Kid Approved Healthy Halloween Appetizers!

With Halloween just a week away we are having Halloween Parties everywhere! Neighborhood get-togethers, school parties, city celebrations and last week we had a family dinner that was Halloween themed. My sister made Mummy Quesadillas, my mom made a spider web bean dip and I made these adorable healthy Halloween appetizers made from fresh fruit! And not… [read more]

10 Tips for Staying Healthy during Cold and Flu Season

Thanks so much to Wash It for sponsoring today’s discussion. I imagine the whole country breathing a sigh of relief as we cross off another day from the calendar. The heat is leaving and the wondrous season of Fall is settling in. Unfortunately, with the cooler weather comes the obnoxious flu and cold season that… [read more]

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Health Insurance Plan #TimeWellSpent

I remember the first time I had to actively select my own insurance plan.  I was 25 (not terribly young) and I was recently no longer eligible for coverage under my University’s health plan.  I pulled out our phone book — remember those big yellow things? — and looked up the nearest agent to me…. [read more]

Clean, Healthy air with Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier – Review

Breathing is fairly vital to our existence.  On a scale of 1 to 10–10 being most vital to our existence–I’d give breathing a 10.   Despite it’s importance to our healthy existence, we often don’t give breathing a second thought.  We take for granted that the air we breathe is perfectly adequate for our and… [read more]

Keep Your Family Safe with the Radiation Reducing Pong Cell Phone Case- Review & Giveaway!

I’m on my phone…a lot. I answer emails from my phone (Someday I will count all the answerable emails I receive each day. I’m guessing it’s around 30.). I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.  I’m Googling the answers to myriads of questions that come to my 7 year old’s mind.  I’m texting pictures, like these I… [read more]

6 Simple Ways to Help Kids Eat a Balanced Diet

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for L’il Critters. I received product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. It can be really difficult to teach kids to eat well.  Kids often start out their foray into solid foods with reluctance and suspicion…. [read more]

Good for For Your Health, Spicy Lemonade #Recipe

Thanks so much to Chris Wimmer for today’s guest post! You can read more about Chris and his awesome blog in his bio below.   Summers are the best time of year: Vacations, sun, no rain, and lots of time for family fun. One of the few challenges our family has in Chicago is trying… [read more]

FODMAPs May Be Responsible for Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Yesterday I wrote a post about the recent news headlines claiming that a recent study shows that gluten sensitivity does not exist.  Indeed, to poke at the swelling balloon of tense emotions on this subject, I titled my own post, “Have You Heard the News? Gluten Intolerance May Not Exist“. Now, just because I titled… [read more]

Have You Heard the News? Gluten Intolerance May Not Exist

Is gluten intolerance real? I had no idea how much emotion filled controversy there was around the gluten-free movement until recently.  Our family is on a gluten reduced diet because my husband and my boys all have clear issues when they eat glutinous products like wheat flour bread, crackers, pasta, etc. My interest was piqued,… [read more]

8 Common Nutrition Myths – “Nutrition and Healthy, Affordable Eating” Series

This past Saturday I had the great opportunity to teach a class on nutrition and healthy, affordable eating.  Though I hadn’t intended on making a blog series out of it, the ladies there expressed an interest in having somewhere they could come to review the information we covered. So today as the first installment in… [read more]

Toxic Chemicals are Pervading Our Lives. It is Time to Make a Change!

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored conversation in partnership with Seventh Generation.  Regardless, this is a topic I feel very strongly about. Did you know that 85,000 synthetic and potentially toxic chemicals have been introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, the EPA has required testing on… [read more]

Laundry Tips for Sensitive Skin + Vaska Laundry Detergent – Review

Disclosure: I was provided with product samples. Regardless, all opinions are honest and are my own. We found out fairly early on that Baby Z has sensitive skin. Poor baby! Because of Baby Z’s sensitive skin I’ve had to make sure that we use only the most gentle laundry detergent. Over the years of using… [read more]

How to Get Good Sleep – What Happens When You Don’t

A couple weeks ago I attended the Access P&G: Science of Sleep blogger where we saw some great products and learned about healthy sleep.  We had the awesome opportunity to hear Dr. Natalie Doutovitch, National Sleep Foundation Environmental Scholar talk to us about how to get good sleep and the detrimental consequences when we don’t. Here is what… [read more]

It’s National Sleep Awareness Week + Products for a Healthy Sleep in 2014 – Access P&G

Disclosure: I was provided an all-expenses paid trip in order to facilitate this post. Regardless, all opinions are honest and are my own. This week is National Sleep Awareness Week! National Sleep Awareness week isn’t one of those trivial national days like national hot dog day, or “What if Cats had Opposable Thumbs Day” <–yeah,… [read more]