Be Who You Promise Yourself You Will Be

Be Who You Promise Yourself You Will Be

Last week the Young Living International Grand Convention was pretty much amazing.  In addition to learning about great products and hearing some speakers who were nothing short of incredible….I also got to spend time with 2 of my favorite people in the whole wide world.  Two of my older kids.  They went along with me for the week.

Doesn’t get much better than that.

Except when I got home to the rest of my family.  Yep.  That was even better.

We spent the week at the Gaylord in Dallas, TX which is a huge hotel and convention center.  I was looking forward to getting some extra walking steps in since I’ve been sitting so much lately working on promoting my book (being released on Sept 1….woohoo!).

A couple of years ago when I started getting healthy and traveling so much, I made a commitment to myself to take the stairs whenever I was staying in a hotel.  I would allow myself to use the elevator up when carrying luggage upon arriving and down upon leaving, but the rest of my trips back and forth to my room had to be stairs only.

So last week when I walked up to the front desk and checked in the clerk said, “Here you go Mrs. Pennington.  Your room is on the ninth floor.”

Say wha?!

My heart stopped, “Do you have any rooms that are lower, like below the fourth floor?”

(panic)

“We are completely full and that’s the only room.  Don’t worry, the elevator is quick and you’ll love your room!”  Then she handed me my ninth floor key.

As we hauled our giant load toward the elevator I told myself I don’t have to do it.  It’s too much.  I will be walking so much already that taking the stairs will be too tiring.  Just skip it this time.  You need you beauty rest.  On and on my mental excuses went.

We settled into our room and after an hour we headed out to go register for the conference and visit with friends.  I knew it was decision time.  Do I take the elevator or the stairs?  Down NINE floors.

In the words of the great William Shakespeare, “To be or not to be, that is the question.”

Tanslation: Do I be the person I promised myself I would be or believe the excuses that I was whispering in my own ear.

I decided to BE.

If you tell yourself you will do it...keep the promise to youself!

So for five days I walked up and down those stairs.  It really changed the way I thought about going up to my room!  Did I really need to?  Would I have to come back down soon?  If so, could it wait and only make a single trip?

I’m dedicated, but I’m not insane.  If I could avoid an extra trip I would!

Once or twice a friend was going to my room with me and I would take the elevator, but honestly I felt a little guilty about that.  I could have met her at the top.  Oh sure, she would have to wait for 10 minutes, but I could have done it.

For the first twenty-four hours I was really struggling by the time I got to the fourth floor.  I’d have to stop for a second and pull myself together at each landing.  By day three I struggled around floor six and by the end I only got tired as I rounded the corner from eight to nine.  I’ll bet if I stayed a few more days I would be doing the whole trip with ease.

So what did I learn, besides to be more careful when making promises to myself?  I learned that I am stronger than I think.  I learned that when I put my mind to it I can do something hard.  I learned that what I think determines what I can accomplish.  I learned that I don’t need to carry so much in my purse.

I mean, do I really NEED those breath mints and water bottles?!  That’s a couple of pounds I could NOT have on my back while I climbed.  Once night when it was after 10:00 and I was dawg tired, I stood there looking up at the stairs.  My purse was heavy so I looked in it to see what I could ditch before I started my ascent.  There was a whole water bottle in there.  So I opened it and right there at the foot of the stairwell I drank that entire bottle.

Of course I realized immediately that only meant I would be carrying the water INSIDE myself instead of outside.  But no matter.  It wasn’t hurting my neck or shoulder as it passed through my digestive system.

As much as it was kind of a pain to take the stairs all week, it was also something I needed to do for myself.  It was definitely a confidence builder.

So now I need to make a new promise….one that pushes me even further.

Have a great week!

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I’d love to hear if you have any promises you’ve made to yourself!

 

Fun at Convention!

Fun at Convention!

This week I am at the Young Living International Grand Convention.  I’ve got some of my kids with me and we are having a grand time!  I can’t wait to fill you in on all of the newest products and exciting happenings.  It’s like a lifestyle boost, information overload and reunion all rolled into one.

One of the things that I did to let my team members that came to convention know how glad I am that they are here was make them each a “Convention Survival Pack”.  I thought I’d share so you can get ideas if you’re ever working with a team of amazing people like I am!

My goal was to give them some things to make their week a little brighter and easier.  This event has 6,000 people in attendance so it’s not exactly leisurely.  Long lines are everywhere….at the food counters, the drink stations, every vendor….wowsa.

Instead of filling each bag before we left, I put everything in a box  and waited until we got into our hotel room.  Then I put them together.  I printed out their names and stapled them onto each bag before we left (otherwise my forgetful brain wouldn’t know who I had already given a bag to!).

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I wrote notes of encouragement with a few helpful bits of information, rolled them up and slipped them into a tube that our oils come in when they’re shipped.  I thought that would be a fun way to get a note.  I tied a jute bow around each one.

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Here’s a what I put in each bag:

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Tic Tacs
Water bottle
My favorite pen
Nuts
Chocolate (duh!)
Protein bar (not pictured)
Tide stain pen
Goldfish crackers
Ziploc bags (they come in handy!)
Bandaids
Kleenex
NingXia Red
NingXia Nitro
A Chick-fil-A gift card (I wanted to buy them a meal)
My favorite travel helper (Levi calls it my “potion”)

The “potion” is just coconut oil and a few drops of frankincense that I mixed together and put in these tiny tubs.  I added a little card to show how I use it.

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I hope they feel the love when they use the stuff I gave them!  I adore these people!!!

And you can come be a part of my team too….I’d sure love to have you.  We are super supportive and helpful.  Even if you’re just using the oils for yourself and not doing it as a business you’ll get plenty of support.

This month I am sending one of my handmade essential oil shelves to each new member who joins with a Premium Kit.  It’s a great way to start your journey with essential oils and better health.  You get 11 oils and a diffuser and I send you the shelf plus some extra goodies!

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Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Come with Us to the Forge Conference!

Come with Us to the Forge Conference!

What are you and your family up to September 10-12, 2015?!

‘Cuz if you’re not busy, I hope you will come join us at the Forge Conference!  This event is for the entire family!  It’s a beautiful, loving gathering of like-minded people who want to learn to be better parents, leaders and this year’s theme….how to love one another!

Really, you will adore this group of people.  This will be our third year to attend and I wouldn’t miss it.  The keynotes are Kevin Swanson, Scott Brown and RC Sproul Jr.  This is a powerhouse lineup that the men in your family will especially be uplifted by.

Its really affordable too….check out their website for more info.

Come to this fantastic conference in September for families who want to lean more about how to love one another!

AND….drumroll….I am going to host a luncheon during the conference just for the ladies.  I am super excited about this!!!  I will share from my new book, “Mama Needs a Do-Over” and we will have fun prizes and food and of course, chocolate!  It will be a time of encouragement and fellowship.

An encouraging ladies' luncheon that will leave you uplifted!

This event is for adult women only (and nursing babies).  The cost is $10 which includes all of your food and fun.

Click HERE to learn how to sign up!!!!

If you have questions about Forge head over to their Facebook page and ask.  They are very helpful.

Here’s a way to make it even easier…..I get to give away a family registration!  I am so thrilled to do this and I hope you win!  I am also giving away one seat at my lunch so you have TWO chances to win!

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I’m Trying Not to Be a Mom-Zombie

I’m Trying Not to Be a Mom-Zombie

The Focused Conference in Virginia last weekend was wonderful!  We laughed, we learned, we ate…..pretty much in that order.  I got to meet so many amazing women….it never ceases to amaze me how many brilliant people are out there.

Right now I’m sitting in the airport trying to figure out a way to sum up the past few days.

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I would normally do that on Monday morning, all casual and lounging in my recliner with my kids around me chatting me up.  But that won’t be possible since I have to pile my boys in my car tomorrow morning by 8:00 and drive them to their orthodontist appointments in the city.

I really love our ortho, but I do occasionally wonder about the wisdom of choosing one so far away.  Most of the time it’s no big deal, but after flying home from Virginia the day before and getting back after dark….I really don’t much feel like waking up early and leaving home.

But I really DO want to spend some quality time with my boys who I am missing like crazy right now, so I need to look at it as a gift instead of a burden.  I can sleep another time.  Not sure when, but I am confident it will happen someday.

And as a double treat my boys get to go with me after the orthodontist while I get my haircut.  I get it cut at ULTA where there are plenty of makeup and hair products for them to peruse while I am in the chair.  I had to promise them In & Out burgers PLUS a trip to the Lego store to make up for the torture.

Tuesday and Wednesday are turning out to be really full days also.  So I will need to pick up some under eye repair cream while I’m at ULTA tomorrow or I will start to look like a mom-zombie.

Speaking of busy, I will only be home for a few days before heading back to Dallas (by car this time since several of my kids are going with me) for the Young Living International Grand Convention.  It’s no big deal….just 12,000 of my closest friends hanging out together.  The word “madness” comes to mind.  I plan to pack a LOT of food to take with us, not to save money but because I expect the lunch lines at even the fastest food places to be so long you will be ready for dinner by the time you get to eat.

It’s a good thing I like raw fruits and veggies.

If you have tips for packing up food for traveling over a week hop over to my Facebook page and share them with all of us!

Have a great week!

Retreating

Retreating

Do you go to retreats?  It has been a long, long time since I attended any kind of retreat where I wasn’t speaking or working.  But this past weekend I got to go to one and let me tell ya…..I was not prepared for the deep introspection and personal conviction.

It was a good/hard kind of experience.

Good….God dug deep and pulled some weeds from my heart.
Hard…..Ouch!

On Friday morning my daughter and I drove to Dallas, where the retreat was being held.  She rode with me so she could spend the weekend with my older daughter who lives there and visit my wonderful sister-in-law and her family.  We had a fantabulous ride up just talking and listening to podcasts and sharing ideas.  We arrived and I took my 2 girls to lunch and really just enjoyed some down time together.  Afterwards, I left them and headed to my retreat.

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It was hosted by my Young Living leader and oh-my-lands she is good at making you feel cared for!  Every detail down to the light fixtures in the hotel was perfection.  We played team building games and ate amazing food and had NingXia Red at every meal. #spoiled

The real learning of the retreat was on Friday when we attended sessions about building a vision and understanding what motivates you and knowing your purpose.  It got pretty deep and for a while I felt like I had been hit by an emotional mac truck.  I have been through the ringer over this past year and it kind of just all came down around me.  I know we were supposed to be learning business ideas and being inspired in our Young Living dreams….but I had so many aha moments that were personal mixed in with all of the lightbulbs flashing over my head for my business that my brain nearly exploded.  In a good way.

I was taking notes as fast as my little hand would write.

At around 3:00 on Friday we took a break for a few hours before dinner.  Most of the ladies headed to the pool, but I just couldn’t take the extreme temps so I went to my hotel room and spent some time with my notebook and my Bible.  Me and God had a long talk.

Good/Hard.

I definitely felt refreshed and made some decisions about how I spend my time and where God wants me to focus.  I got to talk with my leader about my thoughts, which was amazing to be together in person so we could really connect and have a meeting of the minds.  And my roommate was so great too, she let me spill my thoughts out to her and helped me think through some things well into the wee hours of the night.  #blessed

On Saturday morning I went for a facial before heading to pick up my daughter and drive back home.  Have you ever had a facial?  I had never had one before and Lord-have-mercy, it was unbelievable.  If I could I would get one every week.  My skin is still thanking me.

On the Saturday afternoon drive home my daughter and I talked a lot about what we had each done while in Dallas and made plans for the next few days.  She and I are traveling together again next weekend.  We are going to the Focused Conference in Virginia.  More time together.  More learning.  More bonding over everything from gluten-free food to books we love.

When I got home it was hard to decide….to unpack or not to unpack.  Ultimately I could have just left it all on the suitcase and used it again next weekend.  The problem is that one trip was driving and the other is flying.  Flying requires a whole different kind of packing.  Little bottles, Ziploc bags, shoes that slip off easily….for my driving trip I just kept tossing things in the car like I hadn’t a care in the world until I had, in addition to my suitcase, several tote bags full of random, completely unnecessary stuff. So I decided it would be best to go ahead and put everything away (except the suitcase) and get it all back out again in 3 days.  I do feel more organized with it all put in its place instead of living out of a suitcase in my own home.

For the next few days I will be reflecting on all that God showed me last weekend and asking Him to help me keep those nasty weeds OUT of my heart and help me plant something beautiful and fruitful in its place.  I have let too many unwanted things grow in there lately and I am glad to be rid of them.  I’ll be reading my Bible and pouring God’s Word over those recently touched areas.

And I will be thanking God for His mercies….I sure am feeling His goodness these days.

How about you?  When was the last retreat you went on?

Puppies & Parades

Puppies & Parades

Well, we have a new family member and it will come as a surprise to many of you who know me to be not-so-much-of-a-dog-person.  I mean, I like dogs, I have one outside that I love to death, but I don’t feel a need to make googly eyes at them or think of them as people.

All that to say, yes, we got a puppy.  It just kind of happened (it was definitely a God-thing) and now we are all in love with him.  He is so little and fun and playful and happy and just what we needed around here.

I wub him.

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He’s very wiggly and hard to photograph.  So the best I could do was press him against my face to keep him still for a flash of a second.  Immediately after we snapped that photo he dashed off to chase a piece of knotted rope.

We had a nice Fourth of July weekend.  It started early on Saturday morning as some of the kids and I went to a nearby town to be in a parade.  We rode in/walked with a float for the local pregnancy center and handed out candy and toys to the kids in the crowd.  I didn’t make it the whole time because I wore the wrong shoes and my feet were killing me.  But my kids stayed on the float ’til the end while I watched from the sidelines for the last half.

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After the parade was over I was so tired, I guess from the heat of the day, that I went home and pretty much slept until it was time to watch fireworks.  It was just a plain old American Saturday.

The next day was just like every other Sunday.  1. Church 2. Lunch 3. Nap

That’s it.

Sunday at its best

James and I have been trying to squeeze out some alone time on Sunday evenings so we locked ourselves in the bedroom and ate dinner and talked.  It was nice, but too short.  With so much going on this summer we need to really make the time to stay connected.  I was so tired that I think I fell asleep once while he was talking.  I tried to hide it, but snorting myself awake probably gave me away.  There’s just no casual way to recover from that kind of faux pas.

This week I will be putting together some promos for my book that’s coming out in September and I am actually now writing my next book to release in 2016.  God has surely blessed me to allow me to be used for His glory in this way.  I give Him all the credit!

I want to close this Monday weekend update with a bit of the message from yesterday’s sermon on 1 Peter 5:6-9…

We can expect that the devil is prowling around just watching for an opportunity to devour us.  The only sure repellant of that hungry lion is a person who is FIRM in the FAITH!  Hang onto your faith, spend time in the Word, keep your weapon sharp and be watchful.  The victory belongs to the Lord!

Have a great week!

Planes, Buses and Friends

Planes, Buses and Friends

I have been home from Utah for 2 days now and I am still worn out from it all!

I left the house at 4am on Thursday morning to catch my flight.  I have gotten pretty good at flying over the past few years with all of my traveling.  I have some Bose Noise Cancelling headphones that drown out all of the airplane noise and I always have an audiobook ready to go and I have a mellow playlist for when I am ready to fall asleep (think ocean waves and harps).

I get into my seat, put my Travel Pillow behind my neck and my headset on and fall right to sleep….often before we even get off the runway.  And of course, my essential oils are a great help!  StressAway at the beginning of the flight/peppermint at the end and I am in good shape.

Once I landed it was go-go-go for three days.  I got to tour the Young Living farm and see how the distillation happens (that was my favorite part!).  I met so many amazing people and asked a zillion questions.  I love hearing people’s stories and how they have made their Young Living business work for them.

Plus I got a hotel room to myself, which if I am being totally honest, may have been some of my favorite moments.  At the end of each day I literally just laid there in the quiet and did nothing, thought nothing, planned nothing, learned nothing.  I turned my mind completely off.  It’s unlikely that I will have that again for years, so I soaked in every bit of it.

Most of the time I hung out with these two gorgeous ladies…

Two of my favorite people!

That picture was taken while we were having lunch at the corporate offices.  We were trying to be professional.  But most of our pictures looked like this…

Two of my favorite people!

We spent hours being transported around on buses so we entertained ourselves by trying to take selfies and telling stories.  I laughed so much my sides were sore at the end of each day.  They made my trip a million times better than I expected!!!!

On Sunday I flew home and went straight to church for a time of prayer for our country.  Even though I was tired from traveling, I didn’t want to miss that after what’s been happening for the past week.  It was the perfect ending to a long weekend.

On Monday morning I started my clean eating challenge and it’s going OK so far.  I am getting my head around doing the 5 day cleanse next week, so this week I am just sticking to fresh veggies and protein.  It’s not too late to join me if you want to clean up your diet and take back your health!

Thankfully I have a couple of quiet-ish weeks ahead before the travel picks up again.  I plan to swim with my kids, nap then hang with my kids some more.

Have a wonderful week!

(If you are interested in knowing more about Young Living leave me a comment and I will send you some info!)

10 of My Favorite Summer Oils!

10 of My Favorite Summer Oils!

This past Tuesday I taught a local class about using essential oils for the summer.  Since we aren’t all geographically connected, I wanted to share here too.  I’d hate for you all to miss this great information!  It must be set free!

These are the oils and products that I focused on for the class….my favorite summer products.  There are a ton more.  OK, basically ALL of them on the product list are great.  I love my oils.

10 great ways to make your summer better with essential oils!

1. Lavender.  Lavender is great all seasons of the year, but is especially for summer because it promotes both healthy skin and relaxing.  So when my kids have been swimming all day I can kill 2 birds with one stone by putting some diluted lavender (or there’s a lavender lotion that’s wonderful!) on their skin which also settles them down from the excitement of the day.  Then they go to sleep.  Sweet sleep….you are our friend.

2. Citrus Oils….all of them!  Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lime, Citrus Fresh….they are all so summery and refreshing!  I put one of these in my diffuser almost every morning to wake us all UP and get us going (sometimes I mix a few together!).  Even though we do have a slower pace in the summer, we prob’ly need to wake up at some point.  (Be careful putting citrus oils on your skin if you are going in the sun.  I like to keep them in the diffuser for a pick-me-up but I keep them off of my skin in the summer).

3. Peppermint.  Yep, this is my GO-TO travel oil.  I need to make a label for my bottle that says, “Don’t leave home without me!”  It’s great for digestive health and mental alertness.  With so much traveling all summer….get yourself an extra bottle of peppermint for the road!

4. Valor II.  Yes, I said it!  Young Living heard my cries and made a new Valor that will be more readily available.  I love Valor so much that I am chomping at the bit to get the new Valor II into my anxious little hands.  I ordered it on Monday and you can be sure I will be telling you all about it.  I’m pretty sure Valor is a gift of the angels. Go order Valor II NOW!  You’ll thank me later.

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5. Bergamot + Fun.  These 2 oils have become my 2015 fave summer combo.  I always need to chill out and remember to enjoy my time with my family after a long, hard year.  Bergamot helps with lots of things, but I’ve used it to deal with grief (it can be any loss…we grieve lots of things) and Fun is from the new Infused 7 Kit (but you can also get it separately) and I put it on my wrist every morning to help remind me to have a little FUN amidst the work of life.  Try them….you’ll like them!

A great summer essential oil combination!  Diffuse, wear, bathe....it's fab!

6. Purification.  What Thieves is to winter, Purification is to summer.  If you learn anything from me today, let it be to get yourself a bottle of Purification!  Put it in the diffuser outside when you’re sitting around after the sun starts to set.  Put in in the diffuser inside when the kids get stinky.  Dab it on yourself and anyone else who is standing near you if you’re going outside.  I keep it in a spray bottle with some water and just s-p-r-i-t-z everyone.  The main ingredient: Citronella.

7. PanAway. I don’t know about you, but we tend to be extra active in the summer.  We run a lot and play outdoor games and even a game of ping pong played with passion can make your muscles wonder what’s going on.  I keep PanAway nearby so we can keep our active muscles happy.   (by the way, PanAway, along with 10 other oils comes with the Premium Starter Kit!)

3 great oils in the Premium Starter Kit that you NEED for summer!

8. K&B.  This is not an essential oil, but one of Young Living’s other A-MAZing support products.  I generally struggle to stay hydrated in the summer and my bladder and kidneys need support through the heat and it enhances your body’s efforts to maintain fluid balance.  So I keep this amazing little tincture on hand at all times.  Just add a dropperful to your water.  It’s not delicious, but isn’t so bad that it’s hard to get down.  I’m a weenie when it comes to bad tasting stuff and I don’t mind it.

A great way to keep your kidneys and bladder healthy! #summer #essentialoils

9. Melaleuca (aka Tea Tree).  Again….it’s multi-purpose.  Keep the counters clean, deodorize the bathroom and dab around areas on the skin that you need to keep extra clean.  If you’re not sure what oils to use, you can’t go wrong with Melaleuca.

10.  Finally, my gentle giant, Envision.  I discovered this oil when Valor went out of stock and it has turned out to be so helpful!  I often need a little nudge in the clear-head-be-inspired department and this baby has blessed me.  I like it so much that I got a second bottle to keep in my car or purse.  When I am out and about during the day I put a drop in my hand and rub it on my neck like a perfume.  It has a lighter scent than many oils and it is what I’ll be diffusing later in the summer while we make plans for the next school year.

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Well I hope this list gave you some new ideas for ways to use your Young Living oils for the summer!  If you have a favorite that I didn’t list, be sure to tell us all about it in the comments.  We can all learn from each other!

And if you’re ready to get started using Young Living oils I would LOVE to be your support!  I have a whole team that I work with and we will help you along so you’re not lost.  When you join with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit I will send you a great reference book and some extra goodies to get you going.  You will LOVE your oils!!!

 

By the way, I am not a doctor or an expert in anything but raising my family and share these tips using only my personal experience.  If you have a medical need, please see your own medical professional for advice. 

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I Got Big Thighs and I Cannot Lie

I Got Big Thighs and I Cannot Lie

I can’t hide it.  No matter what size I am, my thighs stay the same.  Large and in charge.

Last week a sweet friend shyly whispered to me, “Can I ask you something delicate?  While you were at Disney World, how did you keep your thighs from rubbing raw?”

Girl!  Do I have some tips for you!!!

Years ago I got a heat rash where my thighs touch and it took me months to get that to go away.  It was pain when I walked, pain when I sat, pain, pain, pain.  And you can’t get rid of it easily because it gets irritated anytime you move.

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There’s actually a name for it.  Chub Rub.

Nice.

After that nightmare I was determined to do anything I could to keep that from happening EVER AGAIN!  If you are a big thigh girl, this list is for you!

Thigh rash is the WORST!  Prevention is key!!!

1. SPANX.  If there was ever a product that deserved a poem written in its honor….it would be Spanx.  They cover what bike shorts would cover, but they don’t make you as hot on a warm summer day.  Lots of big girls say they don’t like that they make you hot, but I have never had that problem.  I love them!  But you have to know a few things before you buy.

Here are my Spanx tips….
a. Get the RIGHT size!  If you’re like me you might try to fit in a smaller size because that number on the label is depressing.  Let it go!  Get a size that really fits your body and I am telling you….you will thank me.
b. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, get the higher power version.  Those are the kind that reach right up to your bra line and they might be great on smaller gals with flat tummies, but they are not a friend to the big girl.  Nobody likes the feeling of their underwear s-l-o-w-l-y rolling down their midsection while they are out to dinner with friends.  No thank you.  You want the Power Panties (there’s a link above).  They stop at the waist.
c. You can get an off brand called Assets Mid-Thigh Shapers. They are made by the same people who make Spanx and they are about half the price.  Now, they don’t last as long and if you’re going for support in addition to thigh protection you are better off investing in the name brand.  But if you’re like me and need some for every day, get a few of the off-brand pair too so you always have a backup (again, use the link above so you don’t get confused…there are a lot of styles!).
d. I tried one style called Assets Remarkable Results .  This pair was still comfortable (but not as comfy as the Mid-Thigh Shaper and a bit pricier) and it….ahem….really brought out the best in my behind.  I didn’t think “bootylishous” would look good on me, but it really made my skirts fall nicely.  I definitely will wear these when I am dressing up!

2. Powder.  When it gets hot, you can bet I carry powder or cornstarch in my purse.  You want to be sure you use powder made for that area of your body.  You don’t want any perfumes or toxic ingredients.  Since powder tends to come in large containers, I pour some into a small, empty McCormick spice container and carry that in my purse, or when traveling.  When I am really working to keep it away (like during extreme heat or activity) I will reapply the powder anytime I use the restroom.  It instantly cools me off.

3. Stay clean.  Let’s be real….the problem here is skin rubbing together with sweat.  Sweat is salty and irritating.  So you have to keep the rash prone area clean of that irritant.  When I am home I use a damp rag to just wipe anywhere my skin rubs together.  When I am out I like to grab a towel from the restroom dispenser and put a little water on it before going into the stall.  Then I wipe off any sweaty places, and I have lots of them…not just my thighs.  (sorry, TMI, but somebody needs to talk about it…it’s a real struggle!)

4. Jockey Skimmies Wicking Slipshort These have similar coverage as Spanx but they are very different.  They don’t offer any support (which I want….I’m not into the jiggle in my walk).  But they are cool and definitely do a nice job of protecting thigh rub.  And they have colors, which is something Spanx doesn’t have, so if you want the look of a bike short instead of looking nude under your skirt, these are good.  For only $20 I like them and will use mine when my Spanx are in the wash.  You definitely want more than one option!  And if you’re wearing jeans this might be a better option for you since the jeans already kind of hold everything nice and snug.

5. Natural Anti-chafe Balm Stick This stuff is kind of amazing.  There are several brands on the market, but I like this one because it’s all natural.  I don’t like using chemicals at all (you know about my essential oil obsession), but especially in delicate areas.  This stuff doesn’t feel slimy or messy.  It stays on for a long time and really helps with chafing.  I always use it if I know I am going to do a lot of walking!

Those are my 5 TOP ways to avoid the dreaded thigh heat rash.  If you’ve ever had this struggle then you know.  You NEVER EVER want to go through that again.

If you are traveling or active you will want to have several of these on hand.  Don’t go to Disney World or on a weekend camping/hiking trip with only one pair of Assets and a stick of balm.  Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to this problem, so stock up and be prepared.

I hope this helps and let me know if you have a different tip!  We big thigh gals have to stick together #nopunintended.

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A Rainbow with Sprinkles Weekend

A Rainbow with Sprinkles Weekend

In case you haven’t heard, we have had a little bit of rain around here lately.  Thankfully our home hasn’t floated away and since the weather app says no more storms this week I feel safe in saying we don’t need to buy that boat.

Normally I like to sum up our weekend in a simple theme for y’all, to make it easy to follow.  But this past 2 days was so all over the place that it can’t even be gathered in my brain.  Between the big party my kids had that lasted much later than James or I expected, to my drive to Austin, to the weird audiobook I listened to…and that’s just Saturday, Sunday had its own share of busyness, I can’t give it a theme.  Unless we want to call it “rainbow with sprinkles“.

That’s what it was….every color of activity and emotion and then some extras.

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Photo Credit Sweet Bake Shop

My drive to Austin on Saturday was excellent.  Did I tell you that I got a new (3 years old but new to me) car?!  Yep.  It’s such a blessing!!  I drove it to Austin as my first big outing in it and felt so low to the ground.  After driving only a minivan or 15-passenger van for the past 17 years, it feels weird to be cruising around in a regular sized vehicle again.  It’s like a Mom-graduation-present.

“Here are the keys to your car that only fits 5 people.  Congratulations!  You are on the downhill slide and next thing you know you will only be paying for 2 meals when you go out to eat.”

But I can’t start counting that extra money yet.  I still have 4 kids in homeschool and a long way to go. #worthit

On Saturday I had an audiobook ready for when I got tired and about an hour into the drive I turned it on.  It was, let’s just say, not keeping me awake {{yawn}}.  So I turned it off and went back to jammin’ with TobyMac.  He will definitely keep you awake!

For the drive home I decided to download a different audiobook and it was so much better!  The first was a children’s story  that I was going to check out for my boys and the second was a success-in-business type of book.  You’d think the second would have been the most boring, but the narrator was so good and the author tossed in a bunch of surprise funny lines and it kept my attention.  PLUS it inspired me in several ways with my business.  SCORE!

I got home from Austin around 6:30 and my kids’ big party was still in full swing.  James and I took our youngest out to dinner and when we got home at 9:00…yep….the party was still going.  It gave me flashbacks of my own young adult parties and seeing my parents slip up the stairs and go to bed long before my friends went home.  I never knew how nerve wracking that must have been for them until last Saturday night when a houseful of “kids” (who probably wouldn’t want to be called kids) were here.  James and I sat in our bedroom in the recliners trying to stay awake, but we just couldn’t.  Our old age and full day got the better of us and we gave up and went to bed long before the party ended.

OK kids, you win.  Mom and Dad can’t outlast you anymore.  That may seem like good news to you now, but it’s only a few years from us needing you to buy Ensure and show us how to change the channel every half hour.  Don’t get too excited.

On Sunday after church I had a nice, long nap then worked on some final edits for my book.  Afterward I made the mistake of watching “Little Women”, which, as you would expect, made me cry buckets for an hour.  Why-Oh-WHY can’t they all just be together?!

Although it may not be just the sweetness of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy that got to me.  These days tears seem to be right below the surface and I have myself a little cry at least once a day.  It’s usually over something sweet and the gratitude I feel, but once in a while I tear up because a crowd of 20-somethings are in my living room at midnight.  OK, I didn’t actually cry over that because I was sound asleep at midnight.  I can’t pull anything over on y’all.

Looking back, my rainbow sprinkle weekend was great.  Our home is intact, our family is still strong, I got to drive my new-to-me car, I learned some business stuff and I have a boring audiobook to give to my kids.  (and if I wasn’t off of sugar I would be wanting a slice of that gorgeous cake in the photo above!)

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