Thursday, December 29, 2011

Shark, Attack!

Once a week (sometimes schedules are crazy and it ends up being every other week),
A couple of us get together to Explore the World of Science.
The cool thing about Homeschooling, is that nowhere does it say you have to buy everything yourself,
What resources you are limited to!

Mrs. S ask this Wonderful Lady to come over
and teach Science to our kids

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Me, In Review

"I have learned so many things, 
especially from my children, just by listening to them."
Horseback riding BLORA, Texas 2003


Monday, December 26, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Crockpot Wassail & Apples

My Crockpot Wassail 

"As you bask in the joy of the Holiday Season
The attached refreshment only stands to reason
Will liven the mood and add warmth to the heart.
Especially on cold winter nights, it will do the part.
May your Holidays be happy and free from hassle
As you and your family enjoy the "Heart Warming Wassail."

~ David R. Benard

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Team Snow Miser or Heat Miser?

Oh My Goodness! How did December pick up its Tempo?
I don't know about you or where your at,
but Texas is having some issues 
on deciding if its going to be a cold or warm Christmas! 
Last week I was a walking around in short sleeves and shorts,
the next day I have turtlenecks and scarves!!!

So what about you? 
Are you...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Birthday!

November 18th
Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Yes ~ this is a truly awesome day,
10 years ago a baby boy entered this world 
and changed my life.

(Forget the 9 months in the Uterus,
I was going to ignore my changing body 
as a sign of things to come)

As he was my first - I didn't know how good I had it.
I thought it was rough!

From him I learned that even at a couple months old
he was watching and learning from me how to behave 
and how to act in the world around him.

As a single mother stationed in Okinawa,
I had no real idea what I was doing.
At the time I didn't understand Tough Love and Compassion.
In the beginning it was out of duty and inherent responsibility
to this life form,
and about the time he was 6 months old,
I felt this odd feeling ~ that I had never felt before!
I Loved him! 
I felt this overwhelming feeling of awe 
and tenderness
to My Son.

I always enjoyed my invitation's at other member's homes
for dinner,
because I saw and learned what family life was really like
AND what it could be like.
I felt the harmony (even when it was noisy & looked chaotic)
the Spirit of their home,
and I wanted the same for my home

You have to understand I didn't have anyone to tell me 
how to raise a child or what my role 
was in a family.

And unfortunately I also saw and learned there were
things that hurt the family
and I made a decision to avoid them.

Sometimes the truth is you just fall into it...
By applying yourself.
By failing and getting back up again.
I was often frustrated and angry with myself,
and because I didn't want to take it out on Nicko,
I would go to this certain wall in our living room,
and I would pound all my frustrations away...

When Nicko was about 5 or 6 months old,
he was frustrated with me over something,
(I think I wasn't giving him the attention he wanted)
he crawled to this wall and pounded his hands....

It was then that I knew ~
I knew without a doubt he was learning Everything from me
I knew I had to be a better mother.
I knew I had to change what I was doing 
IF I wanted a different future.

As he learned from me,
I learned from him...
about me...
I became a better person because of him.
He was counting on me to make better choices
to focus on that Future...
and I wasn't going to let him down.

He truly has been a source of Joy in my life,
I am honored to be his mother.

Happy Birthday Nickolaus!
You were meant for great things!

Because I like to think Of XS as a Child's energy in a bottle,
I'd like to share a NEW release by XS.
For everyone that post How old is Mickey Mouse this year....
 I will give a pack of XS Energy chewing gum 
Arctic Blast
(12 pieces)
Its better than No Doze... without the jitters
or the upset stomach!

No need to sign in to post a comment
Last Day to enter is Nov 30th
I will contact for address on Dec 2nd
and shipping will begin

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tools, Rewards & Charts Part 2

I think it is essential to Teach our children there are rewards & consequences to every action.

"To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: 
or the forces of two bodies on each other 
are always equal and are directed in opposite directions."
~Newton's third law of motion 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tools, Rewards & Charts Part 1

This is me reporting Live
On the subconscious network!

I was very surprised to see the topic of chore charts on several blogs in the last week or so,
Which made me question whether I should post what I have been working on

Oh Heck I'm gonna do it anyway!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Some of our must see movies on Halloween is...
The Halloween Tree, Hocus Pocus, and after the Kiddos go to bed... Sleepy Hollow.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Young Eagles take flight

After what happened last week, I was looking for something to cheer up Nicko.
There was a local newspaper link thrown around Facebook.


I remembered that Nicko's First grade grade teacher,
at Ira Cross Elementary School, was a volunteer pilot.
She use to offer rides to her top 5 achievers

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


*** Warning this is a Sad post ***

Here is a little Pre -Intro to the Real Blog
I have to confess,
that death doesn't affect me the way it might for others.  

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Phytonutrient Snack Attack!

Its Phytonutrient Snack Attack time!

Phyto... what?
So you have heard the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"?
Pop Quiz: How many apples a day are you suppose to have to keep the doctor away?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

100 in 3

"I have never allowed my schooling to interfere with my education."
~ Mark Twain
Library books everywhere beware,
I have this desperate urge to mark and highlight the books I am currently reading.
its taking sheer will power,

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Lost Egypt

~ First off ~
I Love traveling with other Homeschooling families, and
Sharing an awesome experience together!

Last Month we had the pleasure of checking out,
the Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science exhibit 
at the Mayborn Museum Complex in Waco, Texas with the S family.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Choose your own Adventure

If you have an Old Maid with 5 Gold stars 
~ You won your choice of a case of Khave Espresso or XS Energy drink ~
If you have an Old Maid card with Stars of any other color 
~ You won 5 punch outs on your loyalty card towards a free case or gift card ~
If you have a card with anybody but the Old Maid
~ You won an entry for a chance to win a $30 value Ribbon Gift Collection ~
 ...and with that Congratulations to
Robin L.

If you have any Old Maid cards ~ you have until Oct 1st to contact me.
Sometimes I feel like an Old Maid
before I had kids
I was young and the world was mine!
Then everything changed,
because Life is one big Choose your Own adventure,
and for some reason you just can't peak ahead!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fort Hood Army Wives EXPO

Not many ppl know this about me but I'm a total spaz the night before a big event! Most of the time I can't even sleep! I am Absolutely a nervous wreck! Its almost as bad as right before I get on an airplane or any trip. Im ok once Im started or as long as I stay busy, but until then Im a highly energized ball of mush going nowhere! 
Then there is the point of no return.  

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Better than SEX cake

I couldn't help myself.  

I was talking about birthday cakes with a couple of friends and cakes that we could die for.

All of a sudden ~ I remembered how in Twentynine Palms I would wait in anticipation,
for one of my Marine Corps brothers to have his mom or his sister send him this cake! 
(I most def did not squeal in the Corps...ahem)

With friends in high pursuit of this legendary cake, it became apparent that we all have our different taste in what we consider is Better than Sex... cake :)

When I asked my brother almost 12 years ago what his mom did that made it Better than Sex ~ he told me how she she used sweetened condensed milk, how she would make holes in the cake and put caramel and I want to say AND butterscotch (but I don't remember) over the top and then it would soak through out the cake.....

So I am THANKful for an awesomely resourceful friend that has an uncanny ability to find things like this
and I am thankFul for a Mom I never met!
This recipe (and picture) is brought to you by Megan's Cookin!

What a wonderful way to end the hot month of August ,
Then to make this our monthly cooking project with the kids :)

I mean is that wrong? Am I corrupting them too early?

Should I eat it all by myself because of its sinfully delicious nature?
or should I, for the sake of their innocence, when they ask me for the name of this cake - and oh they will, bat my eyes and say "I don't remember?"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Do you have magazines in the Home?

I have to confess, when someone goes door to door selling magazines - my heart goes out to them.  Usually there is a story about how they have traveled many miles and they are trying to earn some money for college or win a trip to Hawaii.  Sometimes I couldn't help but feel I was in the middle of someone's CON.

However, I've always been just a little more wary when a police buddy relayed to me the story where he happened to be home on his day off;
He happened to peek from his bedroom window, 
and see that there was 2 guys (dressed nicely as they usually are)
- one in front of the door with a clipboard and a magazine brochure, and one off to the side with a baseball bat.  He came to the door with his gun, opened it about an inch, let them know he was not interested in whatever they were selling, and then instructed his accomplice and himself to vacate the premises.... 

Lesson #1:  Never bring a  knife (or in this case a baseball bat) to a gun fight.
Lesson #2: I now prefer to buy my magazines from HEB or other store racks and through Amway.

Yes I said Amway.

I remember as a kid getting Ranger Ricks, Highlights, and The Friend (Church publication)in the mail. How exciting! It was like getting an incredible present every month, and I would pour over each page with such intensity!

Last night I was watching on Netflix The Human Family Tree courtesy of National Geographic. It reminded me that I haven't picked up one of their magazines in a while.  I remembered how exciting and wonderful it was to learn about the world through National Geographic ~ The Pyramids! Current Events! Treatment of women throughout the world! Amazing animals! 
I would like to say that I remembered some school teacher having highlighted them to me - but unfortunately most of the subjects are quickly introduced and others breezed by before its soon forgotten. 
No, it was this memorable magazine that made that sparked my curiosity & made the most impression.

So I logged into my website, went to More Products and clicked on Partner Stores & Services and looked up Magazineline ~ and sure enough they carried them! (The deal they had was pretty good too & very straight forward, which means alot to me) 
How wonderful it will be to share this treasure with my kids! 
I am looking at incorporating the magazine into our home school studies.

I would love to hear your stories and ideas!
Which magazines are you familiar with or grew up with?
What story do you remember or how did they make you feel?
How do you use magazines? For school projects or crafts?

"A diplomat is a man who remembers a woman's birthday but never her age"
~  Robert Frost

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Whats Your Deal?

So My Super Hero is off and I've recuperated some what ~ I think
Mostly its accomplished by keeping busy.
I'm almost done with unpacking at our new place.  Its smaller than our last house, but def more manageable and way cheaper ~ although with the killer summer heat the electric bill could def make a run with my money.
Next project, tackling the "wall of memories" ~ all 12 boxes and making some sense of it.
On 2nd thought I really should put this gusto towards my homework.... maybe...

I was doing good pretty good until Yesterday.
Yesterday was our 2nd year Anniversary.  I thought I was gonna take myself out for dinner may Shoguns or the Edelweiss restaurant in Harker Heights.  
Maybe see Cowboys and Aliens or the Planet of Apes prequel(?). 
It didn't happened.
I didn't cry.
I just didn't want to pull myself together to go anywhere.
I didn't want to talk to anyone, well maybe just one person...
So I got on the computer & played until I was exhausted.
Ever had days like that?

On the other hand, Today is a whole new day!

If you had responded about the Perfect Water samples - I have bad news.  I am having a hard time shipping individual bottles through the post office; finding the right size packaging and then considering the shipping being expensive because of the weight and size.  Sooo for the time being I will offer $5 credit to any beverage order this month reimbursed to you via paypal or check( your choice).
If your order is $100 or more than I'll give a $10 credit.

Catching up on other business...
June's Customer of the Month is Trish B.!
July's Customer of the Month Drawing is Beverly P!


August deal of the month; 
 The Brain Wash

How to gt this free?

** Any $100 order, containing at least 1 Nutrilite product ~ including weightloss products, sports nutrition, children's vitamins, & other vitamins/ minerals 
(which should ALSO give you a free shipping if you sign in & place order at 
or go directly to and this book is yours

(Example; Purchase The Perfect Pack or a Weight Management bundle get Free shipping + Free book.)

If you are not a book reader, 
Let me know and you can get a free case of beverages, snacks, OR gift card instead.

Last but not Least...
 What's your deal? 
Let me know what your ideal deal would be. You pick the products and tell me the sale - 2 for 1 etc...  
If I choose your deal in Sept, October, November, or December, You get $25 in store credit, $25 Best Buy, or a Variety Ribbon Gift Collection.  
***If 5 or more customers take advantage of the deal during that month, your prize is upgraded to $50 store credit or a $50 range Ribbon Gift Collection card, or $50 Best Buy gift card. Gift will be awarded at the end of the month. Only Comments below will be accepted as entries.  
Good Luck - Be Honest - Have fun!
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~Leo Tolstoy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We are Back in business!

Woot! Woot!
WE are Back in Business! Ohhh Yeah!

I have seen alot of people with 2 and 3 different  multi level marketing businesses
and all I can say is - go back 
and read 
the fine print of your contract or company policy!

Apparently they each have an anti competition rule ( I checked ! ), 
i.e. being involved with any other MLM,
means you are in violation!

There may be an exception or waiver you can obtain.
But in the end if you are serious about your business,
Which one would you choose & Why?

For me it comes down to the flexibility
(it doesn't cost me anything to switch from selling vitamins to skincare products),
Risk Free 
(IF I don't sell anything for 3-6 months I am not penalized plus an awesome refund policy!),
the products (quality & variety), 
and the customer service (trust & professionalism).

When weighed and measured I found Amway the star performer.

I still like the products from emergency food & tools store, there really is a need,
but I am happy to be a customer.

Today is also a Happy occasion, its my brother Birthday!
This pain in my butt actually grew up into a young man everyone is proud of!

Happy Birthday Fred!

(To celebrate, this week only ~ Anyone who orders a beverage
will be entered 
to win a Variety Ribbon Gift Collection card.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


What a crazy month - and its still not over yet!  With a family camping trip, my brothers wedding... sniff sniff (they all grow up sooo fast - 2 brothers down one left to go, anybody want to play match maker?), with my Grams & Gramps and of course my favorite Aunt in town, life has been in the fast lane! 

I forgot to mention we have found a home to rent in a nearby ranch! WE were originally looking to buy but as time pushed on and nothing came back, we prayed to find a place that was best for us ~ and tada! Would you believe it, right after we paid the deposit and the first month rent we received a call that we were approved on the loan? What were we thinking? WE decided to save up and pay cash on our first home.  In the meantime, our kids are about to get an experience of a lifetime! 

How was your Easter holiday?  I know I am going to rub elbows when I say this, but I don't believe in the Easter bunny.  Really, what has the Easter Bunny ever done for anyone?  So what exactly does the Easter Bunny spirit entail?  I told this to my sister in law and she threatened to buy a bunny and put in my yard just as the kids were waking up.  I told her it better poop chocolate or else it will end up as dinner.  Its safe to say, and to my disappointment, on Sunday morning ~ there was no bunny.

This year we kept Easter simple. We hard boiled eggs and made a mustard, honey & yogurt devil eggs.  We talked about what was so special about this day.  I was at the Alamo last thursday and saw $6 bonnets in the gift shop and pop guns for $5.  I brought them home as gifts for my kids.  Then it hit me - my church celebrates once a year a "Pioneer Day" to honor those who traveled in covered wagons across the prairies in pursuit of freedom from religious persecution. I could make a new (or return to an old?) tradition of Easter Bonnets or Pioneer toys on Easter, and then later in the summer on Pioneer day they would bring these gifts out again ~ they might remember the Easter story we talked about.  For me Christmas and Easter are not once a year and I want my kids to believe that too.  I hear that Easter is really the time frame Jesus was born.  Maybe that's why we are into a little gift giving, a mini Christmas soo to speak.  For me Easter is a time to celebrate the son of God who atoned for all the sins, pain, & suffering in the world, and who overcame death to fulfill the plan of salvation that we may have Hope in an Eternal Life ~ a purposeful life after death.

This year I posted on Facebook this General Conference message about Easter.
How did you celebrate?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Green & Clean Week 3

 Congratulations to Jen B.  
for participating in our giveaway last week during Week 2!

This week, in Honor of Earth Day, we are giving away an Eco-logical Ribbon Gift Collection Card 

"It's full of eco-sensitive products designed to decrease waste, use less energy, or reduce our carbon footprint in some other way. Items may be made from recycled, natural, or organic materials, manufactured using a renewable resource, or simply contribute to the beauty and well-being of the earth."  
AND 1 Lucky  fan/ follower will get this $50 Gift Card that Never expires!
Share below at least one thing you are Doing or Planning to do to make to make the world a Greener place.
~Each comment is an entry, Unlimited entries~

What is currently available on this Ribbon Gift Collection? Check it out! Eco-logical Ribbon Gift Collection
Don't forget to check out our previous tips from Green & Clean Week 2 here and Green & Clean Week 1 here

ONE WEEK (& 4 days )LEFT!
** Bouncing Woolies has given us a 10% off coupon to share with you! **
Here is the link to her store & the coupon code is BWearth - Code is good until April 30th!
(Excludes Laundry Soap) 

** Purchase a Legacy of Clean™ Intro Bundle **
(from me or my team by April 29th)
get 2 Free Naturally FUNKies Dryer Balls from Bouncing Woolies.
(will Ship separately)
**Win A NEW Washer & Dryer!**
For each LEGACY OF CLEAN™ laundry care product (see the list on this post) you purchase from me OR each time you login to my website to make a purchase at Sears, my Partner Store - You get an entry.
Promotion begins Feb 1, 2011 & ends at midnight ET on April 30, 2011

& Don't forget to Check my Out my Current Giveaways here ~ and see what else you can win!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Green & Clean Week 2

So continuing from Green & Clean Week 1 . . .

Green Alternative to Dryer Sheets
 Dryer Balls are a great alternative to fabric softener or Dryer Sheets.  

I purchased 5 Naturally FUNKies (100% wool) from Bouncing Woolies in January to check and see what the hype was really about.  BW recommends ordering at least 4 if you are looking to see a difference in your utility bill.  Did I see it? With a household of 6, already washing in cold water, I didn't think I would see a savings.  
The next month bill came and we were surprisingly $15 less than the month before - and every month since then! According to BW "using 4 woolies in your dryer can lessen drying time of a large load up to an average of 15% and 30-40% off your small loads."  BW offers a great selection of fragrance & essential oils so you won't miss a thing.  If you are interested in trying out dryer balls for yourself, Bouncing Woolies has given us a 10% off coupon to share with you! The link to her store & coupon is at the bottom of the post! Enjoy!

Fabric Softeners

Mildly going green....  I personally choose to forego scenting my dryer balls because I do use the fabric softener from our store. Our Fabric softener has No phosphates or other unpleasant ingredients that could harm the environment (made from natural & biodegradable ingredients), safe for all washers including HE, works great in cold water, and dermatologist tested.  All in all another great Legacy of Clean™ product.  The fragrance from the essential oils carries over to the dryer and after the dryer balls have had their chance at the laundry - I have a light, clean & refreshing scent.  

If you are interested in a chance to win a new washer & dryer from Sears, don't forget to check my "Yikes" blog post for details in the giveaway ending April 30th at midnight.  My favorite things about our Liquid Organic Cleaners (& in particular our laundry products) is that I have rarely ever seen these products out of stock, I can personally schedule & customize them on my autoship (Ditto), and they are delivered within 3-8 business days. 

Greener. . .  IF on the other hand you would like to try your hand at a Do It Yourself, here are a couple of favorite home remedies;
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of Vinegar (the vinegar smell does wash out & the clothes do soften - Personally checked out)
Tea leaves in satchels & essential oils - Have not Personally tried.

I have to admit I am fairly lazy or sometimes too busy to make my own soap ~ but I don't mind sharing the "How to", sometimes I even forget to put the fabric softener in the wash.  The dryer balls keep the clothes cling-free and I realize I "forgot" my softener when I pull out the clothes and the "scent" is missing. 

More ways to be Green . . .  Consider putting up a dryer line in your backyard. I am actually looking forward to this in the near future : ) But to be honest, I won't be getting rid of the dryer either...  ; )

 Now for the Good Stuff....
Bouncing Woolies has given us a 10% off coupon to share with you! 
Here is the link to her store & the coupon code is BWearth - Code is good until April 30th!
(Excludes Laundry Soap)

Purchase a Legacy of Clean™ Intro Bundle 
(from me or my team by April 29th)
get 2 Free Naturally FUNKies Dryer Balls.
(will Ship separately)

I also have one more goody for you, 
who is offering a Coconut Lime Bar to a lucky fan/ follower. 

For a chance to win;
* Like Win Key Solutions on Facebook 
(Comment below that you "liked" the page) *
* Follow Win Key Solutions Blog 
(Comment below What product you would like to try?)
(Current # of GFC followers 144)*
* Like The Cupertino Soap Company on Facebook 
(Comment below that you "liked" the page) *
* Follow The Cupertino Soap Company's  Blog 
(Comment below What product you would like to try )*

Each action counts as an entry 
Make a product purchase - 2 entries per item
(comment w/ your email, Cupertino Soap Company or Win Key Solutions, & # of items & we will verify by ordering email)

(Winners will be announced  April 18th, next Monday)

*I will be using your comments to help pick out my Mother & Father Day giveaways in May & June*

Check back Next Monday for our Earth Day Giveaway . . .

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April Showers

So we have a couple of exciting changes that we will do in a couple of steps

Step 1:  We are starting over from scratch on our Win Key Solutions Fan page.  Instead of "" we will switching to "Win Key Solutions"  The old page will be permanently deleted on April 12th.

~ We still have at Gift card available from "What Up for Grabs", Come join the new fan page, then post below to let me know who to consider for the Fan Giveaway. Drawing on April 29, 2011 at Noon CST - runner up will be announced 24 hours later.... ~

Step 2:   We will have a closed group page to offer exclusive specials and notifications to Customers & personally Sponsored Business Owners (IBO).  ONLY those who have made at least one purchase in the current year or who is currently a registered business owner may participate.  We will also use it to announce our Customer Only drawings. Please Do not share any links or photos in the groups as they are protected by Copyright.  These groups are for your eyes ONLY ~ Thank you.

Step 3: We will be creating a Separate Blog for Strive 2 Thrive.  Our goal is to make the giveaways less confusing and the information made clearly available.  For example a Win Key Solutions customer may not be interested in Food Storage & Emergency prep.  Like wise a Food Storage enthusiast may not to talk about biodegradable liquid organic soap or organically farmed vitamins.  In return this will help us know who is more interested in what & of course make this more fun for you.  You are welcome to follow both blogs as it suits you!

Come follow the new blog for Strive 2 Thrive

Step 4:  I will be looking for a new blog template or redesign and would like to trade products for services ~ if you are interested please contact me via email link on the left.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Green & Clean Week 1

Here is a collection of blog posts & websites with some awesome info to start off our Earth Awareness Month.
(If you have used any of these suggestions or have some of your own - please share!)

Household Remedies & Tips;

~Who would have thought that  Dryer Lint was possibly more than a nuisance?
*As for me & my house I think our next batch of lint is going towards a future Cub Scout activity... and maybe some for the compost pile we just started...*

~Want some tips on saving energy when running your dryer? Wash the filter out with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush at least once to 2 times a year.
Don't forget to wipe the Thermostat or moisture sensor for to avoid running the dryer longer than it needs to. Try switching to the gentle cycle (uses less energy) & throw in some dryer balls for extra savings!  If you have the space - consider drying the clothes on the line & pocket the change!

~Frugal uses for Coffee filters from Econobusters

Friendly Insecticides;

~Household Ant killer
 In general cleaning regularly with a strong cleaner like vinegar or even one of our Liquid Organic Cleaners or L.O.C. products (which contains citrus) will do the job. I have also heard that you can also mix a spray with Orange Oil or Peppermint Oil as both are considered neuro toxins to them. In some cases insects exoskeltons are sensitive to citric acids and some essential oils ... Which may be why the Vinegar & L.O.C. have both been effective.  In my experience this works best when after your regular style of cleaning you spray the edges (like the baseboard or door frames) and you leave it to dry.

~What about Ant Piles?
Boil water & pour onto Ant pile - but becareful when near flowerbeds & gardens as I hear this may effect them as well.

Pour Grits on the ant pile ( apparently they will expand, similar to birds ingesting rice) this methods takes about a week.

Plant a Victory Organic Garden;
What is a Victory Garden? Follow this link to understand the history & why we should be planting Victory Gardens now.

Looking for a soil-less gardening solution? Check out these affordable hydroponic gardening kits

~Earth Friendly pest Control ~ Consider planting garlic, chives, & marigolds!

Green Eats;
Check out this blogger from Austin, TX who shares what she gets in her weekly local box & what she does with it (Don't forget to check out the tips on how to eat locally);

A Greenling Blog

Thursday, March 31, 2011

WLJ Testing, 1, 2, 3 . . .

We are thinking about getting more active with either our Spark or LiveStrong accounts.  Which do you use?  After using several diets, we found we had the most  success on the Nutrilite weight loss system.  Notice I didn't say Diet - I said System.  
A system that taught me what a healthy diet was and how to lose weight in a healthy way.  It also taught me that we are all different, that's why alot of those diets didn't work for me or rather they worked for a short period of time and then I stalled.  Or some cases, the diet recommends a 15-30 day purge of some sort and then a break before resuming.  I think most of them call it a detox.  I found that when I was losing weight the healthy way - I didn't have to trick my body, I found that your body has a natural detoxification that is on going.  Sometimes what we eat seems to kill that.  I found that Intestiflora really helped my system's natural process.   
Let me stop right there.  Yes I sell this.  Yes it is an Amway product (Nutrilite).  Yes I would love for you to buy this from me and when you do it helps my family and I.  However I am just as happy if you were to look around for a local Amway IBO and buy it from them. Truly.
If you don't have one, well than Hello :)
For my self over a period of 2-3 years I went from Size 16 to 10. I have been back n forth in squeezing into a 9 but the fat hanging over tells me I am still a 10.  I'm ready to be a solid 9 - Which is a goal of about 20 more lbs as of today (10 lbs lost & kept off since Jan).
Our goal is to share what we are doing to lose weight in a healthy manner & possibly giveaway some weight~loss tools or supplies from our business in the next year or so.  We will be using my profile(s) for the time being - Honey does have one but he is a very private person and I am more the social butterfly.
We are wondering which would be better? We want to keep the experience free and allow anyone here to check us out, cheer us on OR Cheer you on! We like the Food journal better at Livestrong, but we (I mean "I") like the personalization via the blog at Spark (although honestly I haven't used the blog at the LiveStrong so I really don't know). Let me know what you think or what you would be interested in seeing.  I have a profile set up on both accounts to feel it out for myself ~ which do you have?
I have also made a Weight Loss Journal Photo album in Chronological order on my Facebook page here 
Comments & Suggestions are Welcome! 
I think a blog at Spark people is more fun to make and keep up with than at LiveStrong (yes I started to, but just wasn't motivated to write a blog or even copy and paste, Id rather blog about it here on my own page) - not to mention your usually apart of a local support group that offers encouragement.  Ive also made friends on Facebook with a couple Sparkers.  However I personally enjoy searching for Nutrilite (as well as local grocery items at places like HEB)  on LiveStrong and not having to manually add it every time.  So when I start up again I will prob stick it out with LiveStrong.  I went ahead and copied all of my post (minus comments, which I think should be reserved for Sparkers Only) below. Enjoy.
 *** My Blogs from Sparkpeople ***

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 

So I have been taking my Glucose Health fairly regularly to help metabolize my fat, carbs, proteins - and manage my blood sugar levels - at least until my biopsy results come back with something else. I'm not diabetic, but my hypoglycemic condition is apparently an indicator of something else. Something that I won't claim until proven, but is in my family medical history.

Feeling pretty good. Then dear husband of mine points out that I should cut back on my coffee -blah! So this is the second day without coffee, and so far so good. He then went further to say that I should be taking my Slimmetry. I told him I was going to reserve for workouts of more than 20 min. I was reminded the goodness of Slimmetry - protecting the muscle and aiding fat burning in low calorie diets & that the kit it came in recommended the 4 3 2 1 body training by Sean Foy - whose workouts are designed to be 10 min a day. Crap I lost that argument. Chalk "1" for dear hub, "0" for wife.

I don't feel too bad about losing this time either. When he decides to get his own kit next month, I have a feeling the tables will be turned... hehehe 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 

I did it
I did it. Okay, to help me reinforce this no coffee thing, I threw out all the coffee creamers and accessories. I'm still holding onto the coffee pot - I think Im waiting to cut that tie on another day. At least until the craving for coffee is a forgotten memory. I packed up the remaining Costa Riccan Khave to give away... sigh. I noted all the Kona was gone and wanted to order more....

Lo and behold there was a bare cabinet shelf. I wonder what I could put there that would help my poor kitchen out... then I had it! On one side I put the kid's cereal in pre measured bags. On the other side - My pre measured snacks! This includes so far trail mix, snack bars, and Quaker mini delights. (Yogurt is in the fridge of course)

For sure this should cut down the time I spend walking back n forth searching for that perfect snack - and sometimes failing. Sometimes I feel I would rather skip - then my stomach realizes this and I really really want to scarf food in sight. So hopefully this shelf will help destroy the snacking barrier....

Monday, February 22, 2010 

Yipee Yay!
I don't know why exactly my husband has decided to join a week earlier then planned. I honestly can tell you that I have gained almost 2 pounds since starting. However, I have also slimmed down in the face and the fat around the upper chest has slid to my waist. I physically look like I lost a couple of pounds - not gain 2! Well my dearest companion remembers the success he had on it last year and so surprised me by his announcement this morning. Yipee! (although he would rather stick with because he likes the trackers there better)

As for me and the coffee pot - it is unplugged waiting to be washed and freecycled or discarded. In the meantime I am enjoying the caffeine free Zenso teas - they are surprisingly delicious! I am surprised that I have suffered no withdrawal symptoms from coffee - Count my blessings! 

Thursday, March 11, 2010 

The evils of moving...
My first thought as the actual moving came to mind was of all the calories I was going to burn. Whoo Hoo! In the end it was all lies! LOL

The move began with careful packing and planning. As the deadline came closer it became more haphazard. What I mean by this is that we ended up running out of boxes and began laundry basket & trash bag filling. Although all the furniture, except mattress, were moved in one day with the help of friends, the remaining stuff took another week or so. We were ready to leave it all and start over (except I couldn't bare to leave our apartment manager with a bunch of junk to clean out). My husband has now declared that each child may have no more than a duffel bag and each adult 2 duffel bags of belongings. I bargained for 2 more bags/ footlockers of office stuff - since he has that much in Army gear... I'm just saying...

Now where does the evil part come in? Oh just that every night of packing or unpacking (a total of some 2 weeks or so now?) has left us tired. So I have coped out one too many times and we have had fast food or ordered in. Yep. I had thought of paper plates but I did not plan ahead to pre-making meals... Right before the move I lost 2 lbs... now I have found those 2 again plus 5 more. Egad! Sigh. Talk about your self saboteur...

On the other hand, I was able to get rid of a lot of junk. It will probably take me another year to unpack. In the meantime my collection of things I haven't used in a year is growing for some worthy cause. One person's junk is another's treasure! 

Thursday, March 18, 2010 

New clothes...
A title like that might suggest that I went down in a size. Nope I am normally a size 8. Yes I worked myself down after the last pregnancy back down to a size 8. I was that size when my husband came home last summer and we were married. So what size am I now?

Since I have failed to be consistent with so much of life's interruptions....
I went to KMart this week and purchased a new wardrobe from the discount section ($3.99 area) and realized why I had been so comfortable wearing sweats and my husbands clothes for so long.

I am now a size 12...

I have to look at the bright side of this. Im glad Im not the size 16 I use to be AND now I have clothes that fit me and I can go out looking good instead of running around in pants I cant zip up all the way or like I didnt give a dang. I showed a friend one of my casual outfits... she couldn't believe I was wearing a size 12... Sisters the TAG on the back can prove it. The only thing is that the crotch area is kinda saggy. Like they didnt know small people can gain weight or something.

Hope this week brought everyone luck!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010  

Wave of a wand... *POOF*

So I have finally unpacked my office, and some how decluttering a room seems to make me feel a little better. Right now my house has boxes in every corner.

Depressing and overwhelming!

So where is my silver lining in this dark cloud? I have cleared paths throughout the house! Yes, that makes me smile! Ever so often I do that elephant walk thing - picking up random items and finding a home for it. The Kitchen is a different matter... It seems to be every 2 steps forward I take one step back. Sheesh that sounds like Im dating myself.. If anyone can tell who sang it though I would give brownie points... umm brownies...

Yesterday's accomplishments was the office. I had been putting it off for sometime. Hoping my magic wand would arrive in the mail by this time. Giving up on the wand or a mysterious fire that burned everything to ground so I can start over from scratch (ohh can I have a new body while we are it?), I jumped in to the darkest part of my castle and battled the darkest foes. I didn't rest until the dragon was slain and then it was time to pick up the kiddos from school. I wondered as my husband walked through the door if he would notice the slain dragoon or not. To my delight he did!

As an after thought I wonder how many calories I burned while fighting the dragon.... A look under the exercise tracker and no luck... sigh... Maybe I would have been better off waiting for my mail order wand?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 

So after all the winter hiccups - Well I DO like to enjoy myself... I started over in January (at 167 lbs) with the Meal Shake replacements, the Women's vitamin supplements (Multi, cal & mag, Hair skin & nails, and omegas) & Intestiflora (these I take at right before bed) and an XS a day. Mostly because I skip breakfast I decided to add the Shakes. I had to make sure I could bear the taste and I was surprised at how good they are! My Honey said they were "OK" but prefers the Vanilla (of course, why doesn't that surprise me?)

At the end of the first week I lost 2 lbs and at then end of the month I had lost only 5lbs. Honestly I was only drinking a shake every other day so I don't know why but I wanted or expected more - in the end I was just happy I KEPT it OFF!

Ok so I am not a fan of the fishy Omegas or pills for that matter. In Feb I changed things up. (1)I switched my multi for the kids chewable Concentrated Fruits & Veggies (the adult ones are the kind you swallow which I am trying to limit because of my *gag* reflex) (2) I purchased the Hair Skin & Nails separately & and bought the vegetarian Omegas.

While I was happier - I was still maintaining the 5 lbs lost - talk about a plateau of insignificant proportions! Still it was driving me mad. Id like to sya that there was fluctuation of 1 or 2 lbs. Or maybe the stress that comes with military life kept it at bay. Clothes I had kept that I visioned myself wearing once I hit my goal ~ I went ahead and donated.... I also donated all my skinny jeans, my favorites included because I kinda just accepted this would be it.

So here we are in March, I have been better about having the meal shake somewhere in my day (for breakfast or a snack) and my depressive like mood is 1 point higher on most days. Last week I felt my big girl pants slip, I have to keep pulling this up. I *Groaned* Really? I just bought these a couple months ago! Did I already stretch them out?!!! A moment later I decide to check and make sure that is the case. I pulled out the scale and then I did a Happy Dance! 155lbs! Another 7lbs!

Whoo hoo!

Then silence, *Crap~ola* I remembered I gave away my goal clothes and skinny jeans. Why on Earth did I do that?

While I am appreciating that "Its by little things that Great & Wonderful things come to pass!" ~ I now have to figure out how to ask my Honey to spend more money on clothes for me....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Open to Fans & Followers Only!

Are you the lucky fan or follower who will win an Amazon, a Target, A Best Buy, a Variety Gift Collection Card, or $25 Store credit + S& H?  Post below; 
"What product from my store you would be interested in trying."  
**(all comments on my Facebook page have been transferred)**

Please Do me a favor, after your comment post which prize you would like if you win - Thank you!

Ends March 30th at Noon


Don't forget to check out for an awesome starter pack of freeze dried foods!

Monday, March 21, 2011

EXPO winners!

Currently we have the following winners from  the Expo;
Congratulations to Juanita Rhodes who won her choice of; (1) a 1 hr Massage, (2) $50 value  Choices Ribbon Gift Collection, or (3) 1 bottle of the XS mixer! 
*Juanita choose the Choices Ribbon Gift Collection* Can't wait to hear what she decides to choose for herself!
The first 250 to attend the Expo Saturday received goodie bags with a raffle ticket for a Variety Ribbon Gift Collection card.  and the first number pulled was Hands of Faith Massage (Paulla Anderson)'s!  (412053) ie the person who is giving the massage for the above prize... *ahem* so In all fairness both Paulla & another ticket, and another ticket, and another was pulled and no one responded - sooo read the above post to see if you will win the other Ribbon Gift Collection ~ sorry I can not air mail you a massage ; )

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Celebrate Good Times! Part 2

(So I don't get the 2 giveaways mixed up!) 

To celebrate our 500 + at's Fan page I am offering the following;

If you’ve never tried Amway’s delicious foods and beverages, then your in for a treat!  Here’s the perfect opportunity to do so. We’ve selected ten of our most delectable and most popular products for you to sample ... all at one amazingly low price. Once you’ve had the opportunity to try them, we’re confident you’ll come back for more. The sampler kit contains:
  • one 28-oz. jar of Creamy Peanut Butter
  • one 36-oz. bottle of Tomato Ketchup,
  • one 16-oz. bag of Organic Spaghetti,
  • one 16-oz. reclosable pouch of Heart Healthy Mixed Nuts,
  • one 13 oz. box of Cranberry Crunch Multigrain Cereal,
  • one 12-oz. package of All Natural Deluxe Shells & Cheese, and
  • one box of six Organic Strawberry Tarts.
The kit also contains the following beverages:
  • one 8 fl. oz container of Seismic™ Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk,
  • one 10-oz. bottle of Seismic Citrus Super Juice, and
  • one 16-oz. bottle of Zsenso® Iced Peach Green Tea. 
A $30 value
To win this Sampler all you need to do is be a fan of Winkeysolutions on Facebook or Follow my blog & then comment below to let me know which item in the Sampler you are looking forward to trying! Winner will be announced March 24th at Noon (CST)!

And Folks that's not all....
(hint Look at the post below)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Korean Soup for your cold

I think everyone has a comfort food they like when they are little under the weather.  For me its my mother's Chicken & Ginger soup.  Whether your going through a cold or have inflamed sinuses, this soup is the fall to. Before we go any further, you need to know I am a very hands on person, so the best way I can explain to you what reading a recipe is like for me... is to say its a form of dyslexia.

My earliest memory of this is at Young Women church activity at a leaders home.  We were all pairing into groups to make cookies.  I jumped in to to help make the Peanut Butter cookies, one of my all time favorite.  I was given the wonderful task of reading and carry out the task of some of the ingredients.... which we were all eager to pat each other on the back for our wonderful teamwork.  The moment came to taste the batter - which is ALWAYS the Best part - and it was not so wonderful ... it turned out the recipe did not call for 2 cups of salt. (The next time I made it I had mistakenly read 2 Tablespoons instead of teaspoon, (I learn something or in some cases relearn every time I cook).  So what does this have to do with sharing a recipe? None of them are mine.  I am also fondly known for "burning water" and generally burning most things has earned me the title as the "Burn Queen." I am Thankful to have a Honey who Loves me and eats my cooking regardless.

 (I like to make a small incision in the shell then boil them until they float to the top)

So the Chicken & Ginger Soup or Samgaetang is really easy.  Its a traditional Korean dish for newly weds who are looking to be empowered with the essentials in baby making, so be careful eating this many days in a row ;)  This a traditional healthy dish for more than just newly weds so don't be to scared to try it. In general it is made to give strength and energy when people are sick, depressed, or give people an extra boost during intense humid/hot weather especially during Monsoon season in Korea. It is especially good for people who have stomach aches or weak stomachs. My Korean Sister gave me this;

1 young chicken
1 ginseng
1 ginger roots (or 2 small ones)
3 or 4 cloves garlic
1 date (dried)
1/4 cup of soaked rice (soaked 1 hour)
Chopped green onion
Salt and Pepper to taste

Wash chicken and insert the ginseng, ginger roots, garlic, soaked rice, date, and rice. In boiling water, place the chicken and cook until chicken is tender and meat is easy to pull off the bone (1 hour or slightly longer). Add chopped green onion and salt/pepper (as needed) in large bowl filled with broth and chicken.

Messing around, I have Americanize it a little.
Basically make your chicken soup the way you like it & throw in some garlic (about 4 cloves), ginger (an inch of the root), and ginseng (2 root?).  I also like to throw in freeze dried carrots, celery, and onions/ green onions.  If you have certain vegetables you come to expect in a soup throw it in. If you don't have time to crockpot your chicken or cook all day on the stove, then pull a "Christine" and cheat ~ throw in cans of chicken (chicken & salt only) and freeze dried veggies. If your not a big ginseng eater you might consider getting a ginseng tea to steep in the soup instead - This is one of those dishes I really do prefer the roots and vegetables to be fresh and chunky.  All of this is to your own liking, more or less.

I also found an actual Samgaetang recipe for you - because I know there is gonna be someone who needs to see exact measurements :)  As I am looking at other recipes, I realize that some of the popular recipes have the Korean Chestnut and Chinese date. I have to point out that I am one of those peoples who do not enjoy the date so I don't normally include it.  You can also add kimchi or red pepper/ chili paste ~ about a teaspoon for broth flavoring.  WE have found that some members of our family find the ginger a little too spicy when they bite into a piece of the root.  All of these ingredients add great flavor to the broth and have a healing affect for us, so we are looking at a cheese cloth or tea strainer to help the roots simmer and then remove them after wards OR make them a bigger chunk - maybe 2 or 3 inches of the root cut into threes?  

        The chestnut is one of those favorite childhood memories. I enjoy the sweetness of this nut roasted or boiled by itself.  In our last soup we used the chestnut in the soup (the same one I forgot what the ginseng was for) and it tasted like a chunk of potato.  For me this robbed the special flavor this nut has.  However, I though it worthy to mention because the nutritional quality is like brown rice, with trace minerals and it is naturally low in fat.  There is a natural surplus in Korean/Asian markets in the winter time. So keep your eyes open through Feb!  Apparently its popular to cook with the rice and makes a wonderful cereal.

  All said and done ~ Spoon the rice in your bowl and pour on the soup!