Snacking Smart and Staying Healthy

Pistachios on Desk

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute. One of my least favorite parts of my day is nap time.  Oh, don't get me wrong, I love being able to focus on myself [ie writing, doing laundry, washing dishes] while the girls are asleep, but I always hit a slump.  There's something about midday, when it's quiet, that just makes me want to snack. Snacking doesn't always have to be bad, of course, except that so often the unhealthy snacks seem to be easier to grab for most of us, right?  I've been really striving to eat healthy, be more active and just be happier in my skin so I'm making lifestyle choices and choices at the grocery store to make the good snack choices easier! One of my current favorite snacks is Pistachios!  Who knew a little green nut could be so satisfying!? I have been … [Read more...]

It’s So Easy Eating Green: Love an Avocado Today

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Hass Avocado Board. I'm not really sure what has happened in the past couple of years in my life to make me love green foods as much as I do now!  Maybe it's looking at the color on the screen every day when I visit SEBG?  Probably not.  It definitely has to do with a greater understanding of just how much food and healthy food choices affect my body, energy level, and quality of life. In addition to a new found love for Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, and Juicing Kale and Spinach comes another lovely green food that I just can't seem to get enough of... Avocados! Honestly, my favorite way to eat an avocado is plain, well, with just a sprinkle of salt.  I love to spread it on crackers, tortillas, and even use it as a sandwich spread substitute! I even blogged awhile back … [Read more...]

Getting Back on the Fit Wagon


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NUTRILITE®. I fell off the wagon this year folks.  The "I'm going to get healthy, keep off this baby weight, and eat right" wagon.  Last year I did so well with my running and exercising.  I got down to only 5 pounds from my total goal weight of a 20 pound weight loss!  It was incredible!  I felt great, had so much energy, truly loved myself and how I looked. Then  in the Winter, the laziness and weight crept back on slowly.  Now, I haven't gained it all back - thankfully, but honestly I have no clue how much I have gained back.  I haven't stepped on my bathroom scale in months, fearful of what the numbers will say.  I'm not trying at all.  I sit, complain, mope about how I look and feel and do absolutely nothing. Totally makes sense, right? No, no it doesn't. But it's going to … [Read more...]

I’m Opening Up about Sinus Pressure #SudafedOpenUp


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sudafed. This post could not have come at a better time for me as I sit with tissues all around for a stuffy and runny nose at the same time.  Please explain to me how that is possible.  I also sit with a cotton ball in one ear because I'm pretty sure the sinus pressure has traveled elsewhere. In fact, I took out a little frustration on my sinus pressure by sketching out exactly how I feel with the Sudafed OPEN UP™ app on Facebook this afternoon...   The most obvious thing you can tell from my sketch is... I'm not exactly Picasso, right?  But it's truly how I feel - I can't tell you if my nose is going to run or be stuffy 5 minutes from now and if my head feels like it's being hit with a sledgehammer or exploding at the same time.  Tell me - how can a little sinus … [Read more...]

Grilling, Garden, and Grapeseed Oil

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Olive Oil. There are two things my family is enjoying outside this summer in our backyard... our garden and our grill! We purchased a new grill at the beginning of the season because we went all Summer without one last year and just knew we couldn't do it again.  Grilling is both Rob and I's favorite way to prepare foods any time of the year - but especially Summer.  There's less mess inside the house, less heating up the inside of the house, and food just tastes better to me when cooked over an open flame! Some of our favorite foods to grill are Corn on the Cob {in Husks}, Hamburgers, Marinated Fruits, and Kabobs!  Rob is really the grilling master.  Although I do pretty good, I often tend to not season the food … [Read more...]

The Sparkling Truth about Motherhood


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glaceau fruitwater®. From the outside, looking in motherhood is totally rosy.  Don't get me wrong, it is pretty grand.  But there are times when I think, "Really?  Realllly..." You know the time when Sophia littered our entire living room with crinkled red paper. Perhaps I had those thoughts on days like this one when I let go of control so a toddler can experiment with using a spoon. Or when crazy shenanigans always seem to happen around the Tide box!?  Like a mouse being hidden by Sophia or Miss Moreaya {being way too quiet one morning} trying to wash cloth diapers herself!? But guess what - those moments are very few and far between.  Ok, not that far between because my house is … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Our Organic Gardening Journey


I was inspired to write this Organic Gardening series after partnering with The Home Depot.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. My Organic Gardening series is coming to a close, but it's still far from over in real life.  We're just now getting to see the real fruits of our labor.  The only plant producing in our garden right now is our strawberries - we're still waiting on all those delicious tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.  Actually the herbs are getting to the point that they're ready to be collected so I've been googling and searching Pinterest on how to do just that.  I've also been reading up on the task through the Home Depot Garden Club to see just how to collect the herbs, as well as dry them. It's hard to believe … [Read more...]

Alternative to Metal Braces {and Grade School Yearbook Pictures!}


This post was inspired by partnerting with Invasaign.  This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I know one of the biggest expenses for my parents, other than my education obviously, was my orthodontics.  Apparently my mouth wasn't quite large enough {although some of my grade school teachers would probably disagree} for all of those adult teeth I was getting! Yep - I totally went there with a yearbook picture! My husband was the same and wore metal braces for over two years, which leads me to believe that our girls will endure orthodontics in the future as well.  It has me preparing for the future and reflecting on my own journey with orthodontic dental history, which lasted for FIVE years! In 5th grade, I wore a "lip … [Read more...]

Nighttime Potty Training Continues


I was inspired to write this post in the When Parenting Gets Tough Series: Nighttime Potty Training as a part of participating in a campaign with White Cloud Sleep Pants.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud Sleep Pants. Back in February, I shared the trials and tribulations {there have been lots} of nighttime potty training.  We've done the going straight to panties thing, we've done the limiting liquids thing, the wake them up in the middle of the night to go thing?  Yep, done that too. Sophia is just not physically ready.  That's what I've come up with and since deciding this back in February, we've both been a lot less stressed. Even though she's been potty trained during the day for almost 18 months now, we're both accepting … [Read more...]

Gardening With Kids: 8 Ideas to Get Your Child Involved


I was inspired to write this post as Sophia, Moreaya, and I have connected over our garden this year.  I'm thankful for this opportunity to share with my children as a part of a project with The Home Depot.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. We've always had a garden - since the first Spring that we moved into our house.  The first year our garden was great, but we were just learning.  The second year, I was 8 months pregnant, so I didn't help Rob much.  After Sophia was born, I really didn't help much - someone else kept me a little busy.  Last year, our third with a garden, I had an almost 2 year old and a 4 month old... still not a ton of time to devote to raising more living things! This year, oh this year, we have enjoyed our garden to the … [Read more...]

I am a Cancer Survivor and I Won’t Be Silent. American Cancer Society Sponsored Video

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I am so thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to tell my story as part of the American Cancer Society’s 100th Birthday Celebration.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Cancer Society. My family spent this past Friday night at our local Relay for Life. It’s been an event that I’ve been involved in for almost 10 years now. My extended family has been affected by cancer time and time again – my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, my maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather both lost the fight with cancer in the later years. For this reason and many others, the American Cancer Society has always been my family’s charity of choice. We participate in fundraisers and attend the yearly Relay Event. A little over four years ago, the Relay for Life was being … [Read more...]

The Importance of Buying Organic Plants and Seeds

Buying Organic Plants and Seeds

I was inspired to write this post about the importance of buying organic plants and seeds after partnering with The Home Depot Going Organic. I've received products and advice on how to make the best of my Organic Garden this year. We've planted a container garden every Summer since we've lived in our house.  Some Springs we started our vegetables from seed and sometimes we went out and bought plants that were already started.  There's something fun about seeing so many plants come from a packet of seeds.  It's such an inexpensive way to start a garden, but not always the easiest.  That's why often times we buy plants that are already have a bit of growth and maturity on them. In the past, we've purchased our plants from a local greenhouse.  We know that they … [Read more...]