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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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Sheila Thomas

Save Big at the Meat Department

Save Big at the Meat Department

If you are the one in the household that does the grocery shopping, you know oh to well what the prices on things are.  WAY HIGH!!   Especially meat!   I just don’t like to even look at prices because sometimes it makes me not buy things because I just can’t justify spending that kind of money on something that might not look like it’s worth it.   I generally coupon, but when it comes to buying meat, one hardly ever can find coupons for that unless it’s your local stores coupons.  (which I take advantage of).

I remember years back when my husband and I were just starting out and I would go to the store, come home and he would ask.. what did ya spend.   When I would tell him, he would be so upset.  Not really at me, but at the fact the money was gone on groceries and he never shopped so had no idea what things really cost.   It wasn’t till about 5 or 6 years ago, that he started to shop with me.  NOW he gets it!

Aside from using coupons these days, I also look for those little stickers on the meat that say  ( Reduced !! Please use right away ).
When I see this, I generally grab these packages.   They are totally fine packages of meat, but just need to be used that day or frozen, so in the freezer they go.    I got a heck of a deal on this pile of meat.    All this for under $15 .. That is a steal!!

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I generally only buy steak when I can get it discounted as well.   If you look in my freezer the only stuff that does not have the pink “Reduced” tag on it is my tilapia or shrimp… LOL!   Only because I buy those in big bags from my SAMS Club.

Do you buy meat that is discounted?

Fresh Breath and Healthy Teeth for Dogs

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Fresh Breath and Healthy Teeth for Dogs

My dogs are like my kids, so with that being said I worry about things like their dental health.  I know that many people out there never think to take care of their pets teeth, but I, being a pet owner for years have spent hundred of dollars on dental care for my pets.   Many times I have had a dog of mine into the vet to have teeth removed.   Not that the teeth removal had to be done due to something I didn’t do or should have done, it is just a way of life for dogs.  I had 2 little Shih Tzu’s that just had way to many teeth in their mouths.  And, because they were very stubborn they just didn’t let me brush their teeth.  Not that I would have done it all that often, but regardless I couldn’t get my fingers in their mouths.   Now, Marshall my big dog (Golden Retriever), I can do just about anything to him and he just lays there.  But, it isn’t easy brushing a dogs teeth.   That is why it is awesome when a company like Pet Safe comes out with things like these great Indigo Fresh Bones.

Did you know that good oral hygiene can add years to your pets life.   Well, I didn’t know that but now I do.   The Indigo Fresh Floss Bones are just a treat for your dog, that helps to clean their teeth and freshen their breath.    My Marshall loves them!   I am giving him 3 a week, and he knows where they are and will sit and stare at the drawer they are in.   LOL!!  Must mean he really likes them.

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I was not aware of these wonderful treats and now will never be without them.   If this can help save me some money on future vet bills I am all for it.  Of course, if my dog need a vet I will never deny him of that, but in the meantime I can help keep his teeth clean and healthy with these bones.   See, he really likes them.

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 Check them out on Facebook, and Twitter.

 

Disclaimer ~  Marshall received these great Indigo Fresh Floss bones as compensation for me (his Mom) to write a review.  All opinions are 100% that of Marhsall’s and Living Smart Girls.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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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.

Go Crazy and Get Nakd !!

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Hello Gorgeous ~  Let’s Go Crazy and get Nakd !

Now now, get your mind out of the gutter!!    Not that I have anything against what you are thinking, but I was talking about trying a new snack bar ~ Nakd.   Have you heard of them?   Well, I know I hadn’t and when I was contacted by Nakd I was intrigued and just had to give them a try.   These are not your ordinary snack bar, they are gluten, wheat and dairy free.  They are natural, little chewy bars with a unique texture and something that you might at first bite say….  what the heck is this… then after your second bite you will like what you are eating.

Naked bars are a yummy raw fruit and nut bar.  They call it “Wholefood smooshed together”.  That is really what i looks like.. LOL!
Cold-pressed, never baked, no added sugar or syrups.   Like the one I am eating now, it is Cocoa Delight and the ingredients are dates, cashews, raisins, and cocoa.

They offer a ton of flavors so there is for sure something for every tastebud.

I decided to take these with me over the 4th of July and share with some friends we were camping with.   They all picked out a different flavor and did some fun (not scripted) poses and faces to show their thoughts on Nakd.

Here they are letting you know what bar they each picked out.

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Now, first bite.   LOL!!   Like I said, the first bite might throw you off a bit if you are used to eating the regular snack bars that are loaded with a ton of sugar and fake crap!  These don’t have the same shape or texture as most bars on the market today.   I love how my cousin Chrissy has that “um, not sure” look on her face.  (blonde gal).   And John is taking a tiny bite cuz he just isn’t sure what to expect.   (dark haired guy)

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Such pretty girls :)

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Cheers… to a new found snack bar.

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Check them out on their social networks ~ Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Wanna try them for yourself ?    Enter the giveaway below to win a variety pack of 15 Nakd bars.

Giveaway open to US only, 18+.   Ends 8/15/14  @11:59pm CST

 

Disclosure ~ We got Nakd for this review ;) (we were sent product to review as compensation). All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl’s.

Workout of the Week – July 20

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Workout of the Week – July 20

Do you need some help deciding what to do each week, to change things up a bit?   Every Sunday, I will post a week’s worth of exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.    If what I post isn’t enough, you can stack my weekly workouts, or use bits and pieces of each to make your own.    You can use weights, or no weights.  Up to you.   Work with what is comfortable to start with and increase as you go.  If your reps are to easy, up your weight.   You should hurt, and be struggling to get to the end of the workout each day.

I use a great fitness app to show me correct form for many exercises.  If you need help knowing how to do these check out FitnessBuddy app.

Wishing you lots of sweat, burn, and enjoyment !

 

M/W/F  x3  ( do this routine 3 times )

25 Burpees
12 Stiff Legged Dead Lift
12 Squats
12 Walking Lunges
12 Plie Squats
12 Sitting Calf Raise ~  (sit on chair with feet on floor and a weight across your legs above the knee.  Raise feet to toes and back down.)
12 Box Squats
12 Side Bends  ( weight in each hand, stand up tall, bend from side to side to work obliques )
20 Oblique Crunches (to the right)
20 Oblique Crunches ( to the left)
45 Second Plank

 

T/Th x3 ( do this routine 3 times )

12 Burpees with a Push Up
12 Bench Press  (barbell or dumbells on a bench, exercise ball, or floor)
12 Dumbell Fly  ( on flat bench or floor )
12 Bent over Dumbbell Row
12 Upright Row
12 Shoulder Press
12 Wrist Curls  ( with dumbbells, barbell bar, or kettle bells)
12 Dumbbell Scarecrow
12 Dumbbell Twist on Floor  (Russian)
50 Bicycle Crunches
45 Second Plank

 

This gives you a full body workout each week.   If you are feeling great and motivated, you can up the reps or do the full circuit 4 times instead of 3.     Check back next Sunday for the next week of workouts.

 

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Disclaimer ~  I am not a certified professional trainer.  Please consult with your doctor before doing any exercise.  I am only sharing what I do, and what works for me.  Every person is different so work at your own pace.  If you need help, ask me.  I share my fitness regimen for free to help others. 

Weekend Giveaway Link Up – July 19

Weekend Giveaway Link Up – July 19

Love giveaway?   Enter some of the great ones here.

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You CAN Workout Every Day

Think you can’t fit a workout in today?  Think you are just to busy, don’t have any free time, or just not sure when or what to do?  Check out some of these fun, quick, easy, and effective ways to get a workout in any day of the week no matter what you are doing or where you are.  I totally understand not having time to hit the gym every day.  Sometimes it’s hard to find that 1 hour time slot to commit to a gym or fitness class.  But, there are so many things a person can do every day to just squeeze in that little workout every day.
A great list of things compiled by me and Theresa Roemer

1.      Sit up straight at your desk engaging your core muscles.  If your upper and lower abs are working, its like doing light crunches as opposed to sitting hunched over, which means no muscles are engaged and they are literally like Jello. 

2.      While up and straight, squeeze your glute muscles, pulsing up and down in your seat.  These are mini-squats in your chair.  Do three reps of ten each, you should feel the burn. 

3.      Alternate your glute squeeze, one side and then the next, rapid-fire for two minutes straight.

4.      Work your calve muscles by toggling your back and forth (up on your toes and then in a flex), in sync.  Put emphasis on the stretch forward and back, feel the muscles on the backs of your legs push and pull.  Do three reps of ten. 

5.      If you have a chair with arms, lift your body up doing arm push-ups and hold your body weight up just two inches from the chair for 10-20 seconds before releasing.  You can also pulse in place doing three reps of ten.  This is great for the lateral muscles in your arms. 

6.      Leave your desk and go for a brisk 10-minute walk anywhere you feel comfortable.  This could be up and down a set of stairs in your building, or around the block.  As long as the walk is brisk and your heart rate goes up, you’ve achieved the goal. 

7.      If you have an office or can hop in to a private conference room, just 60 seconds of jumping jacks will do wonders for your heart and brain. 

8.      If you have a private space, do 5-10 pushups, or hold a plank for 10-20 seconds.  This will strengthen your core and improve your overall strength, while also speed up your heart rate.

9.      Stand about three feet from a wall, facing the wall, and place your hands on the wall shoulder width apart, chest high.  Lean forward and do push-ups off the wall, three reps of ten.

10.     If you are going somewhere and need to park, park far away and walk.   Just the extra walking to and from the entrance of the store will give you those few extra steps a day to help with your cardio.

11.     Do squats while you brush your teeth.  Might sound funny, but I do it every morning.  I have an electric toothbrush and get in 60 squats in, every morning and night.

12.    Take the dogs for a walk.  Kill 2 birds with one stone (as they say).   Exercise for you and your dog is a win win.  You most likely have to take the dog for a walk so they can go potty, right.. so why not get exercise for you both.

13.    Do counter push ups when cooking.  I do this all the time.  It is easy, like doing a pushup against a wall, but using a counter.

14.    Play with your kids.  A good session of playing catch, Frisbee, tag, hula hoop, or any other fun activity.

15.    Whatever you do, make it count and enjoy it.   Life is to short, and your health is too important.

Do any one of the above, or a combination of any of them each day and you will notice a difference in your attitude, performance, and overall strength.

On Our Way to Rock Fest #RockFestWi

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On Our Way to Rock Fest for our 10th year in a row.    As you read this, we are in our motorhome (redneck one too) and heading to the summer party to top all summer parties.   There is music, food, booze, fun, friends, laughing, screaming, games, jello shots, beer bongs, wet t-shirts, half dressed people and some not even with that much on…. and so much more.  But, the main reason we go is because we love music, and love being able to see this many bands in only 4 days.

This year Rock Fest did something new, they built a pit around the stage and sold pit passes.    So, aside from the already good seats we have we decided to buy some pit passes to be up close and personal with the bands we love ~ Aerosmith, Rob Zombie, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Sick Puppies and Live.    So Stoked!!

We always go VIP which means we get up close seating, and fed 2 times a day, and all the beer, wine, pop, water, coffee, and milk we can drink.    The food is good, the beer is cold and the people are all friendly because they want to be there.

Do you like music?  Do you go to any music festivals in your area?   Tell me about them, I might have to come check out your local festivals.

What bands here would you love to see?   What ones have you seen ?

ROCK – n – ROLL BABY!

 

Are You Being Deceived ?

The Art of Deception ~ Are you being Deceived by all the photo touching, video tricks, and special things that people do to make you believe what isn’t true.   Drooling over food commercials and thinking that big ol burger is just to die for, only to go to the local restaurant and order one to see it look nothing like it did on TV.   Or how about those ads with the hot girls in them, who in reality are not stick thin and have perfect figures and skin.  Or if you are like me, you have booked a vacation at a place that looked great online, only to arrive there and find it is a total dump!   Deception is everywhere these days.  It is really sad to think that we can’t look at anything and take it for what we see at first glance.   Check out this infographic and leave me a comment telling me what you think.

 

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I was given the ok to share this image with my readers.  Thanks to FinancesOnline.com.

 

Workout of the Week – July 13

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Workout of the Week – July 13

Do you need some help deciding what to do each week, to change things up a bit?   Every Sunday, I will post a week’s worth of exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.    If what I post isn’t enough, you can stack my weekly workouts, or use bits and pieces of each to make your own.    You can use weights, or no weights.  Up to you.   Work with what is comfortable to start with and increase as you go.  If your reps are to easy, up your weight.   You should hurt, and be struggling to get to the end of the workout each day.

I use a great fitness app to show me correct form for many exercises.  If you need help knowing how to do these check out FitnessBuddy app.

Wishing you lots of sweat, burn, and enjoyment !

 

M/W/F  x3   ( do this routine 3 times )

50 Jumping Jacks
12  Push Ups
12 Bicep Curls
12 Upright Rows
12 Lateral Raise
12 Frontal Raise
12 Arnold Press
12 Reverse Back Fly
20 Crunches
30 Sec Plank

 

T/Th  x3  ( do this routine 3 times )

50 Jumping Jacks
12 Left Leg Lunges
12 Right Leg Lunges
12 Box Squats
12 Narrow Squats  (legs closer together)
12 Donkey Kicks Left Leg
12 Donkey Kicks Right Leg
50 Bicycle Crunches
20 Glute Bridge
30 Sec Plank

This gives you a full body workout each week.   If you are feeling great and motivated, you can up the reps or do the full circuit 4 times instead of 3.     Check back next Sunday for the next week of workouts.

 

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Disclaimer ~  I am not a certified professional trainer.  Please consult with your doctor before doing any exercise.  I am only sharing what I do, and what works for me.  Every person is different so work at your own pace.  If you need help, ask me.  I share my fitness regimen for free to help others.