Friday, April 22, 2011

Things Can Be Different...Just Make the Decision to Start!

What an amazing night!  I am so proud to be part of a company that is in the business of changing lives!  Tonight I was moved to tears from the personal stories of how Advocare has impacted so many lives just here in Yakima, WA! 

Are you in pain, depressed, feel like this is all you will ever have?  I have good news!  You can have healing, health, hope, freedom...  All you have to do is decided to decided!  Advocare is all things to all people.  Do you need energy, help dropping those unwanted pounds, maybe you are in time debt or financial debt!  Do you feel that deep down there is more in you that where you are in life today?  Do you want to be a stay-at-home parent?  Do you want to travel the world?  Do you want to give to mission and be able to give hilariously? 

Do you want to HELP people?  If you answer YES, Advocare is for you!  All I do is help people! 

So many people are in time debt, they don' have time for their spouse, their kids, or even themselves; or health debt, as Americans we are overfed but wonder we have so many diseases; and others struggle with financial debt!  Maybe you have all three...there is HOPE!  We can improve your future!  But first you must make the step to say "yes I will try"! 

Are you tired of running in the hamster wheel round and round hoping to somehow improve your situation?  Are you tired of being sick and tired? 

Contact me TODAY!  I am here to help you change the legacy for you and your family! 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bird Nest Cookies

I have had some requests for the recipe!  I hope you have as much fun making them with your family as I do! 

Cream together:  1/2 cup butter
                          1 cup sugar
                          1 egg
                          1 tsp vanilla
                          2 tbsp cream
 Stir in:               2 cups flour
                         1 tsp salt
                         1 1/4 tsp baking powder
                         1/2 tsp nutmeg
Chill at least an hour.  Roll out on lightly floured board.  Place on ungreased sheet, bake in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

Cream:             3 tbsp butter
                        4 cups powdered sugar
                        2 tbsp orange juice
                        2 tbsp lemon juice
                        drops of green food coloring

Frost cookies, dip cookies in coconut that has been colored green with food coloring and a few drops of water.  Put 3 jellybean in center.

I got this recipe from Marilyn Stoothoff, my wonderful mother-in-law.  She says her mother found this recipe in a newspaper over 50 years ago she enjoyed making them for years!

Yesterday I brought some of our cookies over to Mom's and she said they were very yummy and that she doen't think she had ever eaten a Bird Nest Cookie made by someone other than herself.  It was a very proud moment for me!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Is it Really Time for Bird Nest Cookies?

Wow, it seems like we just made these.  Once again, it is time to make the famous Bird Nest Cookies and this year the girls decided we needed to make Bird Nest Cupcakes too! 

I had no clue what Bird Nest Cookies were before I met my wonderful husband.  The recipe is actually one from his mom and she got it from her mother.  The first year I experience the cookies it was a family affair!  It was so much fun to make the cookies with everyone! 

This year I had to experiment and made a gluten-free batch.  Tori and I are both gluten-free in our family, but since I am not eating cookies due to my training I wasn't going to make them at first.  After I thought about that how could I take away a family tradition just because she is not eating gluten.  She actually loves the cookies made just for her!

Do you have any Easter family traditions?

Gluten Free Protein Pancakes

Lately I have been trying to find some new ways to have my eggs and oatmeal! This is great since I am gluten sensitive I feel like I am having pancakes with the rest of the family plus still eating "clean."  I am going to try adding a bit of nutmeg next time for flavor! 

1/2 cup Bob Red Mill's Gluten Free Oatmeal
1 cup liquid Egg Whites
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp Splenda

Put in blender and mix together.  Pour onto hot griddle.  Top with sugar-free syrup or fruit.  (not included in nutritional info.)

Nutritional info per serving
Cals 316 Carbs 38 g, Fat 4 g, Protein 31 g, Fiber 6 g, Sugar 1 g

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gluten Free Baked Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal

Lately, I have been eating alot more oatmeal and egg whites...well, I thought I would change it up a bit!  The kids love eating their oatmeal this way.  In fact, they ask if they can have it for lunch and dinner too!  I used frozen rhubarb which I think made it a little soggy, so next time I will thaw the rhubarb or use fresh!  I doubled the recipe to feed me and the kids.

1/2 cup Bob Mill's Gluten Free Rolled Oats
1 cup water
1/8 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp Brummel & Brown Butter made with Yogurt Spread
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup rhubarb, diced
4 strawberries, diced
2 Tbsp liquid egg substitute

Mix all together and pour into prepared pan.  Bake at 350 degrees until knife inserted comes out clean 35-45 min.  Optional: Sprinkle with brown sugar the last few minutes and broil to create a crunchy top. (not included in nutritional info.)

Nutrition per serving
Cals 272, Carbs 38g, Fat 7g, Protein 13g, Fiber 7g, Sugar 3g

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I am Writing a Song

Today, as I was cleaning up the kitchen, I noticed Trista sitting at her desk writing something.  I went over to see what she was doing and I asked her if she was working on her letters.  She replied, "No Mommy, I am writing a song."
It was so adorable because she started singing her new song only to stop and say "no that's not right, I need to change that."  She then told me that when she grows up she wants to be a singer on stage in church just like Emilee! 

Trista loves singing the songs on K-LOVE!  Her favorites right now are JJ Heller, What Love Really Means and Natalie Grant, We Are Human!  I am amazed that she knows most of the words and she is only 4!  So, parents, what music you play or tv shows you have on really do influence your children!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Salad Challange!

I have been loving making new creations each day with salads!  I have had mandarin oranges and strawberries on a salad before, but today I thought why not grapes!  So, here is my creation!
Mixed Organic Spring Greens, Grilled Chicken Breast, Almonds, Grapes, and a Hard Boiled Egg!

CHALLENGE...April 6-18, 2011  Leave a Comment on my Blog with your FAVORITE Salad creation!  I will put all the names in a drawing and 1 lucky person will be receiving a FREE product from Advocare!  Be sure to leave me your conntact information. 

Results from 10 Day Herbal Cleanse

Wow, all I have to say is that Advocare ROCKS!  People have told me that most of our cravings and such come from crud in our gut and once that is cleaned out...those bad cravings are gone.  I am one that likes to learn on my own.  I have to say before this last cleanse I was a BEAR for CHOCOLATE!  In fact, one night I made my husband run to Wal-mart and get me some hot chocolate because I already eat the large bag of Robin Eggs he bought.  I thought I was going crazy...and so did he! 

I just finished the 10 days of the cleanse on Monday and I am happy to say...the crazy lady for chocolate is GONE!  I look forward to having healthy snacks such as almonds, fruit, and hard boiled eggs!  NOT robin eggs or Cadbary eggs!  I am also happy to report that I lost a total of 4.25 inches in 10 days!  Oh and an added skin looks better!  So STOP going to the dermatologist and take care of your body with the worlds best nutritional products.  I struggled for years and I have found my answer with no negative side effects! 

If you have not done an Advocare Herbal Cleanse in the past 90 days, lets get yours ordered today!  Trust me, you will feel so much better!  I am here to help coach you and find the right products for your goals and budget! 
The Herbal Cleanse comes in Citrus or Peaches and Cream!  If you are not very regular, I highly recommend the Citrus.  Order Today!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My Journey!

Here are some pictures on my journey to the New Me...Healthy and Fit!  Please "like" my page and follow my journey to the stage!

2011 NPC Vancouver USA Championships

Today was suppose to be my first day on the stage!  I am the only one to blame.  I was slacking in my training and majorly slacked in my diet!  Wow, I am really feeling like I am missing out and I don't want that to happen again!  Starting today there is NO MORE SLACKING!!! 

How am I going to make the changes needed?  Well, I am going to start doing something everyday to help me get closer to my goal...standing on stage!  If I make small changes every day I know that within a year there will be dramatic changes that have transformed. 

Here are a few baby steps that I am adding to my life.
1.  Spending personal time with God daily
2.  Plan my meals
3.  Sharing my dream with others to keep me accountable
4.  Making a 30 day goal...then reward myself when I reach that goal (new workout outfit)
5.  Read more books
6.  Track my meals & workouts

#1  Be consistent and persistent!  Do not get discouraged by the little set backs.  Use those opportunities as a learning process to grow into a better wife, mother, and friend!  God has given me this dream and I know without a doubt that He will give me the strength to persevere! 

Friday, April 1, 2011

No Surgery Needed

Yesterday I had my second visit with the Neurosurgeon.  He had me do xrays of my back to see if I have Lumbar Instability!  Praise God that my spine is strong and healthy! Now that we know it isn't the bone causing the problem, it most likely is the herniated disk.  Now what do I do...well he doens't recommend we rush into surgery because I am so young and I am planning on having more children in the future.  He said that if we do surgery to repair the disk I will have relief, but in a few years I many need a more major repair because the disk will be weakend.  Right now we have decided to just chart my pain each month for the next 6 months and then reevaluate. 

I am thankful that I am not going to have to be rushed off to surgery.  But I am still in pain!  Not as severe, but I really want to be able to get back in the gym and focus on my training for the competition.  Just doing housework yesterday and today I can barely move! 

My doctor recommends that I strengthen my back muscles, which should help with the nerve pain.  He said I think I really need to get a Spinning Bike now, swimming and rowing, along with yoga. 

Wish me luck in my recovery!

Dr. Oz #1 Supplement

Good morning Spark lovers,
On a recent episode, Dr. Oz revealed the #1 supplement that we should take, that we've never heard of. This supplement had the following benefits: Anti-oxidant properties, fights the aging process, supports joint health, provides nutrition for the skin and supports cardiovascular health.
 That ingredient is called Astaxanthin and this red algae is a powerhouse of nutrition.
Lucky for us, AdvoCare is always on the cutting edge of nutrition technology. In AdvoCare's wellness line, we have Amplify A.T., which contains Astaxanthin. The extra bonus is that this is our product of the month!
From now through April 5th, 2 bottles of Amplify A.T. is available for the special price of $60. Each bottle contains 60 capsules.
To find out more about this product, go to: As always, your membership discount will still apply to the special pricing if you order it through your website.
Amplify your nutrition with Amplify A.T..
 Have a great day!

Toni Stoothoff
Advocare Advisor
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