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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Essential Oil Carrying Case Giveaway

It is no secret that I love essential oils. If you are curious about why, check out my Essential Oil Q + A: Why and How to Use Them. Make sure don't miss this post or this one either.

I use oils daily in my home with my family. This summer, we are traveling quite a bit, and taking oils along is a MUST! But how to take them without leaking or spilling any of those precious ounces?

Believe it or not, there are carrying cases made especially for taking essential oils with you!! Yay! After all, if you are going to invest in high quality oils then it only makes sense to properly store them. Since they are made of glass, you want to make sure you pack them carefully, and a good carrying case will help you travel easily with your oils, without finding them broken or leaking.

Thanks to Soothing Terra, I now have an awesome carrying case. I have the hard shell case that can hold (30) 5 mL or 10 mL bottles. I love that I can fit all the oils I need to bring in this case. It has a hard shell, so I don't have to worry about bottles being crushed. The only thing that would make this case perfect was if the handle would be on top of the case, so my oils would never be tipped over.

Soothing Terra carries a nice variety of oil accessories, and I love that they offer a 100% money back guarantee on their products. If for any reason you are not happy with their essential oil cases, just let them know and they will make it right.

Find the case that is right for you, and have fun traveling with no more fear for your oils. 

Who wants to win one???
 We are giving away (1) Soothing Terra essential oil carrying case to (1) lucky winner!

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Thanks to Soothing Terra for sending me this case to review. No other compensation was given.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My Favorite 4 Healthy Summer Snacks

With all the fun picnics, bike trips and road trips we have been making this Spring/Summer, it is important that we have a lot of healthy snacks along for our four little children. Let me share with you our latest snacking obsessions!

It can be hard to pack healthy protein options, which is why I love New Zealand Jerky. Not only is this jerky super tasty, but it comes from grass-fed, and Non-GMO Project Verified beef. All NZJ jerky products have 30+ grams of protein per serving with zero saturated fat, are gluten free, and are made without any additives, preservatives, MSG or nitrates. Just grab a pack or a couple packs with you whenever you need a portable protein boost!

I don't know if I have told you this before, but my kids are bananas for bananas. Seriously, not a day goes by that they are not eating their daily banana. On long trips, it can be hard to pack enough bananas or other fruit, without it going bad or getting smooched and gooey. That is why we love Bare Snacks Banana Chips. Unlike other banana chips/snacks we have tried, these are completely oil free, preservative free and made with no artificial ingredients, these delicious snacks come in three different flavors including, cinnamon, cocoa and simply.

Now it is time to get your healthy fats in! Coromega’s Be Bright SuperFood Oil makes it easy to make sure you are still getting your omegas even on the road. It comes in an easy to use pouch that you can just squeeze the right amount onto a spoon or into your favorite drink, pureed fruit or whatever ingenious combo you come up with.

Now it is time for the veggies! Yes, there is a healthy, portable, delicious veggie option for all your trips this summer! Brad’s Raw Foods make car-friendly kale chips and pop-able broccoli florets. Yes, you read that right. Your kids will love broccoli and kale! And so will you

With flavors like Stark Naked, Frank Sriracha, and Pop’n Hot, Brad’s Raw Crunchy Kale and Brad’s Raw Broccoli Poppers, these snacks are definitely not your average bland veggies. They are super crunchy and ultra flavorful! They are all certified organic and handcrafted with a blend of natural veggies, seeds, herbs, and spices, offering an array of essential nutrients to enhance digestion and increase energy levels.

Grab up these awesome new snacks and get out and enjoy our beautiful world! Have a wonderful summer!

I was provided products to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Crunchmaster Gluten Free Crackers Giveaway

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and I think it is a great time to celebrate! For those of you who have to go gluten-free or choose to go gluten-free, let's celebrate all the wonderful healthy foods we can eat instead of moaning about all the foods we can't.

Our family actually chooses to eat gluten free for many reasons, and we really don't miss gluten at all. Once in awhile my hubby craves crackers with his cheese, and we always reach for Crunchmaster, because they are our favorite gluten-free cracker!
They are a family favorite because of their delicious varieties, super crunchiness and high quality ingredients. Besides being gluten free, these crackers are packed with pure, U.S. grown rice, sesame, quinoa, flax and amaranth seeds and other natural ingredients – all baked to a light, crispy perfection. They are low in sodium and saturated fat, and contain no trans fat or cholesterol. 

So, celebrate Celiac Awareness Month with us! We are giving away a 6-Pack of Crunchmaster Crackers to (1) lucky winner! 

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Thanks to Crunchmaster for products to review. No other compensation was given.  

Monday, May 9, 2016

GoodBelly Comes to SuperTarget!

I am always excited when a brand that I love comes to a store near me! If you haven't heard of GoodBelly yet, let me share why this is such good news.

Your gut health is extremely important for overall health. Not only is good gut health imperative for good digestion, but it is also hugely important for your immune system, brain health, skin and I could go on and on.

I have taken a probiotic every single day for probably 8 years. Never fail. Lately I have seen a real benefit in taking a bit more probiotics than normal to help my digestive and immune systems along. I have added in a GoodBelly drink to my daily routine, just for extra measure. 

GoodBelly offers refreshing probiotic juice drinks formulated for daily digestive health. All of GoodBelly’s juice drinks are certified organic, non-GMO, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan, and are available in a variety of options, including family-sized quarts and single-serving shots.

I have been having a small cup of GoodBelly with almost every meal, and I have seen great results. Not only do they taste great, but they are full of healthy ingredients, lots of vitamins, and beneficial live and active cultures.

The exciting news is that Blueberry Acai, Mango, Tropical Green and Pomegranate BlackBerry Juice Drinks, and PlusShots in Blueberry Acai, Mango and Pomegranate Blackberry flavors, are now available at SuperTarget nationwide!

We are so excited, we are offering a giveaway for you!!

One reader will win a $20 Target gift card and 3 VIP vouchers for GoodBelly!

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Thanks to GoodBelly for products for review and for the great giveaway. No other compensation was given.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tabata 14 - Torch Your Legs and Abs Workout

It's our favorite day of the week again! Why? Well, because we are crazy about Tabata, and we give away FREE Tabata workouts right here. Yep, it's your lucky day! (If you haven't learned about why Tabata is one of the workouts I recommend most as a certified personal trainer, read all about it here.)

Today, we are going to work your abs and legs! I call this workout Torch Your Abs and Legs, because it is going to torch calories and your abs and legs had better be on fire by the time you are done. And you do not need any equipment, so you can do it anywhere! 20 minutes, anywhere. No excuses! Have fun getting ripped and burning fat!

Work hard during each 20 second burst and enjoy the rests in between. Make sure you are giving it 100% to see the best results! Do this workout 3 times this week, every other day, and then I will give you a new workout soon to keep your body guessing and the fat flying off!

Tabata 13 - Torch Your Abs and Legs - No Equipment Needed!

This is an interval workout that consists of hard work for 20 seconds and then 10 seconds of rest directly following that. You repeat that pattern for 8 sets. That is one round. You can choose to do as many or as few rounds as you would like. This workout contains 5 rounds. Do as many as you can and challenge yourself to finish them all!

Round 1 -  Squat Plank to Straight Plank- 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X


Ready to get your heart pumping? Get into a plank position on your hands and toes. Sit back over your feet as far as you can, then propel yourself forward into a straight plank. Then repeat. Feel your abs and legs start to burn! 

Round 2Side Plank Leg Sweeps - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

Start in a modified side plank on one knee and the hand of that same side. Lift the top leg up parallel to the floor and sweep it forward as far as you can and then sweep it back behind you, keeping your belly pulled in towards your spine.  *To make it harder, come into a full side plank on both feet instead of on a knee and perform the leg sweeps.

Round 3 -  3 Way Squat Jumps - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

  Start in a wide squat, sitting into the middle/back of your feet. Staying in this low squat position the entire time, jump your feet a little closer and then all the way together. Then jump them back out to where you started and repeat.

Round 4One-Leg DownDog to Plank Knee to Elbow - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

Talk about core power! This move is fantastic for your entire core and more! Start in a downdog position and lift one leg towards the ceiling to come to one-leg downdog as you inhale. Swing that leg down and bring knee to elbow as you exhale. Keep that belly pulled in! Alternate sides after each 20 second burst.

Round 5 -  Narrow Lunge Jumps - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X

Start in a lunge position, with feet closer than a normal lunge, with back knee right behind front heel. Lunge down, reaching toward floor, bending both knees into a 90 degree angle. Jump up and reach above you. Land back in the lunge position you started in. *To make it easier, take out the jump and just lunge and stand.

That is it! Rock this workout, and you are going to feel amazing! Remember, do this 3 non-consecutive days a week to get in awesome shape and join me next time for another great Tabata workout!
*Feel free to ask any questions. Also, please remember to consult your doctor before beginning exercise. I am obviously not responsible for any injuries or accidents that happen during or after this workout. Be safe and be healthy!*

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mamma Chia’s New Green Drinks Giveaway!

If you haven't heard of Mamma Chia yet, you don't know what you are missing out on! They combine the nutrition of chia seeds with delicious fruits, vegetables, and other tasty foods in their large product line of drinks, bars, granola, and more! Their newest drink combines the powerhouse of chia with healthy, vibrant greens.

 Chia & Greens is a delicious, fun on-the-go beverage with one of the lowest amounts of sugar and the highest amount of nutrients in the green drinks universe. That is something to be proud of, considering most drinks are loaded with sugar and low in nutrients. Check this out - each bottle from this new line delivers 2500mg of Omega-3s, seven grams of fiber, four grams of complete protein, 25% RDA of Vitamin A, and 95mg of calcium.

They have four different varieties including:  Soulful Greens (Cayenne and Lemon), Love Greens (Beet and Ginger), Grateful Greens (Kale and Mint), and Joyful Greens (Ginger and Lemongrass). And, just like all of their products, Mamma Chia’s new green drinks are Non-GMO, gluten-free, Vegan, Kosher, and USDA Certified Organic.

Personally, I love drinking a bottle after a great workout. They are very refreshing and great for refueling after a tiring sweat session. They are also great to bring along as a healthy boost to your work day, along with one of their delicious Vitality bars or Chia Squeeze. Yum!

Your turn! Add some chia to your day with our awesome giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive an awesome Mamma Chia goodie package - all their new Chia and Greens flavors and more of their chia products. Enter below for your chance. 

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Thanks to Mamma Chia for the products to try out. No other compensation was given.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

3 Great Books to Read Your Child Today!

Reading to your children is one of the best ways to help them to develop a love for reading. As a homeschooling mom and former teacher, I have seen children's faces light up time after time when they are being read to.

The three books I want to share with you today are some of the best out there, and you will see why soon!

Wild Ones: Observing City Critters by Carol L. Malnor is a fabulous book for helping children learn about the nature around them - even if they live in the city. Wild ones are moving into the city! Follow the adorable, curious dog Scooter as he travels through an urban landscape, seeing many wild animals and not seeing even more. The charming illustrations draw upon real-life city scenes from across the United States. In the back of the book, there are many fun ideas you can do after finishing the book or after reading it for the 100th time. The activities are both informational and fun - the best way to learn!

Now we are heading out of town to the farm! Over on the Farm by Marianne Berkes is a fun trip without leaving your home. Welcome to the farm, where pigs roll, goats nibble, horses gallop, hens peck, and turkeys strut! Count, clap, and sing along to the classic tune of “Over in the Meadow” while learning about life on a classic farm. This book is just a fun adventure! The illustrations are so enjoyable and interesting to look at and study - your kids will ask to read it over and over again. At the end of the book, you can find songs, music and movement, science, math, language arts connections and so much more. This book is a valuable treasure you will definitely come back to.

One of the best ways to get your child to eat healthy food is to get them to be a part of it - from growing it to cooking it. Green Bean! Green Bean! by Patricia Thomas will get your child all excited about these green veggies. A freckled-faced young gardener opens a packet of seeds. And the magic begins! This books takes you through the growing season—from a sprout peeking out, to a curlicue catching dew, to a vine twining on a line, until finally . . . GREEN BEANS! It’s time to harvest a full season of garden knowledge and experience. Along the way the young gardener discovers a nook to read a book in the shade of growing beans. Again, the illustrations are beautiful paintings that will capture your attention on each page. At the back of the book, make sure to look for the life cycle science and related vocabulary, instructions on growing your own green beans, and a variety of fun things for children to do. This book encourages young gardeners to put their toes in the soil and get their own gardens growing.

Each one of these books is so much more than just a fun story. These are adventure books full of learning and excitement and fun activities! Get reading!

What is your favorite book to read to your child(ren)?

Thanks to Dawn Publications for these beautiful books for review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own.