Dec 262012

The H family, along with two other families, learned how to ski [and snowboard] this Christmas!

C + B

C+B at Sunspot, 10,700 ft.

Me + B

Me + B at Sunspot, 10,700 ft.

If you ever plan to take a trip to Winter Park, Colorado. You must look up Winter Park Lodging, we stayed at Timber Ridge Lodge which had more than enough space for 8 people… and heated floors!

Also, the city of Fraser is about 4 miles away from Winter Park and it has the best pizza at Elevation Pizza [try the Adam Bomb] AND the best snow-tubing hill at Colorado Adventure Park.

Did you do anything exciting for Christmas?

 Posted by at 11:40 am
Oct 052012

SOLD OUT Love Worth Fighting For

Tonight, my handsome man and I are headed out to a SOLD OUT Love Worth Fighting For event, hosted by KSBJ, and I am excited!

The event features speaker, and my 90′s sitcom crush, Kirk Cameron, and singer Warren Barfield, who will encourage and pour out their love to hundreds of “fighting” couples.

I cannot wait to share with you what we learn as a couple and as individuals. You can never grow TOO strong as either, right?

P.S. We will be sitting next to my BF and her hubby, so that makes this night even more special. Two couples, fighting for what is right and enjoying the presence and healing from God himself. Cool, huh?

S and Me 2007

P.S.S. If you wouldn’t mind, we would appreciate your prayers for open hearts and open minds. We are both at odds with a struggle or two within our family dynamics and would enjoy the peace and mercy of answered prayers! <3

 Posted by at 3:00 pm
Mar 272012

I Finished, that is about all I can say without getting angry at Dallas again.


Before I saw the hills of Dallas.

There is no shot of the after because I was beating myself up for having SUCH a bad half marathon, I cried. Sissy girl. But, guess what? I finished. So, Perseverance -1 Sag Wagon – 0.

Mike finished the race before me, WTG Big Guy! I lost him early on, mile 2-3, when the first set of hills came rolling in, forget that.

We now have a new note for our future races: don’t train for two completely different types of races within a month of each other [I am walking 39.3 miles for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and Mike is riding in the MS150]. 

How was your weekend? Conquer anything that wanted to beat you?

 Posted by at 9:30 am
Mar 072012

Time again to pull out your inner ninja – The Crazy Fun Adventure run is BACK and will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in beautiful Austin, Texas on Walter E Long Park. The course approximately three miles and is comprised of various obstacles based on the themes of: water, strength, speed, ropes, maze and balance.

Although you can complete on your own, it is recommended to gather a group of your girls [this is a woman's ONLY event] an bask in the glory of your obstacle awesomeness. Team building? Relationship building? Memory Making? Indeed!

Participants will receive:

  • 100% Cotton Commemorative T-shirt
  • Drawstring back pack filled with great products from our sponsors
  • Chance to win many prizes at our sponsors’ after party contests


  • $50(Today – March 21st)
  • $60(March 22 – April 4th)
  • $70(April 7 - packet pick up April 19th)
  • NOTE: There will not be race day registration this year.


I really want to participate this year, it sounds like so much fun and it is for a great cause! However, this race happens to be the same weekend of the Houston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer [Donate Here] AND the Houston to Austin MS 150 [Donate Here]. So far I am 0 and 2 for the Shape Diva Dash, I will make it one year, will you be on my team?

OH, PS – Anybody with a Bib number is eligible to win a five night trip for two to the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort in Puerto Rico, including breakfast at Marbella restaurant. I can dig that!

 Posted by at 1:00 pm
Feb 152012

This weekend the Band of Bosoms team will be collecting donations on the street corner, bras exposed, for this year’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!

Fill the Bra
Isn’t my “Fill the Bra” bag just SUPER cute?

You can find us at the corner of 290 and Barker Cypress, when you see a sign that looks like this, you have made it:Publicity Board

We will also be hosting two events over the holiday weekend as well, food based events of course, working the streets requires nourishment.

Come out to Menchie’s this Saturday, February 18, from 11-4pm – With a print out of the below flier, 20% of all sales will go to Team Band of Bosom’s efforts in raising funds for the Avon Walk. A SWEET SNACK FOR A GREAT CAUSE.

Band of Bosoms - Menchie's Feb 18

Come out to Willie’s Icehouse in Cypress on Monday, February 20, from open to close. With the below voucher, 15% of the proceeds from your meal go to Band of Bosoms in their fight against Breast Cancer. A DELICIOUS MEAL [AND DRINKS] FOR A GREAT CAUSE.

Band of Bosoms - Willies Feb 20


Not able to make any of these events but still want to participate? Here are a two GREAT options for supporting our cause:

  • Like our Band of Bosoms Facebook page from now through Saturday for a chance to win one of many SWEET prizes!
  • Donate HERE. Like the varieties of breast sizes, all donations, big or small, make an impact in breast cancer research. [PS – Our February raffles are going on as well - $10 gets you in!]

With your help, we will be one step closer to helping women and men get the treatment that is much needed and help fund research. We are In It to End It, Are You?


 Posted by at 6:00 pm
Jan 042012

Resolution for Women

I haven’t quite got around to making my New Year’s resolutions quite yet… nothing I really feel like changing other than getting a maid to wash my sheets and clean my floors. Hah!

I have a few goals in mind for the year, maybe writing them to you will encourage the follow through:

  • Learn Project Management and jump into a new chapter at my big girl job. Don’t get me wrong, I love my yob [that IS a Y] and the people I work with, but after four years things get a little… eh? Not that I am bored at all, work is quite busy and new technology is always on the move.
  • Save enough $$$ before December to not have to use one ounce of credit for our Ski trip. My sweet girl boasted just last night about how she purchased 4 shirts from one of her favorite stores for less than $50, because two shirts at regular price would have been more than $50. Frugal chick in the making, I love it.
  • Raise funds for my 39.3 mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer before the event gets here, only four months and $1,080 to go! I would love for you to support me and my team, Band of Bosoms, by donating here. We are also looking for gold [$500] and silver [$250] level sponsors.

Have you ever been in a spot where you had no idea what was going on, like nothing is moving, nothing is happening, you are just living. It is so empty. This is where I have been the past couple of months, wondering what is God’s plan for me in this season? This Christmas, I asked for the book The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shrier, it was written in partnership with the movie Courageous. It’s time for me to dive deep within and find out about the wonderfully feminine woman, wife, mother, daughter and friend that God has called me to be.

So far I have resolved to be quick to listen and slow to speak, which is not easy for me AT ALL because most of the time I hear but do not listen. It is one of my current character flaws [and I'm working on it], sometimes I go through the day not paying attention to what is important just to get to the next place, next agenda item, next anything that I am not currently involved – it’s a security blanket, a mute choice that I have kept up since I was young.

How about you? Have you read the book? What resolution are you looking forward to coming to fruition this year? I would love to hear from you… I would love to pray for you too! We are going on this journey together, friend! Bumps ahead, hope you have a helmet.

 Posted by at 9:24 pm
Oct 182011

Have you noticed lately that I have been posting more about Breast Cancer? Not only am I joining a lovely group of ladies in 2012 for a 39 mile weekend walk benefiting Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, but this weekend I attended a fundraising event for breast cancer called Project Pink [Link, Facebook].

Project Pink

 We were greeted at the door of North Cypress Medical Center by men in tuxedos with trays of mimosa’s… perfect for a Saturday lunch, no? There were silent and live auctions to be won, a fantastic lunch and dessert to be had, inspiring stories and educational doctor notes to be heard and an energizing fashion show to view. Amazing, Jos. A Banks submitted suits to be modeled, I wish I had pictures from the men hamming it up for all of the ladies Wooing after them during the show, one gent had on hot pink trouser socks and received dollars for his support, if you know what I mean! Super Amazing, I cannot believe, Clear Channel provided a $32,000 advertising package to be auctioned off at the live event and it went for UNDER $10,000! Besides supporting me in my walk in 2012, I totally recommend you allocating your donation budget on this event in the future!

One of my beautiful friends, Sandy, was the survivor liaison at the fundraiser, doesn’t she look beautiful? She has an amazing testimony, after marrying and transplanting to Geneva, she found out that she was unable to carry a child and sent back to the great USA. Her next blow was a diagnosis, one that a successful, multilingual business woman was not supposed to have. Breast Cancer. Sandy and Me at Project Pink

I learned A LOT from this party, like cancer does not care how old you are, your education, what you career aspirations are, how many kids you have or how soon you have had them and even family history. I am a strong advisor of women’s annual exams with your OB-GYN, if you don’t have one, hook up with a Woman’s network to find your right fit. My friends in the Houston area, hook up with Houston Women’s Care Associates for your annual exam, mammogram and information! Did you know that most insurance companies support breast reconstructive surgery? Isn’t that just amazing? I told B just the other day: ” A world without boobies is like a world without water.” So True!

In Celebrity News: Giuliana Rancic just announced she is in it to win it with breast cancer. I have to admit, I just love her story, she caught the beast early and she is so real and confident of her victory. If you don’t know part of her story, her and her husband have been trying for years to become pregnant through IVF. We [E! viewers] all thought her big announcement was she was finally carrying – it broke my heart to hear her words of beginning a new battle when she was already amidst a completely different one. She is so encouraging and is In It to End It! If you didn’t catch the story on E!, you can check it out here.

I would love for you to support my Avon Walk, the money I raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those that most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures. I will be just one of thousands of people that will walk up to a marathon and a half over a weekend, raising awareness of the cause and educating even more people. I cannot do it without your help.

From September 27 through October 31, all orders placed from my Etsy shop: SweetgumWay will be allocated 100% to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Team Band of Bosoms! Did you know you can also score 15% off any purchase with SWEETGUM15! Keep checking back, new items will hit the market soon.

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Sep 282011

Band of Bosoms - Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Houston

This year, I have committed to participating in my very first Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I am very excited to walk with my cousin and friends from long ago – we are wives, mothers and daughters on a mission to end breast cancer.

It is a big commitment, one that will require me to spend the next several months training and fundraising, as if training for my upcoming marathons isn’t enough. Breast cancer is a big disease, one that affects far too many women and men, and I am determined to do everything I can to help put an end to it.

The money I raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to help provide access to care for those that most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures. I will be just one of thousands of people that will walk up to a marathon and a half over a weekend, raising awareness of the cause and educating even more people.

I cannot do it without your help. Though I am required to raise at least $1,800 in donations, I plan to raise at least $2,500! I hope that I can count on your support.

You can make a donation to my fundraising campaign right here on the website by clicking “Donate Now“. If you prefer to write a check, simply contact me and I will send you the information and form. All of our sponsors will be mentioned on our Facebook page as well as their Logos on our Sponsor signs we bring to all out events. Any company whose donation exceeds $250 value will also be listed on our team t-shirts that we wear and sell.

As I prepare for this exciting event, I plan to update my Avon Walk page frequently so that all my supporters can follow my progress, so please visit often. While you are there, you might want to spend some time on the site to find out more information on why this event is so important, and the organizations and people that will be helped by the money we all raise.

Thank you in advance.

Follow my team’s success, get notice of our fundraising events throughout the year, or write words of encouragement on our Facebook page: Band of Bosoms.

From September 27 through October 31, all orders placed from SweetgumWay will be allocated 100% to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Team Band of Bosoms! Did you know you can also score 15% off any purchase with SWEETGUM15! Keep checking back, new items will hit the market soon.

Also, for the Month of October, we will be holding weekly raffles for some awesome prizes. Every person who makes a $20 donation to any of our team members accounts, will receive one raffle ticket. For a $50 donation, you get 3! Raffles will be announced on Sunday of each week at the Band of Bosoms Facebook page. Most of these will be for local (Houston) venues.

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 312011

It has been a minute since we went to Chicago and I thought it would [finally] be fun to post some of our pictures and some stories about the trip!

FridayWe arrived in Chicago around lunch time and Brent’s buddy, Johnny, took us to eat at Revolution Brewing Company in Oak Park. They had the BEST sandwiches and the BESSSST pretzel bread known to man, seriously. I learned something new, anytime a menu says “crunchy” or “crispy”, they mean it has uncooked cabbage slaw on top, Yum. C ordered a caesar side salad with her “crunchy” pulled pork sandwich and it came with a full out anchovy on top… needless to say, she did not eat the salad. I even tried it… Umm yea, not a fan of that either! I ordered the Hombre Burger, I’m from Texas, what can I say? It consisted of smoked poblano pepper,  avocado, Chihuahua cheese, red pepper crema & tortilla strips – aka. Heaven on a Heavenly Pretzel Roll bun. Once we arrived at our final destination – Congress Plaza Hotel [who has still not sent me a like to review their room/service{which is probably better for them because the "suite" was pretty much unacceptable (email me for details)}] we… I decided we should take a little walk to Navy Pier. I wonder why nobody stopped me, it was like 10,000 miles away from our hotel and we were pretty grumpy by the time we all got there. HAha!

B and Mike went out with the Chicago friends while C and I hit the streets to find dinner. C and I went down Michigan Avenue to hear the free concerts and look at Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountains. C has a radar for super fun, cool things, and this night was no different. We made our way to the Magnificent Mile Macy’s and Chicago Theater where there just happened to be a CLo concert and Glamorama fashion show taking place. C and I got to walk on the fashionistas red carpet and take in all of the glittlery and amazing fashion choices of the actual attendees. It was amazing! We caught some people making glances at us, like, “I can’t believe they wore that”, we were sporting the all fashionable shorts, t-shirt and Tom’s. We finally headed to dinner at about 11 pm; C chose, what we thought was, a quaint little place in downtown Chicago called Mercat a la planxa. Wow! Once again, we were totally under dressed and a little out of the diners target market, but we have money to pay for a delicious meal, so who cares about the target market. The meal was a total debacle and out waiter was really pretty poo-pooey on us, but we enjoyed ourselves and our meal. C decided to try the pintxos muranos Colorado Lamb Brochettes wrapped in Bacon and Lamb Jus and I had the Conill Amb castanyes Braised Rabbit Agnolotti, Roasted Chestnut Purée, Brandied Cherries and Rosemary Brown Butter. Our meals were divine and the experience will last a lifetime!

Chicago Theater

Saturday Was our chill day, we pretty much spent the day walking, relaxing and eating. I got to meet on of my co-workers, at my big girl job, who lives just a couple minutes from the hotel. My company is big on the virtual/global environment – nobody on my team lives within 6oo miles of Houston, it is pretty amazing when you think about how connected we are, but are so far apart. We took a cab ride to the Expo to pick up our race packets [there was no way the guys were going to go for another walk with me]. We ate lunch around our hotel and on our way to pick up bananas and water for the mornings race, the rain came down, BIG time. We were still about 3 blocks from the hotel. After we watched all of the Segway tours rush into their homes, which we were huddled close to, we decided to book it to the next available awning and make a game plan. We were like frogs who didn’t like the wet – hopping from one awning to the next between pours of rain. We just kind of chilled the rest of the day, watching bad hotel tv and C’s outstanding fashion show [she was still feeling the vibe from last night] with the hotel’s bedding; have I told you, lately, how amazing she is? Well… she is! By the way, this is how we dry wet Tom’s:

C's Shoe Dryer

Sunday There was a little race, you can read about it here. Our friends took us to another amazing eatery, Big Star, before we headed out to the airport.  They had delicious pork and fish tacos and their salsa was pretty much spectacular because it was not chilled. C happened upon the lovely bacon wrapped hot dog below – the Sonoran Hot Dog crispy, bacon wrapped, all beef hot dog, pinto beans, lime mayo, mustard, onions, hot sauce, on a bolillo roll = Amazing! We had to wipe off the sauces because the hot sauce was just WAY hot for her, but she went to town, she said it was pretty delicious and recommend it, most definitely.

C's giant Bacon-wrapped hot Dog

We hit up the train to take us to our destination before our final destination – it was pretty fun, except for when the guy sitting in front of us decided to get up and pry open the doors with this bare hands and jump out on the landing dock while the train was still moving… Not Smart dude, not smart. My face was stuck in the “OMG! Did that REALLY just happen” fashion for a minute or three. We made it to the airport in the nick of time… to see that our flight would be delayed for 5 hours. [Shameless Plug ~~>]It’s really too bad that we don’t have a smarty phone that received emails to tell us we were delayed; we could have totally stayed at the taco place for another 4 hours, which would have been fine by me!

Leaving Chicago on a Train

 Goodbye Chicago… until Next time!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 182011

 RnR Chicago Finisher

We made it!

Our race in Chicago was truly amazing; not including the “wave start” and the GPS issues, the run was a success.

We woke up bright and early at 5am on Sunday and were out the door by 5:30 to make our way to warm up and the start line. Here are my running buddy and me at 5:30, if the picture were any closer you could see my baggy eyes… I believe I stayed up a little too late with C watching Seventeen Again, HaH!

Chicago PreRun

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