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About Sheila Thomas

Hi, My name is Sheila and I am the Living Smart Girl. My goal is to bring everyone the latest and greatest tips and advice on fitness, healthy choices, recipes, shopping, beauty, home and garden, family and parenting, daily deals, travel, and so much more. I love fitness, but life is more than just exercise and when you visit Living Smart Girl you can connect the dots and live a well rounded life ~ the Living Smart way :)

I love working online and spend most of my day blogging, and researching new topics and tips to bring my readers.

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Compression Wear Doesn’t Have to Wreck Your Fashion Plans

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One of my good friends has the worst luck when it comes to her legs. In the past two years, she has had two deep vein thromboses (DVTs or clots). DVTs are serious and if ignored or not treated properly, they can kill someone. My friend’s DVTs both occurred in her legs (where they are most common) but they can occur in any deep vein. They can happen to anybody but are especially common in people who have to stay still for very long periods of time, pregnant women (scary, right?) and people whose blood pressure is elevated (source: MayoClinic).

The good news is that, when caught, a DVT is almost always treatable. Treatment involves specific types of medication that are used to break up the clot, filters to keep any clots that do break free from entering your lungs and the use of compression clothing–typically socks or stockings.

This is where things get tricky. Filters and medication aren’t readily visible to others (though their side effects can be). Compression socks and stockings, though, they can cause some issues. The ones issued by your doctor are almost always going to be strictly utilitarian and, sadly, kind of ugly. They are best hidden under pants and behind boots.

This is fine if you’re happiest in boots and jeans (or other pants) but not everybody likes that look. My friend, for example, prefers skirts and dresses. Thankfully, just because your doctor gives you compression wear, you are not required to limit your compression wear that is issued by medical facilities!

There are lots of really cute options for compression clothing out there now. Even better, there are designers who offer compression clothing that is built specifically for the “type” of person who will be wearing it. Athletes, for example, can buy special sweat wicking and other types of compression gear that is meant to be worn during a workout. The compression hose ruPreggers.com offers pregnant women helps with leg-based DVTs while also providing non-constrictive support for their bellies.

Really, the problem isn’t that there isn’t any cute compression wear available. The problem is finding the right compression socks, tights, whatevers for you. How do you do that? How do you narrow down your options?

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What Will You Be Doing In It?

What are you most likely to be doing while wearing your compression gear? For example, if you work in a very formal office you will want to choose wear that reflects the dress code (tights and socks in muted colors, for example). If you’re going to be working out, you’ll want something that wicks sweat and still allows your skin to breathe. Choose tights, socks, sleeves, etc that are designed for your activities.

Consider Your Existing Wardrobe

Yes, compression tights in bright green leopard print might be fun, but if they’re going to clash with everything you already own, maybe go for the leopard print in a different bright color. You don’t want to have to design a whole new wardrobe around this stuff, you want it to blend in with what you already have.

That said, sometimes getting the bright green leopard print tights just because they cheer you up and make you happy when you wear them–clashing be darned–is a good enough reason to buy one of the sillier or more fun options you find.

Will It Last?

All compression wear tends to relax over time–it’s like regular clothing that way. Compression clothing, though, is designed to resist that relaxation for a longer than regular clothing. Still, there are some manufacturers out there who like to cut corners on their fabrics and stitching. Make sure you read the reviews before you buy! The last thing you need is the expense of replacing something made cheaply!

The point is: you have options. You can be cute and fashionable even while wearing something that is supposed to be strictly utilitarian. Working them into your fall wardrobe should be really easy to do!

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Not a Pretty Sight This Morning

Warning.. the images in this post are very graphic!!

 

I was awaken this morning at about 7 am, to our front door shutting.  I figured hubby was going out hunting so I got up to look out my bedroom window.  Hubby was standing in the yard, and seen me in the window and he pointed down at the lake (which is frozen).  I wasn’t sure what he was pointing at, except I seen a huge lump of something greyish black and didn’t know what it was.   We are about 125 yards from where the lump on the lake was.   I headed downstairs to the kitchen window and grabbed the binoculars to see what he was pointing at.  YIKES!!   It is a dead deer, on the lake.   Not a pretty sight to wake too.

Hubby headed to the lake to check it out.  Took some pictures so we could share on FB and with family and friends.  I know, gross.  But, the wolf population is large where we live and this just proves that something needs to be done.  This was one single wolf that took down this approximately 200# buck.  I realize it’s all natural, but not 125 yards from my house.  I have animals here, as do all our neighbors.  They recently trapped over 11 wolf pups right across the road from our house, and relocated them.  The deer population is down, and wolf population is up.  They issue wolf tags here, but wolves are very smart and don’t generally come out till dark so it is hard to shoot one.  I am sure for those who are not from area’s like where we live, you will fight for the wolf rights.   I don’t think any animal has more rights than another.  I just know that when one is sitting in a deer stand all day, and you don’t see deer, but see many many wolves.. that is to many wolves in an area.

Yes, wolves have to eat.  Yes, it is the way the chain of nature goes.  Animals kill, and eat other animals to survive.  We are all animals and we all eat meat and in order to eat meat, it has to be killed.   I get that.  That isn’t what this is about.  This is about wolves being to close for comfort.   I know if a wolf didn’t kill this deer, a hunter most likely would have or it might have been hit by a car.  Fine and dandy… that is life.   But, I have dogs, who have to be outside to do their business and I don’t like that a wolf is in the area.  Where there is one, there are many.

When I was a kid, our neighborhood had a wolf issue.   There were wolves taking small dogs right from yards.  At least 8 dogs in the area were killed by wolves.  The DNR said a wolf will never come near anything with human scent. Well, our little dog Kakeena, slept with me every night, under my covers.   My mom took her from my room one morning and put her on her tie out to go potty, at 5 am.  My Mom heard a yelp, she ran to the door and opened it to have a wolf, with Kakeena in it’s mouth, stare right back at her and then take off around the house.  My Mom screamed for my Dad, who grabbed a gun and took off running out the back door after the wolf but being it was dark he lost sight of it.   So, our poor little dog became a meal for the wolf.  Ours was just one of the many little dogs in the area, with human scent on it, to be taken.  So, a wolf will attack something with human scent, if hungry enough or if in an area where they should not be.

Here are the images of the deer kill… proceed with caution ~

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Get plugged in when you’re on vacation

Technology helps keep you close to home even when you’re far away

 

Remember when you used to go on vacation to get away from it all? These days are over now that we have a battery of high-tech tools which keep us connected with our daily lives even when we’re miles away from home.

Here’s a quick guide to getting the best out of technology so you can keep in touch with the wider world, share good times with friends and family or get the skinny on the best local attractions.

Tablets and smartphones

With free wi-fi available almost everywhere, a tablet or smartphone could become your favourite travelling companion.

Sure, you can book your accommodation ahead, arrange airport pickups and check out currency exchange rates. But if you put the practical advantages to one side, your tablet or cell phone is also your one-stop entertainment system.

Download podcasts or movies, listen to music or catch up on the latest news. You can even play your favourite casino games on the move by using a mobile-friendly online casino like Mzanzi Casino. You can enjoy free play or real-money casino games like slots, blackjack or roulette while you hang out in the hotel lobby or endure the long journey home.

Facebook

Whether you’re on a two-week family break in the sunshine or a year-long adventure of self-discovery, your loved ones will be thrilled to hear about it all.

Who needs postcards when you can upload photos of your experiences as and when they happen, as well as reassuring everyone that you’re safe and well…?

 

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Twitter

There are 284 million Twitter users across the world. Dip into that massive social pool and you’ll be throwing away your guide book in favour of some real-world recommendations.

You’ll be able to find out about local festivals and events, get tips on where to find the best restaurants and get clued up on undiscovered hideaways that haven’t yet made it on to the tourist trail.

E-readers

Weighing down your luggage with a library of bestsellers is a thing of the past. With the rise of e-readers, we can stuff as many books as we like inside one light, compact appliance and take it with us just about anywhere.

E-readers have excellent battery life and come with screens that are viewable in direct sunlight or total darkness, making them an ideal companion on the beach or on an overnight flight.

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A word of warning

Don’t get caught out with a budget-busting data bill at the end of your vacation.

Check with your local carrier before you travel and find out about roaming charges. If you want to use your cell phone to make calls, consider buying a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination.

 

 

Grab an LG OLED at Best Buy for Under Your Tree

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Disclosure ~ The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at
a reduced price or for free.

The technology behind televisions has certainly come a long way. From black and white to color, the invention of the remote, to flat screens and LCDs. The transition from then to now is astounding and the newest developments are truly stunning. Best Buy has always made keeping up with – and saving on – the latest technology easy and the LG OLED TV is no exception. What is OLED you might ask? It is the newest revolution in television and once you view your favorite shows, movies, and sports games with these bright colors and crisp display it will be hard to go back to regular tv.

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The LG OLED TV has many updated and enhanced features that make your tv watching time enjoyable. It boasts deeper and richer colors by adding a white sub-pixel to the conventional three colors (red, green and blue). This also aids in color range and accuracy as well as improving the OLED’s ability to express realistic colors. This is a huge improvement over conventional RGB displays. Until now, reaching infinite contrast ratio has been impossible, but the LG OLED TV has self-lighting pixels that switch on and off individually enabling a depth that was previously unattainable.

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Entertainment centers have been used for years as a place to hide bulky TVS, with the LG OLED TV you can show off your television in an artful way. It has been designed pencil thin being only 0.17″ at its thinnest point, the same thickness as a pencil. It has only two layers and a simple internal structure making it considerably lighter than its predecessors and wafer-thin. With just two layers, the LG OLED TV is unbelievably lightweight and wafer-thin. The concept of the LG OLED TV is to enhance viewing from every aspect. The screen was designed curved so that your eyes are equally distant from all parts of the screen regardless of where you’re sitting. This was intended to provide a natural and immersive experience, making each scene vibrant and life like. Other additions are the WebOS which allows users to find movies, shows, and open apps lightning fast as well as a remote that can be used by waving it, scrolling the wheel, or even voice recognition with Voice Mate. Learn more at LGOLEDatBestBuy.com.

 

Head over to your local Best Buy for a demonstration of the LG OLED TV and save with Best Buy’s everyday price of $3499.99 (save $500). This TV would make the perfect family gift!

Comfort in One Pot with Crock Pot Cooking #Foodie

Check out Comfort in one Pot – Crock Pot Cooking

by Sheila Cooper Thomas at Foodie.com


 

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl is bringing you this great sponsored post in collaboration with #Foodie @foodie  @foodiebyglam

Winter is here and that means for me, lots of cooking in the crock pot.  One would think since I live in the frozen tundra (Minnesota) that I would rather have my oven on all day to keep the house warm, but nope.  I like my crock pot meals for winter.   In summer we tend to grill a lot so I barely use the crock pot.  Meals done in the crock pot are always a comfort food of sorts, for me.  I guess it reminds me of when I was a kid.

My first crock pot was given to me by my Grandma back when I first left home.  I loved that thing.  Make soups in it all the time.  Since then I have learned to make many things, from soup to stew to roasts, to desserts and more.  I now have 4 crock pots, in a few different sizes.   A girl can’t have just one ya know.

Do you enjoy crock pot cooking?   Tell me your favorite recipe to make.

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SplashID Password Manager App

Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored app review brought to you by Living Smart Girl and SplashID

SplashID Password Manager App

With our technology driven world, we’re often asked to create and manage numerous passwords. You have to start by trying to pick something you remember. You have to follow rules such as including upper and lower case letters, sometimes adding numbers or special characters and most often a mix of everything. When you finally have your password in place, your part is done, right? Wrong. It’s more important than ever to guard those passwords, especially when they protect sensitive and vital information. SplashID is the most trusted password manager. It has been safeguarding passwords and delivering security to over a million users in the last ten years. Protection features include 256-bit encryption and 2-factor authentication.

Only SplashID provides free, native, secure apps for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and the web, plus a browser plugin for Chrome. Version 8 updates for SplashID’s native apps on Windows Phone, BlackBerry, other browsers, and USB drives are coming soon.

SplashID offers a touch login for iOS devices. Users are given the choice of how to store and sync their records either with a convenient cloud sync, local network Wi-Fi sync, or on-device storage. Whatever option you choose, you can trust that your information is safe and secure. A handy feature is the photo capture option, it quickly easily stores credit card information. Have you ever forgotten to back up information? With SplashID’s automatic back up service, you’ll never lose important data again. It’s important for me to stay organized and SplashID allows me to customize my record types and categories to keep them in order. I can also easily upload photos, documents, and add notes to any record. This is especially great for adding reminders to myself. Think of them as a virtual – protected – sticky note.

The SplashID dashboard is user friendly and provides usage statistics and tools to monitor and fix weak, reused, and old passwords. An extremely beneficial feature is web autofill which saves typing in usernames, passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers and delivers the correct address from the secure data vault every time to prevent phishing. Watch the SplashID trailer to see it in action. You can also follow SplashID on Twitter @SplashData for news and updates.

  • Step 1: Sign up for SplashID

    Sign up for free — just enter your email address and set a password. Your password will be used to encrypt all your SplashID records, so make sure it’s a good one. From now on, it’s the only password you need to remember!

  • Step 2: Select how you would like to sync

    Sync your records any way you want – with Cloud, WiFi or no sync at all. And sync your records anywhere you want – on a phone, tablet, desktop, or browser.

  • Step 3: Create secure records

    How would SplashID simplify your life?   I love this app, and find that I now don’t have to keep “notes” with all my log in info.  That was a pain, and now I can just use my SplashID and stop stressing about it.

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Orange is the New Black Season 1

I am not sure if I have been hiding under a rock or what!!  I have heard of the show, but since it is only available on Netflix, and I have horrible internet I just forgot about it, until this past week.  I was at a girlfriends house for a couple days of “stress break” and she asked if I have been watching it.  I told her my dilemma with internet and that Netflix won’t stream, and she said.. GIRL.. you gotta watch this show.  While visiting I watched a few episodes of the first season with her, and then I came home and ordered it up on Amazon.   So excited!!   Can’t wait to get my first season. Hope the second season comes out soon, as I am sure I will have the whole first season watched in a week!  LOL

Do you watch the show?  Wanna get your own first season set?  I have shared my Amazon affiliate link here for you to order this up for yourself. Orange Is the New Black: Season 1

Enjoy :)  I know I will!

Keep Fitness in Check with a Precision CalPal Scale

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Keep Fitness in Check with a Precision CalPal Scale

 

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

 

I am sure for most, weighing yourself is one of those things you hate to do.  Not me.. I love it!!  I love it because every day when I step on the scale, (same time every day) it helps me keep my fitness in check.  I realize that I will fluctuate a few pounds here and there so I don’t freak if my number is higher than the day before.  There are so many factors that come into play when you are talking numbers on a scale… that I don’t fret.  But, I still like to keep in check on how I am doing.  Mostly due to the fact I refuse to go above a certain number!  ;)   Yes, I refuse!!  So, when I start creeping up I know I need to dial things back, cut the sweets, hit my home gym a bit more and just readjust my life a bit.  Since I do like to workout I know generally by the way my clothes fit how I am doing weight wise, but I like to see a number on a scale as well.

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This new Precision CalPal Digital Bathroom Scale from Eat Smart is so neat!   It shows you your weight, your BMI, and also what your calories should be eating to maintain that weight.  There are many online or mobile apps a person can use to track their food intake daily so you can keep in check with your estimated calories you need.   Even though I don’t like to show it, here is a picture of my weight this morning ~ first one shows my weight, and my BMI.   Now according to the BMI chart I am in a good zone.  Not overweight or obese.   That makes me feel good.  Yes, I have a bit of fluff here and there I don’t like, but I can work on that.   More weight training, less cupcakes!   ;)

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This one shows my weight, and then also shows how many calories I need / should eat every day to maintain that weight.  Now, it came up with this number because when I was programming it, I chose that I workout 3x a week.   If I didn’t work out, I am guessing it would tell me to eat about 1500 calories or less.   But, when I workout I burn a lot of calories so I need to replenish to fuel my body.

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This scale is really neat, and really pretty.   Also, you can set up this scale for 4 people.  So, when you want to see what your stats are, you select the right setting.. P1, P2, P3, or P4, and step on the scale.   This is great because my husband and I can each keep track separately.
As you can see it has a very sleek design and is see through.  I love that!!

Check out the Precision CalPal Scale on Amazon and their Eat Smart Product’s website as well for lot’s of great tips and other products.
Or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

~ Giveaway Time ~

Enter to win the same scale pictured above.   Open to US Only ~ 18+    ~  Ends Dec 10, 2014 at 11:59pm CST.

MY SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE, PERFECT FOR THE SEASON

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FDA Disclaimer ~ *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Disclosure ~ This post is sponsored by Puritan’s Pride; opinions expressed are my own.
Recipe credit goes to Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., of B Nutritious and author of The Sugar Detox,
who works as a spokesperson for Puritan’s Pride.

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It sure seems this year has flown by, the Holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving only a couple weeks away. With pot lucks, cookie swaps, and family get togethers, temptation is everywhere and it can be easy to overindulge. Our eyes are often much larger than our stomachs and because the food is so tasty we tend to reach for seconds or third well past when we should have stopped. Hey, it’s hard to stop nibbling on such delicious treats!

As a Puritan’s Pride ambassador participating in the Superfood Smoothie Challenge, I’m excited to share November’s Superfood Smoothie recipes with you. Often after indulging in our favorites, our stomachs can revolt. The cleanse smoothie is meant to aid in digestion, giving your stomach a break from a hearty meal. The soothing smoothie can help calm an upset stomach after too many bites of your turkey dinner and sips of delicious eggnog.

Cleanse Smoothie:

Focus ingredient:

Capsicum (cayenne pepper) is an herb that contains antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, B6 and K, making it a very healthful spice. Cayenne pepper my help to aid in digestion, which many people may need after that big holiday meal.

Recipe:

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 Clementines

  • 2 cups of water

  • ½ lemon, juiced

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy immediately.

Belly Soother:

Focus ingredient:

Mint is an herb that needs more credit. It may help to soothe your digestive system after a few too many bites or sips. Mint also has antioxidants and key nutrients like trace amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C. All the more reason to love this refreshing herb.

Recipe:

  • 1 tbsp fresh mint

  • ½ cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 cup coconut milk

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy immediately.

Some Puritan’s Pride products that help keep you feeling healthy and energized – especially while making mad dashes for Holiday deals – are:

Eclectic Institute Raw Kale Powder (056836): Kale is one of the most nutritious of all vegetables. This powder is made from fresh, whole, raw Kale and custom freeze-dried. Freeze-drying is the best method for preserving the complex chemistry, active enzymes and entire matrix of a plant in its fresh form.

Alacer Emergen C Immune + With Vitamin D Blueberry-Acai (073348): Supplement provides key nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and a proprietary immune complex with beta glucans.*

Puritan’s Pride Psyllium Husk Seed 100% Natural: Psyllium Husk (010992): is rich in soluble fiber, to keep your digestive tract moving smoothly.* Fiber naturally slows down digestion, making it possible for your body to absorb more nutrients. Plus, the fiber in Psyllium Husk Seed Powder helps your body eliminate what it doesn’t use, making for a cleaner colon.*

I know that I feel better when all my systems are working properly and Superfood smoothies made with the above kale powder, psyllium husk, or other Puritan’s Pride items make sure all my “engines are go” so to speak. I like to know that my insides are happy and what easier way to do that than a delicious smoothie?

NEW discount: As part of the holiday season, Puritan’s Pride is offering free shipping to everyone as well as $5 off of a purchase of $25! This sure is the right time for extra savings.

Puritan’s Pride® (http://www.puritan.com) began over 40 years ago, with the mission of making the finest quality nutritional supplements available at the best value to their customers. Today, the company remains true to its original commitment and serves millions of loyal customers. Puritan’s Pride manufactures thousands of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutritional supplements in their state-of-the art facilities located throughout the U.S. As part of the company’s commitment to quality, Puritan’s Pride only uses ingredients from suppliers worldwide that meet their Quality Assurance Standards, as well as Good Manufacturing Practices food quality standards.

Be sure to visit Puritan’s Pride on their social media channels for other fantastic offers, recipes, and more!

BLOG: http://blog.puritan.com/

TWITTER: @puritanspride

PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/puritanspride/

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/puritanspride

YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/PuritansPrideTV

What’s your favorite kind of smoothie?

Now for the super fun part..  the Giveaway.    Win all the items seen in the picture above that I got for my review.  Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Prize ~
Vegan Protein Powder Chocolate
Eclectic Institute Raw Kale Powder (056836)
Alacer Emergen C Immune + With Vitamin D Blueberry-Acai (073348)
Puritan’s Pride Psyllium Husk Seed 100% Natural: Psyllium Husk (010992)

Open to US Only, 18+    ~  Ends December 13, 2014 at 11:59pm CST