Core De Force Review

Core De Force Review

Ever since I first saw the previews to Core De Force, back in July, I’ve been itching to try this program out!  Yesterday was the second time that Beachbody put one of the videos from the program up on Beachbody on demand for us all to try.  I first tried it a few weeks ago while on vacation.  I actually did the workout on the balcony of my condo while watching the ocean!  And of course, I tried it again yesterday, so I figure I would share my thoughts on the workout program and give you my Core De Force review.

What is Core De Force?

Core De Force is a mixed martial arts style, body shaping program that focuses on core rotational movements.  The workouts are set up in 3 minute rounds, just like a real boxing match.  That makes it perfect for getting that heart rate up and burning fat.  There are anywhere from 6 to 12 rounds of conditionings, spikes and combination skills.  This program teaches you to use your entire body, everything coming from your core, to really make each move powerful.  No equipment is needed so it can be done anywhere!  If  you want to feel powerful and strong, this program is sure to do it!

Another bonus to this program is the fact that you actually be learning some authentic techniques that will teach you how to use your body weight to throw a punch and defend yourself.

My thoughts

I was super excited to get started on this program though I was also a bit nervous.  You see, I’m not the most coordinated person out there, to say the least.  My concerns were that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the moves.  I was pleasantly surprised that for the most part, I actually was able to catch on to the moves rather quickly.  It helps that they give you a break down of each move before the workout actually starts. Also, It’s nice that you do not have to stay in-sync with the trainers, you can go at your own speed and pace.

The moves were very explosive and I felt my core engage in every move!  I worked up an incredible sweat but was able to keep up without getting overly exhausted.  My legs were burning also, during a few of the moves.  I woke up this morning and my triceps were feeling the pain!img_1042

What I think I loved the most about this workout, is that fact that it made me feel super powerful!  I felt strong and capable, who doesn’t want to feel that way?!  I’m honestly even more excited about starting this program when it comes out next week.  I can already tell, it will be a great stress reliever all the while getting fit.

Would I recommend this program?

For sure!  One of the things I like about this program is that I believe it is for almost any level of fitness.  Each move comes with a modification and you can adjust the intensity of the moves depending on what kind of shape you are in.  The fact that there is no equipment required means that you can do it anywhere at anytime, even on the balcony of your beach condo! 😉  Plus, the workouts are only about 30 minutes, so anyone can fit a half an hour into their schedule for this workout.  I am highly recommended this program and can’t wait to start!

If you’d like to join my November Core De Force challenge group, please fill out this form here, Core De Force Challenge group or email me at to be one of the first to get this program when it comes out!

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

In light of October being Down Syndrome Awareness month, I wanted to share my very first blog post ever!  My first blog post was about my daughter, Stella who happened to be born with a little something extra.  😉  In this post, I share the ups and downs of receiving the Down Syndrome diagnosis prenatally.  This post was written just a few months after her birth.

Down Syndrome Awareness
Down Syndrome Awareness Month

This is the story of my Sweet Stella…

After 5 1/2 years, my husband and I (mostly me) decided that we wanted to have one more baby.   We already had two wonderful boys that brought us so much joy and laughter.  I love being a mother!!  It’s what I was born to do.  And I felt like they were growing up so fast and I was ready for more.  After a year of trying to get pregnant and two miscarriages, we finally had our baby on the way.  I could not have been more excited and terrified at the same time.  Starting over again after six and a half years was a little intimidating.  I was having a fairly easy pregnancy and loving the feeling of growing a little human inside me.  There are no words for this.  It was such a joy to share all those little kicks with the boys as well.

It was during our routine Ultra Sound, at 19 weeks, that the doctor told us that our baby showed some “markers” indicating Down Syndrome. They offered to do an amnio to confirm or deny these findings but I quickly turned down their offer.  After speaking with the “high risk” OBGYN, we were informed that they could now draw blood from me to determine with 99.9% accuracy whether our baby had Down Syndrome or not.  I agreed to do the testing.   Though, I have to tell you that I was super angry at them for even putting these thoughts in my head.  I had never had a prenatal screening for Down Syndrome in the past.  It never mattered to me, mostly because I never imagined I would have a baby with Down Syndrome.  Now, all of these thoughts were swirling through my mind!

While we wait…

It was a long, stressful two weeks, waiting for the results.  We had to go into the office to get the results which I should have known was not a good sign, however I remained positive.  My husband, on the hand, was a nervous wreck.  As we entered the room, he decided to take a peek at my chart sitting in the door slot because he just couldn’t wait any longer.  The look on his face was one I will never forget, a look of terror, heartbreak.  This was all he read, “Patient has not been told.”  He began pacing the small room, looking as though he was on the verge of a panic attack.  I continued to try to appear positive but on the inside I was starting to get a bit nervous.  The “high risk” doctor came in and took us to his office and my heart began to sink.  He began speaking and I heard Down Syndrome, Trisonomy 21 and that was pretty much it.  I know we were in there for a few minutes but have no idea what was said.  We walked to the car in silence, pulled out of the parking garage and the tears came.  I couldn’t stop them.  I thought about this baby’s future, my two boys and how they would handle it, how I would be able to handle a baby with special needs.  God must have made a mistake!  I am Not strong enough to raise a child with DS!  Everything that I had been dreaming about for the last four months seemed to be disappearing.  I had wanted this baby so bad but this is not the baby I had wanted.  My baby was going to be healthy, happy and “normal.”

The boys had been with us during this visit but seemed to be oblivious to what was going on.  I knew when we got home that we would have to discuss it with them.  I couldn’t find the words, luckily my husband was able to.  They took the news matter of factly, probably not really grasping what it all meant.  Hell, we didn’t even know what it all meant.  I went straight to my room and buried myself into my bed and cried.

The next couple of weeks was what I referred to as my “grieving process.”  Why grieving process?   Because I had to grieve for what I was losing, which was an idea of what and who my child would be and what their future would hold.  There were a lot of highs and lows during this time.   But when I came out I was able to come up with a new idea of what my child’s future would be and was thrilled about it.  It took some research and lots of praying to get to this point but I was able to realize how much my child WOULD be able to do.  I became appreciative of the fact that this baby was being given to me, that I was lucky enough to be the mother of such a special and precious baby. That’s not to say that I wasn’t nervous or anxious about this baby because I definitely was.  But it was my baby and there was already had so much love for him/her so the joy outweighed the worry.

The next few months of the pregnancy seemed to fly by.  At 33 weeks, the baby was measuring small and the decision was made that we would induce at 36 weeks so as not to put the baby under stress.  It was time I get ready both mentally and physically!  The thought of having such a small baby terrified me because at this point the doctors were saying that the baby could be as little as 4 lbs.  My first two babies were 7 lb 10 oz and 8 lb 3oz.  I was praying for healthy!  After three weeks of doctors visits twice a week, the day finally came.

Chris and I left the boys in good hands as we went to the hospital at 7:00 am Nov.1 ready to meet our sweet baby.  We had no idea whether we were having a boy or girl, just praying for a healthy baby.  There’s nothing like the excitement and surprise of waiting for that little body to come out.  We got all checked in and lead up to the room where this miracle would take place,   filled with so much excitement, joy and anxiety. I loved this part, the labor slowly coming on, visitors trickling in and out, nurses and hubby pampering you, the anticipation of it all.  My labor went very smoothly.  The nurse kept letting me know that I could have my epideral at anytime.  As crazy as it sounds, the feeling of this miracle taking place was important to me.   I wasn’t ready to become completely numb to it….YET.  😉  It was finally time for me to push this little body out of me.  I had a whole team surrounding me, doctors, nurses, neonatalogists, my hubby, Aunt and Sister n law, which made me feel so much better about the situation.  During one of my last pushes, I remember seeing this little head come out and I looked at it and thought, “it looks kind of like a girl,” then seconds later her little body came out. Boy, this baby wasn’t tiny at all!  Just perfect!  But the doctor had the baby’s legs closed and I couldn’t tell, was it a boy or girl?!  It was a beautiful baby though, then finally he moved those legs and I saw. There are just no words to describe how it feels to become a mother of a daughter.  The tears welled up in my eyes, pure joy, bliss.  I never realized how much I had wanted a little girl until I saw her in the doctor’s arms all scrunched up, a mess of blood, vernix and perfection. A healthy 6lb 3oz 18 inches long!  This was just the beginning of Stella’s story.

Down Syndrome awareness month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month


Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month


Stella’s story continues…

Here we are almost 4 years later, right in the middle of Down Syndrome Awareness month!  Wow, how the time has flown by!  Still, such a blessing in our lives and never a burden!  Life is sometimes hard raising a child with special needs-therapies, doctor’s appointments, trying to figure out her needs and wants (she’s non-verbal), frustration, judgment, stares, glares, the unknown.  Nothing outweighs the joy that she brings to our lives everyday!  She is so much more like my boys than she is different.  It’s hard raising any child (trust me, I’m trying to raise a respectable teenage boy!) :).  There will be ups and downs but there will always be love and gratitude.

Something I’ve learned since then, that while I may not have thought I was strong enough to raise a child with DS, God knew better.  He continues to provide the strength I need to carry on.  We are all born with the strength to overcome obstacles and hard times.  That strength only comes out when we ask God for it and we listen.

If you’d like to follow Stella’s journey, you can do so by clicking here and then liking her page, Sweet Stella.   Help us celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness month, by sharing this blog and her page.  Knowledge is powerful!  Awareness brings acceptance.  Acceptance is love.

Enjoy the Season You are In

Enjoy the season you are in.  No, I don’t mean Autumn, even though I love this time of year.  In this case, enjoying the season you’re in is referring to season of life.  I just left a Bible Study that I am in and was so completely blown away as I listened to Priscilla Shirer discuss this subject.   The bible study is called Breathe and is about making room for God to speak and room for you to hear what He is telling you.  God created Sabbath and Priscilla reminds us of why it is so important to build that Sabbath margin in our lives.

When you have everything, you can’t enjoy it all.

Our lives have become so hectic and we feel the need to

constantly be busy.  It’s become a competition, “whoever is the busiest wins.”  Social media contributes to that greatly.  Everything we do is a competition, especially for mothers.  We watch our “friends” on fb posting about all the activities their kids are involved in so we begin to think that our own children aren’t doing enough.  Or how about, the mom’s who go all out decorating their house and post pictures on social media.  Suddenly, my house doesn’t feel decorated enough.  There’s the moms who are always doing cute little crafts or baking with their children and now I feel like I need to do it too.  The moms who work full time, the moms who stay at home with their kids, the moms who run a business from home, etc, etc.  It can all feel like a competition, one that we will never win!  The thing is, all of these moms are wonderful, whether your house is a mess, always clean or somewhere in between (ME).

What season are YOU in?

The real question is what season are you in and are you enjoying it??  This really had me thinking today!  I, like most moms, struggle with trying to keep up with my kids schedules, laundry, cleaning house and running my own business from home.  What I haven’t been doing is making time for God.  Isn’t that what it’s all about?  If we are not making time for Him, how can we possibly know what it is He wants us to be doing with our lives?!  We must stop and listen.

Taking time to stop and listen means that we have to let something go.  To do that, you must figure out what season of life you are in and focus on that.  That should be your priority AFTER taking the time for God.  My focus has been on so many other things in my life that I forgot to ENJOY the season that I am in.  My season is being a mother of a teenage boy, who is growing way too fast and in just 5 short years will be leaving me for college!  It is being a mother of a preteen boy who will soon turn into a teenage boy who may not ask me to play basketball with him anymore.  I am a mother of an almost 4 year old girl, who still loves spending time with me, who still depends on me but won’t forever.  THIS is MY season!!!  The laundry will get done when it gets done, it will always be there!  My house is livable and its a home, it’s okay if it’s not always clean or picked up!  My kids could not care less if they have the perfect birthday decorations or the biggest party.  They just want me there, mentally and physically!

It’s important that we learn to let go of things that keep us from enjoying the season we are in.  We have to stop overdoing the other areas in our lives that are not our season.  Sometimes it’s scary to let these things go because they can be big things, like your job or someone in your life.  That’s why you must take the time to listen to God.  Hear what He is telling you and TRUST that He will guide you in the right direction.  Trust is a very hard thing, I know.  Many  times in my life, I’ve had to let go and let God, and it’s never been easy.  It is always worth it.

It’s a process

Do I have this all figured out??  No, not even close.  I felt lead to blog about this today because it really hit home with me.  I’ve been spending a lot of my time focused on a lot of different things.  All of these different things, have caused me to be stressed and I’ve even stopped enjoying the things that I use to.  After today, I realized that  I am not focusing on the season that I’m in.  This means I haven’t been listening to God and haven’t taken time to breathe.  I know I’m not the only one who has had these feelings which is why I wanted to share them with others.  It’s not because I have it all figured out, nope sure don’t.  Getting my thoughts out on “paper,” having something to go back to and remind myself to enjoy this season, is how I will start to grow and change.

I hope this has touched you in some way.  Maybe it has encouraged you to try and slow down a little and just be where you are.  Seasons change and they change so quickly, so be sure to stop and enjoy the one you are in now!

Crunchberry Yogurt Parfait

Am I the only one who has a major sweet tooth?!?!  Seriously, it can get out of hand at times so I’m always looking for healthier recipes that will help curb that craving!  Crunch berry Yogurt Parfait is one of those!  It’s got the sweet and the crunch, both of which I just love. This has become my after dinner go to treat, when the kids are reaching for the cookies, I’m making my parfait.  It’s quick and easy too!

This recipe came from The Daniel Plan meal plan.  If you haven’t read the Daniel Plan, I highly recommend it.  It really opens up your eyes to the problems American’s are facing with food and obesity.  The Daniel Plan is not a diet or fad but shows you how you can change your life by focusing on the 5 essensials- Faith, Friends, Fitness, Food, Focus.  I went through this Bible study at the beginning of the year and loved it.  It’s something I still go back to  and reference.

On with the recipe….

Crunchberry Yogurt Parfait

Crunchberry Yogurt Parfait


  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup low-sugar granola
  • 32 ounces plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions:  In a food processor, puree berries until smooth and transfer to a bowl.  Add vanilla extra, lemon juice, and honey to the berry puree.  Chill until ready to assemble parfaits.  In individual glasses, layer a few spoonfuls of yogurt, a spoonful of berry mixture, then sprinkle with granola.  Enjoy!

Tip- I use this pumpkin granola and it is so yummy!!