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How to Detoxify the Body Every Day and Why You Need To

How to Detox Your Body Every Day

I like to think that I live a fairly healthy life.  I eat lots of organic food, drink plenty of water, and use mostly natural products on my skin and body.  But, I also live in metro Atlanta which means that I am inhaling a scary cocktail of pollutants in the air I breath every single day.  Not to mention the fact that the water I drink comes from some pretty questionable sources, even if I do have a filter system.  Lately I have been researching how to detoxify the body and many of these detox programs seem rather extreme.  I don't think I can … [Read more...]

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Learn What to Pack in Your Gym Bag Along with V8 Protein!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of V8 Protein for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Like many people, I made a pledge to myself that this year I would be eating healthier and getting more exercise. The eating healthier has been pretty easy but making myself exercise more has been a hard sell. Oh, I spend 20 minutes or so in the morning on the rowing machine and try to go for a walk several nights a week but I really need to start pushing myself more. A good, hard workout a few times a week needs to become more of a priority. … [Read more...]

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Help Provide Quality Healthcare to Expectant Mothers with Kangu!

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Before I moved to Atlanta and had children,  I worked in a laboratory doing cancer research for Texas Children's Hospital.  It was a challenging yet rewarding job.  We struggled to understand how cancer works and researched ways that bone marrow transplants could help cure this horrible disease.  While I spent much of my time in the laboratory, we often made trips over to the children's hospital for sample delivery or retrieval.  Those days were particular difficult for me....seeing children suffering from devastating diseases is never easy.  … [Read more...]

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Use These 10 Essential Oils to Strengthen the Immune System

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For the last few months, it seems like everyone is running around like a chicken with it's head cut off freaking out about disease.  Whether they're worried about Ebola, the flu or the recent measles outbreak, everyone is paranoid about getting sick.  I get it...I really do!  We live in a very global society and disease can spread rapidly.  We can't isolate ourselves in an effort to stay healthy.  We have no choice but to go to work, school, and even that cesspool we call the doctor's office.  So, how do we make sure our immune system is up to … [Read more...]

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Do These 10 Things When You Feel a Cold Coming On

Do these 10 Things when you feel a cold coming on

We have been fairly lucky this year in terms of illness.  My son and I had some sinus issues in the fall due to our allergies but other than that, no one has been sick.  I had hopes that our home would continue to stay healthy til spring allergies rolled around but, of course, that was too much to ask.  4 days ago my son tells me his throat hurts....my first response was to feel his forehead for a fever which was not present.  So, what to do next?  When you feel a cold coming on, what are the first things you need to do?  I have a list of … [Read more...]

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Bone Broth: Health Benefits and How to Make it

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If you always have your eye on the latest health trends, no doubt you have come across a discussion about bone broth.  This morning there was a segment on the Today Show all about the health benefits of bone broth and how to make it.  I was surprised because I have been making bone broth ever since I can remember...really it is just a fancy word for homemade stock made with the bones of an animal.  I used to work with an Asian woman who drank bone broth for her entire pregnancy.  Apparently this was encouraged for the health of both mother and … [Read more...]

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Chamomile, Honey and Vanilla Sugar Scrub and a Twinings Tea for every moment!

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The last month has been very stressful trying to get ready for the holidays.  Every spare moment has been spent either working, shopping, or dealing with an unexpected crisis.  There has been very little time for making sure my own needs have been met.  I barely found time to eat this month, much less relax or pamper myself.  Even finding time to shave my legs or enjoy a cup of tea was tough! But, now that the gifts are open, the parties are over and the baking is done, I can once again take care of ME.  First thing on my to do list is to enjoy … [Read more...]

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Setting Realistic Health Goals for the New Year

Health Goals for 2015

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 highschool.  I remember a collection of ashtrays all over the house and asking for my parents to please roll down the window in the car because I hated the smell of smoke.  My mom has … [Read more...]

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Your DIY Beauty Pantry: 10 Must Have Ingredients

Essential Ingredients for DIY beauty recipes

Over the last couple of years I have become very interested in making my own diy beauty creations. I have made everything from sugar scrubs to homemade mouth wash and overall have been very pleased with the results. Some recipes have come out better than others and I have learned quite a bit along the way. As we move into the new year I would like to encourage everyone to try their hand at a few easy diy beauty recipes,  They are incredibly easy to make and cost only a fraction of what those expensive spa products cost you.  Not only will you … [Read more...]

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How to Provide Natural Immune Support for Your Family

How to Boost Immunity Naturally

This post about Natural Immune Support is part of  an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. The moment my kids go back to school in September we start having to worry about what sort of germs they will be bringing home with them.  Even as teenagers they frequently catch colds and other nasty things from their peers.  Those school buses are a cesspool of infestation! Germs are everywhere and I don't really worry about sterilizing … [Read more...]

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Orange and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub and a Stress Free Holiday with Sams Club #SimplyHealthy

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This sugar scrub recipe and Sams Club shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. We all know that Sams Club is a great place to stock up on huge boxes of cereal for hungry kids and giant bags of chocolate chips for holiday baking. You can find frozen pizzas by the dozen or packages of toilet paper so big you practically need a fork lift to carry them.  But, have you ever checked out the produce section of Sams Club?  With the chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, there … [Read more...]

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Ginger Detox Bath: Sweat those toxins out!

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Over the last few years I have had to deal with chronic pain that is incredibly frustrating.  According to the dozens of doctors I have seen there is nothing 'technically' wrong with me.  Except that I hurt.  All. The. Time.  My neck hurts, I get random muscle spasms, my feet ache...it is incredibly frustrating.  They just tell me to take Advil and a muscle relaxer and get used to it.  Really not a huge fan of the medical community at this point and for years I have been using an assortment of natural and holistic remedies to deal with my pain. … [Read more...]

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Night Driving Tips for Safer Evening Travel #nightdriving

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With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, more and more people are on the road after dark.  We turn our clocks back this weekend so we will be losing yet another hour of daylight but we still have places to be in the evening!  The older I get, the more I find that my night vision is not as good as it used to be.  I hate to think that I am getting older but even our eyes start to show our age eventually!  Night vision problems don't only effect YOU but they impact every single person that might be on the road with you.  When … [Read more...]

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Natural Ways to Achieve Healthy Hair

Tips for Naturally Healthy Hair

This post about healthy hair has been sponsored by Hairfinity and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed are my own. Healthy hair is a struggle I think alot of women deal with. Our environment is full of pollutants and our diets lacking in vital nutrients. We spray, curl, flatten, and otherwise torture out hair in an effort to look our best. As a result, we are often left with hair that is anything BUT healthy.  So, what is a girl to do when she wants healthy hair but is battling age, sun, chlorine pools and a variety of other hair … [Read more...]

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Support Breast Cancer Research and Get a Free Gift!

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This breast cancer awareness post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. In my life before kids, chaos and social media, I worked in a laboratory doing cancer research.  It was an exciting and interesting field but also a very sad one.  Cancer is one of those things that we understand quite well, only we don't know how to stop it. The people who are diagnosed with this disease have a long and rather horrible journey to take and I wish scientist could get to the bottom of this mysterious illness.  Breast cancer has … [Read more...]

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8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

Teaching kids about food

This post about things we need to teach our kids has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Last week I took my children to the grocery store to shop for a church service project. The goal was to provide a Thanksgiving Day feast in a box for our local food pantry. We were provided a list of items that we were to buy so there was really no creativity or substitution allowed. As expected, the list of foods contained things like 'instant potatoes' and 'canned gravy'.  My daughter asked why we were buying all these processed … [Read more...]

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Sick of Reading Glasses? Try Multi-Focal Contact Lenses! #goodbyereaders

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This post about reading glasses is part of a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Bausch + Lomb. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Bausch + Lomb and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. When I was a kid,  I was luck enough to have perfect vision. Considering my entire family wore glasses, I was more than a little bit excited about this. The older I got, though, the harder it was for me to see things like my insurance card or the menu at the … [Read more...]

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How to Save Money at the Pharmacy

How to Save Money at the Pharmacy

I spent almost 15 years working in a retail pharmacy and it broke my heart every time someone told me they couldn't afford their medications  Healthcare is so very important but there are many people that struggle with rising medical bills and are looking for any way they can to save money at the pharmacy.  Medications are not generally cheap but there are a lot of ways that you can cut your pharmacy bills.  If you find yourself spending a fortune for your medicine every month, here are just a few ways that you can start saving a little bit of … [Read more...]

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Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was horribly nauseous for about 10 hours out of every day.  Whoever started calling it 'morning sickness' got it totally wrong for me.  I was sick from lunchtime until bedtime for 6 months.  Since ginger is such a great anti nausea treatment I started inhaling it every way I could find it.  Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger snaps and even hard ginger candies went with me everywhere.  The nausea went away when my daughter was born but I had developed a taste for ginger that has stuck around ever since.  It is … [Read more...]