This is something I neenp_ras_sorbet001d to share with everyone. From the time I gave birth to my son around 18 years ago, up until last week, I have suffered from anxiety, heart palpitations, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, migraines, muscle spasms, neck pains and shortness of breath. During this time, I have been diagnosed with thyroid problems, sleep apnea and a host of other issues.

So why did all my symptoms go away? Well, a couple of weeks ago I was doing some research on healthy ingredients for my company and I ran into Dr. Carolyn Dean on YouTube; she was talking about her research and her book, “The Magnesium Miracle.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, in addition to a number of other symptoms; she was describing everything I had been going through for nearly 18 years.

I’ve known about magnesium, but what I hadn’t heard was the size of the magnesium particles need to be extremely small, Pico-sized, to get to where they needed to be in my body.   I had tried magnesium quite a few times over the last 18 years without relieving any of my symptoms. I purchased her Pico sized magnesium, “Remag,” from her website and after taking it for 4 days my symptoms went away.  Now, always follow the advise of your Doctor and I’m in no way trying to give medical advice here; and I’m in no way affiliated with her or her products.

If you want to hear about the product and the person that changed my life, here is the YouTube video that made the difference.




My daughter came home from school the other day feeling a little low because she felt judged. So, I told her something it took me 40 years to figure out.

When we judge someone/something, we are trying to tell ourselves we are OK. If I think that person is “too short”… I’m really saying I’m OK because I’m taller. It’s a comparison thing. If I say “I hate the Beatles”, I’m really saying I’m better than people who like them.

So when someone judges us, they are really showing us where their frailties are. Knowing this should make us feel compassionate not hurt. Conversely, we are showing our frailties when we judge others. We all know this is going to happen, none of us are perfect, but if we examine a situation from an enlightened perspective the world is a lot less scary.


If you could go back and tell yourself something… what would it be?

January-National Blood Donor Month


You don’t need to be a doctor to save lives!  Donating blood is a simple quick way you can save a life.  January is National Blood Donor Month.  We here at Team Keeki want to help spread awareness about blood donation.  For example did you know a single donation can save up to three lives??!!!

So, who are you donating to?  Well for starters one single trauma victim can need 40 or more units of blood, a leukemia patient can need 8 units of platelets daily and a single pint of blood can sustain a premature infant’s life for two whole weeks.  And that’s just the beginning of those in need.

How long does it take?  The actual blood donation only takes about 10-12 minutes.   The entire process takes about an hour and you even get a free mini-physical and refreshments.

Where can you go to donate?  Blood drives scheduled locally here in West Michigan are:  Jan 23 at Aquinas College noon-5:45pm, Jan 29 at Grand Rapids Community College noon-5:45pm and Feb 17 Cornerstone University noon-5:45pm.

The Red Cross is urging everyone  to come in and help offset the weather related shortfall in donations. For more information on blood donation and blood drives near you please contact the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS or go to

We at Team Keeki know this is such an important cause and we really want to help spread the word.   We are going to giveaway a giftpack on Jan 31, 2014.   No purchase necessary to win.  Simply tweet out:  “Help spread the word about blood donation w/@Keekipuresimple @RedCross #NationalBloodDonorMonth”  on your twitter account and you will be automatically entered to win.  Or email with your idea on how to spread the awareness.

Cherrliscious Keeki Gift Pack
Cherrliscious Keeki Gift Pack

Team Keeki urges you to donate and join us to help spread the word.  Together let’s start saving lives today!


race day is coming…

for those of you who have been following along on the blog/facebook…

this weekend is the Walt Disney World Marathon that i have been training for, and have raised about $3,800 for the leukemia and lymphoma society. i just wanted to take a quick second to thank all of you who have supported me along the way, whether it be financially or just moral support. i would not be where i am today without everyone!

i am not sure what your weekend plans are, but sunday morning at 5:30 i set out to run 26.2 miles (which will be my farthest run to date) through the magical land of DISNEY!

see you on the other side of the finish line!


benefits of hot tea.

Put down those saucer cups and get chugging — tea is officially awesome for your health. But before loading up on Red Zinger, make sure that your “tea” is actually tea. Real tea is derived from a particular plant (Camellia sinensis) and includes only four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong. Anything else (like herbal “tea”) is an infusion of a different plant and isn’t technically tea.


But what real tea lacks in variety, it makes up for with some serious health benefits. Researchers attribute tea’s health properties to polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and phytochemicals. Though most studies have focused on the better-known green and black teas, white and oolong also bring benefits to the table. Read on to find out why coffee’s little cousin rocks your health.

  1. Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
  2. Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
  3. The antioxidants in tea might help protect against a boatload of cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liverovarianprostate and oral cancers. But don’t rely solely on tea to keep a healthy body — tea is not a miracle cure, after all. While more studies than not suggest that tea has cancer-fighting benefits, the current research is mixed.
  4. Tea helps fight free radicals. Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (“ORAC” to its friends), which is a fancy way of saying that it helps destroy free radicals (which can damage DNA) in the body. While our bodies are designed to fight free radicals on their own, they’re not 100 percent effective — and since damage from these radical oxygen ninjas has been linked to cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration, we’ll take all the help we can get.
  5. Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine!).
  6. Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. When considered with other factors like smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, regular tea drinking was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
  7. Tea might provide protection from ultraviolet rays. We know it’s important to limit exposure to UV rays, and we all know what it’s like to feel the burn. The good news is that green tea may act as a back-up sunscreen.
  8. Tea could keep waist circumference in check. In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants. Scientists speculate that regular tea drinking lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of diabetes, artery disease and stroke), although it’s important to remember thatcorrelation does not equal causation.
  9. Regular tea drinking might also counteract some of the negative effects of smoking and might even lessen the risk of lung cancer (good news, obviously, but not a justification for cigs).
  10. Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars.
  11. Tea can help the body recover from radiation. One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce back postexposure.
  12. Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
  13. Tea might be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s). While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.

Though most research on tea is highly positive, it’s not all definitive — so keep these caveats in mind before stocking up on gallons of the stuff:

  1. Keep it cool. Repeatedly drinking hot beverages may boost the risk of esophageal cancer. Give tea several minutes to cool off before sipping.
  2. The studies seem convincing, but a rat does not a human make. Chemicals in tea may react differently in the lab than they do in the human body. Tannins (and the other good stuff in green tea) may not be bioavailable for humans, meaning tea might not always benefit human health to the same degree as in lab studies suggest.
  3. All tea drinks are not created equal. The body’s access to the good stuff in tea might be determined by the tea variety, canning and processing, and the way it was brewed.

The takeaway: at the very least, tea should be safe to consume — just not in excessive amounts. So brew up a batch of the good stuff — hot or cold — and enjoy.

Do you drink tea regularly? Have you noticed any health benefits? Let us know in the comments below!

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staying warm!

■ Think of the sun as a heater, and your drapes as a blanket: Open drapes when you are getting direct sunlight, then close them at night to keep heat from escaping.

■ Make sure the damper in your fireplace is closed when you aren’t using it.

■ Keep air vents clean and uncovered so heat can easily flow throughout your home.

■ Shut off kitchen fans and bathroom fans as soon as they are no longer needed.

■ It takes more energy to heat water in cold weather. You can lower the temperature of your water heater a bit and still get a hot shower, and use cold water to do laundry and rinse dishes. Also, insulate pipes that move hot water around the house.

christmas morning traditions.

Christmas morning/day traditions

– Open all the gifts under the tree at 12:01 a.m. on Christmas Day. This works best with older kids and teens.

– Don’t open presents until after religious services or brunch.

– Choose a family member at random to pass out gifts to everyone.

– Call or have a video chat with loved ones who aren’t able to be with your family.

– Invite family, friends, and neighbors over Christmas evening for games, dessert, and to decompress from the holiday.

– Go out for breakfast and let someone else do the cooking!

christmas eve traditions…

Christmas Eve traditions

– Open one gift on Christmas Eve.

– Track Santa’s progress across the globe on NORAD.

– Make reindeer food on Christmas Eve (oats and candy sprinkles) and toss it on the lawn for Santa’s team of reindeer.

– Read The Night Before Christmas at bedtime.

– Leave a ‘trail’ of gifts from the chimney to the tree so show Santa’s route in the house.

– Get matching pajamas for the kids to wear on Christmas Eve. Talk about a great photo op Christmas morning!

try these out for christmas morning..

overnight cinnamon rolls.
Dough:4 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 large whole egg, room temperature
2 ounces sugar, approximately 1/4 cup
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted, approximately 6 tablespoons
6 ounces buttermilk, room temperature
20 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 cups, plus additional for dusting
1 package instant dry yeast, approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
Vegetable oil or cooking spray


8 ounces light brown sugar, approximately 1 cup packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
3/4-ounce unsalted butter, melted, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons


2 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened, approximately 1/4 cup
3 tablespoons milk
5 1/2 ounces powdered sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups


For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.

Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.

Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 30 minutes.

While the rolls are cooling slightly, make the icing by whisking the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add the milk and whisk until combined. Sift in the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Spread over the rolls and serve immediately.

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