Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Princess Half Marathon Costume 2017

This year, my Princess Half Marathon costume idea did not come as easy to me as it has in the past. It's by far not my most glamorous or fancy costume, nor does it have very many pieces and parts, but I love it!

The idea behind this costume came to me sometime last month. I was debating over costume ideas, even thinking of re-wearing my yellow Belle costume (lame, I know), when the idea for my costume hit me! I could still be "Belle" this year, just in a different form!

That's when the idea behind a Provincial/Town Girl Belle costume was born.

To date, this has been my most difficult costume to piece together. For starters, I just couldn't decide on a costume idea this year. I also realize that the costume itself doesn't have very many parts, but do you know how hard it is to match shades of blue?! For about a month, that blue skirt stayed in my purse and came with me everywhere I went, just in case I happened upon dry fit blue shirts! Unfortunately, it's not a perfect match, but it works.

As I've mentioned before, I like my costumes to be functional, runner friendly, and not cost a large amount of money. I'm also fairly crafty (along with my mom's help), so I'm not scared to bust out a needle and thread or my printer! 

So, if you're interested in dressing as Provincial/Town Girl Belle, here's where the pieces of my costume came from....

  • White undershirt - I had this on hand but it would be easy enough to find at any athletic store. (The top is in 2 parts. I like it this way because the short sleeve shirt can be swapped for a long sleeve shirt in case the weather acts crazy.)
  • Blue top - this came from WalMart of all places! My mom had to hem the shirt because it was super long on me.
  • Sparkle Athletic skirt - I had this on hand and have worn it for several costumes in the past. I also put it on top of a Running Skirts skirt and pinned it in place.
  • White apron - I purchased a painters apron from Michaels, then folded it down and hand stitched it in place to make it a waist apron. I was able to use a coupon for 30% off the apron...bonus!
  • Compression socks aren't necessary, but I like to run in them. These blue ones are from Legend Compression Wear and I love them!
  • Blue bow for the hair - this bow actually came from the bottom of the blue shirt. My mom had to hem the blue shirt because it was super long, so I created a bow out of the extra material! Hey, it matches! 
  • Accessories - I've seen this particular Belle costume paired with a book, a basket, or both! (Just make sure whatever accessory you choose is functional for running!)

There you have costume for 2017's Princess Half Marathon! I'm super excited and can't wait to run this Beauty and the Beast themed race dressed as Belle!

If you spot me out there, be sure to say hello! :)

What are your thoughts on costumes for races?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Evenflo Pivot Travel System Review

In my research for our upcoming vacation, I've looked into various grocery delivery services, necessary baby check lists, and stroller rentals. Baby's first big trip out of town has given me so many things to think about, including things I never thought I would need.

After hearing from so many of you guys about the ease of flying with a stroller, I decided to forego my planned stroller rental and bring one from home along with me.

Enter the Evenflo Pivot Travel System.

This stroller is light weight and has several different modes for travel. The handlebar is high enough for my tall husband to push without hurting his back and it includes an infant car seat and base.

The box arrived and I couldn't wait to put it all together!

The instructions were super easy to follow and before I knew it, the pieces and parts were assembled!

My favorite part about this Evenflo stroller is the diversity of the whole travel system. The stroller itself can hold up to 50 pounds and works in several different modes.

Here's toddler mode - with a foot rest and all. This is by far the most popular way to use this stroller at our home!

The infant car seat clicks nice and easy into the stroller. I like this infant setup because it provides extra protection from the sun.

In infant mode, the toddler base can also be removed and the infant car seat fits right into the stroller base.

Another favorite is the bassinet mode! On our very first walk in this stroller, Brayden fell fast asleep and was able to lie flat and take a very nice nap while we continued our walk! I love it!

Another favorite part of this stroller is the fact that no matter which way you have it (toddler mode, bassinet mode, or infant car seat mode), the entire base can be turned to either face you or face out! (Look at the difference in the above two cool!)

Last but not least, the whole setup comes with a nice leg cover for cold winter days!

Another favorite thing about this stroller is the easy way it folds up and stays fairly compact! This was a huge deciding factor on bringing it on vacation with us! 

The rear facing car seat is very nice, too! I was very impressed by the snug fit with the latch belts - this base doesn't move one bit.

Remember that nap I mentioned earlier? Yep, he was out for a good hour!

So, after a thorough review, I asked Brayden for his thoughts on the stroller and car seat combo. He pondered the question for a while....

...then decided it should receive an A+!

Overall, we really love this stroller and have used it on many occasions! Although it does include a cup holder for the parent, I would include one improvement idea - it needs a pocket of some sort near the handle bar for keys, cell phones, and other small items. I do have a velcro pocket strap from another stroller that I'm going to add to this one and see how it works. In all, I'm excited to take this Evenflo Pivot Travel System with us on vacation! It's going to be a fun week! :)

Thanks so much for this opportunity, Evenflo!

Disclaimer: I received this product for purpose of an honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged. All opinions are my own. Thank you to Evenflo for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

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