Tips for Feeding Organic Food from Infants to Teens

I am a firm believer in the idea that we are what we eat.  The food we feed ourselves and our families has long term consequences to both our own health and the health of our planet.  Most of the food on grocery store shelves is very far removed from its original source.  Sprayed with chemicals, transported half way across the world, processed beyond recognition and devoid of many natural nutrients.  The Standard American Diet is lacking in a lot of ways.  Feeding organic food is a vital step in improving our health and reducing our carbon … [Read more...]

How to Eat More Vegetables and Not Get Totally Sick of Them! #FarmstandGreen

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropicana Farmstand for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.One of the best things we can do for our health is to eat a rainbow of foods every single day. That doesn't mean you should grab your box of artificially flavored breakfast cereal and call it a win! When I say 'eat a rainbow' I mean a rainbow of all natural foods that God (or Mother Nature or just pure Dumb Luck) created! Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain an amazing array of nutrients and not just vitamins and minerals. … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Yogurt Parfait Recipe and #YogurtPerfection with Liberte!

We go through a ridiculous amount of  yogurt in my house every week.  Seriously...I could have a half empty grocery cart by the time I got to the yogurt isle and it would be full when I went to check out.  Yogurt is great for breakfast, a snack, making smoothies or even for dessert.  It is also a great substitute for higher fat items like sour cream or mayonnaise.  I must admit, though, I am a bit of a yogurt snob.  I don't want just any old yogurt and my family discovered Liberte yogurt YEARS ago and we were … [Read more...]

Help Provide Quality Healthcare to Expectant Mothers with Kangu!

Before I moved to Atlanta and had children,  I worked in a laboratory doing cancer research for Texas Children's Hospital.  It was a challenging yet rewarding job.  We struggled to understand how cancer works and researched ways that bone marrow transplants could help cure this horrible disease.  While I spent much of my time in the laboratory, we often made trips over to the children's hospital for sample delivery or retrieval.  Those days were particular difficult for me....seeing children suffering from devastating diseases is never easy.  … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Dipped Chewy Molasses Cookies

When I was growing up in New England, my mom used to make homemade baked beans from scratch several times a year.  For those of you who have never had real New England baked beans, you start with a bag of dried beans, salt pork, brown sugar and lots of molasses.  Every time my mom got out the jar of molasses, I was right there at her elbow with my spoon ready to grab a huge dollop for my mouth!  Molasses reminds me of home...it reminds me of my grandparent's house with their cookie jar full of molasses cookies and it reminds me of the holidays … [Read more...]

Night Driving Tips for Safer Evening Travel #nightdriving

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, more and more people are on the road after dark.  We turn our clocks back this weekend so we will be losing yet another hour of daylight but we still have places to be in the evening!  The older I get, the more I find that my night vision is not as good as it used to be.  I hate to think that I am getting older but even our eyes start to show our age eventually!  Night vision problems don't only effect YOU but they impact every single person that might be on the road with you.  When … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

This homemade pound cake recipe has been sponsored by Wholesome Sweeteners but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I think back on my childhood, one of my favorite 'classic' summer desserts was fresh fruit served over pound cake and topped with whipped cream.  Of course, my mom bought a pound cake from the store and our whipped cream came in a tub but it was still pretty darned tasty.  With my quest to make things a bit more naturally than mom did,  I decided to try making a homemade pound cake, which I have never actually … [Read more...]

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for creating this pilaf recipe post, but all opinions are my own.Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking.  Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute.  Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren't always quick but if you make up … [Read more...]

Tiramisu Dip Recipe Makes a Simple Summer Dessert

As a Hamilton Beach Ambassador I was provided with the mixer I used to create this recipe but all opinions expressed are my own.Have you ever found a recipe online and said "YES!  I want to make that!" and then realized that...well, you either don't have or can't find several of the ingredients in the darn thing?  That is where a little bit of creativity comes in!  I saw a delicious Tiramisu recipe on Food.com. I thought it would make a great summer dessert for backyard barbecues or just feeding hungry children over summer … [Read more...]

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

This avocado and Greek yogurt dip recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield yogurt and Late July chips.  I am a Stonyfield Farms ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own.Growing up in suburban Connecticut I never once saw an avocado.  I don't think I could even tell you as a child what one looked like.  We ate rather traditional New England food and while I love baked beans and pot roast, there was very little international cuisine on the menu.  Fast forward to life after college and I am down in Houston, Tx … [Read more...]

Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

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 … [Read more...]

Giving Tuesday, Social Good and Giving Back with World Vision

This post about social good and giving back this holiday has been sponsored by World Vision but all opinions expressed here are my own.As we enter into the busiest time of the year for shopping and gift giving, people are starting to whip out their credit cards and make their shopping lists.  Kids want video games, grandma wants new slippers, husband has his eye on a fancy alarm clock.  These are all great and wonderful gift ideas but what about those people in other areas of the world who are struggling just to survive?  Giving the gift of … [Read more...]

Need Medical Advice? Try the Urgent Care App for Your Smartphone

This post about the Urgent Care app for your smartphone has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.When I am not at home blogging for a living I work part time as a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician for a national drug store chain.  One of the things I spend an awful lot of time doing there is answering the  phone for people who need urgent care medical advice.  We get all sorts of questions about disease symptoms, medication allergies,  and a lot of 'what do you think is wrong with me?'.  Many people do not have … [Read more...]

Fitness Confidential Book Review

This Fitness Confidential Book Review and giveaway post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own.Getting in shape seems like a goal that I never actually achieve.  I work at it a lot. I eat healthy..most of the time.  I exercise...sometimes.  Okay, I exercise when I start to feel guilty and my pants are starting to not fit any more.  It isn't that I don't WANT to get in shape.  I just seem to lack the motivation.  I am slowly working at it, though, and if you want to get in shape, too, than Fitness Confidential might be a … [Read more...]

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanutbutter Whipped Cream

This No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is sponsored by a  product for review from Newman's Own Organic.  All opinions expressed here are my own. I love to bake and since I have a horrible sweet tooth, there is almost always some sort of dessert in my house.  My kids love me....my scale hates me!  But, I can't quite kick the habit so I try to make it from scratch so I can control the ingredients.  I don't worry so much about fat and calories (although I probably should be!).  I am more concerned with … [Read more...]

Healthier Fourth of July with Mango Relish #Recipe and Applegate Hotdogs!

This healthy fourth of July post is sponsored by Applegate but all opinions expressed are my own.Summer is here and what better way to enjoy the hot weather than to send my husband outside to grill up our dinner!  With cookouts, picnics, barbecues,  and parties, there will be a lot of hot dogs eaten in the next month.  I don't usually buy traditional hot dogs because, honestly, I am fairly concerned with what goes in them.  There is always a ton of jokes about hot dog ingredients but have you ever read the ingredient … [Read more...]

Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway and Spar for the Spurtle Contest #sponsored

 My daughter loves helping me out in the kitchen and from the time she was little I tried to find ways to encourage her to cook with me.  When she was tiny it was little things like pulling grapes off the stem or setting the table.  Now that she is older, she can actually make simple things like boxed muffins or scrambled eggs without any assistance from me at all.  One of her favorite ways to express her independence in the kitchen is by making her own oatmeal in the morning.  I refuse to buy those boxes of flavored oats and instead … [Read more...]

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Acai Infused Quinoa Breakfast Cereal #momsmeet #spon

This healthy breakfast recipe was made possible by a review sample from Sambazon and Mom's Meet.  All opinions are my own.A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went out to brunch and had the most delicious creation we have ever tasted.  It was a blueberry infused quinoa that was served with fruit, nuts, granola and a ton of other fresh and healthy ingredients.  When I got the chance to try Sambazon Acai juices I thought I would try to recreate something similar for my own family.  My kids get bored with cereal very … [Read more...]

Chicken and Avocado Soup #Recipe and $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #AmazingAvoCinco #spon

This chicken and avocado soup recipe is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed are my own.Have you ever gotten together with friends for a pot lock meal and been awed by someone else's creation?  Sometimes, I am amazed at the different types of recipes that people can come  up with when given the same ingredients.  One person may see peanut butter as a dessert ingredient while another might see it as part of a spicy dip for chicken.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to … [Read more...]