Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What's better than Ollie's Blocks? Ollie's Blocks at 20% off!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received product and/or compensation in exchange for my honest review.

When I received my box of Ollie's Blocks, I knew the grandkids were going to love them. And they did... right from the start. At first, I took them to my daughter's house for her two older girls. But now I'm taking them back. Mean ol' granny! The thing is, I want to keep them at my house for when any of the grandkids are visiting. I have to keep a close eye on the younger two, since there are small parts that could be swallowed, but the older three can play and invent to their heart's content. And let me tell you, they'll play for hours with Ollie's Blocks. There's just so much to create with them. The possibilities are endless! Think Legos meets Lincoln Logs. 

Ollie's Blocks are handmade in Israel out of high quality oak. The pegs are made from safe, durable plastic. Building with them is reminiscent of earlier eras when children explored their creativity down on the floor with blocks rather than having electronic devices lead them away from truly creative play. That's probably what I love most about them.

There are 100 pieces in each set and they come in a sturdy plastic carrying case. My rule: play with the Ollie's Blocks only. When you're done, put them back in the box before dragging out other toys. That way, all 100 pieces will be readily available each and every time they want to play with them.

Truth be told, adults love playing with them, too. 

The original toys were created many years ago for an old wooden toy company. The adult children of the creator resurrected them and, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, were launched as Ollie's Blocks, named after the owners' daughter, Olivia.

Your kids and grandkids will love them. I'm 99% sure of that. And thanks to a generous promo code, you can buy them on Amazon at 20% off the retail price. Just click here to purchase and use the code: OLIBLK20 at check out. 

Let me know what you think once your kit arrives. After all, you'll have plenty of time to kick off your shoes, grab a beverage of choice and shoot off a quick message to me. Your kids will be occupied for many hours. Whatever will you do with all your free time?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time for a Giveaway! Teespring to the rescue!

Disclosure: I received products and/or compensation in exchange for this post.

Hey everyone. It's been awhile since you've heard from me. So I thought I'd reenter the blogosphere with a giveaway. Sound good?

The thing is, there's this great website called Teespring with some awesome environmentally-themed designs. One of their designers reached out to me a while back and asked me if I'd like to sample some products. Of course, after checking them out, I was happy to do so. 

As a photographer, Heather Jepsen created some designs using a shot of the ocean she'd taken while in Grand Cayman. She sent me a super-comfy hoodie featuring one of these designs. While it's way too warm to be sporting the sweatshirt right now, I am looking forward to wearing it in the fall to advertise my love of this amazing planet of ours. 

In addition to the hoodie, I also received a green mug (appropriate, don't you think?) that reminds me of one of my favorite, life-changing phrases: Don't sweat the small stuff. How often I need that daily reminder with my morning cup of coffee!

Now let's get to the giveaway part! There will be two winners of this one because there are two prizes. The first is a grey t-shirt (size 3XL) that features a ocean-themed peace sign.

And the second is a deep heather tank top (size 2XL) with the Love, Water theme.

Isn't the ocean photo fabulous? Oh, and Heather assures me that these sizes run small.

In addition to the giveaway, all Green Grandma followers are entitled to a 20% off deal on everything through June 20. So jump on it! There are some great products and if you act fast, you'll save $$$ when you order. Just click this link here to activate your savings.

And please follow Heather on FB, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

Enter the giveaway below. Must be 18 or older. USA only.

Good luck!

Winners must respond to emails within 48 hours before alternate winners will be chosen. Green Grandma is not responsible for prize fulfillment but will do everything she can to ensure the prizes are delivered in a timely matter. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook or Twitter.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The influence of a mother

My mother holding me many, many years ago.

"The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry..."
~Billy Graham

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cardinals and your health. What is the connection?

I love cardinals. There's nothing like looking out of the window and seeing a splash or two of red in the trees and bushes. It's especially stunning when the yard is blanketed in snow. Stunning!

Thanks, katmystiry for the lovely photo!

But aside from their beauty, did you know that having cardinals in your yard is actually healthy, too? Seriously. A study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, noted that cardinals are good for our health.

The findings are related to a study at Emory University in Atlanta where there are fewer cases of  people infected with the West Nile virus than in other cities with similar demographics. What's the difference? Cardinals. 

The West Nile virus shows up in approximately 30% of birds in Atlanta. In Chicago, the number is lower at 18.5%. But throughout the state of Illinois, there have been 2,088 cases of West Nile in humans since 2002. In Georgia during that same period, the number drops to only 330 cases. 

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus feed on robins and other birds, which then spreads to people. However, the opposite happens when they feed on cardinals. For some reason, after feeding on cardinals, the virus is suppressed.

Moral of the story: provide an ideal habitat for cardinals and your chances of contracting West Nile virus drop dramatically. Cardinals like to nest in dense thickets. Make sure you provide fresh water for them and grow native plants. Of course, you want to avoid insecticides, since many birds, including cardinals, depend on insects as their main source of food, protein, and fats.

By welcoming cardinals into your yard, you're adding a bit of protection against a nasty virus. Now sit back and enjoy the view!

I'd love to see your own photos of cardinals in your yards. Feel free to add them to the Green Grandma FB page!

Have a safe and happy May!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Vinegar Friday -- It's time to break out the summer clothing


We started out our spring Vinegar Fridays with a guest post by Jeriann Watkins Ireland. She's joining us again this month to discuss how apple cider vinegar can help with conditions like varicose veins.

It’s almost summer, and that means it’s time for shorts, skirts, and other skin-exposing clothing. If you’ve got skin conditions like eczema, warts, spider veins, or varicose veins, sometimes wearing warm-weather clothing seems daunting.

I’ve always had pretty visible veins, especially when I’m cold. Sometimes, I don’t even feel cold and I look down and my hands are purple. My dad had the same issue and I’ve never given it much thought -- just chalked it up to bad circulation.

One major concern when it comes to circulation is veins, particularly varicose veins. Varicose veins are blue, twisted veins that can be seen through the skin. These veins have damaged valves that result in them holding more blood at higher pressure than normal. This can cause leg pain, swollen ankles, aching, cramping, itching, restless legs, and even venous ulcers. For some people, varicose veins are simply an aesthetic inconvenience, making warm weather attire less appealing. Others suffer severe pain due to the venous insufficiencies that cause varicose veins.

Luckily, venous insufficiency doesn’t have to be permanent. Below I’m going to talk about the different causes of venous insufficiency and how Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can combat the root cause of varicose veins in each situation.

When you’re pregnant, the presence of the fetus puts pressure on the uterus. This can cause blood flow issues in the surrounding veins. Hormonal changes also weaken the vein walls and cause valves to stop functioning properly. This causes blood that’s supposed to circulate back to the heart to get stuck in pools, usually in the legs.

Luckily, our good friend ACV boosts the body’s ability to produce hormones and balance levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Apple Cider Vinegar also offers other benefits to pregnant bodies, such as helping with indigestion and encouraging balanced levels of bacteria in the microbiome of both the mother and the developing baby. Drinking a shot of ACV in the mornings can help regulate hormones and digestive function throughout the day.

Being overweight can cause increased blood pressure, which can damage valve function and prevent blood from moving up toward the heart. Regular ACV consumption is known to help with both weight loss and blood pressure management. It helps with weight loss by balancing bacteria and flushing fats out of the body. It helps with blood pressure by getting rid of bad cholesterol.

Of course, like any weight loss strategy (or health strategy in general), consistency is important. 2 TBSP a day of ACV is recommended in order to see results. Adding ACV to salad dressings is a great way to eat healthy and manage blood pressure and weight at the same time. You can also make a warm tonic each morning with ACV, local honey, and lemon juice. You can also add water to this mixture to dilute the strong flavors. Without water, it’s more of a “shot. With water, it can be a morning beverage to sip on. Drinking warm lemon water in the mornings is recommended as a detoxifying method, so mixing it with ACV helps boost those effects. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis
If you’ve ever had blood clots or other vein conditions, you’re much more likely to experience varicose veins. Luckily, we already know ACV helps blood flow, so combining it with other ingredients that aid circulation can help prevent blood clots. Try putting some turmeric or cayenne pepper in your daily shot of ACV. These are both natural blood thinners. Turmeric is also an anti-inflammatory, so if you’re already experiencing pain due to venous insufficiency, it can help calm things down.

Lack of Movement/Prolonged Crossed Legs
ACV won’t help you move more, but I like to combine my wellness strategies through awareness. If I’m sitting at my home office with my legs up on my yoga ball (which is horrible for circulation), and my legs start to go numb, I use the moment to do something healthy. This might be as simple as stretching and drinking a glass of water. If I haven’t had any ACV yet, I might take a moment to mix up a shot with honey, turmeric, ginger, or other healthy ingredients, based on what my health focus is that day. So while I go up the stairs or wait for water to heat up, I make sure to move as much as possible. This helps combat the negative effects on my body from sitting all day.

Do you have issues with varicose or spider veins? Have you found other strategies to manage or prevent them? Share in the comments!

Monday, May 1, 2017

And his name is Heroin

Photo courtesy of George Hodan

"I took her to rehab," he told me. "But then her mother got her out."

I knew this man only in passing... we'd smile at each other and say hello. But yesterday, we shared a bond when he let me know Julia* was gone. Our eyes shed the same tears -- wistful, stinging, bitter. I will never forget that moment.

Julia (*not her actual name) was my husband's and my favorite waitress. She always, always greeted us with a smile that lit up the room. She was kind, enthusiastic, and energetic. Julia knew how to make you feel welcomed in her presence. When I work late, my husband occasionally waits for me at the restaurant where she worked. On slower nights, they'd chat. Bill got to know her better than I did and started looking at her as another (older) grandchild.

"Did you see Julia today?" he'd ask when I'd arrive home from work. And for the past few weeks, I always said, "No." He wondered if she'd found another job. Yesterday, he found the answer to his question.

You see, while Julia appeared to us to be a gracious young woman with an infectious smile and a bright future ahead of her, she had a dark side we knew nothing about.

"She died a few weeks ago," the chef said in response to Bill's inquiry. I saw the look on his face and approached, not ready to hear the words. 

"Julia died," Bill said, disbelief crossing his face like a knife dulled from too much abuse. I looked from his tear-filled eyes to the eyes of the chef and I knew it to be true. 

"What... how?" I stammered. In my heart, I already knew.

"She O.D.ed," he said, his voice cold and hollow like a waiting tomb.

I felt weak and sat, my own tears now burning my eyes. Not Julia. No, not Julia.

This morning, as I drove to work, the heaviness of it all crowded out all other thoughts. I wept as I drove; words filling my mind. I knew they'd have to spill out onto the screen before I could properly function today. So here they are. My too late words to a blossoming flower with such a sweet scent, brought down by the glyphosate of this generation -- heroin. Oh, Julia. If only I'd known. Could I have done/said anything to have stopped this? That is the question haunting far too many loved ones of the victims of this insidious curse. Too many parents wondering. I am angry at/feel sorry for her own mother who, like all parents, wanted what was best for her 25-year-old daughter. She just didn't realize that Julia truly needed to be in rehab.

When I was in my 20s, heroin was something you heard about from the ghettos. "Junkies," we'd called them and thought little else about them. Heroin was not the destroyer in suburban American neighborhoods. It happened to other people. It wasn't in our schools, our playgrounds, next door. 

Last week, a mother and father were found passed out in the front seat of their car with their children in the back. They'd been shooting up heroin. And they were driving a Mercedes Benz.

What the heck is happening? How can so many of our promising and brilliant and once-happy young people be choosing this drug over their families, their friends, their children? Children in our community are being orphaned by heroin. What?? What?? 

Today, my heart is broken. I feel helpless against the evil one. His name is heroin. And I hate him.


Don't Sweat It in the Super Mom Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Super Mom Giveaway Hop

This fun and exciting giveaway hop is brought to you by:

MamatheFox, The Kids Did ItThe Mommy Island

This Mothers Day there are so many options for gifts to give! At each stop in this giveaway hop you will find a prize that will be perfect for a mom in your life. While it's always nice to win something to give away... it's also nice to win something for yourself. I know busy, health-conscious moms are always looking for natural products to improve their lives. But it can get expensive to shop around only to find out that the products just don't work for you. I found that to be the case when looking for a natural and safe deodorant. That's why my Don't Sweat It Giveaway is geared toward you -- the always-on-the-go mom who works up a sweat just going about the business of mommying. Thanks to the kind folks at Natural Products Network, I have some great deodorants for you to try. But that's not all. Moms need some pampering, too, so I'm including a couple of face masks and some metabolism-boosting tea to help you feel and look your best! All the products are complements of the Natural Products Network.

Included in the giveaway are:

Enter below for a chance to win this prize package valued at over $43! US only. 18+

Good luck!

Don't forget to check out MamatheFox's Grand Prize of (1) Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker, (1) Kyocera Ceramic Coated Fry Pan Set 8” and 10” & (1) Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Coffee Grinder and (1) bag of Capresso’s Grand Aroma Coffee Beans - Regular Roast! This Grand Prize is valued at $266!

Be sure to come back daily to increase your chances of winning!

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

$50 HearthSong Giveaway!

Sponsored By: HearthSong

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Co-Hosted By:


Winner will receive:
A $50 Gift Certificate to HearthSong!

You know I'm not a big fan of kids getting caught up in electronic games, etc. That's one of the reasons I love HearthSong. Anything that engages kids without the use of electricity grabs my attention. And when you add quality stuff... well... this is one giveaway you really, really want to win!

HearthSong began in 1983 and has been committed to helping parents find age-appropriate, wholesome, high-quality playthings ever since. They select and design the best in kid-powered, screen-free toys and games that the whole family can enjoy! Can I get a high-five?! So many little ones love princesses, fairies, and the magical world in which they live. Check out all HearthSong has to offer and ENTER TO WIN!

Click here to read Love, Mrs. Mommy's full HearthSong Review!

Open To US and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 5/1 9:00 AM EST through 5/15 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received HearthSong products at no cost to facilitate the above-mentioned review. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hyland's rides the hoarse right out of town

DISCLAIMER: I am a Hyland's Homeopathy HealthMaker. As a HealthMaker, I receive various products and gift cards from Hyland's and its promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and based on my experience. The content should not be interpreted as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

A couple of weeks ago, I started losing my voice. Sometimes it was fine; other times it was quite hoarse. As a voice-over talent, this is problematic. Especially with my narrations as Maya Ray for iStoryBooks. My usual jovial and kind, "Hi! I'm Maya. What's your name?" beginning to each narration came out froggy, thus totally unacceptable. 

Not only that, but it was the week leading up to Easter. On Good Friday, my husband and I were singing at the service at Northgate Church in Pittsburgh. On Easter Sunday, I was singing with the choir at both the 9:30 and 11:00 services. 

But my voice didn't care. At all. It was rough and at times I'd try to sing a note and the note simply wasn't there. 

The weird thing was, I didn't have any other symptoms. No sore throat. No runny nose. Not even itchy eyes. Still, when I opened a package I received from Hyland's, I immediately twisted off the cap of the Seasonal Allergy Relief and popped a couple tablets under my tongue. A short time later, my voice returned. Throughout the week, I continued to take the Allergy Relief tablets whenever the hoarseness returned. By Friday, I was able to sing, and Sunday morning proved to be no problem. Hyland's did it for me again!

They say that this spring is really bad for allergies, at least it is here in south western Pennsylvania. That's why I'm super happy to have a safe remedy without side effects (like drowsiness) for my husband and me (yes, he's been popping them, too!) and for my grandchildren who have been suffering with various symptoms.

While the FDA may be leery of homeopathic remedies, I am not. I would much rather put something natural in my body than load it up with the chemicals pushed on us by the pharmaceutical companies. Do I ever take prescription or OTC meds? Yes. However, if given a choice between a Hyland's product and something from the big drug companies, I'll choose Hyland's every time.

Hyland's 4Kids Allergy Relief helps relieve itchy nose and throat, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. In other words, it provides much needed relief to your kids when they're feeling miserable due to the pollen, pet dander, dust, etc. And the adult formula does the same for grown ups and children over 12 years old. 

Hooray for Hyland's. You will forever hear me singing their praise! And my voice won't sound froggy at all!

As a mother and grandmother, I am constantly researching healthier living options, which include being proactive in preventing diseases and conditions. My use of homeopathic remedies has spanned decades and is the reason I’m thrilled to be a Hyland’s Healthmaker. Let’s not just treat our health conditions, let’s do everything we can to prevent them.

Friday, April 21, 2017

What Da Fluff Subscription Box Giveaway!

You know I'm all about cloth diapering. It's one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. That's why I'm excited to participate in this giveaway!

What Da Fluff subscription boxes is a fun cloth diapering surprise every month. Each box will contain at least one diaper as well as cloth diapering products (wet bags, cloth wipes, cloth diaper safe rash creams and detergent). What Da Fluff knows that parenting can be hard and will always have a small treat for you included in each box. What Da Fluff is a great way to try new products and test our samples before buying. Fluff Mail has never been so fun!

Sponsored By: What Da Fluff

Hosted By: MamatheFox

Winner Will Receive:

(1) What Da Fluff Subscription Box

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Vinegar Friday -- Eco-friendly yard improvements


It's the first Vinegar Friday of the spring and I'm thrilled to feature a post by guest blogger, Jeriann Watkins Ireland. It's all about getting your yard ready for the season and, of course, that means you'll need to grab your jug of distilled white vinegar (DWV).

Photo courtesy of Karen Arnold

It's that time of year where your grass is starting to grow, some flowers are popping up, and you're realizing you really need to decide what to do with your lawn this year. You're likely seeing and hearing ads for chemical weed removal and expensive lawn services. But there are lots of natural, affordable ways to keep your landscaping beautiful, without harming the environment. With Earth Day approaching, now is a great time to focus on daily sustainable practices to make every day Earth Day. Below are some suggestions for sustainable landscaping.

Weed Removal

Natural weed removal seems daunting, but it's actually simple and dirt-cheap! Because of the high acid content, vinegar is quite effective as a weed killer. Even DWV with 5% acidity works to kill most weeds. If you want to get rid of grass or tougher plants though, you might want to try the 20% concentration. Spray or pour it on the plants you want to kill, then wait a few days for them to die.

You can also mix vinegar with equal parts salt and dish soap (make sure you use an eco-friendly liquid). Vinegar won't discriminate what it kills, so be sure to apply it only to the plants you want to be rid of.  I've used this on the cracks in the sidewalk before and experienced good results. This year, I plan to try it on the goat heads (prickly weeds) in my backyard.

Replacing Grass

For a plant without much function, grass sure takes a lot of resources to maintain. A pretty lawn requires regular watering and mowing, which, for the most part, involves gas consumption. Instead of putting weekly effort and natural resources into keeping your plain ol' grass alive, plan out a xeriscape -- a landscape that uses more beneficial plants. Bark and gravel are great bases for xeriscaping, and both have the drainage to allow for shrubs, trees, and flowers.

If you're looking to get rid of your lawn and don't want to hire someone, there are a couple of methods you could use. First, try high-concentration vinegar to kill the grass. But be warned: it will take a lot of vinegar. Alternatively, you could use black plastic as an effective way to block the sunlight from the grass, thus removing its food source. Killing your grass will take time, but the result will be an easier to maintain landscape that is kinder to the environment.

Another way to reduce the ongoing environmental impact of your yard is to make it smaller. Adding a sunroom or deck to your house encourages you to spend more time looking at the landscape you put so much work into. A sunroom can also be a great place to plant an indoor herb garden and other edibles, particularly during cold weather seasons. Increasing the amount of edibles you grow both indoors and outdoors reduces your commercial consumption as well as your overall carbon footprint. If you're interested in indoor gardening, it's worth it to look into efficient hydroponic systems to maximize growth and prevent water waste.

Choosing Beneficial Plants and Landscaping Features

When landscaping focuses solely on aesthetics, the environment often suffers. Bringing in exotic plants may look nice, but it can result in species invading and killing the native foliage. Additionally, it can bring harm to native animals that may be poisoned by the exotic foliage. Choose plants native to your region.

Landscaping plants can do more than just look nice. The right flowers can attract bees, which then encourages more native plant growth. Consider turning your yard into a wildflower garden with native plants that attract bees, butterflies, and birds.

Landscaping isn't just about the plants, however. Water features are popular additions as well. Ponds can be beneficial to animal life and plant growth in your yard, but there are some steps to take to make sure you're not doing more harm than good. Avoid using chemical cleaners by choosing pond filter media that naturally kills bacteria.

Encouraging Growth

We all want our landscape to be aesthetically pleasing, but there are lots of mistakes people make when trimming trees and plants. Methods like tree topping and over-pruning can prohibit growth, meaning you'll have to replace your plants sooner. Be sure to research the native plants that grow best in your area and the ways to properly care for them. By allowing your plants to grow naturally with minimal trimming, you can show your neighborhood the true beauty of nature and encourage others to make natural landscaping choices as well.

It's simple to make a pretty landscape, but being conscientious in your choices to ensure you're having a positive effect on your local environment takes dedication and effort. Eco-friendly landscaping is an extremely rewarding process that can positively impact you as it allows you to learn about native plant life.

Do you have any natural landscaping tips? Have you used vinegar to kill weeds? Share your experience in the comments below.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thirsties AIO Diaper Giveaway!

When I started this blog back in August 2009, my main focus was cloth diapering. I've strayed a bit from that, but it doesn't mean cloth diapering isn't as important to me as ever. I believe cloth diapering is the healthiest, greenest, and cheapest way to go. And it grieves my heart to see disposables piling up in our landfills.

Thirsties Natural One Size All In One Diaper is super trim and extremely absorbent with 11 layers of natural fibers. Thirsties is known for their quality of cloth diapers along with their amazing business ethics and their never ending goal to be as green as possible. Read MamatheFox's full review and check out Thirsties website.  

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gina's Soft Cloth $50 Giveaway!

If you visit my home, you'll see that, other than toilet paper, we do not use disposable products. There's no reason to! With cloth napkins, rags, and hankies, we eliminated the need for disposables a long time ago. And forget about paper plates, etc.! Not in my house.

Finding a cloth alternative to your everyday paper products will not only save you money it will cut your carbon foot print. As far as cleaning up messes, paperless towels are far superior to paper. I am able to clean the biggest of messes with one towel. Paperless Towels wont fall apart like paper towels do, these high quality towels will last you a long time. Simply wash and reuse! Read MamatheFox's full review here.

Enter for your chance to win 

one (1) $50 Gift Certificate to Gina's Soft Cloth Shop.

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tax Time Giveaway! $50 PayPal cash is up for grabs!

Those who know me well, know that I absolutely HATE tax time. If you're like me, you'll especially appreciate the opportunity to sweeten this time of year with some cold, hard cash! Treat yourself to something special. You deserve it! Good luck!

Welcome to the Tax Time Paypal Cash Giveaway!

Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves

Tax Season is here again and Holly at Southern Mom Loves wants to give one of our readers $50 in Paypal cash to help out at tax time. Enter through the widget below and good luck!

Enter below for your chance to win $50 in Paypal Cash! 
Open Worldwide!

Giveaway begins on 3/12/17 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 4/13/17 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open Worldwide (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner's List here.

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add to your whitelist. Southern Mom Loves will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Snap, share, and win!

DISCLAIMER: I am a Hyland's Homeopathy HealthMaker. As a HealthMaker, I receive various products and gift cards from Hyland's and its promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and based on my experience. The content should not be interpreted as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

I love contests that not only offer great prizes, but also provide great tips for healthier living. With this MAKING HEALTH HAPPEN contest through Hyland's you get both. 

By simply sharing an image and caption that shows how you embrace wellness, you could win a VISA gift card and a product package worth more than $150! How awesome is that? PLUS, there just might be someone out there who needs your unique advice. Just think, YOU could help change someone's life through your healthy tip. It doesn't get much better than that!

Upload your photo and caption by the end of the month (3/31/17) and show us all how you're reaching your healthy goals. Pretty simple, huh? Your tip just might be featured on Hyland's social networks.

The entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to the HealthMaker "Making Health Happen" theme (35%)
  • Creativity of photo caption (15%)
  • Demonstration of a healthy and inspiring activity (35%)
  • Quality of the photo (15%)
Want to learn more? Just click here for details and the official rules.

You do understand that I will be beaming with pride if someone in the GG community wins, right? You bet, I will.

Reaching for that healthy goal,

Friday, March 3, 2017

Vinegar Friday -- Anyone laying tile?


With so many of us trying to save money, we're doing more and more DIY projects. Right? We sit down and watch a YouTube video, gather our supplies, and get to work. Well, that's what a lot of you do. Me? I'm more of a hire someone kind of person. My daughter and her husband, on the other hand, tackle as many home projects as they can. That's how I learned about today's vinegar tip.

Have you ever grouted tile? If so, you know all about how messy it can get. And before you can call the project finished, you have to remove all the grout residue smeared across your lovely new tiles. So what do you do? 

Most people would head to Home Depot or Lowe's and purchase something with hydrochloric acid like Stone Pro Quick Clean or any number of other products that remove grout, none of which are cheap. And let's face it, if you weren't concerned about the cost, you wouldn't be laying the tile yourself anyway, right?

And let's not forget the whole thing about breathing in toxic fumes as you work with these chemicals. Yikes!

But there is a toxic-free, earth-friendly solution. And you already know what I'm going to say. On three... VINEGAR!

My son-in-law discovered this while laying a ceramic tile floor in their kitchen a few years ago. Just one part distilled white vinegar to three parts water in a bucket. Wipe and repeat. While the other commercial products took several tries, the vinegar and water method takes only two. Was it a fluke? 

Just last month, my son-in-law laid another tile floor; this time in the bathroom. Then he grabbed the DWV and a bucket and cleaned up the grout residue in two easy steps. Yeah, vinegar is awesome like that. No fumes, no harm to the environment, and less work. Much less work.

Today, we're singing the praises of vinegar once again, with a tip for you DIY kings and queens. Before starting a project, make sure you have a gallon of DWV on hand. You never know when it might come in handy!

Keeping it green with vinegar,

You can find more great vinegar tips in my book, VINEGAR FRIDAYS. Click here to purchase.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Making Health Happen with Hyland's!

DISCLAIMER: I am a Hyland's Homeopathy HealthMaker. As a HealthMaker, I receive various products and gift cards from Hyland's and its promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and based on my experience. The content should not be interpreted as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

Ahhh, Hyland's. How oft I have reached for you in times of need. And you deliver. Time and time again.

As a Type 2 diabetic, there are certain prescription drugs I have to take in order to stay healthy. But other than that, I try to avoid both prescription drugs and OTC drugs as much as possible. So what do I do when I get a migraine? Or wake up with leg cramps? Or can't quiet my thoughts so I can sleep? Oh, and let's not even mention the diarrhea I have as a side effect to one of my diabetes drugs. Hyland's. Hyland's. Hyland's. Seriously. Hyland's.

For years, I've depended on Hyland's Homeopathic to solve a myriad of health issues. That's why I was beyond thrilled when I was invited to become a Hyland's HealthMaker. Oh yeah. It's never been a problem for me to sing the praises of Hyland's on this blog. I've been doing it since the beginning in 2009.

Just this morning on my Facebook memories, this post came up from March 2, 2014: 

A spider bite yesterday had really nasty effects. The pain and swelling in my hand went all the way up to my elbow. Even holding a fork caused crazy pain. Finally took some Hyland's Homeopathic hives formula and the swelling subsided. ER visit averted.

What would most people do following a spider bite? Reach for the Benadryl, I suppose. But with a cupboard stocked with Hyland's products, I don't have to ingest things full of ingredients I don't want in my body. When homeopathic remedies work, why opt for something else? At least, that's my experience.

When I had a severe allergic reaction to too much niacin several years ago, Hyland's Hives took the itching and facial swelling down within 5 minutes. 

After a lifetime of nighttime leg cramps, I learned long ago to keep a bottle of Hyland's leg cramp tablets beside my bed. And I always take them with me when traveling. Just in case.

In December, after accepting a position as manager of Dignity Home Care Professionals in Pittsburgh, I was faced with many sleepless nights as my thoughts just wouldn't leave the office. But then I started taking Hyland's Calm Forte and --presto! -- blessed sleep descended upon me.

I could go on and on. Really I could. But I think by now you get the picture. I'm thrilled to be chosen as a Hyland's HealthMaker because I've been Making Health Happen with Hyland's for years. And I plan to continue doing so for years to come. 

Hyland's is anxious to hear how you are making health happen in your life. Check out their contest and you just might win $150 worth of products! 

Sharing my pathway to healthier living,

P.S. I use Hyland's Phosphorus or Sulfur for that other problem I mentioned. You know, that dreaded "D" word.

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