Stonyfield Greek Yogurt Keeps You Going in the Marathon of Mom Life

Stonyfield Greek Yogurt Keeps You Going in the Marathon of Mom Life A day in the life of a mom can seem like a marathon. From breakfast to bedtime I know for me I feel like I am running a never ending race. Thankfully with help from the husband, friends, and Stonyfield Greek Yogurt I can tackle whatever obstacle life throws at me.    What's so special about Greek Yogurt? It is packed with protein, live active cultures, and it is low in carbs. [more]

Have a Very Merry UnBirthday with an Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday!

Have a Very Merry UnBirthday with an Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter Tea Party Birthday!I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, both the books and the classic Disney movie. My daughter and I decided it would be a lot of fun to host a Mad Hatter Tea Party for her birthday. It is a lot of fun to create a party from a theme that is not "in" or "popular" or "new." Parties like these make me stretch my creative muscles and I won't [more]

Try Delicious New Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches!

Try Delicious New Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches!New from my favorite yogurt brand are the Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches for the family! Delicious, convenient, and organic goodness for on the go, mess free eating. Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches are available in nine flavors for your YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKids! No worries, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy these but we will get to that later.   My kids love pouches, it's like space man food meets crazy kids [more]

Butternut Squash Soup with Organic Squash from Hometown Harvest

Butternut Squash Soup with Organic Squash from Hometown HarvestButternut Squash Soup is something I really enjoy eating. It is not a dish I have ever tried making. When I got my Hometown Harvest bag I found a nice sized organic squash tucked inside. Originally I thought, I will chop this up and sauté it with some olive oil and zucchini. My friend however challenged me to step outside my cooking comfort zone and make a soup using my [more]

Host an Eggcellent Easter Party with Oriental Trading!

Host an Eggcellent Easter Party with Oriental Trading!Easter is almost here! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and families are gathering for some good ol' fashioned Easter fun! Make your Easter the best yet with these excellent eggcellent party decorations and crafts from Oriental Trading!  What I love about Oriental Trading is that I can put a party together easily without spending a ton of money.  I hung up the Light Blue and Lilac Paper Lanterns to add a pop [more]

Captain America The Winter Soldier: A Must See! #CaptainAmerica

Captain America The Winter Soldier: A Must See! #CaptainAmerica   Captain America The Winter Soldier is the number 1 movie in the nation and the film with the largest April box office! And for good reason too. From start to finish Captain America is packed with action, drama, and a little comedic relief.  Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson are exactly what you would expect- awesome. I will admit I wasn't always team Black Widow, especially as a kid, [more]

Runa Clean Energy Giveaway!

Runa Clean Energy

 

Can anyone use a little extra energy? I would raise both my hands but I am so tired a head shake is all you get ;) So what’s a tired mom to do when most energy options are full of fillers, chemicals, and other unspeakable nasties? Avoid them until they find something better. Sorry if you wanted something more profound, I’m just being serious with you. I have been on the search for a healthy, energy filled product for awhile. In that time I have tried some and was not a fan. Either too gross tasting or they didn’t do anything for me. So my search continued…

Then I went to Expo East and as the fates would have it, I was introduced to Runa. After trying one of the clean energy drinks and bottled teas I was hooked. Yes I love coffee but I was raised on tea. It will always be my first caffeinated love and I am picky about which ones I drink. Runa’s teas are organic and fair trade certified. That means no artificial ingredients, GMOs, preservatives, and all that other garbage no one should be consuming anyways!

Runa Clean Energy Tea Giveaway!

Getting the rest of my Thanksgiving shopping done…I could not have made it through the crazy crowds without my extra boost of energy from Runa!

Runa uses Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) a natural source of energy and nutrition from the Amazon in their teas. It is a caffeinated leaf, native to Ecuador, that contains an ideal balance of caffeine, antioxidents, and amino acids. Guayusa is great for the health of your mind and body. It offers clear, focused energy with as much caffeine as one cup of coffee and twice the antioxidants of green tea! I am all for getting that much needed boost and some good for me benefits too!

Runa Clean Energy Tea Giveaway!

Choose from a wide range of flavors and varieties to get your daily dose of guayusa. The bottled teas are available in unsweetened, zero calorie or sweetened with only 50 calories flavors. Runa’s clean energy drinks have a refreshingly smooth taste. I usually don’t care for those types of drinks but I have to say I really like the Runa ones. Berry is my favorite! Best of all their energy drinks are made with natural ingredients not chemicals from a lab! Other products are loose leaf tea tins (6 flavors) and boxes of tea bags (4 flavors). No matter which way you choose to go, you can’t go wrong with a guayusa tea from Runa!

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Great taste and healthy clean ingredients aren’t the only reasons I love Runa. They are out making a positive impact on the world. Runa believes in supporting indigenous farmers and reforestation of the rainforest. By bringing the guayusa to the US, Runa supports the livelihoods of the farmers, their families, and the tribe of Kichwa people as a whole. Their mission is to create “a business that respects cultural traditions, supports small farmers, and helps the Amazon rainforest thrive.”

I have always been on a mission to protect the world ever since I was child. After learning about all that Runa does, I knew I had to work with them!

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Runa Clean Energy, working with farmers in Ecuador

A little bit about Runa’s Story

We linked back up with the indigenous communities that had many cultural traditions surrounding guayusa, and detailed a plan to bring the superleaf to the global marketplace.

After moving to Ecuador, we drank many, many gourds of guayusa with different Kichwa communities and focused on building partnerships.

Now, a few years later, Runa buys guayusa leaves from over 2,000 farming families. Those leaves are processed in a plant in Ecuador and then are shipped to the U.S. where they are packaged and shared with a growing number of guayusa enthusiasts. Runa is proving that sustainable, high-impact businesses in the Amazon can support producers and connect consumers to ancient traditions.

Runa is a company who not only has an awesome product made without junk ingredients but they are out doing some awesome stuff for the world too. That is something I absolutely love and I’m glad to have the opportunity to share about them with you. And give some away too!

One Teachable Mommy reader will win a box of Runa Teas and Runa Clean Energy Drinks!

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Maleficent Comes to Life in the all New Disney Movie! #Maleficent

Maleficent Movie

 

When I think of the ultimate villain, there is one that beats out all the others. Maleficent. I don’t think there is another who even comes close to her. Maleficent is so dark and seething, calling on all the powers of hell to plunge the kingdom into ruin. You definitely do not want to get on her bad side. Even in a virtual world like Kingdom Hearts, Maleficent was the toughest foe to beat! When she turns into a dragon, forget it, that is one lasting impression.

But why is Maleficent so evil? Was she always that way? I probably never thought twice about that before.  Surely someone with the darkest heart ever must have been born that way. Then again, maybe the darker someone is, the more pure they were before. Things like betrayal, disappointments, and grief can all contribute to turning someone’s heart to stone. Maybe Maleficent wasn’t so menacing and something cataclysmic happened to change her into the villain we all know her to be.

Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie, tells the untold story of the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart driving her to curse baby Aurora. I love the idea of finding out what happened before the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty picks up Maleficent’s story.

Official Synopsis: A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

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Angelina sounds just like the original voice actress, Eleanor Audley, in the trailer. 

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Don’t touch it Aurora/Briar Rose!! I must have screamed that over and over I don’t know how many times as a child!

Maleficent Movie Images

 

Have you seen the awesome teaser trailer yet? Even if you have it’s worth it watching again!


MALEFICENT will be in theaters everywhere on May 30, 2014!

Get social with other fans and stay in the know about all things Maleficent!

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Mighty Mom Monday: I’m Still Here

#MightyMom healthy living and encouragment for all moms

 

You may have been wondering where I’ve been. Or maybe not, I have been writing, tweeting, so I didn’t disappear completely. Still, I haven’t written about being a Mighty Mom in awhile. Does that mean I have been doing super awesome and was just too mighty to stop and write about it? Hah! Nope. Just the opposite in fact. Ever since I went to Disney World I have not been exercising. I walked a million miles and ate to my hearts content. Seriously, Disney’s buffets are amazing. Then I came home and everyone got sick. So for the last few weeks we have been battling sickness, trying to catch up on life, and just being lazy.

Finally, I decided enough was enough and got off my butt and went for a run last weekend. It was my first in MONTHS. After bundling up, making a new playlists, and stretching (we all know what happens when you don’t!) I hit the trail. Despite having been the equivalent of a couch potato I was proud of what I accomplished. 2.07 miles is not too shabby! I ran again a few days later and kept up the momentum!

I can tell I was getting to that point of no return. That point when sitting on the couch doing nothing or eating whatever (organic of course but organic sweets will still make you fat!) becomes too comfortable. The bad cycle of self loathing starts and you hate what you’ve lost but get in a pit of not doing anything to change it.

Screw that! I refuse to succumb to that again and so I am picking up where I left out and going to the gym 2x a week. I am also running again so I can continue training for that eventual half marathon I want to run. It’s nice to see others completing goals and persevering. It really does help motivate me to see others not being bums. I hope you have friends you can look to when you need some extra encouragement!

Now that it’s getting cold outside everyone needs a little more oomph, gumption to get moving. My advice is to have others you work out with. It’s a lot harder to flake on a workout when other people are waiting for you.

So that’s my story. My truth. I haven’t been practicing what I preach err type but I will get back there. It’s just going to take some time and taking control of those thoughts that try to deter me from working out.

What is your cold weather tip?

Mighty Handle Makes Grocery Shopping Easier! Enter to Win Today!

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I am all about the one trip. What’s that? It’s when you go to the grocery store, buy a bunch of stuff, and come home refusing to take more than one trip to get it all in the house. I secretly cheer myself on… One Trip One Trip One Trip! Do I look like a pack mule sometimes? Sure. Have a hurt myself carrying all those bags? Yes. Back, hands, arms, you name it. Is it worth it to me if I do not have to trudge down the stairs and back outside to get more bags? Absolutely! That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want it to be easier. Work smarter not harder right?

One trip with the groceries with Mighty Handle!

This is exactly how I feel. More than one trip is for pansies.

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Mighty Handle is a way to help moms, anyone really, make that one trip! It’s their slogan after all “More Bags. One Trip. No Spills” sounds perfect to me! This cool little anchor makes my life easier. Although it is made for plastic bags I also use this with my reusable ones. With a quick twist, the Mighty Handle closes the bags up to prevent spills. It is small enough to throw into your diaper bag or purse or just to throw in your car. I keep mine in my resueable bags that live in my truck. Mighty Handle helps you make one trip without straining all the muscles in your body and keeps the bags from cutting into your skin! Bonus: it is 100% recyclable, dishwasher safe, and made in the USA.  

Why do I love it? I can make my one trip without killing myself. My hands do not cramp up when I’m carrying a lot of bags anymore. And my arms and hands are now spared getting strap burn and being cut into by the bags. Anything that makes grocery shopping easier I LOVE!

A word from the brains behind Mighty Handle: Ben

{…} there had to be a better way to carry everything! I have spent the last four years working on a prototype that is tough and durable yet easy and comfortable to carry anything. I have quit my ‘day job’ and my goal is to rescue sore arms, wrists and fingers everywhere!

Shopping shouldn’t be so hard. Mighty Handle is meant to help you carry More Bags. One Trip. No Spills.

Thank you Ben for saving sore arms and backs everywhere!

Here’s a video showing you the awesomeness of Mighty Handle


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Mighty Handle is giving two (2) Teachable Mommy readers a Mighty Handle! Use it yourself or give it to someone who could use the help. I know this would make a perfect stocking stuffer!

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*FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mighty Handle. I was given free product in exchange for this post. The Amazon link is an affiliate one. All opinions are my own.

Walmart and Axe Hair The Greatest Place to Work Giftcard Giveaway!

Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

 

First impressions stick with you for better or worse. I don’t care who you are, everyone wants to make the best impression possible! My ideal first impression is me, dressed to impress in new clothes and shoes, hair styled to look amazing, walking in to the room poised and confident. Optional spotlight and choir singing. Unfortunately, things don’t always go so perfectly and everything goes awry.

Have you ever met someone and it just went terribly? Once upon a time, I went to a job interview while I was sick. Like nose running, raw scratchy throat, overall feeling of blegh sick. There was no way to reschedule so I sucked it up, added extra foundation to my red nose, and tried to make myself look as professional as possible. The interview started off great and then it happened. Halfway through I felt nauseous and had to run out. It could have been worse I could have thrown up on myself, or the interviewer. I still seriously contemplated crawling out of the bathroom window I was so embarrassed. But I went back in and the lady was so nice. I did get the job because she loved my perseverance. Though I wouldn’t recommend that for anyone! Please do not try this at home folks!

You want to make a great first impression? You want to look the part, feel the part, and have the toys of the part! 

Now through Nov.23 head over to Walmart and visit Axe Sweeps via your cell phone, answer a few easy and fun questions and get entered to win The Greatest Place to Work sweepstakes. This contest is inspired by the movie The Internship starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. You could win ALL of the following prizes! Yes I said ALL!

An IT upgrade

  • Touch Screen Notebook- Mini Tablet- HDTV

Gym Benefits

  • Home gym- AXE® Styling Products

A Sweet Cafeteria Situation

  • Mini-fridge- Coffemaker- Blender- Snack Supply

A Smooth Commute:

  • Electric Bike

A better break room:

  • Gaming console + 5 Games- Recliner- Massage Table- Putting Green- Media Streaming Device

3 Finalists each week will win:

  • $250 Walmart gift card
  • The Internship DVD
  • AXE® Styling ProductsWalmart and Axe Hair Giveaway!

Those are some pretty sweet prizes. Even though I don’t have an office space I want to win. My house would look awesome with a massage table in it! The Internship is available on Blu-Ray and DVD today!

Make your workspace, home office, or whatever you want great with this Walmart Gift Card Giveaway!

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