Say it With Me: No More Fad Diets! Take the Great Grains Pledge + Giveaway!

Great Grains up close

Ready? Repeat after me: “I will not succumb to the hype of any more fad diets. Instead, I pledge to try to change my overall eating habits to include more wholesome foods and enjoy a normal, balanced diet.” Doesn’t that feel good? Oh, and by “normal, balanced diet,” I mean one that factors in our evolution as a human species, not one designed for our ancestors that lived so long ago, they actually used their appendix for important things! You know what I’m talking about, don’t play coy! Today I’m sharing the Great Grains Fad-Free Pledge. I received some delicious granola treats from […] Read more »

How to Talk to Someone You Love About Their Drug Problem

Drug Problem

There are so many articles out there that promise to teach you how to talk to a loved one about drugs and alcohol. Most of them are filled with good information and useful tips but most of them also approach the issue from the perspective of prevention. The idea is to teach your kids and teens about addiction before it happens so that, hopefully, it won’t. Nobody is ever going to say that this is a bad idea. Unfortunately, not every kid or teen comes from as open and supportive an environment as yours. So what should they do? How […] Read more »

Get Back to Being Mom with Chloraseptic Sore Throat Relief #RealRelief

Get Back to Being Mom with Chloraseptic Sore Throat Relief #RealRelief

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chloraseptic®. All opinions are 100% mine. As I write this, I’m battling one of my worst colds of the season. Alas, it’s not my ONLY cold so far, but it’s definitely the worst. Along with the usual suspects, this strain has brought its good friend sore throat to the mix. Fun, right? Not when you’re a single mom and you have a million things left to do before the holidays! I simply don’t have time to be sick. Everyone keeps telling me to rest and I look at them […] Read more »

5 Clever Tips to Avoid Colds in School Kids #ChildrensMucinex


This post on clever tips to avoid colds in school kids is brought to you by Children’s Mucinex. I was not compensated, however I received complimentary product and other goodies in exchange for an honest post as part of a Smiley360 campaign. Deck the school halls with sneezing kids, fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be snotty, fa la la la la blah blah achoo. Don we now our bright red noses, FALALALAAAA…oh, you get the point. It’s cold season. Want to know how I know this? Not because I’m a former nursing […] Read more »

‘Tis the Season for…Migraines? Not with Ausanil! #ThankfulforMigraineReliefSweepsEntry

Don't let a migraine ruin this view!

This post is sponsored by the maker of Ausanil® severe headache and migraine nasal spray. I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own. ‘Tis definitely the season to be jolly, but all those fa la la la las can really bring on a headache for migraine sufferers.  I love the excitement, the lights, the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen, the shopping, the wrapping, the dashing through the snow in my one-horse-powered ancient car…you get the idea. Oh yes, I love the holidays. My head, though, sometimes not so much. Headaches are pretty much a fact […] Read more »

A Better Night’s Sleep for Neck Pain Sufferers with Mediflow Waterbase Pillow + Giveaway

Mediflow Waterbase Pillow

I received a complimentary Mediflow Waterbase Pillow. All opinions are my own. Do you suffer from neck pain? If so, you know how hard it is to find the right pillow to help you get a good night’s sleep. Let me tell you a little story (those keeping a tally of my random medical issues, get your pen out). Last year, I was talking on the phone when I felt a horrible pain in my neck. A real pain, not the person I was talking to acting like a pain. It was so weird and came out of nowhere! The […] Read more »

Tips & Goodies to Keep You Healthy & Beautiful All Winter Long

Winter Health and Beauty

Oh the weather outside is frightful!!! Not quite as frightful as my singing yet, but it’s getting there! I think I actually saw a flurry the other day. A FLURRY! It’s barely the middle of November! With the temperatures dropping and the dry indoor heat rising, my skin is looking not so shiny-happy today. I’m also taking new medicine to prevent migraines. It has the unfortunate side effect of sucking all the moisture out of my body, so I’ve been blotchy lately. Over the last month or so (in some cases, more on the so), I’ve been trying out some […] Read more »

Protect Your Preemie from RSV #RSVAwareness

Jacob Preemie Awareness RSV

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. World Prematurity Day on November 17th is an important day to me.  on It’s no secret here on Pretty Opinionated that I have quite a bit of experience as a mom to a preemie. Jacob was born at 32 weeks due to my preeclampsia. He was a whopping 3lbs, 5oz. At one point, he dropped down to 2lbs, 9oz.  So itty bitty that I had to wait for […] Read more »

Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Routine on those Crazy Days + $1,000 Giveaway!


We all have those days where our regular morning beauty routine just isn’t going to happen. You know what I’m talking about, right? The days that the alarm clock somehow forgets to go off (certainly NOT because YOU forgot to set it!), your kids lose their shoes or you just have to be out the door earlier than expected. When days like that happen, primping and preening for an hour just isn’t in the cards. Here’s a secret: I can go from sleeping to out the door in about twenty minutes, and about half of that time is spent downing […] Read more »

Restore Your Hair’s Vitality with Hairfinity Hair Vitamins

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins for Thicker Hair

I’ve talked a lot about my hair over the years here at Pretty Opinionated. Mostly about how it’s crazy thick and out of control. In the comment section of those posts, many of you said you wished you had that problem; that you were dealing with the opposite issue: thin, brittle hair. I really wanted to share a solution for YOU. That’s why I took this opportunity to tell you about Hairfinity Hair Vitamins. Breathe Life into Fine, Thinning Hair with Hairfinity Hair Vitamins Thinning or brittle hair is often caused by a lack of vital nutrients. Like every other […] Read more »