Pure Barre

No…it’s not a local watering hole for lovely liquid libations (you like that??). It’s fitness, baby!!

What IS Pure Barre, you ask? It’s a total body workout that uses the ballet barre. You will use resistance bands and a small exercise ball with the barre to work all your muscles! Sounds easy, right????

What did I think of Pure Barre?

  • I was Pure(ly) SCARED! I’ve been wanting to try this for over a year, however the closest one to me was in Tampa (about 30 minutes). Plus…I couldn’t find anyone that wanted to go with me! #surprisesurprise. Because it is ballet inspired, I knew my Mom would join me, seeing that she was a former ballet dancer. #winning. I read up on the different classes they offered and went for it. Plus…I gave Mom a Groupon for her birthday this year! #doublewinning. This particular location offers Pure Barre and Pure Empower. The Barre class is a low impact, functional core/legs/rear workout and the Empower appears to more like cross training or HIIT classes. Mom and I went for Pure Barre. We showed up a little early to sign release forms and get aquatinted with our funeral classroom. All we needed to bring was water, a towel and some “sticky socks”….so you don’t slip and slide all over the place! Oh…and that good attitude?? Bring that,too! The equipment for the classes – ball,resistance band and mat- are all provided.
  • I was Pure(ly) AMAZED! Our instructor, Hope, was great!! She explained everything, which was great for the NON trained dancer that knows NOTHING about a ballet barre! The floor work was challenging but Hope helped me get it all down pat!! She had great music which keep me motivated…and unfocused on my burning muscles. I felt so comfortable in the class which is always important when you are new and you are around people that know what’s up in the class!
  • I was Pure(ly) SWEATY, SHAKY…and soon to be SORE! Mom and I did great! It was everything that I need because I don’t work core and isolation movements of legs, inner thighs, and rear. Don’t be fooled!! Just because this is a low impact class, doesn’t mean that it easy! It was actually quite challenging and some of the moves took some concentration on my part because I’m not used to doing them. #notalent . Just in case you thought about it, the upper body does NOT get neglected in the workout either! Seems as though everything from head to toe is worked here!!! We were drenched at the end AND completely satisfied afterwards!

A big THANK YOU to Pure Barre Brandon (FL) and our instructor Hope for making this such a great experience!

We will be back….if I can move to get back! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have you tried anything new in your fitness world? Anything that you like to try but haven’t??

Have a GREAT Saturday!!!

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Hey THERE….again!!!

Long time…No see, guys!! Life has been so busy since school started for the kiddos, that my lack of blogging was in high gear! My last post was about 4 months (or more) ago, btw! Did you miss me?? ๐Ÿ˜‚. What really reminded me about my blogging (or lack there of) was a reminder that showed up on Facebook today about a post from last year, to the day! Take a walk with me….. J in his Freshman year of high school and not making the basketball team! The heartbreak this Mom had for her son with his second major blow in 2 years (fractured shoulder= loss of a season; being cut = ANOTHER loss of a season!) Ugh….

Enter Sophomore year…and tryouts are here once again! 3 days of tryouts with some of the same coaches from last year. Double Ugh…..

#AssasinsCreed over here was pumped and ready for the tryouts…while Mom over here was just plain scared of what the outcome was going to be. He has been working and training so HARD since last year! He wanted to prove to his fellow players (current and previous) that he has talent and CAN play. He wanted to prove and show the coaching staff that he has grown as a player and has been “studying” the game. However, most importantly…he wanted and NEEDED to squash the doubt he had in himself and prove that he deserved to be there!

On the last day of tryouts, I was nervous as s**t! I๏ธ just couldn’t bear for my kiddo having his heart broken yet again! Pull up to the school, he gets in the car,and….

Mom….your son made the team!

It was like he won a National Championship! His self esteem took a beating last year and probably affected him more than any of us wanted to admit. To say that he was beaming at that moment is an understatement! It honestly was nice to see him feel good about himself again and not let self doubt take over. What made this “victory” even sweeter…the coach that sadly (and in disbelief) had to cut him the previous year, spoke to both the Varsity and JV teams. He said that there was a young man that didn’t make the team last year and definitely and without a doubt made the team this year. He said he was proud of how much he has grown as a player and most importantly how much he stuck with it, even stayed with the Varsity team as a Team Manager, and didn’t let any of the disappointment from last year get him down. Who was he talking about?? MY KID!!!! Everyone else had to wait (sadly) before the end of the evening regarding their status. When he told me, I๏ธ didn’t know what to say….was actually kind of speechless (that’s a FIRST!๐Ÿ˜‚). Most parents know the pure joy of watching their children do and excel in something they love! You all can add me to that list now……

Excited to share this joy with you, J! Can’t wait to see you doing YOU! #GoHAWKS #wheresmyteamshirt

So glad to be back!! Share some good news with me!!! โค๏ธ

PS….if you notice the lack of the lower or upper case ๐Ÿ‘ ‘s in my post….it’s not my fault! ๐Ÿ˜‚. iPhone is working on that upgrade! #getonITplease

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It’s SUMMER TIME, folks! You know what that means??? Yeah…work! Work…that’s what it means for me! ๐Ÿ˜‚. But….it also means the yearly Summer Sunrise Watermelon 5k Series around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, FL.  I’ve been doing this series for about 5 or 6 years now.  I LOVE this series because it keeps me motivated to run despite the hot and humid Florida weather.  I’m a FLORIDIAN, people and I can’t STAND the summer heat! But if I don’t sign up for a race, I’ll look for every excuse not to run, only because of the heat!! On the other hand…I HATE wasting money!! So..if I sign up…I’m DOING IT!!!

I always managed to rustle up my friends to run with me! 

They are STILL my friends….I think! 

I love when my “I hate running because it sucks” do so well!!! We had a PR in the group and no stopping too! I celebrated with them and for them because I know how hard they worked! 

I on the other hand, didn’t have a good race.  I had to stop about 2 miles and change because it was hot and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. And I am always disappointed in myself when I do stop….

I felt defeated because I didn’t do well.  But I didn’t let that rain on the parade of my friend’s victories!  I didn’t do well because I really didn’t run in May.  My last race was the 2017 Star Wars Marathon Weekend – The Dark Side.  I ran the 5k

…and the 10k

All of my runs,up to that point, had already been on the calendar.  For some reason, May was missed and therefore nothing was scheduled! I have no one to blame but myself. Now let me be clear, I don’t pity myself because I am able to run.  I’m just disappointed that I didn’t do well. If you’ve been reading for a while you know I need that kick in the ass moment to shock me right back to reality with my running. Watermelon Series, race #1 = my kick in the ASS! ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s Monday and it’s a new beginning.  I’m ready….I’m recharged…I’m ready to GO!!!

How was your most recent run??

I SURVIVED!ย 

Whoa!!! I haven’t written a post since February….FEBRUARY,people!! Where has the time gone?? Today, May 31,2017 is what I like to call “Independence Day“! Why, you ask? SCHOOL IS OVER!!   Cue SONG…cue DANCE…cue ANYTHING!! 

Parents…I know you feel me!! There’s isn’t any more:

  • Do you have HW? (Or my FAV…did you DO your HW?)
  • Did you forget (fill in the blank)?
  • Did you study for your test/quiz?
  • Do you have clean uniforms for tomorrow?

I mean, the list can go on and on…I’d bore you to death! 

Here’s the school tally-

You remember J, my oldest? The High School Freshman?

First Day!!


We started out rocky at the beginning of the year.  How he/we/they managed to squeeze a s**t TON of life lessons into one year, I will never understand! And trust me when I say, it was MORE than just what I posted about last time.  I honestly felt like I wasn’t going to survive and worried that he wouldn’t either! But he did…!!!  I think he learned a lot about himself and what he is capable of, how strong he really is and what he has to do to continue any kind of high school success.  I asked him what he learned from this year….

  • Just because someone is NICE to you, doesn’t mean they are your friend(s).
  • Be careful who you trust.
  • I am cool in my own way and it doesn’t matter what “they” think about me.
  • Work HARD always (let’s hope that STICKS! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Pretty insightful for a teenager, huh?  His lessons were s****y, but in the big picture, necessary.  And I’m glad that it happened now and not later during high school.  With this year under our belt, Sophomore year should be (hopefully be) less challenging! ๐Ÿ™ #bringitON

LAST Day as a Freshman!


I have learned to accept my child for who he is…a very kind young man, who is quirky and goofy, who is good at school (when he wants to๐Ÿ˜‰) and who is a lot stronger than he gives himself credit for.

I have learned that this is not my journey.  I spent a long time this year trying to “make” him into other kids.  Excuse me….WHA????   Yeah…you know when compare your kid to other kids and you try to “make” them into those kids? “(Fill in the blank) is doing GREAT, why aren’t you?“. “How come (fill in the blank) remembers (fill in the blank) and you can’t??“. You know, all that negative language  that will some how miraculously turn your child into fill in the blank“! Yeah…that works!! This is a journey that he is on and all of the lessons he needs to be a grown up has to be learned by him and not bypassed by me! 

#lifelessonSTRONG

Then, there’s Aidan (affectionately called “Big Head”)….

First Day!!!

Elementary school still is a walk in the park in comparison.  Aidan learned how to not give up! For this kid…everything, EVERYTHING is a competition. When he doesn’t get something the first time (or fails at something)…complete shut down ensues. He is so pissed at himself that he doesn’t want to try again because he thinks he will “lose” again. There was a constant reminder to him that we all make errors or mistakes. You know that happens to us mere mortals!  

He has matured and overcome this “flaw” and think he’s ready to tackle 5th grade. 

Last Day!


I was kind of prepared going into 4th grade with him (since I did with J), but I still learned.   I learned about patience.  I have the tendency to have a short string of tolerance when he starts to whine about something, but mostly  with school. “I don’t get it, Mom!”. “She’s didn’t tell us HOW to do it!“. “I can’t ……!”  Or the ever popular (and my favorite) “I don’t know……“. Ughhhhhhh!!!! But I learned to dig deep inside and realize that I am (GASP) almost 45 years old and I know this stuff because someone had the patience with me! 

Hopefully, I will carry over all of this knowledge from this school year and bring it with me into the new year in August.  Then again knowing myself….I’ll find some way to mess it again!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

All and all, I’m just excited for the break from the “norm” and I’m going to bask in the glory of my new (albeit temporary) INDEPENDENCE!! 

Thanks folks for sticking with me through the tour of my parenting! It’s a DOOZY……

Are you celebrating your “Independence Day” now?? 

PS….I can’t honestly say that kids look any different from the first day to the last, but DAMN my new kitchen looks GOOD, huh??!!! #droppedthemike


What a WEEKEND!

Hey there guys!!! Things have been good and busy on this end…kiddos,work, extracurricular activities….all that stuff! Hubs and I were finally able to get away for a weekend, much to the chagrin of this guy…Aidan can STAND  when we go way! At 9 (almost 10) he still thinks we all need to be together…all the time! I explained to him that this was a late Anniversary/early Valentine’s Day celebration for us. He said “Isn’t an Anniversary and Valentine’s Day just one day? Why do you need a whole weekend?“๐Ÿ˜‚ #thiskid

This kid is usually like…See ya!

That’s a 15 year old for you! ๐Ÿ˜‚

We slipped away to Epicurean Hotel in SoHo, in Tampa.  This is the second time we’ve stayed here and I can’t get enough of this place!!! My photos do not do this place ANY justice! 

Hubs and I settled in and had a light lunch downstairs at ร‰levage for a light lunch and a cocktail. We haven’t been drinking since October (with the exception of a few on Christmas and NYE) because of Hubs diet. 

Hubs surprised me with a beautiful story about us and our life together-how we started, where we were and where we are going. It was the sweetest story and then….…he gave me a ring. Why is this special, you ask? I stopped wearing my engagement ring about 10 years ago because the prongs shifted and I was afraid I was going to lose the stone.  He found my hiding place for my important and precious jewelry and had it set in a new band. The two outer rings are my existing wedding bands and the center ring is my new engagement ring in the new setting!  Total UGLY crying went on at that moment.  I can’t think of anything more special that my husband has done for me…and he has done A LOT of special things over the years! Truly from his heart (and his wallet,too!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚).

The special afternoon set the tone for a special dinner at Ulele. (You-LAY-lee). 

It’s a restaurant with a fusion of Floridian fare right off of the Hillsborough River in Tampa.

This is Ulele….and her story….

Pocahontas ain’t got NOTHING on Ulele!!! #FLwins

The food was nothing short of perfection! We had two wonderful appetizers of Pulpo Carpaccio (yes…octopus!!) and Lollipop chicken…

The octopus was new for me and it was GREAT!! 

Dinner brought even better food….

Miguel had the 10oz filet (sorry…no pic!) and I had the Crackling Pork Shank.

OMG!! Died!!!!!

We had a blast at this place! Please…PLEASE make this restaurant a place to go if you are in Tampa!! 

Leyva STAMP OF APPROVAL!!!

Sunday started out in the AM with a fitness center visit for the both of us. Hubs was on the DREADmill for a 3 mile walk and 2 mile run for me….(PS…this was the first time EVER that Hubs and I were in the gym together! Like in the 20+ years we have been together….#mindBLOWN)

I have a 8k in 2 weeks (Gasparilla) and a 10k a week after that (Promise Run). 

After breakfast, we did some walking around the mall…did a little shopping ( I may or may not have sneaked into Tory Burch and picked up an item) and before we knew it…lunch time!!! We stopped at Miguelito’s Taqueria y Tequilas.  Both of us have wanted…craving Mexican food.  This place did not disappoint! I’d never been to the place before but Hubs had and he always steers me in the right direction when it comes to food!! Sorry I have no pictures because I scarfed it ALL down! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hubs had another surprise up his sleeve for the evening.  At the Epicurean, there is a theatre where events are held, cooking demonstrations and so on. Hubs signed us up for “Love by Tipsy Candle Light“.  It was a candle making session, with wine and cheese, hosted by a local company, Tipsy Candle Company. This company uses 100% soy wax and essential oils to make candles.  All natural and all good!!!  Why the name Tipsy?? Because they recycle the wine bottles from the hotel and use them as the candle holder!! How fun is THAT????

We were able to make 4 candles- picking one of the 4 essential oils they provided and then making a scent of our own from the other selection of oils.  And…if they liked any of the original candles, they would sell it!! Hubs selected “Mimosa” and his special scent was a combination of Tahitian Vanilla, Bergomot, and ? (which was a mystery scent). I selected “Vanilla Mandarin” and my special scent was a combo of Tahitian Vanilla, ? (the mystery scent), and Georgia Peach.  Sadly we didnt win…BUT…we walked with four candles!!! #winning.  They all smelled so good!! 

Hubs had THE best weekend planned for us! I had a BLAST and it was nice to have the time away for just us!! โค

Oh…let me just point out something. Remember I said Hubs and I have been on a diet since October? It started the last time we stayed at the Epicurean in October.  This is us that weekend….

And this is Hubs now…

70 pounds lighter (or later)!!! Can you believe it??? I am so proud of him!!! 

Hope you all enjoyed your Valentine’s Day! 

What did you all do to celebrate??? โค


****DISCLAIMER- I have not been compensated for anything included on this post. All of the opinions are my own.

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Happy New Year!! At what point do you stop saying that?? I mean….I haven’t seen you guys since “last year”, so it’s only appropriate that I greet you this way, correct? This blog hiatus was not on purpose (I know you weren’t DYING to know what I was up to!)….life just got in the way!! But I miss blogging and slowly moving my way back to regular posting! 

I forgot my Blogiversary during my hiatus! 3 years has gone pretty fast since I started this little venture.  

I realize now that just being me, (I think) is what people relate to and keeps you guys coming back to read. I hope that I am also inspiring some of you to know that you CAN do it…with all that life throws at you!! I strive for this every.damn.day!!! 

What have I been up to??

In my endless pursuit of weight loss, I started changing my eating habits with Hubs. He started a diet plan called Shake it Off.  (***DISCLAIMER: No compensation was received for this post. These are my own opinions regarding this plan.). Essentially….proteins, low and correct carb selections, lots of veggies, no sugars, no ALCOHOL (wahhhhh!!)..you get the idea.  He has a plan different than mine because right now, he’s not working out because he has a lot of weight to lose.  I wanted to support his weight loss and to help make the transition smoother for him.  This is the first time Hubs has been serious about his weight and how it can potentially worsen his health in the future. His “why now?” was he was tired of being overweight.  He made a committment to lose it and keep it off!

 My “plan” is just a few things that I have cut out and continuing to work out. 

What have I removed?

  • Sugars
  • Alcohol
  • Awful snacks (oh…Tortilla chips, how I have missed THEE!)

What have I added/changed?

  • More veggies
  • Eating every 3-4 hours
  • More water
  • Less snacking 
  • Learning how to substitute items in meals (HELLOOOO…cauliflower rice!)

As of today, Hubs has lost 60 pounds! We had to clean out his side of the closet because his clothes looked RIDICULOUS on him! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Before….

Now…I’ve always thought (and STILL think) he’s handsome! I just think it is even more handsome that he’s taking care of himself…all by himself!! He will be at his goal by March.

I have lost 12 pounds as of last week. I weigh tomorrow, so I’ll see! I have 8 more to go….๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

This morning was my first race of 2017……around beautiful Lake Hollingswoth in Lakeland,FL.  This race was a 5k hosted by Run4One, to raise awareness about human trafficking.   I did this race last year- another great race for an GREATER cause.  My friend, Katelyn and her BF, joined me for this race. They CRUSHED it!! I had a PR at this race at 30:05.  I would have been sub-30 this race, but I felt like my tank was emptying towards the end. I should have/could have pushed on through….but I am happy at the prospect of sub-30 again! I’m coming for you next time!!! 

Thanks for staying and coming back on my mishap adventures! Thanks for celebrating the busyness of motherhood. Thanks for watching my miles getting bigger, faster and making me stronger!! 

How has your Saturday been?

Oh…it’s basketball season!! We are watching a crap load on this house!! My Gators lost today to Vandy๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข.

But some others are pretty happy about an up coming game tonight..It’s Hubs versus Julian! Who’s gonna win??? 

Sunday Share

Sunday share on a Monday….because I forgot to post here!!  ๐Ÿ˜‚. Figures I would…

Enjoy the latest post from my sister’s blog! 

Have a great Monday and I will see you after Turkey Day!! Have a blessed holiday with your family! Thanks for reading! โค๏ธ

Something New

I am all about trying some new stuff, so this weekend I tried YOGA! A local Lakeland yoga studio, The Balance Culture held a free yoga session outside at Florida Southern College.  Saturday was a beautiful day here in the Sunshine State! I love when the weather changes!

Nothing but CLEAR skies, today!!!


Some of Lake Hollingsworth


Our AWESOME instructor!


The Balance Culture is a ladies studies that offers yoga, Pilates, Barre and HIIT classes!  I’ve never been in the studio but I have wanted to try yoga with them!  They do these free yoga sessions frequently, so I jumped at the chance!!  There were many ladies out there and I loved that it was a mix of ladies: different ages, some or no experience,  even a few gents showed up! 

I dragged two of my friends with me:

Leslie (L); Me; Leandra (R)

We all needed this morning out! #busyMOMS

I’m not going to lie, but I was apprehensive about taking this class.  Mobility (and therefore flexibility) are not my strong point. I don’t dedicate enough time, before or after activity! #myfault. I’ve done yoga tape before when I did P90x about 6 years ago. But…it was 90 minutes and I was bored out of mind! So much so, on those days that yoga showed up on the schedule, I skipped it! Yoga and I didn’t start off well….but I was willing to try again!

The class was about an hour and I learned some new poses and reconnected with some old ones! 

What movements/poses I knew before:

  • Downward Dog
  • Warrior Pose
  • Tree Pose
  • Upward Dog

What movements/poses I never knew:

  • Warrior Pose (there’s 3)
  • Chair Pose
  • Happy Baby Pose (that’s an interesting one!!)
  • Cow face Pose
  • Eagle Pose
  • Fire Log pose

There are so many more that I learned that can’t remember! I found an online source, called Yoga Journal, to help with the poses and keep my mind fresh for the next time. 

Some shots from yesterday…

It really was fun and was so happy that my friends were able to join in! I really learned how much I need to work on mobility and how it can benefit me during this health/fitness journey.  I can’t wait to get to the studio to do it again! Right now, I’m just waiting for DOMS to set in!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

What kind of fun did YOU have this weekend??

Happy Sunday and thanks for reading!โค๏ธ

ย High School Heartbreak ๐Ÿ’”

It happened…yes it did!!! But not in the way you think, because it isn’t me.  My oldest is in 9th grade and this has been such an eye opening, confusing, heart wrenching few months.  I’m glad I did HS back then and NOT now.  Where to I begin???

J decided to try his hand at football at the beginning is the year…long story short, it wasn’t for him. Much to my chagrin, he quit the team.  

  • Lesson 1- Quitters never win.  Because he is a basketball player, he had that to fall back on to stay busy.  Unfortunately at his school, if you quit a team, you can’t participate in another sport until the previous sport you quit is OVER! So, he couldn’t do any preseason basketball work outs with potential teammates! This is why we teach the boys to not quit because there will always be consequences. It killed him that he could do anything with his sport until football season was over. He thought he was being punished for quitting.                         ๐Ÿ’”Heartbreak #1๐Ÿ’”

Finally, basketball tryouts come because football season is officially over.  J is excited and ready to show his skills.  End of the week, he’s told he unofficially officially made the JV team. He is over.the.moon!!! This decision was more special than you think because last season he was our because he broke his arm and required 2 surgeries.  This killed him!!!  But he worked hard and was back at it before long and playing ball a mere 4 months later. See why THIS decision was so great and important?? Well….2 days later he was cut! Why???? Apparently some other players from the football team still wanted to try out and that meant pushing some of the poor Frosh out…including mine! ๐Ÿ˜ข. I’m not going to lie, I WAS HEARTBROKEN for him.  I mean tears, people!!! ๐Ÿ’”Heartbreak #2๐Ÿ’”

  • Lesson 2- There is a REASON for everything. I believe this to be true but it is damn hard to to beleive it when it is happening to someone you love! I can’t “fix” this…I can’t make this “better” and this is one of those life lessons that prepares you for…well…LIFE! We have to fall in order to get back up!                           ๐Ÿ’”Heartbreak #3๐Ÿ’”
  • Lesson 3- Be the bigger person. This one was hard for me too! My son was offered to be the Team Manager of the Varsity team.  Wtf???? How about my spot on the team??? But I will say that in all of my/ our parenting flaws, I/we must have done something right.  He accepted the position because (and I quote) “I want to show them how dedicated I am to this sport that I love. And they are going to know I want to be on this team next year. And they won’t forget my work.” No question…without a shadow of a doubt, this kid is a BETTER person than me!  I would have told them where they could put that manager position.๐Ÿ˜‚. But he….he took it and he pridefully gets to be a part of the sport he loves and will (and I quote) “use this to fuel myself to get better and show them I mean it!” ๐Ÿ’“Heart OVERJOYED!!!๐Ÿ’“

He has only been in HS since August and he has had so many lessons in life just within that short period of time.  I love this kid with all my heart and soul and I know this is all part of the plan to get him to his goal.  This kid is pretty amazing and has taught me a lot!   “Laugh at it,  Mom. Make jokes so that way, it shows that you’ve moved on and that people see that it doesn’t bother you“.  
Well played, J! WELL PLAYED!! โค๏ธ 

Thank YOU for teaching ME how to be a better person!