Branson Family Fun

We had a fantastic weekend!  Normally, every year we go on a family vacation to the beach.  It’s our families favorite place and we love it! This year Caroline was making her appearance, Nick and Lauren were saving money and so we didn’t go to the beach.  BUT, we decided we needed some kind of family fun before school started ( yes, Madelyn starts kindergarten this year – how has this happened so fast??).  So we headed out to Branson.  I will be the first to admit, I’m not a Branson fan.  So many people, so much traffic, ugh!


Off we went and we all met up for some family fun.  We stayed at the Grand Country Inn.  I just knew the girls would love the indoor waterpark ( yes, we all burn easily in the Moritz family).  Not only did the girls have a blast, but we all got in on the fun!



That is Chase and Mads in the picture climbing that darned rope ladder!  I think that is what it is called?

Madelyn had me and Meredith climbing the rope ladder to go down the water slides, Meredith and I were surprised to discover that there were actual stairs and you don’t HAVE to use the rope ladder (Mads is such a stinker!)  I will admit that it was my first time to go down a water slide!  I loved it!  Morgan and Emma joined us on Saturday and Emma was a little skeptical at first, but then she was a waterpark pro!  I didn’t take any pictures because everything in the waterpark was wet.  I didn’t want to take a chance on ruining the phone!

There was also a little shopping,  a car show and some black light mini golf!   We even got to meet Tinkerbell!








emma snowcone


chase and madelyn mini golf









But just because it is vacation doesn’t mean that I didn’t get my workout in.  Lauren and I got our pilates on in the hotel room!  Limited space, but we made it work!  I always travel with my shakeology too.  Brian and I stuck with our breakfast every day!

lauren and dana hotel workout

We had a great time and Madelyn decided that Branson is awesome and we should do it every year.  I asked her if she liked it more than the beach and she didn’t commit, but she said she thought we should do both!  I may need to get another job for that!

Have you have your summer vacation?   Where did you go?


It’s My Momma’s Day!

Today is my Momma’s birthday!  YAY!

Happy Birthday Mom!  Love you to the moon and back!

dana mom boat mom


If you are lucky enough to have your Mom around, give her a big hug and kiss today!  Hopefully, I’ll get to see my Momma soon so we can celebrate her special day!

Yesterday was a crazy day, I got some work done in my office, got all my steps in, got my 21 Day Fix workocaroline kissesut done – but not all in one sitting, things were crazy at workout time and I had to do part of the workout and go back a couple of hours later and finish it up.  I also had a couple of phone calls and got to love on my sweet Caroline while Meredith and Madelyn went swimming. Highlight of my day!

frog leg crunchesFrog Crunches are evil, yet so effective!

I don’t know if you have heard and I am sure you are waiting on pins and needles to find out what the August Challenge Pack special is – well, wait no more.  I will help you out!  CIZE!  Shaun T has come up with a fun dance workout.  But, have no fear, you can do this workout even if you can’t dance!  I have done this workout a couple of times and really liked it.  It goes by fast and there was a LOT of laughing.  I have found that I am really uncoordinated, but I dance like no one is watching!  I NAILED the final move though!  Cize is on sale with a bag of Shakeology for $140.  People, this is getting the workout for $10!  What a deal!  Let me know if you want info or want to order it for yourself.  It certainly does NOT feel like working out!

cize final move

Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself…

I’ve been reading some good books.  I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird before I read Go Set a Watchman.  I always try to read some personal development and am almost finished with Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook and  am also reading The Best Yes with a reading group.  Now, don’t think I am totally insane, I read 10-15 minutes of my personal development every day and only 2 chapters per week for my reading group.  So I do more than just read, but Brian would probably tell you differently!  He thinks I have my nose stuck in my kindle all the time!

jab jab jabI started this book when we were at the beach on vacation!  Wish I was there again already!  I need to win the lottery!

I wasn’t as tired yesterday and didn’t even need a nap. That is a bonus in my book!

I hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday!  Are you reading anything good?  I’d love to hear about it!


Finding Me Again

I’ve been missing in action for some time.  Let me explain why.

I haven’t felt like myself for quite some time.   You probably already knew that.  This extreme fatigue just wouldn’t let go.   I have been to a couple of doctors and found that my hormones were out of whack, my adrenals were tired and my thyroid was acting out!  All those brats not doing the job I needed them to do. I’ve gained some weight and can’t get rid of it and I will need your support and motivation to keep me  on the healthy track to get it gone for good! I have been working with a wonderful health coach and she has got me on the right path.  I have changed my diet a couple of times, I had to add in animal protein again and I found that eating a whole egg every day is good for my body.  I found that I can not do the harder, extreme workouts that I loved.  There were some times when I couldn’t do any workouts and that was REALLY hard for me.  Not only do I love to do it, but that is my job.  So, it has been a difficult couple of years.

BUT, I am happy to report that I am starting to feel better.  I’m not at 100%, but I am feeling more like my old self, I have more energy.  I still can’t do those hard workouts and I have to take a nap most days, but things are looking up.  Stress plays a huge role in how I feel and I think things are settling down.  I got hit with a LOT in the last few years, but thankfully God had my back and held me up when I was down.  I am finding me again!


So many things have happened and if you follow me on facebook, twitter and instagram you probably know that Caroline is here and already one month old!  She is such a serious little sweet girl, but I am loving her up every chance I get!
















Emma is 2 and so very busy.  She cracks me up, she is so funny.










Madelyn is almost 6 and will be starting school next week.  Oh my, how the time flies by!

IMG_5059 Madelyn cannonball

Chase and Meredith moved back to Joplin and Chase has a new job.  Meredith got her respiratory therapist degree and will be going back to work part time after here maternity leave.

Nick and Lauren are working like crazy, still living in good ol’ CJ.

Jake started a new business and Morgan decided to become a Team Beachbody coach!

Brian is still doing real estate, making his beautiful bowls and woodworking, he got his new shop built and is loving it.




I am still a Team Beachbody coach and loving it. I’ve been doing 21 Day Fix, Piyo and just got Cize to try out too!  I’m still reading like crazy, I love it!   I got my office moved downstairs and I’m still trying to get organized in there.  It may never happen…



Brian’s dad moved in with us, my dad is healing and recovering nicely.  Mom had her surgery and is recovering and feeling better.  Marley is still hanging with us and tolerating us!  She probably thinks we are completely crazy, but loves us anyway!


I think you are all caught up and my goal is to be more active here and get back to doing my daily blog posts throughout the week.  I can’t make any promises, but I think I can do it!


Catching up!

Boy, this year is flying by!  There has been somuch going on lately and I just haven’t taken the time to sit down and chat with you all.

We had Meredith’s baby shower ( Miss Caroline Kate will be making her appearance sometime in June) and we had a great time.  I can’t even believe it is almost time for her to be here!  Thank you so much to everyone that came!

baby shower collage

We had a couple of graduations.  My nephews Devin and Dalton graduated. One from college (Oklahoma State) and high school (Okemah).  I’m so very proud of both of them!  I can not wait to see what the future holds.  Devin is looking for a job teaching agriculture and Dalton will be attending OBU majoring in science education!

nephews grad

Brian’s dad is staying with us for a while.  It’s been nice having him here.  Yesterday it was so beautiful out, we had to go for a walk.  It is a little slow going but we had a good time.

bill walk

Madelyn started Tball.  We’ve been having a blast going to her games.  She’s a natural, although I think she likes snack time the best :)

mads t ball 2

Emma is growing like crazy and talking up a storm.  Sometimes, we have no idea what she is saying, but she is going to be a jabberwoky just like Mads!

emma collage

I think that is all the catching up I have.  Hope you are having a wonderful May!

Best ways to deal with those spring colds

I’ve been fighting a cold for over a week now.  This sucker just does not want to let go!  I’ve pulled out all the things I know to do for a cold.

I’ve been eating healthy meals

healthy eating


drinking a lot of water

water bottle

using my oils



juiceGetting some sun to soak up some vitamin D

soakin up some sunAnd of course, getting plenty of rest!

Do you have any tips for dealing with a spring cold?  I’d love to hear them!  Hope you all are feeling GREAT!


It’s a crazy, but good life!

Our life has been crazy lately, I’ve spent several weeks taking care of sick family members, Brian and I had a trip to Houston for his latest check-up, Chase and Meredith and Madelyn have moved back to Joplin and in all that excitement our daily lives just went on!M

While we have been waiting for Chase & Meredith’s house to be ready, they’ve been staying with us and we’ve had a GREAT time with Miss Madelyn.  I’m sure Chase and Meredith would say it hasn’t been THAT great!

Madelyn and Emma have had a blast playing together and just getting to know each other better!  I love watching them play together!  They just have the best time!!

There is nothing better than cousin love!  Everything Madelyn does, Emma needs to do as well!

Mads and Emma collage

Marley hasn’t been feeling the love so much.  There is a LOT more activity around our house than she is used to. Madelyn loves to carry her around and Marley isn’t such a fan!  Every night she is worn out!

Marley tired

We are moving them into their house tonight so things will slow down soon and Marley can get back to her normal, boring schedule!

I’m still fighting my own health issues ( extreme fatigue – hormone, thyroid and adrenal issues) and my workouts are sporadic.  I do what I can, when I can.  I’ve done some of the 21 Day Fix Extreme and loved them, but wasn’t able to finish the complete program yet.  I’ve been enjoying the spring weather and walking outside.  I am such a solar-powered person!  So, I’m slowing things down and doing walking and Slim in 6.  It will be determined as to whether I will be able to complete the program, but I have learned I MUST listen to my body or I will pay the price!  It’s all good!  I am feeling better each day and I have more energy.  Now I just need to have a healthy family and keep my stress levels much lower than they have been!

I hope you will be able to enjoy the nice weather ( if you have it), so throw on your sneakers and go for a walk today!  If you can walk with some friends, that is even better!

walking buddies 2


Planning It All Out!

Well, we are a few weeks into the new year and I’ve been using my new planner.  I LOVE it!  I was really looking for a better way than using the app on my phone.  It worked okay, but I really love paper/pen planning.

Most of you know that I do NOT consider myself crafty, but I’ve been making my fitbit jewelry and I’m getting into decorating my planner.  Think of it a little like scrap booking, but I am having a blast with it!

So I thought I’d share with you how it is going for me.


The Erin Condren planner I chose is working out perfect for me so far.  The planner has it broken into morning, afternoon and evening.  I don’t use it that way.  I use it for my to-do list, important things to remember and my daily food and workout log.  Like I said, this one seems to be working very well for me.  There are MANY kinds of planners out there, you may want to do a little research to find the one that works best for you.  The Erin Condren planners are a bit pricey ($50), but you use it the whole year and it has so many wonderful features.

There is a monthly page like the one above and this one.  I LOVE the layout of this one!


Then there are the weekly pages – this is where all the action really is!



If you decide you’d like to get one like mine, if you use my link, you can save $10 and I get a $10 credit too!  Then you can share your link to get credit for yourself!  They have a lot of fun things to purchase to go along with your planner, or you can save it up for the next year’s planner!  Hey, It’s a plan!

Do you use a planner?  If so, what kind and how do you like it?  I’m always on the lookout for new ideas!  Do you decorate it????

Make those appointments!

I’m not sure how it happened, but I’ve gone from happy hours and having a good time with friends and family to now having to getting a colonoscopy and other medical treatments…..  oh getting older stinks!

So, in that frame of mind, I want to take a moment to remind you to schedule those pesky medical checkups that are needed.  I find that it is always a good time to do it around the first of the year or your birthday.  This way you will remember when it is time yet again.

I recently had my colonoscopy and mammogram and bone density tests done.   What a way to start the year with a reminder of getting older!  I say that in jest because I really don’t feel my age!  I really don’t!   But, it is so important to get these check-ups as you need them.


So, pick up the phone and make that appointment TODAY!  Your health is so important and your family needs you to be around for a LONG time!

Who doesn’t love pizza?

Who doesn’t love pizza?

This is a healthy version of a chicken pizza:

homemade healthy chicken pizza recipe

This healthy homemade pizza is topped with lean chicken, fresh ingredients, and a touch of Parmesan cheese.

Total Time:​ 18 min.
Prep Time:​​​ 10 min.
Cooking Time:​ 8 min.
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients for Pizza Dough:
¼ oz​​​​ active dry yeast
1 cup​​​ warm water (100–110° F)
2 tsp.​​​​ sugar
3–3¼ cups ​​​whole wheat flour, divided use
½ tsp.​​​​ fine sea salt (or Himalayan salt)​
2 tsp.​​​​  olive oil, divided use

Ingredients for Pizza:
½ cup all-natural pizza sauce, no sugar added
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
4 oz cooked chicken breast, boneless, skinless, shredded
1 cup cherry tomatoes
¼ cup thinly sliced mushrooms
2 cups fresh arugula


For Pizza Dough:
1. Place yeast, water, and sugar in a medium bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes, or until yeast becomes foamy.
2. Combine 3 cups flour and salt in a small bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to yeast mixture. Mix with clean hands until mixture does not stick to your hands. Add additional flour if needed. Roll dough into a ball. Brush with ½ tsp. oil. Place in a bowl; cover with a towel. Let rise for 2 hours.
3. Punch down dough to remove air; knead and roll into a ball. Brush with ½ tsp. oil. Place in a bowl; cover with a towel. Let rise for an additional 2 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 450° F.
5. Roll dough until it will no longer stretch. Let rest for 5 minutes. Continue to roll until it reaches your desired diameter, about 10 to 12-inches, and about ½-inch thick. Place on baking pan lightly coated with spray.
6. Brush with remaining 1 tsp. oil.

For Pizza:
1. Spread pizza dough evenly with pizza sauce, stopping ½-inch from edge.
2. Top evenly with cheeses, chicken, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
3. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes, or until crust is golden.
4. Top with arugula.


Brian and I love pizza and one of my favorite ways to cook it is on the grill.  If you haven’t tried do it!  You will love it!

Holiday Stress????

Surviving Holiday Stress: The Power to Choose in Five Easy Steps

By Dr. Pete Sulack


Stress expert, writer and speaker, Dr. Pete Sulack is the founder of Exodus Chiropractic and Unhealthy Anonymous – a wellness support program that provides tools for healthier living.


Choose not to host the holidays.

  • Give yourself permission to take a pass this year, even if you’ve always done it…especially if you’ve always done it. Instead, consider helping with smaller tasks – offer to help clean up or even host next year when there is time to plan and prioritize.
  • Tell your family that in order to take care of yourself and live longer to serve them, you must keep the stress to a minimum in your life.
  • Don’t feel guilty if you choose this option, and don’t make excuses. You are worth it!


Choose to delegate.

  • Oftentimes it is easier to do things ourselves than to watch someone else muddle through them – but it shouldn’t be at the expense of your general sanity and health.
  • Delegating requires letting go of control a bit. While it might be uncomfortable for some, it must be done if others are to step up. If the turkey isn’t Hallmark-holiday-perfect or the tree isn’t decorated the way you would do it, who cares? Everyone will live, and the earth will go on spinning. Take a deep breath, and let it go.


Choose to sit at the “kids’ table.”

  • This sounds silly, but actually it works. Kids are much less judgmental about what you are eating, how slowly you eat, or if you are eating at all. They don’t care – people don’t become “food pushers” until later in life.
  • Chances are you will never get into an argument about politics, religion, or old family history at the kids’ table. You may have to learn more about “Power Rangers Megaforce” than you wanted, but it will give you a chance to enjoy a lighter, more carefree side of the holidays.
  • No one will be drinking alcohol at the kids’ table, so there is a good chance the conversation will remain civilized. Enough said.


Choose to remove yourself from dangerous situations.

  • If you are going to someone’s home for the holidays, consider staying in a nearby hotel (if you can afford it) so that you have somewhere to retreat if the situation gets stressful. You’ll also be able to stock the mini-fridge with safe, health snacks and foods.
  • Most hotels have workout facilities so you can start or end your day with a few minutes of aerobic exercise. If they have a pool or hot tub? Even better.
  • Take your own car, even if it means more money in gas. That way you can volunteer to make those last minute trips to the store that get you out of the house – and allow you quiet time to breathe, relax, and regain your mindfulness. Use that time to think about how you will handle potential challenges and conflicts when you return.


Choose to initiate activity.

  • Take a walk after a big meal, and invite others to join you. Everyone will benefit from the fresh air and exercise.
  • Instead of being glued to the couch watching television, choose to grab the kids and shoot a few hoops or initiate a game of hide-and-seek. Even breaking out a board game will usually bring the young-at-heart to the table and away from the couch.
  • Offer to walk the dog. It gets you some fresh air and exercise, as well as time alone to get centered and remain focused on your goal of getting through the holidays in a healthier, happier manner.