Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tespo, It's This Vitamin Thing

I've discovered a way to give my daughter exactly what she wants right alongside everything that she needs. She doesn't quite know that it's what she needs just yet, but I'm working on the nutrition part with her. Believe me, she's already been told there are some things that are down right junk. So, when I came across this thing called Tespo it was an easy decision.

There's a 100% happiness guarantee with Tespo. It's totally easy to send it back if you don't like it, but I guarantee you will!

A Tespo system is like a Keurig for vitamins. Instead of swallowing horse-sized pills, just drink a simple shot-like sample of all of the essential vitamins you need throughout the day. I love that Tespo offers Women's, Men's and Children's options because we're not a one size fits all kind of body - and we shouldn't take vitamins like we are. (There's also prenatal, sleep, energy, focus and hair, skin & nails coming soon!)

The vitamins come out in a what my daughter calls Juice! She doesn't get actual juice often because it's loaded with sugar and it's even loaded with artificial sweeteners, colors, dyes, preservatives = junk. Pure junk. She also doesn't get gummie vitamins to make up for what she may not get in her food. Those things are loaded with a lot of the same crap. Also, did you know they're only about 2% vitamin? The rest, candy?

Personally, my pill vitamins make me feel nauseas sometimes. Liquid vitamins from Tespo have no fillers or manufacturing agents so they're easier to digest. I have yet to have any problems after drinking my dose. Oh, and did you know liquid vitamins are absorbed 70% better than pills or tablets? Sign me up. Well, sign you up. I already did it.

A few other things I'm loving about Tespo:

  • It entertains my kids
  • The machine is intuitive so I don't have to do anything other than plop in the dispenser
  • Sustainability! Discs are 100% recyclable! (Big freaking hooray!)
  • There's a Tespo-Go system that let's you take it anywhere
  • It tastes great
  • The cup is dishwasher safe
  • There's a video that shows you exactly how to clean it.
And, just so you know I'm being honest, here are my hang ups:
  • Instead of artificial sweeteners, there's organic stevia extract. I'm not 100% convinced on stevia, because, it's still sugar
  • It is another piece of equipment. However, I don't leave my coffee maker, toaster, blender, etc. on my counter already so this wasn't going to be left out either
  • The price. It's spending $1 per day on vitamins after buying the machine.
Let me help you with the price thing though. Click here and get 30% off your machine, this is a better deal than what you'd get by signing up for the newsletter when you first visit the site. Take advantage!

Watch my kids fight over their "juice!"

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Too Much

I started doing a few different things in the last couple weeks.

It started with some travel. We were gone, off our routine, trying to fit in all the things we do on a daily basis without the comforts of daily life to help keep that up. I can't remember the last time our kids actually went to bed at their bedtime. Yet, they still wake up before 8:00!

We didn't make it into the gym on a regular basis. A few at-home workouts here, a quick trip to the gym there, a lot of skipping it completely all around. It hasn't felt the best. My body starts to feel tired and incapable. I'm not as focused on all of these new things I've chosen to do. I added these to my plate though. My choice.

Matt is back in the office for longer days. He's on the phone even more than he used to be. I highly doubt we will get one day at home each week anymore. Recruiting for next season is in full force and his phone is attached to his face.

I started doing a few different things in the last couple weeks.

I now work part-time for a start up company called ChoreMonster. It's an app for kids and parents to connect through technology to get things done around the house. Things like chores! I go into the office once a week, work from home the rest. I still write tweets and craft the weekly internal newsletter for a marketing agency that serves small businesses. I still teach yoga five times every week, sometimes more if subs are needed. Now, I'm writing product descriptions for a local candy company. I can work as much or as little as I want. More work means more money, so here I am writing away.

I also spend the majority of this work time at home with a three year old and a one year old. They aren't exactly self-sufficient. I'll be out of the weeds soon. I think.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Turn Down For What

We have the strangest conversations with our family. I'm sure each of us has found ourselves asking something like, "What would you do with 465 million dollars?" or "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?" Then you have me, asking Matt, "If you were super famous and had the kind of clout that you were approached by brands to be their spokesperson, which ones would you turn down?"

This is obviously conditional: you're super famous, you have money enough already, you have moral standards, you actually firmly believe in certain things.

This is not: you're middle class being offered millions that will change your life and you would do anything just to be famous and rich.

I think about these things sometimes. It passes the time. My initial response was that I would turn down McDonald's because this. Falling in line would be Taco Hell, Burger Death and Wendy's. I just like food. Real food. Things like raspberries (which I ate at 1:00 a.m. the other night) and plantains (which I made for breakfast with a little cinnamon, delicious). I don't like finding remains in my food. I don't like knowing what it's injected with. Send me studies, I'm okay with you refuting my thoughts. But that's what they are, thoughts. Researched lightly or heavily, I'm making my own decisions here.

I would also turn down Coca-Cola, Pepsi and the like. I don't drink coke/pop/soda/soda pop. I would not be comfortable promoting something that I'm not interested in.

Matt found it tough to determine where he would draw the line. He's okay with the aforementioned fast food from time to time. I had to offer some thoughts of my own for his answers (because I also think about what my husband might say to my ludicrous inner psyche questions).

He could easily turn down some clothing companies. You'll never find Matt in a pair of skinny jeans. You'll never see him in a skin tight shirt. Sorry, but H&M loses out to him. We would never make money off some really stylish, high-class men's designer because Matt would not fit into or feel comfortable in their clothing. I'm just hoping John Varvatos and Matt can figure something out.

If you were in a position to be able to turn down something, what would you say 'no way' too?


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