Monday, March 29, 2010



What a great way to get your kids involved and have some FUN!!!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hi there! Did you all watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution?? I like the way he took on this challenge....Visually changed minds of parents and kids by taking them to mortuaries with caskets triple the size of a regular one. He threw tons and tons of LARD in front of the students to show what they are eating over the course of a school year. Jamie took all the frozen pizzas, mozarella sticks, ice cream, pita pockets, etc out of a parent's refrigarator and told her this is KILLING her children. She went and buried her deep fat fryer right after that!

I Am anxious to see what he does in the other schools in WV! What a challenge but I know it can be done! If we all work together, we can all lead healthy happy lives! :) Let me know your thoughts on the show.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oops...whoops....oowwwww! But a blessing of course!


If that is only what I said. Last Wednesday, I woke up at 5:30 to take my friend Kristin's kickboxing class. Went splendid as usual....rushed home by 7:00 am, took shower, got girls dressed and out the door by 8:15 and off to school. It was St. Paddy's Day and I was volunteering at my oldest daughter, Lindsay's preschool that day, all dressed in green and geared up with favors and treats for the kids in her class! Pulled into her school parking lot, unlatched my seatbelt, opened the car door and BAM~@#%$#@@$^^&&^%$#@@$**(((!

I had just broke, sprain, twisted, rolled my ankle severely! Getting out of my big'ol Momobile! ME! Are you serious?

Lindsay was crying....Mama, mama what happened????

I drove to the carpool line (BARELY) and (BARELY) made it the 5 miles back home.

Luckily, my husband was home and he took me to the ER where they found no breaks...just some crutches and the advice of REST and more REST (ugh!)

Today is Sunday and my foot is black and blue and I have numbness in my last three toes..... : (

But that is not the point of my post today....

I am so lucky to be able to have two legs that work...take me to family functions, dance recitals, preschool singalongs, playgrounds, pumpkin patches, strawberry fields, Disney World, etc.

Hopping on one foot these last five days has been quite a chore. Forget the gym, forget the walking to the park, grocery shopping, carrying my girls around, etc. I have not been able to do any of that! But, this experience has made me grateful that I am able to do those things, that I am blessed with a healthy body. And I will be back "on my feet" in no time!

This can't cramp my style much longer. I am going to push through this adversity, get on the recumbent bike, push out some heavy sets of chest, back, and arms this week!

SO its a blessing and a curse! But really just a blessing. Appreciation.Gratitude. The will to succeed no matter what!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

First Car = Personality Indicator??

Soooo...looking at old photos last night I came across a picture of my first car......ok, I did have a hand me down neon green Chevy Beretta first with a Fur is Dead bumper sticker (compliments of my environmentalist sister) but we had to trade that in and I Got to pick out my very own car.

I think I picked ME but in Car form? Is that even possible?

I picked out a Geo Tracker - which they don't make anymore. Why - you ask? Well its hard to replicate that strange uniqueness of an automobile......hence, me! Ahahahahahaha!

It was small, sturdy, survived many accidents, bumps, and again!

The little whip could barely make it over 80mph without!

It had a pink lighting stripe down the side to show that it even though it may be small, it could strike at anytime with a vengeance and could last in a fight even with a MACK truck! (My carpool will never forget that one!! ;)

The inside was cozy, had a great reliable soulful stereo, spirited, colorful confetti- like interior, had a lot of room to keep people comfortable and its greatest feature of all was you could take the top down at any moment to enjoy the view, the air, and all the world has to offer. The sky was the limit.

Little Miss Geo Tracker endured many wonderful experiences and mishaps but she is still around somewhere staying strong and following her dreams......

What was your first car?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

College is the longest vacation you will ever take.

Remember in elementary school, you got one vacation in the winter and one in the spring and then you got a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGG one in the summer! It was a time to be free, explore new hobbies, sleep in if you wanted to, take a nap in the middle of the afternoon, and decompress from your daily school routine! Oh yeah, in college, too - what a long 4 year spring break that was!!!

When was the last time you took a vacation?????

Boy, did we need a mini-vacation this weekend. The husband and I did not go anywhere special but we went to a special place in our minds. The point is, vacations can me tropical getaways, nearby b & b's, amusement parks, water parks, but also can be complete self care trips in your very own home! The girls went off to their grandparents while my man and I cleaned closets, garages, shopped, watched movies, sports, and just enjoyed each other's company. What a great weekend! Sometimes you gotta do it....clear your mind, sleep in, and RELAX.


book that tropical island vacation too....WE JUST DID! Atlantis here we come!

Oh and THANK the Lord for amazing grandparents!!!!!! :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Taking "that" LEAP OF FAITH!

As I sit in the ballet studio waiting room..listening to muffled princess tunes through closed doors, I realize I am taking a big leap of faith at this moment. Jillian, my youngest daughter, is in potty training mode and dancing away beyond those doors with Big Girl Underwear on. Well, one of two things can happen, she could be leaping and twirling away all the while having a soaked leotard or - gasp- a slight bulge in there too!! OR, she could get through the class DRY, giving her self esteem a boost and keeping her on track to graduating to Big Girl underwear. YEAH! Freedom!

Sometimes you gotta take that leap of faith. That chance. That opportunity you don't want to pass you by. At least you took the CHANCE!

I remember when my husband was deciding whether or not to start his own business. He could chose to stay with the company he was working with, have a base salary and bonuses or a risk of starting his own business with unlimited potential for money and growth. HE chose the latter and WHAT a wise decision that turned out to be!!! Sure, he was apprehensive, but he knew his POTENTIAL and he never turned back!

I know Jillian's potential. She is smart, strong and capable. WE ALL ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE! You can do anything you put your mind to. Thoughts are things. So go out today and try something! Take that leap of faith! No how small or large the task. You miss 100% of the shots you never take-----so go ahead......LEAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!

Monday, March 1, 2010

March - National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month!

MaxMuscle Sports Nutrition ( is the corporate nutrition sponsor for our non-profit, Fit & Healthy Schools. In 2008, my friend Corry Matthews (MaxMuscle Franchisee) and I wrote a nutrition curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students that is taught by Certified Max Muscle Nutrition Specialists when they visit the schools. I thought I would share with you one of the lessons we teach to our middle school students in honor of celebrating National Nutrition Month.

Do you know what protein, carbohydrates, and fats are? They are called
macronutrients…macho what? Macronutrients are essential nutrients that provide calories
or energy. It is important that we get these nutrients in on a daily basis. Let’s break them

Carbohydrate - Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel. Carbohydrates are
mainly found in starchy foods (like grain and potatoes), fruits, and vegetables. Other
foods like yogurt, milk, beans, nuts, seeds and cottage cheese contain carbohydrates, but
they also contain protein. According to the Dietary Reference Intakes published by the
USDA, 45% - 65% of calories should come from carbohydrates.

Protein – Protein is necessary for growth. Protein is made up of amino acids that build
strong muscles. Complete protein can be found in meats, poultry, protein powders and
fish. The USDA recommends that 10% - 35% of calories should come from protein.

Fat - Fat is found in meat, poultry, nuts, milk products, butters and margarines, and oils.
There are three main types of fat: saturated fat, unsaturated fat, and trans fat. Saturated fat
(found in foods like meat, butter, and cream) and trans fats (found in baked goods, snack
foods, fried foods) have been shown to increase the risk of heart
disease and should be avoided. Unsaturated or “Healthy” fats are
found in foods like olive oil, nuts, and canola oil. These fats
have been shown to decrease the risk of developing heart
disease. The USDA recommends that 20% - 35% of calories
should come from unsaturated fats.

This gives a short breakdown of what foods are comprised of. Many people go throughout their days not thinking of what they put into their bodies. This gives the students an idea of what they should be eating and how much of each macronutrient.
More nutrition lessons to follow this month! Stay tuned!!!

In health and love,