BELDT: Force Thermogenic Review

You may be wondering just what Thermogenics are. Well, I’ve been on the weight loss journey for a number of years now and I was introduced to Thermogenics about 10 years ago when I was working with a personal trainer. It had been a while since I used them and I wanted to try them again. I was excited to try this brand, to see how it compared to the ones I took years ago.

Here’s what I have to say about BELDT Thermogenics. I felt like I could move mountains. I felt like I had a pot of coffee without the jitters. I felt like I could go to the gym and do my workout and I WANTED to go to the gym. That never happens. I have fibromyalgia, so I cleared this supplement with my doctor. She said it was ok. (It’s always important to clear all supplements with your doctor before use).

For those who enjoy working out, running, pushing themselves to their max limits, this supplement will give you extra energy with the additional benefit of helping with fat loss. It also has an added benefit of enhancing the relaxation and expansion of respiratory airways resulting in increased airflow to the lungs.

I noticed I felt amazing while taking this supplement. I also lost a few pounds in a week’s time. I had increased energy and the desire to exercise, something I rarely do.

If you would like to try this product for yourself, head over to Amazon and purchase a bottle for yourself.

*This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.*

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Maxasorb D3 Review

I was hopeful I’d get to come across another Maxasorb product. I really enjoyed trying the B12 a while back. What a great idea!  Well, I found that they make a Maxabsorb D3! How awesome is this! I begged the company to allow me to review their product!

So, first of all, this is not just a lotion.  It’s formulated with Vitamin D3. It’s an awesome way to get some D3 into your system. The doses are metered with 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3. The lotion has no odor. It’s a gentle, all natural lotion that is good for your arms and legs. 

This is a great way to be sure you’re getting all of the vitamin D that you need each day. 

All in all, it’s easy to use, is a smooth, odorless lotion, rich in vitamin D. 

You can get your own on Amazon

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Careful-By Randy Anderson a thought provoking coming of age book- REVIEW

Have you ever had a book suck you in, make it seem so real, all of your senses were on alert? Tears, heart racing, laughter all within the pages. Seeing a part of yourself, your best friend, your neighbor, your son?

have you ever?

This book did it for me.  I found myself relating to the parents in the story AND the main character, the story he shared. It does have some LGBTQ themes, which gives it an additional relatable experience for so many youth, plus it adds a wonderful bit of cultural diversity that many books in this genre lack. 

I have three children in this age group (18, 21 and 23) and I’d love for them to read this book. If only to remind them that they can share anything with me, now, rather than waiting until they are 40. Id love for parents of young adults to read this book. If only to remind them to read between the lines and ask deeper questions. Reach to the heart. 

Here is a summary of what the story is about:

For two decades Tyler Gibbons has been keeping a secret from his family. At the tender age of sixteen, Tyler embarks on a student exchange program. Sent to the Andean city of Ambato, Ecuador, he finds daily adventure as he tries to fit in at school, connect with his host family, and navigate through a world of beaches, volcanoes, and jungles. But tucked deep inside this year are events so profound, so unexpected, they forever shape the man he will become. 

Now, 25 years later, his mother pulls these soaring tales from her son, exposing, for the first time, the source of a deep unhappiness. While these memories contain the wounds of an unresolved past, they also possess the power to heal his painful present. 

Thoughtfully crafted and boldly told, Tyler’s journey takes the reader on a wild South American adventure, while illuminating a mother’s unyielding power to heal her child.

Careful is available on Amazon if you would like your own copy. 

About the author: A performer, playwright, and producer Randy founded The Beggars Group in 1999. During the following decade he produced over two dozen productions including; The Expatriates, Do It!, and Theadora, She Bitch of Byzantium.

Plays he’s written include: New Year’s Resolutions, Homelessness Homosexuals and Heretics, Testing Average, Kill The President, Armor of Wills, and The Dwelling.

His newest novel CAREFUL was released on May 1st 2014 and is currently getting rave reviews.

*i received this book to review. All opinions are my own. *

Chalk Markers! What?! Yes! (Review) These are SO MUCH FUN!

Hope and the gang went to a hockey game today and I was all alone when the mail came. I had four wonderful surprises waiting for me! Well, one of them passed up all of the other wonderful products I have sitting on my desk to share with you all, because as soon as Hope came home she saw them and couldn’t wait to check out what I got! If she is this excited about it, you must be too! Wow!

These are the neatest chalk markers. I wish they had these when I was a kid and used regular chalk on the chalk board and had my asthmatic wheezes from all of the darn chalk dust! There’s virtually no odor. They clean up easily. You can use them on windows, white boards, plastic, glass, any non-porous surface. NOT for walls. My children are always drawing on the walls. SIGH! These are NOT good for the walls. However, you can use them on mirrors, refrigerators and such.

Hope and I tried them out on my calendar, as it has a plastic cover. Once it was dry, it wiped right off. It does get messy on your hands, if you aren’t careful, but it just washes off with soap and water.

These are just SO MUCH FUN!!!!

I just had to share. If you have kids or are a kid at heart, you need these.

It comes 8 to a pack, colors are blue, yellow, pink, red, purple, orange, green and white. They are vivid and just pop. You also get a bonus silicone pen holder that is in a bright neon color.

You can get yours at Amazon.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm1fc5309ccc651bf6b5d22470f67561ea

I Always Knew This Day Would Come (Open Adoption)

I always knew this moment would come. Hope, age 8, was listening to music and casually mentioned to me, “You’re not my real mom”. I said, “You’re right, I’m not, who is your real mom?” She replied with the name of her birthmother, the woman she’s known since the day she was born and has been in her life since then. I asked her, “How do you know she’s your real mom?” She thought for a moment and said, “Well, I look like her. I know I came out of her tummy and not yours. Oh, and you told me she’s my birth mother so I know she’s my real mom.” I then asked her, “Well, if she’s your real mom, then what am I?” She struggled with that one. She looked at me and said, “Your my mom. You sing to me, you read to me, you cook for me, you help me with my homework. You help me when I’m sick.” Our conversation went on for a while then I got that million dollar question I knew was coming. “Mom, who is my real dad?” I looked at her and told her that we know his name, but he chose not to meet her yet. However, his mother, her grandmother, is her Mammy, the person who has known her and spent time with her since she was a tiny baby. His sister is her aunt, one of her favorite people in this world. She then, very seriously, told me, “Well, I would like to meet him when I’m 16. I will be in my pink Ferrari with the pink rims and Nick Jonas will be driving me. He will go to dinner with us to Red Robin.” She then quit asking me questions, satisfied with what she learned, about her adoption and what was real and what wasn’t. I was left wondering just how we can possibly get the pink Ferrari with the pink rims AND Nick Jonas for her 16th birthday, we only have 8 years to figure that out.

Having an open adoption is a beautiful thing. It allows my daughter to have two real mothers in her life. I am not offended or upset by what she said. She is processing what this all means to her. I am her mom. Plain and simple, but her birthmother, she is her REAL mother and that is important to her. I hope, one day, she can meet her REAL dad and figure out that she has his chin and other characteristics that came from his side of the family. Being real is important to a child. It’s important to an adult.

Hope with her “real” mom


Vanilla Mint Deodorant Creme Review

If you’re like me, you are thinking of ways to become more aware of the foods you eat and the products you use on your body. I know I’m choosing more organic foods and beauty products for me and my family. I feel more confident with knowing that these products are better for us, inside and out.

I stumbled across this really cool product and was lucky enough to be able to review it, in exchange for my honest opinion. This Vanilla Mint Deodorant Crème is really cool!


I don’t know how else to describe it! It comes in a little pot not unlike your lip balm would. You use a tiny, pea size amount under each arm and rub like you would your regular deodorant. It’s made of all organic, chemical free ingredients. It has organic arrowroot powder, this absorbs wetness. The organic shea butter moisturizes your dry skin. The coconut oil has anti-bacterial properties. The organic peppermint oil has anti-bacterial, germ-killing and anti-septic properties. The tea tree oil does as well. It has some other ingredients as well, like organic sunflower oil and aluminum-free baking soda,

It smells refreshing and feels great! I loved it and so did my youngest daughter, who has been dealing with the smelliest armpits as of late! It really made a difference with her! She has sensory issues and regular deodorant really bothers her, with this, she puts it on with her fingers, so she is in total control. It made a huge difference and is gentle on her tender skin!

We love this product and recommend it to anyone looking for a organic deodorant!

The Sponsor is running a giveaway for a free deodorant. If you would like to try this organic deodorant for yourself, enter here!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*

Shin Splint/Calf Compression Sleeves Review

As you all now may be aware, my son is a Lacrosse Coach.  He loves coaching.  In fact, he loved playing.  He also played Rugby for many years.  His doctor sidelined him recently due to too many concussions, but that’s another story!  If your child/youth plays contact sports and has the option to wear head gear, I really really recommend it!  My son had the option to wear a scrum cap for years and chose not to.  He probably wouldn’t have had the severity of his concussions…but that doesn’t have anything to do with this review….that’s my mom report for the day!

He loves coaching, but often complained of his calves aching during and after running during practice and the games.  Well, I was approached by Alien Armor to try out their Shin Splint/Calf Compression Sleeves and since I already have a pair of compression sleeves for running, I wanted Jonathan to try these out for me.



Guess what, he LOVES THEM.  Also, his aches and discomfort have completely, and I mean, completely disappeared.  The way these work is that they keep the blood flowing during sports like running or walking, any activities that have you on your feet, and they keep your muscles warm.  They give you more energy and keep you from getting fatigue in your legs as quickly as you would.

Jonathan said that he had much more endurance.  He wished he had these years ago.

Hop on over to Amazon and order yourself a pair and see how wonderful your legs feel.  I promise you will love them!

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While your at it, get their arm sleeves that I reviewed a while back, Jonathan wears those to practice too.  He loves them just as much!

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Reading in Bed- Life with Chronic Pain

My fibromyalgia has been debilitating. I can blame it on many things, but really, I don’t know what is the cause. I have spent 4 days in bed, only getting up to go to the bathroom. My active life has come to a halt. The things that families take for granted, and mine does as well, dinner on the table at 5:30, groceries purchased, a birthday card that needed mailed in a timely fashion- I couldn’t get to the store to buy, things like this all fall by the wayside when I’m in bed.

My older children all tend to do their own thing, checking on me from time to time or coming in to ask me a question. My husband avoids me, no, that’s not true, he’s busy doing all of the things that I can’t do, while I’m in bed. He’s cooking, tidying up, getting the groceries, picking up medications at the pharmacy. He asked me frantically, “Where is the lid to the skillet!?”, while he was preparing dinner. Tempers rise and I feel more guilt because I’m stuck in bed.

I missed a very important date on Friday. I disappointed my sweet eight year old. We made plans for me to have lunch with her, our usual “Friday ‘Lunch with Hope'” and I couldn’t go. I looked her in the eye and tearfully told her I was in too much pain and couldn’t walk. I simply could NOT attend. She then looked at her big brother and asked him to attend. He thankfully said yes.

It was lunch time and I got a text from Jonathan, with a selfie, “I feel so out of place without you with me”. Yeah, that brought on the tears. He’s 18, but we always went together to have lunch with Hope. Sigh. I HATE chronic pain!

He then sends me this IMG_0408

More tears!  Ahhh.  I send a photo back, of me laying in bed.  I get a text from Hope, she says “I miss you, I hope you feel better!”  Awww.

After school, when she got home, she came quietly into the bedroom.  She’s the only of the children who doesn’t flip on the overhead light.  She came over to me and asked if I was awake.  I was.  She asked me how I was feeling.  She then asked if she could show me what was in her backpack.  We talked about what she had done and she happily told me that her brother’s visit was awesome, but she missed me.  She then asked if we could read together.  Absolutely.  She pulled out her library book and she read to me the cutest story about Dewey, the library cat.


We read the whole story, she gave me a hug and scampered off.  My husband got burgers or something for dinner that night, I can’t remember.  He was tired from work.

Friday night my pain was debilitating.  I knew Saturday Hope had her first soccer day of the season.  I felt like a terrible mom for not being able to attend.  I laid in bed hurting physically and hurting emotionally.  I couldn’t sleep much that night.

Saturday the house was quiet and Hope and I were alone in the morning.  She brought me breakfast of dry cereal and flat 7 up.  She was so proud of herself that she remembered a straw.  She’s full of compassion at eight years old.  Soon after she was off to soccer and I was alone with my thoughts.

My pain is debilitating.  I must push forward.  I must try to find the best pain relief for me.  My family needs me.  They need me to be here for them in my best capacity.  These 3-4 days in bed are no picnic for any of us.  I came downstairs for the first time yesterday, since Thursday (today is Monday) and OH MY GOSH- my desk- my living room- my kitchen!  I can’t take time away from my life like this on a regular basis.  There has to be a way to help this ridiculous pain.  I’m not 100% today, but I’m upright.  I’m somewhat coherent.  I’m functioning.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you are not alone.  Let’s connect.  I care about you.




Parents for Sale: Children’s Book Review

If you could sell your parents, would you??? If you could just put a sign in your yard, saying PARENTS FOR SALE like selling puppies, do you think you would do it? Who would take you up on that offer?

Hope and I pondered that very question as we prepared to read Parents for Sale by Dr. Nicole Audet. The Clark twins were not helping with taking care of their family dog, so their parents made the decision to put the dog up for sale. The twins, on the other hand, decided to put their parents up for sale!


What transpired ended up frightening Hope a bit (she’s 8), but I found it to be rather comical. You wouldn’t expect it to go the way it did.

I think a mature 8 year old may find it more enjoyable than Hope did. She tends to be a little more sensitive to most and takes things very literally.

All in all, I enjoyed it, just approach with caution if your child is sensitive to things that may seem scary, even if it is written for young children.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

I received this book for free to review. All opinions are my own.