Tips for Clean Eating to Help Take Control of Your Health

Go ahead and enjoy the cookies and candies this week but once January hits, these tips for clean eating are going to come in handy.  I am all for enjoying the abundance of holiday food this month but it definitely isn't the norm when it comes to my diet.  Although, I hate the word 'diet'.  I prefer to consider these clean eating tips part of a general healthy lifestyle.  While I follow my healthy lifestyle eating tips, hopefully I will lose a few pounds, tone up, and improve my overall health.  But, it isn't a DIET.  That four letting word is … [Read more...]

How to Maintain a Healthy Digestive System During the Holidays

This post about how to maintain a healthy digestive system during the holidays has been sponsored by Culturelle.  All opinions are my own.I absolutely love the holidays and a big reason for that is all of the food.  Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, cookies, and eggnog are all high on my list of holiday favorites.  Of course, holiday food doesn't always settle well with my stomach.  Many people who have digestive issues struggle quite a bit when it comes to maintaining a healthy digestive system during the holidays.  I thought I would share a … [Read more...]

How to Survive Menopause with Your Sanity Intact

I was driving in my car yesterday when a commercial came on the radio.  The announcer asks me: "Do you have hot flashes, moodiness, weight gain, trouble sleeping, fatigue and all these other million symptoms?  You may be suffering from hormone imbalance!"  I wanted to yell at the announcer that of COURSE, I have all those symptoms...I am a 40 something-year-old woman whose hormones are out of whack due to the onset of menopause!"  Now, if the announcer had told me how to survive menopause without losing my mind I would have been thrilled but he … [Read more...]

The Frustrating Search for the Best Safe Nail Polish Brands

For the last several years, I have been on a furious hunt for safe nail polish brands.  I have never understood my teenage daughter's obsession with nail polish.  I never painted her nails when she was little because I always worried about toxic nail polish ingredients.  She discovered nail polish on her own once she hit about 4th grade and has been crazy about it ever since.  I have learned over the last few years of having teenagers that it is best to pick my battles carefully.  She happily washes with my organic, locally made soap and uses … [Read more...]

What is the Ayurvedic Diet and is it Right for You?

While healthy eating is important to me, I am not a fan of fad diets.  I don't want to count points, live on grapefruit or fast 3 days out of every month.  So, what is the Ayurvedic Diet if it isn't a strange fad? f you are interested in getting healthier, this may be just what you need! I was impressed with the ideas behind this eating plan and wanted to share for those that are looking for a new way to eat for improved health and weight loss.This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we … [Read more...]

All Natural Sleep Remedies for a Peaceful Drug Free Slumber

I have a couple of friends who have been suffering from insomnia.  Stress and fluctuating hormone levels can leave many people laying in bed at night unable to fall asleep. I thought I would put together a resource for them about all natural sleep remedies that may help.   If you are having trouble sleeping, make up a batch of lavender bath bombs and try a few of these other ideas before seeking out prescription drugs.This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at … [Read more...]

Electrotherapy Pain Relief and Staying Active with Chronic Pain

This post about electrotherapy pain relief and staying active with chronic pain have been sponsored by Omron but all opinions expressed here are my own.Several years ago, I was diagnosed with something called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. It's a fancy way of saying that I get stiff and sore easily and am prone to muscle spasms.  It took me quite a long time to figure out what works and what doesn't when it comes to pain relief.  While my doctor prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxers, I started seeking more nonpharmaceutical solutions … [Read more...]

Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

This post about natural ways to lower your cholesterol is sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.I worked in the pharmacy for 15 years.  I firmly believe that pharmaceutical products save lives, however, I also believe that they shouldn't be the first solution you turn to.  Many health problems can be solved with dietary and lifestyle changes.  These are often much safer than prescription drugs.  Many people suffer from high cholesterol.  Before you ask your doctor for a prescription for cholesterol-lowering drugs, talk to … [Read more...]

How to Provide Natural Support for Thyroid Health

This post about things that provide natural support for thyroid health has been sponsored but all opinions express here are my own.A year or two ago, a good friend was diagnosed with a thyroid problem. She had been having a few of the symptoms but didn't even realize it at the time.  She has had to make several lifestyle and dietary changes over the last 2 years.  There was surgery and medication to deal with.  It has been very stressful for her. Honestly, I never really stopped to think about my thyroid until she was diagnosed.  I couldn't … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Start Running to Lose Weight

Yesterday I went for a run.  While it is definitely not a daily occurrence, I try and go out running periodically to change up my exercise routine. Running to lose weight can be a great addition to your workout regimen.  The struggle to lose weight isn't always an easy battle. Counting calories, making time for exercise, and that frustrating morning weigh in can eventually have people throwing in the towel and reaching for the potato chips. Struggling on your weight loss journey? Maybe you should start running to lose weight!Dropping those … [Read more...]

5 Natural Ways to Prevent Snoring for a Quieter Night’s Sleep!

I am sharing these natural ways to prevent snoring as part of a sponsored post for Good Morning Snore Solution. I have been compensated through the SheSavvy Influence Network. All opinions remain my own. My husband has always been a bit of a snorer. He's not shaking the rooftops or anything, but I regularly have to elbow him to turn over in the middle of the night so that he quiets down. I'm lucky that he responds rather well to my middle of the night requests. My grandmother used to snore so loudly that you could hear her all the way … [Read more...]

The Importance of Sun Protection for Eyes and Choosing the Best Sunglasses

Sun protection for eyes is something we all need to worry about, no matter what your age is. During the summer, I spend a lot of time outside in the sun.  Whether it's gardening, going for a walk, or heading to the pool, if the weather is warm and the sun is bright, it's time to get out of the house.  Whenever I am outside for any length of time, I always make sure to have on sunscreen.  I slather the kids up before they hit the pool (and they complain mightily the whole time!) and my husband always puts his on when he heads out for a run.  Sun … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Digestion When Eating a Healthy Diet

These tips on how to improve your digestion have been sponsored by Renew Life® Digest Smart Enzymes.  All opinions expressed here are my own.If you have recently started eating a healthier diet, you may have encountered a few challenges.  Temptations like junk food lurk around every corner.  Eating healthier sometimes takes more effort in the kitchen and may even cost more.  Maybe you are realizing that your stomach isn't adjusting to a healthy diet as quickly as you had hoped.  If you are wondering how to improve your digestion while … [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...]

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 #CollectiveBiasMany 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 … [Read more...]