Red, White and Blue

4th Of July.

Military life is not always easy, some days are better than others. I love when we go out and about to a retail store, flower store, restaurant, amusement parks and we ask ” do you offer military discount” and their response is “of course we do”. There are no words to describe how amazing that feels. It’s not just the discount that is amazing of course, however the significance behind the discount. Which to us means that the store, company, restaurants supports our Troops.

There is nothing more rewarding than to see the appreciation and just so much love. I think thats the best part of my hubby’s job is making people smile and I could say the same thing for my brother. That being said, FTD and USO teamed up and are offering a USO Collection flower arrangement along with a few other cute arrangements. Now through 12/31/2016 FTD will be donating 5% of all sales from this collection to the USO. How amazing is that??

The USO is AMAZING!! Here is a little of what they do and offer.

“Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. We operate USO centers at or near military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even un-staffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy.

USO airport centers throughout the country offer around-the clock hospitality for traveling service members and their families. Our trademark USO tours bring America and its celebrities to service members who are assigned far from home, to entertain them and convey the support of the nation. And our many specialized programs offer a continuum support to service members throughout their journey of service, from the first time they don the uniform until they last time they take it off. “

We’ve used the USO plenty of times. We have visited the USO centers at the airports as well as in port. Such as San Diego, CA. They are always offering dinners and activities for your service members and their families. The USO has been very good to us, not to mention everyone around the world using these services. 

If you’d like to contribute, then please grab yourself and your mom, cousin, girlfriend one of these amazing arrangements and help our Troops. Shop the USO Collection

Huge!!! Thanks to all those who support our US Military and a HUGE thanks to FTD for sending my mother this beautiful arrangement!! God Bless You. 

 

♥ a military wife & sister

 

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Pollyanna get’s FIT.

Life in California has been so amazing ( besides of course deployments – those are NO fun). We are able to do so much more compared to our life in Texas. It’s just such a good change, for the best. The weather is amazing, not to mention the beach and we can actually go to the gym now, my hubby bought us gym memberships to LA Fitness. Which has been such an amazing, new outlook on life for me.

After getting my gallbladder removed, I wanted a new start for myself. Not only for myself, but for my family. There is nothing more, that I want in life then to see my kids grow up and be there every step of the way. I want to enjoy life with them and not have my ‘health’ be an issue. I want and need,  to be at my very best for my hubby and kids.  About a month ago I started to keep track of my ‘MACROS’ and working out on a daily basis. Since doing so, I’ve dropped a few lbs and slowly but surely gaining muscle – that I never knew i had 🙂 I feel amazing as far as health goes, not to mention, fitting into some jeans that I wasn’t able to before, is also pretty darn good. 

Pollyanna Gets Fit !

I was a bit scared to actually post this, just because of my insecurities. I figured if my pictures can motivate some my readers, then it makes it worth it. These photos are two week difference. I’m SO PROUD of myself, I still have a long way to go but these before and after photos just give me more motivation to keep on going! My hubby and munchkins need me to be  healthy and lastly I want to feel good about my self. I’m excited of what’s to come in the future. 

There are no special pills I’m taking or crazy diets, i’m just following a IIFYM ( if it fits your macros) and working out 5-6  days a week. Working out with weights ( to build muscle) and cardio (to get my body fat down). I have learned a lot from my husband, since he knows a lot about working out and eating right. I too, have been on YOUTUBE a lot, watching workout videos. Some of my favorite body builders – Kai Greene, Dana Linn Bailey, Victor Martinez.  

**I use My Fitness pal – iPhone app to keep track on my MACROS// NOT SURE WHAT IIFYM IS CLICK HERE **

I will be documenting my journey.. so stay tuned for recipes/tips/reviews.  

Pollyanna Gets Fit !

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I love shopping at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market

Thank you to Fresh & Easy for sponsoring this post and keeping my shopping experience amazing every time and for helping me find fresh Healthy choices everyday.

I am so happy that we now live in California, seriously i’ve missed it so much it’s so awesome to be able to shop at awesome stores like Fresh & Easy. I used to go to a Fresh & Easy in Avondale, AZ with my mother all.the.time. I am lucky enough to have one right next to my LA Fitness gym here in San Diego, CA. Which is literally 8 minutes away from my home. I must shop there about 4 times a week. I love that I can pick up something fresh to make everyday, after the gym.  

Fresh & Easy thinks that fresh, wholesome food should be accessible and affordable to everyone. They offer a range of their own brand products and freshly prepared meals, in addition to other favorite top name brands.

Among many other things, Fresh & Easy offers:
– Fresh bread, fresh meat, fresh fish / Daily deliveries
– Meal solutions for the time-starved or those who don’t know how or don’t like to cook (Ready to Cook & Kitchen To Go)
– If it has the Fresh & Easy name on it, it’s guaranteed to be free from artificial colors and flavors, transfats, high-fructose corn syrup or any other hidden nasties that are out there.
– Stores are smarter and smaller. They have everything you need without any of the stuff you don’t. Our self-checkouts get you in and out quickly. But we also have friendly staff to help if you need a hand.
– Feature Wild Oats Organics – the first and only USDA certified organic to-go salads and sandwiches! (as you can see in the photo below, the section on the right, has READY TO GO meals) Seriously such an amazing feature about Fresh & Easy.

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I love how organized Fresh & Easy is, not to mention that they have daily specials. For example, I purchased bread and I bought it for a discounted price. Also, Fresh & Easy has this sign on products that are about to expire and price is reduced. (Which is so awesome to purchase the product that day and cook it for dinner) it’s a win, win. The sign reads ” To give you the freshest products, we reduce prices on certain items nearing their expiration date by 25%” 

So, next time you visit your local Fresh & Easy which can be found in CA, NV, or AZ be sure to look for these specials. Lastly, be sure to sign up for Friends of Fresh& Easy Program it’s different than other grocery programs because, whether you’re a member or not, all the customers enjoy great savings.  After all, they  believe fresh wholesome food should be affordable to everyone. However as a Friend of fresh&easy, you’ll receive Friends rewards for doing something you already do: shop with them. So really, there’s no reason not to join! For every $1 you spend you get 1 point. 

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Yesterday, we shopped for some healthy burger items. I also had to purchase the most amazing salsa EVER!!! It’s Fresh & Easy’s own brand of salsa. Seriously this stuff is so amazing, YOU MUST BUY SOME next time you go. I like to put some on my egg whites in the morning. 14

My daughter loves checking out at Fresh & Easy. It’s one of her favorite things to do. She saids ” I’m a big girl mom”. We shopped a little over $20 but everything we bought will be used for more then one meal, which already makes it totally worth it. 

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Lastly, I know this may not be a big deal to some; but for me it’s a HUGE deal. They even offer these awesome parking spots for us parents that have munchkins. I mean. How amazing is that. Thank you Fresh & Easy for making my life easier with just the small things like this, not to mention the organization in the store that makes my shopping experience an amazing one, along with all the fresh healthy choice you all have to offer. 

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