Friday Faves: Back Again

Happy Friday!! 

Can you believe that we are almost done with the first month of 2015? Time is flying by as usual around here.

I started looking back over my posts and realized that it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a “Friday Faves” one. So, I present to you my new faves:

Fave Person: Dax Shepard

I blame this new obsession with Dax Shepard on my friend. She came over this past weekend and made me watch this interview with him on Ellen and it was just a downward spiral from there. How did I not know how hilarious this guy was? I knew he was married to Kristen Bell and that she’s like the cutest thing ever. OK, I’m pretty much obsessed with them both. God forbid they ever get divorced because I would probably need some therapy. 

 

 

 Fave Show: Parenthood

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Along with my new Dax love, I naturally had to start watching his show Parenthood. I’d heard really good things about Parenthood over the past year, so figured it was finally time to start Netflixing it. 

Y’all should have warned me! Not only is this show quite hilarious, but it is so touching and I think a pretty realistic look at families. It somehow manages to walk the line between being emotional and sweet without being overly sappy.

Plus, Lorelai Gilmore everyone!

Fave Food: Oh My Yog

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I saw this new yogurt in the store the other day and decided to give it a try because I was really intrigued by the madagascar vanilla bean. Oh My Yog! I totally get the name now. The vanilla flavor was probably the best I’ve ever had from any yogurt. Plus, since this was made with whole milk, the texture is quite creamy and luxurious. I wouldn’t eat this every day, but it definitely makes a special snack every now and then.

Fave Picture:

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 I’ve been dying to share this picture with y’all! Back during my marathon weekend at Disney, I convinced my dad to go on Space Mountain with me. He loves Big Thunder Mountain, so I figured they were pretty comparable and that he would love Space Mountain too. Well, judging from this photo I was wrong.

Please just compare the two of us in this photo:

Me – Smiling, relaxed, hands draped over the security bar

My dad – gripping onto the bar for dear life, terrified, probably sweating

Oh, I wish I had bought this one and framed it for Father’s Day!

Ok, well that is it for today! I hope you have a great weekend and get to do something fun : )

Any Parenthood fans out there?

What is a new favorite of yours lately?

Any exciting weekend plans to share?

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WIAW: Back to Normal

Well, well, well…today’s WIAW will be quite a let down following last week’s. My weekend was filled with lots of good food thanks to several outings with friends, so I’m trying to get back on track this week with my eating. Basically, I’m just trying to get back to eating like a normal person and not like I’ve run a marathon every day.

Breakfast

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I picked up a few of my favorite flavored Luna bars over the weekend, or what I thought were my favorite flavors. Apparently, I grabbed the wrong kind though because this Blueberry Bliss flavor was definitely not the Oatmeal Raisin one I thought I grabbed. It was not a happy discovery to make first thing in the morning. Oh well, it still tasted good.

Lunch

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Pimento cheese sandwich, carrots and blueberries.

Snack

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Trader Joe’s fruit bars are legit. I also had a handful of wheat thins.

Dinner

I finally feel like I’m comfortable enough in my Tuesday night small group to take a few food pictures. But…I definitely left my phone in another room and was not feeling ambitious enough to go get it. On the menu though? Two pieces of pepperoni pizza and a chopped salad.

Dessert

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 Dark chocolate covered pretzel thins. So. Ridiculously. Good. 

Thanks again to Jenn for the link-up!

What is your favorite salty and sweet combo?

Any pimento cheese fans out there?

Have you tried any successful recipes lately? Please share!

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2015 Disney Marathon

Sitting here today, it’s hard for me to believe that a little over a week ago I was running a marathon. My body has recovered and there are no more lingering physical reminders of that day. Sadly, I didn’t take many pictures surrounding the actual marathon itself. I did stop at several Disney photo-ops along the way and let their photographers take the picture though. I just completely forgot I would have to pay a pretty penny for those photos…So, I hope you don’t mind that this marathon recap is a little lacking in the photo department!

The day of the marathon started early. As in, 3 AM early. Knowing I had to be on the Disney transportation busses by 4 AM, I made sure my alarms left no room for oversleeping. Surprisingly, I sprung out of bed with the very first alarm. Only in Disneyworld would I pop out of bed at 3 AM and be a functional human being. It’s that Disney magic!

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After washing my face, putting on sunscreen and throwing on my clothes, I ate a quick breakfast of a Clif bar and was out the door and at the bus stop by 3:45 AM. If you stay on Disney property for their races, you can take Disney transportation the morning of the race to avoid the hassle of dealing with traffic and parking. To me, this is easily the biggest perk to staying on Disney property during the marathon weekend.

Once our bus arrived at Epcot’s parking lot, I knew I still had a good mile/mile and a half walk to the start line. Yes, you heard me. As if 26.2 miles in one day just isn’t enough for you! After making a final stop at the porta potties (EW-A!), I made my way to my corral where I had about a 30 minute wait until the race began.

Disney did a great job with pre-race entertainment especially so early in the morning. They have a DJ going and show lots of videos highlighting different interesting things about the marathon. The highlight for me though was seeing them interview Mr. Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings (and Rudy and The Goonies and so many other movies). He apparently was doing the Doopey where you run the 5K, 10K, Half and Marathon all in four days. I have a complete new level of respect for Samwise Gamgee. 

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Once 5:30 AM hit, the fireworks began as Disney releases the first wave of competitors in the wheelchair corral. From there, they release each corral, still complete with fireworks, at five minute intervals. Since I was in corral K, I didn’t actually cross the start line until about five minutes after 6 AM. Disney has this whole process so well organized. It’s amazing really.

Since I was going into this marathon not as well trained as I wanted to be, I developed a game plan of running and walking right from the start. I followed a ratio of 2 minutes running to 1 minute walking for the first half and then switched to using my music from my playlist to set my pace for the second half of the race.

The first couple miles aren’t anything too exciting. It’s dark for one. And I was just trying to weave your way through the crowds. Around mile 4-ish, I entered the Magic Kingdom parking lot area which is where the real excitement begins. To fuel myself for all the fun, I ate one of my Clif shot bloks while walking through a water station.

I wish I could accurately describe to you how it feels to turn down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom park around mile 5. The best way I could even think to describe it that it’s like being in a parade and you are the biggest rockstar on the planet. Everyone is yelling, cheering and high-fiving all the runners. Plus, seeing the castle draped in lights is always a breathtaking view.

It was at this point in the race that I took my first bathroom break. Little tip for any future Disney racers: time your bathroom breaks to be in the parks. There is practically no line. Plus, you get to use a real bathroom vs. nasty porta potties. The run through the Magic Kingdom was over before I knew it and it was back on the Disney back roads. Around mile 6, I took another Clif energy shot. I seriously love those things!

The next exciting attraction was running along the Disney Speedway between miles 8 and 9. It’s a nice change of pace to the backroads and they blare classic hits over the speakers for motivation.

Miles 9 – 12 are probably my least favorite of the entire race. They are just boring, honestlys. At this point in time, I was starting to feel a bit tired already and it really worried me. Also, the sun started peeking through the clouds in full force which made the temperature go up quickly. I said a quick prayer to just make it through to the halfway point and for some clouds to come save me. Thankfully, the clouds did come and shielded me from the sun for the rest of the race.

At mile 12, I entered into Disney’s Animal Kingdom (cue another bathroom break) and ended up exiting the park right at the halfway point (cue another Clif energy shot). Once I crossed the 13.1 mark, I put my earbuds in and set my iPhone to my “marathon playlist.” From this point out, my strategy was to run a song/walk a song.

Miles 13 – 17 are along Disney’s main highway roads. Around mile 15 I took another Clif energy shot because they had a station with them. Who was I to turn away free Clif shots?

Mile 17 brought me into the Disney Wide World of Sports complex and I stayed there through mile 19-ish. At this point in the race, the clouds broke lose with a little bit of rain, but it only lasted for about five minutes. There was also another bathroom break and Clif shot during this stretch.

Once I exited the Wide World of Sports complex, I was in the home stretch. I passed the mile 20 sign and knew I only had 6 more miles to go. I was in pain, but I was still going strong with my run a song/walk a song method. At this point in the race, I saw the 5:30 pace group and decided I would push myself to stay with them for as long as possible, which I did until almost mile 23. 

There was another park stop through the Hollywood Studio’s park where I took my final bathroom stop and also paused to call my dad and let him know that I was about 30 minutes out. Once I exited Hollywood Studio’s, I was taken along Disney’s Boardwalk area which was such a welcome distraction at this point. Finally, right at mile 25, I entered into Epcot to run the final mile around the  World Showcase. It was at this point that the heavens opened up and some good ole Florida rain stayed with me until I crossed the finish line. 

Hence, my wet rat look in my finish line photos:

2015-disney-marathon-reviewBut a very happy wet rat…

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I was even happier when I found out that I set a marathon PR for myself. I finished practically 3 minutes ahead of my time from last year! Considering the fact that I was seriously under trained from what I was last year (would not recommend!), I honestly didn’t think I was going to beat my previous time. But I did! And then I got slightly mad at myself because I started thinking about just how much better I would have done if I had trained properly. This was until I looked at my pretty medal again and didn’t care : )

Here are my splits (for some reason my half split didn’t come through):

5k- 1:01:51

10 Mile -2:06:55

20 Mile – 4:20:02

 Official Marathon Time – 5:44:53 

I immediately went back to my hotel and got a nice, cold ice bath. I’ve said it before and I will never stop saying it. I swear by ice baths! Fifteen minutes of torture is more than worth it to soothe my muscles in the long run (love running puns!).

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I followed my ice bath with a nice hot shower and pizza and then hit Epcot for the rest of the day/evening. I was surprised by how I wasn’t very tired. But I wasn’t surprised by how I was feeling this margarita : )

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Well, that’s it! Sorry this post was heavy on the words and short on the fun picture. Next year, I will try to do better with my pictures. Oh yes, there will be a next year! I don’t know how Disney does it, but they are probably the only place in the world that makes running a marathon fun. I’m already looking forward to 2016! And hoping to stick to a better training plan too!

Anyone else run the Disney marathon? How was your experience?

Ok – are you burnt out on marathon posts or would you be curious in a post about my playlist and tips/tricks?

How was your long weekend?

 

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WIAW: Disney Marathon Weekend

You want to know the best part about running a marathon?

You can eat/drink anything you want that day and still feel absolutely incredible about yourself. Jumbo margarita? No shame. Slice of cake the size of your head? No shame. The possibilities are endless.

On today’s WIAW (thanks to Jenn for the link-up), I figured we could relive some of the wonderful eats I experienced during my Disneyworld trip over the weekend.

Friday

Friday night’s dinner was such a treat! We ate at O’hana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. O’hana serves their meals “family-style,” so it’s basically all you can eat which is always a winner in my book.

The meal started off with some veggie lettuce wraps.

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 Followed by chicken wings and pot-stickers. 

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 The main course was served with veggies, noodles, steak, shrimp and pork. All the meats were cooked over an open fire and served table side. 

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 The night ended perfectly with bread pudding for dessert with a side of fireworks.

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 If you ever go to O’hana, make sure to get reservations close to the time the Magic Kingdom fireworks show starts. You will have such a perfect view while getting to stuff your face!

Saturday – The Day Before the Marathon

Saturday was my one day to sleep in during the trip. I didn’t set an alarm. I closed the curtains in my hotel room for optimal darkness. It was supposed to be glorious. Except for the fact my body knew it was in Disneyworld. My body somehow could sense that I was going to the Magic Kingdom on Saturday and thus felt the need to wake me up at 6:30 AM. Go back to sleep you say? That would have been nice. But my body was now in Disney mode and there was no going back. My dad, however, did not get the same Disney induced wake-up call, so he slept in like a teenager.

Once my dad did finally wake up, we made our way to the food court at the Art of Animation resort where I had a brunch consisting of a spinach, tomato and extra cheese omelet with a biscuit and Mickey Milk.

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 Next we were off to the Magic Kingdom where I just had to partake in my favorite childhood snack: the Mickey Mouse ice cream bar.

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 Have you ever seen such joy? P.S. Check out the girl in the background totally jealous of my Mickey Mouse ice cream bar. Back off, child!

Promptly after this photo was taken, I declared to my dad that I would gladly pay the price of a ticket into Disney just to buy a Mickey Mouse ice cream bar. My love for these ice cream bar knows no limits!

For dinner, we had quite possibly the best pre-marathon dinner known to man at The Liberty Tree Tavern. It was another “family-style” meal served with all the Thanksgiving-esque sides a girl could want. The meal started with an unpictured salad and roll before moving on to the main course.

Carbs, carbs, carbs, protein, more carbs! With a second serving of carbs.

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And no meal at Disney is complete without a few bites of dessert.

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Sunday – Marathon Day

I’ll save you the boring pictures of Clif bars and bananas which is what I consumed during the morning of the marathon on Sunday. Plus, I gotta save something for my marathon recap! The real fun began after I crossed the finish line on Sunday. We went back to the hotel where I tortured myself with an ice bath while my dad went down to the food court on a quest to bring me back pizza.

I just ran a marathon. What else do you think I would want?

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 After showering and attempting to get presentable, I headed back to Epcot with my dad because 26.2 miles in one day was just not enough for me.

I was on a mission. A Mexican Margarita Mission.

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 After I got my tequila fill, we moved on to dinner at Biergarten in Germany at the World Showcase. Biergarten has such a fun and lively atmosphere. My dad and I both agreed we would love to go back. The food is served buffet-style and you are seated at tables with other parties, so you can meet new friends. We actually sat with someone who had completed the Goofy challenge (running the half and the marathon). Turns out he crossed the finish line at the marathon one minute after me. Small world!

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My first plate. Yes, there was a second. And a third for dessert. Also, before you see those three wine glass stems and think that I just went crazyyy after my marathon, I should probably tell you that I got the German wine sample which included three 2 oz. glasses of wine. They were so cute!

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 Best of all, we had front row seats to the show as well! 

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Well, there you have a weekend of my marathon eats and drinks. It was my first time using the Disney Dining Plan, and I absolutely loved how easy and fun it was.

Is it sad that I’m already thinking about which restaurants I want to try next year?

What was the best thing you ate this weekend?

Do you have a favorite restaurant at Disney?

Have you ever used the Disney Dining Plan?

 

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I Made It!

Hey friends!

I’m going to keep it short and sweet because honestly, after running and walking 36 miles in one day, I just want to lay in bed and watch the Golden Globes right now while eating whatever happens to be within a 10 foot radius of me.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with my marathon weekend eats and my 2015 Disney Marathon Recap on Thursday.

In the meantime, I just wanted to drop by quickly and let y’all know that I made it through my second marathon! Thank you so much for all your words of support and encouragement over the past few months! They sure paid off yet again. I can’t wait to share my experience with you soon! Here’s a little teaser for you: PR : )

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 So, how was your weekend?

Thanks for the link-up, Erin!

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WIAW: Fueling up for Disney

Thank you all so much for all your encouragement over my post on Monday regarding my goals for this coming year! I realize I set the bar pretty high for myself, but I’m confident that with God’s strength, the right tools and a good network of support that 2015 will be quite a memorable year!

I also come to you today with an exciting announcement: the winner of the Mamma Chia Giveaway is….

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Congrats to Sarah (I’ll be e-mailing you today) , and thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Now, let’s move on to the food. Because isn’t that what you really came here for on the first WIAW of the year?! Thanks again to Jenn for the link-up!

This week for me has been all about fueling my body for my marathon at Disneyworld on Sunday. Over the weekend, I had my minor -ish freak out moment of realizing that the marathon was just a week a way. Instead of drowning my sorrows and fears in a cake like I wanted to, I figured I would hit the grocery store to stock up on healthy meals for the week to try to give my body the best shot I can. (Y’all know I was slacking on the training this go round, so I need all the extra help I can get!)

The protein haul:

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The carbs/veggie haul:

 

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Breakfast:

No new pictures to show, so you can just imagine lots of protein shakes, granola bars, oatmeal and cereal has been going on for me this week.

Lunch:

This has been my lunch all week: a turkey and cheese sandwich with an apple and veggie chips. To spice things up, I’ll even get crazy and add in a peanut butter sandwich or two.

 

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Snacks:

This category will also be left to the imagination: just picture almonds, graham crackers, Greek Yogurt.

Dinner:

Chicken and fish are the winners this week for dinner. Nice and simple. Throw in some pasta or rice and a veggie and I’m good to go. I’ve also added in a few salads too which I know for some people is a no-no before a big race. Thankfully, my stomach has a good relationship with salads, so they stay on my menu even during race week.

 

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Once I get on Disney property on Friday, there is no telling what will happen! I will still do my best to give my body the proper fuel it needs, but I can’t guarantee that I won’t give it some extra stuff too (Mickey Mouse ice cream bar, I’m coming for you!).

I’m just going to go ahead and apologize for the fact that my blog is about to be taken over by all things Disney for the next week. I hope y’all love Disney as much as I do : )

How do you normally eat the week leading up to a big race or event?

Have you gotten back on track with your normal diet now that the holidays are over?

What is your favorite Disneyworld treat that you just have to get when you go there?

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Victorious

How was your first weekend of 2015?

Things were very low-key over here. It was nice to finally be home for the weekend and not do too much of anything other than laundry, grocery shopping and Netflix. Did you know they added all of  the Friends episodes to Netflix?! So…this was pretty much me all weekend:

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I did manage to make some time to sit and think about my goals for the upcoming year. I really wanted to strive towards goals that were manageable and would help me grow throughout the year.

After ending 2014 feeling a bit defeated, I’ve determined that my “word” for 2015 will be…

Victorious

Isn’t that such a powerful word? You can’t say it without feeling strong and confident. For 2015, I am going to have the mindset that this will be a successful, prosperous and victorious year. In church yesterday, my pastor said something that really resonated with me. 

“God wants you to let this year be His year.”

Bam. In my face. As soon as that sunk in, I knew that the only word I could use for 2015 would be victorious. It’s even a theme in one of my favorite verses:

 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

If I truly let God take over for 2015, then it will be nothing short of victorious. Will it be hard? Oh, I’m sure. Will it be emotional? I don’t doubt it. But I have the promise and the hope that victory is in the Lord. That is all I need.

My tangible goals:

For my Mind: Read one book a month.

For my Spirit: (1) Memorize one verse of Scripture each week – This is actually a goal we are setting at my church. Each week, we will have a new verse listed in our bulletin to learn.                                                                                                                                                            (2) Begin keeping a daily prayer journal – I used to keep a daily journal where I would write my what was on my heart and my prayers. Looking back, it was such a good reminder of all the ways God moved in my life. I was given a new prayer journal for Christmas and hope to be faithful with it in 2015.

For my Fitness: (1) Take one fitness class week – I am really good about working out at home in the comfort of my living room, but there is something really nice about actually going to a class as well and pushing yourself.                                                                             (2) PR in a 5K, 10K and Half 

For Others: Look for opportunities to serve by volunteering more (once a month).

For the Blog: Utilize guest posts more when I travel – This is something I am so bad about due to my control freak mindset. Even when I am traveling, I think that I can still blog and then I end up not having time or being too tired to actually put together a good post. So this year, I want to start sharing this space with some of you awesome blogging friends of mine!

For My Career: I feel like last year was quite a year of career growth for me. For 2015, I want to focus on finding a way to incorporate my passions with my career.

For my Skymiles: (1) Go to Disneyland – Ideally, I would like to run the Avengers Half-Marathon in November. We shall see.      (2) Travel to at least one new state and one new country.

Well, there you have it, just a few of the things that are in the works for this year! I am really excited to see how God is going to work this year!

And with that, I leave you with a very bad quality photo from church yesterday. Although the picture is kind of blurry, the message is very clear.

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What word are you striving for this year?

How do you plan on being victorious with your goals?

Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

 

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NYE 2014

Happy 2015 y’all!!

I’m currently sitting in the Atlanta airport for my first layover of the new year. I’m hoping this whole traveling thing remains a trend for 2015 too because I’ve got several places on my “must visit” list.

I know everyone has been posting about their goals, resolutions and intentions for 2015 lately, and I am loving reading all of them! You are all so honest and inspiring! I’ve even seen a few ideas that I might have to steal and personalize for myself for 2015. Since the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of traveling and holidays, I haven’t really gotten a chance to sit down and really dwell on what I would like to accomplish for the upcoming year. With that being said, my first goal of 2015 is to sit down this weekend and come up with my list of goals! I’ll be back on Monday with those ; )

In the meantime, I thought I would share a few pictures from my trip to Kentucky this week to see some of my mom’s side of the family.

Whenever I am in Louisville, I always like to go to Pat’s Steakhouse which is a restaurant my family has been going to since before I was even born. Random fact: my parents had their first date here, so I owe Pat a lot! On this trip to Pat’s, I learned that apparently our family spot is also J-Law’s family spot too! Girl has got good taste! Well, except for the whole Chris Martin thing. I’ll let that one slide, Jen.

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My mom and I made a trip to Lights Under Louisville for one final activity of Christmas cheer. Lights Under Louisville takes place in this mega cavern that goes underneath Louisville. You basically get to drive through a cave and look at all the beautiful light displays. If you happen to find yourself in the Louisville area around Christmas, this is a must!

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On New Year’s Eve we went over to my Uncle Tony and Aunt Val’s house for dinner and games with all my cousins. My Aunt Val cooked this amazing beef wellington and even made me some special lobster mac and cheese because I mentioned my love for it. Thanks for helping fatten me up just in time for the new year, Aunt Val!

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I loved getting to see my favorite baby in the world even if he was being camera shy.

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Very hardcore gaming.

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This is the kind of picture you get when you let a six-year-old hold your phone. My cousin Missy was in the midst of a nice selfie with my Uncle Tony.

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The photo bomb to beat all photo bombs of the year.

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Happy 2015, y’all! Let’s make this year the best one yet!

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What did you do for NYE?

Anyone want to go to NYC with me to watch everything happen in Times Square next year?

Do you have any New Year’s Day traditions (like eating black eyed peas)?

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Goodbye 2014!

I can’t believe the time as come to say goodbye to another year already. It seems like it was just yesterday when Y2K was going to bring impending doom to us all. Oh, fun times!

I know that at this time of year, many people look back and reflect on the year. For me, 2014 was a weird one. On one hand, I was able to experience and see so many great things this year. I will always look back on 2014 with fond memories for that reason alone. On the other hand, 2014 was a really rough year for me personally, so looking back over the year does fill me with some sadness too.

However, instead of dwelling on the things that make me sad, I will instead choose to remember 2014 as the year that I achieved so many personal milestones.

2014 is the year that I…

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  • Overcame my fear of flying

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  • Traveled solo for the first time (and liked it)

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Meeting Daniel Radcliffe

  • Attended my first blogging event and got to meet some of my blogging buddies

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  • Traveled to so many new and exciting places: Texas, California, Chicago, Washington D.C.
  • Got my sweet Luna

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  • Discovered the addiction that is Shonda Rhimes’ tv shows
  • Took on a new position at my company
  • Rediscovered myself and what I want out of life

So, with that said, thanks for the memories 2014! But I have a good feeling there are bigger and better things in store for 2015!

I hope y’all have a safe and happy New Years! Cheers to 2015!

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What do you think of when you look back on 2014?

Any NYE plans tonight?

What are you most excited about in 2015?

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Mamma Chia Review and Giveaway

Well, I guess it’s officially ‘back to real life’ for many of us today : /

Although I technically don’t go back to work til Friday, I’ve still got some e-mails and work to do today. Boo! Since I figured a lot of you would be a little sad about Christmas wrapping up, I figured I would bring a little something special to the blog today to make you smile!

Do you ever see a new to you product in the grocery store and want to try it, but talk yourself out of it because you are scared and would rather spend your precious final $4.00 on that frozen yogurt that you know is good? Can you tell I’m not much of a risk taker? Well, that’s how I have been about Mamma Chia for the past few months. I would see their products in my local Kroger or Whole Foods and think “hmm, that’s an interesting product” and then go on to buy my regularly programmed goods. Thankfully, the kind people at Mamma Chia helped get me out of my rut by sending me a sample pack of their Chia Energy Beverage. And the good news? They want you to try their products too, so they are giving one lucky reader an awesome prize pack!

mamma-chia-reviewMamma Chia has several different product lines (Organic Vitality Beverage, Organic Chia Squeeze, Organic Chia Seeds), but for the sake of my blog review I was sent their Organic Chia Energy line to try. Originally, Mamma Chia sent me all four flavors of their Chia Energy to try, but as you can tell I might have already downed the Blackberry flavor before I managed to get a picture. Whoops!

I was really excited to try this product because I am all for finding a natural source of energy. As someone who doesn’t drink coffee (yes, feel free to gasp and stare at me in shock), finding alternative means of packing in some energy has become a bit of a challenge for me. Not with this stuff though! According to Mamma Chia: “It is the FIRST beverage that combines the power of chia with the clean energy of guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) resulting in a truly healthful, fulfilling and delicious energy beverage that nourishes your entire body and soul. Made with refreshing organic fruit juices and lightly sweetened with only 14 grams of organic cane sugar, one bottle of Mamma Chia Clean Energy (10 oz.) delivers:”

  • More than an entire day’s worth of Omega-3s (2500 mg)
  • 25 percent of one’s daily fiber (6 grams)
  • 4 grams of complete protein
  • 90 mg of natural caffeine (about as much in an 8 oz. cup of coffee)
  • Twice the antioxidants of a cup of green tea
  • Calcium, powerful antioxidants and valuable minerals
  • 120 calories

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Now, what everyone wants to know about…the taste. I was a little nervous at first because I was unsure of how the chia seeds would manage in the drink texture-wise. The first sip was a little strange, but after that I was good to go! The flavors are so much stronger (in a good way) than I expected them to be too. The best way I can describe the actual taste of these drinks is to liken them to Jello. Who doesn’t love some Jello? My personal favorite was the Grape Power, but I honestly would buy any of the flavors on their own.

Also, as someone who doesn’t consume a lot of caffeine, I found that Chia Energy provided just enough energy to help recharge my body after a workout or in the middle of a long day without making me feel weird or shaky like I do on the rare occasions when I attempt to drink coffee.

If you are interested in learning more about Mamma Chia as a company, you can check them out online here:

Website

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Now, don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway part! Mamma Chia has kindly agreed to offer one lucky reader:

  • One week supply of Clean Energy beverages
  • One week supply of Chia Squeezes
  • Mamma Chia Camelbak water bottle

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There are several different options to enter the contest, or if you are feeling feisty you can do all of the options and get a ton of entries : ) The winner will be announced on my blog next Wednesday, so what are you waiting for – go enter now!

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Disclaimer: Mamma Chia provided me with a sample of the Organic Chia Energy Beverages for review purposes. I received no other compensation for this blog post.

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