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Angels In Disguise Living Among Us

“I’ve seen & met Angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people, living ordinary lives.”

-Tracy Chapman

We all have those people in our lives that are our Angels-grandmas, grandpas, parents, siblings, friends, children-and not to sell them or their roll short but there is also at least one person everyone can think of that is just so spectacular in everything giving and helpful. Someone whom maybe you talk very little to or not at all. Someone who you wonder can be so kind and forgiving and with no judgement in reguards of what anyone or what they themselves have been through. Take a moment and think about who that person(s) may be to you? Maybe that person is yourself?

I use to sell my children’s outgrown clothing and toys on eBay many years ago when I still had the time to be able to list, pack and mail. I made fairly decent money at it and met a pretty amazing woman while doing so. She was opening a small shop in her area for the less fortunate and was buying items to stock her store with. Good quality, gently used items for children. Infants on up. She did this for little to no profit and we became friends as I always had a lot of what she needed. We would work out “deals” on the items I had and so she could still keep her store up and running. She was super excited when she was able to move her shop into a little larger more affordable location that her husband had remodeled for her….and then I heard nothing more! I would email her through eBay, I would email her through personal email. Eventually she responded and told me that her husband, who was in his early 50’s, had a massive heart attack and it killed him instantly. That was it-no good-bye or I love you’s-just gone. He was her and her daughter’s primary bread winner and had to close up shop and go back to work. We kept a relationship going through Facebook, nothing too much, likes on posts, Happy Birthdays, how are you’s? I could tell you what was currently going on in her life by her Facebook posts and her in mine but nothing personal beyond what was shared on social media. She struggled with the loss of her husband as anyone would. But she kept going and I watched her youngest daughter grow to be a young woman with a social media page of her own, which we also became “friends” as did her and my daughter as they were basically the same age.  One day she shared on Facebook that she had her daughter, who had not been feeling well, at the hospital…a few days later her 15 year old daughter(yes, 15) was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It was one of the hardest things as a mother of a teen daughter has ever witnessed. I cannot begin to imagine the pain she was in and still is. Her daughter lived approximately 3 months from diagnosis-they had a private page for friends and family to keep updated and to journal their experience.

This woman is one of many Angels…she has been through so much, that often I draw strength from her strength. Watching what she has gone through and continues to go through. She started a foundation almost immediately and has pushed through some political BS and some difficult situations because she wants NO ONE to have to experience what her family has. She has brought awareness in places and with people who had no idea that ovarian cancer can also affect young girls. She has a buddy program where she send packages to sick children and she is constantly meeting with other parents of sick children or sick themselves. She has spent many days and nights sitting with those who are dying and holding their hands  She is an Angel living an ordinary life, who has had tremendous losses, while doing extraordinary things, wearing ordinary clothes.

<3

Love to All-Kim

Lessons Learned As 2017 Comes To An End

I have taken many lessons away from the last year. I noticed that Noelle has done a blog post the other day also talking about 2017-it is an entire year-365 days and there is so much to be said. Good, bad, blessings,…..and the lessons. The things I have learned.

My mother wasn’t lying when she told me many years ago that once you reach her age the years “fly by”…that is a lesson that has definitely come to light this past year. I cannot believe how fast this year-and looking back-probably the last few years-seem to just have “flown” by. As I have begun to realize this, I have taken the time to enjoy the smaller things-the little moments, the things that aren’t huge but are huge to my family. First tooth lost, learning to read, moving in to her first apartment, getting his school permit. SLOW DOWN. Those things happen to people daily but not to YOUR people, you WON’T get those moments, minutes back. ENJOY THEM!

Things are way different than when I was growing up. Everyone is so busy all the time. Kids start activities much younger and are constantly on the go. Sports, dance, cheer, theater, 4-H, all those things start by the time they are in the 1st grade. I don’t remember any of that stuff starting until at least middle school or maybe my mom just didn’t allow me to join these things until then. Obviously our children are all different ages and in different periods in their lives..they are spread out(7, 15, 20) and that too causes some of the chaos. We use to sit at the table every night for dinner-it’s been a bit since we have all been able to sit at the table at the same time. We just never seem to slow down! So as referred to above-we have made it a rule to have a SLOW DOWN day at least once a month-we would like to be able to do more, but we figured one was better than none and it’s a start. Lesson learned, make the time to take a break! It’s ok and it’s well deserved.

Probably the biggest lesson I have to take away from this year is that things can change in an instant. Health, finances, job. The truth of the matter is I can always make more money somewhere, somehow if needed..I can always find a new job somewhere, somehow if needed. But in an instant your health can change, some of that you can control(weight, blood pressure, etc…) some of that you have no control over. Don’t take your health for granted, don’t take your loved ones for granted…all that can change!

 

What are the biggest lessons you have taken away from 2017?

 

Love to All-Kim

 

Mood MATTERS!

What is your mood today???

I have for you the best answer to the most asked question on the planet.

What you are experiencing right now is what’s called intellectually confounding.

You want to know the answer because its the best, yet you’re not even sure what the question is.

The most asked question on Planet Earth is….

“How are you”?

I’m sorry to report the most asked question on planet earth is given the least amount of attention. The least amount of care. The least consideration.

But not me. I won’t give in to mediocrity.

Average is the best of the worst and the worst of the best.

And easy is the enemy of progress.

I have taken an oath, a challenge to disrupt the world.

You only control one thing in your life. ONE. Your mood.

Everything else is out of your control.

Yes, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink or drug, I eat right and exercise-but that’s no guarantee that I’ll live another day. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow. I could get a lousy call from the Dr.

ANYTHING is possible.

Which also means anything IS possible.

So, I choose to control what I CAN control.

My Attitude.

Yup, its the six inches between my ears.

But it’s my call.

That’s on ME!

So each and everyday I pick a mood from my Choose a Mood Box.

It’s my choice so I stacked the deck.

For the last 6 months each and every time someone asked me how I was I answered “AMAZING”, “AWESOME”, “FANTASTIC”. And I say it with enthusiasm; SELL IT!

These last 3 weeks I have chosen “MAGNIFICENT”! It has a little more formality to it….like I’m wearing a suit and tie. Maybe a top hat and spectacle.

Why, you ask? WHY NOT? If you get to choose, why not choose great?

And when people ask me why I’m Magnificent, my current reply is; “We live in the greatest country in the world, during the most advanced time in human history. My job isn’t so difficult that I need the intellect of splitting atoms, nor so physically demanding that I’m shoveling coal. So what could I possibly complain about? Seriously?! I GET TO WAKE UP.”

Do I need to be stressed if things don’t go well at work? Can they survive without me? I pass a graveyard everyday on my morning commute; it’s loaded with people who thought they were irreplaceable. The world keeps turning. Sun keeps rising and with any luck, in the morning so will I. And when I do, I’ll greet it with the best good morning you ever saw.

I’m Jay Cummings and you’ve just been Moodivated. Try it for 3 weeks, then pay it forward and do to someone else what I just did to you. It’s a great life if you choose it. Changing the world one smile at a time.

you can visit jay at www.imoodivate.com

 

2018 Approaches Another Year To Put Behind Us

And here we go, the countdown into the Holiday Crazies and 2018…another year to put behind us and another year to create in front of us.  2017 was the end of a lot of things for me, mainly my corporate Executive Team position with Dreamstime.   Most of you know that after almost 15 years I stepped down to spend more time with my family and to do the work that I feel compelled to do in the world…it has been a time of transition and 7 months later there are still days when I feel complete and utter terror, however I also feel a sense of freedom and right choice.  I know without a doubt that I made the right decision and I look forward to starting the year fresh with my own company and not having to worry about what other people are doing.

I am starting to think about making a list of all the things that were accomplished in 2017 and all of the things that need to be left behind, behaviors, attitudes, conditions and in some cases people.  I am feeling like 2018 is going to be an amazing year filled with miracles that we don’t even expect.  Soon I will start talking to you guys about writing down goals for 2018, so start thinking about that—if you could accomplish ANYTHING in 2018 what would that be??

Also start thinking about what needs to be left behind you as we enter into this new season–and what in 2017 you are grateful for.  The more work we do on being complete and preparing for the new year that we want to manifest, the better things will be.  We will keep talking about this….

 

Noelle

 

The 5C’s Unlocking Your Unlimited Potential

The 5C’s Unlocking Your Unlimited Potential

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

-Vince Lombardi

 

This is one of my favorite Lombardi quotes. It really does hit the nail on the head for what I hope our program can develop for you, a vigorous pursuit of perfection on the road of excellence.

Too often we succumb to the tasteless flavor of mediocrity only to kid ourselves that it tastes good. It doesn’t, average never tastes good, nor ever will. Our life should be full of flavor and rich experiences, and that’s what this program is designed to be; rich and full of unique experiences as you develop mastery over your health, fitness, wealth, and happiness.

There are two central concepts I would like you to review before describe the 5C’s:

1.) You are created by design, not by default. You have a purpose, and the ability to fulfill it. All of the necessary ingredients for your success are already within you, my mission is to teach you how to Unleash the Champion that is already in you.

2.)  We must all learn to exceed expectations to thrive. The enemy of great is good. You are created for greatness, there is absolutely no doubt about it. Never settle for good enough, you must have high expectations to achieve excellence, so commit to exceed your expectations daily.

80% of people never reach their expectations

15% reach their expectations

5% exceed their expectations

Be the 5% and you will rule the world.

I created a blueprint called the 5C’s to keep you focused on process, and not problems.  Problems now become opportunities when put into the proper context. To describe the 5C’s from a health and fitness standpoint, let me give you a brief overview of the most important aspects of the 5C’s.

Conviction  .  Commitment  .  Consistency  .  Confidence  .  Courage

 

Conviction is an overwhelming belief in someone, or something. Our beliefs are the foundation for how, and what we think. For example, if you believe you never have been healthy, and probably never can be, this is a reflexion of belief. Your belief is then manifested in how you think, and your body tends to come into alignment with that thought process, you are overweight and unhealthy.

There are two major forms of belief, intellectual agreement, and assimilation.

Intellectual agreement tends to be fact based and resides on the surface of our thoughts. The example being, there are obviously people that live debt free, experiencing financial freedom, living a joyful life, but they’re different, they have a skill or talent I just don’t have. Intellectual agreement being based on facts is a beginning to forging a strong conviction, but must be developed deeper.

Assimilation is taking conviction to the depth of our being, you become what you believe. An easy example to follow is with nutrition. Every cell of your body requires nourishment, EVERY cell. You literally assimilate the foods you eat, and become what you eat. If you develop Type II diabetes it’s not because you ate a clean nutritious diet, it is typically because you have eaten too much sugar on a consistent basis. If you have to much month at the end of your money it is possible you are spending beyond your means, and need to position yourself to create more income when and wherever possible.

Assimilation is becoming what you believe. If you believe you were created to “can do” anything, that all the necessary tools reside in you already, you just need to learn how to access these skills and make them work for you, than you are on the road to renewing your mind.

To renew your mind, to change your “stink’n think’n” and not conform to the world of managed average you must continuously assimilate who you are, and where you are going. Not focusing on where you are, and you have no clue who you are.

 

Commitment is the action plan anchored to your conviction or beliefs. This is very often where a persons actions begin to break down. Is this true for you? Have you made commitments in the past and after time passes the commitments seems to have passed by as well? Very often we break our own commitments simply because they were anchored in intellectual agreement, not assimilation. Remember assimilation has deep roots and can withstand the storm of life on your dreams. Intellectual agreement has underdeveloped roots and can easily be talked away with an unexpected storm. Commitment is strengthened with every storm if, you have assimilated Conviction.

 

Consistency is a reflexion of your past, an insight into your future, and the power you can leverage today. Consistency then is habits. Think about it, how many of you would even consider not brushing your teeth for days, let alone weeks? Yet how many people don’t exercise on a regular basis, or save a percentage of their incomes consistently? Consistency is established in the strength of our Commitments. We are all a walking, talking advertisement for consistency, the question is are those consistent habits building us up, or effectively pulling us apart?

 

Confidence is a wonderful process developed through the consistency that builds you up. Confidence is also born through the failures we experience along the way that through our commitments, anchored to our convictions, we can learn from, rather than lose because of. Confidence is the magnificent result of the Consistent realization that you are the direct product of your decisions and not your conditions.

 

Courage is many things but for us let’s focus on the fact it takes courage to leave your comfort zone behind. To live the “next level” lifestyle means you are living the extraordinary life, and never settling for ordinary again. You are comfortable with uncomfortable, and you prefer to be abnormal rather than live average. Courageous living is knowing the difference between being willing to take the next step, and having the willpower to push on.  People that have established Confidence, never strive again, but thrive daily with the courage to live from victory, not for victory.

 

Using the 5C’s to transform the way you Think

Transforming the way you think requires daily reflexion on your beliefs. Your beliefs about your potential more so than anything else when it come to health, fitness, and happiness.

 

 

Consider:

  • Do you have a hunger for growth?
  • Are you willing to chase your dreams, and “lean in” to your life?
  • Preparation is the key to developing confidence, follow through is the icing!
  • What are your pay offs? What inspires you to never quit?
  • Define what this means, and then answer it, “Do you have the courage to fail?”
  • Skill is developed through failure, learning is what transforms failure in success.
  • Are you willing to give your broken pieces a chance?
  • When you have a mentor you can learn from their mistakes, you never pay for the mistakes of others, yet you can learn powerful lessons on your road to optimal health and peak performance.
  • You clearly have thousands of choices about your life, for example:

1.) What you say, and what you don’t say.

2.) What you think, and what you don’t think.

3.) What you do, and don’t do?

  • Always keep the “main thing,” the main thing. So what does that mean to you?
  • Today answer these questions, Who are you? What do you want?
  • Never fear hard work, embrace it.
  • Avoid envy, unless you are willing to do, what other people do, to get what other people get…
  • When we have tough, or “bad” things happen, that typically means you are in the right place, and the challenges are the refining fire necessary to take you to the next level.
  • In life, we always should be moving forward, in saying that we should also always be ready for a fall, that is REAL life, not negative thinking. If you are prepared for a fall, you will always get up quicker.
  • Take time, get a pad and paper, and write out what do you believe. Deep, heartfelt beliefs, are crucial to controlling your life, you just need transparency, and clarity. Write them down, please…
  • Hope travels everywhere, no need for a passport. Did you remember to pack it?
  • EVERY single day matters, every day counts. Do not take one day off…

I want to invite you to check out my website, and my complete eBook,

  • The 5C’s “Unlocking Your Unlocking Your Unlimited Potential”

Please visit: www.unleashthechampiononlinetraining.com

Also you can check out:

  • Habit FORMING “Creating Nutrition, Fitness, and Life Habits”
  • Fit for the Fight “The Art of Fighting from Victory, not for Victory”

Have a Joyous and Blessed Christmas and Holiday Season

Carter

Bringing The Christmas Cheer

We have spent the last few days with some serious moments of ups and downs. Because our kids don’t entirely grasp what is happening to their uncle right now it doesn’t seem to be upsetting them quite as much. That’s the thing about illness and death, I think mortality seems much more real and alarming as you age.

We are trying to pull ourselves together and bring in the Christmas cheer. There isn’t much we can do for him except pray so worrying is only making both of our anxiety worse. We have the elf at our house…his name is George. Honestly-4 years ago when I introduced him to our traditions-I did not realize what a PAIN in the ASS he was going to be. Problem being, my 7 year old asks about him throughout the whole year and wonders what he is up to-or he would just disappear. Lesson learned on that one-there will be NO elf for the grandchildren. We went and cut down our tree and have put up the indoor decorations. And this morning my daughter got to open the first door on the advent calendar! This weekend we will put out the outdoor decorations and being baking, wrapping gift and some light shopping. I do most of my shopping online now but still want to bring money to small local businesses so I do a few days of old school shopping 🙂 It is forecasted to bring snow next week and our youngest has her school Christmas program on Monday and church pageant next Sunday.

That’s the thing about “adulting”. Life doesn’t stop even in the worst moments, everything keeps going and turning. We can either fight it or do what we NEED to do to enjoy it. I don’t want to get out of bed on most days as of lately-but I am strong and I do what I need to do. Each and every one of you are strong too!

 

Love to All-Kim

Being Blind With Anger

I have been angry, upset, disappointed, confused and so much more the last few weeks. I haven’t blogged as of lately, and my last few blog posts have been a lot of complaining! That is generally NOT me! Days and days of just being miserable and bitchy…and then BLAM! It all happened so quickly, in 8 days to be exact, my husband’s best friend, who also happens to be his brother, went to the Emergency room with an excruciating stomachache and thought maybe he was having gallstones or something to that degree. Instead-he found out he is suffering from a very rare form of lymphoma. Although, I guess he doesn’t know this yet. It just depends on what he can hear us talking about  while he’s under sedation. We saw him Friday, sat at the hospital & visited with him a better part of the day-he was to go in Saturday morning for a quick procedure and he hasn’t been awake since. Medically induced-but holy it went downhill fast! We have received very little good news since then and most of the news we have received has been horrible. I guess what can go wrong has gone wrong. My husband has spent the last few days holding together his family(brothers, sister, sister-in-laws, nephews) and I have spent the last few days trying to hold him together, he’s exhausted and I am exhausted for him. He has lost a sister, his mother and his father all within the last 3-5 years. He is scared and he is PISSED off! He is ever so angry. It’s one of those things where I cannot love him enough to love it away. I feel helpless, he feels helpless.

We’ve had this discussion quite a bit over the last few days about why children, good people, kind people, loving people suffer such tragedies like this! His brother happens to be one of the best people I know-he and my husband are cut from the EXACT same cloth. We question why him?-why do crappy, mean, sinister, cold-hearted people get a “Free” pass?  Why can’t these diseases be the hell on earth that THEY deserve…not my brother in law!

I know-there is a bigger plan, a lesson to be learned from all of this-and I am not question it. And I truly try not to, but it is rather difficult. I hope this lesson-plan is a BIG meaningful one.

What I have seen and what I do know is that there are so many beautiful people in this world! I often begin to lose Faith in humanity and the lack of respect and kindness. But it never, ever ceases to amaze me the words, prayers, gestures, and love that is felt in times like these. And maybe that is the lesson, to remind people how to be compassionate and kind to one another. Not to sweat the small stuff and to be angry over those things.

Please say prayers for my brother in law and our family.

Love to All-Kim

 

Time to FEEL Amazing!!!

Disclaimer: This blog is NOT trying to sell you on Apple Cider Vinegar, and is not a gimmick strategy to lose weight, or make you an astronaut, or any kind of super hero.

It IS a method to learn how to CRAVE healthier foods again, which in turn might help you get healthier, exercise more, and then just maybe become a super hero! So relax, read it, and give it a shot, or leave it and just say pooh!

Craving Healthy Foods

Why is it that with all of the current information on healthy eating, we are getting heavier, and weaker? We still seem to eat to much and move to little, why? Most Americans still make poor food choices, continually eat fast foods, and eat out at restaurants way to often. We have literally created our cravings for these poor choice foods. The good news, we can create cravings for healthy, nutritious, and delicious foods as well.

The ultimate answer to “why” is these foods taste good! Or, have trained ourselves to believe they taste good, and continually crave what “tastes good?”

We have become obsessed with the flavors of salt, sugar, fat, MSG, HFCS, simple refined carbohydrates, and more. Obviously this affects our appearance, day to day health and fitness, long-term health, and most importantly our feelings of well being.

Breaking free from the habit of poor eating, and learning to crave healthy, nutritious, and delicious foods does have it’s overwhelming positives such as;

-Creating leaner, stronger muscles over a lifetime

-Increased longevity

-Actually looking healthier and more attractive naturally

-Drastic improvements in the way your skin looks and feels

-Dramatically fewer sick days

-Minimal digestive problems

-Greater potential for strength gains through lifting weights (feeling better)

-Increased vitality

-Seems like a great trade off right? The bottom line really is that clean, healthy and natural foods can actually taste just as good as the processed, and fast foods.

Now, how to make clean and healthy food taste good!

The secret to making clean and healthy food taste good is to recognize that your taste buds adapt over time to what they are given. Just like muscles do to the demands you place on them.

Your taste buds will gradually adjust depending on what you eat. Healthy food tastes ‘plain’ ‘bitter’ or ‘boring’ to most people because they are accustomed to eating “the other stuff” 24/7.

Once you begin to eat healthy and natural food consistently, you will quickly realize that most restaurant food today is over-salted, over-sauced and over-seasoned, and over-priced. Processed foods are even worse, and fast food and junk food (literal garbage) is so extreme in terms of taste that it’s like bludgeoning your taste buds to death.

Once we eat mostly healthy and clean food, something like a plain sweet potato tastes delicious! When we eat natural and healthy foods for a while, the same thing will happen to all of us.

On the other hand, I know people who eat only restaurant food or take-away, candy, ice cream, and sweetened drinks. Their taste buds have adapted and now they can’t eat anything else.

I have watched people try a green juice made of carrot, apple and beetroot, “a very sweet combination.” But they still found it disgusting, because even the sweetest natural flavors pale in comparison to the taste of high fructose corn syrup. This is just a sad truth.

We have collectively gotten ourselves stuck in an unfortunate eating trap. Our taste buds are so far gone that the only way for them to get any kind of pleasure from food is to eat something that is terrible for us. H.E.L.P.

Resetting our taste buds

You can get to the point where you enjoy natural, healthy food as much as you currently enjoy eating “that stuff,” the key is to do it gradually.

If you try to overhaul your entire diet all at once, it will be way too hard. Rather, if you’re accustomed to eating a lot of junk then slowly cut down on it. If you hardly eat any, then it will be easier for you to get to the point where you eat none at all.

Over time your taste buds will re-sensitize to natural, healthy food. Within a few months you can easily get to the point where plain foods taste good and a little bit of seasoning makes a world of difference.

This is a healthy process and can be extremely tasty too!

This is a good place to be. Because we’re no longer attached to getting pleasure from taste, our food choices can be based on things we value more like health, fitness goals, energy levels, mental performance, vitality and so on.

Can we actually detach from the need to get pleasure from taste altogether?

To take this one step further, it is possible to almost completely detach ourselves from the need to get pleasure from taste at all? That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the flavors of foods, it is just not our main driver for eating.

The way to do this is the same as the above, gradually increase the amount of healthy food, and drink in our diet until it’s the majority of what we’re eating. The 80|20 Rule

It actually does help to consciously remember that food is just one avenue for pleasure in our life, one that most people get far too attached to and that is probably a lot less necessary than we think.

Tasting food is great, but ultimately it’s nothing more than a few minutes of pleasant mouth-sensation. People who value this momentary pleasure over properly functioning physiology, longevity, clear thinking, high energy levels and the like have their priorities backwards. They become susceptible to eating for comfort, not for fuel. This is one of the leading contributors to overeating and obesity.

Experiment with fasting and you’ll realize that hunger is just a feeling that comes and goes, and it’s one that doesn’t have to determine how or what you eat. We’re not going to die if we don’t eat for 16, 18 or even 24 hours, in fact you’ll probably feel pretty good. Your relationship to hunger is adaptable in the same way as your taste buds are.

Visualize to yourself and internalize “those foods” are literally like garbage for your body, you are worth more than eating garbage. They are not things that should be put in a human body. Picture the process and ingredients that go into a fast food burger or a potato chip while you’re eating it, and think about how those things will interact with the organic system inside your body. It won’t taste half as good, trust me on that!

Now this doesn’t mean that you should never get pleasure from tasting great food. All it means is that you don’t need to get pleasure from taste alone, you can develop the ability to decide when you want to and when you don’t. You are no longer a slave to foods, and there flavors, you are now a mindful eater. Plus you will FEEL AWESOME!!!

Ultimately you can take complete control over how you feel and act towards food and taste; first reset your taste buds and then detach from taste altogether, and you will have the freedom to eat whatever you want, anytime you want, without sacrifice or suffering at all.

Taste Bud Re-Set:

Do this for 3 days.

Craving Healthy Food Strategy

*Re-Set Drink (before breakfast)

NO coffee (if this creates a total freak out, just plain please and 2 cups MAX)

Light Breakfast:

Steel Cut Oatmeal, 1 citrus fruit, banana (or berries)

Water (12-16OZ)

Light Lunch:

Re-Set Drink

Salad with fresh vegetables, and 1 protein (chicken or egg), 1 fruit (grapes, berries)

Water (12-16OZ)

Light Dinner:

Re-Set Drink

Piece of fish (ideally) or chicken, bright fresh or frozen vegetables

Water (12-16OZ)

Please stand firm and do this for 3 day. You can manipulate the proteins around for your 3 days. Do not season the foods during these 3 days.

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*Re-Set Drink Recipe:

1.) 12+ OZ of water, add

2.) 4 tablespoons of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar “the Mother”

3.) 4 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

4.) 1 Teaspoon cinnamon

5.) 1/2 Teaspoon ginger

6.) Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

7.) Tablespoon of raw local honey, or raw stevia (1 packet or 1/4 teaspoon).

Stir, heat up to the temp of a herbal tea

Drink this 3 times per day before meals

It actually tastes like an Herbal Tea to me

Track how you feel.

Enjoy

For The Love of Movies

With the “Writing Challenge” I am up to the one where I am to post 5 movies that I never tire of watching. This is a pretty tough one-we spend a lot of time watching movies during the winter. Our local public library has an AWESOME selection of new releases, and the best part is they are FREE to rent. As with anything, depending who’s turn it is to pick or who will be watching with us(kids), I have a pretty flavorful selection of favorite movies. But through and through I never tire of these 5:

  1. Miracle on 34th Street
  2. Dirty Dancing
  3. Grease
  4. Titanic
  5. Up

I could possible be a romantic based on looking through my choices..lol. Miracle on 34th, Titanic and Up always cause tears. And another favorite of mine is The Notebook.

I sound old and crabby but honestly I just don’t think movies are as good as they use to be. Once in awhile we will rent a new movie and it will be home run but I find it harder and harder to find movies that just really trip my trigger like they use to.

It is one of our favorite past-times at our house, along with board games and camping. Nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with some popcorn and movies!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and took the time to appreciate all the things you have to be thankful for.

Love to All-Kim

Giving Thanks For My Blessings

 

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone will be enjoying their day at home with loved ones. I want to give thanks for my many blessings.

I am typing this the night before and am watching the minutes click by and see that I still have 3 more pies to go! I have been cooking, baking and cleaning since Tuesday.  A few years ago my husband and I decided we were done running from house to house on the holidays and made the choice to start hosting. We would love to have everyone come but are in no way offended if they don’t want to or can’t. We get it, we really do. The hustle and bustle leaves no time to relax and before you know it-it’s over. Hence the decision to start hosting. I don’t mind all the cooking involved, quite frankly it’s one of the better things I do 🙂 I have 3 siblings and many nieces and nephews, my husband has 6 siblings, also with many nieces and nephews. So it can get pretty crazy and wild and on occasion there is some drama. I wouldn’t change a bit of it for anything. I look forward to looking around our home and seeing how the kids have changed and watching them grow. Reminiscing about our “younger” years and hearing about the shenanigans of my husband and his siblings.

At some point one of us girls will pull out the Black Friday ads to pick out all the things we want to get- knowing all along in the back of our minds we will never make it to the sales due to the food coma.  Out of all the years we’ve done this, we have gone ONCE …lol. We will watch football games, and take naps. Someone will bust out a few board games and we will play them for hours. If it’s nice enough outside the kids will go to the park or play a game of football in the yard. Suppertime will come around and we will reheat leftovers and fill ourselves again.

I am thankful, I am blessed.

Love to All-Kim