Feeling like a chicken with my head cut off…

I am bouncing off the wall this week! Between the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon this week, a great friend coming into town to run the race with me, tearing apart the house cleaning, and really starting to study for my Personal Trainer class. 

First off, I am on a new book in my Ace Fitness Personal Training and just DEFINITIONS is 15 pages!! 15 PAGES! I am completely feeling overwhelmed right now, but I am going to break it up and learn it! It’s all muscles, and body systems but I feel working in the hospital as helped me a little bit more then if I was starting from scratch. 

Second, I am scared to death about the half marathon this weekend. It’s my first race since hurting myself in May, and I am just worried that I will hurt myself while out on the course. I am lucky that my chiropractor is going to be at the event and he is going to be taping up both my knees & my compression pants will help. There is just a little voice in the back of my head is still talking *you are going to get hurt* 

Third, while my friend is in town I have to work, it’s only four hours, but still not cool. If it was an important job, where I was a leader and people looked to me I would be okay with working. Currently I feel like my job is fluff, and it doesn’t matter if I am there or not. Do I feel like the patients care if I am there or not, yes some of them do, do other… I feel sometimes not at all. 

My light in this mess of a week is Chalene Johnson! Right now I am listening to her live on the beachbody youtube channel. She has two new podcast which are both so informational & inspirational~ 

Thank you for my crazy thoughts! Now off to study! 

 

 

 

Off the face of the earth

It’s feels like always between May-July of every year I seem to drop off the face of the Earth when it comes to my blog. I first want to thank everyone who is still coming and checking in, and say that I am sorry. 

There is no major reason this year of why I have dropped off, I have to doing TONS and have a huge amount of race recaps, restaurant reviews, and more to up date. It’s just finding the time to sit down and do it, when I would rather be outside or spending time with my love. I am sorry that I have left you all just hanging and will be back with a purpose starting today! 

A fast recap of the past couple of months: 

-Studying to be a personal trainer through ACE Fitness, hoping to also add group class teacher to that too by the end of October. 

- Fulling injuried myself in May 2 weeks before the Delaware half marathon. Jrod still ran it, but I just took a lot of pictures. New goal is to figure out another race for Delaware next year. 

-Randomly signed up for the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon later this month. My friend Suzie is coming up from Florida and we are going to run it together. Hoping my body hold up, but rehab is coming along great. 

-Reading self help business books like they are going out of style. Can’t wait to share my reviews, and tips about what I personally found to be truly helpful. 

-Tried out a new company (Modere), it’s not anything like I thought it was going to be and I am working on sending everything back later this week. Getting involved with this company really made me find my focus about how I want my journey to look like, and it’s more towards Health & Wellness products that are truly holistic. 

-Stepping up my training all around and got Beachbody’s newest workout PiYo and I LOVE IT! The first month I lost 11 inches! 

-Working on lots of projects around the house, can’t wait to share them with you all! 

-Really focusing on doTERRA and healing my body, along with helping my friends heal theirs. 

That is just a fast recap, looking forward to posting more this week! What have you all been up to this summer? 

A new way of saving money through online shopping!

Ever since I can remember I’ve genuinely cared about others. My family at a young age instilled this value and I continue even in my older ages to make this a priority.

I’ve recently been introduced to Mōdere which is an online social retail company. This is a NEW INDUSTRY but more importantly it holds value in my personal eyes because now I get to help people threw their vision.

Mōdere is launching a RISK FREE Discovery Box that I want each and everyone of you to be apart of. The part that can HELP you tremendously is simply by you helping yourself and the snowball effect that will take place as you share their link.

DO YOU HAVE 6 friends? I’m sure you have hundreds, well guess what by you getting an invite from ME— you then SHARE it with your friends and earn $150.00 in shopping credits which will be used towards your grocery budget on you everyday essentials to include laundry soap, dish soap, face, health and skin care products. Mōdere’s price point for high performance products are literally so affordable.

Fast forward my life to a now military spouse. I’ve seen so many struggle due to the tight money constraints. It’s not ok, and I FINALLY along with my dynamic group of military spouses want to continue and inspire others and SHOW you the way to SAVE money. I know there isn’t anyone who is TOO good not to save on their grocery budget. We DESERVE more! Our men put their life’s on the line everyday to protect our freedom.
We HAVE A SOLUTION!!

This is a NEW revelation and we are THE START of it. I CARE, WE CARE!

When you get an invite from me to an event, understand it’s not ME bugging you but rather saying, HEY I CARE AND WE ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW TO EARN SHOPPING CREDITS.

My heart is FEELING FULL because I genuinely get to help be part of this launch but more importantly I get to HELP people which is my driving force!!!

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Birthday Giveaway Week: Day 3! Thrive

Good Morning,

It’s chilly here in VA this morning, but looking forward to a nice warm afternoon. For breakfast I am going to have some Thrive Steel Cut Oats and Thrive Strawberries! I can’t wait, what are you having for breakfast?

Now what is Thrive Life?

Thrive Life is a company that specializes in food storage and storage rotation. Helping families prepare for whatever tomorrow may bring, allowing them to feel confident if disaster strikes and educating people on how to become self-reliant.
Thrive Foods
Thrive Life is known for providing unsurpassed quality in all of its products, and their line of food storage is no different. THRIVE Food Storage is a premium name you can trust. Every THRIVE product has been carefully selected based on taste and quality, and we are confident that you will look forward to using THRIVE in your everyday meal planning and emergency food storage. THRIVE features a variety of freeze-dried and dehydrated food options that are perfect for long-term storage.

Freeze-dried products have up to 25 year shelf life if unopened
Dehydrated products have up to 30 year shelf life if unopened
Shelf life varies per can/product (see individual cans for optimum shelf life suggestions)
All items are suitable for vegetarian diets
Wheat can be easily milled into flour, and non-milled kernels can be cooked to make a variety of recipes
Easy re-hydration instructions, useful tips, and recipes on each can

Best Quality
Thrive Life has searched the globe for only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Their foods and have been personally selected based on the strictest of standards. From the farm to your home, they personally oversee the entire THRIVE development process so you can have peace of mind knowing you are receiving the finest food storage products available.
Best Taste
Because THRIVE was developed for everyday menu planning, they have made it their mission to ensure the foods you’re eating taste great! Unlike other food storage products that get hidden away and never used, our products have been tested time and time again to verify their freshness and great taste. With THRIVE foods, great taste is the standard – not the exception.
Best Value
With a low per serving cost, THRIVE foods are a great way to save money while guaranteeing your family receives the food variety and nutrition they deserve.
Easy Preparation
Easy-to-make recipes are included on every can of THRIVE so you’ll never be left wondering how to use the food storage you buy. Your family can enjoy the best taste and nutrition possible, all of our recipes have been developed specifically for THRIVE products.
Easy Organization
Colour coded cans keep your food conveniently organized while ensuring your diet contains the proper amount of balance and variety. When used in conjunction with our Food Rotation Systems, THRIVE foods are continually rotated, guaranteeing your family receives the freshest food possible.

Today’s giveaway comes from my friend Tiffany who does Thrive,  it’s a bag of Strawberries!

Tiffany was wonderful to give me a recipe that they could be used in, just to give you an idea.

French Vanilla Crepes With White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse

Ingredients
1 1⁄2 c thrive instant milk, prepared
3 T thrive whole egg powder, reconstituted
2 T vanilla extract
1 1⁄2 c thrive white flour
5 T thrive white sugar, divided
1⁄2 t thrive iodized salt
5 T melted butter
1 1⁄2 c thrive freeze dried strawberries, plus rehydrating liquid (water, juice, etc.)
1 3⁄4 c heavy whipping cream
6 oz white chocolate, chopped

Instructions
*In a large bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the flour, 2 T sugar, salt, and melted butter until well-blended.
*Heat a sauté or crepe pan over medium heat until hot. Coat with vegetable oil or cooking spray.
*Pour about 1/4 c of batter into the pan and tip to spread the batter to the edges. When bubbles form on the top and the edges are dry, flip over, and cook until lightly-browned on the other side and edges are golden. Repeat with remaining batter.
*To make mousse, reconstitute freeze dried strawberries for 5-7 minutes in enough hot liquid to cover. Strain mixture into a small bowl. Sweeten by adding remaining sugar, then stir until sugar dissolves. Process in a blender or food processor until sauce runs smooth. Makes 1 c of sauce.
*In a heavy saucepan on low heat, warm 1/4 c heavy cream with white chocolate, stirring constantly until chocolate melts. Let mixture cool until it is lukewarm. Stir in 2 T of strawberry sauce, then transfer to a large bowl.
*In a medium bowl, whip remaining cream into soft peaks. Fold into melted chocolate mixture, one-third at a time, until no streaks remain.
*Layer mousse into crepes, and serve with the sauce.

She also uses them in her Champagne! How smart!

What are your top 3 Thrive Life products that you are interested in learning more about? Leave your comment below!

 

 
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Almost Birthday Giveaway time!

It’s getting close to that time of year again… BIRTHDAY!!

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This year I am going to be doing a different giveaway April 7th-April 12th! Stop back daily to enter and hopefully win the gifts!

Here is a hint of what some of the giveaways are going to be!

Birthday Giveaways

What you want to know MORE!?!

Here is a preview of the April 7th giveaway:

Pick ANY In A Pikle including from the six newest choices that won’t even be released until April 10th!

new spring colors

I am torn between the pink, green, purple, and chevron one personally for my new favorite!

What are you hoping the other giveaways will be? Looking forward to everyone’s guesses! More to come tomorrow, along with April Goals.

Disneyland Adventures

I first off want to state that in the many years I worked at Disney, one of my favorite tasks to do was rope drop. My dear friend Suzie is a we mystery be there at rope drop kind of person, and personally I agree.

This year marked the 3rd time I had ever been to Disneyland and the second time staying on property. We stayed at the Grand Califoria and I will always stay there from now on! I figured this can happen since I only go about once every 7 years. It is completely worth paying the extra to get in for extra magic hour.

Our first day was Disneyland, we were able to ride 70% of our must ride list by 10am! Even though it was a sold out weekend, for the first two hours it was as if we had the park to ourselves. Early Magic hour is also key because a Disneyland is very old school and doesn’t have a lot of places with fast passes. I personally feel this was a great bonus, and that Disneyworld is over flooded with them so it’s not as enjoyable as it once was.

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The Matterhorn, we waited about 5 mins!

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For Space Mountain it took us longer to walk to the start of the ride than anything else, it was a ghost town!

 

 

The Castle! If this picture doesn’t talk you into extra magic hour, then I don’t know what will :)
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Disneyland resort review: Grand California

The time as come, it’s RunDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend and I thought I would keep sharing my amazing time in California for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon to get me pumped up for my run on Sunday!

First off let me tell you that I would have never in a million years even thought to book at Disneyland’s Grand California, and now I will ALWAYS stay there for races. Why, simple, the starting line is right outside of the hotel. We woke up at 3:45am got dressed, ate a light snack, and headed downstairs at 4:30am. When it’s over you simple walk across a couple of parking lots and you are back at the hotel. I was able to walk straight into California Adventure and load up on Fastpasses before heading back to the room to cool down.  I can tell you that the Princess this weekend, this plan will not be happening!

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This was the view from our room! We booked it back in October and were able to use my Military discount, this view was a courtyard view though I feel it counts as a pool view. Yes, that is California Adventure in the background, it was great being so close to the parks. If you didn’t know, the Grand Californian has it’s very own entrance into the park that ONLY guest staying on property can use. There is also an entrance right into the middle of Downtown Disney!

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WP_20140117_026 WP_20140117_027We had two queen size beds, and it was more than enough room for the both of us. We used the tv cabinet to store all of our snacks, and the mini frig for waters. It pays to stop by a Target before hand and pick up some stuff, we saved a TON of money this way! Which was important for me, due to Jrod giving me a $50 a day challenge that included food & souvenir’s.

The bathroom was great! Clean, no mold, working perfect, and the bonus is that the shower head SPINS! I took as many showers as I could because it was so amazing! The toiletries they give you don’t go very far when you have two ladies with super long hair, but thankfully I still had supplies from my Disney Cruise and used them. It is the same products just in different packaging. The shower curtain is Thumper and Bambi!

WP_20140117_025 WP_20140117_028Over all this is a GREAT Resort and I will be bringing Jrod back here whenever we can get out to California again. I would really like to do the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in 2015. Just running the first 6 miles through the parks was worth every penny of the whole vacation.

What is your favorite place to stay in Disneyland? What about Disneyworld?