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A Healthy Lunch with Friends and Lean Cuisine Honestly Good #EatHonestly #cbias

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This healthy lunch shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. I really love working  from home but some days I find myself talking to the dog because it has just been too long since I interacted with other adults. So far the dog has yet to talk back to me, making our interactions rather uninteresting.   I remember when I was younger and working in a large research hospital .  There were meetings, lab lunches, and … [Read more...]

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Sun, Swimming, and Summer Fun with Snapple Iced Tea #Snapple5050

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop Snapple Iced Tea post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. My kids have been off from school for two months now and I am pretty sure that 90% of those days have been rainy.  Honestly, we have had so much rain the last couple of months that the garden is practically under water and the kids are going stir crazy.  What happens when teenagers don't get out of the house on a regular basis?  They drive me … [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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FlexPet Helps Your Pet Stay Active Naturally

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This guest post is sponsored by the makers of FlexPet We all know that we should exercise. Our health is absolutely dependent on it. Well, our pets need exercise too.  According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats in the U.S. are either obese or overweight. Additionally 22 percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners said their pet’s weight was normal, when it was actually overweight or obese! Summer is a great time to start exercising with your furry friend. Take a good … [Read more...]

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Piggy Paint Makes Sick Days More Fun!

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This post is sponsored by Piggy Paint but all opinions expressed are mine alone. This past Sunday was Easter and instead of spending it doing an egg hunt with my kids, I spent the morning at the doctor's office with a sick girl child.  Half way through church, she laid her head on my shoulder and a quick kiss to the forehead told me that she was coming down with something.  Word from the doctor was that she just had a nasty virus....nothing to do but go home and hunker down for a few days.  You know when your kid is sick enough to not be … [Read more...]

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How to Choose Natural Beauty Products

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This natural beauty products post has been sponsored by Salacia Salts but all opinions expressed are mine alone. Over the past few years I have tried to make the switch to natural beauty products.  Sometimes I find a product that I really like and it is easy to ditch the chemical laden, artificial stuff.  Other times, I buy one brand after another with pitiful results.  I keep trying new natural beauty products, though, because I feel it is important to reduce my exposure to certain chemicals that are prevalent in traditional beauty … [Read more...]

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Homemade Shea Butter Scrub with Coffee and Brown Sugar

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I have a serious weakness for luxurious bath products.  I have baskets and drawers and part of a closet dedicated to products for pampering myself with.  I have seen a number of shea butter scrub recipes online and they all looked incredibly decadent.  I decided I wanted to learn how to make a shea butter scrub at home and it was really very easy!  The first hurdle is to find some shea butter but I actually found 100% Organic West African Shea Butter on Amazon AND it has free shipping.  Very nice!  I browsed around a few sites for inspiration, … [Read more...]

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Healthy Living Tip: Choose Natural Sweeteners!

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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 just happy that there were no calories.  Now that I'm older, I'm more aware of the issues surrounding artificial chemicals in … [Read more...]

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Vitacost Be Well Box and $50 Vitacost #Giveaway

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With the beginning of a new year comes a renewed desire to improve my health.  The chaos of the holidays had me stopping for fast food, skipping meals and eating way too much junk food.  Now that things are back to normal, I am determined to get back on track with my diet and exercise route.  Sometimes I really want to buy a new product to try out but am not sure I will like it and am afraid to waste my money.  Beginning in February, Vitacost will be offering a monthly subscription box of many natural and organic brands that will help people … [Read more...]

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$50 Saffron Rouge Gift Card Giveaway #12DaysGifts

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The chaos of the holidays has begun and already my to do list is getting long.  There are presents to buy, a house to decorate, cookies to bake and parties to attend.  Every day I get a little bit more stressed out about all of the things that need to get done in the next month!  By the end of the day I often have trouble unwinding enough to actually get a decent night sleep.  In order to relax a bit, I enjoy taking a long, hot bath right before bed.  The warm water and smell of luxurious bath products (and maybe a small glass of wine!) are a … [Read more...]

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Creative uses for Arm and Hammer Baking Soda!

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The other day I went into my pantry to make cookies and grabbed the box of Arm and Hammer baking soda like I always do for baking.  Imagine my surprise when I realized it was completely EMPTY!  I make sure I never run out of this stuff and couldn't figure out how that had happened!  Then I remembered that I had given it to my children over the weekend to clean the toilet with. The box in the cleaning bucket was empty and vinegar and baking soda makes a GREAT toilet bowl cleaner!  When they use that combination I don't have to worry about them … [Read more...]

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My Influenster VoxBox Naturals Experience #NaturalsVoxBox

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The big buzz world lately seems to be 'natural'.  Companies are starting to finally realize that we do not need blue shampoo, artificially flavored drinking water, or loads of stuff made with plastic.  I, for one, am thrilled with the long list of companies that are starting to offer a more natural line of products.  Many times when a company comes out with a new natural product line, they aren't sure how well it will be received by consumers.  Do they like the scent with essential oils instead of chemical fragrances?  Do they prefer the … [Read more...]

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Giveaway: Sleep Scentsations Aromatherapy Pillow Liners

I just found out the my husband is going to Australia in December. I am so jealous! He gets to travel all over the place...Norway, Thailand, and a ton of places around the U.S. I, on the other hand, am stuck at home dealing with irritating puppies, arguing children, homework, and cooking dinner. Not only is it stressful during the day but I don't sleep well when he is not home. The house is too quiet, the bed is too big, and the creaky house noises just seem louder somehow. I was recently given the opportunity to try out Sleep Scentsations … [Read more...]

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Nature’s Basin Natural and Organic Beauty Care

I have become a huge fan of all natural beauty products. Their benefit is two fold...the products you put on your skin not only go down the drain and into our waterways but are also absorbed into your body. Natural and organic beauty products will have less of an environmental impact on our waterways and I like to think they will healthier for our bodies, as well. Nature's Basin has a huge selection of items to choose from, including makeup, bath products, aromatherapy, and even baby products. There are a number of different natural & … [Read more...]

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Pros and Cons of Bamboo

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For some reason, bamboo is a common topic of discussion in my house lately.   I thought I would pass on a little information to my readers about the pros and cons of bamboo and whether or not it is as environmentally friendly as everyone thinks!  There are quite a few uses for this amazingly fast growing grass (did you know it is actually a grass?) and I will discuss each one below...(take into consideration, please, that I am NOT a bamboo expert, just passing along information I have found through my own research) Pros and Cons of … [Read more...]

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Surf Sweets Organic and Natural Candy

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My kids are just like everyone else's and just because I try to stuff them full of veggies and organic milk doesn't mean they don't crave candy once in a while! My concern has always been about the artificial sweeteners and chemical dyes that traditional candy contains. A couple weeks ago I was sent a sample pack of Surf Sweet Candies to review and I think I have found a great company! I can cater to my kid's sweet tooth once in a while and not worry about all the harmful additives that they are eating! Surf Sweets candy is made with organic … [Read more...]