Every Sporty Momma loves a hot handbag and this season’s bags are cray cray! The trend seems to be the more colorful, graphic and shapely the better. Oh and top handles are like works of art. This is the time of year that I start my holiday wish list so I am spending quite a lot of time browsing the internet and window shopping to see which bag will make it to my wish list. I personally think that Gucci is leading the way with this trend. Here are a few of my favorite bags! What’s your favorite? Happy Shopping y’all!
It is not easy trying to keep up with the hubby, kids, work, and well life. But I have learned that if you take care of your body first, it definitely helps. This is that hectic time of the year. Yes, the holiday season has arrived. The season where we go, go, go until we get so run down that we get sick. I am always looking for supplements that will boost my immunity. Did you know that two ounces of wheatgrass is equivalent to eating 4 pounds of green vegetables? It also has more vitamin C than oranges. Have you added wheatgrass to your weekly routine? I say weekly cause I am not going to front I haven’t used it daily just yet. I have seen some improvement with my digestion. Here are a few reasons why you should add it to your routine.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases energy
- Stimulates metabolism
- Immune System Booster
- Aids in digestion
- Anti-aging properties
Wheatgrass can be purchased at most grocery stores or your local juice bars. I love getting it already pressed at Jugo Fresh. It can run $2-$5 per shot. Some people like to juice it right at home. Whatever works best for you, I highly recommend adding it to your diet.
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For the past few months I have been on a quest to improve my overall health. You know like trying to find more natural products from healthier food options to cleaning products, to lipstick, skin care and yes deodorant. The food thing is fairly easy. Just buy organic and well…cook more often. Skincare is pretty easy with Beautycounter and Goop. But what about deodorant? Sporty Mommas can’t walk around smelling sweaty.
A few weeks ago I was in Urban Outfitters about to check out and saw Schmidt’s deodorant. If it is at the display near the checkout line you know it must be good. I picked up the Lavender and Sage because I love lavender and the color purple. The next day I was hesitant to put it on before my workout class. So I didn’t. I actually let it sit on my bathroom counter for a week before testing it out. When I finally did, I was pleasantly surprised. I went all day without smelling myself. Lol, I know it sounds gross but y’all know how it is. A few days went buy and it worked very well but I wasn’t crazy about the scent so this time I headed to Whole Foods (well I am there like every other day) and purchased a new scent. They have several scents to choose from but the Rose and Vanilla is my favorite. It is a little sweet and smells like flowers.
Schmidt’s is perfect for busy active moms and I feel good about bringing healthier options into my home. Schmidt’s naturals are made from plants and minerals, and are free of aluminum and artificial fragrances. They even make soaps and there are unscented sticks for those of you that don’t want the extra fragrance. So if you are looking for a natural deodorant I say give Schmidt’s a try. You won’t regret it.
Omg! The hubby and I are heading to a concert next week and I am so excited. But what should I wear??? I need something cute and comfy cause I plan on dancing all night long! Hear are a few of my favorites from Zara. Which one do you like?
I met Cindy a few years ago through a friend actually a fellow Fem when I was trying to connect with a local breast cancer charity. We spoke for about an half hour and I knew that she was special. She shared her story of survival and the work that she continues to do in Miami and around the world for women affected by breast cancer. She is currently working on filming a documentary. We have been trying to meet in person for about two years but something always comes up. This year I made the extra effort to make sure that I could get to her annual fashion show at Bloomingdales. After attending Blogalicious yesterday and waking up feeling under the weather, I knew that I had to keep it moving and get my a$$ to Bloomingdales. I still haven’t given Cindy a hug in person because I had to rush off to my son’s basketball game (#momlife) but I am so glad that I made it to the show.
The show wasn’t just fun it was educational. I learned that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. I learned that dogs can get breast cancer too. Did you know that most of the funds that are raised do not actually go to treatment or research? I also learned about METAvivor . METAvivor is dedicated to the specific fight of women and men with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. It is currently the only organization in the US dedicated to awarding annual stage 4 breast cancer research. Ironically, a friend of ours Lizzy is currently fighting metastatic breast cancer as I am learning about all of this. Lizzy is a beautiful mom of 2 that also needs our prayers and support. Her home was recently destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Her family has set up a gofundme page to assist with their unexpected expenses.
Throughout the fashion show, beautiful women (all breast cancer survivors) strutted down the runway. Most were moms just like us. Some were diagnosed as early as their late twenties. It was so amazing to see their strength and to hear some of their stories. It was inspiring to see them walk the runway with pride and radiate beauty. Watching them reminded me of my aunt Karen Pendergrass, who passed away at age 39 from breast cancer. She was a beautiful wife and mom of 2. She is the reason why I am so passionate about fundraising and finding a cure. I know that medicines are getting better and better but I pray that one day they really find a cure.
- Annual screening begins at age 40 unless your physician recommends it sooner
- Regular Exercise
- Limit Your Alcohol Intake
- Eat your fruits and veggies
- Consider taking the Brac Analysis Test
- Perform monthly self exams
- Control your weight
- Quit Smoking
Tamara & I
Don’t forget to schedule your mammograms!!!!!
This post is going to be brief but meaningful. So you know over the summer we traveled quite a bit. Needless to say, I didn’t work out that much. I actually counted how many times I worked out in nine weeks and well there were only 10. Eight barre classes and 2 jogs at the park. I know, not my original plan but hey things happen. So on Monday I decided that I would jump back into my workout routine with a bang and I headed to barre. I put on my favorite leggings and grabbed my swell water bottle. You know when you haven’t done something in a month it is going to be challenging. The class was intense but great. I felt all kind of pain later on in the day. I figured it was just soreness from not moving around much over the summer but after I forced my way to yoga on Tuesday, I realized it was more than your average soreness. Yes, I let the guilt of not working out much get to me and overdid it causing an injury. I pray it is not to serious and that a couple days off will work but the moral of this post is, don’t be to hard on yourself. In the end you are only hurting you. Ease back into your workouts and eating routines and be patient. Trust me or you will end up soaking in epsom salt! Lol!
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I’m thrilled to be in the 100 Club at Pure Barre! I was so excited on class #98 that I planned to celebrate my mark with one of my favorite barre teachers. I even went back to back and messaged her that I was coming to celebrate with her. This accomplishment said a lot about how far I have come this year. Normally by now I would have quit or started something new but I really LOVE Pure Barre.
Pure Barre is more than a 55 minute workout. It is fun, good for the mind, body and soul. I truly enjoy my results. (I am down 2 sizes) I also love that feeling when I walk into the studio and I know that I am doing this for me. So I have a confession. I am really on class 185 but they wouldn’t allow me to transfer classes over from the other studio. Needless to say, I was delighted to see my spot at the barre in pink fur and a sparkly pack of sticky socks! I have a long way to go to the next level but for now I will smile and enjoy this first milestone.
Top 5 reasons to try Pure Barre!!!
1. Almost instant booty lift
2. Great vibes in the studio
3. All levels are welcomed
4. Low impact but meaningful workout
5. Did I mention instant booty lift?
The Miami Marlins are excited to host the 2017 MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park! All-Star Week takes place this year between July 7th – July 11th there will be plenty of great events for the entire family including the just announced Electric Run MLB All-Star 5K, Presented by Nike and the MLB All-Star Zumba® Class with Zumba® creator Beto Perez. Go to BOTH for just $54.99 with this special offer. Click the link for more info – http://bit.ly/2t2EhdR So grab the kiddos and let’s have some fun!
About a month ago, Pure Barre announced that they would be doing a challenge leading into the holidays. In order to complete the challenge you have to take 20 barre classes in 31 days. Your reward will be an exclusive See your strong hat! My first response was oh that is easy. I will just take a class 5 days a week. I told my hubby I was going to do the challenge and he laughed. (He knows I don’t like to workout everyday) I said watch me. I got this!
The first week was easy. I was a little sore but I did 5 classes in a row. The second week became more of a challenge. The schedule of school activities and well #momlife came up. I ended up taking a class on a Sunday to keep up. By the third week I was starting to notice muscle toning that wasn’t there before. The back to back classes were bringing quicker results than ever before. Omg! I can see the finish line.
I am so proud to share that on Monday, I completed the challenge of 20 classes in 28 days! I feel great and I see a difference in my whole body. It was not easy and now the hard part is maintaining the results that I have gained over the past month. So I leave you with this. Set a goal and crush it. No pain, no gain! You got this!
I absolutely love athleisure wear and I love that a lot of the designers are creating pieces that can be worn in the gym or at the mall. The other day while shopping in Bloomingdales, I noticed that they changed a whole section to just activewear. I think that it is great that so many people are working out hard and want to look good doing it. Here are my favorite pieces from Beyonce’s Ivy Park Fall 2016 collection! I am obsessed with the denim jumpsuit. What’s your favorite? Shop