Giveaways, Health & Wellness

$100 Vitacost Gift Card Giveaway!

$100 Vitacost Gift Card Giveaway

Happy Monday, Everyone! I feel like I’ve fallen off of the face of the Earth these past few weeks and, although I’ve been trying to keep up with the It’s An Ordinary Blog Facebook page, I know I’ve dropped the ball when it comes to updating on here. Life has been crazy- C and I went out of town, we had a guest come in from out of state, I’ve had meetings, we had to deal with illness, etc, etc, etc. Life is never dull, right?! All that said, I wanted to share a pretty sweet opportunity with all of you. A few weeks ago, I received an invite to work with on reviews and giveaways for my blog and they’ve got an incredible giveaway for all of you. Here are the details:

Starting at midnight (Eastern) on July 1st, Vitacost will be collecting entries for a $100 gift card that you can use on their website. The contest officially ends on July 14th at 12:00am EST and a winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

Here’s How to Enter: 

WordPress hosts my blog and, even though I own my own domain, they like to implement certain rules so that Rafflecopter doesn’t display properly on my posts (everyone say, “BOO! WordPress! Fix that!”) As a result, you’re going to have to follow >>>>THIS LINK<<<< to enter. And one more time for good measure: $100 Vitacost Gift Card Entry Link

I’m really excited to be in partnership with so many incredible bloggers and Vitacost. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their website, I highly suggest you give it a gander. They’ve got so many great health, wellness, and an array of other products suited for your everyday needs. As always, I wish you the very best of luck in this giveaway and I hope one of my lucky readers is the winning entry!

Look forward to a few new posts this week from me about parenting and our first movie experience with C. Until then…

Daily Life, Health & Wellness, Reviews

Water, Water, Water! (Revolt Week 4)


As you know, I’ve been participating in a health and wellness program called Revolt Fitness for the last four weeks. I will be the first to tell you that I did not stick to the diet this week. I am a little embarrassed. I have no excuses. The only takeaway from mishap this week is this: Nichole says that preparation is the key to success and she is absolutely right. Not having meals prepared ahead of time led to a lot of eating out and even though I still ate a relatively healthy diet, it was most definitely not the clean eating I’ve become accustomed to (and have grown to love) on Revolt. I don’t want to talk about how much I sucked this week (because, let’s be honest, neither of us wants that). Instead, I want to talk about one of my biggest struggles: Drinking enough water.

While doing the workouts associated with Revolt, we’re encouraged to drink at least a gallon of water a day. A day. I, like many of you I’m sure, find it really hard to get in enough. When I do, I’m constantly losing track of how much I’ve actually had. I wanted to share a few fast facts on why water is such a vital part of our overall health. According to this article on WebMD water maintains the fluid balance in your body, controls your calorie intake (by helping you feel more full), gives your muscles energy, promotes clear skin, keeps your kidneys healthy, and helps your bowels (yup, you read that right). I would encourage you all to actually read that article (it’ll make me feel slightly better about using their information if you do).

Just for kicks, I calculated how much liquid I drank today. 8oz of water, 56oz unsweet tea, 80z sweet tea, and 12oz of Diet Coke. If I can drink 84 ounces of liquid in one day, surely I can drink a gallon of water. Right?! So I’m making that my wellness goal for the week: drink enough water.

Also on my goal list: Follow diet and fitness plan for the week.

No slip ups. No excuses. 

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions. 

Giveaways, Health & Wellness

It’s a Fabulous Giveaway: Fit Into Summer!

Happy Monday, Everyone! I typically post a weekly rant called Mad About It Mondays but I’ve taken a break for the last couple of weeks and am so excited to announce that I, along with some fantastic bloggers I know, have an amazing giveaway for you. As you know, I’ve been participating in a health and wellness program called Revolt (you can find my latest post about it here).  Take a look at what we have for you:

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Grand Prize Pack

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First Place

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Second Place

A huge, huge thank you to all of our incredible sponsors for helping make this giveaway possible!

Be sure to check out these fantastic bloggers, all of whom are participating in the Revolt program with me. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

All three winners will be randomly selected on June 10th at 10:59pm CST.

I hope you’re all as excited as I am! Follow the link below to enter and good luck! Ready, set, go!

 Follow This Link To Enter  >>>>> Entry-Form <<<<< Follow This Link To Enter

Culture, Daily Life, Health & Wellness

I Really Should Be Asleep… (Revolt Week 3 Review)


If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may remember that I’m participating in a 12 week wellness challenge (“uprising”) called Revolt Now Fitness. We’re now in week three but, in case you missed out, you can find my first two posts here: Revolt Now Fitness Review Week One and The Power Of a Workout (Week 2). This week I wanted to talk about something that I didn’t realize the importance of until now…sleep. When I started this program, Nichole (trainer, owner, wellness extraordinaire) talked about the importance of getting enough sleep for overall health. So many of us (myself included) don’t get enough rest and it really does take a toll on our bodies. My first two weeks on Revolt were great. I had a few hiccups (a coffee, a piece of chocolate here or there) but I didn’t half ass it. This week hasn’t been so easy for me (you may have noticed that I haven’t been around as much). I’ve been feeling really run down and, overall, just kind of a mess.


The only thing I can attribute to the way that I’ve been feeling is the lack of sleep I’ve been dealing with. The worst part of it all is that I have no excuses. My daughter’s sleeping habits haven’t changed, our house is quiet and safe at night, and we keep our temperature around 70 (which, they say, is a good sleeping temperature). It’s something internal. I’m thinking that I might try meditation next week before bed to try and get back into focus and find some sort of a normal sleeping pattern (hopefully). I’ve found that when I don’t get enough sleep, it ruins my whole day. Even if I eat well and find time to get in a good workout, that missing element still impacts me. I feel run down, unmotivated, and (in time) unwell.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get anywhere between 7 and 9 hours of restful sleep every night (even though there is no ‘magic’ number). Lack of sleep can lead to a variety of health related issues like an increased body max index, cardiovascular problems, depression, and diabetes. Pretty scary, huh?!

I am making it my mission for the next week to hit the hay at a reasonable hour and, hopefully, get enough of those wonderful zzz’s every night. Care to join me?!

Speaking of join….A new cycle of Revolt starts in early June. If you’ve been thinking about starting up a new fitness program, connect with me on Facebook and I’ll send you an affiliate link to sign up. {SPOILER ALERT} I’m going to be participating in an INCREDIBLE giveaway with some of my new blogger friends from Revolt so be on the lookout for that soon. Trust me, you will NOT want to miss out on this.

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for the next twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions. 

Health & Wellness

The Power Of A Workout (Week 2 with Revolt)

Monday 6 May 2013

If you’re like me (out-of-shape-mom-of-a-toddler) you know how ‘those days’ feel. You’re exhausted, not really feeling 100%, and the prospect of a tough workout that you’re not certain you can do seems so incredibly daunting. That was me today. For the first time in my blogging adventure I’m writing a pre-note almost a week ahead of when I plan to write a post because I think this is important. I woke up this morning and had, what I thought, was a huge breakfast. “Okay,” I said, “I trust that Nichole knows what she’s talking about so I’ll eat it.”  It wasn’t until later on in the morning that I realized I’d made a huge mistake:

I am an idiot. I don’t know how I misread the 4 tbsp of ground turkey sausage for 4 ounces. My mishap ended up giving me twice as much meat as I was supposed to have (4 tbsp = 2 ounces). I decided I would skip the protein that I was supposed to have later in the afternoon since I’d had so much with breakfast. A few hours later, I had lunch. A couple hours after that I ended up taking a nap with C and I woke up feeling horrible. I was exhausted. Still full. Working out and eating were the last things on my mind. But I’m no quitter and so when my husband got home from work I forced myself to get in my workout. Mountain climbers, reverse lunges, high knees, thrusters, and several other cardio movements (which you do in repeating circuits) later, I feel amazing.

I never, ever, in a million years, thought that a difficult workout would give me the energy I’ve been missing all day. So as you go on to read my post for this week keep this in mind. Maybe you’re wondering if Revolt is right for you or maybe you just need that motivation to get off the couch (once you’re done with this post, of course): Do it. I’m not in the best physical shape of my life. I’m overweight (like almost 75% of us here in America) and I haven’t been a hard core gym go-er. So you can relate?! Trust me when I say that what I learned today is that, even when it seems like the farthest thing from what you think you want to do, a good workout may be exactly what you need. If I can do it, so can you!

Revolt Now Fitness

If there’s anything that I learned from this week it’s this: Just keep moving.

Has my week been perfect?! No. Did I go for that Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte on Wednesday?! You bet. Have I had slip ups? Yes. But I’m still going. I’m making the time to do good things for my body, to get stronger and to learn about what it means to be healthier, better. I amazed even myself last night when I did my minute and fifteen second plank with no problems (something I wouldn’t have been able to get to a couple of weeks ago) followed by my daily May Squat challenge and then my Revolt workout. This isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done but it’s worth every drop of sweat and every sore muscle to know that I’m stronger than I was yesterday and I’ll be even better tomorrow…and the next day…and the day after that…

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for the next twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions. 

Daily Life, Giveaways, Health & Wellness

And The Winner Is…..{INSERT DRUM ROLL}

Happy Sunday, Everyone! I am so thrilled to have been able to host such an incredible giveaway from Rodan + Fields! If you completed the Solution Tool assessment, you should have received an email asking for your mailing address for the free mini facial you’ll be getting. I’d love to know that you think of it so feel free to share your thoughts on the It’s An Ordinary Blog Facebook page. In the meantime, I know you’re all dying to know who the lucky winner of an entire skincare regimen is…Drum roll please…


Congratulations, Angela C!

Thanks, again, to everyone who entered into this fantastic giveaway. I love being able to share great products with each of you. As an extra thank you for your time, Margaret over at R+F has graciously offered to give a free product for any of my readers who want to become preferred customers before the 15th of this month. Here’s what you can select from:

Rodan+FieldsEnhancements          Rodan+FieldsEssentials             Rodan+FieldsUnblemish

Becoming a preferred customer is easy. Your one time membership fee of $19.95 gives you access to 10% off replenishment orders, free shipping, and exclusive flash sales and special member discounts and offers. If you’re already considering an order, it’s definitely worth looking into (especially with the added incentive of a free product).


Margaret sent me the above photo (before and after pictures with each of the four skin care solutions) and I was stunned. So stunned, in fact, that I did a Google search for more and was impressed by the results that so many people seem to have using the Rodan + Fields products. I’m so excited that I was able to share this incredible giveaway with each of you. Thanks, again, for entering and, as always, for your continued support of It’s An Ordinary Blog.

Culture, Daily Life, Food, Health & Wellness, Reviews

Eggs, Spinach, and Water (Oh, my!): Revolt Now Fitness

42 Hard Boiled Egg Whites  

36 Cups of Spinach 

6 Gallons of Water 

Revolt Now Fitness

So what do sweat, hard boiled eggs, and a kettle-bell have in common? Revolt Now Fitness. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by this new company with an opportunity to become one of their bloggers. Essentially I’ll be participating in the program for two cycles (each uprising is six weeks at a time) in exchange for sharing my experience, what I’ve learned, and my thoughts about the program every week with each of you. I’m excited to share this journey with my readers and to try something that I really believe, maybe for the first time in my adult life, will become a life changing thing for me. That said, I want to talk a little bit today about what I’ve learned this first week and the challenges I’ve faced.

I always assumed that I had a relatively healthy diet. We try to get in our fruits and vegetables, have whole grains more often than their counterparts, and limit the amount of sweets that we eat each week. It wasn’t until I looked at the foods that I’ll be eating for the next twelve weeks that I really got it: A healthy diet isn’t just about fruits and veggies. It isn’t just about limiting processed foods. It’s the whole package that matters. And even though my diet wasn’t horrible before, it definitely wasn’t as good as it’s going to be from here on out. I’ve learned (and will continue to learn) that it isn’t just about having a vegetable with your meal or a piece of fruit as a snack. The way we pair our foods together can actually impact how we feel throughout the day and how the foods impact our body.

That’s not to say that this first week has been easy breezy, because it hasn’t. When you start Revolt, it’s strongly recommended that you begin with a Detox week, just to get your body used to not having so much sugar (which is in a lot of the foods most people eat on a daily basis). It wasn’t the ‘detox’ that bothered me…it was the amount of food and the repetitive nature of it. Six cups of spinach a day, hard boiled egg whites every morning and evening, and small meals every two to three hours. In looking forward to the next five weeks of meals, I’m really excited. Real food! Lava cake for dessert every night next week (and it’s healthy, SCORE!), celery and peanut butter, and meals that I know I’ll enjoy. The hardest thing, for me, in doing this program is saying goodbye to one of my favorite foods: cheese. Which brings me to the next thing I want to talk about.

In order for any sort of program (diet, fitness, or otherwise) to work, you have to have balance. We have a ‘cheat day’ built into the Revolt program which I ended up having to spread out throughout the week (we had a birthday dinner on Tuesday, an event last night, and a movie night tonight). Since I usually track my meals on My Fitness Pal, I know what my calorie deficit is for the week and I’m okay with the balance I have. So many of us found ourselves ‘caving’ at one point or another this week and having a bite of something that we weren’t supposed to have. I learned that it’s okay. It’s not the end of the world and life goes on. Mistakes happen, not every meal is going to be perfect, and the only thing you can do is accept it and move on. Tomorrow is a new day and an opportunity to be better.

The program combines healthy, clean eating, with a mix of workouts throughout the week meant to target the whole body. Nichole (Owner, trainer, goddess extraordinaire) posts daily workouts for us to follow. Three to four days a week we do large cardio circuits. We have an upper body sculpt workout once a week, a lower body workout one day a week. In the past, I’ve done the 30 Day Shred workouts but I actually prefer the Revolt Now Fitness program because I feel a difference in how my body reacts to the workouts. I’m excited to see how this program impacts my overall fitness level and my body over the next couple of months.

Even more so, I’m excited to share it with all of you. Care to join me?! The Revolt website is under construction until May 6th. Until then, you can find out more by visiting their Facebook page. I will post information about how you can join next week (it will include an affiliate link so if you’re going to sign up, I would love for Nichole to know that I sent you) so be on the lookout for that. Until then…

Disclaimer: I am participating in the Revolt Now Fitness Program for the next twelve weeks for free in exchange for my weekly review of their program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and the expressed thoughts are uniquely my own. Please feel free to contact me at with any questions. 

Daily Life, Giveaways, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized

Learning About The Skin I’m In (Plus An Incredible Giveaway from Rodan + Fields!)

Regimen - Redefine

Let’s face it: None of us are getting any younger. As I inch closer and closer to thirty, I’ve begun to realize how important it is to start getting serious about skin care. More importantly, I need to learn about my skin, what I can do to best protect it, and what’s out there to help fight off some of the naturally occurring conditions that come with age, sun exposure, and life in general. That’s why I was so excited when Margaret over at Rodan + Fields (Hi, M!) sent me a mini facial to try.  I wanted to share what I thought about the products I recieved and also a very exciting giveaway that Margaret has graciously offered to one of my lucky readers.

The mini facial kit came with samples of three different products:

  • Microdermabrasion Paste
  • Night Renewing Serum
  • Lip Renewing Serum


After washing my face, I used the microdermabrasion paste to exfoliate my skin. An oil-free product, it’s designed to promote cell turnover, even skin tone, and smooth skin texture. Since I have sensitive skin, I was a little nervous about how rough it would be for me (or how red my face would look afterwards) but I was surprised to discover that after I rinsed my face, it felt really good. The night renewing serum, which comes in single dose capsules, contains a blend of peptides and retinol to visibly improve skin texture & firmness and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. And let me be the first to tell you that it is incredible. I have never, ever (ever) had such soft skin. It was like satin. The lip renewing serum, which also comes in single-dose capsules and contains a blend of peptides and antioxidants, creates the most kissable lips. I really felt as if I’d been to a salon for a facial. The combination of the three is just heavenly. Don’t take my word for it, though, try one for yourself.

Regimen - Reverse

If you go online to Margaret’s Rodan + Fields Solution Tool and take the short analysis of your skin, you can try a mini facial set for yourself. I should warn you- Be prepared to be impressed. It’s wonderful. The tool, which only takes about three minutes to complete, prepares a regimen for your skin type and needs and gives you ideas for products you can use in your daily routine to help keep your skin at its best.

One lucky reader will win a skin care regimen valued between $160-$193 curtosey of Maragaret and Rodan + Fields. The winner will be able to chose, depending on your skin needs, between one of the following regimens:

  • Redefine (Anti-Aging) – for wrinkles, pores and loss of firmness
  • Reverse – for brown spots, dullness and sun damage
  • Soothe – for sensitive, irritated skin & facial redness
  • Unblemish – for acne & post-acne marks


Regimen - Soothe

So what do you need to do to be in the running for this fabulous giveaway?!

1. Complete The Skincare Solution Tool (along with your email address) online here.

2. Head on over to the It’s An Ordinary Blog Facebook page, “like” it, and leave me a post telling me about your results.

3. Share this with your friends!

A winner will be randomly selected on Saturday May 4th!

Want to learn more about what Rodan + Fields can do for you?! Check out their entire line of products on their website.

Regimen - Unblemish

Daily Life, Health & Wellness, Parenting

Our 2 Year Wellness Visit (with Stats)

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Last night, I asked you guys on my Facebook page which post you wanted to read today….Thanks Meagan for being the deciding factor.

By the way, have you “liked” my page yet?! (Shameless plug, I know!) 😉

When I was pregnant back in 2010, I knew I wanted to find a pediatrician that both my husband and I were comfortable around and who we could connect with for answering questions, getting advice, and trusted with our child’s health. At the suggestion of several of our friends, we found the perfect pediatrician within a stone’s throw from our home. Aside from my OB doctor (who is the absolute best, I should add), C’s pediatrician was just incredible. But as they say, all good things must come to an end, and we found out over the summer that our beloved pediatrician was planning to retire and sell his practice to another doctor.

What were we supposed to do then?! Thankfully we really like and trust both of the pediatric nurse practitioner who remained in the office after C’s doctor left. That is, until one of the two abruptly left the practice a few weeks ago. C’s two-year check up was rescheduled as a result with the new Pediatrician, whom we had never met. I was apprehensive because a couple of the friends we have that take their children to the same office didn’t really care for this new doctor as much as they’d cared for either the old pediatrician or the nurse practitioner who left. At the end of the day, I really wanted to see how comfortable we felt with her before making the decision to move to a new office. I’m glad I did…

C’s wellness check was last Friday and it really could not have gone better. We adore her new doctor. C feels really comfortable around her, I’m very comfortable talking to her and so we’ll stay, gladly. Now onto the information that I know you’re all waiting for….the stats.

At 33 inches tall, C is slated to be average height as an adult. They say that a human being doubles their height from age two to adulthood. At that rate, C will likely be about 5’6″ when she grows up. This is pretty odd considering that both my husband and I are relatively tall (6’1″ and 5’9″ respectively). This puts her in the 25th percentile for her age. She’s so tiny!

She landed in the 50th percentile for her weight, coming in at exactly 27 pounds. The doctor was happy with her stats and her overall diet. I did ask about giving her Coconut Milk rather than cow’s milk (because I don’t drink cow’s milk) and she had some hesitations about that. She mentioned that, so long as C had no nut allergies, that she’d rather we give her Almond Milk instead (if we didn’t want to do cow’s milk). Not really sure about the logic behind that but I trust that she knows more about childhood nutrition than I do.

The other thing that I was surprised by is that they begin to monitor BMI at age two. *Sigh* While I think that BMI is a little bit outdated (since it doesn’t take into account your actual body mass index with muscle mass), it’s not really something that is going to change. Because C is so short, she has a 17.5% BMI and is at the 75th percentile for that. It’s definitely still healthy, which is great, but I found it surprising that they start tracking that at such an early age.

Developmentally and physically she is doing really great which is just music to our ears. Now that we’ve gotten her birthday festivities and wellness check out of the way we can start potty training and then transform her nursery into a ‘big girl room’. Exciting times are ahead for this family…

Food, Giveaways, Health & Wellness, Reviews

Nature Box In Review


It seems that subscription services for healthy snacks are the up and coming craze and so when Nature Box contacted me for review, I was elated to have the chance to try it out. Oh, you’ve never heard of Nature Box?! Hungry snack lover, meet Nature Box, a company dedicated to delivering you a box full of healthy, yummy goodness every month for just under $20 (shipping included). It gets better! This company donates one meal for every box you purchase to Feeding America. I got my review box in the mail a couple of weeks ago and just finished up my snacks this evening (I’ve been sharing with the husband, aren’t I nice?! ;)). Each box comes with a description of the snacks. Here’s what Nature Box had to say about my goodies:

“This month, we’re forgetting about the over-hyped New Year’s diet mentality and encouraging you to establish healthy habits that you can sustain all year-long. These snacks will keep you energized throughout the post-holiday slump so you can meet all of your New Year’s resolutions, health-related or not!”

You can find all of my pictures of Nature Box snacks on the sneak peek post from last week.

Wild Berry Bunch

“Say goodbye to fruit snacks and enjoy these chewy berries that will remind you of the far-off summer with every bite. Enjoy them on their own or mix into muffins and yogurt.”

Each serving is packed with delicious dried cranberries, golden raisins, dried cherries, and dried blueberries at only 70 calories. These are ideal for a mom on the go who has a toddler that enjoys snack sharing. I ate these on their own and loved every bite.

Lone Star Snack Mix

“Wake up your taste buds with a zesty mix of mesquite almonds, cashews, and peanuts. This snack is perfect if you’re making a conscious effort to pass on greasy potato chips this year.”

Ummmm….hello delicious! This was one snack I was not planning to share with my husband. At 160 calories (130 of which were from Fat) it’s definitely a snack you want to portion out before you start eating it. The chipotle seasoning gives it a nice kick that will keep you coming back for more. The bag they sent me yielded four one ounce servings, each of which offers 12% of your daily dietary fiber and no cholesterol.

Chocolate Ginger Bliss

“If the stress of the holidays has somehow carried over into your New Year, then grab a handful of this blissful mix to relax and stay focused.”

Watching my husband try this snack was hilarious because he grabbed a huge bite of ginger right off the bat and started snacking on it. So I will say that this snack is meant to be eaten as an actual mix (rather than one piece at a time). It’s a great afternoon treat that has chocolate chips, ginger, tamari almonds, cranberries, papaya, roasted cashews, raisins, pineapple, and apricots.

Orange Crush Granola

“If eating breakfast every day is one of your New Year’s goals, this Orange Crush Granola will have you looking forward to breakfast even before you go to bed at night.”

I’ll be honest, by itself I was not crazy about the granola (only because I’m not a marmalade fan) but on top of some yogurt, it’s actually pretty good. My husband LOVED it. The bag has about two and a half 1/3 cup servings at 190 calories each.

Cranberry Almond Bites

“These berry bites are one healthy habit you’ll be able to commit to all year-long! Tart cranberries and crispy rice combine to make a satisfying bite-size snack.”

If you’re reading this, Nature Box, feel free to send me whatever you have left of this snack because it was absolutely, positively my favorite snack of all time. I had a very hard time sticking to only one 8 piece serving of the cranberry almond bites. Each serving has 130 calories and a lot of yum.

Every month of a subscription with Nature Box is packed with nutritional snack items so you’ll get to try something new each time. Itching for more?! Head on over to my Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” it) for a discount code Nature Box has graciously given to my readers.