Importance of Taking a Daily Probiotic for Women

I have been on a health and wellness journey since January. I have tried to lose weight in the past, but I am just focusing on overall wellness which means a lifestyle change and if weightloss happens then that is great. I have been taking probiotics for a few years now. I started taking them when I was pregnant with my son and I noticed so many amazing results. I have been looking for a change in probiotic since I have been eating differently and exercising more.

I was recently introduced to NOW, which is a family-owned company since 1968 and was founded on the principle that quality natural health products should be affordable to everyone. Nearly 50 years later, NOW is a leader in the natural products industry, and their mission has remained the same: to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives. NOW’s extensive line of 1400 products, most of which are non-GMO, includes dietary supplements, health and beauty products, essential oils, healthy foods, sports nutrition, and pet supplements.

What to Stream When You're Trying to Lose Weight

The hubby and I are running our first 5K on Saturday. From what I can tell, it's a color run so it isn't as competitive as other races seem to be. So it will be a great first 5K especially since we are beginning runners. We have started a weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle to become a #FitFam (fitness family). We want to be healthy. And to get in the mind set, we have been streaming different documentaries to help us in our process. I have made a list of what to stream when you are trying to lose weight.

P90X's Island Pork Tenderloin Recipe

I have been trying to gradually lose weight. Really we are trying to get back into a healthy lifestyle. We ate WAY TOO much over the holidays and it just wasn't good for our health at all. I have started doing Beachbody's P90X again but this time I have changed it up so I can slowly get into it and not overwhelm myself. I am trying to start with our diet and first. I have been working out, but I am starting slow because I didn't realize how weak I was. Eating healthy can be very yummy. We actually enjoy eating foods that are better for us, but the unhealthy foods tend to be so much more convenient, unless you meal plan - which we have started doing again. Meal planning can also be cheaper on your wallet. Here's a recipe that is healthy, yummy, and pretty easy to make.

Island Pork Tenderloin - Easy, Delicious, Low Calorie Dinner Recipe

Island Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Merry Christmas! + Nutrisystem Results

I received complimentary products from Nutrisystem to provide this post. All opinions are my own.

 My daughter was out of school this week, so on Monday we headed to Zoo Atlanta with my sister-in-law and some of our friends. It was a lot of fun and I got a lot of steps in. We brought in our lunches and I had a great discussion about Nutrisystem and the great eating habits it has taught me. Tuesday I cleaned the house top to bottom to getting ready for company and wrapped all of the kiddos' presents from us.

Losing Weight during the Holidays
I know I mentioned last week that we were going to go to The Varsity on Christmas Eve, but it has been very rainy in Georgia with flash flood watches so we decided to stay at my in-laws and have a nice steak dinner. I still can't believe my father-in-law went to the grocery store that morning.

Nurisystem Week 11 Update #nsnation

I received complimentary products from Nutrisystem to provide this post. All opinions are my own.
Monday we started the week off with dance of course where they had a Santa and Peanut actually sat in his lap! Both were scared when we went before. SweetPea said she would have sat in his lap (even though she was scared) if she knew there were candy canes. LOL
This week has was SweetPea's last week of school before Winter Break and we all went as a family to her Christmas Party on Friday, then we took the kiddos to see The Good Dinosaur which was a GREAT movie and I seriously suggest taking your kiddos to see it.

Nutrisystem Week 10 Update #nsnation

I received complimentary products from Nutrisystem to provide this post. All opinions are my own.
This week we celebrated my daughter's 5th birthday. You can see her birthday story and more HERE. She was the reason I started this blog, she is my rainbow baby, she is my sweet angel, and it is still so surreal that she is FIVE.
A pleasant surprise I received this week: A Nutribear! Very exciting to receive my "reward" for losing 20 pounds and I still can't believe I have done it. Starting this journey through this time of the year has been one of the most challenging things I have done.

Week 9 Nutrisystem Update #nsnation

I received complimentary products from Nutrisystem to provide this post. All opinions are my own.
I started the week out with a stomach bug including fever. Yuck. Hubby was on vacation this week and we had made a schedule of what we wanted to do every day to make his time off work productive. But I ruined it the first day. Thankfully it was just a 24 hour bug. On Tuesday we went to go get our Christmas tree since it was suppose to rain all week.
Hubby was on vacation, so we cleaned out our room because over the weekend we bought a new bedroom set and mattress. It was WAY over due though. Our old one was an old 70's water bed frame. It even had the mirrors.

Nutrisystem Week 6 Update #NSNation

I received complimentary products to provide this post. All opinions are my own.
This past week I have had more energy and maybe it's because I have been better about sticking to my meal plan? Or drinking more water? Or getting more exercise in? Or knowing I have deadlines to meet? LOL Whatever it is, it was a GOOD week. So I have decided to share some of the things I've learned since joining Nutrisystem and I thought I would share them with all of you.
How cute is my little dancer and her best friend?

Nutrisystem Week 3 Update #NSNation

I received complimentary 3-month Nutrisystem plan to provide this post. All opinions are my own.

So I only lost a pound and a half. I was bad about recording my calories, I didn't drink enough water, and I didn't get my exercise in every day. But a loss is a loss and I'll take it.
The biggest hurdle this week? Getting my family to eat dinner. I have been incorporating what I have been learning into my family's diet. So that means more veggies, less processed meats and heavy carbs. My husband jumped right on board with this plan, but my kids aren't accepting the change quite as easily. My son is more willing to work on it than my daughter, but she is starting to try more.

We Had a lot of fall fun this week.

Week 2 Nutrisystem Results #NSNation

I received complimentary products to share this post. All opinions are my own.

This week has been a little chaotic because I had very little energy. Power Fuels are key with Nutrisystem. Tuesday we went out to eat for lunch with the family. I ate something that wasn't what I would normally because I was trying to eat a little healthier, but it was considered a "Flex Meal" on Nutrisystem. That's what I love about this program, you can still enjoy eating out because you just need to think about the food choices you make. Then we headed to Panola Mountain State Park and went on a little hike. Hubby suggested it. I love that he is wanting to start getting healthier too.
Wednesday was my daughter's class field trip to Yule Forest to visit the pumpkin patch. Pictures to come. ;) Thursday my sister-in-law invited us to go to the park and we brought a little picnic lunch. Saturday we went to visit my mom and then SweetPea spent the night with my in-laws while we took Peanut to a friend's house to visit for his birthday. I did go a little off track and had a beer or two. I did feel a little guilty, but I had been very good all week and very rarely get to visit with friends, so I didn't feel too bad. :)

Nutrisystem Week 1: 8 lbs down!

I received complimentary 3 month service from Nutrisystem to share my experience. All opinions are my own.

I'm excited to say that although my first week on Nutrisystem doing Fast 5+ was a learning curve, I lost 8 pounds!

I'm proud to be a #NSNationBlogger. Click here to start your weight loss journey!

I went to the store 3 times last week continuously buying fresh veggies. I did have creamer in my morning coffee, but I am down to only one cup a day and I started actually measuring out my creamer instead of just dumping it in.

Have a Healthy Halloween with Puritan's Pride {#GruesomeGoodies Giveaway Hop, Ends 10/21}

I received complimentary products to provide this post. All opinions are my own.

Halloween means trick or treating for kids, and tricky temptation for parents. Dawn Lombardi, product development at Puritan’s Pride® health and wellness brand, suggests swapping these when candy cravings strike:

Trim Healthy Mama Review & Giveaway

I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to the 1st Annual Hootin Spookin Halloween Giveaway Hop 
hosted by Karen’s Got Mail & Housewife on a Mission! 

I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some awesome giveaways with our readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs listed below and enter some fabulous giveaways, all of which are worth a minimum of $25!

Becoming trim and healthy doesn't have to be difficult or painstaking anymore. After trying almost every fad diet out there, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett took matters into their own hands and created the Trim Healthy Mama Plan, a breakthrough lifestyle program to help readers of all ages and stages get healthy, slim down, and keep off the weight once and for all.

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Review & Giveaway

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Welcome to the "Fall In Love with Giveaways" Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy's Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama's Baby Cupcakes. This hop has an open theme, which means anything family friendly is up for grabs! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner and after visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have to offer for you!
Get your daily dose of greens with Amazing Grass Green Superfood. Just one serving provides a powerful blend of whole food nutrition from nutrient-dense greens and antioxidant rich superfoods to support overall health, immunity and energy levels.

Starting My Weightloss Journey #NSNation

I have been battling with my weight for more than a few years now. I was never the "thin" one or even "in shape". I have had to try to teach myself healthy eating habits because I was never taught them growing up. Pregnancy and breastfeeding throws me out of whack.
  I'm proud to be a #NSNationBlogger. Click here to start your weight loss journey!

I am excited (and nervous) to announce that I am starting my weightloss journey as a Nutrisystem #NSNation Blogger. I'm excited because I personally know quite a few people who have a had a great experience with this program. I'm nervous because I am going to have to teach myself and schedule all my meals, water, intake, and exercise until it becomes habit (because it wasn't before).
Below are some pictures that I want to share with all of you, so you can see where I'm starting from and hold myself accountable. These are embarrassing, but they are real.

Live Gluten Free with NoGii

I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own.

Created by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Gluten-Free Mom, Emmy Award-Winning Talk Show Host, and New York Times Best-Selling Author of “The G-Free Diet” and “Deliciously G-Free,” NoGii is a line of certified gluten-free protein bars, protein powders, and paleo bars. Made from high quality and sustainably sourced premium ingredients. All products have an ideal balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates and do not contain high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or hydrogenated oils. NoGii offers a variety of choices to provide you and your family with good, clean, certified gluten-free, and nutritional food choices that fit your active lifestyle. 

Losing Weight with SlimQuick Pure Protein Powder

I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own.
I am trying to kick my weight loss journey back into gear. We joined a gym September of last year, but we stopped going when Peanut got sick, then the holidays happened, and then Hubby got his new job with the long commute and now we are back at square one. I wanted to get bathing suit body ready (I don't do bikinis, LOL), but alas that didn't happen. With my daughter out for the summer though, we are going to stay super busy. So what I am going to do on those mornings when I need to hit the road, but there's no time for breakfast?


I recently had the opportunity to review SlimQuick Pure Protein Powder. I have used protein powders in the past when I have been trying to lose weight. They can taste terrible or have a weird consistency, but SlimQuick doesn't. This is my favorite smoothie recipe. When my wisdom tooth was coming through (over 5 years ago now) and the pain was so bad I couldn't chew anything, my Hubby taught me this smoothie recipe and I have been in love ever since.

Enter to WIN FOUR Glasstic Water Bottles during the #GreenResolutions Giveaway Hop! Ends 1/31

This post is sponsored.

Welcome to the Green Resolution Giveaway Hop!
We want to help encourage you to make resolutions to live healthier and more eco-friendly lives this New Year! After entering my giveaway for a 4-pack of Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Bottles (Retailed at over $80), be sure to hop around and enter all of the other giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more fun stuff that will help you go green and live a more healthful, eco-friendly lifestyle in 2015.

10 Reasons To Invest In A Glasstic Glass Water Bottle!

What's in YOUR Work Out Bag?

I received free products to provide this post. All opinions are my own.

I am trying to start the New Year off right and get back into the groove of going to the gym. My goal for this year was to get back to pre-pregnancy weight. I THOUGHT I was fortunate to not have to put my stuff in a locker at the gym. I use to just put what I need in my diaper bag and leave it in the gym nursery. I then would carry my phone, keys, and wallet around with me. This can get quite cumbersome, so I recently invested in a lock and a decent work out bag.

I don't carry the diaper bag anymore, since I am breastfeeding and they don't change diapers. I just go out to the car to change Peanut. Anyways, here are a few essentials that I have decided to keep in my gym bag.

Save On Weight Watchers Approved Products #MyBlogSpark

I received a prize pack from General Mills through MyBlogSpark in order to share this information. All opinions are my own.

Save On Weight Watchers Approved Products

I just thought I would share this quick deal with all of you interested in starting a healthier lifestyle for the New Year, without breaking the bank. These quick, delicious options can help you get back into a healthy routine for 2014. Check out these great deals going on now at Publix through 1/14. All of these products are Weight Watchers approved and sure to help you on your road to getting healthy!

Progresso Light Soup, BOGO $1.97 – $2.85
- $0.50/2 Progresso Soups
- $1/4 Progresso Soup, Any Cans, 12/08/2013 SS Insert (exp 2/1/2014)
- $0.50/2 Progresso Soup, Any Cans, 12/08/2013 SS Insert (exp 2/1/2014)
As low as $0.49!

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables, 7 to 10 oz, BOGO $1.99 – $2.13
As low as $0.99 per box.

Yoplait Yogurt, 4 to 6 oz, 20/$10
- $1/10 Yoplait Yogurt Cups Best Meals Happen At Home Emailed Publix Coupon
- $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups
- $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups
Just $0.32 per cup after Publix & Manu coupons!

For more info and coupons, make sure to check out!

I received a prize pack from General Mills through MyBlogSpark in order to share this information. All opinions are my own.