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My babies had their first day of school last week.  Hudson is in the elementary school (K-3rd grade) for kindergarten.  And Ella is at her old school for Pre-K.  We decided to keep her there since it was only 3 days per week instead of 5 half days at the elementary.

In the weeks leading up to school I was having a rough time.  It’s a new season for us having Hudson be away five days a week from 8:20 – 3:45.  I was so anxious about it that I was even considering homeschooling him.  Not for his benefit but, selfishly, for mine to be close to him.  But, I came to the realization that he is SO ready for school.  Excited even!  So, instead of feeling sad I tried to change my outlook and look ahead to all of the new experiences we will get to enjoy together.

So, we woke up on the first day of school ready to celebrate.  We stopped by the donut shop on our way for a special treat.  We all walked Hudson into school and hugged and kissed him goodbye.  He doesn’t know anyone in his class…but by the time we left he had already sat down by another little boy to play.  He was being so brave that I got a little choked up.  It showed just how big he really is.

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Ella is in Hudson’s classroom from last year so the transition for her was easy.  Her best friends, Phoebe and Ayden, are in her class so she was very excited to get to play with them.

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  • Sara - ELLA’S BACKPACK PICTURE!! Cutest ever!! And way to go Hudson!! I love how great he did!! Congrats mama!!

Our first month of the Documenting Life Instagram Challenge has been so much fun!  We have loved seeing all of your posts!  I’ll be sharing my posts in my Insta August post coming to the blog next week!

We are gearing up for the September Documenting Life Challenge.  Please remember to share the graphic on your Instagram.  And then to link up simply take a photo using the prompt and use the hashtag #documentinglifechallenge.  Don’t forget to tag @jennycollier, @lvdmorethncarrots, and @helloerinv so we can check out your post!


A few weeks ago we joined our friends and hit up the a local carnival.  Our kids are best buddies.  Hudson and Penelope are just a couple of weeks apart in age.  And Phoebe and Ella are a month apart.  I love these photos that I took of them before we left for the carnival.

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We ate corn dogs, drank lemonade, rode our fair share of rides, and ran into friends.  It was the perfect summer evening!

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Taco night calls for a good skinny margarita.  Am I right?  This recipe is a favorite in our house.

Delicious skinny margarita recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Skinny Margarita Recipe
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 2
  • 4 tbsp Lime Juice
  • Kosher Salt
  • ½ cup Tequila
  • 3 tbsp Light Agave Syrup
  • 3 Lime Slices
  1. Pour some Kosher Salt onto a dish. Wet the rim of your glasses with the lime slice. Dip rim of glass into salt.
  2. Combine lime juice, tequila, and light agave syrup into a cocktail shaker. Fill with glass and shake. Pour over ice into glasses. Garnish with extra lime slices.


  • Colleen - Thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I have all of the ingredients on hand and tonight it taco night! Thanks, friend!

  • Tracy - What tequila do you use?

  • Carmen Palmer - This looks good! And healthy is a bonus!!

  • Jenny Collier - Thank you, Carmen. I hope you’ll try it. Yummy!

Starting September 1st I am doing another Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  And I’m inviting YOU to join me.

My husband did the challenge first two years ago.  I was skeptical and thought I would just continue to eat healthy and work out along side him.  When I had only lost 3 pounds in 24 days and he lost 15 and looked like this…I knew I had to try it.  Since that first challenge two years ago he has lost a total of 45 pounds and has kept it off!

I had great results as well.  I felt great, had so much energy, and was back in my skinny jeans by day 7.  By the end of the challenge I had 5 pounds and lost 8% body fat.

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My Mom saw the success Court and I both had and she tried the program herself.  She lost 25 pounds during the course of the challenge.  She has completely changed her lifestyle, continued with the products, and has lost a total of 50 pounds.  So proud of her.

My friend, Lauren, also tried the Challenge after reading about how much I loved it.  She had some pretty incredible results herself.  And after continuing the products for a year and a half you should see her now.  She looks incredible!

What does the challenge consist of?  The first part of the diet is a cleanse.  Not one of those fad, liquid only cleanses.  You eat real food — lean meat, fruits, vegetables, and some complex carbohydrates.  Eliminating wheat, dairy, and alcohol.  You drink a fiber drink and take herbal cleanse pills for the first 10 days.  Days 11 – 24 you continue with the same types of food but add in what are called MNS packets.  They consist of supplements to help you sustain energy and fill in the gaps in your nutrition.

By tackling the challenge as a group we’re creating a support system.  We have a group Facebook page where we can share menus, recipes, workout plans, and be able to encourage one another.  I can’t wait!

So, what do you need to get started?  First, purchase a 24 Day Challenge.  I choose the MNS 3 for weight loss (and the Chocolate Mocha shake is my favorite).

Something else I highly recommend purchasing to take along with your challenge is Catalyst.  It is a branched-chain amino acid supplement that has been nicknamed “Lipo in a Bottle”.  This stuff works wonders. :)

I am so pumped and so ready to get back on track.  Can’t wait for you to join me!

  • Hey Lauren Rene - I’m so excited to get started! Even more than the first time because I KNOW how great it will be. Can’t wait to be in this together! Is it September 5th yet? :)

  • Lindsay - I started mine on the 7th! I have a lot to lose so in the first 6 days I’ve already lost 7.6lbs! :) Excited to find some other people to follow too.

  • Lyndi - The hubby and I will be starting the challenge on June 1st! Very excited to take the challenge on together! :) I’m hoping to shed the remainder of this baby weight, and feel better.

  • Jenny Collier - You are going to do great, Lyndi. It’s awesome that you’re doing the challenge together. It’s great to have an accountability partner!

  • killy - Hi I recently did the 10 day challenge 2x since January
    I try to stick to the diet on a regular basis. I do have questions on a daily basis which supplements I should be taking?
    I do have the supplement to help burn fat while exercising, so I take that. I also have the Fibo Trim and Omega Plex and Carb easer.

    I really just read reviews and bought them. Not sure how I should be taking them to give myself the best results.

    Any feedback would be appreciated. Maybe I should try the “Lipo in a bottle” LOL

  • Jenny Collier - Hi Killy!

    I love the MNS packets. You can find them here:

    If you click the details tab you can view what is in the packets. They help me, not only, with my core nutrition but with weight loss as well. I think they might be your best bet for weight loss. I say definitely use Catalyst if you’re not already. Game changer!

    What are your goals? Just weight loss? Or do you do any sort of cardio or weight training? Just trying to figure out what would be a good fit for you.

  • killy - THanks for your help! My goal is weight loss, I do cardio and weight training but only 2 days a week with a trainer. I try the other days but hard with work schedule and my son.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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