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Since Fall is here in the Sunshine State, it is easier (for me) to be successful running in the morning. It was a BEAUTIFUL 67 degrees this morning!!! My friend, Leslie and I decided today was the day to get back at it! Plus…we always try to do either a WOD or run for her birthday (Nov. 8th).  We ran Summerlin Academy 5k.  It was held to benefit the veterans of Polk County (FL).  It was a small race because unfortunately there was another race going at the same time!! And when I say small, I mean like, 12 people! I’m sure they were expecting a better turn out, but it was a great reason to run, so….let’s do it!!! 

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Pretty, isn’t it?? It’s a very nice park in Bartow (FL). It was a first for me! Little tidbit– I found out about a year ago that this park was named after one of my good friends, Leandra’s Great Grandmother. I know someone who is related to someone famous! 

I ran a very good race today…at least for me since I have really just been back to the gym and running consistently for about 2 weeks.  I’m excited to be back! The student cadets helped us manuever our way from the school, to and through the park, and back.  I was a little nervous because I just knew I was going to get lost and maybe end up back home if I didn’t pay attention! 

I got a side stitch in mile 2 which caused me to make my only walk of the race. It was a brief walk but I’m determined to getting my breathing and pace synced, so I wont do that again!  PS- I’m NOT knocking on those that do walk nor do I think it’s a bad thing! I just don’t walk in my races and for me…don’t want to make it a habit. Just my opinion for what I want for ME. 

Average pace: 10:06
Not bad for the first race of the season for me.  I have my eyes on the prize for better numbers, so hopefully I won’t disappoint! 

Oh yeah…First in AG and second for Leslie! Nevermind that we made up the AG..😂😂 #winning

It was such a good race to start back! Can’t wait until the next one!

How’s your Saturday been?? Any races you want to share??

Thanks for reading! ❤️


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Weekend Fun

Happy Wednesday!  How is the post weekend fun on Wednesday, you ask? Because I’m just getting to the post!! 😂

Hubs and I managed a little get away his past weekend.  This was all planned prior to Hurricane Matthew. Fortunately, the Tampa Bay Area only got some wind and rain- nothing atypical for rainy season.

Hubs did well once again and booked us at the Epicurean Hotel in our SoHo (Historic Hyde Park).  One of our favorite resturants, Haven, is in the area, but we have never stayed the weekend, so this was a treat! 

How cute is room??? Can I have my room like this??? 

Coffee and Spirits bar….

Our favorite…vodka! 

Hubs planning attack…of food and bar! 😂

We decided to go down to Élevage to see what they had to offer.  We sat at the bar for happy hour and snacks..

…and of courseVodka! 

Saturday night we returned to Élevage but for dinner. I had the best tomato soup EVER for an appetizer It was a roasted tomato soup with fregola (a type of pasta from Sardinia) and baby tomatoes.  The bowl was brought to the table and poured hot (over the fregola and tomatoes) from a ceramic container at the table.  And those 3 thingys in the soup?? Grilled cheese soldiers! A nouveau twist on a timeless classic! 

Hubs and I decided in the dinner for two:

Dry aged Porterhouse steak (from Bern’s right across the street) with horseradish potatoes, pork belly creamed spinach and onion rings.  A side of a Cabernet – Rosemary steak sauce completed the meal. Wow…..was a THAT to die for!!! 

As if dinner wasn’t enough, across the plaza within the hotel, is a dessert place Chocolate Pi.Note the symbol for Pi and not the traditional pie! Love it!! Ready to see what kind of trouble we got in here????Clockwise: Wedding cupcake with vanilla bean frosting; cookie dough macaroons; dark chocolate Bon Bons; milk chocolate and peanut butter Bon Bons.

#nuffsaid

We ended our evening indulgence at the hotel’s roof top bar EdgeI wish my phone could have shown you the night view from the roof! Maybe when I get that iPhone 7… Hint hint!! 

Sunday brought brunch at the same restaurant (guess we liked it,huh?)Bon Jour, Croque Monsieur! Have you had or heard of this dish? It’s ham, brioche and mornay (Béchemel sauce with Gruyère cheese). Oh.em.GEE! Topped with some mixed greens! It was an instant favorite! 

Overall, you can see we had a great weekend together.  If you are in the Tampa Bay Area, make your way to Historic Hyde Park and see these places and more!

We LOVED it!!

Thanks for reading! ❤️

Sunday Share

Here’s my latest post from my sister’s blog!

❤️ Let’s take a moment today to say prayers and give thoughts to all those affected by Hurricane Matthew. ❤️

Happy Sunday and thanks for reading!❤️

Hey There! 

Thanks for hanging around during my drought from blogging!  It’s been hectic juggling two ACTIVE kids in two different schools!   I will admit that it is challenging, but I am trying to make it all fit.  

About 2 weeks ago, I was challenged a friend of mine to participate in a 22 day challenge of push ups! Why in GOD’S name would you do that?? This brings awareness to the fact that “on average 22 veterans committ suicide every day”. EVERY.DAY. You can find more information and how to do your part at www.22kill.com

I’m just doing my part to help raise awareness. It’s small…but I feel good about it.  The idea is to challenge other friends to join in, but I’ve run out of people that I KNOW will do it.   I lose friends in the FASTEST way!😂 

I am on Day 14 and I have challenged myself to get through the 22 push ups UNBROKEN! I don’t know if I will make it, although I am currently at 17, I’m going to try my hardest to get there! 

​I laughed because my Dad said something funny (to me) to my oldest about the belch he heard! The belch wasn’t funny, but my father’s response to it cracked me up! Teenage boys…..

I did the challenge after my run yesterday…. ….and finally was able to run with Leslie before we had to put our Mommy hats back on! We haven’t run together in about a month! I was so excited to get this itty bitty run in!! 

The weather has been a little cooler in the early evening, so the runs don’t feel so awful!  I got 2.5 miles in on Monday and it was epic! #thanksFALL

This weekend, I plan one more run and to get back on track with my 22 minute Hard Corp DVD. <—-More on this later!

Thanks for sticking around and reading!❤️

What have you been up to since we last saw each other? 


Sunday Share

Hey guys!!! I’ve been AWOL for a few weeks, but I’m BAAAA-ack!  Over scheduled as usual…

Here’s my latest post from my sister’s blog!  

If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out her LuLaroe FB page, check her out! (LuLaroe~Monica Vignier).  She’s still in queue -ahem…waiting patiently- for her merchandise to share.  In the meantime, she has contests and giveaways that you can win some LuLa Cash or free clothes! You will make this sister a very happy sister by helping out my new LuLaroe consultant. 😉. 

I started off my Sunday leaving Sarasota (FL) after J’s basketball camp.  Per routine, Starbucks was in the plan. The barista OBVIOUSLY knows me well in Sarasota (I don’t live here, btw)….and totally upgraded my tall coffee to a venti. #theQUEENhasarrived #notQueenB #QueenA 👸🏽😂

Happy Sunday and thanks for reading❤️

Sunday Share


Here is my latest post from my sister’s blog!

Plus…a big Happy Birthday to my very fashionable Mom!Isn’t she just the cutest Mom, ever?? Work that Cassie, Mom!!!  You can see where my sister gets her fashion sense from!! 

Hope your holiday weekend is great and thanks for reading!!! ❤️

Sunday Share


Here’s my latest post from my sister’s blog. 
Happy Sunday and thanks for reading!❤️

Most importantly, Happy Birthday to my niece, Jolie!!!  She’s 7 today!!!

The rose amongst some of thorns!!! 😂😂

We love you!!!!❤️

When did I……?

…..become a parent of a high schooler?

J’s first day at Santa Fe Catholic High School. This is a new school for him, so first day in another way as well. I am beyond nervous for him but he seems confident and ready for the new experience. Prayers, people….PRAYERS!! 

….become a parent of a 4th grader?

Aidan’s first day of school at St.Joseph Catholic School.  This is the first time Aidan has not gone to school with his brother.  He had mixed emotions…happy that he’s the only brother left at the school but sad that he’s the only brother at the school!!! 

….become a football parent AS WELL as a basketball parent?

J decided he wanted to try football this year.  I figure it can’t hurt…well…it CAN hurt really bad!!!  (He’s nursing a muscular injury now because of learning to tackle!  No practice today but back tomorrow…). But it can’t hurt because he is getting great conditioning for basketball and if he doesn’t like it, he gained some experience about another sport! Win WIN in my book! 

….have a child that wants to be a swimmer too??
Aidan spent a month with my sister in VA.  His cousins swim and he desperately wants to swim now! With a month there and swim camp for 6 weeks, we are in swim mode to try and get on a team (or so HE says!). He swims every Saturday at the Y and he loves it! We shall see….

….forget how to use a lock for a locker in school?

I’m totally aging myself here but I remember going “3 turns to the right, 2 turns to the left, 1 turn to the final number”. Over 20 minutes trying to open this damn thing….only to find out you don’t do this ANYMORE!!! Wha????? 

…..become the person that signs up for TWO races in one weekend!!

Yep…while J was figuring out his lock I was registering for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend run.  I did the 10k last year and was all too excited when I received the email that sign up was August 9th at noon. You know what I did??? I signed up for the 5k AND 10k!!! It’s costly but I am going to run with some girlfriends from HS and plan on making it a girls weekend! All too excited!!  I need the motivation to get back and what a perfect way!

I am sure this school year will many more firsts, so maybe there will be more “When did I…..?“posts in the future!😉

How was your day??? Did anyone have some first day of school stories???