Monday, November 16, 2015

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp Book Review


Last year I signed up for Kathi Lipp's 21 Day Get Organized for Christmas challenge and I was able to get organized for Christmas in a much better way than I ever had before.  I got my Christmas cards ready, I found recipes to make, I wrote gift lists and I collected addresses.  Now, they are all stored in my binder that I made on the first day.  It was simple and easy.  The projects were fun and practical.  Best of all, I had a Christmas that was finally enjoyable!

This year, Kathi packaged up her 21 Day Challenge along with host of other ideas into her new book:  Get Yourself Organized for Christmas.  This book has 21 projects, a few bonus and catch up days and a 5 day plan to put Christmas away.  She included tips from her faithful readers for gift ideas, food ideas, family fun, ideas to refresh yourself.  Each project also includes a way to make it a clutter free Christmas.  This is a great book to keep handy when planning for Christmas as it covers so many areas that might be forgotten.  It helps to set in motion a Christmas planning time that will be less stressful and more fun every year because most of it will already be done for you!

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I tend to get a little anxious about the holidays and what exactly needs to be done, but this little book gave me 21 projects that were short and purposeful.  Do you want to get organized this Christmas?  Pick up this little book and go for it.

You can also sign up for Kathi's 21 Days to an Organized Christmas email list:

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Friday, November 13, 2015

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner for 2016- Get It Now!

If you are still sitting on the fence about buying this planner, I have a quick tip.  Get it now!  Yes!  Did you now you can start using it this December?  Yes, you can.  Get your new year started off right and get your Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner for 2016 right now and start using it. 

I just realized this and so I will be transferring all the stuff I've written for this December on the 2016 planner.  It can't get any easier than that.  And do you remember that I use this planner for everything, everyday?  And I love the new cover and colors.  I look forward to having another fantastic year with this planner.  I hope you do too!

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Friday, November 6, 2015

When Calls the Heart : Follow Your Heart DVD Review

When Calls The Heart: Follow Your Heart
This is the last movie in the second season and definitely leaves you on the ledge at the end.  Elizabeth is now back in Coal Valley full time and trying to navigate life with Jack.  She can't quite figure out where they stand since their little confrontation in Hamilton, but she is determined to make amends.  Meanwhile, Abigail is still trying to avoid Bill Avery who continues to want to talk with her.  She is very angry that he lied to her.  She is also doing fun outings with the new pastor as well as cooking dinner for him.  Could there be a spark?  And Rosemary is jealous that Lee has started seeing Molly since she didn't exactly give him a reason to stay with her.  She tries very hard to win him back.  Elizabeth goes to Jack's office to write him a note and accidentally leaves the door open and Rip the dog escapes.  She and Jack run off to the mine to find him.  They end of spending a very intense night talking and discussing their relationship.  They both finally begin to understand each other.  But when they arrive back in Coal Valley a surprise awaits both Jack and Elizabeth. 
This is going to be a long wait for Season 3 to begin!
*I was given this DVD for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ageless Woman Detox Lite Adventure Day 7

OK, it's my last day!  I can't believe I did this for 7 days.  I tried something like this earlier this year, but I didn't like the food nearly as much as this detox adventure. 

I would like to share some pros and cons that I thought of this program.

*Dedicated health coaches- Danna and Robyn
*Comprehensive workbook
*Recipes (that were yummy!)
*Complimentary website with a wealth of resources
*Blog with cooking videos and podcasts
*Worksheets to keep myself accountable
*Very doable!
*I would do this again and it's recommended that I do!
*Indepth re-entry guidelines
*Ingredients are easy to find

*Takes time to read through the workbook and set up the week for success (I suppose that is just the way it is with any program).
*I really can't think of any more!

What did I learn about myself?
*I can live without sugar, wheat and dairy for a week!
*Cooking is still fun.  I just love to be in the kitchen so this was a delight to try some new foods.
*I can stick with a program that is well laid out with all the resources I need.
*It's harder just to start. 

What changed in my body?
*Honestly, I don't feel any more energy or and didn't have better sleep. (I'm a mom of 2 crazy kids and I stayed up late some nights).
*I lost some weight.  Happy dance!
*I feel better in my skin!
*I feel more confident about striving for a healthy lifestyle.

What I ate today: 1/2 banana mug cake, scrambled eggs with taco meat, tomatoes, and avocado, salmon patties, sliver of berry berry good cake, chicken veggie soup and creamy chicken spaghetti squash. 

So, is this something you want to try?  I dragged my feet for quite awhile before I tried this because I wanted to have the perfect timing and be able to carry it out successfully.  Also, planning meals and making things that are different just takes time.  But I'm very glad I did and you can be too!

Check out my video HERE:

Come join the Ageless Woman Living community! 

Thanks for sharing this week with me!

Blessings, Shonda

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ageless Woman Detox Lite Adventure Day 6

As I said, I would share a little bit more about re-entry.  Danna and Robyn have written an indepth description of each food that you will introduce for 3 days after your detox ends.  They give the order, information about the food, symptoms and recommendations.  I highly recommend you listen to the podcast I mentioned earlier in the week- 9 foods Holding You Back from Health and Weightloss.

Re-entry is probably the most important aspect of this program.  I think that when I first did the program I just wanted to get the detox days done so I could go back to my "normal" eating. But to truly get the benefit of the detox and start to live a healthy and vibrant life there needs to be a more deliberate approach. 

I honestly didn't want to do this right before a big trip I'm taking, but it just worked out that way and so I'm still on the adventure.

Watch my video HERE:

What I ate today: 1/2 banana mug cake, sweet potato hash with scrambled eggs, pumpkin pancakes, kale potato soup, zucchini pancakes and taco lettuce wraps.  I also had a small piece of the chocolate coconut truffles. 

*I am NOT an affiliate for this program.  I just want to share my journey with you.*

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ageless Woman Detox Lite Adventure Day 5

Today was the day I was going to have as my last day before I start re-entry partly because my husband was gone and just came home (sometimes it's easier do things like this when he's away) and because the re-entry is supposed to be 27 days and I have less than that before we leave to Mexico.  BUT, I'm deciding to still keep with the program (even though my husband brought home a bunch of yummy fudge!) for 2 more days to get the full benefit and I will tailor the re-entry to my time frame.

Today I wanted to share a little about the daily devotions included in the Ageless Woman Detox website.  See video HERE:

What did I eat today: English muffin and blueberry smoothie, some zucchini pancakes, taco wraps, apples and chicken vegetable soup (pictured above) and a little slice of berry berry good cake.  I'm almost to the end of this journey.  Well, re-entry will be a lot like this only adding some of the food back in that I used to eat.  I'll share more about that tomorrow!

Check out Ageless Woman Living Detox Lite Adventure.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Homemaking Ministires Conference 2015

Last year I was incredibly blessed to purchase and watch the Homemaking from Scratch online conference hosted by Jami Balmet from Young Wife's Guide.  There were so many great speakers with both practical application and principles to guide a homemaker.

This year they are offering another online conference.  I have been able to watch a few sessions and I have gleaned so much to help me in my quest to be the homemaker God has called me to be.

The best thing about this conference that is actually happening right now is that when you purchase it, you get a lot of free downloads, but you also have access to this online conference FOREVER!  So, if you miss it, you can still view at your convenience.  That in itself is incredibly freeing! 

This is the last day of the online conferences, but as I said, you can have access to these videos forever.

Some of the speakers include:
Jami Balmet
Marci Ferrell- love this mentor mom
Jennifer Ross- creator of the Homemaking 101 and 201 video series
Hilary Bernstein
Trisha Gilkerson- Intoxicated on Life
and many more!

Be sure to register today for complete access with some great downloads to add to your homemaking library.

*I am an affiliate for this program.  Your purchase gives me a small income at no additional cost to you.  Thanks!*