Spring Fitness – 5 Tools to Help you do it Right

Spring Fitness - 5 Tools to Help you do it Right

After this Hellish, icy, sub-arctic tundra of a winter, you might be setting your sights on spring fitness. After all, bathing suit season is just around the corner, and I don't know about you but I didn't do much except curl up under a blanket for the entire season. I've put together a list of 5 things that can help you meet your spring fitness goals this season. This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Living Healthy with bistroMD #bistroMDdiet

Living Healthy with bistroMD #bistroMDdiet

Living healthy is what it's all about this time of year. New Year's resolutions are flying around like kites on a windy summer day. Guess what? Most of them are going to get about as far as a lead balloon. I say this from experience. At least I know that with bistroMD, I can get the food part of my healthy new year off on the right foot. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my … [Read more...]

Start Making #LittleChanges this New Year

Blueberries for the New Year #LittleChanges #IC #sponsored

The new year brings about all sorts of new goals and ambitions. So many of us set out on an admirable mission but fail to realize we are not super human. We must learn to set achievable and sustainable goals. Little changes make a huge difference when you stick with them. So does the chance to win an unforgettable trip! Don't forget to enter the sweepstakes below! I participated in an Influencer … [Read more...]

A Food Intolerance Had Me Being Tested for Cancer

Food Intolerance Had Me Being Tested for Cancer

About 6 years ago a food intolerance had doctors testing me for cancer. I am telling the story now because I am reliving it now. It's making me remember the whole hell that I went through for months. This is my own story and not intended to diagnose anyone or anything like that. Just sharing an experience of my own. Just a little history on me, I have always been a notorious yo-yo and fad … [Read more...]

Healthy Chocolate from Active D’Lites

good for you chocolate

Awe YEAH!  You read that correctly... Healthy CHOCOLATE exists.  I am so excited to bring you this post about Probiotic Chocolate from Active D'Lites.  I received product samples to facilitate my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Active D'Lites - Chocolate with Probiotics The first time I tried these delicious little treats was at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in … [Read more...]

Reach Your Fitness Goals with Slimfast

Fitness Goals NO MORE Binge Eating

It has been a great two weeks towards reaching my fitness goals with a big thanks to the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge.  I received products and a promotional item to facilitate this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Fitness Goals This year I am thinking about doing a bikini competition.  I am telling myself that I am going to compete to stay focused.  Even if I don't get on … [Read more...]

6 Foods For Everyone That Fight Cancer

cancer fighting foods

Foods to Fight Cancer Many of you probably know by now that I am in school full time studying nutrition science.  I am almost done with my bachelors degree and so far, I can say with 100% confidence that we really are what we eat. From a molecular standpoint, we build and maintain all our cells using the foods that we put in our mouth. Knowing this, it is so important to fuel our bodies with … [Read more...]

Fast Facts about Nutrisystem Fast 5

nutrisystem fast 5

This post brought to you by Nutrisystem . All opinions are 100% mine. Nutrisystem® My Way® is a new program from Nutrisystem.  Already a leading provider of weight loss solutions, Nutrisystem now is tailored to each person's metabolism for maximum results.  The program provides just the right amount of calories and nutrients for success. The Nutrisystem My Way program uses a science-backed … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Perfect Foods Bar Review

Gluten Free Soy Free #PerfectFoodsBar

The lovely Kaitlin, (you may remember her from our trip to the Chicago Cubs game,) introduced me to the Perfect Foods Bar.  These gluten free bars are simply divine.  I was beside myself with joy when the company agreed to work together on a review and giveaway.  I received boxes of each of their flavors and their snack sizes and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Gluten Free Perfect Foods … [Read more...]

163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes Book

163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes

The Paleo diet or Paleolithic diet is a modern diet based off of what we believe was the diet of the cavemen. As hunters and gatherers in their time mostly ate plant and animals as available, this leaves out dairy, grains and legumes, refined sugar and processed oils. My husband and I loosely try to stick to this diet at home – however, I quickly run out of creative things to eat – and I am very … [Read more...]

14-Day Laguna Teatox Cleanse Swepstakes

Portrait of young beautiful happy woman with tea

The Laguna Teatox is an organic, gluten free way to rid your body of excess toxins, lose weight and feel healthier and happier. SWEEPSTAKES: 14-Day Laguna Teatox Cleanse Swepstakes WHO CAN ENTER: US and Canada SWEEPSTAKES EXPIRES: 08/07/2013 PRIZE(S): Win an all natural 14-Day Laguna Teatox cleanse to help you lose weight, be healthier and feel more confident. CLICK TO ENTER … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why I Love Diet to Go Food

diet to go

As a Diet to Go Ambassador, I received a second round of Diet to Go food for my review.  I actually look forward to this diet program and enjoy many things about it.  I thought I would break it down for you. 5 Reasons Why I Love Diet to Go Food 1.)  Fresh food - Although the food arrives frozen, it's prepared fresh and stored in your fridge once you get it.  It's not typical frozen diet … [Read more...]

Diet-to-Go Summer Shape Up Goodies

gift card

As a Diet-to-Go Ambassador, I am excited to share with you lots of fun updates from them.  If you are looking to shape up this summer, Diet-to-Go has many ways to help you reach your goals.  During my first Diet-to-Go meal review, I fell in love with their program.  I am so happy that I got another round of food to help me get back into that bikini! Here are some exciting ways to get motivated … [Read more...]

Diet-to-Go Summer Shape-Up Sweepstakes

summer shapeup

Diet-to-Go wants to help you shape up this summer! Dieting and eating healthy is so much easier when the food is delivered to your doorstep. SWEEPSTAKES: Diet-to-Go Summer Shape-Up Sweepstakes WHO CAN ENTER: US only SWEEPSTAKES EXPIRES: 06/28/2013 PRIZE(S): (1) grand prize: 1 month of free meals (4 weeks total - 15 meals per week) (5) winners: 1 week of free Diet-to-Go meals. … [Read more...]

Kids Eat Healthy While Dining Out #KidsLiveWell

Chef Marc Murphy

When eating out, do you find it hard to find options to make kids eat healthy?  With fattening and calorie-packed meals pictured and advertised as great deals and delicious treats I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle to get my kids to eat healthy.  When Mom Central offered the opportunity to attend the Kids LiveWell Blogger event I jumped all over it.  This is a program I can really stand … [Read more...]

Drink More Water By Adding Some Zing to it

Drink More Water By Adding Some Zing to it

Most of us need to drink more water.  For some this can be a real challenge.  I received two products from Zing Anything to help you add some zing to your water!  This concept can possibly help the sugary-beverage addicts and get them to switch to water with some zing. Drink More Water Drink more water seems to be a constant mantra with all things healthy.  Whether you are on a diet, or just … [Read more...]

Tasty Diet Food Delivered with Diet-to-Go

Tasty Diet Food Delivered with Diet-to-Go

When the diet food is delivered, it's a lot easier being on a diet!  As a Diet-to-Go ambassador, I received a week's worth of food to try out.  I was beyond surprised at how delicious these diet foods were and I even dropped 2.5 pounds for the week! It's that time of year again.  The time where I freak out over the weight I put on during the winter.  It happens every year.  Cold winters with … [Read more...]

Natural Juices and Green Smoothies from “The Juice Lady”

Natural Juices and Green Smoothies

I have been trying to get breakfast in more often, but most of the time, I am in too much of a hurry to even sit and eat. I was so excited to review the Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies from “The Juice Lady” by Cherie Calbom – I love my blender, and making smoothies, I especially love that I can get so much “healthy” in them without making it taste “healthy.” Big Book of Juices and Green … [Read more...]

The Biggest Loser Resort Comes to Chicago and Recipe

biggest loser

The Biggest Loser is opening a resort in Chicago!  Being a fan of The Biggest Loser show, and living near Chicago, I thought this was pretty exciting news.  I have partnered with them to let you know all about the Grand Opening. The Biggest Loser Resort - Chicago Fitness Ridge Worldwide, the parent entity of the Biggest Loser Resort, will open its fourth destination resort location this … [Read more...]

Portion Control Made Easy with Precise Portions

Portion Control Made Easy with Precise Portions

Portion control is definitely my biggest issue when it comes to dieting and living a healthy lifestyle.  I am an affiliate of Precise Portions and was very excited to receive products from their Eco line for review. Portion Control Anywhere I think most of us can agree that we know in the back of our minds how we should eat - somewhat.  Personally, I always thought that I could look at my … [Read more...]

Boost Digestive Health with Ultimate Flora

boost digestive health

Digestive health is extremely important for overall health.  It's really hard to get everything you need from your diet alone, and most of us require additional supplements.  I received products from ReNew Life for review. Boost Digestive Health The arrival of these products was perfect timing.  I recently had Lithotripsy (a procedure to break up kidney stones) on my left kidney.  This … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Snack Round-Up

gluten free snacks

We are working on cutting out gluten at our house – and finding that many others are doing so as well. In fact, there was a gluten free expo in the Chicago area last weekend that I wish I could have attended! I recently had a chance to review some of Welch’s Fruit Snacks, which are gluten free, and thought I would come up with a few fun gluten free snacks for you and your family in a gluten free … [Read more...]

Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook

Specific Carbohydrate Diet

At our house we are working to cut some of the carbohydrates in our diet, not completely, but just trying to make note of what we are shoving in our mouths and trying to make healthier choices in favor of less processed foods. Since doing so, I have realized that I might have an aversion to gluten and would like to try to watch my intake on that as well. I recently had the chance to review Cooking … [Read more...]

Week 7 Revolt Fitness Challenge

Revolt Fitness work outs

I cannot believe seven weeks have gone by already!  Technically this is week one of the second round of the Revolt Fitness challenge, but I'm going to go ahead and call it week 7 because that is less confusing. Revolt Fitness - Week 7 Results I am having slow and steady progress with little hiccups here and there.  But overall I am very happy with these results!  I love the structure of this … [Read more...]

Week 4 and 5 Revolt Fitness Challenge

fitness challenge bum

Okay so I realize combining two weeks of the fitness challenge like this is like horrible cheating but the end of week 4 and beginning of week 5 was just so awful I would like to pretend it never happened.  :( Week 4 Revolt Fitness Challenge Well, my results were exactly the same as week 3.  Absolutely nothing changed.  I was sick all week with an annoying cold-ish type thing and tried not to … [Read more...]

Low Carb Recipe Perfect for Spring

Yogurt bite Easter recipe

The "holiday season" just never seems to end if you're trying to lose weight.  So many temptations every month!  It seems to really begin with Christmas but then there is all that chocolate for Valentine's Day, shamrock shakes for St. Patrick's Day, and now here it is Easter and all those decadent recipes are in your face! Well, I have managed to find a way to trick myself into thinking I'm … [Read more...]

Week 2 Revolt Fitness Challenge

flexing fitness

Okay, so I have kind of screwed up my posting schedule with this fitness challenge.  My apologies!  I have been completely overwhelmed with a gazillion things going on but have remained completely faithful to this program!  :D  I'm going to try and make sure these are posted every Friday.  My measurements were taken on time though so this will still give you an idea of what results to … [Read more...]

Week 1 Revolt Fitness Challenge

Revolt Fitness Challenge

Fitness is a top priority in my life right now.  You may have seen me write about how I have gained a few pounds in the last few months... When I started school last fall I weighed around 110 pounds and was working out regularly.  I could actually see my abs!  Sadly, I don't have any great pics but I do have some from last summer when I had just started working out. This is me … [Read more...]

Digital Bath Scale from Ozeri Gen II Review

Digital Bath Scale

I don't know the stats - but let's pretend that I do - TONS of people are looking to lose weight in the new year. Whether it is working out, working on a diet, or a little of both - we all need a way to track our progress. The Ozeri Gen II Digital Bath Scale is a great way to track things. Digital Bath Scale Ozeri has a great line of bathroom scales, but the Gen II is a great new product that … [Read more...]

Jump Start your Weight Loss with Zaggora


Like most, I have decided to try to lose more weight in the new year. So - I am jump starting the weight loss with Zaggora sportswear. Zaggora has a selection of pants and tops that raise your body temperature - making you use more energy while working out. Zaggora Hot Pants 2.0 come in shorts and capri length (I chose the capris because I prefer to work out in capris or pants on the treadmill … [Read more...]

Belly Fat Diet for Dummies Book Review and Recipe

crunch peanut butter bites

The Belly Fat Diet for Dummies book is perfect for anyone who wants an easy way to shed some excess belly fat off their midsection.  It's a no-nonsense guide that includes helpful info, tips, recipes, exercises and more, to help you stay on track and reach your goals. Belly Fat Diet for Dummies Most of us struggle with our weight.  I think the people that just naturally stay slim without … [Read more...]

How Much Sugar is in Your Diet Infographic

sugar in diet

Does your diet consist of too much sugar?  Now, keep in mind that not all sugars are created equally...  this does not mean you should eat an Oreo instead of an apple... but, I still found this infographic interesting! Guess I need to ditch the frappuccinos, eh?  :( by visually.Learn about data visualization tools. … [Read more...]

On a Mission to Stop Snacking with Full Core


I can eat an obscene amount of food and I rarely feel full.  I don't know if it is because my hormones are out of whack or perhaps I am just a gluttonous pig.  It is likely the latter.  :/ Now that I am back in school full time, I am out of control with snacking.  I munch my way through class and then when I get home, I eat my way through doing homework.  Ironically, I'm in school for … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Yogi Yoga DVD Review


Yoga has quickly become my favorite way to exercise.  I wouldn't have said that a few years ago.  I never thought it could possibly give me a hard enough workout... boy, was I mistaken! The Ultimate Yogi Yoga The Ultimate Yogi with Travis Elliot is a 108 day program designed to transform your body and mind.  It comes in a DVD booklet with everything you need for the potential to change your … [Read more...]

The Weirdness about Weight Loss

My Weight Loss

Weight loss.  We all want it.  Many of us need it.  Speaking from personal experience, achieving your weight loss goals can be difficult to one degree or another, but anyone setting out to shrink themselves expects that.  What we don't expect is what happens after we manage to get the weight off. Two Enormous Weight Loss Myths I recently shed about 35 pounds.  Along the way, I learned quite a … [Read more...]

Too Busy For Your Health Diet-To-Go Meal Review

Diet-to-Go breakfast health food delivery

I'm a full-time mom, student, homemaker and part-time farmer, blogger and secretary.  I think it goes without saying that my diet is not always the first thing on my mind.  However, my health, and the health of my family definitely are at the top of the list.  And, if I get sick, well, I'm not allowed to get sick.  There is just too much to do! Health Food is Knocking Health food was literally … [Read more...]

Weight Watchers Smart Ones

weight watchers smart ones

Weight Watchers food with principles - Smart Ones - offers a large selection of tasty and convenient meals.  Whether you are actually on Weight Watchers and counting points, or just like to choose lower calorie options, Smart Ones probably has something you will like! On Weight Watchers, or just Watching Weight? I am not currently on any kind of specific diet, but I am pretty much always … [Read more...]

It Works Body Wraps

it works body wraps

Just in case you missed seeing my review of It Works Body Wraps, you can still check it out here. The process was weird, but I was pretty happy with the results, and as I remember to use the defining gel, I am still seeing some change on my arms and legs where I am using it. At the time of the review, It Works Body Wraps were in such high demand that there was a back order on the products. … [Read more...]

Nursing Your Sweet Tooth Infographic

nursing your sweet tooth

Do you have a Sweet Tooth?  I sure do.  A mean one!  Here's an interesting infographic to think about the next time you reach for that candy bar! Nursing Your Sweet Tooth Infographic Created by: www.OnlineNursingPrograms.com … [Read more...]

Barre Nutrition Bars Review

Barre Black Swan Chocolate Berry Nutrition Bar

I'm so excited to share Barre Nutrition Bars with you! If you have ever attempted to maintain a healthier lifestyle, specifically in the area of eating and nutrition, you can relate to the struggles that most of us face when trying to make better decisions concerning our food. As women, the struggle can be elevated even more, as we require different needs that often are not catered to in general … [Read more...]

NECTRESSE No Calorie Sweetener Review and Sample Info

green tea frap

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nectresse™ Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. NECTRESSE™Sweetener is a new product from the makers of Splenda.  It's 100% natural created from real fruit - monk fruit extract.  Lisa Ling, America's favorite journalist, uses it exclusively.  Hear what she has to say about it. Personally, I have been using no calorie … [Read more...]

Body Composition Scale Great for Weight Loss Review

Omron Body Compostition scale for weight loss

Weight loss is tough.  Many of us know all too well that losing pounds is one of the most difficult obstacles facing us daily.  There are yummy treats everywhere!  For me, it’s a tragedy to walk by a creme filled doughnut and not snarf it down. Omron Scale - Perfect for Weight Loss Today, there is an overload of updated information on the benefits of healthful eating, good fitness, and dieting … [Read more...]

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