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Hi, I'm Cameron (aka Iffy), a stay at home mother to 4 beautiful children. My family is my life! I am not crafty by nature....but I am learning =D I will share my experiences with you(good & bad) with crafts, DIY, cooking, and life. I say what's on my mind, and remain honest, it's just who I am. Love it or leave it =D So follow me and see my progress as I document my journey, and If All Else Fails....at least you have gained a friend and gotten some great tips or maybe learned something new along the way!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Revolt Blogger ~ Week 12 ~ Bulu Box Review & Revolt Fitness Around Holidays, BBQs, & Birthdays -How to Stay On Track

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I wanted to share with you today a new product, well a new to me product called the BuluBox. It arrives in a cheery orange box and comes with premium samples of fitness or weight loss products depending on which box you choose.
For just $10 a month you get an assortment of items to try out. Every month you get a new assortment of items. Here's a glimpse of what I received for this month.
  I love that one of the items is a full size bottle, and it's a product that I'm excited to try!
 It comes with a description card about what products you have received and what they are for, which is great since most are products you may not have even heard of prior to receiving your Bulu Box.
 
I typically don't find that a chew tastes like what it says, or even tastes good at all for that matter. However this Beauty Burst tasted exactly like mint chocolate and was quite yummy.
It is a collagen chew so it's supposed to help with hair, skin, and nails. This is something I could actually see taking daily.
If you would like to try a Bulu Box for yourself, then you can go here and sign up for subscription

OR

You can enter the Fit Into Summer Giveaway which ends June 10.  It's  valued at over $1000 and there will be three winners chosen at random. To find out more details and to enter to win go HERE.

You can find Bulu Box on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & Google+
Good Luck!

You might wonder how to stay on track with your diet when the holidays roll around, a barbecue, or birthday parties and I'm going to share with you how to make that possible with the Revolt Fitness program.  You see, Nichole Huntsman made the Revolt  program so that anyone can do it. It is totally customizable and can fit into the busiest of schedules. During the holidays or celebration graduation barbecue's birthday parties (the list goes on) is when most people fall off the fitness wagon. It's easy to indulge or overindulge at certain get-to-gethers & celebrations as people feel it is justified.
With the Revolt fitness program however you don't have to feel like you fell off the fitness wagon. Every week you get a "cheat" day which entitles you to eat whatever you've been craving or missing during your time on the diet. Now you don't want to eat until you are sick, but by all means go ahead have that cookie, have pizza if that's what you want, just don't stuff yourself.
The way you make the revolt program work for you is to simply schedule your cheat days on whatever holiday or occasion you need to celebrate. I think the cheat day is the best part of the program because it really helps you to get what you have been craving during the week and makes that next week easier to stick to. Eventually your cheat days will consist of healthy but not strict diet meals or food items. Say you wanted a smoothie in the morning or a mango for a snack, you can on your "off" or "cheat" day. It's considered cheating but your body will feel better for it in the long run if you try to stay healthy on your cheat days, especially when you avoid processed foods. 
 
That's how Revolt can help you stay on track with your diet around special occasions.
 
To join the next Revolt Uprising or to find out more go HERE
 
Much Love
~Iffy~

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fit Into Summer Giveaway - Valued Over $1000 - NOW CLOSED

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This giveaway is Now Closed. Thank you for all who entered and for all of the wonderful sponsors for participating!
The winners are:
Grand Prize-Jessica D
First Prize-Liz R
Second Prize-Carrie P

Congratulations!
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Fit Into Summer Giveaway!
It's almost bathing suit season, so that means it's time to shape up,
for most of us at least. Well if you've been reading my posts lately, you know I've been doing the Revolt fitness program and losing inches by the week. This giveaway will provide you with a nice head start in the program so you can hit the ground running. 
Check out the fabulous prizes below:
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  Grand Prize Pack
 
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  First Place
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Second Place
  Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors for making this amazing giveaway possible!
And a special thanks to all the Revolt bloggers participating:
This giveaway will run through June 10, so get your entries in and be sure to tell your friends, since there are multiple winners after all :) Be sure to enter my DaVinci bracelet and charms giveaway
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Good Luck
&
Much Love!
~Iffy~
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Giveaway From Hallmark Coppin's Gifts ~ DaVinci Bracelet with 4 DaVinci Beads of Choice ~NOW CLOSED

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This giveaway is NOW CLOSED.
Congratulations to our winner Darcy S.

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So I know you have probably all seen those cute bracelets with
the charm beads by now. They seem to be everywhere.
They are the new form of charm bracelets and can be customized to your personal
preference. Some of the ones out there are pretty stinkin expensive though, and while they
are pretty, they are just not in my stay at home budget these days.
The solution:
Isn't it adorable? I think so, in fact the one I received is one of my favorite bracelets. Not only
because I picked the exact beads I wanted, but because each of my current beads
represents each of my four children. Also, they are so affordable,
that I can add more at any time without breaking the bank.
 
They sell various different options for you to show off your DaVinci Beads
such as:
 the toggle bracelet as pictured above
This is the type of closure I have and was a bit worried at first that it wouldn't be secure enough to stay on my wrist, but it has not given me any major problems. From day to day wear it has held on, so to speak, and it has only fallen off once or twice when I was doing laundry or something that has flexed the bracelet(giving the toggle the chance to slip through). So I simply don't wear it when doing laundry now :)
It also comes in the claw clasp
as well as a key chain option
a necklace
earrings
and a bangle bracelet option
These pictures give you an idea of the selection of beads you can choose from too.
But to find exactly what you want be sure to take a look at the entire selection HERE
Hallmark Coppin's Gifts is offering my readers a FREE bead when you purchase four,
just enter the code
FREEDAVINCI
when ordering to get your fifth bead free. There's no expiration to this code, and you can use it for several orders. Great to keep in mind for graduation gifts, birthdays, and holidays!
 
So now onto the giveaway!
Hallmark Coppin's Gifts is giving one of my lucky readers a
DaVinci Toggle Bracelet plus FOUR DaVinci Beads of your choice!
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Lots of easy entries, so enter now & tell your friends :)

 
Good Luck!
~Iffy~
 
A special thank you to Hallmark Coppin's Gifts for sponsoring this giveaway.
All opinions are 100% mine and honest. I was provided a DaVinci Toggle Bracelet and four DaVinci Beads for review.
 
Be sure to enter my Fit Into Summer Giveaway - HERE

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Revolt Blogger ~ Week 11 ~ Now's The Right Time To Join Revolt! Plus An Awesome Giveaway Coming Monday

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OK guys and gals, I don't know if you've noticed but
swimsuit season is quickly approaching. In fact the neighborhood pool
opened today. It makes me a little nervous just yet to slip into a bikini, but it certainly won't be long.
When I first started Revolt, I didn't have all of the equipment I needed,
and felt a little behind to be honest. But now 11 weeks down
and I've gotten into the groove. You just have to find what works best for you & your schedule, like when to workout, and whatnot but once you find it-it's smooth sailing.
The reason I mention this is because the next uprising is just weeks away and now is a great time to join! You can get check out what a typical workout looks like & sign up HERE.
Plus, starting Monday you can get Week 1 Kickstart Guide for free!
Here's what you will have access to:
a 50 page guide
1 week of workout videos(3 different levels)
1 week of meal plans (6 calorie levels)
ALL for FREE!
What have you got to lose? Well if you join Revolt, you'll be losing weight, that's for sure!

Also, starting Monday, we will be kicking off an awesome giveaway, hosted by 16 of our fabulous Revolt Bloggers. So be sure to check back here for more
details and to enter to WIN!
I can't share with you the details just yet, but I can tell you that whoever wins will have a great head start for being another Revolt success story!

Please email me with any questions you may have regarding Revolt & I'll be happy to help.

Much Love
~Iffy~
 


Be sure to enter the Fit Into Summer Giveaway HERE valued at over $1,000 and 3 winners will be chosen June 10, 2013. Good Luck!
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Giveaway For 2 Full Sized Bottles of ENJOY Professionals Luxury Hair Care Products~NOW CLOSED~

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This giveaway is Now Closed. Thank you to all who entered.
Congratulations Jennifer B!

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Does your hair need a little help or repair from the harsh effects of coloring your hair, the elements, alcohol based hair care products, or just need a break from all of the sulfates found in most hair products?
Then you need to try ENJOY Luxury Hair Care Products which are sulfate free
and ph balanced. 
I have been bleaching & coloring my hair again for the past 6 months(after a long break, 4 years to be exact pre & post pregnancies and just sheer lack of time to do it).
So getting back into bleaching(my natural black-brown hair) to a light blonde(and various pastel shades along the process), I forgot how harsh these chemicals are to the hair and scalp.  After bleaching, you are supposed to use a ph balanced shampoo to help neutralize the bleach, which I typically hardly ever did.

Until I discovered ENJOY.

I have never had a shampoo or conditioner make my hair feel as soft and healthy, as I do after using the ENJOY Luxury Duo. My hairdresser always says how strong and healthy my hair is, partly because it is thick but also because I have been using ENJOY Luxury shampoo & conditioner.
My scalp is not nearly as itchy after bleaching, and my color lasts a whole lot longer than
if I used a big name shampoo bought at the drugstore.

Why sulfate free, you ask?
Well sulfates are typically added to most shampoo & body wash because it is inexpensive. It
is used as a detergent or degreaser, but it is found to dry out the hair and skin, and can even cause irritation.

Why use  ph balanced and stable hair care products?
I'll let the experts explain-
 "ENJOY knows that pH balanced and stable products are key for optimum hair color retention. Human skin and hair resides in the pH 4.5-5.5 range, but most products on the market are pH 7 or greater. In addition to leaving the hair feeling dry and brittle, the higher pH in these products raises the cuticle and causes hair color to fade shampoo after shampoo. This isn’t the case with ENJOY. To provide long lasting color and complement hair’s natural pH balance, they work hard to insure that their products are pH 4.5-6.0. They also conduct extensive bake tests on the line to guarantee pH stability."

So now are you ready to experience hair care like you have never before?
One lucky Stay At Home Nation reader(with a valid US mailing address)
 will win 2 two full sized bottles of the ENJOY Luxury line.


1 10oz bottle of ENJOY Luxury Shampoo-
 "Soy protein smoothes and hydrates the cuticle while silk protein seals and smoothes the hair. Unique surfactants guarantee thick, luxurious foaming action. This rich cleansing formula can also be used as a luxurious skin wash. Although recommended for all hair types, it’s perfect to smooth and control heavy, coarse or curly hair."

One 10oz bottle of ENJOY Luxury Conditioner-
"leaves hair soft, controllable and smooth. Silk protein and cetyl esters work to smooth, repair and seal damaged cuticle. This rich conditioning treatment can also be used for moisturizing the skin or shaving."

There are so many ways to enter and increase your chance of winning, but you can't win if you don't enter! So enter below by using the rafflecopter form below
and Good Luck!!
 

 
Much Love
~Iffy~
 
Thanks again to ENJOY for participating in this review & giveaway.
To find a salon near you to purchase please visit their website here and click on salon locator.
 
All opinions are 100% mine and honest, I was not compensated monetarily, but I was provided the same products as listed in the giveaway solely for the purpose of my review.
On a side note, I am not a hair color expert or professional, and these are my experiences. Please check with a professional before you color your hair.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Revolt Blogger ~ Week 10 ~ Customize Your Revolt Workouts

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If you're like me, you're not big on working out, but revolt has changed my outlook on that. It's more so that I don't know what I'm doing or what would be the most effective work out for my problem area.  When I started Revolt 10 weeks ago I had no idea the names of certain exercises, or how heavy of a weight I should use. I didn't know correct form and I didn't know how many reps I needed it was all just so confusing to me. I didn't know who to ask and didn't have the money to spend on a personal trainer. You've heard me talk about Nicole Huntsman's program, Revolt for many reasons because it really does work.  Not only does she have daily videos showing you what work out to do for that day and what body part you're working on, but now she's added three levels of difficulty to choose from. Level one is beginner, level two is intermediate, and level three is advanced. If you are new to exercising or just starting on the Revolt program, you should start out at level one and then work your way up. If you don't feel like level one was enough of a challenge, then you simply move up to level two or three.  There may even be some exercises that you need a level one while other exercises you can do a level three. The best thing about the program is that you can customize it to your specific needs. If you haven't checked out Revolt yet, I urge you to hop on over HERE and have a look around.
 
Much Love
~Iffy~ 
 

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Revolt Blogger ~ Week 9 ~ A Few Meals During Your Revolt Journey

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So I have realized that I haven't shared any meals with you from the Revolt plan.
So that's what I want to do today.
This week I will share a few meals that you will eat during your Detox week.
(Please note, I am not sharing the recipes. You need to join Revolt to get those :D silly)
So when you start out you will eat a LOT of egg whites,
seriously I had never eaten so many before in my life.
The girls in the community came up with a very yummy way to enjoy your egg whites.
I had just been scrambling them up, until I saw the recipe for the Egg White/Banana Omelet.



And lunch would look something like this Spinach Salad (with carrots and tomatoes)


For the Balsamic Vinaigrette I mixed a packet of the Good Seasons Italian Dressing, then followed the directions with how much oil and vinegar(but I used balsamic instead of white vinegar).


Keep in mind you do get two snacks during the day as well, and after the first week you even get dessert!
Dinner consists of a specific portion of chicken, brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes.

 
So there ya have it, a sampling of what your first week on Revolt would look like.  Each week, the meals get better, and plus you get desserts added in too! It's really a great program, and Nichole is constantly working on improving the whole Revolt process based on user feedback.
There is also a huge list of substitutions in case you don't like or can't eat a particular food, so you can customize it more to your liking.
Bottom line is - stick to the plan & do the workouts as Nichole has put together and
You Will See Results!
Check out more about Revolt here
 
Much Love
~Iffy~
 
 
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Revolt Blogger ~ Week 8 ~ How To Get Back On Track When You've Fallen Off? Any Suggestions?

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So yes, it is correct...I am having a hard time staying on track with
this or any diet/fitness plan to be exact. The support of the Revolt community is amazing, but I guess
that would be where my problem falls, because I haven't been on facebook as much as I was when
I first started Revolt. There are so many emails flooding my inbox currently, from every time anyone posts anything on the private fb page, to companies for giveaways, and then comments posted to my blog. It's so hard to keep up with everything at the moment, that on top of taking care of my toddlers (2 & 3 yrs old), then doing homework (with my 8 yr old), then taking my soon to be high school student to a few meetings at the new school for next year and trying to plan & juggle with how jammed packed our summer is going to be with all of his practices and such. PLUS keeping up with the house chores, dishes, cooking, and not to forget loads & loads of laundry.
With all of that I have struggled to keep up with the plan this past week, not to mention there have been some technical issues as Revolt is changing to a new & improved website which just adds to
the confusion for me personally.
I guess I just need a swift kick in the rear, but honestly I'd love to get some feedback on what you do to get back on track with a diet or fitness routine when you have fallen into a rut & trying to juggle everything.
 
Thanks so much!
~Iffy~
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Guest Blogger - Get the Kids Involved and Having Fun With House Cleaning

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Good afternoon!  Since I have been doing quite a bit of spring cleaning and purging items that are just taking up space, I thought it would be nice to have a post about getting the kids to help out too.
So today I'd like to welcome Jenny Wilson from CleverCleaningTips who is going to share some simple tips to get the kids in on the action and by making it fun at the same time. 


"It’s a dream shared by moms and dads all around the world. We all want our kids to play a part in the house cleaning, not just to alleviate our burden but also to help them develop good habits and a sense of discipline. But with all the whining, face-making, and incessant complaining that often accompanies doing the chores, you often wonder if it’s really worth it. You begin to ask yourself if it would be easier just to do everything yourself. Absolutely not! Cleaning the house should be an activity for the whole family. The trick is to know how to motivate and incentivize them.


For the younger kids, try turning cleaning into a game. It’s an old trick but can be very effective. And making cleaning fun at an early age will help prevent bad attitudes as they get older. Try sticking some dusting cloths on the feet of that four-year-old boy who loves sliding down the hallway. Does your daughter love colors? Have her color code the laundry, and then show her how to make separate piles that you can easily sort on laundry day. For the kitchen, set a timer on the microwave and assign quadrants. Whoever finishes theirs the fastest gets a week off from dinner clean-up. For older kids, prizes tend to be a pretty good incentive. And think outside the money box. Maybe they’re not quite old enough but have been dying to go see a certain R-rated movie. If they pick up their room this week with zero complaining, and with a smile on their face, maybe they can have the privilege of watching that movie. Don’t be afraid to bargain. You’ll have a happier, cleaner household in the process. And don’t be afraid to reward everyone for diligent cleaning with a trip to get some delicious fro-yo at the end of the week. Most of the time, you’d be hard-pressed to find “fun” and “chore” in the same sentence, but with a little creativity and a willingness to bargain, you can find all kinds of ways for motivating the family to pitch in.


About the Author: Jenny Wilson is a full time mom and blogger who loves keeping her home clean and green. Jenny draws on her former home cleaning experience to share expert cleaning advice on her blog, CleverCleaningTips. You can also find her being social over on Google+.
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OK, so there ya have it, some easy ways to have your kiddos help pitch in with the chores. Thanks Jenny for guest posting.
 
 So what kinds of chores do you have your children do and what ages?  I'd love to hear about them.
Much love
~Iffy~



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