Healthy Snacking on the Go With Emerald Nuts!

This post is sponsored by Emerald Nuts®, however all photos, thoughts, and opinions are strictly my own.

I’m always looking for healthy snacks for myself and my family. For us, what is key, is buying healthy foods, so that when we go to the cupboard or are dashing out the door, we can grab something that is delicious and good for us at the same time.

My new latest find is Emerald®’s Breakfast on the go!™ Nutty Bites and Emerald® Mixed Nuts. They are great to pop in my purse, take along in the car and they fit wonderfully in a backpack. There are so many activities we are engaged in from sports to the beach, the pool, and the gym. Seems there’s always something to do and we’re all a“little nuttier” in the summertime.


Personally, I know that I need healthy snacks to keep me going throughout the day, especially when my energy starts to drop. I love the Emerald Breakfast on the go! Berry Nut Blend Nutty Bites. With a yummy combo of granola clusters, roasted peanuts, yogurt covered raisins, dried cranberries, glazed walnuts and blueberry-flavored dried cranberries, each pouch is satisfying and energizing.


My other new favorite are the mini canisters of Emerald Mixed Nuts. They come in these adorable mini canisters that fit right into your car cupholder so you can do some healthy munching while on the road. I love to take them to the gym with me because they’re so compact and yet so filled with protein and energy to help maximize my workout. I’ve been finding that they fit in so many places, including the exercise machines. Helps keep me revved up!

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Emerald nuts come in a variety of tastes, textures and flavors to keep you going anytime, so why not make them a healthy part of your day! Emerald Breakfast on the go! is available at Walmart stores nationwide and the Emerald Nuts canisters are available EXLUSIVELY at Walmart.


The natural almonds and walnuts blend is seriously crunchy and delicious!  I’m addicted in the best way possible.

Right now, you can try your faves and save 55¢ with this special digital coupon offer.

Also, Emerald Nuts wants to know how you snack and eat nuts.  Take a quick shopper research survey and the first 100 people that fully complete it will receive a $5 Walmart gift card. (U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate).

Stay connected: Follow Emerald on Facebook for more nutty fun!


Get That Superclean Healthy Feeling with REACH® Complete Care™


While the dentist’s office may not be my favorite place to visit, I really love the feeling that you get after you have your teeth cleaned. You know that superfresh minty smoothness when you run your tongue over your teeth? I’ve always wanted to have that same feeling at home.

Did you know that no matter how tired busy moms are, a new survey by Kelton Global has found that millions of American moms prioritize taking care of their teeth before bed over washing their face or taking off their makeup. It’s clear that a clean and healthy smile is paramount! How we treat our teeth and gums also extends to our overall health, so this is something I am careful not to neglect. Also, in terms of appearance, a bright fresh smile is so welcoming.

I’m extremely happy that I found REACH® Complete Care™ products because after using them I get that same sparkling clean feeling that I do after going to the dentist.

With other brushes I never felt like I could really reach around to every surface of every tooth and it felt to me like I was always missing the ones in the back. However, the REACH® Complete Care™ CURVE Toothbrush has a 13° triple angled neck and triple angled bristles to maximize contact with each tooth and help clean between teeth and around the gum line. Watching my mom suffer with gum problems over many years stressed to me how important it is to take extra good care of mine. I love the way the REACH toothbrush is angled perfectly and my teeth feel more completely clean than they ever have before.


I may be strange, but something else that I love are the little cups of mouth rinse that they have at my dentist’s office. The new REACH® Complete Care™ Rinse really reminds me of that clean feeling. The REACH 8-in-1 rinse kills bad breath germs, helps prevent gingivitis, reduces plaque, fights tartar build-up, freshens breath and cleans the whole mouth by foaming between the teeth with no burn of alcohol. The taste is pleasant and not medicinal and feels extremely fresh.


This rinse also comes equipped with a toothbrush holder, which keeps the head of the toothbrush clear of any countertop bacteria. The no-mess pump and built-in, removable dosage cup help measure the correct amount of liquid and keep your bathroom sink area tidy.



What’s also cool is that REACH has a wide variety of products that offer more benefits for a lower price.

I do like my dentist, but I really don’t want to go there  too often. With REACH I love that I don’t have to!

Visit the REACH  website to learn more about streamlining and freshening up your own oral care routine.


I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of REACH® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.



Aflac Makes Even Bad Hair Days Manageable #SalonDuck

This post is sponsored by Aflac.  I was compensated for writing it, but all opinions are 100 percent mine.


Have you ever had a bad hair day?

If so, trust me, you’re in the majority of folks!

Whether my locks are frizzy, dry or totally unruly, bad hair days have me scrambling for the nearest hairtie.


If I can’t find one, I’ll grab the first hat I see!



Here are some of my haircare tips to help minimize those wild hair days:

1. Never go to sleep with wet hair. This is especially important for medium or long hair.

2. If you have long hair, put it back in a ponytail before sleeping. This will keep it from tangling as well as out of your face.

3. Speaking of tangles, I use coconut oil to keep my hair tangle-free, smelling great and moisturized. Just a touch does wonders.

4. For rich moisturizing, I use mashed up avocados with a bit of olive oil and let it sit on my hair while I’m catching up on

my favorite tv show. Rinse afterward for soft shiny locks. I do this every few weeks.


My hairstylist does a great job when I see her, but, I must admit that she doesn’t have quite the panache of the Aflac duck. Just watch as he tries his wing at hair design in Aflac’s new “Duck Salon” commercial:

Hairstyles may change on a whim , but, if one thing’s certain, it’s that Aflac processes claims fast. When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast – now in as little as ONE business day with the company’s new One Day Pay℠ promise.


In the United States, Aflac is the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site. Aflac is not simply health insurance; it’s insurance for daily living. Minimizing delays, they will help your life stay on track.

While admittedly the Aflac duck is a horrible stylist, and I can’t recommend his wacky cuts, I can wholeheartedly recommend Aflac Insurance for really being there for their policyholders – paying claims fast when you need it most.

Stay Connected!

Check out the Aflac Website.

Follow the Aflac Duck on Facebook and Twitter.


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Hurry! Great Back-to-School Deal on HP Ink! #HPink



Here in New England, we’re having a heat wave. Yet, before we know it, it will be back-to-school season. The only thing better than finding a wonderful deal is sharing that deal with other moms and I’ve got a great one for you.

We love our HP printer, and, right now, if you buy one Original HP Ink, you’ll get a 2nd cartridge of equal or lesser value for 50% off!

If your family is anything like mine, we are constantly printing schoolwork assignments, research, photos and more. So, why not stock up now and save since this is the best deal on HP ink since 2012!

This offer is available on the HP website and at retailers including Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot.


So why not beat the back-to-school rush and save? You can even stop for ice cream on the way home.

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with HP and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Satisfaction Without Regrets – Dannon Light & Fit Tiramisu Flavored Greek Nonfat Yogurt


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dannon. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All views and opinions are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of Dannon.

“Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. -Marilyn Wann”

Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and, thanks to Dannon, we can savor its aroma, taste and texture, and remain blissfully guilt-free. Yes, I’m talking about my newest foodie favorite, Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt.

Now that we are mid-summer, I’m especially enjoying its luscious rich cool javalicious flavor. Sitting outside in my backyard, taking a break from life’s hectic demands with a cup of Dannon in hand, I’m back in Venice on the Piazza San Marco enjoying the soft breezes. The simple things are often the most satisfying.


The aroma is enticing, like a cup of Caramel Espresso; the texture is rich and creamy, not at all clumpy. I’ve always loved the taste of tiramisu, and Dannon Light & Fit Greek Tiramisu yogurt has a very similar taste – coffee with hints of caramel, cocoa and vanilla. It really hits the spot and leaves me feeling like I’ve had a satisfying, delicious treat.


Perhaps you are like me and enjoy something sweet after a long, busy day. The immediate gratification is alluring, however, these indulgences often lead to consuming empty calories and moments of regret. But, with Dannon Light & Fit Greek Tiramisu yogurt, we can get the delight without the despair.

I’m finding that this new yogurt from Dannon fits in perfectly with the balance I feel from creating an improved lifestyle with healthier eating and exercise. Whether you are looking for help with managing your diet, weight loss, or simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle; it’s so much easier with delicious better-for-you foods.

With 12 grams of protein, 80 calories and 0% fat per 5.3 oz, Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu FlavoredGreek nonfat yogurt is sweetly satisfying.  It’s great for breakfast, snacks, dessert or anytime.

It’s also great for keeping your gut healthy!

So, go ahead and indulge without regret. Satisfy your cravings with Dannon.




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Feeding Your Kids’ Imaginations with Horizon Organic



Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a great time to feed your children’s imaginations with fun activities.

One of my favorites is collecting shells on the beach which can be saved in jars for decoration and memories.



Here are some more ideas for you and your kids:

Plant some herbs and veggies. If you don’t have room for tomatoes, pots on the patio work wonderfully!

Make homemade jewelry. There are lots of inexpensive bead stores where kids can pick their faves or shop online for materials.

Go take a hike with your kids. Explore new plants and flowers and bring a camera they can use.

Make art! Whether it’s fingerpainting or chalk mandalas on the sidewalk, free expression is key!

Curious kids with endless imaginations often become adults with creative ideas for the world.

Horizon Organics believes in feeding the imagination and helping grownups raise interested, confident kids who care about the world around them. Their foods are our favorite blend of healthy and delicious.

Our entire family loves their organic chocolate milk and other Horizon snacks including yummy organic peanut butter sandwich crackers and honey snack grahams.


However, if I have to pick a family fave, it’s their delicious creamy mac and cheese. Best we’ve tried!

If you want to pump up the protein (it already has 10 grams!), here is an easy and delicious lunch idea. I tried it because we often have extra chicken leftover from dinner.


Make Horizon Organic Mac and cheese. Add pieces of Roast Chicken. Simple, and the flavors complement one another so well.












Add a cup of Horizon chocolate milk, some fresh berries, and you have my idea of a healthy delicious kids’ lunch.



Follow Horizon Organic on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for more fun ideas!


This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

Great New Opportunity – Join the Prestige Inner Circle and be Rewarded!

Are you interested in health? Are you planning on starting a family or perhaps already have one?

Although we know our children come first, it’s also critical we look after ourselves when it comes to women’s health.  

If you’ve purchased over the counter medications in the past year or plan to in the future, apply for Prestige’s exclusive online community. You can learn from other women while providing your opinions and feedback directly to Prestige decision-makers.

As a member you’ll be part of a very exclusive group that provides Prestige with feedback and perspective on their products and how they impact you. To thank you for your impact on the brand, you’ll receive a $5 Amazon gift code for joining and an additional $10 Amazon gift code each month for participating.

Interested in joining? See if you qualify here!



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


Always Discreet because #PeeHappens


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Always Discreet. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved making people laugh, especially my family and friends. I really believe that laughter is good for the soul and that deep belly laughter is the best.

My Mom and I used to crack one another up, whether watching our favorite tv show, taking walks or going out to lunch together. Laughing so hard that our stomachs hurt are some of my favorite memories with her. I remember my Mom telling me that it was good that she was wearing protection for light bladder leaks at those times. My Mom and I shared everything and I appreciated our open discussions. She explained how her bladder had become more sensitive after having her three girls and as she got older.  She noticed it in her exercise classes also. It was no big deal!

Pee happens.

I think when you can have open and honest conversations, everything becomes less weighty. I do not yet have a sensitive bladder or leaks, but, if I do as I age, I’ll just deal with it without stressing.

It’s really nothing to be embarrassed about; bodies change as we age or after life events. In fact, 1 in 3 women have light bladder leakage. This is a normal reality for more than 40 million American women, yet only 1 in 9 are using the right protection – many are using period products which are not designed for bladder leaks.

I’ve been a fan of Always menstrual pads and liners for years, and it’s comforting to know that they are now revamping how women manage their sensitive bladders with their new Always Discreet products. They come in different sizes for the protection you need: liners, pads, and underwear.

I recently had a chance to try them out and they were discreet and comfortable. Always Discreet pads are easy to carry in your purse and have a pretty feminine pattern. They’re up to 40 percent thinner than the leading brand and absorb twice as much fluid as women may need, based on average US consumer usage. Ideal for those on the go!


I tried the underwear also under pants and you would never know I had them on; very comfortable, light and breathable.

I recommended both of these products to my aunt and she thanked me so much and took me out for Cappuccino! She had been struggling with her own bladder issues for a year now and she loved the Always Discreet pads. She said she thought the underwear would be like an adult diaper and was so pleased that their style was feminine, discreet, soft, thin, and comfortable, with protection just where it was needed.

In fact, the disposable Always Discreet underwear has the extra protection of Dual LeakGuard barriers™ to help stop leaks at the leg, where they are most likely to occur. They offer innovative OdorLock™ technology that neutralizes odors instantly, and its Advanced Core Technology absorbs and locks away fluids, offering incredible dryness.

In only six months since their launch, Always Discreet has garnered some of the most trusted consumer product credentials in its category and their liners were granted a Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award.


They were recently given the Good Housekeeping Seal as well as being named Product of the Year in the bladder protection category.


So, go ahead, take that martial arts class, go out with friends to a comedy club without worry! Dance under the stars. Feel confident. Always Discreet has you covered.

After all, it’s just another stage in this wonderful journey of life. Pee happens.

Stay connected and up-to-date with Always on Twitter and Facebook.


Tide Pods Make Laundry Easy and Fun #laundryredefined #ad

I am participating in a VIN campaign for P&G. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with P&G and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.


I don’t enjoy measuring out laundry detergent, having liquid or powder to clean up off the machine or the bottle. Neither do I enjoy pouring detergent from a huge heavy container. In fact, I do so much laundry, that I just want an easier way.

You see, I actually like the second phase, taking out the clothes and blankets while the warmth, softness and fresh smell delight my senses. Filling my family’s dresser drawers with clean laundry and the linen cabinet with bright sheets brings me joy.


Tide has always been my favorite brand and their new Tide Pods soothe my laundry woes and have changed my entire laundry experience for the better. Tide Pods is a multi-dimensional laundry detergent that cleans, fights stains, and brightens all in one. Simple and convenient to use, you just pop the sealed packet in before you add your clothes. It seriously could not be easier. Each convenient Tide Pods is pre-measured so it is a breeze to use and consistently delivers trusted the Tide cleaning performance I know and love.


Tide Pods are ingeniously designed to handle a broad range of challenging conditions in both traditional and high-efficiency machines. Whether you have a large family or live alone; whether you have lots of baby clothes to wash or sports uniforms; Tide Pods are truly ideal. I wouldn’t be without them.

Note: Like any household cleaning products, it’s important to keep laundry pacs Up, Up and Away – seal pacs up; store pacs up; keep pacs away from your kids and pets. Always keep laundry pacs sealed and in their original containers/packaging with the label intact and visible.

Tide pods have re-invented doing laundry and freed me up to spend more time with those I love. Can’t think of anything better!