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...]

Chia Seed Health Benefits and Simple Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Have you ever looked a a chia seed pudding recipe and wondered why eat chia seeds at all?  What chia seed health benefits are you missing out on by not buying these itty bitty little seeds? I'm always looking for creative ways to boost my family's nutrition intake.  I make tons of smoothies where I can add in flax seed oil.  My baked goods are hiding things like chia seeds, wheat germ, and all sorts of other nutritious ingredients. I have recently been reading about chia seed health benefits.  These tiny little seeds can really pack quite a bit … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Lower Back Pain to Keep on Moving Every Day!

This post on how to prevent lower back pain has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.   Since I spend a lot of time sitting while blogging, I am particularly concerned with how to prevent lower back pain.  Sitting is the new smoking, right?  Horrible for your health! But what is a blogger supposed to do about that?  The lower back is subject to injury in a number of ways.  Lifting a heavy object, twisting, or a sudden movement (hey look, a pencil on the ground!) can all cause back pain.  Poor posture or … [Read more...]

Mental Health Benefits of Gardening : Can playing in the dirt really make a girl happy?

Have you ever wondered if there are any mental health benefits of gardening?  Can growing a few tomatoes and herbs in the dirt provide anything more for you than a tasty dinner? The last couple of weeks I have been feeling a little bit BLAH.  Maybe it's the weather, could be hormones, or maybe it is just good old stress wreaking havoc on my emotional well being.  Whatever it is, my favorite place this week has been my recliner...preferably still wearing my pajamas or eating chocolate.  I know I need to snap out of this funk before my husband … [Read more...]

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...]