Wednesday, January 28, 2015

a lighter, HEALTHIER you for the new year!

Eating healthy for me is essential, but it's also even more essential for me to give my daughter healthy snacks and options to ensure she grows strong and stays well, healthy. I think a lot of people have a misconception about the "look" of wanting to eat healthy and may misjudge and think someone is solely doing it so they look better, but in all actuality that's just a perk to the fact that your overall body is healthy and to me THAT is the key goal!
New Year's resolutions are easy to make but difficult to maintain, but I will say I was a New Years Resolution girl. I vowed to get fit 1 year after having Blake, for not only myself but for my daughter and now look at me? I compete in fitness competitions. It became my passion!
For the many Americans who resolve to eat healthier in the New Year, focusing on healthy snacks is an easy way to improve the quality of your diet, especially when you add the Feel Good Fruit to your favorite snacking recipes. Sunsweet® prunes and juices are an easy fix to help you stick with your healthy eating resolutions for 2015. The great thing about this Feel Good Fruit is that it's high in fiber, which is a definite essential to incorporate into your diet when beginning your health journey! Also, studies suggest the following positive effects from certain nutrients in prunes:
  • Bone Health: Prunes may promote healthy bones. Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi of Florida State University says, "Dried plums (prunes) are the most bone-friendly fruit that I have seen in decades. They are nature's solution to maintaining good bone health." Dr. Arjmandi hypothesizes that the many compounds and nutrients contained in prunes, such as vitamin K, potassium, copper and boron, likely work synergistically to have this positive effect. Additional research is currently being conducted to learn more about prunes and bone health.
  • Potassium: Potassium may help prevent hypertension and stroke and play a role in helping support cell energy by regulating fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contraction to increase energy.
  • Fiber: A diet containing foods with fiber can replace fats and sweets, and contributes to heart health.
  • Regularity: A fiber rich diet may contribute to maintaining a consistent digestive tract which helps lead to improved digestive health.
 On top of all of those great effects, let's just admit it - prunes taste great! Yes, they have sugar, but a little misconception people have these days is that natural sugar in moderation is NOT bad and your body actually needs it to function properly. This doesn't mean go grab a cake with natural cane sugar - what it means is that you can eat fruits, such as prunes in moderation within your diet and you aren't going to gain weight or bloat. Mix in some complex carbohydrates and your lean proteins and you'll be well on your way to owning that New Years Resolution!

I also love the Sunsweet® Plums too - check out the stats!

While I'm sharing information about Sunsweet® prunes - take a look at these other nutritious products they offer, that would be great for you and your children:
  • PlumSmart® Light: This juice is made from a special variety of fresh, juicy plums and has only 60 calories and 15g of carbs, and helps you stay fit on the inside by providing a good source of fiber. PlumSmart Light is a great addition to a smoothie.
  • Amaz!n Prunes: These little gems are a good source of fiber for only 100 calories per serving. Amaz!n Prunes are nature's perfect way to feel good with nutrition and delicious taste. Prunes also have a low glycemic index, which means they keep you feeling fuller longer. They add a powerful boost of nutrition and fiber to snack time or your favorite recipe.
  • Amaz!n Diced Prunes: Grab a handful of these delicious diced prunes for nutritious snacking. Toss them in cereal, oatmeal, salad or your favorite recipes for added flavor and fiber. One serving of Amaz!n Diced Prunes is a good source of fiber for only 100 calories. Add to your favorite snacking recipe for extra fiber and a fruit flavor boost.
For us - my daughter LOVES smoothies and not only do we make them a meal for her by adding in protein powder occasionally, but sometimes these are a nice dessert for her after a light dinner. We mixed the Sunsweet®  Light Plum Smart with some strawberries, blueberries and apple sauce - blended it up with some ice and she loved it! :) PLUS - it was nutritious.

So get to it - try out some awesome products and incorporate some new things to your diet to keep it interesting! Consistency is key and being able to stay excited about your diet is just as important as the results so that you can make it a lifestyle and not just a New Years Resolution diet!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, December 29, 2014

twas the night of Christmas ..

Christmas 2014 :)





Monday, December 22, 2014

Mickey's Magical Mathworld!

If your child is like mine, you are always searching for the new and greatest app for them to play with. We don't always play games, but when we're traveling in the car or if we're waiting at the doctor's office it's great for her to have some sort of entertainment for her to enjoy and with that - I prefer to have an app that actually has some educational value to it!
With that said, Disney is launching a new learning brand created for families with children ages 3-8, one being Mickey's Magical Math World! The brand aims to engage and enrich children through the power of imagination and creativity. Unlike many learning aids that rely on rote memorization and repetitive gameplay, Disney will introduce children to fundamental subject matters through an interconnected system of apps that build upon each other to reinforce learning concepts in immersive and playful ways. In addition to the digital apps, children and parents can engage with the brand in a variety of ways, including a free community parent portal, free Disney Store events, books and magazines, and hands-on learning tools that extend the digital experience to the physical world.
There are so many different game options for your child with this app including things like problem solving, sorting, shapes, counting and adding and subtracting! What we love most about the app is that after each level you complete you are awarded "pins" - Blake absolutely loves this because it makes her feel special and as if she's won an award!
Minnie's Count Along was the winner in our house! Counting is always a winner with us, but having Minnie help Blake count to 10 and then backwards from 10 was a hit. She had an absolute blast and even after playing kept counting and having fun. A close second was Goofy's sorting. Such a super silly game, while helping the child define attributes of a variety of shapes!
The app will give parents their daily dose of what is possible and answer the question, “What can I do today to help my child grow?'” through daily articles and Imagicademy-inspired activities designed to help spark creativity and encourage imaginative learning. “Disney Imagicademy: Parents” also serves as a portal into children’s Mickey's Magical Math World, where parents can see their child’s latest creations, provide encouragement with a virtual “high five” and share their accomplishments with family and friends.
Disney Imagicademy apps are available exclusively for iPad and can currently be found on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories. Download the Disney iPad apps Mickey's Magical Math World and Disney Imagicademy Parents free at those links today :)

I hope you enjoy this app as much as we did!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Friday, December 5, 2014

ditch the milk - santa isn't thirsty!

This time of year is the time for us all to be closer to our families and really spend time cherishing what we have a little more. So many families unfortunately don't get to do things or give gifts to one another like we do and even the simplest little things to us are huge to them. Such as a glass of milk. Yep, one glass of milk. Think of how many glasses of milk are set out each year on Christmas Eve for Santa, along with a few cookies - and 9 times out of 10 that milk is either left out all night and then trashed in the morning or a little is drank and the rest is pourn out. Am I right?

Now go think of all the children that are throughout the world and how that one glass of milk would be the absolute highlight of their day and bring such joy to their lives. Families that depend on Feeding America food banks receive less than one gallon of milk per person, per year. Can you believe that? Milk is such an essential for our little ones for strong bones and a great calcium source and they receive so little.

On average, food bank clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year, leaving many families with limited access to milk’s essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per serving and three of the top nutrients most likely to be missing in the American diet – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
  • To date, 194,000 gallons have been donated as part of the industry’s ongoing commitment to helping families get much-desired nutrient-rich milk.
  • This holiday season, you can help make the season brighter for hungry families with the gift of milk by donating at
  • By entering your zip code, you can ensure that milk is delivered to a local food bank to help nourish children in your own community.

Holiday Impact: Gallons are Gifts
During the holidays – a time when one third of annual giving happens – we can help make the season brighter for hungry families in our communities with the gift of nutrient-rich milk. While you give thanks for what you have this year, take action against the issue of hunger:
  1. Make a donation online. Starting Giving Tuesday (December 2) through December 31, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies will match all donations made at making milk gallons multiply at your local food bank this holiday season. By entering your zip code, you can ensure that milk is delivered to a local food bank to help nourish children in your own community.
  2. Spread the word. For every share of this Great American Milk Drive video (below), a one-gallon donation will be made to one of the more than 200 food banks served by Feeding America.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

keeping a financial mind around the holidays #important

Black Friday - the day we all drop some serious cash, am I right? Well, I'm finding it's so incredibly important to keep a responsible, sound mind while shopping for the holiday because well, even though we all love to give great gifts, it's important for your financial sound mind. I always try to set a budget for myself, whether it be equivalent to one paycheck for everyone or something similar and do my best not to break that budget!
Capital One is offering some great deals right now specifically for those of us that want to stick to a budget, including opening a 360 checking account and earning $100.00, yes $100.00 or $1,250.00 in your pocket if you refit your home through Capital One. Sounds like a Black Friday gift to yourself, don't you think?
I know personally I've been looking to swap banks for my checking out and I already have my savings account through Capital One, so it just makes since to swap my checking over and there's no time like the present, especially with that $100.00 gift in mind! Right?
In addition to taking advantage of deals on banking, brokerage and mortgage products yourself, you can give your friends and family the gift of financial peace of mind by encouraging them to take advantage of the deals and refer them to the sale. If they sign up, you may be eligible for a $40 referral bonus.
So, while you may have gifts, greetings and get-togethers on the brain, it's important not to lose sight of your financial goals. All of Capital One 360's Black Friday Sale deals are designed to encourage consumers to keep their finances top of mind.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Monday, November 24, 2014

it's the time of year again!

The time has come - are you ready for it? BLACK FRIDAY .. the time everyone acts like a bunch of animals to save some cash. hahaha. I love it though, really. It's so much fun to people watch on Black Friday, plus - heck I'm one of those people that are out shopping at like 4:00am. You can get some great deals!!
Survival of Black Friday is the most important factor, besides the amazing deals though and I feel like there are so many tips to this! Here are a few of mine:
1.) Carry a bottle of water in your purse. You may get thirsty and the line's will be outrageous just to grab a drink. I also suggest throwing an extra bottle in your trunk, just in case.
2.) Dress in layers. Usually it's chilly, being it's late November, however, once you've been running around in stores filled with people you are going to probably be pretty steamy - so be sure that you have a short sleeved shirt underneath that sweater and scarf!
3.) Make a plan. Go through all of the Black Friday ads and map out which stores you want to visit and decide on what order to visit them in. If one particular store has a large item that quite a few people may be purchasing, I suggest hitting that one first and then going from there. Be sure to check out Office Depot too - they have some steals on great laptops, printing needs, and more! You might avoid the large crowd going to stores like this too, as not everyone thinks about popping into their local Office Depot. So plan well!
4.) Remember you are shopping for the holidays - don't be a grouch! Have fun, enjoy your shopping trip - not everyone gets to do this and you're purchasing items for a loved one - show some holiday spirit!
I hope some of those help! I know I always remind myself of each and every one of them!
Also, before Black Friday go ELF yourself! Hahaha. I absolutely love this little program. You can make yourself or a family member into a dancing Elf! :)

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Putting a "helicopter mom" at ease!

Many have told me that I'm a "helicopter mom" and you know what? They may be right, but is that really such a bad thing? I give her breathing room, I just watch her like a hawk :) So in total following of me being a "helicopter mom" I was a bit nervous when we moved into our new house, knowing that I would quite possibly be downstairs in the living room or kitchen while Blake sleeps upstairs in her room. Sure, she's almost 4, and sleeps just fine throughout the night, but I check-in on "average" on her about 4-5 times a night before I even go to bed and then if I wake up in the middle of the night I check-in on her again! Yeah, yeah maybe I'm crazy, but oh well :)
"motorola baby monitor" "baby monitor" "pink childs room" "video baby monitors" "best video baby montior"Well, we were given a solution - the Motorola MBP36S video baby monitor. I seriously could not have been more thrilled. This monitor isn't just a simple little monitor, it's totally amazing! The monitor itself provides crystal clear two-way communication and showcases a full color LCD screen. Plus, you can remotely pan, tilt and zoom. You can even peek in at night with the infrared night vision and use the picture- in-picture feature to keep an eye on multiple rooms if you need to. I think my favorite feature of all is that you can set up the monitor to actually show on your living room TV!
I found the perfect spot within Blake's room to place the actual baby unit to give the most ideal picture of her while she sleeps. Also, not only is it a great spot to see her when she is sleeping, but also when she is playing in her room with her dolls and I'm cleaning or whatever it might be. Sometimes she yells for me and I don't hear her from her room, so she'll come trumping through the house looking for me telling me she had been calling for me, with the Motorola video baby monitor we never have this issue anymore!
Go check out to order yours today! With this monitor, you can be sure your baby is safe and sound, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. I promise you'll love it just as much as I do :)

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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