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Fun with Clear American Floats

August 20, 2011 By · 2 Comments

Here’s some more pictures of the kids having fun with their #ClearAmerican Floats. Enjoy the pictures. Once again the recipe is one Clear American Water of your choice from Walmart, ice cream (we prefer vanilla) and a cup. That’s it! I have discovered I do NOT like the strawberry ice cream with the strawberry waters. I do still love the wild cherry with vanilla ice cream though. How do you like it? By the way, my kids absolutely LOVE Clear American water, they ask for it every time we go to the stores and were very upset when we went to a different store and they didn’t have it.

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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study forCollective Bias, which is a vendor for Cott Beverages Inc., the manufacturer of Clear American ® brand beverages. All pictures, videos and opinions are mine and the kids’.


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Clear American Water Floats

August 18, 2011 By · No Comments

These past two weeks the kids have discovered a new treat that they absolutely love. I must admit that while they seem to love just about every flavor imaginable I do not. But I do like certain ones. So without further explanation I’ll just jump right to it. This week we were challenged to come up with a treat using Clear American Water. Now I don’t have an oven living in a hotel so any type of baking was out of the question, but it has been so hot and ice cream floats sounded so good when the kids came up with it that we just had to try it. Guess what? It works!

Recipe: (it is really simple)

1 pint (or whatever size) ice cream (we liked vanilla ice cream best)

1 Clear American drink (let them pick a favorite, my kids like the Key Lime, but I like wild cherry best)

1 cup

1 spoon

Directions: Plop two scoops or more of your ice cream in a cup and fill it up with Clear American. Now drop a spoon in and let your child have at it. It makes for a great summer drink.

Don’t forget to check out Clear American on Facebook or Follow Clear American on Twitter.

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, which is a vendor for Cott Beverages Inc., the manufacturer of Clear

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Living in a Nightmare

August 18, 2011 By · 4 Comments

Ever feel like you were having the best dream of your life and just didn’t want to wake up? Those are just great, you go back to bed every night trying to remember them and are able to live them for a bit.

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Have you ever had a nightmare and couldn’t wait to wake up? Imagine living that nightmare and no matter how much you try you just can’t wake up from it. You try everything you can to change the reality of it all. You are always told when you are facing nightmares you can control your dreams, but you can’t always do that in real life. There are some things you can control but the bad luck or whatever it is that seems to plague some of us are uncontrollable. You start to wonder what it is you did in life to deserve all the crap being dished your way. I always thought I was a good person but when I look at my life right now I can’t help but begin to doubt that. Since you can’t just control it you have to wait until your reality finally lets you move on.

That’s how my life has felt for the last few months. If something is bound to happen that isn’t good it’ll happen to me. Every time I turn around something else is getting thrown my way. No matter what, when I think I see a light at the end of this very dark tunnel someone blows it out and I’m left in the dark. I can’t help but wonder if this is some type of joke someone is playing on me, or if this is some really long nightmare that I just can’t wake up from. Either way it sucks and I’m exhausted from it. I wish to wake up in the morning and be in a different place. I don’t want this to be my reality.

Currently we are still living in hotels and it looks like we will be doing that until after Christmas. That should be bad enough right? Well the military recently messed up our life even more when they FORGOT to buy my husband’s ticket, now we are trying to figure out what to do now that he isn’t going. Long story short it’ll hurt us even more now. It doesn’t just stop there though, the scooter/moped got stolen so we’ve been driving the hubby to work every morning and son to football practice, etc. I also have to worry about my kids and the doctors have informed me that two of them may have something wrong. I won’t know yet until next month when they go back to the doctors but what they say scares the crud out of me. I was supposed to see my sister and her baby next month, not sure if it’ll happen. I will be calling the dentist to cancel some needed dental work due to life. This is just the “small” stuff as some would say. But all that stuff is like someone throwing hard curve balls at me and so far I’ve been able to duck but I’m getting to the point I don’t care if they hit me. I want out of this nightmare!

I want to look around at my kids playing in their backyard and sitting at the kitchen table for a family meal. I want them to be smiling for real not because they don’t want to show me that they are unhappy. I don’t want them to have to worry about where we’ll be or if we’ll have a real house. These are all the things a mom is suppose to do for their kids but I can’t even do that. I want my kids to smile for real, I want them to be happy. I don’t want them to ever have to worry about this type of stuff. Ever feel like you’ve failed somewhere? That’s where I am at right now. The rug was pulled and I’m just sitting here staring at the ceiling and wondering what will come next.

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Wordless Wednesday: First day of School Pics

August 17, 2011 By · No Comments

My oldest didn’t want me to take his picture as he is entering High School, my youngest begged for a photo even though he isn’t going to school yet. 😉

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Mamavation Monday is Back!

August 15, 2011 By · 3 Comments

Okay, I know I haven’t posted a Mamavation Monday post in like forever, but I want you to know I never gave up. Just a lot has been going on and I wasn’t focused on writing those posts every week, I did however continue to post my weekly updates on Facebook. For those of you that may not have me on Facebook just drop me a line and I’ll add ya.

So for the month of August I have decided I would not post weekly weight updates as I am trying NOT to look at the scale. So my last weight, regrettably was 197. That was on the 1st. This was a bit disappointing as it meant I had gained back some weight from when I ended Mamavation 8 campaign. But I won’t give up, in fact I still decided to do a 3K race called The Warrior Dash over the weekend. I wrote about the Warrior Dash in my last post if ya want to take a peek, there are even pictures. I am also waiting for word of whether I’ll be doing a fitness challenge this upcoming weekend, if so that’ll be some additional running, body pump and Zumba on one day. I’ve done it once and know I can do it again.

The last few months have been a bit scattered for a number of reasons, currently we are in a hotel which means my workout routine has been snagged a bit. But I am still going to do my Saturday Zumba classes and now that the kids are back in school (this week) I’m going to try to figure out a routine I can do with the youngest. Not sure what I’ll do yet. Good news is I haven’t totally messed up my eating habit, it just isn’t as good as I was doing. Got any advice? How have you been?

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