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

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

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 break room chats on a regular basis.  We got our work done but had plenty of other people to talk to.  Now that I work from home I don't get as much time to socialize and some days I just want to relax with my girlfriends and chitchat for a while.  … [Read more...]

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

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

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 nuts, that is what happens!  I don't want them plugged into their music and video games all day but the alternative is to have them bickering or constantly telling me how bored they are.  So, when I got the chance to try out Snapple Iced Tea for a … [Read more...]

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

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

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 tooth!  My family is always happy to help me indulge my sweet tooth when I succumb so on Mother's Day I treated myself to a trip to the ice cream shop.  And yes, I ate the whole thing! On special occasions like Mother's Day I don't worry so much … [Read more...]

FlexPet Helps Your Pet Stay Active Naturally

FlexPet Helps Your Pet Stay Active Naturally

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 look at your pet. Could he use more exercise? Could she be in better shape? Let’s all make a commitment to our pets health, longevity and mobility by ensuring they are getting enough exercise! The first step is to make sure exercise is fun for … [Read more...]

Piggy Paint Makes Sick Days More Fun!

Piggy Paint Makes Sick Days More Fun!

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 in school but well enough to still feel like doing something?  Well, I was seriously happy to have been sent a whole selection of Piggy Paint natural nail polish to play with because she is home sick today and chomping at the bit for something fun … [Read more...]

How to Choose Natural Beauty Products

How to Choose Natural Beauty Products

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 products.  I thought I would put together a few simple suggestions for those of you who are  just starting to switch to natural beauty products.  I hope they are helpful.  If you have any brands that you really love or any tips that you would like to share … [Read more...]

Homemade Shea Butter Scrub with Coffee and Brown Sugar

Homemade Shea Butter Scrub with Coffee and Brown Sugar

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, including A Delightful Home.  I took ideas from an assortment of different places and just winged it when I needed to! A couple of notes about this shea butter scrub!  This is intensely moisturizing and exfoliating.  It is meant to be used in the … [Read more...]

Healthy Living Tip: Choose Natural Sweeteners!

Healthy Living Tip: Choose Natural Sweeteners!

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 my food and try to find natural sweeteners whenever possible.  At this point in my life I'm more concerned about the possible side effects (short or long term) of artificial sweeteners than I am about a few extra calories.  Given my expanding waste … [Read more...]

Vitacost Be Well Box and $50 Vitacost #Giveaway

Vitacost Be Well Box and $50 Vitacost #Giveaway

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 incorporate new products into their daily routine without wasting money on items they don't like.  Their new monthly subscription service is called the Be Well Box and I got the chance to try it out this month before it launches on the Vitacost … [Read more...]

$50 Saffron Rouge Gift Card Giveaway #12DaysGifts

$50 Saffron Rouge Gift Card Giveaway #12DaysGifts

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 great way to leave the stress of the holidays behind and relax enough to get a good night sleep.  I recently received the Hinoki Mint Mineral Bath Soak from Saffron Rouge to review and this was a wonderful way to help me relax.  If you aren't familiar … [Read more...]