How to Get the Next Ultimate Bundle for FREE

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If you are like me, you love the idea of those giant money-saving bundle sales but don’t always have the funds for non-essentials. The creators of the upcoming Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle are trying something crazy and offering a FREE bundle for anyone who is willing to share about it with friends.

This bundle includes more than 70 eResources from top healthy living bloggers, plus some pretty sweet bonus offers. The bundle is a $1000 value. This will be a valuable resource for keeping your family healthy through the fall & winter seasons.


How to Get Your FREE Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle:

First, enter your email to receive your personal Refer-a-Friend link.

Next, share your Refer-a-Friend link through email, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or a blog post. Your personalized link will track everyone who signs up though it.

What you get:

  • Refer 1 friend and receive $5 off your bundle
  • Refer 5 friends and receive a 12-session audio conference
  • Refer 10 friends and receive your Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle absolutely free!

Your friends only need to sign up for the email list – no purchase necessary!

The date for the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will be announced soon, so get busy signing up those friends!!

FREE Healthy Kids eBooks for Kindle

FREE Healthy Kids eBooks for Kindle

It’s time for our weekly seasonal ebook roundup!

These ebooks were free at the time of posting but that could change at any moment.
As always, check before you click!

The Fitness Fun Busy Book

Kids Healthy Meals

Smart School Time Recipes

Helpful Ways to Improve Your Child’s Swimming Skills

Mission: Explore Food

Chew Chew the Food Chain Train

Easy Kids Breakfast

Spud the Couch Potato

Zack Plays Sports


Don’t own a Kindle? You can read Kindle ebooks on your PC for free.

My affiliate links were used in this post. There is no cost to you to download the free ebooks. I appreciate any shopping you might do while visiting Amazon! I have not read most of these ebooks and am not endorsing the contents. Please use your own judgement when choosing reading materials for yourself and your family.

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Maintain Your Weight Through the Holidays with Calorease {Review}

calorease review

October is the start of birthday season in our house – four kids in six weeks. That adds up to lots of decadent cake and dining out. Then comes Thanksgiving with the dressing and the pies. And Christmas? It gets a whole month of delicousness! It is hard to ring in the new year without a couple of extra pounds.

I was recently introduced to Calorease, a dietary supplement to help manage your weight. I am not about to pop a scary pill to lose weight, so I did a little research before agreeing to a Moms Meet review. The active ingredient in Calorease is FBCx. It is a naturally sourced soluble fiber derived from grain, with no genetically modified components. It is stimulant free and gluten free. Calorease does not contain lactose, yeast, wheat, sugar, salt, egg, soy, dairy, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.


Calorease works by binding dietary fat and flushing it out of the body. Taking two tablets with three healthy meals a day makes it possible to lose up to a dress size in a month.

I decided to do a little 3-week experiment and see just how well this product works. For the first two weeks, I took the tablets only when eating foods high in fat. This included birthday meals and an amazing triple brownie cake. For the third week, I took the tablets with one or two meals every day. I made no other changes to my routine (because obviously I would have lost weight had I switched from an occasional walk on the beach to power walking several miles a day!). I must say I was shocked to lose almost three pounds!

I realize that weight lost without any real effort is weight that will eventually show back up, but it is so encouraging to see that scale move! I am excited about trying out Calorease while eating healthy and adding in more exercise. I will definitely continue this supplement through the holiday season and want to leave those extra pounds in 2013!

A 90-count package of Caloraese is $29.99, but I have a coupon for you!!

Use the code 4MOMS and buy it for only $14.99, a 50% discount!

(Calorease is also sold at GNC, but the coupon code is only for the Calorease website)

Follow Calorease on Facebook to get updates on the latest offers!

Your turn: Do you have any tips for maintaining your weight during the holidays?

Would you like to see a follow-up review on this product?

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product  and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.

Surviving the Creeping Crud

surviving the creeping crud

I cannot believe it is a new year already!! Our family got hit with what I call the creeping crud … sneezing, sore throat, headache, congestion, hacking cough

It is almost epidemic in our area!

Natural remedies are my first line of defense when my family gets sick.

**Note: I am not a medical professional, just a momma who wants to keep her kiddos out of the doctor’s office. You are responsible for doing the research to determine if these remedies will be healthy & effective for your family. :)

I order all of my supplements through Vitacost. They have the best prices and super-fast shipping. Use my referral link to get $10 off your first purchase.

~Prevent it: I usually start preparing my family in late Fall by making sure we are taking our vitamins, eating healthy foods, and drinking lots of water. Everyone also gets a daily chewable acidophilus if the stomach bug is going around. Sinupret is a good immune booster to counteract upper respiratory illnesses. Because of the unusually warm weather and our busy schedule, I did not stay on top if it this year. Won’t be making that mistake again!!

~Catch it early: I have yet to read anything about homeopathic medicine that doesn’t sound slightly crazy, but I don’t care because it WORKS!! My medicine cabinet contains several Boiron products that I use as soon as symptoms appear, to lessen the effects of illness.

  • Oscillococcinum at first sign of the flu – achiness & fever
  • Coldcalm for congestion & runny nose (I gave myself & the girls this and we ended up with mild colds. The boys, who got sick first & didn’t take Coldcalm, were terribly ill & in bed for days.)
  • Sinusalia works quickly to open up sinus passages and get rid of that over-the-eye sinus headache
  • Chestal Honey Cough Syrup

~Burn it off: I do not give my kiddos medicine for a low-grade fever (under 102) unless they are in pain or uncomfortable. Fever is your body’s way of fighting infection.

~Honey & Cinnamon: both are antiviral and antibacterial – Mix 1 tsp raw honey with 1/4 tsp good-quality cinnamon and eat it by the spoonful, use it as a fruit dip, or stir it into hot tea. You can do this several times a day to head off a cold. (Local raw honey will also lessen the effects of seasonal allergies.)

~Ease nighttime coughing: To stop heavy coughing, spread a layer of Vicks VapoRub on the bottom of each foot and put on clean socks. Don’t laugh – it really works!!

~Soothe an earache:  Massage a few drops of garlic oil into your ear for almost-instant relief of an earache. Garlic is a natural antibiotic.

~Keep the air moist: I prefer a vaporizer, but a humidifier is a safer choice if it is going to be within reach of little ones. Our vaporizer has a little well on top that I fill with peppermint oil to help open sinus passages.

~Ease sore throat pain: My dad dropped off a bottle of Echinacea Goldenseal Propolis Throat Spray for Hubby to use. I haven’t tried it, but he had good results. Goldenseal is a natural antiseptic.

~Stay hydrated: Coconut water is a healthy alternative to sports drinks.  It contains potassium, minerals, and electrolytes.

These can all be found at any health food store. My Walmart even carries Oscillo and local raw honey. Since not everyone lives near these stores, I linked to Vitacost.  They have a great selection & low prices.  New to Vitacost?
Save $10 off an order of $30 or more through my referral link.

These are a few of the methods that we use to naturally fight off cold & the flu, but there are many more great remedies.

What are your tried & true tips?

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WFMW – Battle a Stomach Bug

My supposed week of reviews & giveaways somehow morphed into That Didn’t Turn Out Quite How I Intended It!

We got hit with a stomach bug. We don’t tend to pass around most viruses, but a stomach virus can wreak havoc on a big family.

This time around, only three* of us out of seven got sick. We did the usually Lysol/hand sanitizer routine, but there was one new weapon that I think must have helped.

About this time last year, I received some samples from BioGaia that included these digestive health tablets. We didn’t have a need for them last year (thank you God!), so I tucked them away in the medicine cabinet.

I pulled them out this past week when I went on the warpath against our unwanted visitor. Everyone got a tablet a day.

Let me tell you that I can’t stand the chalkiness of chewable tablets {{shudder}}.  These were really good and tasted like lemonade, with no chalk at all!!

They also come in a flavorless drinking straw and drops (I tried both of these last year).

You can purchase by phone, online, or interestingly enough with a form that you print out & take to your pharmacy. They can order it for you if they don’t carry it.

And according to this site, BOOST Kid Essentials by Nestle has a BioGaia Probiotic Straw. I couldn’t find any info on the Kid Essentials website about that, but it might be something to check into.

Even though I got sick*, it was only half a day. And that works for me!!

Run on over to We Are That Family for tons of great tips!

*We should have probably only had one sickie. Sassyfrass came down with it first, and then Stinkpot Sweetpea got it when she stole sick girl’s Capri Sun after she had finished her own. I got sick from holding an ailing Stinkpot Sweetpea and, well . . . you get the picture.

~I am not affiliated with BioGaia.~


chunkin’ the junk

My family used to eat fairly healthy – lots of fresh, non-processed, sometimes-organic food. Then I got pregnant with Sweetpea, and it all went downhill from there. Our diet went from bad to worse when Hubby left his job in October and we had to tighten the budget belt.

My kids were devastated thrilled when I told them that we are Chunkin’ the Junk in April! No more chips, no more refined flour, no more sugary cereal – it’s all going in the trash!

Here are some things I already do: (ok, so I guess we don’t eat total junk)

  • try to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • bake with whole wheat
  • add flax seed & wheat germ to baked goods
  • real butter
  • organic milk for Sweetpea
  • steel cut oatmeal
  • preservative-free lunch meat
  • natural sweeteners like honey & sucanat

I want to learn how to:

  • can food
  • make yogurt
  • bake with sprouted grains
  • bake whole grain artisan bread
  • grow a decent garden

I’m guessing that many of you would like to know these things too, so I will be sharing what I learn.

You can let me know if this type of thing interests you by leaving me a lovely comment!

spring cleaning: get the junk out

I am really looking forward to this unique spring cleaning carnival. Here is a list of hostesses and weekly themes:

  1. 3/23 Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship: antibacterial soap/bleach
  2. 3/30 Amy @ Simply Sugar and Gluten Free: gluten
  3. 4/6 Beth @ Fake Plastic Fish: plastic food containers
  4. 4/13 Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up: refined sugar
  5. 4/20 Micaela @ Mindful Momma: parabens
  6. 4/27 Lenetta @ Nettacow: food additives
  7. 5/4 Kelly the Kitchen Kop: CAFOs
  8. 5/11 Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers: pesticides
  9. 5/18 Mandi @ Organizing Your Way: clutter
  10. 5/25 Claire @ Saving Money Plan: debt

census caution

I got this in an email & thought it was worth passing along.

Be Cautious About Giving Info to      Census Workers

by Susan Johnson

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is – how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don’t know into your home.

Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.


While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

AND REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION… No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit

review – Growing Healthy Homes


We’ve made several changes in our home over the past year in our quest for a healthier lifestyle: whole grains, unrefined sugar, organic when we can afford it, trying to cut out high fructose corn syrup. I was so excited to receive a copy of Nutrition 101: Choose Life. It not only teaches what changes you should make, but WHY you should make them. I strongly believe that God created specific foods and nutrients to strengthen and heal our bodies. This book is an amazing look into His awesome design.

Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is a Biblically based curriculum for the entire family. It is a huge 448 page book, with over 100 of those pages in the form of an information-rich appendix. It is co-authored by homeschool mother Debra Raybern, N.D., M.H., C.N.C., I.C.A.; homeschool mother and researcher Sera Johnson, B.MU; mother and writer/editor Laura Hopkins, B.S.; and mother, grandmother and former Home Economics teacher Karen Hopkins, B.S.

The curriculum is broken up into these six units:

  1. The Brain and Nervous System
  2. Digestion and Elimination
  3. Respiration and Olfactory
  4. Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  5. Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  6. Endocrine System and Emotions.

Each unit has discussion questions, hands-on activities and power recipes to make together. Some of the material is a little over the heads of my gang, so I pick and choose the info to study.  I am reading through all of it myself, and I will be using it again in a few years as a more in-depth high school study.

You can view a sample of this book HERE. I strongly urge you to take a minute to read the introduction and take a look at what is included in the huge appendix.

Nutrition_10 CDROM_cover

The Nitty Gritty:

  • the CD-Rom is $79.99
  • the book is $99.95
  • the CD-ROM/book combo is $129.99

Things I like:

  • Lessons are taught from the viewpoint that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God.
  • There is something for most ages (starting in early elementary, in my opinion).
  • There is so much information provided in these lessons. I am using this for our science curriculum this year. I pull whatever is age appropriate from the lesson and add in my own things like notebook pages or goodies I find on the internet.
  • The appendix is full of wonderful things to help me in my quest to provide the best nutrition for my family.

Value: I will be honest… I thought the price of this curriculum was really high when I first saw it. Now that I’ve had a chance to read through and use it, I think it is worth every penny! I reviewed the e-book and printed off only what I needed to teach the lessons. I think the ideal, if you can afford it, is to purchase the book combo. You would have the physical book to read and the e-book to print off resources and activities.

See what my TOS Crew Mates have to say about Growing Healthy Homes!

homegrown revolution

Watch this video if you are interested in growing your own food but think you don’t have room. This family lives on a fifth of an acre and grows 3 tons of food a year – and it’s beautiful, too! We are going to start planning beds for our acre, but it’s hard to know how to begin. Anyone have any tips?