Weekly Recap: April Week 1

 

Happy Easter! I hope everyone has a beautiful day. Easter is so important to me and to my family, it’s about so much more than bunnies and chocolate to us. Jesus who died on the cross for our sins is risen from the dead, and it is a joyful holiday indeed! Today, we are off to church and then lunch by ourselves at our house. Not a lot planned for today, just some relaxing and spending time at home just us and the pups. Fine by me!

The past couple years we have gone to my parents house and had a big Easter lunch.

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This week was much better than last week in terms of exercising. After my lackluster week, I really wanted to do well this week, and while I am still not where I want to be, it is definitely an improvement over last week!

Sunday: 10 mile run with Bobby (ssoo hot and miserable!)

Monday: chest, tri’s, abs

Tuesday: 4 mile run (39 minutes) bi’s, back, legs

Wednesday: 1 hour 15 minutes yoga class

Thursday: 3 mile easy run (32 minutes), chest, tri’s, abs, legs

Friday: rest

Saturday:  6 mile run (one hour) yard work 1 hour

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miles run: 23

yoga: 1 class

weights: x’s 3

cross training: yard work!

My half marathon is a week from tomorrow and I am getting nervous about the heat. We shall see! Off to enjoy the day. I may have some photos of us dying eggs to show you this week. Have a great day!

QOTD: What are you doing for Easter?

Disney Princess Weekend: Monday, and a Giveaway!

 

In case you missed my other non-running Disney Princess posts, you can check them out below:

Disney Princess weekend Friday

Disney Princess Weekend Saturday

Disney Princess Weekend Sunday

After quite the eventful Sunday, we were excited to hit the parks at a nice relaxing pace on Monday. We went to Hollywood Studios, and wore our I did it shirts.

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We headed straight for Toy Story Mania. The fastpass return time was already really late, so we stood in the standby line, which went by really fast.

We saw this hilarious guy on the street telling people to stop and go.

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We made sad faces in our picture then he changed his at the last minute.

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my mom wanted a picture with this funny pair. I could watch the street performers all day! Be sure to watch them if they are out when you are there!

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Karen and I wanted to ride Star Tours, so our moms waited for us to be down with it. There was hardly a line for it, either! We also saw Beauty and the Beast.

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I really can’t remember what else we did besides lunch! We ate at Backlot Express, and it took forever to get my sandwich because I special ordered it. I won’t make that mistake again, I will just pick off the stuff I don’t like.

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We decided to head back to the hotel and then go to the Magic Kingdom (I love being on the monorail!) To do some shopping and I really wanted a dole whip! First, we got a picture with Richard. I love this guy, he has been at the Grand for 20 years. Whenever a bride is getting her photos taken at the resort, he goes around with her holding the train of her dress up. it is so. cute.

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We hopped on the monorail and were quickly at the gates of the magic Kingdom.

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I snagged a couple pics of the Main Strees Barber shop

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My mom and I headed for adventureland and Dole Whips while Karen and her mom were in search of some regular ice cream.

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aaahhh my trip is now complete. We seriously considered each getting another one they were so good.

We waited for the other outside the Plaza, and what do you know, the parade was about to start and we had perfect seats!

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make sure you get it all mom haha

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After the parade we did some shopping and walking around the shops, it was so relaxing.

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We headed back to the hotel just in time for scones and tea

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I used the down time to take photos with my stalker lens

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I honestly don’t remember what I did before it was time for appetizers! But, soon enough it was time for our last night in the lounge. It started raining, but we crossed our fingers it would finish before time to walk to Ohana. We were able to walk over there and enjoy our last dinner. Look who else we found, Megan!

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The food was good as usual, I was stuffed!

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We were able to watch Wishes from our seats, and then we headed out and took the monorail back to the Grand. Tuesday morning, we packed up the car and I somehow managed to drive the whole 9 hours home, with a car that looked like this.

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We had a great trip with great friends, and now have so many memories. Thanks so much for reading along for our magical trip!

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GIVEAWAY!

Remember Yesterday’s post that included Zero Water? Well the kind folks there have offered to give a RWS reader one of the water filter pitchers! This thing is awesome trust me. I saw them pour RED WINE into it and regular water came out. I drank it myself. Way cool. Here is how you enter:

1.) Tell me How much water you drink in a day (separate comment)

2.) RT, post to FB, mention on your blog (separate comment for each)

I will announce a winner on Tuesday, April  3.

QOTD: Are you a light packer or over packer?

Please don’t forget to vote for me for best running blog, I would appreciate it!

Tips for the Active Mom

 

Today’s post comes from Amanda from Happy Mother Runner. She has QUITE the busy schedule, but still manages to fit in time to be healthy and active. Here are her tips for moms to help you stay on track! Also be sure to check out her blog and say hello!

As a mom I try to stay healthy and happy for my child. But there are times when balancing everything (work, PhD program, Mommy, Wife, and Runner) can get tricky. After much trial and error I have discovered 6 tips that make staying healthy and active just a little easier.

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#1: Stop eating my child’s leftovers.
I hate throwing away food even if it’s only two bites. So now that my son is eating big people food, I found myself eating whatever he has left on his plate. Embarrassed about this action, I asked other mommies if they did the same thing. Surprisingly, I wasn’t alone. But eating my son’s leftovers three to four times a day can lead to some serious calorie intake and overeating (especially when I am eating with him). I have taught myself to throw away the few bites he has left, or wrapping it up and saving it for his next meal. No more guilty feelings for wasting food and no more eating half a bowl of Mac and Cheese when I am not hungry.

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#2: Don’t skip a run because of sleep deprivation.
For 3-4 months Michael stopped sleeping through the night. He was up 3 times, minimum. This, obviously, interrupted my REM cycle and caused me to feel tired and lethargic in the mornings. For the first few weeks I skipped my runs because I was too tired to even lace up my shoes. After a while, I noticed that my patience and sanity were slowly dwindling. I told my hubby that I needed to go for a quick run to hit the refresh button on my Mommy meter. When I was finished I felt refreshed, rejuvenated, and happy. Exercise increases oxygen intake to the brain, which helps you feel energized and awake. After realizing that I had been depriving myself of an energy boost, I stopped skipping runs because of sleep deprivation.

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#3: I reward myself for accomplishing my running goals.
For a while I was the ONLY runner in my family. Yes that includes my hubby, siblings, cousins, etc. And during that time nobody really understood what I was doing. Many times hubby would ask, “What do you mean PR?” or “How did you hit a wall?” To make sure that my accomplishments were celebrated, I would reward myself. For small accomplishments (breaking through a mileage barrier) I would splurge on my favorite Starbucks drink. For bigger accomplishments I would invest in a coveted running item (hitting my one year mark of running I splurged on a pair of running sunglasses). There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for your hard work; it helps you realize that you have achieved something pretty awesome.

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#4: Utilize my baby jogger
Sometimes it’s impossible to get out the door for a run. For example, my husband works at a job where he can get called in at any minute. Many times I have had to cancel my run because he’s walking out the door and I have no one to watch my son. What I have learned is that a baby jogger can be a runner’s best friend. Now when I don’t have the option for a solitary run, I throw my little man in the jogger and head out the door. I switch up my running schedule and do a 3 mile tempo and at the end I can throw in some hills. My son loves it. Not only does it make his Mommy happy because she got a run in, but it makes him happy because he’s going fast & getting some fresh air. Many times we find ourselves laughing uncontrollably. It allows us the opportunity to spend time together and bond doing the activity I love most.

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#5: Don’t feel guilty for running
Mother’s guilt is a very strong emotion. But one of the biggest rules I live by is that I can’t let it stop me from getting out the door. A crying child can pull at the heart strings, but a happy and healthy mommy can wipe those tears away for years to come. It is important to keep up with your workout to be a good role model with your child. If you are lucky, your child might just want to start running with you someday. If that day does come for me, it will make up for all those days I felt so guilty leaving the house for 40 minutes to get in a good run.

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#6: Sneak away from work
There are times when things don’t work out; you over sleep, you get caught in the mommy guilt, it’s too cold for a run with the baby, and the list can go on. That is why I keep a pair of running shoes, top, socks, and shorts in the bottom drawer of my work desk. If I really feel like I need a run I will sneak away during my lunch break. Even if it’s a one mile run, I always feel better afterwards. *If you don’t have access to a shower, keep some baby wipes in your drawer … your co-workers will thank you.

Being a running Mommy can be tough. But by setting guidelines for yourself, you can find the task of balancing everything a little easier.

Be inspired, stay motivated, & run strong,

Amanda
HappyMotherRunner.com

QOTD: Any tips for the active mom?

Disney Princess Weekend: Friday

 

I know I have already told you about my royal welcome ThursdayJeff Galloway Meet Up, the Expo, the 5k and the half marathon, and my blogger meet up, but there were a lot of other fun times during my trip as well that I wanted to share with you.

Friday after I met my mom, Karen and her mom at the expo, we went to Animal Kingdom Lodge and picked up my luggage. We then headed to the Grand Floridian where we would be staying on the concierge level of the main building for four nights, with a Magic Kingdom view!

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We had just enough time to change clothes and freshen up before appetizers were being served in the lounge.

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We relaxed and ate, then headed over to EPCOT for the pasta in the park party. I was given a free ticket though my fun blogging weekend, and my group was able to buy tickets even though it was sold out! The party was in the wonders of life pavilion, somewhere I had never been before.

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It was open seating, and they had little buffet stations (of the same food) set up all around the place. We found my FitFluential friends, grabbed some plates, and chowed down.

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There were a couple difference kinds of pasta, chicken, bread, salad, and dessert.

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One of the employees in charge of the logistics of the runDisney races came over and chatted with our group. Did you know Princess had about 600 port o potties?!?

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After we ate, everyone had pretty much cleared out. One thing I did NOT like about this event is the music was playing SO LOUD you couldn’t talk to anyone at your table! Come on Disney, music is nice, but lower the volume please!

We took advantage of everyone leaving and went to take some pictures with the princesses.

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It was time to go, so we made our way out and did a little shopping before Illuminataions. Oh, we also had special wristbands that got us into a VIP seating area for the show. It was nice to sit on the ground without people crowding all around us.

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We actually left a couple of minutes before it was over. I have been to this rodeo, and I know there is a mad dash for the monorail afterwards. We were able to get on the second one and head back to the lounge just in time for dessert.

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When we got back to the room, we realized Wishes was about to start, so we watched that from the balcony.

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After being all firework-ed out, we headed to bed. After all, we had a 5k in the morning!!!

My take on the Pasta party: I am glad I went to experience it, but I don’t think I would go again for the price. it was almost $50, and the variety of food wasn’t there, and the whole tone just wasn’t as excited and amped up as I thought it would be. The food was really good though! It was LOUD in there, and everyone just ate and left, maybe it just wasn’t what I was expecting? I can see how if you had a whole group you could make it really fun…but I think Disney could make it even better!

QOTD: What do you eat the night before a race?

*Don’t forget to vote for me for the blogger awards on Fitness magazine’s website!

Good Change

 

One year ago this week, we moved from a place we loved for my husbands work, and moved into our newly built home in south Mississippi. Where has this year gone? I am not going to lie, where we now live still doesn’t feel like “home” (as in the city not the house.) We have encountered a few pretty serious personal struggles since moving, and it’s one of those situations I would love to leave in the past.

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One year ago this week, we ran out first race in our new hometown, the St. Patrick’s Day 5k. It was fun to run somewhere new, but it was sad not to recognize anyone in the crowd like I did at our “old” local races.

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One year ago this week, I was honored to be on the cover of New Orleans FIT magazine. It had been in the works since the end of December, and it was so cool to finally see.

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One year ago this month, I begged you, my readers, not to “leave me” as I transitioned in my move and had no internet for many many days in the new house.

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and now……..

-Now we are looking at some personal changes in our little family’s path.

-Now we are about to run the same 5k a year later, hopefully with a faster time.

-Now I am honored to be a nominee for a Fitterati by Fitness magazine (please vote!)

-Now my readership has grown by over 30% in one year and I still love sharing my life with you guys.

If you have been reading RWS for awhile you know how much I love looking back on my life and seeing growth and change. Sometimes it’s small monthly things, and sometimes things have totally not turned out how I “planned.”

Let’s just say life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan is a big understatement. Sometimes in a negative way, but sometimes in an amazingly great positive way. Not gonna lie, 2011 was tough. I don’t talk about all of it on the blog for several reasons, respecting other people’s privacy being a big one…but so far 2012 has turned out to be kind of amazing. I really hope this trend continues of God’s amazing blessings, and I really hope I am able to share very very soon exactly what I am talking about.

QOTD: Are you doing what you thought you would be doing a year ago?

RWS Features #14

 

Good morning from New Orleans! Yesterday was set up for Rock n Roll New Orleans, and today is day one of the expo. It doesn’t open till noon, but I have some last minute touches to fix up. I am sorry I don’t have my Princess 5k or half recaps up yet. I was literally home for a day, and had to work, do laundry, and repack before coming to New Orleans. I promise when I get back home I will finish up all of my princess posts so stay tuned!

Today I want to introduce you to Stephanie. She is a FitFluential ambassador, and a mommy to two little boys (one of which is the cutest little baby!) Pregnant fitness fans and those getting your body back will love her blog!

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1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging nearly 2 years ago when I was knee deep in Post Partum depression and needed an outlet to get my thoughts out of my head and onto “paper”. As I recovered and found myself again, I rediscovered a love of running, fitness, healthy eating and my posts gradually turned from the dark side of depression to the passion of healthy living as a wife, mom, friend etc.

2. Describe your blog in a sentence or two:

Fit Mom in Training follows my journey to better health, better fitness and the occasional PR along the way. I’m not an expert by any means but I am living, functioning proof that even the most average person can achieve the extraordinary with commitment, determination and dedication. I keep it real so you get the good, the bad and even the ugly with no sugar coating.

3. What do you wish to accomplish or achieve by blogging?

My goals with my blog is to create and publish quality content that resonates with my readers but that doesn’t ever speak down to them. I’m just as flawed as the next person and I suffer from all the same obstacles as most people (lack of motivation, time crunch, injuries, you name it) but I make sure I’m open and honest about them. I love interacting with my readers and sharing some of the great advice, sites and products I’ve come across to help others in their own journies.

4.  What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My Biggest healthy living accomplishment to date would be learning how to swim at the age of 30. Having never taken more than a handful of swim lessons as a child and being relatively afraid of the water and somewhat embarrassed to be the age that I was and not being able to swim, this was huge for me. Not only did I do it, but I’ve fallen in love with it. It never fails to kick my butt and as I get stronger, I hope to put this skill to use and one day compete in a triathlon.

Thank you so much for sharing! I think it’s awesome that you learned to tackle swimming and now love it. Everyone be sure to show some love! You can find Stephanie on Twitter as well as on her blog at Fit Mom in Training

QOTD: What was your healthy living “turning point” that made you change some of you unhealthy habits?

Mardi Gras Weekend

 

Happy Monday! Normally I don’t welcome Monday’s but this one I do because I want it to be Thursday. That is the day I leave for the Disney Princess half marathon weekend! So stoked, but SO MUCH to do before I leave! Oil change, vet appointment for pups, clean house, grocery shop for Bobby, blog, call some clients for both my jobs, etc. etc. But, I am starting things off calmly this morning with some yoga at the YMCA before things get crazy. But first, this is what you missed this weekend:

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RWS Features #12

Weekly Recap February: Week 3

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Friday evening, Bobby and I drove to my parents house. We were in a hurry because Orpheus, the Mardi Gras parade that goes right outside my parents neighborhood, was rolling at 7:00. We made it just in time and headed for the parade route.

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The weather was perfect, mid to low 60’s and the rain was supposed to hold off until after midnight, yippee!

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We arrived about twenty minutes early and waited for the sounds of the bands.

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Soon enough, the first floats started coming down the street. Side note: This is a small potatoes parade compared to the ones downtown NOLA we used to go to. But, it’s still fun, and so close to the house you can’t not go!

We have a roller derby club????

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The bands are my favorite part, I love the music! Lots of dancing went on…

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A Saints float!

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yay beads!

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Throw me somethin’ mister!!!

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Some guy threw me a heart, aaawww

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aaaaannddd some women threw me a hat. Specifically saw me, reached down, got the hat, and gave it to me. Not so sure what to think about that one.

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Ok, here are two short little video Bobby took of me and my dad trying to get beads from some of the floats.

Ignore the spastic dancing please. I was having fun!

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Parade night would not be complete without King Cake with cream cheese filling. yyuuummm.

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Saturday, we were supposed to do our long run, but instead spent some of the day under a tornado warning. My parents ditches are deep..and water was flooding over the driveway.

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Sunday, Bobby and I got up and ran ten miles. Mom ran as well but not with us.

We then threw a surprise princess party for my aunt who was turning 70. It was so cute. She had NO idea.

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I was in charge or decorations.

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Surprise!!!!

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There were 18 family members over, we had a really good time. All too soon, it was time to clean up, pack up, and head back to Mississippi. A great, but exhausting weekend.

QOTD: Have you ever had or thrown a surprise party? Any special theme? We threw my dad a 40th surprise “over the hill party” when I was younger, we went all out, so much fun!

*More Rouge Orleans recap coming up tomorrow!

Love Story

 

I first saw this cute survey on Brittany’s blog and knew I had to post as well! So in honor of Valentine’s Day (a day late) here are my answers to our Love Story:

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?

We started dating September 2004, then we got engaged December 2005, and married January 2007…so…7.5 years? WOW! Doesn’t seem that long.

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2. How did you meet? {What’s your “love” story?}

Bobby and I met a couple of times my freshman year of college but were both involved with other people. Both single, we really “met” our first weekend of college my sophomore year, his senior year. We were playing on opposing sand volleyball teams in the intermural tournament. He started talking to me and asked for my number “so he could let me know the next time they were playing volleyball so I could join.” Rrriiggghhhttt….

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3. If married, how long have you been married?

We celebrated out five year anniversary on January 6 of this year.

4. Where did you get married? Big or small wedding?

We had a big New Orleans wedding, over 200 people. The ceremony was at First Baptist New Orleans and the reception was at Southern oaks Plantation. It was amazing.

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5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!

Honey, sweetheart, hon, sweetie…boring stuff. :0P

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.

I could name a bunch but 1.) he loves God more than anything 2.) He would bend over backwards (and has) to make me happy. 3.) he has strong family and moral values that fit in with what we both want out of life.

7. Tell us how he proposed?

The day of my last winter exam Junior year. In the living room of my apartment after we watched an episode of Friends and ate dinner on TV trays. he said he just couldn’t stand it another minute.

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8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?

Really not either. He can do both and has, but we are more low key and don’t tend to do traditional Valentine’s day gifts.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?

Once again, really both. We love the beach (and food!) but also love just relaxing together at home.

10. Tell us one thing you’d like to do with your significant other one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?

Hhhmm…we love to travel, so just travel more I guess? I’m boring, I have come to grips.

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11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine’s Day.

Well I can tell you what we DID, since it was yesterday. We both worked and then met at our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. Then we had to go to Wal-Mart and buy him some specific clothes for a TV show he is filming in today as an extra, then we came home and hung out.

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine’s day?

I didn’t ask for anything in particular but got two amazing gifts. A new piece of furniture and a trip to Disneyland to run the half marathon! I get my coast to coast medal!

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.

Communication. I know it’s cliché but your spouse cannot read your mind, so talk and share.

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14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.

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QOTD: What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Doesn’t have to be sappy, romantic, or even have to do with love!

*Rouge Orleans recaps start TOMORROW!

Coming Up

 

Morning friends! Happy Valentine’s Day! Bobby bought me a piece of furniture that goes with our bedroom set for Valentine’s day. It’s a media chest and it’s so pretty! I will have to take pictures and show you.

I decided to wait and work on my Rouge Orleans recap until I have amazing photos from the lovely Erin, who happened to be on my team and who happens to be a photographer! Trust me…her photos are way better than mine and you will like the recap much better, so it will be worth the wait!

In the mean time, you can check out this recap video that Claim Your Journey put together. You can see my shoes (haha) at the 1:53 ish mark, and my team crossing the finish at at 4:30 mark! It gives you a small taste of the race.

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There are a LOT of things going down in my life in the next few weeks, so that means there will be a lot going on here on RWS! I am home recuperating the rest of this week (even after 10.5 hours of sleep Sunday night I felt spacey and groggy all day yesterday). This weekend we are headed to my parents house for the weekend for….a Mardi Gras parade! I am excited to share a bit of my growing up/NOLA area southern culture with you all. Even though I was living with my parents in LA last year at this time, we didn’t end up making it to a parade because Mardi Gras was late and we were moving and it just didn’t work out. But this year, we are going to a parade right outside my parents neighborhood and I will take lots of pictures for you all. King cake MAY be involved.

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Who ate all the king cake?!

We are also going to see some family on Sunday so it will be a jam packed weekend.

The next weekend, is the Disney Princess! We are leaving on that Friday morning EALRY and heading to Florida for 4 nights. It will be my mom, me, Karen, and her mom. I am so excited to run this race. I just had my tutu made, and I can’t wait to show y’all my outfit.

Bloggers, don’t forget, meet up on SATURDAY afternoon, details HERE.

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We get back from Disney on Tuesday night, and on Wednesday I turn around and go to my parents house and then Thursday I’m heading to NOLA to work the Running Skirts booth for RnR New Orleans (and Bobby and I are running the half.) I will finally go home on Sunday afternoon. WHEW!

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So that’s last weekend gone, then the next three. At least it’s all for totally fun and exciting things and I can’t wait to recap them all for you.

QOTD: Do you have anything exciting going on the next few weeks? Share!

Beach Vacation part 2

 

In case you missed part one, you can find it here: Beach Vacation part 1

I will finish up the recap in today’s post, and include a video tour of our condo. I highly recommend the Beach Club, so if you are ever headed to the Gulf Shores area and would like more detailed info feel free to contact me.

I left off with dinner, hot tub, and a movie on Friday night. Saturday we woke up to some sunshine and not near as much wind. I was hoping to get some sun!

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Sun on the balcony!

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We ate breakfast on the balcony again, and then decided to go for a run on the beach. I read online that the clouds and rain may roll in after lunch so we wanted to take advantage of the clear(ish) skys.

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We ran 2 miles in the sand. I felt like I was pushing so hard but we were barely moving!

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We finished out the third mile on the pavement around the cottages you can rent right behind the condos.  There is a path that goes through the middle of some of the cottages and it has a peaceful fountain and some swings around it. I wanted to stop and sit…but we kept running.

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We also saw…um…yeah. This lovely sign. (You can see the condo buildings in the background.)

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We finished the run and ate lunch in the condo. We went to rent another DVD and sat on the swings again for awhile. (Did I mention I loved the relaxed pace of this trip?!?)

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We then sat in the sun out on the balcony and took advantage of the free Wi-Fi. I ended up getting sunburned in just about an hour of sitting out there. I guess I was way more pale than I realized! The sun went down, and we ate more leftovers for dinner and then headed back to the hot tub. This time it was just us.

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We grabbed a cart so we could start packing up, and you guessed it…watched a movie then turned in for our last night.

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Sunday, we packed up and headed out of town. We hit up Lambert’s….again…

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We were sad to go home, but all good things must come to an end, right? I want to leave you with a video tour of our condo.

QOTD: Do you tend to go back to the same vacation spots or try something new every time?