Omega 3 Importance + Citrus Salmon Recipe

I’ve really been on a health kick lately. I’m learning a lot about fitness and nutrition. The most recent surprising and alarming information I have come across is that 91% of American’s have an Omega 3 deficiency. That means there is only a 9% chance that myself and my family members get the Omega 3’s that we need. And you too! Crazy isn’t it?

Why are Omega 3’s so important?

Omega 3’s provide support for the function of the body’s brain, cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems.  Young children’s bodies rely on Omega 3’s for proper brain, eye and immune system system development. And we can’t forget about our fur babies… Pets are family member’s too, the health of their cellular, brain, eye and immune systems and skin and coat depend on great nutrition.

I have really up’d my game and started making sure that myself and my family are getting the nutrition we need through a healthy diet and supplements. I have some tips and info to help you as well!

Getting Omega 3’s from Foodcomplete mediterranean diet

The Complete Mediterranean Diet book has been a great resource for nutritional information and over 500 yummy recipes. This book explains the Mediterranean Diet with natural ways to lower cholesterol and blood pressure through diet and lifestyle change. It has a complete 14-Day Menu Plan that include breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 optional snacks.  This book has provided me with various ways to cook my beloved wild caught salmon, which I usually just season with garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, Himalayan salt and bake in chicken broth. But just the other day I made this Citrus Salmon and it was a welcomed change.

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Citrus salmon served with fresh baked asparagus, sweet potato and (per my 5 year old) gourmet mac n cheese. For the Salmon I: Mixed 1/4 cup of marmalade, 2 tablespoons of fresh lime, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon, 1/4 cup of soy sauce and marinated the fillets for 30 mins. Then seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and baked on 350 for 30 mins.

Meeting needed Omega 3’s with supplements

We can’t always get what we need from food alone. Vitamins and supplements can come in handy, but they should be high quality supplements. Nordic Naturals has long been a reputable company known for their high quality supplements.

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Nordic Naturals has a set of supplements for the entire family, including:

  • Complete Omega Xtra
  • Ultimate Omega 2X
  • Children’s DHA
  • Probiotic Gummies KIDS
  • Vitamin D3 Gummies KIDS
  • Baby’s DHA
  • Omega-3 Pet

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I can personally tell a difference in the way I feel and my energy level when I am taking my Nordic Natural supplement. My kids ask for their vitamins each day. Initially I was dreading the “fishy” flavor of these gel caps, but they are naturally flavored with lemon or strawberry and have no “fishy” taste at all.

Taste Pure Love – Nordic Naturals Special:

Promotional code: FAMILY16. This promo code is good for 15% off all Nordic Naturals phone and web orders, it expires 6/30/16. There is also free shipping on ALL order over $25.

Nordic Naturals Taste Pure Love Giveaway:
One winner will receive the following:
Complete Omega Xtra
Ultimate Omega 2X
Children’s DHA
Probiotic Gummies KIDS (new product)
Vitamin D3 Gummies KIDS (new product)
Baby’s DHA
Omega-3 Pet
A copy of the book Complete Mediterranean Diet by Dr. Michael Ozner
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This giveaway is open to residents of the US, age 18 and up. Giveaway ends June 1st at 11:59pm. Enter to win using the form below:
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Decorate Your Home with Easy Canvas Prints

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Our friend Ashley is going to talk about Easy Canvas Prints and her experience with the Easy Canvas Prints ordering process and below you will have a chance to enter to win your very own Easy Canvas!

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I believe everyone should have a canvas photo in their home on display. Since I have moved into my apartment 2 years ago I really haven’t had a chance to put pictures up. I was given the opportunity to get an 8×10 canvas in exchange for a review. While I am here to talk about the ordering process, I will say that I think everyone should have at least one in their home!

I completed the order process via my smartphone( Note 2).

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In the beginning I had an issue with it loading the different sizes and prices . After that incident it went pretty smoothly. I uploaded my picture and I even got to see a proof of what it would look like. Checkout went smoothly, I entered my info and was given different choices for shipping options. I picked the cheapest of course since I wasn’t in a rush to receive my canvas.

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At the end of checkout I was given an opportunity for a $10 gift card on my next order if I shared it via FB or email.

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I highly recommend Easy Canvas for all your canvas needs.

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Giveaway Time!

Enter to win an 8″”x10″” canvas print ($44.71 value)!

This giveaway will run from July 9 – July 31
To enter click on the Rafflecopter link below to be taken to the form:

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Easy DIY Mint Tea Perfect for Summertime – Christmas in July Giveaway

For those here from the Christmas in July Giveaway, scroll down to find the giveaway form. If you love mint tea, pin our photo now and read it later for an easy DIY mint tea recipe!
 

Mighty Leaf Iced Teas

I love teas. Iced or hot, I love herbal teas! I drank a cup or two of hot tea everyday this past winter, I have a whole collection of different flavors. Now that summer is here I want my tea iced. I was glad to learn about Mighty Leaf Iced Teas. They come in 4 different, unique and yummy flavors and are perfect for Summertime!

Easy DIY Mint Tea

Easy DIY Mint Tea

I love adding mint leaves to my tea. I grow a mint plant right outside of our house. I pick fresh leaves, muddle them in the bottom of my glass, add ice, then pour any flavor of freshly brewed Mighty Leaf Iced Tea over them. You can remove the leaves from the drink or you can leave them. Either way it is so cool and refreshing! There you have it, an easy DIY mint tea perfect for summertime.

I’ve actually added mint to each flavor of tea and like them all, but I will have to say I like it best in the Organic Black.

What is your favorite iced tea recipe? What Mighty Leaf flavor would work well in it? Share with us in a comment below for an extra chance to win a Mighty Tea Leaf Prize Pack valued at $60. The Mighty Tea Leaf Prize Pack includes: a box of each of the four Mighty Leaf iced teas, a Takeya flash brew iced tea pitcher, and a Takeya glass water bottle.

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Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will run from July 10- July 17! Good Luck.
 
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Christmas in July

This giveaway is part of the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by Just Married with Coupons, Sweep Tight and Matter of Cents! Enter to win hundreds of dollars in prizes by hopping from blog to blog! The grand prize sponsor is Maggie Bags. They take recycled material & give it new life by creating eco-friendly & sophisticated handbags! Other sponsors include SodaTabs and JustSweep!
 
Enter to win $1000 in prizes!
 
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Natural Bath and Body Products by Made From Earth

If you are a regular reader then you have likely already read my rave reviews of Made From Earth Products. If you haven’t here is a little info for you on Made from Earth. Made from Earth is a natural bath and body products company. The ingredients in their products never include chemicals like:
>>Petrochemicals and Phthalates
>>Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl)
>>Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate >>Diazolidinyl Urea
>>Mineral Oil
>>Cosmetic Fragrance

Natural bath and body

Made from Earth has a fantastic line of products, from hair to face and lip balm, they’re products are wonderful!

Made from Earth natural products

Tea + Protein Herbal Shampoo – $16.99 –  I love this shampoo, it has been an effective shampoo for everyone in the family with our various hair types and needs. It does not dry my daughter’s delicate curls out nor does it leave my hair feeling greasy. My mother tried it and love it too, and she needs a good cleansing/clarifying shampoo, this one does that without drying the hair out. Peppermint Herbal Conditioner – $14.99 – This is a nice conditioner, leaves the hair soft and shiny. It didn’t provide the detangling slip that I like in a conditioner for my daughters hair and her tough tangles, but it was great for my hair. Vitamin E + Citrus Shower Gel – $9.99 – I love citrus and this body wash is so fresh and invigorating, just a fabulous wash that doesn’t dry out the skin.

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Grapefruit Glycolic Wash- This is a nice facial wash/scrub packed with nutrients for the skin and pairs perfectly with the pH Equilibrant Moisturizer, both for all skin types.

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Natural soap bars and body wash are all I use these days on myself and my family. The calming Lavender is perfect for the kids bedtime bath, I love the sweet scent of the blood orange bar and the man of the house digs the oatmeal spice. These moisturizing bars rinse clean and leave us feeling fresh and smelling good.

natural lip balms

I love these lip balms. My daughter is always wanting something fruity on her lips and I just can’t let her use the lip balms and glosses that are filled with chemicals, fragrances and preservatives. These are all natural and provide true lasting hydration for the lips. These are perfect for the whole family, too. Be sure and visit Made from Earth to see for yourself all the wonderful products they have available. They’re currently offering free shipping on orders over $75. I can’t recommend these products enough! Giveaway Time! Enter to win a a Lavender body lotion and bar soap set from Made from Earth. This giveaway will run from June 18- June 27, 2013. Enter to win using the rafflecopter form below: 

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Wedge Sneakers Fashion Trend

I’ve never really been a fan of wedge shoes. Sure they look great on other people, but they just aren’t my style. They’ve always been a popular type of shoe so I was not surprised by the recent wedge sneakers fashion trend.

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When I first saw the Upere Aster wedge sneakers, I wasn’t convinced they were for me. I showed them to my daughter and she feel in love. She told me she had to have them.

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When they arrived I was impressed with the quality of the shoes and by how cute I thought they actually are. My daughter says they are extremely comfortable and she wears them all day at school. The 2 inch hidden heels didn’t seem to bother her, I was a little worried that they would, but the shoe itself and the soft suede leather it’s made from keep her feet comfy and cool.

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I love that they are such a versatile shoe and can be paired with most anything from dresses and skirts to jeans, shorts or leggings. They are super cute shoes and I love them for my daughter, I’m now wishing I would have gotten a pair for myself.

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The shoes fit true to size, the website has an easy to read shoe size conversion chart that helped me figure out what size to order. Overall we both love the shoes! You can find these an many other cute wedge shoes on the Upere website. You may use the code “UPERE” to get 15% off your purchase of wedge sneakers. You can connect with Upere on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest too.

Where Can Your Eye Spy Chuao? Sweepstakes

Last year we had the pleasure of working with Chuao Chocolates (read our review). From now until May 24th, Chuao has a super awesome sweepstakes going on and I’m here to give you the details!!

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Where Can Your Eye Spy Chuao?
Chuao Chocolatier Launches “I Spy Chuao” Instagram Sweepstakes
Offers the Chance to Win a $250 Gift Card

We want to know when your readers spy Chuao on the shelves at their favorite retailer!  Chuao Chocolatier has launched its I Spy Chuao Instagram sweepstakes, which gives you and your readers the chance to win free chocolate and a $250 gift card.

Entering is simple. Follow Chuao’s Instagram feed @chuaochocolatier and follow the 3 steps below.

  1. Post a photograph of a Chuao chocolate bar on the shelf at a local retailer with the hashtag #ispy
  2. Tag @chuaochocolatier
  3. Use hashtags for the name of the #retailer, #city and #street.
  4. For example: #ispy @chuaochocolatier #Target #Chicago #West33rdSt

The I Spy Chuao sweepstakes begins at 3 p.m. PST on May 10, 2013, and ends on May 24, 2013. A winner will be announced every day and awarded a gourmet Chuao Chocolatier chocolate bar. The grand prize winner will win a $250 gift card to the retailer tagged in their entry. Rules and regulations can be found on Chuao’s website at www.chuaochocolatier.com/blog.

To find Chuao Chocolatier closest to you, please visit the retail locator at http://chuaochocolatier.com/locations. Participants may set up an Instagram account for free by visiting www.instagram.com.

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Aurorae Yoga Mother’s Day Giveaway

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We recently had the chance to review some great items from Aurorae Yoga, if you missed our post on that, please check it out here. Aurorae has put together a Mother’s Day Prize Pack including their Harmony Lavender Candle and Micro Fiber Sport/Yoga Towel for the My Mom is the Best! Giveaway Hop hosted by Still Blonde after all these Years and Modly Chic. This giveaway will run from April 29 – May 7, enter on the Rafflecopter form below, then go down the links listed at the bottom of this page to find more great giveaways!

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Conscious Box 3 Month Subscription Giveaway

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Subscription boxes are so much fun! Every month you can get goodies delivered to your door and discover new items that you never knew existed! Conscious Box is a subscription service for eco-friendly items.

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Getting a monthly Conscious Box is the best way to discover the most ethical and sustainable products on the planet! Focusing on strict tenets of organic, fair trade, and pure and natural products, each month Conscious Box will introduce you to healthy and honest alternatives for every aspect of your life and for every member of your family. Discover the best natural products, earn points for leaving feedback and reviews, and buy your favorites at incredible discounts!

  • Get a variety of unique pure & natural products every month!
  • From organic food to vegan beauty products, you’re sure to find new favorites!
  • Discover ethical and purpose-driven businesses of all sizes!
  • Get content on daily living tips, exciting monthly themes, and creative ways to use your box!
  • Easily earn points you can apply to full size products for unbeatable discounts!

Giveaway time! Enter to win a 3-month Conscious Box subscription ($59 value!) on the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will run from April 27 – May 2

Save on any Conscious Box subscription: 50% OFF discount with code LOVELIFE

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Aurorae Yoga Mat, Accessories and Apparel

I recently started including yoga in my fitness journey. While I’m not too balanced or as flexible as I like to be I love my yoga sessions. It relaxes me, yet energizes me all at the same time. It makes me feel so good! I did yoga for a few weeks without a mat or proper attire, I knew I needed it and decided to sit down one day and look online for yoga mats and apparel. I discovered Aurorae Yoga. They’ve got a range of different mats that all sound great, I ultimately received their Synergy Yoga Mat/Towel in purple. Not only is it gorgeous, the eco friendly material makes it very soft to the touch and provides nice padding for yoga poses and other exercises and there is no slipping and sliding around on this mat. 

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Yoga Mat

The bottom of the mat provides some traction and prevents the mat from slipping on any surface. When I received this mat and rolled it out I was presently surprised by how thick long it is. The length of the mat is a whopping 72 inches, so it is plenty long enough for even the tallest people. You can purchase this mat on amazon here.

Aurora Yoga MatLeg stretch with Yoga Strap

Being a yoga novice I knew I would also need some help with some poses, I’ve been relying on the yoga strap to achieve some of these deep stretches and poses.  Of course the right apparel is a must whether you are a beginner or a yoga master. Aurorae has a tank top, cropped pant and long pant that are fitted but don’t restrict your movement.
 

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Aurorae Yoga is your one stop, go to shop for all yoga items, they provide all types of mats, apparel and accessories needed.

Win It!

With Mothers Day just around the corner we thought it would be fun to put together a Mothers’ Day Package! Aurorae is giving one of our lucky readers the following items: a Lavender Harmony Candle and their Micro Fiber Sport/Yoga Towel in purple.

>>> Click here for more detail and to be taken to the giveaway entry form to enter. Good Luck! <<<

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Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies

When I was a kid we always had Werther’s Original hard candy in the house, it was my parent’s favorite candy, of course my sister and I loved it, too. I can remember curling up on our light blue love seat reading books with my mom with a piece of Werther’s Original candy in my mouth. We all still enjoy it today!

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Several years ago my dad was diagnosed with diabetes, it runs in his family, his father had it and his sister also has it. It’s been a tough transition but he does well with managing the disease and takes better care of himself to lower the risk of complications. One of those things he did was, of course, give up his beloved candies and sweets containing sugar.

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One thing he didn’t have to give up, Werther’s Original. They’ve made their delicious caramel candies in a sugar free version!

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If you are a Werther’s “connoisseur” you may be able to tell the difference between their regular candies and sugar free candies. The difference is very slight and if someone were to hand me Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies and not tell me they were sugar free I wouldn’t guess it. But knowing it was sugar free and having grown up eating the regular Werther’s Original, I noticed just a tinge of a difference in the flavor of the sugar free and the regular. The Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies are really good and I love that Werther’s has made this option for my family members and others who are living with diabetes. Each candy has just 8 calories and they come in 4 different flavors Classic Caramel, Caramel Apple, Caramel Coffee and Caramel Cinnamon. I love classic caramel, but I think my new favorite is the Caramel Coffee, it is delicious and to be honest I’m not even a coffee drinker! All of the flavors are so good.

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Whether you have to avoid sugar for medical reasons or are dieting and trying to lessen your sugar intake Werther’s Orignial Sugar Free candies are a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Head over and “like” the Werther’s Orignal Sugar Free Facebook page for coupons, updates, giveaways and more!

Howard House was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.