Guide to Surviving Group Fitness

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Want to get fit this year but are a bit of an introvert? Here are some great ways to survive group fitness.

Check out The Introvert's Guide to Surviving Group Fitness

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Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Big Game #GameDayTraditions #Recipe

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G.

 

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There’s more to football and food on game day. We have to get ourselves ready as well. I always shop at Walmart to get everything I need for our big game day. Before the cooking starts and friends come over it’s time to get beautiful!

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Start your shower off right with Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo. We wouldn’t want any dry flakes on our game Jersey would we?  Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo is gentle and pH balanced for daily use on all hair types, even on colored or chemically treated hair. Plus it makes my hair feel so good!

 

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In Florida we may be wearing shorts on game day so make sure to get rid of all that unwanted hair with Gillette Venus Swirl Razor. The FlexiBall technology helps to contour better to tricky areas, like knees and ankles. I hate it when I knick my knees! The water-activated MoistureGlide serum provides incredible glide for a smooth shave every time.

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Let’s not leave out the men!  Gillette Fusion ProGlide offers FlexBall Technology for maximum contact and Enhanced Lubrastrip for smooth glide and a clean shave.

Wanting to eat all that delicious food? Make sure to get your pearly whites clean with Crest Prohealth Advanced Toothpaste. Advanced formula to make your gums healthier and stronger from day 1. The Oral B Vitality will get your teeth sparkly white.  The round brush removes more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush, plus the MicroPulse bristles clean between teeth in all those hard to reach places in your mouth.

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Now that you’re ready it’s time to enjoy game day with good food and friends. Walmart has everything you need to keep your #GameDayTraditions,  traditionsforgameday.com.

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What’s your game day traditions?

 

Here’s my husband’s famous sweet chili recipe perfect for Game Day!

Don's Firehouse Sweet Chili
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Recipe type: Chili
 
This is my husband's firehouse firehouse chili.
Ingredients
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 18 oz. tomato paste
  • 16 oz stewed tomatoes
  • 2 spicy chili beans
  • 2 dark red kidney beans
  • 2 bush's baked beans, original
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • garlic powder to taste
  • chili powder to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute peppers and onions
  2. Add ground beef and brown, adding salt and pepper, garlic powder and chili powder.
  3. The add canned items.
  4. Sometime we add more or less of the beans and tomatoes. We usually go by taste.
  5. Let simmer all day.

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Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Keep Your Car Healthy

 

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Many people depend on their car for their livelihood. You will have a big problem if you are unable to get to and from work every day. This is why regular car maintenance is so essential. Just doing a few small things could help to prevent many expensive repairs down the road. You do not need to be a car expert to keep your car running great. Everything that you need to do in terms of maintenance can be found in the owner’s manual for your car. Make sure you read it completely so you have a thorough understanding of what you will need to do. Here are a few tips related to keeping your car in top condition.

1. Do not ignore dashboard lights

The indicator lights on your dashboard are there for a reason. They tell you if something is wrong with various systems of your car. This is why you should always take these lights very seriously and never ignore them under any circumstances. Unfortunately, many people do ignore them and end up paying a very high price later on. The check engine light is one of the most common lights that people choose to ignore. Some people drive for weeks with that light staring them in the face. This is foolish behavior. This light means you should take your car to a mechanic immediately so he can see what the problem is with your engine.

2. Emissions

There are many regions of the United States that require vehicles to pass an emissions test. The ability of your car to pass an emissions test is often dependent on how well you take care of your car throughout the year. Failing the emissions test can be a big hassle that you do not want to deal with. Scheduling regular maintenance appointments with your mechanic will ensure that you have no problem passing the Pennsylvania state inspection.

3. Rotation of tires

This is something that is incredibly simple and only takes a few minutes to do. It does not require years of training. In fact, you can do it yourself without paying a mechanic. Simply taking your tires off and rotating them on a regular basis will prevent the tread from wearing down in an awkward manner. You need to have your tires wear evenly to make them last longer. Tires can be very expensive. It is in your best interests to make your tires last as long as possible.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Having a Boat in Florida

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You are a very lucky person if you have a boat. However, this is a luxury item that will require a great deal of care and maintenance on your part in order to keep it running properly. You need to get into a routine where your boat maintenance is concerned. Otherwise, you might end up neglecting an important task that will be a big problem once you hit the open water. Make a list of everything you need to do. Have a friend help you so the work can get finished much faster. Here are a few things you need to do when you are getting your boat ready to sail.

1. Check the electronics

You will be in very big trouble if the electrical system of your boat breaks down when you are miles away from shore. This is why you must get in the habit of going through a comprehensive test of everything related to your boat’s electrical system before you leave on your voyage. It is true that your electrical system could become damaged after you leave port. However, the odds of this happening are much smaller if you have performed a test to look for any malfunctions.

2. Consider your comfort

Boats are often not the most comfortable places in the world. This is especially true if you will be on the boat for a very long period of time. These are the times when you must seriously consider how comfortable you and your guests are going to be on your boat. It is especially important to look into this matter when you are preparing to go on a fishing trip. Fishing requires sitting for many hours at a time. Therefore, you need to make sure the seat you are sitting in is extremely comfortable. It would be a good idea to buy some new boat cushions or yacht cushions if the ones you currently have are worn out and not soft anymore.

3. Safety

Accidents that happen when a boat is far from shore can often become fatal if the people sailing the vessel are not properly prepared. You need to take inventory of all your safety gear. Are you properly equipped for many different types of situations? You should definitely make sure that you have enough life jackets for every person that will be on board your boat. Signal flares should also be taken with you.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Explore Untouched Wilderness in Orlando’s Natural Oasis

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When I think of Orlando I think of Disney. But did you know there is a ton of fun stuff to do in Orlando besides all of the parks? There really is!

Seminole County – Orlando’s Natural Oasis has acres of wilderness areas, preserves and pristine waterways, it’s the perfect place to relax, paddle down river or enjoy an authentic Florida vacation. A few years ago we stayed in Orlando but did not go to a park. We went on our first air boat ride, played miniature golf and had dinner with Medieval Knights. We also relaxed by the pool and played games in our room. It was a great relaxing vacationing with no pressure.

 

Here is some great information about Orlando’s Natural Oasis:

Whether you’re canoeing crystal-clear rivers or hiking on scenic trails, you’ll experience spectacular views only Mother Nature can provide. Seminole County is home to some of Florida’s best natural attractions, including the Wekiva River, one of only two National & Wild Scenic Rivers in the entire state of Florida, the St. Johns River, Wekiva Springs State Park and ZOOm Air Adventure Park at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, to name just a few. With more than 30 parks and preserves the area is a favorite destination for hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife study, nature photography and more. There’s something for everyone whether you are a nature lover or adventure seeker.

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The Geneva Wilderness Area, a 180-acre property south of Geneva, features a beautiful variety of flatwoods, ponds and lake systems all supporting an equally diverse collection of wildlife.  A hike through various habitats at this site can offer visitors with sighting white-tailed deer, gopher tortoise, wild turkey, grey fox and snakes. Visitors can also be rewarded with a view of the remains of the original railroad tracks that opened Florida to tourism over a century ago. Hikers can follow the red blazes marked on the trees to experience a quick hike, or take a leisure walk and stop at the chapel and enjoy a view of the lake. Other trails mark off more challenging routes depending on the visitor’s preference. 

Located on the property, the Ed Yarborough Nature Center features exhibits and special programs that highlight the diverse ecology of Central Florida.

The Florida National Scenic Trail, a 1,300-mile trail that runs from the panhandle to the Everglades, offers visitors a perfect bird watching location. It runs across several Seminole County wilderness areas, giving visitors the chance to experience some of the world’s most enchanting birds. The trail is mostly unpaved except in Lake Mary, where it follows roadways and existing trails to cross the Seminole Wekiva Trail and the Cross Seminole Trail. These two trails have been designated as Seminole County Showcase Trails because of their length, scenic views and accommodation of many users.

 Those looking for an extra dose of adventure can enjoy a kayak trip down the Wekiva River. The river—nationally known and federally protected for its scenery, recreation, geology and wildlife—is one of the area’s most popular attractions. Visitors can paddle the 15-mile trail of the gentle Wekiva River between riverbanks framed with sabal palms or go horseback riding at Wekiva Springs State Park.

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Park-goers can enjoy the 6,397-acre compound that includes activities from swimming, picnics, boardwalks, nature and horseback-riding trails. With almost 6,900 acres of wild scenery, the park allows visitors to see how central Florida looked when the Timicuan Indians speared fish in the spring-fed creeks and stalked deer in the uplands. Lake Jesup, another county favorite, is famed for having the highest alligator lake population in all of North America. Made up of swampy, grassy marshes, nothing beats seeing wildlife in their natural environment. Animal lovers wishing to get a deeper glance at wild life can visit the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

 

A trip to the zoo allows visitors to get up close and personal with over 400 animals including the Southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles. The zoo’s most recent additions are a giraffe exhibit, in which visitors may hand feed the giraffes, and a leopard exhibit.

Also at the zoo is ZOOm Air Adventures a unique adventure course that allows guests to explore perfect natural habitats from an animal’s perspective—in the air. Traveling from tree to tree by zip lines and suspended rope bridges.

Seminole County offers nature lovers, families and adventurous travelers a fun and cool getaway for a reasonable rate. Whether you are looking for an exhilarating escapade or soothing break, Do Orlando North, Seminole County–the ultimate travel destination this summer.

 

About Orlando North, Seminole County:

A short drive from all the major attractions of Central Florida and home to Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando North, Seminole County offers first-rate accommodations for less, varied meeting & event venues, and diverse dining and shopping in its charming communities. Known as “Orlando’s Natural Oasis,” the destination offers visitors a wide array of thrilling outdoor activities from an aerial adventure course with ziplining to paddling alongside manatees in clear freshwater springs and rivers. Long known as an exciting and affordable meetings/groups destination, Orlando North also offers an array of sports and training facilities, soon to include the 102-acre Seminole County Sports Complex (open in May 2016). For destination information call 1-800-800-7832 or 407-665-2900 or visit www.DoOrlandoNorth.com.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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