I love smoothies. I love how easy it is to throw things in a blender and come out with a healthy, filling snack or meal. It’s an easy way for me to get more protein and greens because I’m notoriously bad at eating enough vegetables throughout the day. Smoothies are popular at gyms and even their own stand alone stores. The problem with some of these smoothies, however, is that many of them aren’t as healthy as they seem to be. There can be added sugar, unbalanced nutritional profiles, and inappropriate portion sizes. In order to make sure you’re actually… View Post

I’ve noticed throughout my time online that there has been a big movement towards natural living and natural products. While I’m not 100% there, I am looking to make some shifts towards a more natural lifestyle in this coming year. This post is sponsored by Fresh Thyme. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely shunning non-natural, non-organic products. You are not likely to catch me using natural deodorant or brushing my teeth with charcoal, but I do think that it’s beneficial to use natural products when and where they appropriately fit into my life. I’ve shifted to a more… View Post

*I was provided with a Women’s Health and Fertility test from EverlyWell at no charge. Thanks as always for the support! You may remember that a little over a year ago I did a food sensitivity test with EverlyWell. It was one of the things that I had wanted to do since I started blogging, and it helped me feel legit as I worked on growing this corner of the internet. The other was to go on a sponsored influencer trip, which also happened last year, so I felt like I had MADE IT. When they contacted me this year… View Post

Last week I spent five days at a place called Modfarm in Michigan City, Indiana. It was a magical five days and I’m more than happy with the outcome of my trip. As you know, I decided I wanted to get away to concentrate on writing my book with little interruptions. I didn’t sign up for a writing camp or workshop, but decided that I wanted to go somewhere alone. Since it was the first time I had done something like this and hadn’t read much about the experiences of others, I want this post to be about my tips… View Post

This post is sponsored by Vital Proteins and contains affiliate links. If you’re active anywhere in the social media world, you’ve probably heard of Vital Proteins. As a Chicago resident,  I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the Chicago-based company on several occasions and watch them grow exponentially in a short period of time. What started off as a small number of products has grown into more than fifteen. If you’re anything like me, you may have questions about the differences between them. As new products started popping up, I wasn’t sure quite how they differed from one another. This post… View Post