Sunday, January 30, 2011

2011 Travel Adventures (Pt 2)

May 3rd-8th
WDW & Disney Dream Land/Sea Vacation

With all of the reports rolling in across the web about he Disney Dream’s Maiden Voyage, it’s no doubt that I’m getting more than a little jazzed about my second trip of the year. At he beginning of May our roommate Erik and I are heading down to find out for ourselves just how fabulously sumptuous this cruise ship is. I’m excited to get this great travel opportunity and once again give all credit for this adventure to the ease of being able to book with my DVC points.

May 3rd - Our adventure starts with two nights on the concierge floor at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Erik is a California boy and this will be his very first trip to our Home Resort in Florida. After checking into our beautiful studio room, we'll head over to the Contemporary Resort for dinner reservations Disney's Signature California Grill. This will be my first time eating here since I was a kid and it was called "Top of the World." I have great memories and hope that Erik enjoys this special treat.

May 4th - With just one park day on the schedule for us we decided to spend day two at EPCOT. I want to minimize the comparison to Disneyland in Erik's mind, so I thought it best for him to have an entirely new experience. I think that he'll really enjoy everything that EPCOT has to offer, and we're looking forward to having dinner at the Marrakesh. It will be fun to see it all through his "virgin" eyes. As usual food & wine will be a highlight of this trip!

May 5th - On day three we’ll head towards the coast to board what will be our very first cruise! We'll board the brand new Disney Dream for a three night trip voyage. I must admit that I’m a little nervous as for what to expect but the more reports that come in from the cruise line the more excited I’m getting! I know for sure that I want to hit the Champange Bar “Pink” and try the signature Sparkling Rose’ that Tattinger designed especially for the Disney Dream. I’m a Bubbly lover and no doubt will end up here several times! I might even buy a bottle and have it sent home for me.

May 6th - Nassau Day, I must admit that I have no desire what so ever to visit Nassau and considered staying on the ship while it was in port. However Erik’s Grandfather used to own property there and he feels like we need to explore. Yea, exploring I’m not so up for, but perhaps we’ll head over to the Atlantis resort so that I can see the Chihuly Glass and we can eat lunch at Nobu.

May 7th - Cast Away Cay, I’m not a beach person but I’m really looking forward to Cast Away Cay. I want to do the 5K in the morning and maybe rent a wave runner or something, then take pictures around the island at have a nosh at Serenity Bay. I doubt we’ll spend the whole day here, but I’m sure it will be a great morning. Perhaps the afternoon will find me back on the ship at the spa.

May 8th - Always the saddest day, our return home. The ship will pull into Port, and we'll be headed to Orlando International Airport for our flight home. I'm hoping to get a little shopping done at MCO before we leave.

Since this is our first cruise I won’t be able to schedule activities until 75 days in advance, so stay tuned to find out what’s in store! I'm sure that you'll find me by night in Pink, and I can't wait to get piratey!

If you're looking for more information on the brand new Disney Dream, visit some of the great websites below!

The Disney Cruise
The Disney Food Blog Menu Coverage
AllEars.net maiden Voyage Report
Maritime Matters No time for sleep Disney Dream pt1
Chip & Co. Disney Dream's Maiden Voyage

Friday, January 28, 2011

Valentine Give Away from Night Owl Mama

Eden CafeEden Fantasys is a store you can trust that's dedicated to helping you rekindle the spark in your marriage.  It's more than just a adult toy shop, it's a community dedicated to what sex really is, the exploration of healthy sexuality and adding a little excitement in the bedroom.  This morning in my mailbox I saw that  Night Owl Mama is doing a Valentine Give Away to win a $50 Eden Gift Card!  I am so in!

I must admit, out there somewhere on the web I have a blog that all my Disney & Mom Blogging peeps would cringe if they saw it.  I decided to take a bit of an inner-personal journey this year and I wanted to chronicle it, without changing the rating of the DVC Mom Blog.  I discovered a whole different world of Mom blogs out there that don't talk about kids and Disney.  Blogs like Mama Still Wears Gucci, The Bipolar Diva, The Naughty Mommy, and Getting Naughty Between the Stacks.  Did you realize that there's still more to life than taking care of the kids and Mickey Mouse?  Yes!  I know it's hard to believe, but there are moms out there still having a life that doesn't revolve around the PTA.  It's amazing, I think that maybe I had forgotten. ;D

Night Owl Mama, thank you for writing such a lovely post about this great store that helps adults remember there's more to life than the kids and daily grind.  It's a great Valentine give away, and a great shop to be working with.  I hope that I win your Eden Fantasys Give Away! I'll totally use it!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011 Wine & Dine Weekend 5K?


Oh dear, this may be a sign that I'm losing my mind, but I am considering doing the Disney Food & Wine Weekend 5K again.  Yep, you read that right.  I huffed and puffed across the finish line wheezing like crazy, but I finished!  When I got home I realized that I had done the event with bronchitis.  No wonder the EMT's rode their bikes along side me half the course, they were waiting for me to pass out any second.  I have not worked out but a tiny little bit since then.  Aye ay ay!  Am I nuts to think that I can do this again?  Perhaps this will get me motivated to head back to the gym.  Our team did have a great time on this amazing course through the Magic Kingdom.

Our Team Finish

Geordon and I are thinking of doing a romantic get away that weekend for EPCOT's 2011 Food & Wine Festival (no kids this year).  I know AJ mentioned another Foodie Fest meet-up, and looks like Be Our Guest Podcast will be on hand, a bunch of the #EpicOctober crew from last year mention that they will be there.   Oooooo..... it sounds like so much fun!!   I just read that the F&W Half Marathon tickets are going on sale February 14th.  It looks like it's shaping up to be another Epic October down in Florida.

I have plenty of time to train, but I'd need to be in much better shape than last year.  This would help with my Resolution to be healthier.  I need an actual training plan in the works here, it's been a very fat & lazy winter.  What to do, what to do!?

2011 Travel Adventures (Pt 1)

In the past few weeks one of the things I’ve been keeping busy with is pulling information together for a year of traveling. Since we purchased our Disney Vacation Club ownership in 2008 it seems like I’m always going someplace or have just gotten back. The purchase is doing just what I wanted it to do in getting us to actually take vacations. This year however I’ll be jet setting off to Neverland no less than three times! Yes, I know that for many Disney social media folks this is nothing, a mere drop in the bucket. For me however, that’s a lot of travel, more than I’ve done in a single year for 20 years.  I'll be taking three very different trips, joined by different people, and having a blast all year long.   Walt Disney World and I have a special landmark in common this year as we both celebrate our 40th year!

March 17th - 20th
It’s the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!

I’m so jazzed about this first trip down to Disney this year. I was incredibly lucky and feel honored to be a participant in this years Social media Mom's event. This will be my first blog conference, and what better place to attend than at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This is a full weekend of bloggy goodness and networking with Social Media Moms from all over the world.  We'll be staying three magnificent nights at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  I’m thrilled to get the chance to not only meet new people and hear a fabulous list of speakers, but to reconnect with some of the fabulous people that I got to meet last year during our #EpicOctober Trip. The Disney Bloggers are so amazing, it’s really been a joy to be a part of the community.

But wait!  That's not all... my best friend, fellow Disney lover, and bride-to-be, Bekah, will be joining me for this crazy, busy, whirlwind weekend full of Disney Magic. We’ll be spending part of this fun filled weekend exploring the Disney Weddings Showcase, including and exclusive luncheon with my party planning guru David Tutera! I screamed like a crazy fan girl when I found out that we would be attending. She’s only seen a couple of his shows, but bought the tickets for this once in a life time treat.

My conference is booked, my flight is confirmed, just minor details left for this wonderful girls weekend!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Not so wordless Wednesday...

Something beautiful...

I admit it, January got away from me in a sort of blur and this is my first post in a very long time. I've been dealing with some changes in our family, and struggling to keep up my New Years Resolutions to keep the house cleaner and us healthier. For today I offer you something beautiful to look at, tomorrow I will have some wort of written post.

I hope you have all been well and I look forward to sharing 2011 with you!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Happy, Healthy 2011 - Resolutions

I am so happy that 2010 is out the door, 2011 is most welcome and I can't wait to make a fresh start of it.  I’m not the kind to make New Years Resolutions, at least I haven’t in the past.  My one attempt in 2010 was hopelessly dashed when I injured myself in February and spent until August in Physical Therapy.  Sure, I was working out, but it just wasn’t quite what I had had in mind.   I’d pretty much file it under immediate resolution FAIL.

In 2011 I want one thing for my family, health.  As an overall group the six of us spent a ridiculous amount of time ill or injured in 2010 and it just has to stop.  So, in 2011 I resolve to make health a greater part our our life.  I know, I know, I can’t control a lot of that, we don’t live in a plastic bubble and people get sick.  However, I think that there May be some things to do that will improve our overall chances at staying healthy and having fewer injuries.  So therefore I resolve to make some small changes that I hope will have a big impact on our lives.

1. We’ll be going back to the gym.
  Not with a goal to lose weight (though that would be nice) but with the goal of improving our stamina, and building aerobic capacity.  Stronger hearts an lungs for all!

2. I’m going to keep the house cleaner.  Now don’t get too excited here, I don’t want to set myself up for fail, but there are some areas in my home that I think if I cleaned a little more often that perhaps we may be a little healthier.  Extra special attention will be paid to disinfection commonly touched surfaces that I tend to ignore, like light switches, door handles, and the pens in the dry erase cup. A can of Lysol and sweeping an extra time a week should be just a little bit or work that will go a long way.

3. Less eating out.  I’ve cut back a lot in the past two years, but there’s still more work to do.  Healthier food in the fridge that we can grab and go will make everyone a little less sluggish. Lots of natural colors and flavors should give our immune systems a boost.

4. The kids bikes need to be taken in for some repair.  This should cut down a bit on Katie’s injuries if nothing else.  I’m also going to buy her some elbow pads, knee pads, and a helmet. I may have survived childhood without those things, but she doesn’t seem to be doing as well.

So there you have it!  A plan to attempt to improve our health in 2011 by making just a few small changes in out routine.  It may work, it may not, but their noble goals none the less and ones that I think that I can stick to with the whole family.  How will you stay healthy in the coming year?

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2011 for all!