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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Crazy Cat Lady....

Do you know a crazy cat lady?  Oh you do?  Ha ha! I have this funny story to tell you...

We had two sweet adult cats.  Doc (who is 3) and Gizzie (who is 1).

Gizzie

Doc
About 3 weeks ago our sweet cat ran away.  (We really need to get our front door fixed so it will latch properly and this won't happen again.)

We told our children that there will be no more cats in this house.  Doc would have to be good enough because we aren't getting anymore.  We couldn't stand the heartache of loosing another kitty.

We looked for days for our sweet Gizzie but couldn't find her anywhere outside.

Many people told us that she would come back...they were sure of it.  We didn't believe them...

Hubby and I took the kids school shopping on tax free weekend.  We told the kids if they were good that we would go to the pet store and look at the guinea pigs, and snakes, and fish, etc.  (Notice that I said nothing about cats there.)   ;)

Well.... when we got to Pet Smart they were having a free adoption day.  Oh, adoption of what you ask?  Adoption of KITTY CATS.  They were free, fixed, micro-chipped, and up to date on shots.  The kids begged to go in and look at them and hold them.  We said, "Okay but we aren't getting one."  Well... we decided to let them get ONE.  They told us that the one we picked out had a brother and the kids wanted them to be together.  UGH!  Okay fine.  We agreed to take both and hoped that Doc wouldn't be too mad at us for bringing two kittens home.  We brought home a girl kitty named Wheelie and a boy kitty named Chess.

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Doc wasn't very happy with us when we brought that box home with two kittens.  He would have nothing to do with them for a few days but then he started to play with them and tolerate them okay. Our hearts started to heal some from the loss of our sweet Gizzie.

Bet you can't guess what happened next.....

Last week I took the kids to the bus stop and we heard a cat meowing.  We figured out that it was coming from under the house.  The kids were so excited and wanted me to go under the house and was sure it was Gizzie.  I put them on the bus and then went under the house with the flashlight on my phone (it is SOOO creepy under there!!!) and sure enough.... Gizzie came running.  It was her, and I was in complete and utter shock.  And then it hit me.... WE HAVE FOUR CATS!!

What were we do to?  We love Doc and Gizzie and we had fallen in love with the kittens.  We couldn't get rid of any of them.  I went to the store and bought another litter box and an extra food bowl and more litter.  All week I have been saying at random times... WE HAVE FOUR CATS.  I AM THE CRAZY CAT LADY.  I think it is now time for me to go and buy some cat earrings, cat sweaters, cat pjs, and other random crazy cat lady things...



Anyone have some cat slippers I can borrow?

MEOW!!


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

All For Ryan...

My cousin, Anna-Marie is just so amazing!  Every year she does a fundraiser for our son Ryan.  (To learn more about Ryan and his syndrome, you can click HERE.  I just love her kind and generous heart!  If you would like to help Ryan get a chair that he is really excited to get so he can sit outside and relax, please read on... oh, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support always for our family and for Ryan!



From Anna-Marie...

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having a great summer, I know I am!

Julia has partnered up with me again to raise funds for Ryan, and I am reaching out to you for your help. Ryan is in need of a new outdoor chair to make it easier for him to sit outside and enjoy some fresh air. 




(check it out here: http://www.wayfair.com/Algoma-Net-Company-Cloud-9-Hanging-Chaise-Lounger-4717-AG1206.html) and I would love to be able to raise enough money for Julia and Joe to get this chair at NO COST to them! 


Thirty-One has twelve core values that make them who they are as a company; two of those being Passionate and Gracious.  I am so blessed to be a part of a company that supports consultants in their decisions to be gracious and give back to the causes they are passionate about, and I am VERY passionate about my family! 

The fundraiser will be an online party that will go from August 1-15 ending at 9 PM. I will be donating 75% of my commission to the Kendrick family for this and any other things Ryan may need. If you would like to help, please follow the directions below:
1) Go to www.mythirtyone.com/annamarie04
2) Click on the My Parties link
3) Select the Fundraiser for Ryan Kendrick party link
4) Shop away! (Please be aware that if you live outside of Julia's area, you will want to select the "Direct Ship" option to ensure your order is sent to you.)





If you have any questions, please reach out to myself or Julia and we will be happy to help!

Thank you for your support in this effort,

Anna-Marie Plott
Independent Thirty-One Consultant
336-423-1790
ampthirtyone@gmail.com
www.mythirtyone.com/annamarie04



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Get to know me better...

Hi Friends!

Remember how I told you about the new page called Fit & Healthy Fix that my friend Christy and I started?



Well, we filmed some funny Q&A videos so that you can get to know us better!


Go over now and Like our page so you can check them out!  They are so funny... especially the bloopers at the end!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hi there!

I know it has been a while since I posted but I have been so busy with the kids this summer and hope to get back to posting regularly soon.  I hope you have been doing well and enjoying your Summer too!  

I wanted to let you know some of this month's Shaklee specials so you aren't left out of the loop.  :)

This month ONLY! If you are interested in Vitalizer Vitamins, you will receive some great Freebies! Free Shipping, Free Membership (lifetime membership with no obligations), a FREE bottle of CarotoMax, AND a free gift from me!  My husband and I have been taking Shaklee's Vitalizer for over two years and I feel so energized and healthy.  Since they are the #1 nutrition company, I trust them 100%.  Speaking of 100%... if you don't like them for any reason, Shaklee with give you a full refund! No questions asked! (But I know you will love them!



What is Vitalizer you ask?
Shaklee Micronutrient Advanced Release Technology
Shaklee is the only multinutrient supplement pack in the marketplace with S.M.A.R.T., a patent-pending delivery system designed to dramatically improve absorption of key nutrients. Getting the right nutrients to the right place at the right time, your body can make the most of their nutritional benefits.
Vita-Lea® Advanced MultivitaminDissolves in less than 30 minutes in the stomach designed to enhance absorption of folic acid from the patented microcoating.
Caroto-E-OmegaEnteric coating helps to reduce fishy aftertaste by delievering omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, vitamin E and other fat soluble nutrients to the upper intestine. .
B+C ComplexProvides up to 198% greater absorption of B vitamins over 12 hours, as shown in a clinical study through sustained release delivery to the small intestine.
Optiflora® Probiotic: Delivers healthy microflora to the lower intestine through our triple-layer encapsulation technology, protecting them from stomach acid.


There are also some amazing deals for those of you who would be interested in joining my awesome team!  I love what I do and I love helping other families become healthier and I know you will love it too!  It is so fun and rewarding to help others and also have the free time I need for my family.  You can watch Bonnie's video for more inspiration.  I love her story and it makes me cry every time!  In fact, with my monthly paycheck, I am able to get Shaklee vitamins for my whole family for FREE and also have some left over!  

So whether you are interested in product, or becoming a part of my team, I would love to help you in any way!  You can find me on facebook HERE if you have any questions.  :)
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

You're Invited!

I wanted to personally invite you (and your friends) to a new group that me and one of my good friends have recently launched.  I am so excited about it and hope that you will join and share with us!


Christy and I created this group to help inspire and support other women. We are all about Heath, Beauty, Fashion, Fitness, Money Saving Tips, and so much more! 

You can join us by clicking HERE!


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Being a Boy Mom...



Being a boy mom is certainly busy, challenging, and not for the faint of heart...  I have THREE boys.  They are 5, 6 (almost 7), and 9.



I love my three sweet boys more than anything, but I have many hard days.  Things get broken and spilled often.  They like to try my patience and one minute can be getting along and nice to each other and the other minute can be about to kill each other.  I don't have any girls to compare them to, but I would say that boys are probably much harder.  They aren't as willing to help out around the house and clean (I am not saying that they don't help out, because they most certainly do).  They are not neat at all and I am constantly finding socks and shoes all over the house.  They love to play sports and be rough and tough.



Sometimes I feel very sad that God did not bless me with any girls.  I wanted to know what it would be like to buy dresses, put bows in their hair, and have a shopping buddy.  I feel outnumbered most of the time too. (well...because I am!)  I am not saying that I don't enjoy being with my boys and playing with them, but It would have been nice to get to play dolls and barbies sometimes too.  I saw a show on TV not long ago and a mommy and her little girl were playing with a doll house.  I had a doll house when I was a little girl that my parents built for me and I LOVED it.  I am hoping that my sweet boys will get married and have me some Granddaughters, and I can spoil them and send them home to their parents.  :)



Boys are so rough!  We have had a few mishaps over the years... Trevor has had a tick in his eyelashes that required the eye doctor to get it out (plus dozens of other ticks I have pulled off of this child). I should call him the tick monster.  I HATE ticks.  Trevor has also swallowed a screw.  Thankfully it wasn't sharp!  We had to go to the ER for x-rays until it "passed".  o.O  Thankfully Zack hasn't had anything major.  We have had more bumps, scrapes, and bruises than I can count, but thankfully we haven't had any broken bones or stitches yet...



I think mostly, being a Boy Mom, I struggle with feeling like I am doing a good job.  Just like Mom's of girls would I guess.  I hope that I am raising them to be loving, caring, compassionate men.  Men who will obey God and be good husbands and fathers to their wives and children.  I also struggle with the feelings that they may have because they have a brother with special needs.  I hope that having Ryan as a brother makes them stronger and I hope that they understand why many things in their childhood are different because they have a brother with special needs.  It is hard us to just pack up and go on family trips and overnight stays because of everything we have to pack for Ryan.  I hope they never resent him because we have a different than "normal" life.  I pray often about these things and have also found an amazing group for support.

Ryan, Trevor, and Zack with two of their boy cousins. 


I follow a group on Facebook called MOB (Moms of Boys) and they have also started a new group called:  No More Angry MOB.  You can find them HERE.  This group has really helped me as a boy mom and if you are a boy mom, I hope it helps you too.



Comment below if you are a Boy Mom and tell me your boy's ages.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Clean It Like You Mean It.....

Sometimes we focus too much on one thing, and not enough on another.

I have been so guilty of that!  How could I not share something this amazing with YOU?

I talk about Shaklee's Basic H2 Concentrate all the time and how wonderful it is and how long it lasts, but I fail to tell you about Basic G!  I am fixing that today!



I will explain more to you about this awesome Germicide in the video below....



You can get this amazing Germicide HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Ryan Updates...



My Sweet Ryan has been sick again.  He is finally feeling much better today and I never did have to take him to the doctor but it is so exhausting when he is sick because he needs treatments and suctioning continuously throughout the day.  I am very blessed to have a nurse here to help during the day with him because it is difficult to take care of him when he is so sick and take care of the other two boys.
I had to pick Ryan up from school last Friday because he was running a low grade fever and was really "junky".  We immediately started him on all of his respiratory therapies (VEST, Nebulizer, Cough Machine, & Suctioning) every four hours.  By Monday he had thin drainage and coughed all day Monday and Tuesday without much rest.  He never did run a fever so we just kept him home and stayed aggressive with him.  By Wednesday, all of the drainage stopped but he sounded really coarse and the "junk" was thick and harder for him to cough up.  This morning (Friday) he is finally sounding much better and not needing his therapies as often.  He was having some bladder problems too that have also seemed to resolve itself with daily cathing for the last week.  I am glad he is better today because we have snow and ice and that would have made it very hard to get him out.



We are also very excited because in a couple of weeks, we will finally be getting our driveway paved!!  Our driveway is just gravel now and it is so hard to push his wheelchair on it and our ramp on our van doesn't sit well on the gravel either.  We are so excited and can't wait!  Hopefully the weather will cooperate for us to get this done this month.



Spring time always seems to be the worse season for his health and he usually ends up spending a week or two in the hospital with respiratory problems.  I hope this year is going to be different for him because I started him on an Alfalfa regimen.  I give him 3 tablets two times a day.  I have done some research on Alfalfa and have found out that it is a natural antihistamine and is helping so many people with their seasonal allergies.  I buy our Alfalfa HERE.

It can also help with:

  • Cleansing the blood
  • Helping alleviate allergies
  • Aids in blood clotting
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Can easy morning sickness
  • Is helpful in reversing tooth decay and remineralizing teeth
  • Great source of Vitamin K so it helps improve Baby’s Vitamin K levels at birth if mom drinks during pregnancy 
  • Supports the pituitary gland
  • Supportive during nursing
  • Helps ease morning sickness
  • Helps ease gout
  • Aids with all forms of arthritis
I never knew all of this until recently so I started taking Alfalfa too and so has my husband. (He also has bad seasonal allergies)  I really feel so blessed to find something natural to help us!  I would rather take alfalfa than an over the counter medicine any day!  

Thank you for all of your prayers for our little superman, Ryan!  

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Special is Extended!! Wahoo!!

Hi! How are you today?  I hope you are having a great day! Your day is about to get even better, because.....

Shaklee is just so awesome and amazes me every month!
The February special has been extended through March! I can't believe it!




You can check out all of the Shaklee Products HERE!

You don't have to order a Get Clean Kit, but that is one of the products that will qualify you for a 50 pv order.  If you need help making sure you get your 50 pv and get checked out correctly, please call or text me at (276)790-2524 or email me at jnjkendrick@gmail.com.  


Another great special for you!

If you know three other people who would love to become a member too, YOU will be rewarded!  Check it out:



Can't beat that deal!!  Let me know how I can help you find a healthier YOU today!




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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Never before seen deals....

Hi there!

I wanted to take a minute out of my busy day and tell you about another amazing Shaklee special going on right now that has never been offered before!

If you ever thought about partnering with us and becoming a Shaklee Distributor with Project Dream International, this week is the time to do it!!

Shaklee has AMAZING new member specials which can explode your business and you can start earning more money right away!

***If you upgrade as a $599 GOLD PLUS PARTNER before the end of the Friday, you will get $150 rebate from us!!***

Basically, you are getting over $850 of Shaklee products, business materials, and website for only $449!! (We never offered this before!)

We have all the training and support you need plus a Project Dream Facebook page, webinars, coaching calls, etc., where we are with you every step of the way.

So, if you love Shaklee, love our community, want to help others, get paid to Shaklee what you love, start a business, work for your self and around your family, I HIGHLY consider you joining us! I am here to answer any questions you have ~ Contact Me Now!! I'm here to help.

One of the biggest regrets I hear from our partners, is that they didn't start sooner!

Don't wait! JOIN US!!!!


CLICK HERE


Also, don't forget about our other amazing February special going on now...



If you have any questions, pleas email me at jnjkendrick@gmail.com


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Monday, February 3, 2014

Taco Soup...


This recipe can VERY easily replace my Chili recipe and my Chili recipe is pretty good!

This soup is so good and has so much flavor.  It has a touch of heat but if you don't want the heat you can leave out the crushed red pepper.  

If you decide to make this soup, you won't be sorry, because It is the perfect addition to any cold winter evening.

What you will need:

1 1/2 pound ground meat (turkey, chicken, or hamburger. You could even add shredded chicken)
1 chopped onion
2 T chili powder
 2 T ground cumin
2 T garlic powder
2 T onion powder
1/2 T crushed red pepper
1 pkg dry ranch dressing (I know this sounds weird, but it makes it taste SO good)
3 cans (14 oz.) tomatoes (I bought fire roasted garlic tomatoes)
1 cup frozen corn
1 (14 oz.) can red kidney beans
1 (14 oz.) can pork n' beans
1 (14 oz.) can pinto beans
corn chips
Cheddar cheese, grated

Saute meat and onions; drain off any fat.  Add seasonings and ranch mix and tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are cooked up and the mixture is soupy.  Add corn and beans.  Simmer about 30 minutes.



Serve with Corn chips and cheese.

I ate this soup the next day as leftovers and it was even better!  I added avocado to it and you can even add some full fat sour cream.


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Friday, January 31, 2014

Healthier Peanut Butter Cookies....


I LOVE cookies and I especially love peanut butter cookies, but my husband and I have been trying to eat a lot healthier.  Having cookies around can be dangerous because I have a hard time just eating one or two and walking away.  I may or may not look like the cookie monster... Ha!

I have been craving something sweet so I decided to make my Peanut Butter Cookies and change the recipe a bit to make them a little healthier for us.  I used coconut oil instead of shortening, and Shaklee 180 powder to add some extra protein and leucine. 

I hope you can try them, and if you do I would love for you to comment here or on my Facebook Page and let me know what you thought of them!

Healthier Peanut Butter Cookies:

You will need:

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup of butter, softened
1 large egg
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Heat oven to 375°.
Beat granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, butter and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until very fluffy.  Stir in flour, 180 powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. (I used my small cookie scoop)  Flatten tops in criss cross pattern with fork. 
Bake 9 minutes or until light brown.  



Cool and enjoy with a glass of milk.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

An Amazing Offer!

I know most of you have heard me talking about my brand partner, Shaklee before.
I have some exciting news to share with you today!






Now through the end of February, If you make a 50 PV purchase you will receive FREE MEMBERSHIP and a FREE canister of our 180 Cafe Late Smoothee Mix!

Combined, that is an amazing $60 value for FREE!!

So wether you are wanting to make a change to Non-Toxic cleaners...


Change up your facial routine to include products that deliver natural vitamins to your skin...


Loose Weight by using our amazing weight loss products...


Or to improve your health using our wonderful line of nutritional products...



I'm here to help!!  Please email me at jnjkendrick@gmail.com or you can browse my shop HERE.

I can't wait to help you get on your way to becoming healthier and earning your FREE MEMBERSHIP and FREE 180 smoothee mix!!



I also have an AMAZING bonus for anyone who is interested in joining my team now through February!  Go to Project Dream today to see if this opportunity would be right for you and join over 100 Mom's on our journey to help others and build health!





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