Friday, March 28, 2014

He strikes again

His debates to get a dog are getting more edgy....


Simon: Ask me why I love puppies.

Me: Why do you love puppies?

Simon: Because they are sweet, fun, and I love 
          them. But you, already knew that, didn't you? 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Now is the time to try!

April 7th you could be on your way to better health, creating an alkaline body (sickness cannot live in an alkaline body), and feeling your best. 
Learn how to eat clean with recipes and shopping lists, and how to 'reset' your body to function at it's best.
You don't have to live where I live to participate. People all over the country will be doing it with you through an online support group.
To find out more listen to the recorded call below: 

OR, if you do live in or around OKC, there is a live Health Happy Hour THIS THURSDAY at 6:30. 
Feel free to email me for details: aubrieross@gmail.com

Saturday, March 22, 2014

On the LDLs bad side.

High cholesterol runs in my family. Whoopee! 
I have taken prescription medication to lower my LDL cholesterol since I was 16. 

Five years ago, when we decided to start a family, I had to go off the meds per doctor's orders because of risk. He also let me know that I had about a 5 year 'safe' window to be off the meds before it could become a problem, so to try and plan my family during that time (since pregnancy can be timed to perfection, and all. But I got the idea.)

During many blood tests you routinely go through during pregnancies I was told multiple times "did you know you have dangerously high cholesterol levels?" Obviously those lovely hormones didn't do me any favors, once again. 

So, since we have completed our family, I knew I needed to get re-tested and get back on the meds. Besides being thrilled about going on medication again, I was also thrilled about going on an expensive medication again. Fabulous.

During my appointment the doc reminded me how very high my LDL had been and what (high) mg dosage I had been on. I mentioned I had been working on a better eating lifestyle and was hoping it would help....My doc's not-so-convinced-silence was not very encouraging.

So, this past week I received the call with my results. Before giving me my results the nurse asked me again if I had been taking any meds before the test. I hadn't. She asked me again what I had been doing different the last few months. I told her about the changes/additions. She then told me that my levels were down over 60 points!!! (Who hoo!)They were still slightly over the recommended level, but she said no medication needed. To keep up with what I had been doing and we would evaluate again in 6 months. 
I thought it would be better, but I honestly, truly couldn't believe it was that different. 

The combination eating better and the Arbonne Detox Tea and Fiber Boost daily have made a huge difference, apparently. 

Telling the world! (and my high-cholesterol family!!)

 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I mean really.

I love this kid's hair. So much. 
I love the kid too. So much.
However, when said kid's hair prevents him from blinking, the tragic must occur.

Now, there is this kid. With a big boy hairdo. Who is almost three. And I almost always cry just thinking about both.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wheel Day

Henson had Wheel Day at his Pre-K yesterday for their transportation unit. So cute.
They made laps through the parking lot, playground, and the inside of the school, which was apparently the 'coolest thing ever' according to the kids.


Simon jumped on the chance to participate by helping park the cars when the kids were finished.

This guy had the record for most laps made.  He was passing the others left and right and making it in under 2 minutes each lap. Nice.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The natural wake up call




Oh, and these can also be beneficial when mixed with water.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Another talk about Heaven

Simon: Where is Heaven?

Henson: It is farther away than space!

Simon: Why is God in Heaven?

Henson: He lives there.

Simon: Oh, right.

Henson: Mom, why is Heaven so great?

Me: Well, Heaven is all things good. Think of your favorite things you do, play, eat, and experience
        here on earth. It will be about 10xs better than that!

Henson: Oooooooh, so you mean like where there are Legos everywhere, and even the Death Star
               Lego!?!

Me: I bet so.

Henson: Awesome! I bet God could help me figure that thing out. It is huge! It's pretty big, and hard. 
             But since God supposedly can do anything He could probably do it by himself. I bet he
             would let me help, though. I will have to watch what He does, then help Him when I can. I
             mean, it is SO big. And SO hard. I can't wait.

Amen.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Where did this come from, all of the sudden?

You have probably noticed an new addition to my posting topics lately...

Let me explain a little about why Arbonne has suddenly popped into my life. 

So, I was actually introduced to Arbonne's products about 10 years ago when my best friend, and roommate at the time, began using them. I loved what I tried (bummed off of her), but wasn't really interested in any other part of it at the time.

I became a full time wedding coordinator in 2004, unexpectedly, ended up loving it, and have had my own wedding business for 10 years now.
 (as I type that I am about to be nauseous realizing how old 
I sound/am/getting. lovely) I have loved doing this, but it does take a lot of time away from my family. Weekends, meetings, planning. Love it, but time is the issue here.

Five years ago I founded a non-profit organization, Heartbeat for Hope,
supporting education and rural development for Ghana, West Africa. 
This came from involvement as the service project coordinator for our church's elementary program. My first year on we organized support for a few kids at a children's orphanage in Ghana. We decided to continue this as our main mission effort with our elementary kids, thus building an even stronger bond with the orphanage. With that relationship deepening I realized this was my passion. Helping these children. Helping as many children, women, men, families, that were in need as we could find possible.
So, in 2008, I got the urge to broaden our reach of support and awareness, and with the help of some great people, launched the non-profit in 2009.

I truly love what this organization has grown to do. I can't express enough how it has expanded, and been blessed in such a short time. I plan to continue this indefinitely. And, just booked our yearly trip for May! I am so excited to get back over there!
Now, all those involved, including myself, at H4H, are volunteers. Meaning, no paycheck. (P.S. I love you all!)
This is very intentional, and there are not immediate plans for that to change. 

So, that leads me to this new venture: Arbonne.

 My husband and I were reintroduced to Arbonne in the fall when we decided to do their 28-day get fit program. (read about that here) After two weeks, I knew I wanted to continue using this plan, so I signed up so I could get an awesome discount. 
  
I will honestly say that I never expected myself to go this direction. I knew I loved the products, but I had some previous misconceptions about the business. After finding out the options to sign up including a consultant that didn't have to be a business builder, just income based on referrals, I was sold. 

My goal with this new life turn is this: 
1. To give back. I have pledged to always give 15% of my earnings to Heartbeat for Hope.  
2. To let go of the majority of the wedding business, but still be able to make an income while staying home with my kids.
3. I love the products and want a great discount with income earning based on referrals. Win-win.
4. Bonus: there is a wonderful group of Christian ladies leading the way.

Annnnnnnd....when I get excited about something, everyone gets to hear about it!! Like, always. No matter what it is. Ask my family and close friends. And neighbors. And Postman. And teller at my bank. 

Anyways, so there you go. 
I'm excited, and now you know why!