Friday Favorites

If you are a #momboss trying to develop a business online, this book is a must!  It has nothing to do with young living, and oils, and everything to do with building your personal brand on social media.   You have to get it!

when Keurig started popping up everywhere I thought, “oh that’s not for me, we drink way too much coffee.”  But, I finally caved Mainly because of this color at Target.  And I’m in love.   I actually drink less coffee, I love that I can get on demand hot water for tea and cocoa, and it’s so nice to just brew one fresh cup in the afternoon!

I mean, these pens are just everything.   I love them.   I can never have enough of them.

This is a THM good girl moonshine that I blended up with frozen berries and lemons and it’s the best ever!!  If you’re getting in shape or skipping sugar, it will totally satisfy your cravings!

That’s it!  Those are my Friday Favorites for this month!  What are you loving right now?


90 days of games {day 11}

Today was a win.  A big time win.  I mean, who can go wrong with UNO.  You literally cannot play this game and not have fun.  It’s impossible.  YAY.  I feel a huge sense of relief that we can play this game and enjoy it.


Things I’m good at

My mom wanted me to do a blog about my successes, based on this post.  I didn’t mean to be totally self deprecating here.  I know I have good qualities. But, to make my mom happy I will share a few with you.

  1.  I am consistent.  I am really good at implementing ideas and following through.
  2. I do what I say I am going to do.  I am not one of those parents who screams that a child will get in trouble and then actually doesn’t follow through with that.  My kids know that when I say they will lose their tablets, or Ps4 time, or no friends can come over that I mean it.
  3. I’m organized.  I love to meal plan, I love getting my dinner in the crock pot, I am pretty good at budgeting, I can follow a complicated to-do list and I can run a business from home, that’s not always easy.
  4. I love to cook and prepare healthy meals for the family.  We rarely eat out, granted there is no fast food options in our town, but, we are really good at making our own homemade “take out” and saving money that way.
  5. I FREAKING amazing at baking cookies.
  6. I am sooooo good at laundry.  Like the best laundry person in the world.  It’s a serious talent.
  7. I’m willing to take criticism and constantly working on making myself better.  Reading books, watching documentaries, working out, I think that personal development is EXTREMELY important for everyone!
  8. I love to give and volunteer.  Sometimes this kicks me in the pants, but for the most part I am thankful that I have a heart to serve.
  9. My family is my number one ministry.  The whole reason I want to be able to run a business at home is to have an extraordinary life with MY FAMILY.  I am reminding myself of this everyday. I know that I am not perfect and I know that it’s going to be a constant work in progress.
  10. I used to be the person who hated working out and exercising and eating healthy and COMPLETELY changed!!!!  How many people can say that?  I literally hated walking, and going for bike rides, and now I LOVE IT.  I love all healthy food and I have completely made a huge life change in that area.  That is a huge accomplishment!

Thank mom, for reminding me that I have good qualities and I need to focus on those too  🙂 ❤

90 days of games {day 10}


Today I was able to squeeze in some game time with Elliott, while Hayden was at basketball practice!  Of course, Jack wanted in on the fun too!  He especially wanted to take away the pigs  ❤

I love this kid so much.  Elliott is so much like me.  It’s funny, but I always expected my daughter to be like me, since she is a girl and all, but every time I step back and just consider my son, and appreciate him for who he is, I see so much of myself in him.  He cares so much about making sure I am ok, and his sensitive nature just pulls at my heart strings.  Also, he is great at cleaning the bathrooms and foot rubs.  Someday he will make someone very happy  🙂

2017 goal board

I know I’m late posting this!  It’s already the middle of February for goodness sake, but, I wanted to share anyway because I am all about accountability!  I don’t believe in setting goals and then just keeping them to yourself!  I want to have my goals out there so that next year, February 2018, I can come back here and say, “Ok, Ann, how did you do?”  What do you need to keep working on, and what did you accomplish!


So, I am all about vision boards.  I first started by just making one on Pinterest, then I decided that wasn’t enough.  I printed off some of my favorite quotes and made a board that I could put right in front of my desk to look at every day.

The point of actually having a board is to see your goals ALL THE TIME.  If they are right in front of you, and you are focusing on them daily you are much more likely to actually achieve them!

My main goals for the year:

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What are your goals?  Do you have a dream/vision board?

Being OK

You know what I struggle with?   Being ok with who I am,  and who God made me.   I am loud, obnoxious, I get super excited and interrupt way to much,  sometimes bossy,  way too silly,  constantly losing the same 10 (fine, 20) lbs over and over, SUPER DEFENSIVE,  stubborn, control freak, I hold grudges, and I have a hard time forgiving.   I’m sure there’s more,  but the point of this is not about putting myself down.

Last summer, at Gold Retreat I had a night of insecurities.  I actually sat in my room and cried because I just feel so inadequate so many times.  I share this with you so that if you ever have the same feelings you can know you are NOT ALONE.  I personally believe it is a spiritual battle.  Does satan want me thriving in my business? NO.  Does he want me feeling confident and excited and happy?  NO.  He is MY ENEMY and will do anything to make sure I feel lost and alone.  

What I have to remind myself is this:  I will absolutely never ever be able to please everyone.   There will be people that come into my life,  especially in this business,  who are annoyed by me,  or actually,  just hate me,  and I cannot let that knowledge control my behavior.   I absolutely have to be ok with being me,  and being the best me.

Now,  don’t get me wrong,  I ABSOLUTELY 100% believe in growing,  and changing and personal development.   If I was the same today at 36 that I was at 26….well,  just shoot me now.  But I’m not,  I can look back and see so much growth,  and when I’m 46 I’ll do the same again!   


The point I’m trying to make is that I have to be ok with who I am.   Of course I am going to work on the forgiveness thing,  and the holding grudges thing. …but my positive attitude?   That’s staying!   My perkiness, sassiness, cheerful outlook.  Not going anywhere.   The ability to see the good in people and give them the benefit of the doubt. …big fan of that!   All these things make me who I am,  and even if they bother some people I DON’T CARE.


I had a teacher in college who would go around the room and give us a compliment at the beginning of every class and we had to say “thank you”  then we had to say something we liked about ourselves.


Her lesson was that it’s rude to make excuses when people pay you a compliment and basically you are calling them a liar! We have to be ok with saying the things we like about ourselves, and hearing the things that others see!


I’d LOVE for you all to list 3 things you love about yourself and comment below!  Then, respond to each other and encourage each other!  Tell someone else the character trait in her that stand out to you!  

90 days of games {day 9}


Feels crazy that we’ve only made it to day 9, I do believe that if I don’t give up this will for sure get easier.

Super happy that Grandma brought us some new games!  I realized that if I am going to really pull this off, I am going to need some variety.  We can’t just play the same 4 games over and over for 90 days!!!  LCR was fun!  I can tell this would be a game that dad would enjoy too!

I love these kids.  I love our not perfect family, and the fact that we are all doing the work to make this family better.  I also know that I can’t do anything without my relationship with Jesus.  I try so hard to do everything on my own, and control it all, and even with my kids, I forget that I just need to surrender to HIM and he will make a beautiful life out of the mess that I have made.


“Her children arise and call her blessed;  her husband also, and he praises her.”  Proverbs 31:28