Happiness in Middle Age means Mountains and Motorcycles!

This post about Happiness in Middle Age was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. While my job keeps me at home and on the computer, I wouldn't say that my chair is my happy place.  And as I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate moments of happiness more than ever.  I see so many people my age suffering from illness or injury, dealing with the death of loved ones or the stress of job loss.  Happiness is fleeting and not something to be tossed … [Read more...]

8 Outdoor Workout Ideas To Boost Physical Fitness Levels

I have a gym membership and use it multiple times a week to stay in shape.  However, once the warm weather starts to hit, I start looking for a few outdoor workout ideas to get me into nature while I exercise.  Outdoor workouts are a great way to soak up a few Vitamin D boosting rays of sunlight while you burn some calories. Outdoor exercises without equipment will save you tons of money if you can't afford a gym membership.  Of course, there are a few key pieces of exercise equipment that you may want to invest in and I will include some … [Read more...]

Urgent Care Mistakes to Avoid and How a SingleCare Card can Help

This post about urgent care mistakes and the SingleCare card program has been sponsored by SingleCare.  All opinions are my own. I am one of the lucky people in this country who has a decent healthcare plan.  However, even with good healthcare, I have spent my fair share of time in the urgent care clinic.  Sometimes, I don't get sick between 9 AM and 5 PM.  My kids don't CHOOSE to get a sinus infection on Saturday morning.  While you may not be able to avoid the urgent care clinic completely, knowing a few of these common urgent care … [Read more...]

Need Dry Skin Remedies? Try a Home Made Oatmeal Scrub Recipe!

Did you know that January was National Oatmeal Month?  Yep, this oh so useful grain has it's own month! It was the perfect excuse to put together this home made oatmeal scrub recipe.  If you are looking for dry skin remedies, this one is simple and inexpensive.  We always have a huge container of oatmeal in the pantry and no, I do not buy those little flavored packets that try to pass as actual oatmeal.  They are way too expensive and loaded with too much junk.  I buy regular oatmeal in a huge container and it lasts quite a while.  While … [Read more...]

How to Make Eucalyptus Oil and Save a Ton of Money!

If you are a lover of aromatherapy, essential oils or just suffer from a lot of congestion, you need to learn how to make eucalyptus oil at home.  It is really quite simple once you find a good source of eucalyptus leaves.  Ideally, you should make eucalyptus oil from fresh eucalyptus leaves because the resulting oil will be stronger than if you use dried ones.  I will share a few links with you for more information as well as a few affiliate links for things you might need.  Making eucalyptus oil is a very simple project and can be done a … [Read more...]

How To Eat Healthier At Breakfast Even If You Are Short On Time!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  When you are a busy mom, it's also the hardest to squeeze in. Knowing how to eat a healthy breakfast can get you off to a great start in the morning!  My mornings are frequently filled with things like lost homework, missing sneakers, spilled milk and the occasional vomiting dog.  Great way to wake up in the morning, huh?  I'm sure your reality is about the same as mine  While I would love to eat healthier at breakfast, it isn't always easy. While I always make sure the kids get a healthy … [Read more...]

Stocking and Organizing the Pantry for Healthier Eating

I have spent the last month gorging myself on too much eggnog and far too many cookies. Last week I started stocking and organizing the pantry for healthier eating.    I don't know about you but I know MY willpower kind of stinks.  If I don't have a plan for dinner, I am much more likely to pick up the phone and call for a pizza.  And not the low fat, healthy kind of pizza either.  While I had a few free hours last weekend, I decided to get organized.   If junk isn't in my house, I can't eat it, right? This post contains affiliate links. … [Read more...]

10 Habits of Happy People That You Need to Adopt This Year

Well, the year is coming to a close and it has been a hectic one.  While I am not exactly depressed, I would not say I am wildly happy right now either.  I have spent too much time focusing on work, bills, and the day to day chores that have to get done.  I'm taking charge next year of my emotional well being and have been reading up on the 10 habits of happy people that I should adopt.  I live a good life and want to live it to it's fullest.  Unfortunately, I am a very high strung, Type A kind of person.  If there is something to worry about, … [Read more...]

Solutions for Teen Acne Struggles and a DIY Bathroom Organizer

This discussion about teen acne struggles and my DIY bathroom organizer craft is part of the #ClearlyConfident campaign, sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. My teens go back to school on Monday and we are busy getting ourselves ready.   Clothes shopping has been challenging, the back to school shopping list is way too long, and teen acne struggles are making them worry about their first day of school complexion.  Teenage acne is something we all suffer through, no matter what generation you are! … [Read more...]

Herbal Sore Muscle Bath Soak for Soothing Muscle Pain Relief

One of the joys of getting old (ish!) is that I tend to hurt myself a lot easier than I did when I was young.  Being an active, middle aged woman, that means I am nursing sore muscles on a regular basis.  This herbal sore muscle bath soak will help me soothe away a few more of my aches and pains. Last week, my husband and I tackled a hot power yoga class which was incredibly challenging.  Then, the next day, I went for a 3-mile run.  And 2 days later I hit the gym.  Yes, I was feeling ambitious last week but I was also REALLY sore by the time … [Read more...]