Spring! It’s Time To Unplug And Live Life Outside! #LiveLifeOutside #IC #ad

Disclosure:  I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for TruGreen. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As you know, if you've been reading KLY for a bit, I'm a beginner runner.  One of the things that running has given me is an appreciation for spending time outdoors.  I can see a change in my life that I can specifically attribute to spending more time outdoors.  Of course, I … [Read more...]

Group Giveaway: iPad Mini, Margarator, and #SKOOTHER (US, Ends 5/4)

It's snowing in Chicago today, but I'm not giving up on summer yet.  It's coming and I can't wait! What comes out for summer? Running shoes!  Are you taking your runs outdoors yet?  Here are three tips for taking care of your feet on those summer runs. Summer Running Tip #1 Wear the right shoes.  If you injure your feet, you'll be sidelined for who-knows-how-long.  Every week without a run puts you further and further behind in your … [Read more...]

Goals Within Reach for 2015 – A Marathon Starts With One Step In The Morning

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewBreakfastRoutine #CollectiveBias               Join me, read my story about finding the morning energy to establish a daily routine.  If you've made New Year's resolutions, or thought about making a new start this year, you'll be glad you found this post! In November, 2014, I ran my first half marathon.  I was … [Read more...]

Ernie Banks Dies at 83 #ChicagoLegend

  There are events and people that you will remember forever.  Meeting Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub", was an honor, I was lucky enough to experience.  This Chicago icon was warm, kind and well, sparkling.  Ernie Banks was someone you knew saw the good and the joy in everyone and everything. Blogging has many benefits, but one of the favorite for me is meeting new people and doing things I would otherwise not be motivated to try.  … [Read more...]

It’s Cold and Flu Season – A Quiz and Some Tips on Creating a Comforting Sick Room

Disclosure:  I am a member of the Vicks Ambassador Network and as such, receive compensation for sharing my personal experience with Vicks products like #NyQuilSEVERE or #DayQuilSEVERE . All opinions are my own and I only recommend products or services that I believe offer value or quality to my readers. Winter has arrived in the Midwest!  While my daughter is enjoying the snow, not everyone is joyfully greeting the arrival of the white … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea: Sonicare DiamondClean (Or Idea For What To Buy With That Gift Card!)

Morning breath. For me, it's a test of how clean my teeth are.... or not.  One of the most effective ways to avoid knock-you-over morning breath is to go to sleep with fresh breath.  Brush-floss-rinse, you've heard it before, right?  Brushing is the first step to clean teeth and the toothbrush you use can make a major difference in how easy and effective it is.  But how do you know what brush to choose?  I was recently sent the Philips … [Read more...]

Making a New Year’s Resolution? Jabra Sport Pulse Headphones Might Be Just What You Need for Success! @BestBuy #JabraHeadphonesBBY

It's coming. When the Christmas chaos dies down, around the corner is New Year's Eve.   It's time to take out those resolutions from last year, dust 'em off, and look at what worked and what didn't. I don't know many people that don't have some type of weight management or health goal in their resolutions every year.  Health is everything, right?  We want to live longer and stronger.  I started running and my resolutions are going to … [Read more...]

Personalized, Custom Apparel Is Easy, Convenient, And No Minimum Quantities At #MyLocker #Sponsored #MC

"Mom!  Where did you get THAT?!  Can I get something with my name on it?" People love getting something personalized.  It's a special gift that is just for you.  But custom apparel was out-of-reach.  Not anymore!  Now you can get custom apparel, custom t-shirts with no minimum quantity!  You can make your own t-shirt or other apparel whether you are ordering one or a hundred. MyLocker can do it. I ran my first half-marathon … [Read more...]

Top 3 Dental Care Products from Listerine #Sponsored #MC

I write often about the importance of good oral health care habits for adults and children.  We all know that the best time to start a good habit is when you are a child.  Listerine helps parents out by providing products that make it more fun.  When I'm choosing my top three products, I start with the one that my daughter has been using for more than a year, Listerine Smart Rinse.   No one likes to have cavities and Listerine … [Read more...]

Real Life. Real Stories. Be Active, Because “Like Mother, Like Daughter”.

"Like mother, like daughter." I looked up the meaning of the idiom,  "Like mother, like daughter" and The Free Dictionary said, "Daughters tend to do what their mothers did before them."  Uh, oh!  That makes me nervous. I'm happy to say that I have passed on at least one positive thing to my daughter.  This year she joined the Run Club at her school!  I was so excited.  If you've been reading KLY, you know that I started running last … [Read more...]

Perfect for Fall – Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe! #MonkFruitInTheRaw #MC #Sponsored

The weather is changing here in Chicago.  Even if it's warm in the afternoon, the mornings and evenings have a distinct chill in the air.  I start seeking comfort foods like soup, hot cocoa, and warm bread.  But, I don't want to sacrifice healthy ingredients to achieve a fall, comfort food treat.  This recipe is one of my favorites to combine seasonal autumn flavors with healthy ingredients.   September is National Childhood Obesity Month. … [Read more...]

Fun After-School Snack! Fruit and Cheese Kabobs with Arla Dofino Cheese! #HavartiParty #Sponsored #MC

"Mom, I'm HUNGRY!" It's the first thing I hear when I pick up my daughter from school.  I'm always looking for afternoon snack ideas and one of the best we've found is Arla Dofino Cheese and Fruit Kabobs.  They are equally fun-to-make as they are delicious-to-eat.  And, moms like me can feel good about having our kids eat Arla Dofino cheeses.  Arla Dofino cheeses are naturally good, free of added hormones and crafted with quality, natural … [Read more...]

2014 Top Three Must-Haves For Back to School Fashion #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

Are you settling into a school routine?  We're not 100% there yet, but getting close.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  A bit ago I wrote a post about back-to-school clothes shopping at Zappos.com.  I am happy to report that the clothes we bought are new favorites!  Not only is it convenient to shop online for kids' back-to-school, but you can find great fashion without wearing out your own shoes.  Top Three 2014 … [Read more...]

Tailgating Recipes with Kingsford Charcoal and Walmart!

Are you ready for some football? It's TAILGATE TIME! Our family loves football - from Friday night high school games to the pros on Sunday.  Fall weekends are filled with football.  And what is football without tailgating parties, right?  Whether you in the stadium lot or home watching on the big screen football is a great reason to gather friends and enjoy some delicious food.  Join me for a tailgate party! The Quarterback Recipe - … [Read more...]

Get A Shot. Give A Shot. Save A Life. It’s Simple. #GetAShot #CollectiveBias #shop

Is your child getting a flu vaccine this year?  My daughter does every year and we are planning to go to Walgreens so she could help a child in a developing country also get a life-saving vaccine.  1.7 million children will die from diseases that have all but disappeared in the U.S.  Why?  They don't have the resources for vaccines.  A disease like measles, measles, still kills an estimated 450 EACH DAY - the majority of whom are young … [Read more...]

Be Rewarded For Your healthy choices!! GET CONNECTED And Earn #BalanceRewards Automatically! #cbias

Are you trying to walk a certain number of steps every day? Or are you a runner, trying to run a certain amount each week?   OR (I think this is most people!) are you trying to manage your weight? Did you know Walgreens will give you rewards (rewards you can use at Walgreens) for making these healthy choices?!  I know, how cool is that, right?  How, you ask?  Check it out! Q: What is Balance Rewards for healthy choices? A: Balance … [Read more...]