We’re hosting a #DisneySide party!

Hi friends! Hope you are having a great week so far! I have been BUSY playing catch up since coming home from Dopey and I’m now in full on birthday party planning mode for Chase. One way we plan to celebrate by having a #DisneySide party with friends and family.

What’s a #DisneySide party? An opportunity to celebrate your love of Disney and Disney Parks with your family and friends!  I filled out a questionnaire and based on my answers, we were sent a Multi generational party kit. We plan to celebrate Chase’s big day with friends and family of all ages so it’s perfect for us.

Even if you didn’t receive a kit from Disney like we did, you can still join in the fun and host your very own Disney Side party!

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Our Disney Side box has arrived! So excited to see what’s in it!!! I’ll post the contents once we open it :)

 
You can find out more information about Disney Side @Home Celebrations at DisneySideCelebrations.com. On the website, you will find lots of delicious Disney recipes, fun activities, theme ideas, and more! You can also follow along and interact by using the #DisneySide hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

I’ll post pics of the contents of our Disney Side package once we open it!

– Denise

Disclaimer: This Disney Side package was sent free of charge to me in exchange for hosting a #DisneySide party and sharing on social media.

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I’m teaming up with a great group of bloggers for a $50 Amazon.com gift card giveaway!

I love shopping on Amazon for everything from fitness gear to kitchen gadgets to pantry and lunchbox staples. Anytime I can shop from home and save myself a trip to the store, I appreciate the convenience and time saved. 

Enter below for your chance to win!

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Giveaway ends on 1/30/15. Best of luck to you! 

– Denise

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers! This giveaway is hosted and prize will be fulfilled by OhMyGoshBeck.com. 

This blog and other blogs often use affiliate links. These links may provide compensation to the blogger for your purchase. I truly appreciate your support when you purchase through mine and I know other bloggers do too. Thank you :)

Giveaway Roundup and Princess!

If you love entering giveaways as much as I do, be sure to check out the Wednesday Giveaway Roundup over at Running With SD Mom!

Each week there are many fun fitness, running, and food related giveaways to enter to #winalltheprizes. If you’re a blogger, you can submit your giveaway on the linky too! It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and find new blogs to read and enjoy.

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Today I’m doing laundry and catching up with 1001 things on my to do list since flying home on Monday night from the runDisney Dopey Challenge in Florida.

I’m feeling pretty good pain wise. I’m just experiencing a little soreness in my back and mild intermittent soreness in my foot. I’m glad I switched to the Hal Higdon Dopey Training plan. Most of all, I’m happy I didn’t let my ego get in the way and slowed my pace down, listening to my body. I think that’s what helping me recover so quickly.

I’m taking a break from running and resting up for the rest of this week. I’m focusing on healthy eating and gentle stretching to support my body’s efforts to heal and repair from my 48.6 miles of fun :)

Next month I fly back to Florida to take part in my first Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I’ll be running the 10k and Half Marathon to complete my first Glass Slipper Challenge!

I saw the medals at the WDW Marathon Expo and WOW they are GORGEOUS! (Note: they are silver not gold in color)

Here they are:

2015 runDisney Princess and Tink medals HealthyDisneyFamily.com

2015 Princess Half Marathon Weekend medals – Glass Slipper Challenge, Princess Half, and Enchanted 10K, Pink Coast to Coast, and Tinker Bell Half and 10K medals

 

2015 runDisney Princess and Tink medals HealthyDisneyFamily.com

2015 Enchanted 10K – Princess Half Marathon

 

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2015 Princess Half Marathon

 

2015 Glass Slipper Challenge medal – Princess Half Marathon

Are you running in any of the 2015 Princess Half Marathon races? Hope to see you there!

– Denise

2015 Walt Disney World Marathon

Hi friends! I just flew home last night from an AMAZING week at Walt Disney World where I completed the runDisney WDW 5k, WDW 10k, WDW Half Marathon, and WDW Marathon.

I am officially a Dopey Challenge and Goofy Challenge finisher!!!

I also got to attend two fun blogger meetups where I got to meet a some of my favorite bloggers and made some wonderful new friends! I posted on Twitter and Instagram while on the road (my two favorite forms of social media!) and I will post more here soon.

In 2012, I set the goal of completing the Goofy Challenge – WDW Half Marathon and Full – in 2015 to celebrate my 100+ pound weight loss. When I learned about the Dopey Challenge – adding in the 5k and 10k to run all the WDW Marathon races – I upgraded my goal. I knew I’d have to train even harder to run those 2 extra days but I felt like it was something I could do, even though it would take a ton of commitment and dedication.

It wasn’t easy to train for the Dopey Challenge, especially with plantar fasciitis in my right foot, but I kept at it and never gave up. I used all the coping strategies I could find to get though the discomfort and pain. I knew that training time on my feet was critical so I could finish all the races. Training injured also made me change my strategy for running the races too. Since I would need to slow down and not push my pace, I decided to have fun and stop for more pictures with characters. I wanted to fully enjoy every minute of the Walt Disney World Marathon experience. :)

Here are some highlights from Sunday’s Marathon:

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Running all of the WDW Marathon Weekend – Dopey Challenge races was an unforgettable, magical experience and I am SO HAPPY I did it!!! Congrats to everyone who ran in the Walt Disney World Marathon races! :)

– Denise

Box of Berry Nutty Bars giveaway!

Hi friends, hope you’re having a Happy New Year so far! If you’re like me and overindulged a little (or a lot!) over the holidays, now is the perfect time to get back on track with healthier eating.

One of the ways I lost weight (and now maintain my weight loss) is by eating something small every few hours. By eating frequent healthy snacks, I feel satisfied and not hungry while keeping my energy levels steady. For this reason, I always have healthy granola or nutrition bars and small bags of unsalted nuts in my purse, my car, and our pantry. 

I recently received some samples of USANA’s Berry Nutty Bars and thought they were delicious! They are whole foods bars, made with wholesome all natural ingredients like raw almonds, cashews and juicy ripe cherries and cranberries.  

Best of all, they really satisfy those hunger cravings at only 160 calories!

Berry Nutty Bar giveaway! Enter at HealthyDisneyFamily.com Ends 1/30/15

 Here’s the nutrition facts for each Berry Nutty Bar:

Calories: 160
Fat: 8 Grams
Protein: 4 Grams
Dietary Fiber: 8 Grams
Carbohydrates: 22 Grams
Sugar: 9 Grams

Low in sodium, non-GMO, gluten free, soy free, and dairy free.

The nice people at USANA would like to send THREE of you lucky readers a box of Berry Nutty Bars to try for yourself. Enter below and good luck!

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This giveaway runs for nearly a month with lots of chances to win! You can also tweet and pin  for additional daily entries :)

– Denise

Here are the Social Media Links for USANA for more information and to order Berry Nutty bars:

Website: http://usana.com 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/usanainc 
Instagram: http://instagram.com/usanainc 
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3 fun games to play as a family

Hope you’re all enjoying the end of the Holiday season! We’ve been on vacation and enjoying some much needed downtime as a family. It’s been absolutely wonderful! One of our favorite things to do as a family is play games.

We bought an XBOX One as our family Christmas gift this year so we have been playing some electronic games with our free time over our vacation. We *finally* let Chase play Skylanders and he really loves it. We also bought Disney Infinity 2.0 and are excited to try it out too. Even with the new and fun electronic games, we still love playing board games too!

Here are some card and board games that we enjoy playing as a family:

1. Monopoly – One of our favorite board games to play as a family is Monopoly. It’s a classic and we all enjoy it! We have four different versions including regular Monopoly, Monopoly Junior, a fun Disney themed one, and one I bought years ago in France where everything is priced in Francs. There’s a newer Disney Parks version at the Disney Store that I have my eye on too :)

2. Disney Hedbanz –  If you’ve played any of the Hedbanz games before, it’s the same concept – just Disney themed! A tip: Even huge Disney fans might want to go through the deck first before playing with small children. We removed a few of the cards after our first time playing because they were from Disney movies Chase didn’t know.

3. Show Me the Kwan – Show Me the Kwan is a fun family-friendly word game played with lettered dice and cards. There’s an easier green side of the cards and a more challenging pink side to tailor it to fit any group of players. The first player to score 50 points is the winner. It’s rated for ages 8 and up and is a game we’ll enjoy even more as Chase’s spelling skills and vocabulary improve :) 

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Hope this gives you some ideas of fun, family friendly games to play! 

– Denise

Disclosure: This post may contain Disney Store and Amazon affiliate links. I received Show Me the Kwan as a review item from Griddly Games. The opinions expressed are completely my own and unbiased.

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