Health

Simple Beauty Minerals Makeup Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 04/30/2015 | 27 comments
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I’ve never been big on wearing makeup — mostly because I don’t like feeling it on my skin or my lips.

However, recently, I started wearing Simple Beauty Mineral makeup — which gives me a little more polished look and doesn’t feel like I have a mask on. I’m excited to share my review, some before/after pictures, and a giveaway with you today!

One of the Simplest Things I Do to Improve My Health

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2015 | 29 comments
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Although I am definitely NOT a ‘health nut’ by any standards, I have been practicing one extremely healthy habit on a daily basis for the last 15+ years of my life.

It hardly takes any extra effort on my part but it makes a MASSIVE difference in how I look and feel physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. Oh, and it’s completely FREE!

Feeding Our Kids: Why We Don’t Force Veggies and Allow Snacks

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 41 comments
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Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.

I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2015 | 15 comments
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One of my college professors would always say “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” (believe me, I’m not either) and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

The Essentials I Keep In My Car “Just In Case”

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2015 | 33 comments
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We live in Michigan… more specifically, West Michigan. This means we have pretty nasty winters, thanks to “lake effect” snow, sleet, and ice that blasts our area ALL winter long.

Because of this, I’ve come up with a pretty good list of “car essentials” that I keep in my vehicle at all times — and a few extra items for winter and summer. Today, I’m sharing that list!

2 Simple Healthier Habits I’m Working On This Year

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2015 | 36 comments
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Most of you know that I am NOT a foodie. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by the thought of making a food or healthy-living goal because that’s just not “my thing”.

However, by keeping things REALLY simple and focusing on a couple very specific (yet do-able) changes to incorporate into my current diet, I haven’t felt even the slightest twinge of panic or intimidation — and I’m excited to share my 2 new healthier habits with you today!

(Giveaway) Fight Cold and Flu Season Naturally with Maty’s Healthy Products

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2014 | 3 comments
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With the onset of cold and flu season, I thought it was only appropriate to share about a fabulous company I was recently introduced to — Maty’s Healthy Products.

Aside from being all-natural, made in the US, and using food-based ingredients in their products, their cough syrup is so good you can spread it on your toast!

5 Things I’ve Learned About Myself as an Introvert

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2014 | 45 comments
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent more time looking into different personality types… and I’ve learned a lot about myself as an introvert.

I do not feel less than, or worse, or slighted, or restrained in any way simply because I lean more towards the introverted spectrum of personalities. I actually find it fascinating to learn more about my personality type and what make me “tick”!

A Girl and Her Shoes (plus a giveaway)

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2014 | 1 comment
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I’ve shared Nora’s love of shoes before… I don’t know where she gets it from, but she LOVES her shoes!

Today, I’m sharing our new shoes and giving away a couple pairs of pediped shoes.

For When You’ve Never Walked a Mile In Their Shoes

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2014 | 42 comments
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Almost all of us have ongoing struggles and problems that we deal with on a daily basis. I know our first couple of years with Nora definitely were not a piece of cake!

Inspired by a recent reader question, I decided to write this post about appropriate (and not so appropriate) responses for when friends share their problems with us.

Baby Week Giveaway #10: Angelcare Infant Bath Support

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 1 comment
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Can you believe we’ve made it through over 26 months of bathing a infant and toddler without a bath tub? It’s true, we’ve easily made due with infant tubs in the sink and Nora’s beloved blow-up bath tub!

Well today, I’m excited to give away the Angelcare Infant Bath Support — that just so happens to fit perfectly in our sink and inside Nora’s blow-up tub!

Baby Week Giveaway #7: $100 MAM Gift Basket

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 6 comments
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Due to Nora’s sensory issues, feeding and oral care have been a struggle since the beginning.

Because of this, I’m thankful there are companies like MAM who specialize in high-quality oral care items for all stages of baby life — and I’m super excited to share a huge MAM gift basket with you today!

One Month…

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2014 | 24 comments
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My due date is officially less than one month away!

On one hand, 1 whole month seems like an eternity to be so physically huge and uncomfortable… But on the other hand, with only 1 month left, I feel like there’s a whole lot of mental and emotional preparations that I need to make.

EXPIRED: Healthy Living Bundle: 86 eBooks for $29.97

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2013 | comment
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I know many of you love eBooks — and so do I. You can read as much as you want with NO book clutter — and at a fraction of the expense.

So today, I’m excited to share the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle with you. It includes 86 eBooks, a free 12-week online conference and 9 freebie bonuses. The entire package is valued at over $1000 but it’s on sale THIS WEEK ONLY for $29.97.

Childbirth Choices

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2013 | 45 comments
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I was actually planning to do a post about canning today, but over the past week since the big Royal Birth, I’ve read and heard more than a few snide comments about the use of pain medication and childbirth.

So while I never expected to write anything like this on my blog, I’m sharing my thoughts — from someone who did NOT use pain medication but has no issue with those who do.

A Vicious Cycle

posted by Andrea | 07/12/2013 | 72 comments
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Today’s post is a little heavy for a summer weekend, but a recent Sunday sermon (along with a few emails and previous blog posts) got me thinking about an idea for another blog post… today, I’m sharing the thoughts and words that transpired!

Dealing With Exhaustion {When You Can’t Get More Sleep}

posted by Andrea | 09/6/2012 | 81 comments
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After 9 months of getting very little sleep, Dave and I are both exhausted. And although we would love to get more sleep, it’s just not an option right now since Nora doesn’t nap and is quite fussy at night.

I know so many people who aren’t able to get a good night’s sleep for a variety of reasons… If you are one of those people, I’m hoping some of my tips might help you as you battle exhaustion.

My “Sample Size” First-Aid Kit

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2012 | 13 comments
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A few weeks ago, I shared how I keep our car clean and organized. And after I published that post, I received several comments and emails suggesting that I add a first aid kit to our vehicles… especially now that we have a baby.

I figured that was probably some good advice, so I got creative and turned an old diaper wipes container and a bunch of our extra sample size products into first aid kits for both of our vehicles.

Do You Have Silent Time?

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2012 | 34 comments
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I love quiet. I always have. Maybe it’s my opportunity to clear the clutter from my busy brain… but I feel like I need at least a small chunk of silence every single day.

I never listen to the radio, I don’t have any songs on my computer, I keep my phone on vibrate, and I rarely watch TV. However, after Nora was born, my silent time was gone… until I recently figured out a way to reclaim it again!

Dealing with Burnout and Why I Took a Break

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2012 | 37 comments
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I’ve always been the type of person who likes to be REALLY busy (I think you probably knew that already!)

I thrive when I’m busy and am actually more productive, more efficient, and feel more “alive” when I have a long to-do list. I can usually handle a lot of stress and don’t often get overwhelmed. However, in my adult life, I can think of two very distinct times when I felt completely overwhelmed and “burnt out”.