Giveaway: Dress

>> Friday, November 29, 2013

Hello dear friends! The holidays are here, can you believe it?! That means parties, parties and more parties! What to wear, right? Well, how about a new darling outfit to show off!

You’re in luck because and I have teamed up for a giveaway!

Now, if you don’t know ShabbyApple, they are an online boutique that specializes in beautiful classic and vintage clothing plus snazzy accessories.  Yeah.

ShabbyApple is generously offering one reader the ‘Zinger’ dress shown below.
Here are details from the website:
  • A-line 3/4 sleeve with bow at waist
  • Black and white color blocked
  • Poly matte crepe satin with a hint of spandex
Requirements to enter will be following ShabbyApple on Facebook and Instagram. I know some people don’t do one or either of those so I’m sorry if you’re one who doesn’t but if you change your mind and register an account then please enter via Rafflecopter below. Also, this contest is limited to US residents only.

So without further ado, time to enter! Giveaway will begin now and run till Wednesday, December 3rd.

Thank you, ShabbyApple!

Good luck to all of you!
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Guest Post: Pros & Cons of Juicing

>> Friday, October 11, 2013

Juicing diets have become quite popular recently, spurred on by the upswing in numbers of people following a raw vegan lifestyle. Are they a good idea if you are looking for a simple way to lose weight quickly and healthily? Are they a dangerous fad that might actually harm you? Let’s look into the pros and cons.

Juicing can follow a couple of paths. Some people use a higher calorie, more fruit and carrot based way of juicing, and others try to keep it more veggie and greens based. The high level of fructose in the sweeter juices has been suggested to be unhealthy over the long term, at least if you’re juicing as your main food source. Consuming a lot of fructose places stress on your liver and causes fat to be stored there per recent studies.

The mostly-greens based juices don’t have that issue, but with these you run into the fact that you are consuming very few calories. This will make the diet or cleanse much more difficult to maintain. It also may start to negatively affect your metabolism.

Some juice dieters have begun to include a portion of nut milk daily, which is a very healthy idea. One of the biggest drawbacks of juicing is that the diets are very low in protein and fat, both things your body needs. Choose a nut milk with a good fatty acid profile, such as macadamia or hemp seed milk.

Juicing does give you a large dose of nutrition in a small package. If you actually juice the 20 pounds or so of veggies that most proponents suggest daily, you will be consuming a huge amount of vitamins and minerals. You do lose some of the nutrients in the fiber that is removed, but the sheer volume of veggies juiced really does make up for that loss. If you want to be sure you are not missing out on these nutrients, try making smoothies too.

Short-term juice dieting or cleanses can actually be beneficial when done thoughtfully with a variety of vegetables and greens, especially with some added nutrition from nuts. People do lose weight, and frequently report feeling energetic and quite healthy. Longer-term, though, consider just adding a freshly juiced glass of veggies daily to a balanced diet. 



·         No artificial sweetener

·         High volume of nutrients

·         Short term detox

·         Can consume fruits or vegetables you find less appealing

·         Great for adding into regular diet  



·         Can be high calorie

·         Expensive

·         Not long term

·         Lack of protein

·         Don’t feel full


Guest Bio:

Beth is the mother of two children and would call herself a “supermom,” but believes every mom has super capabilities. She dedicates her life to teaching her children to live healthy and happily. Her knowledge and proficiency in health and fitness comes from her experience writing for medical companies such as Liberty Medical. You can also check out other fitness, health, and family related posts at her blog.


Giveaway: Shabby Apple

>> Friday, June 14, 2013

Hello my summer-lovin' friends! I know it's been way too long but thought I'd say hi with a fun giveaway!

Do you know Shabby Apple? Well, if you don't, Shabby Apple is an online dress boutique that specializes in vintage and retro dresses. Click here: vintage dresses.

But besides vintage dresses, Shabby Apple has various collections of shoes, accessories, skirts, tops, and swimsuits.

Here's a sample of what you can shop for:
Eye Candy dress
Tahitian Waters ring
Crane top
Crane bottom
Tell me, doesn't this all sound and look lovely? Well, my dears, now's your chance to check them out for real.

Shabby Apple is generously offering one person a $50 gift certificate to use towards shopping from their website! All you have to do is enter below by way of Rafflecopter. I'm sorry International friends but this is limited to US residents only.

Good luck everyone!

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Guest Post: How to Ruin an Otherwise Ideal Diet

>> Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to Ruin an Otherwise Ideal Diet – Are You Shooting Yourself in the Foot?


The thing about dieting is that for all the professional advice, guidance and research in the world, each and every person trying to shed a few pounds has their own idea of what works. The problem here is that most of these ideas are fundamentally flawed and regardless of all the dedication in the world simply won’t work. Well, some of them might work but then see the weight lost making an appearance once again and bringing along a few additional kilos just for good measure.

However, even those that are nigh-on perfect when it comes to the basis and principles of the diet are at risk of shooting themselves in the foot with any number of all-too many diet-killing mistakes. So if it seems like you’re making all the right moves and your self-punishment is getting you nowhere, here are a few points to consider:

Poor Hydration

The number-one diet-killer that’s still overlooked by millions across the nation is poor hydration. There isn’t a single process in the body that can work as it should unless the body is given the adequate amount of water each day, which should of course be upped when exercising. Too little water leads to inefficiencies of the digestive system, the heart, the lungs, the skin, the muscles and so on and so forth – all of which stand to put the biggest roadblock imaginable in the progress of an otherwise ideal diet.

Eating Too Little

Next up, calorie cutting is very important but this does not mean going from the recommended 2,000/2,500 a day down to say 1,200 straight away. All you’ll do is send your body into a state of shock where it will hold on to ever calorie you put in and find itself unable to function as it should – hence the reason weight-loss will come to a grinding halt.

Missing Meals

And in a similar vein to the above, missing a meal can in most instances be infinitely worse for a weight-loss regime than eating something rather unhealthy. The lack of food sends the body into starvation mode which means that the next meal you eat will be stored almost in its entirety. By contrast, keeping things moving with anything at all rather than a glaring gap is always preferable.

Insufficient Sleep

There are few that genuinely comprehend how important sleep can be when it comes to losing weight. The body and every single one of its processes is dependent on plenty of sleep in order to function efficiently and healthily, which means that too little sleep slows things down and thus can wreck weight loss efforts.

Not Enough Movement

And finally, most will swear bling that there are making enough effort when it comes to exercising and generally getting up and about, but most are doing no such thing. Sure it makes a difference if you start taking the stairs instead of the lift and walk around the office three times every lunch break, but exercise must be gradually increased in steady increments in order for it to keep having any long-term effects at all.


By Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton has been interested in personal training for a long time and now she shares her fitness findings (with the help of Tim Hayes Fitness) to the UK public.


Guest Post: Little Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy

>> Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Little Known Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy
Society pushes us all to become more fit an healthy, but many people struggle to do this. Many people feel that they have "tried everything" to lose weight and be healthier, but nothing works for them in their opinion. If you can relate to that, take a look at these tips of little known ways to stay fit and healthy. They are easy, little things to do to be healthier throughout your day, that wont force you to crash diet or change your whole lifestyle.

1. Drink as much water as you possibly can.
Although you may know that you should drink water, you may not know why. There are endless benefits to drinking water throughout the day. The first is that it helps detoxify your system and flush out all of the unwanted toxins in your body. This will in turn make you lose weight and also keep your skin fresh looking and very clear. Not only will drinking water clean you up, inside and out, but it will also speed up your metabolism. Speeding up your metabolism will burn more calories faster throughout the day, and will keep your slim, trim, and more healthy that you were. Lastly, drinking lots of water will make you feel fuller throughout the day. This means that you will be less inclined to give in to your cravings, eat out of boredom, or make unhealthy food selections.

2. Don't stop moving.
When you see of feel someone fidgeting, most people would find it annoying and silently wish that they would stop. It is time to consider, however, that they are the smart ones! Constant movement is a great way to speed up your metabolism. Fidgeting is constant movement that you can do anywhere in any situation. It will burn calories while also toning the muscles you are repeatedly flexing.

3. Take extra trips.
No matter where you are going, take the path of MOST resistance. Walk the route that takes longer. Carry one thing at a time so you have to make multiple trips. When you are going up or down the stairs, retrace your steps a couple of times just for fun. These are easy and quick ways to burn extra calories that can easily fit into your every day schedule.

4. Dress warmer than you think you need to.
With every increase in your body temperature, you will burn fourteen percent more calories per hour. You know what that means: layer up! Keep yourself nice and toasty at all times to raise your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day. Although it may be uncomfortable, keep extra layers on while you work out as well. This will make you workout have a bigger impact and will let you burn more, and therefore lose more. Keep in mind, however, that this will probably increase your sweating during your workout. Make sure you prepare for this by bringing extra fluids. Be sure to replenish all of the extra liquid that you will be losing.

Author Pam Johnson is a nurse who makes a living on keeping people healthy. She obtained her degree from one of the Best Online BSN Programs


Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, February 21, 2013


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>> Thursday, February 14, 2013


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