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Schlitterbahn loves families and the proof is in the ice chest - families can save by bringing their own ice chest to the park! When you combine that with free parking it's clear - you're hard pressed to find a more family friendly park!
Bringing in an ice chest does more than save money for your family - it lets you take care of those fussy eaters and stay all day!
Packing an ice chest with our kids favorites means more time enjoying rides and less time in food lines. Plus at Schlitterbahn we enjoy the best water park while saving money too!
The thing about Schlitterbahn is the ticket price is the end of it - no nickel and dime charges here! You can bring in an ice chest full of food and drink and parking is free.
There's a huge variety of rides - some wild, some mild - and there's plenty of room for you to set up your own picnic.

Schlitterbahn has made a day at the water park even more affordable for my family of seven by offering the option to take your own ice chest filled with snacks for the whole family. (no glass or alcohol) One of my favorite ice chest worthy recipes:

3 Bananas pealed and cut in to about 2" pieces
1 Carton of large strawberry's stems pulled off cut in1/2's
1 Pineapple cut into wheels or squares what ever you prefer
Place fruit in large freezer bags and freeze over night you can use this to snack on by itself or with cool whip.



All moms must spend a majority of time running around and constantly on their feet – good exercise, but what about the negative effects? Unfortunately, all of this time spent on your feet (plus the stress of motherhood) can contribute to the formation of varicose and spider veins!
I’d love to offer you Dr. Luis Navarro, Founder and Director of The Vein Treatment Center, who can offer easy and effective ways to prevent varicose/spider veins, even during your busy day to day life as a parent! Please find a few quick tips below:

Tips for optimizing circulation and preventing varicose/spider veins:
§  GET REGULAR EXERCISE: Any type of exercise that strengthens the "second heart" - the muscles of the calf and foot – is beneficial. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
§  WEAR GRADUATED COMPRESSION STOCKINGS: Compression stockings act like an added layer of muscle, aiding the performance of the "second heart" and venous circulation.
§  AVOID PROLONGED PERIODS OF SITTING AND STANDING: Rotate your ankles and feet whenever possible, take brief walks every hour and point and flex your toes to promote leg vein circulation.
§  ELEVATE YOUR FEET:  Raise your feet 6 to 12 inches above your heart whenever possible to assist circulation. It’s easiest to do then when sleeping.
§  EAT A HIGH FIBER DIET:  Take steps to avoid constipation, as it puts pressure on the venous system.
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Mountasia Houston Coupon


Mountasia Houston makes celebrating a birthday, having a party, doing corporate parties, events and team building, or spending quality time with family and friends easier and hassle free. It's the perfect place for friends and families to get together and cut loose with fun, games, and great food. With Bumper Boats, Go Karts, Arcade, Miniature Golf, Batting Cages, and so much more, there's every way to play at Mountasia Houston!Coupon:Check out today's special offer at Mountasia Houston Coupon!  [...]

30 for 30 Sit up challenge


So I started this challenge technically yesterday on the 1st but I'm doing  my post officially today! This is what I look like on day ONE. I have decided to take independentmami's 30 for 30 challenge. I did my set of 30 sit ups last night and OMG it was not easy. I have only been running and spinning so my abs are not in the best of shape. I hope to change that my wedding dress is scheduled to arrive any day now and I want to be at my best for the alterations. I am putting the challenge out there for anyone who wants to join.Just click on independentmami to  Link up your post.  In your post tell us a little about yourself, why you want to do the challenge, pics, or whatever you would like to share.  The more the merrier, right?

Good Luck!




TXU Energy sponsors turkey-calling contest at Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo and TXU Energy are hosting a turkey-calling contest to promote the 20th annual TXU Energy Turkey Trot, benefitting Sheltering Arms Senior Services.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 10, contestants will be judged on their turkey calls and struts. First prize is a family membership to the zoo, and runners up will receive four packs of tickets for the zoo. Winners will be announced in four categories: 12 and younger, 13 to 17, 18 and older and groups.

Area media figures will join this year's competition to compete for the title of "Houston Media's Top Turkey."

The TXU Energy Trot is a yearly event that includes competitive and fun runs and is held Thanksgiving morning. For more information on the trot, visit

The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. For more information, visit or call 713-533-6713.

House Party Rice Krispies!



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I was chosen to host a Rice Krispies Party through HouseParty! We had so much fun and was able to spend time with my kids doing something we all love!

Yurbuds Inspire for Women Party Running Party


 Yurbuds® Inspire line is designed specifically for women.  Since its arrival on the sports equipment scene, yurbuds has made an impact on athletes everywhere as the only earphones with patented TwistLock™ technology, guaranteed never to fall out. The new Inspire for Women features that same technology, and the FlexSoft™ comfort fit, while being specifically designed to fit smaller ears. Available at Target for $29.99 starting in October, these performance fit earphones are sweat and water-resistant, provide exceptional sound, and are the perfect training partner for the female athlete. These Awsome Ear phones come in a variety of colors and feel great I not only used then for running but cleaning and they do not cause any discomfort or fall out. Yurbuds are the best earphones I have every tried and I've tried plenty. They are the perfect size for the woman's smaller ears and there is an extra set for the larger ear so you cant go wrong with these earphones did I forget to mention they sound amazing too!!   I was fortunate to host an Inspire Yurbuds party and was able to share these incredible earphones with my fellow runners. Lets hope with these great new Yurbuds we can improve our time for our next run in November!  ***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Party kit was received.  [...]



Paolo Mascitti, celebrity trainer, lifestyle expert and founder of cibo verde, a meal delivery system that caters to customers’ body calculations to help them reach their weight goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Paolo has worked with celebrities including Hilary Duff, Ashley Tisdale and Justin Bartha to name a 
 few, and now he wants to share his healthy living tips with you.

 # 1 sleep at least 7 hours
A good night sleep lower your stress, sharpens your memory and reduce craving for unhealthy food 

#2 choose colorful fruit and veggies 
They are packed with flavonoids and carotenoids  a powerful compounds against inflammation and free radicals

#3 don't skip your breakfast 
A lot of people think they end up saving calories if they avoid breakfast but what they don't realize that they usually over eat later because your body is starved and trying to over compensate for starvation mode

# 4 choose Healthy carbs 
Whole grains , beans , fruit and vegetables are digested slowly , helping you feel full longer and keeping blood sugar and insulin level stable 

#5 Go organic 
Eating organic not only protects you from harmful pesticides and other chemicals - it provides you with more nutrients in every bite 



 Tree Top treats that will turn Frankenstein green with envyReduced Sugar Juices Provide Healthy Beverage this Halloween, as well as Fun, Frugal, Family Crafting SELAH, Wash. (Oct. 15, 2012) – This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday, which almost guarantees festivities will sneak up and spook us senseless. Keep your wits about you and reach for recipes and decorations that are fast, frugal and fun for the whole family. While sipping on “Frankenstein’s Favorite” Tree Top punch, families can create ghoulish or goofy Halloween decorations by recycling empty juice bottles and boxes.  Tree Top’s recipes and craft ideas are fun, easy-to-make and require just a few simple ingredients.   Step 1: Make the punch, but don’t forget to rinse and keep your juice bottles and boxes! You’ll use those later. “Frankenstein’s Favorite” Green Apple Punch IngredientsDirections46 oz. Tree Top Reduced Sugar Apple Juice (or six-6.75 oz. Tree Top Apple Juice boxes)1 liter ginger aleGreen food coloring  Tree Top Fruit Snack ice cubes:Tree Top Fruit SnacksTree Top Reduced Sugar Apple JuiceWaterPour apple juice and ginger ale into a punch bowl and stir. Add about 10 drops of food coloring, or until you get the desired shade of green. Add Tree Top Fruit Snack ice cubes (directions follow) and this ghoulishly green punch is ready to devour!Tree Top Fruit Snack ice cubes:Simply drop a few fruit snacks into each section of an ice tray. Cover fruit snacks with either apple juice or water. Freeze and serve!  Step 2: Now, recycle the empty Tree Top juice bottles or boxes by creating these Halloween crafts.  SuppliesDirectionsPint-Sized Franks·         Tree Top juice boxes·         Green paper·         Black felt·         Googly eyes·         Black permanent marker·         Silver/white thumbtacks·         Glue gun·         ScissorsWrap boxes in green paper. Cut hair and eyebrows out of black felt and glue into place. Adhere googly eyes and draw remaining features (forehead, nose, mouth) with marker. Push thumbtacks into lower left and right sides of box. Miniature Mummies·         Tree Top juice bottles or boxes·         White kitchen towel or bed linen·         Glue gun·         Googly eyesTear fabric into strips. Add a dot of glue in a starting location. Adhere the fabric and wrap! Repeat until the box is completely wrapped. Add a pair of googly eyes.Frightening Phrases·         Tree Top juice boxes·         Assorted papers·         Black permanent marker·         Tape or glue gun·         ScissorsWrap boxes in papers with assorted colors and patterns. Add ribbon, glitter or paint if desired. Using a permanent marker or pre-cut paper letters, add a letter to each box to spell any festive phrase! (Examples: “Boo!”, “Spooky” or “Eeek!”)  For more fun Tree Top recipes, visit About Tree TopSince 1960, Tree Top has provided premium, quality juices, fruit based products and ingredients to consumers and most of the world’s leading manufactures.  The grower-owned co[...]

YoCrunch Halloween Giveaway!


YoCrunch has been creating fun, wholesome yogurt combinations since 1985! They started YoFarm Yogurt Company with the mission to create a healthy snack by pairing the smoothest European yogurt recipes with New England’s farm-fresh dairy products.People went wild for smooth, creamy, fruit-filled YoFarm yogurt. But they sat up at night wondering what would make it even better. Several years (and experiments!) later, they found that yogurt with crunchy granola was the perfect combination. And to keep their 100% natural granola crunchy, they created the dual cup. YoCrunch, as we know it, was born.Since then, they've had all kinds of new fun, working with  friends at M&M’S®, Nestle®, Reese’s® Pieces®, OREO®, Butterfinger®, Chips Ahoy!®, Mott's® and of course, our favorite granola bakers. YoCrunch is  always innovating too, like how their Greek SuperFruit & Almonds is the first yogurt with toasted almond toppings, and their Pie Parfait has real pieces of crumbly pie crust. And they have made them convenient, so you can take the fun with you wherever, whenever. That's what YoCrunch time is all about.Your family’s happiness is still near and dear to their hearts, so let us know what you think. Or stay in touch by joining the Crunch Bunch here.It’s time to have fun with your yogurt. It’s YoCrunch Time! What is your favorite YoCrunch? My go to combinations are the 100 Calorie Packs Vanilla with Chocolate Cookie pieces and Strawberry!Want to win a Free YoCrunch Multi pack to try for yourself? 5 lucky winners will receive a Coupon-Retail Value of $5.  Here's how to enter:1.) "Like" YoCrunch On Facebook (2 Entry)2.) Follow YoCrunch on Twitter (2 Entry)3.) Join the YoCrunch Crunch Bunch (2 Entry)4.) Follow my Blog (1 Entry)5.) Follow me on twitter (1 Entry)6.) Tweet Giveaway (1 Entry per day) Enter to #win @YoCrunch #giveaway @onthegomommy ends 10/19 This giveaway ends 10/19/12 at 8a.m. 5 winners will be selected.  The winners will have 24 hours to claim their coupons.  US only.  Please leave your email in the comment.  Good Luck.***Disclosure-I will receive a prize pack for this post.  All opinions stated are always my own honest opinions.[...]

Race for the Cure!


NEON Tiki Tribe Party!



 Thanks to MommyParties sponsored by Neon Tiki Tribe I was able to host this party! 

The Neon Tiki Tribe are the Brightest Heroes on Earth! Tribe Members include Tia,Zeke,Mowah and Dar. They use sunglasses that allow them to use their super-powers to defend Earth from the evil Ku Tiki Tribe.

Each child received the following:
1 pair of "super-power" glasses and a Character description print out page, so they can become familiar with Neon Tiki Tribe. These books are filled with things young kids have to face in life that maybe we as parents don't always take the time to discuss with our children ,so this makes it easy to bring up bullying,responsibility and how to become a Thoughtful Intelligent Kind Individual.

If you would like to learn more about Neon Tiki Tribe you can visit there website:
receive 25% off your purchase by using promo code Tiki300.

Disclosure: I received a party package from Mommyparties in exchange for my post these are my honest opinions.

Weight Loss update!


I'm down another pound and I will gladly take it!

Houston Texans Bull Run


We had so much fun at the Houston Texans Bull Run!My family and I have committed to doing one run a month to benefit charity and to stay healthy! My next run will be this weekend coming up the Susan G. Koman Race benefiting Breast Cancer! Wish us luck...[...]

SaffroLean Update!


It has been seven weeks so far and I'm down 6lbs. I feel great my snack craving's have seized and I have plenty of energy. This is a great way to lose weight the right way it's not a pill that claims rapid weight loss it is with time that you see results and I will take every one.

A bottle with 60 capsules (30-day Supply) retails for $29.95. For more information visit
Disclosure: I was given this product to try for 90days these are my honest opinions and experiences.

Healthy Hoohoo Review


 Three out of four women get at least one yeast infection in their lives; nearly half have two or more; and about five percent of women get four or more in a single year.  Most women can tick off the well-known causes of yeast infections: antibiotics, douches, weak immune systems or tight clothes made from barely breathable fabrics. But there are other, hidden causes that can also be common culprits. Increase your chance to prevent uncomfortable yeast infections by using healthyhoo hoo and being aware of the hidden causes.Your estrogen is lowWhen you go through puberty, estrogen plumps up your vaginal tissues using a starch known as glycogen. Yeast loves glycogen, and without estrogen, they’d be all over it. But fortunately for us, estrogen feeds acidophilus, keeping the yeast at bay. Right before your period, though, your estrogen levels dip, and while they’re low, the yeast starts to grow. Symptoms tend to crop up right before your period shows up, but estrogen spikes again post-period to help even the score. You eat too much sugarBlood sugar spikes mean that a lot of glucose is running around in your system, which is like a dinner invitation to yeast. Sweets are one culprit, but plenty of healthy-seeming diets can be sugary traps. Eating a lot of fruit, juice or high-carb foods can cause blood sugar spikes, especially in the morning when your blood sugar is low. You wear pantylinersIf you don pantyliners to keep your undies pristine, your efforts are probably backfiring. Pantyliners cause a low-grade irritation that can decrease the skin’s immunity. When our defenses go down, we get more symptomatic. Yeast also loves environments with little air, so the synthetic fibers in pantyliners that block airflow make yeast feel right at home. You have vaginal eczemaWhen we think of eczema’s scaly, itchy rashes, we usually think of it cropping up on our arms or legs, but it can show up on the vulva and vaginal tissues, too. That causes chronic inflammation and irritation, so some people can develop yeast infections.You use spermicidal condomsThe active ingredient in most spermicides is nonoxynol-9, which is not the gentlest substance. If the spermicide is irritating for the woman, then that will disturb her vaginal immunity and allow yeast to take advantage. That means spermicide creams, jellies, foams, gels, films and suppositories can all be problematic, along with diaphragms, which are usually paired with spermicidal creams, jelly or gels that can cause irritation. Healthy hoo hoo was designed with the help of a formulation chemist, not to cure, but to simply allow a women’s body to naturally hit the “reset” button.  By avoiding over-washing and harsh cleansers, women who have been using healthy hoohoo are reporting improved moisture, comfort and odor conditions.  The line helps bring balance to the mucosal membranes by maintaining the proper pH environment for lactobacilli strainswhich act as barrier to harmful bacterium.Several well-intentioned soaps, cleansers and wipes actually strip away some of the balanced goodness Mother Nature put down there to keep a woman’s body in harmony.  Realizing those cleansers were filled with parabens (synthetic preservatives), fragrance and sulfates (harsh chemicals that make easy lathering possible), Stacy saw the need for a healthier alternative in the marketplace. She worked with a formulation chemist to create something simple, mild and better.healthy hoohoo products are tested on gal pals, not animals, and are available online at,, and at fine body care boutiques and spas.I was able to try the healthyhooh[...]

SaffroLean Update


Hello ladies, I told you I would be giving you updates on my SaffroLean progress so here it goes.....I forgot my SaffroLean over the Labor Day Holiday and we were out of town so there was nothing I could do about it. I was so upset because I could feel the difference right away. I went over board with the snacking and overeating so when I got on the scale it showed I did not gain weight thankfully ,but there was no weight loss either. So I vowed to get back on track and so here are my results so far:

I would like to say that I limit myself to anything fried or that contains a lot of grease or fat. I also have been running at least three days a week and this week I'm going to incorporate a 20 minute workout with three pound weights.



  Good Housekeeping Promotion in Support of National Window Coverings Safety MonthFree Cordless Upgrades Offered to Help Promote Awareness of Potential Window Cords HazardsNew York (September 10, 2012) – In recognition and support of October as National Window Coverings Safety Month Good Housekeeping Custom Blinds and Shades will offer its customers free cordless upgrades between September 15th through October 31st. The initiative is part of a nationwide campaign co-sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC). It was designed to increase consumer awareness of potential window cord hazards, as well as to encourage the use of cordless window products in homes with young children.Good Housekeeping, which launched its comprehensive collection of custom blinds and shades earlier this year, features performance and safety-based window treatments, with an emphasis on cordless options for child safety. “Window treatments need to be durable and safe, especially if there are young children in the house,” said Rosemary Ellis, Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping. “Our custom blinds have been evaluated at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute to ensure that they meet industry standards and have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal.”  Parents and caregivers throughout the nation are urged to replace blinds, corded shades and drapes with today’s safer products. In offering its customers free cordless upgrades, Good Housekeeping Custom Blinds and Shades hopes to shed light on and prevent potential strangulation hazards that window cords can pose. In order to avoid such incidents and ensure child safety, the Window Covering Safety Council offers the following precautions:·         Always keep windows closed and locked when small children are in the room. If you wish to open a window for ventilation, be sure it is one out of their reach.·         Do not place cribs or other furniture near windows. Young children are determined climbers and they are often enticed to crawl over such objects and reach for nearby items. When doing so, they run the additional risk of falling.·         Never allow anything to dangle into a crib or bed. Babies and toddlers can easily become entangled while sleeping or playing.·         Discourage children from playing near windows and patio doors. Establish rules concerning safe play areas and stick to them.·         Never allow long window covering pull cords to "puddle" on the floor next to the window.·         Never allow pull cords or continuous cord loops to hang loose and free, especially within the reach of a small child.·         Pay attention to the bottom chains that exist on many vertical blinds. While inconspicuous, these chains pose the same risks as pull cords, particularly to those children crawling on or playing close to the floor.·         Only install window treatments that provide the highest quality child safety devices, such as cord-free hardware systems, cord tensioners and control wands.·         Consider installing window guards on both upstairs and downstairs windows to prevent children from tumbling out. While screens are sufficient for keeping b[...]

Gutzy Gear Party!


Thanks to MomSelect I was chosen to host a Gutzy Gear Party. Gutzy Gear is straps you can put on your child's backpack, gym bag, anything with a strap you can think of. My children range in the ages of 2-16 and they all loved them so there really isn't an age limit for Gutzy Gear Patches. There is a patch for every child and they are very easy to apply and remove with Velcro. They are great to collect and trade with friends. You can check out the variety of patches here: Gutzy Gear

Disclosure: I receive a party pack from MomSelect in exchange for my opinion.



CELEBRATE GRANDPARENTS DAY ON SEPT. 9Show Grandma and Grandpa You Care With a Deliciously Sweet Gift from Tree TopSELAH, Wash. (Aug. 30, 2012) – For many, relationships with our grandparents are sacred. But what you may not know is there is a day dedicated to celebrating these special and often overlooked people. Annually, Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day, this year landing on Sept. 9.As gifts go, grandparents cherish those that are homemade. In honor of this precious holiday, Tree Top has developed a delicious and kid-friendly gift idea that will show grandma and grandpa how much they care!STEP 1: Break out your apron and mixer! Grandparents won’t be able to resist these yummy caramel apple oatmeal cookies. Moms and dads, remember kiddos will need your help in the kitchen – supervision is a must.Caramel Apple Oatmeal CookiesIngredientsDirectionsCookies:2 ½ cups all-purpose flour1 cup quick oats½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon ground cloves2 teaspoons lemon zest¾ cup salted butter, softened1 ½ cups sugar1 large egg½ cup Tree Top Natural Apple Sauce½ cup maple syrup1 cup chopped apples with peels2 cups caramel chipsIcing:1 cup powdered sugar2 – 3 tablespoons milk1 teaspoon maple flavoringPreheat oven to 300°F. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, oats, salt, soda, cinnamon, cloves and lemon zest. Mix well; add butter, sugar, egg, apple sauce and maple syrup. Mix until well blended. Add fresh chopped apples and caramel chips. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Do not over mix. Dough will be soft. Drop by rounded tablespoon-full onto greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 12-15 minutes until bottoms are golden. Mix powdered sugar, milk and maple flavoring in small bowl until smooth. While cookies are still warm, ice with maple icing and let set.STEP 2: Entice your grandparents by wrapping the cookies up in an extra special way! Some suggestions include:Place cookies carefully into a cellophane gift bag. Tie the top closed with bakers’ twine.Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a sheet of tissue paper. With cookies in the middle, gather the edges and tie with bakers’ twine. For extra decoration, cut a strip of card stock to wrap around the package as a decorative band.Cut an 8-by-8 inch square of tissue paper, and fold all four corners around the cookie. Seal with an extra-special sticker.STEP 3: What gift is complete without a card? Make this one extra special with a poem written by Tree Top especially for grandparents on their special day.Happy Grandparents Day to one of the best.To have you in my life, I sure am blessed.I hope you know you’re the apple of my eye.Here’s a gift I made for you, give it a try!STEP 4: Attach the card to the cookie package and give to your grandma and grandpa with a big hug!For more Tree Top recipes, visit About Tree TopSince 1960, Tree Top has provided premium, quality juices, fruit based products and ingredients to consumers and most of the world’s leading manufacturers. The grower-owned cooperative operates eight processing facilities in the heart of Washington’s apple country, Oregon and California. With more than 1,100 growers, the co-op creates the widest array of fruit-based products and ingredients available on the market. Tree Top’s passion and attention to quality and craftsmanship makes it the first choice for customers.  For more information, visit [...]

SaffroLean 90day Trial Update


(image) One week down and 1.5lbs down as well! I haven't changed my diet completely ,but I have totally eliminated anything fried. I also have incorporated a twenty minute work out 4 to 5 times a week. I do notice I feel full longer after a healthy wholesome meal and I do not have the urge to raid my pantry for my children's snacks. My mood is positive and I notice I have a lot more energy at the end of the day. I will keep you posted!

Creativity for Kids party


 Thanks to MomSelect I was able to host a Creativity for Kids Mommy party the kit was fantastic and the girls had a great time including myself thank you. Creativity for Kids has something for everyone to enjoy and express there creativity, most important the kits make it easy to spend quality time with your kids. You can click here to check out some of the products they have to offer: Creativity for Kids Bracelet and Bottle top necklace kit!My Creative Girls at work!These little bags were so much fun and easy to personalize!Disclosure: I received a party pack from MomSelect in exchange for my honest opinion.[...]

Menu of Healthy Labor Day Recipes


A mouth-watering menu of healthy Labor Day recipesBy Melissa Valliant Before you decide that a “healthy barbecue” sounds about as fun as actually working on Labor Day, check out our HellaWella menu. Our surf-and-turf options are sure to make any carnivore/pescetarian drool, and we’ve got vegetarians covered, too, with our watermelon salad, guac, couscous and cucumber salad. And before you break out the beer cooler or decide you’re going to drink the tears you’re shedding over summer’s end, check out our Gin Gin cocktail. We’ve got something for everyone without skimping on nutrition or taste. (Note: Make sure your grilling this weekend is eco-friendly. Click here for tips. ACLYN’S CRANBERRY-AND-HERB TURKEY BURGERS Sweeten up your Labor Day burgers with some cranberry! Where’s the beef? Our House Honcho’s cranberry-and-herb lean turkey burgers contain less fat, less calories and slightly more protein than beef burgers. Cranberries provide some vitamin C and fiber; plus, their antioxidants help you maintain a strong immune system. ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons, of whole-wheat couscous½ cup of boiling water2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil1 small onion1 stalk of celery1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme1½ teaspoons of chopped fresh sage½ teaspoon of salt½ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper¼ cup of dried cranberries1 pound of 93% lean ground turkey 1. Place couscous in a large bowl. Pour in boiling water, stir and set aside until the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. If grilling the burgers, preheat grill to medium-high. 2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add celery; cook, stirring until softened, about 3 minutes. Add thyme, sage, salt and pepper; cook until fragrant, about 20 seconds more. Transfer the mixture to the bowl with the couscous, add cranberries and stir. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add turkey and stir until combined; do not over-mix. 3. Form the mixture into 6 patties. 4. To cook on stovetop: Coat a large nonstick skillet, preferably cast-iron, with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the patties, reduce heat to medium and cook for 4 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side for 2 minutes. Cover and continue to cook until lightly browned but still juicy (the juices should run clear, not pink), about 4 minutes more. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.) To grill: Oil the grill rack and grill burgers for 5 to 6 minutes per side, flipping gently to avoid breaking. Serve immediately. JEN’S CHICKEN RUB/GLAZEIf turkey burgers aren’t your thing, grilled chicken is a tasty addition to any barbecue — especially when you have our Fitness Sweatidor’s chicken rub/glaze! This recipe is low in calories and fat — and unlike many barbecue sauces you buy at the store, it doesn’t include sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. 4 split chicken breasts (on the ribs, fat removed)½ cup of olive oil1 cup of honey3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegarA splash of Worcestershire sauce2 tablespoons of thyme1 tablespoon of garlic powderCracked pepper and salt, to taste 1. Combine honey, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Stir until well-blended. Set aside half of mixture for later. 2. Drizzle olive oil over rinsed and pat-dried chicken breasts. Rub cracked pepper, salt, garlic powder and thyme over th[...]

Fight Cold and Flu Season Naturally with Homemade Hand Sanitizer


September marks the start of the season every parent comes to dread: cold and flu season. As children take their play indoors, germs circulate more quickly, leading to six months of increased infections that can, at any point, turn a day of school or work into cancelled meetings and time spent coughing on the couch.

As with all illnesses, prevention is better than the cure. While many parents turn to hand sanitizer to kill germs, these store-bought concoctions can contain alcohol and harsh chemicals. Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a nationally recognized expert in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, shares this recipe for a gentler – and equally effective – homemade hand sanitizer:

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

•       3 oz. filtered water
•       1 tsp. aloe vera gel
•       10 drops cinnamon essential oil
•       10 drops clove essential oil
•       10 drops rosemary essential oil
•       10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
•       20 drops lemon oil

Instructions: Mix ingredients in a 4-ounce spray dispenser, and shake gently. Spray on children’s hands, and teach them to massage the spray into their hands for 30 seconds. The result is a natural, chemical free, hand sanitizer to keep germs at bay.

Of course, some illnesses are unavoidable. When a cold or flu does strike, Dr. Rosen recommends using Sambucol (black elderberry extract) to help alleviate symptoms faster. Researchers have found that influenza patients treated with elderberry recover four days faster, on average, than those not receiving treatment. Elderberry is safe for children two years or older – which means your kids can get back to school faster when recovering from the flu.

Dr. Rosen, along with holistic-minded parent Jeff Cohen, recently published a book of natural remedies for nearly 100 common childhood ailments – everything from acne to urinary tract infections. The book, Treatment Alternatives for Children: Reduce Serious Side Effects with Natural Equivalents to Conventional Remedies for Common Childhood Ailments, is a resource for parents who want to find alternatives to prescription antibiotics and other conventional treatments that sometimes have harsh side effects. Like Dr. Rosen’s approach to preventing, and treating, the flu, each ailment is addressed from the perspective of the child’s overall wellbeing.

SaffroLean 90 Day Trial Week #1


This is day one of my 90day SaffroLean Trial. So far so good I have had one pill at 12 noon and I have to admit I feel great. No jitters I ate Subway for lunch and I plan on taking my second pill at 6 this evening. The directions say to take one pill 30 minutes prior to breakfast and lunch but I'm going to take mine before lunch and dinner. That is just my preference we go to bed late at my house so I have trouble with late night snacking. I have high hopes for this product some have lost up to 28lbs in the 90 days so I'm very excited. My wedding dress will arrive some time in late November so this is perfect timing. Now ladies I'm brave and have taken a picture of the scale this morning so you can see my starting weight. I will keep you informed of my progress through out the weeks! I have also listed all the information I have on this product in case you want to check it out for yourselves. Reduce snacking and improve long-term weight loss with new optimized Saffron   Saffron has been used in traditional medicine for centuries as a natural mood enhancer and relaxant. Now a recent well-controlled medical study shows that Satiereal® Saffron can also reduce the desire to overeat and snack between meals. SaffroLean is a new natural diet supplement that contains Satiereal® Saffron in a carefully balanced and purposefully crafted blend of active ingredients that work together in harmony with each other. Satiereal® Saffron is made from the red colored stigma threads of the saffron crocus flower, which comes from the Crocus Sativa flower grown and harvested in places like Greece, Iran, Kashmir and Afghanistan. It is the world's most expensive spice. The 3 stigma strands must be removed by hand from over 75,000 harvested flower blossoms to yield just one pound of Saffron. Despite these limitations, over 200 tons of saffron is produced worldwide every year.A bottle with 60 capsules (30-day Supply) retails for $29.95. For more information visit out the label: What Else is Inside: Other Ingredients in SaffroLean Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Leaf)Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis. The reported health benefits associated with the active ingredient in Green Tea suggests cellular protection from potentially harmful free radicals, improved cardiovascular health and generally well-being. The unique extraction process of the stimulant-free Camellia Sinensis used in Saffrolean boosts your metabolic rate and stimulate fat oxidation without increasing your heart rate. In clinical trials, subjects lost on average 28lbs in just 90 days – without a super-low calorie, starvation diet.Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3)Vitamin D3 levels helps with bone growth and strength, helping to maintain normal blood pressure while improving colon health and boosting the immune system. Vitamin D3 also helps support good breast health.Thiamine (Vitamin B1)Thiamine is a vitamin used by the body to break down sugars in the diet. B1 supports nerve and heart health, particularly those that occur when a person’s natural diet does not contain enough thiamine.Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)B2 is important for body growth and red blood cell production. B2 will help convert and release energy from carbohydrates in your diet.Pyridoxine HCL (Vitamin B6)B6 Assists in the balancing of sodium and potassium as well as p[...]