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5 Steps to a More Energetic & Happier You

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Nothing ruins a beautiful day more than the discomfort that comes with being irregular, which is something that I have struggled with as far back as I can remember.  The bloating, the lack of energy, that feeling of always being full and being almost scared to eat because of the discomfort that you know it will bring. Suffering from irregularity is difficult and it can take such a toll on our everyday lives. 

Today I am going to share five things that have really made a difference in how I feel every single day, highlighting Metamucil Pro Blend available only at Walmart, which you can shop for by clicking the photo above.   

Metamucil has been a part of my life ever since I was in my late teens, this is the product that my mom purchased to not just help me with my digestive issues, but for herself too. She used Metamucil for its many benefits, which include:

  • CONTROL YOUR APPETITE. The natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil helps curb your appetite so you feel less hungry between meals*
  • PROMOTE HEART HEALTH. Taking Metamucil every day helps you maintain healthy blood sugar levels* and helps lower cholesterol
  • 100% NATURAL PSYLLIUM FIBER. Metamucil is the only leading brand that contains naturally sourced psyllium fiber^ that helps promote digestive health and regularity*
  • FEEL WHAT LIGHTER FEELS LIKE. Metamucil traps and removes the waste that weighs you down so you feel lighter and less sluggish*


These days I incorporate Metamucil Premium Blend into my days by ensuring it's one of the first things I enjoy each morning. 



Incorporate Metamucil Premium Blend Into Your Day (NEW and ONLY at Walmart)

Metamucil Premium Blend has NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS OR COLORS. Metamucil Premium Blend is sweetened with plant-based Stevia and contains natural flavors and colors, which makes taking it as part of my daily routine even easier. Whether I make myself a breakfast smoothie with Metamucil Premium Blend as part of the recipe or just enjoy it an an 8oz glass of water, I like knowing that it is sweetened with plant-based stevia and made with natural flavors and colors. 

I don't miss taking my Metamucil Premium Blend, even if it's on-the-go. As with any dietary supplement, please remember to take Metamucil Premium Blend as directed. 



NEVER SKIP  BREAKFAST

Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day and sets your entire day to a much better start. For years, I lived on coffee only in the mornings and not only is that super unhealthy, I was jittery and angry by the middle of the day and completely out of energy. 

Now, even on my busiest morning I make time for a quick breakfast. It can be something as easy as a yogurt parfait that I can enjoy on the morning commute. Something as that very enjoyable and light parfait will keep me going until midday without feeling the need to find the nearest fast food joint and will make my morning so much more pleasant. Plus eating regular meals is another way to encourage your body to stay regular. 


Amp Your Water Intake

I talk about the challenges of drinking water a lot, and that's because it is still a challenge for me. Even now as I am mom to a 12 year old whose preferred drink of choice is water and while having a fridge full of water, I have such a hard time getting the recommended amount down each day. 

But drinking water is so good for you, in so many ways! Not only does drinking water help you stay regular but it's so good for your skin, especially someone with dry, dehydrated skin like my own.The benefits of drinking water are so great that it's the first step I suggest taking to anyone who just wants to feel better overall.  


Incorporate Activity Into Your Day

I am not a huge fan of gyms of harsh physical exercise, it's just not something that fits into my lifestyle nor something that I enjoy. However, I do love getting out with the family at least a few times a week for a bit of activity together. We can go to the park and take a brisk walk around a few times as we chat about our days, or we will go to the pier and enjoy a beautiful sundown and we walk along the length of it a few times. 

Getting active as a family is for me the best way to get active, and I love these evenings so much. And because I took my glass of Metamucil each morning, I know I won't be suffering any emergencies or discomfort to ruin our outing. 


Take Time To Wind Down

We tend to forget how much our busy lives affect our well-being, including our digestion. The everyday quick lunches or skipping of meals and junk eating can take such a toll on our overall wellness. It's no wonder that there are days that our digestive systems go completely bonkers.

Taking time each day to wind down and relax is another small step that makes such a large impact on our everyday lives. Even if and especially if you're having "one of those days", I highly suggest taking some downtime. You will see what a difference even something as small as a 15-minute break can make. 


Feeling sluggish, uncomfortable and completely out of sorts with my own body is not something I have to deal with these days, not know that I know that I can incorporate steps into my day that help me battle digestive issues. 

I invite you to participate in the 2 week Metamucil Challenge, so that you too can experience that feeling of a lighter, more energy filled self. 

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Night

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #anepicmovienight #spiderverse #CollectiveBias


Today we're sharing our love for the animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and showing you how easy it is to whip up the perfect snack, inspired by the movie, for a family movie night at home. Shop the post by clicking the photo above which will take you directly to the products.

After watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in theatre, we've all been super excited for the release of the DVD and Blu-ray, especially the kiddos. We found out it was releasing on 3/19 and made plans to pick it up immediately at Walmart so the kids could have their long-awaited movie night.


Luckily, Walmart is a one-stop shop and while we were there picking up our copy of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse DVD and Blu-ray, we decided to pick up a few goodies to create a snack for the kids to enjoy during the movie night.

To moms who believe everything is better when the family is together, Honey Bunches of Oats® is ideal for bringing your bunch together because it has the wholesome nutrition you want and the yummy honey taste they love. Honey Bunches of Oats® with Strawberry features large pieces of strawberries that add so much flavor to an already delicious cereal.

Honeycomb® is a modern-day classic cereal and now is perfect for snacking. Honeycomb® reminds me of my childhood and I want to create similar memories with my daughter and grandkids. Plus cereal is such an easy way to go when looking to create a quick snack or just looking to enjoy a quick meal. Who doesn't love a quick bowl of cereal with the kids right before bed?


This is our take on a quick and yummy Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse inspired snack featuring Honey Bunches of Oats®, a super-easy snack that you can prepare in mere minutes.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trail Mix

Ingredients:
2 cups Honey Bunches of Oats® with Strawberry
1/2 cup of red and blue gummies
1/2 cup of granola


Just mix and serve!


If you haven't watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with the family, I highly recommend picking it up. Our entire family loved it and the kids want to watch it over and over again now that they have their own copy, including in Digital so they can watch on their devices too.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Spider-Man into the Spider-verse won the Academy Award for best animated feature.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is such a great movie, the kids had a blast putting together their own snack and then sitting down to enjoy the movie.



It's easy to have a family Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Night by making a quick trip to Walmart for the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse DVD and Blu-ray, Honey Bunches of Oats® with Strawberry and Honeycomb® cereals!


Proper Drug Disposal and Why It's Important

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #ConsumerDrugTakeBack #LifeInCheck

We've been living in an area of California that has seen a high rise in opioid drug use in the last decade. Because we've seen the decline of our community first hand, it makes my family even more aware of the dangers of not disposing of medication correctly. Something as innocent as the pain reliever prescribed by a doctor for your last tooth infection can be diverted, sold and/or abused, even by family members and friends. *83% of people who misuse prescription pain relievers including opioids get them from a friend or relative.

Making the time every few months to search through your medicine cabinet for any expired or leftover prescription medications, is important, but how we dispose of these items can be tricky. Until now. 

Disposal of unused medications today takes many forms, from flushing down the toilet or pouring in the drain, to throwing in the garbage, or worse. More often than not, the end result is damage to our environment, drug diversion or the drug being abused by others. In an effort to assist in reducing these issues and bringing awareness to the massive opioid crisis that is plaguing many families, LifeInCheck created a Consumer Drug Take-Back program that provides consumers with a safe option to discard their unused or outdated prescription medications in secure receptacles located across the US.


Saturday, April 27th 2019 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which means that it's a perfect time for all of us to take a look through our medicine cabinets and do a thorough clean out of expired or unused medications. 

According to Drug Abuse.gov, 18 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 have misused medications at least once in the past year. LifeInCheck has created this tool to help you safely dispose of unused or expired medications. Simply enter your city and state or zip code and search radius and we will provide a list of safe drug take-back locations in your area. Thank you for helping to protect your family and our communities.

Locate a LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle in your area by visiting the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back Program Locator Tool. We found one only twenty minutes away from where we live and headed out to dispose of my moms most recent expired batch of meds. 


Drugs Accepted at Receptacles:
  • Unused or expired prescription medication (Including Schedule II-V controlled substances)
  • Unused or expired over-the-counter medication
  • Pet Medication
Drugs NOT Accepted at Receptacles: 
  • Schedule I controlled substances
  • Illegal drugs
  • Thermometers
  • Inhalers
  • Lotions/Liquids
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Needles
  • Hydrogen Peroxide


We found the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back at the front of the pharmacy, located in a corner that allowed for discreet disposal. I wasn't sure what to expect when walking in but I really like that it was so easy to get the task done, and that includes keeping what you're disposing of private.



How to Use the Drug Disposal Receptacle:


  • Pull to open drawer
  • Place medications inside
  • Close the drawer

Knowing that we have disposed of these potentially harmful medications in a safe manner feels really great, and I am so glad to have a place near us to do so from now on. I think I will put it in my calendar to take care of this very important task at least every six months. It was so easy and hassle free to do it and actually much faster than it usually takes us to pick up my mom's medications each month.

The opiod crisis is a rampant problem in our country and it's happening everywhere. This National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, I hope you can join me in doing our part by disposing of any unused or expired drugs at a LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back receptacle. 

*SAMSHSA.gov

Celebrating Lent: Cucumber & Avocado Shrimp-less Cocktail

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I grew up observing the Lent holiday and whenever this time of year comes along, I actually really enjoy thinking of the many recipes that we can make for the family, most of them recipes that we might not enjoy year-round. My family, especially my mom and siblings, are huge meat eaters, as is pretty normal in our Mexican heritage. Life is all about the meat: carne asada, carnitas, bistec, you name the meat, my family loves it.

But I have never been as huge a meat eater as they are and in fact have always loved the side dishes of one of our traditional meals more: refried beans, arroz, guacamole, even tortillas! Ever since I was a kid, I would pile my plate high of all the side dishes and then add the tiniest bit of meat to my plate. That's probably why I enjoy the Lent season so much, it's the time of year when meatless dishes get their time to shine and we get to enjoy a lot of veggies, which are my favorite.

It's with that in mind that today I am sharing one of the favorite recipes that my mama made when we were growing up during Lent, but with my own spin. Instead of making the traditional Shrimp Cocktail, I will be taking out the shrimp and just adding a lot more veggies to the mix. The end result is an incredibly yummy, crunchy, super flavorful dish that you can serve up during your next get together with familia and friends.


And of course, the star of the show, the product that is going to give this dish the most sabor, is Clamato® Tomato Cocktail. Clamato is a must-have in our pantry at all times, but especially for all of our Lent-friendly recipes.


You can find Clamato at Walmart in either the 64oz bottle (which my store was out of thanks to all the Micheladas they were enjoyed during the big game) so I picked up two of the 320z bottles. We will be using the entirety of the two bottles for this recipe so make sure you pick up enough.


At Walmart, I also picked up all of the fresh veggies for the dish. This recipe is for a big portion large enough for at least ten servings, but you can tweak the ingredients to the portion size that you will be preparing. Honestly, this dish is so simple to prepare, that I suggest picking up all the making for it and enjoying it a few times a week, even if you just make enough for yourself!

Cucumber & Avocado Shrimp-less Cocktail
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice
1/2 chopped fresh cilantro
6 tomato, diced   
8 Hass avocado, diced
5 chile serrano, diced
3 white onions, diced
8 cucumbers, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
64 oz Clamato Tomato Cocktail
Cilantro, avocado, and slices of lime for garnish


My tip for keeping this recipe super light and refreshing is to keep it as fresh as possible. I don't add any ketchup or prepared hot sauce, instead, we are using fresh tomato and adding that kick of spice with fresh chile serranos.



All of the fresh veggies along with Clamato Tomato Cocktail will give us all the flavor we need. Clamato is the authentic tomato cocktail that spices up all your parties and get-togethers. It adds more to your meals, like seafood ceviche, and cocktails, like a classic Michelada.


Instructions: In a very large bowl, combine all of your chopped veggies, lime juice, salt and pepper



Pour Clamato into the container, mix lightly (I try to keep my veggies, especially avocado as whole as possible) and refrigerate for at least an hour, allowing all of the flavors to really mix and mesh together.


As my grandson would say, "Yummy, yummy, in my tummy!"


Probably the most fun for me when preparing this dish is the plating, this is where you can get creative and come up with a really cool way to serve up your cocktail. I picked up a dozen mason jars from Walmart and they made the perfect way to serve up this dish, in a way that really shows off all of those fresh veggies.



Don't forget to top with extra, extra avocado, cilantro and a slice of lime and you are done. Now it's time to convivir and enjoy!


The Lent season is a great time to convivir with loved ones, and I hope my recipe inspires you to get together with those special people in your life and just enjoy good food, good conversation and good times!



Need more Lent-friendly Clamato inspired ideas? Check out the 40 Days of Flavor Hub Link!

Basic Invite | Graduation Celebration Invitations & More

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Basic Invite. 

With the graduation season right around the corner, it might be time to get a head start and start planning your graduation invitations and announcements. Today I am collaborating with Basic Invite to share their site with you and show you what truly makes them stand out. For me, when ordering any type of paper good online, I look for customization and ease of use. I've gone to a few sites in the past that promise I will get a design and look that I love, but they will have a complicated system that makes the task anything but easy. Or they won't have enough color choices or templates to truly bring my design to life. 

Basic Invite not only has a beautiful selection of graduation celebration invitations with over 180 different color options, but Basic Invite is also one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. 

Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. 


I personally really like the polaroid graduation invitations and Polaroid Perfection Graduation Announcements which take me back to the good old 80's and because all things old are new again, Polaroids happen to be all the rage again. If your teen is into retro styles, then this is definitely a style you will want to check out. 


Nothing makes graduation party invitations and announcements as immediately eye-catching as a bright and colorful envelope. Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so they can be quickly and securely closed, which is a really nice detail. 

Other aspects of Basic Invite that will make your order process even easier:

Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.

Foil - Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

As you can see, Basic Invite has made it easy to pick out that perfect graduation invitation or announcement, exactly as you have envisioned it in your mind. Definitely check them out for all of your personalized invitation needs and take advantage of the current deal until the end of February: Save 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51