Monday, June 29, 2015

Ice cream, one of the best things about summer #WeightWatchers

I'm guilty... of eating ice cream all year 'round, but there is some kind of extra pleasure that comes along with enjoying ice cream during the summer months. When you're taking a lick of cold, sweet vanilla on top of your favorite ice cream cone, you almost immediately forget about the 90+ degrees waiting for you outside.

You know what makes ice cream even better? Low-calorie, good-tasting ice cream. Thanks to Influenster I scored (for free!) Weight Watchers® Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream Bars and Dark Chocolate Dulce de Leche from my local Kroger. 

Truth be told, I was a little skeptical about trying the Weight Watchers brand of ice cream. The last time I tested that brand was about 20 years ago (did you know the company was founded in 1963?) and it didn't appeal to me at the time. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Body beautiful with Just Being Sexy!, Paula's Choice & Pond's #giveaway

It was a lot of fun hosting the last giveaway for the jane iredale Lip Drink 15 so before my momentum decreased I decided to jump right back in and post another giveaway. Here are the details...

One winner will receive:

Paula's Choice, Pond's, Just Being Sexy!

Friday, June 26, 2015

How to work when every day is Saturday

For the past two weeks, every day has felt like a weekend day and I've finally figured out why. With the children out of school and such relaxed schedules, I don't feel compelled to get anything accomplished especially when I'm not feeling well. If you also work from home then you likely understand what I mean.

When there aren't any deadlines to meet, calls to make, posts to compose, traffic stats to check or products to review, you have to come up with a plan to ensure your writing business continues to flow. There are quite a few simple things you can do to keep on track; here are four:

  • Follow your editorial schedule; If there aren't any pressing things you need to write then turn to your editorial calendar to find out if there are any holidays or other recognized days you can write a post around. You'll have something for your readers that will keep your blog updated as well as something to share on social media to keep your readers visiting.
  • Schedule posts in advance: It's the middle of February, freezing outside and you have a couple of free hours; look for events you participated in last summer and prepare a new post around that. When the time arrives you can add a few current lines and hit publish.
  • Write a list post: You can share some of the most popular posts or the least possible to see if they can garner more traffic. Either way you've accomplished the task.
  • Work on social media marketing: To share posts via your social media really doesn't involve using your entire brain (HA!) so you can zip 'em out really quickly and spend the rest of your time hanging out with the kiddos.

Working from home can be difficult, but there are times when we need to take advantage of the opportunities to relax and have fun. 

If you work from home, how are you managing your work hours? If you're a straight workaholic and don't take any days off, how are you managing?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

5 days left to enter to win jane iredale Lip Drink SPF 15 #giveaway

Have you entered my current giveaway yet? If not, do it now before you forget. Five readers will receive a free gift code to purchase their own jane iredale Lip Drink SPF 15. 

There's also a review of the product in the giveaway post if you'd like more information. And, stay tuned, another giveaway will be posted soon.

Good luck!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Childhood obesity: Here's what you can do to change it

Today's topic has been on my mind for quite some time. With the idea rolling around in my head, I saw a photo of a friend's young relative and again the topic of childhood obesity plagued me. I see it's not going to leave me alone, which means I must write about it.

This seems like an uncomfortable topic for a lot of us - especially some parents, but if we don't keep having the conversation we will never arrive at a solution that every parent can implement. The topic will not go away until all of our children are healthier.

It breaks my heart to see overweight children. It doesn't matter if it's from an unhealthy lifestyle or a medical condition; it's sad to see overweight children. The young lady on the left is about 10 or 11 years old & on the right, she's about 8 years old. 

According to, the percentage of overweight children in the U.S. is rapidly growing, 1 out of 3 kids is now considered overweight or obese. I believe that we - the adults - are responsible for putting healthy food choices in front of our children as well as ensuring they get regular, physical activity and/or exercise. That's the beginning of assisting them with developing good habits.

When I was a youngster, during the summer months we left the house as soon as we could in the morning or early afternoon and rarely returned home before the streetlights came on. We didn't have the opportunity to sit in front of the television all day - it just wasn't allowed. And regardless if you had an Atari or Commodore 64 you still had to get your booty out of the house. Nowadays it's a requirement that a lot of families are not enforcing.

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