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Revitalu: Welcome to a new “U.” #revitalu #coffee #caffeine #review

***This review is my own personal review and opinion and I was in no way paid for this opinion below.***

Revitalu is a new product on the market that is geared for those who are looking to suppress appetite, lose weight, gain energy and focus or enhance clarity. The product is a coffee that not only tastes great but has the added benefits behind every sip.

The packets are easy to carry around with you on the go and can be used by mixing either a single packet serving with either 4-8 oz of hot or cold water to taste liking. I personally found that warming it up was better in my own opinion. I would have this in the morning once a day for my coffee intake.

I am a huge coffee lover of all types and I found this very closely resembled a normal cup of coffee without the aftertaste that some mixtures with vitamins and minerals can have. The 100% arabica select coffee tasted just like coffee but I received a daily dose of L-Theanine for mood and Octodrine for metabolism and Chromium Polynicotinate to regulate my blood sugar and avoid the blood sugar roller coaster coffee and caffeine can bring.

I, personally, do not need to lose any weight but the energy boost with the mix of focus and clarity really appealed to me. After using it for three days I already noticed slightly more energy and a bit more focus in my tasks at hand. This was with just one cup a day for three days. The results they say tend to fully act on 14 days of continuous use.

The website also features some amazing recipes I suggest such as using the mix to make a vital vanilla yogurt or a frozen frappe delight with ice and banana and protein powder. There were many recipes I did not get to try on the website but highly recommend you check out!

The coffee mixture comes in a container, a box of 30 sticks or 2 tubs of coffee mixture all at retail or preferred cost. If pregnant/nursing please consult your doctor before use.

This special blend comes with a 14 day promise to the consumer that if you try it for 14 days and you do not believe it has made you feel healthier and had positive results that they will give you your money back! You know a company is confident in their product when they can stand behind it in such a way.

Overall, I would recommend checking out the website and trying it for yourself. If you do not like it you have nothing to lose with their 14 day trial. The coffee can be a bit pricey but when compared to your average protein powder and coffee at the local coffee shop it is worth every penny!


Product Review: Watch Ya Mouth Game


Looking for a hot new toy or game this holiday season to play with the family? Watch Ya Mouth the hilarious head to head mouthpiece challenge game is for all ages and features fun tasks to do and speak while the other players try and figure out what you are speaking while wearing the mouthpiece in your mouth. This game was recently awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 and there is no wonder why. This game is really fun!

I thought the sentences were very easy and simple for even the youngest of players to play but the mouthpieces were a bit hard and uncomfortable to get in our mouths and keep inside. The younger children could not even fit the mouthpiece inside their mouths. The plastic is very uncomfortable and the drooling is less attractive, you literally drool!

4-10 players will face off doing activities, singing and drawing and then after a 30-60 minute round still will leave you with plenty of options to play later. I was a bit disappointed because the game phrases with the mouthpieces inside them were actually really easy to figure out.

Last holiday we bought the actual mouthpiece game of another name and this seemed more like a generic imitation of the same game. The cards were very poorly manufactured and the mouthpieces as mentioned did not even offer much in comfort or different size for different age players.

I found that while most of the children were eager to play, many of the parents and adults had no interest to play due to the drooling and mouth piece. I think what is most important is to remember to wash each piece after play really well. I am not sure how it won best game/toy for 2017 because I felt there were many more options for a fun family night. I would pass honestly.

Overall a fun game. 1.5 out of 4 stars.


Ring in the Christmas Season with Bad Moms Christmas! #badmoms #holiday #moviereview

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If you saw Bad Moms when it first came out years ago and you enjoyed it then you will definitely enjoy the follow up “A Bad Moms Christmas.” A Bad Moms Christmas really is successful because of the supporting cast though which includes the ever-so-talented Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. These three really make the movie the success that it could be or is.

These three are not the main characters but seem to evoke the most laughter and glory in the scenes throughout the film. The three portray the main characters mothers’ and each one has their own hang ups with their children played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. Christine Baranski is the controlling Mother who wants everything her way and with glitz and glamour and Cheryl Hine’s plays the mother of Kristen Bell whose husband passed and suddenly she finds all her time and thoughts consumed with her daughter including wearing pajamas with her daughters face on them. Whereas, Iris played by Susan Sarandon (Kathryn’s mother) is a Roadie who does not commit and is just there to grab a loan and run again from her daughter’s life.

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The hang up with this movie is the dreadful dialogue that at times was so painful that I cringed when they spoke through each line. The main theme of the movie is that the three main characters decide to “take back” Christmas and that apparently is followed by a drunken stupor in the mall where they steal a Christmas tree and grind on Santa Claus all in a days shopping event. The movie begins with Mila Kunis’ character saying that she was the “worst mom” because she had ruined Christmas for her kids. The movie then continues to take us back five days and we see exactly what brought about this comment. At the end of the film all women will have found a way to make the holiday special and to make a closer relationship with one another. (spoiler: not really, after all its a holiday movie-these always end this way.)

The cameo by Justin Hartley from “This is Us” or “Young and the Restless” previously works with the material he is given as best he can. These scenes were some of the most cringe worthy for myself. Justin Hartley though is adorable and funny and definitely did his best with the role and is to be enjoyed on the film. (stay for the closing credits)

The script is lame but it was entertaining none the less and I enjoyed myself throughout the film. If you go in not expecting Academy Award Winners and just enjoy a few laughs this movie will be great for your friends’ night out or date night. The movie is rated R for crude sexual content and language. The movie runs for 104 minutes and I would give a 2.5 out of 4 stars.

Holiday Gift Idea: Watch Ya Mouth Throwdown Edition #giftidea #usfamilyguide #shopping

Watch Ya’ Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya’ Mouth game. Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks – while wearing mouthpieces. Throwdown Edition takes competition – and laughter – to the next level and builds on the multigenerational gaming phenomena.

Throwdown Edition has already been Awarded Top Holiday Toy of 2017 by Toy Insider & selected for the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List.

Want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays? Your search is over. 15% off Coupon Code: 15THROWDOWN

Book Review: Unshakeable TRUST by Joyce Meyer #bookreview #joycemeyer #inspire #faithwords

New York Times Best-Seller Joyce Meyer is at it again with her inspirational new title “Unshakeable Trust.” This title was released back in September and focuses on living your best life while finding the joy in simple things at all times.


The book focuses on trusting God and how when God is trusted in all aspects of your life that he will gear you in the right direction. The main overall theme of this title is that we as believers or non-believers need to be trusting in God more and being less self-reliant. The book applies scripture throughout each and every page that Joyce relates back to her past and shows us how we can relate as well to our own lives. If you struggle to sit and read chapter books the benefit to Joyce Meyer’s books are that the chapters are easy to read and shorter with only 4-5 pages each. The writing is larger print for those that struggle also with the smaller print books.

The 218 page book begins with talking about trust and what trust means to the individual versus what it means to trust in God. The book focuses on how it is very important to “learn what trust is and how to trust. We especially want to learn to trust God.”  Trust which this book focuses mostly on makes it so that we can live without the burden and anxiety that not trusting someone or even God can create in our lives.

Chapter 2 was my personal favorite as it focuses on a struggle I personally have with “resting” ones mind. The writings are so easy to read and I have found do not boggle you down with big words and fancy sentences which sometimes can be overwhelming to an average reader. Chapter 2 gives us teaching lessons and speaks to us on letting God into our day and talking with him, not as a duty but more as a way to regain our inner peace.

I found great solace in the pages and I believe you will too as the reader. The reminder that God is good and that God has greatness in store for our lives and to trust his journey is so important as we move about our days. Joyce asks “Who is in the Driver’s Seat of Your Life?” and we often find we are trying to drive when we should be letting him at the wheel. There is such greatness in each page of this book that I urge even the non-believers to give it a try and to try to just relate in general the motivational pieces into your lives. There is a lot to be said for even just being inspired these days.

If you take your time to read this and apply each page and scripture to your life than it should really benefit you. Joyce Meyer has written quite a few titles and this is one of my personal favorites so far.

Find this at your local bookstore or on Amazon as well!

Making Peace with the Loss of a Pet


This post is very personal and near and dear to my heart. This post should not even have to be being written but unfortunately this is life right now. On Friday, last week, I lost my sweet girl Daphne. She was a Chihuahua mix which our family had gotten when she was just able to leave her mom. She was so small she could fit inside my pocket. She instantly became loved and a fixture in our home, even with our other dog who had been alone all the years of having him without another dog in the home. She just fit with her sweet disposition and great love for everything including playing in the snow until she could barely take the cold any longer on her little feet. There are no words to explain the loss felt since that call on Friday. There are no words to describe the sound of the emptiness of her feet hitting the tile floor or the way she would bark as if she were the size of a Doberman when she heard a sound in the night. She is missed beyond the words to mention.


How do you get past the loss of a pet? Whether it has been a few years or ten years. How do you make sense of a tragedy in the case of my Daphne versus just the passing of old age? Whether you have had to put down your loved pet due to illness or had them taken from you by a car accident or just old age that came too soon. I have asked myself this question all week so far and I have no answers. Daphne was only a few years old and had so much life in her left that I simply find it hard to justify in my mind why she deserved to lose her life in such a tragic way as being hit in front of our home. I have had other pets as well that have had to be put down after old age had just simply begun to deteriorate their lives and I know and cannot say that process of acceptance and loss is any easier. A loss of a pet is a loss of a family member for most.

The first thing as a pet owner with loss never let anyone diminish your emotions and feelings on how you handle the death. There is no “wrong” way to handle the loss. Anyone that has experienced sharing a life with a pet knows the extensive loss and grief behind them suddenly being gone. As I did all weekend the pet owner can experience stages of grief and one being guilt. I personally felt guilt for letting her outside and I keep telling myself “if only” I had just let her stay in she would still be here. This really only makes it more difficult in grief and is not productive. This was not your fault.


The stage I sometimes find myself in at times of the day is denial. The idea of accepting the pet as being gone is just simply not able to be imagined. It is hard to imagine not putting up the puppy gate before bed any longer or feeding her in the mornings before work as she would dance with excitement at the sound of the dishes. Another stage is anger. Anger we carry at the driver maybe that killed our pet or a Vet who simply we feel did not do enough.  Anger will not resolve our grief nor bring the pet back. The most important thing we can do as animal owners and going through grief is be honest with ourselves and truly examine each stage and get through it with the help of those around us. Do what you must to feel the grief and let it pass.

So, almost a week ago I still continue to talk with her as if she is still there doing her everyday normal things we once did together. I still place a candle that I light beside the road at night to honor and remember her by and the loss that is still felt. I have received many condolences including from the one who hit her and though it provided me with more answers and closure there really is no time limit or answer for closure. A friend of mine sent me something the other day hoping to give me comfort. I had never quite read it before and it was called the “rainbow bridge.” This bridge is apparently a place that our loved animals go as they await our arrival into Heaven. The passage is sweet and I will attach it below and I try at my hardest times to take solace in this writing.


How have you gotten over the loss of your pet? What did you implement in your lives to help make the transition easier?

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die…

Mary Frye




Product Review: V8 Energy Drinks

***I was given this product at no cost to try and review. This product review is my own opinion and I was not in any way influenced or compensated for this review.***



Energy drinks…most people think of energy drinks and they instantly think of Red Bull, Monster and other beverages guaranteed to keep you energized and on the move for hours. This energy drink variety pack though is a combination of fruits and vegetables that when combined with green tea extract provide a natural pick me up to get you through the day along with providing a full servings worth of fruits and vegetables.
V8, if you are anything like me you instantly think of the salty red tomato drink that we all saw our grandparents drink as kids. We may or may not use them for our bloody mary’s as adults. I personally though shudder when I think of tomato juice. I am not a fan so when I was asked to review this v8 juice mix I instantly thought well here is a product that I walked into the review expecting to dislike. I was wrong.
The three different varieties of V8 energy are pomegranate blueberry, orange pineapple and peach mango. After sampling each can, I determined that the Orange pineapple was my favorite. The color was a bit intimidating as it looked like blended carrots yet the taste was pleasant with not being too sweet and having just enough tangy taste to it with a orange pineapple accent. I was not so much a fan of the pomegranate blueberry. I would probably not ever buy that can. The taste of it was very tart and made it hard to swallow more then just a sip. I also am not a huge fan of pomegranate and the blueberry was so subtle I barely tasted it. Peach Mango was alright. The peach mango beverage was fruitier than the orange pineapple and had a more fruit juice appearance to it. This would be my second choice out of the three.
I would recommend definitely buying V8 energy if you are looking for a more natural boost in your day without going for the extremely sugary or dangerous drinks we find in stores like Monster and Redbull. V8 at least provides you with fruit and vegetable supplements. Just be careful if you are pregnant, a child or sensitive to energy and caffeine. I would not recommend drinking this product.
If interested check V8 energy out in your local grocery store. There are more than just the three v8 energy drinks I mentioned and I am definitely curious to try more such as the Strawberry Lemonade and the Cranberry Raspberry.
Overall a 👍

What Inspires You? #inspired #motivate


What inspires you and how do you rationalize taking that giant leap for change when you are inspired versus just staying in the same situations each and every day that tend to get monotonous? How do you know what is best for you and how to make the best life choices for you or maybe your family?

Everyone has that one thing. The thing that keeps you excited and feeling alive and that dream that plays out inside your head and tells you “someday” and suddenly there you are driving the Porsche’ in your mind and pulling up to that fancy house that you never thought you would be able to ever afford. What makes you different than the person driving that Porsche’ and pulling up to that house right now?

NOTHING. Well, maybe fear.

Modern times are scary and the fear of can I make it or will it work out are always weighing in the mind of those who are trying to answer questions in their head about life’s choices. The important thing though is the voice inside your head and the feeling of your heart each day when you wake up. Do you wake up and hop out of bed anxious to start your day and live your life or do you find that you wake up sluggish and worried about something you have to do or simply lethargic and listless over the plans for the day? Isn’t life too short for us to live this way? Aren’t you jealous of the freedom of those who roam the world living for themselves and taking life into their own hands. Destiny is theirs to have and because they made it so.

There is a very large difference between doing something for the love of it and doing something to get a paycheck weekly or every two weeks to just skate by. This is truth. There are jobs you may find you don’t get monetary compensation yet you feel more rewarded than if you got that weekly paycheck. This all comes down to making choices for ourselves that reflects our desires and what we are passionate about. It starts with eliminating a fear and taking each step closer to saying that you can succeed and make it in whatever avenue you choose. You are more than the 9-5 desk job that holds you down and consumes you. Your dreams are bigger than that used vehicle with 170,000 miles on it and the bills that sit on the coffee table waiting to be paid each month. There is a lot to be said about joy and contentment. You may not have it all but if you are living your own testament then you have something that most of us do not.

So, this Wednesday I sit and reflect with caffeine in hand on what the next steps are in life. What is my path? What do I choose? How do I feel self-fulfilled and that I am contributing to more than I am being drained of each day? Watch the motivational videos, read the self-help books and believe  in yourself. The only thing that will change is that which you change around you. Do not expect anything to come from being complacent and going through the motions. Life is too short. Seize the moment….with caffeine in hand of course.

What do you think? Are you living to your full potential?


IPhone X or IPhone 8? Worth the Hype?!


***This post is my own opinion and I was not encouraged or compensated to express my given opinion in anyway on the product or service***

I love technology. I love all things new and shiny and that promise me that they do different things than before and will somehow have me, the consumer, living easier by the push of a button or enjoying my family more through the lens of a higher pixel camera you have to see to believe.

I drink the Kool-Aid. I admit. I watch the commercials and I salivate and the sleek design and the music in the background has me moving to the beats all while thinking I must have this new item. This past few months Apple has introduced a few new phones onto the technology game field. The IPhone 8 the newest release to Apple is like its predecessor the IPhone 7 and when you get down to the nitty gritty in specs really is not much different than the phone you already carry if you hold a 7 or even a 6. The design is similar and the functions mostly the same as well. The phone comes in similar colors gold, silver and gray and the 8 weighs actually more than the 6. The IPhone 8 is water and dust-resistant but come on, I mean, how many of us really place our phones near water and how dust resistant does a phone need to be?

Resolution between the 6 and the 8 are the same as far as pixels go so don’t be looking for a difference in your screen time. The real game changer between the 6 and 8 is in the camera. The 8 features a quad lens at 12MP versus the 6 at only a dual lens with 8 mega pixels. There is also a BIG jump in front facing lens taking as the 6 only boasts a 1.2 mega pixel quality versus the 8 at 7 mega pixels. If you really love photography though and you are looking for a camera that will give you great pictures you may want to even look into an Android as the quality on some of those phones can be really breathtaking. This is about as good as it is going to get camera wise even with the arrival this November with the IPhone X.

Currently I have an IPhone 6 and I am looking to upgrade and really have been weighing my options over my new phone because the new phone I get will be like my best friend. The phone is my go to (aka my sidekick) each and everyday in all life’s adventures whether it is working and scheduling appointments or taking photographs of my son as he plays on the playground. I have tried going back to Android and I really struggle with the adaptation of Android text messages versus that of Apple’s IMessage. They really hook you with those read receipts. So far, I have been waiting for the Apple X to come out in a couple weeks hoping to get my hands on one after researching the 8 that I almost bought. I now realize had I bought the 8 I would most likely have been disappointed as the X promises some different details versus what I have now and even the release of their 8.

The IPhone X or (10) may be more costly but has more pixels on the screen for a better quality view as well as carries IOS 11 and has dual 12 mega pixel camera with a 7 mega pixel front lens. The IPhone X has an A11 Bionic Processor which boasts to be the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone to date according to the AT&T website. The storage can be frustrating at 64GB or 256GB because there is no option for expandable storage yet I think one can make it work with I Cloud used effectively. I doubt I will use the new Face ID application but the wireless charging sounds interesting. Overall, you will find me in line waiting for this new Apple product to hit stores in November. Why? Because, I am a technology junkie just like a lot of us in this country who will be waiting in line beside me. We live on our phones and see our phones as an extension of ourselves. I hope my research can help you possibly in making your next decision for a phone and if you have commentary please leave it below and I will try to respond quickly. I love hearing everyone’s thoughts.

Signing out and Saying Always Stay Caffeinated!


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