Tuesday, September 16, 2014

It Works! product review -- Skinny Wrap & Greens

 
Have you heard about It Works?  Until about 2 years ago, neither had I!  It is a wellness company that sells all sorts of fun products.  Before I tell you about what I did this weekend, let me tell you a little bit about the company.

In 1995, a couple, Mark & Cindy Pentecost (a teacher and a stay at home mom), had a desire to start a company to give people the opportunity to work from home, set their own hours, and really live well, not just scrape by.  It Works was born.  With a desire to help people make healthful choices for living, the ultimate body applicator (skinny wrap!), a line of supplements and other products were developed and became their life blood.  Quickly, the company blossomed from one couple to thousands of distributors nationwide.

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine became involved with the It Works company.  She recruited a few other friends to sell the products and take charge of their family's finances as well.  Traci and her husband have built quite a business and have been able to pay off debts, build their savings and live comfortably since their introduction the company.  This is the video they created to explain their involvement with It Works and how it has changed their lives.



As you can see if you watched even just a couple minutes of that video, Traci & her husband are very excited about the company and what it's done for their family.  About a year ago, Traci and I began trying to work out a time to get together so she could show me the skinny wrap (their biggest selling product.)  The idea was that she would give me 1 wrap for free if I would do a review of it here on the blog and share it with my friends.  Of course, being a GOG (that is, a Girl of Girth) I was not exactly thrilled about baring my belly to my thin, fit friend to let her stick a big lotion-infused cloth to my tummy.  But I was very curious based on seeing pictures online like these!  After all, every GOG wants a magic tummy shrinker!




On Traci's website she shares this video about how to apply a wrap.  (That's Traci on the right.)



After a full year of trying to track down a time when we could get together, Traci mailed me a wrap & one other product (more about that in a minute!) to try.  I was most excited about trying the wrap first, so that's what I did first!  Actually, I think you could say I grabbed it & RAN to the privacy of my bathroom to put it on.

Here is what it looks like when you get it.

And these are the instructions on the package:


As suggested in the video above, I put on the wrap, then wrapped Saran Wrap over it to keep it in place.  After all, a GOG may have more trouble keeping the wrap in place as she moves & twists than her thinner, more flat-tummied counterpart. Let's just say there are ripples and rolls and bumps that come into play and keeping the wrap flat would be impossible without a bit of help.  ha ha!

As much as I love my loyal blog readers, I will NOT be posting my pre & post wrap pictures or measurements, but I can tell you this much.  I took measurements up high (just under my bra line), about mid-way down my tummy & right about the belly button line before I did the wrap.  After I took off the wrap, there were differences in those measurements!  I'm not looking at them right now, but I believe there was a total of about 2" difference between the three measurements.  And to make sure I measured in exactly the same place each time I drew a line on my stomach with a sharpie marker where I placed the tape!  So I'm 100% certain the results I saw were from the wrap. 

Full disclosure, though, folks:  Most people continue to see results from the wrap, meaning the numbers continue to drop, over the next 72 hours.  I did not have that result.  By the 48 hour mark, my numbers were returning to the pre-wrap measurement.  I was bummed about that, but I know that for most people it does continue to work for 72 hours.  However, I only used 1 wrap.  A full treatment is actually 4 wraps, each done a couple days apart.  So I am confident that the wrap does what it says it does!  If you have a wedding to attend or a dress to fit into for your class reunion or just want to lose a few inches in a short time, this is the way to do it!  It's like magic!

The other product Traci sent me a sample of was the Greens product.  I got the on the go berry flavor packet variety.  (There is also a tub of Greens you can use at home.)  The little packet looks like this.

Let's be honest.  None of us eat enough green things.  I try to get in a lot, but these little envelopes of powder pack a mighty punch!  Each packet of Greens has 8+ servings of fruits & vegetables and a blend of 38 herbs and vitamins.  Score!

The packet says to mix it with 8 ounces of water or juice, so I started with water.  I thought that might be the easiest.  As much as I wanted that to work, it looked like this.


It's a little difficult to see in this picture, but it was bright neon green and had little flecks of well...green things....floating in it.  I tried it, but it wasn't exactly my favorite.

Fortunately I bought a bottle of juice last week (which is rare -- we never keep juice in the house!) so I tried it mixing into that instead.



And bam!  Just like that...we have a winner!!!  It was tasty & simple to chug back my 8+ servings of broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, arugula, and whatever other veggies I want to imagine were in it!

I must admit, seeing this gritty-looking stuff on the side of the cup was a little icky...

 

....but it tasted great!  {No matter how much I mixed & stirred, I could not get all of those little flakes mixed in.  It sort of looked like a protein shake mixer bottle that always seems to have a bit of the powdered mix stuck to the sides.}

If you haven't checked out It Works yet, I encourage you to do so!  Talk to my girlfriend, Traci, if you'd like to hear more about getting involved in the company, or if you'd like to hear about more of their product line.  There are tons of other things to choose from, each one derived from natural ingredients and backed by a debt-free, faith-based company who endeavor to give their representatives and customers a fuller, more amazing life!

Check out Traci's website here: http://livemoregivemore.com or contact her via email at traci@livemoregivemore.com.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

My day with Jesus, Beth and Katie

There is this lady I admire who speaks at women's conferences nationwide about Jesus.  She writes phenomenal, life-changing Bible studies, too.  She is beautiful, inside & out.  Maybe you've heard of her.  Did I mention she's a Texas girl, which makes me love her even more?


Girlfriends, if you haven't heard of Beth Moore, let me give you just a teeny tiny taste.



Beth is both hilarious and wonderfully intelligent.  Over the past 15-ish years, I've been through a number of her Bible studies.  They were all incredible!  Confession time: there isn't a single one that I've ever finished all the homework for.  You see, they all follow a workbook format where you go in once a week & watch a 45 minute long video with a room full of ladies, then you talk about what you learned and discuss your homework from the previous week.  Let me tell ya, Beth Moore's studies are meaty.  So meaty that the 5 days' worth of homework you're supposed to complete between group meetings never gets totally done at my house because it requires so much time.  If I could make a full time job out of doing Beth Moore Bible study homework, that would be great, but anyway...she's GOOD y'all.  But friends, if you ever get a chance to do a study of hers, do it.  Even if you don't get a chance to pick up the workbook one single time between meetings, you will learn so much from the videos, from the girl talk around the table when you are hiding the book in your lap so that the others can't see you didn't finish the homework.





A month or so back, I saw a post on Facebook by a friend who is the pastor's wife at a local church.  She said that her church was hosting a Beth Moore simulcast event TODAY.  I was giddy because, folks, it's been way too long.


Let's rewind.  When my kids were younger, I was in a new Bible study every couple months.  When one study ended, our church would have another one waiting and we'd plow ahead into it.  I loved the camaraderie of sitting with a group of girlfriends (or strangers who became girlfriends by the time we finished the study!) and hearing how God spoke to them through the study that week.  But I loved spending time soaking up the Lord even more.  I had young children then and spending a lot of time reading anything by myself meant that I would likely doze off, but during those caffeine-fueled hours of reading my Bible and the workbooks, I was filled with doses of HIM through and through.

 
All that changed about five years ago.  Upon moving to a new church and our finances hitting an all-time low I began giving up organized Bible study time in lieu of working in the paid childcare side of the building.  Oh how I've missed the devoted girlfriends & Jesus time.

Sure, I still attended church.  I've taught 4 and 5 year olds for four years.  I've listened to a million sermons.  I've read Scripture on my own.  But there is something special and unique about the time we spend with other women pouring over the Word of God.  So today, I went to a simulcast event at my friend's church (along with 190,000 other women worldwide.)  I know a lot of the ladies who attend church there.  We talked about the event at length on Facebook.  I planned for the day, bought a new spiral to take notes in, set out my highlighter and Bible last night.  I was ready!

Except for one little detail -- I was going alone.  I know my reason for going was not to socialize, but in the past few years I've become more of an introvert, more of a homebody.  I like my alone time, but if I'm going into a room full of people, I like having a steady shoulder by me.  Today was a stretch for me.  GOD was stretching me.

When I arrived this morning, I waved to friends (the ladies from the church) but they were all 'working' so they were outside the auditorium doing their thing and I had to select a seat, not knowing who was sitting where or if I'd be parked next to a weird stranger all day.  I tried to remember why I was there, and focused my mind on spending the last few minutes before it began praying for God to show me what He wanted me to see today.

An elderly, white-haired lady sat down next to me and introduced herself as Katie.  I had never met Katie before, but throughout our time as next-door-seat-neighbors today, we spent some time talking.  Throughout the day, Beth had us turning to our neighbor & repeating things she said.  "You are a beautiful woman." ...  "God has a plan for you."  Each time, I was struck by the warmth and sincerity in Katie's eyes.  What a sweet lady!  I learned later tonight that she used to be a missionary.  I can imagine the way she talked to people in whatever place she served --- holding their attention with her kindness and care, holding their hands, showing them the Word and living alongside them.

As Beth's worship team led the music, I surrendered to the Spirit, closing my eyes, clapping and lifting my hands, folding them in prayer, wiping the tears that escaped.  Doing this day on my own, I found myself soaking it all in.  I wasn't whispering to my neighbor or focusing on the people near me.  It was all about me & my Creator.  As Beth began to speak, my heart melted. I felt like I was back in those old, familiar chairs at Bible study class.  Surrounded by my girlfriends, I leaned in a little closer to hear God whisper in my ear.

In an opening comment, Beth mentioned Luke 1:45.  It says "Blessed is she who believes ... that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished."  The first 5 words to that verse were sort of a theme verse for us today.


A few notes from today about doing womanhood well:

*It is impossible for me NOT to qualify for an encounter with Jesus Christ.
*Jesus changes the story of every woman He meets. (and He is writing a great story.)
*Acts 1:24:  He is the heart-knower.
When considering past pain, is it time to take off the bandage from your healed heart?  Do you just like the comfort of wearing the bandage?  Are you getting a rash from wearing that bandage too long?  Move on.  Jeremiah 7:24 says to focus on Him and move forward, not backward.
*God wants a woman to know WHO she is & WHAT she is not.
With that in mind, Beth challenged us all to write down this Identity Declaration:


(Please click it to blow it up bigger & read it!)

Beth suggested that sometimes we need a clean sweep to find what we're missing.  Is your life filled to the brim with so many things, so many relationships, so much STUFF that you tend to lose focus on the ONE thing that wants our attention most?  (God!)  Is it time to sweep a few things out of the way?  God doesn't want to be just one of many things that keeps you busy.

Ouch.

One of the points we wrote down today states "A woman's joy is not the same without girlfriends to share it."  We are really not connecting our joy deficit with our girlfriend deficit.  {Quality time!}

In scripture, EVERY instance of the phrase "complete joy" or "...so your joy may be full" is in connection to a time shared with multiple people.  In this day & age of social media, texting, emailing, etc., we are losing our understanding of being together with family and friends.  People in your life can only rejoice FOR you, not WITH you, if they're reading about your life on twitter & facebook, email, etc.  We must endeavor to preserve physical proximity with friends and family.  That connection is so important.  If hospitality is not your gift (hello, blinding neon arrow that is pointed in my direction), find ways to physically be with your family and friends on a regular basis.

And the same connection with Christ is equally important.  While you may not be able to physically stand next to Him, listening to a sermon or reading a book about God or worse, "liking" or "pinning" pictures of inspirational things online aren't the same as having an intimate, close, personal relationship you pursue daily.  We need that connection with Him, too!  Prayer, worship, and time in the Word is vital.

As the day drew to a close, Beth asked every person in the convention center where she was, every woman in a church or small group environment watching a simulcast, every lady sitting at home in front of her computer to turn to the lady next to her, whether you knew her or not, and speak these words over her as a blessing and a commission to go out into the world and live as women of God.  As I turned to face my new 'tas philas' (Greek for girlfriend), sweet Miss Katie reached out & took my hands.  In the most precious moment of my day, we looked into each others' eyes and spoke these words.  Powerful words, friends.


My Beloved Sister,
Jesus drew you to this day. To call you to respond. What will you do with what He has said?
God chose you and gifted you for this very generation. You are the exact woman Jesus came looking for today.  Stop telling yourself this is about someone else. You are the one He wants.
You’re not too young.  You’re not too old.  You haven’t strayed too far or waited too long.  Let Jesus step fully into your story and write a narrative for your life. That does the world good and gives God glory.  People out there need what you have to offer.

Quit listening to your fears and insecurities. Stand up and step out and meet some needs.
You are my sister. I’ll cheer you on. I will support you and love you.  I’ll stop competing and comparing.  I want to be a woman women can trust.
Let’s do this thing side by side. We’re so much stronger together.
Sister, stay in His Word. Fight for love and keep your faith.  Follow hard after Jesus all the rest of your days.
He will never do you wrong. He will never reject or betray you. He will make something beautiful
out of all your pain. In every loss, He will be your gain.

A lost world is waiting out there.  The darkness is aching for light. Get out there and serve with all your might.  

Because, my beloved sister, You Are A woman Of God.  Go show somebody what she looks like.

As I chewed on my lip and tried not to cry, looking into the eyes of this precious, tender, older, wiser sister in Christ, a lady at the church snapped this picture.  She texted it to me tonight.


I can't imagine having spent my day next to anyone else.  Tonight as I go to bed, I am thankful for Beth Moore and for Katie.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Changes Ahead

  
In 1997, Larry and I stumbled into the doors of a precious church in town.  From the moment we walked in the doors, we felt at home.  We were welcomed, nurtured, taught and loved through the early years of our marriage.  Our young marrieds Sunday School class was far more than a group of people we spent an hour a week with.  They were our best friends, the ones we desired to spend time with over anyone else, the moms I did play dates with and Bible studies with.  These were the men Larry hung out with for Guys' Nights and those he studied the Word with.  They were our closest companions and some of our biggest cheerleaders.  They were the ones we would call late at night with prayer needs and those who would show up at our door with food in times of crisis.  Larry was a deacon and served on the missions board.  I was involved in the ladies ministry, worked in the nursery & preschool departments and taught VBS.  In late 2004, we said goodbye to the sweet souls there and moved across town to another church where Larry would serve as a pastor for the next 4 1/2 years.  We desperately missed all of our friends in those early months, but in time, our new church became 'home.'


In the spring of 2009, Larry stepped down from his job at the church.  God was calling us in a different direction, so we followed.  It was a hard, painful road back into 'regular' life.  Larry grieved the loss of that part of his identity.  We mourned the loss of the ministries we had helped start.  We missed the families we had served and become so close to.  But we knew it was the right thing to do.

We returned to our old church.  It seemed the most logical, simple transition.  Upon arriving there, we realized that nearly the entire congregation was different.  Only 1 staff member was the same.  We questioned if this was where we should stay, but determined that any church we attended would be the same --- we'd have to adjust to new church members & staff anywhere we went, so it was time to settle in & get used to a new body of believers.  We were anxious to get involved again and become a part of this old, familiar, warm place.


Around the 1 year mark, Larry voiced a concern that maybe this wasn't the right church for us after all.  It just didn't feel right to him.  He struggled to "fit".  He didn't feel connected.  He was having a hard time finding his niche.  We tried several different Sunday School classes and small groups, but couldn't find "the one" where he felt the most at home.  As the kids and I got settled into a routine of serving and involvement, Larry floundered, but he was willing to "stick it out" for our sakes.  He was happy that we were all plugged in, filling a role in ministry of one sort or another.

In the coming few years, he quietly suffered.  I nudged him to try becoming involved in one ministry or another.  I urged him to seek out the staff & try to connect with them.  I called his old guy friends and asked them to seek him out & help him find a way to get involved.  I kept pushing for him to make it work.  As the years passed I grew more deeply involved in women's ministry, the preschool department, relationships with ladies of the church, but he became more & more lost in the crowd, feeling like an outsider.


I guess I knew a long time ago that I should probably submit to his leadership & move to another church with him so we could find a place where he 'fit', but I kept closing my eyes or shoving my fingers in my ears, trying to ignore the facts.  I figured as long as he didn't push the issue, I'd just try to keep tiptoeing along until it came up.


In May, Larry reached a breaking point and announced privately to me that he just couldn't keep going.  He felt lost, abandoned, disconnected from everyone and lonely.  He was silently suffering and he had grown weary of trying to force something to work that didn't seem like it ever would.  He said that he didn't want to ever go back.  He was ready to move on and find a new place.  I couldn't blame him.  Five years is long enough to feel out of place and incomplete.


And so, today we spent our final Sunday at the place I've known as my church home for 12 of our 20 years of marriage.  I am a little sad, but more than anything I am at peace.  I know that following my husband to a new place  is right.  I know that submitting to his leadership is so very freeing.  I know the search for a new church will be hard, and possibly LONG, but I ache to spend my Sunday mornings next to Larry, worshiping and learning by his side.  I am also anxious to make this move & get it over and done with, so pray with me that God helps me relax and rest in this journey.

The kids know we're making a move and they have a whole range of emotions about it.  They understand WHY we're moving.  They agree that it's best for us to find a place where we can ALL feel at home & plugged in.  But of course leaving behind something comfortable is always hard.  Pray that God helps us find a place where they can get settled in quickly.

I am not gonna lie.  This is a hard move.  But it's the right move, so I'm game.  Father, lead us.








Postscript:  I feel like I should note that we are not angry with anyone at the church.  We are not disgruntled or mad.  We do not intend to destroy the church's reputation or gripe about them at every turn.  We have just realized it's not the right specific church group for us anymore.  Fortunately we live in the Bible belt where there is another church on just about every corner.  There are plenty of others to choose from & we trust that God will lead us to the right place.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer 2014 Re-Cap

 
Summer is not over yet.  I do realize this.  But starting tomorrow morning, we have school-related stuff almost every day until the first day back, August 25th.  It's been an odd summer.  Let me back track a bit.

On May 26, Larry's dad passed away.  We had the funeral June 1.  The next couple weeks were a whirlwind of emotions and handling business and just trying to survive.  (That's him with Samuel in 2003.)

 
The first week of June, Savannah began a new job in a local doctor's office.  She was 'done' with fast food and the restaurant where she worked was closing for remodeling so she took the chance to look for a new job and found one she loves!  She's working in medical records, filing and offering help/support in whatever way she's needed 20 hours a week.  It's been a wonderful job for her this summer.  The office manager is a friend and said they could be flexible with her schedule when school starts, so they will work around whatever her class schedule requires!

For the first week & a half of June, Sam traveled with my parents to Yellowstone.  He loved the destination!  All the days in the car were a little boring, but he enjoyed seeing the wildlife and the mountains and the snow when they got there!  He took this picture of a moose (elk?) on the side of the road while he was there.


Starting the 2nd week of June, Sam attended a daily boot camp sort of thing for our school's athletes.  From 7-9 AM each morning, he sprinted and lifted and jumping-jacked (is that a word?) and jogged and sweated.  Obviously, he did not get much of my DNA because he LOVED it.  He did this Monday through Thursday for almost all of June & July.


On June 22, my sisters and I hosted my parents' 50th wedding anniversary party.  It was a great party with lots of guests.  Unbeknownst to everyone, we also hosted a guest with a super-friendly case of head lice that quite a few of us caught....and thus began the epic head lice battle of 2014.  Two and a half weeks (and about $450 later), we got rid of the bugs.  I'm still paranoid and have the girls check my head at least once a week when I have the tiniest itch on my head.  You just don't overcome that fear for a while!


Throughout June and July, Sarah and I did a little local mission work with the church's middle school youth group.  It was so fun to watch these 6th-8th graders reach out to kids in the community.  Then the third week in July, Sam went on his first mission trip ever with our church's high school youth group.  They worked in West Dallas helping with a ministry there called Mercy Street.  I helped out with a meal ministry a few times throughout the summer as well.

Larry & I took a short weekend trip to the town where we lived when we first got married and enjoyed re-visiting a lot of the places we knew so well 20 years ago.

Aside from all that, EVERY weekend all summer long, we have traveled to Larry's dad's house to work on preparing it for an estate sale and eventually to sell the house.  I've been SO proud of the kids stepping up & helping.  We still have a few more months worth of work to be done, but there has been a lot of progress made.  I suspect we will be ready to do the estate sale by Christmas, or maybe early Spring.  We will probably sell the property next summer, but that's just a guesstimate.  It has been both hard work and a process of unwrapping lots of memories.  I feel privileged to be able to help Larry do all of it.

Somewhere in all of this busy-ness, summer has just flown by.  I keep thinking that things are going to slow down and I will actually pause and enjoy some quiet, peaceful summer time....but at this point I don't think that's going to happen.  In some ways, that makes me sad, but it's time to realize that we are moving on & fall is upon us!  And while I will miss the relaxing pace of summer, I do look forward to scenes like this one.  {Wait....I didn't have a relaxingly-paced summer.  ha ha}


Tomorrow morning, Samuel starts football 2-a-days (although it's just once a day, so I'm not sure why people refer to it as "2 a days".)  On Tuesday, Savannah and I will visit the junior college where she'll go this fall to buy her parking pass, get her student ID and buy her books for classes.  And later this week, I register Sarah for school.  One day next week, I register Sam at the high school.  (Can we just stop for a second and pause. I said High School.  Give me a second while I go cry.)


Oh, and did I mention that Savannah is turning EIGHTEEN this week?  I don't know who this kid thinks she is, but I did NOT give her permission to turn into an adult just yet.  I'm still reeling that she's gone & grown up on me like this.  I still monitor what she watches on TV, y'all.  I may suffer a bit of denial in the coming months when I am suddenly knocked out of being able to see medical records without her permission.  Mind blowing, folks!

Seriously, I couldn't be more proud of her...and on Wednesday, we shall celebrate with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cake balls!  She's a MAJOR fan.



Between all that, a couple doctor appointments (check ups before school starts) and a week of inservice for me, BLINK....summer's over.

Friday, August 1, 2014

If I were honest...

Are there people in your life that you hang around with simply because of the way they make you feel? You know the ones. Every time you see them, they are warm & kind, they tell you how great you look (and they're totally sincere about it, leaving you to wonder about the visual health on those bad hair days). They smile & listen to you whine and gripe and fuss and they pray for you in the most beautiful, eloquent way. They always want to hear how your kids are doing & how your family is. When they hug you, you FEEL the hug all the way to your heart. They offer to babysit your children for free & when you pick them up, they've fed your children wholesome meals, led them in a short Bible study and taught them a Bible verse to the tune of their favorite songs. Oh, and they played games all day and took the kids to the pool without ever breaking a sweat or knocking a single hair out of place. Yeah, you know that person in your life. We all have one. Or two or three.

These are the same people that, if you really dig deep, you realize you don't know much about because you're always letting them fill you up with compliments or kind words or you 'let them' listen to you far more than you listen to them?

This coming week, find that person and spend some time listening.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We Want to Know--Wednesday blog meme

Just another old, fun survey thingy that was saved in my blog drafts.  I love finding old posts I never published before!

1} You have been asked to give a 10 minute speech to teenage girls. What is it about?

Abstinence.  Not giving your heart away to every guy you date.  College decisions.  Their self-worth.  Crap...I can't decide.

2} Do you have a pet? Tell us about them. No pets? Why?
Yes, one dog, a basset hound.  She is precious & we love her.  BUT....I guess I have to own it.  When she dies, I don't really care if we ever get another dog.  Honestly, they're just a lot of work & they are expensive to take care of.  I don't DISlike pets, I'm just getting old and realizing that NOT having one is easier.

{3} What is the biggest inconvenience about the place you’re currently living?
Really?  Not much of anything.  I like where I live.

{4} What do you think is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?
Marrying Larry.

{5} What are the THREE "nevers" of your life? (things you would never do or have never done)
I can't answer this.  I've learned over & over that you can never say never.  It always comes back to bite you in the rear.  You just don't know what the future holds.

But I'm pretty sure I'll never own a pit bull, will never get a master's degree and probably won't ever be rich.  And I'm OKAY with all three of those.

We Want to Know (WWTK) blog meme

I STARTED writing this post in July of 2010.  I found it today in my drafts that never got published.  It's been fun reading through old posts like this one.  Fortunately I didn't have to edit much to make it up to date!  Enjoy!

My bloggy friend Rachel always had the most fun blog hops/memes/surveys (whatever you want to call 'em!) on her blog, so I used to steal them from her & repost them here. Her blog is where I first saw the Friday Five posts and I love the questions!   Rachel died a couple of years ago, so finding this old meme from her blog makes it extra special.

{1} What was the last thing you searched for online?

a map to a restaurant I visited a couple days ago

{2} If we visit your home state, what is one MUST we should do before leaving?
Well, they always say that to be an 'honorary Texan' you have to kiss the Alamo. (Same for new Texans!) So let's do that!

{3} What do you think pharmaceutical companies should invent a pill for that isn't on the market yet?
The magic pill. You know, the one we're all wishing for. The magic pill that makes you lose tons of weight with absolutely ZERO side effects in a reasonably short period of time.

{4} When was your first kiss? Was it good or bad?
Depends on which one you'd call my first.
When I was in preschool, I had my first boyfriend, Aaron.  He kissed me one day on the playground.
In 7th grade, I had a boyfriend on the school bus who gave me my 'real' first kiss.


{5} What is your guilty pleasure TV show that you can not miss?
Alright, this one is tough for me.  I honestly don't watch much TV at all, so I don't have a particular MUST SEE show.  But I will say that during the Dancing With the Stars season, I love watching it & try not to ever miss an episode.