The Most Asked Question

`This post was inspired by the novel Dad Is Fat by comedian Jim Gaffigan who riffs on his adventures co-parenting 5 kids in a two bedroom Manhattan apartment. Join From Left to Write on April 22 we discuss Dad Is Fat. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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Reading Jim Gaffigan’s book, Dad is Fat, about his adventures in being a Dad to five kids got me thinking about the most common question that I get about mine and Chris’s relationship.

Want to guess what that question is?

No, it is not the “Are you going to get married” question although that one is a close second. The most popular question I get asked is, “Are you guys going to have any kids of your own?”

Well I am here to publicly answer this question for all to hear and hopefully I will not have to answer it any more. (I literally LOL at that! You know I will still keep getting that question.)

The answer is…… NO! No, we are not going to have any more kids.

We have 3 kids between the two of us so that means we are already out numbered. Why would we want to stack the deck even more against ourselves? Not to mention, when all 3 kids are together it can feel like we have 6 or more depending on how each one of them is behaving at the moment.

On top of that, before Chris and I even started dating each of us had individually decided that neither of us wanted to have any more kids. Now that we have been together for a while (2 years) neither of us feels the need to validate our relationship by having kids “of our own.”

So there you have it. The kids question has been answered!

Any other questions?

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The Medal That I Didn’t Earn

This past weekend I was scheduled to run the Martian Meteor 10k but the universe had other plans for me. Those plans involved me laying in bed all day with the upper respiratory plague. I normally push myself to run races even when I am sick, but there was no pushing through this. I was having trouble breathing just walking around the house thanks to all of the phlegm (TMI?) in my lungs. So this race, was a no go.

The bf on the other hand, who seems to have the world’s best immunity (knock on wood), ran the race solo. You can read his recap here.

I had requested that Chris pick up my race packet, so I could at least get a new shirt out of the deal. My entry was already paid for after all. In the past when I was a bit more hard-core, I wouldn’t have even wanted a shirt for a race that I didn’t run but I have softened up a bit about that. I blame aging and being all lovey dovey with the bf for making me soft. ;)

Normally I don't like the back of race shirts, but I love the way they displayed the sponsors!

Normally I don’t like the back of race shirts, but I love the way they displayed the sponsors!

When Chris came home from his race, he handed me my shirt and this.

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Yep, a medal. The Martian medal. A medal that I didn’t earn.

Evidently Chris ran with my race bib in his pocket and then sweet talked the medal girl at the finish line into giving him my medal. He said that he told her I would run a virtual 10k to make up for not being there but I am pretty certain she just thought he was cute and caved in to his request.

Either way, I now have a medal for a race that I didn’t run. I haven’t put it on my medal rack yet because I am a bit torn. All of the medals currently on my rack are from races that I have actually completed. Medals that I have earned. On the other hand, I could just run a 10k and call it good enough. If nothing else, that medal would have an interesting story behind it.

I need you to weigh in on this. 

What do I do with the medal?

Run a solo 10k and keep it? Or?

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MyOatmeal.com Review

This post was made possible by Fit Approach and MyOatmeal.com. From MyOatmeal.com I received my own customized oatmeal blend and a PB Lean blend to review. As always, all opinions are my own!

A lot of people wake up in the morning and have coffee to start their day. Not me, I don’t like coffee. Instead, I wake up with a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. That might sound strange but it gives me fuel to start my day and it is usually the first thing I do in the morning.

With that in mind, you can imagine how excited I was when I was given the opportunity to create my own custom oatmeal from MyOatmeal.com! I found creating my own oatmeal to be a fun and simple process. I literally got to pick every ingredient in my oatmeal and I even got to name it! How awesome is that?

So ready to find out what I put in my Badass Breakfast Blend ?(That is seriously what I named my oatmeal!)

Badass Breakfast Blend and Pumpkin Spice PB Lean.

Badass Breakfast Blend and Pumpkin Spice PB Lean.

Ingredients of Badass Breakfast Blend:

- Organic, gluten free, thick rolled oats.

- Cinnamon roll flavoring

- Honey

- Chia Seeds

- Flax Seeds

- Pecans

- Brown Cane Sugar Granules

And the result? Badass yumminess!

I also got some Pumpkin Spice PB Lean which I have not tried yet. I am looking forward to making muffins and pancakes with it!

If you haven’t already tried MyOatmeal.com, I really think you should! It is a great way to put the fun back in breakfast while still giving you control over what fuels your day!

What ingredients would you put in your oatmeal and what would you call yours?

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The Most Magical Surprise Ever!

For about a month now I have been hinting at an item that I will be crossing off my bucket list. So guess what ? Today is the big reveal!

Before I tell you, I need you to swear to keep it a secret for a little while though. Well just from one person at least.

This cure kid right here, can't be let in on the secret yet!

This cute kid right here, can’t be let in on the secret yet!

Here’s the scoop. Today I am working a half a day and then I will be picking up B from daycare (he’s on Spring Break from school). After I pick him up we will be headed to the airport to hop a flight to Florida! We are going to DISNEY!!!! Just the two of us and he doesn’t even know it!

This will B’s first time flying and his first time at Disney. I am SO excited!!

I actually have the bf to thank for pushing me to make this happen. I had already planned on taking B’s Spring Break off from work because I have some vacation time to use up. I wanted to do something fun with him so I was looking into going to Kalahari or another indoor waterpark / hotel. Once I saw how expensive that would be, Chris pointed out that I could fly to Florida for the same cost as going to Kalahari. I was a bit hesitant because Chris and I just went to Disney a couple of weeks ago and B has a Disney trip planned with his Dad in May but I have been wanting to take B to Disney since before B was even born so why not live a little?

I will admit that I am a little nervous about traveling with B by myself but I am looking forward to the quality time that we will have together. I am also excited that this trip can be 100% about B.

If you want to check in on our adventures this week, I am sure I will be posting things to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from time to time. Make sure you follow me on those channels so you can stay up to date!

 Have you ever surprised your kid(s) or a loved one with a big surprise?

What was the biggest surprise that someone did for you?

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Hollywood Studios Recap

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Before we get started, let’s make sure that you are up to speed and that you have read my other two Disney posts. Click here and here. Ok, great! Now we can move on to day #2 of our Disney trip!

Day #2 was all about Hollywood Studios and luckily for us we got to take advantage of the extra magic hour since we stayed at Pop Century, a Disney Resort Hotel!

An hour might not seem like a lot of time but it sure makes a difference when you are at Disney. Less crowds means more can be accomplished during that time. It also means that your day starts off on a more relaxed note. Hooray for that!

We used our extra magic hour to get a pic with this guy!

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We also rode Toy Story Midway Mania which was a lot of fun! (We rode it again later in the day as well because we had a FastPass for it.)

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We got in line to see Buzz and Woody but ended up jumping out of line to move on to something else. We did get a few fun pics while waiting in line though!

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Naturally as the day went on the crowds grew but it never got as crazy as our day at Magic Kingdom. The only area that had a crazy amount of people was over by the Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster and the Tower of Terror. That didn’t bother me one bit as I really wasn’t interested in either ride since I am scared of heights. (Although, I did tell Chris that I would go on the Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster but the wait ended up being too long. I was secretly grateful for that.)

The one other area that was super crowded was getting into and out of the Fantasmic show but that was to be expected. The Fantasmic show is super popular. So popular that Chris and I reserved a dinner package that included tickets to the show, but more on that in a bit.

Let’s break down our day at Hollywood Studios!

Favorite Ride: This is super easy for me to answer! Hands down my favorite ride was Star Tours. I LOVED it and we went on it 4 times! You would think that perhaps I am a Star Wars junkie but I am not, it was just a really cool ride. And each time we rode it we got a different experience so I thought that was pretty sweet!

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Least Favorite Ride: The Great Movie Ride. It wasn’t bad but it was just okay. I think Chris and I just expected more from it.

Favorite Show: This is a tough one because all of the shows were really good! I can’t just pick one so instead I will narrow it down to two. I really liked Fantasmic and Muppet Vision 3D. We saw the Muppet show twice even!

Muppets!

Muppets!

 

Fantasmic!

Fantasmic!

 

Least Favorite Show: I don’t have one! They were all superb. You really can’t go wrong with any show at Hollywood Studios.

FastPasses Used: We used a FastPass for Toy Story Midway Mania, Star Tours and The Great Movie Ride. All of those were good choices for us. However, if you are interested in the Tower of Terror or the Aerosmith Rollercoaster you would definitely want to use FastPasses for those as they had the longest waits. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT ever use a FastPass for one of the shows. There seems to be plenty of seating for all the shows at Hollywood Studios. (With the exception of Fantasmic, of course.)

Food Consumed: We saved money on breakfast by eating some of the snacks that we brought with us. We also brought some snacks into the park so that we had something to eat in between meals. For lunch we ate at the Studio Catering Co. We beat the system a little and saved a little bit of money here. While Chris was finding us a table, I ordered our food and I ordered myself a kids meal. It was perfectly sized for me and the two of us ate for under $15!

For dinner we did the Fantasmic dinner package at Hollywood and Vine. This definitely made up for the savings we had at lunch but it was worth it because the food was great and we got two reserved seats for Fantasmic! I highly recommend this package if you are crunched for time as it is recommended that you get to Fantasmic 90 minutes before the show starts if you are going to sit in general admission. We didn’t have 90 minutes available to waste so it was a no brainer for us.

What would I do different: Not a darn thing! This was my favorite day at Disney and I can’t think of anything that I would change!

After Hollywood Studios, we headed to Downtown Disney because we really wanted to go to the LEGO store for our kids. I expected there to be special Disney themed mini-figures there but I was wrong. The store was big but there wasn’t anything there that we couldn’t get back at home.

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We did walk around Downtown Disney a bit but it was super crowded, just like our day at Magic Kingdom and there was some construction going on down there too so we didn’t spend a ton of time there.

After Downtown Disney we headed back to the hotel to rest up for our third and final day of our Disney vacation!

Have you been to Hollywood Studios?

I would love to hear about your experience!

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Our Day at the Magic Kingdom

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If you read my Disney World vacation planning post last week you may be wondering where the recap for day #1 of our trip is. Well, here it is! It’s a little later than I expected but hopefully that helped to build your anticipation! ;)

Day #1 of our Disney trip started VERY early in the morning. Around 4:15am to be exact. That’s what time I got up to get ready to head out to the airport. As expected, I didn’t sleep much the night before either because I was too excited. Please tell me that I am not the only “adult” who still acts like a kid the night before vacations.

Our flight was uneventful AND it landed 40 minutes earlier than expected! That was a huge win for Chris and I since we were trying to pack so much into our weekend trip. Once we got off the airplane we headed straight for the Disney Magical Express which is the bus that takes you from the airport to your Disney hotel. We didn’t have to worry about retrieving our checked luggage since the good folks at Disney would take care of that for us!

Our Magic Bands were our ticket on the bus and into everywhere else!

Our Magic Bands were our ticket onto the bus and into everywhere else!

The Magical Express buses were very plush and comfy for our ride to Pop Century. Once at Pop Century we headed to check into our room. We checked into our room online before we left Michigan so we got to avoid the long check in line. It was easy peasy and I highly recommend that you take advantage of that time saver.

Pop Century

Pop Century

Once checked in we deposited some of our stuff into our room and then headed out to the bus line for Magic Kingdom. Buses run about every 20 minutes so we didn’t have to wait long for the next one to show up.

The castle was under construction while we were there.

The castle was under construction while we were there.

We got to the Magic Kingdom around noon and with it being a Friday it was quite packed with people. I mean PACKED. Obviously weekends are not the ideal time to travel to a popular tourist attraction but weekends are what we had available.

The crowd did make things a bit overwhelming at times. It was hard to make our way to anything or even get our bearings straight. A lot of the rides had long wait times and at the end of the night we averaged only about 1 ride an hour.

So let’s break down our day at the Magic Kingdom.

Favorite Ride: Haunted Mansion. We went on it twice and Chris and I both enjoyed it. The special effects were great!

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Least Favorite Ride: Mad Tea Party. We waited quite some time to get on this ride and then we waited some more while on the ride but never actually rode it. It broke down. :/

Favorite Show: Main Street Electrical Parade. I guess it is not really a show per se but close enough. I love parades especially Disney ones!

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Least Favorite Show: Carousel of Progress. We jumped on this because it had no wait. It was a silly and cheesy revolving show that showed technological improvements over the past 100 years. The present time didn’t seem very current, more like the 80′s but we got a good laugh about it.

FastPasses Used: We had FastPasses for It’s a Small World, The Jungle Cruise, and Space Mountain. All of them were good choices but next time I would opt to not get one for It’s a Small World as later in the night you could walk right onto it. I would get a FastPass for Peter Pan’s Flight instead which had a very long wait all day long.

Food Consumed: We ate lunch at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe which was extremely busy but it moved surprisingly quickly because it was so large. We saved money on our food by asking for no sides with our meal. (It is not advertised as an option but you can do it. And I personally can not eat that much food anyways.) Dinner was at some walk up place that I don’t know the name of that served macaroni dishes. Chris and I each had the bacon cheeseburger macaroni. We also got a Dole Whip from Aloha Isle (you will want to read the bf’s post about that) and I got a Mickey Shaped ice cream from a street vendor.

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What I Would Do Different: Not wear flip flops. I was excited to wear flip flops since my feet have been in hiding through this very long Michigan Winter. By the end of the night my feet were killing me with all the walking and standing that we did.

We stayed at the Magic Kingdom until it closed at midnight. It probably goes without saying we were very exhausted and fell asleep the minute our heads hit the pillow. I’m sure I didn’t have any dreams but if I did, I am certain they were about what day #2 would bring at Hollywood Studios.

Have you been to the Magic Kingdom?

What were some of your favorites and least favorites while you were there?

 

 

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Rock CF 5k Recap

This past Sunday Chris and I ran the Rock CF 5k! It was an extra special race because it marked Chris’s 1 year runiversary! In addition to that, Chris and I went on our first date 2 years ago on that same date!

Rock CF is one of my favorite races and I have been to every race since it started! In 2011 I ran the 5k, in 2012 I ran the half and PR’d, in 2013 I ran the 5k and this year I ran the 5k as well.

The reason that I like Rock CF so much is because it is always very well organized, it has a great scenic course, the race swag is awesome and the post race food can’t be beat. This year was no exception.

There was a new route for the 5k this year! We actually started the race inside the Grosse Ile Naval Air Station Hanger. It was very cool! The bf has pics of it over on his post, you can click here to check it out. The rest of the course went through residential areas of Grosse Ile and along the water.

I am happy to say that race day was much warmer than the last two races that Chris and I have done, so I didn’t struggle with my breathing at all. Woohoo! And because of which, I had a much more pleasurable race experience free of whining even. Go me!

Chris struggled a bit with shin splints but still had a good time.

How did I do?

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It wasn’t a PR, my 5k PR is 26:33 but I wasn’t after one anyways. My goal was to whine less and have a good time. Mission accomplished!

At the finish!

At the finish!

Now to check out the race swag!

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I really like the shirt but I think the medal was better the last two years.

This is the medal from 2013. I like how there is color in between the outside circle and the inner medal.

This is the medal from 2013. I like how there is color in between the outside circle and the inner part of the medal.

Despite the medal, it was still a great race. Odds are, we will be back out there next year!

Did you have a race this past weekend? Tell me about it!

If not, what were you up to this weekend?

 

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Trust is Everything

This post was inspired by the novel The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson. Allie thought she had the perfect husband, until she finds him and another woman in a compromising position in their own apartment. Join From Left to Write in April as we discuss The Idea of Him. Join us for a live chat with Holly on April 3As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

First I want to thank Kelly from Cupcake Kelly’s for exposing me to the From Left to Write Book Club. Because of her book review posts I was inspired to join the club myself! For those that are not familiar with From Left to Write, it is an online book club. Each month I get to read a book and post a review on my blog. The review isn’t a traditional review where I would say why or why not I like the book but instead I get to talk about something in the book the resonated with me and share it with you!

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This month I read The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson. There were many parts of the story line that resonated with me, some of them brought up some bad memories and hit a little too close to home to be honest. Instead of talking about those, I am instead going to talk about trust.

In the book, the main character Allie, finds herself in a situation where she can no longer trust those who were once in her inner circle. Unfortunately, I can completely identify with that. There is a reason why I am divorced after all.

Thinking about the reasons why I got divorced from B’s Dad got me thinking about my current relationship with Chris. There are a lot of things that I love about Chris and our relationship together but above all the most important thing that we have together is our trust in each other.

Because of the trust we have with each other I am able to expose my real self to him. I also know that he will always be honest with me (even if he is sometimes too honest). And I know that he wouldn’t ever do anything to jeopardize our relationship. All of which makes me feel very safe and secure.

All of that might seem simple and it is but that doesn’t mean that trust is commonplace in all relationships. I am sure we have all had friendships or romantic relationships that were void of trust and because of which they came to an end or never really flourished. Healthy relationships can not exist without trust.

So let’s celebrate the relationships that we have in our lives that are full of trust! 

Who do you have in your life that you can 100% trust?

Have you experienced a relationship that had a breakdown in trust?

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Disney World Vacation Planning

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I promised you that I would recap my Disney World vacation soon and I will, rest assured! First though, I thought I would start off by talking about how we planned for the trip because planning is such a big part of any vacation. And you know what they say, anticipation is half the fun!

If memory serves me correctly I think we started booking the trip back in January. It was an impromptu, let’s go on a vacation somewhere text conversation instigated by the bf and naturally I jumped on board very easily. I love traveling and new adventures so I am usually pretty easy to convince to go somewhere.

Since it was just the bf and I going we knew that we would be limited to making it just a weekend trip since we would need to go when B would be at his Dad’s house. We then picked the weekend based on when airfare was the cheapest. As much as I like to travel, I also like to make sure I am getting the most with my money!

From there we looked into hotel options. Since I work in the hotel industry I have access to discounts that the general public does not. However, we ended up deciding to stay at a Disney Value Resort. It was a better deal than my discount at a hotel off site once we factored in car rental and the headache of driving back and forth each day.

We ended up selecting Pop Century because we had read that it is the only Disney Value Resort with its own shuttle to and from the parks. Meaning we wouldn’t have to stop off at other hotels along the way. Some other perks of Pop Century (and all other Disney hotels) is that there is a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport as well as luggage handling so when we landed we didn’t have to deal with retrieving our checked bag. Instead, we went straight to the shuttle and when we got back to our room at the end of the day our suitcase was waiting for us!

After booking our hotel, we booked our park passes and customized our Magic Bands. Magic Bands are brand new to Disney and are currently just used by guests of Disney Hotels. What is great about the Magic Bands is that they hold the key to anything and everything you want to do in Disney. We literally wore them all weekend as it was how we got on the shuttle, opened the door to our hotel room, got access to the parks, used our Fast Pass selections, charged items to our rooms etc! They were great and I loved that we got to pick what color we wanted and that our names were on the inside of them!

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After booking our park passes and getting our magic bands we did LOTS of research. We read blogs and other online articles about tips and general Disney info. We talked to people who have gone. We basically consumed every piece of Disney info we could get our hands on so that we could make the best use of our time.

This information helped us decide what parks to go to on what days, what rides / attractions to use our Fast Passes on, where and what to eat, etc. An example of this can be found over on the bf’s blog where he talks about the Dole Whips that everyone had raved about. Click here to read his post!

As I post my recaps of the trip I will try to share with you all the tricks and tips that we found useful or even ones that we learned on our own! In the meantime, there is one site that you should definitely visit before booking your trip to Disney and it is Undercover Tourist. On the site there is a calendar which will show you how busy the parks will be when you are there. This is something that we didn’t consider but wish that we did because two of our three days there were VERY VERY busy.

Make sure you come back here tomorrow to read my recap of Day #1 of our Disney World Trip!

A sneak peek at day #1!

A sneak peek at day #1!

 

 Have you been to Disney World or Disneyland?

What are your best tips and tricks for Disney vacations?

 

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