What exactly IS Beachbody Coaching??

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Team determiNation is NOT just any team… these coaches have become my FAMILY!  

We work TOGETHER, we train together, and we grow from each others strengths!

I’m not a fitness expert or professional trainer but these program and products have helped me CHANGE MY LIFE!! And I am PASSIONATE about sharing them with others!  I help people…I CHANGE LIVES…like mine…like YOURS…

When you join our team… you join our FAMILY!


I truly think of our team as FAMILY!  We are among the fastest growing teams in Beachbody, adding more than 42 coaches last month alone.  The best part about this is we have developed an easy, duplicatable system that can get you similar results.  Coaches who have followed our system went from making nothing to earning $900, $1200, $1500 or even more in their first three months as a coach!  We have coaches QUITTING their full time jobs and using  income from Beachbody Coaching to replacing their full-time income in a little over a year.

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As a Star Diamond Coach ranked in the top .01% of the Beachbody Network, I have grew my business from a hobby to a full time income in less than 3 years.  I now am able to continue to stay home and homeschool my 3 small children, stay healthy, and  earn extra income to do the things we want to do as a family but were limited to because of finances.  I get to socialize and help other people from the comfort of my own home.

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Are you beginning to wonder what all of this Beachbody Coach buzz is all about?  Well, if so then this is the place to be.  Below I am going to outline what a beachbody coach is and why you might be the right fit to become part of team determiNation.

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Team determiNation is a group of motivated individuals who provide support, motivation and encouragement to people on a daily basis to help them achieve the health and fitness goals.  I  provide free coaching advice and support to people who are enrolled as my customer or coach with a free Team Beachbody account.  As a coach, my job is to help you set realistic health and fitness goals.  Then, together we create an action plan.  I never focus on the big picture, instead we break it down into manageable smaller chunks.  We work to overcome things like emotional connections to food, traveling, meal planning, healthy snacks, and just plain motivation.  Everything that we need to be successful is right here.

Challenge groups are the best way to get to know customers and to help them on a daily basis.  A challenge group is all done through facebook.  Each participant purchases a Beachbody fitness program and commits to drinking Shakeology for at least one meal a day.  In return, I help you with meal planning, grocery shopping, planning and staying on track. The small group environment really works!

Now that my business is growing I also help my coaches that have joined my team to duplicate my success.  I do this through weekly mentoring calls, our coach closed facebook support group, and events all over the United States.  There is no greater feeling in the world than seeing your coaches succeed!!!

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Being a Beachbody Coach ISN’T a Get Rich Quick Scheme. It is hard work and you get out the effort you put in. So if you aren’t willing to put in the time and effort you aren’t going to succeed. All my coaches can tell you I live by the MOTTO “Be Here in A YEAR”… that means give this business 100% for a year and you will be AMAZED! Are you ready to change your life and the lives of countless others? What are you waiting for?


BUT… What’s the COST?

  • There is a one time fee of $40 to become a Beachbody coach.  This is not a yearly or reoccurring fee.  You can also get that $40 fee waived if you sign up with a challenge pack or you or your spouse is active military then that fee is waived! (I can explain those options in more depth as well).
  • There is a monthly website fee of $15. Beachbody gives you three canned websites where you can do some minor personalization. One site is a Beachbody Coach site ,one is a  specialized Shakeology site (only available for sale through the Team Beachbody Coach network) and the third is your Ultimate Reset Site.  I have decided to create my own website and blog to share my experiences but it is not required.
  • To remain an active coach you need to have a Personal Volume (PV) of 50 points per month. For example, purchasing a month’s supply of Shakeology (at a 25% discount) is 90PV – boom,  you’re done. Truly, I agree that you need to use the product in order to be able to explain the benefits and share it with others. Plus, their supplements are actually really tasty 🙂


  • You receive a 25% commission on anything somebody buys from Beachbody using one of your links. Somebody purchases a copy of P90X, you get a check for $29.96.
  • You can, if you choose to, create a team of coaches as well.  You can create a business based off of a team of people who are passionate about the same things that you are.  I tend to attract women who are passionate about health and fitness,specifically clean eating stay at home momma’s. But I also have some individuals who want to grow a business and create a full time income!  The saying you attract who you are is completely true!
  • You receive a 25% discount on all Beachbody products including merchandise. If you’re using supplements, just the discount savings alone on let’s say P90x Protein Bars and P90X recovery drink covers the $15 monthly website fee.
  • You get paid on a weekly basis, every Thursday morning!
  • No inventory to carry, Beachbody takes care of everything.
  • Access to an entire team of experts on health and fitness.
  • Access to marketing materials and guidance on how to build your business.

Want to know more about team determiNation and exactly what you are going to get if you sign up with me??  Check out this video.



You succeed at being a Beachbody Coach by putting the needs of others first.  By reaching out to people and offering your support and guidance. To succeed you follow the structure of inviting people to a challenge group, enrolling them into the group, helping them succeed and then eventually people become coaches as well!  You succeed by leading by example, inspiring others to get into shape and by being motivated, driven and passionate about what you do!  Of course, you don’t have to know all the answers at first.  You just have to be motivated to get started!!!


Beachbody is a successful 10-year-old, $250+ million corporation based in Southern California. They create and sell the nation’s most popular in-home fitness and weight-loss products—high-quality, well-manufactured DVD workout programs, gear, and nutritional supplements that have been proven to work. When you become a Beachbody Coach, you’re teaming up with a solid, stable company and a best-selling brand.


You get paid weekly commissions when people buy Beachbody products and Team Beachbody Club memberships through your personal website. You can also earn cash bonuses based on your team’s sales.


It only costs $39.99 to start a Beachbody business. That includes your first month’s Business Services Fees and your Coach Business Kit, which comes with everything you need to begin earning income.  Or, what I recommend, you can choose to purchase a challenge pack in which you get a fitness program of your choice, 30 day supply of Shakeology, free shipping and  a 30 day trial of the club membership and the coach fee is waived!


No, you don’t need to be a fitness or weight-loss expert to become a Beachbody Coach. You just need to be ready to commit to changing your life and inspiring others to do the same.  It is important to be a product of the product!


Once you become a coach on team determiNation, you will be added to our closed facebook team page.  There you will receive updates, information, tips and tools to help you grow your business.  This is your place to check in each day and get answers to your questions.
You also will be given the option to be a part of my coach mentorship program.  This is a 28 day group that teaches you everything you need to know about running a challenge group – how to find people to invite AND how to run a successful challenge group.  You will be given all the tools that helped me to be successful so that you do not have to re-invent the wheel.

You will not have to figure it out on your own.  You do not run your first challenge group by yourself.  Instead you are an assistant coach in your first group.  I run the challenge but you get to invite 3-5 customers into the group!


Unlike marketing programs that require you to buy a lot of products in order to participate, the Coach Opportunity has no inventory requirements. If you do want to purchase products for your own use or resale, you’ll get them at a significant discount.

I encourage everyone to be a product of the product.  I truly believe that the best coaches are the ones that are actively working out and are drinking Shakeology.  It’s very hard to speak from experience and guide other people if you yourself have never tried it.


Beachbody spends millions of dollars every week advertising our home fitness programs on the major TV stations and cable networks. (You’ve probably seen our famous infomercials for programs such as P90X, Turbo Jam, and Hip Hop Abs, as well as our magazine and Internet ads.) Millions of people already know about Beachbody, and every time we run an infomercial, we get thousands of new customers. We want those customers to shop through your store, so you get the commission on those sales!


As Beachbody Coach, you receive a 25% discount on all Beachbody products available in the Team Beachbody store.

You don’t have to start coaching alone!  It is my job to provide you with the tools to succeed! 

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I’m currently accepting applications for individuals who want to grow a successful Beachbody Business.

Complete the form HERE or visit www.jointeamdetermination.com and I will set up a time to chat and discuss the options for my next mentorship group.

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Do you struggle with debt?

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This isn’t a part of my life I like to talk about… but I remember the day I applied for food stamps. We were already receiving WIC checks. Matt and I were so young, living on one income while I finished school, and we had this sweet new baby to take care of…

Have you ever had the feeling of not being able to afford formula for your baby? If you haven’t, let me just say that it was a pretty low moment for us.

Back then, most of our arguments happened over money, debt and the fact that I didn’t always handle money the greatest.

To be honest, that’s an area I’m still working on.

When Matt would get promoted or when our income increased, we increased our lifestyle right along with it. The battle of never ending stress just kept coming and then it three years ago, my battle with cancer.

I knew things had to change. I didn’t know at the time what this disease meant for my family but I knew I had to fight to get better. I wanted be there to raise my kids. I wanted to be around to take care of my family.

I saw a friend posting about Shakeology. The price tag was STEEP. Was it in our budget? Definitely not… but I knew I needed to sacrifice somewhere to invest in my health. If you’ve never thought about dying, never thought you might not be there to watch your kids grow up… It’s scary. And somewhere inside I thought this was the answer.
I became a coach to save 25% off my monthly dose of super-foods… because every penny counts right? I’m not sure why as moms we always put ourselves last but this was ONE moment I couldn’t afford to do that.

Three years ago that ONE decision made a huge impact on not just improving my health but also on our family’s financial future.

This Thursday, I was able to walk into the bank, hand them a $13,000 dollar check and PAY OFF our van, all because I’ve helped other people through their own struggles.

I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be a six figure earner with Beachbody, let alone building up a savings account to help attack our debt.

Are we out of debt? Not yet. However I can see a light at the end of the tunnel doing something that I love. I see a future that is debt free all while Matt still remains the amazing provider that he is serving our country.

I almost didn’t share this post. I never want to come across as bragging but when I shared it privately with my team, I had an out pour of “You are going to share this, RIGHT?!?!” I prayed about my intentions even before sharing and I know in my heart it’s to show there is hope within struggles.

I hope if you are struggling in ANY area of your life, know that there IS always a solution somewhere.

I decided just SIX weeks ago to save my next SIX paychecks and whatever it would be would go towards our van. I was floored to see I have MORE than I needed to say goodbye to that debt forever!

What I get to do while still homeschooling our children is the bridge between living a comfortable life with some debt that 80% of Americans currently have and true freedom to realize it won’t always be that way. From one decision I made just 3 years ago… which was simply putting myself first so I could be the best wife, mother, teacher and mentor to others.

You don’t have to be in debt.

You CAN put yourself first.

It just starts with a decision that you are worth it.

If you are ready to make that decision, NOW is the perfect time…
I’m currently accepting applications for my Fall Mentorship Program – shoot me a message at getfitbb@gmail.com or fill out the application here —-> http://www.jointeamdetermination.com
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Looking for a reason NOT to join Beachbody? I’ve got 9 of them for you!

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A lot of times when you hear about a business opportunity, people want to convince you why you would be perfect for it…

Well, today I want to share with you all the reasons it may NOT be a good fit.  These are the objections I typically hear about why you wouldn’t be a good coach – check them out and see which applies to you:

1. I don’t have the money to be a Beachbody Coach.

WHAT?! This is an opportunity to make money, not an effort to make you spend it! Our first goal as a new coach is to cover the cost of your own products, and then we build from there. I was able to pay for my one time sign up fee in my first day of coaching. We never want  you to spend money as a coach or, as I call it, “run a Beachbody charity”. This opportunity has totally changed my life financially. I was able to pay off unsecured debt (which was HIGH) and now we have extra money to do FUN things like travel and make improvements to our home and land 🙂 If money is a concern, then sadly, you are too broke to NOT do this.
2. I’m not a sales person.

Would you consider yourself a sales person for recommending your favorite nail salon or restaurant to everyone you meet who is looking  for one of those services? Of course not! It is perfectly natural to “sell” something that you personally love and maybe even feel passionate about. As a Beachbody Coach you are doing exactly that – recommending an awesome product that you love to someone who is looking for a solution to their problems. And in this case, you earn at least a 25% commission when anyone you share with decides to purchase. As a coach, I simply share my own story and the stories of others who have had success with the products – and people fill my inbox every day with requests to join my challenge groups. Just like that.
3.  I’m not a fitness expert.

Good – most of us aren’t and you don’t have to be! All you need to be successful is the desire to help others – no need to be a personal trainer or nutritionist. Really, we are just an accountability partner, friend, and fellow warrior on the road to better fitness alongside of our challenge group participants. We leave the fitness professional stuff to the makers of the Beachbody products who include everything people need in the DVDs and guides.

4. I don’t have enough time to be a coach.

While Beachbody is not a get rich quick scheme, it is still not a business that requires a lot of time. Many coaches started while working a demanding full-time job, and many of these same coaches have since left their full-time jobs because they exceeded their full time salary (while only working part-time on their Beachbody business). I am at a point where working 2-4 hours a day, 5 days a week has afforded as much as $1600/week income. I do not regret finding the time to do this and you won’t either.

5. I’m not in good shape.

It doesn’t matter! When I went to my first Beachbody event, I was so excited to see that Beachbody Coaches are all shapes and sizes. We are all at a different point on our journey – you may just be starting out and that is ok! People love to follow people who are struggling through the same things they are, or who have gone through it before, because they GET IT.
6. Beachbody is a pyramid scheme!

This is the biggest misconception about Beachbody Coaching that I come across. Everyone wants to complain about pyramid schemes – except few people actually know what they really are. A pyramid scheme is an illegal business model that requires people to pay money to join and there is no actual product. Beachbody is a network marketing company, which is a business model that has been in existence for many decades. If you’d like more information on Pyramid Schemes vs Beachbody, let met know.
7. I need prior business experience.

While this is a business and you must be committed to it, all we do is share our experience more than anything else. Beachbody spends millions of dollars each year on advertising, which makes the products a household name. Everyone has heard of P90X! You also don’t handle any of the products, or returns or processing – this is all done for you. I  had no experience running my own business when I started, and it hasn’t stopped me from making my income and won’t stop you either.
8. Only the people that started first make any money!

This is simply not true. Beachbody, like any network marketing company, is structured in a way that there is no limit on your earnings. The person that started before you might never decide to work their business and make nothing, while you could earn $50,000. You are not limited to what anyone “above” you is earning – the only person directly related to your earning potential is you. I did not get in early at all and it’s had no effect on my success story.

9. But my friend tried Network Marketing and it didn’t work…

So many people see their friends start up and then quit. Quitting isn’t how you succeed! I always tell people to be here one year from now, giving consistent effort throughout that first year. Learn from those around you who have been successful and follow their example. Success will not happen overnight – the ones who stick it out are the ones making the big bucks. Remember that this business is still a job,  and you still have to work for it – you can’t sign up and do nothing and expect money to fall into your lap overnight. On the flip side, signing up with the right mentor who has an established and proven training system will make a huge difference. I have personally recruited many “former failures” from other companies and seen them to a ton of success because I work very diligently on their training, mentorship, and professional development. You might be shocked at your potential when these things are available to you.

I hope this post lays to rest some of your misconceptions about Beachbody Coaching and gives you a little more insight into what the company does. Do you have any other questions about Beachbody Coaching that I haven’t covered in this post?  Ask away and I will do my best to answer them!

Fifteen in 2015!

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I’m looking for 15 WOMEN who are ready to CHANGE THEIR LIVES.  Fifteen women who want to be healthier, be happier, and are willing to  work hard to achieve all you’ve ever dreamed of.

I want to help YOU earn at least $20,000 in 2015, working from home a few hours a day.

Read on to find out more!

Have you…

Considered working from home but you’re not sure where to get started?
Tried a home business but it failed miserably?
Thought about a career where you won’t have to spend 40 hours a week away from your family?
Thought about traveling more but it won’t fit in your budget?
Wanted to kick all your debt to the curb but you aren’t sure how?

This opportunity might be for you!!

I’m looking for 15 WOMEN to join me as business partners for 2015.
You commit to one year of working hard on your health, happiness, and future…
and you’ll recieve one on one training from me
plus a community of support from 14 other women
who are growing their businesses right alongside you.

I’ve built a 6 figure income working from home…

NOW  I want to help you become the CEO of your own business
and write the blueprint for the future you have dreamed of!!

Sound good?

Ready to get started?

Apply below for more details and to see if you’ll be a good fit for this opportunity!

I’m ONLY accepting 15 women for this exclusive group so that I can give you my time and attention


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Read on for details on how you can win a FREE copy of Insanity MAX: 30

Want to be part of the FIRST EVER test group for Shaun T’s new program INSANITY MAX: 30!!?

Having met Shaun T in person, experiencing this workout LIVE and listening to him explain how it was designed, I look forward to paying it forward TO YOU! It’s a life changing program and I want to assure you that ANYONE can do it.

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This is my official invite to you. Are you ready to push your body past it’s comfort zone? #LETSMAXOUT

What to expect?

– 30 minute home workouts
– Daily Superfoods
– Portion Control Meal Plan
– Peer Support
– Free Coaching


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You will also get a free Insanity Max 30 t-shirt JUST for completing the program. By being one of the FIRST to have mind blowing results, you will be eligible for $500, $1000 and a $25K grand prize. Your body is going to change and you’ll start 2015 ON FIRE!!! Let’s MAX OUT!

Have any questions? Post them here or send me a message!

The official release date is DEC 2, so you are able to order anytime. The deadline to order and join our OFFICIAL TEST GROUP is DEC 9.

If you want to learn more about the program as we count down to the deadline, join my facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1583236878559313/

I couldn’t think of a better Christmas present to give yourself, your family or a loved one. The gift of health is the gift that never stops giving.

Please invite your friends and family. This is an open invitation to anyone who wants to get healthy, take it up a notch or keep the Holiday weight from creeping up. There’s no such thing as resolutions, just COMMITMENT!

We will also be giving away a free copy of Insanity Max: 30 to one lucky customer. Just by joining the facebook event, you will be entered to win. Inviting your friends and family will earn you additional entries – just tag them on the wall.

—>>DEC 9TH, 2015<<—

Mark your calendar and get ready to TAKE CONTROL of your health.

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What is a Challenge Group?

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The beginning of a new year is typically the time every one makes New Year’s resolutions. You are going to eat healthy. You are going to work out. And you are DEFINITELY going to lose that last 10 pounds. So you buy a gym membership (and of course the gym is busy in January!!). You take your turn on the treadmill and one hour later, you’ve burned 30 calories.

I’m not anti gym – as a homeschool mama, I love my membership to the YMCA since it also comes with free childcare and is the perfect escape when I need a break from the chaos that is my life… but when it comes to getting a real workout in, I can do that at home in ½ the time, without the commute and since I am a busy mom with three kids, running a business from home, I need to save all the time I can.

But now January is almost over. How is the gym working out for you? Are you able to make it there 3-5 days a week? Have you seen results? Or are you slowing losing your steam without results or support to keep you going?

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Here is where a challenge group comes in…

What is a Beachbody Challenge Group?

A challenge group is a safe place where you can get support and encouragement on your weight loss journey from other people going through the same journey!! It’s an online support group made up of other people with fitness goals similar to your own, and it’s all done through a closed Facebook group – only those in it can see what is posted there.

As your coach, I am there to help you design a program to meet your health and fitness needs using one of our programs like P90X, Insanity, T25 or the 21 Day Fix.

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During the group, you will follow nutrition guidelines that come with your program along with adding in Shakeology as a daily meal replacement. It’s not a protein shake or a diet drink, it’s a nutrition supplement full of vitamins, minerals, pre and probiotics and superfoods. It boosts your energy, cuts your cravings, helps keep you full longer, and has as many vegetables in it as six salads. It is a powerful accelerator for weight loss and also fights disease. I will help you create a meal plan, give you recipes, snack ideas, motivate you and keep you accountable.

Everyday, I will post in the group and you will check in and let us know how your day went – what you ate, how your workout went, whether you worked out at all… having a group keeps you accountable to your goals and there is a whole group waiting to hear from you, support, motivate, and encourage you. You are not in this alone and we will not let you fail!

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Real Beachbody Transformations!

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If you are interested in joining my next challenge group, fill out the application below – The next group starts on February 10 and will be an exclusive test group for our brand new program, the 21 Day Fix. You can read more about the 21 Day Fix here.

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Black Beans and Rice

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This is one of my favorite recipes from week 1 of the Ultimate Reset… and luckily for me, with just a few modifications, it fits in perfectly with the container system for the 21 Day Fix!  It’s super easy and quick to make, but also super healthy and extremely flavorful! If you like Mexican food, this is a great healthy substitute.

Black Beans and Rice (Serves 1)

Container checklist:  2 yellow and 1/4 tsp oil


  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 canned low sodium black beans
  • 1/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. Bragg liquid Aminos** or (low sodium soy sauce)

While rice is cooking, heat beans gently in saucepan until very hot. Drain and return to pan.  Add oil, spices, aminos, and salt.  Stir well.  Gently fold rice into cooked beans.  Brown rice takes about 45 minutes to cook, so I like to make up a batch in my rice cooker at the beginning of the week so I can have it ready to go during the busier week days.

This is a great stand alone vegetarian meal… but if you are like me and have meat eaters or non fixers in the house, it’s easy to amp it up with some chicken, fresh corn, guacamole – and with tortillas, you can make it a taco night 🙂

**Braggs Amino Acids is a great and healthy soy sauce alternative.  In my house, we don’t buy soy sauce anymore and not even the pickest four year old complains about the taste of Braggs.  You can get it at any health food store or on Amazon here.  Braggs also has a great line of other products that would be “free” foods during the 21 Day Fix, like organic apple cider vinegar and organic sprinkle all purpose seasoning.

Organic Banana Pancakes

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My husband and kids love pancakes, but I don’t like them at all… and I like making them even less now that we have started eating clean which means this mom doesn’t buy Bisquick anymore! Consequently, we rarely had pancakes until I found this recipe, which is perfect for making pancakes for my kids on a week day. The recipe only makes a few, which is great for a quick and healthy breakfast! And if my very picky eater loves them, they might be worth a try at your house…

Organic Banana Pancakes

  • 1 Organic Banana
  • 1 Organic Egg
  • 1 T. Organic Almond Butter
  • Optional – Chocolate chips

Just mix up the first three ingredients and pour on to a hot griddle. If I’m feeling like a nice mom and we happen to have any in the house, sometimes I’ll sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Once the first side has browned, flip to other side. Let that side brown, then enjoy!

A hot healthy breakfast in minutes!

Overdoing it

Okay, I can’t be the only oneIMG_0498 who does this. As soon as I found out I had cancer, I was scared. I was scared that I wouldn’t be there to raise my kids. I was scared that my two boys wouldn’t remember who I was. I was scared that someone else would help my daughter get ready for her wedding or be the one to hold my grandchildren.

So I overdid it.

If something happened to me, I wanted to make sure that I went out with a bang. I wanted to create memories that even if the boys didn’t remember, they could at least look back at the pictures and think of me. I wanted to take my daughter to her first concert, even through she was only eight because what if I wasn’t there to do it when she turned fifteen. I wanted to take my son to meet his favorite person in the world, Mickey Mouse. I wanted to dress up like The Incredibles for Halloween because we had the perfect family for it and what if I wasn’t there next year to do it with them? I wanted to create the biggest, best birthday parties my kids had ever had because what if it was the last one I had with them? I wanted to be there to see them do everything.

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And so I overdid it. Really, in just one short month, before I even started my chemotherapy, I packed it in.

I took Madison to her first concert, Taylor Swift. It was a surprise for her eighth birthday. We got makeovers and sang along at the top of our lungs.

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The whole family got in the car and drove to Disneyland so Mason could meet Mickey Mouse and have one last family vacation before starting what we expected to be a miserable six months. 

We didn’t dress up like the Incredibles that year. I ordered the costumes but the sizes didn’t match up… it just wasn’t meant to be in that time. But the costumes were bought and I let my husband know that they needed to be the Incredibles the next year if I wasn’t around. But I was. And we were.

IMG_9521 I had the BEST birthday parties ever. And I had always been a little extreme with cakes, but this year, I went over the edge. I set the standard high – I’m going to have to dial it back in over the next few years.

And do you know what positive thing came out of this? We lived. People always ask “What would you do if you knew this was your last day?” We lived like these were my last days. We created memories. And the experience taught me to appreciate life, to not take any time for granted, to not think that one day we’ll get around to it, to do it now before it’s too late. Each day is a gift. Unwrap it. And then go ahead and make the most of it.

Leek and Potato Pizza


Sometimes, my healthy ideas go over really well… and sometimes they don’t!  This recipe was a hit with me and my littlest, but the older two weren’t brave enough to try it.  I modified this recipe from one in my Pioneer Woman Cookbook.  I had been wanting to try it for quite some time and then one night, I just happened to have all the ingredients laying around… things like that just don’t happen for no reason!!  So here it is (a little modified…). Give it a try, you may be surprised!


For the Organic Crust

  • 1 teaspoon Active Dry Or Instant Yeast
  • 3 cups All-purpose organic flour
  • 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1/3 cup Braggs Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the Pizza (use organic ingredients if you can find them!!)

  • Thick cut bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • leeks, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • small Yukon gold potatoes, sliced paper thin
  • fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
  • crumbled goat cheese

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Prepare the crust: Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm water.  In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), add in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined.  Form the dough into a ball. Toss dough to coat in olive oil, then cover the bowl and allow to rise for 1-2 hours.

Once it has risen, stretch the dough to the desired shape, the thinner the better.

Prepare the toppings: Brown the bacon in a skillet.  You want it to be cooked but not crisp.  Remove it from the pan and pour off most of the grease.  Don’t clean the skillet and return it to the stove top.  Add the leeks to the pan and saute it over medium low heat until soft.  Remove and set aside.  Slice the potatoes very thin.

Make the pizza:  Arrange the potatoes in a single layer over the crust.  Sprinkle lightly with salt, then lay mozzarella slices over the potatoes, then the leeks on top of the cheese.  Finish by sprinkling the bacon, goat cheese and fresh black pepper over the top.

Bake until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly – enjoy!!