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Top 17 Hiking Essentials

Hiking is an excellent hobby that lets you experience nature, see amazing sights, see wildlife and get a great workout. If you are setting out for a hike, you probably know the importance of a comfortable backpack and good hiking shoes. However, there are some other important items that you should pack before you go on your next hike. Below you will find my list of 17 Top Hiking Essentials that can help you survive if you have an accident, or find yourself in adverse conditions.

Flashlight

A flashlight, lantern or headlamp is an absolute essential. It can get very dark at night and you will need something to light your way. Headlamps are a good choice because they keep your hands free. Most headlamps have different light modes including a strobe mode that can be used to signal for help in an emergency.

Map

You might have all the apps or GPS devices you can imagine, but you need to have a real map with you. Technology can fail and your devices can run out of power. Often, the signal strength is not good out in the mountains or remote areas, so you need to have something to rely on. Topographical maps are the best choice.

Compass

In addition to a good map,  you need to have a compass you can rely on as a backup if those sophisticated GPS devices and apps fail you  Compasses don’t need a power source or batteries, and some come equipped with a sighting mirror that can be used to flash sunlight to signal a helicopter or rescuer in an emergency. Technology is great, but don’t underestimate the importance of tried and true navigation devices.

Sunscreen

Out in the elements, you need to protect yourself from the damaging UV rays of the sun. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen, and remember to apply it. A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended. Check that the sunscreen you choose blocks UVA and UVB rays.

Sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses are essential. Make sure you choose a quality pair because your eyes are worth it. A key component in a quality lens is the ability to block 100% of ultraviolet light (UVA and UVB). Did you know that UVB rays have been linked to the development of cataracts? Protecting your eyes is very important for your health. Be wary of cheap sunglasses that may put your eyes at risk.

First Aid Kit

Purchasing a ready-made kit is best, because they are designed to have supplies for a variety of issues, and save you the time of building your own. There are specialized first aid kits made for hiking and camping. A well stocked first aid kit will have all types of supplies including a snake bite kit.

Power Bank 

High capacity power banks are perfect to pack along to use if you need to charge your phone or other devices. You may think your phone has a great battery life, but you need to prepare for the unexpected. Power banks can be life-saving if you have an emergency or encounter conditions that cause delays.

Solar Charger

A solar charger can be used to power your smartphone and other electronics if you run out of battery power and deplete additional power banks. Using a solar charger can help you call or message for help if you have a signal.  Many solar chargers include a flashlight and even a compass.

Tools

A good knife and multi-tool are great to use for repairs, food prep, cutting branches or to use in emergency situations You can find all kinds of knives and multi-tools on the market. Choose one that is durable and lightweight.

Hydration

When you are hiking, you need plenty of water. Hydration packs and water bottles are a good way to make sure you have a supply of clean water to drink. There are personal water filters that can be used to turn stream or other water into safe drinking water. Carrying one of these filters can give you peace of mind that you will have life-sustaining water to drink if you are stranded or run out of water.

Emergency Shelter

Even if you are not going on an overnight hike, you should still pack an emergency shelter. You may feel confident that you will not get lost or injured, but it is best to be prepared for the unexpected. Something as simple as a space blanket or lightweight tarp can protect you from wind, rain, snow or sleet while you wait for help.

Safety Whistle

A loud safety whistle should be in your gear. If you need to signal for help, this will be heard a lot farther than your voice.

Insect Repellent

Carry a spray or lotion to protect yourself from biting insects, spiders, ticks and more. Many insects such as ticks can spread deadly disease so, be sure to protect yourself with an insect repellant that works well for the area you are hiking in.

Matches

Waterproof matches stored in a waterproof container can help you build a fire. Whether you need them to start a campfire on an overnight hike, or to light a fire to keep warm or signal for help, dry matches are essential. You pack a butane lighter to use as a backup.

Firestarter

A Firestarter like some dry tinder, candles or special wood soaked nuggets should be kept in a waterproof bag. These items will allow you to quickly get your fire to ignite. Even household dryer lint can be used.

Food

Don’t forget to pack extra food even on day hikes. Food items that are light but have good nutritional value are dried meats, nuts, protein bars and dried fruits.

Extra Clothing

Weather conditions can change rapidly, so pack an additional layer of clothing to protect yourself from the elements. Choose your clothing based on the season and the worst weather conditions you could face.

Hiking and camping are fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Preparing for emergencies and adverse conditions will give you peace of mind, and help keep you safe if you encounter trouble. How do you prepare for a hike? Do you have any important tips to share? I would love to read them in the comments.

 

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How I Keep My Little Athletes Hydrated #Switch2BODYARMOR #BringIt

This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

As a parent of active kids, I know how important it is for them to stay hydrated. My kids play sports year round,so I don’t want them guzzling down sugary sports drinks. I want something healthier for them and I found that with BODYARMOR. BODYARMOR is a premium sports drink that is packed with potassium, electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins. BODYARMOR has everything I want to replenish their bodies and none of the artificial flavors and sweeteners I don’t want.

Right now, they are playing baseball and they love it. They practice all the time at home between their team practices and games. I like to keep my refrigerator stocked with BODYARMOR because they come in sweaty, hot and thirsty. I also pack a cooler full of it when we go to practices and games. It comes in great flavors that my kids like. My one son’s favorite flavor is lemonade. I like drinking BODYARMOR too, it is perfect after my workouts, walks or gardening. It provides us all with superior hydration and great taste.

We live on a lake and with summer coming, swimming is what we do all day, every day! When we go down to our dock,, my kids don’t want to go back up to the house for anything, so I have to pack snacks and drinks to keep us going all day. That is where BODYARMOR comes into play, swimming in the sun, we need to stay hydrated. A cooler full of BODYARMOR is our best friend. Beyond that some wholesome granola bars are a great pairing and keep the kids full of energy until dinner.

BODYARMOR launched two new products this year, BODYARMOR LYTE and BODYARMOR Water. BODYARMOR LYTE is naturally sweetened and has only 20 calories per serving. BODYARMOR Water is a sports water designed by athletes for athletes.

Do you have little athletes like mine? If so, check out how your child could become the next BODYARMOR Athlete.  Here in New York, you can find BODYARMOR at Stop & Shop, Shop Rite, BJ’s, Wegmans and Price Chopper. You can follow BODYARMOR on Facebook and Twitter  to stay in the loop with them. You can get a coupon to save on your next purchase of BODYARMOR by clicking HERE.

 

 

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Join The VIP Family Program at Road Runner Sports and Save Even More On Athletic Shoes!

My kids are active! They play multiple sports, run, jump and play as many hours a day as possible. That is why they could not wait for their new athletic shoes from Road Runner Sports to arrive. Check out our video below of the unboxing.

I want to share something great with you, Road Runner Sports has a special VIP program. The VIP Family Program will let members save at least 10% on everything-all year, have 90 days to actually RUN in shoes & exchange if not perfect, PLUS enjoy free shipping, special sales and MORE! Sign-Up and Save 20% OFF on Everything at Road Runner Sports! Use Coupon Code MOMRAMBLING17 at checkout! Click HERE to Sign-Up.

You can connect with Road Runner Sports on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

My kids love their new sneakers, they were waiting with bated breath until they arrived. It was so easy to shop on Road Runner Sports’ website, we found exactly what they both wanted. We were able to select the color and size easily and they arrived promptly and well packaged. I love that they have that 90 day guarantee, where you can exchange them if they don’t fit right, even if you kids have worn them for 90 days! That is great peace of mind! 

My son Ethan chose the Kids ASICS GEL-Nimbus 19 in Black/Red. They are also available in Pink/Coral for girls.

Product Description:

Give ’em an unfair advantage with cloud-hoppin’ cushion in the Kids ASICS® GEL Nimbus® 19. Set ’em up for success with a responsive ride and a comfy upper that holds and releases to encourage their natural motion. They’ll feel the difference with naturally lighter and more responsive cushion thanks to organic fibers in the new FlyteFoam™ midsole. Plus their Nimbus® 19 has a reinforced toe cap to block scuffs and scrapes.

Features & Benefits:

  • Impact Guidance System® Technology: Enhances the foot’s natural gait from heel strike to toe-off
  • FluidRide® midsole: Provides the ultimate combination of bounce back and cushioning properties with reduced weight and exceptional durability
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL® Cushioning System: Reduces shock during impact and toe-off phases
  • Seamless Construction
  • Reinforced stitched toe cap: Provides extra protection
  • FlyteFoam™ Midsole Technology: Provides optimal comfort and a responsive ride for the neutral runner

My son Luke picked the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 in Black. They are available in several other color combinations for boys and girls.

Product Description:

Send your child off to school soaring in the smooth, snappy ride of the Kid’s Nike® Air Zoom Pegasus 33. Your little athlete is sure to feel the difference in the finely tuned outsole that features impact absorbing cuts and enhanced grip, and a Cushion midsole for a soft, yet responsive ride. They’ll feel secure in the lockdown fit provided by the Flywire cable construction, and they’re sure to get support and ventilation right where they want it most, complements of the Kid’s Nike® Air Zoom Pegasus 33’s engineered mesh upper.

Features & Benefits:

  • Zoom Air in heel: Responsive, low-profile cushioning
  • Cuts within the crash rail: Impact absorbing
  • Cushion midsole: Flexible feel
  • Flywire cables: Lockdown

Check them out and let me know if you signed up for the VIP Family Program in the comments. I would love to hear what you think. Use Coupon Code MOMRAMBLING17 at checkout! Click HERE to Sign-Up.

This post is sponsored by Road Runner Sports, I did receive products and compensation but as always, my words and views are 100% my own.

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Restoring Gut Health With #NuCulture

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Let’s talk about health, after all, what is more important than good? Did you know that bacteria can hold the key to good health? You may think of bacteria as bad, germy or something to clean out of our body but there are good bacteria that help us. Probiotics are good bacteria and they are normally found in our gastrointestinal tract. They work to overpower the bad bacteria in our intestines and reduce infection and other disease. They also keep our immune system functioning at its best and help reduce inflammation. Probiotics help our intestinal lining to function at its optimal level to enhance our health and protect us from the effects of harmful bacteria.

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When our balance of good and bad bacteria in our intestinal track gets out of wack all kinds of unpleasant conditions and symptoms can arise. Inflammatory bowel syndrome, cancer, heart disease and metabolic syndrome are just some of the diseases associated with intestinal imbalance. You might be surprised to know that there may also be a link to asthma, obesity and even certain allergic conditions.

More than 100 million Americans are suffering from digestive issues. Several factors can affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut. Overuse of antibiotics, eating processed foods, lack of sleep, aging, stress and even environmental factors like pollution can have negative effects and be detrimental to the good bacteria our bodies need. The good news is that we can help to restore balance with probiotics. When we have a healthy balance we can see big changes in our overall health. A balanced gut can help with issues like lactose intolerance, gas, bloating, constipation, bad breath, body odor, colitis, IBS and more!

So you might think it’s as simple as going to the store and grabbing a bottle of probiotics off the shelf but it’s not that simple. Not all probiotics are the same! Most probiotics available use strains that are not clinically studied, not patented, not stable, not formulated in doses that are clinically proven to be effective, and not even delivered alive. Most probiotics are nothing but a bottle of hype.

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AlternaScript wanted to change this, so, they teamed up with 3 of the industry’s powerhouses and developed NuCulture. NuCulture has 5 clinically studied live probiotic strains for digestive and gut health in 1 capsule. NuCulture contains 15 Billion CFU high-potency probiotics and helps promote good bacteria with PreforPro® Prebiotic.

15 Billion CFU High-Potency Probiotics:
  • DE111® Bacillus subtilis
  • Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07™
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®
  • Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04™
  • Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37™
Benefits:
  •    Better Health
  •    Reduce bloating
  •    Support digestion
I have been a big proponent of taking probiotics for several years now. I understand that not all probiotics are created equal. Taking probiotics have helped me feel better and look better. I was excited to try NuCulture and I can say they are a great choice when choosing a US manufactured probiotic that is clinically studied and formulated with live probiotic strains. Some issues  I experienced before using probiotics were bloating and digestive issues after eating. NuCulture is effective in keeping these issues at bay. There is also a reduction in my cravings for sugar. If you would like to try NuCulture for yourself, there is a free 7 day trial including free shipping. To get your free trial click HERE! You can also stay in the loop with AlternaScript on Facebook.
Let me know if you try NuCulture and what you think in the comments.

 

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This post was made possible through iConnect and AlternaScript. I received compensation for my participation in this campaign. As always my words and opinions are 100% my own. 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.Results may vary. Although this product helped me with the issues I mentioned, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Celebrate Summer with balance bare & Walmart — #BareAtWalmart #Giveaway

I know summer is here and you may be feeling that you should have stepped up your get fit routine way before it started.  Don’t beat yourself up, you can’t go back but you can start over Did you know that making some diet changes along with exercise can be easier than you think?  I was recently in Walmart and they have Balance Bar’s delicious and guilty tasting bare bars in special packs where you get one FREE bare bar and a coupon for $1 off in specially marked boxes like he ones below.  If you can’t find them in your store, they are available online, see the links below in this post.

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So you get 5 yummy bars for the price of 4 and you have  coupon to save $1 on another pack.  They come in great flavors like Mixed Berry which is my favorite and Sea Salt Caramel my next favorite flavor.  the bars are gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian and non -GMO. The Mixed Berry Bars are also dairy-free and vegan.  Each delicious bar is only 160 calories and they really give you the energy you need to get your exercise routine in.

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Balance Bar Bare Bars

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Some great ways you can fit exercise in is to plan a hike, bike ride, swim time or long walk with your family.  Get it on the calendar at least 3 times a week and spend time together doing something that is good for everyone.  That is what I am doing this summer, my kids love bike riding, swimming and hiking and I am making sure we are taking the time to do those activities together.  My kids won’t let me forget thankfully and I love the time we spend together.  It is truly good for our body and minds. For more ideas check out Gabby Reece’s quick and easy workout moves HERE!

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Balance Bar is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a $15 Walmart gift card and a variety of Balance bare bars. Open to US residents.

$15 Walmart Gift Card and Balance bare bars Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

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3 Of My Must Have Products To Use With Essential Oils

3 Must Have Essential Oil ProductsI am really getting into essential oils and am learning a great deal about them I want to show you some great things I have found to make using my essential oils easier and more effective.  I wanted to mix some of my oils with carrier oils, create blends or just put neat oils in roller bottles and I found a great deal on roller bottles on Amazon.  I got 24 clear glass 1/3 oz  roll on bottles for only $8.88 (keep in mind prices/products change rapidly on Amazon) and it was eligible for my Prime free shipping.  Amazingly also included were 3 large transfer pipettes which are really nice for my carrier oil bottles.

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If you want colored glass rollers they are available too in a variety of shades like cobalt, green, amber,pink, black even multi color packs.  See the selection HERE.

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Another super deal I got was 12 Amber 15 ml bottles with dropper tops that are awesome for storage, mixing and sharing your oils.  The handy dropper top is perfect for dispensing and mixing.  Best of all $6.99 with free Prime shipping!

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Diffusing oils is a great way to benefit from the health and healing these oils are known for.  The Riverrock Diffuser from Deneve is whisper quiet and so easy to use.

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Deneve Essential Oil Diffuser

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Eseential Oil RiverRock Diffuser Humidifier

You just fill the chamber with water you can easily measure and pour using the included plastic beaker. You use room temperature water, that is very important.  Then add 3-5 drops of you favorite oil or oils and replace the cover.

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Turn the unit on and immediately the unit’s LED light band starts changing colors and dispensing the aromatic The diffuser is whisper quiet and has the faint sound of a distant, babbling brook to relax you.  Without oil the unit functions as a humidifier. This diffuser covers about 250 square feet for best results.

Riverrock diffuser in action

 

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The diffuser purifies, sterilizes, moisturizes and ionizes by producing the finest, lightest droplets of water and essential oils without degrading the true essence of the oils, allowing micro droplets to disperse more widely.  Using your essential oils in a diffuser like his can help with relieving tension, relaxation, coughs, colds and skin conditions. The changing LED light band is a mood enhancer and accent light but if you want totally darkness, you can turn it off. The river rock sleek shape of the diffuser compliments nearly any decor in the home, office or spa.

Free Essential Oil Books

There are so many free ebooks on using Essential Oils HERE!

Share Your Experience, Recipes, Uses and More!

Please let me know if you have tried these products or are going to.  I would love to hear your thoughts, just leave them in the comments.

 

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Customizing Your Bike With The Longest Lasting, Super Bright, LED Rim Lights

Our family loves to ride bikes and if you are looking for a fun way to customize your bike or your kid’s bike, I have a great product I want to share with you.  Adding super bright, long-lasting LED rim lights to your bike is so easy.  The Speed Racer rim lights come in packs of 6 lights-2 blue, 2 multi color, 2 green, they are rust resistant, 100% waterproof and able to be used in any terrain.

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They attach to the valve stem on your bike tires. Fits most bikes and has motion sensor LED technology, this ensures durability along with the 50,000 hour of lifetime on the lights.   See our video review below and on YouTube for a real time look at the super bright bike rim lights. The lights come complete with the AG 10 batteries. You can purchase these lights on Amazon.com.

 

Let me know how you have customized your bike or your kid’s bikes.  Have you added rim lights?

 

I was provided with these bike lights to facilitate my review, as always my views and words are 100% my own.

 

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What To Look For In A High Speed Jump Rope

We recently reviewed the High Speed, Double Under Jump Rope from Inspired Fitness.  Maybe you are training or just like to jump rope and you are wondering what makes this high-speed jump rope different from the hundreds of others on the market.

High Speed Jump Rope

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Well, first this rope is put together with strict quality control to ensure you get the absolute best quality speed rope for your workouts.  The length can be adjusted easily with finger tightening screws, so you can go from user to user without needing a screwdriver to adjust the length.

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The handles are light and comfortable but they are super tough and the unique double bearing makes the rope not just faster but extends the life.  The cables are light, fast and kink-resistant for more intense workouts and minimal tangling.

My husband really liked the rope and it adjusted easily to fit our young son who did very well with it.  You can order your own right on Amazon and it comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

See the rope in action in our YouTube video below:

 

 

We were provided with a jump rope to facilitate our review, as always our words and views are 100% our own.

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Enter Our Balance Project Giveaway! #BalanceProject

Did you read our post about The Balance Project?  I hope so, and to bring more awareness we are running a giveaway!  One lucky blog reader will win a Balance Project Gift Pack that includes:  Balance Bar tote bag, notepad, iPhone card holder and a box of (15) Balance Bars!

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Does that sound good?  I thought it would.  You can learn more about The Balance Project by clicking on the link above.  To enter the giveaway just use the Rafflecopter widget below.  Open to US residents.  Good Luck!  Keep That Balance!  Thank you Balance Bar for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!

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Are You Having Trouble Achieving & Maintaining Balance In Your Life?

I’m really excited to let you know about The Balance Project!  Did you know that research has shown that 98% of Americans believe that reaching and maintaining a balance in their lives is important but only 14% say they always feel balanced.  That’s a huge gap!  Balance Bar Company wants to help fill that gap and so the makers of Balance Bar, a uniquely balanced energy nutrition bar, launched The Balance Project.  The Balance Project is a multi-year, multi-platform program that is designed to open a dialogue that will help improve America’s level of balance.

Do What Matters

The Balance Project is an online hub to share ideas, day-to-day victories and challenges while having fun and joining others on a journey to sustain balance.  Did you know that research shows the most common ways Americans try to achieve balance is by keeping their finances in order and through activities that improve overall health like getting more/enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising regularly.

Despite this, 2 in 5 Americans believe it’s difficult to find balance. Gabrielle Reece is the exclusive guide of The Balance Project.  Gabrielle, a worldwide fitness and wellness role mode, entrepreneur, wife and mom of three, will provide tips, advice and personal insights for addressing and achieving balance in these areas. Visit project.balance.com for Gabby Reece’s tips & videos on staying balanced.

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“One the biggest reasons I see people fail at achieving their health and wellness goals is because they don’t go into a program with a balanced approach,” explains Reece. “I’m thrilled to share my perspective on balancing busy lives, families and work with healthy diet and exercise habits that anyone can incorporate into their lives.”

“One the biggest reasons I see people fail at achieving their health and wellness goals is because they don’t go into a program with a balanced approach,” explains Reece. “I’m thrilled to share my perspective on balancing busy lives, families and work with healthy diet and exercise habits that anyone can incorporate into their lives.”

Balancing Act
Balance is a very fluid goal, as our levels of balance are always fluctuating, even day-to-day and season-to-season. For example, Americans report being the most balanced on Saturdays, and the least balanced on Mondays. They also indicate that they are most balanced during the summer months, and least balanced during the winter months, when 61% of Americans report feeling unbalanced.

Gender Wars
According to the survey, 70% of male respondents indicate that they are more likely to feel balanced, while only 63% of women indicate the same. What are men doing differently? Staying calm. When looking for balance, ladies should take the idea of “don’t sweat the small stuff” to heart. In nearly every area tested, women are more likely than men to admit something has a significant impact on throwing them off-balance, including finances, sleep, health, and family.

Maternal Instinct
A mother’s work is never done, but at least she knows where to focus her attention to find balance. Nearly every single mom agrees that health (99%) and family and personal relationships (99%) are important to achieving balance in life. How can the busy mom get to a Zen state of balance? For starters, get outside. Enjoying nature (67%) and taking vacations (66%) are the top actions that have a significant impact on achieving balance for moms. Spending time with a significant other (63%) was revealed as the next most impactful way for moms to try to achieve balance.

Want to see and learn more?  Visit The Balance Project by clicking HERE!  Let me know what you think and how well you are achieving and maintaining a balance in your life.

The Balance Project Infographic

 

This is a sponsored post and I received product as part of a collaboration with Balance Bar.  As always my words and views are 100% my own.

*This study was conducted by KRC Research via an online survey of 1,002 American adults ages 18-64 from November 11-14, 2014.

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