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Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

Say No to New Years Resolutions

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. I know, I know - I'm normally a lot more positive in my writing than including a negative word in my title, but it's true.  I do NOT make New Year's Resolutions.  I never have and I would almost venture to say I never will, except I always say never say never.  So I won't say it, but I don't think I will... ever.   I remember when I was about 17, I was at a friend's house for New Years Eve and we were all having fun, laughing, eating snacks... and for some reason someone started throwing out the craziest New Year's Resolutions and ideas.  Then one of my close friends said "I'm going to make a resolution to not eat chocolate for a whole year."  WHY?!  WHY would anyone say that?  I can't imagine that I will ever get to that point in my life, especially as a … [Read more...]

Chicken Avocado and Potato Soup

Chicken Avocado Potato Soup

This post and Chicken Avocado Potato Soup recipe was inspired my partnership with Mom It Forward and HASS Avocados. All opinions are my own. One of my absolute favorite foods in the entire world is... avocados!  I actually found the love for this delicious green fruit way late in life - like only 4 years ago.  Well, that's partly true - I always loved a delicious guacamole, but I had never eaten an avocado alone until I cut one up for Sophia when she had just started eating real food as a baby.  We eat avocados a lot and in quite a few different ways.  Actually I prefer to pull out the pit, sprinkle a little salt and pepper, and scoop them straight out of the skin with a spoon!  If you haven't tried it, you're definitely missing out on one of the finest and creamiest foods you've ever tasted!  Avocados are a nutrient-dense, … [Read more...]

Tomato, Spinach, and Pancetta Frittata [+ a review of the Philips Airfryer]

Frittata on Plate

Do you love making delicious meals that are easy?!  Yeah, you know I do and today's recipe for a Tomato Spinach and Pancetta Frittata is just that.  I know, it doesn't look like it would be something that you could literally throw together and it cook itself, but it really is - see the recipe below! A few weeks ago I received an email asking if I would like to learn more about a newer kitchen appliance from Philips [to review at no cost to me].  When I read the specs on the Philips Airfryer, I have to admit, I was totally intrigued and totally a skeptic.  I was so intrigued [and still skeptical] that I sent the link to my husband and my best friend saying "I'm going to eat fried chicken every day if this thing really works!" You see, here in the South, we like our fried foods.  Just ask my blogging friends that joined me in east … [Read more...]

4 Easy Changes to Make for a Healthier You, including a Natural Probiotic Routine

#NaturalProbiotic #shop

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. This post is not a healthcare professional's opinion. All opinions are my own.  #NaturalProbiotic #CollectiveBias Spring is the time for new beginnings, right?  The flowers are blooming, the days are brighter, and it's a time of the year when everyone wants to start off fresh.  It's a bit of a makeover time and the best way to give yourself a makeover is from the inside out!  So today, I'm sharing with you 4 super easy changes to make for a healthier you - including adding in a daily natural probiotic routine! Of course there are plenty of ways that you can get a healthier, new you this Spring, but I am choosing to focus on the four recent changes that … [Read more...]

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrisystem for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. It's Spring and Summer and Bathing Suit Season are quickly approaching.  I've definitely been upping my physical exercise - I have to if I want to be able to chase two little girls around our backyard, but sometimes you just need that extra kick to get you going. Nutrisystem® has a fabulous deal going right now that may just be perfect for you!  With the Nutrisystem Special Double Offer, not only will you get the Nutrisystem Fast5™ FREE, but also an extra $10 off your first 28-Day Nutrisystem® My Way® Order! The Fast5 program is designed to help you accelerate weight loss - guaranteed to help you lose 5 pounds in your first week, or you get your money back.  The Fast5 Kit comes with: 21 delicious Nutrisystem meals … [Read more...]

Get Swimsuit Ready with Kaeng Raeng’s All Natural Cleanse

Kaeng Raeng Collage

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kaeng Raeng for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. It's definitely true that I need to get in gear to get swimsuit ready.  We're going on a Family Vacation to a Florida Beach in just under 2 months and honestly, I am not there.  I've started an exercise program to get me in shape and ready for a run/walk race in July, but my diet is not where it should be. I try to eat healthy, I really really do.  But sometimes convenience foods are, well, just too convenient.  But since I started using my new blender, I've really been doing better at my intake of raw fruits and vegetables and I've had additional support from Kaeng Raeng lately too! Kaeng Raeng is an all natural product that is vegan, gluten, caffeine, and soy free.  Their meal replacement pouches contain NO artificial … [Read more...]

Cookie Butter Banana Shake [+ a review of the Ninja Ultima Blender]

Cookie Butter Banana Shake

A couple of months ago, I shared on Facebook that I would be making my first trip to Trader Joe's and wondered what I should get.  I knew the store had quite the following, so I hoped SEBG readers would steer me in the right direction.  Oh boy, did they ever!  They introduced my family to a delicious phenomenon called Cookie Butter.  And my friends, today I've created a delicious shake for you! You can thank me now... or later, whichever you choose.  But believe me, if you try the Cookie Butter Banana Shake - you will thank me! The reason I just had to try out a new shake and smoothie or two was because I was recently sent a Ninja Ultima Blender [free to review].  I had read rave reviews and listened to my best friend, Amy, rave about her Ninja for so long, so I was beyond excited to try out the new version of the Ninja Ultima for … [Read more...]

Organic Fruit Pouches for Adults from Fruit.0

Fruit O

I was sent product to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% my own. I never, ever eat enough fruit and vegetables.  No matter how hard I try, it is just way hard for me to fit in the recommended 3 servings of fruit a day.  It's hard for me to buy enough fresh fruit and especially hard when I try to buy all organic fruit.  It seems some always goes bad before I get to it all! That's where Fruit.0 comes in.  Fruit.0 is an organic fruit snack pouch made for people just like me - that want their fruit fast, fresh, and easy!Perhaps the best part - wait, there's quite a few best parts about this product - is the fact that all the fruit in the Fruit.0 pouches is organic.  And it's all fruit - no fillers, fruit flavors, juices - Fruit. The second best part? Portability.  Now, I love giving my girls pouches of snacks because … [Read more...]

5 Simple Start Lifestyle Changes I’m Keeping

5 Lifestyle Changes I'm Keeping #lovehealthyme

I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. I shared on social media last week that I was making a change for myself by incorporating healthy habits and tasks in my daily life. I was getting tired of quietly antagonizing myself when I look at pictures of myself, when I step on the scale, and I'm tired when I try to put jeans on after they've been washed [you know how they fit SO much better after you've worn them a day or two!].  I'm tired of feeling tired, run down, feeling like I don't make any personal, positive time for myself. I'm tired. So clearly something has to change. Today I'm sharing with you a few … [Read more...]

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...]

I’m Practicing Yoga at Home with an Instructor with MyYogaWorks

myyogaworks Viewing

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MyYogaWorks. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. You may remember that last week I shared that with the New Year, I'm trying to get back into the habit of practicing Yoga.  When I was going to a local class 2 nights a week, even though I was 5 months pregnant, I felt like I was in the best shape of my life - mentally and physically.  I had energy, despite being pregnant, I had relaxation methods, and I had a support system to encourage me. Although I have a super cute yoga backpack and grandparents that are kind enough to babysit when I need them, the local class is no more, so I've been slacking.  Big time.  But I'm super excited to show you a program that I can participate in at home - … [Read more...]

Yoga on the Go with the Aurorae Yoga Sling Backpack

Sling Backpack Aurorae Yoga

I shared on Facebook a couple of days ago that I didn't technically make any New Years resolutions, but one idea that probably just about everyone has each New Year is getting healthier.  When I was practicing yoga 3 times a week a few years ago, I felt like I was really in great shape.  I wasn't as skinny as I was pre-babies, but I was healthy and active. I've been trying to make lifestyle choices to get back into being active, especially getting back into yoga.  It was like Aurorae Yoga, one of my favorite sponsors over the years here on SEBG, knew I needed something to inspire me when they sent me their new Sling Backpack to review. I think it was just the inspiration I needed. What?  I can't be the only lady that's inspired by a beautiful bag!? Now, even though most of my exercise happens right in the house these days, when … [Read more...]