Category Archives: Healthy Lifestyle

Flat Belly Summer Challenge Day 1


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


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!



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!

Sweet Boys


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One Little Word 2015: Thrive

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?

2013 Resolutions




Every year I make certain goals and resolutions that I seem to never keep working at past February. This year with me being pregnant I can’t do my usual lose 100 pounds goal and I think it could be for the best. I want to make sure that I don’t gain another 60 pounds with this pregnancy and really try and keep my weight gain to the suggested 15-20 pounds. So in order to make this a lasting effort I am not necessarily making goals, but doing a more and less kind of thing.

More Walking

More Fruits and Veggies

Less salty foods

Less Soda

More Water

Less TV

More reading

Less stress

More Scrapbooking and Crafting

Less Worrying

More Praying

These are just a few of the many things I will be working on this year. Feel free to link up and tell me what you will be working on. I would love to have some accountability partners!


Dropping 20 Before Baby

Dropping 20 Before Baby

Hello! Welcome to my little corner of the web. Today’s post has gotten me very excited. I just got back from visiting with my doctor. I went in to ask several questions about the possibility of getting pregnant and what all I need to do to make a successful pregnancy happen. Read the rest of this entry

June Goals


Happy June everyone! I know I am a little late with this post seeing as though today is June 3rd, but better late than never right? I have so many things I want to accomplish this month because I start summer school on July 9th. I am so excited and nervous about it, and I want to get as much done in June as possible in case I am totally freaked out a little overwhelmed in July. My goals this month will have to do with all aspects of my life, and I will check back in at the end of the month to see how I did. So here goes nothin’… Read the rest of this entry