Wednesday, July 29, 2015

GIVEAWAY!! Lathered Up All Natural Soap

Hey Folks!

I hope you're having an amazing week so far! If you're in south western Ontario you've probably been feeling the heat and possibly staying indoors!

We're both very excited to announce that we're doing our first giveaway! If you read our review here you'll see that we both love the products and have continued to buy them! We will be giving away products from Lathered Up All Natural Soaps!


You may remember from our previous post that Lathered Up's all natural soaps are:
  • Vegan friendly
  • Hand crafted 
  • Locally made
  • and do not contain Palm Oil

We will be giving away three different soaps and you can see them pictured below. The soaps are:


Take a look at the link below to enter into this giveaway!

Check out the giveaway!


To enter this give away you MUST answer one or all of the following questions in our comments section:

What do you love about natural soaps?

What is your favourite scent of natural soaps?

Tell us what your favourite thing is about our blog.

Once you've commented on the post you have to click on the box above and click "I commented".

If you do not do that last step you do not get entered into the giveaway so please make sure you do so!

Looking forward to your comments!

Jenn & Steph

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DIY: All Season Burlap Wreath

I love having a wreath on my front door to welcome guests and of course welcome me home too. Since Christmas is over and our wreath has been packed away once again for the year, I figured now would be a good time to share with all of you my first DIY burlap wreath. I did my research and watched a few different ways of doing this, so today I am sharing with you the way I found most simple. 


Supplies:
(All purchased from Michaels) 
- Wire Wreath Frame 
- Roll of Burlap
- Brown Pipe Cleaners 
- (optional) Ribbon 


followed this simple instructional video that I found on Pinterest. To watch click here

Happy crafting! 
Jenn 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekly Goals

Hi all, 

This weeks goals will hopefully motivate you and also help keep us motivated and accountable. Please feel free to share your goals with us in the comments. 

Steph: goals were pretty successful last week! I've drastically increased my fruit consumption this week and I'm loving all the fresh produce in the fridge. My fitbit crapped out on me last week but I have a replacement now and have been going hard regardless! Here's to another good week ahead! 

Here are my goals:

1. Using plant nanny to ensure I'm consuming the correct amount of water everyday. 
2. Fruit with breakfast every day. 
3. Going to the gym minimum 4 times this week. 

Whoot! I got this! 

Jenn: I didn't stick to my goals last week like I had intended to, not going to let it bring me down. This week I am setting some new goals, and feeling motivated. 

1. Using my water tracker (Plant Nanny) and drinking the right amount of water per day. 
2. No bread, removing bread from my diet on week one back on setting goals made a big difference, so I want to do it again. 
3. Deciding on a 30 day challenge to start Aug 1st, stay tuned! 

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful week. 

Steph & Jenn 

Friday, July 24, 2015

I rejoined Weight Watchers!

Hey folks!

I have some fun and exciting news! I joined weight watchers on Wednesday. Feeling super motivated and happy about it!  I’m really thinking this will be the change I need to get my arse back on track and start dropping some poundage. 

So what brought me back? On Tuesday my friend Dani messaged me about it asking me if I was still on it and I mentioned I had been thinking about joining it. We decided to do it together and be eachothers support! I'm really ready for this lifestyle change and am seeing some of the changes I initially made the first time doing WW this round as well. My first goal is to lose 27 lbs.

Thanks so much for the push hun! 

So many fun new features and the app is awesome! I’m already down 3 lbs :D!

Supportive friends are whats up!

Have a great weekend!

Steph

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekly Goals

Hi Readers!

We are back again this week with some goals. Will you be setting some goals? 

Jenn: I had a great first week back setting goals. My bread cravings were awful, but subsided by Wednesday. It was a very liberating feeling! My week was not perfect but I made some drastic changes and it showed on the scale, I lost 5lbs.

This weeks goals are as follows:

1. Stay within my caloric allowance on myfitnesspal. 
2. Increase my water intake and use my plant nanny strictly. 
3. No pasta.

Steph: My goals this week weren't 100% but I wouldn't say I failed as I'm back here again this week! I started off strong but.. weekends are hard as I always tend to go hard M-F and then come the weekend I relax. I had a few slip ups but I'm here to keep on pushing into this week!

Here are my goals:

1. 12500 daily steps and all green, baby! Yeah!
2. Tracking everything I eat before I eat it.
3. Eating at least 5-6 fruits/veggies every day.

Thanks for reading! 
Steph & Jenn

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Just say "No!" and make better choices

It's important to have your own back, to be your biggest supporter and to believe in yourself. 

Sometimes it's really hard to stick to your goals and to make the healthy changes and choices in your life. It's so (soo!!) easy to say you're going to make changes and then revert back to old ways.

The other day I walked through the grocery store and I went down the bulk food aisle looking for a large tub of cashews (to make granola). The entire time all I could think of was how badly I wanted to eat the black licorice allsorts. Did you know what I did instead of picking up any candy or filling any bags full of junk while normally thinking "I'll just get a little bit this time"? I repeated in my head while walking down the entire aisle "lifestyle change, lifestyle change, lifestyle change, lifestyle change".

The only person who's going to do this is me and if I want to get this done I need to stop giving myself an inch and taking a mile. I need to have that will power to just say no.

No more junk food
No more bad snacks
No more saying I'll portion out and then eat it all in one sitting

Just NO! If the food is not there I will not eat it. Change comes from within and if you're going to talk the talk make sure you walk the walk.

This week I set my goals and I worked hard to stick to them. I didn't do so 100% but it's better than NOT trying at all. 

I took steps to help myself get to where I needed to be. I preplanned, I pretracked and I even made myself a fruit tray so I could easily grab healthier snacks while staring into the fridge.

I have a long way to go but every step, no matter how big or how small, really helps!

Keep up the good fight! 

Believe in yourself!

Steph

Monday, July 13, 2015

Weekly Goals

Hello fabulous readers,

We're going to be starting our weekly goals back up again. We had been doing them here and there throughout the last little bit but now we want to set it in stone, do it weekly, and keep you all involved!

So here are our weekly goals (starting today):

Steph:

1. I'm going to do my Fitbit 12,500 step and all green challenge. This is where I reach my step goal every day as well as hitting my active minutes (30), calories burned (2,500), distance (5 miles) goals. I'm going to push this into the weekend as usually I've been going hard M-F and then resting on weekends.
2. No snacking past 9 pm except for fruits and vegetables!
3. Pre-tracking everything I eat. It really doesn't take that much time and I find I am 150% more accountable and prone to make better decisions when I see the "400 calorie" ice cream sundae nutritional information BEFORE I shove it into my face in a timespan of 5 minutes.
4. Breakfast every morning! No excuses!!
5. A more personal type of goal- scheduling my time better! No more excuses of laziness to not work out or study.

Jenn:
1. I will also be doing the Fitbit all green challenge.
2. Not eating any bread all week.
3. Staying within Myfitnesspal calorie intake goal

Do you have any goals for yourself this week?

Thanks for reading,

Steph & Jenn
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