Sunday, June 5, 2016

NORDSTROM GIVEAWAY (JUNE 2016)


Nordstrom Giveaway (June)
Giveaway Starts ===> June 20 @ 8 AM PST
Nordstrom Giveaway starting June 20

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Prize: $200 Nordstrom Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Re Introducing myself & my new life

Wow, it's been a very long time since I've last had the chance to get on my blog and actually blog about something. If you followed me before you know I was into couponing and reviews of all sorts of different products I received for free. Let me start by saying, hi my name is Valerie and I am no longer that couponing gal (maybe sometimes) I am an NPC bodybuilder. I compete in muscle contest in the bikini division. My journey to become an IFBB Pro has drastically taken a lot of my time away from couponing. Let me make it quick on how this all started.....

It all began back in February of 2013 when my boyfriend and I decided to change our "lifestyle" in other words make healthier food choices & lose weight. We committed ourselves to the "Insanity" program for 90 days. I wish I knew how much he weighed in before the program, but I weighed in at 145 lbs. Everyday was a challenge for the both of us. As soon as I got home I quickly changed into my comfortable clothes to sweat in and turned on the insanity program. Long story short after we both completed our 90 days I lost a nearly 22 lbs weighing in at 123 lbs. It was a challenge alright. Mind you at the time I was 25 years of age and just wanted to live a healthier life.

After the program I signed myself up at our only local gym to maintain and build muscle. I didn't really have anything in mind as in trying to compete or for any other reason I was doing it for myself. I continued to workout at the gym until June of 2015 I was on my Instagram ( @diamond_love8 ) & received a strange "follow" from a male body builder competitor. I was nosy of course after all he was following my page. Read his bio where it stated, "transformation specialist". I immediately thought to myself what does that EXACTLY mean? I decided to message him and I received a quick response. I asked him what he did for a living and he told me he was a competitor. Our conversation ended up something like this, "Have you ever thought about competing?" I immediately thought oh wow, maybe I can take my weight loss success and take it to the next level. I was working out at the gym just cause and I was done with insanity lets see what this is all about. By the end of our conversation, as crazy as it sounds he convinced me to compete. I couldn't believe what I was doing nor did I know what I was getting myself into, but what the heck I had already PayPal'd him a payment to "prep" me for my first bikini competition.

My competition prep last from July 2015- October 15, 2015. I would explain to you what I went through, but maybe I'll make that into a blog post for another time. The day had come to an end. It was competition day in Culver City, CA. I knew nothing about anything. I made a few bikini friends who till this day I still communicate with. I competed against 9 girls and placed 4th. Reminder only the top 5 received a trophy. It was the best day of my life. I had never earned a trophy more so just for working out and looking great on stage. I indulged so many sweets and foods I craved the entire prep time. But it was all worth it. Now I'm here a month away from being a year and already working on my 3rd show.

This little introduction to how it all began doesn't stop here. So stay tuned for my next post!

**Cheers to a fit life**

Friday, September 11, 2015

Reviewsio Coming Soon! Apply now!



I have been a member of Amazon for such a long time. I've bought numerous of different countless items and yes they were all great quality. Shipping prices were great the items that I have bought I still have up to this day. I love Amazon. Amazon is well known across the country for the best prices on all sorts of things. Kitchen appliances, books, shoes, clothes you name it they have it. Now if I were to tell you that you can now get free things, review them and keep them. Sounds good right. If you love reviewing just like I do this is totally for you! Let me talk to you about something amazing coming soon!

Amazon will be launching a new site called, Reviewsio. What is Reviewsio? Keep reading this you'll thank me later. Reviewsio is a program, through Amazon, where they will send you free stuff just for your opinion. I don't know about you, but I love reviewing and if I can get things for free I'm all in for it! Reviewsio will be launching October 1, 2015. They are looking for talented and honest reviewers to start off. Are you interested? Sing up now HERE and get on their list. Good luck and lets start reviewing!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Schwarzkopf Ultime Product Review #influenster

Frizz be gone.....Frizz.....be......gone!!!! Ugh. How many times do I have to say this with every hair product I've purchased? You won't believe how many. So lets move on. The past is the past. Time to let go. I've recently had the opportunity to test out one of the most incredible hair products that I wish existed way before I spent all this mula on hair frizz control products that didn't even work on my hair. Thank you Influenster .Schwarzkopf Ultime would be another one of those product failures again. But knowing how desperate I was of getting rid of this frizz I gave it a shot. I don't wanna sound to specific so lets make some short cuts here. The size of this bottle is great. Easy to snap on and snap off the top to squeeze the shinanigans out. The lather was ok. The consistency of the amount used on my hair wasn't as I expected. I have long thick hair so I had to use more than usual. Which is ok now that I've had enough experience with this product. The smell, oh boy did it smell so yummy. It has this rich sense to it I cannot explain how amazing it smells. The conditioner is just as great. Again had to use a little more than usual. After towel drying my hair you won't believe how quick I mean QUICK it dried. Like I mentioned before, I have long thick hair. Long as in down past my buttocks so yeah. For my hair to have dried in less than 5 mins was super awesome. After my shower I used the hair serum which oh em gee smells amazing. Can I just mention how freaking great these products smell. Like why don't they make all hair products smell this great? It is also a hair protectant which is great. I love to keep my hair nice and healthy. And the smell stays on all day. Trust me I've tried this already lol. Left my hair nice soft silky and guess what? Frizz free guys. Yes! Frizz free. I am going to admit right now. I love an honest review. I hate reading something and going out to spend money on something that really doesn't work. This does work. Schwarzkopf does work for frizzy hair.
 I was skeptical whether to believe this
You can purchase this at your local WalMart and check out their other different hair products. They have a line full of other stuff to check out. Over all I give this product a 10/10.
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This is after. Nice and soft silk and frizz free!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Balance Bar review & Walmart trip PLUS a #Giveaway

As many of you know I love fitness. I've been in the fitness life for over a year and a half now and love my results. Like they say, once you start to see results, it becomes addicting. Addicting to eating clean and working out even if it's just a walk around the corner. The effort of doing so is what counts the most.

During this journey of mine I noticed consuming sweets was going to be harder to let go than I had imagined. Even though eating clean was a big change I had to cut down on the sugar way more than what I thought. Sugar is one of the best known foods to create fat. Many people think calories is a big gain factor, but its not, sugar is. You need calories to build that muscle. So, I did my research and found out that Balance Bars was going to be not only the best bar to consume without any worries, but also a nutritional bar for lasting energy. Something every fit individual wants.

Balance Bars was created in Santa Barbra, CA in 1992. It was created by people who care about great taste and good for you nutrition. They are available to buy at over 10 local stores including online retailers. You can find out a lot more about Balance Bars on their website at http://www.balance.com . Where there you can also sign up for their newsletter where you can stay up to date about Balance Bars and much more.

I was able to try out 2 different Balance Bar flavors that I've never tried before, cookie dough and peanut butter. Now what girl is going to say no to those two flavors? I love cookie dough and I love peanut butter, I literally have to have at least 3 full spoons of peanut butter everyday. That's not including the peanut sandwich I also have every morning (guilty). I bought these two boxes at my local WalMart for under $5.00. Very very affordable for such a great bar.  I loved everything about both flavors. They're filling which is a good thing for me. The cookie dough has little pieces of chocolate in them which is awesome. Chocolate fix right there all in a nutritious bar. You can also see how creamy and delicious the peanut butter bar looks. It's just so heavenly with absolute no regrets.

When it comes to the nutrition facts I always and never miss over looking at what I will be consuming. The first thing I look at is the sugar grams. If it exceeds over 25 grams of sugar I will not buy the product. Balance Bar surprised me when I seen it only had 17 grams of sugar. Not bad for someone like me who is cutting out the sugars. I also noticed that it had a long list of vitamins and iron. I always look at the iron percentage as well. And the best part is the protein grams. Also contains an excellent source of antioxidants.  I can't consume any product without it having enough protein so with that said all in all I give these 2 amazing bars a thumbs up.


One of the most common topics I also wanted to cover was workout clothes. I know many of us are on tight budgets trust me I know because I'm always on the hunt for a good bargain when it comes to workout clothes. But one of my top places I would recommend is WalMart. Walmart always has the best prices. I've compared both price and quality and let me tell you this place has won. I kid you not the shirt to the left was on clearance for $1.00. I love a regular tshirt for my workout days. It's loose no need to worry about any tight fitting. You can work out comfortably. To the right I have a racer back shirt that I fell in love with. It was $5.49. That's a great price for a shirt like that. I compared it to a store where they sell clothing like this and I wouldn't pay $13 bucks for this. The shorts are also amazing. It has a slight tight band around the waist so they won't fall which is a plus for me. They are very comfortable and not tight. I like loose clothing because you can actually do your workouts. They were under 6 bucks. Great price once again. Shorts like these would range around almost 10 bucks. Again, that's not what I'm willing to pay. With an easy 10 bucks and some change I was able to buy 2 tops and a pair of shorts at WalMart for workout clothes. Make no excuses. You can also check out their website at http://www.walmart.com and sometimes you can find clearance workout clothing too. 
In conclusion, Balance Bars are really my favorite go to bar. Not only does it kill my sweet cravings, but its nutritional, indulging and best of all affordable. You can't go wrong with an affordable product when trying to lose weight or get fit. I personally love it because it contain protein that I need on a daily basis for muscle gain. 

Now for the giveaway!! One lucky winner will receive a $10.00 gift card along with a box filled with a variety of my favorite Balance Bars. WOW. What a better way to start off your journey. Go ahead and enter for your chance to win. 

Note: I was with monetary value or product value. I received a WalMart giftcard as part of a sponsored collaboration with Balance Bar and WalMart. 




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tide to Go Review #influenster

Here come the bells here come the bells. It's wedding season, YAASS! I said it wedding season. An awesome gf of mine just got married last week and took a honey moon trip to Cabo. One of my child hood friends is getting married in September and another one of my child hood friends is getting married in November. Whew. It's all over the place this year with wedding season, but its always exciting to see a couple who you know will enjoy their lives together for ever.

One of my favorite parts of a wedding has to be the food! I love food, but I am also a messy gal. Pass the bib please. My boyfriend always tells me not to wear white or any light colors or we will be needing a bib for me. Do I ever listen, nope. And what happens to me? I end up staining my cute clothes. Ugh! So, I decided to prepare myself this time around and brought the amazing Tide To Go pen with me.

We decided to head to Joes Crab Shack for lunch while we were out the day before the wedding. It was just us and the newlyweds and ofcourse all the grooms and bridesmaids. I ofcourse wore a white with blue strip maxi dress that I was going to wear even though I knew it would turn out to be a messy lunch. I took my Tide to Go pen with confidence because I knew I could count on it.
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Can you see I even got a bib on. Lol that was a classic moment. I enjoyed my amazing lunch grubbing and making a mess. I did end up staining the leg part of my dress, but it was no biggie. I happily pulled out my pen and began to erase the stain off and it came off. The bride was in shock. Her inner bridezilla came out and tried to steal my stain eraser pen, but I ended up hiding it from her. I was so happy I was able to enjoy this lunch without any worries. The Tide to Go pen is a life saver for me. It fits in my purse without taking up any space. It's easy to use and works instantly. Literally second to come off. For the next wedding I know what I'll be packing along with me.



Thank you Influenster for this complimentary product sent to me for testing purposes. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Balance Bars Review & Giveaway

What is Earth Day?
  1. Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the  Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
    This year I was fortunate to have the opportunity to not only celebrate Earth Day myself BUT to help spread the word about staying healthy while thinking about and celebrating Earth Day with Balance Bar. 

    I have been a huge fan of Balance Bar since last year when I decided  to change my lifestyle. I changed the way I ate, the way I looked at food and the way I managed to keep myself on the right track. And during that journey I did a little research and found out Balance Bar would be the best fit. A year later, I am in love with Balance Bars I eat them after my workout for that boost of protein and best of all when I get my sweet cravings I can always count on Balance Bars to be there for me. Even when on the go I have found that Balance Bars are very convenient and tasty for me at the same time. I am thrilled to be able to review their Balance Bars Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars for Earth Day! 

    I am a big chocolate lover when it comes to sweets. Knowing that candy is no longer on my list I know that the Balance Bars Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars can help me satisfy my cravings in a healthy way with no regrets. Now I am no fitness trainer, but if I had to recommend a delicious way to help with those chocolate cravings I would totally recommend the Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars by Balance Bars. Especially for myself, I always get a sweet tooth after my workout session at the gym. But trying to find that perfect bar with the right amount of nutrients and protein I always find myself with a Balance Bar. 

    Some amazing facts about the bar if you didn't know: The Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar is 100% Rain-forest alliance certified Cocoa. It is Gluten free (my favorite fact about the bar). 13 grams of protein which is amazing to me. This is one of the main reasons why I love this Balance Bar. It has a high amount of protein. 4% fiber which is also another plus in my book. Excellent source of Antioxidants. Vitamins A,C,E and Vitamin D. And it has Kosher. The ingredients in these bars follow the 40-30-30 nutrition principle which is a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels and represents the caloric ratio your body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer. 

    Balance Bar was one of the originators of energy bars and the nutrition bar category, founded in 1992 by a group of sports enthusiasts, scientists and people with a passion for life. They started the company to help consumers find balance in their lives – the meaning behind their name. Since its founding, Balance Bar has added several flavors, styles and formats of energy bars to make nutrition easy and delicious for everyone. They offer a bar for every possible taste! To see all the flavors they have you can check out their awesome website. You can also find them on their social media sites: FACEBOOK, TWITTER and PINTEREST

    Now for the exciting part, the giveaway! To help celebrate Earth Day this year, one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a box of these amazing Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars. You DON'T want to miss this chance so go ahead and enter below to start YOUR journey to a healthy you this year for Earth Day with Balance Bar!