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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Calling all creative child minds: Disney's Big Hero 6 & XPrize wants to send you to Hollywood

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  • Do you have a child aged 8-17?
  • Is that child creative and have an innovative mind?
  • Does your child want the chance to go to Hollywood?
  • Would that child soak in the attention of being "hero" of the day?

If you answered YES to the above questions then Disney and XPrize wants them to harness that creativity & demonstrate their skills as they tackle the question: 
"What solutions can I create to tackle world problems today?"

Have them get their minds moving and creative juices flowing as they use stories, sculptures, drawings or any other method to demonstrate the answer to their way of solving these world problems. Enter here:

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Food Should Taste Good Fall Flavors

This is a promotional post for Food Should Taste Good™

Have you seen the chip aisle lately at the grocery store? There are so many varieties it is almost overwhelming. I look for chips that are good for you, I never have the 'garbage' brands in my cupboard (that's what I call them in my home).  Food Should Taste Good is one of my favorites. In one store it is in with all of the chips in the snack aisle and in a different store near me I also shop at they are in the natural foods section of chips and snacks. That is the section they truly belong in. Chips that are more like crackers that have fun flavors and are not full of 'garbage'.

These flavored tortilla chips are gluten-free and made with wholesome non-GMO ingredients. They are delicious on their own or even better paired with some yummy dips. Take this recipe below for a fun fall dip-Gruyere & Pecan Queso Dip! This is a must for a game day snack! The Harvest Pumpkin flavor is delicious! It really is more like snacking on a cracker. 

Look for these fun fall flavors at a store near you
  • Harvest Pumpkin
  • Blue Corn
  • Sweet Potato
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Disclosure: Parenting Healthy was provided samples. All opinions are 100% my own

Bring your hair back to life naturally with the System Hinoki #hinokioil

This is a promotional post for Hayashi System Hinoki

For 3 months, I have been using the Hinoki 4-Step System and my hair has the volume and life back it has lacked for so long. I have very straight and fine hair and I am always on the lookout for products that will help my hair and not further weigh it down. I have seen the Hinoki systems in salons and to hear it is available for home use is great. I also know that the Hinoki system not only promotes hair growth, but it does so in a drug-free product. Within the first few weeks, I noticed a thickening in my hair. Since using it I cut a few inches off, but it is within the body of my hair that I feel the difference. The best way to tell is to throw it back in a ponytail and you can sense the volume level from my scalp and through the ponytail holder. Below are my before and after photos....

Fine Hair from the scal

Much more body & shine from the scalp

The overall ponytail experience has improved at my scalp. See how fine my hair is coming from my scalp in the before photo? Now I get that rounded body all the way to the ponytail holder. The shine is noticeable and my scalp has had no issues in the heat this summer. It has remained healthier than ever. 

What is the Hinoki System?

The Hayashi System Hinoki is a 4-product system that when used long-term, provides cleansing, healing and nutrition to the hair and scalp. It is for use on men or women with any hair type who may be experiencing thinning hair, dandruff or slow hair growth. 

Pure Hinoki Oil is a known natural antifungal and antibacterial qualities that has been a key ingredient in skin ailment treatments in Japan for over 2000 years. This system is made in the USA. It is drug-free and safe on all skin types. The order of use for this system is shampoo, conditioner, Hinoki Plus (leave-in) and hair thickener.

Hinoki Shampoo & Conditioner: Includes Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A with antioxidants). It is FDA approved and used to stimulate cell renewal and to enhance skin elasticity.

Hinoki Plus: A leave-in conditioner that is applied to damp hair as needed-perhaps only weekly

Hinoki Hair Thickener: a leave-in root booster 

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Disclosure: Parenting Healthy was provided product. All opinions are 100% my own

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Giveaway: Salonpas for a healthier pain relief

This is a giveaway post for Salonpas.

If you or someone you know suffers from pain, you know how unpleasant swallowing pills and ingesting OTC medications is. Not only is it unpleasant, it is just another medication we have to digest and that is not always the healthiest option if you are consuming certain analgesics over long periods of time. Salonpas offers topical relief that works! I have been using it for years. I have a bulging disc in my neck and when it flares up once or twice a year, it is extremely painful! Salonpas Pain Relief Patch has brought more relief on the spot than some OTC medications I have taken. Currently, I am using the Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel for a tendonitis I have in my foot. I have some rubbed in as I type this and have not used an oral analgesic in 2 days. Aches and pains are common with fitness regimens.

Salonpas offers a healthier option in a range of topical pain-relief products from patches and gels to sprays and arthritis relief. There are so many ailments that do require oral medications that also promote pain-diabetic limb pain, arthritis, athletic injuries, DVT, etc. Trying Salonpas and discovering it works for your pain can mean one less oral medication you need to take regularly. The patches are clinically proven to relieve mild to moderate pain.

Salonpas Patches
  • Pain Relief Patch-The first & only FDA-approved 12-hour OTC topical pain reliever
  • Arthritis Pain Patch- first & only FDA-approved 12 hour relief for joint, sprain and bruise relief
  • Gel Patch Hot-Menthol for a cooling, soothing sensation & Capsaicin for long lasting heat, hot sensation relief
  • Salonpas Original Patch-For stiffness & tightness in the neck and shoulders
  • Salonpas Patch Large-For wide areas of pain
  • Salonpas Patch Hot-Provides heat for effective 8-hour pain relief
Salonpas Gels & Sprays
  • Salonpas Jet Spray-One medication to freeze pain and another to keep it away
  • Deep relieving gel-three active ingredients, camphor (3.1%), menthol (10%), and methyl salicylate (15%), that penetrate deep, providing effective relief for up to 8 hours
  • Massaging Foam-relieves aches and pains

The Giveaway
1 lucky reader will win 5 Salonpas products: Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel, Salonpas Pain Relief Patch, Salonpas Pain Relieving GEL-Patch HOT, Salonpas Pain Relieving Massage Foam and the Pain Relieving Jet Spray
Enter below. Open to US. Ends 9/30

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Disclosure: Parenting Healthy was provided samples. Giveaway fulfilled by sponsor.

Giveaway: Beatrix Girls themed Birthday Party Kit

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Do you have a birthday party to plan soon? Did you know that September has more birthdays than any other month? The Beatrix Girls want to celebrate with the birthday girl in your life! The contents of this prize package will take care of gifts, some decor and being the cool parent!

As you know the Beatrix dolls are a pop-star brand that produce real music girls love! Take a look below as the Beatrix Girls perform "Alone".

Prize Pack Contents values at over $375

• A printable invitation template

• 15 Beatrix Girls posters

• 15 Beatrix Girls stickers

• 15 Beatrix Girls Debut CD “Meet the Beatrix”

• 15 Beatrix Girls balloons 

• 4 Beatrix Girls Dolls 

• Beatrix Girls Activity Book

The Giveaway ends 9/30/14. Open to US. Good luck! Enter below

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Giveaway fulfilled by sponsor

Supporting Domestic Violence with the Purple Purse Charm from the Allstate Foundation

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

For my readers who know me best, you know how close to my heart the topic of domestic violence is. Just this year I finally, after a decade, became brave enough to share my story in my new book: Love Should Not Hurt: Letting Go of the Pain to Live in Freedom. My book focuses on the aftermath of living as a victim. Survivors leave and need to start over. It is emotionally draining and without proper support many women return to their abusers out of fear of getting back on track on their own. Victims are told they are not good enough, they are told their friends and family don't care. An abuser manipulates and isolates their victim until they are completely dependent on them. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Campaign understands this and throughout their agency's, they are distributing these purple purse charms so you can show support.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and purple is the color of support. Not only does Allstate have these purple purse charms to graciously hand out and help spread the awareness, but they have an entire website dedicated to educating and bringing awareness to the topic of abuse. Financial abuse is very common especially hand-in-hand with other forms of abuse. Both men and women are victimized. When one decides to leave such a relationship, the path to get on track can be so difficult. Since 2005, the Allstate Foundation has invested over $40 million dollars nationwide to help domestic violence survivors regain control of their finances and completely break free from the abuse.

Facts & how to help
  • Domestic Violence affects 1 in 4 women
  • Domestic Violence is not always physical-financial abuse occurs in 98% of these relationships
  • 8 in 10 Americans have not heard of financial abuse and its facts
  • Only 1 in 3 people feel comfortable discussing domestic violence
The Allstate Foundation campaign is committing to over half a million dollars in the Purple Purse challenge. 

Head to between now and October 3, 2014 and join the challenge. Ambassador actress, Kerry Washington has designed a limited edition purple purse to bring awareness and support domestic violence. This purse and other support materials can be found at the Purple Purse website.

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

5 ways to overcome gymtimidation

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We all have those moments. Even the most athletic individuals and professionals go through a lapse of motivation. I have it myself. I have tried things like setting an alarm so I am reminded to take time for a workout. I even have slept in workout clothes so I have no excuse when I wake up. Silly, but we will try anything to keep motivation. But, many times it is truly not a motivational problem rather a gymtimidation. Have you experienced this? That little self-concious feeling you get as you think of heading to the gym.

Below are helpful tips to keep the motivation, stay healthy and overcome Gymtimidation. 

Alejandro Chaban's 5 Ways to Overcome Gymtimidation

1) Problem: LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: You're there and you have no idea how to use the machines or all of those weird balls. The only thing you see is all those expert people jumping from one machine to the next and you just stare at them with a confused look on your face without knowing where to start.

SOLUTION: Invest in one session with a personal trainer that can show you how to use the machines work and design a specific routine for you. Another option that's cheaper is to go on You Tube and look for different video tutorials that show you how to work every muscle and even learn fun cardio routines to practice at home.

2) Problem: COMPETITION: Getting to the gym the first few days and looking at the girl next to you and wanting to compete with her is a VERY bad idea. The only thing you're going to do with this is feel bad if you can't keep up with her.

SOLUTION: Don't compare yourself to anybody. Your only competition is yourself. You don't know the other girl's story, what drives her and how long she's been doing this.

3) Problem: PUBLISH YOUR TRAINING: When we're first starting we want EVERYONE to know what we're doing and we share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and every other way we can think of. This causes us to spend more time on our phones than actually working out.

SOLUTION: Leave your phone in the locker or use it only to listen to music. Stop telling the world you're going to work out and just WORK OUT! I'm guilty of taking a few selfies here and there but I try not to and always tell myself FOCUS ALEJANDRO! At the end of the day if you don't work out you won't have any results to share.

4) Problem: WRONG CLOTHES: This doesn't mean that you should get the most expensive and trendy clothes for the gym, it's about having the right underwear, pants, shoes and socks. This is important for you to feel comfortable, confident and to avoid injuries. I used to go to the gym with those huge heavy cotton shirts that were always 3 sizes bigger, when I saw myself in the mirror I got even more depressed and lost all my motivation. WATCH IT! It's not about being naked in public LOL.

5) Problem: SIMPLICITY: When you go to the gym try to take as less things as possible, I used to take a padlock, water, my phone, an ipod, a bag, towels, mi protein shake my wallet, a book and 40 different things. This just made me lose my focus and I always ended up losing stuff.

SOLUTION: Try to take as little as possible and leave everything in the locker.

Alejandro Chabán is one of the youngest motivational speakers in the U.S. and is a best-selling author for his book De Gordo a Galán (From Fatty to Hottie). Chabán dedicates his time to sharing his life experience of battling obesity, anorexia and bulimia during his teenage years, and how he was able to transform himself into an admired actor, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Chabán created the Yes You Can! Diet Plan, the first and only diet plan created by Hispanics for Hispanics. Based on Chabán's life experience and certified by a team of experts, the Yes You Can! Diet Plan focuses on Nutrition, Emotional Health, Movement and Dietary Supplements. Chabán has had years of National TV experience and has been featured in a number of National English and Hispanic Magazines.