Monday Announcements: 12.31.12

To submit your own announcement for next week’s Monday Announcements post, email with EXACTLY how you’d like the blurb to appear, complete with links, photos and the like, [between 30 and 120 words, please] before 12:00 Noon eastern, this coming Sunday. ALL AROUND THE COMMUNITY

StartClean Banner with textKatie Heddleston of Healthy Heddleston is hosting a January health challenge and it starts tomorrow! Start Clean 2013 will help take the motivation you have at the beginning of the year, and guide you in daily tasks to ensure your motivation goes beyond the first day or week of 2013! Many of the daily tasks will be food related, as Katie has been a dietitian for over three years. Don’t worry though, this challenge is fun! Plus, #StartClean2013 has 15 awesome sponsors, who will be providing weekly and grand prizes! Want a supportive and motivation challenge? Considering joining in!

Beginning January 7th, 2013, I and a few friends will be embarking on a

30 day real food challenge!

The challenge involves consuming real food and real food only for 30 days.

Not only will I be participating in this challenge I will also post tips on recipes, workouts and simple daily changes to help guide you and myself throughout this journey. I’m not saying this will be easy and yes there will be ups and downsbut as a group with a great support system it will be a little easier to stay on track.
Now who’s in???

  • Use hashtag #empoweredchoices on twitter and instagram!
  • For more information please go to The Empowered Momma
  • Guest Posts Welcome

Non-RezAre you tired of making resolutions that are done for by February?  Join my group of non-resolutioners this year. We’ll motivate each and aim to make gradual changes that will result in achieving that ULTIMATE goal.  Together, we’ll make it.  Whether your goal is to lose weight, run faster, walk longer, you’ll have a cheering section keeping you accountable.  Read here for more details.

DiscountCoaching2Ready to achieve the impossible in 2013?! If one of your goals is to be better, faster, stronger in running or triathlon, Better With Veggies Coaching wants to help! Through January 4th, all coaching services are 25% off! That includes training plans for running races (5K through Marathon), sprint triathlons or duathlons, or custom coaching for up to 2 months for any running, triathlon, or duathlon goals! To read more about everything coaching includes, click here! Ready to get started? Fill out this questionnaire and one of the coaches will get back to you within 48 hours. giveaways and freebees

hhaDiana from VeggieNextDoor is giving away a copy of the new Happy Herbivore Abroad cookbook. Click here to Enter for a chance to healthify your new-year with these globally inspired, super simple, plant-based & oil-free recipes! recommended reading tweets we loved last week

What happens to all the sunglasses that are in the shape of whatever year it is for New Years after its over? They never pop up at goodwill.
Matt Mira

Time to gather recipes for our New Year's celebration. I'm always a fan of quesadillas. #recipes #appetizers
Kristin Rimkus

It's Christmas till the Starbucks cups turn white
B.J. Novak

Blogger PSA: If you are scheduling posts for Tuesday or after, don't forget to change the year to 2013.
Cassie Johnston

I am making plans for 2013 - so excited. It really is going to be an amazing year filled with travel and adventure.
Hungry Healthy Happy

Have seen many Wisconsin fans. Must be heading to the Rose Bowl. Go #BigTen.
Heidi Henry

My top tips for new years resolution success, today on @
Emily Sandford

Looking for some 2013 "foodie" resolutions? We wrote ours up for @! [Sues]
We are not Martha

SO excited for the New Year! So many plans and goals and exciting events planned 2013 better watch OUT

2013 goals: get teeth whitened, be less ratchet, quadruple the bank account

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Monday Announcements: 12.24.12

To submit your own announcement for next week’s Monday Announcements post, email with EXACTLY how you’d like the blurb to appear, complete with links, photos and the like, [between 30 and 120 words, please] before 12:00 Noon eastern, this coming Sunday. ALL AROUND THE COMMUNITY

Megan would love to surprise her 7th-grade students with some new technology in the classroom when they return from the winter break. She has created a classroom project request on a 501(c)3 charity website called to help equip her classroom with 10 Chromebooks to help her students collaborate with one another and with the world. If you make a donation before December 27 and enter the word INSPIRE during check out where it says “Match or gift code”, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar! If you know anyone who is passionate about education, please pass this along. Your tax-deductible donation will have a direct impact on at least 150 students this year (and many more in the future), and you’ll hear back from Megan’s class about your impact on their learning! Click here to check it out and make a donation!

blogbadgeAPPLEDo you like getting packages in the mail, sharing your favorite foods & connecting with other bloggers and readers? If so, Foodie Penpals is for you! Each month you’ll be matched with a blogger or reader. You send them a box filled with local foods and other fun foodie things and you receive a box of your own from another person! There’s a $15 spending limit and everyone writes a post about their packages and posts on the last day of the month.Check out more details here. If you’d like to participate this month, follow that link to fill out the participation form before January 4th. giveaways and freebees

ChefEarlsGiveawayLive in the Mid-West and looking for some fresh & healthy snacks to kick off your new year?  Diana from VeggieNextDoor is giving away a prize pack of Chef Earl’s To-Go Spicy Giardiniera Hummus, Mild Salsa, and Chunky Guacamole. They’re Gluten-Free & Vegan too! Click here to enter.  Sorry, since these products are only available in the Midwest, this contest is only open to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, or Wisconsin.

Attention Lifting Ladies! Jennifer at Wine to Weightlifting is giving two lucky readers a chance to win a Harbinger Women’s Core Weightlifting Belt! If you’re looking for a piece of equipment to help you nail your maximum lifts, enter to win! Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on December 27.

DSC_0003It is the last day to enter a giveaway for Oakley sunglasses hosted on Kammie’s Sensual Appeal Blog! These women’s sunglasses are super cute and the giveaway is available to anyone in the world. It might be too late for a Christmas present but it’s never too late for a present for yourself, right? tweets we loved last week

Tis the Season Tweets:

If you like indie Christmas songs, you can download all 4 of ours for free right here! :) (@) #freemusic
Kelsey Macke

Out of all the sleigh options, I consistently find myself going with one horse open. #NotAnAd
Doug Benson

The Jazz Holidays station on Pandora is my favorite Christmas station. Perfect. Great background music for holiday parties.

2013 is starting with a sugar/junk food detox.

Office holiday party. Why is the rum gone?
Aundra Weissert

#TrueLife Tweets:

Both? Bagels for breakfast, donuts for dessert? “@: Poll: Donuts or Bagels?”
Kelly Nigl

nothing like the taste of envelope glue on an exciting wednesday night

lesson from yo gabba gabba today: "when you high five with a friend, you have a friend until the end."

LOLOLOL LinkedIn just asked me if I know my mom. Oh, LinkedIn. You try so hard.

So thankful for the show "FRIENDS". It makes me laugh so hard.. I could use this kind of laughter and good cheer!!
Sarah Smith Storm

Be Inspired by these Tweets:

37 Quotes that Will Change Your Life (Because there's never a bad time to feel motivated)
Adam Bornstein

It's December 17 and I've set 5 healthy and attainable goals for 2013. Since I reached my weight loss goal this year, I can do anything!
Amber Bruk

Qoute of the day " Stop trying to be someone you were not created to be! BE YOU and to your full potential!"
Alex Newell

Greet the day with dread, it will be dreadful. Greet the day with joy, it will be joyful. #YourChoice #TheSW

Craziness! I just noticed I hit my goal of 1,000 miles in 2012!!!!
Tina Reale

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2 Responses to “Monday Announcements: 12.24.12”

  1. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    December 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you all! And I think its so humorous that shortly after sending that tweet, I’m having to call off running for awhile.

    • Heather
      December 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      doesn’t it always seem to go that way?? Merry Christmas, friend!!

Monday Announcements: 12.17.12

To submit your own announcement for next week’s Monday Announcements post, email with EXACTLY how you’d like the blurb to appear, complete with links, photos and the like, [between 30 and 120 words, please] before 12:00 Noon eastern, this coming Sunday. a from team HLB

381x381Mindy at just a one girl revolution. loves being a part of the healthy living blogging community.  To celebrate this, she is giving away three months of advertising space for a fellow blogger right here on Healthy Living Blogs!  You can enter now through Wednesday HERE. ALL AROUND THE COMMUNITY

WH_HAaward2012-logo-11The 2012 WEGO Health Activist Awards!
Now’s your chance to recognize someone who has inspired you, helped you, or even changed your life this year – be sure to recognize all of your health heroes before the nomination period closes on December 31st!
Click to Nominate a Health Activist

Not sure who to nominate but want to stay up to date on all the latest Health Activist Awards Information & News?  Join the WEGO Health Network at giveaways and freebees

DSCN6177ATTENTION PEANUT BUTTER LOVERS! Melanie of Beautifully Nutty is announcing a super tasty giveaway. Parkers Farm, a Minnesota-based company, is offering a case (12 jars) of natural peanut butter to one lucky winner! I can’t say enough good things about this stuff. Enter for your chance to win at: Good luck!!

Attention Seattle!  Do you get headaches? Stuffy noses? Sore throats? Do your children have asthma, allergies, or frequent illnesses? Hidden health threats exist in many houses and apartments!

Request a free healthy home assessment with the Master Home Environmentalist program at the American Lung Association! The Master Home Environmentalist program utilizes a holistic approach check the air quality of a resident’s household, and also provides information as to how residents can help ensure the livelihood of the home. Our program is completely free, and we respond ASAP. We hope to hear from you soon!

Why wait until you get sick? Preventative measures are safer, cheaper, and easier than waiting until you get sick. Call today! (206) 512-3280 twanted apply within


clip_image004New year, new you?  This January, Cancer Research UK is challenging people up and down the country to put their glasses down for Britain’s first ever Dryathlon.

Dryathlon is a new fundraising campaign that challenges social drinkers to give up alcohol in January, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Through raising sponsorship, or pledging the money saved by not drinking, Dryathletes can fund the work of Cancer Research UK.

Dryathlon HQ is giving Dryathletes extra support throughout December and January, providing motivational tips via Twitter, Facebook and the website.

So, donate the cost of a few bevvies. Get sponsored. Start a team or challenge a mate to see who can stay on the wagon – tweets we loved last week

Tweets that Inspire:

Affirmation for today: I am open to new ideas. It's time to allow inspiration to guide me
Co-inside Wellbeing
@ I'm inspired to be the best me through the inspiration and motivation provided through social media & networking! Absolutely amazing.
Kacie Phillips
When I think of #warrior, I think of my SIL who is still in labor after 26 hours w/my little nephew! Superstar! #inspiration #babymiracles
Erin Kreitz Shirey
Great tips here! --> Five Foolproof Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise via @ #fitfluential #motivation
Meditation can improve #health & brain function, & it's not just for hippies. 10 unexpected ways to do it via @



True Life Tweets:

Does banana bread beer count as a serving of fruit? #justsayyes
Jesica D'Avanza
If falling asleep during savasana is wrong, then I don't wanna be right. #yoga #imagreatist
Yahoo, I gotta say, I enjoy that the new email look includes a paper airplane icon as the "send" button. Nicely done.
Kayla Hollis
My look today could best be described as "Monday."
Abby Heugel
PR'ed this morning for how much of a 35 minute yoga video I can finish before just lying on the floor in my underwear.
my new meal schedule involves : breakfast, first lunch, second lunch, first dinner and second dinner. #goodtimes
elise blaha cripe


Tis the Season Tweets:

I love "Holiday in Handcuffs" and I don't even feel embarrassed about it. Mario Lopez will always be so hot to me.
Paid 4 the car behind me at Starbucks. Felt great! Wish I could buy coffee 4 @ too! #elf4health
Rene Butters
The Eight Days of Massage: A Hanukkah Tribute from our friends @
I think I will be watching Elf tonight. #cottonheadedninnymuggins stick to the 4 food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.
Biggest accomplishment: owning a pet who not only appreciates holiday-themed bow ties, BUT WEARS 1 FOR HOURS AT A TIME.
Watching #HallmarkChannel during #Christmas is the best part of break
Sarah Pardus
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One Response to “Monday Announcements: 12.17.12”

  1. Abby
    December 19, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Thank you so much for the shout out! I will continue to tweet my issues in hopes that they make you feel normal. ;)

Monday Announcements 12.10.12

To submit your own announcement for next week’s Monday Announcements post, email with EXACTLY how you’d like the blurb to appear, complete with links, photos and the like, [between 30 and 120 words, please] before 12:00 Noon eastern, this coming Sunday. giveaways and freebees

IMG_2907Clair over at finding clairity would love to be giving away a personal chef to make dinner for you. But since that’s a bit of a stretch, instead she has the next best thing: a $10 gift card to Fresh City, a chain that makes fresh meals catering to people trying to be healthy or with special dietary preferences or needs. They have locations in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts (including the airport), so it’s perfect if you’re in the area or want to pass a gift along to someone you know who is! To enter, visit the finding clairity giveaway page. Just a comment will do!

Katie, at fromicecreamtomarathon, has a giveaway for Lily’s Stevia Dark Chocolate going on until Tuesday! recommended reading

Has your child been vaccinated against the flu this year? Now is the perfect time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children age 6 months and older be vaccinated against the flu every year.  Children under the age of 2 are at particularly high risk of serious complications if they catch the flu, and so are those with ongoing medical problems such as asthma. Flu is particularly dangerous for children with neurological disorders like cerebral palsy or epilepsy.

For more information on the flu vaccine, talk to your child’s doctor. You can learn more from the CDC about vaccination and other ways to protect your family against flu here twanted apply within

Race Day DominationLooking to monetize your blog? If you blog about anything fitness consider becoming an affiliate for Race Day DominationRace Day is the number one training program for obstacle races like Spartan Race, Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash. Take five minutes to become an affiliate and start earning 50% commission by simply placing an affiliate link on your site.  Check out the details and sign-up HERE! tweets we loved last week

Tis the Season!

Listening to Muppets Holiday station on @ makes even the longest, crazy days 10x better!

WHY is @ playing The Santa Claus 3 right after the original!?Counting -You're doing it wrong.
Kelsey Macke

My Elf told me I gave her a "wealth of knowledge" in the last two weeks. That makes me really happy! Such an amazing challenge! #elf4health
Ashley Byron

Peppermint ice cream with crushed Oreos. Yup.
Lauren Keating

Begrudgingly booted the lap dog for 60 minutes of yoga in front of the Christmas tree #thesweatlife
Rachel Wilkerson

I just found a Christmas ball and unravelled tape by the cats litter box #scroogecat

To Inspire in One Way or Another:

Listening to the @ podcast while getting my sweat on at the gym! #imagreatist

Calling all #fitblog fans -- I'm now booking moderators for 2013! EVERYONE is welcome to host -- just submit info here:
Katy Widrick

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller #Quote

Morning left you winded? Here are 4 Things Fit, Productive People Do Between 3-4PM.
Natalie Melchiorre

its funny to me how growing up I envied runway models for their bodies. Now that I'm healthy and fit I find them disgusting. #StrongIsSexy
Charlotte Neitzel

Wise words: I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. - Maya Angelou
Christie Inge

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream" #quote by Vincent Van Gogh <3
Kerri Walsh

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Monday Announcements 12.3.12

To submit your own announcement for next week’s Monday Announcements post, email with EXACTLY how you’d like the blurb to appear, complete with links, photos and the like, [between 30 and 120 words, please] before 12:00 Noon eastern, this coming Sunday.


2013 Goal

When I was updating the Membership database this weekend, I realized we were just 90 members shy of a great big milestone: 2,000 bloggers signed up as members!!  We couldn’t have grown if it wasn’t for all of you who have shared about what’s going on here with your blends and followers; THANK YOU for helping us to expand our community of awesome bloggers who talk about such a wide variety of topics under the general “Healthy Living” umbrella.

2013by2013I wanted to offer something a little special as a way to show our appreciation to those of you who have spread the HLB word and give newer members of HLB an opportunity to spread the love, too.  I decided to add a bit of end of the year celebration to the mix, and create a 2013 by 2013 December Member Referral Drive!  We’re taking our regular Member Referral Program and kicking it up a notch.

Write a blog post as part of our December Member Referral Drive before December 31st.  Once your post is live on your site, leave a comment with the link on our 2,013 by 2013 page and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one of four prizes for free advertising space on!  [Grand Prize: 1 year of ad space, 1 prize for 6 months ad space, and 2 prizes of 3 months of ad space.]

Don’t forget to share about why you like HLB and encourage your readers to visit our Members page to learn about joining in your post in your post.  We love when you guys help us to spread the community love!  I can’t wait to read all about what you have to say about HLB :) ALL AROUND THE COMMUNITY

FPP sandy FPP for Charity Sign up now to commit.
Donate Dec 3rd – 7th!
Let’s raise $15,000 for
Hurricane Sandy victims
visit this link for more details!

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Live in New York and love Pilates? Plank Pilates of the Become the Healthiest You blog is now offering holiday gift cards. Whether you put us on your holiday wish list or want to give the gift of health to a loved one, click here to pass along or purchase online. Check out our website here. See you in the studio!

imageBalance Activ have completed a survey with Mumsnet about Bacterial Vaginosis. It’s the most common vaginal infection and 1 in 3 women will suffer from it in their lives. The survey revealed that a shocking 73% of women have either never heard of or are unsure of the symptoms of BV. If left untreated BV has been associated with serious health implications including reduced fertility, and premature birth and miscarriage if present during pregnancy. You can find out more about BV at and about the survey findings at

Like drinking?  Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life does! She has created a new weekly blogger link-up party called “Healthy Living Thirsty Thursday.”  No longer is Thirsty Thursday set aside for college males to down as much cheap beer as humanly possible. No. It is being redeemed by the healthy living community! Blog about a new juice, smoothie, or cocktail recipe each Thursday and link up at recommended reading

What posts, new or old,  did you read last week which should be filed under “majorly share worthy?”  Here’s a few from our list:







Do you want to contribute to our Healthy Living Tuesday or Blog Tip Thursday post to HLB? email us!  We’d love to connect with those of you who want to become more involved on the site!

Oh. And speaking of applying within, consider this a Spoiler Alert: Summer Internship at HLB is in the works – stay tuned in the coming months for more information!

robinsbite Do you like peeking in other’s shopping carts?


Do you find yourself looking around friend’s refrigerators when you’re over for dinner? Do you suffer from dinner envy?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then
Inside the Fridge is the series for you! Registered Dietitian Robin Plotkin is looking for guest bloggers to share pictures of their fridge and share tales of their grocery shopping traits. If you’d like to submit a post, please contact Leah for more information – Leah *at* tweets we loved last week

#TrueLife Tweets:

Currently, wedding cake counts as a vegetable.
Summer Kenny

Dinner was so good I want to make it again right now and eat it all over again

A coworker emailed me and asked me my favorite 3 @ My return email was 5 paragraphs and a complicated rating system. Yea...

I'm on a bus. (Sing to the tune of "i'm on a boat!")
Megan McCarty

ATTENTION!! I left Target today without buying anything!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, Carry on.
Stealthy Jess

It looks like a Hershey kisses massacre has occurred on my desk BECAUSE IT HAS.
Kelsey Macke

May These Tweets Inspire You…

to update your About page:

Just updated my about me page! This one always stumps me, but I decided to stop trying so hard. I like it this way. :)

to enjoy a nap or hit the snooze button:

The only thing bad there is to say about sleeping is that you don't get to be awake to enjoy it.
Jen Kirkman

to consider your vocabulary:

If you use words like terrible, horrible, or miserable for the every day stuff, what words do you have left for the really bad things?

to surf your way to a new subscription:

Looking for a new blog to read? Why not browse a random state on the @ members list! I choose Pennsylvania!
Kelly Nigl

to unsubscribe from the ones you don’t need:

When we invented Cyber Monday, did we also realize we were inventing Email Marketing Avalanche Monday?

the "you've just unsubscribed to our email list" email is more than a little unnecessary.
elise blaha cripe

to pay it forward:

Today was 'Pay It Forward' Monday at Starbucks in West Chicago, they had 106 people buy other people's coffees in a 3 hour period...
Katie Lindahl Smith

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4 Responses to “Monday Announcements 12.3.12”

  1. Holly
    December 3, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    I emailed weeks ago with questions about joining and never heard a reply.

    • Heather
      December 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      Hi, Holly! We have had quite a problem with emails turning up in SPAM the past couple of months. I am making a note to check on your email this week and will get back to you soon! Sorry about the delay – thanks for letting us know :)


  2. Jamie @ StudioEats
    December 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning my post!! :)


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