My photo
Welcome to my own little corner of the Web! I love my family and do what I can to leave as little of a carbon footprint on this beautiful earth we call home. We have become a paperless kitchen family! We make a lot of our stuff homemade. I love coffee and web browsing on blogs/facebook/pinterest, healthy organic (GMO free) cooking, and lots of kisses from Chris, Aiden, Coren and Mason...I am complete. I thrive to make our lives better. I have began a new stage in my life for my children. I want to show health to my children and what better way thru our every day life. I am currently on a weight loss journey and I will be sharing my success and failures on here. I am here to motivate and keep me accountable to reclaim my health and get my life back! Enjoy the ride :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Moving, Moving, Moving!

Hello friends and followers!  Ive been gone this week due to packing!  We are moving into our 3 bedroom appartment tomorrow!  So exciting here are a few pictures of our place!

For the kiddos
 For the hubbs

And 3 bedrooms of wonderful space for mom :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mystery Shopper

Ok so many people have been asking me about this mystery shopping Ive been doing.  Asking if I make money doing it?  Is it fun?  How do I find out about these shops?  Well I'm going to answer all our questions here at once.

Mystery Shopping is a way a company//business can see if there employees are having outstanding customer service, what they need to work on when training employees and also to know what employees are going above and beyond what they are expect of.  What I love about mystery shopping is I know now I am helping make customer service better which helps the company but is great for the customers.  I know I shop at places that treat me right over a store that doesn't care.

I have shopped a few different companies.  When I started I did the few that you made X amount of dollars and your reimbursed X amount of dollars.  Which is all great but I really like doing the ones I don't put out money to earn money.  I've done Fast Food Shops ( which is hard when you are vegan I'm telling you ), Car lot Shops, Car Service Shops,  Bank Shops, Cellphone Shops and Travel Center Shops.  Here are a few companies I've worked our am working for.

Best Mark


Beyond Hello

Service Sleuth

ACE Mystery Shopping

I have been doing this since the end of July.  Ranging from $5.00-$17.00 a shop with one all the way up to $30.00 upon completion.  I've made about 50.00-100.00 dollars a week.  Thats all extra money we are saving for Christmas.  Whats great about this is I can do this with or without the kiddos and its flexible.  Hope this helps.  If you have more questions just ask :)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Being Vegan and weight loss

This summer has been really hard on me.  Its been so hot cooking just hasn't been on my 1st thing to do.  Let alone cooking 2 separate meals :(  Its hard living a vegan life in a carnivore household.  I'm still losing weight because I watch what I eat but I have cheated and had some chicken and cheese.  Starting tomorrow I am going to be blogging more which helps me with my new life style.  Like I said before I'm not vegan for the politics, I'm vegan for the life changing affects I have become more energetic and have given up most of my coffee consumption since making the change.  I have lost 30lbs since I became vegan and hope to continue to lose.  I need to make sure I get more excerise in.  Since the weather is a little cooler I am going to start walking with the kids more too.  I need motivation and blogging seams to help me tremendously.   Here are a few pictures of my weight loss so far.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Blessed with Giveaways!

I've been on a roll the last month for winning giveaways.  Here are a few thing I have won in the last few weeks.

1st:  Mini photo shoot with K See Images and an adorable baby/toddler hat made from Oli J Blankets, Accessories & More.  I will be getting Masons 9 month pictures done on the 16th at 7 Oaks Farm in Central Point.

2nd: Wine Cabinet from Garrison's Home Furnishings.  I'm giving this to my brother and his beautiful soon to be bride for there engagement present. 

3rd: A Diamond Knot Pendant from Kranichs

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Book Review Thurdsday ~ Essentially Raw

Essentially Raw by Marie Saratakis
On Amazon: $12.95
Kindle: $0.00

  Bug Repellent!!!!

The awesomeness of what I read today was...... about coconut oil and peppermint.

Mixing together some coconut oil and peppermint extract makes a potent insect repentant.  It even hydrates your skin at the same time. If you forget repellent and get bit, no worries,apply some coconut oil to the affected area after the fact for some instant itch relief. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Took time off!

I took a week off and starting Monday you will see a new blog daily :)  Have a great weekend friends!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sweet Potato & Vegetabe Lasagna

Sweet Potato & Vegetable Lasagna

Serves 10-12
1 onion, chopped
1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 head broccoli, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 package firm tofu
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp rosemary
2 jars pasta sauce
2 boxes whole grain lasagna noodles
16 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin
1 cup raw cashews, ground

Preheat oven to 400 ° F. Saute the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick pan. Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their liquid. Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan. Saute the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl. Saute the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften. Add them to them to the vegetable bowl. Drain the tofu by wrapping in paper towels. Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl. Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.

Cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch casserole with a layer of sauce. Add a layer of noodles. Cover the noodles with sauce. This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy. Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles. Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce. Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles. Cover the spinach with the mashed sweet potatoes. Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping of sauce. Cover the lasagna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the over for 15 minutes. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Our week of fun!

I missed wordless Wednesday this week because of having all the kids this week.  5 boys means no down time for this mama :)  Here are some fun pictures of our adventures this week!

 I start my weight loss tomorrow!  Keep checking back for my results :)

Book Review Thursday ~ Essentially Raw

Essentially Raw by Marie Saratakis
On Amazon: $12.95
Kindle: $4.99

A Rainbow of Benefits:
Here is 1 benefit of each colored fruit or veggie. 

Yellow/Gold ~ Yellow is often a sign of beta carotene, which helps your body produce vitamin A.  Which benefits your skin and eye health.  Example food: Squash & Carrots

Blue/Purple ~ Many blue foods contain anthocyanins which means they are full of antioxidants.   Which means it helps eliminate cancer causing free radicals. Example food: Blueberries

Red ~ Red food may possess lycopene, which can reduce your risk of cancer and pre-mature aging. Example food: Beets & Tomatoes

Green ~ Green means a boost to your immunity. Example food: Spinach & Kale

White ~ White foods can lower cholesterol. Example food: Jicama

As you can see this book is awesome if you are on the fence about becoming raw!  Stay tuned next week for more on Essentially Raw.