Monthly Archives: September 2012

What Disney Princess Are You?

By Deanna

runDisney.  Can you imagining running through Disney World? Starting under the SpaceshipEarth at Epcot, through the Magic Kingdom, around the Seven Seas Lagoon? When I think about it I can actually well up in tears, okay, disclaimer: I do cry at some point during every half marathon I have completed (six if you really want to know) and not because I am in pain but because of how incredibly inspiring all the other runners are and how amazing it is for me, to know that I am actually accomplishing something I worked so hard for. Couple that with running at truly magical place, Disney World and well, I’ll be in tears for the entire 13.1 miles I am sure.

runDisney. When I think of actually running the Disney Princess Half Marathon, I know that this is the race that I’d have to have a costume for, I mean, it’s a Princess Half Marathon, probably the only time in my life I’d be able to wear a crown and get away with. I’ve debated over what Princess I’d make a costume for; I always flip flop between Ariel and Pocahontas because these two Princesses in my eyes are brave brave girls, but my gut always leads me back to Ariel.  Ariel was the first Disney Princess that I connected with, at the ripe old age of 18. Yes, 18!  I was never a girly girl growing up, yes I played with dolls, and played dress-up but I much rather play in the mud, play tag or go on silly adventures with my friends, I was very curious, and sometimes that got me into trouble (is that not Ariel or what?). 

I was first introduced to The Little Mermaid in 1989 but not by the movie, well not yet, my first encounter was as a freshman in College, I was in a haze in the library getting ready to study for my first college test, I got bored and randomly started looking through the bookshelves and stumbled upon the book The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen.  I knew the title sounded familiar (the movie came out the same year) so I grabbed the book, found a comfortable nook and read the short but very tragic tale of The Little Mermaid. I remember walking away shocked at how tragic the story was and how brave this mermaid was- she was not afraid of sacrificing her life for what she believed in. When the movie came out a few months later, I was looking forward to see if Disney would still keep an element of the darkness in this animated movie but the moment I laid eyes on Ariel and Flounder, it didn’t matter I was hooked.  I just loved Flounder, he was adorable, and fun, but I truly connected with Ariel’s curious nature, how incredibly protective she is over those she loved, and how she wasn’t afraid to give up something she loved for something she truly believed in, she was a typical American Teenager (under the sea that is!) and at 18 years old, I felt like I was Ariel.  
So yes, I would runDisney as Ariel, I’d have some sea shells in my hair, a beautiful green skirt with sparkly scales, and I’d have to figure out the top, I’m not exactly a size two, and I’m not sure they sell sea shells in a D cup, what do you think? Nevertheless, I’d rock as Ariel sea shells or no sea shells!  
What Disney Princess have you connected with?

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What Was Your Best Run?

By Deanna

Okay, so after reading Anne’s questions from This Running Moms Life, and Jamie’s from Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat I wanted to answer my own questions, thought it would be fun, and ya know what, it was! So here goes…

1. Best Run Ever:  I’d have to say it was my second leg in my first Ragnar Relay when I ran 6 miles, I trained so hard for that race, and after finishing that leg I was so happy, I knew that if I trained I do could do it – run that is and that’s when I decided to start training for a half marathon. I finally felt like a runner.

2. Three words that describe my running:  stress release, exhilarating, hard.

3. My go-to running outfit: My Flintstones shorts (way back when I had no running shorts so I tailored them myself, hence I look like a caveman so my sister calls them my Flintstones shorts) and my Mighty Northfork Tri shirt.

4. Quirky habit while running: If I am running with other people, I have to always be on the left and for some reason if I find that I always have my hands in a Fonzie thumbs up position. Bizarre.

5. Morning, midday, evening: MORNING!!!! If I don’t run in the morning, I’m not running at all.

6. I won’t run outside when it’s: In a down pour, lightning, thunder or below 20 degrees.

7. Worst injury–and how I got over it: I have NEVER been injured, I hope that didn’t jinx me!

8. I felt most like a badass Mother Runner when: ever I run.

9. Next race is: I have no idea, took a break since May, 2012, so hopefully sometime in October.

10. Potential running goal for 2013: to have fun running, and get back to training for a half marathon.

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A Review: Oral B Professional Precision Is The Bomb!

By Deanna

I hate the dentist, not my actual dentist I love her I just hate having to go to the dentist.  A tooth ache is probably the most painful thing a human can go through, well maybe not the most painful, but certainly worse than my c-sections, in my opinion anyway.  I guess I’ve had just too many dentist visits, way too many root canals, too many teeth being pulled, and my fair share of oral surgery.



So, when and Oral B gave me the chance to review the Oral-B® Professional Precision™ 1000electronic toothbrush I literally jumped at it – if there is a tool out there that will get me to a place of great oral health, I needed to check it out.  I was nervous and hesitant to try such a sophisticated tooth brush, I’ve been using the standard toothbrush for so long, I really didn’t know what to expect, and since I’m not a fan of the dentist and I didn’t want my first experience to be real clinical or use a too technical toothbrush.
I have to be honest; I was a little skeptic, especially after thoroughly reading the directions, twice! The warnings of possible bleeding gum, and that the toothbrush was going to “signal” me and basically tell me what to do – to switch to another quadrant of your mouth, I didn’t believe it or think there would be any way I could distinguish the sounds of the motor on this toothbrush, and truth be told, I didn’t think I’d feel the change of the brush rotating either. 

This toothbrush is fantastic! Using the toothbrush is easy, the instructions are based on the dentist recommendations that you should brush for 2 minutes, which equals 30 seconds of brushing for each quadrant of your mouth; the toothbrush actually hesitates a little to signal you that it’s time to brush the next quadrant, and you can actually feel the pulse of the toothbrush change, these signals are great because most times I brush in the shower to save time, and sometimes I’m in la-la land, so when I felt the pulsating of brush change, I knew it was time to brush another quadrant of my mouth.  In the shower or out I was able to easily distinguish when to move to the next section of my mouth, I really couldn’t believe how easy this toothbrush is to use!  The motor is not too loud, and the head of the toothbrush is a smaller than what I am normally use to but the way the head rotates and pulsates it actually takes the plaque off your teeth and whisks it away, giving you a far better clean than a traditional toothbrush. 

The charger/recharger base is a small unit that can easily fit on a sink counter, or in a medicine cabinet, it hardly takes up any room, which is great, especially with my limited space. I loved that a warning light lets you know when your battery is starting to fade, although the directions are comprehensive, the toothbrush is really easy to use, it’s also easy to handle, and not heavy at all, it’s basically dummy proof  



With every brush I feel like my teeth are as clean as they are when I get out of the dentist hygienist chair, which is the best feeling ever!  I absolutely love it, and I am buying this for my husband for one of his Christmas presents…..sshhhh don’t tell him!  And yes, I’m actually thinking of Christmas!

Thanks Oral-B and ModernMom!

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