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A Winner…and 30 Years Later

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I’m a bit behind the times on announcing the winner to the Udo’s Oil Giveaway on the blog a few weeks back. If you haven’t heard yet, or don’t follow me on Facebook, my 30th High School Reunion is this weekend and I’ll be flying back home to New York to see a few of those that I graduated with back in 1984. Gosh, at times it seems like a lifetime ago, but seeing them all on Facebook can make it feel like yesterday. It has been fun to reconnect virtually, but I’m looking forward to the face to face interactions with some of my bestest from back in the day.

The great thing about Facebook, though, is having that ability to “reconnect” after all this time. We won’t have to rip out the wallet photos anymore, because we all have access to each others lives already. Yeah, it takes a little bit of the fun out of it, but at the same time, puts a little fun into it.

Locust Valley High School Class of 1984

Locust Valley High School Class of 1984

I have to admit, that within the last few months, there was one snarky remark made about a #FlexFriday photo that I had posted of myself. It was from a fellow classmate from back in the day. He said,

“Wow, where was that body in high school?”

Really? Was it, and is it still, all about how we look? I always thought it was all about who we are and how important it is to just be. And would it have mattered if I did have that body in high school?

Somehow, I think not. Even if I looked as good then as I do now, I’d still just have been Theresa…not the most popular, not the most beautiful, not the smartest, not the athlete, not the hot girl to date…just me.

So, is it just that those standards never go away? Even as we age, do we still look at each other in that respect?

“Boy, she looks HOT now…too bad she didn’t look hot then. Maybe things would be different.”

It’s slightly disheartening. And kind of sad, too. I like to think that whatever happens to all of us, happens for a reason. Not because we were too shallow to look beneath the layers of those who we surrounded ourselves with in our primary years.

I’m one of the few who moved away…far away, so I didn’t stay in touch with many, except a select few. They were the few whose layers I had looked beneath. I’m sure the others did that as well. And I’m a bit envious of those who are still within a stones throw of each other. But my life today isn’t the life I lived 30 years ago. I have certainly grown, and evolved, and yeah…I’ve gotten into the best shape of my life. I’m damn proud of that.

This will be fun. I’m excited to reconnect. And I’m always happy and grateful for the opportunity to go home.

A Winner!

All that being said, the winner in the Udo’s Oil giveaway is Nancy McIntyre! Congratulations Nancy!

I’ve got a few other giveaways going on at the moment so be sure to get in on all of them! There is the Fittie Giveaway and the $45 gift card to Swanson Vitamins! I encourage you to enter. You can’t win it if your not in it!

Have you ever attended any of your High School Reunions? Which ones, and how did it go? Was it a complete shock or was everyone the same?

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Hyland’s and Target – Made to Matter…and a Coupon!

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Who doesn’t love Target? Well, ok. So you go in to buy a few items and end up with a cartful. That is probably what you don’t like about Target. But, oh, the deals that you have in that cart. They can’t give it away for less!

I’m not sure how many of you stay on top of Target Corporate, but back in April of this year they announced an initiative to bring more natural, organic and sustainable products into their stores because it is what their biggest customer base asks for. That customer base would be women and moms, like you and me. “Our guests are looking for products they can feel good bringing home without sacrificing price and performance,” said Kathee Tesija, executive vice president, Merchandising and Supply Chain, Target. “We’re taking the guesswork out of buying better-for-you products by bringing together 16 trusted brands.”

“Now more than ever, Target guests are on the lookout for natural, organic and sustainable products that are better for them and their families. So we’re introducing “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target,” a first-of-its-kind collection that brings together 16 leading natural, organic and sustainable brands to introduce new products and make them more accessible.

The Made to Matter products span six categories—Baby, Beauty and Personal Care, Grocery, Healthcare and Household—and can be found throughout our stores, both in the usual aisles and as part of specialized collection displays…”

Visit Target.com/madetomatter to learn more about the collection.”

One of these brands is Hyland’s Homeopathic. I’m not sure how much you know about Hyland’s but I’m here to tell you that if you don’t necessarily like to medicate your family with questionable over the counter medicines, but you do want to comfort what ails them, then you should know about Hyland’s.

Hyland's and Target - Made to Matter

Hyland’s and Target – Made to Matter

Now you may be asking, what is Homeopathy? According to WebMD:

Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700s in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as normal responses of the body as it attempts to regain health.

Homeopathy is based on the idea that “like cures like.” That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a homeopathic dose enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory processes.

A homeopathic health practitioner (homeopath) uses pills or liquid mixtures (solutions) containing only a little of an active ingredient (usually a plant or mineral) for treatment of disease. These are known as highly diluted or “potentiated” substances. There is some evidence to show that homeopathic medicines may have helpful effects.

(From Hyland's About Page)

Hyland’s is celebrating over a century-long commitment to making safe and natural homeopathic medicines. During all these years, we’re never lost touch with the reasons why our founders started this company – beginning with the pharmacist and visionary George Hyland back in 1903. We have always been driven by the simple scientific proof of how the body can call upon its own natural defenses to heal and restore balance. This is the basis of homeopathic medicine. So even during times when cultural and political factors have pushed homeopathic medicine from the mainstream, Hyland’s has solidly stood its ground with integrity and wisdom, knowing that as sure as the sun rises each day, our medicines are effective, virtually free of side effects and able to be taken by nearly anyone at any time, from infants to the elderly.

Today, as countless conventional medicines developed by others prove to produce complicated or even harmful side effects, the need for natural homeopathic medicines that work without side effects is increasing. Hyland’s stands as a leader in innovations that answer to the changing health needs of our modern world. From master athletes who use our Arnica Gel on their 3000 mile adventures, to toddlers who can’t yet walk but have the capacity to send their parents running to fetch our Teething Tablets – Hyland’s medicines share the milestones of people’s lives. We’re there when legs are needing a rest, when aching ears need drops, when noses need unclogging, and when little bugs in the hair become big problems for everyone. Hyland’s is for all ages at all times. It’s an honor to play a role in your lives and we’re grateful for your trust and interest in who we are.

One such product by Hyland’s is Calms Forté. This is an exceptional remedy for sleeplessness especially for the overly anxious. As my children have come out of childhood and have entered the highly stressful world of teenager-dom, Calms Forté has rescued us from many an agonizing evening filled with the anxiety of homework, late nights, exams, early mornings, and just life in general. It’s bad enough that as parents, our stresses keep us from getting a good night’s rest, but to see it happen in our children, it is even more agonizing. The great thing about Calms Forté is that there is no sleeping pill “hangover” the following morning. You wake up refreshed and ready to go because its all-natural ingredients work without sedatives. And it is safe for your children.

In fact, Hyland’s Homeopathic has an entire line devoted to your children. If you find all of the over the counter medications on the drug store shelves turn you into a pile of lifeless spaghetti, then try the all-natural solutions by Hyland’s first. You can’t go wrong.

Target wants you to “meet” Hyland’s and has offered me a coupon to share with you for your next purchase of Hyland’s Homeopathic at their stores. Simply click on the coupon link, print it, and bring it with you on your next shopping trip. Yep, it is THAT easy!

Disclaimer: I am a Hyland’s Homeopathy Ambassador and receive various products and gift cards from Hyland’s and promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and are not to be interpreted as medical advice.

Note: Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy.

The opinions in this review belong to me, the author. I don’t accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a sample at no cost to provide honest opinions on such. This post may contain affiliate/referral links per my own discretion.

 

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Shop Happy #Swanson45Giveaway $45 Gift Card Giveaway

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I’m excited to help Swanson Health Products celebrate their 45th anniversary! Have you heard of Swanson Vitamins? There is a person with that name behind it, and a great story to go along with it. I encourage you to read about it at their webpage. But here is a brief excerpt which details just one of the many things I admire about this company:

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…Because I’m Happy!

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No, it hasn’t been the best year for me. After somehow surviving the winter from hell while being treated for one injury, I stumbled into a second, much worse injury than the first. No, Boston wasn’t what I envisioned, because I wasn’t at 100%.  But it was still amazing. So, I’m not complaining…but having to recover from that second injury proved to be my biggest challenge in recent years. Accepting that I wouldn’t be able to run for weeks, maybe even months, was a hard pill to swallow. Not only that, but cursing myself for not seeking medical attention sooner turned it into one of the longest springs of my life.

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Sleeping Tight the #REM-Fit Way

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Sleep. Yeah. We all need it. We all want it. But how do we get quality sleep? Personally, I believe this is way more difficult for the women than it is for the men. I don’t think I have seen one incidence of the male persuasion who could not fall asleep during a 5th grade band concert, or stay asleep though an earthquake, thunderstorm, or a puking child. When men shut down, they shut down. And they don’t have to deal with the many symptoms that are associated with a women’s hormonal cycle. This is probably a good thing, because they are already somewhat difficult to live with without it.

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