Saturday, December 27, 2014

Family Pictures 2014

You just gotta love family picture attempts! 

It is never easy to try and capture a shot with a nonstop 1.5 year old and a high maintenance 3 year old. And our girls did not disappoint. They made sure to be completely uncooperative for our family photos. Josse cried every time she thought she was going to get dirty and she swore there were bugs right by her whenever we had her sit on the blanket and Jewel had a complete meltdown every time we tried to get a picture without ME holding her.

Like many moms I start worrying about what picture to use for our annual family Christmas card by the end of October. I was so relieved & over joyed when our sweet friend Emily Moore (Emily Moore Photography) was going to be coming into town to do some Christmas mini sessions the beginning of November! Now you all know that things just never go smoothly when pictures are involved and this time was no different. Although we had had gorgeous weather the past few days in Dallas, the morning we scheduled to take pictures the temperature dropped drastically and was absolutely FREEZING and incredibly WINDY. And although my girls had been healthy the entire year they both magically came down with runny noses the night before pictures. That is not all... of course they both woke up all throughout the night and did not get any good sleep the night before our 8:00am photo shoot so they were as cranky as could be!

Never the less, the amazing Emily Moore some how managed to get some beautiful shots and there was one that actually made the Christmas card cut! So if you are looking for a photographer in West Texas or DFW contact Emily Moore she is simply the BEST

Here are a few shots from our cold, windy, November Christmas card shoot...

All Photos Copyright: Emily Moore Photo

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Farewell Ballymena Dr

In exactly 1 week from today is moving day....

So many memories were made here

Next Sunday movers will be loading up all the boxes we have been packing for the past 2 weeks and we will be saying our final good byes to 4400 Ballymena Dr.  I briefly mentioned in my last post that what has helped keep me from being too overly emotional about this move is that for a few weeks we were a little worried this house would not sell in time (which means we would not be getting to move into our dream home we have spent 6 months building!) We did not want to have to move twice and the home we are building was not going to be ready until November, so waited until September to list our current house... little did we know that the market would slow down drastically once school started. Luckily, after 3 different offers in 50 days the last one finally went through (3rd times a charm) and 4400 Ballymena Dr is under contract.

Although I am excited about our new home that we got to design and build together. I will always hold a special place in my heart for our Ballymena home. This was our first home in the DFW area and I remember walking through it and saying this house is PERFECT. It truly was perfect to me and it has been the absolute best house for the past 5 years and 8 months.

John and I began our family in this house and we brought both of our girls home to this house. We have had countless Bible studies, game nights, birthday parties, BBQ's and Holidays in this wonderful home. This truly has been a place full of love & prayer and I believed we used 4400 Ballymena Dr to glorify God in every way possible.

Before this chapter comes to an end I want to give y'all a little tour of this precious home. I have show pictures of Josse & Jewel's nursery but never of all the rooms so here ya go...

We have loved the Heritage Green community

I have rocked both of my babies on this porch countless times

Living Room

Living Room

Living Room




Dining Room


Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom



Julianna's nursery

Josselyn's nursery

Backyard that overlooks the greenbelt


Good Bye 4400 Ballymena Dr. You will be missed but I pray that the next family who lives here will create just as special family memories and fill your walls with laughter, love & prayer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Alcala Casa Completion


After 5 months we have finally finished the Alcala Casa. In one sense it feels like it was forever ago that we were meeting with builders, trying to figure out where to even build out next home, but then on the other hand it seems like it was yesterday that we picked out our lot!

Surprisingly the building process itself was not too stressful. I had a blast making my selections at the design center and getting to pick out my actual granite slabs. I didn't even mind the construction process because we had fun taking weekly family trips with our girls to go see what progress was made with our future home. What was stressful and caused me to have repeated emotional breakdowns was having to try and keep our current home perfectly clean/show ready with a 1 year old and a 3 year old. Our home was on the market for around 50 days and those 50 days were hell! At any moment I would get a text message that a relator wanted to show our house and it didn't matter if we were still in PJ's or Jewel was napping we basically had to clean everything up & evacuate ASAP. John & I would clean our home every single night but within minutes of Josse & Jewel waking up our whole house was a disaster!!!! The first week our home was on the market we had a full price offer and then they pulled out, a couple weeks later another offer and it fell through and finally after 50 days of trying to keep my house spotless we had an offer it went through, passed inspection and our closing date is November 6th. Thank the Lord that the 3rd time was a charm, not to mention we were cutting it very close with when we are supposed to move into our new house, and I am not going to lie that was starting to make both John and I extremely nervous!!!

Anyways, we will be saying good bye to our precious home on Ballymena Dr in less then 2 weeks and hello to our beautiful new home on Stallion Ranch Dr. I think I would be a little more emotional about the saying good bye to my house if just 2 weeks ago I hadn't thought we may not being moving and that I just built a gorgeous new home for some other family haha I was beyond relived when good ol' Ballymena Dr finally sold. I will however always cherish the memories from this home. This was the home where we brought home both of our baby girls. This was the home were we started our family. With that said I am beyond excited to create new memories in our next home. I am ready for change and I welcome it with open arms.

Here are just a few IPhone pics of the new Alcala Casa 
(Excuse the poor quality)

Now there is till so much to be done! I ended up ordering custom light fixtures from a few different companies for all the rooms so I am still waiting for all of those to arrive and be installed! Plus we still have some painting to do in a couple rooms and a few other cosmetic things to check off of our list, but building wise the house is complete! I better finish packing up my current home or I will not be going anywhere! But I will be sure to keep y'all updated as we get moved in and this house becomes a HOME.

A HOUSE is made of bricks and beams, 
a HOME is made of hopes & dreams

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Changing Lives with It Works!

So much has changed the past 3 months!

If you follow my Blogs then you probably read my post called "Shedding the baby weight!" where I talk about how I lost my last 10 pounds of baby weight with the It Works supplements "Thermofit" & "Fat Fighter" and then I got my jeans to zip by using "Ultimate Body Applicator" body wraps! I also mentioned that I became an It Works Independent Distributor.

A few weeks later I blogged about "That Crazy Wrap Thing..." and I tried to answer some of the FAQ that are asked about that crazy wrap thing!

Well lets fast forward 3 months later and here we are and my life & many other lives have been completely changed!!!! The motto for It Works Global is "Friendship, Fun & Freedom" and boy the last 3 months have been full of all 3! I have also witnessed a ton of transformation as well and If you don't believe me then let me show you!


Do they really work??? That is the #1 question I am asked. Well...lets just say a company is not going to be featured in Success magazine and be ranked in the top 500 fastest growing private companies in the US in 2014 if the products they sell don't work! Here are a few pictures from my PERSONAL FRIENDS & OWN FAMILY who have used the wraps & other products and have experienced incredible results. If you tried a wrap and it didn't seem to work then chances are you were not given the proper directions and did not do something right, or you neglected to take pictures and measure so you were not able to see the change! 90% of people see results after just 1 wrap and 4 wraps are considered 1 FULL TREATMENT.

This is my Aunt Dawn Cranford!!!! I am so proud of her


I have been blessed to have some of the most amazing women in the world come along side me and join in on the business side of It Works Global. Basically they tried a wrap, fell in love and decided to make some money, while earning free It Works products and discounted wraps! One of my favorite things I have seen the last 3 months is not only the physical transformation for many of them as they have began a journey of healthy & wellness but the financial transformation as their businesses have taken off! You get what you put in, and It has been amazing to see some of my best friends & family members climb the ranks of this company and achieve countless bonuses & double and triple their pay checks each month! I think what has made this experience so wonderful is that I am getting to work along side my bestest friends & witness lives being changed.


It has been so FUN to get to come together with my amazing girlfriends & family and put on wrap parties and fun events TOGETHER!!!! It is so true that TEAM WORK makes the DREAM WORK! And we all truly have a One Team One Mission (OTOM) mentality! I have gotten so much closer to my girlfriends as we have gotten the pleasure to work together & even throw some of the most fabulous WRAP PARTIES ever!!! I have also had the chance to reconnect with old friends, high school friends, college friends & out of town friends as we have joined together in this crazy wrap adventure!  Here is a little look into some of our FUN times together the last few weeks.

My beautiful Mama and I


Freedom is one of the first words that comes to my mind when I think of the company It Works Global. I have never done any kind of network marketing in my life and I am not a salesperson but not only have these products won me over but I am in LOVE with this company. Not only is this a faith based company (who by the way is having a huge WORSHIP service the night before their annual Lime Light Conference) but this company is debt free and their whole mission is to HELP PEOPLE GET OUT OF DEBT!!!! There is freedom in living a debt free life and It Works Global gives thousands of people the opportunity to experience a life of freedom. Right now they have a TOO GOOD BONUS which means if a distributor enrolls 1 loyal customer and 1 distributor then they go into a drawing and 20 names are drawn and those 20 individuals get to have $20,000 of debt paid off! I was in tears as I watched them do this drawing in September and they are doing it again in October! Also they have the $10,000 GOOD BONUS which you receive by signing up and promoting to "diamond level" in 3 calendar months. I signed up to become a distributor on June 21st and guess what 3 months later I am a diamond level distributor!!! Yes you heard me correctly... I EARNED THE $10,000 GOOD BONUS TODAY!!! I did not expect this to happen and honestly it is only by the grace and favor of God that it did happen. This was not my plan at all...I signed up to get discounted wraps because I wanted to lose 10 pounds. Somewhere along the way I realized the opportunity that the Lord placed in my lap and I had to run with it! What has kept me going is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". So not only am I getting to experience financial freedom but I am doing it by helping other people get healthy, lose weight, and gain the confidence that they need so that they can walk in freedom believing that "they are fearfully and wonderfully made" Psalm 139:14.  I struggled with eating disorders for the majority of my adolescent years and I know how painful it can be when you are unhappy and insecure with your self image. I love that It Works offers healthy all natural, plant based, GMO-free supplements and Greens that help promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy weight loss! 

Anyone who sign up to be a an It Works Global Distributor and promotes to diamond level By Christmas will also get the $10,000 bonus!!! I am not the only one on my team who has earned it. My friend Ann Csincsak who I signed up under earned it, so did her husband Jessie and her mom Jeanne! There are so many others on our team who have also earned it!!!

My Fabulous Team!

My Why:

This company encourages us to come up with a "WHY" and that why is supposed to be why you are doing this business. Why do I want to be an It Works Global independent distributor. My why started out as "wanting discounted wraps" lol I know that sounds so pathetic but that was the truth. My why has completely changed over the last 3 months. MY WHY is now that I want the opportunity to get to bring in income while staying home with my girls. My husband works full time but one day we are praying that God will open the door and he will be able to go into full time ministry. If I can help us start saving and preparing for that, then we will be ready when the time comes & the door is opened! MY WHY is also that I want to help other people get out of debt and live a life of freedom. I have so many stay at home moms on my team who need extra income to get by and friends with thousands of dollars of student loans that  they want to pay off and women who have a dream to one day quit their full time job and be home with their kids. My team is full of women with dreams and whys of there own and I want nothing more than to be apart of their WHY's coming to pass!

There you have it...I have spent the last few months changing lives with It Works & being changed myself! :) If you are interested in joining this amazing company full of incredible women then please message me at or just go to and click "JOIN THE PARTY".  I would love to help coach you along the way to building your very own business and if you join by September 30th then you too could be eligible to receive the $10,000 GOOD BONUS!