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January 2, 2013


MailPix Review & Giveaway

As a proud new Momma, I can’t seem to take enough pictures of my handsome little boy. Between the daily pictures I take for my 365 iPhone app, his monthly photo shoots and the 100’s of pictures in between, I have quite a collection.
I recently came across a fantastic online photo printing site called MailPix. I was first drawn in by some of their unique and fantastic gift ideas! Here are just a few of my favorites.
Their website is user friendly, organized and visually appealing. Best of all, you can sync your Facebook pictures! This saved me quite a bit of time because I didn’t have to upload most of the pictures I wanted to use. You can easily create folders to organize all of your photos since they have free unlimited photo storage for life. You would think with great products, time saving features and great customer service that their products are expensive but every single one is reasonable. To top it off, they have pretty amazing deals. To me, that is just as important as the quality!  
Don’t forget to stop by and check out their blog for the latest deals! 
I knew right away I wanted to order an 8×10 canvas for a collage wall I am working on in our living room. They are currently running a sale and the prices are so good (only $35 for an 8×10), I decided to buy two! The hardest part was deciding which pictures to choose. Their preview stage in the ordering process was nice because I could see exactly how the piece was going to look once complete. They are truly amazing and look absolutely beautiful on our wall. It’s a nice contrast to the normal picture frames we have. 

I wanted to replace pictures in two 16 x 20 matted frames in our bedroom. Instead of printing individual pictures, I decided to create 16 x 20 collages. It was so easy to create as I chose the format and just plopped the pictures I wanted in. I could move them around and scale them to fit. When they came, all I had to do was pop them right into the frames. I will be making more of these as times goes on and I want to replace some of the pictures.

I never got around to making birth announcement cards for close family. We announced P’s birth on Facebook so we were not in any rush. MailPix was doing a great promotion on 4×8 Photo Cards and I decided to finally get them done. I guess these are better late then never! I decided to do a few pictures of P’s newborn photo shoot of all his cute little features. I simply love how these turned out!

I also decided to turn the monthly collages I have done for P into magnets to dress up our fridge. I was so excited to put them up and they allow me to have pictures up with none of the clutter.

Now it’s time for the fun part, a giveaway! Enter below for your chance to win your very own 8 x 10 canvas print from MailPix. With so many ways to enter, there is an option for everyone!

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130’s by 30

While I am serious about all of the goals I have for 2013, this particular goal is #1 on my list. I don’t want to get too much into a pity party here but I am so tired of being unhappy… Looking back at the last 6 months of pictures taken with P, I am hardly in any of them :/ The thought of one day P looking at pictures and having little to none with his Mommy brings tears to my eyes. I need to do this for myself, for my husband and for my baby.  I have done this before. I can do it again. 
My goal is to reach the 130’s by the time I am 30. This will be fairly difficult as that means I need to lose roughly 67-77 lbs to achieve this in my 6 short months. I started getting my act together at the end of November through my FB Moms group and lost 4.4 lbs so far. I have also joined a few competitions. Between those, my ability to go to the gym 5-6 days a week (thanks to the amazing gym nursery) and WW ETools online, I have NO excuse to make it.

I came up with some of the following tools to help me along the way. I took an old picture frame and dressed it up a little with scrapbook paper. I write the word on the frame glass with a white board marker each week (more on that below). Thanks to Pinterest, I decided to use pebbles to represent every .2 ponds I needed to lose. I started with doing 1 pebble for every pound but it didn’t seem like very many and I know how hard it can be to even lose .2 ponds some weeks. I also used two pieces of poster board to keep track of my progress for each competition. Visuals ALWAYS help me :). And since we have a guest bathroom that is usually not being used, I have turned it into my little weight loss area. Again, visuals and convenience are always better!

Two of the competitions are Last Loser standing challenges. The goal, lose or maintain every week. A gain means you are out. The last person still losing is the winner. Pretty simple and straight forward but what an impact. I actually lost weight over Christmas and New Years but didn’t deprive myself of anything thanks to Weight Watchers! Each week we are given a word and need to snap a photo of the word and our feet on the scale showing our current weight.

The third started tomorrow and I am super excited about it. I am not sure how new/old it is but it’s called DietBet. You can start your own challenge with 2+ people or join an existing open one. Each challenge host decides on a bet your must make in order to join and the goal. Anyone who reaches that goal, splits the pot. The one I am participating in was a $10 bet and the post, last time I checked, was up to $1,040. All I have to do is lose 4% of my body weight in January. If I achieve this, I will at least get my money back! 
I decided to also take a trip down memory lane to find a little inspiration and hopefully a ton of motivation. In a nut shell, here is my weight loss journey over the last 16 years…
In February 2006 I was out in California and decided it was time to start taking care of myself and loose some weight. I knew I wanted to loose weight the smart way and the best and only choice was Weight Watchers. They were affordable, effective and just the right amount of support. One February 14, 2006 I weighed in at 181.6 lbs, the highest I had ever been. I jumped right in and lost 5 lbs my first week and continued to do so. The meetings were unbelievable. I often joked but in all seriousness, WW meetings are really like AA for eaters. There is support beyond words even if someone doesn’t share. We all got to the same place on different paths. The journey before didn’t matter, the journey we were currently on is what counted.

That June I moved back to the East Coast and started Graduate School. It was very easy to stay on the plan and in June 2007 I had reach within 10 lbs of my weight range and applied to become a receptionist with WW. My final days in grad school, the formal and graduation were amazing. Not only because I had completed a Masters degree but also because I looked and felt amazing. The last weight I remember was about 141 lbs.

The next few years were rough. I slowly began to gain the weight back. I “married and divorced” WW more times than I can count. I would show up to a meeting maybe continue for a week or two and then stop. I met an amazing man and was married in April 2011. I was engaged for 15 months and tried so many times to lose weight. It got so close to the wedding that I became desperate and found a rapid, medical program which got me to 160 lbs. I don’t regret it because it got me to an okay place for my wedding but I wish I could have been at 140 and done it myself.

After the wedding I swore I would get back on track. Again, I “married and divorced” WW from April until September when I decided I had had enough. So, I weighed in on September 29, 2011 at 186, cried a little and decided I NEEDED to make a change. Rob and I want to start having kids and the doctor said I was too heavy and unhealthy. Here is a picture of me at my Sister’s Law School graduation in May 2011.

Much to our surprise, on October 21st, about 3 weeks after I started back up, we found out we were pregnant. I spent the next 9 months growing our beautiful baby boy in my tummy. I ate pretty healthy but indulged when I wanted. Looking back, what a mistake… I maintained my weight for over half my pregnancy but I didn’t exercise and issues swelling made the last 6-8 weeks really rough.