Conquering Severe Seasonal Allergy Symptoms and Enjoying the Great Outdoors

This post about Severe Seasonal Allergy Symptoms has been sponsored by Ricola and Social Stars but all opinions are my own. One of the not so great things about living in the south is that my severe seasonal allergy symptoms begin as early as February.  Yes, while much of the nation is still covered in snow, Georgia has crocuses sprouting, trees forming buds and pollen levels already creeping up into the 'high' category.  After 15 years of living here, I have spent a lot of time dealing with common allergy symptoms like sniffly noses and … [Read more...]

Indoor Air Pollution Solutions for Your Home

This post about indoor air pollution solutions for your home is sponsored by Honeywell but all opinions are my own. Breathing is one of those things that humans can't really live without.  The air we breath is vital to our long term health and survival, right?  But, did you ever stop to think about how clean the air is in your home?  Think of all the indoor air pollutants that float around in our bedrooms and kitchens.  Fumes from your nail polish remover, mold from the house plant soil, and dander from the dog all result in poor indoor air … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Heartburn and What to do When You Can’t

This post about how to avoid heartburn has been sponsored by Smiley360 and Nexium but all opinions are my own. I am a passionate foodie and love exploring new foods and flavors when I eat.  Of course, those exotic foods and flavors don't always agree with me! Many times I have gone out to eat with family or friends, only to come home and lay on the couch for an hour trying to recover from the experience!  Heartburn is caused by the digestive acids that are supposed to stay in your stomach instead backing up into your esophagus or throat.  … [Read more...]

What to Know About Yoga Before Your First Class

I am sharing these tips on what to know about yoga as part of a sponsored conversation with Yogi Surprise but all opinions are my own. For the last several years, I have been trying to make time to do more yoga.  I have invested in more yoga pants, mats, blocks and accessories than I care to admit.  I have tried doing yoga in my family room in front of the television, in our neighborhood fitness class and at the gym.  I have yet to fall in love with it but have come to appreciate it for its' many health benefits.  It is amazing how much of a … [Read more...]

Check This List of All Natural Sweeteners Before You Shop!

I am putting together this list of all natural sweeteners for people who are determined to ditch fake chemicals in their food. Back when I was younger, I was obsessed with calories and was always looking for 'light'  and 'diet' foods.  My goal was to be able to eat whatever I wanted to without taking in any calories.  Diet Coke, light yogurt, and all sorts of other foods that were loaded with artificial sweeteners made up a good portion of my diet.  I didn't worry about what sort of chemicals were being put into my overly processed food...I was … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Jet Lag without Using Sleeping Pills

This post about how to prevent jet lag is sponsored by Natrol but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things my husband loves about his job is the opportunity to travel overseas once or twice a year.  He has visited some amazing places, from the rice paddies of  Thailand to his ancestor's land of Germany.  He always enjoys the unique food and interesting people in these faraway lands.  What he does NOT enjoy, however, is the jet lag that accompanies international travel.  Our internal clock gets thrown all out of … [Read more...]

Natural Remedies for Insect Bites to help Soothe the Sting

Spring has finally sprung here in the Atlanta area and along with blooming trees come annoying insects.  I am compiling a list of natural remedies for insect bites to help soothe the sting when they finally find me.  I know it's only February but the trees and flowers are already blooming here in the south and I need to get started on  yard work and gardening.  That means plenty of fire ants, mosquitos and other biting insects who seem to think I am the tastiest thing they have ever discovered.  If you are looking for natural remedies for … [Read more...]

Simple Health Changes That Yield Big Results

This post about simple health changes has been sponsored by JuicePlus+ but all opinions are my own. If you have been following me on social media over the last month or so, you may have seen a ton of #MySimpleChange photos documenting my baby steps towards healthier living.  I was sent a ton of great products from JuicePlus+ to help me along my journey and I thought I would share my experiences with you.  I have found that the easiest lifestyle changes to make and KEEP are the small ones.  When I switched to the Paleo diet for 3 months, that … [Read more...]

Anti Aging Breakthroughs from MitoQ

This information about anti aging breakthroughs has been sponsored by MitoQ but all opinions are my own. As a forty something woman, I can tell you that there are days that I feel very old.  At 5 AM when the alarm goes off and my joints creak getting out of bed I feel old.  Every time I find another grey hair I feel a tad bit older. Listening to my teenage daughter talk about how some boy's hair is totally on fleek...I feel REALLY old.   Sound familiar to you?  Well...I don't really want to feel old and am always keeping an eye on the newest … [Read more...]

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...]