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New Campaign Supports Busy Moms & Healthy Families

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So true, right?

If you’ve read this site for very long, you know a few things about me – That since the day I found out that I was pregnant with Abby, I started on a journey to making my life cleaner & greener. That no matter how hard I tried, I was not able to lose the baby weight {or do I call it toddler weight now?} on my own – until I found the Nutrisystem plan. That a healthy lifestyle has become so much more important to me now that I’m the role model for another little person, who for whatever crazy reason, thinks that I’m the person to look up to. So, while I am FAR from perfect, I am proud of the fact that I am consistently making small changes that move me towards a better life. Like this quote says – No matter how slow I go, I’m doing better than all of those people who don’t even start. And to me, that’s what’s important – the journey!


“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”  – Jim Rohn

If you’re like me, and doing your best to move towards a better, healthier, more exuberant way of living – You will probably be as excited as I am to hear about a really cool new campaign to help motivate families towards healthier lifestyles called Together Counts. I’ll let them tell you a little more about themselves –

“Together Counts is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind our program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn – {which is the smartest way you can live!} – It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 195 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations.”

What I really love about this campaign is the focus on moderation. We all know that our lifestyles have room for improvement. {Ok, so there’s probably a 1% of you out there drinking a celery smoothie while doing Yoga with your toddler and not relating. But this is for the rest of you, lol} We are also all super busy Super Moms who are doing out best to juggle those crazy demands of life/kids/spouse/work/home – and that causes us to sometimes feed out kids chicken nuggets or mac and cheese from a box. That doesn’t make us bad moms, and advice that causes us to feel that way usually just gets ignored – for good reason. But no, this campaign is all about finding realistic ways to make positive changes to balance your family’s life. You will LOVE the tips, ideas, and resources you’ll find!

If you’re ready to get your family movin’ together, and eatin’ healthy more often, then join the party online!

There are tons of super fun ways that you can get involved in this great campaign, and they can provide you with loads of resources, tips, support – and even fun prizes! – to help you and your family get on a path to better living!

  1. Together Counts is holding a fun sweepstakes on their Facebook page   to celebrate their first anniversary. Prizes include gift cards, George Foreman Grills and a membership to Anytime Fitness. Super cool stuff for summertime!
  2. You can also follow Together Counts on Twitter for fun daily updates and tips, and find some AWESOME ideas on their Pinterest boards, like this super simple fruit palm tree that totally encourages kids in a fun way to try new foods!
  3. Join Together Counts as they celebrate Child Nutrition Month at a Twitter party on 4/3 from 8-9 PM EST. Prizes include $50 same-as-cash gift cards. For more information and to RSVP, visit

Now that you have some awesome tools to help you, you’re ready to make this summer a season of fun, fitness, and fantastic fresh foods. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this too – What are the biggest obstacles to your family in being healthy? What are your biggest successes? Do you have tips to share? I love hearing from you guys!


One Month of Healthy Changes = Big Results! #DigestiveCare

Getting healthy, losing weight, one month of changes

“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” – Doug Firebaugh

A month ago, I decided to get serious about getting back into shape, and living a healthier lifestyle. Yes, this is partly because as the sunshine comes out from behind those winter clouds, I realized that we’ll be opening up our pool for the summer in just a few months. And I want to enjoy it this year – and be able to rock that new bikini I bought. But – I also want to feel good again too, not just look good. I gained so much weight while I was pregnant with Abby, and have quite a bit still to lose. I feel…. Well, not like “Me“, you know?

Smart Solutions = Success!

To finally get myself in gear, I made some big changes to my routine. I started the Nutrisystem plan, which I’m really excited about. I started moving more each day – From morning walks with Abby, to 10 minutes of squats and sit-ups each evening – I’m making time to get in shape. And – I’ve added a great set of tablets to help boost my body, including a great new multi-vitamin, and the amazing 4X Pro-B from I’ve had IBS for years, and tend to have a lot of tummy troubles. These have made a dramatic difference – and I’m so glad that I finally listened to my doctor, and added these to my diet!

eating healthy, losing weight

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” – Emilie Coue

I’m adding more fruits and veggies into my diet too – which is another way that I’m helping my whole body, including digestive system, run more efficiently. I’ve also added the Chobani yogurts as my afternoon snack, since like the 4X Pro-B, they contain helpful probiotics. I seriously feel lighter, cleaner, and more energetic. Such a big difference in just 4 weeks, which is pretty darn impressive. I really didn’t expect to feel so much better so quickly.

Toddler shoes,

“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.” – Joe Girard

I want to help encourage a healthy attitude towards food and exercise in Abby too. So I bought these stinkin’ adorable little sneakers for her, and she’s been coming out to play basket ball with us in the evenings. So much fun! She says, “Catch? Catch??” She’ll be 2 in July, but is getting to be such a big girl already :) I love that her favorite snack is grapes, her favorite new word is “outside”, and her favorite thing to do is go for a walk with momma. She’s off to a great start to a healthy, happy life. And that’s my biggest goal – To set a great example that leads her to happiness.

Learn more about 4X Pro-B and my experience so far on my Google+ post. And check out on Facebook for great promotions on products like this.

Share Your Success Stories

What healthy changes have you made this year? Are you still on track with any of your 2012 goals and resolutions? I’d love to hear some success stories – so share your best advice, tips, and more in the comments, to help ME keep on my way towards being a success story this year too!

{Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias. I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All photos, opinions, and results are 100% my own!}


Behind the Scenes of ‘Chimpanzee’ from Disneynature

Chimpanzee by Disney

CHIMPANZEE hits theaters everywhere on April 20th!

I already knew that I wanted to see this movie. I love animals. I love nature. I love Disney. And Abby gets so excited when she sees the previews for this come on the TV. I hadn’t paid too much attention to the TV previews, since I very seldom watch television. So when I found the trailer for this movie in my email today, I wanted to take a minute and check it out. And now – It is a TOTAL must-see for me. Check it out yourself in this behind-the-scenes video….

True-Life Adventure

Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with “Chimpanzee,” a new True-Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest.


“Chimpanzee” is the fourth release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years. The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.

Coming Soon

In theaters Earth Day 2012, Disneynature’s newest True-Life Adventure introduces Oscar, a young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest until a twist of fate leaves Oscar to fend for himself with a little help from an unexpected ally.

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Gettin’ Back in the Skinny Jeans #DigestiveCare

In addition to the big set of ambitious goals that I set for my blog and business life this year – {Remember my list of 10 goals, including “Be More Awesome?”} I also made a more private list of personal improvement goals. Not the generic, “Lose weight, be more active, get healthier” type of goals, but a list with very detailed steps to take to get back into the great shape I used to be in. You know, in my old life. Before I had a baby…. {You can’t keep blaming the fact that you’re favorite jeans don’t fit on “baby weight” when your baby becomes a toddler…}

Healthy living

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” – Doug Larson

I have always been a pretty healthy eater, but I’ve picked up some bad habits now that my nephews live with me, and we have more snack foods in the house. Plus, with my Mister, and my brother both making dinner a few nights a week… Well, let’s just say they’re not exactly into cooking light, lol. When I pulled my box of pre-baby jeans out of the garage, and realized that my old favorites STILL don’t fit – I knew it was time to get down to business. I’d been so busy over the past year – I had a baby, had family move in, earned my degree, and started this site – I hadn’t even realized that I wasn’t taking good care of myself. It was time for that to change!

Joovy Tricycoo

“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.” – Author Unknown

To reach your goals, you have to break them down into small steps. Since my goal is to get back into shape – a shape that will fit into those awesome jeans again – here are some of the smaller goals I’ve been working on:

  1. Get more active. Abby got the coolest new trike – the Tricycoo from Joovy a few months ago. It’s such a fun way for her and I to go out for walks around the neighborhood – and she has so much fun looking and pointing and giggling, that she’s actually ready for a nap when we get home each afternoon.
  2. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies each day. This surprised me – I felt like I was eating pretty good foods. But when you track your habits, most of us are not getting enough produce!
  3. Find a diet plan that works. I recently started the Nutrisystem diet. I love it. I’ll be sharing more about it with you guys really soon – But it’s such an easy solution for me. The food portions are prepackaged, so it’s simple to follow. And it’s re-training my brain on what an appropriate portion size looks like.
  4. Add some healthy supplements. I take a Multivitamin, fish oil tablets – and just added in a 4X Pro-B tablet each morning too. I  have suffered from IBS for years, and while some changes to my diet, and doing my best to reduce stress, have helped – My doctor has been recommending that I add a probiotic to my diet too. This is a great choice if you’re looking to improve your digestive health too.

These changes combined are already making me feel SO much better. {Can you believe that since it’s march, we’re almost 1/4 of the way into the year? Wow, right?}

4X Pro-B

“If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” – Leon Eldred

I used to skip breakfast – But now that I’m on the Nutrisystem diet, I have a protein shake and my breakfast choice each morning. That’s when I take my 4X Pro-B tablet too. I’ve been taking it for a couple of weeks now, and can honestly tell a difference. Nothing drastic – but it does help me feel, well, lighter. I’d been suffering from some really bad tummy troubles with my IBS over the past couple months, and they do seem to be getting better. I can’t wait to see how I feel after I finish the 2 month supply I ordered from

“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.”  Tomorrow is disease.” – Terri Guillemets

You might be wondering – “Ok, what in the heck IS a probiotic??” They’re bacteria that help maintain a healthy digestive system, and they help improve your immune system. You’ll find them in certain yogurts, and other foods – but getting them in tablet form is the best way to get a consistent daily dose. You need to have good bacteria in your digestive system, but as we get older, there are less of these good guys in your system. And things like diet, stress, and other lifestyle factors can cause your bacteria levels to get off balance. According to, the 4X Pro-B “patent pending caplet technology protects delicate probiotics from stomach acid, ” making them one of the best options available.

Big Star Jeans

“You get whatever you settle for.” – Unknown

I have settled for less than the best for quite some time now. I have already seen some great changes – getting out and being active each afternoon with Abby gives me a bigger boost of energy than the cup of coffee I used to have. Eating more fruits and veggies makes me feel SO much better than grabbing some chips or a cookie. The Nutrisystem program is rockin’ for me, and adding in the 4 X Pro-B tablets is just another step towards success. By the middle of the year – Hopefully I will be writing another blog post with a picture of me IN those skinny jeans up there!! Those babies are the goal – and I WILL reach it.

For more information on the 4 X Pro-B from Costco check out my Album on Google+. You can also find on Facebook to stay updated on cool new products!

{Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias. I received a complimentary product for review purposes.}


Gaiam TV Giveaway! #InspireGaiamTV

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Find Balance in Your Busy Mom Life

I know how hard it can be to find balance – trust me. A couple of years ago, I lived in a perfectly tidy & organized home, just me and the cat. I had an awesome job in Fashion Merchandising. I was also a full-time online student, working towards a degree in Merchandising and Management. Then – Life threw not just a speed bump in my path, but a whole crazy obstacle course to get through!

Life flipped upside down

I found out that I was pregnant. Woah. Never had planned to become a mom, and I was almost 30 – some of my friends had kids who were almost teenagers already! Then, my mother and her long-time partner broke up, and she needed to come and stay with me. I cleared out the spare room, and she moved her stuff out of his home and into mine – bringing her 4 very loud little wiener dogs. Next, my brother moved in. With my two nephews. He was going through a divorce, and was in a lot of confusion. So I remodeled the basement and they joined me. Then – I lost my job while on Maternity leave. Ohmyheck. What now? I have an infant, full time college courses – and it’s a bad economy. Yikes.

Finding Balance in my new life

But – I didn’t let things get me down for long. I decided that I would take matters into my own hands! I read a bunch of books to motivate me, and give me some basics of working online. I started this site. I found some freelance writing jobs. I learned how to adjust to a packed house full of craziness – and messes. And, I made sure to fill my life with only things that were positive and uplifting! And that is exactly what Gaiam TV is – streaming media that is full of inspiration, education, motivation, and total energy. I am SO incredibly excited to be able to give one of you lucky readers a full 3-month subscription totally FREE!

Learn More About Gaiam TV – And Find YOUR Mom-Life Balance!

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How to Treat Eczema in Kids

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

We all know that babies have sensitive skin – but so do many toddlers, too. I kept noticing rough patches on Abby’s skin – a bit here and there, on her legs or arms. But when it started showing up her adorable little cheeks, I knew it was time to figure out what was going on. It wasn’t bad – but it was noticeable. Luckily, that week was our 18-month check-up, so I was able to show it to our pediatrician, who I totally love. I was confident that she’d know what it was, and how to fix it.

eczema treatment for kids

“Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.” – Princess Diana

Turns out, Abby had some patches of eczema – that’s what those rashes were that kept popping up! It made sense – each time she’d get a rash, I’d try to figure out what she’d been around that was out of the ordinary, but hadn’t found anything that could be bothering her. Our doctor said that it’s just an incredibly common problem in kids – but with a few easy treatments, it should go away, and hopefully she’d grow out of it as she got older.

How to treat eczema in kids

Our doctor said that there is a lot of misinformation out there about childhood eczema, and cleared up a few rumors for us. She also gave us some great tips to follow too, and recommended her favorite products.

  1. You should avoid giving baby a bath: This is totally not true! She said that you want to avoid using scented products when your little one suffers from eczema, {check out the Johnson’s Natural line for babies} – but there’s no reason at all to avoid a bath. In fact, that could even make it worse, by not keeping the skin clean and healthy!
  2. Diet can affect eczema outbreaks: She said that this really isn’t proven at all. There’s no reason to avoid any specific foods – and a healthy diet helps lead to a healthy system and healthy skin. So get those fruits and veggies each day.
  3. Use a medicated cream: Using a great topical cream on eczema patches when they pop up can bring big relief to your little one! There are many choices out there that are available over-the-counter, so no need for expensive prescriptions. A great option is the new Neosporin Eczema Essentials line, since there’s a full system that you can use to prevent, treat, and sooth eczema in your family.

Why the Eczema Essentials Line Rocks

We decided to check out these Eczema Essentials products because they were one of the ones that my doctor recommended. Sometimes it’s so hard to choose which products to use on a baby or toddler – there is an overwhelming amount of stuff to choose from! But I think that this system is a great option for any family – our doctor likes it, we like it, and I think you’ll like it too. Here’s why:

  1. It’s easy to find. You can get it at any local Walmart store, or at
  2. This line is from Johnson & Johnson. The people who make all of the most mom-trusted brands, things like Band-Aids and Baby Care products.
  3. It’s affordable. You don’t need to spend a ton of expensive prescriptions, this full system of products works together to sooth sensitive skin at a great price.
  4. These products are perfect for the whole family. That saves time and money, since you can treat all of the problem skin in your family with one set of products.

The Neosporin Eczema Essentials system can give your family clearer, softer skin in just 3 days. It includes a Daily Body Wash, a Daily Moisturizing Cream, and an Anti-Itch Cream {the last one is only for kids 2 and up}. They’re all fragrance free, and recommended by doctors like mine. We’ve been using the daily cream, and I’ve noticed a big improvement in her cute little cheeks!

If you want to try it too, visit to get a high-value coupon for  your purchase.

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, brought to you by One to One Network and Walmart. All photos and opinions are totally my own.}


Simple Solution: Affordable Natural Care for Baby

Toddler, Messes, Products for Toddlers

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

Ahhhh….. Motherhood. It’s such a roller coaster ride, isn’t it? The amazing highs of a sweet kiss from your little cutie pie… followed by a trail of soggy toilet paper from another of their fun bathroom adventures. Good times, right? My little girl is 18 months old now – and myohmy! – she sure keeps this momma busy! She was so super excited the other day to show me her “colors” that she had drawn all over her tummy. FYI Dad, we don’t give markers to toddlers and let them color alone. At least it was her tummy, and not the couch. A tummy is much more washable. If you’ve got a toddler too, you know that they come with a  lot of messes. All of those messes means lots of bath times too – but so many kids products are filled with yucky chemicals, colors, and fragrances that just don’t work very well on sensitive skin. You could buy bath care items from a natural or organic brand – but those can be expensive! Well – Another “Busy Mom Solution” to the rescue – Johnson’s Natural line of baby care products is an affordable and effective cleaner, with totally natural ingredients!

Johnson's Natural, Baby Products, Natural Baby Care

“Making the decision to have a child- it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

The amount of choices when shopping for baby care products can be totally overwhelming. But one brand that I guarantee every single mom out there has used and trusted is Johnson’s. That traditional pink bottle of baby lotion has been used by moms across the country for over 100 years. And now, they’ve updated their trusted baby care goods, and developed a line made from 98% natural ingredients. Here are a few things that make this new product line totally amazing:

  • Paraben-free, dye-free, and allergen-free
  • ALLERFREE™ allergen-free fragrance, with a clean, natural scent rooted in our ingredient
  • No essential oils, which can be irritating to some delicate babies skin.

What I love most about these products is that they are an affordable option that is easy for any mom to find at her local stores. Many of the other natural lines of baby products are much more expensive, or only sold at boutiques – but you can find Johnson’s Natural at most grocery stores, or major retailers like Target and Walmart.

 Building a Cleaner, Greener Life

As a blogger with a baby, you bet your buttons that I’ve tried a million baby care products. And since I’ve been on a mission to make our life cleaner and greener since Abby was born, I’m always searching for new natural and organic products for our home. I’m lucky that Abby’s skin isn’t too sensitive, and we can use almost any brand without trouble. But it’s so important to me to limit the amount of chemicals and yucky additives that her little system is exposed to as she grows and develops. That’s why I am so happy to have found Johnson’s Natural – It includes everything you need – Baby Wash, Shampoo, and Lotion, at an affordable price. It’s the perfect GREEN Busy Mom Solution for any family. Are you taking baby steps towards a more natural life too? Share your tips, ideas, or challenges with me in the comments!

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” – Unknown

To learn more about Johnson’s new Natural Baby Products, visit them online today to read product details, watch some great videos with helpful tips on going green with your family, and great coupons too!

{Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson’s Natural and received a product sample to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.}