Day 5: #EASactive Update

So this will be a short update today but I did exercise today on day # 5 of my EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge and had to give a quick update so that you can stay motivated and I can too!

Today I had to visit the OBGYN for my annual and apparently my blood pressure is like 140/100 or 100/140 … I believe the 1st one is correct, either way it is HIGH and now I have to work on quitting smoking AGAIN as well as keeping up with my exercise routine and my friends on Twitter mentioned reduce my salt intake — the salt reduction will be the hardest for me honestly!

So as you can see my goals for burning calories has hit over 70% .. I am burning them off fast ….

EAS Active Reaching Fitness Goals

And next today was a short workout, as I wasn’t feeling so great after my appointment, I didn’t do running/walking on the track which is something that is built into almost every day’s exercise … just couldn’t handle it this morning with my blood pressure, sick kids and sick me!

Day 5 of 30 day EA Sports Active ChallengeSo tomorrow is my day of rest, there will be no day 6 update as there will be no exercising, unless I am completely wrong and it is a day of working out, shall check that again later since my brain isn’t working so well today!

Make it a Happy Day!

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Giveaway: Crayola Lights, Camera, Color

I am super excited to be sharing this with you, today I have a review and giveaway for Crayola’s Lights, Camera, Color, a new application over at and this is sponsored by My Blog Spark. I received a free Crayola Crayon tower as a thank you for opting in to share this giveaway and review with you.


Crayola’s Lights, Camera, Color turns family photo memories into a coloring book for your children to remember those families times after coloring the picture anyway they choose. Some facts about Crayola’s Lights, Camera, Color:

  • Crayola’s “Lights, Camera, Color,” the only application of its kind for kids, was created to bring online and offline creativity together to inspire kids to color and create in a whole new way!
  • The kid-friendly, easy-to-use online application at allows children to upload their digital photos and transform them into unique coloring pages, then add fun designs and pictures that turn them into totally customized creations.
  • Specially-marked Crayola crayon boxes (48, 64, 96, 120-ct. as well as the 150-ct. Crayon Tower) will include a code that lets you print custom coloring pages. Kids and moms can try out the application for free online at at anytime, but a code is required to print out the personalized coloring pages. Each code found in 64-count boxes and larger is good for six months of unlimited prints. The 48-count box has a code that is good for three months of unlimited prints.

I am excited to offer you a special one-day pass so you can experience the magic of “Lights, Camera, Color” for yourself: PRT77F3S

And now for the giveaway:

One lucky reader will win Crayola 150-count Telescoping Crayon TowerCrayola 150-count Telescoping Crayon Tower that comes with a code to gain access to the Crayola Lights, Camera, Color application to test for yourself.

Giveaway starts today and ends November 20th

Enter to win, each counts as one entry, and you must leave a separate comment for each to count as more than one entry:

  • Head over and become a fan of Crayola on Facebook (leave one comment with your profile name)
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Make it a Happy Day!

Disclosure: I did receive one Crayola 150-count Telescoping Crayon TowerCrayola 150-count Telescoping Crayon Tower from My Blog Spark and Crayola for participating in this giveaway/review. The opinions set forth are that of my own and I was not paid for a review, nor did I receive any compensation for this review/giveaway post.

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Thanksgiving at PBS Sprout

I am part of the PBS Sprout Band of Bloggers, and I get to share with you special happenings at PBS Sprout, today I am sharing with you their Thanksgiving Special that will happen on Thanksgiving morning. Sproutlets can call into the show and say why they are thankful.

Are you looking for some kid friendly craft ideas to do with the kids to celebrate Thanksgiving? You can visit PBS Sprout and see some great Thanksgiving Craft Ideas, if you complete any of these please share them with me, I would love to see pictures of parents and children doing craft time together. Craft time is important because it helps your child be creative, use their imagination and spending time with your children is a great activity for both you and your child.

Beginning November 23rd, PBS Sprout will begin the on-screen crawl from sproutlet viewers saying what they are thankful for, what is your child thankful for? They may enter a message by visiting PBS Sprout online to enter their thankful message.

Don’t have PBS Sprout channel available in your area? Call your cable or satellite provider and say Sprout Please.

Make it a Happy Day!

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Free Prints Package from Shutterfly

Just received a cool announcement from Amazon! You can be eligible to receive free prints package from Shutterfly!

Purchase any qualifying product from Amazon and you will receive a gift code for 55 free prints —

  • 50 – 4×6″
  • 4 – 5×7″
  • 1 – 8×10″
  • New Customers: receive 50 free 4×6″ prints or free shipping on first order, just for signing up

Great deal, just in time for the holidays so I had to share this with you all!

Make it a Happy Day!

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My Little Pony Winner Announcement

Congrats WinnersSorry for the delay, I was working on my weekly newsletter this morning and realized I haven’t announced the winner for My Little Pony Twinkling Wish Adventure yet so here is the winner chosen by using …

Comment # 2 and congrats goes to Belinda!

I will email you later today but if you see this please use my contact page and send me your shipping information. The DVD will be shipped directly from me within 7 business days.

Make it a Happy Day!

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Day 4: #EASactive Workout

Today is DAY FOUR and slowly but surely I am getting somewhere, feeling so energized I really shouldn’t write my update immediately after my workout because I am like on some super exercising high where I feel like rambling on and on for hours or running in circles with my children.  Completing and sticking to my daily exercise plan with the EA Sports Active has really started to boost my spirits, self esteem and motivation!

Today I earned a fresh air trophy ….

Fresh Air Trophy EA Sports Active

My calorie burn was yet again above the estimated and most of today’s exercises concentrated on my biceps and upper body. My biceps are feeling great and my upper thighs are certainly feeling worked out. I don’t feel tired nor exhausted though, simply feeling GREAT! I am very excited and pumped to keep this daily routine going, how are you doing with your daily exercise routine? Sticking to it?

EA Sports Active Day 4 Calorie Burn

Make it a Happy Day!

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Day 3: My Resting Day EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge

Today is Day number 3 of my EA Sports Active workout, and I must admit it’s a great day to relax! My butt muscles, my leg muscles and my biceps are truly feeling achy today. I did two low intensity workouts with the EA Sports Active, so to get my body back into exercising slowly, as I have learned it’s not good to over exert your body for you may hurt something.

Today the challenge says for me to take a rest day, because out of the 30 day challenge you get 10 days of rest and 20 days of working out. Your personal trainer truly guides you to success! I have heard so many wonderful stories about Mom’s (and Dad’s) losing weight taking the 30 Day Challenge and I can’t wait to share my success story. Even thinking about having Justin take some pictures of me before so that I can compare with after photos, now that would make this all the more motivating for myself and hopefully others who are trying to reach their fitness goals!

For now I am simply writing everyday to keep myself focused, motivated and on track. I hope by writing daily you too are finding a friend in me, a fitness support and if not, you can always join in on the Wii Mommies Forums (which I have been MIA far too long now) to get support from others who are reaching the stars for their fitness goals!

Make it a Happy Day!

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