One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Mother’s Day is Coming!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don’t usually hop on unrelated sponsored post opportunities but when Groupon reached out and asked if I would showcase their Groupon’s Mother’s Day Gift Shop I thought, why not?

Especially because, and this may seem silly, I have some really strong gift opinions. The Husband calls me a Scrooge and I guess I am because I really don’t see the point of most traditional gift giving ideas.

Let’s take jewelry, for example, which seems to be the go-to gift for females. I’m just not a fan. It all seems like a waste of money to me. Maybe because I don’t typically wear jewelry but more than that, it’s so generic. Like…

Hey! You’re a girl. I didn’t bother to get to know you well enough to buy you something you’d really like so how about this shiny rock on a string! Yea! Isn’t it pretty?

Am I right?

Well, unless you actually like jewelry I guess.

In The Husband’s eyes I’m also a Scrooge as I don’t want STUFF. I’m much rather do something than get something — that’s why I like the whole Groupon Experience category.

He’s the opposite. He much rather get something than do something which is why I can buy him anything and he’s pretty much happy.

What do they say about opposites?

Anyway, I looked though the list of gifts on Groupon and I will say, I was quite impressed. They had a really nice variety, even for Scrooges like me.

For example, TONS of spa options. I’m not going to link to a particular one as it’s pretty irrelevant and would be based on my specific location.

Right now they are having a Mother’s Day $0 Deal for 1 Year’s Worth of Spa Days on Groupon which I entered. Cross your fingers for me!

The cool thing about spa gifts is that there is something for everyone. I’m a massage girl but from facials to hair to nails, there’s something to pamper everyone! If you have a mom, know a mom, or are a mom, get a spa package. We don’t treat ourselves enough.

I just scheduled appointments for me and my Mom Sunday. :)

Speaking of treats, they also have a lot of food gifts which I’m usually against UNLESS they are macaroons. Then I’m ALL ABOUT IT!

Seriously, if you are thinking of buying a Mom an edible gift make it completely indulge worthy. No one needs anymore generic butter cookies or cheap chocolate. We just don’t.

Since we are in the edible arena, coffee or in my case, tea, always makes a great gift!

It let’s mom indulge with some fun things she probably won’t never buy herself. I love tea so getting fun gift baskets like this is fabulous! Like a giant taste test! Who knows? I may find a new favorite.

Moving away from consumable gifts, pictures are ALWAYS a safe bet.

As a busy mom, I, for one, appreciate when someone gives me a framed, hang-up-able photo as it’s hard for me to find time to print and prep them myself. As a gift giver I know the grandparents are never disappointed when I get them these kinds of gifts as well. They are fun and personal — two of my must adjectives when considering a present.

Since I mentioned Grandparents, a funny, ironic, t-shirt is always fun.

What’s cooler than Grandma wearing a cool T?

Nothing really.

If you are interested in any of these (or any) Mother’s Day gift ideas there’s a Mother’s Day Mystery Promo sale happening on 5/7-5/8. Login to Groupon to receive anywhere from 20%, 25%, or 30% off up to 3 Local Deals!

This was, of course, a sponsored posted by Groupon for their Mother’s Day Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own. I’m sure Groupon would have loved it if I did actually like jewelry. ;)

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Food Journal

  • 5:45 a.m. Half a banana on the way to the gym.
  • 9:15 a.m. 2 eggs + egg white scrambled with sausage and kale topped with Sriracha
  • Noon – Trail Mix Cookie Experiments – Been working on an avocado cookie idea for weeks now. I was sticking to chocolate but decided to try something new today — it DID NOT workout. lol
  • 1 p.m. smoked turkey breast, a sausage link, baked beans and a small piece of cornbread.
  • 7 p.m. HUGE Bacon Cheese burger salad
  • 9 p.m. fresh pineapple and some celery sticks — The Husband has joined me in starter nighttime snaking! I’m so proud of him!

Activity Journal

  • 6 a.m. Stretched and practiced some lifts for this weekend’s competition.
  • 9 a.m. 2 mile walk
  • 5:30 p.m. The kids wanted to take the class at the gym again so we went. I ran a mile, rowed a mile and then stretched. Competition on Saturday so I’m trying to taper down a bit with the weight training.


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There are 14 comments so far.


    May 8, 2015

    I told my husband once that if he ever bought me jewelry, we’d better be so rich we were burning $100 bills in the fireplace. Ha!


    May 8, 2015

    Sorry, not related to this post…but has a winner been selected for the Crane giveaway? Not sure of the best place to ask this question for it to be noticed…


    May 8, 2015

    Ahhh, I LOVE jewelry! If someone knows me well, they would know exactly what to get me. Not a generic gift at all, in fact I think it’s one of the most personal gifts you can get someone…again, if you know them well. OTOH, I don’t have any interest in going to a spa at all. They kind of gross me out, I won’t go into all my OCD reasons why but nope, not for me.


      May 9, 2015

      We’re like the yin and yang gift receivers. lol

    Claude (Ironman) M.

    May 9, 2015

    ‘Can’t buy me Love…. Say you need no diamond rings, and I’ll be satisfied’, Beatles! Now Macaroons, that’s another story altogether.


    May 12, 2015


    We are all different and like different things.

    I am like you and am not bothered by jewellery. However some of my friends adore it and can spend what seems like hours drooling over jewellery. But maybe I am being unkind.

    My Mom, who is getting on now, doesn’t really need anything and when they get to a certain age they tend to have pretty much what they need.

    So we take her out to a fancy restaurant and treat her to dinner. This always goes down well.

    And I think she really does appreciate it as well.

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