20 Fitness Tips to Come out of Hibernation Mode #HMSpring

20 Fitness Tips to Come out of Hibernation Mode #HMSpring

Hibernation mode is over and it can be a doozy to readjust. This is a sponsored post with the Niche Parent Network & Conference. All opinions are my own. I am by no means a fitness professional, but I thought I would share some tips that have worked for me. The polar vortex and never-ending winter really did a number on me this year. It's time to take the right fitness steps for a happy and … [Read more...]

How to Drink Coffee Black with iCoffee Giveaway

Benefits of black Coffee @iCoffee

My coffee typically consists of nine parts sweetened creamer to one part coffee.  However, after being introduced to the iCoffee machine, for free—don't worry all thoughts and opinions are my own, I can proudly report that I am now drinking my coffee black! How to Drink Coffee Black I tried weaning myself for weeks.  I got down to just using almond milk, but I wasn't really enjoying my coffee … [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...]

Join Me at the #NaturalProbiotic Twitter Party

#NaturalProbiotic Twitter Party #shop

Image Credit: What's That Smell Staying healthy isn’t always easy in the dead of winter.  It may be hard to get out and exercise and our favorite summer fruits and vegetables are out of season.  Maybe all you really want to do  is curl up under a blanket with some hot cocoa until the temperatures warm up again.  While it may take a bit more motivation and effort to stay healthy during the winter, … [Read more...]

Ways to Save on Time and Healthcare Costs for the Adult Student

Busy Mom #Healthcareclinic #CollectiveBias

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  It is my pleasure to bring you tips on how to save on time and healthcare costs by utilizing a Walgreens Healthcare clinic near you.  We love our Healthcare Clinic Chicago! Save on Time and Healthcare Costs When it … [Read more...]

Help Prevent a UTI with Cottonelle #CtnlCareRoutine

uti prevention

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CtnlCareRoutine  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO UTI prevention starts with your clean routine. Being a person that has struggled with kidney, bladder and urinary tract issues for as long as I can remember, I learned quickly how to have the best clean … [Read more...]

Healthy Chocolate from Active D’Lites Giveaway

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...]

Join me at the #MyMarianos Twitter Party

#MyMarianos Twitter Party #Shop

Planning to eat healthier for the new year?  I am sure many of us have vowed to do so.  It can be a little overwhelming and difficult to know where to start.  Mariano's realized this and has developed a new way to help us shop easier and healthier.  The new health key™ system at Mariano's is designed to help those who have diet restrictions or that simply would like to eat healthier. Let's talk … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner Recipes from Gorton’s Giveaway

Healthy Dinner Recipes Grilled Fillet Pear Salad #RealFabulous

If you are looking for healthy dinner recipes, Gorton's offers tons of them!  I am thrilled to bring you this post sponsored by Gorton's.  I received coupons for free product, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Healthy Dinner Recipes About once a year I have time to make a truly awesome meal—like from scratch, multiple courses, and all fancy and stuff.  When I received a few recipe … [Read more...]

Step Towards Fitness with the Slimfast 14 Day Challenge

2014 Fitness Goals Slimfast 14 Day Challenge

I am so excited to be taking this step towards fitness by participating in the Slimfast® 14-Day Challenge!  I received free products to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Step Towards Fitness I have been chewing on the idea of training for my first bikini competition.  This is a huge fitness goal of mine and it takes an enormous amount of dedication.  With my full time … [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...]

My Top 5 Favorite Gifts This Season

Yoga Trapeze for Back Pain, plus fun

Some of the items on this list may seem totally random, but that's just the kind of person I am.  I mean, really, aren't we all? I'm probably way nerdier, but I own it proudly and cannot wait to share this list of cool gifts with you!  Some I have received or reviewed, will be giving, or am still hoping for... Favorite Gifts of the Season The Yoga Trapeze Okay, so I admit, at first sight I … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hot Yoga Apparel from the Onzie

The Onzie Hot Yoga Apparel

I seriously cannot get enough yoga apparel from The Onzie.  I received the outfit described below to facilitate my review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Favorite Hot Yoga Apparel The Onzie offers my all time favorite hot yoga apparel and I should not limit it by saying it is just that.  I wear my gypsy pants all the time!  The material can actually pass for dressy in a pinch.  When … [Read more...]

Mamma Chia Seed Drink Review and Giveaway

Chia Seed Drink by Mamma Chia

I am happy to bring you this Mamma Chia Seed Drink review and giveaway sponsored by Mamma Chia.  I received product samples to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Mamma Chia Seed Drink and Chia Squeeze Snacks First of all, YUM.  The flavors are fantastic.  I don't even know how to pick a favorite.  When I asked my daughter, she even said, "I don't know, I like them … [Read more...]

Ultraviolet Water Purifier SteriPEN Sidewinder Review

Battery Free Ultraviolet Water Purifier Perfect for camping

Who doesn't want to be ready for the zombie apocalypse?!  I know I am not taking any chances.  Which is why I am beyond thrilled to have had the chance to review the hand powered Ultraviolet SteriPEN Sidewinder.  I received this item for free in exchange for my honest feedback.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Ultraviolet Water Purification The whole concept of ultraviolet water … [Read more...]

Painkiller Addiction and Help from Reset Reality

Addiction Quote

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  Painkiller addiction is something that is well known in our family.  We have had a few family members suffer from this affliction.  There are many unfair stigmas and judgements regarding opioid dependence and it can be a very … [Read more...]

Sinus Sufferers Unite and Find Relief with Sudafed

stuffy sisters

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sudafed.  All thoughts, stories, and opinions are my own. Sinus pain and congestion can bring on a world of discomfort.  I will never forget the worst sinus infection that I ever had in my life... During the first two months of Mike and I dating, I developed a sinus infection like no other.  Never in my life had I felt such pain, pressure, … [Read more...]

Diaper Rash Ointment, Dogs and Celebrities

SweepTight-J-B

Thanks to Dr. Smith's and their new Diaper Rash Ointment product launch I was able to meet celebrities, Bill and Giuliana Rancic!  I got to try the product and received compensation for my honest review.  All thoughts are my own. New Diaper Rash Ointment I don't have anyone in diapers anymore, except for a few dogs (more on that later,) but a lot of my friends are now having babies so I love … [Read more...]

Find and Organize Doctors with the Healthgrades App

healthgrades

I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Healthgrades.  I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  All opinions are my own. Find and Organize Doctors with the Healthgrades App Each family member tends to have their own individual needs when it comes to medical care.  Organizing and finding this info can be a challenge.  Healthgrades, the leading … [Read more...]

My Addiction Story and Facts About Opioid Dependence

Opioid Dependence Infographic

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  Addiction runs rampant in my family.  Opioid Dependence has touched my life and the lives of my family members in many ways.  I was happy to join this campaign to gain more awareness and learn more facts about the topic.  … [Read more...]

Healthy Products from AdvoCare

healthy products from advocare

I received healthy products from AdvoCare for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.  AdvoCare has been developing high quality health products for the last 20 years.  They now have over 70 exclusive healthy products to help individuals explore their ultimate potential. Healthy Products from AdvoCare I had the pleasure of trying three of the AdvoCare products.  Each one is something that … [Read more...]

Best Buy Jawbone UP to Track Your Way to Health

Best Buy Jawbone UP to Track Your Way to Health

A Best Buy Jawbone UP was sent to me for review purposes.  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  All opinions are my own. Best Buy Jawbone UP to Track Your Way to Health Over the years I have found that I am at my healthiest when I track my activities.  Awareness is the key -- and logging … [Read more...]

National Indoor Houseplant Week

bonsai trees Dawn Redwoods National Houseplant Week

I have partnered with Costa Farms to tell you that this Week is National Indoor Houseplant week! (September 15th to the 21st) They are sending me four indoor plants in upgraded pots and you will also have a chance to win your own.  All opinions are mine. Indoor Houseplant Week Coincidentally, I have been pushing houseplants on people a lot lately.  So many of my family members suffer from asthma … [Read more...]

RYOBI Lithium 40V Battery Operated Weed Eater

RYOBI Lithium Battery operated tools #sponsored

I have been doing yard work since I was a kid.  Now that I'm older, I actually get excited about power tools.  When I saw RYOBI's line of outdoor products that all run on the same type of lithium battery, I immediately contacted them.  As a result, I was lucky enough to receive this RYOBI Lithium 40V Cordless String Trimmer in exchange for my honest feedback.  All thoughts are my own. RYOBI … [Read more...]

How Clean is Your Smile #FABSmile

Do you have good oral hygiene? #FABSmile #Sponsored

I have spent an astronomical amount of money on my teeth, which is why I feel like my smile better be worth a million bucks.  When offered the chance to work with FlossAndBrush.com, I was thrilled.  I am getting a whole year's membership for free but all my thoughts and opinions are my own. How Clean is Your Smile? Oral hygiene is an incredibly important part of your health, appearance and … [Read more...]

10 Tips To Get More Restful Sleep

tips for more restful sleep

Sleep is so important and can really have a big impact on overall health.  With so many distractions in our lives these days, getting the most restful sleep can be quite challenging.  I have partnered with Dreamwater on this post to share with you my personal tips on how I enjoy a deeper sleep.  All opinions are my own. 10 Tips To Get More Restful Sleep Exercise - Being more active during … [Read more...]

6 Easy Ways to Have Better Oral Hygiene #FABsmile

flossandbrush package

Oral hygiene is completely underrated if you ask me.  I have partnered with FlossAndBrush.com on this post.  All opinions are my own.  I have always been obsessed with oral hygiene.  To me, it's pretty much the most important hygiene to have.  Talking to someone with nasty breath or an unkempt mouth can be very distracting.  It can be impossible to even focus on what they are saying.  Yes, bad … [Read more...]

Walgreens Healthcare Clinics Make Life Easier

walgreens immunizations

Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are the new and improved version of their "take care clinics".  It's now even easier to stop at your local Walgreens for a variety of healthcare services. Could Have Skipped the ER I can tell you exactly when I could have used a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic myself.  It was about a year ago now and I was getting ready to go out to dinner with my family on a Friday … [Read more...]

10 Tips for UTI Prevention and Relief #AzoGirl

uti-prevention-relief

I have suffered from UTI's (Urinary Tract Infections) for most of my life.  For this reason, I jumped at the chance to work with AZO on this post.  They supplied me with several of their products, however, all opinions are my own. This is definitely a TMI topic, but I also know it's quite common.  A lot of women experience frequent UTI's and it can be hell to deal with.  My sister and I both … [Read more...]

Hot Yoga Pants from the Onzie

DIA sugar skulls

If you have ever done Bikram yoga, you know it's much more than just hot yoga.  It's mentally and physically committing yourself to 90 minutes in a 105 degree room with 75% humidity.  I freaking love it.  However, finding the right hot yoga pants and tops can be really challenging. I am thrilled to once again bring you a review and giveaway for The Onzie's line of hot yoga apparel. Hot Yoga … [Read more...]

Depression Causes and Help when Feeling Depressed

depression

This is a sponsored post about depression causes by me on behalf of Lifescript.com.  Feeling depressed doesn't automatically mean that you have depression, but in any case, there are many resources to help.  Everyone can feel down and get sad at times, but when it happens often and interferes with your lifestyle, there's a chance it could be something more. I have had many mental health issues … [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...]

Harness the Power of Social Media #SocialPower

social power

This post brought to you by Social Power. All opinions are 100% mine. Finally!  Someone has created a platform where we can use the untapped power of social media to make a difference on issues that are important to us... no matter how big or small.  Have a pet peeve about something that can be resolved?  If you think enough people share your gripe, you now have the power to make a … [Read more...]

Self Magazine’s Workout In the Park is Back in Chicago

Self Magazine Workout in the Park

Last year, my workout buddy, Vickie and I attended Self Magazine's Workout in the Park in Chicago.  We had so much fun.  It was one of those perfect days with great weather and memorable moments at every turn.  We spent the entire day trying new workouts.  We were sore for literally DAYS after the event, but we felt amazing!  We are thrilled to have been invited back this year! Workout In the … [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...]

Taking Care of Others 7 Tips for Caregivers #SHGenworth

Caregiver happiness

Information for this post is sourced from Genworth Financial in partnership with the SheHeard Influencer Network. Taking care of others seems to come naturally to some people and not so much for others.  My daughter, for example, at the age of 8, is a natural caregiver.  She has had that nurturing spirit since birth.  For me, I am usually pretty good, but have my moments where I am just too … [Read more...]

Week 8 Revolt Fitness Challenge

caloires lost while running 13.3 miles

I am having a bit of trouble keeping up with my Revolt fitness challenge goals.  However, I do have some exciting accomplishments to report! Revolt Fitness Challenge Week 8 I ran 13.3 miles!  Yes, all at once!  That is the farthest I have ever run!  I signed up for Tough Mudder and have been trying to work up to this distance for some time now.  This was just one of those days where the weather … [Read more...]

Kefir Probugs and DIY Upcycling Craft Ideas

DIY Craft idea with Probugs Carton

Upcycling, craft ideas and yummy summer treats all in one?!  Yep.  I was so excited to have the chance to work on this campaign for Frozen Kefir Probugs™.  We have already been enjoying Probugs™ in our lunches but hadn't tried the Frozen Probugs™ yet.  They are a lot like the push-ups I remember from the ice-cream man as a kid but these are healthy frozen summer treats!  The packaging they come in … [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...]

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...]

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