Friday, April 22, 2016

Extra Presale Designs

So I've decided to go ahead and list more designs for the presale! The same procedure applies to these. For this week only, you can purchase through the blog for $15 until April 29th. Next week I'll be listing them in my etsy shop for $20. I wanted to offer it here at a special price first as a thank you to those who read my blog!















If you'd like to purchase, email me at sales@mamamadeablog.com and follow these instructions.

- Leave Paypal email address
- Indicate the item you are ordering (ex. This Princess Says Y'all Ruffle top)
- Indicate the size you want (be sure to check the size chart!)
- Note that there is a 2 week production time. Your shirt will be in the mail within 2 weeks, but of course if it is finished sooner we will mail it sooner.
- No returns or exchanges at this time.
- These shirts are made by hand, so placement, color, etc. may vary slightly.
- Care: Machine wash inside out, cold, with like colors.


More to come soon!!

xoxo,

Katie

First Shop Item!

I'm so excited to finally launch the shop for the blog! Here's the first item:


For this week only, you can purchase through the blog for $15 until April 29th. Next week I'll be listing it in my etsy shop for $20. I wanted to offer it here at a special price first as a thank you to those who read my blog! 

If you'd like to purchase, email me at sales@mamamadeablog.com and follow these instructions.

- Leave Paypal email address
- Indicate the item you are ordering (ex. This Princess Says Y'all Ruffle top)
- Indicate the size you want (be sure to check the size chart!)
- Note that there is a 2 week production time. Your shirt will be in the mail within 2 weeks, but of course if it is finished sooner we will mail it sooner.
- No returns or exchanges at this time.
- These shirts are made by hand, so placement, color, etc. may vary slightly.
- Care: Machine wash inside out, cold, with like colors.


More to come soon!!

xoxo,

Katie


Finding Joy in the Ordinary



When I made my to do list at the beginning of the week, one of my goals was to write a meaningful blog post. I've been feeling a little busy and uninspired, and I really wanted to get out of that mindset.

Since starting Plexus in February, I've got so much more energy for the daily things that I had really dreaded previously. Taking showers and giving Reagan baths for instance. Obviously very necessary haha, and they make us feel refreshed and clean, but for someone with chronic illness they also take a lot of energy. Cleaning, cooking, laundry, you name it. I've come to really despise these necessary activities of daily living. I'm used to putting them off because I'm just too tired to do them, and then feeling extremely stressed when I finally get around to it.

I thought once I had more energy I would be so much more fun and happy. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely am! But that is only part of the changes I have needed. Now that I have the energy to get these tasks accomplished, I no longer need to dread them. And I don't as much, but I haven't been happy to do them necessarily. Is anyone? Haha that's for another discussion.

My mindset just needed some adjusting! I'm so lucky that I have a little girl who needs mama to bathe her. We are blessed to have hot running water. How awesome that I have food to cook and mouths to feed. When I think about it that way, the mundane, boring duties calling for my attention are blessings that I am more than happy to attend to! 

At the beginning of the year, I said JOY was my word of the year. Choosing joy is still something that I'm actively working at. It doesn't always come easy. But it's there. And you can choose to see joy in so many plain and ordinary places if you're purposeful about it. 

Commit yourself to finding joy somewhere you've been struggling to see it. Where are you finding your joy?

xoxo, 

Katie

Thursday, March 3, 2016

What Happened in My First Month of Plexus






Starting out, I was such a skeptic. Did you read my post about all the changes I was making in January? Plexus was one of them. I would take it for a few days and then forget for a few, but I finally decided to really give it my best shot. For the entire month of February I took my Plexus Slim and Xfactor multivitamin every morning. I didn't expect it to be any different than the other times 3 times I had tried it. 

Of course, I didn't give it my best those times either. I would start taking it, trying to cut out Red Bull and then later coffee. I've suffered from Lyme Disease symptoms since 2008, which include joint pain, fatigue, migraines, brain fog, forgetfulness, just to name a little bit. For some people who get Lymes, those symptoms don't go away. I went undiagnosed for over a year, and the symptoms improved when I was treated, but they've been very much chronic since then. My sweet friend who first told me about Plexus had been through a very similar situation and she had found incredible relief through Plexus products, not to mention the fact that she's a work at home mom now because she became a Plexus Ambassador. 

So anyway, I've been silently suffering all this time, and this year I'm ready for changes. Here's what has happened in the last month:

*I'm not in constant pain

*I can concentrate so much better

*My memory is improving

*My horrendous allergies I've had since I was a child are nonexistent at the moment,,, and we even have flowers blooming inside the house! I'm just imagining what this is going to mean for my asthma this year. I usually have a trip to the ER for asthma every Spring!

*I have a healthy control over my appetite. I don't want to graze all hours of the day. I do occasionally snack, but most of the time I just don't want anything!

*I don't get blood sugar swings between meals. Usually if I go too long without eating I feel shaky and weak and I have this need to snack just to make that feeling go away, but not anymore.

* I have energy!! This is huge!

*I lost 3 lbs. This is without changing my diet or exercise at all!

*I lost inches in every measurement I took except calves. That's neck, upper arm, waist, hips, and thigh!

Please keep in mind that this is just my personal experience with Plexus Slim and Xfactor, and experiences will vary. Plexus is a line of supplements, and does not claim to cure or treat any disease or condition because supplements are not regulated by the FDA.

I have Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease, and this gives me a very sluggish metabolism, takes even more of my energy, and makes it so hard for me to lose weight and so easy to gain. I have had to keep steadily increasing my medication for this since becoming pregnant with Reagan in 2010, so I'm very excited to see in a couple weeks how my levels are doing and if there has been any change.

I'm also going to be trying a couple more Plexus products in addition to my normal Slim and Xfactor repertoire. And increasing my exercise because I have the energy to do this now! 

I am so blessed to have experienced these health improvements. Now I am able to share these products with others as well because a couple weeks into this new Plexus journey, I decided to take the leap and become a Plexus Ambassador myself! One of the biggest drivers of my team is "If you are blessed, be a blessing!" How amazing is that?

If you are looking to improve your health, step up your health game, or join my team, please contact me and visit my website: shopmyplexus.com/katiezahn

I'll definitely be keeping y'all updated on my experience with these products and this company!

Do you have any questions? Comment below!

xoxo,

Katie