Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


We will be enjoying Thanksgiving #2 today with Justin’s Dad and Jane!

Yesterday’s Workout

We did NOT go to Crossfit.  Evidently we can only handle two days of Crossfit per week!  I was sore and hungry all day.  So I rested.


Meal #1: Oats and Eggs


Meal #2: Bagel with cream cheese

Meal #3: Turkey Meatballs with pizza sauce

Meal #4: Chicken salad


Meal #5: Pizza bake (turkey meatballs, pepperoni, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese), green beans


Body Butta!

I made body butter for the first time.


There are a ton of ideas on Pinterest so I read through ALL. OF. THEM.

I started by melting together Shea Butter and Coconut Oil.


The next step is to let these oils set up and harden just a bit.  It’s cold enough in Kansas City that I could put the bowl out in our screened in porch.

Once it set up, I added Sweet Almond Oil and Young Living Essential Oils.

Then it was time to get the mixer out.  I used my hand mixer on high until it was the consistency of soft butter.  You can tell when it’s getting close because it changes color from yellow to white.  Keep going!

Then I filled my containers.  This was my first batch and it filled two of my 8 oz. containers about 3/4 of the way.  I used plastic (made of PET – light weight material well suited for liquids, gels, lotions, creams and products containing essential oils).  Most people will tell you to use glass when storing essential oils but I also read that as long as the oil is in a carrier it will store just fine in PET containers.


It turned out a little stiffer and grittier than the second batch.

Here are the amounts of everything:


So, the second batch turned out a little different for several reasons.  I left the Shea and Coconut Oil on the heat for longer (not on purpose) and I started mixing it with the hand mixer before it became a solid again (because I’m impatient).  The first batch was completely hard when I started mixing, the second batch was just slighting solid around the edges.


Here is what the two batches looked like.


See how the two on the ends are creamier?  I googled why this happened and learned that I should have melted the Shea butter and Coconut Oil on a lower heat for 20 minutes.  I should also start mixing about the time I started with the second batch.  The melted oils do not need to be completely solid before you start mixing.  They need to be set up and starting to become solid around the edges. Then add the liquid oil and essential oils and starting mixing!

Also, it takes A LOT of essential oils to be able to smell them.  I can’t really tell I added any oils in these except for the two with geranium and all I can smell is geranium!

It will be fun to keep playing with making these.  They are easy to make and pretty inexpensive.

Shea Butter: $15.99 (I used about 1/2)

Coconut Oil:  $46.00 (this tub will probably last the rest of my life!)

Sweet Almond Oil: $8.95

Young Living Oils – I used 15 drops.  (I added 4 drops of Purification to Body Butter #1 and 4 drops of lemon myrtle to Body Butter #2 after they had set over night and then mixed in because I didn’t think they smelled good enough!)

Geranium: $41.25 - has a wonderfully uplifting, calming, flowery scent. It is excellent for the skin, and its aromatic influence helps release negative memories. Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues

Melrose: $17.75 - provides a protective barrier against skin challenges. When diffused, Melrose can help dispel odors.

Citrus Fresh: $15.25 - is a relaxing, calming blend loved by children and adults alike. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it supports the immune system and overall health wile bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy. It also works as an air purifier.

Purification: $18.75 - an be used directly on the skin to cleanse and soothe. When diffused, it helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities including cigarette smoke and other disagreeable odors.

Grapefruit: $16.75 - has a fresh, citrus aroma that is energizing and uplifting. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it is nourishing to the skin. Like many coldpressed citrus oils, it is a popular oil to use in conjunction with weight management programs. Grapefruit may also be used to enhance the flavor of food and water.

Lemon Myrtle: $22.50 - boosts the body’s natural defenses and can also be used as a cleansing agent to purify household surfaces. Aromatically, lemon myrtle has a powerful lemon scent, even stronger than lemon essential oil. The fresh aroma is uplifting and refreshing, which may help clear the mind to enhance concentration or promote a peaceful night’s sleep.

(information taken from the Young Living site with the disclaimer that they have not been evaluated by the FDA.)

DIY Christmas Gift Idea!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Out of my Comfort Zone

Yesterday I woke up with more energy than normal so I took advantage of it and dug right in to my to do list.

This time of year is always busy.  The to do list for work is getting long and then add in all the holiday cheer and things can spiral out of control quickly leaving forgotten tasks in his path.

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We learned LOTS of fun stuff yesterday. It was just me and Justin in the class so we really soaked up the extra attention from our coach.

We started work on the pistol squat.  I am super excited about that because I have always wanted to be able to do them but have never spent the time to build up the strength.


Then we moved to handstand pushups with kipping.  Being inverted is super uncomfortable to me then add in lowering my head to the ground, lowering my knees to my chest and exploding out of it and I’m waaaaay out of my comfort zone!


We also worked on toes to bar.  I LOVE this exercise.  I have never done it the cross fit way, but I love hanging knees and hanging leg raises so I am excited to get this exercise down and do it OFTEN!  Of course, I am no where near doing a proper toes to bar.  We started with getting our knees up and working on the kipping/swing thingy.

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And finally, the Split Press.  Another one that takes me kicking and screaming out of my comfort zone.


But I love it!

It’s fun to learn something new.  Justin and I have both lifted weights for years so it’s fun to have some new goals and get out of the comfort zone I have stayed nestled in for way too long.  That was one of the things I loved about karate, I was always learning until, after 11 years, I was sick of learning new stuff!


On our way home….


we picked up our girls from the groomer.


And then it was back to work for a couple hours for me.


Meal #1: Oats with Eggs


Meal #2: Quest bar


Meal #3: I met our dear friend Mary for lunch at Classic Cup where I ate Salmon with veggies and butternut squash mash.

Oh my Yum!


Mary and I both ordered the same dish because it sounded so good and it did not disappoint.  It was so good, I got an order to-go for Justin!

Meal #4: Chicken and a Salad

Meal #5: Turkey meatballs with pizza sauce

Christmas Gift Idea!

Here is a fun Christmas present idea for the ladies in your life!


My Mother-in-Law, Jane, uses this detergent on her bedding and towels.  She bought some for us several Christmases ago and I have never looked back.  And then she gifted me with the dryer sachets and now I’m hooked on those too.  I tell you, it makes the whole room smell good!  I am trying a new fragrance this time “Tyler”.  I usually buy “High Maintenance” ,which is my favorite, but I have used “Diva” and it smells nice as well.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hearts and Balls

Yesterday started with the usual work stuff around the Beach House which includes making cookies for our client’s lunches.


And working on pages for my 2015 planner.  One of the many things I am obsessed with right now is my Planner!  It’s that time of year where things are already being planned for 2015 so I need to get my planner in order.

I love all the planners that you can buy but none of them have EXACTLY what I want, so last year I started making my own.

Here are the pages I made for 2014.

Here is what I am working on for this year.  (2014 is in the binder currently)


I color code as I write in my planners.  This year I am designing my planner more basic in black and white so my color system will stand out more.

  • Orange – Birthdays
  • Green – Workouts
  • Blue – Personal Appt.
  • Pink – Group Home Appt

I used to write everything in black and use a highlighter for color coding.  Last year I got away from that and tried using Washi tape and different colored pens.  It was fun!  I plan to keep using the different colored pens but ditch the washi tape and use that for decoration and reinforcing pages.

I also started putting my daily to-do list within my week and folding the piece of paper in half. 


I need to see my week and my day all together.


So, in 2015, I’ll get rid of the “Daily” tab and just put blank daily pages in the back of the planner.  That’s why I LOVE the ARC system so much.  I can easily move pages around.

The Weekly pages for 2015 will have the dates and schedule space toward the outside margin.  That way the space that will be covered by the Daily to-do list will be my health tracker information (weight, meals, workout, menstrual cycle)

I’ll also be changing up the daily page to not include any health information so there will be more room for activities!

I’ll be sure to share everything once it’s all complete.

Since I get up at the CRACK OF DAWN, I got a lot done before we got our client’s up and on their way for the day.



It was another great workout. I did double-unders for the first time and we actually joined in with the rest of the class when it was time for the WOD.



Meal #1 – Quest Bar

Meal #2 – Oats with Eggs


Meal #3 – Half a panini sandwich from Hy-Vee

Meal #4 – Half of a Rotisserie chicken

Hmmmmm I guess I spent a little too much time on my computer and not enough time thinking about meals.  Where’s the Vegetables?

Thanksgiving #1

Sunday was our first Thanksgiving and it was with my Mom and Stepdad’s side.  I wore the necklace shown below (made by my sister Vann)


And our 2 year old second cousin gave me the nickname “balls”.  Every time she saw me, she pointed and said “balls?”.  My sister-in-law was wearing a shirt with a heart on it and she got the nickname “heart”.

Sooooo, Rachel was “Heart” and I was “Balls”.


Since I crochet so much, I always end up with a giant box of hats and scarves. Around the holidays, I take them to our family functions and everyone takes what they want.  Our nephew thought it would be funny if we all wore a hat, so he went around and put a hat on everyone.


And somehow it was decided that our family picture would be taken with everyone wearing their hats!


It was pretty funny.

And I can’t publish this post without mentioning Young Living Essential Oils!  I am in deep, Folks.


This is what came yesterday.  The Stress Away bottles are for gifts and the Purification and Peace and Calming are for us.

If you want to know more go HERE.

If you want to order some go HERE. (this page already has my member number filled in!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Daily Structure

I bounced out of bed at 5am yesterday.


Bounced might be a slight exaggeration because I was sore as heck from Crossfit, but in my miiiiind I bounced out of bed.



I have always been a morning person.  I wake up and I am truly happy to be awake. As soon as my eyes open, my brain starts going and I get excited about the day.


I think that’s why I am so eager to get out of bed because I have so much to look forward to in the day.

While I drink my coffee, and after I have stared at Facebook for way too long, this is the form I use to plan my day.


I love structure.

I know two things to be true about each day.

1. I have to work.  There are no choices to be made here.  There are specific things I have to do every single day. Period.

2. Every other minute of the day that is not work, I have a choice in what I do.

So, when I am planning out my day, I start with what workout I am going to do.  Then what I am going to eat throughout the day (the hard part is following the plan I make in the hours before day light!).  Finally, what hobby I am going to enjoy!

Yesterday’s Workout

Crossfit – warm up, instruction on form for the various lifts, baseline workout for time


  • Quest Bar
  • Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup and 1/2 Turkey with Cranberry Sandwich
  • Panera’s Autumn Squash Soup and 1/2 Turkey with Cranberry Sandwich

Obviously, yesterday’s meal plan did not pan out!




Life is what YOU make it.  I love waking up every day because I LOVE living the life I created.

I hope you do too!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brain Dump

November is cruising right along over here in the Beach House.

Here are some things I am enjoying…

Keurig’s Caramel Apple Cider!



Cooking.  Things were done a lot simpler this week. Chicken, Broccoli and Rice.


For our client’s lunches I made ham and beans in the crockpot.


And Potato/Hamburger casserole (frozen cubed potatoes, cooked hamburger, frozen peas, cream of mushroom soup thinned out with milk, shredded cheddar cheese)


Other things keeping me busy….

Knitting and crocheting


Young Living Oils!


And enjoying time with friends and family!

We have celebrated a friend’s birthday…


Spent an evening with my In-Laws. Seeing their new house, going out to dinner and drinking Prosecco.  I am obsessed with Prosecco.


Celebrated our nephews 10th birthday!


And last night I went to one of those group painting classes with my friend Mary. (HI Mary!)  So fun! If you have been wanting to try one, do it.  This class was $25 and two (2) hours of fun.


Workouts have been spin class and body pump.

Until this week….

We drank the Kool Aid.