Morning Vitality Drink from Swissotel Hotels and Resorts to Boost Wellness

This morning vitality drink recipe has been sponsored as part of a campaign with Swissotel Hotels and Resorts to encourage you to boost wellness when you travel.  My husband and I love to travel, although we don't get to do it as often as we'd like. Our favorite destinations are those that have an eye towards sustainability. And, of course, if we can boost wellness on the road with the amenities provided, that is even better! When I was approached by Swissotel to share their health and environmental focused mission, I was excited to see what … [Read more...]

Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe with Ginger and Honey

Disclosure: This Mango Turmeric Smoothie Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #StopPainNow #CollectiveBias Many years ago, I went to the doctor for a muscle spasm in my shoulder that would not go away. Little did I know that it was the beginning of a very long battle with chronic pain. After a year of over the counter pain medications and muscle relaxers, my doctor sent me to physical therapy because I was getting worse instead of better. Years later, with a diagnosis of Myofascial Pain Syndrome, … [Read more...]

Learn How to Get Green Beer and Raise a Toast!

This month, a scroll through Pinterest will show you all sorts of green snacks and drinks. Neon green cookies and rainbow colored cakes seem to catch everyone's eye this month. In honor of spring, people dye chicks a rainbow of colora and dump green dye in rivers. Needless to say, it isn't really my thing. If you are asking yourself  how to get green beer for Saint Patrick's Day, I want you to stop and think about something. Instead of looking for beer that is the COLOR green, how about you focus on the kind of green beer that reduces it's … [Read more...]

How to Make Golden Milk and What the Heck is it Anyhow?

Wondering how to make golden milk? Or maybe you have never even heard of this growing health trend? For the last several years, I have been tackling some chronic pain due to an autoimmune disease called myofascial pain syndrome. I stumbled upon this golden milk turmeric recipe when I was searching for ways to get more turmeric in my diet. I take it as a supplement daily, however, I would love to get more through the foods I eat. I came across a few golden milk recipes online that sounded intriguing so I thought I would give it a shot. But, … [Read more...]

Easy Watermelon Mojitos with Fresh Mint

I made up a batch of these watermelon mojitos with fresh mint and I can honestly say that they are an absolutely divine summer cocktail recipe! What inspired my cocktail creation? I was out watering the garden and herb beds yesterday and realized that my mint is completely taking over the area I put it in. For those of you who grow herbs, you probably understand that if you so much as blink, your mint will spread to where it shouldn't be. I have mint growing in the grass because it just cannot be contained with a small rock wall. I love fresh … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Healthy Protein Smoothies

This post about healthy protein smoothies has been sponsored by Aloha and Blog Meets Brand but all opinions are my own. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? We need to break our overnight fast and feed our hungry bellies before we start our day. However, morning is also the most chaotic time of day. It's when the kids can't find their shoes and my husband calls to tell me he forgot to put the trash out. It's the time of day when juice glasses get knocked over and the dog decides to throw up on the living room rug. So, do … [Read more...]

Green Glow Power Punch Makes an Easy High Protein Snack!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I am always looking for high protein snack ideas to help balance my blood sugar. While carbohydrates give an immediate boost to blood sugar levels, they quickly plummet again if you don't have some protein to go along with it. High protein snack ideas include things like nuts, seeds, low fat dairy products and eggs which are all tasty ways to boost your protein intake. We go through a lot of eggs in my house but there are only so many … [Read more...]

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe and DIY Festive Drink Stirrers!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. With the holidays quickly approaching, I am excited to start adding a few festive foods and beverages into our lives. Eggnog, cranberries, pumpkins and other fall and winter flavors have already found their way into my grocery cart. One of the things I love most about this time of year is definitely the food! If you plan on having company over during the holidays, this pomegranate margarita recipe should be a huge hit, especially if you decide to … [Read more...]

An Easy and Festive Fall Juice Recipe

I look all around the Internet this month and I see a common theme...everyone seems to want to turn things orange in honor of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fall. Orange is a beautiful color, but I prefer it come from nature and not from a little tube of food coloring. Don't get me wrong...I have a fondness for orange Cheetos and have been known to sneak a few candy corn on occasion but those are things I avoid on a day to day basis. Natural orange things like carrots, squash and pumpkins, however, can be eaten in great abundance with absolutely … [Read more...]

Lemon Lime Detox Water Recipe for Better Health

I received product from Alladin through Mom Trends for use in this post but received no compensation for including it here. Water is incredibly good for our bodies, but it does get a little boring after a while. I have been trying to come up with interesting ways to flavor it for better hydration this summer. Did you know that you can add certain things to water that not only add flavor but are beneficial to our health as well? There has been quite a bit of buzz lately in the health community about detox water and while I'm not sure if it is … [Read more...]

Almond Joy Coffee Creamer Recipe

I received free product samples for use in this almond joy coffee creamer recipe but all opinions expressed here are my own. Once upon a time, I didn't like coffee. Shocking, huh? You can blame my husband for my current java addiction. He got tired of drinking his morning coffee alone and encouraged me to start drinking it with him. Of course, I love adding plenty of cream and sugar to mine and have a serious weakness for flavored coffee creamers. I could go to Starbucks for my caffeine fix but that would have me broke in no time. I decided … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Turmeric and a Turmeric Tea Recipe

Please note that this post about the health benefits of turmeric is NOT intended to be taken as medical advice! See your doctor for any health issues you may be having! Several years ago I got a muscle spasm in my shoulder that just would not go away. No coincidence, I'm sure, that it was around the same time I started blogging. Despite medication, physical therapy, and massage, that muscle spasm is STILL there and has now created a whole host of other issues as well. I am trying desperately to get rid of random pains that range from my feet … [Read more...]

You Gotta Try This Cafe Latte Smoothie Recipe!

I created this smoothie recipe as part of a campaign for Stonyfield yogurt. As a Stonyfield ambassador I received samples of their products at no charge to facilitate my post. I am a huge fan of yogurt and when I grocery shop the cart usually contains dozens of different containers for both me and the kids. While I love plain Greek yogurt, I must admit the kids have a weakness for all the 'cool' flavors. When I was sent an assortment of flavors of Stonyfield Greek yogurt to try out, the first flavor that caught my son's eye was the Cafe … [Read more...]

A Taste of Summer with a Pineapple Breeze Mocktail Recipe #Outshine

I created this  Pineapple Breeze Mocktail Recipe with #Outshine fruit bars as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap. All opinions expressed here are my own. Now that the holidays have passed and we are moving into February I am completely and totally over the whole winter thing. Thoroughly sick of brown grass, sweaters, my heating bills, and everything else having to do with the cold weather. I am ready for spring and summer to arrive. I miss flip flops and tank tops and playing in my garden but for another month or two I … [Read more...]

Homemade Irish Cream for your Relaxing Coffee Moments

We don't get to have family visit very often so when they do come and stay, we spend hours just sitting around chit chatting. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good cup of coffee while we socialize so our coffee pot has been getting quite a work out this week! With family and friends staying with us for Thanksgiving week, I decided to make up some homemade Irish Cream. I love the flavor of sweet Irish cream in a cup of good, strong coffee. You can even add a shot of Irish whiskey to this creation to warm your insides a bit but it is just as … [Read more...]

Peppermint Mocha #Recipe with Torani Syrups #ToraniFlavors

I have a weakness for fancy coffee drinks but a budget that is more geared toward a stop at QuickTrip instead of Starbucks. Since I detest cheap coffee I have found a compromise by learning to make fancy coffee drinks at home with high quality beans that I grind myself. That way I get to indulge in my organic, Fair Trade dark roast coffee beans but it doesn't cost me $5 for a fancy flavored drink with whipped cream on top! I can even make the whipped cream organic when I do it from home. So, I recently got 2 bottles of Torani Syrups to play … [Read more...]

Homemade Soda: Grape, Pear and Honey natural soda #recipe

I have been trying hard to kick the soda habit and am down to a once a week Diet Coke when I am at work. Not that I have cut soda out of my diet completely...oh NO! I am far too addicted to that sweet and fizzy goodness! However, I have transitioned from artificial ickiness to homemade goodness! I love my Soda Stream but if you don't have one you can buy the seltzer water at the grocery store for this recipe. I got the recipe from The Artisan Soda Workshop: 75 Homemade Recipes from Fountain Classics to Rhubarb Basil, Sea Salt Lime, Cold-Brew … [Read more...]