Wednesday, May 25, 2016

{I Miss My Bestie}

I don't know if you guys know it or not, but my bestie, Carly, lives in Japan right now. Her hubby plays baseball for the Carp, a Japanese team out of Hiromshima. So they're there. Forever. Just kidding she's there from March-ish to September-ish, and this is their second season there, so it just feels like forever lol. When you're used to going to Target and Starbucks once a week and your child calls her Aunt Carl, the distance can take a toll on you ;). No, I really am kidding. I miss her, but I'm so happy for her and it's crazy fun to watch all of her adventures with Kris (her husband) in Japan, and to watch all of Kris' success as he pitches for the Carp. I linked her blog up there ^^ trust me, it's a fun one to read. Her and Kris are like royalty in Japan, it's the coolest thing ever. And her and I are still able to talk first thing in the morning (bed time for her) and in the evening (morning for her), so we talk twice a day usually and we snapchat like crazy. We also stalk each other's photos and make sure we like or comment on every single one. Haha. I think it makes us both feel connected still lol. We're losers, I know. Anyway, this post doesn't really have a point, I just miss her a ton! I wish we were out shopping, or laying out by the pool. The good news is, she'll be home just in time for my birthday (lol), Henry's birthday *and* to celebrate her anniversary!!! ICANNOTWAIT!!! Love you long time, Carl! <3
Melissa Loren

Monday, May 23, 2016

{Bachelorette Weekend Getaway}

This weekend was so much fun. What could be better than a girl's weekend at the lake?! Perfect weather definitely helps. A beautiful place to stay and really good company also make perfect conditions for a weekend full of fun. 
It was kinda of a last minute decision, but my girlfriend Raschel is getting married in a couple weeks and we could't pass up the opportunity to get away and celebrate her. The Lake of The Ozarks is a huge lake just a couple hours away from Kansas City, so we decided to book a room and just enjoy ourselves. We don't have a boat, so we just soaked up some rays by the pool at our gorgeous hotel. Doesn't it look like there's no way we're actually still in Missouri??
After a full day of the pool, we went to dinner and then we of course had to check out some of the cool hangouts. We had blast getting out, meeting people and doing lots of dancing! 
The getaway was just what the doctor ordered and I hope Raschel had so much fun. I can't wait to be on the beach celebrating her again! She is going to be the most beautiful bride ever!

Happy Monday, friends!
Melissa Loren

Thursday, May 19, 2016

{I Can't Contain My Excitement + An Amazing Smoothie Recipe!}

So the other day I earned my rookie bonus with AdvoCare. Holla atcha girl!! But in all seriousness, I'm really proud of myself and super excited for what's to come. I've done things so quickly, that I blink and things are just happening all around me. This business has brought so much goodness to my life. It's not just about the financial gain, or the weight loss aspect, somedays it just gives me purpose. It makes me feel like I'm doing something with myself and making a difference in people's lives. I'm no fool, I've lost weight myself and I know that it's not going to fall off with products alone. Hard work certainly has to go into too, but will AdvoCare help people? Certainly. Can it speed up some processes? Yes. Can it be exactly the motivation that some people are looking for? AB.SO.LUTE.LY! It keeps me on track daily, along with a well-balanced diet and a dedication to the gym. 
I get texts daily from friends, family, and even strangers telling me how thankful they are for my 24 day challenge group, or for introducing them to Spark. They love the accountability and the daily motivation! It's incredible.
We're all in this together and I love that. It's a community of people that want to be healthy, feel good about themselves and be better than the day before. What isn't positive about all of that?!
And moving to a single income, the extra money earned with AdvoCare has most definitely been helpful and enjoyable. It has taken a little bit of the stress off. And it's fulfilling work, it isn't stressful, it doesn't consume me, it allows me to be a mother and a goal digger. 
I can't wait to see where it takes. AdvoCare success school in Dallas is calling my name! 
After this weekend's lake trip and Florida of course!! I haven't had a vacation in YEARS, I'm so overdue!
Let's do this, summer!!!
Continue below for a scrumptious smoothie recipe!!!

I made this amazing smoothie the other night and I can't get enough of it! It makes two large smoothies (about 22 oz each), so I drank one and put the other in a ziploc bag and froze it for the next day, and yes it was just as yummy!
1 cup/container Chobani raspberry greek yogurt
1 green apple spark
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 banana
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 squeeze of honey for sweetness
Ice and water to consistency
and blend away!

Hey, thanks for stopping by and thanks for being a great support system.
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

{Zoo Days}

This is another one of those completely irrelevant posts, that does absolutely nothing for anyone. But really, isn't that what all my posts are? lol. We've been making a lot (and I do mean a lot!) of trips to the zoo lately, which is ridiculous because we're still not 'friends of the zoo' members.  I wanted some place to share the pictures and you guys are it! Lucky dogs! Majority of them are just of Henry's handsome little face, so you really are pretty lucky. ;) The weather has been magnificent around here lately, except for the last couple of days, so we've been taking advantage of it! We always try and get out and do something active or adventurous. H loves the outdoors more than anything. Our zoo has really been making some improvements too, so it's certainly a fun place to take the kiddos. The other day I took him on the Sky Safari for the first time and he was mesmerized. It travels over Africa, so you can hoover right over the giraffes, see zebras and ostriches running and sit back and relax. Anyway, we've been having so much fun, so I wanted to share a few pics. Over and out!
Isn't he the sweetest with his Koala bear?! I seriously can't handle his sweetest sometimes. Makes up for that Koala costing a bajillion dollars. :-p
Melissa Loren

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

{Wild Kratts LIVE at The Kauffman Center}

I don't know about everyone else, but we're a no-cable-family, which means we watch a lot of PBS. Wild Kratts on PBS has become one of Henry's favorite shows. He absolutely loves animals and being outside, so learning about nature is totally rad in his book. Since I'm a huge animal/science lover myself, it's one of the shows that I actually enjoy watching with him. Which is why I'm posting about it today. Wild Kratts is coming to the Kauffman Center for a LIVE performance! That's right, the Kratt Brothers will be activating their creature power suits right here in Kansas City. The awesome news is that my blog readers have been given a special code to buy pre-sale tickets before the rest of the public can buy them! Henry and I haven't made it to the Kauffman Center yet, so we're super stoked about this! We can't wait to see what their live show is like. We're preparing ourselves for lots of laughs and some amazing animal facts. If you've never seen Wild Kratts, I suggest you check it out and then run (or click) to get your tickets today!
You can get your pre-sale tickets by using the link listed below. Just type the word "WILD" in the promo code section!

Have a wonderful week, all! Hope to see you there in November!
Melissa Loren

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Liquid Liner Tutorial

This tutorial is almost laughable, but whatever. MAYBE you guys will get something out of it, but probably not. HA! I'll just have to have a big eyeliner party at my house someday! ;)

*ps obviously everyone does their eyeliner before their mascara, don't laugh at me. lololololol.

Ok, I don't really know what else to say. The video will speak for itself lol. It's stupid long though, so you can totally just watch the first eye if you're in a time crunch. I don't know how to edit these darn things, so it's lengthy. One day I'll take the time to look at some video editing apps/software.

Melissa Loren

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

{On Wednesdays, We Play Footgolf}

Last Wednesday Henry got to try something new! FootGolf! Drumm Farm Golf Club has super affordable footgolf, like $8 a person, plus it's such a great course. 
And let me tell you, Henry had so much fun! My little boy loves to be outside, loves to run and loves to play any type of ball, so running around kicking a ball into a hole was like the coolest thing ever for him!! I have to admit though, there came a point where he thought it was way cooler (and easier) to run with the ball and toss it in the hole. I couldn't help but laugh, so of course that's how he continued to do it haha. He thought the golf cart was the coolest thing ever too! 
About halfway through our game, he stopped dead in his footgolf tracks, marched to the cart and said, "I need a snack!" Ohmygoodness, I lost it. He's just like his mama! Just feed me and tell me I'm pretty lol! ;) Seriously though, it was the cutest thing ever. Runner up for the afternoon was when we let a gentleman pass us to play through and he took a practice swing and Henry thought he just missed the ball so he said, "Awwww, missed it!" Bahahahahaha. Luckily, I don't think the man heard him. That would't have been very good golf etiquette. ;) I still have a few things to teach H lol.
Isn't he the cutest just running around out there? I'll never get enough of him!
Drumm was a beautiful place to teach Henry something new, it didn't hurt that we picked a gorgeous day to play. ;) I can't wait to get back there and do it again. I mean, look at those views!
FootGolf was super fun and pretty inexpensive, so definitely give it a try, it's fun for the whole family!
Melissa Loren

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