How far is too far to walk?

About a year ago, the glass lid to our crock pot broke while on the bottom tray of the dishwasher. The heating cycle got so hot that it shattered the glass everywhere. Ever since that day, our dishwasher was never the same. Note to self, don’t put the lid of the crock pot in the dishwasher. We had someone come in and take a look at it. He removed some of the remaining broken glass pieces and we thought were good as new. Until last week when our dishwasher broke.



Nearly half of all trips in metropolitan areas are three miles or less and 28 percent are one mile or less – distances easily covered by foot or bicycle. Yet 65 percent of trips under one mile are made by automobile.

As the picture shows, how far is too far to walk? Only you can answer that. I work in downtown Bartow.  There’s a Lowe’s right around the corner from our building. Since I’m shopping for a new dishwasher I thought about walking there in my lunch hour.  I often walk to pick up lunch from the nearby restaurants without a second thought. I’ve even walked to Publix which is next to Lowe’s. According to my iPhone, Lowe’s is 0.8 miles from my office. Somehow walking to Lowe’s just seemed so far. But it wasn’t. Sure, I could have driven there in about five minutes each way. Or I could have walked there for about 12 minutes. Being that Florida is finally enjoying beautiful fall weather I didn’t mind those extra minutes.

Research shows you get the same health benefits from walking as running.

As I get older I’ve come to realize I don’t really enjoy driving as much I thought.  I’ve started asking myself before going anywhere the following question: Can I make it there by walking or biking?  Now if you don’t live or work in a “city” environment, I get that. But if there are sidewalks around you, why not take advantage of it? Instead of driving to the gym and getting on that treadmill, why not start walking at lunch? Think of all the time you’ll save. If you are trying to fit fitness into your life, and you have an hour lunch, taking a 20 minute or even a 30 minute walk is a perfect way to fit fitness in your life!

Taking Stock

Drinking : caffe latte with pumpkin spice syrup
Reading: The other story by Tatiana de Rosnay. Just picked it up at the Library. Don’t know anything about it other than it sounded interesting. Still in the very beginning but I like it so far.
Wanting: cooler weather so I can wear leggings and boots.
Looking: for cute Halloween treat recipe ideas. Last year’s “ear wax” was a hit!
Playing: Spirit of Life by Blackmill
Sewing: I wish
Wishing: I was going to Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving. Seeing my family and eating all that food!
Enjoying: riding my yuba bike with my kids
Waiting: for the Holidays
Liking: PowerCrunch bars they remind me of these cookies I used to eat growing up.
Wondering: what to get my husband for Christmas
Loving: Revlon ColorStay lipsticks
Hoping: to see my mom soon. She’s only 2 hours away, but sometimes it feels like she’s in a different state.
Marveling: how quickly this year is coming to an end
Needing: a new dishwasher. Ours was probably less than 2 years old. Got any recommendations?
Smelling: the coffee I just made
Wearing: pajamas
Following: the Florida gubernatorial race
Noticing: how different my kids are
Knowing: Daylight Savings Time is almost here
Thinking: about my half marathon in 15 days
Feeling: hopeful
Bookmarking: Bike and Pedestrian Safety websites
Giggling: about all the funny things my girls say. Like how one wants to go to the University of Georgia because they have UGA as a mascot while the other one wants to be the team captain of the basketball team at the University of Florida. She doesn’t even play basketball!

Inspired by Keira, who was inspired by Sydney, who was inspired by Pip

#CinderellaTour at the Straz Center


Last night I had the opportunity to see Cinderella at the Straz Center in Tampa. I received 3 tickets for the show through the Tampa Bay Bloggers. It was a long night, especially for a 6 and a 7 year old, but what they experienced will last forever.  There’s just something special about opening night. And this being Cinderella I couldn’t pass it up.

Cinderella at the Straz

The night started with a trip to Walmart for a “Cinderella-esque” dress for one of my daughters. Now that we had the “proper” attire for the ball, I mean the show, it was time to hit the road!

Cinderella is playing at the Straz Center through October 26.  Performances are Wednesday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Regularly priced tickets are $56-$95 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at the Straz Center. Handling fees will apply.


The show was wonderful. But how can it not be, we all remember reading Cinderella growing up. I know I did. And those magical glass slippers, how can I girl forget. For me, it was always about that carriage. Being carried away to a ball in a magnificent carriage. This past May we attended my sister’s wedding. The one thing, she wouldn’t budge about was having a horse and carriage at her wedding. I think most of us want that magic in our lives, even if its just one day.

If you are wondering if you should take your kids, I would say yes! My two girls thoroughly enjoyed the show. They even laughed at the right spots. Towards the end of the show, when the prince kissed Cinderella’s hand, my youngest daughter loudly said Ewww! during last night’s performance. I’ll never forget that moment. Thankfully, the whole audience bursted out in laughter. And I couldn’t stop laughing. The play went on and there were no more outbursts from my kids. However, that single moment will live forever in my mind.  The moment my daughter became part of the Cinderella production.

The Straz Center, Belle of the Ball Project and the company of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella are pleased to announce that through Sunday, Oct. 26, donations of formal gowns, shoes and accessories will be accepted at the Straz Center during the performances of the Tony-award winning production. The partnership benefits Belle of the Ball Project, a nonprofit organization that provides homecoming and prom dresses to young women in need.




My recommendations for Howl-O-Scream


This past weekend we visited Cursed at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream. Through my ambassadorship with Busch Gardens, I received free tickets to go. Survive the Curse is the theme of this year’s highly anticipated Halloween event at Busch Gardens. If you like haunted houses and riding roller coasters at night, this is the place to go.


I recommend you download the Busch Gardens app which will give you information on each haunted house and waiting times! The park also offers paper maps and signs throughout the park with directions and waiting times. Howl-O-Scream runs Thursday through Saturday nights starting now through November 1. Howl-O-Scream will also be open on Sunday, October 19th. Operating hours are 7:30 pm to 1 am on all event nights.


Dead Fall – The ghosts of long lost memories reach into the present and will NOT be forgotten! These spirits from the past lurk in the shadows of this Victorian garden and greenhouse, longing to drag unsuspecting guests into their world.


Zombie Containment Unit 15 – Three years after the undead invasion,there has been a containment failure in Zombie Containment Unit 15. Zombies have escaped in search of flesh, and Howl-O-Scream guests are the next target. Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), its up to them to hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie laser-hunting experience. Zombie Containment Unit 15 is included with Howl-O-Scream admission, and no reservations are required.


Slash Mobs– Even sidewalks aren’t safe from roaming slash mobs creeping throughout Busch Gardens’ overgrown 300 acres of fright.

Howl-O-ScreamCursed Front Gate Experience – The curse begins from the moment you enter the terrorizing gates of Howl-O-Scream 2014. There’s no escaping the evil spirits or spine-chilling song that seeps from the old music boxes and radios, cursing all who hear it. The only way to silence the curse is to survive the night with undead creatures and paranormal terrors.

Death Water Bayou – Deep in the bayou the Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell.


The Basement – From Momma’s secret ingredient to Granny’s bone-ground flour, Momma’s meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in the BASEMENT. Escape the depths of the BASEMENT before she turns you into the secret sauce! She always said it took blood, sweat and tears!

Circus of Superstition: The Show Must Go On– You’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but all those years of bad luck caught up with you! Surviving the terrorizing surprises of Circus of Superstition: The Final Act will take more than luck as you try to escape this whole new dimension of fear.

Blood Asylum– As lightning rages and thunder crashes outside, “The Creature” escapes from his holding cell in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. now this sadistic deviant is running rampant, skinning his former cellmates and turning the mental hospital into his own torture chamber. This serial killer’s bloody playground will drive you out of your mind with fear.

Zombie Mortuary– No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, the undead terrors infest this small town funeral home and feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the walking dead or you may find yourself deeper than six feet under.

The Experiment – Researchers have devised some new ways to challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance in this interactive Experiment. “Test subjects” endure psychological tests in this exclusive study, pushing the limits of the human body and putting them face-to-face with their worst nightmares. How far is too far in study of fear? The Experiment is a unique, interactive experience that challenges your threshold for fear for an additional fee. Reservations are required.


Maybe I’m a chicken, but it all looked so real. The “actors” in the haunted houses were definitively very convincing and terrifying. The photo ops were so gory but so fun! We had so much fun and even if you don’t like the haunted houses, nothing beats riding roller coasters at night!

With 10 haunted houses throughout the park, which one will give you nightmares?

Have you ever riding roller coasters at night?

#ad Keep it clean with Win Detergent



As someone who is currently training for a half marathon, I’m no stranger to stinky work out clothes. Even though most of my runs are at the crack of dawn when the sky is still covered in stars, my running clothes are soaked in sweat. Sorry, but it’s true. Through Fit Approach, I was given the opportunity to test out Win Detergent. I received two full size bottles for this review and lucky for you, you can enter the giveaway to get your own bottles to try!


I have seen Win at a bike shop in Tampa when I was shopping for my cargo/utility bike. I almost picked it up but I got distracted and forgot all about it. Right away I noticed that Win is he, which means its high efficiency laundry detergent. The second thing I noticed about Win was the bubble gum like taste. It smells really good.  And my running clothes smelled even better after washing them with Win. 🙂


Win also offers a Green version which is hypoallergenic and ideal for sensitive skin.  Win Green offers the same great odor eliminating power with a fragrance-free and dye-free formula. My one complain with Win is that I don’t like how the cap doesn’t screw back on to the bottle. However, given how well it worked at keeping the “stink” out of my running clothes, I’m willing to overlook it. 😉

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