Forest Bathing Therapy: A Newfangled Word for an Old Fashioned Concept

Over the last year or so I have been hearing more and more about forest bathing therapy.  At first, I thought it would involve nudity and pine scented soap.  Or sitting your naked backside on twig and leaf covered ground while confessing your deepest secrets to other naked therapy goers.  I did NOT expect it to be quite as simple as it really is.  Who knew that sitting quietly on a rock in the forest and listening to birds chirp was some newfangled way of healing yourself emotionally and physically!This post contains affiliate links. If … [Read more...]

Healthy Lunch Box Tips for Kids and Parents

My kids start back to school in a few weeks. Summer is going by quickly! I'm constantly looking for healthy lunch box ideas. Even though they are teens, they still prefer to bring lunch from home.  I'm glad! I'm not a huge fan of the school lunch program in my area.  This is the largest school district in Georgia and there is no actual cooking done on site.  Prepackaged grilled cheese sandwiches with white bread and fake cheese are reheated in little plastic bags and they call that healthy.  Shortcuts are taken and questionable foods are served … [Read more...]

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

These tips to boost energy have been sponsored by Lorissa's Kitchen but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.Summer vacation has just started and I am already tired.  I seem to spend my day telling my teenagers to wake up, do something, clean something, stop arguing with each other, and generally just stop being teenagers.  The day is long and the energy levels are low.  Add in work, housework, and my own to do list and I am in serious need of a few tips to boost energy levels! If you are just as sleepy as I am in the … [Read more...]

What Does Clean Eating Mean and How Hard is it To Do?

This 'What Does Clean Eating Mean?' discussion was sponsored by Eat Smart as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.I am generally not the type of person to follow strange 'diet' trends.  I am not going to eat grapefruit at every meal to lose weight.  You will not find me making 'raw food pancakes' because I have decided that all food we consume should be uncooked.  The only 'food philosophy' I really follow can be summed up by a quote from Michael Pollan who says 'Eat real … [Read more...]

Best Trail Food For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

My husband and I love to head out into the woods and go hiking whenever we can.  Our children are teenagers and are forced to come with us as often as possible.  Of course, being teenagers they would rather be playing video games or gossiping with friends but I think it is important for them to get out into the woods occasionally and appreciate nature.  One way to keep cranky teenagers happy in the woods is to feed them frequently.  Of course, that also keeps mommy happy, too, so we bring a lot of trail food on our adventures in the wild.  I … [Read more...]

How to Enjoy Healthy Living Each and Every Day!

 This post about how to enjoy healthy living is brought to you by vitafusion™ and L’il Critters™.  All opinions are my own.The older I get, the more I realize that I need to make time to enjoy life every single day.  My kids are growing up so quickly and it seems like only yesterday that they were babies!  I want to seize the day, eat dessert first, and live for the moment.  Of course, I also want to stay healthy so I need to find a bit of balance in my life, right?  Well, it IS possible to live healthily and enjoy life all at the same … [Read more...]

Aging Hair Tips for Locks that Look Younger Than You Really Are!

This post about aging hair tips was sponsored by Nature Made as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.I have been noticing for the last couple of years that my hair is starting to look 'not as brown' as it used to be.  I don't have a ton of gray hair yet but the color just seems to be rather dull.  There is a lack of vibrancy and shine to my hair and the only thing I can think of that is causing it would be age.  There isn't much I can do about the age factor.  We all get … [Read more...]

Read These At Home Workout Tips and Stop Procrastinating Now!

These at home workout tips are sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Horizon Fitness. All opinions are my own.Over the years, I have tried a lot of different methods to get in better shape.  Running, yoga, gym workouts, and a wide variety of other exercise regimes all have their pluses and minuses, depending on your personal preferences.  While I belong to a gym now, the hardest part of a gym workout is actually finding time to get there.  Driving time tacks on another 30 minutes or more to my workout and some days I just don't have that … [Read more...]

A Lazy Mom’s Guide: How to Get in Shape for Summer

You might be thinking 'there is snow on the ground, who cares about summer' but in a few months, you will be shaving your legs and putting on your bathing suit!  While you don't need some ridiculously fit 'beach body' to enjoy the pool, knowing how to get in shape for summer means that you will feel just a little less self-conscious about that muffin top or those not so muscular thighs!  It seems like those extra holiday pounds went on REALLY fast, right?  Well, I can tell you right now that they won't come off as fast as they glommed right … [Read more...]

How to be Mindful at Work to Reduce Stress and Improve Health

One of my goals for the new year is to live more in the moment and learn to enjoy life a bit more.  This idea is becoming more and more prevalent as society becomes torn in so many different directions. Since most of my day is spent working, learning how to be mindful at work is an important first step.  Mindfulness is the buzzword of 2017. If you want to be more mindful at work, here are a few tips as well as a few affiliate links for items you may find helpful for your journey.What is mindfulness? According to the dictionary, … [Read more...]

The Let Down Effect and Post Holiday Illness

This post about The Let Down Effect is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowdEveryone already knows that the holidays are a time of serious stress, right?  You spend weeks shopping and wrapping and baking.  Then you end up getting very little sleep and probably eating more cookies than you really need to be eating.  Forget about those vitamins you are supposed to be taking and who in the world has time for exercise, right?  And, if you are like me, you traveled … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Get Mentally Fit for The New Year

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will have figured out that I am very big on healthy living.  Healthy food, plenty of exercise, and finding time for hobbies and family are all great ways to get healthy.  However, what about being mentally fit?  Over the years, I have known a number of people who struggle with mental health issues, panic attacks, and an assortment of other mental health problems.  I would like to encourage you to take a minute to think about how you will get mentally healthy in the coming year.With the … [Read more...]

Setting Realistic Health Goals for the New Year

While you may be happily munching on Christmas cookies next week, January 1st is coming quickly.  Will you be setting realistic health goals to work towards next year? With the new year comes a renewed determination among many people to eat more vegetables, exercise more, stop smoking, or give up sweets.  Health goals seem to pop up every January but by April we have slid back into our bad habits.When I was younger my father smoked.  He went from smoking a pipe when I was very young to smoking cigarettes by the time I was in high school.  I … [Read more...]

How to Survive a Cold when You Just Don’t Have Time to be Sick!

This post about how to survive a cold is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowdI am a big believer in preventative medicine. Taking care of yourself by eating healthy, taking vitamins and exercising regularly will go a long way towards maintaining good health.  However, it is no a guarantee that you will never get sick.  Our immune systems will always find some bug that is temporarily stronger than it can handle.  That means you will undoubtedly get sick every once in a … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Knee Pain While Hiking

This post about how to avoid knee pain while hiking was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.Many years ago, during my college days in New Hampshire, I joined the university outing club.  Basically, it was a group of outdoor enthusiasts who got together several times a year to plan backwoods adventures and explore the nearby White Mountains.  From cross country skiing to backcountry camping, I learned a lot about nature during those trips. … [Read more...]

Calming Herbs for Anxiety When Stress is Too Hard to Handle

The last year has been a stressful one in terms of politics and more than once I have found myself reaching for calming herbs for anxiety. Considering the fact that you are reading a blog who's primary purpose is to educate people on green and healthy living, it should not be shocking to know that I am a die hard, left leaning liberal.  I am pretty much as far left as a person can get without falling off the scale.  And, due to my husband's job, I am stuck in the deep south in a state that is so far right I sometimes feel like I am living a … [Read more...]

Tips for Feeling Good During Cold and Flu Season

This post about tips for feeling good is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowdThere are a lot of things I love about this time of year.  Crisp, fall air feels wonderful after the heat of summer.  The holiday food and gift giving are loads of fun.  Decorations going up make my heart happy.  However, I am not a huge fan of germs, stress, and exhaustion! Hearing someone sneeze near me while I am out shopping makes me cringe. I look at the grocery store cart handle … [Read more...]

How to Boost Energy Levels When Holiday Chaos Strikes

This post about how to boost energy levels has been sponsored, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.Have you seen those Facebook posts that shout 'Only 6 Fridays left before Christmas!' or some such nonsense?  Really?  Do I need that kind of stressful reminder that I am already behind on my holiday to-do list and we just started November?  Seriously, the holidays seems to arrive in this whirling chaos that leaves me completely shattered by the time January gets here.  I am trying hard to make a list, stay organized and shop early … [Read more...]

Easy Workout Tips and Nutrition Advice to Fit into a Daily Workout

This discussion about easy workout tips is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clif Bar & Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Between my ongoing battle with middle aged metabolism and my love of cheese, I have to exercise pretty regularly.  And by pretty regularly I mean just about every day.  Between the exercise and watching what I eat, I was doing pretty good at fitting into my pants and hitting a number on the scale that I didn't hate up until about a year ago.  Maybe my metabolism figured out my strategy and … [Read more...]