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Monday, November 23, 2015

Aurorae Resistance Bands Set Giveaway

Who has ever used resistance bands? I love them for a variety of reasons:
  • They are great for strength training and stretching
  • They are affordable and allow you to do a variety of at-home exercises
  • Anybody of any fitness level can get a good workout from using them
  • They are easy to take with you on trips or vacations, so you can workout from anywhere
Aurorae, an active lifestyle e-retailer that is a long-time favorite of mine, recently sent me their awesome resistance bands set.  It is a very complete set that comes with padded handles, a door anchor, am ankle strap, a detailed guide book and a carrying case.

Each band is a different resistance, so you can use them for many different muscle groups and use harder ones as you get stronger.  

Yellow 2-4 lbs., Blue 4-6 lbs., Green 10-12 lbs., Black 15-20 lbs., Red 25-30 lbs

 One way you can use them is by attaching the handles to the bands with a very easy click attachment. With this, you can do all kinds of exercises: squats, rows, chest presses, tricep extensions and bicep curls, which I am doing by standing on the center of the band and pulling upwards with my palms facing the ceiling, seen below.

 If you want to try the ankle strap, then just quickly click the handle strap off and click the ankle strap on.
 You can attach the other side of the band to a door with the door anchor. From there you can have fun doing all kinds of exercises such as: leg extensions, leg abductions and adductions, and so much more.
 Now, do you see why I love resistance bands? These Aurorae bands are super durable, very easy to use and come with a how-to guide and carrying case to get you started on your workouts immediately. Plus, they come with a lifetime guarantee! Cannot beat that!

We are sharing the exercise fun! (1) Lucky reader will win (1) Aurorae Resistance Bands Set! Enter below.

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Thanks to Aurorae for their product for review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are mine. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Waste-Free, Plastic-Free, Healthy Lunch Time

If you had an easy solution to cut down on waste in a big way, eliminate plastic and BPA from your lunches, save money and eat healthier, I bet you would jump right on that!

Lets transform your lunch to do all those things! Instead of grabbing fast food from the nearest restaurant, how about saving some money and making your own. How about instead of wasting plastic bags full of chemicals, using reusable, completely safe stainless steel storage containers?

I am loving my new Seal Cup Trio sent over by ECOLunchbox. It is the perfect container set for packing three different items, keeping the foods separate, stopping all leaks, and keeping chemicals out of your healthy food.

Not only are they great for your child to take to school, but they are adult enough for you to use at work!

My son loves taking homemade applesauce to school. Finally, we have a container that will not leak all those delicious juices!
Try bringing your leftovers from dinner last night as your lunch for today. I love grilled salmon and some raw veggies. The cooked salmon is even good cold!
Here are a few more delicious ideas for healthy lunches that will save you money, keep our planet healthier and happier, and fuel your body properly for a great day!


Thanks to ECOLunchbox for their product to try out. No other compensation was given.

Friday, November 13, 2015

6 Ideas to Rejuvenate Your Marriage When You Have Young Children

Marriage...I remember the days my hubby and I used to go out on dates whenever we felt like it. Romance was in the air. We made out like teenagers. Fast forward four kids later, and the picture is quite different. In fact, we are in desperate need of a relationship makeover.

If you can relate and are committed to taking steps to improve your relationship, you will love the ideas I am sharing today. While I am no expert in marriage, I am on my own personal journey to rekindle my relationship with my hubby and get some romance back in our marriage.

1. First things first. Get interested in your spouse again. What makes them tick? What are they struggling with in life right now? What excites them? What means the most to them? Interests? Hobbies? You get my point. Get a degree in learning about your spouse - maybe you need to start with just a grade school diploma in learning about your spouse or maybe you are already at the college level. No matter how much you know, you can always learn more.

2. Know their love language. This is one thing you will hopefully learn from #1. What is a love language? It is how someone most feels loved. My personal love language is kind of a tie between quality time and gifts. My husband's love language is words of affirmation. Often, we love others with our own love language, because we know it makes us feel special. But, when you learn to speak your spouse's love language, it can have a much greater impact on helping them feel special. I can speak from experience on this one. When my hubby and I learned each others' love language, it was a game-changer.

3. Date night in. When you have little kids, it costs a lot to have a date night out. Not only does it cost a lot of money, it costs a lot of stress. If you are still breastfeeding, like I am, then it can really become a pain in the butt. I know it is not nearly as fun as getting out of the house and away from any chance of kid interruptions, but sometimes it is a necessity. When you do not have access to many babysitters or do not have the funds, you can still have a fun date night in. This weekend, I am going to attempt this. Here are a few ideas I am using this weekend:

  • waiting until after the kids go to bed to have my hubby's favorite dinner: pizza. Recently, Smart Flour Foods sent me their new pizza varieties. We are excited to try them this weekend! These are not your average frozen pizzas either. Made with an ancient-grain based crust and certified gluten free, each pizza is free of preservatives and artificial ingredients, made with real mozzarella and provolone cheese that is free of rGBH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), and topped with hand-selected uncured meats that are free of nitrites and nitrates. It is always a bonus when your splurge is a healthier splurge.
  • feed each other - sounds weird. I am an adult. I can feed myself. But let's try it. It might be romantic, or at least funny.
  • grab a blanket and head to the backyard for some stargazing and...maybe some other fun.
  • color together. We do this as a family, but you could do it with just your spouse. Plenty of time for good conversation and a great way to relieve stress.
4. Kiss each other even when you do not feel like it. Okay, mommies, so you have been tugged on, pinched, kissed and hugged by your kids all day. You may not want anywhere near you at all. While we do need some space and time alone, your husband will love it if you just lay one on him. And I mean, love it! You may not feel it right away, but maybe as you start kissing, you won't want to stop. :-)

5. Forgive as you would like to be forgiven. Yes, I know it is hard to move past the fact that your spouse just did that thing you hate for the 4,000th time. I know it is easy to say I would never do that. But, we do. We do annoy our spouses. We say and do things that really hurt them. We are selfish. We hurt them intentionally and unintentionally. And we can't move past these things if we are not forgiven. Marriage will crumble without forgiveness by each person. Love as you want to be loved.

6. Love your spouse as much as or more than you love your kids.  Check out the post, Do You Love Your Kids More than Your Husband, for more thoughts on this critical one.

That is just the beginning. What are your ideas for keeping your marriage a priority with all those littles running around?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Add Spice To Your Life With Drew's

I love spice. I add turmeric, sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salsa to our scrambled eggs, all kinds of different spices and herbs to my fish and salads, and love to get lots of spice into meat dishes, soups and pretty much everything I cook. Here are four spices to start using now.

If you are a newbie to using spices, short on time, or just want some inspiration for creating your own combos, I recommend using a great salsa or dressing as a marinade, on eggs, with fish, or to add a kick of flavor to your favorite dishes. One of my favorite companies, Drew's, can provide you with a new flavor experience with their unique flavors and huge variety.

They just recently sent me some of their delicious organic salsas and dressings to try out for myself. Boy, was I excited to try them out! I love adding their pineapple and mango salsas to chicken and veggies. It makes the dish absolutely mouth-watering! Their chipotle lime salsa is perfect for dipping. And their double fire roasted salsa is great over scrambled eggs. Is your mouth watering yet?

I also love their dressings. Not only do they make a great greens salad even more tasty, but they are great as a marinade. My favorites are Italian, Balsamic and Asian Ginger. Each one adds a very juicy, delicious flavor to chicken, fish or veggies.

The best part? All Drew's products are now non-GMO project verified! They have an entire line of organic products, which I absolutely love. Find them at your nearest grocery store!

Great news! We are offering a super fun giveaway for you today! (1) winner will receive (3) Drew's salsas of their choice and (3) dressings of their choice! How awesome is that? 
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Thanks to Drew's for their products for review. No other compensation was given.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Easy Tips for the Perfect School Lunch

School lunches. I personally think school provided lunches are out of control with the ick factor. Processed foods galore. Low in nutrition. High in pesticides. Full of gluten and dairy and sugar. No thank you.

What is a mom to do? Well, pack your child's lunch. It really doesn't have to be hard.

Check out these ideas for how to get started with a healthy easy lunch for your child or yourself!

There are many mornings, I do not want to go through the hassle of making my son's lunch. But, then I remember that it really only takes me about 3 or 4 minutes to make, and it will give him all the healthy nutrition he needs to have a great school day. Totally worth it.

Start off with making sure your child gets lots of good protein, vegetables and food that will give them energy and keep them sustained.

Here are some ideas to get your started:
  • hard boiled eggs
  • raw or cooked veggies like carrots, peas, broccoli and cauliflower
  • a piece of fruit or handful of dried fruit
  • fish - my son likes sardines or skipjack tuna
  • leftovers from dinner last night
  • celery, sunflower seed butter, and raisins
I depend a lot on nuts and seeds to give my son the nutrition he needs. Nuts and seeds are full of protein, healthy fats, and lots of other vitamins and minerals. We love SunRidge Farms for their fantastic trail mixes and huge variety of organic nuts and seeds. They offer so many great choices for healthy lunches, from their baking goods and spices to nut/seed butters and trail mixes. I am always looking forward to my packages from Sunridge Farms in the mail!

One of our favorites is the Organic Supreme Fruit and Nut Mix. It has a variety of all of your favorites, so you get even more nutrition packed in a handful of flavor.

Almonds, raisins, cranberries, peanuts, cashews, and dried apples. All organic, all delicious!
We also love to change things up by adding in organic pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, which are both full of vitamins and minerals your body needs!
What are your favorite lunches to pack? Any tips to share?

Thank you to Sunridge Farms for their products to try. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Better-For-You Halloween Treats

I received products to try out. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

Who wants a few better-for-you Halloween treats with ingredients that won’t make you scream? Thankfully, companies are listening to what we want for our families. Let me share a few products you can try out this Halloween.

Dandies are the first Non-GMO Project Verified marshmallows on the market. Indistinguishable from their conventional counterparts, these light and fluffy air-puffed balls of fun are made with all-natural ingredients and completely free of gelatin, artificial ingredients, and high fructose corn syrup. Dandies Marshmallows are also free of wheat, gluten and corn, and 100% vegan. I have not had a marshmallow in years, because there is no way I am consuming GMO sugary marshmallows. It is not worth it to me. But these Dandies marshmallows are a great, once-in-awhile treat for my family to roast over the fire or add to a fun recipe, like the picture above.

Instead of passing out candy, what if we passed out fruit to trick-or-treaters and our own children?

These bags of Healthy Munchy contain a low calorie (up to 90), filling serving of 100% fruit crispies, made from nothing but picked in season fresh Fuji apples, pineapples, or bananas that are freeze-dried using a technology that removes moisture but retains nutrients and yields a delicious crunchy texture. Unlike sugary snacks, there are absolutely no additives. Each bag is a great source of dietary fiber as well. There is no need for candy, when you can have a sweet treat that is actually good for you! And what fun packaging!

I see so many parents giving out fruits snacks to their children. The problem is - although they are marketed as fruit, many do not have any type of real fruit in them. Unlike other fruit snacks on the market, Go Organically is made with multiple real fruit purees that taste delicious. This new product is GMO free, gluten free, contains 100% DV vitamin C, is an excellent source of Vitamins A and E, and has a delicious taste and texture. At Go Organically, their mission is simple. They believe fruit snacks should be made with real fruit, and as such, source their ingredients from USDA certified organic fruit to offer you the best, most authentic, and delicious fruit snacks. These are another super easy idea for a treat to pass out to trick-or-treaters or as a treat for your own children.

Besides passing them out to neighborhood kids, here is another great idea. If your kids are going trick-or-treating, you might buy a couple of these products and trade them for the candy they picked up as they went door-to-door. They will love them!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New Batman Series and $100 Giveaway

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

With Halloween coming up, we are reminded how much kids love to dress up and pretend they are their favorite character or super hero! My son loves Batman, and he loves hearing exciting new news about his favorite character.

It is so fun that DC Kids has just released the animated Batman Unlimited series where Batman and his crime fighting squad battle it out against the cyber robotic animals to keep Gotham City safe.

The DC Kids YouTube channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite DC characters, on-demand, and from any device.

For even more fun, there is an extended online experience on the website where kids can play games, download free printable activities, read comic books, and more.

AND check out this fun giveaway! DC Kids is giving away $100 for Amazon, which is exciting for moms and kids, as Christmas shopping is in full swing.

Have fun watching the video and enter the giveaway below!

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