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Healthy Living

Creating a Healthier Home with HomeLab

I wrote this post on behalf of HomeLab and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

I never used to be worried about the health of my home, not until after my newborn daughter and I got sick.  It was one of the scariest times in my life and I’m so thankful that it wasn’t any worse.  But that scare woke me up.  I took baby steps to improve the health of our home to keep my family safe.

Doctors are always reminding us to stay healthy by eating right and exercising.  But having a healthy home is just as important as having a healthy body.  Our home should be a place of safety, however, it is estimated that 90% of homes contain toxic dust and 2-5 times more polluted then outdoor air.  Yikes!  Until now, homeowners were on their own trying to identify and solve these problems.

Free HomeLab Ebook

HomeLab is trying to help individuals and families be more natural and environmentally friendly in a low-cost way. They have created a free ebook to help educate families on the harms of the toxicity and the steps to create a healthy home.


HomeLab App

After educating yourself with your free ebook, you can download the app to get started on your step by step guide to creating a healthy home.  The app includes a checklist and the best, recommended products to keep your home healthy.  You can also schedule a consultation with the home doctors.

 

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HomeLab Discount Code

You can purchase the HomeLab program for an annual fee of $99.  This includes a free half hour review of your healthy home plan with a Home Doctor, access to contractors specializing in healthy homes, ongoing support and so much more.  HomeLab is giving my readers 25% off your Healthy Home Program.  Simply use the code SWEET when making your purchase. To learn more about HomeLab and stay connected, visit them on Facebook,

5 Benefits of Using a Humidifier + Giveaway + Discount Codes

I wrote this post on behalf of Anypro.  I received a free sample humidifier and compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions are my own.

It’s getting to be that time of year again.  Sadly, I have already had the flu, sinus infection and conjunctivitis in both eyes.  It hit me all at once and I was so miserable.  The worst part is, mamas don’t have time to be sick.  But I was out for days.  I wish I would of had the Anypro 3.5L Cool Mist Humidifier at the time.  Having a humidifier could have made such a difference.

5 Benefits of Using a Humidifier
  • helps reduce infections because bacteria and viruses aren’t as likely in moist air
  • speeds up recovery time by keeping your nasal passage moist
  • relieves sore throats
  • improves sleep
  • helps eliminate dry and itchy eyes
  • and so much more
About the Anypro 3.5L Cool Mist Humidifier

Anypro offers a humidifier that will operate for 20 to 36 hours, allowing you to breathe easy with a restful sleep. The longer mist provides great coverage for bedrooms, as well as medium to large sized rooms without leaving condensation on the table.  The Anypro humidifier is made of antibacterial material to help avoid mold growth.  It is made to help avoid leakage and base cracks.  You love the quietness and the automatic shut off button during sleep time.

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Purchase or Win an Anypro Cool Mist Humidifier

Anypro is giving you a chance to win a cool mist humidifier of your own, just in time for cold and flu season.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Stay connected with Anypro on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  You can purchase the same humidifier I received for $89.99 or check out their other products at Anyproglobal.com.

Buy Now and Save

The Anypro Cool Mist Humidifier is now $45.99.  Use code 4HEG2E4N when purchasing at Amazon.  Add the Essential Oil Diffuser (modern) and the humidifier to your cart and save $13 by using this code RXG6WQAZ. Expires November 17th.

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Win Free Waffles for a Year

This post is sponsored by Van’s.  All opinions are my own.

Can you believe school is right around the corner?  Big C starts her first day of kindergarten next week.  I’m a little anxious about our new routine.  We’ll have to wake up much earlier, eat breakfast a little quicker and take a longer ride to school.  But eating a quick breakfast, doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy.  Our family loves Van’s waffles and the many different ways we can eat them.

To celebrate all moms and make our lives so much easier, Van’s is hosting a Back-to-School giveaway for a year’s worth of free waffles (52 coupons) and three signed cookbooks from celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author Joy Bauer.

Mom’s Survey

Van’s offers quick, wholesome options like whole grain and protein waffles that are so delicious, you’ll feel great about serving them to your children.  And your kids will love them. When Van’s conducted a survey of 1000 moms, wholesome breakfasts was very important:

  • 58 percent said they rush through their morning hair and makeup routines
  • Nearly 40 percent admit to wearing pajamas to drive their kids to school
  • 17 percent apply makeup in the car
  • Almost 70 percent of moms said they feel better about themselves when they serve a hot breakfast, and they count protein, whole grains and kid-friendliness as the lead factors for making good choices for their families.

Van’s waffles comes in a variety of different options to fit the needs of all eaters, from kid-favorite minis (with 27 grams of whole grains per serving) to Van’s Gluten-Free waffles (free of gluten, dairy and egg) and Van’s 8 Whole Grain waffles (with 7 grams of fiber).

Win Free Waffles

Van’s Waffles are available at grocery stores, mass merchandisers and natural food retailers nationwide.  To find Van’s Waffles at a store near you, you can visit Van’s Store Locator.

Win Free Waffles for a Year

Van’s is giving you the opportunity to win a year’s worth of free waffles (52 coupons) and three signed cookbooks from celebrity nutritionalist and best-selling offer Joy Bauer – “Slim & Scrumptious,” “From Junk Food to Joy Food” and “Food Cures.” (Approx. $275 value)

This giveaway was facilitated by Van’s Foods.  I was not compensated for this post but did receive free product samples.  All opinions are my own.

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Independence Day with Applegate + Giveaway

I spent most of my childhood and young adult life on the beach.  Our family reunions, birthdays, Independence Day and after school shenanigans always seemed to revolve around the sun, sand and ocean.  We created some fun memories and great traditions that will last a lifetime.  Now that I am married and have kids of my own, our family has created our own traditions.

We don’t live as close to the beach anymore as I did when I was growing up.  But some of the same things we did on the beach, we now do in our own backyard.  We love having our family and friends over for BBQ’s, swim parties and making new memories.  And that’s what we did this 4th of July.

For July 4th, Applegate sent our family everything we needed for a great, delicious and healthy BBQ to enjoy, in exchange for sharing our experience with you, my readers.  Check out what was included in our kit and what you have a chance to win:

Independence Day Applegate Giveaway

  • Applegate natural beef hot dogs made with 100% grass beef
  • Sir Kensington’s Ketchup and Mustard
  • Vermont Bread Company natural buns
  • Applegate Cooler Bag
  • Applegate Tote Bag
  • Applegate Frisbee
  • Applegate Stainless Steel water bottle (adults)
  • Applegate Stainless Steel water bottle (kids)

Big C was so thrilled to receive her big box of goodies from Applegate.  You can just see the excitement in her face when she received a frisbee.

Independence Day Applegate Giveaway

Applegate is our number one choice for hot dogs because they only contain four ingredients, 100% grass-fed beef, water, salt and spices.  That’s it!  No artificial ingredients, synthetic nitrates, or antibiotics.  And they are so delicious.

Giveaway Time

Now, Applegate wants you to get on the grass with your family and kids, host a hot dog cookout and a frisbee toss.  Or maybe you want to have your friends over for a BBQ Bash.  Whatever you decide, here’s a chance for you to win your own Applegate “Get Out On Grass” Kit.  Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter and don’t forget to follow Applegate on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Walk It Off Now + Giveaway

My Weight Struggle

I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life.  I was always the chubby kid growing up.  I struggled finding clothes that were stylish and cute.  And I always wanted to be that skinny girl. As I grew and got older, the weight started to come off.  Most people gain the Freshman Fifteen in college, but for me, that was when I learned how to take care of my body the right way.  I did this through a healthy diet, taking a long walk around the lake, and joining different exercise classes at the campus gym.

Challenging Myself

I’m thankful that I never took drastic measures to change my body or lose weight.  I know that can be an addiction in and of itself.  I love to have a plan that allows me to stay focused, but also challenge myself.  Just a few months ago, I started exercising again after my difficult c-section.  I decided to take on a new challenge and partner up with Wendie Pett for the Walk It Off Now program.  Wendie is providing me with everything I need for the challenge to help promote and share her program with you.

Walk It Off Now Challenge

About Walk It Off Now

Walk It Off Now is a FREE six week program for anyone who wants to get fit anywhere.  With this program, you’ll receive a guided walking workout plan right to your email each week. You can also join Wendie’s Facebook page to get information regarding walking, healthy foods and other exercise tips and tricks.

Walk It Off Challenge

Win a Yearly Membership

Wendie is giving my readers a chance to win an upgraded yearly membership.  It’s a $197 value which includes four challenges for the year with complete plan via emails, video and download.  You will also receive access to join a private community with daily accountability and coaching from Wendie, a Walk It Off Now “DEVO” Style devotional (ebook form), as well as, a tracking journal, live walks each week with Wendie and Facebook Private Group parties with giveaways and great prizes like a Fitbit.

Here’s How to Enter

To enter the giveaway for a yearly membership, sign up for the free challenge than leave a comment below (on this blog post) sharing why you would like to win.  This giveaway closes on June 30th and is open to US residents only.  I hope you’ll join me in this fun challenge.

Eye Sight – Fighting Blindness

I Didn’t Know My Eye Sight Was Bad

The ophthalmologist visited my school every year to do eye screenings.  I wanted so badly to be able to wear glasses.  (I guess I thought it would be cool). But every year, my eyes scored perfectly on the eye exam.  When I had my eye screening in sixth grade, I was surprised to learn that I needed to see an eye doctor for retesting.  I thought it was a mistake, for sure. But when I was retested, sure enough, I needed glasses. The ophthalmologist had me look out the window at the sign across the street.  Then he asked me to try on my new glasses.  I couldn’t believe how clearly I could see now.  My eye sight was perfect!

I could see the chalkboard better, catch a fly ball, see faces and movies like I had never seen before.  My world had changed.  Since then, my vision and prescription has mostly stayed the same.  Thank goodness.  But as age increases, there are many who begin to lose their eye sight.  They can no longer read to their grandchildren or watch their favorite movies and shows. Imagine your life without eye sight.  Big C and I teamed up with the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, with this video and post, to bring everyone awareness and hope for Age-related Macular Degeneration.  We received a small compensation in doing so.  Take a look and listen.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Deteriorating eye sight as you age is difficult, but there are treatments.  And we want the world to know that there is hope and a cure in sight.  The Foundation Fighting Blindness  is providing you or someone you know with a free, downloadable, education packet for those who are experiencing Age-related Macular Degeneration.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a non-profit organization, has provided funding for research on cures for blindness, specifically AMD, since 1971.  FFB has already made possible, treatments to stop, and in some cases, reverse retinal disease.  This is great news for people over 55 and their families.