Friday, April 28, 2017

Post-Race Pampering, runDisney Style!

Training for and running a race is not an easy task. By the time a race is complete, runners have lots of time on the road/treadmill/etc under their belt, they've logged tons of miles, and they have sore muscles and maybe even a blister or two to show for their hard work.

Once a race is complete however, that's when the pampering can begin! I mean, what better way to reward yourself for all your hard work than with a few indulgences?

#1 Eat a good meal and enjoy a snack or two

One of my favorite things to do after running an event at Walt Disney World is to eat dinner at Ohana. We've kept this tradition alive for years now and I suspect we will do the same after Dopey in January!

Mickey waffles and Starbucks for the win!

#2 Indulge in a post-race massage


After completing Goofy's Challenge in 2013, my friend Melissa and I headed over to Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Zahanati Spa for a 50 minute Swedish massage.

There are several resorts located throughout Walt Disney World that include a spa and fitness center...I highly recommend checking them out! 

#3 Hang out at the pool

What better way to relax after a tough race than hanging out at the pool? Just remember to wear sunscreen! :)

#4 Go on a cruise! 

We've done this twice so far and I HIGHLY recommend it! Running a race followed by a cruise is a great way to relax and get a little chill time in before the next training cycle kicks up!

You might even want to run another race while on said cruise...aka, the Castaway Cay 5K! :)

#5 Buy yourself a gift! 

This one is kind of self-explanatory! After each major race, I always buy myself a small item to commemorate my accomplishment.  An ornament, an Alex & Ani bracelet, or a Pandora charm have been my go-to here lately.

What's your favorite way to pamper yourself after a race or big accomplishment? 

Today's Friday Five was actually a freebie topic, but I decided to go with last week's topic of "Pampering" since I missed out!

Link up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cake Smash Session

About a month before Brayden's 1st birthday, I brought him in to my photographer's studio for his cake smash session. I didn't really know what to expect besides the fact that I usually see pictures of babies who have cake literally smashed all over their faces and themselves.

I found an adorable outfit on Etsy that was similar to the one he wore for his newborn and 6 month photos and I was so excited for him to wear it! The outfit included a yellow bow tie, black suspenders, and red bottoms (like Mickey shorts) compete with white buttons. I also went ahead and ordered a red party hat, but it never fit him...and I wanted him to use the Mickey ears we got at the Harmony Barber Shop during his first haircut instead, anyway.

My friend Mackenzie also graciously agreed to make his smash cake and she did an amazing job!

After taking a few "clean" pictures, we got right down to business!


I had to show him that it was OK to touch the cake and eat it!

He liked the cake and got relatively messy before deciding it was time to stop (aka, he started getting fussy). Brayden does not like his hands to get dirty! I think it will be funny to see how/if this changes as he ages!

Now that's one way to smash a cake...just stick your whole leg in it!

As you can see, he didn't make TOO much of a mess, but still got messy enough that he needed a little bath after it was all said and done!

So how did the photos turn out?

I can honestly say that I LOVE them and have several that I really like! (The above is my favorite of the entire session!)


Also, we took a few in a non-cake smashing type outfit...


Overall, we had a great time with lots of laughter and several awesome shots! I figured once Brayden knew about cake and how to eat it, he would dig right in at his birthday party, but he did not at all!

How did your baby do with the cake at their birthday party/cake smash session?

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