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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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Everyone Can Be a #HarvestSnapsFan

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Snacking is inevitable and something most of us do without realizing we are doing it. Right? I know you are thinking, wait.. I always know when I am snacking.  But, really.. do you?  I know I don’t and I know that my husband and son don’t.  It just happens.   You walk in the kitchen, grab a handful of nuts, or a piece of fruit, or something off your kids lunch plate.   Maybe you are out visiting friends or doing errands and before you know it you are snacking on that candy from the bank teller window, or grabbing coffee at your local coffee shop and maybe a scone or coffee cake to go with it.  Yup.. mindless snacking, it happens.   But, did you know that all mindless snacking is not bad?  Nope, you can do your mindless snacking and make it healthy snacking.  How you ask?  Well by replacing bad foods with healthy choices like fruit and veggies or yummy snacks like the Harvest Snaps .

With all the fun flavors of the Harvest Snaps, there is one to surely please everyone’s snacking needs or wants.   Choose either the Snapea Crisps or the Lentil Snaps.  Me, my favorite is the Black Pepper Snapea Crisps but my hubby likes the Onion Thyme Lentil Snaps.   But, honestly they are all really good, and a healthy alternative to other snacks that one might find themselves grabbing mindlessly.

My hubby had a buddy over the day these came in the mail.  I opened them and took them out on my deck to get a good picture of them.   Carl (hubby’s friend) asked what the heck I was doing and then asked.. cool, what are those.   I threw him the Caesar ones and he peeled them open.   Well, before long the whole bag was gone.  LOL!!    See, Everyone can be a #HarvestSnapsFan!   Of course, he didn’t eat the whole bag, hubby and I sorta helped him.  Hard not too, as they are very interesting and tasty snacks.


So many to choose from, so little time to snack.   Ok, not really.  Well, there are many to choose from but the time for snacking is any time you feel the urge.     We have traded these for regular chips that we would normally eat for our outdoor down by the lake nights, and I threw some in the camper for when we are on the go.    I know.. you want the info on them right ?   Well what’s inside Harvest Snaps is the interesting part.  The Snapea Crisps are made with all natural peas, 70% to be exact and the Lentil Snaps are packed with 65% authentic lentils and a powerful combination of nutrients.   So, grab a handful and know that your body will soak up Vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, potassium and dietary fiber.  Add to that a high level of protein and fiber and your will for sure feel satisfied without that sluggish feeling like from other snacks.   Don’t forget ~ They are also gluten-free!

So, grab yourself some yummy Harvest Snaps snacks and tell me what your favorite ones are.
Don’t forget to check out their Lunchspiration fun.

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


32 GB iPad Mini Giveaway


We live in a world with amazing technology and awesome gadgets that we can use to access a plethora of knowledge, and entertainment — with just a few swipes of our finger tips!! The Apple’s ipad is an extremely versatile device. And the iPad mini just makes it all even more fantastic because of its compact size! You can do so many things with it!

As the Apple site states: iPad mini with Retina display lets you do more than you ever imagined. Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way. Except for its super-portable, hold-it-in-one-hand, still-just-right mini size.

You can use the iPad mini for school, work, to read books, to help organizing your finances and/or life, scheduling, browsing the internet, social media, games, entertaining your kids, and so MUCH more!

There are also TONS of apps that you can download for countless purposes–from business to fun to everything in between. The iPad mini is truly a fantastic product!


We are giving one away!!!

The 411 on the 32 GB iPad mini Giveaway


You, of course!

Note: giveaway is open to the Continental US, Hawaii, and Alaska. Ages 18+.


ONE – 32 GB iPad mini


Giveaway will be open from September 2, 2014 – September 30, 2014. Winner will be chosen at random on or about October 6, 2014. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Please read more about giveaway terms here.


To have a chance to win the 32 GB iPad mini – all you are required to do is leave a comment below telling us what you would use the ipad mini for if you won!! The rest is up to fate! ;)

All other tasks are optional to increase your chances of winning.

This giveaway is sponsored by:

Moms of Faith
A Cowboy’s Wife
This Roller Coaster Called Life
Tech Savvy Mama
That Bald Chick
The Bright Side of Reality
Run to Radiance
Mom Foodie

Disclaimer: Apple is not affiliated with this ipad mini giveaway or its sponsors. Prize is being provided by sponsors mentioned above.

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Workout of the Week T/Th Workout 2


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Is there a certain body part or type of workout you would like to see?   Leave us a comment and tell us.

As with all our workouts of the week, go at your own pace, use weights that work with you for each workout, and keep in mind.. no pain, no gain ;)

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl (Sheila) is not a certified personal trainer.  No claim of weight loss or fitness level is guaranteed by doing our workouts.  We are sharing with you, the same workouts we do in our own home.
Please consult a physician before doing any exercise.

Patio Furniture Selections

Patio Furniture Selections
A company like Patio Living does decks, but families need to make sure they are selecting the best deck or patio design for their family. Every family has different needs, and they must come to their contractor with a plan.

A Brand New Deck

A family that needs a brand new deck must decide the type of deck they need in their backyard. Some decks will encircle a pool, and there are other decks that take a traditional rectangular shape. When the family has a plan for their deck, the contractor can provide them with a beautiful version of their vision.

A Bigger Patio

A bigger patio is helpful for every family that cannot elevate their patio by building a deck. A new deck is hard for some people to use, and a patio can be any size the family wants. The most advanced patios can extend for several yards outside the house, and each part of the patio can become a new area that the family can use for entertaining.

Adding The Grill

There are many families that want to use their deck for cooking, but the grill can become a problem. The family can ask their contractor to include the grill in the design of the deck. The contractor can use a gas line from the house to power the grill, or the contractor can create a nook that is especially for the gas grill.

The family can ask for the grill to dictate the design of the entire space. Every part of the deck can be made for a certain table, bench or set of chairs. The best thing for the family to do is to use the furniture to determine the size and shape of the deck. The deck will be completely unique, and the family will impress their friends and family with the deck.

When families want to increase the value of their home, they need to add a deck to the house that will help them entertain guests or relax. The deck can be in any shape, and it will make the home look better than ever.


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.”