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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Whole Foods Ready For Action Bag + Giveaway

By Meg Hodson

Good things come in small packages right? And when that "small package" is from one of my favorite stores, Whole Foods, then it's got to be good!

Each year, Whole Foods kicks off it's "Ready For Action Week". The week is celebrated June 24 through June 30th. It's a way to focus on healthy lifestyles and good, balanced nutrition. Whole Foods wants to emphasize that physical fitness can be fun, even when it's an everyday activity like walking or biking. 

Whole Foods Ready For Action Bag Giveaway healthy food

Their Ready For Action bag commemorates the week-long event. Beginning June 27th, customers can buy this bag (a $50 retail) for just $12! So what do you get in the bag?
  • Boiron Arnicare Gel (0.5 oz.). I have used this product myself. It is great for bumps and bruises and even minor muscle soreness.
  • Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Natural OR Kids Sunscreen SPF 30. You can feel good about putting this sunscreen on your littles this summer; it's free of paraben and harsh chemicals.
  • Aubrey Pure Aloe Vera (4 oz.). I always like to have pure aloe on hand for skin abrasions and rashes.
  • Amazing Grass Amazing Meal in Vanilla Chai (0.88 oz.). I can't wait to put this in my smoothies!
  • Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Organic Green Super Food in Chocolate Cacao (0.34 oz.). I added this to one of my morning smoothies for an extra nutritional boost. 
  • Spectrum Essentials Seed Blends (0.5 to 0.7 oz.).  Perfect to sprinkle in pancakes and smoothies, especially for my kids.
  • Nuun Active Natural Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs (10 tabs). Think of this as a healthy answer to sports drinks. Just add to water for a boost. 
  • Toms of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant (2.25 oz.). One of my all-time favorite deodorants. You can't go wrong with this! And it's a full size container that you get with the bag!
  • Spectrum Essential recipe book and three coupons (Amazing Grass, Aubrey and Cal Naturale Svelte.). Bonus!
Whole Foods Ready For Action Bag Giveaway healthy food

I am definitely picking up a few of these to keep on hand for gift giving. What an amazing gift for $12, right?

I've also got one up for grabs here on the blog! Enter below for your chance to win!




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Friday, June 19, 2015

Finding Balance With Together Counts™ and Girl Scouts

By Meg Hodson

This is a sponsored post for Together Counts™ and  Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. While I am being compensated for this article, all opinions and statements remain 100% my own. #HealthyHabits

Finding balance and creating healthy habits for my children seems like a daily goal and albeit, sometimes a struggle. Whether it's monitoring screen time, being active, or devoting time to reading, as a parent, I find myself constantly trying to find the balance for them. With the summer months upon us, finding an even amount of activity, play, and educational time can be tough.

I recently discovered the new Girl Scouts campaign, Together Counts™. It's a nationwide campaign, organized by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Girl Scouts Nation's Capital to inspire active and healthy living via physical activity and nutrition, a fundamental underpinning of efforts to reduce obesity. 

Girl Scouts Together Counts

The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance. It's an easy concept to understand, but one that is sometimes hard to execute. Basically, it emphasized that what goes into your body must be balanced by activity (what is going out of your body). It's a simple concept, yet one that we find hard to follow sometimes. 

So, the Girl Scouts themselves partnered with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to help create booklets that would help in this whole concept.

o Between Earth and Sky with Healthy Habits - girls learn about the many plants,
and animals that flourish in nature, and also build important leadership skills.

o WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits - girls discover the many forms and 
paths that water takes and how to protect it. They also learn how to engage in teamwork, 
speak effectively to convey a message, and inspire others

o Get Moving! with Healthy Habits - girls learn how to use their energy to protect Earth’s 
energy and build important leadership skills.

Girl Scouts Together Counts


What I really like about this program is that it is empowering Girl Scouts and Girl Scout volunteers to all work together. Adults can empower girls. Girls can set good examples for each other. And it's all done in a fun, productive way. 

Camping is essential to a Girl Scouts mission. I fondly remember a Girl Scouts camp I attended when I was in grade school. It is about the outdoors, and developing a deep appreciation for nature. Girls enjoy camping with their troop or attending a Girl Scout day and evening or resident sleep-away camp. From high adventure with kayaking, archery and rock climbing to traditional camps with crafts, singing, hiking and cooking over an open fire, Girl Scout camps give girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults. 

To locate the council nearest you, see the Girl Scout Council.

What are your best practices for keeping the young girls in your life healthy and active?


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#DisneySMMC On The Road Hits Portland

By Meg Hodson

I pretty much grinned cheek to cheek when the invitation came across my inbox that I was cordially invited to the first stop on the Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Tour in Portland, Oregon. Even though I have been blogging for 3 years now, I have yet to attend a conference. To say the least, I RSVP'd before I could even read the entire email. 

Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Portland Oregon

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" creates an energetic forum where influencers (primarily parents) and social media enthusiasts meet for a half-day program filled with educational and inspiring content designed to support the goals and unique lifestyle demands of parents. There was a full schedule packed into our half-day conference, complete with guest speakers, presentations, giveaways, and networking with other bloggers and influencers.

It was great and beneficial on many levels. First of all, the panel of speakers they had were top notch. The day starter with Tyler Slater , who is in charge of the Disney Parks blog for Aulani and Disney Destinations . I later found out it was his first Disney Social Media Moms conference.He gave the attendees nice insight into the magic of Disney (I know, we all know Disney is magic, but he sealed the deal). He teased us with the drudgery of traveling to Hawaii every three months to oversee the Aulani Resort. He was the perfect opener to the conference.

Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Portland Oregon

I really liked the presentation by Victoria Lim. She touched on the best way to shoot video with your cell phone and some great apps to use to edit your videos.  I am excited to use the app she highly recommended, Cute Cut.

Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Portland Oregon

We also heard some great advice from the editors at Babble. One quote from them resonates with me: "Align with like-minded bloggers; bigger is not necessarily better." Erin Glover had great social media insight and insight that those who work for Disney have into the history of all that is Disney. Marianne Richmond shares thoughtful insight into her journey as an author and 

There was plenty of time for networking with other influencers. I finally got to meet some "virtual friends" face to face, which was fantastic and worthwhile.

But the highlight of the day was a visit from your favorite mouse, Mickey! I kinda felt like I had jazz hands as we posed together. 

Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Portland Oregon

Disney Social Media Moms On The Road Portland Oregon

Have you attended a Disney On The Road event? What was your favorite part?


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