Currently (An Abridged Update List)

psalm 27-14

Friends, I have come to an important conclusion:

Today, March 20th, there is nothing better than Spark in the morning, curled hair, iced coffee, and a fantastic book.

Also, today, the AP Juniors class I’m observing had a long and in-depth discussion about High School Musical 1, 2, and 3.  This of course was highlighted by impromptu singing and dance moves, movie quips, and laughter.

Today is the first day of spring!  And the start of sPrInG bReAk! (Remember MSN days and how cool the AlTeRnAtEd LeTtErS were to use? And impossible to read?!)

This semester I’ve been observing Junior and Senior English classes at the local high school.  I’ve applied for student teaching in the fall, and am eagerly awaiting to hear about my official placement!  I also coach a 12s club volleyball team; our team name is Fire, which is fitting as these girls are little balls of fire, always working hard and improving.  I’m so proud of them!

Today, I hope to finish the book I started this week.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr takes place in Europe during World War II, with the majority of the action happening during the Normandy Invasion.  Told through multiple viewpoints, All the Light We Cannot See takes readers back and forth through about 10 years in the main characters’ lives.  We see Marie-Laure, a girl who loses her eyesight around age 6, and her father escape to England.  We see Werner’s fascination with radios take him deep into the German army.  Both face decisions along the way that not only challenge them, but us as readers, too.

“This jewel of a story is put together like a vintage timepiece, its many threads coming together so perfectly.  Doerr’s writing and imagery are stunning.  It’s been a while since a novel had me under its spell in this fashion”  Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone.

So if you are looking for something to read over spring break or this summer, I highly highly recommend this book.

Suze is as cute as always, except when she wakes me up twenty minutes before my alarm.  She has also taken a strange fascination with laying in the sinks…..

hashtag sinkselfie

hashtag sinkselfie

Enjoy the beautiful weather and God’s promises!

Stay joyful,

Libby

Day 5 || AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge. Tips on the Fiber Drink

Hi Friends!

Well, here we are! 5 days into the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge— So far, so good.  Really good, actually!  At first, I was intimidated by the Fiber Drink, but by the third day of the Drink, I took it like a champ!  So if you are in the same boat, read on!

A couple days ago, I told you about my Day 1 of the Challenge and also talked about the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge app available for Android and iTunes.  I’m still using it, and so is Bret.  I set it up to give me notifications when I’m supposed to take any supplements, and that has helped keep me accountable.  I also can track how much water I drink in a day.

Before starting the challenge, I was a very minimal water drinker.  I had my coffee in the morning, went to class and work, came home, and maybe had half a glass of water or milk with supper.  Needless to say, I was NOT drinking enough water!  Already, I’m now drinking at least 8 glasses of plain water a day, which is a HUGE improvement for me!

The first three days of the challenge require the Fiber Drink in the morning. Now I know what you are thinking…. 
“Fiber
.….ehhh am I going to be visiting the porcelain throne all day??”  

And the short answer is **drum roll please**  NOPE!  The great thing about this Fiber Drink is that is not going to keep you locked away every day you take it. Go about your every day life, and enjoy the health!

We were told to mix the Fiber Drink powder with about 4 ounces of orange or apple juice and drink it fast.  We mixed it with both water and orange juice, and our consensus was that with orange juice it tasted much better than with regular water.  Be sure to drink it fast, though!  Fiber is designed to absorb, so naturally, it will begin to expand and absorb when in contact with liquid.  If it sits too long, it turns into an oatmeal consistency so….drink it quick and mix it with orange or apple juice!  Bret uses a blender bottle to mix his Fiber Drink, and I use a disposable plastic bottle and both work great!  Remember to mix it up a lot, then drink fast 🙂

As of right now, the biggest change since starting the challenge for me is that I am sleeping so much better at night.  I’ve gone from taking at least an hour to falling asleep each night, to now falling asleep within minutes!  I wake up rested and ready to start my day with much more energy than I normally do.

Bret told me that his energy level has increased a ton! He loves Spark, and it is great to drink while he is at work each night.

Check out the first day of our challenge to see how we got started and what we were looking forward to while doing the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.  Are you interested in learning more about the products that are included in the 24 Day Challenge?  Go to this link and take a look, or email me at treasuresfromthehutch@gmail.com !  I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

Happy Challenging!

-Libby

Day 1 || AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

Hi Friends!

My man and I recently signed up to be AdvoCare Distributors, and along with that, we decided to start the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge!  (click the link to find out more!)

Today is our first day on the 24 Day Challenge—- I woke up and started my morning with the Mango-Strawberry Spark drink (yum!) and a Catalyst.  After half an hour, I drank my Herbal Cleanse Fiber Drink.  It was….very fiber-y 😉   Later today, I’ll have another catalyst pill before my lunch and dinner, an OmegaPlex with dinner, then finish off the night with an Herbal Cleanse. And of course, I’ll be drinking lots of water!!

With my challenge, I’m not necessarily looking to lose weight (although many people do, and that would be an added bonus, right? 😉 ). Rather, I am looking to have a healthier lifestyle.  Anymore, I know my eating habits are subpar, and my energy levels can be described as: blechhhh. I am using this challenge to do a whole-body reset, to jump start a healthier and more active lifestyle.  Do you want to join me?

I downloaded the AdvoCare 24 day challenge app (available on Android and iTunes) to help keep me accountable for taking everything at the correct time.  So far, it has been very helpful!  The app gives you a timeline of what to take and when, then allows you to check it off once it is completed.  For me, that is extremely helpful as I can be pretty forgetful!  I can see what I will need with me during the day; then after I take it, I can check it off.  I love lists, so I feel very accomplished when I can check things off!  It also gives you a way to track how much water you have drank during the day, which is good for me.  I am the person who can get by on one bottle of water a day.  I know I need to drink more water, but I just get busy and forget.  Silly, I know.  I’m looking forward to this water tracker.

If you have this app—let me know and we can be friends on it!  Just drop me a comment or an email at treasuresfromthehutch@gmail.com  .  I also have created a group that you can join once we become AdvoFriends 🙂

Check back in a few days for my update on how the 24 Day Challenge is going with my man and I.  Shoot me an email at treasuresfromthehutch@gmail.com if you want more information, or are interested in starting your own 24 Day Challenge!!

Happy Challenging!

L