Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Have a Healthy Summer + {Giveaway}

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Summertime brings out the healthy in me. Don't get me wrong, I usually indulge in my fair share of chocolate dipped ice cream cones, frozen yogurt, and hot dogs. I just don't FEEL as unhealthy or even bad about it, because I'm eating out of my garden, spending time outside, staying hydrated, and getting a tan. I'm know there are those who will disagree that a tan is healthy, but for me it is. Vitamin D people! I need it!

For most of us, the warmer temps have made us feel like summer is already here, but it actually becomes official on Saturday! To welcome summer, I thought I'd share some of my favorite healthy living products.

Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

My goodness, what do I NOT use this for. We always purchase 2 jars at a time. One for the pantry and one for JaiseAnn and I to share. We use coconut oil to make healthier treats like this or to simply cook up our veggies to add to a stir fry. There are so many health benefits to consuming coconut oil. See here if you're not convinced.

I don't use baby lotion on JaiseAnn --I use this. She gets a baby massage every night in this stuff and, while my mom mourns the absence of the Johnson and Johnson smell, she still smells heavenly. We've used it from the very beginning. It quickly helped clear up a rash on her skin when she was under a week old, she's never had craddle cap, and she's never had a diaper rash. We cloth diaper and coconut oil is compatible with cloth diapering. I use the oil on my skin to remove make up and to moisturize head to toe--even my lips. We just love this stuff. One tub lasts us 3 months.

GEFU Spiralizer

 I can't give enough praises about this little invention. It takes up very little space, inexpensive, and making noodles out of your favorite veggies is fun, colorful, delicious and healthy. This is perfect for summertime when traditional noodles will weigh you down. This will make a heavier meal seem light with only a slight modifcation. I gave a High Five to a favorite recipe of ours here last week, using the spiralizer.

Jillian Michael's DVDs

I love Jillian Michaels and she's perfect for summertime workouts. I know that I don't want to spend hours in the gym (especially in the summer). Part of that is due to sheer laziness and the other part is due to my wanting to be out and doing the things I actually like. (No, I'm not one of those that likes working out, especially if it involves strength training--that hurts). But Jillian makes the most of your time. You spend twenty minutes with her and you'll feel it. If you are diligent, you will reap the benefits. Two summers ago I combined The 30 Day Shred with running and I ended the summer doing a boudiare photo shoot. I wasn't perfect, but I was in shape enough to feel confident.

Cuisinart 12 Cup Elite Food Processor

This one is a bit spendier than the rest, but this is a must-have for adopting a healthier lifestyle. We use this thing often to make treats like banana soft serve.  We also use it to make green breakfast smoothies or to grate vegetables for a salad.

It's the perfect appliance to make healthy foods quick and easily. It also saves us money as we buy in bulk, chop/shred, and then freeze.

 Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

This hasn't made it's way into my hands yet, but I intend for it to. I have recently started the habit of drinking lemon in my water again. There are fantastic benefits to drinking lemon water and other fruit infused waters. Plus, it tastes good and keeps you hydrated. Hydration keeps you healthy, energetic, and looking good. It seems EVERYTHING we do has an impact on our skin. I want one of these handy little bottles that will help me reap those benefits without the goo or pulp of leaving the fruit in my cup alone.

 If you're wishing you had some of these awesome products, no worries!
 Why? Because the ladies below and I have all teamed up to give one of YOU a $50 Amazon Electronic Gift Card, on us! Spend it however you'd like. You could buy some healthy things or a box of candy bars. The sky is the limit..up to $50.00 of course.

La'Shawn from March to December // Sharlee from My New Lines // Charlene from Bisons to Buckeyes
Lauren at The Best F Words // Laura at Sincerely, Laura
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The giveaway will run from 12:00 am MST on June 17 until 11:59 pm MST on June 23. All entries will be verified so please be honest! Gift cards will be delivered electronically.
Best of luck!


  1. Lauren SkousenJune 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I love this! I feel the same way - summer makes me feel much more healthy. I think the sun makes me want to be outside and that makes me become more active. Definitely beats how I feel after the winter holidays! Great list, thanks for sharing!

    1. Sharlee HatchJune 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Yes, I love the cozy/warm/dessert-y feeling of winter until about January 2nd. After that I feel all the consequences. I never leave summer feeling that way.

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  2. The HodgepodgesJune 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    I love my Cuisinart food processor!! I don't know why I never tried making baby food with Natalia (might have helped with all our food issues if I had) but with Lydia I gave it a go. I was so intimidated with it at first, but honestly it's super easy and actually kind of fun trying to think of fun combinations of food. Plus it's FRESH and it's CHEAP! I used my Cuisinart to blend everything into puree's and then froze it into ice cube trays. I was so jealous of those Gerber pouches that came out around that time because of the ease and convenience, but of course now they came out with refillable/reusable pouches for your own food. I already have them in my pantry I was so excited to be able to use them with Q!

    Ok, so that really had nothing to do with Summer, but I just love making baby food. Ha.
    But yes as much as I used to love winter (fires, sweaters, Christmas etc) I pretty much loathe it as a parent because kiddos are always sick and we are always home. Summer is awesome just because we get out more and do more. Plus I absolutely love little baby tan lines on my girls from their bathing suits from running in the sprinklers and splashing in their pool all summer. (I use spf 75 on them and they still manage tan lines!) ha ha ha.

  3. rachel garberJune 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I would totally use the gift card for. . . well I would like a Cuisinart food processor so I'd probably put it towards that! We are becoming super healthy, minus my pregnancy needs for brownies all the time, and I hope to make baby food because it's healthier and cheaper. :)

  4. Greg and JessJune 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I love coconut oil for all sorts of things. I've used it on Lucy and made a homemade diaper rash cream.I'm excited to use all my veggies and fruits from my garden. When we bought our house this year I looked forward to summer. Thanks for the fun tips and ideas.

  5. Life with AmberlyJune 17, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Oh my gosh, the one time I did Jillian Michaels was brutal!!!! I would probably use the gift card for home decor though ;)

    1. Sharlee HatchJune 18, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Yes, Jillian is more intense than people realize. You see results, but it's hard work. I almost want to cry every time I pull out the videos. I hadn't thought about using Amazon for home decor (which is crazy because I use Amazon for everything). It would probably eliminate the anxiety I get from second guessing my choices in the middle of a store! :)

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  6. halyceoxJune 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    I love my Blendtec blender to make smoothies and sorbet and almond milk and soup and...the list goes on. I would spend the $50 on a new electric can opener. After being given to us as a wedding present ten years ago, our Black and Decker Gizmo is giving up the ghost. :(

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