Aug 26, 2015

Let Nature Heal Your Soul

Disclosure: I'm proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the radiance PLATINUM campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed here are my own. All product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.


I can't think of anything better than spending time in nature listening to the sounds it makes. There's something about open spaces that intrigues me and helps me heal. After losing my son five years ago today (August 26th), I still of course think about him and wonder why it had to happen. On this day, my Facebook page fills up with posts from others who are thinking of me and my family, and I can't help but reflect over the good times and the bad. It's still all a blur. I'm not at peace with it, not yet.

Whenever you experience a loss like mine, it's so important to take care of yourself...mind, body, and soul. Whether you choose to talk to someone, talk to God, or talk to nature or all three, you've got to take care of YOU. Taking vitamins and supplements daily is a great way to take care of your body, and that's exactly what I do, and have been doing for well over a year now.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein
Don't let nature be a stranger, go outside and sit. Talk to God, cry, meditate, do what makes you feel better....Just Sit!

Perhaps you're new at taking vitamins and supplements, or maybe you may think they are not important because you can get nutrients from the foods you eat, or perhaps you think they are too expensive and you can't tell a difference after you've been taking them for a short while. Well, my friends, it takes time. I can't speak for everyone, but I know how much better I felt after 2 months of taking Vits. B12, D3 & C. Those are the three I was low on at my last annual check up. Since taking these three, I've now adding a few more to my daily regimen, which includes CVS's radiance PLATINUM.


As passionate as I am about taking vitamins and supplements to stay healthy, it's only natural that I've partnered with CVS/pharmacy on their campaign about their new radiance PLATINUM. This is my second of three posts I've written. I've included B-Complex, Vitamin E, and Selenium in my daily regimen now, and I have seen a significant change in my body. More energy and less stress are mainly what I've noticed...and that's a good thing as I have a 5-year-old to run after!!! Here's my first post if you'd like to read it - Take Care of Yourself - It Will Show +10 Healthy Actions

CVS/pharmacy radiance PLATINUM offers a full line of products - all are 100% Preservative-free!!


To all the women who read my blog. - when you go for your annual checkups, make sure your doctor's office communicates with you about your lab work. That's how I found out I was low in vitamins. Also, be sure to ask questions...and make sure you get answers before you leave!! 

And don't forget to let nature help you find your healthy beginning, and perhaps heal your soul if needed. Take good care of yourself...daily.


Be sure to check out CVS/pharmacy's ExtraCare Program where you can receive 33% off the regular retail price of your radiance PLATINUM vitamins and supplements. Information is available in stores.


Next month I'm hosting a CVS/pharmacy Giveaway where I'll give away assorted radiance PLATINUM products and a $25 CVS gift card - so stay tuned! 


Aug 23, 2015

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me


Hello everyone! Today I am going to start off with a fun sharing activity called "10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me". I was chosen by Melinda at My So-Called Balanced Life to participate with her questions. I know I haven’t shared much about myself recently so I thought this would be a fun way for you to get to know me a little better.
Here are the rules: I will answer the below 10 questions, then I will come up with a list of 10 questions for 10 bloggers  that I chose (who I will tag in the post) to answer them. Then those bloggers, if they accept the tag, will answer the 10 questions on their own post, come up with another list of 10 questions for 10 other bloggers (who they will tag). The list will go on and on! It is a great way to get to know some awesome bloggers a little better. 
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me:
  1. What is your greatest accomplishment? Getting to 55 without falling apart!!!
  2. Do you prefer dogs or cats? Dogs - After losing our precious dogs of old age and cancer, we rescued two puppies back in March to join our family.
  3. What is your favorite way to relax? Sitting on the couch playing Best Fiends on my iPhone. I'm hooked after participating in a sponsored post about the app!!
  4. What is your favorite song currently? That first song by Ed Sheeran. I'm terrible at remembering names of songs.
  5. Where is your favorite vacation spot? After visiting Alaska three times, we decided to visit Montana last year. Montana is such a beautiful place that we chose to go back this year. I'd have to pick Montana over Alaska.
  6. What is one thing on your bucket list? To See the World. There's so many places I haven't been to. I'd love to travel more with my husband and son. Being a travel blogger would be cool.
  7. What is one thing that brings you joy? We raise our grandson, so seeing him happy, and knowing I've done a great job in raising him. 
  8. Who is your favorite author or your favorite book? I'm not much of a book reader, but I do like Authors, Iyanla Vanzant and Maya Angelou. 
  9. Do you prefer mountains or the ocean? Well, according to my answer to question 5, I'd say the mountains. Love the beach, but my husband and I have a better time in the mountains. 
  10. What is your favorite quote? "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." by Maya Angelou.
Life With Captain Fussybuckets


My Questions to the 10 Bloggers I chose:
  1. What's your favorite movie all of time?
  2. Who inspires you the most and why?
  3. Where will your next vacation be?
  4. What's your favorite thing about blogging?
  5. If you had to choose between sugar or salt to give up, which one and why?
  6. What's your favorite color combo?
  7. What's your current transportation? 
  8. What's your dream car?
  9. Favorite Season and why?
  10. Do you have another job besides blogging or are you retired?
BLOGGERS: if you accept this tag, post your answers in your own blog post, write your own 10 questions, and tag 10 bloggers to answer them (and tag me in it so I can read your answers to my questions)!

Sunday Strolls Giveaway Link Up - 8/23/15


Mommie..Again AND Christy's Cozy Corners are Sunday Strolls permanent Co-host.

Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed.
Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some! AND Why don't you follow Miki's Hope on Bloglovin' so you will be the first to know what's up with her!

Aug 21, 2015

Here's the Best Gluten-Free Protein Bar for On-the-Go Parents

Thank you ZonePerfect for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try Perfectly Simple nutrition bars! #FeelGooder

ZonePerfect Nutritional snack bar laying on outside wood floor next to pot.

Next Tuesday morning I'll be running around the house with my head cut off - so to speak. That's when the first day of school is for my Kindergartener. Not only is this new to him, it's new to me too. I've got to be on top of my game for this new transition to go smoothly every morning, not just the first day of school. I'll have to get up earlier than I have been, I must have at least one cup of coffee before my son wakes up, and most importantly I've got to have a little snack (healthy if anything) to eat before I take him to school or I'll fall flat on my face by the time I get back home!! 

I claim to say, I haven't tasted a good gluten-free protein bar in a long time until now!! It's a #FeelGooder moment!!

I love a good gluten-free protein bar and no, I don't have to eat gluten-free all the time, but I do some of the time. I feel so much better when I eat foods with no gluten. 


Perfectly Simple nutritional bars are loaded with protein and are low in calories which this can keep you fuller longer....which can make you #FeelGooder!! Sound good? Hey, and they are good too. I don't think you'll be disappointed in this on-the-go protein barDon't worry about them being gluten-free if you don't eat that way, the taste is not compromised because the gluten has been left out...I promise!!

Here's 4 flavors to try: 
  • Almond Toffee Crunch
  • Bing Cherry & Almond
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk
  • Roasted Cashew & Dar Chocolate
I found all flavors at Target near the pharmacy, and what I understand CVS/pharmacy will soon carry them as well. You may want to call ahead to see if your local grocery store carries them. 


If you're a parent on-the-go like me, and you have to be here and there all at the same time, you may want to consider one of these delicious healthy snacks - oh, and I would hide them from the rest of the fam...because they are that good!!  


I think you'll agree with me that Perfectly Simple by ZonePerfect can be an essential part of one's daily routine while on-the-go. I do for sure!! So for a healthy snack go get your nutritional bar today...and don't forget to grab the $1 off coupon on one box of Perfectly Simple before you go!!

What's one thing that you do to make yourself FEEL GOODER? If you want, share your own FEEL GOODER moments on social media tagging @ZonePerfect using hastag #FeelGooder!!



Aug 19, 2015

Macy's Back to School Event: Arlington, TX

I am a member of the  Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It's Macy's Back to School time!! First impressions speak louder than words, don't they? Kids of all ages will only get that one chance to make that first impression, so dress them in style for back to school at Macy's. Make it a family fun event while shopping for those much-needed school clothes.

Cute kids on a Macy's Back to School Ad

Macy's Back to School Event
Macy's Parks At Arlington - Arlington, TX
August 30th at 2 PM

**Featuring Pop Sensation, Daniel Skye**

*Catch a performance by pop sensation, singer/songwriter Daniel Skye, then meet Daniel and snap a photo with him*. Plus, with any $35 or more Kids purchase, get** a Daniel Skye keepsake! Enjoy refreshments courtesy of Drazil Tea and Little Me Tea, and snacks courtesy of Deep River Snacks and Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps. 

For more information about Macy's & their Back to School Events, visit http://bit.ly/BTSkids15


For a full list of events, visit macys.com/btsevents

Get your kiddos back to school in style at your local Macy's Store...AND don't miss this fun family event at Macy's Parks At Arlington on 8/30 at 2 pm.

Macy's (Parks At Arlington)
3841 South Cooper Street
Arlington, TX 76015
2nd Floor