Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Your Child
Within the United States, it is estimated that as many as 95% of the population has Type 2 Diabetes (this includes both diagnosed and undiagnosed cases). Although this is a startling statistic, I am even more concerned with the amount of children affected by this formerly “adult-onset disease.“ Detection of Type 2 Diabetes in children is difficult. And currently, according to Syracuse’s St. Joseph’s Cardiac Hospital, 215,000 children under the age of 20 are currently diagnosed with the disease, and this number continues to steadily grow at an exponential rate.
Unfortunately, my little cousin is now one of these 215,000 children. Since we found out about her diagnosis with Type 2 last November, my family has been working together to help get my cousin healthier, and to help prevent any other family members from developing this disease. With February being National Heart Month, and the fact that diabetes has a direct connection to heart disease, what better time than now to start working with your family to get active and healthy this 2013? Here are a few tips to get you started:
A Nutritious Diet
Getting kids to start eating healthier doesn’t have to be as bad as pulling teeth! It takes clear guidelines, creativity, persistence, and family involvement and commitment.
A yummy and healthy alternative to syrup-loaded waffles
Instead of popping a couple Eggos into the toaster and smothering them with your child’s favorite syrup, try making a smoothie for breakfast! Smoothies for breakfast offer a complete, balanced meal in minutes because they can combine dairy, and lots of fresh fruits and veggies that can be difficult to get kids to eat on their own!
Drink the right kind of liquids
Fruit juice consists of the sugar removed from the fruit minus the fiber needed to process it. It is not much better for your child than a can of cola. So, instead, make sure to serve 100% juice. Also, kids should drink from 5-8 glasses of water each day – if they don’t like pure water, cut up some lemons or cucumbers and add for extra flavor.
Healthy snacks are important, and let’s admit it, kids are always going to want to snack between meals. Instead of depriving kids of snacks, have smaller portion of regular meals, and have healthy snacks on hand to hold them over until meal times. Raw nuts and seeds, vegetables with hummus or guacamole and apple slices dipped in nut butter are excellent snacks for growing children without the added salt and sugar.
Cut processed foods.
Boxes and bags in the pantry are often indicators that the food is less than ideal for your child. Offer whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. A general rule of thumb: if it can sit in your pantry for months without going bad, changes are it’s not that healthy!
As adults, it’s important to model good exercise habits. If your children never see you move anything but the remote, it is not likely that they themselves will be interested in exercise wither. Getting off the couch and moving will benefit you and your child!
Discourage sedentary activities.
Limit the times screens can be used in your home, and stick to it. If your children want something to do, make them find some kind of physical activity to replace the screen time.
Enjoy the outdoors.
Children need the Vitamin D they often lack in the colder seasons. Encourage them to bundle up and build a snowman, make snow angels or go sledding. They will get the benefits of fresh air, and won’t even realize they are “exercising” as they are running around in the snow!
Make it fun!
Children are made to play. Help them find the activities they love. If they enjoy biking, provide a good bicycle and help them find a place to ride. The same goes for roller blading, sports, hiking, etc.
Carolyn is a 20-something year old with a passion for life, fitness and overall well-being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has been known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. Check out Carolyn’s blog at http://fullonfit.blogspot.com/!
Monday, February 18, 2013
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand®. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you guys ever visited the Duck Tape® website? www.duckbrand.com Just in case you haven't. I just recently stumbled upon it, and am so excited that I did! Sure you can find all of their products, etc. but the most fun find for me was the "Ducktivities" page. TUTORIALS GALORE!!
I had no idea you could make so many things out of Duck® brand tape. I mean, I've seen those incredibly creative kids who make their prom outfits out of Duck Tape®, but there are tutorials for clothing, decor, crafts, purses, you name it. I'll be digging around in there for ages.
Right now I am in love with the Holiday line of Duck® brand tape. Have you seen it? It's making my holiday wrapping SO fun. Check out a few of the fun prints:
They work great for decorating boxes, bags, and baskets for gifts, but you can even use them for fun decor ideas. I'm on a huge polka dot kick right now, so I am loving the holiday dots print of Duck Tape® used as a tree garland! Check out this awesome non-poisonons alternative to that favorite holiday bloom:
Amazing, no?? And safe for homes with pets and babies. :)
Here's a story for you: My dad has always been the King at delaying present opening at Christmas time. When it came time for opening gifts at our house, Dad would set up in his chair and break out his pocket knife. Why a pocket knife? Well, he would have so much fun torturing my brother and I by cutting open each and every taped spot on his gifts, prolonging our next "turn" to open. In hindsight, it was hilarous. But this year, I win. He's going to break out that pocket knife only to be met with gifts wrapped in festive holiday Duck Tape® instead of ribbon!
If you haven't done so already, go visit Duck® Brand online at www.duckbrand.com, then go visit their Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/ducktape and "like" for great ideas, great deals, and first look at new prints.
Happy Holidays, and please feel free to send in your holiday Duck tape® creations! I would love to post them in a future Duck®-specific tutorial post!
Friday, November 9, 2012
GIVEAWAY! Rodan & Fields, rockin' the skin care and building futures for women (and men!) everywhere!
First, I would like to let Tara share her story with you, then we'll share her awesome giveaway with you. I am so inspired by what Tara is doing for herself and her family! Go for it, girlie!
|Tara and her precious little family! Our boys were born only weeks apart! :)|
- Rodan and Fields has only been in direct sales for ~ 3 years. Why is this such a big deal? Ok, take Mary Kay, which has been around since the 60s. They have over 1,000,000 consultants nationwide so basically anyone who joins now will never be the first in their market. R+F, on the other hand, only has ~15,000 consultants so pretty much everyone that joins will be the FIRST to introduce this company to their market. This is HUGE!! Because anti-aging is such a booming industry, Rodan and Fields has the potential to explode and if you are in from the beginning, you will be sitting pretty when the explosion occurs:)
#4. Consumable product: Alright so I didn't know a whole lot about residual income when I started this whole thing. Like I said, I have absolutely no background in sales, but this is one of the reasons our earning potential is so great with R+F. Basically, we aim to enroll new customers in a program where they receive product every 60 days. This replenishment program is great for our customers b/c they receive 10% off and free shipping, usually around the time their products run out but its also great for us b/c we earn commission each time they receive an order. You can see how this can start adding up quickly: month 1: add 3 new customers, month 2: 3 new, month 3: 3 new + 3 from month 1, and so on...
I never thought I would go into direct sales but after my friend presented me with the opportunity, I knew I would be kicking myself down the road if I passed. This is not a "get rich quick" scheme but I honestly believe that the potential is there for fully replacing any salary in a few years with just 10-15 hours per week. Seriously, my direct is working on earning her trip to Napa and her upline has already earned her FREE Lexus and a trip to BORA BORA! She’s only been in this about 19 months! CRAZY!
|RFx Express Business Kit, one of three startup options for your R+F business|
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Good morning all! It seems as though Fall is slowly creeping into South Texas this month and I for one could not be happier! The Fall season has always been my favorite. It's not so much about one specific event (some people love Halloween, some love the start of football season...) but more of a feeling I get. There's a specific smell in the air, a fresh crispness that only Fall has, that always reminds me of home. It's all very nostalgic. ;)
Another thing that Fall invokes for me is a desire to bake. I'm not sure if it's the fact that turning on the oven no longer creates an unbearable heat wave in the house, or the fact that the smell of baked goods just seems suitable for the season. In any case, I love it and I'm excited to share my first Fall baking recipe with you!
This one I found through one of the many Paleo/cooking/healthy eating sites that I follow, and for the life of me I cannot find the original post or the site it came from. I will happily credit the creator if I can ever figure out who that was, promise!
I love this recipe for so many reasons: It's easy, it's grain free, gluten free, lactose free, and sugar free. And best of all, it tastes AH-MAZING so you'll never know the difference, especially when they're warm and slathered with a pat of butter.
Sorry this is not the best photo, but it's hard to get good pics when you're stuffing your face with this goodness. You can make these into loaves, but you know how much I love to use my muffin tin, so of course I made muffins. These little pre-portioned snacks are just so nice and portable too.
Ingredients (makes 2 mini loaves or 12 muffins)
1-1/2 cup blanched almond flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey
1 ripe banana
1 cup shredded, unpeeled zucchini
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Place the wet ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, then beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until frothy and fully combined. Add the zucchini and beat again just enough to incorporate.
Slowly add the dry ingredients with the mixer running, until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated.
Spoon the batter into 2 mini loaf pans. You can also use this batter to make muffins.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until the middle is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
*A note about almond flour: They are all different, and each one will turn out a different color and texture of bread. If you're going for a lighter, slightly fluffier bread I would stick to something super fine and blanched like this from Digestive Wellness. If you're not so picky, you can totally use something like Bob's Redmill Almond Meal/Flour which you can find at some grocery stores, and pretty much any health food store.
Next time, I think I'll substitute pumpkin for the zucchini. While I loved the zucchini, my hubby was able to spot the "vegetables in my muffins," so the kiddos might too. Plus, who doesn't love pumpkin in Fall baking??
Have a great week!!
Monday, October 1, 2012
Let's start with the Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser Starter Kit:
First of all, the packaging is as beautiful as the diffuser itself is. It is modern, colorful, and inviting. It would certainly be a product that I would want to check out anyway. Unfortunately, of all the stores in my area I visited trying to grab one of these, there was only one store with one "flavor" option to choose from.
I'm not sure if this was due to their newness or if they're on the way out already but I ended up with the Pineapple Mangosteen scent. However, other scents available are: Cotton & Italian Mandarin, Fugi Apple & Cardamom Spice (which I am dying to try!!), and Lavender & Juniper Berry. When I got home, set up was super easy. Seriously, like one click and you're ready to go. The Pineapple Mangosteen scent started coming through right away so I tucked the diffuser off into my studio to let it get to work.
|So pretty up there with all my fabric and notions!|
A few hours later, I came in to find my whole studio was filled with a heavenly scent of pineapple and mangosteen. I LOVED it!! Over the course of the next couple of days, I was pleasantly surprised every time I popped in to my fruity fresh smelling studio.
I only give 3 stars for this one though, and that is due to the fact that the scent didn't stay very strong for very long. The first two days were amazing, but by now (4-5 days later) I can't smell anything unless I put the diffuser up to my face. So, that was disappointing. There's still plenty of fluid in the refill, and it still smells great up close but I wish I could smell it throughout the room like I could at first. My studio is a small-ish room that stays closed off so I would expect something like this to be noticeable every time I come in. Oh well! It was really nice while it lasted, and I do hope to check out some of the other scent options when this one runs out.
I also had the opportunity with this campaign to try out the new Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist. When I went to pick up my Fragrance Mist starter kit there was only one scent in stock, the Cotton & Italian Mandarin, so I grabbed that one and hurried home to check it out. However, this one also comes in Pineapple Mangosteen, Fugi Apple & Cardamom Spice (which I am dying to try!!), and Lavender & Juniper Berry.
The packaging, or starter kit container, is very pretty. I particularly like the fact that you can easily remove the label to leave the curvaceous mister sleek, white, and perfectly lovely for leaving out in plain sight. After unwrapping it, I immediately took it apart to get familiar with the refill process. (This might just be my favorite part!) All you have to do is unscrew the bottom, pull out the empty can, insert the new can, and screw the bottom back on. It's so easy, and you never have to purchase another mister even if you decide to switch fragrances. (unless of course you need an extra for another room!)
The sleek design of the mister is easy to squeeze, and produced a very fine mist perfect for spraying in any room. I absolutely love the Cotton & Italian Mandarin fragrance. It's fresh like clean laundry with just a hint of fruity citrus to make the whole room smell clean and fresh. The scent itself seems to linger nicely as well, for much longer than other room sprays I have tried in the past. That feature is especially nice when you live with stinky boys! haha!
I will definitely be using and purchasing these Glade Expressions products in the future, and would happily recommend them to anyone and everyone who likes to use this type of product. I hope that my local store restocks so I can try out the other scents as well!
I hope you all are having a wonderful week!!
*These products were provided to me at no cost for review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Hello there bloggy friends! I have a brand spanking new product to review for you today, and if any of you are like me, you're going to enjoy it. UNREAL candy.
UNREAL has a small line of candy products made to mirror some of your mainstream favorites. For example:
UNREAL 5: A caramel and nougat bar covered in chocolate. You may be familiar with something similar called, "Milky Way."
UNREAL 8: A caramel and nougat bar with peanuts, covered in chocolate. You may be familiar with something similar called "Snickers."
UNREAL 77: Peanut butter and chocolate cup. You may be familiar with something similar called, "Reese's Cups."
And while their calorie content is also lower than mainstream varieties, I promise that you won't miss any of the junk from your regulars. This is NOT diet food, this is food made with safe, natural ingredients.
I was fortunate enough to get to try them all (hey, I can indulge once in a while, no?) and found them all pretty enjoyable. My favorite by far was UNREAL 8, the Snickers type. YUM! With deliciously creamy caramel, fluffy nougat, and perfect chocolate, I would even venture to say the UNREAL 8 is better than the Snickers. That's just my two cents. ;) The trick, I think, is to not compare them too hard. I liked that they are a completely new take on old favorites, and more importantly, that they're not packed with all kinds of cheap junk.
I hope you all are having a great week, and I hope you'll go check out http://getunreal.com/ for more info, and where to buy UNREAL- the unjunked candy!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nectresse™ Sweetener. All opinions are 100% mine.
Well, it's that time again. Back to School? Nope. Back to pre-baby body time! It's been 8 weeks since Little Man was born, and I've spent those 8 weeks loving on him and relaxing while my body heals. Now that I'm feeling great again it's time to get this body back in Super Mommy shape!
Recently, I was sent a sample box of NECTRESSE™Sweetener to try out and review for all you lovely people.
NECTRESSE™Sweetener is the first and only 100% natural sweetener made from fruit- monk fruit, that is, available anywhere you shop. Now, since I personally had no idea what a monk fruit is, I don't expect you to either. Here's a pic:
The monk fruit is a small green melon that historically, has been grown on vines in the remote regions of Asia for hundreds of years. Cute, huh? It's sweet too, and zero calories when found in NECTRESSE™Sweetener, as well as about 150 times as sweet as sugar, so it doesn't take much!
Full disclaimer here: I abhor sweetners. If it's not real sugar, it's not for me. I've just never been a fan. I'll take my iced tea plain and bitter over artificial any day. Nectresse sweetener, on the other hand, I actually LIKE! It looks just like sugar, and dissolves really fast- which is great for beverages.
Since iced tea is a staple in my afternoon routine, I decided to take it to my favorite glass of iced tea for the taste test. I have a Keurig machine, so I love to use the Celestial Seasons Brew-Over-Ice Unsweetened Black Tea. I use a full cup of ice, add one teaspoon of lemon juice, and this time, 2 packets of NECTRESSE™Sweetener. Stir and enjoy! Easy peasy.
But don't stop there. Check out their recipe section as well, they have tons of options for recipe modifications using NECTRESSE™Sweetener, from breakfast to dinner and, of course, dessert! Here are a few that I can't wait to try out:
Be sure to check out this fun message from NECTRESSE™Sweetener spokesperson, Lisa Ling. Channel One, anyone?? ;) Lisa has a long family history of diabetes, so she is super excited about Nectresse as an alternative, all natural, no calorie sweetener.
Hope you have a wonderful day, and stay sweet!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Triad Retail Media. All opinions are 100% mine.
So I can assume that most of you have kids, right? If so, you know that laundry time can be frustrating as you pull garment after garment of stained clothing out of the basket. My MOST favorites are the ones with red juice spilled down the front that have been wadded up and thrown in the basket without my knowing, and my husbands work shirts. Did I mention that my husband is a contractor? You wouldn't believe how dirty this man gets clothing.
I haaaaaaaate laundry. I hate it. It's not so much the putting of the clothes into the washer and dryer, but all the little details you have to keep up with so you don't ruin every load. Pre-soaking (which is practicaly impossible when the little dirty ones get snuck by you until laundry day), folding, hanging, fabric softener, sorting colors, blah blah blah.
Thankfully, Shout® Trigger has my back. Otherwise, there might not be any clean clothes to put on it. It's Triple-Acting formula clings to fabrics, penetrates those set in stains, and starts lifting them out before the water even starts running. All this without damaging your colors or sensitive fabrics. Impressive, right?
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I have been a Shout® fan for many, many years but it seems like the just keep getting better. I use the Shout® Color Catchers when coloring and laundering my onesies, and I even have some little individually packaged wipeys that Shout® makes that I keep in my purse for emergencies on-the-go. If you're looking to save yourself some time, some money, and some hair pulling on laundry day, try Shout® Trigger (found at Wal-Mart stores nationwide) for all those little laundry messes. It's one less step to worry about.
And hey, you never know, Shout® may be the first to come out with that magical laundry folder and hanger that we all can only dream about...