A new way of saving money through online shopping!

Ever since I can remember I’ve genuinely cared about others. My family at a young age instilled this value and I continue even in my older ages to make this a priority.

I’ve recently been introduced to Mōdere which is an online social retail company. This is a NEW INDUSTRY but more importantly it holds value in my personal eyes because now I get to help people threw their vision.

Mōdere is launching a RISK FREE Discovery Box that I want each and everyone of you to be apart of. The part that can HELP you tremendously is simply by you helping yourself and the snowball effect that will take place as you share their link.

DO YOU HAVE 6 friends? I’m sure you have hundreds, well guess what by you getting an invite from ME— you then SHARE it with your friends and earn $150.00 in shopping credits which will be used towards your grocery budget on you everyday essentials to include laundry soap, dish soap, face, health and skin care products. Mōdere’s price point for high performance products are literally so affordable.

Fast forward my life to a now military spouse. I’ve seen so many struggle due to the tight money constraints. It’s not ok, and I FINALLY along with my dynamic group of military spouses want to continue and inspire others and SHOW you the way to SAVE money. I know there isn’t anyone who is TOO good not to save on their grocery budget. We DESERVE more! Our men put their life’s on the line everyday to protect our freedom.

This is a NEW revelation and we are THE START of it. I CARE, WE CARE!

When you get an invite from me to an event, understand it’s not ME bugging you but rather saying, HEY I CARE AND WE ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW TO EARN SHOPPING CREDITS.

My heart is FEELING FULL because I genuinely get to help be part of this launch but more importantly I get to HELP people which is my driving force!!!




Birthday Giveaway Week: Day 3! Thrive

Good Morning,

It’s chilly here in VA this morning, but looking forward to a nice warm afternoon. For breakfast I am going to have some Thrive Steel Cut Oats and Thrive Strawberries! I can’t wait, what are you having for breakfast?

Now what is Thrive Life?

Thrive Life is a company that specializes in food storage and storage rotation. Helping families prepare for whatever tomorrow may bring, allowing them to feel confident if disaster strikes and educating people on how to become self-reliant.
Thrive Foods
Thrive Life is known for providing unsurpassed quality in all of its products, and their line of food storage is no different. THRIVE Food Storage is a premium name you can trust. Every THRIVE product has been carefully selected based on taste and quality, and we are confident that you will look forward to using THRIVE in your everyday meal planning and emergency food storage. THRIVE features a variety of freeze-dried and dehydrated food options that are perfect for long-term storage.

Freeze-dried products have up to 25 year shelf life if unopened
Dehydrated products have up to 30 year shelf life if unopened
Shelf life varies per can/product (see individual cans for optimum shelf life suggestions)
All items are suitable for vegetarian diets
Wheat can be easily milled into flour, and non-milled kernels can be cooked to make a variety of recipes
Easy re-hydration instructions, useful tips, and recipes on each can

Best Quality
Thrive Life has searched the globe for only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Their foods and have been personally selected based on the strictest of standards. From the farm to your home, they personally oversee the entire THRIVE development process so you can have peace of mind knowing you are receiving the finest food storage products available.
Best Taste
Because THRIVE was developed for everyday menu planning, they have made it their mission to ensure the foods you’re eating taste great! Unlike other food storage products that get hidden away and never used, our products have been tested time and time again to verify their freshness and great taste. With THRIVE foods, great taste is the standard – not the exception.
Best Value
With a low per serving cost, THRIVE foods are a great way to save money while guaranteeing your family receives the food variety and nutrition they deserve.
Easy Preparation
Easy-to-make recipes are included on every can of THRIVE so you’ll never be left wondering how to use the food storage you buy. Your family can enjoy the best taste and nutrition possible, all of our recipes have been developed specifically for THRIVE products.
Easy Organization
Colour coded cans keep your food conveniently organized while ensuring your diet contains the proper amount of balance and variety. When used in conjunction with our Food Rotation Systems, THRIVE foods are continually rotated, guaranteeing your family receives the freshest food possible.

Today’s giveaway comes from my friend Tiffany who does Thrive,  it’s a bag of Strawberries!

Tiffany was wonderful to give me a recipe that they could be used in, just to give you an idea.

French Vanilla Crepes With White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse

1 1⁄2 c thrive instant milk, prepared
3 T thrive whole egg powder, reconstituted
2 T vanilla extract
1 1⁄2 c thrive white flour
5 T thrive white sugar, divided
1⁄2 t thrive iodized salt
5 T melted butter
1 1⁄2 c thrive freeze dried strawberries, plus rehydrating liquid (water, juice, etc.)
1 3⁄4 c heavy whipping cream
6 oz white chocolate, chopped

*In a large bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the flour, 2 T sugar, salt, and melted butter until well-blended.
*Heat a sauté or crepe pan over medium heat until hot. Coat with vegetable oil or cooking spray.
*Pour about 1/4 c of batter into the pan and tip to spread the batter to the edges. When bubbles form on the top and the edges are dry, flip over, and cook until lightly-browned on the other side and edges are golden. Repeat with remaining batter.
*To make mousse, reconstitute freeze dried strawberries for 5-7 minutes in enough hot liquid to cover. Strain mixture into a small bowl. Sweeten by adding remaining sugar, then stir until sugar dissolves. Process in a blender or food processor until sauce runs smooth. Makes 1 c of sauce.
*In a heavy saucepan on low heat, warm 1/4 c heavy cream with white chocolate, stirring constantly until chocolate melts. Let mixture cool until it is lukewarm. Stir in 2 T of strawberry sauce, then transfer to a large bowl.
*In a medium bowl, whip remaining cream into soft peaks. Fold into melted chocolate mixture, one-third at a time, until no streaks remain.
*Layer mousse into crepes, and serve with the sauce.

She also uses them in her Champagne! How smart!

What are your top 3 Thrive Life products that you are interested in learning more about? Leave your comment below!


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Weekend in Pictures

Our weekend is a little different than the normal Mon-Fri 9 to 5 kind, so for me this is my Monday :)

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How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the weather? We sure did :)

Shakeology Recipes for February 4th!

Yesterday was a CRAZY day with the kickoff of Beachbody’s newest workout program, The 21Day Fix. It’s a 30 min a day, 7 day a week program that includes meal planning & portion controlled meals.

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It also includes SHAKEOLOGY! I have to tell you, we got the newest trio flavor box last week and we love it! I was already a huge fan of the new chocolate & vanilla flavors, the strawberry rocks it though. I am not even a strawberry fan, but Jrod let me have a little bit of his and I was hooked! The trio box will be on our monthly order from now on!







I 100% understand that putting down all that money upfront for Shakeology is very scary, here is my favorite price breakdown:


Going to re think that daily Starbucks now?

Now here are our top recipes for the week:

Strawberry Ginger: 

1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp. ground ginger, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Strawberry Kiwi: 

1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology, 1 cup water, 1 medium kiwi peeled and cut into pieces, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Almond Fudge: 

1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 Tbsp Almond butter, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Chocolate Covered Cherries: My all time fav!

1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup black cherries (pitted), & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Chai:

1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology, 1 cup brewed Chai tea cooled, 1 tsp raw honey, 1/2 tsp. ground allspice, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Cake Batter: 

1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1/2 cup cherries (pitted), 1/2 cup pineapple & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

What are you top Shakeology Recipes?

Beachbody’s Newest Workout Program: 21Day Fix

I am excited to let you all know that it’s FINALLY here! Beachbody’s newest workout program: The 21Day Fix.


This is going to be a great way to jumpstart your weight lost the right way through exercise and portion controlled eating. The workouts are 30 minutes long and each day is a variety of workouts so it won’t get old!

If you order a 21Day Fix Challenge pack this month you get FREE SHIPPING which means:


The president of Beachbody Carl Daikeler posted: We have sold as many #21DayFix programs in 8 hours as we projected for the WHOLE WEEK!

This newest Beachbody program is really flying out the door, and for the first two weeks of release the ONLY way to get it is through your friendly Beachbody Coach… like… ME!

If you have any questions please message me below, on Twitter (AliSue), Instagram (AliSue2), or Google+ (Alissa Smith)!

Keep warm during a snow day: Albondigas Soup

Jrod only makes a handful of meal; this is not saying that he can’t cook, because he can & amazing at that, but he just doesn’t want to most of the time. Albondigas soup is a Mexican Meatball Soup, this recipe is adapted from Barefeet in the Kitchen, it was the only one my Jrod half way likes. This soup is up there with his Chicken Tortilla Soup, which I am swore to secret to keep the recipe silent.

Secret to this soup: FRESH MINT!


Albondigas Soup ~ Mexican Meatball Soup
Yield: 12 servings

1 teaspoon  olive oil
1 very large yellow onion, chopped small, about 2 cups
2 large cloves garlic, minced
96 oz beef broth
1 28 oz can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
Fresh MINT chopped
1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
2 eggs
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 carrots bite size
1 bunch of Kale
1 can of Hominy, love this in soup!


Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the onions and saute over medium high heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue cooking until the onions are lightly browned. Add the broth, tomato sauce, carrots, chili powder and 1 tsp fresh mint and bring to a boil.


Combine the beef, pork, rice, eggs, remaining mint, salt and pepper. Use your hands to mix it together gently, but thoroughly. Use a teaspoon or a small scoop to make 60-80 small meatballs. Scoop a small amount, roll it into a ball and carefully drop it into the soup pot. Stir very gently after every few meatballs, just to make sure none of them are sitting on the bottom. (Once they start to cook, the meatballs will float on the top.)



After all the meatballs have been added, simmer an additional 30 minutes. (If you are adding more vegetables, add them at this time, ie: Hominy.) Save the kale for later though!


When the soup is almost ready, tear up the washed kale into bite size pieces and add for the last couple of minutes. I personal find that I LOVE kale in soups, it replaces the cracker crunch for me completely. Also it’s a sneaky way to get in more vegetables.

Hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do! What is your go to soups on a cold winter day?


My Christmas Wishlist for next year.

Best wishes this Holiday season! I am truly thankful and blessed this year.

As we sit around enjoying our first Christmas at home together in 5 years I have been reflecting on my Christmas wishes for next coming years. I am really hoping we will have someone to share next Christmas with.


Make tons of cookie dough and freeze it

Have a cookie party the second weekend of December

Elf on the Shelf w/ the 12 days of Christmas theme closer to the holiday

Watch Holiday movies on the weekends

Make an ornament each year

Make a special holiday project each year: Gingerbread houses, frosting snowflakes, etc

Camp out in front of the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve eve

Have an Advent Calendar, that is all activities


Letters to Santa

Drive around and look at Holiday lights

On Christmas Eve:

We will open one gift before going to bed: Holiday PJ’s that match for the whole family.


Play a board game, watch The Grinch cartoon, read Twas the Night Before Christmas, and get Christmas morning breakfast ready.


Christmas Day: 

Have a 4 gift rule for everyone in the family, that way we don’t have too much stuff to move with


Have warm Cinnamon Rolls for the kids when they wake up

Play holiday music while unwrapping gifts

A full day in our P.J.s enjoying all the gifts

Baking Cookies all afternoon

Watching Christmas movies all day long

What traditions do you and your family have? 





Christmas Dinner: Honey Glazed Ham


A honey glazed ham is perfect for a nice dinner around the table. Easy to prepare, this honey glazed ham recipe is spiced with essential oils and is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. It is sure to be the star of the meal!



6 pound ham w/ bone
1 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup orange juice
2 drops Cinnamon essential oil
2 drops Clove essential oil
3 drops Wild Orange essential oil


1. Combine honey, maple syrup, and orange juice into a double boiler. Stir until combined.





2. Add essential oils.


3. Line roasting pan with aluminum foil and place ham in center. Pour glaze over top.



4. Cook ham as directed on package. For the last hour of cooking, baste glaze on bottom of pan. Repeat until ham is cooked thoroughly.



5. For last 15 minutes of cooking, turn oven to broil. Baste ham last time and broil for 15 minutes until ham is a dark, golden brown color.



6. Take ham out of the oven and cover with aluminum foil for 15 minutes or until ready to serve.


7. Enjoy glaze from bottom of pan as a sauce! Yum.



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Couch to Half Marathon Week 19 & FocusT25 giveaway!

Only 5 more weeks to go!

Yes, I know that RunDisney Tinkerbell Marathon is still 58 days away, but when I started this training plan I wanted to factor in a couple of weeks cushion incase I got sick or something came up.

I am happy for my 3 weeks of extra training that I will get. I am just wanting to keep up with my friends and I feel that I am still not to that point yet.

This week I decided that I am going to be switching it up due to my work & business schedules for the next couple of weeks. I am putting my long runs on Saturdays so I can do them when I get out of work.


Another key factor that is helping me to stay with my training is meal planning! I can’t even stress how much this has helped me save time, so I can work on my schooling.


Week 19 training plan, thank you DigitalRunning!

Sunday: LesMills Combat 60 

Monday: Jog 3 miles

Tuesday: LesMills Combat Upper Body & Abs workouts

Wednesday: 5 miles: Jog 1 mile rest 2 minutes

Thursday: TurboFire 55 

Friday: Jog 3 miles

Saturday: 9 miles: Jog 1 mile walk 1 minute

Total miles this week: 20!!

The count down is ON! #ThankfulNovember #FocusT25 #Giveaway! There is still time to enter!!


Meal Plan November 11th

Coming off Jrod running his marathon yesterday in the Outerbanks, N.C. we are still kind of eating the marathon prep week foods. I buy in bulk and since we still have all the ingredients we will eat it all again! I am also experimenting with new products on the market: Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces, Campbell’s Skillet, Crock pot Hearty Beef Stew.


Sunday: Drove home and eat a late lunch at the Jolly Roger in the Outerbanks

Monday: Five- spice beef & sugar snap noodles: We just used a mix of spices instead of peppers.

Tuesday: Crock Pot Hearty Beef Stew 

Wednesday: Left over Crock Pot Hearty Beef Stew *I have doTERRA essential oils classes all night so no cooking

Thursday: Chilli beef with broccoli & oyster sauce 

Friday: Campbell’s Skillet Thai Green Curry Chicken

Saturday: Mexican Chicken Stew with quinoa & beans. We used rice instead of quinoa, love that jasmine rice!

Don’t forget to enter my #Beachbody #FocusT25 #Giveaway as part of #ThankfulNovember

What’s your meal plans for the week? Top meal that are a must make?