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Skip the Cafeteria’s School Lunch and Start #LunchingAwesome with Applegate!

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This school lunch post has been brought to you by TapInfluence and Applegate but all opinions expressed here are my own. My children have always hated the food offered through the school lunch program. The grilled cheese is soggy, the canned green beans are squishy and many of the offerings are not readily identified as food. Needless to say, they don't buy school lunch very often. What does that mean for me? Basically, it means that I am awake every morning at 5 AM packing three lunches...every sing day (two kids, one husband...they eat a … [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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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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Gingersnap Energy Bar Recipe to Fuel Your Workout

Gingersnap Energy Bar Recipe with Greek Yogurt

This no bake energy bar recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield Organic yogurt.  As a Stonyfield ambassador I receive product coupons to facilitate my recipes.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Several years ago, my husband took up running.  Since then, I cannot even tell you how many miles he has run...around a track, through the neighborhood, over park trails, and through Disney during one of many marathons.  As any avid runner can tell you, when you are training it is incredibly important to make sure you keep your body well fed.  … [Read more...]

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Healthy Gluten Free Snack Ideas

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This post about gluten free snacks has been sponsored.  I received samples  at no charge for inclusion in this post but all opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase I will receive a small amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. A few weeks ago I decided to try a gluten free diet to see if could help with a few random health issues.  For the first few days of my new gluten free diet I wandered around in a state of hunger and agitation, with a … [Read more...]

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Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

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This seasoned potato recipe with yogurt dipping sauce was inspired by products I received to review at no charge however all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things I love most about the holidays is the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  Whether it is a big Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas Eve gathering by the tree or a Saturday afternoon of watching football,  having family and friends around makes the season a happier one!  In my house, having guests over means that I must feed them.  Not that they demand it … [Read more...]

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Easy Snack Ideas: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars #sponsored

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This easy snack ideas post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for ACH Food Companies Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. My kids went back to school last week and that means I am back to packing lunchboxes at 6 AM every morning.  They are not real big fans of the school lunch program and I would much rather they bring a lunch from home anyhow.  If you have ever eaten lunch at school with your kids you will understand why.  The quality of the food in our school system leaves a lot to be … [Read more...]

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Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump! #sponsored

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These tips to boost energy were inspired back a selection of products I received from Cascadian Farms but all opinions expressed are my own. My summer vacation has finally drawn to a close.  Family trips are finished, company has gone home and the children are back in school.  Instead of feeling productive today, however, I am in serious need of a nap.  During the chaos of summer we were always on the go and there was never TIME to be tired.  However, now that I am trying to get back into blogging, housework and errands it seems like I have … [Read more...]

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Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Try Trail Mix Cups!

healthy snack ideas trail mix cups

This healthy snack ideas recipe is made possible with a cookbook I received at no charge for review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Summer vacation has been a lot of fun here in my house.  Lots of swimming at the pool, camps for the kids, and weekends spent lounging.  With my teenagers at home all day I am pretty sure the phrase I hear most often is 'What can I have to eat?'  My son is 13 and 6 feet tall.  He is as skinny as a string bean and has an incredible metabolism.  That boy eats like a linebacker from the time he wakes up … [Read more...]

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A Lazy Mom’s Guide to Getting In Shape for Summer #spon

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This guide to getting in shape is made possible by a product for review.  All opinions expressed here are my  own. I am a 40 plus woman with 2 children and I am always searching for easy ways to get in shape.  So, like most people who want to learn about a topic I head to my old friend Google to help me learn about it.  What do I find if I Google the term 'getting in shape"?  I find pictures of buff looking women doing pushups on the beach and links to sports supplements to help me run marathons.  Okay, Google, lets be realistic here a … [Read more...]

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Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe and a Nature’s Greens Pinterest Contest #sipyournaturesgreens #sponsored

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This tropical green smoothie recipe post is brought to you by Nature's Greens who provided a sample for review and a promotional item for my time. I have found over the years that one of the easiest ways to boost my nutrition intake is to blend things together into a smoothie.  I throw all sorts of things in them including fruits, veggies, seeds, oils and all sorts of other good things.  Green smoothies have become quite popular nowadays as people are trying to find easy ways to get healthier on the go.  Green smoothies are perfect for the … [Read more...]

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Natural Fruit Bars Make Getting Healthy Oh So Sweet! #FreshNFruti #sponsored

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This natural fruit bars shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. I have mentioned many times over the years that I have a weakness for dessert.  Dinner usually includes a little something sweet at the end and when I find myself cruising the pantry for something to snack on,  my eyes are always drawn to sweets rather than the more healthy options in there.  Getting healthy can be difficult if you have a sweet … [Read more...]

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Nutritious Snacks and #AGiantSurprise from Green Giant #spon

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My children and I have a game we play almost every day called 'Are These Nutritious Snacks?".  They have hit those tween and teen years where they are starting to get wise about mommy's obsessive need to feed them healthy foods.  THEY might want cookies, candy, and donuts but mommy would rather give them smoothies, homemade granola bars and veggie chips.  So, whenever I present them with a new food they look at it rather suspiciously, wondering whether I am trying to sneak in some nutritious snacks.  They are perfectly happy actually EATING the … [Read more...]

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Muffin Recipes: Frosted Apple Spice Mini Muffins

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My children are forever complaining about what's for breakfast.  They say they don't like cereal, are tired of toast and oatmeal is boring.  Well, you know what?  Tomorrow morning they are going to be happy little campers because they will be eating frosted apple spice mini muffins for breakfast!  Mom rocks, right?  I got this recipe from Petite Treats: Adorably Delicious Versions of All Your Favorites from Scones, Donuts, and Cupcakes to Brownies, Cakes, and Pies.  It is a cute little cookbook that offers tons of delicious recipes in bite … [Read more...]

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Valentines Day Gifts from a*pour toi

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My husband and I have been married for 16 years.  At this point, he knows the type of Valentines Day gifts I like to receive.  I do not want black lace, expensive diamonds or exotic weekends at spas.  What I do like for Valentines Day gifts are things that I can EAT.  Gourmet foods, especially sweets, are one of my biggest weaknesses.  Not great for my waste line but some days, fancy sweets are vital to my sanity.  I recently received a wonderful box of gourmet food gifts from a*pour toi and if you are looking for unique Valentines Day gifts, I … [Read more...]

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Super Bowl Appetizers: Baked Mozzarella Sticks with Southwestern Marinara Sauce #SB47

super bowl appetizers with Del Monte

While I enjoy watching the Superbowl with my husband, Super Bowl appetizers are a huge diet killer for me.  I am a huge fan of anything dipped, fried, battered and crunchy and usually that means totally unhealthy, right?  Well, it IS possible to have Super Bowl appetizers that are all of those things AND not too horribly unhealthy!  I was recently sent some Del Monte Southwestern Style Tomatoes with the challenge of finding a recipe for them that would be perfect for Super Bowl snacking.  If you are looking for Super Bowl appetizers that are … [Read more...]

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5 Reasons To Choose Organic Snacks and a Newman’s Own #Giveaway

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when deciding to try to lose weight and get healthy is to think that they have to give up snacking.  The most successful nutrition plans have us eating approximately 6 to 8 times a day, which breaks  down to about once every two to three hours during waking hours.  Those moments of caloric intake are not supposed to be gigantic meals filled with fattening foods!  Small meals and healthy snacks through out the day leave us feeling more satisfied and make it easier to stick to our changes in eating habits. … [Read more...]

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Healthy Superbowl Party Ideas #SB47

homemade pizza for a healthy superbowl party

We have just rung in the new year and I, like many others out there, am trying to eat healthier and shed a few pounds.  Of course, just as I am getting started on my journey to a healthier and slimmer lifestyle, along comes the Superbowl to mess things up!  Why is it that we can't seem to watch a major sporting event on television without inhaling large quantities of calories and fat at the same time?  I am determined that I will NOT give into temptation but I need to find ways to feed my husband and friends while they cheer on their favorite … [Read more...]