Hello 2016! I am so excited to see what is in store this year. Last year was pretty damn good and I know 2016 will be even better. I was talking to my husband and oldest daughter last night as we waited for the countdown and asked them if they had any new year’s resolutions. Both replied no, lol. It made me think of mine and if I should even have any. I decided to have a few personal goals but mainly to step back and enjoy everything that is in my life. The good and the bad. There really isn’t any bad, it is how we handle things when they don’t go our way. I read that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. This year and moving forward I am going to be more aware of how I handle things. Cheers to new beginnings and going with the flow! (most of the time) Do you have any resolutions for 2016?
Last April, I was talking with another mom of 3 and I noticed that her body had changed a lot since the last time I saw her. (Especially her booty) I asked her what was she doing. Her response, she used the ballet bars to get her pre-baby body back. I knew I had to try it out for myself. I was a little nervous because the last studio I went to had different levels and the higher the level the more competitive it felt. Yes I was afraid!
Now there are several barre methods out there and you have to find the one that works best for you. Most gyms offer barre classes too. I personally prefer Pure Barre. Pure Barre is the fastest most effective way to change your body.
I signed up right away for the first month unlimited and I got hooked. It is amazing how using light weights, breathing techniques and lots of tucking can really transform your body. After eight classes I saw a difference and I knew this was the perfect workout for me. I love the instructors, the studio is always clean and the more you go, the better you feel. So if you are looking for a way to get that body back try Pure Barre!
*Pictures via Pinterest
Serves 12 Champagne flutes
• 2 cups sugar
• 1 cup water
• 1 bag frozen peaches, thawed or 6-8 fresh peaches, sliced
• 1.5 cups of pitted cherries
• 3-4 (750-ml) bottles chilled Prosecco or other sparkling wine (tip: If you’re substituting with a very sweet sparkling wine, you may want to skip the sugar syrup as it may it be too sweet.)
For the syrup: Stir the sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and becomes a syrup (takes about about 5 minutes.) Cool completely.
For the puree: Puree the peaches and cherries in a blender with 1/2 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed strainer and into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
For each serving, pour 3-4 tablespoons of the peach/cherry puree into a Champagne flute. Slowly pour enough Prosecco into the flute to fill. Gently stir to blend. Garnish with a slice of peach or a cherry.
Do-Ahead Tip: The fruit puree can each be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.
After the bowling event we wanted to do something special that would put a smile on a breast cancer survivor’s face. This morning I had the opportunity to shower a mom of 2 who is currently battling breast cancer for the second time with a few gifts. I met her through a mutual friend and after hearing her story it made me realize how blessed I am. Her strength and faith in God keeps her pressing on. When I asked her last week what would be a treat for her she replied, “A Pink Dress to where to church!” It’s the little things! You might not be able to help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Happy Friday!
A few days ago I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with breast cancer survivor Sandy Muller. I met her through a friend while I was looking for a foundation to donate the proceeds of this year’s bowling bash. It is one thing to talk to someone on the phone but to sit down in person and listen to her story was so inspirational. She is a phenomenal wife, mother and now grandmother. You never know what people go through until you listen to their story. After talking with her for a little over an hour I walked away even more charged and pumped up to serve women in need. As moms, wives, daughters and friends we all go through a lot but it is during those tough times that we are stretched to our true potential. Sandy’s battle with breast cancer led her to creating a foundation that services women who are going through treatment. There are so many women uninsured or left with little to no funds after being diagnosed. The Sandy Muller Foundation provides funds to women who qualify for assistance. They help with bill payments,medical expenses, groceries, child care, etc. If you or someone you know may need assistance visit sandybmullerbreastcancerfoundation.org. You can also make a donation online.
The older I get the more I come in contact with women battling breast cancer. Do you want to help out but not sure of what to do? Here are a few tips that can help you help someone going through treatment.
1. Offer a ride to treatment.
2. Prepare or purchase food for a few days. (This helps especially when kids are at home)
3. Make a care package with goodies like lotion, soap, toiletries, and a good book.
4. Gift cards always come in hand.
5. Let them know that you care and are there for them. A simple handwritten note can put a smile on anyones face.
Part of being a fabulous sporty momma is taking care of yourself. As moms we put ourselves on the back burner and a lot of things get neglected. I made an effort over the past few months to take better care of my skin. I have always had pretty good skin but I am prone to hormonal breakouts. A routine check up led me to a new dermatologist that is amazing. I scheduled a facial the following week and had great results. The esthetician recommended that I try the HydraFacial next time. So of course 6 weeks later I went in for my treatment. It was not what I expected at all. There was this loud machine that basically did all of the work. After 45 minutes I was done and my skin looked fabulous. If you are looking to brighten your skin check out hydrafacial.com.
*Pictures via pinterest and google
In 2013, I planned the first Sporty Mommas Charity Bowling Bash in honor of my Auntie Karen Pendergrass that was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32 and passed away at 39. She was a beautiful wife and mother of two very active boys (now men). While battling this disease she never skipped a beat or even let most of us know that she was fighting cancer. Her beauty, strength and love for others especially her sons, resembled a true Sporty Momma. On September 30th join us as we raise funds to not only fight this disease but help those that need our support. To purchase tickets or make a donation click here!
With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, we can officially say Fall is here. Ok in Miami it will be Summer until like November, but we can still enjoy some of this Fall’s Fashion trends. One thing that you will see over and over again is FRINGE. I don’t know why everyone loves fringe. I personally don’t like feeling like something is crawling on me lol. It is what it is. Another trend is RED. Shades of red and burgundy are really hot right now. From lip color to fringe boots and don’t forget those haute bags. So if you are looking for a color choose red! Here are a few of my favorite Fall trends from Neiman Marcus. Think it is time for a new red pair of Louibittons. Happy shopping!
Tom Ford $52
Christian Louboutin $675
Tamara Mellon $1100
I can’t believe that it is August already. It seems like we were just celebrating the last day of school and this morning I was ordering school supplies. I must say that this was one of the busiest summers ever. We went on 4 trips in 8 weeks. From Disney to Domincan Republic to Nassau we got our travel on. I am so thankful for the opportunity to travel and spend time with my family and friends. Now it is back to alarm clocks, packing lunches, carpool, homework, soccer practice, homework, tutoring, dance, homework…..I think I am already over the homework. I hope that you all had a great summer!
Ok it is no secret that I love to shop! I just admitted it on Facebook the other day that I am a shopaholic! Last week I cleaned my closet and took 3 bags full of clothes and shoes to Goodwill. Yes I had to make room for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!!!! I am going to try my hardest to only buy the stuff that I really need. One bag, a pair of sneakers, a few tops and bottoms and accessories for the house. Here are a few of my favorite items on sale. Happy Shopping!
Kate Spade Stud $24.90 Reg. price $38.00
Dior Addict Exclusive $33.00
Enzo Angiolini Sandal $64.90 Reg. price $99.95
MAC Travel Brush Set $52.50 ($170 value)
Voluspa Candle Trio $29.95 Reg. price $40.00