Saturday, July 30, 2016

Taco Salad the Healthy Way

There are always healthy ways to make your favorite meals. One of my favorites is taco salad but I don't want to ruin my weight loss progress by indulging on chips or taco bowls. I played around with different ways to make a taco salad but this version is by far my favorite out of all my attempts.

Who knew you didn't need tortilla chips or a taco bowl to make a taco salad? I made this taco salad using fresh romaine lettuce as my base. Then I added seasoned ground beef (or you can use ground turkey) on top of the lettuce. Next, add some shredded cheese and a dollop of guacamole. To finish off the taco salad add a swirl of taco sauce and enjoy! This version was quick and easy to make and it was very fulfilling even without the chips or taco bowl!

To see more healthy options, follow me on Instagram @FitGirl_Melissa76. Don't forget to show off your versions in the comment section below.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Our New Toy for Our Vacation Home Up North

Back in May we purchased a 3 bedroom, 1 bath older mobile home on 10 acres in Northern Lower Michigan as our vacation home. We have been busy fixing it up since whoever owned it before us didn't take very good care of it and since we spent most of our savings purchasing the property we can't afford to replace the home. So fix it we must.

So far we've gutted most of the place and it has no running water yet so we have been bringing jugs and jugs of water with us when we go. Since there isn't any running water that also means we have to go potty on a port-a-potty, which I guess it better than going in a whole somewhere. I've mastered the art of taking a very quick bath using a washcloth and a cup of water also because there is NO WAY I'm going four days without showering. GROSS!

Anyway the kids love the place and finding all the critters (snakes, toads, chipmunks and even deer) but they were kind of bored with the whole remodeling thing so we decided to purchase a four wheeler!!

What our new toy looks like!

We haven't had the opportunity to head north and try it just yet but the boys are dying to try it out. You know what? I'm secretly right there with them. I've never been on a four wheeler before.We still need to get some helmets and go over some safety rules with them as well as obtain our safety certificates but OMG I can't wait to drive this baby!

Wholesale Canopy Light Fixtures

Are you looking for a great deal on canopy light fixtures? I found the best site for both commercial and residential needs. I will be purchasing some for our property up north for added security when we are not there. I really like the industrial feel that of the lighting fixtures. One of the canopy lights I saw was tamper resistance!
It’s just what I’m looking for. What are you waiting for? Check out the amazing selection at affordable prices before everyone else hears about them over at #wholesalelighting #commerciallights

Cheap Napkins for Any Occassion

Hey readers! Normally I'm writing reviews about toys or something amazing for moms. Today I wanted to write you guys about where to get some pretty awesome napkins. I came across custom napkins cheap at Printglobe when I was helping my mom prepare for my sister's baby shower a couple months ago. So the one's we purchased were classic pink 2-ply luncheon napkins since my sister was having a girl. The lettering we got was in black but there were 18 different colors we could have picked. We ordered 100 napkins @ $0.54 each but there is a set-up fee of around $50 if my mind remembers correctly. Here is a picture of one of the samples from their website:
Anyway, we got many complements on the napkins and I will definitely be ordering more when my kids graduate from high school! OMG, my oldest will be graduating in four more years! EEK! Oh yeah, the napkins when folded measure 6.5" by 6.5" or when open measure 13" by 13". You guys should check them out if you are planning an event. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Whole Wheat Tuna and Spinach Wrap with a Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Why waste your lunch time standing in line or waiting in a drive-thru when you can make your own healthy lunch? This tuna wrap is easy to make and perfect for someone on the go. If you are staying in for lunch, the spinach and strawberry salad add a nice refreshing touch to your lunch.

To make the sandwich: Use a whole wheat tortilla, lay a layer of freshly washed and dried spinach down, add a tablespoon full of tuna, and wrap how you desire. That simple!

To make the salad: When making the sandwich make sure to wash enough spinach for your salad, cut up a few strawberries and add to the top of the spinach. You can add a light vinaigrette for added flavor if you wish.

It's not only simple but it's healthy and it will save you money! If you have any quick, healthy lunch ideas feel free to share them in the comments below.

Healthy Snacks: Doughettes

Since March, 2016 I have been working on improving my health. There are many recipes that I have tried in order to satisfy my cravings. This treat is called a doughette. It's made using peanut butter, oats, dark chocolate chips, honey, and a few sprinkles to make them pretty. After I made this batch I put them in the fridge to set and ate one doughette each day. 

The batch I made was rather big for just myself. They lasted me two weeks but it was just enough to curb my sweet tooth. 

Are there any healthy treats that you have tried? If so, share them in the comments below!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dermagist Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin Review plus #Giveaway

Disclosure: A Mom From The Burbs received a 4 fl oz bottle of Detoxifying Acne Cleanser and a 1.7 fl oz jar of Clarifying Cream with Resveratrol for acne-prone skin to review for free. We received no other compensation and our review expresses our 100% honest opinion of this product. You may have a different experience with the product than we did.

Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin

For about a month, A Mom From The Burbs has been hard at work reviewing a couple products from Dermagist - Miracle Cosmeceuticals for Beautiful Skin. Let's start with the Detoxifying Acne Cleanser.  

Product Information: From information provided from Dermagist: Kill acne-causing bacteria with none of the side effects of Benzoyl. This skin-calming cleanser is great for maintaining clear skin, and for treating acne breakouts.

To use the Detoxifying Acne Cleanser - Work cleanser into a lather and smooth over an already moistened face. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.

From information provided from Dermagist: A rich cream that clears pores while killing acne-causing bacteria. Resveratrol and clinical Vitamin C along with multiple soothing agents. To use the Acne Clarifying Cream - Apply with finger tips to previously cleansed skin until fully absorbed. Massage gently over the breakout or acne-prone are twice daily or as directed by a doctor.

Our experience with the product: As a women, I usually experience breakouts during monthly hormonal changes. I figured this would be a great product to bring to my readers and for me to try out. The first step in using the Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin is to wet your face, put a small amount of the Detoxifying Cleanser onto your fingertips and work into a lather at the breakout area.

When I used the Detoxifying Cleanser, the first thing that I noticed was the color and consistency of the cleanser. It looked like dove soap (white and pearly) but it smelled more like glue. It didn't have a pleasant smell.
Acne Clarifying Cream

After I worked the Detoxifying Cleanser in and rinsed off, it was time to apply the Acne Clarifying Cream. The cream comes in a frosted jar and the cream is about the consistency of pudding. This product has a pleasant smell and glides on over the acne prone areas with ease. It left my skin feeling silky smooth.

I used the product twice a day for two weeks but didn't really notice a change, so I decided to use it a little longer. After using the product for about 30 days, I noticed my skin started to clear up and I wasn't getting as many breakouts as I normally do. Today there are only a few spots on my chin area that have any acne left.

Would I recommend this product? It wouldn't hurt to try it however, I would test an area of skin before using this product to make sure you do not have any reactions to these skincare products.

How many stars would I give this product? I would have given 5 out of 5 stars but the smell of the Detoxifying Cleanser just got to me and I am giving this a 4 out of 5 stars. Fix the smell and this product will be a 5!

How about a giveaway? Dermagist will be giving one of our lucky readers a chance to win the Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin. To enter, please fill out the rafflecopter form below. Goodluck! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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