Weekend wrap up

October 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Saturday morning, before we went to Hunsader Farms, I actually went to the gym! The YMCA, to be exact.

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My friend Tori is a BodyCombat instructor there, and she posted on Facebook that they were doing a new launch and the class on Saturday morning was free. I have been meaning to check out the YMCA now that we live 10 minutes closer to it. I took Tori’s Facebook post as a sign that I needed to go.

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When I got there a BodyPump class was going on. It made me miss it.

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Here’s Tori looking all tough in her Combat colors:

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I love how much space there is at the Y. They were able to leave the BodyPump class set up on one side of the gym and have our Combat class on the other.

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Then we punched and bounced and sweated for an hour.

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Of course it was a lot of fun and in the end I decided to just go ahead and sign up for a membership (the registration fee was being waived through the 15th…so I saved $79).

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They have my beloved Les Mills classes, tons of my friends work out there, it’s only 10 minutes from my house, and the facilities are awesome. Indoor swimming! Also, it’s $10 cheaper a month than Gold’s. So goodbye Gold’s, hello YMCA.

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Thanks for the motivation Tori!

On Sunday morning Cal helped me make Pumpkin Almond Flour Pancakes.

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The recipe is from my friend Julie’s blog Peanut Butter Fingers. Julie is also a Florida blogger and we have met at several conferences.

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I left out the honey so they would be #NSNG (no sugar, no grains).

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I let the boys have maple syrup with theirs and they really liked them. I just had fruit with mine and I thought they were very good. I’m insidiously moving the boys towards a less grain-centered lifestyle without them even knowing it. Lately I’ve been giving them nuts instead of pretzels or crackers in their lunch. They love nuts, so they are still happy and don’t even realize what I’ve done.

In the afternoon yesterday the boys and I ran a bunch of errands


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Westshore Mall:

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I let them get kid-sized milkshakes at Evos in the food court.

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Big sales going on at Old Navy and at my favorite store, LOFT (I bought two tops and two skirts, all 50% off clearance). Of course I’m wearing a LOFT shirt while shopping in LOFT.

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After shopping we met my friend Steph of Orangespoken in the parking lot to do a veggie/$$$ exchange.

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It wasn’t elicit, but was part of a veggie co-op fundraiser that she is organizing for the month of October. I decided to suspend my regular Annie’s Organics co-op for a few weeks so that I could participate in Steph’s fundraiser. I got all of this for $25:

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The proceeds go to fight cancer in memory of her mother (#TeamJudy). There are still two weekends left if you would like to participate in the veggie co-op once or both weekends. I’m getting another share on the 27th. Check out the details here: Co-op for a Cure.

This morning I drove Mack to school so I’d have time to get ready for volunteering.

Today’s breakfast featured sweet potato/onion hash browns and homemade sausage:

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My OOTVD (outfit of the volunteering day):

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I graded spelling tests…

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put together homework packets…

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And cut out magazine pictures with “good characters and settings.”

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Mack got to eat lunch in his classroom today along with some other kids as some sort of reward for something.

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So I just hung with him for a little bit and then left to run some errands.

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First, I went by Gold’s gym to cancel my membership there. Luckily, that didn’t take long but unluckily my cancellation won’t be effective for 60 days. Bleh.

Next I ran by VisionWorks to get Cal’s glasses repaired.

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That took forever, but luckily they didn’t charge me anything.

Next I went by Fresh Market.

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The afternoon was spent running the boys hither and yon. Chad was off work today for Columbus Day (why is this still a holiday?), so he made dinner. Well, I roasted some veggies earlier in the day (amidst running around):

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mmmm, beets…

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And I marinated a bunch of steak in Tessemae’s Cajun Marinade (whole30 approved):


And I put these together:

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Chad cooked them.

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So he sort of made dinner. He also grilled some corn for him and the boys. I made garlicky green beans also (okay, so I made 80% of dinner, but it was nice to have him man the grill).

Yummy dinner. That marinade is awesome.

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That’s all I got today.


p.s. Just a reminder…this Sunday is the free, family-fun premier of Molly and the Hoola Monsters at Sunken Gardens. We’ll be there! The video looks really cute and I’m sure it will be a beautiful afternoon at the Gardens.


Puts a New Spin on Kids Fitness

Revolutionary Hoop Dance DVD Premiers October 20

[October 14, 2013: ST PETERSBURG, FL]: MOLLY AND THE HOOLA MONSTERS, a children’s hula hooping adventure and instructional DVD, premiers October 20 at Sunken Gardens (1825 4th Street North, St. Petersburg). This free ** , family-friendly event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. and includes: the DVD screening, a meet-and-greet with cast members, debut performance by the Mini Monsters Squad (kids’ hoop troupe), along with games and activities hosted by nationally acclaimed hoop fitness instructor and MOLLY AND THE HOOLA MONSTERS co-creator, Abby Albaum.

**edited: the event is not actually totally free. I copied this directly from their press release. However, in other posts about this event they have indicated that it will cost $8 to get into Sunken Gardens but kids will get in free for this event with an adult.

“The goal of the DVD is to instill a message of self-confidence and fun fitness through the art of hoop dance,” said Albaum. “Hooping with pro dance hoops burns an average of 420 calories an hour, so not only is it a ton of fun, it’s also the perfect way to keep kids active and healthy.”

In the making for more than two years, MOLLY AND THE HOOLA MONSTERS follows the story of Molly – the new kid at school – who discovers a golden tunnel that transports her to Hoolaville… a vibrant, funky village filled with super hooping creatures called Hoola Monsters. With each Hoola Monster that Molly meets, she builds her self-confidence and skills set.

MOLLY AND THE HOOLA MONSTERS includes bonus tutorials and original, dance-along music by Orlando-based funk band, Beebs and Her Moneymakers. The DVD also features 3-D artwork by Tampa visual artist, Bean Spence. Signature hoops in the MOLLY AND THE HOOLA MONSTERS line and DVDs are sold separately for $24.99 or as a hoop/ DVD package for $39.99 and will be available for purchase at the event. Starting October 20, the DVD and signature hoops will be available online at hoolamonsterkids.com.

Last week’s exercise and some other stuff

March 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I have only been blogging special events here this past week it seems. I’m VERY distracted by our new house hunt right now. I’ve looked at a bunch of houses this past week with our realtor. There have been several flurries of, “OMG Chad, you have to come see this house today!” I am vetting all of the potential houses first since Chad’s available time is so limited. But there is very little inventory in St. Petersburg right now and anything good is GONE very quickly, so you have to move fast. We’ve lost the opportunity to even make an offer on several houses because they went under contract before Chad could even see them. So anyway, I’m highly distracted and just not finding the time or inclination to blog about my usual mundane fascinating life.

I have a backlog of things I want and need to blog about, and I may be putting up some very short, public service announcement-type blog posts in the near future just to keep from getting so far behind. I mean, the main purpose of this blog is just to record the memories of our daily life before they slip away never to return. But the “new house hunt” distractions are not going to stop anytime soon so blogging is not going to be a huge priority.

With that said, here’s a run-down of the sweating that I did this past week with a few miscellaneous photos thrown in there for good measure.

Tuesday night was Restore the Core with the awesome Christie of Karna Fitness.

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Wednesday I went to a Yoga Sculpt class at Yoga Blu. This is a 90 minute class incorporating weights with traditional yoga poses. I’m starting to think all of the yoga classes at Yoga Blu are “hot” yoga. Both of the classes I went to this week seemed to be lacking any air conditioning. I was a dripping sweaty mess by the end.

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Of course I went to Publix that way to share my sweatiness with the world.

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On Wednesday afternoon I picked up our third Annie’s Organics share. This one was huge. I could barely lift the box.

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We also ran by Fit2Run Wednesday afternoon to pick up my race packet for the Honda Grand Prix 5K.

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My IRunMommies friends Kelly and Dawn were working the packet pick-up.

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I ended up not actually doing the Honda Grand Prix 5K in the end. I piled on a bunch of excuses: my friend who I was going to do it with got sick and I couldn’t verify that any of my other friends were going to be there; it was raining; my hip has been hurting all week since the Sarasota Half Marathon. The truth is that I got lazy and let those excuses sway me.

Saturday morning I went to a fundraising event at Above the Barre Fitness. My friend Maria, the owner, donated her time and studio for this class which helped to raise funds for a high school Relay for Life team benefitting the American Cancer Society.

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This morning the boys and I loaded the bikes into the back of the micro mini-van and headed to Outspokin Bicycles in south Tampa.

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This was supposed to be a “blogger ride”, but we were the only ones who showed up. J.P., the store guru (his official title I’ve been told), was really nice about it though.

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We rode through the pretty south Tampa neighborhoods until we came to the bay at Bayshore Boulevard.

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It was an overcast, humid morning, but it always feels good to be on a bike.

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I enjoyed chatting with J.P. during most of our seven mile ride.

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We stopped just before the bridge to Davis Island.

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The first half of our ride was quick and easy because we had the wind at our backs. After we turned around we were fighting some pretty challenging winds.

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We had a fun morning and celebrated by getting Dunkin Donuts afterwards. Thanks for meeting up with us J.P.!

Okay, caught up with all the mundane fascinating stuff. I still have a bunch of things I want to share but I am seriously preoccupied. I don’t want to jinx it, but we put an offer in on a house yesterday. There is also another offer on the table. We really want it. Keep your fingers crossed. This could become our new front porch:

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The anxiety and waiting are KILLING me!