Friday, March 25, 2011

Pumped Up!

Posted by Secret Burkheiser at 4:34 PM 4 comments Links to this post
Friday, March 25

I am so excited!  Last month I watched an infomercial about TurboFire exercise program.  It intrigued me!  But we all know that infomercials will make even the lousiest product look great.  So I was left contemplating whether to order it or not.  I have really bad knees and hated to spend that much money on a product that I might not be able to do or did not work as well for me as the subjects they showed on TV.

After watching the infomercial, I went to bed every dreaming about a smaller, fit version of myself.  More than that I long to bring my daughter to the beach or the swimming pool and not have to wear jeans and a baggy t-shirt.  I want to ride bikes with her or play with her at the park and not be worn out after only a few minutes.  I feel so guilty knowing she is missing some joys in her childhood because of me.
We have also been trying to have another baby for the past year and have been unable.  I have difficulty ovulating.  There is not one reason why, but being overweight could contribute to my infertility.  We have tried Chlomid and it did not work.  My progesterone levels seemed to drop even more while I was on it.  I was sent to a specialist and he wanted to give me injections to induce ovulation.  The meds and the tons of ultrasounds are pretty pricey and when we start to save for it, something always happens and we have to use that money.  I want so much to have another child.  Don't get me wrong, I know I am the luckiest person in the world when I look at my daughter's beautiful face.  But, I feel like my family is not complete and one more child or three would complete it.  I would love my daughter to have a sibling and feel the support and love I feel from my awesome siblings!  I have three wonderful sisters and one amazing brother and could not imagine my life without them.  I love them so much!  They are my best friends, my motivators, my psychiatrists, my cheerleaders.  Really they are the best support system ever and know they will always be here for me.

So, I  made a choice to become healthier, leaner and more fit.  I believe if I can accomplish this I will live a more healthier life, make tons more wonderful memories with my little princess and husband, become more confident in myself and possibly start ovulating again.

I called my older sister and told her how I feel.  I also told her about TurboFire, the program I saw on TV.  She was so excited, because she is a coach for the beachbody products.  TurboFire is a beachbody product!  She called last week and was ready to order TurboFire for herself and wanted to see if I still wanted to try it.  I think I was a little hesitant at first, but decided what the hell and decided to go ahead and give it a shot.

My long term goal is to lose 50 - 60 pounds.  But, I know that I really need to set a much smaller goal to start with so I do not get discouraged and give up.  So, my goal for right now is to lose 10 pounds.  My wonderful sister is going to be calling me everyday to motivate me and keep me going.  I am even trying to get my husband on board.

I checked the mail everyday this week hoping it would be here.  Well guess what?  It arrived today!  I was jumping for joy! 

I opened the package and looked at all the material and one of them was telling me to take before pictures.  Front view, back view and both side views.  It suggested wearing very little clothing so that you will be able to see your trouble spots (for me that is all over, except my toes:)).  I have to see if I can find a bikini somewhere in my room.  I think I have one that is probably 10 years old.  I hope I can squeeze it on and hope that it is not dry rotted.  I will get my hubby to take some pics of me.  I will hide the fat, yucky pics in my computer under a password protected file that no one will ever see, unless I lose my weight.  If  I reach my goal I will then proudly show everyone my before and after shots, showing exactly what I have accomplished.
My plan is to do a lot of stretching this weekend to prepare my body for what is to come.  I plan to start the program on Monday.  Woohoo I am so ecstatic thinking about the good that will come from this.
Wish me luck and I will keep you updated with my progress.

Look at all the awesome stuff that comes with the program:
  • Get Fired Up
    Chalene guides you through the program to motivate you for best results.
  • Fire 30 Class/Stretch 10 Class
    Throw smoking-hot hooks and make big leaps to the bass of "Give Up the Funk."
  • HIIT 15 Class/Stretch 10 Class
    Dial it up for your first High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class.
  • Fire 55 EZ Class/Stretch 10 Class
    Don't let EZ fool you, because you'll be sweating to "Dazzey Dukes." Features Incredible TurboFire Music.
  • Core 20 Class/Stretch 40 Class/Stretch 10 Class
    Chalene's most popular class targets your tummy with moves that deliver incredible abs.
  • Fire 45 Class/Stretch 10 Class
    Kick, dance, and punch your way into shape to the beat of "Wiggle It."
  • HIIT 20 Class/Stretch 10 Class
    "Turn This Mutha
  • Fire 45 EZ Class/Stretch 10 Class
    Take a break from the fire drills, but not the fire, as you sweat to "In the Ayer."
  • HIIT 25 Class/Stretch 10 Class
    Here are 25 minutes of your most intense fire drills yet with Chalene.
  • Sculpt 30 Class/Tone 30 Class
    Develop shapely muscles with Chalene's challenging resistance classes.
  • Stretch 40 Class/Stretch 10 Class
    Increase your flexibility and lengthen your muscles for a long, lean look.
Plus you get these TurboFire support tools:
  • Turn Up the Burn Fitness Guide
    Get more in the know about HIIT and why TurboFire really works.
  • TurboFire Class Schedule
    We've taken the guesswork out of working out so you can get the best results.
  • TurboFire Lower Body Band
    Add definition and build long, lean muscles with this body-sculpting band.
And 5 FREE gifts to help you succeed:
  • Fuel the Fire Nutrition Guide
    Maintain high energy while you train with easy-to-prepare snacks and recipes.
  • 5-Day Inferno Plan
    See how you can lose up to 10 pounds in 5 days.
  • 24/7 Online Support
    Stay motivated with easy access to fitness experts, friends, and live chats with Chalene.
  • Turbo Sculpting Band
    Use this band and you will quickly burn fat and tone lean muscle!
  • Core 20 Class
    Target and strenghten your entire core to reveal tight, flat abs.
I also plan on trying out Shakeology®, an ultra-premium nutritional health shake, that provides the widest array of nutrients from around the world in a nutrient-dense but low-calorie formula.

 I will keep you updated with my progress and let you know how it is going.  

If you would be interested in losing weight, maintaining your present weight, motivating you or most importantly just becoming healthier contact my sister, Deva Collazos (trainer/coach for Beachbody products).  She would be happy to assist you in any way that she can.  She is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet.  She will make you so comfortable and you will love her to death! Her link is . She will have a website soon.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Pillowcase Giveaway Winner

Posted by Secret Burkheiser at 3:04 AM 1 comments Links to this post
The winner of the personalized pillowcase is comment #9, Leen.  I will be emailing her.  She has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.


Oreck Halo – Spring-Fling Review & Giveaway

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Barefoot Mommies is giving away an Oreck Halo.

Contest Ends: 5/21 11:59am CST

CSN Stores Review

Posted by Secret Burkheiser at 12:31 AM 1 comments Links to this post
I love shopping for baby items.  Thinking about what I will choose if I ever am lucky enough to have another baby.  I also love looking at new items that would be a great fit for my toddler.  One of my favorite stores to browse online is Baby Cribs  Baby Cribs has over 600 cribs, 800 strollers, 1000 bedding sets, 200 car seats and  much more to choose from.  They have beautiful, quality products and their selection is amazing! 

Baby Cribs is part of CSN Stores.  They are an online company with over 200 different stores.  They carry everything from cookware to outdoor furniture.  They have an amazing selection of products to choose from.  Best of all, their prices are great.  They even offer free shipping on many of the products they carry.   At least once a week someone I know is trying to find a special item and I always recommend they check CSN stores out.  9 times out of 10 they have what they are looking for.

Here are some of my favorite items from Baby Cribs

Young America by Stanley Caroline Crib


Banana Fish Brooke Crib Bedding Collection - Brooke Series

Brandee Danielle Minky Blue Chocolate Polka Dot 4 pc Bedding Set

Britax Boulevard CS Convertible Car Seat in Cowmooflage

Mutsy 4Rider Single Spoke Stroller in Pink

If you are having a baby, have a baby or toddler or know someone that does, Baby Cribs is the perfect place to shop.

CSN stores is providing me a mailbox for this review.  It did not in any way influence how I feel about their stores.  I will be taking pictures of my mailbox and doing a review after I receive it and take pictures.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

SurgiCare Home Hair Removal Giveaway

Posted by Secret Burkheiser at 7:08 PM 1 comments Links to this post
The Busy Women's Guide to Surviving Motherhood
is having a great giveaway for SurgiCare Home
Hair removal products.

1 Grand Prize - the ENTIRE SurgiCare Line

4 Other Prizes - Brazilian & Body Wax Kit

Check it out here.


$100 shopping spree to Under the Lamb

Posted by Secret Burkheiser at 6:08 PM 1 comments Links to this post
The Bear Bunch is having a great giveaway!
It is for a $100 gift certificate to Under the Lamb.
They have toys for infants toddlers and children
to age 6.

Check it out here.


Secret's Custom Creations Personalized Pillowcase Giveaway - Ended

Posted by Secret Burkheiser at 3:24 PM 80 comments Links to this post
As you many of you may know, I have an embroidery business in my home.
It is called Secret's Custom Creations.
My favorite items to embroider are for children.
I love the expressions on their faces when they see
something was made especially for them.

I am having a giveaway for one of my personalized pillowcases.
You can choose from many different designs.
You can also choose the color combination you would like.
As an added bonus for every 400 entries I will give away an additional pillowcase to another lucky winner.

Here are a few that I have done:


I love making custom tutu's for my daughter and her friends. I think these are just too cute!

Fairy Princess Tutu


Pumpkin Tutu

I have recently starting making baby items:
Ruffled Onesie

Ribbon Blankie

Ribbon Jingle Block

These are some accessories I have made
for my daughter's doll.

Girl's Minky Travel Size Pillowcase

Boy's Minky Travel Size Pillowcase

I guess you can say that I am the Jack of all that is crafty. I love making custom items.

I even make custom photo cards.
Here are a few.
Riley and Marleigh's Birthday Invitation

Brinnslee's Birthday Invitation 2009

You can view more of my items here:

If you would like a custom pillowcase you can
order one on here on Ebay.
I have dropped the price to $18.99 a piece.
If you let me know you saw it on my my blog, I will even give you
free shipping. The free shipping will last until April 15th.

This contest will end on April 8th at 11:59 pm CST.
The winner will be chosen randomly and will be emailed.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner does
not respond another winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is open to all U.S. residents.

Please make sure to leave an email address in your
comment if your email is not visible in your profile.

Mandatory entry(this must be done or no other entries count)
(1) Follow or become a follower of my blog publicly. - 1 entry
Extra Entries
(1) Post about this giveaway on your blog. Leave link to post. (3 entries)
(2) Let me know who you would want this pillowcase for. (1 entry)
(3) What design would you like on your pillowcase. (1 entry)
(4) Purchase one of my pillowcases from Ebay or from
me directly (I can send an invoice through PayPal).
(10 extra entries per pillowcase purchased)

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. If separate comments are not left, they will not count.

Good Luck!!!!


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