Monday, April 18, 2016

Make your own HE Laundry Detergent!

If I am going to be completely honest...  I wanted to make my own laundry detergent so that way I could have the powder displayed in a pretty glass jar. 
....and that's how making my own detergent came to be! 

But, really, there is a lot of money-saving potential if you want to take a few minutes to make your own detergent.  The entire process took me about 5 minutes and it is WORTH it!

I found all four products in the laundry aisle at Publix for roughly $19 total ($7 of it being optional).  The products came in the exact quantities needed for the recipe.  The mix should last for 200+ washes!  Of course, the gallon jar is a one time purchase.  

Here are the supplies you will need:

1. 1 Box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda [55 ounces]
2. 1 container of a scented beads (for example, "Fireworks" from the GAIN brand, in this picture you can see I am trying Purex crystals]
3. 1 Box Borax [76 ounces]
4. 1 Box Oxi-Clean [or similar brand- here I used All Free & Clear which was on sale]
5. Glass container [I recommend a 2 gallon jar]

The next step is to  literally dump the powdered ingredients into the jar and mix it all up with a wooden spoon. 

Finally, once you have it all mixed up find a tablespoon measuring scoop to keep in the jar.  Each load takes one to two scoops  if you have a dirty/heavy load, you can use two full tablespoons.

I did a lot of research before diving into to this to be sure it was HE machine friendly.  In the process, I learned what really makes HE detergent specific for those HE machines is that it is a low suds product.  The HE machines use a lot less water than the old fashioned kind and you don't want a flood of suds.

I have done a year's worth of laundry with homemade mixes and I can say I LOVE it.
-The clothes are nice and clean.
-The laundry machine has functioned normal and smells nice.

For those of you that do like to add scent to your laundry you can always consider adding a bottle of "Fireworks" from the GAIN brand, a scent enhancer for laundry--totally optional though. And you can pick whatever smell you like!  But, It really doesn't need it (and saves you $6.00!)  It  does smell fresh and clean on it's own.

I'm currently looking into more natural ways to add scent to my laundry- but I've been very happy so far!

It all starts with a glass jar. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016


In just over a week I am kicking off BOOTCAMP! 22 minutes a day & amazing results -- ‪#‎SUMMERSTRONG‬ is on its way!

We've got the 3 things you need to be successful:: training & nutrition provided by the experts [right in your kitchen and living room] and support and accountability provided by your coach & community [through our free Challenge Group App].

There is still time to sign up! [Monday at the latest!] 

Shoot me an email at or fill in the survey (Connect with me here---> so we can chat some more about our supportive online community, program options (you can choose what works for YOU) and meal planning!

Keepin' it SIMPLE. We provide the tools and you need to show up with the dedication. Looking for women who are ready to COMMIT!

Kids Easter Breakfast Idea!

1 fried egg.
2 pieces bacon.
2 blueberries.
1 cherry tomato halved
1 slice cheese cut in thin strips.

Simple, fast, made with things you already have in the fridge & kid friendly!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

3 Day Refresh

Hi all!  I wanted to share a little bit with you about the 3 Day Refresh I just completed :)  The  Video is less than three minutes and gives you a preview of what this cleanse is all about!

It's a healthy plant based/ food based cleanse.   It's nutritionally dense since Shakeology and plant based foods are involved but still a low calorie plan.

I love the feeling I have afterwards by eliminating all the processed foods, sugar and caffeine from my system. Totally REFRESHED!

This go around I lost 4 pounds in 3 days and it completely jump started my healthy eating post cruise!!

Send me over an email at to learn more or if I can help you get started!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March Fitness Accountability Group Info!

We have an APP for that now!

Almost THREE (!) years ago I began running challenge groups (through private Facebook groups) and I have had the privelege to see women COMPLETELY transform.

Old, tired excuses out the window and they become empowered, resilient & confidant. 🙆
And it's no different for ME....I have been held accountable by my teammates and have been TOTALLY transformed through challenge groups too!

👉That's the VERY best part of what I do....

Doing this alongside women who I can laugh with, plan with, vent with and have FUN with. It's something that I fell in love with and have stayed committed to month in and month out.
When temptation strikes they are only a text or message away. When I need my butt kicked to get a late night workout done they are waiting for my sweaty selfie. We give each other recipes and grocery tips. I love that they are a click away. 👯👯👯👯

I would LOVE to help you & plug you into community that will help you stay the course! We have a new and improved way to keep in touch- We have a BRAND new (free!) APP for Challengers! A one stop shop for accountability, community and coaching.

I am so excited for my FIRST group of challengers to join this BETA GROUP! We launch in just a couple of weeks! 💜

Connect with me here---> or email me,!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hammer and Chisel Transformation!

I am  so happy and proud to share my 60 day transformation pictures from Hammer & Chisel!!

My goals going into this program was to tone up and get STRONGER and revamp my eating style!

Originally, I was going to start in January...but I knew about 50 cookies stood between December and the new year. 

It was a hard go at the end of last year with traveling to California for Owen's surgeries, the holidays and stress but I was able to keep the holiday weight gain down to three pounds. 

And I kept telling myself the number wasn't *tooooo* high. 

👉But what mattered is how I FELT.

I was lying to myself because the truth is I was was feeling totally & undeniably SLUGGISH in all areas of life.

So I decided to get to WORK!  I laced up on Dec 28 to BEGIN my transformation.

It was HARD at first--

That first week I was so sore! I was feeling the crash from cutting out sugar. Feeling hungry >>hangry<< from reducing down Christmas portions to a balanced meal. 

^^^THIS is why most people don't start. They know this feeling and let's be real--it's PAINFUL!

But what if we made a decision together to just START. To stay the course when it gets hard. To be STRONGER than our excuses?

The pain of starting is worth it. Health. Balance. Strength. Happiness. It's worth a few growing pains.

You make a choice every day. "Either you run the day or the day runs you."

Over time, my body began to CRAVE the workouts and the healthier foods.  

Was I perfect?  No!  

There was a week between the Super Bowl and Valentine's day that I am not proud of. But I picked myself back up and I stayed the course and finished STRONGER than before.

Overall I lost about 4 pounds- but I FEEL so much stronger and  much more tone!

I LOVED this program and I know that it is one I will come back to again and again to keep working on my goals!

Friday, February 12, 2016

The COACHING Lifestyle

✔Financial hurdles to overcome when my son was born with a craniofacial abnormality.
✔Feeling completely frumpified after two babies.
✔Quarter life crisis about what being "me" meant as a young mom.
✔Demanding full time job that was running me ragged.
✔A gray cloud feeling over my head that "something had to give."
✔7 job changes between me & Jud and 4 moves. 
Sounds like the perfect time to pick up a completely revamped fitness and nutrition lifestyle change, right?
Maybe also add in a side business as a Beachbody Coach?
That list up there are all the things I was feeling the day I signed up to become a coach. To be honest, looking back, I'm surprised I did it! 
But it was the PERFECT time because let's face the truth of the matter-- there are NO perfect circumstances. There is only the now and taking action. 
When you are in the thick of it, it seems like one more thing. One more commitment. One more burden. Something far fetched and maybe even a little silly. 
But I KNEW something had to change. I took control and responsibility for myself. 
From the moment I made that decision I have chipped away at that negative list one by one:
✔We have gifted our son atresia repair and microtia reconstructive surgery 
✔Fitter than ever in my life.
✔ "Me" time.
✔Full time to part time.
✔Beachbody paying me back tenfold by buying back my FREEDOM to go part time
✔Settled into our home and our routine (and even added our third baby along the way!)
If you've ever even THOUGHT that coaching might be something you're interested  in- spend the 30 seconds shooting me a comment or email.  It may be the answer you didn't know you were looking for! <3 p="">

**Nothing comes without hard work....Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.

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