Enjoy the Great Outdoors All Summer Long #1MillionMinutes

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Summer... Long sun drenched days... Lazy mornings... Lots of play time... Ahhh pure BLISS!! Summer for my family means lots of time outdoors. After sitting in classrooms for months on end, the girls love to stretch their legs and fill their lungs with fresh air. I love to get my work done early while everyone is still sleeping so we can sneak away for a good chunk of the … [Read more...]

White Nectarine and Pomegranate White Sangria

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Ahhh Summer... Long leisurely days... Barbecues with friends... Sunsets on the beach... And an ice cold glass of delicious Sangria! Sounds simply divine doesn't it? I typically make a red sangria, with a dry cabernet sauvignon as my base but when we recently celebrated my oldest daughter's eighteenth birthday, I felt inspired to create a white wine Sangria. I chose a white … [Read more...]

What Every Woman Should Know About UTI’s and Menopause

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"Oh no, not again!" I grabbed on to the nearest car fearing I was about to collapse as I felt the ground disappear from under my feet... Stars danced before my eyes as a now familiar wave of heat washed over my body... "Cris!" I screamed, hoping to get my husband's attention before blackness enveloped me. I was on the first day of my period and had already gone through eight tampons … [Read more...]

Make it a Fit Summer with #SweatPink and #1MillionMinutes!

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I'm so excited to be jumping into #1MillionMinutes of fitness challenge with the SweatPink Community! The past few months have been grueling for our family. Since that first 911 call on January 23rd, sleep deprivation and stress have been my two most loyal companions.  Not the best of friends to have around when you want to stick to healthy resolutions...  With those two hanging around … [Read more...]

Gentle Care for Urinary Tract Infections

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"Mom, my stomach is killing me and I feel like I need to pee all-the-time! I think I have a urinary tract infection... " Judging by the pained expression on my daughter's face I suspected she was right and drove her to our urgent care clinic. The attending physician confirmed her suspicions and gave her an antibiotic along with instructions to take some over the counter pain killers if … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies and a Chance to Win $400 #FreshVeggiesWDY

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"Mom no veggies please" I did a double take when I heard those words coming from my 8 year old Sabrina. My kids have always eaten their vegetables, and Sabrina has been the least picky of them all, begging me for arugula when she was just three, and eating it by the handful without any salad dressing... just plain, simple and delicious!  Something was up and I was going to get to the bottom of … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – Best Time Workout

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One of the surest ways to stay committed to your workout is to make it fun! And today's workout is all about fun and tapping into your competitive spirit. The good thing is that you are only competing against yourself, and honestly that should always be your main goal -- to be the best that you can be right here, right now.  Your best today may not be your best overall. We all have good days … [Read more...]

Summer Grillin’ Coleman Grill and $100 Gift Card Giveaway

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With summer right around the corner it's barbecue time!!! And what better way to kick off this fun and friend filled season than with a SUMMERTIME GRILLIN' GIVEAWAY! With temperatures in the 100's all summer long here in LA we do most of our cooking outdoors to keep our kitchen as cool as possible, and make meal time fun and festive.  My hubby is the barbecue master and serves up all sorts … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday How To Minimize Post Workout Pain

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Nothing can dampen your enthusiasm for working out faster than excessive pain in the days that follow. A deep but bearable burn in the muscles you've been using is to be expected but srong pain that does not go away and gets in the way for your regular daily activity is NOT! Here are simple ways you can push hard during your workouts without suffering dire consequences: Hydrate, hydrate, … [Read more...]

Totally Turmeric – Health Benefits of This Wonderfood

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As is often the case, my mom is the one who introduced me to one of my favorite spices: turmeric! Also known as curcumin, turmeric is a root vegetable from the ginger family with many of the same healthy benefits. Mom has been suffering from Arthritis for many years, and her doctor suggested she add turmeric daily to her diet to help reduce inflammation and relieve some of the pain. Since … [Read more...]