By on April 24, 2014


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I’m not a runner. My husband is the runner. He ran track in high  school and even completed a marathon. I’m not a runner. Actually, I  was never interested in running but that changed when I was invited to the 2014 Disney SMMoms Celebration this year. Every aspect of the conference was exciting to me: from hearing inspirational speakers, to meeting other Disney-obsessed moms. Plus spending time with my family at the theme park and attending exclusive dinners. Then there was the runDisney Fun Run event.

For some reason, I didn’t think twice about registering. I wanted to be a part of the race. I wanted to challenge myself, step out of my comfort zone, get healthy and lose the weight that I’ve gained over the past couple of years. Honestly? I was anxious about the run. (I’m not a runner!) It wasn’t even a 5K! But, I told myself that I would walk it. Was I afraid of hurting myself? Not finishing? Embarrassing myself? I told myself that I wouldn’t finish if I tried running.

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Running with other Disney Social Media Moms, @FaveMom, @rockinmama and @mommyniri!

My alarm went off at 4:45 a.m on Sunday.  My family woke up early to support me at the finish line. I begrudgingly dressed for the race. I put on my cool runDisney athletic shirt and the brand-new, pretty purple New Balance running shoes. I looked at myself in the mirror, my stomach bulged and I didn’t feel that I “looked” like a runner. I made it downstairs after critiquing myself. Seeing the other moms motivated me, many were dressed in cute Disney themed outfits and there was excitement in the air. runDisney and New Balance reps gave us tips on posture, our stride and stamina. I took my place in the walk/run crowd.

We were off. I ran with a couple of other Moms but I decided to break away and get into my head. I wanted to focus on breathing (or gasping), and to take in the beauty of running through Disneyland! This truly was a magical moment for me. How many people get to experience a Disneyland before it comes to life?? As I ran through Fantasyland, I could see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, I prepared myself to take a selfie but then my cell phone died. Of course it did! But, after talking about this moment to my husband. I realized that it was not about the photo but it was about ME running (not walking) through one of my favorite places in the world and being in the moment. Yes, I teared up and I was actually proud of myself.

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Thanks to @OCMomBlog for taking my only race photo!

The walk/running pace was perfect for my first time running but I was tired. I made it to California Adventure, my shins hurt, my shoes were a little too tight and the rest of my body was definitely in shock. I needed an extra push. I came out of my personal bubble and I saw Asha Dornfest of ParentHacks.com. I had met her earler in the year and I was happy to see her. We chatted, encouraged each other and could hear the cheers! We were close! We decided to run to the finish line where I saw my little girl’s beaming face, my supportive husband’s “I knew you could do this” grin and that big red Lightening McQueen cheering me on! I ran across the finish line. I AM a runner!

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Me with Asha Dornfest of ParentHacks.com and my proud daughter.

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I did it! Photo by Josh Hallett

My husband showed me the photos he took of me crossing the finish line. I cringed because I looked out of shape, chubby. I realized at that moment that I haven’t been happy with myself or the way that I looked. But I didn’t care, because I just took my first steps to feeling better. Thank you to runDisney and Disney Social Media Moms for giving me the chance and inspiration to make a difference in my life! I may not run marathons but I have promised myself to get active, and change my lifestyle habits. Being a blogger (for me) means, inactive days at the computer, bad eating habits and sometimes very little contact with people IRL. Don’t get me wrong, I love the connections online, but I need a routine where I include daily exercise and where I make better food choices. After re-reading this blog, I realized that it is filled with “I”s. This race was definitely a turning point for me, a ME moment and again, I’m proud of   myself. I’m a role model for my daughter and I want her to make healthy choices. Seeing my daughter’s face when I ran across the finish line was priceless. She told me that she was proud of me! My goal is to participate in the runDisney Disneyland Family Fun Run in 2015!

Don’t ever say that you can’t do something! I’m learning more and more that I can do anything that I set my mind to. Sometimes it’s hard to find the self confidence and motivation but believe in yourself!

* I was invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration conference. I paid a conference fee to attend at a deeply discounted rate. As a part of this conference, we were provided with complimentary items, special discounts and other benefits such as food and entertainment so that we could experience the celebration to the fullest. I was not asked to blog about my experience. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Group photo by Josh Hallett

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By on April 24, 2014

Million dollar arm pitching contest

Disney is offering nine people the opportunity to go to the World Premiere of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, where they will each have three chances to make one 100 mph (or faster) strike for a $1 Million prize!

On April 25th and 26th from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, anyone who is a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C. and 18 years of age and older, and who has not played in the minor or major league baseball leagues, or any other professional baseball league, can participate in the qualifying round competition at Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL and on April 26 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. 

The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitch will qualify for the final competition at the World Premiere of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm in Hollywood, CA on May 6th. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. For more details call 1 (800) DISNEY6 or email StudioSpecialEvents@Disney.com

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  • In addition to the chance to win $1 Million, all nine of the finalists will receive gifts, including a $500 gift package from Rawlings, a $250 gift certificate from Under Armour and tickets to the ESPY Awards.
  • JB Bernstein will offer the fastest pitcher of the nine finalists – whether they win the $1 million or not – the opportunity to be discovered and sign a contract with his management company, Seven Figures Management.
  • Special guest in Orlando: Tom “Flash” Gordon (3-time MLB All Star, World Series Champion and 1998 Saves Champion
  • Special guest in Anaheim: 7-foot center for the Orlando Magic, Nikola Vucevic, who was a first round draft pick out of USC. Vucevic will actually enter the contest to pitch.

Visit http://movies.disney.com/million-dollar-arm/special-event to download your registration form now!

* This is not a sponsored post. We are sharing this awesome contest with our readers!

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By on April 22, 2014

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This month my class and I had a great time celebrating Earth Month, thanks to PBS Kids. PBS Kids teamed up with the National Recreation and Park Association to encourage families to get outdoors and discover nature through on air programming and the release of a new web Property!  My group of 4 year olds had a great time doing just that!

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We started off the month decorating our metal planting tins and planting beans in them. We soaked our beans overnight and then planted them with our gravel and soil. Each day we took turns to ensure that the beans were getting enough sunlight and water. So far no sprouts yet but we know those seeds are growing! We will be sure to share a picture once we see some green!

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With the weather warming up we were really able to get outdoors a lot more this month! We had so much fun taking nature walks and going on bug hunts.  We also had our annual clean up day where we collected all the trash around the school! Check out how much we found!

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The kids were also super excited to be able to start our rest time with some wonderful PBS DVDS which helped us continue along with our earth month theme!

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Although the kids loved all of the DVD’S I have to say that The Wild Kratts Bugging out was our favorite with the boys and the girls!

Something that I haven’t checked out with my class yet but did with my 6 year old daughter is PBS Kids all-new web-original property Plum Landing, which premiers on Earth Day.

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PLUM LANDING follows the adventures of Plum, a video game designer from the desolate Planet Blorb, who longs to experience nature. This cross-platform, digital adventure is designed to engage kids ages 6-9 in environmental science by using animated and live-action videos, hands-on activities, web games and an app.

We downloaded the free app and had so much fun completing the photo taking missions.

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The free app, Plum’s Photo Hunt, is an educational photo-taking and sharing app designed to motivate kids to go outdoors and interact with nature. Kids can grab their friends and iDevice and head outdoors to complete more than 36 different missions. Plum’s Photo Hunt allows kids to learn and discover more in their own backyard!

I love that the app really gets the kids outside exploring! My daughter has been begging to borrow my phone all day to play it!

Happy Earth Day!

IT Mom ERIKA

* That’s IT Mommy are PBS KIDS VIPS. Erika received DVD’s and planting materials free of charge.  

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Adelina Madelina Hobo Style Diaper Bag Review

By on April 21, 2014

disclaimer_timI just received my Adelina Madelina Hobo style diaper bag and I have to say, it’s GORGEOUS! This bag has star quality and has a very reasonable price tag suitable for the every day mom. It’s a shower gift you can feel great about registering for. The colors are beautiful. I ordered the cerulean and ivory color […]

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The Burpo Family: Why We Believe Heaven Is Real

By on April 21, 2014

heavenisrealNearly 12 years ago, a series of challenges stretched and tested Pastor Todd Burpo, his wife Sonja, and their two children; Cassie and Colton. While undergoing an emergency appendectomy, a barely 4-year-old Colton had a near-death experience. During this “out-of- body” time, Colton shared with his parents and loved ones of visiting Heaven. His recollections […]

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Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum: On Why Heaven Is Real

By on April 18, 2014

greg-kinnear-heavn-is-realGreg Kinnear is Mesmerizing as Pastor Todd Burpo Academy Award® nominee and Emmy winner Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets, You’ve Got Mail, Little Miss Sunshine) stars as Todd Burpo, a pastor who wrestles with his faith in Heaven Is For Real. As a longtime fan of Kinnear’s work, I had a blast chatting with him during […]

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Celebrate Earth Day With Disneynature’s Bears #MeetTheCubs

By on April 17, 2014

disneynatures-bearsIf for some reason you have not yet seen a Disneynature film, you are definitely missing out. Recently, we were invited to screen Disneynature’s Bears and we just absolutely fell in love with this bear family. The film begins by taking us deep into the Alaskan mountains as we are introduced to Sky, a mother Brown bear and her cubs Amber and Scout. […]

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Olivia Holt: Generous Gem, Rollercoaster Rebel and Singing Sensation #DisneyNatureBears

By on April 14, 2014

meetthecubs_oliviaDid you know the existence of Brown Bears in North America dates back nearly 3,000 years? Native American pictographs reveal images of the fuzzy animals in Central Montana. Disneynature’s latest film, “Bears” is an exciting adventure that follows Sky, a momma bear, and her two newborn cubs; Amber and Scout. The family encounters numerous trials, […]

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Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Buena Park Review

By on April 8, 2014

logoArrr mateys! Are you looking for an adventure involving food, clever entertainment and exciting interaction with cunning bandits? Then visit Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park for all of that and more. My family and I were invited to attend Pirates Dinner Adventure presenting a performance of “Rise Of The Sea Dragon!” This was our […]

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I Want My Nerd HQ Interview With Zac Levi #NerdHQ

By on April 7, 2014

iwantmynerdhq-1Calling all nerds! Do you want your Nerd HQ? Zachary Levi (Chuck, Tangled) founder of the Nerd Machine, needs your support as Nerd HQ is in jeopardy! Nerd HQ, the four-day free event, is where fans and celebrities come together to have an experience unlike no other. Fans can play games, check out cutting edge […]

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