Summer Slim Down Support

Hello my beautiful friends! Now that the weather is getting warmer and all that yucky snow is melting it’s time to start planning for SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WooHoo!!!!! :) It is time to come out of our hibernation and start motivating and inspiring each other to reach our goals!

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No seriously, I don’t know about you, but I put on a few extra pounds over this winter, totally regretting that now, but hey, I can’t dwell on it, it just makes it worse. All I can do is fix it! So in the spirit of getting ready for summer, I have created a Slim Down for Summer Support Group on Facebook! There is no judging, no snickering, no shame, just support. Support for all of us to have motivation, inspiration and friends to help push us towards that healthy goal!

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People can be cruel and mean. They can be unmotivating and distracting. They can be “negative ninnies” and I don’t know about you, but that stuff is contagious! So please join me in Slim Down for Summer Support Group on Facebook. You have nothing to lose, well, except for weight! You have EVERYTHING to gain like muscle, self esteem, friends, lower cholesterol, control of blood sugar, you get the picture! Please take this step to help yourself become a healthier you! <3 I look forward to seeing you there <3

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Slim Down for Summer Support Group on Facebook

 

 

 


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Three Day Cleanse

I am a food lover. Quite frankly, I think that I am a food addict. For those of us who suffer from something like food addiction, it is much different than those that suffer from other addictions such as alcohol and drugs. It is possible to live your entire life without alcohol and drugs, but not food. Food is necessary to live.

 

My whole life I have battled my weight. After I quite smoking, 5 years ago, food was even more of a problem for me.  As most of you know, after gaining 30 pounds after quitting smoking, I finally said enough is enough. I bought a treadmill and learned how to run. I began eating right and lost 55 pounds. But even though I had been pretty disciplined with my weight loss, I was still binging at times.

 

This past new years I said, this is going to be the year that I finally reach the goals of my weight loss! I was so excited to have such a positive outlook on my new year. But something happened. I don’t know exactly what, but I just couldn’t help myself from eating poorly. No matter what I did, I was eating poorly. Every bite I took, I knew, it was coming back. The weight, the shame, the guilt.  Instead of sticking to my clean healthy eating, I ate processed foods as well as takeout. I could feel my new self slipping away and getting completely out of control.

 

I finally said, that’s it. I can’t do this again. I can’t allow myself to be unhappy and out of control. So I decided to do a 3 day cleanse. I have always stayed away from cleanses because I knew that I could never do a cleanse that did not allow me to eat at all! I needed something that would allow me to cut the junk food cravings, but not make me miserable for the duration of the cleanse. So here are the results of my cleanse:

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Day 1: Today I felt great and positive. I completed a 30 minute kick boxing workout today. I was worried about coffee withdrawl, but I had none. In fact I wasn’t hungry until about 4 pm and I did not get a headache. I had 3 shakes, whole natural almonds, apples and one meal. I had no junk food cravings at all. In fact, I haven’t craved anything at all.

Weight Loss: 2 pounds :)

 

Day 2: Today I was feeling pretty good as well. I completed a 30 minute HIIT workout today. I was a little hungrier today, but not too bad. I did begin to crave peanut butter today! LOL  I don’t know why, but I guess there are worse things to crave! I had 3 shakes, whole natural almonds and a meal.

Weight loss: 1 pound :)

 

Day 3: I am a little weak today. No fitness scheduled for today because I am not sure I would have the strength to ge it done. So today I will be giving my body a rest. I had 3 shakes, whole natural almonds and one meal.

Weight: 1 pound :)

 

Total Weight Loss: 4 pounds in 3 days! WooHoo!!

 

What I learned about myself:  I learned that my body was in serious need of the nutrients that I was missing from the food that I was eating. My mind was constantly playing tricks on me before this cleanse, causing me to binge quite frequently. I was constantly thinking about food, all day. My metabolism had simply come to a halt due to my unhealthy diet. My body is stronger than I give it credit for.

 

How do I feel?: I woke up this morning feeling rested and amazing! I have been smiling all morning and didn’t even realize it! It’s been a long time since I have woken up feeling so, completely at peace.

 

Would I recommend this cleanse?: Absolutely! This is a cleanse that you don’t have to starve yourself. You are given all the vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants your body needs to function properly. There is no starvation mode and no muscle loss. That is why the cleanse is only 3 days.

 

Why should someone do this cleanse?: There are many reasons to do this cleanse:

  • After the holidays when our diets are unbalanced.
  • When you are feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
  • When you are getting ready for a special occasion: wedding, graduation, dance, etc.
  • When you want to kick start weight loss.
  • When you are getting ready to start a new fitness program and you want your body to be ready.
  • When your digestive system is not working properly.
  • When your weight has hit a plateau and the scale just doesn’t seem to move.
  • Just because your body needs it! Our bodies need to be given a rest from the abuse of processed foods.

 

What is the cleanse and where can I get it?: If you are interested in this cleanse, I will be happy to help you. Please contact me via Facebook private message, Twitter private message, Email (heather.tuck04@yahoo.com), or replying with a comment to this post.  I would love to get you started feeling better and looking your best!

 

Have you ever done a cleanse? How did it make you feel? Were you starving? 


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Ozeri Brezza III Dual Oscillating 10″ High Velocity Desk and Table Fan Review

I am truly blessed with the opportunity to review the Ozeri Brand products! This particular product was extremely useful to everyone  in my household.

 

I have now had the Ozeri Fan a few weeks, and we have all given it a Tuck family seal of approval! Calling this Ozeri Fan a table fan just doesn’t do it justice! This is such a neat little tool to have handy in your house for those hot summer days or even during the holidays when the kitchen gets very warm from baking and cooking all the delicious holiday treats!

 

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My husband had other uses for it. He found that this powerful little Ozeri Fan was extremely useful in the garage while he was working on his “Honey Do” list, lol!! :) He enjoyed being able to control the fan without having to constantly go back to the fan to adjust the settings. With the remote, it was so easy to have the fan follow him where ever he went in the garage.

 

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Here are some of the cool functions/features of the Ozeri Fan:

  • Dual oscillation motors that deliver cooling airflow with automatic horizontal AND vertical motion
  • Boasts 4 motor speeds
  •  A 4-hour timer
  • A new record for the lowest noise output
  • Choose between a cool breeze, refreshing wind, a more powerful stream of air, and Turbo mode for maximum cooling

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Some of the perfect places to use the Ozeri Fan that we have come up with are:

  • Kitchen
  • Garage
  • Dorm room
  • Bedroom
  • Lanai
  • Any room that needs a little air flow is the perfect place for the Ozeri Fan.

I like the size of the Ozeri Fan because when we travels to visit family or even when we stay in a hotel, you just don’t have any air flow. We are used to constant air flow because we have ceiling fans in every room of our house. This fan is powerful enough to give us the air flow we need when traveling and small enough to conveniently pack it with our luggage! How amazing is that??!!

 

I highly recommend the Ozeri Brezza III Table Fan. This is a great addition to any home with it’s sleek style and powerful air flow. It is small enough to store, but good looking enough to keep out!

 

To learn more about the Ozeri Fan, please click HERE.

 

 

 

**Ozeri did not pay me for this review. I have simply given my personal and honest opinion of this product. They did supply me with the product, and asked for my honest opinion.**


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SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Getaway

Are you planning a trip to Florida for spring break? Are you ready for the sun and the fun that only Florida has to offer? Are you tired of the dreary rain and snow that has kept you cooped up for the long winter months? Well, wait no more! SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa have just the cure for your winter time blues! For a limited time, these two, world renowned parks are offering a SWEET deal! From now until May 5, 2014, both parks are offering $50 weekday ticket prices, including spring break!

 

 

**The $50 Weekday Ticket is available online to U.S. residents at SeaWorldOrlando.com or BuschGardensTampa.com or by calling 

(888) 800-5447.  The $50 Weekday Ticket is valid for one weekday’s admission to either SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa and must be used by +May 5, 2014.**

Here are some of the AMAZING activities and attractions you are sure to love at the parks:

SeaWorld Orlando:

At SeaWorld Orlando, guests will find themselves surrounded by SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration and a Sea of Surprises

  • Kicking off March 21, SeaWorld Orlando’s pathways come to life with oceans of spontaneous entertainment. “Bubble Blowout” is a fantastical vehicle creating bubbles of all sizes and shapes. Engaging performances with sea-inspired costumes and props will pop up at surprising moments to surprise guests throughout the day, like “Splash Dance.” The “SeaWorld® Surprise Squad” will roam the park on a daily basis giving away prizes and special gifts, including exclusive access to rides, behind-the-scenes experiences, Shamu-themed merchandise, reserved show seating, and more.
  • A pair of Magellanic penguins, a lemur, or even a parade of flamingos could surprise guests at any moment. And, to showcase SeaWorld’s commitment to the environment and passion for protecting the ocean, a series of giant sea life sculptures will be displayed throughout the parks. SeaWorld commissioned environmental art group The Washed Ashore Project for a collection of larger-than-life sea-themed sculptures – many weighing more than half a ton. The materials used to create these pieces came from the billions of pounds of garbage – mostly plastics – that wind up in our oceans. These amazing works of art point to the urgent need to protect marine animals from such dangers and preserve their ocean habitats.
  • At SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, families are transported into an icy world like they’ve never seen before where they can explore the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on a first-of-its-kind family ride. Then, guests step off and explore a massive penguin colony of nearly 250 feathered friends – gentoo, rockhopper, Adélie and king penguins — in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins’ icy world.  It’s a must-see, one-of-a-kind experience only at SeaWorld Orlando.

Busch Gardens Tampa:

Busch Gardens® Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Everyone will enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows and thrilling rides.

 

  • Dive like a bird of prey aboard the thrilling coaster SheiKra.
  • Soar like an eagle, roar like a tiger, and discover shared family fun playing with your littlest ones at Sesame Street’s Safari of Fun.
  • Take a seat at Busch Gardens’ biggest ice show ever, Iceploration, featuring world-class skaters, larger-than-life puppets, amazing costumes, original music and even animal stars.
  • Experience a new breed of speed, with Florida’s first triple launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. This mega-attraction begins at Cheetah Run® where guests are just inches away from the world’s fastest land animals. Next take a seat on Cheetah Hunt and join nature’s fastest and most agile predator as it races across the Serengeti. It’s a 4,400 foot sprint that will take your breath away.

Oh how long of a winter it has been! Just picture yourself having a blast in the warmth of the Florida sun! What are you waiting for? To learn more about the new $50 Weekday Ticket, and to purchase, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com or BuschGardensTampa.com

 

We will see you at the park! :)  

 


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Kellogg’s Family Rewards Program

If you are like me, saving money is one of your top priorities as a stay at home mom. I like to save money, but I like to be aware of the products that I buy as well. My whole family enjoys Kellogg’s brand items. My favorite cereal is Special K and if I can get some great deals on that, well, I am a happy camper! Here is a great way to save money on all Kellogg’s brand items with special savings for Kellogg’s Family Rewards Program members! It’s free to join and you get great high value coupons!

 

 

 

 

 

I have been a member for a couple years now and with combining store sales with these high value coupons, I can usually pay pennies for my Special K cereal as well as other Kellogg’s products. I highly recommend checking it out! It’s free to join and all you do is add codes from the Kellogg’s products to get points to redeem for coupons and other rewards as well.


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Disappointing day at the Florida Strawberry Festival

For ten years I have lived in Florida and every year I hear so much publicity about the Florida Strawberry Festival. Here in Florida, strawberry season means that we have big beautiful strawberries at extremely low prices! I love that February/March we are enjoying fruits that I used to relate with summer.

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Where we live is a good distance from Plant City, where the Florida Strawberry Festival is held. But this year, we decided to see for ourselves what this coveted annual event, which brings popular bands such as The Band Perry and Boyz II Men, was all about. I have been talking about my excitement for weeks on my social media! I couldn’t wait to go to the Florida Strawberry Festival and taste all the fantastic concoctions that were awaiting my arrival. Throughout the last week and a half, I had been saving my “cheat day” for this moment! It was finally here! I was so excited!

 

We arrived at the Florida Strawberry Festival just an hour after they opened the gates. We didn’t have any trouble parking or getting lost even though we weren’t from the area. The grounds were packed, but okay so far. I began to look around at everything. Vendors everywhere, but that was to be expected at a festival. What I was really looking for was some sign of strawberries, somewhere. I asked my husband, where are all the strawberry themed things, the yummy shortcakes, pastries, ice creams, homemade strawberry ANYTHING?? There was no focus on strawberries! What? Are we in the right festival? We started looking around, oh there was festival/fair food goodies, anything and everything you could possibly want deep fried, but where are all the strawberries darn it!

 

We had just arrived there and we had only been walking around for a little while, so I didn’t show my disappointment yet. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and said this place is huge, maybe as we continue through, we will find some strawberry themed goodies! Well, we found a few. There was one line for make your own strawberry shortcakes, which of course everyone wanted and the line was INSANE! We also saw one person selling deep fried strawberries (doesn’t sound very appetizing to me), one place which I finally broke down and was sorely disappointed in was a strawberry smoothie (they used frozen strawberries) that didn’t have much taste at all and then finally a fantastic doughnut “shortcake” from the Amish bakery there (between the kids I think I got two bites lol).

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Fun House

The kids had a wonderful time. My son and my nephew were having a blast on the bumper cars and fun house. They also had a blast doing the carnival games. They music was also a great mixture of country, oldies and rock.

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Carnival Games

The amount of people was crazy. There was obviously no limit to how many people were allowed in the premises at the same time. There were points where we couldn’t even move because there were so many people there.

 

Now don’t get me wrong. I expect these kinds of things at the normal state fair or county fair. But this was the Florida Strawberry Festival. Where were all the specialty items? Where was the fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade? Where was the homemade strawberry jams and ice cream? Where were the one of a kind gourmet treasures starring the one and only Plant City Strawberries? This is the strawberry capitol of the world! Where were the darn flats of strawberries? Not in the festival, that’s for sure! There were vendors outside the gate selling strawberries, but I had no idea that THAT is where you buy the strawberries! I just assumed that strawberries would be everywhere! Maybe I was thinking to “inside the box”. Maybe I was expecting too much. Maybe I wanted things to be much more simple.

 

I left feeling very disappointed. I was so excited to get there, and wanted nothing more than to leave when I saw how commercialized it was. I thought there would be vendors, but boy was I surprised. Vendor after vendor after vendor jacking the price sky high. I think I was expecting more on the lines of good ol’ strawberry farmers selling their little red babies that they had meticulously cared for over the winter. I expected some vendors with strawberry concoctions that were sure to be the best ever! I guess these days it’s too much to expect that kind of simplicity.

 

Now don’t get me wrong, I know that people love fairs and festivals. I just thought this one would be different than a typical festival. We wouldn’t have traveled so far for just a fair. We would have just gone to our local fair, but we were optimistic. We really wanted to do something fun and family oriented. We can now say that we have been to the Florida Strawberry Festival, but we won’t be going back. I do recommend the experience at least once. Mainly because you can get the strawberries (from the vendors outside the gate) DIRT CHEAP! We paid $6 for a flat of freshly picked strawberries!

 

You may have a completely different experience than we had. You may have found more strawberry things than we did, but I can only give you my family’s opinion on the Florida Strawberry festival.  There were several festival goers that we spoke with that said it didn’t used to be like this. Again, I guess I was just expecting more or less, whichever way you look at it.

 

When you here about the Florida Strawberry Festival, what do you assume is the foundation of the festival?

Have you ever been to the Florida Strawberry Festival? 


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Monday Music Motivation

Good Monday morning everyone! I hope you all had a fantastice weekend! Mine, well, mine was spent trying to figure out the best ways to breathe from all the crazy springtime allergies! Today, I can finally breathe again (thanks to the rain calming the pollen down) and I am ready to get back in my fitness routine!

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I am an 80′s girl through and through and I have loved this song since the moment I heard it. Gets me moving and puts a smile on my face! :)

Monday Music Motivation

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I can’t help but start singing every single word to this song no matter how out of breath I am while I am running! I turn the speed on the treadmill up and just go! It’s a great beat and it really gets the heart pumping!

 

Hope you all have a blessed week and keep smiling :)

 

Do you remember this song? 

 

 


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Zucchini Crusted Vegetable Quiche

 

Zucchini Crusted Vegetable Quiche
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Author: Heather
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Serves: 4
I came up with this recipe because I had several zucchini that I wanted to cook up. I was looking for something a little different and I wasn’t sure if it would come out good, but oh my is it yummy! Easy recipe for any special occasion. I have put mine away in separate containers so that my breakfast is ready for the next few days with a quick pop in the microwave! #quicherecipe #recipe #easyrecipes
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1 cup of reduced fat shredded cheese (I use Mexican blend because I like the variety)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded Mozzerella
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into discs
  • 1 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1/4 of a large red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice zucchini into disc shape.
  3. Using non stick cooking spray, spray the bottom and sides of a pie plate.
  4. Place zucchini slices in a single layer on the bottom of the pie plate.
  5. For the sides of the zucchini crust cut the discs in half so they sit on the sides easy.
  6. Season the zucchini with salt and pepper and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over them.
  7. If there are any zucchini slices left over, dice them up for the egg mixture.
  8. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and half & half. Add the cheese. Dice up the mushrooms and onions and any left over zucchini and add those to the egg mixture.
  9. Pour egg mixture into the pie plate slowly to make sure the zucchini side slices don’t fall into the mixture.
  10. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  12. Slice like a pie into 8 even pieces. Enjoy!
Notes
the possibilities are endless with this quiche. You can add any meats, vegetables, cheeses, etc. to suit your style and taste. Have fun with it! Please let me know how you liked it or if you created your own version. I love new ideas!

 


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Monday Music Motivation: 3/10

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend! We had a busy weekend! Yesterday was an all day adventure at the Florida Strawberry Festival, which I must say was a HUGE let down!

 

So here is a great song that I just love to run and workout too! When I first heard it, I thought how great the beat was for a really good heart pumping workout! There are just certain songs that really get me moving and still enjoying my workouts! I love to find great music, so I am sharing it with you! <3

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I hope you like this song and consider putting it on your playlist! Have a wonderful week and stay motivated!

#mondaymotivation

#music

#workout

#staymotivated


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$75 Paypal **Cash ** Giveaway!

Hey friends! I am happy to announce the first ever CASH GIVEAWAY!!!!!! Are you as excited about this as me??? We could all use a little extra change in the bank couldn’t we??? I am co-hosting this giveaway with several other wonderful bloggers so you have 129 chances to win!

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So please, enter as many times as you can! What do you have to loose? It’s CASH people!!!! Come on, you know you want to! Don’t forget to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other social media where you hang out!



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