Invest in YOU today!

So, you know it’s important to take care of yourself. We also know how hard this is to do in real life 😉

I was just talking this afternoon with a couple friends about this struggle, the need to heal, restore and maintain our own selves so we can be the best women, wives and moms we can be. But, it’s hard to spend the money on “me”. Well, ladies, that is what sales are good for. Below are 3 different opportunities to invest in your self and make a difference in your own life and thereby the lives of those around you, all at a wonderful deal! How can you pass that up? 😉

As always, the links below will use my affiliate links to various products, however, using these links offers me a small bonus when you make a purchase but doesn’t change your price at all, you still the great low prices! I appreciate you using my links and sharing them with your friends as these little things do add up and help me out here at home!

 

 

 

 

First, the Gut Healing e-book and course bundle is happening now through Monday, March 27. Click the logo below to see all the wonderful resources included, there are a variety of topics, from grain free to healing candida to adding good fermented options into your diet. Plus don’t miss the free bonus opportunities, those alone almost cover the cost of the bundle itself!

 

And next, the week is Beth’s birthday, the founder of Fit2B. To celebrate there is sale happening ON FRIDAY MARCH 24 ONLY! However, it’s a good one. The best deal is the premium membership which includes access to all the workouts plus access to all the e-courses as well! Click the logo below to see all the details, all the membership levels and e-courses are on sale if those are more what you need!

And then lastly, below is the copy of a post I posted this week on Facebook. I would love to share more about this product and business opportunity if you are interested. I have a small live Facebook event happening through this week with several very knowledgeable and fantastic individuals who are coming alongside me and helping me learn more and answer any questions you may have. Send me note at jen@claffs.com or click the Facebook link at the end if you would like to join the event and learn more!

What dreams do you have that you are chasing today? When you look around your home where do you want to see yourself, your family and your children in another year, another 5 years, another decade? Sometimes in the busy-ness of the day to day life, this perspective can get lost in the to-do’s of life. But, it’s good to look at and reflect on and keep working toward those long term goals.
I am realizing more and more that taking the time and effort to invest in myself, and to invest in my husband, in turn will become an investment into our children and those we love around us. These investments we make today towards restoring and maintaining our physical body will, Lord-willing, serve us well in the coming decades.
Recently, we have found something so simple, and yet so valuable, that has helped both my husband and I to invest in our health to help both now and in the future so we can function most optimally for each other, for our kids and for serving those around us well into our “older years”
By feeding our body this one whole food every day, we have seen an increase in energy, mental clarity, a decrease in inflammation (and the issues that in itself can cause), and so much more. By naturally restoring our bodies, we have seen it start to naturally self-correct and become more vibrant. It is has also been beneficial to give to our kids so we can know they are getting the nutrition their body needs every day. For us, finding natural, God-given solutions to steward our bodies in the best way possible is important in our day to day lives so that we can continue serving Jesus with our whole selves.
If any of the ramblings of my heart struck a chord or intrigues you, or if you simply just want to know more about our story on this journey, comment below or PM and I’d love to share more with you. Here’s to investing in today, so we can live life to the fullest tomorrow and every day after!

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Simple Christmas Shopping…… {5 days only sale!}

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Psst… can I share a little Christmas shopping secret with you?

If you’re not a fan of malls (nope, me neither) and you’ve already got that sense of impending doom as your gift list grows and your bank account balance shrinks, I’ve got really good news for you!

One of my favorite online companies loves to put together what they call “bundles” which is their way of saying “a crazy amount of value in one really affordable package”.

Well, they’ve created a special one just in time for the holidays! It’s called A Very Merry Gift Certificate Bundle and here’s how it works…

For just $15 you get $180 in store credits from 12 online businesses that align with a simple, natural lifestyle.

You know those coupon books that schools and sports teams sell as fundraisers? It’s sort of like that, except that these aren’t coupons (they’re better!).

You literally get $15 gift certificates to put towards whatever you like from a dozen participating stores. All you’ll pay are standard shipping rates (which varies by store).

With your bundle, you’ll be able to purchase well-made, meaningful and clutter-free gifts like:

  • ethically-sourced coffees from around the world
  • photo products including wall decor, canvas wraps, prints and albums
  • classy custom-made bags, totes and camera straps
  • eco-friendly reusable glass drinking straws
  • healing tallow skin balms and lip love
  • inspirational hand-lettered art prints
  • Kombucha bottles, supplies, and brewing kits

As long as you use one gift certificate, you’ll come out even. Use two and you’ve already gotten a great deal, worth twice what you paid!

The more you use, the more you save, all the way up to $165 free shopping dollars, so you can spend less while gifting well this Christmas.

The only catch? It’s available for just 7 short days, so you need to grab yours quick (and then, get shopping)! Last day to get yours is Monday, December 5th.

 

 
This year’s Very Merry Gift Certificate Bundle comes with $180 worth of gift certificates including:

 

{Affiliate post….. it doesn’t cost you any more but I get a small bonus for each bundle sold…thanks for your support!}

The Alexapure Filter {A long-over due review & incredible sale}

alexapureOH MY! I just saw this sale come across my email and I almost wished I hadn’t bought my Alexapure a few months back!
 
I absolutely love my Alexapure filter, after months (maybe years!) of running to the grocery store to refill water jugs or replacing old jugs with new water jugs, we received one for our anniversary – best.gift.ever 😉 I truly do not miss visiting frequently with the ladies at the grocery store (who kindly asked ‘no water today’ for weeks after!) – I end up grocery shopping often enough just to keep food in the house 😉
Anyhow – our tap water is technically ok to drink, it’s on a city water system. However, it tastes awful. So, getting a filter has been on my wish list for years.
The Alexapure sits on our counter, the kids water cups nearby and I fill it up around twice a day. Usually, after cleaning up the kitchen in the evening, I make sure I empty out the reservoir filling the coffee pot, water pitcher or water bottles and then fill up the upper reservoir to filter. Typically, it take a 2-3 hours for the upper to completely filter down into the lower reservoir. Then sometime during the day, depending on our water usage, I will top off the upper reservoir and let it filter through. The upper and lower reservoirs hold approximately 2.5 gallons of water each which works out fine, even for our large family. I have filled several gallon jugs I leave in the pantry for the occasional time when I need a lot of water at one time (filling a soup pot, replacing my kombucha water or making a large pot of rice or pasta…..) Then that evening or next morning, I will refill my jug and put back away without draining the entire drinking water supply just before dinner 😉
 
The water filtered out of the Alexapure tastes wonderful, clean and pure. Even my rather particular and taste sensitive husband agrees it is wonderful. And after several months of using it, I cannot hardly stand the taste of our tap water anymore. Plus, knowing that our main beverage around here is water, I know I am supporting my kids bodies well using good water and not water that may have been compromised in some sort.
 
Another added benefit to this filter is its portability. Since it doesn’t permanently install, we can easily take it with us for overnight camping trips, long road trips or when we move. If we were ever faced with a natural disaster such as a wildfire or weather concern and we needed to leave, I could easily put the filter in the car and fill it up with water from anywhere and have fresh and safe water for my family to drink.
 
So seriously, if you have been contemplating a water filter for your family….. THIS IS THE WEEK TO DO IT!!!!!
Now thru November 18 – any Alexapure filter will come with an additional filter – an $97 value FOR FREE! The filter system already comes with one, so this will give you two…. having 2 in the reservoir will speed up the filter time as well as extend the life of both filters (typical lifespan of a filter is 5000 gallons)
 
Click this link below and head to the Alexapure sale page – Sale is NOW thru November 18, 2016

You can also click the below link to find the Alexapure information page for additional information on the product!

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A Fit2B Sale

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You all know how much I love Fit2B and their workouts and Beth’s heart for encouraging and strengthening women by providing awareness, education and healing helps for diastasis.

{Oh, you don’t know how much I appreciate Fit2B, check out this post from last year 😉 }

{No idea what a diastasis is? Check out THIS LINK – seriously, I so wish I had known this much sooner than I did!}

 

Anyway, Fit2B offers a great wholesome online family workout site, with a huge list of workouts, everything ranging from easy to hard, from aerobic to relaxing and everything in between. There is truly something for every level of need and desire. While their workout access membership plans and their variety in e-courses is incredibly affordable and economically priced to begin with, each year there are a couple sales that pop up….. TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS!
{Today being Monday, October 3rd, 2016….}

FOR TODAY ONLY – To celebrate the 6th anniversary of Fit2B –

Get 1 year of Fit2B for $89
No Startup Fee for monthly memberships
NEW Premium Package for $109 (reg $159) – Find out more about the this new package here – it’s incredible!

No discount codes needed.

You can CLICK HERE to access the membership and products page to see all the details!

 

PLUS – For the rest of October, take 20% off all ecourses and tangible products!

 
{Oh, if you have never tried the tummy crème or other “on your skin” line….. they are fabulous!}
 

 

 

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Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016!

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by healthy living?

It’s not that you don’t understand or agree with why it matters. You’re sold on the merits of eating whole foods, raising healthier kids, avoiding toxins and chemicals, getting fit, and using alternative remedies.

But sometimes it’s a whole lot easier to say than to actually do, right? Believe me, I’ve had the same struggles and questions as you. What on earth do you eat (and especially, what do you feed your kids)? How do you afford to buy healthier products? And where do you find the time to make and do all this stuff?

I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this hard, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it all comes together so much more easily.

You know what to cook for your family. You’re more confident in choosing natural alternatives. You find ways to save money without comprising on what’s important to you.

You learn to replace store-bought products with DIY options that actually work and are easy to make. You feel better (and even look better, too). Healthy living becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the popular Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fifth year in a row (hurray!). They’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health (over 64,000 and counting!) and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete library of natural living resources for one teeny tiny price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 83 digital products and it’s worth over $2,400!

{uh yeah, seriously….. I was very impressed by the line-up of books in this bundle…. there are many gluten free and paleo resources as well as a brand new e-course from one of my favorite-ist people on earth, Beth from Fit2B!}

  • For the cost of a small bag of groceries, you’ll get a complete healthy living library to help you:
  • prepare whole & delicious real food
  • get the toxins out of your house for good
  • understand and use natural remedies
  • breathe new life into your exercise habits
  • learn about important women’s health issues
  • raise exceptionally healthy kids in an unhealthy world
  • plus learn about gardening & homesteading, meal planning, weight loss and so much more!

Plus, it comes with over $250 worth of bonus offers including:

1. Bloom Naturals – $15 gift certificate toward any product ($15 value)
2. Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
3. TriLight Health – $15 off select TriLight products ($15 value)
4. MadeOn Skin Care – FREE BeeCool Muscle Balm Stick and Natural Lip Balm Combo (value $15.25)
5. The Maca Team – FREE Organic Gelatinized Yellow Maca Powder, 8 oz. ($15.44 value)
6. Primal Life Organics – FREE 1-ounce jar of Dirty Mouth Toothpowder ($15.97 value)
7. Get Kombucha – FREE 2-week supply (15 ml) of Kombucha Pro: Liquid Probiotics (value $29.99) AND/OR a FREE 1-ounce bag of 8. Get Kombucha’s Custom Organic Kombucha Tea Blend (value $15.99)
9. Orglamix – FREE Mineral Eye Shadow Trio ($18 value)
10. Experience Life – 4 FREE digital guides (value $29.99)
11. Grove Co. – FREE Mrs. Meyer’s 64 Load Laundry Detergent, Mrs. Meyer’s Fabric Softener, 60 Day VIP Trial, and FREE shipping with a $20 minimum purchase for new customers ($32.66 value); FREE 1-year VIP Membership ($39.95 value) for existing customers
12. Meal Garden – 6 months of Meal Garden FREE (value $35.70)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2,400 worth of high-quality eBooks, eCourses and printables for a whopping 98% off!

Here’s how it works:
Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the green “Buy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.

You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.

Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

{even if you just download a couple of the items, you will have paid for the bundle….. plus the freebies make great gifts and you may gift any e-books or courses you are not going to use, just send them as a gift and then delete off your computer!}

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, September 26th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.

No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.

Our family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you.

Get what you need for your healthy lifestyle. Learn more or get your bundle HERE.

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, September 26th, so don’t wait!)

Use this ^^^ to get more details and specifics!

 

{So, yes…this is a pre-scripted blog post…. but it has all the info in it you need to learn about the bundle, so it made sense to use it 😉 Links included in this post are affiliate links, I get a little kickback when you make a purchase…. but I am really loving all that is included in this bundle, so I happy to be able to offer it to you as well! Use the link just above to go to the sale page and get more details!}

 

Quick sale info…..

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Just wanted to let you know that this e-bundle of books, courses and fun bonus offers is back for a quick encore sale – FOR 2 DAYS ONLY – MONDAY AND TUESDAY.

This bundle has alot of really great resources and books included; it’s one I am tempted to buy for myself! I won’t list all the titles here, but click the “learn more” button and you can see everything comes in the bundle.

Also, access to the Fit2B’s Foundational 5 course (a $20 value on it’s own!) is included in this bundle…..I cannot recommend this high enough, it’s such a wonderful course to help regain and restore your core strength in a good and safe manner.

So, click the graphics below and see if this is something you would be interested in…..it is a great value for all that it is.

Weekend Sales

Just wanted to take a minute this holiday weekend and share a few sales going on this weekend…… These are all companies I love and support and you have probably heard me talk about them! They are offering some wonderful sales and discounts and if you have been on the fence about their products, this is a great time to try it out!

If you have any questions or need clarifications on any of the below sales, just let me know! I have been blessed by these small business and love to share this information with you too!

Please note that the Fit2 B sale is MONDAY ONLY, in order to let them spend the weekend with their families and not stuck on the computer 😉 BUT – it is a really awesome deal…..so don’t miss it!

Get a year for 69 with code “fit2b69cyber” or join as a monthly member without paying the $19 startup fee with code “fit2b19cyber” – PLUS get 25% all non-membership items in the shop with code “fit2b25cyber”

 

 

Thankful Sale Details 
Sale will run Nov 27th – Dec 1st
Buy and get something free!

  • Core Foundations 10% off + a FREE splint (Reg. $239-244) SALE PRICE- $179.10
  • Prenatal Core Training 10% + a FREE splint (Reg. $189-194) SALE PRICE- $134.10
  • Core Integrations 10% off + a FREE Tummy Crème (Reg. $234) SALE PRICE $179.10
  • 20% OFF All Tummy Crèmes (Reg. $35) SALE PRICE $28

*As a bonus, when customers purchase one of our Core Packages, they receive an additional 15% off, making their savings 25% of the packaged price!

*Our Primed Childbirth Prep introductory prices will stay on sale during this time. 

The Tummy Team

 

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BUY 2 GET 1 FREE!*

Zija Core Nutritionals: SmartMix, SuperMix, XM+ Energy Mix, XMprotein, Daily Tea, Premium Tea

Améo Essential Oils: AGX Men, AGX Women, ProShield™ (15 ml), Muscle Mend™ (5 ml), Gentle Repose (15 ml), Determination™ (15 ml), Gest-Calm (15 ml), Pure Tranquility™ (15 ml), Pür Vie™ (15 ml), Coriander (15 ml), Soothing Aire™ (15 ml), Grapefruit – Organic (15 ml)

Ripstix Fitness Supplements: Ripstix Ignite, Ripstix Fuel, Ripstix Recover, Ripstix Hydrate

*All 3 products must be the same. Recieve PV of first 2 products, but not of free product.

BUY 1 GET 1 FREE!

Christmas Morning Breakfast Kit, Améo Holiday Oils, Améo True Lavender Soaking Salts, Améo Ylang Ylang Complete Soaking Salts, Améo Double Fudge Peppermint Brownie Kit, Améo Scents of the Season, Candy Cane Lip Balm, Améo Christmas Wassail Kit

*Both products must be the same

 

For complete holiday item descriptions and photos, click HERE

>>> PLUS – ASK ME about getting an Ameo Starter Kit including 9 oils and blends and a diffuser for $140<<<

Améo is proud to be the leader in essential oil research, development, scientific discovery, and product usability. This includes our strict CERTI-5 quality and purity verification process, our Améo Difference website, our exclusive AGX and Cell Health findings and products, and much more! Thank you all for being #Améozing as we change the essential oil world together!

 

12279191_10207788340257190_2313301878236679023_nI love my Lilla Rose clips and use them daily – this is another great sale and you can see the whole catalog at this link here over now…but you can always use this link for shopping >>>>>….. Lilla Rose Girls of Green Pastures

 

And last but not least….. the prints in our shop make great little gifts for friends and family!TFR-do less 1

Plus, there is a full line of Christmas cards & postcard……email me

for quantity pricing or customizing!

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CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE CHRISTMAS CARDS IN OUR SHOP!

 

 

Moringa Mama

It’s all around us – everywhere we look – your body needs this or that, your struggle with this would be helped with that, the pain you have there is relieved by this, have more energy, sleep better, increase your stamina, loose the pounds, gain time today, relieve your stress, laugh often, play hard, sleep when baby sleeps, clean the house effectively, enjoy the mess, conquer the laundry and master the meals….. cherish the moments…. that’s what we really want, right?

We want to be able to BE THERE, to be able to function and smile and enjoy those little smiles and sticky hands. To sit on floor and play, to ride bikes, take a hike or just jump in the lake. We want to cherish the moments we have been given today.

Today is a gift – yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come – it’s what we do today that matters.

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This moment

As a mama to little ones, homeschooling ones, many years of (what seemed like constant!) pregnancy and nursing under my belt – and the fluff and padding still under that belt 😉 – I desire to keep my body in the best shape I can. Oh, I don’t obsess over it; I’m too busy reading books and making the next meal and keeping the toddlers playing nice together to do that. But I do want to increase my energy, lose a few pounds, be able to walk or run or hike in the years to come. I want to give my body good, real and nourishing foods in order to stay healthy and so it heals from the fatigue and drain of multiple pregnancies. I have so appreciated the ministry and education I have received from Fit2B, letting me know that I am not broken and my body can heal and how to do that and how to strengthen my core to be able to support well the rest of my body.

As I look at information and read about what the body needs to be at it’s optimum function, I often come away discouraged. It’s hard to know if I need more of this vitamin or this mineral or that nutrient or this supplement.  Eating real and unprocessed food is good. An excellent plan and one that I follow the best I can, but it’s also discouraging as you read study after study and articles all over that show that food is just not the same any more, the nutrients we need are getting hard to get even in real and unprocessed foods.

Nutritional deficiency in our food supply in the United States has become an increasing problem over the last few decades. This is a problem for our health and vitality! A study of changes in food composition for 13 nutrients in 43 garden crops from 1950 to 1999 found the following:
A 38% decline in riboflavin A 20% decline in vitamin C A 16% decline in calcium A 15% decline in iron A 9% decline in phosphorus A 6% decline in protein (source)

 

 

 

Gram for gram, Moringa has more vitamins and nutrients that any other plant in the world.

 

 

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA – Delivers anti-inflammatory support; Promotes healthy digestion; Heightens mental clarity; Increases energy; Provides natural anti-aging benefits; Nourishes body’s immune system; Maintains blood glucose levels; Promotes healthy circulation. (source)

I have started taking the Moringa from Zija. It’s a powdered little powerhouse packet of moringa mix that I add to water and drink. I try to take it first thing in the morning since it can have a good metabolic effect that will aid in weight loss by getting it into your system first thing in the morning. But if I forget, I typically will take mid morning/before lunch. I find the drink mix fairly palatable and don’t mind drinking down my 20 ounce water bottle full of it, but you can certainly mix in less water and get it down quicker too.

There are 3 options for the primary moringa supplement – the Super Mix, the Smart Mix and the XM + – it is suggested that you start with the Super Mix – this has the highest moringa content of the 3. The Smart Mix has a slightly lower moringa content but has an added prebiotic in the mix, an excellent combination, but depending on your existing gut issues, it can occasionally cause a little upset tummy till your body gets more balanced. The XM+ adds some oomph to the moringa by adding in a natural caffeine to give yourself a little boost. I have personally taken all 3 and ideally would like to alternate between the Smart and Super Mix on a regular basis with having a little of the XM+ on hand to use on days when I know the added energy will be needed!

As I have learned more about the Moringa, I have found it to be quite fascinating and truly a ‘super food’. I have found other sources of it as well, but the more I learn about Zija as a company and their superior processing of the entire moringa tree and utilizing it in the best form possible, I am becoming more and more convinced this is a excellent source for a true real food multi-vitamin that will benefit your body well.

I have found over the last couple months, I seem to have a more steady and reliable level of stamina….I wouldn’t say I am bursting with energy all day, but my energy level day to day and week to week are more stable. I am also craving less coffee in the morning….something that is encouraging since I know too much coffee isn’t great for adrenal issues (which I know I am struggling with), so being satisfied in the morning with one cup and perhaps a bit of a second one is wonderful after needing 2-3 cups in the morning and often coming back for more thru the day. I also know that my adrenal issues are not something that have developed ‘overnight’ and the years of drain and stress on them will take some time to resolve. This is true of overall health as well, it isn’t built in 2 weeks or a month of clean eating or a new supplement. It’s built over time as you feed your body well, treat your body well and exercise it in the best way for your body as well as giving it the nutrients it needs to build, rebuild and strengthen your body, both internally and externally.

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SO, have I piqued your interest in this whole Moringa plant? Watch the video below for some more information, it’s about 17 minutes and has some excellent information. 

Plus, I am planning on sharing regularly about Moringa and it’s benefits – you can follow me on Facebook or sign up for emailed versions of my posts via the box over in the side column!

 

Another reason I want to share Zija with you goes beyond the Moringa products, they also have the Ripstick products, great for before/during/after workouts as well as a drink for anytime (similar to other sports drinks but without all the nasty additives, chemicals and colors!) and a complete weight management system as well. Zija also has an emerging and growing essential oil line called Ameo as well. The more I am learning about the Ameo oils I am thrilled with their process, purity and potential. If you enjoy essential oils, this is a wonderful line to look at and I will share more about it in the future as well – it needs it own post!

 

Finally, I want to quickly share my dreams for the business and growing side of the Zija products. I am a distributor for the full line of products, you can purchase through me with ‘no strings attached’, ordering just a one time order or a monthly auto ship with the ability to cancel or change at anytime. You can also purchase starter kits with a variety of products to get yourself started with products and the potential for your own business.

Ken Brailsford, founder of Zija
Ken Brailsford, founder of Zija

As I was introduced to Zija, I saw not only a great product – one that would nourish and support my body and my family’s health as well, but I also saw potential for business growth. As you might know, my husband is self employed in the construction/contractor field and has established himself well with a firm foundation of excellence and quality work. But with the ups and downs of any field, the construction field is a challenging one. We often discuss ways we can expand our business, grow our dreams and be able to establish a heritage and business legacy to pass on to our children. Even as I type this, my older boys are helping their dad today at work, cleaning and picking up and coming along side him and learning the value of work. As a family, we have big dreams. We would love to own a little piece of land and build our home on it. Together and with those around us, we desire to establish a home and haven for our family and friends. A place to call our own to serve our God, our family, our community – a place we can pass on to our children and their children. To raise up a generation of established, well rounded educationally, strong men and women. Right now, I know my primary field of work is my home and children, being the wife my husband needs, the mother and teacher my children need, caring and tending to the home as a whole. But I also desire to grow our family business, to be able to possibly bring in a some additional income to start building our dreams and to possibly in some way relieve some of that constant financial pressure so many of us struggle with on a regular basis.

My prayer and desire is not some ‘get rich quick scheme’, it’s a desire to offer a product and source for good nutrition and health; To pass the opportunity on to anyone that might be interested and to help support my family in the process. I welcome your input, your feedback, your questions and your support. Zija has a wonderful team to come along side and work with and I would love to share the vision with you.

As I wrap up this post I would encourage you to watch the video below (it’s 11 minutes!) and learn more about Zija. I would love to answer any questions you may have and when you are ready, I can help you get this product on its way to you. I encourage you to click through the many links I have in the post and write down any of your questions, concerns or thoughts about the product and let’s set up a time to talk either via email (jen@claffs.com) or phone and if I don’t have the answer I know people that do and we can connect with them together!

{And if you received this post as information on Zija from a friend of yours that is also a Zija distributor, please connect with them for more information and ordering…. not that I wouldn’t love to help you as well, but I do want to respect the referral process as we all work together on sharing and educating our friends on this information!}

 

Taking Care of Me

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I lay in bed this morning, it was still early, my body woke me up on autopilot since our normal rising time is around 5 am. But today is Saturday and my mind starts rolling through my ‘to-do’ list and what I ought to get up and start doing, but instead I force myself to slow down, turn down the thoughts and go back to sleep. Am I being a ‘lazy’ wife by not following my husband out of bed and get moving on our day? NO! Not today – there is a place where I do need to get up and get going – but today, knowing the day, knowing our schedule, I knew taking care of me and giving myself an extra couple hours of sleep was the best thing I could do for my husband {and children}. Because I love him, I am choosing to take care of me so I can better serve and care for him.

>> Continue reading this post over on the 31 Days to a Better Marriage series…….

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an open thank you note

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Dear Beth and the Fit 2 B team,

As you are celebrating your 5th anniversary of launching the online workout site of Fit2B, I wanted to take a minute and say thank you. I first met you over 2 1/2 years ago thanks to an Ultimate Homemaker bundle and another blogger. As I read a post about that dreaded “mommy tummy”, I related to her quite well. You see, at that time, I was about 4 months postpartum with my 6th child, I had a newborn, a 1 1/2 year old, a 2 1/2 yr old, a 4 year old, a 6 year old and an almost 8 year old. As a stay at home mom, homeschooling and helping my self-employed husband, my life was busy to say the least! While I love each and every one of my babies, 6 babies in under 8 years had left me with bulges and pounds that were discouraging to me. I was ready to “get back in to shape”. The problem was I had no idea where to start. I didn’t even know what was wrong with me. I just knew I had to do something. Now, I have never been an “exercise chick”, you know, one of those gals jogging down the street, being a proud card carrying member of a gym, really, doing anything ‘athletic’, just wasn’t ‘my thing’. Even growing up in a large family and going to soccer games, baseball practice and swim team with my siblings, I always said “spectator was my sport” 😉

So, here I was, about to change my life. I started reading on the Fit2B website articles like “do you have a diastasis?” and “129 times to turn on your transverse abs” – I didn’t know what my transverse was or how to pronounce diastasis!  After being able to talk to you, Beth, via a phone call I was encouraged to get going. The support and encouragement I found in the private Facebook forum was incredible. All those silly little questions were answered and I found other ladies with similar struggles and we encouraged each other.

I started my journey doing what is now known as the Foundational 5 workouts. I also purchased a splint and began wearing it. My diastasis when I started measured easily 8 fingers, probably closer to 10. That’s really big! As I began doing 2-3 workouts a week and wearing the splint as much as I could slowly but surely I began to see progress. I was so happy I had taken photos when I started and continued through the months as being able to look back I could see progress being made. Within about 4-6 weeks I had taken my gigantic diastasis down to about a 4-5. I continued splinting and doing just a couple workouts a week. I would love to tell you I did at least a workout a day, but to be honest, I didn’t. As much as I tried, with all the kids and things I had going on, it just didn’t happen. But as I did just those foundational workouts, I started seeing how I use my core in day to day life. How I needed to support my core well as I picked up toys off the floor, got the baby out of the crib, washed the dishes and all the other little things through my day. For me, this was one of the biggest realizations, learning and training my body and core to move right. As I made those changes, adjusted my body, it was healing. Over the course of 16 weeks, I took that 8+ diastasis down to just under a 3. I stopped splinting and over the next 3 months I kept doing workouts 2-3 times a week and most importantly paying attention to how I move and function in my everyday life. Around the time my baby turned 1, my diastasis measured about a 1.

Honestly, I couldn’t believe it. I had gone from not knowing what to do, what my body needed to healing my core. And more that just healing my core, because as my core healed, I found my emotional and mental health being uplifted and in a more positive state. As I learned what my core was and how it is suppose to function and it’s incredible ability to heal, it was truly a healing in every aspect of life.

As I have continued increasing the cardio aspect of my workouts and focusing on building strength in my core, I continue to be inspired and encouraged by you Beth, and your team. I love the variety in the workouts, the new ones added regularly to expand my horizons and continue this path of strengthening my body by focusing on good and true core safety in my workouts. Beth, you are truly one of the most encouraging ladies I have ever ‘met’, your heart and love for the core, tummy safe fitness and more than that, each lady that comes across your path. No one is insignificant, no one too broken to heal, no one too healed to not be strengthened. belly 1 yrYou see, Fit2B is your business but it’s also a huge ministry. As you teach, demonstrate and encourage me, you show God’s heart and His love and His healing power to all those around you. This, this aspect, has blessed me beyond measure and I say thank you, thank you from the bottom of heart and core, for caring enough to take the time to teach, to answer questions over and over, to tell again the proper way to move, to remind good alignment and posture.

I cannot wait to see what the next 5 years hold, I am so looking forward to going through the new Foundational Five e-course in the next couple months, refreshing myself again on the basics and moving my self forward.

May you and your family and the other families on your team be blessed and encouraged today and every day as you continue on!

With love and appreciation, Jen

P.S. to my readers, for more information You can read more about Fit2B on their website. Be sure and look for the free workout in red on the list HERE and I also highly recommend the e-courses as well, you cannot but help come away encouraged and smiling and ready to move forward! (and if you want to try it for yourself, don’t miss my coupon code on our resource page!!!!)

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And right now Fit2B is running a rare sale – and the last one of this year!everything in the store is on sale except yearly memberships & membership start up fees are waived, sale runs NOW till October 15, 2015.

USE COUPON CODE ‘fit2b5’ for 20% off!

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Be sure and check out the Fit2B On Your Skin line as well. I absolutely love her stuff, I have tried the tummy cremeyou can read more about it here. And the Balance spray is still one of my all time favorite scents and sprays of all time. And yes, it really helps me keep my hormones in balance. I have also made our yearly “keep the bugs away” spray from her Away blend and it has worked beautifully. Karyn is wonderful lady and so willing to answer my questions and work with me on getting me what I am wanting. This is a great time to check out her shop as well. The same coupon code above will work on these products as well!

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