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Monday, March 31, 2014

Loot Crate Unboxing - TITAN!

Here is March's Loot Crate unboxing! On time, Yay!

 For those of you who don't know what Loot Crate is. It's a monthly subscription box, full of geek and gamer products. You receive 6-8 awesome products in each box, and they're guaranteed to have a value of $30 or more ( for the box ). They ship to the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. You can choose, 1 month plan, 3 months or 6 months. ( My husband and I have a monthly subscription ). 
Cost of box $13.37 + $6 shipping

This months crate theme was TITAN." It's all about the gods of war- from manga to xbox One"

I love the little magazine ( info booklet ) that is included in the Loot Crate .
It has an exclusive look at the new game Titanfall, which in my opinion looks pretty awesome.
In this month's crate is :

Exclusive Titanfall T-Shirt
I love this t-shirt, being as I kept the shirt from last month's LootCrate, I figure it's only fair that my husband gets this one. It looks better on him anyways. :)

Attack on Titan Manga: 1
I was not familiar with Manga until my husband told me about it when I saw this in the box.
Not really my kind of thing though, so hubby gets to read it and tell me all about it. It's read in reverse but it's English and has lots of bonus content not seen in the series.

Titanfall C101 Lanyard
I love cool looking lanyard's, going to put my keys on this one for sure.

Attack on Titan- Scouting Regiment Wristband:

I'm not big on wearing wristbands, but it is cool.

Attack on Titanfall Magnet:
I love this magnet, it's already on our fridge. Now to keep the little munchkin from ripping it off .

 Also included for those of you who bought Titanfall, is a Titanfall Premium Strategy Eguide

There are also two candies in the box that were bonus items for St.Patrick's Day and a bonus collectible pin.

I really enjoyed this Loot Crate probably because I have been following all the hype about Titanfall lately. Absolutely LOVE the t-shirt.

If you'd like to sign up for Loot Crate go here. Refer friends also and get $5 off your crate !
Do you subscribe to Loot Crate?
What did you think of this month's box?


Friday, March 21, 2014

Lavazza Drip Coffee Review - BzzAgent

I'm happy to say that I'm a BzzAgent.It's a website that offers campaigns ( free products ) in exchange for reviews, and  media sharing. Here is the link to the website: BzzAgent .
I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Lavazza Drip Coffee Campaign, which was awesome because I love coffee.
I received the following in the kit :

  • A FREE 12 oz bag of Lavazza Gran Aroma Specialty Drip Coffee
  • A FREE 12 oz bag of Lavazza Gran Selezione Specialty Drip Coffee
  • A travel mug for you
  • $4-off coupons to share with other coffee drinkers
  • Lavazza magnets to pass along, too
  • An Italian Gestures Game for your Passion Party 
 I was beyond excited when I picked this up from the post office!

Lavazza is known as Italy's favourite coffee and they have been around since 1895. Click here  for Lavazza's history.
They come in a wide variety of blends/ flavours. The four that this campaign offered were the NEW specialty Drip Coffees:

  •  Gran Aroma -  A highly aromatic blend for the true coffee connoisseur. 
  • Classico -A rich and full-bodied flavour, bringing Italian Passion to your everyday ritual. 
  • Gran Selezione -A 100% fine Arabica, 100% sustainably grown blend. 
  • Perfetto -The ideal choice for those who love the pure pleasure of espresso roasts. 
Click here to see all the blends that they offer.

I received Gran Aroma, and Gran Selezione.

Gran Aroma is their mildest blend, and personally out of the two that I sampled, I LOVE the Gran Aroma.
It's not super strong, but it is full of flavour and doesn't leave any bad aftertaste that I find a lot of coffee's do.
I also noticed that it is so finely ground that it looks like cocoa powder, not huge grains like a lot of store bought coffees.

The Gran Selezione wasn't my favourite; however on their intensity scale it's a 5/5. It also says there are some chocolatey undertones, I didn't really taste any, but I have only brewed it once so far.
I prefer Lavazza coffee over our reguler ( Maxwell) by far.
Once I use up the two bags I received I will definitely be buying more. I'll probably buy another bag of Gran Aroma, and maybe try Classico instead of the Gran Selezione.( Selezione is for coffee drinkers who prefer a stronger, more intense coffee) It was good, just not for me.

 Lavazza's website also has some recipes on there, specifically a coffee cake recipe!
Overall, my experience with this brand was great, and they definitely have a new customer/fan of their product.
For info go to Lavazza's website.  I recommend this brand for any coffee lover out there.
Have you ever tried Lavazza? If so, what do you think about it?

*Disclaimer* I received this product complimentary through BzzAgent, and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

February's Loot Crate- Warriors

My husband and I subscribed to Loot Crate in January. I have watched a bunch of unboxing videos and reviews, and the inner geek in my husband and I, wanted our own Loot Crate to unbox.

For those of you who don't know what Loot Crate is. It's a monthly subscription box, full of geek and gamer products. You receive 6-8 awesome products in each box, and they're guaranteed to have a value of $30 or more ( for the box ). They ship to the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. You can choose, 1 month plan, 3 months or 6 months. ( My husband and I have a monthly subscription )
This is a late post, and I only took one picture of this month's Crate; however next month I will take more and have it posted in time.

I did look at spoilers before opening my box. It was themed Warriors, and I am not familiar with Bravest Warrior, so I had to do some research on this one.

I apologize for the lack of pictures.

Included in the crate is:

Alpha Battle T-shirt:
I love this t-shirt, it has a bunch of popular game characters on it.

Bravest Warriors Bow Tie:
I don't really know what Bravest Warriors are, and I don't have a use for this bow tie, although I have thought of using it in my little one's hair.

GPS Cinch Bag:
I was unsure about this bag until I realized it's a Bravest Warriors bag lol.
I love bags like this, and use them to carry stuff around anytime we take a trip.

Dunny Sideshow or Bot Blind:
I love collectable's like this. I want to collect them all, same goes for the Pop Vinyl Figures.

Bacon Love Card:
 I forgot to add it into the picture, at the time my little one was walking around with it, because.... who doesn't love bacon?! It was a little late for Valentine's Day; but still a cute sentiment.

 Bravest Warriors Digital Comic, and Bravest Warriors Sticker:
I'm going to have a collection of all these awesome themed stickers on one of my walls, sooner or later.

This wasn't my favourite Loot Crate; however I've only ordered two so far. March's theme is TITANS, and I'm excited because it includes another epic t-shirt!
For just under $20, it was definitely worth it. I LOVE Loot Crate and look forward to this months.
 If you're interested in signing up and learning more, click my link here . If you refer a friend ( 4 in total, you get a month FREE )

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Weightloss Update- Day 23

Things have been hectic lately, so I haven't had time to update since my last post.
I'm now on day 23 of my 90 day challenge with Visalus. ( I have had two cheat days total, and after them I felt horrible)
I am down 5lbs.
I've been doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred a couple of days a week. This week, I'm doing it 5 days in a row with Saturday off.
I will post a weightloss before and after picture on Day 30,60 and 90 of course.
I'm not seeing any big changes yet, although I do feel WAY better,
I've been drinking one Visalus shake a day, and cutting out processed and sugary foods. ( Eating clean)
I drink a ton of water during the day and I find that I'm more alert, and I'm no longer sleepy in the mornings when waking up at dawn with our daughter.
I have more energy and can stay up later.
I found a couple of good Visalus shake recipes on Pintrest lately, and so far my favourite has been the coffee one.
Here are the three I've been making the most :

The combinations are limitless. If you'd like to join me on my 90 day challenge, contact me. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. I will be a better and healthier me for myself, our daughter and my husband.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lifestyle Change - Weightloss- 90 Day Challenge

You read it right.... I started my weightloss/ 90 day challenge! I woke up a week ago and said to myself that I'm tired of being overweight. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy last year, and haven't lost it all yet. I'm short, ( 5'1 ) so it looks worse on me, than on someone taller. I decided that it's a lifestyle change and not a diet. It is, I'm changing how I eat, and portions. I'm cutting out processed crap food ( yes it tastes amazing, but is horrible for me )I've started eating "clean" more veggies, lean meats ( turkey, chicken ) and fruits. Along with this I've been lucky enough to find an amazing woman who is helping me on my journey. I'm supplementing one meal a day with a Visalus shake. ( Protein shake ) and having healthy snacks in between, as well as working out. I've started doing Jillian Micheal's 30 Day Shred, and it's kicking my butt!
6 days ago I started. I will do weekly updates on how I'm feeling, what I'm eating, my workouts, and weightloss. I started this at 165lbs. I'm trying to get back down to my 120lbs. ( Pre pregnancy weight ) then from there, go down to 115lb. I know it's going to take a while and a lot of work, but with my husband supporting me the whole way, I can and will do it. I want to be healthier and have more energy for keeping up with our toddler. I just want to feel better in general.
90 day challenge is with Visalus . ( Click for website )

 Above is the shake powder, and some flavor packets. ( along with Welcome package and goal bracelet )
Second picture has Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip cookies, Energy drinks, Omega supplements and Metab Awake, as well as Visalus cereal, and some drink mix ins for a boost of energy, as well as more flavor packets.

I've been mixing my shake powder with Almond Milk and ice, 4oz. of coffee and cinnamon. ( So far it's my favorite one.)

There are so many shake combinations that I haven't tried yet, which is nice because I won't get bored.

I'm already feeling better and it's only day 6. I'm looking forward to the next 3 months and on, and to getting my body and energy back.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One Year Update, officially a toddler.

Our daughter is ONE year old! Oh my gosh,... where has the time gone? Here's a quick update.

Height/Weight: Our little one is 25lbs now, and is wearing size 5 diapers, but it depends on the brand.

Clothes Size: She is still wearing 12-18 month pants, shirts and sweaters, and sleepers ( she's really tall ). 12 months in onsies.

Sleeping: She wakes up 1 time during the night for a full 250ml bottle and a diaper change, then will go right back to sleep. She gets up every morning at 5am, like clockwork.

Eating:  She will have about 2 bottles during the day, 1 at night. Z will eat just about anything, that we put in front of her. Which makes me very happy, because growing up I was a very picky eater.

Milestones: She has 4 teeth, with 3 more coming in now. Before they were coming in one at a time, now they are coming in, in multiples. Poor little girl. She's drooling so much due to her teething, so I always have something cold for her to chew on and some baby Advil/Tylenol handy.

- She walks, but when she chooses. If she knows you're watching her, she will sit down.
- She crawls super fast 
-Stands on her own
-Dances to music
-Claps and waves to people
-Her new thing is to give us hugs and kisses, which is positively awesome.

She still amazes us every single day, and is such a fast learner. I've been trying to find mommy/daddy and toddler groups, so she can start interacting with kids her own age.... so far I haven't had any luck.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Officially a One Year old!

First of all, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone. We have been so busy that I haven't had time to post in a while.
Our little girl is ONE YEAR old! I can't believe it. Her birthday weekend, was awesome, but also exhausting..... who knew that birthday parties could be so tiring?

Our daughter received so many presents on Christmas, that we didn't want to overwhelm her on her birthday... we may have gone a tad over board for Christmas presents. Also since her birthday is a week after Christmas, we had to make sure we had everything for her birthday as well.
Let's just say that I learned something..... her second Christmas we will be buying items throughout the year and not all at once. That way it won't break the bank and we aren't rushing. Oh the things you learn as a first time parent.

For her birthday my husbands brother and best friend came down for the weekend.  The day of her birthday ( The third of January ) we ended up taking her out to lunch at Denny's. She had her own mini pizza and mashed potatoes, and I ordered stuff off the Hobbit themed menu. The Hobbit Hole Breakfast.

 After the breakfast/lunch, we went and did our running around. Got things for her actual birthday party, which was on Saturday. We ended up buying some Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for her to try with just immediate family once we got home. She face planted the cupcakes.... no hands required lol.
On Saturday, we got everything ready for her birthday. It was a cute Owl themed. I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted.... but I'm working on my photography skills lol. Her cake was an owl made out of cupcakes, it turned out really well. My dad made it for her, he's awesome at baking and cooking things like that. We had a spread of appetizers, veggie and meat and cheese trays. Family and close friends showed up. She ended up getting a turtle walker, $10 (which is going into her savings account ), some adorable outfits, a Sully Monsters Inc plush talking toy, a Glow Worm ( which sings at night ), a book about lions, which reminded me we have to get her The Lion King on dvd soon. She'll love the songs in it. She also got some ABC blocks, a Blue hippo with balls that it bounces, a picnic set that talks and sings. I haven't even listed her Christmas gifts. She had a cupcake off her cake... didn't really smash it, she was too busy feeding my aunt and uncles dog and wandering around visiting everyone. She was so tuckered out that she slept for a solid 7 hours after her party.

The wings were made with chocolate coins, it was so good. If she continues loving Toy Story as much as she does, I have a feeling her second birthday will be Toy Story themed.
That's all I have for now. Next post will be a 1 year update ( milestones, foods, etc )
It still blows me away that our daughter is officially a toddler.

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