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Cereal or pop tarts? NO MORE!

After learning what I’m about to share w/ you, it makes all the effort I put into Homemade Pop Tarts & Cereal worth every pain-staking moment.

(My favorite pop-tart AND cereal recipes, can be found at http://www.forkandbeans.com She has a most awesome “Cookie Crisp” recipe as well as “Cheerios” recipe but I ain’t gonna lie, making all those lil’ tiny holes are time consuming HaHa Both of these recipes are easily adaptable for our nutrition restrictions of GF/DF/SF)

Do your kids watch tv? With every Saturday morning cartoon comes commercials w/, they see all these brightly colored packaged foods, made to look “fun” and “healthy” (it’s always a bunch of “healthy” looking children with big bright eyes right?), even boasting about being “good for you” w/ words like “Whole Grains; Enriched: Fiber”. But what they don’t shout or include in bold letters on the front of the box is…FOOD DYES; ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS; CHEMICALS.

Over the past two decades childhood obesity has become rampant and the effects are more serious than most of us want to believe. Childhood obesity is a multi-system disease w/ devastating consequences (giving our kids a shorter life expectancy than we have). When your toddler (even if he’s 15 lol) is throwing a tantrum in the grocery store next week, instead of giving in to him to avoid embarrassment think about this… ARTIFICIAL is artificial! High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is highly processed w/ heavy chemicals, it’s GMO (genetically modified) and possibly contaminated w/ mercury. SUGAR weakens the immune system, is addictive and promotes fat storage. These ingredients have zero nutritional benefit, promote weight gain and can have harmful effects on the body. The term ENRICHED means that all vitamins/minerals have been removed and synthetic vitamins have been added back in, this is lil to NO nutritional value, they cause blood sugar spikes and promote fat storage.

When your child eats a bowl of sugary cereal (our family favorites were fruit loops AND capt’n crunch) 5-cereal-in-bowl their body is slammed w/ around 20g of SUGAR. This overload causes glucose to rush in their blood stream, while their pancreas produces extra insulin to covert all that glucose into glycogen for their liver and muscles to use. Shortly (approx an hour) the sugar rush will end and their blood sugar levels will drastically drop causing their energy to crash, they start to feel “hungry” and their stress hormones raise. Meanwhile the extra glycogen is converted into fat storage as their academic focus has gone from school to food. DON’T FRET, you’ve given your child convenience food options right? There’s always pop tarts Welllll, it’s the SAME THING! Again nearly 20g of SUGAR that’s going to give them the big energy crash, while opening them up for weight gain and all the unhealthy risks related to obesity. (Does any of this blood sugar, glucose, pancreas talk sound at all familiar?? Like THM type stuff?!)

*side bar* I AM NOT CALLING OUT FRUIT LOOPS OR CAPT’N CRUNCH SPECIFICALLY! ALLLLL THE SUGARY CONVENIENCE FOODS ARE TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS “DON’T SERVE TO YOUR CHILDREN LIST”, I DO NOT DISCRIMINATE lol~

I’ve started trying to live by the rule of NO MORE THAN 5 INGREDIENTS! Learn to read labels! When foods have a long list of ingredients you can be sure you’re eating something heavily processed. A whole foods diet is always going to be your best bet! Try to keep fresh fruits/produce on your counter to encourage healthier eating habits. However, as a parent, I know it’s easier said than done! We can keep those things on hand, doesn’t mean they’re going to eat them. BUT, don’t keep the No-No stuff on hand because they will always choose the bad over the good, it’s human nature ;) I DO have a few pre-packaged, convenience, “processed” foods for school lunches or quick-on-the-go items. IMG_7869

I’m more willing to buy a convenience item if it is truly processed w/ organic ingredients (I know, call me crazy, just personally makes me feel it’s better for my family, HEY, it’s a PROCESS…time for YOU to get started on yours) ;)

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I’m learning to concoct, compose and convert

Y’all know I’m always honest and up front about how I eat. If I’m eating 80% clean, I’m happy, healthy and feeling my best. But it’s when I slip that I don’t feel like sucha hot-spark-mama (no matter how much Spark I drink lol). I’m learning to take favorite family dishes and twist the ingredients around to fit our needs…sometimes it’s a big fat FAIL but though hard to believe, from time to time there’s S-U-C-C-E-S-S (reminds me of a cheer we did as kiddo cheerleaders haha).

Our teenagers at church are taking a trip to NY this summer and there latest (& final) fundraiser was a bake sale & car wash. I had the amount set in my head that I was going to donate but then being faced w/ SUGARY SWEETS and my husband NOT tagging along to see me cheat, I caved and purchased 3 cupcakes (Reese cup & Strawberry) and an oatmeal creme cookie. I even mentioned to the girl that these “treats” would probably wind up in my trash can b/c we don’t eat sugar anymore (and I felt somewhat guilty for not LEAVING them there to just re-sell). Let me tell ya, that REESE CUP CUPCAKE looked so delish that I couldn’t even wait until I got home, the temptation of seeing it ride along w/ me was just too much (& much to my dismay for NOT following through, I even thought I’d stop at the gas station trash bin and get rid of the evidence of my impromptu purchase…) I TASTED I ain’t gonna lie, I DEVOURED it~ Reese

On the way home, I kept thinking, “I bet I could re-create that!” I made it my life’s mission to do so…so much in fact that I spent the entire DAY working on it! (Let me tell ya how good my family is, daughter said, “Oh no! I won’t be having that” and my husband just non-chalantly said, “That’s nothing but sugar; maybe later.” I was so impressed by their will-power…huh hem—blowing on my nails to shine & polish—I taught them that LOL Yea, right, so why don’t I concede to the power of NO?) I made homemade “reese cups” from http://www.sugarfreemom.com (I use Lilly’s chocolate chips)
I mixed a batch of gluten free flour from http://www.forkandbeans.com (Cara has got the easiest explanation of any other I’ve discovered)
I mixed up SF brown sugar (which I do all the time but I was out and unsure if it would be needed) which I got from THM mama http://www.gwensnest.com
I mixed up some Truvia (it tends to be a lil’ sweeter than straight up xylitol and I wanted my TS son to really enjoy these)
Used a coffee grinder to powder some sugar (needed for frosting), simply ground xylitol :)
Made some homemade peanut butter (easiest thing in the world to do!! Vitamix + 3 cups raw peanuts + 5 minutes = natural peanut butter)
I slightly adjusted the “candy bar cupcake” recipe from http://www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com AND I changed up her peanut butter frosting recipe to suit our needs ;)
I slightly adjusted the “chocolate ganache” recipe from thishouseofjoy.com for the filling
NOW, to get down to the nitty-gritty of putting it all together! This is how it all went down…
Reese GF

It was 10:00 PM when lightening struck, er uh…when the perfection was completed!!
This is the recipe I managed to piece together because honey hush, believe you me, I WILL be duplicating this over and over and over and over…oh did I say, I WILL? Because I meant to say I WILL!!
FOR THE CUPCAKE:
1 cup GF flour (brand of choice)
1/4 cup defatted peanut flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup truvia (sweetener of choice)
1/2 cup DF yogurt (or greek yogurt if you’re NOT dairy free)
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce (which I made prior)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla (which I made prior)
1/2 cup almond milk (which I made prior) OR milk of choice
MIX ALL DRY INGREDIENTS, MIX ALL WET, THEN MIX ALL TOGETHER

FOR THE CENTER/FILLING:
1/4 cup raw cocoa
1/8 cup raw honey
Approx 2 Tbsp water
*Don’t get it runny, you want a smooth, thick consistency

USE LINERS IN YOUR CUPCAKE PAN (makes one dozen)
Pour cake mix into well, then add a dollop of filling just in the center (I had lil’ cake mix left so I covered the chocolate center for good measure)

Bake 350 for approximately 20-25 minutes

FROSTING:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk of choice
*I wound up adding an add’l 2 Tbsp water due to consistency
Place frosting in a piping bag (or I used a ziploc and cut corner off)
Frost cupcakes once they completely cool, top w/ chopped reese cup pieces

I ain’t gonna lie, it was a LOT of work but it was soooooo worth it! And just let me tell ya, the family <3 as well as neighbors and friends alike–NOOOOBODY knows these are "good for you" cupcakes…well, maybe I should say "better for you" ;)

I purchase a LOT of my specialty, gluten-free items from Vitacost.com. IF you’ve never purchased from them before, you can use the following personal invite link to get a coupon for $10 off your first $30 purchase http://goo.gl/HQUgd0 (I’m not sure but if you have to enter my email as a referral use chellemills@ymail.com because I will get $10 off my next $30 purchase as well)

Now, you can go enjoy your cupcake…I AM :D

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She’s baaaaack…

Yes, yes I know, it’s been a while…way too long actually. Where does the time go? I mean just yesterday my children were small and loving on me…today my son is taller than I am and my princess is talking about boobies :D

I FINALLY sat down and took my exam and am officially certified as a FITNESS NUTRITION SPECIALIST WooHoo! My cousin asked me, “Now, what does that get you?” Uh…knowledge? I ain’t gonna lie, that course was tough…because it was SOOOOO BORRRRING :/ I hated it! I took way too much time off between study/regular chapter tests and the exam. I actually made a 65% the first try :( (had to make 70 to pass) BUT two weeks later (still too much time) I got through it like a champ (God is good!!) That was a 100 question exam w/ less than a minute to answer each and you know there was some stuff on there I felt I’d never even seen before. But enough of that, it’s done and whew, I’m so happy :)

Except, I’m NOT done, now I’ve got people coming outta the wood works asking me to help them. Yea, I got into nutrition because I wanted to help people learn how to eat…mostly people that have my same last name LOL yet they’re the ones that complain about it the most. I have discovered that as much as my children love bananas they hate eating ANYTHING that is sweetened w/ bananas! They refuse to eat bread that has an almond flour base! And my husband still insists I keep loaf bread in the house at all times even though he finally agreed at one point to go gluten-free (which means the lil’ princess gets to sneak her favorite PB&J every now & then).

Summer is passing us by so quickly! We’ve done nothing as a family, no vacation planned, no fun day trips…well wait let me back up. My husband took a day off this week, we drove an hour and a half to have lunch at a California Kitchen Pizza and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory :( (Pizza being one of the things that’s missed the most in our home…and cheese being the other) It was a fun lil’ day trip simply because we were ALL together but being in the car ya hear that fussing, fighting and complaining between the kids. Why is it I pin all these neat lil’ ideas on Pinterest then never remember to pull them outta the trick bag when the time arrives to use ‘em…like road side bingo, or the license plate game or “the truth is”. Instead my 14 yo giant keeps his nose planted in his phone while the princess, well, IDK what she actually does other than talk HaHaHa

I feel I’ve spent my summer thus far on the computer…but what’s new right?
In my quest to #feedingfamilyhealthy I feel I have to research every meal, ever recipe, try new things. I’m always looking for new way to improve our health, stay fit, be active…meanwhile, here I sit :/

I’ve learned social media isn’t always the best way to boost your fitness motivation. I read an interesting article in one of my “school” magazines pertaining to that subject!
“Blogs, micro-blogs, messages focusing on healthy accomplishments, give and receive emotional support and motivation for staying on track w/ exercise and healthy eating. Encourages focus on benefits such as strength, mood, energy and health.” These are all great, thumbs up!
“Weight trackers on message boards CAN keep people accountable, but wont factor in positive results beyond weight loss, like improved health, more energy and better mood.” Not so great, mediocre!
“Thinspiration” photos on FB, Instagram and other are skewed perception of reality. They can hurt self-esteem, it places too much focus on others accomplishments versus personal goals.” Not the best idea, thumbs down!
I do not want to cause focus on anything but YOUR GOALS, health, weight or otherwise! My goal is to be an encouragement to you while holding myself accountable. If I ever stop being that…. you have my permission to give me a swift kick in the rear and throw me back on track :) (and yes, I do mean that you can call me out when I’m whining)

I try to come up w/ my own snack ideas, sometimes as I’m munching I think how smart I am then someone asks me is that such & such’s recipe. Well, maybe I did see it somewhere and just forgot, ya’ll know how my brain works lol But heavens to Betsy this is my new favorite snack (& occasional quick breakfast). I call it…
Protein packed chocolate crunch:
1/2 cup 0% Greek yogurt
1 scoop AdvoCare Muscle Gain
1/4 cup Natures Path “Love Granola” (has lil’ chunks of chocolate & pieces of dried strawberry)
Mmmmm… (Yes, this is dairy, but I don’t personally have a diversion to dairy, we only adhere to that part of the diet when my son is home)

I’ve also spent a lot of time this summer w/ my Essential Oils…OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN I <3 that stuff :)
Here are a few suggestions for products and essential oils to keep on hand that you can use this summer…
* DEEP BLUE RUB – Soothes muscles after a long hike or heavy workout (Deep Blue EO is ONE of my all time favorites! When my knees are hurting, rub a drop or two and immediately the pain goes!)
* LAVENDER – Promotes restful sleep, soothes burns and helps bruises
* TERRASHIELD – Protects from bugs
* DIGESTZEN SOFTGELS – Alleviates an upset stomach and eases symptoms of acid reflux (My mother is completely OFF her GERD meds thanks to 2 drops of DigestZen/day
* TRIEASE SEASONAL BLEND – Provides relief in case of an adverse reaction to nature
* PEPPERMINT BEADLETS – Supports clear breathing
* LIP BALM
* ONGUARD TOOTHPASTE

**TerraShield Repellent Blend has been scientifically shown to repel insects more effectively than other synthetic insect repellents. Apply several drops to exposed skin and openings in clothing before outdoor activity (We have had MINIMAL mosquito bites thus far, as a matter of fact I've only had 2 myself)

Make DoTERRA a part of your summer adventures with a few more suggestions of oils to keep on-hand, this list will focus on an active lifestyle:
* MITO2MAX ENERGY & STAMINA COMPLEX
* SLIM & SASSY TRIMSHAKE: Provides essential nutrients and helps manage weight
*LIFELONG VITALITY PACK (LVP): Helps maintain overall health and wellness
* DEEP BLUE RUB SOOTHING LOTION

**Take Mito2Max before a long run or any physical activity for increased energy and endurance

List of Summer Essential Oils:
*FLORAL: Geranium – Patchouli – Ylang Ylang
*CITRUS: Wild Orange – Grapefruit – Bergamot – Lime – Lemon
*DIFFUSER BLEND IDEAS: Bergamot & Wild Orange – Patchouli & Geranium – Lemon, Grapefruit & Wild Orange

List of Essential Oils for summer cooking:
Basil – Cilantro – Coriander – Thyme – Rosemary – Marjoram – Oregano – Lemon – Lime – Grapefruit – Wild Orange

And last list (for now heehee) just a few ideas on how to implement cooking oils:

Wild tropical smoothie:
5 drops Wild Orange
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen mango
1 1/2 cup pineapple juice

Fresh caprise salad:
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1-2 drops Basil

Honey lime fruit dip:
1 cup plain yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
1-2 drops Lime

Sweet & Sour Marinade:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 drops Wild Orange

Implementing both AdvoCare products AND DoTERRA (health) products I can hands down tell you which works best for energy. Let me tell you about the first day when I accidentaly did them BOTH..haha.. I'd forgotten I was going to start DoTERRA products on this particular Sunday so I got up w/ my regular AdvoCare routine (Spark, Catalyst, & Thermoplus *side bar, i'd actually allowed myself to run out of MNS but that’ll never happen again..that was the longest 5 days of my life haha) then about 10 minutes later I remembered “Oh yea” so I took the new stuff! It wasn’t long after I felt my heart was gonna beat out of my chest, I could barely catch my breath (kept having to remind myself to breath lol), my pulse was RACING! I even made my husband check my pulse, it was not a pleasant experience. All through church I just felt I would have to jump up and run around the building at any time! My oily friends said it was the “Slim & Sassy” giving me “energy”…well I beg to differ b/c I haven’t felt THAT since day 1. Moral of the story, the Slim & Sassy isn’t worth the cost, save your “energy” money for AdvoCare Thermoplus & Spark :) See, I’m honest, I ain’t gonna lie to ya, I don’t discriminate..even against my own products :) (NOW…I have the Mito2Max but haven’t tried it yet, so if I feel I get MORE energy from that, I’ll keep ya posted)

You can start your own weight loss, health journey by ordering AdvoCare products at http://www.chellespark.com Please feel free to contact me regarding questions and/or ordering suggestions and don’t be “skeered” I’ll help you every step of the way

If you have any interest in learning more about Essential Oils go to http://www.mydoterra.com/chellespark May I suggest you start with an Introductory to Essential Oils Kit containing Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint and again, know that I’m here to help you ;)

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“I’ma learnt one”

You hear that saying, “Ya learn something new each day.”  Welp, I am one of those people…I literally DO learn something new each day! :)

Y’all know I LOVE AdvoCare, started implementing the THM principles of S/E eating and I’m big on DoTERRA Essential Oils.  Y’all know I’m in the finale stages (praise the Lord) of earning my FNS Certification (I’ve just got my exam left so hopefully this week I’ll get that done!) and that I spend every waking moment (starting at 4:25 am each day) trying to learn how to improve my son’s health through nutrition while removing all toxins/chemicals from our home and replacing them with wholesome, every day, “around the house” items.  I love making my own detergents, soaps, healing salves, etc…

I learned today that I can indeed clean soap scum w/ a lemon!  I’ve tried the whole fruit and cleaning thing before…tried cleaning my bathroom sink w/ grapefruit & salt and just as I suspected the only thing that did was give me extra cleaning to do because there was sticky, pulp residue left behind on that one.  I’m a skeptic by nature, I HAVE to learn things the hard way, the old-fashion way, I have to try it for myself ;)  Though I was impressed w/ the whole lemon soap scum thing I’ll probably stick to my baking soda/vinegar routine for the most part.  However, when it comes to cleaning w/ my pantry essentials and my produce, it does NOT do the trick on clogged drains :/  Unfortunatley I’ve yet to find anything for that besides Drano (of which I can only use when my son is away for the week at his dads, giving time for the “chemical” smell to completely dissipate!).

OH ** Side Bar (before I forget) Here’s a recipe I found on Instagram today…AdvoCare Blizzard!!  Yes, I said it B-L-I-Z-Z-A-R-D and let me just tell ya, Dairy Queen “ain’t got nut’n” on this baby.  I absolutely <3 finding recipes that call for my Advo products don’t you?  Makes me KNOW I’m doing my body a favor ;)  
AdvoCare Blizzard:
1 pkg Vanilla MRS
1 cup of ice (enough for thick shake)
8 oz water OR unsweetened almond milk
1/2 AdvoCare Snack Bar
Throw it all in the blender and blend to desired consistency

Learning to do other things w/ food/pantry items…
Mixed up a “zit/spot” remover for my son.  
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 drop lemon juice (though I spilled probably a whole 1/2-1 tsp in it haha)
As soon as you see a “spot” appear (I so hate the Z word lol) dab a lil’ remover (I used q-tip) directly on, allow the paste to soak approximately 10-15 minutes then wash off.  You can reapply as needed but after the second application we saw a difference ;)

My ALL-TIME favorite homemade item is my leg exfoliator made from olive oil (could use coconut, canola, baby oil, just whatever you have the most of), sugar granules and lemon juice.  (AH-HA finally a way to use up the 20 lbs of sugar that I couldn’t bring myself to throw away when we started migrating into sugar-free land).  My sister said her husband (a preacher) asked how my legs were always so shiney (which number 1 made me wonder why is he looking at my legs BAHAHAHA~), that made me realize since I’ve been making my own soap & exfoliator, I haven’t had to use lotion :)  Oh, and I swear I don’t have to shave nearly as often as I was (but that could just be b/c we haven’t really gotten into summer and I was letting the forest grow…mental note, pay attention to the length of time between shavings)

Homemade bronzer?  Yes, make-up, I’m diving into making “make-up”, this one kinda makes me nervous but the minute I find a “kabuki” brush to apply it evenly I know this will be another favorite.  I’m always very careful about what goes on my face b/c of my rosacea  (the only moisturizer I’ve ever found that didn’t cause my break-outs is Clinque and I use it sparingly b/c I don’t like paying for it!  I ONLY wear face make-up on Sunday’s for church and even then I’m dying to clean it off, it causes the break-out, dryness and I itch like mad).  Summer is awesome b/c all I ever need is a moisturizer and sometimes bronzer.  
Bronzer:  
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp nutmeg
I.  KID.  YOU.  NOT!  You’ll want to play w/ the ingredients to get the right shade you need (ex: more nutmeg and cocoa for darker, cinnamon for more reddish tone or cornstarch to lighten it)

I LOVE that I can use my Essential Oils for helping to heal my family naturally w/o the use of synthetic pharmaceuticals!  I’ve rearranged our “medicine cabinet” and thrown most everything away.  I’ve told y’all how I use PEPPERMINT for treating headaches and LAVENDER for fever, itches, burns or rash.  My son has seen his warts disappear using OREGANO and poison ivy swelling starting to vanish w/ the help of MELALEUCA (aka Tea Tree).  But listen to some of the other household items I’ve been able to replace within the home..

Hairspray (another favorite, I always double this recipe!!):
2 tsp granulated sugar (another ah-ha use)
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 tsp high proof alcohol (should’ve seen me explaining to the ABC clerk that I know ZERO about vodka but I want the cheapest b/c)
5 drop of favorite EO (I chose Vetiver for it’s “calming” effects due to son’s TS)

Body Wash (my son loves this!):
1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/3 cup liquid castille soap (this is the most gentle purchased soap I’ve found so far)
20 drops of LAVENDER EO (son doesn’t wanna “smell like flowers” but doesn’t seem to mind this)

**SIDE BAR** KEEP IN MIND WHEN DEALING W/ PANTRY/FOOD ITEMS IN  YOUR HOMEMADE PRODUCTS, THESE WON’T KEEP A REALLY LONG TIME, SOME ITEMS WILL GO RANCID IF NOT USED RATHER QUICKLY

Hand-Sanitizer (goes every where I go and one in the car <3 <3 ):
4 oz glass spray bottle w/ water
2 tsp aloe vera gel (this I did have to purchase. **remember that aloe must be refrigerated after opening, otherwise you’ll waste an entire 32 oz bottle that will turn a dark color and become very runny; like I did)
10 drops of Vitamin E oil
30 drops of Essential Oil (I used On-Guard for his immune boosting & antibacterial properties, I also love the smell)

Ok, so I realize this blog that started off being mostly about AdvoCare has slowly evolved into so much more!  I ain’t gonna lie, I’m a work in progress! I’m always looking to learn how to improve our HEALTH AND NUTRITION so stay tuned…

~AdvoCare products can be purchased through http://www.chellespark.com
~DoTERRA Essential Oils can be purchased through http://www.mydoterra.com/chellespark
~If you don’t know where to start w/ purchasing gluten free and/or specialty items not found in your regular grocery store http://www.Vitacost.com is a great resource.  If you have never purchased through them before you can get $10 off your first $30 (or more) purchase using my email as a referral chellemills@ymail.com (this will also give me $10 off my next $30 purchase) http://www.vitacostrewards.com/jIXy3r7 (be sure to click “referred by someone” and enter my email along w/ yours)
~I do NOT know how to share links or get an Amazon affiliate link (I’m willing to learn if you wanna talk me through it lol) but I purchase a lot of my items through Amazon.com 

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Making this a toxic-free zone

Much to the disbelief of several skeptics the DIY essential oil deodorant is working out just peachy…er…uh…citrusy haha Tho, I have to admit FRIDAY/ZUMBA will be the true test ;) That’s my real workout day! Every other day it’s just stuff around the house and NO, I don’t just mean walking around from room to room carrying loads of toys or laundry (but believe it not even THAT burns calories and CAN get your heart rate up depending on how quickly you can get it done lol), I’m referring to the lil’ exercise & stretching I get in every morning at the beginning of my day, and we can’t leave out the mile (sometimes two) I put in after dropping the kids off..

I KNOW this is going to sound crazy but this essential oils stuff is FO’ REAL YO! Y’all know due to my son’s tic disorder/TS I’ve been working on making our home a toxic-free, chemical-free zone.. even removing OTC medications and pharmaceuticals! I’ve been turning to the oils for everything under the sun! Kids gotta headache? Dilute some Peppermint and rub it on their temples, forehead and back of the neck. Running a fever? Again, try the Peppermint AND/OR Lemon or Peppermint can be added to water with honey or agave and sipped. Also diffusing, cup and inhale can be used. Lil’ one fell off the bike and bruised up knee? Lavender is great for bruising and soreness! I’ve mixed up a “boo-boo stick” to help heal said scrapes (Frankincense, Melaleuca, Lavender & Witch Hazel). Suffering from a cough/cold? Whoop up a “flu-bomb”, knocks it out in 24 hours! This stuff is crazy addictive! My son has seen Oregano heal a wart and now he’s finally convinced there’s something to this :)

I believe that the chemical induced fragrances we’ve always allowed in our home (because they DO smell good) are part of the reason my son suffers from this debilitating disorder. I think that what we “smell” triggers (or doesn’t, whatever the case may be) something in our brain that causes us to respond in certain ways!

Today alone I’ve made all-natural toothpaste (w/ Peppermint EO), “Earth Paste” which is super expensive in the herb stores (w/ Peppermint), an “allergy roller” to replace our zyrtec/claritin (LLP/lemon, lavender & peppermint), TICK repellent (w/ Eucalyptus, Peppermint & Lavender), laundry detergent (Orange), dishwasher detergent (Wild Orange), furniture spray (Lemon), dryer balls (Lavender)…I mean, the possibilities are endless!

Do you see how often the SAME oils are used over and over? Do you find yourself curious? The BEST way to get started w/ Essential Oils just to see how you will like LOVE them, order your own Introduction Kit! Visit http://www.mydoterra.com/chellespark to order your Introduction to Essential Oils Kit which includes the introductory audio CD and booklet and a 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils. The stunning presentation box also includes suggested uses of the included oils providing your prospects with an immediate experience of the life-changing benefits of essential oils. There’s at least 101 uses for just these three EO’s ;)
starter kit

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Busy? Me? LOL~

Hold the phone where has the time gone?! I get up at 4:25 am EVERY DAY (Mon-Fri & sometimes the weekend too) and generally don’t bed down until 10 pm…yet, there’s not enough hours in the day?! Of course, if there were more, I’m sure I could manage to fill those and it still not be enough. “WHY in the world do you get up so early?” I hear on almost a daily basis. My response to that is, “Because God wakes me up to study and pray, then I cook a hot breakfast, pack the family lunches, think about dinner and all the goodies I wanna make today!” I <3 <3 <3 being in my lil' kitchen! The only thing that would make it better is if someone were here to wash all my measuring cups, spoons, pots, pans, containers and Vitamix so I didn't have to keep stopping between projects. My laundry and obviously dishes are always "up to date" but I must admit that the rest of my house doesn't always get the attention it needs to satisfy my husband. I currently have 3-4 tubs lining the wall of our bedroom that I keep saying I'm going to take to a consignment shop. Then there are the piles of things I think.."well, that's new, I can sell that on eBay"..not the mention the stuff I already have listed in my store (Have you been to my store lately? Please go check it out whenever you have a lil' time to spare http://stores.ebay.com/Morning-Glory-Treasures I used to have over 500 items in stock, I was literally listing new items EVERY day but just before Christmas I got the bright idea that I would remove everything and just re-list things according to the appropriate season. THAT didn't work out so well! W/ the blog, the cooking, the "getting my family healty'in", the studying, the schooling, then there's the driving, the AdvoCare'n and the DoTerra'n…well, I had to start prioritizing and the eBay'n got pushed to the bottom of the list!)

Y'all know I'm still loving my AdvoCare products! Visit http://www.chellespark.com if you're in the market for MORE ENERGY, an increased metabolism or a jumpstart on weight loss or even just maintaining (but don't just go and think "What the, what?" talk to me and let me explain to you first) ;)

I've jumped on the Essential Oils band wagon w/ DoTERRA and I love the fact that everything I've tried, blended, and used has done exactly what it's promoted to do! I've been asked several times why I chose DoTERRA over others (my sister does the Young Living EO's) and it's because after all the research I personally put into EO's I came to the conclusion that DoTERRA has the best/highest quality oils. Yes, they're more expensive than some but when we're talking about your family's health and well-being, can you really put a price on that?! Plus, what you'll save in going to the doctor all the time will make it well worth every penny you spend. Visit http://www.mydoterra.com/chellespark to get you started on treating your families ailments without pharmaceuticals (but again, don't just go unless you know what you're looking for, I want to help you chose which products to get you started) :) Though, I will say the best way to get started is the Introductory Kit! You can do soooo many things, approx 101 to be exact, w/ just those three (lemon, lavender and peppermint http://nettrax.myvoffice.com/doterra/ShoppingCart/Shop.cfm?CurrPage=FrontPage&NextPage=CategoryDetail&CategoryID=143&pid=21034706392855817 )

I have to admit that I spend way more time on my computer than I wish I did simply because…since I put my family on a GF/SF/DF diet, I've wanted to prove to them they will not be deprived therefore I try to make something new/improved every day trying to find their favorites (at which point I'll just rotate some of the same dishes instead of a new breakfast, lunch and dinner every day!). There's always cooking to be done in our home! Due to my son's health (tic disorder/TS) I no longer buy artificial ANYTHING, nothing w/ colors or dyes, no "natural flavors", no gluten, no dairy, no preservatives, no processed…it can all be rather overwhelming but I'm learning it CAN be done!

Since (trying to 100%) removing chemicals/toxins in our home, I'm learning how to make a lot of every day items (of course there's also a lot of fails that go along w/ it)…dish washer detergent, laundry detergent, cleaning products, hand soap, body wash, face wash, bar soap, moisturizer, chapstick, lotion, healing salves, toothpaste, deodorant, heavy cream (from cashews!), I mean the list just goes on and on… So often, I think, “Oh man, I’ve gotta write about this” but then the next thing comes along and well, “yer” just forgotten about :/ (As I’m sitting here typing, I took a moment to mix up an EO deodorant that I’ll try for the first time tomorrow)

I mean listen MAGNESIUM!! What do you know about it? I’ve taken it for several years because I found that it helps me sleep (which I’ve just recently learned that means I wasn’t sleeping due to a magnesium deficiency; funny how that works huh), I discovered this on a fluke taking it for something that I can’t even remember! Then, I discovered that the right magnesium supplement will help w/ constipation or regularity (again, a fluke by purchasing a different kind of magnesium; I’m not talking about the brand). Now I’m reading that it can help you NOT STINK WHEN YOU SWEAT! What whhhhat? Are you kidding me? I’ve been talking for the longest time about getting rid of the Secret because I can’t stand the thought of putting the aluminum into my body which could cause cancer (**side bar, took my son off commercial brands months ago and though he’s using an “all-natural” from Toms I’m still uneasy about it and looking for a good EO scent he won’t mind wearing. He’s getting tests at the end of May but it is MY BELIEF that he has high metals in his body…I can watch him eat tuna which has a lot of mercury and w/in seconds of the first bite his tics will dramatically increase, that says something). I put my son on a magnesium supplement several months ago because I read somewhere that it will help off-set the high metals (I’d love some clarification on that if any of you know anything about it)…
Ok, so obviously I started this post TWO days ago (LIFE JUST TAKES OVER), which means I got to try out my aluminum-free deodorant yesterday. I applied the EO deo upon waking, cooked breakfast, prepared lunches, drop off at school, walked a 15 minute mile, went to the grocery store (which now stresses me out b/c I have to read all the labels!), came home and got to work in the kitchen…peanut butter, oat flour, “cheez it’s”, peanut butter protein balls (@ dashingdish whom I adore!!), I WAS SO BUSY I FORGOT TO EAT LUNCH—I’VE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM FORGETTING THAT!! Picked up at school, ran to Dollar Tree for birthday balloons, came home fixed dinner…whew, went to bed at 10:30 and still NO STINKY STINK ON ME! WooHoo~ …and yes, I did have someone else perform the sniff test lol~

Here it is after 6am already, WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? I ain’t gonna lie I <3 MY LIFE, GOD IS SO GOOD TO ME, I WOULDN'T WANNA DO ANYTHING ELSE… Now, let's get this day rolling (there's toothpaste to be made!) :)

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Protein Packed Pakes

WHAT…you ask, is a PAKE? LOL~

Y’all know I’m all about NEW RECIPES! There’s not too many dishes I make over and over again, much to my family’s chagrin :/ I generally tend to look for those that can be applied to AdvoCare as well as THM principles while still sticking to the GF/DF/SF lifestyle we’re trying to implement for the health of my son (NOT always easy). I can tweek a lot of recipes to fit our needs but I prefer to FOLLOW A RECIPE~

Well I’m here to tell ya I TOTALLY CAME UP W/ MY OWN PANCAKE RECIPE THIS MORNING AND IT ROCKED! (at least I think it’s my own, I don’t recall ever seeing it anywhere haha Of course with MY memory who knows)

We’ll name them: Protein Packed Pakes (my princess used to ask for chippy chock pakes when she was lil’) These are GF, however due to the “whey” that are not considered DF. The 1/2 scoop of AdvoCare Muscle Gain (www.chellespark.com) contains 1g sugar but there are no additional “added” sugars (there’s usually a lil’ sugar in all protein powders). AND though I wasn’t paying attention during all the creation excitement, I realized after the fact that these would be considered a THM Crossover due to the fact that I mixed up the fats/S & carbs/E

Protein Packed Pakes:
1/3 c oat flour (can make your own by blending rolled oats)
1/3 c almond flour (can make your own by blending almonds)
1/3 c unsweetened applesauce (I have a delish recipe!)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cocoa
2 eggs
1/2 scoop AdvoCare (choc) Muscle Gain (you can use whatever protein powder you have in preferred flavor but pay attention to the sugar counts)
*Added GF/DF/SF (I use Lily’s) chippy chocks for princess

This recipe produces approximately 4-6 pancakes depending on poured size (I made 5 in varying sizes haha)
Try it! Let me know what you think

PS…I made the “sweetest” SF strawberry jelly last night and currently whooping up some SF pancake syrup. I <3 my kitchen! Jus'say'n ;)

I ain't gonna lie, making your own flours are a lot easier than you might think BUT if you don't feel you have time or not comfortable enough doing so and have never tried Vitacost. I can offer you a $10 off $30 (first) purchase coupon. Visit http://www.vitacostrewards.com to sign-up and enter my email chellemills@ymail.com (this gives US BOTH $10 off $30 purchase)

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This journey

Before starting AdvoCare I lacked energy! “But doesn’t the majority of the human race have low energy” I thought, so I’m ok! My youngest child seemed to always be sick therefore I was catching cold after cold. “But seems everybody has allergies and besides all lil’ creatures are germ carriers so that’s normal!” I thought, so I’m ok! We ate what we wanted, when we wanted, life was good, we were “healthy”! WRONG…

I had a TIA/mini stroke AT 40! Was this a wake up call? NOPE! I had continuous heartburn, my mood swings were horrendous, my knees hurt so bad I could hardly walk (I wore black Danskos to walk around Disney w/ my white ankle socks haha), my back was always aching, I kept a headache and/or migraine, I was hateful to my family, my cholesterol was through the roof, I rarely slept and I suffered from IBS (if I “went” to the bathroom once a week I was happy). Not to mention I was wearing a size 16 for the first time in my life and weighed over 200 lbs!

I was totally addicted to S-U-G-A-R! I craved sweets all the time and even when I didn’t crave them, I couldn’t walk past a hershey drop w/o grabbing a couple…or a handful. I HAD to have a Starbucks frappucino at least 5 days a week and only the ventil/large size would do. We hit the “drive-thru” at least 3-5 times/week (& wondered why we were broke all the time).

Then came Advo!! WOW! What a difference that first step made in my life~ I just started w/ a 10 Day Cleanse. By DAY 3 I could tell a change had been made….I felt “refreshed”! I had energy…which in turn made me WANT TO MOVE! It made me want to learn how to eat right, how to feed my family… that first step started a journey to say the least!

Here I am more than a year and a half later: Wearing a size 6 for the first time in my life. My weight fluctuates up and down w/ the same 5-7 pounds (I reached my unobtainable goal of 50 lb loss) but what the scales say are not important. What IS important is that i feel amazing! I’ve removed refined sugars, I read labels for added sugars and I try to avoid all things “white”. I am taking a nutrition course for certification. I am helping people start their lives! I am teaching my family how to eat to live, rather than live to eat.
**I have been working on a gluten-free, dairy-free lifestyle for my son’s “allergy” issues but w/o a supportive mate in that aspect there are lots of slippages! However, isn’t life a learning curve ;)

I share all that to ask…what’s holding you back? Isn’t your life worth more than biscuits, bagels and brownies? Isn’t your children’s? My children do not feel deprived w/o having all the processed goodies! I just offer a healthier version of said sweets. S-U-G-A-R my friends is killing our nation! Did you know that one in three Amercians is considered obese? Or that the rate of diabetes is skyrocketing and cardiovascular disease is America’s number 1 killer? Isn’t the health of your family worth more than a statisic? I can help you get started ;) http://www.chellespark.com

I ain’t gonna lie, it ain’t gonna work if you don’t…

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It’s been a while…

TSK..TSK..TSK..
I have been rather lacksidaisical (is that a real word haha) in posting since the completion of the last cleanse. I literally spend ALL day by the computer. Well, it’s always up & running while I’m doing things but believe me, there’s plenty of time spent researching FOOD & NUTRITION on a daily basis. 

I am about 2/3 finished w/ my Fitness Nutrition Certification….only problem is, I should’ve been done by now!! I find what I’m learning through my own research to be much more interesting than reading the huge book that corresponds w/ my class.
But never you fear, I’ll get it done before my time ends this summer…hellur…summer!? 

Having a discussion w/ my children the other day I realized I rarely ever make the same dish twice. There’s something new (to us) rolling through my kitchen every day! My son said he’d be ok w/ me rotating the same yummy likes from week to week but my lil’ princess said it would be boring and she likes the variety (of course she’s 6 so it was worded a lil’ differently) HaHa~  This morning I enjoyed a bown of cereal for the first time in….A LONG TIME!  I found forkandbeans.com to help w/ our GlutenFree/DairyFree needs and I think I’m in love!  She has recipes for Cheerios AND Cookie Crisp.  The first time I made the Cookie Crisp, I ain’t gonna lie, I used my own SF brown sugar as well as Lily’s Chocolate Chips (SF AND allergy free) and I enjoyed it w/ Vanilla Rice Milk however my family gagged (lol).  So yesterday I was attempting Cheerios (same recipe but called for white sugar, which I used xylitol) and I got REALLY TIRED, REALLY FAST of the time  consuming effort of making those lil’ tiny pieces and then putting the hole in ‘em :)  After 3 rows, I added REAL brown sugar and REAL milk chocolate chips (shhhh) for a batch of Cookie Crisps and H-O-L-Y M-O-L-Y BATMAN!!!!  You’ve gotta head over there and TRY IT!!!  Gluten Free OR NOT, these babies are worth the effort (even IF you choose REAL WHITE SUGAR it’s gonna be a healthier version than the store bought processed crap)

Y’all know where I stand w/ supplements….we should be getting ALL THE NUTRIENTS WE NEED FROM A WHOLE FOOD LIFESTYLE but b/c of all the mass produced, hybrid/in-fused, genetically modified foods we’re forced to choose from in the stores, that’s not always easily done (unless of course you have a grand garden and raise your own cattle). This is WHY WE HAVE SUPPLEMENTS! We “supplement” our foods. These supplements help fill in the gaps that are left behind even when we (think) eat healthy! I choose AdvoCare for my supplements. Advo has put together what I need to reach optimal health based on what my goals are…which keeps me from spending hours on end at the pharmacy trying to determine what all I need to take as well as keeps me from wasting money on a less than desireable quality. Did you know that some Fish Oils are actually more toxic for you than beneficial. I trust AdvoCare’s products! Ive met some of the doctors that put their heart & soul into giving me the best! (& I realize you may not have met the Advo Sci-med board but check out this youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4of4y9x7YQ)

Whether you’re looking for more energy, appetite control (which you’d need to have a VERY hearty appetite to want to suppress it) or an overall health/weight management, Advo has got ya covered~

With that said….I’m placing an order in the next week so message me what you need OR if you’d rather go directly to www.chellespark.com and place your own order.
NOW…let’s all go get healthy ;)

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Chocolate Pie I HAD TO SHARE

Growing up my mama’s chocolate pie was always my favorite (truely it was the “family” recipe, only she & her sisters could make this delish dessert!) :)  Problem was, none of them had the recipe…ya know what I mean?  They just added some of this, lil’ of that w/ a sprinkle of who knows what.  When I was getting married (first time, at age 18) I sat w/ her in the kitchen trying to record how she made this wonderfully melty treat (I say that cause them babies would just melt in yer mouth) but it’s soooooooooo hard when they don’t measure anything!  (As an adult I must admit that I tend to do the same thing at times.  Now I’m ALL about following a recipe to the N’th degree but when I’m making something up on my own, forget about it!  Which obviously means when I try something that turns out perfect for the family, I can never duplicate it lol)

I’m now 43, my mama 70 and she don’t cook!  Come holiday time when my sister’s in town the only requested item is my mama’s broccoli casserole which apparently I’ve gotta figure out cause last year it weren’t hitting on too much :(  My mother comes to my house for meals.  She says, “I just don’t remember how to cook!”  (After my divorce and moving back in w/ her, I took over all cooking responsibilities…now I’ve been remarried for years and she’s ten miles away but I’m still the responsible cook heehee).

**I’m sorry, side bar…IT’S SNOWING LIKE A MAD DOG OUTSIDE!!!  Here it is March 25th, Spring time and it is really puttin’ it down out there.  Needless to say, here in the Carolina’s the THREAT of snow calls off schools so I’m guessing any minute now I’ll get notification the schools are closing!  What’s really funny is that DOT threw out a buttload of salt on the roads yesterday AFTER the weather man removed snow from the forecast.  When will these silly people ever learn that GOD IS IN CONTROL?!

Ok..so anyway, back to the story… ;)
I haven’t attempted to make said chocolate pie in 20 years!  Quite frankly I just gave up and resorted to the fact that I would simply have to do without it except for when one of the sisters made it for a family gathering (which btw has never been the same since they all aged out of their cooking phases…unfortunately, most of them are widows now and don’t COOK for themselves)…but YESTERDAY!!!  OH GLORIOUS DAY…I found a THM Chocolate Pie recipe from http://www.lavenderandhoney.net that tastes ALMOST just like my mama’s pie and I’m in heaven!

choco pie

Now, I ain’t gonna lie, I didn’t have high hopes!  I’d just made fresh almond flour (let me interject that generally what pieces don’t “sift” I generally put back into Vitamix and make almond butter, which in turn I use 3 Tbsp of to make almond milk…anyway those “moist” pieces that were too big to sift were used as my crust…which means I had a few “true” almond pieces) THIS WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN I ANTICIPATED!!  This pie was “family worthy”!  My mama was here to try and didn’t get excited (but her non-excitement is because she knows I no longer use “sugar”! lol).  BUT I wish I’d let it set the required 6 hours before serving it to her because it’s so much better this morning than it was last night.  YES, I DID have pie for breakfast!  But hey, it’s gluten free, sugar free AND dairy free (I didn’t use butter OR ghee)…AND the crust is your protein which makes it a delicious ANYtime treat :)

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