This post is sponsored by Activia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while now, you know that my husband and I have been on a bit of a health kick. I don’t think “kick” is the proper word for it really, but we’ve definitely made healthier choices over the last year + for our family. Especially after the medical retirement and the medication that bumped David’s weight up higher than he’d ever seen it. Jumping on this 2 week Activia challenge was a no brainer for the both of us. (And there is a coupon for YOU when you click that link)
I am not the biggest fan of yogurt, but these daily probiotic drinks are quickly becomming an obsession of mine. They’re perfect for those grab & go mornings. I can drink one with my coffee, or in the car on the way to the zoo, or while walking to the local library. SO convienent. One of our biggest struggles with our healthy journey has simply been convienence. Sometimes it is just easier to grab fast food on our way out the door, or grab something quicker to eat. These have seriously helped with that problem! A banana & a daily drink and good to go! I love them. They’re such a little game changer.
It is so common to overlook the link between our gut and our brains, but the gut actually contains 10 times more health-determining bacteria than the rest of the body – protecting us from infection and illnesses. Introducing Activia Dailies. Now there’s a quick, easy and tasty way to enjoy your daily probiotics. A quick low fat yogurt drink packed with Activia’s billions of live and active probiotics!
“Be the change you wish to see” is the age old saying, but when we want to change our health and fitness habits, often times it can feel like our goals are unachievable. From handling mom duties to a full-time career, the hours or minutes in a day can quickly slip away, making it oh so easy to lose track of our goals. I grabbed mine from my local Walmart and I have a coupon code for you! Head here to get an ibotta rebate —> Activia Challenge
You should have seen me and my “I don’t need a cart” pride trying to carry these around the store. HAHA! Just opt for the cart or basket, people. Don’t be “proud” like me. haha. Again, head here to grab your coupons and learn more about Activia.
This post is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
May is National Pet month and you guys know that we have three pets, two larger dogs and a one-eyed cat.
Ole Bochepus, Missy, and Crowley.
They are messy. They’re messier than the three kids. Missy’s favorite activity is to play in the dirt while waiting for the neighborhood squirrel to arrive for the day. Bo loves to nap in the sun and doesn’t get as messy and Missy, but he loves a good run around the yard and with them big paws, he picks up all the dirt. Cat doesn’t go outside (despite all the several times he’s tried and then freaked himself out once out there), but cats are pretty gross too. Hairballs. . . ugh.
In order to keep up with clean up (which is basically impossible) I grabbed a Libman Wonder Mop from Walmart (the Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS™ sold me in choosing which mop to go with, they lift up to 20% more dirt) put it to the dirty floor test. I also sang into it while dancing around the living room and kitchen, but that’s neither here nor there really. Who doesn’t at some point break out into a little song and/or dance while cleaning?
(Look at his lazy butt sleeping in the background)
The power wringer lets me remove more water from the mop head, no excess water, faster floor drying time and with these fools running around, we can’t be having wet floors for very long. They’ll trip and fall all over the place . . . . or . . . . make it messy again faster than they normally would. It works on all surfaces and when I’m done, I just pop the head into the washing mashion. (It can be washed up to 50 times). That’s so easy! And I’m all about the simple life.
So, if you’re like me… standing in the mop aisle of the store looking at the mops in utter confusion trying to just pick one… pick a Libman Wonder Mop(the green handled one) y’all. I just saved you a lot of time. ha There’s also a coupon for you if you sign up for their newsletter —> Libman Company <----
Be real with me… how many times have you cut yourself trying to use plastic wrap?! About a bajillion?! I KNOW! Me too! It is SO frustrating and really painful! I mean, ever get jalopeno juice on that cut?! THAT SUCKS! It just does. Today though, I’m here to share a kitchen victory with you and I KNOW you can appreciate this. Plus, I’ll be sharing a few bonus hacks too. The victory?! Reynolds KITCHENS® Quick Cut™ Plastic Wrap NOW has a built-in slide cutter that ensures a clean cut, every single time. Like, is your mind blown?! Because mine is/was! I mean, watch the video and just look at mine & Maddie’s excitement! haha. Even the kids know how great this is.
Cover your tablet or phone in plastic wrap to create a “splatter guard” when cooking with online recipes in the kitchen. Even with the plastic wrap around your touchscreen devices, you’ll still have full functionality. I do this with my cookbooks too to keep them looking new and fresh.
Place a piece of plastic wrap under the caps of liquid travel bottles (shampoo, conditioner, etc.) to prevent leaks and spills while traveling. Nothing is worse than getting to your destination and realizing shampoo has spilled all over your bag.
Create an anti-blister grip by wrapping the handle of a wooden spoon, rake or paint roller in plastic wrap to make it easier to hold and more gentle on your hands. I do this to our utensils to help David’s hands actually. He loves to cook, is in cullinary school, but has bad hands. So the extra grip helps a ton. This hack helps tiny hands in the kitchen too.
Banish ice cream freezer burn by draping a sheet of plastic wrap over ice cream before sealing and storing. I love ice cream. But I love it on my time, like when I’m in the mood for it… therefore it sits in the freezer for well… basically ever. Thankful that I learned this tip a long time ago, otherwise my ice cream would be tossed into a trash can and I’d be a sad lady.
Hi, guys and gals! Happy to have you here again today! Today I wanted to chat about how to UP your Easter food prep game without breaking the bank and without actually working harder. Smarter not harder, right?! Right! So, stuffed green olives is my answer for you. Now, hear me out… I know that sounds a bit silly…olives are an “smarter not harder” fix?! How so, amber?! Well, let me tell ya…..
Everyone loves to snack and graze. Especially at get togethers. Try a platter. Add your favorite cheeses, meats and nuts and don’t forget the Pearls Specialties olives. These olives add a refined touch without spending a bunch. That’s a win in my book!
David and I love to add em to our lunches. We dice em up and add em to sandwiches or to pizzas. Tonight for dinner I’m making a chicken bacon pasta salad (very similar to this one I’ve shared before) using these Pitted Kalamata olives and I’m so excited about it. It’s going to be so yummy! Check my IG stories later for it because I’m sure I’ll share a pic :p
Tell me your favorite way to eat olives? Do you make a platter and eat your stuffed green olives that way? Do you use them to top a salad? A pizza? They’re even perfect for a girls night in. Just add some cheese and crackers to a platter with these bad boys and done! Who wouldn’t eat that up?! I know I would. Do your prefer black olives? green olives? Stuffed olives? Have you tried the Garlic Stuffed Olives yet? Or the Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives? Those would be so yummy with a platter of buffalo chicken. Mmm. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it and I just ate pizza for lunch (with olives on it, duh).
So, boom. There you have it. A few different ideas and ways to incorporate the best olives into your Easter food prepping, snack makings, and meals in general. 🙂
Seriously, if you have kids… you need to go to Target (as if you even needed a Target run excuse *wink*) and grab some of these! They’re great for hands and/or face! They come in 3 packages: Gentle, Sensitive, and Germ Removal. With three kids still at home, you can bet your butt we go through so many wipes, tissues, paper towels, etc etc on repeat. These won’t break the bank, they’re totally budget friendly at only $1.49 each. You can totally order em online as well. Grab your Kleenex Wet Wipes here.
Jam hands are a real thing…. my oldest is almost 11 and he’s my messiest eater. He comes home with mustard stains on him and if sandwiches were made for lunch, I always know which one to call to clean up his mess. Haha.
Maddie is my neat freak. She likes everything arranged a certain way and gets really annoyed if you mess with it, move it around. She likes things neat and tidy, so I keep the germ removal wipes on hand specifically for her.
Then there’s Owen… this kid is just an all around mess. We keep a pack of wipes in the car at all times specifically for this kid’s face! I don’t know how he does it, but he constantly has stuff all over that face. He’s always been my messy faced kiddo… but man, we’ve reached new levels now that he’s a full time kindergartener. Markers, paint, snacks, juice, food, you name it… he’s wearing it on his face.
“This wipe smells goooooood, Mom!!!” – Owen, age 6. “Okay, buddy…..whatever you say” -Mom, age 32.
Know that you know and have met my top three wipe carrying reasons, tell me about yours?!
They’re also great for our Colorado adventures – hiking, camping, snowboarding, even just park trips… they get tossed into a bag and even though everyone insists we don’t need them, we always end up using them. ALWAYS. I will never not carry wipes. They’re just HANDY!
You can find em in the Kleenex aisle, or pretend you didn’t read that part if you just need a good wander around Target.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.
Trying to hide that you’ve looked exhausted since 2008?! Me too! Mine probably started in 2007 when I gave birth to my first child. No amount of sleep prepares you for that. But today I want to introduce you to something that will help. Olay Whips. Olay Whips is the unicorn of moisturizers. Not only does it hydrate something fierce, but it absorbs instantly into your skin meaning you can jump right into your makeup routine without having to wait around for your face to dry. It also continues to hydrate throughout the day for a dewy finish. Olay Whips leaves your skin feeling wonderfully smooth. I’m talking like velvety smooth, y’all. It’s like a no primer, primer.
I’ve been using Total Effects. It claims 7 skin benefits in one little tub: Actively replenishes nourishing moisture, evens skin tone appearance, enhances brightness, visibly smooths fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes the look of pores, restores firmness + visibly reduces dark spots. It is also formulated with VitaNiacin Complex II and Vitamins C & E to fight the early signs of aging. Winning, right there! Anti-aging anything is a win in my book. But the fact that it moisturizes as well, plus it’s totally budget friendly…. major win all around. Don’t you think? Do you currently have a favorite moisturizer and/or primer? Let me know if you’d try this & switch it up! I’m excited to hear why or why not.
You can get your Whips from Wal-Mart here #WalmartBeauty #AwardWorthyBeauty #FeelTheWhip.