How to Make Your Parties Healthy

It’s Spring Break around these parts this week, which got me thinking how close it is to SUMMER! Oh, summer and all the wonderful parties that come along with it! But sometimes I feel like parties involve too much junk food, and sugar, and other nasty ingredients that certainly don’t add to the party later – especially when it comes to kids parties!

So when Tracey Clayton contacted me and asked if she could share some ways in which parties could be made HEALTHY, well. What a great idea! Let’s see what she’s got for us!

Whether you are two or ninety-two, nobody wants to miss out on a party. The event where fun is a priority, and enjoyment is a must, parties increase the happiness levels of all attending. And who doesn’t like all around smiles, laughter, good food, drinks, cheerful decorations, and cake? Well, sometimes our bodies. Because we tend to let loose, go all out, eat and drink in excess, and have just too much fun during parties, our bodies have to tolerate all that. Luckily, there are ways of making a party healthy, and still being able to have fun, and enjoy the party.

Mix It Up

Provide your guests with diversity, and moderate portions, they will surely be grateful for. Choice is a great way to ensure guests can fill their bellies by trying a little bit of everything. The color will amaze and attract everyone, while making the portions smaller in size ensure each person has their fill of your delectables.

Food on the Go

You always want to give your guests the chance to eat on the go, and be able to mingle. The best course of action is to provide them with delicious finger food. Still, nobody likes greasy fingers when it is time to shake a hand, or give a hug. Considering healthier finger food alternatives will not only leave your hands clean, enjoying the company of others, but will also leave room for cake, and other treats.

A Veg Alternative

Another thing you have to consider is the introduction of vegan and vegetarian alternatives. Because you never know who that plus one might be, having a backup plan enables you to keep a sound mind, knowing you can satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Some great vegetarian party recipes are so delicious, even the most fanatical meat-eaters will want to try these specialties, and have a healthier party experience.

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Drinks Au Naturale

Go for more natural flavors when serving drinks. Kids will adore sugar-free drinks made from freshly squeezed juice, healthier than industrial fizzy sodas. Also, you have a chance to experiment with flavors that may prove to be your guests’ next best drink. And grownups will be amazed by addition of pomegranate juice to club soda, or your very own home-made drink recipe, to spice up their beverage. Finally, be sure to make water available, especially if you hold your party during summer.

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!

Around these parts, we try to be healthy. I know most of you are the same way! But sometimes we fail miserably. Sometimes we fail on purpose for a sugar rush…but most of the time we fail accidentally from a simple lack of knowledge. When you want to be healthy, but you don’t have the right information to support that lifestyle…well, that’s frustrating! 

Luckily, the folks over at Ultimate Bundles have put together another fantastic bundle that remedies this bump-in-the-road! It’s the Ultimate Healthy Living bundle!

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And hey, it’s actually the 4th year in a row that Ultimate Bundles has offered something like this! Just goes to show you that folks are huge fans of this offer! 

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes over 90 digital products on topics like natural remedies, essential oils, real food recipes, paleo & allergy-friendly eating, fitness & weight loss and much more. All together, it’s worth over $1900!

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Help Support Your Immune System With Probiotics from Dr. Mercola! (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!)

**PLEASE NOTE: While Mercola DID provide me with these products to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Earlier in the year, I had a much-dreaded visit to the dentist. And then the endodontist after that. You know how THAT goes.

Apparently, two of my very old root canals had gone bad, and I had to have them redone! What on earth?! I had no idea that could even happen! I was none too pleased, either! 

The process was not too fun at all, and included several round of some pretty heavy antibiotics. This I did NOT like, for two reasons:

1. I have two autoimmune disorders, and, although antibiotics aren’t great for anyone, they’re REALLY BAD for people with autoimmune disorders! ACK! 

2. I used to get a good probiotic from my mom, but my parents have recently retired to the North Georgia mountains, 9 hours away from me! I had no idea where to start when looking for a probiotic on my own! And I KNEW I would need a powerful one after all of those antibiotics!

Enter the lovely Joan from Mercola, who shot me an email to see if I’d like to review Dr. Mercola’s probiotics! Impeccable timing, that Joan! Of course, I was excited to test them out!

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Now, let me stop right here and say: I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. Don’t you go acting like this blog post is medical advice and that I’m the authority on this. I’M TOTALLY NOT! But, I DO know my body very well, and I DO know how it functions when it’s being hit with antibiotics, and how it feels while it’s being restored with probiotics. My own experience is what this post is based on!

Mercola shipped me a lovely box which held the following:

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Home Matters Linky Party #48

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. 

I have a lil’ announcement to make before we all party-on! This will be my last party as a host for Home Matters.

We all have those periods when life demands a bit more attention than what we would normally give, and I have reached such a stretch of time. As is my philosophy, I always strive to do something very well, or not at all, so at this time (since I am no longer able to put in the work that it takes to run such an amazing party WELL) I will be stepping down as a host.

But never fear! The party will go on! I will still be around linking up my posts! And you can always feel free to visit the lovely Lorelai (over at lifewithlorelai.com) to continue on partying, OR…you can visit our brand new host, Melissa (over at adventuresfrugalmom.com)! Melissa has been a co-host with Home Matters for a LONG time, and I’m thrilled that she’s stepping in to be a host! Make sure you stop by and welcome her!

Okay, okay…enough of all this! Let’s PARTY!

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Thank you so much for joining us for this last party of July 2015! We are always excited to see what you have to share with us at each party. Please invite your friends to party along!

It is also a sad day here at Home Matters. Our host, Kristen, will be leaving us after this week for some much needed time for life. Home Matters retains a place in her heart, and she will return to party with us sharing new blog posts when she can.

After nearly a year of hosting Home Matters, we want to thank Kristen for all her hard work and dedication to help make this party what it is today. It is with this gratitude in mind that we have a special tribute to her time at Home Matters. Be sure to check it out, and share your love and support with Kristen.

 

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Here are just some of the AWESOME posts Kristen shared throughout the year!

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Rhonda shows us How-To Save Up To 70% Off Your Children’s Clothing

Here’s an awesome list of Kid’s Craft Supplies from Sheena

Nicole shares some great tips in this Blog Post Pre-Publish Checklist

Upcycled Wildfire Patio Chair Planters from Jane & Sonja

Amanda shares her DIY Sleepy Time Gummy Snacks

There’s Something for Everyone at Carowinds from Melissa

Alayna brings us the Let’s Bake A Cake Wedding Gift Basket

Make-Up Tutorial – Everyday Polished Look from Sarena

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Once upon a time in Feature-Land, there were some great summery recipes to cool and refresh you, some awesome tips for the college dorm room, fun gift ideas, and even a little outdoor decor magic with Fairy Tales.

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23 Iced Coffee Recipes You Have to Try from Ashleigh @ Living Off Love And Coffee

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We hit 500 Links in last week’s party, so…

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The Big Kitchen Reveal from Kris @ Aurora Patina

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4 Water Activities For Kids from Nina @ Grandma Ideas

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Home Matters Linky Party #47

Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. 

Home Matters Linky Party #47!

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Thank you for joining us for another wonderful week at Home Matters! We are so excited to have you here, and see what you have to share with us. Invite your friends to party along too!

 

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Lorelai at Life With Lorelai:

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Kristen at The Road to Domestication:

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Lorelai presents: Cool For School or Anytime – Shoelacing!

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Tomato Ketchup from Kristen

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Sheena shares an Under The Sea Sensory Bin

TV’s Effects On Childhood Development part 2 from Amanda

Jane & Sonja show us how to Make Your Own Delicious Mulberry Jam

What Season Are You? Sarena shares the secrets

A Full Week of Highs and Lows from Melissa

Rhonda helps us understand What Your Kids Are Learning Playing Minecraft

Even A Beginner Can Sew This Doodle Dress! see how from Nicole

Alayna shares this Stars and Stripes Corn-Hole Boards DIY Tutorial

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We have some spectacular Features for you today! Ideas for re-purposing, DIY projects, an All-Star entertaining idea, and a great summer dessert! Enjoy, PIN, and share…

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32 Wonderful Uses For An Old Iron Rake from Linda @ Crafts a la mode

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DIY Frame Tray from Dagmar @ Dagmar’s Home

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Just A NOTE: If we hit 500 Links, we’ll have HIGHLIGHTS next week!

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week!

Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow…

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If you were featured this week, Please Grab our Featured Button to display proudly on your blog post, featured page, or sidebar! Share the joy…

 

Featured at Home Matters Linky Party

 

 

 

Are you ready to Party?

 

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The linky party starts when Friday begins and closes when Monday ends, EST.

We at Home Matters love meeting new people and discovering new blogs. Help us grow this party by sharing a link on your post or grabbing our party button for your sidebar or party page.

 

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Stop by and VISIT as many OTHER BLOGGERS as you can. Leave them a message, and share their talents on social media. Be sure to Please USE our Registered Hashtag

 

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Home Matters Linky Party Guidelines:

We are thrilled that you came by to link up today! Here are a few rules that hosts and co-hosts of the Home Matters Party follow, and we ask that you follow them, as well.

    1. Please link up no more than THREE posts each week–try to make sure that they are new links that you have not shared here previously. (Exception: Holiday/Seasonal specific posts may be shared once per year.)

 

 

    1. Please take some time to poke around and visit some of the other links.

 

 

    1. Please take some time to check out your hosts and co-hosts on social media.

 

 

    1. We appreciate the variety of blogs on the www; however, the Home Matters Party is for links on matters of the HOME. Please link accordingly.

 

 

    1. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways–unless you begin the party with a new project, recipe or post.

 

 

    1. On the same note, please do not add links of an extremist, political or strong controversial nature. (The hosts and co-hosts read each and every blog post linked, and will contact you directly if you have linked something that does not fit into the realm of the party.)

 

 

With your help, we can continue to grow the Home Matters Party! Thank you!

 

 

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