10 Reasons to Stop Snubbing Cereal as a Valid Breakfast Option

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Breakfast cereals are amazing, and not just because they are sugary. Here are 10 REAL legit reasons why cereal makes the best breakfast meal.

This post is sponsored by Honey Bunches of Oats as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions and love of cereal are my own.  If you believe breakfast is the best meal of the day, then you a wise man, woman or child. If you believe cereal is the breakfast of champions, then you are even smarter. I've been eating cereal for breakfast since I was a little girl. Almost every single morning. The mornings I didn't have cereal were the rare mornings my dad was home and cooked a hot breakfast of eggs, pancakes, and bacon. Now as a 28-year old adult with four kids, I still eat a big bowl of cereal with cold milk (and a ...

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Top 10 Scientific Ways to Prove You’re a Smarty Pants

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This post is sponsored by SmartyPants Vitamins. All opinions on how to be a smarty pants are my own. Although used as an insult, it's an insult many of us wouldn't mind coming our way. I mean, of all the things to be called, smarty pants isn't all that bad. Nothing like people feeling inferior to you due to your intellectual prowess. I don't get called a smarty pants very often (used to when I was in high school), but I happen to be married to someone who I definitely consider a smarty pants. In two years he can even be dubbed Doctor Smarty Pants and someday (hopefully) Professor Smarty Pants. I guess you could say I know a ...

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The Adult Consequences of Growing Up as a Picky Eater

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This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links. All opinions on picky eater adults are my own. "If you don't like what's for dinner, go make yourself something else or eat a bowl of cereal." My mother didn't want an argument at the dinner table so she took the path of least resistance. I can't say I blame her; after all she had nine kids to feed, plus herself, and she didn't want to spend all of dinner forcing kids to eat their vegetables and make the dinner table a war zone. As a parent, you have to pick your battles. This was one she didn't want to fight. Because I was never forced to eat my vegetables, or really, ...

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10 Smart Ways to Lose the Baby Weight Postpartum

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10 weight loss tips to help new moms lose the baby weight fast! Including the last few stubborn 5-10lbs. Bye baby belly!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sunsweet Growers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. "Mom, your belly is getting big!" Those are the words my five year old daughter said to me as she rubbed my tummy, six months after having my last baby. My two year old son then asked "Baby in Mommy's Tummy?" Nope kids. I just need help losing weight after pregnancy number three. It finally happened. I didn't instantly lose baby weight fast after giving birth this last time around. Blame being older (27 is sooo old...), metabolism slowing down, sitting around a lot more as I work from home, another large baby ...

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How New Moms Can Get in a Post Pregnancy Workout

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This post is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Wellness for Expecting and New Moms™  and The Motherhood but post pregnancy workout and exercise opinions are my own. Consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. You are a new mom, or rather a mom with a new baby (and perhaps a few older kids besides). This means you aren't getting a whole lot of sleep. You are also recovering from growing, carrying, and delivering a baby. If breastfeeding, you are continuing to grow said baby. The lack of sleep tends to zap any energy you thought you had, and the demands of a new baby (and other kids if you have them) ...

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6 Tools to Help You Start Working Out Without Completely Hating It

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Yes! I don't want to run marathons, I just want to start working out without hating it! Love her tips for exercising that are completely doable. Here's to meeting fitness and health goals.

This blog post was sponsored by Blue Goji but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience. #GetUpAndGojiPlay Your friend just posted pictures of herself completing yet another marathon and you can't help but thinking she's nuts. Why in the world would anyone want to spend more than four consecutive hours running? There are lots of things I'd rather spend four hours doing in a day, and running is certainly not one of them. Plus, there's all the hours of running she did before the actual marathon! She's gotta be nuts, or else she's an alien, right? Chances are she's just one of those crazy people who ...

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4 Reasons You Should Pay for a Gym with Childcare

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As much as I hate running, I do enjoy exercising... well, most of the time. I enjoy it because it is an investment in myself, my body, my health, and sometimes the exercise can be fun. I love that it actually helps me have more energy and more focus. I love how powerful and strong it makes me feel. I love that it is for me. The problem is actually doing it regularly. As a busy homeschooling, work-from-home mom with church responsibilities, a home to clean, and grocery shopping to do, how do I squeeze in time for working out?I have tried a few workout videos from the library over the years, but I just don't really get into them, ...

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How You Can Get In Your Cardio and Have Fun Too

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Such a great way to get your cardio exercise in! Hook up the Goji Play 2 on your aerobic cardio machines and play your way through it! Fun!

Cardio equipment and the aerobic exercise they provide are great for toning your body, burning calories, and strengthening your heart. We all know it. So many of us dutifully climb aboard one of them at the gym or in our own homes, but man do we kinda hate how repetitive, monotonous, and generally boring it can be to get your sweat on for 30 or more minutes doing the same motion over and over and over. For the last few weeks I've been hitting up the gym and using a treadmill or an elliptical machine to get in my cardio exercise.  Thankfully, I've had a Goji Play 2.0 to use to help pass the time. Blue Goji understands people like ...

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Physical Fitness for Kids: How to Build Endurance in Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Great parenting tips to help build physical endurance in kids, especially younger kids. I totally want my toddler and preschooler to last longer walking around when we are out!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Running, playing, jumping, skipping. They are the hallmarks of childhood. Most children seem hardwired to want to do them as soon as possible, and as often as possible, after birth. You don’t really need to teach children how to run and play, generally. However, you may have to teach them how to build endurance! A big part of physical fitness for kids is helping them push through physically hard tasks and encouraging them to keep going when they want to stop! Because, we all want children who can go longer without ...

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10 Safety Tips for Worry-Free Water-Fun

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10 Tips for worry-free water-fun this summer at the pool, river, or wherever with young kids. Great water safety tips for families!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stearns Puddle Jumpers® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Pools and little kids tend to stress even the best parents out. Drowning is a real concern for all parents. And no one wants that to happen to their kids. So, how can a parent ever take multiple young children to a pool and get to relax at all herself? Why even bother? I am not an expert at this, and am still trying to figure out the best way to keep an eye on all of my kids and still be able to do a little socializing or swimming myself. But, here are a few tips to make pool time safer for you and your kids. Swimming ...

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How to Exercise During Pregnancy – Tips, Advice, and Resources for Doing it Right

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Great tips, advice, and resources on how to exercise during pregnancy safely and correctly so that mom and baby can be healthy. Definitely want a fit pregnancy!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and DripDrop, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #DrinkDripDrop #DripDropHydrates http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV When I was pregnant with my twins, I did marching band at Brigham Young University the entire first trimester and into the second. I had to march and run, and play, and get moving!  With my son's pregnancy, I tried to take my twins on walks to the park and back until the weather got too cold. With my current pregnancy, I had been running (up to three miles) and going to the gym a few times a week, and continued to go and run and ...

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The Best Things to Eat and Drink Before and After a Workout

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A great list of food to eat before and after a workout, as well as what to drink before and after exercising.

I am not a regular exerciser, have never taken anatomy, and don't care much for anything medical-related. However, I do try to regularly exercise, and get a great workout in. Unfortunately, without a lot of knowledge on how food breaks down in the body or what happens as you exercise on a molecular level, I am often doing my workouts and my body an injustice. And one of the biggest things I do wrong but can easily fix is what I eat and drink before a workout and after a workout. So, I am thankful for DripDrop and SheSpeaks for sponsoring this post today and for providing me with product. Yesterday, I went to the gym and decided ...

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