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can’t wait to acai you again

Hey hey ???? How are you? Hope your morning is going well. We’re off on some adventures today, and I’m so excited for Liv’s gymnastics class. Watching her flip around makes my heart so happy.  Thank you again for all of your amazing support with the PBB Advanced plan! It’s so exciting to have it […]

Welcome to my new website!

It’s been four long years since we last had a fresh coat of paint around here. I wanted to brighten things up, and also bring the dear old blog and my copywriting business, Shauna Reid Writes (gedddit?) into one place. When I started increasing my freelance work, I stuck up a temporary biz website listing my services. [...] Read More...

My health insurance denial letters. Past or future?

5 hours agoHealth / Weight Loss : Jenful

Most writers have a stack of rejection letters, but I keep a stack of health insurance application denial letters (a.k.a. piss-off-and-die letters). If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, insurance companies will be sending out thousands of these things every year to people like me. Show More Summary

One Pot Chicken and Rice Fajita Soup

When I’m up in the middle of the night nursing the baby, I often goof around on my phone. I’ll peruse Pinterest, check out Instagram, poke around Facebook…check the weather, you know, whatever. Last night when I was up (several times…), I checked the weather at one point to see that it’s going to be... Read More »

Resistance Training: Some Helpful Resources

image: pixabay By Crabby McSlackerSo yeah, wary Cranky Fitness readers may be wondering, which kind of "resistance" are we talking about here?The kind that has you flexing your quads and glutes and lats and pecs? Or the kind that has...Show More Summary

A good weekend

All things considered, I had a pretty good weekend! (What a boring blog post title, right? I just couldn't think of one today.) On Friday, I went up to Detroit for a few hours, which is one of my favorite places to be. If it was warmer, I would have loved to walk the Riverwalk (my favorite place to relax and enjoy some free time without an agenda). Show More Summary

Doritos are the Devil – Weekly Weigh In

Doritos are the devil. Alright so hear me out before all of you Dorito lovers come after me!  I LOVE Doritos.  They are so yummy and they fill that afternoon carb craving just perfectly.  However, eating half a bag mindlessly because...Show More Summary

family dinner

Hey hey! How was the weekend? Hope you had an amazing one. Ours was the perfect mix of relaxing, fun, fitness, and… very little on the chore/productivity front. We’re hoping to use today’s off day to catch up on some things around here. I’d love to hear what you were up to! Friday night, my […]

How to Celebrate Your 40th Birthday

I feel like I’ve said I was forty for at least a year.  I mean, once you’re 39 years + 1 day… aren’t you really pretty much 40?  I feel like I’ve done this with other landmark birthdays.  Maybe not 21, because with that one came special permissions, but for most… So… I’m officially 40. Show More Summary

Jamaican Jerk Salmon with Fresh Mango Salsa (Whole30) + Weekly Menu

Last night was my first real “test” on Whole30. While it’s not easy to eat Whole30-compliant, social situations have got to be the biggest struggle. All that said, my office has been void of all things candy/cake/cookie/chocolate/Panera since Christmas – and that’s rare in healthcare (even diabetes!). Drug reps are notorious for bringing “the good... Read More »

Facing the gain

Thank you all so much for the kind comments on my last post! I always feel so vulnerable when I write about such personal topics as depression, but it does feel nice to get it out in the open--and you all are so kind. Thank you for that! I also love to read the ideas from others that they have found helpful in treating their own depression. Show More Summary

Oprah's Committed To Weight Watchers, No Matter What The Haters Say

Some people don't believe Oprah's weight loss is for real this time, but she's after long-lasting change—and she's using Weight Watchers to get there.

Chamonix Esotique-XV Review: Don’t Buy Before You Read This!

What is it? Chamonix Esotique-XV is an anti-aging treatment incorporating stem cell technology to rejuvenate the skin.  Loaded with proven anti-aging peptides, soothing plant extracts, and other skin nourishing vitamins and nutrients, the proprietary formula promises to transform dull, sagging … Continue reading ?

DermaSilk Review: Don’t Buy Before You Read This!

What is it? DermaSilk is a dietary supplement created to work from the inside out to reduce the visible signs of aging and protect skin from harmful UV damage.  Utilizing a variety of clinically proven antioxidants and powerful anti-aging ingredients, … Continue reading ?

Bellaplex Review: Don’t Buy Before You Read This!

What is it? Bellaplex is an anti-aging cream designed as a cost-efficient alternative to invasive cosmetic procedures.  It is formulated with several proven anti-aging peptides and natural plant extracts to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles and firm and … Continue reading ?

Derma Nova Collagen Age-Defying Cream Review: Don’t Buy Before You Read This!

What is it? Derma Nova Collagen Age-Defying Cream is an anti-aging cream designed to replenish, rejuvenate and revitalize the skin without the need for Botox or other costly, invasive procedures.  Using only the most effective anti-aging ingredients and advanced age-reversing … Continue reading ?

Hydroxatone Review: Don’t Buy Before You Read This!

What is it? Hydroxatone is an anti-aging cream that claims it can erase fine lines, reduce deep wrinkles, and hydrate on a cellular level to restore youthful radiance.  The formula delivers a powerful combination of known anti-aging peptides, antioxidants, and … Continue reading ?

Oxytokin Review: Don’t Buy Before You Read This!

What is it? Oxytokin is a wrinkle cream that claims it will reduce the visible signs of aging.  The key anti-aging ingredient, Argireline, has been proven for its ability to reduce the facial contractions that lead to lines and wrinkles, … Continue reading ?

Philosophy Miracle Worker Review: Don’t Buy Before You Read This!

What is it? Philosophy Miracle Worker is an antioxidant-rich cream designed to hydrate, brighten, and protect against premature aging.  The product claims its highly concentrated vitamin and nutrient complex will help replenish skin’s natural moisture barrier for smoother, more radiant … Continue reading ?

Athena 7 Minute Lift Review: Don’t Buy Before You Read This!

What is it? Athena 7 Minute Lift is an anti-aging cream designed to give the skin a natural lift.  It claims it will reduce the appearance of sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles without the need for cosmetic surgery. Its … Continue reading ?

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