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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Forti-Flax

peanut butter banana oatmeal

Getting a good breakfast is so important. We all know this but how often do we put it off? We think it takes too long to cook, we don't feel hungry or we just don't even think about it. Today, I'm reminding you just how important this meal is with this delicious recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal with Forti-Flax. Do you ever add flaxseed to your recipes? It's a great source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Lignans and Dietary Fiber. When faced … [Read more...]

Get in Shape Gift Ideas at DICK’S Sporting Goods

Nike at DICK'S Sporting Goods

After having our last baby, baby number five, in September I am ready to get in shape. I need to lose those extra pounds once and for all. With the New Year comes new fitness goals and I'm thankful Christmas is right around the corner so I can give all of my get in shape gift ideas to my husband on my Christmas list! I know so many mamas that are working hard to get in shape after baby and I've partnered with DICK'S Sporting Goods to tell you all … [Read more...]

A Refreshing Treat for Nursing Mamas – A Lactation Smoothie

Lactation Smoothie

This post was sponsored by Premama as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Having nursed four children I know how hard it can be. I know how much of a struggle some women experience. I love bringing you news about great products that can help you succeed in nursing your little ones. On a recent trip to our local Meijer I saw various Premama products in their vitamin section, … [Read more...]

Enjoying Milk & Cookies Again with a2 Milk® (and a Cookie Recipe!)

a2 Milk and Cookies

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. Milk and cookies has been a favorite of mine since I can remember. I've always had a sweet tooth and there is just something about cookies with milk. When I met my husband I found out he deals with some stomach troubles when drinking milk. I felt terrible for him that he couldn't freely enjoy … [Read more...]

Loving my Honeywell Air Purifier During Spring Cleaning!

Air Purifier

Disclosure: I am a Honeywell Air Purifier ambassador and this post is sponsored, however, all opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Spring cleaning has been at the top of my to-do list for a few weeks now. It's not staying at the top of the list because I'm not doing it, it's staying there because it seems there is always something more that needs to be done. With working outside of the home full time, being a mama to 4, … [Read more...]

A Healthier Shrimp Fried Rice (Recipe)

Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe

The older I get and the more active my kids get I get more and more in tune with the fact that I NEED to eat healthier. It's not only an option anymore, it's something I need to do for my kids, for my family. Fried rice has always been something I've been fond of but let's face it, it's not the healthiest thing to eat...until now. This healthier version of Shrimp Fried Rice will have your mouth watering! A Healthier Shrimp Fried Rice The trick … [Read more...]

Doctor On Demand – A Parent’s Dream

Doctor on Demand

This post was sponsored by Doctor On Demand as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central. As a mama to four who is busy with the kids, hubby, taking care of the house and working outside of the house I am very limited on time. There have been many times when I've needed to take the kids to the doctor and can't get into our doctor (because she's always booked) and end up taking them to urgent care. I waited 6 hours at urgent care … [Read more...]

How to Feel Energized without Caffeinated Drinks

How to feel energized

Do you ever have mornings where you are simply so tired that you just cannot get yourself out of bed?! I know I certainly do. You feel like you just need a good pick me up, like a cup of coffee or an energy drink. Unfortunately, these things are not great for your body and although they do give you energy and make you feel more awake, they can also do damage to your body, your teeth, and your health if they are used too often. Have you been … [Read more...]

Five Tips to Winning Your Morning

belVita at Meijer

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of belVita for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Mornings around here are very busy. Not only are my husband and I trying to get up and get ready for work but we have three little ones to get up and get ready for school and daycare. I'll admit I've not been much of a morning person in years past but in recent weeks I've been really turning that around. Today I wanted to share five tips that I'm … [Read more...]

Trying to Drink More Water? Check Out These Benefits!

Benefits to drinking water

Water is a really important part of our everyday life, after all our bodies are made up of 75% water! A lot of people don't drink the proper amount of water in a day because water is boring, or flavorless and they just do not like it all! I know with the new year comes new resolutions and a lot of people really want to be healthy and drink more water. I know it can be hard! I used to not be the biggest fan of water either, but I realized how … [Read more...]

Are Your Health Issues Related to Indoor Air Pollution? Learn What You Can Do.

Indoor Air Pollution

Are your health issues related to indoor air pollution? Did you know that household air pollution causes many deaths each year? It's a real problem and we all need to take it seriously. In 2012 alone household air pollution made up 7.7% of global mortalities.Check out this infographic below to learn more about household air pollution and see how you can protect your family with just a bit of work and maintenance.    Breathe … [Read more...]

Looking for the Best Way to Stay Hydrated When Sick? #DrinkDripDrop

Drip_Drop

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/DripDrop. Spring is almost here and I couldn't be happier. It's been a rough winter with me getting sick. I've had two different viruses that were either the flu or very similar. Two of my little ones have had it, too. Again now, I hear of how the flu is going around. It just seems to be never ending. Spring...yes, spring. Thoughts of happier, warmer and healthier days will be upon us soon! But, with the … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why You Should Change to Reusable Menstrual Products

Why you should switch to reusable menstrual products

This post was created as part of the SckoonCup Review Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. After being on my mission to make small changes for my family to be more green, up until one year ago I wouldn't even consider reusable menstrual products as a greener option for myself. I was among to majority who had in my mind that it was "gross". Late last spring I made the … [Read more...]

Vitamin C and More! Tips to Stay Healthy this Fall

Tips to stay healthy #24houresterc #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice.   Oh yes, it's here. Fall and all that it brings with it. In our house, we have a teacher (he teaches elementary school), three little ones who attend daycare three days a week, and a college student who also works part time. Oh, and myself. I work outside of the home, too. … [Read more...]

Starting the Day Off Right with Honey Nut Cheerios and Usher

Usher and Cheerios

Thank you to General Mills and Usher for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring us to start our day with happiness and positivity! In my younger days, I wasn't much of a morning person. Now that I'm ummm...older....I am all about mornings. As a mama, I almost have to be. I have to be on my toes in the morning and make sure all of my kids are eating a healthy breakfast and starting their day off right. That can be challenging with my college … [Read more...]

The Symptoms of RSV and How You Can Help Prevent It #RSVAwareness #MC

RSV Prevention #RSVAwareness #PreemieProtection

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Having had three children in the past 4 years I've been on the lookout for symptoms of RSV every fall and winter. Annie was born in February so this is her first fall and first full winter. I'm definitely educating myself on things that I can do to help prevent her from getting RSV. Knowledge … [Read more...]

Keeping Up with Rainbow Light’s Multivitamin for Women Over 35

Multivitamin for women over 35

Advanced maternal age. Yes, those were the words I heard from my doctor's office with my last pregnancy. I wasn't too thrilled, but reality says that I'm kind of in the range of "older women" having babies. Getting older really did show in my last pregnancy as it was my roughest. It's vital that we take care of ourselves and whether we are trying to conceive, pregnant or nursing, Rainbow Light's multivitamin for women over 35 is just what we need … [Read more...]

Making healthy choices with Help from Walgreens and Balance Rewards

Healthy Choices with Walgreens #Shop #BalanceRewards

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias Having had three kids in the past four years, I've been pretty busy with life. I know that I haven't focused on getting in shape or being as healthy as I need to be. Now I am determined to make changes. I am going to make healthy choices in life and even with very little time, I'm going to make small changes … [Read more...]

Working on My After Baby Body with Knocked Up Fitness

Knocked-Up Fitness and After Baby Body

You all know I've have three kids in the span of the last four years. My darling husband and I planned it that way. Between each pregnancy I didn't really make time to get in shape. Now that I know we are done having babies, it's hit me hard that I really have a long way to go in order to get back in shape. With three little ones running around and keeping me busy, it's not easy but I'm determined to work on my after baby body and I started with … [Read more...]

Upgrading our Brushing Routine as a Family #PowerUpURSmile

Sonicare PowerUp Battery Toothbrush

We've been spending a lot of time brushing lately and trying to really instill in LA and Addy how important it is. We've been brushing their teeth twice daily: morning and night for some time now. Addy just doesn't want to have her teeth brushed. She doesn't mind the toothbrush if SHE'S the one in charge of it. After dealing with this problem for some time, I realized we all needed to work on our brushing routine and make it a family affair. … [Read more...]

Your Eyes are at Risk! Take Steps to Protect Them from UV Rays

I wrote this review while participating in an influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of HealthyWomen and VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for taking the time to participate. For most people, it is common knowledge that skin needs to be protected from the sun's dangerous UV rays. Did you also know that your eyes are at risk of damage from UV … [Read more...]

Our Listerine Challenge Results and New Habits

Listerine on the counter top

I can't believe the end of the Listerine Challenge has come already! I've learned that it really is quite simple to start new habits in a short amount of time! We actually got into a great routine and managed to include everyone in our house and make differences in our mouths! If you remember my initial post with information about this challenge I said that brushing alone misses 75% of your mouth. Scary, isn't it? Using LISTERINE you can get up … [Read more...]