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Fall Cleanup with Mean Green





I've been waiting for the cooler weather to start tackling all those outdoor cleaning projects that I put off all summer. Ugh!! The older I get, the more I dislike spending time cleaning. Thankfully, Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser cuts the time I have to spend scrubbing dirt and stains off porch columns, railings, and outdoor furniture. 




Between tree sap, dead bugs, bird droppings and the salt air, my porch columns really took a beating this summer. They look like they could use a power washing, but since I don't own a pressure washer, I thought I'd give Mean Green a try first before renting one. A few spritzes and not much elbow grease removed most of the debris. It also removed the caked on dirt and salt that has been sitting on my bike for awhile off in a snap.

ick!!!
Good as new!






There's a Mean Green product for all your outdoor and indoor cleaning projects. Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser is available in 16 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz. and 1 gallon sizes. A store locator is available at meangreendegreaser.com
Disclosure: In accordance with FTC regulations, I am disclosing products were received in order to facilitate this review. Affiliate links were not used in this post. All reviews are my own. 


Starting Week 77 on Nutrisystem



This is it! My last week as an NSNation Blogger! Lucky 77...and how lucky I have been that the Nutrisystem team chose me to partner with them. I hope I've lived up to their expectations and made them proud. 



Wanted to share a little tip when eating the Nutrisystem bars for breakfast or lunch. I cut them into small pieces to avoid gobbling them up in 4 bites. Not rocket science, but it forces me to eat slower and more mindfully. ☺



If you missed last week's post about Nutrisystem's #BackInYourJeans giveaway, you have until tomorrow to enter to win 4 weeks of their Uniquely Yours Plan. I know many of you want to try the program because last week's post was, far and away, my most visited Nutrisystem journal entry ever. So don't be shy, you have nothing to lose, but unwanted pounds!!! ☺ Just hop on over to Nutrisystem's Facebook page and leave a comment about your favorite jeans on their giveaway post found HERE. Two lucky entrants will be selected at random. Good luck to all; my wish for the winners is that they love the program as much as I do. 


I lost .2 lbs. last week. I'm a little sad ~ and a lot scared ~ that my Nutrisystem assignment is coming to an end knowing I will no longer be held accountable, but it's not the end of my weight-loss journey. Who knows maybe there is something else on the horizon that will help me stay on track. ☺ Until next week...




To checkout Nutrisystem's current offers, menu and various plans, visit nutrisystem.com. For delicious, low-cal recipes and weight loss tips, check out https://leaf.nutrisystem.com and connect with Nutrisystem on Facebook and Twitter. 

My Journey Begins ~ Starting Weight ~ 180 
Week 1 ~ Lost 6.2 lbs. ~ Weight 173.8
Week 2 ~ Lost. 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 172.4 ~ Total Loss 7.6 lbs. 
Week 3 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 172 ~ Total loss 8 lbs.
Week 4 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 169.8 ~ Total Loss 10.2 lbs.
Week 5 ~ Lost 1.8 lbs. ~ Weight 168 ~ Total Loss 12 lbs. 
Week 6 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 167.8 ~ Total Loss 12.2 lbs. 
Week 7 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 165.6 ~ Total Loss 14.4 lbs. 
Week 8 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 165 ~ Total Loss 15 lbs. 
Week 9 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 163.8 ~ Total Loss 16.2 lbs. 
Week 10 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 163.4 ~ Total Loss 16.6 lbs. 
Week 11 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 161.4 ~ Total Loss 18.6 lbs. 
Week 12 ~ Lost .6 lb. ~ Weight 160.8 ~ Total Loss 19.2 lbs. 
Week 13 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 159.8 ~ Total Loss 20.2 lbs. 
Week 14 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 158.2 ~ Total Loss 21.8 lbs. 
Week 15 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 157.8 ~ Total Loss 22.2 lbs. 
Week 16 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 156.8 ~ Total Loss 23.2 lbs.
Week 17 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 156.2 ~ Total Loss 23.8 lbs.
Week 18 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 155.2 ~ Total Loss 24.8 lbs. 
Week 19 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 154.4 ~ Total Loss 25.6 lbs. 
Week 20 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 153.4 ~ Total Loss 26.6 lbs. 
Week 21 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 153.2 ~ Total Loss 26.8 lbs. 
Week 22 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 151.2 ~ Total Loss 28.8 lbs. 
Week 23 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 151 ~ Total Loss 29 lbs. 
Week 24 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 150 ~ Total Loss 30 lbs. 
Week 25 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 149.6 ~ Total Loss 30.4 lbs.
Week 26 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 148 ~ Total Loss 32 lbs.
Week 27 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 147 ~ Total Loss 33 lbs.
Week 28 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 145.8 ~ Total Loss 34.2 lbs.
Week 29 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 145.2 ~ Total Loss 34.8 lbs.
Week 30 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 144.2 ~ Total Loss 35.8 lbs.
Week 31 ~ Lost. .4 lbs. ~ Weight 143.8 ~ Total Loss 36.2 lbs.
Week 32 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 143 ~ Total Loss 37 lbs.
Week 33 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 142 ~ Total Loss 38 lbs.
Week 34 ~ Lost 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 140.6 ~ Total Loss 39.4 lbs.
Week 35 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 139.8 ~ Total Loss 40.2 lbs.
Week 36 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 139.6 ~ Total Loss 40.4 lbs.

Week 37 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 139.4 ~ Total Loss 40.6 lbs. 
Week 38 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 138.8 ~ Total Loss 41.2 lbs. 
Week 39 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.6 ~ Total Loss 41.4 lbs. 
Week 40 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.4 ~ Total Loss 41.6 lbs. 
Week 41 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.2 ~ Total Loss 41.8 lbs. 
Week 42 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 137.8 ~ Total Loss 42.2 lbs. 
Week 43 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 137 ~ Total Loss 43 lbs. 
Week 44 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.6 ~ Total Loss 43.4 lbs. 
Week 45 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.2 ~ Total Loss 43.8 lbs. 
Week 46 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 136 ~ Total Loss 44 lbs. 
Week 47 ~ Lost .4 lbs ~ Weight 135.6 ~ Total Loss 44.4. lbs. 
Week 48 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 135.2 ~ Total Loss 44.8 lbs. 
Week 49 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 135 ~ Total Loss 45 lbs.
Week 50 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 134.6 ~ Total Loss 45.4 lbs. 
Week 51 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 134.4 ~ Total Loss 45.6 lbs. 
Week 52 ~ Gained 2.4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.8 ~ Total Loss 43.2 lbs.
Week 53 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 135.8 ~ Total Loss 44.2 lbs. 
Week 54 ~ Gained 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 138 ~ Total Loss 42 lbs. 
Week 55 ~ Lost 3 lbs. ~ Weight 135 ~ Total Loss 45 lbs. 
Week 56 ~ Gained 1 lbs. ~ Weight 136 ~ Total Loss 44 lbs. 
Week 57 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 135.2 ~ Total Loss 44.8 lbs. 
Week 58 ~ Gained 1 lb. ~ Weight 136.2 ~ Total Loss 43.8 lbs. 
Week 59 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 136.8 ~ Total Loss 43.2 lbs. 
Week 60 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 135.6 ~ Total Loss 44.4 lbs. 
Week 61 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 134.4 ~ Total Loss 45.6 lbs. 
Week 62 ~ Gained 2 lbs. ~ Weight 136.4 ~ Total Loss 43.6 lbs. 
Week 63 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 135.4 ~ Total Loss 44.6 lbs. 
Week 64 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 135.2 ~ Total Loss 44.8 lbs. 
Week 65 ~ Gained 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.6 ~ Total Loss 43.4 lbs. 
Week 66 ~ No change ~ Weight 136.6 ~ Total Loss 43.4 lbs. 
Week 67 ~ Gained .4 lbs. ~ Weight 137 ~ Total Loss 43 lbs. 
Week 68 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 135.8 ~ Total Loss 44.2 lbs. 
Week 69 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 136.4 ~ Total Loss 43.6 lbs. 
Week 70 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 137 ~ Total Loss 43 lbs. 
Week 71 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 137.6 ~ Total Loss 42.4 lbs. 
Week 72 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 137.2 ~ Total Loss 42.8 lbs. 
Week 73 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.8 ~ Total Loss 43.2 lbs. 
Week 74 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 137.4 ~ Total Loss 42.6 lbs. 
Week 75 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 136.2 ~ Total Loss 43.8 lbs. 
Week 76 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 136 ~ Total Loss 44 lbs. 

Disclosure: In accordance with FTC regulations, I am disclosing as a Nutrisystem Nation Blogger, I am receiving Nutrisystem food in exchange for writing about my weight loss journey. Affiliate links were not used in this post nor was any monetary compensation received. All reviews are my own.



Nutrisystem Get Back in Your Jeans Giveaway



Do you have a favorite pair of jeans or is there a pair of skinny jeans you've had your eye? Nutrisystem is giving away a 4-week Uniquely Yours Plan to TWO lucky individuals! This is the plan I recommend and it's so easy to enter. If you've been wanting to try Nutrisystem or struggling to lose weight, give it a shot. To enter, simply post a comment about your "dream jeans"on Nutrisystem's Facebook page under their corresponding giveaway post. The post can be found HERE. Winners will be selected at random. Hurry, contest ends September 19, 2017.


Once upon a time, these were my favorite jeans {I knew I held onto them for a reason}. ☺ The inset pic in the upper left corner was Christmas 2010. By 2015, before Nutrisystem came to my rescue, these jeans were too tight to wear. When I tried them on several months into my weight loss journey, they were falling off me. If I were to do it over again, the one thing I would do differently is record my measurements before starting Nutrisystem. When you're feeling discouraged because the scale isn't showing the results you think it should, the measuring tape most likely will. 



I'd rate myself a B- as far as sticking to my plan of doing a modified version of Turbo Takeoff last week. The first few days went great, but as the week progressed I found myself mindlessly snacking while worrying about friends and family in the path of Irma. Although I've made some strides over the last 1.5 years with stress eating, it's still is an issue for me. Exercising 6 days last week helped though and I wound up with a 1.2 lb loss. Since my body seems most comfortable around 137 lbs., my new goal will be to maintain that weight, rather than continuing to strive for a 50-lb. loss. Fitting into a new pair of pretty jeans is way more exciting than a number on the scale anyway. ☺

To checkout Nutrisystem's current offers, menu and various plans, visit nutrisystem.com. For delicious, low-cal recipes and weight loss tips, check out https://leaf.nutrisystem.com and connect with Nutrisystem on Facebook and Twitter

My Journey Begins ~ Starting Weight ~ 180 
Week 1 ~ Lost 6.2 lbs. ~ Weight 173.8
Week 2 ~ Lost. 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 172.4 ~ Total Loss 7.6 lbs. 
Week 3 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 172 ~ Total loss 8 lbs.
Week 4 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 169.8 ~ Total Loss 10.2 lbs.
Week 5 ~ Lost 1.8 lbs. ~ Weight 168 ~ Total Loss 12 lbs. 
Week 6 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 167.8 ~ Total Loss 12.2 lbs. 
Week 7 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 165.6 ~ Total Loss 14.4 lbs. 
Week 8 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 165 ~ Total Loss 15 lbs. 
Week 9 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 163.8 ~ Total Loss 16.2 lbs. 
Week 10 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 163.4 ~ Total Loss 16.6 lbs. 
Week 11 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 161.4 ~ Total Loss 18.6 lbs. 
Week 12 ~ Lost .6 lb. ~ Weight 160.8 ~ Total Loss 19.2 lbs. 
Week 13 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 159.8 ~ Total Loss 20.2 lbs. 
Week 14 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 158.2 ~ Total Loss 21.8 lbs. 
Week 15 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 157.8 ~ Total Loss 22.2 lbs. 
Week 16 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 156.8 ~ Total Loss 23.2 lbs.
Week 17 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 156.2 ~ Total Loss 23.8 lbs.
Week 18 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 155.2 ~ Total Loss 24.8 lbs. 
Week 19 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 154.4 ~ Total Loss 25.6 lbs. 
Week 20 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 153.4 ~ Total Loss 26.6 lbs. 
Week 21 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 153.2 ~ Total Loss 26.8 lbs. 
Week 22 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 151.2 ~ Total Loss 28.8 lbs. 
Week 23 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 151 ~ Total Loss 29 lbs. 
Week 24 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 150 ~ Total Loss 30 lbs. 
Week 25 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 149.6 ~ Total Loss 30.4 lbs.
Week 26 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 148 ~ Total Loss 32 lbs.
Week 27 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 147 ~ Total Loss 33 lbs.
Week 28 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 145.8 ~ Total Loss 34.2 lbs.
Week 29 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 145.2 ~ Total Loss 34.8 lbs.
Week 30 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 144.2 ~ Total Loss 35.8 lbs.
Week 31 ~ Lost. .4 lbs. ~ Weight 143.8 ~ Total Loss 36.2 lbs.
Week 32 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 143 ~ Total Loss 37 lbs.
Week 33 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 142 ~ Total Loss 38 lbs.
Week 34 ~ Lost 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 140.6 ~ Total Loss 39.4 lbs.
Week 35 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 139.8 ~ Total Loss 40.2 lbs.
Week 36 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 139.6 ~ Total Loss 40.4 lbs.

Week 37 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 139.4 ~ Total Loss 40.6 lbs. 
Week 38 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 138.8 ~ Total Loss 41.2 lbs. 
Week 39 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.6 ~ Total Loss 41.4 lbs. 
Week 40 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.4 ~ Total Loss 41.6 lbs. 
Week 41 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.2 ~ Total Loss 41.8 lbs. 
Week 42 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 137.8 ~ Total Loss 42.2 lbs. 
Week 43 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 137 ~ Total Loss 43 lbs. 
Week 44 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.6 ~ Total Loss 43.4 lbs. 
Week 45 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.2 ~ Total Loss 43.8 lbs. 
Week 46 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 136 ~ Total Loss 44 lbs. 
Week 47 ~ Lost .4 lbs ~ Weight 135.6 ~ Total Loss 44.4. lbs. 
Week 48 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 135.2 ~ Total Loss 44.8 lbs. 
Week 49 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 135 ~ Total Loss 45 lbs.
Week 50 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 134.6 ~ Total Loss 45.4 lbs. 
Week 51 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 134.4 ~ Total Loss 45.6 lbs. 
Week 52 ~ Gained 2.4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.8 ~ Total Loss 43.2 lbs.
Week 53 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 135.8 ~ Total Loss 44.2 lbs. 
Week 54 ~ Gained 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 138 ~ Total Loss 42 lbs. 
Week 55 ~ Lost 3 lbs. ~ Weight 135 ~ Total Loss 45 lbs. 
Week 56 ~ Gained 1 lbs. ~ Weight 136 ~ Total Loss 44 lbs. 
Week 57 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 135.2 ~ Total Loss 44.8 lbs. 
Week 58 ~ Gained 1 lb. ~ Weight 136.2 ~ Total Loss 43.8 lbs. 
Week 59 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 136.8 ~ Total Loss 43.2 lbs. 
Week 60 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 135.6 ~ Total Loss 44.4 lbs. 
Week 61 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 134.4 ~ Total Loss 45.6 lbs. 
Week 62 ~ Gained 2 lbs. ~ Weight 136.4 ~ Total Loss 43.6 lbs. 
Week 63 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 135.4 ~ Total Loss 44.6 lbs. 
Week 64 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 135.2 ~ Total Loss 44.8 lbs. 
Week 65 ~ Gained 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.6 ~ Total Loss 43.4 lbs. 
Week 66 ~ No change ~ Weight 136.6 ~ Total Loss 43.4 lbs. 
Week 67 ~ Gained .4 lbs. ~ Weight 137 ~ Total Loss 43 lbs. 
Week 68 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 135.8 ~ Total Loss 44.2 lbs. 
Week 69 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 136.4 ~ Total Loss 43.6 lbs. 
Week 70 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 137 ~ Total Loss 43 lbs. 
Week 71 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 137.6 ~ Total Loss 42.4 lbs. 
Week 72 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 137.2 ~ Total Loss 42.8 lbs. 
Week 73 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 136.8 ~ Total Loss 43.2 lbs. 
Week 74 ~ Gained .6 lbs. ~ Weight 137.4 ~ Total Loss 42.6 lbs. 
Week 75 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 136.2 ~ Total Loss 43.8 lbs. 

Disclosure: In accordance with FTC regulations, I am disclosing as a Nutrisystem Nation Blogger, I am receiving Nutrisystem food in exchange for writing about my weight loss journey. Affiliate links were not used in this post nor was any monetary compensation received. All reviews are my own.



Thirty-One Gifts Giveaway




Our friends at Thirty-One have a wonderful surprise for a lucky Mom, Mom-to-be, or Nana. During the month of September their first ever baby print, Go-Go Giraffe, is available on several of their items typically used for infant care including The Zip Top Organizing Tote ~


and the Cool Clip Thermal ~

In September Customers can get the Zip Top Organizing Tote or the Super Swap-it Pocket {regularly $35} for just $10 with any $35 purchase. If purchasing both the Organizing Tote and the Swap-It Pocket in September, the cost is $45. The Cool Clip Thermal is $15. 


Thirty-One is also re-releasing three adorable baby-style personalization themes ~ baby blocks, mama and baby elephant, and mama and baby giraffe. For an extra-special gift for a new Mom, customize the bags with the baby's name and choose from an assortment of thread colors including this pretty shade of turquoise. This roomy tote is made of durable polyester that wipes clean, and has a zippered closure, and two long webbed handles. Seven exterior pockets, including two mesh pockets, can hold bottles, cellphone, pacifier and small toys. You'll be all set for a day at the park or fun visit to Nana's. 


Click HERE to checkout Thirty-One Gifts' entire collection and to learn more about their Consultant opportunity, or hosting a party. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to know about new product launches and fun surprises. 



Chic Giveaway ~ Thirty-One is gifting one lucky reader the three bags featured above in the Go-Go Giraffe print with their choice of personalization and thread color. 


To Enter: Email chicgiveaway@gmail.com and include the following:
  • "Thirty-One" in the subject line
  • your first and last name
  • mailing address
  • twitter id 
  • facebook name 
    If you're entering our giveaways, please follow Chic Luxuries on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

    We would love it if you would share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Here's a sample post for your convenience ~
    #Win the new Go-Go Giraffe Collection from @ThirtyOne on @ChicLuxuries RV: $85 Details: ow.ly/4U0s30f1i2N #giveaway

    Contest ends 11:59 PM ET October 9, 2017. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older. We received no compensation for this post, nor were affiliate links used. 

    Many thanks to the Thirty-One Gifts team for sponsoring this giveaway.

     

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