Business Trip to Long Beach, CA

Hi everyone!  I just got back from an energizing and encouraging business trip.

As you may know, I am a Shaklee Director.  I market health and wellness products through my blog.

I have the privilege of working with other moms who are passionate about their families and their health.

I was able to finally meet these girls on my Shaklee and blogging team. 

I am on the left. Then it’s Katie, Connie and Erin. Aren’t they beautiful?


This is Erin’s son, Kameron.  He started a dog walking business to earn the money to come to the conference!

Amazing young man.  The business coach brought him on stage to share his story.  He is only 9 years old?!


I learned so much from each one and gleaned many tips on being a work at home mom.

Here are a few things I learned from the 3 day conference.

*  Personality styles.  So huge with relationships: family, friendships and business.

* “ You attract who you are.  Birds of a feather flock together.  As a man thinks, so is he.”

* “Forgiveness is a lifestyle.”

*  Communication skills.

*  “Repetition is the mother skill.”

*  The masses are always wrong. Don’t follow them.

*  “Prosper where you are planted.”

*   Create a duplicatable system.

*  Leadership development is up to the individual.

*  Learn to improvise an imperfection.

*  Practice following before you can lead.

So many great tips!  I was so pumped and encouraged from this event. 

Have you been to an event that you left so encouraged by?

What did you learn?

Thanks for visiting!






3 Ways to Add Nutrition to My Kids Meals

I have 3 boys ages, 15, 13 & 8.  I am constantly looking for ways to add nutrition to their diet.

This are some good tips from Laura Evans, 

Senior Vice President, Sales and Field Development with Shaklee.

fruits & veggies

I have three children, ages 8 to 17 years old.  They are not only highly active, but they also have varying

tastes in food and varying appetites.  Because they are young, growing fast, and learning from my influence,

I feel it’s especially important that I help them create healthful eating habits now.  For me, it begins with creating

nutritious meal options for them.  In general, I keep a supply of Shaklee Cinch® Snack Bars on hand for when my children

need a low-calorie, high-protein snack.  Of course, each of my children favors a different flavor, so we keep a Snack Bar Assortment

Pack in our pantry at home.

My go-to strategies for creating nutritious meals for my children:

1. Use soy protein whenever possible

We always bake with Shaklee Instant Soy Protein. As a rule of thumb, we substitute about 1/3 soy protein for every cup of 

flour that a recipe calls for.  For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, we’ll change it to 2/3 cup of unbleached or wheat

flour plus 1/3 cup of soy protein.  And a favorite kitchen activity we can all do together is to make Shaklee protein snacks. 

Add a cup of soy protein to 1/3 cup peanut butter and ¼ cup of honey.  Mix the ingredients together like dough and then roll

into balls or snakes. Any shape will do.  Cover with coconut or nuts and refrigerate until hard.  My kids love these for dessert

or as an afternoon snack!

2. Sneak veggies in everywhere.

Either celery with peanut butter or baby carrots make a great snack.  Soups are another great meal to pile with veggies,

such as carrots, spinach, broccoli, or celery.  For example, I like to cook carrots or celery in a stock pot and then puree in a food processor. 

This not only thickens the soup base, but my kids never even know the veggies are in there!

3. The more fresh fruit, the healthier. 

At home, we call fruit “nature’s candy.”  Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, bananas, and apples are always on hand in our

kitchen.  The berries are easy to grab by the handful, and we often bag a variety of berries and other cut-up fruit to take on the go. 

Another specialty in the Evans household is to replace sugary jams or jellies in a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fresh fruit. 

We put berries or even bananas in the sandwich and smush them into the peanut butter.

Probably the most important thing is getting my children involved in deciding what to eat and being creative with meals. 

The more they are involved, the more likely they are to make healthier food choices when I’m not around—and that makes me a happy parent!


My favorite is that she calls fruit ‘nature’s candy’.  Love that!

Do you have your own strategies for creating nutritious meals with your children?

Please share in the comments section below!

Looking forward to your next visit,




How to Clean the TV Safely

Since owning my own cleaning business for over 10 years, 

I have gotten many questions about how to dust and clean the TV. 

Using the wrong product can actually RUIN it! 

One of my clients was using Windex and it left streaks etched in the screen :0  

So here is:

how to clean the tv

Step 1

~ Brush gently with Swiffer Duster to remove some dust

Step 2

~ Spray Basic H Window cleaner on window cleaning cloth

Step 3

~ Wipe on TV going side to side buffing it as you go.

That’s IT!

The two must-haves, in my opinion is the type of cleaner and cloth you are using. 

The wrong one will ruin your tv!  AVOID Windex!!  Amonia is BAD for your TV.

If you have streaked your tv, don’t despair …yet.  After using Basic H a few times, it

actually lessened the streaks dramatically for my client.  Not completely gone, but so

much better that he is able to use the tv again.  Give that a try before you buy a new one.

Before I found Shaklee, I used just water with a VERY expensive window cloth. 

Since switching, I have found that this window cloth is SUPER inexpensive and works better. 

Also, using a bit of Basic H (only 1 drop diluted in 16oz of water) helps repel the dust to keep the TV cleaner longer.


Happy Cleaning!

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My Favorite Packing Tips

I recently got back from a dreamy girls’ spa trip.  You can read about that HERE.

Four glorious days in sunny Mexico to lay by a pool with a good book. 

To make our travels easier we decided to not check in any luggage and

bring a carry-on bag.

Wait?!  What?!  ONE SMALL BAG??

Yep!  We made it happen and now I get to share with you all.

pink luggage

Here are My Favorite Packing Tips.

1.  Choose clothes that will mix and match. 

I chose neutral bottoms with more colorful and fun tops.  Same for the shoes…

white and black sandals were all I needed to match my outfits.  To decide what to bring,

I lay everything out on my bed to see how they go together.  I always seem to start with

more than I need and then narrow it down from there.

2.  Roll your clothes, instead of folding. 

Then place in suitcase starting with the largest to smallest pieces.  I had heard this

before, but this was the first time I actually did it.  I could not believe what a difference it made! 

It really did take up less space.

3.  Wear your ‘bulky’ clothes on the plane. 

Even though we were going to a sunny place, we wanted our tennis shoes so we could workout

{ok…maybe just go for a pretty walk before breakfast}.  So we wore our jeans, tennis shoes and

sweater/sweatshirt on the plane.  Saves a lot of room!

4.  Bring and use all those ‘sample’ toiletries products you have saved. 

I keep a small stash of these for when I travel.  They meet the airline guidelines for liquid sizes and

take up less space than my big bottle stuff.  

5.  Pack a plastic bag to bring home the dirty clothes in,

but be sure to roll them too.

There you have it!  5 EASY steps to hopefully make packing your bag a little easier.

This trip was to a sunny place and swim suits, shorts & flip flops do not take up a lot of space.

However, this Friday I am going to a business conference and I am attempting the same thing.

One carry-on bag.  Wish me luck!

Do you have any other tips on packing?  Please share with us!  I am always looking to improve this.


Looking forward to your next visit,





Healthy Eating Tips

healthy plateAs we celebrate National Nutrition Month 

and this year’s campaign to Get Your Plate in Shape and make better, healthier,

informed food choices, I’ve got some of Dr. Jamie McManus’ favorite healthy

eating tips to help you get your plate in shape and spread the word to others.

  • Think before you eat

Take time to think about what you are putting on your plate or in your bowl.

Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean protein foods

provide the nutrients you need without too many extra calories. Put them on your

shopping list so you have them in your pantry and refrigerator.

  • Make half your plate fruits and veggies

Choose the most colorful ones too – dark green, deep orange and red colored

fruits and vegetables are packed with health promoting vitamins, minerals and

phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids. 

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less

Try not to deprive yourself of the foods you love, just avoid oversized portions.

Use smaller plates, bowls and cups and keep a food journal to help you track how much you’re eating.

  • Remember that variety is the spice of life

No single food can supply all nutrients in the amounts you need.

For example, oranges provide vitamin C but no vitamin B12; cheese provides vitamin B12 but no vitamin C.

To make sure you get the nutrients you need, eat a variety of foods everyday.

  • Get some nutrition insurance

 If you’re like most people, there are plenty of days when “life” just gets in the way of

eating your very best. That’s why taking a daily comprehensive multivitamin/mineral supplement

makes good nutritional sense.

Visit the National Nutrition Month web site at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/ for more information,  

nutrition education resources and more.

To learn more about Dr. Jamie McManus and her choices for a healthier life, visit HERE.

These are great tips…some I am still learning.  The one I started doing this year

is to eat more veggies.  But the one I need to work on still is to think before I eat.  My choices are

not always the best!  I also take a multivitamin pack everyday.  I started this in August and have REALLY

noticed a difference in my energy plus, I was able to stop taking my allergy meds and I have NOT gotten sick

since then.  Totally worth it for me.

What about you?  What healthy steps are you taking this year?  Are you trying to eat better like me?

Got any tips or help for me? 

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How to Clean the Kitchen Sink Naturally

Waking up to a clean kitchen sink makes me happy!  

I feel like it starts my day a little more peaceful.

Here is how I clean my kitchen sink:

1. Daily spray it down with Basic H in the degreaser formula.

2. Scrub

3. Dry it with a microfiber cloth.

4. Once a week (or more if needed) I clean it with Scour OFF

    to get it nice and white again.

I also made a video HERE

how to clean the kitchen sink naturally

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Here are a few facts about Scour Off

✔ Nontoxic
✔ No chlorine bleach
✔ No toxic fumes

✔ Rivals Ajax® Powder Cleanser with Bleach and Comet® Disinfectant
Cleanser with Bleach in the removal of kitchen grease and grime*
✔ Cleans toughest cooked-on food from ovens and barbecues
✔ Removes rust

✔ Natural mineral abrasives
✔ Biodegradable surfactants
✔ No dyes
✔ No phosphates
✔ Recyclable packaging
✔ Safe for septic systems and graywater

Surfaces for use

• Sinks               • Stovetops
• Tile                  • Ceramic tiles
• Grout               • Porcelain sinks
• Ovens              • Baked enamel
• Ovenproof glass

To deep clean my sink, I put this paste on a sponge or microfiber cloth and rub down my sink.

Then I rinse it off.

That’s IT. So easy!

To give it that brand new look, I also wipe off the excess water with my microfiber cloth to dry the sink.

Here are a couple before and after pictures from friends who love and use Scour Off.

kitchen sink b & a

house of grace kitchen sink

We LOVE the Scour Off paste!

What about you?  Do you love a clean sink in the morning, too, like me?

Happy cleaning!

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Friday Fitness Guest Post: Healthy vs. Skinny

{guest post by Rachelle from Livin’ The Fit Life’}

My stomach started feeling a little funny yesterday and I thought I may have been

coming down with the flu. I took it easy, went to bed early, and this morning,

I didn’t feel 100%, but felt more like I might have a little cold. 

I figured, I better get my workout in just in case I do get sick and am not able to

work out for a couple of days. To tell you the truth, I was so pumped to go to the gym. 

I hadn’t done Bodypump in a week and I was so excited to get back to it. 

Don’t you love to get excited about working out!  What a rush!

Before class a woman asked me about my “12 in 2012” shirt and we chatted about running and what not. 

She told me that a couple of her family members were stick thin but not in a healthy way and

she was always the biggest one (not big at all, really cute figure).  We talked about being

proud of our healthy bodies vs. the pull to be skinny. 

Sometimes it’s hard to walk the line. 

It is always so inspiring for me to go to the gym and see so many healthy women of all shapes and sizes. 

I love to read all of the blogs that are about being strong and healthy instead of skinny. 

I am proud of my body and I wouldn’t want to trade with anyone.  I work hard with what God gave me!

Thank you to all of you out there that work hard to be good examples of health. 

Look at yourself and tell yourself, “I am woman hear me roar”!  Be proud of your strength and your drive.

Leave a comment on what makes you feel strong then let out a roar!

Have a great weekend and Happy Running!



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5 Tips to Increase Joy

5 Tips to Increase Joy

Joy is defined by the dictionary as ‘the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.’ 

During my year of sickness, I gleaned 5 tips from a friend of mine. 

She taught me and encouraged me to find a way to see light in a very dark time.

Doing these steps did not always result in a warm, fuzzy feeling, BUT it did help foster a deeper joy. 

The knowledge that life will be ok even if it doesn’t seem it will be.


1.  Nurture an eternal perspective.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, a life lived without hope of a future is pretty bleak. 

Start by figuring out what your eternal perspective is and then nurture it.

Personally I do this by reading the Bible and praying.  It gives me peace and joy to hope in a life Designed by God.


2.  Laugh everyday.

Yep.  Simple, but true.  This will increase joy and has also been proven to have positive health benefits. 

My family and I like to watch funny movies, tell jokes and will quite often watch America’s Funniest Videos (tv show) together.


3.  Look forward to something every week.

Schedule fun stuff!  It doesn’t always have to cost money either. 

It could be a movie, dinner with your spouse, coffee with a friend and even your favorite tv show.


4.  Develop a hobby

What are your interests?  Scrapbooking, crafting, baking, sewing, organizing, writing, etc…  

The point is, take the time for you to actually do this.  Something for you.


5.  Take care of your physical body.

We are all aware of the health benefits of this for our bodies, but there are also known mood lifter benefits.

Exercising releases the ‘happy’ endorphins, drinking water and eating good foods increase energy and aid in sleeping better. 

Pick just one area to improve and focus on.  Your emotional health will thank you.


~ I hope you find some joy in your life too, regardless of your circumstances.

~ If you are going through a particularly hard time right now, leave a comment or email me.

I would be honored to pray for you!

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My Mexico Trip

Hi everyone!  So sorry I have been MIA lately.  I just got back from a fabulous 5 days completely unplugged in Puerta Vallarta, MX!  

My friend and I have been planning a girls’ trip to celebrate our 40th birthdays. 

Although I like to remind her that my ‘official’ day is not until June 30th.  LOL  It really was dreamy.  Everything we hoped for and more. 

This was the first time I have taken this long of a trip without my boys or my husband.  Isn’t my hubby great? 

He told me to go and have a good time.  He works really hard at his job, took an evening class, took care of the boys

and finished putting in his mom’s wood floor…all while I was gone!  He is amazing!

Here are some pictures and highlights of our trip that I wanted to share with you.

**warning:  lots of pictures.  Too many cute ones to narrow it down**

This is the hotel we stayed in.


Here is a view of the pools.  We spent a lot of time here enjoying the SUN!  Living in Oregon, we were really lacking our Vitamin D.

There was a swim up pool bar that was fun, too.


This is our room.  It was simple and modern with a fabulous bed!  Usually I do not like hotel beds, but this one was great.


This was our ocean view patio.  We did not know we were getting this, but sooo glad we had it!  We used it every morning.


I took this picture from our patio one morning.  Our hotel is right by the Marina where the cruise ships come in. 

We have been on 2 Mexican cruises together with our hubbys and two other couples and came into this Marina. 

It was fun to see the view in a different way.


Here we are!  I am on the right.  Doesn’t my friend look great?! 

She recently lost 23 pounds with the Cinch Body Transformation Plan!  She feels so good. 

I have lost 15.  I still have 20 to go.  I was really happy that I fit into my summer clothes better than last summer.

Cinch Transformation (Shae & Me)

One day we took the bus and went shopping along the boardwalk at the flea markets and had lunch at this great restaurant. 

It was covered in signatures from all of their customers.  We got to sign our names too.  So fun! 

We ordered their special 2 for 1 margaritas and they brought us EACH 2!  LOL 

We were cracking up because if you know us we do not drink very often at all so 2 was just hilarious for us. 

BUT it was really good. Winking smile

This is me with my mango margaritas.



I did not really buy much at all because I was spending most of it at the spa. 

But I loved these scarfs, got some candy for the kids and just as we were about to catch our bus back to the hotel,

we saw an awesome shoe shop.  Seriously, it was shoe heaven!  Tons of cute sandals!  We spent over an hour there looking and trying on. 

The girls that worked there were annoyed with us because they had to go upstairs to get the sizes.  They were obviously not on commission. 

Anyway, I ended up getting these 2 pairs for under $40.  I love them!  They are so comfortable and cute.  My friend got 4 pairs. 

Needless to say, when we purchased 6 pairs the girls became more friendly.


This is a picture of a spa we found less than a block from our hotel.  Our big splurge and dream for this girls’ trip was to go to the spa. 

We love massages and they are a real treat for us.  Anyway, we were planning on getting one at our resort,

but when we stumbled on this we were squealing with excitement.  The place was clean and professional. 

They spoke some english (my friend also speaks spanish very well).  The best part was their prices were less that half of the resort prices!  Score! 

So of course we went twice.  The first time we got an hour and a half massage.  The girls were extremely professional and very good. 

I think it was the best massage I have had.  Then we went back 2 nights later and got another one plus a facial.  We were there over 3 hours. 

It was our first facial and I can not believe I waited this long to have one?  My skin still feels amazing and we slept awesome that night.


Here we are with our ‘girls’ after our 3 hours of heaven.  We requested them for our second night. 

It was fun to get to know them, too.


Fish Tacos here every night.  Cheap and good.  YUM!


Parasailing off the beach.  I was scared at first, but it was amazing!  Really peaceful and easy. 

Just sit when they tell you and float down when it’s over and they catch you.  A really great experience. 

Here is my friend at take off…


In the air!


That’s me in the air.


That’s me landing.  Super easy!  It was such a thrilling experience!


On our way home…{sigh}.


and…YES we brought only 1 carry on bag :0 Stay tuned for a post on my packing tips.

So did I loose you yet with all the pictures?  It was a really relaxing break for me. 

Unplugged for the entire 5 days.  Read 2 books.  Spa, Sleep & Sun.

I got to thinking how much better I feel coming home to take care of my family.  I feel more ‘present’. 

Why do we moms have such a hard time taking breaks for ourselves? 

We seem to put ourselves last and really, that ends up not so good for our families. 

Thank you for letting me share my special trip with you! 

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