Feb 122016
 
Green Tea & Peppermint Sea Salt Foot Scrub

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up very soon, and it also happens to be my sister’s birthday. I’m not sure what she has to say about it, but having a birthday on a holiday seems pretty fun to me. I have always had a blast celebrating her birthday over the years because I really love going all out with the St. Patrick’s Day theme. I loved to bake her a cake or cupcakes decorated with candy shamrocks, give her gifts that were all green in color, and for many years we would go to McDonald’s to fill our bellies up with a minty shamrock shake, too. Now that my sister and I are older and have children, things are a little different. As a Mom, I know that taking time to pamper yourself is really important, so for my sister’s birthday this year, I made her a gift that she can use [CONTINUE READING…]

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Feb 112016
 
Get Peace of Mind with the VTech Safe&Sound Digital Video Baby Monitor

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a helicopter parent. I’ve been a stay at home Mom since the birth of my daughter, Kayleigh, in 2013, and last year we welcomed our son, Logan. I spend almost every waking hour of every day with my two kids, and I (almost) always know exactly what they are up to. Kayleigh is finally at the age where I can leave her alone for a few minutes to do things like run downstairs and swap the laundry over. Logan, however, recently started walking, and gets into anything and everything  you could possibly imagine. He is also at that stage where he puts everything he can find into his mouth – clumps of cat hair, pieces of old food that he finds in random places, his sister’s small toys, and I have to watch him like a hawk, so he doesn’t put a [CONTINUE READING…]

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Feb 102016
 
Michael Angelo's Authentic Italian Food|REAL Ingredients, No Preservatives

This Michael Angelo’s Frozen Meals post has been sponsored by the  Sverve Community. All opinions listed here are 100% my own. Since the beginning of the year, I have been eating cleaner and healthier.  I’ve cut out junk food and processed foods that are full of preservatives and ingredients that I can’t pronounce.  I’m turning 35 this year, and I figured it was time I finally started taking better care of myself.  I’m feeling so much better overall already.  I have more energy, my clothes fit better, and I don’t have that constantly bloated feeling that I used to have. While I am enjoying eating cleaner and healthier, which includes making the bulk of my meals completely from scratch, so I know exactly what ingredients are being put into them, I don’t always have the time or the energy to make a meal.  I have two little kids to take [CONTINUE READING…]

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What You Need to Know About Migraines

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Feb 052016
 
What You Need to Know About Migraines

I created this post as part of a campaign by Teva Pharmaceuticals. I received an American Express gift card for participating. What You Need to Know About Migraines Have you ever had a migraine? If not, you may not really understand just how awful they can be. Migraines are not just a regular headache.  I have had regular headaches, and migraines are much, much worse. I have had several migraines throughout my lifetime, and they are absolutely debilitating. I started getting migraines when I was about 12 years old, which means I have suffered with them for over 20 years now. There are many things that can trigger a migraine – stress, medications, loud noises, bright or flashing lights, foods or beverages, missing a meal, and fatigue.  I have noticed that hormonal changes, such as when I have my period, during the first trimester of pregnancy, or in the weeks after giving birth, trigger migraines [CONTINUE READING…]

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Feb 012016
 
25 Healthy Breakfast Recipes

I have been eating a lot healthier since the beginning of the year, and I have to say, I am actually enjoying it. I have always loved to experiment with foods, so I have been browsing Pinterest for some great new ideas. One of the things I have loved most is searching for healthy breakfast recipes. Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day, but I was used to eating eggs cooked in tons of butter, toast slathered up with even more butter, salty bacon or sausage, thick pancakes coated in sugary syrup… not really the best choices for my waistline. Eating a healthy breakfast is now something I look forward to every day, and I have really found a lot of recipes that are not only easy to make, but taste wonderful too. I hope you enjoy these awesome healthy breakfast recipes as much as I do! [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jan 282016
 
Minestrone Soup & Fairwind FWPC6L Pressure Cooker Review

I received a FairWind FWPC6L Pressure Cooker for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. It seems like pressure cooking is all the rage these days, and after trying the Fairwind FWPCL 6 Liter Pressure Cooker, I can see why! It really makes cooking up your favorite meals so quick and easy. I recently made a very simple minestrone in my new pressure cooker, and it came out delicious. I was very impressed with how easy it was to just put everything in the pot and let it cook while I did other things around the house. I really liked not having to watch the stove constantly while my soup cooked. In about 45 minutes, I had a hot and delicious bowl of soup ready to eat! I love minestrone soup, because there are no set rules to making it. You [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jan 272016
 
Customize Your Personal Online Calendar with Beautiful Calendar

At the beginning of every year, I buy a paper calendar, with intentions of finally becoming organized for once in my life, and every year the same thing happens – I use it for a couple of weeks, and then it ends up getting buried somewhere, like the back of my closet, or in a drawer, and I completely forget about it. Either that, or one of my kids gets a hold of it and tears it to shreds. All of my plans for organization go right out the window, and I’m back to living life completely scatterbrained, trying to remember important dates in my head. As a Mom of two kids under 3, I already have enough to worry about, without stressing about remembering important dates too. I need a calendar system that actually works for me and that will help me to keep my sanity. I have finally realized that [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jan 262016
 
Preparing for the Big Game with Walmart

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. It’s hard to believe the big game is just around the corner! Are you ready yet? Being from New England, I must admit I’m a little disappointed that my team won’t make it to the big game this year, but my family and I will still be watching from the comfort of our home. I’ve been busy filling out my shopping list, which includes lots of food, drinks and a few other things to get our home ready for guests.  A few days before the big game arrives, I’ll head out to Walmart to do all of my shopping. It’s just a few minutes from my house, so it’s super convenient. I love that I can find everything I need in one place. I’ll likely have the kids with me when I go, so I don’t want to have to run around to several stores [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jan 252016
 
Tropical Overnight Oats

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sunsweet Growers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. If you’ve been following my blog in recent weeks, you know I’ve been eating a lot healthier since the new year in hopes to lose some weight and become a healthier person. I had really let myself go during my recent pregnancies and in my post-partum months, stuffing my face with anything I could get my hands on, just because it was easy and convenient. Most of my days were filled with eating candy, potato chips, take-out food… basically, junk. I got tired of feeling so unhealthy, lethargic and overweight, so I started eating nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day, and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. After just three weeks of this lifestyle change, I am feeling better than ever! I have more energy, don’t feel so [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jan 252016
 
Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal

I made a drastic change in my diet at the beginning of the year, and I’m proud to say that I have been doing very well! I have been eating so much healthier than I used to, and I haven’t even had a cheat meal yet. One of the things that I gave up at the beginning of the year was baking. I used to bake yummy, fattening treats all the time, and my biggest weakness was sweet breads and cookies. Oh, how I love both of those. As I was browsing Pinterest the other night, I came across a recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Cookies, and I will admit, I had to wipe a little bit of drool off my chin. They looked so yummy and inviting, and I just wanted to take a big bite out of them. When I woke up the next day, I [CONTINUE READING…]

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