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37in37: Update 5

It is time for an update on my #37in37 list!

I cannot believe I am almost 38 years young…and my list is almost complete!  I am in the process of making a few tweaks to my list.  (there is no Colitis walk nearby, so we are participating in Tunnel 2 Towers.  I also decided I don’t want to smoke a hookah, so I am going to the Country Music Hall of Fame instead!)

If you want to check out my full list, CLICK HERE.

Here our my other updates:

Update 1
Update 2
Update 3
Update 4


#22.  Become a Fur Foster Family.  You can read about these two cuties by clicking HERE.  This has been quite an experience.  I would love to do it again in the future, but I will research other rescue companies and be very clear with what is expected and ask questions about procedures.  Don’t get me wrong…Rufflife is an amazing rescue group…they help animals and are very dedicated.  I am just really big on communication, and it is a little too laid back for my anal-ness.


#32:  Make an origami animal.  The kids and I worked on this over Spring Break.  This is supposed to be a frog.


#9:  Do a flip on a trampoline.  My sweet neighbor got a pretty good shot of this one!


#33:  Host a Progressive Dinner.  I loved doing this with my neighbors and will definitely do this again!

Stay tuned for my next update…hoping to finally milk that dang cow, ride the fury, and pick some berries!

Progressive Dinner

It is hard for me to believe that I have never been to a progressive dinner!  I know they were popular in the 70’s and late 80’s, and have made a comeback recently, and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.  I added it to my #37in37 list back in May, so I was excited host one of my own.

I sent a text to my neighborhood peeps and they were in.
Tip 1:  Do this in your ‘hood so nobody has to drive.

I paid my daughter to watch all the kids, which was a huge plus!
Tip 2:  Hire help in the neighborhood!

We started with drinks …


Sangria- One of my favorites!    It was so good, we finished one pitcher, and took the second pitcher down the street with us.


Tip 3:  Serve drinks. (duh.)


On our way to house number two!  Part of what made this so fun was walking with a different person and talking on the way to the next house.  And this 90210-ish photo shoot we did.


Salads…We had two choices of some pretty fancy greens.  I chose the arugula, almonds, blueberries, and goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette.

All the kids were dropped off previously at the salad house.  It was good to check in to make sure all was well.  These two cuties did a magic show for us!

Tip 4:  Have live entertainment. But don’t pay an arm and a leg for it.  We paid a penny each for these magic show tickets.


We had the main course at our house.  I served my famous proposal roast, broccoli and cheese and french bread.


Dessert was key lime pie and coffee ice cream pie. I had a piece of each and they were well worth the burpees I did earlier.  Who am I kidding?  Toby and I just took a walk.  😉

Good thing I took my Carb Block.

Tip 6:  Eat dessert

This was seriously too much fun!  I loved hanging out with everyone, walking our neighborhood and just being together.  We plan to do again in the fall.

Have you ever had a progressive dinner?  What did you love about it?  Any tips for this beginner for next go around? 

Tunnel to Towers


My husband and I are so excited…and nervous to participate in the Tunnel to Towers Stair climb.  I planned to participate in the  the Crohn’s and Colitis walk as one of my #37in37 items, but there isn’t one local, so this will take it’s place.

What is this about?  The Siller Family started the foundation to honor the memory of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter, who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.

The goal of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to continue Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members.  In January 2015, the Foundation also raised over one million dollars to fully pay off the mortgages for the families of slain NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Luis Ramos.


Why are we doing this?

Well, my husband and I have a little extra income rolling in (thanks Plexus!) and we want to give back…with our time and finances!  And because my friend Suzanne asked me to.  She is such a beautiful person and I admire her so much.

Here is a little about Suzanne…She is is currently ranked in the top 15 female tower runners, and 2nd in her age group in the U.S. Suzanne was named the Most Moving Instructor by Class Pass in 2016.

Suzanne and her husband are the race directors for the Duke Energy Stairclimb benefiting the Stephen Siller Foundation. The Tower Climb event is in Charlotte on April 30, 2016 at Duke Energy.


Last year was the first Tower Climb event at the  new One World Trade building with 1000 participants consisting of firefighters, veterans, elite climbers and family of many first responders.  Suzanne and Joe were so motivated by the event, they wanted to bring it to Charlotte and share in honoring their local first responders.

The foundation builds smart homes for veterans.  They are currently working on 15 homes this year and are working on 46 homes total. These homes are customized to suit the needs of the most catastrophically injured servicemen.

Daniel and I would be honored if you joined us!  Don’t let the steps scare you….watch this VIDEO.  I dare you not to cry.  Then I double dog dare you to do this with us.  If you don’t cry and don’t want to climb, at least make a donation!

To register for this event CLICK HERE

To donate to this event CLICK HERE

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