Thanksgiving Plans

This week is Thanksgiving, the kids are out for the week, and so is my husband. That means that there will be a lot of cooking! Geez! But at least we aren’t planning on eating out so NO FAST FOOD!

We are planning on a regular Thanksgiving meal, with sweets and everything. I’m not going to go without the foods I only eat once a year. But that’s just it…its just once a year.

I also have a carb buster move that I’ll be doing called hoedowns, so that will certainly be something I’ll sneak away to do after dessert.

I’m going to pledge to workout at least 3 times this week, because I didn’t get that much in last week. Who’s keeping me accountable?

What is your plan to avoid overindulging during holiday feasts?

The plan here is to not do seconds on anything that isn’t a veggie or fruit, and get my water in daily so that I don’t feel as hungry AND eat breakfast!

This post is sponsored by Eco-foil and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated toobesity prevention & weight loss for women

I lost inches, and a lot of them!

Last week I hinted at what workout that I was going to be starting. I was excited, and let me just say that my results have really changed my outlook on working out.

My friend Heather sent me some DVD’s and this is the one that I’ve been doing for the past week. It’s called Basic Workout Plus or BWO+ The amazing thing is that in a week of only 3-15 minute workouts, I lost 16 inches! Um yeah! Wow! I haven’t weighed at home in months, so I’m not sure exactly where I am there, but I do know on inches. And for me, inches really are what counts.

I can’t wait until the end of the year to see where I am. I’d be so happy to see results of a couple sizes loss by then. We’ll see.

How has Type II diabetes affected your life?

I can’t say that it has really affected me at all other than the scare that I may have it when I’m older. It doesn’t run in our family until someone hits their 60′s and then most all of my family controls it with diet. On the other hand my step kids mom is in her mid 30′s and was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes this past summer. Way more scary! So we are trying to teach them how to eat correctly and exercise.

This post is sponsored by Better’n Eggsand I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Veterans Day: Military Families get 10% off at Dollar General

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Dollar General is one of those stores that we frequent as a large family. It’s hard to go to town without stopping by and picking up a few things. It’s much easier than running into that big box store in town to pick up milk, eggs, bread or an afterschool snack at the last minute. 

This year, Dollar General is giving back to Military families. I can say that this promotion has really made a big impression on me. 

I’m all about helping military families as I’ve mentioned before. I’m so excited to share that on 11/11/11 military families will receive a 10% discount at Dollar General stores and online. They are online, who knew!

This can certainly help the families that have given so much to our country. 

The 10% discount is for Veterans, Active Military and their families available in store on Saturday 11/11/11, no coupon is needed. Dollar General’s Veteran’s Day discount

You aren’t Military? Me either. We can get the same discount online at http://dollargeneral.com . Mention the care packages for our troops and get FREE SHIPPING!

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Happy November!

I know its Tuesday, but its November! And you know what else? My friend sent me a package in the mail that should be here within a few hours. What’s in it? Some workout DVD’s!

I’ve been wanting these things for a few years really, but never got around to ordering them. So today I get to start on a new journey. I have a few goals that I really need to think about and get down on paper between now and next week. I’m also going to measure and try to journal my results each week. Still trying to figure out all of the particulars, but I”m working on consistency this time, and not just the numbers.

So here’s to November!

Oh yeah, tomorrow is my middle child’s 12th birthday! I’m getting so old! I can’t believe I have a 14 year old either. But today I get to come up with some cool, inexpensive (cause mama’s broke) ways to celebrate my son’s big day with the family. Do you have any ideas for a tween boy? It’s a hard one for sure!

November really brings out the Christmas spirit for me. Thanksgiving is just an extension of Christmas around here. This year I’ll be hosting my first Thanksgiving dinner. This is a huge thing for me too. I’m already decluttering here and there, and I think this next week I’ll start washing walls and scrubbing baseboards. As somewhat of a recluse, this is such a huge thing for me. I hope I make it out alive! lol

So the menu so far (for me to make, I’m not taking the whole thing on)

  • Turkey
  • Chocolate Pound Cake
  • Tea
  • Rolls – still looking for a good recipe that can be frozen ahead of time if you have any ideas.

The plan is to not over eat, but to enjoy myself for the meal, and then send most of the leftovers home except the good healthy stuff. I think we will be planning on about 20 people coming, so I’m not sure what kind of leftovers we may have! lol

Well I want to wish everyone a happy November, and hope that you write down your goals for the month and set out a plan to achieve them!

Does your husband know how to do your breast exa

Please be advised that this is not a post for the faint of heart, and especially for those under the age of 18. Links in this post will take you away from this page, and to an Adult’s only store. If I were you, I’d make sure that there were no kids around!

As October comes to a close, I wanted to remind everyone that partners find a lot of breast tumors. My husband and I are having a nice long talk about this subject, and I want to make sure that he knows how important it is that he pays attention to my boobies a good bit. Maybe I’ll enjoy the extra attention, but most importantly it will be amazing to know that he could save my life!

I found a nice video that you can watch along with your husband to give him some tips on helping you save your TaTa’s.

So why not teach your husband more about breast exams, and grab some Breast Balm for a nice breast massage. This product got some good reviews, and is organic. I can’t wait to try it for my monthly sore boobies.

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You were designed to do great things!

I love to tell my children that they are designed to do great things by an amazing God. They start glowing when I tell them this, wouldn’t you?

When is the last time someone told YOU that you were designed to do great things? I was on an amazing training call this past weekend and that’s the overwhelming idea that I keep hearing in my head.

Some days we all feel like that we are just some kid’s mother, or someone to wash the dishes. The reality is that you are more than just some kid’s mother. You inspire that child every day in some way or another. You may be the future president’s mother! What if your child finds the cure for cancer? Or better yet, what if your child has a grandbaby for you?! That’s what I’m looking forward to!

You are someone that God designed to do something special. You know deep down in your heart what that special thing is. Today it may be giggling with your toddler and tomorrow it may be inspiring someone to live the life they were designed for, you never know.

Take today to pray about what God wants you to do with your future. Ask him for guidance. Make a list of the things that you come up with that you want to accomplish. Then I want you to make a to do list with what you need to do to get there. This is going to be a long list. But do it. It’s worth it.

Now Today work on 1 or 2 things on that list. Even if making the list is one of those things. Now I want you to take this step every day. Accomplish one more thing that moves you closer to doing what God has designed you to do.

Share this with the world! Share your dreams. Tell your family and your friends and especially tell God. You WILL find a way! When you get God involved, your dreams will be bigger than you can imagine right now.

This is my prayer for you, to push through your obstacles and grow into what God wants you to be, live your dreams!

Hello! I’m over here!

Shelley came looking for me last week because I’m just lagging behind. I’m past my back problems and I think TMJ has decided to settle down.

So here I am, I’m back. You are certainly going to hear more from me over here. I have a plan. I’ll try to share later, but I have a plan! Consistency has never been my stronghold, but I’m working on it.

Here’s the Mamavation Monday question for this week:

How would you brand your health and wellness lifestyle? How do you want others to know you in this area?

I’m working on this right now, and the biggest change I’ve made is to eliminate a lot of the medications that I’m taking and replace it with essential oils. I know, it sounds odd, but its working! I’m learning something new every day about this area, and sharing it has become a passion of mine. For someone who had a hard time doing anything outside because of her allergies, I’m telling you that I can go outside now and not end up with a migraine by the end of the day. This is BIG stuff people!

Migraines be gone! I’m gonna lose this weight, and I’m going to PUSH through all of those things that are holding me back!!

This post is sponsored by New Balanceand I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Save the Ta Ta’s

Please be advised that this is not a post for the faint of heart, and especially for those under the age of 18. Links in this post will take you away from this page, and to an Adult’s only store. If I were you, I’d make sure that there were no kids around!

Its that time of year again, and what made me really want to touch on Breast Cancer Awareness this year is because we just found out that a family friend has breast cancer. There really is no escaping breast cancer these days. Everyone knows someone that has fought that battle.

There are so many heroic stories out there, including my friend Tammy from Pink Stinx. Tammy’s husband found the lump in her breast during an intimate moment, while Tammy was pregnant! Can you imagine finding out that you have breast cancer while you are expecting your 5th child?! Amazing story, and amazing mother of 6 lives to tell her story.

I know that doing self exams every month is not on my favorite to do list, and a lot of months I just forget. What we forget is that men should be trained to do these exams for us. You may laugh, but a lot of lumps are found by husbands or boyfriends. Seriously, they can spend a LOT of time with the girls that we don’t.

So why not teach your husband more about breast exams, and grab some Breast Balm for a nice breast massage. This product got some good reviews, and is organic. I can’t wait to try it for my monthly sore boobies.

EdenFantasys is supporting Save the Ta-Tas by donating a portion of all proceeds of sales fromEvolved products!

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I am being compensated for this post by EdenFantasys with gift cards. All opinions however are my own.

Menu Plan Monday

I realized this week that not having a menu planned really had put my nutrition on the back burner (not that it was that great in the first place).

So this week I’m looking at some other menus and trying to put together something that’s easy and has enough leftover’s for lunch the next day. I’ve come to realize that there are too many days that my kids aren’t eating enough at school, and come home starving. I think I can do better with taste and nutrition when it comes to lunch that the school does, by far.

So in no particular order these are some meals I’ll be cooking this week. I don’t have a particular day, because here it always gets changed anyways.

  • A large batch of grilled chicken to be used for salads, fajitas and much more.
  • Homemade Pizza and Calzones
  • Pot Roast with carrots and potatoes
  • Cheeseburger Boat with homemade bread
  • Potato Soup with crusty homemade bread
  • Vegetarian Night with roasted Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and anything else the kids may choose that’s a veggie (or fruit)
  • Spaghetti with homemade cheesy garlic bread

Now to get all of these recipes into my iPhone so that I don’t forget anything when I’m shopping. (LOVE this app btw!) MealBoard – Meal and Grocery Planner – Ray Bernardo MealBoard - Meal and Grocery Planner - Ray Bernardo

What season are you in?

I know that I’ve heard that there are seasons of life. Mother’s with young children know this more than anyone. I’m not a mom of young children, I’m a mom of tweens. That gives me a little more freedom.

I’m a WAHM, or work at home mom for those not used to the lingo. I started Life Essential Oils a few weeks ago, but its slow moving of course. We thought that things would be settled by now with my husband’s job, but alas they are not. The question now is what to do next?

We had a huge plan for what we were doing, but with one change in his job I realize that it may not be our season in life to do what really want to do. It kinda sucks. But, we do know that God has the ultimate plan. Sometimes its just hard to swallow.

I made a commitment to myself and a few others last night, and I’m going to keep that commitment. However there are other things that I may have to change. It’s so hard for me to commit to anything lately. My plans always get changed before I get started. I’m in a “its not fair” mood. It will change.

So what season are you in?