Saturday, August 31, 2013

Vote for Azaliah! (My Sister in law!)

The following is a post to spread awareness of a contest my sister in law is currently participating in.


Background Information:
My sister in law and her best friend are two young women with a heart to sing, and serve. Most recently they had the opportunity to sing and serve at a woman's camp in Poland!

Their Website. 

The Contest:
They submitted a video into a cover contest put on by artist Jonathan Thulin and Dream Records. The winner of the contest has the opportunity to open for Jonathan at an upcoming show. The girls would love to have the opportunity for this experience!

The contest works based on the number of views on YouTube!

Here is where YOU come in! 
Take a few minutes to watch their performance of "Dead come to Life" on YOUTUBE! Each view counts as a vote, and every vote counts!




Connect with Azaliah
Twitter: https://twitter.com/azaliahofficial
Instagram: http://instagram.com/azaliahofficial


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, I KNOW ALEXIS AND CHELSEA REALLY APPRECIATE IT! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cruise Recap 2: The Beach!

Grand Turk

Prince Charming and I were packing our things to come home from the cruise, we commented on how often we were in our swim suits this cruise.  Every other cruise I've been on it has been in either November or December. Sometimes i'd brave the beach or the pool but to be honest ... it wasn't enjoyable for this Florida Girl. 

Cruising in AUGUST you practically LIVE in your bathing suit. Soaking up the sun, enjoying the seabreeze, and staying cool in the water. 

Here are some of my favorite beach memories and tips to remember for the next cruise! 


Half Moon Cay
Memories
  • Having a stingray swim right under me while I was snorkeling
  • The clarity of the water 
  • Getting a tan
  • Playing on swings with my sister in law 
Tips
  • This is a tendered port, be sure to get up and get your tender ticket as early as possible
  • Pack a water bottle (or two) it can be hot on the beach, and remember ... you tendered over from the ship 
  • Pack plenty of sunscreen, hat, sneakers 
    • Sneakers if you want to enjoy the jogging trail
  • When you get to the beach, walk all the way towards the end you have a better chance of finding chairs, you'll be close to the bathroom and you can still enjoy the DJ
Grand Turk
Grand Turk
Memories
  • Watching Prince Charming, his dad and brother snorkle from the beach
  • The water 
Tips
  • Pack water 
    • The boat isn't far, but you'll want to enjoy as much time as possible in the water. It's that beautiful! 
  • When you get off the boat, walk all the way to the opposite side of Margarittaville. There is tons of open beach space and it's beautiful! 

I love the beach so much, and loved swimming in Grand Turk and the Bahamas! It was so beautiful!

Question: How much time do you spend at the beach while on a tropical vacation or a cruise?  
Grand Turk






Monday, August 26, 2013

Bump-date, Week 19


We have made it to week 19!

Baby Jimenez is still treating me very well. I was able to stay very active on our cruise (see post here), and have had very minimal sickness due to pregnancy. In fact, my pregnancy sickness is usually just heartburn.

I did pick up a sore throat and some post nasal drip on the cruise, I talked it over with my doctor today and was given some suggestions on natrual things to try as well as a recommendation of a medication to use in case I don't get better.

So, week 19!

Today was supposed to be the day that we found out he or she ... but there was a miscommunication when I made my appointment and well. ... we didn't get to see baby Jimenez today.  I will call tomorrow and make the appointment for the full anatomy ultrasound.

Cravings.

I'm pretty sure the closest thing to a craving I've had is peanut putter. I'm obsessed! Seriously, I hope Baby Jimenez isn't allergic because of me. ...

Weight Gain.

I lost 10-11 pounds during my first trimester, and have been on an uphill battle trying to stablelize my weight. As of today, I am almost back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Exercise.
Exercise is getting so much easier. I'm not as tired, and I enjoy being active. I also feel the "flutters" after exercise, so it's a huge motivator for me!

Tower of Terror.
In February when I registered for Tower of Terror, I was rediculously excited! As you know, life has changed drastically since then and I've had to really think long and hard about that 10-miler. Currently, I am still registered. However, I talked it over with my doctor. Since it has been SOOO hot outside, I haven't been able to train properly.  So, after talking it over with my doctor we came to the conclusion that eventhough  I am capable and healthy enough to complete the 10-miler, I probably wouldn't fully enjoy the run. So, Baby Jimenez - you're about to get another Disney Vacation from Mom & Dad. Any family members want to join us, and watch a 10 month old while her parents race through Hollywood Studios?

Question: When did you or do you feel the "flutters"?


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cruise Recap 1: Fitness for two!

Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated with Carnival Cruise Lines. I was a guest with my family onboard the Carnival Liberty. The opinions posted are my very own.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Back to School, Christmas ... same thing right?  Well, this year the Jimenez side of the family had plans to celebrate Christmas on board a cruise ship. Yep! We were going to load up onto the ship on December 15th and set sail. I was getting really excited, because I'd be right near the end of my Goofy Training, and probably be about 20-25 pounds lighter. My goals were set, and I was READY!

Until. ...

"Pregnant!" 

Since Carnival only allows women less than 24 weeks pregnant to cruise, Christmas came early!

So far I've had an extremely wonderful pregnancy. I've been healthy, I didn't start gaining weight until this week (YAY CRUISE - FINALLY GAINED SOME WEIGHT!), and I just feel so happy! Since I feel so fabulous, I've made a commitment to keep my activity levels up, and remain as "fit" as possible over the next few months.

**Attention All. I have been cleared by my Doctor to continue running, and other forms of moderate exercise. We discuss my current and future exercise plans during all my visits, and am very careful to stay hydrated, and as cool as possible. If you are currently pregnant, PLEASE have a conversation with your Doctor prior to beginning or changing anything in your regular exercise routine.**

So here we go, fitness for two on board the Carnival Liberty!

Saturday - Boarding the Ship

  • walking  / stairs
    • The first day of any cruise, the elevators are SUPER slow. Therefore, I walked (a LOT!). 
Sunday - Half Moon Cay, Private Beach in the Bahamas! 
  • snorkeling
  • walking on the beach
Monday - Sea Day! 
  • GYM! Walked 20 minutes on the treadmill while watching the ocean
  • more stairs 
  • swimming in the pool
St. Thomas
Tuesday - St. Thomas 
  • Butterfly Garden Tour
  • walked to downtown (about 2-ish miles round trip)
Puerto Rico
Wednesday - Puerto Rico!
  • Drove to the Rain Forest (that counts as 1 pregnant lady, ab workout!) 
  • Hiked to the top of a Tower in El Yunque National Forest
  • Hiked to a waterfall in El Yunque National Forest (about 2 miles round trip)
    • Some swam in the pool by the falls, I just put my feet in the water to cool off and relax)
  • Walked / Shopped around Old San Juan
  • jogged back to the ship (.25ish miles) 
    • we had to run because we had to be on the ship by 3:00 p.m. and it was 2:56 p.m.
Puerto Rico
Grand Turk
Thursday - Grand Turk
  • snorkeling in rough waters 
  • walking on the beach collecting sea shells (.5 miles)
  • swimming in the pool 
Friday - Sea Day! 
  • Mini Golf! 
  • walking  / stairs 
    • very minimal use of elevators
  • Swimming
Saturday - We are home! 


As you can see, I stayed VERY active on our family vacation. I absolutely LOVED that I didn't get seasick, and that I was able to stay active during the whole vacation.  Baby Jimenez is a pretty good baby so far. :-) I think he/she will fit in pretty nicely with our little family! 

FYI - Yes, I was SUPER active during the cruise. That being said, I made sure to hydrate often and was in bed sleeping by 9:00 p.m. (sometimes 8:00 p.m.) every night. Had to make sure Baby Jimenez and I were getting our rest. 

Question: How do you stay active on a cruise or family vacation? 




Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Happiest 5K!

*Sponsored.
Are you a runner, a walker, a non-athletic person who loves to have fun?
This "race", yes, THIS race is for YOU! 
Why is this run so perfect for EVERYONE? 
  1. No pace requirements
  2. No minimum / maximim age requirements
  3. No possible way to be involved in the event and NOT smile
  4. Two rules! 
    1. Whear white at the starting line
    2. Finish covered in color! 
 
Why do I love the Color Run? 
  • The goal of the Color Run is to promote healthy living! 
    • Not only for individuals but families! 
I've been very open and honest about my struggles with healthy living, and my weight. So, when I see a FUN run with the target of EVERYONE I get excited! I get excited because I strongly believe that working out and making healthy choices should be FUN!  The color run, my friends is exactly that -FUN! 



Does the Color Run come to my city? 
The 2013 Color Run is traveling to over 100 cities, so there is sure to be one near you! 

Check out the list of locations HERE

Last year I ran with my sister and husband in Tampa, IT WAS A BLAST! 
Aren't you pregnant, is the color run safe for Baby? 
Yes, I am pregnant. 
As long as my physcian clears me to run/walk at the time of the run, there is no reason I cannot participate! 

There are no chemicals in the color! 

*For the safety of yourself and your child, if you are pregnant PLEASE be sure to check in with your physician prior to participating in this or any race!* 

As an ambassador for the Color Run do you have a discount you can share? 

Yes! Use the code COLOR5OFF for 5.00 off any upcoming race that is NOT sold out. 
This discount can only be used at the time of registration, it is not valid for those already registered for the color run. 

Check the list of Locations for a race near you! 

Still want to learn more? Be sure to check out the Color Run website

Question: Have you ever participated in the Color Run? - What do YOU love about the Color Run? 



*This is a sponsored post, I recieved two race registrations in exchange for this post. Although this is sponsored, the above opinions stated are my very own. *

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thankful.

Have you ever just sat back and realized how blessed you are? 

It happened to me this afternoon. I was sitting in the car with the love of my life and all I could think about was how blessed and honored I am to be married to Chris. 

Take note boys and girls. He is an example of a Godly husband and a true best friend. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Weekly Chase!

Weekly Chase! 

Linking up with Mindy (roadrunnergirl.com) and Molly (http://mollyritterbeck.com/) for this post. 

Check out their blogs for more goals and bloggers chasing their goals! 

Confession: I've been such a bad blogger lately. :-/ I am just so busy and wit VBS next week, vacation the week after and my husbands last semester of grad school the week after I'm not sure how it will get easier. Regardless, I do my best!

Here are my goals for this week. 

Walk 3 days - incorporate some running!

Hydrate - I've struggled to stay hydrated lately, that needs to stop. :)

Blog about the color run! 

Begin packing for vacation! - vacation is in 2 weeks but We have VBS next week and my dad coming to town the same day we return home after vacation so I have lots of prep work! 

Those are my goals for the week!
What are you chasing? 


Thursday, August 1, 2013

The TUTU 10K


Some of you may remember a LOOOONG time ago (June 1st)  my husband sister in law and I ran a Tutu 10K relay? Well, I never did a recap of the run because I wanted to wait until the news of Baby Jimenez was announced.

So, now that it's announced. I will give you the long awaited recap!

Location: Key West, Florida.

Course: We began in a restaurant parking lot right on the beach mostly followed the water line and at a certain spot turned around.

Format:
Teams could be as big as you wanted, but it must contain 3 people.

The Experience:
Passing the TUTU!
At the time of the race, I was about 7 weeks pregnant. At that time, I was experiencing extreme fatigue and trying not to be moody (since no one knew I was expecting!) So, when the humidity was close to 100% and the temperature was not far behind I was NOT having a good run. Truth be told, if my sister in law hadn't been with me for part of the run I probably would have cried during the run.

Now, MY experience was directly related to where I was in my life (a.k.a. trying to figure out how to share
a body with a growing baby!)

The Tutu Relay experience was a blast! It was a small local race filled with lots of food (brought by volunteers) and free beer for runners at the end. I know a lot of runs have free beer at the end. However, this was different because it honestly felt like you were walking up to a pic-nic table of friends and sharing a beer. I didn't drink a beer, but that was my sense of the experience.

It was an adorably fun run, and I loved sharing the experience with my family!


Baby Jimenez' first Bling! 





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