Healthy Living, Parenting

How To Get Your Family To Walk More

Being a physically active person reduces your risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and many other health issues. But it starts with the habits we form as children. Recent research has suggested that childhood exercise has a preventative and protective effect. Providing adults with better health in later years.

How To Get Your Family To Walk More
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But when your child comes home from school, perhaps the only thing he or she wants to do is sit in front of the TV or play on a mobile device?

Getting kids up and moving can be as difficult as prodding ourselves to hit the gym. And let’s face it, we don’t always succeed in getting ourselves to stick with our own exercise plans.

So what’s the solution to getting our children more active? The good news is that even a walk counts toward increased physical activity. And everyone, even kids who hate sports, can manage to fit in a walk per day. The benefits of walking are numerous. Harvard Medical School lists the following:

  • It serves as a preventative against weight promoting genes
  • It keeps your sweet tooth in check
  • It reduces your risk of developing certain cancers
  • It boosts your immune system

Naturally, walks should be limited to pedestrian walkways. And a word of caution from a personal injury lawyer in Houston, TX, “Because pedestrians typically have no safety gear as a bicyclist would and are not afforded the same protections as anyone inside a vehicle, the injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident can be catastrophic.”

So teach your kids pedestrian safety rules. With that out of the way, here are some ideas that can help get the whole family out the door and getting in more steps.

Make it part of your family routine.

Every day after dinner, go out for an evening stroll altogether as a family. Watch the sunset or sunrise. Talk about your day. Walk the dog. Play at the nearby park. Use your walk to unwind from a long day or to connect with your kids before the day starts. Establish your walk as part of your family routine. Sure, your kids might balk at first, but remain firm. You never know, it might turn into your family’s favorite ritual if you stick with it.

Explore your area’s outdoor spaces.

How many parks or outdoor spaces do you have in your area? List them all up and explore each of them in turn. Bring a frisbee or a soccer ball. Pack up your dinner and eat it outdoors. Having a destination in mind can help provide structure to increasing your physical activity. If you live near a forest or some foothills, all the better. Go for a nature walk with your kids. Walking in nature has many more benefits than simply walking around the block.

Be scavengers or collectors.

Turn each walk into an opportunity to find beauty along the way. See who can spot the most bugs. Or who can find the most original looking leaf for a nature display. The strangest colored rock for your garden’s rock collection. A rare bird to take a picture of. A four-leaf clover. Setting out with a purpose can help direct your kids’ energy away from complaints and toward engaging with their surroundings.

Get Fitbits or step trackers for your family.

Having a way to keep track of how many steps each person is logging is a terrific way to prompt more walking and physical activity. Set a goal as a family to log in a certain number of steps every day. See who reaches it. It might be a challenge to hit 10,000 steps on the first try, so you could go for a lower number and slowly increase the step count as you go along. Turn it into a game by awarding prizes for the individual who logged in the highest number. Additionally, apps like Pokemon Go can turn the outdoors into one large game!

Have your kids document their walk.

Does your child love to take pictures? Give your kid a camera and you might find it difficult to keep up with him. When kids are interested and engaged in the outdoors, the walk and the exercise don’t even register. Discuss ways to get better shots. Talk about what he or she can photograph next. Look for picture opportunities that might take a bit of a hike to get there, but will be worth it for the exercise you logged and the picture as a reward.

Food/Beverage, Natural Foods

Popcornopolis Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn – Available at Costco

I have partnered with Zebra Popcorn for this Blog Tour feature

Nearly Naked popcorn is new and the best tasting popcorn. Certified Gluten Free, GMO Free Corn, Pure Coconut Oil, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, 0g Trans Fat, Made with American Grown Corn. When I say the best, I mean it. My husband and I eat popcorn as our snack of choice and we have tried all the brands out there. After trying Nearly Naked my husband said it is by far the best tasting of all the ‘naked’ popcorns available that we have tried. I truly agree!

Given that Popcornopolis Nearly Naked is our new favorite I wanted to share the following shopping tip for you!

Find Nearly Naked popcorn at Costco for the following prices! I know we’ll be stocking up. The shelf life is quite long. On March 13 – Costco will be selling it for $5.39 a bag. However, to really stock up wait until April 19 – May 13 where the cost will drop to $3.49 a bag! These bags are huge! Find more at

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Food, Recipes

Keto & Paleo Friendly Snacks and Desserts

The following recipes were given to me by the creators themselves and all their rights are reserved to them

Keto & Paleo Friendly Snacks and Desserts

If you have started a Keto and even a Paleo diet it is a lot of work to get going. There is so much to know so you fast right and count your macros right. You need to expect changes in your body and why those changes occur. You need reminder and lists of new foods to shop for. Now add on recipes! The hardest part of any diet is snacking right. We all want snacks! We are little foodie humans who can easily lose motivation if we are robbed of something sweet completely out of our diets.

On a Keto and Paleo diet you can snack and on delicious recipes too! Enjoy this round up of yummy snacks and desserts….

Peanut Butter Protein Bars from DiabetesStrong

In her recipe, Christel reminds us what type of peanut butter and protein powders to shop for. These are low-carb and gluten free and last if refrigerated. No baking required.

140 calories, 4.8 total carbs, 0.9g sugar, 9.6g protein

A Paleo Carrot Cake from My PCOS Kitchen

Mira shows us her sugar-free carrot cake with sugar-free cream cheese icing. The cake recipe is even dairy-free!

180 calories, 7.3 total carbs, 1.9g sugar, 6.26g protein

Sugar Free Chesecake with Caramel (also from My PCOS Kitchen)

Yes! Cheesecake! Take a look at the ingredients. This is easily a low-carb and keto option. Yes, the calories are high but is it your birthday? Have some cheesecake!

492 calories, 9.6 total carbs, 1.7g sugar, 8.6g protein

Slow Cooker Low Carb (KETO) Granola from Recipes from My Pantry

You can do granola if you follow the right recipe like this one. This recipe is refined sugar-free and grain free.

214 calories, 8g total carbs, 1g sugar, 6g protein

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Keto Cookies from Peace Love and LowCarb

What makes a better pair besides chocolate and peanut butter? Just mix, chill and eat!

Approx. 2.5 total carbs

Keto Flourless Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies at Peace Love and LowCarb

It is described as low carb brownie meets cookie! Video tutorial for recipe!

115 calories, 3.8g carbs, 4g protein

Keto Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Flour Fathead Dough from Low Carb Yum

Warm cinnamon rolls with melted cream cheese frosting on top? Heaven!

209 calories, 4g total carbs, 1g sugar, 7g protein

Keto Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Fudge from Low Carb Yum

Makes a great fat bomb alternative!

177 calories, 3g carbs, 2g protein


Low Carb Minty No Bake Cheesecake from Oh Sweet Mercy

You can make this one with matcha too! No baking required.

248 calories, 5g carbs, 2g sugar, 5g protein


This cake has only 6 ingredients and ready to eat quickly! Make a day where your macros can handle this gem of a recipe!

433 calories, 11g total carbs, 1 sugar, 14g protein

2 Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Cake from Beauty and the Foodie

A quick dessert you can whip up for anyone

215 calories, 9g total carbs, 2g sugar, 7g protein

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Nests from Beauty and the Foodie

These are tasty, low carb and gluten free snacks. Great for guilt-free game day food!

2 nests are 43 calories, 2g net carbs, 1g sugar, 4g protein

Tagalong Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (Keto) from Joy Filled Eats

Like a Girl Scout cookie bar for Ketos and ready in 1 hour!! YUM!

128 calories, 4g total carbs, 1g sugar, 3g protein

Chewy Almond Joy Candies (Keto) from Joy Filled Eats

With Easter coming, these are great to make and serve!

128 calories, 4g total carbs, 2g protein

Cacao Bliss Balls from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

This one has pitted dates and even if you are not a date person-some oats could work too!

105 calories, 13g carbs, 9g sugar, 3g protein

Freezer Fudge with Macadamia Nuts (Paleo) from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Perfect if you offer to bring the dessert tray for a party!

Avocado and Bacon Deviled Eggs from Munchkins and Military

Nothing like a quick dish of deviled eggs to whip up for company (and an appetizer that we can eat)!

Sugar Free Vanilla Macaroons from Allergy Free Alaska

Who doesn’t love to pop a macaroon in their mouths to satisfy a sweet tooth!

Low Carb Biscuits with Almond Flour (KETO) from Savory Tooth

Miss bread? You don’t have to anymore!

360 calories, 5g total carbs, 1g sugar, 13g protein

Low Carb Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies from Moore or Less Cooking

Even on keto, you can choose any of your favorite jam-like fillings or even cocoa. Paleo? Eat your heart out!

Easter, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Kids, LEGO, Open Giveaways, Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Basket Giveaway


It’s almost Spring time which means Easter is not to far away! This also means it’s almost time for us to gather everything we need to create that awesome Easter basket for the kids! Well, what if I told you Star Wars has put together an awesome Easter basket that will help kids celebrate their new release Star Wars Lego Freemaker Adventures Season 2

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Basket Giveaway

The LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Synopisis

“The second season of “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” delivers all 12 action-packed episodes plus five bonus shorts on DVD! The Emmy®-nominated animated television series is set between Stars Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and focuses on the three Freemaker siblings as they explore new worlds, meet new characters and Star Wars icons, and have unforgettable adventures. The second and final season follows Rowan, Kordi and Zander as they are thrown into battle after they join up with the Rebels! Bring home the out-of-this-galaxy adventure on DVD on March 13, 2018!”

The Star Wars Giveaway

Now the giveaway will contain:

  • Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • DVD of LEGO Star Wars: Freemakers Adventures: Season 2
  • Porg mug
  • Blue lightsaber
  • Rebel Alliance pin
  • Chewbacca 4” Wind up toy
  • Star Wars Easter Egg decorating kit
  • Yoda plush pet toy
  • BB-8 Plush
  • Yoda plush pet toy (sizes may vary)
  • R2D2 bean bag plush
  • Large Lego set from Lego Freemakers


Hosted by: Night Helper

Open to: USA only 18yrs. +

Start date:03/15~03/21 11:59pm

The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to

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Healthy Living, Parenting

How To Show The Sensitive Man In Your Life How Appreciative You Are!

It’s not something that is discussed widely, but if the man in your life is of a sensitive nature, sometimes their feelings can be hurt all too easily. Showing our appreciation, especially if we try to balance out the odds and be the person who “wears the trousers”, can be a difficult task. Most advice columns, when it comes to pleasing the man in your life, shows how to bring out the “inner man”, by taking them to baseball games, monster truck rallies, wood chopping events, and so forth. But, if the man in your life doesn’t like any of these things, and it’s very likely that they don’t, how can you show your appreciation for them?  

Give them space

Sometimes, the problem we all have with modern life is that we can feel hemmed in. If you live with someone, it can be difficult when you are both on top of each other. If he is too sensitive, he may withdraw from social situations, even in your own home. So, instead of giving them the third degree for not spending proper time with you, give them the space they need. Maybe they can get a proper night’s sleep, especially if life has been particularly stressful recently.

A little gift or token of your appreciation

Men don’t always feel like they matter from time to time, and this is especially true of the retiring type. If they do a lot around the house, or pick up the slack without asking for anything in return, it’s very simple, just show them that you’ve taken notice. A gift doesn’t have to be an over-the-top affair to show your appreciation, but something personalized shows them how much you care. You can find a perfect gift for dads online, especially if they’ve been withdrawn recently, and haven’t been able to spend as much time with them or your kids. But it’s the little things that count. You might show your appreciation for them online, but how would they know that you are supportive of them?

Help him accomplish his goals

If he’s got goals in life, but he’s not making leverage, you should help them out of the sticky situation. While relationships aren’t about giving to receiving, if they’ve taken the load recently, give them some inspiration or words of advice. Because they know you are on their side, this will make them feel cared for. Sometimes, men can be sensitive or inward facing because of a sense of unhappiness or unfulfillment in their life. If you can dig deep into the problem, and help to provide a solution that you appear to be 100% behind, this will give them additional confidence.

Treat him as an equal

While a couple should balance each other out, yin and yang, light and shade, and so forth, if you don’t treat him as an equal from time to time, it’s very likely he will feel small and intimidated. Something like money, which he can’t directly control, can feed into many insecurities. If you make a passing comments about the fact that they should earn more money, this could be very hurtful indeed. It will only serve to make them withdraw and keep their distance.

Make him feel attractive

As life duties overtake your relationship as a couple in many ways, such as life admin, or children, quality couple time could go by the wayside. Of course, it’s not just us women who are sensitive in relation to this, but men want to feel attractive too. Those insecurities about their attractiveness can breed considerable problems if left untreated. So, make sure that he feels attractive, but also, make sure that you are communicating this to them. Even if he doesn’t appear so forthcoming in offering you comments, if you can start the ball rolling by telling him he looks attractive, and this will help. We seem to do a lot of things in relationships so we can get something back. This isn’t the right attitude to have, and so, you should consider telling him how attractive he is to you.

Brag about him

Sometimes we can brag about our significant other on social media, but they won’t see it. Instead, while it’s great to boast about your partner’s strength during a tough time online, do they know that you appreciate them? If not, show everybody else how much he means to you when you are together. Everybody likes a little compliment and buttering up in public. In fact, we relish this!

Make time for the two of you

Sometimes the old ones are the best! If the pressures of family life are getting the both of you down, fix this by having quality time together. Communication can be a big problem if we place priorities on other parts of life, and take our relationship for granted, so talk to each other! Make sure that you are both on the same emotional page. If you don’t talk about anything apart from diapers and bills, you both need to make the effort to spend good quality time together. You might spend time together in the same room, but if you’re both on the phone, what is this going to achieve? Instead, make some quality time a fixture in your calendar. And while money is always an issue, you don’t have to consider a night out in a posh restaurant as the definition of “quality time”. It’s the little things that matter, much like when you were first together, talking late into the night, or cooking together; it’s all those little things that mean a lot.

When couples grow apart, we can both retreat into our shells, and while many men appear to show a sense of bravado, or don’t display their emotions, there can be an underlying sensitivity in the man in your life. Many men are like closed books, but this doesn’t need to be the case. By showing the sensitive man in your life how appreciative you are of their efforts, it will build a solid foundation all over again. So take the time, take the effort, and take the opportunities to appreciate them.

Healthy Living

Reducing Allergy Symptoms with NasalGuard – Video Review

I have partnered with NasalGuard for feature

Well, in a house of 3 we are 3:3 in seasonal allergy sufferers. Now you can add in my husbands frequent work traveling on airplanes to add contaminated air and a dog in the house and we are constantly breathing in everything that is trying to make us suffer. There are some options that treat the symptoms or systematically fight off allergens but those never work fast enough. Now there is a topical protection. Sounds too simple to be true, right? Not if you take a step back to science class…..

The allergen we breath in are particles, pollen, dander, dust, viruses are all tiny particles small enough yo enter our airway and cause us to react. What if we could walk around with an invisible mask that would keep us from breathing in those particles in the first place? NasalGuard is that “invisible mask”. I explain how it works in the video below….

NasalGuard lasts for 150 uses and 6 hours at a time so this little tube should easily last you all month if you were to use it everyday. At about $15 a tube that you can order at their website or on Amazon, that equates to about .50 cents a day!

It is easy to apply and is clear. We have had no reaction at all! Get yours today!