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Mentoring Series: Jeff Weisberg

This interview will add a COMMA to your check!

I am excited to share a 3 part series "Interview" style with a legend in the direct sales industry and a VERY good friend of mine for nearly 20 years...Jeff Weisberg.  Jeff has made his fortune in direct sales as a single father of two boys. 

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Jeff is a NO excuse, NO bullshit, 1000% ACTION kind of guy.  

Jeff tells it like it is...and his infectious energy and humor makes him a guy everyone in the industry loves to hang out with and learn from when it comes to success.

Listen to part one of the interview...

Brandy and I had an awesome trip to Europe last year. We are pictured here with Jeff and and his beautiful girlfiend Sandra. This picture brings back many of our great memories...we had an AMAZING dinner for my birthday in Frankfurt then we drove into Luxembourg for the next few days. The hotel bar was closed but they opened it up to allow us a bottle to celebrate! Traveling the world with friends is priceless.  

You know what's really neat?  

Jeff and I both have a mutual mentor, Larry Thompson who is the Co-Founder of Herbalife, a $5 BILLION company still today! You can hear Jeff share his name several times in the interview and for good reason, Larry Thompson is the "Mentor to the Millionaires".  Ironically Larry Thompson mentored and worked with my parents in the late 1960's in a company called Bestline.  Bestline was a company where many legends like Larry got their start...people like Jim Rohn, Les Brown and more!  

 

 Brandy and I with Larry & Taylor Thompson in San Francisco after business we found time to play!   

Brandy and I with Larry & Taylor Thompson in San Francisco after business we found time to play!

 

So take Jeff's advice very serious from this call...in fact listen to it again and again if needed before we dive in to the next call on Activity and Leadership.  Jeff is challenging us to make a commitment to personal growth.  

Jeff's CHALLENGE is simple:

"Commit to 15-30 minutes of personal growth everyday" 

  • read a book
  • watch a video on YouTube 
  • read a positive article
  • call one of your mentors

Challenge yourself to do this everyday, starting today! 

-Motivated Mike 

If you want to connect with Jeff Weisberg:  www.daddyworksfromhome.com

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Stop throwing a TIT FIT!!!

Tits, Breasts, Boobs, Jugs, Tata's, Twins... Whatever you call them they are the mother of double standards!!! Take the image below for example: Both pictures show almost the exact same amount of boob but one is acceptable, even used to sell things and one is considered "wrong" or even "disgusting".  Breastfeeding shaming NEEDS to stop!!!! 

 If the picture on the left offends you but the picture on the right doesn't YOU are part of the problem and should be ashamed of yourself!! 

If the picture on the left offends you but the picture on the right doesn't YOU are part of the problem and should be ashamed of yourself!! 

Breastfeeding is the reason we have breasts. PERIOD. It is the reason women were given them and men were not! We do not have them for men to look at, we do not have them to sell things. We have them to feed our babies! Yet so many woman are scorned and treated poorly if they breastfeed their children in public. "Cover up"! "My husband/son etc doesn't need to see that"! "OMG that's gross, can't you do that somewhere else...like the bathroom"?!?! These are just a few of the things that moms hear when they are trying to feed their hungry little one in public. I bet you NONE of the people who say these things to a breastfeeding woman go into Victoria's Secret when they are at the mall and tell them that their displays are disgusting and they should take them down!! So why would they say that to a mother feeding her child?? We need to wake up and STOP shaming moms!!!

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I am currently breastfeeding my 3rd baby! She is 6 months old and EBF. I breastfed my first baby for 12 months and HATED breastfeeding him in public! I felt like I was doing something wrong and should cover up (my ex husband also didn't like me not using a cover in public so I felt like I had to). Have you ever eaten under a blanket?! It is NOT easy!! Not to mention it's hot under there and if the baby unlatches while your milk is letting down you can't see and end up spraying them with milk! When I had my second baby I was a little more adventurous and stopped using the cover but still felt like I was doing something wrong. Now with my third baby I will breastfeed anywhere, anytime and I DARE someone to say something to me.

I woke up a few weeks ago to texts from a friend of mine who has a morning radio show, she wanted to call me on air to talk about breastfeeding in public. You can hear my interview below!

Being a new mom is HARD!!! Babies don't come with an instruction manual and the last thing a new mom needs is to feel ashamed while feeding their baby away from home!! Especially when they are feeding them the way god intended! 

So many new moms tell me that they are scared to breastfeed in public, that they have anxiety over it. THAT IS AWFUL!  No mother should have to feel that way! It makes me happy to hear that I inspire them to not be ashamed to nurse their babies in public! It hurts my heart to hear stories in the news about strangers hassling moms for breastfeeding. To all the mama's out there breastfeeding your babies I want to tell you that I'M PROUD OF YOU!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! I SUPPORT YOU!!! Breastfeeding is beautiful and amazing and making milk is YOUR superpower!!! 

 "Tree of Life" This picture is from when Anya was only 1 week old. If you want one of these pictures but don't know how to make one please email me for instructions or I'd be happy to create one for you!!! 

"Tree of Life" This picture is from when Anya was only 1 week old. If you want one of these pictures but don't know how to make one please email me for instructions or I'd be happy to create one for you!!! 

 

Breastfeeding is HARD on it's own!! Only you can feed your baby, some breastfed babies (like all 3 of mine) never took a bottle! Your boobs are swollen, painful and they LEAK! Breastfed babies don't sleep through the night as easily as formula fed babies, you have to watch what you eat or drink like when you were pregnant. For those of us who practice extended breastfeeding this all can last for a few years! It's physically demanding and EXHAUSTING!! But SO worth it!!

 

However, we choose to breastfeed because the benefits of breast milk are AMAZING for BOTH mom and baby!!! If you think breastfeeding is wrong or gross then the list below is for you! 

1. A healthier baby
"The incidences of pneumonia, gastrointestinal infections like diarrhea colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies," 

2. Long-term protection, too
Breastfeed your baby and you reduce his risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn's disease.

3. Stronger bones
Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. "When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently," "So while some bones, particularly those in the spine and hips, may be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are more dense than before pregnancy."

4. Lower SIDS risk
Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by about HALF.

5. Fewer problems with weight
It's more likely that neither of you will become obese if you breastfeed him.

6. A calorie incinerator
You may have heard that nursing burns up to 500 calories a day. And that's almost right. "Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce. "If you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that's 400 calories you've swept out of your body."

7. It's good for the earth
Dairy cows, which are raised in part to make infant formula, are a significant contributor to global warming: Their belching, manure and flatulence (really!) spew enormous amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.

8. Better healing postdelivery
The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don't breastfeed.

9. Less risk of cancer
Breastfeeding can decrease your baby's risk of some childhood cancers. And you'll have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, an often deadly disease that's on the rise. Breast milk has been found to kill over 40 types of cancerous cells!!!!

10. An unmatched feeling of power
It's empowering as a new mother to see your baby grow and thrive on your breast milk alone. Making breast milk truly is a superpower!!! 

11. A custom-made supply
Formula isn't able to change its constitution, but your breast milk morphs to meet your baby's changing needs. Colostrum—the "premilk" that comes in after you deliver—is chock-full of antibodies to protect your newborn baby. It's also higher in protein and lower in sugar than 'full' milk, so even a small amount can hold off your baby's hunger.

When your full milk comes in (usually three to four days after delivery), it is higher in both sugar and volume than colostrum—again, just what your baby requires. He needs a lot of calories and frequent feedings to fuel his rapid growth. Your mature milk is designed to be digested quickly so he'll eat often.

12. A menstruation vacation
Breastfeeding your baby around the clock—no bottles or formula— will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation. Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn't triggered.

Even if you do breastfeed exclusively, your prolactin levels will eventually drop over the course of several months. Many moms who solely nurse will see their periods return between six and eight months after delivery, others don't for a full year.

13. Less time off work
Your baby will be ill less often, so that means fewer sick days for you.

14. It's FREE!
According to La Leche League International, the cost of formula can range anywhere from $134 to $491 per month. That's $1,608 to $5,892 in one year! OMG!! Other then the costs of your pump (which most insurance plans cover) bottles and nursing pads breastfeeding is free! 

15. A great way to learn about your baby
"You have to read your baby's 'satiety cues' a little better, because unlike with a bottle, you can't see how much he's eaten."You have to rely on your own instincts and your baby's behavior to know when your baby is full."

16. There's nothing more convient
Simply pull up your shirt and nurse. Breast milk is always available and always at the right temperature. 

17. Benefits for all
According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, the United States would save about $13 billion per year in medical costs if 90 percent of U.S. families breastfed their newborns for at least six months.

So mamas pull those Tata's out and proudly feed your babies ANYWHERE, ANYTIME YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE!!! 

DID YOU KNOW?? There are actually breastfeeding LAWS in place now to protect us! Each state has their own, I live in Ohio so mine is below! Just google "Breastfeeding Law" and your state.

Public Breastfeeding Law: A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted. “Place of public accommodation” has the same meaning as in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code.

#FREETHEBOOB

#NORMALIZEBREASTFEEDING

 

*Please note* This blog is ONLY intended to support breastfeeding mothers NOT to offend Formula Feeding mothers. How you feed your baby is YOUR decision. Mom shaming of ANY kind NEEDS to stop!!!

#fedisbest! 

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Direct Sales = Stay at Home Mom's! Meet superstar Taylor Thompson!

I love the thought of having time and financial freedom for my family. Years ago like I'm sure many of you have been I was introduced to direct sales but to be honest, I never took the time to look at or understand the industry.   Recently I learned that there are over 100 Million people globally in direct sales and in 2016 the industry produced nearly 200 BILLION in sales! The best part...82% of the ENTIRE DIRECT SALES INDUSTRY ARE FEMALE!!! WOW!! 

When I met Mike (my man) I learned how his family has been in direct sales since the 1960's! His mom Ruth Lemire is retired from a direct sales company and is STILL earning a substantial multiple six figure RESIDUAL income.  Simply put; every month they earn money based on their efforts from years ago!  His mom started out like everyone else in the industry,  part time to help her family, offer great products, have fun with friends plus earn a little extra money.  She had no idea that she would retire from her little direct sales business one day! 

This was EYE opening and exciting for me to see as a Mom because I now know this industry is for REAL.  One of the best parts is that it's available to anyone!  Seriously anyone can start their own business through direct sales with VERY LITTLE start up money! Some companies are as little as $50 to get started!!

One of my exciting ventures in direct sales recently led me also to meet Taylor Thompson...she is an amazing woman and her success story in direct sales is SO inspiring!!! Taylor made me realize the IF SHE CAN DO IT....I CAN TOO!!!  Raising 3 daughters and starting from scratch, Taylor became a part of her company's prestigious millionaires club!  In the video below she tells me how she would go door to door and hand out her info with her babies in tow! I love that no matter what I am doing I can do it with my 5 month old Anya! I'm wearing her in the video below!

I sat down with Taylor in San Francisco...check it out!  

Taylor Thompson, Brandy Bright and little Anya (part 1)

Yes SHE ROCKS! Don't you feel like you can go out and conquer the world after listening to her?!?!  It's amazing woman like Ruth Lemire and Taylor Thompson that motivate and inspire me because IF THEY CAN DO IT THEN I CAN TOO!!! And guess what?? So can YOU!

So let me share just a few of my TOP REASONS why you must consider Direct Sales...

REASON #1...Time & Financial FREEDOM!  

To wake up when you or your children are done sleeping is priceless! My alarm is 5 months old and wakes me up with a smile every morning!  You can't put a value on being in a position to wake up  when you want, work from home in your pjs and not have to drive through insane traffic to go to a job.  Residual Income is built through your customers!  Residual income pays you every month so over time your check will grow.  Imagine if you joined a company 2 years ago and had $3000 or more a month TODAY from residual income?  How would your life be different right now??  

REASON #2...Travel & Personal Growth!

My first trip out of the country was not only PAID for but it was because of direct sales.  Traveling is life changing, especially when you get to do it with your spouse and your children...and why pay for vacations when you can earn FREE travel!!  

Another thing I LOVE about direct sales is the wonderful people Mike and I meet around the world.  Everyone in this industry is working on bettering their health, wealth and becoming a better person...PERSONAL GROWTH! 

REASON #3...SHARE the products you LOVE!

Think about your favorite products. When you find something new that you love do you tell your friends about it? We all do! Now imagine that every time your friends tried the products you recommended you GOT PAID!!!  That's direct sales!! Seriously that's it! It really is that simple! The key   is to finding the RIGHT direct sales company with TOP RATED products! 

  • products are shipped right to your home
  • no middle man
  • buying them supports another MOM who sold them to you
  • you get paid to talk about products you love
  • they are a tax write off
  • top rated companies have products that can be used with your entire family

I could go on and on!  I love so much about this industry it's hard to sum it all up...but I will leave you with this:  I WISH I WOULD HAVE FOUND THIS AMAZING INDUSTRY SOONER!  If you are not yet involved in direct sales you should consider it and explore!  If you are involved - don't keep it a secret because there are MOMS everywhere that need you!

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Got Apple Cider Vinegar? Add HONEY and you will be amazed!

I'm sure you all have heard by now about the buzz surrounding apple cider vinegar, some of you may have it at your house but have no clue what to do with it or the amazing health benefits it carries. If you have it in your kitchen, you are probably used to using it as a cooking ingredient.  Apple cider vinegar has been credited with everything from curing hiccups and alleviating cold symptoms to aiding in weight loss and helping to prevent heart disease. It's even been known to help clear up acne when used topically on your skin! 

 Bragg Organic AVC is by far the best! 

Bragg Organic AVC is by far the best! 

Mike and I started our 60 day ACV challenge on 1/1/2017. We mix it with 1 TBS of Raw Organic Honey to help with the strong bitter taste. I won't lie the first day or so it's hard to get down but it does get better and the benefits are SO worth it and the honey REALLY does help!!  

Make sure to use RAW ORGANIC HONEY. Raw honey is a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that's been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies. Switching to  raw honey may even help weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup!! 

We go through quite a bit of raw organic honey in our house! We use in on top of plain greek yogurt, to sweeten tea and even in place of sugar when baking! 

Here are just a few in a long list of benefits of adding just one tablespoon a day of apple cider vinegar to your diet:

1. Helps Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Acid reflux usually results from having too little acid in the stomach. Apple Cider Vinegar is full of antibiotic properties. To improve the acid content of your stomach, drink one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water.

2. Promotes Healthy Cholesterol

Not only does apple cider vinegar support healthy cholesterol, studies have shown that it can protect from arterial damage or oxidation,  which is the main risk of high cholesterol.

3. Can Aid in Healthy Weight Loss

Yep, apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. The acetic acid it contains helps to suppress your appetite, increase your metabolism and reduce water retention — a great combo if you’re looking to lose a few pounds.

4. Promotes Healthy Blood Sugar

Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar has strong anit-glycemic properties that support a healthy blood sugar level. The vinegar actually blocks some of the digestion of starch, preventing it from raising your blood sugar.

5. Has Antioxidant Properties

Apple Cider Vinegar contains many antioxidants to help keep your body healthy and running smoothly, including catechin, gallic acid, caffeic and chlorogenic acids.

6. Improves Nutrient Absorption

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can increase your body’s absorption of important minerals from the food you eat. Adding vinegar to your salad dressing may also help you absorb more nutrients from your leafy greens!

GET STARTED! Drink daily for 30-60 days!! 

  1. Don’t reach for just any apple cider vinegar on the shelf. Make sure you are buying organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. We love Braggs (see link below!)
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon into a glass of warm water. I typically use about 4oz of water so I don't have to drink a ton! lol Add a tablespoon of Raw Organic Honey. Honey is a MUST to mask the taste! (see link below)

Give it a try! What do you have to lose other then weight, health issues, acne or more?! 

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Food Diary- Do you pay attention to what you eat?!?

Do you pay attention to what you actually eat in a day? You might be surprised if you actually wrote it down!! I challenge you all to do a food log for a week! Here is day 1 of mine. I am breastfeeding a 5 month old so some days I'm SOOO HUNGRY!!

We start every morning with a good breakfast. Usually it's some variation of the same thing: eggs, kale or spinach and goat cheese. Every once in awhile we add turkey bacon. I usually will eat some fresh fruit or yogurt as well. 

 Breakfast! 2 Cage Free Organic eggs,  1 cup kale and 1 TBS of Goat Cheese. Cooked in Olive Oil. 

Breakfast! 2 Cage Free Organic eggs,  1 cup kale and 1 TBS of Goat Cheese. Cooked in Olive Oil. 

Every morning I make a "cocktail" of FitLine PowerCocktail, Activize and Collagen Peptides.

-POWERCOCKTAIL has vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and niacin – contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue, is rich in vitamin C - contributes to the normal function of the immune system, is rich in vitamin E and C – contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, also rich in selenium – contributes to the normal function of the immune system, has vitamin C which increases iron absorption and NTC which supports optimum nutrient intake.

-ACTIVIZE  OXYPLUS supplies exactly those active substances which our body needs to produce energy. Activize also supports the body in providing the body cells with additional vital substances. It supports energy gain from food (carbohydrate combustion), supplies the body with all B-vitamins for concentration and achievement levels, contains maritime algae powder and has better bio-availability by the exclusive NTC.

My girlfriend who sells skincare told me about these Collagen Peptides and how they've changed her skin. I decided to give them a try and FELL IN LOVE!!! I just ordered my second jar! 

Because I am breastfeeding I snack A LOT! I'm always hungry. Since going gluten free snacking is a little more difficult, especially on the go. I love Kind bars! They are gluten free, low glycemic index, only 5g sugar and 6g protein! 

 Mid-Morning snack

Mid-Morning snack

I try to do a light lunch. Since having the baby I replace my lunch with a FitLine Chocolate meal replacement shake. Sometimes I make a shake and other times I mix it with plain greek yogurt, flax and chia seeds and strawberries like the picture below. It tastes like dessert!! 

Lunch! 1 Cup plain Greek Yogurt, 3 scoops Chocolate ProShape Meal Replacement Shake, 1 TBS Chia Seeds, 1 TBS Flax Seeds, 4-5 Strawberries. YUM! 

I always have a snack between lunch and dinner. This day I had a gluten free strawberry fruit strip from Aldi and a hard boiled egg. 

 Afternoon snack! 1 Hard boiled egg, 1 Strawberry Fruit Strip

Afternoon snack! 1 Hard boiled egg, 1 Strawberry Fruit Strip

We LOVE to juice in our house! We juice 1-2 times a day. Today I juiced once. I made orange, kale, cucumber, apple juice. It's SO good and good for you! I use a Breville Juicer and LOVE it!! 

 4 Oranges, 2 cups Kale, 1/2 Cucumber, 1/2 apple

4 Oranges, 2 cups Kale, 1/2 Cucumber, 1/2 apple

This juicer is AMAZING and only $100!! 

And dinner!!! We eat A LOT of chicken and turkey so tonight I changed it up a bit and bought steak! The kids were so excited. Mike and I don't eat a lot of red meat so we split a filet. I always try to eat more veggies then meat with dinner. 

 1/2 an Organic, Grassfed beef Filet with Spinach and 1 TBS Goat Cheese. Zucchini with Kerry Gold butter, Pink Salt, Turmeric and Garlic. 

1/2 an Organic, Grassfed beef Filet with Spinach and 1 TBS Goat Cheese. Zucchini with Kerry Gold butter, Pink Salt, Turmeric and Garlic. 

I often snack between dinner and bedtime because of breastfeeding. I don't like to eat later in the evening so I try to eat something healthy. Tonight I had an apple and peanut butter.  

 1 apple and 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter. 

1 apple and 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter. 

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Why I chose a natural childbirth after two births with epidurals

 A little about me: I am 35 years old and recently had my 3rd baby. I have two amazing children from my previous marriage. And 4 awesome bonus children...yes, you read that correctly! We have 7 children between the 2 of us!!! 

No matter how you look at it having a baby hurts and it has to come out! If you receive an epidural and it doesn't hurt during it hurts after!! But know that you can go into this with a birth plan and as long as it's a normal, healthy delivery you can control how your baby enters the world!

I had my first baby at 23 years old. Other than some preterm labor issues and anemia I had a fairly easy pregnancy and a perfect delivery. I was put on bed rest at 34 weeks due to preterm labor. My water broke at home at 37 weeks. I received an epidural shortly after arriving at the hospital so I never really felt real labor contractions and I only pushed for a few minutes. He was 6lbs and perfect and I was so in love! To be honest it was exactly what I hoped his birth would be and I wouldn't change a thing.

Things were very different the second time around! My second baby was a surprise, I got pregnant when Maison was 11 months old! I was still breastfeeding him so ladies make sure to get on birth control!!! You most certainly can get pregnant while breastfeeding!!! ....9 months later my little girl Kaylee was born, I was SO excited when I found out I was having a girl. She and Maison are 19 months apart. For quite some time I had 2 in diapers and a husband who was always deployed and we lived in Hawaii so I was alone A LOT!  Kaylee is a sassy, feisty, beautiful 9 year old who came out swinging! Literally!! The nurses called her Rocky because her whole right side was bruised! My pregnancy with her was rough, I had the same preterm labor issues as I did with Maison but this time I also had gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes.

 The day I was induced with Kaylee...Holy belly!! 

The day I was induced with Kaylee...Holy belly!! 

I was induced with Kaylee at 39 weeks because of my blood pressure. I'm not going to lie... being induced SUCKS! Induction is making your body do something that it's not ready to do. The worst part about my labor with Kaylee was the epidural. Apparently the anesthesiologist was having an "off day". He couldn't get my epidural in correctly. I lost count after his EIGHTH attempt...OMG!  I was in labor for 24 hours, it was AWFUL.  Luckily though I only pushed for less than a half hour. She was born 8lbs 12oz...She was HUGE for how little I am!! (5'2 and 110lbs) 

 They say your second childbirth is supposed to be easier but mine was ROUGH! She was a mess, I was a mess and so there are no pictures of us in the hospital or the first few days home.  The first week we were home I had awful spinal headaches from the epidural...I was miserable. I was so excited to have a little girl and yet my labor experience was so horrible this time. I was devastated.  I swore if I ever had another child I would NOT have an epidural and I would be in charge of my body and how my baby entered the world!

Now fast forward almost 9 years. I have 2 children, I've found the most amazing man and have 4 bonus kids. I found out I was pregnant on New Year's Eve. We had just returned home from a road trip to NC with ALL our kids. It was unseasonable warm and we both were covered from head to toe with poison ivy! UGH!  We spent NYE on the couch covered in calamine lotion and no wine because we found out that morning I was pregnant!

My youngest was 8 years old when I found out I was pregnant and with an age gap like that you feel like you are doing this all for the first time! I read every article I could find on pregnancy, labor and delivery (which is why I decided to write this). I read a ton on natural birth and decided that this was the best option for me when it came time to deliver my little girl. I ended up using a lot of what I read during my natural labor but still wasn't prepared for how bad it hurt!!

I had a very healthy pregnancy this time around, it was the first one where I didn't have any preterm labor issues! I also didn't gain as much weight as I did with the first two and no Gestational Diabetes!!  The main thing I did different this time??? I took these amazing nutritional products called FITLINE. They are natural, non-gmo and gluten free. In fact after my Midwife looked at the ingredients she told me that I didn't need to take a prenatel vitamin as long as I was taking the FitLine products. I took them the entire pregnancy, Basics helps you stay regular and fight constipation, which is a super fun part of pregnancy lol. Constipation plus the baby pushing on your insides also leads to Hemorrhoids so anything natural to help in that department was a huge plus! It also has a full serving of fruits and veggies in each packet.   Restorate helped me sleep and sleeping can be oh so fun while pregnant lol it also restored all the minerals my body was losing each day! And Activize is a natural energy product that I used in place of coffee. Not only is it safe for the baby but it provides you both with a ton of nutrients and gives mama energy from B Vitamins...which is desperately needed, especially during your first trimester!! 

 9 months pregnant with Anya, taken a week before she was born.

9 months pregnant with Anya, taken a week before she was born.

I was diagnosed with gestational hypertension again and was monitored weekly the last few months of pregnancy. At my last few appointments my blood pressure was elevated and baby was measuring small so they started talking about inducing me. I DID NOT want to be induced again so I started trying to get her out on my own! Being induced would make my plan for a natural birth much harder. The induction drugs make your contractions stronger than normal and labor tends to be a lot longer. Being my third baby I was praying for a very quick labor! 

 I tried Evening Primrose Oil both orally and vaginally (which did absolutely nothing but make an oily mess lol) I drank gallons of Red Raspberry leaf tea and while it tasted good it didn't put me in labor either, it did make me pee A TON. I walked 2-4 miles a day and swam laps at the YMCA...still nothing. I was 1-2cm dilated but this baby was being stubborn!!  On August 11th I went in for my weekly OB appointment and due to my elevated BP and baby being small (they were estimating her to be around 5lbs) they told me that I was going to be induced TODAY and needed to head to the hospital. OMG I had been trying to kick start labor but this made everything so real! We had to run home and get my hospital bag, take our 9 year old to her friend's house and off to the hospital we went! 

My midwife decided to use Cervidil to induce me as it provided the best chance of me having the natural labor I wanted. Cervidil is a tiny little pill that is inserted vaginally behind your cervix. It ripens the cervix and induces labor. Mine was inserted at 8pm and within a half hour I started to feel mild contractions. When you have a natural labor you aren't confined to a bed on your back like you are with an epidural. You can be up walking around, bouncing on a birthing ball or in a birthing tub which allows gravity to help your body push the baby out. By 10pm the contractions were intense and boy was I bouncing on that birthing ball!

 Still smiling at 10pm

Still smiling at 10pm

As much I researched natural labor I had no clue just how bad it would hurt!!! After about 2 hours bouncing on the ball I decided to go for a walk, after all one of the perks of natural birth is not being stuck on your back with a catheter!  Walking definitely helped her move down but wow I wasn't prepared for how strong my contractions got! I never realized what the rails along the walls in hospitals were for until now! I had to stop and hold on to them with every contraction. We probably walked for an hour before I couldn't take anymore. After my walk I decided to try out the birthing tub for a bit. The hot water helped take the edge off each contraction and relaxed me a bit. While in tub my midwife kept reminding me not to fight the contractions and let my body go with it. This is SO much harder than you would think! When you feel that kind of  pain your first reaction is to tense up! It takes a lot of focus and determination to get through. It definatly helped to see and feel what was happening with my body while in the tub. With some of the contractions fluid and blood would come out. I could SEE that things were progressing...when you are flat on your back and numb you have NO clue what is going on down there! 

 In the tub around 2am

In the tub around 2am

We are now 6 hours into labor and wow were my contractions strong!! I got back in the bed hoping for some rest. This is where things got very intense! Everything I read prior to labor said to go with your contractions and not to fight them, just like my midwife said.... easy right?! Lol She had to remind me of this all night!! The pain was so strong the only way I can think to describe it is your lower half being ripped from your upper body! (Sorry first time mamas no sugar coating here!) Having had an epidural with both prior births I really never felt active labor contractions. I had no idea what I was in for. You have to really be strong and have your mind set on going natural to get through it. You also need a VERY supportive coach and midwife who won't let you give up! Around 3am (so 7 hours into labor) I was ready to give up. I was done. The pain was awful and my cervix just wasn't dilating. Every contraction seemed to get stronger and I told Mike (my coach) and my midwife that I was done and wanted an epidural NOW! They both knew how badly I wanted to do this natural so they started making deals with me. Can you tell I'm a feisty Scorpio?! They would say: it's 3am....let's wait until 3:30am and then we can check you and see how dilated you are. This went on for hours.... I was SO mad at them but they held their ground and kept me strong!

 Getting your cervix checked HURTS while contracting!!! 

Getting your cervix checked HURTS while contracting!!! 

One of the things that helped me get through the most was them counting down the contractions, when one would start they would tell me when I was halfway through it, when it was winding down and then it would be over. It gave me a point of reference....something tangible. The pain is so great that when they didn't do this it felt like the contraction would go on FOREVER!! A few times Mike got distracted by people calling or texting to check on me and would forget to talk me through one. I remember grabbing his shirt at one point and YELLING at him to put down the damn phone and count!!! Not my finest moment but hey, I was pushing a human out of my lady space! lol 

 5:30 am... 1 hour before she was born. I was EXHAUSTED. 

5:30 am... 1 hour before she was born. I was EXHAUSTED. 

At around 5:30am I threw in the towel. I was 10 hours in and stuck at 6cm. I was shaking and exhausted and felt like labor was never going to end. I DEMANDED an epidural. They called the anesthesiologist and I felt defeated. I just couldn't go on any longer. I guess several moms were in labor that morning because it took him 45 minutes to get to me and then even he tried to talk me out of the epidural! Lol I was so tired and just wanted to sleep so I told him to do it. He administered the epidural around 6:30am, about 10 min after he was done I asked why it wasn't working?? My contractions didn't feel any lighter and now I had the urge to push! My midwife checked me and Anya was crowning!!!  OMG!! I pushed for 2 minutes and 11 seconds (we have it on video) and she was FINALLY HERE!!!!

 Meet Anya Grace Lemire. 5lbs 6oz, 19 inches and ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! 

Meet Anya Grace Lemire. 5lbs 6oz, 19 inches and ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! 

And guess what....that epidural NEVER really kicked in!!!! I felt everything and in a roundabout way got the natural birth I so desperatly wanted!!

They say that when you feel like you can't go on, when you are ready to give up, that you are SO CLOSE!! And it's true! I went from 6-10cm in a matter of minutes.

 My stubborn little girl was so feisty in my belly that when she came out she had the cord around her neck and a double knot in the cord! 

 

My recovery this time was SO much quicker and easier! I was up walking around right away, it wasn't like that with my other two. A week later I barely felt like I just had a baby. Having a natural birth or choosing to receive an epidural is a very personal decision and there is no right or wrong answer. Do what your heart tells you and do NOT listen to outside opinions! It's your body and your baby!! I hope this helps some of you with your decision! Good luck mamas!!! 

 

 

 

Get 2017 #BOOMING for You...

“If you want to GROW…you have to GO”   

Mike and I LOVE to set our goals together...we suggest to our kids to do the same...we drive them nuts sometimes because we buy them so many journals!  Take some time to read this summary Mike put together for his partners.  Most importantly, APPLY IT!  

You will be glad you did!  

Brandy

 Maison and Kaylee learning how to set goals at Mohican Lodge New Years weekend with Aunt Karen Lemire! 

Maison and Kaylee learning how to set goals at Mohican Lodge New Years weekend with Aunt Karen Lemire! 

 

I AM ASSUMING YOU WANT TO GO SEE WHAT YOU CAN REALLY DO IN THIS LIFE BECAUSE YOU’RE READING THIS. YOU HAVE THAT INDESCRIBABLE URGE TO LIVE A FULL LIFE OF SUCCESS.  YOU DESIRE TRAVEL AND TO SEE THE WORLD WHICH BY THE WAY IS AMAZING!  YOU YEARN FOR MENTORING OR LEARNING FROM OTHERS WHO CAN HELP YOU.  YOU WANT TO HELP OTHERS SUCCEED AND OFFER WAYS TO HELP THEM FULFILL THEIR DREAMS.  LET ME JUST SAY THAT IF YOU FEEL ANY OF THIS YOU ARE DEFINITELY ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND THE KEY IS TO GO. 

When I decided to GO I was young and in my early 20’s but I set a goal to have this amazing network one day that spanned across the world.  I set a goal to have a network of people that were massively successful in all parts of the world.  I still work on these goals every day.  Literally I have lost track of how many cities and countries I have been too but what I have NOT lost track of is the remarkable friends and associates I have across the world.  I can travel to most continents in the world and have a place to stay if needed.  I have friends in cities all over the world that would invite me to dinner and simply catch up.  I say this NOT to impress you yet to “impress upon” you of what you can do. 

HAVING FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD IS AN AMAZING FEELING, YOU FEEL RICH AND WEALTHY IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY. 

Some days I will actually communicate with my network in several different time zones…putting some to bed and saying good morning to others.  Remember “it’s a small world” as a kid?  That’s a true story.

When you decide to GO…you must put too much pressure on the length of time it will take you to get to where you want or need to be.  Don't drive yourself crazy!!!  The reality is that the time will pass anyway so just focus on the little things to get there and you will be surprised when it just starts happening.  It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN. 

Here is a plan to help you GO.  Go for the feelings you have on getting out of the bubble.  Follow this simple plan to EMBRACE those feelings and uncover some of the steps you need to take little by little to GET what you actually want to GO for. 

1.       Invest in you and buy a Journal.  You and your goals are important.  Make it neat, make it something you look forward to writing in… more so for a keepsake.  One day long after you are not physically here anymore your children will read this journal.  It will inspire them.

2.      Map out your simple goals for your life.  Start by listing a category of your life.  Categories like physical, wellness, financial, family, career, pleasure, spiritual, travel, etc.

3.      After each category write down a few things you would like to do, improve or achieve.  There are no right or wrong things to say or do …. just let it come out naturally.  Example might be for financial: “I want to be debt free, I want to eventually buy a beach house for my kids and I.”  If its family, you might say: “I want to be a better parent or spouse.  I want to take my family on vacation. 

4.      Now that you have a good list of categories and some fresh goals it’s time to prioritize.  List a number by the category for its priority.  So list #1 by family and #2 by financial, etc.  This is VERY important so please pay attention to what I am about to say…Your priorities will change monthly so don’t prioritize based on status quo.  Prioritize based on what you need to get laser focused on for that month.  Simply put your family will always be your #1 but if your health is out of whack don’t be afraid to make it #1 for a month.  Change these numbers as things evolve every month to achieve balance. 

5.      Now it’s time to map out your mid and long term plans. This should be a few other pages in your journal.  Simply write a few paragraphs on where you see yourself a year from now.  That would be considered mid-term.  Then consider where you will be 5 years from now and proceed to write your long term goals.  Remember your short term is in the depth of your priorities you have already set in place. 

6.      Get some VISION.  If your dream is to own a BMW or to build a HOME then by all means find an amazing color photo for your key visual goals.  If you set a goal to own that BMW in 2 years, then CUT the picture up in 24 pieces.  Now challenge yourself to work on your monthly goals and at the end of the month you can paste one piece of your goal picture on your goal board.  Watch your goals come alive from monthly activity and actions!

7.      State your goals.  Share them with your friends and family.  Although you may feel reluctant to do so, trust me it will trigger some inner strength when you need it the most. 

8.      Include your spouse and or partner.  Make it fun, motivating and rewarding. 

IF YOU WANT TO GO, YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. 

THIS BASIC BLUEPRINT WILL GET YOU GOING AND WILL START THE PROCESS.  REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE THAT WILL CHEER YOU ON AND BE YOUR BIGGEST FAN.  WHEN YOU START WORKING ON YOUR PLAN TO GO; YOU WILL FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO HELP YOU.

Decide to get out of the bubble and GO.

Mike

Mike and I bought this journal for 2017...hand made in Italy.  We completed our goals on our way to a Vegas training event for our team in early December giving us time to revise them by the 1st!

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It's LADIES Night...WIN a $350 COACH PURSE! FREE WINE, CHAMPAGNE & APPS

Are you interested in Anti Aging?  Energy?  Weight Loss?  Wellness?  Children's Nutrition?

As a hard working #BOSS woman...you deserve a fun night

  We have a special event coming up on October 1st @ 6pm in Fairlawn Ohio!  At PM International, we like to mix lots of fun with making money...and making money with lots of fun!  This event will only be a few hours and there will be many FREE giveaways - even a chance to WIN a $350 COACH PURSE! FREE WINE, CHAMPAGNE & APPETIZERS!!!!

October 1st 6pm-8pm @ The Doubletree Hotel, Fairlawn

Click the button below to register for FREE!!

Eventbrite - Ladies NIGHT!  Win a Coach Purse!  Win Cellulite Cream!

Here are a few MORE reasons to attend!  

1.  Meet, Mingle and have a few DRINKS!   Getting to know some amazing #BOSS woman is key to your success.  Building new relationships is key to personal growth and business success!

2. LEARN how Woman in Europe have achieved REAL Financial Freedom with PM International for the past 23 years and NOW this powerful company is just opening the USA and ASIA!

3.  LEARN about the new CC Celluite Cream and have a CHANCE to WIN the all new CC Cellulite CREAM from GERMANY!  

Here is a quick VIDEO on this amazing product coming to America!  

A FEW lucky ladies will GO HOME with the PATENTED Cellulite CREAM and you can learn about our other PRODUCTS like Ultimate Young and WIN those too!

Have you TRIED Ultimate Young?  Amazing makeover in just 3 minutes!!!  Learn about this amazing Product at the event and you may even WIN a FREE BOTTLE!  You can also TRY this product FREE from 6 to 7pm and look and feel amazing for your night out!  

Eventbrite - Ladies NIGHT!  Win a Coach Purse!  Win Cellulite Cream!

Don't MISS this event!  Register NOW and invite your friends!  Every GUEST you bring will allow YOU to earn more chances to WIN!

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PM International BOSS Ladies...

Did you know that "82% of Woman that earn over $100,000 a year do it with a home based business"??  Learn some amazing secrets on how you can too...read and then LISTEN to the call link at the bottom of this blog!!

People always ask me "Why is PMI different then all the other companies out there?" Besides the products being amazing...Gluten free, NON-GMO, NATURAL and absorbing over 90%. What I love the most is how real the owners Rolf and Vicki are! As you will see below I moderated a call with Vicki on August 31st 2016, Vicki called in from Luxembourg. Several of us flew to Germany last November to tour the PMI headquarters and when Vicki was in Pittsburgh last October visiting her family she DROVE to Cleveland to do an in home meeting for someone on my team. How many people can say the same about the owners of the company they are involved in? How many of them can reach out and touch the owners? PM International is Vicki and Rolf's baby. If we succeed, they succeed and they are here to help us every step of the way! -BRANDY BRIGHT

 Ask yourself...

Do you want more time with your family?  How about Financial Freedom?  Pay off debts?  Get healthy?  Lose Weight?  Look and feel younger?  Earn FREE vacations?  Maybe you want to fire your boss?

These are just a few of the perks associated with PM International for you and your family.  You have the absolute power to join this amazing team of woman that are excited to work with you to help you reach your goals and personally grow in the process!

Be a great example for your children and build generational wealth!  PM International has been in business for over 23 years and nearly 90% of their customers have become repeat customers. This is what creates residual income.  People BUY, USE and KEEP our products and when they do so every month - you get paid...every month.  Imagine what an extra $300, $600 or $1,000 a month RESIDUAL income will do for your family?

Be that BOSS lady that you always wanted to be.  We live in uncertain times.  There is no guarantee in corporate America nor social security.  You have to be the BOSS for you and your family.  Make a decision, take action and control your families fortune. 

"My mother retired from direct sales in 2008 with a multiple six figure income.  She raised her 5 children while building residual income and completely secured her future.  I know this because I am her son.  What's amazing is that when it was time for her to receive her social security checks, she did not need them so she gave them to her mother; my grandmother.  It's quite amazing to see what several years of hard work building residual income can do for the entire family...for generations"   -MIKE LEMIRE (The BOSS lady moderating the call below is my woman!)

This is MUST listen to recorded call featuring Vicki Sorg, wife of Rolf Sorg the CEO of PM International out of Speyer, Germany.  Dr. Howard Peiper and a few of the BOSS PM International ladies here in the USA.  PM International is a 400M plus a year debt-free company doing business in 40 countries and recently opened here in the USA and Asia!

Meet a few of the PM International BOSS ladies: 

BRANDY BRIGHT- OHIO

Brandy is a work from home mom who just had her third baby Anya Grace on 8/12/16. She and Mike have a blended family of 7 children!  Brandy loves that PMI gives her financial freedom and allows her to work from home and travel while raising their children! 

 Brandy Bright and Mike Lemire

Brandy Bright and Mike Lemire

Dr. HOWARD PEIPER- FLORIDA

Dr. Peiper is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and has written over 12 Best Selling Books! Dr. Peiper has over 40 years experience in medicine and 30 years in holistic medicine. 

 Dr. Howard Peiper and his wife Meg

Dr. Howard Peiper and his wife Meg

TRACY OCEPEK- OHIO

Tracy is a Beautician who kills it with BeautyLine sales! Tracy made IMM very quickly in PMI and was able to take her family on a vacation with the commissions she earned! 

 Tracy and her husband Mike

Tracy and her husband Mike

JACINTH WALDRON- FLORIDA

Jacinth has been in Direct Sales for over 40 years!  She is a mentor to woman throughout the Caribbean and loves the fact that direct sales provided the lifestyle she wanted for her family.  Whether it's travel, time freedom or just helping others with their health and wellness; this business is driven by passion.  

 Jacinth and her husband Hubert

Jacinth and her husband Hubert

VICKI SORG-LUXEMBOURG 

Vicki is married to Rolf Sorg the CEO and Founder of PM International. She is the Charity and Good Will Ambassador for PMI and has helped sponsor over 800 children! Vicki is a mentor to women all over the world! 

 Vicki and Rolf Sorg

Vicki and Rolf Sorg

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43 is just too young to DIE...

My best friend & brother Paul Lemire died at the age of 43 from Pancreatic Cancer.  I spent much time while he was fighting for his life trying to help by giving him nutrition.  It was a longdreary day in 2012 when he was receiving treatment at the BLOC Center in Chicago...He called me and told me his DR. said "part of the reason you are battling this type cancer at such a young age is from food and all the crap they put it in these days"

My heart sank...Paul passed away in August of 2013.  True story and it's a harsh reality when you watch someone die from Cancer.  One of the MANY reasons I joined PM International was because of the PURITY...as I learned in my trip to Speyer Germany before we launched.  I was absolutely blown away at the science and credibility.  PM has also helped me in my fight to help others and to prevent deadly disease like Cancer!

So will the REAL "Clean" Nutrition Company PLEASE STAND UP?  Thank you...

It is PM International from Germany.  (23 years old, debt free,over 450 Million sales)

So, WHY is this product line so special?  Safe and effective? 

1.  European Legislation is very strict! (banning harmful organisms allowed in US)

2.  NON GMO so nothing is genetically modified!  (GMO's are banned in Europe)

3.  Nothing artificial! (Nothing artificial allowed in Europe)

4.  Sweeteners are all Natural! 

5.  Gluten Free!

6.  GMP Certified! (Good Manufacturing Process - Less then 5% of Company's are)

7.  Regularly tested by the renowned Swiss Vitamin Institute in Lausanne.

8.  Our products are on the "Cologne List",a list from the Olympic Center on the Rhine

9.  43 Patents on our Products!

10. NTC (Nutrient Transport Concept ensures near 100% absorption)

Realize the most common dangers/side effects of GMO's...

-unpredicted allergies

-toxins

-antibiotic resistant diseases

-nutritional problems

Realize the most common dangers/side effects of Artificial Sweeteners...

-increase hormones

-cause overeating

-cause diabetes

-dizziness

-irritability

-fatigue 

-headaches

Realize the most common dangers/side effects of Gluten...

-nausea and vomiting

-diarrhea

-irritation of the mouth and throat

-hives and rash

-nasal congestion

-eye irritation

-difficulty breathing

To say the LEAST... it is IMPERATIVE that we pay attention to these types of problems in today's food and nutritional supplements.  PM International is the ONLY company in the USA with what I would call "SUPER SAFE PRODUCTS"

Join the mission...

Mike and Brandy

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100% NON-GMO, Nothing Artificial, Gluten Free is the new SEXY...

We feel extremely fortunate to have some amazing friends who own a 23 year old, 450 M a year company marketing patented products.  When you look at the European Legislation and compare to USA legislation when it comes to nutrition - it's like night and day. 

In Germany you can NOT use anything artificial or genetically modified.  Their products are super clean and pure not to mention the fact that PM International has 46 patents on their products to include one for absorption.  

Absorption is key.  There is an old saying that when your cells are healthy we are healthy, and when our cells are sick - we are sick.  So it's safe to say that we are only as healthy as our cells!

More to come on this important conversation...

Mike & Brandy

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