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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...]

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...]

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

reading glasses

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...]

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...]

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...]

Sponsored: Healthier Eating the Swedish Way!

Healthy Eating with WASA crackers

This post about healthier eating has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. There are a lot of things I think America is really good at however healthier eating really isn't one of them.  We have people who inhale light yogurt full of artificial sweeteners and fake colors and call it healthy.  People join weight loss programs where packaged, processed food is delivered to your door and they think they are getting healthier.  Many Americans consider French Fries to be a vegetable.  I think we need to look to other … [Read more...]

Youth Sports: Surviving a season of Chaos! #PlayItHealthy


This post about youth sports has been sponsored by MinuteClinic but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have been involved in  youth sports in some way, shape or form ever since they were about 4 years old.  They did a few seasons of soccer, swam on the neighborhood swim team, play tennis, do gymnastics and are just all around active kids.  There is a certain culture to youth sports.  You have an interesting mix of both children AND adults on these teams and if you don't do a bit of planning and organizing, things do not … [Read more...]

Portable Protein for on the go Workout Snacking #SilkAlmondBlends

Portable Protein Sources for Athletes

This post about portable protein has been brought to you by Silk and Tapinfluence but all opinions expressed here are my own. We are a very active family and all of us have our own personal workout regimes.  Depending on the day, you will find various family members at the gym, on the tennis courts, running a 10K, or doing gymnastics in the back yard.  Staying active keeps us in good health but it also means appetites soar, especially when the weather is nice.  Good nutrition is important for everyone but athletes need to really make sure … [Read more...]

Healthy Eating Made Easier at Sprouts Farmers Market #LoveSprouts

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I attended a grand opening event at Sprouts Farmers Market and received promotional items to facilitate this healthy eating post but all opinions expressed are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while you will have noticed that I have a weakness for food.  Healthy eating is important to me (with the exception of my fondness for neon orange cheese products occasionally!) but it is not cheap.  I tend to go WAY over budget when doing my weekly grocery shopping because fresh produce can be pricy.  Up until this week I had never … [Read more...]

Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

Bare essentials for a tiny purse

This post about fitting the bare necessities into your tiny purse is brought to you by Poise but all opinions expressed are my own. When my children were babies, I never left home without a diaper bag or backpack.  It was filled to the brim with everything we could possibly need in order to survive the apocalypse.   Honestly, I had enough toys, food, sippy cups and diapers to outfit an entire baby army.  When they got older, I *STILL* packed like we were going to be lost at sea for a month.  Crayons, snacks, changes of clothes, etc all got … [Read more...]

Lemon Lime Detox Water Recipe for Better Health

How to Make Lemon Lime Detox Water

I received product from Alladin through Mom Trends for use in this post but received no compensation for including it here. Water is incredibly good for our bodies, but it does get a little boring after a while. I have been trying to come up with interesting ways to flavor it for better hydration this summer. Did you know that you can add certain things to water that not only add flavor but are beneficial to our health as well?  There has been quite a bit of buzz lately in the health community about detox water and while I'm not sure if it … [Read more...]

Conquer Life Without Fear of Light Bladder Leakage with Poise!

#SAMInYourPants and exercise

This post about Poise Microliners  and light bladder leakage is a part of a sponsored post for SocialStars. All opinion are my own. #SAMinYourPants Last week, I put the teenagers to bed at night as per our usual routine.  Lots of hollering to get teeth brushed, an amazingly long argument between the two of them over sink time and finally bedtime kisses and lights out.  Yes, I am thrilled that I still get bedtime kisses from my children at their age!  Thirty minutes later, I went upstairs to use the bathroom (as I do about every hour now that … [Read more...]

Magnesium Oil: How To Make It and Why You Need It!

Health Benefits of Magnesium Oil

This post about magnesium oil is NOT sponsored in any way, shape, or form.  I am simply sharing information that I have found useful.  Keep in mind that I am NOT a doctor and if you have questions about your health you should visit a physician! Over the last several years, I have suffered from an assortment of physical problems, all of which are muscular in some way.  Muscle knots that won't go away, a bad back, aching feet and a host of other issues.  I have spent countess hours and dollars on doctors, therapists and nutritional … [Read more...]

Building Strong Bones Together with Viactiv Calcium Chews

Viactive Calcium Soft Chews

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation. I received two canisters of Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. As the mother of a tween daughter, I have plenty of things to worry about. Is she doing well in school? How do I make sure we keep the lines of communication open? What's the best way to keep those BOYS away from her? And of course, one of the biggest things I worry do I make sure she stays healthy? I try hard to feed her well and include a wide variety … [Read more...]

Natural Remedies for Headaches

Easy DIY Headache Sachet 2

This post about natural remedies for headaches has been sponsored by Amoil Natural Healing Oils and Boombox Network. This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  I have always suffered from frequent headaches.  Sometimes I feel like I have more headache days in a month than NON headache days!  This gets extremely frustrating since I don't get much accomplished when my head is throbbing.  It also makes me very irritable which forces my children and husband to tiptoe around the house for fear of getting their … [Read more...]

All Natural DIY Pain Relieving Salve

All Natural #DIY Pain Relieving Salve for Sore Muscles

Spring is finally here and with the warm weather comes lots of planting.  Gardening is not always easy work and after a day of turning soil, lugging around bags of compost, and bending over to plant seeds my entire body is usually one gigantic knot of muscle pain.  I have been buying Tiger Balm for years but have you seen the size of those tiny containers?  Yeah, the stuff works really well but it's expensive if you need more than just a finger full of pain relieving salve on your aching body.  I decided to try my hand at making my own pain … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Medication Overdose and Misuse #GutCheckAGA

Tips to Avoid Medication Overdose and Misure

This blog post about how to avoid medication overdose is part of a campaign by on behalf the American Gastroenterological  Association.  I received payment for my participation. All opinions stated  within are my own. This post should not be interpreted as medical advice.  If you have questions about your health or current medications please ask your doctor. As a pharmacy technician for a major retail chain I get to talk to quite a few people about an assortment of health related issues.  Everyone seems to want to talk … [Read more...]

Eating Healthier Without Stomach Issues Thanks to CharcoCaps® #CharcoCapsNoMoreGas

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We inherit a lot of things from our parents. Their eye color, their body shape, and sometimes even of a few of their personality traits. What did *I* get from my parents? A seriously sensitive stomach! Yeah...thanks a lot DAD! I learned from a very early age that some things are just not good for me to eat, especially if I plan to be in mixed company. It's one thing if you pass gas in front of your husband of 18 years. (OK, am I the only one that actually does that?) It is a whole other thing entirely if you pass gas while in the middle of a … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Turmeric and a Turmeric Tea Recipe

health benefits of turmeric

Please note that this post about the health benefits of turmeric is NOT intended to be taken as medical advice!  See your doctor for any health issues you may be having! Several years ago I got a muscle spasm in my shoulder that just would not go away.  No coincidence, I'm sure, that it was around the same time I started blogging.  Despite medication, physical therapy, and massage, that muscle spasm is STILL there and has now created a whole host of other issues as well.  I am trying desperately to get rid of random pains that range from my … [Read more...]