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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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Soccer training gets you fit .. really fit!

Soccer training gets you fit .. really fit!


There’s no doubt about it – if you train properly to play soccer, you will get fit. What’s more – you’ll get fit in great all-round way. But don’t worry – you don’t need to kick a ball!


Soccer is the world’s most popular sport by quite a distance – and it’s getting ever more popular in the US. But whether you’re interested in the actual game or not – the fitness training specifically for soccer really pays off.


However – if you can get at least a little interested in the sport, this will help you stay interested in the fitness side of things and you may even find yourself yearning to kick a ball or two for real.


In the rest of the world, soccer is, of course, “football”, and if you’re into football betting on the big games – this can really help stimulate your interest in a game in which you might not otherwise be interested.


Otherwise, simply watch a few games, then just think for yourself how fit the players need to be and in what ways.


In particular, modern soccer demands a specific type of cardio-vascular fitness, as well as strength and flexibility. In today’s game, a player can run up to eight miles during a 90 minute game – and a lot of that running will be in bursts of fastest-possible sprinting.


This places very big demands on the players’ bodies and they have to train accordingly. There is a huge emphasis on running, obviously, both long-term slower paced training and short burst work.


Soccer training must always incorporate a lot of interval training into its program, involving both high and low intensities of activity. So when training, jog at low speeds over long distances – but punctuate that roadwork with short sharp bursts of around 50 yards or so as often as you can manage it.


Similarly, do a lot of core strength work. This means hitting the gym to do high reps, with lots of control. But don’t overdo the machine work. Instead, concentrate on non-weight exercises. Your overall strength-training program should also include movements including step-ups, pushups, lunges, squats, dips and chin-ups. It should also balance strengths in opposing muscle groups.


Most of the exercises you do ought to be ground-based. These use your own bodyweight and/or free weights for resistance, and they ought to involve the movement of the entire body.


Overall – try to train all your major muscles with particular emphasis on your lower body and your core strength.


As long as this is the basis of your soccer training program – then design your own based on the kind of soccer fitness program you can find online. Do this and take in a few games on TV or for real, and you may even find you want to have a go for real with a large round ball – and that really will get you fitter than you ever thought possible!


Get smart – do your own brain training


Get smart – do your own brain training


Brain training is big business. There are huge companies that claim that they can boost our brains, increase our IQs and generally get the most out of our grey matter. Working on the common-sense basis that what you can do for a physical muscle you can also do for a mental one; brain training is now a billion dollar industry.

Companies such as Luminosity, Jungle Memory, Nintendo and CogniFit now market a wide range of so-called neuroscientific puzzles. To get some sense of scale about what we’re talking about, take Luminosity – a company that has grown from its launch in 2005 to the point where it now has more than 50 million users. In January 2014 alone, Luminosity’s mobile app was downloaded nearly 150,000 times.

But you don’t have to break the bank on apps to do your brain some good. Here are a few ideas that can give you the same workout for free:

Online games


Instead of just doing random puzzles, why not train your brain with a more creative, competitive game? Free online poker sites offer an ideal, mentally stretching test of your wits. Working out strategies, predicting your opponent’s next move and calculating odds in any given hand are perfect for improving memory and math skills. Card games that involve a high degree of mental skill, including poker, are a recognised form of mind sport – there is even a campaign to have poker included in the 2016 Olympics.

Phone training

It’s too easy to just store numbers in your phone. As a mental challenge (that could also turn out to be useful in case disaster strikes), see how many phone numbers you can commit to memory in the space of a given week. Have a contest with a pal, seeing who can remember the most. In the old days everyone knew all the numbers they used and nobody’s social life came to a crashing halt just because they’d dropped their phone into the toilet! How many do you actually know?

Supermarket maths



Do you know how much your groceries will cost you at the checkout counter? If you simply keep adding up the bill as you make your way up and down the aisles, the mental exercise of keeping a running total will do wonders for your powers of concentration and increase your quick math skills. Like anything else, it takes practice. But like the other suggestions here, it can also deliver a direct practical benefit, especially if you are trying to stick to a budget.

Get creative

Whatever you’re doing, you can always imagine a different way to do it. It sounds ridiculous, but scientific research into brain training suggests that it actually makes you better at the tasks involved. Forcing yourself to come up with alternative ways of doing something – and it really doesn’t matter what it is – is the ideal way to train yourself to be more creative.

You can’t change your IQ – no matter what anyone says – but you can change the way you think, and that can be a real brain changer!



Take a Bite out of Vitalicious


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

Take a Bite out of Vitalicious

Once in a while I like to have a muffin for breakfast, or a snack but I know if I bake a whole pan, I will eat most of it.  So, that is one reason why I love Vitaicious Vita Tops.   I don’t have to worry about eating a whole bunch of muffins or brownies or whatever, I can just enjoy one whenever I want.   Vitalicious has such a huge selection of snacks to choose from that anyone can find their favorites easily.

I received a huge box, all for me!  Well, I did share with hubby.. LOL!    Actually, these are in my freezer and we enjoy them on weekends with our morning coffee.  My favorite is the Blueberry Bran ones (which I can’t find on the site anymore).  Hubby likes the Wild Blueberry.   Here is some info on the ones I got for review.

Wild Blueberry Vita Tops by Vitalicious are overflowing with delicious wild blueberries. Wild blueberries have twice the amount of antioxidants than regular berries have.Containing only 100 calories and 1 gram of fat, these are made with all-natural ingredients including organic wheat and organic sugar. 7 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein and 15 vitamins and minerals helps you from getting hungry quickly and gives you the energy you need to make it through the day. They are free of artificial coloring or preservatives, too.

The Apple Crumb Vita Tops are made with real apple pieces, spices, apple sauce, whole wheat, oat bran, and organic sugar. They are kosher and cholesterol-free in addition to having 15 vitamins and minerals, 8 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein making them more filling and satisfying.

Blueberry Bran – Not on the site anymore.  ??

Golden Corn Vitamix is a kosher vitamuffin mix is made with corn flour, corn bran, whole wheat and organic sugar. One package makes 12 muffins with 100 calories, 10 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. They are fat-free.



Vitalicious also has the new VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwiches.

Each VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwich contains a fluffy VitaEgg topped with flavorful cheese and veggies on whole-grain, high-fiber flatbread and is convenient to prepare in the microwave in just over one minute. As with all Vitalicious’ products, the VitaEgg Flatbread Sandwich is made without preservatives or artificial coloring.

Check them out and tell me what ones you would like to enjoy.

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Breathe Right Sleep In and Wake Refreshed

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Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post brought to you on behalf of Breathe Right Nasal Strips and Blog Meets Brand. 
All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girls.

Breathe Right Sleep In and Wake Refreshed

Life is moving so fast these days and the one thing I need more than anything, to get through every day, is sleep.  But, sleep doesn’t always agree with me.   What I mean is.. I have a love/hate relationship with sleep.  I love to sleep, but just never feel refreshed or like I got enough.  Sunday – Wednesday, my husband and I try hard to hit the hay by 9 pm., but sometimes are just to wrapped up in our favorite shows, or to busy playing on our phones, that before we know it, it is 10pm., and we are saying.. oh crap!!  For most I know, 10 pm., is the normal bedtime, but for us that is super late, because my hubby’s alarm goes off at 3:30 am.  Yes, I said 3:30 am!  I know that is early, and it really bites!  But, hubby works at 5 am., and has an hour drive to work so it is what it is.  Both of us struggle with sleep and we have tried many things to help us get a good nights sleep.  I think even if we only had 5 hours of sleep, if it was hard, restful sleep we would be good.  Snoring is one reason we both don’t sleep good.  I don’t snore, but hubby does and that means he wakes himself up over and over again, and as well I just sometimes can’t fall asleep due to his loud snoring.   There are times I want to just sleep on the couch, and others I would like to smother him with a pillow!  LOL!

I was so excited to try the Breathe Right strips because I think they will help with his snoring.   I bet if he didn’t snore so much, or at all, it would benefit us both.  The fact is that how well a person sleeps at night can have a very significant effect on the ability we have to concentrate and perform during the day.  For his that is huge as he runs heavy equipment all day and needs to be alert.  Me, I had sitting at my computer and just about falling asleep while I am working.  There are so many things that adults need to focus on at home and work, or even kids at school, that anyone can benefit from a good nights sleep.  Or maybe snoring isn’t the issue, maybe it’s nighttime nasal congestion that is causing issues. Regardless of the reason you are lacking sleep, it just isn’t a good thing.

I know for me, I sleep with my mouth open due to wearing a mouth guard and the fact that I can’t breath thru my nose for some reason. Never have been able too.  I can’t wait to give the new Breathe Right Lavender Scented Strips a try.  I just got them yesterday so haven’t had a chance to try them yet.   But millions of people around the world use the Breathe Right nasal strips to help them sleep better.  Breathe Right nasal strips help open nasal passages so a person can breathe through their nose.  So if you have a cold, allergies, stuffy nose, nasal congestion, or any other issue going on that makes it hard to breathe through your nose, like me, these might just be the answer to your sleepless nights.  And, the new ones are in a lavender scent which I love and is such a calming scent,  so I can’t wait to use them and drift off to dream land.  I will be dreaming about laying on a beach somewhere, and not here in cold Minnesota!


Daylight Savings time is coming up fast, on November 2nd to be exact.  My husband and I have made a deal, that this year we will make a healthy commitment to use Breathe Right to relieve our nighttime congestion and sleep better every night.   We will unplug, and hit the hay by 9 pm., on work nights too.  Wanna join us in our pledge?  Breathe Right wants you (all my wonderful readers) to pledge to make a healthy commitment to disconnect for an extra hour of sleep as part of the #BreathRightSleepIn movement.  Learn more about it by watching this video. You can join me by getting a free sample of Breathe Right Lavender.  Go here and register and be ready for Daylight Savings Nov 1-2.


This #DaylightSavings, I pledge with Breathe Right to get epic sleep every night. Join me!

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Find Your Fitness Through Love of the Game


by  Keith Allison 
Caption: Stacy Lewis (pictured) is a great example of a female athlete, who also maintains her fitness levels

 Find Your Fitness Through Love of the Game

You hear a lot these days about the dangers of yo-yo dieting – but what about yo-yo exercise regimes? How many times have you decided you’re going to get yourself really fit (usually at the same time as going on a new diet) and you’ve set off at this like a bull at a gate? We’ve all been there; from being relatively sedentary, perhaps, suddenly you’re togged out and running round the block or swimming up and down your local pool every chance you get. Perhaps you’ve decided to go cycling regularly or, most commonly of all, you’re hitting the gym – running on a treadmill and pushing the weights and taking a few workout classes.


This is all very good – but if you’ve ever started this kind of regimen (and particularly if you’ve done so more than once) but not managed to keep it up – then there’s clearly a bit of a problem.


So what makes you think you’re going to be able to keep it up this time around?


Now all the forms of exercise we’ve mentioned so far have one thing in common; there’s no particular “point” to them in that they’re exercise for exercise’s sake. And this may be no bad thing if you love participating in them. But if you’ve started a regimen like this once or more before and not managed to stick at – then you probably need to change the way you approach it. And one way of doing this is to find joy or utility or sheer fun in what you do.


Remember as a child when you loved playing games? You weren’t doing it because you wanted to get fit – you did it because you loved playing the game. You may not even have differentiated, as a child, between playing a game of football or cricket or tennis on a beach – and playing a board game indoors. The point is that you saw it as an enjoyable game. That’s the magic you need to try and rediscover because then, keeping it won’t be a chore – it will be something you’re able to do for the love of doing it. In other words, the exercise benefits become purely incidental to your enjoyment of what you’re doing.


This may be something as simple as playing golf, for example. Lots of ladies in middle age who’ve slipped into relatively sedentary lifestyles start off with golf on the road back to fitness. This is because it’s a fun game to play, as strenuous as you want to make it – and yet you walk miles pulling a bag around. It’s surprising how this increases your fitness if it’s been years since you did much.


Getting interested in golf or any other sport you choose, can help. Next time there’s a major golf tournament on TV, for example, have a small punt on the golfer you like the best with an exchange like Betfair and if they start to do well, you can lay it back and lock in a profit. This can be a fun way of getting your interest going and you’ll be surprised at just how much you may start to feel like having a game yourself; that’s the way it works. You will also soon learn who the elite players are, which can be key should you wish to model you’re playing style on, or even if you want to copy their personal fitness regimes.


Of course, if you’re younger and fitter, you may want to pick a far more energetic sport – but the same principles apply. Getting into the sport first by watching it really makes you want to play it – and imitation of professionals is one of the strongest techniques there is in getting good at something quickly.


The other thing to remember, which is absolutely crucial, is to simply put yourself in the moment. So make a commitment, for example, to play badminton, squash, tennis or whatever with friends. Making that commitment then turning up at the appointed date and time is half the battle. When we involve others in our arrangements, it makes procrastination much harder to do.


Similarly, if you’ve decided to go for a swim / run / cycle ride / gym etc., but you don’t feel like it on a cold winter’s night, just go to the place anyway and tell yourself you only need to do a very small amount. You’ll be surprised, again, how often you just end up doing what you usually do anyway. And if you don’t it doesn’t matter – you still turned up.


Alternatively, build exercise into things you need to do anyway; so walk or cycle to the shops or to work etc., for example, if you can.


Better still; find something you just love doing for its own sake, which is also slightly physically demanding. When we’re children, we love to play – and when we’re adults, most of us still like to play, but we repress these urges a bit. Don’t do this. Instead, try to find that kid inside of you that loves the game, or to dance to music – or whatever else.


In this way, you’ll find your fitness while you’re having fun. And far from it being a chore that you grit your teeth to maintain – wild horses won’t be able to drag you away from the disco, dance class, tennis court, golf course, squash court hockey pitch, football ground, five a side pitch or whatever else you’ve found. Fitness should always be fun.


Murad City of Hope Campaign and a Giveaway

HydrateforHope_HR Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl is proud to be a Murad Ambassador.  I received products as compensation for sharing about the great company.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s. 

Have you ever tried the Murad brand of skin care products? As a Murad brand ambassador, I have the privilege of trying these skin care products for free in exchange for my honest review of them here on Living Smart Girl. I received some Murad samples in the mail recently, and now I can’t wait to tell you about these amazing products, a really awesome project Murad is doing currently, and how YOU can get some Murad samples yourself for FREE! Keep reading to learn more!


Four Great Murad Products You Need to Try


Here are four products I have had the privilege of testing recently.


SONY DSC 1. Acne Clearing Solution
Murad’s Acne Clearing solution is designed to clear breakouts and manage acne-related symptoms quickly, gently and easily. It contains Salicylic Acid and Queen of Meadow Extract, and it is non-comedogenic. By exfoliating dead skin, preventing surface build-up, and fighting future breakouts, Acne Clearing Solution is designed to keep your skin clean, healthy and blemish-free. I use this every night and wake up with clear skin.  I use it more as a preventative because my face just never tells me when it’s going to surprise me with a pimple!


2. Transforming Powder
Transforming Powder, Murad’s newest cleanser, is specially designed for acne-prone skin. It uses bio-enzymes to exfoliate and digest all the dirt, oil and extra skin cells you don’t want hanging around on your skin, and it even smooths and softens the skin as well. Because it is designed for acne-prone skin, Transforming Powder is made to help prevent over-scrubbing and over-exfoliation for skin that is beautifully clean and acne-free. This is such a neat cleanser.  It is a nice, not to rough, exfoliator which I really like.  Gentle but effective.


3. Clarifying Mask
Murad’s Clarifying Mask is a fan favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. Made with natural earth clays and sulfur, Clarifying Mask absorbs excess oils, draws out impurities, reduces shine and even helps to regulate oil production, leaving your skin beautifully smooth and never shiny. Plus, this mask can even be used to help spot-treat stubborn pimples as well.  I have been using this once a week, and really like how my skin feels after.  I feel really clean and my skin feels tight and smooth. It is also a great treatment for a stubborn pimple. Dab it on at night, wake up to a dried up pimple! Take that pimples!


4. Skin Smoothing Polish
Murad’s Skin Smoothing Polish provides a rich and creamy polishing scrub that removes dry, dull skin and reveals the beautifully soft and supple skin hiding underneath. It removes dirt, oil and impurities, leaving behind a beautiful, healthy and smooth finish. This is a fav of mine. Love how it smells, and feels on my skin.  I use it on my face, neck and chest to get a nice healthy glow a couple times a week.




Murad Teams Up with City of Hope to Help Fight Women’s Cancers Programs


In addition to helping women achieve beautiful skin, Murad wants to help women achieve truly healthy skin as well. That is why, for the fourth year in a row, Muard is teaming up with City of Hope to help raise money to fund and increase awareness for women’s cancers programs. Murad is committed to furthering life-saving cancer research, and as a result, they are graciously donating ten percent of the sales of their Hydrate for Hope Set to City of Hope. All of the money generated by this special offer will go to City of Hope to support women’s cancers research, cancer treatment for the ill, and educational programs.

If you are committed to helping find a cure for women’s cancers as well, you can join in the fight by purchasing one of these beautiful sets, by making a donation, or by helping to get the word out about the promotion. The price of the Hydrate for Hope Set is currently marked down to $49.50 (a $60 value).



And Now–A Giveaway!   ~ Ends November 10th, 11:59 pm CST


If you haven’t tried Murad products before, well, today is your lucky day! Murad has generously given me ONE HUNDRED samples of their product, – Acne Clearing Solution 3-Day Samples –  which I am going to give away to YOU!

I am giving away 5 – 10 packs of this great product.   That means,  5 people will each win a 10 pack of the Acne Clearing Solution 3 Day Samples.  Sweet huh?  Great way to try and see if you like this product.

How to enter ?  Do each of these and leave a separate comment for each.   Tweeting and Posting to Facebook can be done daily for more entries.

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Purminerals Can Be Your Skins New BFF


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


Purminerals Can Be Your Skins New BFF

If you have been following me for a while you know I have this love/hate thing with mineral makeup.  I have done a review once before comparing two top companies makeups and my favor was not toward the other company.   Well, this time my favor is about equal.  While I love loose mineral powders I am really liking the 4 in 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup this time around.  Loose minerals are hard to use, are messy and don’t travel well. But, pressed powders are universal and I like I can use a brush to get full coverage.    I am actually surprised at how many hits I get to my blog for that one post I did.  I guess there are many that had the same questions as me, as to which is a better choice.

Check out the items I was sent for review, and my thoughts.

Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup gives you a flawless, breathable coverage using pure, pressed mineral pigments. It helps your skin to be smooth and firm. Extracts brighten discolored areas giving you a more even skin tone. It’s vegan friendly, paraben-free and gluten-free.  I use a big face brush for this as I don’t like a heavy cover on my face.  This is great, light and lasts all day.   I don’t feel like I have cake face and that is top priority for me when it comes to make up.


Pür Intensity Gel Eyeliner glides on smooth for a flawless look. It’s silky, water-proof, andsmudge-proof so it can last all day. Tested to be safe for your eyes, including sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, and free of tar fibers, and paraben. Now this one I really wanted to try, and did so with huge reservation.  Why? Well because I used to use eye pencil, stopped using it because it just didn’t last all day and I didn’t get a dark enough and wide enough line like I wanted.  So, changed to a liquid liner pen, and love it.  But, I sometimes want to just change things up a bit so really was excited to try this.  Well I totally love it!!  I have the perfect liner brush and this can be a skinny line, wide line, or even used lightly on my brows if I want them to pop.  I am so glad I got this,.. Love it!


4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer combines moisturizer, primer, foundation and sun protection all in one. Pur Mineral’s formula includes a Ceretin Complex to renew skin without causing irritation. Plus it’s vegan friendly and paraben-free. And as with all Pur Mineral’s products it’s not tested on animals.  Ever since I found mineral makeup, I have given up on any liquid types.  I don’t like how they look so cakey and not natural.  I know some people love them, but I didn’t like them even when I used them in high school.   This is a great product, but again, not for me.  It covers to cakey looking/feeling for my taste.  But, my sister loves it!  She always likes a thicker coverage due to having bad acne scaring and this works perfect for her.  And, she is totally excited because she has been looking for a less expensive alternative to what she was using and now she has one.

Purminerals carries more than just makeup.  Check out their makeup, skincare, brushes and kits.  What kind of makeup do you use?  Have you tried Purminerals ?

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Proper Nutrition for our Furbabies #WholeBodyHealth

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Proper Nutrition for our Furbabies #WholeBodyHealth

Most of us know how important it is to take care of ourselves.    Eat right, get good sleep, exercise, drink water, etc.  And, if we don’t follow those few simple rules of life to stay healthy, it is our own fault when we don’t feel good (to a certain point).  Well, the same goes for our furbabies we love so much.   The thing with our pets, is that they can’t speak to us and tell us what it is they feel or need so it’s up to us to be smart pet owners.  Being a smart pet owner to me, means that I do my research and learn what is good and what is bad for my babies.   Our pets are with us such a short time that we need to keep them in tip top shape if we can.  Giving my babies the best life I can means the world to me, because they mean the world to me!

What do you think about #WholeBodyHealth for your pets ?

Making sure my pets food is doing their bodies good is a top priority of mine.  There are so many choices, but one needs to read and learn when choosing what is right for their pet.  Pet Health is important so I make sure my Dog’s Nutrition is a quality one.  Natural  Balance’s  Original  Ultra®  Whole  Body  Health®  for  dogs  and  cats  is  a  gluten free  diet  with  an  optimal  balance  of  premium  proteins  and  key  nutrients.  There was a survey that was shared at the beginning of the #WholeBodyHealth campaign that gathered information from pet parents and that information resulted in the infographic below.    The infographic shows that there are 7 areas of health that Whole Body Health supports.


Whole Body Health

Natural Balance Whole Body Health

I take all that is shared in the infographic very serious for my pets.  Keeping up with the vet visits to make sure my pets are healthy.  In fact, I have a vet appointment for both my dogs today, Oct 24th, at 3:30 pm.   One gets shots and a wellness check, and one gets a recheck on ears and a few other things.  Might not be fun for them, but it’s piece of mind for me.

Natural Balance Whole Body Health is a food that is packed full of everything our pets need.  Here is just some of what’s inside each bite.

Whole Body Health formulas are a way to nourish your pet’s complete well being and support the needs of your pet
through all his or her life stages.

Supporting Neural Development: Foods formulated with optimal levels of DHA and EPA from marine sources to support active, healthy brain.

Supports Healthy Skin & Coat: Balanced Omega 6 and Omega 3 ratios support healthy skin and a luxurious coat.

Digestive Support:  Using multiple types of fibers – fruits and grains – the unique fiber layering system helps maintain healthy digestion.

Healthy Muscle Development: Quality proteins help to support healthy muscles, which is important at any age.

Antioxidant Nutrients: The proprietary blend of antioxidant nutrients helps to maintain a healthy immune system.

Strong and Healthy Bones and Teeth:  Proper levels of calcium and phosphorus maintain strong bones for all that ball fetching and toy playing.

Helps Maintain Healthy Heart and Eyes :  Added taurine for healthy heart and eye function.


Wanna give it a try for your pet?  Click here to download a coupon for $3 off the Original Ultra Whole Body Health dry formulas. Act quickly as the coupon expires December 31

Meet Marshall.  He is our pride and joy!   He is now a little over 11 years old, beautiful Golden Retriever and we think he is the smartest dog on the planet.  Marshall is visiting the vet tomorrow because he is due for his shots, as well as an annual exam.  We have switched vets, only because our other vet that we have had for 10 years, is just to far of a drive. So, we have found a new one that is awesome.  Marshall has been getting more and more stiff the older he gets and we are hoping she can help ease his pain.  We were told before that if it weren’t for the quality food he has eaten his whole life that he might be doing worse.  But, we have always made sure to feed him proper nutrition.


Meet Nellie.   She is our newest addition.   She is 9, and a Shih Tzu.   I recently adopted her from a rescue.  Nellie has had a horrible life for a while now.  Not sure how long, but she came from a hoarding situation.  A guy had over 100 dogs in his basement for breeding purposes.  He had the females in cages stacked one on top of the other, and no bottoms in the cages and they were not let out to go potty.  (horrible!!).  The males were left to roam the basement, and again never let outside.  Well, the rescue was able to go in and take all the males.  When they got her, they thought she was a he because she was so matted and covered in yuck they couldn’t tell she was a she.   Well, Nellie was totally traumatized and is slowly coming around.  She totally loves me, but scared of everyone else.  We are taking it one day at a time.   She was very neglected so we are working with the vet to get her back on track.   But, first thing I did was get her on a great food to help her as much as I could.  She is such a doll!!   My little one eyed girl.


Both my dogs mean the world to me.   Over the last 3 years I have lost 2 furbabies to brain tumors.  Both were 14 years old, but that makes it no easier at all.   I loved them both so much and it broke and still breaks my heart that I had to say goodbye to them.  Both Loki (lighter color) and Abby (black one) were Shih Tzu’s and I had them forever.  Got Abby at 6 weeks old, and rescued Loki when he was 3 years old.  Every day I miss these two precious babies.


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Apple Recipes to Drool Over #Foodie

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Tis the season for gathering up all those apples off the trees and off the ground. Or, maybe you have no apple trees and you are heading to the local farmers market to get a basket or two to make some of your favorite apple recipes.  I sure miss the days of having apple trees, so I am one hitting the farmers market or road side stands.  I love making apple recipes and it really helps me get in the fall mood.  The smell of apples cooking warms the heart and soul.  Check out my apple recipes to drool over collection.  What would you like to try and make?  What is your all time favorite apple recipe?  Share it with me and I will add it to my collection.

Conscious Box Fits Everyone’s Needs


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Conscious Box Fits Everyone’s Needs

 I am a huge lover of sampler boxes, mainly because I like to try new products and sometimes when one has to spend a ton of money on a product only to not like it, ones wallet can get skinnier and skinnier and the unused products can build up. (don’t look in my closet.. shhhh).  I have been one of these people, but now I just grab sampler boxes and enjoy the samples and if I like a product then I spring for the full size.

Conscious Box offers 3 boxes, and many subscription types.   Whether you are trying to stay away from gluten, you need vegan choices or you can handle anything.. they have you covered.

The Classic Conscious Box is filled with a variety of natural food, bath, and beauty and home products including non-GMO snacks, non-toxic cleaners, and cosmetics. Two box sizes are available containing 8-12 items or 5-8 items.

The Conscious Box understands the challenge of finding vegan products. Each box contains a selection of carefully chosen cruelty free products like delicious snacks, great cosmetics, and non-toxic cleaners. Being vegan just got easier! As with the other boxes, you can choose two sizes and shipping is free.

The Gluten Free Conscious Boxes are created to help those challenged with gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance or choose to live a gluten-free lifestyle. Every month a box is delivered with yummy snacks, wonderful cosmetics, and chemical-free cleaning products.

Check out my video for the full review of all 3 boxes.

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