KitchenAid Artisan mixer giveaway

Every kitchen needs a KitchenAid stand mixer :)  I absolutely love mine and use it for making healthy homemade breads, mashing potatoes, shredding chicken for enchiladas, holiday baking, and more!

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Welcome to the foodie fantastic KitchenAid Artisan Sweepstakes!

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This attractively styled KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer is reason enough for you to get busy in the kitchen. With a powerful 325 watt motor, it can handle any task you put to it.


  • Flat beater
  • Dough hook
  • Wire whip
  • Pouring shield
  • 5-quart, polished stainless steel bowl
  • 325-watt motor

One winner will receive a KitchenAid 5-Quart Artisan Stand Mixer.

Giveaway ends September 25th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Fitness tracking with LEO Fitness band

Have you heard about LEO? It’s a new wearable Fitness Band and Personal Trainer to help you perform your best. I will be reviewing a unit soon and will share more about it when I receive it. Getting more feedback about how my body is working and how I can improve my running and training is something I’m really excited about! 

LEO Fitness review - Healthy Disney Family

You can check out more info about LEO and their Indiegogo campaign from the press release below.

On a more personal note, I’m feeling back on track this week and have had a few really amazing runs! I’m off to get in another Dopey Challenge training run this afternoon.

Hope you have a great weekend!

- Denise

From the press release:

GestureLogic Introduces LEO, the Next Generation of Wearable Fitness Technology and Your New Personal Trainer

LEO provides users with advanced fitness intelligence to help reach their goals

Ottawa, Ontario – June 30, 2014 – GestureLogic announces the launch of LEO, the next generation of intelligent wearable fitness technology designed to help users optimize workouts and reduce the risk of injury.

LEO’s capabilities surpass current fitness wearables by tracking users complex biosignals, such as muscle activity or lactic acid levels, with biomedical monitoring technology. LEO then translates this data into simple and actionable recommendations and notifies users of potential injury, all in real-time via a smartphone application. Regardless of skill level, LEO gives users the knowledge they need to improve workouts and stay healthy while maintaining an active lifestyle.

“Popular fitness wearables estimate performance metrics based on a very limited data set because they are predominately accelerometer-based, meaning they track their own motion instead of measuring human body signals,” said Dr. Leonard MacEachern, CEO of GestureLogic. “LEO takes the guesswork out of fitness tracking because it is a biomedical device that actually monitors your body. This data is then put in an easy to understand format with clear instructions on how to interpret and use it – a huge differentiator from previous generations of fitness wearables, which provided information, but little or no guidance on what to do with that information.”

LEO’s key capabilities include:
Tracking muscle activity, hydration, lactic acid levels, heart rate, and movement
Providing education and advice throughout a user’s workout with simple and actionable recommendations
Identifying signs of future injury and recommending ways to avoid it
Improve training with intuitive visualizations with the raw data available
Competing with friends, comparing workouts with pro athletes and networking with the local fitness community

LEO gives a comprehensive overview of anatomic activity and adapts to each user’s unique physiology. Leveraging each individual’s body as a baseline, LEO helps set goals that make sense for individual fitness and ability level and also learns from trends in the wider community. As a social platform that connects users to friends or pro athletes, LEO helps find local routes, trainers, clubs or shops.

To contribute to the Indiegogo campaign, click here. To learn more about LEO, visit or tweet @leohelps.

About GestureLogic:
GestureLogic is an Ottawa-based wearable technology company arising from award-winning research conducted at Carleton University, Canada. GestureLogic’s team combines experience and expertise in the areas of business, sales, athletics, industrial design, machine intelligence, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering.

Activz and Dial Fitness GIVEAWAY

Today I’m happy to share with you a fun giveaway of two of my new fitness favorites – Activz Chocolate Whey Protein Powder Shake and Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash. 

I talked how much I love the Activz protein powder in my Best Protein Smoothie recipe post. It’s perfect for people who like to eat cleaner like me. It’s made with only seven ingredients and has a whopping 20 grams of protein for only 120 calories per serving. Did I mention it tastes great too?!


Activz Whey Protein Shake - Chocolate

Activz Chocolate Whey Protein Shake ingredients list

Activz Chocolate Whey Protein Shake ingredients list


I also received a full size sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash to try from Purex Insiders. I have been using it for the past few weeks and love the amazing and fresh mango scent. It smells just like a tropical vacation! Post workout or run it’s awesome too. It leaves my skin feeling clean and really soft afterward. 

Enter below for your chance to win two of my new favorite fitness must haves! Some of the entries like Pinning the giveaway on Pinterest and posting on Twitter can be done daily. Good luck!

- Denise

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway. The Dial brand provided me with a sample bottle of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash and coupons in exchange for my product review on my blog. Activz sent me a sample of their Chocolate Whey Powder to try and is providing a sample for one of my readers as well. All of the opinions are based on my own honest and real experience with the products. All winners must be 18 years of age or older and live in the continental US.

Best Protein Smoothie recipe

I want to share with you my favorite protein smoothie recipe that’s packed with protein and nutrients to boost your energy, stay on track and feel healthy! 

Smoothies are one of my favorite, easy on the go meals. I usually make one for Troy and I in the morning because it’s a quick way for us to get in some protein to fuel us up early in the day. Protein smoothies are also great for recovery after those tough workouts and long training runs.

You can use any brand or flavor of protein powder you like – I’ve tried it with both Chocolate and Vanilla and it’s tasty with both. I received a sample of Activz Whey Protein Shake in Chocolate last month that has quickly become one of my new favorites to use in protein smoothies. It has a really light chocolate taste so I don’t feel like I’m having dessert for breakfast – not that there’s anything wrong with that ;)

Best Protein Smoothie recipe
Serves 1
A great breakfast or post workout smoothie packed with lots of protein and nutrients to help you feel your best!
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  1. 1 serving protein powder - any flavor (I used Activz Chocolate Whey Protein Shake)
  2. 1 cup of ice
  3. 3 ounces of cold water
  4. 1 ripe banana, peeled
  5. 1 Tbsp almond butter (I used Trader Joe's raw, creamy, unsalted)
  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
  1. If you make the smoothie with the same ingredients I did, it contains 320 calories for a 16 ounce glass. I like the Activz Chocolate Whey Powder because it tastes good, has only 7 ingredients, and is 120 calories per serving for 20 g of protein.
Healthy Disney Family

I’ll post more of my healthy recipes and foods that help me stay on track. There are a lot of us going through the same challenges, whether it’s losing weight or just keeping it off once you’ve lost it. We can all do this!

Sharing is awesome! Please feel free to share any healthy recipe links you love in the comments.

- Denise

Disclosure: The nice people at Activz sent me a 30 serving container of their Whey Protein Shake so I could try it – and I really, really liked it! I bought all the other ingredients myself and the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Dopey Challenge training update

2015 Dopey Challenge

Are you doing the runDisney Dopey Challenge in 2015, or maybe thinking about tackling those 48.6 miles in the future? Follow along with my training here on the blog :)

I’m a big fan of Jeff Galloway’s training plans. I followed his Tinker Bell Half training program in 2012/2013. Galloway’s method of run/walk training helped me increase my confidence, distance, and speed. It can help you too!

This is the current Galloway plan I’m following from the runDisney website for the Dopey Challenge:

I’ve been doing most of my run/walks on our new treadmill. Troy hooked up a flat screen tv we had in our bedroom at the old house so we can watch TV as we walk and run. He’s using the treadmill almost as much as I am. We’re both really liking the ability to workout more easily from home. He’s not signed up for any runDisney races right now but hopefully I can convince him to sign up for one again in the not too distant future.

I started off pretty strong with Dopey Challenge training on July 1st. I’ve stayed consistent with my run/walk training days with two exceptions.

I took it easy after the See Jane Run Half Marathon. I was really sore from doing the Half and then hopping in the car to drive myself home for 4 hours back to Portland. I definitely learned my lesson there – take the time to do at least a half an hour of walking to prevent the lactic acid buildup and subsequent muscle soreness. I did everything else the same as I normally do after a long run or race – the sitting in the car and not taking that critical active recovery time was the only difference.

The second setback I had was while Chase and I did our road trip. With nearly 2 weeks on the road, I got in a ton of walking (and fast walking!) through the Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Legoland, and other stops on our road trip. We also did the 3 hour Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps walking tour. I have about 2000 posts in the works about our trip – tips about the tour, travel tips, saving money and eating healthy while at Disney. It was an absolutely awesome time for the two of us! I made a lot of healthy choices at restaurants – ordering water to drink instead of something more fun and eating fresh foods whenever possible. Just didn’t do any running or high intensity activity.

The morning after we got back home, I got on the scales and yikes – up another 2 pounds :( I was so disappointed and frustrated! I realize it was because I didn’t run for 2 weeks but still had the appetite of a runner. I really should have been food journaling too and didn’t. I drove over 2200 miles and undoubtedly that does not burn many calories, even with all the walking we did. My body is also used to a lot of intense work outs so walking the miles and miles we did each day didn’t boost my metabolism at all. I think what bugs me the most about gaining those 2 pounds is that I know what I needed to do and just didn’t do it. If I wasn’t planning on running, I needed to eat less. Bleh.

I’m back to journaling everything today. I felt so frustrated those first few days after we got back that I rebelled about writing things down, but continued to weigh in every day. I’ve tried to resist it but I am at heart a numbers person.  I have to know where my weight is, and what I’m eating, so I stay on track. I gain weight far too easily and quickly to put my head in the sand and stay off the scales. 

I started my run/walk training again after the trip. The 7 miles last weekend felt like 20. It was brutal. I felt so worn out and lazy! I barely felt like walking, let alone running. I still did it though, even though it took nearly 2 hours. I know consistency is key and I will get my stamina and running spark back! I’m not missing any more runs at all, no matter what. I feel happier with myself when I’m on track with my fitness, weight, and training.

I’m talking about this so you realize that I struggle too. Running marathons does not make you immune to having times where you feel out of sorts when you run or just plain tired. Losing over 100 pounds does not magically make you stay thinner. You have to continue to work for it every day – sometimes harder than you ever worked to lose the weight in the first place. I feel like I hit rock bottom with my lazy feelings and am pulling myself out of whatever stubbornness I was feeling about the weight I’ve gained back.

When I signed up for the Dopey Challenge I felt like that was the thing I needed to motivate myself to stay on track. It is definitely part of it – with the way I felt doing that 7 miles on Sunday it motivated the heck out of me to stop feeling sorry for myself and do the work again to lose the weight. I want to feel like I’ve really earned that Dopey Challenge medal by training well. I want to do my very best out there on the course, and it starts with working hard again today!

- Denise

California Road Trip Fun!


We just got back from our 10 day road trip to California. It was 2200 miles full of adventure – and 3 days at Disneyland! 

I posted a ton of pics on Instagram and Twitter from the road. I’m off to unpack and do a mountain of laundry. I’ll be back to share more pics and tips, including information about the Walt Disney Family Museum, Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps tour, Legoland California, and more!

Hope you have a great weekend!

:) Denise

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