May Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

Before diving into Foodie Pen Pal fun I have to wish my sister Heather a BIG Happy Birthday!!!  She is off gallivanting in Europe right now and I am super jealous but she still deserves birthday wishes.  She is the best big sister a girl could have and I am really lucky to have her as mine.


I took a brief break from Foodie Pen Pals last month to move but I am SO excited to be back in the game this month!  Lindsay does such an amazing job with this one-of-a-kind pen pal service.  I sent my box to Brooke.  You can check out what I sent HERE.  I got an awesome box from Racheal of Running With Racheal.


The Lean Green Bean


First, how sweet is this note?


AND here are the awesome treats I got:


Everything looks SO good but I was particularly excited to see this:


Whenever I have made it to a Trader Joe’s I could NEVER find the cookie butter everyone raved about.  I was SO SO SO excited to see that Racheal sent it to me.  And it’s absolutely delicious.  Thanks Racheal for sending me some amazing treats!


Interested in becoming a Foodie Pen Pal?  Let Lindsay know before the 5th of the month!  Here is a more detailed description:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!

-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treatsThe spending limit is $15The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!

-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)

-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.

– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

Seriously, you should join in the fun!  It is so exciting getting a box every month with new and exciting treats!
Are you a Foodie Pen Pal?

WIAW … Disney Edition

Wednesday comes so much faster after a long weekend :)  It’s SO good to be halfway through the week and that much closer to the weekend.  Since it is is Wednesday it means it’s time for “What I Ate Wednesday” hosted by the lovely Jenn of Peas and Crayons!

After spending the weekend at Walt Disney World I thought it would only be appropriate to share some of my Disney eats with you all!  SO … Here’s “What I Ate … Disney Edition”.

Shades of Green has an awesome breakfast buffet for $10.95.  It had everything I could want … eggs, English muffins, omelets, fresh fruit, etc.  It was great starting off the day with healthy eats and a filling breakfast.



We packed a lot of our own snacks so we could save money and eat healthy.  So there were apples, PB, peaches, fruit leathers, etc.  There was also guacamole, chips, and ice cream.



Apparently I took advantage of my dad paying and got a lot of crab legs haha.  I also had an amazing lobster bisque!



Beer is a must on vacation … especially when it is warm out.  The Bud Light Lime signifies the return of summer.  YES.


All our eats were absolutely delicious on vacation but it sure is good to be getting back into our normal eating routine!  I have to make my 2-week meal plan today … would LOVE for some suggestions!  Feel free to leave your favorite dinner option in the comments :)


**I am hopping on the bandwagon and doing the Runners World Summer Run Streak!  You can check it out here but essentially you plan to run at least 1 mile a day until July 4!  I completed a 4 mile run yesterday to kick it off :)


Do you eat healthy on vacation?  I aim to get some fruits and veggies in but also lean towards enjoyment :)

Disney World Part 1

Hi friends!  Did you miss me?  Sorry to leave you hanging after Saturday’s post … I decided I would rather unplug and enjoy my family and that the blog could wait until we got home.  That also meant taking a little break from Twitter.  Due to the break, I don’t think my wedding post got as much love as it deserved from me, so you can check it out here.  It’s all the details of our ceremony :)


Chris and I got up bright and early Friday morning to pack up Emmalyne and hit the road to Orlando.  Disney World is only about a 4.5 hours drive from Savannah so we got to our hotel around 1PM.  We stayed at the Shades of Green resort which as a military-exclusive destination that is located on Walt Disney World.  The resort was beautiful and our room was perfect.  A big part about staying on property is the easy transportation to the various Disney parks.  We were able to hop on a bus at 2PM and head over to Epcot to meet my family.



We met up with my dad and brothers at Mission Space.  They had just ridding the “less intense” version and my brothers wanted to tackily the “more intense” orange version.  My dad loving obliged with sit with the Emster while Chris and I hopped on the ride with the boys.  I had ridden Mission Space the last time I visited WDW but totally forgot that it it generated G-Force by spinning.  When Chris realized this I was in trouble.  He stuck it out on the ride but it is not one he plans on repeating haha.

After our deep space voyage we started touring the world.  We did so in my favorite fashion … by enjoying a “local” beverage in the countries.  On the suggestion of my Twitter friends we hit up La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico pavilion for a margarita.  I got a pomegranate margarita on the rocks and it was delish!  My dad got a regular and loved his also.  The whole fam-bam split some chips and guac as a pre-dinner snack.  If you follow La Cava Del Tequila on Twitter you can get some drink specials!  We also ran into Donald Duck!

By the time we were done snacking it was getting close to our dinner reservation so we continued our walk down to Germany to find the Biergarten restaurant.

This was where the only real hiccup of the weekend occurred.  I checked us in for our dinner reservation 10 minutes early.  They proceeded to hand me a pager and said it would be 5-10 minutes later.  About 10 minutes in my pager beeped but didn’t light up/vibrate so I asked them about it.  They said it was probably a “test” and to keep waiting 35 minutes after our reservation time I went back up to ask how much longer and apparently we had been deleted from their system.  10 minutes later we got seated.  Ugh.  The dinner itself was a lot of fun.  It was pretty pricey but that’s Disney for you.  The German band played an awesome polka and the food was pretty good.  Of course, beer was involved.

Here is my other complaint.  Chris and I had to dash out of the restaurant at the end of our meal to attend to Emmie and a diaper issue.  My dad stayed to pay our bill.  Later that night he told me that they charged him for Emmie.  He disputed it with the waiter but the waiter said basically that my dad was SOL.  They charged $15 for a 7 month hold who didn’t eat when on their website it said kids until 3 were free.  Ridiculous right?

Any-who … after dinner we walked around a bit more and then camped out along the lake to get prime time viewing for the amazing fireworks show.  The Epcot fireworks are among my favorite so I was pretty excited.  By this time though Em was pretty tuckered out.

Before the fireworks started we were able to snag some family photos:

My dad and 3 of his 4 children … Heather is off galavanting Europe with her family right now and missed the photo op 😉  My brother Jack is the beast next to me.  He’s 15 and 6’2.  Drew is my youngest sibling and is 12 :)

We had a great day at Epcot and the fireworks definitely didn’t disappoint.  Stay tuned for Part 2 this week!  Also coming up is a WIAW Disney Edition and Tips for Doing Disney with a Baby :)

Have you been to Epcot?

Wedding: The Ceremony

We are having a blast at The Happiest Place on Earth!  Since it is Saturday that means it is time for the third installment of my wedding recap series.  This week is all about our ceremony.  If you want to catch up here are my last wedding posts:

The Details

Our Wedding Party

Our ceremony was held in the outdoor garden area of Stonebridge Manor in Mesa, AZ.  We got lucky … we got married in June in Arizona where temperatures skyrocket.  Earlier that week the thermometer topped out at around 105 degrees.  The day of our wedding it was a “cool” 95 degrees.  BEAUTIFUL summer weather for AZ.  On top of that, we rented cooling systems to be placed throughout the outdoor venue and it was really comfortable.

To got married you obviously need both a bride and a groom.  These photographs are two of my favorite from our individual portraits before the wedding.

I had both my mom and my dad walk me down the aisle because they are both equally important people in my life.

I think this photo captures Chris’ face and emotion perfectly as he saw me walking down the aisle.  The last time we had seen each other was the night before at our rehearsal dinner so I am thankful our photographer captured this special moment for us.

My parents “giving me away”.  I love the look on my mom’s face.

Our venue was perfect for us and the vision we had for our wedding.  Our pastor was amazing and personal.  We didn’t do a traditional wedding reading.  Instead, my Godmother read an exempt from one of my favorite books “The Alchemist”.

When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke – the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.

The ceremony in pictures …

One of my favorite things about our wedding ceremony was what our pastor did leading up to our first kiss.  As we did the sand ceremony he quietly walked to the back of the audience with his wireless microphone because immediate after the sand ceremony would be when he pronounced us man and wife.  He does this so that he isn’t in the photographs of the first kiss.  I thought it was genius and because of what he did we had a perfect photo:

Thanks for tuning in!  Next will be all about the PAR-TAY :)

Fitness Friday + Back/Biceps Super Sets

This week has been a little cray-cray but I am SO happy that by now we are on our way to Disney World!  WOO!!!  Heading to the happiest place on Earth definitely puts a smile on your face :)  AND it’s FITNESS FRIDAY!


This week I feel like I have gotten back on track with my workouts.  I am still full of congestion though so I scaled back a lot of the intensity to ease my way back into the gym.  I think I am dealing with new allergies because that’s what it feels like and cold medicine hasn’t done anything.  If I am still sneezing/blowing my nose constantly next week I think it’s time to visit the doctor.  BOO.  Any-who … here is what my week in workouts looked like:



I really liked the back/biceps superset workout I did yesterday.  I felt the burn and lifted heavy (for me).  I liked it so much I figured I ought to share it with you!



I am hoping to squeeze in a couple of workouts in the hotel gym while we are on vacation but I am not going to pressure myself to do it.  This vacation is about spending time with my family and having fun.  If an opportunity presents itself to hit the gym I’ll take it but it’s not my top priority :)  I do have my workout clothes and workouts packed just in case!


Does anyone know of a good pedometer app for your iPhone?  I would love to download one and track how many miles we walk throughout the day!  I know I could take my Garmin but I really don’t want to haha.


What was your favorite workout this week?