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Podcast Episode 4: Accountability

How many of you feel like you're on a never-ending hamster wheel, just running and running and running?  Do you blame the wheel for moving too fast or too slow?  Do you blame the cage for not having any space?  Or do you figure out that you need to stop, get off the wheel and get out of the cage to endless space?

I think we all have those seasons in our lives where we easily blame the wheel or the cage.  And the difference between staying on the wheel and blaming it for staying on it and stopping, getting off and getting OUT is our ability to take accountability.

Take a listen to this week's podcast and let me know if it inspires you to stop running on the wheel and instead, figure out how to stop, get off the wheel, and get out of the cage.


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Podcast Episode 3: Lenten Reflection

Happy Easter, Friends!

Today's episode is a little bit reflection and a lot a bit my view on Lent and what it means to me.

It's reflection upon what I consider the worst week of my life!  Ha!  It was so bad, check out this funny "Unsolved Mysteries" synopsis that my friend, Rachel, wrote for me on one of the nights I threatened to disappear:

"Tonight, the disappearance that shook Council Bluffs, Iowa. Devoted and loving mother of 2 who disappeared while her husband was on a business trip. His alibi checked out, and there’s no reason to suspect foul play. She had recently given up wine for Lent, which may have been a reason for her rash behavior, along with the sudden and unexplained illness that ravaged their house."

So now you know what I battled this week, I'm also going to share my reflection upon the deeper meaning behind this week and how it correlates to my annual "fasting" of a luxury item for the Lenten Season.

Lent should be about reflec…

Podcast Episode 2: Parenthood

Hi Friends!

I had a difficult time trying to decide what to speak about today, but once I figured it out, it just formed so organically, I even impressed myself!  Ha!

If you're a parent---Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, Foster; even an Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent, this podcast is dedicated to you---enjoy!
Let me know what you think in the comments below on on my Facebook Page (and while you're there---give me a "LIKE"!)

Have a Sparkletastic Week!


Live--Champagne & Conversation

Exciting News!!

As I mentioned before, this year was a Year of Adventure.  I embarked down a new pathway with Sparkle & Fizz, changing direction, and before I knew it, I was propelled forward on a journey that I literally only dreamed of.

Today, I'm launching the next component of my Sparkle & Fizz Adventure---Podcasting!!

To say the least, I am nervous as hell, but, Episode One is complete and LIVE now!

Check it out here:
Don't forget to find me on Social Media & Connect!  (See the Contact Me Page for how and where.)  I want to hear your thoughts and feedback!  What do you want to talk about in the future?  Who would you like to hear come on board (I'm talking local, my friends...I can't make any celebrities appear!)?

I'm so excited and now exhausted!  I think I'm gonna go take a much deserved nap!




Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, my friends!  Can you believe it's now 2019?!  I seriously can't.  Not to mention, it's going to probably be March when I'm finally used to writing "2019" on everything.  Sheseh!

I'm sitting here, writing this post, my hair is in the messiest bun I think it's ever seen, I'm working on my second cup of coffee, and my kiddos are watching a movie with their daddy.  It's heaven.  Well, at least heaven on Earth.  And I realize that motherhood is truly one of the greatest adventures I've taken.  Yeah, the days are long, but the years are short---super short---and I have literally blinked and the kids are already three and four!  How!?  And that got me to thinking...

Now, some people have "resolutions".  Some people have "goals".  Some people choose to work on their "bucket list".  Some choose to do nothing at all!  I've been in one of those groups at least once in my lifetime.  But this year, I&#…

Psalm 31:5

As I reflect back on 2018, I have realized just how God-driven my year really was.  I learned so many things, I made some exciting changes, I traveled down new paths, I made new friends, I embarked on new journies.  2018 will be coming to a close soon and I feel that I have been called to make 2019 another very purposeful, very Christ-centric year.  2018 was a year for self-discovery and I believe in my heart that 2019 is a year for others and to live out my own personal mission statement.

As many of you know, I became a distributor for SeneGence International.  I decided to become a distributor for one reason—I loved the products and I wanted to share them with the world.  Over this last year, I reflected back on why I loved the products and the answer was very simple: they made me feel confident.  Friends, this was truly the first time in my whole life where I truly felt comfortable in my own skin.  This was the first time in my whole life where I finally believed I was the beautif…

Beccard's Christmas Vacation 2018

J and I have been talking about "family" vacations since before Lexi was even conceived, so you can imagine our excitement when we made the decision to take our very first Beccard Family Trip this year---overnight (more than one) in a hotel!  You may also imagine the picture perfect Family Vacation with a three and a four year-old...yeah.  That picture you're imagining is probably nothing like what we experienced!

Now that we've done this...I have learned three very important lessons:

1)  Look at a darn map when planning.
2)  Lower the sleep expectations.
3)  Do a tiny bit more research ahead of time.


The whole basis for our trip was to go to the Mount Pleasant Christmas Light Show.  Since we don't have anything quite like that in our area, I thought, perfect!  We can go on a little road trip, see how the kiddos do on a vacation, and see some awesome Christmas lights!  But we ended up in Cedar Rapids (for the Amana Colonies).  Because, apparently I thought they w…