Friday, August 31, 2012

Important Update! Please read

This my status I recently posted. I know its a little hard to read so I encourage you to go to the status directly and read it. Please comment on there or here when/if you do! 


Photo A Day- August #31


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy 4th Anniversary

Today marks 4 yrs since my life changed forever! 
I married my best friend and partner in life. 
He is the father to my three beautiful girls and an amazing provider for our family. 

I couldn't ask for anyone better in my life and while we have our spats, I couldn't imagine falling asleep next to anyone else! 

We've been together since January 2004 and while that seems like forever ago, we still have a life time to watch our children grow up, have grand kids, and grow old together. 

(our photographer sucked so some of my favorite photos were taken by our best man's then 10yr old son)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How Lakeon lost weight.

Basically, I started the long journey of losing weight.

The last time I had been weighed was last year and I was at 160, then our scale stopped working. I got very very sick in January and had to go to the doctor where they weighed me and I was STUNNED to see 188 on the scale. I've tried losing weight and given up a thousand times before but this time, I had more determination than ever. Now I'm 35 pounds lighter and a whole lot happier. Here are some tips to what I did.

My pinterest weight-loss album:

 There are things you have to know before you start.

1. It's NOT EASY to lose weight. It's hard work.
2. You need motivation.
3. It took more than a day to put the weight on, It'll take more than a day to take it off.
4. EAT. Not eating will not help you lose weight. It puts your body into starvation mode and also slows your metabolism. When your body thinks it's starving, any food you intake will be stored as a fat right away.
5. You WILL hit weight loss plateaus. What's a Plateau? It's when you're eating right and exercising yet, your weight loss comes to a complete stop.
6. The key is to never give up.

The most important thing I go by. Calories. I eat 1200 a day. See how many you need to eat here:

I also use to keep up with the calories I eat daily. myfitnesspal also has an app here:

Things I avoid:
Avoid all drinks except water.
Avoid ALL fast food.
Avoid greasy foods.
Avoid fried foods.
Avoid white bread.
Avoid alcohol.
Avoid condiments.

Beware of: 

Dining in to eat. Plan ahead of time! If you're going out to eat with friends, look online and search for the calories in the food at the place your going. Most of the time restaurants have this list on their website. Find the healthiest option and remember to order a water with your meal!

Servings. Read the back of those boxes and cans. If it's not a healthy option, try your best to only eat ONE serving of it. Also keep in mind that if something says (100 calories per serving; 8 servings) If you eat the whole thing, that's 800 calories.

Sugar and Salt. It's in almost everything, and it's hard to completely avoid them. But try to cut down as much as possible. This means no candy, no ice cream, and no boiled peanuts. If you must have chocolate, Go for dark chocolate and only eat one serving per day. 

Kids N Pets Review & Giveaway 9/11

For over 10 years KIDS N PETS has been safely and permanently cleaning up the messiest stains and smelliest odors from kids and pets!

Warning: Dog poo stains will be shown!

I contacted KIDS ‘N’ PETS after our older dog started having a few accidents in the house. While I waited on the package, she stopped and all was well again. The only problem with that is it gave me nothing to use the product on. 

August 9 our lives changed with a puppy!
Hayley (above) was born in May and is potty training. 
The first couple days were touch and go but then she was doing amazing! 
We were having no accidents and I thought "It can't be this easy?!" and then one day it happened! We had a lot of poo accidents because of an upset tummy so I knew it was the perfect time to really give KIDS ‘N’ PETS Instant All Purpose Stain & Odor Remover a true test!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Going to college? Check out began renting textbooks in August of 2007. Since then, we've served thousands and thousands of customers on more than 5,000 different college campuses in the fabulous USA. You can be confident in our customer service and reliability. We work like maniacs to get books to our customers on time, make things right when something goes wrong, and provide fast and responsive customer service. At we offer virtually any textbook for rent, we pay students for referring friends, we award scholarships every semester, and we contribute a portion of the rental proceeds to a worthy humanitarian project each year. 

A college degree now days really says a lot about someone. It's too easy to quit school and I wish I never had. As a mother of three, I wish I would've stayed in school and furthered on to college to show my daughters that education is important and in my opinion, a must for them. 

We live in a tough economy and money is stretched thin all around. Buying textbooks for college is tough because of the expense! Spending hundreds of dollars for books each semester is costly and really adds up after multiple years of schooling. 

Let me tell you about

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Photo A Day- August #26

This was a tough one. I couldn't remember my dreams and I don't know how to do a picture for "my dream in life" so no photo today. 

I wish my girls to live a healthy happy life and my dream is for them all to go to school, have a profession, get married and give me grand babies one day! :)

Petmate Review & Giveaway 9/9

Petmate, with its family of brands, is the trusted authority in smart pet care solutions. As the first to provide a safe and comfortable alternative to wooden travel crates, Petmate has gone on to introduce smart solutions for every stage in a pet’s life. At Petmate, we believe in what we do, because we have pets too! Check out all of the other great brands and products in the Petmate family: Bamboo, Fat Cat, Booda, Petmate and Aspen Pet.

I have two reviews to discuss today! :)

When I first wrote Petmate, we had one dog. Our 7yr old mixed breed is never in a cage so I decided she needed a nice comfy bed to relax in vs always being on our couch. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Photo A Day- August #24

#letlovenourish breastfeeding giveaway hop 8/31

August is Breastfeeding Month and to celebrate Just Another Hat has put together this great giveaway hop dedicated to breastfeeding mothers & children. 

Breastfeeding is close to my heart more than ever because I've been lucky enough to be very successful with our third child. She is 6 1/2 months old and we're going strong with no signs of stopping!

I hope you enjoy the giveaway I have to offer and after you've entered here at Mama's Baby Cupcakes, make sure to go through the linky and stop by the other blogs!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WW: Madison started Pre-K

Madison went to pre-school last year so we decided to put her in advanced pre-k called "explorers" 
she goes Mon-Fri from 9-11:30am
She started August 20

She'll be 5 in October!!

Photo A Day- August #22

Sunday, August 19, 2012

WHO is Lakeon??

Before I start, I'd like to thank Michelle for allowing me to become a part-time co-blogger on Mama's Baby Cupcakes.

I'm Lakeon, prounounced lay-ken. (I get asked a lot). Born and raised in good ole Southern Mississippi. I know, I know, I don't look southern but I have the accent to prove it. I'm a stay at home mommy to miss Chloe Michelle and she's more than a handful at times, but I love being here with her. My husband, Jacob, works in the oil field on 24 hour call so I get pretty lonely when he's gone for days at a time and I'm left at home.

In my spare time I love working on graphic design. I'm not a PRO at it nor do I have a degree, but I do enjoy it. I'm also a painter, I do scrap-booking, I collect shot glasses and energy drink cans. (Weird hobby, I know.)

This year from January - July I dropped 35 pounds! I'm very proud of myself because it definitely wasn't easy. Eating right and exercise is the key to losing weight and with a little help from myfitnesspal APP on my android phone, I was able to get myself to a weight I am comfortable at.

I'm very excited to start blogging here and doing occasional reviews on children and baby related items.

Photo A Day- August #19

Hayley's puppy nose holes LOL

Saturday, August 18, 2012

SweetPea Maternity Review & Giveaway 9/3

Sweet Pea Maternity (formally known as Kiki's Maternity Fashions) is a great online maternity site for moms to be on a budget!

SweetPea Maternity is dedicated to bringing our customers today's cute and trendy maternity clothes at low, low prices. While most maternity clothes out in the market are boxy, boring and expensive, we pride ourselves on having a wide selection of unique maternity styles at prices mostly under $20. 

By selling exclusively on the Internet, SweetPea Maternity is able to maintain very low operating costs and we pass those savings on to our customers by offering prices 15%- 30% off many of our competitors. We also change our inventory often, so our customers always have access to today's hottest fashions and trends.

When I was pregnant with Macyn last summer, I worked with (then) Kiki's Fashions for a cute summer top I could enjoy and be cool in to help deal with the summer heat. 

I had a friend find out she was pregnant and I decided to see if I could help her out a little bit with a cute trendy top from SweetPea Maternity. This was her first child and since she's due shortly after Madison's birthday, I knew how she would feel with the summer heat. 

23 weeks pregnant

Photo A Day- August #18