2016 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES Available @ Your Library!

The 2016 Academy Awards ceremony aired last Sunday, February 28. Did you watch it?? I only watched the red carpet pre-show but I did check this morning to see who had won! GO LEO!!! I loved him in THE REVENANT and I think he totally deserved to win.

Your local library may offer some of the nominated films, my library does, and here is the list of what is available and what is coming soon!! And did you know....several of the nominated films were books FIRST!! 






Starring: Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Yasiin Bey, Tony Bennett, Pete Doherty

The incredible story of six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving, and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.




Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Karen Gillan

The financial meltdown from the perspective of a number of players: Michael Burry, a bizarre stock-picking genius, and the first to realize that the market's housing boom is based on a 'house of cards' sham; Mark Baum, self-loathing fictional character whose firm picks up insider trading information from a wrong number phone call; Jarred Vennet, a smart-aleck broker who confirms the ominous suspicion; and Charles Gellar and James Shipley, small-time players who hit it big.




Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance

James Donovan is a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.




Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.




Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her twenties, Therese is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.




Starring: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac

Caleb, a 24-year-old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company's reclusive CEO, Nathan. But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava. Truths, emotions, and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava, and Nathan intensifies.




Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoe Kravitz

A return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his past, he believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord with his gangs, pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.




Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels

After a bad storm blows across Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and left behind. Now stuck on a hostile planet, he must find a way to signal to Earth and, in the meantime, survive on limited supplies.




You can find the book HERE and the audio book HERE

Starring: Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Lukas Haas

Inspired by true events, an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald. Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.




Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, William H. Macy

After five-year old Jack and his Mom escape from the enclosed environment that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a miraculous discovery: the outside world.




Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Billy Crudup, Stanley Tucci

Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious 'Spotlight' teams of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment.




Starring: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking viewers back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels - armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent - stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A.


Have you seen any of these Oscar nominated films? Which one(s)? And which are you most looking forward to seeing?

Yes, Florida Prepaid can be used at schools nationwide

I graduated from Florida colleges. My husband graduated from Florida colleges. But will my children? I don't have any idea. My kids are now nearly 10, 11, and 12 years old. College is still a few years away but thankfully we have already paid off their college educations.

My mom lives in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, and I have heard the #TampaTrio on more than one occasion say that they would love to move to North Carolina. In fact, my husband and I have also had conversations about moving somewhere with a little more diverse climate; North Carolina, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado top our list.



But what about our Florida Prepaid College Plans?

While Prepaid Plans are designed to be used at a Florida College or State University, the plans can also be applied at other schools nationwide. Public, private, in-state or out-of-state, they can use that money. And if you move out of state, but your child decides to come back to Florida to go to college, they will be billed at in-state tuition rates.

Yes, you read that right!! If you move or if your child falls in love with a school outside Florida, you can still use the funds that you put into Florida Prepaid College Plans.

You do NOT lose your money!!!

Every Florida Prepaid College Plan is fully guaranteed by the State of Florida, so you can never lose what you’ve paid in. Also, you can transfer your plan to another eligible family member or cancel your plan for a full refund of what you’ve paid in. It's a win/win situation. 

My trio are excelling in their classes. My oldest daughter is enrolled in all advanced classes at an International Baccalaureate middle school. Granted she is only in 6th grade, but she's starting good habits now that will continue to serve her well as she advances through her educational career. 

Regardless of where my trio end up going to college, I take pride and comfort in knowing that their educational expenses are covered under the Florida Prepaid College Plan. 

And don't forget.....Open Enrollment ENDS on February 29th, so you better hurry up if you want to lock in current rates!

A Month at Florida Power Yoga

How has it been one month already?? Time is just slipping away from me.

During my one month at Florida Power Yoga I have been able to try a variety of classes. 5 different classes if you want to be specific.

I've done (in no particular order)

Power Mash

Power Yoga

Core Power

Power Yo' Glutes

Power Abs

And of course I have my favorite class! Which one do you think it is?

It's POWER MASH!! I absolutely love that class. 

In Power Mash you do 3ish minutes of Yoga moves, followed by many many many minutes of a Tabata style workout. I freaking love it. It's totally amazing. The main part of the workout lasts for about 35ish minutes, and then we do 10ish minutes of abs, and then stretching and about 6ish minutes of Savasana. It works out to pretty much exactly an hour. An hour of amazing.

I think I have probably mentioned on the blog somewhere that I had done Yoga in the past. But the Yoga that I had done previously did not really prepare me for Florida Power Yoga. Wink  My previous experience was with Les Mills Body Flow. But I was prepared for it to NOT be like Body Flow as I had done my research and knew that FPY had classes that focused on cardio with purposeful breathing. 

I've spent this past month really focusing on my breathing during Yoga. In and out through the nose during exercise is a challenge for me, but I'm getting better at it. I've also noticed that I've gotten a lot more flexible and my balance has improved A LOT! 

Check out my data from the past month.


I started on January 12th and that was a Power Mash class. For the sport icons I hadn't synced my A360 with Flow for a long time, so I just used the group fitness profile. 

On February 8th I finally synced my monitor and was able to use the Yoga sport profile Cool



I had been going about 4 times per week when I first started, but then work happened and I've dropped down to 2-3 times per week. I still get in my daily lunch "wog" (walk/jog) so I'm certainly hitting all my activity goals. If I could just get my diet under control. Yell


I've met some very nice people during my month at FPY. Even ran into quite a few former members of CrossFit En Fuego and it's always good to catch up with old friends.

Now I just need to renew my monthly pass and try to get back to 3 times per week. I CAN DO IT!! I love that they offer a 7:15pm class. It's a perfect time for me, but the past two weeks I have been buried under kid stuff....science fair, homework, etc...that I've been barely keeping my head above water. This is probably further proof that I need to make some time for ME so that I can be a better mom/wife to the most important people in my life....my family.




During my month at FPY I also had the opportunity to try out 2 different hot yoga mats. Both were made by Kulae. I used each mat for 2 weeks. The first mat I used was very nice. It was very soft, yet gripped my feet very well so I never felt like I was slipping and sliding around the mat. BUT....it got super stinky very quickly. It literally went from 0 stink to OMG I can hardly breathe stink over night. And then I washed it which was fine, but the drying process took FOREVER! I laid it out on a flat space and I kid you not....it took 4 DAYS for that mat to dry. I had to borrow another mat from the studio during the interim because my mat back was drenched.

The second mat I tried (and am still using now) was the Elite Hybrid. I LOVE THIS MAT!!! The sweat smell doesn't suddenly jump out at you. You can start to smell that you need to wash it BEFORE it becomes totally overwhelming. It also took less time to air-dry. Still took longer than I would like (2 full days) but having washed the other one I planned my washing of this mat at a time when I knew I'd be out of the studio for a while so that I could give it plenty of time to dry. I don't think my feet stick as well to this mat as the other and it has bunched up on me a few times, but I'm willing to overlook that because of the shorter drying time and "smell" issue.

What type of hot yoga mat do you use?