Friday, September 29, 2017

Simple Way to Wash Brushes & Combs

Washing Brushes & Combs in the washing machine

Simple Way to Wash Brushes & Combs  
Did you know that you can throw your combs and brushes in the washing machine to clean? Clean any hair from items, and toss into the washer with whites, and wash as normal. Make sure to pull them out before transferring the whites to the dryer, though. 

Easy way to keep them fresh and prevent the nasties from building up.

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 37

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Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 37

I'm noticing some differences in my legs and their tone. Its a promising change for someone who has mobility issues. Before, the back of my thighs had began to look like the saggy skin under an older person's arm; that's the best way I can describe it. Now, they are fuller; not perfect, but fuller. What a blessing it would be if I could get my muscle tone back, because I've often wondered what the future held for me, with all the lower body muscle loss.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Simple and Cheap Method of Chalk Painting Mason Jars

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Simple and Cheap Method of Chalk Painting Mason Jars

You don't have to spend big money to get that chalk painted look on your mason jars. Its simple and inexpensive to use this method. You know me, I'm all about finding ways to get a look without breaking the bank and to get it done in fewer steps.

Mason Jars of your choice
Spray Chalkboard Paint
Bottle of Cheap Flat Acrylic Paint
Sponge Paint Brush
Vinyl Letters or Designs (optional)
Newspaper to serve as a drop-cloth
Disposable cup
Matt clear coat
Fine grit sand paper 220 or higher.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

This is a project that you will want to do outside. Start by laying out newspaper on a table or flat surface. Next, sit your jars upside down on the paper. Shake your can of Chalkboard paint, well. About 1 to 2 feet from jars, begin to spray your jars; moving constantly to get an even coverage. This paint dries quickly, but it will run if you spray it too close, or in one spot too long. Once you finish with this coat of paint, allow to dry, and spray again.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

When you feel you have the jars evenly covered, allow to dry before flip them over, and paint the tops and rims with the Chalkboard paint. 

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Allow to dry, then you can place on your vinyl letters or designs.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Next, prepare your Flat acrylic paint by pouring paint into a disposable cup, adding water, and stir until you reach the consistency of milk.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Turn jars upside down on the paper for painting. Dip your brush in the paint and begin to lightly spread the acrylic paint. You can expect it to pour down the sides as this is a very loose paint. Cover bottom and sides and allow to dry. Reapply coats of acrylic paint until surface is well coated; there will still be a few black streaks showing through.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Flip jars over and paint rims and sides with acrylic paint. Allow to dry and reapply until jar is evenly covered and little to no black shows through.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Now, you're ready to peel away the vinyl letters. Do this carefully as the acrylic paint scratches easily. I would suggest, having some of the acrylic paint on hand to do touch ups, if you accidentally scratch the surface. If you have any paint bleed under your stickers, you can use black paint to touch up the letters or designs.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

It's time to Sand the raised embossing. Use a high grit paper like 220.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint
Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Now, I'm making these to sell at our church yard sale. Since I'm making the jars for someone else, I sprayed these with a Matt clear coat. This will help to keep the paint from peeling, chipping or fading. This step is totally up to you, but this paint will scratch easily.

Once dry, top jars with a band to give it some depth. They're ready for use.

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Chalk Painting Mason Jars with Spray Chalkboard Paint

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 36

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A little something that I was working on for the Church Yard Sale this weekend.
Thanks to Infinitely Elegant Designs for the pumpkins.

Thrive Le-vel Day 36 Review:

I had a busy day yesterday, and an even busier, evening. My energy level was great throughout, until I sat down, last night. When I decided to unwind before bed, it hit me, and I was suddenly exhausted. I don't even remember my head hitting the pillow. Today promises to be just as busy, but I plan on pacing myself, as I woke this morning with achiness.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Easy Removal of Blood Stains From Whites

Peroxide for blood stains
Easy Removal of Blood Stains From Whites

Laundry Tip:
Did you know that peroxide takes blood stains out of whites? I figured with so many with children playing football, this might come in handy. This is a tip that I was given when my son was in Karate and had a blood stain on his white uniform. I kept a bottle in our go bag, when he was competing, and as soon as he pulled off his uniform, I'd pour it on stains.

It works wonderfully, if you haven't washed the items before. It doesn't work that great on set in blood stains that have been previously washed and dried. Don't allow the peroxide to get on colors because it will fade them. But, on a fresh blood stain, it will "boil" the stain out like it does on a cut. Be sure to rinse out, soon after application, and wash with alike colors.

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 35 ~ Quick Tip

Thrive Le-vel Review

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 35 ~ Quick Tip

Thrive Tip:
We're still on our Thrive journey. After sharing that we took Thrive on vacation, some have asked about how we made our shakes in a hotel room. We took bottled water with us and kept it cold. Each morning, we drank some water out of a bottle to take our pills, and then carefully, poured a shake mix into the same bottle and shook. I wouldn't suggest the chocolate shake made of water but the vanilla is great.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 34 ~ Canning Candied Pears with Recipe

How to Can Candied Pears with Recipe

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 34 ~ Canning Candied Pears with Recipe

I often don't have the energy, the knowledge or the ability to do the things that my parents and grandparents use to do. They planted, tended, harvested and canned their own fruits and vegetables. Many of those old "how to's" and recipes have been lost to time, due to a lack of written instructions, or in my grandmother's case - dementia. Those things that she had memorized and did repeatedly, are gone. All that remains are the recipes and "know how" that were passed to my parents. My goal is to share all that they pass to me with the world, in an effort that they not be forgotten, or lost forever.

Here's one of those Recipes and How To's - with my little modern day twist - that I had the energy to do, thanks to Thrive.

Canning Candied Pears
Prepare 5 Quart Jars, 5 Lids and 5 Bands; I prefer wide mouth jars for this because they are easier to pack. My twist - I prepare my jars, lids and bands in the dishwasher by running them through an entire wash cycle and using them after the completion of the hot rinse cycle. Make sure you set the dishwasher on the hot dry setting, so that the last jar you fill will be just as warm as the first.  This takes a little planning, but I usually start with the dishwasher, then begin preparing my fruit, so by the time I need the jars, they are in the drying phase or close.
Large Pot for Boiling Candies
Large Pot for Boiling Jars or a Pressure Cooker
2 Oven Mitts, Jar Tongs, or Something for handling hot jars

12 - 15 Large Pears; peeled, cored, and sliced
2 - 9 oz bags of Cinnamon Imperials
1 1/2 cups of White Vinegar
2 cups of Granulated Sugar
4 cups of Water

In a large pot, pour in the water and vinegar, allow to heat on high for 5 minutes. Next, pour in the sugar and stir until dissolved. Now, pour in the Cinnamon Candies, and stir constantly, until they have dissolved. Once all ingredients are dissolved, and mixed well, remove from heat.

Using a towel, oven mitts, or jar tongs, pull your hot jars from the dishwasher, or water bath. Tightly, pack Pear Slices into hot quart jars. Be sure to leave about 1/2" from the top of the jars vacant; you don't want to pack the jars to the top.

Next, place one packed jar in your empty sink and pour candy mixture over the pears. Fill jars to about 1/4" from the top, with the candy mixture. With a wet dish cloth, or wet paper towel, wipe off rim and band of jar, then place lid on top. Screw on band, but  Not  as tight as you can. Finish filling all jars, and using oven mitts, jar tongs, or a dish towel to pick up, place hot jars in large pot or pressure cooker. I used a pot.

In the pot, with your jars of pears, you will need to add water up to just over half way. Allow pot, with jars inside, to heat to a rolling boil. Boil jars for 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to cool. Its best to leave the pot, with the jars inside, to cool for about 2 hours before moving. Within that time, the water and jars will cool, and in most cases, the lids will seal. If, after the jars have completely cooled, you have any lids that still haven't sealed, they aren't going to, and you will need to refrigerate the jars to keep its contents from spoiling.

Tighten the bands, date the top of lids, and store with your other canned goods. These are excellent for the upcoming holidays. Use as you would Spiced Apples or as a dessert item.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 33

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Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 33

After a fun weekend away, we're back, and have a renewed sense of purpose. We took our Thrive with us, on our little get away, and it kept our energy up throughout the fun packed days. I've even noticed that I'm drinking less coffee in the mornings to get going; what a plus.

Check back in for our daily experiences with the products.

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 32 ~ Vacationing with Thrive

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 32 ~ Vacationing with Thrive

Maria has the seas churned up today on Jekyll. Wouldn't want to go into that water but it sure makes for beautiful pictures. 

Debris that still litters the roadside of Brunswick after Irma's impact on the Georgia coast.

For the most part St. Simons is back to business as usual.

St. Simon's Beaches are beautiful with very little debris.

This weekend, I've enjoyed the energy that Thrive has given me to explore the places we love.

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 31 ~ Thrive on Vacation

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 31 ~ Thrive on Vacation

Greetings from Driftwood Beach!

Up and going! Checking out how our favorite places were effected by Irma. The landscape has changed and debris still litters the area, but for the most part, Jekyll is back up and accepting visitors.

Some of the debris that was deposited on Driftwood beach.

Morning at the pier, as a shower passes

Debris and erosion on Jekyll beach

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 30 ~ The Reveal

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Left- Before                                     Right- After
I can Button my favorite shirt & my tummy is Smaller!

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 30 ~ The Reveal

First, I'd like to thank everyone that has joined me on this journey. I've had my bumps in the road, but overall, the experience has been a positive one. Anyone that has followed me from day one, knows I started this research as a skeptic. I absolutely did not believe the product did what everyone claimed. I admit it, I was wrong. Woo; I said it.

With that being said, I've been told I expected more results in 30 days than what is claimed by the company. One visit to their website, and its clear, they suggest an 8 week experience in order to reach optimum results. My husband and I agree, it would be discredit to stop our Thrive research after a 30 day review when its suggested to give it 60 days. We feel the research would be incomplete and that the only course is to continue our "experiment" for another 30 days. So our 30 day review is about to become a 60 day review.

When I started this experiment, I honestly didn't expect, on day 30, to tell you that its worth trying, much less that I was going to buy the stuff myself and keep taking it,  even longer. I've definitely come a long way from I'll Never buy the products to actually buying them, willingly. I fully expected to be telling you not to waste your money, but I can't; not in good conscience.

Now for what everyone has been waiting for, the results:
My husband is down a pant size and I can get into a pant size smaller, but its still not comfortable to do so. I've noticed the difference on both our faces, as far as the decreasing of the double chins and cheeks that are smaller. The weight loss amount? 0, zero, dada, nothing, zilch. No kidding; Neither of us lost any weight and we were shocked. We couldn't understand how we are experiencing these changes, but no weight loss. Our doctor explained that its a possibility that we are exchanging fat for muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat. That gave me little comfort.

Honestly, I left the doctor's office discouraged. I couldn't understand the baggy clothes but no weight loss. We were advised to stick with Thrive, and give it a little longer, before giving up. If I set the lack of weight loss aside, I realize, I've received other benefits from using Thrive that I didn't expect.

Prior to Thrive use:
As a perimenopausal woman, I've had mood issues, extreme responses to mundane situations, lack of energy, and weight gain.
As a mobility challenged person, I've had muscle loss, depression, and weight gain.
As a female, I normally have carb and chocolate cravings.

Benefits that I've experienced after 30 days of using Thrive:
More & Sustained Energy
Low to No carb cravings
Felt fuller, faster
Mood & Emotions leveled;  appropriate for the situation
Drinking more water
Clothes are looser
Tummy is smaller

60 day Goals from using Thrive:
Continue those above, along with:
Weight Loss
Muscle Gain
Healthier, Energetic Life-style

Life Lessons I've learned from this journey:
Don't be quick to judge. I "assumed" that Le-vel was a get-rich-quick scheme because its an MLM. After more research into the company itself (not their products) they seem to be trying to re-invent the Wheel. They have taken an old business model, reworked it, expanded on it, and have built - excuse the pun - a Thriving business. One look at their "rules" and it becomes abundantly clear - they want honesty from those representing their products and company. They plainly express that they will not tolerate misleading customers, false or grandiose claims of results, misuse of information, misrepresentation of the products or company, stealing customers from other representatives, and more. With such strict guidelines, you have to admire their effort to create and keep, a good reputation.

Just because someone wants to share their experience with you, doesn't mean they want to "sell" you something. Sometimes, they are excited about what they have found and want others to know in case they could use it too. Case in point - the magic eraser that I tell everyone about and what they will do to make their life easier. I've never gotten money for doing that and I don't sell them, but I love those dumb things. Oh, and the blue Dawn dish detergent...going down a rabbit hole there.

Sometimes the benefits Do outweigh the expense! This company offers ways to off-set the cost of their products, which could help those on a budget.

Don't judge a book by its cover. Just because you look like you've lost weight doesn't mean that you have. But, I'm expecting more than weight loss. I'm expecting a gain of muscle, and with my mobility issues, its just as important as the weight loss.

We'll be starting this next 30 days by taking measurements of our waists, hips, thighs, and arms. I'm also going to photograph those areas, for us to use as before and after, for ourselves. I'm not sure what, if any of those, I'll share here, because let's face it; no one wants to see my droopy fat.

If you are liking my results, and would like to give Thrive a try, send me a message @  I'll send you my resources. Maybe we can share this journey.

Continue to follow us on our Thrive experience. Our 30 day review is now a 60 day review!
Feel free to comment below or shoot me a message.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 29 ~ Revealing Photos

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Left:  Before                            Right: After

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 29 ~ Revealing Photos

I can button my favorite shirt! Yay! You can also notice the difference in my tummy that I'm so self-conscience about. Not an extreme difference, but I'm pleased with the results after taking the Thrive challenge for just 1 month.

Tomorrow I reveal our weight loss totals. Be sure to join me for the results.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 28 ~ Stormy Days

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Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 28 ~ Stormy Days

Planning to work on my, after the 30 day Thrive challenge photos, today. Wish me luck because I'm a novice at this selfie thing. I want to convey the changes that I've noticed, without showing a lot of skin. Let's face it; I don't want to scare everyone to death, just show you the difference.

Its funny how your life can be going on this even, straight track, and all of a sudden, its derailed by a storm of life. Sometimes, it feels as though the car you're in, will never stop being hit by debris. It seems that when chaos hits, it continues from every direction. After a while, you may even long for a boring night at home, watching television, without any concerns. That's where I've been this month.

I know that not everyone reading this may believe in a higher power, but I do; you may feel you're too smart for that. I believe in Karma - what you put into the world, is what you get out. I've lived long enough to see, the evil things that people have done, eventually, come back to them; in one form or another. And in turn, I've also witness the good deeds that people have done, be rewarded.  I've experienced things that I've been told were impossible, become possible, after thanking God in advance for those things; Big Things.

With all that being said, its funny how this opportunity came along, just before all the chaos hit. No one knew what was going to take place, not even me, but God did. It was as though, I couldn't complete one life-altering thing, before another one began. I honestly believe that taking Thrive has allowed me to stay calm, get outside my own head, to not obsess over things that are out of my control, and allowed me to keep my own peace in this storm, and to even laugh at some of the things that were just over-the-top. Real or not, I'm grateful.

Remember those in the path of Maria. See you tomorrow. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 27 ~ Realizations and Epiphanies

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 27 ~ Realizations and Epiphanies

Its funny how my thoughts about this product has changed over the course of 27 days. I started this review thinking I was going to find the "key" - the simple thing that was causing the weight loss in these people that they could do without a pill or patch. At first, I thought it was the water intake that aided in the weight loss. Then, I decided it was an introduction of a breakfast that many people skip. Next, I decided it was a combination of the two. Truly, I would be amiss, if I said that those things didn't help; they do. But there's more. I can't explain the changes that I've seen within myself, except for the introduction of this product in my everyday life.

I've had more energy.
I haven't been experiencing my normal carb cravings.
I've felt fuller, faster.
Compared to a month ago, my mood and emotions have been in check and level.
My pants are looser.
My tummy is smaller.

What's that old saying; you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Well, this "old dog" has learned a few new things, but no tricks.

Le-vel has dispelled my preconceived notions about MLMs. This is not the same old MLMs that we grew up running away from. It seems that this company has taken an old, abused business model and molded, and reshaped into the new 21st century way of building a business. With no brick and mortar buildings to drain profits, they promote their brand by having their customers become sellers; brilliant! If you love and believe in a product, you're going to tell all your friends. If you're going to tell everyone about it, you may as well make money doing it. (Wish I had stock in Magic Erasers.) And, with the use of the Internet, information and orders are streamlined.

With this month's review, drawing to an end, I can't help but wonder about a few things.
First, how many other people are just like me, and refuse to give Thrive a try, because of it being a MLM? Next, How many people are turned off by the expense of trying it? Finally, how many people are avoiding their friends and family because they feel they will be "pressured" into buying something? Those are all things that Le-vel will have to address with training or promoting.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 26 ~ Almost to the End

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 26 ~ Almost to the End

Its hard to believe this 30 day journey with you is almost over. When I started this review, I started as a skeptic; a pessimist. It was impossible for me to believe Thrive really worked the way people were claiming. I was dead-set in my belief that it was a well perpetrated scam. There is no way, I would have ever spent my own money to do this review, much less, try this product on my own.

With that being said, I need to send a thank you to my benefactor who made this review possible. Without her, I would have Never done this analysis because I wouldn't have invested the money it took to do it. She believed in something so strongly that she invested her own money in my research. And to be clear, she is not a seller of the product. I hope that she is pleased with my honest assessment of the product and my efforts to clearly convey my experiences. Thank you for the opportunity, to share with others, my Thrive journey.

Check back each day. This is the last week of my Thrive review. In a few days, I will be revealing my husband's and my, total weight loss for this 30 day review.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 25 ~ A Valuable Lesson

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The other brand of Shake I used. The taste is okay but the texture is gross.

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 25 ~ A Valuable Lesson

Well, yesterday, I ran another Thrive experiment, only this one, I didn't intend to. I allowed myself to run out of Thrive shakes. With my husband and I both taking Thrive, and the shakes coming in an odd amount, I completely overlooked that we were both extremely low.

I ordered more shakes Friday, but until they come in, I wouldn't have any, and my husband would have a supply thru Monday. To be honest, I didn't really worry about it because I have other meal replacement shakes I had bought previous to starting Thrive. I figured, I could use those until the Thrive shakes came in. A diet shake is a diet shake; really, how different can they be?

First, if you gag when you are trying to drink the shake, its not a good sign. Next, I kid you not, I noticed a drop in my energy level. About mid-day, I was feeling tired and wondered why, then I remembered my shake substitute. Last night, my old carb cravings hit, and it dawned on me, I haven't been having them while taking Thrive; I hadn't even noticed.

So, I guess I learned a few beneficial things from running out of the Thrive shakes.
1) Not every diet shake is created equal.
2) The Thrive shake is Not just a meal replacement.
3) It does help with energy, as well as, aid in curbing the appetite.
4) It helps to suppress certain food cravings.

Let me make this clear: The experiences that I share are Not what someone is telling is happening; because of A, B happened. These are my own observations. I have had limited contact with the Thrive consultant, who serves as my coach. This, I did purposefully, so I can share my Own thoughts and experiences. I didn't want someone who is already sold on a product, telling me what I was experiencing. I wanted to figure that out on my own.

In conclusion, it appears that every element of the Thrive regiment is a crucial part of a whole. In order to get the best possible results, you must use the 3 products, as suggested, to achieve your energy and weight loss goals.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 24

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 24

Still at it! Thrive is helping with me to lose weight and giving me energy. Now, I wonder if they can do anything about the freckles...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 23 ~ Life lessons from Harvey & Irma

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Savannah, GA overpass during Hurricane Irma Evacuation
Thank you Ann Whittacre for allowing us to use your photo.

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 23
My husband still says that he's not noticing a difference in his energy level. I say, he has more sustained energy throughout the day. We've been told that it takes longer use for some to experience the jolt of energy. In reality, I think that size and metabolism has to come into play somewhere. If everyone is using the same amount of a product, but everyone is not made the same, then I think the "amount taken" would need to be adjusted for some. As I experienced too much of a burst of energy to start, I think others may need more of a burst. Just my observation.

Irma - Metro Atlanta Update:
Most in our area had power restored, as of last evening. There are still scattered power outages, but nothing like our coastal regions of Georgia, and still, even less like Florida. People here have started their own cleanups and most evacuees have left to go back home; praying they all have homes to go back to.

Life Lessons from Harvey & Irma:
We've learned a lot from Harvey and Irma. We've learned how to open our arms to our neighbors, whether they are next door, or the next state over. We've seen people drop everything in their lives to drive hundreds of miles to take their bass boats out to rescue strangers off their roofs. We've seen men and women share food, time, and money with families that had out of state plates on their vehicles. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, white, black, American, Latino, made no difference to these storms; they didn't discriminate. And Neither did We during our time of Need. We've seen the will of the American people come together and help one another. That's why America is Great and that's why she will continue to be Great; her people. God Bless!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 22 ~ Q & A

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Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 22

Today, I thought I'd do something different. I'm going to share a few things that people have asked me about my Thrive experience. Some of the questions I've gotten, I didn't even think of with my skeptical mind, so figured I 'd share.

Q & A

1) Does the products come numbered, telling you to use this pack on this day, and another pack on another day?
No, nothing is numbered for a starting day and so on. Items are packaged in several days supply and you use the one you grab out of the box.

2) Is there a starter pack that you start with, and then, move on to other products after the initial use?
No, from what I've seen, you just order the same items over and over. They do have other things that can be purchased, like flavored packs to add to water for energy, and so on.

3) Will you reach a plateau in your weight loss like many people normally do when dieting?
To be completely honest, I have no clue. I hope not.

4) Do you think its all water weight that you are losing?
At first, I thought that it was probably going to be water weight loss, but now, I'm not sure. I will let my doctor be the deciding factor on that one. I do know that I've seen the weight loss in my husband and I don't believe that's the case with him.

5) Have you tried other diets in the past, and if so, what were the results?
Yes, I've tried the clean eating diet, the no carb diet, the all protein diet, the raw diet; the list goes on. I've found nothing that I could stick with. I either got discouraged from the lack of weight loss or I felt deprived.

6) Are there any special instructions on what to eat and when, with Thrive?
Honestly, their are No restriction, but to take the pills with water, drink a shake, and put on the patches, as soon as you get up in the morning. That's why I didn't believe it would work; it was too simple.

7) Are you going to continue to use Thrive after this 30 day Review is over?
Yes, I have decided to continue to use it as long as I continue to get the results that I've gotten. My doctor will be the ultimate deciding factor, but if he has no concerns, then I will continue. The skeptic in me says that I'm giving my money away for some vitamins and herbs. The realist in me says, but those vitamins and herbs are making you feel better and helping you lose weight. For me, right now, I believe the benefit outweighs the costs. I can't believe I just said that!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 21

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 21

Okay, I couldn't stand it anymore. I broke down and tried on those jeans that are a size smaller. I was able to zip them up, and button them, but I didn't try sitting in them. This was much more promising than a few weeks ago when I tried them on. Then, I couldn't get them even close to meeting, much less, actually buttoning them. Its a promising result. and a motivating one, as well.

Still enjoying the energy, and I don't get it, but I actually still believe that this stuff levels my mood. True or not, I'm grateful for what I've been experiencing. If it gets me through peri and menopause, hey, I'll take it.

We weigh in next week, so check back for the results!

Thought for the day:  Treat others, they way you'd want to be treated.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 20

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 20

The extreme thirst from over the weekend has subsided and I'm actually grateful. It was so bad that I had began to be concerned. I only drank about 3 liter of water, yesterday, and I'm telling you, that was a lot less than the the days before.

That poochy belly that I referred to before beginning Thrive, has decreased in size. I'm shocked each morning that I get up and look in the mirror. I turn to the side, and check out my tummy, and its getting smaller. The skeptic in me says this can not be real, but I'm loving the reflection, whether its real or not. I'm really getting excited about our weigh in and finding out just how much weight we have both lost.

Irma has finally pasted here, for the most part, and we have a yard full of debris, but no damage. We fared better than many in our area. Some experienced trees or branches onto their homes. Our area has had wide spread power outages and many are still without. We are one of the fortunate few that have our electricity back on.

My son who, evacuated due to Irma, has been told that he can not return to his home, until the authorities give the all clear. They aren't allowing anyone into the town, until they get a hold of the damage, and get the roads clear. He won't know how much damage his place got until then. He's getting a bit impatient, wanting to get back, but at least he is safe.

Praying for all those effected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 19

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 19

The thirst is still intense and I can't even imagine how many liters of water I drank yesterday. I will try to keep track of it today and report tomorrow.

Irma is starting to bear down on us in the metro Atlanta area. We're just getting gusts of high winds and light rain; nothing compared to Florida. Most Georgia schools and many businesses closed today, in front of Irma hitting here. I can't help but think, with Georgia at a stand still, today is a great day to STOP, honor, and remember 9-11-2001. God Bless those we lost that day, those who serve in our military, and all who are working through Irma to keep others safe.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 18

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 18

The thirst has been severe this weekend. I imagine this is what a new born vampire feels like; my homage to Twilight. Not sure if its the allergy meds, or the Thrive, or a combination of the two, but I can Not drink enough water.

To be honest, it hard to focus on much with Irma hitting. Here, in metro Atlanta, the winds are already gusting and we're hundreds of miles from the storm. My heart, prayers, and thoughts are with all those in her path. God Bless!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 17

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 17

The energy level is great, and now that the weather has started to cool, I'm really able to enjoy it more. High 70s is perfect for this ole' body. Had a busy day, yesterday, and a night of High School football. It doesn't get much better than that, unless of course, the team you are rooting for wins.

Spent the morning stocking the fridge for my evacuee. I want to make sure I have plenty of my son's favorites, while he's here, waiting out Irma. Our little town has been inundated with folks evacuating to the Atlanta Motor Speedway to camp during the hurricane. I can't help but wonder if the people in that sea of campers will have homes to go back to. Praying for the best for All!

Have a great weekend and Keep those in Irma's path in your thoughts!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 16 ~ His Assessment

Thrive Le-vel Review

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 16 ~ His Assessment

Extremely busy day, yesterday.
I've noticed that the more I do, the more energy I get. It's when I'm required to sit for a while and do nothing that I get tired. Last evening, I was riding with my husband, while he ran errands. After an hour and a half of just sitting, I was fighting sleep so badly that I considered asking him to stop for coffee. But when we arrived back home, I hit the ground running, and worked another 3 hours. It was strange.

My husband's assessment:
After 15 days, he still hasn't noticed a change in his energy level, but he has noticed that his appetite is curbed. I've noticed that he has more energy in the afternoons than prior to taking Thrive. So I think he's not getting the burst in energy, but has more sustained energy throughout the day. As of yesterday, day 15 of our Thrive Review, he has dropped a pant size! I'm in shock! I honestly can Not give any other explanation, suggestion, or excuse as to why he's lost the weight, other than the Thrive. Taking the Thrive is the Only thing that he is doing different and the weight seems to be falling off of him. Unbelievable!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thrive Le-vel Halfway of a 30 Day Review: Day 15 ~ The Secret

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 15 ~ Halfway & I Share the Secret

Thrive Le-vel Review

I told you guys, a few days ago, that I had a secret I'd been keeping from you. The hint I gave was, think "controlled experiment."

In my research of Thrive, one thing that became apparent to me was people who normally didn't drink water, began to, once they started Thrive. The pessimist in me said, "its the water. The increase in water intake, and the dropping of unhealthy drinks is what's causing these people to lose weight." With this in mind, I thought, "I wonder how it works for individuals who already drink nothing but water."

Another thing became apparent, in my Thrive research, was people who normally didn't eat breakfast, was drinking a shake in the morning. I couldn't help but wonder if the introduction of a "breakfast" was helping with the curbing of the appetite and assisting in weight loss. In scientific research, in order to get true readings during an experiment, you need a "control subject;" hence the placebo in blind medical research. If I was going to do this right, I needed individuals to join my tiny research group, who were either water drinkers, or breakfast eaters, to serve as "control subjects."

Well, it just so happens that my husband is one of those people that drinks nothing but water, and eats breakfast every morning. The light bulb went off and with a little nudging, he agreed to do a month of Thrive with me. The loved one who bought my month's supply of Thrive, also bought his. He started the Men's Thrive routine, the day I started the Women's. For the past 15 days, he has been serving as my "control subject."

To be painfully honest, I had no intentions of sharing this information, until the end of the 30 days. If I lost weight, I had planned to say, I lost weight because of the increased water intake and an introduction of breakfast. As proof of what made the difference, I was going to use my husband's Thrive experience as an example. He, who already drank nothing but water, and ate breakfast every morning, prior to using Thrive, had not lost weight. Well, just by looking at him, nothing could be further from the truth. His weight loss is obvious to me. No one is more surprised about this than me; the pessimist; the skeptic.

My husband's 15th day assessment:  He hasn't noticed a difference in his energy level but has noticed a curb to his appetite. The full feeling that happens mid-way through a meal is also something he's experiencing. His pants are looser and he's noticed a difference is his stomach size. He has done absolutely nothing different, other than the Thrive morning routine.

We are both going to weigh in, on the same day, and reveal those results to you here. It will be the end of the 30 day review. If looks are any kind of judge, my husband is probably going to have lost more weight than me; jealous.

To be clear: I am Not a PhD or MD and make no claim to be either. I'm just a person who is very thorough, and believes that if its worth doing, its worth doing right. This is my honest assessment of the study I am conducting. My research is for personal use and not to serve as scientific research purposes.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 14 - Notes from a Perimenopausal

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 14

Thrive Le-vel Review

The past few days have been an emotional roller coaster - from my only child moving away, then hurricane Irma possibly hitting where he moved to, to having to cancel my and my husband's vacation because of Irma, to an emotionally fragile family member causing Drama. Normally, I would have blown my top by now.

Yes; I have cried. Yes; I have vented to my husband. Yes; I've felt fear and worry. But, in all that, I don't think any of those emotions have been over the top. Remember, I previously shared with you, that I'm perimenopausal, and as such, my husband thought for a while that I was demon possessed. I mean, my emotions were all over the place, and there were days, where I couldn't stand myself. Its horrible, because you know your emotions are illogical, but you can't talk yourself out of the craziness that you feel.

I don't know if its a coincident, but I just realized that I haven't felt that emotional out-of-control since starting Thrive. Coincident or not, I'm thankful. I'm sure my husband is too. It strange how self-unaware we are at times.

Anyways, enough of that! I hinted that I will be sharing a secret that I've been keeping from you on the 15th day of this review. Check back in with me tomorrow for the Big Reveal. I think a few of you who know us, on a personal level, will be surprised. It is rather enlightening.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 13

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 13

Thrive Review

Going strong! Thrive didn't let me down yesterday. I had energy all day to get things done and my appetite was curbed. I've even noticed that I can't eat as much in one sitting as I normally do. Heck, I even forget to eat!

Yesterday, I hadn't eaten all day, and around 2 pm, I decided I better eat something. After 3 chicken fingers, a roll and a cup (not a bowl, but a cup) of soup, I was feeling so full that I felt gorged. That's just unheard of for me. I didn't eat much else the rest of the day. Around 8:00 pm, my husband made himself a sandwich and I ate a yogurt and a protein pack of cheese and nuts. That satisfied my appetite.

Done my Thrive routine for the day and ready to get to work!

All my friends and family in Florida - keep a weathered eye out for Irma! She's looking Nasty!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 12

Thrive Le-vel Day 12 Review

Happy Labor Day!

Still enjoying this energy! Up early again, done my Thrive routine, and ready for the day.

Yesterday, I helped to finish pack up my son for his move, and cried as he drove out the drive. Fought the blues all evening, but that's to be expected during major life events. A Kenny Chesney song kept playing over and over in my head.

In the evening, I worked to try to occupy my mind. I got a lot accomplished; considering. It was nice to have the energy to do what needed to be done, and not be in excruciating pain, so I could get it done. The turmeric and glucosamine has helped to keep the pain level down and manageable.

Feeling more positive this morning and ready for this new phase of life. I plan to be thinner, healthier, and hopefully, more active. I want to feel good, and be up for going to see my son - at the drop of a hat. We have an empty nest now, so we can plan life for a couple, again.

There is a noticeable difference in the way my shorts fit; they are bit baggy. I still refuse to weigh in until the end of this review. I'm going to let you guys in on a secret I've been keeping from you on the 15 day of this review, so be sure to check back in with us. Hint:  Think "controlled experiment;" for you science minded folks out there.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 11

Thrive Le-vel Day 11 Review

Great energy yesterday! Spent the day doing chores and visiting with my son. He took his room apart and got things packed up for moving to the other side of the state. I boxed up things that he will need for his new apartment, and tried to be supportive, all the while my heart ached for him to stay. Enough about that! 

I got up early again, this morning, and ready for a full day. Loving this energy, now, for the most part, the pain is under control. I'm certain the intense pain was a combination of things, and hopefully, I've got it figured out. As soon as I get up, I take the 2 Thrive capsule and 1 Turmeric, with about 10 ounces of water. Then, I make and drink my Thrive shake, and place my patches. Later in the day, around 2 pm, I make my fruit smoothie, in which I add honey, glucosamine and more Turmeric. This combination seems to work for me; fingers crossed.

Feel free to send me your questions. Have a great and Safe Holiday!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 10

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 10

Much less pain this morning, even after getting up at 6:30 on a Saturday morning! This is unheard of for me, especially since I have no plans that required me to get up this early. Adding the Turmeric back into my daily regiment seems to be helping with the pain; Yes!  I've already done my Thrive routine this morning and I'm ready for my chores.

Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 30 Day Review: Day 9

Thrive Le-vel Review: Day 9

Though I've been plagued with aches and pains, and can't do as much as I feel like doing, I have noticed a marked difference in the size of my tummy. I'm not sure if this is water weight that I've lost, or if this is truly fat, but I'm liking what I'm seeing in the mirror. It gives me an incentive to keep going.

Slowly, I'm learning what works for me, in the aspect of , what I can drop from my daily routine and what I can't. I love natural remedies; if they work. I've found, in the past, that Turmeric helps me keep away some of the daily aches associated with my back issues. Starting this program, I thought it best to drop off every herb and vitamin that I take, to give Thrive a fair review. I am now, adding back in the 1600 mg of Turmeric that I normally take, on a daily basis. I've taken more muscle relaxers and pain pills, in the past few days, than I care to. This pain has got to be relieved, or my energy level is not going to make a hill of beans.

The smoothie/shake I drank yesterday was okay but a bit strange to me. This morning, I just kept to the normal shake powder with milk, and I'll make a smoothie around lunch. I'll add the turmeric with the smoothie, or just swallow the capsule its in. I think it was a mistake to drop it off when starting Thrive, but you live and learn.

My advice to anyone with chronic pain issues that's about to start Thrive:
Do Not stop your daily pain management. In my experience, the ingredients in Thrive, that is to help with average aches, is not enough for someone with severe issues. Thrive probably helps with minor body aches but not serious ones. Lesson Learned.