Adventures With Ellie

What's in a Drink (Review)

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to test out BodyArmor  and I knew 2 young men who would be perfect to help me with that.  
 BODYARMOR is a natural sports drink with more potassium packed electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins. It is low in sodium and contains natural flavors, natural sweeteners and no artificial colors – unlike other sports drinks on the market. It’s a GREAT choice for young athletes especially, who don’t need all the extra sodium in their diets or the artificial ingredients that come from drinking other sports drinks on the market. That's what made me want to have my boys try it out even more.

 The question was would they help their mama. Lucky for me my boys have been working out this Summer and I knew if I had these nice and cold waiting after a workout session they would be game.

My kids if you have read my blog have always played sports and keep active be it with baseball or just workouts they are always on the move. For me it's important that while they are active they keep hydrated.

That's why I wanted to be able to test these out. I did like that they have natural flavors and didn't have artificial colors. BODYARMOR comes in 8-great tasting flavors: fruit punch, orange mango, strawberry banana, tropical punch, lemon lime, mixed berry, grape and blackout berry

I knew I'd get an honest review from my oldest because he is very picky so I gave him first pick at which one he wanted to test. He picked strawberry banana.

I waited for the response and what I got was hmm are we going to get more. Translation : I Like it! He said he liked the size of the bottle too.

My youngest son also grabbed another for himself (grape) and since having it he's already asked for me to get some more for school and after school!

I love that they are so easy to find either at your local Stop and Shop supermarket, Target and even at 7-Eleven. I am pretty sure even my oldest will be grabbing a bottle or two as he heads off to school each day.

I must say I'm happy that my boys enjoyed it and already have it on my next shopping list.  

If you decided to purchase or have already I'd love to hear what you think. Make sure to leave me a comment below.

Disclaimer : I received prod­uct sam­ples as per FTC guide­lines in order to facil­i­tate my review but all opinions are of my own.

12 Things to Look Forward to Loving in Autumn

It seems that people have two different emotions when the end of Summer is near. Either they are sad to see it end or are excited for Fall to arrive.

I for one must admit although Summer is beyond awesome there is something about Fall that makes me just love it a bit more.

For fun I thought I'd share a little graph of things I'm looking forward to this Autumn. I am so happy to say I already have started my Autumn fun with having my first Pumpkin Iced Latte... OK I've already had 3 since Saturday.  (YAY Dunkin Donuts!)

This morning as we went out for a walk it was the perfect weather where we actually had to wear long sleeves. It was delicious!

Tonight I plan to start doing a bit of digging for some Fall Crockpot recipes (I'll be sharing how I changed some of our favorites to be low calorie and a bit healthier)

I can't wait to take those photographs with the amazing colors that fall brings. I actually have something else I will sharing as I document the last year of junior high for my youngest son.

This school year is going to be another exciting one. I can't wait to share the many ideas I have already in the works.

So now that I've gotten you excited for Fall with this little list of mine. What are some of the things you are looking forward to this Fall? I'd love to read what's on your list.

The Curse of The 6 Letter Word

Alright let's get serious today. This is kind of something personal but I felt if I am feeling it then I know there has to be others right?

With our oldest going to college and our 2 middle ones going to Catholic school it has really been up and center.  My husband is the one who brings in for the most part the income for the home. I have bits of odds and ends where I am blessed to be able put a few cents in.
Sure I am the CEO of keeping the household in check but I want to do more when it comes to financially.

This is when something not so fun comes into play.  BUDGET. What I call "the curse of the 6 letter word" 

For me to work outside the home isn't something I could do right now. That means I need to get my thinking cap on and see what I can do from home.

Today I'm going to share a few things that have been working for me. The first step to really being able to do this is to STOP comparing you with what others have or are doing.

I know many times we hear/see this but it can be hard to actually take it to heart. I really had to sit and actually pray about this.  I've seen posts where bloggers post their monthly income where they are making thousands of dollars.... YEAH not me. It's VERY rare I make a good income. So sadly blogging isn't going to crack it at least for me. I mean I'll keep trying and hopefully my blog will grow but I know I need to focus in other ways.

Here are 5 ways beside Blogging I have earned income:

1: Cut/End unnecessary memberships: This one can be SO hard because knowing that there is some sort of happy mail coming your way each month is so fun and it's the treat that seems to cheer us after just getting what seems only bills in the mail.
I personally knew that some things weren't really needed. I use to have 1 scrapbook memberships and 1 planner memberships. Where I'd get some very fun and wonderful products. Yes it was AWESOME but in those 2 it was almost $60 So I cut them off.

It was like pulling a very sticky band aid off. OH MAN did it hurt but I did it. I had a total why me pity party but then again went into prayer and thought of what I could do with that money instead. I know in the long run it was a very good thing to do.

2.Coupons and Deals is King: This is one I actually have used and it's kind of a fun game to be able to find deals. I've learned if you sign up for the supermarket and stores you shop for you can get some discounts that you can use when in store. At the supermarket I've learned that if you go to the meat department you can ask when days will the butcher special which is the meats that need to be sold soon and the prices are lowered and I've gotten some really good deals from it. I also like using my CVS app because I get alerts as to when there are sales because that's our go to place when we need certain things before our weekly grocery shopping. It's a good way also to earn "free money". Just downloading the app you get $5 CVS bucks.

3. Before Buying Think : When you are out and about how many things have you purchased only to come home and say wait why did I get this?(Think the Target $1 spot!)  Was it because it was on sale or did you really need it? I must admit I was an  impulse buyer so i have to stop myself many a times even take the item with me and just put it to the side when getting to the register. Next time you grab that 10th million coffee cup think do you really need it? *no matter how cute!*

4. Are you Saving: This is one that even though it seems logical it can be the hardest to do. You think with that extra 5,10 dollars you could get just one more thing but in the meanwhile your savings is looking sad. REAL SAD. Yup that was me.
What I learned is I needed to separate where I was saving and not the same as my regular accounts where it was just an easy hit of a transfer button via my phone.

That's when I opened up a Capital One 360 Savings account. I love it. There aren't any monthly fees and NO need to keep a certain balance!!!
I've been able to put any extra pennies I get into it. It's an easy way to be able to put money aside and if you do need it you can transfer money back into your bank account very easily (it does take a couple of days to be put in though) This has been the best thing I've done so far for my family and am proud in being able to do it.
 Click HERE to open up your own account! I personally opened up my account with only $5 dollars!

5 Get Free Money: This is one that even though I had done I never have really put effort into it until this past Summer. Swagbucks. YES you read right free what I have been doing as of late is setting at least an hr a day to go in and do a few surveys and as the points add up you are able to trade them in for amazon cards or what I have been saving my points for is actually money which is sent to me via Paypal! Sign up HERE so you can start.

Now I hope these tips helped you and if they do I'd love to hear about it! 

 ***Disclosure: There may be affiliate links in this post. Thank you

Why Back to School Shopping Online is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Raise your hand if you have your kids school supply lists,highlighters in hand while cutting coupons and comparing prices from every stores because SCHOOL is around the corner and you haven't got ANYTHING yet!

That was totally  me UNTIL I got a light bulb moment and thought hey why can't I do this different this year.

 With my oldest going to college and my two other school bound kids having big upcoming school year with the cherry on top of  my Husband's crazy schedule there is hardly any time to squeeze our very large to do Lists we end up each week.

This is when I decided to look at how I could make school shopping a bit easier. I actually do most of shopping online and I do so because I actually have found better deals then going to a physical store.  I thought would it be the same for school supplies?

To my happy surprise it actually has been! I have been able to shop online and get amazing deals.

Here are my favorite that I have shopped from:

Target : When you spend $50 you get free shipping! YAY that's a bonus because I figured that extra $6 could be more pencils/pens to stash.  I also was able to enjoy an early school sale. I actually love that I didn't have to go into the madness that in store shopping has become. Dare I say it can worse then Christmas shopping.

I give Target shopping a B+  for being able to find supplies needed in my kids list and a good price/shipping.

Walmart: Another store that if you spend $50 you get free shipping. I actually was able to find a few things Target didn't have which I loved and I was able to get a couple of things that were bulk (pens & pencils) which in my house the more I have the more we need! The thing I didn't like is that they sent things at different times and not all together so I kept check on my account as I saw things being billed piece by piece instead of all together.

I give Walmart Shopping an  A- because of the tracking on the fees was NOT fun and getting pieces of the order felt as it was a waste.

Staples : AHH the good old go to for years store. You'd thing I would have been the most excited but not really. I mean of course it's the go to place to get the composition books but now that my kids are getting older they aren't using these as before (I've bought like 50 of them at a time once a time ago!) I did like that i didn't have to purchase $50 to get free shipping as long as I have the rewards card which I do (it's free) . All you need to do is spend $14.99 or more.  I didn't purchase too much as I actually didn't see too many deals that were cheaper from the previous stores, but still a few deals.

I give Staples an A  for the prices and shipping. Glad they send everything together as well.

All in all my online back to school shopping was pretty awesome and all I can say is why didn't I do this before! It saved me time and stress and I got  shop in pj's with a cup of iced latte in front of me!

I most definitely will do this again next year! Have you shopped online for your kids supplies? What was your experience I'd love to hear!

But First Coffee

Just wanted to post really quickly as I've gotten a few emails asking about the Project Life mini class I will be posting soon and I plan to hopefully have it up by first week of September. (once all my kids are back to school!)

This week has been a blur because of how busy it's been. My oldest is just about to start his first year of college (EEEK) so we are making sure all the last minute things he needs is done.

Thanks for stopping by today and here is to an awesome weekend. For us this is actually our Tuesday so we have more to get through. Be sure to stop by this coming week as I'll be sharing some tips I've found that has made back to school shopping so much easier this year!

Word{less} Wednesday : Afternoon Edition

There is something about being able to capture your kids while they play that is sort of magical to me. Yesterday I told my kids hey lets go have some fun in the backyard because truth be told it's been way too hot as of late to even try to attempt to go out into the backyard for too long.

Mother nature decided to be kind yesterday with a nice cool breeze and just the right about of sunshine during the afternoon.

 This was a little window to the silliness of an afternoon. Let's just say my kids are getting into the Olympic spirit.

Let's just say they slept pretty well last night! What are some fun you have been up  to with your kids?

August Month of Farewells and New Beginnings

Anyone else checking their calendar and thinking HOW could it be August already? I know it took me back and had to get myself together.

What this means is this month is about to start up the crazy! This month is all about trying to squeeze all the fun we can. Truth be told we didn't really get to what we had wanted to do as time schedules didn't make it happen. That only means each week we have to make it happen.

We have tickets for two different adventures so that is already two weeks that have some fun in it. Although we still have plenty more to squeeze in. This month also calls orientation as well as the start of college for my oldest. It's a very new step and beginning for us both. It shall be interesting to see it unfold.

I also will have to plan out our school shopping for the Littles who have a month to go before school starts. It also means last bits of finishing up school work we might have not finished. Plus working on getting back on routine  as well since the kids have had no real bedtime or wake up time. I must admit the waking up part I personally am NOT looking forward to at all.

As the kids all head back to work I have my own personal goals. I am working to see HOW I can personally bring in any extra income. THAT is a big one. I have lots to plan ahead and sadly go figure they involve being able to afford them. As I've said and been saying I leave it in God's hands he knows best and that's all I can do is trust that his will be done as I work hard in the middle of it all.

With that being said I'd love if you guys would help me out. Would anyone be interested in a Project Life Mini Class. The cost of the class wouldn't be more then $10

It's will include a short video and hand out. You know how passionate I am about being able to document this way. As I have seen many of my friends and family grow their own family all I want to scream is document your moments.  Time flies by so super fast I can not even tell you. (OK that seems all I can keep saying as of late as my see my own children zoom by) if this sounds like something you would be interested just leave me a comment below.

Some other goals I want to complete include doing a workout Challenge as well as more water as I must admit my water intake had gone down even with this crazy hot weather which is NOT a good thing.

I also want to share with you some more recipes that are healthy and low calorie AND kids approve. They have been my go this Summer.

I also am planning some other fun that are still in the works but once I get more details I'll be sharing it.

Now I'm off to work on my long to do list and organizing it to make it easier to get done! What are some things on your list this month?