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Day 24 and Beauty & The Beast

IT…IS…amazing what a good night’s sleep will do
It’s also…

Amazing what praising can do—HALLELUJAH!
I don’t worry when things go wrong
Jesus fills my life with a song…

✟ Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them

I know what it’s like, I’ve been there, to feel like you can’t pray, to feel burdens so heavy that it takes everything you have to put one foot in front of the other.  Carrying such a heavy load that you don’t feel God is listening, that you begin to doubt your salvation.  These are the times that you lean on your Christian family the most, the times you let them help you carry that heaviness, the time you need them to pray for you, on your behalf.  Encourage others around you in this situation.  It’s a tough place!  Go before the throne room and plead with God to bless them and lighten their load.  Today I find myself burdened for one of “those” friends, I’m heartbroken for their needs, teary for their hurts.  Their journey is hard, the road is long but God will carry them through.  We must go through the valley to stand upon the mountain.  Though we may be empty but God is full and His grace is sufficient for His children.  Let’s be the “two or three” that gather ❤

I got up this morning thinking “I’d like to make some cinnamon bread for my family and then tomorrow I’ll use that to make them (eggless) french toast” :p  Started mixing and then it hit me…. I WANT BE HOME TODAY!!  I got the bread in the oven but we won’t be having it today :/  Realizing the bread won’t be ready for breakfast today and the fact I can’t really rely on DH to take it out of the oven I decided to also make some Paleo Strawberry Breakfast Cookies which I already know my family loves ❤ ❤ (I however will be having an FP shake due to all of yesterday S’s that have left me feeling “thick” this morning)

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
(8 oz)
FP/Chia tapioca shake
(16 oz)
S/2 scrambled eggs & strawberries 20 oz
E/Popcorn 16 oz
Spark 16 oz
S/Strawberry cookie & almond butter bar (I cut these into maybe 2” squares) 16 oz
E/Overnight oats (which I’d forgotten I had) and asparagus (haha) 16 oz

I woke up feel so much better today, dare I say “fantastic” but that seemed to be short lived.  I haven’t felt great since that horrendous knock in the head the other night.  I had a “spell” while driving today but luckily I was sitting in “stop’n go” traffic (Praise the Lord, God is so good).  Had I been MOVING there would have been disaster.  Met up w/ my cousin for our mom’s day out together (we do this maybe once a month), today we went to see Beauty and The Beast.  Can I just say I had some hesitancy with taking my little when it first came out.  It was all the hype I was hearing about a homosexual couple kissing and the “obvious” love of a man for another….yes, it had me concerned.  Hey listen, I don’t judge people for how they live but I ain’t bringing it into my home ya know?

Oh my soul the Cinematography of this movie (I hope I’m using that word correctly….had it been a cartoon I would’ve said the animation…) was completely amazing!  The actors chosen for each part, in my opinion were spot on (except for one)!  Emma Watson as Belle?  Oh well, I believe she may now be my favorite actress! I LOVED IT!

The original, animated version is still one of my favorite Disney movies (but ya’ll, even in that one the “three bar ladies” were “scantly clad” and Gaston was showing a hairy chest…no hairy chest in this one.  I must admit, I was NOT crazy about the fella who played Gaston as I expected it to be a much physically larger man).  And the homosexuality?  The kiss?  I NEVER SAW A MAN KISS!  Yes, Le Fleur had an obvious man crush on Gaston but it wasn’t like he was all over him…kids wouldn’t pick up on it.  When the wardrobe dresses three men as women, two scream and run away while the third turns to smile, well if I’m not mistaken that was in the original animated one as well (I plan to rewatch it to see) and at the end Le Fleur and that man do have a dance (quickly seen as they bump into each other and make eye contact).  Bottom line, I give Disney a thumbs up on this one and I will be taking my little to see it 🙂

I’m sorry I haven’t had much nutrition talk lately, I’ve got so much going on trying to maintain all my facebook groups, hotsparkmama, my schooling,  ebay, the kids’ ball schedules and still keep a happy home ❤  I ain’t gonna lie, this life ain’t for the faint of heart, I love every minute of it but I am TOO BUSY!  Therefore, I will be taking a short break from here (not exactly sure how long).  There are some Advo changes being made and I have to determine what I can and can’t share here (which means there may be quite a bit of editing and/or removal of a LOT of posts).  AND I have a friend who wrote an amazing book about motherhood that I need (AND WANT) to finish in order to write a review 🙂

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

 

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Day 22 and FP ideas

I didn’t post my usual morning devotion on my facebook page this morning but during my (2 mi) walk I was noticing all the sections of the track that had been washed away from the many rain/storms we’ve had as of late and it hit me…. that’s what sin does our lives!  Erosion – It’s what happens to our lives every time our steps take us into the world.  “No, it won’t be but so bad if I just of it one time”… but when the second or third time gets easier and here’s what happens… you find you’ve turned away from God and everything you’ve been taught.  Next, you find your life begins to crumble like the during the hard rains.  You get to a point of asking, “God, where are you?”.  He wasn’t the one that walked away, you were!

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us

What I ate today:
E/Strawberry crumb bars
S/Chicken, egg and slice cheese
FP/Chicken soup w/ 2 meringue cookies
FP/Chia tapioca pudding
S/2 scrambled eggs w/ tenderloin (& shredded hashbrowns!)

Find those gorgeous strawberry crumb bars HERE (oh, did I mention they’re vegan? No gluten, No eggs, No dairy)

It occurred to me after eating the SECOND time i ate today that a mini fuel cycle might be THREE days not just one!  I think I may have just got so excited about how much everyone loved the Strawberry Crumble Cake that I jumped the gun 😀  Which brings me to sharing some FP snack ideas (as I feel like I need to make up for missing those DEEP S this morning haha)

To keep my chicken soup FP I used 1-1 ½ c homemade broth, 1 c water, garlic, onion, kale, ginger and just ¼ – ½ tsp tumeric for added flavor (BUT this will stain your container).   Made in the Vitamix for super easy convenience.  Once good and hot I slowed the mixer down to add kale & chicken

Fixed some chocolate covered almond butter bars (which got left out yesterday) and handy dandy (FP) chocolate sauce because I haven’t had any to pour over my apples w/ peanut butter in a while and it’s MY FAVORITE snack for carrying to enthusiast’s ball games ❤

FP snacks:

  1. Protein shake- 1 T. Peanut flour, 1 c. almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract (optional; I omit), 2 drops liquid stevia, handful of spinach, handful of ice- so yummy and so satisfying. The protein really helps with the hunger!
  2. Lemon Muffin in a bowl-  Follow the directions for the MIB (THM p. 258) & replace cocoa w/ vanilla protein powder, use 1/2 juice of lemon or 1/2 tsp. lemon extract),
  3. Trimmacino light
  4.  Big Boy Smoothie (THM p. 243
  5. Chia tapioca pudding

FP lunch or dinner

1  Egg white omelet w/ sauté veggies
2  Chicken tortilla soup
3  Sweet & Spicy Asian Stir Fry (page 341)
4  Wasa cracker w/ tuna & cucumber slices

PS….Mini Fuel Cycle is just ONE day can be however long you like, only it’s no longer a mini if more than 5 days lol~

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day 21 and THM mini fuel cycle

Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. Acts 28:31

So often, we give excuses why we can’t witness to others. I’m guilty of this! “What if they ask about something I don’t have know the answer for? What if they’re argumentative? What if they cuss me out?” Throughout his life, Paul shows us how lame our excuses really are! He is under house arrest and having to support himself, yet he still manages to get the Gospel out to the lost!

Lord, help me to be bold! Give me the words you would have me to say when they need to be said to just the right person.

Give me Words to speak
Don’t let my Spirit sleep
Cause I can’t think of anything worth saying
But I know that I owe You my life
So give me Words to speak
Don’t let my Spirit sleep

Because I’ve decided to add a THM mini fuel cycle (which is just ONE DAY AT A TIME) there will be several links in this post (y) to help you….who am I lying?  I need them for next time 😉

I did not choose a great day to go FRUIT FREE :*(  (oh right, you did know that a fuel cycle DEEP S day means NO fruit, NO dairy, NO nuts, NO seeds right?).  On my way home from my (2 mile / 25 min) walk I saw our local strawberry patch had their OPEN sign out.  It wasn’t 9am and there were already quite a few out picking and it had just began to drizzle.  I did NOT pick them myself, honey that’s way too rough on the back and knees lol.  I’m riding home w/ the windows cracked, berries in the back seat (so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat) and the sweet smell was almost more than I could handle…but I made it home.  With said berries,  I made a big batch of THM/FP strawberry jelly, a batch of regular sugar free freezer jam for the family and what looks to be the most delicious strawberry crumb bars :p  And what goes well for family’s dessert atop these crumb bars (which I WILL eat for my E breakfast in the morning)?   (Coconut) Whip Cream of course (y) (<—-this can also be made with coconut sugar and/or honey).  And y’all know I do not like waste, so the leftover strawberry puree residue I added the little bit of leftover coconut milk (with an additional cup hot water) and made strawberry milk (clap, clap), I figure if it’s not fit to drink I can just add it to my smoothies ❤ Chopped up cabbage (for tonight’s FP dinner), sliced cucumbers, mixed up some “truvia”, ground some for “powdered sugar”, oh I also made some overnight oatmeal, oh AND tapioca chia pudding and there’s ALWAYS laundry going!

Oh….about those sweet berries?  I ain’t gonna lie, I ate ONE!  #itmeltedinmymouth

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
DEEP S/2 eggs w/ spinach in butter 16 oz
(16 oz & before MNS)
DEEP S/Lettuce wrap w/ chicken drizzled in olive oil 16 oz
Spark/S&S/Catalyst 16 oz
FP/Mouth watering meringues (Original THM/370) 8 oz
FP/Cabbage roll in a bowl 32 oz

Good list of what can and CANNOT have on Deep S like NO FRUIT 😦 https://traditionally.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/thm-deep-s-foods/

Wow! Pretty extensive list of idea for your FPs http://largefamilytable.com/100-trim-healthy-mama-fuel-pulls-low-carb-and-low-fat/#aa

For the FP/meringue cookies, I added 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp of cacoa (because hello, it’s a superfood…. Every time I see that word I say it in my head like the Frozo guy from The Incredibles when he says, “WHEERRRRE is my super suit?” bwahaha)

I made the overnight oatmeal WITHOUT the greek yogurt (we avoid dairy as much as possible) so we’ll see how it turns out 😉

OHhhhh and I made Chocolate pudding/S

Crazy as it sounds…I miss days like this, being in the kitchen ALL DAY!  But guess what, tomorrow, I gotta do some real W-O-R-K!  Which means I better get outta the kitchen and into the bed! Zzzzzzz….

(Sorry none of my beautiful pictures would load this evening 😦 Ya’ll truly did miss out hahaha)

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day 20 and meal replacement shakes

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
E/Advo MRS 8 oz (2 MNS/White)
S/Almonds (small handful) 8 oz
S/Mixed greens salad w/ leftover 4 oz sirloin (what made this an S is that I REALLY wanted some “1000 Island” dressing (maybe 1.5-2 Tbsp) 16 oz
Spark/Catalyst/Slim&Sassy 16 oz
(Before MNS)
E/Apple (tsp peanut butter) 12 oz
FP/Tuna w/ cucumber slices on 1/Light Rye Wasa 16 oz

Alright…y’all know I advocate a real foods diet but sommmmmmetimes there is a need for convenience.  I do have a clean protein that I utilize OFTEN but then there are those pre-mixed “just add water” proteins like the AdvoCare meal replacement shakes for when you’re in a hurry (and you can actually just shake/mix in the car).  I find these work well for people who are on the road a lot and don’t like to make stops OR are trying to “do better” nutritionally so don’t wanna eat out much.  Sunday mornings are pretty much the only time I ever have one and actually haven’t had in so long I forgot there were some in the cabinet.

PROS:  I ❤ that they are balanced carbs to proteins.  These easily digestible proteins help to slow the absorption of the carbs.  They taste delicious!!  Holds 50% of your daily intake of calcium.  There’s only 220 calories, just 3g fats, NO trans fats and 18g net carbs (making it suitable for an E setting).  It is full of vitamins and minerals.

CONS:  First and foremost, Advo shakes have 12g SUGAR! (Sugar is in the form of crystalline fructose and then there’s added sucralose).  These shakes include a very long list of ingredients, including soy and maltodextrin (another form of “sugar” but particularly used as an additive) and over half of which I cannot pronounce.  Every time I drink one it sends me to the bathroom…almost immediately :/

I can go ahead and tell ya’ll, after what I have is gone, I will not be ordering any more of them.

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day 15 AdvoCare 24DC, leg cramps and swagbucks

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Yes, yes, I know…the music is never-ending in my head 🙂

✟ Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved Psalms 55:22

Is there something in your life that just seems to heavy to carry??  A burden that daily seems to weigh you down?  Have you thought of sitting at Jesus feet and NOT moving until He blesses you like Jacob did?  Today can be the day feel lighter!  (hold up, there’s another song coming) Now let us have a little talk with Jesus,

Let us tell him all about our troubles,
He will hear our faintest cry
And He’ll answer by and by;
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turnin’,
And you know a little fire is burnin’
You’ll find a little talk with Jesus makes it right. ❤

SO, the last two nights I have been awakened by some horrible leg cramps, I mean so bad I can  hardly move to get out of bed and stretch it out.  I’ve had a charley horse here or there over my lifetime but nothing like what I’ve been experiencing.  Therefore, my 4:20 am starts have been pushed to 5am starts which makes me feel like I’m behind all day long!    I realize I’m getting older and “these things happen” BUT, this is totally unacceptable HaHaHa

Before I started using essential oils I suffered with RLS for years (my husband used to say, “Oh, you got the jumpy leg again?”) but there was no pain linked to that, it was just an incredible urge to move.  There were times I’d have to stand behind the couch and sway my weight from leg to leg while watching a movie with him…how romantic right?

I know that sometimes certain medications will cause you to cramp up but y’all know I don’t even have tylenol in my house (nor will I ever again….did y’all watch The Truth About Vaccinations and how dangerous acetaminophen (<—well that don’t even look spelled right haha) can be to our children).  I know I’m drinking enough water so it’s not dehydration AND I take magnesium each night which should also HELP!

That made me google (actually I swagbucked it haha) what causes night time leg cramps and I came up with a whole heap of issues:

Structural disorders

  1. Peripheral artery disease
  2. Spinal stenosis

Metabolic problems

  1. Acute kidney failure
  2. Addison’s disease
  3. Anemia
  4. Chronic kidney disease
  5. Cirrhosis
  6. Hyperthyroidism
  7. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  8. Type 1 diabetes
  9. Type 2 diabetes

Medications and procedures

  1. Blood pressure drugs
  2. Diuretics (water retention relievers)
  3. Oral contraceptives
  4. Cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins)
  5. Dialysis

Other conditions

  1. Dehydration
  2. Diarrhea (causing anal irritation)
  3. Muscle fatigue
  4. Nerve damage, as from cancer treatments
  5. Osteoarthritis
  6. Parkinson’s disease
  7. Pregnancy

(insert wide eyes here) NOTHING! None of the above reason pertain to me!

Then I read this…. “Most of the time, no apparent cause for night leg cramps can be identified. In general, night leg cramps are likely to be related to muscle fatigue and nerve problems.” Well there ain’t no reason in the world for ME to be having leg cramps so tonight it stops (simple as that right?)!

Today I will be mixing up some essential oils that I will apply BEFORE I go to bed and keep by my bedside in case we make this a third night of excruciating cramps!  Basil, Lemongrass and Marjoram will be added to a 10mL roller bottle (like the old lip gloss bottles we all had in the 70s) for ease of application.  **I also may add some Cypress as it’s great for circulation 😉

After adding a few drops of each oil to the roller bottle I will fill the bottle with a carrier oil (I use Fractionated Coconut Oil) as this allows to better & faster absorption (and booyah, it stretches out the life of my oils whoop whoop)

**I mentioned SWAGBUCKS.  If you’re unfamiliar this is a search engine where you earn points for everything you do!  The more you search the more you earn.  It doesn’t matter what website I wanna go to I start on SWAGBUCKS.  When you shop online, SWAGBUCKS gives you a percentage of what you spend back in points that go towards gift cards.  Everyone has heard of ebates and it’s the same concept (yes, I even start on SWAGBUCKS when I’m going to shop through ebates…work the system yo).  I have earned multiple…MULTIPLE gift cards to Kohls, Starbucks and Amazon (they offer a large list to choose from, those are just my favorite/most used) and sometimes they even offer these cards “on sale”.  Say a $25 card costs 2500 points…but a particular time frame or certain month you can get that card for 2200 points.  They almost always have some type of special (like right now is Mother’s Day Special, “earn double cash back and more”) If you wanna give SWAGBUCKS a try use my referral link and for every 50 SB (swagbucks) you earn, I’ll earn 5!  Then when you offer your referral to others and they sign up you’ll earn 10% in your SWAGBUCKS account too….for LIFE! #ilovefreebies

(I just went to my account to see what all i’ve earned…. I have had 3 $25 SBX, 4 $25 Amazon and 1 $25 Kohls…and all that is just from SEARCHING and a little online shopping, you can also earn by taking surveys and watching videos but ain’t nobody got time for that! HaHa)

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
E/2 Blueberry chia vanilla breakfast cookie (w/2 MNS) 16 oz
S/2 eggs (in oil) and half avocado 16 oz
(Catalyst/3, Slim&Sassy, 16 oz)
(Before MNS/2 oz)
S/7 Superfood salad mix w/ added romaine, half boiled egg, seeds and 1/Colemans uncured beef hotdog (weenie)  14 oz
(Spark, Catalyst/3, S&S, 16 oz)
S/Coconut chips (Mmmmm 😛 ) w/ cashew & chia
S/6 oz steak, steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes
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Breakfast cookies can be found here (I used oat flour as my GF flour, rice milk for coconut (didn’t realize I’m out of almond) and honey in place of maple syrup….bc y’all know how I feel about honey).  Don’t worry by my calculations the 2 Tbsp of coconut oil and chia in this recipe divided by the 12 cookies is still less than 5g fat keeping you at E fuel 😉   *DH and I enjoyed the cookies and the little ate one but only after I added Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips…truly I did mean to add some to half of the batter for her and just forgot.  Otherwise I’ll need to add a lil’ more sweetener next time (y)

This is the collagen I use —->
collagen

TODAY…I struggled. I felt hungry!  I “wanted” something…I wanted to just sit and drink my Spark ALL DAY!  It hit me around lunch time I HAVE THE TOOLS!  I’m eating plenty!  I’m eating healthy fats which satiate me.  I’m drinking lots of water but 30 minutes after eating I’m looking at the clock waiting for my next meal.  But why should I spend the next 8-10 hours counting down?  I finally took Catalyst/3 and had that ah-ha moment…I have the Metabolic blend which will help to “curb” my appetite.  Now listen, I ain’t gonna lie, y’all know I’m not one to “suppress”,

I think we should eat!  But in times like these…well, this is where we should!  These softgels are simply for convenience, I mean to be quite honest, I should’ve just added the actual essential oil into a veggie cap but I’m BUSY and remembered I did have a new bottle so voila 😉

As you may have realized from what I’m eating…I’m down to the bare minimum as I haven’t been to Costco since returning from my little 3 days getaway during Easter break.  Kids have had NO (gluten-free) bread, I used my last bit of organic beef and noodles for spaghetti, there’s no almond milk (because I’m out of raw almonds) and I’m down to use TS son’s rice milk, NO cucumbers, broccoli, asaparagus…I mean who eats a weenie with salad?  😀

WHOA—that’s a lotta S’s, I may have to throw in a THM mini fuel cycle if I keep that up!

We RARELY EVER have red meat and here I’ve had it three days in a row!!  I have GOT to go to the grocery store!

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day 14 AdvoCare 24DC and getting back on the wagon tips

Listen up!!!!
I DO NOT FREAK OUT ABOUT MY DIET!!!  Sometimes I am on plan, sometimes I am wayyy off!  If your diet becomes an obsession then you need to sit down with your bible and take a breather.  Ask God for help!  I used to go into panic mode every time I ate “sugar” (especially) and I would think “well, now I’ve done it, I might as well give up!” NO NO NO!!!  If you eat something you know you shouldn’t, pick yourself up (because you’ll feel like poop and wanna lay down), dust yourself off and jump back on track (y)  If you enjoyed what you had or you were with good company then it was worth it 🙂  But do not let this be a deterrent in your entire day.  Good health is a journey that never ends.  I believe in living each day to the fullest because we are not promised tomorrow.  More important than how you eat is how you love…never let the I love you’s go unsaid ❤

✟ And now abideth faith, hope, charity/love, these three; but the greatest of these is charity/love 1 Corin 13:13

Ironic how God works sometimes… after writing the above I read the below…

“Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals; or to accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps down the path that brings your closer to the future you want.

If you’re reading this, you might have been walking backwards for a while. But instead of waiting for the next day, week, month or even year to overhaul your habits, start TODAY. And start small. You can’t go from the recliner to running or from burgers to Brussels sprouts in an afternoon. But you can do one, two or even a handful of small things that will help you regain your momentum for healthy living.

When you feel like getting back on track is overwhelming, try one (or more) of these small steps each day.

  1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing.
  2. Try a new recipe. Cooking healthy foods can be fun and it never has to be bland.
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast. Your morning meal sets the stage for the rest of your day, so start if off right!
  4. Drink your water. Try to aim for 8 cups each day and you’ll feel the difference!
  5. Look for motivation.  Seeing how others overcome similar struggles and obstacles can be a great source of motivation.
  6. Track your food. No matter how it adds up, you’ll learn from it.”

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
S/Almond butter waffle (2 w/MNS) 16 oz
FP/Cottage berry whip (p379) 16 oz
(Before MNS w/ 4 oz)
S/PB protein shake
Spark & Catalyst/3 (16 oz)
S/Cake in a mug (p379) (12 oz)
E/Spaghetti organic beef) w/ brown rice noodles (8 oz)
E/Banana w/ PB and drizzle of (FP) handy dandy chocolate sauce (4 oz)
(Magnesium 4 oz)

**I’m not a purist yo 😉

You can find the waffle recipe here (I added Enjoy Life chocolate chips and my TS son ate it all up topped w/ whip cream, whereas the little for whatever reason will NOT eat a waffle and these do not cook up well as a pancake) :/
AB waffles

Cottage Berry Whip——>Berry whip

Because I made peanut butter (oat flour and almond flour again) for my daughter today, I always utilize the leftover/residue in the Vitamix for either a shake or pudding.  Since it was lunch time I opted for a protein shake (due to the fact that I cannot run water in my kitchen sink actually cooking is getting hard!).  There was possible 2 Tbsp of peanut butter in the mixer to which I add ½ c almond milk, ½-¾ c water, 1 tsp chia, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 Tbsp cacoa and approx 1-1 ½ c ice 😛
PB

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day #13 AdvoCare 24DC and exercise

Oh yes, I’m feelin’ mighty fine, I’ve got heaven on my mind…
IDK what it is but I have felt so good today!!!  Started w/ spark, MNS and companion regimen as usual, just a normal day but there’s just something about Sunday’s and getting to spend time worshiping Jesus w/ my church family that just makes my cup so full ❤

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? I Corinthians 15:55
Death has the power to end life. Death has the power to separate. Death has the power to discourage and defeat us. But, we know the truth; Jesus lives! Because he lives, we know we can live with him. We believe that his victory over death is our victory. So like Jesus, we mock death and its power to destroy us. Jesus has destroyed death and brought immortality to life… in us through the Gospel.
Father, I admit that the death of those I love still hurts me. I thank you, however, that death doesn’t separate me for long from the ones I love who love you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Ya know, i don’t talk a lot about working out (since my Zumba instructor left me high and dry I just don’t get excited about working out anymore) but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing.  I do believe that what we put INTO our bodies goes a lot further for our weight issues than working out but working out IS important for many reasons!  A regular fitness routine has been shown to do everything from cut cancer and stroke risk to build stronger muscles and bones to encourage better brain health and digestion. Hello…WHO doesn’t need all that?

I hear people (like my mother) say I’m too old…. older people who exercise more have significantly less cognitive impairment than those who did not spend any time working out. Working out is so good for your brain because it increases the blood being pumped to the brain and encourages higher levels of healthy chemicals called brain-derived nerve growth factors

As we enter our 40s & 50s our muscle mass starts to decline :/  We NEED to maintain muscle mass (the more muscle we have the faster we burn fat & calories!) because it is essential for strength and balance.

And here’s a real kicker… EMOTIONS!  Need I say more?  Yes, ok… stress can be caused by elevated levels of cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine, exercise can lower these hormones while raising serotonin.  Serotonin is our “happy hormone” which will help reduce stress.  See how that works?  Henceforth, exercise can help keep stress and depression at bay.
crossfit workout<<— yep that’s me LOL~

What I ate today:
Day #13
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
FP/Coconut Protein Drink (MNS/2)
16 oz
S/Almonds
(Before lunch MNS) 4 oz
E/4 oz filet, steamed broccoli and sweet potato w/ cinnamon 😛 (20 oz)
Spark & catalyst/3 (16 oz)
FP/Grilled chicken salad (16 oz)

**I keep forgetting to mention that I do take magnesium every night before bed

Today I prepped for the week by making some oat flour, almond flour, almond butter and started mixing up an all-purpose gluten free flour…. but THIS time when I reached under the cabinet to get my soap for washing the Vitamix something wet dripped on my foot; here’s where it gets fun :/ I realized the whole flooring was a “pool” and everything under the sink was wet.  Meaning all the “box” products had to be thrown away!  But hey, at least I got my cabinet cleaned out right (gotta find that silver lining)

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day #12 AdvoCare 24DC and companion products

I ain’t gonna lie ya’ll, I woke up feeling kinda yucky today!  Sluggish, drained and just plum draggy!

Once I consumed my spark and ThermoPlus I could feel “boost” kick-in…which got me to thinking, maybe you don’t know about the companion products (though if you’ve been with me long I don’t know how that possible) 😉

CATALYST – an amino acids supplement

“Provides a blend of branched-chain amino acids and L-glutamine to fuel your body with muscle-building components when combined with exercise and a healthy diet.*

Catalyst provides a blend of blend of branched chain amino acids, along with L-glutamine & L-arginine, to fuel your body with muscle-building components.* Catalyst helps repair and protect muscle, and provides amino acids needed to maintain and promote lean body mass, endurance and strength.* Catalyst helps retain muscle when used in combination with a healthy diet, exercise, and other AdvoCare products such as Meal Replacement Shakes or Muscle Gain™.”

The L-glutamine, I find helps to curb cravings and as of late have discovered will help to alleviate a headache (whoop whoop)

THERMOPLUS – a thermogenic which supports body’s ability to convert fat into energy, boosts metabolism and helps with appetite control.

“Contains key botanical extracts to help support efficient metabolism and manage appetite.*

ThermoPlus is an innovative product for supporting weight-loss goals that contains key botanical extracts, such as sage, niacinamide, oolong tea and guarana extracts, to help maintain efficient metabolism and suppress appetite.* The ingredients in ThermoPlus provide enhanced support for the body’s ability to convert fat into energy and promote a healthy metabolism when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.*”

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
16 oz
CO/GF pancakes (16 oz)
12 oz
FP/7 Superfood salad w/ grilled chicken (squirt of lemon juice) 16 oz
E/Boiled egg  white & few grapes 16 oz
Spark/Catalyst (16 oz)
S/Chicken, green beans, stewed potatoes and half (cathead) biscuit :/ (18 oz)

Find the pancake recipe here.  I didn’t do all the “counts” but considered it to be a crossover because it has oats and whole eggs.  I never found time to calculate the fats/carbs when divided by 10 to see if it actually fit into one particular fuel.  IF you do, please let me know (y)  Crossovers (adding fats and carbs to the same meal) are not BAD for you but they are not conducive for weight loss.

IDK what it is about my husband and this recent fascination with “family style” restaurant service (and it seems he just started it the week before I made the decision it’s time to go back to our clean eating lifestyle) but he invited his brother’s family to go out and what does he want… AND let me just add that at this particular restaurant, every Saturday they serve the SAME MENU!  When you’re spending $18/per you kinda feel like ya gotta get your monies worth 😦  and as much as I ate (mostly meat/chicken and green beans) I DID NOT!

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day #11 AdvoCare 24DC & cookie recipe

Where’d she go..go..go..go..goooooo?
Welp, she was up there in them hills a few days and there was all that catching up to do!

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10

Well…… here I am!  Coming humbly before you with my failures and my faults.  What kinda dumb dumb am I planning a cleanse when I’m going out of town?  Oh, I thought “I’m strong, I’m motivated, this is easy!”  Ummm… what was that about NO SUGAR!!! I did carry snacks and plenty of water everywhere we went and I stayed on track for breakfast every day (except the day we had Paula Deen’s fruit dip and “sweet piggies in a blanket”) :/ but then it pretty much went downhill from there HaHa  Seriously, I didn’t have a lot of sugar but I did have it each day… and the dairy? Well, I didn’t have icecream but I had this delicious grilled chicken with avocado, bacon, lettuce & tomato that I didn’t even realize had swiss until I was almost done!  I failed! Not miserably (because I truly enjoyed every minute) but I admit defeat.  But ya know what, GOD NEVER FAILS!  His love for us was the same when we were lost and throwing our lives away 🙂  He forgives us when we ask and loves through the hills and the valleys ❤
love hat

I normally don’t check weight until Day #11 but because I was going out of town I wanted to know how well (or not) I was doing in order to determine how much it changed while out of town.  Easter morning (the day we left) I got up to find I’d lost 3 pounds (day #5), I didn’t have time to measure.  At my return (checked am on day #10) I had gained 2 lbs BUT ya wanna hear something funny?? I’d swear to you that 2 lbs was muscle!  We walked 6-9 miles, up and down hill every day (I always wall sit while brushing my teeth)  and my leg muscles feel every bit of it.  I don’t FEEL the 2 lbs (as strange as it sounds; I know because I used to laugh at people when they said it, I can FEEL when I gain/lose…).

Day #11

It’s time to change things up a little and add in the MNS! Helloooooo metabolism boost = energy!

Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
S/2 eggs w/ tenderloin 16 oz (2/meal MNS/2)
16 oz
E/Cabbage & quinoa w/ grilled chicken 16 oz
16 oz
S/Almonds 16 oz
Spark (16 oz) & Catalyst/3
S/Chocolate chip cookie (12 oz)
16 oz
E/Cabbage & quinoa leftovers 16 oz

The S-cookies recipe can be found here  🙂

For dinner I spent an hour and a half prepping for a homemade pizza!  I was super excited…cutting up fontina and mozzarella cheese, smushing tomatoes for sauce, chopping onions and spinach, even cutting pits out of olives for my husband… but THE DOUGH?!?!  I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!  I may have had too much oil on the parchment paper and it got mixed in with the dough but it wouldn’t flattened and the more I tried the worse it got, so I decided to ball it up and start over…then it got “hard” and when i tried to stretch it, it tore :/

It takes a little longer to get in the swing of things w/ the MNS because of the “30 minute before meal” pack.  IF you should happen to forget the “before lunch” you can take it before anything (snack or dinner) (y) you just don’t wanna leave it on an empty stomach.

I take the MNS-3 for overall health and weight management, it’s a couple $$ more expensive than the MNS-E or MNS-C but I don’t feel I need that extra E-Energy or C-Control.  If you’re completely unfamiliar w/ the MNS it’s a comprehensive multinutrient dietary supplement system that focuses on energy, wellness and appetite control.

“MNS® 3 is AdvoCare’s most comprehensive metabolic nutrition system. Not only will you benefit from appetite control and enhanced energy, you will also receive the best core nutrition with Coreplex®, CardioQ, Calcium Plus and OmegaPlex®.* lt’s a fantastic alternative for anyone looking for a lower-caffeine MNS® system in comparison to MNS® C or E.* For energy, appetite control and overall outstanding core nutrition and wellness, MNS® 3 is your answer.”

All day I’ve been singing a Dolly song (Why’d ya come in here looking like that w/ your cowboy boots and painted on jeans?  All dressed up like a cowgirl’s dream.  Why’d ya come in here looking like that?) HaHa but now there’s that “second verse, same as the first” (remember that from GHOST? lol).  I feel like I’m “stuck” here…like I’m starting over AGAIN, ON DAY 12! Pray for me y’all, I ain’t gonna lie, closer I get to 50 the more I realize it’s getting a little harder to drop than the first time :/  But that’s OK!  Weight is just a number, as long as I’m HEALTHY, I’m happy 🙂

Regardless of whether you are FOR OR AGAINST vaccinations this documentary is a must see!  Click here for access—–> The Truth About Vaccinations  THIS IS A REPLAY FOR THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

 

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Day #5 AdvoCare Cleanse and sunscreen options

Regardless of whether you are FOR OR AGAINST vaccinations this documentary is a must see!  The Truth About Vaccines

I, along with the rest of world was brought up to believe you couldn’t go outside unless you were slathered down with sunscreen.  “Sun causes cancer”…. does it?  NOW, at almost 50, I personally believe the chemicals IN the sunscreen are actually what’s causing the cancer (yes, my husband thinks I’m crazy too haha).  I do agree that allowing the sun to damage your skin (ex. sunburn) can be extremely dangerous.

Through my nutritional and essential oil studies over the last 4 years I’ve changed my view on a LOT of things!!  I never realized how blindly I just “followed the crowd” until I STOPPED following and started researching!

So if our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs everything it comes in contact with then it goes to prove that if we’re using synthetic sunscreen the chemicals are being absorbed into our bloodstream!!

With such gorgeous Spring days lately I’ve really started thinking about and realizing it’s time to prepare for summer…. 1st the cleanse (continuing through 24DC) to remove built up toxins and  jumpstart my clean, healthy eating plan (AGAIN) and next making sure my family is protected 🙂

We NEED sunshine, we NEED what it offers!  Did you know that 90% of the population is Vitamin D deficient?  It’s because we’ve grown up being and slathering our own kids in a complete sunblock for fear of cancer.

You need to find a good sun protection recipe with a nano-free zinc oxide as your base… I ain’t gonna lie, it’s not the easiest thing to rub on but IT WORKS!!  For myself, I like an oil base so I use organic coconut oil and add essentials oils (including helicrysum and lavender…by my calculations I have a coverage equal to about an 8) and yes these still need to be reapplied every 2-4 hours depending on if you’re getting wet or not.  IF you’re a swimmer (which i’m not, I just like to dip my feet in the pool long enough to cool off) the oil option wouldn’t work well for you…there will be an “oil” film floating across the water.

I use non-nano zinc oxide powder which I purchased off Amazon, cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil…. NOW, I believe that doTERRA essential oils are THE BEST and most natural on the market however I know that carrot seed oil has “SPF protection of about 28-30” so if you know a brand you TRUST that carries this oil it would be most beneficial for your homemade sunscreen!  Personally I don’t have a lot of trust in other brands and we don’t carry it so I use my helicrysum 🙂  I just found a recipe from holisticsquid that supposed to rub in easier than what I made last year….

Homemade sunscreen ingredients & supplies
(makes 1 cup homemade sunscreen)

  • 2 ounces beeswax
  • 2 ounces cocoa butter
  • 2 ounces coconut oil
  • 2 ounces liquid oil – total (combination of these jojoba, carrot seed, argan oil)
  • 2 ounces zinc
  • Kitchen scale
  • Double boiler (I use a metal bowl over a small pot of simmering water)
  • Squeeze tubes, optional – I love these refillable, silicone tubes

Homemade sunscreen method

  1. Finely grate the beeswax and weigh the grated bits to 2 ounces.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil until liquid. Remove from heat.
  3. Slowing whisk in the zinc, stirring until all lumps are gone. When this mixture is slightly cooled, stir in the liquid oil until well combined.
  4. Use a butter knife to scoop the sunscreen into the squeeze bottles. Or store in a glass jar with a lid.

Feel like you don’t have time to make your own.  There are a few brands I’ve felt safe using over the last couple of years that seem to work well but they do come with hefty price tags and ya can’t just walk into your local Walgreens to grab a bottle at the beach :/  so be sure to look ‘em up before your vacation to allow for shipping time

RAW ELEMENTS (the first organic, non-GMO certified sunscreen)
THINK SPORT (good for prolonged exposure in sun)
COCO BEE NATURALS (100% Natural & Organic Skincare) ←–this one I just purchased and haven’t actually tried it yet

**Devo:
“I don’t feel saved”… How’s your RELATIONSHIP?
“I don’t feel God’s presence”… How’s your RELATIONSHIP?
✟ Psalms 13:5
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
If we live by how we FEEL…honestly would we ever get outta bed? The way we FEEL is sometimes contrary to the truth. Salvation isn’t based on how you feel, salvation is about a personal relationship with the Lord! Have you trusted in Him?
Lord I thank you for allowing your Holy Spirit to work in me! I thank you for the conviction that fell upon me (1992), that I was a sinner. I thank you for your forgiveness of my sins and paying for them with your son’s blood. I thank you for the mercy and grace you’ve shown all these years. Lord I fail you every day but through your word you comfort, guide, direct and show your love for me. I can’t thank you enough for your many, many blessings

Tomorrow is Easter (Day 6) and we serve a risen Saviour therefore my family will be attending a sunrise service (8am) followed by a full breakfast on the grounds and then our regular service 🙂  If you live in the Greensboro, NC area check out CharityBC.org for directions, I’d love to have you join me!  After services are over I’ll be travelling into the Smoky Mtns with two of my children and will be OFF THE GRID until our last day of cleansing.  I know, I know, you’ll miss me while I’m gone hahaha but know that I’ll still be trying to stay on plan while I’m away (& trust me, I’ll share with you when I return).  Pray for us (pray for ME….have you ever eaten at Paula Deens? lol)

What I ate today:
Fiber/Spark/Pro/Catalyst 12 oz
16 oz
S/2 Eggs w/ spinach in bacon grease and ½ avocado w/ 2 slices bacon 16 oz
CO/Creamy Avocado Smoothie
POPCORN 16 oz
8 oz
FP/Chicken Salad 16 oz (OmegaPlex)
Herbal Cleanse & Magnesium

I believe I had my first crossover today with my avocado smoothie :/  I wanted to use up what’s left in the fridge since I’m heading out of town tomorrow.  There’s was half avocado, almost rotten apple, few carrot sticks and pineapple.  Oh my word that was the most delicious smoothie ever!!!! 😛   crossover

I took my little to a movie so there had to be popcorn!  I thought I was strong enough to have a little and STOP…I wasn’t :/  And what is it about eating “off plan” that makes ya not wanna eat.  I mean seriously, NOT HUNGRY!

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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