Zumba! and T-Ball

I had an amazing weekend!  I drove to Gainesville, Fl last Friday, and Saturday I attended a Zumba! instructor training course.  It was such an incredible day.  It was long and a lot of work, but we had a ton of fun, and I met some amazing people.  We worked on Zumba! from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.  We learned the basic rhythms and how to identify them.  We learned the basic steps and how to make them more or less challenging depending on the needs of our class, and we learned how to put together a Zumba! routine.  As of Saturday I am officially licensed to teach a Zumba! class!

Logo courtesy of www.zumba.com
Logo courtesy of www.zumba.com

I was able to use the information that I learned on Saturday to finish a routine that I had been struggling with.  I also got down a routine that we worked on on Saturday so that I could add it to my repertoire.  That brings my grand total of choreographed routines to two, yes you read that right, two.  So I have a lot more work to do.  Thankfully, I was given a DVD of routines on the day of class, so I don’t have to come up with all original ones.

I also signed my son up for a T-ball team for the spring season.  My husband and I have been wanting to get him into a sport for a while, but most sports don’t let kids join until age 5.  We had him in gymnastics for a while, but I became unhappy with the gym that I was taking him to, and it was a pretty good drive to get there.  There is a gym closer to us, but when my husband took him to his first free class he wasn’t allowed into the actual gym.  He was able to sit at a window and see the classes going on, but couldn’t see clearly enough to determine if our son was having a good time, following instructions, or able to keep up with the rest of the class.  I understand the logic behind keeping parents out of the gymnastics area, but an exception should be made when parents are trying to decide whether or not to give your gym their money.

Anyway, my husband and I went back and forth about whether or not to sign the little guy up for soccer or t-ball.  Finally I pulled up two pictures on Google, one of a child playing t-ball and one of a child playing soccer, and asked him what he wanted to do.  He chose t-ball and the decision was set.  A few days ago an e-mail was sent out asking someone to volunteer as a team manager, and I raised my hand.  I let them know that I didn’t know anything about t-ball or managing a little league team, so they gave me a team with two returning coaches, so I’ll have some support.  I think it will be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it.  I’m also looking forward to sharing my experiences as an inexperienced manager with you.  They should make for some interesting reading.


Homemade All Purpose Cleanser

Sorry for my extended absence, I’ve been a little distracted the last couple of weeks.  My son had to have his adenoids removed and tubes put back into his ears.   So the last few weeks have seen Dr. Visits, antibiotics, and of course, surgery.  Not to mention the rush to figure out how to pay for said surgery, and I have my family to thank for that.  I’m happy to say that my little man came out of surgery like a champ.  He didn’t shed a single tear when he came out of anesthesia, and he never complained once about any pain, though I still gave him Ibuprofen regularly just in case.

A few months ago I made some all-purpose cleanser, but I wanted to thoroughly test it before boasting about it.  This is not a quick solution for when you need to clean the bathroom but are out of Scrubbing Bubbles, but it is crazy simple to make.  Here’s the list of ingredients:

Citrus peels (I used orange)                                                                                                                                    Vinegar

That’s it.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.  Put the peels in a mason jar and fill it with vinegar.  Seal the jar and let it sit for a month to six weeks.

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The picture on the left is the vinegar and orange peels after six weeks.  I put a coffee filter in a strainer, and put the strainer in a funnel in order to strain it into the spray bottle.  It was so pungent that I actually split it into two spray bottles and filled them the rest of the way up with water.  It is an excellent cleanser.  It cuts through grease in the kitchen, cuts through grime in the bathroom, and even cleans the bathroom mirror without leaving streaks.  Awesome!

I’ve been trying to keep up with my new year’s resolution, but it’s been tough with everything going on…not to mention that jogging in the morning is hard to do when it’s cold outside.  I have kept up with my short morning workout.  On Pinterest it was called a six minute workout, but it doesn’t take me six minutes to do it.  I assume that means that I’m supposed to keep doing it for six minutes, but I’ll tell you, it is seriously intense.

The workout is listed below:

15 squats (be sure to keep your weight on your heels and your abs tight)                                       15 push ups                                                                                                                                                                 30 second plank (support your upper body with your elbows, lower body with toes, and use your ab muscles to keep your body straight)                                                                                         30 bicycle crunches


photo courtesy of www.somastruck.com


That’s it, that’s the workout, but I can feel that little workout for the rest of the day.  And it takes so little time that even I have a hard time finding an excuse not to do it!




New Years Resolution

Last week I was reading an article on cracked.com, 5 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolution is Going to Fail.  Like most Cracked articles, it’s pretty cynical, but it makes some good points too.  Well, more like one good point.  New Year’s Resolutions are too general.  For example, a common resolution is to eat healthier.  But does that mean that you’re going to start eating fresh fruits and veggies with every meal?  Or does it mean that you’re going to replace your afternoon snickers bar with a handful of carrots?  For resolutions to work they need to be specific, and you need a plan.  Well, I decided that instead of making a broad resolution this year, I’m going to set myself up for success by making a plan.

Every morning I get up at 6:00 am, at which time I lay around on my rear watching TV until 6:45 before getting myself up and ready for work.  In this new year, I’m going to restrict that early morning laziness to Friday mornings.   So here’s my New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Two mornings a week I’m going to train for a 5k, I’ve been wanting to run a 5k for like 2 years, and it’s time to get it done.
  2. Two mornings a week I’m going to do this 6 minute workout I found on Pinterest.
  3. Four mornings a week, after my workouts, I’m going to do these stretches that  found on Pinterest.
  4. Monday through Thursday I’m going to spend 30 minutes of every afternoon working with my son on what he’s learning in school.  He starts Kindergarten next year, so this will help him get ready, and prepare us for the homework that he’ll have.  And yes, kindergartners do have homework.
  5. I’m going to do Zumba at least twice a week.
  6. And finally, I’m going to prepare for my day the night before, so that I can accomplish all these goals.

An update on my garden:

We harvested three bags worth of collard greens from our garden and had super awesome collard greens for Christmas dinner.


It turns out that once the leaves of your collards reach 8 inches, you can harvest them.  You just cut the off the leaves that you want, and the plant keeps growing.  I expect that we’ll be able to harvest another batch of greens before the end of the month!  Hooray Collards!