#DisBroadBabyWatch Turns To Food

Of course it did.

When you get a pregnant momma in the home stretch and she no longer cares about gaining weight or really anything other than getting the little boo O.U.T. you start to talk food.

The DisBroad’s discussion played out like this:

April: So I’ve decided I’m just going to spend the rest of this pregnancy at Disney World. I want some fries with that mayo stuff from Be Our Guest. And some beignets.

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I’ll just walk the parks until she comes out. They’ve got to give me passes for dropping a kid on property right?

Amy: You need someone to accompany you. I’ll be right there, because we’re about to pull out the Get Along shirt here.

April: Are you okay with delivering my baby? And bagging my placenta

Tania: This sounds like an excellent plan to me.

Kristen: If delivering a baby and bagging a placenta gets me a trip to Walt Disney World then so be it

April:  #hardcore

Amy: I’ll take the baby. Kristen gets the placenta.

Kristen: Deal

Patty:  (yawning in AZ) Too early in morning for bagging the placenta talk, yo.

April: Almost lunch time here. Speaking of lunch…

Patty:  Ewwwwwwww placenta patties.

April:  Ha. But yeah, in all honesty, no way I could ever actually eat the things. Big difference between some pills and serving it with a side of rice pilaf. No can do on option 2.

Amy: Glad to hear you have standards.  Seriously though, Broads, what would you snack on all day at Walt Disney World if you were there without kids?

Patty:  Not April’s placenta.  Just sayin’….

Amy:  We already established that.  Let the placenta go, Patty.

For me: Be Our Guest French onion soup, Tortuga Tavern burrito and a big fat cupcake from somewhere.  A nod goes to the sampler platter at 50′s Prime Time.

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Tania: Mickey waffles from anywhere and lots of bacon, with a side of make-your-own omelet, Mickey bar, Nutella and Fruit Waffle, Dole Whip, and Butterfinger cupcake for lunch, ‘Ohana for dinner. With a few more snacks thrown in depending on what my tummy tells me.

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Amy:  I have yet to sample a Butterfinger cupcake. Thinking that will go down better than a Japanese snow cone

April: A Nutella waffle for breakfast, BOG for a pork chop and pomme frites with their dipping mayo for lunch, beignets for snack, ‘Ohana for dinner and the Boardwalk Bakery for a cheesecake brownie for dessert.

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Patty: The only thing I think I have to have is a waffle from sleepy hollow. I don’t know that I would even do a sit down meal. I didn’t at Disneyland  on Sunday. I just wandered and ate whatever was walk up easy.  Well, and La Cava.  But I think that goes without saying in this crowd, right?

Amy:  I waited and ate at BOG the Monday I was solo at Magic Kingdom after Princess. I do like that place.

April: Considering I was >< this close to ordering off the kids menu at BOG during our first visit, I dig it too lol.

Bonnie:  I can’t choose. I love it all. Definitely a dole whip for sentimental reasons. That just means Disney to me.

Bonnie Dole

April: Oh, I need a choco covered Mickey rice krispy treat too. That is what says Disney to me.

Summer: Pastries in France for breakfast. Le Cellier cheddar soup for lunch w/ pretzel bread, BOG filet w/ pomme de frites for dinner. Creme brûlée from Chefs for dessert and a jalapeño pretzel and frozen raspberry lemonade for snack.

BOG Steak

Shannon: Nope, I am a banana at the Cafe kind of gal. I bought a $3 banana at Animal Kingdom and it was pretty good for a banana.

Julie: Lobster Roll is yummy my new fave, Jalapeno Pretzel, Mickey Pretzel, Dole Whip, the Chicken mashed potatoes and green beans were surprisingly good in tomorrow land, Carrot Cake Cookie, Zebra Domes…..its all good…. really.

April: Wait- what?! Lobster rolls?  Where do they have lobster rolls?

Julie: Columbia Harbor House.  We never ate there before last trip.  I think it has the best Counter Service Menu for walk up.

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Suzanne:  Dole whip, Lobster Eggs Benedict from 1900 park fare, breakfast lasagna from crystal Palace, anything from 50s primetime.  I second lobster roll. Mickey pretzel.  And a cupcake from anywhere.  Ooh hoping they have the Jack cupcakes again in October.

Kristen: Mickey ice cream bar, Nutella and fruit waffle, Dole Whip, Butterfinger cupcake, carrot cake cookie, School bread…I could keep going. That’s just snacks.

Patty:  Just point me to La Cava.  Guac, chips, and booze is all I need.  Guac is  good fat, chips have… errr… corn?  It’s a veggie, right?  And the pineapple margarita has fruit, so it’s health food, really.   Shut up.

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What about you?  What would you eat all day if you were set loose on Walt Disney World alone?  And would you take a DisBroad with you?

Tower of Terror 10 Miler Weekend Meet-Up

Now that your credit card has cooled off from the #PrincessHalf registration frenzy, it’s time to talk about our next trip to the World for #Tower10Miler weekend! And we’re dying to see you again ;)

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Mark your calendars NOW for our second DisBroad meet-up! You are invited to join us for lunch on Saturday, October 4th at noon outside of the Boardwalk Bakery. Make a quick pit stop inside and grab yourself a sandwich then join us on the Boardwalk for some catching up – we haven’t seen you since February, we have lots to talk about!! And, of course, there will be some fun door prizes as well :)

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Don’t worry – we’ll have you back to your hotel room by nap time before the evening’s big event!!

Make sure you visit our Facebook page to RSVP for the event. We can’t wait to see you!!

Lessons learned from a newbie at a Mud Run

A few weeks ago this Disbroad lost her mind a little (more?) and decided to do the Dirty Dash – temporary loss of sanity aside, I wanted to share with you some of my Best Practice findings. Some are mine, some are not… but it’s a good list so it should be pretty helpful in case you similarly lose your mind sometime in the future! I know there is a lot of information out there but hopefully you will find something new here… or at the very least a laugh.

One of these yahoos might be me...

One of these yahoos might be me…

Here we go!
1: Lace up those shoes TIGHT – There is mud people, and lot of it. You will find yourself in mud pits with mud up to you knees (and water up to your belly button!). This means all that mud in the bottom is soft and squishy and hungry… for shoes. Don’t let yours be the ones to go. It should also be worth noting not to jump in to a mud bog will all your might, that’s all you need is all that extra sinking pressure.

1-a: I shouldn’t need this sub-category for this but there were a lot of people carrying them so apparently I do. Don’t use water socks mkay? Well, unless you WANT to carry them but generally the terrain isn’t friendly for barefoot running.

2: Bring water – gallons of it – No, not for drinking. I don’t know about you but ice baths aren’t my thing and that’s what they have waiting for you at the end of these things. (Unless you fork over the cash for a warm power washing anyway.) Water colder than I could have ever imagine. I was warned and I still couldn’t even hack it. I think they trucked iceberg run off water to the mid-west. You are bathing with about 40 of your new besties and off-spray happens when you have about 12 square inches to bath in with a frozen hose. Solution? Bring about 2-3 gallons per person and leave them in your car, on the seat, where they can get nice and warm. Get the first layer of mud off at the ice hose and then, once you get to your car, make everyone jealous as you take a warm shower (with the help from a friend if necessary). This was not my idea but it was brilliant – and it was clear that hardly anyone knew about it.

3: Bring a rag – or three – Use that warm water to make a wash cloth out of that rag and wash your mug. Nothing will feel as good as this.

4: Prepare to get naked – Okay, not all the way naked, but to shed some layers. My running undies are these boy short looking, spandex/nylon looking jobbies so I guess (??) it maybe worked when I had shed down to just my undies and a sports bra? I mean, I don’t think it was the most pleasant think for passers by to see considering I am not the youngest, hottest thing and I have that great “I had five children in my womb” belly look going for me. But, you know what? I didn’t even care. Another, perhaps wiser, option may have been to wear swim suit bottom.

5: Wear tight clothes – I mean, really, have no shame. If you were to say… wear the clothes that you would actually comfortably exercise in, by the time you get done the crotch of your pants will be sitting nicely in between your knees which is about where the bottom of your shirt will be stretched too. Not good. If you don’t want the nice “mud pocket” in between your legs… (there will be enough there anyway, trust me) make it so your rolls take up all the extra space (and all the space you didn’t even know was there). No one can see anything through all that mud anyway.

5-a: Do not wear a running skirt – I do not know what my BRF was thinking but about 2 miles into the 10k she stood off the main trail, stripped down, and pulled her skirt/short combo on inside out. (I guess this could also qualify as a best practice in case you DID wear a skirt…)

5-b: Do not wear cotton okay? As if the mud on a tech shirt isn’t heavy enough it will cling to the cotton even more and then it will rub and stretch. Oh how it will stretch. On the patches of race dry-ness in between race wet-ness it won’t dry at all. Cotton is not your friend when it comes to mud runs. (Some people were even wearing jeans yo.)

5-c: No pockets – As if you won’t be carrying enough of the course with you…

6: Shoes – You know this, but wear old shoes. The mud comes off though, I am pretty sure you don’t even need a power washer to get the job done. (I think my husband was just looking for an excuse to use the power washer). Even if they do come clean, they do take a beating with all that water and dirt and whatnot. You can donate them but I held on to mine in case I ever lose my mind again. (It could happen.) At the very least I have a color run coming up (the color comes out too!).

7: Bags – Pick your poison. Garbage bags, grocery bags, ziplock bags. You will be dirty, you will be muddy, every article of clothing on your body will be yucky. Everything you come in contact with will be gross. Aside from hopping in a garbage bag yourself, the best you can do is peel off a few layers and put the wet ones in a waterproof bag. The contents of which should be dropped right in the washing machine (if you don’t power wash them first anyway).

7: Towels – Plural, meaning more than one. Bring one for the muddy you, one for the slightly cleaner you and one for the seat of the car. Big ones too. We even used them for a multi-friend make-shift dressing room. (I was the only one standing there in the parking lot in my undies…)

I have so many captions for this "You should see my right bicep" "Inside out skirts make you look like you have extra fat rolls.", "The gall in the middle might be wincing at her broken fibula..." (No, I am not kidding about the fibula...)

I have so many captions for this “You should see my right bicep” “Inside out skirts make you look like you have extra fat rolls.”, “The gal in the middle might be wincing at her broken fibula…” (No, I am not kidding about the fibula…)

I think that’s about it for my newbie tips but I am sure there are more, do you have any to share? Comment or link to a your post on mud runs below!

A Mixed Marriage: Or, My Husband Doesn’t Love The Mouse

A lot of you know this about me – I’m in a mixed marriage.

I love Disney.   The hubs?

Not so much.

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Don’t get me wrong; he doesn’t hate it.  The last time he went was in 2007, I was pregnant with Thing 3, and I have photographic evidence that he had fun.  We took a Disney Cruise in 2012 - his idea.

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Yes.  My youngest has never laid eyes on Walt Disney World.  <hangs head in shame>  Don’t shun me.  But here’s the deal.  We all know that a Disney vacation can add up to the GNP of a 3rd world country.  Unless everyone is on board, the Magical Express ain’t leavin’ the depot, amirite?  The in-house Financial Manager needs to be at least somewhat enthusiastic.

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Why?  Well, durr, he’s the one who makes the money.  My nursery / preschool teacher salary pretty much covers my Target overages.

My husband has been MORE than tolerant of my need – that’s right, I said “need” – to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth.  I’ve gotten my fix on runDisney trips with the Broads.  I was able, through my husband’s indulgence and careful planning, to get my eldest son there for his birthday in February.

But… still.

I want my baby to ride every last thing in Fantasyland 4 times.  I want to take my middle son on every roller coaster in all 4 parks and show him the magic of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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My husband, for his part, probably wishes I had never started running or met the Broads.  Enablers, all.  He wants, I’m sure, for me to quit spending so much money on repeated trips to this place.  He wants me to get that there are other, less costly places to vacation.

So, whaddya do?

I respect my husband’s feelings – I really do.  He works amazingly hard to make sure we have not just the necessities but all the things many suburban families enjoy – 2 cars, summer camp, a mom who gets to be at home.  And he has to deal with a woman who wants to blow it all on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Meat Sweats at ‘Ohana.

It’s hard, though.  Disney is, in every sense of the word, my Happy Place.  I stand on Main Street, USA and just feel my blood pressure lower.  I feel the knots in my shoulders loosen.  When we were there together my oldest boy kept offering me a map of the Magic Kingdom.  Son, I don’t need no stinkin’ map.  On long days, I daydream about lucking into the perfect part-time job – so I can better fund Disney trips.  Yeah.  It’s bad.

So, what’s your advice?  Is there hope for happiness in my mixed marriage?

 

Celebrate Good Times – Come On!

Sooo….we’ve mentioned that the DisBroads will be converging upon Disney World in January for the most epic of Marathon Weekends.

I know it seems like a far ways off but it will be here before we know it!  One of the things we are doing in prep for this most awesome occasion is plan how we want to celebrate our accomplishments together.  For almost everyone, this will be the first 26.2 distance – others, it will be the first Goofy Challenge conquered – we want to #gobigorgohome here folks!

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Disney World certainly has a plethora of ways to celebrate special events – and while we have our ideas about some, we’d LOVE to hear yours!  We are almost a month away from making our Advanced Dining Reservations so throw some ideas at us so we can make our weekend even more epic!

 

 

 

The DisBroads Are Ready To Run Rock ‘n’ Roll!

DisBroad Kristen and  I (DisBroad Amy) are super excited to be Rock ‘n’ Blog Ambassadors!

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Kristen is an ambassador for the Rungevity Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by the Quinn Family Foundation!

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The race is October 19th, 2014.  If you’re planning to meet Kristen in St. Louis, use code KSMITHRUNS for $10 off the marathon or the 1/2 marathon!  Code expires October 12 at 11:59pm.

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I’m an ambassador for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and 1/2 Marathon!  Savannah is one of my favorite cities and I can’t wait to run through its beautiful streets on November 8th, 2014.

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If y’all are ready to come on down, use code MAGICMILES for $10 off the marathon or the half marathon!  Code expires November 1st, 11:59pm.

 

Will you be joining Kristen or Amy (or both of us!) to Run Rock ‘n’ Roll?  

 

 

Holiday Road

Last October we braved our first family road trip to visit Disney World. Admittedly, the thought of braving 18′ish hours of family fun in one vehicle seemed a bit daunting.

My kiddos are awesome, but at the time they were seven and five. We are talking serious short attention span theater, in addition to the fact that well, they are brother and sister and they can annoy each other quite often. This is probably not news for anyone with more than one child.

It went so well, we decided to do it again for our tenth anniversary, Star Wars weekends, and as my little people call it our

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So before we go Griswold tomorrow, I thought I would share a few of our road trip survival tactics.

Suzanne’s Survival Tip Number One: Relax

This one is a big one for me.  It may come as a complete surprise to you that I’m a bit of  a control freak.  I like order in the midst of my disorder. That has to go out the window.  Things are not going to be perfect, we are in a car for at least 12 hours the first day, so it’s survival mode.  We severely relax any limits of electonic usage, etc.  Rules are relaxed.  I let things slide that normally I wouldn’t.  It also sets the tone for the vacation as well.  Oddly enough, this doesn’t create crazy it brings fun.

Suzanne’s Survial Tip Number Two:  Be Prepared.

For everything, or nothing. Last trip we borrowed my parents van, as none of our vehicles at the time would have been road trip ready.  I wanted L & E to be a little further apart.  This trip, we have our own.

Griswoldmobile

 

I bring this up for one reason.  We can load up on everything and still have enough room to not want to kill each other after 12 hours.  We load up on DVD’s, iPods, coloring books, new crayons.  Notebooks to write and draw in.  Favorite toys.  Headphones.  Water, clear juice.  Fruit snacks and a little healthier alternative Motts Snack and Go Squeezable Apple Sauce.  Since we have food, this means we also need to paper towels and wet wipes.

Be prepared, also means to be prepared to stop.  Potty calls, gas, actual meals.  We may have a time frame in mind, but sometimes the goals we have might not mesh with the demands of the day, etc.  The beauty of the road trip is that there really are no time demands, other than the ones that we establish.  This also ties to survival tip number one.

 

Suzanne’s Survival Tip Number Three:  Have fun

This is prime one on one time with the family.  Since we are in the vehicle for such a long period of time, we are away from most of our normal distractions.  We play games throughout the drive, I spy, 20 questions, Disney Trivia.  Let’s see how long we can go without asking “Are we there yet?”  (I’m only partially joking on that one).  At least three of us sing at the top of our lungs.  Mostly E and I, but L joins in every once in awhile.  Mr. Ran will sing once in a blue moon.  We have in our seats dance parties.  It’s the perfect time to just have family time and hang out.  It’s not very often that we have long stretches like that without all of the comforts of home.  At least for my family, between work and kids activities, and church activities, things can get crazy.  We divide and conquer and this provides time for us to just be together.  Having fun and being silly also makes the time go by so much more quickly.

Suzanne’s Survival Tip Number Four:  WEAR THEM OUT

Yes, it’s that important that I had to do it in all caps.  This applies more to the trip home than the outbound.  We go non-stop on vacation.  No bed times, no routine, we just go.  We might take a break mid day and go to the pool or nap.  But we run ourselves and the little people ragged.  Fortunately, they love being there as much as we do.  The advantage to this park tactic is they are so worn out that by the time we leave they sleep most of the way home.  I kid you not, five  minutes after we got in the car to leave in October Miss E was out and slept for about ten hours straight.  She woke up for a bit, and then once we stopped for the night she still slept really well.  She slept half the day on day two as well.  L does not value sleep nearly as much as E does, and he even slept a lot on the way home.

A little more than 24 hours before we Griswold out and I am almost as excited for the drive as I am for our visits to Universal and Walt Disney World.

I would be remiss in my road tripping journey, if I did not share one of our favorite road traditions.  (You can thank me later.)


What are some of your favorite road trip traditions/survival tips?

 

 

 

 

Losing Weight the Social Way: Diet Bet

A couple of weeks ago I took the plunge and registered for my first runDisney Marathon.   Not only did I talk myself into running 26.2 for the first time, I decided to be a little Goofy and throw in an extra 13.1 as well.

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After all the excitement of registering wore off  (approximately 3 minutes later) I took a look in the mirror and thought:  girrrrllll, what have you done?!

I’m at my highest non-pregnant weight ever.  And I want to run 39.3 miles in 2 days?!  I have no doubt I can do the miles, but I’d prefer not to hate it while I’m doing it.  If I’m a bit lighter, a bit healthier, I can be a bit faster (I hope!) which means more time for me to enjoy the parks after my races.  What better motivation than the Mouse, right?

Enter my partnership with Diet Bet and the No-Guilt No Gut game starting soon!

I’m working with the leading pioneer of Social Dieting to lose weight with friends.  Friends, family, strangers:  the more the merrier.  I’m betting money to motivate me to make some big changes in my eating and lifestyle.

Here’s how Diet Bet works:

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What makes Diet Bet work (for me anyway) is the fact that EVERYONE can win.  There’s not just one winner here.  We all have a chance to make some money or at the very least, win our money back by losing weight.

I’d love to have you join me!  The next game starts on Monday, May 5 and has a $20 buy in.  You can join by following this link to the No-Guilt No Gut Diet Bet hosted by me!  You know if there’s a DisBroad involved, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

And don’t forget this important aspect of Diet Bet

Dietbet Rule

Share with all your friends, family, and social media contacts.  The bigger the pot, the more money we all stand to WIN by LOSING!

Disclosure: I am working with Diet Bet and will receive compensation for hosting the game.

Disclosure: I am working with Diet Bet and will receive compensation for hosting the game.  – See more at: http://www.noguiltlife.com/2014/04/why-diet-bet-is-going-to-work-guest-post.html#sthash.F1ykuRPY.dpuf

Have you ever played a Diet Bet game before?  Do you have any questions I could answer for you about Diet Bet?

  • You go to the Diet Bet website and sign up.
  • You pay the “buy in” which is $20.
  • 1-2 days before the game begins, you submit a photo of yourself on a scale and a photo of the scale showing your starting weight.  These photos are NOT published or shared anywhere!
  • In this version, you have 28 days to lose 4% of your body weight.
  • At the end of the game, you submit another photo of yourself and your weight on the scale (if you meet or exceed your weight loss goal)
  • Everyone who meets or exceeds their weight loss goal splits the “pot” of money evenly.
  • Diet bet keeps a cut, unless so many people are successful that the “win” is less than your buy-in.  In that case, you are guaranteed to get at least what you paid in, as long as you meet the weight loss goal.

- See more at: http://www.noguiltlife.com/2014/04/why-diet-bet-is-going-to-work-guest-post.html#sthash.F1ykuRPY.dpuf

  • You go to the Diet Bet website and sign up.
  • You pay the “buy in” which is $20.
  • 1-2 days before the game begins, you submit a photo of yourself on a scale and a photo of the scale showing your starting weight.  These photos are NOT published or shared anywhere!
  • In this version, you have 28 days to lose 4% of your body weight.
  • At the end of the game, you submit another photo of yourself and your weight on the scale (if you meet or exceed your weight loss goal)
  • Everyone who meets or exceeds their weight loss goal splits the “pot” of money evenly.
  • Diet bet keeps a cut, unless so many people are successful that the “win” is less than your buy-in.  In that case, you are guaranteed to get at least what you paid in, as long as you meet the weight loss goal.

- See more at: http://www.noguiltlife.com/2014/04/why-diet-bet-is-going-to-work-guest-post.html#sthash.F1ykuRPY.dpuf

  • You go to the Diet Bet website and sign up.
  • You pay the “buy in” which is $20.
  • 1-2 days before the game begins, you submit a photo of yourself on a scale and a photo of the scale showing your starting weight.  These photos are NOT published or shared anywhere!
  • In this version, you have 28 days to lose 4% of your body weight.
  • At the end of the game, you submit another photo of yourself and your weight on the scale (if you meet or exceed your weight loss goal)
  • Everyone who meets or exceeds their weight loss goal splits the “pot” of money evenly.
  • Diet bet keeps a cut, unless so many people are successful that the “win” is less than your buy-in.  In that case, you are guaranteed to get at least what you paid in, as long as you meet the weight loss goal.

- See more at: http://www.noguiltlife.com/2014/04/why-diet-bet-is-going-to-work-guest-post.html#sthash.F1ykuRPY.dpuf

  • You go to the Diet Bet website and sign up.
  • You pay the “buy in” which is $20.
  • 1-2 days before the game begins, you submit a photo of yourself on a scale and a photo of the scale showing your starting weight.  These photos are NOT published or shared anywhere!
  • In this version, you have 28 days to lose 4% of your body weight.
  • At the end of the game, you submit another photo of yourself and your weight on the scale (if you meet or exceed your weight loss goal)
  • Everyone who meets or exceeds their weight loss goal splits the “pot” of money evenly.
  • Diet bet keeps a cut, unless so many people are successful that the “win” is less than your buy-in.  In that case, you are guaranteed to get at least what you paid in, as long as you meet the weight loss goal.

- See more at: http://www.noguiltlife.com/2014/04/why-diet-bet-is-going-to-work-guest-post.html#sthash.F1ykuRPY.dpuf

Taking a Mouse to The Mouse

Before I took my 12 year old son to Walt Disney World, I asked DisBroad Tania of the Disney Parks Moms Panel for advice on fun activities for a preteen. She solicited her colleagues with preteen boys and their initial thoughts were a great list of thrill rides.

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No bueno.

You see, even though my son is the target demographic for speed and danger, that’s not his thing AT ALL.   He’s got anxiety issues and will not deal with things that go the slightest bit fast. We hit that tiny drop on Pirates of the Caribbean and he freaked – “You said it was small!” Dude, that WAS small. Chill.   See what I had with which to work?

If you’ve got an older kid who is not looking for adventure, here are a few things to try:

 Magic Kingdom

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

This is an interactive game only in the Magic Kingdom. You pick up a pack of spell cards at the Fire Station near the entrance of the park or at a kiosk in Liberty Square. You are sent to different video windows throughout the park and need to choose one of your spell cards to use against the villains. We had a lot of fun playing this and if you use different cards, the game will be different.

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Tom Sawyer Island

Although this is often thought of for younger kids, my nature-lovin’ son loved this place. There are tunnels and caves to explore. The hit, though, was Ft. Langhorne. It’s designed as a fort and a serious game of hide & seek broke out while we were there. It’s a great place to take a break with a high-strung kid.

Tom Sawyer Island

Epcot

World Showcase

Epcot, while the home of Test Track and Mission: Space, is not a thrill ride park overall. This one is much more educational. My son really, really liked World Showcase – especially when I gave him my old digital camera. He really got into playing with angles, zooming in and out, taking pictures of the architecture from different points. It gave him a way to be actively involved and something of which to be in control.

World Showcase

 Pin Trading

You can do this all over the WDW Resort, but it’s pretty big in Epcot. I bought my son a lot of 25 pins off eBay before we left. Armed with these, he traded with other pin traders and Cast Members all through Epcot.   And I got off cheap.  For more about getting started in pin trading, read my post here.

Epcot Pin Station

Hollywood Studios

Animation Academy

I’m majorly disappointed that we did not make it to DHS on our whirlwind weekend. My son loves drawing and I know he would have been thrilled with the Animation Academy. Head on over to the Animation Courtyard. There, you can find out when the next class begins. A Disney illustrator will coach you through making your own drawing of one of the Disney characters! Friends who have done this say it’s a lot of fun and you get a great (free) souvenir to take home.

Animation Academy

Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney Parks

Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Restaurant

When you need a break from the heat and some refreshment, hit this fun spot! All the seating is made to feel like you are in a 50’s style convertible in a drive-in! The seats all face a huge screen showing old B-grade science fiction movies – how fun!   Perfect for pre-teens who think they are too cool for some of the classic Disney character entertainment!

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Parks

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Parks

Animal Kingdom

This park is MADE for taking it slow. Skip Expedition Everest, sure, and wander through the nature trails at your own pace.

Kilimanjaro Safari

Hop in the jeep and head out to view all the animals on the savannah. Again, giving my son his own camera to use enhanced the experience for him.   Ride at different times of day to see different animals out!

Kilimanjaro Safari

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Parks

Flights of Wonder

I had to work to convince my kid that this wasn’t just “a bird show”. Yes – it’s all birds. But they are all trained to do super cool things and when we got on the phone with his dad that night, this was the big thing he was talking about!   The show has a healthy dose of humor injected, too, to make it more fun for kids, but the feats of the birds alone are well worth the view.

Flights of Wonder

There are plenty of things guaranteed to keep an older but less adventurous kid entertained at Walt Disney World!

We would love to hear your suggestions!  Comment with your favorite ideas!  

 

Registration Day: Today? Next Week? Here’s What’s Going On

Today is a BIG day in the runDisney world:  Marathon weekend registration day!  Err… sorta.  It’s EARLY registration day.   Let me explain.

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Here’s the brief rundown on what’s going on TODAY.

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club holders will have a private link to register through their prospective sites.  This is intended for the Passholder or DVC owners only and should NOT be shared with non-Annual Passholders or DVC owners.  However, the jury is out on the “legality” of registering a friend or family member through these links.  People do it… but are they supposed to?   What say you readers?
Hold on… it’s sold out!
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We are already hearing that Goofy has sold out… of EARLY REGISTRATION slots.  Wowza- that’s in 10 minutes folks!  But don’t despair- there’s more to come.  Next week.
runDisney offers a rumored 30% of the available bibs for each race to travel agents, charities, running groups, and the AP and DVC early registration folks. You will STILL be able to register next week- even if you are an AP or DVC and miss out today.  Don’t sweat it folks; just be ready to go on the 22nd.  Links will go live sometime just a smidge before noon EST (at least that’s how it generally works.)  Have your Visa ready to go and don’t be afraid to use it!
Here’s some GREAT tips from our friends at We Run Disney for registering for major events.  And really, does anything get more major than a runDisney race?  I didn’t think so.
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The DisBroads will be running Marathon Weekend… some of them are hoping to hang out with this guy again and his shiny new medal.
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Will you be there?  What’s your registration strategy for this or any must-do event?