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It Works! Wednesday - Real Men Wrap!!

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Most of the "wrap" parties I do are attended by women.  I have had a few men sneak in here or there, but for the most part they don't want to admit that they may want a little boost to help their physic or health.

This spring, however, I do believe that the men have the women beat!  I have had more men ask me about my products then women!  More men have been signing up not only as customers but as distributors as well!  I am glad that they are seeing the benefits in getting healthy!  Men need these products just as much as women do!  Here are some before and after shots of the guys!  www.itworks.net/amyvz





A Little Lash can go a Long Way

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Last week I decided that it was about time I branched out a little bit and tried something new.  (Ha ha!  Ry would totally roll his eyes at that statement because I am ALWAYS doing something new!  Poor man can never even guess what I will come up with next!)

Anyways, I decided that I wanted to try false eye lashes.  In my typical fashion, I researched the options online.  I wanted cheap and easy.  The overwhelming consensus was to go to Sally's Beauty Supply and get Demi Whispies by Ardell.  I also learned that glue was what made or broke the entire effect.  Duo Adhesive was what everyone seemed to agree worked best.  You can get it in clear or dark.  I went with clear.  You would want to use the dark option if you wanted your eyes to look really heavily lined on the top.

So off I went to Sally's to make my $10 purchase!  Since I had no idea what I was doing I had to watch youtube to see how to apply these crazy things!  I learned that the glue is super important!  If you don&…

The Worst Note from School... (well, almost the worst..)

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A lot of paperwork comes home each night from school.  Most of the papers are completed assignments or notes.  Many of the notes are reminders of upcoming events but occasionally notes come home that are a little disturbing to me.

During the prime cold and flu season it is expected that an occasional note will come home warning of something being shared in the classroom.  This year we were warned about strep throat, stomach flu, and pink eye from various classrooms.  I'm never too concerned about these warnings, but there is one warning that recently came home that puts me immediately on edge.

This warning sends me into a head itching frenzy!  I am even itching my head right now thinking about it!  I can't help it!  When I am warned to keep an eye on my child because cases of lice are going around the classroom it seems that I contract a phantom case instantaneously!

I am happy to say that our home has never had a real case of lice, (knock on wood) but having been a teacher for…

Here We Go!!

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Lola is learning how to read and write in Developmental Kindergarten.  It is fun to see her experiment with letters and put them together to form words.  The other day she wrote this:
When I read it I automatically thought it said "beer".  When I asked Lola what the word said, she promptly responded "party"!  Oh brother!!!

The Doctor's In

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Yesterday was just one of those days where you hurry up to wait which means high stress for Mom.

Jackson got up and couldn't walk or even put on his sock.  Which means that after breakfast I took him down the street to Urgent Care.  Of course it had to be a day that the little kids were home as well.  What a way to start a day with carrying one child on your back through the parking lot and building because he can't walk and dragging two other ones by the hands!

I do have to say that they did extremely well during our visit and we learned a lot about blood pressure and x-rays!  We also had a chance to watch the Disney Channel while waiting! (thank goodness I found the remote in the room!!)  Jackson ended up with a sprained ankle.  I was happy it didn't require a cast or anything except pain killers and ice.

Later on that afternoon we had to venture back to the doctor for Tyce and Lola's check-up.  They were delighted that they were doing the same things that Jackson di…

Christmas in July and Summer in March!!

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How can this be?  The blossoms are on the trees.  The cover is off of the air conditioner.  All of the windows are open.  We are in shorts and t-shirts.  It is only March and we live in Michigan!!  I LOVE IT!!  We are setting record breaking high temperatures!  At first I was worried about global warning, but when I found out the last time we had these temperatures was well before any of our modern day conveniences that could cause global warming, I put the worry out of my mind and just enjoyed the sunshine!! 

And Then There Were Three...

We start this week off with four children in our home, but will end it with only three!

Throughout this year we have learned a lot about what it means to be a parent to someone else's child as well as our own.  Each day has been a learning experience for me and I hope that I can say that I have grown.

Our plan had been to have A live with us until he was done with high school.  I, obviously, should know that plans don't always work out the way you anticipate them to!  We feel extremely blessed that we had a year with him to help him learn, dream, and play! 

We had a meeting with Bethany Christian Services on Friday. Through speaking with counselors, social workers, us, and A, they have determined that it would be best if he moves on to a new home. He is doing great in school and with his English, but one piece that he is missing that we can't give him in our house is socializing with other kids his own age. Bethany feels (as we do also) that it is important that he ground hi…

Our Date Night at Home...

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On Friday the kids didn't have school so after the excitement of the castle burning down, I had to find something fun for them to do indoors.  (it was a bit cold outside)

I suggested they make a movie theatre in our living room!  They went crazy!!  They made tickets, popcorn, set up vending areas, put on costumes, and handed out money!  After Ryan got home and we ate dinner we all stood in line to enter the theatre!  They served us popcorn and set the mood by turning off lights.  Ryan and I didn't exactly get to sit next to each other because little ones wanted laps, but it was still a great "date night" at home!







It Works Wednesday - Skinny Thigh Recipe!

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I know we all want that model look before the warm weather hits, but without thousands of dollars, a personal trainer, and a crash diet is it really obtainable?

Yes it it!!

Today I wanted to introduce you to the "Skinny Thigh Recipe".  Works like magic and it won't break the bank!  Below is the recipe and some before and after pictures.  Remember that Ultimate Body Applicators are the same things as "wraps" and you can find them here:  www.itworks.net/amyvz




Treasures after the Thaw...

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The sun has come out of hibernation and the days are getting warmer!  Over the weekend we could play outside without hats and mittens on!  That is pretty impressive when I think about last year and the fact that we had snow in late April!
With warmer days every one begins to come out of their homes and take out things that were packed away for the winter.  (The fire on Friday brought a lot of people out too!  We have had more traffic through the neighborhood then ever before with people looking at the remnants of the fire.  The only question now is how long will it sit like that!)  We found lost toys from the summer before under bushes and tucked in the woods or bottles that have blown in the yard.  It seemed that everyone was finding treasures to share!  Some were of the creepy crawlie variety and some were treasures I wished had remained hidden!

This was also the first day that Tucker really got a taste of what it was like to be outside with the kids running around.  He was loving li…

Fire in the Neighborhood...

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I am always preaching to the kids about safety.  They hear things like "That's not safe."  and "That's dangerous."  many times over a day (sometimes in the same 5 minutes!)  We have talked about what to do in case of big emergencies and I constantly quiz them.

We have a plan on what to do in case of tornadoes and fires.  I actually have the plan posted on the wall and have supplies in the basement.  I can't take credit for this as we were required to do it by the State of Michigan in order to be foster parents.

Today the kids saw first hand about the importance of being safe and not playing with fire.  A house down the street caught fire and burnt down.  Fortunately, there were only two people in the home at the time and they got out of the home without any injuries.  The home did not fair very well.  It is amazing how fast a fire can spread and the damage it can do.  It began in the garage and spread quickly.  On our way to the library we stopped and l…

Things that go Bump in the Night..

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When you have children there are certain things you come to expect.  You expect that mud will get tracked in the house.  You expect food will be dropped on the floor.  You expect tantrums will be thrown.  You expect toys will be broken and fights will occur between siblings.

At a certain point you become immune to some of these things and the children begin to grow out of some of these behaviors or at least they become more aware of what is expected of them.

Currently, I expect that on some nights I will be woken up by one of the two little ones.  I expect one will need a drink, one had a bad dream, one doesn't feel well, or one is chilly!  This is just normal child behavior.  I don't expect for Jackson to wake up and cry like the other two because he has reached an age that he doesn't need us for each and every thing. 

Last night I was woken up out of a deep sleep by something unexpected even for our home.  It was after midnight and I suddenly heard a deep voice!  I thou…

Where oh Where has Mommy's Brain gone???

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Sometimes my brain travels much faster then the rest of me.  This is why I sometimes trip over my own feet or run into things. (For awhile I claimed it was that I was tripping over my own awesomenss and while that may be true, my brain moving at the speed of light may be a bit more believable for some) Sometimes I stubble over some of my words or jump from subject to subject because my brain just moves too fast for my mouth to keep up!  My fast moving brain sometimes gets me in trouble  in a varitey of ways.  One them being that I get busy doing so many things at once that I may misplace a thing or two or forget what I was doing in the first place!

Today was one of those days.  At least I thought it was!

I went to go pick up mail for a friend who is out of town.  I got to their house and I went to grab the keys that I have been keeping in the cup holder of my car.  Unfortunately, the cup holder was empty!  After searching in my purse, the door of the house, the driveway, under the sea…

It Works! Wednesday - Detox

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So what is detox all about?

The body undergoes a lot of wear and tear both inside and outside so it is important to ensure that the body is taken care of in order to compensate for this. Just like a car engine which needs to be serviced and have its oil removed and changed, the body also has to be detoxified in order for it to function properly and to promote general health and well being. During the course of an individual's life they ingest a variety of foods; some of which are healthy and some of which are not so healthy. The fact is that not all of this food is successfully absorbed by the body as nutrients and not all of it is discharged out of the body as waste products, there are always remnants and these remnants become toxins that are left in the bowel and colon of the body. Over a long period of time, this can have some adverse effects on the body if these toxins are not removed.
Detoxifying the body becomes even more important if you indulge in things such as cigarettes,…

Dumping DK

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I love the school my children are in.  I love that I walk into the building and staff know who I am and which children belong to me.  I love that I can send out emails at night and the teachers respond with unbelievable speed!  I love that they are concerned about my entire child and not just his or her academics.  I love that the parking lot is so full during holidays, open houses, and conferences that I have to park across the street.  I love that each time I walk into the school I see other parents volunteering in the rooms.  So basically I love their school!
Something I don't love at all is the fact that they are dumping developmental kindergarten aka DK aka young 5's aka  pre-K.  I understand why they are doing it.  The State of Michigan is changing their funding and if the schools don't offer full day all day kindergarten they will lose a lot of money.  I understand that the thought is that with having all day every day kindergarten children will get the extra time th…

Sleepy Sleepy Time...

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When I was young there was nothing more exciting then going to a sleep over!  Of course sleeping on the ground wasn't too appealing, but the junk food, movies, and talking all night long made up for any discomfort in the night!

Unfortunately, for me, there was always a price to pay for all of that fun!  I was notorious for staying up all night and then getting sick within a few days of the sleep over if I didn't catch up on that rest as soon as possible! 

In college I could stay up until 4am just chatting or studying away.  I know I was tired the next day and fell asleep with a book in my lap on occasion, but I don't remember my health being in jeopardy.  I lived that way for at least three years in a row!  When the kids were babies we were constantly getting up every 3 - 4 hours!  When Tyce was first born we had one child getting up every 30 minutes and the other getting up every three hours!  Somehow I made it through those nights and was able to function the next days …

Spring is Coming! Spring is Coming! - Because I said so!!!

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This morning Tyce got up around 6:30 asking if it was Easter!  It's my fault.  I am done with winter.  Granted, we haven't had your typical Michigan winter this year and I don't think the temps ever hit in the negatives, so I shouldn't complain too much, but I'm tired of the gloomy skies and the bare trees!  That is why yesterday the kids and I got out all of our Easter and Spring decorations.  It's time to add some color around here!!!

Of course a week ago we had a snow day with enough snow to build a ginormous snowman and just because the snow has melted does not mean that it won't come back, but I am ready for the sun to come calling again!  Even if it means that I will have to pick up plastic eggs for the next few months never knowing what may be inside them, it is worth it!  (yesterday it was dog food - no wonder the dog was crazy about the eggs!)

Here are some photos and video to give you an idea of the snow we got last week!