Author Archives: Amy Bellgardt

The Truth About Serving Sizes

We’re all guilty of eating until we’re not only full; we eat until we’re really full. Have you ever been to a restaurant and forced yourself to finish that huge steak? That massive bowl of pasta? You’re nearly ready to burst, but because your plate is still half full, you keep going. Chances are your restaurant meal is supersized, even if you’re not at a fast food restaurant.

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Detox Mania: Worth It or Not?

Everywhere we turn these days, there’s another detox diet or cleanse to try out. But are they worth all the hype?

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3 Ways to Green Your Closet

If you’ve been working hard at living a sustainable, eco-friendly life, then you know how wonderful the benefits make you feel, right? You’ve been eating organic, using green cleaning products at home (and maybe even at work!), and your family has become a crew of professional recyclers and composters — so what can you do next? If you’re feeling like you want to take your eco-friendly lifestyle to the next level, it’s time to take a peek in your closet!

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Beating the Wintertime Blues

After the fun of the holidays, the cold and darkness of winter can pack a powerful punch. With the sun setting around dinnertime, it’s sometimes tough to feel as perky as we might like to be. The “Winter Blues,” or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), can be quite debilitating for some people, so today I wanted to talk about a few things that can help get you through those dreary days of winter with a smile on your face!

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

Your pets are members of your family and you want to give them the best all year round. The winter can be especially tough on pets so it’s a good time to start thinking about how to keep your furry friends safe this season.

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Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Whether you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, or you’re making a romantic dessert for your significant other, chocolate covered strawberries are a great way to enjoy something decadent with the added freshness and nourishment of fruit!

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Cold-Crunching Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

When cold season strikes — and if there are kids in the house there’s just no way to stop it — I like to whip up a big batch of chicken noodle soup in my beloved crockpot. This tasty, hearty, and warming soup makes my family happy when the sniffles plague them, and it’s a filling meal for all. Even better, this is very easy to make.

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Sunscreen All Year Long!

We all know just how important it is to wear sunscreen during the summer months — and if you’re like me, you make sure your children are slathered up before heading outside, to the beach, or off for a bike ride. But what about the rest of the year?

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Resolution Reboot: Eating Breakfast

Back in November, I resolved to make one small change in my life. Today, I want to share a little bit about how things have been going since then.

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Holidays Complete. Kids Are Back in School. The House is Mine!

Today is the first day that both kids are back in school after the excitement of the holidays. It’s strangely quiet in the house, now that they are gone. This past fall was the first time they were both in school, and I had been looking forward to the time alone. Now, I’m a little lonely. Again.

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