Saturday, December 31, 2011

Your Red Dress

Do you have your red dress picked out yet for National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3rd?   I invite you to visit Macy’s.  Macy’s is a proud sponsor of Go Red For Women.  You can help support heart health by shopping the collection created to donate to this campaign available at Macy’s. 

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Janet Bolin

Friday, December 30, 2011


Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with loved ones. My family is absolutely huge, so I have a lot to celebrate with! Here is what my Christmas weekend looked like! 

Christmas Eve was spent at my Aunt Lori’s house. With 14 aunts and uncles, 15 cousins, grandparents, my parents, and my little brother and sister, it got crazy!

My crazy family acting normal!

It’s amazing how many people we can fit into my aunt’s living room! Everyone brings a dish of food and a 2 liter; we always go through every bowl! My personal favorite: my aunt’s chocolate pie and granny’s peanut butter pinwheels! YUM!

My cousins and I always exchange gifts between each other, and share many laughs along the way!
Then comes Christmas morning. My little brother, Daxx, and little sister, Jaecee Rae, woke up around 7:30 a.m. to head downstairs to see what Santa brought!

Jaecee Rae was excited about her Easy Bake Oven!

Daxx got Kinect for his XBOX!

They always look so cute in their Christmas pajamas, and the excitement on their faces after opening each present makes the day even better! After we have breakfast and finish opening our presents, we head over to my Granny Tipton’s house for another round! Christmas day is always spent with family, the best gift.

Jurnee Carr

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Go Red BetterU

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Janet Bolin

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Christmas is my favorite time of year! The music, the snow, the food-I love it all! One of my favorite Christmas past times is decorating gingerbread houses! My brother and sister joined in on the fun as well!

Icing was tossed and gum drops were eaten, but this was the final result of my gingerbread house! After 2 hours of gluing and decorating, the masterpiece was complete!

My little brother, Daxx, and little sister, Jaecee Rae, laughed and giggled throughout their process! They made a village of tiny gingerbread houses, a lengthy process!
I want to know what your favorite Christmastime activity is! Either comment on this post or go take this quiz: Show some Christmas cheer!

Jurnee Carr

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


During the cold winter months, animal loving organizations are working harder than ever to maintain their shelters and raise funds to help the homeless animals left on the icy streets. My mission through my organization, Jurnee’s Journey: Helping All God’s Creations, is to raise funds to support no-kill rescue and spay/neuter groups through jewelry sales at expos, events and on my website Please check out my site and help me help the animals! Here is an update on a few of the organizations I have had the privilege of helping through Jurnee’s Journey.

Romania Animal Rescue, Inc. (RAR) established the first free spay/neuter program for the impoverished people of Romania. “RAR's Trap/Neuter/Release program enables animal caregivers to bring in their cats and dogs to be treated for parasites, vaccinated, and neutered at no cost. RAR returns them to the caregiver and to their previous location.” This year they have surpassed their goal of funding 12,000 spay/neuters! Their new total: 12,835!

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago is the city’s largest no-kill humane organization. Since their founding in 1997, they have decreased the city’s number of homeless dogs and cats by 50%! They are “working to build a No Kill Chicago.” They have found homes for over 4,400 pets in 2011! This year they unveiled The GusMobile, a spay/neuter van which enables them to bring free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and education to Chicago neighborhoods that are most in need, sterilizing over 18,000 pets!

FiXiT Foundation was founded in 2009 in Norfolk, Virginia. They provide low cost spay/neuter operations through “conducting market research studies to identify and implement the ‘tipping point’ that will successfully persuade people to spay and neuter their animals.” They are currently working on the Final Fix-“a case study in a closed population to demonstrate the effectiveness of their strategy of targeted messaging and incentive-based promotions in increasing demand for spay and neuter.”

Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, Minnesota has been servicing the animals of Central Minnesota since 1974. This year they have launched the No Pet Left Undone Spay/Neuter Initiative. They are “fully committed to spaying and neutering 100% of the animals before they are adopted from the shelter.”

The nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization is The Humane Society of the United States. I am honored to work with this organization who reaches out to animal groups all around the world. Just in 2010 they provided direct care and relief to about 100,000 animals!

Each of these organizations are working hard to meet the needs of homeless pets. Please show them your support by checking out their websites and helping them fight for animals everywhere!

Jurnee Carr

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bundle Up!

Sipping hot cocoa and wearing ear muffs sure does keep me warm! But we can’t all say the same for our pets. Certain dogs are more affected by the cold than others, particularly older pets and/or those with certain ailments, like arthritis. Here are some tips for keeping your pet cozy and warm!

• Keep them indoors! The best way to beat the cold is to avoid facing it. Plus, this allots more cuddle time with your furry friend by the fire place!

• If you do decide to take your dog out, check the temperature and wind chill first. Sometimes it can be harsher than it seems.

• Pets do have fur but some coats of fur aren’t as thick as others. Keep a sweater on them for added insulation.

• If you have an outside dog, make sure you insulate their house properly. Bring in a heater if necessary.

• Dogs use up more calories in the winter trying to conserve heat. Provide more food for them. Hey, if we stock up around the holidays, pets deserve and extra helping too!

• WARNING: Cats seek warmth in the engine of a car, so bang on the hood of your car before starting it.

The weather outside is frightful but the puppies and kitties are so delightful, and since they’ve no place to go…adopt, adopt, adopt! Ultimately, shelters are chillier than a home. Rescue a dog, cat, puppy, or kitten from a shelter and warm them up in your loving, forever home!

Jurnee Carr

Friday, December 23, 2011

Give the Gift of Literacy!

Trying to figure out what to give this holiday season?  Give the gift of literacy.  Here are a few special literacy initiatives for the holidays.  

  • First Book:  From now until December 31, 2011, for every 1 dollar you donate to First Book, Disney Publishing has graciously agreed to donate 1 new book to a child in need! 
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop:  Are you purchasing a Build –A- Bear?  Build-A-Bear will donate 50 cents to First Book for every Read Teddy they sell this Christmas season.
  • Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive:  Barnes and Noble is holding a holiday book drive.  Upon checkout, you will be asked whether you would like to donate a book.  Books will benefit various literacy organizations.
  • Philosophy:  Are you a fan of philosophy’s fantastic bath and shower products.  Well, philosophy is donating 100% of the net proceeds from all sales of their Sweet
    Fresh Cream shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath to First Book.
  • Better World Books:  Every time you purchase a book, Better World Books donates a book to a child in need.
  • I See Me!:  I See Me makes personalized books for kids, featuring their names and images.  A personalized book is a great gift idea for a child of any age.  When you check out, if you enter “firstbook” as a coupon code, they’ll will donate 10% of sales to First Book and plus you will get 10% off your order.
  • Reach Out and Read:  ROR is holding a special Holiday Book Drive.  Click on the link to donate!
Happy Holidays!

Ciji Dodds

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Queen’s Holiday Brunch

The best thing about the Holiday Season is the celebrations!  It is always great to reconnect with friends and family and to make new friends.  This Sunday I attended a Queen’s Holiday Brunch, hosted by my former director, DeShawn Shepard.  It was a great opportunity for current titleholders to meet formers.  There were plenty of stories, tips and pancakes! 
It’s one thing to see pictures but, it’s always nice to have a conversation and few laughs.  I was especially excited about chatting with Ashley Dixon, Miss Virginia International 2009.  Ashley is attending law school in California so we had plenty to chat about.  Then there was Jessica Riker, Miss Pre-teen Virginia International 2011.  Who would have known that we share a love for spicy food!  She is officially my hot sauce twin!
Group Photo

Mrs. Virginia International 2012, Jennifer Williams, a true doll!

Happy Holidays!
Ciji Dodds
Miss International 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Face the Fats

Do you know your fats by heart? Ready to make informed choices about the foods you eat?  Welcome to Face the Fats Quizzes — now you can test just how knowledgeable you are about fats.  Answer the questions in each quiz and we'll calculate your score.  Be sure to check out both Quiz I and Quiz II.

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Janet Bolin

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Test Your Sodium Smarts

You may be surprised to learn how much sodium is in many foods. Sodium, including sodium chloride or salt, can come from natural sources or be added to foods.  High-sodium diets are linked to increased blood pressure and a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends that you aim to eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

Test your sodium smarts by answering these 10 questions about which food products are higher in sodium — we’ll calculate your score at the end.

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Janet Bolin

Monday, December 19, 2011


Bark, Woof, Ho Ho Ho! Last weekend my furry best friend and Jurnee’s Journey mascot, Chi-Chi, and I participated in the Santa Special AniMile! We raced through downtown Kingsport, Tennessee to raise money for the Sullivan County Humane Society!! Chi-Chi and I met many new furry friends! My little brother, Daxx, raced with us as well!

Ready to race!

Everyone was in the holiday spirit!

Oscar is a mutt with a leg deformity. His owner said it was very common for his breed. Nonetheless, Oscar still raced in the AniMile and was definitely a crowd favorite!

From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, every dog was racing!

Over 400 participated in this event!

Chi-Chi’s little legs were getting tired, so I had to carrying her through the finish line!

Chi-Chi, Daxx, and I enjoyed a great workout in beautiful weather; a great way to kick off the holiday season!

Watch this video of the race! So many cute dogs racing for a cause!

“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there.” -Billy Graham
Jurnee Carr

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tech Geek

As a tech geek, I'm always on the lookout for the latest and greatest apps to add to my collection on my iPhone. Here is a lit of my favorite apps that you can download too:

1. Bible
Carrying a book, magazine, or newspaper on the go takes up a lot of space! With this app, the Bible is compacted into my tiny phone for easy reading on the go!

2. Humane TV
Stay connected with the work of The Humane Society of the United States by watching the amazing and inspiring short videos that truly celebrate animals. Channels include: Factory Farming, Animal Fighting & Cruelty, Wildlife Abuse, Puppy Mills, Animals & Religion, and many more! Whichever video you feel most moved by, you can post it to Facebook or Twitter with the share feature.

3. Social networking
This generation is growing up using social networking to connect with friends, family, and business. My favorite social networking sites are Facebook and Twitter. Whether you’re catching up with distant family on Facebook, or following the latest trends on Twitter, these groups have their very own apps that help keep you updated 24/7.
Follow my organization on Facebook by searching, Jurnee’s Journey, and on Twitter @jurneesjourney. Also, get the latest updates from the International Pageant system by following us @IntlPageants.

4. Leaping Bunny
The Leaping Bunny Program is designed to easily recognize international cosmetic, personal care, and household product manufacturing companies that meet its cruelty-free standards with the special Leaping Bunny Logo. It provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers. With this app, you can scroll through the list of companies that love animals before and while you shop! Search “Cruelty-Free”

I love learning new things! My “need for knowledge” is fulfilled with the ever-so-helpful app: The Official SAT Question of the Day. Every day you can click on the app to open a new math or vocabulary question that will help us knowledge seekers get our daily fill of test prep. This app is great for high school students!

Jurnee Carr

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Giving to Pets

It’s Christmastime-my favorite season! Holiday cheer is around every corner, and a giving spirit is washed over everyone. While shoppers are searching for the perfect gift for their friends and families, don’t forget your furry friend! Pets deserve a portion of our giving spirit too! Here are some “bone”-a fide ideas to treat your pet this holiday season!

  • Donate! The best way to show pets your love is to give back to their friends that don’t have homes. Check out,, or your favorite animal charity and make a donation! Monetary donations are always great, but shelters need other items too! Donating blankets, cleaning supplies, or food will help your local shelter care for the millions of homeless pets that enter shelters every year.

My dog and Jurnee’s Journey mascot, Chi-Chi, is ready for Christmas as “Santa Chi”!

  • Clothes! Pets have fur but the chilly weather can be toilsome. A red and green dress or sweater is a fashionable touch for the holiday! Check out the pet clothing aisle at Wal Mart or PetSmart for all kinds of cute clothing items that will keep your pet warm.
  • A new collar! Pets are always looking for adventure and can sometimes get lost from their home. A new, brightly colored collar is not only fashion forward, but can help save your pet from going to the pound. TIP: For smaller dogs and all sized cats, a collar with a bell is very helpful for easy tracking around the house.

  • Adopt! Every DAY in America 20,000 animals are euthanized because shelters do not have the space to hold them. Animal shelters are becoming more and more crowded and have worse conditions in the cold winter months. Save an animal from being another statistic and adopt from your shelter today! TIP: Pet stores get most or all of their inventory from puppy mills. Please, don’t shop-adopt!!
We are given so much every day and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of all, reminds me of how fortunate I am. Puppies and kittens aren’t as fortunate as we humans are. Please, spread some cheer this holiday season and show pets everywhere how grateful we are for them. It’s our responsibility to take care of the animals. No matter what you give, a pet will always return that back ten times over in love.

Jurnee Carr

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fats & Sodium Explorer

How many calories do you think you should be consuming a day?  How much do you know about the levels of fats and sodium in your diet?  Use this tool and you'll find the answers to these questions.  With recommendations designed specifically for you, this easy-to-use tool calculates your personalized:

  • daily calorie needs
  • recommended range for total fats
  • limits for the "bad" fats:  saturated and trans
  • sodium information

(Note that if you don't see the right and bottom portions of this interactive tool on your screen when you click on "Get Started," please click on the middle button in the upper right corner of your screen to maximize the screen.)

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Janet Bolin

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sugar and the Holidays

Are all sugars bad?
No, but sugars add calories and zero nutrients to food. Adding a limited amount of sugars to foods that provide important nutrients—such as whole-grain cereal, flavored milk or yogurt—to improve their taste, especially for children, is a better use of added sugars than nutrient-poor, highly sweetened foods.

How can I tell by looking at a Nutritions Facts panel if a product has added sugars?
Current nutrition labels don’t list the amount of added sugars (alone) in a product. The line for “sugars” you see on a nutrition label includes both added and naturally occurring sugars in the product. Naturally occurring sugars are found in milk (lactose) and fruit (fructose). Any product that contains milk (such as yogurt, milk, cream) or fruit (fresh, dried) contains some natural sugars.  But you can read the ingredient list on a processed food’s label to tell if the product contains added sugars. Names for added sugars on labels include:Brown sugar, Corn sweetener, Corn syrup,Sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose), High-fructose corn syrup, Fruit juice concentrates, Honey, Invert sugar, Malt sugar, Molasses, Raw sugar, Sugar and Syrup.

What are added sugars? 
Added sugars (or added sweeteners) include natural sugars (such as white sugar, brown sugar and honey) as well as other caloric sweeteners that are chemically manufactured (such as high fructose corn syrup).

Why are sugars added to food?  
Sugars are often added to food during processing to improve the taste of certain foods.

What does the AHA recommend as a limit for daily added sugars intake?
Your daily discretionary calorie allowance consists of calories available after meeting nutrient needs—these calories don’t contribute to weight gain. The American Heart Association recommends that no more than half of your daily discretionary calorie allowance come from added sugars. For most American women, this is no more than 100 calories per day and no more than 150 per day for men (or about 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons a day for men).  Sugar’s primary role in the body is to provide energy (calories). To get the nutrients you need, eat a diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, poultry and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Typically, foods high in added sugars do not have the nutrients the body needs and only contain extra calories.

How many calories are in 1 teaspoon (tsp) of sugar?  
One teaspoon (tsp) of sugar has about 4 grams of sugar and 16 calories.

What foods and beverages are the main sources of added sugars in Americans' diets?  
Regular soft drinks; sugars and candy; cakes, cookies, pies; fruit drinks (fruitades and fruit punch); dairy desserts and milk products (ice cream, sweetened yogurt, and sweetened milk); and other grains (cinnamon toast and honey-nut waffles). Regular soft drinks; sugars and candy; cakes, cookies, pies; fruit drinks (fruitades and fruit punch); dairy desserts and milk products (ice cream, sweetened yogurt, and sweetened milk); and other grains (cinnamon toast and honey-nut waffles).

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Janet Bolin

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Extreme Couponing Meets Extreme Giving!

Money is tight.  We all have had to buckle down and tighten our belts.  As a result, a lot of charities are not receiving the same level of donations that they once did.  Food pantries are reporting record lows and organizations such as the Salvation Army are trying to figure out how to encourage donors to give and how to stretch the donations that they receive.  Each year I participate in the Salvation Army’s Stocking Stuffer Program and I donate to my local Manna Food Center.
After watching an episode of Extreme Couponing, I realized that I could stretch the money that I spend on food donations by couponing!  First, I went to the Manna Food Center website,  Under the “Donate Food” tab, they have a “Wish List” of food items.  I reviewed the list, and then I went to to look at the circulars for the major grocery stores and discount stores in my area.  I searched for coupons for the items identified on the Wish List.  It was very easy and after only about 30 minutes I found the coupons that I needed!  In the end, I was able to give more and save more at the same time, a Win-Win situation!
If you don’t have a lot of money, but you still want to help others who are less fortunate, coupons are a great way to make your money go further, for yourself and for others! 
Happy Couponing,
Ciji Dodds     
Miss International 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

United Armed Forces Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Party!

This past Saturday I was a special guest at the United Armed Forces Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Party!  I was invited by Dawn Hicks, Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2011, who served in the United States Air Force for 9 years.  The event kicked off with a magic show that was a ton of fun.  Next, there were arts and crafts, a Moonbounce and a DJ to keep the party going.   Julia Pauline, Miss Pennsylvania International and Margo Huffman, Miss Maryland International, danced the day away!   I have to admit that Miss Maryland International, Chardia Murray, Mrs. Maryland International 2011, Sandra Bryan-Grier, and I had a blast in the Moonbounce!  

Different stations were set up throughout the room. Kids could get “Princess Makeovers,” “Rambo Transformations,” or even decorate cupcakes!    The room was alive with fun!  Then, there was a performance by the US Air Force Honor Guard!  They were absolutely amazing!  I can’t twirl a toothbrush; forget a rifle :)  Talk about skill!  It was a privilege to give back to my military community and to do so with my International sister queens. 

Gearing up for the day’s activities!

Watching the magic show with our newest friend!

Mrs. Pennsylvania International, Dawn Hicks

Miss Maryland International, Chardia Murray

Providing a “Princess Makeover” to one of my many clients!  Painting nails requires intense concentration!

 A satisfied customer!

It was so great to see Jodi!

Beauty meets Brawn!  The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard!

Happy Holidays!!
Ciji Dodds
Miss International 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011


What do you get when you combine basketball and cocktail dresses? Homecoming! During basketball season at my high school, we have a full week of showing our school spirit by dressing up in 80s fashion, tacky attire, formal dresses, our favorite sports team jersey, and our school colors!

My friend Courtney won the best 80s costume for the whole school! Well deserved!

The final day, Friday, the student body piles in our gymnasium for a pep rally, a basketball game and the presentation of the homecoming court!

For my school, 2 freshman, sophomore, and junior couples are picked, along with 5 senior couples. It was a huge honor to be chosen by my peers to represent the junior class! Being in homecoming court and on the basketball team made the week especially fun!
Homecoming court 2011. We took all kinds of crazy photos!

My escort, Jackson Colvett, and I did a “signature move”!

2011 Homecoming Queen-Sterlin Elliot!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to play in the basketball game because my elbow is still fractured. Nonetheless, I took off my blue sling because it would not match my hot pink dress!

Homecoming week was such a blast! I loved seeing all the school spirit at school and on the court! Can’t wait for another exciting week next year!

Jurnee Carr

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Papaw's Portrait

“Papaw, get a canvas; I just won!” My grandfather, Wayne Allen, has been a professional artist for the past 50 years. He graduated from Harris School of Advertising Art, majoring in fiction illustration. He has painted over 100 portraits, including famed guitarist Chet Atkins and his wife Leona, as well as President Kennedy on a Specialty Worker magazine cover. He has also prepared over 500 magazine covers for Union Trade journals, many brochures, institutional advertising pieces and Christmas Cards, etc. As you can see, he is extremely talented!

Before competing in Chicago my papaw told me, “Honey, there are 16 of you grandchildren and I can’t paint portraits of all of you, but if you bring home the crown of Miss Teen International, I will paint a portrait of you.” Immediately after my crowning, the first thing I did was give papaw a call!

Prior to sketching, he took hundreds of photos of me standing in different positions so that he could get the exact model he wanted. After 3 weeks of secrecy, he finally unveiled the portrait!

The painting in charcoal.

It took 3 days to paint the beads!

This was also the feature article on the front page of the Hawkins Today newspaper!

He usually signs his portraits at the bottom "Wayne Allen" but on this portrait he signed “Papaw Allen, 143.”


My papaw always adds a special touch to his portraits: he hides my granny’s name somewhere! See if you can find “Peg”!

Although this is a portrait of the outside, he said that this was the exact replica of what he saw in me. I cannot be more thankful to be honored in this way. He is one incredible artist with a heart bigger than a canvas! This treasured heirloom is a captured moment in time through my papaw's eyes that I will forever cherish.

Jurnee Carr

Friday, December 9, 2011

Turn the White House Red

Just 25,000 signatures. That's what we need in the next 30 days (ends Jan. 4, 2012) for the White House to consider our petition to illuminate the building in red to honor National Wear Red Day® and American Heart Month.

The truth is we need you, our supporters, to show the White House how important it is to remember women who died from heart disease, celebrate women who have survived, and educate everyone on our No. 1 killer of women.

Every signature makes a difference, so sign up and share with colleagues, friends and family today!

There are a few steps, but with your help we can get there!

1. Visit our special petition page on
2. Create an account (we know, what a pain!)
3. Watch for a verification email.
4. Sign the petition.
5. Ask your friends, family and coworkers to sign up!

Link here to make a difference.!/petition/shine-spotlight-heart-disease-turn-white-house-red-during-american-heart-month/cxQJ1KxF

Janet Bolin

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Want to know my secret?  Eat.  Before starting any weight loss program, you always want to check with your doctor.  For me, as a fitness instructor 24/7, I enjoy eating during the holidays.  Protein helps build muscles, so the turkey, ham, or whatever protein your family tradition calls for – eat it.  And, don’t feel guilty about going for seconds.  The rule of thumb is that one serving of protein should equal the size of your fist.  So long as you engage in some sort of physical activity that elevates your heart rate for 20 minutes at least 3x per week, you’ll be fine.  Stressing over how much you enjoyed your holiday dinners will actually be more harmful for you, so go ahead and eat. 

And lets talk vegetables…you want to eat those too.  The only thing I would recommend not taking a double helping of is carbs.  My rule of thumb is to pick the one I just can’t live without.  Holidays for me are multiple days of an array of fabulous food.  So, day 1 will be a single serving of homemade sweet potato casserole.  Day 2, I’ll enjoy a homemade role with butter.  Day 3, I’ll take that single serving of buttermilk mashed potatoes, and then day 4 I’ll select the homemade cheese grits.  (mmmmm good!)

Another good rule of thumb is not to skip meals.  If you feel full from dinner the night before, enjoy a protein shake or an egg the next morning.  You owe it to your metabolism to keep it going.  For me, breakfast is protein – egg whites are my favorite, paired with oats.  (I will admit, it is hard not to reach for a cookie for breakfast...and sometimes I do as I am on my way out the door headed to teach an early AM indoor group cycle class.)

Holiday workouts?  I have found that the Wii can be entertaining and physically motivating, so after dinner give everyone 20 minutes to digest and then GAME ON!  (Your heart and backside will thank you.) 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Mrs. International 2011
Janet Bolin

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Father-Daughter Dance

I had the honor of being a surprise guest at a Father-Daughter Dance! The purpose of the dance was to provide fathers and their daughters with fun bonding time and to reinforce the importance of positive male role models in the lives of girls and young ladies.  As a surprise guest, I was smuggled through a side door so that none of the little girls could see me.  Then, after everyone was seated I was introduced to a room full of the sweetest little girls ever!  They were thrilled!

The little girls wore colorful tiaras because the theme of the night was that all little girls are princesses. I shared a few words with them about my relationship with my father and then it was off to the dance floor to boogie!  We danced the night away!  I am always up for a good party, but I could barely keep up with these little party animals.  I don’t know whether it was the cake or the fruit punch, but the energy in that room was in high-gear.  In addition to dancing, I spent the evening getting to know the girls.  Here are just a few pictures.  Enjoy!

She wanted to take a picture with me because we were both wearing purple dresses!  Purple is her favorite color of course :)

Ciji Dodds