Karen Stott » | Sharing my mess, my hope & my journey cultivating an Intentional Home

Hey friends,

As you may know, we are starting the Intentional Wellness Challenge on May 15th.   We are chatting with our girlfriends and keeping each other accountable about all things life, health, relationships, eating, fitness, sex, quiet times and more.  This challenge is completely customizable, and super low pressure.  So if you want to do better about eating healthy, but don’t care about the rest, or you want to do better at your quiet times with Jesus, but don’t care about the rest, that’s okay.  We all have different goals.

We just want to use this time as a personal reset for ourselves, and do it with a bunch of like minded new friends.  If you’d like to join, click this link, and come on in!  We’d LOVE to have you!

Below, I’m talking about my favorite things for each of the areas of the challenge.  I wanted to give you a list now, so that if you wanted to grab some of these things before we get started on the 15th, you’d have time.

Okay friends…Here we go!

Jesus Time –

Draw The Circle- This book has been amazing at keeping my faith stirred, and giving me practical steps to do as I dive in each day.

I highly recommend getting this book, and following along with it for our challenge.

Education:

This is the book I am basing the challenge off of in the health department.  A huge reason I am doing this in the first place is to try and break out of the cycle of chronic pain.

I am learning that what we eat effects more than our waistline, but how we feel overall.

Grab it here…

Eating:

The more I am learning about food and health, and how the two are intermingled, the more we are choosing to eat as unprocessed, and organic as possible.  Recently, in an attempt to get my joint pain, fatigue, and back spasms under control, we switched to eating sugar, gluten, and dairy free.

I know, I know… this sounds awful.  But friend.. let me tell you… from one super big carb addict, this move has been life changing, and I’m already noticing a big difference in the amount of pain I am in.

If you’re committed, and really want change, I can almost guarantee a diet change will help you get there.

We cook almost exclusively from this cookbook, and the recipes are AMAZING!

Grab yours here:

 

Supplements:

As you know, I’ve dove right into cutting the processed crap out of our diets, and using only the purest, more natural products out there.  And the supplements I choose are no exception.  When I began this journey, I knew it was going to be expensive, but you know what?  So are endless Dr. visits.  And honestly, I am just done with Dr’s visits that aren’t leading to change.

So I decided that the preventative route, and trying to get healthy, and strong, and stable was a better choice for me and my family.  And that’s when we dove into Young Living.  Their Seed to Seal process is hand over fist better than anything else we’ve found, and their commitment to quality and purity is exactly what we want for our family.  We became wholesale members because then we can get all of our supplements and vitamins for 24% off, and we got over $300 of amazing product at the same time.  You can do that BY CLICKING HERE if you’re serious about this getting healthy thing too.

Here are some of the things I added to my order that I’m LOVING!!!

Slique Shake – aka… my breakfast…. place it in a blender with ice and YUM

Slique® Shake is a complete meal replacement shake that provides quick, satisfying, and delicious nutrition. Formulated with Slique Essence Essential Oil Blend, this shake may support healthy weight management when combined with regular exercise and a sensible diet.* In a convenient single-serving size packet, it’s easy to slip into a purse or pocket for healthy eating on the go.

Slique Shake’s berry flavor is great on its own or mixed with almond milk or fruit, and its vegan formula contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or GMO ingredients. Instead, Slique Shake is naturally sweetened with Stevia, organic coconut palm sugar, wolfberries, and strawberries. The formula also includes pea protein, quinoa, wolfberry, pumpkin seed protein, and alfalfa grass juice, making it not only a tasty protein shake but an excellent source of dietary fiber as well. Slique Shake also includes a fruit and vegetable blend that provides essential vitamins and minerals that many meal replacement options don’t offer.

Slique Citraslim supplements – I take these daily to aid in breaking down fats and helping metabolism.

Slique® CitraSlim™ is formulated with naturally derived ingredients to promote healthy weight management when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise.*

Slique CitraSlim also includes a proprietary citrus extract blend, which some studies suggest may help support the body in burning excess fat when used in conjunction with a healthy weight-management plan.* This polyphenolic mixture of flavonoids offers powerful antioxidants that are touted for their health benefits.* This blend may also support the release of free fatty acids, which help break down fat.*

 

Wolfberry Crisp Bar – My afternoon snack… and a can of Grapefruit Lacroix

Wolfberry Crisp Bar – Chocolate Coated combines wholesome grains, fruits, nuts, and whey into a convenient snack-sized bar that is the perfect to take on the go. Drizzled in rich dark chocolate and flavored with sweet coconut and wolfberries, these taste like a decadent treat but are packed with satisfying nutrition. Einkorn flour, quinoa, flax seed, whey crisp, pea protein crisp, and almonds provide complex carbohydrates, protein, and fiber that will keep the whole family energized and full. You’ll also feel great knowing they’re high in vitamin B-1, and made of all naturally-derived, non-GMO ingredients, without artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

 

Ningxia 2 oz singles – Let’s face it.. I’m a busy mama of 3 kids with 3 different schedules.  I don’t always have a blender and ice at my disposal.  And my town isn’t exactly super health conscious, so our quick eating options are super limited.  Having these bad boys in my purse is like having a healthy superhero in my pocket.  They don’t have to be refrigerated, but they sure do taste better.  Either way, I have an amazingly quick healthy option ready at all time to curb hangry drive through moments, and keep me on track.  Plus they are WAY cheaper than hitting up Jamba Juice all the time. Am I right?

 

 

Chocolate Protein – Heaven sent.. I promise.  I alternate this with the Slique shakes depending on if I’m in the mood for berries or chocolate.  This is my lunch go to, or my afternoon snack:)

Here’s the lowdown on all the goodness in them..

• Excellent source of protein
• Optimal 5-Protein Blend
• Protein Boost
• Supports the body’s need for protein
• Provides a full range of Amino Acids including: D-aspartic acid, Threonine, L-serine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Lysine, Histidine, Arginine, Proline, Hydroxyproline, Cystine, Tryptophan, and Cysteine
• Protein metabolism support
• elevATP or Ancient peat and Apple extract supports ATP production, the energy currency of the body
• Offers 25 grams of protein
• No trans fat
• rBGH-Free Whey
• Soy-Free
• High in Protein
• Supports muscular system
• Supports body in building lean muscle
• Supports ATP production
• Delivers amino acids
• Supports energy levels
• Post-workout muscle recovery

 

For Sore Muscles… this is basically heaven in a bottle for anyone dealing with sore muscles.  Or head tension.. or any sort of discomfort really.  Once I was having really intense hip pain, I applied it on my hips and within 20 minutes, I was experiencing “deep relief” from the soreness in my knuckles, my head, and my hips…. CRAZY.  It’s basically my post work out …. or post running around like a crazy mama all day genie in a bottle.  Get some.  You’ll thank me.  I promise.

If you want to grab any of these products for yourself,

just click THIS LINK..

you’ll have 2 options.. you can choose retail and just get to shopping, or you can choose Wholesale which saves you 24% OFF  of anything you buy now, and anything you buy from now on!  It’s crazy amazing!  And I will send you $25 cash as a high five bonus for taking this amazing step on your road to a healthier you.

You may be seeing a theme here, and yes, you are right.  They are all Young Living products.  You may be wondering why, and I’m here to explain that.  It all goes back to quality here.  We are not a new family to the health foods game, but we are new in our search for purity and quality.  For years we’ve purchased protein powders, supplements, vitamins and other things but never really paid attention to what was in them.  Turns out, once we did, I wished I could click a button and just erase all of what I’d consumed from my bodies history.  So many products are filled with chemicals, synthetic fillers and sugar.

I’m just done with that friends.  I’m in a stage in life where I’m willing to pay for quality things that go into our bodies.  Because we want to be around a LONG time.  Food, supplements, vitamins, and protein shakes are a prime example that you get what you pay for.  That’s why processed food is so cheap.  It doesn’t have good quality.  And once we made this decision, it just made sense to go wholesale with YL because we save so much money.  And when we pass along their products to our friends, they thank us very well with free products and amazing commissions.

So it’s a win, win.   We get to use products we feel at peace about, and if you decide you want to use them too, your order helps our family pay bills, and keep this family going.  If you’re a YL customer because of us, we are so thankful.  You have NO idea how much you ordering through us blesses our family.

So High Five Friends!  Here’s to making this the best start to summer ever!  You’ve got this!

xoxo
Karen

 

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Yay!!!! It’s the first day of Star From Afar and the star is hidden! I can’t wait for the kids to get home from school and start hunting for it. Don’t hate, but the elf on a shelf is creepy to me. Actually, all dolls are, so I LOOOOVE this alternative Natalie Ard came up with.

Would you believe that I

Favorite Books of 2016

Would you believe that I’ve read, and adore ALL of these books! I’m so thankful to live in a day in age where I can glean from the stories and lessons of other women.  Some of my favorites that aren’t pictured because I soaked them up on Audible are Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by @everybitterthingissweet & If You Find This Letter by @hannahbrencher .  Just wanted to pass this on to all of my sweet friends!

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It’s HERE, It’s HERE!!!!! I can’t even get over the journey God has taken our family on in creating the Adventures With Archer  journals over the past few years. Seeing this vision come to life in the form of new children’s Advent journal makes my heart smile.

The orchard is a fruitful wonderland right now.  Yet months ago was barren branches cut down beyond recognition.  Proof that God brings life to places that seem the most hopeless.I think He made seasons to show us how much He delights in making all things new.#karenwrites

The orchard is a fruitful wonderland right now. Yet months ago was barren branches cut down beyond recognition. Proof that God brings life to places that seem the most hopeless.I think He made seasons to show us how much He delights in making all things new.

Join the conversation and let me know what things God is making new for you in this season on our Instagram.

I bought this sign a few months ago as a visual representation of my hearts declaration.  I needed the reset.  The in my face choice to see the incredible blessings laced through my story that fill up my days.  And I

I bought this sign a few months ago as a visual representation of my hearts declaration. I needed the reset. The in my face choice to see the incredible blessings laced through my story that fill up my days. And I’m so thankful.

If I’m going to be honest, this past decade has been hellish. Of course there have been incredibly amazing things also, but at times it almost felt as though the pain was suffocating all of the good around me. I couldn’t experience the blessings because my heart was blinded and bound up.

This past year God’s began leading us out of those woods. Bringing peace to the pain, and returning joy to our hearts. After hanging out with my husband, and Joseph Dalton this last week this sign is flooded with new meaning. Not only are these truly the good ol days, but God truly knits purpose in all of the pain. If we make the choice to allow Jesus into those tough places, He alone can use what the enemy meant to destroy us, to instead, propel us further into our calling.

Heartache is a beautiful opportunity. We can either shut down, or rise up and show the world, they aren’t alone.

After 11 years of mothering and tending to needs, upon needs, upon needs, my soul feels tired and my body weary.God has infused me with his graces, and is using these this season to speak warmly to my heart about the need to tending my own heart, and body.  And it

After 11 years of mothering and tending to needs, upon needs, upon needs, my soul feels tired and my body weary.God has infused me with his graces, and is using these this season to speak warmly to my heart about the need to tending my own heart, and body. And it’s been so freeing.I’ve spent more time in this bed this week because me and the baby have strep, but God has used it so much. He’s showing me the fruit of my labor in my daughter bringing me tea, and my son doing the dishes. He’s taught me that the whole world won’t fall apart if I am not there to juggle it.I’m simply allowing for others to fill in the gaps and rise to use their own giftings. It’s a bit of passing the baton to the older ones that they are equipped, and empowered, and able to make food, and be trusted to get along when I can’t always put it back together.This week has been so hard as I am used to doing all the things, but it has also been so good, as I’m reminded by our loving Father that I wasn’t ever designed to do all of the things. He has woven a village around me to carry what I can’t. In my own kids, and my friends who’ve turned family beyond these walls. I’m just so thankful for villages. And grace. Always grace.