Tuesday, November 22, 2016

No Empty Plates this Holiday Season – WITH Your Help!



Sometimes life isn't fair. There are days, weeks, months, even years where sometimes life hands you lemons. And not even the kind you can make lemonade with. Nope, sometimes life gives you rotten, worm infested lemons. And sometimes despite how hard you try to get out of that situation, you simply can't get by without a little help.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Elf on the Shelf Guide for the Exhausted

Many years ago a sweet co-worker of mine gifted my family with our very own Elf on the Shelf. It was a hard time for us and I was so touched by the gift. Rudy quickly became a loved family tradition and has brought lots of laughter to our holiday seasons during the years.



Friday, November 11, 2016

Disney Wine & Dine 10K - I DID IT!

It finally arrived. The moment you all have been waiting for and the event I have been training for since August. This past weekend I spent an AMAZING time with many of my dearest friends - and I also ran 6.21371 miles through Epcot. Because, why not?


Team Disney Parks Moms Panel!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 10 Review - THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

And so here we go. I will be in sunny Orlando soon and in just 6 days, The Walt Disney World Wine and Dine 10K will be right in front of me. Here are all the thoughts that are currently going on in my head in song version. 



Monday, October 24, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 9 Review - Everything Hurts

I know what you are thinking. What happened to weeks 7 and 8?!?! Life. Life keeps happening! I have this lofty goal and as much as I would love to have more time to run it is getting very difficult to do so. I won't run in the dark and I keep running out of daylight! It is already dark by the time I get home from work and even if I WAS a morning person, it isn't light out until just before 7 when I have to start getting ready for work. On top of trying to squeeze in these runs when I can - everything hurts. OK maybe not everything . . . mainly my calves. I keep stretching and doing yoga - which does help. But - the soreness still remains. 



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

No Time to Vote? Vote Early!

Like ALL moms - my time is limited. There is a lot us moms sacrifice for the better of our family to allocate more time to them. When is the last time I had lunch with friends? I have turned down taking fun classes and many a girl's night out. Hobbies have been put on the back burner (do I even know HOW to scrapbook anymore?), and skipping out on a Saturday run I was looking forward to is common. It's all in a day's work when you have a family that needs you. But - what about voting?
 


Saturday, October 1, 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Tween Boys

It may feel like the holiday season is still far away but - my Christmas Club
 savings dropped into my checking account today and I am ready to shop!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 6 Review - The Harvest Moon 5K

This week, I ran my VERY FIRST 'real' 5K. I was thinking I was doing pretty great in my running and thought this should be easy. Nope. Not easy.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Out with the Old, in with the View...Family Reunions at Atlantis


Aren’t family reunions great? Spending quality time with close family and catching up with those you don’t see often. Cousins, grandparents, aunts, and uncles get together to reminisce those old memories and laugh until it hurts making new ones. Typical family reunions are potluck picnics, matching t-shirts, sunscreen, bug spray, ladder ball, and bags. But . . . what if I told you there are other options?



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 5 Review - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer


BIG THINGS to report on this week. THIS. WEEK. WAS. HUGE.

Report #1 - I almost died. BUT NO for real this time! I ran outside all week this week (more on this below). I was running on the track near my home and was busy concentrating on landing right with my feet, breathing correctly, and not dying. Out of the very corner of my eye, I saw a poor lost pup! Being the dog lover I am (seriously people, dogs are love wrapped in fur) I immediately started heading over to bring the poor pooch back to his family. As I look up - IT WAS NO DOG! It was a doe - a deer - A FEMALE DEER!


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 4 Review - Ain't Nobody Got Time For That

This week I am having a terrible time fitting these runs into my schedule. The kids are back in school. Business is picking in the Travel Agency land (YAY!), and my full time job is as it always has been - full time (duh).


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 3 Review - The Time I Went Outside

Mid-way through week 3, I started to feel confident. I was sticking to my 3 runs a week. I wasn't feeling sore or stiff. I wasn't loathing my time in my sneakers. I was running a solid 3 minutes in a row. I realized I do not need medical attention after I run. Sign me up for the next Olympics! Because of my great successes, I decided to take my speedy self outdoors. I wanted to see how fast I actually would run without something telling me what speed I should be running. To recap I will provide you with a list of pros and cons of taking your run outdoors.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 2 Review - Everything is Going to be OK


I made it! Week 2 is behind me. Starting out, this week was ROUGH. But I also tried to increase my pace the first day. Nope. I am staying with my same speed. I am not trying to set any world records with this 10K. I just need to get through it!

Nolah Mattress Giveaway


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Chia Seed Paleo Chocolate Mousse



I have been tying to get back onto track with my Paleo diet, and I have been doing great. Sill, I love to snack at night and carrot sticks or nuts just do not satisfy my sweet tooth.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Couch to 10K Week 1 Review - The Week of WHAAA???

Well I made it. I have my first week of training for the runDisney Wine and Dine 10K finished! Shockingly, I did not die.

My new best friend.

I have noticed a change in my attitude towards this whole running thing. I have gone from 'I really should run' to 'I really NEED to run'! I mean after all - I will have to finish the 10K or be swept up by the famous balloon ladies. I am sure they are very nice, however I do not want to meet them!

Confession: In the past when using my treadmill, I would stand on the sides and 'rest' while my program kept going. I know - cheater! This week I did not do that even ONCE! So, yay me!

I did all my runs this week on the treadmill. I was afraid to start outside because I need to be able to make sure I am going at a decent pace and not just strolling along during the walk portion of my walk / jog.

Watching Netflix on the treadmill makes time go MUCH faster. Thank you Grace and Frankie! (If you haven't watched this show - do it. It is like a modern day Golden Girls.)

Do all dogs lie by the treadmill while their humans exercise? Is he mocking me? Is he confused as to why I am dripping sweat and not actually going anywhere? Is he mad that I am not running outside with him?

After much thought and research, I have decided to run every other day. My 'off' days will consist of Yoga. My FAVORITE routine is from Yoga with Adriene. This routine targets exactly where I am sore and when I am done I feel like a stretched out marshmallow. She goes nice and slow so you can actually enjoy each stretch. Most yoga instructors just go way too fast and by the time I am where I should be they are already moving on. Adriene is the bomb dot com you guys.



I got some new running shoes for the occasion also! I know, I spoil myself.

Next week I am going to try and run outside . . .  hopefully not too many people will be outside to see me clop down the road.

Have you ever trained for a race before? How did it go? Let's discuss in the comments below!


(To follow my journey from the start - view all my running posts.)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mickey, Moms, and Memories - My year on the Disney Parks Moms Panel



The search will start again soon for the next Disney Parks Moms Panel! Wait - the whaaaa? The Disney Parks Moms Panel! It is a group of moms, dads, aunts, uncles, and grandparents who have a passion for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and / or Disney Cruise Line. They have vast knowledge of their specialty. After an extensive application process, new panel members are asked to join the panel where they will spend their term answering questions that Guests submit to the panel online. Pretty cool, right?

Monday, August 15, 2016

So - I am Running the Wine & Dine 10K

OK so I seriously must be crazy and right now I am freaking out a little bit. Several of my bestest friends in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD (seriously, they are my heart guys) are signed up for the runDisney Wine and Dine 10K. I had planned on making cute signs and cheering them on. But then . . . I wanted to be part of the action.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Starting Over - Finding Yourself Before You Can Find Love

Rachel recently mentioned her single friends in a post… hi, I’m one of them! I jokingly mentioned doing a guest blog post for her and she jumped on it! 

STARTING OVER – FINDING YOURSELF BEFORE YOU CAN FIND LOVE
Guest post by Kati


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Memory Maker, PhotoPass, & Selfies - OH MY!




My favorite Walt Disney World Resort souvenirs the memories my family and I have created together. What better way to capture these special memories than the perfect photos? Regardless if your visit is a once in a lifetime family trip or you frequently make weekend visits to Walt Disney World Resort - we can all agree that your family's vacation pictures are a big deal. Let's pull up a sofa, grab a Dole Whip, and dig right into your family's Walt Disney World photo options - shall we?

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back to School With OshKosh - Giveaway



Right now your days may be filled with water balloon fights, swimming pools, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and chasing the ice cream truck -  but back to school season will be here before we know it. It is the saddest time of the year for me - I love summer so much! Probably because of the cold weather that is soon to follow. Wisconsin winters are not for the weak, guys! I am not playing!

Some of my friends’ children are already back to school and are hitting the books! New teachers, new friends and, of course, new outfits are all exciting parts of this transition. Style and self-expression go hand in hand, and we know that the perfect outfit is a MUST for successfully entering the school year. That's why OshKosh B'gosh is offering one of my readers the chance to win a $50 gift card.






I loved OshKosh B’gosh when my boys were little. The clothing is a great quality without braking the bank. And the outfits are perfect for either your little fashionista or your dig in the dirt kid.
Winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and prize will be delivered by OshKosh. Good luck!


What’s that one piece of clothing your little one refuses to take off and how do you maximize its potential?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Paleo Hamburger Salsa - The Fastest and Easisest Dinner you will Ever Make



It's hump day!!  Que the camel. Finally we are on the downward slide of the week. I am tired. I did NOT want to make dinner tonight. Mr. Incredible will usually make something but we both were just - blah. I didn't want to order food because for one thing - I can't eat anything that is driven to my home. For another - the boys eat so much and we all eat dinner leftovers for lunch the next day so it is like ordering for 10 instead of 4. That adds up and momma has Disney trips to pay for. Not happening. Time to call in my emergency back-up dinner - Hamburger Salsa!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What I Have Learned About Life from My Single Friends



So I have been married since like 1786.  OK not THAT long! I would be dead and writing to you from beyond the grave. Creepy! I am married to my high school sweetheart. I have really not even dated anyone else. I certainly lucked out and hit the jackpot with Mr. Incredible. While I am living my 2.5 kid life with the dog and the picket fence – not everyone I grew up with went down the same path.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Walt Disney World Resort ~ Port Orleans - French Quarter

I have stayed at many Walt Disney World Resort hotels and I always leave each one saying they are my favorite! However, I think I have fallen in love with Disney's Port Orleans - French Quarter.



Friday, July 15, 2016

Signs You May Be a Walt Disney World Addict

Do you think you may be a Walt Disney World Addict?
Here are some signs you should watch out for!


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Soften Your Skin for Less with This DIY Body Scrub

I freaking love summer. L O V E it. If I could sit outside and lie on the grass in bare feet all day looking at the clouds travel by - I would. Summer to me is longer nights, warmer weather, cookouts, beach days, flip flips, shorts, hikes, farmer's markets, festivals, and FUN! It also means us northerners are bearing our glaringly white skin to the world. While it is unsafe to tan that white skin, I still want the epidermis I bare to be nice and soft.




Saturday, July 2, 2016

Give Your Kids a Good Old Fashioned Summertime


If you took all of your favorite childhood memories and wrote them down, I am willing to bet most of them happened in the summer. Long nights, warm weather, no school, and playing outside - a kid can't ask for anything more. Between riding bikes, running through the sprinkler, and playing with friends - what could be better? Oh wait... I KNOW! Remember after a long summer day when you are covered in sweat, dirt, and grass stains (so before your bath!) those magical nights when your mom would hand you a big 'ol scoop of ice cream on crunchy cone? Yup. You just hit the kid lottery!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

When Did My Kids Get So Smart? Channeling Your Inner Child.


As a parent, you spend a LOT of time teaching your children. How to walk, how to use the toilet, how to tie their shoes, how to use a spoon, how to do long division - you get the idea. But sometimes if you are lucky and you sit back and listen - they have lots to teach you, too! Here are some things I have learned about life from my boys.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Acne Preventing Tips - ZAPZYT Giveaway


Everyone has zits but no one likes to talk about them. Today however with the help of ZAPZYT we're going to share with you 5 acne preventing tips, and then you'll have a chance to win the prize package shown above, which includes their Acne Wash Cleanser, Pore Clearing Scrub, Pore Treatment Gel, Acne Treatment Gel and party confetti to celebrate you zapping those zits! So without further ado - let's get into it!