Get Rewarded for Making Healthy Choices! #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias


I’m a geeky girl who is trying to stay healthy! As a busy working mom, I know my health is important. However, since I’m a software developer, I’m tied to my desk for several hours a day. Combining health with technology is a WIN-WIN for me! It’s fun and easy to do!

How good are you at making healthy choices? Is it easy for you to self-motivate? I have to admit that my heart wants to make healthy choices, but my body… well, it really likes to read books on the couch. I’m much better at exercising my mind than exercising my legs.

Anyone else?

I recently purchased a Jawbone Up24 (review coming soon!) and have really been enjoying using it. For several years, I have tried to motivate myself to get more exercise. I wore a pedometer hoping to hit a “step goal” everyday, but honestly found it hard to stay excited about it. My goal of 10000 steps per day seemed really exciting on January 1st as I started my “New Years Resolution”. However, as the days went along…. I found myself less and less motivated.

After all, if I missed my goal, who would know about it besides me?

… and if I achieved my goal, what reward would I get?

Now, I know that being healthy is, in fact, its own reward. Having a strong heart, lungs that are clear, and lots of energy allows me to take care of my family. It’s important! So often we (especially moms) let our own health go because we are so busy caring for everyone else. So, please, make your own health a priority!

… and make it FUN!!!

I don’t know about you, but I do so much better achieving a goal if I actually get a tangible, physical, valuable REWARD! Are you like that?

I’ve been using the free Walgreens Balance Rewards app on my phone for quite a while because I love their clip-free coupons (I even wrote about them here!). It’s easy to refill my prescriptions, make a shopping list, access my Balance rewards, and (of course!!) clip coupons to my phone.

However, I just discovered the BEST part of the app!!!

BR for healthy choices

Do you see the red circle by the arrow? BR for healthy choices, my friends, is a great way to get actual, physical, tangible, valuable, rewards for healthy choices! Balance Rewards for healthy choices feature helps keep me accountable and makes living a healthy life easy by setting health goals, tracking progress, and connecting my devices.

I love this idea so much — and it’s so easy!

First, connect your favorite fitness device to your Walgreens Balance Rewards account. They support many different devices: FitBit Flex, FitBit Zip, iHealth, Jawbone Up 24, and MANY more. Then, the app automatically receives information about your healthy choices!!! You can set health goals for the amount of walking you want to do each day and much more! The best thing is, when you make healthy choices like walking a certain number of steps, you earn points that you can spend on Walgreens merchandise!


After you initially connect your device, you don’t have to do ANYTHING else to keep track of your numbers. All you have to do is make healthy choices and think about how you are going to spend all of your reward points!

It’s really easy to earn points — you can get points for walking, running or biking, tracking your weight, and tracking blood pressure or blood glucose numbers

Think about all of the great items you could get when you redeem your reward points — a new water bottle, running shoe insoles, energy bars, sports drinks, etc. You will have a physical reminder of all of the healthy choices you have been making. In turn, you will be motivated to do even MORE!


Now, I’m not discouraging you from getting lots of health and fitness products, but………… if you see me in Walgreens, I’ll be spending my rewards at a certain aisle. Any guesses????



It’s super easy to register and get started tracking your progess TODAY! Balance Rewards not only makes you aware of the healthy choices you are making but also rewards you for your healthy activity. Get connected to get rewarded!!!


Maybe Following God is Alot Like Kindergarten

  My son was crying, and I was barely holding back tears. Sometimes being a little kid is hard. Sometimes being a mommy is harder. My day had been filled with more questions that answers. Work stress and decisions — good? bad? who knows? — combined with juggling life responsibilities had me waving the white… 

Read More »

minecraft game

Super Easy Minecraft Birthday Cake Idea

Today I thought I’d tell you a little about what’s been going on here since I’ve been offline. My oldest son just celebrated his 10th birthday and wanted a “Minecraft” theme birthday cake. Let me tell you, that was harder to find than I thought! First, just in case you don’t have a 10-year-old, “Minecraft”… 

Read More »


It Feels So Good to Sit Down and Be Able to Type This Post to You… {on quitting, the internet, my blog make-under, and finally figuring out my blog purpose}

1997 “Well, what should we do now?” My then-boyfriend, now-husband, and I looked at one another after our movie was over. We had ridden to the movie theater with his roommate, who was watching The Titanic, and had at least another hour before his movie was over. It was the 90′s — before texting, of… 

Read More »


They Let Newborns into Kindergarten Now? #MeetMyFamily #BackToSchool #WalgreensPaperless #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias  Several readers have written to me and expressed the desire to know more about my family. So today, I want to introduce you to my youngest son because he is about to embark on a great adventure… 

Read More »

AOA_Digital_Devices_infographic copy 2

Don’t Forget to Do This Before School Starts! #HealthyEyes #AOA #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Pencils, backpacks, crayons, lunchboxes… the “back to school” checklist goes on and on. However, there is one VERY important thing to add to your list to ensure your child… 

Read More »


2 Months of NO blogging — I miss you!!!

Ah, the internet… I haven’t had it for two months and it’s really hard to be a blogger without it. I’m currently typing this post using one finger on my cell phone. Getting a little cramp, just a small one. I had to write to say I miss you and am praying I have internet… 

Read More »

Free Fourth of July Menu from eMeals

FREE Fourth of July Menu from eMeals!

I am SO excited about July 4th! Are you ready for great food and good times on Independence Day? Get inspired with eMeals’ FREE Fourth of July Menu!  This menu includes: Easy Baby Back Ribs Bacon Potato Salad Marinated Slaw Crunch-Topped Squash Casserole Watermelon Salad Berry-Topped Thunder Cake It is FREE with any eMeals subscription… 

Read More »


DETAILS for the “Secret Sister Encouragement Brigade”!

      #107908817 / WOW! God is doing a great work here, and I am so happy that we get to be included in HIS plan!!! THANK YOU to the approximately 250 of you who signed up to encourage other “secret sisters” — either through email or hand-written cards. I’m so excited to… 

Read More »


ONLINE Secret Sisters { and we need YOU! }

  So…. I had this crazy idea after reading some wonderful and fun suggestions on my Facebook page. I’m hoping YOU will join me because we need YOU! How many of you ladies would be wiling to anonymously send a secret sister (a total stranger!) a hand-written note with a simple, short word of encouragement?… 

Read More »


Signed, Sealed, Delivered {TV with a Bible Study!}

It is very rare for me to find a nice, clean, wholesome, non-cheesy TV show — and I am SO excited to have finally found one! “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is a new Hallmark Channel original series that is enjoyable for the whole family. I can’t wait to share something really extra special about this series,… 

Read More »