SoFabulous for SoFabCon Round 3

I can’t believe that SoFabCon is less than a month away. It’s crazy how fast the time has flown. If you remember from my last post I moved. We’ve been in the new place for just under a month and getting closer to being all moved in. Yes, I move slowly. This weekend we cleared out the garage enough to park the van in. Goodness, I have a garage. That hasn’t happened in 4 years. Also a backyard. The kids have never had backyard. The amount of stress that evaporates simply from having a place for the kids to go and not having to share walls with neighbors is astounding.

My Mom-in-Law flew in to spend the weekend. Now my house is cleaner than it has been since we moved in and my fridge is full of meals from scratch. Dang, I love that woman. The weekend is over and she has to go home. Maybe I’ll just refuse to take her to the airport and she’ll stay with me forever. We also work out when she’s here. Seriously, if she lived close by I’d have no problem losing weight quickly. She’s a rare thing and I’m glad I’m able to learn so much from her.

I know that I still haven’t gotten down to my goal of 200 lbs, but I’m not sure exactly where I am since I haven’t seen my scale in a month. I said we’re almost all unpacked. Actually, my craft room hasn’t been unpacked at all. Please tell me I’m not the only person in the history of forever who takes a long time unpacking. We’re in our 6th rental in 7 years of marriage. Packing and unpacking isn’t my favorite thing in the world.

I think we’re finally settled in enough that I can start working hard on being SoFabulous. I can’t wait to see old friends and meet new ones soon!

See my last post HERE.


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HP ENVY 5530 Printer Giveaway

Have you heard of the HP Instant Ink program? It’s a subscription service that HP now provides to work with certain printers that allows you to print a certain amount of pages each month and when you are getting low on ink, they ship ink directly to you – this means never running out again. My Frugal Wife has been testing out the system and paid $4.99 a month for the service. She can print up to 100 pages – that includes photos being considered on page (we all know they use a lot of ink!). You can find out what she thinks about the service by heading here.

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They have also developed a new HP Printables Center, you can schedule things to automatically print. They have things like coupons – imagine having them sitting waiting for you to just clip and shop! They also have great activity sheets for the kids, as well as a whole variety of things for personal and business use. You have the ability to schedule the print jobs and then HP just sends everything you select to you on your schedule.

One winner will receive an HP ENVY 5530 Printer and a gift card to sign up for the HP Instant Ink Program. The prize will be shipped directly from HP, none of the bloggers promoting this giveaway are responsible for prize fulfillment.

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SoFabulous for SoFabCon Round 2

Feelin' SoFabulous for SoFabCon

 

So here’s the scoop. Changing your lifestyle is hard! Wait, you already knew that? Kudos. Will you teach me? Not much has changed in the last month. It’s just hard, ya know? I know you know. We all know. It seems easier for some than for others,

I found something online a while back and I changed it up a little, but it helps me to remember what my goal is and that there’s no use in complaining and making excuses. Kind of like I did in the first paragraph! It might seem a little harsh to some, but it works for me. I like it straight up. No sugar coating. Oh course, if I had a little less sugar coating I wouldn’t be in the mess I’m in today. HA!

You Move It

 

That right there? That works for me. My main problem is that I’m not moving like I should be. You all probably think I’m too hard on myself, but in reality I’ve let myself off the hook for so long. It’s not about self-loathing or bashing myself. It’s about finally coming to grips with the fact that I have to change myself. No fairy godmother is going to poof me into being my ideal weight.

So that’s the first part of it. The water intake? It’s getting better. When I use the water bottles I bought I drink a lot more. It’s amazing how such a small change can make such a huge impact. What about the stress thing I was going to work on? Still working on it. Actually the past week or so I’ve been battling stress acne. My teenage self would have been grateful for the acne she had if she could see my face today! hee hee! I’m planning a short trip to the spa soon. They have this face light that you sit under for 10 minutes and then all your acne clears up in two days. It’s magical. I need one in my home. Like yesterday.

Oh, and did I mention I’m moving this weekend? Only about 20 minutes away, but there’s still the packing that has to happen! I can’t wait to be in a bigger place with a backyard full of grass.

Well, I didn’t reach my one-month goal of getting under 200 lbs, but I’m still working on it!

Find my first post HERE.


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Super Easy $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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When I find a blog I like I immediately subscribe to their email updates. Why? Because I can’t remember every single blog that I love! Subscribing by email reminds me to check up on what I love quickly so I’m not taking too much time out of my day. Are you an email subscriber? One lucky subscriber will win a $20 Amazon gift code! Not a subscriber yet? Use the Rafflecopter below to easily sign up! Thanks for being an awesome reader!

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*This giveaway is open World Wide where legal and valid. You must be 18 + to enter and you must have an AMAZON account to receive your prize. If you have questions about this giveaway please ask them in the comment section. Once a winner is chosen, the entries will be verified before winner is announced. Winner will be notified by e-mail and have 24 hours to respond and claim prize before another winner is drawn. Thank you and good luck!

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Working on Feelin’ SoFabulous in Time for SoFabCon

Feelin' SoFabulous for SoFabCon

Did you hear that because of my crazy video I was chosen as one of the six bloggers to receive an all expense paid trip to SoFabCon14? Well, I did and I am am stoked! So now what? Well, there’s this little issue of me wanting to be at my best, so I’m taking the next 3 months to take care of myself so I can be SoFabulous!

I recently went to the doctor to get a health assessment and the lab tests weren’t all that great. Turns out I have a few things that I need to get taken care of to improve my health. My weight isn’t contributing to my other health concerns, but it’s still a concern of mine. So now I’m doing what I can to improve my overall health. Read More

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Pick Me Maybe! #LuvSoFab14 #SoFabCon14 #collectivebias

Last year I had the amazing privilege of attending SoFabCon13. It was such a blast! I have never met a more energetic, motivated, and friendly group of people. I loaded up on information that has enabled me to grow and improve as a blogger. I am a lifer when it comes to learning. I know that no matter how much knowledge I obtain there will always be more, and I want to take advantage of any and every opportunity that I can.

I want to attend #SoFabCon14 to continue my growth. I want to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. I want to come away knowing that I am armed with what I need to make my blog a success.

Having a weekend to meet and interact with my peers? I rarely get the chance to meet other bloggers face-to-face and the experience would mean having real life acquaintances and friends with whom I could collaborate.

After last year’s conference I was ready to take on the world! Or at least the blogging world. I find that motivation is best given in doses, and I’m ready for another! Attending SoFabCon would empower me to work harder, dream bigger, and accomplish more.

I want to go so much I sang about it… with the help of a couple miniature me’s. I use the term *help* loosely. Read More

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How DiGiorno Helped Us Watch the Game… With Kids!

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As parents Tim and I enjoy watching TV shows and movies together because it’s free, it doesn’t require moving, and we can enjoy it after the kids are in bed. We’re incredibly exciting like that. Late night date night at home is our favorite because… pajamas. However, we like to watch sports as they are happening. Watching a recorded football game that you already know the outcome to just isn’t the same. So what do you do with the children? Ours aren’t particularly fond of sports yet. Joshua did play tee ball last year so he kind of likes to watch baseball for about 27 seconds, but then what? Forget about Olivia. If it’s not a cartoon don’t even bother.

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So I came up with a plan in order to get through the game without whining, boredom, or meltdowns. With what you ask? Food, treats, and coloring pages of course. Almost 6 months ago a new Walmart was built just a couple of streets over making it ever so nice to pop in and grab a few things. Read More

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Newman’s Own Organics and the Magic Cranberries

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It was magical I tell you.

Magic.

Meet Joshua, the pickiest eater in our home. I would not venture to say the pickiest eater in the world. My brother once went through a phase where he would only eat eggs and oatmeal. That’s pretty darn picky.

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However, I did have my mind blown just a little the other day when I opened a bag of dried cranberries from Newman’s Own Organics. Olivia saw what I was doing and immediately demanded asked ever so sweetly that I share. Always wanting in on whatever is going on, Joshua ran up and asked for a handful as well.

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Small Business Friday: Magical Memories Travel

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Hello! My name is Chelsey and I currently reside in beautiful Boise, Idaho. I graduated from Boise State University (yes the one with the blue turf) in 2003 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing. I used that degree to work in retail for over 14 years. I married my high school sweetheart in 2004 and we have 3 beautiful children. Our family loves Disney and what a special place it is for us. We see it as a time where we can be together and just leave the rest of the world behind. Some of my most treasured memories come from watching the fireworks with my husband, seeing my daughter become a princess, and my son meet Mickey for the first time.

We have traveled to Disney World 6 times in the last 10 years and been able to experience a multitude of the events Disney has to offer. This includes our Honeymoon, Star Wars Weekends,the Flower and Garden Festival, Holidays, 2011 Marathon (which my husband successfully completed…sorry had to brag), and the Food and Wine Festival. I have successfully planned vacations for couples, multi generational families, families with teens, and families with young children. I also have experience planning for those traveling with food allergies.

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And as much as we love Disney we have experienced a number of off property attractions including Sea World, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens, Kennedy Space Center, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure.

When I travel I’m the everything but the kitchen sink kind of mom and pay close attention to detail. I will spend countless hours researching hours, dining, weather, crowd levels, rides, and what resort will work best. I will ensure you and your family have the most magical vacation possible. I will do everything from plan and book your full vacation and make your ADR’s. Itinerary planning is available upon request to make sure no one misses their favorite ride or character. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions and I look forward to making your memories magical.

Connect with Chelsey:
http://chelseymagicalmemoriestravel.blogspot.com/
http://magicalmemoriestravel.com/chelsey-mcgee
chelsey@magicalmemoriestravel.com

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Holly Jolly Christmas Ideas

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