Friday, September 13, 2019

Are Cookbooks Still Relevant?

I will be the first to admit, I love cookbooks.  Give me a cookbook with big glossy photographs of food  and I will read it from front to back. Whether or not I ever make a recipe out of it is questionable. Perhaps I just like looking at well photographed food?

I will also admit,

Friday, September 6, 2019

Measuring a Marathon Course

If you have been following my IG journey you know that I spent that last week in Maui. Some of you have asked if I was there for work or just for fun.

 The truth is, a little bit of both. No, I did not work a flight there, but I did some work while I was there. I have a friend that is a Race Director and he was asked to measure the Maui Marathon course. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

A Week at the updated Coronado Springs

Before summer slips away, we thought we would do a review of the updated Coronado Springs resort at Disney World since we had the opportunity to stay there this summer.

As I mentioned before, I am on a quest to stay at all the Disney world resorts. This isn't as easy as it sounds because 1) We find our favorites and we like to go back more than once, I'm looking at you Polynesian Village, and 2) Disney keeps adding more resorts.

We booked our most recent Disney trip sort of at the last minute, so of course availability was limited to only a few resorts but when we saw Coronado Springs was one of them, we decided we wanted to try it!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Grand Tea at Disney's Grand Floridian

During our Disney vacation, we like to take at least one day away from the parks and do something at one of the Disney resort hotels. Last year we did horseback riding at Fort Wilderness. You can read about that HERE.

This year we decided to do the Grand Tea at Disney's Grand Floridian.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Disney's Old Key West Fun Run

After doing all the official Run Disney races, my sister and I have made a point to start running the Disney Resort races.  These Resort Fun Runs are fairly new and started just at the right time ( a time when we were over getting up at 3 am for a race).

The Resort Races are definitely not

Friday, July 19, 2019

Weekend in Virginia Beach

Last weekend I visited my friends in Virginia Beach.  

The main purpose of heading down that weekend

Friday, July 12, 2019

Thank You...

I'm sure most of you have seen this picture of Baylee before, but I thought it was quite appropriate for this post today.

Friday, July 5, 2019

4th of July 5k

Yesterday I ran a 4th of July 5k race. The only thing patriotic about it was that it was on the 4th and the Star Spangled Banner was sung.

When I arrived at the race

Friday, June 28, 2019

Anchorage Marathon Race Recap

 Last Saturday a friend and I ran the Anchorage Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska. We woke up the morning of the race and of course it was daylight out. It was actually daylight everyday from 5am until about 2am. This race was fairly small, less than 700 runners. We drove to a parking lot to ride the bus to the start. There was no problem parking or getting on the bus as one came by every 15 minutes. When we arrived at the start there was barely any lines for the porta potty. That's one indication you know it's a small race. 

Soon it was time

Friday, June 21, 2019

My Alaskan Journey started in Boston....

So as you are reading this I am currently making my way to Anchorage Alaska. But my journey to get here started a few days ago. 

First I flew up to Boston to meet my friend for the day before flying to Seattle (well that was the plan anyways).

Friday, June 14, 2019

My next adventure

If you saw my IG story the other day, I asked what Marathon you think I would be running next?

If you guessed ......

Friday, June 7, 2019

Chatting over Coffee

Happy June! I realize I missed the official Coffee Talk Link up withe Deborah and Coco but I'm feeling quite chatty so I thought  I would share some thoughts anyway.    If we were having Coffee here are the 5 things I would mention.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Join our Summer Challenge!

A very long time ago I found a $10 bill while out on a run.  It was laying on the sidewalk of a route I had never run before. To be honest, I was a little hesitant to pick it up and when I did I felt a little guilty that I took something that did not belong to me.  Had it been in front of  someone's house or driveway I would have taken it to that person's house.  Since this was just randomly laying on the sidewalk, chances are it could have belonged to anyone, and anyone was just as likely to pick it up, so why shouldn't I treat myself for a run that I didn't really feel like doing in the first place, right? Makes sense!

Since then,

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Reflecting on the first half of the year.

I can't believe we are almost approaching the middle of the year already. I know I say this every year, but where has the time gone?

For me, it seems as if the first half of the year goes so slowly and the second half seems to go faster. Until of course

Friday, May 17, 2019

5 Highlights from The Lodge at Woodloch

This year I really wanted to do something special for my mom and my nana for their birthdays since they both help me out so much with Baylee.  Their Birthdays are both actually on the same day, so that made planning easy.  I wanted to go someplace we could get to by car and something that would be suitable and safe for the elderly.  I Googled best Resort and Spas on the East Coast and The Lodge at Woodloch kept coming up as the number one option.

This sounded perfect!  The Lodge at Woodloch is

Friday, May 10, 2019

Running through the Vineyard

Last weekend my Mom, Sister, and I ran a 5k race at a local winery.  This was a "new to us" race.

When we woke up that morning

Friday, May 3, 2019

Big Sur #3

This past weekend I ran the Big Sur Marathon. It was my third time running this race.  Last time I ran it in 2014 I told myself that I would never run it again due to it being very challenging. But never say never right? When I qualified for Boston I knew I wanted to run Big Sur again to complete the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. This would be my second B2B(I ran B2B in 2013).

I helped out at the

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tales from the Trails

Since the weather has been nice, and I've found a way to get out and run with Baylee, I've been hitting the trails more often! For that reason, I think it may be time to start sharing some of my crazy stories from my runs. Should I call them "Tales from the Trails"?

Here is an interesting story from my run this week

Friday, April 26, 2019

What I thought I knew about Running Clothes

If you were to ask me a year ago what my favorite race shirt was, I would tell you they were my shirts from the Disney races I've done.  Those who know me, would understand. Those shirts are tech shirts ( which runners are suppose to wear), are always colorful,  have Disney characters on them, and represent a fun race ran with family. Also, getting a Disney race shirt eliminates the need to purchase an additional Disney souvenir shirt during our trip.

However, I noticed this past year

Friday, April 12, 2019

Boston Bound

I got my news kicks and I am ready to run Boston....or am I?

I cant believe Boston is coming up next weekend. You think you have so much time after you qualify to train and prepare for this big event, and then just like that it sneaks up on you.

Since there is so much time between when you qualify until race day there are many obstacles that may arise. Luckily

Friday, April 5, 2019

Running Stories to Remember

One of the best things about going for an outdoor run is the adventure of it. When I say “adventure” I mean the stories that come from the run and boy did I have many over the years. To tell you the truth,

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A Sentence a Day: March

I am taking part once again in "One Sentence a Day" with Knit by God's Hand. This post is a quick peek into  my month. You will notice that I spend a lot of time photographing my Labrador.  She is a huge part of my world, so why not?  My March was better than

Friday, March 29, 2019

Runfessions and More

How do you know if someone has gone for a run?  Don’t worry, they’ll be sure to post a picture on social media. Isn’t that true?

Well, if the amount of runs we do is documented on social media, then I guess the opposite is true. If there are no photos

Friday, March 22, 2019

Shamrock 8K Race....Virginia Beach

Last weekend I was in Virginia Beach and ran the Shamrock 8K. In past years I have done the full marathon, but this year I decided not to since I have two marathons in April.

The reason I was going to Virginia Beach was

Friday, March 15, 2019

Should you try Acupuncture for your Dog?

A few weeks back I shared an Instagram Story about Baylee's Acupuncture appointment. If you'd like to see the video, it is still up under the " I Love Labs" Highlights.   I had quite a few comments and questions about Baylee and her acupuncture so I thought I would write this post.

We knew from the beginning that

Friday, March 8, 2019

A Day in New Orleans

New Orleans has always been one of my favorite cities to visit. The city has so much to offer. Whether it's gambling you like, great restaurants, or nightlife, NOLA has it all.

 I recently took my friend there for the first time to visit. It was kind of

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

One Sentence A Day

For Several Years now I have been reading the blog Knit by God's Hand, by my friend Rebecca Jo. She's been doing a series called One Sentence a Day where she sums up one day of her month in one sentence.  I've been telling her literally for years that I'm going to participate, and then I never do because I can't remember what I did every day of the month, but since this month only had 28 days, I thought maybe I could try it!

Of all months to document,

Friday, March 1, 2019

Bodyflow Training with LesMills

If you have been following me for  any amount of time, you may know that in addition to my flight attendant job, I also get to teach Group Fitness classes on my "days off". For over ten years I have been teaching Lesmills Body Pump and RPM(cycle).

If you are familiar with any Lesmills programs you know they are intense.  In my opinion they are more intense work outs than any free style classes( maybe I'm bias).

Years ago I told myself

Friday, February 22, 2019

Labradors Run NYC Race

  Sunday, March 17 is the NYC Half Marathon, a race that I have proclaimed as my favorite!  I am not writing this post to relive that experience yet again, I am writing to share with you that on this day LABRADOR RETRIEVERS will be running this race!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Reliving a First Memory

I wanted to do another February Favorites post, however time got away from me and I did not get to finish it. 

However, since this month is Princess Half Marathon month I thought I would share our first experience with that race. 

The day prior (Saturday) we had to get up early for the 5k and this day we had to get up by 3:30 am again. These were the days before the Glass Slipper Challenge and the 10K. This was my sister's first Disney Half marathon. I think I was just as excited as she was even though I was only going to be a spectator. I grabbed my “designer” sign that I made for my sister  Lacey and we all headed for the “event” bus at our resort. I have since learned to make signs that are much easier to pack and transport.

 I actually made this sign in three pieces and assembled it once I got to the resort. I even packed my own stapler. I was a little hesitant that I might not be able to bring a loaded stapler
on the plane, but it didn’t seem to be a problem. ( in reality, the tape dispenser that I brought with me had a sharper edge on it than the stapler).

We got off the bus and walked my sister half way through the parking lot at Epcot and then decided it was more important for us to watch her run through the Magic Kingdom than it would be for us to watch her at the starting line (which we probably wouldn’t be able to see her anyway). We waited in line for the monorail to start operating. We were amongst the first groups of people to arrive at the Magic Kingdom. We all ran in with our signs like we were the ones in the race! The cast members were happy to see us. They were waving with their white Mickey glove hands and many of them commented or gave me a thumbs up on my sign! As we entered, the castle was glowing and the music was playing. I started to get teary eyed just knowing that we were allowed in the MK in the wee hours of the morning (us and several hundred other people, but still it felt like such a secret magical experience).

I have to admit that I didn’t get as good of pictures of my sister running through the MK as I hoped I would. Fortunately, my sister is a fast runner, but unfortunately that means that when she runs through the Magic Kingdom and the castle it is still dark out.  Because we were some of the first people in MK, I could have got closer to the castle, but I opted to stay on Main Street at first, just in case I missed her. They had a space roped off in front of the castle, so you couldn’t get that close, but I found that a good spot was on the bridge on the left hand side as the runners are running out of the castle.   

After their runner came through the MK, many spectators went to other sighting points but we decided to go straight to the finish line and wait there. The finish line was back at Epcot, so we got back on the monorail. We signed up for Runner tracking, so this helpful in letting us know when to get our cameras ready!

Her goal was to finish in less than 2 hours .
 I was so proud of her for meeting that goal!


Friday, February 8, 2019

February Favorites!

For the month of February, we hope to share some of the items we’re loving lately.
My first item that I am loving probably comes as no surprise to those who know me.  It actually started off as a Christmas present but shipping took longer than expected and I didn’t end up getting it until January. But it was worth the wait.

As soon as I saw the personalized Jeweluver Jewelry line advertised online, I knew I wanted to get a piece made with Baylee’s picture.  Those of you who know me, know I wear the SAME pieces of Jewelry almost every day.  I wear the same silver earrings and the same Palamo Picasso Tiffany necklace. So really, the only logical choice was to get a ring, since I can wear more than one ring at a ti

I sent Scott a few photos of Baylee that I thought would work well. He chose one as a surprise and sent it in.  Christmas came and went and to be honest, I actually forgot about the ring.   The ring finally showed up in January.

For such an inexpensive piece of jewelry, I couldn’t believe how well it turned out.  The picture looks just like Baylee. Well, it actually IS her, so it should look like her. I mean, I am just so impressed with all the detail.  It fits perfectly and as a added surprise Scott had a little inscription engraved on it. On the sides it says, Our Beautiful Baylee.

So some people may think this is a little hokey, but this seriously may be my favorite piece of jewelry ( and I have a lot).  This ring is even extra special considering the health scare we had with our Baylee last month. I seriously thought we were nearing the end but we got the situation cleared up and hopefully God lets us keep her around for many more years. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

You are more places than you think.

When we first started our blog, we also started other social media accounts to follow. First there was a facebook page Fairytales and Fitness and then there was twitter @Fairytalesnfit, (because our full name was too many characters) and finally Instagram @Fairytalesnfit.   I think that is enough and I don't plan on engaging on any other platforms.

At that time,

Friday, January 25, 2019

Egg-cellent way to make eggs?

I like making hard boil eggs, however if I make half a dozen probably only half of them turn out.  And by turn out I mean

Friday, January 18, 2019

Gourmet Hula Pizza

Thought I would share a recipe for today's post.  This was a much loved recipe from my Nutrition
Class.  The Original source of the recipe was

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cigna #Runtogether Meet-up

This past weekend I was invited to a blogger meet up hosted by Cigna. It was an opportunity to connect with other running and healthy living bloggers during Disney's Marathon Weekend! 

 My sister and I

Friday, January 11, 2019

Do you want better Eye Health?

Last summer I shared with you how I was running on the trail and it was so humid that my contact fell out of my eye. Luckily my eye doctor was located along that same trail, so I was able to walk about the two miles to the office (with the contact cupped securely in my hand) and wash out and re-insert my lens.

What I did not tell you was that about 2 weeks prior to that,

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Year of Nothing

In the early months of 2018, I proclaimed that year was going to be the year of "nothing".

I said it was going to be the year of Nothing because I had no big races planned, no big vacations planned, and really I didn't have any big events I was looking forward too.

However, some of the