Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ten minutes of exercise can make a difference! #just10

Did you know that in just ten minutes a day you can have a healthier life? When people think of health and wellness, oftentimes it comes with the expectation that drastic changes must be made. On the contrary, by taking small baby steps, you can change your life. A research study was conducted by the Biomedical Research Laboratory in Louisiana with people who exercised for 10 minutes a day versus those who exercised 30-60 minutes. After 6 months, the health benefits of the two groups were nearly the same - improved cardio health and overall fitness level ( Our bodies respond to consistent exercise and 10 minutes is enough!

Here are my ten suggestions for exercise in 10 minutes?

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood
  • Do a High Intensity Workout (HITT)
  • Jump rope
  • Calisthetics
  • Strength train using your body weight
  • Swim a few laps
  • Take a jog
  • Mow the lawn
  • Ride a bike
  • Hula Hoop

America’s Biggest Health Fair is happening in more than 4,400 Walmart stores across the country from noon - 4pm on October 10th. It is projected that more than 300,000 health screenings and immunizations will take place at the event. In #just10 minutes you can make a difference in your health.

You will have the opportunity to:
  • Get your blood pressure taken and your blood glucose checked.
  • Get a flu shot and a pneumonia shot.
  • Learn what are the best health insurance options for you.
  • Get a vision screening and your eyeglasses cleaned and adjusted for free or
  • Shop at Walmart and burn 35 calories.

I challenge you to start your journey to healthy living in 10 minutes by attending America’s Biggest Health Fair. I also want to invite you to share your best ideas for healthy living on twitter and facebook using #just10.

Just ten minutes of your time can make a world of difference in your health. It is my hope that you take advantage of America’s Biggest Health Fair at Walmart and incorporate 10 minutes of exercise daily into your life using my suggestions or your own. You can make a difference in your health with just 10 minutes!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Halloween Haunted House DIY craft

It is the beginning of October but I am already planning for Halloween! My son and I both have our costumes (be sure to check out my DIY costume later this week) and I have started decorating. I just have so much fun dressing up with my son and making our home a fun place for him to enjoy during this spooky season. Before it is all over, I am sure that I’ll be taking a visit to a local haunted house and a zombie walk. So much fun - for adults only because the scares are real! Anyway, this year I have a very simple craft that you can make or can supervise as your kids pull out their creativity hats! A spooky house!

For this craft you will need (I purchased all my items at Walmart and some things I had in my craft room):

Unpainted wooden bird house ($4.97 at Walmart)
Black acrylic paint (.87 cents)
Stretchable spider web with spiders (.98 cents)
Black glitter


  1. Paint house black. Let dry for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Coat house with spray adhesive
  3. Sprinkle house with glitter and place googly eyes
  4. Let dry for 1 hour.
  5. Cover house with stretch spider web and spiders
  6. Display

This craft is perfect as an afterschool or weekend activity with your children. I used black paint but of course, you can have paint of any color that suits your fancy and provide various items for decorating the house. This weekend I will be supervising my son as he makes his own “haunted house.”

I am truly and officially in the Halloween spirit. Having a child really has brought the inner child  out in me - from dressing up to decorating the house, Halloween is big around here! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share my Halloween costume with you. It is truly a DIY costume, including make-up, so be sure to look out for it before the week is over!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Game Day Honey Garlic Spicy Wings {Recipe}

Football season is in full effect. This is one of my favorite times of the year! Living in Atlanta and being a New York Giants fan can be a little intimidating because the hometown fans of the Falcons are serious! However, you won’t find me supporting the Dirty Birds, I am a true fan of Big Blue and that won’t change no matter where I live! I love entertaining so when I am hosting a football watch party or if I attend one, I enjoy making snack foods for everyone to enjoy. My latest favorite game time snack are honey garlic wings. They are sweet and a little spicy, simply delicious.

This recipe is simple to make and not only can you enjoy it on game day but anytime! My son absolutely loves these wings. Because he is not partial to spicy food, when I make for him I don’t add the red pepper. Having him eat these wings is a big win for me because my son is an extraordinarily picky eater and it is difficult to get him to try new things. However, after one bite of these wings he was hooked and asks me to make them all the time.

If you are looking for a great snack for game day or even a dinner or lunch option, you can’t go wrong with theses honey garlic wings! I was able to purchase all of the items needed for the recipe at Walmart for under $20 and could make twice the recipe with the items I purchased.

Honey Garlic Wings

2 pounds chicken sections
¼ cup whole wheat flour
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons soy sauce
½ cup honey
¼ tsp ground red pepper
2 tsps  garlic powder
¼ cup water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Spray with non-stick oil.
Season flour with dash of salt and pepper.
Coat wings with flour.
Place wings on baking sheet and cook for 40 minutes, turning at the 20 minute mark.
While chicken is baking, mix all remaining ingredients in small sauce pan.
Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove chicken from oven.
Place in bowl and toss with sauce.
Return to baking sheet and cook for additional 10 minutes, turning at 5 minute mark.
Remove from oven and serve hot.

Variation: If you are making it for little ones or people that don’t like spice, leave out the
red pepper.

Tip: If you like your wings extra crispy, coat with olive right before baking.

Friday, September 25, 2015

September is Ovarian Cancer Month #BeBRCAware!

One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a blogger is having a voice to help raise awareness for causes that are important to me. Over the last 7 years as a blogger I have tried to bridge my background in public health and women’s issues with my blog so that I can continue to have ties to causes that are important to me and share my interest with others. As a result of cancer affect so many people I know, it has been something I’ve discussed, raised money and run for during my blogging career. One of the cancers that specifically affects women is ovarian cancer and today I want to highlight this cancer and some things you can too to help raise awareness.

Did you know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month?  The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 21,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the Unites States in 2015, and that a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 73.
  • For the 60% of ovarian cancer patients whose cancer has spread to other organs by the time of diagnosis, the five-year survival rate is only 27%
  • Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system and is often diagnosed late because symptoms mirror everyday ailments

Often, women with ovarian cancer also have the BRCA gene. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are involved with cell mutations, cell growth and cell repair.  I know numerous women who have had breast cancer and have been tested for the BRCA gene, and I like many, associate it with with breast cancer. BRCA mutations account for  5% - 10% of all breast cancer but what I did not know is that BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are responsible for 15% of all ovarian cancer!

This is why it is so important for all women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer to #BeBRCAware and have testing for the BRCA genes because there are treatment options specifically with for women with the BRCA mutation. The doctor can design treatment that is tailored to their genetic profile. Many people are under the misconception that women who are young, have a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer should be tested, however ALL women with ovarian cancer should be tested for BRCA.

This information is vital for women who have ovarian cancer and I want to ask your help in spreading the word. Will you help by talking to your friends and family about ovarian cancer and the importance of being tested for BRCA if they have ovarian or breast cancer? Also, will you use your voice on social networks by using the hashtag #BeBRCAware and share the photos in this blog and/or video below? Together we can help raise awareness and possibly save some lives!

For more information about ovarian cancer and BRCA testing visit My OC Journey.

Disclosure: I received $150 from AstraZeneca, and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/AstraZeneca


Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall Fashion and tips for finding clothes at Walmart

My look for the Fall is all about layers and denim, lots of denim! 
I know that Walmart is not the first place that comes to mind when people think of fashion. However, I have been pleasantly surprised on numerous occasions by fashion that Walmart carries. I believe that fashion is all about how you put things together, mixing and matching expensive timeless pieces with more reasonably (or bargain priced) items makes for many a great look in my opinion. I have a few suggestions about how to get the best out of shopping for clothing at Walmart and have a Fall look that is easily replicated with clothes primarily from Walmart.

In my shopping, I’ve found the best selection of clothing on but my favorite and most complimented piece I picked up in store. Now depending on your local Walmart, finding fashion that works for you may be hit or miss but I guarantee if you visit you will find items that are great. And if you don’t like it? Well, you can always return it!

Another tip is to shop in the Junior’s department. I’ve found many on trend items there. I’m especially partial to shopping in Junior’s when I am buying pieces that are really trendy. Spending high prices on pieces that are not going to be relevant next season makes no sense to me so shopping at Walmart suits me just fine.

Graphic tees and athletic gear at the BOMB at Walmart. Trust me on this one. I am able to purchase multiple workout outfits for a fraction of the price of high end workout gear and the products are well made, durable and look great too!

As we move into fall I start to rely heavily on my jeans rotation. I like being able to dress my denim up and down and quite frankly, denim is comfortable to me. I admit that I do have a couple pair of high priced jeans however, I only wear them occasionally. For my every day looks, I am more than happy to wear jeans that don’t have a pricetag that exceed $100! Believe it or not, Walmart has an EXTENSIVE collection of jeans that are well made, fit great and are less than $30.00! As a matter of fact, my Signature by Levi Strauss Women's Curvy jeans were only $16.00. They fit me like a glove and look good too if I may say so myself. What I love about the jeans at Walmart is that they have sizes and styles available for all body types. If you are super skinny or plus sized or extra curvy like me, Walmart has something for you! For the Fall, I love to layer, if it gets too hot, I can simple remove something! I paired a light denim shirt from The Gap, with a favorite sleeveless tee (I can't remember where I found it) and a Faded Glory black cami ($2.97)from Walmart with my dark wash jeans. Perfect for the brisk Fall like days that end up pretty warm in the afternoon!

I chose a regular dark wash blue jean but I am in the market for a pair (or several) of black jeans for this upcoming season. I know my first stop is going to be Walmart. Try it out, I’m sure like me you are going to be pleasantly surprised!

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