Spindle Top Spin turned Birthday


My friends and I were going to be riding 29 miles in the Spindletop Spin Bike Ride. Due to……you guessed it RAIN, it was cancelled. We were all pretty upset about this, but we were also okay with it. I had already registered and lost $30.00 out of it, so I was very determined to pick up my packet and t-shirt from the site that morning.

I had even bought a new helmet for the ride that I was super excited to wear! My friend Mary and I picked up my shirt and they offered one to her and our other friend Chelsey for free too! We were all super excited because the shirts were SUPER CUTE!

After we picked up our packet, we raced back home to finish a few things and then picked up Chelsey! It was her birthday this week so we were headed out to celebrate with her!

Our plan was to go paddle boarding, but due to the…..you guessed right again, RAIN….we had to change our plans.

We decided instead to go to a Paleo restaurant and then go rock climbing…which was a new adventure for us all!

We ate at this yummy place called “Corner Table” in Houston. If you haven’t tried it, you need too. It has paleo options to eat. I got the salmon, which came on top of some ravioli and let’s just say that I CLEANED my plate! It was so delicious.

After lunch, we found this cute little bakery that sold macaroons, so had to get some of these…

These little babies were not cheap, but they were oh so good! Check out the picture above, you notice the sky! Guess what it did on this day…..yep, RAIN!

After we ate our yummy treats and got some to go, we made our annual trip to Lululemon. I had 2 gift cards to here that I was so excited to use. The stuff in this store is not cheap at all, but all of there workout gear is worth the price! I walked out with 2 sports bars which I LOVE and a new pair of speed shorts, which are phenomenal for crossfit and running!


These two girls are amazing and I do not know what I would do without them!


Our next adventure was ROCK CLIMBING! We had never tried this before and wanted to take it on and see how we did!

There was quite a bit of trial and error! My old camp days were coming back to my mind from doing high ropes courses, but all in all we had a lot of laughs, sweating, climbs and great times. I would recommend this gym to try out! Try going on any day but Saturday though, because they tend to have a lot of birthday parties. It was quite crowded when we went.

Event though we couldn’t do the Spindle Top Spin bike ride, we still ended up having a great day with great friends celebrating Chelsey’s birthday!

Have any of your bike rides or races been rained out lately?

We are hoping to get in a couple more if it doesn’t RAIN! 

Happy Birthday US Army- Hero Wod


On Tuesday, I was able to participate in a Hero Wod at my crossfit gym. This wod was celebrating the United States Army birthday on June 14, 1775 and also honoring the victims  and families from the shooting in Orlando. The events that have been happening have really made me think about how grateful and lucky I am to live where I live. I feel like sometimes I am in a bubble and in my own little world.

My heart hurts for these families that have loved ones going through this. This Hero Wod is designed to make you work harder than your body thinks it can, to keep pushing to finish even though your head tells you to stop. It is designed to push hard for the victims and the people who put their life on the line each and every day!

This is how the wod went….


Complete as many rounds as possible in 60 minutes of:
17 power cleans, 135 lb.
75 squats
Unload the barbell and carry it 200m then Run 200m.
Return to the plates and then carry one plate 200m, then Run 200m. 

Retrieve the second plate, carry it 200m and reload the barbell for the next round.

You repeated this workout over and over again for an hour. If you had to leave at 45 minutes (end of class) then you could, but everybody in my class stayed and finished the full 60 minutes. It was hard, but I truly enjoyed this workout and knowing that I may not be doing alot, but I was doing something to honor these different occasions!


Thank you to the Army for putting your life on the line everyday for our freedom. Thank you to the men and women that went into the nightclub and sacrificed your life for the lifes of others. My prayers are with each and every family!

Moonlight Madness 2016


For the past 3 years my friends Mary and Chelsey have completed the Moonlight Madness Bike Ride. This bike ride is only 14 miles and it is a family friendly bike ride. It starts at 10 pm and goes throughout the local city near me. This ride is just a casual ride. Last year we had skateboarders riding with us. You will see people with really nice bikes, semi-nice and just plain jane bikes. Little kids ride this race as well as parents and grandparents. They have a rest stop at 7 miles and it is completely police escorted.

My friends and I love riding this race and try to make it a point every year to ride together. This year wasn’t any different and despite all the crazy weather we have been having, we were still able to ride.

The morning of the ride I wasn’t going to be able to go home to get my bike and make it to the ride, so I loaded up my bike at 6 a.m. I couldn’t see out my bike window, and it was hard to even see how to get my bike in the car, but I did it and I am a pro at it now!

There are always tons of people at this race, but it is very well organized.


When we got to the race we were all debating if we wanted to get the t-shirt or not. It was the same style as the last 2 years, but a different color. I didn’t want to, but thought it would be fun if we all had a different color shirt on.


The light blue shirt is the first year, the purple shirt was the second year and the shirt I am wearing is from this year! The shirts are super comfortable! We went to the start line and waited for the cops to tell us to go. There were not as many cops this year, so they informed us that we were going to be going a lot slower than normal and we truly did. You can not go ahead of the cop, since it is completely escorted. We made that mistake one year. oops.


The rest stop has all kinds of yummy treats and drinks. There are also restrooms located at the rest stop. I picked up a banana and could not believe how long the banana was. I placed it on my bike seat just so you could see a comparison of the size. After we saw that the cops were ready to go again, we lined up and started back for 7 more miles.

We finished the race out and it was 12:00 at this point. We were all exhausted because we had all worked that day as well. We headed home and were grateful and happy for another successful Moonlight Madness Bike Ride! Until next year…

Have you completed a bike race at night? 


Tour Lafitte….Did it Happen?


A few weeks ago I signed up for my first bike race of the season! I was so excited because I had been eyeing this race since last year! I registered for the 10 mile option. This race benefited the Special Olympics and was quite inexpensive compared to other bike races I have ridden in. My sister-in-law and her friend were going to be joining me. It is in Lake Charles, LA and I knew the route pretty well because we had ran some of it before for previous 5k’s and 10k’s.

I left around 4:45 am from my house with the bike in the back end of my car and was checking my radar like crazy. I was lucky enough to beat the huge storm that was coming and made it to downtown before it hit! IMG_4367

This is what the radar looked like and when I got there it was still pitch black. They were not going to call the race until 6:00 am. I had been talking to my sister-in-law already that morning and she was headed there. By the time she got there they had just decided to call the race. IMG_4803

I am quite stubborn and still wanted to ride. I continued checking the radar and saw that the rain was not coming just yet. I convinced my sister-in-law and her friend to ride for just a few miles and then we would turn around.  IMG_4804IMG_4805


Other people had the same idea as us. We had registered for the race and we still wanted to ride. We saw quite a few runners and bikers on the road. As we were turning to come back the lightning and thunder started. I was a little nervous at this time, and started to ride quite a bit faster.


We ended up making it back to the downtown area and crossed the finish line…..


All in all we biked around 5 miles. It was nice to get it in. We left shortly after that and coincidently the parking lot was very empty. We decided to go to Starbucks and we got there right on time. It started pouring down rain and we got stuck there for a little while. When we did decide to leave I was following my sister-in-law and we had to go around the mall parking lot to avoid the main road because it was completely flooded. We both drive larger cars, but we did not want to attempt to drive through the high water.

We ended up making it back to her house and I was able to hang out and hold this sweet guy!


He has already grown so much and is so precious!

Every time that my friends and I try to complete a race something happens….car troubles, race cancellations, freezing weather, etc. It make for an interested story each and every time and I truly love it!

Up next, Moonlight Madness Bike Ride…..Will it happen or NOT? 

Have you had any race cancellations this year due to the CRAZY Weather? 

Run Disney Virtual Running Shorts


I have never been able to attend a RunDisney race at Disney World or Disney Land, which makes me extremely sad! They fall at the wrong times being a teacher and not being able to take off that much time. It is quite hard! However, when I heard about RunDisney offering the virtual race I was extremely excited until I saw the price. Then, I became sad again. I knew it was a very high price, but I thought I would be patient and wait to register. It was a good thing I did. I asked my husband and he said OK, and I did not hesitate to register.

I am only planning on running a few races in the fall, depending on a few things that we are waiting to hear about, but I was not planning on running any 5k’s anytime soon. I registered for the series which includes the Shoes, Shorts and White Glove. If you complete all three in the series, then you also get a fourth medal and a Mickey tumbler! Uhhh…okay….no problem! 4 medals for 3 races.

rundisney virtual running series

I love that RunDisney is doing these virtual races especially because it is during the summer and I have time to run in-between swimming and doing crossfit!

Look how incredibly cute the bibs are……13346914_10101824631920188_543588848372405228_n

You can download these from their Facebook group and then if you want to save ink like I am doing, just screenshot them and add your name in with clipart on a photo editing app.

I think the races are sold out at this point, but if the bibs were not cute enough, look at how amazing the medals are….CjZkKfJWkAEzMnC

They released this picture on their twitter page and I loved them, especially the series medal! I know that most of the money is going towards the medals, but they are still super cute.

I was able to earn my yellow shoes medal today! I taught swimming this morning and then ran after that and boy was it hot, hot, hot!! My lungs were heavy and it was hard to breathe and I will not be doing that again! I felt like I was going to pass out, but I did it! When I finished I was desperate for water, so I sat outside in my backyard and turned on the sprinkler! My face was blood red! 13346374_10101824316936418_1314761507003306178_o

It is also Memorial Day today, which means that we should honor those service men and women who were never able to make it back home to their friends and family! Thank you to all the men and women who serve our country and fight for our freedom! May we never forget you! Both of my grandparents, my father, uncle and brother have all served in the service and I am forever grateful that I knew/know 5 out of the 6 of them!

I hope everybody has had a wonderful Memorial Day! Remember, it is not all about BBQ’ing and playing outside with friends and family!

Dream Big

Dream Big

I believe that the key to a happy life is trying to stay family/people who love me for the way I am. People who love me for what God made me inspires me to be the best  person that I am today. I am lucky to have family and friends in my life because they inspire me to live life to my fullest and to chase my dreams.

 My dream is to one day have one student come back and tell me I helped them or made a difference in their life and even if it takes 50 years, I know I’ll get there because I’m not afraid to dream big!


 While I dream big, I hope to inspire others by my positive attitude and uplifting spirit. I have many students each day that I teach/coach every day. I hope to one day have one of those students come back and show that I made a difference in the teaching world! I had a friend the other day tell me that my teaching style was strict but caring. The atmosphere in my room was different because she could tell that I cared about the students and their achievement!


That comment made me feel amazing! I try to work very hard to help my students…..long hours, lots of time at home, being away from family, putting other things to the side, etc.


All good teachers know that feeling at some point in their life. I love having students come back up to me year after year wanting me to teach them or giving me big hugs! I even have my junior high athletes doing that and I love it!



By working as hard as I can to be the best teacher I can day after day, even it means the kids have to see my cry, get upset or frustrated! It is all raw and students need to see that a teacher is normal! 

What I am loving Right now…..

What I am loving Right now…..

There are a few things that I am LOVING this summer. All of these items I have used for many years . I want to share with you these items incase you  have never used them or if you are in the market for something along these lines! 

The first one is my Erin Condren Planner. I have used Erin Condren for 3 years now. If you are a teacher and have never heard of these planners, please click on the link above and start using them. They are a little on the expensive side, but they are so worth it.

I am the type of teacher that likes to write out my plans before I type them in and this allows me to do that. It has calendar, notes, grids, folders and so much more in this planner. It is my go to planner and pretty much holds my life in it at this point in time. I just ordered my new one which is the one below and can not wait for it to come in! I also may have ordered a few more accessories to go with it, but you will have to wait and see.


This is just an example of what the lesson planning section looks like. It is amazing!


Something else I am loving right now is Bullfrog Sunscreen.


Since I teach swimming for about 2-4 hours out of the day for the month of July I am always on the lookout for a good sunscreen that I do not have to reapply every hour or so. Insert Bull Frog Sunscreen! If you have never used this stuff it is absolutely AMAZING! I have used their products for 3 years now in and out of swimming lessons. I recommend it to all of my students/parents that I teach. I have not burned in 3 years.

The downside to this sunscreen where I live is that it is hard to find. Luckily this year I have only needed 2 bottles and I have found them at Academy hiding behind other sunscreen. The one pictured above is my particular favorite because of how it sprays out with a continuous scary. I only use SPF 30, because SPF 50 can actually clog your pores.

The last thing that I am loving right now is my Eno Hammock!


I received the Eno Hammock as a birthday gift. I do not have any trees in my backyard, but I love this hammock. I figured out a way to hang it up in my backyard. You can hang this hammock up virtually anywhere as you can see above and below. It has adjustable straps on it and can be positioned any way. I have the double nest hammock which is like the one in the above left picture. It can fit two people in it. I love it and can not wait to use it in all different ways. It is quite hot outside right now to be laying out, but once those fall months come along I will be laying in my hammock quite often!

If you haven’t seen some of these products I hope you will check them out. These are all products that I have personally and have used numerous times!

Question: Have you used any of these products? If so, which one and what did you think of it?