Anti Aging Breakthroughs from MitoQ

This information about anti aging breakthroughs has been sponsored by MitoQ but all opinions are my own. As a forty something woman, I can tell you that there are days that I feel very old.  At 5 AM when the alarm goes off and my joints creak getting out of bed I feel old.  Every time I find another grey hair I feel a tad bit older. Listening to my teenage daughter talk about how some boy's hair is totally on fleek...I feel REALLY old.   Sound familiar to you?  Well...I don't really want to feel old and am always keeping an eye on the newest … [Read more...]

Teaching kids to eat healthy without losing your mind

Many years ago, I had a picky eating 2 year old.  I researched how to start teaching kids to eat healthy and found the same advice over and over again.  Just ignore it and they will eat healthy on their own eventually. I'm not sure what those authors were smoking but my kid would have happily lived on chicken nuggets and French fries every day if I let him.  I decided I was done with modern parenting advice and made it my goal to have my kids eating a healthy and natural diet with the occasional treat thrown in for sheer enjoyment.  Teaching … [Read more...]

Easy Natural Flu Shot Recipe to Boost Immunity

This easy natural flu shot recipe is just what you need to fight off cold and flu germs.  This isn't an actual flu SHOT.  As in, the normal type of injection you go and get from your doctor.  This is a flu shot that you put in a teeny tiny glass and toss back like when you were back in college and first learning about tequila.  I promise, though, this natural flu shot recipe will not leave you hung over and feeling miserable the next day!  Quite the opposite, actually.  The ingredients in this natural flu shot may not taste all that great but … [Read more...]

5 Things I Learned About Healthy Weight Loss and Dieting This Week

This post about healthy weight loss and dieting is part of a sponsored conversation on behalf of Sam’s Club. Healthy weight loss and dieting have honestly never been something I have had to worry about up until the last couple of years.  I have always been blessed with a fast metabolism and skinny genes.  If I needed to drop a pound or two I just gave up dessert and went for a few extra walks.  Easy peasy, no problem.  Well, now that I am in my 40’s, my metabolism hates me.  I have been ignoring the 5 to 10 random pounds I have gained in the … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Getting a Cold This Winter

Learn how to avoid getting a cold this winter and your life will be significantly easier.  No more sick days, no more passing that cold between every member of your family, and no more feeling like your head will explode unless your husband goes out right now and buys you some decongestant!  I am working on avoiding germs and boosting immunity in between prayers for good health.  With all the germs the kids bring home from school, it seems like all I hear is sniffling and sneezing from November through March!  What's even worse than listening … [Read more...]

Supporting Breast Cancer Research with Megabus.com

This post about supporting breast cancer research is part of a sponsored conversation with Megabus.com.  All opinions are my own. Supporting breast cancer research is a cause near and dear to my heart.  In the past 10 years I have seen several friends and family members fight this disease.  I cannot imagine the physical and emotional struggle this puts on them and their loved ones. I have a friend struggling with this dreaded disease right now and I am truly amazed at the inner strength she has to keep on fighting.  Breast cancer can strike … [Read more...]

Weight Loss Motivation Board and Tips for Success

This weight loss motivation board is part of a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. This weight loss motivation board is my attempt at conquering the battle of the bulge.  I hit my 40’s a few years ago and I have learned a few things about this whole ‘mid-life’ thing.  Midlife hormones are hard to control.  I do not have anywhere near the amount of energy I did in my 30s.  And it is incredibly difficult to control my weight.  Most likely due to the first 2 things I listed!  Slowly...every year...a pound or two creeps on … [Read more...]

Are These Quality Products for Better Living on Your Shopping List?

This roundup of quality products for better living is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. With the beginning of the new year comes a renewed determination to get healthy.  We vow to eat better and exercise more. Spend more time with friends and less time online.  I know I certainly have a few new health goals that I have set for the coming year! Along with our determination and our defined goals, however, comes a need for quality products for better living.  If we continue to buy junk at the grocery store and spend … [Read more...]

Clean Eating Meal Planning Tips for Busy Moms

So, you have vowed to eat healthier this year, right? Maybe you want to lose weight or just start feeling better?  Well, these clean eating meal planning tips are just what you need. Getting healthy doesn't require the counting of calories.  You don't need fad diets, juice cleanses or special food you can only buy online. I am a huge fan of a food guru named Michael Pollan.  If you aren't familiar with him, his entire philosophy on food intake can be summarized in one phrase.  "Eat real food.  Mostly plants.  Not too much."  These clean eating … [Read more...]

Simple Meditation Tips for Mindful Living

One of my goals for the new year is to stop multitasking and learn to focus my mind on one thing at a time.  I want to quiet my mind from the chaos that is constantly scrolling through it and decided to share some simple meditation tips if you want to join me.  My husband has been going to the Shambhala Meditation Center for about a year now and has found it incredibly helpful on his journey to mindful living.  What is mindful living?  It is basically the state of keeping your mind on the present moment. Is your mind clouded with thoughts about … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Walnuts!

I have spent a lot of time this week making Christmas cookies.  As a result, I have spent a lot of time eating Christmas cooking INGREDIENTS.  As I stood in my kitchen with a handful of walnuts in my hand, I started wondering about the health benefits of eating walnuts.  You hear so much lately about increasing the amount of 'good fat' in your diet and nuts are loaded with them.  When I started searching the internet for health benefits of walnuts, I was amazed at how good for you these little things are!  I can almost justify eating a … [Read more...]

Are fake ones just as good as the real thing?

Christmas is almost here and everyone is rushing around looking for Christmas trees to put in their homes.  Some people choose real trees while others look for the best artificial Christmas trees they can find. Are those people making the better choice? Is it better for the environment to choose a real tree or should we all be looking for realistic artificial Christmas trees? In a few weeks there will be millions of dried up evergreen trees heading to the dump.  They have fulfilled their one and only requirement of decorating our homes for … [Read more...]

Beat Holiday Weight Gain with These Simple Tips

Oh, how I miss my twenties and thirties.  Those were the days when I could eat Christmas cookies and not put on a single pound.  I didn't have to worry about how to beat holiday weight gain because my metabolism worked off all those extra calories without me lifting a finger to lose weight.  Now that I am in my forties, however, holiday weight gain is a real concern.  I am pretty sure I put on weight just SMELLING the dang eggnog and homemade caramel.  I will need to work hard this year to avoid those extra pounds around the middle called 'too … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Massage and Taking Care of YOU

This post about the health benefits of massage was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central There are a number of health benefits of massage that can really help improve the lives of busy mom's (and DADS)!  Life is chaotic, especially around the holidays.  We bake, we shop, we chaperone classroom parties.  We work hard to pad the budget for Christmas gifts and then come home to cook dinner and supervise homework hour.  When, in our busy schedule, do we take care of US?  I don't know about you, but I … [Read more...]

10 Health Benefits of Dried Plums That Will Amaze You!

I am participating in a VIN campaign for California Dried Plums. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with California Dried Plums and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. The older I get, the more I realize that the food I put in my mouth has a lasting impact on my health.  While I certainly kick back and enjoy the occasional hot fudge sundae or bowl of chips, I try to make those a sporadic part of my diet.  Eating a rainbow of colors, cooking from … [Read more...]

7 Effective Natural Remedies for Chronic Pain

Natural remedies for chronic pain are not always as easy as just popping a pill.  I have been dealing with chronic pain for years and have been diagnosed with something called myofascial pain syndrome.  It's a disease similar to Fibromyalgia but slightly different in how it presents.  Basically, I suffer from chronic muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, and trigger points throughout my whole body and no one knows why.  Perimenopausal women are diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome more than any other type of person. My pain definitely cycles … [Read more...]

Our Frustrating Search for a Safe Nail Polish

I have never understood my teenage daughter's obsession with nail polish.  I never painted her nails when she was little because I always worried about toxic nail polish ingredients.  She discovered nail polish on her own once she hit about 4th grade and has been crazy about it ever since.  I have learned over the last few years of having teenagers that it is best to pick my battles carefully.  She happily washes with my organic, locally made soap and uses an aluminum free, natural deodorant.  I haven't fought too hard about the nail polish up … [Read more...]

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Turning the Clock Back

Every year around this time I get a surge in traffic from people searching for information about turning the clock back.  No, they aren't looking for my blog (darnit!) but they are looking for information about when to change their clocks. This year, the clocks “fall back” November 1, 2015 which means that there will be less day light. That's a bummer for those of us who seem to really need lots of sunlight to function at 100%. Many people chalk up feeling blue in winter as simply a fact of cold weather and lack of sunshine. But 4 to 6 percent … [Read more...]

Best Cold Remedies for Cough and Head Congestion

I am one of those lucky people who always seem to get massive head congestion whenever they catch a cold. Along with my horrendously congested head comes the pleasant sounding 'post nasal drip' which then turns into a horrible cough as all that gunk settles in my chest.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  When I'm suffering from cold symptoms like this,  my bedside table is littered with piles of snotty tissues, decongestants, nasal sprays and an assortment of other cold remedies that may or may not actually work.  Over the years, I have done quite … [Read more...]