Natren Probiotics from the “Mother of Probiotics”

I received several Natren product at no cost in order to complete this post. Any opinions expressed are my own.  This post is not intended to give medical advice.  Prize is sponsored by Natren. 

I’ve mentioned a few times on this little blog that I have ulcerative colitis and IBS.  I see a GI doctor regularly and take prescription medication to manage my diseases.  I’ve had conversations with my doctor, with a dietician, and with others dealing with GI issues. I realize there is not a cure for my issues but there are things I can do to reduce symptoms and flare ups.

One thing is my diet.  Eating certain foods can irritate me and prompt certain symptoms for me.  Taking a probiotic can help maintain my “gut” health. There is also info out that that links GI issues to issues such as depression which I do have.  So things like proper sleep, exercise, etc can help as well.

If we circle back to probiotics though, you find that there are so many on the market  now. It seems a new brand is popping up all the time. How do you know which ones to trust? How do you know which ones will do what they’re meant to do?  How do you know you’re not getting things added into your probiotics that you probably don’t want in there?

Natren probiotics has been around for 30 years! Natren founder, Natasha Trenev along with her father, brought the idea of probiotic yogurt and acidophilus liquid to the US.  Natasha is known as the “Mother of Probiotics” in the early 1980’s she introduced the term “probiotics” to the health food industry.  You guys she is literally the reason we know about probiotics in the US today!  She was the first to arrange refrigerated sections in health food stores just so her family could sell their probiotic yogurts in stores.

In the 1980s and 90s Natasha actually established the entire probiotic category within the natural food industry.  Natasha created many firsts in regard to probiotics.  Natasha has written books on probiotics as well.  Natren is one of the only probiotics that has received International cBMP certification through Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) at the pharmaceutical and medicinal food level.

You can visit the Natren site to read more about the info, history, and science behind it too.  I could type it al. here but, why hear it from me when you can go straight to the source?  Here’s a helpful video about Natren as well:

Today Natren offers probiotics for all ages with many different product even in chewable for for kids and products for baby.


They have options for all stages of life. With Vegan, gluten free, and dairy free options.  The Healthy Tummy chewables my 9 yr old has been taking.  It says they are vanilla ice cream flavored.  He says they taste good. I’ve been using the Healthy Start system which is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, No GMOs, and No FOS.  They all arrived to me in glass bottles.

Natren products are shipped to you cold because they do contain live probiotics.  I also received a handy booklet with lots of info about Natren.


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Tempted by the Viscount Book Tour & Giveaway 4/20 – 5/20

Tempted by the Viscount


by Sofie Darling
Genre: Historical Romance
Pub Date: June 27th, 2018
London, April 1825

Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. Or so he thinks

until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his
daughter’s reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the
scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort’s connections in the art world to
protect his daughter’s future.

Olivia, too, has a past she’d like to escape. By purchasing her very own

Mayfair townhouse, she’ll be able to start a new life independent
from all men. There’s one problem: she needs a powerful man’s
name to do so. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name.

A bargain is struck.

What Olivia doesn’t anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The

undeniable spark of awareness that races between them undermines her
vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her
system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching

But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher

and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and

follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.

Sofie spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book

she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer
satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must
write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a
writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted

When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon
a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles
whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent
relationship with her beagle, Bosco.

His feet began a slow prowl forward, steadily erasing the distance between them, inch by deliberate inch.
She should feel panicked, or, at least, unsettled, by his purposeful approach. But those feelings refused to
take hold. The anxiety and anticipation of seconds ago flared into a single overwhelming sensation:
desire, white hot, ravenous.
He drew within a foot of her and stopped. The only sound in the room the jagged in and out of her breath.
So this was what it was to be a wanton? Aching from the nearness of his withheld touch, excruciatingly
delicious and exquisitely tortured all at once.
“Why are you here?” she muttered.
“How should I answer that question?” he returned, his voice a low, masculine register that quaked her to
her core. His head lowered, lips hovering just above hers for one, two, three rapid heartbeats, his breath a
whisper across her lips. “Like this?”


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Glimpses of Wilderness Book Tour & Giveaway 4/20 – 5/20

Glimpses of Wilderness
The Glimpses Series Book 1
by Lee Ann Ward
Genre: YA Romance

No nightmares about my dad’s car crashing or my sister’s tiny face

vanishing in a window of red. No, not anymore. Now when I sleep I
fall into an expanse of frozen wilderness, the other life I’ve lived…

The one I’ve lived with him.
Anna experiences vivid dreams from a past-life she lived in the 1800s
her husband Robert and their children in the wilderness of the
Michigan Territory. Much like her own mother grieving the man and
child she lost, Anna can’t simply let go of the memories that haunt her.
But when she runs into Robert in this lifetime, a whirlwind of their past
lives—and deaths—rocks her modern world to the core. What will
she be willing to risk to spend every lifetime with Robert?
In the twists and turns of “repeating” their lives over and over
through time, Anna must sacrifice everything for a glimpse of
immortal love.

Lee Ann Ward is an award-winning fiction author with a background in
journalism and mass communications. She is also the former Senior
Editor of Champagne Books. Her love of books started at the age of
three, and she’s been addicted ever since. She’s published six novels
with her seventh and eighth on the way (SEE a YA paranormal by
Evernight Teen in June 2017 and GLIMPSES OF WILDERNESS a YA romance
by Inkspell Publishing in December 2017) and has written several
more. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, singing, baking designer
cakes, bowling and dreaming. She’s married to Joe (who also happens
to be her publicist) and they have 4 sons whom they adore, and a
granddaughter who is the love of their life. They make their home in
the small fishing community of Bayou La Batre, Alabama.

“Now you’re all mine,” he whispers near my skin, causing my arms to prickle with gooseflesh when his
breath tickles my ear. “All mine.”
The strength of his arms around me coaxes my body to full awareness. I inhale his scent as he pulls me
into his chest—a mixture of sweat, leather, and smoke. I am forever stunned by the way our bodies mold
together, like nothing in this icy wilderness could ever feel this warm, this perfect, this well-matched. I
belong to him, and he to me.
His kisses trail across my cheek and down my neck. I lift my chin when the stubble of his days-old beard
scratches the tender flesh he’s now consuming. He reaches for the first button of my dress and I close my
eyes, anticipating the feel of his fingers on my willing skin when he whispers, “First, come with me, my
love. I have something to show you.”


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The Sehhinah Trilogy Book Tour & Giveaway 4/20 – 5/20

The Stars That Rise at Dawn
Šehhinah Book 1
By Ivana Skye
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Yenatru had always had trouble making friends. So he didn’t expect that

he’d have such an easy time befriending Lucifer…

Meanwhile, his one previous friend Elīya is still not over the loss of the
third member of their friend group, Tamar. She disappeared one day to
become one of God’s Holy, and as far as Elīya’s concerned,
nothing’s ever been the same. It doesn’t help that her university
philosophy program is turning out much less interesting than she’d hope.
It could be that Yenatru’s weird new friend has just the skills she
needs to solve all her problems. But in order to get Lucifer’s
help, she’ll have to confront parts of herself she’s never dared to.

The Birds That Fly at Dusk
Šehhinah Book 2

Celyet’s been trying to keep her head low ever since she left the camp of

demons she grew up in. But then she actually talks to a barista at
the local coffee shop. And then an angel gets involved…

Celyet finds nothing more terrifying than
the idea of being misued or
misinterpreted by people. That’s why she hasn’t been talking to
anyone for half a year. But when she challenges herself to visit
somewhere in town she’s never been, she ends up making a terrible
mistake, bringing her time spent hiding to an abrupt end.
Sän may work at a coffee shop, but that doesn’t mean they know how to
comfort people. But they really want to find a way to make a
difference for that sad-looking demon who keeps coming in.
And just because the shop’s owned by the angel Jibril doesn’t mean
that they’re going to stop by anytime soon and start flinging puns
at people … right?

The Lives That Argue For Us

Šehhinah Book 3

Teśena and Kjorel have been in an open relationship for years. But when

Kjorel leaves to travel for eight months, Teśena doesn’t really
have anyone else to turn to. Well, except the most powerful person in
the world…

Everyone knows God
is made of fire. So of course no one would ever suggest that the
easily-overwhelmed Teśena try praying to Them. Then why, when Teśena
tries to do exactly that in a moment of desperation, do they seem to
get along so well?
On the other
side of the world, Kjorel’s dealing with a loneliness of his own.
That is, until he starts his visit to the city of Ēnnuh, and finds a
boyfriend within a few days. With no way to contact Teśena, he can
only hope their previous agreements stand … or that Teśena will
improbably find a way to communicate with him anyway.
After all, what’s a few thousand miles when you have God on your side?

Ivana Skye is a disaster without a permanent address, who much like her

characters, spends a lot of time navigating the transition into
adulthood and screaming. Oh, and writing. She does a lot of that too.

Despite currently being in the middle of multiple months
of travel through various countries she is not from, she still
retains a strong connection to the state of Colorado, where she will
probably permanently live. Eventually.

[Excerpt from The Stars that Rise at Dawn:]
“Most people think of you as somewhat dignified,” Yenatru points out. “Someone with
pride. Impressive.”
Lucifer clutches a hand to her chest. “Ow, don’t go implying I don’t have pride.
I like being prideful! ’S fun.”
“You are attempting and failing to banter with some really shy boy you met in a
university library,” Yenatru says, deadpan.
“I did say I was pathetic,” Lucifer says with a smile. “Do you believe me now?”
Yenatru thinks about that for a moment, then nods. “Yes. Yes, I believe you.”
Lucifer’s smile turns harder, almost determined. “Good.”

[Excerpt from the prologue of The Stars that Rise at Dawn:]
But there’s no fear anywhere in her. She’s looked. She’s said to herself so many times
today: if I have any hesitation, I’ll stop, I won’t do it. But she has none. And maybe that’s what
should scare her.
It doesn’t, though.
Besides, she only just a month back graduated secondary school, was officially
declared an adult. This is exactly the right time to decide to become something, not for any
reason she can quite name, but because everything in her says yes and nothing in her says no,
and what kind of person would she be if she didn’t listen to that?

[Excerpt from the prologue of The Birds that Fly at Dusk:]
She presses her hand against the clay at her side, lets the softness of it sink into her
skin. It’s almost strange to touch her soul, except not strange at all: it feels like home.
Everything she is meant to be, and she is meant to be so much.

[Excerpt from The Lives that Argue for Us:]
Teśena’s not quite sure how this works, how to think to someone who’s this here with
aer, but ae tries, ae imagines almost an opening up of the memory of it all—and somehow this
act, this unfurling, itself gently glows.
A thousand wings shift again, eyes made of fire open and close, wheels made of fire
turn and turn. And the fire of God’s wings moves as if closer to aer, almost as if laughing,
understanding, something like a mirror wrapped in one of the wheels reflecting.
Teśena has made terrible, impulsive decisions, ae understands.
And God seems to respect that in the way God respects Themself.


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