Four Ways to Get Your Body Ready For Spring

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Walgreens via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens.”

For many of us, the winter months are a time of rest. It seems once school starts, we are heading toward the holidays at full speed. Instead of working out at the gym, we are cooking huge meals, visiting with friends, hosting parties and pretty much over indulging in many areas. If you are like most folks, you may pack on a few unwanted pounds during that time. No wonder people make those New Year’s resolutions!

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With spring upon us, here are a few ways you can get your body ready for spring:

Food: Put away those casserole dishes and get to the farmer’s market! This is a great time of year to get fresh fruits and vegetables your body has been craving.

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Beverages: Water, water, water and more water! Get rid of the soda, fruit juices and other sugary drinks and trade them for good old H20.

Exercise: It is time to stretch your limbs and get them moving. Start out by simply walking. You will be amazed at how great you feel after a walk around the block.

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Vitamins: Our bodies need vitamins and minerals and we don’t always get those from the food we eat. To stay healthy in the spring, you need to be on a vitamin routine.

Vitamins help our body work the way they should. If we don’t take them, our bodies can begin to break down.  For my spring health routine, I take several vitamins that give me healthy hair, nails, skin, internal organs and eyes. For healthy skin and a strong immune system, I take Vitamin A while Vitamin D keeps my teeth, bones and nails nice and strong. Vitamin C is a must have to fight those spring colds I tend to get.

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So, where should you go to get all your vitamins, supplements and minerals you need for your healthy body? I go to my trusted Walgreens. Not only do they have a huge selection of all the products I need, they have a staff on hand to answer all of my questions.

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When shopping for vitamins, you might find it useful to know that you can help a child in need with every vitamins or supplements purchase at Walgreens. Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. Walgreens is giving a portion of all vitamin retail sales to Vitamin Angels to help 100 million children in the U.S. and abroad get the vitamins they need to live well.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Walgreens via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens.

Most of us have heard that we should take vitamins, but what do we really know about them? Well, vitamins make our bodies work the way they should and without them, we could break down (kind of like a car without gas and oil.) Fat soluble vitamins (A, D, and E) dissolve in fat and can be stored in our bodies. On the other hand, water soluble vitamins (C and the B vitamins) dissolve in water and cannot be stored in our bodies. Vitamins are considered organic substances because they are made by plants and animals. Because we cannot make the vitamins our bodies need, we must take them as a daily supplement.

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Depending on what is going on with our bodies, we may need additional vitamins. This would be for the very young, the very old and pregnant or nursing moms. Because it is not quite springtime, many of us still have winter weather around. So, do you have any idea what vitamins you need to keep your body healthy as seasons change like this?  Here are my top picks:

Vitamin A: This is great for healthy skin and vision, and it boosts your immune system as well.

Vitamin D: This helps in absorption of calcium, which gives us strong teeth, nails and bones. Too little vitamin D can contribute to osteoporosis and rickets in children.

Vitamin B’s: Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida in babies, and is recommended for pregnant, nursing or lactating moms.

Vitamin C: This super vitamin can reduce your cold by a full day and is packed full of antioxidants and immune system builders.

For all of my vitamin, mineral and other supplement needs, my go to place is Walgreens. They have a huge selection of what I want and a knowledgeable staff to answer any questions I may have. In addition, when you buy your vitamins from Walgreens, you are also helping a child in need.

Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. Walgreens is giving a portion of all vitamin retail sales to Vitamin Angels to help 100 million children in the U.S. and abroad get the vitamins they need to live well. 

 

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When shopping for vitamins, you might find it useful to know that you can help a child in need with every vitamins or supplements purchase at Walgreens. Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. Walgreens is giving a portion of all vitamin retail sales to Vitamin Angels to help 100 million children in the U.S. and abroad get the vitamins they need to live well.

The New Way to Stay Dry #TryDry #Giveaway

Sweat happens! Whether it is from working out, stress or being out on a hot day, we all sweat. The big question is how do we stop it in its tracks? Antiperspirants are one of the staples in our personal care routine, which traditionally has been in the roll on form. The problem is they are not all created equal nor do they always do what they are supposed to do. There is nothing worse than going out in public and having those embarrassing sweat stains on your clothes. I bet we have all had that experience. When did it happen for you? On that big job interview or maybe that important first date? No matter when it happened, it was completely humiliating. The issue with these roll on types is they can go on wet, sometimes sticky and can leave behind residue. Thank goodness Unilever has revolutionized the antiperspirant market with their innovative new dry spray antiperspirants that go on instantly dry for a cleaner feel with no visible residue. This post is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox.

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This new formula is like nothing you have every tried before with no alcohol or water. This enables them to go on without that annoying sticky or wet sensation from those other brands. Even better is they offer 48-hour odor and wetness protection! You can find them at Walgreens in five brands; Degree Women, Degree Men, Dove for women, Dove Men+Care, and Axe. The Degree Women, Degree Men have a special formula that responds directly to your body movement, releasing extra protection when you are physically active. The Dove for women and the Dove Men+Care features a non-irritant formula that has moisturizing technology for softer, smother underarms The Axe brand for men offers premium and unique fragrances to make men feel confident all day long.

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The containers have a sleek modern design and are made to spray on more evenly when you hold them at the recommended 6” from your underarms. Once you have a chance to take them home and give them a (stay dry) try, you can let everyone know what you think using the hashtag #TryDry. Visit Walgreens.com/TryDry to check them out!

One reader will win a $100 Walgreen Gift Card!

 

 

Buy vitamins and support Vitamin Angels

Fall illnesses are no joke! Staying healthy is at the forefront of my to-do list, and I plan on keeping my entire family that way as well. I recently wrote a post about which vitamins to take to keep your family healthy throughout this season. My 3 main essential vitamins are Vitamin C, Zinc, and Echinacea.

Every year about this time, I head over to Walgreens to stock up on these. This year, how ever, is more special than any other. This year purchasing my vitamins doesn’t only mean that I’m keeping my own family healthy… it’s actually keeping other families healthy as well!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Walgreens via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens.
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That’s because this year Walgreens is partnering with Vitamin Angels to provide essential vitamins and minerals to under nourished families in America and around the world. They are specially reaching out to children under five, pregnant women, and new mothers.

 

Vitamin Angels has been helping these at-risk populations for 20 years now. Along with Walgreens, they plan on helping at least 100 Million of these people to gain access to vitamins and minerals by the year 2017!  This is an mission that leaves me in awe, and I am soo glad they are doing this.

 

It’s soo easy for people like you and I to help. We literally don’t have to do ANYTHING outside of keeping our own family healthy and protected with the vitamins and minerals they need. Each and every time that you purchase vitamins at Walgreens, they will make a donation to Vitamin Angels! Buy vitamins and support Vitamin Angels!

 

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Credit: Vitamin Angels

That’s right, you aren’t required to purchase anything additional, or send any extra money.  Through this initiative, Vitamin Angels has already collected funds to aid 28 million kids to date! If you’d like to learn more about Vitamin Angels, and their partnership with Walgreens, be sure to visit their page.

 

Here you will find the stories of many of the women and children that have been helped to date!

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 When shopping for vitamins, you might find it useful to know that you can help a child in need with every vitamins or supplements purchase at Walgreens. Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. Walgreens is giving a portion of all vitamin retail sales to Vitamin Angels to help 100 million children in the U.S. and abroad get the vitamins they need to live well.   

Head to Walgreens site for your next Vitamin purchase and support the Vitamin Angels mission!

Vitamins to boost immunity

It’s the time of year for colds again. It’s even worse when you have kids! The combination of the weather changing, pollen count, and being stuffed up in the house more often paired with the beginning of school and daily interaction with other germ spreading little creatures (aka children) makes it difficult to keep your family healthy at times.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Walgreens via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walgreens.

 

It is true what they say, however. What you put into your body, is almost certainly what you will get out of it. This time of year it’s MOST important to jam pack your body with all of the good things it needs to help it ward off illness throughout the fall and winter seasons.


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What are these good things I speak of?

 

Here are a few vitamins I consider essentials for keeping your family healthy during cold season.

 

Vitamin C

 

This is one of the best vitamins to boost your immune system. It’s also something that’s much harder to get naturally during the months where you are getting less direct sunlight. Hope over to you local Walgreens and stock up on Vitamin C tablets or drops that are safe for the entire family!

 

If your body already has a vitamin deficiency, like so many of us do, Vitamin C will go along way in helping you to fight illness including the flu!

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Zinc

 

Zinc is another great vitamin choice. It does wonders in helping your body to ward off cold causing germs and bacteria. This is something you’ll definitely want in your medicine cabinets!

 

Echinacea 

 

This is perhaps a less spoken about vitamin, but probably one of the most important. Echinacea actually helps to fight off respiratory illness; something quite common in small children and the elderly. If this vitamin isn’t on your radar yet, it should be.

 

We have a recipe for an Immunity Boosting Smoothie you may enjoy!

 

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In addition to vitamins, it’s always a good idea to keep clean and sanitized. Frequent hand washing and disinfecting, paired with a good multi-vitamin are things you should do all year round to keep well!

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When shopping for vitamins, you might find it useful to know that you can help a child in need with every vitamins or supplements purchase at Walgreens. Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. Walgreens is giving a portion of all vitamin retail sales to Vitamin Angels to help 100 million children in the U.S. and abroad get the vitamins they need to live well.                     

What’s a vitamin you find essential?

 

Save on AXE shower gel & AXE Detailer #SaveOnAXE

Double down on fine fragrances for everyday with a 2 for $7 deal on AXE shower gel and AXE Detailer! Happy about these two promos- AXE products always seem to find their way into my husbands stocking for stuffers and I like to save on them when I can.  *Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

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AXE, the number 1 Male Shower Gel brand in the world, helps guys look, smell and feel more attractive. Experience AXE redesigned with a range of body sprays, deodorants, antiperspirants, shower gels and hair products. From the minute you wake up and shower to the moment you get ready for a long night out, AXE is here to help you feel your best.

AXE body gel and shower products are designed to keep you smelling great all night long and make your skin feel irresistible. Right now at Walgreens, you can score 2 AXE shower gels or AXE detailers for $7.*

If you like the confidence that comes from your favorite AXE product, you’ll love another for 50% off.

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AXE, the number 1 Male Shower Gel brand in the world, helps guys look, smell and feel more attractive. Experience AXE redesigned with a range of body sprays, deodorants, antiperspirants, shower gels and hair products. From the minute you wake up and shower to the moment you get ready for a long night out, AXE is here to help you feel your best.

AXE body gel and shower products are designed to keep you smelling great all night long and make your skin feel irresistible.

Please note, gents: Just because it smells fabulous doesn’t mean you have to douse yourself in it.  Use the recommended amounts!

 

 What’s your fave AXE fragrance?

Beauty is… #BeautyIs

Walgreens and Dove want to reward you for sharing what #beautyis to you!

Dove and Walgreens are committed to building positive self-esteem and inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential and acknowledge that beauty is defined in many different ways.

One way Dove and Walgreens is partnering to redefine beauty is through a popular form of sharing on social media. Selfies. Everyone with a camera phone is doing it, but the motivation behind posting a selfie is usually self-serving. Walgreens and Dove want to encourage women and girls to use their selfies for good and share what #BeautyIs, means to them.  Today I’m sharing some of my favorite selfies and some stories that go along with them. This post is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox.  Opinions are my own.

I have a 10 year old daughter.  She’s our only daughter with 6 brothers.  Teaching her about natural beauty and how it comes in all forms is so important to me.

This picture is of my daughter Ella and me one Sunday when we were just goofing around with our tablet.  No make up, not dressed up at all, just me and my girl having fun and sharing smiles.  I could not feel more beautiful than I do in this picture with my daughter and I know she feels beautiful too.

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I try to teach her that beauty also comes from experiencing beautiful and positive moments with other people.  Last month my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary by taking the kids for a day trip to the beach.  We captured this special and positive moment with a selfie of us on the same beach we were married on.  Sharing moments like this with my husband and my family make me feel incredibly beautiful.  Notice our littlest in the backpack “photo bombing” our selfie?

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Another way I try to stress beauty to my daughter, all my children really, is that beauty is about what is inside and how you can use what’s inside you to make a difference in the world around you.  For years I have volunteered my time to our local Habitat for Humanity.  One way I gave back to the people of our community was helping to organize the big fundraiser for our local Habitat called Festival of Trees.  This is a selfie of me at the Festival of Trees event.  Seeing so many people come together to raise money for a great cause, and knowing that I did a huge part to make it happen felt amazing and this is one of my favorite photos of myself.

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Teaching women and girls that beauty comes in all forms and that beauty is about who they are is a good reason for a selfie if you ask me.  I leave you with one last selfie of me and one of my little guys.  We’re spending time playing outside, enjoying the sunshine.  Playing outside with my littles is one of my favorite things to do and being a mommy is the most important thing in the world to me.  When I see the smiles on my children’s faces and hear their giggles and know that they’re happiness is at least in part because of me, I feel so good and so beautiful from the inside out.

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These photos, these “things” are what #BeautyIs to me!  What about you?
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It’s easy to participate. Just share what #BeautyIs to you on Instagram or Twitter, including the hashtag & tagging my Instagram handle in your photo or caption. By uploading your #BeautyIs photo, you’ll be entered to win a Dove gift pack and a Walgreens gift card from me, that can be used towards your favorite Dove products! Follow this link to find my Instagram & get started: Http://instagram.com/brettbmartin
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One reader will win a Dove and Walgreens Prize Pack that includes products with a $25 Walgreens gift card!

 

 

 

*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

 

Pucker up for Peace One Day #KissforPeace #giveaway

Join @AXE and Walgreens in partnering with Peace One Day!  AXE® is rewarding shoppers who want to make the world a better place. To help more shoppers join the Peace movement, AXE® Peace Recruiters will be in front of flagship Walgreens stores on September 21st to help enlist shoppers for Peace. They will be handing out special “Peace Offerings” samples and showing off the full AXE® Peace lineup. I’ll pucker up for that. I love the smell of AXE products on my husband!!
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Not sure about puckering up for a stranger? There’s always a quick smooch on the cheek! Check the video- it’s sweet and it’s a little funny.Want to spread the word about the World Peace Day movement? Watch the video of the Axe team hitting the streets and spread the word of Axe® Peace through #KissForPeace. After you watch, you can print a coupon for $1 off two Axe® products at Walgreens. Pucker up and save, friends.
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Buy 1, Get 1 50% off participating AXE® products at Walgreens the month of September. As a Peace offering, why not buy one for you, and save on one Axe Peace product for a friend.

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Who’s ready to pucker up?

 

One reader will win a $50 Walgreens Gift Card!

 

This post is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox. Opinions are my own.

Get Dove Men+Care at a Great Value #Giveaway #GaugeYourGuy #GaugeDoveMen

One of my favorite things about Walgreens is the Balance Rewards program.  I’m going in to spend money anyway, so why not benefit from doing so? We have one credit card we use on anything and everything we are able to each month, and pay it off in full each month, and get a percentage of purchases back on our account, so why not try to double up on rewards at Walgreens and maximize our hard-earned dollars?!  Seems like a no-brainer to me.

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I like being able to find brands we use at great prices. I really like being able to find those products at a great price AND getting some kind of reward for purchasing it…. maybe it’s money I’ll get later, but it’s still a benefit to me and a smarter way to shop.  Dove Men+Care is a brand my husband uses- love how the products smell, and I do love how HE smells… so I’m glad to pick some up when I’m at the store.  I’ll totally be going to stock up on some of the Dove Men+Care before August 31 so we can enjoy 2000 bonus balance rewards points with purchase.  Sweet deal, don’t you think? I do!

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Buy any 2 participating Dove Men+Care® products for just $9 at your local Walgreens between 8/1/14–8/31/14. As an added bonus, you’ll earn 2,000 balance rewards points!

One of my readers will win a $50 Walgreens gift card! You can get the Dove Men+Care products at a great price, earn the bonus points AND have money left to get other things you need!

 

 

*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

How to Get Date Night Hair Every Day #Giveaway

Being a stay home mom, I am frequently in a hair rut. Or, rather, once in a blue moon I actually DO something with my hair.  Now that my kids are getting older, we’re able to go out on date nights a little more frequently.

Which also means I’m needing to DO my hair so I have “date night” hair and not the mom hair I sport most of the time. But I need help. In part because I spent 39 years and 7 months with stick straight hair (unless I got a spiral perm, and I think we can all agree that wasn’t ever a good idea so let’s just forget about those times) and suddenly, when I cut 8 inches off this winter, my hair went all curly and stuff.

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I thought maybe I’d be styling my hair and do things with it curly but more often than not, it’s in a pony.  Later in the day it ends up in a sloppy bun.  Guilty of the mom hair.

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I am better than I was pre-curly hair about at least adding a little gel to keep the curls spunky but I have hair shame.

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Or, I did. I decided I’m going to start trying something new with my hair even just ONE day a week.  I’m also going to try some new products- I’ve been using mine for too long.

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Get your date night hair on with Suave Professionals! Watch The Bachelorette Mondays at 8|7c on ABC to see tips on how to get the date night hair you desire from Suave. From naturally-infused moisture, to cleansed and conditioned hair, Suave Professional products work just as well as top salon brands. So head into Walgreens and look ready for that special night, every day.

Listen, I’ll take hair tips anywhere I can get them. If they come from TV, then so be it. At least I know that by buying Suave Professionals, I am not breaking the bank and spending top dollar on a product I may or may not want to keep using long term for styling. I’m especially intrigued by the Touchable Finish product, and will be looking for it later in the week when I’m at Walgreens.

 

One reader will win a $100 Walgreens gift card so you can try Suave Professionals and have date night hair every day.

 

 

 

Sponsored post by Lunchbox all opinions are my own.