Pool Exercises To Fight Fat & Firm Muscles

So this morning I was determined to work off last night’s margarita (it was a monster) in the pool and wondered if my self-imposed exercises are proper for burning calories and building muscle. I consulted Siri who took me to Shape Magazine who then confirmed that the way I exercise in the pool is correct! I was so excited to see that and also learn a few new ones. They list 33 you can do and laps don’t even make the list…which is great cause, I don’t like doing laps. I won’t bore you with all 33 but how about several that I currently do just in case you want to try them also?

Bicycle-this can be done with your elbows on the edge of the pool or a noodle. Works your core, shoulders, and legs

Double leg lift- this can be done while resting your arms on the edge or in my case, grabbing the step bars from behind. Raise both legs as high as possible, keeping them perfectly straight, then lower them down again.

Flutter Kick– Holding on to the pool edge, kick your legs rapidly behind you. Try not to splash and go as fast as you can. You could also use a noodle or paddleboard for this.

Noodle Bicycle-riding your noodle between your legs like a bicycle, go the length of the pool and back as many times as you can. You will feel the burn after a few trips!

Noodle Crunch-With your noodle under your shoulders, pull your abs in and do a crunch. Since the pool is three dimensional, you are working extra hard to keep your balance and stability

Noodle Flyback-Riding your noodle like before, use your arms in a sweeping motion to propel you up and down the length of the pool. This works chest, upper back, abs,  and shoulders.

There are many more to choose from but these are the ones I was more or less doing on my own just kinda common sense movement in the pool. Who knew I was actually doing something right? Now, If I could just lay off those margaritas! Where has my willpower gone? It’s summertime, it’s hot and I’m spoiled! So the least I can do is try to work them off, take my supplements and vitamins and use my essential oils. That way maybe I can maintain and not gain more weight.

I know, I know, but what about all that sugar??? Well, I just drink tons of water all day long when I’ve been bad the night before to try and flush out all those toxins. Of course, it usually has either lemon essential oil, grapefruit or both in it. Once summer is over I’ll get back on track and behave myself. 😉

If you would like pictures to go with the exercises you choose, go check out Shape Magazine (Shape.com) and look under How To Burn Calories in the Pool-Without Swimming a Single Lap




CBD Oil-An Update

My preference for delicious flavor and results that deliver!

Ok, remember I promised you guys an update when I had some time to experience the CBD oil and let you know the ways it has benefitted me? Well, it’s been about 2 months now, I have moved up to the 200 mg bottle from Blue Moon Hemp and I still vape the flan flavor, since I already know and trust that it will be delicious. They tout it as “the healthy vape” and it really is! It is also true that what they say about your body letting you know when it’s time to move up to the next dose, I knew when I didn’t get the same results anymore, it was time.

Now, I don’t know about you all, but I have trouble sleeping. Not anymore. Since I started vaping the CBD oil, I have had better sleep than the days of my youth, when I was carefree and stupid. And the other thing I noticed is that I am not as anxious as I used to be. It’s like things just don’t annoy me to the same degree they once did, I’m more chill about traffic, my kid’s problems and even my husband’s snoring doesn’t bother me- I hardly have to sleep in the guest room anymore!!  One thing it can’t fix is the knot in my shoulder when I hunch over the computer too long, I’ll gladly go get a massage to remedy that when I can afford one though.

In the beginning, I would mix the CBD oil with my other vape juice, now I vape it straight. I find I don’t need as much, yet if I’m also enjoying a beverage (the adult kind) I tend to reach for it a little more, kind of like when I used to smoke. All of the research I’ve read says it also helps with brain function and stops seizures (although thankfully I’m not plagued by those) and a plethora of other things that benefit the same symptoms people smoke medical marijuana for. You do not have to be scared of CBD oil however, there is no THC ( the compound that gets you high), it does not alter your way of thinking or cause a stoned feeling. It is legal in all states and I actually get mine from a local vapor shop. It is expensive, yet lasts a long time if you don’t overuse it.

My e-cig set up. Same thing I used for vaping e-juice.

The advice that I took was some that I found on most every CBD oil website, start at the lowest dose and work your way up. I started with the 100 mg bottle and am now working on my 200 mg one. I go through about a dropper full a day and it still lasts me about a month. It is also available in tinctures, edibles and other ways, I just prefer vaping it since I was already doing that anyway. Since I don’t need to do it as much as I used to vape regular “juice”, I don’t find myself freaking out that I can’t vape at most restaurants, or maybe that’s just me in my newly chilled state. Whatever, I am good waiting until I get in the car or back home.

If yall have any questions, suggestions or just want to talk about it, leave a comment in the box. For now, I’ll sign off…I have a hot date with a silver fox!

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Fallen Angel-A Lone Star Murder Mystery

Good afternoon all here’s hoping your Monday has been swell!

The program for this production

Saturday night we surprised my mother-in-law, Claudette, with dinner and a show at Grapevine’s Texas Star dinner theater. We had done this a few years ago for my sister-in-law and Claudette had such a blast, we thought we would do it for her milestone birthday. The woman just turned 80 and does not look it in the least!

My mother-in-law Claudette, the lovely lady in the middle

I think we laughed harder at this show than the first one, I had no clue “who done it” but that didn’t deter me from trying to figure it out. The dinner was delicious and the acting was over the top fantastic. You can tell these are trained and seasoned actors that put on this production, which is an interactive one by the way. They walk all through the dining area, poking fun at the diners, sometimes touching you, sometimes just talking to you. At one point, my brother-in-law found his head being “molested” by one of the women characters-Helen Brimstone. (She was running her fingers through his hair and basically messing it up)

Helen getting handsy with Bubba

I love going to this place, we always have a good time. Now, the tickets are a little spendy but hey, you are getting dinner and a show so really, it isn’t that much. Gratuity has to be paid separately but they really bust their butts making sure you have everything you could ever want or need at your table. Lone Star Murder Mysteries and Lagniappe Productions are the brain child of director Chris Whatley and his wife Phyllis Addison and any show you see at the Texas Star is well worth the money, in my humble opinion. Phyllis passed away last year and the acting troupe dedicates each and every performance to her memory. Not only was she part owner but a talented actress herself, as well as a director and philanthropist. Portions of each production’s proceeds go to several different charities including American Cancer Society, KERA, and HSNT-(Humane Society of North Texas).

I almost forgot, if you solve the mystery, you are in the running for a T-shirt that says I Solved the Mystery and sports the Texas Star Murder Mystery logo.

Marshall Jim Courtwright-aka, not a suspect
Esperanza, a saloon girl in the show
My youngest boy Chris was blocked by his nephew Stephen and doesn’t dinner look yummy!
My son Joshua enjoying the show, yet nervous Helen might get handsy with him too!


I included a few fun pics from our party as well as the characters who played their parts to perfection. The next time you plan to be in or around Grapevine Texas, you owe it to yourself to (book ahead) take in dinner and a show and then enjoy historic main street and or the many wineries around town. As for us, we waited for our party next door at Chill Bar and had a yummy beverage until it was time to check in. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed our evening and I’m sure Claudette will remember her 80th birthday with a smile.

For information on how to book a ticket to the show,  go to texasstardinnertheater.com, or call 817-310-5588. This particular show runs through November 11, 2017, every Friday and Saturday night.


Vacation, A Week in Review-Wednesday & Thursday, July 13-14-Lucedale

Again, so sorry this has been spread out so far, it’s easy to get out of the habit of daily writing and let life fill in the empty spaces.

The last leg of our journey was spent at my cousin Edie’s house. For two days we relaxed and visited with her sister Mary and Mary’s husband Buddy as well as enjoying her cooking and eating whatever I liked. Edie is a fantastic cook and really went out of her way to prepare a feast for us and other members of the Caldwell family-Uncle Tony and his wife Tammy, cousins Andrea and her children, Mary’s daughter Katie and her children, cousin Eva’s husband Robbie. There were other cousins I wanted to see, however,they were out of town or simply lived too far away to visit this time.

Edie’s silver lab, Bo
Edie preparing the first night’s feast
My cousin MaryKate and her hubby Buddy
My Aunt Tammi and I
Tammi, Buddy, Uncle Tony and Dave out by Edie’s pool
Cousin Andrea and her kids
Andrea’s oldest-Cameron with a rat snake he caught in the yard
Mary’s daughter Katie cheesing for the camera

We ate and visited late into the night after everyone else left and the next day went to see Mary and Buddy’s house. After the short visit there, we went back to Edie’s for round two-dinner, drinks and late night conversations and then headed home the next day. We originally planned to go through Vicksburg, but Dave was anxious to get home so he could pick up his new truck the next day.

Dave being playfully mauled by Bo
My beautiful cousin Mary
Dave’s new ride, his third Avalanche and most lifted vehicle ever! I practically need steps!

All in all it was a great trip and now it’s their turn to come visit us! 😉