D.A.R.E is a nationwide program that is offered to schools to inform and empower kids of all ages to say no to drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, internet safety and bullying, and to be a confident, yet not a proud individual, that can influence their peers in a positive way.

I am really impressed in what they do. If this program is not offered in your school ask for it from your local police department, your school teacher or principal.

Matheson Hammock Park

A glimpse of Matheson Hammock Park in Miami. This could be your next in the list for your summer plans.  My recommendation, go early to enjoy cool temperatures and a benign Sun, or late in the afternoon to enjoy sitting in the beach and then the sunset colors and ambiance. Great family oriented place. You can also bring your bikes and enjoy the trails and scenery.

Last Workout before summer break.

Going in to a new season. Now the boys and girls will have a short vacation. Enjoy your family trips, new adventures and also get the best out of summer camp. Get ready to learn new skills, move to that next level and relish every bit of it. Good job boys and girls! Good job parents!


Oatmeal Protein Bars

Well, I am currently baking a batch of oatmeal protein bars.  This will be the tester batch and once approved by us and the kids, I will post a list of ingredients and a video tutorial on how to make them. The mix smells delicious and it is made of healthy ingredients so we expect it to be a keeper. Stay tuned ………

Voila! They are keepers.


A lesson learned can be re-learned

So today I went for a run. I was expecting to be a usual one, full of energy and desire to conquer. To my surprise as I started running I was feeling like I don’t want to do this and my body was just not feeling right.

Then it dawn on me. Couple hours before a co-worker had a bag of wafers sitting on her desk crying eat me. So I followed the call. I ate one after the other as she did not mind it. Forward again to my run and it was the worst I had in quite a while. It was a run-walk that became more of a walk-run.

We can also apply this principle to our own kids, they are athletes and they need the best nutrition they can get to support their growth, the demands of school and gymnastics.

I had made a decision to cut down on sugars drastically which has been one of the best ones I had ever made. But, I had to admit. Today I feel flat and got to realize again in flesh and body the effects of refined sugar. Lesson re-learned. STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR.

The end of this year’s competition season.

We have been at the Region 8 Excel Regional Competitions,  in Myrtle Beach, SC.  An amazing and fun time for both athletes and parents from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The kids got to enjoy a fun competition with other athletes from nearby states. Parents got to cheer and support their young athletes, along with their siblings, and create unforgettable memories.

I want to congratulate each and every athlete, their coaches and clubs. This was a learning experience that will serve greatly for seasons to come.

Big thumbs up, hugs and high fives to all the dedicated parents whom lovingly and selflessly are behind curtains supporting and encouraging their children not only during competition but also day in and day out through training.

Myrtle Beach  Excel Regionals competition

These 3 wonderful girls did an amazing job at the regional competitions in Myrtle Beach. SC. Your hard work and persistence, got you all here. Don’t forget everything that you have put in to get to this point. Looking forward to next year’s competitions.

Congratulations and well done!



Here is something I found while browsing on the internet. Good tips to care for your child’s beautiful and expensive leotards.

  • Buy at least 2 garments if you plan on wearing them more than 2 days in a row. Spandex requires more than a day to dry.
  • To retain maximum shape and flexibility, never twist or wring your garment when washing. Gently knead the garment and rinse with cold water.
  • Do not use fabric softener as it can build up over time and reduce the ability of the fabric to breathe and manage moisture.
  • To help your garment dry faster, roll it up in a clean, dry, light colored towel and squeeze.
  • DO NOT use your garment as a swimsuit. The chemicals in a pool, and heat within a hot tub, will quickly destroy the fabric.
  • Keep sunscreen away from your garment as it can stain light colored fabrics.
  • Wash your garment after each use with mild detergent such as Woolite® or Dreft® to avoid the buildup of body oils. (Shampoo can be used if you are in a pinch)
  • Do not dry your garment in the sun as it will bleach the color and toughen the fabric.
  • Avoid rough surfaces and velcro from mats while wearing your garment as it can cause pilling, snagging and/or tearing.

Credits: https://plumpracticewear.com/pages/washing-and-care

Nancy Edison – A Story of Faith.

I love the story of Nancy and her son Thomas Edison, whom as a kid was labeled “addled” (unable to think clearly, confused) by a school administrator where he attended. He was then taken out of the school by his mother Nancy, who decided to home-school him. Years later he became one of the greatest inventors of his time. He invented the electric light bulb.

Her attitude was one of not giving up on her child. We can learn from this woman who trusted, believed and saw that her son was special, and the result of her work was a brilliant man that became an inventor. Each one of our kids is special. Do not allow anyone to label him/her or be discouraged when things do not appear to be working out. Your son/daughter is a gem and it is up to us to bring the best out of them. No one else can do it better, no matter what the limitations appear to be.