Monday, September 26, 2016

Football Snacking w/ #Chobani Meze Dips!

I was NOT compensated for this post. All thoughts/opinions are my own. 

It's officially fall (even if it doesn't feel like it), and that means football! The pigskin and players are hitting the field, and fans everywhere are snacking. The most eaten snack during football games? Chips and dip.

As a runner and someone who is working hard to continue losing weight but loves the heck out of football, chips and dip are my kryptonite. Tortilla chips and guacamole are my favorite, though I won't completely say no to bread and cheese dip.

So this fall, when I watch a football game, I decided to snack a little healthier. I won't completely swap my tortilla chips because after all, in Texas, tortilla chips are a MUST for game snacking. But if I don't feel like I want tortilla chips but crave that crunchy salty taste, I will swap them out for carrots. I have already started using celery, tomatoes, and cucumber slices for my dips.

If you're looking for a little healthier snack idea for chips and dip, switch out chips, breadsticks, bread, and other not-so-healthy snackables for fruit and vegetables. Believe it or not, green beans (the long kind, not the canned kind) are a WONDERFUL back up for those who want that crunch and salty taste.

For those who want to replace the salty unhealthy dips, a great healthier alternative to regular dips is Chobani Meze Dips! Made with Greek Yogurt, real vegetables, and only natural ingredients, Chobani Meze Dips have 80% less fat and 65% fewer calories than the leading hummus. I love hummus, but with 80% less fat, you bet I would choose Chobani Meze Dips in a second!

Plus with flavors like Roasted Red Pepper, Three Pepper Salsa, Chili Lime, and Smoked Onion & Parmesan, it might just replace my guacamole. Okay, it won't but you have to admit, they sound good.

You can still eat healthy and have your football snacks too!
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Spend $10 and earn 2000 SB from Gamefly

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Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Gamefly where you get 2000 SB (which is the equivalent of $20 in gift cards) for signing up.

Gamely allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2000 SB by using this link throughout the rest of September!

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? This is a great way to do it, and when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of October. So that's $10 for trying Gamefly, which gets you 2300 SB, which you can turn into $23 worth of gift cards!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

#CreateAPepper and help Chili's & St. Jude's!

I was compensated for this post. However, all thoughts/opinions are my own.

Chili's and St. Judge's Research Hospital have teamed up to launch the annual #CreateAPepper campaign, benefiting The St. Jude School Program. The St. Jude School Program gives patients a way to focus on the future & schoolwork during their stay at the hospital. NOTE: This campaign ends Wednesday, September 21st!!

If you've been to Chili's lately, you may have noticed the #CreateAPepper campaign everywhere!

I decided to participate in the #CreateAPepper campaign & show you different ways you can help.

You can donate using the tabletop tablet and it will be directly added to your check. You have your choice of a $1, $5, or $10 donation.

You can also help make a difference by coloring in a pepper color sheet! Be sure to ask your server.

I knew I had to do one! (I'm not very good at coloring, but I thought it was pretty!)

If you want to help out more, you can purchase a promotional item.

If you REALLY want to make a difference, show up at your local Chili's tomorrow (Wednesday, September 21st) for St. Jude Day, where Chili's will donate at least $100,000 to St. Jude!

Together, we can make a difference for children fighting cancer.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

When You Have A Hormonal Imbalance

Women, in general, are sensitive creatures. We tend to feel emotions deeply. But if you start feeling EVERYTHING deeply all at once (and not just during your "monthly") and you feel like you have absolutely zero control over your emotions, it might be time to go see the doctor.

Back in July, I was sick for 2-3 weeks with back-to-back UTIs. I didn't know it at the time, but the stress from being sick for so long was causing a problem. After I THOUGHT I was healthy again, my moods were all over the place. Every little thing would set me off, make me so mad, I saw red, or make me cry buckets of tears, or I would get depressed I didn't think anything of it. I thought it was PMS.

As August came, I was under a lot more stress, which made my moods worse. It got so bad, I was either extremely angry with everyone or extremely depressed about life. There was no in-between. I couldn't control my emotions at all! I was only getting 2 hours of sleep a night, I had unintentionally lost weight, and I always seemed to be craving Butterfingers. I decided I had enough of the emotional roller coaster and went to the doctor.

I was diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance. The ongoing physical and mental stress was causing my hormones on every level to be out of whack. Because of this, I developed cysts on both ovaries, which didn't help matters. (Next week, I have to have an MRI to determine what kind they are.)

When you have a hormonal imbalance, it is important to ask questions. Research. Find out what you can do to make it easier to manage the mood swings. It is also important to help educate those closer to you. A hormonal imbalance doesn't go away overnight. They need to understand you may not always be able to control your emotions and that it's not personal. Find a supportive environment. You'll need it often.

Luckily for me, I have an understandingly patient support circle. Without them, I feel I would go absolutely insane - literally and figuratively!
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Join the Midway Team Challenge on @Swagbucks!

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What's your favorite part about county fairs? Is it the rides, the food, the games? I love it all!

Starting Monday, September 12th, Swagbucks invites you to participate in their Midway Team Challenge. Pre-registration starts today! How will you contribute? Watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online? These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you've never used Swagbucks before, it's a site where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. Now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it's an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 50 SB rebate.

The challenge lasts until September 16th so log on or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!

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