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Updated: 2017-11-10T08:27:25.983-05:00


Lawanda Kress - doTERRA Gold


(image) Lawanda began her oily journey early in 2013, when her mom bought her a Family Physicians kit. She quickly decided that she had to find a way to keep up her LRP so that she could get points and free stuff from doTERRA; so she took a baby sitting job to supply her family with the oils she now knew were a necessary part of her family's health.

After using the oils for almost two years, and sharing them with her family, who also began to use them, she gradually began to feel that NOT SHARING these treasures with other people would be a crime. So when her Diamond uplines (and later her Gold uplines Ed and Sarah Hildebrand) did Diamond club, she held them many classes and did lots of one-on-one classes and added many wonderful people to her team. At the end of that year, and thanks in great part to the help and guidance of her sweet uplines, Lawanda hit Silver.

By hitting silver in December, she had qualified to do her own Diamond club, and so in 2016 Lawanda traveled all over the country spreading the love and by the end of that year she hit Gold. Lawanda's horizons have been greatly expanded by doTERRA and she is very grateful for that. She never thought she would ever be able to talk in front of people or travel across the country all by herself. But because she knows everyone needs these precious oils in their life, she has grown and hopes to continue to grow with her team
members in this journey.

It has been a while!


I am starting the doTERRA cleanse protocol for the new year. If you would like info about this cleanse protocol, please message me on Fb or send me an email:

Starting Sunday, January 1st we will also be attempting to eat in a more "clean" way... So Cassie has helped me put together a menu plan for January and part of February (I will be cleansing for three months total, just because I know my body; and I need it! This is a very gentle cleanse so it does not hurt to do it for three months.)

For breakfasts we eat fruits, oatmeal, raw cow's milk and raw honey, or eggs fried in butter or coconut oil. I generally make breakfast smoothies with our Trim Shake and fruits and spinach for breakfast.

For lunch a lot of times we eat leftovers or PB & jelly sandwiches. We will have to make those more clean. ACK. :-p Sometimes we have eggs for lunch as well as breakfast, hard boiled or fried in butter. We like to make salads too, or soups. Sundays we will snack, because my mom fixes a large lunch after church and so we are usually pretty full and do not fix a meal in the eve. Wednesdays and Saturdays we are usually so busy, you will notice our dinners will be very much "hurry up" affairs.


Week 1

Monday 2nd Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Tuesday 3rd Pork Pot Roast (we raise our own pork)
Wednesday 4th Healthy Sloppy Joes
Thursday 5th Artichoke and Tomato Chicken
Friday 6th Stuffed Peppers
Saturday 7th Clean Eating Chicken Salad

Week 2

(This is the week I will be abstaining and eating only RAW fruits, veggies, nuts for five days)
Monday 9th Rainbow Sushi (Nori or greens wrapped veggies)
Tuesday 10th (cold) Garlic Tomato Avocado soup
Wednesday 11th Raw Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Cucumber Sauce
Thursday 12th Pumpkin and Hazelnut Soup
Friday 13th Spicy Mustard Salad
Saturday 14th Soup beans (spare ribs for flavor), corn bread

Week 3

Monday 16th Pesto Chicken Florentine
Tuesday 17th Grilled fish, smashed potatoes, salad
Wednesday 18th Eggs and Fried potatoes (remember, we use organic raw butter, so it is ok to fry things even tho it is really not the most healthy for ya!)
Thursday 19th White bean, kale, and sausage soup
Friday 20th BBQ pork (clean eating recipe for the sauce) and sweet potato fries
Saturday 21st Chili

Week 4

Monday 23rd Clean Eating Chicken Pot Pies
Tuesday 24th Carnitas
Wednesday 25th Avocado Pesto Alfredo with gluten free or whole wheat pasta
Thursday 26th Chicken BBQ casserole
Friday 27th Pan grilled pollock, asparagus
Saturday 28th Leftovers

Week 5

Monday 30th Mexican chicken
Tuesday 31st Instant Pot Stew


Week 1

Wednesday 1st Hamburgers and sweet potato fries
Thursday 2nd Taco salad
Friday 3rd Clean Eating pork and Potato Skillet
Saturday 4th Leftovers

Week 2

Monday 6th Pork chops and sauerkraut
Tuesday 7th Ginger Glazed Mahi mahi
Wednesday 8th Skillet pork chops with cabbage, baked potatoes
Thursday 9th Meatloaf, mashed potatoes (we use organic fed raw milk and butter),  corn
Friday 10th Whole chicken in Instant Pot, mashed potatoes, corn
Saturday 11th Leftovers

Clean Eating Chicken Salad


We are trying this next Saturday!

  • 2 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breasts - cut into cubes
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, non-fat
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 2 whole-wheat pita pockets, halved
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves
In a large bowl, mix all of the salad ingredients. Chicken salad can be eaten as is or eat as a pita sandwich. Recipe serves 4.

Menu plan for November 2015


I wish there was sushi involved but there is not....

11/1 - 11/7
Monday - Grilled pork, smashed potatoes, salad
Tuesday - Taco Salad
Wednesday - Grilled chicken, salad
Thursday - Shrimp Scampi, Pasta and Spinach Alfredo
 Friday - French Toast and bacon

 11/8 - 11/14
Monday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn
Tuesday - BBQ pork, mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday - Sausage gravy and biscuits
Thursday - Mac n Cheese, ham, broccoli
Friday - Steak, baked sweet potatoes, salad

11/15 - 11/21
Monday - Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday - Sausage and Spaghetti, salad
Wednesday - Fried potatoes and eggs
Thursday - Grilled Chicken, baked potatoes, green beans
Friday -  Texas beef skillet

11/22 - 11/28
Monday - Pancakes and bacon
Tuesday - Lasagna
Wednesday - Sausage potato casserole
Thursday - TURKEY DAY
Friday - Fish, smashed potatoes, corn

Our Orlando Florida Vaca


We had just the most fantastic time. The weather was perfect! Even the sales pitch wasn't bad. (We had signed on to listen to them pitch us a Time Share) It was so easy to say no, cuz it totally was not our style!! We hate big fancy places!! Tho, I said no twice and then told Kevin he was going to have to literally speak the word "NO" before they would take no for an answer. Once he did, it was over. Ha!

Universal and Islands of Adventure were both awesome! I am a movie buff, so it was a dream theme park for me (image) I enjoyed it way more than I did Disney (tho Disney was fun too, I am just not that into Disney, plus I am sure it has improved since I was 16!)

Tanner even got to ride several rides. He mostly trembled through them, but he did love the Minion ride and the Storm (Xmen girl character) ride, which seems funny, but it was one of those that flip you around and around. He liked Spiderman, but was scared.He kept saying he wanted to ride HULK, but Hulk was a scary roller coaster, that none of us wanted to ride.(image) He and Raechel both REALLY enjoyed Seuss Landing (image) (We did that day three)

We LOVED Harry Potter world and had a butterbeer all three days (image) We bought the girls the interactive wands the first day and when we came back the second day we went straight back to Diagon Alley and they went through and did all the spells there, while Kevin and Tanner played in the shade. Then we went to Hogsmeade and they did them there. We rode the Escape from Gringotts ride the first day, it is in Diagon Alley, then the Hogwarts ride the second day.

The third day we did the rest of Islands of Adventure and the couple of rides we missed but wanted to do at Universal (Transformers and Minions)

The wait times were not that bad, even tho the park was SUPER busy. It was the most crowded on MONDAY! But everyone seemed foreign. Barely heard English, and it was mostly British English! (image) We waited the longest for Escape from Gringotts and Minions and Transformers. And it was about an hour for those. About 45 minutes for several of them, but most of them we only waited 10 minutes all three days!!

The girls loved the water rides the most, they were in Islands of Adventure, the Toon Landing section and Jurassic park had a bit of actual water. I recommend bringing a change of clothes!!! We did not and they were kinda miserable. tho they did not complain much. I mean they would spray you with water in other rides, but it was minor, no change of clothes needed til we got to those ones.

Tanner and snow and God


Funny story about snow. Tanner was pouting the other day because he wanted to play in the snow but all there was out there was mud. He said, can I go get snow? I told him no, God makes it snow. So he says, so is God up in the sky shaking the snow down? (He's already figured out that God is in Heaven and that's somewhere above the sky) And I said, no because He set nature in motion and that's where snow comes from..the clouds and weather and nature (because I'm obviously so great at 'splaining things.) so he says - Well, I need to talk to Him about this. Can I call Him? And after I laughed for a while, haha, I told him noooo, prayers is you talking to God. God hears you and sees you all the time! So he said - You mean when we eat and when we go to bed, that prayers? I answered in the affirmative and he said, Sooo, God sees us all, but we can't see Him? Another affirmative from me... Sooooo, God saw Raechel when she called me a meanie brat in her bedroom? Is he gonna lell at her?Yet more cackling from me, then I said no, he won't yell at her.Long story longer, later that night when he was praying he was at the end and then said - oh no stop! Then he leaned over and whispered in my ear We fordot snow!! And then said in his prayer, And please snow for us.He hasn't stopped talking about God seeing us either. He kept telling me all the stuff he was doing that day and said "God saw me do that."Had to share. It was adorbs. Hahaha[...]

Please stop hate


This is just a little info for people who believe (and post what seem to me to be hate-filled intimidation articles about it, I have seen several) that the current measles outbreak (Disney-land) is due to "more people choosing not to vaccinate" This statement is, in fact, not true. The US vaccine rates have remained steadily above the target of 90% since 1999. In fact, the coverage increased more than 1% in 2013, from the previous year. Another fact is that the rates only dropped below the target of 90% in three different years since 1994, all of them pre-1999. (data is not available on this page about 2014)

I know people like to get riled up over folks not vaccinating! But the fact is that basically the target percentage (or more) of children have been vaccinated for the past 17 years. Meaning that "more people are choosing not to vaccinate" is a lie. (I guess it is possible that the vaccine rates for 2014 will be below 90%, but I don't think so)

All that the articles I've read are doing is giving the mobs a person to throw stones at. (Hopefully that will remain a metaphor)
Vaccinate your children if you want to.
Please stop trying to state as a fact that those who don't vaccinate are responsible for these diseases' existence. That is completely untrue and unfair.
If you are worried about the measles, ask your doctor to test you or whoever you are worried about, to see if you have an immunity. If not, you can be prepared. (If you think you want to try another shot, I am sure they'd be happy to administer it)
And for newborns, breastfeed them.

Blame and bullying have no place in REAL health care. If you cannot accomplish what you want with out scare tactics, then maybe what you want to accomplish is not really such a great goal.


Crochet crochet crochet!


I have been crocheting like a machine! Haha! I made everyone gifts for xmas. Mostly hats & scarves but also a dishcloth or two. ;) Happy Campers with their hats and scarves made from Grandma Sams' yarn! I will update this post when I get pics of everyone else in theirs :)[...]

Allergy help


Btw I started a blog to post helpful info about the essential oils that I have been using!!

This is my current post over there

My menus are all the same....


Yet posting them helps me cook food (not always what is on the menu!!) and feed my fam. Huh. Weird, yes? (We have not actually been eating our steaks, but I keep putting them on here in hopes that we will. Yum, steak.) I am trying to be different-ish.

9/1 - 9/5
Monday - Chicken Alfredo pasta with spinach
Tuesday - Hamburgers
Wednesday - Pancakes and bacon
Thursday - Smothered chicken, mashed potatoes, beans
Friday - Steak, baked potatoes, salad

9/8 - 9/12
Monday - Hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans
Tuesday - Stuffed peppers with mashed potatoes
Wednesday - French toast
Thursday - Stovetop Chicken n Stuffing
Friday - Fish Tacos

9/15 - 9/19
Monday - White bean, sausage, and Kale soup
Tuesday - Baked chicken, corn, mashed potatoes
Wednesday - Baked mac n cheese
Thursday - Shrimp and veggie stir fry
Friday - Steak, salad, baked potato

9/22 - 9/26
Monday - Spaghetti and sausage
Tuesday - Pork roast, mashed potatoes, carrots
Wednesday - Fried potatoes and eggs
Thursday - Pizza (Faith and Raechel's bday party at Skate Country)
Friday - Grilled fish, smashed potatoes, grilled veggies

9/29 - 10/3
Monday - Chili
Tuesday - Tomato Basil Salmon
Wednesday - Sausage gravy and biscuits
Thursday - Enchiladas
Friday - Grilled chicken, bacon, potato, onion packets

Menu for August


Monday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn
Tuesday - Pork and sauerkraut, potatoes and carrots
Wednesday - Texas Beef Skillet
Thursday - Mac n Cheese, ham, broccoli
Friday - Steak, baked sweet potatoes, salad

Monday - Cheeseburger Soup
Tuesday - Grilled chicken, bacon, onion ranch packets
Wednesday - French toast and bacon
Thursday - Taco salad
Friday - Fish, smashed potatoes, salad

Monday - Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday - Chili
Wednesday - Fried potatoes and eggs
Thursday - BBQ pork, mashed potatoes, green beans
 Friday -  Shrimp Scampi, Pasta and Spinach Alfredo

Monday - Pot roast in crock pot w/potatoes, cabbage, carrots
Tuesday - Chicken Stir Fry
Wednesday - Sausage gravy and biscuits
Thursday - Mexican chicken
Friday - Sausage and spaghetti

Naming the vehicle


Does your car have a name?

We call our van Mrs Shockey. Because everyone is always getting shocked when they get out. I have no idea why. 

But we've determined her first name is Betsy. Because the transmission has been going bad for years and I always pat the dashboard and say, "C'mon Betsy! You can do it old girl!" Again, no idea why. Lol

I don't recall ever naming any of my other vehicles!

Monthly menu!


7/7 - 7/11
Monday - Grilled pork, smashed potatoes, salad
Tuesday - Taco Salad
Wednesday - Grilled chicken, salad
Thursday - Shrimp Scampi, Pasta and Spinach Alfredo
 Friday - French Toast and bacon

 7/14 - 7/18
Monday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn
Tuesday - BBQ pork, mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday - Sausage gravy and biscuits
Thursday - Mac n Cheese, ham, broccoli
Friday - Steak, baked sweet potatoes, salad

7/ 21 - 7/25
Monday - Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday - Sausage and Spaghetti, salad
Wednesday - Fried potatoes and eggs
Thursday - Grilled Chicken, baked potatoes, green beans
Friday -  Texas beef skillet

7/28 - 8/1
Monday - Pancakes and bacon
Tuesday - Lasagna
Wednesday - Sausage potato casserole
Thursday - Mexican chicken
Friday - Fish, smashed potatoes, corn

Monthly menu


Week 1 (June 9- 13)
I will be gone most of the end of this week. So it's and easy peasy week for the girls so less stress.

Monday - Pot roast in crock pot w/potatoes, cabbage, carrots
Tuesday - Chicken Stir Fry
Wednesday - Chili
Thursday - Baked mac n Cheese
Friday - Sausage and spaghetti

Week 2 (June 16-20)
Monday - Cheeseburger Soup
Tuesday - Grilled chicken, bacon, onion ranch packets
Wednesday - French toast and bacon
Thursday - Taco salad
Friday - Fish, smashed potatoes, salad

Week 3 (June 23 -27)
Monday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn
Tuesday - BBQ pork, mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday - Sausage gravy and biscuits
Thursday - Shrimp Scampi, Pasta and Spinach Alfredo
Friday - Steak, baked sweet potatoes, salad

Week 4 (June 30- July 4)
Monday - Chicken casserole, mashed potatoes, corn
Tuesday - Chicken Spaghetti
Wednesday - Fried potatoes and eggs
Thursday - Texas beef skillet
Friday - Fourth of July !!!

And I am back. With a monthly Menu. Boom!


I am gonna do a four week (monthly) plan all in one post. Just cuz I am tired of doing it weekly. Which is evidenced by the fact that I haven't done a plan for a while. haha

Even tho, I guess I am starting in the middle of the month! Oh well. :-p

For our breakfasts we generally have oats, eggs, cereal, or pancackes. Lunches we usually eat hot dogs (Yes I know that's terrible! We are a busy family, don't judge! haha), sandwiches, soup, salad, or leftovers. In our defense we snack on fruit and veggies throughout the day almost all the time...

Also, I don't do Sundays cuz my mom cooks us a big meal after church, and I don't do Saturday because we eat leftovers or just fix something quick and easy usually.

Week 1 (May 12-16)
Monday - Grilled pork, smashed potatoes, salad
Tuesday - Chili
Wednesday - French toast and bacon
Thursday - Pork roast, mashed potatoes, corn
Friday - Grilled trout, boiled potatoes, corn

Week 2 (May 19-23)
Monday - Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday - Sausage and Spaghetti, salad
Wednesday - Fried potatoes and eggs
Thursday - Grilled Chicken, baked potatoes, green beans
Friday - Mac n Cheese, ham, broccoli

Week 3 (May 26-30)
Monday - Taco Salad
Tuesday - Pork roast, sauerkraut, carrots
Wednesday - Pancakes and bacon
Thursday - Texas beef skillet
Friday - Grilled chicken, salad

Week 4 (June 2-6)
Monday - Mexican chicken
Tuesday - Shrimp Scampi, Pasta and Spinach Alfredo
Wednesday - Sausage potato casserole
Thursday - Lasagna
Friday - Steak, baked potatoes (sweet for me), salad

Menu on hold


I'm not in the mood to fix (or eat) good healthy food for anyone. 

Check back later. 


Menu Monday


Monday - Shrimp scampi alfredo pasta
Tuesday - French toast and bacon
Wednesday - Chicken Spaghetti
Thursday - Texas beef skillet
Friday - Soup beans and corn bread



Monday - Baked Mac n Cheese
Tuesday - Sausage potato bake
Wednesday - Lasagna
Thursday - Taco Salad
Friday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Weight Loss competition complete.


So. I have lost 15 lbs since the beginning of the year. It's not a lot, I realize. But at least I'm going down! :)

When I remember to use the slim & sassy, it really helps with cravings and hunger. I'm still amazed every time I use it! 

I've never lost this much weight before without being in the weight watchers program. I adore weight watchers, but I just cannot afford it. 

What I have the most trouble with is getting my waters in and not giving in to cravings that basically ruin my day and make me want to eat more. (Emotional eater FOR CERTAIN)

Slim and sassy has really helped me with that. It makes me thirsty and I literally forget about the sweet stuff in my kitchen and can get busy with other stuff. 

I do still have issues remembering to take it. It's just the way I am. I think I have a self destruct button. Maybe it's just easier to fail?? Idk. But I do know that I can't seem to remember the slim and sassy more than three days a week. In my defense I am a fairly busy mom of five and grandmother of 1! :)

I'm hoping to continue my slow but steady downward trend. I prefer losing weight slowly anyhow because it's easier for me to get the habits going that help me keep the weight off longer. 

I won't be getting prego any more or breastfeeding so I will no longer have any good excuses for gaining this weight back ;)



Tuesday-Grilled chicken and Bacon and onion foil packet potatoes (courtesy of Kevin) :)
Wednesday- Smoked Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn (Courtesy of Kevin! He is on his long break!) :)
Thursday- Mahi-Mahi Tacos
Friday- Steak, Sweet potatoes, Salad



Monday - Stroganoff, mashed potatoes, green beans
Tuesday - Mexican chicken
Wednesday -French toast and bacon
Thursday - Lemon Caper Tuna with Alfredo
Friday -Pizza (It's Cassie's Bday party!)

My menus get so boring, for reals


Monday - Texas Beef Skillet
Tuesday - Steak, baked sweet potatoes, salad
Wednesday - Eggs and sausage
Thursday - Baked mac and cheese with ham and salad
Friday -  Apple and Pork Stew (new recipe I thought sounded yummy)

Week 10 Weight loss


Maintained week 9, lost week 8 so it is going so slowly I felt I had nothing to report :)

This week~  Lost.... a pound. I know it is best to lose weight slowly. When I lose weight slowly, it tends to stay off longer. So I am ok with the rate I am losing. It won't win me any contests, but truly, weight loss is more for myself anyhow. I just want to feel better. I want to get into better habits. And I am doing that, albeit slowly :)

I am down over all 14 pounds. :)

Sports rant


I'm not trying to step on anyone's toes. I know most people look on organized sports as a truly wonderful thing.But I really must rant a moment. Whhhhyyyyy are sports so freaking important to people????? Why do the for-sports people deem non-sports people to be inferior????I do think exercise is important to our bodies, since we don't do much physical activity anymore. But I really and truly dislike organized sports. Especially for kids. Sooooooo many people have made this a priority in their lives. And I just totally don't get that. I've been looked down upon for my kids' lack of participation in sports. Like we are a subpar family because we don't do soccer or softball or something else. I think it's a newer phenomenon. I don't recall ever feeling like my parents were looked down upon for this. My brother did play high school football. But otherwise we were in 4H, and that was it. And my parents never took us to that, we went with other people. Or if mommy did take us, she dropped us off. I don't remember. I didn't care. I guess I don't truly understand why sports are  Oh-so-important. But I have an inkling. You know what's important to me? Church and family. Yep. That's pretty much it. You know why my siblings and I weren't in sports? Because they interfered with the important things. Church and family. That's why my kids aren't in any sports either. I just read this article about how this person felt so guilty because they had a tournament on a Sunday and they didn't want to "let the team down" so they went there instead of church. Now, do I think they're destined for hell for missing one Sunday, or even if they miss a lot of church to do their chosen sport? No. But I'll tell you one thing. If you put ANYTHING above church and family, you will not be authentically happy in this life, and I firmly believe, in the next one either. And the way I see it, your presence reveals your loyalties. I know that teens aren't always excited to be present with their family. Sometimes it seems with teens they're like "omg, I have to eat with you EVERY DAY! what's it matter if I have to start missing a meal or five to do my chosen sport?"Maybe it doesn't matter. To other families. But my belief is - that the solidarity that is gained from being together as a family is what forms the bond that is unequalled by anything you'll ever find on a sports team. Families that are together, help each other when help is needed. They don't give up on a family member when they are at a low point. They keep on getting together every week or whatever and that way they know what's going on in each other's lives and can HELP ONE ANOTHER. Same goes for our brothers and sisters in Christ, the church family. Contrary to what most people think, your church attendance is for no one else's benefit but your own. When you miss, you hurt yourself.  Because when you are down and having troubles in this world, and could use some help, if you've not been showing up, HOW WILL YOUR FAMILY KNOW WHAT IS WRONG OR HOW TO HELP?Surely people don't think their family or church family members are psychic! Haha. I actually think some people do. The way they complain about not getting any help from their family or church. And let's face it, if you are a member who hardly ever shows up, and when you do finally show your face, and you act as if everyone should be grateful[...]

Menu replay


We will try this again! This is from a couple weeks back. With a few modifications, because we actually did have the Texas Beef Skillet so I will change Tuesday to Tacos! :)

Monday - Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
Tuesday - Texas Beef Skillet Tacos
Wednesday - Pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
Thursday - Pan fried Tilapia meal (my new recipe I am doing...only with flounder, it was wild caught and cheaper)
Friday - Potato soup and salad