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Frozen #DisneySide on a Saturday Night

In our house, you never have to worry where our Disney Side has hidden. When you least expect it, it will show up in full force. It may be me wearing my Minnie Sparkle Ears to a meeting at school, or it could be crafting with the kids. Of course, it could also be on Twitter while Tweeting to my husband on a Saturday night. Let me set the scene. TechyDad and I were both sitting at the dining room table working on some freelance work. I decided to put some music on. It prompted the following  from Techydad, which of course needed a reply.

Our DisneySide in Tweets

This continued back and forth for about an hour. We may not have gotten a lot of work done during that time, but oh my goodness did we laugh. It truly is magical to see how something silly that had a touch of Disney got us smiling and refocused on our work. You can see more of our Tweets back and forth with the Frozen theme on TechyDad’s post What Happens When Frozen and Exhaustion Meet on Twitter.

Has your Disney Side every shown up in an unusual manner? I would love to hear all about it.

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The No Resolution Zone

Almost a month of 2014 has come and gone and I have not broken a single New Years resolution. Of course, I should probably mention that I do not make resolutions. Back in 2009, I actually wrote about the Anti-Resolution Craze. To me resolutions set a lot of people up to fail. Personally, I tend to do better with goals. Making smaller goals that work toward a bigger ones help me to be successful and keep these items in check. This holds true for work items, as well as health and wellness. Last year as part of the Verizon Lifestyle Bloggers, I received a Jawbone UP. At the time, the UP helped me to realize that I needed some new sleep goals.

Jawbone UP helping to work on goals

Moving forward, I want to use my UP as an even more powerful resource. I know it can track my steps and help me to get toward the 10,000 steps that I would love to meet each and every day. Of course, writing and crafting a lot means that I am often sitting for long periods of time. My new goal is to make sure I am not inactive at home for more than 45 minutes to an hour. I am able to set the UP to alert me with a buzz of my wrist so I can get myself moving. It could mean taking a quick walk outside (if it isn’t too cold), walking in place while watching the news, or popping in a workout DVD. I know I need to get more active and I am hoping my UP will help me to track this more.

Idle Alert on the Jawbone UP

I now have set up one of the Alarms on my UP. Thanks to the UP Idle Alert it will now let me know if I have been sitting still for more than 45 minutes from 8 in the morning until 7 at night. So, we will see how this goes. I figure this is one step toward the process of healthier living. Then, I will work on adding the MyFitnessPal integration in. I know TechyDad loves that app and it can work with my UP, so I should try it out.

So what technology tools and apps do you use to work toward health and fitness goals in your life?

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Disclosure: As a member of the Verizon Lifestyle Bloggers, I received an UP by Jawbone (link to information page). The UP allows me to track my activity, sleep, and other items with the app that go along with the device. In addition to this, I receive other devices from Verizon to use in my life. There was no other compensation. I am a long time Verizon customer, and all opinions are my own.

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My Disney Side

It it really hard to explain what my Disney Side is because Disney is part of who I am. I can not recall a time that Disney was not in my life. I still remember going to Walt Disney World as a Toddler without my brother. Then, learning to make phone calls was extra magical on our Mickey Mouse rotary phone (classic). Multiple magical trips to different resorts in Orlando as a child, and the adventure to Hawaii and Disneyland to celebrate my father’s 40th birthday. When TechyDad and I began our life as husband and wife, we went on a Walt Disney World honeymoon. This was his first trip and I quickly made him understand why the Disney Side was crucial in life. While we now bring the kids with us, I still love how Disney can make me feel like a kid, melt away the stress of life, and smile every day.

My Disney Side

Focused on the Magic

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Goodbye to 2013 – Part 1

It is hard to believe that that end of 2013 is already here. Looking back at this year, it is difficult to focus on a theme. There were many ups and downs, but I really feel that my growth as an advocate was huge and a major accomplishment over the last 365 days. Here is a trip down memory lane of the year that was 2013.

January:

January 2013

February:

  • This was the month where the kindergarten kiddo celebrated 100 days of school. We had fun putting together his project.
  • February also marked my sixth year of blogging. My have I come a long way from those first days.
  • A favorite activity from the winter months was definitely when we made slime. The boys spent hours playing and exploring for days and also enjoyed making a fort in our living room.

.February 2013

March:

March 2013

April:

, April 2013

May:

, May 2013

June:

June 2013

There was so much more that happened in the second half of 2013. More of that to come in a second post. What were your favorite memories of the year gone by? Please share below or leave a link to one of your favorite posts if you blog.

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Arts Paradis on Etsy

Several months ago, my friend at Chaos in the Country shared some earrings that she liked from a store on Etsy. I clicked on the link and browsed for quite some time. I immediately fell in love with several items from Arts Paradis and knew that I would be ordering something. Time went by and I sent some messages to Charlene Wood to see if she could made her beautiful angel earrings in different colors. Before I knew it, she wrote back to me and said she was going shopping and would look for new colors. A few days later, a rainbow of angel earrings were available in her Etsy store.

Shortly after this, I tried to figure out what to order myself for the boys to give me for my birthday. Yes, you read that right. I told TechyDad that I really wanted something from Charlene’s store and was going to order them. Not long after my order was placed, they arrived in a beautiful little bag grouped together.

Earrings from Arts Paradis

The photos above do not do the earrings justice. They are amazing! Not only are the earrings beautiful, they are constructed really well. Charlene also looked into something that I inquired about. I told her that I really wanted to get something for autism awareness one day. Well, she ordered some items to make some different styles. I am linking to the autism items here. Right now she has wine glass charms, a bracelet, key chain, and several pairs of earrings.

Have you ever bought yourself a birthday present for someone to give you before? I would love to know if other have done this.

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Disclosure: None, I simply wanted to share a great artist on Etsy. I bought my earrings and loved them so much I hope others may find something they enjoy.

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