Updates on Life

This past year has been quite momentous in my life. It is significant in the marking of time and seasons of life. Within 8 months, my 3 oldest kids all moved out. We are left with our 17 and 15 year old at home. My brother-in-law, Tony, moved in during the month of June. He moved here from California to be with family and also to help my husband, Victor, around the house more. Victor has had several injuries in his lifetime which make it difficult for him to do a lot of manual labor. I am grateful that Tony is here helping and it is all going smoothly so far.

A rare photo with most of the family including significant others. 
My youngest daughter, Emily, is in her Senior year of high school and she is a very driven and motivated and high performing student. She is taking several dual credit classes and they are very time consuming for her and her senior year has not been an easy one. She applied to the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho and plans to attend there this coming fall of…

Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub

Arbonne's Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub
     It is hard to think about highlighting a product a week when I love so many of Arbonne's products. I have been using them for 11 years now and have so many great experiences and testimonials. Recently, I had a hysterectomy, long story. When I came home from the hospital I felt like my skin was extra dry. I don't normally have dry skin and was wondering about this. Now that I can have my bath time back, I noticed an accumulation of dry skin which reminded me how much I need to dry brush and exfoliate. 
     Today I used my Rescue and Renew Detox Scrub and it was bliss! My skin was exfoliated, hydrated, so soft and glowing afterwards! It really felt wonderful and I was so grateful to feel good about my skin again, that I thought I would share more about this product with you. 
     Every time I research an Arbonne product, I am very impressed with what I learn. Our skin is our largest organ and very important to keep it exfoliated …

Introducing Koda

This is a throwback since Koda is 18 months now! I haven't been blogging and I am trying to get back into it, so this is just a test to see if my blog still feeds into my Facebook or any other social media. I have big goals this year and need to get back into things that I have let go. Koda was born June 12, 2016 and has been one of the best things to ever happen to this family. I will blog about it more soon ;)


One of my favorite things about my Arbonne business is that most years I earn an all expense paid trip to somewhere beautiful 🙂 The last trip I earned was to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. The beat thing about the trip is being surrounded by incredible people who are visionaries and global thinkers.  Normally you can't pick who you get to vacation with, but with Arbonne you know you will be surrounded by positive, energetic and motivated people. Here are some of my favorite photos.

Quinoa and Vegetable Pilaf

Quinoa and Vegetable Pilaf

Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth for a vegan version) 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained two or three times 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 tsp minced garlic 1 cup diced orange bell pepper 1 cup diced red bell pepper 1 cup chopped asparagus 1 cup diced zucchini 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste 1/2 tsp pepper, plus more to taste 1 Tbsp lemon juice, plus more to taste 1/2 cup crumbled feta  1 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. In a saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. 2. While quinoa cooks, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, bell peppers, asparagus, and zucchini. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Add cooked quinoa, lemon juice and feta. Add additional lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Soon into a serving dish and top with fresh parsley.  Per …

The Power of the Mind

I have been in a very good place mentally for quite some time now. Years of consistency and a positive mental attitude have resulted in incredible momentum in my business and peace and joy in my family life. I am so grateful everyday for my life and the people in it.

I have my own little saying, "Life is a mind game". I have said this for years. Everything is in how we perceive it. I marvel at how people will react to the same situation in such a different manner. Another little thing that I have learned is that on the rare occasion that I think the worst of someone or some incident, I tend to be proved wrong, so I have decided to give people the benefit of the doubt.

Back to the theme of this blog, the power of the mind. Business has been going very well lately. Most people that I meet with want to join my team and I have truly amazing and incredible people working with me. I am so impressed with the caliber of my team. The other day, I had met with several people in a ro…

Nicole's Favorite Family Quote of 2012

Recently, I was working on chiropractic billing in my home office. I love working from home because the kids are usually in the room, one or more chatting about life.

The best thing I overheard this year was a conversation between Cassidy and Emily.

Emily, "Have you ever noticed that relationships get fixed at our house?" Cassidy, "Everything gets fixed at our house....PEOPLE get fixed at our house."

My heart just felt so full in that moment. It is such a simple formula, be here and present for all who walk through the doors, listen and accept people unconditionally whether you agree with them or not. Love people, just love them. It seems that especially teens are not getting the love they need. Kids need adults in their lives in addition to their parents. How often have I mentioned that I love the village that helps raise my children? Yes, I love the adults that nurture and care for my children as I would when I am unavailable and I am here for their children, too…