With school starting back up, it’s a task to start juggling all of the after school and homework activities on top of a wholesome dinner. Let’s be honest here, there are plenty of nights where I am seriously struggling with what I can put on the table that doesn’t make my six year old say “NO WAY MOM!” When I stumbled across Kidfresh, it was the best thing ever! Now I have plenty of samples of wholesome meals for kids at my disposal, and a happy six year old! #MyKidMoments
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This Summer has been a little unique for me and my family. It’s the first Summer that we have owned a business away from the home, and it’s the first time in a long time I have spent most of my Summer away. Needless to say, we are also mixing things up this Summer and adding in a little food fun!
I must admit that skin care and cosmetic surgery are not two things that I thought of when I was a teenager and baking in the sun. Now that I am over 40, skin care is one of the top things I think of. Thank you to Surface Clinical for this first in a two part series that addresses skin care and cosmetic surgery.
You’ve dieted and exercised to look great in that little black dress but what people notice first is your skin. What shape are you in? Liz Newman, RN, BSN
A proper skincare regimen can change the integrity and appearance of your skin regardless of age, ethnicity or race. Although a healthy lifestyle definitely contributes to better skin, staying “fit after forty” doesn’t stop with diet and exercise. As skin ages, it loses collagen and elastin, getting dryer and less supple. The epidermis (superficial layer of the skin) becomes thicker if sun damaged, while the dermis (deeper layer), thins, losing the ability to hold moisture. As time marches on, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging become more noticeable. Women arm themselves with lotions and potions promising to turn back the clock. What works? What doesn’t?
Considering women spend billions annually on skincare, it is ironic that so many misconceptions prevail. Here are four of the most common myths, debunked:
“The holy grail of skincare is moisturizer.” FALSE
In fact, not everyone over 40 needs moisturizer. True, some women have drier skin than others, but many have combination or oily skin. If treatments include a cream base, another moisturizer is unnecessary. Some products tout their ability to “build up collagen” which is misleading. The established “gold standard” of improving skin from the inside out is a product available by prescription called Retin A. Used as prescribed, Retin A penetrates into the dermis where collagen and elastin reside, encouraging skin cell turnover for fresher feeling and looking skin in 6 weeks. Retinol is a weaker derivative of Retin A which is converted to Retin A by the skin. It is available over the counter in cream or gel form. Some of these retinols are quite effective, but have different strengths so it’s important to consult with someone with a medical background.
Skin Care and Cosmetic Surgery
“You get what you pay for…the more I pay for a product, the better it is…” FALSE
This is a misconception on two levels. The first has to do with ingredients, the second with application. Skincare products at even the most upscale department store do not have pharmaceutical grade ingredients and are therefore not as strong as those you will find in dermatology and plastic surgery practices. Often you are paying for packaging and marketing. The price of a product is not a true indicator of its effectiveness. Real results start with what is on the label versus the container. In many cases you are paying the same or less for a more effective product in a clinical setting. In terms of getting what you pay for, the most critical step is an accurate diagnosis of your skin. This should precede any purchase. Until you know your “prescription” you may be spending lots of money on products you don’t even need. Keep in mind, it’s also possible you are paying top dollar to harm your skin if you are using the wrong products. Or you could be putting them on incorrectly and in the wrong order. Start with seeing a professional consultant in a clinical setting—not the cosmetics counter at the department store.
“I use a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 to protect me at the beach, and my makeup has an SPF of 20, so I’m covered.” FALSE
Did you know the rate at which your skin “ages” is only 20% dependent upon genetics? 80-90% of aging is attributed to sun exposure. There is a UV spectrum that includes both UVA and UVB rays. Not all sunscreens protect you from both regardless of SPF. Sunscreens must be worn every day and everywhere—cloudy, rainy, sunny—at the beach on the slopes or in the grocery store. You are constantly being exposed. The secret ingredient for the best coverage is zinc oxide. The newest products containing zinc are clear and cosmetically acceptable, imperceptible. Titanium dioxide is also good. Pay attention to your sun IQ. It is the single most important weapon against damaged skin that we can easily control. Prevention and protection go hand in hand. The key to sun protection is re-application at mid-day. Sunscreen applied in the morning is gone by afternoon when sun exposure is maximum.
“Botox and dermal fillers will improve my overall skin quality and appearance.” FALSE
Botox will smooth lines of expression by relaxing the muscles underneath the skin. Dermal fillers can alter folds and correct volume loss, essentially camouflaging some of the hallmarks of aging. When done conservatively, injectables can remarkably enhance one’s appearance. They do not, however, change the quality or texture of the skin. Similarly, cosmetic surgery improves the quantity of skin, not the quality through lifting sagging skin to a more youthful position. In short, skincare, injectables and surgery are three distinct propositions, although they can play in harmony. For instance, in our practice, a good skincare regimen prior to surgery yields better overall results for optimal facial rejuvenation.
Liz Newman is a registered nurse with close to 40 years’ experience in skincare. She is manager of SURFACE CLINICAL in Dallas. SURFACE CLINICAL is the skincare arm of Dr. Fritz Barton, and works in concert with Dr. Michael Lee’s cosmetic plastic surgery practice. Located within their medical suite, SURFACE CLINICAL allows the custom management of skin with total coordination or care. Initial skin evaluation with the VISIA photographic system helps identify each patient’s specific needs.
I don’t know about you, but school is about to start back up for us soon. High up on my to-do list is creating a series of easy weeknight one pot meals. This One Pot Meal Chicken Recipe is not only easy, but it’s delicious and quick. I’m using my favorite Barilla Blue Box Pasta and Barilla Blue Box Tomato and Basil sauce to create this recipe. I am also supporting Barilla’s initiative for the No Kid Hungry Organization. Keep reading for this delicious recipe and learn more about this great cause.
It may be a little early for you, but school is about to start back up in just 4 weeks here! It feels like Summer just started. Even though I still have four weeks to plan, I am already stocking up for school. In fact, this week you can be stocking up for school with this great deal on Kleenex currently at Sams!
With four children all in different schools, you can only imagine what my “back to school” shopping must look like. We are lucky to have programs that allow you to prepay for supplies and them waiting on your child on their first day of school.
Stocking Up For School
Not all supplies are included in those pre payment programs, and there are always extra supplies you need for the younger ones in Elementary school. From paper towels and Kleenex, to snacks and toys for the goodie box, you are always going to have to shop for extra supplies! That’s why stocking up for school early is always a great idea for our house.
What are the specific items you like to stock up on for the school year? I always grab extra paper, extra crayons, and extra folders. It seems like we run through those items the most more than anything else. I also like to grab extra supplies for the classroom such as paper towels and Kleenex.
Stocking Up For School
That’s why this is such a great deal on Kleenex at Sam’s Club. You can get 16 boxes of Kleenex tissue for just $16. That’s a lot of Kleenex and will keep you stocked up for some time! Not only am I stocking up on Kleenex for school, but I am stocking up my storage closet at home as well.
Make sure you check out all of the upcoming back to school deals, and don’t forget to stop by Sam’s Club and grab some Kleenex at this great price. The deal for 16 Kleenex for $16 is going to be popular and you won’t want to miss out!
Thanks to Acorn Influence, Sam’s Club, and Kleenex for including us in this stocking up for school special.
The biggest thing to hit my house this Summer has been Fidget Spinners, and we have finally jumped down the rabbit hole of making Fidget Spinner Cookies.
Oh yes. Yes, we did.
If you haven’t heard of these yet, you’ve either been living in a hermit hole or you’re really good at sheltering your kids. Ha! Want my quick and easy recipe? Check it out below. (BONUS: Me and the kiddos made videos to show you how to make the cookie mold and how to make the cookies. You can find those at the end of this post.)
Check out what I personally believe to be the Best Young Living Thieves Products to invest in for keeping your home clean and healthy this year. Not only will I go over why I think these are the best, but I will also share with you how I use them at home, at work, and while our family is on the road. If you are new to essential oils, you can find more information here about how to be a part of what I believe to be the best essential oil company and how I use them.
Waking up in the morning to the perfect buttermilk pancakes can make your day or even your weekend. While we love to cook in the kitchen, sometimes we don’t have the time to cook breakfast every morning. That’s why this perfect buttermilk pancakes recipe is a weekend favorite. It’s fun to wake up on a Saturday to the smell of delicious pancakes and bacon wafting through the house.
I have made pot roast at least a hundred times in my life, but I have never really had one like this. My Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pot Roast Recipe is a lot like the recipe I use in my slow cooker, only better. Not only does it taste great, but it also shreds easily for leftover sliders or wraps. Not only that, but I love how quick and easy this recipe is to make.
First off, this is an amazing Instant Pot chicken recipe. If you have never had Hawaiian chicken, you are in for a treat. Not only is this Instant Pot Hawaiian chicken recipe easy, but it is super delicious and packed full of flavor. With only THREE ingredients, including delicious Dole Pineapple, this is a mealtime favorite.
The Whole30 diet plan can be a bit of a challenge during a busy day at work when you have no idea what to eat for lunch. It’s always a challenge to find healthy Whole30 lunch options when you don’t have enough time to make something.
Luckily for you, I put together a selection of 20 delicious and easy to make Whole30 lunch options that you can make and bring to work. From salads, spaghetti squash, loaded sweet potatoes, roasted shrimp, casseroles, and more, these ideas are super delicious and don’t require many ingredients.
Are you getting ready for the big game? If so, you need to add these Ultimate Game Day Chicken Nachos to your menu. Not only are they delicious and full of flavor, but they are simply irresistible and surprisingly easy to make. If you’ve got 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients, these ultimate game day chicken nachos are a HIT! Not to mention, the secret ingredient used is my favorite Dole item, pineapple!
In the morning when we are in the rush it’s not easy to resist unhealthy cravings, and since french toast and yogurt are off the table during the Whole 30 program, breakfast becomes one of the toughest meals on the diet. Lucky for you, I put together a selection of 20 easy and delicious Healthy Whole 30 breakfast ideas that will help you eat whole foods with high-quality ingredients.
From sweet potato curry and 2 minute tuna salads to make-ahead egg muffins, these dishes will save you time in the morning and will keep you full for longer.
Healthy Whole 30 Breakfast Ideas
You don’t have to eat the same breakfast over and over again. Take a look at the selection below and start cooking some of these creative Whole 30 approved recipes.
One of my favorite items in the Whole 30 diet is the use of sweet potatoes, I could eat them with every meal. I’ve made a list of some of the best Whole 30 breakfast ideas that use sweet potatoes. (But don’t worry, if you don’t want any sweet potatoes, we have more options below!)
Whole 30 Breakfast ideas using sweet potatoes.
- Breakfast Casserole With Bacon, Sausage, Sweet Potato, & Kale from acalculatedwhisk.com
- The Easiest Sweet Potato Curry from realfoodwithdana.com
- Baked Egg And Sweet Potato Nests from bowlofdelicious.com
Have you tried fish for breakfast yet? I have and it’s amazing, and another great way to get your protein. Here are a few Whole 30 breakfast ideas with fish.
- 2-minute Tuna Salad from lifemadefull.com
- Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowls from realfoodwithdana.com
- Halibut Fish Tacos With Avocado Aioli from anyaseats.com
Healthy Whole 30 Breakfast Ideas
There are so many different Whole 30 breakfast ideas and options, you don’t have to search very far. Check out all of these other amazing Whole 30 options for breakfast.
- The Breakfast Salad from fedandfit.com
- Baked Egg And Sweet Potato Nests from bowlofdelicious.com
- Paleo Egg Muffin Recipe from mynaturalfamily.com
- Monkey Salad from seevanessacraft.com
- Spinach And Bacon SoufflÈ From Paleo Planet from acalculatedwhisk.com
- Chorizo Breakfast Bowl from anyaseats.com
- Paleo Bison Plantain Breakfast Bowl from fedandfit.com
- Mango Lime Chia Pudding from gritsandchopsticks.com
- Banana Chia Seed Breakfast Custards from meaningfuleats.com
- Sausage & Tomato Frittata from fedandfit.com
- Roasted Butternut Squash Hash With Apples & Bacon from paleorunningmomma.com
- Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl from pancakewarriors.com
- Bacon Burger Paleo Breakfast Bake from paleorunningmomma.com
- Make Ahead Breakfast Egg Muffins from mannaandspice.com
- Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Fried Eggs from foodfaithfitness.com
If you are searching for more amazing and delicious Whole 30 options, you can check out this post I shared on Whole 30 Slow Cooker recipes. There is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work to an already cooked healthy Whole 30 dinner waiting on you.
Lunches can also be one of the hardest things to keep clean, so I also put together a list of EASY and healthy Whole30 Lunch options for you to choose from.
If you loved these recipes for Healthy Whole 30 Breakfast ideas, make sure you share it with your friends!
Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and for most American families it’s one of the biggest calorie feasts. We love to throw a great party and just over indulge, and that doesn’t usually bode well with our freshly minted New Year’s resolutions! That’s why I decided to put together this list of over 20 Healthy Super Bowl Recipes.
These healthy Super Bowl recipes will help you replace all those empty calories with tasty and good-for-your-health alternatives. You just can’t beat that!
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How delicious does this pin look below of the dark chocolate and exotic fruit? It makes my mouth water just looking at it!
One of my FAVORITE recipes during the holidays is this Cringle Christmas Crack. It’s honestly like nothing you have ever had before. It’s made with delicious Dole Pineapple Tidbits, cereal, shaved coconut, peanuts, almonds, and white chocolate. It’s so easy and so delicious, you will probably be making this more than once this holiday season.