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January Fitness Goals!

I used to think it was cliche to set a fitness goal for the beginning of January.  I used to set them, and by January 30, I was looking forward to the Valentines day treats! 
Then, in December of 2011 I made a change. 
2012 I started walking and drinking more water and less soda. By May, I'd signed up for my first 5K! By July I'd signed up for my first HALF MARATHON! 2013 I ran 14 5k's, 1 10k and 2 half marathons
January 2014 I welcomed my firstborn daughter kept running and training
2015 I ran some more and welcomed our second daughter
2016 we welcomed daughter number three.
In 4 years I've lose over 70 lbs ran thousands of miles and welcomed 3 precious gifts into the world. 

2017, I'm ready! 
Find out how we are kicking of our fitness over on our Youtube Channel! See you there! 

Month 3 - Three Under Three!

Month 2

Another month has come to a close, and our little girls are getting bigger by the moment. I think the biggest leap was with my oldest. She grew about 2 inches this month, and has officially LOST all of her looks and mannerisms of when she was a baby. 

When I look at her, I see a big girl. She's full of energy, full of life, full of passion and has great Leadership potential (ahem...). She's amazing! 
My middle daughter is going to be my coffee buddy some day, I just know it! She's up as soon as Dad's alarm goes off around 6:30 a.m. and ready for the day, most days she asks me for a sip of my coffee (to which I tell her no). ;-) This month she survived a stomach virus, and gained 5 new teeth - it was rough on all of us. 

The toddlers aren't the only ones growing either, our lady bug has officially outgrown newborn diapers and is almost completely out of newborn clothing. It's a little sad to be packing up the newborn clothing, but I held onto a few favor…

WDW Wednesday: Disney Uber?

Have you heard about Disney's newest way to make a buck? Yep. They've discovered yet another way to get you to toss money their way!

Disney Transportation is a great perk for guests staying on property, guests who want to park hop and also guests who come onto Disney property to enjoy a meal at one of their fine restaurants. I've opted out of driving my own car in order to take advantage of the Disney transportation for years. It's great! However, it's a little bit slow and as we approach a major Holiday such as Christmas, the transportation services are always a little bit more crowded and a little bit slower.

Enter. Disney Uber. It's not really called "Disney Uber" it's actually called "Disney Express Transportation" and in my opinion, it's worth EVERY PENNY and here are my top 5 reasons why!

Yes, VIP! You've seen those guests being escorted around Disney property chatting with cast members like old friends, w…

How to ditch the stroller and have the best Disney day ever!

Over the last year, I can probably count on 1 hand a number of times we actually took a stroller into the Disney Parks. If you've ever been to Disney during a busy day, you've probably been run over by a stroller or two. As a mom or three very young children, please know it is not typically the intent of the stroller driver run into a person, and Main Street USA is one of the most frustrating sections in all of Disney Parks for someone with a stroller.

So, how do we conquer Disney with three kids 3 and under? 
1. Pack lightly!
If you have young children in diapers, there is no way around the need for a certain amount of diapers and snacks, here is what I tend to pack in my backpack.

Diapers Multiple Types of Snacks 2 Servings of Milk always saving one for them to drink on the way back to the hotel or carExtra set of clothing
2. Baby Wearing!
The quickest way to get from place to place in the parks is by babywearing.  Our favorite baby carrier for this is the Lille Baby Airflow.

Best Christmas Lights in Miami

It's hard to believe that Christmas will be here next week. December is such a busy time of the year for us, and since we have very young children, it's a time I like to fill with magical memories and tradition.

One of my childhood traditions was to drive around the neighborhood and look at Christmas lights. Well, a lot has changed in the last 30 years and it seems to me that people just don't decorate their homes outside like they used to, or do they?

For the last three years we have enjoyed visiting Christmas Castle here in Miami. Right in the middle of a neighborhood you will find a home and neighborhood beautifully decorated, complete with music, and a mailbox to send a letter to Santa if you so desire.

The light display is free to come too, but for the last 17 years they have been raising money for Autism Awareness. According to their website they have contributed about $8,500 to a local charity each year!

If you are interested in going with small children or in a gr…

Postpartum Running Goals!

at 11:20 a.m. on Friday my sweet little Belle will be 12 weeks old, I can't believe how fast time is flying. Although I was cleared to return to all forms of exercise about 6 weeks ago, I just couldn't find the time to get my sneakers on and run. It's so much harder to get up before the girls and run than I thought it'd be (something to do with round the clock feeding / nightmare comforter / teething comforter). You'd think an after dinner run wouldn't be that hard, but with bath time, bed time and cluster feeding - it's hard!

So, now that we are roughly three months into this life with three precious girls under the age of three years old, I think i've figured it out! 
Postpartum Running Goals - December - February Finish the Miami Half Marathon in 1 piece  I'm not sure what I was thinking, when I thought I would be able to get up at 5 a.m. 3x a week to run, I just don't know. The fact is, I have a half Marathon roughly 6 weeks from now and my on…

Thanksgiving 2016 - Recap

During a Thanksgiving lunch I wrote that I was thankful for healthy children. The day after our Thanksgiving celebrations my two older children promptly got sick. You have NO idea how thankful I was when they started to come back to normal (two weeks later!!!). Stomach Virus followed by 5 teeth popping through for one toddler, then growing pains followed by stomach virus for the other toddler.

It. Was. Awful!

ANYWAY! Now that everyone is healthy again, I thought I'd take a few moments to capture some of the memories from our littlest love's first Thanksgiving!

If you'd rather just take a minute and see the video, check out our Youtube Channel!

Our Thanksgiving began a day early, when my husband semi-surprised me by taking Wednesday off of work! We ran some errands, went to the park with the girls and even set up the Christmas tree together!  Thursday morning we got up bright and early for the local Turkey Trot! I did a full recap of the race a couple of days ago, you can c…

3 Tips for taking your Newborn to Disney

A DISNEY? The germ capitol of the world?...

Yes, I took my newborn to Disney (more than once) and today I am going to share with you how I kept her safe and germ free!

Tip # 1 - Wear your baby!

I don't know why, but in my experience if a baby is in a stroller people are more likely to breath and touch them. However, if you have them tucked away nice and close to you in a baby carrier, people are more likely to give you some space!

Tip # 2 - Be picky about where you change the diapers!

Walt Disney World has these AMAZING baby centers in each of the parks. It's not always convenient to where you are located, BUT there is a cast member inside cleaning the changing table after each person uses it.

If you are in an emergency type (blow-out) situation, I recommend using a "companion" restroom. Your spouse and other children can come with you to help get your baby cleaned up and back out having a good time in a hurry. In my experience, not all of these restroom…

#Miami Famous Monday - Week 3?

Gooooood Morning!

Sorry I didn't update anyone after week 2. I didn't exactly reach my goals, or exercise too much that week. We were quite busy with getting ready for Thanksgiving, and I just wasn't able to get everything accomplished.

So, let's just move on shall we?

We are now about 7 weeks away from the Miami Half Marathon and here is how I was active last week!

11/28 - Unpack from Thanksgiving Vacation, chase toddlers?
11/29 - Spent the whole day either at the Pediatrician or with sick toddlers
11/30 - Youtube Dance video (12 minutes)
12/1 - Fat burning Dance routine.
12/2 - Survived two toddlers with a fever.
12/3 - Cleaning & Surviving this whole virus thing.
12/4 - A whole lot of cleaning, rearranging furniture and praying we get over this awful virus.

Goals for this week!
Go for a LONG walk on MondayYoga 3xRun 2x What are your goals for the week?

Three Under Three: Month 2

Month two is officially over and we are still completely obsessed with our littlest love.

Month 2: Baby Love
Trips and Visits

Magic KingdomAnimal KingdomHollywood StudiosEpcotGrandparents home in central FloridaPediatricianChurch Grocery StoresParks & PlaygroundsMiami-Dade Heart WalkMiami Turkey Trot  Feeding and Growing This month I felt like she was constantly eating, which made me constantly eat. Over Thanksgiving I was speculating that she had gone from 5.5 lbs at her month 1 appointment to somewhere close to 7lbs. Boy was I  WRONG. She is now weighing in at 8lbs and 4 ounces! I was SO excited! I felt so proud of myself, it was a pride I don't know that I can describe or say that I've ever felt. Breastfeeding my first two was a disaster that ended in a lot of feelings of disappointment for me. 
I am so proud of our little girl, she's so strong and so patient. I think it is because of her sweet and kind spirit I was able to figure this whole breastfeeding thing out.