Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sponsor Love: Maia the Bee + GIVEAWAY


I want to introduce you all the A Glimpse Inside's newest Sponsor, Andrea from Maia the Bee!

Hi! I'm Andrea from Maia the Bee and I am so excited to be featured today!

I'm a Kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home-mom. My husband is in the US Army and we've been stationed in Germany since 2007. Our little Maia Bee was born here last year and is now 13 months old! It's incredible how fast time flies when they're so little!

We'd love for you to stop by and visit us as Maia the Bee. We're always up to something over here in Europe and I love to share our adventures with our readers!


What I'm about to share with you is my personal weight loss story. I think as Americans we have all had a period of time in our lives when we weren't happy with our weight. My period started with my pregnancy almost 2 years ago when I gained 60 pounds.

Everyone tells you it takes time to lose the weight, your body will come back, give it a year, blah, blah, blah. I heard it all but after 11 months I was still really far off track!

I decided to do something about it I'm so glad I did!

Ok, enough with introductions! Let's get to the good stuff!! :)

Many of us end the year by making resolutions and promises to ourselves for the coming year. What about YOU? What do you want to change for 2012?

Raise your hand if "Weight Loss" has made your list of resolutions?

Shaklee is kicking off the year with an incredible opportunity for those of us who are serious about losing weight…and keeping it OFF!

Remember when I told you about our Healthiest Loser Cinch Challenge? Back on November 1st, I started using Shaklee's Cinch products to lose the rest of my pregnancy weight. I was on a roll throughout the month, losing 5 pounds and an entire dress size! Do you know how great that feels?!?! I was able to go through my closet and pull out a bunch of pants that haven't fit in two years. TWO YEARS!!! Just ask my husband…I model my "new" clothes for him everyday! To say I'm thrilled would be a huge understatement!!

Want to see the results so far??

Remember, this is that I looked like in August 2009. I was 138 pounds. My goal is to get back to this size again:

This next photo is where I started just a year ago. It was taken at the end of December last year (2010). Maia was born on December 1, 2010 and in this photo, about three weeks later, I still look pregnant. In fact, I wore maternity clothes for about 3 or 4 more months! I was about 185 pounds when this photo was taken (I was up to 204 pounds when Maia was born!!)

You can see my face if round, my arms are big and my stomach fills up the entire shirt! To say I was uncomfortable in my own skin would be an understatement. Do you know how depressing it is to have a closet full of clothes but nothing fits! And even worse, is the feeling you get when you try your clothes on and realize just how big you've gotten. I was miserable.

I was losing weight gradually by myself after Maia was born but by July I had hit a plateau. My weight was stuck at 165 pounds and I still couldn't wear most of the clothes I owned. In August I found Shaklee and by November 1st, I was using Cinch.

Today I weigh 159 pounds. I've lost an entire dress size and I can wear almost all of the clothes in my closet now!! I can't tell you how excited I am! The best part is that people are stopping me to tell me how good I look! It's the best feeling!! People are noticing my weight loss and the changes in my body. It's amazing and I can't wait to blast the last few pounds this month!!

Here I am today!!

Here is a side-by-side comparison in the same clothes!

On the left, my "before" from 2009 and on the right, the picture of me today. (On a side note, I'm in desperate need of a tan!! Yikes!!) You can see that I still fill out the shirt a little more than I used to…but I can wear it and look good!! Have I mentioned how excited I am?!?! :)

The holidays have set me back a couple pounds but it has only solidified my resolve to be honest with myself and lose the rest of my weight for good. I've been such a cheater this month but I have a plan to get back on track!

I'm working on getting Maia enrolled in a gym-related childcare program. It's a little more difficult because she needs medical paperwork completed to document her food allergies, but I've gotten the ball rolling. It's the only opportunity I'll have to use a gym - living on a military installation in Germany is NOT convenient! The weather is getting worse here and most outdoor activities with a one year old are out of the question. This program will give me 90 minutes two to four times a week to work out.

So while I'm not yet at my goal weight, I am well on my way! Between my cinch products and some gym time, I plan on making January one heck of a month for weight loss!!

Want to join me?

Remember how I said Shaklee is kicking off the year with an incredible opportunity? I can't wait to tell you about it! HERE IT IS:

From now until March 31, 2012 when you join as a member and purchase $70 worth of products, you'll get the NEW Cinch Sampler Pack for FREE! That's over $100 savings!! What a way to start the new year!!

The Cinch Sampler comes with the following items (valued at over $100!
  • An assorted Cinch Snack Bar pack

  • A box of Pomegranate Cinch Tea

  • 2-week supply of Cinch 3-in-1 Boost

  • Single sample of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Almond Crisp Meal-in-a-Bars

  • One Chocolate Shake Packet and one Vanilla Shake Packet

Want to maximize your dollar? Purchase Shaklee's Vitalizer multivitamins for $79.25 and get a FREE lifetime membership AND the Cinch Taste Sampler!

How many other times have you spent $70 and been given a $100 gift?? This is unbelievable and will help each of you jump start your weight loss for 2012!

Shaklee is also unveiling a new product called the Cinch Transformation Pack (formerly Cinch Ultra). Each order of the Cinch Transformation Pack ($299.95) contains enough Cinch products to last you an entire month! Not only that, but when you order Cinch Transformation for 3 consecutive months, your 4th month is FREE!

This used to be known as Cinch Ultra, but it was "ultra" confusing to make sure you had enough products! Everything used to be manual but now, Shaklee has everything all set for you! I'm currently in my 3rd month of Cinch Ultra…which means that all of my Cinch products for the month of January are FREE! I'm sooooo excited! What an incredible deal!

Worried you'll be alone in your effort to lose the weight? Order Cinch and join our Online Community where we encourage, support, and cheer each other on as we meet our weight loss goals.



Shaklee also makes non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning supplies that I absolutely LOVE! Looking to make 2012 a healthier year? Switch to cleaners that will not only save you money, but also keep your family safe from harmful chemicals.

I'd like to share samples of Shaklee's most popular non-toxic cleaner Basic H2 with 5 lucky readers!

Want to win one? Go to my Shaklee Store and leave a comment saying which product you'd most like to try and why!
Five winners will be chosen at random and their samples will be sent!

Winners will be announced Tuesday, January 10th.


What a great opportunity to start a New Year with a New YOU! Make 2012 a healthier year for you and your family!


Thanks so much Andrea for sponsoring A Glimpse Inside and doing this great giveaway!



  1. You look amazing! congratulations on your weight loss. It takes hard work to get where you are and it shows :o) I would love to try the weight lost products!

  2. Hey my name is Tara. I am your newest follower on your blog site would you be so kind & follow me back it would mean so much to me. Thanks :) Feel free to Like or Follow me on my facebook fan page & my Twitter!!!


  3. i think the nutri white skin care looks awesome...love to try that!
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  4. LOVE! I'm so obsessed with cleaning supplies so i loveeeeeeeeeeee this giveaway! haha...loser, i know. I love cleaning wipes, they make life so easy, so I'd love to try those! I'm also in desperate need of losing about 20-30 pounds so I'd really love to try the Cinch products! However, I just graduated college so the disposable income isn't too great yet!


  5. I would like to try their cleaning products lilsis_75@Hotmail.com

  6. Love using safe cleaning products! I would love to try the all purpose cleaners and the dishwasher concentrate!

  7. Gotta love safe cleaning products! We use a lot of cleaning wipes, so it would be awesome to try the Germ Free Disinfecting Wipes!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  8. I'd love to try the water pitchers! Our town's water supply is clean, but it has a weird algae taste in the winter months- so NOT appetizing! I also love all of the cleaning products! I will be back to look at more of them for sure!

  9. I would love to try the water pitcher or any of the cleaning products! :) all of it looks so great!

  10. Would love to try the cleaning supplies. Right now I use vinegar for Everything so would really like to try the new cleaning products
    Fantastic Giveaway. Thank You

  11. I would love to try their cleaning products!
    My Covered Bridge

  12. I would love to try the super cleaning concentrate. I have been wanting to try this stuff as it is all my neighbor uses and she LOVES it!!!

  13. I would love to try the Get Clean Starter Kit because it covers all the basics around the house! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. These products look amazing! I'd love the 'Get Clean' starter kit.


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