My Paleo Diet Experience and Why I’m Giving it up!

If you have been following my blog for the last couple of months, you will know that I have been trying out a few diet changes to see if they help with some chronic pain issues I have been suffering from.  January had me trying to go gluten free and by February I had started my Paleo diet journey.  I stuck with the Paleo diet for 6 weeks with no improvement at all in pain symptoms.  Some people may say that isn't long enough to make a difference but I am pretty sure that if I was going to notice any changes, 6 weeks should be enough to see … [Read more...]

Maintaining Dentist Clean Teeth with #Listerine!

I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about beginning my journey to good oral care with Listerine.  You can check out my Listerine 21 Day Challenge kickoff to learn about the beginning of this experience.  Right before I went shopping for my Listerine products I had … [Read more...]

Oral Care for Teen Braces Needs a Waterpik!

This post about oral care for teens in braces  was written by me on behalf of Waterpik.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Many years ago I started my 2 kids on the path to straighter teeth and began visiting the orthodontist with them on a regular basis.  First one child, then the other....and soon the first child shall start on round two.  Let's just say that I was several thousand dollars richer before this whole process began.  In fact, by the time both of my kids have gone through several years of orthodontic treatment, I will … [Read more...]

Join me in the Listerine 21 Day Challenge! #Listerine

Disclosure: I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE 21-Day Challenge. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I went to the dentist 2 days ago and while I really don't like going, I love the way my teeth feel afterwards.  They are clean and smooth with no tartar buildup, which is a huge problem for me.  I make sure I go to the dentist every 6 months and try … [Read more...]

My Love Hate Relationship with Food

Food is obviously rather vital to human survival.  It comes in many different forms and the definition of food varies greatly depending on who you ask. Typically when we think of food we think of meat, fruit, veggies, milk...etc.   Some cultures consider dogs to be food.  Twinkies are very tasty food that will probably survive the apocalypse because of the amount of chemical ingredients they contain.  Over the years, my relationship with food has changed quite significantly and can be divided into four distinct eras: My Love Hate Relationship … [Read more...]

Losing Weight, Counting Calories and Realistic Living

This post about losing weight, counting calories and realistic living has been sponsored by McDonald's but all opinions expressed here are my own.  With the new year comes the realization that I have put on 10 pounds somewhere along the way that really needs to come OFF.  Not because of what the scale says but because my pants are too tight and I am tired of wearing loose shirts so I don't notice the muffin top that is starting to show.  I have never really had to worry about losing weight....good metabolism and a moderately active life has … [Read more...]

Eating Fruit is a Whole Lot Easier with These Tips!

This discussion about eating fruit has been sponsored by McDonald's but all opinions expressed here are my own. One food group I know I get plenty of is fruit.  Eating fruit is easy for me....I always have it in the house and it is easy to grab as I run out the door for an assortment of errands.  I have talked to a number of people, however, that really don't feel like they are eating fruit as often as they should be.  Or people who's kids will not even consider eating fruit unless it is in the form of a processed and rolled up fruit snack.  … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know about Midnight Snacking #24Hours

This midnight snacking post is brought to you from McDonald's but all opinions expressed are my own. I live in a very early to bed and early to rise sortof house.  In fact, we get up disgustingly early even on the weekends. I remember the days of sleeping until noon when I was fresh out of college but since then, once the sun comes up I am out of bed.  I realize that my family is a bit odd like this.  My teenagers will often ASK to go to bed...usually around 9 PM if we have cut off the mind numbing effects of teenage television.  They, too, … [Read more...]

Tips for a Healthy Mouth and a Glide #FlossFace Contest

These post on tips for a healthy mouth is sponsored by Oral-B but all opinions expressed are my own. I am not a big fan of the dentist but I am a big fan of having teeth so I make my appointment every 6 months to get my teeth cleaned anyhow.   I struggle with tartar buildup so it is very important for me to keep plague to a minimum.  Plague is basically caused by bacteria in your mouth and they LOVE all those extra bits of food that get stuck between your teeth!  The other day I grabbed an apple on the way out the door and drove around … [Read more...]

Raise Your Hand for Anaphylaxis Awareness #spon

This discussion of anaphylaxis awareness has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own. In my non blogging life, I work as a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician.  Some of the most commonly requested advice from my patients has to do with treating allergies.  I'm sure many of you are familiar with both seasonal and indoor allergies...the sniffling, the sneezing, the itchy and watery eyes, etc.  Food allergies are also starting to become more common, with many people having to eat a restricted diet due to food sensitivities. … [Read more...]