Health and Fitness - Celebrating Family

The Sun and Your Eyes: Eye Health Tips for Families

I wrote this review while participating in an Influencer campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and received a promotional item from Mom Central to thank me for participating.  I am an Arizona native so I know a thing or two about the sun. I even had skin […]

I Survived a Mammogram Unscathed (But Not Unsqueezed) #YearTil40

I never planned to have a mammogram. You see, when I was in my twenties I was convinced that by the time I was 40 a new form of technology would emerge that would make the squeeze machines obsolete. Maybe there would be flying cars by then, too. But here I am today still driving […]

More Than Beauty Sleep: My #AveenoDailyChallenge Story

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Aveeno. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. My biggest health challenge over the past year or so has been getting enough sleep. My husband spent a lot of months in a war zone […]

Listerine 21-Day Challenge Results (and Getting Your Kids to Brush)

Disclosure: I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Last month I shared that I was participating in the LISTERINE® 21-Day […]

Join Me and Take the Listerine 21-Day Challenge

I remember the day I started flossing regularly like it was yesterday. About 20 years ago I went in for a cleaning and the hygienist told me “You know, we can tell when you only floss before coming to the dentist.” I was embarrassed but she was right and I could not argue with her. […]

The Benefits of Soy Protein and How to Add it to Your Diet

As a vegetarian, one question I get asked a lot is where I get my protein from. People seem very concerned about my protein level for some reason. Maybe that is because they know that protein is vital to good health. But they can sit back and relax because there are many nutritious vegetarian protein […]

Keep it Simple Silly #SayYes2Less

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Little Remedies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. All opinions are my own and are truthful (of course!). Have you ever heard the expression that sometimes less is more? I […]

Back to School With Bigelow Tea (and a Challenge for You!)

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric Community®. This shop has been compensated as a part of a social shopper insight study for Collective Bias and their client. Today is the first day of school for my kiddos.  I do not mind saying that I am one happy mama. We had a […]

How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes From Harmful UV Rays

I live in Arizona where the sun shines bright.  A little too bright if you ask me. In fact, Phoenix is one of the top 10 American cities for UV danger. Most of us work hard to make sure our children are wearing sunscreen, but many of us do not require our kiddos to wear […]

I Did It! Pat’s Run 2013

I have been struggling to get back into running after I developed a knee injury a few years ago and I am pleased to say that I just ran in the 9th Annual Pat’s Run. I have wanted to participate in Pat’s Run for years but always had a reason why I couldn’t. As an Arizona State University alumni and an Army wife, this race holds special meaning to me so I made […]

My New Fitness Addiction – Indoor Cycle (Spinning)

After I got hurt running, I vowed to run again someday. I knew that this time, my exercise routine would have to include cross-training. Everyone, including my physical therapist, kept telling me that cycling is the perfect cross-training activity for a runner. I also kept hearing my sister-in-law Wonder Woman, I mean Holly, talk about her amazing spinning classes and how much they rocked. So when I saw that my […]

Mommy, Why Do Girls Wear Makeup?

The other day my son came into the bathroom while I was applying my mascara. He looked up at me with his big blue eyes and asked me “Mommy, why do you wear makeup?” I tried to brush him off with a comment about trying to look my best, but he was looking for a […]