How to Avoid Heartburn and What to do When You Can’t

This post about how to avoid heartburn has been sponsored by Smiley360 and Nexium but all opinions are my own. I am a passionate foodie and love exploring new foods and flavors when I eat.  Of course, those exotic foods and flavors don't always agree with me! Many times I have gone out to eat with family or friends, only to come home and lay on the couch for an hour trying to recover from the experience!  Heartburn is caused by the digestive acids that are supposed to stay in your stomach instead backing up into your esophagus or throat.  … [Read more...]

What to Know About Yoga Before Your First Class

I am sharing these tips on what to know about yoga as part of a sponsored conversation with Yogi Surprise but all opinions are my own. For the last several years, I have been trying to make time to do more yoga.  I have invested in more yoga pants, mats, blocks and accessories than I care to admit.  I have tried doing yoga in my family room in front of the television, in our neighborhood fitness class and at the gym.  I have yet to fall in love with it but have come to appreciate it for its' many health benefits.  It is amazing how much of a … [Read more...]

Check This List of All Natural Sweeteners Before You Shop!

I am putting together this list of all natural sweeteners for people who are determined to ditch fake chemicals in their food. Back when I was younger, I was obsessed with calories and was always looking for 'light'  and 'diet' foods.  My goal was to be able to eat whatever I wanted to without taking in any calories.  Diet Coke, light yogurt, and all sorts of other foods that were loaded with artificial sweeteners made up a good portion of my diet.  I didn't worry about what sort of chemicals were being put into my overly processed food...I was … [Read more...]

Ways to Use Fresh Lemons in Beauty Routines

I love the warm weather and am always inspired to buy more citrus as the temperature start to rise.  Lemons, limes and oranges get their own separate fruit bowl from April through August! I decided to look for ways to use fresh lemons in my beauty routine.  Since they are always there on my counter, it only makes sense to use them as often as I can, right?  I love the smell of lemon and came across a ton of ways to use lemons that had nothing to do with a glass and some sugar!  I thought I would share a few of these uses for lemons with you in … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Jet Lag without Using Sleeping Pills

This post about how to prevent jet lag is sponsored by Natrol but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things my husband loves about his job is the opportunity to travel overseas once or twice a year.  He has visited some amazing places, from the rice paddies of  Thailand to his ancestor's land of Germany.  He always enjoys the unique food and interesting people in these faraway lands.  What he does NOT enjoy, however, is the jet lag that accompanies international travel.  Our internal clock gets thrown all out of … [Read more...]

Natural Remedies for Insect Bites to help Soothe the Sting

Spring has finally sprung here in the Atlanta area and along with blooming trees come annoying insects.  I am compiling a list of natural remedies for insect bites to help soothe the sting when they finally find me.  I know it's only February but the trees and flowers are already blooming here in the south and I need to get started on  yard work and gardening.  That means plenty of fire ants, mosquitos and other biting insects who seem to think I am the tastiest thing they have ever discovered.  If you are looking for natural remedies for … [Read more...]

Simple Health Changes That Yield Big Results

This post about simple health changes has been sponsored by JuicePlus+ but all opinions are my own. If you have been following me on social media over the last month or so, you may have seen a ton of #MySimpleChange photos documenting my baby steps towards healthier living.  I was sent a ton of great products from JuicePlus+ to help me along my journey and I thought I would share my experiences with you.  I have found that the easiest lifestyle changes to make and KEEP are the small ones.  When I switched to the Paleo diet for 3 months, that … [Read more...]

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...]