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The Healthy Eating Secret Weapon for Busy Moms

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The NutriBullet LEAN gives busy moms an easy way to get all the fruits, veggies, protein, and nutrients they need.

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It was fate.

The day after I threw out my blender in a fit of rage when it wouldn’t blend my pesto, the lovely folks at NutriBullet contacted me.

Would I like to try out the NutriBullet LEAN system? 

Why, yes! Yes, I would. Read More »

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Easiest Homemade Soap Recipe

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Learn how to make your own DIY homemade soap…it’s simple!

DIY Homemade Soap

My name is Marsha and I am a wife, stepmom, and mom to five kids. I’m here today to share the easiest recipe for homemade soap.

I love DIY skincare, essential oils, organizing, writing, and putting my earbuds in and listening to books/music when my kids get crazy.  Like Lindsay, I am also slightly addicted to Bravo and it’s housewives shows.

I love the way that the housewives are able to bring the drama and help me turn my brain off after a long day with the kiddos…and also satisfy my need for drama without bringing it into my real life.

One thing I’ve been focusing on in life is my health and learning how I can restore it.  I have been through a lot of health struggles, and since I clearly have no sense of boundaries at all, I’ve written about all of them on my blog!  You can read my health journey at www.smalljoys7.com.

Another passion of mine is skin care. Read More »

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5 Tips for Throwing a DIY Pizza Party

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Throw a DIY pizza party for National Pizza Party Day with these tips!

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I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this but since moving to Virginia I’ve had a really big problem to overcome…

No one delivers to my neighborhood.

No Chinese food. No grocery store. NO PIZZA DELIVERY.

Yes, you heard me right. NO PIZZA DELIVERY! Read More »

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Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Berries

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Cool off with this healthy, refreshing treat your kids will love to make AND enjoy!

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Confession: I really don’t like cooking with my kids. It pains me. I know, I know, I’m a terrible person.

But they are just so messy. Every time we bake together it ends up in a disaster zone in the kitchen and lots of tears. And the kids get a little upset, too.

That’s why I love this recipe. It’s easy and doesn’t cause a huge, disastrous mess. There will be no cracked eggs on your floor or flour flying through the air and coating your clean dishes on the drying mat. I promise. Read More »

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50 Yummy Snacks with NO Added Sugar

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Trying to eat less added sugar? Here are 50 snack ideas that have less than 1 gram of added sugar.

50 Yummy Snacks with No Added Sugar
Recently, I kept track of how much sugar my kids ate in a day…inspired by watching the documentary Fed Up.

The purpose of this post isn’t necessarily to provide you with a list of healthy snacks. If I wanted to do that, I could just list every single fruit and vegetable as a separate item. BOOM- a list of healthy snacks.

What I was looking for was a list of options when you are trying to cut down on the amount of added sugar in your life. And some of those options aren’t the healthiest of the bunch. Like potato chips.

Still, when my kids are asking me for a snack, I am always going to prefer they are eating the one without all the added sugar. Even if it’s a (small) bowl of potato chips.

For me, I’d rather have them eating foods with full-fat ingredients like whole milk and real butter, rather than “low-fat” alternatives that make up for flavor by adding tons of extra sugar OR WORSE, fake sugar.

Some of these have 0 grams of added sugar, while others may have 1 gram or a label that reads “<1 gram.”  Read More »

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How Much Sugar My Kids Eat in a Day

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I had no idea how much sugar my kids were ingesting on a daily basis. You will be shocked!

Sugar in One Day

Candy, candy, candy. Snacks, snacks, snacks.

That is all my kids want to talk about. 

Thank God the last of the sugar-themed holidays (Easter) is quickly approaching. Then it’s smooth sailing until Halloween. I hope. 

Because the sugar intake for my kids has gotten out of control. Holiday candy…potty-training M&Ms…visits from grandparents bearing sweets…it goes on and on. Read More »

Getting Fit Healthy-ish Natural/Holistic Parenting

Getting Kids Excited About Yoga

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Want to know how to get your kids excited about doing yoga? Here’s how the yoga craze started in my house!

Getting Kids Excited About Yoga

“But it’s NOT FAIR!” my four-year-old whined as we climbed the stairs to her bedroom one evening.

“Well, you know, life isn’t fair,” I responded. “But tell me. What isn’t fair this time?”

She looked as despondent as if I had just informed her that I had accidentally deleted all her Sofia the First and The Winx Club episodes from the DVR. Read More »

Getting Fit Healthy-ish

Charity Miles

Charity Miles

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Several weeks ago I wrote about Running Tips for Beginners and today I’m sharing a way to make your runs (or walks) even more worthwhile…through the Charity Miles app!

Charity Miles logs your mileage when you’re walking, running, or biking and then participating companies donate money (based on how far you go) to the charity of your choice. It’s so simple.

Walking/running earns up to 25 cents per mile, while biking earns up to 10 cents per mile. If you log a lot of miles each week, the donations add up…and it’s not coming from your pocket. This is a great way to give back when you just don’t have the extra cash in your budget to support charities as much as you’d like.

Here’s how you can use Charity Miles today to start earning your favorite charity money…

Step 1. Download the free Charity Miles app (available for Apple and android devices). Read More »

Getting Fit Healthy-ish

Princeton Half Marathon Wrap

 

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On Saturday night I was at my sister’s house in New Jersey. I had driven there that afternoon because I was set to run the Princeton Half Marathon bright and early Sunday morning.

Yippee! NOT.

I had a million reasons why I was going to bail on the race. 

I got no sleep last night.

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Running Tips for Beginners

Running Tips for Beginners Post

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A few Saturdays ago as I was finishing up a glorious hellish six mile run in the pouring rain, I thought to myself…Why? Why do I do this? 

Then I reminded myself that running keeps me thin, healthy, and it lets me escape my children for however long my run is each day. Ah yes. That is why.

Since moving to Virginia a little over a week ago, I have been in a bit of a running slump. I don’t have my daily schedule down yet. There are still boxes to be unpacked. I don’t feel like running is a priority right now…which is horrible timing because I am supposed to run the Princeton Half Marathon on Sunday.

My running partner for the race, Marta, texted me today to make sure I was still doing it. And even though I have only run approximately five miles in the past ten days, I said, “You bet!” Read More »

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Running Towards Sanity

Running Towards Sanity

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Running…the sport for people who aren’t good at sports.

That’s how I fell into it, anyways.

My mom wanted me to have an activity that occupied my afternoons in high school. My friends were doing things like field hockey and soccer, but they weren’t for me. So I joined cross-country and track (winter and spring).

I was pretty good at it back then. Nothing spectacular, but I won some (smaller) races in my day.

I kept up with running in my twenties, mainly to counteract the lifestyle I had of eating too much pizza and drinking too much beer. (I was not yet into the wine.)

As I turned 30, becoming a mom of a little one made running a bit more challenging. No longer could I decide to go for a long run on a whim, grab my sneakers, and go. “Be back in an hour!” Read More »

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That Sugar Film

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After watching Fed Up and seeing just how much added sugar is in everyday foods like waffles, bread, and even spaghetti sauce, it’s hard to look away.

Even though I haven’t always stuck to my pledge to eliminate sugary foods from my family’s diet, I am still making a conscious effort to read the labels and avoid added sugars wherever I can.

The most troubling part of the sugar problem today is that it’s such a sneaky predator. You can believe you are making “healthy” purchases of things like Nutri-Grain waffles and yogurt, when in reality, they have as much added sugar as junk food.

That is what That Sugar Film is all about.

That Sugar Film, opening in select theaters and available On Demand today, tells the story of Damon Gameau’s quest to eat only foods perceived as “healthy” and document what happens to his body as a result. Read More »

Food

How to Cook Bacon THE EASY WAY

How to Cook Bacon The Easy Way

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Everyone loves bacon. Even babies, apparently, because there are now bacon-shaped teething toys.

I bet you think you know how to cook bacon. I mean, I thought I knew how to cook bacon easily– put it in a frying pan. Right?

WRONG!

When you know how to cook bacon the easy way, you’ll never go back to the frying pan method again.

After all, who wants to stand over a sizzling pan while you and your stove get splashed with bacon grease? Not me!

I HATE cleaning my stove, which makes this new easy way to cook bacon simply THE BEST method out there! Read More »

Getting Fit Healthy-ish

30 Day Shred Wrap Up

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It’s hard to believe that it’s May already. It’s even harder for me to believe that 30 days of doing The 30 Day Shred are over. (Thank God.)

I think this was truly the first time I ever completed it for 30 days in a row without skipping a day. 

Towards the end, I had a few days where I really didn’t want to do it, but my Shred partner Kate gave me the encouragement I needed…It’s just twenty minutes! Twenty minutes out of your WHOLE day. Then you can have wine. And cookies. Read More »

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Day 1: Fed Up Challenge

10 Day No Sugar Diet Day 1

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I survived Day 1 of the Fed Up (No Added Sugars for 10 Days) Challenge, mainly due to a loophole I discovered yesterday afternoon.

WINE IS ALLOWED! I repeat, you are allowed to drink wine on this challenge! 

You are only prohibited from having foods with added sugars, therefore, wine is perfectly acceptable. Hooray! Thank you to my friend Marla for pointing this out to me.  Read More »

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Sugar Free Meal Plan

Sugar Free Meal Plan

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Okay so this is not exactly a sugar free “meal plan,” but rather a list of sugar free breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that you can then customize into your own sugar free meal plan if you’d like. 

I tried to keep the list as close as possible to the kinds of meals that I actually eat now. 

Here are the breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for when you are experimenting with creating a sugar free meal plan for you or your family.

Note: We are going by the “rules” of the Fed Up Challenge-– no ADDED sugar foods for 10 days. Naturally-occurring sugar in fruits and vegetables is acceptable. Read More »

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The 10-Day No Sugar Diet

The 10-Day No Sugar Diet

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In case you haven’t heard, I’m kind of obsessed with the documentary “Fed Up.”

After watching it last week, I became inspired to do something. Actually, lots of things.

On a larger scale, I’d like to advocate for healthier foods served in our schools and food labels that clearly depict how much sugar is inside.

But I’m going to start small– with my own family. We are going to do a no added sugar diet for 10 days, as per the Fed Up Challenge. Read More »

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Fed Up

Why I'm Fed Up

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Feeding our children a healthy diet should be easy. Right?

We live in the world’s richest nation. We like to think we are health-conscious. We have an endless supply of *seemingly* nutritious options at the grocery store– things that appear to be the correct choice when trying to be healthy. Things like reduced-fat salad dressing. Skim milk. Whole-grain waffles. 

Yet these things seem to directly contradict the facts that: childhood obesity is increasing at a startling rate AND that this will be the first generation of children to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents’ generation.

Last week I watched a documentary called “Fed Up,” about the abundance of sugar in processed foods. Sure, maybe you would assume that. But I don’t think you know just how much and just how damaging it is to our country’s health. Read More »

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Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day: Conclusions

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Yesterday marked my 30th day of drinking a gallon of water a day. Damn, that went by fast!

I’m planning to continue drinking a gallon each day, but I won’t make myself crazy over it…so if it’s 9:00 PM and I still have 24 oz. to go, I probably wouldn’t force it down. Because then I’d be up at 11:00 PM to pee.

But the plan is to keep doing this, because my doctor said pregnant women actually do need a gallon of water each day. And guess what? If you’re breastfeeding, you need even more! Read More »