Hello 2018!!

2017…

Full of good things, hard things, stretching things, and teachable moments.

I am so THANKFUL for God’s grace and patience with me through it all!!

I also want to say how happy and blessed I am, when I think of the lives I haveΒ Β helped change in the past year! Customers, friends, teammates, who sent me messages of hope!! No more stabbing headaches, less sensitivity to gluten, tired moms who tell me they FEEL better and have more energy, fewer cravings, weight loss, better moods, less pain.

When I started this little business, I always said, if I can help ONE person, just one, it will be worth it!! I am excited to say it’s been a JOY to see God work, and all the growth on my team! I also hope that I have blessed someone, by caring for them in other ways, not just in the health aspect. I want to serve God, and share His love with others. In the mundane, daily moments of life.

My prayer for you, my readers, and friends, is that God will bless you BIG in 2018! πŸ™‚

Thanks for following me here, and for all your support!!*photoΒ credits..Β Danelle’sΒ Photography

Puppies, Christmas cookies, and musings

Hello once again! I have not blogged in awhile, but today I decided to share another post with you all πŸ™‚

We’ve had a puppy explosion over here, and it’s fun watching them grow. And a little stressful πŸ™‚ They are ready to go to new homes, and I find myself torn between happiness about that, and also feeling a little sad. These are theΒ  mini labradoodles, and they get played with the most, because they have taken up residence in the garage πŸ™‚ I will miss my welcome committee every time I come home πŸ˜‰

There are 5 in the litter, but “George” is my favorite!There is lots of chaos here πŸ™‚We also have a litter of mini golden doodles. They are so sweet and cuddly.

This is “Rosie”This one is “Oreo”And this is “Joe”We have more, but this post might get too long πŸ™‚ It will be nice for the children to be home from school this week to help more with them.

We had cookie exchange here with my mom and sisters, and made some candy. It was a full day, but went too fast πŸ™‚These oreo truffles are a favorite here!

Then we had the “helpers”And the snitchers πŸ™‚His face when we slide the goodies out of reach πŸ˜‰Cousins..So many yummy treats! The chocolate are a favorite at our house!! Here is the recipe!

Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

  • 1 3/4 flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 24 large marshmallows, halved

Glaze..

  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tblsp. hot, strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Combine flour, soda, salt,& cocoa. Cream shortening and sugar, beat in egg. Add flour alternately with milk, beating well. Add vanilla. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 350* for 8 min. Top each cookie with a marshmallow half, pressing gently onto partially baked cookie. Bake 2 min. more. Cool and Glaze. Yields 4 doz. cookies.

And the taste testers πŸ™‚I think it’s safe to say they were quite tasty πŸ™‚It is nice to have a big selection to hand out cookie plates! So glad we do this every year!

Now for the musings part πŸ™‚

My children came home from school the last day before ChristmasΒ  vacation, with reports of all the school festivities, and who all was going to Florida over vacation. I could see the jealousy in their eyes, and I admit I joined them in their jealousy for a bit πŸ™‚ Somewhere warm and sunny sounded quite divine, and we have never gone on any big family vacation. My mind went to how hard we work at farming, the low milk prices the past while, and how it seemed unfair that we can’t do more “fun” things πŸ™‚

But my mind didn’t stay there long, as I thought of ALL my blessings!! Good health, my family, plenty of food, a home, a farm that we are working on buying, my home business, and so many more things that I can take for granted!! Life shouldn’t be all comfort and ease, should it? Because worthwhile things take hard work, and faith, and patience. Ahh, that last one is something I lack πŸ˜‰

I admit to being extra stressed in December, allowing the STUFF to get the best of me at times. I think it was last Saturday night, after another round of cookies were being finished, and I was cleaning up yet another mess, the children heard me say, ” Well heaven is looking sweeter all the time!” πŸ™‚ As it should be, right?

It is far too often I allow the daily things to weigh me down, and let that spirit of discontent in.

Friends, I challenge you to count your blessings this Christmas season! And share a bit of that Christmas joy with others!! Blessings, Jo

A challenge..

Hey there,Β  it’s been awhile πŸ™‚

I’ve been knee deep in puppies, end of the year bookwork, and taking care of my family. I don’t suffer from an ounce of boredom πŸ˜‰

I’m popping on here to share a quick testimony from a girl on my team, as well as a challenge that our team is doing, to try the pink drink I love!! The 7 day challenge starts Dec. 12th! I will mail out the Slim (pink drink) at a discount to those who wish to do this! Also, Β anyone who joins in, will be entered into a drawing I am doing, to win a $10 Starbucks card!!

You will need a Facebook account to take part of this challenge. We have fun, there will be prizes,Β  and great info!!!

Comment below, or contact me at jdzimmerman29@gmail.com!!

And here is that quick testimony from my friend!! She messaged me the other day, and this is why I will not stop sharing!!! She went through some detox, but stuck with it, and look at her results!

Isn’t that wonderful!!! So if you want to get to a healthier place in your life, I would love to chat!!

*must not be working with another ambassador

Happy Thursday!!

A Thankful Heart

It’s Monday morning. The sky is overcast, and rain is in the forecast. I step into the laundry room, and see the mounds of wash. A basket of clean wash that wasn’t folded from the weekend. An overflowing basket. A laundry tub full of dirty clothes I am soaking. Dirt, toys, and shoes, strewn acrossΒ  the floor.

My human nature wants to sigh, and complain. But this morning, I remember the shooting yesterday in Texas, and I can’t even feel grumpy.

I better be thankful for those wash piles. I better be thankful for that dirt.

There are so many moms wishing to be able to washΒ  dirty clothes, and clean up over and over again.

Why is it that I so soon forget my blessings, and put my focus on the “mess”? Fixing my eyes on Christ can be so hard sometimes. Right now, Iife feels busy and chaotic, and I catch myself going down that road of frustration too often.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he..” Proverbs 23:7

What do you say to yourself? When we are negative, when we think in a negative way, it will come out.

Affirmations is something I am working on. It is something I need to work hard at πŸ™‚ Too often, I think “I have to do so and so”. What if I change that to? “I get to do so and so!” Or, “I am blessed that I can do…”

Instead of saying “I am so busy!”, how about “I am thankful I have the energy to do these tasks!”

Do you see the difference? πŸ™‚

You know, some days, I think I have got it together πŸ™‚ Life feels good. And then other days, the devil gets his snares into my life.. That little thing turns into a Big thing.

I just want to encourage you today, that God sees and knows our hearts. He also deserves our praise and gratitude, even when we don’t feel like it.

Friends, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus! Remember, we are all walking each other Home πŸ™‚

My Photo Project

I hear from friends all the time, that I should get my photos in print. So I decided to do that πŸ™‚ I printed some notecards with Artifact Uprising, and I love the quality of them!Cards come in a pack of 10. They are blank inside.I am selling them for $15, or $17 shipped. Buy more than 2 packs, get a discount πŸ™‚ They would make a great gift πŸ˜‰Also, be sure to head over to my instagram.

I am doing a giveaway there, to win a pack of these!!

Some Neat Info

First, head over to myΒ  InstagramΒ  to get a chance to win a sample of my fave drink!! Happening later today!

Now for some things I am learning about!!

Clinical dietician Jamie Withrow said, “Sugar cravings are rarely a simple lack of will power. Usually there is a physical reason they [people] are craving sugar. Yeast overgrowth.”

Did you know that a sign of a healthy gut, is little to no sugar cravings??!! I didn’t πŸ™‚ I also know my gut “digestive area” still has room to improve πŸ™‚

We all have bad bacteria that can multiply in our gut due to stress, sugar, medications, etc.

Candida is a nasty fungus that can result from yeast overgrowth. It disturbs metabolism, and makes us crave sweets. Look it up!! πŸ™‚

Jessica Hoogendoorn, Certified Nutritional Counselor says, “Think of your gut like a walled castle, a fortress. If it is sealed like it’s supposed to be, then it keeps toxins out, they go from the gut to the liver, and the liver filters the junk and sends it OUT and we are healthy πŸ™‚

Sadly, today, there are so many folks suffering from “Leaky gut”, and all the things that go with it, and that is why there are so many health conditions. I am really fascinated by this! πŸ™‚ Who knew how intricately our bodies are created!! Our brain is even connected to our gut! Did you know the gut has been called “THE SECOND BRAIN”?? God created us so wonderfully!!

Did you know your gut can influence your mood? πŸ™‚ It is estimated that 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the digestive tract. Serotonin can affect mood, sleep ,etc.

Ok, I probably have bored some of you, so I’ll stop for today πŸ™‚

But health is something I love to learn about, and help others with, and it has become a passion of mine!! πŸ™‚

Just this past week, a busy homeschooling momma friend who is trying out my fave products, sent me a message that she has fewer cravings for caffeine and sugar, more energy, lighter and less painful cycle, and feels great. I love getting messages like that!! And it is why I keep sharing πŸ™‚

Happy Wednesday, friends!!

Harvest Wife

*Edit…

I am changing my title, because I was made aware that my title may be hurtful for those truly in the trenches of being a widow. I truly apologize for that!

It’s Saturday night, 9:34 pm. I sit here typing, the children are watching “The Skit Guys”, but are headed to bed soon! One of them was up before 4 am, another up before 5:30 am, and the other was on baby brother duty since 4 am. Which means interrupted sleep πŸ˜‰Β  The tractor and manure spreader keep buzzing by the house, and will stop sometime before midnight, or when the farmer gets too tired πŸ™‚

I’ve milked twice today, did laundry, cleaned the living room, settled fights, took a power nap while getting baby and his bigger sis down for a nap, washed my kitchen floor, baked cookies, lost my temper, listened to motivational speakers, folded laundry. Don’t you love all those details I just listed? πŸ™‚ Really, what is the deal? We all did stuff today, but didn’t have to tell everyone. Right???Β  But I felt like it, and it’s my blog, so there you go! Chuckle, chuckle πŸ™‚

Ok sorry friends! I may have been feeling a tad snarky. I was baking cookies after 8pm on a Saturday night, and wondering what all the fun, exciting people were doing πŸ™‚

Honestly, I don’t mind being home on a Saturday night! But right now, I refer to myself as the “Harvest widow” (will be more careful with my words, and from now on, say “Harvest wife”), and I am so ready to have a day of rest tomorrow!!

Harvest is in full swing, and with the hubby being gone with the custom crew every day, sometimes half the night, my hands are full πŸ™‚

I decided to share a few photos of harvest 2017!!This was a day I ran lunch to my man, and took a quick ride with him πŸ™‚ This church was right beside a field the crew was in, one night when I ran supper to him . I loved how peaceful it looked!Stopping for a quick bite!The little stinker πŸ™‚I am always glad when this time of year is over! So much equipment, and tired men, often in a hurry.

I pray for safety for all!! This year the crop is bountiful, and we are thankful for that!! I hope you all have a good ending to your weekend!! πŸ™‚