Tracking My Health Success With Noom Coach Pro App Week 1

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I received compensation for participating in this 30 Day Challenge and my work on this review.  This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  Regardless of compensation, all thoughts and opinions within are 100% my own.  I only promote products and companies I stand behind and believe in.

If you have been around for long, you know that I have struggled off and on with weight for a long time.  This year, as a family we have chosen to join together and make positive changes for our health.  We aren’t dieting.  We aren’t aiming at specific numbers on a scale or in special pant size.  We are however being diligent in embracing health habits to improve ourselves.  When I was approached by MSM to possibly work with them on a fun sponsored campaign for the Noom Coach Pro App, I was thrilled.  Not because I was on a diet, but because I knew it would be a great way for me to stay on track.  Today I get to share with you how I am Tracking My Health Success With Noom Coach Pro App!

NoomTracking My Health Success With Noom Coach Pro App

When I made the decision to work on my health, I knew losing weight was part of it.  I do weigh in weekly and I do get excited about the number on the scale going down, but mostly I am happy about my overall health improvements.  For my family it meant eating healthier foods, feeding our bodies instead of our emotions and being good examples to our sons.

Benefits of Healthier Lifestyle:

  • Less Hip & Back Pain due to weight loss & increased muscle strength
  • No need or blood pressure or cholesterol medications (both were close in the future if changes hadn’t been made)
  • Ability to go to amusement parks, regular parks, walks and other fun outside activities including a lot of walking without pain.
  • More energy and ability to work better
  • Less foggy mind when I wake up
  • Better sleep
  • Fewer headaches
  • Good example to my sons to eat better foods and feed their bodies as needed and not just eat for emotional neds

How Noom Coach Pro App Helps Me Reach My Goals:

  • Daily accountability within my Group.  The app provides you with a chance to get to know others who are using the app and see what they are doing to be successful.  It provides support, advice and accountability.
  • Easy way to track my meals.  I tend to snack or eat small meals so having a log for everything I eat helps me gauge how I am doing on daily calories.  Plus the Noom App figures how many calories I should be eating daily for optimal weight loss according to my weight, gender, height and activity level.
  • Built in Pedometer. As long as I have my phone on me, it counts my steps for me.  It also sets a reasonable daily goal for my lifestyle.    If I want to log other additional exercise there is a place for that as well.
  • Daily Dietary Tips.  These are medically educated snippets of information to encourage my overall health.  Everything from thoughts on getting rid of empty liquid calories to how organics and raw foods contribute to our health.

As part of this program, I was given the Noom Coach Pro App for FREE to use during my 30 day campaign.  To help me stay motivated and help my readers and friends, I was also given a special promotional link you can go through to download the app and get the Noom Coach PRO for FREE for a month too!

If you would like to join me on my journey and participate in your own Noom Group – just head over and Download the Noom Coach Pro App for Android today.  It may take up to 24 hours for you to be upgraded to the Free Pro version, but if you don’t – please let me know and I will contact them directly to get your upgrade.

Each week I will share my successes and failures with you.  This week I was on the road traveling so it was a lot harder than I hope it will be at home.

WEEK 1:

Starting Weight: 244.5

Ending Weight: 239.4

Successes: Avoiding most fast food on the road & eating 5 small meals each day.  Drank water daily and reached my goal steps plus some every day.

Failures: Voodoo Donuts in Portland is a tradition so ate 2 donuts that weren’t healthy options.

I can’t wait to have you join me on this journey with the Noom Coach Pro App!  This isn’t a miracle weight loss drug or a special diet plan. This is simply an awesome and easy to use accountability tool that I love so far!  Hope to see you join my group soon!

I received compensation for participating in this 30 Day Challenge and my work on this review.  This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  Regardless of compensation, all thoughts and opinions within are 100% my own.  I only promote products and companies I stand behind and believe in.

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Bubble Bum Booster Seat Giveaway

Bubble Bum Giveaway

Welcome to the BubbleBum Booster Seat Giveaway!

Hosted By: Sweet Southern Lovin

Cohosted By: Life of a Southern Mom

Sponsored By: BubbleBum

BubbleBum is the first ever inflatable booster seat. Founded by Grainne Kelly, out of pure frustration and concern for her own kids safely while traveling. This car seat is very light weight and perfect for kids ages 4-11. It easily folds flat and can be stored in a matching travel bag to make carrying around while traveling so much easier, since it inflates in only 20 seconds (by mouth). The BubbleBum is perfect for: Carpool, when you have 3 carseats in a row, taxis, holidays, rental cars, grandma’s car, and so much more. The options are endless. There are even positioning clips on each side that will hold the lap portion of the seat belt in place. The BubbleBum is available in 4 fun colors; purple/lime, black/silver, neon pink and neon yellow. What color will you pick? Michelle over at Sweet Southern Lovin had the opportunity to review the neon pink BubbleBum. Check out her full review by visiting here.

How totally cool is that?  While my youngest still uses a booster seat, I am really in lo with this concept. It would help us so much with traveling by plane as often as we do!

BubbleBum Giveaway

**Giveaway Details**

July 25th at 1am EST to August 7th at 11:59pm EST

Open to Continental US only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: One lucky reader will win a BubbleBum Booster Seat in the color of their choice. RV $29.99

**How to Enter**

Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Michelle@sweetsouthernlovin.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. All entries are optional.

*Participating bloggers did not receive any compensation for this giveaway. Sponsor is responsible for prize shipment. Any questions email Michelle@sweetsouthernlovin.com*

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Keeping It Fresh On The Road With Cottonelle

Cottonelle Fresh Care

If  you’ve been following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you know that we have been on the road a lot this summer.  When I was approached to do a sponsored post for Cottonelle, I knew just what I would be talking about.  Keeping It Fresh On The Road With Cottonelle is where it is at.

Cottonelle Fresh Care

Keeping It Fresh On The Road With Cottonelle

When you take an epic family road trip, that means you are in and out of motels every night along the way.  Let’s face it – hotels can be really nice, but if you are like us and working to keep your travel budget low, then a motel is the option you go for.  One of the things that is lacking in your average motel is the lack of quality toilet paper.  17 days on the road.  In and out of motels each night using 1-ply scratchy almost like sandpaper toilet paper on my bum?  Not happening. That, is precisely why I have learned the hard way to pack my own toilet paper for the road.

#LetsTalkBums

This summer we have traveled a lot for work and personal time away.  Part of our travel has included long road trips with anywhere from 8-12 hours on the road per day.  Bathroom routines at home are a lot different than on the road.  Whether it meant waiting a bit longer than we would like for a bathroom pit stop, or having to use the yucky truck stop toilet paper along the way, it got rough on our bums. Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper is a great option for packing on the road.  Not only is it good quality and a lot nicer to our sensitive backsides, it is really affordable.   Like we already mentioned, affordability is key when you are traveling as a family for an extended time.

As can happen on the road, you will find a kid may wait a bit too long to go potty.  When that happens, there may be some extra discomfort happening.  If your kids are like my son, they don’t want to use baby wipes on their bottoms anymore.  That’s for babies and he is NOT a baby anymore!  The perfect solution for that problem is to pick up Cottonelle Fresh Care Disposable Wipes.  These aren’t for babies.  These are adult wipes.  Yep, I totally pulled that trick a few times so he would use them and help soothe a little discomfort on his bottom.  Not only are they soothing for discomfort, but they are perfect for those of us who want just a little extra cleaning action. With their sleek and nondescript container, you also have no issue leaving them on the counter in your bathroom.  They blend right in and don’t look “obvious” for those who might be sensitive about others knowing they use a wipe and toilet paper system for ultimate cleansing.

Cottonelle 2When I picked up my Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper and Fresh Care Disposable Wipes, I was really surprised at their low price at my local Walmart. For an amazing added discount for our readers – we have a special $1.50/1 Cottonelle Coupon!  For my savings minded friends – you can use this great high value toilet paper coupon along wit local store sale and grab an amazing deal on a quality toilet paper!

If you are headed out on the road for a great Epic Family Road Trip like we are on this year, then you don’t want to leave home without your own emergency supply of Cottonelle Toilet Paper & Fresh Care Wipes.  Not only will your bum thank you – but your family probably will too!

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle.  Regardless of any compensation received in exchange for posting this we only share our honest opinions on these products within our posts. 

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5 Common Uses For Essential Oils

5 Common Uses For Essentil Oils

In recent years more and more people have turned to natural remedies for their health concerns. The use of essential oils for common illnesses an daily use has become common practice.  As someone who respects the medical community but hates the practice of treating symptoms instead of disease, natural remedies are definitely on my radar.  If you have been hesitant about using essential oils yourself, this list of 5 Common Uses For Essential Oils is perfect to start with. Not only are they simple and easy, but they are also things that you will likely need on a regular basis.  Having been a bit distrusting of the “cure” factor in essential oils, I can say that each of these oils and remedies have worked in my own life.  While I don’t recommend replacing proper medical care with the use of essential oils, I do believe some common ailments can be handled easily with this natural method.

5 Common Uses For Essentil Oils5 COMMON USES FOR ESSENTIAL OILS

NAUSEA & STOMACH UPSET RELIEF: The inhalation or topical application of lemon, lemon grass, ginger, patchouli or peppermint essential oils is a great way to help relief nausea or stomach upset. Most commonly inhaled or topically applied to the stomach or feet for absorption into the system can both be very effective.

HEADACHE RELIEF: Peppermint and wintergreen inhaled or placed on the tongue are fantastic for relieving headaches of all kinds. Inhaled from a diffuser they can help calm and ease tension and prevent headaches from getting worse as well.

BUG BITE PREVENTION OR HEALING: There are great prevention sprays you can make using tea tree oil, lavender and oregano to prevent bug bites, but a little drop of lavender directly on a bite will help heal it in no time. Plus it smells great and relaxes you in the process.

ANTIBIOTIC & ANTI-FUNGAL: Thieves, Tea Tree Oil, and Oregano are excellent if applied topically or ingested to help with various bacteria’s and fungal infections. Depending on if it is an exterior wound or prevention you can use a topical solution, inhalation or with a carrier oil to apply as needed.

STRESS & ANXIETY RELIEF: Marjoram, Lavender and Frankincense are great for helping to calm you. Perfect for inhalation these are all great for general stress, anxiety attacks or even use with children that are hyperactive or have a difficult time relaxing and calming down.

If you are planing on using essential oils for your health, there are a few tips to the best ways to use them. Inhalation via a diffuser or simply placing a drop under the nose is great for many purposes. Topical application can be in the form of a drop directly on the skin or mixed with a carrier and applied topically to the skin. Ingestion is rare but is typically done with just a drop or two on the tongue. Always make sure to read safety guidelines prior to use and be aware of any allergies you may have that would be effected by topical applications.

While there are dozens of locations you can purchase essential oils, in he beginning starting with a well known brand from Walmart or Walgreen’s will suffice.  Once you decide what oils you will need for daily use in your life, you can do more research on other brands and programs that may suit your individual needs better.

These 5 common uses for essential oils are a great place to start in your essential oil journey. Not only do they allow for the purchase of only a few oils to start with, but they are issues that are common enough you will likely have them happen within a reasonable amount of time. Check out essential oils for your health, and see immediate improvement of troublesome health issues.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos With Red Gold

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

I love cooking.  So does my family and my assistant.  That means when we occasionally have a sponsored program come along like this fun event Red Gold is hosting currently, we jump in to participate.  This summer, Red Gold is presenting an amazing Red Gold Summer Grillin’ Party Sweepstakes!  We were invited to share with our readers about this event and given some awesome Red Gold products to help us introduce our friends and family to the sweepstakes and product line this summer.  As a result, these Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos were served this week!

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

Our lovely assistant Beth created one of their favorite quick and easy dishes featuring the Red Gold Cilanto Lime tomatoes.  Not only are these great for a quick weeknight meal – they are perfect for a fun weekend BBQ dinner party.  Everyone loves the classic burgers off the grill, but why not go a bit healthier and more festive with this great recipe!

CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN TACOS WITH RED GOLD TOMATOES

 

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos With Red Gold
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Pound Boneless Skinless Free Range Antibiotic Free Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 1 Medium Red Onion
  • 1 Can Red Gold Cilantro Lime Tomatoes
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • 2-3 Limes Sliced
  • 2 Cup Fresh Baby Spinach
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Corn Tortillas
Instructions
  1. Slice chicken breasts into 1-2" pieces.
  2. Lightly coat with cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Slice Red Onion into ¼" pieces
  4. Grill chicken & onion for 3-4 minutes on each side or until chicken has reached temperature and onion is tender.
  5. While onion and chicken are cooking, add poblano to lower heat area of grill and roast slightly.
  6. Remove all from grill and return to kitchen.
  7. In medium sauce pan, add can of cilantro lime tomatoes, fresh baby spinach and roasted poblano that has been sliced, seeded an diced. Heat for 3-5 minutes or until hot and heated through.
  8. Mix with chicken and onion.
  9. Assemble as tacos using cilantro as garnish and Greek yogurt in place of cheese.
  10. Serve on corn tortillas wtih a slice of lime on the side.

 

Red Gold Tomatoes Beth

This summer, Red Gold Tomatoes has created an amazing Grillin Party just for their Facebook Fans!  This fun summer sweepstakes begins on July 24th and end on August 30th.  Every week during this summer sweepstakes, Red Gold Summer Grillin Part will be giving away 1000 aprons plus a grand prize Big Green Egg Grill!

For full sweepstakes details, make sure to check out their press release.  Head over to follow Red Gold on Facebook to be a part of this sweepstakes, but don’t stop there!  Make sure to check out their Twitter, Pinterest and You Tube accounts for more fun, recipes and of course future promotions like this great sweepstakes!

We loved working with Red Gold on this fun sponsored post including some of their perfect for grilling tomato blends!  We were compensated in exchange for this post, but regardless we only promote an support business we enjoy and believe in.  Special thanks to our assistant here,Beth for all of her hard work in creating this yummy recipe to share.

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