Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tips for Encouraging Healthy Habits in Kids

by Diane Estrella

You may not think much about it now, but habits your children develop at a young age will stay with them their entire life. When you instill healthy habits, they are far more likely to stick with them and grow up to be a healthier adult. Maybe you already have a teenager who is struggling to lose weight, or perhaps you have a younger child who has no interest in physical activity. Whatever the case is, these tips will help create healthy habits.


Be an Example


Telling your child to eat healthy and exercise while you shovel in pastries sitting on the couch is not going to fly. You need to be the example. They learn from watching you, so the younger they are, the more natural healthy habits will be because they will be all they know.


Plan Active Activities


Family movie night is great for cold winter or rainy summer evenings, but family time should include activities that get you moving. I get it; movie night is cheap. However, so is packing some snacks and water and going on a Saturday morning hike, or grabbing the sleds on a winter day and going tobogganing.


Take Daily Walks


Even a small amount of activity is better than no activity at all. Going for a 20-minute walk around the block after dinner is better than plopping down on the sofa. A walk will speed up digestion and give you a chance to talk about their day, homework, upcoming sports games or dance recitals, etc.


Don’t Use Food as a Reward


Promising a stop at the ice-cream parlor, if they are good teaches them that unhealthy food choices are rewarding. It can be tempting to bribe with food, especially when you have a million things going on, you’re stressed out, and you just want them to cooperate. If you are going to use food, make it something healthy, like smoothies or fruit kabobs.



Promote a Healthy Environment


A child’s surroundings can either inspire them to get active or promote laziness. If you are in a dark, cluttered, dirty house with poor air quality, you will likely want to lie around and do nothing. A clean, well-lit home with great air quality just makes you feel like moving. Get them involved with chores, and give them responsibilities that go beyond cleaning their room. Have them clean the blinds or help you clean the wall water feature. Coincidently, a water fountain actually cleans the air and promotes a healthier environment, too. You can order one online at stores like IndoorFountainPros.com.

the revealing suzanne woods fisher

Love does extraordinary things to people . . .

In a single, impulsive act, Naomi King chooses to follow her heart into unfamiliar territory, jeopardizing all that she holds dear. If anyone finds out what she’s up to, she’s in for trouble. But when it comes to Tobe Schrock, Naomi believes it’s worth it.

But it all comes crashing down when a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with an unexpected delivery for Tobe. Add a guest at the inn with a curious talent and a genealogist who is more interested in modern-day Schrocks than in old family trees, and evidence starts to mount that points to something sinister at work. Or someone.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and romance.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace, and an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

My Review

I think a lot of the time, when one thinks of the “Amish” lifestyle, it’s easy to box it in as simple and uncomplicated. The author shows us in this book, and the entire Inn at Eagle Hill series, that nothing is ever as simple or as clear-cut as it seems.

The Revealing was full of surprises. There were more curveballs coming at me then I could believe possible. I think the reassuring factor in all of these books was the characters’ moral compass. They always went back to acting and reacting to others with love. When you have a strong foundation in your life, no matter what comes your way, you know that God will see you through it.

“It doesn’t matter what you intended. What matters is … what is.”

Good intentions do not always translate to making good choices. Having the follow-through to see something through to the end is difficult at times for sure. Many of the characters in this story had to decide what they believed in and stick with their convictions. Knowing what’s in your heart and not being swayed from the truth can be hard. Happily, many important lessons were learned by all.

Fans of Eagle Hill, do not fret. I’m pretty sure the author has a few more adventures to see this family through. Maybe a couple of weddings… babies… a mystery or two, and hopefully lots more beautiful examples of showing unconditional love.

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Revell Books sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Revell.

Welcome to the Western Round-up Giveaway Hop! A special thanks to M.K. McClintock for hosting this event.

the heart's pursuit by robin lee hatcherAbout the Book

A Colorado beauty abandoned at the altar. A rugged bounty hunter haunted by his past. In this dramatic historical novel by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher, two wounded hearts join forces in a pursuit across the Old West. Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled with the remnant of her family’s fortune. She is determined to find the man who betrayed her trust.

Jared Newman, rugged as the West itself, is relentless in his pursuit of lawless men—but unable to escape his own tragic past. Hardened by his life as a bounty hunter, he must learn to forgive before he loses his soul. Joining forces, the two set out in search of Silver’s betrayer. The handsome but embittered Jared finds himself powerfully drawn to the beautiful woman whose drive for justice equals his own. But lack of honesty keeps Silver and Jared from fully trusting each other, even as a shocking revelation intensifies their pursuit of the cunning—and deadly—quarry.

You can purchase The Heart’s Pursuit here.

You can read my review here.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

“Cariloha Fit” Bamboo Workout Clothing #Fitness

by Diane Estrella

If I’m gonna sweat THAT hard, then, I wanna look THIS good!

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Cariloha’s ultra-soft bamboo fitness wear is like no other on earth because it’s made of bamboo. Each item features the Four P’s to thriving while being active:

Athletic Performance.

Odor Prevention.

Skin Preservation.

Sun Protection.

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My Review

Love these!

I am fairly new to an exercise “workout” program. Better late than never, I guess. I want to be comfortable as well as fully supported. Cariloha fitness gear meets both requirements.

Cariloha Bamboo Fit is made in India with an organic cotton, bamboo, elastane blend. The people that designed them really took into account the way they fit on women, and made them work with our working-out movements. I felt a lot of support with the racerback cross tank and adorable in my “tennis” skirt. They wash nicely and don’t stretch or pill. I LOVE that they are organic and bamboo. If you have never tried bamboo, then you don’t know the softness you are missing out on. So gentle on the skin!

I especially loved the capris training pants. They are SO SOFT and stay in place. Nothing riding up or shifting around. These are the MOST comfy pants ever.

You can find Cariloha here on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Check them out!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from Cariloha. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

vegan ice creamThis revised edition of Vice Cream features more than 90 delicious ice cream recipes using all-vegan ingredients like nuts, dates, coconut milk, maple syrup, and fruit, plus recipes for raw vegan ice creams and sauces.

Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or following a dairy-free diet, you don’t have to miss out on one of the world’s favorite desserts. Although ice cream substitutes are available, none of them achieves the richness of the real thing or offers the breadth of delicious flavors—until now. Vegan Ice Cream offers decadent frozen alternatives that don’t rely on milk, cream, or refined white sugar. Instead, these luscious recipes use nut milks, fresh fruit, and natural sweeteners to create simple and inventive ice cream flavors, from old favorites like Chocolate Chip and Strawberry to exotic creations such as Pecan Pie, Pomegranate, Kiwi Mandarin, Piña Colada, Chai, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Gingersnap, and many more.

This fully revised edition now features more than 90 recipes, including raw vegan ice creams and sauces, and full-color photography throughout. From the very first taste, you’ll be astonished at just how tasty and rich vegan ice cream can be. So make room in your freezer, and never miss out on the joys of ice cream again.

My Review

Not what you expect, but not bad either!

For anyone that is vegan or has a dairy dietary restriction, this book is perfect to give you the ‘I scream for ice cream’ fix that all of us want.

In order to make the ice cream recipes in this book, you do need to have an ice cream maker, and within an hour’s time you can have fresh, homemade ice cream. Most of the recipes in this book make approximately a quart of ice cream. I do have to warn you that the ingredients needed to make vegan ice cream are easy to come by but can be expensive as well. Some of the common ingredients used in many of these recipes include raw cashews, real maple syrup, and pitted honey dates. If you are going into eating vegan ice cream thinking it is “regular” ice cream then you will be disappointed. It is different but still yum. Because no dairy products are involved, the consistency of the ice cream is unique as well. Each recipe will make a frozen treat not void of taste.

The other thing I noted is that my ice cream maker said it would automatically turn off when the ice cream was ready. Because of the unique texture of the vegan ice cream, I don’t think the machine registered it as “done.” After the recommended time limit, I checked the ice cream and it was ready to serve and eat.

I think the author has put a GREAT deal of time researching and perfecting these recipes to make them delicious every time. There is such a variety of flavor choices that everyone can find a favorite, or two, or three, to love. Definitely worth a trail taste bud testing to see if it’s right for you.

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Waterbrook Press sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Waterbrook Press.


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

ARK Survival Gear: Heirloom Vegetable Garden Survival Seeds

by Diane Estrella

100% USA, Heirloom Vegetable Garden Survival Seeds, 30 Varieties With Over 7500+ High Quality Heirloom Seeds NON GMO Organic, NON Hybrid Seeds. All Seeds Are Proudly USA Sourced & Come with LIFETIME GUARANTEE & Bonus Survival Guide. Extended Life Breathable Paper Storage NOT Plastic!

ark survival seedsMake Sure Your Family Doesn’t Go Hungry During Times of Crisis with Our Heirloom Seeds

The simple truth is ‘We KNOW Seeds’ & our HEIRLOOM, NON GMO, NON Hybrid, open pollinated seeds are THE HIGHEST QUALITY you’ll find anywhere!

Our customers are important to us and we stand by our seeds, so much so that we provide a LIFETIME 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.

Why Ark Survival Heirloom Seeds Pack is Superior

-Our survival seed kit truly is a complete kit as we not only plan the seeds in the kit for maximum nutrition we also include herbs for medicinal purposes, as in times of crisis you may not have as easy access to health care as you once did.

-We purposely use paper seed packets because being experts with seeds we know from experience that this prolongs the life of the seeds and avoid using tin foil and vapor plastic storage containers and packaging, which can very easily trap vapor when opened and closed and this can ruin your seeds fast!

-Every seed we provide comes with full germination, planting & harvesting instructions, to ensure our customers get the best results.

-Comes with free Survival E-book with survival gardening & long term food preservation & storage advice. Plus survival gardening video course (instant download)

We’ve Got You Covered

We offer a LIFETIME, 100% Money Back Guarantee. The fact is we know our seeds are the best and we can offer such a solid guarantee because of this. Try our heirloom seeds RISK FREE today!

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My Review

I’m ready! Are you?

You just never know what’s coming down the road. There are things you can plan for and things you can’t. ARK Survival Gear has got you covered with Survival Seeds. If anything happens, be it job loss, catastrophic price increases in food, or even the zombie apocalypse, the most important things to have stocked up and ready for any type of emergency is food and water. Having Survival Seeds ensures that you will be able to feed yourself for an extended period of time.

The important thing about Survival Seeds is that they are “heirloom” quality. That means that they have not been genetically altered and are as pure to organic as possible. Most of the seed seletions included are not “off the shelf” seeds you can buy at the grocery store. Along with a wonderful variety of vegetables, Survival Seeds also include different herbs (i.e. dill, oregano, and basil) and possible plants that can be used for holistic medicinal purposes including yarrow, Echinacea, and catnip.

Within six days of planting the Straight Eight Cucumber seeds, beautiful green leaves germinated and they are all ready to plant.

We plan ahead for retirement, kids’ college, and stock market crashes, why not make a small investment that will continue to give you peace of mind that regardless of what happens, you will have food and can get through whatever crisis comes your way. A definite sure-thing investment that you hope you will never have to cash in, but you can sleep soundly knowing if its needed, you’re covered.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.