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! 😂

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

Have a GREAT Saturday!!!

🇺🇸 Fourth of July🇺🇸

Whew…that seemed like a blur! I really enjoy July 4th! It’s nice that we all come together, no matter what ethnicity, religion, background, and celebrate as AMERICANS!! I wish it was like this ALL the time……

We usually go to the parade in town. I’ll have you know that ours (in Brandon, FL) is the LARGEST in Florida (so I’ve been told and so has it been advertised!! 😃). The boys always look forward to it…

20140706-184923-67763138.jpgYou see the excitement! Gotta LOVE that!!

Many local businesses, school bands and organizations, local politicians (incumbents and ones that are running), anyone you can think of participates in this parade. It really shows what kind of community we live in.






Just a small sample of some participants. I didn’t get as many as I wanted because I was too busy having fun! This year they were celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the first high school in the area, Brandon High School.



You can’t go to ANY parade in the Tampa Bay Area without beads! You know like Mardi Gras in NOLA?

20140706-185627-68187472.jpgThe boys are WAITING for the beads!
I have a TON of beads…like…two plastic grocery bags full!
During the parade, candy is thrown with the beads, too. We have enough to last us until Halloween! 😉

After the parade, we go home and hubby ALWAYS hooks up a great holiday meal! We had fried chicken, BBQ Pork, fried fish, veggies, Mac and Cheese. Not exactly the healthy meal, but HEY…it only comes around once a year!! 😉. Oh…how can I forget…my hubby’s corn! This is literally my favorite!!

20140706-190137-68497915.jpgHe uses milk, butter, and sugar! OMG!! I really eat the corn more than everything else!!

And of course what is this holiday without fireworks?? Hubby picks the best kind….









20140706-190455-68695870.jpgWOO HOO!! They were great and the boys loved it!!

20140706-190609-68769477.jpgHAHAHAHAHA!! A little July 4th humor! I couldn’t resist…..

All in all, it was a great holiday with family. The only thing that is “sad” about this holiday….
School supplies are in the stores the VERY next day!!! #toosoon #notREADY #REALLY

How was your holiday??