Monthly Archives: March 2017

FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL – DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE 2017

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Hi Everyone! Just a quick note before we dive into the Food + Wine gloriousness… I am bringing a new series to the blog called (drum roll) Fangirl Friday! For a long time I took part in the 5 Fandom Friday blog link up and have missed my weekly dose of nerdy fun. So now each Friday I will share a small dose of nerdy fangirl fun with you from my life. This will be everything from Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Cons and theme parks! Hope you enjoy!


So this weekend we celebrated my mom’s birthday and her main request was to visit Disney California Adventure’s Food and Wine Festival! So last Saturday we headed down to the Disneyland Resort to celebrate and enjoy some great food!

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This is the second year since the return of DCA’s Food and Wine Festival. I have to say they have learned a lot from the first year really improved the festival. You can read about last years here! The theme is food and wine from California… Last year we took a trip through the state and this year we visited different produce and foods native to the golden state.

FOOD CHOICES

With 11 booths this year we got to taste a lot of very delicious and unique food. My favorite alcoholic drink was Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule from the “Lemon Grove” stand. Food wise I love the Wagyu Beef and Creamy Polenta from the “Onion Lair” booth and if you are very adventures you have to try the Garlic-Rosemary and Avocado Oil Ice Cream Pop… This was so unique and delicious but not for everyone.

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This year I decided to get the Annual Passholder exclusive Sip + Savor pass which gives you a discounted rate to get food and non-alcoholic drinks from the various stands. If you want get the Sip + Savor pass too make sure you use your coupon tabs for foods over $5.60 to get the best value! They did change this from last year so it is a better value – but I would suggest start with one for your group or know you are coming multiple times to use all the tabs! I still have lots of tabs leftover… Good thing I am going back!

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You can also grab a tasting passsport to have a bit of fun… You collect a different stamp at each location! This passport also lists all the available food at each booth. You can track what you have tried how you liked them. This is also an easy way to find out gluten free and vegetarian information.

The 2017 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival runs from March 10 to April 16th. Let me know what you would want to try in the comments!

LIFE LATELY | 3.13.17

LIFE LATELY

Hello friends… I thought it would be a fun to start the week off with a little bit of a life recap! I was so busy the month of February between Berlin and running the Princess Half that I think I sent a grand total of 7 nights in my bed the whole month. So in light of all of my travels, I wanted to share some things that I am working on and a few updates!

Running

I recently updated my 2017 Race Schedule so head over here to see where I am running and all my recaps!

LA Life

If you are following me on any of my social media platforms you have probably seen that I have been seeing a ton of musicals and plays this year! To ensure that I was able to get Hamilton tickets I became a Pantages season ticket holder with my mom and cousin, Juliana. So far this year we have seen The King and I and Finding Neverland at the Pantages. Over at the Ahmanson we have seen the pre-Broadway run of Amelie (starring Phillipa Soo)  and Fun House. We still have more to come!

Fun Home the Musical

Shopping

I got these Lilly Pulitzer pants when I was in Florida! They are perfect for brunch or trips to Disney World.

Athleta hosted a barre class and private shopping event this weekend where I snatched up some amazing athleisure wear... You know you travel a lot when you see a studio wrap and think it will be a perfect plane sweater.

Travel

I am currently planning two summer trips that I am very excited about…
My mom and I will be going on a 7 day cruise to Greece – something we have wanted to do for a long time! Please leave any recommendations in the comments!
We are also going to Walt Disney World for July 4th!
Yes, I travel with my mom and yes, it is cool!

Laughing

Seriously this video is kind of my life…

My 5th Princess Half Marathon 👑 | 2017 Race Recap

Holy princess tiara 👑 – it is hard to believe that Juli and I’s just finished our 5th Princess Half Marathon. Truly an amazingly fun race that we both share so many memories at! I have to mention, we both realize we are so blessed to continue running this amazing race and are truly shocked that this year marked our fifth time crossing the finish line! Now onto the recap!

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This year Juli and I shared a DVC studio at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House. I have to say we both loved the hotel and it was great for race weekend. The buses worked so efficiently and we never encounter long lines. For our carb load meal we decided to check out Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs. Needless to say everyone at the table fell in love with this restaurant and we will be returning. Except we might lay off the hot sauce next time 🌶️

The night before the race we both a had a hard time getting to sleep the night before and talked in the dark for about an hour before we both finally fell asleep. My least favorite part of all runDisney races is the ridiculously early start times… The alarm went off at 3:20am (gross) and we quickly got ready to be way finders and navigate our way through 13.1 magical miles. I was way finder Moana and Juli was chief Moana… can you tell we both really liked this movie.

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We were promptly in line for the bus right before 4am and go on quickly. I won’t be the only one to say the traffic was awful this year. We usually have more time at the start area to relax and take pictures but due to the traffic we pretty much had to drop our bags at gear check, made our way to the portos and make the long march to the corrals. Of course this traffic led to a 10 min late start for the race… I wasn’t bothered by it.

I was in corral H, one up from last year! Juli was in her speedy D corral. They did change the way the corrals split this year which I think led to longer porto lines, but eventually we made our way to our appropriate corral. After the 10 min delay the national anthem was sung, fireworks went off, and the elites were out!

Finally it was my corrals time to start and I was off. This year I stopped for, what might be a personal record, 11 character stops. But I have to say the winner was Gaston. The line was long, but not ridiculous when I ran up on him at his Tavern in Fantasyland. I jumped in line and it moved so slow… I was a little upset and considered bailing out of the line to run on but Juli texted me to stay put. Gaston full on flirted with EVERY SINGLE PRINCESS. When it was my turn I popped up next to him in my usual “look how cute I am while running” pose and he full on pulled me into him… I was shocked, laughing, crazy in love and now am in love with this picture. In my opinion Gaston won the Princess Half.

Gaston at Princess Half Marathon 2017

I caught up with Juli and some friends in the Cinderella line after a quick castle pic stop. I ran my usual :45/:30 intervals throughout the entire race. We took a few extra walk breaks where the course crowding was impossible, around the half way point and on places where the road really slopes. I have to say the one thing about this course is with my ankle injuries the places where the course literally leans puts a lot of pressure on the outside of my right ankle.

I ran into so many friends on the course like Julian and finally found/met Erin! We had an amazing time and totally ran this as a party race – our time should prove this. Proud to say this might be my slowest half marathon time ever 3:58:18… Who else loves a party race!?!

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What can I say – we love the Princess Half Marathon! Per our tradition we got some champs at the finish line!

My Carry On | Updated

You may have seen from instagram but I recently traveled to Berlin for work. I had shared my previous carry on necessities from a few years ago, but as I have traveled more my carry on has gotten more refined.  I thought this trip was a great time to do an updated carry on post.

CARRY ON GUIDE

Strategy
Yes… I have a strategy for how I fly, especially long haul (aka over an ocean). As you probably know, you are allowed to bring one carry on bag, typically a wheeled one, and one personal item with you. My goal is to not have to open the my actual carry on accept for once the entire flight. Everything I need for the flight is in my personal item. This trip I am just using my Phillip Lim bag which will also be my work bag in Berlin.

In Flight Kit

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My personal bag holds all my in-flight necessities which all fit in my clear TSA approved zipper pouch. I like to keep my skin hydrated during the flight so I turn to my go to item Caudalie Beauty Elixir spray and Jo Malone Vitamin E Gel (seriously this stuff is a miracle worker). I pack my full eye cream and love to use the under eye gel masks right before we land to look more awake.
In this kit I also have a travel tooth brush, tooth paste, Advil PM, my Bobbi Brown foundation, and a bunch of perfume samples.

Along with my kit, in my personal bag I always have an iPhone charger, my travel wallet, a book, headphones, eye mask, Wet Wipes (wipe down your tray table people), and a small flashlight. Literally this is everything I need to get through a flight to Europe.

My Rolling Carry On

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This bag has all the extra things I may need or do not want to pack in my suitcase. I keep my laptop, all my chargers and adapters, my jewelry, work items like my hard drive and planner, a back up pair of leggings and panties, and a scarf (because Berlin was cold). The only thing in this bag that I use during the flight is my travel pillow, which I get out at the start of the flight and return to the bag before I land.

What are your carry-on necessities? Let me know in the comments!

I am very excited to continue my travels over the summer to Europe and my beloved Disney World! Stay tuned for more travel and running fun!


 

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