Friday, October 13, 2017

The best probiotic around

Do you take a probiotic?  If so what kind?  I have been through at least 10 before I found one that I actually saw results from.  Not all are created equal that is for sure.

So first, what is a probiotic?  A probiotic is an organism that helps contribute to health and balance of your intestinal tract.  It can also be referred to as "friendly", "beneficial", or "good" bacteria that you need in your intestinal tract to help fight off illness and disease.  

Now you may be wondering what my favorite one is.  


I know you are now saying, "What makes yours so better than mine?"  Well let me tell you, A LOT.  Like I said before I have taken my fair share of probiotics and I did not see any of the results that I am seeing like I did from this product.

Lets start with the ingredients.  

Probio5 contains enzymes that help to break down yeast and fungal organisms.  These enzymes are micro encapsulated and break down the protein layer of the yeast and fungal organisms.  Once the outer layer is broken down the the chitosinase in Probio5 can then destroy the fungus and yeast.  

Probio5 Friendly Flora:  This beneficial flora  contains "friendly bacteria" that assists in supporting the body's need for a balance probiotic in the digestive tract.  This flora is delivered in a micro encapsulated system that ensures that they reach the intended destination in the digestive tract.  

Vitamin B6:  B6 is required by enzymes involved in protein metabolism and is also essential for red blood cell metabolism.  B6 also helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by the blood.  If your body is oxygenated well it is more resistant to yeast and fungi.

Grape Seed Extract:  This is one of the most powerful antioxidants that will fight free radicals in the body.  It is 20x more powerful than vitamin C and 50x stronger than vitamin E.  It is also a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory substance.  

Probio5 probiotics:  If your bodies probiotics are not sufficient, your bodies absorption is impaired.  This can lead to the growth and support of yeasts and fungi.

5 powerful probiotics:   Lactobacillus Sporogenses, L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, B. Longum, and S. Boulardii.l

You may be asking, "How many CFUs are in Probio5?"

At the time it is manufactured, there are 2 billion probiotic live cells in 1 capsule of Probio5.  

Now you may be saying "so what if I don't have enough "good" bacteria in my intestine?"

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut and 95% of your mood enhancing hormones are produced there?  If your gut is not healthy and working properly your immunity is going to suffer and most likely your mood as well.  Another interesting fact that your mood enhancing hormone, seratonin, turns into your sleep hormone melatonin at night.  This means your sleep can be affected as well.  

Many, many things can damage your gut bacteria.  One of the biggest ones is antibiotics.  It can take your gut a year to recover after one round of antibiotics.  Other things that can kill off the "good" bacteria include artificial sweeteners, stress, and even the environment in which you live.  

Now for a little of my story.  Our house always has environmental issues every spring and fall.  Myself, my daughters, and my son.  Without fail we are in the doctors office getting antibiotics or inhalers.  This year has been different.  I myself am on Probio5 as well as one of my daughters who has skin issues.  I started her on it first because she is my allergy daughter.  Multiple allergies, skin issues, and sensitive stomach.  Poor thing gets it from her mom who has all the above plus IBS.  The weather has shifted and low and behold we are fine, my 2 others are not.  The only common factor, we started on Probio5 and they are not.  I can also say that skin issues that we have are also clearing up as well.  

So guess who is starting everyone on Probio5...  This momma!!  If one pill can ward off the nastiness that hits our house in the spring and fall I am all in!!!!!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.**

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A supplement saved my life

Hello, hello!!!!!  I wanted to get a blog together and tell you all about an all natural supplement.  This one supplement was the single turning point in my life that turned me down the road to health.  

So lets go back about 4 months or so.  This puts us in June.  In June I was working longer than normal hours at the shelter because we had hit busy season, Ronnie had left for 2 weeks for military training, the girls had softball games and girl scout camp during this 2 week period of him being gone and i had the house to tend to.  So a lot on for one momma, but I could handle that.  Then I get to talking to my mom who tells me that my dad has not eaten in 3 months or so.  ( History about dad ).  At that point what little stress I had multiplied by 20!  

My dad tends to listen to me and not to mom.  She needed my help.  Not only with dad but taking care of the garden and mowing the yard at her house.  I had no clue what I was going to do.  Even with Ronnie returning home there was no way I could handle all of this, because I knew it meant dragging him to drs appointments.

As I sat at home and worried I came across a post from a friend.  It was for a pill, with independent clinical research studies that help reduce your stress and anxiety*, promote relaxation*, and improve your mood*.  

The clinical research caught my attention along with the improves happiness and reduces stress.  SIGN..  ME.. UP..  I was so desperate I messaged and asked how do I get a bottle.

Now I have been a Plexus skeptic for years.  I have avoided it and avoided it.  I was desperate for some help though.  Little did I know how much this one pill would change my life.  

So fast forward a week.  I have pills in hand.  I started to take them.  Ronnie comes home we discuss the situation and decide I have to leave the shelter.  There is no way I can work there, take care of us and take care of dad.  So now I am having to tell the girls I can finish out the month but I can not work there any longer.  Another huge stress factor.  

About a week into the pills I notice that I am actually having more regular bowel movements.   Yes I know we do not discuss these things, but you know what I am :).   This is something for me that is in no way shape or form normal.  I am not what you would call a "regular" gal.  So I go and read on the product some.

The more I read the more I realize this is actually a probiotic, but I already take a probiotic.  My probiotic sure does not make me regular, but this one did in a weeks time span.........  Interesting.  At 2 weeks I notice my stress level has come down some.  I am not as snippy with the kids as I was before.  Before starting this product the kids would quickly irritate me for no reason and I could not explain why.  

Now 3 weeks in, I am making phone calls to multiple doctors, doing research on my dad, talking to people who have been through this before, taking care of my house, the kids, my yard, dads yard, dads garden.........  And I am doing it all almost completely  stress free.  The only difference in my life, one little pill.  

One pill lead me to Plexus, and now I have a new life.  I now take more of the Plexus products and could not be happier or healthier.  I will go into details about some of the other products soon.  I just wanted to share this story with you and let you know that you do not have to dive head first into all the products.  Taking one or two may just change your life.  

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not designed to diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Crock Pot Bread

If you need a quick and easy bread recipe here is one for you.  It is a crock pot bread.  I have made 2 variations of it at this point.  I am thinking you can customize it in a lot more ways, but wanted to share with everyone.  

This is a picture as it is cooking.

This is a picture after we ate some :)

The recipe is super simple:

2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup warm water
1 pack instant yeast
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp rosemary or thyme (this is the part I think you could customize)

Mix the water, yeast, and sugar and cover for 5 mins. (it will begin to bubble)

Once that is ready, mix it with the rest of the other ingredients with a dough hook until it is soft/elastic in texture (apprx. 5 mins).

Line the crock pot with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.  Cook on high for 1 hour.

I am anxious to try this recipe and maybe add cheese in with the mix or other herbs.  I have made one loaf with rosemary and now one with thyme.  Both were very yummy.  :)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Montgomery County Illinois

I am sure by now you have seen that the county is making cuts.  Did you see the cut made to Animal Control?

They were completely CUT from the entire budget.  They now have to run off of an inheritance that they received.  Why??  Montgomery County Animal Control is the red headed step child of the county, always has been.  They are not liked nor accepted.  But to completely cut them from the budget?!?!

What happens when the money runs out you might ask.  The doors close.  You read that right.  CLOSED.  Now mind you that it is per state law that each county has an animal control. 

I am not sure how they can legally do that, but I have been doing research in free time looking into different things.

Did you know that the County has been paying for advertisements for this great and new CTI line that is coming to town supposedly.  To the tune of a $6,000 check??  I think more people need to start reading the minutes from County meetings and paying attention to exactly what is being done in these meetings.  The more I read the more irritated I get. 

County Board Meeting Minutes

There is a quick link for you to go and read them. 

Need more information, request it here.  I am going to be requested the new proposed budget to look at.


So if you are someone who supports Animal Control you need to come out of the wood work and show it!!  They need you now more than ever.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Our area got to experience a solar eclipse yesterday.  There were some intermittent clouds during the beginning phase and then pretty much once we saw totality it was cloud and rained after that.  We were lucky enough to get to see the first phases to totality though.

Solar eclipse glasses were a very hot commodity around here.  We managed to get a pair the day before the eclipse.  There were people selling them on line for 10-20 dollars a pair though!!  It was craziness.

So in order for me to take photos of the eclipse this is what I had to do to the camera.  Not only can you not look at it with the naked eye but it would also burn out the camera lens.  So this was my position.  Looking straight up in the sky to get photos.

Here is my 4 year olds reactions.

Colton's reaction to the eclipse

Colton's reaction to the eclipse

The schools did get glasses for all the kids and did do special worksheets and lessons on the eclipse for the kids.

Even though we got to see alot of this it was still a very neat experience.

Here are some of my edited photos

Friday, August 11, 2017

No Books in School???

It is that time of year again, Back to School.  We recently had our 6th grade orientation night.  While there we were introduced to the staff, classrooms, and the lockers.....  With combination locks..  That is a whole other story for another day lol.

What I wanted to talk about is how the schools run now.  Almost all the schools do not have textbooks anymore.  When I was in school I had a book for each subject.  As soon as my 2 hit school I have yet to see a textbook!!!!

So how do the kids learn?  They have what look like weekly readers in the classroom.  These are what they use to learn whatever it is at that time.  The catch, the school only receives 30 copies of this so it has to stay in the classroom, but the kids use the Chromebooks and can pull them up online.  Ok, this is the scary part to me.  This is how our school runs and we are a small community.  I would consider a high poverty area.  I know lots of other schools run this way as well.  What do the kids do that do not have phones, computers, or internet at home do?  How do they do their homework if they need those?  I have heard some classes have a check out policy so they can take it home, which is great!  Only issue I see is there are over 100 kids that go through that classroom and I guarantee more than 30 probably do not have access to internet.

I know some classrooms do have a  book, but it stays in the classroom since they only have enough for one class.  Math.....  Math is still engaged NY for our school.  This means still just worksheets.  I am not sure what other schools use for math but would love to know!!!!  Our school went to Engaged NY when everything went to common core because this was a free platform if I remember correctly.

I know for one I did not learn math this way.  Pretty  sure most of us did not.  So when our kids bring this home it is like a foreign language to us.  To top it off no textbook to refer to in order to help them.  Where do we get help.....  You guessed it, hop online to look it up. Now I happen to be one of the parents that bought a set of books to help us out, but these books were around $300!!  I paid $300 to relearn math I already learned!!!  These books will get us all the way through college, but still not everyone in this area can drop that kind of money for books on math.

Now, I am a mom who is very active in their kids schooling and I personally know alot of the teachers.  This helps in a big way.  I know what is going on and if I need to I contact that teacher.  Our school does have a great way to stay connected with the teacher and classroom activities, but once again that is all online.  I get we are in a digital age, but I think it is a very high poverty rate as well.  I have a feeling this year will make or break a lot of kids.

I would be interested to hear how other schools are ran and what kind of curriculum that you do.

I really do love our school system.  This is in no way a bash at our school, because I know we are not the only school that does this.  I have had retired teachers come to me and ask me things about school and when I tell them they are floored at how the school system is ran.  It use to be a teacher would spend there summer making lesson plans and getting ready for the year.  Now the lesson plans are pre made for the teachers and they all teach the same thing.  It is good in a way because I can call another mom if need be and ask them something, but also bad because the teachers do not get to personalize their way of teaching.  Now our teachers still try to keep some personal touches in the classroom and I love it!!  I know other schools that they do not.  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Work from home

Work from home.  Who all wouldn't love to do this!!!  I know as a mom of 3 this is the best thing for our family.  Well I have found a company that makes this all possible.  Plexus.

This company is growing by leaps and bounds every month.  The earlier you get in on the opportunity the faster you are going to grow with them.  This company is a debt free company!!!  What does that mean for you?  Big rewards!!

This month they are rewarding if you go silver or gold by doubling your bonus!!!  How amazing is that.  You have the potential to bring home over $1,000 if you can hit gold in August!!  I know for us that would be a blessing with it being back to school season.  

This is the compensation plan.  This shows you the average of what you can bring home a month.   To qualify for commissions you must have a personal volume (pv) of 100 for the monthly commissions, but not the weekly commissions.  

There are 11 ways to earn.  Retail commission, Preferred customer bonus, or retail rewards override commissions. Business building bonus, One time achievement bonus, fast start achievement,  plexus points, and then the pool bonuses once you reach the higher ranks of emerald and above.  There is even the chance to earn a Lexus ;)   Here is a video that explains it in more detail.  

As a Plexus Ambassador not only will you be able to work from home, but help people obtain their health goals!  We are one of the biggest health and wellness companies right now.  

Plexus also offers a 60 day money back grantee.  The products above are some of the most popular at this time.  

I can personally attest that the first 4 products are AMAZING!!!!  I have not added the last into my routine but it is next on the list to add.  These products have worked wonders for me and for thousands of others!!  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me about this wonderful company!!  If you are ready to sign up go HERE !!!  You won't regret it!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Daily Routines

So who out there has a daily routine that works for them?  This is something that I seem to struggle with.  I think the reason I have had issues is because it seems that some sort of activity gets thrown in my plans extra all the time.  Another reason is I seem to be the perpetually tired mom.  I am the mom who feels like she is crawling through the day, just getting by.

This year I have decided to change all of this.  The first thing I had to do was get my health under control.  I know the reason I was a perpetual walking zombie was how I cared for myself.  In June I started some amazing products from Plexus.  I started small with the new Vitalbiome and I was hooked after 3 weeks.  This product was totally amazing.  This one little product helped with the feelings of anxiety, moodiness, and also helped with bloating and gas.

My next purchase was the Plexus Triplex Combo and I haven't looked back since.  This combo contains the Plexus Slim, Probio5, and Biocleanse.  With the help of all these products I have been able to combat the zombie mom feeling and get things accomplished.

Now that I can focus and am not struggling through the day I had to come up with some organization to my weeks.   First was to get my new planner and get a system down for 3 kids!!!  I decided to color code it.  My planner has a calendar and then weekly layouts after it.  We have so much going on that I can not fit it onto just a calendar.  Now I know alot of you are probably saying, "Why do you not use your computer or phone to plug it all in?"  For me paper is better and more reliable.  My luck something would crash and I would lose everything.  Something else I am doing is marking the white board calendar on the wall.  My husband seems to always ask "Do we have anything today?"  So I just outlined the days we for sure have activities so it is easy to tell at a quick glance.  It also helps remind me to check the schedule for the day

Another thing I am starting back into is meal planning.  This not only saves time, but money as well.  Instead of staring into a pantry or freezer trying to figure out what I can make I have an exact menu laid out.  I know exactly what I have and can make for the week.    The first thing I like to do is get a list of meals that we eat.  I will search Pinterest as well for some new ideas.  Once I have meals wrot out I will start to plan our meals out.  You can plan just suppers or you can go all out and do all 3 meals.  I choose to do all 3 meals this time.

Another thing I am trying to do is designate  certain days for cleaning certain rooms of the house.  That way I do not have to clean the ENTIRE house in one day.  I also want to try to do a full load of laundry a day.  That means wash, dry, fold, and put away.  Here is my schedule so far:

Monday:  Hallway and dining area
Tuesday:  Our bedroom and bathroom
Wednesday:  Living room and porch area
Thursday:  Kids rooms and bathroom
Friday:  Kitchen, dog area, and laundry room

Daily:  Trash, laundry, quick sweep of floors, trash, counters, dishes.

I am hoping with this schedule my weekends are free and I am not slaving a full day cleaning the house.  

The true test of this will be when everything kicks into high gear.  We will have school, ballet, tumbling, cheer, and girl scouts.  Among the other extras we fall into.

What things do you do to keep your sanity and stay organized?  Comment on this blog and share :)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Head Cootie Spray

It is back to school time and what does that mean?  Them little, pesky head cooties!!!!!

What do we do in our house?  We have an all natural cootie hair spray that we use every morning on our hair to help prevent and deter them.

Here is my recipe that I have used almost 4 years now:

Grab a 6 or 8 ounce spray bottle
Fill almost to the top with water
Add a splash of Witch hazel (helps mix oil into the water)

15 Drops of Melaleuca
10 Drops Lavender
10 Drops Rosemary
5 Drops Peppermint

Shake before each use

Now, not only can this be used on someones hair, it can be used on coats, backpacks, or lunch boxes.  You name it you can spray in on it without fear of an oily residue being left.  The Lavender also has some detangling properties so it works great on my girls hair in the mornings to help get the tangles out.  

Here is a video explanation as well:

Here is a link to my oil page if you would like to purchase the oils:

Monday, July 31, 2017

Insurance Company Denial of Dads injections

Today's blog is more of a bash at the Affordable Healthcare Act.  This "act" has now denied my dad multiple times for crucial health care that he needs.  I am posting a copy of the appeal that I am writing to the insurance company below.  I have edited out the personal information but left the details.  I am hopeful the insurance company will reverse their denial.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hillsboro Rocks Game with Prizes

Hello everyone!!!!  A couple of people in the Hillsboro, IL Rocks page wanted to start a fun game for the kids.   It is easy.  They are painting rocks with letters on them.  On the bottom there is a number.  The idea is simple.  Get the kids out to find the letter rocks and form words.  Your score is the total of the numbers on the bottom.

Go to the Hillsboro, IL Rocks page and post your word and score.   Prizes will be awarded.  Since it is back to school time they decided to award some school supplies.

This game is in no way sponsered by Facebook ( they make me say that 😜 )  The prizes won't be a huge prize but I still think it is a great idea to get the kids out and active and using those brains before school starts.  The bigger the word the higher the score 😉.  Once the game is done I will add the winners to this blog post so be sure to click the follow button on this blog.

So be sure to check for clues on Facebook to see where they have hidden the rocks and as always Happy Hunting!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Back to school

It's that time of year again!  Time to get the kids ready to go back to school.  Show of hands who is ready  ✋✋  I know for sure I am ready.  This year I have a second year preschooler, third grade, and sixth grader.   Now my sixth grader is the one with the biggest adjustment.

In our school district sixth grade you move to the Jr. High, have lockers with combination locks on them, and change classrooms.  I have come across some ideas to help our littles transition and wanted to share.

One big thing is how to use a combination lock.  I remember learning how to do this and it can be frustrating so I have found some information to help.  So run to Dollar General or somewhere close and just get a cheap combination lock for them to use to practice with.

Her is a great video I came across

And here is a great graphic

Another big step is having a schedule to follow and remembering it.  You need to not only remember it but be sure you have your books and supplies for that class.  It can be a hassle at first to dig out your schedule every time you go to your locker but I found an awesome way to put it on your locker door and make it so that you can rearrange if it changes:

Popsicle sticks!!  You can decorate the sticks by coloring, painting, or using decorative tape.  Each stick is a class and room number and then put magnets on the back.  Tada!!  Open your door and there is your schedule.

 The next thing I came across when searching around was help remembering passwords.   I know my elementary school kid has like 4 passwords to use in school!!!!!  I know I Have a hard time remembering mine so I can't imagine with everything they have to remember it being difficult to remember.  So I found this idea:

Simple, cute, and easy.  They can stash this in their backpack and if they need it, it's there.

I found another cute idea that I think I am going to do for my step daughter as well.  Its a school survival kit.  Now I found some different ones but you need to be sure to check your schools policy on carrying Tylenol and such with them.  Most schools do not allow this. Here are a couple ideas that I am going to run with:

Basic idea is a cute little bag or container.  I have seen an altoid container used and that would be more up the alley of what a boy would want ;).  Place random things that they may need during the day.  Lotion, chapstick, wet wipe, sanitary things for girls ;), deodorant, band aids, hair ties or bobby pins, kleenex, and hand sanitizer.  I know our school is a gum free zone.  So be sure to check on gum or mints things of those nature as well.

Anything to help our kids feel a little more comfortable and less stressed I am all for it.  Do you have any other ideas let us know.  Like this blog click the follow button for more great blogs  :)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hillsboro, IL Rocks!!!

So there is a new trend going around small communities in Illinois.  Painting and hiding rocks in local spots around town.  I the idea is to go out find the rocks and either collect or re hide them. What is this being called.........  Hillsboro Rocks or Litchfield Rocks....  Whatever your town is ROCKS!!!!!!

My kids have had a blast doing this already.  We have yet to paint any ourselves, but we have hunt and re hid lots :)  

Now rules.....  Not to many and most are obvious.   Do not place them anywhere that a lawn mower may hit them 😆  That could be very bad as some of the rocks are a good size.  Hide them in any public location.  Here are hot spots for Hillsboro where rocks have been hidden at already:

Main street Hillsboro
Old Courthouse
Beckemeyer Elementary School
Hillsboro Jr. High School

Other ideas I had was  maybe at the Public Library, Central Park, Sports Complex and maybe even the campgrounds.  The main thing is keep it safe  :)  

We are going to be making a way for everyone to publicly post when they are hiding and a photo if they would like of what they are hiding.  You can give clues, you can tell what spot you are hiding at that day.  When posting you can add the hashtag #hillsbororocks as well and then people can search that way as well.

Now the best part decorating the rocks.  You can use just about anything from paint, fingernail polish, markers, glue on jewels, etc.  If you use marker I would probably use a sealer on it.  On the back right Hillsboro rocks keep or re hide.  Here is a cute idea we have seen and started:

 Once we get the facebook page all set up and ready I will place a link in this blog so you can find it.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Buy one, Get one free Oils

This week is the buy one get one free special with doTERRA.  I will spotlight each special each day.  The specials are only good for one day and you must order it the day of the special.  This is a great way to build your oils as well


Buy a 15 mL Melaleuca, get a 15 mL Purify for free

Here is a little about each oil.  These are 2 of my all time favorites that is for sure.  I use Melaleuca on a daily basis almost and purify goes in my laundry :)  It helps combat stinky odors in the laundry.  Especially from my puppies.