Friday, January 31, 2014


"8 women sat around our table and shared their dreams and wrote them on paper at the beginning of January. I prayed for each of one today as I hung each paper plane in the tree. God always works things for good, friends." 
- andrea noles of a place to land

*i was one of those 8 women and am so glad that i was there… 
it was dreamy and thank you for the prayers*

Thursday, January 30, 2014

simple pleasures

… on a cold, damp and gray morning.

warm latte

 k. hall candle 

avett brothers pandora station


a book


Wednesday, January 29, 2014


spending my first snow day of the year getting my jobs/home organized~  here is a new app i am loving and wanted to share: 
For many of us, getting organized and increasing productivity are big goals in the new year. The good news? You don’t have to make huge, workflow-altering changes in order to work more effectively. Consider the following small steps you can take with Evernote to make 2014 your most productive year yet:
  1. Hold more effective meetings. Create an agenda note in Evernote for each meeting. Include any files that need to be discussed, snapshots of handwritten notes, and any other details to get attendees prepared. If you work on a team, keep your meeting agendas in a shared Business Notebook so everyone can access the details of upcoming meetings and review action items that result from conversations.
  2. Brainstorm better. Whether you’re going solo or working with other people, ideation is often a key step in moving projects forward. When brainstorming, use Post-it® Notes to jot down ideas. Arrange (and rearrange) them on the wall in groups that outline next steps for your projects. Use Evernote on your mobile device to capture them for easy reference.
  3. Expand your skills. Evernote can be a powerful tool for many work-related tasks, both on your own and with your team. Deepen your skills with Evernote @ Work, where you’ll learn new ways to leverage Evernote in your day-to-day tasks. Once you’ve started using Evernote in a new way, share the knowledge with your team members so everyone can benefit.
  4. Go paperless. Make 2014 the year you clear your desk of paper. In addition to eliminating paper clutter and saving space, getting your documents in Evernote makes everything searchable, shareable and accessible from any device. Stay productive from anywhere. The ScanSnap Evernote Edition Scanner makes it easy for you take stacks of business cards, documents and receipts, and get them into Evernote quickly.
  5. Rightsize your tools. To help ensure your productivity, make sure you’ve chosen the edition of Evernote that best supports your efforts. If you work on your own, Evernote Premium lets you upload more information, easily search inside your documents, and access your notes on-the-go (even without an Internet connection). Evernote Business builds on these features and allows you and your team to be more productive, together, by making it easy for everyone to contribute to your company’s shared knowledge.
  6. Travel the world <3 Save your travel plans in the 'Travels' Notebook. Travel planning is such an extensive process, so clip hotel information, save airfare and place itineraries directly into Evernote to recall easily.

Capture anything. evernote app. save ideas, things you like, things you hear, things you see. 
Everything links together- on your computer, ipad, phone.

what do you plan on capturing? 

happy snow day, charlotte- they are rare but so beautiful 


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

stay warm and relax in the snow, charlotte

nothing says warm and cozy like fresh lavender soup and a bubble bath 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

veggie love

Here are my 5 tips for making vegetables tasty (and not hate eating them).
1. roast them.
Roasting vegetables is hands down my favorite way to cook them. 
Here’s a great guide to roasting vegetables:
My favorite roasted vegetable is definitely butternut squash with a bit of salt and cinnamon. It gets all caramelized and sweet!
2. add avocado.
I love adding avocado to just about everything. It adds great flavor, a buttery texture, and healthy fats. I actually prefer avocado over salad dressing – if you use a really ripe avocado you can mash it up into a “guacamole dressing” of sorts.
3. add butter.
Butter seems to have gotten a really bad rep, but I’m a huge fan of it. First of all, just a little bit of butter goes a LONG way and can add incredible flavor to vegetables. Secondly, I fall in the camp that believes saturated fat is not bad for you. Not to mention that fat helps your body absorb nutrients, and you want to get the most out of those veggies, right?
4. “pizza-fied.”
One of my favorite ways to enjoy vegetables is to PIZZAFY them. Simply add:
* marinara sauce
* Italian seasoning
* parmesan cheese

This works especially well with steamed greens, roasted broccoli, brussels sprouts, and spaghetti squash. Obviously this is no replacement for real pizza, but it’s still delicious!

5. in soup.
Most soups already have vegetables in them, but I like to take it up a notch by adding my favorite greens (spinach or kale) in the mix. I actually prefer chunky over thin/watery soup, so extra vegetables help bulk it up while adding nutrients at the same time.
What’s your favorite way to eat vegetables?

courtesy of 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

the opportunity of a lifetime~

A Harvard Business School study stated that there are 4 distinct stages of growth in a network marketing company – Foundation, Concentration, Momentum, and Stability. The Momentum Phase is when the company experiences phenomenal growth. Both retail and distributorships explode in terms of expanding growth. It is during this period that the company virtually sweeps the nation. When a company’s sales reach about 50 million annually (4.2 million a month), they reach what is called “critical mass” (sales go vertical right off the graph). Also, approximately 2/3 of the company’s growth of new distributorships occur during this period of time. Let’s assume you have an organization which is producing an override bonus check to you of $1,000 per month. When the company reached critical mass, distributors almost automatically experience a ten-fold increase in their earnings. In other words, $1,000 per month becomes $10,000 per month. This is the reason for getting involved on the ground floor, so you will experience the benefits of explosive growth.

… feel free to email me at for more information ;) i am excited. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

rodan + fields - unblemish regimen

Just want to share these amazing before & after photos- 

just 4 weeks using Unblemish! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

rodan + fields reverse regimen for sun damage

Our new REVERSE Regimen is making headlines with a feature on Dr. Oz's popular blog, for leveraging cutting edge skincare technology to drive real results. 

Click the link to read the article and spread the word … 
please message me for any questions and more information 

quote love

Saturday, January 18, 2014

dry cracked lips …

rodan + fields 

Enhancements Lip Micro-Dermabrasion 
For fresh, defined, youthful-looking lips. Just a few swipes clears away telltale signs of environmental stress, leaving delicate lip surface soft, conditioned, and renewed.

it's simply amazing. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

macro e love

one of my favorite rodan + fields products: 

the macro e 

*getting rid of over 5 million dead skin cells once a week is so amazing* 
^before and after ^
it simply blows my clarisonic out of the water… 

if interested, please let me know! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

a million little ways love

started reading the book a million little ways 
by emily freeman 
this week 
already so inspiring- 
… focusing on God's grace, being yourself, art, and love 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

breakfast ideas?

i am looking for healthy and convenient breakfast ideas
please let me know if you have any great recipes
{enter links below in the comment section}

great breakfast cookbook ideas

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

control your mind-

and conquer your body

today i started my physical challenge for the year
and i am very excited
i went to cycling/spin class at the gym -
for the first time since living abroad in germany 
in 2006
… i waited too long.


so excited to explore more group classes
i focused so much on hot yoga last year {and loved it}
but excited to incorporate other types of classes into my routine this year 

are there any that you recommend? 

please share below - i would love to know what you love 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

another success story with r + f

How cool is this story!

As a mom of 2 young kids with one playing t-ball, a teacher in the transition of switching schools, wife of a HVAC journeyman and rancher during the busiest time of year for air conditioning and hayfield (summer) and a Sunday school teacher directing VBS . . . I couldn’t add anything else to my plate. So, I joined Rodan + Fields as a Consultant, just to get a greater savings on the Reverse Regimen. I had no time, am not a salesperson, didn't know many people and my sister already talked to the people I do know. So I was content with a discount.

I told my best friend what I was doing. And a few hours later she called me, "I'm going to sign up under you!" I immediately knew R+F was much bigger than a 25% discount! I started doing exactly what the Top Earners do . . . sharing about the products and company to people I knew, right along with all my busy schedule! 60 days later, I earned a free iPad and my paychecks were the same as my checks from teaching the previous year!

A 4 figure check is nice. But my mom and sister were right all along . . . Dream BIG! Dreams I never even considered before are now my reality. Instead of wishing I could help others, I now have the means to do so! Next school year, I have the option to stay home with my toddler for a couple of years before she starts pre-K.

It's funny . . . I didn’t think I had time for R+F but the opposite happened! I have MORE time to focus on the important things, because I'm not pressured to take on extra duties and jobs to contribute more to our finances.

For some it's the money, some it's living a dream, some it's feeling a sense of worth . . . whatever the case may be R+F is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, that has paved the way for many. And we're just getting started!"

~ Jaclyn Ward

I would love to be reading YOUR story! Let's talk about YOU joining my team. Why not you . . . Why not now? It's a no-brainer with nothing to lose. And so MUCH to Gain!

… such a great company! please let me know if you are interested in joining us!!

2014 is going to be a great year!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

a great overview of rodan + fields

one amazing company: 

if you are interested in joining our team, please let me know!! 

for a business opportunity:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

weekly meal plan - january 6-12

as mentioned on simply love yesterday-

one of my goals for the new year is to cook (healthy) food more 
with some treats as well 
but to really focus on this

so here is my plan for week one
i am hoping to update you on here with recipes and outcomes 
my hope is to focus on the cooking part on sundays 
i really want to prepare in advance!

i would love for you to join me weekly… 

challenge for week one of my 14 week challenge:
 eat a minimum of two fruits or vegetables {organic} with every meal 

organic bacon

salads with cubed grilled chicken 
{with avocado/olive oil for dressing}
celery or apples with sun butter
tuna on a lettuce wrap with red onion 
veggie chips

greek salads --> two 
orange sesame chicken with broccoli 
paleo meatloaf {mr. monaco makes the best!}

frozen grapes
some kind of flourless chocolate dessert {maybe Trader Joe's flourless chocolate cake}
paleo friendly cookies :)
natural almonds

what are you eating this week?

have a great week you all 


source: practical paleo 
{love this site!! go visit her for amazing ideas}

Saturday, January 4, 2014

what if one choice - changed your life.

A Consultant Story:
As you are reflecting back on 2013 and setting your resolutions for 2014, consider taking a chance and starting your own business that could change your life, like it did ours.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that partnering with the doctors that created Proactiv, could have so drastically changed our lives. 2013 was my second year in business, and while most 'start ups' are still trying to make a profit and recoup their initial investment, in my second year with this company I was able to earn a free Lexus, achieve a 7th and then 8th promotion, earn an all expense paid trip to Hawaii, more than double my 10 year corporate salary, build our dream home, give birth to our sweet daughter, spend every day with my son, welcome over 700 entrepreneurs like myself to my team and then help them start their businesses to get closer to fulfilling their dreams... and I did this all on MY terms.

If you have ever seen my posts and wondered if this could be something for you, I would love to tell you more about this incredible opportunity. I cannot wait to see what 2014 looks like, and would love to be able to show you how your year could look drastically different too.

Wishing you all the year of your dreams!

Friday, January 3, 2014

a breakfast smoothie

great smoothie for energy in the morning 
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Banana
  • 1/3 cup Frozen Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1/3 cup Yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Butter
  • 3 Kale Leaves (stemmed and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Flax Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 3/4 cup Apple Cider; Juice or Water to blend

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

rodan + fields- what if?

This makes my heart smile! This is A MUST read! This is what it's all about you all!  
Yes, the money pays the bills . . . but it's sooo much more! 
Thanks for sharing Lauren.

There's really not much that compares to time freedom. I had no idea just 7 short months ago that R+F truly would offer me the life I've been hoping and praying for since becoming a parent. Yes, it takes work. I put in a few hours a day (maybe), all from home . . but the rewards are endless, not to mention the many lives you bless along the way. Feeling grateful today as I near the 1 year mark of the day I lost my job after 10 years of hard work. I plan to never live someone else's dream again. I was simply replaceable even after all of my dedication over such a long period of time. Owning my own business, I call the shots. I work when I choose, I bless others abundantly, whether it's with amazing skin or a life changing business opportunity and I am just overwhelmed with excitement to see what's in store for the years to follow. While, yes, the money is great, living life on my terms is really what it's about . . .
truly the opportunity of a lifetime- just can't say this enough!!
 for more info - please contact me at … 

you will love the flexibility, business, and products!!!
{and our team is so fun  <3}

the real question for me was 

why not??