Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Maya Grill at Coronado Springs Resort

As I mentioned last week … or this week … is Sunday the start of your week or Monday?  Anyway…

A couple of days ago I talked about the fact that Hubs and I decided to become members of Disney’s Tables in Wonderland, which gets us a 20% discount at most Disney table service restaurants.  And I told you that we were going to try out a new Disney dining experience each week to get our money’s worth … or spend a lot of money on food … however you want to look at it. 

This past Saturday we made reservations through the My Disney Experience app for the Maya Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. 


Hubs and I love going out to the Coronado because it’s a fun hotel with a Southwest theme, it has a neat “food court-y” type of restaurant called the Pepper Market that we like to go to, and we love walking the trail around the lake/resort to get a little exercise in after stuffing our faces.  It’s a win win experience all around.  Love Coronado. 

In all of our outings to Coronado we have always seen Maya Grill from afar, but we never ate there.  Until Saturday night.  For some reason I didn’t realize that Maya Grill was a straight up Mexican restaurant.  I thought it was mostly American food with some chimichangas thrown in the mix.  But no.  Before I get to the menu, let’s talk about the ambiance, because this was a really pretty restaurant.


Hi Hubs!



The menu was very nice and had everything from enchiladas to tacos to chimichangas and then they had non-Mexican fare on the menu as well.  Since Hubs and I were in the Mexican mood, we opted for Mexican, but it was hard to make a decision because everything sounded so good.  We started with the Queso Fundido as an appetizer, because I just can’t go to a Mexican restaurant and not get queso, it’s just not right.  It was delish, and polished off in about 3 minutes with warm tortillas and chips.  Mmm.  

Hubs opted for the Chimichanga Platter, which was a beef and chicken chimi. I opted for the Three Amigos, which was a chicken enchilada, a beef enchilada and a cheese enchilada.  I never order enchiladas in a restaurant because my dad makes the best enchiladas on the planet, and I know restaurant enchiladas will never stack up to my dad’s (seriously).  So that was my first mistake when I ordered the Three Amigos.

My food was good, but not great.  It wasn’t “blow me out of my chair” Mexican and I think that’s partly because I broke my enchilada ordering rule and partly because I was already full from the Queso Fundido, chips and salsa.  Ah well.  I had a bit of Hubs’ chimi and it was very good.    

Overall I really liked Maya Grill.  I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant and the menu was great.  While I didn’t love my dish, I would like to go back and try something different, because everything sounded so yummy. 

After dinner we did the big loop around Coronado Springs and walked off part of our meal.  I ran into one of the Three Caballeros.

Yes, I am wearing my Stitch Fix shirt AGAIN.  I wear it too much, I know.

And then I wore a giant bow.


Overall, great night out! 

Next week:  Garden Grill at Epcot – my choice! 

How about you … Have you ever been to Maya Grill?  Coronado Springs?  How about Garden Grill – anyone been there?  Did you like it?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hoarse-y Monday

Hi there!  Happy Monday!  I’m still feeling a little hoarse-y and eh today, but okay. 

This weekend we did a lot of chilling out at home, which was nice considering both Hubs and I are recovering from the creeping crud.  I finally got to see Saving Mr. Banks, which is am so happy about, because I wanted to see that movie the day it came out (back in December), but it never happened.  I loved it. 


On Saturday night Hubs and I had a “date night.”  We had reservations for our next Disney dining outing and were planning on taking Miss Jillian with us, but Hubs’ parents offered to watch her while we went, so we took them up on it and enjoyed a nice evening alone.  

Going out is so different without Jillian.  We talked about this during dinner – while we both didn’t feel it was better or worse without her, we both agreed that it was just different.  Whenever she is around, which is like 99% of the time, you can't ever give the other person 100% of your attention, you just can’t (she's too cute).  So being able to give 100% to a conversation was nice.  Too bad I couldn’t really talk very much on Saturday, I could croak.  Anyway, I will be writing up my recap on the Maya Grill later this week.

This morning I woke up and immediately thought about skipping T25 because I was feeling eh.  Then I remembered that I feel much better after working out because it gets all that phlegm moving.  I embarked on week 5 of T25 this morning, which means that next week I get to start the Beta series of workouts.  Excitement.  Today was the Total Body Circuit workout, which was good as always.  I can’t believe it’s already week 5. 


Thank you, thank you Ryan.

Like I have said time and time again, I am really glad I decided to commit to T25.  It’s really helped me get into a groove with getting up and working out in the mornings.  Without a plan I’m all over the place and tend to sleep in a little more than I should.  I’ve noticed that it’s much easier to get up in the mornings now too.  My alarm goes off, I think “eh, maybe I’ll skip today” and then I instantly talk myself out of it and get up.  Before, without a plan, I would be like “nah, don’t feel like it” and hit snooze.  So, that right there is worth the price of admission.

And when I complete T25, I found a new challenge to embark on … the InsaniT25 plan!  What?!?  It’s a hybrid of Insanity and T25…  Oh, I might have to try this because it sounds fun!



What about you … Has anyone tried T25 or Insanity before?  Have you see Saving Mr. Banks?  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Olivia's at Old Key West Resort

Since Hubs and I frequent "The Disney" and eat a lot of food out there, we decided to become members of the Tables in Wonderland program. 


For a reasonable annual membership fee, Tables in Wonderland offers a 20% discount to all table service restaurants at all of the parks, resorts and other areas like Downtown Disney.  It also offers discounts to some quick service restaurants, but not many (annual pass holders, your annual pass discount card actually gets you a discount at some quick service place, just ask!). 

To make the most of our membership, Hubs and I have decided to try a new Disney restaurant each week. We want to calculate all of the discounts to see if the money we save equals the membership fee. We're nerdy like that. 

We went to our first restaurant last Saturday - a hidden gem - Olivia's at Disney's Old Key West Resort


I chose this restaurant because the menu had a lot of traditional American cuisine on it that sounded delish.  But I mostly chose it because of the dessert menu - they had a banana bread pudding sundae, hello. 

Olivia's is a small restaurant, so the ambiance is very homey. And it wasn't crowded, which is crazy considering it's the middle of the summer. Like I said, a hidden gem! 


Our meal started with a warm loaf of pineapple coconut bread - the same bread that they serve at Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort (our favorite Disney dining experience ever). It was delish and we gobbled it up. 

Hubs ordered the pork chop with Gruyere fondue (fancy) and I ordered the special which was buttermilk chicken with sawmill gravy. OMG, not at all healthy but who cares, I ate every single bite. It was soo delicious. Jillian even ate some of my green beans and mashed potatoes.

The entire meal I just kept saying "mmmmmm" - it was so good. We were both full at the end of our meal but we knew that we had to have dessert, since that's why I chose this place. I, of course, ordered the banana bread pudding sundae with bananas foster sauce. Yes really. Hubs ordered the flourless chocolate cake. We inhaled everything. The banana bread pudding was big and gooey and divine, OMG. So good. 

At the end of the meal we rolled ourselves out of there and took a short walk around the resort (it was drizzling a bit). All in all, excellent experience!! I loved Olivia's and would totally go back to try other things on the menu. And we saved $12.09 using our discount - not too bad! 

Hubs picked out the next restaurant we are going to (we are alternating weeks on picking), so we are going to Maya Grill at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. I'll let you know how it is!! 

How about you ... Any Tables in Wonderland members out there? Ever been to Olivia's? 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sickie

As if this week hasn't been busy enough (I only got to blog once?!), Thursday I woke up with the creeping crud. Hubs has been fighting a sore throat/cough/phlegmy thing all week and I thought I was immune. No dice. I woke up Thursday feeling like poo with a sore throat and general crapiness from the neck up. And then yesterday, the icing on the cake, I lost my voice. Awesome. 

Since I am a firm believer of "sweating out the ickies" I decided to workout this morning. I didn't T25 on Thursday or Friday - wasn't happening - so today I did the workout that was mostly cardio so I could sweat a lot and jump a lot. The jumping helped loosen up the phlegm that has accumulated over night (sorry, gross), so right now, post-workout, I'm feeling pretty good. 


Needless to say Hubs and I are going to lay pretty low this weekend and pray to God that Jillian doesn't get the crud. So far so good. 

How about you ... Anyone else sick out there? (That's a weird question) What are your plans for the weekend? 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Birthdays, New Offices, 10Ks, etc.

Hello!  Is it already Wednesday?  It has been a busy busy week, hence the not checking in thing.  I have a bazillion things I need to be doing, but I thought I would chat with you first.  Nice of me, eh? 

I’m going bullet style today because I have a bunch of things to talk about and they don’t really go together at all. Rand-o!

- I am happy to report that Amanda and Michele were able to register for the DisneyPrincess Enchanted 10K yesterday!  Registration opened yesterday (I signed up during the annual passholder pre-registration last week) and they had a devil of a time getting registered, but they were successful.  Yay, that means I won’t have to do it alone!  Amanda checked last night and both the 10K and the half marathon were already sold out.  WOW.  And it looks like the Glass Slipper is sold out today.  Crazy.



- I am talking to you from my new office!  As I mentioned last week, our office moved to a new location and Monday was my first day in the new location.  I have a bit more of a commute – 35 minutes now compared to the 15 before – but it’s not bad.  I love my new digs (bigger cubicle = happy Kerry), but it’s still weird being in a new place.  I feel like it’s temporary.  It’s weird and hard to explain.

- Jillian celebrated her “half birthday” over the weekend.  18 months!  I cannot even believe I have a one and a half year old.  We celebrated all weekend.  Friday night we took a fun trip out to Epcot.  Saturday we went out to a nice Disney dinner at one of the resorts.  And then Sunday we made a Toys R Us trip (hey, it was her half birthday, she needed a present!) and then that night my parents came up and we had dinner at a crazy good Mexican restaurant.  Fun weekend! 


 

- Jordyn also celebrated her 19th birthday on Monday.  OMG I'm so old!  She’s back in California and spent the day at, where else, Disneyland… Yep, she’s definitely our kid.  Well, not my kid, but my step kid...you catch my drift.

  
- This weekend I also discovered the phenomenon that is Pinterest.  Or, I should say re-discovered.  I got on to Pinterest back when it blew up and I wasn’t really that into it.  I didn’t understand how people could spend hours on it – I think I just didn’t really understand how it worked.  I used it occasionally if I was looking for something specific, but that was it.  On Saturday I was looking for some ideas for organizing Jillian’s toys (because they are all over our family room, dining room, living room…) and I decided to check out Pinterest.  Well… three hours later I was still perusing.  Jillian was napping, Hubs was watching a movie and I literally spent hours looking at everything from kids playrooms to organization ideas.  And it didn’t stop there.  I also learned how to do a better job with my eye makeup, how to prioritize my to do lists, how to bake a funfetti cookie cake (seen above) and I built out my Stitch Fix wish list.  Seriously, Pinterest is amazing.  I dream about it now.  Sigh.

- I’m half way through WEEK FOUR of T25.  I’m so proud of myself for sticking with it.  I’m going the full 10 weeks people. I’m gonna do it!  This week has been tough though.  Yesterday and today I woke up so tired and just wanted to sleep, but I made myself get out of bed and I am so glad I did.  I feel so much better when I stick with it.  Go me! 

OK, I need to get jammin’ – lots to do!  Have a super duper Wednesday!


How about you … Did anyone get registered for one of the Disney Princess races?  Any Pinterest fans out there?    

Friday, July 11, 2014

Random Fact Friday

Happy Friday!  I’m working from home today because today is moving day for our office and they told us to stay away.  Nice.

It’s a little bittersweet.  While I am excited about having a new office to go to starting on Monday, I have been going to work in the same place for 14 years.  14 years!  Gosh, that makes me sound (and feel) really old!


As I walked in to the office yesterday, I snapped this pic.  Aww. 

So it’s Friday and that means it’s random fact Friday, so here we go…

- It’s July 11th, 7/11, that means go get your FREE SLURPEE today at 7-11! 


- I am NOT a Lebron James fan at all, but I am just dying to know where he’s going to end up – Miami or Cleveland.  Hurry up Lebron, the world is waiting for you to speak!!


- Yesterday I totally bought the People magazine with all of Jessica Simpson’s wedding photos.  I’m sorry, I hate to admit it, but I just love her.


- As I mentioned the other day, I signed up for the Disney Princess 10K during a special annual passholder preview.  For giggles, I decided to go back out to the passholders website to see how the race was shaping up.  The 10K is already 50% sold out and the Glass Slipper Challenge (5K, 10K and Half) is sold out.  Wow!  I really hope that they only allow a certain number of spots for passholders and that’s what is sold out, and not the whole thing is sold out during the pre-registration.  Otherwise there would be a lot of pissed off people on Tuesday when registration opens to everyone.  Sheesh, I remember when you could register for this race like a couple of months before the race and have no problems.  Crazy how big these have gotten. 

- Speaking of Disney races, Hubs and I were talking last night about how many races they now have at Disneyland.  We did the inaugural Disneyland Half Marathon back in 2007 and that was the only one.  Now they have the Tinkerbell Half, Avengers Half, Star Wars Half and then the Disneyland Half.  That’s more half marathons than they have here - here we have Disney World, Princess and Wine and Dine (Tower is not a half).  He also jokingly said “we should do them all one year.”  Haha, that intrigues me, but at the same time gives me a slight panic attack as well.  Lots of those are close together date-wise!  Not to mention the travel back and forth.  Here’s some fun pics from that inaugural race.

The Disneyland castle is so puny

California Adventure


Alright, that’s all I’ve got.  Hope your Friday is going well and that you have a fab weekend! 


How about you … Have you ever run a Disney race?  Any dreams to do one?  Which one would you like to do?  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A New Race

So I signed up for a race yesterday!  No, I haven’t been running and the thought of a half marathon makes me a little anxious, so I decided to sign up for a 10K.  Last year, the Disney Princess half marathon introduced a 10K to the weekend, and it sold out in like 10 seconds.  I was so bummed because I love a 10K, and a Disney Princess 10K, hello. 

So this year I found out that there is a perk for Disney Annual Passholders … we get to register for Disney races a week ahead of everyone else.  How did I not know about this before?!  Yesterday the pre-registration opened and I got in.  Woohoo!  Now here’s hoping Amanda and Michele can get registered when registration for everyone else opens on Tuesday.  I told them to log on at noon on Tuesday to get in, because the 10K will sell out super fast, and I don’t want to run it alone. 

Last year's Princess with Amanda
Tower of Terror 10 Miler with Michele
I think we are going to have to get cool matching shirts again!!  

Exciting.  Now I just need to start running again… ?

On that note, I logged in another day of T25 – my third this week.  I am starting to feel really good and strong.  These workouts are the bomb.  I’m even getting used to waking up earlier – like I’m waking up before my alarm, yikes.  I guess that’s a good thing. 

Alright, I gotta jam.  So much to do.  Our office is moving to a new location tomorrow (more on this later) and I have lots of packing to do amidst the mountain of work to do, argh.  Have a super Thursday!


How about you … Anyone planning on running the Disney Princess 5K/10K/Half Marathon in 2015?  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Big Purse, Happy Fourth

Hey there!

I tried all day yesterday to get a post up, but it just didn’t happen.  Too much going on at work! 

First things first, I got a question from Sabrina asking for the designer of my awesome Stitch Fix purse


It is an Urban Expressions bag and the style is Yolanda Woven Buckle Detail.  I Googled it and I found this one in brown.  Same bag, just in brown. I kind of dig it in brown too!  

I love this bag!!  Here’s a couple of pics of me and the bag, with all of my crap in the bag, since I know how important it is to actually see a bag on a real person and not a mannequin (you know, to see just how big it is, where the straps fall, etc)



 So how was everyone’s Fourth of July holiday?  Hopefully great!  Ours was a lot of fun.  We started the festivities on Thursday night when we drove down to Sarasota for a friend’s birthday party.  It was a lot of fun – they rented a hall, had a DJ, there was food and dancing and balloons, so Jillian was happy.


On the Fourth we had some quality swimming time in my parents’ pool. 

                                   




And then we had some friends over and had a delish cookout complete with steaks and corn on the cob.  I ate so much I literally exploded. 

On Saturday we had more swimming fun and then headed home during Jillian’s nap.  Timing a nap and a long car ride is crucial to everyone’s well being. 


The rest of the weekend it rained cats and dogs, so we spent the rest of the weekend indoors catching up on TV and whatnot.  Good stuff! 

On Monday it was back to the grind.  I couldn’t get my sorry a$$ out of bed to T25 yesterday, but after seeing Courtney’s post (and awesome ecard) I was propelled out of bed this morning.  


It felt good!! 

Alright, lots to do, and little time to do it.  Have a great Tuesday!

How about you … Are you a fan of large purses/bags?  Do you like a colorful purse or a more muted tone?  What did you do during your Fourth of July holiday?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth!


So far our Fourth festivities have been good... And all our fun was actually before the holiday! 

Farewell dinner with J - she's went back to college in California after spending some time at home...



And last night we went to a birthday party where Jillian got to dress up and dance!  




Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My Latest Fix

Hey there! It's been a busy day since I'm off of work, but I got a great surprise today…


My latest Stitch Fix!! I wasn't supposed to receive it until Saturday, but it came early. Yay! Well, sorta yay. This one wasn't my best Fix, but I did end up with a couple cute things, like...

This shirt


I wasn't crazy at first about the fluttery cap sleeve things, but I like this shirt because it's tailored looking and most of my shirts are...not. Hello tees and tanks. This is a good work shirt. So I'm keeping it. 

Another keeper, this purse.



I need another bag like I need a hole in the head, but it's blue! And gigantic and I love the style with the short straps and then the long shoulder strap. Love. I don't need it, but the price was right, and why not have a fun blue bag in my repertoire? 

Things I'm not keeping...

This ugly grandma dress


It matches the blue purse, but that's all it had going for it. The style was not good. The pattern was old lady-ish and it didn't fit over my hips. Fail.

These yellow shorts


The thought of yellow shorts intrigued me. They fit well, which made me happy because they were a size lower than I normally wear (thanks T25), but I don't know how often I'd wear yellow shorts. Or with what. And, I have a tan right now, which makes the yellow look good next to my skin. When I don't have a tan, which is about 99.9% of the time, these yellow shorts would totally clash with my white pasty colored legs. So no.

This weird tee shirt


Gray stripes with navy polka dots. The shirt was short in front, long in the back and the back was patterned in polka dots. No no no. 

Not my favorite fix, but I did get a couple of nice things out of it. I always feel compelled to buy something because I feel like my $20 styling fee would go to waste. (the $20 you pay goes towards whatever you purchase) So glad this came early!! 

How about you ... Have you tried Stitch Fix? Anyone else have today off of work in preparation for the 4th?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tan Again

I got another spray tan last night!



Hahaha!  OK, don't be alarmed, that extremely dark picture was taken (on purpose) before I washed the "accelerator" off, so I was a crazy shade of brownish, grayish, purplish - yeah, I don't get it either.  I just love how my teeth glow in the dark.  Those Crest Whitestrips really work!  

But I look nice and normal tan today.  Albeit a little darker than before.


I'm sure the people in my office are like "what did you do yesterday, because you were pasty white on Monday!"  

I am so glad I tried this spraying tanning mumbo jumbo.  I never knew how the other half (the tan half) lived, because I am so pasty, but it's nice!

Today is actually my "Friday" and I couldn't be happier.  Bring on the 4-day holiday weekend!  Any time I can take one day of PTO and get four days away from work in return, that's a big plus in my book.  I am looking forward to it!

One thing I am planning on doing on one of my four days off is going to my gym.  Ha!  I mentioned the other day that they moved my gym (without telling me - how rude), so I am itching to go check it out.  So that's in the plans.  On Thursday we're going to a friends birthday party in Sarasota and then we're going to stay at my parents house in Clearwater for a couple of days so Jillian can get some quality pool time.  Barring any crazy hurricanes of course.  

Still on the T25 train.  Yesterday I did Total Body Circuit and today was Speed 1.0.  So glad I decided to jump back on the T25 train, I feel so accomplished every morning after I finished.  That's always a good thing!  

Alright, lots to do before I can break out of here on my 4-day holiday weekend.  Have a great Wednesday!  

How about you … Do you have a long holiday weekend?  Anyone out there get a spray tan before?  

Monday, June 30, 2014

They Moved My Gym!

Hi there! Happy Monday! I hope your Monday started on the right foot.  Mine did - with a  T25 Cardio workout that really woke me up.  Wooha! 

This weekend was good and productive and then also lazy - the perfect kind of weekend.

On Saturday I got up "weekday early" so that I could go out for a walk/tun and complete my fifth T25 workout of the week - Ab Intervals. I knew just doing abs wouldn't be enough of a workout for a Saturday, so I combined it with a walk/run and that did the trick! Good stuff!  By 9am I had a worked out, showered, fed Jillian, started laundry and cleaned her room. Nice!

All of that productiveness led to an afternoon of sitting around. Hubs and I finally got out to the movies - our first since March - to see 22 Jump Street. I'm not sure what I was looking forward to most - the movie itself, 2 hours of Channing Tatum or the gargantuan popcorn and Diet Coke we devoured during the movie.  In the end it was ALL good.



The rest of the evening was spent with Hubs' parents (they babysat Jillian - who actually napped the whole time we were gone!) grilling out and visiting.  Nice Saturday night!

Sunday it was too dang hot to do anything, so we didn't.  The most I did was go grocery shopping.  On my way shopping I passed by my gym - you know the gym I haven't been to since August 2013? - and I realized that it wasn't there.  Say what?  They moved my gym!  After I passed by, I frantically got on Google to find out what happened to my gym.  The address appeared the same on the website, but there was no sign and I didn't see it in the strip mall that it's normally in. 

A little background on my gym - it was a really crappy gym.  Not the gym company per se, but the physical location.  It was in a really tiny space and all of the equipment was on top of each other and everything was just really out of date.  Not cool for a gym company that is extremely well known across the US and has some really high tech and fancy locations nearby.  I always thought "why is our location so crappy and all the other ones are so nice?"  Whatever, it got the job done, but I like nice, new, shiny gyms.  Well, now my gym is NICE.  And shiny. 

On my way back from shopping I went back to the strip mall where my gym used to live and voila, there it was in a brand new, giant space.  I didn't go in (because I'm ashamed ... and I wasn't wearing workout gear), but I drove by and it looks NICE.  About 3 times the size of the other space.  So now I'm going to have to go and check it out.  I wonder if I have to tell them that I haven't been there in a YEAR when I go back?  "Hi, yeah, I haven't been here in about a year.  I didn't even know you moved."  Embarrassing.  Thank goodness I get reimbursed for my gym membership by my company, or else that would really be sad.

Anyway, that was my weekend in a nutshell.  This week is a 3-day week for me!  I have Thursday off and we're heading down to my parents' house for the holiday weekend.  Should be fun.  Lots of swimming for Jillian!  Hope your Monday is going well.


How about you ... What did you do this weekend?  Do you belong to a fancy gym?  Or one that just gets the job done?