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October 20, 2014

Rainy Monday Reflection

It's Monday.

I don't have a point or a purpose for this post. I just am trying to do better about posting more frequently and found myself with a free space of time and decided that I could either watch TV (which I don't EVER do anymore) or I could write for a minute, so here I am.

Last night Tony came over and ate dinner and played in the back yard with Hudson. It was a perfect fall night. Bryan and I sat on the patio and played each other in Words with Friends, our new obsession. I started thinking and hoping that in a month or so we will be in our "new" back yard by our fire pit.

We had two REALLY good showings this weekend and we are hoping for a possible offer at some point this week, but the few days before that were SLOW going. When we started this process we knew it would be stressful and we were okay to not sell our house (and still are) because we really do LOVE it. We are just in a season of needing a change and have the opportunity to move to a great home super close to my parents that we love. But I've gotten really caught up in wanting to be out there, wanting things so badly to fall in to place.... and all we can do is wait.

And that's been good for me. Patience. Something I have learned not to pray for unless I am ready to be tested. Oh and I haven't prayed for it lately, because "I" don't want to have to be patient. But it's been good to wait and solely rely on the Lord in this situation. I can't go out and BEG someone to buy my house-- well I guess I could, but that would be kind of creepy.
So I've done what I can do- I've prayed. I've made it a priority to pray over my house as I am cleaning it before each showing. Praying for the people that enter knowing that more than likely one of these times those people will be the ones to move into our home. We love this home. We brought Hudson here as a 15 month old (it's the only "home" he knows) and brought Rhett home from the hospital here. I was vacuuming this home when I got the call about Janet's cancer. We came home here as a family those first fragile days after her diagnosis and then again after her death.

It was our first home to make our own, and now it will belong to someone else.

But also in this home we have already suffered a life time of sorrow. And that's part of the reason we are wanting to move on. So I pray each time that I scrub the counter and mop the floors that God brings a family to love this home like we've loved it. That they'll feel warmth and love in this house. And that He will allow us to go somewhere fresh and make new memories, the next step (we feel like) in our healing process. We haven't gotten over it. We won't get over it. Life won't ever be the same... but we are learning to live with our loss and for us, that will be easier, with a blank canvas for new memories.

So that's my heart on this rainy Monday morning. The Lord is teaching me patience and to trust in His guidance even though I am not "asking" for it.

Hope you're having a blessed start to the week!
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October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Fun

Yesterday morning we took the boys to the pumpkin patch for the first time and it was a lot of fun!

We had the perfect fall weather for this! Hudson loved going through the corn maze and the cow train! It is fun now that our boys are getting big enough to enjoy things like this! It was a good Saturday!

Then last night, David and Jordan came to babysit and Bryan and I went out to dinner (Chuy's, yum!) and to a movie. It is always so refreshing to just get out and spend some time together without the kids!

Hope you're all having a happy weekend! We've had a couple of showings this weekend so fingers crossed we will get an offer soon!

October 17, 2014

Confessional Friday

I haven't done one of these in a while... so here goes...

1. I confess that I have now gone on like 8 weeks of not losing any weight. I've been working out religiously, but my diet has been slacking. So TODAY I am starting back counting and tracking everything I eat. I am so tired of being at a standstill with my diet. But I did do a comparison pic this week and I am still proud of my progress...
All the squats and lunges are paying off! This was over a year ago, same outfit.
2. I confess that I LOVE these shoes. I can't justify buying them right now but my friend Rebecca wore them to our girl's night the other night and I fell in love! Added them to my Amazon Wish list for Christmas...
from here

3. I confess that it is a big pain keeping my house show-ready. We are ready for some action! Nothing at all this week... keeping our heads up though and knowing that the Lord has the right people for our house.

4. I confess that I am OBSESSED with YL Essential Oils. I've had a cold this week and I've been diffusing Thieves and applying "Breathe Again" and my "Immune Booster" and it knocked my cold out SUPER fast!!! If you're interested email me or my "Oily" friend, Beth (tbmroberts@yahoo.com) -just make sure and tell her that I sent you- and we would love to get you started with EO! We had a girl's night the other night and I swear 60% of our convo with the 5 of us was about EO and how obsessed we are. I am so excited to be all set before winter and sickness sets in! 
5. One more "oily" confession... this. My secret "buy my house blends". Our realtor walked in the other day and said, "WOW your house smells AMAZING". Winning.
6. My friends at Swagbucks contacted me to offer y'all a 70 SB bonus when you sign up through my link. I have written about Swagbucks before, but I love to use their search engine and buy things through them on sites I already use (Walmart.com, Gap.com) and rack up extra points. Then at Christmas time I redeem my points for Amazon gift cards! FREE money. You'll want to use the code choosingjoy to get your free 70 SB!!! Woo!

7. I lastly confess that I am loving my 21 day fix workouts. I'm offering the $20 back just through today so let me know if you want in on that deal! We've got our private group up and running, I'd love to have you join us!

What are your confessions?

Have a happy weekend! :)

October 14, 2014

Random Tuesday

So I've come down with a yucky cold. Rhett's been puny, again I attributed it to teething, but now I'm wondering if he had what I've got now. It's just one thing after another. I made thieves tea last night and my throat felt better for awhile, I've been diffusing thieves like crazy too. I've also been using my Immunity Boost Roll on and my friend, Beth, just brought over my order for my thieves cleaner and Breathe Again this morning. I am excited to use them. Essential oils are SO fun. I just signed up for Essential Rewards so I can earn money back on my orders and placed another order last night, I might be a bit addicted.

We had an open house on Sunday and not a great turn out, but still trusting that if it's meant to be for us to move that the Lord will work it out in his timing. Trying not to get too stressed about it. From what I have heard most Open Houses are when your neighbors come snoop, and that's basically what happened to us-- so weird and kind of creepy, but whatever. Hoping for some showings this week.

I restarted 21 Day Fix yesterday and am sticking with the diet this time. I love love love the workouts. A sweet client of mine had AMAZING success and I want results like hers! So because of this and because I am restarting and was some support too-- I have decided to make a private 21 Day Fix group on Facebook AND I am offering the first THREE blog followers who purchase a 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack with Shakeology through me $20 off! Just mention this deal when you email me and we will get you all set up! First three people only! You can also go here to order, just make sure it lists me as your coach! This deal is only good through the end of the week or until three people have ordered. And anyone can get into the Facebook group who orders through me. I'll be offering incentives and prizes along the way! We'll be starting a fresh group soon!

I am also staying OFF of the scale. It stresses me out too much. I will weigh at WW this week but I was very encouraged the other night to pull out some PJ pants that Janet bought me two years ago for Christmas, that I couldn't even get over my booty, and they fit perfectly. I had actually been looking at new PJs that day with my mom, so I was pretty excited to pull the tags off and have some new (old) PJs. Also, Rhett broke my glasses last week so I have to wear them one-sided until I go to the eye doctor next week, awesome.

The boys and I broke out a bunch of our favorite movies to watch today, I think we all deserve and nice quiet day at home. Hope you have a blessed Tuesday!

October 10, 2014

WWF and a House Update

I missed my WWF post last week, but in the past two weeks I have lost right at 2 lbs, which isn't great, but honestly with the way I had been eating until Monday I am surprised that I hadn't gained.

I started 21 Day Fix on Monday and I think I will see a big number decrease by next week's weigh in.

I've been kind of discouraged with the scale not moving, but I know it's no one's fault but my own so I am making a conscious effort now to write everything down that goes into my mouth-- accountability!

This picture showed up on my Timehop yesterday and it reminded me again of the progress that I have made.
A year ago yesterday and yesterday
I've been LOVING the 21 Day Fix workouts! It (so far) has been mostly strength training and I am working muscles that I didn't know existed. I have been SO sore too.

Yesterday was Pilates Fix, so fun!
So we had our first open house yesterday and it was just for Realtors. We had 17 Realtors come and got great feedback on our house so I was pretty happy about that. They just had a few small changes that we should make and everyone thought it was, for the most part, priced fairly so now we are just hoping for a sale after our BIG open house on Sunday.

My dad kept Hudson overnight on Wednesday night so I could get ready without him dragging toys out and Rhett woke up from his nap about an hour before the open house so I held him for that hour so he wouldn't mess anything up- ha... and trust me, that boy loves being held, he didn't complain.

I love his blue eyes
Needless to say, my house was probably the cleanest it has ever been. I made cookies and set out bottled water. I tried my "buy my house" blend of oils (Thieves and Orange) and my realtor walked in and said "WOW, your house smells amazing!". I've also been using Peace and Calming and Stress Away quite a bit to help with my anxiety and the stress of selling a house and it really has helped me so much. If you're interested in trying them I'd love to get you hooked up with my friend, Beth.

One of the suggestions was to stage my kitchen a little more. They didn't have to tell me twice! I was very glad to get back out some of my personal stuff!

In other news... we have a contract on our "hopeful" forever home. It was officially signed on Tuesday and it gives us 60 days to sell our house. It is perfect, across the street from the lake, but still with a lake view, has an already built tree fort and a great back yard for the boys. Also... it's 30 seconds (literally one street over) from my parents who do have lake access and we could be there in no time. I am so excited!! We know it is in the Lord's hands and are praying that ours sells quickly!!! I'll share pictures once it's a little more official!

Finally, I was so excited to get this email last night. My coach, Edith, who shared her story, is doing amazing with her BeachBody coaching and earned a call with the BB CEO. This is SO big in the BB world because not only is Edith earning a sweet second income but she's changing LIVES. If you have been wondering more about what we do, or wanting more info, I'd love to give you some (email me) and have this be YOU next month!

Hope you're having a blessed Friday! We are getting boat loads of rain! :)

October 9, 2014

Transformation Thursday-- Edith's Story

I have talked with a few of my friends and fellow BeachBody Coaches and asked them to share their transformation stories with you all. I hope you enjoy! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Hello, I'm Edith Morris and this is my story of fat to fit.

The heaviest that I weighed was 203, but I have fluctuated from that weight to the mid-190s over the years. I realized I needed to do something about mid-May at a weight of 197 lbs., where I started watching my calories and walking short distances, approximately a mile. Then, we went on vacation in late June and I fell of the wagon. Any improvements I had made, I lost and was back to 197 lbs.

After returning, I began tracking my calories, walking; then in July I started following Jenna Buettemeyer's blog. I saw her great results with PIYO. It helped me realize that I need to and could take charge of my health. I knew it was not an easy fix and takes work to maintain, but realized it was something I could do. Understand, I have tried several different things in the past couple of years but never was able to find one that made sense for me. I had been active through out my teens and twenties never thinking I would have a weight problem let alone become obese. It was in my thirties that I developed some medical issues that made me less activate and as time when on I started to gain weight and lost interest in being active. Reading Jenna's blog encouraged me try PIYO and the beachbody products. They make sense and work for me.

Now, fast forward to the future and I am a “beachbody coach." I didn’t just wave a magic wand and become healthier or more fit; it was a very conscious effort to make a plan and stick with it. I started off slow, little steps to achieve a little goal; but, don’t get me wrong I have bigger weight loss goals. I had to be able to wrap my head around it to get started. I think one of the biggest challenges is not to have goals that are out of reach. It's one step, one meal and one day at a time. I have now lost 30+ lbs, my health is better and I feel better about myself. My husband is my biggest fan and supporter. He has been there for me for the 23 years of our marriage. We do it together now. He has always been fairly fit, but even he has lost 20 lbs doing this together. I continue to seek inspiration such as Jenna's to ensure I stay on the path.
Edith before- July 2014
After- 10/7, down 33 lbs!!!
I am SO proud of Edith and her progress! It is so encouraging for me to hear Edith's story and know that I have helped inspire her to change her life-- but she used her OWN strength! If y'all want to talk to Edith about her journey or find out more about the BeachBody products she has used shoot her an email, she'd love to talk to you!

Hope you're all having a blessed Thursday! I'll be back tomorrow with a WWF post! Stay tuned!

October 8, 2014

PediaCare® Smooth Melts™

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My boys are typically GREAT medicine takers. I have always used the liquid and the syringe and really haven't ever had any problems. Well HADN'T had until a few weeks ago when we were desperate and only had pills in the kind of medicine we needed for Hudson.

Have you ever tried to get a 4-year-old to take an oral pill?


We ended up making him more sick by trying to get him to take the pill than if we would have left him alone probably. Lesson learned.

So when I found out about PediaCare® and their new Smooth Melts™ I was excited to try them! PediaCare® Smooth Melts™ Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever is the brand’s newest innovation. It’s another great-tasting product from PediaCare® that contains acetaminophen to help reduce your child’s fever. These chewable tablets are much easier for children to take and feature an unbeatable cherry taste kids love. Each bottle of PediaCare® Smooth Melts™ contains 24 chewable tablets, which are designed to help make getting better easier. Caregivers simply determine proper dosage of the pre-scored tablets by reviewing the dosing chart on the package. And by having a convenient bottle, the caregiver can easily store any extra half tablets (if necessary, see image about dosing below). They're currently available for purchase at Rite Aid and on Amazon.com.
I was lucky enough to get to attend a Webinar with PediaCare® partner, pediatrician and father, Dr. David Hill, author of Dad to Dad: Parenting like a Pro, who has helped develop informational videos offering tips for caregivers on what to do when their child gets sick. To view Dr. Hill’s videos, visit the PediaCare® YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/PEDIACARE.

Dr. Hill was SO down to earth and took several questions from concerned moms about their kiddos. I have started reading his book and even in just the few chapters I have read so far, the information is GREAT. It's especially great for parents of little ones in knowing what to do with those pesky viruses and when it's important to see your pediatrician! This would have been such great info for me a few weeks ago when Rhett had that pesky Hand, Food and Mouth disease!

The PediaCare® website is pretty cool. They even have a symptom checker to see what medications might be good for you child's ailments. For more information about PediaCare® and the full line of products, please visit pediacare.com, or join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/PediaCare and on Twitter at @PediaCare.

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