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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

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.