Tuesday, August 15, 2017


What happened during Week 7? 
Well,... not a whole lot of running. In Fact, NO running - AT. ALL.

Here's what did happen!
Sunday School 
Story Time at the Library
Locked ourselves out of the bathroom...
Had to get rescued by my Father in law.
How many girls can we pack into the stroller?
Disney popcorn with Grammie! 
Family Figment Ride! 
Magic Kingdom Date Night! 
Fun at the Pool! 
Surprised my parents with Family Pictures!
Took a scenic route back home...

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. 
Charles R. Swindoll 

Monday, August 7, 2017

MARATHON MONDAY: WDW Marathon Training, Week 6

"I often hear someone say I'm not a real runner. 
We are all runners, some just run faster than others.
 I never met a fake runner." 
Bart Yasso

Sunday, July 30
  • Rest Day
Monday, July 31
  • Cleaning Day!
Tuesday, August 1
  • 2.25 miles, running on the treadmill
  • 13:30 pace
  • 30 minutes
I felt really good during this run, I'd previously had some knee pain. Happy to report my knee is doing better, and I felt no pain during this run! 

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Wednesday, August 2
  • 21 Day Fix, 10 Minute Abs
  • Arms, 15 Minutes 
Thursday, August 3
  • 2.30 miles, running on the treadmill
  • 13:03 min pace
  • 30 minutes
The only way to get faster is to push make the treadmill belt go faster - that's exactly what I did today. I put it up above my comfort level and RAN. My legs were tired, my body was drenched in sweat but I did it!  If I want to make my goals a reality, I've got to work for it!

  • 1 Mile, Family Walk 
  • 45 Minutes, Family Swim

Friday, August 4

  • Rest Day
Saturday, August 5

  • 6.10 Miles, Pushing the Jogger
  • 1:28:07
  • 14:27 Pace per mile
The big girls had a slumber party with Abuela last night, so I asked my husband to come with me for my long run. I set out to do 8 miles, but since we left an hour later than anticipated and I got a head ache around mile 4, I only had 6 in me.  I pushed the stroller for the first 5 miles with our youngest, and then my husband took over the stroller duty. 

 Week 6 was good to me, I'm looking forward to week 7!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

DIY Disney: Vanellope Von Schweetz Costume

Hello everyone! I am Dana, Storybook Erin's sister. I ran the 2017 Goofy Challenge, with our older sister and had an adorable costume inspired by Wreck-it Ralph so, I was asked to share how I completed the look while sticking to a very small budget!

Character Inspirations

  • Vanellope von Shweetz
  •  Taffyta Muttonfudge

After hours of searching the Internet for easy costume ideas and only finding 2 tutorials, (Both were outside my current skill level, and more effort than I wanted to put into a costume). I realized that I could just paint on the details!
  My solution for the shirt was simple and cost less than $5.

The Shirt

My local Salvation Army sells all clothing for 50% off on Wednesdays, so two Wednesday in a row I went and scoured the racks. I found a short sleeve shirt with a v neck design similar to a hoodie. Next, I purchased fabric paint and polymer clay from Michael's, so I could put the finishing details on the shirt.
  1. Lay the shirt on the table and use a sheet of paper to help with placement and sizing
  2.  Fold a corner of the paper down to choose the angle of the pocket
  3.  Folded the paper in half and cut the angle. 
    • Now you have a pocket stencil!
  4. Put a piece of cardboard or paper bag inside the shirt 
    • This prevents the Sharpie from bleeding through
  5. Unfold your newly made custom stencil and place on the shirt
  6. Draw a line around the stencil with Sharpie
    • PRO TIP: To prevent the sharpie from catching on the fabric, try to stipple the line on. 
  7. Paint on additional details with pink fabric paint and let dry! 
I have continued to use my Vanellope shirt for several training runs and the paint is holding up well, even with an accidental trip through the dryer!

The Hair Accessories

I used polymer clay to make the hair candy according to the direction on the clay packaging and super glued the pieces on to clips. The super glue did not hold well. I had enough usable pieces on race day, but I do not recommend using super glue for the accessories. A glue gun may have worked better, but I did not have access to a glue gun while crafting my hair pieces.

Another option I thought of for the hair pieces would have been to sew buttons onto a sweat band and use two red pipe cleaners twisted together for the look of red licorice.

Supplies Needed w/ Cost!
  • Shirt ($2.00)
    • Thrifted
  • Pink Fabric Paint ($1.39)
    • Michaels 
      • Don't forget to grab a coupon from their website!
  • Hair Clips ($3.50)
    • Walgreens
  • Polymer Clay x 3 ($5.07)
    • Michaels
  • Red Pipe Cleaners (FREE)
    • Personal Craft Supplies 
  • Sharpie (FREE)
    • Personal Craft Supplies
  • Brown Sparkle Skirt ($25.00)
  • Silver Sleeves ($22.00)
  • Visor ($25.00)
  • SockWell Compression Socks ($25.00)
    • Amazon.com

Shirt and Craft Supplies Total 
11.24 + tax

COSTUME TOTAL 83.94 + tax

Total I spent almost $100 on my outfit. However, when you remove items purchased from Sparkle Athletic, the total cost was less than $12.00.  

Sparkle Skirts, Socks, Sleeves and Visors are absolutely reusable, and the quality of Sparkle Athletic items is excellent! Be sure to subscribe to their mailing list to be alerted of any sales or new products, I purchased my first sparkle gear during a Christmas in July sale.

I hope this post inspired you to think creatively when putting together a costume, I'd love to see your creations! So please tag my sister's RunDisney Instagram if you decide to make this costume!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

MARATHON MONDAY: WDW Marathon Training, Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of Marathon Training! If you want to read all about my treadmill fail, head on over to week 4. ;-)

Sunday, July 23
Monday, July 24
  • Rest Day 
Tuesday, July 25
  • Outdoor Running
    • 1.89 miles
    • 26:07
    • 13:49 pace
Wednesday -  Saturday
I stopped focusing on my Marathon Training and focused on prayer. Saturday I ran two prayerful miles while listening to hymns.

2 Thessalonians 3:3
 But the Lord is faithful.
 He will establish you 
and guard you against  the evil one.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How to Host a Tangled Party on a Tiny Budget! - Part 2

I recently shared about our daughters Rapunzel party, and how I did the whole party on a TINY budget. I thought I'd take some time to go over the DIY's we did, and how we saved some money during the process.

DIY Sun Stencil

When hosting a Tangled party it is impossible to skip over the detail of the sun. The image of the sun is painted throughout the movie, and I wanted it to be a part of our party. I thought about ordering a cookie cutter of the sun that we could use as a stencil and then make cookies. However, we decided to create a stencil by using a printed out image of the sun, glued it to card board and then used an exacto knife to cut it out.

It worked out well and we made lots of different banners with our simple stencil.

DIY Wanted Posters

Another detail I wanted to incorporate into the party was the Wanted Posters.  For this, we simply purchased white and brown paint poster pant. We used a car seat box for the signs, and then set up a photo booth. It was a lot of fun to see all the photos at the end of the party.  

DIY Hair
We hosted the party in my in-laws beautiful back yard. Ever since the pergola was completed, I couldn't wait to decorate it for a party! Rapunzel's hair was the PERFECT thing to do just that.  

Originally I thought I would purchase several yellow table cloths and braid them into a long piece of hair. However, the longer I thought about it, the more complicated that seemed to be. So, we purchased a large roll of yellow plastic table cloth and cut it into three strips. 


  • Unroll the Table Cloth 
  • Cut into three strips
  • put a rubber band around one end 
    • have 1 person hold the end 
  • three people will then braid the hair loosely 
    • much like in the film 

More Hair

We also incorporated Rapunzel's hair into the food and beverage table. At my local walmart, yellow yarn was only .50 a package, so I purchased several packages and made several braids, and wrapped the yarn around baskets and then I hot glued a three onto a picture frame as additional decoration.  

Tsum Tsum's

I found several Rapunzel Tsum Tsum's on clearance at a Disney outlet store a few months before the party, so I just pulled them out of the toy bin and placed them around the party for additional decoration. 

Cake Topper
My sister in law's wedding theme was "Best Day Ever", and she was kind enough to allow us to use her cake topper for the wedding - it was such a beautiful touch. Instead of ordering a speciality cake, we just picked up a simple cake with flowers from the grocery store. 

As you can see, the party was put together with very simple materials but, in my opinion looked beautiful! 

Happy party planning! I'd love to see photos of your party, be sure to tag me on instagram so that I can see them! 

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Monday, July 24, 2017

MARATHON MONDAY: WDW Marathon Training, Week 4

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. 

Charles R. Swindoll
Week 3 - Marathon Training 

Month 1 of Marathon Training is DONE!
Are you kidding me?  I simply cannot believe how fast it's going, and one month in I'm still feeling excited about it! (Hallelujah)

Here is a recap of my workouts from Week 4 of Marathon Training

Sunday, July 16, 2017
  • PIYO Upper Body 
    • 20 Minutes
Also, there may have been some extra sweets enjoyed... 

Monday, July 17, 2017
  • Rest Day 
I am really enjoying Monday as a full rest day, I find it is just what my body needs after the weekend.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • Family Walk
    •  40 minutes
    • 1.81 miles
  • Family Swim
    • 20 minutes
  • Training Run 
    • 20 minutes
    • 1.40 miles
    • 14:17 Pace

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • PIYO Scuplt
    • 26 minutes
  • Yoga 
    • 10 minutes

Thursday, July 20, 2017
  • Yoga 
    • 20 minutes
  • Training Run
    • 18 minutes
    • 1.15 miles
    • 15.39 Pace

Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Rest Day 
    • Took the girls to Story time at the Library and Explored a New Park! 
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Treadmill
    • 2 Miles
    • 14:43 MM Pace
  • Elliptical 
    • 3 Miles
    • 16 MM Pace

I intended to run outside, but I just didn't get up - So I took advantage of a quiet house and slept until 8:30 a.m. (completely unheard of in my house) and then went and did my run on the treadmill. Around mile 2, I was running faster than the treadmill belt and I hit the emergency shut off switch by mistake and got flung into the front of the treadmill. 

So, I decided to finish off on the elliptical. 
"I can be beautiful, lovely and fair Silvery voice, long purple hair La la la la, la la la la la La la la la la, la la la la la la But it's only skin deep For, zim zabberim zim I am an ugly old creep The magnificent, marvelous, mad, mad, mad, mad Madam Mim!" . FUN FACT: I was mad madam mim for the 2014 Tower of Terror 10-miler! It was also the weekend we shared with our family that baby #2 was on the way. Did 2 miles on the treadmill, 3 miles on the elliptical today. I was having trouble with the treadmill (kept turning off on me). ☹️ . . . . . #theswordandthestone #madmadammim #disney #disneyig #disneymom #motherrunner #fitmom #werunmiami #flrunner #postpartumrunning #postpartum #magickingdom #marathontraining #wdw #wdwmarathon #wdwmemories #costumerunner #tuturunner #tutu #teamsparkle
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Thoughts on the Week
This was a rough week for me, I didn't feel well and my knees were hurting. I'm going to take it easy for a couple of days and do lots of stretching and perhaps some foam rolling so I can stay strong and injury free. 

Looking forward to week 5!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to Host a Tangled Party on a TINY Budget.

The Setting 
It's two weeks before your daughter's third birthday, and you have spent months planning all the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DIY's you are going to do for your daughters birthday. The last thing to do is buy the supplies and your daughter a cute new dress.

You log onto Amazon.com with your daughter to pick our a minnie mouse dress and she asks "Where are the Rapunzel dresses for my Rapunzel party?"

Um... What?

Yes, that actually happened to me and I literally had 1 week to switch gears, and get my daughter's Rapunzel party pulled together on a budget!

Step 1: Set a Budget
If you want to host an amazing party on a lower budget, it's important to SET a budget with your spouse, or co-party planner. It's crucial to have open communication about the budget and keep track of your spending.

Step 2: Head on over to Pinterest!
I spent a few hours one afternoon pinning ideas, and writing out a shopping list.
Check out our planning board here.

Step 3: Know your DIY limitations
I got really inspired on pinterest, and wanted to do so many things. However, we were on a budget and short on time so I really had to pick and choose. As much as I wanted to make lots of lanterns and hang them on the pergola, I knew I couldn't get it done. So, I spent my time braiding yarn, and making lots of banners with our stencil (made from cardboard).

Step 4: Simplify.
There are SO many wonderful and adorable ideas out there, you could host the same theme party every year until your child turns 18 and never have the same decorations. That's the beauty of Disney, there are so many ways to create a beautiful party.

Don't get overwhelmed. Simplify your decorations, and only emphasize one or two things.  For our party, we emphasized Rapunzel's hair and the color of her dress (purple).

Step 5: Relax and Enjoy
Don't fuss over what could have been different or better. As soon as your child see's the party all put together embrace the moment. Make the day special and beautiful for them. My daughter absolutely LOVED her party, and spoke about it for months after!

Embrace the moment, capture the smiles and give the gift of your PRESENCE.

Wishing you THE BEST DAY EVER as you celebrate the Tangled Fan in your life.

If you are interested in the details of how we accomplished the DIY's, I'd be happy to go into more detail! Just let me know. 


What happened during Week 7?  Well,... not a whole lot of running. In Fact, NO running - AT. ALL. Here's what did  happen! Sunday...