Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothee

The Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothee was such a hit I had to make some more for you all! 

My latest creation is a chocolate peanut butter for all my fellow chocolate lovers. This one is soooo good, you will want it every morning!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothee

  • 8 oz nonfat milk
  • 2 scoops Chocolate Protein
  • 1 Tbsp. natural, creamy peanut butter
  • 4 ice cubes

Blend until creamy. YUM.

I drink a protein smoothee every morning!  I believe it starts my day and my body with the right nutrients to give me the energy I need for the day.  Plus it helps keep me on track to eating good for the rest of the day.

Do you drink smoothees?  Stay tuned for more recipes to come.

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Fall Pumpkin Patch

I love going to the pumpkin patch every fall.  While visiting with friends in Kansas, we were able to go together to a really fun one!

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Aren’t these pumpkins gorgeous?  I love the different fall colors.

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Here is my oldest son in the corn maze. 

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They had sling shots and some cool guns to shoot mini pumpkins with.  This was the boys favorite part.

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The zipline was also fun.

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Because we live in such a small space right now, this pumpkin was too big for us this year!  We decided to get a couple of mini ones instead.

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Do you go to the pumpkin patch every year too?  What’s your kids favorite part?

Happy fall!

Claire

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Blogger Girls Meet in ‘Real Life’

Since my family and I started our year long US tour, we have been able to meet and visit with so many people!

We just spent the last (almost) 2 weeks with the Branscom family in Kansas.  My good friend, Erin and I actually met through blogging and we have been able to ‘meet’ each other in real life twice before our family invaded their family and parked our HUGE 5th wheel in their driveway.  Seriously!  How cool are they do let us do this??? You can find Erin’s blog HERE.

While we were there, Erin and I made sure to get as much blogging and girl time as possible!

We jam packed it in and had so much fun!

We started every morning off with coffee…..

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…..and a protein shake.

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We wrote down our ideas for our blogs and business for the week.

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One night we used our favorite beauty masque cream.  Our kids thought we looked silly so we just told them we were going to be mimes for Halloween.  LOL

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We got pedicures.  My feet sooo needed this!

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We had a blogger night at Starbucks and drank salted caramel mochas. YUM!

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We played at Target one night and had a little fun with Instagram!

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We had so much fun!  Stayed up waaaay too late, laughed a lot and even worked too. 

You rock Erin!!!  I miss you already.

Have you ever met a blogger online and become ‘real life’ friends?

Claire

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Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothee

I love fall with it’s colors and smells.  Especially pumpkin.

I drink a protein shake every morning and this is my current favorite.

Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

  • 8 oz non-fat milk or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp canned organic pumpkin
  • ½ tsp pumpkin spice
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 4 – 6 ice cubes

     Blend until creamy.

YUM!

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Claire

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Virtual 5K Fundraiser #cancersucks!

Livin the Fit Life is sponsoring this amazing young man, Colton, in his fight against Leukemia with a virtual 5K.

My family and I are joining in, too!

Here is Colton’s story and all the details……

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Many of you have read about our friend Colton who was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia in 2009.  He is one of the reasons I am so passionate about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My other reason is my wonderful sister Claire who survived her own battle with Lymphoma.   You can read about her experience here.
Colton is my friend Suzy’s son.  His is 12 years old and here is what he has gone through within the past 3 years:
-Diagnosed with hypo-diploid Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) on 9/11/09
-Bone Marrow Transplant 1/6/10
-Relapsed 12/20/10
-Stem Cell Transplant 3/5/11
-One year follow up – shows his body in REMISSION!! 3/22/12
-19 months of remission & cancer strikes for the 3rd time
**Starting chemo on 10/23/12 and preparation for 3rd transplant
We found out last week that the cancer is back for the 3rd time.  At this point, all treatments are experimental.  Doctors don’t have answers, so they are trying something that hasn’t been tried before.  Unfortunately, this means that insurance is sketchy.  Insurance doesn’t like experimental anything. 

After the thousands of dollars my friends have raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this time they are the ones who need a fundraiser. 

So, I am hosting a virtual race, "Colton’s Army Virtual 5k", to raise money for Colton’s ArmyColton’s Army is a group of hundreds, maybe thousands of people who love and support Colton and his family and pray every day for him to be cured.  All proceeds will go directly to Colton’s medical fund.  Everyone can participate, but, since this is a fundraiser, in order to be eligible for prizes, you need to make a donation of at least $10.  For every $5 increment over $10 you will receive an additional entry.  After your donation, additional entries can be received by:

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*Tweeting about the race (1).  This can be done daily.

ex.  "Coltons’s Army Virtual 5k" @livinthehikelif help raise money to save Colton’s life! http://livinthefitlife.blogspot.com/2012/10/coltons-army-virtaul-race-cancersucks.html

*Writing a blog post about the race (2)

*Posting about the race on facebook (1)

For those of you who are unable to contribute at this time, please join in on the racing fun and pray, post, tweet, and facebook to your hearts delight .  Just because you aren’t eligible for the prizes, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and help get the word out at the same time.  Come back and tell me all about it and send me your pics to post:) 

Just as an FYI, orange is the color that represents Leukemia, so if you want to wear orange during your 5k even better!

Here are just a few of the prizes I have gotten so far.

Workplaybags Fleetfeet II running bag
$30 giftcard at Sparkleskirts
Energybits tin
Honeystinger (5)
Honeystinger chews (4)
Noodlehuggers headbands
Nike running shirt (Size small)
Colton’s Army t-shirt
Mill Creek Hot Yoga gift certificate
Shaklee Performance Drink Mix
Shaklee Protein Mix


I am still working on more prizes!  

I hope you all can participate and help raise money for Colton’s medical fund.  Colton is an amazing kid and throughout his entire battle, he has remained positive and always has a smile on his face.  His strength is amazing and so inspiring:)

After you donate, please email me your amount to rachelleq1@gmail.com so I know how many entries you have earned.  Also, keep me posted on your tweets/posts/facebook entries.  The race goes until October 31st!

Have a great day and happy running!

Rachelle

My family is so excited to help Colton in this way.  Let me know in the comments if you are participating too!  Be sure to click the link to donate and head over to Livin the Fit Life to let Rachelle know there too.

Claire

Getting Rid of Migraines Naturally

I have talked with so many people who have suffered from migraines.  Recently, I was talking with my friend, Erin, and she shared her migraine story with me.  It really moved me and I asked her if I could share it here because I am certain it will help someone.  I am so grateful for her being so transparent here. 

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This is Erin’s story……

“My migraines started out as dull throbbing over time. I would take about 800-1000 mg of Ibuprofen at a time to get rid of them. I just chalked them up to lack of sleep, since I was working the night shift.

I remember them getting really bad at the beginning of November 2010. They always came at about 10pm when I was working. I would load up on water and Ibuprofen and just push through them. There was no way I was going to call in sick to work every single night for a migraine. And really at the time I didn’t even realize they were migraines. I just thought they were headaches. I don’t think I even realized what was to come…
On December 7, 2010, I went to work and prepared to work the night shift like I always did. I worked at a juvenile detention center for our sheriff’s department. I was working the master control room which controls all the doors and Electronic monitoring for our house arrest juveniles.

My co-worker and friend Jeff came in at about 10:15 before he got off of work. We were talking about work and what was going on and checking on some juveniles who were on GPS house arrest. I started feeling a headache come on so Jeff watched master control while I went and got some ibuprofen. I came back and he sat there still talking with me. At about 10:45 I felt my right side of my body starting to go numb. I couldn’t feel the right side of my face. I couldn’t pick up the mouse to control the computer with my right hand. It just wouldn’t work. I started to freak out a little and googled my symptoms. It came up as a stroke. I thought to myself, is this really happening? Maybe its my mind playing tricks on me. Then when Jeff came in to turn in his keys to go home I noticed I was slurring like I couldn’t talk right. I told him I had a bad headache but he still looked concerned. He went home and about 15 minutes later, I noticed it was worse. I felt nauseous and sick like I was going to throw up. I started to get really scared. At that point I still couldn’t pull it together and attempt to do my job. I knew I needed help. My boss Kelley walked by and I called her into where I was working. I told her that my right side was numb and what was going on. She is very quick on her feet, she immediately grabbed another co-worker, Mark who was getting ready to leave and asked him to take me up to the hospital. I started to realize this was totally serious at this point.

In a panic we all stepped out of the master control room and realized we locked ourselves out! The master control room unlocks all the doors in the building! haha Kelley ran to get an extra set of keys and Mark and I waited at the door. By this time the pain was coming on STRONG. My vision was blurred too.

Mark waited at me with the ER while I was being checked in. I was able to talk to a nurse and tell her what was going on. I went back and they put me in a gown, and started taking my blood pressure and stuff like that. I called my husband and he really didn’t understand what was going on but he came to the hospital. Luckily my parents were visiting at my house and stayed with the kids. I was crying and couldn’t put my words together very well. The pain was so intense at this point.

By the time my husband made the 15-20 minute drive to the hospital I couldn’t talk right. My words came out so jumbled. I knew in my mind what I wanted to say but when I would say it and listen to myself it didn’t come out the way I wanted it too. At this point I became terrified and wondered what was happening to me. I was 29-years old and falling apart. I just remember laying in the hospital bed bawling. I was so scared. And the look in my husband’s eyes I will never forget. It was terror and horror. He was so scared for me. He just held my hand and sat with me. He had to have been so tired but he stayed with me.

I remember the ER doctor coming in and telling me they were transferring me to another hospital that had a neurological wing. They believed whatever was going on was a neuro issue. I remember being so scared. I just wanted to go home and I just wanted to feel better.
I vaguely remember them giving me an MRI and CAT scan before I left that first hospital. I remember being wheeled through the hospital on a stretcher which made me feel more nauseus. I threw up a few times which made the nurses worried because of the amount of morphine that they had given me for the pain. I kept asking for more because it hurt so bad. And for those who know me, know that I do not like taking medicine. I like to do things as natural as possible. I am not a fan of chemicals.

We went to another hospital in our city. Dusty followed the ambulance in our van. Looking back I wish we would have demanded to let him drive me. That little ambulance ride for 6 miles cost us over $1,000 out of pocket. But at the time I was out of it and Dusty was so scared. We couldn’t think straight. Little did we know that the end of this ordeal, we would be over $6,000 in the hole.

 

I remember getting to the hospital and going up the the top floor where the neuro ward was. I think all I could think about was Neuro-brain and thinking that it was a crazy wing. Of course it wasn’t but my mind was everywhere and I was scared. I just wondered if this was permanent or if I was going to get better. I was 29 and had a husband and three kids. Would I ever get better?

I remember them hooking me up to an IV, and giving me lots of medication. I went to bed and couldn’t sleep because the pain was so bad. I remember having 3 babies and it NEVER hurting that bad. I remember saying I would rather have 3 more babies naturally then to have the pain that I had right then. It wasn’t even comparable. It felt like I was shot in the head. Dusty stayed with me that night and the next day. He laid with me in my hospital bed and held me. He was so great and kept it together. I felt like such a burden.

I was up there for over a week. I felt helpless. I couldn’t take care of my kids. My husband was getting the kids ready for school, going to work and taking Audrey to our babysitter. All while I was up in the hospital. I felt like life was going on without me. I would ask my neurologist what was wrong and he had no answers. I met with a second neurologist and he had no answers either. They discharged me and I went home. They gave me vicodin and said take it as needed for pain.


I went home thinking I would just need to rest up and get back to work. I felt like my bell had been wrung. I couldn’t move very fast and I was just really slow. I was irritable and sad. I wanted to be like myself again. I also wanted to get back to work. I hated leaving my shift one person short. I just wanted things to be normal again.

 

I went back to work 3-4 days after I got home from the hospital. That same night the same thing happened! My right side went numb at about 11pm. This time Dusty just got the kids out of bed, came to work to get me and took me home. I couldn’t drive. That night I threw up non-stop all over the place and didn’t know who I was. At one point my husband said I looked at him and asked who he was. The next day after this my baby sitter took Audrey and I went back to the hospital. I wanted answers. I remember crying and begging my neurologist to tell me what was wrong! And at $200 a copay to see this neurologist I wanted them NOW. He still had no idea. He fixed me up with 4-5 random prescriptions for nausea, cancer patient medications and more pain medications and sent me home. And the pain medications were ones that I heard of other people getting addicted to. They also made me so sick to my stomach. I refused to take them. There had to be an ANSWER!

I went back to the neurologist and my Dad had to come take me. I couldn’t even drive. I went in and begged. I BEGGED for him to tell me what to do to make me better. I cried. My neurologist sat there and stared at me for awhile and then he pulled out a yellow legal pad and wrote down 3 things. He said to go home and google them and take them. He said they were supplements and that his family had been on them for over 40 years. He said they were the best. He also told me that I needed to change my diet, get a lot of rest and take those supplements if I wanted to get better.

I went home and had to go back to work that night. I went to work and later that night at work I googled this company called Shaklee.
I wanted to eliminate every un-healthy product in my house that could potentially cause my migraines and seizures. I wasn’t taking ANY chances.

My neurologist gave me a huge list of everything in our house that could be playing a huge environmental factor in my migraines and seizures. Most of my hygiene products were included in that list as well as ALL of my household cleaners. On that list it also recommended to eliminate processed food in my diet as much as possible.

I got all of my Shaklee products in February 2011 and got rid of everything that was dangerous for cleaning supplies in our house.

I bought a Get Clean kit and switched everything to that.

So are you wondering what was on the yellow legal pad list that my neurologist recommended? I know you must be dying to know lol. I get asked this question daily! 🙂

It was…

Vivix
Nutriferon
and
Vitalizer.

These three things were the RX for my healthier life! 🙂

I got all of my Shaklee products in February 2011 and got rid of everything that was dangerous from cleaning supplies to beauty products in our house.

By March of 2011 migraines and headaches were a thing of my past.

I still get the occasional headache if I am dehydrated but NOTHING like how it was.

My body feels so much healthier!

So we learned that prevention is the key. I wish we had known about those 3 things before this ordeal.

We would have saved thousands of dollars on medical bills and hurt for me and my family.

WOW! 

Thanks so much Erin for allowing me to share your migraine story.  This truly amazes me and I am so glad you are healthy now.

Do you suffer from migraines, too?  Do you know someone who does?  !

Email me at claireshealthyhome(@)gmail(dot)com with your questions and we can get you started on your RX for a Healthier Life too!

Claire

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Family Fun Night

We have been visiting friends in Wichita, KS.  We pulled up in our 5th wheel and are currently parked in their driveway.  Here’s a picture of us backing in our HUGE rig!  They measured their driveway before we came to make sure we would fit.  lol

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Friday night our families had a pizza and game night.  All 10 of us!  Such an inexpensive and FUN way to get together with friends.

This is my hubby and I eating our pizza and breadsticks.  {totally off subject, but my hair has gotten so long! I think I am going to put some long layers in it.  What do you think?}

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Between us we have 6 kids.  Aren’t they cute?

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After we ate our dinner, the power went out for a few hours. So, my hubby brought in our propane lamp.  lol  We didn’t let it spoil our fun.

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We had planned to have popcorn with my friend’s hand crank popper and when the power went out to our 5th wheel in the driveway and used our gas stove.  She also uses Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.  I just LOVED this healthy popcorn!  It was fun to use AND really inexpensive to buy a bag of popcorn.  So much better for you than microwave!

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Look at this cute popcorn set she has!  Isn’t it adorable?

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The four adults and my two older boys played cards while the four younger kids played with some glow sticks we had.  Our game of choice that night was Rummy.

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Just as we were finishing our night the power came back on. 

Do you do family game nights?  How do you make your popcorn?  What do you think about my hair? LOL

Thanks for reading!

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How I Clean Natural for Pennies

Owning a house cleaning business taught me a few things.  One of those was the less I paid for my supplies, the more profit I received!  That was definitely a motivator for me as well as getting the job done well AND efficiently.

Remember my story on why and how I switched to natural cleaning products?  I still cannot believe the harmful stuff I was using and exposing myself too!

This is a picture of my old cleaning bucket.  Any of it look familiar?  You most likely have these in your home too.  I thought I needed ALL these for the many jobs that come from keeping a house clean. 

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I went from this full bucket to just 3 products to clean everything…..bathroom, kitchen, dusting, floors, disinfecting, everything!

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Because each one is a concentrate, it lasts a looooong time.

Here is an example of how I clean natural for pennies with just the Basic H.

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Can you believe those numbers???

I used to think the Dollar Store was such a bargain too, but when you break down the cost,

look at how you can clean for pennies!

You can order yours here and start saving a ton of money too.

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The bonus is Basic H has sooo many other uses besides cleaning the house!

Here are just a few other ways I use basic H

wash the car

natural fruit and veggie wash

wash the dog (natural flea deterrent)

take a bubble bath (the kids and me!)

remove wallpaper

laundry stain remover

basic h is safe

Scour Off

scour off heavy duty paste

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Basic G

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I am offering a special to ALL new members so be sure to contact me before you order so I can save you even more money!

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Have a great day!

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