Flat Belly Summer Challenge Day 1

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The Marshalls at Craig Wedding

Happy summer everyone! I am so excited about the new beginnings a summer can bring for a teacher. It is a time we use to gain some rest from the crazy stressful time that is the end of the school year. It is a time where we can better ourselves intellectually by reading all of those books on our shelves that we have been neglecting. I plan on using my time to better myself physically as well. I am a Plexus Ambassador and I have been taking the Triplex, (Plexus slim pink drink, Probio5 probiotics, and our Biocleanse) for 3 months now. I have never felt so much energy! I was spending all day working at school and coming home to cook, clean, and start all over again without feeling exhausted. That has NEVER happened before Plexus.

Plexus Mom Fuel

This summer I have decided to start my June with the Flat Belly challenge.

Summer Shake Ingredients

It involves mixing your Plexus Slim with a package of P96 our all natural protein powder and 8oz. of Carrageenan free coconut milk. I was nervous about the way it would taste because I have taken other companies shakes before and they always left me with a chalky after taste. This was delicious you guys! I was completely full after I drank it and was ready to start my day!

Strawberry Banana Shake

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I weighed myself in this morning and I was at 341.8. The thing about Plexus so far is I am losing inches before weight. I have already lost 2 dress sizes! Here are my most recent measurements and I will be taking them again at 2 weeks and again at 4. Please stick around to see where this health journey takes me. If you would like to order email me or message me through Facebook. I would love to have friends get healthy right along with me!

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I couldn’t post without a more recent of picture of my boys. I am excited to get to spend some much needed mommy son time together this summer. Jase and I went to the library for the summer reading kick off yesterday. His goal is to read 1,000 minutes this summer. He is so competitive he wants us to time him constantly already! Tomorrow should be a wet and wild day. I get to go to the college softball tournament with my step dad! Here’s to hoping it doesn’t get completely washed out!

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One Little Word 2015: Thrive

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One Little Word 2015: Thrive

thrive   Two Thousand Fourteen was a year that brought a lot of change in to the Marshall household. Sometimes change is for the better. We built a brand new house from the ground up and while it certainly had it’s own set of stressors at times, ultimately we are so happy in our new home. I changed positions from an Administrative Intern, (an assistant principal without the admin pay), to go back in to the classroom and teach 5th graders. This brought it’s own set of challenges. I had to get back on the bike so to speak and re-learn how to be a teacher! My students are awesome and I love every single one of them. I am so happy I made the decision to go back. The only thing that makes me nervous is the high stakes testing. Fifth graders in Oklahoma are tested over EVERY subject not just Reading and Math like the other elementary grades. I feel a great deal of responsibility to make sure these students are ready to show the state what they know. I say all this to let you know that while 2014 was an amazing ride, I do believe I was busy learning how to Survive. How awful would life be if all we did was try to survive? I believe that our Creator made us to be the best possible beings we can, and part of that is learning to THRIVE in every situation.

When I looked up Thrive in the dictionary there were to possible definitions: 1. to grow or develop well, or vigorously 2. prosper; flourish. These were the synonyms they gave me: flourish, prosper, advance, succeed, bloom, blossom, and boom. There are several areas in my life that can benefit from learning to THRIVE.

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Emotionally: I have recently been off of my anti-depressant medication and I feel that learning to THRIVE will help me get my emotions in check. Sometimes just journaling about my feelings on an incident is enough to make me feel better and recognize where I could have done better.

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Spiritually: I have not done a very good job at connecting with my spiritual side in the past few years. I feel that it is important to keep myself balanced as a human being to be in tune with nature and all of the beauty that surrounds me on a daily basis. The Creator wants us to enjoy his creations.

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Health: I have been content with trying to lose weight and exercise by doing the latest fads for too long. It is time to put my whole energy and effort in to doing what I know needs to be done, so I am not just merely eating to survive but to THRIVE. I want to run in 5ks this year. I would like to do a Warrior Dash in May, and my current Physical condition is NO WHERE near where it has to be for me to attempt something like that. I want to make small sustainable changes that will last for my life.

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Creatively: I have been purchasing and collecting  A LOT of beautiful scrapbooking products, but I cannot tell you the last time I sat down and truly produced something that I can say I am proud of. I want to use what I have in 2015, and THRIVE creatively by getting our everyday stories told in my Pocket Scrapbooking.  My plan is to do weekly spreads this year and to add my personal creative touch to our everyday lives. I will be posting my weekly spreads here on the blog and on my Facebook page as well.

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Relationships: Lastly, and what I think could be the most important area, I want to THRIVE in my relationships in 2015. I want to unplug more days and really be present with my children and just play. I want to hug my husband as soon as he walks in the door and let him know how much he is appreciated in our house. I want to call up a friend or send a hand written card to them just because I miss them. I want to really be forgiving with myself. I too often am wrapped up in things having to be just right or perfect and can’t let go when things don’t go the way I think they should. Sometimes that is just the way life goes and I need to learn to let it go and let it be.

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These are my intentions for the new year. I hope you will join me in my journey. Feel free to check in and ask questions. Have you chosen a word for 2015? How will you make your self better this year?

#TBT Stories Weeks 3 &4 2014 Edition (A week and a day late…oops!)

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Mom & Me

My mom is my hero. She has taught me what it means to be a kind, giving, selfless person. I am so thankful that God chose Kelly to be mine. She has always pushed me to be the best I can be. She knows when I am bluffing…I truly can not tell a lie to her. We have now transitioned in to such a cool point. Instead of just mother and daughter, I truly consider her my best friend. She loves me unconditionally and is always there for me no matter what. Thank you mom for being you.

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I pray that I can be that kind of mom to my boys. They are so lucky to have you as their Kiki. The only thing better than having you as a mother is knowing that my children have you as their grandmother. Happy Mother’s Day 2014. We love you to the moon and back!

#TBTStories Week 2 2014

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Welcome back to another Throw Back Thursday edition!

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Please tell me you giggled when you saw this photo. While looking through my old photos and deciding which one I should pick, this baby jumped right out of the computer at me. This is myself, my mother, and my little sister around May of 2002. My mom took us to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for my Senior trip. I had just stolen mom’s Creative Memories stash started scrapbooking when we took this trip and when we walked past the store front for this photographer I begged my mom to let us take a picture. I am so glad we did. My mom is my hero. She has done so much for me. She doesn’t agree with every decision I make, but she still supports me no matter what. I know she has sacrificed so much in her own life so my sister and I could have what we needed and wanted growing up. Thank you Mom for everything you’ve done. I love you.

Thank you to Jessica at The Mom Creative for hosting this #TBTStories linky party.

#TBTStories Week 1 2014 Edition

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Welcome to a new series here on SweetNScrappy called #TBTStories. A huge thank you to Jessica at The Mom Creative for hosting this amazing opportunity to share not only our older photos, but the important stories behind them.

I am going to begin this series with a picture of myself and my little sister Jennifer. I was in the 5th grade here and that would put her in the 1st. (Please notice the rocking spiral perm…yes I thought I was all that and a bag of chips!) What you can’t obviously see in this picture is, this is the last year our family would be what society considers “whole”. My mom and dad got divorced shortly after Christmas that year. My little sister and I would become latch key kids while our mother worked 2-3 jobs to provide for all of our needs & wants. This also meant that I became sort of like a surrogate mother to my mini me.

Jennifer and I have always fought like cats and dogs. To this day if we are together more than 3 days in a row you can expect some discourse after that😉 but there was something about me being in charge that brought out this protective mama bear instinct in me. I could pick on her, but you better watch your tail end if you think I am going to let anyone else! I thank God for this time in my life because it helped me to become more responsible and see that divorce might not have been God’s plan for us, but he did have a plan B. That plan B has led my sister and I on the most unbelievable ride imaginable that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Jennifer has made me so proud. I am so happy for her choice in a husband, I no longer have to worry about making sure she is taken care of, Shelby will make sure of that. I am proud of her hard work and commitment to get her RN degree finished this May. I am proud because I feel like she is truly my own. I love you sister. Thanks for always being there for me and being my forever best friend.

 

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LSSC 3: Week 1

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Howdy there!

Today I am sharing my latest layout titled Big Brother. I am a part of a team on Sparkpeople called Scrapalicious. We have started a new round of the Last Scrapper Standing Challenge. This week the challenge was to use a specific sketch and include at least 6 elements from a list provided. Here is my result:

Big Brother Layout

The elements I chose to include were:

  1. The color combination of blue, green, and yellow. I also added brown.
  2. 2 solid papers and 1 patterned. I added another patterned.
  3. Circle diecut/punch
  4. journaling
  5. Title cut from paper. I cut the word BIG out using my cricut.
  6. Chipboard I used the chipboard words love, laughter, and smile to help me tell the story.

Cars & Legos

When Jase found out we were having a little boy his favorite thing to tell people was, “I will teach him to play cars and Legos!”

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The journaling reads: John is so lucky to have such a great big brother. I can’t help but smile when I think about all the years I have to look forward to filled with lots of love and a ton of laughter.

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