Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review: Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally by Jeff Landers

We recently got the chance to review a great book for all women who are going through a divorce. Jeff Landers' new book "Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally" is a must read for any woman who is going through a divorce or even thinking about a divorce. The truth of the matter is divorce happens to lots of couples, and women especially tend to be much more emotional when it comes to divorce, instead of thinking things through sensibly. 

This book touches on a ton of different subjects relating to divorce and finances, but they are all very easy to understand and Jeff does a great job of explaining things that could otherwise be very complicated. Jeff really does a good job of getting down to the nitty gritty and discussing things that don't usually come up in daily conversation. I would hate that any woman would have a NEED for this book, but the reality is that many women DO need this book. If you are in a situation where divorce is happening or even a possibility, you should give it a read so that you can be prepared and know what to do. 

The fact is that divorce is messy, and no matter how "smart" you are, or how "financially savvy" you are, things are just different when it's your emotions that are wrapped up in it. You have to keep your wits about you and keep the emotional side out of it (as much as possible, anyway). This book does a great job of helping with that and it is a must read for any woman dealing with a divorce. You can check out Jeff Forbes' blog, website, and YouTube channel for even more helpful information on divorce. Don't forget to buy a copy of the book for yourself on Amazon! With the Kindle version under $10 and the Paperback under $15, you really have no excuse not to get a copy! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Balance Bar Summer Shape Up Challenge + GIVEAWAY!!!

I received a sample product in order to conduct this review, however, all opinions are my own. 

It's summer time, and Balance Bar is celebrating with a Summer Shape Up Challenge! You guys know that I have been trying to eat healthier, exercise more,and get in shape this summer, so I was excited to take the challenge! I had never tried Balance Bars before, so I was excited to give them a go! We were sent an awesome gift pack with tons of Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Balance Bars to check out. They were delicious, and believe it or not, my boys even loved them! They are now calling them candy bars and asking for them every day! Wow! 

Balance Bar is in this challenge to help you get motivated, so all month long, they will be posting tips and videos for getting healthy on their Facebook page, and super awesome personal trainer Holly Del Rosso will be hosting a Twitter chat at the end of the campaign to help keep us all motivated. It's gonna be great! (Thursday, July 31 at 3pm EST.. don't miss it!) Until then, check out some of Holly's best tips: 

  1. Take your workout outside. Outdoor workouts are challenging and refreshing so try paddle boarding, surfing, cycling, yoga in the park or group runs like a 5K.
  2. Eat seasonal fruits and veggies. Most fruits and veggies are at their peak during summer months and by eating them you’re adding more nutrients to your diet. Look to add a host of different colors to your meal with various fruits and vegetables. Try grilling vegetables (corn, eggplant or zucchini) for a delicious side to your dinner or add juicy fruits (blackberries, peaches and melon) to your morning breakfast.
  3. Find a buddy to workout with. By partnering with someone, you’re more likely to work out when you say you will and it’s also a great way to catch up with old friends. Some of my favorite “buddy workouts” include biking, outdoor dancing classes, canoeing, and of course, hiking (with a healthy picnic at the end!)
  4. Drink more “fun” water! It’s important to drink a plenty of water especially in the summer when you’re more prone to dehydration. I like to make infused water mocktails to make water more exciting and delicious and only adding 20 calories or less. Buy some fresh fruits, slice them up and add to your water. My favorite combinations are peaches and strawberries, strawberries and mint or cucumber and watermelon and you’ll want to drink it all day in fun infusers like these from the Ball® brand.
  5. Eat many small meals. When you eat smaller portions more frequently, your metabolic rate tends to be higher (meaning you can burn calories more easily). I always tell my clients to eat 5-6 small meals a day that are packed with nutrients, including a snack in between each meal with something like a Cookie Dough Balance Bar® which will keep you full longer and help satisfy your appetite. Balance Bar® is also a great snack to put in your purse or gym bag so you always have a nutritious snack on-hand and can avoid making those bad snack choices at that last minute and when on the go.
Balance Bar offers over 20 varieties of bars based on the 40-30-30 nutrition principle – a proven formula developed by scientists to help maintain your blood sugar levels already within a normal range. They help fill you up and give you energy that lasts through your workouts and daily activities.(The above information is provided by Balance Bar.)
Personally, I was super excited about the extras that we got to check out along with the Balance Bars. The Ball Canning water infuser is absolutely one of my favorite things I've ever owned! I love, love, LOVE drinking water, it makes me feel great, but, I sometimes get bored with it. Now, I can add flavor to my water without getting those little fruit pieces stuck in my drink. I hate that! This thing has actually been a lifesaver for me and I seriously don't know how I survived so long without it. When you drink as much water as I do, it's a must have!

Want to see one of Holly's videos? She doesn't mess around! Don't forget to join Ball Canning and Balance Bar on Pinterest so you can check out all the latest happenings! 

And, guess what?? The folks at Balance Bar are so generous, they are offering one lucky Flip Out Mama reader a chance to win the same awesome gift package as we received! All you need to do to enter is check out the Rafflecopter below and follow the instructions. Good Luck! 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Six Important Tips For Women's Health!

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Everybody's trying to get healthy these days. I know I am! While I might not be doing the best job in the world, I really am putting forth the effort lately. It can be really overwhelming when you are trying to simply "get healthy". I know, for me, what worked best was to simplify things into a few key ideas on what to do to try to improve my health. So, today I am going to share with you, the top health tips for women who want to get healthy or stay healthy!

Tip #1: Stay Active

Hardly any of us are as physically active as we should be. I know for me, it has been really hard to make exercise a habit. However, it is one of the very most important things that you can do for your health. All of us should be aiming for at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days per week. It doesn't have to be "working out' in the gym sense either. Playing outside with your kids, having a dance party, or taking your dog for a walk- it all counts!

Tip #2: Drink More Water.

Yes, you. Even if you think you are drinking enough water, drink more. Water has so many health benefits, and it is so simple, people often overlook it. Staying hydrated is one of the biggest things you need to do in order to stay healthy. Drinking water improves your skin, reduces aches and pains like headaches, helps to reduce food cravings, increases your energy while relieving your fatigue, helps you to stay "regular", flushes toxins out of your body, helps with weight loss, boosts your immune system and more. We could go on and on, but you get the point- drink more water!

Tip #3: See Your Doctor

Many women, especially in their younger years, put off doctor's appointments thinking that they don't really need to go. The truth is, checking in with your doctor at least once a year for a checkup is really important. Your doctor can help give you tips on how to stay healthy, as well as perform testing that you might need to check for an underlying condition that could bother you in the future. Preventive care is very important, and by visiting your doctor for a check up even when you are not sick, you will be creating a dialogue and forming an relationship with your doctor that will definitely come in handy in the future.

Tip #4: Watch Your Diet

Yes, we all know how important it is to eat right, but we don't always do it. Even if you don't need to lose weight (lucky you!), you should be eating for your health. Processed foods, junk foods, and empty calories are not doing anything good for your body, so get rid of them. Eat more lean meats, fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and low fat dairy, and you will be doing your body good! Experts also recommend eating 5 or 6 small meals a day, or, if you choose three meals a day, make your biggest meal of the day breakfast.

Tip #5: Don't Skip The SPF

This one is especially important for younger women. Sunscreen is so very important, and not just when you are hitting the beach or hanging out poolside. Obviously, wearing sunscreen now will lower your risk of skin cancer later in life, which is very important. However, lowering your skin cancer risk is not the only benefit to wearing sunscreen. Do you want wrinkles or premature aging? Didn't think so! Wearing sunscreen helps keep your skin young and healthy looking. What's not to love about that?

Tip #6: Get More Sleep

Here's another one that we all know, but don't always follow. Sleep is so important, and the majority of us are skipping out on a good night's sleep on most nights. Believe it or not, there have even been studies that show that the less sleep a person gets, the more likely they are to be obese. Getting enough sleep helps to boost your immune system, and makes heart trouble, high blood pressure, and diabetes less likely. It also improves your mood and helps your brain function, so make sure that you are getting enough zzzzz's!

For more helpful health tips, check out http://www.molinahealthcare.com.

Want FREE Music? The Voice and Rite Aid Can Help You With That!!!

This post has been sponsored by Global Influence, however, all opinions are my own. 

Do you guys LOVE The Voice? I know you do! I do too! I have never gotten into other "singing competition" shows, but I love The Voice. I really love Adam and Blake together, they are so funny, and really are probably one of the biggest reasons why I watch the show. I also really love learning all of the stories behind the performers, it's so great to see someone go from really struggling to becoming a famous artist! 

Now, The Voice is teaming up with one of our favorite stores, Rite Aid, and one of our favorite brands, Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy (great hair care products, if you haven't tried them already!) to offer a super promotion to The Voice fans!!! Here's the scoop: 

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And now in partnership with The Voice, get 2 free song downloads from your favorite The Voice performers, when you purchase any CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ product at Rite Aid from 7/1/14–7/31/14.

How great is that?!? Not only can you get some really great hair care products, you can also snag yourself two FREE music downloads! But, you better hurry, this offer is only good through the end of July, and July's HALF OVER already! (Can you believe that!? Only 163 days until Christmas!!!) So hurry up, enjoy your summer, and grab yourself some FREE music today! 

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