It’s my first post of 2015 and I am excited to start this year off on a healthy note. Weight Watchers and General Mills know that for many people getting healthy in 2015 is a top priority. It certainly is for me! My thanks to General Mills for sponsoring today’s post. The information, products and Publix gift cards were provided by General Mills through Linqia. All opinions are my own.

There’s no sugaring coating it- getting healthy for me means I need a successful weight loss journey this year. No more gaining and losing the same 12 or 15 pounds. One of the ways I got off track last year was skipping breakfast several times a week. I know this is an unhealthy habit, so this year, I’m making sure I always have Yoplait Greek 100 calorie yogurts on hand.

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Why Yoplait Greek Yogurt?

I will admit it- I’m picky when it comes to traditional breakfast foods. If a cereal is high in sugar (over 11 grams a serving for me) or high in carbs, I may eat it, but I’ll be starving soon after because of the way my body metabolizes that fuel. I have to have a healthy, tasty protein source and folks; it doesn’t get much taster that this peach Yoplait Greek 100 calorie, fat free yogurt with a small serving of high fiber granola on top and an apple. 

#NewYearsResolutions on

With 11 grams of protein and just 8 grams of sugar, the peach Yoplait Greek 100 calorie yogurt is a tasty, healthy breakfast food or anytime snack that I know is going to have staying power. 

All of the Yoplait Greek 100 calorie yogurts are only 2 Weight Watcher endorsed points and come with real fruit on the bottom. I can’t wait to try the Apple pie, Blueberry and Strawberry Cheesecake in this line.  I just know they will be as creamy, tasty and thick as the peach flavor. Just look at how my spoon stands up in it. 

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If I start getting bored with my breakfast options again on #WeightLossJourney, I’ll just head on over to Yoplait’s recipe section. (insert link) Filled with recipes for all of Yoplait’s yogurt varieties, I’m sure to find many that look tempting, like the apple pie yogurt cup

More good for you and your waistline Foods:

General Mills and Weight Watchers want you to save while you lose and achieve your #NewYearsResolution by shopping with Publix this month and purchasing any of these General Mills, Weight Watchers-endorsed products:

  • Yoplait Greek 100 Calorie Yogurt
  • Progresso Light Soups
  • Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt
  • Green Giant Frozen Boxed and Canned Vegetables

Once I get my home stocked with a variety of soups, veggies and yogurts; it will be easier to serve up lighter, smarter meals and snacks for me and my family.  I’ll be visiting the ProgressoGreen Giant and Yoplait sites often for recipe and menu ideas and invite you to check them out too.

Save with Publix Coupons: (while supplies last)
  • Save $.40 when you buy SIX CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt
  • Save $1.00 when you buy FIVE CUPS any variety Yoplait® Greek or Yoplait® Greek 100 yogurt
  •  Save $0.80 when you buy 4 any variety Green Giant® Frozen Boxed Vegetables

You can either print these out by going here, or put them directly on your Publix loyalty card by going here and say hello to some great BOGO's!

The#WeightLossJourney, #NewYearsResolution Giveaway:

Ready to kick start the New Year with a new, healthier you too? 

Weight Watchers Publix Gift Basket #Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of General Mills, one lucky reader will receive a basket of Weight-Watchers endorsed products including salad tongs, a dressing emulsifier, and salad shears.


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We've made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and are heading straight for New Year’s Eve parties this week. And while making merry with beloved friends and family is a very good thing socially,  all the delicious, and in most cases, rich and fatty foods we’re consuming this time of year can leave our digestive track begging for mercy.  That’s why I was happy to accept Smiley 360’s invitation to try accuflora Probiotic supplements free of charge to share my thoughts with you. All opinions are my own.

accuflora #Probiotic supplements

As my family and I start our new Family Fit lifestyle journey, I’ll be sharing posts here on the blog to help my readers who may be interested in getting to a healthy place in 2015 as well. I can’t think of a better way to kick off this new series than with our stomachs and digestive systems because we rely on both so much in our everyday life. 

If you’ve been stressed, eating at odd hours, eating richer foods than you normally do then taking a probiotic supplement like accuflora can help support your digestive health and help regulate your bodies internal balance and get your gut back on track quickly; in as little as 14 days in fact.

About accuflora Probiotic Supplements:

accuflora probiotic supplements

Accuflora Probiotic supplements contain 5 beneficial probiotic strains including Lactobacillus acidophilus, the live culture found in yogurt. Accuflora may help replenish your body’s good bacteria and maintain a healthy digestive system. *

If you aren’t a fan of yogurt, accuflora may provide the digestive health support you have been missing out on. Accuflora provides up to 12 hours of probiotic support through a controlled delivery system. The accuflora caplets form a gel layer that allows the probiotic to survive harsh stomach acids releasing the probiotic throughout your gastrointestinal tract.*

Why may accuflora Probiotics be helpful for you?

Rich meals, dairy products, preservatives, stress and age can all affect your body’s digestion. I was so surprised to read age played a role in this, but I shouldn’t have been. My dear mother in law has been experiencing digestive health issues recently and one of the first things her doctor did was suggest she take a probiotic supplement and cut back on hard to digest dairy products.

As a result of one or all of these triggers, you may experience stomach upset, bloating and changes with regularity just as my mother in law did. Accuflora may help you get your digestive health back on track too.

Having a health digestive system not only makes you feel your best, it could very well keep you healthier as well because when your gut is in balance, your immune system is working at its best;  which may help you ward of colds and other bugs. 

Ready to try accuflora Probiotics?

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Head over to their website here to learn more about them and about the 14 day challenge. While you’re there, why not download a money saving coupon too. You can also visit them on Facebook to hear how accuflora is helping others who have taken the 14 day challenge.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*

Please share in comments: Have you ever taken a probiotic supplement before?

From our home to yours

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, December 24, 2014

starry night sky Merry Christmas

It's the day before the day before Christmas and I am happy about that. I'm happy my daughters are out of school, my husband's work load is winding down, presents are mostly wrapped, greeting cards have all been sent and Christmas cookies are baked and yet... I found myself drawn to this happiness info-graphic. 

Even though I am by my nature a "happy-go-lucky" person; I recognize the need to improve on several of these tips and will be adding them to a list of topics I'd like to cover on the blog next year starting with number 1. 

Finding time for fitness for our family will be a priority. I'm going to spend time over my brief holiday break to think about these ten steps and see what I can do to improve my happiness level. 

10 signs of happiness
Source- used with permission

Please share in comments: Are you happy enough? Are their certain areas you'd like to work on in 2015? 

Like #10? Me too! That's why my user name on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest is ismilefirst. I'd be happy to have you follow me on these social channels. I'll follow back with a smile. 

We are a family that loves playing board and card games, so I was delighted when FlyBy asked if I’d like to try a new faith based board game that also comes with interactive DVD’s. One thing that stood out to me about Wisdomantics is that players of various faiths can play and enjoy it.  

About the game: For 2-4 players, ages 12+

Wisdomantics board game

Wisdomantics–New King James Version (NKJV) is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon. Wisdomantics-NKJV utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn! 

The game’s intent is to bring individuals together to learn how to cope with numerous situations in a fun and relaxed environment. Inside the box you’ll find 2 interactive DVDs with 400 questions, score cards, blessing cards, and more!

First we set up the board game:

Wisdomantics board game

Then we read the instructions and popped in a video. We actually started with disc two on accident, but it didn’t make a difference. The DVD’s are there to help make the game fun and more interactive. 

Start Wisdomantics DVD

After you start the DVD, you’ll be given questions like this:

question on King Solomon

You are timed, so be prepared to pay attention. If you don’t answer in the allotted 25-30 seconds, you get a wrong answer. Thankfully, my daughters seem to know the book of King Solomon and did fairly well.

correct answer screen

 If you answer correctly, like my daughters did, the DVD will then share the book and verse of King Solomon that reinforces the lesson.

bible verse screen

If you get it wrong, no worries! The DVD will keep giving you choices to help you figure out the answer. It can be a little frustrating with the timer, but it is all in good fun. I do suggest that you play this game with mature tweens, teens and adults though.

To play Wisdomantics correctly, you are supposed to use the board game and DVD together, but we would forget to go back to the board game often because we would get caught up in the questions and the conversations they sparked.

A healthy dose of competition was shown on some questions as well, when one player wanted to help another before the timer ran out. Since it was all in good fun and we seemed to be enjoying the Q& A on the DVD more than prayer requests, blessings etc. on the board game, I decided that was perfectly okay option. 

You can watch a How-To on playing Wisdomantics to see what I mean. 

Our Thoughts:

We’ve only had one opportunity to play Wisdomantics during this busy time of year, but I know it will be a favorite in our home soon enough. We all really liked it, especially the interactive DVD part. 

If you would like to learn about the wisdom on King Solomon or test your knowledge of this great King, I invite you to learn more about Wisdomantics by visiting their website here

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I recently had the privilege of being part of a virtual conversation hosted by Dr Pepper Snapple group in partnership with The Motherhood. As part of this blogging group, we learned a great deal about Dr Pepper Snapple and their continued commitment and support of local and/or national programs that encourage active lifestyles. Special thanks to both The Motherhood and Dr Pepper Snapple for sponsoring today’s post. While I will receive compensation for my time, I only share content I feel is of value to you. All opinions are my own. 

DPS beverages

When you read or hear the names Dr Pepper Snapple, you probably think of drinking one of their delicious beverages and with good reason.  I know I love an ice cold glass of Dr Pepper from time to time and I’d be lost if I suddenly couldn’t find a chilled bottle of Snapple Peach ice tea.  With so many drink options available, you probably have a Dr Pepper Snapple product in your home right now. 

DPS Let's Play logo

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group:
  • The leader in flavored carbonated soft drinks
  •  Sells more than 50 brands of carbonated soft drinks, teas, juices, mixers and other premium beverages
  • Out of our 14 biggest brands, 13 are #1 or #2 in their respective category·6 of top 10 non-cola soft drinks brands in the business
  • 19,000 employees
  • Fortune 500, publicly traded (NYSE:DPS) operations in North America, Caribbean 
  • The DPS R&D is spread across 4 Locations: Plano, Texas (headquarters), St. Louis, Missouri , Irving, Texas (pilot plant) and Mexico City, Mexico

Those are very impressive stats from a business perspective, but I learned so much more about the very heart of the Dr Pepper Snapple group during our hour long conversation.  While we did touch on flavors and fun facts about what goes into making a great tasting beverage, the true focus of our conversation was to share their commitment to healthy lifestyle choices. 

They (DPS) want us, the consumers, parents, teachers, community volunteers and most importantly our kids to know about their take action plan, starting with the 2015 Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) Calories in; Calories out program and industry led changes, commitments and initiatives. 

There’s a lot of information to share, so I will break it down into sections that hopefully will help you come away with a better understanding of this amazing company and brand.

DPS commitment:

"We believe that healthy lives depend on balance, balancing the calories you consume through food & beverages with the calories you burn through physical activity and by supporting local and national programs that encourage active lifestyles and fitness."

DPS Calories In information:  

 “Our initiatives as a company to promote balance reflect a larger commitment by the beverage industry to deliver meaningful solutions to obesity.”

Industry-led Initiatives: 

  • As an industry, we took full-calorie beverages out of schools voluntarily through the School Beverage Guidelines, which have reduced the calories in beverage shipments to schools by more than 90%. 
  • DPS and other leading beverage companies launched the Clear on Calories Initiative: put calorie counts on the fronts of all beverage containers. 
  • Balance Calories Initiative with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Beverage Association goal: reduce the calories consumed in beverages by 20% over the next 10 years by focusing on smaller package sizes, innovation, marketing and distribution of low-and no-calorie beverages. 
  • Mixify: a multi-year national consumer awareness and engagement program by the beverage industry to talk to teens about the importance of balancing what they drink and eat with what they do.

Consumers have been talking, and clearly
Dr Pepper Snapple has been listening. I for one am happy to know that the industry is doing all they can to offer healthier beverage options in our schools! 

DPS understands what’s important to us, the consumer and has worked hard towards answering our needs by understanding consumers are diversified! 

For example- men prefer not to purchase low calorie or “diet” beverages, so DPS responded to consumers who want products with only natural sweetenersThey’ve been testing naturally sweetened versions of Dr Pepper, 7UP and Canada Dry, sweetened with a blend of stevia and sugar, with only 60 calories per 12 oz. serving.

They didn’t forget to improve their juice and tea either. Earlier this year they introduced a line of Mott’s with  bold new flavors that offer 40% less sugar than fruit juices with 100% Daily Value of Vitamin C in three kid-preferred flavors.

And for us Snapple drinkers, they’ve rolled out diet half & half (half lemonade, half iced tea) and this year have been testing a straight up tea, otherwise unflavored, with a touch of sugar and 80 calories per bottle.

All I can say is- Thank you DPS! 

DPS knows we expect great tasting beverages at an affordable price that our packaged for convenience for active, busy lifestyles, especially Moms! They know we don’t want to say no to the beverages our kids ask for, so they are helping with the Calories Out part of their initiative.

“Balance is key, both to fit physical activity into their routine and to have food and beverage choices that have health benefits and are low in calories.”

Calories out: Commitment to Active Play 

Playability with KaBoom!

The Physical Activity Deficit:

  • Only 20% of children live near a park
  • Two-thirds of kids get less than an hour of play a day
  • They’re increasingly time-crunched, with 12 fewer hours of free time per week
  • Disadvantaged inner-city youth participate 40% less in sports and fitness
  • And recreational time is increasingly spent on devices. Kids 8-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours per day on media
The consequence of all this is poorer eating and drinking habits and an obesity rate that has tripled! 

DPS says “To help address the decline of active play in communities across the U.S., Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) launched Let’s Play to provide the tools, spaces and inspiration to make play a daily priority.”

Let’s Play: A Meaningful Part of the Solution -DPS has:

      To date, built or improved 2,000 playgrounds
      To date, have provided 5 million children with the opportunity to play
      Worked in partnerships with our retailers and bottlers
      Involved government officials
      To date, have engaged more than 2,300 employee volunteers
      To date, have donated more than 18,000 volunteer hours

I was very impressed with the amount of hours and the overall level of commitment from DPS employees! The Let’s Play program is doing well, in fact, it’s expanded!

Let’s Play timeline and how we can get involved:

Playability let's get #involved and #active!

  •   DPS launched Let’s Play in 2011 with a $15 million three year partnership to build or improve 2,000 playgrounds with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated promoting active play.
  •  In 2014, DPS and KaBOOM! extended their partnership through 2016 with an additional $10 million commitment from DPS to continue providing kids the active play they need.
  • This year, DPS made a $1 million commitment to Good Sports, a national non-profit dedicated to promoting active play among older children by providing athletic equipment to disadvantaged young people nationwide.

Let’s Play has expanded to include older children who lack the opportunity to participate in organized sports due to the cost of equipment, uniforms and entry fees. I encourage everyone to go to the Let’s Playgrants page, and see what grants are available! By the end of 2016, we will have donated more than $26 million to Let’s Play since we started three years ago.

I left the DPS conversation with a new outlook on the brand and company as a whole and was inspired to visit KaBoom! and Let’s Play to see how I could become active in my own community. I encourage you to do the same.

Before we left our virtual conversation, our merry band of bloggers had decided that a road trip to the DPS facility in Texas was in order so we could walk around and see all the amazing research and development in action and yes, we did ask this question:

What are the 23 flavors in the formula for Dr Pepper? The DPS answer was as interesting and funny: Only two people in the world know the formula to Dr Pepper. We can’t tell you who they are, but they are not in this room! It’s very, very top secret – that is for sure. “

It is my sincere hope that you have gained a better understanding of Dr Pepper Snapple from my post today and will take a moment to visit them and the Let’s Play sites and then- log off your computer and get outside and play with or without kids!

Happy Holidays!

Please share in comments: Does your community have enough playgrounds? How would you like to see your community improve in this area?  

Disclosure: My thanks to The Motherhood and Dr Pepper Snapple for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.