EAT, Family Life, Life, STL

Out of the Ordinary Day

Hey Guys!

How is your week going so far? Seems like my week has been SO long. How is it only Wednesday? Today is a super special day… It’s my husbands 29th birthday! So we decided to take the day off. Payton had school so after working out this morning we went to breakfast with some friends then headed home to clean up before making the trip out to Sump Coffee… Mid-Week Coffee Date for the win!

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Obviously I love coffee, so a new coffee experience is always welcomed. It was a great ambiance. It was really all about the coffee. They buy their beans green and roast them. The flavors are out of this world. It is not a frilly coffee shop. They carry only whole milk and soy milk and have no syrups or cream. Coffee truly is an art to them and I enjoyed it.

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After that we went down to the Central West End and found a cool place for lunch. I forgot to take a picture, what kind of blogger am I?! I had a great Chipotle Chicken Salad and lots of chips and salsa. After we picked Payton up we went to get cupcakes. Because every birthday deserves a good cupcake!

When we arrived home I was super excited to see that my text book arrived for my Precision Nutrition Certification Course!!

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I have been wanting to do some sort of nutrition certification for a long time now. I’ve looked into lots of different options but when I found this one I knew it was the one. It is not just about nutrition in general, but sports and exercise nutrition. I love that it combines the science and the application. They have a Level 1 and a Level 2 certification. I’m doing the Level 1 now and plan on getting the Level 2 next spring. I’ll share the journey with you along the way, of course.

After sneaking in a little bit of work we decided to go out and celebrate some more. We ended up at the local kids party place. I am not usually a big fan, mostly because lots of small children make me feel stressed… but on a Wednesday evening it was empty! Score!

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We played lots of Ski Ball

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Chris won the jackpot on Deal or No Deal

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And I beat Chris twice in the Sink It game.

It was such a fun spontaneous day! I love spending time with the hubs and kiddo. And I love being able to celebrate another birthday with the man I am lucky to call mine. He is my best friend and biggest supporter. He is my sanity and keeps me grounded. Plus he has a pretty epic beard. I mean, look at it…

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Can’t argue with that, can ya? #BeardStrong

Happy Birthday!

How do you celebrate birthdays?
Are you Pro or Anti beard?

STL

Disney Junior Live On Tour – St Louis 2/8/14

It’s no secret that our family absolutely looooooves Disney. It’s more of an obsession at this point. In just about a week we will be setting sail on our first ever cruise, a Disney Cruise! I’m positive that it will make us even more obsessed with all things Disney. They are good at what they do.

The hubs and I have passed on our obsession to our daughter. Her 4th birthday is coming up next month and we want to do something special. It seems like Disney was aware of this and scheduled their St Louis stop on their Disney Junior Live on Tour right around her birthday. It was totally on purpose, obviously. Her birthday is February 16th and they are coming to town on Saturday February 8th!

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Disney Junior is her absolute favorite thing right now. She is in love with Sofia the First, Jake and his band of pirates, and Doc McStuffins. She even dressed up as Princess Sofia for Halloween… Isn’t she the cutest?!

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The show sounds like a blast just from reading the description:

Join Sofia as she prepares for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the meaning of being a true princess with a special appearance by Cinderella. Then it’s off to Never Land where Jake, Izzy, and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to find treasure in a mysterious volcano. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your family will sing, shout, & soar into the action!

 Special bonus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show!  You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders.

Jake, Sofia, and Doc all in one show! They are coming to Chaifetz Arena on Saturday February 8th with shows at 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm. You can buy your tickets online and get them for $18 flat using the code BLOG. Discount does not apply to Floor, Front Row, or VIP seats.  No double discounts.  Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply.

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I’m so looking forward to the magical experience with our family and I hope you can join us!

Have you been to a Disney Live show?

I am receiving complementary tickets in exchange for helping promote the show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Life, STL

Disney on Ice St Louis

Remember awhile back when I told you about Disney on Ice coming to St Louis? Well this past Friday was the day! They were here for 3 days playing multiple shows. We went on Friday night. We decided not to tell Payton what we were doing. As we drove out to the city she said our adventure was a far drive, but she was excited the whole way there!

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When we arrived I had her princess dress ready and told her we were going to see all her disney friends. She was so excited! I was super impressed with the set up. Disney had their vendors and merchandise set up so well, it reminded me of Disney World. We found our seats, which were absolutely amazing! I’m pretty sure I was just as (if not more!) excited than she was!! (not sure if the guy behind us was having a good time though…)

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We had a pretty hot date too…

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This particular production of Disney on Ice celebrated 100 years of Disney Magic so they had performances from all of our favorite Disney shows. From Aladdin, to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Beauty and the Beast (!!), Most all of the classic Princesses, and even It’s a Small World!

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The show was just short of 2 hours, I think. They had an intermission about an hour in. If you think your child will have to go to the bathroom during admission try to slip out a little early or make dad take them. The lines for the women’s bathroom were outrageous… but it was worth the whole night just to see this face…

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Overall, the show was amazing and we had an awesome family fun time! I would highly recommend taking your kids to see it. or if you don’t have kids just go by yourself!

Have you ever seen an “On Ice” show?
What’s your favorite Disney Movie? Mine is Beauty and the Beast so I was SO excited when this happened:

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Running, STL

Dirty Girl Mud Run St Louis 2013

Oh hey, world. I’m just a week late on my recap… no big deal. Last week I participated in the Dirty Girl Mud Run with some of my favorite girls, and it was a BLAST! We met up at CrossFit 70 to carpool over since parking was $10 a car. We were registered for the 9:30am wave and we got there a little after 8am. When we arrived there was seriously like NO line at all and we were through registration in less than 10 minutes. One of our girls was meeting us there and got there a little before 9am and the line was crrrraaazy. The lesson? Get there early!!

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Paul Mitchell Schools is one of the National Sponsors of the Dirty Girl Mud Run, so they had an awesome booth set up where you could get your hair braided for free and get pink put in for just $5 with proceeds going to charity. Since I have purple in my hair already I was allll about the pink!

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We checked our bags pretty easily and were all set up and ready to go. We ended up going in the 9:45 wave since one of our girls got held up in check in (can I say it again… get there EARLY!) We lined up at the start and had some fun warming up

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Ooooh yea, that’s how I warm up. haha. Before we knew it the count down was on and we were off! Just a little bit of running before we encountered our first obstacle…. I tried to get pictures of all of them but my camera lens got mud on it and I had no where clean to wipe it on so I was taking pictures blind… whoops.

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We ran through those foot hole things, crawled through tubes of mud, went over and under lots of things, through mazes, and over walls. I have done several other mud runs but I think this one goes down as the most fun because I did it with a group of girls I absolutely love! I seriously laughed SO much.

We were on to the cargo net climb, one of my favorites!

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The mudslide was SO fun. You really caught some speed!

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and if you were laughing on the way down you got a mouth full of mud… whoops.

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Overall this was an awesome event, very well organized and put together. It was done at a permanent mud run course here so the facilities were amazing. The shower rooms were awesome and the lines went fast to get cleaned up. My 2 major problems was that there didn’t seem to be a lot of water stops, 2 or 3 I think? So we were always thirsty. Also the food/beer station at the end was SO backed up. We ended up leaving to find food instead of waiting in line forever. We still had a blast though! We will for sure do it again next year, and be better planned with our costumes too!

Sidenote: It was almost exactly a year ago I ran my first mud run… What a difference a year makes!

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Have you done a mud run? Would you?

Disclaimer: I received Free Entry in exchange for my honest thoughts on the course. Of course, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

Running, STL

GO St Louis Half Marathon 2013 Race Recap

I signed up for the Go St Louis Half Marathon a long time ago. I figured since I wasn’t training for a Marathon all fall/winter that training for this would be easier than it was last year. I figured I would actually stick to a training plan and and see a massive PR from last year’s race. Then life happened. We traveled and it snowed and I just didn’t follow the plan. Then I invited one of my out of town friends to run it with me. She was rocking it out in her training until she hurt her knee. For the last month or so her longest run was 4 miles. I knocked out 10 miles on the treadmill 2 weeks before the race and felt confident I could finish and while I wasn’t going to set any course records I was fairly certain I could PR.

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Friday morning I picked up Emily from the airport, it was SO good to see her. It has seriously been 6 years or something crazy. From there we headed downtown to the expo. We had to wait in line for about 10 minutes before the doors opened.

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One we got in we picked up our bibs and headed down to the floor for the expo. I was in shopping mode, but wasn’t sure I was going to actually buy anything. Then I saw the Lift Your Sole booth and knew I’d walk out with something… I mean check out these tshirts!

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I ended  up buying the Suck It Up Buttercup shirt. I love that saying and liked the flowers and colors. It was a hard choice, I sat there debating between that one or the motherhood one for awhile but ended up picking the brighter color. They also sell jewelry, be sure to check them out.

I also got to stop by and check out the organicgirl booth – LOVED that they had a sample I could eat on the Whole30. And I got a tattoo, sweet right?

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Emily and I both ended up doing a gait analysis with one of the local running stores. They recommended I run in the Brooks Glycerins… Already do! BAM.

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Let me tell you- If you think you look bad running… trying watching yourself run in slow motion. Not attractive. Anyway- The expo was tons of fun! Mostly because my amazing husband kept the toddler at home so I didn’t have to push a stroller or chase a kid the whole time. Thanks Babe!

I wrote in my Whole30 week 1 recap about my fueling errors on Saturday… I really should have eaten more carbs than I did. I tried my best, but I just shouldn’t have changed up my diet so much the week before a race. They say to do what you know works, and I didn’t.

Sunday morning I was up at 4:15 to get dressed, get the kiddo ready, and head out the door. I got off schedule a bit- ended up putting my pace tattoo on upside down, shoved a banana/sunbutter/coconut flake conconction down the hatch and ran out the door only realize I left my garmin at home. So I made Chris turn around. Of course. I started to get the nervous stomach a few miles from the exit. I needed a Portapotty quick. We finally found them and the lines were outrageous.

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There were a ton of runners and I knew the lines would be kinda long, but we were cutting it close to starting time and I got super frustrated that there were a ton of spectators in line for the bathroom. Couldn’t they wait until after we started? Anyway- we finally make it and get into our corral. This was it, it was GO! time (haha)

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No matter how many times I tell myself NOT to go out too fast – I do. We held around a 12 minute pace for the first few miles. That is pretty fast for me. Then comes the first hill just before mile 3 heading through Soulard towards the brewery… I freaking hate hills. I just don’t do good with them. I feel like I can’t ever catch my breath. It’s like thrusters. Ugh. Anyway- we got to the hill and ran through Soulard. I love that those people come out blaring music and cheering in their PJs for us. Makes me laugh.

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Then we headed through the brewery, and it smelled yeasty. After we got through there we had a long stretch before mile 4 and my legs were already feeling tired. I was feeling sluggish and knew right away my fueling was off so I popped some Honey Stingers chews. I’m pretty sure having those in my flipbelt saved my race. We kept a decent pace through mile 4, 5, & 6 and ended up with a 6 mile split of 1:21. We were on point to come in under 3 hours according to my pace tattoo (that was on upside down)

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Then came miles 6-8. This part of the course was a race within a race, sponsored by the Yurbuds #BeyondtheWall campaign. It was called “Holy Hill” if that gives you any indication of how awesome this part of the race was going to be *sarcasm* So basically these several miles were never freaking ending hills. And I hate hills.

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Instead of #BeyondTheWall it should say #WelcometoHell

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Here is my fake smile. I was dying inside. Oh and it was HOT. Like the hottest day we’ve had in forever. 75ish. I have NO clue how Mel ran in a long sleeve zip up!

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See that hill in the distance? that was the Second HUGE hill as a part of Holy Hill. Awesome. I knew our pace would slow down considerably during these several miles. We were about 5 minutes off from the 3 hour pace by the end of these hills – I thought if we pushed on the straightaways that we could make it up.

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As we exited Holy Hill around mile 8 there was the Gu stop… and they were all out of Gu. As we turned the corner there was a lady who collapsed on the side of the road in tears sobbing. These were NOT encouraging events for how the rest of the race was going to go for us. We trotted on through a water stop and came upon the mile 9 marker (which Emily thought we had already passed) and turned on to the long out and back.

This was the turning point of the race for us. Here is the deal – I am NOT the funnest person to run with (which is probably why I run alone). I will always keep going – but I will jokingly complain a lot of the way. I will talk about all the things I’d rather be doing and how much I hurt. The whole first half of the race Emily kept trying to give me encouragement and tips and I would shoot off something sarcastic back. As we turned that corner at mile 9 things kinda switched. See Emily had a knee injury that took her out of training for awhile. She didn’t expect to make it more than 4 miles, but felt pretty good and kept going. Until mile 9. We did walk/run intervals for mile 9 and then after the turnaround at mile 10 she just couldn’t go anymore. This was somewhere around 2:00 or 2:20. We ended up walking the last 3 miles. She urged me to go on without her, but I couldn’t just leave her there! We were going to finish this together. So we walked. I got a charlie horse in my calf and she had to stop to stretch a few times but we mostly just kept walking.

We finished in 3:33. I didn’t PR, but we finished. Together.

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*cue sappy song*

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I figure if I was ONLY 10 Minutes slower than I was last year… and I walked the last 3 miles, I am certainly FAR faster and more fit than I was last year.

I now have one month to pick my training back up before the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Half Marathon. I hear that is a challenging course because of all the bridges you run. Awesome. Any tips for training for another race so close to this one? Also, If you are looking for some motivation to get out there and run be sure to check out the newest #RunFor video! (and check out the other videos too – last week’s was my favorite so far!)

 

 

  I’m so proud of Emily for pushing through and finishing her first half marathon! I had a blast and know that if I plan on running this race again I’m going to need some more hill training!

Did you run a race this weekend? SO many people were out at this race and I didn’t get to see them – dang crowds!

 

 

 

Nutrition, Running, STL, Whole30, workouts

So I’m Running a Half Marathon on Sunday…

oh yea. That snuck up on me. So remember when I posted about my CrossFit Endurance Half Marathon Training Plan?

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Well somewhere in between all our traveling, school, and horrible weather I just didn’t keep up with it. I know that I have gotten faster, but I needed to know that I could run the distance. So I just added in some long runs when I could… I know I CAN finish – I just don’t know how fast at this point. I am SO excited to have my friend Emily coming into town to run with me, but she has been out for awhile due to a knee injury. I’m deciding to just take this race as a fun run and hope to PR.  I plan on getting some more speed training in before the Pittsburgh Half Marathon next month, but I hear the course is hilly. Regardless of how the clock says I do on Sunday, I know I’m WAY fitter than I was last year when I ran this race (Thanks, CrossFit!)

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Obviously not the best comparison shot. But last year I was busting out of my Mens Size Large Jersey. That same jersey is baggy now! Having less weight to carry for 13.1 miles is going to make a huge difference. If I had to guess around that time last year I was probably hovering around 215lbs give or take – Today I weight 189 (yes, I weighed myself on the Whole30. If that’s the worst thing I do these 30 days I’m doing ok). That is 26lbs difference, but I know I’ve gotten a lot stronger and likely gained muscle.

Last year I my longest training run was 8 miles. This year I did a 10 mile training run 2 weeks out. On the treadmill. I’m pretty sure if I can do 10 on the treadmill I can do anything.

This past week I’ve been eating super clean being on the Whole30 – and hydrating like crazy. My only concern is my fueling, since I haven’t tried any natural things like Dates/Rasins I may just stick with my Honey Stingers (at least they are organic!) and Nuun. I’m still not sure though.

All that to say I really am looking forward to this race, it’s going to be fun.. I love the racing environment. It’s electric. Pushing yourself to the limits and then going further is exhilarating. Not to mention watching the Dick’s Sporting Goods #RunFor videos has got me super pumped up to run. Check out this one from last week, I think it is my favorite yet.

If Team Hoyt can run 1000+ races including several IRON MAN races, I certainly can go out there and knock out 13.1 miles.

What do you #runfor? Any races coming up? Hows your training going?

EAT, STL

#STLBloggers Meet Up: Ces & Judy’s Catering

So way back in September/October I contacted a fellow FitFluential Ambassador that I knew lived in the St Louis Area, Lindsay from ItzLinz, and asked her about meeting up. Turns out there was a little group of people who had met up before. Well, we decided to try for a meet up in October and after a gazillion emails back and forth between a handful of us… 3 of us showed up. It was fun, but I knew there had to be a more efficient way to bring bloggers together! So I started the STLBloggers Facebook group and invited all the bloggers in the area that I knew… who invited all the bloggers they knew… and now we have almost 90 members!

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November we had over 20 people join us for our meet up out at Quintessential Dining in St Charles. With the holidays we decided to skip December and I was SO excited when Jenny approached me with idea to work with Ces & Judy’s, a local STL catering company, for our January meet up. I made the drive out to Frontenac on Friday, thankful that their location was easy to find with the help of my iPhone.

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While they do have a very mobile catering business, reaching all parts of St Louis, they also have an absolutely beautiful venue. We were seated in the Round Room, which holds up to 80 people. They also have a ballroom that can accomodate up to 250 guests. It would be a beautiful place for an event.

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We had a smaller turn out than expected, so many people were sick… boo! So we ended up pushing our tables together so we could have a more intimate setting. Jenna, who works with Ces & Judy’s told us a little bit about the business. They just went through a massive rebrand, and I am SO in love with their site:

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Isn’t it adorable?! Then it came time for the food. When it was time to chow down we did what bloggers do best…. Take copious amounts of pictures!!

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The Menu:

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Mixed Lettuces Salad

Dried Cranberries

Bleu Cheese

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Chicken Marsala

Orzo Pasta

Herbed Beef Tenderloin Skewers with Lemon Caper Aioli

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions

Rolls and Butter

Dessert Bars

Everything was SO good. My favorite was the salad, the dressing was amazing. The Green Beans came in a close second. You just can’t go wrong with caramelized onions.

They also had the cutest little wine area, complete with a sparkly frame. Pink + Sparkles = WINNING

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We sat around and talked for awhile. It was funny to hear other people’s stories about PR pitches and search terms. Or weirdest giveaways. I think Meghann Wins for that one. haha!

We had dessert and coffee

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and of course took more pictures. I don’t know why we decided to do an up angle instead of down… but ah well…

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From left to right: Rachel at Style Every Day, Yokasta at Get U Moving Fitness, ME!, Clare at Fitting It All In, Christina at Homemade Ocean, Katie at Mom’s Little Running Buddy, Jenny at The Jenny Pincher, Ashley at Eat, Run, Live Happy, Karen at Arch City Homes, and Lindsay from ItzLinz

We, of course, had to get a picture of all the FitFluential Ambassadors that were there

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And what would a blogger meet up be without an attempt at a non awkward Vlog!

It was a Dazzling & Delicious Time!

Have you ever attended a blogger meet up?

STL

Yelp Shops Local Event: Kaldi’s Roaster Tour and Roast

I finally got to attend my first Yelp event! I have been yelping off and on for a few years… mostly looking for good reviews than actually writing reviews. When I started to see the Yelp Community grow I was excited about getting more involved. So, I started writing reviews… checking in… looking for new Yelpers to Friend. It became so much fun! We use Yelp when we travel, when we are looking for a new place to eat, or something to do. “How many stars does it have?” is a normal question when we are out to eat. When I saw they were hosting the Kaldi’s Roaster Tour and Roast I knew that we had to get in on it.

As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the Yelp St Louis Community Manager Aimee, who is just as spunky in person as she is in her reviews, and told to hang around and chat with everyone. We also were offered speciality drinks made by the awesome Kaldi’s barista. The drinks were A-MAZ-ING. Seriously, can I just bring Jackie home with me to make me drinks all the time?!


There was also a little area with pastries and baked goods set up. Hello chocolate chip! After mingling for awhile we were taken on a tour of the wear house where they roast the coffee and the cupping room where they try the coffee. I had no idea they all just sit around a table and try coffee and just by tasting one cup decide to buy thousands of pounds of coffee. No pressure, right?

Seeing the actual roasting machines was pretty cool. They also bag and sticker all their coffee by hand. I love that Kaldi’s is a local place that is growing and doing so well.

I had a great time and loved getting to meet other yelpers. Can’t wait for the next event!!

Do you Yelp? Friend me!

Family Life, STL, Travel

Holiday Travel Tips

We have been traveling a lot this year. We headed to Florida in January for the WDW Marathon, South Dakota Business Trip in February, Texas in March, Miami in June, Back to South Dakota in September, Chicago in September as well, and most recently to Florida just last week. Traveling can be hectic! Especially if you’re flying… with a toddler. There is so much to try to remember and coordinate. Here are a few tips to help you travel with less stress this holiday season.

I usually like to wear loose layers, depending on where/when I’m traveling. I almost always work up a sweat trying to get through check in and security so it’s nice to have layers. Let’s talk about shoe choices… Please don’t wear shoes that will take you forever to take off and put back on. You will have to take your shoes off for security. I chose my slip on boots last time to make it easy. Don’t wear a belt if you don’t want to have to take it off. Keep your pockets empty until you pass through security.

And please- for the love of chocolate – don’t wear your pajamas.

This one is more for those of you traveling with monsters toddlers/infants. When you travel with kids you know you already have a lot of stuff… sippy cups, extra clothes (just in case), Pull ups, blankies, DVD players, and of course the handful of random toys they collect that you can’t leave the house without…. You don’t want to try to get a kid, your carry on bag, laptop, camera, AND a full size suitcase. Check with your airlines on baggage fees. I’m usually a pretty frugal person, but in this instance I’ll pay the $25 to save my sanity during airport excursions.

This one should be a given, but I’ve heard way too many horror stories of people missing flights. One time I missed a flight by 5 minutes. Seriously?! Yes. Make sure that you leave enough time to get to the airport, check in, get through security, find your gate, and get starbucks. Some people boast that smaller airports don’t require as much time, while that may be true at other times of the year I wouldn’t risk it during the holidays.

Since we’re talking about getting to the airport… let’s talk about how to get there. Instead of begging for rides or paying a random taxi driver, I’ve found the easiest way to is drive your own car and park it at the airport. Then you have to figure out which parking place to use. My recommendation: The Parking Spot

Dropping off the car was a breeze. Just drop it off and hop on one of the friendly shuttles going back and forth to the terminal every 5-7 minutes. We went with the covered parking option, but if you don’t mind it the uncovered parking is a little cheaper. It was nice not to worry about our car the whole week we were gone.

Coming back we were pretty exhausted. Our flight home was delayed and when we landed in St Louis we were just ready to get home. We got our luggage and headed out to the parking shuttle station. Some locations have just one Parking Spot Lot, but STL has 3! One thing to make sure of is that you remember which of the 3 Parking Spot locations you parked at. Your claim ticket should say this. We waited a few minutes before the Parking Spot 3 bus pulled up and as we were getting on the friendly driver told us our ticket was for the main Parking Spot… Whoops! Just another few minutes before the right shuttle came back around. The shuttles were very clean, something I am always looking for. Little Dreamer loved riding on the poka not (polka dot) bus!

A short ride and we were at the parking garage, where they had our truck ready for us! The parking garage is well lit, which is something the CSI and SVU fan in me appreciates. It felt safe, which as a woman is something I appreciate. No sketchiness here!

They also offer all sorts of different car care options while you are away – including washing and detailing. Nothing like leaving a dirty car and coming back to a clean one. If only that happened to my house! The lovely people there helped us get our bags into the car and we drove through the exit. There was someone there to assist us quickly, and they also had self checkout stations.  

They offered us a complementary bottle of water, which was just what I needed after a long day of travel. Had it been before 9am we could have gotten a complementary copy of USA Today as well! They also have a rewards program called The Spot Club that lets you earn rewards points for each stay!

Overall I was very pleased with our service at The Parking Spot and will be returning again on our next trip.

Have you tried The Parking Spot? What are some of your Holiday Travel Tips?


Thankful Thoughts

21. Thankful that my husband did the dishes last night when I was overwhelmed with homework.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign. All opinions are my own.

Family Life, STL

Six Flags St Louis – #KeysToSTL

We are still recapping this weekend, I told you it was a busy one!! After Friday nights STL Blogger Meet Up and the Zombie Survival Dash on Saturday Morning we changed clothes in the Tahoe. It was actually pretty roomy, we were able to easily change out of our running gear and get ready for a fun day at Six Flags St Louis. I was provided free entry as a part of the Chevy Keys to St Louis campaign, the same one that has let me drive their awesome Tahoe this week!

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Before heading to Six Flags we stopped for brunch at Denny’s. It has seriously been years since I’ve been to a Denny’s. I used to go all the time. That was the “go to” spot if you wanted to skip class in high school… it was also the late night weekend hangout. I can’t tell you how many orders of Buffalo Chicken strips I consumed during my high school years. This time I ordered the Ultimate Scramble Skillet. It was pretty good, but lacking on the advertised spinach. Why do people hate spinach? Popeye had it right… spinach is awesome! Anyway – after refueling we were ready to hit the park!

Six Flags St Louis

We rod the Ninja first. It would be an awesome ride if I wasn’t so darn short. My head kept bopping back and forth between the restraint and I kept getting my ears smashed. My tall dark and handsome husband had no issues with it though. After the Ninja, we went over to Gotham City. I love the Batman ride. It reminds me of Montu, the roller coaster back at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay… You know, my old stompin grounds, ha! I love that it lets your feet hang free! I, of course, had to have my picture taken with the bat suit. We also had to ride Superman’s Tower. I think that is my favorite ride. I love going up and just sitting there. The anticipation of not knowing when you are going to drop is the best! I love the falling feeling, which makes me think I will enjoy skydiving someday.

This weekend was the last weekend of Fright Fest, where they have everything all spooked out. There were creepy spiders, graveyards, and zombies everywhere. Talk about a zombie filled day!

Six Flags Fright Fest

We got a drink and a churro and kept exploring the rides. Another favorite of mine: Scooby Doo!! Who doesn’t love Scooby? I like that it is an interactive game with the laser guns, even if I lose to the hubs every.single.time. We got to ride American Thunder. Wooden roller coasters are really hit and miss for me. I like them if they have a smooth ride, the clunkity clunk ones make me nauseous.
St Louis Six Flags

After walking around the whole park we decided to indulge in the Funnel Cake Sundae. It was gloriously delicious. We rode the train around the park, then started to realize the lines were getting pretty outrageous so we headed out. As we were leaving the Tahoe showed the low fuel alert. As much as we drove it all week, I was surprised we didn’t have to put gas in it sooner! I loved that it gave you the option to list the closest gas stations! We saw a beautiful St Louis sunset on the drive home. We had to pick up Little Dreamer from Grandma’s house and she was just as tired as we were! We stopped by Stefanina’s (one of my St Louis Favorites!) and here is how she spent her time there:

Baby sleeping during meal

Last night they came and took away my Tahoe. Sad day… I wanted to keep it forever! I’m so thankful to have been a part of Chevy’s Keys to STL campaign, I hope you enjoyed all my St Louis posts throughout the week! Thanks again to Chevy for the opportunity!

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