Are You Confident Enough to #GoCommando?

 

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Quick confession: I’ve been going commando for running, fitness, and yoga for years. And, since I work as a personal trainer, and wear spandex daily, I #GoCommando in my work clothes too. So there. Of course, I’m a longtime Cottonelle fan, so I’ve had clean confidence for a while.

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Of course, Cottonelle is not the only thing that gives me confidence. I work really hard to stay fit and strong. I start most days with a run, sometimes long, sometimes short, occasionally fast(ish), frequently slow. I work my muscles with some type of strength workout several days a week. Some days it’s yoga, others it Pilates. I also love weights, using the TRX, and once in a while an outdoor, body weight only workout.

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Meatless Monday: Quesadilla with Gardein Beefless Ground

Is it Monday again already?

These days Mondays make me happy because I’m linking up with Tina and Deborah for Meatless Monday! As promised I have a vegan quesadilla recipe made with Gardein Beefless Ground that will knock your socks off!

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Not only is Gardein Beefless Ground 100% plant based, it is also gluten free, so if you’re wanting some healthy deliciousness, simply make these quesadillas with gluten free tortillas.

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Quesadillas are one of my go-to dishes when I’m short of time. They are ready in less than a half hour, delicious, and really filling too. You can use prepared refried beans and salsa or make your own. The guacamole used in this recipe is very simple, just a mashed avocado with a little lemon or lime juice and salt and pepper. It works perfectly with the seasoned Beefless Ground and salsa.

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Meatless Monday: Spaghetti with Gardein Meatless Meatballs

I am always on the go. Between work, blogging, dog care (yes, seven dogs including one who is handicapped are quite time-consuming), plus running and working out of course, leaves very little time for cooking, especially on weekdays.

The thing is, I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen. It’s just hard sometimes when time is short. So I’m happy when I find a product that is not only plant based, it is also healthy, easy and delicious.

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I’ve shared recipes made with Gardein here many times. Their products are a great option for almost everyone, whether you’re participating in Meatless Monday, trying to eat more healthfully by adding more plant based meals to your diet, or if you are already a vegan or vegetarian who loves the taste and ease of cooking with Gardein.

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April Health Dares from UnitedHealthcare

This post is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.

April Dares

It’s time for the United Healthcare We Dare You To program for April! In case you forgot, each month United Healthcare has three health dares that are easy and have some great prizes.

April Dares 2The April Dares are:

  • Take the stress management quiz for a chance to win a HomCom Deluxe Heated Vibrating Leather massage recliner chair.
  • Watch the “3 Ways to Relieve Stress Naturally” video and offer your opinion for a chance to win a $400 Visa gift card.
  • Share a photo of yourself and/or your loved ones using #LaughOutLoudWDY for a chance to win a GoPro Hero 3.

Plus you have a chance to win one of the weekly prizes of a $25 gift card for each dare that you take. What are you waiting for?

As I looked for a picture to share for the dares, I realized that I have many pictures of smiling people, but not many laughing. We all smile for the camera, right? I think that is something to work on. More laughter, on and off camera.

laughoutloudwdy2I did finally find this though. About mile 16 (I think) of the Rock and Roll Marathon. Still laughing. Or grimacing, I can’t be sure.

In any case, look through those old photos, or take a new one, and enter now! We’re talking about a GoPro! Good luck!

What would you do with a GoPro? Or a reclining massage chair?

Learn about LBL and #RecycleYourPeriodPad

LBL is the new whispered “condition” for women. We’re slightly embarrassed, don’t want to admit that, yes, I have LBL! It stands for Light Bladder Leakage, and it is so common that almost a third of all women will have incidents of LBL at one time or another.  Weak pelvic floor muscles can contribute to LBL (remember those Kegels ladies!), and it can be triggered by coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercising.

What Causes LBL?

Women are different, so there is no one cause of light bladder leakage. Some things that may contribute to LBL are changes due to pregnancy, childbirth, hysterectomy, menopause, or weight gain. Other causes may be from complications of surgery or chronic conditions such as diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), or Parkinson’s Disease, as well as bladder or urinary tract infections.

Managing LBL

The first step is to find, if possible, the cause of LBL. Consult with your doctor to find the root of the problem.  If your light bladder leakage is caused by weak pelvic floor muscles, which is common, adding some Kegel exercises can help. If your LBL is sporadic, keep a record to see if you can find the trigger. It may be something you eat or drink: spicy food, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners can all cause irritation or spasms.

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When LBL occurs, many women tend to use their period pads for protection. Poise wants you to know that there is a better solution. Poise Thin-Shape Pads feature super absorbent material and  thin flex design for extraordinary protection that is 3x drier than period pads so that you can feel confident in your protection. Because Poise pads are made specifically for LBL, you will feel fresher and dryer, whether you leak a little when your laugh or have a sudden urge to go. One less thing to worry about.

You can try out the new Poise Thin-Shape Pads for free! Simply click on this link to download a coupon for free samples!

#Recycleyourperiodpad

Now it’s time to show you how I will #recycleyourperiodpad. I’ll tell you right off, it’s been a long time since I’ve used a period pad. But, Poise has a fun concept, and it’s true that you should use the right pad for the job, so I’m playing along. It’s also true that I’m not crafty, so I admit I checked out a few other blogs to get some ideas. I finally settled on something more utilitarian than crafty.

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I’ve spoken before about Goldie, my handicapped dog. She has a compressed disk from an accident when she was young. We were once told she’d never walk again, but Alan spent hours doing physical therapy and she is a determined dog, so she has had an almost normal life.

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She’s getting older now, has a harder time getting up and walking, and is occasionally incontinent. We frequently use a diaper to prevent accidents, but the pads are expensive. This seemed like a great way to recycle my period pads.

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I will keep these on hand for emergencies, like when we run out of diapers and don’t want to run out to buy a new box.

Okay you creative whizzes out there! How would you #RecycleYourPeriodPad?

And don’t forget to download your coupon for a free sample!

Small Changes Can Equal Big Savings in Your Monthly Bills

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChangingPrepaid #CollectiveBias

When I lost my job last July I had to face a hard reality. While bills are due on a certain date, unemployment payment does not seem to have that requirement. As my unemployment fell farther and farther behind, it became a struggle to keep up with paying the bills without digging deeper into savings.

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Small Changes = Big Savings

When I took a look at where I could cut back, I found a lot of what I would call filler in my financial life. Small bills and payments that you don’t notice when things are going well, but once that regular paycheck goes away, can take chunks out of your savings. They add up. The $20 (each) for the gym membership that wasn’t getting used. The $24 per month for my audiobook membership. Four bucks for Pandora, $5 for PicMonkey, several other small payments for blog-related things, important, but still adding dollars to my monthly payout.

Then there are the bigger bills. Ever notice how insurance, whether it is home or auto, creeps up as the years go by? Or that cable package that was so great when you signed up for it five years ago, but has now almost doubled? All of these things can add up to hundreds of dollars in a month!

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My mobile phone bill was a huge culprit. My husband and I have three mobile phone lines. We are on a shared data plan that was supposed to save us money. We don’t use a lot of data since we use our home internet network most of the time, but somehow our bill ended up almost $250 each month! For three phones! Even looking at the bill is confusing, trying to figure out how, with a reasonable base rate, no overages, and nothing fancy in our plan, it comes in that high each month. Something needs to be done!

TMobile Prepaid 4Introducing Simply Prepaid from T-Mobile

The T-Mobile Simply Prepaid plan is, well, simple. For just $40 a month I can get 4G LTE data with unlimited talk and text. That’s it, no sneaky “supplemental charges” that add $$ to the bill. In fact, there isn’t a bill at all. I simply buy a $40 prepaid card, which is good for a month, then buy a new one the following month. Not only no bill, but no overages, credit check, or annual service contract required.

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In the past, the problem with prepaid mobile plans was that they often had slow data, spotty coverage, and second rate phones. Now, with Simply Prepaid you don’t have to settle for second rate prepaid wireless. You get the best in wireless on T-Mobile’s Nationwide 4G LTE Network, unlimited talk and text with your choice of high-speed data amount, starting at $40 per month, along with a choice of quality phones. The best in wireless, now prepaid.

TMobile Prepaid 3I was able to purchase my phone, the Samsung Avant, online at Walmart.com. Then I simply picked it up the next day at my local Walmart and headed to the electronics department, where I had the phone activated and purchased my first two months of prepaid data cards. The Avant works great, has a clear display, and takes good pictures. It’s also a perfect size to use on my runs, so I loaded it up with my audiobooks and running apps.

You can learn more about Simply Prepaid from T-Mobile and how it helps us stay connected in this video.

 

Implementing Savings Changes

Even though I am back at work, I see no reason to let go of the expense saving changes that I have made over the last few months. Those sneaky monthly filler charges? Gone for the most part, except those I felt were important. I also made changes in my cable company and auto insurance. And finally, with Simply Prepaid I can reduce my monthly phone bill and be confident that I will have the best in prepaid wireless.

 

What do you do to save money on your monthly expenses? I’d love to hear your tips!