D’Vida Pre-Made Low Calorie Smoothie Packets

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I’m 35 weeks pregnant now and trying my best to keep eating healthy even though I feel like sitting and eating a bowl of popcorn and a gallon of ice cream for dinner.

I recently discovered D’Vida pre-made smoothie packets and I’m so glad I did. I have a quick, go-to option when I don’t feel like making lunch. I can just throw a packet in the blender with ice, water and blend. DONE! What a healthy, on-the-go nutritious snack alternative or meal replacement!

The d’Vida sachets begin with a proprietary, LOW-GI smoothie base, with all-natural ingredients and only the freshest fruits and vegetables. All products are non-GMO, GLUTEN FREE and act as an excellent source of FIBER & PROTEIN! The packets are packed with +15g of Whey Protein to help support lean muscle recovery and growth.

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Four Delicious Flavors:

  • - VidaPUMP (Banana + Peanut Butter)
  • - VidaGREEN (Cucumber + Kale + Green Apple + Spinach)
  • - VideBOOST(Pineapple + Coconut)
  • - VidaSLIM (Strawberry + Banana)

Today I tried out the VidaPUMP (banana and peanut butter flavor) with frozen strawberries, almond milk and a little plain yogurt. (See picture above!) It was absolutely delicious!!! Not only that, I was surprised how long I went before getting hungry. Being pregnant, I feel like eating every hour just about. I didn’t get hungry for over three hours after finishing my smoothie. Definitely a huge bonus in my book so I’m a huge fan of D’Vida Smoothies now.

They are currently available for purchase at d’Vida Health Bars in NYC and soon to be available online!

Induldge In These Delicious New Bath Soaks from EveryOne

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Taking time to actually take a bath might be more important than you think…

Let’s talk about epsom salts. They are commonly found in most of those fancy “bath salts” that you find in your local T.J. Maxx or that you get as gift and never get around to actually using. Come to find out, you should actually crack open that far and get ready to soak.

Not only is a bath relaxing after a long, hard day but as it turns out, it can be very beneficial to your health too. First off, did you know that “Epsom Salts” are actually magnesium-sulfate? Why is this significant? Well, I was quite surprised at the obvious “ailments” we find to be “normal” that are actually from a magnesium deficiency. Common things like asthma, PMS, depression, hair loss, and more can be symptoms of a magnesium deficiency. (For more information about this, check out Magnesium Deficiency: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments)

I didn’t discover my own need for magnesium till I became pregnant with my third and happened to stumble upon an article about morning sickness and how it can be caused by a magnesium deficiency! I immediately started taking epsom salt baths and using Magnesium Oil on my skin at least once a week. I also purchased Natural Vitality Natural Calm and started taking about 1/2 tsp in a bottle of water almost every day. Within a couple weeks, my morning sickness literally went away completely. I truly believe the magnesium is to blame!

Upon further research, I discovered that we need calcium in order to absorb magnesium. If you eat too much calcium, you can actually hinder your absorption of magnesium! So all these commercials pushing the “need” for calcium, completely ignore the fact that we also need magnesium in conjunction with it. Needless to say, a lot of people end up magnesium deficient and don’t even know it.

Easy solution… Take a bath!

My favorite way to soak up my daily dose of magnesium is with EveryOne Bath Soak. They have 4 delicious “flavors” – Yoga, Cycle, Sinner, and Surfer. My vice is Yoga.

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Yoga Soak features an essential oil blend of rose geranium, lavender, marjoram, orange and frankincense that makes for a very calming and relaxing experience. I love the scent and how my skin feels after I get out of the bath. The organic olive oil in this really softens and moisturizers your skin.

HOUSEWIFE TIP: Be aware that with bath soaks that contain oil, the tub will be a little slick when you’re done. I keep a bottle of dish detergent in my bathroom and just squirt a little in there, rub it around with my hands (or a sponge) really quickly and rinse with the shower head (or a cup). Takes 2 minutes and leaves your tub and shower pristine so you don’t have to put a lot of elbow grease into it later.

All four EveryOne Soaks feature a unique combination of Epsom salts, organic olive oil, and four very powerful essential oil blends. You could just soak in plain ol’ epsom salts, but why bother when you can pick one of these bath soaks to suit your specific needs?

Price: $12.99 for 30 ounces (enough for 8 full baths)

Buy It: EOProducts.com and Whole Foods Markets.

Win A 90 Day Supply of Hair Essentials Herbal Supplement worth $99!

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bombshellHave you always wanted longer, fuller more beautiful hair? Have you ever envied the red carpet locks of Kerry Washington or Sandra Bullock? Wouldn’t you just love to recreate those gorgeous, bombshell waves? If only your hair was longer/thicker/healthier… Well, there might be hope for you! You can fix your hair problems with a new herbal supplement called Hair Essentials™.

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Bashing Other Moms – Yay or Nay?

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HuffPost Parents hits the nail on the head with their latest article What’s Your Excuse for Bashing Other Moms?.

I guess I live under a rock and I hadn’t noticed that once again, the beautiful fitness guru and mother to three, Maria Kang was getting flack again for… *gasp* being herself.

So here is my two cents on the issue. I think Maria is the bomb.

In my honest opinion… the only reason why ANYBODY wouldn’t like her and would choose to hate on her is simply because of their own guilt. I’m not saying that her lifestyle and fitness level is “right for everyone” but don’t we all want to be healthy? Don’t we all want to strive to do what’s best?

I can see where her claim to “not making excuses” and taking time to take care of herself could definitely make other moms feel bad about themselves because they either like to make excuses of why they can’t look like her and get back into shape OR they are already so overwhelmed in life that they don’t even want to think about how they SHOULD be taking care of themselves. I get it! I’m a mom! I’m 7 months pregnant! Do I want to be thinking about exercising and staying in shape while I’m having a hard time keeping up with my two children, homeschooling them and making my business continue to run smoothly?! NO! I’m having trouble even peeling my ass out of the bed in the morning to start another day!!!! Does that mean that I hate Maria Kang for looking great after having three kids, running her own business and staying fit and healthy at the same time? Of course not! I look to her for inspiration!!!

Shouldn’t we all????

Why is it that we want to condemn those who “do better” than us? Ridiculing others and putting them down doesn’t bring them down to our level, it just makes us look worse and feel worse. Why is that our human nature though? I mean, I feel like we think it’s corny and sappy to be “cheering each other on” as moms. Why is that? Why can’t everyone just BE NICE OR SHUTUP?!

What do you think about bashing other moms?

 

Dietary Supplement to Lose Weight, Get More Energy and Clear Acne?!

Smooth 8

A simple dietary supplement that claims to help you lose weight, boost your energy and clear up acne? What tha?!! Sounds like snake oil, right?

Here is a tid-bit about the so-called miracle product…

This revolutionary alkalizing system, purifies water, boosts your energy, stimulates weight loss, kills the acidity in any beverage, and clears acne. With an alkaline level of 9.9, a few drops of Smooth 8 naturally neutralizes the acidity of any beverage — water (bottled or tap), coffee, tea, juice, soda, wine or liquor — stimulating detoxification and weight loss while adding powerful antioxidants and restoring the body’s natural pH balance. Boosting energy is a natural result of detoxification.

Acidic diets have been linked to obesity, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Stored body fat is the body’s natural defense to protect against the acid affecting organs. With no chemicals, synthetic additives or preservatives, Smooth 8 Cleansing Water neutralizes the acids, reducing fat storage and resulting in weight loss, increased energy, mental clarity and smoother skin.

Intrigued, I decided to give it a try. It’s completely tasteless being that it’s only ingredients are ionized water, potassium, and magnesium. For someone like me, this isn’t a must-have product because I already drink plenty of ionized water, plus I have potassium in one of my daily supplements and my children and I take regular magnesium baths.

For someone less “crunchy” and health-conscious than myself, this would be an excellent product though! No fuss, no muss, just put a few drops in your water or whatever beverage you are drinking. Definitely a low-maintenance, easy way to incorporate these health benefits into your busy lifestyle.

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According to Dr. Robert O. Young, the author of The pH Miracle for Weight loss, acidity in the body is one of the biggest causes of obesity. Smooth 8 kills harmful bacteria, yeast and other pathogens including e coli and salmonella. Put 20 drops in water for any food you want to clean as well as in your drinking water – far safer than chlorine and ammonia in most drinking water!

Watch the video and see what you think…

Not only is body acidity known to be a leading cause of obesity, it can contribute to cancer as well. Cancer has a much harder time growing and producing in an alkaline environment. I’m sure Smooth 8 doesn’t want to claim to help prevent cancer, but in reality, they could since decreasing the acidity level in your body would most definitely help.

A one-ounce 600-drop bottle of Smooth 8 is only $19.95. Daily care suggests 10-20 drops per beverage, up to 60 drops per day. This means, ideally you would need at least 1 bottle per month, no more than 2 bottles per month.

Interested? Smooth 8 can be purchased at Smooth8.com

 

Do you think it’s worth trying? Do you think you could benefit from a product like this? Let me know your thoughts!

Totally Obsessed with Somatique Moisturizer

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I am totally obsessed with Somatique Moisturizer ($44)! I opened the jar, thinking I was just going to be trying yet another moisturizer and was immediately taken away to a dreamy land… Their website says nothing about this moisturizer having a fragrance, but my sensitive pregnancy-nose detects the creamy cocoa butter, coconut, raspberry and rose within. It’s just absolutely heavenly. I find myself looking forward to my facial routine JUST so I can open that jar and smell it contents.

Not only does is have an extremely appealing fragrance, it works wonderfully. I didn’t get any breakouts, like I normally do when suddenly switching to a new moisturizer. It penetrates deep into the skin and soaks in quickly so you can easily wear makeup on top, unlike some moisturizers that you need to wait at least 5 minutes before you can put on liquid foundation.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this moisturizer and it is definitely one that I would buy over and over again.

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How to Keep Your Skin Looking Young and Beautiful

It’s a cruel fact of life that we can’t stay young forever. While most people accept that sooner or later they have to grow older, that doesn’t mean that their skin has to look older too. In fact, I’m always looking for ways to help my skin look full, youthful and healthy for as long as possible. Although I use a lot of great products to do this, from day creams with sun protection, night creams and whitening lotions for those stubborn spots of discoloration, there are ways that you can keep your skin looking young from the inside out.

In a perfect world, there’d be no temptation; no sugar, no alcohol, and we’d all get at least eight hours of hours sleep each night. Life as a busy mom of two doesn’t always run as smoothly as all that, however, and the late nights, early starts and sweet temptations can cause unsightly blemishes and even a few fine lines.

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So, what can we do about this? One of the easiest ways I found to help my skin look good was to start drinking more water. I know that this sounds as if it’s a really simple solution to an ongoing problem, and it can really be that easy. By upping your water intake, you can flush out toxins and keep your skin looking clear and blemish free. Also, when you drink more water, you’re less inclined to reach for a can of diet soda, which is full of sugar and other assorted chemicals that can wreak havoc on your skin. You’ll also be less likely to snack during the day, so you can even trim a few pounds off of your frame in the process!

However, no matter how much water you drink, some skin issues, such as skin tone, won’t be entirely cleared, and you’ll need some extra help to correct them. Skin issues such as acne and discoloration can be pretty stubborn. If you have adult acne (and if you do, you have my deepest sympathy, for it’s not very nice) then make sure you are using the correct products or medications for your skin, to help stop it being so reactive. If you have a few discolorations, such as dark spots or blemishes, which I’ve also suffered from, whitening lotions can really help to make them less noticeable. I highly recommend shopping around for this type of product. It can work wonders on those unsightly marks, and some products have been specially created for aging skin and the issues it can face.

Remember, growing old is a fact of life, but you can cheat a little while you age gracefully. Look into what options are available to you, and see what you can do to help your skin. Remember, it could be as easy as reaching for a bottle of water!

Image by Ana Ulin, used under Creative Commons license.

 

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