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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Things I Swear By

It is time for another Girl Talk blog hop.

This hop's topic is "Things you swear by" ... where we share a product, a tip, etc. that we couldn't live without.

You are going to think I'm crazy, but one of the things that I absolutely love is my heart rate monitor.  I wear it when I exercise.  It helps keep me motivated when I get to see if I'm working hard enough (or if I'm working too hard!) by showing me my heart rate, and when it shows me how many calories I am burning.  Strong motivation for me!

This picture isn't exactly the one I have, it is the newer model.  I got mine from No Excuses Workouts, but you can probably pick them up at a local sporting goods store.  They are $45 from No Excuses Workouts and it was money well spent.  (If you decide to get one, let me know and I can email you a link.  I earn points from referrals and can cash them in for free merchandise.  Thanks!)

Laura already mentioned him, but I also swear by Dave Ramsey.
Dave Ramsey
I was just telling the other moms at my preschooler's group today that without following his advice, I don't know where we would be today.  Still up to our eyeballs in debt, I suppose.  But as you may already know, we just finished our emergency fund!  (And I'm having a giveaway to celebrate, in case you are interested).  I am super excited to be moving on to the next baby step!

Another thing I swear by is FlyLady.  
FlyLady's FlyToon
A few years back when I was feeling so overwhelmed with "stuff" and didn't know where to start, a good friend of mine suggested I check her out.  I no longer get her daily emails (she can send A LOT in one day some times), but I still follow her basic principles.  And I use a few of her products.

Like this one ...
She calls them Rags in a Bag, which isn't a great name, but they work great!  They are microfiber cloths that we use for cleaning.  And the best part is you don't need to use any chemicals with them.  Just wet them, ring them out well, and wipe.  They work great on windows and allow the kids to help with cleaning since we don't need to use any cleaning products.

So that's it!  A few of the things I don't want to live without.  (Notice I didn't say "can't" live without ... because truthfully, my life would still go on without these things.)  :)

Head on over to Girl Talk and let us know your "things you swear by."


Sheri said...

Flylady...LOVE to hate her. Seriously though, the emails overwhelmed me so several years back I made charts from her schedules,laminated them and had them in a binder so I could easily see what I needed to do without the overwhelming emails. But that's probably just me. I couldn't hack the emails. There was probably a better way to do it that I was missing.

All that to say, love the Fly Lady ideas. Also Motivated Moms...same premise sort of, but it also included things like "Clip childrens toenails" something I NEVER remember.

That heart rate monitor looks so cool.

Oh and by the way, despite my grumblings around ole Dave you should know we will have our first emergency fund (the $1000 one) in the bank in a month. So...yeah,I grumble,but I do listen.

Melissa said...

Love Dave Ramsey. :)

I was looking at Amazon today for a good heart rate monitor but then i remember i have to wear that durn chest strap. I don't know why i have issues w/ that...

The Clip Cafe said...

I am loving dave ramsey the more i look into him. I haven't heard of fly lady so will go see now :-)

Laura said...

I might have to get a heart rate monitor someday. Someday... like ten years from now or something. Killer aerobics class tomorrow morning? I plan to go and kill myself.

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