Pumpkin Spice Muffins – Grain Free Recipe

Physician Advises: Skip the Grains But Not the Treats This Holiday Season… Cardiologist and Best-Selling Author Dr. William Davis Shares Grain-Free Recipes for the holidays and tips to stay healthy. This post wasn’t compensated – just wanted to share some cool info.

At a time when we most want to look and feel our best, we seem to do everything possible to ensure we don’t, says cardiologist Dr. William Davis. “The weather starts to change and we reach for the pumpkin-spice cookies, cider doughnuts and beer, which launches us into processed carbohydrates season,” says Dr. Davis, author of “Wheat Belly Total Health,” (www.wheatbellyblog.com), the latest in his bestselling “Wheat Belly” series. {And I’m the first to admit that I am a processed carb-aholic. Seriously.}

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5 Must-Have Herbs for Winter Illness You Might Not Have Heard Of

With cold and flu season officially upon us, many have started stocking the medicine cabinet with various OTC pills in preparation for when illness inevitably strikes – but believe it or not, sometimes the best remedies can be found in our kitchen! Rather than purchasing expensive pills from your local pharmacy, go with herbal remedies – the natural, effective, and cheaper alternative to traditional medicine. I’ve had to really explore these options this year… I was diagnosed earlier this year with majorly high blood pressure {like, 190/120, totally not cool} and realized a few weeks ago when I got the flu that many cold meds say not to take if you have high blood pressure. Which no one had told me about – good thing I read packaging! So, whether you worry about medical issues, drug interactions, are just are trying to avoid lots of OTC meds {which I also try to do} – here are some great tips….

5 Must-Have Herbs for Winter Illnes

5 Must-Have Herbs for Winter Illness: Tips from Dr. Christopher Hobbs of Rainbow Light

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When it Comes to Girl Scouts – Together Counts!

Big thank you to Together Counts and the Girl Scouts of the USA for giving the compensated opportunity to share my thoughts about the new #HealthyHabits campaign!

I think that it’s super important for kids to be active. Not just physically active, but also active in their communities, active in their world. Which is why a new partnership between the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and the Girl Scouts makes perfect sense to me. And, as a former Girl Scout, I might be biased, but I do love the Girl Scouts. {I was a rockstar Girl Scout, and sold the most cookies in our county. Now, I eat the most Girl Scout cookies in our county. But that’s a separate blog post….} I love that it gives little girls a sense of belonging, a role model, in case they don’t have one at home, and a set of goals and adventures to embark on. {The experience stuck with me so much that about a year ago I bought You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, which I can’t wait to finally get started on. I’ll be blogging it, don’t worry :)} And next year when Abby is old enough to start, I’ll be leading our own Daisy troop. I can’t wait! {They can become a Daisy Scout as early as Kindergarten.}

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Are You Losing the Diet Game?

“The fad diets that many Americans are on are perfect if you want to be hungry all the time and miserable.” – Nathan Pritikin…. That quote really does kind of sum it up, right? Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t think every program out there is bad. Not at all. I’ve had great success with both Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem. My best friend has lost 100 pounds using the Omni drops. I know several success stories from Isagenix and Advocare. But, the basic way to lose weight, get fit, and be healthy is the same as it’s always been – a diet based on real, whole foods, exercise, and a positive attitude. A diet like Weight Watchers is great – if you use it as a way to jump start learning about nutrition and healthy choices, and make it a lifestyle. But the simplest way to weight loss isn’t “going on a diet,” it’s changing your diet. Check out the tips in the infographic below, and leave me some comments to let me know what you think….. [Read more...]

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How to Raise Healthier, Happier Children

One of my favorite quotes about parenting is this one, “Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.” - David Bly. I was so terrified to become a mom, and had a long, winding road that brought me to motherhood. But this quote was one I clung to – there are a lot of small things that, really, in the long run, don’t matter that much. Whether I cloth diaper or use disposables, whether I buy the coolest new baby gear, whether I know the “best” ways to do every thing… Well, she’s still going to make it through in one piece. The more important thing in the whole world to me is that she grows up to be kind. Someone who treats others with understanding and compassion, who gives back to those around her, who does her small part to make the world a little brighter and better. Oh yeah – and I want her to be funny. :) Which she totally is. So, I try to set the best example that I can, apologize when I’m wrong, and explain when I make mistakes. And along the way, I hope I’m teaching her some important lessons about living healthy and happy…

Making kids happy quote

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Swapping Roles with Aging Parents – Learning to Compare Medicare Part D Costs

This is one of two sponsored posts for Walgreens. Thanks to Walgreens for trusting Sunshine and Sippy Cups to tell the story of caregiving and  comparing Medicare Part D plans. Compensation was received, but opinions shared are 100% mine – as always.

“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” – Barbara Bush… My family is everything to me. We’ve been through a lot of challenges. But at the end of the day, like most families out there, we all know that we will be there for each other. When I was sick as a little girl – my dad would make chicken noodle soup. My mom would brush my hair from my forehead, and sing me songs to help me sleep. So now, as my parents are ageing, and need more help, I’m trying to do my best to balance the demands of my new life as a mom with my responsibility to help through these new challenges in their life. After a lifetime helping me grow into a strong, compassionate, capable woman – it’s now my time to show them what a great job they did.

Becoming a caregiver

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Supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s Talented Kids

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop… I am very passionate in my life about giving back. Whether it’s a small thing like dropping change in the Ronald McDonald house donation box when I pick up a Happy Meal for Abby – or something big, like helping to organize a charity benefit here in town {we’ve helped with several now!} – I think it is so important for each of us, every day, to find ways to give back to the world around us. Everyone complains about so many things – “Why doesn’t someone do something about that?” Well, for most problems, all of our small actions combined can really make a difference. Which is why I get super excited when big brands use their power, influence, and funds to do good things. Let me tell you about a new initiative from White Cloud that makes me smile…

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