Keeping Fit in the New Year

Halfway through February and my resolution is STILL in tact. HUZZAH.  Check out a simple way to keep your energy up while you are on the go.  As a busy teacher, mother of two, coach, and entrepreneur life doesn’t slow down.  If anything life has continuously become crazier the past few months… exciting as it may be I need to keep things on hand so that I don’t get HANGRY.

My workouts and goals of getting stronger each day are fabulous-but not fueling my body appropriately could easily derail my future plans.

Vita Tops- Snack

Supplementing Wellness in my Busy Life

Upper Body Workout

-3 reps 30 bicep curls

-3 reps 30 supermans

-3 reps 30 tricep extension

-3 reps 30 lats pull-down

I use three pound weights- gaining strength, definition, and not bulking up. It is a personal preference- one you should talk to your healthcare provider about before starting a regimen of your own.

Blueberry Vita Tops

Organic Muffin Tops

Deep Chocolate

VitaTops Muffin Tops

Vita Tops at Target

I found my VitaTops in Deep Chocolate & Wild Blueberry Muffin Tops at Target! You can find yours at your nearest Publix, Kroger, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, or Target locations.  I grabbed this healthy indulgence on my weekly trip to Target.  Love being able to keep my body fueled so that I don’t crash.

If mom goes down, the house goes down.

Here is a light-hearted video I created about my favorite flavor of VitaTops- Wild Blueberry.

CHECK HERE for a high value coupon and to find stores that carry them near you.

How are you doing with your New Year Resolutions?

Would love to hear from you.

PLUS- did you get the movie reference from the video? :)

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New Year Resolution- 2017 


Naot Footwear & Fashion Event

As a busy teacher and parent of two I love being able to pull an outfit together in a flash! Shoes are definitely a fabulous way to showcase your personal style and a rule I have is they MUST always be comfortable.  I love that I’ve found a new brand that is both stylish and smart- even better?!? The company takes pride in giving back to the local community. Check out the details below- I hope to see you today!



When: This Saturday – January 21, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: J. Stephens Shoe Store at Kierland Commons (15051 N. Kierland Blvd #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85254).

Try on a pair of Naot shoes and they will donate a pair to those in need, in your name. If you end up buying a pair, they donate two!


I’ll be getting this pair of rain boots in Black which I can’t wait to wear, especially during this wet winter! Naot footwear is known for their unique anatomical footbed and seems to have the devoted following for good reason – their footwear is comfortable, supporting the heel – shoes I need to wear while teaching a full day or running around after my munchkins.

About the donation + UMOM New Day Center

The donated pairs of shoes will go to the UMOM New Day Center whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness, an organization based in Phoenix. I love that they picked a local community to give back to, I love supporting companies that truly care.



On the Go Breakfast Option + Cold Brew Recipe

Mornings typically fly by in our house.  Making sure I do not skip breakfast before the sun rises is key to making it through a full teaching schedule.  No one wants to hit 10AM and that lack of energy wall when in front of a class of high schoolers. NO ONE.  Love my new breakfast addition.


belVita Breakfast Sandwich

Already added it to my box of goodies headed for when I head back to the classroom next Monday. I grabbed a couple boxes on my trip to Walmart this week- stocking up before school and life chaos begins again.belVita

 belVIta Breakfast Biscuits

Flavor Choices-
• belVita Breakfast Biscuit Bites in Cinnamon Brown Sugar
• belVita Breakfast Biscuits in Toasted Coconut or Blueberry
• belVita Breakfast Sandwiches in Strawberry Yogurt or Vanilla Yogurt




Cold Brew Coffee

Every morning I make a cup of my favorite Cold Brew Coffee- homemade recipe HERE– and a friend just mentioned that you can dip the belVita Breakfast Sandwich into your coffee…. DELICIOUS.  You need to try that ASAP.


Dipped into Coffee


I grabbed a belVita Vanilla Breakfast Sandwich this morning before heading to my favorite local coffee spot.  You can bet that I dipped my sandwich into the whip cream. YUM.


belVita Breakfast Sandwich

Go out and stock up on these breakfast essentials!  Seriously, they are perfect with my morning coffee and easy to throw into my purse or teaching bag. Guess what?!? belVita Biscuits offer 4 hours of steady energy, when combined with 1 serving milk and 1 serving fruit.  Fabulous way to start the day off.  Great way to keep up with your healthy resolutions in the New Year!

Check out this great deal available NOW- DEAL.

Return to your nearest participating Walmart on Saturday, January 7th or Sunday, January 8th for a special belVita Breakfast in-store event.

Each location will offer belVita Breakfast samples, exclusive savings, smoothies, giveaways and more.

Events will take place at select Walmart locations between 12:30 pm – 6:30pm. Check with your local Walmart HERE.


What is your favorite on the go breakfast?

Would love to hear some more ideas!

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New Year Resolution & Goal

There can be a first time for everything.  This is the first time I have taken the time to reflect back upon the year and to truly think about what I can do next year to better myself, my family, and my community.


New Year Resolution & Goal

What I do know is that I am stronger than I ever thought I could be.  I know my strength.  I know I can do hard things.  I know this because HERE I AM- I made it through quite possibly the toughest year of my life- and I am still standing.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning- but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.


Sprint Workout

Working out has been cathartic for this old soul.  Playing soccer with new and old friends, coaching soccer, and working out at the high school I teach at has helped me grow stronger this past year.  Two kids later and I am back to successfully completing Track Sprint Workouts and Stadium Circuits.

Sprint Workout

Jog two laps around the track in under five minutes.

100M Sprint- Jog 300M

200M Sprint- Jog 200M

300M Sprint- Jog 100M

400M Sprint- 30 second Break

300M Sprint- Jog 100M

200M Sprint- Jog 200M

100M Sprint- Jog 300M

Jog two laps around the track in under five minutes.



Workout Gear

Having the correct gear to workout in is KEY.  I love the compression sports bras from Champion… I have a whole drawer full.  They are adjustable on the top strap which I love.  Running shorts that are breathable are essential in outdoor workouts here in the desert and these from Champion are consistently in the rotation.


Toning Workout

Supermans 3 sets of 30

Arm Extension 3 sets of 30

Plank- Hold for a minute

Lunges- 45 each leg

Sumo Squats- 45

Squats- 45

Toe Raises- 45

I use three pound weights.  I do not need to gain a large amount of muscle and am just working on toning my body and maintaining normal strength.  Of course you should always consult your doctor before starting a workout regimen but wanted to share what works for me.

I will continue to add new activities to the above rotation.  I want to start playing indoor soccer.  I really want to learn how to play golf.  And I am continually adding in new hiking locations as I explore the Valley of the Sun.

Professionally this last year has been amazing.  Hard work has paid off and I am able to do what I love with teaching and coaching, along with the fabulous opportunities that this community has afforded my little family.

My Professional Goals are posted in my office and I can’t wait to start crossing them off in 2017.



My New Year’s Resolutions?  Are simple.

I just have two.

  1. KEEP
  2. GOING

Life is messy.  Things change.  But goodness there are so many wonderful possibilities. 2017? I am ready.

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Love my Lips- LipSense

Long lasting lip wear, totally smudge proof and kiss proof too!  Exactly what this teacher and busy mom of two needs- something I can put on and then forget about.  Upkeep? No thanks.  Check out my thoughts on this fabulous new product and find out where to grab a set of your own.


Mulled Wine LipSense Lipstick

After I head out for the day OR night I tend to not want to worry about my look-as I do not have time for that- and with LipSense I actually do not have to look in a mirror to know that it still looks like what it did right when I applied it.


Love my Lips

Ashley from @beautyfull.lips keeps us updated on her Instagram and her fabulous Facebook Group as there are new products and color combinations coming out monthly (sometimes weekly).


Mulled Wine & Gloss

Mulled Wine LipSense Set- Layer the color on three times, set with gloss, and BAM you are good to go.


LipSense OOPS Remover

You can tell I have used the OOPS Remover… I’m working on my lipstick game… but this takes the color right off… and is the only thing that will. HONESTLY.

Check out Ashley’s Insta & FB Group– you can always shoot her an email at too.  Love my new smudge-proof, kiss-proof, water-proof, long lasting lipstick.


Love my Lips- Mulled Wine Set

Mulled Wine makes my heart happy.  I do not know what it is about putting on lipstick-but it makes me full pulled together.  LOVE that feeling.

You definitely want to try this product and scroll through the color combinations that Ashley wears on her Instagram-I have to see a color worn on a REAL person before I use it and she definitely helps you figure out the perfect colors to try for the look you are going for.

What beauty product do you LOVE?

I need some new recommendations as we head into the New Year!

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