Monday, December 18, 2017

Monday Morning Mashup. {Paintball & More Parties}

Happy Monday, friends!  Can you believe we are only ONE WEEK away from Christmas!?!!  I have every intention of soaking in every single second of what's left of this holiday season.  My deadlines have all been met (work-wise) and now I plan on enjoying at least one full week with zero work responsibilities.

Friday afternoon, I finished up ALL MY ORDERS!!  I even chased our mailman across the culdesac to hand off my final three packages.  He laughed because he knew I was getting really close to being finished and could tell I was desperate to unload the last of them!  I just have to say that my mailman is just plain awesome.  He never makes me feel like I'm a pain in the butt with all the packages that he has to pick up on my porch every day.  He doesn't even care if I officially schedule a pick up online the night before like I'm technically supposed to do.  

I will say that I caught one of the substitute mail carriers talking about me on our doorbell camera one day though! I got the alert that someone was at my door so I turned it on so I could hear.  She was on her phone and she walked up to the door and said something like, "Hang on. (big sigh)  This lady's always got all these damn packages!"  Hahaha!  #sorrynotsorry

When the boys came home from school on Friday, I was waiting for them at the door.  I was all "Hey!  I'm finished working!  Let's hang out!  Let's snuggle!  How was school?! What'd you do today?" and they were all:  "Hi Mom!  Bye Mom! We're going to Ben's."  And that was that.


So I did something else fun and wrapped some presents, cleaned my workroom and finished putting up a few more decorations that I'd been meaning to get to.  

Friday night after the boys were in bed, I cozied up in my spot on the couch and finally started to address my Christmas cards while I watched Christmas Inheritance on Netflix.  Craig got home while I was doing this and was pretty darn impressed with that fire I had going.

Saturday morning, we were off to a Paintball Party for one of the boys' friends.  Matthew and Mason had never done this before so they weren't quite sure what to expect.  And I was nervous this would end with tears.

Loaded up and ready to go!

Our neighborhood gang.

My reindeer shirt is sold out but there are some really cute ones here!  And oh my poor hair.  Split-end city, y'all.  It's getting cut on Thursday.

The boys had fun until they got hit one too many times and then they were over it.  Matthew ended up with a bruise on his stomach and he also got hit in the throat.  :(  He held it together until we got in the car and then had a small meltdown because it hurt so bad.  I cannot stand to see my babies hurt so needless to say, I'm not a fan of paintball.

This was Mason 10 minutes into our ride home...

Paintballin' is no joke!

When we got home the boys ran to check on Doodah.  They found him that morning like this...

...and when they got home he had done this!  #magic

That night Craig and I left the boys with a sitter and met Narci and her hubby, Rob, for dinner at Harvest in downtown Mckinney.  Then we all headed off to our friend's ugly sweater party!

And yes.  Craig's sweater is not a typical "ugly" sweater.  He waited too late to find one.  I had been so busy with work stuff that I told him awhile back it was on him to run to Target or Walmart or wherever and get one.  So he waited three hours before the party and of course, Walmart was out and/or didn't have any in a big man size.

He told me was going to try Tom Thumb too.  I didn't even think about it at the time but Tom Thumb??  Shocked he didn't find one at the grocery store...  hahaha  ;)

So we decided to just pull out a sweater that could be considered ugly (he's had it for 10 years...).  When he got to the party, he threw on a Christmas lights necklace and called it good.  We don't sweat the small stuff.

Our awesome hostess, Jill, had this cute backdrop all set up so we snapped a few pictures in front it.  We didn't have the best photographer though.  (Ha!  Sorry, Brian!)

And Narci and I had fun with some of the props.  I just love her!!

When we got home, I went upstairs to check on the boys and had to snap a picture of Mason sound asleep with his Ellie.  This is his little lovey that he's been attached to since he was a tiny baby.  Just when I think there is no baby left in him at all, I see this and realize that he really is only 7.  He may be all rough and tumble 90% of the time and pretty independent but he still has to have his ratty old elephant to sleep at night.  Be still my heart.

Sunday was pretty dull.  I did all the chores I've been meaning to do for a very long time.  Emptied toy boxes, tossed a lot of junk, cleared out junk drawers and ordered groceries.  It was oddly satisfying. :)

Tomorrow I'll be back with my second product review!  I'm reviewing a makeup and skincare line that was sent to me from my college roommate and once again, I was super happy that I liked it!  I've turned down a few offers to review things that I knew I wouldn't love or didn't fit well with my blog.  But skincare and makeup are right up my alley.  :)

And in case you missed last week's product review, you can find it here!  It was the "magic" coffee review.  I love the energy to do #allthethings but what I'm loving most is that it has squashed my cravings and killed my appetite.  I will never say "This will 100% work for you the same way it did for me" because we are all different.  We all react differently to things.  But the majority of the people who have tried the samples are telling me the same things.  Not all.  But the majority for sure.  You can go here and order a 3 day sample pack for just a few dollars to see what you think.

If you ordered samples, they are taking a week or so to arrive so they are on their way!  I can't wait to see how everyone likes it!  

So that's it for today!  If you missed last week's Friday Favorites you can find that HERE.  

Have a great day!

Linking up with Heather for Hello Monday!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Favorites #38

This will be me today by 3pm.

Or maybe this.

Whhhhhhyyyyy you ask???  

Because I only have FIVE orders left.  F.I.V.E.  Three signs and 2 glitter-dipped coffee tumblers. #ithoughtthisdaywouldnevercome

 I had right at 150 orders when I decided it was time to close it down for the holidays.  And 150 orders equals about 450+ separate items.  So yeah, I'm pretty pumped.  :)

My stress level has been at an all-time high the past few weeks so I intend to enjoy every single minute of my free time before I have to get back to work in a couple of weeks.  

And by the way, if I'm making it seem like I hate my business...I don't at all.  I really love it.  REALLY love it.  It's just crazy during the holidays.  I know I'll be itching to get back to it before I know it.  New products are being added as well which is always fun!  Like these stainless steel wine tumblers that can be personalized AND they come with a matching straw.  #sofun #andpractical

And this little beauty!

I'll reopen next week but orders might not ship until after the holidays.  There will be an official 1-2 week turnaround time which means it could ship out 2 weeks after you order at the latest.  But most likely, it will be much much sooner.

Find my shop HERE and "favorite" it so you'll be able to find it!

So after that little detour, it's time to get back to regularly scheduled programming.  It's Friday so that means Friday Favorites with my girls Andrea, Erika and Narci D!

We had the best time at our annual Parade of Lights in downtown Mckinney last Saturday! I recapped it all in Monday's post.  My kids are already asking when the 4th of July parade is...  hmmm... #thinkaboutitboys

These girls are definitely favorites.

And this little family of mine is my all-time favorite.  :)  I can't wait to smother them with ALL my attention starting tomorrow afternoon! They are going to be so over me real quick.  Haha.  #idontcare #imadeyou

You guys, I (shamefully) LIVE in pajama pants.  Or lounge pants. Or whatever I can call them to make myself feel better.  I just own it now.  But to be fair, I paint and glitter stuff all day long.  I paint my signs sitting on the floor so I need something comfy that can get a little paint splattered.  Which means #allthecomfypjpants.

I can't exactly do that in skinny jeans.

A couple of years ago, I bought a pair of these "lounge pants" (whatever) from a Facebook boutique.  And I fell in love, big time. I immediately ordered them in another print.

Since then I've ordered two other pairs.  Because they are THAT good.  #ineededfourpairs

So last night I was browsing Amazon looking for gifts for my mom and these popped up!!  I had no idea you could buy these on Amazon!!  And in 19 different prints!!  

I seriously felt like I had just hit the jackpot.  I immediately ordered another pair because I felt like I deserved it. ;)  And for the price, I didn't even feel bad.  Plus, I wear them almost every day (ok, every day) so yeah, they are definitely worth the $16!

You need some of these girls!!  At least one pair.  Or even two.  I was lying when I said I ordered one more pair.  I actually ordered two.  They are just that comfy!!

They run a tiny bit small. I actually have them in both medium and large but my mediums are a little bit tight in the booty.  So I tend to grab my larges more often.  They are also a little long on me (I'm 5'5") which I don't mind at all but for you taller girls, they will be perfect!
And I think they get softer each time I wash them.

Bottom line.  I'm a huge fan.  You will be too.  Find them HERE.

I am still looking for Christmas presents for my people.  Are y'all??  Amazon is my best friend at the moment.  Anything that says it can get here next day is my favorite.  So the other day I was browsing toys and games and saw this.

You probably know by now that I LOVE funny memes.  So this game was a MUST HAVE!!  We usually have a little New Years Eve party here at the house and it's a tradition for the adults to play some kind of board game while the kids destroy the upstairs.  This will be so fun!

Someone picks a card with a picture.  (Like a house on fire.)  Then everyone looks at their cards of funny one-liners and chooses the saying that would make the meme the funniest.  Funniest meme wins a point!  This has my name written all over it.

If you need a fun game to play with family or friends this holiday season, be sure to check this one out!  Find it HERE.

My last Favorite is my "magic" coffee review from Tuesday!  Did you see it?  Y'all, this was my first official product review and I couldn't have asked for a better one.  I love this stuff and over the week I got several more messages of people who had tried their samples and loved it as well!  





I always get nervous recommending a product like this!  I know we are all different and things can affect us all in different ways so every time I got a new message or a new order, I was just relieved I wasn't the only one experiencing the effects.  

But if you missed this coffee review, even if you aren't a coffee drinker, go check it out here.  I feel like a broken record but I really couldn't believe that I felt the energy, the appetite suppression and the boost in my mood all within that first sample.  I've been given samples of a ton of different products before.  But it's always one of those things where you can't really tell a difference with just one sample.  You always need to use it for MONTHS before you start to notice anything.  This is not like that at all.  You'll know within a sample or two if it works for you or not.  And you can get a 3 day supply for less than $5 here.

I hope it works for you! You can find the ingredients and all the other info on my website HERE.

And several of you have reached out to ask about joining the company yourself.  Feel free to email me at for more info. Bottom line:  $50 to join.  No going inactive or monthly quotas.  And no talking your friends into spending their hard earned money on something that may not work for them.  Let them sample it and then they can decide if they love it or not.  No hard feelings anywhere. :)

So that's it for today, friends!  We've got plans this weekend that include paintball, a double date with some of our favorite friends and an ugly sweater party! So fun! It would also be nice if I finally got my Christmas cards addressed.  That is such a CHORE.  

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!  Christmas will be here before we know it so be sure to soak it all in while you can!  It's gone by way too fast already for me.  I'm hoping it slows down now that I can really enjoy it.

And as always, you can find me on Instagram @amandanall and @thatinspiredchick (etsy page).  And on Facebook HERE.

Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Magic Coffee Review.

Ok friends!  Today I'm bringing y'all a review!  It's my first official review on this blog.  Meaning someone provided me a product in return for a review.  #bloggerperks

To be clear on this whole thing, just because I agree to do a review, doesn't mean I'm going to give it all the praise.  I think you guys know by now that I keep it pretty real around here (probably a little too real sometimes...) so I hope you know you can trust me when it comes to product reviews and recs.

Here's what I reviewed.

Revital U Brew.  It's a coffee that promises increased energy that lasts all day, controls your appetite and cravings, promotes weight loss and is a mood booster.

So here's how this whole thing got started.

The other day I had a mom friend reach out to me about doing a review on my blog of this coffee she sells. I was pretty hesitant at first because I would hate to not like the product and then have to give it an honest review. #awkward

I told her I was pretty picky about my coffee. I can't drink it black. I stick to lattes or that premixed iced mocha coffee from the store in addition to Hershey's Chocolate and Caramel creamer. (OMG so good. Tastes like a Yoo-hoo and is so bad for me I'm sure.)

But she said I can mix this coffee with anything (protein shakes, smoothies, hot chocolate...anything) so I told her sure. She said it will give you amazing energy, boost your mood and suppress your appetite and help with weight loss. (She is my size and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks...Uhhh yeah!!) Which all sounds AMAZING!! But will it really do these things?? I've tried other products that claim to do the same and they did the exact opposite for me. I was nervous.
She brought me over a tub of it and the next day I tried it (mixed into my iced coffee/yoohoo drink). And HOLY COW, PEOPLE. I am a total skeptic when it comes to stuff like this. But seriously. ONE sample was all it took to feel the effects. I had that happy, feel good, get-it-all-done-right-now energy and it completely knocked out my appetite until dinner. And even then, I ate about half of what I normally do. I took it for 3 days straight and PURPOSELY skipped on Thanksgiving because I wanted to be hungry! haha And then I got back right to drinking it daily.
This stuff is LEGIT.
My BFF from childhood dropped by my house that week and when she was about to leave I handed her two samples and told her she had to try this.  She loves stuff like this and is always up for trying something new.  I also might add in that she's a vet who works long hours.  She's also a little type A so she likes to get stuff done.
Anyway, this was her text to me the next day.
She placed an order right after that.
And yes, after I realized how easy it is to hand out samples of this stuff and then let people come to me if they want more (and they almost always do), I decided to get out of my comfort zone a little and become an "influencer".  
Y'all, this was just supposed to be a simple product review!  And somehow I ended up signing up almost immediately to sell it because I'm not really selling it.  I'm just handing out samples, sending samples or telling people where they can get samples at for under $5.  And then letting them try it on their own and decide if they like it or not.  I'm not left feeling guilty because someone might get stuck with something that may or may not work for them because they already know whether or not it works for them!  It seriously works that fast.
"I hate coffee.  How can I hide the flavor?"
If you hate coffee, I'd suggest going the hot chocolate route.

This was my "coffee" yesterday morning.

I steamed my milk in my latte maker because I was feelin' fancy.  (But you can just pop it in the microwave for a minute or so too.)   I prefer my hot chocolate made from milk, not water.  So much better.  Then I added in a packet of Swiss Miss hot chocolate, a scoop of my coffee and topped it with those little marshmallows.

It tastes just like hot chocolate.

This stuff is also pretty amazing.  I LOVE this cold coffee that I get at the store and this Hershey's creamer...Heavenly.  So I just added my scoop of magic coffee to the mix.

I could barely taste much of a difference.  It was still delicious. To be honest, these drinks taste more like chocolate milk or a Yoo-Hoo than they do coffee.  #sogood #somuchsugar #idontcare

How does it make you feel?

The first day I drank it, I took my drink upstairs (the one above) and got to work on orders for the day.

About 30  minutes after I'd started sipping on this little concoction, I started noticing a few things.  

I felt much more alert and I felt happy.  I was just in a really good, blissful mood.

 Within an hour, I started to feel what I can only describe as "zippy".   I was completely focused, I was feeling super energetic but NOT in a bad, spastic, crazy way.  I wasn't jittery.  My heart wasn't beating out my chest.  I wasn't having palpitations.  I was just on an energy high. And I was doing ALL THE THINGS.

I worked steadily for the rest of the morning and just kept thinking to myself, "What the heck!  This stuff is AWESOME!  My friends will want this!!"

Around 3:00, I realized that I hadn't eaten a THING all day.  This was not on purpose.  I was just in the zone and usually, I just listen to my stomach and stop working when I get hungry.  But I just wasn't hungry.  At all.

Another thing I realized was that I never hit the wall like I normally do every day around 3pm.  I tend to want to stop and just drop my head on my keyboard and take a nap around 3 but that day my eyes weren't tired and drooping and I was completely awake and focused.  #whatisthissorcery

By 8pm, I still wasn't hungry but once I got the boys into bed and it was time for me to wrap it all up for the night, I did hit a wall.  And I crashed.  Hard.

The good news is that it was 8pm so it was fine to crash.  But I still asked Rebecca about it.  She reminded me that I needed to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated or I will crash.  I had forgotten that.  I'd also barely eaten anything all day so I'm sure that didn't help.

So after that I remembered to drink more water (I didn't go crazy with it) and I forced myself to eat a little something around lunch even though I was not hungry AT ALL.  Do you realize how much easier it is to make healthy food choices though when you aren't starving or craving something in particular?  I was starting to understand how people were losing weight on this!

I drank it for the next couple of days and my energy leveled off into this constant, steady, high energy that lasted all day.  I didn't crash again and if I started to feel just the slightest bit tired, I'd down some water and be back up to great.  My body adjusted perfectly to it.

The appetite suppressor in this stuff is no joke.  I realized that if I took it on Thanksgiving I wasn't going to be hungry for anything.  So I skipped it that day just so I could eat and enjoy!  But the effects must carry over into the next day because for the first time ever, I did not pig out on Thanksgiving.  Whoa.

Will you become immune to the effects?

I've been drinking this coffee almost every single day since Thanksgiving though.  I've been asked if the effects start to wear off over time (like 3 weeks down the road will it still work) and I have to say that although I don't get the same zippy feeling I got the first time or two that I drank it, it's almost better now because my energy level goes up and then stays that way the entire day.  In my head, I'm picturing this chart where a line shoots up at 45 degrees and then levels off into a super straight line. That's how I feel.

As for the appetite suppressor, I am never hungry for lunch anymore.  I'm barely hungry for dinner.   And I've lost 4-5 pounds.  I haven't had a craving for anything at all since the day I started.  I haven't noticed a change in the appetite suppressor aspect at all.  Still rock solid.  :)

And as for my mood...  There is an ingredient in the coffee that they call "nature's Prozac" and I totally get why.  Since I've started drinking it, my mood is 10x better than what it normally is.  I'm still stressed but my mood feels lighter and happier.  But I think I noticed this effect the most this past Saturday.  

Saturday I forgot to drink my coffee for the first time in at least a week and THAT is when I could really tell what a difference it was making for me.  I was in a mood practically all day.  And not a good one. Plus I was tired and just wanted to take a nap.  And I ate all the mint M&Ms.  So basically a normal Saturday before the magic coffee days. ;)

This may sound like PMS but these "symptoms" weren't there the day before or the day after when I DID drink the coffee.

What's in this stuff? 

I'm not even going to try and type out all the big words that I can't pronounce here but you can see all the ingredients and what they do by going to my website here for the quick version or the extended version here It's right on the main page.  I've done my research on the ingredients. I feel very comfortable with the ingredients.

For the record, Rebecca told me that before she started selling it she had her friend who is a Pharmacist look over the ingredients first to make sure there wasn't anything harmful in there.  Her friend gave the all clear and was really impressed by them.  And her friend sells a similar product too and said it would probably work even better than that.  (It does.  I've tried both products and it was no contest.)

And for those of you wondering how much caffeine is in this coffee, here's your answer.  100mg.

I googled to see how much caffeine is in a regular cup of coffee and it says 120mg (although another site said 95mg) and K-cup coffee having anywhere from 100-140mg.

Caffeine affects everyone differently so it's impossible for me to guarantee how you'll feel after you drink this.  But so far, I have had no complaints.  (Although, maybe the complainers wouldn't message me about it because they are too nice?)


So here's the bottom line. 

Does this stuff work? 

 YES.  I was shocked too.  Trust me.

I am a huge skeptic when it comes to practically everything that promises to help me lose weight/gain energy/erase wrinkles/blah blah blah.  But even still, I usually end up trying them only to end up disappointed or irritated because everyone tells me I need to give it a few months to see results.  I am an impatient person.  I don't like handing over my money in hopes that in 3 months maybe I'll notice a small difference.

But with ONE SINGLE SAMPLE of this stuff, I was able to feel the difference.  I was bubbling with energy but NOT in a crazy way.  My mood was most definitely boosted and my appetite was non-existent.  Score.

I've waited a little longer to post this than I normally would have just because I wanted to hear back from friends of mine who I sent samples to.  Here are a few of their texts/messages that have come in.  

I've also talked to several in person (so I don't have documented proof of this but I promise I'm not lying...haha) who have said they love it, that they can feel the appetite suppressor effects even into the next day, that they had amazing energy but not the bad kind and I've even had a few people ask about selling it too because again, with just a sample, you can tell if it works or not!  

I know this stuff is AWESOME and has worked for me.  No, it's not going to cure cancer or diabetes or make your teeth whiter.  But it WILL give you good energy, make you happy and knock out your cravings.

And before I go, I feel like I want to address the fact that yes, this is a network marketing company.  I know they can get a bad wrap a lot of times.  But if I had found this at Walmart, I'd be telling you all about it so I thought, why not.  And I'm not planning on becoming a crazy coffee lady.  I tried not to sound too cliche throughout the whole thing because that can just be annoying, right?  These are my real life stories and my real life friends and their real life experience with it.  So please don't let the fact that it's network marketing company turn you off before you've had a chance to try it.  And I promise not to join a coffee cult.  ;)

So if you'd like to order a 3-day sample, it's so easy and cheap!  Go HERE, click on Shop All Products and grab them for just $4.87.  (Basically just covers the cost of shipping.)

And if you'd like to purchase a full tub (30 day supply) you can.  Preferred customers get a discount and it just means you will be on auto-ship.  I feel like auto-ship can be the devil for some things but for coffee, which you drink every day, it just works.  But you totally don't have to do that.  And you can change when you'd like your auto-ship to come too.  (Sooner or later.)

UPDATE:  I got several questions this morning through email and messages asking about the company and how much it is to sign up.  So here's the quick rundown for those of you who are interested.  

This company is a direct sales/network marketing company.  But they are NEW which means the market is completely saturated yet.  The just launched in September!  AND the company is based out of Frisco, TX which is pretty much across the street from me.  (I think they ship from Fort Worth though.)  I thought that was pretty cool. 

You can sign up for $49.99.  No monthly or quarterly quotas or going inactive.  For $50 you'll get your own website to send all your own friends too!  If it wasn't easy, I wouldn't do it.  But my friends are major coffee lovers and are all busy and tired mamas.  So it was kind of a no-brainer for me.  Especially since it works right off the bat.  (Or doesn't maybe for some people.  But at least they'll know before they make a purchase.)

If you have questions, I'm only an email away!  Or join my Facebook group for this blog to connect easier!  

REVITAL U BREW:  THUMBS WAY UP.  You came out of nowhere, magic coffee. ;)

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