Easy Healthy Easter Treat | AprilNoelle.com

Easy Easter Treat

Do you greet holidays head on, without abandon and dedicate weeks or months to creating the perfect crafts?

Well, I don’t. I have big dreams (thanks, Pinterest) and most often, I do nothing. Well, not nothing. I will play a song or add a dollar store wreath to the door.

That’s why I am so proud of myself. I have actually done two, yep, I said TWO, children’s Easter-related activities.

First, last week (way before Easter), we actually dyed eggs. I’ve wanted to do this forever, and even with my thirteen-year-old child, I think I’ve only managed to do it once. (I know, bad mom.)

And now, I was asked to provide snacks for my daughter’s class of all days. I was kindly reminded that today is the Easter party and asked if I could make the snacks a little special for the kiddos.

How can I deny my little girl some classroom joy?

Most of the treats I found online (thanks, Pinterest) were full of sugar: rice krispie treats, peeps, and chocolate eggs. Unfortunately, that’s not acceptable for this class or for me.

Also, I wanted to cut down on time and MONEY! I didn’t know want to spend too much on it.

So, I searched a little more and found these adorable goldfish carrots.

I had to make a little change and add my girl’s favorite snack is Babybel cheese. I also used Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, instead of goldfish.

Easter Treat “Recipe”

So, this was super simple (and relatively inexpensive):

Treat Bags
Ribbon
Babybel cheese
Cheddar crackers (I used Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Annie’s White Cheddar Bunnies and Goldfish. Target didn’t have enough Cheddar Bunnies for 20 treats.)

Here’s the finished product:

Easy Healthy Easter Treat | AprilNoelle.com

 

Did you create any fun (and easy) Easter treats for your little ones? Drop your link here (or better yet, on Turn it Up Tuesday!)

 

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Step Into Spring: Essential “To Do’s” for Your Family

In the start of the spring season, our bodies are transitioning from the cold weather to a warmer climate. The reason behind this is that the air pressure is changing and our body system had now adjusted to the harsh cold that was recently upon us. Many people experience flu and coughs as the readings drop on the barometer. On the other hand, when the temperature rises, weather-sensitive people experience migraines, joint aches and back aches.

Saving yourself from getting sick can be a troublesome task and an even more concerning thing is when you have a family to look for. Changing weather, especially the shifting from cold temperatures to warmer seasons can leave a lot of people vulnerable. With the increasing warmth and high humidity levels, it becomes easier for bacteria to travel through the air, increasing your chances of contracting airborne illnesses. The kids go to school and interact with other children, where they may get a viral disease or you can get any bacterial infection in an office or a store. There are multiple precautions that you can take to make your spring better, happier and healthier.

 

Stepping Into Spring: Essential "To Do's" for your Family | AprilNoelle.com
Thanks to Army Medicine (photo)

 

Skincare:

Although your skin is the most delicate part of your body during the winter, it can also be fragile in spring. To care for your skin during spring weather, you would need to swap a few products with things that are intentioned to work better in hotter weather. Lotions should be replaced with a light moisturizer, as lotions can make your skin too oily in warm weather.

Moreover, increase the number of times you bathe or shower in the week. This will help you ward off any dead skin cells, stay refreshed and also prevent you from having bad body odor. Protection from the sun also becomes necessary so use sunscreen as often as possible before going out in the day. Implement this not only on yourself but on your kids and your partner.

 Taking Care of Your Surroundings:

Keeping your house clean is also a part of your mission to stay fit and healthy. Hygienic surroundings don’t mean that you turn tidiness into an obsession and not rest until everything is squeaky clean. However, it does mean that a few things would require a little more attention and now need to be cleaned more often than they used to be in colder weather. Gutters and drains should be your top priority when you intend on taking on house cleaning responsibilities. This ensures that the rainwater stays away from inside your house during those long spring rains. Similarly, with the air conditioner and/or heater, you must make sure that it is working properly and the machine is not malfunctioning. Some of these systems are essential in spring cleaning and you cannot have a clean space without these working machines.

Keeping Hydrated:

There are multiple options for you to stay hydrated and take in enough liquids for the day, but not all of them are healthy. There are sodas, iced tea and juices that are used in place of water. However, that must not be your only source of liquid. Instead, keep a water bottle with you to avoid the temptation of buying anything unhealthy. Have your kids take water bottles with them as well or suggest them that they drink the water from the drinking fountain instead of buying soda cans at school.

Physical Health:

During the winter season, you are usually confined to indoor spaces and outdoor physical activities are limited. As the weather changes, it is a lot more favorable to have outdoor games and exercises can also transition from gym routines to morning walks, jogging and other outdoor exercises. This is the perfect way to stay healthy in spring and also work on your summer body goals. It is always wise to wear proper shoes, clothes and if you are using any equipment to carry out your exercise routines, then make sure that they are safe to use.

 

Spring can be a fun time for anyone yet caution is always necessary and it is better to adopt safety measures that can help you in leading a better lifestyle. The aforementioned things are meant to keep you safe in the changing climate. It can provide you a smooth transition for your body, making it competent enough to adapt to the changes that the weather is going through without overexerting yourself and damaging your health.

 

Guest post written by Zyana Morris

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Turn It Up Tuesday | AprilNoelle.com

Happy April with Turn it Up Tuesday!

April Fool’s Day was a couple of days ago. Did you play any pranks on your children?

Welcome to a new week on Turn It Up Tuesday everyone! It is always a pleasure to have you join us this week, and every week!

We’d like to thank you in advance for partying with us and sharing all of your amazing posts with us – we LOVE checking them all out! If you’ve been here before, thank you for coming back! And if you’re new here…welcome! Feel free to share, share, share! We love having you!

TUT newTurn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

Welcome the hosts of Turn It Up Tuesday!

(from the top – left to right)

Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from The Mrs Tee| Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang |Jessi from Jessi Living Lovely | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith |Reuven & Aliyah from Marriage Reset | Melissa from The Healthy Living Mama

…and welcome our guest hosts for April!

Amethyst from One Sage Mama | Joe from Imperfect Disciples

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.

Here are the Featured posts from last week’s party!

April chose Haiku Friday – Breeze & Blow from The Writer Next Door. “I really needed to get lost in a story and always Vashti gave me a great one.”

April chose Buffalo Chicken in the Crockpot from Jay Tried and True… “There are two things that I love: buffalo chicken and my crock pot (even though now I have an Instant Pot which is slowly taking its place). I can appreciate whatever make my life easier.”

Reuven & Aliyah chose Penelope’s Clubfoot Update: Navigating the Challenge While Overseas from Reviews, Chews, & How-Tos.

Reuven & Aliyah chose How to Crack an Egg without Shell Shards from Fluster Buster.

Tiffany chose 6 Tips to Keep the Kid Clutter in Check! | Day 26: 30 Days to Less of a Hot Mess from The Turquoise Home.

Natasha chose How to Become A Minimalist! from Graceful Coffee. “Less is more has become my new trend, especially with spring cleaning underway. Thanks for sharing some ways to make that happen!”

Natasha chose 7 Surprising Ways Being Organized Improves Your Life | Day 22: 30 Days to Less of a Hot Mess from The Turquoise Home. “I’ve been spring cleaning for the past week, and these are some great tips to help us get organized and focus on the benefits of becoming and remaining organized.”

The post with the most views is Frugal Living: How to Upcycle from Pennies & Paydays.

If you were featured above, feel free to share the badge below with pride on your blog or website!

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7 Surprising Ways Being Organized Improves Your Life | Day 22: 30 Days to Less of a Hot Mess from The Turquoise Home

Frugal Living: How to Upcycle from Pennies & Paydays

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– Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.

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Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured or become the Best of the Best on Turn It Up Tuesday! We will feature the favorite posts each week!

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Women's Foundation of the Palm Beaches | GLI/STEM | AprilNoelle.com

Calling all STEM Lovers and Girl Empowerment Supporters (GLI/STEM Academy)

I love to volunteer. Thankfully, over the last five years, I’ve had the ability to do a lot of it. One of my passions is educating girls in STEAM fields: science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Even though I don’t actually work in any of those fields, I feel like I had given up on it early. My grades stayed at As and Bs throughout high school and in college (except one class) in those fields. I didn’t consider it a possibility because I didn’t know anyone else going into it. I wanted friendship and comradery and I just didn’t see it in those fields.

How I wish I made a different choice. How I wish I followed some of those passions instead of what was expected of me. What I can do is help the next generation understand that they aren’t pigeonholed into one field and they can do more than they ever dreamed.

One of the organizations that I work with regularly is the WFPBC.

The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County

The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County (WFPBC) will host our 8th Annual Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy (GLI/STEM) twice in 2017.  The first program will be held on May 20, 2017 at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens. An additional program day will be held in September at the Palm Beach State College campus in Belle Glade (Date TBD).

GLI/STEM

The free and interactive programs provide training and support for underserved girls in PBC.  The program is aimed at developing middle and high school girls’ leadership skills and passion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  We will provide this program for 300 girls in 2017 with your help.

The WFPBC is looking for companies in the STEM fields to participate in the two 2017 programs in a number of different ways. If you can help us by volunteering in one or all of the ways below or even connecting us with a company or local STEM professional you know, we’d greatly appreciate the support.

STEM Fair

We invite companies and organizations to set up a table during breakfast to provide information about the work you do.  We also ask that you have someone at the table to answer questions and speak with participants.

STEM Project Workshops

We are looking for volunteers to lead workshops. Each will guide a group of girls through a STEM-based project.  Some examples include building a bridge from food products or building a robot or designing a website.  The student groups will work with the project leaders from your company.

Women in STEM Careers Lunch Program

We are looking for women who are currently working in a STEM career to share their experience and passion with participants during the lunch hour as part of a “speed mentoring” program.  

 

STEM Follow-Up Field Trips

We are identifying local STEM activities where girls and their parents can come as a follow-up field trip in PBC.  Maybe your company can arrange a tour of your facility or you are a nature preserve or a museum with special STEM exhibits.

 

After-School Programs & Internships

We are identifying after-school STEM programs where girls can receive continuing enrichment and we also want to share STEM internship programs with the girls. 

 

Please complete this short online form https://tinyurl.com/GLISTEM2017 to share your interest in participating in the 2017 Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy.  You can learn more about WFPBC on our website WomensFoundationPBC.org.  If you have any further questions please contact 561-206-2319 or email Alex@WomensFoundationPBC.org.

 

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Get More Protein with Vital Proteins | AprilNoelle.com

Get More Protein with Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides #spon

I have received compensation in exchange for my honest review.

Now that I’m more conscientious with my eating, I realized that I wasn’t nearly getting enough protein. For my current weight, I should be getting around 150 grams of protein!

Even the best protein shakes average 20-30 grams. Drinking two a day is less than half of my required intake.

That leaves me with an interesting dilemma, with two unfavorable options:

  • Drink more than two shakes a day, possibly up to four, or
  • Eat 20 grams of protein each of my other 4 meals a day

Which one would you choose?

I opt for neither. So, how do I attain this crazy goal without eating large slabs of meat or fish?

Get More Protein with Vital Proteins | AprilNoelle.comVital Proteins

Vital Proteins solves this problem. With their line of unflavored protein

Two scoops of Collagen Peptides or Marine Collagen. With over 9 grams of protein in each serving, you can turn any drink into a protein drink.

  • Morning Coffee or Tea
  • Mid-morning Green Tea Chai Latte
  • Lunchtime Tea
  • Afternoon Water (or even soda… if that’s your desire)
  • Dinner drink… whatever that may be

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

My favorite product is the Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides which mixes easily into any drink – hot or cold. When I received this at ShiftCon, it was one of the first products that I used regularly besides the vitamins.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides to ensure a natural, high quality, and sustainable source of this ancient nutrient. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body ensuring the health and vitality of your skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints.** These natural peptides are highly bio-available, digestible and soluble in cold or hot liquids.

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen are sourced from fresh wild-caught snapper, non-GMO project verified and promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails.  Collagen supports joint health and healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems.

Vital Proteins Beef Liver

Vital Proteins Beef Liver is nature’s most potent nutrient-dense superfood. These capsules are high in Vitamin A, B12, Folate, Riboflavin, Zinc, Copper, and Choline. Vital Proteins sources their beef from pasture-raised, grass-fed New Zealand cows.

Use

The crystals dissolve almost entirely. See the before and after… you can barely tell the difference! Even more so, you can’t TASTE the difference, these tasteless crystals add a pack of protein, without the flavor.

Do you want to increase your protein intake? Are you struggling to make those numbers balance on the weight loss scales?

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The Year Without A Word | AprilNoelle.com

The Year Without a Word

I’ve done it all, lengthy goal lists, SMART goal lists, and last year, I chose a word. We are a month and a half into the year and quite frankly, I can’t come up with a word. Therefore, I’m choosing to go a year without a word.

I love to create goals and attain them. I love to be able to use a checklist. Most of all, I love to feel accomplished.

The Year Without A Word | AprilNoelle.comSince becoming a stay at home mom, accomplishment comes far and few between. Even if I can get a project completed, it’s quickly replaced with a new one.

There are no accolades or meetings called because you managed to clean the house from top to bottom in one day. Worse yet, normally the response from the family often seems to be “great, there are some clean surfaces that I can dirty”.

The worse part of being a SAHM was the constant feeling like I had to justify my time. I had to do more than being their mother because watching my children for the day wasn’t enough.

Honestly, some of this was personal shame. I didn’t feel nearly as important as a mom.

But what didn’t make it easier was other mothers inquiring into why I wanted to be a SAHM (family and friends included):

  • “Don’t you feel like your wasting your degree?”
  • “Aren’t you bored?”
  • “Don’t you want to show your daughters an example of a strong woman?”
  • “What do you do all day?”

It took me some time to realize that my answers are, and should have always been:

No.

No.

I am.

Take care of my children.

I always felt like I needed to justify my SAHM-hood and just being their mom was not enough.

The truth, though, I was enough and I still am.

Funny, now that my kids are in school, I’m trying to learn how to slow down. I feel like I’m running in circles trying to keep up appearances, to keep busy.

I also, don’t want the pressure to do or be anything.

So, this year, I don’t have a word, no specific goals (except to actually lose this f**g weight) and to learn what it is to be a mother and wife without losing myself.

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The MegaPledge | MegaFood | AprilNoelle.com

I’m Taking the MegaPledge with @MegaFood! #ad

I have received compensation in exchange for my honest review.

The MegaPledge | MegaFood | AprilNoelle.comAlthough my girls sleep through the night, I don’t. I can get to sleep, but I can’t stay asleep. Needless to say, some days I really drag. I would drink a cup of coffee, mainly because my husband makes it every day. It helps to get me through a few hours, but I crash somewhere around noon. Unfortunately, I may be able to get to 3 p.m., but then my children are home and I’m exhausted.

What has really helped me is the Daily Energy Nutrient Booster Powder. One scoop in my morning shake keeps me awake without the afternoon lull.

Daily Energy Nutrient Booster

“Wholesome, pure and unsweetened, MegaFood Nutrient Booster Powders are made from FoodState nutrients, whole herbs and farm fresh antioxidant-rich foods to enhance your vitality and cultivate your well-being.” Daily Energy Nutrient Booster label.

I have really enjoyed taking this supplement every morning to improve my energy. The best part, though, is that I increase my intake of daily nutrients. The Daily Energy Booster has plenty of FoodState© S. cerevisiae Vitamin B12 and FoodState© S. cerevisiae GTF Chromium.

Vitamin B12 Benefits:

  • Needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, thus leading to energy production and a decrease in fatigue and lethargy in the body.
  • Healthy regulation of the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and brain shrinkage.
  • Maintain a healthy digestive system. Vitamin B12 also protects against heart disease by curbing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, protecting against stroke, and high blood pressure.
  • Essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps in cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin.
  • Vitamin B 12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer.

via NewsMax.

Chromium Benefits:

  • Enhances the actions of insulin
  • Necessary for maintaining normal metabolism
  • Necessary for storage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

via Dr. Weil

So, not only do I get added energy, I get a little extra help with my weight loss journey.


 

The MegaPledge

Did you know that it’s extremely difficult to get all of the nutrients your body needs from food alone? As our soil’s vitamins deplete and companies are making more “sustainable” food, the nutrient levels drop.

So I and other bloggers have joined up with MegaFood to promote their new pledge initiative – a pledge to close your nutritional gap to help cure nutritional poverty – the MegaPledge!

Mind the Gap | MegaFood | AprilNoelle.comFor every pledge MegaFood receives, they will donate a bottle of MegaFood Multivitamins to those in need. Plus, all pledgees will receive a $5 off coupon toward a purchase of any MegaFood Multivitamin and will be entered to win a year’s supply of MegaFood Multivitamins and a trip to a wellness retreat.

Finally, on Tuesday, February 7th, MegaFood will be going Live on Facebook to talk about the new MegaPledge! The Facebook Live will be the official pledge launch and will be filled with broadcasts from some very special guests!

Did you enter?

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Wait! It's a Weight Update! | AprilNoelle.com

Wait! It’s a Weight Update!

Can you believe that we’re already done with January? I feel like yesterday was Christmas.

I recommitted, again for the 124,294,503th time to lose weight at the end of the last year.  It started well. Then Christmas came. My husband gets the week off and he’s not exactly known for his weight loss or healthy eating. He’s well within the “normal” weight range, whereas, I’m not.

I Ate, and Ate, and Ate!

And Christmas showed it! We ate, and ate, and drank, and ate some more! We topped it off with a great New Year’s Eve!

So, after some great progress in December, I fell off completely at the end of the year.

That said, I started a weight loss challenge in January, more so to keep me accountable. See, I am good with losing weight when I’m teamed up. I got my husband on board, and we’re in this together.

Wait! A Weight Update! | AprilNoelle.comI went back to my two shakes a day with OGX Fenix and three weeks in, I was seventeen pounds down! I’m so excited to finally be making some real progress with my weight.

My Birthday Present to Myself!

This year, for my birthday, we are getting portraits done… like official, very nice family portraits. No JCPenney for us! Well, not this time. JCPenney and WalMart are just fine. They work great!

But I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Caitlyn Bom and her portrait studio. I’m even going to spend money on clothes on purpose and get me and my girlies matching outfits from a good friend, Aaronica at The Crunchy Mommy.

With that in mind, I need to get my body in the best shape I’ve been in a very long time. It really is a struggle since I spend most of my days sitting on my behind, writing, typing, grading and reading. I’ve been loving my desk bike to get something in and I started teaching my son how to play basketball, which brings back fond memories.

Soon to See Weight Update!

I promise to completely show my before and after pictures. My husband swears he sees a change. I don’t see it, yet.  But I really want to do a BIG reveal on my birthday!

So, was your new year’s resolution to lose weight? If so, let me know. I’ll be starting a new eight-week challenge soon. Let me know in the comments and I’ll email you using the email address you use. Don’t worry, no sales attached!

 

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#GoBootler #ad | AprilNoelle.com

Skip the Kitchen! Food Delivery at the Best Price Using #GoBootler #ad

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

It’s Thursday night. After a long day, which only ends after ballet class, basketball practice, and tutoring, you walk into a quiet and calm house. Too calm, in fact. And you realize something’s off, really off.

Then, you realize what it is! Dinner is NOT cooking. No one else is supposed to be cooking,

Dinner is NOT cooking. You were responsible for dinner and you completely forgot to prepare. Everything in the house is frozen and it would take you no less than two hours to make it… and you don’t want Chinese, again.

So, where do you go? What do you do?

Go Bootler!

With Bootler, you can choose from Chicken Marsala, Carne Asada Burrito, and Coal Fire Pizza Delivery.

#GoBootler #ad | AprilNoelle.comNow serving Chicago, Bootler is a search engine that allows users to pick a restaurant, availability and time and returns with delivery options. Their system aggregates local delivery services to save you time and money (like Kayak.com does with flights).

Facts about Bootler:

  • 6 different delivery partners and growing
  • You can order both food and alcohol from our site. Alcohol comes from a delivery service called ‘Saucey.’
  • Currently only Chicago-based but expanding to NY by the end of the year and more major cities soon after
  • 100,000 visitors per month
  • 2,000 people daily ordering from our service
  • Launching a mobile app in September
 Are you ready to GoBootler?
 
Find out more about Bootler:

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Top 10 Finds from ShiftCon | AprilNoelle.com

You Need These Top 10 Finds from #ShiftCon

The following post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

In December, I went to my first blogging conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how I was going to navigate it. Really, I was scared of the commitment and whether I was going to take this blogging thing seriously. I volunteered for Shiftcon early on 2016 to make sure I couldn’t find a reason not to go.

Top 10 Finds from Shiftcon

ShiftCon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability, and platform growth. If you didn’t know, I started blogging because I was a Beachbody rep. Now, several years later, I’m no longer a rep, but I’m still blogging. So I thought ShiftCon would be a great fit for me.
I’ll go over all of the reasons why I loved ShiftCon tomorrow, but today, I’m going to tell you about all of the wonderful goodies I received as an attendee.

10. Chili Lime Cherries by Stoneridge Orchards

Top 10 Finds at ShiftCon | AprilNoelle.com A deliciously sweet, tart and spicy snack, the best things in life. These no fat, all-natural Montmorency Cherries are seasons with Tajin, which is just divine to suit a variety of taste buds.

9. Hemp Heart Bites by Manitoba Harvest

I’ll be honest, I was skeptical. The squares looked dry. But once I tasted them, I had to double check the serving size to make sure I didn’t eat the whole bag in one sitting. With 10 grams of Omega 3&6 and 10 grams of protein per serving, These satisfy my sweet tooth AND my daily protein requirement.

8. Goddess Garden Sunscreen Stick

At #ShiftCon we learned so much about the benefits of utilizing sunscreen, including how increasing the SPF doesn’t necessarily mean better for you. The added protection (and often the white residue) is because of unnecessary and unnatural additives. That’s not what I want, especially since I live in a state where the sun shines most of the time.

7. Monkfruit Sweetener by Lakanto

The sweetener wars are intense, but I have found one that tops all others. Monkfruit Sweetener is a little sweeter than sugar, but has ZERO additives, ZERO Glycemic value, ZERO aftertaste and is a 1:1 sugar replacement. Use in place of sugar everywhere without spiking your insulin.

6. Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder

Molly’s mom, the owner of Molly’s Suds, and I had a great conversation which quickly drifted into fabric softener. I stopped using fabric softener last year and it was a great decision for my clothes! They are no longer dingy and I use a lot less bleach. Most store-bought fabric softeners actually coat your clothes in a very thin layer of plastic, which makes them harder to wash and repellent to bleach. Once I had washed my clothes a few times, there was a noticeable difference in the softness and the amount of bleach that I used. After learning so much, I have to say, the Laundry Powder works just as well as my other detergent, without harsh chemicals and all-natural ingredients.

5. Coffee Cacao Power Snacks by Navitas

Need an afternoon pick-me-up and a snack? This superfood combination gives you a great bang for your caloric buck. Try it out and see for yourself.

4. Beauty Counter Products

Quality all-natural bath and body products kinda speak for themselves. Great products, great results.

3. Relax & Restore Whole Food Magnesium by Garden of Life

I have a personal issue with my gastro intestinal tract. It’s completely inconsistent, but this product has helped me maintain regularity and helps me to rest at night. Getting this two for one package is really a delight.

2. Collagen Peptides by Vital Proteins

Can I say amazing? Have you ever considered being able to add protein to any drink without thinking about it being hot or cold, chocolatey or fruit, sweet or savory? That’s what these protein peptides do for you. You can drop a scoop full of flavorless crystals into any drink and hit your protein target without the requirement to “drink a shake”. Love it!

1. MegaFood Vitamins

Not one just one vitamin, everyone I tried so far is amazing and feels good in my tummy. I wrote more about it last week here.
There are truly SO many more great goodies that we received that I just can’t talk about them all. To find out more about these companies, head over to ShiftCon Media.
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Going to ShiftCon 2018 | AprilNoelle.com

I’m Attending #Shiftcon 2018 and You Should Too!

I told you yesterday that I went to ShiftCon in December. As ShiftCon was my first conference, I didn’t know what to expect. I know there would be some networking, some speaking and some seminars. For the first time, I was representing me, no company, no organization, just me.

I will be going to the next conference in 2018 and let me tell you why.

What I loved about Shiftcon

1. Great Food.

OH, MY GOODNESS. We ate SO well. The sponsors were amazing and fed us well! Applegate had the best meats and I completely indulged.

2. I’m “Light Green”.

One of my hesitations to attending this conference is that I don’t consider myself “green”. I use organic occasionally and but I just do what works for my family, like fabric softener and all natural cleaners. Yet, I didn’t feel put of place. Better yet, I was told that I was “light green” and any movement towards a greener society is worth any and all of the effort.

3. Sponsors.

The greenest (and nicest) companies out there. The list is incredible. The representatives were relatable, open and ready and willing to connect. Check all of them out here. I made so many connections for collaborations and more. All of my favorite green companies are now a part of the April Noelle family!

4. The Community.

I met so many great people, including Erika from Essentially Erika, Leah Segedie’s from Mamavation (the organizer of ShiftCon). With so many bloggers and sponsors in attendance, I can’t wait to meet more people next time.

5. Meeting Blogging Buddies

I have two online friends that I finally met IRL! It was incredible. They were exactly who they were online which was AWESOME! Aaronica from The Crunchy Mommy and Ari from Love, Peace and Tiny Feet.

6. Location.

Although the location will change next time, ShiftCon did a great job at making sure that we were centrally located, in the middle of all of the action! The next conference will be in Irvine! So, Cali here I come!
And so much more… So will you be attending the next ShiftCon conference and meet me IRL?
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Start Your Own Garden | Ron Finley | AprilNoelle.com

No Grocery Store, No Problem: Start Your Own Garden

I came across this super cute and relatable video about creating your own garden this week:

Grow Food: Appetite for Change

#ShiftCon

Back in college, I crashed with my ex in the Jungle, which didn’t have a nearby neighborhood.  Then, I flashed back to #ShiftCon where Ron Finley (of The Ron Finley Project) spoke about planting a garden in his side yard, you know that little strip of land between your fence and the sidewalk and I posted this:

 

My Garden

Start Your Own Garden | Ron Finley | AprilNoelle.comThen, I came home and really dove into my own garden. Of course, I got my start at the Dollar Tree.

Planters – $1,
Pack of seeds -$.25
All of the tools, yep, just $1

Luckily, my husband bought in too. He recycled the bottles and other plastic containers we use in the house to germinate the seeds. We started with bell peppers and basil.

We started with bell peppers, watermelon, thyme and basil. I took some of the larger plants over to my in-laws house and they didn’t do well. So we are starting all over.

 

 

I tried planting some thyme especially because my husband LOVES thyme. I’m not sure what happened or why they didn’t survive, but I couldn’t get that plant going.

But we’ve expanded to tomatoes, cucumbers, garden beans, sugar apple, soursop, okra and kale. I’ll update you in just a couple of months.

Here are 10 steps to start your own. Have you ever tried to garden? Why or why not?

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