Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Day at Newport Aquarium

We were camping in Kentucky and the blistering summer heat was getting to us!  Desperate for some activity to do inside that all 6 children would enjoy, we made a day trip to Newport Aquarium.

The tickets were reasonably priced, but we were able to score an even bigger discount by booking as a group 48 hours in advance (you need a minimum of 12 people to qualify for the group rate).  If you are arriving in an RV or bus like we were, be sure to call ahead to get directions to the bus lot for parking.

There are lots of opportunities for children to touch sea creatures, so you may want to consider wearing short sleeve shirts and perhaps even packing an extra shirt to change in to at the conclusion of your adventure.  This was the first aquarium that we have been to where we could actually touch a shark - a very exciting experience for children and adults!

The Sting Ray Hideaway was another favorite.  Not only could you touch the stingrays, but you could also crawl through a 30 foot tunnel and watch them swim around you and pop up right in the middle of their home!

Research ahead of time to find out what time the shark feeding is.  It is a show you don’t want to miss and it only happens once a day.  

There are a few other times during the day when the divers get in the shark tank for a presentation.  

Seahorses: Unbridled Fun was certainly an exhibit that lived up to its name.  There is something magical about watching these creatures swim about, and I am always amazed at the diversity and creativity of God’s creation.

The children can let their creative juices flow and design a sea horse or sea dragon of their own.  Their creation will swim across the screen above, but you can also choose to have their creations emailed to you.  

The entire aquarium is set up as one big one way loop that you walk through, so to reach the entrance/exit you will either need to back track or rush ahead.  Our kids certainly did not mind making several passes through Gator Alley, home of Mighty Mike.  At 14 feet and 800 pounds he was certainly an impressive sight!

Halfway through the aquarium you will come to the Frog Bog - a playground for little ones to run off some energy and our girls to satisfy their insatiable need to always be doing gymnastics.  

Don’t rest too long because some of the most exciting parts of the aquarium await you.  

We loved Amazon Tunnel, a 32.5 foot long tunnel holding some of the world’s largest freshwater fish.  Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus is home to not only the octopus, but starfish and jellyfish.  We were mesmerized!

We also spent a lot of time watching the Penguins.  Presentations are given here throughout the day, so you may want to research those times as well.  

Even exiting the aquarium is exciting as you walk across a 6 inch bridge over the shark tank!  Enjoy your day!!!

Where are you heading next?  Be sure to check out my travel page for links to some of our favorite adventures.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Six Kids Later and I Got Slique!

Life with six kids is BUSY... so busy I completely forgot to update y'all on my Slique in 60 Challenge Results🤦‍♀️😬.  I think I've kept you all waiting long enough, so I'll get right to the results...

Ok, so it may not be the 35 pound weight loss that my husband experienced, but I sure am happy with my results and I loved the journey👏🤗🙌.   Growing up, I was ultra competitive and athletic.  I maintained some level of fitness up until about our third child.  In fact, right before his pregnancy I combined my love for swimming and running and completed my first (and only, so far) triathlon.  But that third pregnancy was HARD.  My husband was deployed for most of the first 16 weeks.  Taking care of a two year old and nearly one year old while feeling awfully nauseous meant there was not much exercise or self care going on.  Then hubby returned and we were busy enjoying life together again, and let's just say I got big very quickly.  And he was a BIG baby!  He was practically born with muscles, but I had lost all of mine.  The next six years are a blur of pregnancies, babies, nursing, sleepless nights, diapers, laundry, dishes, cuddles, bedtime stories, and homeschooling.  Do not get me wrong, I have loved every minute of it and would not trade it for anything, but it was definitely time to put some effort into regaining my health and physique.

The best part of the Slique in 60 Challenge was our children rallying around me.  When your husband and kids are cheering you on, it's hard to give up or get discouraged.  I also had our amazing Young Living tribe checking in, encouraging, and inspiring.  

So, what did I do?  I took the Slique CitraSlim capsules as directed everyday.  I love the natural energy and metabolism boost of these capsules!  I also drank the Slique Tea just about every day and replaced about one meal every other day with a Slique Shake.  I continued taking my daily dose of NingXia Red and added the Slique Essence or another citrus Vitality Oil to my water.  I aimed to work out 30 minutes a day.  I ate nutritious foods and avoided processed sugar and fast foods.  At the start, a 30 minute workout was difficult and I kept the workouts super easy (walking, hiking, dance videos), but as the challenge progressed I started adding some Fitness Blender HIIT workouts.  

The girls joined me on just about every workout, which also made them stronger.  I've also noticed that my competive spirit has rubbed off a little bit on them.  Both girls recently tried out for the Gymnastics Team and will be competing this year as Level 3 and Level 4.  I love seeing them excited about fitness!  They are even using the Slique Shakes as added protein during their 5 hour gym workouts this summer.  You can follow their journey on Instragram @fit_sisters4life. 

It has been six months since the start of the Slique in 60 Challenge and I am pleased that the habits that were formed during the challenge have stuck.  

What do you want most?  I'd love for you to experience Slique!


Check out updates from Week 1, Week 2, and Week 4.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup is an important part of our winter wellness regimen.  With 6 kids, it would cost us a fortune each winter to buy it from the pharmacy.  By making it ourselves we know we are not only saving ourselves a ton of money, but I know we are using the best possible ingredients for our family.  We love to infuse our elderberry syrup with Young Living essential oils for added immune support and a yummy flavor the whole family enjoys.

*1 cup Elderberries (I buy Frontier Organic from Amazon)
*1 cup raw honey (local is best!)
*4 cups Purified water (we love our Berkey!)

1.  Add 1 cup of elderberries to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. 
2.  Simmer for 30-60 minutes, or until liquid has been reduced by half.
3.  Remove from stove and allow to cool.  You want it warm enough that the honey will melt into it, but not so hot that the beneficial properties of the honey and essential oils will be destroyed.
4.  Strain liquid to remove elderberries.
5.  Stir in honey and essential oils.
6.  Store in refrigerator.

We take 1 tsp. per day for adults and 1/2 tsp. per day for children as a maintenance dose.  When we feel like we need more support, we will increase the number of doses we take throughout the day. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Slique in 60 Challenge - Week 4

We are four weeks into the Slique in 60 Challenge.  Everyday for the last four weeks I have taken the Slique CitraSlim Caps as directed, replaced one meal a day with a Slique Shake, and have occasionally enjoyed a cup of Slique Tea.  I’ve slowly been ramping up my exercise and eating mostly whole foods.  By Week 2 I had considerable more energy, which as a busy mom of 6 is priceless.  Week 3 I noticed my strength was beginning to increase.  I have been able to go running with the kids and do some HIIT workouts with my husband, something I have not been able to do these past 18 months!  

The problem is, I’m super competitive (always have been).  So now that I’m feeling able to work out I’m constantly pushing myself more and more.  That’s all fine and good until you wake up feeling 80 years old the next morning 🤣. But thanks to Young Living’s AminoWise electrolyte drink and PanAway Essential Oil to  help me recover, I’ve missed very few days of working out.

The scale still isn’t moving much (down about a half pound), but check out these measurements!

Super pleased with those results!  After nearly 9 straight years of wearing maternity pants and sweats I’m ready for a new wardrobe!!!

I’ve loved hearing the stories of others taking the challenge.  One of Sam’s good friends said he’s down several pounds, feeling great, and should have listened to Sam a year ago.  That’s what this Challenge is all about; encouraging and spurring one another on to a life of wellness.  I love our Young Living Tribe ❤️.  I would love for you to join us on this journey.  Let’s do this!


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Slique in 60 Challenge - Week 2

Last year my husband took the Slique in 60 Challenge and said goodbye to 35 pounds.  You can watch my interview with him on YouTube.  I declared 2018 my year to get fit and boost my wellness regimen.  As a busy homeschooling mama of 6 children under the age of 9, it can be hard to find time to take care of myself.  

Perhaps some of you are feeling the same way - struggling with time to fit it all in, wondering if it's worth it, thinking it's impossible...  Only 2 weeks in but I can already confidently say to make the time, it's worth it, and it is possible!!!

The biggest result noticed this week is increased energy, which is far more precious to me than the actual weight loss!  I feel like I gained an extra hour or two in my day and found myself making it through the day without extra cups of coffee.  Before this week I didn't think it was possible to parent or adult without at least two cups of coffee.  I even refer to it as my sanity juice.  Turns out I was wrong!

The Slique CitraSlim Capsules are specifically formulated with antioxidants and micronutrients to support lipolysis, the breakdown of fats into fatty acids to boost metabolism and increase energy.  You can see the infographic below where participants in a 2015 study reported a sharp increase in energy levels.  I knew all the "facts" and studies leading into the challenge, but am still surprised to actually be seeing the results!  It just feels so good!!!


In addition to the increased energy, I also am beginning to see some scale victories.  Week 1 I lost inches but gained weight, so I was excited to see the scale moving in the right direction this week.  Watch my video update to find out just how much!

I would love for you to join me on this journey!  Let's do this!!!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Slique in 60 Challenge - Week 1 Update

Last year my husband took the Slique in 60 Challenge and said goodbye to 35 pounds.  You can watch my interview with him on YouTube.  I declared 2018 my year to get fit and boost my wellness regimen.  As a busy homeschooling mama of 6 children under the age of 9, it can be hard to find time to take care of myself.

The challenge will require discipline not only in the foods that I eat, but also in time management.  I'm grateful for this journey and look forward to the transformation.

My favorite part of the challenge thus far has been working out as a family. We've had a lot of laughs as we've rocked out to YouTube videos like Refit Rev.  We have also done family squat, push up, and plank challenges, which our older kids kicked our butt on!!!

The girls and I even went on a date to a Cardio Dance class at Studio Barre.  Working out doesn't have to be boring and CAN be done with kids.  

Of course, working out with the kids has left this mama super sore.  I'm not one to let excuses get in my way of achieving my goals, so I've been showing my muscles and joints some extra love and support.

Cool Azul Pain Cream is perfect for massaging on tired, weary, sore muscles and doesn't have the toxic chemicals found in most over the counter pain creams.  It contains naturally occurring methyl salicylate from wintergreen to help alleviate the deep pain in muscles and natural menthol found in peppermint provides a cooling effect.  Thanks to these products to aid in my recovery, I was able to workout everyday this week!  

I also took the Slique products daily as directed.  The results?  Watch my video to find out:

Super excited to be seeing some non-scale victories the first week!!!  Would love for you to join me on this journey!  Let's do this!!!