Monday, September 10, 2012

Baby Kessler

Well I haven't had much time to worry about blogs lately!  I've been busy making a baby! :)

We are so excited to announce that Baby Kessler, currently known as Sweet Pea, will be here in March!

My friend Michelle is SUPER creative and helped us come up with this idea and also took the picture for us!  You should definitely check out that work that her and her husband do over at Industry 405. I would recommend them for all of your photography and videography needs!

This is the picture we used to announce to the world that our little babe would be here soon!

Michelle took a few others, so I'd thought I'd share just because they're still cute! :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

God is in Control

The past month has been a complete whirlwind of events.  So many things have left Brian and I puzzled, and asking questions like why is this happening?  Why is this all happening at the SAME time??

With all of these life events we've realized many things such as stuff is stuff and as long as we have each other and loving family and friends that's all that matters.

Even though I sometimes find this verse very cliche it's really been sticking with me lately,  
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11. 

I know that God has a plan for our lives and for the lives of our family and we just need to completely trust him!



Monday, June 4, 2012

Detox Wraps

If you've seen on my Facebook or Twitter I've been promoting All-Natural Detox wraps lately.  Some of you might be very skeptical...which I was at first.  But after using my first wrap my mind was completely changed!

Let me tell you about my experience.

When I first tried the wrap I honestly was nervous.  What was it going to be like?  Was it going to be uncomfortable? Would I actually see results or was I just going to be wasting my time and money?  Well let me tell you...it did not disappoint.

To get started they recommend taking a hot shower before to open up your pores...but don't use any soaps or lotions.  So I just jumped in, soaked for about 5 minutes and got out. Before I put on the wrap I measured myself in 3 places on my tummy!
The wrap comes in a small, thin package, so if you're traveling and want to use it, it's small and easy to tote.
 When you pull it out and you instantly smell Mentholatum.  The wrap has a light brown color lotion on it and it's kinda slimy to hold.  (Sorry I forgot to take a picture).

You just apply the wrap with the lotion face down to your skin.  It can pretty much go anywhere.  Tummy, arms, legs, back, sides, chin and neck.  Once you get the wrap placed where you want it, wrap yourself in saran wrap.  Yes... You'll look a little silly but it keeps the wrap in place.
 Brian walked in and goes, "what the heck are you doing... you look ridiculous."  "Losing Inches, duh!"

After I got my wrap put on I just plopped down on the couch.  The Holiday was on so I was very content to lay there for 45 minutes while I was "shrinking".  You do need to drink 1-2 bottles of water while using the wraps and plenty of water the following 3 days. It helps to get rid of the toxins!  I drank 2 glasses out of my Ron Jon Cup while I was wrapped.
The wrap wasn't uncomfortable at all.  It had a cool feeling to it and resembles the feeling of Icy Hot.  I honestly didn't even notice the smell of Mentholatum.  It was probably great for my sinuses. :)

Once my 45 minutes was up I just unwrapped myself.  I still had the lotion on my tummy but I just rubbed it all in.  It seriously made my skin SO smooth.  I also didn't feel greasy or gross like I needed to take a shower (Which is not recommended for 2 hours following a wrap).

I measured myself and had instantly lost almost an inch!  The following day was another inch and just 72 hours following the wrap almost 2 inches gone.  CRAZY!
 Before is the Left, after is the right!  CRAZY!

As of today I can still tell that my belly bulge is down and that makes me super happy!  Results will last 2-6 months depending on your lifestyle and eating habits, but the more you wrap, the more you'll lose!

There are no major side effects.  Since the wraps are all-natural there are little to no reactions or breakouts!  I haven't had one single problem since I've wrapped...other than going to the bathroom from drinking lots of water. :)

If you'd like to talk to me more about the wraps, how to get started, whether selling, or buying let me know!  I'd love to help you "Shrink" at prices SO much cheaper than going to a spa!  Send me a message, email (misslaurapoff@gmail.com) or give me a call (405.623.9873).  You can also check out my ItWorks website!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Lillie

Being an Aunt is SERIOUSLY the best thing!
Lillie spent the weekend with us and I just DIE over her cuteness!
She's super interactive now and crawls all over the place.
We spent Sunday morning snuggling in bed playing on the iPad. She LOVES her uncle Brian!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Just LIVE

I stole this from my friend Brenda, but I thought it was such a great Bucket List!  Sometimes we get so caught up in every day life we need to really LIVE.  I've highlighted everything I've done up to this point in my life.  I'm thinking Brian and I should create our own bucket list of things to do together. :)
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo 
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetable
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked 
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a baby calf
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon 5K! 
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise 
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish communit
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing & repelling 
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 
52. Kissed in the rain 
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie 
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a busines
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar 
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 

80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car - does my dad buying count?
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - prepared, not killed.
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo

94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Less than 10

After 12 weeks I've finally hit over 15 pounds of weight loss!

It hasn't been the easiest and there were a couple of weeks when I wanted to cuss at gaining .4 pounds! But it's such a good feeling to have that extra baggage off!  :)

I've averaged about 1.2 pounds a week which is very much within the Weight Watchers guidelines.  It's crazy that just losing a few pounds can make you feel so much better.  I crave fruit and not cookies and I'm constantly drinking water, even though I didn't drink much pop before.

I've lost enough weight that all of my old pants are a little too big, but I don't want to buy new ones.  I'm hoping to have dropped 3 sizes by the time I'm done!

I've got a little less than 10 pounds left which seems like such a huge task, but taking my average should take me about 2 more months!  I'm hoping to be at a 25 pound loss by my friends wedding in August!

It's kinda fun for people to say oh wow.... you're looking really skinny!  I just think OH YAY!!  It's been happening a lot more the past 2 weeks as it becomes much more evident I'm dropping the pounds.

You can really see it in my face!

The picture on the left is from Christmas, a little over a month before I started weight watchers.  The one on the right is one I took this past weekend at Storm Surge.  See how my cheeks aren't as full?
But all in all it's ultimately not about the weight loss.... it's creating at healthier you and even if I struggle to get to that 25 loss mark I will tell myself that I have made choices and lifestyle changes that are for a healthier me!


Monday, April 30, 2012

Who Doesn't Love Shopping?

Where else can you get to hang out with all of your friends, eat snacks, smell yummy smells, try on cute jewelry, learn how to take care of your skin and feel blankets so soft you want to wrap yourself up?

Join us for a home party featuring:

Scentsy (lkessler.scentsy.us) and Velata (http://www.velata.net/)- Laura Kessler
Stella and Dot (http://www.stelladot.com/sites/britparish/profile) -Brittany Parish
Private Quarters - Shari Kimbro
Rodan+Fields - Kim Metcalf (https://kimmetcalf.myrandf.biz/)

The party will be TOMORROW, May 1st at my parents house.  They live off of Britton Road between Rockwell and MacArthur.  They're address is 9501 Ritter Road, OKC, 73162.  It's come and go from 6 to 8:30pm.  Come say hi, eat some snacks, and mingle with friends!

***Remember Mothers Day, Graduation and wedding season is just around the corner! What a perfect opportunity to find gifts for everyone on your list in just one place!***

I personally am VERY excited about the launch of Velata....a fondue pot!  It is seriously the CUTEST thing I've ever seen!

The pot is used very much like the Scentsy Wax...only it's CHOCOLATE!

You put the chocolate in your dish...then enjoy!  Here are the two awesome things about it:
1.  When you're done just throw it in your dishwasher... clean up with chocolate couldn't be easier.
2.  Maybe you didn't use it all?  Just put a lid on it and throw it in the refrigerator to use next time!

I have a fondue put and I really like it, but I love that Velata is easy clean up, especially after a fun get together with friends!

It comes with 4 fun forks to use as well!  Here's a little peek!



I'd love to have you come and hang out if nothing else!!

Hope you see you there.  Let me know if you have any questions.  623.9873

One Year of Love

As of yesterday I have been married for a year!  WHAT?  It seriously has gone by so fast I can't believe it's actually here and gone.

This has been a really great year full of learning and loving and everything in between.
Due to the craziness this time of the year Brian and I went up to Tulsa for our anniversary!  It was seriously so much fun.  It's been so long since we got away together without family or a dog. 

We had no plans, time schedule and just spent time driving around and enjoying our time together.  We ate at places we've never been before, minus McDonald's breakfast and bought shoes and clothes just because we could.
Sunday morning we got up and went to this cute little park by our hotel. (Side note, parks in Tulsa are so much nicer than our parks here)  We started The Love Dare.  I'm really excited for this journey with Brian.  I think we are both going to grow a lot from it.  We sat next to a lake with geese that would just walk right up to you!  It was really fun until it started to rain. :)



After the park we spent the remainder of the afternoon at the Oklahoma Aquarium.  If you haven't ever gone I recommend it...especially if you have small kids.  It's really interactive.  You're able to touch so much weird things! 


We waited until we got home to open our presents just so we didn't have to lug them all the way to Tulsa and back.  Brian did give me 2-60 minute massages to use while we were in Tulsa... I'm pretty pumped about using those! :)  He also got me a cute new coach purse.  It's a light gray when a fun mixture of patterns and fabric!  LOVE it.  B is a HUGE Boston Red Sox fan so I got him a new shirt and packaged it in a box with a Save the Date at the bottom for the game in July when they play the Rangers in Arlington!  He was so excited!

It was overall an incredible weekend and I am so blessed to be married to such a perfect person for me!  I can't to see where the years take us!
 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Lillie Baby

A couple weeks ago Brian and I had a great opportunity to watch our niece Lillie!  She's 5 1/2 months old and just pure sweetness.
We were talking about how we hope our baby is as mild mannered as this child.  She's super chill and only gets fussy when she's hungry or sleepy.

We were a little worried about how Millie would do with her.  She's only been around one other baby, my cousin Aubrey.  But Aubrey is 1, and bigger and not easily stepped on. :)  We eased her in to this by taking her outside first and smelling one of Lillie's blankets.  Once we let her in she did pretty good.  She really just wanted to be in her face the whole time licking on her.  Luckily Jon'Erik and Kaylee have a yellow lab as well so Lillie hardly noticed.  The rest of the weekend Millie hardly left her side.  Where Lillie went, Millie went too!
The little angel slept for 7 hours which made me very happy!!

The rest of the time with her was just so fun to hang out and play with her!  She's getting into the super fun age that she'll "talk" back and pays more attention to what you're saying to her.
I was proud of my husband.  He successfully changed his first diaper and even fed her a couple different times.
Saturday afternoon we went on a walk around the block!  Sis couldn't handle all the excitement and went to sleep instantly!  When we got back I was nervous she was going to be too hot so I took her dress off and made Brian give her water!
 Her constant talking warms my heart!!!!  She's going to have such a sweet little voice!
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Like I said Millie was very intrigued with her and she liked Millie too!
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I'm ready to see her this next weekend!  I hate not getting to see her as often as I'd like!!

Aren't nieces and nephews the best?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scentsy Recipes

I promise not every post will be about Scentsy.  I just had to share this greatness with those of you that like to mix and match your scents!

Just mix equal portions unless noted otherwise.  I've highlighted the ones in green that I've tried and loved. :)

Angel Food Cake: Sugar Cookie + Satin Sheets
Anxiety Gone: Enchanted Mist + French Lavender (x2)
Apple Pie A la Mode: Baked Apple Pie + Vanilla Cream
Autumn Swim: Autumn Sunset + Skinny Dippin’
Baby Lullaby: French Lavender + Newborn Nursery
Berry Blast: Black Raspberry Vanilla + Snowberry (x2)
Berry Nose Best: Camu Camu + Black Raspberry Vanilla
Bird of Paradise: Enchanted Mist + Sugar Cookie
Blue Hawaii: Ocean+ Paradise Punch
Blueberry Buckle: Blueberry Cheesecake + Home Sweet Home
Blueberry Cream: Blueberry Cheesecake + Vanilla Cream
Breezy Day at Sea: Ocean + Thunderstorm
Bubblegum: Skinny Dippin' + Clove and Cinnamon
Cabana Boy: Havana Cabana + Echo
Cactus Juice: White Tea & Cactus + Coconut Lemongrass
Camu Over Here: Flirtatious + Camu Camu
Cancun: Sunkissed Citrus + Perfectly Pomegranate + Skinny Dippin
Chocolate Chip Cookies: Sugar Cookie + Mochadoodle
Cinnamon Creamer: Cinnamon Bear + Vanilla Cream
Cinnamon Nut Cookies: Sticky Cinnamon Bun + Sugar Cookie
Citrus Berry: Snowberry + Sunkissed Citrus
Citrus Sheets: Satin Sheets + Paradise Punch
Coconut Paradise: Paradise Punch + Coconut Lemongrass
Conservative Flirt: Vanilla Cream + Flirtatious
Country Lodge: Vanilla Suede + Home Sweet Home
Cowgirl: Weathered Leather + Hendrix
Creamy Lifesaver: Vanilla Cream + Paradise Punch
Cuddle With Me: Enchanted Mist + Flirtatious + Lucky In Love
Dark Rainy Days: Clean Breeze + Home Sweet Home + Thunderstorm
Doodle Bear: Mochadoodle + Cinnamon Bear
Enchanted Evening: Enchanted Mist + Home Sweet Home
Enchantress: Flirtatious + Enchanted Mist
Energizer: Snowberry + Coconut Lemongrass
Escape Far Away: Camu Camu + Pima Cotton
Exotic Romance - French Kiss + Satin Sheets (x2)
Fall Beach: Autumn Sunset + Coconut Lemongrass
French Martini: Black Raspberry Vanilla + Sunkissed Citrus
French Toast: Sticky Cinnamon Bun + Vanilla Cream
Fresh Laundry: Clean Breeze + French Lavender
Fruit Cake: Clove & Cinnamon + Sunkissed Citrus + Honey Pear Cider
Fruity Patootie: Perfectly Pomegranate + Paradise Punch
Gingerbread: Cozy Fireside + Sugar cookie
Grandma's House: Pumpkin Roll + Cinnamon Vanilla
Greek Getaway: Flirtatious + Mediterranean Spa
Harvest Delight: Clove & Cinnamon + Sunkissed Citrus + Vanilla Cream
Harvest Loaf: Pumpkin Roll + Clove & Cinnamon + Cinnamon Vanilla
Hawaiian Volcano: Cinnamon Bear + Havana Cabana
He Said, She Said: Simply Irresistible + Lucky in Love + Satin Sheets
Holiday Wassail: Clove & Cinnamon + Sunkissed Citrus + Baked Apple Pie
Honeymoon: Havana Cabana + Lucky in Love
Hot Blueberry Muffin: Blueberry Cheesecake + Sugar Cookie
Hot Havana: Enchanted Mist + Havana Cabana
Hunky Lifeguard: Ocean + Simply Irresistible
Ice Cream Cone: Camu Camu + Vanilla Cream (x2)
Lemon Cookie: Sugar Cookie + Coconut Lemongrass
Lemon Meringue Pie: Coconut Lemongrass + Cinnamon Vanilla
Lots of Sunkisses: French Lavender + Sunkissed Citrus
Love Waves: Ocean + Lucky in Love
Lover's Lane: Lucky in Love + Route 66
Mama's Cookin': Baked Apple Pie + Pumpkin Roll
Mama's Pumpkin Pie: Clove & Cinnamon + Pumpkin Roll
Mediterranean Raspberry: Mediterranean Spa + Black Raspberry Vanilla
Midnight Stroll: Autumn Stroll + Midnight Fig
No More Irritability 2: Lucky in Love + French Lavender
No Place Like Home: Home Sweet Home + Vanilla Cream
Ocean Mister: Enchanted Mist + Ocean
Passion on Fire: Lucky in Love + Cinnamon Bear
Peach Cinnamon Cobbler: Peach a la Mode + Clove & Cinnamon
Peach Cobbler: Peach a la Mode + Sticky Cinnamon Bun
Pink Alligator: Camu Camu + Sugar Cookie + Paradise Punch
Pomegranate Waves: Ocean + Perfectly Pomegranate
Pumpkin Pie: Sugar Cookie + Pumpkin Roll
Pumpkins by the Fire: Cozy Fireside + Pumpkin Roll
Raspberry Vanilla Kisses: French Kiss + Black Raspberry Vanilla
Restful Sleep: French Lavender + Vanilla Cream
Simply A Flirt: Flirtatious + Simply Irresistible
Skinny Dipper: Skinny Dippin’ + Perfectly Pomegranate
Snickerdoodle: Cinnamon Bear + Sugar Cookie
Snuggle Up: Satin Sheets + Camu Camu
Some Enchanted Evening: Enchanted Mist + Welcome Home
Spiced Punch: Perfectly Pomegranate + Cinnamon Bear
Spicy Pumpkin: Cinnamon Bear + Pumpkin Roll
Spring Love: Echo + Black Raspberry Vanilla
Spring Break:  Camu Camu + Beach + Coconut Lemongrass
Strawberry Ice Cream: Simply Strawberry +Vanilla Cream (x2)
Still a Whiteout:Whiteout + Be Still (x2)
Summer Lovin’: Skinny Dippin’ + French Kiss + Satin Sheets
Summer to Fall: Coconut Lemongrass + Honey Pear + Cinnamon Bear
Sun Kissed Dippin’: Sunkissed Citrus + Skinny Dippin’
Sunkissed Punch: Sunkissed Citrus + Paradise Punch
Sweet Cabana: Sweet Pea & Vanilla + Havana Cabana
Sweet Dreams: Black Raspberry Vanilla + Vanilla Cream + Baked Apple Pie
Sweet Kisses: French Kiss + Vanilla Cream
Sweet Pea & Pomegranate: Sweet Pea & Vanilla + Perfectly Pomegranate
Sweetheart's Delight: Lucky in Love + Sweet Pea & Vanilla
Tropical Paradise: Coconut Lemongrass + Skinny Dippin'
True Passion: Cucumber Lime + Paradise Punch
Two Peas in a Pod: Sweet Pea & Vanilla + Home Sweet Home
Vanilla Latte: Mochadoodle + Vanilla Cream
Warm Coffee: Cozy Fireside + Mochadoodle
Welcome Sweet Apple: Welcome Home + Sugar Cookie + Baked Apple Pie 
White Chocolate Mocha: Mochadoodle + Hazelnut Latte

There's also a new "trend" going on.  Scentsy has worked with experts to come up with what is the trend scent of the year.....like even things you'll see popping up in perfumes.  Remember what Lucky was big?  or Gap Blue?  Love Spell?  It's because those were Scent trends...oh the many things you can learn.

Anyways, the new scent trend of the year is Pink Pepper.  And it smells very....strong.  But, when mixed with another scent is works to create something wonderful!  I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I'm hoping to soon!

What scents do you like to mix together?

Let me know if you need anything!