8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food

Raising kids is hard. There are so many life lessons we need to teach them in order to mold their minds and bodies into healthy adults. While calculus and balancing a checkbook are challenging life lessons for kids, teaching kids about food isn't hard. However, it does take time. I thought I would share a few things we need to teach our kids about food so you could get started with your own children.   8 Things We Need to Teach our Kids about Food Making healthy food choices is a concept that you need to start introducing when … [Read more...]

How to Wash Workout Clothes and Ditch the Stink!

If you work out regularly, you need to learn how to wash workout clothes properly if you want to keep them smelling fresh. When the kids went back to school about 2 months ago, I adopted a near daily workout habit. I have always been active with walking and the occasional yoga session but I was determined to work up a sweat every single day. Daily workouts mean that my workout clothes are getting a LOT of use. I'm washing workout clothes just about every day at this point.   How to Wash Workout Clothes I have noticed that no … [Read more...]

Fish Oil Versus Omega 3 for Heart Health

This discussion about Fish Oil Versus Omega 3 for Heart Health has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadeHeartHealth #CollectiveBias As I move through middle age, I am amazed at the number of health issues that I need to concern myself with. I never worried too much about my metabolism, nutritional supplements or heart health in my 20s and 30s. Maybe my mortality is more of a pressing concern now that I am in my 40s? Or, maybe I am just more educated now about the need to take … [Read more...]

Natural Flu Shot Recipe to Boost Immunity

This easy natural flu shot recipe is just what you need to fight off cold and flu germs. This isn't an actual flu SHOT. As in, the normal type of injection you go and get from your doctor. This is a flu shot that you put in a teeny tiny glass and toss back like when you were back in college and first learning about tequila. I promise, though, this natural flu shot  will not leave you hung over and feeling miserable the next day! Quite the opposite, actually!   Natural Ways to Prevent the Flu I know there is a lot of controversy … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping Tips for Healthier Kids

Are you looking for back to school shopping tips already? It seems like summer just started but according to that pesky calendar, my kids go back to school next week. That is going to be a seriously rude awakening for my teenagers. They have been rather sloth-ish this summer and have pretty much grown roots and become addicted to their mobile devices. As you begin your own back to school shopping trips, I would like you to take a few minutes to consider how your back to school shopping can improve your child's health. Not only during the … [Read more...]

Trigger Point Therapy Tools for Muscle Pain Relief

Several years ago, I had a persistent muscle spasm in my shoulder. I went through the doctor's general treatment guidelines. Heat, ibuprofen and muscle relaxers. It wouldn't go away. We moved on to physical therapy for a year, steroid injections and more muscle relaxers. They called it a trigger point. Basically, a muscle spasm that won't go away. I started investing in trigger point therapy tools and trying a few alternative methods of healing. Very quickly, I discovered that chiropractors are awesome and that I hate acupuncture. I have … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem. One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering buying a koala bear. What is this problem I speak of? Well, I can't seem to go into a garden nursery without buying every weird plant that I come across! Seriously. One year I bought tarragon even though we had never used tarragon before. And apparently it is a perennial and now I have enough tarragon to outfit a small nation. Last year I bought a eucalyptus plant and now I am wondering what to do with eucalyptus leaves. Because apparently this … [Read more...]

How to Use Dietary Supplements Safely

This post about how to use dietary supplements safely is sponsored by United States Pharmacopeia (USP). All opinions are my own. The older I get, the more health issues I have to deal with. Parts of my body ache, my hormones are out of whack, and I just seem to be falling apart some days. I prefer to address my assorted ailments with natural products when I can. This means that I often turn to dietary supplements to support my overall health. As a scientist (or at least that is what my college degree says!) I am very interested in data that … [Read more...]

Magnesium Oil: How To Make It and Why You Need It!

If you learn how to make magnesium oil, you can save yourself a ton of money as you soothe your aches and pains. Over the last several years, I have suffered from an assortment of physical problems, all of which are muscular in some way. Muscle knots that won't go away, a bad back, aching feet and a host of other issues. I have spent countess hours and dollars on doctors, therapists and nutritional supplements for inflammation. Like most humans, I have Googled my health issues extensively. Everything I have read indicates that magnesium plays a … [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 an … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Digital Eye Strain and Improve Eye Health

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Swanson Health Products. All opinions are 100% mine. As a blogger, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer. I also spend quite a bit of time on my phone while I am on the go, and on my iPad reading during my down time. As a result, my eyes are often incredibly tired by the end of the day. We are a very digital society and it is incredibly hard to stay away from screens completely. It is important to learn how to reduce digital eye strain to improve eye health. I thought I would share … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Bee Stings While Enjoying Nature

With the nice weather finally here, I am spending more and more time outside. If you love activities like hiking, gardening, and nature walks, knowing how to avoid bee stings can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your time outside. And if you are allergic to bees, avoiding bee stings can save your life! I thought I would share a few tips that may help you have a safer and much more pleasant nature experience this summer. Why Do Bees Sting? Bees sting for a number of different reasons, however, it really depends on the type of … [Read more...]

Should You Drink Raw Milk? Well…. Maybe, Maybe NOT!

There is a lot of news in the food industry right now on the health benefits and/or health risks of drinking raw milk. Once upon a time, this was the only kind of milk people drank. So, should you drink raw milk? Didn't our ancestors survive just fine on it? Well, that question is a little bit complicated so here is some raw milk info you might need before you decide.   What is Raw Milk? So, what is raw milk exactly? Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. It can come from any animal. In this post I am … [Read more...]

How to Save on Medical Expenses and SingleCare Card Benefits

This post about how to save on medical expenses and SingleCare card benefits has been sponsored by SingleCare. All opinions expressed here are my own. In my non blogging life, I have a background in the healthcare field. I have worked in hospitals and the pharmacy and gotten to know a lot of people with serious health conditions. The one thing they all want to know is how to save on medical expenses. There isn't a one size fits all answer to that question. I wish there was. Medical expenses can cripple the family budget and leave people … [Read more...]

How To Get Aloe Vera Gel From Your Aloe Plant

Learning how to get aloe vera gel from your aloe plant is a handy skill to have! My son recently had a bad experience with a chemical hand sanitizer. We rarely use them but we were out and about and I didn't have any other option. After the rash cleared up,  I decided to make homemade hand sanitizing spray for those times when we couldn't get to soap and water. I searched around on Pinterest and Googled a few things to find out how to do this. Most articles seemed to say "combine alcohol with aloe vera gel and add essential oils'. I could do … [Read more...]

Warm Lemon Water Benefits and Side Effects

When I heard about the warm lemon water benefits being touted by health gurus, I was intrigued. I had heard about the lemon water side effects as well but that didn't stop me from giving it a try. I thought I would share BOTH with you and let you know whether drinking lemon water really lives up to the hype. The older I get, the more I feel like an old car that only has a few more miles left to go before hitting the scrap heap. My body is slowing down, my aches and pains are numerous and I spend a lot of time Googling weird health … [Read more...]

Ginger Detox Bath Recipe to Help You Sweat Those Toxins Out!

If you are looking for a ginger bath recipe, the one I use is incredibly easy to make at home. Over the last few years I have had to deal with chronic pain that is incredibly frustrating. According to the dozens of doctors I have seen there is nothing 'technically' wrong with me. Except that I hurt. All. The. Time. My neck hurts, I get random muscle spasms, my feet ache...it is incredibly frustrating. They just tell me to take Advil and a muscle relaxer and get used to it. While I do have to use traditional medicine for my pain occasionally, I … [Read more...]

Manuka Honey Lip Scrub Recipe for Smooth Healthy Lips

Every winter, my lips get horribly chapped and dry. I admit, I am a lip balm addict and never go anywhere without it in my purse. This Manuka honey lip scrub recipe is an easy homemade lip treatment if you suffer from the same winter lip problems that I do. Adding this homemade lip scrub to my shower routine will (hopefully!) give me smooth, healthy lips that are totally kissable before Valentine's Day rolls around next week! Check out my other sugar scrub recipes if you need moisturizing and exfoliating on the rest of your body as well! … [Read more...]

Omega 3 and Inflammation and Coping With Chronic Pain

This post about Omega 3 and inflammation and coping with chronic pain has been sponsored by Omax3. All opinions expressed here are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have read previous posts about me coping with chronic pain. I was diagnosed several years ago with something called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Basically, it is an autoimmune disease that results in muscle stiffness and as a result, I often suffer from chronic pain. While I have found a number of lifestyle factors that help minimize my pain, I am still … [Read more...]