Beat Holiday Weight Gain with These Simple Tips

Oh, how I miss my twenties and thirties.  Those were the days when I could eat Christmas cookies and not put on a single pound.  I didn't have to worry about how to beat holiday weight gain because my metabolism worked off all those extra calories without me lifting a finger to lose weight.  Now that I am in my forties, however, holiday weight gain is a real concern.  I am pretty sure I put on weight just SMELLING the dang eggnog and homemade caramel.  I will need to work hard this year to avoid those extra pounds around the middle called 'too … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Massage and Taking Care of YOU

This post about the health benefits of massage was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central There are a number of health benefits of massage that can really help improve the lives of busy mom's (and DADS)!  Life is chaotic, especially around the holidays.  We bake, we shop, we chaperone classroom parties.  We work hard to pad the budget for Christmas gifts and then come home to cook dinner and supervise homework hour.  When, in our busy schedule, do we take care of US?  I don't know about you, but I … [Read more...]

10 Health Benefits of Dried Plums That Will Amaze You!

I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with California Dried Plums and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. The older I get, the more I realize that the food I put in my mouth has a lasting impact on my health.  While I certainly kick back and enjoy the occasional hot fudge sundae or bowl of chips, I try to make those a sporadic part of my diet.  Eating a rainbow of colors, cooking from … [Read more...]

7 Effective Natural Remedies for Chronic Pain

Natural remedies for chronic pain are not always as easy as just popping a pill.  I have been dealing with chronic pain for years and have been diagnosed with something called myofascial pain syndrome.  It's a disease similar to Fibromyalgia but slightly different in how it presents.  Basically, I suffer from chronic muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, and trigger points throughout my whole body and no one knows why.  Perimenopausal women are diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome more than any other type of person. My pain definitely cycles … [Read more...]

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Turning the Clock Back

Every year around this time I get a surge in traffic from people searching for information about turning the clock back.  No, they aren't looking for my blog (darnit!) but they are looking for information about when to change their clocks. This year, the clocks “fall back” November 1, 2015 which means that there will be less day light. That's a bummer for those of us who seem to really need lots of sunlight to function at 100%. Many people chalk up feeling blue in winter as simply a fact of cold weather and lack of sunshine. But 4 to 6 percent … [Read more...]

Best Cold Remedies for Cough and Head Congestion

I am one of those lucky people who always seem to get massive head congestion whenever they catch a cold. Along with my horrendously congested head comes the pleasant sounding 'post nasal drip' which then turns into a horrible cough as all that gunk settles in my chest.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  When I'm suffering from cold symptoms like this,  my bedside table is littered with piles of snotty tissues, decongestants, nasal sprays and an assortment of other cold remedies that may or may not actually work.  Over the years, I have done quite … [Read more...]

Locker Room Etiquette: Basic Tips for Gym Newbies!

For the last month I have been going to the gym nearly every day.  Am I losing weight?  No.  Thank you, middle aged metabolism.  But, I will keep going anyhow in the hope that I am still improving overall health.  If you have spent any time at the gym, I'm sure you have become familiar with the locker room.  You really can't avoid it, unfortunately.  If you want to store your workout bag, take a shower, or use the scale you will have to venture into the locker room from time to time.  Ever wonder about proper locker room etiquette?  What locker … [Read more...]

Healthy Weight Loss Tips for Long Term Success

These healthy weight loss tips have been sponsored by Kiqplan but all opinions expressed here are my own. It seems like everyone you talk to lately wants to lose weight.  There are high school reunions to impress people at, pretty party dresses to fit into, and scales that insist on lying to us about how much we actually weigh.  No matter what the reason, everyone seems to be looking for diet tips to help them shed a few pounds.  I see friends talking about cabbage soup diets, juice cleanses and 'magic pills' that will help you lose weight … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You Need a High Protein Breakfast (And a Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe!)

This post about why you need a high protein breakfast has been sponsored. I am participating in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Orgain. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #PoweredByOrgain Mornings are busy for most of us and whipping up a high protein breakfast isn't always on the to do list.  Finding sneakers is on the to do list.  Feeding the dog and making sure the kids have their homework packed are also on the to do list.  But, sitting down to a nice, … [Read more...]

Cleaning Toothbrushes Naturally for Fresh Breath and Fewer Germs!

This post about Cleaning Toothbrushes Naturally has been sponsored by #CollectiveBias but all opinions expressed here are my own. #NaturalGoodness Have you ever heard of Staphylococcus aureus?  Do you know what Streptococcus pneumoniae is?  Did you know that these are just two of the millions of bacteria that live in your mouth?  Everyone's mouth, no matter how often you brush, rinse or floss, harbors millions of bacteria in it.  Most of them are fairly harmless and studies have not shown any negative consequences to our overly populated … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Aloe Vera Gel You Probably Never Thought Of

Last week I wrote a post about how to extract aloe from an aloe vera plant.   It wasn't hard...just a tad slimy and time consuming.  Now that I know I can do it, I wanted to find other uses for aloe vera.  Aloe vera gel has always been my go to solution to a kitchen burn or bug bite but what else can I use this stuff for?  If you have an aloe plant at home and want to learn a few other uses for aloe vera gel, here are a few suggestions: Uses for Aloe Vera Gel  Use it in a sugar scrub for your feet:  I love making homemade sugar scrubs so … [Read more...]

Warm Lemon Water Benefits and Side Effects

The older I get, the more I feel like an old car that only has a few more miles left to go before hitting the scrap heap.  My body is slowing down, my aches and pains are numerous and I spend alot of time Googling weird health problems. I am always on the lookout for natural health solutions to my many random ailments.  I came across several posts that tout the benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning.  Not just any old lemon water, either.  Nope, the natural health gurus swear by WARM lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty … [Read more...]

Workout Tips for People Who Hate Exercise!

When I make up my to do list every day I always put 'go to the gym' or 'go for a walk' right at the top.  And then it progressively gets pushed farther and farther down the list as my day gets busy.  OH...I need to clean the toilets?  Can't go to the gym right now!  Hey, I haven't called mom recently...better do that before I head to the gym, right?  I know I need to exercise...not only does it help me feel better but it keeps my from outgrowing my pants quite so quickly.  But, for people who don't like to exercise, finding the motivation can … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping Tips for Healthier Kids

These back to school shopping tips have been sponsored by Groupon but all opinions expressed here are my own. It seems like summer just started but according to that pesky calender, my kids go back to school in less than 3 weeks.  That is going to be a seriously rude awakening for my teenagers.  They have been rather sloth-ish this summer and have pretty much grown roots and become addicted to their mobile devices.  Back to school shopping is on my to do list, although I keep putting it off as long as possible.  As you begin your own back to … [Read more...]

Antioxidant Skin Care Products from MitoQ

Getting old isn't all that much fun.  I can no longer eat whatever I want without gaining weight and I have more aches and pains than I can count.  My energy levels are definitely not where they should be.  And my skin is starting to lose that 'youthful glow' that I had in my 30's.  I do what I can to combat these natural side effects of aging.  Good food, plenty of water and regular exercise help quite a bit.  However when I was offered the option of trying out new antioxidant skin care products and an energy supplement from MitoQ I thought it … [Read more...]

Sauna Tips for Better Health

I joined a gym last year to start getting more exercise.  But what REALLY draws me to the gym is the sauna!  After I work out, I head right to the sauna and just hang out in there for a few minutes and sweat.  I have found that my time in the sauna really does help with overall muscle pain and stiffness.  Something about really heating my body up to a ridiculously high temperature seems to have therapeutic effects.  The hot tub is nice, too, however the heat of a dry sauna along with the detoxifying sweat really makes me feel like a new person … [Read more...]

Tips for Managing IBS and a VSL#3 Sweepstakes

For as long as I can remember, my father has had stomach problems.  He has modified his diet, tried medication, and still spends way too much time in the bathroom.  Unfortunately, those stomach issues seem to be genetic and I have been suffering from them for years.  However, when I first started having problems, my father gave me some good with them EARLY and they won't be as severe as you get older.  He ignored his for far too long and now managing IBS symptoms has become a major part of his life. Irritable Bowel Syndrome … [Read more...]

How to Survive Menopause with Your Sanity Intact

This post about How to Survive Menopause has been sponsored.  I have received free product and promotional consideration from the makers of URISTAT® in exchange for my post.  All opinions are my own. I was driving in my car this afternoon when a commercial came on the radio.  The announcer asks me : "Do you have hot flashes, moodiness, weight gain, trouble sleeping, fatigue and all these other million symptoms?  You may be suffering from hormone imbalance!"  I wanted to yell at the announcer that of COURSE I have all those symptoms...I am a 40 … [Read more...]

How To Find The Right Exercise For Your Teen

I am sharing these these tips on how to find the right exercise for your teen as part of a Playtex® Sport®  sponsored campaign for Socialstars #PlaytexSportSquad. When my son was little, we struggled to figure out how to find the right exercise for him.  We were surrounded by parents who were putting their children in 'Mommy and Me' exercise programs before they could walk.  The kids in his playgroups were already on sports teams by the time they were toddlers.  And yes, we felt the pressure to get our kid into that same type of lifestyle.  … [Read more...]