Getting My Gardens Ready for Spring

When we moved into our home about 4 years ago, we had some beautiful perennial gardens that were already started. I was excited to have some gardens to work with, more land to plant trees, and for the kids to run and play. Keeping up on the maintenance of 3 large perennial gardens definitely keep me busy but it’s so work it to drive up to my house and see the beautiful colors.

I’ve acquired a collection of gardening tools to help me with weeding, pruning, and prepping. One of the things I MUST have is a good pair of gardening gloves. A good fitting pair of gloves with latex grip protection has saved my hands more than once. Between these aweful prickly weeds to protection against bug bites, garden gloves are essential for me. I like Kaygo because they are flexible, puncture resistant, durable, breathable, and affordable.

I have no idea what this tool in my hand is actually called but it’s works the best for these prickle plants and dandelions. I just plunge it into the dirt at the root and then pull up with my gloved hands and these bad boys come right out. Kaygo makes an awesome and affordable pair of gardening gloves with rubber grips. And if you use code: LUVSAVING you can save 20% off too.

So after weeding I decided to lay down weed block this year to hopefully cut down on the amount of weeding I’ll have to do this year. It’s a bit of a pain to lay out when my gardens are as oddly shaped as they are and as big as they are but I know in the end it’s going to end up savings me some work. Work I won’t want to be doing when it’s 90 degree is 80% humidity outside.

Then we got mulch. We found it’s more affordable to just get the mulch by the scoop and use my father-in-law’s truck than to buy it by the bag or have it delivered. Plus, my father-in-law’s truck we could drive the truck to each garden and unload it.

I think the gardens turned out great. We still need to get a couple bags of mulch for touch up and I have a little pruning to do but it looks so much better than it did.

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AFTER

We’re also working on fixing the steps up into the yard this year. I can’t wait to see how those turn out too. We’re adding a handrail to make it easier for our older relatives to get up into the yard for picnics and parties.

We also planted a cherry tree this year. I just love gardening!

Tools I used on my gardens:

Kaygo gardening gloves – save 20% off with code: LUVSAVING

Weed block fabric

Weeding tool

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Y’OUR Skincare: A Skincare Regimen Personalized To YOU

Here I am at 39 years old and I feel like I have no idea what my skin wants to do. I have fine lines starting around my eyes and between my eye brows. I break out in my “T” zone, and my skin gets dry at times. So when Y’OUR Skincare asked me to try one of their boxes I figured, why not? I did an unboxing video when I first got my Y’OUR box.

When you visit the y-ourskin.com you’ll see it will ask you to take the skincare quiz. The quiz will take you a few minute to complete but they really want to learn about your skin so they can create a skincare regimen specific to your skincare needs. The products in my box and the ingredients in my products might not be the same as yours. Y’OUR hits all the check offs for a good-for-you skin care routine too:

  • clean ingredients
  • made in the U.S.
  • vegan & cruelty free
  • paraben & toxin free
  • free shipping
  • 3 months supply in each box

I told you in the video that I’d try to get some better shots of the ingredients list on the bottles. Here is a close pic of the cleanser ingredients as an example:

The next question might be, Did if work for me? Well if you watched the video you could see I had an obvious pimple around my chin area. I also had a few more pop up after the video. I’ve been using my Y’OUR skin care products for 2 weeks now. My skin is completely clear of acne. This is me, bare skin, no make-up.

Y’OUR skincare also has a blog post about getting rid of acne on their site: y-ourskin.com

Check out Y’OUR skincare for truly individualized skincare products that are safe for your skin and actually work!

I received a product sample in order to complete this review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Drinking Responsibly for the Holidays

This post is sponsored by Diamond Links. Any opinions expressed are my own. 

I work in a hospital.  Everyday I see people that are injured.  There’s a lot of reasons for a person to end up in the hospital.  Everything from acts of natures to self-harm, to mistakes, accidents, to downright negligence.  Some of the hardest ones are seeing people effected by drunk drivers.  There they are driving along having a normal day or a fun night then BOOM everything changes.

I took a bartending class years ago.  It was my idea for a fall back career if my first career didn’t work out.  One thing I remember them offering is something called TIPS certification. TIPS stands for Training for Interventional Procedures.   It’s used to train people for the responsible sale, service, and consumption of alcohol.  Bartenders, waitstaff, restaurant managers, etc can all be TIPS certified.  The idea is to educate people to know when to stop serving people and serve legally.  One thing I learned is drinks with a lot of alcohol in them like Alabama Slammers and Long Island Iced teas have 4 shots of hard liquor in them.  You are not supposed to serve more than 2 to any person in a day.  If it is obvious that a person is impaired, you should stop serving them as well.  Not all places have TIPS certified staff.

I actually made the choice to pay the extra money to get TIPS certified.  I never ended up using my bartending certificate except for person parties but it’s kinds of a neat skill to have.  There’s bars in every state in the US.

Many places will also have no problem calling a cab, Uber, or other form of transportation for you if you need.  While an individual is at fault for their own choice of drinking and driving a bar or restaurant can be found liable too if they are sued.  I’ve heard instances of drunk drivers wrecking their vehicle then suing the bar because they served them too much.  And guess what? They won.  Sounds crazy I know but it just begs to show how making responsible choices all around can save lives and money.

With the holidays coming, there will be many holiday parties and seasonal spirits flowing. Have fun but make sure you’re enjoying your holiday parties responsibly. Line up a ride home with a DD, ride share service like Uber or Lyft, or cab service number on  hand. For those that know this story all too well it’s good to line up a good lawyer like this tampa personal injury attorney   I pray you never need to.

 

 

 

My Gift Stop Luxury Goods at Amazing Prices and Give Back + Sweepstakes

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Why buy from My Gift Stop?  One reason is that My Gift Stop offers all these luxury brands and more at amazing prices.  You just have to browse the site for a few minutes to see the deals.   One brand deal I noticed right away is Fossil. See I didn’t know about My Gift Stop last year when I got my son a Fossil watch for his birthday.  On SALE I got his watch for $115 and I thought I did pretty good.  There weren’t any on Fossil’s site for less than $100 that he liked.  My Gift Stop has a number of options well under $100 in Fossil watches like this beauty I’m eyeballing for myself.  Listed for only $77.48 at the time of this post.

My Gift Stop has a nice selection of Luxury watches that include: Fossil, Bulova, Citizen, Casio, Invicta, Kenneth Cole, and more.  Use my personal coupon code: LUVSAVINGMONEY1 to save an additional 10% off anything on the site!

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I know it’s not even officially fall yet but with the deals My Gift Stop offers you can get some great prices on some early holiday gifts or discount luxury accessories for your fall wardrobe.  Buying for fall birthdays? Don’t forget to use code: LUVSAVINGMONEY1 to get 10% off your order!!

 

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Starting Personal Trainer Food

I have the great opportunity of trying Personal Trainer Food at no cost as part of the Tryazon Tryabox program. Any opinions expressed are my own. I’m not required to do a blog post. I just decided to post for anyone that might be thinking about Personal Trainer Food.

So I had to buy bigger pants for the fall. I’m definitely not proud of that. The bad part is I got 5 pairs of jeans I ordered from an online consignment site. 5 pairs all the same size, different companies. 3 of them fit, one I got on but was kind of snug, the 5th one I couldn’t even pull up over my butt.  It was the first time in my life that I actually wanted to cry when trying on clothes.  I’ve had to buy a size bigger pants and shorts the last two years. I don’t want to continue this trend.

I tried a popular program about 2 years ago. I did it for 4 months following it pretty strictly.  Following the diet (but I was always hungry) doing the daily exercises (but I never progressed far with certain ones because they bothered my joints). I lost 12 lbs in 4 months.  Then I injured my back at work.  within 2 months I had gained it all back and then some.  I’m not good at meal prepping.

Well after the “pants incident” I knew I needed to do something I just didn’t know what.  Then Tryazon sent me an email that peaked my interest.  Apply for the Personal Trainer Food Challenge.  I read about it and said, you know what this just might work for me. I applied and they chose me.  I even get to bring my brother Derek from the blog Help Me I’m a Father along for the ride. We’re teammates now whether he likes it or not lol.

I got to choose my food and I was excited about the choices I had.  No meal prepping! When my box was delivered it was absolutely stuffed with food and their sweet butter garlic sauce.

 

I got to choose from things like: teriyaki chicken, chicken tenders, angus burgers, sausage, meatballs, and more. Y’all I can have bacon!   The top thing that really appealed to me was NO MEAL PREP.  I just go in my freezer, choose what I want to eat, heat it up, enjoy!  I’m on my 3rd day so far.  The meals are filling I DON’T FEEL HUNGRY! This is the first eating plan I’ve been on where I didn’t feel hungry. Sometimes I don’t even know if I can finish my whole meal. I can eat unlimited amounts of meat, veggies, eggs, and even diet soda if I want.  So what’s the down side?  No sugar, no carbs, like …at all.  But honestly, the meals are so filling I don’t even miss it so far.

So this is my photo before I started the PTF Challenge.  What do I hope to accomplish in 28 days?  I would love to see a reduction in my midsection, thighs, and butt.  I’m not asking for miracles just for my current pants to be a little more loose.  I’d like to break bad habits. I’d like to have a little more energy. I’d like to see my face less round.  I’d like to see a few pounds down.  If I’m dreaming I’d like to lose 20 lbs but I’d be happy with even 5 or 10 when it’s over.

There is no strenuous or non-joint friendly exercises. Walk 20 minutes per day is what they want.  I love walking.  I actually did a 33 minute walk today according to my fitbit.  Lots of places to go for support. The Personal Trainer Food Support facebook group lets you ask questions and find encouragement. I opted into the Personal Trainer Food text message support which sends friendly reminders, encouragement, and achievable challenges.

I also signed up for The Biggest Loser Challenge at my workplace with some great coworkers who jumped on board.  Accountability, goals, good food. That’s going to go a long way.

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