I feel it!

Today, for the first time since I started the couch to 5k, I feel like a runner!! A 28 minute run today! Honestly, I was dreading it. But, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Feeling accomplished!


I knew it was coming!

I knew the day would come. The day when my babies are ready to leave the nest. My oldest, Christopher, is leaving the nest. He and his girlfriend, Sarah, signed a lease on an apartment. They get the keys on October 9th. I am so very excited for them, but sad as well.

I have never been one of those parents who look forward to my kids going back to school after summer break. I love spending time with my boys. We spend a lot of time outside, playing frisbee, shooting hoops, throwing the football around, or just playing in the yard with the dogs.

When Christopher went to college, he was 8 1/2 hours away from home, up in the UP of Michigan. Someone told ┬áme when he started school up there that eventually I would get used to him being gone and then it would be an adjustment having him home again. That never happened. I never got to used to him being gone, just accepted it. And he wasn’t close enough to go visit often.

When he graduated and moved back home, I was ecstatic! Of course, I knew the goal was to find an awesome job and eventually be out on his own. That’s how it works. Kids grow up and leave home to make their own way. And, of course, that’s what I want for him. But, I will be sad to see him go.

I want to do whatever I can to make his move as smooth as possible. He’s not going to be as far away this time, just a very short drive. So I will be able to visit once in a while and they will be able to come home to see us as well.

His move also has me thinking about how short the time is until Adam graduates from high school and goes on to college. I don’t know where he will end up going to school, but I can hope that it’s not too far away. Life will certainly be different when they are both gone.

So, Christopher, I love you. I’m proud of you! You are an amazing young man and I know that you have great things ahead of you. I’m excited for you and Sarah. I know it’s been hard to only see each other on the weekends because of not living in the same town. You two are a great couple and I love her like the daughter I never had. Please don’t ever forget that I am always here for you. If you need anything, just ask!

I knew the day would come, but I also knew I wouldn’t be ready when it got here!

Essential Rewards

Let’s talk about Essential Rewards. If you join Young Living, you have the opportunity to join this program. You can earn free product, and who doesn’t love free oils?



If you would like more information about Young Living, their oils and all the other products, please contact me at simpsonjannita@gmail.com.

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How far?

Just finished week 7 of couch to 5k! This week, all three runs were 25 minutes. It was hard, but I did it! I looked ahead to next week, and the first run is 28 minutes. I’m already thinking that 3 more minutes is gonna be super hard. We’ll see. Only one more week, then apparently, I can run a 5k.

I’m already thinking about how far and how often I should run after the program is done next week. Running 3 days a week has been ok, it’s become part of my routine now. So I think I’ll stick with that. But, how far should I run each day? Should I set a mile or minute time each day? Or should I just go by how I’m feeling during each run? And what about when winter gets here? Is it harder to run in cold weather?

Anyone got any answers for me?

Last Oil of the Kit

Today we talk about Stress Away essential oil. This is a blend and it also comes in a convenient roll-on. I carry this oil in my purse and use it on a regular basis.


This is the last of the oils that come in the premium starter kit.

I thought I would also share today about Ningxia Red. Two samples of this amazing wellness drink also come in the starter kit.


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If you have any questions, please email me at simpsonjannita@gmail.com

My Grandparents

I miss my grandparents. My dads’ mom and dad were amazing! My grandpa died when I was young, so I don’t have as many memories of him as my grandma. I do remember that he was quite a jokester! And I remember that that intimidated me a bit. But, I loved him and was very sad when he died.

My grandma lived a lot longer. She was awesome! It was fun to go to her house. She always would have a treat or a funny story to share. Spending the night at the farmhouse was fun too! We used to spend the holidays with her back then and it was so much fun to see all my aunts and uncles and get time with my cousins. I miss those days.

My grandma died when my oldest son was in preschool. She never got to meet my youngest son. That makes me sad. She was truly the best grandma ever! It gives me comfort knowing that she is with my grandpa and my dad, along with countless other family members, in heaven. I’m sure it’s a party up there!


I made a new recipe yesterday and it was so delicious that I thought I would share with you. I got the recipe from Six Sisters Stuff, and it’s perfect for fall. I follow them on facebook and have pinned some of their recipes on pinterest. They also have a website, sixsistersstuff.com. You should check them out.

Pumpkin Zucchini Bread

3 eggs lightly beaten

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup butter, melted (or 1 cup oil or 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)

1 tbs vanilla extract

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1-2 cups shredded zucchini

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

In a bowl, combine eggs and sugar. Add pumpkin, butter (or oil/applesauce) and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini and nuts. Pour into two greased and floured 9 in x 5 in loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack. Yield: 2 loaves.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

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