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Bay Area modern day super woman, blogger & influencer, Jindy, writes about parenting, travel, running, Disneyland, runDisney, entertainment, sports, food, fitness, beauty, fashion, recipes and other fabulous things.

DIY: Wine & Champagne Cork Disney Pin Board

Everyone knows I'm a Disney pin collector, but nobody knows that my mom and I are cork hoarders. Yes, wine corks, champagne corks - cheap or expensive - we save them. For years I have been tossing my wine corks into a box because I watched my mom do the same thing. I think we were both trying to figure out how to recycle them or get creative with them, but nothing ever happened.

Last Mother's Day my beloved NoTwitterTodd got really creative - or really sick of seeing corks in the closet - and decided make a custom gift for me. What he created was a jaw-dropping surprise: a stunning cork board, made entirely out my mom's corks and some of mine, in the shape of a "J".

Legit.

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Standing an impressive 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, with corks arranged in a deliberate pattern, I could not get over how much time and effort this took to make. How did he do it?

Materials:

  • Wood (large enough piece to cut out letter shape)
  • Ruler / straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Corks

Instructions:

  1. Trace the letter with a pencil on the wood using the ruler / straight edge
  2. Carefully saw the outline, sand edges if needed
  3. Heat glue gun
  4. Determine pattern for wine corks by laying them out on the board without gluing them down. Some corks you may have to shave a bit depending on your board size. Luckily, he found a way to make these all fit without cutting them. Patience is key here.
  5. Glue down corks. Set aside to dry.
  6. After all corks are dry, give the board a jiggle or shake to ensure none are loose. Touch-up with glue as needed.
  7. Turn board over, cork side down, and mount evenly spaced picture hangers to the back to ensure your board hangs straight and securely.

I first used my board to display family photos and pin upcoming concert and game tickets somewhere where I could see them and not lose them. Pretty soon I realized this was awesome real estate for my extensive Disney pin collection.

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This particular board has pins I'm not interested in selling or trading. I have lots of artist proof and pre-production pins, lots of Nightmare Before Christmas pins (from when the overlay to the Haunted Mansion was introduced at Disneyland) and a variety of other fun pins that are hard to find or retired - such as the old Annual Passholder Disney Dining pins. I outlined the edges of the "J" with pins that glow in the dark so that it looks just as awesome at nighttime as it does during the day.

What I love most about this board is that he made it for me. I always tell him and my daughter that I don't want them spending money on me for Christmas or Mother's Day, etc. I just want time with them. So when he takes the time to make me these incredibly unique and thoughtful gifts, I am humbled by his love and thankful to have him in my life. 

I have lots more pins, and loads of corks - so I am hoping to make more boards soon.

BODYARMOR SuperDrink Review

As a runner, nutrition and hydration are really important to me. As the mother of an athletic teenager and the spouse to a busy team manager, nutrition and hydration are important to all of us. I was eager to try BODYARMOR SuperDrink, and was excited when they sent me a six-pack with a variety of flavors to review: Fruit Punch, Orange Mango, Strawberry Banana, Grape, Tropical Punch and Mixed Berry.

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So what exactly is BODYARMOR SuperDrink? Simply put: it's an upgrade to the usual sports drink. It's made with coconut water and naturally flavored. Additionally, it is packed with electrolytes and vitamins and made with all natural colors & sweeteners. 

No artificial sweeteners means no "diet" or "zero calorie" formulas. This is a good thing! When you are hydrating your body during and after strenuous activity, you need those calories to recover. What I loved about BODYARMOR SuperDrink was what I saw when I read each label: Lots of potassium and vitamins, caffeine free, gluten free, nut free and no artificial ingredients.

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When I run, lift weights and do hardcore plyo workouts, I sweat a lot. When it's time to rehydrate, water is not enough. We all need to replace our lost electrolytes. That's where BODYARMOR SuperDrink comes in. This formula utilizes potassium as its key electrolyte rather than sodium because we typically just don't get enough potassium in our diets alone, and potassium prevents cramping. Super important!

I love the ingredients, love the fact that the carb to calorie ratio is fair and love the addition of vitamins, minerals and potassium. But let's face it - none of that matters if the drink doesn't taste good. So I called in my team for a taste test. 

After a busy day at school, followed by cheer practice - my daughter was eager to try the fruit punch flavor before heading to work. She is a huge Gatorade drinker, and I was really surprised when she said she liked this a lot more.

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She said the flavor was yummy and sweet, but more "fruit-like" and "real" than Gatorade. She really loved it and said she'd happily make the switch.

I waited until my 8 mile long run day, and grabbed a bottle of the Mixed Berry as soon as I got home. First thing I noticed: this tastes like real fruit juice. It's light and refreshing, clean and not sticky on the tongue/throat like the Powerade I normally drink.

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And again, I was happy with that label! As athletes and parents, we take such good care of our nutrition at home, but once we leave the house we allow ourselves to just get by on whatever is available on the market. It doesn't have to be that way. BODYARMOR SuperDrink has changed that by offering a healthier, cleaner sports drink.

I tasted each flavor in the six-pack except for the Orange Mango, which my honey snatched as soon as he could. He loved it! Collectively, I found all the flavors to be good, but I especially loved the yummy goodness of strawberry banana. It was like drinking a fresh smoothie - without the smoothie texture. We all loved the punch and berry flavors, and I liked the grape a lot.

I definitely recommend upgrading your sports drink and giving BODYARMOR SuperDrink a try. You will never go back to those other sport drinks once you've tried this!

You can find BODYARMOR at the following retailers in your area: Raley's, Target & Lucky's. I even have a coupon link just for you! Take $1 off 2 bottles by printing the coupon.

Check out the BODYARMOR site for retail locations and follow BODYARMOR SportsDrink on social media for all the latest info: FaceBookTwitterInstagram.

Disclosure: As stated in the first paragraph, I received this free product and compensation in exchange for my time and honest review. All opinions are my own and those of my family.

Disneyland Paris Inaugural Half Marathon Announced for 2016

The Disneyland Paris Half Marathon is real and it is happening September 23 - 25th 2016. The announcement was made this morning via @DisneylandParis on Twitter: 


Aside from the dates, and the fact that there will be races for "all ages" available during Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend, details are scarce.

Questions from the USA runDisney community are many. Will there be a travel package available? Will there be early registration for DVC and AP Disney fans? Will there be a challenge? Will the 5K be the "all ages" race or will there be specific kids races?

These are all questions that remain unanswered at this time. My bet is there may be a package made available via Adventures by Disney. You can sign up for more information on the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon at the race page: run.disneylandparis.fr

I'll be sure to post more information as it becomes available! In the meantime, GET READY! They gave us 18+ months to save money for this one.

Photo: Disney

Photo: Disney

Review: "Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate!"

Disney promised a "colossal party on ice" and they delivered last night at the SAP Center during Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate!. With performances through Sunday, February 22, the show stuns with over 50 Disney characters, beautiful sets, talented skaters and classic Disney magic.

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There's no point in throwing a party if you can't invite all your friends. That's why the show opens with Lumiere inviting everyone to "Be Our Guest". Featuring the coolest kickline ever, the show began with a bang!

Mickey and Minnie make their grand entrance and announce they are looking for a "celebration of celebrations". They came to party! As soon as the Mad Hatter hears that, he decides to throw "A Very Merry Unbirthday" party.

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The party ends in chaos, and soon Mickey finds himself cleaning up after everyone - with a magical broom of course! “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment is visually stunning, featuring brooms in spectacular costumes that glowed under black lights.

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Once Mickey has the enchanted brooms under control again, Minnie tells him one of her favorite celebrations is Halloween. Instantly Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" arrives and throws his own spooky party. His solo performance is my favorite of the show.

Jack can skate. Who knew?! #DisneyOnIce #JackSkellington

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Joining Jack are popular Disney Villains Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar, Maleficent and that scary hag witch from Snow White. Mickey thinks it's just a regular trick-or-treat party, but when things get a little scary, Minnie and friends rescue Mickey. Although spooky, I wouldn't quite consider this part of the show too scary for little ones. 

Photo: Disney / Feld Entertainment

Photo: Disney / Feld Entertainment

To lighten the mood from spooky to sparkly, the Fairy Godmother suddenly appears to help Minnie in her quest to find her own fairytale prince. After a few chants of "Bippity Boppity Boo" from the very enthusiastic audience, Minnie emerges in a beautiful new gown fit for a princess.

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Minnie is suddenly at a ball along with all of her favorite princesses and their princes. Starring Jasmine and Aladdin, Belle and Beast, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Ariel and Eric, Mulan and Shang, Tiana and Naveen, and Snow White and her prince this segment featured beautiful couples' skating that left the audience gasping. I thought this was really well done.

Minnie discovers her prince is of course Mickey, and the entire ball dances to "That's How You Know" from the movie "Enchanted" which is the most epic thing ever especially when your 17 year old daughter knows all the lyrics and starts singing really loudly. 

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The show then breaks with an intermission that gave us all enough time to take selfies, use the restrooms and buy popcorn and another flashing slushee cup.

Act 2 begins with Mickey and Minnie en route to their summer vacation. Mickey has a newfangled gadget that he thinks will help them plan an even better trip. They begin together in Hawaii with Lilo, Stitch and dance along to “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride”, but soon the gadget malfunctions ands ends up separating them and sending them off on different adventures.

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Mickey visits Brazil for Carnivale, where he celebrates with beautifully costumed dancers. Then he is transported to China where he dances with a dragon. That was so much fun to watch considering the Chinese New Year is upon us. In her travels, Minnie visits Japan, and dances at the Sakura festival. She looks so very pretty in her kimono! 

Photo: Disney / Feld Entertainment

Photo: Disney / Feld Entertainment

Thankfully Princess Tiana and her beau Naveen are able to reunite our favorite mouse couple in New Orleans - just in time for Mardi Gras. They dance to "Dig a Little Deeper".

As luck would have it, Minnie's other favorite holiday is also my other favorite holiday: Christmas! Santa Goofy drops in through the chimney, and the cast of "Toy Story" arrive to help Mickey and Minnie celebrate Christmas. The As the finale approaches, Christmas decorations fill the ice and Mickey and Mickey board a beautiful, giant sleigh.

Tinker Bell joins the other characters on the ice and with a little pixie dust, gives a grand finale featuring snow and indoor fireworks. The ooohs and ahhs from the crowd arrived on cue! Fireworks and snow - just like at Disneyland. The perfect ending to a show that celebrates celebrations.

Photo: Disney / Feld Entertainment

Photo: Disney / Feld Entertainment

At two hours the show is the perfect length for little ones, and the theme - while a little loose - is one of joy. Take the kids and your adult Disney fan friends - there is no age limit! Our entire family enjoyed the show - from elementary school age through high school. You'll love it too!

Remaining show dates:

SAP Center at San Jose
February 18-22, 2015
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Oracle Arena
February 25-March 1, 2015
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Monday Motivation: February Run Streak Check-In

Late January, while running in Reno, I was inspired to create my own running challenge on the Nike Plus app. The ability to create a personal challenge and then invite your friends to join in - if they choose - is one of the really neat features of the sometimes squirrely app.

My challenge? To run all 28 days in February. Why not, it's the shortest month of the year. When creating the challenge, the app asked me to enter a milage goal - so I entered 56 (roughly 2 miles per day or 1 per day with longer runs on the weekends). 

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The results so far? I've run 38.3 pure training miles this month. No races, just training. This is the most consistent I've been with my running in the last year, so I am really happy I decided to create the challenge as a push to myself.

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Although some of the miles have actually been brisk walks with my sweetheart in the evenings, I have managed to stay on point and not have an extremely slow average pace overall. Bonus? The calorie burn! 3,453 burned in 16 days, and that is just with my running. I also started the 21 Day Fix Extreme last week, so I am getting in weight training, plyometrics and other cardio training as well.

I am loving February.