First Time Mom and Losing It

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Make Busy Life a Little Easier with the Sudz Club

I received a Sudz Club bag free in an exchange for a honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. 



I don't know about you but I am always running out of essentials like toothpaste and razors. I always have to run to the drug store last minute and pay a big price for something not on sale. Before baby and my weight loss journey I had the time to sit down and make lists and look at sales and coupons.

When Sudz Club wanted to me to review their December bag I thought it would be a match made in heaven. The Sudz Club is a subscription bag where you get neccessites like toothbrushes, deodorant body wash, etc. every month. Bags start as low as $20.99 if you choose the year subscription to $30 if you get just one month. Each month you get a value of about $50.


Each month you get a drawstring bag filled with:
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash 
  • Loofa
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razors 
  • Shaving Cream

They also throw in some extras depending on your likes at the moment so it's kind of customized. They gave me a nice shaker bottle, some healthy snacks like dried fruit and beef jerky and some hair ties since I told them I was on a weight loss journey. I really loved the shirt that I got too. Since it feels really nice and light I am looking forward to wearing it to the gym in the Spring. 

I love getting subscription boxes or in this case bags because I love to be surprised and possibly try something I would not normally get myself.


I think this is a pretty cool service and the customer service is pretty amazing. The cool people at SudzClub are giving my readers $5 off when they enter the code "fitmom". Click the link if you want to try your own Sudz Club Subscription. 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Finding Fun Kid Friendly Activities is Easy with Yuggler

This post was sponsored by Yuggler. All opinions are 100% my own. 


Now that my daughter is a pro at the park I love taking her to different parks. I don't want her to get used to just one park so I always research and ask around at my daughter's play group to get ideas of different places and activities to take her to. When my husband is off we will just get in the car and drive over to parks in different towns that are 15, 20 and even 30 minutes away or more.

I don't drive myself so when my husband is at home I tend to stay close to home or go to places that are a few stops away on public transportation. I started running out of new places to take my daughter so when I heard about the new Yuggler app I was super impressed.


Yuggler is a great way to find kid-friendly places and activities in your area. I love that the activities and places to go to are entered by other parents just like me. They can share tips, add comments, pictures and even give a star rating to the activity they added. Other parents that have knowledge about or have visited the activity or place can also add to the activity too.


One of the most amazing features of the Yuggler app is the search feature. You can search by:
  • Activity Type
  • Location
  • Star Rating
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Weather
  • Season
  • Cost 
  • Duration
  • Time Of Creation 
  • Time of Last Update

It is easy to find just the right activity when you get to customize your search that thoroughly. With just my first search I found an awesome park that was just a couple of miles away. I have lived around the same area since I was 14 and didn't even know this park existed until I tried the Yuggler app. 

One of the best times I love using Yuggler is when we have extra time after doing some errands. I love shopping in areas outside of my neighborhood so when we get the extra time we explore the area with things my daughter can enjoy using the Yuggler App.

If you have kids or even want to find fun things for yourself to do check out the Yuggler App. As a parent it has really saved me time and at the same time letting my daughter experience things she probably wouldn't have.

Click the link to download the free Yuggler App for the iPhone or iPad.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Perfect NY Strip with Certified Steak and Seafood Company



Months ago I didn't really eat beef or pork because of the fat content and calories. Now that I am low carb I am up for trying different cuts of meat, especially beef. I never really knew what kinds of beef to buy because I used to just get what I knew growing up. It was always those thin minute steaks that my mom would make with vinegar, onions and pepper (bistec encebollado).

I got an amazing opportunity to sample three items of my choice from Certified Steak and Seafood Company so I went with cuts I have never cooked before. I got a NY Strip, Beef Short Ribs and T-
Bone Steak. It was a bit hard picking just the right combo of meats because they had so many different ones to chose from. Not to mention some amazing seafood too!


When my order came a few days later I was curious to see how it was packaged and shipped. First I unwrapped the plastic and then I opened the top of the cooler. Inside was a bag of dry ice that was carefully sealed, had instructions right on top and a handle to easily take out. I have seen my share of cooking shows that say how you can get burned from dry ice so I could appreciate the extent of safety they went through. Then below the dry ice was my three beautiful cuts of beef.


I decided to tackle the New York Strip first and this is how I cooked it:

Perfect NY Strip
  • New York Strip
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tblsp butter
  1. Fully defrost your NY strip safely in the refrigerator. Thirty minutes before you are ready to cook your strip remove from the refrigerator and set aside. 
  2. Turn on your oven to 400 degrees. Mix the seasonings and set aside until you are ready to cook. 
  3. Remove the strip from the plastic packaging and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with mixed seasoning on both sides. 
  4. Get a small frying pan really hot and then add some olive oil. Add your strip and cook on medium high heat for about 4 minutes. Remove from pan and place on baking pan cooked side up. 
  5. Place butter on top and place in the oven for about 6 minutes for medium. Cook for less or more depending on how you like your meat cooked. 
  6. Enjoy with a nice side salad.
Certified Steak and Seafood Company is an amazing company where their motto is to  "offer the finest product at a reasonable cost and support our customer before, during, and after the sale with the highest quality care in our industry." They use Certified Angus Beef and cut their steaks to their own standards. They also source their seafood directly and inspect it and sort out only the best for their customers. Certified Steak and Seafood Company also offers every customer their own Concierge who is always available to assist them in any way that they can.

Go to Certified Steak and Seafood Company to see all of the amazing and high quality products they offer.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Two Weeks on the Atkins 40 + Atkins Frozen Meals


It has been two weeks on the Atkins 40 plan and I am still going strong! I really enjoy the foods that I can eat so it doesn't even feel like I am on a diet. I really love my eggs and bacon in the morning and salads and lean protein in the afternoon. This week I lost 3.6 pounds for a total of 7 pounds lost on the Atkins plan.

Things are even easier with the Atkins Frozen Meals. They have dozens of different varieties including breakfast items, entrees and even pizza! Yes you can eat pizza on the Atkins 40 plan! They are made with the best ingredients like freshly picked vegetables, real rich creams and sauces, and premium meats without any fillers. They also taste really good and have enough richness in them to keep you satisfied until you next meal.


I received frozen meals to try and I really loved all of them. The breakfast sandwich is so good and flavorful. I had such a craving for a breakfast sandwich with an English muffin so this was perfect! You just wrap it in a paper towel and microwave it for 90 seconds.


The Pizza is my favorite! With the cooking tray that comes with it you get a nice crusty pizza cooked easily and quickly in the microwave.


During the week when I didn't have time to cook dinner I popped in one of the entrees and ate it with a simple salad.


The only thing I have been craving is chocolate! Atkins has you covered too with bars, endulgence candy and shakes. Stay tuned for my review on these products next week! You can get more information on the Atkins Plan and create your own meal plans by going to http://www.atkins.com. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get all of the latest information.

What high carb treats do you crave the most?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hallmark's Northpole Communicator in Times Square, NY! + Giveaway

I attended this event as VIP and was gifted the two items listed below. All opinions are 100% my own.


Now that my daughter understands Christmas time and Santa Claus it is going to be an exciting time of year in our house, Last Friday, my daughter and I got to talk to elves!


Hallmark created a magical place right in the middle of Time Square, NY where children could go up to this huge Northpole Communicator and talk to live elves.


All the children got to the elves through special microphones and they were assured that their messages would get back to Santa.


My daughter loved pushing the buttons and seeing it light up the communicator. She enjoyed it so much that the nice Hallmark Elf helpers let her experience it twice. After she spoke to the elves she was gifted a really cute and super soft Magic Snowball that lights up and changes color.


After the experience we got to see all of the new Hallmark Northpole products. They had so many cute products like a northpole communicator you can use at home, cute music boxes, plush toys, ornaments, and baking items.

Yesterday we were surprised with an awesome package from the elves at Hallmark. We got our very own Northpole Communicator and Find Me, Santa Snowflake.


The Northpole Communicator lets you  stay connected to the Northpole all season long. Every day Dec. 1 through Christmas you just push the button and turn the knob to have a conversation with Santa or one of his Northpole friends!


The Find Me, Santa Snowflake lets you add your name and hang the lighted snowflake wherever you like to make sure that Santa finds you no matter where you are. On Christmas Eve, the snowflake will glow for four hours until the Santa arrives!


The generous elves at Hallmark are gifting one of my readers their very own Northpole Communicator and Find Me, Santa Snowflake! Enter through the giveaway form below!

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Disclaimer: No purchase is necessary to enter. One US entrant per household, per address. The Winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor will be responsible for product shipment to the winner of this giveaway. 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Animal Trackers Safari Club Subscription



My daughter loves animals and can name so many of them. Right now she is into making all of the animals sounds. I jumped at opportunity to review the Animal Trackers Club with my daughter. I love that she can learn all about different animals in a fun, educational and hands-on way.


The Animal Trackers Club is an affordable subscription program that is geared towards 3-7 year old children. Each month your child gets to "track" a different animal with instructional materials and hands-on learning.

In the initial subscription box you get an Animal Trackers Club Safari Lunchbox loaded with different animal items. Your child can use the lunch box to play with all the different animal magnets they will receive and also as storage for all the items.


After the initial shipment you will get monthly packets of a new animal that includes:

  • Animal Information Card
  • Animal Play Figure
  • Animal Foam Mask
  • Animal Magnet
  • Safari Animal Photo Card
  • Learning Activity
  • Art Project

My daughter loved the zebra figure and even used it by letting her little princesses ride on it :). She really enjoyed the art activity that included these fun magic zuudles that she got to stick on the stripes of the zebra. I read the information cards to her and showed her the different pictures on the cards. We also played with the flash cards that came with the initial kit matching the fronts and backs of the animals.


There are 4 plans available for purchase.
  • Monthly Plan $11.95 +3 shipping
  • 3 Month Plan $36.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
  • 6 Month Plan $70.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
  • 12 Month Plan $135.00 +$3.00/month Shipping
This would make an amazing Christmas gift that keeps on giving. You can find out more and purchase a monthly plan here: http://www.atcssc.com/animal-trackers.html

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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