My Super Exciting News!!

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I’ve been waiting weeks to share this news with you all! No, I’m not pregnant. 🙂 I’m sure that’s why everyone clicked over to see. Ha!

I’m going to be a LulaRoe Consultant!! <—– Link to my Group If It’s Not Clear Below! 

A what? Why? Are You Crazy?

If those thoughts are swirling around in your head, I’m sure you are not the only one. I haven’t gone completely insane. Keep reading to hear my reasons behind joining!!

First off, if you don’t know what LulaRoe is, it’s pretty awesome clothing that I already wear a lot. While a lot of people fall in love with the buttery soft leggings first, the maxi skirt is what has sold me on LulaRoe. It’s the most comfortable maxi skirt I’ve ever worn, and if I’m not wearing a denim skirt I’m normally in one of these LulaRoe skirts!

LulaRoe maxi skirt with a blue shirt and mustard cardigan.

I kept looking around, trying to figure out how I could find a similar type maxi skirt to add to Deborah & Co. I haven’t been able to offer very many maxi skirts there, because I have a hard time finding a skirt that I feel is modest enough.

There is just something special about the LulaRoe maxi skirts, they are flattering while still being modest. They don’t wrinkle, and they are seriously the most comfortable maxi skirt I’ve ever worn!

Then I added the Nicole Dress to my wardrobe, and fell in love with that one as well!

LulaRoe Pink Nicole Dress. It's super bright and cheerful, and is a great knee length dress that is comfortable for everyday wear.It’s a fun dress to wear all year long! I’ve layered it with leggings and boots in the winter months, and this print is my favorite! The longer sleeves on the dress are nice, and hard to find.

They have shirts, more styles of dresses and skirts, and even clothes for girls!

So how am I going to do this? 

I thought about this for months before joining. I obviously have a lot of different things going on, so I can’t take on one more thing without seriously thinking it through. I finally had a long call with a blogging friend of mine who is selling it, and realized this is something that we could do as a family!

It’s been hard, because even though we own family businesses, there have been only so much that our children can help in. They put stickers on Lilla Rose brochures, and sometimes help with shipping. They can’t help me blog, order inventory, or help Sean design new products. But they are really excited about helping with LulaRoe!

This Lace Lola skirt from Lularoe is just beautiful! I love styling it with a cardigan, and fleece tights to stay warm in the winter time!

We will be doing a lot of live shows (plus album sales where we just post pictures to shop from). My oldest son is really excited about doing these live sales with me (actually all of them are wanting to be involved!), and he also wants to help take pictures of the inventory. He is 13 now, and we have been wanting to get him more involved in our businesses and actually be able to pay him to help us, so he can save money for his first car. It blows my mind that we are at this point, but life has gone by quickly and he will be 16 before we know it!

All of our businesses have supported our family (which has been SUCH a blessing!), but we have had a hard time saving back the amount of money we want to be able to buy a house and move. Our family of 8 lives in a 1200 square foot, 3 bedroom 1 bath rental house, and we are majorly bursting the seams here! Add all our business inventory here as well and it gets kind of crazy. 🙂

How Can You Shop LulaRoe With Me? 

You will need to join my private LulaRoe Facebook Group!

Request to join that group and I’ll get you added ASAP. I’m giving away a pair of leggings right now, so make sure you enter! That is the only place I can sell online, and where all the live Facebook videos and album sales will take place. We will have at least one live Facebook sale a week, along with an album sale. It is going to be so much to interact with you all more this way!

2017 is going to be an awesome year! This is the year of Focus for me, and LulaRoe is definitely one of those things I’m going to be focusing on. I can’t wait to offer even more modest clothing for you all!

Let the new adventure begin! 🙂

 

 

 

 

My Word Of The Year For 2017!

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It took me awhile to decide on my word for the year. I had so many different words swirling around in my head for different areas in my life. It wasn’t until I was listening to my husband preach an amazing sermon this past Sunday that the word just hit me.

My word for the year is Focus.

When I think back to 2016, nothing spectacular happened. We didn’t see our big family goal happen, nothing big stands out to me that happened in 2016. Not that every year needs to be big, but I was very ready to see the year end, and for a fresh start.

We sat around the table as a family the other night and used the Best Year Ever Goal Planner that Sean made, and I used the page to rate how I felt 2016 went. I didn’t feel like I had very many successes in 2016 at all, and it was so eye opening to write down my reasons why. I encourage you to sit down and take a good look at the past year as well, because it helps as you go forward into the new year!

This year I want to focus on all the important things. In a way, get back to the basics. Renew my vision for the importance of being a mother and a homemaker. Read to my children again (we did really good with this in the first half of the year, not so much the second half).

I want to focus more on cleaning my house daily instead of letting things pile up. I’m using the Motivated Moms app on my phone this year, and I have hope of this being a huge help. I just need someone else telling me what to do each day with my house. When I look around my house I see all the obvious tasks (dishes need done, laundry needs washed, bathrooms need cleaned), but the little things don’t get done. I like that I can just scroll through the list and assign my children each a small job and we all pitch in together to get the list accomplished for the day.

I want to focus on our businesses more. I want to do a better job of planning out blog posts, and having a better schedule as to when I work. I have a brand new business coming probably the end of this month (more details coming soon!) and I will need a great deal of focus to make it all work.

My spiritual life needs more focus. I need to spend more time in prayer and reading God’s word. Instead of carrying all my burdens around myself, bringing them to God and laying them at His feet! I’m a better wife, mother, friend, and business owner when I make spending time with God first.

I need to focus on giving myself grace. I feel so guilty when I have downtime (which I had a lot more of last year than normal). The truth is, I can only go so long without totally burning out. I went to bed at 8:00 last night, because I was just so exhausted! My husband is quick to give me grace and tell me to take a nap, or go have quiet time, so I need to not feel guilty about this!

I need to focus on fitness. I’m working on eating healthy and actually doing workouts. I started using a DVD from Leslie Sansone that incorporates weights and walking, I really like the challenge! Normally her walking DVD’s alone don’t feel challenging enough, but I woke up sore from doing the leg workout with 5 pound dumbbells. 🙂

I’m excited about using this word for 2017. I’m hopeful for the year ahead, and looking forward to seeing that God has in store for our family!

 

 

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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After Christmas it was so nice to have a week where we were off school, and it was more relaxed. No music lessons (and probably much to our teacher’s dismay, no practice!). The children went to my mother-in-law’s house, she lives in the country and it’s become a tradition that the children go there for a few days on Christmas break and play. I think she is the most amazing mother-in-law, as I don’t know many that would take all 6 of my children at once! I’m so thankful for her help and her constant offers of help!

It was nice to have it quiet here at the house. My big project for homeschooling was to sort my 4 bookcases in our school room area, and get them organized. I had books just thrown up there, and it was driving me a little crazy! Growing up my mom always had our bookcases organized by subject, so it was easy to find something. I now have them all organized, history in one section, science in another….it’s wonderful!

We start our second semester of school again today, and while I’m not as prepared as I wanted to be, I’m excited to get back at it.

For Christmas the girls all received these matching dresses from my sister and brother-in-law. They are from Costco, and were so reasonable! I love getting clothes for my girls there. I don’t like short sleeves dresses in the winter months, but these were so pretty. They wore them to church today, and it’s the first time that all four girls have been matching. So sweet! They are all getting so big. I now have a 8, 7, 5, and 21 month old girls. *Sniff*

I’m not crazy about this outfit. It was a really busy morning getting ready for church, and Sean had to go early so I was on my own to get everyone ready. I don’t think the belt was a really good touch, but not every outfit has to be perfect. 🙂

I do love the cardigan, it was a christmas present from Sean and my oldest daughter. They went shopping at Marshalls and each child picked me out one item. It was so sweet! I paired it with a LulaRoe maxi skirt, which are so comfortable!

What I Wore

Skirt – LulaRoe Maxi Skirt

Tank – Navy Blue Lace Tank from Deborah & Co.

Cardigan – Marshalls

Nude Flats – Zulily

Makeup – Younique

Flexi Clip – Mini dangle clip from Lilla Rose

Link Up Time!

Please feel free to share posts about anything concerning being a godly, feminine woman. Topics include: modesty, being a wife, mother, homeschooler, homemaker, cooking, sewing, etc.

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My Health Goals For The New Year

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I’ve had it. I gained a lot more weight than I normally do when I was pregnant with Sophia. I know it had to be from all the progesterone shots and for how long I was in bed during her pregnancy. It’s been very difficult to get off, and I tend to get easily discouraged and give up after not seeing results right away. My husband is so sweet and encourages me to stick with it, but every mom out there knows how hard it is to make time for yourself!

This is the year. I’m determined. And I have hope of it working if I can just stick with it.

Here is why I actually have hope.

I faithfully did Trim Healthy Mama for one week a few months ago and lost 5 pounds. There were several reasons why I didn’t keep going, but I know it’s possible to do. Starting today I’m ditching the sugar and getting back to eating healthy.

Here are my thoughts on what I’m going to do to try and lose the baby weight.

Food

Trim Healthy Mama will definitely be something I get back to doing. But I’m not one of those loyal THM ladies who stick with the plan 100%. I struggled waiting every 3 hours to eat, and felt like my blood sugar was wanting to drop low the entire week I was doing the program, no matter how much protein I ate. I’m not crazy about using lots of stevia, so will also occasionally use honey and maple syrup.

I’ll be doing a whole foods approach, lots of salad with protein on top, brown rice, I’ll try quinoa yet again (someone please share a yummy recipe?!), and I’ll be using the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook as well.

I love chocolate, but it needs to be the very occasional treat. Yes, I’ve tried the Trim Healthy mama skinny chocolate recipe and the cake recipe, but it’s just not the same. 🙂

In summary, my plan is lots of fruit and vegetables, do a basic form of Trim Healthy Mama, think fresh, whole foods whenever I cook, and drink lots of water with lemon!

It sounds so simple, right? It’s just sticking with it that is always the difficult part.

Exercise

5 minutes is better than zero. Anything is better than nothing.

This is something I have to get through my head!

Being consistent will bring results. Doing crazy workouts for a week and then giving up from exhaustion brings about nothing.

See the key word here? Consistent. It’s the same word that Sean talks a lot about over at Character Badges! Everything in life goes better if we are just consistent with what we pick to do.

Sean totally spoiled me this Christmas and gave me a bike and an Apple Watch. The watch is on backorder, so I’ll be getting it early next year. He has had an Apple Watch for a year now, and loves it. The fitness apps really motivate him, plus he uses his phone less now that he has his watch. I’m excited about both of those things!

I’ve been using the Nike Training Club App on my phone for different workouts. I love the 15 minute workouts! It’s a free app, and offers so many different workouts.

Overall, my plan is to get out to the gym with my husband 1-2 times a week, ride my bike whenever the weather is nice in the next few months, and do workouts at home. People tell me I get enough exercise chasing after six children, but I really don’t. I sit down to homeschool and I sit down to blog.

Rest

Rest is not something everyone includes in health goals, but it’s vital for my health! Since I’ve had pretty bad adrenal fatigue issues in the past, I can only stay up super late for so long without it starting to affect my adrenals.

I’ve been horrible at getting to bed lately! Midnight is my normal bedtime. I can’t seem to make myself go to bed, after the children go to bed that quiet time is so wonderful. However it’s really messing up my adrenals. I barely made it through the Christmas weekend, I kept hitting a certain point of the day and I would crash and just want to go home.

My goal is to be in bed by 10:00 every night (still not perfect, but much better).

I also plan on resting more in other ways. I have some pretty exciting new things planned for my business, but they have to be contained. I can only allow myself a few things to focus on this year, and just pour my energy into those few things. Right now that looks like this blog, Deborah & Co. and a new project coming in January!

Sean is also wanting me to help him with our Character Badge business more. We have some big projects planned for that this new year.

Supplements

I recently went and saw my doctor (who I just love!!!), and had bloodwork done. For the first time ever, my thyroid is finally under control. I take Armour Thyroid medicine, Adapten-All for my adrenals, a Vitamin D supplement for my MTHFR, and the Probiotic from Plexus.

My plan is just to continue taking these supplements and be, you guessed it, consistent every day.

15 Days To A Healthier You Course

And finally….I’m going to be going through a brand new course that Crystal Paine just put out, called 15 Days To A Healthier You. I just finished going through a blog course with Crystal, and she went way above and beyond in being present in the Facebook group for the course, and sharing so much information in her live videos. So I have every confidence that this new group will be just as good!

In 15 Days to a Healthier You, Crystal will be covering more than just eating right and exercising (though, that is  overed as well!). Holistic health is about making the whole person healthy, and that’s exactly why Crystal  created 15 Days to a Healthier You.

In 15 Days to a Healthier You, Crystal is going to cover aspects of health that people really don’t connect with their overall well-being, like how to set (and meet!) important goals, what self-care really is (and what it isn’t), loving your life, and so much more. Day-by-day she will redefine self-care and give you the tools you need to boost and maintain your health — permanently.

There will be a private Facebook group to join, where Crystal will do a live Facebook video every night, plus you receive a 79 page study guide.

Here are the topics for the 15 days.

Day 1– It’s time to take care of YOU: Why it’s Important to Take Care of Yourself & How Self-Care Looks Different for Everyone

Day 2– What Self-Care Really Is (and What it Isn’t!)

Day 3– Love Your Life

Day 4– Overcoming Negativity

Day 5– Realistic, Attainable Goal-Setting (Part 1)

Day 6– Realistic, Attainable Goal-Setting (Part 2)

Day 7– Cutting Calendar Clutter: What Should Go On Your To-Do List (and What Shouldn’t!)

Day 8– Cutting Physical Clutter: Why Clearing Clutter is Good for your Health

Day 9– Setting up an Evening Routine

Day 10– Building Good Sleep Habits

Day 11– The Importance of Hydration

Day 12– Falling in Love with Fitness

Day 13– Redefining Healthy Eating (for the Already Overwhelmed!)

Day 14– Nutritional Supplements

Day 15– Why Your Mindset Matters

The course is only available to purchase until January 3rd, and the program starts January 9th.

The course is only $15.00, so everyone can afford it!

I loved the focus on rest. It’s something I definitely need to be reminded of right now. Crystal has a lot of good references in the course, I went through the entire study guide and requested all the books she recommended from my library!

All of these intentions are good, but I can only do so much in my own strength. I’m thankful that I can continually ask God to help me stay focused, and trust in His strength!

Do you have health goals for the New Year? I would love to hear what you have planned! Are you still trying to plan your goals? Check out the 2017 Goal Planner that my husband made! It’s really great for actually getting your goals on paper, and helping you evaluate how 2016 went for you. 

 

 

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