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October 24, 2014

WWF and I Cut my Hair...

Because one post wasn't enough today... ha ha....

...but seriously. I lost two lbs this week. That was worth another blog post because I am FINALLY out of my funk and back on track, I am at my lowest weight yet and SO pumped about it.
I shared on my Instagram this week that I was wearing some clothes that are fitting more loosly and I did my measurements again to find that I had lost SEVEN inches around my upper chest-- umm amazing. Also 4 inches from my hips and 3 inches off my waist-- all while losing VERY little weight. So see, that scale doesn't always matter.
Same work out top in both pictures, noticable tighter on the Left, ten weeks ago, then the other day, VERY loose. Progress.
Also.... I cut my hair even more this week. I am loving it.

And lastly... something really cool happened this week. While playing at the park on Wednesday, Jordan and I met a mom who had just moved to town and didn't know a soul. The cool thing is that her son is just two weeks older than Rhett. I invited her over for a play date yesterday with my friend Beth and we all just clicked. I am so happy to have a new friend and for Rhett to have a new bff too. This just goes to show that you never ever know what the Lord has in store for you, even when you're just at the park playing with your kids. She said that she'd been praying in the car on the way to the park that God would bring her a friend so she wouldn't feel so alone here, and then we just randomly started talking and became fast friends. Little did she know that I needed a friend too. Hannah, I am so happy to have met you and to have you in NWA! :)

Happy Friday, loves. Hope you get to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather this weekend!
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Love Is A Gift

Tracking Pixel This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the MassMutual.

I don't think I need to tell you how important my family is to me. 'm pretty sure you already know that... but I'll brag on my loved ones a little bit more today...
In a brief run-down, I am so fortunate to have married my very best friend and the love of my life (almost) six years ago. Bryan has been my best friend since we were in Junior High, and we have a long love story... but I am so glad to have him by my side every day. There is no one I would rather do this life with. He's my biggest supporter, number one fan, our provider, my hard worker, my shoulder to cry on... I am so thankful for him.
I also don't think I need to tell you how much I love and appreciate my children. Every day I am so thankful for the blessing that they are to me. I don't think I knew my true identity until I had them. They're my "gift" each and every day.

And our Janet. My boy's G-Ma. Bryan's Mom. Tony's Lucy. My Mother-in-Law. There is not a day on this Earth that we won't stop missing her. I am so thankful for our pictures and memories of her that we can give to our boys to remember her. She loved them like crazy... and they were so fond of her too.

So that's why today I am so excited to be partnering with MassMutal and their Love Is A Gift social initiative to celebrate those who matter most in our lives. Love Is A Gift is an initiative that encourages people to make a statement about the transformative power of love by sharing a picture of themselves with those who matter most to them.

For every photo story uploaded to http://bit.ly/1vRvg4C or on public Instagram accounts using #LoveIsAGift, MassMutual will donate $1 to Easter Seals, up to $50,000.

This initiative is a continuation of the brand’s longstanding partnership with Easter Seals. As a national partner with Easter Seals, MassMutual understands that love can be demonstrated in many different ways. One of those ways is by providing children and adults living with disabilities, their caregivers, and veterans with access to more information, specialists, and financial strategies that can help improve their quality of life. Because MassMutual believes that all love is valuable and unique, the company wanted to convey the genuine strong bonds people share with one another by highlighting real families. You can also find a great recent article covering MassMutual’s social initiative here.

 

It's so easy to join in the fun. All you have to do is find a picture on your phone or computer, upload it to your Instagram account with #LoveIsAGift or BIT and add a few words about your loved ones and why they matter most. *Your Instagram must be public for it to be recognized to trigger the donation. Once the photo is uploaded, participants can share their photo and details of the initiative with their friends on Facebook or Twitter AND each upload will trigger a $1 donation from MassMutual to Easter Seals, up to $50,000.


ALSO you'll want to join me for a #LoveIsAGift Twitter Party taking place on Wednesday, November 5 between 8:00 am – 9:00 am PST/ 11:00 am – Noon EST. You won't want to miss it because you'll have a chance to win some pretty cool prizes!

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the MassMutual.

October 22, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

It's Wednesday which means it's Momma's free day! I am heading to get my hair done and then grabbing some lunch and doing a little shopping with my friend, Katie! I am pretty stoked! I got up early and worked out so I could enjoy my "me-time" today!
I haven't worn this shirt since 2010. I was happy that is comfortable fit today (meaning I could move my arms). Ha! Also, I never ever ever wear my hair up when I am actually dressed and ready for the day, not really sure why, I just don't.
I had a triple work out day yesterday. I did Chalene's Turbo Fire HIIT 20, 21 Day Fix Abs and then we went for a family walk after dinner last night. Our weather has been gorgeous! I just really really love fall.

No luck on selling the house yet. Hoping to hear something this week at some point!

We booked a trip to Big Cedar Lodge in Branson in a few weeks with just us and the boys. It will be a fun little weekend get-a-way. Branson is about 2 hours from where we live and Big Cedar is pretty amazing. Any suggestions of what to do with a preschooler and a toddler are welcome!!
Lastly, a few of my coaches and I are hosting a private 21 day fix group starting on Monday on Facebook. I am offering a chance to win a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor watch and our group is SUPER small (17 people right now). Lots of fun recipes, challenges, motivation and a support group to help you lose up to 15 lbs in 21 days. I am super excited about it. I just wanted to mention it on here in case any one was interested in joining us. In order to get in the group and be eligible to win the watch you have to purchase the program through me or one of my coaches. Here is the link for the challenge pack or link for the program alone (or email me) if you want to check it out and join us!

Hope you're all having a blessed Wednesday! I am off to enjoy my free day and the amazing fall weather!

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!

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!

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