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Out with the Old and In with the New

As an ambassador for Rayovac I have been compensated for this blog post. All thoughts and opinions on the products are my own.

The new year is upon us and it’s a well-known time of year for change. People make resolutions, what not to eat, what to do more of or less of, and also changes on how they are going to organize or manage their household.

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Here are some resolutions to help you manage your household while making small changes that will improve the organization and tidiness of your home:

1. Replace your batteries in items like remote controls, smoke detectors, and nightlights to avoid last minute (especially night-time) battery changes. Also using batteries that last longer and cost less help to stretch out the need for battery changes, which is why we stick with Rayovac batteries.

Improving Home with Rayovac Batteries

2. Buy furniture that doubles as organizers. We have several pieces of furniture that act as organizers, our ottoman for example has a great storage area for games and blankets, which makes for easy cleanup when friends pop in. We love anything that has bins too.

3. Use ordinary items for organizing. I love using clear shoe organizers for all kinds of things like cleaning products, and craft supplies, but mostly we use ours for our pantry door to hold grab-n-go snacks or store treats (out of kiddos reach).

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4. Line your fridge. Do you love cleaning your refrigerator?? No, no one that I know does either. To set yourself up for easy, stressless cleaning, consider lining your refrigerator with contact paper, wax/parchment paper. Move your items, lift and dispose of the paper and then replace with a fresh piece and move your items back. You’ll be saving paper towels and electricity too.

Whether your New Year’s Resolutions are different or you don’t have any, these are still some great, easy, tips to get you going in the direction of a happier, tidier home.

What changes, if any are you making for 2015??

Happy New Year!!!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my partnership with Rayovac. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

NERGIA – The Healthier Energy Supplement for Busy Moms

This is a sponsored post all opinions are my own.

Have you ever been called, “SuperMom” because you’re the mom that goes above and beyond when it comes to your job? Do people ever ask you, “how do you do it all??” While we know that none of us really “do it all”, it definitely takes long days and loads of energy to keep up with our children, our spouses, our homes, and possibly jobs outside the home as well {paid and unpaid}. Let’s face it, we live pretty active lives.

Sometimes I joke that my girls have surplus energy because they’re taking it from me, but in reality, since I write at night {it just may be morning by now, shhh!}, and am mom during the day, I know my energy deficiency comes from lack of proper sleep. Where does your energy deficiency lie??

Of course I highly recommend getting as much sleep as possible, and there’s no reviewing that on the blog it’s just a fact that our bodies need sleep, but sometimes even when we do get enough sleep, there are other reasons and factors why we may need a little extra energy in our lives. Sometimes our bodies just need a little refresher or an extra boost, especially if we are active and on-the-go all day non-stop.

For each person, their pick-me-up of choice may be different, but here’s a great, 100% natural alternative to energy shots and other energy supplements that are currently on the market that you may want to consider.

ENERGIA Natural Energy Shots

Meet America’s Naturals’ 100% Natural Energy shot. NERGIA contains organic, sustainably harvested ingredients including: Guarana seeds, Açaí berries and Catuaba bark. Instead of using preservatives, they pasteurize their product, avoiding artificial sweeteners and artificial colors. Not to mention that NERGIA uses recyclable glass bottles ensuring safe consumption for you.

Check out what health-conscious, active women are saying about their experience with NERGIA in this video: http://vimeo.com/78847721

If you’re looking for a natural, healthier energy boost for your day, visit www.nergia.com. NERGIA can currently be purchased at competitive pricing with other energy supplements at GNC.com and GNC stores in New York City, but will be coming to a GNC and other local stores near you.

What activity or time of day makes you feel the most tired?

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This is a sponsored post in conjunction with NERGIA. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own. Since I write about things that are related to my family and my husband and I both need lots of energy I thought this would be a great, natural product to share with you. Your opinions may vary.

Healthy Resolutions for Kids {Giveaway}

Have you made resolutions for yourself, perhaps to live a better, healthier life? Do you make family resolutions? How about resolutions for your children? My girls are still pretty young, but there are things I hope, dream, and pray for them this year. I want Miss A to do well in school, I want Lil C to flourish as her own individual, and of course I hope that they are both loving, caring people who think of others, among many, many other traits and values.

In general, my girls are pretty healthy when it comes to eating, being active, and overall health, which we are very blessed by. However, there are always improvements we like to make to continue to give them the best lives possible, and I’m guessing if you’re still reading this post, you may have a special child(ren) in your life that you care about as well.

Here are some of my personal tips that I’ve used to encourage health in my girls lives and also some that we will begin to implement and work on.

Get Active!

Whether you participate or not {strongly recommended}, take your kiddos to the park, enroll them in sports classes, go for a family hike. It’s great for them physically, but also builds confidence, if done in a group encourages social growth, and makes them happier *see endorphins.

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Have Fun with Food

We like to make food faces on pancakes, drink out of fun straws, cook together, make mustaches out of everything, especially milk and color our foods with food coloring to brighten up any plate.

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Enrich their Lives

Give your child opportunities to volunteer, and learn about a senese of community. Visit museums and historical landmarks. Let them express themselves through art, dance, writing, help them find their best means of self-expression and celebrate it!

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Make Healthier Choices

Trade out treats for fruits, hide veggies where the kids will least expect it, and make sure your children get plenty of hormone-free calcium. Since Lil’ C was 1 year old we’ve been trying to get her to drink milk, any kind of milk, soy, almond, chocolate, and used every trick in the book, we’ve given it a few months and just last night at dinner, because “sissy” LOVES milk {and if I could caps the LOVES even bigger I would, I have not seen a child who enjoys milk more than Miss A} we offered Lil’ C a medicine cup of Smart Balance® Kids Milk and she drank it! Baby steps!!! In the long run we’ve seen our girls make healthier choices on their own and hope they continue to have the desire to be healthy in all aspects of their lives. {See left photo, “Save a turkey! Eat a brocolli”, even though it’s not exact spelling, I was happily surprised to see this come home with Miss A.}

Smart Balance Healthy Choices Collage

What healthy resolutions would you like to make for your own children? If you’re not already giving your kids Smart Balance® Kids Milk, here are some reasons I personally would like you to check out and consider the switch.

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All varieties of Smart Balance® Kids Milks offer calcium and extra Vitamin D to support strong bones; as well as DHA and EPA Omega-3s to help support brain and heart health with two glasses a day. The milks are produced from cows with no artificial growth hormones.

Children ages 12 months to 24 months have their own, specially formulated milk with prebiotics, iron and other essentials for growing toddlers.

Smart Balance® Kids Milk come in three varieties and is sold at all Harris Teeter grocery store locations.

And last but not least, these milks are available for one lucky MommyBKnowsBest.com reader to WIN!

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This is a compensated post, however all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own honest opinions. I am excited to bring Smart Balance Kids into my own home and yours as well. As always your opinions may vary, but if you like me you’ll try it 😉

Busy Mom’s Guide: A Healthier You – BodyMedia Fit

BodyMedia Fit Link Armband

BodyMedia FitWeight, and fitness, let’s talk about it.

– How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

Did you give up unhealthy foods for Lent?

Are you working on your whole self, health included?

No matter what the reason for making health a bigger priority in your life, the outcome will always be a good one, if done the right way. Let’s admit, there are tons of different ways to lose weight these days, but a good percentage of them are not healthy and often don’t keep the weight off either.

In these times when moms are getting busier and busier each day, taking on new projects, some working outside the home, some working from home, some homeschooling and trying to be “super-mom” it’s even harder to focus on ourselves. Don’t you agree?

Personally, I have struggled with my own weight battle since I was in the 4th grade. As I’ve grown older I’ve done my research, bought and read several magazines, articles, cookbooks, joined a weight loss program and been involved in “mommy-and-me” type workout classes. I KNOW what it takes to be a healthy, fit person, but my foundation and food issues from my childhood through early adulthood continue to take over.

I am the type of person who will always need to monitor my calorie intake, that’s just the way it is. And since having Baby C and working even more these past two years I’ve found that it’s even harder for me to do that. I found BodyMedia online after searching for a product that would help me count my calories. Not only did I find something to meet my needs in their FIT system, but other tools to help me accomplish my fitness goals.

BodyMedia Fit Link

I received the BodyMedia Fit LINK Armband to review and love the amazing features included.

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  • Easy to wear – The adjustable arm band is comfortable and with only a little pulling here and there I barely even noticed I was wearing it.
  • All-In-One – The BodyMedia Fit Armband monitors how many calories you’ve burned, how much quality sleep you receive, and based on your calorie intake (which you personally enter in), your calorie deficit.
  • Technology Savvy – With the LINK armband only, you are able to connect the armband measurements to the BodyMedia App to check your progress throughout the day as well as add your meals to keep track as you are on the go.

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Here’s the easily accesible Online Activity Manager, which you can use with any of the Fit armbands. It’s a more detailed version of the Mobile App, you can track your “Personal Bests” in each category, set goals, track your weight and more.

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Here is a screenshot from my phone for the mobile app for the LINK armband, the left hand side is the interface that shows you all of your calorie levels, including how many calories you’ve burned through different levels of activity, and quality hours of sleep. On the right hand side you’ll see an example of one of the food search pages in the app. You can easily type in the name of your food, and be taken to a listing of several meals and foods, how easy is that?!?

BodyMedia Fit App

With the BodyMedia Fit, I’m able to keep track of what I’m putting in my body and how active I am. It’s a GREAT reminder of how unhealthy I’ve been, especially when I see so few hours of sleep. Of course with any program it will only work if you are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and put in work. There are no EASY ways to lose weight the healthy way, only great tools like BodyMedia Fit to help keep you motivated, see results, and make tracking it all a little easier. Definitely a huge plus for busy moms like us. 

What’s your experience {if any} with BodyMedia Fit? What tips do you have to stay healthy and run a busy lifestyle?

Check out the BodyMedia Fit system, armbands, and accessories on their website here: http://www.bodymedia.com/

Visit them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BodyMediaFIT to see transformation and ask questions and check them out on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bodymediafit

I received the BodyMedia Fit LINK armband and a complimentary monitoring services in order to give my honest opinion about their products and services. All opinions expressed above are my own, however yours may vary.

A Taste of Kidfresh Quick and Healthy Meals

Kidfresh Mac + Cheese

Have you resolved to eat better this year? That’s awesome!! What about the kiddos? I know each household is different, some families adhere to the “the kids eat what we eat,” motto, and others there are parents making one dish per person. Whether or not you agree with any form of feeding the kiddos, I hope we can all agree we want to try to give our kids the healthiest food possible. Sometimes it’s not possible to eat healthy. Here are a few reasons we as parents opt for the unhealthy:

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  • it’s quicker to grab fast food or pop something into the microwave
  • it’s cheaper
  • we don’t want to make a whole separate meal if we’re not having the same thing they are

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Now the list goes on, as we all know reasons pile up, but Kidfresh, a foodline designed for kids ages 2 to 8 years has developed meals that are affordable, microwaveable, and 100% natural. At about $3.49, Kidfresh meals tout that they are made with all-natural ingredients, trans-fat/corn syrup/ filler/ artificial coloring/ free. But do they taste good??

Kidfresh Mac + CheeseMiss A doesn’t like pasta {I know!! What kid doesn’t like pasta?!?!},  so we didn’t even try them with her because we knew what the verdict would be. Baby C, on the other hand, eats almost everything we put in front of her, especially carbs. The first try I gave Baby C Kidfresh’s Spaghetti Loops Bolognese, unfortunately she didn’t care for these so I ended up discarding most of the meal, but as we all know just because a kid doesn’t eat doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again. The next time I tried their Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese {these are the only two options my grocer carries,}. As soon as I took these noodles out of the microwave I could smell the real cheese {you know how it smells different than the processed stuff,} and it was delightful, and even though I wanted to munch on it I restrained myself. Baby C gobbled it up until she was full and I saved the leftovers for the next day. She wasn’t loving the leftovers, however when I gave her the Mac + Cheese again a couple of weeks later she ate almost the entire dish, I attribute her finickiness to being a toddler.

My favorite thing about Kidfresh aside from how awesomely healthy the meals are is that they are good portions, the Mac + Cheese didn’t come drenched in cheese, it was just the right amount, encouraging my kids to eat but not stuff themselves.

Personally I’d love to try the 4 other flavors that Kidfresh makes, so I hope that EarthFare Huntersville stocks them up {hint, hint}. However I love that I have a quick, healthy option for Baby C when I need something fast and I don’t have to go with the alternative, or at least it gives me another meal for the food queue.

Hidden VeggiesP.S. They sneak in extra veggies too!! Shhhh, don’t tell the kids!

You can find Kidfresh meals by heading to their website here: http://www.kidfresh.com. Enter your zip code where it says “Find a store” and voila! If there’s not a store near you that carries it, speak with your grocer, they may look into it.

Check Kidfresh out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kidfreshfoods and Twitter: http://twitter.com/KidfreshFoods for more info and for a $1 off coupon good through July 31, 2012 be one of the first 10 people to leave a comment here on which would be your favorite flavor meal, and I’ll email you for your address.

We received meals from Kidfresh in order to complete our honest review. All of the opinions above are my own honest opinions, however yours may vary.

True Resolutions for 2012 – Trop50

Tropicana Trop50

Tropicana Trop50Are you a resolution maker? Someone who vows to do better in the New Year? Even if it’s continuous throughout the entire year I think most of us resolve to improve on what we are already doing. I personally know there are always things I can be working on in my life. I’d like to share a few of mine with you.

Make sure I have daily devotions, if I can’t do them in the mornings then at least sometime throughout the day

-It’s very important for me to have time with God and to make Him more of a priority this year.

Take time for me. As a mom who puts herself on the back burner {can you relate?}, I am promising myself to work less, get more sleep, drink more water, eat healthier, and, dare I say it, even pamper myself once and a while.

Be the best mom I can be. Having more silly moments with the girls, creating and maintaining a close circle of healthy, supportive, fun, good friends for them to play with, and also making sure they are healthy inside and out as well.

Which brings me to mention Trop50. Baby C has never took to the bottle, unfortunately when I was nursing hubby did not get to help feed her, and I made sure I was always somewhat close-by in case she needed to be fed. She never took formula and more importantly when I weaned her she did not want to have anything to do with cow’s milk. We tried everything, bottle, sippy cup, and even medicine dropper, she just wasn’t going for it. Because Calcium is such an important vitamin we consulted with our pediatrician and he suggested other ways for her to get the nutrients she needed. One way was to introduce Calcium enriched orange juice (among other ways).

{The Trop50 version below is not the Calcium, Vitamin-D version they also sell.}

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That’s where Trop50 comes in. Tropicana is a well-known brand that produces a great line of juice beverages and have recently created Trop50, the juice beverage that offers 50% less sugar, and 50% less calories with no artificial sweeteners. Which, for a mom who is trying to make sure their child gets enough Calcium, but not overdo the sugar intake, is perfect. I am happy with this new line that I can easily purchase in my local grocery store and that helps me accomplish part of one of my resolutions for 2012.

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What are your resolutions? Head over to Trop50’s Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/Trop50Resolutions to enter their True Resolutions contest and celebrate the real reasons behind New Year’s resolutions. Share your secret motivation and earn a coupon for $1 off Trop50 for yourself and $.50¢ off coupons for up to 50 of your friends! Whether you submit a resolution or not, you can also enter their sweepstakes to win a $1,000 gift card!

Happy New Year!!!

This post is sponsored by Trop50, I received compensation for this post, however all thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own. Your opinions may vary.

Strong Body, Fit Body DVD {Guest Post}

Strong Body Fit Body

At the start of every New Year, many people make resolutions to quit smoking, eat more healthful, save money and probably the most common resolution, to lose weight. I make the same resolution myself nearly every year!

One thing I know for sure that works every time and makes me feel great is: exercise. In general, I’m a “must go to the gym” kind of girl. I’m not very disciplined when working out at home with workout equipment, DVDs, or the N

intendo Wii. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t tried these methods – I’ve just found that for me to really focus on exercise, it’s best to be away from distractions at home. Read More