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Following A Healthier Diet Begins With Education

People today are more aware of diet trends and are more concerned about the foods they eat. Many people are simply looking for ways to incorporate a healthier diet into their lives, without adding too much extra cost to their grocery bill. Following a healthier diet can lead to feeling better, but it also comes with extra things that need to be done, like carefully reading food labels. Seeking the advice of a physician or a professional dietitian or nutritionist can also be helpful. There are a lot of resources available today for finding good, reliable health and diet information.

Becoming educated about healthier food options is one of the best ways to follow a healthier diet and to help people make better food choices. There are a lot of good resources to find helpful information on specialized diets like vegetarian and vegan diets. There is no requirement to actually switch to one of the popular trending diets, especially if a person is simply looking to add healthier options to their existing diet.

The Best Advice Is To Follow A Balanced Diet

No matter what diet a person chooses to follow, one of the most important pieces of health advice is to choose foods that create a balanced diet. This includes plenty of vegetables and a variety of fruits, along with whole grains, seeds and nuts. In some trending diets that exclude meats and dairy products, dietary supplements may be needed to add key nutrients that might be missing from one’s diet like important B vitamins and iron.

To achieve balance in a diet, a person should also limit fatty foods and foods sweetened with sugar, along with artificial ingredients. This is where becoming educated and learning how to read and interpret food labels is important. When one food group or even one food becomes the main staple in the diet, it can lead to a diet lacking in crucial vitamins and nutrients. A person who decides to eliminate one or more specific foods or an entire food group needs to be careful to find proper replacements to stay healthier while following their diet.

Finding Good Resources For Healthier Foods

Many people today are enjoying the trends being followed by local supermarkets and by some large retailers towards more organic and healthier food choices. Whether a person has a health condition which requires them to drop certain foods from their diet, or if they simply want to have the choice of healthier options, this trend has been a positive thing. Specialty supermarkets like Whole Foods choose to offer healthier options, but the trend is also coming to popular big box retailers with grocery departments.

Processors of food products and manufacturers are also becoming aware of people’s desire for healthier options. As a result, some companies are keeping a finger on the pulse of all the newest trends towards healthier food options. Giving people the healthier food choices they want and keeping prices reasonable are ways to make it easier for people to follow a healthier diet. One food company actively involved in achieving these goals is Hampton Creek.

Lifestyle Choices Contribute To Better Health

While the main emphasis is often put on the foods a person eats for the best health, lifestyle choices and activities a person chooses are just as important. Exercise is crucial to the human body to help people to be their healthiest. Hydration is also important to maintain good balances throughout the body.

Getting enough sleep is also critical to maintaining health, since it is during sleep that cells are repaired while the body is refreshed. The most important thing is to follow the diet and exercise plan that makes you feel healthiest and not to blindly follow trends for the sake of following what is popular at the moment. Education helps each person to choose what is best for them. When you modify your eating and sleeping habits, you may find that you have the energy to live life to the fullest.

Beautify Your Staircase With These Simple Ideas

The right artwork on a staircase wall can greatly enhance the look of a home with minimal investment. You will probably come in closer, and more frequent, contact with this aspect of your home’s interior design than you do with many others, as you’ll pass right by it multiple times a day. To make sure you get just the look you’re going for, keep these tips in mind.

Dealing with Angles

Some homeowners find it challenging to accommodate the angular nature of their stairs when hanging art, but this doesn’t have to be a significant obstacle to decorating a staircase wall. A good rule of thumb is that the center of a picture should hang 60 inches above the stair to which it is centered. Follow this rule when hanging single pieces or a connected series. A single, large piece of art next to a staircase can create a bold, eye-catching statement. For a series, decide on a set interval of steps at which to hang each item. For example, you might hang one picture 60 inches above every fourth step. This will ensure that your pieces are perfectly spaced and that they follow the angle of the stairs. Lay your chosen artwork out on the floor before hanging it to make sure you like the look the series creates. It’s usually a good idea to choose pieces with similar mats and frames in order to create cohesiveness.


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Family Photo Gallery

A staircase wall is an ideal place to showcase family photos for multiple reasons. There is often plenty of wall space that isn’t taken up by furniture or other obstructions. This is also a central feature of the home, used by all family members throughout the day, so it makes sense to use this space to celebrate the family’s most treasured memories.

Unlike works of art, which usually work better in moderation, family photos are often displayed in large clusters. This can create a challenge – you want to find a balance between clustering your photos and ending up with a space that looks busy or cluttered. The goal is for viewers to be able to appreciate both the overall look, and each individual image. One way to create a visual anchor is to establish an unbroken vertical and horizontal line running through your photo cluster. Another is to start with a large piece in the center of your staircase and cluster smaller photos around it. You could also group your photos into a series of larger rectangles that progress up your stairs.

Ultimately, the look you choose should be pleasing to you – after all, you’re the one who will be living with it every day. Select an approach that you feel works best with your space, and go for it!

GIVEAWAY: The 33–America’s Next Can’t Miss Film!

From Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures comes the untold true story of “The 33.”

In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Chile, where 33 miners had been buried alive by the catastrophic collapse of a 100-year-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked night and day in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, as well as millions of people globally, waited and watched anxiously for any sign of hope. But 200 stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions—and time—were quickly running out.

A story of resilience, personal transformation and triumph of the human spirit, the film takes us to the Earth’s darkest depths, revealing the psyches of the men trapped in the mine, and depicting the courage of both the miners and their families who refused to give up.

Based on the gripping true story of survival—and filmed with the cooperation of the miners, their families and their rescuers—“The 33” captures the never-before-seen actual events that unfolded, above and below ground, which became nothing less than a worldwide phenomenon.

The international cast is led by Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”), James Brolin, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with Bob Gunton and Gabriel Byrne. The cast also includes Mario Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nuñez, Tenoch Huerta, Marco Treviño, Adriana Barraza, Kate Del Castillo, Cote de Pablo, Elizabeth De Razzo and Naomi Scott.

“The 33” was filmed on location in Chile’s harshly remote yet breathtakingly beautiful Atacama desert just kilometers away from where the event took place, and deep within two mines located in central Colombia.

“The 33” is a presentation of Alcon Entertainment, co-founded by CEOs Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson. A Phoenix Pictures production, the film is being distributed domestically and in select international territories by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated PG-13 for a disaster sequence and some language.



ANTONIO BANDERAS (Mario Sepúlveda) has received praise for his performances in film, television and theater, as well as behind the camera as a director.
Upcoming, Banderas stars in the films “Knights of Cups,” directed by Terrence Malick; “Security,” with Ben Kingsley; and Hugh Hudson’s “Altamira.”
He has earned three Golden Globe Award nominations, for his performances in Alan Parker’s big-screen adaptation of the musical “Evita,” opposite Madonna; Martin Campbell’s action adventure “The Mask of Zorro,” opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones; and the HBO movie “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” in which he starred in the title role. Banderas also received an Emmy Award nomination for the last.

RODRIGO SANTORO (Laurence Golborne) was most recently seen in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “Focus,” starring alongside Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Additionally, Santoro starred in Gavin O’Connor’s “Jane Got a Gun,” alongside Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton.
Upcoming, Santoro stars in the independent biopic “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” on which he also serves as an associate producer. His upcoming projects also include Steven Bernstein’s indie drama “Dominion,” about the last days of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas; “Ben-Hur,” in which he portrays Jesus Christ; and the HBO series “Westworld,” based on the sci-fi feature of the same name.

JULIETTE BINOCHE (María Segovia) is an Academy Award-winning actress who has been recognized internationally for her work on the screen. She has the distinction of being the only person to win Best Actress honors at all three of Europe’s premier film festivals, most recently including the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for “Certified Copy.” She previously won both the Volpi Cup and Pasinetti Award for “Three Colors: Blue” at the 1993 Venice Film Festival, and the Silver Bear at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival for Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient.”

JAMES BROLIN (Jeff Hart) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor whose work runs the gamut from studio blockbusters to prestigious independent projects.
He is currently starring in the new CBS hit series “Life in Pieces,” which centers on one family via stories told by its different members. Brolin plays patriarch John Short, alongside Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Colin Hanks, and, as the family matriarch, Dianne Wiest.

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS (Don Lucho) has enjoyed great success as an actor, director, writer and producer across a myriad of platforms, including feature films, television and theatre.
On television, Phillips currently stars on the acclaimed hit drama “Longmire,” based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson. Phillips plays Henry Standing Bear, Longmire’s closest friend. The show is currently airing on Netflix.
Upcoming, Phillips has new projects for the stage and screen. He plays a pivotal role on the new hit NBC series “Blindspot,” in episodes that begin airing this November. On the big screen, he will star as Richard Ramirez in the independent thriller “The Night Stalker,” opposite Bellamy Young, for award-winning writer/director Megan Griffiths. In addition, Phillips wrote and is starring in the play “Burning Desire,” which will make its world premiere at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut.


PATRICIA RIGGEN (Director) is today one of the few Latin American female directors working in Hollywood. Originally from Mexico, she started her career as a screenwriter, producer and film executive at the Mexican Film Institute. She later moved to New York to earn an MFA in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University.
Her thesis film, “The Cornfield,” a period short film set during the Mexican revolution, screened at more than 30 international film festivals and received 20 awards, among them the Student Academy Award, the Mexican Academy Award for Best Short Film, the Student Emmy and a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award.
MIKE MEDAVOY (Producer) has played a role in the success of some of the best American films over the past 35 years. From talent agent to studio chief to producer, he has been involved in more than 300 feature films, of which seven have won, and 17 have been nominated for, Best Picture Oscars. They have also garnered numerous other awards, including many international film festival awards and guild honors.

ROBERT KATZ (Producer) has more than 24 years experience in worldwide film production, development and finance with over 23 motion pictures alongside highly accomplished writers, directors, actors and crews. The feature films on which he has served have earned a total of 13 Academy Award nominations, with three wins, and more than $850,000,000 in worldwide box office revenues.


To help celebrate the film’s NOVEMBER 13 release, Warner Bros has provided me with a gift pack to give away to one commenter!  You will receive a t-shirt and a flashlight.  Tell me if you plan on seeing this movie!

Preparing to Build a Deck

Are you looking for a way to improve the appearance and value of your home at the same time? There are quite a few ways you can go about doing this. The method you choose will have a lot to do with your budget and the size of your house. One of the most popular home improvements is a deck. There is a great deal of complexity involved with building a deck. Because of this, most people opt to hire a contractor to handle the assembling of the deck. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind when you are preparing to build a deck.

1. Decide on a design for your deck

There are many different sizes and styles of decks you can choose from. It is very important that you finalize all of the details for your deck before work is started on it. The larger the deck that you decide to build, the more it is going to cost. Be careful not to get carried away if you have a limited budget.

2. Find a contractor to build it

It is unlikely that you will be handling the building chores for your deck on your own. Therefore, you will need to spend some time consulting various contractors in your area to find out what they have to say about your project. They may have some suggestions of their own regarding how to build your deck better for less money. These people are professionals and they build decks all the time. This is why you should listen very carefully to what they have to say. Strongly consider the advice they give you. They will also give you a quote for how much they will charge to build your deck. You will be able to find many pre-manufactured elevated decking components at

3. Get the permits and plan a schedule

You will need to consult your local city government whenever you build any type of addition to your home. You can’t simply build a deck without first getting permission. You will also need to get permission if any digging is going to be required. Once all of the proper permits have been secured, it will be time to make a schedule. You will need to figure out exactly how long it is going to take to build your deck. Try to have it built in the nicest weather possible.

alternaVites Kids: A Fun, Innovative New Way to get Your Vitamins!

This information is brought to you by alternaVites. All opinions are my own.

What if you could make your child’s vitamin taking experience as fun and as tasty as eating candy?  With this cool new alternative to traditional chewable and gummy vitamins, now you can! My 7 year old son loved the Orange Berry Blast alternaVites flavor, and I feel good knowing he’s getting the vitamin C he needs.  I also enjoy the fact that these one dose packet vitamins are individually sealed, and therefore easy to take on the go–no more forgetting to take vitamins because the family is in a hurry!

alternaVites makes a delicious multi vitamin that your children will love. They taste great and they are also sugar free, gluten free, and they do not contain any types of artificial sweeteners. Your kids can pour them into their mouth or you can mix them into a smoothie or yogurt.

Now alternaVites also offers supplements. In addition to taking a delicious multivitamin, you can be sure your child is getting their daily dose of Vitamin C!

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin and antioxidant that can help support immunity, which is very important for growing and developing children. Since this nutrient cannot be made by our bodies, it is important to get it from our diets, but supplements can be a great added source, especially for picky eaters. alternaVites Kids Vitamin C contains 250 milligrams and has a delicious blast of natural orange berry flavor. Specifically formulated for children ages 4 and older, alternaVites Kids powder can be poured on the tongue where it melts in the mouth (think pixie stick) or mixed into foods or drinks.

  • Contains 0 grams of sugar (free of aspartame and high fructose corn syrup)
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  • No GMO ingredients
  • Contains no egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish *
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  • One packet per day

*However, we encourage all parents of children with food allergies or sensitivities to consult with their child’s doctor or pediatrician before use.


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COVER REVEAL: I Unlove You by Matthew Turner

Hey yall!  Before I show yall the cover for this book, I want to share something really cool the author is doing!  This novel, I Unlove You, is breaking new ground in that anyone can be a part of the writing process, befriend and influence the author, and best of all, be read for FREE! That’s right! Make sure to check out this link for all the details: I UNLOVE YOU.

I Unlove You

by Matthew Turner

New Adult Contemporary

I Unlove You Medium

Book Description

My name is Ausdylan Elvis Ashford, a twenty-two-year-old who leads a rather perfect life. With a steady job straight out of university, a charismatic best friend I’m in a band with, and a girlfriend I’ve loved since the moment I first gazed upon, I couldn’t ask for more. Until my perfect girlfriend, B, changed both of our lives forever.

It began with the words, “I’m pregnant,” and the realisation I’d soon guide a new life into this world. Embarking on my own journey of self-discovery, I found new meaning in love, living, friendship, and family. This should have become the greatest love story of all, but I assure you it isn’t.

Sometimes true love and unbreakable trust is built upon lies and deceit. Sometimes those you know better than anyone turn out to be strangers you don’t know at all. My name is Aus, and this is my (un)love story . . .

About the Author

Matthew Turner is an English author who writes gritty coming-of-age stories about love and life as an early twenty-something. His latest novel, I Unlove You, follows his previous books, Tick to the Tock and Beyond Parallel. You can learn more about his stories and general day dreaming at, where he opens up the entire writing process to avid readers and fellow writers like you.

Join his band of merry misfits and be part of an adventure that few writers share. Learn more at where you can download his latest novel for free.

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REVIEW: Monster Jam Costume from

When it’s time to start shopping for Halloween costumes for your children, there are a lot of choices out there!  I don’t know about you, but I like to look for a costume that’s not run of the mill–something a ton of other kids won’t be wearing on Halloween night.  That’s why I was so thrilled with the selection and value offered at Costume SuperCenter!

Costume SuperCenter has something to offer for any person (and even pets).  From infant to adult, plus size and everything in between, you’ll love the unique costumes you can find on the website.

My seven year old took a look and decided he would love to wear a Monster Jam Costume this year. Grave Digger is his favorite monster truck, and being able to look like the driver was super cool in his book!


I ordered the medium size, thinking it might run a little small, but it was true to size and as a result was a little long on him.  The costume came with a belt, helmet shaped face mask, and the jumpsuit.  The face mask had kind of a funny fit, and made his nose look squished–so I think he will be wearing the costume without the mask for the most part.


The images on the costume are licensed, and the screenprinting is very high quality.  The logos are very colorful.  I think this costume looks very much like the real deal, and my son feels so awesome wearing it!

The fabric isn’t too thick or too thin, and I think for our Louisiana Halloween, which one never knows will be warm or chilly, my child will be at a comfortable temperature.

Overall I know my son is very happy with his Grave Digger costume–he has worn it several times even though we are not even close to Halloween!


Shopping at was super simple and quick once we chose what we wanted from the thousands of costumes!  They are always offering a discount code on their home page, and ordering now means you can still get it in plenty of time for Halloween.  Take a look and see how many choices there are, and have fun picking out the perfect costume!

Kids Academy Releases More Preschool Apps! #FreeKidsApp #MomBuzzMedia

This blog has partnered with Mom Buzz Media to announce this exciting information!

Kids Academy Releases Preschool Education Center
for iOS and Android!

Even if your child is allowed daily screen time, there’s no reason they can’t be learning while they play! Kids Academy is one of the leading makers of mobile education games.  Here is more information about the apps your child is sure to love!
Kids Academy – the team behind some of the top educational apps for kids with over 10 million downloads worldwide just released the long-awaited version of their flagship app – Preschool Education Center.
As the name suggests, Preschool Education Center is an all-in-one educational app for kids and toddlers. The app covers all aspects of early childhood education from the alphabet and reading to writing, building vocabulary and developing math skills. Based on the proven Montessori method the app offers a number of fun games that help master essential learning skills through play.

Though my child is past preschool age, he still loves playing this game in the car. Doing the worksheets is a great refresher and helps him get a better grasp on letter sounds, which definitely helps with reading. The colorful screens, easy to use controls, and friendly voices make this app a really fun learning experience!

Until now, Preschool Education Center has only been available on iTunes but today’s release makes it finally available for Android devices on Google Play! This fun and free app is currently being featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada.

Get the app free on Google Play!


iTunes Kids AcademyFor iOS devices:

Kids Academy have also updated the iOS version of the app: Preschool & Kindergarten Early Learning Games

adding new games, books and educational cartoons and shows as well as printable worksheets.
– The update boasts a bunch of cute little monsters that will teach your kids about money and how to count it.
– Kids Academy TV now has a 24/7 Live Zoo channel offering web-cam views on real-life animals.

Grab your free copy of the update on the iTunes App Store!


free worksheets

Free Preschool & Kindergarten Worksheets for Kids

Kids Academy is also finding a way to expand beyond the screen and help master pen and pencil with free printable worksheets. You can get free preschool worksheets on a variety of subjects from alphabet to math (the library is being constantly updated).
Download, print out and get start practicing with good old pen and paper in seconds!

Head over to to the Kids Academy to get your FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS and get your kids busy!

These Dogs were made for Dipping–Foster Farms Gluten Free Products

So, you already know you can get awesome gluten free products like Chicken Strips, Chicken Breast Nuggets, and Corn Dogs from family favorite Foster Farms, right? If not, you can check out my previous post to get the scoop! Today I’m going to share a couple of my favorite dip recipes for jazzing up these already tasty items!


Down here in Louisiana, we have a pretty famous chicken restaurant that has a sauce that’s absolutely addicting.  The recipe for this sauce is a closely guarded secret, but it’s such a fan fave that many recipes have tried to duplicate it.  I have a recipe I think is pretty close.


Copycat “Cane’s” Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (Blue Plate is my personal fave)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (fresh ground pepper is best)

Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. You can adjust the amount of black pepper for your personal preference, I just happen to like a little bit more in mine (this recipe is pepper-heavy).  This will get better the longer it sits, and I’d recommend letting it sit at least overnight, but it’s delicious any time!

We liked this sauce well enough with the corn dogs, but I think it just has a special place paired with chicken strips in my heart!

The second sauce we made is a thinner, sweet but tangy honey mustard dip.  This one was just perfect with the Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs, in my opinion!


Honey Mustard for Everything!

  • 1/2 cup mayo or plain greek yogurt (the yogurt will give it a bit more tang!)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons mustard (yellow or dijon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth.  Just like the other dip, the longer this one sits, the better!

Just because a product is gluten free, doesn’t mean it has to be tasteless! Foster Farms’ Gluten Free Products have proven this, and I hope you’ll try these sauces to add even more flavor to your lunch.


DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Foster Farms.   I received compensation for this post in exchange for my time and honest opinion of the product featured.



Change your manicure in minutes with imPRESS!

I am a girly girl who loves painting her nails, but sometimes you just don’t have the time to wait for drying, apply several coats, etc.  With imPRESS Press-On Manicure, you don’t have to worry about any of that! You can have your nails looking perfect in 10 minutes or less.

With everything from soft hues to bold glitter tips and on-trend accent nails all with an ultra-gel shine, imPRESS offerings suit every woman’s every mood, at every moment. On-the-go moms no longer need to spend time at a salon to get a salon-quality manicure; no need for DIY skills either! Just press on, and with no dry time you can get right back to life’s demands. Plus, UltraHold technology keeps nails on—until you’re ready to remove—just peel off with no damage to natural nails!

I got the chance to try an imPRESS kit in Symphony, which is a blush pink complete with 2 different designs of accent nail.


This kit comes with everything you need to create a gorgeous manicure in an instant.


The instructions and application couldn’t be simpler; you just find the nails that fit each finger, remove the backing, then press on!  There is no messy glue bottle to worry about, no drying time, and the UltraHold adhesive means the nails are on securely in seconds.


I absolutely love this flirty, feminine pattern!  The nails have such an amazing shine, and the accent nail is so fun to look down at all day long.

imPRESS Press-On nails come in a multitude of patterns, colors, designs and more–so there’s something to please everyone!  They can be found at drugstores such as Walgreens and CVS for only $7.99, a fraction of the price of going to the salon.

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