I wanted to share a little bit of my testimony with Plexus and spotlight the products I would recommend to friends/family!
I began taking Plexus about 2-3 months ago. My sweet friend recommended it for my migraines. My migraines are caused by blood sugar issues. Honestly I was skeptical. I have dealt with migraines since graduating high school. My body is so sensitive to spikes and drops in my blood sugar. I began taking a migraine preventative almost a year ago. My doctor started me on 25 mg of amitriptyline. I went from having probably approximately 12-15 migraines a month to having 1 a week. I was SO excited. My doctor still felt 4-5/month was too many. She doubled my prescription. This worked!! I only had an average of one a month. BUT oh my goodness the dry mouth, the nose bleeds. Who knew that was really even an issue?! Well, it is. Believe ME!
I began taking Plexus Slim. What is Plexus Slim? For many Plexus slim is the BEST tool to help curb their sugar cravings. I don't really have sugar cravings. I haven't eaten many sweets since high school. I occasionally have a dessert but not very often. BUT I have many friends who really struggle with sugar cravings. Plexus Slim is a WONDERFUL tool to help you have the willpower to make some serious nutritional changes. Slim also can help maintain blood sugar so you aren't spiking and crashing. By helping you slowly, gently wean off of sugar, it is helping you combat candida. Keep reading I will explain candida below!!
After about 3 weeks of taking Plexus Slim (first thing in the morning, 30 min before a meal), I added the ProBio5 and Biocleanse. I take one a day, both at bedtime. (I have a few friends who take Biocleanse in the morning because it wakes them up.) ProBio5 is AMAZING. Not only is it such a great Probiotic, it also contains an anti-fungal. This helps to kill the candida overgrowth! The Biocleanse is an oxygenator, absorber, eliminator. It helps break up toxins and then helps your body eliminate the toxins instead of your body storing them in fat. Your body knows to pull the toxins away from vital organs which is why they are stored in fat. The Biocleanse helps eliminate them! This is KEY to weightless for those who are interested in losing weight. WEIGHT is not the problem, WASTE is the problem!!
This is NOT a quick fix but oh my goodness have I seen results from it. About 5 weeks into my journey with Plexus, I decided to 1/2 my migraine medicine. This would take me back down to the 25mg, which in the beginning still allowed 4-5 migraines/month. After halving my medicine, I was migraine free for 19 days. That's almost 3 weeks without a migraine. That was a HUGE blessing. I have only had 2 migraines since and, believe it or not, BOTH of those migraines happened on a day I forgot to drink my Plexus Slim. I haven't had a nose bleed or dry mouth since halving my meds. I can also say, since implementing all three Plexus products, I haven't had an ounce of anxiety and my energy level has definitely increased!!!
Now let's look at the common denominator for a lot of the symptoms that are plaguing many of you and those around you!
CANDIDA Overgrowth is the Common Denominator for the symptoms above! Candida is not the enemy. God put it in us for a purpose. It's main purpose is to decompose our body once we are finished with it:) Candida OVERGROWTH is the enemy. There are several factors which lead to overgrowth. Here are a few.. antibiotics (which kill the good and bad bacteria), oral birth control, stress, weakened immune system, a high sugar diet, etc. Candida Overgrowth DEMANDS sugar!! It is so very hard on your body (and those around you, bless 'em:) when you try to eliminate sugar from your diet all together. Plexus Triplex team (Slim, Probio5, Biocleanse) are an amazing tool to eliminate Candida overgrowth. The slim enables you to make good food choices and helps you cut out sugar while maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. The Probio5, with anti fungal, helps kill the candida and the biocleanse helps you eliminate the toxins. Again, this is NOT a quick fix but you will slowly see inches, pounds and symptoms drop off.
So how much is all of this?? YES. That was my question. We are a family of 6 with a yearly income of mid 40s. Obviously, we didn't have a lot of extra cash lying around. All in all my Plexus products average around $100/month BUT since I am an Ambassador I am able to share my website and have people purchase from ME. This has enabled me to get my product free with a little extra cash left over. I am NOT a salesman. OH my goodness y'all. It's even hard for me to share my experience with Plexus for fear someone would be pressured to buy. SOoooo I am probably not going to cold contact you about Plexus. There are a few who I know God has laid on my heart to at least share it with BUT I would truly love to talk to you all about it. I would love to share some other practical tips for you to help you achieve your health goals. I PROMISE not to pester or pressure you. I will share, you should pray and then do as you are led. The sweet friend who shared with me is a FRIEND. That means she would've been a FRIEND regardless of my decision to try Plexus.
SO... if you are interested in hearing more, in coming to an info meeting, or have any questions I would LOVE to help and be of assistance!!
Here is my website for those who would like to browse the products. I would also HIGHLY recommend the body cream. It is AMAZING!! AND this month (Oct 2014) they are running a special on their Breast Chek Kit, BOGO. They are also donating 5% of all Breast Chek Kit sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
I've had 5 different people ask me over the past 2 weeks about homeschooling. They've all inquired about what we do so I thought I would just write a blog post.
Our boys are in 2nd and 3rd grade. We have LOVED homeschooling. Our kids genuinely enjoy each other's company and spending so much time together has been such a blessing. Our time with them is only a moment so I'm trying to soak it all up and enjoy it!! Homeschooling is also a refining tool in my life. Whew! It's not always easy and my sin is exposed to my children daily. I am so thankful for the opportunity to live a genuine life in front of them and continually repent when I'm sinful and ask for their forgiveness. There is a lot of love and forgiveness poured out in this home daily!!
What we use...
Both boys are using Math U See. I love it! I taught in the public school system for 12 years, the last 3 years were in a Math classroom so I really researched a lot when I was trying to pick out our curriculum. Math U See just works for us. I love that it digs deep into the concepts taught in the year but doesn't overwhelm you with too many concepts. Andrew is a 3rd grader and has learned his multiplication, double digit by double digit and triple digit by triple digit multiplication. He has also learned how to factor and this week will learn about prime and composite numbers. He has learned a LOT about measurement (how many tsp in a tbsp, feet in a yard, etc).
We have been using My First Language Lessons for Parker (level 2) and Andrew (level 3). I love it. It takes a classical education approach. We've made up a ridiculous amount of songs to help us memorize. Seriously songs are the way to go for our family. We work out daily to our prepositions. Piper (who is 4) could probably name every single preposition (she may have to do jumping jacks while she's quoting them;).
Andrew is using Phonetic Zoo for Spelling. I like it. He's a good speller so I think any curriculum would suit him but he seems to enjoy it. We are using All About Spelling with Parker. I really like the way Phonetic Zoo approaches spelling so I usually modify Park's lesson so it mimics Phonetic Zoo. Phonetic Zoo is an auditory lesson mainly. Andrew listens to a CD where the weekly rule is read several times throughout the quiz and then after spelling the 15 words, he listens to the corrections track on the CD and corrects his work.
We are in a co-op so we use the History and Science they have chosen. For History, we use Mystery of History and we are using Apologia Science (Zoology).
We read a LOT. I think reading out loud to the kids is HUGE! They have learned so much vocabulary. Their comprehension is fantastic. I read the entire Narnia series to them when Parker was only 4 and he can still tell you detail after detail. I try to encourage all mommas and daddies to READ to their children. Turn the tv off and read for an hour as a family at night. There are SOOO many good books. Our kids love this time together but not near as much as I do. Sure, there are times when I am exhausted and it's the last thing I want to do but oh goodness it's been rich for our family. I thank God all the time for His prompting in this area.
We have just started doing some unit studies as a family. (If we were not in a co-op all of our History and Science would be learned through unit studies.) Last month we studied about Australia and the past couple weeks we have been studying about roller coasters. The kids have LOVED this and they have learned so much. We just go to the library and check out 8-10 books and read, read, read. We usually do a couple/few activities along the way and make a little file folder with all the important information.
The best advice I could give as an educator is to continually reflect on WHY you are doing what you are doing and if it's not for student achievement (spiritual, character, educational, etc) then should you be doing it?! Don't feel like you have to heap on a lot of STUFF... just make sure what you're doing provides genuine learning opportunities. Try to tie the new learning to previous knowledge. We don't just want our kids to be able to spit out facts and recall info, we want them to truly grasp and understand the concepts we teach them and be able to apply them. I love Bloom's Taxonomy. They've recently updated it. Here's a link. Try to move your kids past the remembering and understanding steps and dig deeper. Give them opportunities to compare/contrast, evaluate, create/design, etc.
I love teaching!! I loved teaching in the public schools and I love teaching my little ones. I am thankful God has given me this opportunity.
I'm sure I've left off some of the things we do but this is the bulk of it;)
My kids LOVE the library! They love to get new books. Our public library allows us to go online and select books and then they will set them aside for us and we can pick them up. I LOVE this feature, however I am learning my way around the Junior Nonfiction aisle;). Last year we used My Father's World curriculum and I LOVED it so much. It was just too much to use while being involved in our co-op. This year the thing I have missed the most is just doing the fun things at home. MFW had book basket lists every week which went with our learning. We loved those books. I've decided to start picking subjects and doing Unit studies. Since the kids are having to present material on a place in our co-op we decided to have our first Unit Studies be about Australia. I checked about a dozen books from the library and we dug in. We've had such a great time learning. Very little prep time on my part, really just picking out books and save them to my acct at the library. After we read our books we chose what we thought was the most important information we learned about and put together some folders.
They LOVED the Aboriginal dot painting:)
To celebrate the conclusion of our unit we dined out at the Outback! ;)
My mom gave us Silver Dollar City season passes for Christmas. We are heading there in a week for a couple of days so we decided to do a Unit Studies over roller coasters and the science of motion next.
So often we compare ourselves to others. I'm thinking that's pretty much always a bad idea. God really did make us so entirely different. He definitely gave me a little extra pep in my step and wayyy too much energy at times. We have many embarrassing stories about my happy meter going off the charts. One night after we were seated at a restaurant our waiter comes up and says "Hi! My name is Jeff and I will be waiting on you." Without missing a beat I reply, "Oh hello! I'm Jenny! Nice to meet you." REALLY! Who introduces themselves to their waiter. One day I was walking across the parking lot at Kroger and was apparently smiling way too big and a guy said, "WOW! What are you so happy about?" So embarrassed:) My reply "I just love life!!" Even more embarrassed;) The other night we went out to eat at Outback and on our way out we saw an old friend who we have not seen in 10 years or more and I was like "HELLO!! How are you?! Are you living in the area?! Oh by the way if you say something about Ryan Newman placing in the top ten you get a free bloomin' onion. REALLY?! Cam and I died laughing all the way to the car. Who does that? I usually just look at him and he's like "yea, that's a little much!" Then there was a time we were at the airport and I saw Asa Hutchinson get off of the plane. He's just a local politician but I act as if he's Elvis. I said "ASA!!" He assumes surely this weirdo knows me and starts walking our way. I wanted to die. I just waved a little wave and smiled, he smiled and probably called security;)
That's just who I am. I'm happy! I'm not faking, it's just me. (Of course I'm not happy 100% of the time but a lot of the time and usually overly happy;) Annoying, but me. The downer is I find myself disliked by many simply because I'm happy. It's the truth. Misery does NOT like happiness. I had a lady (who I use to work with) who just did not like me. No matter what I did, it was always met with snarkiness and then one of my friends told me "Shake it off, before she even met you she didn't like you. She said she had seen you talking to people before and you were just too happy for her." Yikes. Cam and I have had many discussions about this before because not only am I overly happy, I'm sensitive. I can't stand for there to be people who don't like me. I'm a people person. I care too much about what people think about me. I shouldn't. Whew I get haters if I do something nice for people. God gave me an extra heaping dose of compassion for the needy. My parents have a large dose as well. Now I WISH I had more self-control. He's working on me there. I need to be more gentle at times. Oh my goodness I can be impatient!! Definitely could use a little more slow to speak/anger. We are all just so different. We all have strengths, we all have weaknesses. Sometimes I feel my strength can be a target though. I don't like attention. I can't stand doing anything different with my hair because I hate to draw attention to myself in such a way. When I taught I seriously would only do different hairdos during the summer;). So for people to be ugly to me because I've helped someone or rally others to join the cause it's so disheartening. I don't want any glory. When Cam and I talk about it he says, "Well maybe you should have... " but then it always comes back to "nope. Just be you!" So and so is going to talk about you anyway.. just follow the Spirit and be you! Moral of the story... it's so unhealthy to compare ourselves to others. It usually just brings about a critical spirit in me b/c I'm like "yea, she's good at blah blah blah but her faults are blah blah blah." God gave us a standard and that is Jesus. When we compare to anyone but him it's unhealthy. Instead of comparing to others I want to really focus on encouraging! That person who you think has it ALL together doesn't! They need your encouragement. There are way too many things tearing us down, let us build each other up in Christ. Let us put off judgement, jealousy, critical spirits and put on encouragement, genuine love, and truth.
I often struggle with what I share on FB b/c I don't want someone thinking I'm sharing to get attention. I do want to share what I think might encourage others or what the Holy Spirit might use to encourage someone. Today Piper and I were driving home from the Conway area and we see a man sitting on the side of the road with a rolling carry-on type bag. It was just a few miles from our home so I knew I had time to pack a sandwich and snacks for him. He was so thankful. I asked him if I could pray with him and we stopped right there off of Hwy 65, bowed our heads and prayed. Totally the Holy Spirit. I would've thought that was a little coo-coo and been a little too embarrassed to ask "can I pray for you?"
Even though I worried about posting on FB b/c what people might think I knew I should, so I did. I told people where he was and where he was heading and encouraged them to be His hands and feet and to go find this guy and love on him, pray with him and share anything they felt led to share with him. My friends are AWESOME!!! I was so encouraged by how many of my lady friends searched for this guy and shared the love of Christ with him. When Cameron got home he found him and gave him a blanket and a cup of coffee. This guy was SHOCKED so many cared to share His love. One of my friends text me and said, "I'll split the hotel cost with you if your husband can find him and get him to a hotel." Then we started discussing about the possibilities of getting him a bus ticket to Illinois. One thing led to the next and before I knew it Cam had left his hot dinner to find him again, this time offering more than a hot cup of coffee.
He was overwhelmed with gratitude. He told Cameron he had felt God walking with him all along the way. They had some good conversation. He is now sleeping in a nice warm bed and boarding a bus tomorrow for Illinois. We are thankful for the opportunity to meet him. I don't know what kind of man he is. Is he responsible? Why is he in the situation he is in? I don't know. Cam and I prayed about it and really felt it was where the Holy Spirit was leading us.
Even though I was leery of posting about this man on FB, I am glad I did. I have been encouraged by so many who LOVE to see the Spirit working. That's what this story is... it's HIS!! If I fear to post about opportunities to love because I worry people will take it the wrong way then I'm not following the Holy Spirit. Several of my friends are taking money and sliding it under his hotel room door to bless him. How awesome is that?! Everyone has shared with him God loves him. I'm thinking maybe when he laid his head down on that hotel bed, he probably truly believed that tonight. Please be in prayer for this man. He will be looking for a job once in Illinois. Let's pray some loving people rally around him.
I am married to a wonderful man named Cameron. We love to laugh and do so often! We have 3 children who bring us more joy than we could've imagined. We're currently in the process of adopting a little girl from Ethiopia. We cannot wait to bring her home!