The Let Down Effect and Post Holiday Illness

This post about The Let Down Effect is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd Everyone already knows that the holidays are a time of serious stress, right?  You spend weeks shopping and wrapping and baking.  Then you end up getting very little sleep and probably eating more cookies than you really need to be eating.  Forget about those vitamins you are supposed to be taking and who in the world has time for exercise, right?  And, if you are like me, you traveled … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Get Mentally Fit for The New Year

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will have figured out that I am very big on healthy living.  Healthy food, plenty of exercise, and finding time for hobbies and family are all great ways to get healthy.  However, what about being mentally fit?  Over the years, I have known a number of people who struggle with mental health issues, panic attacks, and an assortment of other mental health problems.  I would like to encourage you to take a minute to think about how you will get mentally healthy in the coming year. With the … [Read more...]

Setting Realistic Health Goals for the New Year

While you may be happily munching on Christmas cookies next week, January 1st is coming quickly.  Will you be setting realistic health goals to work towards next year? With the new year comes a renewed determination among many people to eat more vegetables, exercise more, stop smoking, or give up sweets.  Health goals seem to pop up every January but by April we have slid back into our bad habits. When I was younger my father smoked.  He went from smoking a pipe when I was very young to smoking cigarettes by the time I was in high school.  I … [Read more...]

How to Survive a Cold when You Just Don’t Have Time to be Sick!

This post about how to survive a cold is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd I am a big believer in preventative medicine. Taking care of yourself by eating healthy, taking vitamins and exercising regularly will go a long way towards maintaining good health.  However, it is no a guarantee that you will never get sick.  Our immune systems will always find some bug that is temporarily stronger than it can handle.  That means you will undoubtedly get sick every once in a … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Knee Pain While Hiking

This post about how to avoid knee pain while hiking was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Many years ago, during my college days in New Hampshire, I joined the university outing club.  Basically, it was a group of outdoor enthusiasts who got together several times a year to plan backwoods adventures and explore the nearby White Mountains.  From cross country skiing to backcountry camping, I learned a lot about nature during those trips. … [Read more...]

Calming Herbs for Anxiety When Stress is Too Hard to Handle

The last year has been a stressful one in terms of politics and more than once I have found myself reaching for calming herbs for anxiety. Considering the fact that you are reading a blog who's primary purpose is to educate people on green and healthy living, it should not be shocking to know that I am a die hard, left leaning liberal.  I am pretty much as far left as a person can get without falling off the scale.  And, due to my husband's job, I am stuck in the deep south in a state that is so far right I sometimes feel like I am living a … [Read more...]

Tips for Feeling Good During Cold and Flu Season

This post about tips for feeling good is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd There are a lot of things I love about this time of year.  Crisp, fall air feels wonderful after the heat of summer.  The holiday food and gift giving are loads of fun.  Decorations going up make my heart happy.  However, I am not a huge fan of germs, stress, and exhaustion! Hearing someone sneeze near me while I am out shopping makes me cringe. I look at the grocery store cart handle … [Read more...]

How to Boost Energy Levels When Holiday Chaos Strikes

This post about how to boost energy levels has been sponsored, however, all opinions expressed here are my own. Have you seen those Facebook posts that shout 'Only 6 Fridays left before Christmas!' or some such nonsense?  Really?  Do I need that kind of stressful reminder that I am already behind on my holiday to-do list and we just started November?  Seriously, the holidays seems to arrive in this whirling chaos that leaves me completely shattered by the time January gets here.  I am trying hard to make a list, stay organized and shop early … [Read more...]

Easy Workout Tips and Nutrition Advice to Fit into a Daily Workout

This discussion about easy workout tips is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clif Bar & Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Between my ongoing battle with middle aged metabolism and my love of cheese, I have to exercise pretty regularly.  And by pretty regularly I mean just about every day.  Between the exercise and watching what I eat, I was doing pretty good at fitting into my pants and hitting a number on the scale that I didn't hate up until about a year ago.  Maybe my metabolism figured out my strategy and … [Read more...]

How to Get Healthy In 5 Minutes Per Day and a Maple and Brown Sugar Overnight Oats Recipe

Thank you Florastor® Daily Probiotics for sponsoring this post about how to get healthy. Visit your local retailer to pick up your bottle of Florastor®Daily Probiotics to complement your active lifestyle! Have you ever looked at your daily calendar and been overwhelmed by the number of things listed on it for the day.  Pink highlights to remind you that kid 1 has a doctor appointment that morning.  Blue highlights so you don't forget to pick your son up from tennis practice after school.  Notes about what to pick up at the grocery store and … [Read more...]

Why Vitamin C is Important for a Healthy Immune System

This post about why vitamin C is important is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd I have been known to procrastinate about a lot of things in my life.  When company is coming, I am frantically cleaning the bathroom 5 minutes before they arrive.  Deadlines are met just barely some days because I put off getting started on the project.  And weekend grocery shopping is often done at 8 PM on a Sunday night.  I put off a lot of things because I just don't want to get … [Read more...]

Trigger Point Therapy Tools for Muscle Pain Relief

Several years ago, I had a persistent muscle spasm in my shoulder.  I went through the Doctor's general treatment guidelines.  Heat, ibuprofen and muscle relaxers.  It wouldn't go away.  We moved on to physical therapy for a year, steroid injections and more muscle relaxers.  They called it a trigger point.  Basically, a muscle spasm that won't go away.  I started investing in trigger point therapy tools and trying a few alternative methods of healing.  I discovered that chiropractors are awesome and that I hate acupuncture. I have come to … [Read more...]

Why Stress Makes You Sick and My Plan to Fight Back

This post about why stress makes you sick is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd Many years ago, when the kids were younger, I worked at their preschool in the morning.  Then I came home and spent the rest of the day taking care of two young kids.  And at night after my husband got home, I went to work in the pharmacy.  Needless to say, I was burning the candle at both ends and was struggling to keep up.  I started having health problems.  Chronic stomach issues, … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem.  One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering buying a koala bear.  What is this problem I speak of?  Well, I can't seem to go into a garden nursery without buying every weird plant that I come across!  Seriously.  One year I bought tarragon even though we had never used tarragon before. And apparently it is a perennial and now I have enough tarragon to outfit a small nation.  Well, last year I bought a eucalyptus plant and now I am wondering what to do with eucalyptus leaves.  Because … [Read more...]

How to Increase Immunity Naturally and Visit Your Doctor Less!

This post about how to increase immunity naturally is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd I can honestly say that I detest going to the doctor.  I don't understand their online appointment system, their phone people are less than helpful, and no matter what time I make my appointment for I end up waiting for an hour to see the doctor. Of course, then I get in the exam room and they have to poke and prod and ask for bodily fluids and look at me like I am an idiot for … [Read more...]

Healthy Lunch Box Tips for Kids and Parents

My kids start back to school tomorrow and I am spending a lot of time looking for healthy lunch box ideas.  Even though they are teens, they still prefer to bring lunch from home.  I'm glad! I'm not a huge fan of the school lunch program in my area.  This is the largest school district in Georgia and there is no actual cooking that is done on site.  Prepackaged grilled cheese sandwiches with white bread and fake cheese are reheated in little plastic bags and they call that healthy.  Shortcuts are taken and questionable foods are served all in … [Read more...]

Support the Athlete Within You with These Must Have Products!

This post about how to support the athlete within you has been sponsored by BabbleBoxx  on behalf of Single Edition Media but all opinions expressed here are my own. The Summer Olympics begin in just a few days and I'm sure the athletes involved are training intensely for their upcoming competitions.  I can't imagine how intense their training regimens are to get them to where they are today. I have trouble just making it a mile or two on the treadmill at the gym! Products to Support the Athlete Within You With all this excitement … [Read more...]

What is the State of Well Being in a World Obsessed with Numbers?

This conversation asking what is the state of well being has been sponsored by Ricola swiss herbs throat drops and Social Stars but all opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd My husband and I are lucky to have a decent health insurance plan that offers free yearly physicals.  I am a firm believer in yearly checkups, even if there is nothing technically 'wrong' with me so I go regularly.  The doctors poke and prod at me, draw blood, ask a million questions, take all my vital statistics and in the end, send me out the door with a summary of … [Read more...]

Tips for Trail Running in Barefoot Shoes

This post about trail running in barefoot shoes is part of a paid Megan Media and Vivobarefoot blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. #DiscoverVivobarefoot My husband and I are both passionate about fitness and exercise, however we go about it in very different ways. I have been trying to get him to the gym for a year and he has been encouraging me to go running for twice as long as that. While I do run occasionally, it's usually on a treadmill and not in the great outdoors. Barefoot running has been a passion of … [Read more...]