Stay healthy this winter and enjoy all the season has to offer!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Abreva, Breathe Right, Clorox, Robitussin and Theraflu. All opinions are mine alone. #SoothesOfTheSeason #CollectiveBias  It may be cold outside, but as long as you are feeling healthy, you can still have fun! It’s a rough time of the year for colds, coughs and the flu – if you don’t have a bug, I bet you know someone who does. It can definitely be hard to keep your family healthy, but by stocking up now and being prepared, you can truly enjoy all the season has to offer. After all, the last thing you want to do is run out in the middle of the night or miss something fun because you’re feeling awful. Early in the season, I hit my local Noblesville Kroger to stock up on my list of cold, cough and flu must-haves including: Abreva® Pump Cold Sore and Fever Blister Treatment – easy to apply Abreva is not for temporary relief, but healing. As soon as you feel a cold sore coming on, apply it immediately for best results. Breathe® Right Extra Clear Nasal Strips – when colds settle in your nose, I love these strips to provide relief for congestion. I’m also a big fan of the fact that it’s drug-free and safe to use with any sleep medication. They have a flexible, “spring-like” band within each strip, and when you place them on your nose using the special adhesive, they gently lift the sides of the nose and open the nasal passages as the band tries to straighten back to its original shape. Pretty clever,...
Do you have 5 minutes to increase your energy?

Do you have 5 minutes to increase your energy?

I want to have plenty of energy for any adventures we find. Just last week I was playing an energetic game of Archery Tag – I don’t want to have to miss out on fun experiences like that because I’m out of shape. Or how about enjoying a walk on the beach? Or a hike in the woods. If I don’t take care of myself, I either miss out or am miserable when given these opportunities. That’s why I make a conscious effort to exercise every day. Usually, I hit the treadmill and do a little pilates or yoga, but sometimes I’m really crunched for time or I want to mix things up. That’s when I pull out my Erin Stutland workouts. I love them, and she is about to begin her biggest FREE challenge of the year. I participate every time it’s available and it’s just the kickstart I need to get really motivated again. Best of all, it takes 5 minutes a day. Really. Do you have the best intentions about working out, but it never seems to happen? Maybe you say these things to yourself: I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I’m weak. I’m just not good at it. I don’t like it. Now just for a moment, imagine something different. Imagine you could do something really good for your body–and your mind–in just 5 minutes. You’ve got 5 minutes, don’t you? And what if you were done with that 5-minute workout, instead of feeling sad and tired, you actually felt empowered and excited and even a little giddy? THIS is what you experience when working...

Interview with Lisa from Well Grounded Life

Good morning! Last week I did an interview with Lisa Byrne from The Well-Grounded Life and shared a little bit about my experience in her program and what I’ve been up to since. Sound good? If you feel the need to work on your health and wellness, Lisa has a variety of excellent programs, so I recommend checking them out on her website. I use a lot of her principles and techniques in my daily life. If you are interested in the program I went through, you can use my code for a $300 discount! Check it out at The Well-Grounded Life and if you decide the program is right for you, be sure to use the code Pam300 to get your discount. In the meantime, take a look at our chat:  Graduate Spotlight Links to posts I mentioned in the interview: Clean Sweep Week 1; Clean Sweep Week 2; Clean Sweep Week 3 Chicago Visit – this one has the links to all the rest of the trip *this post contains affiliate...
Take a Hike

Take a Hike

Summer is here and with it, more daylight along with extra free time.  The easy way to handle summer would be to let the kids sleep in, watch Netflix and live on their phones, but with just a little effort they can spend plenty of time outside too. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m a huge fan of the rails to trails initiatives popping up all over, but if you live in the Indianapolis, IN area, you should also check out the variety of excellent park trails. In Hamilton County alone (North of Indianapolis), there are over 500 miles of walking trails – plenty to keep you busy this summer or anytime of the year!  My goal is to eventually check them all out, but when I’m not in the mood to try something new, I enjoy one of my three favorites: Potter’s Bridge.   This trail runs along the White River, so the views are beautiful year-round.  At the trailhead there is a lovely old covered bridge – great for pictures and exploration.  When the river isn’t too high, it’s also fun to take a few of the little paths down to the water to skip rocks and get your feet wet.  The trail itself is paved and flat so an excellent choice for strollers or even biking.  There are markers every 1/4 mile to help you keep track of how far you walk.  19401 Allisonville Road, Noblesville, IN   MacGregor Park.  On dry days this park is a favorite.  At first glance it appears that it’s just a large (and fun) playground, but if you drive...
Rails to Trails = Happiness

Rails to Trails = Happiness

We just came back from a wonderful ski trip to Boyne Mountain, Michigan.  The weather could not have been more perfect!  Several days of skiing in the sunshine, tasty tacos and cold drinks sitting at picnic tables at the base of the mountain, live music in dark pubs at night.  Perfection! Now that we are home, I’m anxiously waiting for the weather to break (lots of cold and rain right now) so that I can begin enjoying one of my favorite healthy passions – walking trails with my pup. Many areas (not just ours) have started to convert old railway trails to walking paths.  I LOVE this trend.  We have several in our neck of the woods, the most notable being the Monon Trail.  They are typically nicely paved so perfect for walking or biking, often have houses and restaurants along the way, and are a great way to get your exercise in a lovely setting. When we travel, I’ll often search out these types of walking trails as they are usually well maintained and safe.  Perfect for getting out and experiencing an unfamiliar area.  If you would enjoy the same, here are a few places to look: Rails to Trails – great resource to find trails in your area or wherever you want to travel Do a Google search using the terms “rails to trails” and your city If you are in the Indianapolis area, here are a few of my favorites: Indiana Trails Monon Trail Although I do love hiking (more on that in a future post), when I want a more social experience, a rail to...

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