Thursday, May 30, 2013


 My RunGuard Sample!
     After participating in a Twitter Chat Party hosted by #RunChat, I was lucky enough to receive a sample of the product RunGuard and a coupon for a Buy one, get one free 2.7 oz chafe stick! RunGuard is an anti-chafe product...similar to BodyGlide.  I had the option to pick from the website either scented or unscented. Without being able to smell it in person, I went with the unscented...smells bother me. Also, it had a cute little pink lid (the other had blue). No brainer! I like pink. :)
     The sample is a .5 oz. container but plenty big enough for me to use a few times. It also came with a comparison chart to BodyGlide which I thought was very useful. I was sold on the price value alone when compared to BodyGlide.

     Here are the disclaimers on the Comparison Chart:
RunGuard--.5 oz for $3.95 ($7.90 per ounce), 2.7 oz for $12.95 ($4.80 per ounce)
BodyGlide--.8 oz for $8.01 ($10.01 per ounce)

RunGuard--No unnecessary packaging, less plastic and waste
BodyGlide--Contains unnecessary and wasteful plastic clamshell packaging, Increases cost, shipping, storage and waste

Common Ingredients:
1. Allantoin
2.Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera)
3. Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides
4. Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
5. Tribehenin

Run Guard--Natural and Organic Ingredients
6. Beeswax
7. Organic Carnauba Wax
8. Jojoba Oil (Moisturizer)
9. Shea Butter (Moisturizer)

6. Cetearyl Alcohol
7. Glyceryl Behenate
8. Glyceryl Dibehenate
9. Ozokerite Wax
10. Stearyl Alcohol
11. FD&C Red No. 40

So now for my Review....
     I didn't really have any major problems that I thought would need RunGuard on other than the fact the bottoms of my feet were on fire. Backstory...It was 87 degrees and extremely humid in Birmingham yesterday and I wore open toed high heels all day to work at an outside event. I did not realize that my feet were just rubbing the wrong way against my shoes. It wasn't anything that would have made me run out to the store to get something for relief (I have a very high tolerance for pain) but since I had my sample,  I decided to rub some on the bottom of my feet. I could not believe the difference after I got done running last night. WOW. The fire was gone! I did not realize how much my feet were in need of something soothing until then.  I do tend to chafe more in the cold winter months than the hot summer months. The worst is getting in the shower in the winter and realizing that the damage has already been done! I'm going to be a new user of this product and try to wear it for preventative measures instead of waiting until the problem arises!
     Overall, I give RunGuard a big "Runner's High Five" and will definitely be ordering more! Big Thanks to #RunChat for hosting the Twitter Party and to RunGuard for giving away your awesome samples!
**Don't forget to follow both RunGuard and #RunChat on Twitter!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! ;)

     Many thanks to all of those who have and continue to serve our country. I'm so very thankful for all our freedoms! I've enjoyed my long weekend and am ready for the summer sunshine! :)))

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My All-Star.

Justin made the National League All-Star team!! That's a BIG deal around Long Casa. I'm SO proud of this boy... He wanted to make the team and he did! Bring on a few more weeks of Baseball. ;) 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Bling! New Races! Double the Fun!!!

Seriously. NOTHING better than the feeling after finishing a Disney Half Marathon!!!
Well..maybe jumping into the Disneyland Hotel pool in your race clothes!!! :)
Jumping in...
     OH YES WE DID!!!!!!! Me and my sis totally jumped in the pool at the Disneyland Hotel in our race clothes (bibs and all) after the we finished the 2009 Disneyland Half. Yep. It was THAT much fun!!  RunDisney released their new 2013 Dumbo Double Dare Challenge Medals on their blog yesterday which REALLY got me wanting to run this race again!! I thought the course was excellent, taking you through Disneyland, onto the streets of Anaheim, through Anaheim Angels Stadium and then back through Disney's California Adventure with the Finish Line just outside of the Disneyland Hotel and Downtown Disney!!
Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare, Disneyland Half Marathon, Inaugural Disneyland 10, and Disneyland 5k Medals
(Photo courtesy of
     The medals are BEAUTIFUL and include the Inaugural Double Dare (Completing the 10k and the Half Marathon), the Disneyland Half Marathon, Inaugural Disneyland 10k, and the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5k.  I'm really really reeeeealllllly hoping to add this Dumbo Challenge weekend to race schedule soon and be able to earn a few of these new medals!!
     Of course if you run a Half Marathon or Full Marathon on the East Coast at Walt Disney World prior to the Disneyland Half Marathon, you will earn the Coast to Coast medal as well!! So on this particular weekend, you have the potential to earn FIVE RunDisney medals....aaaaaaaahhhhh!!! I love it!!
     Here are just a few more pics from the hundreds that I took during the race with my sis as we ran the Disneyland Half and earned our very first Coast to Coast Medals!! Check out my sister's blogpost with a few of her pics too!

 We've waited all of our life to make it to Disneyland and we get to run through it....THE BEST!!!
In front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle!

Mad Hatter and Alice!
 "Mapping Out New Adventure For You"...Loved all of the quotes on the refurbishments going
on at Disney's California Adventure
 "Just A Dream Away"
Disney's California Adventure...."Welcome to Mickey's Fun Wheel"!
Disneyland Half Finishers....YES!!!!
 Love all of the Disneyland Half Bling
We have earned our very first Coast to Coast Medals....Yay!!!

In the Hot tub with our race clothes still on...LOL.
 **Make sure to check out to get all of the information on how to register for these fun events. The 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon weekend races sold out in less than an hour so make sure to register as soon as they go on sale!!!  Happy running and hope to see YOU at one of the Castles!!

Still Open for Registration:
2013 Tower of Terror 10Miler
2013 Wine and Dine Half Marathon

2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend including the new Glass Slipper Challenge Registration opens on June 11th!!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Happy Cinco De Mayo, Disney Amigos!

Happy Cinco De Mayo....My boy and Donald Duck in Epcot's Mexico Pavillion at World Showcase! I can't get enough of Justin's face in this pic. :)
Amigos. :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the 4th Be With You!

 My sweet little Jedi! 
     One of the most exciting things that my Justin has EVER done was attend the "Jedi Training Academy"at Disney's Hollywood Studios!! He's a huge Star Wars nut and this was one of the "Must-do" things that we knew we had to do on our vacation. The first day we went to Hollywood Studios, we missed out on the sign-ups because we went straight to Toy Story Mania and all of the time slots were filled by the time we walked over to Star Tours. My little man was devastated!! Bad Mom. :( So the next morning, I headed right back over to Hollywood Studios and made a mad-dash to Star Tours to get him registered...registration is first come, first serve and the slots fill up FAST!!! Whew! He was in. I had redeemed my "Mom Coolness". We had to come back at 4:45pm. to watch this little Jedi in action!

 Waiting to get "robed" up!
The stage is set and ready for the little Jedis.
 He was SO excited about the hood!
 All robed up and ready to train! 
The Jedis in their spots receiving instructions from the Jedi Master.
He's got his light saber and is ready to use it!
 Uh oh. Here comes Darth Vader!
He's one big scary dude...
 My boy is up to battle!
Justin vs. Darth.....Probably one of greatest moments of Justin's life happening right now!
 The Battle continues....
May the Force Be With You, Justin...Now GO!
The Storm Troopers were very comical during the show...
 All of the little Jedis were getting their congratulations that their Jedi training was complete!
A wave to the crowd from the new Jedis!
My boy came flying off of the stage to show me his certificate!!! Proud Mom. :)
 Serious business about his certificate.
And of course he battled Darth Vader in his RunDisney Halloween 5k Tshirt. ;)
 Yep. This will be framed in his room.
His Paw Paw went straight to the gift shop and bought him a new light saber. They wouldn't let him keep the one that he battled Darth Vader with, but we thought that he totally earned one! 

Lucky Us! We're on an Empty Disney Bus!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to ride on an Empty Disney Bus?? Has it ever happened to you?? Check out the pics of my kids as we ride on an empty Disney Transportation Bus to our resort in the middle of the day...I couldn't snap the pics quick enough!!!! These will forever be some of my absolute favorite Walt Disney World  memories. :)

Things started out normal....

 They started moving around......

 Out of Control!!

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