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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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Living the Paleo Life #Foodie

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Living The Paleo Life  #Foodie @FoodiebyGlam @Foodie

There are more and more people every day choosing to lead the Paleo Life, by changing the way they eat.   Now, don’t get this way of life confused with a kind of diet.  Paleo is not a diet as you are not cutting calories to lose weight.  You are changing the way you eat, back to the caveman days to be healthy and in turn if you are healthy and eating good foods your body will do what it needs to do.
Living the Paleo Life means you eat whole, unprocessed foods that are nutrient-dense and nourishing.  Things like grass fed / pastured meats and eggs, wild caught fish and seafood, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits.   You will want to stay away from things that are fake, or full of things our bodies don’t need.  Foods containing gluten that contains grains, legumes, and sugar.  And, stay out of the middle isles in the supermarket.   I know for many those isles equal quick foods and fast meals, but for many they also equal feeling icky and an unhealthy life.

Check out my collection on to see my favorite recipe picks or things I want to try.   No need to give up anything yummy when you choose to live Paleo.   Enjoy food, and enjoy life!

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


Cents-ible Advice about Money from Warren Buffet

Cents-ible Advice about Money from Warren Buffet


Warren Buffet, one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of over $62 billion, is not known for his lavish lifestyle. Instead, he lives in the same home he bought in Nebraska in 1958 (worth $31,500 back then and $700,000 in today’s dollars) and has been known for his habit of using public transportation. Although he’s richer than any of us could possibly imagine, his frugal habits and sayings are worth listening to:


“We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.”

This simple quote is similar to the ‘journey vs. destination’ debate, just with a financial twist. Whether it’s working at a job we love, starting a side business selling items you created yourself or volunteering for a charitable event, we should enjoy what we’re doing in the moment rather than focusing solely on what we’ll get paid and how we’ll spend it after the ‘process’ is over.


“It is better to hang out with people better than you … you’ll drift in that direction.”

This quote can apply to nearly every aspect of life, but it’s particularly relevant when it comes to money. The distinction here is not comparing yourself to those who are richer than you (“keeping up with the Joneses” mentality) but rather those who live more frugally than you. These people exemplify the possibility of living happily on a budget and hanging out with other frugally-minded people will encourage you to live more frugally as well.


“We never want to count on the kindness of strangers in order to meet tomorrow’s obligations.” 

Strangers have no obligation to us and relying on potential help from someone you don’t know very well could jeopardize your financial situation. In this quote, Buffet is all about self-sufficiency – a term that perfectly describes frugal-minded folks. Do what you can with the tools you have available to you instead of getting into a never-ending cycle of asking others for help.


“If you buy things you don’t need, you will soon sell things you need.”

It seems that we consumers are simply prone to getting ourselves into debt and there’s no worse way to take on debt than accumulating things you never needed. Rather than making impulse purchases and/or acquiring material possessions deemed ‘non-necessary’ for your living situation, keep to a strict budget (never shop without a list and don’t buy anything that’s not on it), stretch your dollars by finding coupons in local ad publications or through SumoCoupon, and save up for items on your “want” list incrementally instead of buying them now and figuring out how to pay for them later.


“Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.”

Money can bring out the worst and the best in us, depending on the person. Despite having a personal net worth that’s higher than some countries’ entire national incomes, Warren Buffet is still a humble man living a relatively frugal lifestyle. The same should go for all of us; whether we’re super rich or dirt poor, how we treat others around us will always be more noticeable than the figures in our bank accounts.

Time for a Roll in the Hay

Time for a Roll in the Hay, or sex as most of us call it.   Did you know that sex is good for your health?   I am sure you have probably heard that a time or two, from your partner as they are being funny and trying to get you in the mood.  LOL!   Well, it is true.  Take a look at this great infographic that was shared with me from . After you read it, maybe you should grab your partner and go have a roll in the hay ;)

Simple Skin Care with Gita Bass

Simple Beauty Tips from Gita Bass

Visiting with Gita Bass was quick, but very fun and gave me a great insight into some tips for simple beauty that we all can benefit from.

I asked Gita how to simplify and look the best and she shared her tips with me.   I am happy to say, that many of the tips she shared are ones I do currently do.  I make sure to wash my face every night, and I also exfoliate 2 (at least) times a week.

I am a huge mineral makeup user but Gita said depending on your skin type to make sure to choose what works for you.  I love my mineral/powder foundation as liquids tend to make me feel sticky, but then I have oily skin so the powder helps with that.

Never leave your house without sunscreen… that is tip number 1.   A person doesn’t realize how evil the sun can be and when we are outside on a daily basis it can take it’s toll on our beautiful skin.   Either choose a moisturizer with SPF in it, or apply an SPF lotion under your moisturizer, just don’t go without.

I was interested to know her take on what is the “in” look for makeup.  Gladly, I am in the “in” crowd :)  I use a lot of nude/warm colors on my face because I don’t want a heavy look.  She said it is a beautiful look.

Check out the line of product she talks about ~ Simple Skincare

Check out the tips Gita and I talked about by watching the video below.

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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Save on your Labor Day Grocery Shopping #CubYellowTags!


Save on your Labor Day grocery shopping.  #CubYellowTags!

Where did the summer go ?  It seems like it was just winter, at least here in Minnesota.    With the start of school already taking place in some towns and kids off to college and families planning their last vacation of the year, it all just makes me want to cry!  Summer is to short.  I used to say that when I was a kid, because I didn’t want to go to school.  But, as an adult, living where I do, I say it because I dislike winter and want the warm temps and sunshine to last longer than it does.   (pity party time!)

The one thing I do look forward to this time of year is time with family and friends over the upcoming holiday ~ Labor Day.   Having people over and putting out a yummy spread for everyone to enjoy is something I love doing and what makes that way more enjoyable is knowing I can get great prices on all my groceries at Cub.   Yellow tags means lower prices, and lower prices means I can buy more food, or even start a savings account with the money I save on my shopping, and then take a trip when the winter is in full swing.

Cub has lowered prices throughout the whole store on many of the things a person buys daily.
Like these items ~
-Bartlett Pears used to be $1.89/lb, now only $0.99/lb
-Celery used to be $1.29 each, now only $0.89 each
-Sweet Onions used to be $1.29, now only $0.99 each

Check out these great Labor Day savings at Cub.  I have made my list of things to pick up for my weekend feast, have you ?

Don’t forget about the Cub Load to Card program either.  Makes shopping easy.


Disclosure ~  This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cub and Pocket Your Dollars.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.

My Underarms Love Me Again Thanks to Dove Advanced Care

Disclosure ~ I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant.
I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.”

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My Underarms Love Me Again Thanks to Dove Advanced Care

#Sponsored #MC #SleevelessSummerSweeps

Even though I am in Minnesota, I love to dress like I am in Florida when summer is here.   I might not always get the chance too, but I try.  What I am talking about, is going sleeveless.   For me, going sleeveless is always a challenge.  Some days a challenge because I am always cold and here in Minnesota we don’t always have days that cooperate.  But, mostly it’s because my underarms are ugly!!  I have bumps from shaving, hairs I can never get and am always worried if I lift my arms they will be all full of rash, dried blood and clumps of deodorant.   I have always had ugly underarms and because I am a woman and am sorta against letting my underarm hair grow (LOL), I have to shave every other day or every third day to avoid a bad underarm rash.  It’s not fun!  And, many times when I do shave I then apply my deodorant and WOW.. sting and burn.  That is not good either.   So, what I am saying is that my underarms are challenging to deal with.

I was excited to give Dove Advanced Care Deodorant a try since I have been a slave to one kind for years and just never tried others.  I am sure glad I did!  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is great!!    Not only does Dove Advanced Care Deodorant keep me dry and odor-free for a full long-lasting 48 hours, but it also is clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provides softer, smoother skin in just 3 days.
Now, this is no joke!!    Like I said, I have been a slave to one kind and one kind only so I have never tried Dove.

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  I got my 3 full size Dove Advanced Care Deodorant samples and started to use it that day.  (Mailman came before I dressed for the day, yeah)!  I had showered the day before, so I washed my underarms with my shower gel and dried them well, and applied my Dove.  I then used my Dove for the next 3 days, but without thinking about what I was using I shaved my arms on the 2nd day of using Dove and my underarms felt smooth.  I didn’t have all the little bumps like I normally would when I shave.  And, applying my Dove after my shower/shave didn’t hurt like my other stuff did.    That is so huge to me!  I love not having tiny bumps, itchy rash and underarms that hate me.  Yesterday was day 5 of using my new deodorant and my underarms now love me!

I was asked to share one of my Dove Advanced Care Deodorant samples with a friend or family member.  Well, on Sunday I visited my sister and shared one with her.  She too has been a slave to one kind for years and years.   She had seen commercials for Dove, seen it in stores and in magazines but never bought it.   She was tickled pink to get one to try.  Her underarms hate her like mine hate me.


Now that my underarms love me again, and I know within a week my sisters will love her again too, I can say we are going to be 2 happy girls sporting the sleeveless tops the rest of what Minnesota summer has to offer us.   And, when I vacation this winter to warm places, I will be all set to go sleeveless no matter where I go.

Erin Walsh has some great style tips.  Here are a couple of my favorites from her ~

  • My summer essentials include: sunscreen, Dove Advanced Care Deodorant (I like the Nourished Beauty fragrance), and lip balm with an SPF.
  • Dual-purpose items are perfect for the summertime. I love boxy sleeveless shirts that hit around the hip bone. They are a throwback to the ‘60s, and are great to wear with a cute pair of cropped jeans or perfect to throw over a bathing suit at the beach. I am also a big fan of sleeveless shirt dresses and halter tops because they look great on everyone and can be dressed up or dressed down!
  • It can be nice to wear your hair up when you are wearing sleeveless – to show off your shoulders and arms. Whether you have your hair up or down though, it goes back to personal style and how you feel most comfortable. They key is to project confidence.


Disclosure ~ I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.”

10 Reasons Why You Should Quit Sugar

10 Reasons Why You Should Quit Sugar

I know that is a scary thing to think about for most.  Quitting sugar.. eeegads!

Now for me, I have tried a Candida Cleanse, but quitting cold turkey was not easy.  I love my sweets.  But it’s more than that.. I love my bread, my sweets, my bit of sugar in my tea or coffee, and many other things that have sugar that I just never thought about.

Lisa has a great book out for those suffering with Candida overgrowth.   If you are feeling icky, sluggish, tired, are bloated, or have any of the hundreds of medical conditions most people deal with I highly urge you to check out her book, and give the cleanse a try.

I am currently using Plexus which has helped me with my cravings as well as regulated my IBS.  I have not found anything to do what Plexus has done.    Might sound gross, but I love to poop!!  LOL

Check out this infographic on what sugar does to your body and health.

The original 10 Reasons To Quit Sugar infographic can be found at

Disclosure ~
Because I work from home, I use affiliate links in my posts to help bring in money so I can pay my bills and continue to work from home.    So, if you click a link, and do some shopping..  I greatly appreciate it and want you to know you have helped a Work from Home Woman.   ~ Thanks :)

Easy Ways to Exercise While You Travel



Do you like to travel, or just have to travel for work or other reasons?  Sticking to your exercise routines while you are traveling is not always easy because you are not near your local gym, don’t have any of your favorite workout gear with you and are not familiar with established routes. All of this should not stop you from getting in the exercise that you crave, and still be able to see everything you want to in your new destination. There are several easy ways to add exercise while you travel, and most of them are fun or give you a new way to see a city, countryside or beach town.


No matter what type of travel you are doing, or where you end up, here are a few easy ways to add exercise into your travels.


As You Go Rentals

More and more destinations are investing in citywide, pay as you go rentals for everything from bikes to fitness centers. These options are perfect for travelers that want to be able to access great facilities and equipment, without having to make a big commitment. Look for private or public bike share programs and use a bike to get around instead of taking the bus. Find hotels or fitness centers that offer day passes, or pay as you go passes that you can use during the duration of your trip.


Add a Walking Tour

Instead of booking a trolley tour that will drive you up to every landmark in the city, find a walking tour that forces you to get active. These tours let you see the city in a new light and have more of an insider feel than any of the larger tours that will drive you past a lot of places you might be interested in.


Create a YouTube Playlist

There are several fitness instructors, workouts and exercise ideas on YouTube, so before your flight, take the time to create a playlist. Use this playlist when you don’t have the time to get in a full workout, want a quick morning routine or have a rainy afternoon to fill. Its also the best way to make sure that you are working out and toning all parts of your body equally while you are away.


Try New Forms of Cardio

To get your cardio in and create some vacation memories, try out a new form of cardio like the locals would. Anything from rock climbing to kayaking to paddleboarding are fun ways to get out and get in a nice workout. Think about the destination and find an activity that pairs well with the locale. Anywhere near water is a new way to discover a fun water sport. Country destinations can include activities like hiking, climbing, cross country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter and even horseback riding.


Getting in your workout while traveling is all about including more physical activity into what you already have planned or need to get done while at your destination. Turn that activity into fun things to do while out of town and your exercise is as easy as having fun.

Whether you travel for enjoyment, or for other reasons, make sure you check out our partner site (owned by us) at That Traveling Chick, because we offer low prices on all sorts of travel as well as lots of great reviews on places we have traveled and travel tips.


$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Pinterest blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

Family Time and Sunbelt Bakery Bars Makes for a Great Day


 @SunbeltBakery  #SunbeltBakery


A healthy life starts with good nutrition and good nutrition is exactly what Sunbelt Bakery offers everyone.   When the urge to snack arises, as it does many times thru the day, I know that when I reach for a yummy Sunbelt Bakery snack that I am doing my body good.   Made without preservatives, because they don’t need them and neither do we.   Soft, chewy, fruity, wholesome goodness all packed into a wide variety of snack bars.  My favorite is the new Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar.  I love peanut butter, granola and chocolate chips so this just mixes all my fav’s into a yummy bar.  My second fav is the Raspberry Fruit and Grain Bar.   Oh, I could seriously eat a whole box in one sitting! My husband loves the Almond Sweet and Salty ones.
Check out this huge selection I got to enjoy and share with my family and friends.


The nutrition in these bars is amazing.  Check out these facts ~

Sunbelt Bakery snacks are a source of delicious whole grains! With a line of over 20 granolas and bars, Sunbelt Bakery is dedicated to taste and nutrition in every bite. Here are just some of the excellent attributes of Sunbelt Bakery’s fresh-tasting snacks:

My Mother In Law is a single woman, living alone and hubby and I enjoy spoiling her from time to time.  She is a proud woman so doesn’t like handouts, but we do little things to surprise and spoil her when we can.   Hubby gave her a call a few weeks ago, and invited her to take a day trip with us to Grand Marais, Mn. for the Fisherman’s Picnic.   It is an event that has been going on for years, and hubby and I have never gone.  Sad, as it is only about an hour and a half drive. But, we decided to go and take his Mom as she hadn’t been there for years and years either.   When we showed up at her house I handed her a big bag… she opened it and looked inside to find a bunch of boxes of Sunbelt Bakery bars.   She was so excited!!   Being on a tight income she can’t ever buy herself extra goodies, so she was ticked pink and kept saying thank you over and over.  She opened a box of the Strawberry Fruit & Grain bars and had one right away.  She has messaged me a few times to tell me how much she loves these bars.

We grabbed some of the bars, piled in the car and headed out for the day.  Good thing we grabbed some bars, because the food at the Fisherman’s Picnic was all that icky vendor food.  So, at least we had some yummy, healthy snacks to eat.  After a couple hours of walking around and checking out vendors and stores, we headed for home, but stopped off at Lutesn Mountains first because Mom had never been on a Gondola ride or the fun Alpine Coaster.  Here we are way up high in the sky on a Gondola ride, and then one of her coming down what is called the Alpine Slide.   She had such a great day, and it was nice to not only spend the day with her, but nice to give her some yummy snacks that are healthy and will help her out.  Family time and Sunbelt Bakery bars made for a fun day.




Sunbelt Bakery is also the proud sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF).  Each year starting during October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sunbelt Bakery will support NBCF by donating $1 for every new Facebook “like” and Twitter “follower” they receive during the month, up to $50,000.   Since starting this, 5 years ago, they have raised more than $300,000 to support various breast cancer awareness initiatives and research efforts to find a cure.

Check out Sunbelt Bakery on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you tried Sunbelt Bakery bars yet ?    If you haven’t and even if you have, I invite you to enter this great giveaway.


  • One (1) case of Sunbelt Bakery granola treats; assorted flavors

o    Roughly 12 boxes of bars

o    Will include a mix of chewy granola bars as well as soft Fruit & Grain bars

o    Will include anywhere from 96-120 bars, total (depending on variety)

o    Value: $32.28

  • There will be one (1) winner

o    Once the giveaway ends, Sunbelt Bakery will ship the prize directly

o    U.S. entrants only, please

How to Enter ~  Leave me a comment telling me what you would do with this huge case of Sunbelt Bakery bars.
Don’t forget to leave your email address, so if you win I can contact you.

Giveaway Ends September 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST
Winner will be chosen September 13th at 9 am CST


Disclosure ~  Sunbelt Bakery sent me an amazing assortment of snack bars to enjoy, share, and talk about.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.