Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy 2 Years Lia Marie

Lia Marie -

Happy Birthday! Or as you would say Happy Happy. It's so hard to believe that you have been in our lives for 2 years. While it is so hard to even remember our life without you, it seems like just yesterday I was holding you in that hospital room. The last two years have been filled with lots of sleepless nights, joy, laughter, tears, exhaustion, and memories. It has been a fun year of seeing your learn new things, learning to talk, and seeing your personality.

As each day goes by, my prayers for you grow stronger and stronger. You are very strong-willed and some days I struggle and struggle on how to handle that, but my prayer is that as parents we can teach you how to channel that will and not diminish it. That you use it to grow into a independent women, who will have the gumption to be obedient to the Lord, no matter what He asks.

You are full of life and personality. You have so much joy and your smile and your eyes can light up a room. I pray you use this to encourage others. To be a light among the dark. Keep your hope. This world is very dark and it needs your light, so let it shine.

My prayer is that you will have compassion. That you will see others that are hurting and be driven to do something.

I also pray that the Lord will show Himself to you. That He will pursue you and that you will pursue Him! I pray that you will see your depravity and your need for Him. While you have an independent spirit,  that you see your need for Him and that you learn to be dependent on Him.

Lastly, may you always remember..."The Lord your God is with you, He is might to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17.

Love you always,

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

He is the Anchor

Do you ever have one of those moments where your sitting in the car alone (if your a mom this is probably rare) have no idea of your surroundings, you are just worshiping (as I type this, I'm thinking this is a little scary, but God was protecting me)! It happened to me on Sunday. I had just gotten done listening to a sermon podcast, so I turned on some music and I was in total worship. Ironically, "Cornersone" was playing and God spoke to me.

God has used this song to speak to us during some major trials in the last 3 years and it's also Lia's favorite song. I know that is crazy to say, but it was the only way I could get her to sleep for a period of time and the minute I would play it she would calm down and sleep, and now she starts singing and lifts her hands (she worships).

Anyways, this isn't profound, but, I needed to hear it. He said, "Ashlee, right now things are going good and you are seeing my blessings, guess what, I'm still your Anchor, I'm still the one holding you together."

He isn't just my anchor when things are rough or difficult, but he is our anchor when things are good to. It's easy for me to say and plead for Him when things are difficult, but I needed that reminder to plead for Him when things are good.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

{3 Day Refresh} - Plant Based Cleanse

2 weeks ago I went on vacation to Florida. As a health and fitness coach we teach balance, so while on vacation I allowed some splurges, they weren't horrible, but they were there. When I came back I should have gotten on track, but I didn't. I was eating healthy meals, but I was allowing treats, not just one during the week, but many! I came back from vacation weighing 121 lbs and at the end of the next week I still weighed 121 lbs. So it wasn't weight, but honestly, I felt horrible. I felt bad in my skin. I knew I needed a mindset change. I decided to do the 3 - day refresh. I've been a coach for almost a year and a half and have never done it before, so thought this is the perfect time. 

I'll admit. I was nervous and scared that I wouldn't be able to do it. I love Meat!!!

Day 1

Here's what I ate...
Breakfast: Cinnamon Latte Shakeology
1.5 c water, cafe latte shakeology, 1 tsp cinnamon, ice
Morning Tea: I used a passion fruit green tea
Lunch: Sauteed Squash in Olive Oil with Salt and Pepper, with Vanilla Fresh Shake: added 1/3 banana and 3 strawberries
Snack: Fresh Veggies with Roasted Pepper Hummus
Dinner: Salad: Cabbage, Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Sunflower Seeds, with Vanilla Fresh Shake
Evening Tea: Iced Green Passion Tea

Not Pictured: Fiber Sweep

End of Day 1 thoughts...
.the fiber sweep was a struggle for me, I mean it's fiber, so I knew it wouldn't be good, but I only used room temp water, big mistake. I also was craving bread. Like just wanted a piece, but I didn't give it. At the end of the day, I could already feel a difference in my body and how it felt. Also, stay close to a bathroom, you will have to go pee a lot!!!

Day 2

Breakfast: Coconut Mocha Shakeology - 1.5 cup water, cafe latte shakeology, 1 tsp cocoa, 1/4 tsp coconut extract, ice
Morning Tea: Passion Green Tea
Lunch: Salad: With Cabbage, Carrots, Kale, w/sunflower seeds with Vanilla Fresh: Used 1/3 banana and strawberries
Snack: Cucumber, Tomato Avocado Salad, w/fresh squeezed lime juice, splash of olive oil and some seasons.
Supper: Sauteed Asparagus in Olive Oil with salt and Pepper with Vanilla Fresh: used 1 tsp cinnamon.
Not Pictured: Fiber Sweep.
Day 2 Thoughts...
Now I'm really starting to crave meat. I grilled my hubby chicken and couldn't eat it. Fiber Sweep was a lot better today, I added ice and some lemon juice!!! I am feeling great!

Breakfast: Banana Chocolate Shakeology - 1.5 cup water, vegan chocolate shakeology, 1/2 banana, ice
Lunch: Green beans - I boiled with salt and pepper and onions. Vanilla Fresh with 3 strawberries, and then I ate 5 strawberries fresh. 
Snack: I forgot the picture: Fresh Veggies with Hummus
Supper: Vanilla Fresh with Cinnamon, Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad, I used balsamic vinegar and basil. I also had a cup of chick broth. 
Not Picture Fiber Sweep. 

Day 3 thoughts... 
I had a rough night the night before, my daughter was sick and I got little sleep...so it was a late start. I did really good until about noon and then I just wanted to give in and eat her chicken noodle soup and call it quits. But...I knew I would be mad at myself, so I stuck it out. It was a hard day as I was tired, and while the book suggests not to have coffee, after consulting with some other coaches, I had a cup of black coffee and a few drops of stevia around 2pm to help me get through the day.


I ended up losing 3lbs. I wasn't actually out to lose weight, I'm fine with being 120lbs, so that was an added bonus. But I feel great. I notice the bloat is gone and I feel strong again and healthy! Sugar be gone!!!

End thoughts...
It was hard, but I needed the mindset change and to be committed to something to help me stop making poor choices. I'm thankful for pre-energize workout drink that helped me get through my workouts in the morning without having my usual cup of coffee :) I was surprised that my body wasn't more tired. I was thinking it would be hard to workout and I didn't feel that way (on day 3 a little, but that was due to a lack of sleep). 

I don't know that I would do this every month, but this is a great way to kick start your weight loss, or to get back on track after a major holiday or vacation! I still love meat, but it was great to lose the bad sugars!!!! 

If you are interested in doing the 3 day refresh, comment below or send me an email at amfrancois@icloud.com

Thursday, February 18, 2016

{Breakfast for Supper} - Healthy French Toast

I love breakfast for dinner! It's quick, easy and yummy! I also love French toast! This is 21 day fix approved, and so yummy!! Who said eating healthy couldn't be yummy!! This is from the Fixate cookbook, which I love!

|| Healthy French Toast ||

2 large eggs
2 TBSP unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 slices low-sodium whole grain bread
1 tsp coconut oil
1 cup fresh fruit 

* combine eggs, almond milk, 1/2 syrup and cinnamon in shallow pan and whisk to blend
* Soak each slice of bread in mixture of 5 min turning halfway
* Hear oil in skillet over medium heat add bread; cook for 2-3 min each side
* Top each slice with strawberries and remaining syrup
* ENJOY!!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Making a House a Home

A while ago I asked the question on facebook, "If you had to choose between a fixer upper that was low in your budget or still within your budget a move in ready house, what would you choose?"

I got a lot of mixed responses. But Claudy and I knew that we weren't meant for fixer uppers. We just didn't have the time or energy to commit to it. So we went with move-in ready. However, I knew that I wanted to make it our own.

Deciding on a theme for the house was rather difficult, Claudy wanted it to feel like the Carribean and while I like bright colors, I would rather they be accents than the main colors. However, we came to a compromise and I love how it has turned out!

Here are some before and afters. (Photos taken with my iphone)





I love this table my parents found us at a occasional sale in Zimmerman and I love my curtains from Target. 

I felt like this set up the previous owners had made the room feel small and with a one year old we needed some place space, so we changed tv wall and it opened it up a ton!

The dresser was a purchase at an occasional sale in Buffalo!




This took me two colors to get the feel I wanted



As you can see we went with a lot of COLOR. 

We still have to do the basement, hoping to get to that in March!!!