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Fisher Nut Exactly at Costco {giveaway}

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So last year, I was delighted to introduce y’all to Fisher NUTexactly snack bites – which were a delightful hit not just with my family, but with many of y’all as well.  Fisher NUTexactly snack bites are back at Costco, and I’ve teamed up with them again to share the news about their new twist with y’all!  I was sent compensation in exchange for sharing about the new Fisher NUT Exactly snack bites – however, all opinions are all my own.

Fisher NUT EXACTLY snack bites are now available in a new flavor combination at Costco stores across the Southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  And just in time for today’s BIG GAME!

 

 

Now let me tell y’all – this new  new flavor combination is absolutely ahh-mazing!  I had a hard time putting the bag away.  Even more, my kids, better known as the pickiest kids alive, gobbled these up as after school snacks.  This year, the NUT EXACTLY snack bites consist of roasted almonds and blueberries dipped in rich dark chocolate. Made with simple ingredients and no artificial preservatives, Fisher NUT EXACTLY is a gluten free snack that you can feel good about sharing with friends and family as part of your game day snack spread.

Fisher Nut Exactly at Costco

For more information about Fisher NUT EXACTLY flavors and product availability visit www.fishernutexactly.com   Don’t forget to show us how they’re enjoying Fisher NUT EXACTLY by Tweeting or sharing photos on Instagram with #FisherNUTEXACTLY.  

Fisher Nut Exactly at Costco

Would you like to win a Fisher Nut Exactly Prize Pack?  One lucky winner will get a 20 oz. bag of Fisher Nut Exactly PLUS a $50 Costco Gift Card (can be used without Costco membership)!  It’s simple to enter: first, comment below telling me your best tips for throwing a game-day party.  Make sure you visit Fisher on Facebook and tell them why you’re excited to try Fisher Nut Exactly – and stop by my Facebook fan page as well, and tell me hi.  🙂 Then, fill out the Giveaway Tools form below.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Better-for-You Baked Ranch Quesadillas

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Baked Ranch Quesadillas

Yep, I used the phrase “better-for-you” and “ranch” together.  And I mean it, y’all!  I recently had an opportunity to create a recipe as part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe.   However, all opinions, experiences, photos share here, and bad puns are all my own.

So how on earth can I make “better-for-you” baked RANCH quesadillas?  It’s simple: with Naturally Fresh® Lite Ranch, which is made with Naturally Fresh®’s own nonfat buttermilk cuts the calories in half, and it’s made with real, wholesome ingredients.  You’ve got to look in the refrigerated section at Publix or Kroger to find Naturally Fresh® products – and you can also utilize the Naturally Fresh® App to find products near you.

With a little thing called The Super Bowl coming up in a few days, I thought baked ranch quesadillas – with my own twist – would be a great snack for any party.  Wouldn’t these be the perfect appetizer to serve?  More importantly, with a few tweaks, I created a better-for-you appetizer (or meal!) and gave it some healthier updates.

Baked Ranch Quesadillas collage

Better-for-You Baked Ranch Quesadillas

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--Barbara

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Feed-a-Cold Quick Soup

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So last night, in the midst of all the coughing my family has been doing this week, I made pasta on a whim for the kids.  One thing led to another, and I had a soup for me and the hubs (for the life of me, I cannot get the kids to eat soup!) and pasta for the kids.  It was simple, and I really just grabbed whatever I had available in the fridge.  It was nice because it was simple, yet filling – and from start-to-finish, took less than 20 minutes.

Feed-A-Cold Quick Soup Soup Shot

 

Here’s what I did, and here are some ways you can jazz it up and make it your own.

Feed-a-Cold Quick Soup

First, you’ll need: [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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AMAZING $5 Shick Razor Coupon!

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So I don’t post about individual coupons much these days, but this one is just WAY too good not to share.  Right now you can print (2) coupons for $5 off any Schick razor refill, including Hydro Silk®, Quattro for Women®, or Schick Intuition.

I’ve been using the Intuition razors for about ten years now, so I am always on the lookout for deals on my razor blade refills.  This week, at CVS, you can get $4 in ECB when you buy any Schick razor or razor refill.  Between the Schick razor coupon, and some ECB I already have, I will walk away with a SWEET deal on my favorite razors!

Along with the fantastic $5 Schick razor coupon for refills, there’s also a $2 coupon for razors – so if you’d like to try out any of the Shick razors for women, this would be a great time to snag a fantastic deal!

Don’t forget to “share” this deal with other women you know who may use Schick razors, or go ahead and print this for them.  Also, remember you can print these coupons twice per device.

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Save $5.00 on any one (1) Schick Hydro Silk®, Schick® Quattro for Women®, or Schick® Intuition® Refill (excludes Schick® Silk Effects®)

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Surviving Snow Mountain, Southern Style

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So I completely get that there are quite a few “transplants” in the Atlanta area who have plenty of experience with snow.  Heaven help us, we all learned last year just how poorly Atlanta as a whole deals with snow, so how on earth can Atlantans enjoy the local phenomenon known as Snow Mountain?  It’s simple, we slap on our rain boots, and enjoy the cold snow, Southern Style.  😉

I was recently invited out to Stone Mountain’s Snow Mountain with my family to enjoy the tubes, the snow, and the atmosphere.  If you’ve never been, make sure you go NOW, as it’s only here through Sunday March 1!  Littles can enjoy The SnowZone (perhaps a child’s first expereince with -ahem- building a snow man), and enjoy the adventures of the Little Angels, complete with SnoBoggans – bigger kids will LOVE Avalanche Alley and Tube Runners. The whole family can indulge in snacks and treats at the SnoDeck, and then enjoy S’mores at Snow Fire Point while watching the sun go down.

Surviving Snow Mountain collage

Make sure to book your times in advance, as you get two hours to do the tubing.  Also, check for discount tickets if you’re a Gas South customer.  Check with ticket information for further details.

It was a wonderful experience, but honest-to-goodness, I just wasn’t sure how this Southern girl was going to get her two littles ready for the snow.  Thankfully, my mom got the kids snow suits for Christmas, so they had a basic outfit, at least.  I will share a few tips:

Surviving Snow Mountain: Southern Style

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--Barbara

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6 Shockingly Simple Ways to Be More Active

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After guest-poster Mindy Hadar shared with y’all the real cost (benefit) of fitness, I’m pleased to share another piece in my New Year, New You series – this one is from Deanne, who has been faithfully and kindly kicking my derriere in to shape for a few years now over at the JCC here in Atlanta.  She.  Rocks.  🙂

 

6 Shockingly Simple Ways to Be More Active

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None of the tips I’m suggesting is earth shattering. In fact, most of them are things you could start doing immediately, and cost absolutely nothing at all.  Try out the tips that seem most realistic for you at this point in your life. Once you’ve mastered them, consider trying a couple others. And please share with me your tips for making physical activity a part of your day!

1. Park further away.  Build in extra walking by parking further away from your destination. With how crammed many parking lots become, you’ll not only burn calories but save a lot of time (and potential accidents) waiting for a closer spot to free up. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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8 Tips to Naturally Treat Eczema (and Prevent it!)

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When my son was about six months old, he developed a rashy-looking patch of skin on his belly.  When I took him in to the pediatrician, she misdiagnosed him with ring worm.  Ring.  Worm.  Shudder.  Long story short, we don’t go to that doctor anymore, and have since gotten the correct diagnosis: eczema.  My son develops small patches of dry skin, typically on the back of his knees, near his elbows, and other areas on his body.

Thankfully, his has been a mild case these last few years, but I think that’s greatly in part to taking preventative measures.  There’s a whole arsenal of ways to treat and prevent eczema, but some suggestions just seem a little …extreme.  For instance, our pediatrician once mentioned that its feasible to treat a flare up with a bleach bath.  She walked me through the specifics, and assured me of the science behind this idea (and also stated she didn’t think it was ever something she personally could do for her child), but ….the idea of giving my toddler son a bleach bath just didn’t sound appealing.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to treat and prevent eczema using natural methods.

8 Tips to Naturally Treat Eczema

While the exact cause of eczema in each person is a little different, studies show that stress, genetics, and even food allergens are the main culprits. Anything from gluten, eggs, soy, peanuts, to citrus and even cow’s milk can cause eczema to flare up if you’re even slightly allergic. Let’s get to the root of the issue instead of just relieving it temporarily.

1. Avoid using detergents or fabric softeners, unless they’re free of all dyes and fragrances. You can even make your own detergent, just to be safe. Use the rinse cycle twice to get rid of extra residue left behind from detergents.

2. Cook with coconut oil. Coconut milk contains lauric acid, which our bodies convert into monolaurin. Monolaurin is a compound that helps fight viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Coconut oil also moisturizes the skin, which can be helpful when dealing with eczema.

If you find that moisturizing doesn’t help, try this healthy skin sea spray.

3. Avoid fast food. Besides obvious reasons (like fast food just not being good for our bodies, and it being expensive), when you have eczema it’s important to maintain healthy immune and digestive systems. This means eating healthy foods, at least most of the time.

4. Get allergy tested. Many allergens in the air, such as dust and pollen, can increase eczema flare ups as well as asthma problems. Many folks that have eczema also have asthma.

5. Skip the topicals. While topical treatments provide immediate short-lasting relief, don’t use them in place of getting to the root of the issue. If you’re going to use something topically, try avocado or aloe vera. Mix into a paste and leave it on the skin for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

With eczema, you should look from the inside out. Like I mentioned above, the immune system and the digestive system are both important players in this game. Keep an eye on what you’re eating (or what you’re feeding the kiddos), and even keep a food log to show the doctor. This can help tremendously, and it will also save a lot of time when it comes to figuring out the cause of your eczema.

6. Take a probiotic. Dairy-free is best, especially if you have any type of dairy allergy. Probiotics help build up healthy bacteria in your gut, which can help improve eczema symptoms.

7. Avoid caffeine. Drink water, green smoothies, and (fresh-squeezed) juices instead.

8. Bathe sparingly. I don’t mean that you should go around smelling awful, but taking a bath or shower every day isn’t usually necessary. Keep baths lukewarm and short, to prevent drying of the skin.

These tips are not for instant relief, they’re for long-lasting relief because you’ll get to the root of your eczema issues instead of just covering them up for a bit. Many factors contribute to eczema flare ups, so don’t give up if you can’t find the cause right away.

So, do you have any favorite tips to naturally treat eczema?  Please comment below with any additional tips, or suggestions you might have for naturally treatment or prevention of eczema.

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--Barbara

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New Year, New You – The Real Cost of Fitness

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New Year, New You - The Cost of Fitness

I am delighted to have a friend guest post today to talk about fitness.  Mindy Hadar is a personal trainer and health coach, and she’s here to dish about the real cost of fitness …..or the cost of NOT being fit.  🙂

When is the last time you went to the doctor? Did you leave thinking, “Oh, I just love it here, I don’t want to leave! I cannot wait to come back!” My guess is … No.  You might have been thinking, “I hope they bill my insurance correctly.”  Or Hmm, “I didn’t know my co-pay went up” Or ” I am so glad I only have to do THAT once a year!”… You get my point.

We all want to be healthy and strong and want the same for our beautiful babes! That being said, Did you know that MOST  illness can be avoided by being with in a healthy weight? Did you know : heart bypass costs an average of $117,094and heart valve replacement cost an average of $164,238? [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Sprouts Vitamin Sale and Body Care Extravaganza

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I’m excited for the opportunity to have  Sprouts Farmers Market sponsor this post, in exchange for a form of compensation.  All opinions and tasteless jokes, however, remain mine.

With the new year, comes the opportunity to re-evaluate your health and fitness goals.  Most likely, you’re looking to up your game in the new year?  Right now, you can stock up on essential vitamins and other body care items at Sprouts Farmers Market.  They’re hosting a 25% off Vitamin and Body Care Extravaganza starting Wednesday, January 7 through Wednesday January 14, 2015.  (…and stay tuned: there’s a few ways YOU can win!!)

During the sale EVERY vitamin, supplement and body care product at Sprouts is 25% off. It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on everything your body needs to stay healthy as well as natural soaps, lotions and other skin care products.

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Whatcha’ Reading – Books for 2015

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WhatchaReading - books for 2015

So I shared a graphic on Facebook the other day, and it (eventually) got me thinking: why not keep a catalog of all the books I read this year?  I’m constantly asked for book recommendations, and -once upon a time- I did keep a list of all the books I’d read, and I found it helpful.

books for 2015

I challenge YOU to keep a list of all the books you read this year.  We can compare and take notes.  😉

Books for 2015

January 1, 2015:
Alice I Have Been: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin – Last year, I read The Aviator’s Wife, and thoroughly enjoyed Benjamin’s writing style.  So when my dear sweet husband found another of her novels at Goodwill, he knew it was a good investment.  That Alice [Adventures] in Wonderland is both my favorite book and movie serves as merely the carrot that dangled me in to reading this.  So far, so good, I’d say!


So, what books have YOU read lately?  Leave a comment below – and check back in frequently, as I update MY reading list for 2015.  🙂

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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