Keep Your Older Kids Busy This Summer


This article, provided by a visiting author, discusses options for keeping your older kids out of trouble this summer.Keeping your kids entertained through the summer can seem like an impossible task. When your kids were younger, it was as simple as an empty milk jug or a colorful ball but those days have long since past. When you have teens or preteens it seems as though your days will be filled … [Read more...]

As Green As It Gets

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This article, provided by a visiting author, shares the author's story of a "green" lifestyle.Eating my first all-home-grown meal was an accident waiting to happen. I hadn't quite realized I was on that path and hadn't put that down as a goal in so many words. I just sat down to lunch one day, which consisted of a vegetable sandwich, an apple and a bowl of strawberry ice cream. And then it struck … [Read more...]

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5 Small Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

Sometimes it can feel daunting to make healthy changes in your life.It can feel like there are so many things you should be doing, that sometimes your don't bother to start at all because it seems overwhelming.And difficult.I'm not going to lie, leading a healthy life can be difficult, especially at first.But, that doesn't mean that you can't tackle it with small, manageable … [Read more...]

Mighty Fuel for Mighty Kids – Plum Organics Fruit Pouch Pound Cake Recipe

Fruit Pouch Pound Cake recipe

Let's face it, toddlers are notorious for not wanting to eat the things they should to grow up healthy and strong. Try as we might, they scrunch up their faces and simply refuse to eat the healthy things we put in front of them.I can't really blame them though, even I am not partial to some fruits and vegetables, even though I know exactly why I should be eating them.Plum Organics is a … [Read more...]

Orange Is the New Black – the Workout

Orange Is the New Black - the Workout

I have to admit that the first time I started watching Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) on Netflix when it first premiered, I turned it off not long into the first episode. It just didn't speak to me at the time, but the more I heard people talking about it, the more I wondered if maybe I needed to give it a second chance.And so I did.And I got HOOKED.I whipped through both seasons in … [Read more...]

Moms and Mental Illness: Overcoming Stigmas and Seeking Treatment


This article, provided by a visiting author, discusses strategies for dealing with mental illness.For many of us, the term mental illness is associated with a fair amount of stigma. And for mothers, especially, psychological health is often a taboo subject. Modern moms are expected to do it all: we run households, raise children and excel at our careers, all while maintaining our health, … [Read more...]

Keurig Rivo Cold Froth Cappuccino Recipe

cold froth cappuccino recipe

Around here we take our coffee very seriously.A day simply cannot start off on a positive note until we brew and enjoy that first cup of coffee.Now, not all coffee is created equal.Sure, we will settle for just about any kind of coffee first thing in the morning, but given a choice, we want GOOD coffee. Fresh, full-bodied coffee that will make us feel like we are sitting at an Italian … [Read more...]

10 Chemicals Found in Dryer Sheets & How to Avoid Them

10 Chemicals Found in Dryer Sheets and what you can use as an Alternative

When it comes to laundry, we all want soft, fresh smelling clothing. Who wants rough, scratchy underwear? And that smell of fabric softener as it wafts out of the dryer vent on a crisp day can't be beat. It just reminds you of something soft and comfortable, and just makes you feel good.But things that make us feel good, aren't always good for us, and dryer sheets are one of those questionable … [Read more...]

We Waddled Around the Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Last month, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago invited my kids and I to visit and experience the Aquarium as if we were members as part of their Waddle Around Tours. We were provided access to the Aquarium before the general public and spent half the day there enjoying everything the Shedd has to offer.The Shedd Aquarium opened its doors on May 30, 1930 and currently has 32,000 animals. The … [Read more...]

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This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.Calling all foodies!Are you passionate about our food’s quality, health, safety, production or marketing? Do you influence your friends and family to do the same?Communispace has created a private online community on behalf of Ketchum where you can interact with other food lovers as well as impact … [Read more...]

Toasted Coconut & Fig Almond Milk Smoothie

Toasted Coconut & Fig Almond Milk Smoothie

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Silk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.When it comes a healthy breakfast, or any meal for that matter, I always try to maximize the nutritional value in what we eat. Sure, we like a treat now and again, but but when it comes to the things we already eat and drink, I love it when there is the opportunity to have some added benefits.I … [Read more...]

30 Day Burpee Challenge with Target® C9 Activewear

30 Day Burpee Challenge - start with one burpee and work your way up to 30 the final day!

I think most people have a love-hate relationship with burpees. They love how strong they feel after they do them, but hate actually having to do them.Burpees are HARD but they also can produce amazing results. Burpees work your entire body at the same time, which not many exercises can boast. They combine strength and cardio for a near-perfect exercise.I share most people's feelings about … [Read more...]

Search Less, Save More with Presto Savings


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Loyalty Commerce. All opinions are 100% mine.In my busy world, online shopping has become a very valuable tool to save time and money. It saves me gas, and the time spent driving to and from the store. It also tends to prevent impulse purchases. But one thing that online shopping doesn't do is save me time comparison shopping.When I find … [Read more...]

What Does Your Garden Grow? – 12 Fresh Summer Produce Paleo-Friendly Recipes

12 fresh summer produce paleo-friendly recipes

Note: This post is a sponsored opportunity with out 12 Fresh Summer Produce Paleo-Friendly Recipes by Kimberly Grabinski at Foodie.comSummer brings with it amazing weather but it also brings with it flavors like no other time of the year. There is nothing like fresh fruits and veggies, especially when they come from your own garden.So far this year we have had … [Read more...]

Get Fit in 2014 – Daily Beginner Workout Plan for July

Daily Beginner Workout Plan - a step by step plan for each day of the month

It's almost Independence Day and you know what that means....Yea, another workout!And cookouts. And fireworks.But also a workout.Burn off all of those BBQ calories before heading out to your festivities on the 4th and all summer long with July's workout.Be safe and enjoy! Click the calendar for a printable PDF. For the previous months workouts: Monthly Workout … [Read more...]

Pineapple & Aloe Morning Refresher Drink Recipe

Pineapple & Aloe Morning Refresher Drink Recipe

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALO Drink. All opinions are 100% mine.We all know that aloe vera is a great treatment for sunburn and minor cuts and scrapes. It soothes the skin and promotes healing.But the benefits of aloe don't end on the skin - they can go much deeper.Studies have shown that aloe may provide these other health benefits as well: Toxin … [Read more...]