Saturday, December 19, 2015

DIY Serving Stands

This year I made serving stands for my mom, sisters, and sister in laws for Christmas. They were so much fun to make and pretty easy too. 

I started by shopping thrift stores. I tried to buy a tea cup or small dish or plate as a topper, two vases or candle holders (turned upside down) and three plates - small, medium, and large, for each serving stand.

I actually didn't buy dishes with the thought of my siblings taste in colors at all - I just randomly purchased plates, and cups that I thought looked unique.... the shopping part was fun!

After I got everything purchased, I took an evening and started putting different plates together. I kept trying different colors and patterns, until I got a set that I liked. Then I stacked them together and started doing the same for the next one, etc.

After I decided on the colors and plates for each serving stand, I started gluing them together. I used gorilla glue for glass and pottery that dried clear. The trickiest part is to not touch them after you glue them together.

When I originally made them, I was planing on giving a certain one to each sibling, but I decided to let them all choose their own at Christmas. I made a couple extra which were given to friends afterward. 

My mom and some of my siblings with their serving stands...

I thought they turned out great!

... And I kept this fruit serving stand for myself!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Facebook Friends

Do you know how many friends you have on Facebook???

It's funny, most of the people on Facebook who are my friends, I don't talk to much in real life at all.

Facebook started out as a good way to connect with extended family, cousins, aunts, and old friends from different parts of my past life. I always thought that people who didn't like Facebook and those who said there was too much drama, were the ones who caused the drama. I thought they were crazy.... But the last few years, I've started to realize something. My friends on Facebook were there to like a picture and a few would add a comment from time to time, but in my real life. .... I had no one.

When I had rough days with exhaustion from my cancer, when my dad was in the hospital, when my grandpa was on his death bed.... not one 'Facebook friend' offered to make a meal or watch the kids so I could spend time caring for my dad and grandpa. No one (except for my mom) offered to help wash the dishes, do a load of laundry, or sweep the floors for me when I was in bed for weeks. No one called to just talk or listen. No one sent cards. No one stopped in to say a prayer.....

I'm not saying this to whine. I am just saying, I finally I woke up and saw exactly who my friends and family were. They are the people that care. They are not just a person liking your status on Facebook. They are not the ones causing drama. Family and Friends are the ones who are by your side. For me, my Family and Friends are my Hubby and Kids. They are always there for me in real life!

Most of my family on Facebook..... if I wasn't related to them, I would never see or speak to them again..... that really got me thinking.....

You know what? I deleted my 289 Facebook friends including my extended family members and a couple things happened.

1. My Facebook wall is now filled with things that truly interest me. Things that I like and that I am interested in. Pages that I want to follow. Subjects that I want to read about. Causes that I am involved with.

2. There is no more drama. No more extended family members stabbing me in the back. No more people giving me their opinions on every aspect of my life. No more silly pictures.

3. It freed up extra time for me. I started writing again, and I enjoy it. I am not scrolling mindlessly for hours.

4. And most of all - I was surprised that in almost one months time, not one single Facebook friend or family member even missed me. I received no messages or friends requests. No one even noticed that I'm gone. Not one single person.

Don't get me wrong, I am still on Facebook for my business, and I love connecting with my customers. You can find me at I still enjoy commenting on and reading posts that interest me. And I still love sharing about our Shaklee lifestyle, but I like Facebook a whole lot more with out fake friends and family drama.

I dare you to try it..... You may be surprised at how freeing not having hundreds of Facebook friends really is!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Veterans Day Specials, Discounts, Deals, and Freebies

Wednesday is Veterans Day, and we want to say thank you to those who have served. 

Veterans, we love you! I have heard stories of the sacrifices, courage, strength and dedication that our veterans have made to our country.

To thank and honor all of our veterans, both active and retired here is a list for veterans and active military members:

9/11 Memorial and Museum -- Veterans will receive free Museum admission from November 7 to November 11.

AARP is offering a 20% membership discount for veterans, their families, and anyone interested in annual or multi-year memberships and renewals.  is offering 20% off of select apparel on Veterans Day 11/11/15. Promotion code: “20veterans”

Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on November 11.

B&Bs for Vets -- Innkeepers are invited to participate in the 2015 B&Bs for Vets program by offering a minimum of one free room for one night on either November 10 or 11.

Brides Across America – Brides Across America holds a wedding gown giveaway in partnership with bridal salons across the country in November to honor Veterans Day. Qualifying brides register to attend the event at a participating bridal salon by completing the registration form and paying a $20 fee. Once verified, you will be assisted in finding a gown from the selection. Click here for more details.

Cabela’s Hometown Heroes -There is a 5% discount is for Military Personnel (active and retired military, active reservists and VA recipients) plus Law-Enforcement, Firefighters and EMS with proof of service.

Colonial Williamsburg -- Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for Veterans Day weekend (November 6–11).

Dell -- Former and current members of the military save an additional 15% on select PCs and electronics on November 11.

Dollar General -- Active duty service members, veterans and their family get an 11% discount on qualifying purchases on November 11.
Enterprise Car Sales -- Active U.S. military members, veterans and their dependents get a Firestone Prepaid Maintenance Package with the purchase of any Enterprise vehicle during the month of November.

Firestone Complete Auto Care -- Between November 8 and 15, veterans and active duty personnel receive an additional 10% off the lowest advertised price of any automotive service.

Grace for Vets -- Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and service members on November 11.

Great Clips – On November 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.

Home Depot -- Home Depot offers a 10% discount to all veterans on November 11. Home Depot offers the 10% discount year round to for active duty and retirees.

IKEA -- Veterans get a free entrée from November 8 through 11.

JCPenney -- Current and former military personnel and their family members receive an extra 5% off in stores November 4-11.

Jiffy Lube Every Heartland owned and operated Jiffy Lube service center is offering 25% off as a “Thank You” to the men and women of our Armed Forces.  I.D. required. Excludes Value Oil Change Plus, batteries and brake, alignment, and diagnostic services.

During their Veteran’s Day Sale they are offering an additional 5% off to Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees, and Reservists. Proof of service required.

LEGOLAND Florida – Veterans get free admission November 1-22, as well as 50% off tickets for up to six accompanying guests.

Lowe's -- All veterans receive a 10% discount on November 11. The offer is available in stores only.

Meineke -- On November 11, all veterans will receive a free Basic Oil Change at participating locations.

 Mount Vernon -- All active duty, former, or retired military personnel are admitted for free on November 11.

National Parks -- On Veterans Day, November 11, veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free.

National Veterans Day Run -- The National Veterans Day Run on November 11 offers veterans and active duty military a reduced-rate entry into the race, as well as discounted rates to their spouses and children between 13 and 18 years of age.

Red Roof Inn -- Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off stays in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.

SHAKLEE - Shaklee honors our Veterans (both active and retired) with a FREE DistributorWelcome Kit($49.95 value) You will also save 15%–25% discount on all products you purchase. There is no expiration date for this offer.

Sleep Number -- From October 19 through November 15, active and veteran military members will receive exclusive discounts on Sleep Number products. Save up to $700 on select Sleep Number mattress sets.

Seaworld Parks & Entertainment - Veterans and Active Duty military receive location-based discounts or free admission. Veterans promotion includes SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Sesame Place Langhorne. 

Southampton Inn – Veterans get a special $100 nightly rate for any stay between now and November 20.

 Under Armour -- Active duty, retirees and veterans get 15% off on all orders.

Westgate Resorts -- Starting November 11, the first 2,500 eligible service members who complete the online military appreciation form will receive a complimentary three-day, two-night vacation. Veterans who don’t qualify are eligible for a 25% discount.

World of Coca-Cola -- Active duty, reserves and retirees get free admission year-round, and November 5 through November 15, members of the Armed Forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.

Restaurants and food discounts:

Applebee’s Select meals are free to veterans and active-duty military personnel. 
Bob Evans Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive free breakfast all day.
Chili’s Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free meal from a special menu. 
Cracker Barrel Veterans will receive a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert 
Denny’s Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam.
 Hooters -Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free entrée. 
Golden Corral Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free meal. 
IHOP Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive free Red, White and Blue Pancakes.
Krispy Kreme Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free doughnut and small coffee. 
Little Caesar’s Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free Hot and Ready Lunch Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Old Country Buffet Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free lunch buffet. 
Olive Garden Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free entrée and family members dining with them will receive 10 percent off their bill. 
Outback Steakhouse Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage. From Nov. 12 to Dec. 31, all military personnel and their families will receive 15 percent off their bill. 
On the Border Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free “Create Your Own Combo” meal.
Red Lobster Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free appetizer or dessert, valid Nov. 9 through Nov. 12.  
Red Robin Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive a free Red’s Tavern Double burger with fries.
Starbucks Veterans, active-duty military personnel and their spouses will receive a free 12-ounce cup of coffee.
Texas Roadhouse Veterans, active-duty military personnel will receive a free lunch from a special menu. 

Shaklee Gives Veterans Free Distributor Kit

Veterans, we love you and we want to say thank you to those who have served!

 I have heard stories of the sacrifices, courage, strength and dedication that our veterans have made to our country. To thank and honor all of our veterans, both active and retired, and their partners, Shaklee is offering a FREE Distributor Welcome Kit, ($49.95 value) to our veterans for their service to our country.

Shaklee honors our Veterans (both active and retired) with a FREE Distributor Welcome Kit, ($49.95 value). This is a great offer and way for military families to earn an income that can provide them the freedom and flexibility to live out their American Dream.       
What does the Distributor Welcome Kit include?

The Shaklee Veterans Free Distributor Welcome Kit includes all the basic tools for success.

You will receive:

  •   A 15%–25% discount on products you purchase, with the potential to earn up to 16% in price differential, up to 20% on group purchases.
  •   Samples of Shaklee products
  •   Shaklee catalogue and brochures
  •   Shaklee Start-Up Guide
  •   Distributor Kit thumb drive with selling guides, brochures and more.
  •   All the basic tools for getting started—Shaklee Product Guide
  • *Veterans can always upgrade to a Gold PAK  down the line for more products and benefits such as free conference admission, access to Gold Bonuses and more.
To redeem this special offer contact me at or Please call 1-800-SHAKLEE to redeem this offer. Proof of military service is required and can be faxed to 925-924-3888 or emailed to Please use promotion code VETERAN, and ask to be placed under ID# XF05420 (name: Rhoda Kindred). Please let the Customer Support person who processes the application know that you are taking advantage of this offer as early as possible in your conversation.

To see all details about this offer click here.
This offer is not transferable to other distributor offers or kits. This offer is valid in the U.S. and Canada. Not available online. There is no expiration date for this offer.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Run, Don't Walk, and Go Buy A Diva Cup

To all the girls out there..... YOU need a Diva Cup!!!!
Warning: this conversation is not for boys or immature women.

The Diva Cup has changed my life (at least that 'time of month') and it can change yours too!
What is a Diva Cup?!?!
The Diva Cup is a re-useable, silicone, menstrual cup that is inserted into your vagina, and is used to collect blood during “that time of the month.” It sits snugly and comfortably without being noticed. A couple times a day, you gently remove it, empty it’s contents into the toilet, rinse it out, and re-insert. It’s a super quick, easy, and clean process, and is not as bizarre as it sounds. Please, hear me out before you click away.

Pads, in my opinion, are just gross. You’re basically sitting in an adult diaper that moves around, leaks and is just no fun to sit on. I hated them when I was a teenager and still do. Tampons are better as far as being “neater”, but they run the risk of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) and death (go read your box, it will warn you that it could kill you), not to mention they contain a bunch chemicals that women are putting inside their bodies. And even though I had awful cramps when I wore tampons, they were still my choice for lady products for 'that time of month'.

That is until my daughter was old enough to use "lady products". It bothered me. I didn't want her to be embarrassed with pads, but I didn't want her to get TSS or have chemicals in her body causing even more problems and cramps.

 So, I got up the courage and bought me a Diva Cup, Model #2 (for big vaginas?!!), online.... and I’ve never looked back!!!

The first day, it took a couple tries to get it in, but I didn't have any leaks. By day two - I felt like a pro. By day three, I wanted to tell everyone I know about my Diva Cup!

I was surprised at how little blood there actually was to dump out of the cup. (The Diva Cup has handy little measuring lines so you can be aware of exactly how heavy/light your flow is – like a gross, yet fascinating science project!) Tampons have always made it look like lots more blood! I was also amazed at how little mess there actually was in the removal/dumping/cleaning process and no smell.

Why I Love My Diva Cup:
1. Cramps become almost non-existent. At least this was the case with me. The chemicals in pads and tampons are what cause a lot of cramping. 

2. The Diva Cup is better for the environment. Think of all the tampons that are flushed and thrown away in the world! I enjoy not having garbage that contains my monthly mess.

3. The Diva cup is a WAY healthier choice. “Cotton” tampons contain chemicals and ingredients that are not regulated by the FDA, and are most likely not even made of cotton, but instead, rayon, viscose, or wood fluff pulp. To get tampons white, they are bleached with chlorine, which, among other things, is exposing you to carcinogens. On the flip side, the Diva Cup is made of silicone which is safe when used internally, and does not leach into your body.

4. I never run out! Never again will you have to worry about running out of tampons and I never have to buy tampons again! This is a great concept–tampons add up (especially when there's a couple girls in the house), and I’m happy that I no longer have to buy them. Just a one-time investment of $35. The savings is worth it.

5. I can go more days in between periods. I used to be every 29 days and since using the Diva Cup - I go about 37 days!

6. I actually don't mind 'that time of month' anymore.... call me crazy, but it's true.

If you’re thinking about ordering the Diva Cup, here are a couple things that you should know:
  • It is a bit awkward the first time you use it.
  • It takes a little practice to find a leak-free position.
  • There are two models. Model #1 for women who haven’t had a baby, and Model #2 is for women who have had a baby.
  • When a menstrual cup is inserted correctly, you can’t even feel it. If you can feel it or it is uncomfortable, then it’s not in right
  • Cups can be emptied twice a day: Once in the morning when you get up, and then at night before going to bed. 
  • You can still go to the bathroom while a cup is in.
  • There is no risk of TSS, because the cup doesn’t absorb anything. All it does is collect.
  • Cups are non-toxic
  • A cup is by far cleaner to deal with than pads or tampons.  All you do is empty it, wash it and then reinsert it.  If you are in a public place, just empty and reinsert it, then wash it later when you get home.
  • If the cup is in correctly (which you figure out how to do pretty quickly), then there are no leaks!!!  If you know you are about to start your period, then just insert the cup and you don’t have to worry about any leaks happening.
  • You can keep the cup looking like new, by soaking it for 24 hrs. in 1 part peroxide and 1 part water.

 I don’t know why every woman doesn’t use a menstrual cup! I understand that most of us ladies are used to the disposable alternative, but I urge you to give the Diva-Cup a try!

PS. After using the Diva Cup for 3 months, I bought one (#1 small cup) at CVS for my teen daughter. She used it for the first time this month and loves it. Since she still doesn't always get it positioned correctly, she will sometimes have small leaks, so she wears a panty liner with it. I'm sure once she uses it a few more times, the panty liners will be a thing of the past, too!

I was not compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Visiting The Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Monument Valley

This year Hubby and I took a trip to Arizona to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary! Hubby took a few days off work, and I paid for the trip with our Shaklee biz income. 

We flew from Indy to Las Vegas, NV.

We caught a short flight into Phoenix, AZ. (Looking back, we wish we would have just drove from Nevada into Arizona, as we wasted time getting a flight into Phoenix.)

It was a warm 80* in Phoenix.... we got a rental car in Phoenix and started driving North. The scenery with the open land, mountains, hills and cacti was absolutely beautiful!

We stopped in Camden to get gas, eat, and stretch our legs. They have the cutest gift shop with everything you can imagine at the Camden Trading Post. (The food and service was great too!) And, the weather was perfect!

We crossed into Utah and reached Monument Valley around dusk. We stayed overnight in the one and only Monument Valley Hotel. The views were amazing! Every room has a balcony facing the valley!

Did I mention our rental car was a 2015 Mustang Convertible? Hubby was great and let me drive it 99% of the time!
 (If you haven't caught on.... we both love Mustangs!) 

We visited Glen Canyon Dam in Page, AZ....... that was interesting! It's the second largest dam in the USA.

We stopped by Horseshoe Bend. It was pouring down rain, but we decided to hike down to the look out... It was very much worth hiking in the rain to see it!

Once again - I loved the open spaces and the beautiful views....

We then headed over to the Grand Canyon South Rim... it was still rainy, so we stopped at the lookout and then headed to our hotel for the night.

It snowed that first night in the Canyon!

But the next day, the sun came out and shone brightly over the Canyon.....

We stopped by a Navajo roadside stand to buy some keepsakes.

We headed down to Happy Valley for the evening, and back to Phoenix the next day for our flight home.

I love traveling and seeing God's beauty and spending time with my amazing hubby, but it's always good to be home..... 

Here's to another 10 years of doing life together!
I love you, Stephen!

You can see more of our 10 yr. Anniversary Trip pictures in our photo album at shutterfly here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Things You Don't Know About Me

Ok, so here's 10 things you may not know about me.

1. I used to drive a truck with a sleeper cab pulling a 53' long wedge trailer and if I didn't have a family - I'd consider driving truck again -it's a great way to see the USA.

2. I have written well over 400 poems and have had some of my poetry published.

3. I hate (am terrified of) worms and snakes. My kids actually get punished if they pick one up around me.

4. I have worked at a cemetery doing burials and actually enjoyed it. I think cemeteries are peaceful. - but I am scarred of open caskets. I hate walking by an open casket.

5. I want to live a primitive lifestyle in the middle of nowhere with no neighbors and could totally live without most modern conveniences and technology, including a cell phone.

6. I get stressed every easily - for example this morning I cried for two hours, because I was stressed about how the day would go. (-it went fine, by the way) My cancer, skin disease, and autoimmune disease is all caused by stress - go figure!

7. I don't like ketchup. Did you know they use crushed red bugs to make it red? Gross!

8. I finished school, graduated one year early with a high school Deploma, and paid for the last two years of schooling myself.

9. With the exception of two best friends who were girls (Carla and Suzie) My best friends have always been and still are guys. -They are so much less drama! But overall, I have no close friends. I am a loner except for my hubby and kids.

10. Although I love my kids - I don't like being a mom. I got pregnant as a teen and feel like I never really got to live life. (don't judge me - I'm just being honest with you all).

What's something about you that not many people know?? I'd love it if you'd share in the comments below!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Grand Canyon Gettaway

Yay!!! I'm super excited.... I just booked our gettaway tickets to the Grand Canyon!!! ...and the best part is that this vacation is paid with our Shaklee Income!!!
 #‎whyishaklee  #‎srkindred  #‎grandcanyon  #‎10yranniversary  #‎ilovemybiz

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Overextended and Loving Most of It By Lisa Harper


Overextended and Loving Most of It 
By Lisa Harper
‘The Unexpected Joy of Being Harried, Heartbroken, and Hurling Oneself Off Cliffs’

Rating: 3 Stars

Would you consider your life stretched to the limit? Lately I feel like I'm being pulled in one too many directions. There’s always a lot to do…. yard work, gardening, schooling, cleaning, cooking, animals to take care of, business appointments, errands to run, kids that need me…. the emotional effects of a special needs son and the exhaustion that comes with having cancer…… life doesn’t seem to slow down.

In this book, Lisa shows us that it is possible for us to glorify the Lord, even if we are frazzled and overextended. Even in the middle of our own hectic schedules, it is only by resting in God’s mercy that we are able to keep risking our hearts to serve his people and fulfill the callings he has placed on us.

"Real" life . . ."abundant" life . . . godly" life is about loving Jesus and the people he allows us to rub shoulders with well which means some days you’ll be stretched emotionally and physically. You’ll feel overextended. Thankfully God will expand our hearts and calendars to accommodate the calling.”
If you are looking for a great read, my all time favorite book from Lisa Harper is Stumbling Into Grace!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Getting Rid Of Clutter

In 2014, I stumbled across Becoming Minimalist and started reading with interest. In January 2015, My husband and I decided that we were going to make the choice to get rid of clutter and simplify our life. 

It was one of the best choices we have ever made!

Since then, we have cleaned out the house, garage, shop, barn, and attic, and have gotten rid of truck loads of stuff (I wish now that we would have kept a total count). Don’t get me wrong, we’ve never been ‘pack-rats’, but we simply had a lot of stuff that we didn’t use, just taking up space.

Here are just a few pictures, but  they do not include all the truck loads of good things that were donated... We used our garage as a place to put the things that we gathered and then gave them away, donated them, recycled them, sold them, or took them to the trash.

Our load to the landfill - isn't it sad how much stuff is wasted?

This stuff was donated....

 We sold some of the things that were still in good shape..... a ford plow, a garden trailer, a buffet cabinet, the hubby's big wooden desk, coffee table, end tables, model cars, train table, etc.

We went through all our old papers and burnt four large trash bags full of paper (bills, pay stubs, phone records, etc.) that we no longer needed!

The kids all prefer riding the four wheeler to the go cart, so it wasn't being used and needed a new home!

We got rid of lots of books... and only kept the ones that we read regularly...
 (yes, the encyclopedia set had to go...) Now all our books can fit on one bookcase with room for a few special display items!

All the fake plants all had to go.... they were stuffy and dusty

Hubby got rid of his mustang magazine collection.....

I like to think of myself as a cozy, comfortable minimalist…. I’ll never have total bare walls or get rid of all my photo’s, etc., but I do love a clean, non-cluttered home and continue to get rid of things on a daily basis.

"Living with less isn't about having bare walls and no furniture. It's about getting rid of the clutter, so you can enjoy the things that you love." –Rhoda A Kindred

In Joshua Becker's latest book, The More of Less, he talks about the benefits of owning less stuff. Most people don’t realize how much clutter weighs them down. 

“Living with less is about having more…. more time, more money, more quality… it’s about adding to your life, not taking away.” – Rhoda A Kindred

It's amazing at how freeing your life becomes when you get rid of all the stuff you don't need!


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