Thursday, December 29, 2016

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! 

Friday, December 23, 2016

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 favorites in hopes of gaining another niece!  I don't know her actual weight and height, due to the holidays her 3 month appointment was delayed until the first of the year. 

Trips & Visits: Lady Bug
  • Magic Kingdom (3x)
  • Animal Kingdom (2x)
  • Hollywood Studios (3x)
  • Epcot (2x)
  • Orlando
  • Tampa
  • Busch Gardens

Life is moving very quickly, and although the days are long the years are short. Next month,... potty training the toddlers...

Any tips? 

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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, well... that could be YOU! Once your bus arrives, you are personally escorted from inside the park to backstage, loaded on a private bus and in 10-15 minutes you are back inside another park.

True, the bus is the same one you would ride with traditional Disney transportation, but the major difference is the crowd levels. The biggest amount of guests we rode with during our trip was about 6 people. This is especially great if you have strollers and young children. Cramming yourself into a crowded bus with a toddler (or 3) is NOT easy, but you do it because you want to experience as much Disney as possible!

Personally, I appreciated the VIP bus because we were able to spread out and feed our newborn comfortably while we went from park to park.

In order to maintain the 10-15 minute commute, the bus had to remain reliable. If the bus was scheduled to leave at 12:00 p.m. the bus left at 12:00 p.m. It was amazing! As an example, we went from Spaceship Earth inside Epcot at 12:00 p.m. to the FastPass Line of Rockin' Roller Coaster inside Hollywood Studios by 12:10.
Ready to ROCK!

4. ONLY $15.00
If you've already invested in a Park Hopper Pass, then you want to take advantage of each day by being INSIDE the parks as much as possible. For an additional 15.00 per person, this program allows you to do that. Disney is expensive, we all know that and an additional 15 dollars per person can really add up, but in my opinion, this fee is something that should be in your budget planning.

On the last day of our Annual Pass we wanted to do the #4parkchallenge. Having the peace of mind that we'd be able to walk onto a bus to the next park at a specific time gave us the confidence to get in an extra line or two and ride some more rides before heading to our next park!
Heading Backstage in Animal Kingdom!
Yes, you read that right! Since you are literally being escorted from the park, to a bus and back into the parks you only have to go through security 1 time. This is especially helpful if you have babies on board, and require more bags and items.  During the Holiday's you can spend 30-45 minutes just getting from your car into the park, it's CRAZY! Who wants to spend their Disney day in security lines? Not this girl!

When would Disney Uber not be a good idea? Quite honestly, if you are traveling solo or with a small group without and bags, you might want to save your cash for a snack inside the park and go the traditional route of transportation for park to park. However, if you are in a hurry to get around the parks and make the most of your time INSIDE the park, Disney Express Transportation might be for you!

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

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

Over the last year I can probably count on 1 hand the amount 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 never the intent of the stroller driver to hit you in the back of the heels and nothing is more frustrating than Main Street USA with a stroller! ;-)

So, how did we conquer Disney with 2 toddlers 2 and under and a baby on the way?

1. Pack lightly!
If you have young children in diapers, there is no way around the need for a certain amount of diapers. I typically pack 1 diaper per child, per hour we plan to be in the parks and 1 extra per child for that unexpected blow out! Our back pack typically looked like this:

  • Diapers (1 per child per hour of our planned visit)
  • Snacks (3-4 different snacks)
  • Milk (enough for the walk to the car or hotel)
  • if needed - a light jacket
The more often we went to the parks, the less items we tended to bring. In the early days we would bring bottles and sippy cups, but quickly realized our girls preferred to drink "Mickey Water" (a cup of free water from a quick service restaurant) so the sippy cups were left in the car or hotel room!

2. Baby Wearing! 
The best way to get from place to place in the parks quickly with toddlers is to strap them on and walk. Our favorite baby carrier for this is the Lille Baby Airflow. It's a little pricey at over 100 dollars on Amazon, but it's worth EVERY penny! You can wear it six different ways, is very breathable for the Florida heat, and even has a zipper pocket for your phone and keys. 


3. Have a goal!
Each time we enter a Disney park, we have a goal! For example, we pick 2-3 rides that we MUST do and the rest is a bonus. In order to get the best out of your Disney day, be sure to know where you want to go and what you want to do before you get into the park. Disney is beautiful, and busy! You will find yourself more relaxed if you have your day kind of mapped out before you get into the park.

4. Stay on property!
If you are going to be there for only day with young kids,  I'd recommend staying on property! It's so much easier to get in and out of the parks, and you can have a private place to escape the crowds and rest before heading back into the parks for some of the night time shows!
5. Park the stroller, and walk to rides! 
The times we did bring the stroller into the parks we would often park the stroller in a central location and walk. This is good for when you need to take lots of jackets, snacks, and stuff with you. It is also helpful when you plan to stay from Rope drop to Wishes! 

And that's how we do it! 

Question of the day: Do you ditch the stroller when you do Disney? 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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 group, I recommend you go early. There is an opening show right at 6:00, and the crowds are relatively small at that time so you will be able to see all the great details and take snap some pictures with limited photo bombers.
If you or your family is a little older, you might want to wait and go towards the end of the evening. I read on the website that they have a special farewell from Olaf at 10:00 p.m. 

One of my favorite things about going to the Christmas Castle is hearing all the Disney music and seeing all the Disney decorations. It's obviously not as magical as the real thing, but it does the trick for getting you into the Holiday Spirit! 

So, if you're looking for something fun to do one evening, head on over to the Christmas Castle! I hope you love it as much as we do! There is limited parking right at the home, but don't be afraid to find a parking spot in the neighborhood and explore some of the other beautifully decorated homes. Just remember to be respectful, you are in a neighborhood after all. 

See more pictures on our Youtube Channel!

Christmas Castle
12331 SW 109 Terrace
Miami, FL 33186

*all opinions are my own, I am in no way affiliated with Christmas Castle. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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
  1. 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 only goal is to finish it in 1 piece. I will accomplish this by running 3x a week, and resting the other days. 

Running Days
  • Tuesday, 30-45 minutes
  • Thursday, 30-45 minutes
  • Sunday, Long Run
How will I get out the door during the week?
  • Have dinner ready as soon as my husband gets home from work
  • Leave the dishes until after the run
  • Feed the baby during during so I'm able to quickly escape out the door
  • Leave the dishes until after bedtime 

How will I accomplish a long run?
  • Family Dinner
    • Every Sunday we hang out at my in-laws home. I will simply excuse myself for a little while and go for a nice long run. 
  • 30/30 Run-Walk
    • 30/30 Run-Walk felt very comfortable for my during my first postpartum run, and I think I need to stick with that for the remainder of my training for the Miami Half
Current Favorite Running Gear*!

Question of the day: What's are you training for? 

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Friday, December 9, 2016

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 check it out here if you're interested!

As done the last two years, we enjoyed a traditional Miami Thanksgiving! It has everything you would expect on the menu around the U.S., complete with some Rice and Beans and Tres Leches for dessert.  

My children were to tired from the Turkey Trot in the morning they totally slept through the meal, and then woke up to have Rice and Beans with Carrots.  

After dessert and naps we headed to Orlando for Thanksgiving Part 2! My side of the family gets together each year and spends the weekend at a resort. There is plenty of room for the 4 cousins (under 3) to run around and play and even a playground! This year we are annual pass holders to Disney World. So, of course we took a few trips over to see the Mouse!

It was a lovely Thanksgiving celebration, and I am continually reminded of how blessed I am. The Lord gave my husband and I three babies in three years, He gave us a huge responsibility with these three precious girls, and I am forever thankful for that! 

Question of the day: What are your Thanksgiving Traditions? 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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 restrooms have a changing table, but most of them do. Especially in Hollywood Studios.

Tip # 3 - Learn to feed & walk

Newborns have tiny tummies and need to eat often. My newborns always seem to take a LONG time to eat. So, instead of sitting on a bench feeding my baby, I learned how to breastfeed in a carrier. I'm not going to lie, it's a little awkward at first but once you get the hang of it - you will be discreetly feeding like a pro! It's much easier to accomplish the discretion part when it's cold outside, because people don't look twice for a blanket over your baby carrier when it's cold, but just be confident!

Feeding in the Baby Center 
If you need a comfortable place to feed you baby, there are lots of little private areas throughout the parks and there is even a private nursing room in each park! On a recent trip we had lots of family with us, so I went to the baby center and gave the baby a good long feed before heading to the car, while our family enjoyed some rides. I *may* have fallen asleep in one of the big comfy rocking chairs while feeding the baby too... ;-)
As a bonus tip, I was sure to keep babies hands covered. You can do this by putting baby in one of those onesies with built in mittens or buying some separate. I was sure to change her clothes throughout the day and not let the Characters get too close during photos.

It CAN be done, you CAN have a simply wonderful time at Disney with your newborn. You just need to adjust your expectations for the day.

Question of the day: How young were you on your first trip to Disney World?

Monday, December 5, 2016

#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 Monday
  • Yoga 3x
  • Run 2x
What are your goals for the week? 

Friday, December 2, 2016

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 Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Epcot
  • Grandparents home in central Florida
  • Pediatrician
  • Church 
  • Grocery Stores
  • Parks & Playgrounds
  • Miami-Dade Heart Walk
  • Miami 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. 

Both girls are still thriving and loving their sister very much. The day before Thanksgiving we set up the Christmas tree. It's so beautiful to see them almost burst with excitement for Christmas. They spend a lot of time playing with the nativity scene under the Christmas tree, and I've even found a few ornaments tucked into bed with them when they wake up each morning. 

Question of the day: What are you most excited about for this Holiday Season? 

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