If there’s one thing that I’ve struggled with since I was a kid, it’s my addiction to soda. I’ve never been a water drinker; and when asked, my first choice will always be a Diet Coke, Coke Zero, or something of the like. Now that I’ve made the choice to lead a healthier and more positive life, I’ve had to address this soda addiction…and its been HARD. I have been able to ween myself off of the sugar… but I miss the carbonation of my favorite sodas! My friends and family have recommended sparkling water to me – as it has the carbonation and bubbles that I’ve been missing. Thankfully (and coincidentally!), I’ve given the opportunity to try Gerolsteiner’s Sparkling Detox Challenge. Before I started the challenge, I did my research. Here’s some of what I found out: Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water supplies your body with essential minerals like 80 mg calcium and 26 mg of magnesium per 8 fl. oz.. Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water combines a high content of beneficial minerals with a fresh and neutral taste. The Mineral Water contains 2,500 mg essential minerals per liter (592 mg/8 fl. oz.). Due to its well-balanced content of calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate, Gerolsteiner Mineral Water tastes neither salty, bitter nor sour – but pleasantly natural and pure. A liter of Gerolsteiner contains more than 1,800 mg of bicarbonate. Bicarbonate minimizes the effect of heartburn, neutralizes the occasional excess stomach acid, and balances the pH level in the stomach. The magnesium Read More
It’s that time of the year again… back to school! For many of us, summer time is more laid back. There’s less structure, a looser schedule, and more vacation time. For those with children, the kids are out of school (and school staff – yay!), so it’s not as easy to get a workout in. As for me, I work in the schools; so my schedule is the same. And as much as I complain about how busy I am during the school year, I am lost without the structure! The issue for me is getting back into it. The struggle is real. So how do I make the process smoother? Here’s what I’ve tried. Set your goals. What are you wanting to accomplish? The best way (and, in my opinion, the only way) to do anything is to have a goal. It gives you direction. It gives you purpose. It’s the number one way to get back into it, whatever your “it” is! Take baby steps while you’re getting back into it. For example, if you used to get up every single morning at 4:45 am to get to the gym at 5 for your before-work work out… So start out with 1 or 2 days a week. Then gradually increase. Take it one week at a time. Your mindset, your ability, your motivation will change. Week 1 might be hard; Week 2 might be easier; but then Week 3 might be too much. [See next point] Don’t stress yourself out if you need Read More
*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence. I am thrilled to work with Café Breaks in the Cafe Breaks Ingles campaign! Since starting Cardio, Weights, & Protein Shakes, I have been able to tap into my creativity — in the kitchen! Trying out new recipes, making my own recipes, and perfecting old recipes… I love it! I recently started buying Café Breaks pudding (see my previous post here), and I decided to explore some options for a summer recipe incorporating the delicious treat. Here in Georgia, the temperature gets over 90 degrees daily. So I knew I needed a cool snack to combat the summer heat. I also don’t have a lot of time on my hands to make snacks. So it had to be a simple recipe, too. Drum roll please… I introduce to you… Café Breaks Pudding Pops! You have 4 flavor options for your Café Breaks Pudding Pops: Mocha Latte, Caramel Latte, Chai Latte, and French Vanilla Latte! Café Breaks is gluten and preservative – free and less than 100 calories! Hooray! You can get them at Ingles or Walmart… and you can use this Ibotta coupon (https://ibotta.com/rebates/43768/caf-breaks-pudding)!! I #LoveCafeBreaks!
*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence. I am thrilled to work with Café Breaks in the Cafe Breaks Ingles campaign! I am being compensated; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Let’s be honest… Life is BUSY! Just when you think it’s about to calm down and you can catch your breath, something comes up and you’re back to your usual busy-as-a-bee life. For me, I’m on to go non-stop. From working as a middle school counselor, to getting in the gym, to meal prepping, and more, I have to use my time extremely wisely. During a busy school day, I have to eat in between seeing students, teaching classes, etc. Sometimes, I even have to eat while tending to a student who needs a listening ear. My go-to snack has always been something that is ready for me to eat (no prep or fixing required). But oh so often, these quick snacks are so unhealthy. So it was either starve (not an option) or find something tasty and quick. Thankfully, Café Breaks came into my life. Café Breaks is coffee flavored pudding. It’s gluten free. It has 100 Calories or less per cup. And its convenient and ready to go. Perfect!! The first time I tried Café Breaks pudding (Caramel Latte flavored), I was sitting in a county required professional development training. We had a 5 minute break in between speakers. What was usually a 5 minute rush to text or send emails, go to the bathroom, etc., turned into a relaxing, Read More
*Disclaimer: I am thrilled to be working with SmartyPants in their campaign. I received this product and payment in return for my honest review of their product (and a giveaway!). June has been one whirlwind of a month! From the end of the school year with my kiddos, to moving, to a beach trip, etc., I’ve been one busy woman. To add to things, my site went down for a couple of days (which is why this post wasn’t posted when I intended!). Now that it’s summer, and I’m not in the routine of school… I’ve been struggling to keep my nutrition routine. The healthy and clean eating has taken a little bit of a hit the past few weeks… but it’s SO important to me that I’m fueling my body with what it needs to thrive. SmartyPants Vitamins came into my life at the perfect time. I’ve always wanted to take a vitamins, and I have scoured the grocery store and local pharmacies for the perfect one. Little did I know, the perfect one would come to me! So here’s the deal with SmartyPants Vitamins: SmartyPants has vitamins for women, men, kids, and more!! I can’t wait to have these in my daily routine. Stay tuned for my experience with these vitamins! For more information about SmartyPants Vitamins, visit their Website, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!
When it comes to watching and regulating what you’re putting in your body, so many people (myself included!) completely forget to include what they’re drinking. Almost all of the focus is on eating (hence the name, clean eating). But, our drinks can sometimes be the “make or break” aspect of our diet. How many of us have tried to give up soda? If you’ve ever succeeded, you know how much better you feel. The calories, the sugar, the sodium, etc. that are pumped into our bodies from drinks is horrendous. What’s the easiest solution? Water of course. But, if you’re crazy like I am… you might not like water that much… Or you just might struggle getting enough water on a daily basis. I’ve tried so many different kinds of juices, or flavored add-ins with my water. Nothing compares to CORE Organic. And I mean NOTHING! The taste is to die for and there are quite a variety of flavors! Here are some of the best parts of CORE’s products: USDA Certified Organic, low calorie (only 5 calories per serving) and great tasting Low glycemic (less than 1g per serving) Gluten-free, non-GMO, OU Kosher, soy-free, vegan Each serving contains the same amount of antioxidants as a 1/2 cup serving of blackberries or cherries For more information on these awesome drinks, you can check out @CORE (Instagram), @COREdrinks (Twitter) and like them on Facebook (CORENaturalWater)! I highly recommend this beverage, especially if you’re looking to balance your diet holistically. You can Read More
*Disclaimer: I received this product at a discounted rate for me honest opinion. The BodyBudd Pull Up Assist Band is a great tool to help you work on your upper body strength. My upper body strength is something that I’ve been working on for YEARS. In fact, I set a goal for myself in 3rd grade to do 1 pull-up… and I just reached that goal this year (See that progress post here)! Not everyone is blessed with the strength and muscle to do a pull up on their own (heck, I have to get a jumping start to get my chin above the pull up bar and I exercise regularly!). Besides the BodyBudd Assist Band, you’ll need a pull up bar (or a straight across bar that can hold your body weight). You’ll loop the band through itself to attach it to the pull up bar, place your feet on the loose, hanging part of the band, and place your hands above to do your pull up. BodyBudd has 2 resistances for their assist bands. I used the Red (6.4mm) band. The Red Band 6.4 offers 60-150 lbs of tension. Some of the best qualities of this product include: it’s durability (I didn’t feel like it was going to snap when I was using it); it’s flexibility (it stretched!), and it’s versatility (I plan to use it as a stretching and resistance training band later on!). My only complaint is that I wish it was slightly longer! If Read More
A couple of weeks ago, I was sent some goodies from BeFit Nutrition, including: Whey Protein, Pre-Workout, and Burn (a fat burner)! The best part about this bundle is that BeFit has workouts that go with their products. BeFit Nutrition has created a combo to help you reach your fullest potential! For those who don’t use supplements, let me give you a brief intro on the benefits of these products. Pre-workout, Whey Protein, and Fat Burners are the three staples of fitness supplements In short, pre-workout helps give you energy and focus for your workout; Whey Protein helps your muscles rebuild and repair after your workout; and fat burners help your body burn fat (hence the name!). Its REALLY important to get quality supplements and BeFit Nutrition has just that! BeFit also has some great recipes for the Whey Protein! Now, while supplements are great, there isn’t a magic pill or a magic powder that gives you the perfect body… You’ve got to put in work too. BeFit gives you an exercise calendar, with videos. I have frequently struggled with figuring out what to do for each workout… and sometimes, I spend more time trying to figure out what exercise to do next than actually exercising. Such a time waster! So, because BeFit Nutrition is fantastic, they’re allowing me to host a giveaway for their supplements! Enter here! a Rafflecopter giveaway To visit the BeFit Read More
I’m doing my best to put up some of my workout plans up on the site, especially the cardio and ab workouts… Sorry I’ve been slackin’! It’s the start of a new week; so what better way to kick it off than with a cardio and ab workout! Here is my ab workout for the day. No weights or gym equipment necessary (but feel free to make the moves more challenging by adding weight if you want)! Take minimal rests in between each exercise. You can take a longer rest after you’ve completed the entire round! Ab Workout 50 Bicycles (each leg) 100 Jump Ropes 50 Flutter Kicks (each leg) 100 Jumping Jacks 50 Leg Lifts 100 Jump Ropes 50 Crunches 100 Jumping Jacks 50 Mountain Climbers Beginners: Repeat 1 Time Intermediate: Repeat 2 Times Advanced: Repeat 3-4 Times Notes about this ab workout: *For the Jump Ropes, you can use an actual jump rope, or just mimc the movements of jumping rope. *To make the jumping jacks more challenging, you can squat every time you jump out. For some of my other workouts, click here! I have posted back, shoulder, leg, glute, and cardio workouts! Some require the gym and/or equipment – and others require no equipment at all!
*Disclaimer: I am thrilled to work with Valentia. I received these products in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Health and wellness isn’t confined to working out and eating right. There are other things that contribute… for example, self-care for mental health, attending a religious service for spiritual wellness, removing your makeup before bed for skin health, and more. I’ve been making conscious efforts to take care of myself… I exercise regularly; I (try to) eat well; I get enough sleep. However, I’m guilty of not taking perfect care of my skin. I take my makeup off every night, and I moisturize frequently. But I do get breakouts from clogged pores. And I should exfoliate and clean my pores more often than I do. Now, I have some products to improve my skin! I am so excited to share about my experience with Valentia products. Two of their top products are: Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask and the Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub. They. Are. AMAZING. The Eternal Youth Exfoliating Scrub is a natural facial scrub that exfoliates the skin. The ingredients work to smooth rough and uneven skin, combat the signs of aging, and soften skin. The Detoxifying Clay Mask (my personal favorite!!) is an organic, clay-based mask that cleans your skin and pores. The ingredients help restore skin elasticity, increase collagen production, cleanse the skin, improve smoothness, and more. Both products are worth your while — but I have to highlight the Clay Read More