What’s for Dinner? {Week of October 23}

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Hey guys!

My ‘feeling better from my cold’ feelings didn’t last long. By Thursday evening, I was feeling icky again. Icky as in sinus pressure and tooth pain. Friday was spent wanting to just bury my head in a pillow to alleviate the pain. By the time I woke up Saturday morning, I knew I had to get it checked out. I knew that it was a sinus infection. And it’s bacterial. So I’m on antibiotics. I really didn’t want to but if it’s going to stop the pain, then I’m all for it. After 10 days, I’m ready to get rid of this sickness for good.

Fingers crossed it clears up fast.

Since it was raining and chilly outside, it was the perfect day to lay low and rest. We watched “Harry Potter” for the first time as a family. I thought the kids would be scared but they actually really liked it. And I liked it. Which was a total surprise. I had no interest in reading the books when they were popular. But now I kind of want to.

It’s Sunday, so it’s time to plan out what’s for dinner.

Sunday: Pesto Salmon + roasted Brussels sprouts

Monday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: Tortellini Minestrone

Thursday: Whole Roasted Chicken + roasted squash

Friday: Ron’s homemade pizza

Saturday: Date Night

Today is the last day to win a super cute Halloween bucket and goodies for your little one. You can enter the giveaway HERE!

Any tips on alleviating sinus pain?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?


High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

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1 ) Fall running splendor. The sickness is getting better every day. I felt well enough to test the running waters Thursday morning. I’m glad I stuck to the trails because the woods are stunning right now. Especially with the early morning light. Maybe yellow leaves are my new favorite?

2 ) Or maybe red leaves are?

3 ) It’s always fun to be a guest on a podcast. But even more fun when it’s your friend who is the host and you are sitting yogi style on her floor sipping tea. I could have talked for hours with Annie from Core Nourishment about running, yoga, and life. I’ll let you know when the episode airs. Until then, you should really check out her podcast!

4 ) Have you missed my gritty basement photos? It’s so freakin’ dark out in the morning now. I’m yearning for my sunrise runs from the summer.

5 ) Have I told you lately that I’m really loving the fall foliage right now?

5 Things

1 ) How to Raise a Strong Woman – There’s been a lot of talk about being a woman in today’s society lately. How can it not, when we have a presidential candidate who has no respect for a woman?  And we are on the cusp of potentially having the first woman president in the United States? We need strong girls to grow up to be strong women.

2 ) 23 Thoughts from 23 Miles – I think we’ve all had these thoughts while out on a long run. Tina shows that even Elite’s feel the same way.

3 ) What Finally Made Me Think Differently About My Body – Love this post from Jes about how pregnancy has changed her appreciation for her body.

4 ) Distance Running: Love Where You Are Today – Running is hard work. It takes time. The great thing about it though? You find that you are capable of so much more than you thought.

5 ) The Secret to Going Farther – A change in perspective in life and running (it’s funny how the two seem to parallel each other) always gives a fresh look at what you need to do to get it done. “Instead of trying to get it, give it away. Instead of pushing so hard, try pulling from the other side.”

Be sure to enter my scary giveaway before Sunday!

What would you like to High Five today?





5 Tips for Preventing Kids’ Cavities

5-tips-for-preventing-kids-cavities-happyfitmama-comI was compensated by ACT for my time on this sponsored post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Three years ago, I thought my daughter was going for a routine dental checkup. It later turned into a drawn out process of finding another dentist (pediatric) who would do a filling on one of her teeth. I was shocked. How could my daughter have a cavity?  She doesn’t eat candy. She doesn’t drink juice. She rarely has sweets. I thought we were doing all the right things to prevent cavities.

It turns out that the culprit was because of her tightly spaced teeth. Everything she ate, even the good for you foods, were getting stuck in the tiny spaces. And staying there despite brushing twice a day.

Since then, we’ve learned that we need to floss every single day. It’s helped a lot and she hasn’t had a cavity since.

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With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a good time to put into practice ways in how to “scare” away cavities in your kids. We’ll have more candy than any human being needs from Trick-or-Treating. Thankfully, my kids are ok with picking out a few of pieces that they want to keep for themselves and then Ron and I bring the rest to our workplaces. It’s kind of funny that every other person at our jobs does the same thing. No one wants to keep the candy in their house. But somehow, all the candy disappears. Wonder where it goes?!?!

Here are 5 tips on keeping your children’s teeth healthy and cavity free all year round:

1 ) Visit the dentist starting at age one and then once every six months. Do this for the rest of your life!

2 ) Have your child brush for two minutes, two times per day.  We found a cute toothbrush that flashes for 1 minute intervals – 1 minute for the top, 1 minute for the bottom.  There’s also tons of apps or timers to make it fun too.

3 ) Floss everyday especially if the teeth are touching. We like the mini flossers that are easier for small hands and small spaces.

4 ) Provide healthy snacks . Limit sweets in quantity, portion size and frequency.  Every time you eat or drink something that contains sugar or starches, bacteria in your mouth use the sugar and starch to produce acids. These acids begin to eat away at the tooth’s enamel. Drink water after every meal or snack to “rinse” teeth to help wash way the acid.

5 ) If your children are over the age of 6, use a children’s mouthwash, such as ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse every day.  It was ranked as the #1 recommended children’s mouthwash by pharmacists in the 2016 OTC Guide from Pharmacy Times.


And here’s something that can help you scare away the cavities – Enter to win this Anticavity Goody Bag that contains a bottle of ACT Kids Anticavity Rinse, a mouthwash timer, dentist-approved treats, and more.

To enter, leave a comment with your own tip for scaring away cavities.

Additional entries can be earned by tweeting this message:

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Giveaway is open only to US residents 18 years of age or older. A winner will be selected at random with Random.org at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 23, 2016 and will be notified via email.

Good luck!