It Works! With Mara!

I'm pretty sure every woman has wondered at one time or another if "It Works! Wraps really worked.
I know I have, and I don't really need to lose weight. I have a small layer of fat/skin on my lower belly I have left from (I feel) my pregnancies. I think most women have this same "problem" area.
This review is for one of the It works! wraps, actually "ultimate body applicator!"

Before I got started, I was given strict steps to follow to ensure those results that we've all heard about.
I was really fascinated at the fact that Mara gave me instructions on exactly what to do.
So , I simply followed instructions.
And it was super easy.

The "wrap" is actually a pad like thing that fits over your "problem area" and has lotion on it.

I showered first, then  I placed it over my stomach, and then wrapped an ace bandage type thing around me. (I actually used my wraps for kickboxing, but they worked the same way!)
I slept all night in it, and when I woke up (excited to take my measurements) I took it off.

My before measurements:
Upper Abdomen: 28 in
Waist: 24 3/4
Lower Abdomen: 28

My after measurements: 
Upper Abdomen: 27 1/2 in
Waist: 24 1/2
Lower Abdomen: 28

Unfortunately my (ace bandage type thing) didn't hold it in place, because when I woke up it had slid up and was no longer over my lower abdomen. I'm not sure why this happened, and cannot say if it was because of what I used, or if it was because I slept in it. Either way, I didn't see any results or difference in my lower abdomen.
I did, as you can see above see a difference everywhere else. I am not sure if this is considered among It Works! consultants good, or okay, or not good at all.. but I was happy.
I mean it took my less than 5 minutes to put it on and then I just went to bed. If you have an easier way to lose weight let me know! ;)

I waited a week, after I did this before doing this review because I also wanted to see if I kept it off or if it would come back.
And after a week, what i did lose, has stayed away and my measurements are still the same.

I would love to hear your results after you try yours!
Go see Mara and get yours today!
or go here.

Remember to take your before and after photos!
Enter our giveaway to try your own It Works! Wrap!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

ME? Who is that?

I recently finished reading "Scream Free Parenting." It is a different approach to parenting, but one that has been successful thus far in my experience.
It reminded me that I am still a person.
How many of you get lost in your children, and forget to take care of yourself?
I think it begins in that newborn stage, when you go days without showering because the baby won't sleep, doesn't like the bassinett, your terrified you won't hear them wake up/spitup, or you're just too exhausted to do anything other than lay there once the baby does go to sleep. From that point on, any "good" mommy puts her children first, right?
If you read the book, the answer to that is:
But let's not just go by the book, let's figure it out for ourselves.
I have recently realized I have aged about ten years since I had my first little boy (Gavin) 2 1/2 years ago. And I think it's because I have run myself into the ground trying to keep the house cleaned, the laundry and dishes done, working to make extra money, and the most important.. taking care of him, playing, teaching, and learning right with him. i stopped hanging out with (most) of my friends, and didn't care to make new friends, We took Gavin everywhere with us and rarely had date nights, when we did it was a redbox movie and one of us always seemed to fall asleep.  When I was pregnant with number 2 (Ian) I realized I needed more friends, more adult socialization, more adult (THINGS) in my life. So i joined MOMS Club.
(Which is an amazing organization and you should look for one near you!)
That helped with it, along with getting involved in my wonderful church, joining a book club, and bible study, and spending more time with my closest friends.
But I realized I was missing something else after I read the book.
But what is that, aren't I doing enough?
I have no idea? I think I have a balancing problem.
So that leads me to the ultimate question..
What do YOU do for "me time?"
What helps you clear your mind, and make you happy?
Because I seem to always be doing something for somebody else. I do enjoy it, and I do choose to do so, but i'd like to make ME happy too.