100% Real by Top Chef fan favorite Sam Talbot #ad

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With the start of the new year, many people strive to eat better.  It’s a struggle, though, once we head back to work after the holidays.  Life catches up and, with that, healthy eating takes a downward spiral.  I liked the 100% Real cookbook by Sam Talbot because it makes clean eating seem attainable. [Read more…]

Love my prAna Rockaway Jacket + get 15% off with code CMTH17 #ad #giftedprAna

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It snowed last weekend!  A glorious 4 inches of snow fell on our small town, which was the perfect amount for enjoying without being snowed in.  Though some of the snow has melted, the temperatures have been so cold that most of the melted snow turned to ice today.  I’m not a fan of bulky coats (no puffers for me, thank you very much) so I was grateful to have my prAna Rockaway Jacket to keep me snuggly warm.  When my kids wanted me to stay outside and watch them play, I was cozy as could be despite this jacket’s lightweight appearance. [Read more…]

Holiday Parties with InStyle & TORYEN Microfiber Cloth

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Are holiday parties on your calendar this year? We host friends and family in our home often throughout the year, but especially during the Christmas season.  One lucky Savings in Seconds reader will win a prize pack that will help with planning and preparing for holiday parties!  [Read more…]

Use a coffee machine to make hot tea #MyAdagio

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This has been a busy week — one of those weeks that ends with a late night all 7 days.  This morning (Saturday) I went into my classroom for what was meant to be an hour or two, but ended up being there for 6 1/2 hours.  Next, I drove my daughter around town so she could work on her school project….taking photos of herself in front of historical monuments. In the rain.  On these days, I look forward to a steaming cup of hot tea before shuffling off to bed.  I’m so grateful for my coffee maker, which helps me to get the tea just right!  Adagio Tea sent me a glorious package with all kinds of product samples to try, and we’ve really enjoyed the daily treat. [Read more…]

Sustainability Made Simple book + bag

Unless you’ve been hiding under a moss-covered rock, you have probably tried at least one way to “go green” in the past few years.  Most of us have reached an awareness about reusing items, recycling, and reducing our footprint. Disclosure: I received a Growing a Green Family pack, too. Opinions shared are mine.  In the book Sustainability Made Simple, readers can consider some really do-able action steps to raising an environmentally aware family. [Read more…]

How to soothe itchy skin during the winter months

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My skin is generally easy going, but it complains during the winter months. As soon as it’s time to break out the long sleeved shirts, small red bumps develop along my wrists.  Sometimes the dry winter air, combined with frequent hand washing, wreaks havoc on my hands, where the skin becomes so dry that it cracks and bleeds.  Anywhere elastic touches my skin, it leaves red itchy spots.  In the past, I’ve had to resort to months of steroid treatments to soothe my itchy skin. Fortunately, natural remedies are working well for me this year! [Read more…]

Zim’s Max-Arnica makes it a naturally pain-free fall break

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Fall Break #giveaway hop - enter at savingsinseconds.com

The days are shorter, the temps are cooler.  When the kids are out for a week of fall break, here are the Zim’s items you’ll want to have on hand!

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Cloth Diaper Accessory Stash

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If you didn’t already know, I think cloth diapers are adorable. I didn’t get to use them with my kids since their daycare insisted on disposables, but OH!  How I missed out on some of these prints.  Look!  Just look at this cuteness!

If you don’t have an Amazon Prime account, you can get your 30-day free trial and Wear. It. Out.  Here are some ideas on how to spend that extra savings!  [Read more…]

Green Your Routine With Prime Pantry

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These days, it’s harder than ever for me to make it to a brick-and-mortar store. Although I enjoyed scouring stores for bargains, it takes a lot of gas to get around to those discounts.  Instead, I’ve come to rely on convenience, saving where I can.  One thing that has really been a blessing for me is Amazon’s Prime Pantry.  When a frantically busy week hits, and I know that I can’t make it to the store to get the essentials like toothpaste or toilet paper, it’s so simple to fill up a Pantry box and have it shipped right to my house. My favorite natural and green brands are there – from cleaners to snacks – and I can get it all shipped in one box. One lucky reader will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.  Just tell me what would be in your Prime Pantry box!

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Amazon is full of green for St. Patty’s Day #LuckyIrishHop #giveaway

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It’s hard to believe that March is already upon us!  This is a busy time of year for our family.  The kids’ birthdays are coming up, and school is getting wild with the anticipation of spring testing.  We broke ground on our new garden today, too.  Yet even with all of these events going on, there was still time to peruse my beloved Amazon for green items. They have a whole page devoted to St. Patrick’s Day green items! It is, after all, time for the St. Patty’s Day giveaway hop!

Green handbag - #affiliate link [Read more…]