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Healthy Summer Tips and a Goddess Garden Safe Sunscreen Review #SunSafeGoddess

Goddess Garden Safe Sunscreen Review

This safe sunscreen post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood and Goddess Garden however all opinions are my own. #SunSafeGoddess Summer is almost here and my kids have exactly one week left until summer vacation.  Not that I'm counting, of course! Summer vacation brings a relaxed atmosphere to the house that I love but having two teens lounging about all day is enough to drive me batty!  I have already started planning ways to create a happy and healthy summer for the whole family.  There are books to request from the library, new bathing … [Read more...]

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Keeping Teens Active for Better Health

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I’m sharing these tips for keeping teens active thanks to Playtex® Sport® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PlaytexSportSquad. All opinions are my own. I remember back many years ago when my children were young.  There were days I was exhausted just from chasing them up and down stairs all day.  Weeks went by where all I did was watch them run in and out of the back door. I seriously considered putting in a revolving door so I could stop yelling at them about slamming the darn thing over and over again.  They were incredibly … [Read more...]

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Probiotic Supplements: Easy Ways to Remember to Take Them Every Day!

HOw to Remember to Take Your Probiotic Supplements

Every day we are bombarded with things that weaken our immune system.  Stress, germs, lack of sleep, and a number of other factors all play a significant role in how well we can fight off diseases.  A weak immune system can lead to our bodies succumbing to any number of nasty illnesses.  Natural immune support is important to me and I have learned many ways over the years to try and keep my family healthy.  Probiotic supplements are one of the easiest ways I have found to strengthen our immune system while at the same time, regulating our … [Read more...]

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Tips for Feeding Organic Food from Infants to Teens

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I am a firm believer in the idea that we are what we eat.  The food we feed ourselves and our families has long term consequences to both our own health and the health of our planet.  Most of the food on grocery store shelves is very far removed from its original source.  Sprayed with chemicals, transported half way across the world, processed beyond recognition and devoid of many natural nutrients.  The Standard American Diet is lacking in a lot of ways.  Feeding organic food is a vital step in improving our health and reducing our carbon … [Read more...]

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Lavender Aromatherapy Dough for Natural Stress Relief

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Ever have one of those days where the stress of life is weighing you down?  Like, if you do not get chocolate or wine or a nap some time very soon you are going to totally snap and end up in a padded room? The last two days for me have been like that for me.  With bathroom construction going on and my inlaws in town, I am about one crisis away from a nervous breakdown this week.  I decided I needed to do something about my unhealthy stress level before mommy got in the car and drove to Tahiti all by herself.  If you have ever wanted to just … [Read more...]

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How to Eat More Vegetables and Not Get Totally Sick of Them! #FarmstandGreen

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropicana Farmstand for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the best things we can do for our health is to eat a rainbow of foods every single day. That doesn't mean you should grab your box of artificially flavored breakfast cereal and call it a win! When I say 'eat a rainbow' I mean a rainbow of all natural foods that God (or Mother Nature or just pure Dumb Luck) created! Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain an amazing array of nutrients and not just vitamins and minerals. … [Read more...]

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Medicine Cabinet

Spring Cleaning your medicine cabinet

Despite the deplorable weather, I can assure you that spring really is on it's way!  Here in Georgia, I already have trees forming tiny buds, daffodils blooming, and bluebirds checking out our bird houses.  With the warmer weather comes an inherent need to clean my house.  Spring cleaning has begun and I am sorting unwanted things for a garage sale, Goodwill donation, or the trash can.  If you have started your own spring cleaning, you will understand what an amazing feeling it is to look at a room and just SEE that it is clean.  However, there … [Read more...]

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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!

Kangu Quality Healthcare

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...]