Tips to Drink More Water {Plus Zoku Giveaway}

On my journey to lose 60 pounds, I have leaned so much. That's why it has taken so long. So I keep sharing what I have learned through trial and error so maybe you all can learn from my mistakes. I share a little while back about some of my tips to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle and I mentioned make sure to drink your water. So I thought I would share the ways that have helped me get more water in and make sure to enter the fun giveaway below too!


How to Save Money on Prescriptions

This post is sponsored by ScriptSave® WellRx. All opinions are my own.


As a frugal mom, one of the questions that I get asked is how do you save on medical expenses. We all know that insurance can only take us so far and we are very fortunate to have a health savings account that helps us save for any type of medical expense, but if I can save money on prescriptions where I normally wouldn't get a discount then of course I am going to take it!


ScriptSave® WellRX is a great service that helps you do just that! All you have to do is take their free discount card or mobile app with you to your pharmacy and use it to get a discount when you fill your prescriptions!

10 Powerful Natural Antibiotics to Treat Infection

This is a guest post.

Modern antibiotics have become the go-to option for every human being. Prescribed antibiotics and sometimes even over-the-counter antibiotics has been used by people to try to cure everything starting from common cold to sexually transmitted infections (after a visit to an std test clinic), but sometimes these causes more damage than benefit. Studies have proved that, while antibiotics fasten your recovery and benefits you, taking it too much or without medical prescription can lead to gastrointestinal issues, allergies and a weak immunity system.



Nature is power packed with innumerable antibiotics that can be equally efficient and with less side-effects. Before modern research equipped the medical field with the development of antibiotics, people have survived with natural resources.

With every pharmaceutical company eyeing only at a profit, it is time to go back to nature and use natural antibiotics. The biggest advantage of going natural is that it comes without any side-effects that could become a bigger problem than the actual illness.

Here are the 10 most powerful natural antibiotics

While the list is long and exhausting, below are 10 most powerful natural antibiotics that can resist various pathogens that attack the human body. These need not be used as a treatment but as part of your daily lifestyle and diet.

Helping Ease the Symptoms of Leaky Gut with Restore

My mom has been having some tummy issues and what I can only call "leaky gut syndrome". I simply have no other word to describe it. Since she has been having these issues and has also tried about every probiotic under the sun, I decided to let her try out Restore that I received complimentary review through Moms Meet.


What is "Leaky Gut Syndrome"?

Naturally Relieve Earache Pain with ClearPop

As a parent, you want your kiddo to feel better when they are sick. I have shared my post about natural ways to reduce teething pain and I have shared our sick kid essentials. As parents, we hate to see our little ones in any kind of discomfort and I have recently came across a natural way to relieve earache pain that could be a life saver for parents.


So what is ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief and why is it a great choice for earache relief?

Health Benefits of Drinking Tea + Teasia Giveaway

Since we have been trying to make more healthy decisions in our day to lives, I have been trying to cut back on the creamer I put into my coffee. I do buy sugar free, but I really need to kick it to the curb. I'm having difficulties doing this. So I started researching and have found that tea is the way to go. Here are some of the health benefits of tea that I have discovered in my research.


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.



Tell the Cleaning Industry to Come Clean

As parents we deserve to know the ingredients in the products we use. Did you know there are no regulations for the ingredient labeling of household cleaning products? So you have no idea about the products you use every day around your family. I have partnered with Seventh Generation because I believe the Cleaning Industry needs to #ComeClean and let us know what is in their products.

Tell the Cleaning Industry to #ComeClean

Why is Ingredient Disclosure Important?

Protecting Little Lungs from RSV

This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I remember the first time I heard about RSV. I was pregnant with my first born. There was a very real commercial that made me open my eyes to how serious it is. My daughter was born in December, so preventing RSV was a high priority for me. 

Did you know October is #RSVAwarenessMonth? Check the facts & learn how to protect #LittleLungs from RSV. #ad #IC

National RSV Awareness Month takes place every October as a time to educate parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV disease as well as prevention measures you can take.

RSV is a common, seasonal virus that typically occurs between November and March in the United States and is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies in their first year of life. The disease causes mild to moderate cold like symptoms and affects nearly 100% of babies by the age of 2.

Symptoms include the following:

Navigating The Journey Together - Become a CF Champion

This post was sponsored by Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my post.

My mother has been having medical issues for years now. She had a very difficult time breathing, constantly had a wheezing cough, and was constantly having tummy issues. She even had to quit her job as a teacher, which was her one passion. Her life was miserable, until she saw her doctor, went through multiple tests, and was finally diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.



Our Sick Kid Essentials

My little man isn't feeling well today. And it got me thinking about all the very useful things that I keep on hand in case one of my kids get sick. Since my son is two and my daughter is five, I keep a wide variety of products on hand, just in case. Because you never know and you never want to be caught off guard.




These are products that I have used time and time again because they work. This list is more than fluids and lots of rest. Because when sick gets real, you don't want to be left off guard. Feel free to share your thoughts on the products you use as well.

What to Do When Your Child Injures a Tooth

This is a sponsored guest post.

Caring for Your Child's Broken Tooth
 
Whether your child is an unsteady toddler or an active teenager fond of taking crazy risks, there is a chance they will have a fall that can break or damage teeth. If your child has broken a tooth, treatment will depend on whether it is a baby tooth or permanent tooth, and whether it has been completely knocked out or simply damaged.

Achieving My Total Wellness Goals with Nature Made

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of a Blog Blast for Influence Central.

Staying on track with your wellness goals can be hard, especially if you don't see any visible signs or the scale moving. Being a mom can be stressful, but that doesn't mean I don't have non-scale victories that are helping me achieve my total wellness goals. There are many ways that I have noticed that I am working towards my wellness goals. I have noticed that I have increased energy which means I have been able to get more done around the house and exercise more.


 I have also been taking Nature Made VitaMelts Vitamin B12 that I bought at Walmart. Vitamin B12 can help increase energy and Nature Made is the nation’s #1 best-selling brand for quality vitamins, minerals and supplements* to help support nutritional gaps. Walmart was a great place to purchase my Nature Made vitamins because they have everyday low prices and I don't have to wait for a sale.

Spring Clean Naturally with Grab Green + Earth Day Giveaway

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

It's that time of year to go through the house and clean EVERYTHING! Spring Cleaning can be a challenge especially if you want to avoid nasty chemicals. Grab Green's innovative, delightfully simple products are healthier, non-toxic, and safer than leading brands, while being effective and scientifically proven to perform. Their eco-responsible formulas are sold in reduced recyclable packaging and convenient, pre-measured packs. They are also suitable for all water temperatures and cycles.
 
 
 Grab Green does not use animal testing, whatsoever, and all of their products are made without dyes, glycols, phosphates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, DEA, formaldehyde, caustics, or optical brighteners. Grab Green products are available in fragrance free (perfect for those with allergies) and beautifully balanced fragrances that are handcrafted from essential oils.

Change Up Your Health Routine

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Do you remember back in January when I made all of those resolutions? Did you make any? How have you been sticking to yours? Well, I am hitting a funk of sorts. I don't know whether it is the pollen or my lack of energy, but I have been slipping back into some old habits.


 My main resolution I have been lacking on is my decision to get my health on track. I felt like I was bored. So here are my healthy habits that I am doing to get me out of my slump. And even if you didn't make any health resolutions, just because it is March doesn't mean you can't start thinking about healthy habits!

Common Childhood Allergies to Watch Out For

This is a sponsored guest post.
If you’ve noticed that your child is coughing and sneezing a lot, often complains of a poorly tummy, always seems to break out in sore rashes and spots, or often can’t see for watery eyes, they may be one of the unlucky 1 in 13 to suffer from a food allergy. Unfortunately, the most common childhood allergies also tend to be things that can be found in abundance around the average home, and you may not even realize the allergy exists until the symptoms are already there. If the allergy is particularly severe, you may find yourself shocked if you aren't already in the know.

Our First ER Visit

So on Friday, we went to the park as a family because the Hubby was off of work. Peanut fell and when I picked him up, blood was pouring out of his mouth. When he finally let us have a peak, it looked like a chunk of his tongue was missing. Both Hubby and I agreed, we needed to go to the ER. 

Called ahead and they were rude on the phone. That should have been my first clue. Peanut was crying, blood kept pouring out the whole way there.
 
 

Protecting Against the Sun with Blue Lizard Sunscreen


Did you know that snow and ice actually reflect the sun so you are hit with UV rays twice? Did you know that even on cloudy days you are exposed to the sun?


This  is why it is so important to still wear sunscreen even in the colder winter months. When you wouldn't normally think about sunscreen. I was recently sent different sunscreen products from Blue Lizard. I have heard about their products for a while now and even received a sample in the Sun & Fun Box from 16 Minute Club. I was excited to try what else they had to offer.

Making New Year Resolution Progress with Progresso + Giveaway



I have always tried making New Year resolutions that would stick. And it seems great and really easy at first because you are motivated, but then by week three of the new year you are back to old habits. That's why I have decided to make smaller goals for myself this year, instead of traditional "resolutions". Easy to set, so I won't be weighed down by the heavy obstacle.

My 2016 New Year Goals:


When Children Need Extra Vitamins

This is a sponsored guest post.

When Children Need Extra Vitamins
 
As your children grow up, you need to make sure they’re getting the vitamins and minerals they need to develop healthy and strong bodies and minds. Indeed, there’s a wealth of information dedicated to the subject of children’s nutrition. Knowing where and when to get the necessary vitamins for children who need extra minerals is something parents should learn, in order to give their kids the best chance in life as they can.