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"Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" - Princess Half Recap!

If you have been following my recaps this week, you've already read about staying off property AND my expo experience and are probably are ready for me to get on with the good part! Well, i'm finally ready to tell my 13.1 story. I'm finally ready to talk about the most grueling, scary, exhausting, frustrating and FUN 3 hours and 27 minutes of my entire life! I'm not ashamed to state that it took me 3 hours and 27 minutes to complete the Princess Half Marathon. In fact, I am proud to declare that I did it!

Here is the story of how I "ran" the 2013 Princess Half Marathon.

Since we stayed off of property, we had to get up EXTRA early. My Ursula costume wasn't working (skirt was too big) so I changed to a "Cinderella inspired" option. Upon checking the weather I realized it was probably going to rain and I didn't really want to be wearing white if it did.

So, ... I snapped a picture (because I thought I looked cute for 2 a.m.) and changed into a…

Numbers, Meet Ups & an Expo!

Welcome to part 2 of my Princess Half  recap! It's hard to believe HOW much I want to share with only a short weekend of experiences. The truth is, today is the 1 year anniversary of my career as a runner and I'm feeling a little emotional about it.

On February 27th, 2012, I laced up my sneakers, put the leash on my dog (one of my dogs) held the hand of my husband and began a journey. We had been walking with our two dogs each morning for a couple weeks, and were starting to see some weight loss results. Motivated to continue, we woke up at 5 a.m. and headed out the door for a walk.  If you know my story, you know that on that particular morning, a larger man ran by me and inspired ME to run.

Source: via Erin on Pinterest

I, Erin (former swimmer, current couch potato) began my journey. If you are new to my blog, you may not realize that this is my transformation. ...

In one year, I lost an estimated 60 pounds through running, eating less, drinking water, and sleep…

Princess on a Budget - Staying Off Property!

As a  Princess on a budget, I am always looking for ways to cut costs while traveling to Run Disney events. It's tough to have Princess taste and a Peasant Girl's budget; but, Charming and I make it work. It hasn't always been this way, and trust me it won't always be this way. We made a commitment to make it through Graduate School without the stress of student loans. Therefore, we talk about EVERY penny we spend and make a decision together.

When choosing a Half Marathon we could have saved money and run the ING Miami, or some other local race BUT why? Disney has always been a part of our story and we felt it was important for it to be a part of our running story.  (Engaged at Disney, Honeymoon at Disney, First 5K at Disney .... you get the picture).

So how do we pay tuition and participate in two Run Disney weekends (Marathon Weekend Part 1 and Part 2)?

You make lists and you budget.


King Sized Bed. QuietNear Disney Under X amount of $$$Comfort Level = High!  …

Pinterest Tested! - Microwave

Last week I really wanted to try a Pinterest cleaning tip.
See, here's the proof!

anyways...  I didn't get it done last week, and even though it wasn't on my goals for THIS week, I decided to give it a try! So,.. thank you Pinterest for your inspiration!


Thank you to Jill, for sharing your microwave cleaning tips! (her microwave pictured below)
Source: via Erin on Pinterest
On her blog, she recommended the following recipe:
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1 cup hot water
- Microwave for 5-10 minutes

Erin's revisions! 

I only had 3/4 cups of vinegar, SO I just did equal parts water and vinegar (seemed reasonable!). I through it in the microwave for about 6 minutes and then wiped everything clean. Next time! I'm going to microwave it a little longer, I think it would have been good for some of the tougher food stains.

Overall, I was pretty happy with how quick I was able to clean my microwave. I'm even going to be as brave as the original sour…

Weekly Chase!

Is it time for another Weekly Chase? Already?????

Thank you Mindy Molly for hosting the weekly chase (Blog links are in the image below).

In case you missed it, here is what I chased last week!  1) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate - Done! I started taking my BIG water bottle to work and filling that up.  2) Don't over eat in the name of "carb-loading" - 1/2 good, 1/2 bad. I did well at work, and HORRIBLE at home, birthday parties, and the valentines dinner at my in-laws.  3) Run 2 days - Fail. I rested and relaxed this week. 4) Organize my closet - Nope. 
Sometimes, we just have a bad week with our goals and you know what? It's OKAY.  I'm not making excuses, I'm owning it. That's right, I ate birthday cake, chocolate covered strawberries, Shake & Bake Chicken and LOVED it! 
Next Sunday is my very first Half Marathon, and I'm SO excited. I think I told EVERYONE at church, birthday parties, work and maybe even a few total strangers at CVS that I was runnin…

Weekly Chase! 2/11 - 2/16

Formal shout out to Mindy and Molly for hosting this every week. Those ladies always do such a great job of motivating and inspiring others to be healthy and active. Be sure to check out their blogs for some more great reading! (Blog addresses can be found on the image below.)

If you read my post last week  you already knew I was chasing the following:
1) Run 2 days. - DONE! I ran a 5K with my pups, and I ran a 12-miler on Sunday with my husband. I also had a bonus run when my dear Juliet escaped from her leash (Read the story here)
2) Try 1 new cleaning tip from pinterest. - Fail. I did scrub my kitchen (with bleach and everything) this week. Does that count?
3) Plank - done-ish oookay ... I did it once ...
4) Make valentines for my former Sunday School Class - DONE! Actually, I made them for all the Youth Group kids and they were super cute.
Fun memories from the week.
- Juliet's grand adventure.
- Getting my Girls Gone Sporty Tank!
- 5K with my puppies!
- Making a special valenti…

Juliet's Grand Adventure

Friday night in our home is always the same. We come home from work, we quickly change, grab the guitar, grab some snacks and head out the door to Youth Group. I'm not going to lie, giving up a Friday night at home can be a little challenging at times. We are a young couple, we like adventure, we like spontaneity. ... doesn't everyone? 
As the Friday before Valentines Day, I decided to make everything a little more special. Balloons, candy, Hershey Kiss Brownies and chips. I was SUPER excited that my #sharingheart tank had come in too! So, anyway, everything was pretty normal. 
On the way home, Senior Cupid made a deal with me. 
The Deal. 
You (Erin) will promise to take the dogs for a walk while I (Husband) go for a 20 minute run. Upon the completion,  WE will go to 711 and get Slurpees together. 
Sounded like a pretty good deal to ME! So, I accepted the deal. 
I loaded my two rats into their harnesses and headed for a walk. Our dear Romeo had stopped to do his #2 business, a…

The Sporty Girl Super Challenge!

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my newsfeed go CRAZY during the 3rd and 4th quarter of the super bowl last night. I participated in the Girls Gone Sporty Super Bowl Work Out! It was a LOT of fun, for a couple reasons.

Firstly, I was able to basically live tweet through my Superbowl work out with the official "Sporty Girl (Laura Williams) Secondly, I know it was working because today I woke up sore.

In case you missed it, was the game plan!
 I didn't think I was going to get to participate becuase Prince Charming and I were on our way home from Universal Studios, and were expected to arrive around the end of half time.  It's kind of my crazy strange thing, BUT when we get home from a weekend away (and while our pups are still away) I like to sweep and mop the floors. Like FIRST thing!

After I swept, mopped, prepped our lunches and put away some dishes I realized this black out had delayed the game so far that I was able to accomplish my chores an…

Weekly Chase.


So, I'm on lunch posting from my handy dandy iPhone. Last week I took a break from blogging, chasing and well... Social media life. My love was sick and I didn't feel well either. Grad School was stressing BOTH of us out!! Tomorrow I'm going to post about my weekend adventures in Tampa. Driving around downtown Tampa looking for a 24 hour printing place, tea tasting, Tetris competitions... Yeah, it was quite the weekend (so come back tomorrow folks!)

The Weekly Chase is hosted by Mindy and Molly. Check out for more great chases!

Mindy is doing a love challenge this month, each week we are to show love and kindness to people. I'm excited about this! It's going to be so awesome!!

Here are my goals.

1) Run 2 days.
2) Try 1 new cleaning tip from pinterest
3) plank (challenge goal, I hate those things!!)
4) make valentines for my former Sunday school class. :(

I am now a substitute for Sunday school. I passed the middle school torch t…