Sunday, November 01, 2015

My first two weeks with Trim Healthy Mama!

Whew.  I did it. 

Two weeks of Trim Healthy Mama.  It IS an accomplishment.  For some, it is small.  For others it is huge.  For me, it is a boost of all kinds of confidence!

I've told you before about how unprepared I was for being a wife, mother, and homemaker.  But I may not have expressed that strongly enough.  Really.  I could make macaroni-and-cheese and I could make spaghetti.  That's it.  The rest of my kitchen skills came in a thin square box stamped with "Stouffers" or "Tombstone".  Or at least in a box with directions on it.
Frozen pizza and brownies.  We ate a lot of that early in our marriage.  Occasionally, I'd branch out and buy a French Bread Pizza.  Same box.  Same meal.  Different shape.
Since having my daughter (seven years ago), I have s-l-o-w-l-y been on a mission to learn more of my way around all things meal preparation.  I started with couponing.  That got me a ton of boxes in my pantry that may not actually qualify as food.  Sure, I was up for finding deals!  But we ended up throwing away most of those great deals.

And we were still hungry.  And not nourished.

Fast forward to this week... 

This week, I'm beginning Week 3 on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan!  No boxed foods.  No packages with directions.  Just recipes and ingredients to make my family some amazing meals!   And they have been truly amazing!

I will share my menu for week 1 and 2 in my next post, plus a bonus menu for this week (week 3)! 

Just a tip:  if you want to try to follow Trim Healthy Mama's plan, I highly recommend buying their new cookbook.  It has been a total game-changer for me, as it gives me so many options for what to make each week, and it labels what type of meal and snack they are so I don't have to figure it out!

But, Melissa, are you seeing results already??

YES I AM!!  (Drumroll, please...)

I have lost 8 lbs in just 14 days following THM!!!!  And, I admit, I had two "cheats" during that time. But it did not knock me off track too badly...since the THM experts tell me that I can get back on track just three hours later!  Now THAT is my kind of quick reset!

No, eight pounds is not very much weight, but since my weight hasn't budged in YEARS of trying various things, I am so pleased!  I have a goal to lose at least 40 lbs.  So, 8 lbs puts me 1/5th of the way to my goal!  At this rate, I'll hit my goal by Christmas!

Go me!  And go YOU, too, if you want to join me on this journey!  

Stay tuned for many more posts on my Trim Healthy Mama meal plans, reviews, and results!

Monday, October 19, 2015

What a Toothache, Deodorant, and Stealing Have to do With Each Other...

After many, many months of online research, I still had not purchased any essential oils.  I did not know where to get them, and I did not know if I could trust the brands I had heard about.

Then I got a toothache.  My first real toothache.  It hurt so bad that I shook in pain.  And of course, it was the weekend, so no dentist was open.

So I went to a "doc-in-the-box", who checked out my tooth and wrote me a prescription for an antibiotic and some pain meds.

I trusted the antibiotic to take care of the infection.  But the pain medicine was disproving itself.  It was barely taking the edge off.  And, not only that, it was the kind that would knock me out completely.  I couldn't take it because my husband had to work all weekend, and I was responsible for my three children.  (They were 6, 5, and 3 at that time.)  Mommy couldn't sleep all day long. 

So I continued to be in severe pain.

Then, my friend, Stacy, stopped by.  She said she had something that she had heard would help my tooth.  She left me with a bottle of Thieves Essential Oil from Young Living.

It took only one drop.

One drop of Thieves Essential Oil dropped directly on my tooth and gums, and my pain was GONE.  It numbed everything so fast!

So I asked her, "Where can I buy some more oils?", and she told me about the kit.  It was a great price, included some great oils, and I had some extra cash to spend on myself. 

I just wanted to make deodorant!  

That was my big goal!  I wanted to ditch my chemical-laden deodorant for something homemade.  That's the single reason I bought the kit of oils.  Well, that, and because it was a deal!

Since that time--which was around two and a half years ago--I have learned of all the many wonderful benefits of using essential oils!  They have helped us treat minor things at home, lower our budget for co-pays for doctor visits (since we do not go very often anymore!), and yes--to make deodorant!

I'm here to tell you that the kit I bought was a DEAL.  But this month, you have an even better option for getting started with Young Living essential oils!  

By signing up as a Wholesale Member through my referral, you still have the opportunity to get the great kit of oils (which includes a diffuser)!  But if you get that kit AND add a few member favorites oils to reach a minimum order amount, you will also get a extra diffuser--FOR FREE!!!  You will WANT one of these in every room!!

This month, I am ordering a large amount of the oils we use most often through the fall season so that I reach that minimum order for the free diffuser, too!  This month, I'll be ordering oils that help promote restful sleep, support the immune system, promote emotional well-being, help with upset/sour stomachs, help with muscle discomfort after exercise, and much, much more.

Some of the oils I'll be getting are Thieves, RC (respiratory care), ImmuPower, Raven, Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, and then one of my all-time favorites:  NingXia Red!!!

If you have thought about getting started using essential oils, now is a great time to get more for your money than ever before!  Not only is the kit of oils a huge savings, but just ordering a few more oils gets you a free diffuser!  It's like stealing!! 

Oh!  And you also will continue to get the 24% Member discount pricing in future purchases!  

If you are interested in this deal, click here to get started.  If you have any questions, you can email me at  I'd love to help you get started on your own journey!

Whether it is to help a toothache, make deodorant, or just get this deal on some amazing oils for your family--or if you want more info on how to create a small (or large) income on the side--Young Living has what you need!

Don't miss out on this STEAL of a DEAL!