Best Probiotics

January was a long month, but the positive is January means a fresh start. Time to get refreshed, recharged, and rejuvenated. This year I am focusing on self-care. Being a full time working mom, a wife, sister, daughter, friend and so much more I tend to put myself last because I am too invested in everyone else- but myself. Self care is so important and it often gets over looked by so many people.

I have been trying to make small changes that I can work on daily and weekly to help me feel overall better. I have started meditating, stretching daily, and flossing. (does anyone hate to floss??) I have also started taking a probiotics. I am using Dr. Ohhira Probiotics. These probiotics are the only ones with a 3-year fermented food supply. There are 12 different strains of live “friendly bacteria” that helps your system.

What are probiotics? The Mayo Clinic states:

Probiotics are good bacteria that are either the same as or very similar to the bacteria that are already in your body. Your lower digestive tract alone teems with a complex and diverse community of these bacteria. In fact, there are a greater number of bacteria in your intestines than there are cells in your body.

But not all of the bacteria in your body are good for you. Some research suggests that having too many of the “bad” and not enough of the “good” bacteria — caused in part by an unhealthy diet — can wreak all sorts of havoc on your body’s systems. This imbalance can lead to weight gain, skin conditions, constipation or diarrhea, and various chronic health conditions.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probitotics promotes healthy digestion, healthy intestinal pH, and helps support a healthy immune system response. After having Millie I started having heartburn- which I never had before. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics help relieve my occasional heartburn. After using them for a few weeks I have felt a difference overall as well.

There are a few other things I want to start doing to help my overall self-care, but this was one of this things that felt the most important. I will be writing on some other self-care things I am doing soon! Have you tried probiotics? What have you done to help your self-care this year?

**These statements have no been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

**I was compensated for receiving the products, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

**Please talk with your Doctor before starting any probiotics.

Enchant Christmas

There is nothing more magical than the Christmas season! Enchant illuminated Dallas this season. Enchant had us out to enjoy their experience. Enchant is in Globe Life Park- where the Texas Ranger play! The whole field is enchanted with lights on lights on lights!

We had to go through the maze and find all the ornaments! We got to watch people glide on their ice skates on the ice trail. There were larger than life ornaments, presents, and Christmas trees. Millie loved the sparkle light maze! At the end we even caught a glimpse of Santa and Ms. Claus.

There was enchantment around every corner. This will be a Christmas time tradition for us every year! Thank you Enchant for our special evening!

Dallas Mavs Game

On Saturday night the Dallas Mavs invited us to their #Mavswonderland night.  It was a fun filled family event.  You could see Santa and Ms. Claus, get a balloon animal made, and other fun holiday treats.  They gave us the VIP treatment ALL night long.  We had suite tickets with food and drinks!  The kids all got to chose a stuffed animal or a t-shirt.  We also go to take home a DIRK Christmas ornament for our tree!

We could not be more impressed with the Mavs organization.  The game was incredible.  They had fun drummers, a magician, games, and more during time outs and half time.  The kids said it was one of the best nights ever.  I am pretty sure they are now spoiled and want to attend every Mavs game like a VIP.

The best part of the evening was seeing how much fun the kids were having.  It was Millie’s first Mavs game and she was a champ!  She would yell and clap along with everyone, she danced when the music came on,  it was a blast to see.  We could not be more thankful for our experience.  I 100% can say the Dallas Mavs organization goes above and beyond and gives the whole experience the whole game for their fans.  There was never a dull moment and the energy in the place was incredible. We cannot wait to cheer on our Dallas Mavs for the rest of this season!  If you live in Dallas or plan to visit Dallas you MUST attend a game.  I promise you will have an awesome time.

Thank you again for hosting our family for a fun filled holiday event.  Our family will never forget it- which is the most magical part. GO MAVS!

Playroom Pictures

I am in the process of converting our ‘office’ into Millie’s playroom!  Most of it is finished, but I am still doing the finial touches.   One of the most important things I wanted in her playroom was a big pictures.  I love pictures and having ones of Millie and our family was top priority for me.

I decided to do large pictures above the couch in her room.  I think eventually we will put a TV over her toy shelf and bins. I like to have larger frames for pictures.  I think it really draws your eye to the pictures.  A lot of times (in my opinion) people don’t go big enough with their frames and pictures! I also wanted some smaller size frames for other parts of her playroom.  I measured over the couch, and on the small wall when you walk in.  Now that I had the sizes and layout I wanted I needed to get the frames!

I used Frame It Easy online!  Their site is incredibly easy to use.  You enter what size picture you want.  Next you can choose your frame.  They had multiple options and multiple color options for the frames as well.  I personally am a white frame fan- so that is what I chose. You can choose matting or no matting (I like matting), and finally you choose clear or no glare finish! It was super simple to chose and order my frames.  They came straight to my door packaged safe and securely.  I was impressed with how they packaged my 5 frames.  Each frame was individually packaged.  Not one scratch!   They even strung the chord for hanging my pictures for me AND sent picture nails and hangers. The backs of the frames have felt padding on the corners so it lays better on your wall.  My husband was very impressed with every aspect of the frames.  Seriously, it could not have been easier.  I was pleasantly surprised at the ease, quality, and readiness of the frames from Frame It Easy.  To hang the frames I use a laser level.  It makes things go SO much quicker.  Seriously go get one.

My sister is a professional family photographer in Dallas, TX.  She took all our photos that I chose for our wall.  I am very lucky to have pictures taken every few months of Millie.  I am obsessed with all of them.  If you are in Dallas and in need of photography you should check my sister out at suzineelyphotography.com .

I hung the large frames over our love seat.  I put the smaller frames on the wall and shelf by the door into the playroom.  I am sure Millie will pull the picture off the shelf in .3 seconds, but for the moment it looks so cute on there.  I am happy with the way the frames and pictures turned out.  I am still putting some finishing touches on her playroom, and things should be ready shortly!  Once everything is done I will post an update on here.

If you are looking for frames for you or even someone else go check out Frame It Easy.  They are wonderful.  You can use the code millie to save on your purchase as well!

Tell me- do you love photos in your house? Are you a large frame person or smaller?

****I received the frames for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.****

Everyday Healthy Habits




Being a mom is tough!  It is incredible and amazing, but it is tough.  Taking care of yourself while being a mom is even more challenging.  As a woman there are so many things we are responsible for everyday, and one of them is our health.  Raise your hand if you do not take as much time for your health as you should?  You can’t see me, but I am over here raising my hand too!  It is so easy to not pay attention to ourselves and only pay attention to everyone else in our lives (i.e.- tiny human that needs us to survive).  I struggle with this DAILY.  D-A-I-L-Y y’all!  I want to share a few small habits I try to incorporate into my daily routine to help me stay healthy.

Taking a walk-  Now that is it not 100* outside here in Texas, I really try to get out and walk at least 3-4 times a week.  The weather is turning, the leaves are changing, and it feels so nice out in the fresh air.  This is an awesome time to take Millie out in the stroller and show her the beauty of the outdoors. I love to point out the animals we see and the pretty flowers and leaves.  Even at work I will try to take 15 minutes a day to step out of my therapy room and walk around to get some movement time in!  It helps me destress too!

Getting enough rest- Haha!  This is a funny right?! Getting enough sleep as a mom, especially a NEW mom!  It is so hard, but it is SO important.  I would get so mad when people would tell me, “Sleep when the baby sleeps”.  No, it is impossible, and STOP saying that to me.  But you can ask for help so maybe you can sneak in a 10 minute nap!  Or try to go to bed a few minutes earlier each night.  I know it is hard, but getting enough sleep is important for being a functional mom and not a mombie (mombie- zombie mom).

Getting the right nutrients- This is a challenge, let’s be honest.  Making sure to eat healthy all the time can be hard! Did you know the majority of women are calcium deficient? Your body can’t make calcium, so it absorbs it from your diet and from supplements, then stores it.  Also, if your body is not getting enough calcium it begins to take it from the bones, decreasing bone mineral density which can eventually lead to osteoporosis. These are some crazy facts!  This  is where my favorite supplements come in.  Viactiv Chews!  Your bones are constantly changing over the course of your lifetime, and calcium is key to supporting these changes so your bones support you.  I am still in my 30’s, but after your 30s, your body produces less new bone, and you experience more bone loss. But, you can slow down bone loss and help reduce your risk of osteoporosis with proper nutrition and exercise.  Aside from building strong bones, your body needs calcium to handle other important tasks: to move muscles, send messages through the nervous system, help release hormones and enzymes, and circulate blood.  Making sure you are getting enough calcium as a pregnant women, mother and aging women is imperative!

Every day I take two Viactiv Calcuim Soft Chews. Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available in either delicious milk chocolate or caramel flavors. While both are delicious, I really love the caramel flavor!  I love Viactiv calcium chews and compared to other calcium gummy supplements, Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews have 30% more calcium, ½ the sugar and ½ the calories.  Who doesn’t love that?! They are easy to find as well because they are available nationwide supermarket, drugstores and major retailers, including CVS, Rite Aid, Target and Walmart.  You can check out where else to purchase them here.

You can check out their products and the social pages: Viactiv Facebook; Viactiv Instagram;

These are a few things that help me try to stay healthy and get the calcium I need as a mom and a woman. It is a daily struggle to be balanced, but incorporating these few activities into your life can help! Is there anything you do that really helps you for your day?  Do you already take Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews? Is so what is your favorite flavor?  Let me know in the comments below?

*If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant, speak with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.

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

****I received Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews of chocolate and caramel flavors for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Please talk to your doctor before taking any supplements to see what is best for you****