How to Choose a Safe Sunscreen + Goddess Garden Organics Review & Giveaway

Safe Sunscreen

This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood but the opinions are my own.  What is in your sunscreen? Do you know? Until I had kids, I didn't think about it too much. But when I realized I was using a product that could be absorbed into my small children's systems, I became concerned.  When my son was born 7 years ago, I made the switch to organic or "natural" sunscreens, but still didn't look into it much further. I've now learned that ANY … [Read more...]

Revita5 Food and Fitness Challenge Update: The Halfway Mark + Confessions

Food and Fitness Challenge

Disclosure: I received the Revita5 Challenge at a blogger rate, but all experiences and opinions are my own. When I started the Revita5 Food and Fitness Transformation two and a half weeks ago, it was with optimism and enthusiasm.  A couple weeks later, my efforts have flagged somewhat, but I am still seeing some really great results of the Revita5 program. First, though,  my confessions. My Revita 5 Confessions: I didn't take my Revita5 … [Read more...]

Tales from Motherhood: Happy is the New Impressive

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Motts and Social Moms. The ideas and opinions (and foibles) expressed here are my own. I have a confession. I've never regarded lunch-making as anything other than a chore to be slogged through quickly and then forgotten. I see picture on Instagram and Facebook of elaborate (and, of course, aggressively healthy) themed lunch preparations for elementary-age children, and I immediately delve into a parenting … [Read more...]

Revita5 Food and Fitness Transformation: This is My Before.

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Disclosure: While this is an unpaid post, I did get a special blogger deal on the Revita5 Group Challenge. But here's the thing: I'm still going to be doing this along with everyone else, and my struggles, successes, and opinions are, as always, my own. Listen, this is not my first ride on the Body-Cleanse Train. I've done the Brightspring 10-day Detox (which went well) and a Juice Cleanse (which didn't). Clean eating, superfoods, and organic … [Read more...]

How Will YOU Celebrate Earth Hour? Easy Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency in Your Home| #yourpower #solar #EarthHour2015

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The following post is a sponsored conversation by NRG Home Solar. All opinions, as always, are my own. Earth Hour is a global movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 28, as a symbol for their commitment to the … [Read more...]

First Aid on the Go: My Car Kit Essentials

First Aid Kit Essentials

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. How many activities and sports does your family participate in? I know my kids and I are always running from soccer to dance to swimming. I always - ALWAYS -- have snacks on hand. Now that the weather is getting warmer and we'll be doing more outdoor activities, I need to pack my Car First Aid Kit. In order to keep … [Read more...]

How to Go Green with Kids: 5 Easy Ideas You Can Do Today

Go Green With Kids

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias One thing I love about kids is that they are so observant about the world around them. And they question everything!  Even from the time my son first started talking, he wanted to know why some refuse went in the garbage can, and some in the green recycling bin with the triangle symbol. I love when he … [Read more...]

Easy Beauty Hacks to Make you Smile this Spring | #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias According to the calendar, Spring, the vernal equinox, officially begins on March 20. If you're living in the Northeast, like I am, it sometimes seems like it will never come.  For the past two months we have been buried under at least 2 feet of snow at all times. In fact, local papers proclaimed this February … [Read more...]

Why PB&J Chia Seed Pudding will Change Your Life | Chia Seed Recipes

Chia Seed recipes

I've been reading about how FABULOUS Chia Seed Pudding is for months now, but, to be honest, I've been extremely suspect.  I felt like Chia pudding was one of those things healthy bloggers said was delicious, but really tasted like sludge. I'm looking at you, Wheatgrass. So I've been really reluctant to waste perfectly good Chia seeds (they ain't cheap!) and almond milk on this experiment. Finally, after eating one too many bags (yes, I … [Read more...]

5 Natural Remedies for Anxiety that I Always Keep On Hand | “#StressLess2BmyBest #CG

Natural Anxiety Remedies

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Some weeks managing stress is its own daily battle. When I'm busy, I tend to put myself last, which really doesn't make sense, because I'm clearly not my best when I am an bundle of stress and anxiety.  Last week, between jobs, sick kids, and the winter that will never end, I was at the end of my rope. The week ended … [Read more...]

Party Favors For Kids’ Birthday Parties that Don’t Create Clutter

Party Favor Ideas

I have a recurring conversation with my closest mom friends every year at this time. We all agree that Birthday Party "goodie bag"-type favors are the worst. And yet, WE ALL GIVE THEM OUT. We hate them. We hate it when our kids bring them home. So then why, in the name Disney Junior, do we keep subjecting ourselves and our fellow parents to these bags filled with disposable plastic junk that just clutters up our homes. THERE MUST BE A BETTER … [Read more...]

What do Probiotics Do For Children? Turns out, a lot! #BioGaia #ChildrensProbiotics

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of BioGaia and MomSelect. All opinions on probiotics (and everything else) are my own. Once you have children, bodily functions that maybe weren't socially acceptable to bring up in public before you had kids, like pooping, farting, and barfing, are such a part of the daily life of a parent that they are a major topic of discussion. Recently I received a text from my husband, about the frequency, … [Read more...]

FREE $50 Credit to Doctor on Demand Online Healthcare Service: #IC #FeelBetter #Spon

Doctor on Demand #spon

“I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Doctor On Demand. I received a free trial coupon code to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”   Moms, do you remember the last time you got sick? Did you immediately call the doctor, make an appointment,  get it taken care of, and go on with your life? I didn't think so. As parents, it is so easy to focus … [Read more...]

Forget Everything You Know about New Year’s Resolutions | #StonyfieldBlogger

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Ok, ok, it's a little late to be sharing New Year's Resolutions. And as I posted on my Mindfully Frugal Mom Facebook page a few weeks ago, I typically don't buy into the whole "resolution" thing. Mostly because I am terrible at keeping them.  But since we're a few weeks into 2015, I want to share a few practices my family and I have been working on successfully this year. Like many people, my kids and I all ate terribly over the holidays. Ok, … [Read more...]