Monthly Archives: November 2016

My Favorite Christmas Gifts For Those You Love

I know Christmas is about Jesus and not about the gifts.  This year, I really want to spend a great deal of time with my kids and reiterating the story of Christ and His birth and what that means for us. This is a time for joy and celebration!

That being said, I know many of you are looking for the perfect gift for those you love and it can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful.  But have no fear! I have some fabulous ideas.  This might be broken up into a few different posts (For Her, Him, Children, Teens etc) otherwise this post will be REALLY long.

With small business Saturday coming up, and today being Black Friday, I thought I would share some of the awesome deals happening from my favorite Small businesses!  I truly believe small businesses are the heart beat of the economy. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Amazon and Target….but knowing that I can purchase from a mama or a family and that my money goes to their business and to bless them, then I am all for it. Worth paying a little more in my opinion.

Here we go!

The Essential Oils Lover: Plant Therapy

Self proclaimed addict here!! And luckily, this small company is one of my favorites!!!  They just kicked off their 25 days of Christmas daily deal today and I know I will be grabbing some of my favorite oils and diffusers in order to gift them to loved ones.

Like this Kid Safe Set (I love this line!):

kid-safe-setOr this Holiday Set:


For the Fitness Lover: CrossTraining Couture; Beachbody

Cross Training Couture is probably my FAVORITE place to grab workout clothes. They have a positive message and inspire me to work out not for my glory, but for HIS. YES!

I have a ton of tanks and tops from this adorable company, and I encourage you to check them out. Head to their blog as well to read their story of how they began, to learn more about the amazing founder, Michelle Myers, and of course, support them so that they can continue the incredible work of spreading the Gospel and inspiring others.  They are the ultimate Be a Size You company!  A few of my favorite things:



Beachbody is my job, yes, but it has very little to do with having or attaining a Beachbody.  My mission is to help women, no matter where they are coming from, to love the bodies God gave them and care for them. Self-care is a great thing!  And Beachbody’s fitness programs, Shakeology, and their Beachbody Performance supplement line have really helped me these last 5 years maintain my health and my commitment to fitness.

I want the same for every women I come in contact with. Our goals may not be the same, but we can use the right tools to reach whatever goals we are hoping to achieve.  And bonus, this week, I am having a Holiday sale. There are a ton of great programs that are available for a great price. So if you are looking to give the gift of health for a family member or for yourself this year, these will be great!  And of course, my customers get instant access to my Be a Size You Bootcamps no matter what. Because support matters.

And that’s all for now! Stay tuned next week for more gift ideas!

Are you out shopping today? What was the best deal you grabbed while you were out?!

Be a Size You,


I am Grateful for…

This Thanksgiving, I am just grateful.

Grateful to be able to get up early in the morning and cook a wholesome and delicious side to serve to my family. Green Bean Casserole is my favorite, y’all. (Would love to hear your favorite side or dish!)

I got to wake up and move this body. To use up the excess energy I may have so that way, I can just truly be present the rest of the day and love on my humans. 

Thankful for a little boy who sneaks into our bed each morning just for a snuggle. I know those days will end soon. I long for them, even if they are super early each day.

Thankful for a daughter who is sensitive and compassionate and wants to spend time with us. Praying those days never end. That even when she is a teenager and a young woman, she will still want to be around us.

Thankful for a husband who is healthy and loves me and works hard for us. Thankful that he desires to provide and for his generosity and care. Thankful that he has a new hobby and friends he can truly spend time with and encouraged as he leads his family.

Thankful for a business I can work at from home and help my family.

Thankful for my Be a Size You community that helps me keep my mind and body strong and focused on the right things.

Thankful for friends. Thankful for life. Thankful for His word.

And Jesus. How I love thee, Jesus.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. 

Be a Size You,


You May Be Offended…

But don’t be. Not by the message I want to share with you. I say it from a place of love and from a place of excuses.

A place that I was in several years ago. 

Back in 2010-2011, I was at my lowest point physically and emotionally. My youngest child was over a year. I still looked pregnant. I was tired 90% of the time. My household lived off of junk food because I literally had no energy to cook or really do anything else. I was suffering. My family suffered because of my lack of self care. I decided no more.

I won’t tell you that one month into my new lifestyle of working out and eating right changed everything. I didn’t drop weight just like that. It took me 9 months to lose the baby weight and then some. I won’t tell you that I never experienced set backs or moments of failure. I ate poorly sometimes, but I paid for it as well. I experienced the consequences of my choices.

And that is the message. Every decision you make results in a consequence. Either a positive or a negative. We live in a time where people don’t like to be told that something is bad or may be harmful. We call that shaming. We are a society that is afraid of constructive criticism. 

But, it would be unloving of me, in the work that I do, to not give you the truth.

I realize you could do all the easier things and be happier. I realize that you may be able achieve some success with supplements and other tricks that the diet industry provides. But what I am here to tell you is that those supplements? Those tricks? They are just that. Supplemental. They cannot and will not take the place of the work. Period.

We can sugar coat and make it sound like I am shaming or putting down people,  but hear me when I say I am not shaming people with their excuses.

I am showing them that they are MORE than their excuses. That you can push yourself to do the things that others are not willing to do. One month won’t change a whole lot. Two months. Three months maybe. But for most of us? 

The people that bust their butt in the gym or run marathons don’t take the easy route. They train. They discipline. They plan. They know that in time, they will see the results for their hard work. Time, consistency, and patience is the key. 

It takes several months before we see the efforts of our hard work bear fruit. 

When someone sells you on the idea of easy because they say they are into shaming, that is a sales pitch. When they tell you to “just do what you want.” That isn’t love. 

I don’t tell my kids to just do whatever they want. I train them to understand that some things are not beneficial to them. That some things require the discipline of saying NO. It would be unloving of me to just let them eat whatever they wanted because that meant I didn’t care about their growing bodies. I made that mistake before. I won’t make it again. 

Nothing worth having is easy. 

I know that choosing to exercise and eat right sounds super hard. I have been there. I made a lot of excuses. If you are a mama of little ones, I totally get it. The days start super early and it seems you never get to put up your feet. But you matter, Mama.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to look like anyone else. 

Just choose to move. Place those babes in a stroller and go for a walk or a run. Let your heart build endurance and your lungs feel the burn as they expand and bring in more oxygen to your body for optimal function. So that you feel good. You might feel a little tired. But it is good. You did good work, mama.

Don’t be afraid of healthy meals. Start small. Start quick. Start easy. Make fun and yummy breakfast smoothies that the whole family can enjoy. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Allow them to be a part of the journey. This is for life. This is for you. This is for them.

The biggest part of this lifestyle is your mindset. We have been fooled to believe that the quick fixes are what help us. But honestly, in order to have some success and see results, there will be trial and error and some pain. Don’t be afraid of it. I am a constant work in progress. I don’t have everything figured out. But I do know with everything in my heart and soul, that a good workout, and healthy and filling meal, His word, and choosing joy does more good than any special pill you can buy off the market. I will take that to the bank.

So be encouraged sister. I know that words like mine are sold to you as words meant to shame. I promise. It isn’t. I believe you are MORE than the excuses you tell yourself. You are more than what the scale says. You are more than what a product can offer you.

You are a woman of great value and you are loved. If I am selling anything, that is what I will sell you.

Be a Size You,


To Those Who Are Disappointed

Reuters/Carlos Barria
Reuters/Carlos Barria

It is over. The Election is finally over and I think for the majority of this country, we are finally breathing.  It has been extremely rough, hasn’t it America?

Personally, I find myself exhausted from all of the nastiness, the names we called each other. The fear and hate and attitudes we had towards one another because of who we chose to support in this election.  It was hard.  I am tired. I bet you are too. I can only imagine how the candidates and those who campaigned with them feel.

For those of you who are hurting and are extremely disappointed and feeling fearful, I am so sorry.  I take no pleasure in your heartache.  We may have very well been on the opposite side of the coin when it comes to policies and government, but you are a human being no less, and your feelings and heartache matters to me.

You still have a voice and you still matter in this world.

So,  what do you teach your children post election?

To be kind.  To love others. To put others needs before themselves. To be humble.  To not fear but choose love and hope instead.

Even if you feel that our new President-elect does not represent those very things, YOU can still teach them in your home.

Be an example to your children.  You can express disappointment without getting into the political bias, fear, and hatred in your own home. Be above it.

This morning, as I took my children to school, I listened to the chatter on the playground. Children were discussing things, in fear, like:

“Trump hates all Mexicans and will build a wall or blow up Mexico.”

“Clinton is evil and wants to just let bad people into our country.”

“Clinton is a liar.”

“Trump is stupid.  He is mean. Those who voted for him are racist.”

And so on. On an elementary school playground. I had to prepare the heart of my 10 year old daughter, whom God has created as a tender hearted person, for the possibility that someone would tell her that if her parent’s voted for a particular candidate, then her parents are clearly ________.

If you are a parent, and you are disappointed today, be above reproach. Show kindness, humility, graciousness.  Express your disappointment, you absolutely have that right.  But remember that your precious ones are watching how YOU react. How You will behave. How you will treat others. They will take their cues from you.

For those who are disappointment, my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry that you are feeling all of this fear, anger, and anxiety. I encourage you to mediate on Philippians 4:8:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

Praying for you and for our entire Country today. God is still on the throne.

What a Beautiful Name-HIllsong
What a Beautiful Name-HIllsong

Be a Size You,


12 Year Anniversary

Pardon me, but I get to blog about our anniversary trip to Coronado this last weekend together!

Typically, we go away somewhere in October since that is the month of our anniversary, but life has been absolutely crazy as of late, so November it is! 😍

How spoiled are we that we live an hour away from one of the most beautiful beaches. We stayed at an adorable Bed and Breakfast called the Cherokee Lodge Bed and Breakfast and it was perfect and quaint and walking distance to incredible food and of course the beach!

We spent a great deal of time relaxing, eating (oh my gosh did we eat! 😳), and dreaming. Whenever we go away I am reminded of why I love this man. It was nice to just be able to get away and hang out and do the things we enjoy together. All the things we did when we dated. 

We ate at the delicious Leroy’s, Stake, Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar, and at Hotel Del Coronado’s Sheerwater restaurant for lunch and dinner. There were lots of amazing places, but those stood out the most! 

And of course, we indulged in some ice cream! MooTime ice cream was delicious! 

We came home, and poor Dan had to work, so later that Saturday night we just lounged and watched the Washington vs Cal game. Ha! 

I can’t wait for next year! If you have not visited Coronado, CA, you really should. The people are awesome, the food is delicious, and the views are breath-taking.

Be a Size You,

Discipline and Joy..It can Co-Exist

This past Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to speak to a crowd of incredible wives and moms are our church’s Mom 2 Mom community. 

I don’t take that opportunity lightly. I am humbled. I don’t participate in public speaking very often and I have very little experience….so the chance to chat with these women was so exciting and nerve wrecking! 

My talk was about discipline and joy. It is something I believe in so passionately because I think many women, unfortunately, have a poor view of discipline. It is often associated with terms like “restriction”, “diet”, “no fun”, or “perfection” that we become afraid of it.

But discipline can provide freedom and protection when we choose to see it as a way to grow and become the mighty women of God intended us to be! You can’t grow in Christ by chance. It must be with all diligence and in pursuit of His truth! You must be willing to do what others are not in order to obtain what it is you desire. 

Because I work in health and fitness, I can easily share examples of how discipline in caring for this incredible body God gave me in order to serve His people has been a blessing and produced joy in my life. 

I want to share with you something I discovered with the Proverbs 31 women this week. She was a woman of discipline and self care:

“She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.” Proverbs 31:13 She is not idle. She makes sure to use her hands and is willing to do so. It is mundane work but she has disciplined herself to do it.

“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.” 31:15 She gets up early in order to make sure those in her care are nourished and provided for so they can begin their hard work.

“She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.” 31:16 She is Entreprenurial! She is disciplined to consider an investment and think about whether it would be a blessing for her family.

“She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.” 31:17 I believe this woman practices self care. No, she wasn’t at the gym for 2 hours a day, but I think she made sure her body was healthy enough for the hard work that is found in caring for a household. The role of wife and mother is not martyrdom. It is a delight to her and she wants to be healthy both in spirit and in physical health. A broken vessel cannot hold water. If you are sick or lack adequate strength, it is hard to serve others to the best of your ability.

And you know what I discovered at the end? It was to her great joy that she was disciplined in these areas. Her grown children took notice and celebrated her! As did her husband! 

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

She didn’t do these things to earn praise. She did them because it was her calling and she did them with delight. 

“Duty is easy. Delight takes effort.” -Michelle Myers

We can choose joy when we choose to practice a life of discipline. We can also experience joy when we choose to care for our human vessels because they are a reflection of our character and who we choose to follow. We choose to care for this very body because God created our bodies and He cherishes His daughters. We want to honor Him by taking care of it, so that we can focus on the things that God has called us to and on what truly matters to us. 

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Let us choose to submit our hearts, bodies, and lives to following Christ and doing the very things that others are not willing to do, so that more and more will be drawn to Him and surrender their hearts to Him. 

Let’s be disciplined so that we look different than the rest of the world. That we look like followers of Christ.

Be a Size You,