Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 Elf on a Shelf Photo Contest

I have about an hour before I leave for my Turkey Run, and it is 26' out here at the Jersey Shore. I am pretty sure this will be the longest Five Miler ever!
With the weather feeling so wintery, what better time to announce the Elf on the Shelf photo contest?

I am co-sponsoring this event, so don't give me the credit! It is run by Darlena at Run, Find Your Happy Pace!
The links will take you to her blog, where she explains the contest so well, but here are a few quick bits before you go over to her blog!
  • The contest will start on November 28
  • There are four $10 iTunes gift cards up for grabs!
  • This contest is family friendly
  • DO NOT post any pics of the elves doing anything inappropriate
  • be creative
  • have fun
  • join the facebook page, link is on Darlena's blog
  • Contest ends on December 24th
  • it's FREE to enter!

I am so excited to join in on this contest again! I love to see the creative things that people come up with! I wish the Elves had become popular when my kids were young!

Score! It's 27' out now. I am hoping it will hit 40, but the race starts in a couple hours, so I am thinking that it won't!

Will you be joining our contest?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flat Mama Friday

I am doing a Turkey Run tomorrow, which Blissfully starts at 11:00, and I get to run along the ocean for parts of it. It's my last five miler of the year, and should be a cold windy mess. It's likely that I will be wearing leggings under my shirt and some kind of jacket as well!

Are you doing any Turkey themed races this week?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Loving the new Influenster App

I must be living under a rock! I spent the last couple months without a laptop, when the cat spilled water on my Mac and fried it. The hubs just bought me an early Christmas gift, and Acer Touchscreen laptop, and I am finally finding some great new things out.
Such as the Influenster App!

Now, I know there is an app for everything, but it never occurred to me that Influenster had an app! They also got a facelift, and added some great new ways to save!
I was so excited that I immediately uploaded it and added it to my Rewards board on my phone. Yes, that is Morgan on there from her performance in Disney. I'm a proud mama. Don't judge me.

There are now VoxPerks, and I had about 6 of them. Great ways to save on things you were probably about to pay full price for!

 You can see all of your badges, from Lifestyle badges, to Campaign badges!

I love having apps for everything, and Influenster is certainly no exception! It makes it easier to hook yourself up with some great VoxBoxes, like the Cosmo VoxBox, which has been my favorite to date!

Another bonus is the challenges that involve taking pictures of products while you are the store. I always forget what the product is while I am at the store, so I don't snap the pic, and I don't get the badge. Blogger fail. With the app, everything you need is right there. Score!

I plan to make the most of this app in the future!

Are you an Influenster? Do you have the app yet?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The REAL reason I went to Disney, not quite Wordless Wednesday style

My trip to Disney started with the teenie and her Theater Company getting invited to perform in Downtown Disney. The official video will be at the end of the post, here are some of the pics I took during the performance.....

the stage.....

our view as we waited

my daughter Morgan doing her thing!
Cassie opened the show!

Pocahontas.... Morgan again


group shot during the Hercules number
Taylor sang Poor Unfortunate Souls

Bear Necessities, by Griffin

Morgan and Lucas dancing

Nicholas and Stephanie dancing

our version of a boy band ;)

group shot during Supercalafragilistic.......

"Anna" being proposed to....

final bow

we are Daydreamer Productions

before the show. Hams. All of them.

And now, the moment you may or may not have been waiting for!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#SweatHardSmellGreat with WIN Detergent #giveaway

****I was provided with two bottles of WIN detergent in order to facilitate this review. As usual, all opinions are my own! Special thanks to FitApproach for hooking me up, as part of my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship!****

I was very excited to receive this detergent when I did. It arrived in late October, which usually wouldn't really be important. One would think that Sports Detergent would be more effective in the summer months. Not so much, though! I had been noticing that my sports bras smelled fine when I put them on, but as soon as I started to sweat, some residual stank would appear. No, that is not a typo. Using the word stink just doesn't seem enough in this case. It was nasty.
I would come home and immediately rip my sports bra off, getting even more grossed out.
WIN detergent gets rid of the stank. No lie. It is a glorious thing.
Fast forward to Wine and Dine.

If you read my review, or anyone's for that matter, you know how wet we all got. I took my clothes and put them into my race bag, rolled it up and stuffed it in my suitcase. For four days.

 Stanky? For sure. It had a very special kind of smell. But not anymore.
WIN won't just help you in the summer months, either. You know how winter running goes. You put on your super warm pants, your running shirt, your running jacket, and your warm cap. And then you sweat. Profusely. You don't really care at the time, because sweat basically means you are finally warming up, but when you get home and you peel those layers off, the stank is there!
I am not much of a gym goer, but I have joined in years past to get in my miles when the weather is too cold. It is warm and toasty, and you sweat like mad! Definitely not something you want lurking in your gym bag!

WIN is generously offering one of my readers two bottles of detergent to try out for themselves! One bottle of regular, and one green! You don't want to miss this chance! The giveaway will run until November 25 and I will announce the winner after the Holiday weekend, if not a little sooner.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

Or, as some of the ladies from my running club are calling it, Splash n Dash.
Saturday was a long day! I ran the 5k, went to the Magic Kingdom with the teenies until about noon, and then headed over to a cupcake fundraiser. We all had a great time and I won some cute holiday Magic Band decals, which I passed on to two of the families from Ms theater company.

Time to nap. Of course, I laid out my clothes, which I changed at the last minute due to the rain in the forecast. I was so wired that I had to read for a little while to relax. My two hour nap was frequently disturbed by the hubs and the teenie who kept texting me. I couldn't turn my phone off because it was my alarm.
I got up and dressed at about 6, but I woke up feeling stuffy and my stomach hurt. Ugh. Dinner was not an appetizing thought so I bought a muffin and a water in the hopes of getting some food in my belly, and some hydration. I was definitely not hydrated enough that entire week. Runner fail.

I usually bring three Honey Stinger waffles for a half and always end up with one extra, but this time I only brought two. This did not seem wise after my pathetic dinner.
On to the shuttle bus with my fellow runners, as we all worried about the alarming weather maps for the evening. A tropical storm? Nooooo problem. It's Disney, how bad could it be?
I got to the race so early that I breezed through security, dropped off my dry clothes instantly, and stood alone at the PbRC meetup spot for a little while.  
Slowly, the members showed up and we all started taking pics and goofing around. I love my running buddies.

PbRC group photo
creative use of the club tattoo
taking a pic to send to my friend Colleen
Shannon's first Half!

Shannon and I had hoped to run together but she was in the last corral, and my fear of the balloon ladies prevented me from bumping back. Plus, the rain had started and I wanted to start ASAP.
I waited in the corral with my PbRC girls and soon enough we were off.
We started in the ESPN Game Zone and made our way to Osceola parkway. Not very exciting.
Before long though we were in the Aninal Kingdom, and the characters were out in full force. You could not have paid me to stop. I was miserable from the start and my poncho was only keeping me mostly dry.
I had started with the hood up but all I could hear was the rustling of it, so I room it off. I did have a cute cap that I bought at the gift shop on my way to the bus. 
The Tree of Life looked amazing and I finally stopped to take a picture. I have to say that running through AK was terrifying. It was very slippery and the puddles were insanely deep. Volunteers were really efficient though, and they pointed them all out. They were also super cheerful which helped. A lot. For real, people, thank you so much.

Soon we were leaving the park and headed towards Hollywood Studios. It felt like forever before we got to that hill with the Green Army Soldier. I kid you not when I say that he talked me up that hill!
Soon we were approaching Hollywood Studios and I could see the park rides. I was so excited to see the Osborne Lights, it was the only thing keeping me going at that point.

We entered the park around mile 9 I think, and we twisted and turned, and twisted and turned with only a glimpse of the lights. I was starting to think that glimpse was all there was! I did stop for a pic of the Sorcerer's Hat, since its days are numbered.

this was  how I got my character pics

As we ran through the costuming tunnel (official name? I don't know!) and they had disco lights and music and it.was.dry. So delightfully dry.

And then it seems as if  we ran away from the park again. Where are the damn lights? At this point, I needed those light more than I needed air. Shannon and I were texting a little and she told me she was at mile ten, which I had just passed, so I slowed down a lot! I thought it would be great to see her before the lights. And then I turned the corner.


There are not words to describe the lights in all their glory. It was total heaven. I ran through them or, rather, walked through them. And took a ton of pictures. The rain actually stopped too. Total heaven. 

this was my favorite!

Just as I left? Shannon caught up! I decided to pee in an actual potty before I left, and stripped off and tossed my poncho. 
Shannon had kept going and it took me about a mile to catch up. We entered the boardwalk together, which was also very slippery. 
Once we hit EPCOT, I finally relaxed. The rain had started again, and with no poncho, it did not feel good! The finish was the same as marathon weekend, so I talked my way through the finish and ran happily over that finish line! They had an amazing light show overhead just before the finish, which was a nice touch.
We got our medals and our mylar blankets and made our way to the food area. I was starving! I had stretched those waffles as far as I could, but it was a huge stretch. I was so cold and wet, that I basically shredded the box to get to the food!
We then had to wade through a TON of people to get to our checked bags, although that process was super speedy. Next we had to make our way past all the people waiting for the free beer or wine. I was so not interested!
Unlike marathon weekend, the busses were not right there when we finished. We had to walk around the entrance to EPCOT and over to the area where you would catch a park bus, pass that by, and then get to the special busses. By then, I was a shivering mess. I was soaked, freezing, starving, and near tears. The first bus was full, but the next bus was waiting so I got right on with minimal waiting. I took my mylar blanket off and stuck it on the floor to keep the seat dry. And finally snapped a photo of the bling.


Surpisingly, there was no chafing. I broke the cardinal rule and wore stuff I bought at the expo, but it was all good in the end. I was still freezing and exhausted when I finally got the hotel. Another mistake: staying at the All Star Movies for the week. Every bus we took all week had already been to the first two All Stars and we stood practically every time! I was the last bus to be dropped off, and I shivered all the way to my room and took a long hot shower. It was glorious.
Most of the race was a blur, and I do not look back on it fondly at all. I did beat my last Disney half marathon time by over 20 minutes, which is a plus. Disney rocked it out. they volunteers were amazing and there were still tons of characters on the course, monsoon or not. The expo was crazy, but not overly so. The race itself ran smoothly, but......
I was a victim of "medalgate", part one. I was packing up to leave on Monday morning, and as I leaned over my daughter's bed, the middle just fell out. I thought I had fixed it, but was afraid to wear it, so I put it in my backpack. When I pulled it out later, it was broken again. I emailed runDisney though, and should have a new one by Christmas.
All in all, I would do Wine and Dine again if the chance arose. This was not a planned race, I scored my bibs last minute through my running club, after I found out that we would be there for my daughter's Theater Company performance.
I still plan to run Goofy in the future. As expensive as it is to run Disney, there is truly nothing like it! The course was hilly and treacherous, due to the rain, but it would have been  beautiful if it was dry.
Did you run Wine and Dine or Avengers? Did your medal break as well?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Disney's Jingle Jungle 5K Recap

Wow, I don't know where to start! I actually wrote up half of the post, but I have a new laptop, and it's not a Mac anymore, and the app was bugging me. I tried saving it, so that I could pick up from the Blogger website, and it all vanished!
Anyway, after staying up way too late on Friday night at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, I got up at the butt crack of dawn to get ready for the 5K. Mostly in the dark, because the teenies were sleeping! They were the real reason we were in Disney, but I will post more on that at a later date!
I hopped onto the bus and arrived at the race. Way.too.early. What does one do when they arrive too early? Get on line for all of the photo ops. Well, two in this case! But first let me introduce Flat Lara. This is a program started by members of my running club, the PbRC. Anyone who cannot attend the race can submit pics to be carried by runners during the weekend. Lara came to the expo with me, and to the 5K. I had to leave her home for the Half, for reasons which will become clear. Ummmmmm in a future post.


After the photo ops, it was time to join the running club for some pre-race pics. The members decided to wear jammies, but I didn't know until after I bought my Sally costume. Fail. But, the two amazing people who started it all were wearing Nightmare jammies. Score! we posed for some pics, and then headed to Corral D, where all of us last minute registrants were sent.

With Tony and Stacey
We waited for our corral to be called, and decided to have fun and not worry about time. After all, we each planned to run the Half Marathon that night, plus hit the parks some during the day! Look at that sky as we started the race!

Similar to Marathon weekend, you start in the parking lot outside the park. BUT, for this race, you run through Animal Kingdom! Most of the pics from here on down to the end were taken by David Jones, who has the most amazing selfie arm ever! These are perfection!

It became obvious very early on that we would have to stand on some very long lines to get character photos. Soooo we decided to just photo bomb all of the characters. We had it down to a science. Tony took a pic of us as we set up, and then jumped in at the end for the selfie. 

Tony took this one

SO much fun! Near the end, we met up with another friend, but she joined us post-selfies. Sorry Run Kat! I thought I had a pic of all of us at the end, but I think that was an official photo. I would have to sell my kids to buy those! SO expensive! We collected our medals and headed out for the rest of our day!

Did you run the Jingle Jungle 5K? Did you get Character pics?