Friday, April 19, 2019

Craft Room Makeover On A Budget - Part 2

Welcome to my #2019organizingchallenge series.  Each month I am organizing and redecorating every room in my house.  For March it was my craft room.  Here are the after photos.  Enjoy!

The wall color was a green and orange.  It was very faded looking.  Now we have a beautiful soft sea green farmhouse color on the walls that makes all the new farmhouse decor really stand out.

The furniture is white and has plenty of storage as you can see in the photo.
This holds all my embellishments such as ribbon, washi tape, brads and more.

The window treatment is a vintage curtain and valance found on one of my garage sale ventures.

These storage organizer bags are right behind the door so it didn't take up valuable wall space.
They hold all of my wallets and envelopes I sell in my Etsy shop, Markets of Sunshine. <<<click

This adorable farmhouse shelf is right over my shipping area.  It keeps all my tools in reach.

Cute wood handmade shelves were added along with a vintage sewing machine for plenty of storage right over my sewing table.

This is my sewing supply corner.  The wire racks hold my fabrics and have chalkboard labels on each shelf.  The cube table in the middle has four spots for baskets and lots of storage possibilities.  The shelf above has three compartments for more storage.  The organizer on the left was perfect for my paper storage.

I am so happy with how this craft room makeover turned out.  What do you think?  I'll be putting together a step-by-step tutorial for you with all the products I used and how we accomplished this in just 30 days.

Stay tuned for my Entryway makeover reveal coming up next...

If you want to take part in my #2019organizingchallenge you can join us any time by signing up here.  You'll get a series of emails with all my great tips and free worksheet to help you tackle your mess with ease.

I've made it easy for you to catch up on the challenge in my previous blog posts.

Read them here:  Just click each title in order.

Organizing Challenge for 2019

How to organize a room in 20 minutes or less

Kick off day for Organizing Challenge for your home

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You'll find this is a peaceful place and a safe place to spend some time away from the stresses in your life.  I offer you a way of life that is filled with love, peace, hope and friendship.  If you want me to share my joyful life with you in my weekly 'happy mail' you are more than welcome to sign-up here today!

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Flash Sale! DIY Supplies For The Natural Home Maker and Wanderlust Traveler

We have a great flash sale for all you DIY Home Maker's.  Receive 30% off your favorite DIY supplies in our Etsy shop, Pioneer Fundraiser today only.  April 15, 2019.  Offer ends at midnight est.

You'll also find some great home decor items from around the world in our shop that are vintage and in great condition.

Try not to miss this deal.  I don't know when I'll be offering 30% off again this year.

Bonus offer!  In addition to the DIY sale in our Pioneer Fundraiser shop.  I am also offering 30% off in my Markets Of Sunshine Etsy shop.  You'll find eco-friendly zero waste handmade products for the wanderlust traveler in you.

My handmade wallets and envelope sets are all hand stitched so they won't come apart.  They are also laminated so they won't get dirty.  Then I add a snap closure to the wallets so your contents stay secure inside.

I'll be pulling my Winter collection soon.  Don't miss out on getting a great deal on your favorite set.
They make a great gift for any occasion.  Plus, you can have custom orders personalized.

Ready to ship items are not personalized.

Come on over today and pick up your favorite before it's gone.

Sale ends at midnight est on April 15, 2019.

Be sure to Favorite both shops so you stay informed of our new arrivals and sales.

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Have a great day.  Let me know you found me from this post and I'll add a surprise gift with your purchase.

Happy Home Making!


Monday, April 8, 2019

Craft Room Makeover On a Budget

  Get our DIY tutorial here. <<<<<

I hope you enjoy this craft room makeover on a budget video.
You're going to take a little tour with me of my craft room makeover.  

It took us less than a month to complete.  We started by taking everything out of the room.  Put non-voc paint on the walls (the best thing to do for your health).  

Next, I ordered the new furniture pieces I wanted in the room.  As you'll notice I went with a white and farmhouse gray combination.
To bring in more of the farmhouse feel I found an adorable wire shelf unit that hangs on the wall.

To learn where I bought each piece click here to nab your craft room makeover tutorial.  You'll get more inspiration and budget makeover ideas delivered to your inbox monthly.

I don't really send out every week.  I just go with my flow.  Living with Lyme disease keeps me on my toes.  I never know if I'm going to get a few hours of sleep all in a row or hit and miss.

So, it's really hard to plan things.  I have to let my body guide me.  I have the best husband in the world. He is so supportive and understands that I need to go at my own pace.  He doesn't sleep well either so we ask each other every morning if we had a good night or not.

At least I can stay home and rest the whole day.  He has to go out and slave to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table and a way for me to go to my monthly doctor appointments.

So when you buy a product from one of my Etsy shops you're making it possible for me to stay creative and help others live a better life.  

It may not seem like a big deal to you but it's a very big deal to me.
So, I wanted to say: Thank You! to all who support my small business and help me live a creative life.

Want to make my day brighter?  Just visit one of our shops and pick up a little gift for yourself or a friend.  I promise it will put a smile on your face when you experience shopping with us.

You'll find all sorts of fun and carefree accessories for travel and every day life in my Markets Of Sunshine <<< click) shop.

Want a vintage gift that is unique and rare?  Then head on over to our Pioneer Fundraiser <<< click) shop.  Every sale helps us get one step closer to retiring my husband so we can volunteer in the community and help others live a better life.

 Hi, I'm Marsha, the owner of this little blog.
I hope you enjoy my adventures in living a carefree and happy life.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Buckwheat the grits alternative for gluten free diets

                                                    I will share tips for living a healthy lifestyle with gluten free recipes.
Try buckwheat a great alternative to grits.  This is something I eat every week.  Be sure to check out my other videos for natural homemaking the organic way.
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Plus, tips for starting a healthy lifestyle that I use every day to reach your ideal weight.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Best Laminated Cash Envelopes and Wallets For Your Cash System

The Best Laminated Cash Envelopes and Wallets

 Have you discovered the cash envelope system yet for budgeting and getting out of debt?
There are many options out there and it's hard to decide which one is best for you.  So, I'm here to show you my own proven system that I make using the heat lamination process but I take it up a huge notch.  Bam!!!

When you purchase laminated envelopes from shops on the internet you will only be getting ones that are laminated on the outside.  Mine are laminated on both sides.  Plus, I hand stitch them closed so they can not ever come apart unless you rip them open yourself. 

Learn how I took a simple product and made it a top seller on Etsy.  >>> Grab my secret here! <<<

Mine do cost more than the other brands and for good reason.  They are made better.  I offer two types.  Ones with a snap so they are like a wallet.  Ones that are open like a pouch for easy access to put in your wallet.

I also make planner envelopes and cash envelopes from acid free designer card stock.  What makes mine better?  I hand stitch them like I do the laminated ones.  

My amazing 5 star reviews speak for the quality of these hand stitched cash envelopes and wallets.

That's not all.  I also use fabric and laminate it as well and sew it just like I do the card stock type of wallets and envelopes.  You will never have to worry about it getting dirty.  Just don't get it soaking wet.  

So, decide for yourself.  Try out my laminated cash envelopes and wallets made from card stock or fabric and let me know what you think.

I dare you to compare!!!

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Thanks for taking the time to read this post all the way to the end of the page.

If I inspired you to try something new today then I've accomplished what I set out to do by writing this post today.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha Jean

Monday, March 11, 2019

Home Storage Solutions - Clutter 101 Organization

Home Storage Solutions 101 - Clutter and Organization

How do you solve the clutter on the kitchen counters and get things more organized?  

Welcome to Markets Of Sunshine your place for organization tips.

Today I'm going to share with you how you can be the Queen of your Castle, aka lady of the house.

You are the one who runs your home.  So you don't need anyone's permission on keeping it clean and tidy.  That is your sole responsibility.  So if you are asking your family questions like this...

  • Would you rather have a meal tonight or the house cleaned?
  • Do you like the home tidy or messy?

in the end you are just saying: "I don't want to do this".

But, the reality is a clean home does more than just look good for unexpected company.  A clean home and a tidy room helps you mentally.  The brain is constantly processing everything we see around us.  If things are tidy the brain quickly says moving on... If things are messy the brain says clean this room now!

When you keep putting off organizing a room you're are making yourself depressed and stressed.
So stop blaming others for how you feel or think.  You are doing it to yourself if you live in a messy home. (I"m not talking clinical depression)

I put this to the test myself.  When my clothes start to stack up on the chair in my room I get moody and gloomy.  But, when I put my clothes away I wake up feeling happy and motivated to clean another room.

That's why I challenged myself to do this #2019OrganizingChallenge in the first place.  I was moody and gloomy most of the time and didn't have a good reason why.  I started reading articles about being depressed and come to find out a messy home gives us stress.

So, I took responsibility for my actions and made a commitment to myself.  Room by room I am getting my house in order and it's feels Great!!

Even though I am working on my home office aka craft room this month the kitchen is constantly a sore subject with me.  I wash the dishes by hand because I chose not to have a dishwasher for health reasons.

The countertops are a glorified stuff collector.  Giggle!  I decided this week I am going to conquer them once and for all and share with you how I go about it.  Maybe it will give you some inspiration to tackle your kitchen clutter too.

The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in our homes.  It's not called the heart of the home for no reason.  It's the place we go to fuel our bodies morning, noon and night.  It's the place that houses all the things that make us feel good on the inside.  

From that first cup of coffee, tea or water to the last meal of the day it's the place that needs to look it's best so we feel our best.  

Let's pretend that you already know the basics of life.  Just in case you don't here's a short recap.
  • You are what you eat
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness
  • Wash your hands before and after you eat
  • Cook foods to the right temperature
  • Healthy choices are the best for good health
  • Processed foods are not healthy choices
  • Go to bed before 10 p.m. and get 7 to 9 hours of sleep
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
 Moving on...

  1.  Start by opening up your cabinet doors so you can see what's inside all of them at once.
  2.  Now quickly take out things that you only use once or twice a year and move them to the back of the cabinet or put them in another closet if possible.
  3. Empty one shelf and put all the clutter on the counters on that shelf.
 It's that easy to quickly end the clutter on the counters and save you some stress in the long run.

Now get up and go do this right now before you talk yourself out of it again or make up some other reason why you can't get this done today.

Leave me a comment below or send me an email and let me know if this motivated you to stop making excuses and start making solutions to the clutter in your home.

If you'd like to take part in this organizing challenge with me and my friends just sign-up here and you'll receive my 12 month worksheet delivered to your inbox in two shakes of some Florida sunshine.
See you next week.  Same place.  Same topic.  All the information is my personal viewpoint on the topic.  It's meant for motivation only. 

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Adult Reward System #1 Tea Aromatherapy

Adult Reward System #2 Tea Bath Therapy

Adult Reward System #3 Self Hand Massage

Adult Reward System #4 Florida State Parks

Adult Reward System #5 Indoor Gardening

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha Jean


Monday, March 4, 2019

Home Storage Solutions - Organized Entryway

                Entryway Storage Solutions - Organized Home

 Where do you go to find storage solutions for your home?

You could just use Google or Pinterest to search for ideas to spruce up your entryway this year.

The first thing you need to do before you even start a search is decide what style you are doing your makeover in so that you don't have a ugly end result.

I am the type that likes to sit down with a few home decor magazines and browse the pages until I find the style that fits my personality.

I have had 28 years of country decor in my entire home.  Each room has a different flooring color.  Even the paint color is different in every room too.

I finally found my style while searching through a magazine called Lakeside Collection.  I didn't purchase anything from them but headed over to Kohl's and used my account with them to get a huge savings.

I used my Ebates (use my referral link) cash back site and my 20% off coupon from Kohl's.  I also earned $90 cash back on my purchase.  That was just the things I needed for my entryway and living room storage solutions.

If you join my #2019organizingchallenge you'll find out what my new style is going to be for my entire home.  Each room is getting a makeover from top to bottom.  Well not the flooring.

The second thing you'll need to do is get rid of what's old to make room for the new storage furniture.  I'm taking out the table in my entryway to make room for a beautiful bench that has storage inside.

A new cube table with two shelves will go beside it right in front of the window.  My orchid plant and welcome sign will sit on top.

The old garage sale find end current table beside my couch will be donated to a local thrift store to make room for the new end table with one drawer and one shelf.

The seventy year old cedar chest that my Mom gave us is also going to a new home.  The wallpaper is coming down and a fresh coat of non-voc paint in a light creamy color will add new life to this room.

That's it.  Two simple storage solutions that will help you get organized and turn any room  in your home into a fresh new beginning.  One, find your style.  Two, get rid of the old.

If you'd like to take part in this organizing challenge with me and my friends just sign-up here and you'll receive my 12 month worksheet delivered to your inbox in two shakes of some Florida sunshine.

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Adult Reward System #1 Tea Aromatherapy

Adult Reward System #2 Tea Bath Therapy

Adult Reward System #3 Self Hand Massage

Adult Reward System #4 Florida State Parks

Adult Reward System #5 Indoor Gardening

Sending You Sunshine,
Marsha Jean


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Etsy Carbon-Offset Shipping: Delivering a world of good


I love how Etsy is helping offset their carbon footprint by doing good things for the environment.  As an Etsy seller I too do my part to reduce my carbon footprint by recycling all of our shipping materials.

I look for ways to bring eco-friendly products to my customer's too.

Living a green lifestyle is easy to do.  It just takes a few simple changes in the way you do your daily routine.  Before you know it you've switched out wasteful habits and replaced them with responsible ones.

Check out my post where I share how I live the 'green' life.

How much does it cost to go organic?

Going green around the house:

If you want to see how I incorporate eco-friendly zero waste ideas into my Etsy shop you can check it out at Markets Of Sunshine. <<<click

My husband and I even started a new blog together where we share all of our trade secrets that help you turn your home into...
Natural Home Life DIY <<< click <<<<

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Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha Jean

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

How To Organize Your Life - Time Management Tips

Easy Time Management Tips - How To Organize Your Life

Let's get to the list of the matter...

  • Write everything down in a planner, journal or notebook
  • Don't rely on your memory
  • Put things back where they belong
  • Don't be lazy
  • Recycle and donate
  • Get to the important things first
  • Leave the computer and TV for last
  • Make a monthly food menu
  • Make a budget
  • Don't make excuses
  • Clean up after yourself as you go
  • Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night
  • Try to wake up the same time every day (not when you are ill)
  • Do stretches while still in bed (10 reps each leg and side)
  • Drink 2 to 3 glasses of water in the first 30 minutes after you wake up (re-hydrate)
  • Get in the sun right after you get out of bed for at least 10 minutes (this resets your clock)
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day (not coffee, soda or juice)
  • At the end of the day write down what you accomplished on one list.  Then write down what you need to do the next day on another list.  Now you won't have to do that in your mind while you are trying to sleep
 Write Down Everything

Making a list is going to save you so much time in the long run.  I used to think this was just making more work for me but once I started doing it on a daily basis my life got so much easier to organize and manage.

Don't Rely On Your Memory

Let's face it life is stressful and hectic.  No matter what your age and how smart you think you are your memory is not what it used to be.  Ask a child or teenage to do three things and they won't remember any of them.  But, tell them to do one thing and they can get right to it.

Put Things Back Where They Belong

Notice I said put things back where they belong, not where you found it.  Giggle!  
This will help things to go so much smoother if you just take a minute literally and put things back where they belong.

 Don't Be Lazy

Remember to take a lesson from the ants.  They work round the clock storing up food for the year.  Nature really does have so much to teach us . We just need to take the time to study what is going on around us.  

Recycle and Donate

Try to see how you can recycle empty containers instead of adding to the landfill.  If you don't have a use for something you no longer can use do the kind thing and donate it to your local thrift store or drop off station.

Get To The Important Things First

Get out your list every morning and see what is on it and get to the most important things first.
I keep my list right on the table in my notebook.  While I am eating my breakfast I scan through it to see what is on the schedule for the day.  I also put any appointments on my phone calendar so I never forget where I need to be.

Leave The Computer And TV For Last

It's all too easy to get side-tracked for hours if we turn on the computer or TV first thing in the morning.  Unless, you work from home leave it off.  After you get all your chores done for the day then give yourself permission to sit down and relax at the computer or watching TV.

Make A Monthly Food Menu

Now this might seem silly if you live alone or it's just the two of you now.  But, trust me on this one.  Have you found yourself saying, "What do you want for dinner"?  Or, how about the other way around.  If you have planned meals it will make everyone's life so much easier.  No one has to guess or ask that dreaded question again. 

Make A Budget

I like to sit down at the beginning of every year and make my budget out.  Then I take it one step further and do a monthly budget.  Get a planner that has blank pages in it and do a list of all your bills and income first.  Then fill in the blocks on the calendar pages of your payments each week.

 Don't Make Excuses

Can you come up with a million reasons why you can't organize your life and manage your time?
We all can do that.  That's the easy way out.  I can't because .... I don't know .... I need help ...

See I just came up with three ways that we all start off a sentence of excuses.  You want to know something?  When we make an excuse that really means we don't want to do it.  That's right!

So stop making excuses and own up to the real reason.  You're just saying I don't want to organize my life.  I don't want to manage my time better.  I want to make my life and every ones around me miserable.  Is it working?  Are you happy?  Of course not.  So let's change it together.

 Clean Up After Yourself As You Go

You can apply this method to every aspect of your life.  

Instead of leaving things undone make this simple switch and you will make your life more organized in a flash.

If you work out of the house just shake your sheets in the morning about 15 minutes after you get out of bed.  You'll have time to shower and eat breakfast and then make your bed.

Hang up your pajamas instead of leaving them on the floor or counters.  If they are dirty pop them in the hamper.

Get a basket for your makeup and keep it under the counter or in a corner on the counter.

This will make things tidy and organized.  Leaving it scattered all over the place adds stress to your life.  The brain sees it and says you need to put that away.  Because you don't it is constantly working on how to make you do it.

Take 5 minutes to put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher after a meal.  Wipe down the table and countertops.  Now when someone comes over or it's time for your next meal things are clean and fresh.

Do you like getting in a car that smells like a fast food chain?  I sure don't.  Pick up all the trash in the car and put it in the garbage can outside.  Don't bring it in the house.

Drink 2 to 3 Glasses Of Water

After you get out of bed pour yourself a big glass of purified water.  Make it room temperature.  You'll need at least 3 glasses to hydrate your body.  Now wait 30 minutes and eat breakfast.  I do this every morning.  Then I have my protein drink.  About an hour later I eat my breakfast.  I get around 30 grams of protein every morning.

Does any of these apply to you or your family?
When you get out of bed in the morning do you make the bed right away?  When you take a shower do you put the dirty clothes in the hamper?

When you put your makeup on do you leave everything on the counter?  When you make breakfast do you wash the dishes or put them in the dishwasher?  When you eat in the car do you leave the empty cups and bags in the car?   

Get 7 to 9 Hours Of Sleep A Night

 Research has shown that adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.  I have a chronic illness that does not allow me to get a straight nights sleep.  But, even still I get any where from 8 to 10 hours a night.  

Try to Get Up The Same Time Every Day

 Set your alarm clock on your phone to wake you up the same time every morning.  Studies have shown that this helps reset your internal clock.  Take it one step further.  Stand in front of a window for 10 minutes to get sunshine.  This helps your immune system and your brain function better.

Stretch In Bed

A good way to get your exercise is to do stretches in the morning before you even get out of bed.  I like to do this for my legs and my back.  Pull one leg up and bend your knee keeping your foot on the bed.  Now lift the other leg up and down ten times.  Repeat on the other leg.
Then roll on your side and stretch the top leg over and reach with your arm.  Do this in rotation from one side to the other with each leg and arm.  You'll feel the stretch in your back and it also adjusts it too.

Let The Sunshine In

Every morning open those curtains and let the sunshine into your life.  Take a walk outside and sit in the sun for at least 10 minutes.  I open my kitchen curtains and sit at my table and drink my 3 glasses of water every morning.  I can see my garden of flowers.  Watch the birds and people go about their day.

I feel happier and more awake when I stick to this routine.  See what a difference it makes in your life.

End The Day On The Write Note

Get out your notebook or journal and write down everything you accomplished for the day.  Now look at your list of to-do's for the next day.  This not only helps your brain to dump all the stuff you did for the day but will help you get a good nights sleep.

One last tip.  Turn off the TV or computer 1 hour before bedtime.  This helps the brain to calm down and relax before you go to sleep.  Massage your hands and feet before bed as another way to relax.

These are my personal ways that I organize my life and manage my time.  Let me know how they work for you.  Hit reply to my next 'happy mail' email and let me know what works for you.

Sending You Sunshine,

Marsha Jean

Check out my list of past Adult reward system list here:

Adult Reward System #1 Tea Aromatherapy

Adult Reward System #2 Tea Bath Therapy

Adult Reward System #3 Self Hand Massage

Adult Reward System #4 Florida State Parks

Adult Reward System #5 Indoor Gardening



Monday, February 11, 2019

Start Your Successful Handmade Business Free Workshop

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If you've been following along with me for the last few years you'll know that I am a handmade maker aka Etsy seller. Which are you?
 If you're anyone of the above categories then you'll want to try out this treat for yourself.
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Adult Reward System #7- How To Reach Your Ideal Weight Easily

                        Adult Reward System #6
How to reach your ideal weight is a challenge for most of us.

Whether we want to lose weight or gain neither is an easy task.

I'd say that the majority of women are trying to lose weight.

There is an easy way and it does require exercise.  I know the dreaded word.  But, don't knock it until you've tried it.  There are so many forms of exercise that you can do to help you lose those extra pounds you put on after a baby or after going on a few too many cruise ship vacations.

True Story:

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I weighed 114 pounds.  I am 5'6" tall so the doctor informed me that I needed to gain 50 pounds.  I laughed!  I was 27 years old and 114 pounds was the most I'd weighed.  I was always getting bronchitis and tonsillitis or some other lung infection.

With ever illness I would lose 5 pounds.  But, I would put it back on in a short time period.  Anyway, back to my story.  Well as it turned out I gained 60 pounds with the pregnancy.  It didn't really show though.  It was majority water weight.  I had edema so badly that my shoe size went from a 7 1/2 to a 10.  So, I went from 114 pounds to 174 pounds in 9 months.  Yikes!

Fast forward 9 months later when my beautiful daughter arrived on November 2, 1990.  She weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces.  I was in the hospital 3 days.  On the day I left I weighed 126 pounds. I lost 48 pounds minus what my daughter weighed.

Time travel with me 8 years later to 1998.  I was pregnant again but did not know it because I didn't stop having a period this time around.  I was actually having a miscarriage and didn't know it.  Well one day I was trying on swimsuits at the mall with my sister-n-law and I went to the rack and picked out my size 8 that I wore and it didn't fit.  I could get the bottoms up much less the top on.

I had my sister-n-law bring me another size 8 and same thing happened.  LOL  Well at this point I looked at myself in the mirror and said to her....Could you come over here and tell me what's wrong with me?

She fell over laughing so hard that she could barely stand up.  She said:  "When did you gain all that weight"!  I said I don't have a clue.  ROFL

Long story short I did go to the doctor and found out I had a miscarriage.  But, now I weighed 170 pounds and could not get rid of the weight.  The thing I remember that bothered me the most was the way my shorts would ride up between my legs and I'd have to keep pulling them down.

I said to myself, "How in the world do women stand this"!

About that time a friend of mine who had been trying to lose weight came across a book through a friend called: "Eat Right For Your Blood Type" by Dr. D. Adamo.  She got me to join her as a support and motivator to try the program out for 30 days.

I found out my blood type and got a copy of the book.  It was a game changer and a life changer for me.  We bought a pair of tennis rackets and took our daughter's along with us to the courts.  We were a comedy routine in the beginning.

Chasing the ball all over the court.  Bending up and down to pick it up 50 thousand times within 2 hours. Anyone could lose weight with this sport I said.

And, about 3 months later I weighed 138 pounds.  That was my ideal weight that I needed to be after the first pregnancy.  But, it took a second one to help me to reach it.  For me it was obvious a hormone issue as to why I could not gain weight my whole life.

Metal to the Pedal........Fast forward to December 2004.  We were on a camping trip to my favorite place in Georgia.  Fresh mountain air.  Cool crisp mornings.  It was my little paradise vacation spot.

Well, it turned into a nightmare on May 30, 2005.  Little did I know that little tiny ticks called, deer ticks carry a deadly debilitating disease called, Lyme disease and I had it.  I lost 40 pounds in 6 months from my body shutting down from the illness invading my blood stream and organs.  I lost down to 98 pounds. 

On the road to recovery...

I'm not going to bog you down with the stressful details. I'm done with that part of my life.  I am past it and am happy to still be alive and getting better day by day.  I am going to tell you what has helped me regain my life and helped me get off of RX medicines and over the counter ones too.

It's been a combination of holistic, homeopathic, herbal and now functional medicine to be exact.  My newest doctor is a God send, no doubt about it.  I pray for guidance and then do the research until I find the exact kind of doctor I need.  I've found that for me the best kind of physician for Lyme disease is a medical doctor that incorporates alternative treatment through natural remedies from the best sources.

I've had various kinds of testing done too.  The best by far are the ones that use your body chemistry as a basis.  Such as urine, blood, saliva, hair and nails.

So here's the scoop...To reach your ideal weight you have to do these easy things daily. (Get my full program in a pdf format here)

#1 - Start off your morning with a protein shake that is organic and not full of refined sugar.

#2 - Get the book, Eat Right For Your Blood Type and follow it

#3 - Get some kind of exercise weekly in the fresh air if possible (consult your doctor if you have health problems)

#4 - Get plenty of sleep (before 11 p.m. if possible)

#5 - Get off sugar, caffeine, processed and refined foods

Bonus Tip:

#6 - Trade your RX drugs for natural medicine from a functional medicine doctor

Now here's the Adult Reward System part.  For every one of the things on my list that you accomplish give yourself a reward.  It can be anything that doesn't sabotage your goal of reaching your ideal weight.

Check out my list of past Adult reward system list here:

Adult Reward System #1 Tea Aromatherapy

Adult Reward System #2 Tea Bath Therapy

Adult Reward System #3 Self Hand Massage

Adult Reward System #4 Florida State Parks

Adult Reward System #5 Indoor Gardening

What holds you back from reaching your ideal weight?  Talk to me in the comments box below.

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I've lived in Florida all my life of 55 years.  I'm a wife and mother.  I would not trade my family for anything in the world.  We enjoy doing things together that brings us closer as a family and with our Creator.
You'll find this is a peaceful place and a safe place to spend some time away from the stresses in your life.  I offer you a way of life that is filled with love, peace, hope and friendship.  If you want me to share my joyful life with you in my weekly 'happy mail' you are more than welcome to sign-up here today!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Fabric Scrap Busting Challenge - Adult Reward System #6 Zero Waste

I am finding so many fun things to add to my Adult Reward System list for my #2019OrganizingChallenge that are adding more happiness and contentment to my daily routine.

Here is my Adult Reward System #6 idea, Zero Waste.
My inspiration for this reward, Fabric scrap busting challenge, came from my friend Lynda Coker over at 
Collage Along With Lynda.   
Let me know which one of my reward ideas is your favorite so far in the comments box below. 

Project #1

If you are new to my blog you might be wondering what is this Adult reward system all about.  
It goes along with my Organizing challenge that I started for myself and my friends for 2019. 
We really needed some motivation and support to get the ball rolling to clean-up and tidyup the rooms in our home.
Project #2

Things are going along as planned thanks to my worksheet that helps you not only plan out what room you are going to clean each month.  But, it also helps you track your progress as well.
You'll love using it if you are going to follow along with the challenge. 
Plus, you'll get your copy delivered to your inbox today in two shakes of a lambs tail.
Project #3

You don't need to be a expert sewer to make these pretty gifts from your fabric scraps.
Here is a list of what you'll need.

#1 - fabric scraps

#2 - fusible web

#3 - felt

#4 - card stock
#5 - sewing machine
#6 - creativity
Now just let your imagination run wild and make your very own note cards, gift tags and bookmarks to give to your friends or family as a' thinking of you' gift and surprise them.
It's a great way to relax after a day of chores and tidying up around the house.
Be sure to join my Happy Mail: Hero Adventures to learn all my secret ways I've discovered of making money from the stuff you're going to get rid of from your cleaning up challenge.  If you are using the cash envelope system for savings that is...

 Don't forget to leave me your favorite reward idea in the comments box below.

Sending You Sunshine,


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Adult Reward System #5 - Indoor Gardening During The Winter With Plants That Purify The Air

Indoor Gardening during the winter - Adult Reward System #6

Did you ever consider that gardening was a free form of happy therapy?  It is!
Studies have been conducted by countries around the world at medical centers proving that patients that are exposed to nature several times a week heal faster and are happier than those who are not.

If you want to prove it to yourself buy a few house plants and take care of them.  Before you know it you'll give them names and even will start talking to them daily.  Why do plants make us happy?  

Well, because they are a living thing and they give us so much in return for a little water and sunlight.  This makes us happy to see the results of our tender loving care of another living thing.  Even if it's just a plant.  

Here are a few of my house plants.  I bring them indoors off my back patio during the cold spells we get on occasion here in Central Florida. 


 Christmas Cactus



Yellow Orchid



Now if you want to purify the indoor air and improve the quality of your health then you can add these five to your indoor garden.

First up is the Spider Plant.  It's easy to care for and only needs a little water once a week or so.  Set it in front of a frosted window or indirect sunlight and it will be a happy camper.

The other four on the list I don't have indoors yet.  They are Boston fern, peace lily, philodendron and english ivy.  You'll find there are more but these will get you started.  I looked up two articles that I think you will like that explains more about it at Farmer's Almanac and Earth Easy.  Enjoy!

I invite you to join my #2019OrganizingChallenge to get more great tips and free worksheets along with my fun Adult Reward System ideas list.  
Plan it all out with my favorite planner from Stampin Up!  Order yours today here.

Sign-up here today!

Sending You Sunshine

P.S.  How many plants does it take to purify the indoor air of your home?  You'll find the answer in the Farmer's Almanac article.  Come back here and tell me your answer.  Then I'll tell you mine.