Monday, December 30, 2013

A Blessed New Year!

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve! I'm really excited about it because it's my second favorite holiday (my first favorite being Thanksgiving). I am eager to embrace the new year as I reflect, and continue to be so immensely thankful, for this past year!

The best part of ringing in the new year is being able to celebrate it with friends! I am thrilled to be able to host yet another get-together in my new house. Many people will be unable to make it (most due to prior plans) but I'm very happy that there are a few that are going to share this special occasion with me!

I think that this song really captures what new year's is about. Let's give thanks for God's blessings and continue to grow in our faith! Let's enjoy food, fellowship, and great memories tomorrow and look forward to what God has in store for us!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Have a blessed and safe new year!! Be infused! God bless you!


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Anticipating the New Year

Celebrating our first Christmas in our new home!
In just a few days, we will be celebrating the new year. We will think back on 2013 and look forward to 2014. For some of us, it's been a bad year; and we hope for a better one. For others, it's been a good year; and we hope it continues on. Either way, I hope we all have bigger and better things to look forward to in the coming year!

For me, this was probably a year to remember! I have had so many rough years for so long, that I don't think I remember the last time I really had a "good year". It started off a little rough, but it ended up turning out rather well in so many ways (buying a house being the biggest thing). I don't know what the new year holds for my children and I, but I have reason to believe that it will continue to build upon this past year. For the first time in I don't know when, I feel like things have finally started working out and falling into place. I couldn't be more grateful and I know that God has been the author of it all!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I really don't know what else to say other than the fact that I am hoping that all of you will have a safe and happy new year! Here's to hoping that it's a good one; and if one of your resolutions is to get fit and healthy...you know I can help you with that. I'm right there with you! Be infused! God bless you!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Healthy Pina Coladas!

The new year is fast approaching! That means it's time to make those "resolutions" to be healthy, right? That also means that you're grudgingly going to "diet" and complain about not getting to eat your favorite things anymore while munching lettuce leaves and eventually giving up after you give into a food craving. Well, it doesn't have to be that way! Not only can you reduce your cravings, lose weight, and gain energy, but you don't have to feel starved (and you can still find ways to eat what you love). How? With Shakeology! In just ONE delicious shake a day, you will get all the nutrition you need, feel satisfied, and enjoy every minute of it!  If you've read my story, you know it's true! 

Here's a treat for you; a pina colada! It's a delicious treat that is actually good for you! Who says you can't have your shake and drink it too? ;) 

Pina Colada Shakeology

1 serving Vanilla Shakeology
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup 100% pineapple juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix ingredients in a blender with ice (more or less to suit your consistency preference). 


That recipe is from my Shakeology site. However, my own version goes a little something like this: 


Melissa's Chocolatey Pina Colada

1 serving Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
Shredded coconut (probably 1/3 cup? Whatever the serving size is on the package).

Mix ingredients in a blender with ice (more or less to suit your consistency preference). This is one of my favorites! It's so good (and VERY filling. You might have to adjust the ingredients to your liking).  


Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you are having a good weekend! Be infused! God bless you!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Healthier Tomato Soup

Cold weather may not always be fun, but one of the few perks are the hot drinks, soups, and foods that warm you right up! Who among us doesn't love hot soup on a chilly day? I know I do!

Here's a recipe for some tomato soup that you might enjoy! Tomatoes in general have a lot of good nutrition in them, but sometimes tomato soups aren't as nutrition laden as they should be. The ingredients in this recipe definitely make it more worthwhile! :)

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you are having a great weekend and are recuperating from the holidays! New Year's is right around the corner! That means resolutions and new commitments to being healthy! I'm here for you! Be infused! God bless you!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Do We Know?

Yesterday, I shared about our church sermon and how Christmas all boils down to "God is with us." Our pastor challenged us to stop and ponder the miracle and gift of Jesus. He mentioned this song, "Mary Did You Know?", which describes the many things that Mary must have pondered about her son. Those of us that are parents know what she must have been feeling; to hold her first born, to admire his perfect features, and to think about his life ahead. Now, imagine that that child is the Son of God. Everything is that much more magnified! Pause and think about it. Take it all in!

Grace and peace to you, everyone! I won't be blogging again until Friday. I hope you all have a blessed Christmas and that you are blessed by the things that you ponder and know about Jesus! Be infused...and inspired! God bless you!!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Decompressing Christmas

Sander in hand and safety glasses on.
It's decompression time!
Yesterday was just one of those days where all the miscellaneous stress and busyness of the season (and life in general) finally caught up with me. I felt emotionally frazzled. Anything and everything was getting on my nerves and I really needed to take some time to decompress and channel it all into something. I had just bought an old chest of some sort (probably a toy box) and I felt like it was the perfect time to redo it. I needed to be "giving new life to old things", as Chris puts it. It's very freeing when you have a soulmate who understands and encourages you to have some "you" time. He said, "Okie dokie, my beautiful artist. You take all the art therapy you need. I totally understand the need for decompression time." So, that's what I did!

"Before"
As I mentioned, the busyness of life is stressful enough; and then you add the holidays on top of all of that. While there is usually much to enjoy about it all, it can be overwhelming. It's really important to take a timeout to just "be" and reflect. Taking a small break to breathe and decompress is vital.

It's very timely that today's sermon was about that very thing that I was doing last night. Pastor Larry Sprinkle was saying that no matter what is going on during Christmas, the four words that it all boils down to is "God is with us." Jesus, Emmanuel, was sent to us (and for us). We are not alone and God is always with us. In our busyness and in our downtime, He is there. He gives us strength and energy to endure as well as the peace and comfort to rest. He is everything we need. That is an amazing truth to take in; and something I value greatly when I have that "decompression time" because I know that God is always there to help me process things.

"After" :) 
Taking in the sermon, I thought about how true Larry's words were regarding how the Bible often says that Mary treasured and pondered all the wondrous things about Jesus in her heart. That's what we need to be doing; meditating and pondering the amazing things of Jesus in our heart and allowing it to sink in. Sometimes, you have to find fresh ways of making the "familiar" fresh again. We can easily become callused to the life-altering power of the true meaning of Christmas because we have heard the story, sung the hymns, and participated in the same traditions for so long. Therefore, we really do need to realize when we need to just hit pause on everything and take a timeout to refocus. Just like that old chest, we can find a way to give new life to old things.

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Don't miss the wonder of it all because of all the distractions. Decompress Christmas and get to the heart of it. Stop. Ponder. Listen. Ask Jesus to make His story new and fresh for you! He will do it! New life is what He's all about! Ponder the miracle of what Christmas is: a precious baby, the Son of God, resting humbly in a manger; a baby, destined to die for you. His perfect features would one day be marred by thorns, nails, and a spear. All of it was for you. If you're a parent, you can imagine how Mary must have felt; her mind totally blown away at not only the miracle of her first-born, but the fact that her son was the Son of God. Treasure and ponder that! Be infused! God bless you!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Healthy No-Bake Cookies!

Did you know that you can use Shakeology for more than just your daily dose of perfect nutrition? My Shakeology website not only has recipes for different flavorful shakes, but for delicious (and healthy) desserts! So, if you want to treat your family to something tasty AND healthy at your holiday meal, try this!

Shakeology No-Bake Cookies

1 cup Chocolate Shakeology powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup oatmeal (quick)
1/3 to 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar (to taste)

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Roll into balls (about 1 heaping teaspoon each). Optional: Roll balls in crushed nuts, oatmeal mixed with a little cinnamon, graham cracker crumbs, or unsweetened coconut flakes.


Grace and peace to you, my friends! Enjoy your family time! I hope your holidays are safe and blessed! Be infused! God bless you!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Pita Trees!

It's almost time for family gatherings and Christmas dinners! That means there's food to prepare and cooking to do! I'm sure you probably have a few family favorites that you're already preparing. However, if you need some more ideas, check out this link!! Whether it's an appetizer, dessert, or main course, there are plenty of options! I think these pita trees look delicious!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope your holidays are happy, healthy, and safe! Be infused! God bless you!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Time is Running Out for the P90X3 Deal!!

P90X3 has been flying off the shelves!! :) Have you gotten yours and taken advantage of the special deal yet? If not, you'd better! You only have until the end of the month!! Watch the video below to get a taste of what you're in for! Don't wait until it's too late!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Be infused! God bless you!


Monday, December 16, 2013

"Home" for the Holidays

Every time our worship leader shares a personal story, I always tear up. His stories always grab at my heart and resonate so deeply. Yesterday was no exception. Dennis broke the bittersweet news of his father-in-law's passing to the congregation. He mentioned that while it was sad to lose him, it is great for heaven to gain him. He said that years ago, his father-in-law spent a lot of time mentoring a young man. Sometimes, it got to the point where his wife would call the church office, ask if he was there, and then say that he needed to come home. Dennis said that his father-in-law had been at death's door for a while. Finally, God called him up and said that he needed to come home.

I was all teared up thinking about that concept; about how we are all lingering on earth fulfilling God's purpose. Then, the time comes where we get called to go to the home where we truly belong. It just overwhelms me to think about how amazing it will be!

It also blows my mind to think of Jesus being sent from that amazing home to this sinful earth; just so we could be there with Him someday. This is the season where we pause to think about all of that; to think about the hope that humbly entered this world. We watched this short video which reminds us of that simple fact. There are a lot of things that sometimes get mixed in with the Christmas story. There may be a lot of things that aren't "politically correct" in how we celebrate it, but all that truly matters is that we GET IT. We need to get the simple fact that God sent His son, Jesus, to this earth to give us hope and salvation. He was born with the sole purpose to die.....for US! Because of Jesus, we can go "home".

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope that this video fills you with hope and that you'll take joy in the fact that someday, you'll get to go "home" as well (if you've made that decision for Christ). I know that many of you are probably remembering those that have already gone home (I'm thinking of my Grandma a LOT!). You might also be greatly anticipating the joys of being "at home" with the ones you love during the holidays. Enjoy it! Celebrate life and hope with your families in this temporal home we call "earth" and look forward to the eternal one in heaven! I know I am! I may be enjoying the new house that I've been blessed with, but it will never be "home" like the place He is preparing for me! Be infused! God bless you!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

All About His Business

The first piece that I did; an old end table
that Casey used for his toys.
"Your passion is giving new life to old things." This was the heart stopping sentence that brought me to tears and made me feel as if my purpose in life was put into the perfect words. This phrase was uttered by the lips of my soulmate (yes, my soulmate....we have finally found each other! More on that another time lol). We had been talking about a variety of different topics and I was sharing about how I had discovered just how much I love redoing old furniture. So, when he uttered that simple and profound sentence, I burst into tears because it hit me at the core of who I am. My heart completely melted. I was like, "Ohmiogsh! Yes! That's me! That is what I love; life, restoration, and newness!" Is it any wonder that I do? After all, isn't that what Jesus is all about? And since that's what He is all about, isn't that what WE should be about? Jesus was all about his "father's business" (Luke 2:49). If we are in Him, we are about the Father's business too; no matter what our "business" in life is. We find a way to make it about Him.

I have a lot of "business" in my life. This very blog is a big part of my Team Beachbody business. Though, more than anything, this business is ultimately about God's business. It's precisely why I have given this business back to Him and have sought to glorify God by giving Him the credit as I help others. I'm here to help; that's always been my goal! Not only do I want to help someone get into good physical shape (taking care of the bodies that God has given us) but into good spiritual shape too! It truly is my passion to help people; to help them transform into a better version of themselves. I've always been one to build up, encourage, and help fix things (broken hearts in particular). Helping someone discover the purpose and potential in themselves that God created in them is an extremely rewarding thing!!

The old end table; made "new"! :) 
How about you? How have you made the "father's business" YOUR business? In what way are you serving others? Whatever you do for someone in His name, it is done unto the Lord (John 14:13-14). Jesus is all about restoration; making the old new again. In Him, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). We need to exude that newness of life so that others will be drawn to it and want it as well.

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I encourage you to be about HIS business by making all of "your" business centered around Him! Be infused! God bless you!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Got Nog?

At this time of year, egg nog is a well-known seasonal favorite. It's also very well-known for its calories. One glass of egg nog can have over 200 calories in it! Yeah, that's a lot of calories for a drink, isn't it?

Once again, Shakeology provides a way you can have your nog and drink it too lol! Just like the pumpkin and gingerbread recipes that I shared, there is also a Shakeology recipe that can help you get your egg nog fix. The best part being, you get EXCELLENT nutrition and more bang for you buck when it comes to calorie intake!

Vanilla Nog

1 serving Vanilla Shakeology
1 cup skim milk
1 tsp. rum extract
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Mix all ingredients in a blender with ice (more or less to suit your shake consistency preference).


Grace and peace to you, my friends! For all those that are snowed in (or daring to venture out in it) stay warm and be safe! Be infused! God bless you!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Creamy Red Potatoes

Tonight, I made something that I haven't made in a while. I got this recipe from a friend several years ago. It's creamy red potatoes (and it's delish!). It's really easy too! It's a crock pot recipe! It goes great with some broiled or grilled chicken!

Creamy Red Potatoes

2 lbs. small red potatoes
1 can Campbell's condensed cream of potato soup
1 pkg. low-fat cream cheese
1 envelope ranch dressing mix

Wash and scrub potatoes with a vegetable brush. Cut into quarters and place them in the crock pot. In a mixing bowl, mix together other ingredients and then stir them into the potatoes. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours. Makes 4-6 servings.


Grace and peace to you, my friends!! I hope you have a great weekend! Stay safe if you are out on the roads in the snow! Be infused! God bless you!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Bring It" for 30 Minutes!

It's here, everyone!! Many of you have been waiting for P90X3 and now, you can finally get it!! Last week, I even mentioned the special deal that they're having on the challenge packs (the program PLUS Shakeology). Click here to get it! Don't miss this one, peeps! As popular as this program is, it could sell out pretty fast! You don't want to be stuck with all of those holiday pounds again, do you? That's why you need P90X3.....awesome results in just 30 minutes a day! :)

Grace and peace to you, my friends!! Don't wait to jump on this offer! It expires on December 31st!! Be infused!! God bless you!!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Scaling Back

Due to to the lack of feedback, and the need to scale back, I'm going to discontinue Tuesday and Thursday blogging. As with so many things, sometimes less is more anyways. Media Monday, Workout Wednesday, Food Fridays, Shakeology Saturdays, and Spiritual Sundays will still continue as normal. There might be times where I even miss those days too, but I'll try to keep up on it.

Grace and peace to you, my friends. I really would appreciate your feedback. The whole reason I started this blog was to help people as well as get people talking/engaged with one another too. Blogging each day has been a passionate commitment of mine and it DOES take a decent amount of time and effort. I am happy to do it, but I need to know what you need! Be infused! God bless you!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Live to Love and Love Living!


Love definitely makes you feel empowered. Love makes you sing. Love envelopes you; swallows you up. You feel it coursing through your veins. It's embedded into your soul. You pursue love and it pursues you. It's a unique song. 

To know love is to know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8). When you experience His presence and sense that amazing love He has for you, you can't help but feel lost in it. Blissful. Content. Perfect. You ponder it and meditate on it. You think about the very essence of it. 

Paul says that love is patient, kind, and unfailing; that it hopes, protect, and perseveres (1 Corinthians 13). It's pure, unselfish, and forgiving. Love casts aside all pride, anger, and jealousy. Love, real love, is TRUTH and joy. 

Those verses are always rooted deep into my heart. Whenever I think about what love is, or how to love others, I measure it by those verses. Does my love look like that? Is God at the heart of it? Is it virtuous? Is it good? Is it truthful, patient, kind, and unselfish? How strong is the love in my heart? I want it to be genuine; fueled by God, for He IS love. He enables me to love.

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope that these words, verses, and this song will empower and motivate you to love! At this time of year, people seem more inclined to act in love. We feel generous and compassionate; wanting to bless others' lives during the holiday season. Though, we must remember, love shouldn't just be a seasonal thing. It's God's greatest command (Matthew 22:36-40). Live to love and you'll LOVE living! Be infused (with God's love)! God bless you!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Having a Content Heart

A while back, I was reading about contentment in a Joyce Meyer devotional. She said: "There's nobody happier than a truly thankful person, a truly content person. The word content means 'being satisfied' to the point where nothing disturbs you no matter what's going on, but not satisfied to the point that you never want any change." Additionally, she also mentioned that, "contentment is not about fame or being well-known, how much money you have, your position at work or your social circle. It's not found in your level of education or what side of the tracks you were born on. Contentment is a heart attitude."

Content and blissfully happy!! 
I couldn't agree more! Contentment isn't about a feeling, it's about a way of being. Contentment is a result of thankfulness. When you're thankful, you really can be satisfied in whatever stage you are at in your life because you have a joy in your heart that can't be altered no matter what is going
on in your life.

I just felt like today was the day to share those quotes about contentment. I have been reflecting so much about how different and amazing this year has been. Even as I look on the terrible years before that, I can still say that overall, I have always been content because I've had the peace of God inside my heart no matter what. There have been lots of moments of extreme pain, loss, and sadness, but the love of God has sustained me and infused me with strength. Remember these verses:

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:12-13

Grace and peace to you, my friends! May you all be blessed with a heart of contentment! Thanksgiving is the key! God will infuse you and give you all you need! Be infused! God bless you!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gingerbread Cookie Shakeology

A couple weeks ago, I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Shakeology. :) I hope you enjoyed it because I have another great recipe for you! It features another favorite seasonal flavor: gingerbread!

Gingerbread Cookie Shakeology

1 serving Greenberry Shakeology

1.5 cups ice

1-1.5 cups almond milk

1/2 medium banana

1 Tbsp. sunflower butter

1.5 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Add more or less ice as needed for your consistency preference! For more recipes, and to place your order, click here!


Grace and peace to you, my friends!! I hope you're having a great weekend! Be infused! God bless you!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Italian Chicken

I love chicken! I also love Italian food! What better combination than Italian Chicken?!! This look so delicious! Chicken is a high-protein food (which you need to build muscle) so eat up!! :)

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Have a great weekend! Please, check out yesterday's blog and give me some ideas of what else I can do on this blog to help you with what you need! I sure would appreciate your input! Be infused! God bless you!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Help Me Out!

It's Thursday. Well, almost Friday as I type this. I have been so preoccupied today! Plus, it seems that Tuesday and Thursday content is more difficult for me to come up with sometimes.

When I decided on the structure of this blog, I assigned different things to different days. Tuesdays and Thursdays are pretty similar, so I might need to change Thursdays to something else. Instead of q&a Thursday, what else could I have? I guess that's today's question lol!! Do any of you have an answer for me? What would you like me to blog about? What would help you the most? On Mondays, I share media; usually videos/songs that are motivating, inspirational, or fun. Tuesdays is "tips and tools" to help you out. Wednesdays, I share about workouts and fitness and such. Thursdays...yeah...q&a. Then, we have "Food Fridays" (which seem to get the most attention). Then, we have Shakeology Saturdays and Spiritual Sundays. What else does this blog need? Let me know because this blog is here for YOU!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! My goal is to best help YOU! Let me know how I can serve you best! Be infused! God bless you! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

P90X3 is Arriving!!

Alright, peeps! I told you I would let you know when P90X3 was going to be released! Now, it's finally time!! In less than a week, you will be able to order it!! Oh, and that's not even the best part! From December 10th to the 31st, Team Beachbody will be offering P90X3 plus Shakeology (a challenge pack) for a special price of $180 (regular price is $205). You'll also get an exclusive P90X3 hat as a bonus! Pretty cool!! Though, you'll have to act fast because this deal is LIMITED; and with it being a new program, it is likely that it could sell out quickly. This is one of Team Beachbody's top selling programs so there will be LOTS of people who are eager to try Tony Horton's next level!!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Be sure to order by the 15th if you want your order to arrive by Christmas (would make a great gift!). Get ready to "bring it"!! Be infused! God bless you!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fixing Forgetfulness

Forgetfulness. I'm finding that it is becoming more and more of a problem for me. Just yesterday, I forgot to post my daily blog! It wasn't until late today that I realized that I had forgotten and it irked me to no end! I've done this a few times now.

Don't you just hate it when you forget things (especially if it's REALLY important)? Fortunately, forgetting to post a blog isn't nearly as bad as when you forget something bigger like an appointment, a meeting, or some other kind of event or commitment where forgetting would be a BIG mistake! 

So, what's the best way to remember to do things? Well, there's a lot of different ways to accomplish this! Probably the most common thing to do is write things down. I am the type that always thinks I'll remember something (like when I go shopping) and then I end up forgetting the very thing I went in there for! My short term memory isn't that great (though, I know my friends and family will say that my long term memory is really good considering I remember insignificant crap that everyone else forgets about lol). Here are a few things I use when I have to write things down: 

  • Dry erase board on the fridge
  • My planner (I keep this with me in my purse)
  • Phone apps (my favorite for grocery shopping is the Out of Milk app)
Other things that you can do is follow a routine. Sometimes, that can be the best help in remembering things when you create good habits and stay in a rhythm. Additionally, keep your mind sharp by exercising it (it needs it as much as the rest of your body does). Read or play games like sudoku, crossword puzzles, etc. Not many things in life can be entertaining AND beneficial lol. Games like those definitely can be; and so can reading for pleasure and learning!

One last thing I can recommend to boost your mental clarity is nutrition and exercise. Having the endorphin boost and the right fuel makes a BIG difference! An easy way to get it is through Shakeology (yeah, you knew I was going to say that, right lol?). Well, it's true! My mind and body is a LOT better functioning when I'm drinking it! No kidding! 

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope these tips are helpful! And now, because I "forgot" media Monday yesterday, here's a sweet little video; just for fun! Be glad you're not Lucy from "50 First Dates" who can't help but be forgetful! Though, I'd say her life still turned out pretty good! That movie is so sweet! I love it! Be infused! God bless you!! 


Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Never-ending Thanksgiving

Today is December 1st. Shopping season has officially kicked off with Black Friday and all its deals. People are putting up their Christmas trees and soon, another year will officially wrap up. I don't know about you, but my own heart echoed my pastor's statement this morning when he talked about not wanting Thanksgiving to end yet! I'm not talking about having a never ending turkey feast or anything. I'm talking about the whole essence of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I feel like it puts a lot of things in perspective and generally helps people to remember to have an attitude of gratitude. It's a shame that that spirit doesn't always continue year round. People are far too selfish and negative these days.

I was so blessed by the message at church today. Our pastor always has such a great heart behind every sermon. He encouraged us to be thankful for everything and for one another. And, like the message in the video that they showed, to remember that no matter how "messy" life gets, God is good! Watch this video! It's very touching (and quite hilarious as well lol).

My life has really been "messy" in these past three years. Those of you closest to me know what I'm talking about. Now, I feel like God has truly been putting things back in order. Sometimes, we are the most thankful after overcoming the most pain. I look back on all that I've been through and I just marvel at where I am now. I am in awe of it all and what God has, is, and will continue to do in my life. It increases my thankfulness to Him more and more all the time! I just can't get over it! He's done so much for me and is teaching me so many things! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you have had a great week! Carry that spirit of thankfulness with you each and every day! Express it to God for all He has done for you! Make it your first item of business in your prayers; thank Him for all He has done/given before you ask for more! Let Thanksgiving be never-ending in your life! Be infused! God bless you!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I'm All Shook Up!

I'm all shook up! I just can't take it anymore! It's been a while since I've had Shakeology, and it's AWFUL! My time and money has been focused so much on furnishing my new house (and making sure my bills are covered) that I have put off buying Shakeology for myself. Week after week has gone by, and I still haven't placed my order. Business has been starting to pick up for me, but it's far from steady yet. Plus, there's Christmas and all sorts of other things in which my funds have to go to. 

Yet, through all of this, I am reminded of one of my own blog entries from a while back. In it, I explained that when it comes to affordability, you really can't afford NOT to buy Shakeology. I need to take my own advice because without it, my health is really messed up! I need my magic flower! It keeps me looking and feeling young and full of energy. It banishes my food cravings, turns off my appetite, helps me with my weight-loss, keeps me regular, and supercharges my immune system (which is so important at this time of year). Never have I needed it more than now because I have been extremely exhausted; never rested enough. I've also been battling the never-ending cold which RARELY happens when I am on Shakeology. It's like a super shield from sickness (I'm not exaggerating!). It's really is THAT good! You've read my story, right? I've shared it all before! 

Thankfully, my cold is nearly gone. Though, it would have only lasted a couple days (if at all) if I had Shakeology in my system. I was fortunate enough (this time) not to have to go to the doctor for it. It's a good thing too, because I can't afford an office visit! So, you know what, this chick is going to have to get her shake back lol! I'm TIRED of feeling tired! I'm tired of my pain level being so high (yeah, it always reduced my aches and pains a LOT!). To feel alive and functional is priceless! Shakeology is worth every penny! One delicious shake a day. SO EASY!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! If you haven't tried Shakeology to see what a difference it can make for you, remember that you CAN buy a sample pack to try before you buy a bag. Also, remember that it's GUARANTEED when you do buy a bag of it! Send it back (even if the bag is empty) if you don't like it and you'll get a refund! The customer service is EXCELLENT and there's no hassle (I can vouch for this!). You have nothing to lose! Oh, and today is the last day to buy a challenge pack (workout program plus Shakeology) and get $20 off a future purchase; plus, Team Beachbody donates $20 to Feeding America. You also only have until December 2nd to capitalize on the Black Friday deals! Click on any of my links for more details! Be infused! God bless you! 

Friday, November 29, 2013

"Leftover" Recipes

Thanksgiving is over and you know what that means?! No, I'm not talking about Black Friday (although, Team Beachbody still has their amazing Black Friday deal going on for a few more days yet!). I'm talking about Thanksgiving leftovers!!

So, what are you going to do with all that turkey that didn't get eaten? Well, there are lots of ways to reinvent Thanksgiving with some awesome "leftover" recipes! Does turkey soup sound good? It sure looks good! Though, soup or no soup, I LOVE turkey so I don't mind eating it for a good long while! ;) Turkey is full of protein so it's a win-win anyways!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you're having a great weekend! Be infused! God bless you!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

What Are YOU Thankful For?

I'm sitting here watching "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" on TV (love this movie lol) and just relaxing after a wonderful Thanksgiving day with my family. Food, fellowship, and football. It doesn't get any better than that!

So, now it's time for my daily blog, but I've got nothin' lol. Who wants to use their brains or do much of anything after a day like today, right? Though, there are people that are probably out at the stores getting ready to work off those Thanksgiving calories for good deals! So, I guess for this q & a Thursday, I have a question to ask rather than answer. What are you all doing tonight? Did you get enough to eat? Or, were you the ones feeding people. I know at least a couple that were out there feeding some less fortunate people (mad props to you!). Are you getting ready to go shopping now?


Though, the main question I have for you is "what are you thankful for?" I have a long list of blessings that I am thankful for! Every day this month, I have been posting my thanks on Facebook and have been enjoying reflecting on everything God has blessed me with! I have an AMAZING family, some REALLY great friends, my kids, a new house, a job that I love, and so much more! God takes care of us and we have so much!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I would be REALLY grateful for your comments! :) Let me know how you're doing! I hope everyone is having a blessed and safe holiday!! Be infused! God bless you!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday's HUGE Discounted Deals Start NOW!!!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow!!! :) Isn't it great!! Though, I don't know what most are more excited for; Thanksgiving or the Black Friday deals!

Well, Team Beachbody is no exception!! That's why for this workout Wednesday, I've made it a point to announce that right NOW through December 2nd, you can get your favorite workout (as well as many other products, including Derm Exclusive) at AMAZING discounted prices; some over 50% off! Yeah, you heard me!! Though, just like all Black Friday deals, quantities are LIMITED and they probably WILL sell out!! So, DON'T WAIT!!!! Get that workout program that you want for yourself (or for someone on your gift list) at a great price before it's too late! Click here to visit my page and hit the "shop" button!!! :) Want Turbo Fire Deluxe? It's only $29.95 (regularly $59.70). P90X + chin up bar; only $119.85 (regularly $179.70). Or, maybe you'll want the Hip Hop Abs Dance Party Series for $9.95 (regularly $19.95). These are just a few of the MANY deals!!

Grace and peace to you, my friends!! Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving tomorrow!! Be infused! God bless you!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Eating Turkey Without Feeling Like One

In just two days, most of us will be gathering around the table for our Thanksgiving meal with our family. That likely means turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and lots of other foods. With so much around the table, how are you supposed to enjoy it all without feeling like you're just as stuffed as the turkey itself?

First of all, don't feel like you have to pile your plate high and try everything! If you DO want to sample most of it, do just that: take SAMPLE sizes. A little bit of this and that is fine; or just focus on your favorites. Eat leisurely and enjoy! Watch some football while you space out your eating a little bit.

Secondly, don't laze around! Keep moving a little bit. Play with the kids in your family, walk around/chat with someone, or help clean up the kitchen. Find something to do that's active as well as stimulating. Enjoy your time with family and make some memories while you're at it!

Lastly, don't feel bad for enjoying any of it! Whether you're dieting or not, it's great to have a temporary break and not worry about "forbidden" foods. Some of our favorites only come once a year, so allow yourself the pleasure of eating it; but don't overdo it!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you enjoy this wonderful week! We all have a lot to be thankful for! I know I do! Be infused! God bless you!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Get Your Serve On!

Years ago, I seen a video in church that has always reminded me to look beyond the surface and empathize with people more. It was a really great video called "get service". Yesterday, our church happened to play that same video in connection with the series about learning how to serve others. The message is just as refreshing now as it was then!

Please take the time to watch this video! You'll be glad you did! It's a great reminder for this time of year (as well as year round). It's all too easy to get caught up in ourselves and think about what "we" need all the time. We forget that there are hurting people all around us and that maybe the understanding and kind gestures that we have to offer could make a difference in others' lives. 

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you all have a great week as you prepare to gather with your families and give thanks for your many blessings! Continue striving to be a blessing to others as well! If we all learn to serve instead of just expecting to BE served, this world will be a much better place! So, get your serve on!! Be infused! God bless you!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Consider the House "Warmed"!

Tonight's blog is going to be short. I'm pretty tired from such an eventful day lol. But, it's a very good kind of tired because I had my house warming party today and I think I can definitely say that my house has been "warmed"; with laughter, love, friendship, and the beginning of many memories!

There were a lot of special people that didn't make it, but I am very thankful for the ones who took the time for me and made an appearance. This is only the first of many gatherings and I look forward to having people over more often! :)

I don't know what else to add other than the fact that simple things like this are truly the best things in life! Gathering together to talk, laugh, share stories, and show one's love and support is something that is such a priceless treasure! My heart has been warmed more than anything!

To the wonderful people in my life, I dedicate these verses:

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. - Proverbs 17:17

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. - Proverbs 18:24

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another - Proverbs 27:17

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10


Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. - Hebrews 10:25

I am so BLESSED to have several friends that are like family to me!! They love and encourage me, and "meeting together" is always a joy (and we definitely won't stop meeting up lol). I am thankful for the ones that have helped pick me up and support me when I've fallen or been knocked down. I definitely pity those that DON'T have good friends like mine and have to manage things alone!


Grace and peace to you, my friends! I'm glad that I don't have to go it alone in life! I have God, my kids, my family, and my friends! I hope you have those things too! You definitely have God if nothing else (and you have me - I'm here!). Be infused! God bless you!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The BEST Pumpkin Pie Drink Out There!

Seasonal flavors. Gotta love 'em!! At this time of year, the flavor is usually pumpkin. Lattes, pies, and all sorts of foods and beverages are getting a dose of pumpkin thrown into it. So, why not your Shakeology?! :) Yep, you can customize your Shakeology into a favorite Fall flavor! How does pumpkin pie Shakeology sound?! You can get your pumpkin fix PLUS tons of great nutrition! MUCH healthier and more satisfying than a latte!! 
Pumpkin Pie Shakeology

1 scoop vanilla Shakeology
3/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 c. canned pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. coarsely chopped raw pecans
1 tsp. maple syrup (or raw honey)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Add all ingredients in a blender with some ice. If you want a thicker shake, add more ice. Tweak the recipe as needed (depending on what you like). For more recipes, visit my Shakeology site!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you're having a great weekend! Be infused! God bless you!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Orange Pineapple Ambrosia

Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Do you know what you're making for your family dinner? Some of us (like me) are in charge of the turkey. For everyone else, they have to think of something to bring. If you need something quick, try this! It's actually pretty healthy too! LOTS of fruit and you can serve it with some light cool whip. Easy peasey!!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Sorry I didn't get a blog done yesterday! Been super busy! I don't miss very often (drives me crazy if I do!). Have a great weekend!! Be infused! God bless you!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Desk Stretches Demo

If you have a sit down job, you know that sometimes it can get a little tiring sitting at a desk all day. It's important to try to move and stretch. In this video, you'll find some simple stretches that you can do to keep you from feeling too stiff and tired. Even small little stretch workouts are important workouts! Simple, effective, and doesn't take long (you won't even break a sweat!). It's the little things that count for a lot!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Sorry I don't have much to add or post today! I hope you are having a great week! Be infused! God bless you!! :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Good Thanksgiving Foods

Thanksgiving is coming up. That means family get-togethers and lots of food! That also means the temptation to overeat and gain some extra pounds. No one wants that.

According to this article, our Thanksgiving foods aren't all that bad. Many of our Thanksgiving favorites are pretty good for us! The main course, turkey, is almost always a good choice. I say "almost" because baking your turkey is always a lower calorie option rather than deep frying your turkey. Either way, though, you're going to be getting a lot of nutrients and protein. Protein is always good! :)

Potatoes aren't always a bad thing either. You just have to be careful not to have TOO much butter and extras with it. Limit your portions and you'll be fine. The same thing with almost any other dish. Pumpkin pie, for example, has a lot of good nutrition in it too, but take it easy on the Cool Whip.

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations! It truly is a blessing to be able to reflect on all you have in the presence of your family while getting to enjoy an abundance of food. There are so many that don't even have a fraction of it! Be infused! God bless you!


Monday, November 18, 2013

He Makes You Able

There are a lot of times where we get overwhelmed or feel like we just don't have what it takes to make it. Persevering isn't the easiest thing to do. But, for every time we say, "I don't think I'm able to do it," we should be saying, "but HE can! HE is able!"

That's what this song means to me. It's is so refreshing, assuring, and empowering. I feel so encouraged and strengthened when I hear this song and sing it to the Lord. It's just one of those songs where you listen to the words and remember how powerful and victorious God is; and that through Him, you can be too!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! No matter what you're going through, you'll be able to get through it because HE is able to infuse you with the strength to do it! Just ask Him! Be infused! God

bless you!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Becoming Fearless

Halloween and all the spooky stuff is supposed to be over. However, creepiness doesn't limit itself to a holiday. Frightful happenings of all kinds happen year round! So, I really shouldn't be surprised at experiencing it in my own house.

It's bound to happen. There are always going to be strange noises and odd things that USUALLY have an explanation; and you just have to get used to it (one of them being the somewhat annoying noises of my water heater). I've become more and more comfortable with my new house and have been adjusting to lots of various things. It is becoming easier to recognize when something isn't typical for my household. That's where the subject of this blog comes in.

Picture this: I'm sitting in the family room with my laptop. I'm journaling and pretty engrossed in it. I start hearing faint noises. It sounds like it's coming from the boxes of DVDs in the corner of the room. I even think I see the antique family rocking chair slightly move. I reason that I'm probably imagining things and that it's nothing. Yet, I keep hearing sounds as if something were lightly scratching the cardboard boxes. I stand up and venture towards the boxes at a safe distance. I don't know whether to be scared or to laugh at myself because I feel like a chick in a horror flick who is about ready to stupidly say, "Hello? Who's there?" I remember how ridiculous that is because everyone knows darn well that there's nothing there; and if there is, you just sealed your fate by asking lol. So, I stand there mumbling and reasoning to myself as to what the noises might be and I just wait, listen, and watch to see if anything happens. All the while, I am once again thinking that the dead silence is going to suddenly be followed by a big "GOTCHA" moment (complete with the sudden surge of scary music). I further tempt fate by slowly walking towards the boxes and standing on the couch to see if I could peer down and see anything.

Despite the weird feeling you get in your stomach when you are that nervous, I was actually fairly calm. I don't know if it was the feeling of "don't panic like some dumb girl in a movie or you'll never survive IF there really is something to be afraid of" or if I was just laughing at myself on some level because I knew I'd discover the lame source of the noises and feel like a dummy. All I know is that after I thought it through, I decided not to worry. I realized my options were pretty simple. I could either investigate the boxes and run the risk of finding a mouse or something creepy as the source of the noises (or nothing at all). Or, I could call Dad and have him come and do it (which I decided against because it was late at night; not to mention stupid). Ugh, this was one of those times where I REALLY wished I wasn't the head of the house and that there was a man around!!

At that point, I realized something. I COULD call on my father; my heavenly Father! In fact, the whole time I had everything running through my head, He was nudging me to just call upon His Name. It's funny how almost always, my first reaction is to call for my Dad. It's because my Dad has always been there to keep me safe, reassure me, and chase away my fears. His example is a reflection of what God does for me; and God is even bigger and mightier! So, calling on my Father in heaven should be my FIRST reaction.

It was like that moment that occurs in the movie where you find the secret weapon to defeat the bad guy. Standing on that couch, I raised my hand in declaration of authority in Christ; commanding out loud that whatever it was, it was under the blood and that it had no power in my home or over me. Whether a mouse or evil spirit, I entrusted it into God's hands and that everything would be fine. I picked up my laptop and took it to my room and then took my shower and went about my business as normal.

I don't know what that whole thing was about (and I have found not traces of vermin anywhere). Maybe it was just the devil messing with me and trying to stir up fear and emotions since I was already in a vulnerable state due to the journaling I was doing. All I know is that I made a choice not to be ruled by fear and to claim the power of Jesus. God promises us in His Word that He is always with us and never leaves us. There's no need to fear, so I decided I was going to believe in it with all my heart and cast any doubts aside. Faith is a powerful thing! The more you believe, the more fearless you become! It's empowering!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope this experience encourages you to stand up and be courageous; remembering the authority that you have in Christ. No matter how big or small it is, let NOTHING intimidate or scare you. God is sovereign over all and He INFUSES His children with His mighty power to overcome everything! Be infused!!! God bless you!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Quality Fuel

I always like to joke that Shakeology has everything in it but the kitchen sink (which is probably good because no one needs to digest a sink!). So, what exactly IS in Shakeology anyways? You know that it has protein, nutrients, pro-biotics, and anti-oxidants, but what are the ingredients and where do they come from? In this video, you'll see some of what goes into Shakeology. It's quality stuff; the stuff that your body needs and craves!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope that the video inspires you to put quality fuel into your body so that you can be and feel your best! Be infused! God bless you!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Low-Fat Cheesy Pasta Alfredo!

I love pasta. I love cheese. These things probably don't love me, though! I don't think they really love anyone. It's hard to eat these things without it showing up as extra pounds later! So, it's always nice when you can find a recipe that takes some of the guilt out of eating it! 

This recipe is something that is on my list to try! I am hoping that it will taste as good as it looks! It sure does look appealing to me!! 

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you'll have a safe and blessed weekend! Be infused! God bless you! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

How Do You Break a Plateau?

When it comes to losing weight, we all hit that dreaded point where we plateau. We stay stagnant for a while and don't seem to be making any progress. Why is that? How can you break that plateau and start losing again?

In this article, you can read more about breaking plateaus. A few of the tips include taking some periods of rest as well as varying your exercise routine. Our bodies get wise to the patterns we start forming and it adapts accordingly. Therefore, it starts to become less effective when it is no longer feeling challenged. That means, you have to change it up! Work harder; but also remember to give your body recovery times too!

Another thing to do is to change your diet. Make sure you're getting a variety. Your body can get too used to the same foods too. Be diligent about getting enough protein (like in eggs) and eat foods (like almonds, avocados) that have monounsaturated fats which can help you BURN fat. :) And, of course, don't forget Shakeology! It has protein, antioxidants, and tons of others nutrients to help you lose weight, suppress your appetite, and stay healthy!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope you're all doing well and that these blogs are helping you on your fitness and wellness journey! I'm here for you! Be infused! God bless you!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Never Having to Ask "Does My Butt Look Big?" Again!

When it comes to working out, we all have different motives. Sometimes, it's just to lose weight. Other times, it's to specifically tone and work on certain areas. If that's your aim, there are definitely some Team Beachbody products for that. One in particular is the Brazil Butt Lift program.

I don't particularly want to go on and on about butts, but if we're all honest, who doesn't like a nice butt lol? I doubt there is a single girl in the world that hasn't asked "does my butt look big in these jeans?" We ALL want to look good in our jeans and this program can help make that happen. You'll never have to ask that question again! The exercises in the routines workout your butt from all different angles so that you'll lift, shape, and tone those muscles and get the results you want!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Watch the video below for more on the program. This program is available as a challenge pack (program + Shakeology) and if you purchase it this month, you'll $20.00 towards a future Team Beachbody purchase PLUS $20.00 will get donated to Feeding America! :) Be infused! God bless you! 


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How to Prevent and Fight Seasonal Illnesses

I don't know about where you live, but here in my town we've seen our first snow! It didn't stick around much, but it's definitely a sign that colder temperatures and winter weather is coming!

That also means that seasonal illnesses are likely on their way too! That's always a bummer! Who has time to be sick?! Certainly not me! However, I'm afraid I MIGHT be coming down with something. Ugh! I really don't have time for this! It makes me seriously regret that I haven't ordered my Shakeology. I had been so consistent with it (and was feeling WONDERFUL and healthy). Unfortunately, I put it off because I have been focusing on things I needed for my new house. I need my magic flower back!! :(

Until then, I will just have to do what I can to battle what I've got. I've been drinking orange juice, having a Dannon pro-biotic drink shot every day, and just had some chicken soup tonight. Plus, I've been googling for tips on how to fight whatever I've got. Hopefully, it's just a mild cold. I found this article and it has several good tips in there for how to take care of yourself. I'm sure some of it you'll already know, but there might be some things you didn't know. It says to blow your nose "the right way". Meaning, one nostril at a time because you can blow too hard and back up your sinuses and give yourself an earache. Check it out!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I am hoping to get to bed earlier tonight and get the rest I need. Hopefully, I won't feel awful tomorrow! Here's to hoping all of you stay healthy and well! Drink your Shakeology! Trust me, it's the best preventative medicine there is!


Monday, November 11, 2013

God Bless Our Veterans!

I can think of few songs more fitting, inspirational, and motivating for today than this! Every time I hear it, I am moved beyond words and my eyes well up with tears! I am SO BLESSED to live in America and am eternally thankful for the service and sacrifices of our veterans (including my Dad)!! God bless all of you and your families and God bless America!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Don't forget to pray daily for our troops! Then need it!! Be infused!! God bless you!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Still Just As Blessed!

Today, we're having a family get together to celebrate my Grandpa's 89th birthday (as well as a ton of other November birthdays in my family). It got me to thinking even more about how much I love November, Thanksgiving, and how I greatly enjoy the opportunity to pause and reflect on my blessings. I LOVE being with my family and I can't wait to see them today! We've always been close and we've bonded all the more in the last couple years due to sadness, illness, and losses in our family.

Just thinking about all that I have to be grateful for made me want to look back through some of my older blog posts and remember what I wrote about in years past. I smile as I re-read the following blog post (shared below) from 2009. In an ever changing world, I hope that things like this don't change much. It's about Casey and his sweet and simple ways; complete with artwork lol. Casey still loves to draw (and in detail) and he still gets excited about the holidays.

Grace and peace to you, my friends! I hope this brings a smile to your face like it did mine and that your lives will be filled with blessings, love, and laughter! Obviously, despite the things that HAVE changed in recent years, I am still just as blessed now as I ever was! I thank God for that! Be infused!! God bless you!!

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For some reason, Casey is just crazy about holidays! Whenever he knows one is coming up, that's all he talks about! Maybe it's because they learn so much about it at school, and sing the songs, make the crafts, etc. I've heard tons of songs/chants about turkeys, pilgrims, Indians, etc. It's all so cute and it reminds you just how fun, exciting, and simple the whole essence of the holiday is (as well as our heritage). It's all too easy, as an adult, to forget the joy of a holiday (or any day/moment). It's nice to be reminded of the simple joys!

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday because it's nearly untainted by the media and doesn't come with a bunch of hype (well, other than hearing about "after Thanksgiving" sales). It's a time where we are reminded to think and reflect on our blessings and truly be grateful. It's a humble and beautiful thing, and something that should be done every day.

With that being said, I don't have much else to say because there isn't much I can add to something as pure and humble as Thanksgiving. As I said, I was reminded of just how simple and wonderful everything can be when you are looking at it through the eyes of a child. That's why I wanted to share this very cute (and somewhat humorous) picture that Casey brought home from school. I hope it brings a smile to your face and warmth to your heart as it did to mine (the part I thought was most funny is that he didn't forget to include a remote control! That's a boy for you, right? LOL!!). I asked Casey who the people were in the picture. The guy at the door is "Squanto", the one on the chair is a "pilgrim", and the one holding the remote is an "Indian". I think we will be able to make his Thanksgiving wish come true in regards to letting him watch his beloved dinosaurs on TV at Papaw and Mamaw's house, but I don't think that any real pilgrims or Indians will be in attendance around our table (although, I venture to say, I often feel as though my children act like wild Indians - and I don't mean that disrespectfully to any Native Americans who are reading). Although, the kids COULD wear the special hats that Casey made at school - one pilgrim hat and one Indian hat. That would make for a good picture! LOL

All the hand-print turkey projects, coloring pages, and other crafts have all brought a smile to my face. Though, the one thing that most blew me away was the beautiful cornucopia that he drew. At first, I thought it was a coloring page that he simply colored, but no.....HE DREW/COLORED it himself!! Personally, I marvel at his artistic ability and interest in drawing because I don't know that I could top him! Seriously, I don't think I could draw much better than him!! And, the best part is, everything he makes comes from that amazing pure heart of his! He's just so innocent and honest about what he's drawing!! And, once again, his depiction of Thanksgiving includes dinosaurs lol. He made sure to include many of them around the cornucopia. ;) I chuckle to think of a dinosaur sitting around the table at that very first Thanksgiving. Can you imagine trying to share a meal with a T-Rex (without BEING a meal?). Ha ha!

So, here's to hoping that your Thanksgiving is beautiful, bountiful, and humble!! Grace and peace to you as you reflect on all your many simple blessings!! And please know, I am SO GRATEFUL for all of you who are in my life!! God bless you all!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Shakeology Survey Says....

Sorry I don't have more to blog, but today got away from me lol! However, the short and sweet bit I have for you is totally worth it!! According to the Shakeology survey that was done, the numbers are pretty good!! See for yourself! I really don't have to say anything because this says it all!! Shakeology is WELL worth it!!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Hope you're having a great weekend! Be infused! God bless you! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

I have a small slow cooker recipe book that I thought I would start utilizing. I started out with something pretty easy, and it turned out pretty good! Everyone ate it all up! :) You just put six chicken breasts in a slow cooker. Mix together two cans of Campbell's broccoli cheddar soup and two cups of milk (though, I thought it was a little much, so you might want to try 1.5 cups). Add some basil, salt, and pepper, and then pour it over the chicken. The recipe also called for half of cup of minced onion, but I omitted it this time. Cook on high power for an hour and then reduce the heat to low and cook 5-6 hours. Then, boil some egg noodles. Drain them and then mix them in with your crockpot creation. Easy peasy!

Grace and peace to you, my friends!! Have a wonderful weekend! Be infused! God bless you!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

"How Can I Look Younger?"

I'm sure the question of "how can I look younger?" has been asked for ages! We're always trying to slow down time, reverse aging, and banish wrinkles. Is there anything out there that works?!

Well, the biggest thing anyone can do to look and feel young is to take care of themselves from the inside out. Exercise will definitely help with that, and so will good nutrition. Personally, I notice much clearer and better looking skin when I'm on Shakeology (due to all the nutrients and antioxidants). It truly is a fountain of youth for me!

The other thing we can do is use skin care products that help our skin look better. Some products I would LOVE to try soon is Team Beachbody's own line of products called Derm Exclusive. Right now (until November 20th) they are running a special on the 90 day supply set. You'll save over sixty dollars if you take advantage of this offer (or, if you would rather buy the smaller kit, click here)! Watch the short video below to find out more!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! This is the first time I've ever promoted Derm Exclusive, so don't think that external beauty is something that I want to emphasize too much. I just wanted to make you aware of the promotion because, face it, we DO like to look good (and to save money doing it). No matter what, TRUE BEAUTY comes from within. Never forget that! There's a fine line between taking care of yourself and extreme vanity. Be infused! God bless you!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Slim Down in Six Weeks!

Sometimes, people shy away from workouts because it's too intense, difficult, or time consuming. Working out can be intimidating and overwhelming, so it's important to find something that's not only simple, but doable.

If you have been thinking about getting a Team Beachbody program, but have been scared off by some of the higher intensity workouts, then you might want to consider something like Slim in 6. This program only lasts six weeks and it's simple, effective, and lower impact. It's a combination of cardio and weight-training and has been a hot seller for years! Check out the video below to view more about this great program!

Grace and peace to you, my friends! Don't forget, this month there is a special challenge pack promotion going on! Pick your workout, and your Shakeology, and get a special price on it! Plus, you get $20.00 off a future purchase AND Beachbody donates $20.00 to Feeding America. Pretty cool, isn't it?! Slim in 6 is just one of the many challenge packs options that you can choose from, so take advantage of this deal for yourself (or for someone else as a holiday gift!). Be infused! God bless you!