Monday, March 31, 2014

Emile Noel Robust Olive Oil Review

Healthy eating can be done in many ways. One of the first things that can be changed to help you eat healthier is by changing what you cook with. I have cooked with many different products, but most recently it was brought to my attention to start using Virgin Olive Oils as a healthy alternative.

Huilerie Emil Noel started a family run mill in 1920 that over time has become one of the most successful artisanal oil business with widespread appeal. His products are organic only and made by hand.

The organic health appeal is what brought me to try the Emile Noel Robust Olive Oil. Organic Virgin Oils are good for your health. The Virgin Oils retain all the value of their fatty acids and vitamins, providing the nutrients we need. Pure and natural, they provide the flavor and finesse of the fruits and seeds.

I tried the regular Virgin Olive Oil and it was fantastic. It was light, and had a very minimal taste to it, but just enough to bring out the flavor in the dish I was making. I was happy to see that it was a healthy alternative to using other oils.

There are several different flavors to choose from: mild olive oil, robust olive oil, sesame oil, roasted sesame oil, sunflower oil,  hazelnut oil, walnut oil, macadamia oil and sweet almond oil.
I was very happy that I had the opportunity to try this healthy oil. Emile Noel has a wonderfully delicious, healthy oil and is committed to fair trade and a Non-GMO product.
You can find Emile Noel Artisan Oils at Whole Foods Market stores. MSRP $12.99
Keep up with products and promotions by following Emile Noel on Facebook and Twitter!!
While supplied with the item in the review, I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Friday, March 28, 2014

When Mom Is Sick - The 5 Stages We All Go Through

I am sick. S-I-C-K. While half the world is in Florida on Spring Break, I am on my couch feeling like complete hell. It was bad enough I couldn't take vacation time to be with my girls on their Spring Break, but to get sick, really??

As I sit here trying to recuperate I realized that there is a whole "Mom Process" that you go through as you are getting sick. Here are the stages:

Stage 1 - Denial - I knew something was hitting me a couple days ago, but I ignored it and kept on going. I started to sneeze a lot. Ok, maybe allergies? My body started to feel run down. No, I am sure it is nothing. It can't be that I am getting sick (runs through calendar in my head). If I get sick than the girls will get sick. That won't happen! I have a job to go to, laundry to do, dinner to make. There is no time to get sick! I am a Mom!

Stage 2 - Anxiety -I can't get sick. I can't sick. Who is going to keep up with all that I do if I get sick? How is dinner going to get made? What about the laundry? Who is going to oversee everything? Who is going to take care of me if I do get sick? Oh, that is right, I am Mom, we don't get sick.

Stage 3 - Acceptance - Ok, so I am sick. It is time to get some rest. My body hurts, my nose is plugged up and I can't do anything. It is time to get some sleep so I can be more productive tomorrow. Easier said than done!

Stage 4 - Frustration - Ok, so I am sick. I have admitted it. I can accept it now. But, now I am frustrated. I NEED sleep! No one will let me sleep. Every five minutes I have a child asking for a cup, or if they can play the computer, or for my phone or for something else. No one will let me rest. There is no rest for the wicked. The word "Mommy" is still being used every five minutes.

Stage 5 - Guilt - Ok, so I am laying here and the girls want a hug. Do they not realize I am sick? I can't tell them to go away. I have to make an attempt. Now they want a kiss? I don't want them to get this. I feel so horrible. When is the last time they ate? In my sick haze did I really just tell them they could eat Cheetos for lunch? It is time to get better and get back to being Mom.

So, as I lay here sick I realize how much effort and emotion it takes to be sick. No wonder I am so tired! Hopefully I can get some kind of rest this weekend and feel better!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

#TBT - My Furbabies

Two of my fur babies that have crossed over the rainbow bridge. 


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Health Heros

This month I was asked to participate in a great series called, "Who Is Your Health Hero?", sponsored by the American Recall Center.
The American Recall Center is a great new website that provides straightforward health and wellness news with many greats articles. This month's article is on Hip Replacement. There are many other really good articles on the site as well. Make sure to stop by and read up on your health!
So today I am writing about My Health Hero. In my case I am writing about My Health Heroes.
I have always been the kind of Mom that puts her kids and everyone before myself. My family is my world and everything I do is for them. When it comes to my health my kids are still what is most important. You see, the fitness kick I am on right now is because of My Health Heroes. I do everything for them including keeping myself healthy.
I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time. My weight has gotten out of control and it is time to take back my health. My healthy eating and exercise is for me but mostly for them. They deserve to have a healthy Mom that will be able to keep up with them, be there for them, and continue to be in their lives because I take care of myself.
I want to see my beautiful babies grow and flourish and become young ladies, then women and if they so choose turn into mothers themselves.
My four beautiful daughters are my Health Heroes. They make me want to be a better, healthier Mom.
Who is your Health Hero and how have they helped you?  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Those Facebook Friends


I have a complete love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love the fact that I can keep in contact with friends and family that I may not always be able to but, I also hate the fact that there are so many others on there that drive me insane! Here is a list of what I see on there and what I strive not to be.

1. The stalker who likes ALL your posts
2. The know it all
3. The Foodie
4. The traveler
5. The "MOM"
6. The Geek
7. The animal lover
8. The religious person
9. The political person
10. The Meme poster
11. The complainer
12. The drinker
13. The attention whore
14. The status thief
15. The endless talker

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Keeping My Heart Healthy

Now that I have my diet under control with the South Beach Diet, I have added exercise back into my life as well. I am going to the gym at a minimum of three times a week now. I have even convinced my family to eat healthier and walk as much as they can in a single day. We are all walking our way back to getting heart healthy.
I am trying to be a positive role model for my four daughters by keeping a healthy weight and eating a heart healthy and smart diet. The word "diet" is a bad four letter word in my house. I prefer to call it eating healthy. I don't want my girls to ever feel like they have to diet. I just want them to eat a balanced diet of healthy items. I think teaching them good nutrition and exercise is one of the best things I can do as a Mother.  
What do you do in your daily routine to keep heart healthy? How does your family participate?


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Save Me #SouthBeachDiet

So after four children, many years of staying at home, many bills we have to struggle through, depression, anxiety, stress, working part time, looking for a full time job and the stress of life itself - I have gained weight....A LOT of weight.

I have not weighed this much since being pregnant. Life has seriously taken me down a path I swore I
would never go down. I don't know how many times I have told myself over the years that I would never become "that Mom" that lets herself go and puts on all the weight like she doesn't care. I do care!! I do care!!

I have finally gotten to the point where I am totally fed up with my weight and how I look and feel. I am ready!!I have chosen to do the South Beach Diet because I have tried it in years past and it worked for me. Carbs and sugar are my enemy! I hope this works for me this time. I really need to get the healthy me back.

Are there any of you that are on the South Beach Diet right now? If so, PLEASE leave me a comment. I would love to know what is working/not working for you.

Wish me luck! I am going to try and keep a weekly post to keep myself accountable on my weight loss.

Disclaimer: Any post that I write that has to do with South Beach is on my own accord. I am not affiliated with South Beach or any of its products. I just am in desperate need to loose weight and this is the method I have chosen.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5 Reasons Why I Miss Being A Stay At Home Mom

It has been awhile since I worked full time outside of my home. I have worked quite a few part-time jobs so I could spend the time raising my girls. Just this past January I started working full time for a major corporation. It is been an even longer time since I have been back into the corporate world.
Now that I am in “Corporate America” again, I have to play by all the company rules. This makes me miss my time at home even more. It is hard being the boss of your day and then having someone else tell you how your day will be scheduled. So, as I sit here I have come up with the “Top 5 Things I Miss Most About Being A Stay At Home Mom”.

1.My Kids – No one can ever prepare a mother from being away from their child or children. First, the guilt is crazy. Even though I am out working and making money for the family it is still one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I miss seeing their faces in the morning, even if they are crabby! I miss having that time with them as they get off the bus before they start homework. Hearing bits and pieces about their day and what great things happened to them. I just miss those small moments that I don’t seem to get as often anymore. Lesson learned. Don’t take one minute for granted that you have with them. They grow up in a blink of an eye. 

2. Naps – Yes, I said it. There were days that were impossibly long because the nights were super long as well. Not to mention the "sick days" that a Mom is not allowed to take. We are on call 24/7/365. 

3. Laundry Schedule - I have to make a schedule every week when to do laundry instead of doing it whenever the piles seemed to big. This works, but it works better when you are available to do it when it is piled up. 

4. Making Dinner - I have gotten pretty good at meal preparation ahead of time, but it is much easier to be around to crock pot which ever day you want instead of picking certain days that Grandma is here watching the girls. Now it takes a lot of organization and before it was easier just to be able to make what I felt.

5. Scheduling My Own Day - In "Corporate America" I am forced to get up when it is time to go to work. I am forced to go home when it is said it is time to go home. When you are at home your time is your own. I long for the days where I could clean my house on my own time, do my laundry on my own terms and not on my weekends. I wish my children's school schedule dictated my time instead of my job. 

While I am completely grateful for my job, I still have regrets for not being home with my babies. There just to be so much I am missing. Even though I need to make money for our family I still can't get over the time that I am missing. I cherish each moment I have with all of them.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

iparent tv Review and One Year Subscription #Giveaway!!

If your family is anything like mine you constantly have a child on an electronic device. Social media and apps have just become a way of life for us as well as our children. How many times has one of your children grabbed your phone and downloaded an app? They ask you for your password and you have no idea what your child is viewing? With iparent tv you can always be on top of what your child is doing. 

iparent tv can help you understand what your child already knows about technology and the internet. The site will give you the low-down on new websites, apps, games and social media that your child may already be involved in. 

How does this all work? The site is a subscription based product that charges $49 a year for parents to access videos, reviews, how-tos, and live chat support. They are working on it to be the biggest website for helping parents to understand what is safe and what is not on the internet. For a limited time only they are offering it for $29 a year through Indigogo

Due to the generous gift of iparent tv, I am giving away a FREE one year subscription to iparent tv!! All you have to do is complete Rafflecopter form below! Thanks and good luck!

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