Special Offer on Nutrisystem: Lose your first five pounds for FREE & get an extra $10 off!

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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

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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]

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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 [+ a giveaway!]

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

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...]

Why I Started Juicing

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If you follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or even instagram, you've probably seen me talking about my new health venture... Juicing! I was quite surprised to see a few people recommend that I don't start, or recommend other health actions over Juicing.  Well, honestly, that's just overwhelming.  Here I've done research, bought a Juicer, and start asking for recipe advice and then I get "Well, juicing isn't actually the best choice." Well, I chose it.  And I'm sharing today... Why I Started Juicing. Rob and I recently watched the documentary Food Inc.  We've been on a documentary kick lately and it was the one he chose for that afternoon.  I was astounded at the results that the gentlemen in the film had after participating in a month and 60 day Juice Fast. Now, I'm not likely going to go on any Juice Fast any time soon, but … [Read more...]

Getting Back on the Fit Wagon

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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...]

For the Active Runner: Jabra SPORT Wireless Headphones

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Most of the items that I feature on SEBG are for the girls... occasionally I'll throw one or two in for myself.  But today, it's all about Rob.  He always says "When do I get to review something for you?!"  Today is your lucky day, honey! Actually, the Jabra Sport Wireless Headphones I was sent to review, or Rob for that matter, could easily be for me too, except that my running has definitely taken a backseat this summer.  So, Rob is the lucky one that gets to wear these beauties and he was certainly excited to trade in his generic white ear buds for them too! One nice luxury of the Jabra Sport Wireless Headphones is that they come with 7 different eargels to make sure that you get the perfect fit.  I know, just from my experience with other types of headphones that I can never really get them to feel comfortable, not an issue with … [Read more...]