My Well-Being Program

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For years I have heard women lie about their age and try to look younger and I never understood why they felt the need to hide their age. I am very short so people always assumed I was younger than I was and I always wanted to look older or at least have people realize how old I really was.

When I had my children I still looked young for my age so I usually got strange looks from people that thought I was a little girl with three kids. Many times I wanted to shout out, "Stop staring at me! I am almost 30 and married so I think I should be allowed to have 3 kids!" I looked forward to my birthdays each year as if by getting older I some how legitamized my worth as a woman and not the young girl people thought I was.

All of that changed this year! I started to have some health problems, I turned 38, and I think I have started to look my age! OMG!

There is nothing like a few scary health problems to make you feel old and make you realize that you are not immortal. There really is an expiration date on our lives and we need to start acting like it and think about the health and wellness of our minds and bodies.

I have been through more medical tests in the last few months than ever before in my whole life. I even had so much blood drawn that other people came in the room to ask if the man needed help keeping track of all of the vials that he had to fill.

The number one thing I learned with all of the doctors I had to see was that I am the most important part of my health and medical care. In the end… I was the one that kept up with the new studies online, I was the one that paid attention to my symptoms, and I was the one that found what worked for me. You really do need to take an active part in your health because no one knows you like you do.

My Well-Being is a new free site that is powered by Humana. You can read great articles, evaluate your health, learn how to improve your health and get daily tips. My favorite part is the game section. Your brain can start to slow down as early as 30. The brain games on this site can help you keep your brain sharp and help improve your memory. I am just a big enough nerd to say that I love brain games!

When you create a free account you will have access to all of the fun and health information plus get great offers and your choice of one of three FREE Dummies books. Make sure to check it out now!

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The Beautiful Colors of Fall

This post brought to you by Scotts Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I can not believe that fall is already here! It was like I blinked and summer had come and gone. This has been a crazy year for weather. We had a mild winter with very little snow. We also had a very hot and dry spring and summer so plants were not very happy this year. It felt like I was watering nonstop and our flowers and vegetables were still not doing the best.

While I am hopeful that next year is better, I am a bit thankful that summer is over and I can stop fighting to keep my plants alive. Find beauty in the Fall and love the cooler evenings that fall brings. I can finally snuggle in bed under a blanket and watch the trees change colors. When people think of fall colors they always think of the trees full of brightly colored leaves but most people do not think of Fall gardening or realize that you can still have beautiful flowers around your home. 

Take this time to plant some spring bulbs. It is also a great time to plant some trees and shrubs. Don't just stop there though! You can still have beautiful fall blooms with Mums and Pansies. I love to keep some flowers in containers on the patio in spring and fall. You get the beautiful colors of flowers and you do not have to worry as much about weather because you can bring the containers inside. Plus you can make your project even more beautiful with a great container!

Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix will help you keep those fall containers looking great and are perfect for all kinds of container or potted plants. They will continue to feed your plants for up to 6 months with Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food and contain organic materials that help improve drainage and air flow.

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Make sure to check out the Miracle-Gro Facebook page to talk to other gardeners and find more fall project ideas and see what Miracle-Gro® product is right for your project!Advertisement

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Time for me to get my “online life” back on track!

Pen and PaperToday I am rededicating my time to blogging more. This has been a crazy year for me and there just was not enough time for everything. I had to make a lot of changes this year and I had to sacrifice a lot of things that I like.

When I looked at how busy and crazy my life got, it was obvious that I had to take a little time away from blogging. I have actually spent very little time online at all in the last few months. I have had health problems and many stressful changes at work. I will share more on those in the next month. I kept meaning to write about everything going on in my life but there was always so much uncertainty so I just kept putting it off. Then there would be so much that had happened that it seemed too late to play catch up and there was still a lot of uncertainty about the future.

Life can get pretty hectic and crazy but you can’t take a break from being a mom and I would not want to! My family has always come first. That was the whole reason for me creating this site. I wanted to remind people to keep the fun and love in their life and family. There just was not time for me to be the best mom that I could be during that crazy time and still continue writing everyday.

I honestly do not know how other moms do it. I see how much time other “mom bloggers” spend online everyday and wonder how they actually spend time with their kids. When I found myself with not enough time in the day I knew that the first thing to go would have to be this site. I did not realize at the time how long I would actually be gone though. It was a day to day decision to spend time with my kids instead of writing. Before I knew it, the days became weeks and then summer was over.

Wow, that became longer than I ever meant it to be! That is me though… I have a way of making long stories even longer!

I guess the point here is this… Life is crazy, I needed time off with my family, my health is getting less of a problem, my work is getting less stressful, the kids are back to school, and I am ready to throw myself back into this site.

I am sorry for my absence but rest assured there are many great family and holiday ideas to come and the giveaways are ready to start again!

I love you all and have missed you!

Fiber One Outdoor Prize Pack Giveaway

Fiber One Chewy GiveawaySummer is in full swing and kids everywhere are saying the same two things… “I’m bored!” and “What is there to eat?” They are the most said phrases of summer in most houses! My girls are usually smart enough to not say that they are bored because we will suggest that they scrub something around the house. I do still hear claims that there is nothing to eat though.

The Fantastic Roadtrip-a-Matic

This post brought to you by PA Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.

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When you head out for a trip do you plan everything out or do you just head out the door looking for adventure? I am extremely OCD when it comes to certain things and I try to plan everything out. I do mean everything! I can spend many hours online searching for places to go, things to do, where to eat, and the best way to get there. It can really take the fun out of an adventure!visitPA-Roadtrip_box_720px.jpg

Once I turned 18, my friends and I went on a lot of road trips. I can remember just driving with no real plan on where to go. As the day went on people would take turns deciding which way we should turn. Some how we always made it home without a GPS. I have absolutely no sense of direction so I was not any help with that part. The only place that I have not gotten completely lost is Arizona. That was because when we lived there I memorized the shapes of the mountain ranges around us so I always knew what mountain I was facing.

I have talked to my kids about going on unplanned road trips but I have already turned them into OCD planners just like me. They are also teenage girls so they are pretty picky when it comes to finding things as fun to do as I do. They are too cool now, I guess. I will just have to force them into it someday. What is the worst that can happen? At least now we have the GPS so I can't get lost!

Planning a roadtrip can be very stressful and boring. visitPA.com has an awesome Roadtrip-a-Matic. I wish more tourism sites had this much info! The Roadtrip-a-Matic has many already planned out roadtrips in Pennsylvania. The best part is that the roadtrips are organized into types so you can easily find a roadtrip that is right for you.

The Roadtrip-a-Matic has 16 different types of pa-roadtrips. You will find everything from shopping, art, history, nature, traveling with kids, and even roadtrips food lovers. Each type has a few different preplanned roadtrips that cover different areas of Pennsylvania so you will have plenty to do.

The Roadtrip-a-Matic covers all of the planning and details so that you can just pack and enjoy the adventure. I would love to check out the Shutterbugs roadtrips and the Trails Mix roadtrips. I love getting out in nature and taking pictures with the kids.

Hopefully, some other states will start creating some preplanned trips. This is such a great idea!

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NEW Quaker Soft Baked Bars

This post brought to you by Quaker Oats. All opinions are 100% mine.

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If your home is as crazy as mine in the morning, you know how hard it can be to make sure that everyone starts the day with wholesome food. My morning starts off at 5:30am when James' alarm goes off. I take a quick shower while James gets ready. He is always in a rush to get to work so I try to help him gather his food for the day when I get out of the shower. He needs to pack up a healthy lunch and grab a fast breakfast that he can eat while driving.

While James gets ready, I am also getting my food, water, and coffee ready. When he leaves at 6am, I get back in bed with my laptop and breakfast for a few moments of quiet so that I can get through some emails and promote the giveaways I have going on that day. As you can imagine, my breakfast has to be fast, easy, and able to be eating while working on my laptop. We both end up with more of a breakfast snack than a meal.

The next alarm goes off at 7am and the house if full of noise again as my 3 girls rush to get ready, They race around the house and fight over their bathroom and where all of the hair brushes went. This is when I start getting ready. We need to be out the door at 7:30 so we have most things set out and ready to go the night before. As the girls get ready they go into our breakfast and drink cupboard. Yes, we have such a cupboard! It is full of tea bags, healthy drink mixes, and fast breakfast items. We are always in a rush so we are well prepared!

Yes, we could just wake up earlier, but I think my family works better when we are under pressure. When we wake up earlier I find that my girls still rush to get ready fast and the only difference is that I find them going back to sleep on the couch when they are done. So we just keep with our crazy schedule because it works for us and we stock up on fast, wholesome breakfast food.

The new Quaker Soft Baked Bar would be a great addition to our crazy mornings! They come in Cinnamon Pecan Bread and Banana Nut Bread. I have had way too many hard and dry breakfast bars so I can't wait to try these soft baked bars. My youngest would love them. She loves banana nut bread and goes crazy over anything with pecans. They are only 140 calories and have 5g of Fiber, 6g of Protein, and are an excellent source of 5 B-Vitamins. So they are a great snack choice any time of the day. They would even fit into our crazy afterschool schedule. Don't even get me started on that one!

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Milliana Designs Silk Wrap Skirts Giveaway

Milliana DesignsHave you seen these beautiful and fun skirts yet? I am completely in love with them! They bring out the little girl in you. You know, that little girl that liked to play dress up in the mirror and dance around the house. From the beautiful flowing silk fabric to the 100 ways to play around with them and make a new outfit every time; you will love how you feel in these skirts. It is impossible to not feel beautiful when wearing them!

It Pays to Vacation at Home with Clorox®

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The economy is still struggling and gas prices are still pretty high so I keep hearing people talking about vactioning at home this year. We usually do a lot of camping over the summer but we are heading down to Mexico in September so we are not going too many places over the summer. The camper is all set up in the yard right now though. It will be the summer cottage for my girls I guess!

To help out all of those families that are vacationing at home this year Dollar General and Clorox® are have a It Pays to Vacation at Home sweepstakes. You can enter from May 20 to June 24,2012. The Grand prize is a $500 "paycheck" to vacation at home and 1st prizeis $25 Dollar General Gift Card. There will be 20 Grand Prize winners and 100 First Prize winners. If that was not enough, you can also enter the instant win game everyday for chance to win a $10 Dollar General Gift Card

As you can see, I was not a winner today, but I will just keep trying!

I am looking forward to vacationing at home when school ends. Yes, we will have lots of fun but I also need to get this house all clean and organized! I am told that I need to be more organized with all of the products we get sent to review. When you get to your summer cleaning don't forget that you can find all of your favorite Clorox® products like Pine-Sol® Multi-Surface cleaners, Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, and Clorox® Liquid-Bleach at Dollar General and save money because they always have great deals.

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I will be picking up some of the Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes because we go through a ton of them over the summer. They are great for in the house but they are even better for car trips and in the camper.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and enter!

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#EclosBeauty Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit

This post brought to you by éclos Skin Care. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Have you really given your skin much thought? I never really worried about my skin in the past. I never had acne problems and I always looked young for my age. This year has been a hard one for me though. I just turned 38 a couple weeks ago and for the first time ever, I actually felt like I am getting older. I still do not feel my age but getting this close to 40 has made me realize that I am not young anymore.

About a month ago, I was going out for a special night and I decided to use foundation. I never bother with it normally. I am always too busy for anything but powder so I was shocked when I saw my face transform into an old face with lines forming.  I was mortified! I had no idea that I had gotten that old. I guess my face powder works wonders because I was clueless!

Now I think about my skin more! I have looked at many of the products out there but most of them are outrageously priced so when I was given the opportunity to review éclos Skin Care I jumped at the chance. I did not realize how dry my skin had gotten until I started using the products. The first thing I noticed was how hydrated my face felt.

The éclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit contains sample sizes of their complete product line. The kit is valued at $19.99.

The kit includes one of each of the following:
• Facial Cleanser Skin Prep
• Cellular Activator Face Serum
• Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream
• Restorative Eye Cream
• Instant Radiance Facial Scrub
• Skin Renewal Clay Mask
• éclos Terry Cloth Head Band

So how is éclos different? It contains plant stem cells. Researchers have found that Plant Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple, (Uttwiler Spätlauber), show tremendous ability to
stimulate skin stem cells, encouraging aging skin to behave like younger skin.

In this before picture, I zoomed in and cropped it to be just my problem areas, my eyes and forehead. As soon as I started using the éclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit my skin felt more soft and smooth. My dead dry skin was gone and shiny hydrated skin took it's place. My skin normally feels irritated but I did not notice any iritation after I started using the products. It did take awhile for me to get used to how little of the Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream was needed. At first I was using too much and felt a bit greasy. I never broke out from it though.

Testing out the products…

My daughter was being goofy and only got goofy photos for the after shot.

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Now it is your chance! Enter using the form below for a chance to win the éclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Starter Kit for yourself. You must leave a comment on this blog post stating which product in the kit you are most excited to try. Once you do the other entry methods will open up.

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New 2 Box Cheerios Packaging – #Giveaway

2 box Cheerios packagingIf you spend any amount of time on this site, you know how much I love Cheerios! I could eat Cheerios all day long… Wait! I do eat them all day long! I am not your average Cheerios eater though. I do not eat them in a bowl with milk. Just like all of those little toddlers out there, I eat them on their own like finger food.

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