Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spring Training Workout: #9

Spring is in the air. Want to know how I know this? I have probably sneezed 80 times today. Which tells me the seasons are changing! And no one is more happy about that than I am!

Spring time around here means warmer weather, which means I can finally ditch the heavy sweaters, jackets, boots and scarves for something sleeveless and flirty! So I whipped up a Spring Training: Tank Top Arms workout for you!

I usually opt for 5 or 8 lb weights when working out my arms because I know that my arms will start to look like The Hulk's very quickly if I use too much weight. But if you're looking to gain sexy definition or bulk a bit, choose a heavier weight that will really challenge you. Otherwise, stick to the light weights.

Each circle targets a different group of muscles, so do each circle two times before repeating the entire workout to get a good burn going! If it's not quite enough for you, increase your weights or repeat for a third time. And get those tank tops out from the back of the closet! Spring is almost here!

For more of my workouts, visit my Fitness page on the right hand side of the blog, or click HERE!

Friday, February 22, 2013


Oh hey, Friday! You've made it! I'm linking up over at LifeRearranged again for InstaFriday, if you're visiting from Jeannett's blog, stop by and say hello in the comments!

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This week I managed to not take a single picture. That's never happened. But here at the Heffelfinger Household, some changes are about to be made, and it's causing a little bit of stress (I promise to fill ya'll in soon, and I also promise that I'm not pregnant!). So rather than post my nonexistent photos, I thought I'd share an inspiring image from Pinterest, a little somethin' somethin' that helps me get through stressful days:

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Sometimes we have to debate where to put the effort. Do you put the effort into where you are now, because, well, you're there and it's easy. Or do you reach out and water elsewhere in hopes that you can move to that new spot someday? While I know that God has a plan for us all, it isn't clear or defined or paved in gold bricks. It's our job to follow the open doors, to break down the closed doors, and to make new doors when necessary. God's plan for us is in our hearts, our souls, and it's our job to discover it.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Our Caribbean Cruise

As you may know, Sam and I had the pleasure of taking a much needed vacation with some good friends of ours in January to the Western Caribbean on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. I've been meaning to post pictures since the day we returned, but at long last, here they are:

Sam and I had never been cruising before and had heard that the rooms are tiny with tiny windows and yuck. We opted to spend a bit more for a balcony room, and are SO glad we did. The room was a great size, the bathroom had a pretty tiny shower, but great hot water, so no complaints!

We left out of New Orleans, on the Mississippi River which was really cool! The cruise ship had to turn 180 degrees around to leave, and the tips of the boat seemed like they might touch the edge of the river, it was awesome to watch.

This was the walkway down the middle of the ship. It felt like we were inside of a mall. There were stores and restaurants and bars. And considering this was all on a floating SHIP... we were blown away by the size of the boat.

Here's Sam, Dave, and Steffi as the ship pulled away from the port and began to turn around in the Mississippi River.

We spent the entire next day heading to Cozumel, Mexico. So we hit up the mini golf and explored the ship for the day. That's Dave and Steffi, they kicked our butts.

Obviously, I'm a much better dancer than I am a mini golfer.

That night was our first formal night on the cruise. It was optional, but we came prepared with our fancy clothes!

After dinner, we came back to our room to find this little guy on our bed! Isn't he cute!?

The next morning we woke up in Cozumel. Our group opted out of doing any of the excursions that the ship provided. Instead, we found a local cab and asked him to take us to a free beach, that was far away from the tourist traps. He took us to the best place ever, free beach, cheap beer, and amazing chips and salsa.

Oh yea, and  pina colada's the size of a fish bowl!

Sam and I borrowed our friend's snorkling gear to check out the fish and coral reefs. And lucky for us, our camera is waterproof, so we were able to capture our sexy fish lips :)

And some lobsters! The long black line through the bottom right of the photo is his long tentacle thing...not sure that's what it's really called.

Whoops, little bit out of order here.


Back on the ship that night, we relaxed on our balcony and watched the sunset as we pulled away from Mexico, heading towards Grand Cayman.

On the island we found a portion of the world famous "7 Mile Beach" that was free and open to the public. So we rented some umbrellas, bought a case of beverages and enjoyed the warm water and white sand.

The boys snorkeled, but there wasn't much to see except the sand. That's the 3 boys with snorkels on...and a stranger floating on the left.

Back on the ship that night, heading for Jamaica!

We again opted out of doing any of the cruise excursions on Jamaica. We instead bartered with a cab driver for a tour of the island. Sadly, I cannot remember his name, but we had a wonderful day cruise the island looking at old churches, visiting the rain forest, and eating local Caribbean Jerk Jamaican BBQ.

This was our transportation for the day.

In Jamaica, they produce and bottle Red Stripe, so of course we had a few of those while looking over the rain forest.

We saw lots of these!

Sadly, we didn't spend much time on the beach, but we did stop off to dip our toes in the water before heading back to the ship.

Can you spot the little man on the anchor!?

After leaving Jamaica, we still had 2 full days at sea until we were back in New Orleans. We arrived in port early in the morning and were greeted by rolling fog on top of the River. It was quite a pretty sight.

Over all, it was a great trip, great friends, great new friends, tons of food, and warm beaches. Can't ask for more than that. Sam and I were hesitant about taking a cruise, we've heard lots of stories of sea sickness, small rooms, bad food, etc. I'm glad we took the risk and didn't experience any of that! However, I'm not sure that cruising will be something that we'll do again, at least not for a while, with only a few hours spent on shore, I felt like I was stuck on a boat rather than exploring a new country. Next time we vacation in the Caribbean, we'll be staying on an island :)

And thank the good Lord that we weren't on the Carnival cruise that has been stranded at sea this past week. That would have been terrible!

Have you visited the Caribbean? Where would you suggest we go next? And what's your ideal method of traveling? Resorts, cruising, hostels??