The Grand Canyon Trip – Bedrock City

IMG_1503The first week of June, my sister in law and her family visited Arizona from Texas. Their first stop was to our house and we had a great visit. Sunday morning, we packed the car and set off for our weekend getaway to join them at the Grand Canyon. Living in Arizona for almost 10 years, I’m ashamed to say we haven’t ventured very far, or seen enough of this amazing state. I was super excited we were able to join them on their summer vacation. I will share some iPhone photos as well as photos from my Nikon. I’m so excited to look through over 400plus photos. I’ll narrow it down to share our experience of this amazing landscape and northern Arizona.

First Stop: Bedrock City in Williams, AZ

Sunday morning, we woke up really early and began our trek the 4 1/2 hours to Bedrock City in Williams, AZ. I have seen photos of the attraction and being a Flinstones fan, I was super excited about visiting. We researched the theme park and discovered that there was a $5.00 entrance fee per person, and we decided to bring sandwich items and eat at the location. It turned out perfect and it was a great way to save money. The location also has a gift shop, camping area, and a market.

The attractions of Bedrock City are falling apart. It was a cute experience, but really is just a stopping point on the way to The Grand Canyon. We shared some enjoyable moments such as taking photos and pretending we were visiting Fred, Barney and the gang, but after eating lunch and exploring we were ready to go. Below are a few photos from the experience. For more information, check out the website: BedrockAZ.com.

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Wednesday Writing Challenge

wwcWednesday Writing Challenge Week 5, #30.
Something you’re currently worrying about.

Right now, I’m worried about a lot of things. I’m worried about the Olympic athletes and their journey to Rio. I’m worried about my mother. I’m worried about what will happen to this country after the November election.  I’m worried about my cousin Randy, who is presently battling cancer. I’m worried about my daughter who at the moment is trying to come back from a mental block in gymnastics. I’m worried that black lives don’t matter. I’m worried that people are afraid of policemen. I’m worried for my family that when I go to the internet or turn on the news, that someone has died or that multiple deaths have happened. I’m worried what my future brings. I’m worried what my children’s future will be like. I’m worried that someday I will die with many debts. I’m worried that my husband feels like he’s never doing enough to provide for our family. I’m worried that I’ll never find my Samantha, Charlotte or Miranda. I’m worried that I’ll never make it to NYC. I’m worried about my children and whether they will find the great love they are meant to find. I’m worried that their great love will cause hate in the world. I’m worried about bullies. I’m worried about Sophie starting middle school.

This list could go on and on. Sadly, as a mother, a female, a human, I worry about anything and everything. I think that’s okay. It keeps me on my toes and no matter  how many times it angers my children, I will do everything I can do to protect them. I love them. I’m worried that they will never know how much.

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Happy 4th of July

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Happy Fourth of July to you and to America! I hope you had a wonderful day spent with family or friends. Since we moved away from Texas almost 11 years ago, we have developed traditions for our family. When we’re not able to visit home and we stay in AZ for the 4th, we usually go to the community pool, my husband will cook some fantastic barbeque and then we go to the city park for running races, watermelon contests, sno-cones, and fireworks.

Unfortunately, we spent more time at the pool this afternoon than we planned, so we were running late to the park. Missed most of the running races and the contests, but we still had a great time!  A few photos from our evening under the read more break.

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June Running Update

tucson hikeJune Running/Hiking Update:  This past month, I ran, hiked and cycled a total of 60.6 miles. Normally I’ve been averaging close to 70 miles strictly running, but with the extreme weather, I’ve tried to go to the gym more often and switching up my exercises. This past month, we also traveled to The Grand Canyon and I hiked in my city and surrounding locations such as Sedona and Tumamoc Hill in Tucson (picture to the left), which I hope to do an entry about soon.

According to Runkeeper, I had a total of 60.6 miles completed. My average pace was 13:41.
I completed 22 activities. I burned 6,457.7 calories. I elevation climbed 1,599.5 feet.
I spent 16:2 hours doing some sort of activity.

Although the total number isn’t what I would have liked to achieve, I’m happy that despite the heatwave we’ve been experiencing, I was able to continue my exercises and local runs outside.

My goals for July are to continue going to the gym, adding more running miles, and trying new equipment at the gym while maintaining my 80/20 food goals.

A few hiking pictures plus some food photos behind the cut. If you would like to keep up with me on a daily basis, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat.

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Wednesday Writing Challenge

wwcWednesday Writing Challenge Week 4, #27.
Something you don’t leave your house without.

This week’s writing challenge is pretty easy. My cell phone. It’s really scary how dependent I am on my cell phone. Being a mom of 5 and a mom who is always on the go, I want to be able to be in contact with my children and my husband. Like I’ve stated before, my youngest daughter is a competitive gymnast and we are in the gym 4 sometimes 5 days a week. It can be  crazy during the school year when everyone else is at their activities, so having a cell phone with me at all times is very important.

Another reason I love having my phone near me is because I am an Instagram addict.  I love taking photographs of anything and everything and between my main Insta and my fitness account, I’m always sharing. My fitness account is packed with exercise and food photos and if I can’t feed off my inspirations and #tiugirls excitement, then I won’t feel inspired or encouraged.

I have been making an effort to not always have it by my side.  It’s hard, but I’m always trying. I’ve also tried to have family dinners each week and have the kids not bring their electronics to the table. It hasn’t always gone over well, but they are trying and that’s important to me.

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Microblog Mondays

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Today’s MM is about exercising and eating healthy. As round 2 of The Tone It Up Bikini Series begins, my goal is to complete the challenge eating 90/10, instead of the 80/20 I do now. At 46, I don’t feel that eating 3 cookies at one sitting, or a huge bowl of ice cream are going to work. I want to feel healthy, look healthy and be healthy. Saying that out loud is easy, doing the work is hard. Even though it’s been crazy hot, I’ve been trying to continue with my running. Since my daughter and I joined Planet Fitness, we have been trying to go at least 3 days a week. It’s awesome! I’m definitely seeing minor changes and I can’t wait to witness the day to day progress. Eating healthy is not easy for me. Living in a house with 7 people, I’m realizing our schedules and eating habits are never the same. I have been trying to incorporate more chicken and fish along with vegetables and fruit into our eating plan, but overall I am just not making the time to plan. As of August, I’ll be working full time. Meal planning and meal prepping are definitely going to help, just with motivation and preparation, I hope my 90/10 will continue long after the Round 2 program is over.

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Wednesday Writing Challenge

wwcWednesday Writing Challenge Week 3, #3.  
10 interesting facts about myself

This week’s Wednesday Writing Challenge is #3, 10 interesting facts about myself. I figured this was another great way of introducing myself and maybe share some interesting and rather not so interesting facts about myself.

  1. I have one tattoo, a butterfly on my left shoulder blade. I’d love to get a few more in the future. It was inspired by Drew Barrymore’s tattoo and my cousin Jacquie and I have the same tatto0., different spots, different colors.
  2. You already know I’m a TV junkie, but I’m also a Hallmark tv junkie. I love watching the Hallmark movies of the week and my secret fantasy in life is to be an extra in one or be the leading lady who gets the man of her dreams.
  3. My favorite drink at Starbucks is a Venti Sweet Green Tea Lemonade. Sometimes when I’m trying to be healthy, I’ll take it with 3 pumps of sweetener or no sweetener at all.
  4. I’m a night owl. I have a hard time falling asleep at night, and will often stay up until 2-3 in the morning catching up on my DVR.
  5. My favorite foods are bell peppers and key lime yogurt.
  6. My perfect vacation would be in NYC. I’ve been dreaming about visiting the city ever since I was in high school.  Locations I would want to see are different now, but still, to see the fall foliage, springtime at Central Park, or the window displays at Christmastime. Any time is a great time to visit the city.
  7. I love Christmas movies. I love how cheerful they can be and how family oriented they are. I can watch them all year long and I often do. My favorite Christmas movie is The Holiday.
  8. I am an only child between my mom and dad. I do have one siblings on my dad’s side, 2 sisters and 1 brother that lives in Illinois.
  9. When I was little, I wanted to be a Broadway dancer.  As a child, I took tap, dance, and ballet.
  10. My favorite movie of all time is the Wizard of Oz.

 

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Fall 2016 Premiere Dates

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This past week, four of the major television networks released fall premiere dates. Here are the shows I’m watching and their premiere dates.

Monday, Sept. 19:
7:30-8:00pm — The Good Place (Series Premiere) (NBC)

Tuesday, Sept. 20: 
9:00-10:00pm — This is Us (Series Premiere) (NBC)
9:00-10:00pm — Bull  (Series Premiere)  (CBS)

Wednesday, Sept. 21: 
8:00-9:00pm — Chicago PD (Season Premiere)  (NBC)

Thursday, Sept. 22:
8:00-9:00pm — Grey’s Anatomy (Season Premiere)  (ABC)
9:00-10:00pm — Pitch  (Series Premiere)  (FOX)

Friday, Sept. 23:
8:00-9:00pm — Hawaii Five-0  (Season Premiere)  (CBS)

Sunday, Sept. 25:
8:00-9:00pm — Quantico (Season Premiere)  (ABC)

Monday, October 3
9:00-10:00pm — Timeless (Series Premiere) (NBC)
9:00-10:00pm — Conviction (Series Premiere) (ABC)

Tuesday, October 4
8:00-9:00pm — The Flash (Season Premiere)  (CW)

Wednesday, October 5
9:00-10:00pm — Frequency (Series Premiere) (CW)

Tuesday, Oct. 11:
9:00-10:00pm — Chicago Fire  (Season Premiere) (NBC)

Thursday, October 13
9:00-10:00pm — Supernatural (Season Premiere) (CW)

Thursday, October 27
9:00-10:00pm — Pure Genius (Series Premiere) (CBS)

ETA: As of June 29th, ABC shows have been added.

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Microblog Mondays

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Tonight’s MM is just a little blurb to let you guys know that today,  I booked my trip to Texas.  11 wonderful days in my hometown to visit my mom. I’m so excited!  Moving away from home and from my mom 10 years ago has not been easy on either of us.  To be able to spend some quality time with her will be special. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog, but my mom was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis several years ago.  I feel like each time I go home the moments  are special and sadly the visits don’t happen as often as I’d like, so I hope to make this visit as special as I can.  It is always hard to leave my family, and usually, they do go with me, but with school activities and with my youngest in competitive gymnastics, leaving for that many days isn’t possible now. I hope to visit as a family at Christmastime in late 2016.  This summer is flying by. When I come home from Texas, the kids will start school in 7 days. Crazy, right?? I hope to make the rest of our summer exciting and fun-filled.

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Wednesday Writing Challenge

Wednesday Writing Challenge Week 2: #19. 
Put your music player on shuffle and write the first 3 songs that play and what is your initial thought.

  1. Beautiful Life – Nick Fradiani   Nick was last year’s American Idol winner. Honestly, I was getting bored with the show, and although we watched the episodes, I was ready to say goodbye. I liked Nick from the beginning. I thought he was cute and a good singer. As the season progressed, I felt like the show was going in the same direction it always does, molding a contestant to be a winner. Beautiful Life was his winner’s song and from first listen, I loved it. Right now my iTunes music is full of upbeat, running songs and this one is definitely played often and on repeat.  Also, I love the message and lyrics to this song. “Gives us just one perfect night to say, oh what a beautiful life!”  That we as humans should live one day at a time enjoying all that life has to offer. It’s an incredible feeling and when I’m running, I definitely feel I’m living a beautiful life. Video here: Nick Fradiani – Beautiful Life
  2. Sun Don’t Let Me Down – Keith Urban (Featuring Nile Rodgers and Pitbull)  This song is on Keith’s new album Ripcord, and I’m loving it! I’m a huge Keith fan and my iTunes is full of many Keith songs. This is a great upbeat, running song as well. I know a lot of people criticize today’s country songs saying that they are not the same as they were 20 years ago. I don’t fret about it. I like country music from every decade and I love music that is great to dance to and to sing along with. This song fits both perfectly.  Video here: Keith Urban – Sun Don’t Let Me Down
  3. You’ll Think of Me – Keith Urban  Once again, another Keith song pops up.  I love this song. Released in 2014, it’s still one I won’t remove. I don’t have many slower tempo songs on my iTunes, but this one I just can’t delete. It’s one of my favorites and such a beautiful song. The video also reminds us of what Keith looked like with the longer hair. Video here: Keith Urban – You’ll Think of Me

So those are the 3 songs that popped up. Want me to review any other songs,  just let me know. At the moment, I have 193 songs on my playlist, but I’m always adding and deleting.

Until next week.

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