Feeling Great and Losing Weight

Losing weight is tough, right?  Well,  I’ve discovered the best system to not only lose weight, but heal your body from a cellular level. With these products,  I’m looking so much better,  but I’m also feeling great!

I’m in my 3rd week and now I’ve lost 7.2 pounds and 15 inches.  My energy is fantastic but not jittery.  It’s a smooth, awakened energy without the side effects that other products can cause.  I’m sleeping so much better, too.  As I said before,  these products heal.

The products themselves are all plant based and full of vital vitamins and minerals.  They are specially formulated with different purposes in mind for each but work in harmony to get your body working at its optimal level. 

The supplements plus rich vanilla smoothies and healthy diet plan work together seamlessly to provide you with all the nutrition and healthy living tools you need.  I find that I feel 10 years younger already and I can only imagine how gear I’ll feel when I reach my weight loss goal. 

I believe in this program.  I’m becoming a better me and sharing my story and these products with others helps me to change lives each day.  My life has certainly changed over the last 2.5 weeks and now in 8 days, my daughter has lost 7.4 pounds and 9.75 inches.  If the company didn’t believe in their product,  they wouldn’t offer and respect their money back guarantee.  

It’s not even all about the. Weight loss products.  It’s about being well.  Are you exhausted?  Anxious? Depressed?  Over weight?  Diabetic?  Have thyroid issues?  Have chronic pain? These products can help!  Naturally! 

I’m already off 2 meds.  I have no more pain from my degenerative disc disease  in my bank or from my arthritis.  My IBS is no longer an issue.  I’m totally regular which hasn’t happened ever in my life.  You get one life.  One chance at your health.  Why not choose to make it a healthy life the natural way with great plant based supplements instead of taking medications with a ton of side effects?

I’m always free to chat about this amazing program.  Just shoot me a message or send me a FB friend request.  I love helping people get healthy while I do the same.  I am a registered nurse so it’s my nature to take care of you! 

Have a spectacular day ya’ll! 

Deirdre 🌺

Detoxing My Body

It’s day 5 and today is a sluggish day to be sure. Although I’ve had tons of energy up to now, today I feel my body really working through the process of detoxification.  I’m not surprised. 

This day shall pass. I’m sure tomorrow I will wake up with all my energy again and ready to take on the world. When you think of the years of dietary abuse my body has been through, it’s only natural that it will take these days to detox. Reading up on this process, I’ve learned to take it easy, eat plenty of fibre and drink plenty of water today. Taking a nice hot shower will also help the process. 

I’ve got to tell you that I no longer crave sugar. I no longer crave greasy, fast food. In fact, my biggest problem is eating enough food! Drinking my eater is the easy part. I love water! I am definitely well hydrated now.

I learn something new about myself everyday. I also learn something new about this business! What an extraordinary line of products we sell to help change people’s lives. It’s certainly changing mine. 

Time For a New Me

Ever feel like you’ve tried everything to lose weight and you just are stuck losing the same 3 or 4 pounds over and over? I’ve been a yo-yo dieter for my whole adult life. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety, and aches and pains that I couldn’t explain. It simply isn’t fair that some people were born with skinny genes and I wasn’t. Well, at least that’s how I used to think.

I have started a fabulous program and I want to share it with everyone because I feel great and I’m only on day 3! I know what you’re thinking, ‘but how will you feel later?’. Let me tell you, this program is for real! It’s not some snake oil. It’s for life. It’s a wellness program. Yes! 

In my first 8 days I expect to lose anywhere from 6-16 pounds. You read that correctly. It’s not a typo. That’s the results promised by this program. If you don’t like the program, you get your money back! What do I have to lose! 

Let me tell you, so far I feel terrific. Last night, I slept better than I have in a very, very long time. Usually, I wake up frequently and can’t get back to sleep. Last night, on those few occasions I woke to use the bathroom, I went right back to sleep! No more up for hours of sleepless internet surfing between 2-5AM! How cool is that!

I haven’t been hungry at all unless it’s time to eat again. I will weigh tomorrow again to see how much I’ve lost after the 3 days then I’ll tell you, but I already feel better. My energy is increasing daily. I’m already off one med that I was on for weight loss. That med alone could have caused damage to my heart. I didn’t like how it made me feel. Now, I can tell you, I feel different and that difference is much better.

Life is too short to waste it feeling sluggish, downright tired most of the time and being overweight or simply obese. I, for one, am choosing to make a change in my life for the better and these products are doing just that, all nearly packaged in a little red box. I was skeptical at first, but after just these 2 days, my skepticism is gone! This little red box is saving my life. The support is amazing as well.

 I’ll let you know how my journey goes as it unfolds, but let me tell you, since January I have been under a physician’s care to lose weight and only lost 11 pounds. 11 pounds in 5 long and tedious months. Hooray for my little red box!

The Most Magical Time of the Year

Well, I was just done posting this and somehow deleted the whole thing! Ugghhhh! Yes, it was an accident. I was happy with my writing only to have to recreate the post in its entirety. That being said, what a wonderful theme to write  about, the holidays. 

Holidays are times for family and friends to gather and be merry. I’m nearly done with my interior decorations but we haven’t done much outside yet. I have shared some of my Christmas crafting in a previous post, and I am able to enjoy some of the fruits of my labor. I’ve also made gifts for friends this year, but I’m not quite done. does it ever seem like you are never quite done, or is that only me? 


Decorations are a big thing in our house and it’s so nice to enjoy them for those few weeks before we take them down and decorate for the next much smaller holiday of valentine’s day. With the discerning eyes of my 15 year old and myself, we have managed to whip this place into shape for Christmas but we have more plans, or rather, I have more plans. Bringing them into fruition is the next challenge. 

Our next big holiday tradition is baking cookies, or course. The 15 year old wanted to make cut out sugar cookies yesterday but alas, the 1nswer was a resounding NO! Am I a mean and cruel mom? No, but the 18 year old will be home Monday and would be so upset if we made those without her. That’s a family affair in this house! if you don’t like to war these cookies, you must have something wrong with you genetically! They are the best cookie in the world hands down. Granted, we make many other ones like Swedish spice cookies, peanut blossoms, and a variety of others. These 3 are the staples of our Christmas baking.

I can’t wait to have most of the family together. Tomorrow is the day I’ll get to pick up my baby girl from school!  She’s coming  home for a month ya’ll! My oldest girl will be in California for the holidays and my dad and brother will be in sunny Florida.  I will still have the boy and my minime. I will also have my sweet and dear father-in-law for Christmas.  He has to be the easiest guest ever! 

Being together and celebrating Christmas us such a special tradition. We celebrate the birth of Jesus by heading out to midnight mass each year. Usually, my girls are singing but this year they will not be which will be strange. With one in California and the 18 and 15 year olds at their dad’s Christmas eve, you will find me with my remaining  boys in our usual spot are the church listening to the joyous and holy music and liturgy, all the while I will be thinking of my mom and nanan who have passed from this earth to join in the heavenly celebrations with the saints. I will be thinking of my daughters, my son, my dad and my brother, praying for their joy and health. I will be thinking and praying for my friends and relatives hoping their Christmas is blessed by happiness and love. I will pray for those without home, family or friends to be with at this time of year. I will try to make a difference in someone’s life this year as a always try to do each year. I will try to be joyous and bring joy and peace to those around me and to those whose lives I’ve been blessed to touch, if only for a moment. This is my Christmas wish. What’s yours?

Muffins Aplenty

I’ve been in the kitchen a lot lately and I’ve been in the mood for making muffins. I really love baking from scratch and my family loves when I do. Sometimes I start with a box mix and doctor it up, but most of the time I make things from scratch.

Lately, I’ve made pumpkin crumble muffins with a cinnamon crumble in top. Yummy! These were such a big hit that next time, which may be tomorrow, I’ll make them by adding chocolate chips in some of them for the kids. They’ll gobble those right up! And they couldn’t be easier. 

Another one that got big kudos from my kids was my all time favorite muffin, Apple cinnamon strusel muffins. These are loaded with tiny chunks of apple and cinnamon. It only takes one Apple and they are so simple to make. My kids probably would like less Apple but that’s my favorite part. 

Nothing beats the homemade variety of this one, but you can also use the box of cinnamon strusel muffins and add one finely diced and peeled Apple. Depending on which recipe you use, you will have delicious muffins within 30 minutes! Fresh and hot out of the oven to go with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of milk. What could be better. 

There are so many recipes out there and do many things you can put into a basic muffin recipe. I’ve decided to simply be creative. Of course, now it’s pumpkin season and my family loves their pumpkin so we will have lots of those for a while. I love fruit in my muffins so I’ll make peach, strawberry, blueberry, zucchini, lemon, raspberry, you name it. The sky is the limit! Nothing is better than a little muffin made with love!

It’s Coffee Time

Oh how I love this time with you in the weekend! This weekend let’s sit down for some cookies with our coffee. Fresh, warm cookies just out of the oven. I baked than just for you!

What have you benn up to this week? I had a relatively interesting week myself. It wasn’t too much out of the ordinary until the end of the week, but sometimes those are the best weeks to have. 

Most of this week I’ve been working on homework with the boy. Let me tell you, a 9 year old boy with ADHD and a bunch of homework is not a good mix for harmony in the home. We manage somehow and I’m sure 4th grade will get easier in a few week’s time. At least that is my hope. He is on medication and we are trying to adjust it to his optimal level. He is my work in progress and we will get there as a family but it takes a small suburb to raise this one and get him a good education. 

Work is progressing well. I’m working less at my newer job. I’ve had to relearn everything since returning a couple weeks ago. I do like it but I do miss seeing my little patients very much. I miss the autonomy I had with my old job but I don’t miss the stress or the crazy long hours. Once I know how to do this job well, I will love it. That much is sure.

My week ended in great fashion. A family wedding! What a wonderful celebration of love to be sure. It was simple and elegant. The church ceremony, a Catholic ceremony, was absolutely beautiful. You could see the couple beaming throughout the mass. They even took part as Eucharistic ministers during communion. What a truly lovely touch.

In between the mass and the festivities of the reception, we had 4 hours to kill and 2 college kids who just so happen to go to school down there. They needed a Target run. 

We piled into the minivan, had my dad and brother meet us at a restaurant near campus and had some lunch at Pickleman’s Deli. Yum! Delicicious subs and not too huge either. Well prices too! After lunch, we walked to the kids’ dorm and they checked us in to show grandpa and Uncle James the dorm. What a good time, especially since my dad went to the university in 1955 for his ophthalmalogy residency. Great chats ensued and fun was had as my brother and I reminisced about how easy these kids have it compared to our dorm rooms that didn’t even have air conditioning and were the size of postage stamps! And remember the party lines for the telephones?

We parted as dad and James drive around campus and we went off to Target. Hubs and I stayed in the car. Relaxation time for us. The kids, however, were in the store forever! An hour and a half later they emerged with there loot. Then back to the dorm to drop it all off. Then on to the reception. 

The reception was a blast! So many relatives, so little time! We introduced my daughter’s boyfriend to many of them who all remarked on his great height. He’s 6’5 and that side of the family averages 5’6. He was definitely the tallest one there. The kids and I danced, we visited, we are really well. And there we’re the famous pizelles. My Irish aunt, as we are all Irish, married an Italian and learned to make these delightful cookies. My favorite. I know the girls must have made them. They were scrumptous and even though there was a table full, Hubs and the boyfriend and my daughter’s wanted mine! Can you imagine? Shocking. Stealing one’s pizelles. No way unless I offer you one. Would you like one by the way?

Where Did the Summer Go?

Each year as August rolls around, I ask myself this question. It always seems that once we celebrate the Fourth of July in all its glory, the summer flies by. This year is no exception as time marches forward in spite of our wish for it to slow down ever so slightly. 

In just a couple short weeks the college kids will be heading off to school, my second daughter among those headed away for the first time. Just after that, school starts anew for the rest of them and summer 2016 will be one more in the memory books. 

I have to say that for my kids, my husband, and myself, this has not been a great summer. Most of June I spent in and out of the hospital and the month of July was spent still recouperating from my surgery and complications. We didn’t do anything fun or exciting. We didn’t go anywhere or explore any new fun adventures. We stayed home. We bonded, at times, a little too much, but usually just The right amount! The best part was that most of us were together and grew out family bond. That is worth it’s weight in gold, however. 

If it weren’t for my family, I certainly don’t know how I could have managed. My dad, God bless him, even made me an Apple pie, from scratch! I taught him how to make it several months ago and he’s perfected it now. My beloved aunts have sent notes, recipes and even a piece of apple pie back with my dad, just for me. My cousins and one of my aunts came to visit me. I truly am blessed to have such a loving, caring and wonderful family near and far. It’s their love, actions and prayers that have helped me recover from this wretched surgery and infection. 

This is not to say my friends haven’t been there because they have been. But this is to remind us all just how important family is. The apple pie from my aunt was made by my 93 year old aunt. She lives 90 miles away and sent it home with my brother and my 85 year old dad. Family and love conquers all of given a chance. Respecting the elders in my family and caring for them means that even though my mom may no longer be with us, my family picks up the pieces and holds me in their hearts to care for me like she would have when I need her most. This summer I needed her like I’ve never needed her before. Having my aunts call and write to me has meant more than they will ever know. Their love has carried me through when I was missing my mom the most.

I’m doing much better and I have no doubt that I’m the next few weeks I’ll be fully recovered, but I’m still weak and I still have pain. I’ll get there though. Now most days are good days. Now, it’s time to put this summer and this chapter behind me and look forward to brighter days. I will never forget those who have been so kind to me throughout this summer though. It is through God’s grace, family and friend’s care and support that I am recovering and doing so well. It has been a journey I hope never to revisit. My mother always said when you have your health, you have it all. She was so right. 

Now it is time to look forward to one daughter pursuing her dream to become a nurse, one daughter going aeaybfir the first time to study pre-med and sociology then my youngest kids will be starting the school year at home. Number 3, my amazing artist and hilarious child will begin driving this fall, Lord help us! The youngest child, my beard devil, will be in 4th grade already. As we all day as adults, “just where did the time go”? Wasn’t my 20 year old just in preschool last year? 

Time is a strange thing. Not only does it stop for no one, but it also will heal wounds. Just look at me! I’m much better than I was 2 months ago. I bet you thought I was going to say it heals wounds of the heart. That’s a subject for another day. For now, I will look forward to what is left of this summer and the beginning of a brand new school year with brand new adventures to be had. There’s still a little bit of summer left for me to enjoy!

What not to trust your kids with

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I truly love being on holiday. When I’m not up to speed, it’s nice to know that I can trust the older kids with the care of the young one. There are a few things, however that one should certainly not trust them with.

Cooking is fine for my daughter, Clare. She’s a wiz in the kitchen. Her boyfriend, Michael, however, should not be trusted with peanut butter and mini chocolate  chips! The chocolate chips will scatter on the floor inevitably no matter how many times you tell him to be careful. I think this is part of his male teenage nature. My 8 year old is just as bad but isn’t as obsessed with the chocolate chips.

The Jacuzzi tub and bubble bath isn’t to be trusted with any of them! What the hell are they thinking? Well, the truth is, they think it’s great fun to make a complete and utter mess in there and think nothing of leaving the bubbly remnants behind as well as the wet rugs and wet tile floor. Did I mention this is in my bathroom? Oh yes, a seemingly regular occurrence after swimming or tennis. Tonight, they managed to outdo themselves and left the Jacuzzi on while they each got into the shower in their swimsuits to rinse off. Then, I walked in. Let’s just say, bubbles were so high you would expect to see them on a sitcom, not in your bathtub!

I’ve nipped that one in the bud though. They got to work and cleaned like fiends. I now have a spotlessly clean bathroom with a freshly mopped floor to boot! I know, kids will be kids! Seriously though, don’t leave any bubbles near your Jacuzzi tub or you may live to regret it. I only regret not taking a photo to share with you! It was a truly magnificent sight to behold, but don’t tell them I said that.

Towels. Towels. Towels. Did you know that children think that while on holiday the towel fairy, otherwise known as mom, will magically wash towels each day? Clothes are left in their bathroom as are dreadfully wet towels. God forbid they hang up towels or throw a load of wash in. The washer is right next to their bathroom, too! Great to always be a maid! Never trust these heathens with your towels. God only knows how many they will use once they figure out the location of clean ones.

I know this is a post of complaining, but really, for any mother who has any teenagers at home, or any mother of former teenagers, you completely understand and can laugh at the humour here. They will always make messes and eat you out of house and home. The boys begin early, like my nearly 9 year old son. He’s busy eating his weight everyday and obsessing over an 18 year old girl! Yes, he tells me how “hot” she is and today told me that she has a cute belly button. Lord save me!

I wouldn’t change these kids for anything. Just don’t give them bubble bath or mini chocolate chips and your world might be a slightly saner place. Keep only 6 towels in your linen closet so your laundry isn’t ridiculously immense and voila! Life is beautiful again! If you don’t love them, who will!

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Taco Pasta, Yum!

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I’ve never been a big fan of boxed dinners when I know I can make it taste better and it will be just as quick! Here’s one such dinner I created years ago and my family absolutely loves it. You can use any type of pasta you like, but we prefer Barilla macaroni noodles best.

  • Barilla macaroni
  • 1.5 lbs. 93% lean ground beef or sirloim
  • 1 packet mild Old El Paso taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • Tortilla chips
  • 1 small can tomato sauce]
  • can of Mexican corn
  • can of rinsed and drained beans  if desired
  • taco toppings

Boil the noodles till they are al dente. No one like overcooked noodles!

In separate pan, Brown beef, I always add a small diced onion to the beef because I don’t like the smell of ground beef browning. In also like the taste it gives the meal, but it’s not necessary.

Once browned, drain meat, if necessary, add the taco seasoning and follow the directions but add extra water and tomato sauce. Once done, combine with the drained pasta, add cheese and now thoroughly. Serve with crushed tortilla chips on top! Delicious!