Healthy Eating! It makes you energetic and uplifts your mood too!

Today we are lucky to have a guest writer! Good Nelly!  I know you will love her tips about healthy eating. If you want to hear more from her please head over to her Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or her website; My Way of Viewing!
Author’s Bio: Good Nelly, primarily a financial writer, has started a blog to share her life’s experiences with others. She loves to shift her focus to lot of other things in life apart from finance; and, healthy living as a part of her recent venture.


By the name “healthy food”, we often feel that it’s difficult to choose such foods and they’re not at all tasty. However, it’s time to break this notion. You shouldn’t opt for healthy eating to become thin in order to fit into a dress. It’s all about feeling great from within. Healthy eating makes you energetic and uplifts your mood, too.

Guest Author this week with some simple healthy eating tips anyone can use!

Here are a 10 easy tips to choose healthy living; that is, primarily eating healthy food.

  1. Try to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet – It is known to everyone that it’s healthy to eat fruits and vegetables. You should have a variety of them since they contain different combinations of minerals and vitamins. You can try out different combinations like salads, juices, to have adequate fruits and vegetables in your regular diet.
  1. Add lots of fiber in your diet – Foods high in dietary fiber help you feel full and also make you healthy by reducing weight and lowering heart disease – just to name a few of the benefits. So, to include fibers in your diet, choose whole grains, oatmeal, nuts, fruits, vegetables, etc.
  1. Make the right changes in your meals – You should replace unhealthy foods in your diet with healthy alternatives. For example, fats are not bad; but, you should replace trans fats with healthy fats. Are you wondering how can you do it? One way you can do it is to opt for grilled chicken instead of fried chicken.
  1. Have smaller portions of food if required – If you’ve been eating more in one sitting, try to reduce your portions. One of the ways to do so is to reduce the size of your plate. When eating out, you can choose a starter instead of an entree. You can also split a dish with a friend; this way, you can save money, too.
  1. Make your plate colorful – Try to make your plate colorful with fruits and vegetables. Isn’t it fun to do so? The colored vegetables and fruits have higher concentrations of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. You can search for various options. For example, when you’re selecting greens, look for broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, kale, etc. Doing so, you also won’t have to eat the same things every day. Similarly, there are a variety of fruits available in the market. When shopping for grocery, fill your basket with a variety of colorful fruits.
  1. Do not make your stomach full – Dieticians are of the view that you should stop eating before you start feeling full. Actually, our brain takes some time to tell us that we’re full. So, never hurry while eating food. Relax and have your food. It is also quite necessary to enjoy your food. Try not to eat in front of a TV; it can make you eat more.
  1. Reduce intake of sugar in your diet – Will you be satisfied knowing that you don’t take sugar with your tea or coffee? It’s good. But, are you aware of the hidden sugar in your diet? Yes, you should also consider that. The fruit juice you’re having may contain sugar. If you’re having processed or packaged foods, they might also contain hidden sugar. You may also avoid having added sugar by switching to healthier snacks like fruits, natural peanut butter, over chocolates and candies. Another thing, always check the labels of the items you’re buying so that you choose products with low sugar content.
  1. Do not make yourself thirsty – We require a good quantity of water to sustain ourselves. Some doctors are of the view that there’s no need to have lots of water, but at the same time, you shouldn’t feel thirsty. Water keeps you hydrated.
  1. Judge yourself how you feel after eating – You yourself will see that the more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. After you have a junk food, you’ll notice that you feel drained of energy, whereas, eating a healthy food will make you feel energetic.
  1. Skipping breakfast is a sin – How many times in a week do you skip breakfast with the alibi that you don’t have time? Make a promise to yourself that you won’t give such excuses from now on. If you’re in a hurry, try some easy-to-make breakfast which you can have fast or pack them with you.

Get up and be active! Yes, this is one of the most important things along with eating healthy food to live a healthy life. I’m sure there must be one activity which you really like doing – be it running, cycling, swimming and so on. If you haven’t been doing any such activity on a regular basis, just start one and feel yourself the changes in your body and mind. So, start your journey towards living a healthy life.




Hotel Transylvania Birthday Invite

This week I started the plans for Liz’s 11th birthday!  She of course wanted a sleepover, and to take some friends to the movies. I searched for what was coming out and found that Hotel Transylvania 2 was in theaters on her birthday weekend. I knew it was a perfect fit.  The look on Liz’s face when I mentioned it gave me a 100% YES!

I didn’t find many invite options on Pinterest. So I came up with my own.  I found the image on the Hotel Transylvania 2 website.  I added the party info using PicMonkey. Love this website for photo editing!

And the result:

Birthday party invitation for a Hotel Transylvania Sleepover Movie Night!


I’m printing them today and sending them to her friends on Monday! I also made a matching copy for the family party I will be having on the Sunday!  Makes it very simple and still very fun.

Saving Money on Your Trash?!

Did you know that you can save money when it comes to your garbage? It may not seem like much but it can add up over time. It also helps the environment so it’s a win-win situation.

Is there lost money in your garbage? Check out some items you may be sending to the landfill way too soon!

Here’s a list of a few ways your family can reduce the amount of garbage that you’re putting out every week. The savings might be mostly for the environment, but your pocketbook will also be happy if you pay for garbage removal! All these items also have a dollar value! If not to you then to someone else!  (Yes even the compost is sold in stores)


Making sure to recycle everything that you can really cuts down on your household waste. Check with your local municipality to find out just what you can recycle in your area. Some of the items might surprise you.  For example we can recycle plastic bags and tinfoil. Why would you pay to get rid of this garbage if it can be recycled?

Compost/ Green Waste

If you’re lucky enough to live where they have green bins to recycle all your kitchen waste you should be taking full advantage of it! This is a great way to keep all of your compostable material out of the landfill. If you don’t live where a green bin program is in place you can use a compost bin. Composting is a very simple way to use your kitchen scraps and other materials. It also ends up giving you awesome dirt for your garden. When we purchased our composter it came with the book that had a full list of everything that could be composted. A few things that might surprise you is coffee grounds and dryer lint.

Electronic Waste

If you put batteries in it or plug it in odds are it can be recycled! All the electronics we use in today’s world can be taken apart once it’s useful life is over. The parts of the electronics can be recycled and used again in new products! In my area a few businesses have e-waste bins where you can drop off your old items for free. Even batteries & cables!


Donate Items

Do you have some clothes you will never fit into again, or perhaps they aren’t your style anymore? What about household items that still have lots of life left in them but are not of use to you any longer? All these items can be donated to a charity or thrift shop to be sold or given away to people in need. I like to donate my items to charities as I know any profit from the sale will go to a good cause!  No item that can still be used should end up in the landfill. There are so many people out there that could use them.


Did I miss any? Are there other items you use in another way to keep them out of the trash? I would love to hear about it the comments below.


Norwex Dusting Mitt vs Dusty TV Stand

So how well does the Norwex dusting mitt handle the dust that builds up on your TV stand?  If you are like me and have pets there is also a lot of hair to grab too. Can a mitt really grab a hold of that dust and hair without using a spray?

Lets see how the dusting mitt handles all of that mess.



Did you know the Norwex dusting mitt has a 2 year warranty?  It is also likely to work even longer when properly cared for!

What are you using to dust right now?  How much will you spend over a 2 year period?  Tell me about it in the comments below.


Do You Recycle in the Bathroom?

If you have been to my house and used my bathroom you might have noticed I have 2 “garbage” pails. Although very few people ever ask me why. I do have a very good reason for having 2 pails in there.

Why you should have 2 "garbage" bins in your bathroom. Here's a hint they aren't both for garbage :)


Everyone has a garbage pail in their bathroom right? But do they have things going into it that doesn’t belong in the trash? Go now take a look 😉 The 2nd most common item in the bathroom garbage is usually the cardboard toilet paper roll. Continue reading