Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! 10 Things I’m Thankful for…..

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that each and every one of you has a great time tomorrow! There are so many things that I’m thankful for today. I could be here all day but I don’t want to bore you! I thought I’d narrow down my very long list into the 10 things I’m most thankful for…….

· My husband, best friend, and rock


· My two beautiful children. I could stare at their faces all day



· My parents who have taught me to reach for the stars no matter what


· My brother. I’m so thankful that the Lord has kept him with us even after his accident in Iraq


· My beautiful sister


· Friends


· The fact that I can be home with my kids and hold their hands through all their life lessons


· A roof over my head and food on my plate

· My successful businesses


· The health of myself and my loved ones


I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5 Tips for Staying Sane and Stress Free Through the Holidays!

Ahhhh the holidays are here again! The most wonderful time of the year, yet the most stressful! I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way. Learn from my mistakes! I can’t tell you how many years have passed that I look back and wish I could have done things differently!

This year, will be different!


I promise if you put these tips in place you’ll have a stress free and fun holiday season!

1) Lists! Make lots of lists! Then, prioritize what needs to be done first. If you are like me, there is a million and one things you’d like to get done this holiday season. Make a list of everything you want to do. Shopping, baking, wrapping, holiday parties, mailing out cards, decorating, everything. You will feel so accomplished when you are able to cross things off your list! PLUS, you’ll remember everything you’ll have to do to!


2) Get the family involved. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times my husband asks to help me out and I decline his offers because I feel like I have to do everything myself. So listen up! You don’t have to be Super Woman this holiday season. If your husband says he can help, take it! This is something I’m still struggling to work on. This year though, he will be helping!

3) Write out a budget and stick to it. This one is important. Millions and millions of consumers every year put themselves into deeper debt buying gifts for their loved ones. If you are like me, you start out the holiday season swearing up and down that you will not swipe that credit card to buy a gift and then all of a sudden, you’ve swiped a bunch of times! The holidays aren’t about what awesome up and coming gifts you can buy. It’s about family and tradition. Remember that when you go shopping. Write out your budget, pay cash, and don’t overextend!


4) Start shopping / wrapping early. Getting your shopping done early and before all the crowds start is a great way to stay happy and stress free this season. I’ve already finished my shopping for my kids and have just a few things left to get for family. While I love to go out Black Friday shopping, (I know, I know, I’m crazy. I love the atmosphere) I won’t be needing to go this year. I’ll be staying home nice and warm with my family. That stress is off my plate. Also, when you bring the presents home, wrap them!

5) Not everything needs to be perfect. This is the biggest one. You are not perfect. No one is! That means, the holidays do not have to be perfect. If you don’t get everything done on your list, try not to let it bother you. The most important part of the holidays is to spend lots of time with your family and friends celebrating each other!

Hope these few tips will make your holidays a little smoother this year.

Please enjoy this free printable I made to help out with your holiday shopping!

2012 Christmas Shopping List
                              (Click here for the printable)

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Happy Holidays!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Give the Gift of Shaklee this Holiday Season!

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was very quiet. Just hung around the house and pretty much just relaxed!

As some of you know, I’m a distributor with Shaklee. Shaklee is the #1 natural nutrition company in the US and for a good reason! Today, I thought I’d share with you my top 10 healthy gift ideas this holiday season. Hopefully my husband
is reading this so he can get some ideas!


#1) Basic H Organic Cleaning Concentrate – This stuff rocks! It’s organic, biodegradable, and costs 1 cent for window cleaner, 3 cents for all purpose cleaner, and about 17 cents to make a degreaser. This little bottle has 1000s of uses. You’ll never need another cleaner ever again!
#2) Vitalizer – This is my daily go to source for all my energy and the reason I feel so good! Before I started taking the Vitalizer, I had no energy, I was always getting sick, and I just never felt good. Now, I can actually get out of bed in the morning, I haven’t been sick this year yet, and I can keep up with my kids!
#3) Enfuselle Spa Shea Butter Cream - I can’t say enough good things about this! Especially in the winter months, this is the only cream you’ll need. It has a very light scent so it’s really nice for everyday use. Perfect for a stocking stuffer!
#4) Vivix – Vivix is a unique product in itself. A teaspoon of this a day will reverse the signs of aging though your DNA cells. Vivix has been known to reverse health issues and make you feel younger and healthier. Highly recommended!
#5) Cinch Energy Tea - My favorite! This tea is my afternoon pick me up. Cinch energy tea can be served hot or cold and is all natural! Another perfect stocking stuffer!
#6) Nutriferon - I also take the Nutriferon daily along with my Vitalizer. Nutriferon if used daily increases your body’s natural interferon, which is the critical activator of your immune system. Sick of getting sick? Take this! Naturally improve your immune system!
#7) Prosante Revitalizing Shampoo – My hair has never been so healthy until I started using this shampoo. The best part, it lasts forever! I’ve been using this shampoo for about 6 months now and I just opened my second bottle! (Yes, I wash my hair daily) Yet another perfect stocking stuffer!

#8) Get Clean Water Filtration System – This is on my Christmas list this year. I personally do not have it but I’ve heard nothing but great things. This water filtration system reduces up to 99% of lead and other containments from your water that may be harmful to your health. One filter handles about 80 gallons of water which is twice as much as other water filtration systems on the market! Crossing my fingers for this one this Christmas!
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#9) Enfuselle Nutrition Therapy Skin Care System – Before using the Enfuselle line of skin care products, my skin was always breaking out, blotchy, just yucky. Now, it’s clear, healthy, and I can honestly say, I don’t wear half as much makeup as I did when I wasn’t using the Enfuselle line. Some days I don’t even put any on and you wouldn’t notice! This is a great gift!
#10) Incredivites – Can’t forget the little monsters in our life! The Shaklee kids Incredivites is my son’s go to vitamin every morning. He survived the entire school year last year without a sick day! If that doesn’t tell you how great it is I don’t know what will! Stocking stuffer?

So that’s it! That’s my top 10 healthy gift list this holiday season. Want to learn more about Shaklee or have any questions? Please feel free to contact me via the form at the top of the page!

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Stay tuned for a jam packed week! I have a great recipe I’ll be sharing with you plus a great Christmas table centerpiece that will look great on your table this year!

Have a great Monday!


Friday, November 16, 2012

How to Have Fun with your Kids While Travelling on Business Trips

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great week and are getting ready for a fun filled weekend! Today, I thought I’d share with you the spontaneous idea my husband came up with when he went on his recent business trip. This is a great idea for really anyone who has to go away and leave the kids for a while!


Recently my husband Mark took a trip to a science conference in Minnesota. Planning the trip was relatively simple except for the part about breaking the news to our son Ethan. Ethan knew that Daddy was going on a trip but I really don’t think he grasped the duration that he would be gone for. Shortly before Mark left, Ethan grabbed a piece of an art project he used at school. This picture of him on a Popsicle stick was given to Mark so that Daddy wouldn’t forget Ethan. The picture was very cute. Mark stuffed it in his bag and promised Ethan that he would carry it with him everywhere. The day of the trip Mark apparently got inspired. He texted me saying that he had a great idea and to show Ethan a picture he was about to send. Needless to say, Mark took a picture of Ethan’s face next to places that he went. While sitting at the airport he sent a picture of Ethan next to a plane. Ethan was ecstatic.

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The best part about this whole idea was instead of hearing when is Daddy coming home I heard where is Daddy bringing me next. It gave Ethan something to look forward to every night and every morning. The nice part for Mark was that it was easy to do. The picture was small enough to carry in his pocket and everyone that asked Mark what he was doing said that was a fantastic idea. Phone calls, video chats, and text messages are great to keep in contact with family. Going that little extra distance to make your kids feel like they are always with you can help put a smile on their face from miles away!

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Have a great weekend everyone!!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fun, Simple, and Easy Fleece Fringe Scarf Tutorial – Great for Presents!

Hello! Today I thought I’d share with you all a very quick and EASY sewing project that would make some great homemade Christmas presents!

I’ll start by saying I have very amateur sewing skills. I’m really great at straight lines, but that’s about it. My Mom and I have a little side crafting business and she is in charge of all the sewing. I started getting into it about 3 months ago when my Mom started teaching me how to make some pillowcase dresses for our store. I remember sewing back when I was in school when we took Home Economics. Do they even still teach that in school? Anyway, I was never very good at it. I remember sewing a purse and forgetting to sew the bottom. So when I tell you I wasn’t good, I’m not kidding!

Today, I’m actually taking an interest in sewing. When my Mom started showing me some tips and tricks and encouraging me I started to actually get excited about it and really enjoy it. Enjoy it so much that I got a sewing machine for my birthday! Yay! I’ve been trying little projects here and there and I’m really having fun.

So here’s the deal. Anyone can do this project. It’s very simple. I think from start to finish, this project took about 30-45 minutes.

Here we go!

Fleece Fringe Scarf Tutorial


Supplies Needed:

- ¼ yard of fleece (2-3 different kinds – any color or pattern that you like)

**NOTE: for my scarf, I used 2 different kinds. (1/4 yard pink zebra, ½ yard black) Looking back, I think I probably would have done ¼ yard pink zebra, ¼ yard pink, and ¼ yard black

- Really sharp scissors

- Measuring tape

- Sewing machine with coordinating thread



- Cut your fleece into 5 inch wide and 5 foot long pieces. If you are making the scarf for a child, I’d do 5 inches wide and 3 or 4 feet long.
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- Layer the pieces together in an order that appeals to you.
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- Sew down the middle of the fabric. No pinning needed! If you don’t have a steady hand, you could pin it, but perfection isn’t really needed here!

- Cut 1 inch slits down each side of the sewn scarf trying to get pretty close to the sewn line. Do not cut through it!

**Note: a trick that I did was line up the measuring tape over the part that is sewn so that I knew where to stop and where to cut. I can get a little over zealous!

- Once cut on both sides fluff it up and you are ready to go!

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Have a great day!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Belated Veterans Day!

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Ours was a little extended because there was no school for the kids yesterday!

Our weekend was filled with lots of Veterans Day activities. For those of you who don’t know me too well yet, I have a soft spot in my heart for our military. My father served in the Army where he fought in the Vietnam War, my husband served in the Navy, and my brother served in the Army where he was severely wounded in Iraq back in 2008. The military has been around me my entire life. The stories and the pictures have changed my views on many things even in my own life. The respect and admiration that I have for those who serve is very strong. 

On Sunday we went to a Veterans Day memorial service where my brother Matt spoke about his time in the Army and his long road to recovery after he hit an IED in Iraq. Matt went through 44 surgeries and 3 years of recovery from the blast that day. He is one of the strongest men I know. Watching what he went through was one of the hardest things I have ever had to endure so far even in my own life. There were some days I really wasn’t sure if he’d ever be the same person that we saw walk out the door to join the Army. While he may still not be able to do things that everyone can do, I can proudly say that he is recovered, working full time, a homeowner, and a proud Daddy to his puppy Brutus.


Here is the clip from his speech. Sorry about the camera shaking…..I was holding my daughter at the same time!


On a little bit of a lighter note, I’m working on some great posts for you all! This time of year is my most favorite time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, I love them all! Stay tuned for a 12 days of cookie series where I will be sharing my family’s favorite cookie recipes, I’ll also be posting a great stocking stuffer post where I will share my list of 100 easy stocking stuffers, and I’ll also be sharing some great handmade shops where you can get some really unique gifts for your loved ones this year! If you have a handmade shop, (Etsy, Storenvy, etc.) don’t forget to stop by our Facebook page and share your shop! You never know, you may just be featured here!

Have a great day!