Jumping in to Trim Healthy Mama


Pizza Casserole and Green Beans

Pizza Casserole and Green Beans

So today was the first day I jumped into the Trim Healthy Mama plan www.trimhealthymama.com.  I had been reading the book and really trying to decide whether this was the right step for me.  I have really been praying about whether the Lord was directing me or not.  After much prayer, I really felt the Lord nudging me and saying now was the time to start.  So I took a deep breath and began today.

It was a good day.  I  made the Savory Protein Muffins for breakfast and they were absolutely delicious.  Sarah even tried them and really enjoyed them as well.  I was so excited because I was going to make the trimmaccino, but my Keurig quit working.  I was so disappointed, but oh well, a new Keurig will be arriving soon and then I will be able to enjoy a trimmaccino!!!

I started on my day and got busy with things around the house, when I looked up and saw that it was 1:15.  I couldn’t believe how quickly time had gone and that I wasn’t hungry.  I decided I better stop and eat some lunch.  So I had tuna salad with diced apple, celery, salt and pepper and used 0% fat Greek Yogurt for the dressing instead of mayonaise.  It was really good.  Sarah tried it and didn’t really care for, but then again, she really doesn’t like tuna.

Now it was time to clean up the kitchen and put away some laundry and continue working on our upcoming school year.  Ritch came home from work and we were talking and catching up and he asked what was for dinner.  I said that we were having Pizza Casserole and Green beans for dinner.

I started dinner and really couldn’t believe how quickly it all went together and into the oven.  We were able to sit down and enjoy our dinner and everyone really liked it.

I know it all sounds too good to be true, but today was a good day.  I do have to be honest, I am struggling with not drinking any pop.  I was a diet Pop drinker and so I have decided that I needed to step away from pop and make sure that I was drinking plenty of water.  We all know that drinking water can be a challenge.  Well, it is so much easier to drink water when you have doTERRRA Essential Oils to add to your water.  I have been enjoying adding Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime or Wild Orange to my water.

I am looking forward to this new adventure.  I know that I cannot do this alone.  I will continue to pray that the Lord will lead me on this journey and that I will have success.

Please feel free to follow me along on this journey, keep me accountable and even ask how things are going.

Have a wonderful evening,


doTERRA Essential Oils Journey

Here are just a couple of our favorite doTERRA Essential Oils.

Here are just a couple of our favorite doTERRA Essential Oils.

Good Evening Friends,

I wanted to share with you our doTERRA Essential Oils journey www.doterra.com.  We started using doTERRA Essential Oils a year ago in our home after I had attended a class and began learning about the oils. 

I was a little skeptical when the class began because I was struggling with the thought that doTERRA Essential Oils really could be safe to use and actually be as effective or even more effective than over-the-counter medications.  As the class when on I became more and more intrigued and wanted to learn more. 

We were headed to Disney World and I wanted to take a couple of oils with me to try while we gone to hopefully help us stay healthy.  After talking with Angela, I decided that I would purchase doTERRA’s On Guard Protective Blend to use to help keep any sickness away and I also purchased the Lemon oil to use in our drinking water to help remove any toxins in our bodies.  We really enjoyed using the oils and none of us got sick on our vacation.

After vacation, I was really impressed with the oils and wanted to learn more and have them in our home to use when we were not feeling well.  I ordered the Family Physician Kit because it came with the 10 essential oils that I really wanted to try.  I had just gotten the kit when Ritch came home from visiting friends in Canada.  He called me on his way home and said that he was not feeling well.  When he got home Saturday night, I began using the On Guard Protective Blend on the bottom of his feet and Breathe on his chest.  Some of you may be wondering why I would put oils on the bottom of his feet, well it is because your feet have the second largest pores in your body and I wanted to get the oils working as quickly as possible.  We continued this regimen for the rest of the weekend and by Monday he was feeling better and even went to work.  I used the On Guard Protective Blend on both Sarah’s feet and my feet to hopefully keep whatever Ritch had away from us, and guess what, it did.  Neither Sarah nor I got what Ritch had.  Now both Ritch and I were really impressed and were ready to implement using the oils full-time in our home. 

Our family has been so blessed by these oils.  They have helped us in many ways.  I also enjoy using the oils when I am cooking. They add so much flavor to some of the dishes that I make.  I am so thankful that I was introduced to the oils and that the Lord has blessed our family with these precious gifts.  All doTERRA Essential Oils are certified pure therapeutic grade so I do not have to worry about putting synthetic ingredients in our bodies.  I am so thankful that doTERRA takes the extra step and makes sure that the oils come from the region in which they are grown and even goes further by testing all the oils to be certain of the purity of each oil.  These oils are truly gifts from the Lord.  He created each and every plant that doTERRA Essential Oils come from. 

If you would like to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils please feel free to visit my website at www.mydoterra.com/myessentiallife.  



It’s A Girls Day Out!!

It’s a girls day out!!  We had plans for the weekend that were unexpectedly changed.  Ritch went over to Ohio to a wild game dinner, but Sarah and I stayed home.

Since Ritch was going to be gone all day, I decided that we would just spend the day together.  We started our day out at the Michiana’s Women’s Expo michianawomensshow.com at the South Bend Century Center centurycenter.org.  We had a great time walking around looking at all the different booths.  We even got our picture taken with a couple of the news personalities from WSBT-TV www.wsbt.com.  That was kinda cool.  This expo was geared towards women’s health.  One of the local hospitals was doing blood pressure checks and blood sugar tests.  There were booths to enjoy from local vendors as well.  As I was walking around, I was wishing I had known about this expo because I would have liked to have had a doTERRA Essentials Oils booth as well www.mydoterra.com/myessentiallife.  I decided that I am going to try and have a booth there next year.  Sarah was very excited about that and wanted to know if she could help out. 

After leaving the expo, Sarah and I stopped by Macri’s bakery macrisbakery.com and bought a couple of treats.  This was a special treat because we don’t get over to that part of town very often.  We also bought a treat for my mom and aunt because we wanted to share with them. 

We left Macri’s and decided it was time for lunch.  We went to Hacienda Mexican Restaurant www.haciendafiesta.com for lunch and I had a great time just listening to Sarah and laughing with her.  It was a really relaxed time and we weren’t in any hurry because Ritch was gone for the day so I could just sit and listen to all that she had to say and share.  I loved listening to her and watching her be so animated about all that she was talking about. 

After lunch, we did a little bit of shopping.  All we bought, was a pair of jeans that we got on sale for Sarah.  We looked around the store, but didn’t see anything else that we needed.  I love when Sarah is looking for clothes, she is concerned about whether they are going to be modest enough or not.  I have to admit, it blesses my heart to hear her talk about wanting to make sure that the clothes she wears are modest. 

We then went to my mom’s house because she had a few things that she needed to be done at her house.  We are so blessed to still have my mom and aunt living so close to us.  Sarah enjoys being at their house and taking care of them.  She never complains about having to do things for them.  When we got to my mom’s, Sarah asked what grandmom needed and off she went to make sure she took care of those chores right away.  The Lord has blessed her with a servant’s heart and I am so thankful for her willingness to be helpful. 

I was sad that our plans were changed, but I am so thankful for our girls day out!!  I had been praying about spending time with Sarah and the Lord had really been laying on my heart about spending quality time with Sarah and really being present and listening to what she has to share.  The Lord answered my prayers by giving us this day together.  I had a great day today.  We weren’t in any hurry and we slowed down and just enjoyed each other.  Tonight, my heart is so full with all the blessings from today.  Thank you Jesus for giving me this very special day with Sarah! 

We are definitely going to have to plan another girls day out soon!!