Be Brave and Conquer

MinnieAdd a touch of elegance and flare to your next Run Costume with these beautiful half tutu’s by Shelly Rio Boutique!  The half tutu is perfect for the runner who wants to wear a tutu but doesn’t want to feel bulky or restricted while running.  Made with a crochet belt and a double layer of tulle; these tutu’s have just the right amount of poof and an extreme amount of pizzazz.  You will find yourself making a bold statement.

What I love about these tutu’s is the  daring vivaciousness they add to any run costume.   Shelly Rio runner/designer can customize the half or full tutu to match your desired character.   My daughter is running in the Wine and Dine this November as Merida from Disney’s hit Pixar animation Brave.  This beauty will fly, chase the wind, touch the sky and cross the finish line in style!

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The Merida half tutu is made on a stretch crochet band and sequined elastic with  layers of premium tulle, glimmer tulle, and glitter tulle with a beautiful bow on the tail.

Shelly has a great passion for tutu’s and running.  Thus far, she has run six Disney races and is registered to run in the Avengers and Disneyland Half Marathon this year.  She aspires to run in all Run Disney events in the states of California and Florida for the year 2018.    This is absolutely amazing to me!  Shelly has such dedication and spunk and this is what makes her such a lovely person.

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Check out my top picks from Shelly Rio Boutique:

 

Pink and Black Punk Rock Half Tutu, Evil Queen Tutu, R2D2 Half Tutu, Blue and Yellow Half Tutu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be the Belle of the Race with iGlowRunning

iGlow Running  is not just another shop found on Etsy!  Its more like a runner’s dream come true!  When you virtually step foot into this whimsical online shop, you will discover an array of Run Costumes from your favorite Disney and Marvel movies.  Each costume is eloquently designed and hand sewn to expressively draw life from every superbious detail.  Just take a look at this Belle Costume!  il_570xN.897734745_ayzjThe intricate detail is absolutely stunning; from the shimmer and sparkle right down to the beauteous roses.  Runner/Seamstress Wanda Gonzalez does not miss a beat and this is why she stands out from the rest!  The quality of her work is flawless.  This beautiful Belle running outfit is made out of super light wicking material, breathable, and guaranteed to not irritate your skin. It is very comfortable and light to run in and is a definite eye catcher!  Outfit comes complete with running top, running skirt, and arm sleeves and customized to your individual size.

This is the perfect running outfit for the upcoming Wine and Dine Kid Races, 5K at Epcot this November, Mickey Marathon Weekend in January or The Princess 5K/Marathon taking place at Walt Disney World February 2017!

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Pictured above is my daughter, Allison who will be wearing this royal outfit in the Mickey Marathon Weekend Kid Races in January.  She felt like a princess and was magically transformed into the Belle of the Ball as she slipped on the final arm sleeve.   As Allie started to twirl in excitement she  began to sparkle and glow.

Wanda is such a joy to communicate with and strives to meet perfection when designing your Run Costume; whether it be a design she has already listed in her shop or a custom.  Gonzalez uses polyester, spandex, and Lycra, making all running outfits soft, breathable and airy.  Run with Attitude, Run with Power, Run in Disney Style!

Other top picks:

Frozen Sisters!!! Elsa and Anna

Merida, Mulan, Rapunzel, and Tiana

 Be seen while running and Glow with iGlow Running!

Thank you to Wanda Gonzalez, from iGlow Running for this beautiful Belle running outfit, which was offered complimentary in exchange for an honest review/feature on my blog.

 

Training for a 5K

I finally gone and done it!  I successfully and officially signed up for a 5K.  Personally, I am not a physical person and I never liked running.  Living in Florida, I have always blamed it on the heat factor, but its mostly me just being lazy.  That, and I am way out of shape. I mean since I have had children my body just has not been the same.  I’m sure you can relate.   Of course, even with my youngest peeking age 8 I still have a ton of baby weight to lose.  HA!  I need something to blame it on.  But seriously, it is time to make a change and join in the boisterous and rewarding fun of running alongside my kids in a Run Disney event.  My children started participating in benefit runs this year.  A few months back they ran the Brickdash 5K at Legoland, FL and since then have signed up for two 1 mile kid races and a 5K for Run Disney.  I don’t want to miss out on the fun (although, waiting at the finish line can be entertaining,)  I want to be in the middle of all the action.  I have a desire to be exhilarated and get pumped full of adrenaline. Who am I kidding…I’m ready to run out of breathe and force my kids to drag me across the finish line; all while wearing an awesome runners costume.  lol   So yeah, inspired by my children, I signed the whole family up for the Princess 5K  and we will conquer every mile together.  I am looking forward to all the fun that awaits us!   BUT, of course I need to start training; my body is in no way ready to run a 5K in it’s current shape and form.  While my daughter was on vacation in NC with the rest of the family I started a training program called 5K Run.  This is an app that you can download to your smartphone and it is set up with weekly sessions that build your momentum and make you 5K ready in 9 weeks.  Each week you will have three run sessions scheduled that will alternate walking and running patterns.  The first session ended unsuccessfully.    I finished half of the 25 minute walk/run exercise.  I was defeated by the summer heat and a dog who doesn’t know how to walk/run on a leash properly.  This was a low for me, but very expected.  Day 2-4 I have completed with no major issues.  I do find it hard at times to keep going, but thinking of how awesome it will be to run side by side with my son and daughter in February pushes me to keep going.  As you complete each week you will discover your run exercises become longer and you spend less time waking.  It builds up slowly so that you are able to complete the challenge overtime.  If you ever feel like you need to start over you can go back to an early session.  I plan on completing my nine weeks and starting all over from the beginning over and over again  til I know for sure that  I can do this.  I will keep updating ya’ll with my status.  I took a break tonight, but will pick back up on session 5 tomorrow. I highly recommend this app for all newbies like me.  Hope to see you on race day!

 

 

Earning My Ears One Stride at a Time!

With every Disney Run my children are closer to earning those golden ears of achievement.  They are already registered for three future Run Disney events with two more on the list.  I am sure we will have these events on repeat year after year.  Completing a race is exhilarating and an achievement one should be very proud of.  In fact this success should be shouted from a mountaintop!  Or leave it to Magical Run Concierge to find the perfect tee to do the bragging for you.   My daughter fancied this tee, “I’m earning my ears one stride at a time!”  As a new runner, this tank is perfect for practice day, race day, or any day and tells the story of all races; past, present, and future.  It is flowy-not fitted which allows air flow and keeps your runner cool.  I love how the ears shimmer and  sparkle;  as if Tinker Bell sprinkled pixie dust all over.  

So sparkly and will continue to sparkle after a cool washing with other like color clothing.  Material is soft and  color does not fade if you follow the directions provided for washing.

 

You can also find tanks inspired by Run Disney Race themes that will make you just as cool as our dear friend Mickey Mouse!  Here are some of my faves:

 

Find these tanks and tees in Donna Kay’s Etsy Shop the Magical Run Concierge

Gingerbread 5K- Fundraising for Give Kids the World

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Just a quick update coming at ya. My children will be participating in the Give Kids the World Gingerbread 5K this year and are fundraising for this event. Give Kids the World is a charity right here in our backyard that has helped make dreams come true for over 146,000 families with terminally ill children. Give Kids the World is a storybook resort that offers all expenses paid for their families and offer so many magical amenities. To read more about this charity please visit their website http://www.gktw.org

My children are only 7 and 12, but have big hearts and have a passion for helping others and sharing God’s love within our community. They are trying to raise $1,000 for this event and I am asking all of my readers to stand with these munchkins and help them make a difference here in Kissimmee with Give Kids the World by sponsoring them with a monetary donation on our GoFundMe and/or purchasing a pair of these super cute Lego Earrings that my daughter has made and is selling on Etsy. The earrings are $8 a pair and 75% of the funds will go to Give Kids the World towards their fundraising goal. The remaining amount is for supplies and race fees.

 

Thank you for your support! Please share with your friends and family.

 

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Medal Hooks for your Race Day Bling + A Sponsored Giveaway!

So you got your Disney Run Medal…now what?!  Well, if you are anything like my adorable 7 year old son you will want to wear it everywhere ever so proudly and proclaim to never to take it off…EVER!  Or perhaps, may I suggest option B- A medal hook!  That medal should be on display for all to see your accomplishments driven by sweat, tears, and pixie dust!

Since my children have become running enthusiasts, I have met so many amazing women who share the same passions.  Along this road I met Marcey Futris of Sport Hooks and Ashley Horschel of Horschel Precision Des.  These ladies are amazing and have run more races then I can ever imagine possible.  They both design beautiful medal hooks and both ladies were extra sweet to share a design from their shops with me for this feature!

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Horschel Precision Des is a Veteran owned and operated company located in San Diego, CA. As a team Ashley and her husband whom is a USMC Active Duty Veteran (GOD BLESS YOU!  I raise my flag and thank you for your service and sacrifice for our great country!) design and laser engrave keepsakes in their home wood working shop located within their garage. Horschel Precision Des specializes in Military Memorial Bracelets & custom gifts and keepsakes.  “While my husband specializes in military awards, plaques, and retirement gifts, I love creating memorial bracelets, hand stamps, bottle openers, running accessories like medal holders and much much more. Checkout our Facebook page to see what we’re up to weekly and check back here often for new listings! We love creating custom orders as well so just shoot me a convo with what your looking for!”  (Horschel, 2016)

The medal hooks are made from high quality wood and the meticulous detail is spot on!  Proudly Made in the USA!

Check out our top picks from Horschel Precision Des– an Etsy Shop:

 

 

Top:  She Believed She Could, Kids Medal Holder,  and Memorial Bracelet

Bottom: Dopey Medal Holder

 

challengeSport Hooks was founded in 2005 by an avid marathoner, SportHooks is the ORIGINAL medal hanger. From the heart of Waco, Texas, Marcey and her team  are committed to growing a family-owned and operated business that stands the test of time, yet remains true to its roots.  Each new product is hand selected by the original founder, Marcey Futris, to ensure the perfect blend of practicality, quality, and uniqueness designed to suit clients’ personalities and interests. “We are all driven and passionate about providing a personal touch, whether it involves medal display design input or getting to know our customers and their personal stories. These are the fundamentals that make the SportHook not just a product, but an experience.” (Sport Hooks, 2016)  Talk about driven…Marcey has completed 105 Marathons in all 50 states and 4 continents!  She is truly an inspiration!

Custom orders are welcome!  All SportHooks MEDAL displays, medal hangers AND PRODUCTS are hand-cut from the highest quality of metal!  Medal hangers come customized by the number of hooks needed- 1, 5, or 10 hooks and is very sturdy.  Look for Sport Hooks at the next Run Disney Expo as they are they only medal hanger vendor approved to be at all Disney events!

My top picks from SportHooks:

 

Top: Believe, 13.1 Princess, and Race Bibs

Bottom:  I Run For Wine and Run With The Force

Got Race Bling?!  Enter to win The Challenge Accepted Medal Hook from Sports Hooks!  Details can be found on my Instagam!

Giveaway will be hosted on Instagram, but is not affiliated with IG.  Must complete all required steps for valid entry.  Giveaway ends on 6/10/2016 at 8am EST

Part of your world*

Running in a Disney event has been on my daughter’s bucket list for sometime now.  It is so exciting that we can make this dream come true over and over again.  One of her favorite characters is Ariel from the Little Mermaid.  So, it was only fitting that she would want to run the Princess 5K in an Ariel Run costume.

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This mermaid will join the runners world February 2017.  The tee was found at Hot Topic.

crownEvery princess needs a crown!  Thank you to Melody at Milestones Jewelry on Etsy for the complimentary crown that makes this princess sparkle.   Melody is an avid runner .  She started started running Marathons about 9 years ago to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma in memory of a friend who lost her battle with this cancer. She has  run 8 full marathons, 26.2 miles and countless, Half marathons, 5K’s, 10K’s, Adventure races and Warrior Dashes.   After working 30 years in the corporate world it was time to make a change and follow her passion.
After  completing her first marathon Melody made a rope anklet with silver block letters “26.2” and a runner girl charm. Friends and fellow runners started requesting to purchase similar running and Triathlon Jewelry for Birthdays and to commemorate Milestones in their own lives. So on a 20 miles training run with a friend, Melody came up with the name Milestones Sports Jewelry and a basic business plan.  This was the beginning of her new journey.  “Not in my wildest dream did I think the business would become as successful as it has. We now have a thriving business through this store on Etsy, and our main website as well as many retail and wholesale accounts and selling at Triathlon and Running Expos. We have extended our business to include a great line of Fashion Apparel targeted to runners and Triathletes as well.
I hope you will enjoy shopping in our Etsy Store! I think you will find our jewelry, Apparel and accessories to be unique, and original pieces perfect to commemorate your Milestone accomplishments and to give as thoughtful and memorable gifts for your running and Triathlete friends.” (Tabman, 2016)

On a first hand basis I can tell you Melody and her team are dedicated to delivering the highest quality in jewelry for your next run and quality customer service.  Her personal goal is complete customer satisfaction.

Here are a few of my top picks from Milestones Jewelry– an Etsy Shop:

 

Top: Personalized Custom Engraved Heart BangleRhinestone Tiara,  and Runner Girl Earrings

Bottom: Princess Tiara Dangle Charm and American Flag Heart Sneaker Charm

 

skirt It is the skirt that completes the look!  You can find this Ariel Skirt and so much more at Rock City Skirts.  Amy Maust is the artist behind the sparkle skirts and she started designing them as a fundraiser.  She was running the Chicago Marathon to raise money for clean water on Team World Vision.  The skirts raised over $800!  Her skirts are so admired that she was asked to make more and was led to open Rock City Skirts.  “People kept asking me if I would make more and told me I should go into business.  I refused.  I am a Certified Public Accountant and I wanted to do bookkeeping/ taxes from home.  Well…..after enough people told me to start a business (even if it’s not the business I had in mind), I took it as a sign that I should listen. Rock City Skirts came to life and started selling skirts over the internet and on Etsy at the end of November 2012.”  (Maust, 2016)

The shop includes many Disney themed skirts and headbands.  Amy and her team of super talented sewers are also open to custom designs.  So, if you do  not see what you are looking for you can work together to customize your very own sparkle skirt.

Here are a few of my top picks from Rock City Skirts– an Etsy Shop:
You are going to love these Sparkle Skirts by Rock City Skirts!  Made in children and adult sizes.
Thank you Amy for the complimentary skirt and inspiring a young runner.

To Infinity and Beyond!

Although running in a costume is not required to participate, it can add more fun to the event for everyone involved.  **Spectators included**  This is my favorite part of race day.  I truly enjoy watching each runner cross the finish line and admire their costume and their personal time!

Our first Run Disney event ever is just around the corner…the Wine and Dine Kid Races located at ESPN in November and we ( and yes I mean WE…kids and momma) are totally stoked.  With costumes in hand and drastic training for momma, WE just cant wait!  I may even run with the kiddos in this race.  As everyone knows moms and dads may run with kids in the one mile run in all Run Disney events.

Let’s take a closer look at the Buzz costume designed for the Wine and Dine Kid Race taking place in November 2016.

Buzz Lightyear

 

 

My 7 year old son helped put this costume together piece by piece with the help of Etsian Artists Norma of MMEMBRODIEREDGIFTS and Amber of Tullelips and Ties.

buzz2MMEMRODIEREDGIFTS can be found on Etsy and specializes in whimsical creations made of felt.  She designed and created the Buzz Wings used in this costume.  The wings are light and easy to slip on using the attached elastic arm bands; yet very sturdy.  Which means they are very easy to run with.  Let’s just say they make your lil one virtually aerodynamic while keeping his feet firmly on the ground.  Norma uses Eco Friendly Felt and Premium Polyester Fiberfill in all of her designs.  Everything is just so cute and Eco Friendly, makes me want to squeal!  There is definitely something for everyone in this shop from dress up fun to games and learning.

Here are a few of my top picks from MMEMBRODIEREDGIFTS– an Etsy Shop:

Top Left:  Nonpaper dress up dolls!  She has the most adorable Beauty and the Beast pair also!  Bring back the fun and your fondest childhood memories with these adorable dolls!

Top Right: Felt Campfire and Felt Cowboy Boot Puzzle

Bottom: Felt poptarts!

buzz1As if this was not enough cuteness!  Tullelips and Ties   is like a treasure chest of dress up items from tutu’s to costume tee’s for kids and adults alike.  Inspired by her artistic abilities, childhood love for Disney, and the birth of her sweet princess, Amber creates fantastical costume pieces that are sure to bring hours of fun, magic, and giggles.  She designed the Buzz tee used in this costume.   Customize this tee in infant to adult sizes.   I have found this tee to be light and breathable for the runner.  All felt pieces are well secured.  Flying to Infinity and Beyond in this space ranger tee or maybe just the finish line will be double the fun thanks to Tullelips and Ties.

 

Here are a few of my top picks from Tullelips and Ties:

 

Top Left:  Woody Tee and Cookie Monster Tutu Dress

Middle Left: Feather tutu  and Dumbo tutu and tank

Bottom: Chewbacca inspired tutu –this is the best one  I have seen thus far!!!

A big thank you to Norma and Amber for the opportunity to drool over their adorable creations and for the complimentary pieces that made this costume spaceterrific!  You two are truly out of this world!

 

The Making of a Run Disney Costume

We have runners itch!!!!  And yes we are super excited about it!  Since running the Brickdash in April my children have been looking to sign up for any and every kid race available.  Of course, this means Run Disney is on our list!  In fact my kids have already signed up for the Wine and Dine and Mickey Kid Races and we are crossing our fingers to sign up for the Princess 5K in Feb 2017.  So much goes into preparing for these events and in preparation I mean making the perfect run costume!  It is important that the costume be light and easy to run in, but also be super, super fun and unique.   So after searching high and low and all around Etsy we have finally put together piece by piece the perfect ensembles.

Here are a few of our Run Disney Costumes that will be worn in future events this year:

 

Look Spotty perfect as Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmations:)

Top: HOT TOPIC

Tutu: Princess Danika Designs

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The perfect Wine and Dine costume for girls!

 

To infinity and beyond as Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story:)

Shirt: Tullelips and Ties

Wings: MMEmbroideredGifts

Shorts and Socks: Old Navy

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The perfect Wine and Dine costume for boys!

 

Be a part of the runner’s world as Ariel (the Little Mermaid:)

Top: HOT TOPIC

Run Skirt: Rock City Skirts

Crown: Mile Stones Jewelry

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The Perfect Princess Run costume for girls!

 

Every princess need a prince!  Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid:)

Shirt:  The Children’s Place

Shorts: The Children’s Place

Red Sash Belt: Amazon

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The perfect Prince Run costume for boys!

When creating your costume it is so important to think comfort.  You do  not want to wear something that is heavy, thick, and drags…you will never be able to finish the race in that!  Think light and airy.  And do not forget to make it fun!  Stick to a character or theme and let your imagination run wild, we did!

A big thank you to all my sponsors!  Tullelips and Ties, MMEMBRODIEREDGIFTS, Mile Stones Jewelry, and Rock City Skirts for providing the complimentary pieces from your Etsy shop’s for our costumes.  Please come back tomorrow as I share more about these Etsy sellers and a few of  my favorite pieces from their Etsy shops. Also…I will be sharing the perfect way to display your run medals and hosting a giveaway sponsored by…SportHooks when the fun continues!!!