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Wow, this video is definitely uplifting. Check it out, and have a great weekend (holiday weekend if you live in Utah).

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PS. The winner of the Vinyl Letter Giveaway is Monique Tuft Holladay. Yay for Monique!!!


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I’ve finally completed the last week of the 4 week work out program I put together. Here are all 4 weeks.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

And this is what week 4 looks like. Click here to print.

This work out program is part of the 52 Weeks of Balance Project. To buy your planner click HERE.

I hope you find these helpful and are even seeing some weight loss results with them.

Speaking of weight loss, I wanted to introduce you to my friend Nicole (mother of 5) who has recently seen incredible weight loss results from the 9 day cleansing system I use. She is such an amazing women in my eyes. Read her story below.

I am blessed to be the mother of 5 children ages 7 and under.� I love being a mom.� It is the most rewarding thing I have ever experienced.� But it has also been the most exhausting and challenging experience of my life.� After our 5th baby was born, the stress of motherhood and 5 pregnancies had definitely taken a toll on me physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I have always been passionate about health and fitness and even became a part-time Turbo Kick instructor after my 4th child was born in hopes that I could help people achieve their health goals.� I don’t believe in diets- since they’re not an effective long term solution.� My motto for weight loss and good health after each pregnancy was always- “Eat less- move more.”� And after each of the first 4 pregnancies, the baby weight came off quickly as I tried to apply this principle.� But after I had our 5th child, eating less and moving more was simply NOT working.� I could not get the extra weight off despite my best efforts.� 10 months went by- and I was still carrying almost all of the extra prego pounds.

The change for me came just this last April after watching “Food Inc”.� I learned more about how nutritionally bankrupt our food has become, and I wanted to DO something about it.� I was concerned about the state of our health, running on low energy much of the time, dealing with sugar highs and crashes, and feeling overwhelmingly frustrated that I couldn’t drop the baby weight.� I believe in the power of prayer, so I poured out my heart in prayer about all these concerns, asked for help… and the next day I stumbled upon a video about Isagenix.� I knew immediately that it was an answer to that prayer.� The fact that it was not a diet, and not a fast- but a total body nutritional cleanse really appealed to me, so I decided to give it a try- plus with a 100% moneyback guarantee, I felt I had nothing to lose.� I knew it was time to make a change and regain control of my unhealthy eating habits.

I was so excited to start a new lifestyle!� And the results blew me away.� I lost 10 lbs. and 11 inches on the 9 day system, and went on to lose another 11 lbs. and dropped 4 dress sizes.

More importantly, I feel more energy than I have had in years and my cravings are suppressed.� It feels so liberating to develop greater self-control over my sugar habit- and I’m hoping to save money on dental bills.� I rarely crave processed, refined, nutritionally void foods now because my body is finally getting the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it was really hungry for.� I can FEEL the difference.� The visible results are just a bonus. :) � What kept me on track during the cleanse was a clear motive that I kept in mind.� My motive was to have greater health and more energy to better serve my family.� I wanted to be an example of excellent health for my children.� Another critical factor in achieving this goal was the support of a fabulous coach and a network of new Isagenix friends from a support group to keep me accountable and inspired.

I’m grateful to be one of hundreds of thousands of people who have found renewed hope through Isagenix. So now I’ve decided to share it forward and become involved in promoting and teaching people about it.� I’m now a nutritional cleanse coach- helping others achieve their health goals too.� What I love about this is I can work from home during the kids nap/bed time- and coach people as they make this healthy lifestyle change.� In this business, we can only succeed by helping others succeed!� What a blessing to have a chance to make an impact in the world and enrich people’s lives through sharing this phenomenal product and opportunity.� It has been such a blessing in my life.

Isn’t she beautiful!!!!

Thank you Nicole for sharing your story with us. You’re an inspiration to all us moms trying to lose the baby weight.

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Before I turn the time over to Sarina, I wanted to give you all a quick heads up about my day planners. First, they are being featured on Just Cherish Today, and second I’m offering a discount on them. I’ve only got TEN left so I decided to have a close out sale. Each planner is now $30 (plus shipping) instead of $45!!! Email me if you’d like one and I’ll email you back a paypal invoice. [email protected]

Hello all you balanced moms out there! When choosing to be a balanced mom you know you have to put your health as a priority, so I have put together my Top Ten Super foods that every mom should add to their families diets.

Science now points to a list of foods with extraordinary powers to ward off disease and slow aging. These foods provide health benefits way beyond basic vitamins. They contain substances that prevent health problems such as high cholesterol to cancer. Research shows these foods can even put you in a better mood! And in my opinion they are the fountain of youth.

1. Nuts and Seeds: Loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and omega 3 fatty acids, nuts can help reduce heart disease and cancer.

- We snack on raw nuts and seeds all day at our house. I usually buy them in bulk to save money.

2. Berries: A rich source of photonutrients and antioxidants, both of which protect cells from damage that lead to cancer and premature aging. All berries are loaded with vitamin C and are a great source of fiber.

- I add berries to my protein shakes, or snack on them all day. Kids love berries! Buy them when they are in season that way they are not too expensive. You can also buy them frozen in the winter.

3. Beans: All types of beans are nutrient powerhouses, they are high in antioxidants that help block cells from damage. Beans are high in fiber and can prevent obesity.

-I cook with beans all the time. My favorite are lentils because you can add these little guys to any meal.

4. Broccoli: Along with other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and cabbage, antioxidant loaded broccoli helps fight cancer, especially breast, by reducing levels of excess estrogen. It also boosts the immune system.

- Not only do I juice broccoli every morning (I know you think I am crazy but, cancer runs on every side of my family), but we eat this amazing vegi at east 3x’s per week.

5. Sweet Potatoes: One of the highest ranked vegetables on the nutrition scale, sweet potatoes are high in fiber, vitamins A, C, and B6, potassium, magnesium, and cancer fighting antioxidants. Their anti-inflammatory properties help improve asthma, allergies and arthritis. Not just for thanksgiving anymore this vegi is awesome.

-I make homemade sweet potato fries, just chop up into fries size coat with olive oil and sea salt place on a cookie sheet bake at 375 for 25-30 mins. Yum my kids love these!

6. Yogurt: This contains healthful probiotics, or good bacteria that can prevent breast cancer, ulcers, and vaginal infections.

- I grow my own and add it to my protein shakes. If you buy from the store make sure you get plain and add your own sweeteners like stevia or agave and fresh fruit, otherwise they are loaded with bad sugars or worse man made sugars know to cause cancer.

7. Avocado: The Aztecs called avocados the fruit of the Gods. Today this super food is packed with monounsaturated or “good” fat that lowers cholesterol and help prevent cancer. This nutrient dense food is full of folate, vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.

- I LOVE avocados! It is my favorite part of the day when I get to eat one. I always hear people say they are so fattening. Don’t worry about it remember this is the good fat to make our hair, skin, and nails look amazing!

8. Dark Chocolate: Yes I said Dark Chocolate not milk or white. As a super food this is a sweet dream come true. It reduces blood pressure improves bad cholesterol and helps muscle fatigue. It can also help regulate cortisol (stress hormones that can cause fat around the belly).

- I eat dark chocolate at the end of everyday, this is my gilt free way to satisfy my sweet tooth.

9. Olive oil: This monounsaturated or “good” fat lowers bad cholesterol, increases good cholesterol and fights cancer.

- I serve every single meal in my house with cooked and raw olive oil. I never use butter. I literally don’t even have it in my house.

10. Quinoa: What is Quinoa? Quinoa is a whole grain that stands alone as a complete protein. It contains all essential amino acids. This product is great for wheat free diets.

- I replace quinoa with other wheat pastas that are now being linked to many autoimmune diseases.

Here are some more of my favorite super foods….

Apples, garlic, onions, honey, kale, chard, citrus, tomatoes, pomegranate, spinach, salmon, coconut, and peppers

If adding these foods feels to overwhelming maybe just try to add one of these super food into your diet and when you get use to that one add another.

Happy eating!

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Hey all you lovely ladies. I would like to introduce you to one of my wonderful friends. I’ve actually mentioned her before on here. She is the one I ran into at the store and told me about price matching and lots of other fun stuff. To read that post click HERE. I also mentioned that she chose not to have internet in her home. Well, obviously she’s changed her mind about that idea :)  
Anyway, get used to seeing her face around here because she will be guest posting for me pretty frequently. I’m sure you are going to absolutely LOVE all the fun and helpful information she has to offer, so that’s why I’ve chosen her to be a contributor to this blog.
Take it away Sarina!!!!

Hello all you balanced moms in the making. My name is Sarina Dean Burke.  I have been friends with Crystal since we use to drive around in her mustang in high school. 

I am a certifed pesonal trainer with an extensive back ground in nutrition, and I just happen to have worked in the Fashion industry for 10 years. Believe it or not I was 245 pounds and a size 22 when I was the young age of 20, granted this was do to the over 90 pounds I gained with my first child, thyroid disease, being prediabetic, and taking anti-depressants. I was devastated with my weight, but had no idea how to lose it.  This is where my journey began.  I tried everything!  From Slimfast shakes ,that are full of garbage, to diet pills, now banned, I tried it all and after 3 years I didn’t know what to believe.  I exercised and ate what I thought was healthy but I continued to fluctuate my weight, feel tired, and so unhappy.  I had always suffered from depression but in 2004 I had never been so depressed in all my life.  I will never forget the three weeks I spent in bed with bags of potato chips crying.  I guess you could call this my rock bottom.  At the end of the third week I feel on the ground and pleaded out loud, “Please Help Me Fix Me!!” That very week I met a friend who changed my life.  I took my daughter to the park and this is where I met my now dear friend. We sat and talked for an hour about nutrition, but for the first time I was hearing it right!  She told me how she lived a life free of chemicals and only ate all natural or organic foods.  So I began to study and apply an all natural environment to my life.  In six short weeks I lost 15 pounds and can say have kept it off! I have now been living an all natural life style ever since.  I am completely off anti-depressants and have HEALED my mind, body, and spirit.
 I often get asked,”Sarina, what do you do to look and feel so great?” There is no one answer for this, there are hundreds of things I do and I would love to share them all with you!
My Top Five Healthy living Standards
1. Take good quality supplements everyday including…..
a. Whey Protein, to build lean muscle and it’s calcium rich. The Isagenix Isalean shakes are  the best ones out there. They use organic whey protein imported from New Zealand.
b. A Whole Food Multi-nutrient, all the vitamins and minerals you need in a non synthietic form.  The Isagenix Cleanse for Life juice is a great source.       
c. Fish oil, this is where you get your much needed Omega 3 to nourish the brain, heart, and hormones.
d. Liquid Greens, green formulas make it easy to eat nutrient rich sources of leafy greens.
2. Drink 75-96 oz of Filtered water everyday
a. I add fresh juiced lemon to my water every morning.
b. Make sure you filter your water up to 7 million Americans become sick from dirty tap water and 40% of bottled water is actually tap water.
3. Eat Organic whenever you can this assures you that your food is free of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormone plus it is better for the environment. I can’t always afford organic but I just do the best I can to at least eat all natural.
4. Get good Nutrition, First of all go to your pantry and throw out all the unnatural disease causing garbage in there! (You kow what that is!) The more diverse your diet is the healthier you will be. Next time you are at the grocery store pick up new things you never have before.  This in turn will add new vitamins and minerals that your body is craving. Now as far as what to get. Every natural thing that God has put on this beautiful planet. (I can go into this much more another time)
5. Exercise!
a. Workout at least 3-5 times per week.
b. Incorperate weight training and of course cardio.
c. find something you love that is active, I love to ride my bike and rollerblade. Sometimes my neighbors mistake me for one of the kids in the neighborhood. I love that!
Good luck!

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I’ve FINALLY finished week #3 of my 4 week work out program. If you missed the first two here they are:
Week #1
Week #2
This is part of my 52 Weeks of Balance Project. All of these printout inserts go with the Wanna Be Balanced Day Planner, you can buy yours HERE.

Click HERE to print.

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Here’s a picture of my belly. Yah, I know I’m only 7 weeks, but this is exactly what happened last time too. I started showing as soon as I found out I was pregnant, it’s like my brain just starts telling my belly to pop out even though the baby isn’t even the size of a grape yet.
You can find this short sleeve side button sweater at Impel.
Or it could be the fact that I’m eating donut holes by the dozen, and sitting around all day cause I’m too tired to do anything else.
I better get crackin on this 4 Week Work Out Program. Click HERE for week one. �Here is week two.


Click�HERE to print.
Oh and I thought I’d let you know that Impel is having a sale on all their jewelry and Jeans. Just click on this little icon and it will bring you right to the website. The jeans are only $37 right now and they are SO cute!

Okay, now I have some fun and exciting things planned for the blog. This month my goal is to do more videos, as well as go through all my home videos and put them all on DVDs. I started going through them last night and I already have some funny stuff I will most definitely be sharing, Sean may kill me for doing so, but it will be worth it. Plus I’ve been working on a couple new videos I plan to post very soon.

Next week I will be sharing pictures of my nursery. �I’m thinking about changing the theme for the new baby. What I need is some inspiration, so I thought it would be fun to host a Baby Nursery link up party.

Here’s how it works:

#1. �Email me pictures of your nursery and I will post them here for all to admire. Email them to:
[email protected]

#2. �If you want to share them on your own blog then you will have the chance to link up here, making it � � � � � � � � � � � � possible for everyone to visit your page. Mark this date on your calendars so you can be prepared to link up your blog post. The date is next Friday the 20th.

#3. �I will be randomly selecting a winner for everyone who participates. The prize is this:

This Bosch Tassimo Single-Serve Coffee Brewer, Silk Silver ($130 value). I actually won this in a giveaway, and thought I could use it for tea, but it didn’t work out that way. I don’t drink coffee, so I would like to give it to one of you.

I hope you’ll all join me cause I REALLY want to see some of your nurseries.

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Please tell me I’m not the only one totally obsessed with the movie Romy & Michelle’s high school reunion. I’m always quoting that movie, like when ever I’m out to lunch I ALWAYS ask for the “business women’s” special. Cause I AM a business women you know :)

I wanted to share an Isagenix Corporate business call I had the opportunity of doing last week. Here is the recording for any of you “business women” out there.

Also, just to give you a quick update on everything else. I know I told you like 3 months ago I was going to be making some changes on here, including moving my blog over to WordPress. Well, believe it or not, I’ve been working on it this WHOLE time. I just haven’t been able to find someone who can get it the way I want it. So hopefully things will be the way I want it very soon.

And as far as my pregnancy goes, I’m still feeling fine, no morning sickness yet, just getting a little pudgy around the mid section. That’s always my favorite part, looking like I have a gut instead of looking like I’m pregnant :) . I’ve gained 8 lbs already which sure makes my husband happy. He thinks the more you gain the healthier the baby. Anyway, I’ll be posting some baby bump pics for sure. Hope that’s okay with you guys.

Tomorrow I’m posting week TWO of the 4 week work out program. I’d love to get some feedback from any of you who are doing it with me. I love hearing from you and appreciate every comment.

Next week I’ll be hosting another giveaway!!! This time I’ll be giving away some REALLY cute jewelry!!!

Love you guys!!!! Thanks for all your love and support. Oh and thank you for all your votes on Top Mommy Blogs. I think I’m ranked like #48 right now. I’m pretty happy with that.

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I’m so excited to see this beautiful weather coming out behind those nasty dark clouds we’ve had here lately. The other day I went out to check out my garden status and I was surprised to see a couple things coming back from last year.


And Parsley…

Isn’t that fun!!!

Of course there was a bunch of clean up I needed to do since I never got around to it in the fall. Then I tilled the soil and planted my peas.

How many of you have a garden? How many of you have wanted to garden but think it’s a bit intimidating?

That was the way I always felt about it until last year. I finally dove into the whole idea and was surprised at how easy it was. I thought there was no way I could actually GROW something, but sure enough, I produced everything from tomatoes, to cucumbers, to squash, to strawberries. It was such a great feeling knowing that I was actually capable of growing my own produce.

So I challenge you all this year to grow a garden. This is the month to plant peas so get those babies in the ground. Start small, get a big pot and plant a few things. Get your kids to join in too. I’ve noticed that last year Lily would actually eat ANYTHING that came from our garden. Not sure why that is, but she loved every bit of it, including the beets.

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Exercising is like marriage…
You’ve got to spice things up to maintain the passion.

I’ve been diligently working on a new 4 week work out program as part of the 52 Weeks of Balance Project. You can add these pages into your Wanna Be Balanced Planner.

This program is all about mixing things up to prevent boredom and to keep your body guessing which is ideal for maximum results.

Are you at the point where you feel like nothing’s working for you? No matter what you do, that muffin top remains. I hear ya girl friends. It’s called, LIFE AFTER KIDS.

Don’t give up hope though, there is a way. I’m going to share exactly what I do to keep my weight in check. Although I won’t exactly be joining in now that I’m with child. I’ll be there cheering you on while stuffing my face with carbs on top of carbs, yum :) Now’s my chance to eat what I want right? �I’m trying not to go over board because I tend to think I’m literally eating for two. We like to say that don’t we, but we all know it only takes an extra 300 calories to keep that baby growing healthy and strong.

Let’s just pretend we didn’t hear that okay?

I’m eating for two and I don’t care what you say!!!

These four week’s we’ll be incorporating MIND BODY and SOUL to keep us feeling energized and balanced as we get our bodies back to where they were meant to be.

It’s no secret that diet plays �a major role in getting the kinds of results you’re looking for. So for the next 4 weeks, try replacing breakfast with an Isagenix meal replacement shake, for lunch, you should eat a 400-600 calorie meal (use google for ideas), and for dinner have a small portion of what ever you’re making for the family. I don’t think it’s necessary to eat perfectly ALL day. Enjoy a nice yummy meal with your family, just don’t over do it. Try using a smaller plate to trick your mind into thinking you’ve got a full plate.

Here’s week one!

Click�HERE to print.

Just so you know, I’m fully qualified to give you fitness advice. Seriously, I used to be an aerobics instructor ya know…

Well, not legally, but I was.

Let me just tell you that story real quick.

I was about 20 years old, living in Hawaii with my mom. We were living in a small town called Hilo, population- 40,000. Fitness has always been a major priority in my life. I’m not one to work out more than 30-40 min. on average, but I do make it a part of my daily routine. So anyway, I found the nearest gym and first thing I thought was, I wonder if I could get a job here and get a free membership.
So I asked the person at the front desk (which just so happened to be the owner) if they were hiring. It went a little like this…

Owner: �Well yes we are, but we need an aerobics instructor, can you teach aerobics?

Me: Um yah… I mean, I’m not certified or anything, but I’ve been to enough aerobics classes to know how to teach one.

Owner: Okay, come in tomorrow and show us your routine.

Me: Uh, okay… ya… um, sure sure I can do that. Great, thanks… see you tomorrow.

I walked away thinking, WHAT THE HECK DID I JUST DO?

I was excited but felt major pressure to come up with a good routine. I worked all night on it, wrote it down and practiced it over and over.

I came back the next day for the “audition” I guess you’d call it. Did my routine in front of all the other instructors and was totally embarrassed because I really had know idea what I was doing.

Well, I got the job and taught my class 3 times a week for 4 months (then I left on my mission). Is there anything better than getting paid to work out?

Um no…

Someday I’ll tell you about when I was an aerobics instructor on my MISSION. Yes, I’m being serious, but I’ll have to save that story for another day.

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How many of you eat much raw fruits and veggies on a daily basis?

The average American does NOT consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and veggies (including myself).

Until now!

Sean and I have been juicing every day now for 6 weeks, and I feel great!!! I start out my day with a big class of juice, then a few hours later I have my Isagenix meal replacement shake. A few hours later I’ll have a snack, then it’s dinner time. This is the best way to keep your calories down, seriously, it has been so nice.
Here are a few benefits of juicing.

  1. The juice requires hardly any digestion, so all its nutritional goodness gets rapidly into your system.
  2. When you juice, you use more fruits and vegetables than you could actually eat. As a result, you are drinking a densely packed amount of vitamins, minerals and other plant-based nutrients.
  3. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner, and you can add a wider variety to your diet. 

We found a wide variety of juicers on Amazon, but this is the one that we bought. 

But you can get a lower Watt one for cheaper.

I’m not going to lie, it does require a little time, probably about 25 min. from
start to finish (clean up and all). Not really that bad, but if you’re in a hurry then it might not be that convenient.
One thing I’ve liked most about juicing is the fact that I can feel good about
getting all my fruits and veggies in each day. Antioxydants are so important,
especially for Cancer prevention.

Next Week on Wanna Be Balanced Mom:

* Eyelash Extensions. I’m getting eyelash extensions for the first time. Can’t
wait to try them out and show you pics. I’ll share more info about it in this post.

* Ways to Keep Your Home Safe.  I’ll be sharing photos of all the safety precautions we take in our home.

* What’s in YOUR Bag?  I’ll be taking you inside my purse, showcasing the chaos within and items I have with me at all times. I also want to share whats in YOUR purse. So if you’d like to submit a picture or video of yours then email it to me at [email protected] This will be fun to see :)

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