Monday, February 29, 2016

Weekly Chase - Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day everyone!

Does anyone have any fun plans for today? I don't ... my girls came home from Disney sick so last week was exhausting. I'm hoping for a much calmer week this week.

Here's how I did with my goals last week (read the post here)


  • 4 family walks - Yes (actually 5)
  • Yoga 4X
  • Unpack from Disney - Kind of? I have one bag (my purse / diaper bag) that still has a LOT of random things inside - I really need to clean it out. 
As always, I link up with Mindy over at www.roadrunnergirl.com  to share my goals for the week. 
  • Run 2X
  • Yoga 3X
  • Family walks 3X
  • Organize Sippy Cup drawer (okay, actually throw away anything that's old, leaks or is too complicated) 
Moms, am I alone, does the sippy cup drawer seem to get out of control in everyone else's house? - I digress. 

What are your goals for the week? 


Friday, February 26, 2016

In Training for...

Now that the Glass Slipper Challenge is over I only have one more race to train for during 2016. I'm actually a little sad, but in recent years we've decided to limit our race registrations. Our first couple years of running were pretty expensive, and now that we  have children, we have to follow a stricter budget.

So, what's my last race for 2016?  The Star Wars, Darkside Half Marathon in April!

Anyone want to run it? They recently re-opened registration for a short time!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WDW Wednesday - 10K Costume Reveal!

On Saturday we ran the first part of the Glass Slipper Challenge at Walt Disney World. I plan to do a full re-cap of the race with pictures, but I'm still waiting on a few things before that so in the mean time, here is our costumes!

I ran with my two sisters, and we decided to be the fairies from Sleeping Beauty. My younger sister was SO excited about this, because her all time favorite Princess is Aurora.

We got a lot of compliments on our costumes, and had a lot of fun during the race.


My costume:

  • Pink Sparkle Athletic skirt
  • Pink Nike Tank 
  • UA compression shorts
  • Pink Hat attached with dollar store headband and made with construction paper
  • pink fairy wings from the dollar store 

I already owned the pink skirt, shorts and shirt so really the only money I spent on this costume was the wings for the three of us. So, if you already have basic colored clothing it is pretty easy to make an adorable costume!

Question of the day: Do you run in costume?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Weekly Chase - a running break?

Hello Friends!

My post is up a little late because I was out having fun with some Princesses this weekend. I'm going to do several posts about the weekend over the next few #WDWWednesday's so be on the lookout for those. 

Here's a picture to hold you over though.

Goals from last week can be found here. 

1. Run 4x - No, only 2 (Saturday 10K, Sunday 1/2)
2. Yoga 4x - No, only 1x (Wednesday)
3. Pack for Disney - YES
4. Work on signs - Yes!

With a Holiday on Monday and leaving on Thursday it was a rough week for fitness. I had a LOT of things to get pulled together before the Princess Half Marathon week.

Now, for this weeks goals. As always, this is a link up with Mindy from www.roadrunnergirl.com. I actually got to see her this weekend and spend a few minutes with her group. She's as lovely as I remembered from the first time we met.

I hurt my knees during the half Marathon, like... I could hardly walk from mile 10 on. It.was.bad. Soooo, with that in mind here are my goals for the week.

1. 4 family walks
2. Yoga 4x
3. unpack from Disney

There you have it, three goals for the week. My knees are feeling better, but I need to take a short break from running let my body relax. I'm actually excited to take a break from training, I've been having a hard time with it lately and I just need a break.

So, running... we are officially on a break for a week.

What are your goals for the week?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Glass Slipper Challenge Schedule!

Ready or not, Princess Half Marathon weekend is here!

Tomorrow my sisters and I are participating in the 10K, We've decided to dress like the three fairies from Sleeping Beauty.

Sunday is the Half Marathon, my older sister and I are going for an "eel inspired" look for the 13.1 miles.

I can't wait to share race re-caps with all of you!

Question of the day: What's your favorite Disney Movie?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WDW Wednesday - Mickey Ice Cream

If you spend any time around Disney, chances are you've eaten something shaped like the beloved Mickey Mouse.  My favorite mouse shaped treat is the Premium ice cream bar! Smooth creamy vanilla ice cream shaped like Mickey Mouse with a thick coating of chocolate surrounding it.

It always tastes best when eaten on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, but I'm sure that's just because you are looking at the castle. You can purchase the treat at the resorts and each of the parks, I just prefer to eat it on Main Street before the parade (It's tradition).

Our "babymoon" 11/2013 

Since getting our passes in December, I haven't gotten a Mickey ice cream yet, and EVERY time we go I say I'm going to get one but I never do. 

My fear was that if I got one, I'd have to share with my two year old and it's not easy to share something so good! Well, on Valentines Day I decided it was time, I got myself a Mickey Ice Cream bar at an ice cream in Epcot at a small stand just before Mexico, and it was delicious!

First Premium Ice Cream Bar, 2-14-16 

Doesn't she look cute devouring my ice cream?

Question of the day: what's your favorite Disney treat? 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Weekly Chase - Princess Half Week!!

After registering for the Princess Half in JULY, I didn't think the day would come as fast as it did. Well, it came fast until a couple of weeks ago... then time started to drag.

anyway!

Before I talk about the Princess Half, I thought I should update you on my goals from last week.  You can catch the post here, if you missed it.

1. Run 3X - no, but I walked Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday.
2. Yoga 3X - Yes (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat)
3.  Pack for the wedding / disney weekend - Yes
4. work on counting with my Toddler 3X - Yes, we counted leaves, turtles, sticks, and other similar objects during our walks.

I wasn't able to get my runs in this week, but I did stay active and continued to walk. So I am feeling pretty good and ready for the Glass Slipper Challenge.

Now, for this week's goals!

As always, this is a link up with Mindy from roadrunnergirl.com

1. Run 4x
2. Yoga 4x
3. Pack for Disney
4. Work on Signs for the races

I'm leaving on for Disney on Thursday with the girls and a friend and my husband will join us on Friday after work. So, I'm keeping my goals pretty light.

Question of the day: Have you ever done a RunDisney race?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Who is Storybook Erin Part 2.

Hello Friends, old and New!

I'm so excited to be participating in another blog hop hosted by Kristy! If you were part of the blog hop I did last fall, you probably already read my story about this little piece of the internet and who I am. You can read that post here, but I'll give a short version along with what's new below!

In December of 2011, I was on vacation with my husband and I realized that I was miserable. I couldn't ENJOY traveling and exploring because I was out of breath, exhausted and cranky by lunch time!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2012!

I started walking and eventually started to run, and I didn't hate it.  I ran my first Half Marathon in February 2013, my second in April  and then... I found out I was pregnant!!  I followed a Jeff Galloway style of running (run/walk) until week 38 of pregnancy.


July 2014 I began training for a Marathon, and by September I found out Baby #2 was coming! (hooray!).  I continued to train, and with the support of my doctor, husband and family I crossed the finish line as a Marathoner!

April 2015 we welcomed our baby girl, and moved to a new city so my husband could begin his career as a Librarian!


Since 2011 I have lost about 80 pounds, and in between being the world's best mom to my two little girls, I am training for several half marathons and planning ways to sneak over to Disney for some fun and adventure!

This blog captures our life, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!

On Mondays, I link up with Mindy (roadrunnergirl.com) and set weekly goals.
On Wednesday, we talk Disney! - It's basically my excuse to share my favorite things about Disney and show way too many pictures of us having a blast!
Friday I talk about fitness! Race recaps, training updates, what workouts I'm loving on Youtube... it's anything related to Fitness.

BONUS: If I have content that doesn't exactly "fit" in the above 3 I will post it either on Tuesday or Thursday.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope to see you soon!

Question of the day: Are we friends on social media?  (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WDW Wednesday - Top 3 Rides in Epcot for 2 and Under

I love Epcot.
 Spaceship Earth
I love to walk around the World Showcase, I love to eat around the World Showcase, and some people even love to drink around the World Showcase. Typically it is considered to be a park for adults and it is, it really is, but don't hesitate to bring your little ones to Epcot. There is plenty of fun things for them to do.

For example, in each country there is a Kid-Cot Fun Stop. Basically, there will be a cast member there with a craft for your kids to complete (for  free). We have only done it with our daughter in the Mexico pavilion, but it is something I always keep in mind when we go to Epcot. It can be a great activity for your kids to do if it's particularly busy that day.

This post is to talk more about the rides my two girls (2 and 9 months) have been loving lately!

Number 3.

Spaceship Earth.
This slow moving ride is perfect for your young family. When you first enter the ride you will answer a few questions on a screen and have your picture taken, then you will ride through the "big ball" and learn about the history of communication.

At the end of the ride your picture is used to show you a cute and sometimes funny video.

Both my girls really enjoy this ride, even though it can be pretty dark during some parts of the ride. Our family of 4 can fit into one cart, but we typically split into two carts.

Number 2.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

If you love Finding Nemo, you will enjoy this ride. This is another slow moving ride that loosely follows the Finding Nemo story and at the end plays a catchy song.

We squeeze our family of 4 on one cart for this ride and enjoy watching our girls clap and point at all the "fishies".

Number 1.

Gran Fiesta Tour Featuring the Three Caballeros

Our two year old LOVES Donald Duck (and Daisy). Our number 1 must do ride when she is with us at Epcot is the boat ride in the Mexican Pavilion. It's kind of a hidden gem, because when you walk into the pavilion it looks like several shops and a restaurant. Keep going! There is an adorable boat ride, fun for the whole family!

Little Lady's 1st Ride (May 2014)


So there you have it, our little lady's top ride picks for Epcot!

Question of the day: Have you ever been to Epcot?

May 2014

Top 3 Magic Kingdom Rides - 2 and Under




Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekly Chase - Valentines Week!

Happy Valentines Week!

I absolutely love Valentines Day, all the love and hearts and pink, etc... My husband on the other hand isn't a huge fan of the holiday, in fact up until a couple years ago we really didn't celebrate it consistently. Then we started a tradition for Valentines Day, it is one that we can do every year no matter how young or old our children are, or how much time or money we have.

Every year on Valentines Day we eat Spaghetti and watch Lady and the Tramp. Sometimes my husband will surprise me with flowers, but it isn't part of the tradition.

I had a pretty busy week, the end of the week felt like it started on Thursday and hasn't ended yet. My two year old thinks she's ready to stop naps. ... I'm not ready for this (at all).

Even though it was a busy week, I felt like I did a great job with my goals.  You can read the original post here. 

1. Run 4X - Yes! (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun)

2. Yoga 3X - Yes! (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)

3. Begin Packing list for Princess Half - It's in my head, I need to start writing it down. I'm going on Thursday with the girls and a friend, then my husband is joining us Friday night ... So, It's a little complicated to make sure I pack everything I need without OVER packing.

4. Go through girls clothing - Yessss! Felt so good to get everything sorted! In the process I realized my 9 month old had outgrown ALL except 1 pair of jammies...

I'm pretty excited about accomplishing my goals last week!

Here is what I'm chasing this week.  As always, this is a link up with Mindy from RoadRunnerGirl.com

1. Run 3X

2. Yoga 3X

3. Pack for a Wedding / Disney weekend!

4. Work on Counting with my Toddler 3X

So, there are my goals!!

Question on the day: What are your goals this week?


Friday, February 5, 2016

Training Update - Glass Slipper Challenge!

*Calling all Princesses!*

The Princess Half Waivers and Corrals have been posted, so go check it out!

I was literally jumping up and down when these posted, I was just SUPER excited!! To be honest with you, it wasn't until this week that I really got excited. A few weeks ago, all our plans kind of fell apart when my husband wasn't able to get Friday off. Thankfully everything is sorted out now, and my dear friend is going to come with me to help with the girls at the kids races and packet pick up until my husband comes on Friday evening.

::Hallelujah::

The corrals are posted and I'm not in the last corral (and neither is my sister) sooo...

::Hallelujah::

Come on Princess Half!!!!!!! (but remember).



Now, lets talk Training.

Ever since my PR at the #miamifamous half Marathon, I have been SO motivated and excited to run. I've been hitting the treadmill after the girls are in bed and really enjoying my runs. So, I'm ready!

On Friday I will be running 5 miles and then Saturday I'll attempt 14 miles. We will see how it goes on the treadmill for 14 miles. It's supposed to rain on Saturday, so I just going to go straight to the gym, get some movies ready to go on my phone and RUN!

I'm strangely excited about it too. ...

Next week is time to taper, HOORAY!!!

Question of the day: What's your favorite ride at Walt Disney World?



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WDW Wednesday - Top 3 Rides in Magic Kingdom for 2 and Under

Hello Disney loving friends!

For today's post I wanted to give our top 3 favorite rides for families with very young children. These are my 2 year old's MOST requested rides at the Magic Kingdom! I'm pretty excited that she loves these rides so much because I love them and also want to ride them over and over again!

As a point of reference, we have annual passes and very rarely wait in long lines for rides. We use the fast pass+ or often times go to the Magic Kingdom late in the evening after the girls have napped a lot of the guests have departed for the day.

Number 3. 

The Little Mermaid. 

My 2 year old has recently fallen IN.LOVE. with Ariel and the Little Mermaid movie. On our most recent trip to the Magic Kingdom there was no line for the Little Mermaid ride and so we rode it 3 or 4 times without getting off.

The line for this ride is also pretty cute, you get to see scuttle, some of the treasures Ariel finds and outside is Prince Eric's castle and a boat with Ariel on the front.

Why we like the ride:

  • Slow moving
  • Bright colors
  • Music
  • Our family of 4 can ride together 
Number 2.5 (BONUS).

Winnie the Pooh. 

At 5 months old my oldest daughter identified Winnie the Pooh as her favorite. She loves the color yellow and Winnie the Pooh (still does at 2 years old).  So, I had to include this ride as a top for our family.  

The line for this ride is also very interactive, there are lots of games and activities to keep the little ones entertained. 

Why we like the ride: 
  • slow moving
  • brightly colored
  • fun music
  • our family of 4 can ride together
Number 2. 

DUMBO

When you think Walt Disney World, you think Disney... (am I right?).  It is simply a MUST DO ride. My husband grew up loving the movie Dumbo, and of course the ride as well.  Our 2 year old will now ask us to go to Disney to ride Dumbo. We can't go to the Magic Kingdom without a fast pass for this ride. 
Recently Disney expanded this ride to have two dumbo rides and a huge play area for young children under the big top. We haven't used the play area yet, but are looking forward to using it when our youngest gets a little older.  I believe there is a system in place where you can play for a bit inside the play ground and then go ride the ride, I'm not certain how that works but it sounds really great for families! 

Why we like this ride:
  • It's Dumbo. 
  • Children are able to move the cart up and down
  • outside 
  • Iconic Disney Ride 
Number 1. 

The Carousel

Although Dumbo is her most requested ride while at home planning for a Disney trip, our top ride for 2 and under is the Carousel. I put it as number one because our daughter melts into a thousand pieces if we walk by this ride without riding it - she just LOVES it! 

One lesson I recently learned was that during the fireworks they close the ride down. This was quite unfortunate because that's when we were about to go ride it. We spent some time with the princesses while we waited for it to open and all was well, but it is something to consider. 

The line isn't too exciting, it wraps around the carousel and is pretty hot during the day because there is limited shade. We prefer to do this ride in the evening or early morning. 




Why we like this ride: 
  • Indepence
    • My daughter can ride a horse all by herself (with mom right there)
  • Beautiful views of the castle
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Iconic Disney ride
I'm sure as our children age, even this year, they will begin to have new favorite rides - it's only natural. I am excited that these are their current favorites because they are some of my favorites too! 

Question of the day: What's your most favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom?









Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekly Chase

Hello February!!!! 

February is such a pretty month, all the pink and purple and glitter... am I right? 

After a couple of busy, busy weekends it was so nice to be home. Let's see how I did with my goals from last week

Road Runner Girl



1. Stretch on 3 different days -Yes, I did Yoga almost every day last week. It's not easy with two babies crawling on me, but they are my motivation! 

2. Figure out a training strategy for Glass Slipper Challenge - Yes, I am going to just pick up on the Jeff Galloway run/walk plan 


3. Unpack from Miami - Yes!! Such a good feeling to be unpacked, and have everything put away. 

4. Put away Christmas decor - Yes, and this was a HUGE job. Because we wanted to consolidate boxes and move into more plastic bins and less cardboard boxes. It took quite some time but it's all done and ready for next Christmas! 

This week I'm chasing... 

1.  Run 4X - This week is the last long run before the Princess Half, and since I'm doing the challenge, I want to do back-to-back runs. 

2.  Yoga 3X - 

3. Begin packing list for Princess Half 

4. Go through the girls clothing and sort - moms, is it just me or does it feel like this is non-stop? 

So, there you go, my goals for the week! 

Who is your favorite Disney Princess and why? 

Link up with Mindy (www.roadrunnergirl.com)


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