October 2, 2014

Get Real: My children will learn to give eye contact

One of my pet peeves is when someone is using a cell phone at the check out or in the drive through or even sitting at a table in a restaurant.  I believe that Miss Manners would be appalled!
 We can't put aside a phone call or wait 5 min to make a call while we check out with our groceries or pay for our coffee order?  Well today I witnessed an unintended result of our over-phoned society.

The situation was this: I was in a waiting room at the pediatric dentist when a father and his 15 year old daughter walked in.  She never looked up from her phone and had her earbuds in her ears.  I watched as she could barely walk to an empty seat while staring at her phone.  The father pulled out his computer and a phone and started to work and make a phone call that was obviously business related.  The hygienist came out calling a name that nobody responded to.  After a few moments the man raised his hand while continuing his conversation.  The daughter stood up, still looking at her phone and not removing her earbuds.  The hygienist and daughter stood there, a little awkwardly, waiting for his phone call to be completed.  The hygienist then spoke to the father, while the daughter stood there doing something on her phone.  Then the hygienist started toward the door but had to back up and touch the girls arm to get her to move, she still did not look up.  Then she proceeded to pass the door that the hygienist had opened for her to enter.  The entire time, I never saw the girl look up from her phone!

So I have a new initiative in my house.  My kids will learn to put the phone down, and make eye contact.  We already have pretty strict expectations on all electronics.  Some may feel we are too strict.  We require that all chores have to be completed before they get their daily 30 minutes.  That is it.  We don't sit on phones in the waiting room or at restaurants or while purchasing coffee.  But my girls do tend to be shy so I think we need to work on the eye contact thing.  After what I saw today, I am sure that doing so will give them an advantaged over much of their generation.

How do you keep your kids eyes on the world around them and off their phones?

September 17, 2014


Life is getting crazy.  I have to admit, I usually like standing on the sidelines.  I tend to busy myself with support jobs rather than taking a leadership position because I don't want the responsibility of whatever the situation is.  But lately, I have begun to put myself out there more.  I'm taking more risks, more responsibility.  This is both exhilarating and scary!  It has also exposed my vulnerabilities.  
I feel a panic attack coming on:
What do I think I am doing? (The baby just put the thermometer in the toilet.) How can I keep this going? (She did WHAT to her hair?) Who am I going to let down today? (We need to do more writing practice in school today) What if I am doing it wrong? (I have to call that client and see how they are doing?)  What if I offend someone? (I lost another customer and I don't know why.)  I know I am doing it wrong.  (I have two doctor appointments today and somehow have to fit ancient history in between appointments.)  I am too weak to deal with this.  (no a paper cut never killed anyone.) Something is going to come crashing down on me.  (Why won't they LISTEN to me?)  I am sure that every other homeschool mom is getting twice as much done as I am, I know because I see their perfect blogposts.   I know that I should be doing more to get my business built.  (but I need more time!!)


Stop the madness!  Take a deep breath!  Have some tea!  <breathe> 

Somehow I will get to the end of the day and stand in awe of what I got done.   And collapse on the bed in utter exhaustion.  


March 8, 2014

Now lets talk Plexus Slim

Let's get real about the product.

Plexus Slim is the main weight loss product of Plexus wellness products.  But it is so much more than that.  DON'T think diet... think tool.  Plexus Slim is a tool for getting you on a healthy path.

Let's start with the history:
Slim was developed originally to help people with type 2 diabetes gain control of their glucose and lipid levels.  The developers also wanted to create a product that was natural and would not interfere with medications.  In the trials of the product, they noticed that not only did it accomplish those goals, but weight loss was a side effect.

The science:
Plexus slim is made of all natural ingredients.  These ingredients curb sugar cravings by normalizing glucose and lipid levels.  When these levels are normal, our brain isn't telling us we NEED sugar.  Without controled levels, we are stuck in the sugar cycle.  We crave sugar, so we eat sugar, which makes us crash, so we need sugar again, and on and on... All that sugar becomes unused energy that becomes fat.  I will be honest, on the science side of this product, I wish there were more information. A scientific study on the product itself would be helpful for those needing or wanting solid scientific information.  That being said, the proof is in the results.

The results:
For 5 years now Plexus Slim has been changing lives.  It has not only helped people with Type 2 Diabetes get off or reduce their insulin and other meds, but Plexus customers have seen improvement in other conditions as well.  Now, let me be clear that Plexus Worldwide does not claim that Plexus Slim will cure any conditions.  Testimonials are posted every day where people have reduced or eliminated their prescription medications because of the balance that Plexus Slim or other Plexus products have brought to their bodies.  And because of the safe, natural ingredients, doctors are encouraging their patients to try Plexus Slim.  There have even been some stories of childern and adults with ADD being able to get off of prescription drugs because of taking Plexus Slim.  People with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia are reporting that the Pink Drink has helped them reduce their medications as well.  And of course, weight loss has been reported in case after case.  If you want to know more, seek out some of the Plexus testimonial groups on Facebook.  You will see stories from real people and their successes.  You can request to be in this one to read many testimonials.

I will end by saying that Plexus Slim does not work for everyone.  Every BODY is different.  It's just a fact that there is nothing that is going to work for 100% of everyone.  Plexus worldwide knows this, that is why they give you 6o days (TWO MONTHS!) to try the product out and see if it could work for you.

Don't wait another day to get started on your Plexus Journey, start today!  www.bauslaugh.myplexusproducts.com

A new journey has begun.

Lets get real about weight.  It stinks!

About 2 months ago, I started a journey to a healthier life.  As I've gotten older, I have tried to get healthy in a variety of ways.  I've exercised, changed the foods we purchase, and exercised some more. We've tried different menu plans to encourage our family to eat healthy.  Paleo, Clean eating, low fat, low carb, all of them.  While all of these methods were great, none of them seemed to make a difference on our waistline.  And most of the menu changes left me feeling hungry and craving more. Nothing is more discouraging then doing all of this work and not seeing the changes you had hoped for.  We would end up quiting, fully discouraged.

I was increasingly becoming disatisfied with my weight.  Every year, there seemed to be a new baseline, and that line was getting higher and hiegher.  I didn't like where this was going.  I don't want to be too tired or unhealthy to do fun things with the kids.  I also found myself hating pictures and trying to avoid being in them.  I don't want the kids to grow up and ask, where was mom?

It felt like a losing battle.  I had drawn the line at diet pills and shakes and other artificial "helps."  I knew that if weight loss is to really work, it has to be natural and sustainable.  I didn't want to risk my true health for weight loss.  Then, a good friend who is a registered Dietitian started talking about Plexus Wellness Products.  She had my ears.  I knew if she was endorsing Plexus products, then they must be natural and effective.  So I decided to take the plunge, and I took Lance with me.

In January, we began taking the Plexus Slim or 'Pink Drink' and 2 accelerator+ capsules a day.  Right away, I noticed how much better I felt.  I had energy throughout the day, I didn't crave sugar in the middle of the day, and at night my sleep was amazing (I had not even realize how poor my sleep had been)! A week later, I had lost 4lbs.  I loved how I felt, but was still skeptical as to if I would actually lose the weight I was hoping to lose.  At the 4 week mark, I had still only lost 4 lbs, but I liked how I felt.  My husband had lost 9lbs and felt great as well.  We decided to go ahead and re-order, and we placed a perferred customer order to save a few bucks.  Then we started getting people asking us about the drink, and what it does.  We realized that if we really wanted to save more money and be able to share the products with our friends and family, we should sign one of us up as an ambassador, so we did.  

This past week we hit our 8 week mark.  Both of us are very happy with how we feel and how our weight is coming off.  I am now at 9lbs lost, and he is at 12lbs lost.  I do not have sugar cravings at all now.  I can't tell you how freeing that is!  I just don't want it.  I went into a Starbucks and only bought a greek yogurt!! WHO DOES THAT??!! This girl!  I have dropped soda all together and don't miss it. Lance has had a harder time with sugars... but he has recently started the ProBio 5 product and we are hoping that will help.  We are able to make better choices because we don't have that desparate need for carbs or other things that just made us feel yucky and added weight to our bodies.  Plexus helps us do this by balancing our glucose and lipid levels naturally.  We look forward to getting to our weight goals with Plexus and the accelerator, then just continuing with the drink to maintain our weight.  I know that this tool will help us achieve our goal and make long standing lifestyle changes that will help us be healthy all around.

 Finally, I just want to say, Plexus is not a diet drink, it's not an energy drink, its not even a weight loss drink.  It was develeoped to help people get healthier with their blood glucose and lipid levels naturally, using natural ingredients.  The side effect was weight loss.  The side effect to getting healthier is weight loss.  Period.

Visit my plexus store at www.bauslaugh.myplexusproducts.com  My ambassador # is 238440