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My name is Jessica but you can call me Jess if you'd like. I am 32 years old, younger at heart, artistic, crafty and I am a down to earth woman who wears her heart on her sleeve. I am also a Mother of 5 beautiful children, from 9 months up to 12 years old. I love being a Mom. I am married to the love of my life; almost 13 years now. It has been a long hard road with many wonderful memories in between. The last 13 years has truly been full of learning for me. As hard as life has been, I wouldn't trade any of it because I would miss out on all the beautiful moments I got to experience with my family. 

Shakeology and Fitness Support with Krystal Carreno.







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Awe, I just love this family photo!^^ Don't you? A family working together, supporting each other on their health, happiness and homeschooling journey. Nothing is more inspiring to me then a family that sticks together. 

Krystal Carreno is a Beach body coach and friend of mine. She sent me some Shakeology so that I could experience a little of what she does every day. Not only does she sell Shakeology, fitness and nutrition programs, but she also holds groups to help others start their own health journey. She gives others support, positivity, inspiration and realness! 

That is just a little about her. I want to first tell you my experience with this awesome Shakeo. Krystal sent me Cafe latte and Vanilla. You can use milk, almond milk, coconut milk or anything you'd prefer to mix it. I used unsweetened almond milk. Trust me, you do not need any added sugar! I also used a mixture of frozen blueberries and strawberries and blended them with a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a pack of the Cafe latte. It was delicious and very healthy. 




With the Vanilla Shakeo I just used almond milk and peanut butter and shook it up in my shaker. I love peanut butter :) plus it is super healthy to have during my pregnancy. Not to mention it is even more filling. There are so many ways you can drink your Shakeo. 


"Shakeology helps support healthy energy, reduce cravings, lose weight, and feel great."


So what is in this awesome Shakeology?


  • -Protein and essential amino acids help build muscles and reduce food  cravings.
  • -Prebiotics and digestive enzymes help support healthy digestion,  regularity, and nutrient absorption.
  • -Antioxidants and phytonutrients help fight free radical damage.
  • -A daily dose of vitamins and minerals provides your body with what it  needs to function for optimal health.
How does Shakeology work?

  • -Ingredients derived from exotic nutrient sources deliver the daily vitamins,  minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to help curb cravings and  help you lose weight.
  • -Key antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage.
  • -Fiber, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes help support regularity to gently  eliminate waste, support healthy digestion, and help nutrient absorption.



So I was not disappointed with the samples she sent. I most enjoyed them! To order go to her website here.

Moving on to the great group Krystal put together to help others. In the FREE Back to You Challenge group she helps you stay on the path of healthy eating and exercise. There is no purchase necessary to join! She will share with you the good and bad. This is a group you can feel comfortable sharing your struggles, ask for help and encourage others. It is so important to have the support to keep going. You can also win prizes for posting daily!

To learn more about Krystal Carreno and her health journey visit her Facebook fan page at Krystal Carreno- Health, Happiness & Homeschooling.



I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about Krystal, her health journey and Shakeology! Be sure to visit her page to continue to learn more and get inspired. 






Hi! My name is Krystal, and I'm so excited that you are here! I would love for you to send me a message and say hello, so that I can get to know you! 


Maybe you've stumbled onto my page and you don't really know me, or maybe you know me well! Either way, let me tell you a little about myself!

I'm a wife to my amazing husband who is always by my side and supporting me. We have been together 10 years and married for 6. I'm a homeschooling mom to my two beautiful, crazy daughters, and I stay home full time and work on my business, and my husband's. 



It took a long time for me to realize I was unhappy, not with anyone else, but with myself. I also knew that I had always wanted to help people in some way. I didn't want to just go through the motions of going to work just to earn money and coming home. I want to love what I do and feel good about it..every single day.
So, when I finally decided to do something about my horrible health, I looked into literally everything, but I had tried so many things over the years and nothing worked for me. That is when I found Beachbody and there were no promises which I loved! 

It offered at home workouts, learning clean eating and portion control, a delicious shake that is healthy for me and got rid of my headaches, and a coach to keep me accountable? Sign me up!
I decided to become a Beachbody coach when I purchased my first challenge pack, because I knew that the more I invested, the more I would care and the more it would do for me. At the time, all I knew was that I wanted to feel better, I wanted to lose weight, I wanted to stay home with my daughters and I wanted to find my happiness again. I found it and so much more than I expected. I am still on my journey to lose weight, but I have found something more important. I have found me again, and boy was I LOST. I have learned to like myself again-no matter what size I am- which is a truly great feeling. I have learned that it is OK to be happy, no matter what you have been through! 

My goal is to help as many other people as I can to get past that feeling of being tired all time, get past the not having energy to play with your kids, or workout, or really do anything besides sit on the couch.
I'm here to help you get past your fears, forget your excuses, and find yourself again. You only get this one body and this one life...we should all learn to enjoy them!

I believe it is important for all of us to live the life that we choose. I believe that we all have a purpose, and we all have the option to live our life as we have dreamed. I am still learning, and I hope that I never stop. But, I can say for certain I am healthier, happier, and stronger than I was a year ago, a month ago, even yesterday.
As a result of all that...I know it is my responsibility, my desire, to share this with YOU. I want all of you to know that YOU ARE WORTH IT and YOU DESERVE MORE! We all do!
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So...
This will be an online journal of my journey. I will be focusing on living a more positive, healthy life, homeschooling my two children, and learning how to balance all that life asks of me. I will be sharing health and fitness tips, motivation, recipes, homeschool tips, and my journey toward financial freedom.
If you relate and would like to follow along, click the like button. If not, that is OK too.
If you would like more information about my journey, and how I can help you..send me a friend request or a private message!

~I look forward to us taking this journey together~





**I received these product samples free for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.**

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Check below for this simple recipe....
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