Monthly Archives: January 2014

Fun Frugal Find

I LOVE FINDING DEALS. It’s the thrill of the hunt and all the random treasures that you may (or may not) find that draws me in. My favorite thrift store on the island is the Hickam Thrift Store on base due to the constantly new stock, well laid out merchandise, friendly spouse volunteers and GREAT prices! Plus, 100% of the profits go towards charities on island via the Officer’s Spouses Club who runs the thrift store. Since it’s only open M, W, F, Sat (and today’s Thursday…) my mom and I decided to visit 3 other ones today. Visiting THREE was completely by chance since they were all within such a close radius of each other – we simply happened upon two of them while looking for the Goodwill! First up, Salvation Army…..nothing enticing. 2nd stop, Savers…..too expensive and not much stock anyways. Last stop, Goodwill! This was by far the smallest of the three but the one we spent the most time at! The kids and I ventured to the back “kid” area where they had all sorts of goodies while my mom went off to browse at everything else. Kids were in love with all the fun toys and SO well occupied.  I was able to browse through a great selection of baby clothes – all heaped together in a baby crib – and all pieces were 12 for $5. How can you NOT resist that?!  Found some adorable name brand like-new pieces (12 pieces to make use of that amazing $5 deal) AND the kids benefitted from their own amazing deal:

From this cute little seemingly inconspicuous toy kitchen container thing: kitchen 1  kitchen 2

This is what was inside the “container” box thing….kids helped me wash everything:    kitchen 3

And THIS was the end result! All washed, assembled, and ready to play with:
kitchen 4  kitchen 5

I originally just thought it was a container w/ a few play kitchen items in it (since it was completely taped shut – and Milo just LOOOOVES kitchen things, so I was already sold, but once home and assembled, WOW! And did you see that $2.99 price tag on it?!  Yes, this is what I would call a Fun Frugal Find!

Shakeology during Pregnancy

SO, I thought it was about time to talk about Shakeology during this most recent pregnancy….being as how I’m now 9.5 months pregnant and don’t have much more “pregnant time” left!  I started Shakeology in my 6th month of pregnancy – looking for an extra boost for my immune system, my energy levels, and my overall health. Coming across Shakeology, I was impressed by the ingredients list (over 70 NATURAL ingredients from all over the world) and immediately approached my midwife about it. After careful review, she deemed it completely safe for me to start and actually replace my prenatals with. So, I started this in my 6th month and, 3.5 months later, I can tell you that I personally haven’t so much as even caught a cold since, my energy levels have increased, junk food cravings went out the window, I’ve steadily gained a HEALTHY amount of weight, and I feel great! I’ve had zero body swelling or bloating, my digestion is regular, and I can rest easy at night knowing that I’m getting all my daily vitamins/minerals/protein/etc from this 1 simple shake and passing on all this goodness to my baby girl!

SO, with all that being said – here’s a peek at my 37w5d belly. (9.5 months)

37w5d selfie

Please forgive the selfie – husband is still deployed so it’s a one-woman kinda show! But you get the idea.

Also, here’s a short video I put together today talking about my experience with Shakeology during pregnancy.

I highly recommend Shakeology for anyone pregnant or nursing, or for anyone wanting to boost their nutrition in a HEALTHY way. It’s low in calories, tastes great, easy to make and drink on-the-go, curbs cravings, and all in all is your Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition! I’m a believer 🙂

Interested in finding out more? I’d love to help coach you! Go here for more info including calorie counts, nutrition info, recipes and success stories.

A New Year…

Every year, I kick off the year with a new bucket list of sorts. In the past, it’s included buying a house, adding a new member to our family, bringing in “X” amount of income, paying cash for the 1st time for a car… We always try to add “stretch” goals for us – but goals nonetheless that are still achievable.

Well, as we welcome 2014, I’d like to list a few of my 2014 goals here – you know – for accountability!…. :
1.  Get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!
2. Focus on living a more healthy, organic, non-GMO lifestyle
3.  Successfully start Homeschooling my 3.5 year old (and his tag along 2 year old sister)
4. Make it a point to go on at least one FABULOUS all day field trip outing with the kiddos per month
5.  Become a master gardener
6.  Participate in more craft fairs – promoting my hand sewn embellished fabric hats and painstakingly assembled fabric wreaths 🙂
7.  Become a DIAMOND coach with Team Beachbody!
8. Earn enough through my part-time (at home) jobs to significantly contribute to our mortgage (we’re talking be able to contribute 20-25% towards our mortgage….a big, SCARY amount! remember….we live in Hawaii where housing prices are Out.Of.Control.)

There, I’ve put those out for the world to see.  T minus 11.5 more months – so time’s a tickin!  First off though: welcome baby “M” into this world (I’m 37w3d today…eeek!), so I can get a start on goal #1 on my list – “Get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!”

Here’s to a healthy, happy, productive, blessed, and FUN 2014!