Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekly Recap--August 24-30, 2015

Well, we survived the first week of back to school!


First day of school!

We won in softball and then went to Tom & Chee for sad they were out of bananas for the dessert I wanted.

Tuesday-- 5 miles in 57:04  Marathons training week 11 day 1. Ran 3 miles then did 3:1s. Mile 1: 11:19, Mile 2: 11:00, Mile 3: 10:50, Mile 4: 12:19, Mile 5: 11:33, Average Pace: 11:24


Thursday--1 mile in 9:55.

I did NOT feel like running and was going to bail but then Faith talked me into doing her mile with her.  And since I hadn't seen her all day, it was nice to catch up.


I attended a Central Florida Lady Bloggers event at Duffy's Sports Grill.  So many yummy foods and drinks!  They  even surprised me with a birthday Key Lime Pie!


I attended a Best Damn Race Ambassador Party at Dave & Busters.  It was so much fun acting like a little kid!!

Sunday--13 miles in 2:18:35 Marathons training week 11 day 3. Treadmill run. Ran 4 miles then did 3:1s

I went to tea at the Ritz Carlton with some Yelpsisterhood ladies.  It was so fun!

Total miles this week: 19
Total miles in 2015: 608.36
Total miles: 2214.8

2,015 in 2015 miles: 1547.68

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Give Kids the World Blogger Bash

When I ran the Give Kids the World Gingerbread Run this past November, it was the first time that I had seen it.  I was amazed.  So when I got to attend a Blogger Bash there, I jumped on the chance.

The Bash was held in the new Towne Hall, which just opened in June.  

We listened to a presentation by several speakers, including Pamela Landwirth.  I learned so many things about this amazing place.

There are 144 two bedroom villas currently and they are breaking ground on 24 more which should be ready next summer.

Everything is paid for, for these families--food, rooms, tickets to the theme parks.  Give Kids the World is a magical place where families can go to escape their illness for a little while.  Every Monday, it's Halloween where kids can go trick-or-treating for candy.  There's Village Idol on Wednesdays and it's Christmas every Thursday where each kid gets presents.  Disney and Universal send out characters so the families don't have to wait in line at the parks.

After listening the presentation, we were treated to dinner at Cafe Clayton.

Local restaurants provide food for GKTW-- Boston Market, Papa Johns, and Perkins.  But you won't find any logos anywhere on property.

I decided on some yummy food from Boston Market.  We were also treated to cupcakes from Gigis.

And I got to take a picture with Reme, one of the friends of the Give Kids the World Village.

Then it was time to take the tour.

The first place we went to was probably my favorite.  It's called the Castle of Miracles.

  When every child arrives, he or she gets a gold star to write his/her name on.  Then the star fairy goes and puts their star in the sky.

Then we checked out Scoops of Hope where kids can have ice cream any time, even for breakfast.

Amberville is a mini train station that has video games.

So many things are wheelchair accessible too---the Enchanted Carousel

Lori's Magical Flight has 2 pink butterflies that are handicap accessible.

And the pools are zero-entry so kids in special wheelchairs can go in.

Marc's Dino Putting has a unique story.  A wish kid named Marc wished for one million dollars.  When his parents asked that if he couldn't have that, what would he want, he replied that he just didn't want to be forgotten.  He passed away shortly after his trip to GKTW.  When the mini golf course was being created, they discovered that it would cost about 1 million dollars so they named it after Marc.

The Safari theater has special events.

And you know I had to get a pic with the giant popcorn box outside.

And I had to visit the house of Mayor Clayton.

It truly is a special and magical place and charity (and only 6.9% of money raised goes towards administrative costs...that's incredible!)

Want to get involved?  Join Kevin Bacon in the #GKTWChallenge  What's that?, you might ask.  Well, seven-year old Ethan challenged Kevin Bacon to see who could eat the most ice cream in 6seconds.  And the loser has to donate 6 dollars to Give Kids the World.  Why six dollars and six seconds?  Because everyone in the world is connected to a child with a life-threatening illness by six degrees or less.

I truly felt honored to be able to take a tour of the Village and know I'll definitely be back to volunteer.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fulton's Crab House

I've been to Fulton's Crab House at Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) several (many) years ago so I was excited to be able to attend a Central Florida Lady Bloggers event there recently.

I've always eaten in the main dining room but have heard of a private area upstairs where events can be held.  They even do weddings with the ceremony out on the deck and the reception in the private rooms!

We were there to taste some seafood and oh my was it delicious!  We were absolutely spoiled!!

When we first walked in, we were treated to a Mojito!

Then it was time for food!

Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon & Smoked Trout Roe  (I may have gone back for multiples of the candied bacon!

  Shrimp Cocktail with Classic Cocktail Sauce

Alaska King Crab

Blue Point Oysters

Crab Ceviche

Ahi Tuna Lettuce Cups

Beef Tenderloin Skewers with Garlic Mojo Hazelnut Romesco

Shrimp Scampi

Crab Cakes with Fried Green Tomatoes, Maque Choux, Remoulade


Oh, but we can't forget the desserts!!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

No Bake Smores Cheesecake

Key Lime Torte

We also  had some fun.  Chef Mark showed us how to do oyster shooters!

It really is beautiful up there!

My favorite thing of the night?  The oysters!  I had several during the regular time we were eating.  Then at the end once most people had left, there were still tons remaining so I went back for just one more...and ended up with a half dozen more! (and obviously didn't take a picture until after the fact!)

Fulton's also has fun events that are held there.  Recently there was a wine dinner as well as a kids cooking class.  There's another kids cooking class coming up on August 29th where the kids will make No-Fry Chicken Fingers and Fries as well as their own Hot Fudge Sundaes.  The cost is $25 and also includes an apron and a chef's hat.  Call 407-934-6728 if you're interested!

*FTC Disclosure:  I was provided complimentary food and drinks but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.