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Friday, March 25, 2016

Instant Happy Journal-365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude & Joy

Brighten your day with this colorful journal from happiness expert Karen Salmansohn. Jam-packed with 365 “happiness prompters” including motivational quotes, scientific studies, and thought-provoking questions, this journal amps up your ability to notice (and create!) moments of joy and gratitude in your life—one day at a time.


This past year I've noticed the movement of journaling. I know this concept has been around for generations but in today's fast paced world, it seems harder and harder to take the time and journal, writing down your thoughts and visions, goals and happy moments. This wonderful book can jump start your desire to 'write it down'. The best part?, this book gives you daily prompts to help you share your life's joys, inspirations, and happy moments and after 365 days you will have a book of your life, memories to share or to save for generations.

This book is colorful, and can start on any day. The dates on each page is blank so you don't even have to follow it from page to page, You can make this journal your own.. Skip around, find the question or motivated entry that strikes you that day or you can go cover to cover until done. Make it your own.

Start today on your personal journey of journaling your life by using this book. I love it and look forward to finishing up at the end of the year...

About the Author:

KAREN SALMANSOHN is the best-selling author of more than 25 books with over 1 million copies sold. She has been a featured happiness expert on the Today show, The View, CNN, Fox News, Real Time with Bill Maher, and is an online columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, AOL, and the Huffington Post. She and her work have been covered by the New York Times, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, TimeMarie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, Elle, and the New Yorker. Salmansohn has also worked as an image consultant for MTV, Nickelodeon, Oxygen Media, and L'Oreal and speaks on how to increase happiness, creativity, and productivity, most recently in the TEDx talk, "Fun Is a High Performance Fuel."

Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

A Colorado senator’s wife, Evelyn Brandt seems to have it all. But her carefully constructed life comes toppling down when the FBI crashes her society brunch with news that her husband has been arrested for embezzlement, and he’s far from repentant. It turns out this was only the start of his indiscretions—for which he has little regret.

As the weeks following the scandal turn into months, Evelyn withdraws, even shirking her duties with the philanthropic Valentine Volunteers. The inquisitive women of the group are determined not to let Evelyn’s divorce destroy her. They have big plans for her to use her long-forgotten artistic talent to reimagine the city’s iconic lamppost hearts. But doing so will force Evelyn to work closely with Trevor Whitney, her ex-husband’s former best friend. Though she and Trevor used to be close—and he’s been letting her hide in his guesthouse—his gruffness conveys his unease with the situation.

Amid the beauty of Trevor’s farm and the comfort of a paintbrush, Evelyn starts to reclaim the dreams she sacrificed to become the perfect politician’s wife. And as creativity inspires them both, Whit begins to see the girl he fell in love with before his friend—and his own mistakes—stole his chance. Possibilities for a new beginning emerge, but long-kept secrets threaten to ruin everything. After so much time, is a change of heart too much to hope for?


This is the second installment in this series. The first "Paper Hearts". I didn't read the first book but decided to read this one and found it not lacking at all. I was able to jump right in and enjoy it from page one. As we follow the storyline of Evelyn, a senator's wife that finds her husband embezzling and being unfaithful, the author gently shares in a Christian viewpoint of the trials this marriage goes through and how things unfold for Evelyn as she tries to put her life back together and make new memories moving forward from the scandal.. Can she turn her life around and use this time to help her build her life and find love again?

 This is a must read. I couldn't put the book down until the very end. The author holds you captivated and you want to know who it turns out so you keep reading.

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright. Visit her online at

I have received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

TruVision Health Combo Pack Update

Back in June 2015.. I started using TruVision Health's Combo Pack to help aide me in my weight loss. At the time I gained back up to 159lbs from where I was sitting from my 2012 weight loss of 142lbs. I posted an original post about these products, what I used and the end results at

This is an update since at the end of this original post back in mid January 2016 when I decided to stop using the products. (Reasons are described in the My Two Cents post above..)

Since my post in mid January where I was off the TruVision Combo Pack that you see above, I gained up to 134lbs from 128lbs. Today I am now sitting at 138lbs. I gained 4 more pounds since I stopped and its sad. I now wish I didn't try these products, got me extremely excited to be down to the 120's after not seeing this weight number since before I had my daughter 21 yrs ago. I was doing well when I lost my weight back in 2011-12.

Got introduced to these products just as I was deciding to lose the weight I put on.. I wish now I would of continued on the same track I did and wrote my food down in a journal and exercised regularly. I now truly believe my body is completely out of sink and more than likely will need a deep food/health detox..

For the future non use of these products.. meaning after you are done losing weight and decide you don't want to take them anymore because you've reached your weight loss goal, you will more than likely gain your weight back, if not all you will gain some back. I exercise 5-6 days a week, eat organic wholesome food and watch my calories and 10 pounds came back on. I wouldn't even know what will happen to those that have taken this product, stop and don't exercise and watch food intake..??


I highly recommend those considering taking these products to decide against it. Follow a journal approach by writing down what you eat and exercising at least 3 days a week for no less than 30 minutes. That approach overall will be the best way to lose and keep off your weight long term and the best for your health because these products are not all natural and have chemical based ingredients including food dyes and sugars..

I will be posting more exercise programs and weight loss tips over the months. Things that have worked for me and would love to help you with your weight loss and health journey!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My Life Right Now..

It has been a REALLY busy couple months. Hence no time to devote to blogging which I really want to do.. I thought I'd post a quick catch up and then trickle some photos within of some of the events that have been happening since my last post..

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Had a leak in our dishwasher. All over the floor. I didn't post about the first time this dishwasher leaked so let's do a quick recap... Back in April of 2015 this beautiful new dishwasher flooded my kitchen floor causing over $1000 in damage (including a full replace of our 1 yr old floor) and a couple parts replaced. At the time I believed the technician didn't find the true source of the leak so I decided not to use it for MONTHS. Yes, I kept it where it was and hand washed my dishes until just recently. So hubby decided it was time to give it a go.. After just 5 CYCLES here is what happened.. This time praise God it didn't do any damage to our new floor so we didn't need to replace it.. YEAH! We did find the source but to this day I haven't gained enough nerve to see if it's really fixed so I'm still hand washing dishes.. Don't trust it..

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My daughter enlisted in the Air Force at Christmas time. She did a delayed entry so her departure date was February 15th for boot camp in Texas. We threw her a fun Boot Camp Party and invited all her friends.. It was a blast! ( I have some fun decorations I'll share in another post)

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Decided it was time to join the eye glass club.. After a couple years of straining I wanted to finally stop so here I am in my new frames.. What do you think?

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Daughter didn't want to deal with her hair in basic training so she decided to cut it off so she could devote the time you would do your hair to much needed sleep! I think it's cute!!

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After months of preparing to enlist we took my daughter down to the MEPS station in Butte, MT and witnessed her official swear in and she was off to Texas for the next 8 1/2 weeks on February 15th.

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Just after officially giving the next 4 years of her life to the Air Force.. So proud of you!

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Family photo before we said our goodbye's...

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In late February we decided to take a trip to Missoula, MT for a couple days to get rid of our cabin fever.. Spent the day at Fort Missoula, had some fun taking photos as you can see above and below, spent the night there and enjoyed a yummy dinner at Cracker Barrel.. MMMMM....

(I don't believe I posted about our new addition, you can see her above).. She's our new mini dachshund.. We got her on December 4, 2015 when she was just 8 weeks old.. She's now 5 1/2 months and the best doggie ever. Her name is Rosie and we all love her to pieces...

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Before our departure home to Great Falls, we climbed up to see the "M" on the mountain overlooking the city of Missoula. 620 feet climb and a total of 1.2 miles round trip.. Definitely a workout!

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Over the rest of the month hubby and I did two hikes. One was 8 miles to Ryan Dam here in town and back and the next week we did a 13 mile hike, passed Ryan Dam on the same trail and kept going to Cochran Dam on the Missouri River just outside of town.. It was invigorating.. Loved it..

Also had a wonderful date with the hubby on Valentine's Day..

This month I got a new job working for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine as "Assistant to Director of Advertising Sales".. I absolutely LOVE my job. I get to work from home so I can be with the boys while they continue to homeschool doing what I love to do... Working for a Christian company alongside some really awesome people.. I'm truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful team and company!

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DD21 is now all moved out. She has placed her stuff in storage until she's done with her schooling so we now have a freed up bedroom.. We decided to turn it into a fitness room. At the moment it was light pink in color. Which wasn't bad but reminded me too much of my daughter and made me sad.. So I'm in the midst of a mini remodel.. I have officially got the walls all painted to a pretty "Dapper Tan" with ALL the trim ripped out. Window, Doors and Floor. Hubby had to purchase a new hose for our air compressor so I'm on hold to finish the room up. Hopefully tomorrow since the weather here is supposed to be 60% chance of snow! I can't wait to show you what it looks like after all the trim is installed and new wooden mini blinds placed in the windows and all our equipment where it belongs.. So stay tuned!

Well, that's my life up to this point... I want to post some food recipes I've been making.. yummy donuts, and chocolate banana muffins just to name a couple.. My life is settling down now that DD21 has been gone for almost 4 weeks now.. WOW! We are looking forward to seeing her at her graduation in TX.. So exciting!