Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Years

Happy anniversary to my best friend and best man!! Five years married, 12 years of happiness and fun!! 





We are on our way south to the beach for a relaxing weekend! Talk to you next week! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crazy

It's been a little crazy around here lately so I haven't had time to drop by and say hello. And with a nutso week at work and a little mini vacation at the end of the week for our 5 year anniversary, I don't think I am going to have time to check in for a little while. So I will leave you with this beautiful photo from our trip to the pumpkin patch today... 


We dressed Jillian up in her Halloween costume (Minnie Mouse) and she conked out in a coma-like nap on the way there. She could not be woken in any way shape or form, so we made the best of it. 

Have a great week. I hope to be back to normal blogging next week!! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teething Weekend

This past weekend was very different from last weekend's awesomeness. Jillian was cutting molars. If you have a kid, you know this is not fun. It's heartbreaking and stressful and just, bah! There is nothing you can do, and everyone has to go through it, but it's just terrible to see your kid so miserable. 

Jillian started running a small fever on Thursday night and refused to eat and just kept constantly chewing on her finger and crying. Friday she continued to run a fever and it was just all around bad. She'd be fine, and then she'd be crying, and then she'd be fine again and then not fine. Poor baby. And then the drool. OMG, so much drool.  She was soaked. Just so sad. She was up and down all night. Collectively I think Hubs and I got about 3 hours of sleep on Friday night. So I had to ix-nay my morning run on Saturday. Ah well. 

Saturday she seemed better, but we just laid low all day. 

Chillin with Betty Bear

We cancelled our Disney dining reservation and had to forfeit Sister Hazel. By Saturday night she was pretty much back to normal (outside of some crankiness) and slept all night on Saturday. Woohoo! 

Sunday we had our girl back and decided around evening time that we had cabin fever, so we took a jaunt out to Disney's All Star Movies resort to enjoy some scenery and put our Tables in Wonderland to work. Please, a weekend couldn't go by without us using that puppy. It was good to get out, and Jillian got to meet a Dalmatian puppy. 


Speaking of Disney, over the weekend I caught these amazing, beautiful videos that Janae shots when she took Brooke, her 2 yeaer old to Disneyland (see video 1 and video 2).  I cried during both of them because they are just so, so sweet.  I also decided that OneRepublic can do absolutely no wrong (their song "I Lived" is featured in video 2).  Every song they make is beautiful and amazing and I just love them.

The end.

How about you ... Any teething baby tips?  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Stitch Fix #5

On Thursday of last week I received my fifth little box of fun at my doorstep from Stitch Fix. 

Since my last fix was just eh, and I ended up sending everything back, I was a little weary about it. I told myself that if I didn't like anything in this fix I'd stop the service for a bit and pick it back up again later. 

When I opened my box I did a little jig because everything looked super awesome. Starting with this cute dress. 


I love dresses, but I never wear them. I envy gals who just wear dresses to run errands during a normal day but that's not me. I wear pants to work and shorts or capris every other time, not dresses. This one didn't fit. It fit my body but the top was weirdly big and baggy so I had to send this one back. Boo. I love the colors and the chevron. 

Next was this top which had promise. 


I love a good sleeveless top. But this one was too short. Second time that's happened with a Stitch Fix top. It fits well everywhere but it is just too weirdly short. Meh. 

Next was this top that you wear over stuff. 

Disregard my sweaty, no-make up look.  I had just gotten back from a walk.

I'm not a fan of these types of tops. They make me look bigger. Or at least I feel like they do. If I'm going to be wearing something over something else, it needs to be a cardigan or a jacket or something. Not a flimsy short sleeved top. That's just too many shirts being worn. Oh well. 

Three down two more items to go...

Next was a pair of boyfriend jeans. Why do they call them boyfriend jeans? They're cropped jeans. And I was worried about putting them on because trying on pants is always scary and stressful, especially  when someone is choosing the pants for you. 


These were AWESOME! They fit like a glove, they were comfy and I have been wanting to get another pair of denim capris, or "boyfriend jeans," for a while now. Love love love these. They are made by Kut From the Kloth and are called Kate Boyfriend Jean, if you're interested. 

Last was a bag. I might need to ask Stitch Fix to stop sending bags because I have no will power when it comes to good bags. And I need more purses like a hole in the head. But this one is so perfect. It's big, it can be worn on my shoulder or carried, the color is good. Just good all around. Bought! 


Although I only ended up with a pair of (much needed) jeans and (another) purse, I deem this fix a success because I really really like the two items I bought. So, score! I set up my next fix to arrive next month, the day before my birthday! Happy birthday to me!!

How about you ... Have you jumped on the Stitch Fix bandwagon yet? 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Random Fact Friday (10/10/14)

 It's Friday!! It's been a really weird week. I worked at home this week more than usual, so my days have been off. Everyday I've had to ask "what day is it?!" So I'm really glad it's Friday and I'm looking forward to a more normal week next week. 

It's Friday, which means here's some randomness for you...

- I ran my third run of week one of my Couch to 10K program yesterday and like the other runs, it was a good one! I'm really glad I have made the decision to do this because I so enjoy being outside in the morning air and feeling like I accomplished something good. On to week two tomorrow!


         

- I mentioned earlier this week that I have been striving to walk 10,000 steps a day. As you know I have struggled with this in the past, but I've been making a valiant effort this week to do so, and I've succeeded! The C210K has helped big time. 5,000 steps before 8am? Heck yeah! And the afternoon walks I've been taking with Jillian, since I've been at home this week, have helped me rack up the steps as well. Yesterday Jillian and I walked for 45 minutes (she was not in the mood to nap so we walked until she fell asleep), which equated to almost 3 miles and over 5,000 steps. Score! 

- I got my latest Stitch Fix yesterday and it was much better than last month's. So happy about that. I will be posting a full recap next week. (As if the blog world isn't filled enough with Stitch Fix reviews). Here's a sneak peek. (Yes another bag)



- That lovely weather we were having here earlier this week? Yeah, gone. It's back to the 90s and humidity for us with no cool down in sight for a while. Meh. 

- Going to see my beloved Sister Hazel this weekend at Food and Wine Festival. Can't wait, I have missed them so!!


That's all folks. Have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend! 



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria at Epcot

This past Sunday we made a trip out to Epcot for another lunch reservation with our Tables in Wonderland membership.  This time to Italy where we enjoyed the Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria.


Via Napoli is a new(ish) restaurant in Italy that features authentic Neapolitan pizza.  It’s not at all like Pizza Hut.  The mozzarella is fresh, the crust is thin and it’s oh so good.  We knew what we wanted before we got there.  When we sat down Hubs was like “well maybe I’ll get pasta” and I was like “oh no you don’t, we’re eating PIZZA!’  And that is just what we did.  A large one.  With pepperoni.  Jillian liked it too. (but not as much as the crayons)


The inside of the restaurant is beautiful – very open with a plain view of the large brick oven pizza ovens, which are named for the active volcanoes in Italy.


The other neat thing about this restaurant is, everyone who works there is from Italy, so it’s all very authentic.

The pizza was great, the ambiance was great and we had the first reservation of the day, so the restaurant was empty when we got there.  Hooray for pizza!    

And then afterwards we got to meet Mickey, so it was just a good day all around.


How about you … Ever been to Via Napoli?  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Steppin'

Yesterday I didn't wake up until 8:38. Eek! I hadn't set an alarm because I was going to take a rest day because my ankle was bothering me (likely from all the theme park walking in bad shoes, and not my new running hobby) and I knew that Hubs would be getting up at 6:30 and Jillian would start chit chatting in her crib around 7:30 so I figured I would be okay. 

Nah. At 8:38 I woke up and looked at the clock and immediately thought "it's Saturday!" And I thought this for a good minute before I realized "holy cow I need to get up and get to work, it's only Tuesday!" Wow, was I off. Lucky for me it was a work from home day, but still. Where was my brain? Jillian was strangely silent all morning (either that or I was really tuning out the baby monitor) - normally she chats with all of her crib pals and all of the toys around her room. It's probably my favorite thing to do in the morning, just listening to her babble. So cute. 

Anyway, I was off my game all day. Its crazy how a wrench in your morning routine can throw your day into a tizzy. Ah well, I made it through the day without any turmoil so I'm good! I was back to normal operating routines today with a T25 workout (ankle's better) to start my day. Yay. Tomorrow it's back to the C210K plan. Can't wait for my third run of week one! 

Yesterday since I didn't work out I made sure to take Jillian on an extra long walk to get in some sort of exercise. We walked for 40 minutes and I managed to log over 10,000 steps for the fourth day in a row. Yes! I am trying really hard to get to 10,000 everyday. It's really hard, but theme parking helps. Both of our trips to Epcot over the weekend helped me out. On Saturday I logged over 20,000 steps (between my C210K workout, house work and Epcot), Sunday and Monday over 12,000 and today over 10,000. I'm on a roll! 

And that's all I've got for today. Tomorrow I'm gonna talk more about running. Woohoo! 

How about you ... Ever woken up super late for work? Do you use a pedometer to track your steps? How many steps do you take per day? 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Glorious Weather Happiness

It is a glorious Monday!  (have you ever heard me say that before?) 

I say this because the weather here in Florida finally got cooler, and it’s just delicious!  Highs in the upper 70s, lows in the 60s, I don’t think it’ll last long, but I am soaking up every second of it.  I have all of the doors and windows open in the house to celebrate.  Aaah!

Today’s glorious morning started with a  jog (!!) in the cool, almost cold (I know, I know) weather, so I’m also high on endorphins.  I’ll get into this more later.  And today follows an even more amazing weekend.  It’s just all kinds of happy up in here today.  So let’s talk about the fab weekend shall we?

Friday night was standard procedure – a home cooked dinner with Hubs’ parents and some relaxing on the couch with Miss Jillian. 

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early and did my very first Couch to 10K workout.  Yes I did!!  I decided on Friday night that I really wanted to get that started, so I did.  I’m uber proud of myself.  The workout was low key – 30 minutes = 5 minute walking warm up, 20 minutes of walk/run intervals (1 min run, 90 second walk) and then a 5 minute walking cool down.  It was the perfect amount of running and walking for me to get myself back into this running thang.  I didn’t have any problems with the running and it just felt super good to be outside and doing it.  Yay!   Afterwards I did the T25 Upper Focus workout for some arm action. 

The rest of the morning was spent cleaning, organizing and decorating the house for Halloween.  After Jillian went down for her nap, I followed suit and took one myself while Hubs watched a man movie.  And when we all woke up, it was time to take a trip out to Epcot to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival. 

Wine!

 It was so, amazingly crowded, but we did manage to get some good eats in Canada and Germany (me and my Riesling wine flight above – yum!) and we caught the tail end of the Starship concert.  Remember them?  OMG, I love love love the song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie Mannequin (Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, one of my top 20 favorite films ever), so I was so stoked to catch that song!! 


It was a great night out and the weather was just perfect. 

Sunday we woke up early and got ready to go back to Epcot because we had a reservation at Via Napoli in Italy.  I’ll be doing my write up for Via Napoli later this week, but I will just say that it was delicious!! 

After lunch, we took a stroll around the world and while we were walking some people came up to us and said “Hey, Mickey is down there and there’s no line.”  At first we had no idea what they were talking about, but then we saw it – Mickey Mouse was tucked away down a long corridor taking pictures, unbeknownst to the mass public, so we jumped on it. 




Such fun!! 

After that we made our way home, Jillian took a nap and Hubs and I got caught up on Amazing Race, cleaned, did laundry, ran errands etc. 

Overall, it was a superb weekend! 


How about you … How was your weekend weather?  Have you see Mannequin?  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Random Fact Friday

Happy Friday!  It’s finally Friday.  I feel like this week went by slow.  That’s unusual, usually they fly by.

So it’s random fact Friday, so here’s the randomness I’ve got for you today…

- So after my running revelation the other day, I ran!  Well, sort of.  I ran for about 100 feet, but it was still running.  Jillian and I were out for an after lunch walk the other day and it was sunny when we left the house, but when we turned around to walk back home it the skies were so dark and menacing I was afraid we were going to get rained on.  Jillian was asleep in the stroller, so I picked up the pace by running a block or two.  It wasn’t horrible. 



- Also related to my running revelation, I went ahead and downloaded the “10K Runner” app to help get me from the couch to 10K in a mere 14 weeks (my race is about 20 weeks away). The app is really cool and uses the run/walk method to get you there.  And it only requires you to run/walk 3 times a week.  I can do this.  I’m thinking of going on a test run tomorrow morning, because I haven’t been feeling the T25 this week.  Meh.

- And more on the running topic…. This weekend is the Tower of Terror 10 Miler out at Disney.  I can’t believe it was a year ago that Michele and I ran that puppy.  I am a little sad that we’re not running again this year.  But then again, I’m not. 


 OK, now I’m done talking about it.  Moving on…

- These are evil.


I took this picture right before I stuffed them in my mouth.  I have eaten far too many of these this week.

- This weekend the weather is supposed to dip into the low 80s.  Holy moly!  I’m getting out my light weigh long sleeved tops for a trip to Disney on Sunday! 


Just kidding about the long sleeves, but the gorgeous weather is perfectly timed because Hubs, Jillian and I are heading to Epcot on Sunday afternoon for lunch at Via Napoli in Italy.  I’m so excited I won’t be a soaking wet sweaty mess when we sit down for a nice lunch.


That’s it.  Enjoy your weekend!!  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom

This past Sunday we had reservations with our Tables in Wonderland membership at the Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom. 




Liberty Tree Tavern is one of only a handful of restaurants inside Magic Kingdom and it's located in the Liberty Square area. Over by the Liberty Bell.  And that funny little thing that you stick your hands and head through to take a picture. 

No, I don't know those kids.

The pillory. Yeah. I had to look up what that thing was called. In the process I did find this fun article for Disney geeks like me.  

Yeah it's over there. 

Anyway, we had an 11:30 lunch reservation (early birds) so we arrived at the park around 10 and just walked around and enjoyed the gorgeous weather we were having. That's actually a joke. It was so gross and humid, my hair looked like a Brillo pad. No lie. Ugh, I'm so over this hot, humid, rainy month. I feel like we live in a rainforest. 

To get me out of my weather (and bad hair) funk we strolled around the Christmas shop in Liberty Square  because that always puts me in a jolly good mood. The ornaments, the decor, the pine smell they pumped into the store, it instantly put me in the Christmas spirit, even though it was 99 degrees outside. It was lovely. 

After that we had killed enough time to head over to Liberty Tree. Apparently they don't open for lunch until 11:30, so we were literally among the very first people in the entire restaurant, so it was super empty. 


The food at Liberty Tree is described as "traditional New England-inspired fare."  I ordered the "Pilgrim's Feast" which was Thanksgiving on a plate (!!) - turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and greenie beanies. Yum x 4!! I ate everything on my plate (well, minus what Miss Jillian ate off my plate). 


It was all good. Hubs got the pot roast, which was excellent as well. 

Hubs and I have dined here before for dinner. At dinner they serve a "family style" all you care to eat meal which is delicious as well. I remember it was the first time I had ever had parsnips and rutabaga. I didn't know what it was until I asked the server at the end of the meal. Good thing I didn't ask before, otherwise I may not have tried it. (I'm so 6 years old when it comes to trying new food) 

Anyway, lunch or dinner, the Liberty Tree Tavern is fabulous!  Go now!  

How about you ... Have you eaten at Liberty Tree?  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I (Sort Of) Miss Running

So lately I have been missing running.

I know, I know, we've been here before.

My running career has been pretty much O-V-E-R since the Princess Half Marathon back in February.  That was so far away I barely even remember finishing that.  Did I finish that?  I know I did, but it was sort of anti-climactic given then fact that I abandoned all running around mile 8.  Meh.


But I did get a mile 12.1 picture with Sofia the First!

You know what I miss about running?  The music!  Yeah, not the way running makes me feel, or the wonderful workout I get, but the tunes, man!  I kid of course, but I used to live for downloading running jams and  making running playlists that kept me going.  I would wake up excited to get my shoes on and my iPod hooked up because I couldn't wait to hear my playlist come to life and carry me through my run.  I miss that.

I also miss being outside in the early hours of the morning, where the sun is just coming up and it's just me, my tunes and the great outdoors.  That sounds cheesy, but it's true.  I also miss how good a good run (walk/run) makes me feel.  It might be a slow (read: super slow), short outing, but at the end I feel like I accomplished something great.  That's pretty cool.

I have a 10K coming up in February - coincidentally it is during Princess Half Marathon weekend out at Disney - and I need to start training soon, so it's good that I'm kind of "in the mood" to run.  I can't run for 6 minutes, let alone 6 miles, so I need to embark some sort of training regimen to get me there.  I'm thinking of checking out one of the many "Couch to 10K" apps out there.  The Couch to 5K one was really good, so I'm willing to try something like that. 

There, I said it.  

I'll keep ya posted on all that goes...

How about you ... Have you ever taken a long hiatus from running?  How did you get back into it?  Did you use anything - like apps or training programs online - to help you?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting Back in the Swing

So last week I decided that I was going to get my butt up and out of bed so that I could end a horrible streak of exercise-free weeks.  Four exercise weeks to be exact.  Ugh.  

I committed myself to some T25 workouts to get me back into the swing of things before I started on my InsaniT25 program.  I'm still kind of questioning my ability to complete that, because I remember how insanely hard those Insanity workouts are (hence the name).  But I gotta try. 


Getting back into the T25 workouts wasn't easy, but I made it without keeling over.  I completed the Alpha series Cardio, Speed 1.0, Total Body Circuit and Lower Focus workouts over the course of the week.  The lower focus one kind of killed me.  I hadn't done a lunge or a squat in over a month, so I was hurting after that one - in a good way of course. 

Getting back into this made me feel strong and made me feel like I was doing something great for myself.  All things I need to think about before I go and take a four week hiatus from working out.  So dumb.  Knowing that my body hadn't done much in those four weeks I took it easy my first week back so that I didn't break a hip or keel over, so that was smart on my part.  This week though, watch out, I'm ready for more.

In addition to the T25 workouts, I have also made it a mission to get my arms back.  No, they didn't leave my body, but they have gotten somewhat soft over the last month after not lifting a single weight (unless you count 26 lb Jillian as a weight).  So before my T25 workout I do 20 of each - bicep curls, front shoulder raises, reverse flyes, tricep dips and push ups.  By the end of that it feels like my arms are going to fall off.  In a good way, of course.  (?)

So that's my story, I'm back in it and I'm feeling good.  Looking forward to seeing how this week shapes up!  So far so good!

How about you ... How do you get back into the swing of things after taking a break?  Do you go all in, or do you ease into it?