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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...]

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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...]

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Youth Sports: Surviving a season of Chaos! #PlayItHealthy

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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Building Strong Bones Together with Viactiv Calcium Chews

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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 about...how do I make sure she stays healthy? I try hard to feed her well and include a wide variety … [Read more...]