how to slim down for good

image from Higher Perspective
When is losing weight not on our minds?? I hate the mere fact it consumes our lives so much, but we can't overlook the fact that there is a deep rooted desire to be the weight we were designed to be at; a weight where we feel, good--you know what I mean. But through all the diets and yo-yo weight loss and gains I've had, one thing I've learned to do is love me at the weight I'm at. I've tried so many diets it's ridiculous, but when you are 24/7 pregnant or postpartum, diet books tend to be your best friend. I've learned a lot by the different diets I've been on and have seen what they do to my health, my body, and my mind...I'd like to share what I do and what's been the most successful for me. But before I do, here a some I've tried that have not worked:

HCG: This diet plan is an extreme low calorie diet of 500 calories while either injecting the HCG hormone (human chorionic ganodotropin) or ingesting it, which is what I did; it helps subside hunger. This is so low in calories and boy did it work! Aside from the fact I was extremely lethargic, I dropped about 25 pounds in one month! Well, wouldn't you? 500 calories!!!!! BUT, because this diet has virtually no room to eat any fat, I started to have serious implications. I started having tooth pain on some of the teeth that had some gum recession. I mean, down to your knees, kinda pain. I also noticed a flare-up in my autoimmune disease, uveitis. I immediately stopped the diet, brought healthy fats back into my diet, such as yellow butter, cod liver oil, olive and coconut oil and the tooth pain completely stopped and my flare-up subsided! This taught me a lot about the importance of healthy fats in the diet and vowed to never again do any weight loss attempt that involved omitting my good fats!

Low Calorie: I did the 1200 calorie diet that put me on a low fat, low calorie restriction and I walked everyday. I did lose weight, a lot of weight, but the moment winter hit and I couldn't get outside to walk, I started to panic, and then the holidays approached, and well, the rest is history. It wasn't a good diet anyway for me because the minute you feel like you have to exercise to keep weight off or drink skim milk the rest of your life, you feel shackled and quit. Plus, your diet is not going to be optimal if low fat is part your daily eating regimen. 

The Weigh Down: Not sure if you've heard about this diet with author Gwen Shamblin, but like her approach. You can eat anything you want, you just have to learn to listen to your body. Remarkable! You mean I should actually stop eating when I'm full? Genius! Only eat when you're actually hungry? Insane insight! Now, it wouldn't be fair if I didn't divulge the spiritual aspect to the book and that was to give God your hungry mind. I loved this part of the book, too. So I jumped in with both feet, knowing in my heart of hearts this was the diet for me, my neighbor, my friends, and my cat. After a month of giving it a go, praying when I wanted to overeat, never denying myself the so-called "forbidden foods" like Oreos, Fritos, you name it, and my whole family got fat. Now, of course Ive tried the diet using a more "healthy" approach, but the overall weight loss is slow and the results not the best, mainly because it messed with my mind. If nothing was off-limits, I ate too much food that wasn't good for my body, I just think that's human nature, and who eats just one cookie?  I still gained a lot of insight from the book and no matter what you do, you should learn to listen to the God-given, hunger and full cues, God has given us. 

Low Carb--Atkins: Now here we're getting closer to my go-to eating regime, but not quite. When I first tried Atkins a whole 15 years ago, to survive not eating bread and cookies, I resorted to diet drinks and sugar-free, low carb, packaged foods to get the weight off, that is until I'd fall of the wagon and binge on a whole package of Oreos. A whole package, people! Scary. I did this song and dance for about 10 years on and off until... after my 8th baby. Then, I was too old for my younger day's shenanigans. I needed a real way to lose the baby weight. A healthy way. I also needed to learn to not panic with extra weight and love the skin I'm in. Being in your 40's does that to you... you grow-up, hopefully

The Paleo diet I never embarked on: Why? I didn't like the fact that the diet deemed dairy not part of our ancestor's diet. I believe and know that my body does well and needs good dairy. I buy my dairy that is either raw or vat. Details here. I can find Kalona's vat milk and dairy products at Whole Foods and in my local grocers health market. 

I don't have a full body shot, but you can tell that I've slimmed down by just my face...not to mention, I have clear skin, and just an overall feeling of wellness.
The way I slim down now is taken from years and years of dieting experience and all the research I've done until my eyes bled. I've taken all that data and experience that I knew didn't work, found out what did work, let-go of that perfect body I thought I had to have and began loving my body. I have eight children (and have had eleven pregnancies) and my 8th baby will be two this summer. This time around I've done pretty well with slimming down, being low carb. But not just any low carb. So let me explain...

Two of my children have had early childhood dental caries and two have alopecia areata. It's been a nightmare for me trying to figure it all out; but have. It's a recipe of research, failed attempts and a whole lot of God. I will discuss in deep detail on my success through it all in a later post, but my youngest having some small bare patches on his head made me dig deep on which holistic approach I needed to take to get to the bottom of all this. I nurse him and knew my diet needed to change and cut all the wheat, all the sugar, and all processed foods. I am on the low-carb diet, and am keto, but didn't do that until my boy was older and not solely fed through breast milk. I stick to 20 grams of carbs by eating vegetables and delicious salads with blue cheese dressing and this time, I don't resort to my desperate, "low-carb, no-sugar, processed fake food to get me by. Pinterest has been my best friend in finding wonderful treats to make using coconut, stevia, and dark chocolate. Look for recipes on my food blog by keeping track of me on Instagram. I've even found a killer low carb pizza crust using mostly cheese and almond flour. Say what?? I keep to grass-fed beef, high fat yellow butter, natural fermented sauerkraut as a probiotic and vat, Kalona cream. I've also found some paleo wraps made from coconut, that have saved my life and also drink plenty of water (La Croix is my absolute favorite drink out there on the market, today). I adhere to the Atkins protocol but make sure I eat well. I lost weight quickly, hardly hungry, and don't struggle with binges anymore thanks to the great homemade treats I love. A great side effect of high fat and protein diets is that it creates such satiety you don't even want to cheat, and the fact I have lost the pull and power that processed foods had over me, praise God! Another way I know pulling wheat and sugar has been beneficial is that my autoimmune disease is under control and by that I mean I can't even tell I have it. I'm expecting a full turn around from alopecia for my baby whom I've cut wheat from, too. Full report on him as soon as the reports are in!


my baby number 8 (swoon!)
So, this is how I slim down while giving my body the respect it deserves and the nutrients it desperately needs. I have my family on a lower carb diet, but do make my own bread using organic flour for those without any gluten intolerance. Once I lose all I'd like, I can splurge once and awhile, but keeping the low carb diet as a lifestyle means you just go right back on. Share your weight loss thoughts and let me know if you have disease or conditions you or your babies might have that you are trying to heal holistically. I will be sharing my journey soon and would to love to hear!

Here's to loving our bodies, cutting out what undermines our health and giving it the nutrients it longs for! 

monthly goal planning and what you need to know


You know what has been a game changer for me in my planning life? 

My planner's monthly goal section. 

It's a spot that is month specific, has as little or as much paper as I need to write, and gives me the dumping spot for all things that are running around in my head that I need to do, love to do, and things I long and hope for. It's goals gone wild. it's actual space to write details, because you see, goals without its details are not as effective. You need an action plan to go along with those goals. Here, let me explain:

In my planner after every calendar month, there is room to script your goals, month specific, which is amazing in itself because it breaks down those goals you have for the whole year into tangible pieces. So, let's say I have a want for some new curtains in my family room and I just write it down within a long list of goals for the year. I can guarantee a goal without its detail will get lost in the shuffle because it doesn't have a place to be executed. It's just there...waiting without any intent attached to it; just good intention. Oh, that's tweetable! Our goals, whether materialistic and the, shooting for the stars, kind of conquest, needs to be attached to intent. And how do you do that? It's easy and I'm going to show you how: 

Create a list of all your goals for your current month. Go ahead, do it now. I'll wait. 



Did you forget anything? Include such things as any birthday parties you are responsible for, such as your children or maybe your Great Aunt Betty. Some other ideas to note are any decorating needs you'd like to obtain for the house or yard that month, your personal goals for that month in specific, your dreams!!!!! Remodeling wanting done, any reorganizing needed, the list could literally go on and on and on and on... you get the idea. Now dive into your Goal section of your Planner Perfect planner and write your first goal down and begin writing down underneath your goal title all the details of that goal. So, if you wanted curtains for one of the rooms in your home, what color did you want? What are the dimensions needed? What pattern, if any, and where to buy? You have just dumped the specifics of that goal down on paper and it feels pretty good, doesn't it? Obtaining that goal is in the bag, pun intended! When we write goals and dreams down with their details on how, when, what, why, and where, you are scripting a statement of intent. You've taken all the guess work and questions and how-to's, answered them, and now...now, they await your execution! Achieving your goals gets done in your Daily Pages. Lets continue...





Now continue through all your goals, leaving extra room for any extra ideas for your goals that, you know, that come to you in the middle of the night. What I love about this method that I created in the planner is its ability to be forgiving. First off, you can add and take away loose-leaf at your leisure which is a must, and gives you that dumping spot that all women desperately need in order to be an effective life planner! Goals should be what your every day life is made up of. Life Planners don't live of off endless tasks that only take-away from us, we are fed by our goals! Our goals is what keeps up motivated and becoming more! We needed this in your planners!! Yes?

Think of another goal you'd like to add to your month? Sweet! Open up that planner that harnesses everything for you, add more paper, write it down with its details. Continue making lists for each month and writing in as far ahead in your calendar year that you can muster. Again, writing down the goal with all of its details for execution beneath it as humanly possible. Then, throw away those lists! You don't need those anymore. List taking has no permanent place in the Life Planners, world.

You are officially in the know. You now hold the key to becoming a successful Life Planner: scripting goals and dreams, with its detail! But I take it a step further giving room and an allotment for specific goals for the month, written with care, thought, love and detail. It's all there, safe, in your beautiful planner. It's going to be faithful to you, keeping you accountable for when you dive into your day-to-day, planning. You can now adhere and pull from those goals and sprinkle them into your days and in your weeks to implement. No need to try and remember what you have to do to accomplish it, that has already been done. Now to execute! 

I'm so proud of you! This planner and its method I hope you'll hold dearly. You'll stroke your planner and find it to be sacred, now. It has for you all your dreams, goals, and plans all in one place. 

I hope this post helps you achieve your goals and dreams, girls. You. Are. Worth. It.

What do you think of the Planner Perfect method? Any questions or something you'd like to share? Simply ask below...have a wonderful time planning your life!

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how to plan your week


I am in love with Mondays. Call me weird, but for me it represents a fresh start to my week and all its potential and promise. 

What shall we do? How can I do things better? What does God have in store for me? What new meals will we eat this week? How can I be a better mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend? What personal goals should I focus on? What "new" can I inspire my kids to learn? And here's the big one: what do I need to let go in my life so I can be free from bitterness and unforgiveness and have both my hands free to catch what God has for me?! 

The possibilities are absolutely endless! 

Life should not be all about your to-dos, but rather all the promise the day and week can behold! So, today I'm going to dive into how I plan my week, and this coming Sunday, I will give you a more in-depth look on my YT channel, so stay tuned for that! I begin planning the details of my week on Sundays. When I start my week, I get out my Weekly Menu printable sheet and tuck it into my planner in the beginning of my week and this is my hardcopy that stays in my planner. My grocery list is written next to it with all the ingredients I'll need based off of my meals I've written down. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and what I'll be baking on my baking day. This list I just tear and go with on Monday which is my designated grocery day for the week. I also do a Sams/Costco trip once a month to feed and stock our large brood, more on that another day. 


I write out my days of the week with the date on each loose-leaf page front and back at the top. Right now I'm using Arc's paper that has great prompts for your day. I got the paper, HERE. I am in loooove with using loose-leaf. I could never function any. other. way. The freedom to mess-up, tear-out, add-on and add-to is a MUST for me and my planning. I always, always, write starting with what my plan is when I first wake up to the time I go to bed. In the middle is all the good stuff: the details! From any bullet point to-do's I want to accomplish, to the goals that I've written in my goal section for the month that I want to pull over to execute and accomplish, the household chores needed to be done to manage the home, to the learnings we will set out to do throughout the day and any errands or appointments needed to be done in the week. And least any of us forget, I write what I'm going to do when the baby takes his nap!!! Yes! Can I get an amen on that one!!


I am in love with these journal cards pictured below that I picked up through Project Life from Micheals. They are inspirational and serve as little note or bullet point keepers. 



On days that are very busy full of to-dos, I rely on my TO-DO printable from my Etsy shop. It's beautiful as it is functional. There is even boxes to check off as they are accomplished. Heck yes! Good feeling to know those are done! I tuck this sheet next to the day that is particularly heavy in things I need to get done. It's a life savor. If I have a an errand to run on a particular day, I'll have a small sheet tucked in that I can write on and tear out when time to go. Easy peasy. Hello loose leaf!! I am in love with you! The paper is the canvas of which to be as creative and awesome with your life as you wish to be!

I continue throughout my whole week getting as detailed as I can, writing down what I want each day to look like and how I want it to run and what time-frame I want it to run. Planning my menu, my grocery day, field trips, baking day, homeschooling trips, books we want to read, and what I want our evenings to look like to the time we go to bed. 

Clean home before bed, anyone? If you don't plan it, believe me, it won't happen! 


Get yourself some of these journal cards, pictured above, they are a lot of fun to inspire you in your planner, as well as some fun pens, stamps, paper clips that are fun, and whatever can help you beautify your pages. It's truly a lot of fun. 

One planner does it all. No need to write different ideas, projects and plans in different planners. The Planner Perfect's method is set-up to do everything with plenty of room for me to write down my life into days, weeks and months with its details all in this planner. 

So there you have it! A look into my week and how I plan for it. Look for next post on my monthly goal, workshop. Don't miss!

Now get to your planning!!


creating beautiful planning pages for your planner

here are some journal cards on the low right I got at MIcheals in their, Project Life, section. Scrapbooking supplies make awesome planner art. I also picked up some tags and scrap paper that I can and use

This is the first post of more to come as I will break down more of what I use in more detail. For now I will just show some of my pages and get detailed more next week. I am in loooove with making my planning pages beautiful. It makes every page an inspiring piece of work! Every page, whether in the Goal section or the everyday pages of life full of energy and charm! I'd like to inspire the inner artist in you, no matter how you choose to illustrate and adorn your pages, it will have YOU written all over it!! I hope I can inspire you to take your Planner Perfect planning pages to the next level by using journal cards, fun stamps, stickers, watercolors, paperclips that make you smile and the list goes on and on!!  


I am in love with this bird stamp I got at Micheals. He's pretty much overused because spring is coming and I'm in love with him. Stickers keep it fun and my journal cards are not only fun for extra inspiration, but make good extra note taking.


this page may look full and somewhat messy, but it's fun and full of inspiration to me

my menu planning

Watercolors are an fun way to beautify your pages. I use both watercolor pencil blocks of color. Obsessed!!

You are going to have so much fun with your planners!! Show me your planning pages on my Facebook page or Instagram #PlannerPerfect. I cannot wait to see! 

If you are new to Planner Perfect, welcome. The method keeps you more organized then any planner on the market by its set-up and life planning philosophy. Take a look around and get inspired and get your planning pages at my etsy shop, HERE.









2015 Planner Perfect Calendar and Inserts Available on Etsy Now!







When I first set-out to create a planner for women I knew it had to be completely functional and beautiful. I also knew how imperative it was to make sure the planner had a section each month designated as goal pages. Not just a tiny bit of room to jot down one or two things, I mean space to script your dreams with all of the details on how you plan to accomplish these goals, type of space! 

I also knew from being a mom of a gazillion, that I needed room to write down my goals and details for celebrating my kids' birthday parties and the holidays throughout the year. I knew that personal goals for us moms is vital in accomplishing what God pressed into our hearts to do! All of this needs space. Precious space. And as much or as little as needed. 

The day-to-day entries of our days calls for space too. These pages are scripted full of our day-to-day needs from the time we wake up to the time we finally get ourselves tucked into bed at night. Our goals that we took the time to think through, to pray over, and scripted ever so ambitiously in our goal section, are now pulled from and speckled within our daily pages to accomplish within our days, too. It's absolutely divine! It's the backbone of what Planner Perfect is about: goals scripted each and every month and then... can you believe they actually can be attained? 

You're going to enjoy this Planner Perfect calendar! It has the option to print on the front and back so you can have the beauty of seeing, Dare to Dream, on the front cover to remind you to dream and, My Goals, on the backside as a prompt to script your goals for the month. I printed mine on card stock paper, and printed on the front and back, so it's nice and sturdy to stand up to all the planning abuse and of course love the inspirational prompts. Though simply printing and planning my calendar on regular printer paper is also fine as well and works well. You also have the option of course to not print on the front and backside...entirely up to you! 

I have revised my calendar and am happy to have it available now. I have found the perfect monthly tabs to adhere to your calendar for easy navigation that I'm absolutely in love with. You can find them on Amazon below.


They will become your best friend for your calendar. 

Whether you love the traditional 3-ring binder or the ARC binders (which happens to be my favorite) you will love the Planner Perfect planner to not just plan your life, but actually live a life of purpose. What's most important about this planner is its simple design and the true guts of the planner. Those pages are set-up to function so that you can become the most organized you've ever been, feel beautiful, and obtain your goals for maybe the first time in your life.

This planner is made for women to become goal-oriented, not task slaves. You know the "task-driven" life I'm talking about, where all you do is glorify in a pretty planner all your to-dos. That's not living...that's taking all your endless tasks and activities and organizing them in a pretty fashion. 

You'll feel good for a little while, but unless you've got those tasks in their proper place and your goals are your main objective, you won't be living to your full potential. Ever. 

It's amazing what a different design and mind-set will do to a woman! Find out how the Planner Perfect planner and it's set-up can push you in the direction for a more purpose-driven life.

Everything to set-up and assemble your own Planner Perfect is at my Etsy shop! And the how-to's for your new planner assembly is under the Planner Assembly tab up at the top of my blog

I hope you love your new Planner Perfect calendar and assembling your new planner! Happy planning my friends and have fun reaching those goals!!

Wardrobe Planning Pages Available Now on Etsy


You are going to looooove these printable wardrobe sheets, gals! I've always done my family's wardrobe inventory every spring and fall and have done just fine with just my loose-leaf paper, filling it in myself. But now...now it's inspiring and beautiful! 

I've designed this after my own efforts of years and years of organizing a gazillion (I love this word) kids' clothes and by George, I think I've done it!! One page has room for 3 kiddos, so print as many as needed...in my case, quite a few. Ha! I made room to asses what's needed for undergarments, special occasions, tops, bottoms, shoes, budgets and size! This handy necessity, fits perfectly in your Planner Perfect planner in your spring and fall, goal pages. Check off as you grab the items needed and viola! Organized children's closets with no high-water pants hiding for them to pull-out and wear on Christmas day. YES!! 

This great addition is wonderful for any planner and is available now at my Etsy shop!! I hope you love it as much as I do...Happy Organizing in 2015, friends!

Menu Planning Pages On Etsy


I am in love with this menu planning printable, available now over at my Etsy shop! Perfect for keeping you organized with your meals. Not only does it have room to script your meals for the week but also has a, source, prompt, so you can remember where you got the recipe. At the bottom is my, Baking Day Plan, space so you can keep organized with all the baking you want to do in your week and ensure you get all you need for that busy day at the grocery store. To the right are slots, perfect for scripting meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

I always keep this in my Arc binder at the beginning of my week in my daily pages. This keeps me organized all week long and easy to refer to when needed. The next page I reserve for my grocery list, followed by my Monday, daily page. I get all my groceries for the week on Mondays, so I have my grocery list categorized by the isles of my grocery store which makes shopping easier. When I'm ready to go, I simply tear-out and go!

Print as many as you like with the purchase of this menu planner. This printable will keep you organized with your meals week-after-week!

Happy meal planning!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

how to slim down for good

image from Higher Perspective
When is losing weight not on our minds?? I hate the mere fact it consumes our lives so much, but we can't overlook the fact that there is a deep rooted desire to be the weight we were designed to be at; a weight where we feel, good--you know what I mean. But through all the diets and yo-yo weight loss and gains I've had, one thing I've learned to do is love me at the weight I'm at. I've tried so many diets it's ridiculous, but when you are 24/7 pregnant or postpartum, diet books tend to be your best friend. I've learned a lot by the different diets I've been on and have seen what they do to my health, my body, and my mind...I'd like to share what I do and what's been the most successful for me. But before I do, here a some I've tried that have not worked:

HCG: This diet plan is an extreme low calorie diet of 500 calories while either injecting the HCG hormone (human chorionic ganodotropin) or ingesting it, which is what I did; it helps subside hunger. This is so low in calories and boy did it work! Aside from the fact I was extremely lethargic, I dropped about 25 pounds in one month! Well, wouldn't you? 500 calories!!!!! BUT, because this diet has virtually no room to eat any fat, I started to have serious implications. I started having tooth pain on some of the teeth that had some gum recession. I mean, down to your knees, kinda pain. I also noticed a flare-up in my autoimmune disease, uveitis. I immediately stopped the diet, brought healthy fats back into my diet, such as yellow butter, cod liver oil, olive and coconut oil and the tooth pain completely stopped and my flare-up subsided! This taught me a lot about the importance of healthy fats in the diet and vowed to never again do any weight loss attempt that involved omitting my good fats!

Low Calorie: I did the 1200 calorie diet that put me on a low fat, low calorie restriction and I walked everyday. I did lose weight, a lot of weight, but the moment winter hit and I couldn't get outside to walk, I started to panic, and then the holidays approached, and well, the rest is history. It wasn't a good diet anyway for me because the minute you feel like you have to exercise to keep weight off or drink skim milk the rest of your life, you feel shackled and quit. Plus, your diet is not going to be optimal if low fat is part your daily eating regimen. 

The Weigh Down: Not sure if you've heard about this diet with author Gwen Shamblin, but like her approach. You can eat anything you want, you just have to learn to listen to your body. Remarkable! You mean I should actually stop eating when I'm full? Genius! Only eat when you're actually hungry? Insane insight! Now, it wouldn't be fair if I didn't divulge the spiritual aspect to the book and that was to give God your hungry mind. I loved this part of the book, too. So I jumped in with both feet, knowing in my heart of hearts this was the diet for me, my neighbor, my friends, and my cat. After a month of giving it a go, praying when I wanted to overeat, never denying myself the so-called "forbidden foods" like Oreos, Fritos, you name it, and my whole family got fat. Now, of course Ive tried the diet using a more "healthy" approach, but the overall weight loss is slow and the results not the best, mainly because it messed with my mind. If nothing was off-limits, I ate too much food that wasn't good for my body, I just think that's human nature, and who eats just one cookie?  I still gained a lot of insight from the book and no matter what you do, you should learn to listen to the God-given, hunger and full cues, God has given us. 

Low Carb--Atkins: Now here we're getting closer to my go-to eating regime, but not quite. When I first tried Atkins a whole 15 years ago, to survive not eating bread and cookies, I resorted to diet drinks and sugar-free, low carb, packaged foods to get the weight off, that is until I'd fall of the wagon and binge on a whole package of Oreos. A whole package, people! Scary. I did this song and dance for about 10 years on and off until... after my 8th baby. Then, I was too old for my younger day's shenanigans. I needed a real way to lose the baby weight. A healthy way. I also needed to learn to not panic with extra weight and love the skin I'm in. Being in your 40's does that to you... you grow-up, hopefully

The Paleo diet I never embarked on: Why? I didn't like the fact that the diet deemed dairy not part of our ancestor's diet. I believe and know that my body does well and needs good dairy. I buy my dairy that is either raw or vat. Details here. I can find Kalona's vat milk and dairy products at Whole Foods and in my local grocers health market. 

I don't have a full body shot, but you can tell that I've slimmed down by just my face...not to mention, I have clear skin, and just an overall feeling of wellness.
The way I slim down now is taken from years and years of dieting experience and all the research I've done until my eyes bled. I've taken all that data and experience that I knew didn't work, found out what did work, let-go of that perfect body I thought I had to have and began loving my body. I have eight children (and have had eleven pregnancies) and my 8th baby will be two this summer. This time around I've done pretty well with slimming down, being low carb. But not just any low carb. So let me explain...

Two of my children have had early childhood dental caries and two have alopecia areata. It's been a nightmare for me trying to figure it all out; but have. It's a recipe of research, failed attempts and a whole lot of God. I will discuss in deep detail on my success through it all in a later post, but my youngest having some small bare patches on his head made me dig deep on which holistic approach I needed to take to get to the bottom of all this. I nurse him and knew my diet needed to change and cut all the wheat, all the sugar, and all processed foods. I am on the low-carb diet, and am keto, but didn't do that until my boy was older and not solely fed through breast milk. I stick to 20 grams of carbs by eating vegetables and delicious salads with blue cheese dressing and this time, I don't resort to my desperate, "low-carb, no-sugar, processed fake food to get me by. Pinterest has been my best friend in finding wonderful treats to make using coconut, stevia, and dark chocolate. Look for recipes on my food blog by keeping track of me on Instagram. I've even found a killer low carb pizza crust using mostly cheese and almond flour. Say what?? I keep to grass-fed beef, high fat yellow butter, natural fermented sauerkraut as a probiotic and vat, Kalona cream. I've also found some paleo wraps made from coconut, that have saved my life and also drink plenty of water (La Croix is my absolute favorite drink out there on the market, today). I adhere to the Atkins protocol but make sure I eat well. I lost weight quickly, hardly hungry, and don't struggle with binges anymore thanks to the great homemade treats I love. A great side effect of high fat and protein diets is that it creates such satiety you don't even want to cheat, and the fact I have lost the pull and power that processed foods had over me, praise God! Another way I know pulling wheat and sugar has been beneficial is that my autoimmune disease is under control and by that I mean I can't even tell I have it. I'm expecting a full turn around from alopecia for my baby whom I've cut wheat from, too. Full report on him as soon as the reports are in!


my baby number 8 (swoon!)
So, this is how I slim down while giving my body the respect it deserves and the nutrients it desperately needs. I have my family on a lower carb diet, but do make my own bread using organic flour for those without any gluten intolerance. Once I lose all I'd like, I can splurge once and awhile, but keeping the low carb diet as a lifestyle means you just go right back on. Share your weight loss thoughts and let me know if you have disease or conditions you or your babies might have that you are trying to heal holistically. I will be sharing my journey soon and would to love to hear!

Here's to loving our bodies, cutting out what undermines our health and giving it the nutrients it longs for! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

monthly goal planning and what you need to know


You know what has been a game changer for me in my planning life? 

My planner's monthly goal section. 

It's a spot that is month specific, has as little or as much paper as I need to write, and gives me the dumping spot for all things that are running around in my head that I need to do, love to do, and things I long and hope for. It's goals gone wild. it's actual space to write details, because you see, goals without its details are not as effective. You need an action plan to go along with those goals. Here, let me explain:

In my planner after every calendar month, there is room to script your goals, month specific, which is amazing in itself because it breaks down those goals you have for the whole year into tangible pieces. So, let's say I have a want for some new curtains in my family room and I just write it down within a long list of goals for the year. I can guarantee a goal without its detail will get lost in the shuffle because it doesn't have a place to be executed. It's just there...waiting without any intent attached to it; just good intention. Oh, that's tweetable! Our goals, whether materialistic and the, shooting for the stars, kind of conquest, needs to be attached to intent. And how do you do that? It's easy and I'm going to show you how: 

Create a list of all your goals for your current month. Go ahead, do it now. I'll wait. 



Did you forget anything? Include such things as any birthday parties you are responsible for, such as your children or maybe your Great Aunt Betty. Some other ideas to note are any decorating needs you'd like to obtain for the house or yard that month, your personal goals for that month in specific, your dreams!!!!! Remodeling wanting done, any reorganizing needed, the list could literally go on and on and on and on... you get the idea. Now dive into your Goal section of your Planner Perfect planner and write your first goal down and begin writing down underneath your goal title all the details of that goal. So, if you wanted curtains for one of the rooms in your home, what color did you want? What are the dimensions needed? What pattern, if any, and where to buy? You have just dumped the specifics of that goal down on paper and it feels pretty good, doesn't it? Obtaining that goal is in the bag, pun intended! When we write goals and dreams down with their details on how, when, what, why, and where, you are scripting a statement of intent. You've taken all the guess work and questions and how-to's, answered them, and now...now, they await your execution! Achieving your goals gets done in your Daily Pages. Lets continue...





Now continue through all your goals, leaving extra room for any extra ideas for your goals that, you know, that come to you in the middle of the night. What I love about this method that I created in the planner is its ability to be forgiving. First off, you can add and take away loose-leaf at your leisure which is a must, and gives you that dumping spot that all women desperately need in order to be an effective life planner! Goals should be what your every day life is made up of. Life Planners don't live of off endless tasks that only take-away from us, we are fed by our goals! Our goals is what keeps up motivated and becoming more! We needed this in your planners!! Yes?

Think of another goal you'd like to add to your month? Sweet! Open up that planner that harnesses everything for you, add more paper, write it down with its details. Continue making lists for each month and writing in as far ahead in your calendar year that you can muster. Again, writing down the goal with all of its details for execution beneath it as humanly possible. Then, throw away those lists! You don't need those anymore. List taking has no permanent place in the Life Planners, world.

You are officially in the know. You now hold the key to becoming a successful Life Planner: scripting goals and dreams, with its detail! But I take it a step further giving room and an allotment for specific goals for the month, written with care, thought, love and detail. It's all there, safe, in your beautiful planner. It's going to be faithful to you, keeping you accountable for when you dive into your day-to-day, planning. You can now adhere and pull from those goals and sprinkle them into your days and in your weeks to implement. No need to try and remember what you have to do to accomplish it, that has already been done. Now to execute! 

I'm so proud of you! This planner and its method I hope you'll hold dearly. You'll stroke your planner and find it to be sacred, now. It has for you all your dreams, goals, and plans all in one place. 

I hope this post helps you achieve your goals and dreams, girls. You. Are. Worth. It.

What do you think of the Planner Perfect method? Any questions or something you'd like to share? Simply ask below...have a wonderful time planning your life!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

how to plan your week


I am in love with Mondays. Call me weird, but for me it represents a fresh start to my week and all its potential and promise. 

What shall we do? How can I do things better? What does God have in store for me? What new meals will we eat this week? How can I be a better mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend? What personal goals should I focus on? What "new" can I inspire my kids to learn? And here's the big one: what do I need to let go in my life so I can be free from bitterness and unforgiveness and have both my hands free to catch what God has for me?! 

The possibilities are absolutely endless! 

Life should not be all about your to-dos, but rather all the promise the day and week can behold! So, today I'm going to dive into how I plan my week, and this coming Sunday, I will give you a more in-depth look on my YT channel, so stay tuned for that! I begin planning the details of my week on Sundays. When I start my week, I get out my Weekly Menu printable sheet and tuck it into my planner in the beginning of my week and this is my hardcopy that stays in my planner. My grocery list is written next to it with all the ingredients I'll need based off of my meals I've written down. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and what I'll be baking on my baking day. This list I just tear and go with on Monday which is my designated grocery day for the week. I also do a Sams/Costco trip once a month to feed and stock our large brood, more on that another day. 


I write out my days of the week with the date on each loose-leaf page front and back at the top. Right now I'm using Arc's paper that has great prompts for your day. I got the paper, HERE. I am in loooove with using loose-leaf. I could never function any. other. way. The freedom to mess-up, tear-out, add-on and add-to is a MUST for me and my planning. I always, always, write starting with what my plan is when I first wake up to the time I go to bed. In the middle is all the good stuff: the details! From any bullet point to-do's I want to accomplish, to the goals that I've written in my goal section for the month that I want to pull over to execute and accomplish, the household chores needed to be done to manage the home, to the learnings we will set out to do throughout the day and any errands or appointments needed to be done in the week. And least any of us forget, I write what I'm going to do when the baby takes his nap!!! Yes! Can I get an amen on that one!!


I am in love with these journal cards pictured below that I picked up through Project Life from Micheals. They are inspirational and serve as little note or bullet point keepers. 



On days that are very busy full of to-dos, I rely on my TO-DO printable from my Etsy shop. It's beautiful as it is functional. There is even boxes to check off as they are accomplished. Heck yes! Good feeling to know those are done! I tuck this sheet next to the day that is particularly heavy in things I need to get done. It's a life savor. If I have a an errand to run on a particular day, I'll have a small sheet tucked in that I can write on and tear out when time to go. Easy peasy. Hello loose leaf!! I am in love with you! The paper is the canvas of which to be as creative and awesome with your life as you wish to be!

I continue throughout my whole week getting as detailed as I can, writing down what I want each day to look like and how I want it to run and what time-frame I want it to run. Planning my menu, my grocery day, field trips, baking day, homeschooling trips, books we want to read, and what I want our evenings to look like to the time we go to bed. 

Clean home before bed, anyone? If you don't plan it, believe me, it won't happen! 


Get yourself some of these journal cards, pictured above, they are a lot of fun to inspire you in your planner, as well as some fun pens, stamps, paper clips that are fun, and whatever can help you beautify your pages. It's truly a lot of fun. 

One planner does it all. No need to write different ideas, projects and plans in different planners. The Planner Perfect's method is set-up to do everything with plenty of room for me to write down my life into days, weeks and months with its details all in this planner. 

So there you have it! A look into my week and how I plan for it. Look for next post on my monthly goal, workshop. Don't miss!

Now get to your planning!!


Friday, March 6, 2015

creating beautiful planning pages for your planner

here are some journal cards on the low right I got at MIcheals in their, Project Life, section. Scrapbooking supplies make awesome planner art. I also picked up some tags and scrap paper that I can and use

This is the first post of more to come as I will break down more of what I use in more detail. For now I will just show some of my pages and get detailed more next week. I am in loooove with making my planning pages beautiful. It makes every page an inspiring piece of work! Every page, whether in the Goal section or the everyday pages of life full of energy and charm! I'd like to inspire the inner artist in you, no matter how you choose to illustrate and adorn your pages, it will have YOU written all over it!! I hope I can inspire you to take your Planner Perfect planning pages to the next level by using journal cards, fun stamps, stickers, watercolors, paperclips that make you smile and the list goes on and on!!  


I am in love with this bird stamp I got at Micheals. He's pretty much overused because spring is coming and I'm in love with him. Stickers keep it fun and my journal cards are not only fun for extra inspiration, but make good extra note taking.


this page may look full and somewhat messy, but it's fun and full of inspiration to me

my menu planning

Watercolors are an fun way to beautify your pages. I use both watercolor pencil blocks of color. Obsessed!!

You are going to have so much fun with your planners!! Show me your planning pages on my Facebook page or Instagram #PlannerPerfect. I cannot wait to see! 

If you are new to Planner Perfect, welcome. The method keeps you more organized then any planner on the market by its set-up and life planning philosophy. Take a look around and get inspired and get your planning pages at my etsy shop, HERE.









Thursday, December 4, 2014

2015 Planner Perfect Calendar and Inserts Available on Etsy Now!







When I first set-out to create a planner for women I knew it had to be completely functional and beautiful. I also knew how imperative it was to make sure the planner had a section each month designated as goal pages. Not just a tiny bit of room to jot down one or two things, I mean space to script your dreams with all of the details on how you plan to accomplish these goals, type of space! 

I also knew from being a mom of a gazillion, that I needed room to write down my goals and details for celebrating my kids' birthday parties and the holidays throughout the year. I knew that personal goals for us moms is vital in accomplishing what God pressed into our hearts to do! All of this needs space. Precious space. And as much or as little as needed. 

The day-to-day entries of our days calls for space too. These pages are scripted full of our day-to-day needs from the time we wake up to the time we finally get ourselves tucked into bed at night. Our goals that we took the time to think through, to pray over, and scripted ever so ambitiously in our goal section, are now pulled from and speckled within our daily pages to accomplish within our days, too. It's absolutely divine! It's the backbone of what Planner Perfect is about: goals scripted each and every month and then... can you believe they actually can be attained? 

You're going to enjoy this Planner Perfect calendar! It has the option to print on the front and back so you can have the beauty of seeing, Dare to Dream, on the front cover to remind you to dream and, My Goals, on the backside as a prompt to script your goals for the month. I printed mine on card stock paper, and printed on the front and back, so it's nice and sturdy to stand up to all the planning abuse and of course love the inspirational prompts. Though simply printing and planning my calendar on regular printer paper is also fine as well and works well. You also have the option of course to not print on the front and backside...entirely up to you! 

I have revised my calendar and am happy to have it available now. I have found the perfect monthly tabs to adhere to your calendar for easy navigation that I'm absolutely in love with. You can find them on Amazon below.


They will become your best friend for your calendar. 

Whether you love the traditional 3-ring binder or the ARC binders (which happens to be my favorite) you will love the Planner Perfect planner to not just plan your life, but actually live a life of purpose. What's most important about this planner is its simple design and the true guts of the planner. Those pages are set-up to function so that you can become the most organized you've ever been, feel beautiful, and obtain your goals for maybe the first time in your life.

This planner is made for women to become goal-oriented, not task slaves. You know the "task-driven" life I'm talking about, where all you do is glorify in a pretty planner all your to-dos. That's not living...that's taking all your endless tasks and activities and organizing them in a pretty fashion. 

You'll feel good for a little while, but unless you've got those tasks in their proper place and your goals are your main objective, you won't be living to your full potential. Ever. 

It's amazing what a different design and mind-set will do to a woman! Find out how the Planner Perfect planner and it's set-up can push you in the direction for a more purpose-driven life.

Everything to set-up and assemble your own Planner Perfect is at my Etsy shop! And the how-to's for your new planner assembly is under the Planner Assembly tab up at the top of my blog

I hope you love your new Planner Perfect calendar and assembling your new planner! Happy planning my friends and have fun reaching those goals!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wardrobe Planning Pages Available Now on Etsy


You are going to looooove these printable wardrobe sheets, gals! I've always done my family's wardrobe inventory every spring and fall and have done just fine with just my loose-leaf paper, filling it in myself. But now...now it's inspiring and beautiful! 

I've designed this after my own efforts of years and years of organizing a gazillion (I love this word) kids' clothes and by George, I think I've done it!! One page has room for 3 kiddos, so print as many as needed...in my case, quite a few. Ha! I made room to asses what's needed for undergarments, special occasions, tops, bottoms, shoes, budgets and size! This handy necessity, fits perfectly in your Planner Perfect planner in your spring and fall, goal pages. Check off as you grab the items needed and viola! Organized children's closets with no high-water pants hiding for them to pull-out and wear on Christmas day. YES!! 

This great addition is wonderful for any planner and is available now at my Etsy shop!! I hope you love it as much as I do...Happy Organizing in 2015, friends!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Menu Planning Pages On Etsy


I am in love with this menu planning printable, available now over at my Etsy shop! Perfect for keeping you organized with your meals. Not only does it have room to script your meals for the week but also has a, source, prompt, so you can remember where you got the recipe. At the bottom is my, Baking Day Plan, space so you can keep organized with all the baking you want to do in your week and ensure you get all you need for that busy day at the grocery store. To the right are slots, perfect for scripting meal plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

I always keep this in my Arc binder at the beginning of my week in my daily pages. This keeps me organized all week long and easy to refer to when needed. The next page I reserve for my grocery list, followed by my Monday, daily page. I get all my groceries for the week on Mondays, so I have my grocery list categorized by the isles of my grocery store which makes shopping easier. When I'm ready to go, I simply tear-out and go!

Print as many as you like with the purchase of this menu planner. This printable will keep you organized with your meals week-after-week!

Happy meal planning!