Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1st Barefoot Books GIVEAWAY!!!

I am so excited to be running my 1st monthly Barefoot Books giveaway! As an ambassador for Barefoot Books I am a huge fan of the books and products that BFB has to offer, but not only as an ambassador for the company, but as a mother, a homeschooling parent and someone who loves & appreciates a well written, well illustrated children's book that is outside the box and not so commercialized like many children's books & toys are these days. I honestly feel Barefoot Books is offering something different and something unique to children and families and I'm very proud to sell them!!!

This is the 1st of a giveaway series I plan to continue monthly...I decided to wait until my facebook fan page reached 100 fans before I would run this contest and as of this morning I now have 101 people who have liked my page! I cant tell you all how thrilled I am about that, it makes me so happy to know that anytime I share about BFB products that I am reaching 101 people and their families through them (and hopefully their friends as well!)

The prize this month (July) is going to be winners choice of product(s) up to a 19.99 value!!! and at this price point there is a LOT available, plus sale items will help the winner maximize and get more for the money!

                                                         How To Enter...
Mandatory Entry ~ Please visit my marketplace and browse the books & products available and tell me which 1 item you would most like to have if you were to be the winner.

                                                          Additional Entries...
* Like my facebook fan page, Creative Corner ~ Barefoot Books By Liz
* Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect
* Follow me via twitter (just click the cute little blue bird in my side bar)

Contest will run until midnight on July, 15th when 1 winner will be chosen at random by random.org

Monday, June 28, 2010


I am overweight. There is no sugar coating it, no getting around it, I am big. For the sake of being fully upfront and honest, ill even tell you exactly how much I weigh... 216.4lbs  For me, that is a LOT.
Ive gone a long time trying to trick myself into thinking that I'm happy with myself just the way I am, no matter how much I weigh...but this is not the truth everyone, ill tell you all right now, I am NOT happy being nearly 220lbs. this does not bring me happiness.
Now, I'm not one to be obsessed with a number, I'm not one to freak out and have a conniption fit over the number on the scale but I recognize that I am an unhealthy weight and to try and deny it any longer would be ignorant of me. I also feel every bit of extra weight I'm carrying around on a daily basis. I feel the fatigue, the lack of energy and the windedness (I think I just made that word up) I feel from simply walking up my steps, I just feel very run down and much older than I actually am. Sure, the kids have something to do with that, but I cant use my kids as an excuse forever! My baby is now 18 months, my oldest is 8...its time momma starts loosing all this baby weight and taking care of herself.
I'm posting this as a run in to what will be a weekly weigh in and chronicle of my journey to better health and a more healthy weight. I will be taking a "before" picture tomorrow and ill be bearing all my lovely lady lumps for all to see, so stay tuned for that lovely treat.
In addition to posting weekly about my journey, I hope someone else out there reading will decide to take their OWN journey! Listen folks, its taken me a long time to get to this point. Ive put off going to the gym and getting in shape for nearly TEN years, so I know how hard it is to take that first step and just do it, but that is exactly what you have to do, just don't even think about it too much and just do it. I did an hour long cardio kickbox class on Sunday! and I didn't die! and it was the first time id been to the gym in many many years. If I can do it, I promise you to goodness, so can you.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

StaphAseptic Review & Giveaway

If you all have kids anything like mine, then you are constantly having to patch up skinned knees, deal with scrapes & cuts, and kissing boo~boos to make it all feel better! I swear my kids are the most clumsy kids on earth, my daughter alone has busted her lip over 10 times and she is only 8, she bloodied them twice before she was a year old!

Because of the nature of my kids, I have to always make sure I have plenty of band-aids and a stock of first aid ointments...so when I was given the opportunity to review StaphAseptic first aid antiseptic/pain relieving gel, I was happy to be reviewing a product that I KNEW was going to get used....a LOT.
So far I've used StaphAseptic in place of Neosporin, I've put it on bug bites to take the pain and itch away, and it has worked wonderfully for that! Ive also put it on a couple skinned knees, a cut open finger, a scraped cheek and on a minor burn I got on my hand while cooking.

One thing I'm always worried about is my children getting hurt and then developing a nasty infection like MRSA (antibiotic resistant staph) which can be very very serious for those who contract it, since it is resistant to antibiotics it can be terribly hard to get rid of...so I want to be as preventative as possible to ensure this is something my kids never have to deal with, so it made me feel very good to know that StaphAseptic kills 99.9% of MRSA!  StaphASeptic is NOT a cure for MRSA but it can be a wonderful way to try and prevent it, which is another reason I really love the product...it is yet another tool in my arsenal along side good ole soap and water, to help keep my kids infection free when they get hurt! and speaking of infection prevention, I want to share with you all some prevention tips in regards to staph...

Staph Prevention Program ~

*Treat and cover wounds

*Don't share personal items (like towels)

*Shower after physical activity

*Properly clean gear and equipment

*Keep hands clean

*Consult your physician for all active wounds

I cant say enough good things about this product! It took the itch out of the bug bites, it took the sting and pain out of my burn and it really helped those cuts and scrapes and it gave me the peace of mind that it was helping prevent infections for myself and my family!

For you my readers, I have a coupon to offer you if you are interested in purchasing StaphAseptic for your own medicine cabinet...and I think every medicine cabinet should have a tube (or two!). This product can be found in the first aid aisle of most drug stores like CVS, Rite Aid & Walgreens.

I was also sent an extra full sized tube of StaphAseptic to giveaway to one of my lucky readers!
To enter to win I'm going to make this super simple, just leave a comment below and be sure to leave your email address so that I have a way to contact you if you should happen to WIN!
Giveaway will run for 1 week and a winner will be announced on July, 5th.

Disclosure ~ I was sent a tube of StaphAseptic to try and a tube for giveaway to a reader, I was not monetarily compensated in any way to write this review, all expressed opinions are mine and mine alone!
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