Confessions: January 2014

Confession: I got an iPad Air from my awesome parents for Christmas, and have yet to buy a case for it. I’m just not sure what I want, so I have been carrying it around in the box it came in. I kid you not. On the airplane flying into LAX last week, a man actually made fun of my box. I decided it is officially time to get a real case.

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Suggestions? Favorites? Likes and dislikes? What do I need to be looking for? Help! I have never owned an iPad and I am quite clumsy.

Confession: I am so burnt out from running I am not even looking forward to the Princess half marathon….yet. I KNOW this will change as I get closer and more excited, but right now running three races in three days makes me want to cry a little.

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Confession: I cried Sunday night watching the Bachelor wedding on ABC. Like a little girl. When Sean started crying as Catherine walked down the aisle, I lost it.

Confession: I got home from Tinkerbell last Tuesday and I have only done one load of laundry. Maybe it I just keep the door closed and pretend it’s not there it will go away?

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Confession: Every time I go out of town I bring my straightener and curling iron and never use either of them. I am SO LAZY when it comes to my hair. I can’t even remember the last time I wore it down. I should just stop pretending, it would give me more room in my suitcase.

QOTD: Do you have any confessions? Have you fallen victim to any of mine?

Random Reminders

Excuse my short post I am on my way home from Georgia, but thankfully because I have a mobile hotspot on my Blackberry Z10, I can blog form the car with ease. Wahoo!  You should really check this phone out. Way cooler than Blackberry’s of old! Check out my review post for the Blackberry.

Ok, now for some random reminders as I play catch up on work today:

1.) Monster’s University is in theaters now! I haven’t had a chance to go see it yet, but don’t worry I will. I LOVED the first movie so can’t wait for this one.

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You can like the Facebook page and also visit their website for clips and other info.

2.) You an still sign up for the runDisney Princess half marathon! Don’t wait and forget, go ahead and do it now! I will be able to book packages for people as soon as 2014 prices come out, which should be soon. Right now I can only book room only reservations based on 2013 prices which will then change.

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3.) I just bought the book Divergent. Thoughts? I have heard good and bad reviews. Anyone read it?

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4.) Surviving a car trip with my parents and husband requires coffee and lots of singing. We had a great time, and I am sad it went by so quickly! I love my fam!

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”  #VZWA #VZWVoices

Disney Day #3 and Splitsville

Good morning! I wanted to fill you in a bit of what I have been doing the past couple of days. Yesterday was the meet up, so there will be a post on that later. However, on Thursday, I had a blast as well. I had some work to do in the morning until after lunch, and then Jen arrived via Magical Express in the early afternoon.

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We grabbed some lunch at The Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and did a lot of catching up. Then we wandered around the hotel before getting ready for a blogger meet up at Splitsville wherenwe had a blast. Splitsville is awesome. (I will be writing a post later specifically on this cool place.) I am so glad they hosted the party there, and we got a chance to check out this new vanue in Downtown Disney. There is a great upstairs patio where we hung out, ate, drank, and got to know each other.

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The balcony has sweeping views of Downtown Disney, and the weather was prefect for a night of fun.

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The drinks at this place are pretty epic. We started out with a snickertini. So chocolaty and good!

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Then we tried the Birthday Cake martini. Holy yum. It was amazing. If you like sweet drinks this is a must do. You won’t be disappointed, the rim even had sprinkles on it!

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Splitsville was a great host and they were super attentive. Not only were the drinks good, but the food is out of this world. They have an extensive menu including sushi! We had some killer nachos and pizza with our drinks and I think I ate half the plate. I can’t wait to write another post for you guys about Splitsville, I have some amazing photos to share as well as info for visiting with your friends and family. Be sure to follow them on Twitter to see what Splitsville is all about!

QOTD: Favorite martini flavor? Thoughts on Splistville?

Run Like a Princess

 

It has finally been revealed! The new 5th anniversary runDisney Princess half marathon medal is bbbeeaauutttiifffuuulll!

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(Photo from Facebook Disney page)

For those new to runDisney, they tend to bling out anniversary medals, and this coming year will be the 5th year of the Princess half. (You can check out my race recap from last year and of the Royal Family 5k) It includes 5 pink jewels and some awesome sparkle. I must have it!

But wait, there was more good news released by runDisney yesterday, a sweepstakes involving the Princess half, presented by Lady Foot Locker. All you have to do is go to RunLikeAPrincess.com for your chance to win instantly some cool runDisney prizes like gear, or even free race entries or pasta party and race retreat tickets!

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After last year’s Disney Princess half marathon

But, the grand prize (and I mean GRAND PRIZE) is amazing. If you win, you and three friends can have THIS:

  • Race entry into Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, Disney Royal Family 5K, or runDisney Kids’ Races
  • Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot at the Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • Platinum level ChEAR Squad/Race Retreat at the Princess Half Marathon
  • Meet & Greet with Olympian and runDisney Training Consultant Jeff Galloway
  • Round trip airfare
  • $800 worth of Disney Dining Gift Cards
  • 3-Day Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket
  • 2-Night stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • And the ultimate royal retreat the evening after the race… one night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park

Spend the night in Cinderella castle in the CASTLE SUITE?!?! Amazing, amazing prize, well done runDisney and Lady Foot Locker! The best news is you can enter every day until the sweepstakes is over in November, so you have plenty of opportunities to instantly win or win the grand prize! I know it’s tempting to see if you win an entry into the race, but be careful it’s filling up quickly so make sure you register! Then go to RunLikeAPrincess.com and enter to win great prizes!

QOTD: If you were told you got to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite, what would be the first thing you did when you got in the suite?

Disney Princess Weekend: Friday

 

I know I have already told you about my royal welcome ThursdayJeff Galloway Meet Up, the Expo, the 5k and the half marathon, and my blogger meet up, but there were a lot of other fun times during my trip as well that I wanted to share with you.

Friday after I met my mom, Karen and her mom at the expo, we went to Animal Kingdom Lodge and picked up my luggage. We then headed to the Grand Floridian where we would be staying on the concierge level of the main building for four nights, with a Magic Kingdom view!

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We had just enough time to change clothes and freshen up before appetizers were being served in the lounge.

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We relaxed and ate, then headed over to EPCOT for the pasta in the park party. I was given a free ticket though my fun blogging weekend, and my group was able to buy tickets even though it was sold out! The party was in the wonders of life pavilion, somewhere I had never been before.

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It was open seating, and they had little buffet stations (of the same food) set up all around the place. We found my FitFluential friends, grabbed some plates, and chowed down.

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There were a couple difference kinds of pasta, chicken, bread, salad, and dessert.

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One of the employees in charge of the logistics of the runDisney races came over and chatted with our group. Did you know Princess had about 600 port o potties?!?

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After we ate, everyone had pretty much cleared out. One thing I did NOT like about this event is the music was playing SO LOUD you couldn’t talk to anyone at your table! Come on Disney, music is nice, but lower the volume please!

We took advantage of everyone leaving and went to take some pictures with the princesses.

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It was time to go, so we made our way out and did a little shopping before Illuminataions. Oh, we also had special wristbands that got us into a VIP seating area for the show. It was nice to sit on the ground without people crowding all around us.

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We actually left a couple of minutes before it was over. I have been to this rodeo, and I know there is a mad dash for the monorail afterwards. We were able to get on the second one and head back to the lounge just in time for dessert.

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When we got back to the room, we realized Wishes was about to start, so we watched that from the balcony.

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After being all firework-ed out, we headed to bed. After all, we had a 5k in the morning!!!

My take on the Pasta party: I am glad I went to experience it, but I don’t think I would go again for the price. it was almost $50, and the variety of food wasn’t there, and the whole tone just wasn’t as excited and amped up as I thought it would be. The food was really good though! It was LOUD in there, and everyone just ate and left, maybe it just wasn’t what I was expecting? I can see how if you had a whole group you could make it really fun…but I think Disney could make it even better!

QOTD: What do you eat the night before a race?

*Don’t forget to vote for me for the blogger awards on Fitness magazine’s website!

Disney Princess Blogger Meet Up Recap

I was nominated for a Fitterati, a blogger award for Fitness magazine, in the running blogs category. I would LOVE if you took a minute and voted for me, would mean so much to me and my blog! VOTE HERE.

I love Disney, I love bloggers, and I love being social, so a few months ago I decided to host a Disney Princess blogger meet up. I conducted a poll on my blog with possible dates/times, made up a schedule and location, and got together some giveaways.

I knew it would be hard for a lot of people to make it. After all, most were in Disney with families and kids, and I knew it would be hard to get away, but I still wanted to try. Let’s just say I am so glad that I did!

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these four came after our picture, so I just took a photo of them to add to the post, ha!

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Several of the girls who came I have been “online friends” with for a  long time, so I couldn’t wait to meet them. The meet up was on Saturday at 3:00 at the Grand Floridian. I thought this would be a great location because it is on the monorail, and has a great outdoor space for chatting and picture taking.

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I hosted some giveaways as well. A huge thanks to my boss and owner of Travel With the Magic, Kelly, who supplied many of the giveaways.

Janet had approached me via e mail before the meet up and asked if she could share her story and do two giveaways for her book. I was thrilled! I loved hearing her amazing and inspiring story. You should go check out her website to see what I am talking about!

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We chatted some more, traded business cards so we could all go check out each others blogs later, and of course…took pictures in front of the castle!

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We chatted a bit more and wished each other luck in the race.

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It was so great to put so many names with faces/blogs/twitter handles. The power of social media is amazing, and I love how warm and welcoming bloggers are. Connecting and networking is great, but making new friends is awesome, too.

Megan compiled a good list of some of the girls that were there, be sure to check out their blogs!

One reason I wanted to discuss this is because another great way to network and make friends is through going to blog conferences. I have only been to one blog conference, but I had an amazing time, and would love to go to another one.

Just my luck, there is one this summer in Colorado called the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference. I was eyeing this conference last year, but simply couldn’t make it work with my schedule. This year is a different story, and thanks to the amazing generosity of the conference, as well as the amazing companies FitFluential,  and Refuel with Chocolate Milk (who I love, by the way. They had chocolate milk for us at the finish of the Rock n Roll New Orleans half, loved it!), 40 FitFluentials will be given the opportunity to go to this conference via a scholarship.

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I would love the opportunity to meet and network with other bloggers, as well as learn. I have by no means arrived and never will, and I am totally one of those nerdy girls who loves to learn! My fingers are crossed for this one!

QOTD: Have you ever been to a blogger conference? If not, what one would you go to if you had the chance?

Number 10

 

We came, we played, we ran Disney! Half marathon number ten is complete.

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Today is our last full day in Disney, so I am going to go play, but I will be back to regular blogging soon with plenty of recaps and pictures. If you are new to my blog, hello! You can go fill in the blanks on some of my old posts and race recaps. Have a great day everyone, heading to Hollywood studios!

QOTD: What is your favorite Disney park?

Princess Outfit

 

Good morning! When some of you are reading this I will probably be up high in the sky headed to Disney World! My flight is at 8:40 I think….I can’t believe this time tomorrow I will be in Disney! Another huge HUGE thanks to runDisney and FitFluential for this awesome opportunity. I am so honored to e a part of this fun weekend.

Some of you have asked what I will be wearing, so here is my Belle tutu! I will be wearing a gold strappy tank with this skirt, so be on the lookout.

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If you see me be sure to say hello.  My mom’s looks just like that but is light blue for Cinderella.

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I am not sure what I am wearing to the 5k yet, it will either be Sparkle Hearts or red dot (minnie mouse!)

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Those of you coming to the blogger meet up at the Grand Floridian, it is still on for Saturday at 3:00. Check out this post for more details. I have some great giveaways in store! If you have business cards, bring them, this will be a great networking opportunity!

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Remember to follow me on Facebook and Twitter (via the right sidebar) for all the updates. You can also follow #PrincessHalf all weekend, as I will be adding it to my tweets about the events! I will also add pictures to both accounts.

This afternoon I am hitting the pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge!

“See” ya from Disney, and for some of you, I will REALLY SEE you on Saturday or Sunday! Can’t wait, let the memories begin!

QOTD: Who is your favorite Disney Princess?