October 23, 2014

Family Home Evening: Filling our Buckets with Kindness

Every Monday Night (or another night each week) we have a Family Night. We pray together, read a lesson, play a game and enjoy a treat.
This past week, we read this book "How Full is Your Bucket" and talked about how everything we do & say affects others, and that we are in control of our thoughts & attitudes. Then I gave the kids a challenge to do kind things for each other and when I witness something kind, I will let them pick a "warm fuzzy" to fill the family bucket. My kids are 7, 5 and 2, so really this just applies to my older boys, but even our little Lulu notices when her brothers are being extra nice! When we fill the bucket, we get to take a little family trip up to the mountains!! So far, a week later, we only have a few warm fuzzies, but the kids are definitely more mindful of what they do & say lately!

Tyler shared his lollipop with Jackson, when Jack's fell on the ground
Tyler, Jackson & Lulu made get well cards for their Aunt Kaylynn
Jackson did one of Tyler's chores without being asked. 

These small things help to fill the other person's {imaginary} bucket and when we fill others' buckets, we also fill our own! We also talked about Christ's example of love in the service He did for others while on Earth. It was a great little lesson. My kids don't have a very long attention span, so it was just perfect!

Shakeology- Healthiest Meal of the Day

I can't even tell you how much I LOVE these Shakes!
These super nutritious meal replacement shakes are NOT your normal protein drink. They actually contain 9 servings of fruit & vegetables and superfoods from all over the world to help your body function at its best.
Here's a video that talks about these superfood ingredients and how they help your body:

I have always suffered from low energy & fatigue, ever since I had a blood transfusion with my second baby. He was an emergency C-section and so many things went wrong with his labor & delivery. Luckily everything turned out fine and he was born perfectly perfect, BUT I was left with a few scars and bruises that I just like to call my battle wounds! One of those results was that I could hardly get through the day, I had such little energy. Along with little sleep, the stress of being a mommy, and all the work it takes to run a house & keep it a home, I was definitely looking for something to help me feel like myself again!
I found Shakeology, and along with a healthy diet & exercise I am 25 lbs lighter and 100% happier, and I feel so much better inside & out! Now I share with others because I know what a gift it is! Sometimes I am running around so much, the only thing I have time for is to grab a shake & go, and luckily I can rest easy that I am getting all the nutrients I need in just one meal. If you would like to try Shakeology for 7 days so you can taste the different flavors & really see how your body feels, apply HERE, or just purchase using the button below and let me know what flavors you'd like in notes to seller! 
You'll receive your choice of 7 flavors
-VEGAN chocolate
-VEGAN tropical strawberry
30 Days of Recipes showing HOW to make your shake taste amazing
A full menu plan and how to join our free online support & accountability group!

21 Day Fitness & Nutrition Challenge!

I don't know about you, but it takes me a long time to create a habit, and truly KEEP it. My day is jam-packed with good things- taking the kids to school, tidying up the house, preschool projects with my 2 year old, blogging, posting, picking up the kids, homework time, free-play while I prep dinner, make dinner, recover from dinner, baths/showers, reading time, bedtime and do it all again tomorrow!! I mean, that's a lot of things that I do for OTHERS, but I haven't had much ME time. I used to think that taking time for myself was selfish. Now I know that when I take the time for myself, I have MORE to give to others.

Do you feel like you are just giving, giving, and don't take time for yourself? That is so normal, especially for us moms who's sole purpose is to keep the kids happy and alive at the end of the day (only a little bit kidding here!)
I want to invite you to take the 21 day CHALLENGE to a better, stronger, happier YOU. In this challenge, we will incorporate both fitness & nutrition to help you feel better, have more energy and reach those health goals you've been putting off due to the craziness of mommyhood.. it's time!
So here are the details: 30 minutes a day of working out at home (because we are all busy!), portion control guidance with these color coded containers, and an ultra-nutritious shake full of dense superfoods that will help you lose weight, leave you with more energy, improve digestion and control junk-food cravings. It's a combination for success. Not only will you have all the resources you need to be successful but will be added to our amazing support group for tons of support & motivation to reach your goals!

{This specific 21 day group is JUST for women. But if you are a guy, my husband also runs fitness support groups for men only, so just let me know and I will connect you to him!}
To enroll in our 21 day Challenge, Go HERE or comment with your email for more details! {Submit your email in the online form for a free DVD and so I can chat with you about your goals to see if this program would be a good fit for you!}

October 22, 2014

Sneak Peek- 21 Day Fix Meal Plan!

One of my VERY favorite fitness programs is 21 Day Fix! I love it because the workouts are only 30 minutes long & there's tons of variety in the exercises- from lower body, upper body, cardio, cardio with weights, total body, yoga, pilates & plyo. The other thing I LOVE about this program is the nutrition plan. Instead of counting calories, you get these color coded containers that teach all about portion control & how to eat a balanced diet. I learned so much from following this plan. I was shocked that I was NEVER hungry! But I also never had that full feeling when you walk away from the table and wish you had a few less bites.
Here's a little sneak peek at how the meal plan works.... each color container represents a different food group. Purple= Fruit (Grapes) Red= Protein (Turkey Burger Patty) Yellow= Grain (Bun- MultiGrain sandwich thins). 

The size of the box teaches you how MUCH food to eat. Then depending on your weight & goals you'll get so many of each container per day.

This program teaches not only WHAT foods to eat to fuel your body but HOW much of it, because even good foods can be over eaten. In my experience though, what I LOVE about this program is that I have to make a conscious effort to eat enough. We do 6 meals a day which helps you to constantly have enough nutrients & energy to get everything done you need to & feel great doing it.

Click HERE for more information about this awesome program {Enter your email for a free DVD, and so I can contact you regarding your goals!} Not only will I help you find a program that will help you reach your goals, I will walk you through the workouts, give you a full nutrition plan to follow for 21 days, and put you in a private support group through facebook so you can be surrounded by other supportive, uplifting people who are all working on a healthier lifestyle!

Follow in Christ's Footsteps- Primary Singing Time

Singing Time in Primary!
I have been the Music Leader in Primary (our church's Children's Organization) for over 3 years now, and I just love it! The funny thing is, I am NOT musical, and I have the WORST voice in the world (or at least I do without the Lord's help) I've realized though, that 1. the children don't care what my voice sounds like, AND 2. it's more about the message we are teaching than it is about the notes to the song. We are able to feel the Spirit as we sing about the truths of the gospel and that's the most important thing about helping these children build their testimonies!

The picture isn't great but I wanted to show you what I did this past week and it went so well! I love to keep things simple and really focus on gospel principles and especially our Savior. I had 5 pictures up on the board of Jesus Christ with a footprint next to each one with a song on the back. 
Nativity scene: He Sent His Son. 
Jesus baptism: When I am Baptized or The Baptism Song 
Christ with disciples: I will follow gods plan (talked about how disciple=followers of Christ). 
Christ on cross (I stand all amazed). 
Christ's resurrection: child picks a song that has strengthened their testimony of Jesus. We did I'm trying to be like Jesus.

For each song I picked a stick with the child's name on it (this is how we choose our helpers. I always say, I'm looking for a reverent helper- and that if they aren't being reverent when I pick their name I will put their name back in-- never had to do that, this works like a charm!!) That child gets to come up to the board to choose a pic and explain to the primary what was in the picture. WE have mostly junior kids in our combined primary and even the little ones could do it! Then we sang that song in a fun way. 

For He sent His Son, I used dynamics sticks (bunny-fast, music note-regular, lion-loud/strong, snail-slow, in that order.) I love doing this with this song because they really sing with feeling and it's fun! 
For the other songs we did Golden note, name that tune, and 4 corners for I stand all amazed (I used the idea from the manual with the GAB pics) we also did the echo chamber for a quick review of just the 1st verse, not chorus. 

Then I bore my testimony about Christ and that if we will follow his example & walk in his footsteps we will become more like Him and be able to live with him again some day  I hope this makes sense, let me know if you have any questions!

TurboFire Chili

The nights are getting cooler and I LOVE a good chili in the Fall! This recipe is from one of my favorite workout programs, TurboFire and it's made with Ground Turkey instead of Beef. I have a super sensitive stomach and the healthier I eat, the more sensitive I am to ground beef & dairy. So this recipe is perfect! It's also packed with beans & tomatoes and tons of nutrients :) Plus my kiddos love it with tortilla chips broken & sprinkled on top like taco soup!

1 lb. lean ground turkey
½ cup diced tomatoes
8 oz. whole kernel corn, canned
½ onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
8 oz. black beans, canned
8 oz. pinto, chili, or kidney beans canned
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 package Lawry’s chili seasoning
4 oz. low-fat shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions: Brown turkey. Drain and discard any fat. Place all ingredients except cheese into a slow cooker. Cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high. Top with 1 oz cheese if desired.

Easy peasy, and totally delicious!!

March 26, 2013

Martha Stewart Bunny Bags!

Last year my Grandma made the boys these darling Bunny baskets for Easter. She used felt and puffy paint for the face, but I love embroidery, so I decided to embroider the face with some button eyes!

Here's the Martha Stewart pattern and directions. And here's some of my advice:
Poke holes in the face template to mark dots where you will embroider the face using a disappearing ink. To do the nose, start with a triangle, then fill it in using back and forth stitches.
Try to make the smile as symmetrical as possible:
And CA-UTE face for the bunny:
When attaching the bottom circle, I honestly didn't think it would fit. But pin it really well and it actually will line up correctly. I sewed it inside out so the seam would be on the inside because I like the finished look of that better. Start and stop at the back seam just in case there is any puckering.
...and fill with some cute items from the Easter Bunny!

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September 21, 2012

Reversible Trick or Treat Bags

I made these SUPER simple and very cute Reversible Trick or Treat Bags in about an hour. This pattern works great for ANY sized bag, I made some of this size for my kids for church quiet activities, and a larger binder size for my notebook. They're super easy and extra cute!

Materials Needed:
4 quarter yard cuts (will make 3 bags total if you switch fabrics up)
7/8 inch grosgrain ribbon (or cotton webbing for thicker straps)-- (2) 20 inch pieces
{optional} cute button, tulle, thick thread, pin
Step 1:
Decide which fabric you want for the main and which for the top strip
Cut 4 pieces of the main fabric 9X10 inches (2 pieces of each fabric- 2 candies, 2 skeletons)
Cut 4 pieces of the top strip 9X3 inches (2 pieces of each fabric- 2 diamonds, 2 purple cats)
Cut 2 pieces of the ribbon or webbing 20 inches long
Step 2: With right sides together, pin & sew top piece to main piece. I always use presser foot edge (about 1/4 inch) seam allowance unless otherwise noted. Repeat so you have 4 pieces of fabric.
Step 3: Place right sides together of each matching piece (candies on candies, skeletons on skeletons.) and sew up all 3 sides-- leaving the top side open. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.
Step 4: With side seam facing you, put your hand inside and poke out the corner. Then flatten it with the seam going down the middle-
using your grid or ruler, measure 1 inch from the corner where the seams meet (not corner of fabric) draw a line straight across and sew along that edge (backstitch at beginning and end).
Then clip off the corners. Mitering the corners like this makes the bag have a base so it will stand up. Especially once you fill it with candies :)
Step 5: With one bag inside out and the other right side out, place the right side out bag inside the other:
Step 6: Measure 2 inches from each edge and tape (yes, I said tape) the ribbon pieces to the right side out bag-- the tape will hold it still below where you sew and you can just remove the tape later. I've found using tape-- masking, painters, clear tape... is easier to work with than using pins.
Step 7: Tuck the straps inside, line up the top edges and pin. Remove the plate from your machine and stitch around the top using a larger seam allowance (5/8th is good) and leaving a gap in between two straps.
Pull the inside bag out and turn it so both pieces are right side out:
Step 8: Push the inner bag inside the other and top stitch using 1/4 inch allowance (don't sew down straps)
And you are done!!
Fully reversible and ready to be stuffed to the brim with TREATS :)
Wanna add a little extra bling? Even boys will love this embellished pin that you can take off and switch over when you reverse the bag...
Joanns has some fun halloween buttons- jackolanterns, monsters, pumpkins, ghosts... Sew one onto a brooch-back pin with some ribbon or tulle for a girlie look.
Or sew the button onto a circle of felt for a pin that boys will love!