Tinkerbell 2013!

I am so excited!!!

This week I officially registered for the 2013 Tinkerbell half marathon! I will be running it with my BFF again!

We had so much fun last year (I previously blogged about last years awesomeness here). We are planning to go without¬†our families again for another girls weekend. Can’t wait!! This year I am determined to create costumes for both of us to wear during the run. Even though it is the Tinkerbell race I think I’d prefer not to be one of the 55,000 fairies (or maybe it just seemed like that many last year as delusion set in around mile 11 ūüėČ ?!?) Maybe I need to pull out some Disney DVDs for inspiration??

What do you think? Any costume suggestions??


$150 Target gift card giveaway!

Simple Simon & Company is a wonderful crafty blog with categories such as “$5 Friday” and “Thrifted Thursday”. It is one of the few that I make sure to read on an almost-daily basis!

They have a giveaway for a $150 Target gift card¬†running here until 6/29! Awesome!! ūüėÄ

Simple Simon & Co

I love Sundays!!!

I love the slow and easy feel of a Sunday. We always have a big family breakfast- most weeks we have pancakes as they are mini-man’s favorite, but today we had breakfast quesadillas. We don’t often make breakfast quesadillas, but they are actually mini-man’s favorite meal ever. I’m pretty sure if he had to choose a single food to eat for the rest of his life, it would be quesadillas and I’m not sure he’d ever tire of them!

I also got some crafty stuff done. March is my month in the quilting bee (I am a member of a virtual, year long quilting bee). I am super excited to send out my fabric and receive beautiful quilt blocks back in the mail!! I finished cutting all of the fabric this morning. Now I just need to sort it into little packages and mail it.

I made some playdough for the little missy, colored with kool aid (I use this recipe). It makes a lot of dough- more than little missy can play with at one time. Rather than making a double batch, I split it in half and make it in 2 bowls so I can make 2 colors for her, then I just store it in ziploc bags in the fridge. Even though each color is just half of the recipe, it is still more than she can play with so I leave most of the dough in the bag and just pull a chunk off each. That way I can throw it out when she is done (a 15 month old can get dough pretty gross in a short amount of time!!) and leave the new dough for next time. We played with it for a long time- she loved pressing shapes into it and squishing it between her fingers. I had to keep a close eye though as she kept wanting to eat it! The good thing about the dough is that it is totally safe to eat but it does use a lot of salt, so I try to stop her when I am fast enough!

I also tried out a new recipe for brownies today. Rather than using cocoa powder, this recipe calls for choc chips. We always have non-dairy choc chips in the house (IMHO wholefoods carry the best vegan choc chips and they are about the same price as the nestle chips!!) and the brownies turned out great!! Very moist and delicious! And they only used one pan making clean up fast and easy too!! Definitely a winner- this will be my go to brownie recipe from now on!!


Tinkerbell Half Marathon

The first Tinkerbell race and my first half marathon!

Disneyland hosted the inaugural Tinkerbell race weekend on January 29th, 2011. What an incredible weekend!

I was travelling with my friend, J. We flew in after work Friday and after checking in to the hotel we hit Downtown Disney for some dinner. It was packed! We got there about 8pm- just in time for the parks closing!! We walked around trying to decide where to eat but everywhere had huge lines. The only place that wasn’t insane with people was UVA Bar. So glad we ate there- it was my favorite meal of the weekend! Simply delicious! We split the¬†roasted shiitake mushroom and mozzarella¬†flatbread and the salad with wild arugula, apples, dates, candied walnuts and toasted walnut vinaigrette. OMG, it was soooo good!!!

Saturday we went to the race expo at the Disneyland hotel to pick up our bibs and packets. ¬†Lines weren’t bad so we had enough time to check out the expo and buy some race merchandise. J and I both got the blue “I did it! 13.1” shirt below and I also got the coffee mug.


After the expo we went to a luncheon hosted by Lazarex Cancer Foundation. I registered for the race through this amazing charity and ran the race wearing the Lazarex shirt.  It was really nice to meet the people at Lazarex and hear a little more about the important work this charity does.

Then we hung out in our room for a bit and went back to Downtown Disney for dinner at La Brea. We had a  nice easy day and were in bed for 8:30pm!

Race day was an early start! 5:45am race start but we were staying within walking distance so we didn’t need to leave the hotel until 5:15am. That worked out great!!! (Thank you J for planning it all so¬†perfectly!!!)

The race start was very exciting!! It was my first half marathon so I have nothing to compare it to but it seemed very well organized and the entertainment helped me to not focus on my nerves (too much!).

Corral B Get Ready:

Then it was time to Go Go Go!!!!!!!!!!!

(that’s my awesome friend J there above, the one with the braided hair… ūüôā )

We ran for approx a mile before running through Disneyland. Which was AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEE!!!



Running through Downtown Disney was a lot of fun. It was still dark pretty much until this point.

We then headed out into the streets of Anaheim where local High School bands and cheer-leaders entertained us as we ran. They did a great job- lots of enthusiasm and cheering! ¬†One of the reviews I heard about the Disneyland race was that there were no cheer squads as you ran through Anaheim so it got kind of boring. Fortunately that wasn’t the case with the Tinkerbell race!

The route finished with us running through California Adventures which was so much fun!!


Best sight in the world¬†EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!¬†We were a lot slower than we had anticipated… but we did take over 100 photos each during the race!! Hahahahaha


The medals were gorgeous! Beautiful tinkerbell wings with a spinning Tink in the middle. I loved every minute of this race and definitely plan to go back.

Bling Board!

I thought I’d share a project I made as a Christmas gift for my bestie.

She regularly runs half marathons and has quite the collection of bling. In fact, I’m pretty sure the only reason she runs races is to collect more bling! I knew she didn’t have a way to display this bling for the world to see so I decided to rectify that!!

Cue…. the bling board:

She took the picture above after loading it up with the beautiful bling.

I found the board at Goodwill. I am pretty sure it was a toy stacking game which meant the pegs were longer than normal coat pegs! Perfect!!

I painted the board white and gave it a top coat of metallic white. I then painted “Jac’s Bling…” on the board in purple (her favorite color). I decided it wasn’t blingy enough so I used some platinum glitter over the letters. I then gave the whole thing a coat with modge-podge and added hooks to allow her to easily hang it.

I’m so thrilled she likes it… and I had so much fun making it for her!

I love to run!

Oh, how I love to run! Every time I have that thought, it takes me by surprise. I have never been a runner. Never had an interest in it. In fact, I kind of wondered what was wrong with people who run!

And then earlier this year, at the age of 30, I fell in love with running! Tonight I went for my first run in weeks. I somehow came down with pneumonia a few weeks ago and have been too sick to run since. The last time I ran was on Thanksgiving at the Turkey Trot… until tonight! I just love the feeling while I am running. It just makes everything better. My head feels clear, my body feels less tense. I love the post-run feeling of tiredness and achiness. And I know I will sleep great tonight. Sigh… running just makes me happy.