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Changing Seasons Winter Must-Haves

Happy Spring!

Normally, I wouldn’t be saying that this time of year in Minnesota. Usually February and the beginning of March means full-blown winter around here. This year has been pretty warm, but let me tell you, the changing seasons can be much more difficult than winter.

From dry skin and colds to what to wear when the weather is always different, these are our must-haves for the changing seasons.

Changing Seasons Winter Must-Haves: natural cold products, clothing, skin care, and more

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Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholi and alcoholic}

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Refreshing enough for summer and a nice red and green for the holidays, this Cranberry Moscow Mule is perfect year-round!

With Christmas just days away, a Cranberry Moscow Mule would be the perfect holiday cocktail in the traditional copper mug, or make a large batch for a beautiful red and green punch. It tastes delicious in non-alcoholic form, but add a bit if vodka or a ginger beer to make it even more of a celebration.

I love an easy and delicious cocktail and this three-ingredient Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Moscow Mule is both!  Or go traditional with the Traditional Moscow Mule recipe with some cranberry added. Yum!

Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholic and alcoholic}

Cranberry Moscow Mule

4oz Cranberry Juice

8oz Ginger Ale (or Ginger beer)

Lime wedge – 1/4 – 1/6 of the lime

1 oz vodka (optional)

Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholic and alcoholic}

Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Moscow Mule

Mix cranberry juice and ginger ale and serve over ice.

Squeeze the lime wedge over the glass, throw the wedge inside and stir.

 

Serve inside the adorable copper Moscow Mule mug. I got mine from Inspired Basics. They gave me this one free for this review, but I definitely need a whole set. I’m in love! How cute are they!?

These cups require a little care, but are so cute I think they’re worth it. They are 100% copper and come with a lifetime guarantee, but they should be hand-washed and you should be careful to rinse out acidic drinks.

So, take care of those mugs before passing out from too many Moscow Mules! 

The cups get very cold! My husband came in from the garage and I gave him a sip and he said his lips nearly stuck to the glass. My drink was definitely kept cold for quite a while.

Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholic and alcoholic}

Traditional Moscow Mule – with cranberry

For a more traditional Moscow Mule – and the alcoholic version – mix vodka with other ingredients, before adding the lime.

The traditional Moscow Mule calls for Ginger Beer, but I’m still unclear on whether that is the soft drink or fermented ginger beer…

Had my husband found it at the store, we would have tried this with Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, which I have yet to try. Have you tried Not Your Father’s Root Beer? Yum! …and dangerous, tastes just like root beer!

Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholic and alcoholic}

Enjoy your Cranberry Moscow Mule during the holidays, summer, or anywhere in between.

I think I found my new go-to cocktail – in non-alcoholic or alcoholic form!

What is your go-to cocktail?

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Music Together: playing and learning with your young ones and giveaway!

I’ve seen the Music Together signs all over our town for a while and I always thought of taking my little ones there. I finally got a chance to try out a class as a Moms Meet Blogger. I also have a great giveaway from Moms Meet and Music Together, so stay to the end!!

Music Together

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Rainbow Light Vitamins Power Sours Review

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Who has kiddos who are obsessed with fruit snacks? Who also wishes our vitamins came in gummy form when we were kids?

Taking vitamins weren’t a big thing when I was younger. Chalky, chewable vitamins were about the best we could get. I do remember having to take a teeny-tiny fluoride pill each morning, and hating that thing so much that I threw it in the back of the coat closet or the car instead of taking it.

My kiddos think their vitamins are a treat now that they have gummies. I must admit, I bought gummy adult vitamins as well. :)

Rainbow Light Power Sours Vitamins

 

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Healthy, Simple Snack for Apple Season with Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter

So, for many of you Fall is all about Pumpkin, but there are those of us out there who feel differently. I know, who on earth would know from looking at Facebook or Instagram? Pumpkin is everywhere! People are obsessed!

I definitely enjoy pumpkin, but I also feel like Fall is equally about the apples. Apple picking, visiting an orchard, the easiest on-the-go snack, apple pie – I could go on and on… and I almost did.

We love apples because they are the original 100 calorie snack pack. Why do we buy that crap when an apple can be thrown easily in any bag and eaten on the go anytime?

My kiddos love apples and we knew just what to do with our Might Nut Powdered Peanut Butter when it came in the mail to review as a part of the Sweat Pink community. This is so simple, but we tried to take it just a little bit beyond being boring. You just can’t mess with a classic!

Health simple snack for apple season with mighty nut powdered peanut butter

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Smelling Fresh Without the Chemicals {Nutrexin Deodorant Review and Giveaway}

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

I love being tapped into the Moms Meet community. They have all sorts of tips for moms trying to do their best for their kiddos. There is no mom shame, we’re just each trying to make a few better choices for our families.

One of the ways we do that is to take some of the chemicals out of our modern products. In this case, we’re talking deodorant.

NutrexinUSA Alum-Free Deodorant

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The primary cause of strong-smelling perspiration is bacterial flora. Sweat is naturally odorless, but when it reaches the skin’s surface, bacteria that normally live on the skin digest sweat and excrete the strong-smelling waste associated with smelly sweat.

Nutrexin Alum-Free Deodorant uses Sage, Witch Hazel, and other plant extracts to provide beneficial anti-microbial effects and protection against the emergence of bacteria. It offers reliable 24-hour protection with a balanced alkaline effect, and does not contain aluminum, fragrances, preservatives, and artificial colors. Safe for all skin types, Alum-Free deodorant dries quickly and does not leave a white residue.

NutrexinUSA Alum-Free Deodorant

I tested out this deodorant during my 100 Days of 100 Kettlebell Swings, some crazy busy days, and a wedding with my 2 and 4 year old in the party. It held up great! I was nervous about not having a scent, but it worked perfectly and I’m so pleased with it. There is a slight medicinal smell that you don’t even notice as you apply it. I think it works even better than my normal deodorant – the scent always made me just as self-conscious as my own smell, and with this there is nothing!

You can keep your pits smelling fresh without all the chemicals too and enter the giveaway below, or use the promo code MOMS1015 for 20% off and free shipping on orders from NutrexinUSA.com

NutrexinUSA Alum-Free Deodorant Giveaway

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What products have you been switching to natural options?

 

Mow much Calcium do Women Need? {National Women’s Health & Fitness Day}

Hey ladies! I just learned about National Women’s Health & Fitness Day and I have to spread the news!

On September 30th, more than 500 community groups all across the country will host women’s health and fitness events to celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. An estimated 50,000-75,000 women will be participating in the events that include health fairs, fitness walks, health information workshops and exercise demonstrations. It’s a great opportunity to take a minute from busy work and personal schedules and focus on your health & wellbeing.

So great, right? I’m having a little trouble finding anything in my area, and had I known about this sooner I would have tried to get something together!

Maybe there are some events in your town! Regardless, it’s a great day to think about women’s health issues and see if you are taking care of yourself.

Adora calcium supplement giveaway for national women's health and fitness day

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Need a little love? LoveBug Probiotics

Well… It’s been a tough week…

I’ve been struggling to concentrate, and last night I was wracking my brain for something to write about. I finally decided to skip it and just hope things get back to normal soon.

Today, my alarm went off to remind me to take my probiotics, and I knew what I could write about.

I was approached by LoveBug to try their new line of probiotics, and I immediately fell in love with the bubbly, happy feel of the company! This is just the kind of energy I could use right now.

LoveBug Probiotics

Ashely, LoveBug’s co-founder and CEO, has this to say:

“LoveBug was founded in 2014 after I was diagnosed with Celiac, Candida, and a host of other unpleasant-sounding gut issues. Probiotics transformed my health and the more I learned about the importance of gut health and it’s connection to a myriad of illnesses we are plagued with in modern society, it became my mission to develop the perfect line of probiotics for women and share them with the world. As a result of this mission, LoveBug Probiotics contain no GMOs or preservatives and are gluten free, soy free, sugar free, and lactose free. We even package our probiotics with Organic Cotton!”

Our family has had quite the week. Between visits to the hospital, the loss of a family member, and everything that follows, taking care of our own health takes a back seat. I’ve been on a bit if a roller coaster of skipping meals and eating my feelings.

I set an alarm to take my LoveBug probiotic and, since they are recommended to be taken with food, my alarm helps me think of a healthy lunch to go with them.

LoveBug Probiotics

I learned pretty quickly not to try to swallow two at once – they’re rather large and will stick together, making the trip down pretty uncomfortable with two!

The LoveBug company totally gives me a happy feeling. The story behind it, the packaging, website, dedication to women’s health, and just the name itself gives me some warm fuzzies. If you want to check them out for yourself, head to http://LoveBugProbiotics.com and check out the newly launched line.

 

Do you take a probiotic?

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Simple Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth #IWorkoutForSnacks

There are certain foods that aren’t safe for me to keep in the house. No matter how strong my resolve is to stick to my goals, it just works better not to have temptation around.

So, what about those times when your sweet tooth has you searching out (and sampling) everything in the cupboards to find something to satisfy that craving?

Here are some healthier options that have 3 ingredients or less and can satisfy your sweet tooth in no time.

Simple Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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