Post Day One Run

Everything hurts…. I am proud of my soreness though. It means I accomplished something. My sore thighs remind me that everyone starts somewhere. My tired calves tell me I have a long journey ahead. But my mind is clear and I know I am running for two great causes: Prostate cancer and myself.

Softball practice today with my Bug… But first, I’m getting my ball n chain out for a walk with the pooch. Healthy inspires healthy.

Breakfast was delicious. I made a hummus and broccoli egg scramble with coffee. Trying to stick with a low carb/low sugar lifestyle for my hubby’s diabetes issues.

Off to start the day… God bless!


Ready, Set, What?!

Last year, I walked a 5K for Prostate Cancer in honor of my dad. He is a survivor and is going strong. This year, I’ve decided to run the whole… damn… thing. Not sure what I was thinking…

So today was day one. I have downloaded, deleted and downloaded this app about twenty times that is supposed to train you for a 5K. I’ve never gotten past week 2.

But this year, I have new motivation. My fiancée’s ex-wife will be walking with us in support of my dad. We’ve come a long way in the past couple years. We will both probably need the EMTs when we’re done but hey…. All in the spirit of fitness, right?

Day one is completed and I feel great. I know I have a long way to go. Race day is in 5 weeks so let the butt kicking begin!

Hello Again

I know it has been quite awhile since my last post. Obviously, I’ve been busy. I think my Avon career is over. My mom took over and is doing well with it. (If you are interested, please visit to place an order)

Life after Avon has been interesting. Bug made the travel softball team. This means instead of $150 at the park district, we pay $650 for some special team. I’m super happy she made the team… Maybe this will lead to a college scholarship.

I still have a job I hate. The seven minute drive to work seems to be getting longer and longer. The complete lack of intelligence with some people I work with is ridiculous.

But I have started my own shop on Etsy. ( Being creative runs through my blood. My mom and dad enjoy wood working and other craftsy stuff while my Grandma is a wizard with ceramics. I love to crochet. Together we make up the team “ImagineThat.” Check us out on Facebook too!

I am sure more things have happened but it is late and after a long day of rethinking my life choices, I’m exhausted. Check you on the flip side.

Ending Prostate Cancer

My dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer last year. I was devastated. Here is a man who defeated alcohol and drugs only to fight more demons. Along with a wonderful team of doctors and prayers, he is in remission as of March 2014.

My dad beat cancer’s ass! I want to help more daughters say the same thing.

I’m taking part in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Chicago on May 31, 2014 to raise money that will be used to promote greater awareness about prostate cancer, provide free testing to men around the U.S. to combat this leading men’s health disease, and advance cutting-edge research toward finding a cure. Will you help me?

You can designate your contribution in memory of a loved one, or in honor of an individual now battling prostate cancer as well as in honor of his caregivers. And as I cross the finish line of the upcoming ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Chicago you’ll take comfort in knowing you helped make it possible.

There is no donation that is too small. If you have the means, please donate and help other families survive this horrible disease.

Reconnecting and the Red Zone

Life can get away from you.  Sometimes you have to take a step back and enjoy what has been given to you.

Frank and I have been together for quite some years now.  Needless to say, not much surprises either of us anymore.  So when the subject of what to do on this holiday Memorial Weekend came about, we decided to “reconnect” and go camping.

I think camping was one of the things that brought us together so many years ago.  We were young, broke, and could stay the night with each other for $5 a camping site rather than $100 for a hotel room.  The saved fare on lodging meant we could buy food and beer.  What else do you need?

Now that we are a little older and more financially secure… we still buy hotdogs and beer for camping.  Somethings never change.  But despite a slow start to the weekend and having to work on Frank’s Dad’s car for most of the day, I had a blast.  I got to test drive my Avon Bug Guard and Avon BB cream with SPF 50 and am highly impressed.  The only spots that I am burned are the spots I couldn’t reach with the spray.  The BB cream was amazing!  My face feels moisturized and not at all red.  Good job Avon!  (Check out my website to try yours too!)

The last day, we took our dog out on the canoe.  He was nuts!  The entire time I thought the boat was going to tip!  But we all made it home safe and sound… and reconnected.  Just sitting around the campfire with a beer and my love… who could ask for more?  I can’t put into words how I feel.  I’ve literally spent 1/3 of my life with this man and it was nice to have the butterflies back in my tummy.

Renewing Our Engagement

So officially we were engaged in March of this year after the St. Patricks day parade in Lombard. The local Kmart was going out of business an I was told to pick out a ring because it was cheap. My man sure is a romantic lol. But yesterday as we stood on the highest cliff of Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest, Frank says to me, “This is where I should’ve given you your ring.” I told him it’s never too late and gave him my ring. In the midst of the beautiful fall colors, he said the words I’ve been waiting eight years to hear. “Will you marry me Tara?” The answer is the same but the overwhelming feeling of love was different. I knew I loved this man more than anything but I now know with absolute certainty there will never be anyone else to complete me the way he does. There are no words strong enough to describe what I feel.

7 Nail Polish Shades to Impress Men

I saw this article yesterday and found it to be interesting.  After reading, please let me know if you agree or disagree with the colors and what your favorite Avon shades are.

My Avon Picks:

1. Luxe Lavender (913-823)
2. Ruby Slippers (434-656)
3. Mambo Melon (623-974)
4. Red Red (623-993)
5. On the Go Pink (623-936) or ASAP Pink (623-936)
6. Grey Flash (625-321) or Starry Sky (436-572)
7. Lime Splatter (156-060) or Don’t Be Jaded (155-868)

Now obviously men probably don’t care or even notice for the most part what color our nails are painted.  The only time my boyfriend notices my nails is if I let it chip so bad it looks like a four year old child’s nails.  What men do notice is confidence.  So wear whatever shades make you feel beautiful and rock it!

Moving on up!

I’ve been with Avon for just over six months now.  I absolutely love it!  I have a wonderful Upline that is super supportive and never lets me go with a question unanswered.  My downline team is also amazing.  They are easy to get ahold of and real “go-getters” in their own sales.  Because of the support I received from both teams, I have progressed into the first title of leadership in the Avon company.  I can officially say that I am an Avon Independent Sales Representative and Unit Leader.  I hope to keep progressing onward and upward with this company.

I want to continue sharing my business and success with everyone I come in contact with.  I want other people to experience how amazing being an Avon Rep really is.  It is so much more than door-to-door sales or makeup.  It is about empowering yourself and learning that you can do anything you set your mind to.  I did not have much confidence in myself starting out.  I still find it a little awkward to start a conversation with a stranger but I am working on it.  Avon is not just makeup, perfume, and lotion (although they do have some amazing products!).  Avon has given me not only a way to make some extra pocket money, but a way to build confidence in myself and a great winning team!