Week 4 as Ms. Woman Florida United States

This week I was able to celebrate my birthday by riding in the Tribute to Heroes parade in Lakewood Ranch with my brother and sister-in-law. It was a really special day and I am so happy that we got to honor the people who fought for our freedom while also thanking those who served. Additionally, I also visited some children at the new Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort...

Week 3 as Ms. Woman Florida United States

Nationals is coming up SO quickly! To celebrate our accomplishment of winning our respective state titles, myself and my sister queens, Bethany and Lauren, had a photoshoot with the official Ms./Ms. Woman/Mrs. Florida photographer–Larry Oskin! It was such a...

Week 2 as Ms. Woman Florida United States

I have to say, again, this week was pretty busy. I appeared on the front page of the Cape Coral Daily Breeze and also made my first appearance as Ms. Woman Florida United States. I was supposed to run the Miles for Moffitt 5K, but instead I had the opportunity to support the cause even further with Mrs. Georgia Bethany Kizzie. We helped the kids decorate some beautiful flowers that were then added to the Garden of Hope, which is a free-standing fence that will be displayed inside of Moffitt… providing the message of encouragement to those who see it. We also got to hand out medals to the kids who participated in the kids runs–some of those kids can fly! It was an absolute honor to not only let the kids try on the crown, but also some of the cancer survivors that attended the event. All in all, Moffitt raised over $1 million for cancer research. It was such an amazing event and I am so glad that I got to be part of it! If you would like to support me in my quest to the national title, you can do so by DONATING HERE. If you are interested in sponsoring me, please e-mail me at MsWomanFL2017@gmail.com Thank you so much for all of the...

WE DID IT!: My Journey to the Crown

Most of you know this was my third time competing at the state pageant, and boy has it been a journey. Life has consisted of sometimes doing two-a-days with workouts, being in the gym during the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day when everyone else is celebrating, skipping on dessert at birthday celebrations and more. It has meant a lot of hard work and dedication to this path. It has meant getting knocked down and standing back up again and again. This year’s pageant was probably one of the most fun things I’ve done in my entire life. It began with Friday (April 28th) where we had a photoshoot with the dolphins at Mainland for Old City Life Magazine, styled by Nautilus at the Beach—which is a super cute store in St. Augustine. I kept thinking to myself, “When in the real world would I ever have that opportunity to have that same interaction and fun with the dolphins?!” After the shoot was over, we had dinner at 386. I had the vegetable tuscan ravioli and it was fantastic! Saturday, I had to be up bright and early to get my makeup done. The bonus of that was getting to see the sunrise over the beach. Being from Florida, that’s something that I will never get sick of… we have such beautiful coastal sunrises and sunsets. We had orientation and the women were just so great. I can’t even begin to tell you the caliber of the ladies, but most importantly they were all so extremely genuine and I definitely walked away with many great friends this year. After we...

A HEALTHY French Toast Bake

Woahhhh, I know what you’re thinking. “How can the word healthy possibly be in the same title with french toast?!” I get it. But this isn’t your normal recipe. I’ve made a bunch of changes to the original recipe that I found on the net to eliminate more of the yuck and substitute better alternatives (like the bread type). Things You Need: • A medium to large sized banana • 1/4 cup of almond milk, unsweetened • 1/4 cup of oats • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract • 1 slice of sprouted grain bread, cubed Directions: • Preheat oven to 375 degrees • Cut your banana in half (roughly). Mash half of the banana in a bowl and cut the other part into slices. • Take your mashed banana and add the almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix until it is fully combined. • Put your bread cubes into the mixture and use a fork to lightly press down so they absorb most of the liquid. • Add your oats and gently mix until everything looks even. (If your mix seems too dry, add a tiny splash of more almond milk.) • Transfer your mixture to your oven safe dish and then add your banana slices to the top. • Bake for 20 minutes. Your banana pieces will have a slight brown color to them. French Toast – Step 3, Part 1'French Toast – Step 3'French Toast – Step 4' Pretty easy, right?! I’ve found the bigger the banana that is used, the more flavorsome the bake is. One of these days...