Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Color Fun Fest 5K Run/Walk Entry WINNERS!

Did you check out my Palm Beach Zoo post?? Worth a read if you live in or are visiting South Florida!

So I'm popping in today to announce the winners of my Color Fun Fest 5K entry giveaway!! Thank you to everyone that entered.


And a BIG CONGRATS TO:

Ali F. & Trish T.

You both win a free entry to a Color Fun Fest 5K Run/Walk!! WOO HOO! I'll be emailing you guys later!!


And to everyone else....

You can use COUPON CODE PEACELOVE5K to SAVE 50% on your entry!!! (Get your race entry for only $25!)

Click here to find a Color Fun Fest 5K in your neighborhood & to sign up!!!

Happy & COLORFUL Running Everyone! :)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

5 Reasons to Visit the Palm Beach Zoo!

We are loving Spring Break over here!! I went into it with hesitation because a week without school, while my husband was obviously at work, is a lot for the kids when they're used to being at school everyday. As Peppa Pig would say....that sounds BOOOOORING! ;)

But we've kept ourselves busy with play dates and hockey and pool time and family time and here I am publishing Thursday's post on Saturday morning!


So one of our play dates was at the Palm Beach Zoo, formerly known as (and will always be to me) the Dreher Park Zoo, and we had a BLAST!

Check out my...




1.  Unlike Zoo Miami (aka the Metro Zoo), it's totally manageable and easy to navigate!



We had a blast riding the family bikes at Zoo Miami, but those are not needed (or available! lol) here! Bring a stroller if you want but you may not even need it!

This zoo is perfect for children of all ages! We went to each exhibit, road the carousel & the choo choo train, had lunch AND saw the "Bear Talk" (see #5 below) and we were out of there in 3 1/2 hours! The perfect amount of time!

2.  There's a kids 'water fountain' play area.



Especially when it's summertime in SoFL this is great! It's just a small area but it gives the kids a chance to cool down & run around! And there are benches surrounding the fountain so you can keep a close eye on your kids while you're resting your gams!

3.  There are picnic tables for BYOL.

Bring your own lunch & snacks, enjoy their indoor restaurant or order something quick at the concession counter.  They make it easy with their large area of picnic tables - which are right by the bathrooms! :)

4.  Marty!


(source: TripAdvisor)

Even though the zoo is "small" & they don't have huge animals like lions, elephants or giraffes, they do have some great exhibits. Including Marty, the rare white alligator!!



5.  There are "Animal Talks", experiences and shows scheduled all day long.

The kids (& you!) can learn about the animals and watch them get fed. And it gives you pit stops around the Zoo to help you plan your route!

It's not cheap - it was almost $50 for the me and the kids! - but it's worth it!!

Do you and your family enjoy going to the ZOO??
Some photos used in this post were taken from the Palm Beach Zoo website.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Win an Entry to a Color Fun Fest 5K Run/Walk! {GIVEAWAY}

DISCLAIMER: I was given 3 tickets from the Color Fun Fest (1 for my entry & 2 for the giveaway). No other compensation was accepted. As always, thoughts and feelings expressed are ALL my own!

Hi friends!!

We're in full spring break mode over here - AKA kids are home and mommy has no time for working and/or blogging! I love the time that the kids and I get to spend together but it's amazing that there's a WHOLE week without school! lol

Anyway, today's post is very exciting!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the Color Fun Fest about their upcoming 5K Run/Walk in Miami.  They wanted to know if I was interested in promoting the 5K & hosting a giveaway...my answer was, OF COURSE!  I love a fun & friendly 5K!!



Color Fun Fest is the biggest, coolest & funnest ;) COLOR RUN around! They host events all over the US (check out their locations!) & they do TWO runs in each city on the day of the event - one during the day while it's still light out and one once it gets dark (think blacklights, high energy dance music & tons of energy!!)!!  FYI: 2 entries are needed if you want to run both!



And they're coming to Miami on May 2nd!  You better believe I'LL BE THERE!!

HERE ARE ANSWERS TO SOME OF THEIR MOST FAQs!

** The 'color' is made of food-grade cornstarch that is SAFE & NATURAL!

** Color does not stain skin.

** Color Fun Fest is for all ages - & kids 12 and under are free!



** You can walk or run - it's not a "race"!

** Remember to wear a white shirt so it becomes a colorful masterpiece!



** There is a huge post-run celebration with vendors, food & live entertainment!

** Upcoming races (locations that are eligible to win a free entry in my giveaway below!) are: 
Stockton, CA
Dallas, TX
Miami, FL
Tulsa, OK
St. Louis, MO
Atlanta, GA
Nashville, TN
Allentown, PA
Richmond, VA
Omaha, NE
Houston, TX
Check here to see specific dates!

Now here's the fun part......

Enter to win a FREE ENTRY to an upcoming Color Fun Fest 5K Run/Walk! 
(valued at $50!)
I'm going to pick 2 WINNERS!!!


PLEASE NOTE: Winners will receive a coupon code to be redeemed on the Color Fun Fest website. Coupon code will NOT cover the $4.99 service fee - winner will be responsible for this payment on the website when purchasing tickets.

So grab your friends & enter my giveaway! And even if you don't win, stay tuned...When I announce the winner (Monday 3/30) I'll also be sharing a discount code for anyone & everyone to use!

Remember to like Color Fun Fest on Facebook!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Lately....

We've been doing a lot of the same old same old around here lately.  Not in a bad way, but I figured I'd give you guys the low down....



So....

lately.....


I've (we've) been....

** WATCHING: 
With kids - Brave, Daniel Tiger, Hockey


Her accent is TOTALLY growing on me!
And I LOVE that she's a STRONG, INDEPENDENT, KICK-BUTT princess!

Without kids - American Crime, American Idol, all things BRAVO


The Real Housewives are my SUPER guilty pleasure!
I also always tape WWHL with Andy Cohen - love seeing celebs in that chill atmosphere!

** EATING: 
Popcorn, Breyer's Homemade Vanilla ice cream


SO creamy and delicious!!!! I'm seriously loving this right now!

** WEARING: 
Workout clothes - all day - every day! (accompanied with hair thrown up in a bun and very little makeup)

You never know when you'll be able to get into a quick workout, always dress the part! :)

** TALKING ABOUT:
Camp!


I hate rushing time but my kids are SO excited for summer camp - and why not?!
Looking forward to lots of fun in the sun!

** NEEDING: 
Manicure, pedicure and a haircut!!


This picture pretty much sums it all up.....
NOTICE: long hair, no makeup, popcorn, bare nails & workout clothes! :) 

So, what have you been up to Lately.....??

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tips for making any workout a GREAT Workout!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day people!!!



Today is all about green (I don't wear it), beer (I don't drink it) and luck (I'd LOVE SOME!)! Hope you all have a great day/night celebrating!

But today is just a normal day around our house....kids are in school, I'm doing work and I just got in a GREAT workout!!

I had taken a months-long hiatus from Orange Theory because of (a) half marathon training, (b) a busy life, (c) a bum shoulder, (d) a bum knee...do I need to continue?? I've stayed very active with my at-home workouts lately, but today was my first official day back at OTF (not including the photo shoot from last month!!) and it was awesome!  I missed it SO!

And I'm on such a high now I figured I'd write a little post about how to get in a GREAT workout!  Because you can make ANY workout a GREAT workout! {Just like you can make ANY run a GREAT run, remember?}




(1) Go in with a good attitude.

- On your way there eat a protein bar, pump up the volume on some awesome music, meet up with a great workout partner....whatever you need to do to make it happen, figure it out and use it before (and during!) your workout!

(2) Give it your all but also know your limits.

- You HAVE to challenge your body in order for it to change....that's the truth!
- But you also know your body the best. LISTEN to it to avoid injury!
- The best motivation for a great workout should come from your biggest advocate.....YOU!

(3) Remember to bring all of your goods.

- One missing item can ruin your workout and totally F with your head: phone/music, headphones, water, towel, post-workout shake....

(4) CONSTANTLY mix it up!

- Yoga, HIIT, group classes, at-home, at the gym, outside, with friends, without friends, mostly cardio, mostly strength, body weight, free weights, the list goes ON! When you keep it interesting you (a) keep the muscles working & wondering and (b) you don't get bored with your routine!  Also, think outside of the box - hiking, a pole dancing class, hot yoga....try something you never thought you'd try, because you just might like it!



(5) Schedule it - like you would a doctor's appointment or a business meeting.

- I've talked about this before and believe it to be SO true! You have to take your health seriously - and getting in your workouts is just as important as going for a check-up or meeting with your boss! 

So, tell me one tip that you would add to make any workout a GREAT workout!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

5 Things That Make You Go UGH!

Hi guys!!!

It's Friday the 13th...again! lol  I love a spooky day - kinda reminds me of Halloween! :)  I hope you're gonna sit home tonight - curled up on the couch - and watch Halloween (or something similar)!  Do you believe the spooky hype of today??  


So we all have things in our lives that happen where we're like....ughhh, STANDARD! They're little things, but they can seriously aggravate!  One actually happened to me yesterday - and that sparked my idea for today's post!

Check out my list of 5 things that make me say UGGGHHH! (although there are plenty more than 5!)


(1) When your starving, you pour cereal into a bowl then open the fridge...to find out there is NO milk!

(2) When you check the DVR to watch something that taped last night...to find out it DIDN'T tape!

(3) When you wake up in the middle of the night, positive it's like midnight, then you check the clock...to find out your alarm will go off in 1 minute!

(4) When you go to take a picture on your cell phone....to find out the memory's full! #storyofmylife

(5) When you get the kids dressed/fed/cleaned/organized and buckled into the car.....to find out someone has to go to the bathroom.


So tell me something that makes you go....UGGGHHH!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pics from my Orangetheory Fitness Photo Shoot!

Hey all!


Before I get to the good stuff......I am HURTING today - physically & emotionally!  


{{physically}} I woke up at 5:30am in tears because I had a stiff neck. It must have been the way I was sleeping (wrong, apparently!) but every move I made, or didn't make, it hit a nerve and sent the pain straight to my heart. 


Ibuprofen, ice, heat, stretching and a rub down from my favorite physical therapist...& I'm still in a good amount of pain. Cancelling my OrangeTheory class for tomorrow morning makes me sad!

{{emotionally}} So our washing machine broke - which is sad enough for a busy, athletic family of 4! But, to make matters worse, because our washer & dryer are stacked on top of each other, we need to purchase a washer AND A DRYER today. 

I won't get into the boring details but our dimensions are very specific & there's not much to choose from. And the companies change their models (and their dimensions even the slightest bit) like all the time and then you can't use the "stacking kits" to stack them properly which is totally not cool, appliance companies....not cool at all!

Anyway, (rant over!), I wanted to share some pictures from the photo shoot that I did with Orangetheory a couple of weeks ago. So they had 2 full days of shooting, approximately 30-40 people each day, at the new Central Fort Lauderdale location.


They catered lunch (from Chipotle - I know, what?! - I went and got a salad from Whole Foods) which was nice and everyone got a free month membership & a "care package" with goodies that should be arriving in the mail any day now.

We recreated dozens of workouts and exercises and there was a significant amount of time waiting around - which I hear is normal, although truth be told this is my first (and probably last!) professional photo shoot! lol

And, good news, my knee felt fine!

Here are some pics from the day....

New equipment, motivational quotes on the walls & orange bulbs....of course!


Meeting of the minds on the left.  Lots of waiting around on the right.

My "Model Release" lol.  Everyone in position!

There was a lot of "and hold it...and hold it...and hold it..." during shots!

They're blurry but you get the drift!  Overall it was fun & different & I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to be a part of it!!

Stay tuned to see if I made the cut ;)

And tell me....have you ever been a part of a professional photo shoot???

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