Jace’s Secret

Meet Jace aka “Bubbie”.  He is our first grandson and the first boy in this family to come along  in quite awhile.  We aren’t ashamed to admit that he is a bit spoiled.  One thing for sure though, he WILL follow a long line of girls who advocate for chemical free bath products. Since day #1, our “Bubbie” has used a special goat milk soap formulated specifically for him.

I remember testing day very clearly.   In other words,  mommy approval day in our household.   My  youngest daughter, Emma aka mommy, was present to do the ingredient & scent approval.  Keep in mind, only the finest essential oils are used in the making.  And, WOW – Fabulous Final Product stamped with a BIG mommy & grandma approval.    With just months to go before Jace would make  his arrival,  his very own delicate, yet powerful soap, sat on the curing rack like a fine wine waiting to be perfected.


quality control unit

January 14, 2016 Jace makes his arrival and life is grand!

Grandma holds Jace

Going Home

The Gaurdians

Love this little boy

Up until now, we have kept this little secret to ourselves, but as the saying goes, “it’s too good not to share”.  Jace’s skin is so delicate that the thought of using bath products with chemicals makes us cringe.  Jace’s bath time was always followed with a blend of chamomile, lavender and  ylang ylang essential oils, in our signature product, Natasha’s Premium Whipped Body Souffle.

Natasha’s Premium Whipped Body Souffle

Find out more about Natasha’s Premium Whipped Body Souffle here
Jace was born with eczema on his back.  We found it out shortly after he was born that his father and uncles have the same skin condition on their backs.  After several attempts to perfect a product that would have all the healthy skin advantages as our Body Souffle, we found a great combination of Shea butter and other quality, chemical free butters and oils that protect and nourish his skin the way it needs.  In short, we intend on on pamering our “Bubbie’s” skin.  This isn’t to say that his Auntie’s Body Souffle wasn’t helping or doing it’s job, but after playing around with a few combinations and amounts, we found something that seemed to help his skin long after bath and bedtime applications were applied.  His other grandma says “Jace always smells so good” and we know why 😀.   Between Jace’s Bath-time Soap and his Good Night Whipped Shea Blend, he is one happy baby!!

Perfected just for Baby

Whipped Shea Blend in the Making

Want to see what a happy baby looks like during Bath-time?

Baby Jace 6 1/2 months old

I think about the Huggies commercial – Hugs are the secret to keeping a baby happy and healthy. Huggies® believes in the power of hugs as well. Hugs strengthen the baby’s immune system, hugs improves brain development……Watch commercial here
SoapSense also believes in happy, healthy babies. Did you know Most children are exposed to a scary number of chemicals on a daily basis, and even babies are born with chemicals in their umbilical blood. Too many to count products and shampoos contain chemicals that are not safe for baby. Did you know that many baby shampoos (including J&J) have some of the worst chemical ratings and baby oil is  liquid petroleum oil with some added (artificial) fragrances. How scary is that?

Whatever you put on your baby’s skin is being absorbed into the bloodstream – actually, 60% of whatever you put on is being absorbed.  Parents and grandparents beware!!!

Quote from Dr. Edward Group, “Most people actively try to minimize the amount of toxins that enter their body. They eat good food, they drink purified water, they breathe purified air, and some even take added measures to detoxify their body. However, what many people don’t realize is that toxins can be absorbed through their skin. No time is this more important than when deciding what kind of soap to use. Given the industrious process used to produce many of the commonly known soaps, it’s not a surprise that most contain questionable chemicals, dyes, and fragrances… questionable substances that many of us would be better off avoiding. If you want to minimize the “casual toxins” you and your family are exposed to, consider using Natural or Organic bath products.”

You can read more of Dr. Edward Group’s article here Learn more about protecting your skin here (click link)

Now that you know why we are sharing Jace’s Secret, we hope you will share his secret with your family and friends too.  It is just too good and beneficial to our skin and health to keep it to ourselves.  starting with good,  clean,  early skin care, might just be one of the biggest preventative measures you take in your child’s life.  Although, we may be sharing Jace’s secret with you,  his two grandma’s aren’t quite willing to share him yet 😃😉😊. But you can certainly enjoy the Happy Healthy Baby Pictures with us!

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MaMa & Jace

PaPa and his happy boy Jace



It starts in the kitchen

They say Exercise is only 20% of your fit program and the other 80% belongs in the kitchen. Organic cereal from Aldi’s and some fresh blueberries seemed to be the perfect combination for a healthy start to the day.

Following breakfast, I was eager to push the limits on a morning walk. Today marks three weeks since I had foot surgery. I’m so thankful for a good recovery and even though it is still a bit tender, I was able to get a good 6 miler in.


I never forget the water consumption that is required for a healthy diet either. Half your body weight in ounces. I still have to remind my self daily. That is a lot of water for me! After consuming nearly 50 oz of water it was time to prepare some lunch.

I juiced up some cucumber, celery, kale, ginger, banana, strawberries, carrots and some ice-cubes my NINJA.

Somewhere between 5pm and 6pm my husband brought home some fried fish and biscuits from Red Lobster. I did good, I only consumed one piece of fish and two of those delicious biscuits. That wasn’t so bad–so I thought. However, just moments ago I enjoyed a nice bowl of Butter Pecan ice cream. I seriously emptied the bowl. I did resist the urge to lick it like the way I did when I was a kid. 😄


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Knowing that I burned 1,400 calories during my workout and I need a good 1200 daily not to mess up my metabolism, I'm patting myself on the back for being fit and healthy today. After all, One day at a time and it'll all work out.

One foot bruised

OUCH ~ It actually looks worse then it feels.


It appears I will be another week with stitches and that means another week of the foot hanging out of the shower. It is amazing the number of uses a Walmart plastic bag can have.

Morton’s Neuroma can be painful, but lucky for me recovery is temporary.


Shaking my “Bootie”

To date I am now down 70lbs!!! I hit the 200lb mark and still a couple weeks til my 50th Birthday! I was very successful in my weight loss journey, but it isn’t over yet.  I still have some weight to lose and some goals to obtain.  I was able to jump start my weight loss with a new program and hit my first challenge goal.  It works and I’ve seen it work on many!

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It’ll All be Worth It!!!!

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Join me as I embark on the 90 day fitness challenge with Body by Vi friends and team members.  Check out my website for more details and find out how you can be part of one of the biggest challenges yet!!!

Stay tuned for inspirational posts, favorite recipes for the most delicious shakes and best of all weight loss success.  With nearly 70 pounds of weight loss behind me, my body and me are in need of a new fresh challenge.  I feel like I am at a stale mate with the weight loss and gonna jump in feet first and give it a good go.

Working out has been good and I feel a lot stronger than I did months ago.  I have signed up for another half-marathon in October.  I will be heading to Atlanta to do the All State Life Insurance Half-Marathon.  I have done some research, talked to folks on this challenge first hand and have seen some really amazing results.  It’s a go for me!  If you are up for the ride, check out my site and hop on in with me!!!!

It’ll all be worth it!!!!!!!!



“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”

– Walter Elliott

It has been a long week, but somehow I have managed to stay on top of things.  A little more than a week ago I woke up with some major pain and discomfort.  Embarrassing to admit, but going to the bathroom has turned in to a nightmare for me over the past several years.  Following (what my gut tells me) a botched rectal prolapse surgery I have had to overcome so many complications just to move my bowels.  Without going into the horrid details, once again I developed a new complication that I know is directly related to that “botched rectal prolapse surgery”.  I ended up with a very huge (not small or large) but huge swollen lump to the side of my rectum, but not inside my rectum.  Sitting, standing and sleeping have all been effected.  My regular and mosted trusted family doctor was not available all week, but we knew this crisis had to be tended to and had faith that one of his associates would help us out.  Yes! It is a family problem by this time.  Some precautionary prescriptions, pain killers and suppositories are filled and CT scan is now complete.  Phase two:  WAITING GAME  The worst part!

I am lucky though, cause after a couple days I noticed a difference in swelling and the pain is only there on impact….meaning no bleachers or wooden chairs for me.  After a couple days rest I was not about to give up my exercise routine.  Our pastor preached a great sermon on Sunday about the unsolvable and the Holy Spirit got to talking to me about it.   I am not giving up.  Yes, it is a set-back (and I have had many), but darn it…………..NOT AGAIN!  Prayers, determination and a whole lot of “the devil ain’t getting to me” has been going on.  I can proudly say that I walked a 7 mile course last evening in under 14 minute miles and went to the gym on Monday and rode that “comfy over-sized seat” bike.  I even went out Sunday afternoon and did about 5 miles in honor of my daughter while she is away at USCG boot-camp.  She has a boot on her foot and is on light duty and can’t run the off-base run with her company.  I ran it in her place right here in town.

Because I had to have my CT scan Tuesday morning I wasn’t able to get to Weight-Watcher weigh-in.  I don’t think I have had a set back in my weight, but just in case that half bag of chips and now empty box Cheez-its washed down with a Sonic Watermelon slushy gets any inclination of traveling to my hips I have decided to put a microscope on those Points Plus for a day or two.  Shame on me, but delightfully satisfied I am.

It’ll all be worth it

It’s all about the cake

My little girl turns 19 today.  When I arrived home last evening my kitchen was filled with the aroma of cake.  On the counter top sat four different colors of icing, Emma’s friend Emily decorating a birthday cake and Emma shoving a second tray of cupcakes in the oven.  What did I walk in to now.

The girls were happy and I was trying to figure out how to get out of there without indulging in designer cupcakes.  Oh my goodness!  Both my husband and I just had to test them out.  Before they were all decorated Emma covered one in chocolate and let me have it.  It was still so warm and the chocolate icing was so good.  I downed some skim milk with it and quickly changed for the gym.  Anytime Fitness to the rescue!

I’m learning self-control, confidence and recognizing that rewarding yourself or celebrating once in a while with good baked sweets isn’t so bad.  It is all in moderation and that is why

It will all be worth it