Fast Food: Can It Be A Part of Your Green Living Plan?

I have a confession to make:  I eat fast food. Not every week of course or I would not fit into my pants but I have been known to go through the McDonald's drive through on occasion and indulge in fries and a diet soda. I find myself feeling guilty about that some can I possibly say that I am striving to reduce my carbon footprint yet still eat fast food? I am sure that I am not the only one who has a weakness for salty fries or the occasional cheeseburger. While fast food isn't exactly healthy, it fits in some days to our chaotic … [Read more...]

Nature Made Vitamins and My Personal Healthy Pledge for 2013

When I was younger, I never really gave much though to my health. I ate whatever I wanted to without gaining weight, I had plenty of time to exercise, and I was full of energy since there were no kids for me to chase around. Now that I am getting older  I have to pay a lot more attention to how I live my life. Okay, 40 isn't OLD but I am not thrilled with that number, either! I am trying to make smarter choices when it comes to the food I eat and striving to get more exercise into my daily routine. Some days the best I can do is to eat an … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Choose Organic Snacks

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...]

My Fitness Pal App Makes Fitness Goals Achievable

When I was younger, staying thin and healthy was fairly easy for me. I ate whatever I wanted and had plenty of free time (and energy!) to exercise. Then I had 2 kids....and turned 40...and I started noticing a few extra pounds sneaking on. I found myself skipping dessert for the first time ever and had to force myself to get up and get some exercise now and then. And those sneaky pounds still haven't come off. YET! My New Year's resolution is to pay more attention to what I eat and to increase the amount of exercise that I get so I can drop the … [Read more...]

Healthy Superbowl Party Ideas #SB47

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...]

Getting Kids to Eat Healthy in 2013!

I decided a long time ago that I was not going to play short order cook for my family. I also refuse to eat boxed macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and chicken fingers every day. Clearly, I needed to come up with a way to compromise so that my family would eat healthy without a huge amount of stress for any of us. Getting kids to eat healthy is not rocket science. It does take a little bit more effort than just driving through the Golden Arches every afternoon but in the long run you will be happy that you put in the effort. Getting  kids to eat … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Olive Oil and a Devo Olive Oil #Giveaway

Many years ago, when I was a kid in the burbs of Connecticut my mom cooked our meals in good old fashion bacon grease. Or lard or whatever other pan drippings she had saved in the fridge. Yep, stuff tasted good but I shudder to think of the fat deposits on my arteries from years of eating like that! Nowadays, I primarily cook with olive oil because I have learned a lot about the health benefits of olive oil. I will cook a few things in butter still but I have really come to like the flavor of olive oil in my dishes. I recently received some … [Read more...]

Lean Cuisine Salad Additions Make Healthy Eating Easy #BYOL #Cbias

I have been run ragged the last few weeks with work, school activities for the kids and holiday preparations. Whoever thought that major science fair projects should be turned in 2 weeks before Christmas is NOT my favorite person right about now! This past weekend my life was running away with me (again) and I realized at 3 PM that I was starving. WHY? Because I had not actually slowed down to eating anything all day! I was running on coffee and adrenaline and was starting to feel a little bit sick! Does this sound familiar to you? What is your … [Read more...]

Sport Earphones: Yurbuds Inspire for Women #INSPIREFORWOMEN

No matter what room of the house you are in or what time of day it is there is almost always music playing in my house. There is a docking station in several rooms and both floors of the house have a full stereo system. Needless to say, we spend a lot of money on iTunes! When we leave the house, we take our music with us on our iPad, iPod, or cell phone depending on which member of the family it is. I have gone through a lot of ear buds looking for ones that fit comfortably. There have been some hard plastic ones that I really think would fit … [Read more...]

Goldfish trail mix keeps your teen fueled up! #Cbias

When my kids were young, they were always on the go and needed frequent snacks to keep them fueled up for a busy day of playing. Now that they are older, they are STILL always on the go and needing constant food intake to keep them going strong. The only difference is that my almost 13 year old son now eats way more than he ever has before! In fact, I am pretty sure he eats more than the rest of the family combined! I try and keep healthy snacks in the pantry at all times because he is looking for fast and easy. He is not going to peel an … [Read more...]

PMS: Tips for Teaching your daughter how to deal with her hormones! #KotexMom

I have a bit of a cookbook obsession and last month got a cookbook that deals with Ayurveda, which is basically helping your body and psyche function better by eating the right foods. For some reason this  concept fascinated my son and he spent an entire Saturday afternoon reading about the therapeutic properties of food! The following week when I was irritable and cranky I told my kids that they really should NOT be bugging mommy when she was dealing with son told me I clearly needed to be eating more papaya! Apparently papaya has … [Read more...]

Snack Sustainably During Solar Energy Awareness Month

I am a snacker and frequently find myself staring aimlessly into the pantry trying to figure out what I want to eat. It doesn't matter if I just ate 2 hours ago..inevitably I am hungry again anyhow! I try hard to find foods that are good for me to snack on like nuts, granola bars, and fresh fruit but did you know that you can find snacks that are good for the PLANET if you look around a little bit? Choosing organic products, treats packaged in recyclable packages or snacks made using alternative energy are all great ways to go green with your … [Read more...]

Acai Puree from Amafruits is the purple in your nutrition rainbow!

If you are looking to add some purple to your nutrition rainbow, Acai puree from Amafruits is a delicious way to do it. Growing up, my mom was always watching her weight. She tried an assortment of programs that had her counting calories, measuring things, and eating premade meals. I have never been a fan of fad diets and I think the best nutrition advice I have ever received was the very basic idea that you should eat a rainbow of colors every day. Nothing math, measuring or fancy foods needed. All you need to do is make sure you … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer Awareness campaign from Look Good Feel Better #LGFB

October is breast cancer awareness month and I have had several friends and even a family member that has had to deal with this disease. It is something that has touched the lives of millions of women and I am sure most people know someone who has been effected one way or another. Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is their aim to improve their self-image and appearance of women suffering through this by offering complimentary group, individual, and … [Read more...]

WannaBeWell iPhone app for healthy living on the go!

The kids are back in school and the germs are all silently waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Staying healthy is important during every season but especially as we head into Fall and Winter. Staying healthy means a lot of different things...we need plenty of sleep, a good diet, moderate exercise and of course we need to be taking our vitamins. While a good diet is important in getting the proper nutrition it is really hard to guarantee you get all the right vitamins and minerals you need without supplements. Especially if you are as busy … [Read more...]

Your Daughter’s First Period: Be Prepared with 5 Simple Steps! #KotexMom

Summer is over and we are already 6 weeks into the new school year. This year, my daughter is in fifth grade and she has taken a serious interest in clothes, hair, music, texting, and all those other great tween past-times. This is a strange age for her...she is also known for playing with her baby doll, climbing trees and snuggling with mommy. At almost 11 years old she is not quite child but not quite teenager either. We have had many talks over the last few years about growing up and what it means for her physically but I know that when she … [Read more...]

Shaun White Skateboards make playing outside cool! #ShaunWhiteSupplyCo

You know what really drives me crazy? When I am standing in the kitchen on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and my children come to me and ask if they can play video games. Really? The sun is shining and the birds are chirping and you want me to plug you into the electronic babysitter? Yeah...I don't think so! My standard reply to such an absurd request? "No! Go outside and play." To which they usually moan and groan like the world is ending. Hey, they are tweens, right? Everything gets that reaction! In order to keep outdoor play time slightly … [Read more...]

The Tastes of Ayurveda cookbook review

I have always been a big believer in the concept that you are what you eat. The food choices we make drastically effect our health, both physical and emotional. The concept of Ayurveda is simple:  it is based on the concept that one's physical, mental, and spiritual well being comes from a number of sources, including a healthy diet that is based on your own personal constitution. The Tastes of Ayurveda: More Healthful, Healing Recipes for the Modern Ayurvedic  is an all vegetarian cookbook that includes many recipes using both whole grains and … [Read more...]

Exotic ice cream flavors from Magnolia

Are you looking for a few exotic ice cream flavors? Ice cream is one of my favorite indulgences. No matter how full you are after a meal there is always room for ice cream because it just melts and fills in all the nooks and crannies in your belly! I get a little tired of the traditional ice cream flavors...there are only so many times that I want to eat chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, right? Sometimes I go with something decadent that is filled with chocolate, caramel or nuts but I also like to experiment with new ice cream flavors every … [Read more...]