Groupon Coupons

If you’ve been following my shopping posts long I do NOT like to pay full price. I worked in the retail world long enough to know there are almost ALWAYS coupons somewhere! So anytime I’m shopping I always check for coupons and almost always find one! Who doesn’t love a good deal?! (Leaves you feeling way less guilty about spending 😉 )

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My favorite coupon site is Groupon – That’s where I love to find my favorite local deals so figured they’d also have the best coupons and they always do! I’m currently most excited about their Finish Line coupons as I used to work there as a store manager (And that’s where I met my Husband 😉 ) and still loveee their products! Especially with Back To School coming up, have got to get these quickly growing kids new kicks!

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Groupon has both in-store and online coupons when available such as their current online promo code for Finish Line for an extra 25% off AND flat-rate shipping – That’s a killer deal for some sweet new shoes! (They also display the current sales going on – So convenient)

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I’m probably a little biased when it comes to Finish Line but I use their deals myself and love the ease the Groupon coupon’s page provides! I highly recommend checking it out next time you make ANY purchase – Online or in-store!

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(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

 

Simplykaraliz’ Chia Seed Pudding

I’ve always wanted to make Chia Seed Pudding but never had the patience to wait for it to set overnight! But I recently had some wonderful inspiration from Just BE Kitchen and their delicious pudding →

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So I was inspired to create a delicious version of my own for my family! Instead of cacao powder I added my favorite chocolate protein from Purely Inspired!

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I love this recipe because it’s really versatile. You can eat it for breakfast, as a side with any meal or for dessert! And it’s so sweet the kids LOVE it! It’s also really easy to change up (Vanilla instead of chocolate), can add peanut butter/nut butter, add chocolate chips or just anything you can possibly imagine!

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I added a little coconut cream in the middle to give it a little more depth 😉 SO GOOD!

I like to add fruit into a glass then scoop my pudding in – Then top with anything yummy I have in my fridge or pantry 😉

Enjoy!

Purely Inspired No-Bake Chocolate Protein Bites

Although we’re mostly paleo, we definitely have our little treats here and there – Some are still healthy! This time.. We’re doing Chocolate Protein Bites! Lately I’ve been really, really sluggish, exhausted, foggy brained, etc. and needed to create SOMETHING to help me!

So I’ve been skipping coffee in the mornings and having a multivitamin Purely Inspired Organic Greens smoothie instead to try and get as many vitamins and minerals in me as I can and it’s definitely already made a difference. And although Oats aren’t paleo they are beneficial as they absorb slowly in the body, giving you a longer boost of energy so I decided to start making some protein bites to assist in getting my energy levels back up!

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They’re perfect as each batch makes around 12 (Depending on how large you make them!) – So they last for a few days, the kids love them for snacks, they’re perfect for on-the-go and for a MUCH needed energy pick-up.

I’m gonna share this recipe with you as it’s made a huge difference lately and they’re really, REALLY good.. And it’s perfect for the summertime as no-bake is great since it’s already SO hot outside!

Chocolate No-Bake Protein Bites

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After combining in a bowl, place in fridge for around 30 minutes. Then form into balls and enjoy! They last around 5 days in the fridge! Easy peasy!


 

Will be doing this recipe LIVE on Purely Inspired’s FB page tomorrow at 12PM MST! Check it out! I’ll also post on here when I’m done!

 

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Home Chef

Hey y’all! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, was in Louisiana for over a week and just got back (I’ll be doing my post about our adventures tomorrow!) But I’ve GOT to say, we were so smart to think ahead and #1 have our house completely clean so we had nothing to stress about AND #2 having Home Chef already ordered for us for the next few days so we don’t have to worry about going grocery shopping or eating unhealthy food sitting in the pantry!

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Home Chef delivers perfectly portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes directly to your door, so whether you’re an amateur cook, or more seasoned in the kitchen, cooking with Home Chef is easy and enjoyable.
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Each week, you can use the personalized recipe recommendations they provide you. Or, you can pick from 11 fresh, chef-designed dinners, priced at $9.95 per serving. They change their menu weekly to give you countless new dinner options.

In about 30 minutes, using Home Chef’s simple, step-by-step recipe cards, you’ll confidently prepare meals from scratch that impress everyone at your table…including yourself! Use the promo code “FAMILY” to try out Home Chef for $30 off!

They’ve got such amazing food and again it was SO convenient for the after travel lag -_- Enjoy y’all! ❤

Migraine Magick

When I was younger I was always around essential oils, I remember my parents had a cabinet FULL of all different scents and my Mom would put them in my bath every night and it always put me at ease. Once I moved out I didn’t realize how much of an impact it had made on me. It always made me feel more relaxed and calm.

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It’s been almost 10 years now since I last used essential oils (WHY did I wait this long if I know it’s something I love?!) but recently my step-daughter has been having headaches almost EVERY night. So much so they’re keeping her up at night and making her feel “hot” – Poor thing. Although she has been taken to the doctors they always down play it and believe it’s happening for different reasons every time so I decided to take it into my own hands and find a natural remedy for her pain.

I found an amazing natural product from Migraine Magick – It’s just that. MAGIC for migraines. Using essential oils and natural ingredients it aids in healing physical pains, providing relaxation and more!

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I personally sourced the highest grade of natural ingredients that have the healthiest, nourishing, replenishing and therapeutic vibrational frequencies for healing in order to ignite your inner you so that you can feel super radiant!

When I told her about it she was ECSTATIC – When a child hears there is a magical spray that can help them feel better at night (Or whenever!) whether it’s a headache, tummy ache, can’t sleep, whatever!it’s like a dream come true. She asks for a quick spray for whatever is ailing her and not only is it making her actually feel good but it’s helping her not get into her own head, allowing her to sleep peacefully at night and play during the day without interruption!

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I LOVE to use it when my head is hurting as well or when I just need relax! It’s such an amazing spray. It smells DIVINE and feels even better – Sometimes I get a little tingle from it too. I’ve also been using it as a perfume if I’m feeling a little earthy 😉

 

This stuff is amazing and we’ll definitely keep using it as it seems to make a huge difference for us all! (Especially my sweet step-daughter’s migraines which was my biggest concern!) 

It’s also amazing for a little spray on the pillow before bed.. Smells amazing and the lavender scent is supposed to be beneficial for sleep as it allows you to fall asleep faster, sleep better and wake more clear and refreshed!

Thanks Migraine Magick!!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd I have a few amazing products to introduce you all to that are either eco-friendly, environmentally conscious, all natural, non-toxic or just overall beneficial for our beautiful planet! I discussed these products on KOAA 5 News in Pueblo! View it here!

HYDAWAY Bottle Retail Price $15-$20

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This amazing bottle is SO convenient – Not like, plastic bottle convenient that LEACHES chemicals into your water when sitting too long or getting too warm. Why? Because it’s BPA Free/FDA Certified Safe! It’s scary to think that Americans use about 50 billion plastic bottles last year and discard enough plastic in general to circle the Earth FOUR. TIMES. How awful is that?? That’s what makes this bottle so wonderful. It’s 100% Earth approved when it comes to being environmentally conscious.

And the convenience goes even further – It can be completely collapsed to an inch in height to fit into a pocket, a purse, a backpack, almost ANYWHERE. It’s made of foldable, food-grade silicone and plastic and is even dishwasher safe!! I love my bottle and it’s been a lifesaver on those hot days on the hiking trail!


remodeez – Retail Price $10

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These fantastic odor eaters have been a new MUST in our family. We have two children and that means lots of different smells – Dirty diapers, stinky shoes, food getting left in the car and smelly clothes You know how that goes! These do such a wonderful job of removing odors with the added bonus of being NON-Toxic (Because my son likes to try and put everything in his mouth).

Instead of using harmful aerosols and air fresheners (For my children and the environment) that don’t even take care of the odor itself, but only mask them, why wouldn’t you chose something so budget friendly that uses natural means to neutralize odors. They use activated charcoal that is derived from coconut husks. How brilliant?!

They have 4 different sizes – Footwear, home, travel and auto.


Tubshroom – Retail Price $13

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If you’ve got long hair you KNOW the struggle – Your hair falls out in the shower (How do I not have any bald spots with how much I lose EVERYDAY?) and clogs the whole drain leaving you with a little pool to swim around in after you shower :p Not anymore!! I saw the Tubshroom for so long before I actually got it and I really regret waiting so long. It’s SO amazing – It’s works so well and no more clogs (Or complaints from the Husband.. haha!)

Its eco-friendliness comes from how it completely cuts out the need for harmful chemicals and it’s BPA free! So even though it’s in the same tub my son bathes in, the warm water wont cause it to leach harmful chemicals.

It comes in a tub, sink and shower variety and fits all standard drains.


CarbonKlean Retail Price $10-$17

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I work from home part-time, blog part-time and am also a full-time stay at home Mom so I’m constantly on my computer and have to wear my glasses to do so. For the longest time I used Windex to clean my computer screen (I know, dumb..) because I thought it would give me a good clean and it had so many fingerprints from my son that I thought it would disinfect it.

To begin, terrible idea of mine to use those harmful cleaners. It was dangerous to my son, my computer and, of course, the environment! I heard amazing things about CarbonKlean like:

“The safest and most tested lens cleaning technology in the world. In fact, our technology is literally out of this world being the only cleaners on the Space Station used for lens cleaning by NASA.”

What?! Why wouldn’t I want to use something like that? If NASA uses them, they MUST be good! Their eco-friendly products are meant for cleaning lenses and screens. Their technology is based on the cleaning power of the natural element, Carbon that removes facial oil, fingerprints, smudges, dust and bacteria!

I use it for my phone, my Mac and my glasses – It’s like nothing I’ve ever used before!


GrowOya Retail Price $25-$40

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I. Love. This. Product!! The GrowOya (Ollas) is an amazing terra cotta pot based on the ancient localized plant irrigation system that was used over a 1,000 years ago. This ADORABLE pot saves so much water as 50% of water used for planting either evaporates or just runoff. These amazing pots save up to 70% of water!!

You simply dig it into your soil with just the spout sticking out, fill it with water and let it do it’s thing! It’s so porous that it slowly seeps out water and roots naturally gravitate to it! You only have to add water every few days (Or until you no longer see water in it) and it gives your plants the perfect amount of water!

The Small Oya was designed for patio or porch pots and planters–small growing spaces of up to 2 feet long and/or wide. But it’s a pretty versatile size and can be planted in any garden space with 6 inches of soil or more.

The Medium Oya is great for planter boxes, small raised beds and larger containers. A solid option for any garden looking to water up to 3 feet. A 6’ x 3’ foot raised bed is perfect with 2 medium Oyas.

Finally, the Large Oya was designed for larger-scale intensive growing. High output, urban farmers, community gardens or the raised bed farming family. It’s our solution to watering bigger. A nice big 8’ x 4’ garden bed is perfect for two larges.

This is the ultimate eco-friendly item and I highly recommend it to anyone before they start their gardens as this’ll save water, time and your plants!


Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Health Tip – Snacks!

Since today is Thursday, figured I would throw out a quick tip since I missed Wednesday 🙂

Whether you work, are a stay at home mom, are a student or work full-time it is always a good idea to have healthy snacks around for the in-between meal cravings. Something as easy as a banana, apple or anything you can throw into a bag and carry around with you.

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When I am having a salt craving my favorite snack is a handful of unsalted, raw almonds! They are incredibly healthy and delicious! (Out of all of the tree nuts they have the highest amount of protein) And a handful of grapes is what satisfies my sweet craving! (Especially frozen!!)

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It is actually better for your body to eat multiple times throughout the day – But that doesn’t mean you need to eat huge meals 5 times a day! Start with 3 healthy meals and two healthy snacks in-between and your body will thank you!

Eat WHOLE foods today! ♥

Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Throwback – Defining Healthy

Hello my lovely followers! I got a notification that it’s my 1 year anniversary of starting my blog.. SO exciting!! Didn’t think this blog would go very far but it’s been an amazing experience, I’ve met many amazing people, done amazing things and learned even more about health on my journey to help OTHERS.

So I wanted to do a throwback of my FIRST post ever, because I think it’s a good one and many people didn’t get to see it since it was a whole year ago 😉 So here it goes – Thank you to everyone whose made this blog so rewarding and fun!

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Unfortunately, a lot of people fall for those commercials that claim their foods are made with “natural flavors” or have the most natural ingredients. But in reality they make them the first few ingredients and then add a ton of crap as “preservatives” at the end that makes it unhealthy. Healthy food is WHOLE foods – Real meat, fruits, vegetables. Foods that aren’t processed or come from a freezer.

All my life I had heard “Eating healthy is too expensive” and saw people eat unhealthy thinking that it was true, because.. It had to be right? Or else people wouldn’t be doing it.. And when you go to a fast food place the salad is usually more expensive than the fattening food. So you would assume that it is usually correct that healthy food is pricey.

But when you go into the store you notice that when you cut out all of the frozen food, chips, soda, bread, etc. that your bill really isn’t very high! For instance, my husband went to the grocery store today and found a TON of chicken on sale and came home with around 8 bags of fruits, vegetables and meats and it was only $48! We saved $30 with our King Soopers card. And now we’ll have meats to freeze to keep them from going bad and have food for quite a while!

Don’t believe the hype that you cannot eat healthy due to the price or that some foods are “healthy” because the commercial claims them to have natural ingredients in them. You catch on really quickly that if you want something that may not be a WHOLE food to look at the ingredients. We use coconut sugar, it is made solely from the coconut flower and is a non-refined sugar that the body can process easier. If you look at the ingredients it tells you just that, there aren’t long names that you cannot pronounce.

Foods make a lot of claims, you just need to know the trick to decided which is a gimmick and which is truly good for your body!:)

SunRype and Disney Collaboration!

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Hey y’all! If you’ve been following me for awhile you know how much I love SunRype products! They’re completely healthy, PALEO, convenient and delicious! My kids and I love them! So we were super excited to hear SunRype had re-launched their entire snack bar portfolio to be gluten-free, peanut-free, kosher and vegan within the past year and added some delicious choices! Our children’s favorites so far is the Fruit and Chia bar, if you couldn’t tell 😉 ❥

Disney shares SunRype’s passion for health and wellness. (Mine too! ❥) Which is why SunRype USA is excited to announce their collaboration of the upcoming #Disneynature film #BornInChina opening in Theatres April 21st – Earth Day! ❥ Together, they can help deliver fun, educational and nutritional information around the power of healthy eating to individuals and families across North America! (SO Important!)

Disneynature, in its ongoing quest to bring the natural world to the big screen as never before, is presenting its most ambitious project yet.  They are taking moviegoers on a grand journey into the wilds of China. “Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families – the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. My kids are SO excited for this movie!

You can check out the trailers here:
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Disney’s commitment to health and wellness dates back to 2006, when the company became the first major media company to establish a Nutrition Guideline Policy to associate its brands with a more nutritious portfolio of foods and beverages. The company has since marked every year of its Healthy Living Commitment with significant milestones, such as becoming the first major media company to launch food advertising standards for children, launching new content and experiences that inspire healthier lifestyles. ❥

At http://nature.disney.com/born-in-china you will find an Educator’s Guide and an Activity Packet that you can download and share with your kids! Already printed them off for my kiddos and they love it! 

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Along with this collaboration SunRype is running a Sweepstakes starting March 13th  – May 31, 2017 for chances to win great Born In China Prize packages, including an early bird private screening prize package for up to 150 people (Draw Date: April 3) and weekly Prize Packages that include 4 movie tickets, a plush panda and SunRype Snacks! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. See official rules for details. Enter Sweepstakes Here!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  The sweepstakes begins on March 13, 2017 at 8:00am PT and ends on May 31, 2017, at midnight PT.  Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C. who are 18 years of age or older. The sweeps can be entered ONCE PER DAY. Find a full list of the prizes available to be won, how to enter, odds of winning and drawing dates along with the full rules and regulations at www.facebook.com/SunRypeUSA. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Sun-Rype Products Ltd.

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You will find SunRype at select grocery stores in the produce department:
http://www.sunrypeusa.com/where-to-buy

or order by the case online at:
amazon.com/shops/SunRypeProductsLtd

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Here are some SunRype USA Social sites to follow!
https://twitter.com/sunrypeusa
https://www.facebook.com/sunrypeusa
http://instagram.com/sunrypeusa
https://www.pinterest.com/sunrypeusa/

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Being Thrifty

My family and I are incredibly thrifty – Doesn’t matter whether we’ve got a ton of money or not, we really love saving money and getting good deals! It just doesn’t make sense to spend a ton of money on something you can get barely used for cheap OR free.

**I am totally listening to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop right now**

It took awhile for me to realize what a good resource Craigslist was, but once I started finding tons of deals I was HOOKED. I just wanted to brag about our newest find to show how AWESOME it is to be thrifty!!

My husband came home one day with a completely disassembled hammock stand that he had picked up for FREE on Craigslist. It looked like it was missing pieces and I wasn’t too interested. But after putting it all together it was HUGE and looked awesome!! Found out it was from Ikea and retails for $70!! It looked nearly brand new!

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I started getting pretty excited after that so we looked on the Ikea website and found the matching hammock to go with it for only $40! So instead of paying $110 for a really nice hammock and stand we only paid $40 and now have an amazing piece for our backyard for relaxing and tanning 😉

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I know there’s a stigma about buying used but it’s so much cheaper and just as good as going out and paying full price, as many of the items being sold ARE being sold because they’re in good condition still (Obviously there are SOME exceptions to what you’d buy used but you get the point 😉 )

So if you don’t already I highly recommend looking into a different way of shopping! It’s really exciting and rewarding when you grab some amazing deals! ❥

Be Thrifty! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!