Cut Calories in Drinks This Summer with These Healthy Tips

From summer cocktails to post workout re-hydration drinks, when you are counting calories, don't forget the ones you drink! Want to cut calories in drinks without saying no to anything but water?  Here are a few healthy tips to help you rethink your drink! Can you gain weight from liquid calories? YES! Summertime means block parties, barbecues, and a few too many opportunities for cocktails garnished with tiny umbrellas. Drinking all those extra calories may increase the number you see on the scale. Calories are calories.  … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Hot Chocolate for Your Heart and Soul

One of the things my family loves most about the cold weather is having an excuse to drink hot cocoa.  Considering the many health benefits of hot chocolate, we should be enjoying this tasty habit year round!  Do you enjoy a mug of warm, sweet, homemade cocoa in the winter?  Did you know that your warm beverage is not only tasty but has amazing benefits to your health as well? What does hot chocolate do to your body? Keep reading for a few health benefits of hot chocolate, as well as a delicious recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate … [Read more...]

How to Organize the Medicine Cabinet and Find What You Need Every Time!

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired medicine?  Have trouble finding the tweezers or thermometer?  Use these organizing tips to keep things you need within easy reach.  Learn to how to organize the medicine cabinet and you will no longer have to sort through empty bottles of cough medicine the next time you get a cold!  What should I put in my medicine cabinet? So, what exactly should you put in your medicine cabinet?  Most medications can be safely stored in the cabinet, in their original packaging.  … [Read more...]

Tips for Solving Teenage Sleep Problems

Most teens don't get enough sleep.  They are often over scheduled, stressed out, and too plugged in to electronics. As a result, adolescent sleep disorders are on the rise. If you have  teens who have trouble sleeping, you are certainly not alone.  Here are a few tips to get your sleep deprived teenager to sleep better. Should my teenager have a bedtime? The question of teenage bed times is a tricky one.  Teens need to become independent and learn to make their own choices in life.  However, they are also known … [Read more...]

DIY Face Cleaning Pads for Clear Skin On a Budget

Want to save money on your skincare routine?  These DIY face cleaning pads are a great way to get clear skin on a budget! Homemade acne pads are simple to make and a very frugal skincare product for clear skin.  They also use very natural ingredients, which means less chance of irritation.  If you have sensitive skin, making your own homemade face products is a must! If you love homemade skincare products, check out my Gingerbread sugar scrub, too! Why should you make homemade face wipes? Over the years, I have spent a lot … [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.  What is the best bath soak for sore muscles? Well, this herbal sore muscle bath soak certainly helped provide muscle pain relief this week. Muscle Pain Relief and Middle Aged Workouts Staying healthy as you age can be challenging.  A slowing metabolism means you need to work out more to maintain your weight.  But, … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping Tips for Healthy Eating

With the beginning of the new year comes a renewed determination to eat healthier.  If you want to join me on my healthy food kick, you may need to change your shopping habits.  Hopefully, these grocery shopping tips for healthy eating will help you make smart food choices next time you grab your cart.  Follow these healthy shopping tips to drop a few pounds and increase energy levels! Grocery Shopping Tips for Healthier Eating I bet I'm not the only one who ate way too many Christmas cookies last month.  Every time … [Read more...]

Get Rid of Stress with These Anxiety Busting Tips

Stress can make our lives difficult.  It causes our health to decline, our anxiety to skyrocket, and wreaks havoc on personal relationships.  As we move into the new year, I want to get rid of stress in my life wherever I can.  I thought I would share a few anxiety busting tips that may help us all live a more stress free life.  Of course, we need to understand our own personal stress triggers in order to do that.  And stress reduction techniques will be different for everyone.  However, maybe  some of these … [Read more...]

Sinus Bath Salts for Congestion Relief

Whether you have fall allergies or a horrible head cold, congestion relief is sometimes difficult.  These sinus bath salts for congestion relief may just help you breathe easier in the next couple of months.    When I was growing up in Connecticut, my allergies only bothered me in the spring.  Things would bloom, I would sneeze for a couple of weeks, and that was it. Then I moved south. All of a sudden, my allergies were year round and the worst time of year was fall.   Throw in the random head cold or … [Read more...]

Want to be Hiking at 50? Here is Some Important Advice to Follow!

This post about hiking at 50 has been sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.  All opinions are my own. I decided to start hiking when I was in college and it is by far my favorite way to exercise.  While I spend more time in the gym than I do on the trail, stationary bikes do not bring me the sort of enjoyment that I get from setting off on a hiking trail.  But, hiking definitely gets more challenging the older I get! Keep reading for a few middle aged hiking tips as well as information … [Read more...]