Tuesday, May 28, 2013

...The Winner Is. ...

Firstly, thank you to the fabulous bloggers who nominated me for the "Versatile Blogger Award". It's true, I'm kind of an all over the place blogger. I write my story.


Running with a Stroller &  Once Upon a Run!


1. Photo. Add the versatile blogger award photo on a blog post.

2. Thank You.  Thank the person who presented you with the award on you post.

3. Share. Share 7 things about yourself.

4. Contact. Contact 10-15 of your favorite bloggers and let them know they've been nominated!

7 Things. 

1. Opposites Attracted. I married my summer camp love after about 9 years of dating. (Our parent's didn't think 13 and 14 were appropriate ages to get married, so we had to "date" for a while... That was hard because, we weren't allowed to date yet either).

2. Birds. I'm deathly afraid of birds. I blame the pelican the took a giant poop on my arm when I was 11 years old.

3. Roaches.  naaaassty, keep them away please.

4. Dinosaurs. I have ridden the Dinosaur ride 3 times at Animal Kingdom. All at different phases of life, all three times I've cried. Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that I'm scared of Dinosaurs.

5. Pink and Glitter. I have an unhealthy adoration for the color pink and glitter.

6.  Children's Literature.  Someday, i'll write a children's book.

7. Music & Arts.  I have tried to learn piano, guitar, and sign language. I know a tiny bit of all three, but not enough to do anything with. ... lame. (Sorry Mom.)

I'm living Happily Ever After with my Husband and Two Rat Terriers in the heart of the HEAT NATION! The only problem, I'm not really a basketball fan - I just watch all games with my love.

Blogger Shout Out! 

1. C'est la Vie.
2. Sports Bra's and Sippy Cups.
3. It's a Harleyyy Life
4.  Mindy's Fitness Journey
5. Restoring Rachel.  
6. Road Runner Girl. 
7. Live Travel Eat and Run. 
8.  The Beginners Runner
9. Fighting for Wellness.
10. Runs with Pugs.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

"You'll know at the finish line..."

Sponsored Post*

As you are well aware, I'm completely addicted to running. Not only am I addicted to running, I have set some pretty big goals for myself. One of the goals is to be tough enough to finish a Tough Mudder. Therefore, when I was contacted by the Spartan Race, I was SUPER excited to be a part! I'm pretty sure I'll need some high intensity training to complete this thing, but hey! Why not?

The mission of the Spartan Race is to get YOU active, healthy and excited about change. It takes you back to the roots of running through the wilderness, getting dirty and of course facing some pretty tough challenges.

There are 3 levels of the Spartan Race.
1) Sprint
2) Super
3) Beast

and, if you are super tough. You can go for the DEATH.

So, what IS a Spartan Race? 

There are plenty of events, just check out the calendar and begin training!

Ready to compete with the Spartans but not sure how to train? Sign up for a WOD (Workout of the Day), and prepare yourselves!

Obviously, my blog post has left you with about a billion questions. So, I encourage you to head on over to the Event Website. While you are there, be sure to watch the video and listen to the speech. I've listened to it like 50 times and each time, I'm inspired.

As a special gift to my readers, I am giving away one free entry to the race.

The give away will end on Tuesday, June 4th. 

Here's how to enter.

Entry 1:
In a comment below, tell me what event you would do (Spring, Super, or Beast) and what makes you tough enough to complete that one.

Entry 2:
In a second comment, tell me what inspires you most about this event?

Entries will be numbered and drawn electronically with random.org. Winner will have 24 hours to contact me and claim the prize!

I look forward to hearing, what makes you TOUGH enough!

*This is a sponsored post, I was given one entry of this race to give away to my readers in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Coffee with Chris

Today, is a very special day. It is the day in which my husband (Prince Charming) celebrates his BIRTHDAY!!! Tonight we are heading over to his parents home for his special birthday dinner, but today I am taking him to lunch!  I'm pretty excited. Anytime I get to see him in the middle of the day, I get pretty excited. - can't help it - I love him too much!

On Sunday we were running a little late to church. Since we were going to be late to the first meeting, he offered to take me out for coffee. I know you're thinking that we probably went to Starbucks.


We went to Einstein Bagels. (If you take your own travel mug, you can get coffee for $1.10 - and there are free refills)

While at Einstein we talked - and it was beautiful.

Since he's currently in his last semester of classes for graduate school (YAY!!!!) we have been talking a LOT about next steps.

Where do you want to work? What opportunities are available right now to build experience? ... The list of questions we ask about our future is absolutely ENDLESS and we talk about it ALL THE TIME!

Except, Sunday.

On Sunday, I asked my husband two questions.

1) In your (insert age) years of life, what is one of your top moments?

I was pleasantly surprised to be a part of the answer! 

2) What was the most memorable experience of our marriage so far?

I loved that the answer had to do with one of our crazy adventures across country. 

Anyway, it was such an enjoyable conversation and I left the coffee shop feeling very blessed to be his wife.  It was also very refreshing to reflect on positive HAPPY memories for once.

Happy Birthday, my darling. I've loved every second of being in your life and i'm looking forward to many more coffee dates.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekly Chase - The Eve of a birthday!

Tomorrow is Prince Charming's Birthday!!!! I love Birthdays, because they represent life, and growth, and often HAPPINESS! I also love celebrating my husband's birthday because it's a day that I can spoil him. He's not exactly into being the center of attention.

Typically I throw him a huge-ish party and we watch a movie, and have a lot of fun. This year he specifically asked me not to do a party. So, I only invited his family and was going to decorate the house all Goofy Themed and we were going to watch A Goofy Movie.

...well, I was so un-motivated to decorate that I skipped it.

We ended up watching race re-caps on YouTube with his family for most of the afternoon then we all kind of slept on the couches while A Goofy Movie was playing. Totally non-traditional birthday celebration for us.


I hope your week was fabulous. I'm about to come clean on how I did with my goals with week during the weekly chase!

Road Runner Girl

Once again, I'm linking up with Mindy and Molly, please check out their blogs for more great chases! (Link is located in the image above)

Home Goals
1)Put away Suit Cases.  I didn't exactly accomplish this. ... I took the suitcases upstairs but haven't put them fully away in the closet yet.  They are emptied though.  

2)  Sweep / Mop Downstairs. Yes. I spent the entire day on Saturday deep cleaning out downstairs. I even have a giant box of unused clutter for goodwill! 

3) Jillian. Check out my Fitness Friday Post to see how I did. ... (lol, not-so-hot)

Say No to SODA! 
I did pretty well, until Friday. On Friday, I was SO tired after work that when we went out for dinner I made a bad decision and ordered a coke. - It was delicious!

_ _ _

This Week. 

Walk. I'd like to go on at least 2 long walks with my little rats *Rat Terriers*.  (Around the golf course is about 4 miles)

Sleep. Last week I had a couple rough nights. There was just too much on my mind and so sleeping was a little rough. I've given those issues that were stressing me over to the Lord, and I'm moving on. So Lord willing, I'll be back to getting some good rest! - The challenge is going to bed at a decent time.

Jillian. I've seen a lot of improvement in my strength. Therefore, I'd like to continue working with Jillian (via DVD) a couple times this week.

Bring a Friend Along.
For this goal, i'd like to bring my friend along via prayer. My childhood friend is serving the Lord in a different country and I swear, she's like a super hero! I don't pray for her as often as I should, so my Bring a Friend along, is to bring my friend along on my walk with Jesus. During my times of prayer I want to make a conscious effort to bring her before the Lord.

Question: Who will you bring along during your journey this week? 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Fitness Friday!

I'm back for another Fitness Friday!  Once again, I'm linking up with Mindy from www.roadrunnergirl.com, as I originally saw this concept on her blog. Take some time to click on over to her blog - you won't be sorry!

  • Played Gator Ball with the Youth Group kids for about 30 minutes. 


  • Pinterest Ab Workout
  • Jillian Michaels, Fat Blaster Cardio Work Out! 
  • Laughed until I cried while watching a movie with my Abuela-in-law! (Ab workout?)
Also Mother's Day AND my beautiful sister's birthday! 

  • Jillian Michaels, No Trouble Zones 
  • Rest
  • Rest
  • Rest ... 
I started off the week well, I just lost my steam in the middle. My plan is to come home from Youth Group on Friday and go for a nice long walk. Even though I've felt a little down about my lack of daily exercise, I was recently told by three different people that I looked "really skinny" I'm not exactly sure what they are seeing, but if three people say it, it must be a little valid right?

Question: How was your Fitness week? 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My New Look!

To everyone who provided feedback about my new banner, thank you! I'm in LOVE with the look, and I'm so blessed to have such talented friends! A special shout out to D.B.R. for taking concept and making it a reality!  I think I love it so much because if you've known my longer than a year, you know that it represents a little more than just my love for running Disney races.

On March 7th, 2008 Prince Charming asked me to be his wife. You can actually read about it on our wedding website.  Anyways, he proposed at the Brown Derby in Disney's Hollywood Studios. I always laugh when I think about that day because, it was the ONE day I went to Disney and didn't do my hair, didn't put on make up, and really didn't care. I was just happy to be going to Disney!! 

So, the first image represents our engagement. 

I only asked for a shoe and I got a Pink Nike shoe ... obviously the designer knows a little about me. :)  Anyway, the shoe is representative of a new chapter in my life and our marriage. A chapter in which we closed the book on bad health decisions and went on a journey towards better health. 

AND we are currently training for the Goofy Challenge

Everyone has a journey to go with their story, this is just a little piece of mine. Every day when I see that people actually read my blog and some of you even give comments!! I'm reminded of how blessed I am. I am reminded that I have many cheerleaders, cheering me on and I am so thankful! 

Thank's for being a part of my journey! 

Question: Does your blog banner represent something deeper? 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekly Chase! - 5/13

*Game Show Announcer Voice*

Welcome to A Storybook Life! ....

Yeah, I'm kind of tired from a busy weekend, and tend to get a little cheesy!

Once again, I'm linking up with Mindy and Molly for the weekly chase! It's a weekly check in on your goals. A time to reflect on how do did last week, and set goals for the upcoming week. Honestly, I love it! It helps me feel productive!

Before I get started. Who noticed my new banner?!?!?! What do you think?

Road Runner Girl

1. Run my 5 by the 5th - 5k DONE! (see post here

2.  Cook Dinners and Pack Lunches DONE! It was not easy. I even cooked on nights we typically go out (Friday before Youth Group for example!)

3. Begin Prepping for Chris' Birthday Party! DONE! We are having his family over on Sunday for lunch. On his actual birthday (May 21st) We are going to go to lunch together and then have his special birthday dinner at his parents house. His mom cooks you whatever you want on your birthday. It's kind of a fun tradition. I'm a little spoiled. Because I don't eat Steak (very often) and I don't eat Ham. She always makes a chicken breast for me. (Yeah, I'm spoiled!). 

This week. .... 

This week I have a LOT of cleaning to do in preparation for the Birthday Party. I've washed all the laundry from our recent trips. (Colorado, & Everest Challenge) and Prince Charming has helped fold and put most of it away, there are just a few piles of laundry that need to be put away. 

So, here are my goals. 

Home Goals
1) Put away all laundry and suitcases - I'm a little ashamed to admit to the internet that my rolling suitcase is still at the foot of my stairs because I don't want to carry it UP the stairs. 

2) Clean Couches and Floors - I need to vacuum our couches and floors. As well as MOP! 

Fitness Goals

1) Jillian Michaels at least 5 days  - It's getting really hot outside. So, I've decided to focus on some strength training for the next few weeks. Then, when I start seriously training for the Goofy Challenge I'll have fresh running legs AND I'll be stronger! 

Challenge Goal

Make an effort to not put carbonated beverages in my body. I love soda, and it's NOT good for me. If I want to be healthy then I need to stop drinking soda. No matter how much I want it. 

So, those are my goals. 

 Anyway, those are my goals. 

Question: Does anyone else struggle with Soda? 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Working for the Mouse!

It may or may not be a life long dream of mine to be a Disney Princess. I may never get to be a Disney Princess, but I did get to volunteer for the Mouse last Saturday and this is my experience. Full disclosure, I am a RunDisney / Disney fan, I have not other affiliations to the Walt Disney Company. The opinions posted are my very own. :)

To Volunteer is to freely offer to take part in an enterprise or task. Our first task? Run Disney Kids Races. I have always wondered what the Kids Races were like. Since we don't have children, I always felt it might seem a little strange to go watch. So, how can I get in on the excitement of the Kids Races? Volunteer of course!

To be honest, our original intent was not to work the Everest Weekend. On the first Saturday in May of 2012, I laced up my sneakers and ran my very first 5K. The Everest Challenge. I had been begging Prince Charming to let us register but the event sold out before we could register. So, we opted to volunteer. A perk of volunteering is that you can earn hours or points towards a free ticket to Disney. Since we plan to run the Goofy Challenge in January, we are trying to cut costs here and there soooo earning a ticket, AND being at the event that changed my life one year ago,... it was a win win!

Truly, my experience at the Everest Challenge in 2012 gave me the confidence to continue running and register for the Princess Half (Recap)

So, now that you know my motivation to volunteer for this specific weekend, let me get on to the volunteer experience.

Kids Races

The Everest Challenge Weekend isn't exactly the largest weekend Run Disney does. I'm not really sure why though, it's REALLY fun! Prince Charming and I serve at our Youth Group on Friday nights so we couldn't leave until either late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Since we wanted to save some money and sleep in our own bed, we opted to drive up Saturday morning. 

3:00 a.m., my alarm went off and we loaded in the car and headed to Disney! When we arrived, it was fun to see they had parking reserved for us volunteers! Since it was raining, and our spot was literally the first row before the side walk - I was pleased!

We checked in and waited for our turn to be escorted to the Kids Races! Prince Charming and I quickly realized that most of the volunteers are PROS! Seriously,... these people all know each other and have "their jobs" a.k.a. "I ALWAYS give out medals,  ..." and ... "I Always pass out the water!" haha Prince Charming and I waited for our team leader to ask for 2 volunteers to ... (whatever, as long as we were together, we didn't care). Our turn came, "I need 2 people to work the obstacle course!" Yess!!! We were chosen!

Our job?
1) demonstrate the obstacle course for the kids while the announcer cheered us on.
2) cheer on the athletes!

I was super excited about our job!

Although we were super stars at demonstrating the obstacle course, we were moved to parent direction. Yeah, ... we had to stand in the middle of a field with signs and direct parents.

Have I mentioned it was raining?

After that job, we hung out at the medals for a bit and then were moved over to the Family Scavenger Hunt for more runner direction!

It was there I saw Rachel from Runners Tales. Okay, ... when I saw her. I didn't realize I'd seen her.  I knew she looked familiar, and I loved her team shirts - but didn't say anything. It wasn't until I was on Instagram that I realized WHY she looked so familiar!

anyways! After our shift ended at 1, we drove to our hotel and checked in.

After a quick power nap (2.5 hours) we were back up and ready to go volunteer for the Expedition Everest 5K! I was SO excited!!

When we checked in, we were given an arm band. This was a Magical Armband! Why? it gave us 2 hours of access into Animal Kingdom after our volunteer shift was over!!!

Our shift went pretty quickly, it was our job to make sure runners were properly hydrated, and that they had plenty of garbage cans to throw cups into!

Prince Charming and I were stationed at some tables between Coral B and C. It was so much fun to see the crowd get excited, and be there for the start of all the waves. Prince Charming and I started walking up and down the corrals offering cups of water to runners inside their corrals. I know that when I take my GU I always wish I had a little sip of water to help wash it down. We also tied an extra trash bag on the outside of the fence so runners had more opportunity to throw garbage in a bin!

After all the athletes started, we moved over to the finish line where we congratulated runners and handed out water!

I felt like a hydration Diva!

There was a young boy passing out water just in front of me, so runners would go to him first and thank him for volunteering. It was cool to observe.

Overall, I'm taking the following lessons with me from my volunteer experience.

Fact:  Filling cups of water and lining them on the table is exhausting, and there are very few people that actually say "thank you".

Lesson: Say thank you, volunteers need to hear it!

Fact: Sometimes just two hours in the park can feel like a full day and riding Everest 7 times in a short period of time can make your tummy twirl!

Lesson: No matter how tired you are, take the time to ride Everest as many times as possible. Because when you leave the park, you only have your memories you don't get to take the rides with you.

Fact: I'm afraid of dinosaurs!

Lesson: I think I should skip the Dinosaur ride, because it makes my heart rate go up.

Would I Volunteer Again? 
Absolutely! I loved it!

Fitness Friday!

Mindy over on http://www.roadrunnergirl.com/ is always motivating and inspiring me on her blog. She hosts the Weekly Chase each Monday and Fitness Friday each Friday. Since I have some pretty big goals this year, (train for the goofy challenge and lose 30+ pounds) I have decided to start joining Mindy on posting my Fitness pursuits for each week. Not every week will be pretty, but I will do my best to stay focused and motivated on crushing my goals! 

  • Volunteered at the RunDisney Kids Races and Everest Challenge! 

  • Rest Day

  • .75 mile walk / run with my rats! 
  • Level 2, 30 Day Shred
  • Level 2, 30 Day Shred
  • .25 mile walk with my rats
  • Rest
So, I had a pretty good week. No pounds lost, but I made pretty good choices with my eating and did really well with my exercise! Yes, I took 2 rest days, but ... I gotta be careful. I have a tendency to over do it and get sick. So, in the words of London Tipton... YAY ME! 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Product Review: Vitacost

It seemed like only yesterday, but actually when I looked through my blog it was at Thanksgiving that I last blogged about Vitacost.com. If you aren't familiar, Vitacost.com it's a website to purchase health and beauty supplies at a discounted rate.

From the Website: 
With Vitacost, you don't have to choose between stores that sell products you don't really want at super-low prices, and stores that sell the better health and wellness products you want at crazy-high prices. We offer over 2,000 of the top, most-trusted natural brands, diet foods and healthy living essentials-the very best nutritional supplements, whole foods and sports nutrition-at discount prices, up to 50% off. And we'll deliver them right to your door for FREE if your order totals $49 or more. Otherwise, shipping is just a small, flat-rate fee of $4.99, no matter how big the box.

The slogan for the company is that they "take the cost out of healthy living" As a runner on a budget, I'm always looking for opportunities to save money and eat healthy. I'm so thankful for Vitacost!

I recently had the opportunity to review two of the products found on vitacost. I decided to get a face wash as well as a pre-workout shake. (see, totally opposite!)

Product 1: Weider Crush Pre-Workout Mix.

Cost on Vitacost - 24.99
Taste: A little like Blue Raspberry Kool-aid.
Effects: I had a great run and was able to conquer some Jillian Michaels without a crash or any jittery effects on my body.
Would I buy this product?  Yes.

I loved that this product was low calorie. One full serving was only 40 calories. I liked this, because with some of the other pre-workout supplements you are adding about 100 calories to your diet before you even work out.

Product 2: Blum Naturals Exfoliating Daily Cleansing Towelettes with Microbeads
Cost on Vitacost: 3.39
Benefit: This is a product I love to have on hand for traveling, and as a random item in my make up case. Sometimes when you travel (especially if you fly) It's annoying to have so many bottles of products. This product is light weight, good for your skin and easy to pack in your purse.
Would I buy it again? Yes.

Other things I like about Vitacost.
have never had a bad experience with shipping. Since I've lived in our current residence, I've always struggled with receiving packages. BUT with Vitacost, no issues at all! YEAH!!

Rewards Program.
Vitacost has a rewards program in which if you use my referal link, both you AND I get $10.00 to spend on the website! So, if you're interested, check it out!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received

 the above products mentioned in exchange for this post. The opinions are my very own.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

5 by the 5th - May!

I can hardly believe May is already here. We've had a couple days of beautiful weather, so it was pretty exciting to head out for my run with a cool breeze and 79 degree temp!

Thank you Laura from http://www.mommyrunfast.com/ for hosting the 5 by the 5th Challenge! I've truly had a blast, and am a little sad that next month is the last one!

I've been crazy busy the last week or two, and so I wasn't able to get my run in until the 6th. My philosophy is, ... it's the 5th somewhere right? I'm not doing this challenge for any kind of recognition or prizes. - I mean, don't get me wrong... Prizes are FUN! I'm just using this challenge as a tool to help motivate me to keep running. So far, it has worked! So, thanks again Laura for such a great Virtual Run Series!

As I have tried to do with the past couple Virtual 5k's, I brought my little rats along with me (Rat Terriers). Since I try to use these shorter runs as an opportunity to think about my stride, and enjoy running, it's the perfect opportunity to bring Romeo and Juliet along. Usually I get pretty frustrated for the first mile because they LOVE to explore everything passed, and use the bathroom about 900 times. But tonight ... I got smart! Before I turned on my Nike Plus and started tracking the run, we slowly walked for about a quarter of a mile. Once they seemed to be able to handle some running without stopping to chase a lizard, or try to eat something on the ground I started my app and we were off!

I felt wonderful! In all honesty, I didn't want to run tonight. Truth is, I am still pretty tired from our busy weekend of volunteering. However, it's important to get out there. Especially when you don't want to!  Running in a #RunTeamSparkle skirt always brings a smile, so ... I put it on for the run!

I'm really surprised at how well we did. My little Rats were pretty tired, and clearly looking for some hydration along the route, so I took several walk breaks and allowed them to rest. BUT - regardless of our walk breaks, and a slight chat with a neighbor dog (a.k.a. sniffing each other and trying to play) we ran our fastest 5K!

It's been really fun to see my times get faster each month.

After we got home, I wanted to incorporate some cross training into my evening. So, Prince Charming and I did Level 1 of the 30 day shred. True story, I find it easier to do those videos after a run. Your body is already warmed up! You should try it!

Just for fun, I did the 30 day shred in my Sparkle Skirt. I felt a little silly, but who says fitness needs to be serious? Fitness should be fun!!

From my family to yours, have a wonderful day!

Further Reading
January 5 by the 5th
March 5 by the 5th
April 5 by the 5th

Monday, May 6, 2013

Weekly Chase 5/6/13

Road Runner Girl

Linking up with Mindy (http://www.roadrunnergirl.com/) and Molly (http://mollyritterbeck.com/) for another great chase! Be sure that you check out their for some more great chases!

Last Week. 

I had big goals to run, do yoga ... and meal plan. Sadly. The only thing I was able to check off of my goals list was post about the Glow Run.

Since we had registered to volunteer for Disney's Everest Challenge, and we've started our month of Birthdays, we seemed to be out of the house EVERY night this week! Seriously, it was crazy! Sooo, here is my goals for this week.

1) Do my 5 by the 5th (on the 6th). - I had planned to run it on Saturday in Orlando between volunteer shifts, BUT since we had Youth Group on Friday, Prince Charming and I were up until 12:30 and we were leaving from Miami to Disney's Wide World of Sports for the Kids Races! Yeah. Our first volunteer shift was at 8:30 a.m. Therefore, we had to leave our home by 3:00 a.m. to be sure we arrived on time.  When our shift ended at 1:00, we had some lunch checked into the hotel and feel completely asleep until about 4:00 p.m.  My plan was to run at the hotel between shifts. - but it didn't happen. ANYWAYS! I'm going to do a full re-cap of the volunteer experience!

2) Cook Dinners & Pack Lunches - partially to put some extra money in the bank for tuition and a hotel for Goofy, partially because it's healthier, and I miss my eating schedule!

3) Begin Prepping for Chris' Birthday! - His Birthday isn't until the 21st BUT I  need to clean my house, plan a menu and figure out if we are only having family over ... or friends too ... usually I throw a big party for him but this year he kind of asked me to not go over board. ... (Star Wars Birthday!)

Those are my goals. Nothing big, just some simple every day goals.

What are you chasing?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Top 10 Memories: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my top 10 memories from my recent trip to Colorado Springs!

Part 1.

Actually ... I was a guest  my husbands podcast show (The Christopher Jimenez Show) tonight. He talked about some of his favorite memories from the trip, and then asked me what my most favorite memory was. I'm a little camera shy when it comes to my voice, I always feel like my voice is young and kind of .... whiny. (haha just being honest).

Anyways. You can listen to the episode (It's Episode 21).

Number 5: The Bucket List
I was super excited to check off a bucket list item by running in the glow run. You can read the post here!

Glow Run.

Number 4: Road Trip!
Prince Charming and I rented a car, and since we aren't afraid of road trips (we actually love them) we took the LONG trip from Colorado Springs all the way up the top of the mountain to the Rocky Mountain State Park and explored Estes Park. It was BEAUTIFUL!! Everyone should go there. In fact, I want to go back!

Number 3: Chicken Petting Zoo
Okay, in Key West Florida it is not uncommon to see chickens roaming the street. Yes. Just like walking around like they own the place. For a while, we had a chicken running through our neighborhood. It was annoying because my little rats wanted desperately to chase it! ANYWAY! At the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, they had whole section with a chicken petting zoo. WHAT?! haha I loved it! Of course, I didn't go inside i'm actually not a fan of birds sooo, yeah. It was so funny to see. The Prince and I were laughing for a while about that one.

Number 2: The Olympic Training Center
How inspiring! Prince Charming and I had fun posing with all the statues, and exploring the history of the Olympics. There was a conference going on, so they didn't have the normal schedule of tours and informational videos. So, I was a little disappointed. I'd TOTALLY go back though.

Number 1:Giraffes!
Seriously. I've seen Giraffes before, BUT like ... there is something about the mountain and the exhibit that had about 20 Giraffes out in the exhibit and I'd read that there are 30 of them at the zoo. Sooo, that was pretty cool. BUT, the number one most exciting moments?

FEEDING the Giraffes!!!! I'd never done that before and I absolutely loved it!!

Question: Have you ever fed a Giraffe?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Top 10 Memories: Part 1

Who was watching my Instagram account last week like suuuuper jealous?


Prince Charming and I were in Colorado, and we had SO much fun exploring.

You can read about our first official day of exploring here. As you can see, we were SUPER busy! If I were to give a recap about all of our adventures this blog would turn into a travel blog. As much as I love traveling, this is more of a ...lifestyle, running, Erin's crazy and blogs about everything blog!

So, I've narrowed it down to my top 10 favorite memories / adventures from the trip!

Number 10 The Snowy Welcome 
When we landed in Colorado Springs (after literally an entire day of traveling) we were greeted with snow flurries! Prince Charming and I danced around in the parking lot taking pictures of the snow, and laughing ... All we kept saying was "look at the snow, it's like powder!!" We had just flown in from Miami, we are the early stages of our rainy season... So, ... snow was a big deal!

Number 9 80995
When I was growing up we listened to a Focus of the Family radio program titled "Adventures in Odyssey!"  In the Program they have many adventures, at the end they usually end up eating ice cream at Whit's End and of course there is always a Bible Lesson. It's a positive story time of the radio geared towards young children.

Well, at the Focus on the Family Welcome Center, there is SO much to do (for kids!) Tons of play rooms, a slide (Which I was "small enough to ride"! YAY NON-SCALE VICTORY + BEING SHORT!) If you are ever in Colorado Springs and you have small children (or grew up listening to the broadcast) you should TOTALLY go check it out!

P.S. The indoor play areas, kids movie room (playing veggie tales) and the slide are all FREE!

Number 8 Garden of the Gods

Prince Charming and I had planned on Horseback riding through Garden of the Gods. BUT we had the opportunity participate in the Glow Run, sooo, we opted to drive through it instead! It was beautiful.  Sorry, I didn't take too many pictures. I was busy looking at all the rocks! To be honest, the Visitor Center was closed before we got there - so we just drove around and looked at the rocks for a few minutes.

Number 7 The Air force Academy

Another FREE place to explore is the Air force Academy. Seriously, the drive from the security booth to the Welcome Center was remarkable. The mountains in Colorado are just beautiful!  Anyway, we explored the welcome center (which was nice) BUT the chapel. ...


The website states that it's the most popular man made attraction in Colorado and I for one, believe it! It was BEAUTIFUL!

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Number 6 As Cold As the Rockies! 

I'm not a beer drinker, but we were in Colorado so we wanted to eat at a Brewery and have some local beer. Since the altitude was super high, I avoided the "adult beverages" and just had the BEST ROOTBEER I HAVE EVER TASTED!

Thanks Colorado Mountain Brewery!

Disclaimer: The above statements are my very own. I was in no form compensated for this post. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Little Brother.

Little brother Joe, Joe turns 20 tomorrow.

How did that happen?

When Prince Charming and I met (& instantly fell in love!), Joe was 6!

Hard to believe.

Anyways, happy birthday to my little bro, Joe!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Month of Birthdays!

Alright, May is here! For a lot of you, it just means spring time. For my family it means ... birthday season!

Yes, my husband and both his Brother and Sister were born during the month of May. Add graduations, Mothers Day and celebrations of co-worker birthdays and you have a pile of excess sugar flowing through your veins.

Seriously. This week I've celebrated 4 birthdays. ... 4!

What's a girl on a mission to look healthy and fabulous for her 5 year anniversary cruise supposed to do??

Healthy Choices.

I have not denied any of the birthday cakes, pies or pizza. I have enjoyed the parties and treats. BUT. It was my decision to eat them. Therefore, I must live with the consequences. (Note: my tummy is hating me right now).


What can I do to prevent myself from falling off the healthy choices pattern?

I do what I do best.

I made a plan!

1) water, water, Water!!
2) High veggie dinners and lunches
3) be cautious of carbs

Now, I've had a couple days of bad choices but its not too late to turn it around.

Hold me accountable! Help me make the better choice.

Question: what tips do you have for helping me stay on track?

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