Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Healthy Travels Throughout the Year

It is a new year and so many people talk about being healthy and taking care of themselves in the new year.  It is a great goal and something wonderful to strive for.  However, this time of year is also at the height of cold and flu season.  There are so many viruses out there and so many germs being shared.  Is there really a way to fight off all illnesses?

What about when you travel?  What do you do if someone in your family gets sick while you are out of town?  I always think about that when we go on vacation.  What if one of the kids gets sick or hurt?  How will we know where to go or who to see?  Do I really want to be looking through the phone book or asking someone local to find what we need?

There is a great solution to all of those questions.  You can now look in one convenient place for all the doctors that you may need.  When you check out Amino, they have a "find a doctor" feature that is easy, fast and effective.  You can find a doctor based on location, insurance, needs, and preferences!

So, say we are at our beach house this summer and my clumsy son trips over something and has some pain in his ankle, then it swells.  We will be able to quickly visit the Amino site and look up his ailment and the area we are in and find exactly where to go to have it looked at.  It really doesn't get any easier than that, does it?!

Life is so busy and when you are traveling, the last thing you want to have to worry about is finding the care you need, when you need it. Keep this site bookmarked for when you may need it, but I'm hoping it is a resource that we can avoid using while on vacation!

Stay healthy, my friends!

**Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, I did not receive any money or products  for my post. I was not scripted, all words are my own. **

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Oh Honey!

As I continue on this path of mine, finding all sorts of new ways to be healthier, do better and be better, I have tried many things.  I have had lots of attempts at making small changes to create big changes.

One of those changes was to switch out my regular, white granulated sugar for honey.  Honey is natural, sweet and much better for you than sugar.

But, it is such a mess!!  I have gotten honey all through my lunch bag because although the jar was closed, it still oozed out!!  I had to scrub and scrub that thing to get it to a point where everything was sticking haha.

Then, I heard about a pretty sweet (pun intended) product called Nektar Honey Crystals.  It is 100% natural and it is so simple and easy that it is almost too good to be true....but it IS true!! Yippee!

Seriously, folks! This is amazing.  The Nektar Honey Crystals obviously taste just like honey....because it is made with honey but they have the great ease of shaking out of the container or packets.  It has two ingredients: Natural Cane Sugar and Honey. That is it, no chemicals, no funky ingredients that you can't say nor spell.

The serving size is 1 tsp and in that serving, there are only 12 calories!  Yes, you read that right, 12!!

These easy to pour bottles are available now at Walmart, so you don't even have to go to a specialty store to find it!

Would you like to get a FREE bottle to try for yourself? Enter my giveaway to get your hands on a 6oz. bottle of Nektar Honey Crystals!



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Healthy Snacking After the Workout





It is such a trap.  That feeling you get after a workout when you are hungry and you know you need to refuel your body.  You just finished a workout and you know that you burned a bunch of calories.  You have a choice to make. What do you want to snack on?!

There are two paths you can take at this point. You can choose to grab a healthy snack or you can choose to grab that sugar-filled, unhealthy treat.  You just worked out, right?  So it is easy to think that you can just munch on that unhealthy treat because of all those burned calories.  No.  Don't do it!!

There are some great options when it comes to post workout snacks.  The list of snacks that can replenish the calories while refueling your body is long, you just have to know what some good choices are.

Here are some that work great when you finish that sweat session:

A banana.

Whole wheat bread or bagel with peanut butter

Almonds

Sweet potato

Steel cut oatmeal

Greek yogurt


There are awesome resources out there to find the best post workout snacks.  I've found some good ones through these websites:

Nuts.com where they have a large variety of healthy snacks that you can take anywhere.
Pinterest, is there anything that you can't find on there?!
Blogs, there are so many that I have found to be very resourceful while getting to know other great fitness and health nuts like myself. :)

What are your favorite go-to healthy snacks?  Do you tend to crave certain ones after your workouts?



Disclaimer: I was not prompted or compensated for this post, the links and sites are posted at my discretion and I did not have a script to follow. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

That Time Already




Every year around this time, we all say the same thing...."where has the summer gone?" 

The days fly by as we plug away at the daily grind with the best intentions of doing fun, fabulous things all summer long.  Then we don't actually do those things because time escaped us as we are filling our weekends with parties, picnics and yard work. 

It is sad.  I always want to do so many things every summer and yet again, here we are mid-August with that long list still sitting there with nothing checked off. Sad panda.

The kids have their schedules and teacher assignments already, we've gotten the bus schedule so we know what time to be standing out there waiting for the big yellow bus. School supplies have been purchased and soon enough, we will be taking those first day of school pictures of our kids all spiffed up and ready for another year.  

I can't decide if I am excited for school to be back in session or not.  Usually I am so ready for the routine to be back in place and for my grocery bill to go down. I don't feel excitement or dread, I guess I am just sort of rolling with the punches so it is what it is. 

I am hopeful for a great school year for all of my kids.  I hope Lincoln enjoys his new teacher, this will be his first time having a male teacher so it will be interesting to see how he responds to him because he is used to the caring, motherly type teachers. The older kids will be adjusting to their schedules and getting used to having a class together....that has never happened before! 

I love summer and I am still hoping to get a few fun things in before the weather turns to colder temps and pumpkin flavored everything. 

Sometimes I swear I need a rewind button on life.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Calling All Ladies Looking for Fun and Community

There are a few online communities that I belong to that I absolutely love. One of the reasons why is because they are for women and the main goal is to encourage, support and uplift each other.

That is also one reason why I was so excited to sign up for the Muddarella challenge run.  The core goal of this event is to:

leave everything else in the mud
“Own Your Strong” is about empowering women to take pride in their strength – inside and out.



You can check out what they are all about here.


I LOVE that.  The organization is the same one that puts out the Tough Mudder challenges.  However, this one is to help women, specifically, find their strong and exude their confidence in their abilities, no matter what those are.

I am really looking forward to spending the time with my friends, having fun, getting dirty and conquering the obstacles before us.

If you have an event that is local to you, I suggest you do it.  Find out what strength means to you.  I can bet that when you cross that finish line, you are going to feel pretty darn amazing.

I have been training for this challenge and I know that I am getting stronger in doing so.  That makes me so happy to know that my body is changing to allow me to do things that I couldn't do before.  What a great way to get healthier and share in this experience.

Do you want to do this challenge but are nervous?  Don't be!! I promise you that you CAN do it and it is within you to push yourself to achieve your goals!

I will be at the Pittsburgh event and I really hope to see some familiar faces (other than those on my team haha) so that I can see the confidence and strength of others around me.

The obstacles look like so much fun and a good challenge to test yourself and prove to yourself just how strong you really are.

You don't have to be a fitness guru to do this event, I certainly am not a guru.  Go on, check it out and sign up today! You won't be sorry!!

You can find the event locations here.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Priorities



How do we get so caught up in life?  Time seems so fleeting at moments and when we take the time to stop and really think about what we are doing, I mean really reflect on what we are doing, it can either bring a smile to your face or a deep feeling of regret.

Over the past few years, I have been putting myself at the top of my priorities.  I have read so many times that we need to do that for our own health and well-being. I decided that I was important enough to be my main priority and the rest would fall into place.  I have been so busy finding myself and gaining control of my life again.  I have found out so much about myself and I have gotten stronger as a person.

What I didn't count on was the fact that I would lose focus on my other priorities.  I would say it all the time and I could write it down, but what the hell did that do?  Words are just that, words.  Yes, sometimes words are enough but when it comes to the main priorities in your life, words are not enough.

Life is about so much more.  We have our marriages, our children, our careers, our homes, etc.  There is so much to account for in our lives.  How in the world do we fit it all in and keep a smile on our faces?  It's tough.

I am guilty of not being able to balance it all. I got hit very hard with a dose of truth.  Truth that, honestly, rocked me to my core.  My priorities weren't what they should be.  At least not in action.  On paper, they were but not in my daily life.  I forgot to put others at the top of  my list.  I took for granted the things that mean so much to me. People and things that are the base of who I am.  How did that happen? I got caught up in finding myself and building myself up that I didn't make time to show others what they mean to be, or how important they are to me.  I hurt them.

I have been reading a lot of personal development books to try to come to terms with how I can better myself.  The one I am reading now is by Joel Osteen and there are so many paragraphs and passages that have spoken to me.  I have been highlighting like crazy and in the midst of all of that, I am learning.  I was reading about how if someone is with you but not for you, maybe they shouldn't be in your life.  Meaning, if they are not helping you, encouraging you, or by your side; maybe  you should cast them aside and move on.  I took that as if it were speaking to me directly.  Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  The same meaning goes for how I am with others.  If I am with them but not for them, they should cast me aside.  I don't want to be cast aside.  I want to be there.  I want to be for them, not just with them.

I know this seems sort of vague but if you know me and you know my priorities, you may be able to guess whom I am talking about.

Today is a new day.  Today I said, "I don't just need you, I want you." Now it's time for action.  It's a terrible feeling to hurt someone you love.  It's horrible to know that you caused them pain.

When I started reading personal development books, I expected to see how I needed to change my life to be more successful, to gain perspective of how others influence me and how I can move on.  I didn't expect to see it from a different perspective to see how I influence others and how they could move on, without me.

Life is such a bitch sometimes. The many twists and turns are not for the weak. In an instant, things can change and when they do, you have to think about what is truly important. What drives you, what makes you happy, what is your priority? The answers should come easy, and when they do come easy, so should expressing them.  Be of action, not just words.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Owning My Strong

I think everyone knows by now that I love a good challenge, that I enjoy running, being active and pushing myself to the limits to see if I can do it.  I have fun doing that.

So, when a friend posted on Facebook about the Muddarella run/challenge, it got me thinking.  It looked like a lot of fun.  It involved running, mud, obstacles and teamwork.  They stress that this is not a race, but a challenge where you can own your strong while having fun and teaming up with others to reach your goals.  Who wouldn't love all that?!



You can check out the details here  This is not one of those fun runs where you can just sign up and go and get it done.  They suggest training for this challenge as there are physical challenges, heck, you have to run about six miles to do the challenge!!  I love that their site even has a legit training plan and you can follow it to prepare for your big day! 

The obstacles look fun and I can see how having your friends by your side would make it that much more fun.  I will be doing it with a group of ladies from the gym and I couldn't be more excited.

I really like looking at the obstacles and trying to figure out just how much I might struggle with them.

The local one that I am doing is in September so I have some time to make sure that I am physically ready for it.

I am hoping to have even more friends sign up to do it too.

I will leave you with more awesome that the creators of Muddarella are featuring, stories of strength as women share their stories of how they own their strong.



Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  All opinions and expressions are my own, I was not scripted for this post.