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Saturday, May 2, 2015

3 Fabulous Gift Ideas Every Mother Will Love

My gift guide is based on things that I would want as a busy mother of four young children. Any mom who needs a little encouragement, stress relief, and pampering will love these gifts!

What does every mom want?

Encouragement! 
I love getting a message of love from my family on Mother’s Day. Check out these beautiful greeting cards that Sadie Robertson, star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, has designed for DaySpring. Her new line - Live Original - is an inspiring blend of fashion, function, faith, and positive messages from Sadie. Besides beautiful greeting cards, she also has designed journals, Scripture shareables, inspirational magnets and sticky notes. Featuring bright colors and positive messaging such as “you are beautiful,” “let your smile change the world,” “just be yourself,” and more, I just love her new line!

 

With her strong faith, Sadie encourages and inspires young women to keep smiling, keep showing kindness, and keep believing even when the day is tough. As a mom, I experience plenty of tough days, and having positive messages on sticky notes, magnets and in my journal are great reminders of how blessed I really am!

Make sure you also check out this fun Instagram challenge Sadie has put out for her followers! Every Friday Sadie posts a “challenge” to her 1.9M follwers on Instagram. Followers will then post over the weekend with #liveoriginal and #liveoriginalgiveaway. 75 entrants will be chosen to receive 18 limited edition sneak peek greeting cards designed by DaySpring in collaboration with Sadie. 10 of the 75 will have a signed note from Sadie inside. The winners are encouraged to then post and share the cards they receive throughout the week.

Time to De-stress!
Mothers have a lot of stress in their lives. Just our children alone can cause a great deal of stress in our everyday lives. One thing I like to do each day is sip a cup of tea and have a few minutes of quiet time during nap time. You can give this same gift to the mothers in your life with Numi Organic Tea. They have a variety of unique and satisfying flavors and are all non-gmo and fair trade certified.

Numi’s organic Moroccan Mint has a light, lively taste that is refreshing and soothing any time of the day. I also love their enchanted White Rose blend that mixes delicate, organic white tea with whole organic rose buds. Those are just a few of my favorites, but they have a huge assortment of wonderful teas you will love!

Pampering!
I love a little pampering. I mean, come on, who doesn't? A gift of breakfast in bed, time for a warm bath and some new organic body cream is a wonderful idea for any mom. I personally love the Organoderm Organic Body Cream. This body cream is luxurious, not only because of the feeling it leaves on your skin, but because of the amazing organic ingredients that are food for your skin! There are no artificial, or GMO  ingredients - just pure, natural, and organic.
I love a warm, peaceful epsom salt bath followed up with this wonderful body cream. (I also think the Organoderm Citrus deodorant is a must-have. It is the best organic deodorant I have tried!) And if you want bonus points, you rub this cream on your mom's sore feet, shoulders or hands.

Don't forget breakfast in bed! If you are not exactly the best chef in the books, I am here to rescue you. Skip the unhealthy donuts, breakfast cereal, or bagels and try out this awesome recipe for Ozery French Toast. It is so easy, even the kids could help you make this for mom.

Ozery Bakery’s Morning Rounds are the perfect item to deliver a quick and delicious meal with a freshly baked taste. These fruit and grain buns are filled with real fruit pieces and are completely non-GMO and free of artificial preservatives and ingredients.

Ozery French Toast (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites

1 large egg
8 Ozery Bakery Morning Rounds 
¾ cup milk
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons butter

Directions

Whisk the egg whites, egg, milk, salt and vanilla together until blended. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Dip the Rounds one at a time in the egg mixture and coat both sides. Place 3-4 rounds at once in the skillet and cook until lightly browned. Flip and cook the second sides for approximately the same amount of time.

Repeat above steps with remaining butter, Morning Rounds and egg mixture. Serve warm and drizzle berries and maple syrup on top!


With these three gift ideas, you CANNOT go wrong!! Make sure you tell your mom how much you love her and how much you appreciate specific things she has done for you.

I want to share some of this love with you, so we are giving  away (1) bottle of the Organoderm Organic Body Cream to (1) lucky reader!


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Does Your Pelvic Floor Need Help?

This post is brought to you by InControl Medical. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Have you had a baby? If you have, you know that your pelvic floor takes a beating after delivering a baby naturally. Did you know that childbirth is the number one reason a woman's pelvic floor is weakened? The pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the base of the torso and responsible for supporting the internal organs. When the pelvic floor becomes stretched or weakened, you may experience bladder leakage when coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising. This is not fun, which is why it is so important to strengthen that pelvic floor as soon as possible after giving birth. I cannot tell you how many of my fitness clients suffer from these issues, so hopefully this post will help many of you!


As a mother who gave birth naturally four times, I can completely relate to this. Let me first say, I think the more you stay active and healthy during your pregnancy, the better you will be able to bounce back after. One of the first things you can do to strengthen that pelvic floor right away is get back to doing your kegels. If you are not familiar with this exercise, you can google it and get a million results helping you do it correctly.

There is also a new product out by InControl Medical, the Apex, that can help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Hundreds of physicians have recommended the Apex to postpartum patients as treatment to restore their pelvic floor after childbirth. The Apex device is used in the privacy and comfort of your own home, so no worries there. Check out the video below to get more of an idea how to use Apex.

Instead of having to be embarrassed by leakage or having to use pad after pad, take back control of your pelvic floor muscles! It is not too late!

To learn more about the Apex device, please visit www.dontpadtheproblem.com. For the next 30 days, they will be offering a $35 discount plus free shipping (enter code MBCN15 at checkout).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Good Habit Box Review and Giveaway!

I was provided a box to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
With Mother’s Day coming up, you may want to start thinking about ways to make the mothers in your life feel special. Why not gift them with a healthy gift box subscription that keeps on giving all year long?

I just received the Good Habit Be Fit box. It is full of clean and satisfying foods, brimming with flavor. It includes 4 nutritious snack blends with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits; 4 naturally sweetened high-protein shakes; and 4 superfood-packed oatmeals and granolas. Other types of boxes also include teas from around the world.


I love that Good Habit creates boxes of small-batch, handcrafted breakfasts, teas, shakes, and snacks from the highest quality ingredients, made in-house at an organic bakery in Georgia. Everything comes in individual portions that you can take with you on the go or eat at home. They have a ton of different varieties of each food, and the options vary with each box to keep things exciting. I love taking these snacks with me for a great post-workout snack at the gym. Some of my favorites are the Cinnamon Apple Walnut and Honey Balsamic Cashews and Dates. I also love their Dark Chocolate protein shake!

Underneath all of this yummy food is the company’s awesome mission to make it easy for people to start good habits that are always within reach. Good Habit believes that giving back is another good habit, so for every box purchased, one meal is donated to a child in need. I love this!!

I am a huge fan of Good Habit, and I have already hinted to my hubby that I want a subscription for my Mother’s Day gift.

Now is your chance to try Good Habit out for yourself! Head over to their website and pick your favorite box or enter to win a Be Fit Good Habit Box right here!!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Chewy Cinnamon Paleo Brownies

Let me tell you a funny story about the delicious bite you see above.

I love dessert. I eat it every day. In fact, it is thanks to my sweet husband that I get to eat delicious, healthier treats every night. When I first met him, he had no idea how to cook, but he has made the effort to learn because that is the kind of stand-up guy he is.

So, one night he asked me what treat I would like him to make me the next day. I told him chocolate brownies, paleo and protein-boosted style, would be awesome.

The next morning I awoke to the most heavenly cinnamon-roll smell ever. This was very odd, since he does not know how to make paleo cinnamon rolls. After asking my hubby about it, he told me they were just regular old chocolate brownies, and he had no idea why I smelled cinnamon.

Later on that night, as I stuck a bite of the chewy brownies in my mouth, the taste of cinnamon exploded in my mouth in the most delicious way ever! Genius! My husband had made the mistake of replacing cocoa powder with Vietnamese Cinnamon. Who has ever heard of fudgy cinnamon brownies? Not me, but they are so delicious, I just had to share. Enjoy!!


Chewy Cinnamon (or Chocolate) Paleo Brownies
Mix together in large bowl:
  • 1 1/2 cup of sunflower seed butter or cashew butter or whatever butter you love
  • 1/2 banana, mashed 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, I mean, cinnamon - although you can use cocoa powder on days you just need chocolate
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup protein powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • dash of sea salt
Grease a 9x13 pan with some coconut oil and bake in your oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Take them out and enjoy the amazing smell and taste of these healthy-er brownies!

Friday, April 24, 2015

2 Health Drinks You Need to Include In Your Day

I was provided product to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

While I do not like to drink my calories, I do like to get super healthy nutrients, probiotics, and enzymes in my drinks. Let me share with you two ways you can drink healthier without adding a bunch more calories to your day!

I have long been a fan of KeVita and am now excited that they have upped the delicious, cleansing and balancing goodness found in every bottle!

The Cleansing Probiotic Tonics, KeVita’s newest line, combines probiotics, 30g of apple cider vinegar and effective doses of specific ingredients – like Cinnamon or Tumeric – for a ‘one-two punch’ of healthy benefits. In addition, KeVita Cleansing Probiotic Tonics are currently available in Whole Foods locations and are low-calorie, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, certified organic, Non-GMO Project verified, and Kosher.
KeVita Cleansing Probiotic Tonics are available in five palate-pleasing flavors:  Cinnamon, Kale Lemon, Tumeric Ginger, Red Beet, and Chili Ginger Lime.



My favorite is probably the Cinnamon or Turmeric Ginger. I love to drink my Turmeric Ginger with a healthy breakfast of scrambled eggs with turmeric, coconut oil, and black pepper. The combination of black pepper and healthy fat along with the turmeric helps it to be absorbed much better, and it really becomes an inflammation-fighting machine!

Who drinks apple cider vinegar in their water? I do!!! There are a ton of healthy benefits of ACV, including weight loss, better digestion, and killing off some types of bad bacteria. Now, there is an even healthier version of regular ACV! I am super excited to share Fire Cider with you. To the base of certified organic apple cider vinegar, they have added whole, raw, certified organic oranges, lemons, onions, ginger, horseradish, habanero pepper, garlic and turmeric. They let this mixture steep for 6 weeks at room temperature, to preserve the living vinegar culture and delicate flavors of the ingredients. Lastly, they blend a generous helping of raw wildflower honey into the mix. The result is potent but balanced, offering layers of sweet, tart and spice.

How does that sound? While it is fiery, it also has a hint of sweet. I add just a tablespoon or so to my glass of water, and it wakes me up and gives me energy to do everything I need to do in my day. My children even drink it in their water. It is the perfect tonic to drink if you feel a sore throat or runny nose coming on. Also, try adding it to a tablespoon of raw honey for another easy way to feel better fast. You can find Fire Cider on-line store or at over 500 locations nationwide.

What are your favorite health drinks?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

7 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

I was provided with product to try out. I am an independent Shaklee distributor who loves their products and cannot help but recommend them to others. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, but I think we should all get started celebrating today and keep celebrating all year round! After all, keeping the Earth healthy and clean has to start with each of us making habits that preserve this great planet we live on!

Here are 7 very easy ways to do just that (and save yourself quite a bit of money):

1. Start replacing plastic with other things! Get a few cloth bags to use instead of wasting grocery bag after grocery bag. Use a BPA-free reusable water bottle instead of buying bottle after bottle of water. Money saved! Happy Earth!

2. Start using concentrated, naturally safe cleaning products in your home.
Did you know you are not supposed to throw conventional cleaning products away in your garbage? You need to find a TOXIC WASTE site! Why would you want to use something so dangerous in your home? About 7 years ago, we switched out all of our cleaning products for Shaklee's Get Clean products. These products are not only safe and natural, but they are going to save you tons of money!

For instance, Shaklee's Basic H2 organic super concentrated cleaner, which my family has been using for over 4 generations, will literally save your family THOUSANDS of dollars over traditional cleaners AND any other “Green” cleaners available. For instance, one bottle of Basic H2 equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex, and its not as dangerous to your health as Windex is. It works as well and even better than the other cleaners on the market (traditional and “green”). And yes, there are clinical studies to prove this.
Here are a few of the ways you can use the Basic H2:
I use it to wash my fruits and vegetables (it is that safe) but I also use it to clean my hardwood floors,
clean my tile floors, clean my vinyl floors, use it on my garden as a safe alternative to pesticide, use it to run moles/voles out of my yard, my husband uses it to shave, clean my wood cabinets, dust all my furniture, clean my kitchen counters, remove spots from our carpet, clean my bathroom, use as a mosquito repellant, use it to soothe and treat burns and many other uses!

3. Think about where your fish comes from. I am a huge advocate for eating healthy fish, like Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, even responsibly caught tuna. While a great source of lean protein, Omega 3 and other vitamins and minerals, some fish also have high mercury levels, and if eaten often enough can cause a mercury build up in the body leading to unwanted side effects. One type of fish with potentially high mercury levels that has been an American favorite for generations is canned tuna. We love tuna in our house, but have cut it out for so long, because I wanted to stay away from mercury, BPA laden cans, and did not approve of the fishing methods that are often used.


Now, for the first time, Safe Catch is a new company that is the only 100% mercury tested tuna on the market and it is also cooked using a unique method that seals in more Omega 3s than other brands. Their tuna is traceable from sea to table, and they buy from captains whose catch methods minimize environmental impact. They are very passionate about keeping oceans pure and protecting our Earth. You can pre-order your Safe Catch tuna today!
4. Reduce your disposable tableware use or replace it with sustainable products. Although I do not use disposable plates and cups often, I know there is a time and place when they save you a LOT of time and hassle. You will save a lot of waste if you only use them during those occasions. Plus, what if you could use guilt-free tableware made from plants? I love the whole Repurpose line of innovative, green, single-serve tableware made exclusively from plants.


Their cups, bowls, plates, forks, spoons and knives are made from corn, sugar and bamboo, all of which are annually-renewable resources. They are also BPA-free, chlorine-free, petroleum-free and use only soy-based inks. And unlike traditional plastic or even paper items, all Repurpose products are 100% compostable in an industrial composter. Yay! Plus, Repurpose products are not flimsy or easy breakable. They are high quality products that get the job done!

5. Lower your electricity bill. Turn down your heat in the winter just a few degrees and add a layer of clothing. No, you will not die a frozen Popsicle. In the summer, open the windows and try to save the air conditioning for when it is really, really hot. Turn off all lights in the rooms you are not using. These are all great habits to get started today!

6. Pick up trash that you see on neighborhood walks. Too gross for you? If you can pick up your pets poo, then you can pick up an empty bottle, can and other trash that is polluting our world and could be causing harm to the animals. It just takes a second, but has a great impact.

7. Make a difference with your purchases. When you are shopping at the store, the choices you make and how you spend your money makes a difference! The more healthy, sustainable food and products you buy, the more will be made. We can transform what companies make by what we buy! One company that walks a green walk is Annie’s. In fact, they have purchased 42 Million pounds of organic ingredients, have reforested 296 Acres of degraded land with NativeEnergy via the Oka Trees of Hope Project. Plus, more than 90% of Annie’s packaging (by weight) is recyclable and $459K will be donated this year to organizations supporting a sustainable food system. My favorite organic product is their Annie’s Organic Grass Fed Mac & Cheese - which is made with 100% real cheese from grass fed cows. Awesome!

Enjoy your Earth day, making small changes that will have a BIG impact on our planet!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Only Juice I Recommend

I was given products to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.

I do not drink juice. It is extra calories that I do not need, and water suits me just fine. When I want some fruit juice, I eat fruit. Then, I can get more of the nutritional power that fruit packs. 

However...

There is one exception...

Tart Cherry Juice. Have you heard of it? If you have not tried it yet, get yourself to the store and get some! 
Cherries are one of the most beneficial of the “Super Fruits.” Cherries, particularly tart cherries, aside from being packed with antioxidants, are a proven sleep aid (they contain melatonin) and anti-inflammatory for athletes (weekend warriors or competitive). They also helps with weight loss, healthy heart, slows aging of skin, prevents gout, fights cancer, diabetes, alzheimers, and even improves memory.

Cheribundi is my favorite brand, because they really are the cherry people. They have several third-party, published studies that show that athletes who drink their products recover faster, have less inflammation and muscle damage, plus more antioxidants. I need that!

Their tart cherry juice is packed with the juice of 50 tart cherries!! As you can probably guess, these juices are delicious! They are just tart enough not to be too sweet. I have had wonderful experiences using these Cheribundi. Since I am a hard-core fitness lover and personal trainer, my body takes quite the beating, and I am often sore and feeling the effects of my workouts in my muscles and joints. When I drink Cheribundi and get enough protein after a workout, I notice a huge difference in how I feel - less soreness, (or none at all) less joint pain, and more energy for the next workout.

You can see why I think tart cherry juice is a big deal. Want to try it for yourself? Join the Cheribundi 7 Day Challenge and feel the full benefits of what tart cherry juice can do for your health!

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