Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The {Not Just} Homemaking Party: Chocolate Mint Creme Drops

Welcome to the Homemaking Party! A few weeks ago I shared my recipe for homemade creme drops. I decided to change it up this week and make them chocolate mint flavored for St. Patrick's Day!

The flavors of chocolate and mint are irresistible to me---and these are so easy to make!

Love St. Patrick's Day treats? Check out these:
Chocolate Vanilla-Mint Fudge
Irish Buckeyes
Cucumber Dill Appetizers

Chocolate Mint Creme Drops

1 stick butter
8 oz. cream cheese
2 lbs. powdered sugar
peppermint extract and food coloring
1 pkg. chocolate almond bark

Allow cream cheese and butter to soften on the counter for a few hours. Then mix them together well and mix in powdered sugar, food coloring, and extracts. If the mixture is too dry, add a couple tablespoons of milk to make it the consistency of creme filling. Drop balls of filling onto a tray lined with wax paper. Allow them to harden in the freezer about one hour. Dip into melted chocolate and let them harden on the counter. Store in a covered container. 

FitTea Post-Natal Fat Burner #PostNatalFatBurner

This is a sponsored post for Markerly and its sponsor. All opinions are honest and are my own. #PostNatalFatBurner

 

With 10 pregnancies in 13 years, it's always been difficult to lose all the pregnancy weight before the next baby comes along. I do my best with exercise and eating (somewhat) healthily---but sometimes it just feels like I can't keep up. I know that part of having a healthy pregnancy is making sure I'm healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally. Carrying around extra weight adds more than pounds---it adds stress and body image issues that make it even harder to get motivated to lose weight and inches.

I'm always looking for good ways to help lose the baby fat during my postnatal months. I've joined weight loss groups, I've made resolutions and charts, I've joined challenges with friends and made up challenges for myself. All these things really work well for me, but I feel like I just need a big boost to get me started this time around. Lynzie and I will be going to England in the fall and I want to feel pretty, as well as in shape for all the walking we'll be doing!

Today I was made aware of FitTea's Post-Natal Fat Burner and I'm thinking this herbal supplement might be worth trying out! The very first thing that got me excited about FitTea is that it's safe for pregnancy and nursing. In fact, it can even boost lactation. Of course, it's always important to check with your doctor to make sure she thinks it's right for you. The fear of taking something that would harm a future pregnancy is always one of the big reasons I stay away from supplements, but this one was designed with that concern in mind!

FitTea's Post-Natal Fat Burner uses 100% natural ingredients, supports weight loss, and increases fat burning. I've seen ads for this before, but have never really taken the time to read up on it until today. I'm looking forward to checking it out!

Do you want to try FitTea's Post-Natal Fat Burner? 30 winners will get to try some free so check out the giveaway widget below to enter to win! I'd love to hear about your weight loss goals. What kinds of things have you done to get rid of the baby weight after pregnancy? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 2, 2015

How Did You Do with the #LISTERINE 21 Day Challenge? Our Challenge Recap

I was compensated by Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. 
Remember a few weeks ago when I shared all these great LISTERINE® products with you and encouraged you all to take the 21 Day Challenge? Well I hate to admit it, but I didn't do very well on this challenge! While I made a good attempt, starting a new routine is hard and I pretty much failed miserably!

The LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge encourages participants to commit to rinsing morning and night for 21 days. In addition, you can choose an expert in nutrition, fitness, or home organization to help you establish healthy home habits, and can receive emails reminding you of your challenge goals. The emails have been really great to remind me---the problem is, that if I don't get right up and do the rinse, I forget. Then I get distracted. Then I forget for good.

Next time I do this, I think I'll set up a little caddy with my toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, and rinse all together in one spot. This might help me remember to include it in my routine more often. It might also help to make myself a check list to tape on the mirror and check off each time I rinse.

After sampling the products LISTERINE® sent and then heading to Walgreens to buy more, I found that I prefer the Freshburst flavor over the others I tried. I tend to like a tamer mint than the others in my family so I've claimed this bottle for myself! In addition to their many wellness products, this week Walgreens has select quart size varieties of LISTERINE® on sale for $5.49. It's a great time to buy a large bottle and start your challenge!

Here's one person who is on the road to success! As I mentioned before, Lynzie has made teeth whitening a goal and is really pleased with the progress she's made with her whitening toothpaste. 

As far as the other part of the challenge, the healthy home habits, I really like getting those emails. I did find several of the articles on organization to be helpful and I love it that I have to answer whether or not I swished for the day before I can see the full article. I especially liked the truths that my trainer reinforced---like keeping a clean desk to increase productivity. This is a truth that I know---but sometimes I just need a reminder, you know?

Do you think you can stick to this routine better than I did? Head to Listerine.com/21DayChallenge and commit to rinsing morning and night for 21 days. You can also choose an expert in nutrition, fitness, or home organization to help you establish healthy home habits, and can receive emails reminding you of your challenge goals. By signing up for the challenge and staying with your rinsing routine, you will have the daily chance to win awesome prizes like a Fitbit®, a $100 Container Store® gift card, or an Amazon Fire TV!