My Babies are Going Running!!

Hi – This is a bit off the norm – but hey with me sometimes everything is a bit off the norm.

My children are both running at Ivy Creek Fund Run to raise money for there school and the Technology Department.  Both Abigail and Owen Love to Run!  They think this is the most exciting event!  They both have a goal of $300.  If they reach it they get Kid sized Kid loved prizes that make us go HMM; but happy they are happy – Like a Yard of Gum, and a Limo Ride to Ice Cream with the Principle!  Okay that does sound like fun! I was hoping you might consider taking a look at their fundraiser pages and decide if you can help support them.  It is a one time donation – not a donation by lap (Too many people say sure $5 a lap, then the kids run 40 laps) much easier this way:).

Here is an example of the e-mails the kids sent out.

Hi its Me Abigail/Owen!  I am running in the Ivy Creek Fun Run On October 18, 2013, to raise money for my school!  Would you please support me with a one time donation? My goal is to raise $300.00.

Also, If you would like to come see me run please give my parents a call. I would love to have you cheer me on!  I am helping raise much-needed funds to help our school with technology equipment to help better our education.

Please consider donating to this important cause. I am going to have a blast running!! Nothing more fun, and it’s even during school! You can use the link at the bottom of this post to visit my site where you can donate to my school fundraiser.

As always I really hope you have a super day!!

Abigail & Owen

Abigail’s Link

Owen’s Link



Product Review: Calorease A New way to cut calories and help in the weight loss battle!


I am a member of Momsmeet a great website that introduces moms and to great new products that have a positive influence in our lives and the world around us. Through that program I was had the opportunity to try a new

This is a simple two tablet supplement, that I took three times a day an hour before or after a meal three times a day.  As long as I stayed on track and take two tablets with a fat-containing meal everyday it gave me the chance to cut my caloric intake by 500 calories.  The best was that it does not contain a stimulant.  (Basically – I don’t have to stay home to cut my caloric intake! Nice).


It took between two and three weeks for me to see results.  As the weight I have carried is not going anywhere.  When I cannot go run around the block – (Oh I wish I could) this was a chance.  Ever since my back started having problems I started gaining weight.  When  a person is sad, hurting or just in a situation where moving around and exercising is not something that is easy or sometime even can be done. I was given the opportunity to try this new product gave me the chance to help me cut the calories going in, as I am not helping them go out as I would like too.

Its easy if you take it as recommended, and realize that this product is not a gift or a free pass at over eating, you can make some changes.  As with all products that help with weight loss, Calorease is not a Magic Pill, Special one hit wonder that makes the fat melt off – Just wanted you to know :).  I ate as I regularly do; a sensible diet with fruits and vegetables and the right amount of protein or supplement and yes the bit of chocolate here and their,I am Human :).  The Calorease product nicely does not contain gluten, lactose, yeast, wheat, sugar, salt, egg, soy, dairy, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives. It is naturally sourced from grain and is suitable for vegans.  Calorease’s website contains sample meal plans to help you carry out your goal the website will give you much useful information and ways to connect with Calorease and others directly. Calorease is also linked to the main social media sites for questions and reviews. – Facebook – Twitter – Pinetrest – Google Plus

Like “Calorease” on Facebook to stay up to date with all their new and helpful information to help you meet your weight loss goals, as well as stay informed for contests and promotions!!

Sometimes seeing things with your own eyes is the only way to really understand, so I suggest that you click the link below to watch a video to see how exactly Calorease works. I watched the video before starting the program and the video answered many of my questions. Go ahead Click here to watch this video to see how Calorease works.

Calorease comes in convenient blister pouches. each pouch contains\ two pills equal to one service, again taken one hour before to one hour after a caloric intake meal. The 90 tablet pouches run $29.00 Though for each of my readers you are able to save 50% off the cost of their 90 tablet pack!! Everybody likes 50% off!!  Just visit Calorease and you will only pay $14.00 for a 90 tablet pack!  The Code for this special offer is 4MOMS.

This I learned directly from Calorease ~”Science has found that fiber can bind with dietary fat and prevent fat from being digested. But since most fibers bind fat at a 1:1 ratio, you would have to consume unrealistic amounts of ordinary fiber to gain any benefit—until now. The unique, patented fiber in Calorease (FBCx) binds up to 9 times its weight in dietary fat, reducing up to 15,000 calories per month from a normal diet.” ~

~My Story~

I thought that if I decided to do this, it would be a waste of time, I would spend hours on the toilet and would still end up with the same weight.  I WAS WRONG!  I have had none NO unexpected rushed trips to the bathroom.  No lose stool, I had no problems eating ice-cream and not getting sick. Calorease having No Stimulant makes all the difference!!  I have learned that if I want this to work I had to pay attention to my food intake, try to cut the snacks, ice-cream and really try to let this product help me.  Guess what, it has!! I really feel I have lost a few pounds and there are more to come.  We started in the slow lane and now I am feeling better about food choices all together.  I told myself not to expect the weight to melt off, but any help, helps my back (Less weight on my back the better) and helps me.  I feel very uncomfortable being larger.  I was not expecting to look like I did seven years ago, but for my self-esteem, loosing a little weight goes a long way!  I plan to keep working this program for a few more pounds that I would like to lose before going back to just watching the caloric intake. I will continue to update you on my weight

It was a great pleasure to work with Momsmeet and Calorease on this program.  Please know that I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meets program,MayMediaGroupLLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a MomsMeets blogger,I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.

I hope you have enjoyed my Honest review of Calorease.  May it help you accomplish your weight loss goals!!

Jenn 🙂


Book Review – The Pearl by Angela Hunt ~ What Does Not Bend Breaks

Hours turn to days and days to months, time passes to fast.  I have found that the act of being a parent is more of a test of pressure within a vacuüm.  How much pressure can one parent endure before an unexpected release of Steam.I was able to feel that and my current emotions as well with this great book.  I do believe God puts in my hands the right book at the right time.

I just finished a book by Angela Hunt, The Pearl.  This is a Women of Faith novel. This is another amazing book taking on a hot topic about grief, loss, cloning and your hearts true desires and choices.  How we Christians and still do not always see Jesus lighting our path for use as we are foraging through the valley.  I highly recommend this book to all Christian readers and Secular readers as well.  It touches the heart of those who have adopted, given birth, lost a loved one, lost a spouse or have tried to walk their one road, only to drop too your knees the moment you realize you were walking the wrong way.  Amazing things happen then – God picks you up and carries you back home.

The Pearl - Angela Hunt


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Do you have all the right answers?

Today is Tuesday 8/13/2013. It is a beautiful day, full of potential, clean air and light clouds.  Today, I am diving into a question; If when your child asked you a question about anything, that when you spoke your words would come across such that the love, tenderness and fullness of their meaning would come across each time. That the answers you give are in stone. Truth. No need to visit it again, for you answered the question and as a parent you have the correct and only answer. Would you want that?

Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:19

I want my children to understand what I am sharing with them, as an answer to their question is open for interpretation and discussion.  I want them to question, to test and try to understand the minutia in the everyday tedium that will grow wild without tending, without examination.  I desire for their learning from analyzing, from searching their own minds, seeking the truth in my words as well as others in books or in life that have different answers to the same questions.  In order to accept and live with a Truth, one must first sharpen the pencil.

Life is a series of teachable moments, we are given a pencil with one end sharpened and the other with an eraser, so that we can continue to grow, learn become more and more precise in our understanding as we go.  Life is not written in ink, only the indelible moments for those in-between we can erase and modify our conclusions

I do not want to say “Never Hit, for it is wrong to strike another. Turn the other cheek.”  Then have my children blindly accept that as fact, and in turn mold themselves to a resolve of believing that Hitting is wrong “Always” one must turn the other cheek, PERIOD.

I want my children to believe me, honor my words and my experience.  I also desperately want them to ask questions.  Why, can we not strike another if the situation is “A” or “B” ?? I think the act of asking questions, testing the waters not only lets us as parents set needed boundaries, it is those questions that give our children the chance to learn something in their way, through their questions, they’re seeking the truth that will lead them to honoring what we have given them as advice and as lessons to live by, also a way for them to accept it because they came to the same conclusion through their own devices.

Today, this question.  I raise my children to know Mom is always there for anything.  They know all they have to do is ask. They also know that questioning something is natural, human and above all the only way we can feel confident within ourselves that it is truly the answer we were seeking. “Teach your children” Teach, not dictate – teach the act of learning, to learn we must first question.

Through these paths of learning one may find the building of ones character imminent.


You will never get where your going unless you light the fire!

Woman cleaning toilets.

I have often wondered if the phrase Light a Fire under “It” if you want it to get done. Have you ever realized how that is great advice! I mean yeah, tell someone if you want something to happen don’t just sit there, light the fire and make it happen!! Now take a step back and look at that through a mirror – the dishes the pile of papers for filling, an endless array of personal items that need a Large Fire under them, yet your personal wood always seems wet and way too hard to light. I really wonder why that is? I wake up wanting to accomplish all items to be done in world. I even love discussing the night before the grand plans I have to make my house more mine the next day. Problem is I forget how to keep the fire lit. I have accomplished some great goals, I have even made strides in taking my health into my own hands and working toward being more capable than ever before. So what is the secret behind getting things done for yourself and your goals? I really want to know.

I know that if the “Mother or Mother-in-Law” calls suddenly the house is amazingly clean in about thirty minutes. If you have a friend stopping by for tea, you have made small snacks hot water and a clean nice place to sit and chat. There are even Saturdays where Husbands and Wives go crazy and accomplish amazing amounts of items before the end of the day! What happens then?

Are we trained to desire something great, a clean space then something takes that ability that motivation and squashes it like a bug before the project is complete? Having been inside the four walls of my home for a solid eighteen months. I have nothing but a desire to simplify down to nothing. I really want to have love, grace and a clean home. Beds made, laundry done, the smell of amazing food wafting through the air and the smile of my family as they enjoy their home because of the comfort within.

So being “lit” from underneath is amazing!! Problem arises when the phone rings a friend stops by, the kids want/need/desire to spend quality time. You are just tired and want to sit and watch a show. Or in my case the body I once loved and was proud of, has in this season given me nothing but limited ability to accomplish the goals I so desire to complete!

I do notice that if you get angry for a large understood reason or for a small nobody knows why reason that many things get done right the first time and in a super fast way!! You can lift things or rearrange items that usually you couldn’t even move – where does this strength come from? is it strength or is it pure determination equaling more quality being done through the simple frustration of the soul working through the vessel of your hands!

A very wise woman told me recently that sometimes people make themselves “Accept” that they are not worthy of coming home to a clean home, a made bed, a clean kitchen and fresh laundry. That they give all sorts of excuses of daily life to push themselves down to a place where their eyes actually see a mess they are not able to clean and a belief that they can never change this. I am living proof that I have been on both sides and falling into the “It’s too much” is a much wider path than that of ten minutes per room each day that is actually less than an hour a day – An Hour A Day and Amazing your home is fresh happy and everyone feels better about the house No!, They feel better about there day, days to come, the obstacle that was to hard to overcome yesterday is easy as pie now. Amazing – Very True!

So the more I think about it the more I come to the conclusion that; One – We are a result of the environment around us, i.e. if we were raised where the beds were always made and the house was put together but the family was sterile that we have a tendency to put less stock in cleanliness or Home tidiness than if our home was Clean and Beds made etc. and our families were always together laughing loving, doing life! That tells our brain that not only is it possible to have an amazing happy family but that the home around us will also reflect that inside us. I believe the reverse is possible or even more probable as well. If we were raised in a dirty, no care find your own cleanest dirty pair of cloths environment. This home may be happy and go go go all the time or it may be as dirty as the items around it. In this situation, we may overcompensate and live the life where you can never leave your home unless its pristine – just incase you never made it home “What would people think of you”. The reverse can also repeats itself, the value that you are not worthy of a clean environment is so impressed on your psyche that you continue that going forward in your life.

Do you have the urge to clean when angry? when you see a cleaning product commercial? when your very upset? cannot sleep? in love? I think we do, we have to have something to keep our brains busy on besides the current item of thought. Now if we could just take that motivation and turn it into a daily activity that not only creates beauty but emulates beauty within yourself.

I after being stuck in bed and staring at the four walls around me have found that I am stronger, happier, more fulfilled even able to accomplish more mentally when my house is clean. I am blessed to have a product called a Neato – it is a vacuum that operates on its own, sensors have it avoid objects. It has a clear canister so you never lose anything. it does the entire house, carpet, wood floors whatever you have. It also maps your home, so if it has to go back to the charger mid cleaning it does, charges then goes back to where it left off and keeps cleaning! Okay yes it is Awesome!! This is something that gave me not only the ability to clean my home. This and having the children excited about making their beds “You can do it” and cleaning their bathroom has made this process so much easier.

I have found it freeing to go through the Tupperware cupboard and throw away 99% of the items. I put the lids on each container and filled two shelves. I never anticipate needing more than two shelves of Tupperware at any given time. So why was I keeping it??? Bye Bye – Oh and the question “Mommy, Daddy; How do you get a Junk Drawer?” . Well lets just say all the little this and that’s everywhere that have no purpose or people even know is there has vacated, now realize I am full of muster and motivation.

The Pain I deal with daily is more that anyone should and in order to keep my mind from turning me into swiss cheese I have to do something. Small projects, 10-20 minutes at a time and then rest. You would be amazed – I bet I accomplish more than someone who goes non stop for four hours.

So my question is to you: Do you think you are worthy to come home to a clean house?

Do you believe that Family is more important that keeping your house clean, that doing one will only take away from the other?

Do you have any special ideas of ways you do things that keep you motivated to clean your house?

Do you agree with me that Emotion on any heightened level will motivate us to do many things and if our house is lucky at that moment it receives the Love?

Do you have any ideas on keeping the motivation going on projects between day A and day B?

I look forward to your opinions. Today was one of those days my body did not want to participate in anything, especially moving/cleaning even scrapbook?!? Then something happened, that emotion that large emotion had me go crazy on the fist floor of our house. I currently am sitting here hopping the throbbing pain goes away fast so that I may enjoy the work I accomplished. For me and my family – We are worth it. we are worth a clean home, a happy face and above all as much Love and Laughter as possible!!

Blessings, Jenn