Hey world - I have gained a few Instagram followers lately at @afitfashionista - so I just wanted to post an update here since I haven't blogged in quite some time. I have met so many people on IG that also suffer chronic conditions, so it has given me some support and makes me feel not so alone and misunderstood. Here's me at my home yesterday. I know I don't look sick but my brain & body are suffering minute to minute all day long. I don't need sympathy I just need love and support. I need to know something one day will help me and I will be strong enough to fight till I get it. 

You can read my initial health journey story at my old website - http://www.myimplantstory.blogspot.com  it is not all that updated either but it gives the basis of my health problems that started in 2007. 

I was in remission for a long time after a short flare in 2009 and since Dec 2013 to now July 2015 I have suffered greatly - no end in sight yet. I could never imagine fighting this hard, this long. Yet I have no choice. I want some hope back and I am blessed to have a good support system of family, boyfriend and friends. The doctors still don't know what the heck to do because all of my old treatments don't work anymore -

So if you don't mind - please pray and help me with positive thoughts that one day my life will be brighter again and I won't be struggling to survive against this autoimmune disease that debilitates my brain function and sanity. 

Love you all. 


Couponing Tips: Lesson - Mobile Apps (MIMM #15)

Happy Marvelous in My Monday - thanks Katie!! 

I started couponing this past Fall, as a hobby to keep me busy as I battle with my illness and try to keep my mind sharp. It seems every time I post a new haul on Instagram, I have friends posting or texting me to ask me "How do you do it?" "Teach me!?".. So I wanted to share some of the tips I have come across or things I have learned so far!! 

Couponing Tips: Lesson - Mobile Apps

I will talk about mobile apps in this first quick how-to post..
Click below to download apps that I use to get rebates back on shopping trips.
The screen shot above is from my phone - I have a "Grocery" folder on my iPhone, where I keep all of my couponing, and store-specific money saving apps. 

On most of the these apps, you cruise to see what deals they are offering rebates on.. 
Some are as simple as "apples at any store" and some are specific as "zico coconut water at Target". 
Sometimes you just upload a photo of your receipt, and other times, you also have to scan the product's barcode for further proof of purchase. Usually, you have to accumulate $10-20 before they will cash you out - usually by depositing money into your PayPal account. ShopKick also distributes money, but the points are given when you walk into particular stores or scan their items. Remember, most of these apps are actually utilized AFTER you go shopping - although you can look at them prior to shopping to see what rebates are being offered week to week. 

You can also click on the apps below for some further help in saving money. You can either print coupons directly from using a wireless printer or they will gather the ads from all of your favorite or local stores so that you can access them all in one place while you build your shopping list. These are the manufacturer coupons, that can usually be stacked with store-specific coupons. 

And, last but certainly not least - some of my favorite apps for couponing happen to be for the stores I coupon at the most. Click for those below. These have in-store savings, that you can then stack with manufacturer coupons! 

I know there are a few other apps out there that people like, but these are the ones I pay the most attention to right now. I hope that helps a little. Let me know if there is any particular aspect of couponing that you would like some tips on! And, if you have any more tips - PLEASE let me know! The more we share, the better couponers we all become! 

A Fit Fashionista


Saltine Toffee - aka "Christmas Crack" Recipe!


No this is not a healthy recipe.
Yes this is an easy recipe. 
Yes this is a delicious recipe. 
No you will not be able to stop eating them. 
Yes you will love them. 
Yes you may love or hate me because you will eat all of the toffees.

Here is the... Saltine Toffee Recipe: AKA "Christmas Crack"
(You're welcome - thank me later)

All you need = 5 ingredients

40 saltine crackers 
2 sticks of butter 
1 cup light brown sugar 
1 bag 10-12oz semisweet chocolate chips 
3/4 cups chopped nuts (optional)


Melt the butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan for about 5 minutes.
Don't stir, just wait till it boils a little and looks like caramel. This is about half way through: 

Spread out crackers on a cookie pan lined with cooking spray on tin foil, then pour the mixture on top of your crackers - slowly.. Then you can spread it out a little with a spatula to make sure all of the crackers are covered. 

Pop these babies in the oven at 425 degrees for about 5 minutes. They will bubble and start to look golden brown.

Take them out for a sec and sprinkle the chocolate chips all over the top. Turn the oven off and pop the tray back in for 1-2 minutes until the chocolate starts to melt on top. 

Take out the pan again, and spread the now soft chocolate all over the top evenly with a spatula. 

After spreading out the chocolate, sprinkle the chopped nuts over the top of you would like to. 
I used some toasted sugar pecans on mine. 

Set in the fridge or freezer for an hour or longer, until chocolate is hard and dry. 

Pull out and cut some with a knife for pretty pieces and break some as they come apart for unique bark like pieces. Also make sure to eat any of the pieces that are too small to add to your holiday party batch. Duh! 

I hope you love these and enjoy them as much as I do!!! 

A couple things I want to try next time = place the crackers top salt side down to get more of the salty taste, and I also want to try making some with peanut butter mixed in to the chocolate! Yum! 

This is going to be great to enjoy for the Holidays!! 

Have you ever made any saltine toffee? 
Any other fun tips if you have? 

Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones! 

A Fit Fashionista


The Short Hair Do!

The Short Hair Do! 

Tired but I felt like blogging tonite, so let's talk about the new short hair do! 
I have been seeing it a lot. I always want to go shorter and blonder and I love to 
see how everyone else is styling it too, so I wanted to make a collage and talk 
about some of the things I like doing with it or what products I have used, 
and see if anyone has tips on what works for them!

So many celebs here with the new short - bob - wavy - crop - bronde - ombre - bayalage haircut!  
I don't know what to call it. It's not like "The Rachel".. so I am not sure if they are calling it anything in particular. I am in the middle LOL - but I found some of these online - Olivia Munn, Brooke Burke, Keltie Knight, Guiliana Rancic, Courtney Kerr, Kaley Cuoco, Ali Fedotowski, & Mandy Moore! I know Jessica Simpson and Lauren Conrad just chopped their hair too, to name some more. 

A few of my girlfriends have taken the plunge too - I think we all love our new hair! It feels sassy and light and a little bit grown up and free. Mine got super thin from the chemotherapy I had earlier this year for my autoimmune disease. I didn't know how to style it as it started growing back a little, so I just chopped it! I didn't even plan on doing it. I decided that day when I was on my way to my hair appointment that I needed a change. I am still sick, but I was and still am hoping it would signify a wiser, happier, me - in a positive new life where I really appreciate everything around me and I am not weighed down by all of life's indifferences. 

I am not super good at styling the do, but these are some of the things I like so far below - A lot of products you can find at CVS.com or Target.com - Nordstrom.Com Amazon.com Ulta.com and Sephora.com - I like Amazon.com mostly because I have prime shipping! 

I wrote a post on a good Chi Flat Iron deal here. I like to straighten with a flat iron, but it doesn't curl well for me or make waves. I think it is probably the most damaging for my hair, but it keeps the most days in a row and is pretty easy and quick. 

I have had an older Paul Mitchell Flat Iron forever that I love. This one is very similar - I think it is the newer version of the one I have:

I have a Hot Tools Curling Wand like this. It seems to work better for me to hold a curl. It is the kind you hold over your head upside down and wrap the hair around with your fingers, without using a clasp. (Truth - I also have a cheap Revlon curling iron and an older Hot Tools curling iron - both with clasps, that I use sometimes too!)

For a detangler/ leave-in conditioner, I use It's a 10 spray. I love this stuff.

Also, fave conditioner is by Enjoy. I don't really have a fav shampoo, but I do use the Clear brand from Target.com - I don't think it is great for my hair, but it smells AMAZING. Especially if I don't use any heat on my hair.

I have tons of different kinds of Dry Shampoos, don't have a fav, but this one by Dove smells good and doesn't weigh down or feel sticky in my hair:

I like this styling spray you put on before and after using heat products. It smells really good too. It is by Bumble & Bumble.

I don't have this curling iron, it looks so cool!! Does anyone have it? It is by Dry Bar. It is super pricey though!

P.S. Top Secret! This is one of my FAV products ever... for temporary root cover up. Shh!!

Do you have any fav products for styling short hair?
Any tips?

I don't really have a favorite hair dryer, hair spray or shine.. and I have tried the sea salts and I don't like how salts or mousses really feel in my hair.

A Fit Fashionista 


Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer

I got this cool Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer to try today and it was quick and easy to use right away, so I wanted to review it here on the blog for you ASAP. I have been down and not well again but when I can, I like to get back on the blog to try to do something normal and fun. Trying to stay as positive as possible.

Box came like this: 

You simply remove the cap, press power, position between your eyebrows and hold on your forehead or up to 2" away from it. A yellow light shows where you are aiming, you press the temp button (device requires and came with 2 AA batteries), and read the temp. 

It was super easy to figure out. I like that it was fool proof to set up and use and came with batteries. It is better than putting something in your mouth or armpit to get your temp, and it can be used easily on someone you are taking care of. I tested it against a normal under the tongue thermometer, and this one came up a little high each time. Not sure which is more accurate. Also, when I used it 2" from the head it ran a higher temp - seemed more accurate placed ON the head. Also, I did an average of 3 times - because it was different each time  - 98.8, 98.9, and 99 were my readouts. I tried it on my Mom, getting 98.0, 98.3, and 98.4. 

It is sold on Amazon for about $50: LINK HERE - and about the same price at Walgreens HERE and some other online drugstores. Make sure to check EBATES to see if you can get a good cash rebate back - some of the stores offer 5-10% cash back.

Note: I was given this product sample for being a Klout influencer. I am under no obligation nor do I receive additional benefits to receive the sample or talk about this company. Thanks Klout!

Have you tried this or would you consider purchasing one? 


Great deal on a CHI flat iron from ULTA! Less than $90!

Want to get in on a Great deal on a CHI flat iron from ULTA!? 

This is a great gift for someone on your Christmas list, or for yourself to make your hair pretty for all of those holiday get togethers coming up in the next couple of months!

  1. Make sure you are shopping via Ebates.com to get 6% cash back on your purchase.
  2. Shop Ulta.com and there are several Chi Flat Irons for sale for under $90. 
  3. You also get a free tote bag with the purchase, so check those out too when you are looking.
  4. Use promo code 205810 to get $3.50 (off of any purchase of $10 or more). 
  5. You get FREE SHIPPING with any purchase over $25. 
  6. Choose your FREE sample at checkout.
  7. Total should be 86.45, and you will get $5 back from Ebates, so the $150 flat iron will be yours for only around $81

Enjoy! Here is a photo of my new haircut styled with a flat iron! I kind of like it!

Do you like CHI flat irons? Hot tools? 
What heat protector do you use before using your heated stylers?


Crazy Fitness Gear Deal!

Just stumbled upon a great deal I wanted to share with you guys!
Buy 4 headbands or some underwear and you can get a very low price or even free.

  • Visit Fabletics at this URL: http://www.fabletics.com/invite/61213526/ 
  • Put at least $25 worth of "Regular" price merch in your cart. Not the VIP stuff. 
  • Use promo code JFSAVE for $25 off of your order. 
  • Make sure you check out as REGULAR & not VIP 
  • You get free shipping.. 
I got some suppppper cute capris for $16.15! Regularly $39.95. 
I think this is an awesome deal and you don't have to sign up for the Fabletics subscription - 
perfect way to try out the company! 

Let me know if you snatch anything up! 

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