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Five on Friday: Almost Fall Y'all

Linking in for 5 on Friday!

5 things that made me happy this week:
1. #2 Started Preschool

#2 started preschool at our church & she loves it! She is only going two days a week, but she thinks she is SUCH a BIG KID. We have to pack her lunch, & she loves to tell me what she wants in it. She had a few homework items to do this weekend & while we were working on them, she told her big sis she couldn't play because she was getting her work stuff done, SO CUTE!


I found this recipe on the back of my Market Pantry can of black beans & it was so tasty & so easy, it was too good not to share! (I made a couple of minor changes.)

Black Bean Soup
Makes 2 Servings
1 cup chicken broth
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
1/2 cup salsa
1 lime
Optional: cilantro, avocado, sour cream
Combine broth, beans, juice of 1 lime, & salsa in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer for 5 minutes. While cooking, mash some of the beans with a spoon or fork.
Top with cilantro, sour cream, & avocado for additional flavor.
The more beans you mash & the longer you let it simmer, the thicker it will get.
(I didn't photograph my soup, so I found an image on flickr.)
3. Advocare 10 Day Cleanse
My friends Jenny & Court sell Advocare, they got into it because they wanted the product discount, but have recently decided they want to take advantage of the business opportunity as well. So, we have been talking about the products quite a bit.
My husband did the 24 day challenge last year & had great success, but I don't feel like I can commit to 24 days right now. I thought the 10 day cleanse was doable, a way to get me back on track & to loose the 6 pounds I gained this summer. I am on day 8 & have lost 3.5 pounds. I have not been working out, I am planning on getting in some exercise over the next couple of day to try & loose the other 2.5 pounds!
The Cleanse is only $35, so it's not a huge monetary commitment. But, I HIGHLY recommend buying some SPARK if you are a coffee drinker. You can't drink coffee & I was totally dragging the first couple of days, until Jenny brought me over some Watermelon Spark, which is quite tasty. It is Mommy Happy Juice for SURE!
For more info on the Cleanse click here.
Well, it's not quite Fall, but the anticipation has taken over! We lit a fire on Monday night & let the girls roast over sized marshmallows. I couldn't eat one because I am doing the cleanse, but I did get to enjoy the beauty of the fire & the smiles on my girls faces.
5. REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum
I have added this to my nightly skin care routine & I am loving it! I have very thin lips as it is, & I can NOT afford for them to loose color & flatten out as I age. 
 "The smooth, naturally full, defined lips that nature gives us will, over time, become thinner, flatter, less rosy and more lined. Reclaim or maintain the lips of youth with REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum. Each peptide and antioxidant-rich capsule helps lips retain natural moisturizing factors, smoothes lip texture and reduces the appearance of lip wrinkles."
There are 60 capsules in the tub, but one capsule has been lasting me several uses.



  1. I've been looking around for a good black bean soup recipe. Yum, this one looks so easy and tasty. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It's so EASY & the lime juice makes it taste so fresh, it's a win win! Thanks for stopping by:)

  2. Mmmm, those smores look SO YUMMY! Roasted marshmallows might be one of my favorite things :)

    1. Hi Katie! When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I CRAVED burnt marshmallows. I think they are one of my favorite things too!

  3. You had me at S'mores. :) BEST thing about the fall!

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  4. That black bean soup looks excellent! I will have to try making it asap! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are very welcome! The lime makes it taste fresh & not like it really came from a can;)

  5. Jumping over from Five on Friday and saw your post! I was JUST thinking about s'mores the other day! Yum! I'm glad your girls could partake. Fall is here :)

    1. YAY!!! It's finally cooled down in Oklahoma, so ready for a fire EVERY night!!!

  6. Stopping by from 5 on Friday! I love s'mores...mmm! My daughter started pre-k this week too!

  7. I did the advocare cleanse in August and absolutely loved it! 24 days wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be .

    I'm a new reader btw...found you through the link up. =)

    1. Hi Jaclyn, thanks for stopping by! I think I will go for the 24 day after the holidays! Baby steps...