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Hidden Reasons Your Morning Coffee Habit is Benefiting Your Health

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Peet’s Coffee. The opinions and text are all mine. Coffee is seriously one of the most important relationships I have right now as a busy mom of three boys. As soon as I wake up, coffee is on my mind. My day starts with coffee and my mid-afternoons continue with a little more coffee. Coffee can be considered a vice because of the extra caffeine boost, but there are many health benefits to drinking coffee according to science. Lately I’ve been choosing Peet’s Coffee Big Bang™ and Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend® from Publix for my morning cup. Peet’s sources the finest beans from across the globe, chosen for their quality, and roasted by hand in small batches. Peet’s hand-delivers their coffee to grocery stores to ensure you get the freshest, roasted cup of coffee every time. The fresher…

Nutritious Spins Of Foods Both Kids + Moms Love

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Conagra Brands#ad #goodeats Staying healthy can be more difficult as the fall and winter approach, and all the cravings for the best comfort foods start hitting us. Pumpkin spice is already here before September! It is also a busy time of year with school, drop offs and pick ups, after school activities and home work. I am new to the school schedule, after homeschooling, and I thought with the kids gone a few hours I would be in HEAVEN! But, there is a lot to do, with a less time after school. We are still struggling with getting our reading and writing practice in, as well as some computer work, so quick and nutritious dinner or meal options for myself and the kids are a lifesavers! Frozen food options have come a LONG way from TV dinners. I am personally a…

Why This High-Protein Pizza Is My Go-To Lunch Staple For Picky Eaters

This post is sponsored by Sweet Earth, but all opinions and thoughts are my own! #ad #SweetEarth #ConsciousbyChoice Back-to-school season is officially here in Florida, which being a Pacific Northwestern, it seems a little crazy to be starting school the beginning of August. This means I have to wake up early, pack food and get everyone dressed in one, quick swoop. In order to accomplish this with all three of my boys, I HAVE to have lunches and snacks packed the night before. My children are also not big eaters and very picky. This makes packing a lunch they will actually eat very challenging. I made the mistake of packing two cookies for dessert, and of course he ATE NOTHING but the cookies. That was a fail on the first day, so I needed to get smarter. My first-grader also won’t eat a tuna or turkey sandwich because it gets…

The Most Important Abdominal Exercises You Can Do Postpartum

Abdominal exercises are very important postpartum, especially in the early stages when your uterus and abdominal muscles are contracting. If you are breastfeeding, your body is getting some extra help to get back to normal because the breastfeeding hormones also signal uterus contractions. There are some ways you can help your uterus contract and go back to normal size, and there are also some exercises that will help your abs to the same! The first stage is the uterus contracting and decreasing in size, followed by your abs repairing and recovering from being stretched out. There are some very important exercises I can go over to help your core come back. Just because your uterus is back to normal, doesn’t mean your abs should be too. In the early weeks and month or so postpartum, your uterus is contracting and shrinking. The more you breastfeed, the more uncomfortable contractions you…

Your Free Postpartum Workout Plan No Equipment Necessary

Working out postpartum is really important to healing, yet many mamas are fearful and confused on what postpartum workouts they should start with. I am super excited to have Amber Nash from Fit Healthy Best here to give us a free postpartum workout you can do without any equipment! But first, let’s go over some important questions on postpartum workouts: When can I start working out postpartum? It is really important that you get clearance from your doctor before you start your workout program because they will check to make sure you are healed. If you begin working out too early, this can cause issues with wounds, scar tissue developing and a slower healing process. Rather than initiating your workout plan early on your own, chat with your doctor before the six-week mark, and see if they agree that your birth process warrants an earlier workout time. I know with…

The Best Protein Powder For Breastfeeding Moms

I’ve been discussing protein powder for breastfeeding mamas for years now. I’ve gotten a chance to review many different protein powders over the years, but I always felt like breastfeeding mamas were missing out on what we need: a protein powder that increases milk supply, helps with sugar cravings, nourishes our bodies, and ultimately aids in weight loss.  Of course I have a 10% off code for you: LACTATION So, I set out to create, Milk Dust, the best protein powder for breastfeeding mamas. I’ve been advising new, breastfeeding mommies on weight loss while breastfeeding for years, including offering a full program, diet and app that new mommies can use to help them eat the right breastfeeding diet, heal their core and pelvic floor, and get to their pre-baby weight again. In those years, the same struggles were repeated to me by many mamas. The sugar cravings, appetite, and lack…

6 Easy Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe During Summer Adventures

Thank you Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® for sponsoring this post. Complete and trusted flea and tick prevention starts with Hartz! Summer adventures create the best memories, and now that we have our dog, Theodore, he gets to spend a lot of our adventures with us. We decided to adventure in the Pacific Northwest this summer, where most of our family is. There are hikes, beaches, parks and lots of mountains to climb (literally). There are many off-leash dog parts, pet-friendly trails and out door seating and concerts we can bring Theodore to, but there are also some safety and precautions that are important to consider when traveling and adventuring with your pet. I thought it would be helpful to go over some of those that I’ve learned along the way! 6 Easy Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe During Summer Adventures: Extra Protection Against Ticks, Fleas, Mosquitoes: With the added hikes,…

How To Get Your Pet To Calm Down While Traveling

#ad this post is in partnership with VetriScience®and all opinions and thoughts are my own.  Summer is the time for traveling, and we don’t like to travel without our puppy, Theodore. He is a Cavalier/Poodle mix, so because of his medium size, we can travel most places with him if they are pet friendly. This summer, we are spending months with family in the Seattle area, so our little Theodore had to fly in the cargo area of the airplane. Basically Theodore was a wreck at the airport, and stressed when he arrived after two flights across country. With me having 3 boys to manage, a new place to adjust too, and helping Theodore, there was really no extra energy for me to work with him, or try to train him out of this stress. We just had to go through it. But, since that expereience, I’ve dont research and…

Creating a Kid-Friendly Hot Dog Bar This Summer

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All comments and opinions are my own. Summer grilling is just around the corner and my kids LOVE hot dogs. We grill outside frequently living in South Florida, and I often set up little bars or tables of snacks and hot dogs that the kids can reach, grab and assemble on their own! I prefer to have a kids table set up because it allows me to keep the kids entertained and fed without a lot of effort on my end. If I don’t have to get plates and drinks for all of the kids and monitor their eating, then I can socialize and enjoy the evening much more! One of my biggest mom tips is shopping at Sam’s Club! It’s a great place to stock up for your family. Since we entertain a lot in the summer, I like going at…

Easy-To-Miss Steps To Make Your Home Safe For Baby With First Alert

Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Help protect your home and family with voice and location alarms from First Alert! As a mom of three, I’ve had to prep for three babies. There are some safety tips you want to follow, or have in place before baby arrives. These are simple, yet often forgotten little tasks for the home, which in the event of unfortunate can be life-savers! I am going to assume you’ve thought of some of the major steps to baby-safe the home. This would be things like the crib, safety items like first aid kits and other basic things. This list is easy to forget because they aren’t always a hazard right away. You may think you have all detectors in place, or TVs are installed properly because there haven’t been any issues. Here are some things to make sure you take a look at!…