get one. That would be cool – it tracks your steps/walks/runs. Its pretty cool.  A treadmill would be nice. That counts as technology right? IDK.  Either way. Right now, all I have is my PS3. It helps me a lot.

I try to tweet, every once in a while I will tweet and mention #mamavation, but no one replies anymore… Oh well. I kinda feel like its HS… Only the popular Mamavation folks gets replies. Oh well tho, right? Just my opinion though. In the beginning it was great, but then I had to stop trying because of my foot, and it just seemed that everyone else stopped replying back… its OK though. I have my husband to motivate me… Ok, enough of that.

Alright, with that said. I think I am on my journey of losing weight. And I think its looking good. I just need to get a scale so I can keep track of my weight.

{Jennifer}

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Superpoints

Superpoints is a new rewards site I’m checking out. So far, pretty cool. Been on it for only a few hours and I already have 200 points!
 It’s an invitation only site and you earn points which can be redeemed for rewards.
~500 points=$5 Amazon Gift Card
~1000 points= $10 PayPal Cash
~2500 points= $25 Walmart Gift Card
~and many other great prizes.
Earning points seems pretty easy. You can also earn points by watching videos, completing ”special” offers and using the Super Lucky Button (you get a certain number of clicks on it daily, depending on your level, you will get more).
All I've done today is click the Lucky Button, and watch videos and signed up for 2 prepaid debit cards. And now I have 200 points. 
From what I gather, the more friends you have (and they have) you will earn more points, but this is true for a lot of sites. So even if you don't have anyone signed up under you, you will still earn points and be able to cash out. 
Here are some invites if you are interested in checking it out. These are one time use URLs, first come first serve. If you are not the first to use the URL, you will not be able to sign up using the link. I’ll post invites periodically as I get more. I can send you an email invite, just leave me your email as a comment (or email me at jentyree08@gmail.com).
Here is 3 to start with. 
http://superpoints.com/wrpgs/hsngp1
http://superpoints.com/wrpgs/uzxjob
http://superpoints.com/wrpgs/6ztnrr

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