Disney Social Media Moms OTR

Meeting Grumpy Cat at #DisneySMMoms OTR in Phoenix!

I’m here to share some EXCELLENT news, friends!

Applications are now open for the upcoming Disney Social Media Moms On the Road Celebrations in June 2015! 

Disney Social Media Moms Phoenix #DisneySMMoms #DisneyOTR - HealthyDisneyFamily.com


This year’s locations include:

- Portland, OR

- New York, NY

- Austin, TX

*I just applied for Portland – yay, hometown!!!*

If you’re not familiar with the Disney Social Media Moms Celebrations, they are a one day conference where you listen to some of the most amazing speakers and hear the latest Disney news and information from direct from Disney Parks!

Here’s the info direct from Disney Social Media Moms:

The magic of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is departing Main Street, U.S.A.® and going “On the Road”! Disney Social Media Moms Celebration “On-the-Road” is going coast to coast in June 2015, spreading tons of pixie dust along the way. We’ll be making our way from Portland, OR to the Big Apple then we’re heading down south to Austin, TX. It’s your chance to experience all of the magic, inspiration and surprises that are sure to unfold, all while showing your #DisneySide!

From dynamic speakers and interactive sessions to behind-the-scenes info straight from Disney Parks, it’s no wonder that previous attendees have come from all over to experience the unique magic of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration “On-the-Road”.

…Let us know you are interested in attending a Disney Social Media Moms Celebration “On-The-Road” event! If you are selected to attend, you will receive an official invitation by email. Once you receive an invitation, you will have to register for the event and will receive an email confirmation of your attendance. Due to limited space, we are unable to accommodate attendees of 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at these events.

Watch on Twitter – #DisneySMMC, @DisneyMoms for announcement of dates.

Here’s the link to apply for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration On the Road of your choice: http://www.disneysmmoms.com/disney-smmc-on-the-road/

You can also check out my recap of all the fun I had and knowledge I gained at the #DisneySMMoms On the Road Celebration in Phoenix here.

Best of luck to you friends! :)


GIVEAWAY – MealEnders Lozenges

MealEnders review and Giveaway - Sweat Pink, Fit Approach - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

I was sent a free sampler pack of MealEnders in exchange for an honest review of my product experience and to host a giveaway for you, my fantastic readers :) All opinions are my own. 

Have you heard of MealEnders? They are a small hard candy that helps to signal your brain and body that its time to stop eating, even when you are feeling REALLY tempted to overeat. Best of all, they’re only 15 calories and contain no artificial sweeteners. I saw them on another blog recently and thought they sounded intriguing!

When I’m tempted to eat a second helping when I don’t actually need one, I have a few strategies I like to use. I’ll have a glass of water, a cup of hot tea or brush my teeth when I’m finished eating but still feel like I want to eat more. Sometimes I wished I had something else to try and MealEnders ended up being the perfect thing for me.

How it works: Once you finish your meal, pop one of the MealEnders Lozenges in your mouth. The important part – don’t chew it! The lozenge works in layers – the first layer is a sweet “reward” layer that tastes like dessert. That lasts for about 1-2 minutes. The inner layer gives a tingly and cooling sensation, engaging your trigeminal nerve (the nerve that senses “taste” sensations” to cue the end of eating and clear your palate.

I received a sampler of 4 flavors and my favorite is the Chocolate Mint. I liked the taste of the chocolate and the inner layer really did signal my brain to not eat more.

MealEnders review and Giveaway - Sweat Pink, Fit Approach - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

MealEnders review and Giveaway - Sweat Pink, Fit Approach - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

Only 15 calories! Ingredients list for Chocolate Mint flavor

MealEnders review and Giveaway - Sweat Pink, Fit Approach - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

Individually wrapped with the reminder to “Savor, don’t chew”

Today was one of those days where I had a big lunch with 2 glasses of water and still felt hungry. I knew the hunger I felt was due to emotional eating rather than not eating enough. I’m on a dose of Prednisone for the lung issues I’ve been having (bronchitis and walking pneumonia – still!) and my doctor had warned me I’d feel hungrier while taking it.

So instead of giving into my cravings, I popped a Chocolate Mint MealEnders. It took about 15-20 minutes to fully dissolve and within that time, it really worked! My food cravings went away and  my brain registered that I was full. That’s a success in my book :) 

I had never tried one that early in the day before so just a little hint – the tingly minty feeling can stay on your tongue for hours afterward. I like taking them best after dinner when I truly want to be done eating for the night. They are individually wrapped and perfect for popping into your purse. 

MealEnders review and Giveaway - Sweat Pink, Fit Approach - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

The nice people at MealEnders want to send one of you a variety pack of all four flavors – Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon, Mocha, and Citrus.

Enter below and good luck!

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Exclusive MealEnders Discount – 30% off coupon 

MealEnders wants to put an end to overeating and believes the more people its 15 calorie signaling lozenges can help, the better! They are offering you a fantastic discount – 30% off your order! Just enter coupon code WINNER-TOO at checkout through 4/2/15.

To place your order and save 30% on your entire purchase, visit http://www.mealenders.com.

Hosting a Disney Side birthday party

Tips for hosting a #DisneySide birthday party - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

Disclosure: We received free items from our friends at Disney Parks and Mom Select to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The nice people at Crunch Pak provided coupons for free product to serve at our #DisneySide party as well. All opinions expressed here are our own. 

When you’re a family who loves Disney and Disney Parks, the perfect way to celebrate a birthday is a Disney Side party! We were gifted party items from Disney Parks and added personal items and touches to make the party special for Chase.

We were initially planning a #DisneySide multigenerational party for 10 at our home but the guest list grew quickly once we added some friends from Chase’s new school. We were happy to have a bigger party – the more the merrier! – and that meant a change of venue. Our house could accommodate the extra people, but not my sanity :)

We chose a local facility called Little Engineers that hosts both birthday parties and LEGO classes and camps. Chase wanted a LEGO Star Wars theme for his party and they had everything imaginable to accommodate it – LEGOs to play with, a computer aided engineering project, and the coolest Star Wars Jedi robes for the kids to wear during the party.

The party started with the boys dueling each other with inflatable light sabers to burn off some energy. It worked, the kids were calmer and more attentive after that. 

Hosting a #DisneySide Disney Lego Star Wars birthday party - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

The birthday Jedi turns 8!

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The refreshments table with “Big Mickey”

Disney Side birthday party - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

Close up view of the party table

 Our friends at Disney Parks and Mom Select sent us the adorable Mickey tablecloth, plates, napkins, additional decorations and goodie bag supplies. You can purchase the Mickey snack supplies at Walmart. They are high quality items at a very reasonable price and can be found  in the party section of your local Walmart and on Walmart.com. The additional party supplies we purchased came from our local Costco, Albertsons, Dollar Store and Walmart.  

We stored the chocolate milk and bottled water in our icy cold “beer fridge” in our garage so it transported nice and chilled. We bought the big boxes of individually packaged chips and cookies at Costco. I went for individually packaged since it was the peak of cold and flu season. The individually bagged Crunch Pak apples came from Walmart and the cupcake trays came from our neighborhood Albertson’s. The large plastic serving bowls, balloons, and assorted Happy Birthday decorations came from the Dollar Store.

To add personal touches, I brought in some family pictures from Disney Parks trips we’ve taken. The two on the table are from our first trip to Disneyland as a family in 2011. The one on the left is 4 year old Chase with a life-size LEGO Darth Vader at the LEGO Store in Downtown Disney. The one on the right is Chase in front of Sleeping Beauty castle with Tinker Bell “floating” in his hand. Love that Disney PhotoPass photographer magic!

The other thing we brought in was Chase’s “Big Mickey”. We bought him on a Costco trip years ago for under $30 and he was bigger than Chase at the time! He was a perfect balloon holder and really added that extra Disney magic to the party :)

The party was fantastic – and I was able to stay within a reasonable budget by shopping for deals and buying in bulk at Costco, Walmart, and the Dollar Store. Albertson’s bakery cupcakes were a great deal too – and birthday themed!

We went out to dinner with Grandma afterward at his favorite local restaurant. The waiters and waitresses sang Happy Birthday to him and he got to wear a sombrero on his head! Chase told us it was his best birthday ever!

Disney Side birthday party - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

He tried Deep Fried Ice Cream for his free birthday treat at Corona, his local favorite Mexican restaurant

Disney Side birthday party - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

Presents from his friends. He got A LOT of LEGOS – his favorite :)

It’s so fun to host a Disney Side birthday party! Anyone can do it! You can choose your own special Disney theme that matters most to you and your family :)

Visit this link up for more Disney Side party ideas: http://www.4theloveoffamily.com/disneyside-home-celebrations-2015/

Thank you so much to our friends at Disney Parks, Mom Select, and Crunch Pak for the party items provided! For more information and tips to host your own Disney Side @Home Celebration, please visit the Disney Side Celebrations website at http://www.disneysidecelebrations.com.

– Denise

GIVEAWAY $20 Amazon.com gift card

Spring into Fitness Giveaway Hop on HealthyDisneyFamily.com


I’m happy to partner with Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner, Amanda from Mom Who Tri’s, and a bunch of amazing bloggers for the Spring Into Fitness Giveaway Hop!

This is my second time participating in Kristy’s Spring into Fitness Giveaway Hop. The first time was last year when Healthy Disney Family was in its infancy. Last month marked my one year blogiversary and wow, what an amazing year it has been!

I’ve been happy to connect with so many of you online and in person at runDisney and other races, the Disney Social Media Moms On the Road Celebration in Phoenix, and other fun events throughout the year :)

Each participating blogger in the Giveaway Hop is giving away a fitness related item or gift card.

I’m giving away a $20 Amazon.com electronic gift card!

There are daily entries available for Tweets and Pinning the giveaway to Pinterest. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

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This giveaway is sponsored by Healthy Family Media LLC and open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

GIVEAWAY fans – Here are links to more March giveaways on HealthyDisneyFamily.com. Daily entries are available:

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash ends 3/31

Drazil Tea and Juice box sampler ends 3/31

Veggie Go’s Fruit and Veggie Snack sampler ends 3/31

Please visit the other giveaways on the blog hop for more chances to win other fun fitness related prizes! – Denise

Healthy Chicken Marinara recipe

Light and Healthy Chicken Marinara recipe - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

Today I’m sharing with you a delicious, lightened up version of pasta with Marinara sauce. I modified a recipe that I found on Food.com to make it homemade, healthy and as about as guilt free as pasta can be :) 

This version is made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of beef. For the pasta, I used penne (Troy’s favorite) but it would be delicious with spaghetti, linguine, rotini, or any other pasta you enjoy. You can serve it with steamed broccoli or your favorite vegetable for a complete meal.

The pasta and sauce can be cooked, on the table and ready to eat in less than an hour. If you have more time, let the pasta sauce simmer for longer to enhance the flavors. Leftovers reheat well too (if you have any!)

Here’s the recipe:

Light and Healthy Chicken Marinara
Serves 3
Light and delicious Marinara with lots of flavor. Perfect for a weeknight dinner.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. For the sauce: 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts - sliced into 2" strips, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 medium onion - chopped, 3 cloves of garlic - minced, 2 tsp dried rosemary, 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp marjoram, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 cans of Italian recipe stewed tomatoes - pureed. For the pasta: 8-10 ounces dried pasta
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until lightly browned. Add chicken and spices and continue to cook on medium heat for another 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. While chicken is cooking, puree canned tomatoes in the blender. In a separate pot, start the water for your pasta. Add tomatoes to your chicken in the saucepan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer the sauce while you prepare your pasta, checking on it and stirring occasionally. Once pasta is prepared and drained, mix it with the sauce and serve.
Adapted from Food.com - Claudia Dawn
Healthy Disney Family http://healthydisneyfamily.com/
We enjoyed this as a weeknight meal. As the dish is lighter on the stomach, it would also be perfect for carb loading before a race too.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 

– Denise

GIVEAWAY – Veggie-Go’s snacks

Hi friends! Great news for all of you who love giveaways – the giveaways continue today! :) The latest one is from Veggie-Go’s – chewy fruit and veggie snacks!

Veggie--Go's giveaway - HealthyDisneyFamily.com

Enter to win a sample pack of each of the 5 Veggie-Go’s flavors


I was sent a sample pack of the five Veggie-Go’s flavors to try and the nice people at Veggie-Go’s would like to give a sample pack away to one of you too!

Each Veggie-Go’s flavor is gluten free, GMO Free, Organic, have less than 20 calories per bar, contain no added sugar, dairy free, soy free, vegan, and have 1/3 of the sugar of other fruit strips.

They are a chewy bar similar to fruit leather in texture. Each bar is super flavorful and full of healthy ingredients. They are perfect to throw in a gym bag or your purse. Each bar amounts to 1/2 serving of fruit and 1/2 serving of veggies. They are also just 17-18 calories per bar so they’re perfect for both weight loss and weight maintenance.

You can find Veggie-Go’s at Whole Foods Markets and direct from the company at the Veggie-Go’s website.

Now’s your chance to win your own 5 flavor sample pack of Veggie-Go’s! Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below:

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Good luck! Don’t forget to enter the other giveaways for Drazil Kids Tea and Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash too. You can do daily entries on both Pinterest and Twitter! I’ll be back soon with more details of our #DisneySide party and my January and February Walt Disney World “racecation” trips for WDW Marathon and Princess Half Marathon Weekends!

I also have a fun kids game giveaway and a New York Times Bestselling book giveaway coming up too! Have a great weekend :)

– Denise

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