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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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Apple Recipes to Drool Over #Foodie

Check out Apple Recipes to Drool Over

by Sheila Cooper Thomas at

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

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


Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.
Post might contain affiliate links, which help me to keep bringing great posts your way.

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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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with Puritan’s Pride



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.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with Puritan’s Pride

#seasonalsmoothie  #PuritansPride

Fall is in the air and with that you will see pumpkins here and pumpkins there.   Seems like every time I head to town I see a half dozen road side stands selling pumpkins.  I know there are many ways a person can use pumpkin, and I have been doing my share of baking to get in the fall spirit.  But, did you know you can also use pumpkin in your smoothies.   I had a yummy pumpkin smoothie today made with my Puritan’s Pride All Natural All Natural Vegan Protein Chocolate with Quinoa and Oats. Made from Quinoa and Oats, this delicious chocolate flavored drink is dairy free and soy free, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a vegan protein option that is nutrient dense. Each serving of this delicious protein powder delivers 17 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber to help fuel your body, aid in post workout recovery and help satisfy hunger.  I made myself a PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE:  I took 1 cup pumpkin puree (make sure no other ingredients other than pumpkin), 1 cup almond/coconut milk, 1 banana, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, ¼ tsp vanilla extract and 1 scoop of the protein powder.  I blended all the ingredients; and servedwith a sprinkle of cinnamon on top!   YUM!!  That sure made a festive after workout smoothie for me.   Pumpkin is a superfood because it is high in vitamin A, which supports healthy vision and helps support immunity.  Pumpkin is also a good source of potassium, and can help your heart and muscles.  And, did you know that pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, which is a nutrient important for immunity.


I am working with Puritan’s Pride as an ambassador for a three months for the “Puritan’s Pride Smoothie” program and was shocked when my package came.  It was filled to the brim with awesome products for me to try.   Here is some info on some of the items I got, and other items they carry.  Click each link for a surprise.

Food Science of Vermont Superior Greens (023299): Superior Greens™ is a combination of nutrient rich vegetables, fruits, herbs, herbal extracts, Chlorella, Soy Lecithin, Royal jelly, Bee Pollen, enzymes and non-dairy probiotic cultures designed to support your body’s ability to cleanse.*

Now Foods Carob Powder (056578): NOW Real Food® Carob Powder is a flavorful and versatile substitute for chocolate. Use in place of cocoa powder in your favorite recipes for delicious natural chocolate flavor without the fat, caffeine or theobromine found in chocolate.

Barney Butter Bare Almond Butter Smooth (056913): Barney Butter is peanut free  and made in an almond only facility! It contains no added salt or sugar with a traditional smooth and creamy texture.

Mythology Whey Protein Isolate Chocolate:  Whey is popular with bodybuilders, people on high protein diets, and anyone looking for a quick, easy-to-use nutritional drink. Whey Isolate Powder is specifically designed for anyone looking for the highest quality nutrition to support their workout and fitness goals.

Puritan’s Pride All Natural All Natural Vegan Protein Chocolate with Quinoa and Oats Made from Quinoa and Oats, this delicious chocolate flavored drink is dairy free and soy free, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a vegan protein option that is nutrient dense. Each serving of this delicious protein powder delivers 17 grams of protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber to help fuel your body, aid in post workout recovery and help satisfy hunger.


Puritan’s Pride Soy Protein Isolate Powder Natural (002660): Pure Soy Protein Isolate Powder supplies important nutrients which the body requires daily for optimum health. It provides essential amino acids in a versatile powder which is low in fat and free of carbohydrates.


Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein For Her Vanilla Bean (066632): Whey Protein for Her is specifically designed for women’s needs. The product provides superior whey proteins in a low fat, great tasting supplement that supports lean muscle.* In addition, Whey Protein for Her naturally contains amino acids that are used as fuel for the energy you need for your workouts.*


Puritan’s Pride Whey Protein For Her Chocolate (034788): Whey Protein for Her is specifically designed for women’s needs. The product provides superior whey proteins in a low fat, great tasting supplement that supports lean muscle.* In addition, Whey Protein for Her naturally contains amino acids that are used as fuel for the energy you need for your workouts.*


Puritan’s Pride Soy Protein Isolate Powder Vanilla (007057): Pure Soy Protein Isolate Powder supplies important nutrients which the body requires daily for optimum health. It provides essential amino acids in a versatile powder which is low in fat and free of carbohydrates.


Puritan’s Pride Soy Protein Isolate Powder Chocolate (007055): Pure Soy Protein Isolate Powder supplies important nutrients which the body requires daily for optimum health. It provides essential amino acids in a versatile powder which is low in fat and free of carbohydrates.

Along with the protein powder of my choice I also got these goodies ~

  • 17621 Vitamin D 2000 iu
  • 2692 Whey Protein Chocolate
  • 15593 Coq 10 100 mg
  • 31643 Probiotic 10
  • 3661 Complete One Multivitamin
  • 3832 Omega 3 1000 mg
  • 17895 T/S Joint Soother
  • 690 Vitamin C 1000 mg
  • 55589 Meratrim
  • 51441 Turmeric 400 mg



Puritan’s Pride® ( 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.


Would you like to try some Puritan’s Pride products ?   Enter for your chance to win these ~


Puritan’s Pride Bundle Valued at $114 ~  Will ship directly from Puritan’s Pride.

Enter the giveaway below ~    Open to US Only ~  18 +  ~  Ends November 5th at 11:59 pm CST


Bestowed Box – Where Health Meets Delicious


bestowed  Box – Where Health Meets Delicious

Bestowed has monthly box that costs between $17 and $20 per month. Shipping is free. Each month you get a box filled with 7-10 healthy snacks, drinks and items delivered to your home. A team of experts, including a nutritionist, choose every product that will be in the monthly box. Plus you can reorder the products you love the most from their online shop.   They are filled with lots of goodies, and fun to get and go thru and sample the products.

I love to do product reviews of sample boxes, and especially like to do a video review.  I like to have you all see my first reaction to things, so generally wait to open the box, until I am on camera :)    That way, you see what I see at the same time as me.  I am always intrigued by what is in each box.   When I turn the camera off and actually try some of the stuff there is always something I love, and always something I don’t.   Well this box I loved the Good Greens Bars, and absolutely didn’t love the Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips.   All in all, this was a good box this month.

Wanna give bestowed a try for yourself?    Check it out ~


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Disclosure ~  I received a bestowed box to facilitate my review.   All opinions are 100% mine.   You will find when clicking any link in this post that they are affiliate links, which helps me keep bringing you great content.   Thanks :)

Earn Reward Points From CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert at Walmart #CrystalLightWM #MC

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Earn Reward Points From CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert at Walmart
#CrystalLightWM #MC #RanFan #Sponsored



If you ask any of my friends who one of my favorite country singers is, they will tell you it’s Miranda Lambert.   And if you came out to see my band play, you would hear me sing one of my favorite Miranda songs, Kerosene.  I have loved her since she hit the country music scene.  And not only is she an amazing singer, I have a feeling she and I would be great friends if we ever met!  She sure seems like my kind of girl.

I was so excited when I was asked to spread the news to all my followers about how everyone can earn reward points from CRYSTAL LIGHT and Miranda Lambert just by shopping at Walmart.   I headed over to my local Walmart and shopped for something I buy all the time, CRYSTAL LIGHT  My hubby is not one to drink water, so we have used CRYSTAL LIGHT for years.  You will see his favorite flavors above in the picture.  His top pick is the Raspberry Lemonade, then he likes the Fruit Punch. He goes thru this stuff pretty fast.  But, I would rather see him drink this than pop or other sugary beverages.

Miranda Lambert and CRYSTAL LIGHT are partnering together and launching a great program called Platinum Points Program, where you are rewarded for buying CRYSTAL LIGHT.  This is great for Miranda Lambert fans as customers can get fun Miranda Lambert gear.   Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Tour is Presented by CRYSTAL LIGHT and the Platinum Points Program coincides with that.  It is super easy to use the CRYSTAL LIGHT Platinum Points Program.   Go to Walmart, purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT, take a picture of your receipt, upload to your Platinum Points Program account, and choose from fun Miranda Lambert rewards.  Easy Peasy!  I am racking up points as I am writing this.  I want me some Miranda Lambert gear!

You can sign up for the program by clicking here.   You use either your Facebook account or email address to sign up.   Then follow the instructions to earn points.  You can also use code “mirandaic” to get 30 free points instantly.  Right now I am shooting for the Miranda Lambert Acoustic Downloads.   Then, we are gonna have to drink lots of CRYSTAL LIGHT as I want a T-shirt and a signed guitar.

Because Miranda Lambert and CRYSTAL LIGHT both promote a healthy lifestyle it’s a perfect fit for them to join together for this great program.   My hubby loves how easy it is to mix up his CRYSTAL LIGHT either at home or on the go.   He always has packets in his lunch pail and at home he keeps a big jug mixed up at all times in the fridge.   And, he has even used the CRYSTAL LIGHT to mix an evening cocktail. Many great ways to use CRYSTAL LIGHT, but first you have to get some.

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Discover Things You See in an Image with Piccing


Have you ever been looking at pictures online of things you like and see some jewelry, clothing, accessories, etc., that you love and you wonder, where did they get that.?  Well now you can find those exact items without spending hours searching the web for them by using a cool new app that is available called Piccing.  This app takes the guesswork out of finding those cool items.  You can even tell it what colors you are looking for, like for belts, purses, shoes, shirts, etc.

Just think, you are scanning the internet and come across a picture of a model wearing a to die for outfit.  BAM!  Easy as 1,2,3!  1 – Pick the image you love.  2 – Mark the items you like. 3 – Get the things you want.   See, how easy that was.   Once you create your account, and verify it from the email you get, you are all set to start piccing and shopping all from the comfort of your home, or anywhere you are as this app can be used mobile or desktop, or laptop, or tablet.  So, no matter where you are, or what you are doing, you can be having fun piccing and shopping and exploring what others are piccing.  It’s like a community of people who all want to enjoy the same things you enjoy…  piccing and shopping.

And, the best part of all this is that the app is free.  Go get your free Piccing app.   I downloaded mine and have been playing and piccing all morning.   Fun, and interesting.

Check out the video so you see how easy it is, and fun.

Follow Piccing on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram.


Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl has been compensated for our review of this app.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.



Best of Me Movie Review

The last time I saw a Nicholas Sparks movie, I had no idea what the plot was about but my friends had asked me if I want to see “a random film called The Notebook.” The loveable plot and unexpected emotions left me in some serious tears. This time I was a little more prepared to bawl my eyes out if the The Best of Me called for it.

The plot of young love flashes between present day to 20 years ago when it all began. When I think of 20 years ago, I think of the “olden times” but sure enough it was actually 1994. Once I got past the feeling of being an old fart, I appreciated the setting even more.

It takes place in the small, gorgeous hometown of high school seniors Amanda and Dawson. Amanda is well-liked from an affluent family. She is bubbly, passionate, and remains down to earth despite her popularity. Dawson comes from a rough family. Despite his disturbed history, he tries to separate himself from his family and make a better life. He runs away from home and is taken in by a lonely, older man, Tuck Hostetler.

Dawson doesn’t believe he is good enough for Amanda but after much convincing, they go on a date and form an instant bond. Their love is young, obvious and adorable.

As their love progresses, we learn that their present circumstances have drastically changed. Amanda is married with children and Dawson works on an oil rig. They are brought together by the death of Tuck and it is clear something had happened to tear them apart.

Without giving too much away, there were tears, laughter, suspense, and heart-warming moments that reveal what tore the two apart and if their love can be restored.

I hadn’t read the book so I’m not sure how closely the two match, though I can promise it was in true Nicholas Sparks fashion. If you’re looking for a chick flick, grab some wine and chocolate and head to your local theater on October 17th for The Best of Me.

Disclosure ~ Review brought to you by Katie Pelton, who was given tickets to attend a movie screening.  All opinions are 100% hers.

Help Your Pet’s be Pain Free with NeoCell


Help Your Pet’s be Pain Free with NeoCell

My dogs are just like my kids and I do what I can to make their life happy and healthy.  Marshall  (in picture above), is my 11 year old Golden Retriever and the love of our life.   I look at him and he just lights up my day.  But, at the same time when I look at him it brings a sadness over me because he is 11 and he is hurting daily with joint pain and has a hard time getting up after a nap, or climbing up and down our stair on our deck when he goes outside.   I know dogs age, and I know just like humans they are not meant to live forever or meant to live in perfect health. But, just seeing him age and live in pain makes me sad.   He has been the most amazing dog ever and a huge blessing to our family.

Knowing that Marshall is in pain I thought I would give NeoCell and ArthoPet a try for him.

NeoCell, the #1 Collagen brand worldwide and leader in nutrition field, introduced the benefits of collagen to the Americas. Started in 1998 as a family-owned company, NeoCell is committed to providing premium quality collagen-based supplements.  Not only do they carry a ranged of supplements for people but also for pet dietary supplements such as ArthoPet and Super Collagen Powder.





ArthoPet is a safe and natural supplement that supports a pet’s diet
with articular cartilage and connective tissue problems.
It also support healthy joints and comes in a yummy chicken flavor your pets will love.
I fed Marshall the dosage for 2 full months.   I can’t say whether or not I noticed if it helped or not
because on a normal basis without any supplements he has good and bad days.   What I can say
is that I liked the idea of giving him something that was potentially helping him even if
I didn’t visibly notice any changes.   Maybe with continued use I would.   Also, even though Marshall has joint issue
the vet said there might not be much we can do except give him pain meds to help with pain at this point.




supercollagenpowder Super Collagen Powder is a gluten free supplement you add to liquid to supplement your body’s collagen supply.
This aids in minimizing wrinkles while improves your skin’s elasticity and promotes healing.
It also supports bone, hair, and nail health. And we can’t forget it helps build lean muscle and burn fat while during sleep.
I gave (or tried) this to Marshall as directed but he just wasn’t impressed, so I started to take it.  LOL!
I don’t know if it’s doing anything yet for me, as I haven’t been taking it very long.    I hope it does because my hair and nails could use some strengthening.

NeoCell has products to help your body in many ways.  Check them out.

You can follow them on: FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube

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

Share Your Journey with a GoPro


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


Share Your Journey with a GoPro

#GoProatBestBuy @BestBuy


One of our most favorite things to do in the summer is hop on the motorcycle and just go.  Go anywhere and everywhere and take in the sites.   When we camp or travel we usually have our motorcycle with us.  For some time now hubby has been saying how he would love to get a GoPro so we can capture our travels on video for ourselves and to share with others.   The things we see when we are on the bike are sometimes so breathtaking that we never want to forget them.  It’s just to hard to take pictures when you are cruising down the road on a bike, so a GoPro would be perfect.

A couple years back we were in Yellowstone and cruising on the bike, and we came upon some HUGE buffalo…that charged us.  Now that would have been awesome caught on video!  Same thing happened to us on bike in Custer State Park.  I guess buffalo like motorcycles…. but I don’t like buffalo’s when I am on a motorcycle.  We were scared, but at the same time it was like.. Whoa !!  Wish we had that on video!   Now, if that happens again we can catch it on video.


For Christmas I am getting hubby a Go Pro.  Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.  Whether we are on the motorcycle, in the RV or car, or just taking a nature hike or even a bicycle ride.. having a GoPro will add a new twist to our adventures.  I am a huge thrill seeker too so I can see myself using it while on a roller coaster too.  Hubby isn’t much for those, but I would love to video my ride on every single coaster in the world!  Or better yet, skydiving.  Now that is something on my bucket list!

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GoPro specs for the 3 new cameras to include in your review:

·         GoPro HERO4 Black: the most advanced GoPro ever, featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates1, HERO4 Black takes award‐winning GoPro performance to a whole new level.

·         GoPro HERO4 Silver: the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. Controlling The camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings is ultra-convenient—just view, tap and swipe the screen. With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.

·         GoPro HERO: Featuring high‐quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world.

12x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates.


Where would you use a GoPro?   What kind of adventure can you see yourself getting into, and sharing your journey with others ?

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Create a Spa Day at Home with Suave


Spa Day at Home with Suave®

#SuaveSpaSecrets  @SuaveBeauty

Life is so busy, and there are days when I just sit and think.. man I could sure use a spa day!   Sometimes, getting out of my house and letting someone pamper me is just the perfect treat.   But, I can’t always afford to head to the local spa, so I make my bathroom into my spa.

Here is how I pamper myself at home ~

I brew up a pot of herbal tea, and get my favorite cup and head to bathroom with tea in hand, close and lock my door ;)
First thing I do is lean over my tub and wash my hair, then apply a heavy amount of conditioner, and wrap my head up in a towel.
Fill my tub with hot water, light some candles and turn down or off the lights.
Add some of my NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash to my bathwater, with some epsom salts mixed in.
I wash my face and apply my favorite face mask to my face.
Remove all my polish off my toe nails and finger nails so my soak in the tub can soften my cuticles.
Sink down into my tub, and let my body just soak up the goodness of the bath and scents around me.
I like to soak for at least 30 minutes or until the water is chilly.  Then I rinse my conditioner from my hair and wash my mask from my face.
Climb out, dry off, and apply my Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray.
Then I sit at my lighted mirror and pluck my brows, since my skin has opened up and softened the hair follicles to make plucking easier.
I give myself a nice manicure and reapply my favorite polish.
And while my polish dries, I lay on my bathroom floor on a towel and meditate a bit ;)   That is ME time!


I love my at home spa time, and love that I can use my Suave® products to make me feel and look like a relaxed me should.


Have you tried any of the new products from Suave® ?   Here are a few of my favorities ~


NEW Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Wash is made with Moroccan argan oil. This oil is lightweight and contains antioxidants and nutrients that help make skin silky.

NEW Suave® Professionals Natural Infusion Awapuhi Ginger Body Wash is named for its ingredient, Awapuhi Ginger. It is a prized Hawaiian plant known for its ability to moisturize. Honeysuckle is added to help make your skin wonderfully soft.

Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion helps skin stay silky soft and glowing with non-greasy, continuous moisture. The light weight Moroccan argan oil keeps this rich lotion light to help it be absorbed quickly.

Suave® Professionals Moroccan Infusion Dry Body Oil Spray is created to be absorbed quickly into skin for moisturization that lasts but isn’t greasy. Skin becomes soft, radiant and fragrant by the Moroccan argan oil.


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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received product as compensation to post about Suave® .  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.