Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Will Quaker Oats Conceal or Reveal GMOs? #ConcealOrReveal

I am a Just Label It Advocate. All opinions are my own.

Did you know that Quaker’s parent company, PepsiCo, is spending millions to keep you and your family from knowing what’s in your food?

Quaker is one of the Big Food companies using their deep pockets to lobby against mandatory GMO labeling. Through the trade association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, they’re supporting a bill in Congress we call the DARK Act – because it would Deny Americans the Right to Know whether our food has been genetically engineered.

Sign the petition below to ask Quaker to join us and to support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs!

It’s hard maintaining that honest image when they’re stopping consumers from knowing what’s in their food.

GMO crops have led to huge increases in herbicide use, which contributes to an array of threats to the health of people and the environment. And in case you missed it, the World Health Organization recently labeled the main herbicide used on GMO crops as probably carcinogenic.

People all across the country are fed up with being kept in the dark. That’s why I’m working with Just Label It to bring the Conceal or Reveal campaign to Quaker’s doorstep. But we need your voice, too.

Sign the petition: Ask Quaker to support mandatory FDA labeling of GMOs, stop funding anti-mandatory labeling efforts, and stand up against the DARK Act!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Live, Laugh, Love, Aero! #ad

This post was written by our contributing blogger, Shea Winters. Our Whiskey Lullaby serves as an ambassador for Aeropostale. All opinions are our own.

I've been a fan of the beautiful clothes and accessories from Aero for years, fashion being one of the things I've always been passionate about. So being able to tell everyone about them was a dream come true. I decided to pick the items that would showcase my personality the best; fun, flirty, girly, but chic with an air of sophistication. And Aero had just the things that suited me the best!

The skirt was the first thing that had caught my eye, it looked beautiful on the model and I had to try it out for myself. The material is soft, and the cream and poppy field colors they offer it in goes with any complexion. It doesn't bunch up when sitting down (which is always a huge plus!) and it's incredibly versatile, you could wear almost any top with this! Whether you're going for a casual look while you're out with the girls or something cute and put together for date night, this is a perfect piece all around!

Now, I've never been to the west coast, but I had to try out one of Bethany Mota's shirts, and this one was perfect! The material is light-weight and breathable, perfect for those hot summer nights. The way it's cut is flattering on almost every figure, and the color just screams summer. Not only did it go with the skirt I had bought, but I've paired this with everything from high waisted shorts when I was at the beach to cute pairs of pants when I was hanging out around the mall, and I always get asked the same question; “Where did you get that shirt?”

I've always loved watches, and the options that Aeropostale had for them made it so, so hard for me to choose one that I loved more than the other ones. The one I ended up choosing though, is fantastic! The face is beautiful and detailed, the band is comfortable and easy to take on and off. And this one goes with practically every outfit I have, I wear it everywhere!

The rose crown has to be one the cutest things I picked out, it's pretty and flowery and girly and just looks like summer. The circle is adjustable so you never have to worry about it whether or not it'll fit, and it adds an extra little something to almost any outfit. My friends are always asking where I got it and if they can borrow it, I adore it!

I was wary about purchasing the necklace at first, I hardly ever wear any kind of necklace because I've been known to break out because of certain metals in the past, but I had to take a chance on this one, and I haven't had any problems with it at all! The length makes it perfect for a statement piece, and draws attention to any outfit you have on. The design is super sweet and adorable, and I'm incredibly happy with it!

For the backpack, this one will be so difficult for me not to gush over. I love it!! The flamingo design is gorgeous, and the colors are stunning. This one is perfect for either back to school times, or just holding all of your makeup and clothes if you're heading over to a friends house. You can unzip to where the whole front part opens, making it easy to keep things organized and for taking stuff out/packing. This is probably one thing I'll always have with me!

What are some of your favorite pieces from Aeropostale for summer?

Monday, June 29, 2015

3 Myths About Military Spouses

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

There are often a lot of myths about military spouses that seem to float around. Some of the more popular ones tend to be that military spouses are lazy and just lay around all day, that they never have good marriages and that they can't further their education. Since these are all far from the truth, let's start exploring them.

As most of my readers know, my husband is prior Army. So I am happy to share stories about his military experience and life. And one of them would obviously be our marriage. So may times people think that military marriages will never last, especially with deployment. But that's so far from the truth! Yes, there will always be some marriages that won't last but as for military marriages, it will last even through deployment if the couples work for it. Nothing is going to be achieved if you don't work for it! My husband and I are going on 10 years now and even though we had rough patches, we worked through it.

So what about military spouses being lazy? I think that's actually one of the rudest things you could ever say to a military spouse. Military spouses work hard daily, even if they don't have a "paying" job. They work to keep their family in order, making sure the kids have everything they need and keeping everything together. I might not have had a "paying" job when my husband was joining, but I did have a 3 month old child. So entering a new life being a mother for the first time was very hard. I worked hard every day to make sure I took care of my daughter and supported my husband even up until he got to MEPS.

And I think one of the silliest ones is that military spouses can't further their education. Military spouses are able to do wonderful things with their spouses' benefits for them! A good example is Martinsburg college which allows military spouses to further their education right from their own home.

Here are some of the wonderful benefits of Martinsburg College for military spouses:

  • Students attending Martinsburg College have access to a sophisticated learning management system (LMS) which provides an interactive and rich educational experience and makes it simple to progress logically through your program. 
  • The textbooks are made available within the learning management system or students can choose to utilize a tablet which the college provides on loan for more comfortable and portable access. The college also provides a resource library of thousands of textbooks which are available online at no cost. 
  • Students will receive a refund based on the amount of coursework completed (pro rata) through 50% of their program. This means if a student does only one course then they are charged for only one course. 
  • Spouses can take advantage of the MyCAA credit towards their education 
  • Spouses are able to take courses online while on deployment 
  • Spouses can receive a certificate applicable to "portable" career fields where they can get jobs anywhere they are deployed.

If you would like to learn more information about them, check out their group page.

These are just a few myths about being a military spouse that I've heard of recently. Have you ever heard any others?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Skip the Doctor's Office With Amwell #MomsLoveAmwell

Compensation was provided by Amwell via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends.

Do you remember the last time you went to the doctor? Normally I go to the doctor once every three months to get refills on my maintenance medicines but doctor day is never anything I look forward to. Mostly because I always get sick when I go to the doctor. I know that sounds silly but after working at home for years and also home-schooling Mary, I have low resistance to anything that comes around. So going to the doctor, where mostly everyone there is sick, always gets me feeling sick afterwards.

So that's why I am loving Amwell. If you've never heard of them, they are the nation’s largest telehealth company, connecting users with board-certified, licensed doctors for immediate and live, online visits—day or night, on either mobile or desktop. Amwell doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy -- all from the comfort of your home. 

Using Amwell is super easy too and the walkthrough is great. Start by making your login account and then once your information is in, you'll be on the home-screen where you can choose a doctor.

After choosing your doctor, you will then put in your symptoms, allergies and other needed information. When that's done, you'll be able to start your visit. Another great feature is that you can also test your connection on your computer to see if you can use your normal computer or if you'll need your smartphone or tablet. I was able to use my computer so I went ahead and started my session easily.

Want to see how easy it really is to use Amwell? Check out the following video and just see if you can't relate! The last time I went to the doctor, I had bronchial pneumonia which is pneumonia in both lungs. I felt so bad that I could barely lift my head up and I sat in the chair the entire time, not moving. When the doctor finally came in, she spent about 10 minutes with me and moved on. I could have easily did everything right over the computer.

Do you want to check out Amwell for yourself? Make sure to use code "MOMSQUAD" for a free visit, no credit card required!

Friday, June 26, 2015

10 Uses for Essential Oils #ad #naturalchange

This is a sponsored campaign with Mom it Forward. All opinions are my own.

Essential oils are becoming a lot more popular these days but as a newbie myself, sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed. I admit I've gotten into the essential oils for various reasons but I would love to educate myself a bit more on how to use them even better.

Some great ways I've learned about essential oils is right over the internet or from books. There are many amazing uses for essentials oils but here are a few that I love and use!

1. Oregano Oil to kill parasites. Like it or not, everyone has at least one parasite in them. Taking a few drops of oregano oil daily will kill them. I take about 7 drops daily.

2. Cinnamon to help regulate diabetes. Although I don't have diabetes, it runs in my family. Plus I am already hypoglycemic so it's never too early to start taking cinnamon.

3. Peppermint Oil to help nausea. Ever wonder why restaurants give out peppermints after a meal? Peppermint helps upset stomachs so keeping some around the house is never a bad thing.

4. Coconut Oil to remove bacteria from the mouth. Have you ever heard of oil pulling? It's when you put oil, like coconut oil, into your mouth and pull it in and out of your teeth for about 20 minutes a day. After a while, you will notice the results which tend to be better breath, whiter teeth and sometimes even healing of certain things in your mouth. I use it daily instead of mouthwash.

5. Lavender oil for a stress reliever. The smell of lavender is a wonder when you're feeling stressed. A few drops and you'll feel  much better.

6. Tea tree oil helps fight infection. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties. So if you're sick, apply some on your feet and cover with socks before bed.

7. Lemon oil helps neutralize heartburn. A glass of water and 3 drops of lemon oil will help neutralize heartburn.

8. Clove oil numbs pain. Ever stub your toe or have something hurting and wish you could stop it from throbbing? Try clove oil on the spot.

9. Sandalwood is antimicrobial. Sandalwood can be used for a variety of sicknesses and has had great results.

10. Grapefruit oil supports normal weight loss. Want to lose weight the natural way? Try using some grapefruit oil next time.

Have you wanted to learn more about using essential oils? Then I invite you to check out the open webinar, Important Questions on Essential Oils. The webinar goes through where they come from, why they are used in eastern medicine, and how to use preventative methods in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You'll learn lots of things to help you get started using essential oils plus by watching the webinar you will be entered to win a natural solutions kit from doTerra! But remember to watch the entire webinar! When the winner is chosen, they will be asked for the passcode at the end of the webinar. If they don't know it, another winner will be chosen!

Do you use essential oils? What's your favorite one and why?

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