Color Foam 5K – Kansas City Edition

I made a goal with myself several years ago that I would participate in 30 different 5k runs by the time I turn 30.

Well, so far that has a been a total farce.

  • First of all, I am NOT an athlete, and I am most definitely NOT a runner.  So I don’t know what possessed me to make that deal with myself.
  • Second, I’m about as coordinated as an elephant having a seizure.  True story.  I’ve broken so many bones in so many bizarre ways that I’ve lost count.

But a Color Foam 5K voucher appeared on my Groupon or Living Social account in February or March.  And since my lovely friend/sissy/summer roomie, Jessica, is all about living life to the fullest with me — she said she would participate in the Color Foam 5K, as well.

I think the voucher was $20 and then the fees were $4.99?  But it was so long ago I can’t even remember now.  The cost included an official Color Foam 5K t-shirt and sun glasses in your choice of pink, green, or blue.

Here’s how it all went down…

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My Journey: Tone It Up – Bikini Series!

With a mini vacay coming up at the end of May where I’ll be slapping on a swimsuit for the first time this year, I thought to myself “oh boy, here we go again.” I have done a pretty good job the past 5 years maintaining my weight by diet alone, but my ever growing love of food (anything fried=my bff), beer, and the fact that I’m now married has started to catch up with me. While I don’t think I need to lose weight necessarily, I am looking to tone and define what I already have going on (if I lose some weight – woo!), as well as just develop better eating habits and a regular workout routine.

Screen-Shot-2014-04-16-at-12.12.21-AM-708x500Enter the Tone It Up Bikini Series. This once a year program/challenge that leads up to the first day of summer, put on by the lovely #TIU trainers Karena and Katrina, is jam packed with workouts, health tips, recipes, and lots of inspiring and motivating women around the world to help you through the eight-week challenge. I already do some of the TIU workouts but have never done a challenge before, and when I heard about this one, I waited in anticipation for it to kick off.

The challenge officially started on April 28 and will end on June 21. I’ll admit that it has already been hard for me to commit to the workouts, with commuting, work, life, etc. getting in the way. My husband is being super supportive of the diet portion but it’s up to me to hold myself accountable and get a workout in each day. I find inspiration from the other TIU girls that I follow on Instragram, and even joined the TIU community where I can connect with people in my area for more support. While it’s been a slow start, I’m hoping to see some results.

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Eat, Drink, and BE HEALTHY!

 If we’re being honest, no one enjoys talking about stomach issues.

But if we are REALLY honest, we have to acknowledge they exist.  Otherwise, we could be staring down the barrel of a heavily loaded gun.

I only say this due to my own experience which seemed to drag on for an eternity.  Really it was just a year, but when you feel terrible, can’t find answers, lose weight, and start believing you’re going crazy… a year feels like an eternity and then some.

If you’re suffering with any of the following:  fatigue, insomnia, emotional instability, weight loss, digestion trouble, anxiety/stress/depression… please read on for the sake of your health.

I am NOT a doctor, this has just been my own personal experience, and none of my experience includes medication.

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Preschool: 1, Me: None.

Working on articulation and grammar with preschoolers, you really never know what you’re going to get.

(Insert Forrest Gump reference here.)

I have a Not-So-Little-Guy working on colors and labeling.  Since I’m in a farming community, I thought this Super Duper card from their Grammar Gumballs game would be functional for my Not-So-Little-Guy.

Our exchange went like this:




Me:  “Those sheep are…”
Not-So-Little-Guy:  “White.”
Me:  “Great!  This sheep is…”
Not-So-Little-Guy:  “Burnt.”


Touche’, sir, touche’.

If you ask a kid about his ants…

Some of you may recall I have favorite kids… Like Mr. I-Can’t-Keep-Quiet-EVER who I first mentioned here.

And while I KNOW I’m not supposed to have favorites, let’s just accept life and move on.

Typical day in the life of an SLP, just traipsing down the hall to get my group of kids from their classroom.  Mr. I-Can’t-Keep-Quiet-EVER sees me at his classroom door and squirms, shimmies, jimmies, his way to get in line.  He LITERALLY could not stand still without looking like he was experiencing a cross between a dry heave and full body convulsions in every muscle.

Me:  Mr. I-Can’t-Keep-Quiet-EVER!  WHAT is going on?!
Mr. I-Can’t-Keep-Quiet-EVER:  What?  Huh?
(continuing his constant motion to rival the speed of light)
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Alice in Wonderland…

I recently started working with a new first grade girl (Ms. Confused) who is DETERMINED that I am Alice.

As in Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, and all.

I have NO CLUE where she got this idea but it has carried over from one week to the next and I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty adorable.


–Week One–
Do you remember my name?
Ms. Confused:  No….
I’m Miss Alex.
Ms. Confused:  Like in Wonderland?!

For the record, my given/birth name is NOT Alice.  She made that phonological leap on her own.  But I couldn’t help but think she was right.  Some days that’s exactly what life (in education) feels like…

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A little while back I realized I spend a whole lot of time, doing a whole lot of NOTHING.  So I started dinking around online and figured out that while I’m doing “nothing” I may as well get paid for it.

Enter the world of Online Surveys.

Yes, this is lame.  But yes, it does pay.  I make on average about $30-$40 a month.  True story.  In theory it pays my internet bill every month.  But it fact, it usually pays my eBay/online consignment bill.  Ah well, either way, it’s money straight to my PayPal account that I wouldn’t have otherwise had.

Maybe I’m a weirdo, maybe this isn’t your cup of tea… but I couldn’t pass up the chance to tell you about making easy money 🙂

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