Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms On the Road : Counting Down

The Disney excitement continues for me!  In a little over a week I will be headed to Austin to the Disney Social Media Moms On the Road Celebration!  I am super excited, but also a little nervous.  This is my first conference and I'm not exactly sure what to expect but I am thrilled to have been invited!  I know that anything that involves Disney will be nothing short of amazing!
I have followed the celebration from home for many years and have always just been in awe of the event!  Even following from home you can be just completely empowered and learn so much from the others attending.  This time I get to be there and hear from an awesome lineup of great speakers!  I also can not wait to meet other bloggers and entrepreneurs who share the same passions and interests as myself. 
Now the countdown is on!  I've designed and purchased business cards, shopped for new clothes, and spent many sleepless nights getting prepared!  I can't wait to get on the road!  See ya real soon!

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Disney Bucketlist

If you love Disney the way I do, you surely have a Disney bucket list tucked away somewhere.  I'm going to share a little of mine with you today.  Some things I've already checked off and some I haven't, and with Disney always expanding my list keeps getting longer!  Also, with my upcoming trip to Disneyland coming up in September, I hope to check a few things off of my list!  I am also planning two upcoming trips to Disney World!  Marathon weekend is coming up in January and we're also booking a family vacation for next summer!  

  1. Meet Mickey Mouse of course! You can't go to Disney without meeting the mouse that started it all!
  2. Meet Minnie Mouse 
  3. Sit on Walt's Bench
  4. Ride all the Mountains!
  5. Eat a dole whip (I can't get enough of these)
  6. Dine with characters ( We do this every trip!  It's the best way to get quality character time with some of your favorites)
  7. Stay at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
  8. Eat an entire turkey leg ( if you've not tried the turkey legs in Disney then you are missing out!)
  9. Visit all the "Worlds" in Epcot
  10. Ride the Main Street Trolley
  11. Meet the characters from Toy Story
  12. Max out the score on Buzz light year's space ranger spin! (My daughter has actually done this!)
  13. Run the Dopey Challenge
  14. Run a race in Disneyland
  15. See World of Color
  16. Eat some pizza at Pizza Planet
  17. Visit all of the Water Parks
  18. Take the backstage tours at Walt Disney World
  19. Go on a Disney Cruise
  20. Earn a Disney Coast to Coast medal
  21. Finish a kitchen sink ;)
  22. Attend a wedding at Disney World
  23. Eat the "grey stuff" at Be Our Guest Restaurant

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Running Safe in the Summer

What are you doing this summer to stay cool and hydrated while running?  We are well into July and the summer heat is reaching 100 degrees here in Texas.  The thick humidity can also make summer running miserable!  If you want to keep training through the summer here are a few tips that have helped me continue the training!

    • Drink water all day, not just before or after your run. Staying hydrated also helps prevent some of the symptoms you may experience from exercising in heat such as dizziness, stomach cramps, and headaches. During your run, make sure you are taking regular water breaks at least every 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Exercise during the cooler times of the day.  I'm not a morning person so my favorite time of day is the evening.  Lately I've been waiting until around 8:00 to head out.  That is just about the time the sun begins to go down and the town is shady!  If you can't run that late, hit the pavement bright and early.

    • Run where it's cooler.  When we lived down south, my favorite place to run long runs was ocean drive.  Running with the breeze of the beach is amazing.  Another great place is trails.  Several of my friends have taken to trail running this summer.  Their pictures make me so jealous!  If we had some good trails nearby...that's where I'd be!

    • Slow your pace.  Slowing your pace is a wise choice when running in the heat.  It's also ok, to run intervals of running and walking to prevent overheating!  My pace on hot days is usually 30 seconds to 1 minute slower.

    • Try some cooler means of cardio.  I haven't done this yet, but I just found out about water zumba and water boot camp that is local and I'm considering giving that a try as the temperatures keep rising!

    • Go for the indoors.  My final resort is to head indoors for exercise.  You can get a membership at your local gym or exercise in the comforts of your own home.  Considering I have little ones at home, my home is the best choice for me!  I don't dread the treadmill!  I actually enjoy running on it! 
    Hopefully you aren't letting the summer heat keep you on the couch!  Don't slack in your training!  Race season is sneaking up on us!  Stay focused and on track with your workouts.  Loosing what you've worked hard for is so easy, but getting it back is not! 

    If you have anymore tips for running or exercising in the summer heat... Please share!

    Monday, July 13, 2015

    Marathon Weekend Planning!

    So this happened this morning!  This weekend I began booking our trip to Disney for Marathon Weekend and I just couldn't leave my sweet Luci home again.  Our last family trip to Disney was in 2011 for her first birthday, which she no memory of!  She was begging to go with us and of course her Daddy and I couldn't tell her no.  The other kids will be in school and can't miss that week.  We talked it over with them and they all agreed Luci should go and run and they were also very excited for her. 

    Luci will be running the 200m Dash on Thursday morning.  I'll be doing the 5k bright and early followed by a good breakfast, then we'll head to the ESPN Wide World of Sports to watch Luci earn her very first Disney medal! 

    I'm very excited to get to spend the week with her at our favorite place!  When you have a family as large as ours it's hard to get that one on one time with each child that they deserve.  She has no idea how much fun she's going to have.  I went ahead and booked us the dining plan and have started booking character meals just for her! It's going to be a busy week, but we plan to fit it some special park time and fun time for her as well!  I'm super excited

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