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...]

Tips to Green up Your Child’s Snack Routine #SCJgreenerchoices

I have a teenage boy and it seems like every hour I hear the words, “Mom, I’m hungry!” My growing boy eats like a linebacker, and at almost 5’10”, still looks like a bean pole. I am constantly trying to find snacks that are both healthy for him and the environment. Come check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for some ways to reduce the ecological footprint of your kids' snacking habits.Disclaimer:  I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. … [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...]

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 PMS....my son told me I clearly needed to be eating more papaya! Apparently papaya has … [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...]

Healthy Eating Tips for Skin, Hair and Nails

You are what you eat, and you are what you don't eat as well. One of the best indicators a healthy diet is through natural hair and nail strength, and their general appearances. Hair and nails, along with skin, can be the first physical indicators of well-balanced diet. What is a well balanced diet? It is one that includes the right balance of proteins, vitamins,  and minerals.  Knowing how to eat healthy isn't always easy, however, you will see the results of a healthy diet from head to toe! Follow these healthy eating tips for … [Read more...]