TeamJudy on Fox13!

Today was awesome.

999306_10152039335622474_230228846_nThat’s me representing Team Judy on Fox13’s Good Day Tampa Bay!

Like my face? Yeah, apparently I make  a lot of weird faces on live TV.

I’ve been working with the people over at Dirty Girl 5k Mud Run since last year. I blogged as a Dirty Girl Ambassador, completed the muddy 5k in February, was interviewed for an article in the St. Pete Times, wrote an article for the Dirty Girl 5k mud run blog and now, this ambassadorship has given me an opportunity to talk all about my efforts with Team Judy on the local news!

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I arrived about 30 minutes before I was to go on air, checked in and sat in the green room for a while until the producers came to take me to the studio. They gave me a rundown of what questions they’d be asking during the interview, so as I waited, I looked it over and prepped.


When it was time, the producer walked me into the main studio and into the area where I’d be doing the interview in. I was amazed at how quiet it was throughout the studio. While I waited for my segment to start, the producer let me snoop around. I even got to watch the anchors deliver the news!





I had such a blast at Fox13 this morning talking all about Dirty Girl and Team Judy! Click on the link below to check out my interview!


Want to join us at this year’s Dirty Girl 5k in the Tampa Bay Area? Read all the details here!

Have you ever been on television? I must say this was a first for me, and I was in awe the entire time!

Steph 🙂


Fight like a girl

Before my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought I was an advocate. I wore pink in October, and even participated in a few breast cancer awareness walks. If someone was fundraising, I would donate a few dollars, and even change my profile picture to a pink ribbon on occasion. I didn’t know much about the disease, just that there seemed to be a massive driving force towards bringing awareness, advocacy and all that is pink towards the public eye. Continue reading


Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my mom’s birthday. She would have been 58 years old.

The summer before my mom passed away, we spent a week renting a beach house. She loved the beach. Out of all the places in the world, the sand and the shore were her second home. My mom would share stories of renting old shacks with my grandparents at Indian Rocks Beach, just a little west of Tampa. I was fortunate enough to create similar memories growing up with my cousins at those same beach shacks year after year. My mother adored the water, and even if no one else was swimming, she would be. We’d bob in the Gulf for hours day in and day out, until nothing but tan lines and pruned toes defined us. Even as an adult we kept these traditions alive, renting beach houses or taking the RV down to Turtle Beach for a week of beachfront camping. Salt water ran through my mother’s veins. She loved fishing, she was SCUBA certified, and would even be out there with the big guys trolling for lobsters in the Keys. Florida living was in my mother’s soul.

That last summer together, my mom sat under the canopy by the shore watching the sunset. She had finished her chemotherapy, was about to undergo a double mastectomy, and was in the middle of radiation, yet she’d wrap herself up, throw on her bandana and enjoy a few minutes of the fading sun each evening. We’d talk about the good ol’ days of vacationing on Indian Rocks and reminisce about years past when my cousin Ryan and I were babies, playing on the shore. She loved that beach. It’s bursting at the seams with memories. And it was then that she told me about her final wishes.

Everyday, with every breath of my being, I honor and remember my mother. It’s the true spirit of Team Judy, and I will continue to rally our team toward great things. My mom would be proud of us.

Today, on a cool November morning, my father, brother and I honored her memory and her request.

Indian Rocks beach was empty. Just a few walkers and shell combers here and there. As I walked closer to the shore, I could feel my mother there with us.

There were thousands upon thousands of shells all up and down the shoreline. The salty breeze blew our hair and the sun rose behind us.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful morning.

We stood on the shore and placed Mom on the water’s edge. Within seconds a gentle wave embraced her and carried her into the sea, leaving a heart behind.

With each wave, thin pearl-colored threads of mom would gracefully glide into the blue-green water.

The three of us watched in silence until the very last fleck of dust could no longer be seen, and all that was left behind was sand and shells.

We said our goodbyes to Mom, and as my father and brother walked back to their car, I decided to stay for a while. I wasn’t ready to leave. I sat and watched the waves for a long time, thinking about my mother, and recalling so many vibrant memories of those beach vacations. I yearned for just one more weekend. Just one more second. I could hear her voice with each wave. I could hear her talking about what she was planning to cook out for dinner, or if she’d rather walk across the street for a slice of Pajano’s Pizza. I could see her black sunglasses sitting on top of her head as she avoided “raccoon eyes”. I could see her running up and down the beach with my brother, chasing ghost crabs with flashlights. I could smell her suntan lotion and her perfume.

I know each time I visit this site, my mother will be there. She’s in sand, she’s in the water. She’s in the sea breeze caressing the sea oats. She’ll be lapping at my toes as I walk along the shore, and embracing me each time I swim. My mother is now a part of what she loved most, and I know she’ll be happy dancing among the starfish, reliving those childhood memories with her own mother. And because we shared that love, I’ll be visiting her often.

Before I left, I collected a few mementos to remember the day. If my mom was a part of the beach now, then I wanted some to take home. And I as walked back to my car, I noticed something on the boardwalk’s railing I hadn’t noticed before.

I understood this as a sign of my mother’s presence, acknowledging my seashell gesture.

Happy Birthday Mom. Although our hearts ache, I hope you only look down on us and see the good that is happening. I miss you terribly. Life isn’t the same. But with each day I learn to cope a little easier, with friends and family there to help me keep your memory alive. Please keep visiting me in my dreams. I don’t ever want to forget your voice. I wish you were here to celebrate your birthday, and the holidays to come. I don’t know how I will get through them, but just like today, I will find new traditions and ways to remember the amazing 32 years of life I got to spend with you.

Your daughter,

The space between your heart and mine is the space we fill with time. -Dave Matthews


Race recap: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k

There really are no words that can sum up this:

And that’s just a shot. All in all 12,000 participants put on their pink bras in celebration of life.

And Team Judy was there all 3.1, pink-filled miles. Except, of course, we donned our orange, Team Judy’s signature color. You really couldn’t miss us sprinkled amongst the massive crowd.

My co-worker (and former 5th grade teacher, gasp!) Mr. Lemery came out to photograph the race for us and although we couldn’t get everyone together all at once, here are two pictures that most of Team Judy are in.

After forming Team Judy for the Miles for Moffitt 5k just a month after her passing, I didn’t think that this would affect me as much as it did. Moffitt was geared at raising awareness for all cancers. Strides was all about Breast Cancer. It was in your face everywhere you looked. Shirts that said “In memory of”, people currently fighting, women who have had mastectomies, men who’ve lost their wives, children like me who were walking “for their mom”, men who were diagnosed and didn’t even know they could get breast cancer, teams who hadn’t been affected by breast cancer, but were walking anyway, and of course the survivors, which hit me the hardest. I know it’s selfish for me to always think these thoughts, but I wish my mom would have been able to call herself a survivor. I always look at these people- young, old, from all walks of life, different races, cultures, levels of health and think why them, and not my mom? It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s a fact I face everyday. I tried to hold back the tears on more than one occasion while we were waiting for the race to start, but it wasn’t easy. I didn’t make a big deal about it, because, after all, this race wasn’t about me. I know I didn’t fool Mr. KKM, nor did I fool my friend Lindsey because she put her hand on my shoulder, even though I know I was probably smiling or cracking a joke at the time. Darn her intuition! 😉

All in all it was an amazing day filled with the spirit that is the cure. We all want it, and we’re doing what it takes to bring breast cancer awareness to the forefront so that our children won’t ever have to worry about it. We came together to show that we will never forget our loved ones and I know that those who are no longer with us were walking along Bayshore Boulevard, in the beautiful sunshine, right beside us. Here are some more highlights.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated, participated, and helped prep for this race! I appreciate you more than you know! It was an amazing weekend filled with fundraising and love all around! Until next year! 😀


PS- Stay tuned for a BIG announcement! Team Judy will be at it again very soon! 🙂


Fight like a girl

Are you ready for the fight?

I cannot believe that the Making Strides 5k is less than 2 weeks away. We have been working SO hard to get Team Judy ready for the event recruiting members, scheduling fundraising events and working on making our bras beautiful.

Yup. This year’s race theme is all about *putting on your pink bras*. When I heard about this theme, I scheduled a Team Judy bra decorating party which I hosted on Sunday. My friend Jennifer works in retail and has been setting aside all things pink for a few months making sure we’d have plenty of bling to add to our brassieres. 😉

My pals Monica and Lindsey came over to help decorate. Both of these ladies are two of THE most creative ladies I know, so I was more than happy they came!

Here are the final products:

Which one is your favorite? I personally like the feathered one. 😉

The next event coming up is our Team Judy Passion Party fundraiser! Passion Parties are all about feeling sexy, good about yourself, confident and comfortable  in your own skin. My cousin Sabrina is a Passion Party goddess consultant and is driving alllll the way up from Miami to spend the weekend with me and host this special event! I wish all of my darling blog readers were local because I’d invite you ALL to come! I do, however, want to let you know about all the details in case you’d like to order an item from your neck of the woods. If you click on Sabrina’s name, it will direct you to her storefront so you can begin browsing. If you decide to order something, send me an email (kitchenkilometers@gmail.com) and I will send you directions on how to discretely place your order online! It’s as easy as that. Here are some details about the fundraising aspect of the party:

For every order over $75, I will donate $5 to the Making Strides Breast Cancer event. Every order over $100, I will donate $20,  anything over $200 I will donate $50 dollars, and every order $500 or more, I will donate $100 and I will give them 2 items at 25% off! I will also give the opportunity to “round up their total sales”. For example if a  total is $ 58.99, they can round up to an even $6o and the difference of $1.01 will be donated. 

This is going to be an incredible opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of those fighting breast cancer!

Lastly… Team Judy awareness bracelets are on sale! If you’d like to order one they’re $2 each! Orange is the official Team Judy color because it was my mother’s favorite color. Although she passed away from breast cancer, that did not define her, nor will pink!
Half of the monies from each bracelet sold will be donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.

Thank you ALL for the love and support you’ve given Team Judy and #Judygrams!