Thursday, May 31, 2012

May was also a sweet pup's birthday! While her Daddy was away playing golf we did a small photo shoot. I think she was secretly loving it!

I love sweet miss Lyla! 

I love how she crawls under my desk when I am working on pictures to cuddle with my feet! 

I love when she hears a noise and her ears perk up to protect us. 

I love how happy she makes Ryan and I when we come home. She is always super excited to see us. 

I love that she goes right to sleep letting out little snores and then nudges my elbow when it's time to wake up. 

She has made our life happy for two years now! Happy birthday sweet Ly-lita!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Oh How Pinteresting! I have missed you!

Goodness! It's be too long since I have shared my pins with the blog world! This week I am seeing that persistence and patience pays off and continues to build motivation! So, I am linking up with Michelle over at The Vintage Apple! Go check out her pins and share your own!

Source: via Van on Pinterest

Source: via Van on Pinterest

What's holding you back? Are you going to let it have that control? DON'T! 


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May, You really know how to disappear!

The month of May has been a whirlwind of life! I was looking forward to May and then it literally slipped through my fingers. I am praying that summer is a bit slower, so I can unwind a bit! 

May started off with a great sewing class. I learned how to make some cute pot holders along with some pretty suh-weet hand towels! I love the bright colors! I think I need a "beach" room. Maybe that can be added soon!
Mother's Day was celebrated at a new local restaurant called Ploughman's Pub. It was delicious and full of smiles and laughter! 

I definitely have the BEST mom hands down! I am beyond grateful for her! 

I also continued on my AdvoCare products and continue to see incredible results! Ryan finished up his challenge down 10 lbs and over 10 inches! I am so proud of him. Dad finished his challenge on the 24th and lost 16 lbs and over 8 inches! Words can't explain how much I love what these products have done for people that I love. The picture above has a wonderful group of ladies that have collectively lost over 60+ pounds! AWESOME!

May 18th was the last day of school with my sweet 5th graders. It's a bit tough being a 5th grade teacher. You hear about the students you may get and then you only have them for a year. Whereas teachers that teach younger grades get to see their past students for a year or more before sending them to middle school. I feel like when they leave my room I will never see them again. This has been true for most of my students, but I LOVE when I am at a school sporting event, graduation, or even shopping and I see one of my sweet babies. I know they are no longer babies, and many times they are taller than me but they will always be my fantastic 5th graders! 

Miss Hailey graduated on Friday night as well. It was so awesome to see my brother so proud. The sky is the limit for her!! Congrats sweet Hailey! 

 May was also full of weddings - 5 to be exact. They were all dear family and friends, so it was very special to take pictures for them and be a guest at the last one.

Danielle helped out with one! Love it when we get to do that! :) 

 One of the wedding included a weekend trip to St. Simons Island to celebrate Nat and Will. Beautiful. I will be doing a blog post on it soon! We had a great time even though a tropical storm by the name of Beryl was rolling in. While it was a bit windy with occasional showers, the days were still pretty and full of GA sun. Sunday night was a loud one with the storm making it's way on the island. The power even went out during dinner at Crabdaddy's! 

 We did run into an older version of Snooki and JWoww for all of you J.S. fans! Ryan is the one that discovered we were among celebrities! Yet another reason I love him! :)

 Here's what we awoke to!

This was me yesterday before getting my 2nd cavity filled! UGH!!! It wasn't bad at all, super tiny but a cavity none the less. To bare with the nasty feeling of being numb on the bottom half of my mouth I took a quick trip to Target. I am pretty sure at one point drool was going down my puffed-up-feeling face. Oh well, I got some good deals!

Two more days of May left, and the 31st is super important to me. 23 years ago my baby sister was born with sweet red hair and huge brown eyes! I love her even more than I did then!

Happy May! :)

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Monday, May 7, 2012

For those of you that KNOW me...

For those of you that KNOW me, know that I can be a bit of a prude when it comes to some things! Posting pics of ME... in a workout outfit... would fall into that category! BUT...when it comes to showing people the proof of what a super simple system can do, I will help people BELIEVE! 

Health is something that has always been important to me. It became especially important to me when someone (a friend's mom) made a hurtful comment about my weight. It was one of those " shouldn't weigh that much" comments. She probably meant it to be harmless, but it has stuck with me for 12 years. It didn't make me have an eating disorder or visit a psychologist about it, but it was a moment that made me think. I was happy, healthy, and my parents never said things to make me worry about how I looked. THANK GOD!! This was the moment I started worrying. I thought to myself that I wasn't good enough. After that, I made note of the things I ate and looked at ingredients. Weight watchers helped with this. I am amazed at the education WW gives. However, even with that information it taught me, it's wasn't entirely helpful.  I was counting calories, fat, and fiber at the time. It didn't really matter that some of the food I was eating wasn't really good nutrition or the fact that I was still growing and needed more calories for my active life. I saw results though and I lost a bit of weight and was more educated on choices. 

Eating healthy has been a part of my life since then, and it's only improved! Now, thanks to friends, family, and research, I have gained the importance of having a clean diet and the occasional cheat! 

Fast forward to 2010, while spending a weekend in NC with my best friend, Danielle, we discussed vitamins. I had started taking them, not truly knowing why they were good for me. I trusted her though, and started to watch my hair grow faster, my skin look better, and felt all around good. I stuck with them and added more to my regimen. The quality of the vitamins wasn't too good though, BOGO at Publix baby! 

Then, in 2011, I ran my first 5K with my sweet Julie! We had an awesome time. She was hooked big time, and I just enjoyed being active. It all started coming together! 

Now a year later, I never want to look back! AdvoCare was shared with me and it has seriously changed my life! I know that sounds corny, but I have never FELT BETTER, LOOKED BETTER, or PERFORMED BETTER! My family is seeing SUPERB results and I am hooked for life. As much as people probably get tired of me talking about AdvoCare and all it offers, I have to do it. I love seeing people's life change! My mom has done a phenomenol job! Check her out!  I am a teacher guys, we live for this stuff! I live to make a difference!! 

Tonight, I was awarded a $1500 Rookie Bonus from the company for sharing and making a difference with my friends and family. I am completely floored! Our team has worked together to help others make a difference!! We are loving all of the texts, calls, and email about what the 24 Day Challenge has done for them! 

So, here are the pics! I am proud. It's not Jamie Eason or Whitney Carlson, but it's something! Right? And the fact that's it's on an! 

What can Advocare do for you? Want to join me!? If I can do this, anyone can!! Please share with others and let me help YOU and YOUR FAMILY and FRIENDS make a difference in how you feel! It's certainly contagious! 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What do you have to lose? Everything!!

So, remember that little 24 Day Challenge? It has paid off...all $185 of it! I am a BELIEVER of what Advocare can do for anyone

I was at a bit of a plateau after working hard since October. I started out at 134 in October, was down to 132 at Christmas and then I ate... enjoyed my Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks. I felt good about my muscle, but still had a nice tube around my mid-section. It may not have been a tube to others, but it just felt miserable. Then, in January I started truly eating clean. Whitney has been so much of my inspiration over at He and She Eat Clean

At the end of March I was standing pretty at 129.5. I felt much better. The difference was a welcome change. I felt better while wearing my clothes, but I wanted to fit back in my pants from college! Specifically, I wanted to wear my pair of Citizens of Humanity jeans that I paid a pretty penny for. 

I began the cleanse on March 26th. I have NEVER felt better. I truly don't know how else to say this! I just can't explain what the right vitamins in your body feel like. It's like you have a great day every day

At the end of the cleanse (first 10 days), I lost 5 lbs. and a couple of inches!  I was pretty pumped when it stopped at 124.5!!! I will take that I thought, and was ready to start the next 14 days. All the while, I was putting on jeans/pants that I hadn't even considered wearing because I knew it would feel terrible. When I would slip each pair on, I would think what if they don't fit! I would quickly dismiss that thought because sliding them on was like going shopping for free!

I was also hearing great stories from Mom, my sister, my aunt, and others! I would get calls with friendly, excited, and energetic voices on the other line! I would get video messages, pictures, and texts! I live and breathe hearing about all of the successes from these supplements. 

On Day 24, I was so excited that I began this journey with big hopes and dreams. I can tell you that my expectations were nothing compared to what happened! My energy was up. My family could tell! My pants were hanging off of me. Friends were seeing a difference in their life! I saw an opportunity for others and myself: health and financial wellness. The scale helped me confirm what I felt! It now read 122.5! Holy cow! I hadn't see that number since I was a new teacher five years ago. I guess it's safe to say that all of those "snacks" in the workroom and being happily married does lead to a bigger size! 

Now, a month and 4 days after staying on Advocare products, I am down to 121.5. Here's a picture of my Gap, size 4, capris that fit really well last year with no extra room: 

{Excuse Miss Lyla relaxing on the cool tile floor! It's 90* here in GA!} 

What are you waiting for? Join me now! Lose that extra bit hanging around. It's not welcome there anymore! Get rid of that blah feeling. Feel refreshed every morning! GET EXCITED ABOUT ALL OF THE POSSIBILITIES! 
If you have questions, email me at msvannus @ yahoo DOT com. You can also begin the challenge HERE! 

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