How I Lost Weight Without Really Trying

weightI try hard to eat healthy and get enough exercise. I’m not perfect at it, especially working out. I’m not a couch potato by any means; I do a lot of physical activities. I just don’t always stick to a workout regimen. When I do workout, I like to use the Wii Fit program. I jumped on after about a month and was surprised that I had lost 8 1/2 pounds. Since I hadn’t been working out, I started to rack my brain for why. So I’m sharing what I think worked for me, and how I lost weight without really trying. Continue reading

How to Make Healthy Toothpaste

toothpasteI’ve posted before about making my own toothpaste and mouthwash, including the reasons why and links to the recipes I use. You can read about it here. However, I am constantly trying to improve what I make for my family’s health. So I have been doing research and tweaking my recipe. I’ve come up with a completely new recipe, with more beneficial ingredients for oral health. Plus this one is a lot easier to make. Before I share the recipe, let’s look at the ingredients and why they’re good for you. Continue reading

Product Review: Hyland’s Leg Cramp Tablets

leg cramp tabletsA leg cramp is the worst. Except when it wakes you up at night, and then it’s THE WORST! There are many ways to prevent cramps, such as making sure you get enough potassium, staying hydrated, and stretching before exercise. But sometimes you still get a leg cramp that feels debilitating. Is there something that can bring quick relief? Today I’m reviewing Hyland’s Leg Cramp Tablets, explaining how they work and whether they’re worth the money. Continue reading

Product Review: Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter

pet hairWith 5 cats and 5 dogs, there’s pet hair all over our house. With my husband’s skin sensitivities, it’s especially important to keep our bed as hair-free as possible. We used to go through 5-10 disposable lint rollers a month. That adds up, plus it create a lot of waste. (You can read more about how we’ve minimized trash by going paperless here.) Then I found these Pet Hair Lifters, and they have almost completely replaced disposable lint rollers in our house. I pretty much only keep one in my purse for when we’re out and about. So today I’m sharing the pros and cons of these lint removers, so you can decide if they’ll work for you! Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Olive Oil

olive oilLast winter, my skin was not happy. I had lots of dry, red, scaly patches all over, mostly on my legs. They burned and it was extremely uncomfortable. I don’t know if it was winter skin, or some condition like psoriasis. I was going through lotion by the gallon but it didn’t make much difference. My husband had read about the benefits of olive oil and suggested I look into it for my skin problems. I did, and began drinking a tablespoon or so a day. My skin loved it!

So how is olive oil made, why is it so good for you, what are its benefits, and how can you use it? Continue reading

My 7 Travel Essentials for Chronic Illness

travelLiving with chronic illness makes day to day life difficult. The list of things I need to do each day to function can be overwhelming at times. Trying to travel with health issues is even trickier. No one wants to feel lousy on a trip, whether it’s for business or pleasure. So I’m sharing the list of items I take with me when I travel that help me to get through the trip. Hopefully this list will help you, or at least give you some ideas. Continue reading