Teaching kids to eat healthy without losing your mind

Many years ago, I had a picky eating 2 year old.  I researched how to start teaching kids to eat healthy and found the same advice over and over again.  Just ignore it and they will eat healthy on their own eventually. I'm not sure what those authors were smoking but my kid would have happily lived on chicken nuggets and French fries every day if I let him.  I decided I was done with modern parenting advice and made it my goal to have my kids eating a healthy and natural diet with the occasional treat thrown in for sheer enjoyment.  Teaching … [Read more...]

5 Things I Learned About Healthy Weight Loss and Dieting This Week

This post about healthy weight loss and dieting is part of a sponsored conversation on behalf of Sam’s Club. Healthy weight loss and dieting have honestly never been something I have had to worry about up until the last couple of years.  I have always been blessed with a fast metabolism and skinny genes.  If I needed to drop a pound or two I just gave up dessert and went for a few extra walks.  Easy peasy, no problem.  Well, now that I am in my 40’s, my metabolism hates me.  I have been ignoring the 5 to 10 random pounds I have gained in the … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Getting a Cold This Winter

Learn how to avoid getting a cold this winter and your life will be significantly easier.  No more sick days, no more passing that cold between every member of your family, and no more feeling like your head will explode unless your husband goes out right now and buys you some decongestant!  I am working on avoiding germs and boosting immunity in between prayers for good health.  With all the germs the kids bring home from school, it seems like all I hear is sniffling and sneezing from November through March!  What's even worse than listening … [Read more...]

Weight Loss Motivation Board and Tips for Success

This weight loss motivation board is part of a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. This weight loss motivation board is my attempt at conquering the battle of the bulge.  I hit my 40’s a few years ago and I have learned a few things about this whole ‘mid-life’ thing.  Midlife hormones are hard to control.  I do not have anywhere near the amount of energy I did in my 30s.  And it is incredibly difficult to control my weight.  Most likely due to the first 2 things I listed!  Slowly...every year...a pound or two creeps on … [Read more...]

Are These Quality Products for Better Living on Your Shopping List?

This roundup of quality products for better living is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. With the beginning of the new year comes a renewed determination to get healthy.  We vow to eat better and exercise more. Spend more time with friends and less time online.  I know I certainly have a few new health goals that I have set for the coming year! Along with our determination and our defined goals, however, comes a need for quality products for better living.  If we continue to buy junk at the grocery store and spend … [Read more...]

Clean Eating Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms

So, you have vowed to eat healthier this year, right? Maybe you want to lose weight or just start feeling better?  Well, these clean eating meal planning tips are just what you need. Getting healthy doesn't require the counting of calories.  You don't need fad diets, juice cleanses or special food you can only buy online. I am a huge fan of a food guru named Michael Pollan.  If you aren't familiar with him, his entire philosophy on food intake can be summarized in one phrase.  "Eat real food.  Mostly plants.  Not too much."  These clean eating … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Walnuts!

I have spent a lot of time this week making Christmas cookies.  As a result, I have spent a lot of time eating Christmas cooking INGREDIENTS.  As I stood in my kitchen with a handful of walnuts in my hand, I started wondering about the health benefits of eating walnuts.  You hear so much lately about increasing the amount of 'good fat' in your diet and nuts are loaded with them.  When I started searching the internet for health benefits of walnuts, I was amazed at how good for you these little things are!  I can almost justify eating a … [Read more...]

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...]