Show your kids how to be a real life Super Hero with The Super Run #ad

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Having fun as a family is what it is all about for us! We reuse our Halloween costumes to celebrate Super Hero Sundays or Star Wars Saturday. It just wouldn't be the same without Mom & Dad participating as well! I think it is so important to teach our kids how fun healthy living can be! One of our favorite ways to stay active together are doing 5ks as a family! What's so great about The Super Run is that by participating you are becoming a real life superhero -both in the way you dress (with your superhero cape of course!) and in your actions by supporting your local non-profit community. The Super Run has over 20 locations nationally, with more coming soon! What separates us from other events is that you can select the non-profit that you’d like your fundraising efforts to benefit. We want to spread the word to all non-profits that we’re here to help. WHO: The Super Run® WHAT: A family-friendly fun run that … [Read more...]

Ozeri Portable Blood Pressure Monitor #ad

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While paying attention to my blood pressure is important, I am that difficult patient that hospitals and doctors offices dread doing my blood pressure and drawing my blood. I am not an expert on using a blood pressure monitor, so why I am difficult I don't know. When I have a migraine (which is often), my blood pressure is low and I get dehydrated. I generally apologize and say" it's not just you! almost everyone has these issues with me." However, between my love of working out, staying at home with 3 boys, and migraines, I need something portable to monitor my blood pressure. I have been known to pass out during a bad migraine and knowing my blood pressure has kept me from attempting normal daily things that aren't necessary, but as moms we feel the need to do it all! About CardioTech products by Ozeri offer clinically proven technology and are used by physicians and hospitals around the world. Compact, portable and simple to use, the CardioTech Premium Series BP3T Blood … [Read more...]

Dig in & Do Good w/ MasterCard to Stand up to Cancer #DoGood #MC

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Last year, I experienced a lot of loss. Some were unexpected like my step-dad and others not so unexpected like my aunt suffering with cancer. My family has always taught me that we should live each day to the fullest. My step-dad taught me from a young age to give without expecting anything in return. To give you some examples of how we keep doing good: We regularly support local organizations such as the domestic violence shelters and food banks, giving fresh foods to people on the street, every Sunday we pick a park to clean up, and we are participating in 5ks like The Glow Run that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to show further support. I love that feeling of doing good, but even more I love how my kids love to do those things! The fact of life is that bad things happen. My goal in life is to see what good may come out of them! Losing a loved one to Cancer or watching as they survive with fear of remission is enough to make me want to Dig In & Do Good! What scares … [Read more...]

Reset your metabolism the healthy way w/ Haylie Pomroy’s The Fast Metabolism Diet! #FastMetabolismDiet

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Since the car wreck, I have really been trying to get myself back on track. I know I have said it a million times, but it's not so much about losing the weight. It's about eating healthy, staying active, and finding your balance. I eat healthy, but I have had a hard time with the lack of intense physical activity. When I was offered this sponsored opportunity with SheSpeaks, I thought what do I have to lose! Starting stats: weight: 122 pounds waist: 33 inches hips: 35 inches 15 pounds is what I have been trying to lose. I go through phases that I am an all or nothing type person. But I don't want to walk, I want to run! I don't want to do the modified version of my intense workouts! There comes a time that I just have to accept my limitations and just put one foot in front of the other! About The Fast Metabolism Diet Haylie Pomroy has helped thousands of clients lose up to 20 pounds in just four weeks -all through the fat-burning power of food. Haylie says … [Read more...]

Upcycle Broken Crayons: Use Solar Oven (or oven) to make crayons #sustainability

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If you have kids, odds are likely you have some broken crayons... You can easily turn them into fun shapes with the help from the sun on warm days (or oven to speed up the process)! ~Peel off wrappers~ This is a great job for all ages. See my 3 year old helping me! ~Place crayons in selected molds~ We are making these are party favors for a birthday, so we selected lego brick & minifigure molds. There really is no right or wrong way to do this. You can break the pieces smaller to melt quicker as well as you can do solid or go for a tie dye effect. ~~~~~ If using a solar oven, see my how-to so that you can make your own by clicking here! Place the solar oven out for a few hours before you start cooking, so it can warm up. Depending on the temperature, this could take all day. You can also cook part of the time in the solar oven then switch to the oven if the temperature starts cooling down before the crayons are melted. For next to nothing, we made are broken … [Read more...]

Steps With Walgreens: Earning Balance Reward Points with quality family time! #BalanceRewards #cbias

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Have you heard of Walgreens Balance Reward Program ?  I am a huge fan of it! Every Sunday I look through the weekly ad (usually on my walgreens app) to see how we can save money on our everyday purchases. If you haven't already joined, you can use your smartphone to scan the code on the sign above in your local store, online, by app, or let the cashier help you get started at checkout. It is easy and worth it to save more money. Not a fan of carrying around loyalty cards? Me either, which is why I love that I can just type in my phone number at the checkout for them to look up my card. Walgreens is now taking their Balance Reward program one step further by offering us motivation to exercise it's called Steps with Balance Rewards. To see my complete Walk with Walgreens shop on Google+ to get an inside view of the Steps with Walgreens program & more click here. If you have a Walgreens account, you can link both your balance rewards and Steps for easy access.  Healthy Living … [Read more...]

Allergy Season with Fram Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter #FresherCar #cbias

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Since we moved to Oklahoma, I have had issues with allergies for the first time in my life. I was not expecting the way my body literally rejects the great outdoors in the Spring and hoped that my body would adjust yet with 3 years there's no end in sight.  I love that weather apps now let you know days that it will be bad for people who deal with allergies. Anyways, this is what I have been dealing with great weather and high pollen levels. I come from a family of handy people who like to diy like my uncle who rebuilds cars. When I was in high school my brother even taught me how to change my own oil, so Fram is a brand I am familiar with. During Spring time, I can't let the fresh in by opening the windows in our house or car. I really miss being able to let the fresh in, so when I found out about FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters made with Arm and Hammer baking soda I was excited! It helps to trap particles and road dust to keep the car fresh on the inside. Living a … [Read more...]

Cherished Family Moments & Values: Bigelow Tea family-owned company passed down generations #cbias

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Family traditions and values are priceless. Carrying on traditions that my mom and grandma started like drinking Bigelow Tea is important for many reasons. It's not just about drinking tea, but it's about the memories and calming effects that I love from a company that values the same things that I do. It's about all those Sunday dinners at grandma's. It's about even as a adult coming home and enjoying a cup of Bigelow Tea with my mom before the boys wake up. My mom and I have a close relationship no matter where my husband's job relocates us too! Girl Talk with my mom drinking a cup of Bigelow Tea   is definitely a cherished moment. Since my dad died last year, I think I have come to cherish these moments even more! We are 3 generations of strong women that can be high strung  I mean intense that are nurturing and hardworking as well! Bigelow Tea is my moment of zen. When I am drinking my tea, it's like everything slows down for a moment. Being a work-at-home mom of … [Read more...]

The Color Run: Join us for the Happiest 5k on the Planet! {promo code for select cities}

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What do you want to achieve this year? I am not talking about New Years Resolutions, because by the time February1st comes around many feel defeated. Is there something you want to do? I want to... continue to live a healthy lifestyle participate in a 5k surround myself with positive energy encourage healthy living to friends & family I am 30 years old. I always told myself I would run a 5k before I turned 31. However, I was injured in a car wreck last year that is interfering with the original plan. So I made a new one! I am going to walk my first 5k with my friends and family this year during The Color Run. Next year I hope to run it, but for now I am putting one foot in front of the other so to speak! Join us at one of the many nationwide events  {Photo belongs to The Color Run) What is The Color Run™? The Color Run™ 5k is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Color runners come from all … [Read more...]

How Gluten Free Brightens our Day! Could it yours too? Featuring Udi’s Gluten Free

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You can't seem to go anywhere without hearing about gluten free this and gluten free that. When we went gluten free over 5 years ago, the convenience factor of gluten free didn't quite exist and if it did the flavors were not right. Maybe it was due to where we were located, but we were forced to learn to adapt without the convenience foods. I know I have discussed our reasons for being gluten free before, but for those who are new to Great Contradictions: Meet Hunter (he's the one in the middle) Hunter is how I found out I had Celiac Disease after over 20 years of not knowing. I usually could not get my weight to 100 pounds, tired all the time, constitipated, upset stomach, bloated, chronic migraines, and a lot of other symptoms that no one had ever tried to get to the root cause of. Now back to Hunter...When he was 6 months old, we knew something was wrong because he was losing weight, really tired, and who can forget 10+ poops a day. When Hunter stopped sitting up and … [Read more...]