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...]

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 eating … [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 all … [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 food. … [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 thought … [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 time. … [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 Syndrome, … [Read more...]

Read These At Home Workout Tips and Stop Procrastinating Now!

These at home workout tips are sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Horizon Fitness. All opinions are my own.Over the years, I have tried a lot of different methods to get in better shape. Running, yoga, gym workouts, and a wide variety of other exercise regimes all have their pluses and minuses, depending on your personal preferences. While I belong to a gym now, the hardest part of a gym workout is actually finding time to get there. Driving time tacks on another 30 minutes or more to my workout and some days I just don't have that kind … [Read more...]

Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist for Better Health and Increased Savings

This post about questions to ask your pharmacist has been sponsored by SearchRx,  however, all opinions expressed here are my own.For 15 years I worked in a retail pharmacy. I saw thousands of patients come and go during the time that I worked there. Some were sick, some were in a hurry, and many were dealing with cranky children. Many of them came through the drive through and barely looked at me while I filled their prescriptions. Far too many of them just accepted their medications without once talking to us about them. Sure, we … [Read more...]

A Lazy Mom’s Guide: How to Get in Shape for Summer

You might be thinking 'there is snow on the ground, who cares about summer' but in a few months, you will be shaving your legs and putting on your bathing suit! While you don't need some ridiculously fit 'beach body' to enjoy the pool, knowing how to get in shape for summer means that you will feel just a little less self-conscious about that muffin top or those not so muscular thighs! It seems like those extra holiday pounds went on REALLY fast, right? Well, I can tell you right now that they won't come off as fast as they glommed right onto … [Read more...]

How to be Mindful at Work to Reduce Stress and Improve Health

One of my goals for the new year is to live more in the moment and learn to enjoy life a bit more. This idea is becoming more and more prevalent as society becomes torn in so many different directions. Since most of my day is spent working, learning how to be mindful at work is an important first step. Mindfulness is the buzzword of 2017. If you want to be more mindful at work, here are a few tips as well as a few affiliate links for items you may find helpful for your journey.What is mindfulness? According to the dictionary, mindfulness … [Read more...]

The Let Down Effect and Post Holiday Illness

This post about The Let Down Effect is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowdEveryone already knows that the holidays are a time of serious stress, right? You spend weeks shopping and wrapping and baking. Then you end up getting very little sleep and probably eating more cookies than you really need to be eating. Forget about those vitamins you are supposed to be taking and who in the world has time for exercise, right? And, if you are like me, you traveled somewhere … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Get Mentally Fit for The New Year

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will have figured out that I am very big on healthy living. Healthy food, plenty of exercise, and finding time for hobbies and family are all great ways to get healthy. However, what about being mentally fit? Over the years, I have known a number of people who struggle with mental health issues, panic attacks, and an assortment of other mental health problems. I would like to encourage you to take a minute to think about how you will get mentally healthy in the coming year.With the … [Read more...]

London Travel Planning and Tips for a Safe and Healthy Trip Abroad

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly chaotic. Not only am I stressing out about the holidays but I am also in the midst of London travel planning. My daughter and I are heading to London right after Christmas with her high school band for the New Year's Day parade in London. I haven't done any international travel for about 15 years so I am just a little bit nervous about the whole thing. I have an amazingly long list of things to do before I leave and am hoping for a safe and healthy trip abroad. I thought I would share a few things … [Read more...]

Setting Realistic Health Goals for the New Year

While you may be happily munching on Christmas cookies next week, January 1st is coming quickly. Will you be setting realistic health goals to work towards next year? With the new year comes a renewed determination among many people to eat more vegetables, exercise more, stop smoking, or give up sweets. Health goals seem to pop up every January but by April we have slid back into our bad habits.When I was younger my father smoked. He went from smoking a pipe when I was very young to smoking cigarettes by the time I was in high school. I … [Read more...]

How to Survive a Cold when You Just Don’t Have Time to be Sick!

This post about how to survive a cold is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowdI am a big believer in preventative medicine. Taking care of yourself by eating healthy, taking vitamins and exercising regularly will go a long way towards maintaining good health. However, it is no a guarantee that you will never get sick. Our immune systems will always find some bug that is temporarily stronger than it can handle. That means you will undoubtedly get sick every once in a … [Read more...]