Monday, March 27, 2017

Oh Baby, the Places You'll Go!

Anyone else thing that Monday came too fast? These weekends are getting shorter. I know that I'm home most of the week, but the weekends mean we get daddy and sometimes lots of friends! 

This weekend we were able to host a beautiful baby shower at our house! This was the first event we've had at our new home, and we loved having our friends come over. Plus we were able to celebrate two great friends from college and their baby boy that will be here in May!

I think a Dr. Seuss baby shower theme is so much fun because there are so many different ways you can go with it! All the rhymes, books and silly sweets. You really can't go wrong, and there are so many places you can go!


The Menu

Roast Beast Roll Ups
Yot in a Pot Meatballs
Grinch Spinach Artichoke Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip on a Chip
Truffula Fruit and Beezlenut Berries
Sneech Snacks
Oh the Places You'll Go Cookies
Lorax Cookies
One Fish, Two Fish Cookes



The Drinks

Pink Ink Yink Drink
Wine
Beer

The Games

Baby Clothes Pin Game
Midnight Diaper Notes
Sippy Flippy Cup
Washers
{Funny story, the only games we actually did were the diaper notes and the boys played washers. We all spent so much time talking and catching up that we forgot about the others!}

The Happy Mom & Dad to be

We've known Blake since college and Amber for over 6 years! Blake was in AFC {a freshman leadership organization at A&M} with JP and the guys. They live in San Antonio, but always find a way to make it to Houston to celebrate with us. We had to throw them a party with our best friends!


The Gang
Friends since college and the group is growing with all these babies!


The Hosts with the Mom to Be!


It was so much fun to throw this shower. The theme made it easy and the girls made it even better. If you're looking for ideas for a Seuss themed shower or party, have fun exploring Pinterest and Etsy! Trust me when I say there are tons of different options and directions you can go.

Have you ever thrown a Seuss themed party? What was your favorite part? Ours was definitely the food!
What's your favorite baby shower theme?!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

prAna for the Mom on the Go




Spring has sprung! The grass is greener. The air is warmer. The days are longer. The little ones want to be outside all day. And momma's everywhere are always on the go. 

Oh wait, that's all year round! But seriously, something about spring has me constantly on the go with little Chloe. Downstairs, kitchen, outside, upstairs, kitchen, outside, walk, kitchen, nap, kitchen, outside. It goes on and on! She's at this age where her attention span is short, so we're constantly changing course. That means I need to be comfortable all day long.

A great clothing company that checks the comfort box and also looks cute: prAna
Keep scrolling to see some cute clothes and to find out how you can get 15% off your entire purchase!


prAna actually checks a lot of different boxes that are important to me. I need clothes that are comfortable, stylish and can take me from place to place. From playing with Chloe to brunch with the girls. Running errands to yoga class! No need to change or carry around extra clothes. I may carry around a huge bag, but trust me, it's full of Chloe's things, not mine. 

prAna's mission is to give people the option of reaching into their closet and dressing in items that reflect who they are. Their clothes are versatile but classy which makes for outfits that can be worn to work or on an adventure. As far as I'm concerned these days, my work is an adventure!

It's easy to wear with just about anything. Throw on a pair of shorts or jeans to run errands or play with the kids. Pair it with leggings to work out! It's one of the softest shirts I have and cuter than a regular v-neck.

prAna offers organic, hemp, sustainable, and fair trade items so that consumers feel great about the things they wear and the items they give. These days, people are constantly seeking to help our planet and society: finding ways to go green and spreading positivity in our country. One way to do that is to make sure every purchase you make and every gift you give has a positive impact on our planet.


These take the place of my typical stretchy yoga pant! Instead of constantly wearing spandex, the Manta Pant gives me the opportunity to look a little more stylish without losing the comfort factor. These take me from Chloe's gymnastics class to lunch with friends to the grocery store! And I look good doing it...just saying.


Here's the best part about today's post, I have a discount code for y'all! Take a look at the prAna website and take 15% off of your entire purchase with code: ib4pAG. {Shop between March 24th and April 20th, 2017 to get your discount.}

Thanks to one of my favorite versatile clothing brands, prAna, for sponsoring this post. All opinions and photos are my own. I really believe that y'all will love their products too, so be sure to check them out!


Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon Recap


Ahhh I'm finally getting around to writing my half marathon recap. It's been busy around here the past few weeks, and getting everything together and actually writing thing down has taken a bit longer than usual. Luckily I love my Princess Half Marathon so much that I remember the whole race!

As usual for runDisney races, it started really early. Like super dark and early. This year it was a little bit later because we decided to skip the bus and Julie drove us there! That let us sleep in another 30 minutes, so our alarms went off at 3:30am instead of 3. It was glorious.


Now let's get to the actual race! After we made the long trek from the parking lot and a pit stop at the port-o-potties, we all parted ways and went to our respective corrals. I started in Corral D. I submitted a 2:06 half marathon time from the year before in case you're wondering! The best things about starting in D is that we take off only a few minutes after the official start and the lines aren't too long for pictures!

My first picture opp was around mile 2 with the PRINCES! I've never actually had the patience to wait for them. Since they're pretty much the second photo opp, the line is always a bit longer. This year it wasn't too bad, so I jumped in. Plus I needed a picture with Flynn Rider since I was Rapunzel after all! He totally flirted with me.


The weather was pretty awesome as far as Orlando goes. It started off cool and humid; upper 50's and pretty darn humid. I'm used to the humidity living in Houston. As long as it isn't too hot, I've learned to live with it. As the race went on, the clouds and some of the humidity burned off. It was actually a gorgeous day without a cloud in the sky by about mile 8. That was when I was wishing I had wore my visor. But I'm jumping ahead. Let's get back to the best part of the race: Magic Kingdom.

We ran into Magic Kingdom right around mile 5. You get to run in right through Main Street USA! As you make a slight turn to the right, you begin running right at Cinderella's Castle! It never gets old y'all. Just before the castle, we hung a right and went into Tomorrowland. You can see the Tomorrowland entrance above me in the picture above.


 This year the course was a little different. It took us around the carousel and instead of back through the castle, we went by Ariel's Grotto, Gaston's Tavern and the Beast's Castle! It was a nice little change, and of course there were characters! I saw Gaston and knew I had to stop. The last time I got a picture with him was when I ran my very first Princess half in 2011! His line was definitely longer and worth every second I waited for him. Word for the wise: always stop for Gaston!


After Gaston was THE BEAST! Unfortunately, I was too impatient and didn't want to wait in another line. I had too much excited energy and just needed to go, so instead I just trotted right through Cinderella's Castle.


Of course a quick picture was necessary. No lines make for easy picture stops! After the castle, we headed into Frontierland. I saw Woody and his short line, considered stoping for a quick pictures, and then decided to just keep going. I got a picture with him the year before, so I just kept running! {Maybe I should have been Dory :)}


Frontierland was the end of the Magic Kingdom route. It was just about mile 6 as we exited the park through one of the backstage cast entrances! As we left, there were princesses! Cinderella and Snow White were hanging out with their men for pictures. Again, I decided to run by. If I had been dressed as them or if Rapunzel had been there, I would have stopped. Instead I just kept running...


But don't worry, I still stopped for plenty of pictures! After Magic Kingdom, you run by the resorts and the golf course. Just outside of The Grand Floridian were the Mary Poppins Penguins...with no line! I hopped in and out of the frame and was on my way. But before I could get to far, I saw these guys...


...and they had a glass slipper so I decided to jump in for another no line picture! Apparently they were just across from the wedding pavilion. Kind of weird, maybe a little creepy, so I just went for it.

After these pictures, things kind of slowed down. There were less characters, the sun was out and there were a lot of overpasses. Ugh overpasses. They're sloped so I hurts your feet, knees and ankles. Plus they're uphill, so it's kind of a lose lose. The green army men are there to cheer you on though. Actually, they're there to yell at you and tell you to keep moving. It's all about motivation right? Once you get over the third overpass, you find yourself heading straight towards Epcot!


 Just before we entered into Epcot I saw Mushu!!! I have never, ever seen Mushu! I was so excited and there were only a couple of people in line. Can you see the awesome awkward, excitement on my face? After Mushu, I ran right into Epcot. The course takes us right in and around the Spaceship Earth ball aka the giant golf ball. As I was circling around, I saw Princess Daisy. She was at about mile 12, so most people weren't really stopping. I couldn't pass up Daisy. I'm so glad I didn't because this is Chloe's favorite picture on my phone. She constantly asks to see Daisy and Momma!


As I circled back around, I jumped in for a picture in front of the ball! Because...why not?


The energy had me feeling all the feels. I picked up the pace and just smiled the last half mile.


As I was about to cross the finish line, I saw Prince Mickey and went in for a high five which he gladly returned.


Then I crossed the finish line!!!! Arms in the air and happy to be done.


I'll admit that even though this was my first half marathon in just over a year, it felt like I had just run one. It was like I hadn't taken a year off. I forgot the awesome excitement and joy I get from running races. The accomplishment I feel as I cross the finish line. I forgot how much I loved it!


After I finished, I got my medals and hit the first aid station. I decided to get some ice for my knee because it was sore from the sloped overpasses. I decided it was better safe then sorry.

I officially finished in 2:22:54, but I stopped my watch while I was waiting in line just so I could see what my time would have been. I'm a numbers person, what can I say? 2:07:51 was my watch time...I'll take it!

While I was waiting for the girls to finish, I decided to wait in line to meet Pocahontas!


She was amazing and wearing her gorgeous winter outfit which I've never seen before! After my picture Julie finished, so we grabbed a picture together and then Ali finished!


Annual princess pictures with my best friends are my absolute favorite! It will never get old and we're already planning next year's adventure!

That's all I have for today. The baby is waking up and I've got to get to the gym to teach my Monday afternoon classes. I'm pretty sure I'll be in a good mood the rest of the day just remembering the awesomeness of this weekend!

Oh but before I go, I have some awesome news...JP is taking me and Chloe to Disneyland so I can run the Tinkerbell Half Marathon on Mother's Day! I have the coolest husband ever and can't wait to take a mini family vacation in May!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

The Gougler Girls


Our man of the house is back! Once again, JP had to cross the Atlantic. This time he was gone for 11 days. 11 long days! While he was gone, it was just us girls at home. Not only was JP gone, but my mom went up to Denver with my dad for the first week, so I was really on my own.


Luckily this baby girl was so good for her momma! I'm also lucky to have the greatest Aunts that were able to help me out a little over the week, so I could go to work and visit my friend's brand new twin baby girls. Other than that, it was me and Chlo against the world. Just us Gougler Girls taking each day as it came.

Oddly, even though this trip was longer, it went by so much faster! Chloe and I kept very busy. Playing with friends, walks with the dogs, birthday parties, gymnastics, movie nights, park days, so much to do! Our friends helped out a lot by coming over to hang out with us. Shout out to Meena for spending a bunch of evenings at my house so I wasn't alone every night after Chlo went to bed!


This Tuesday we were finally able to see my mom! It had been a week and a half since we had seen her. I know it sounds silly, but we see her a lot, so that was a long time apart for us! Chloe missed her Nonna very much. Chloe even got to have a sleepover party with Nonna on Tuesday night so that I could get our house picked up before JP came home.


A little alone time was such a blessing! I didn't have to worry about getting anyone else ready for bed. I was able to relax on the couch and just watch tv for an evening! The next morning I got so much done in the house. The upstairs needed some serious picking up and vacuuming. It's hard to get that done since the only time I can really clean is when Chlo is napping. And I'm not about to vacuum near her bedroom while she sleeps. Don't wake the beast!

Plus while my mom had Chloe, she got her all dolled up and took these adorable pictures in her rodeo gear. I'm obsessed with all this cuteness.


I'm so thankful for the special time that I've had with my baby girl, but we're super happy and excited to have her daddy home. His next trip away isn't until the end of May, so we know that we have at least 2 months with him home.

We're looking forward to having him home today especially because today is CLOSING DAY! We're closing on our old home. Closing a chapter in our lives and officially moving on. Today we mourn a wee little bit, but mostly, we celebrate!!!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Out with the Old...

...and in with the new! What do you think? Notice anything new around here?

The oh so talented Erin at Love, Fun and Football helped me out and designed my beautiful new space. Every time I feel like my blog is kind of taking a sightly different direction, I like to have a fresh new design to go with it. The last major change happened in 2013 when I quit my desk job and started my career as a personal trainer. At that point, my blog took more of a health and fitness focus, but still overall a lifestyle blog. I still would put myself in the lifestyle category, but I really feel like I touch on so many different topics.

Family


I have a toddler who I pretty much stay at home with all the time, so obviously I plan on continuing to blog about this baby along with her daddy and our families. Family is so very important to me. We're close to both of our families and love spending time with them. I couldn't imagine leaving them out of this space.

Travel


We love to travel. Travel is something that we decided early on in our relationship that was very important to us. We know that no matter what we wanted to continue to travel and explore the world. Most together, some separate. We also decided after we had Chloe that we didn't want having kids to stop us from exploring. I know it will get harder as our family grows, but for now we're still getting out there! And I plan to share all of our adventures!

Health & Fitness


Health and Fitness is still my passion. I love helping people. I love helping people to help themselves. I want to keep sharing workouts and health tips with y'all when I can get around to it! Being fit and healthy is so important to me. I want to live a long life. I want to be able to keep up with my kids. I want to be able to travel at an old age. I want to be the adorable old couple going on walks together in their 80s. I'm still working at my gym, but now only one day a week. I plan on keeping up with that because I love my students and my coworkers!

Running & Races


My love for running has not stopped! I took a year off racing to heal my body and prepare to jump back into the running game. Well I'm back! I've done 4 races this year and I'm already planning on others. If you haven't checked out my recent recaps, take a look at my Disney Princess 5K and my Enchanted 10K & Rodeo 10K. If you're feeling crazy, check back in tomorrow to see my Disney Princess half marathon recap! I can't wait to share my experience and all the great pictures that were captured with y'all!

Home


We bought a new house out in the suburbs at the end of December and moved in 2 days after Christmas. I'm enjoying making this house a home, and I also enjoy sharing it with y'all! As I get more done I plan to continue sharing pictures here!

So that's kind of where I stand. I like to blog about a little bit of everything. My life is a little bit of everything after all! I want to share real life moments, not just the glitter and shine. I hope to be able to interact with my readers. I want to be friends with y'all! I plan to continue blogging and sharing because I love it. I hope y'all love it too!

Now out with the old, and in with the new A Balancing Act blog!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

5 on Friday!

Yippie! It's Friday and we have big plans for this weekend. Birthday parties, movie dates and so much more! I don't have a whole love for y'all today. Just five pictures and points for 5 on a Friday!

one. I'm big!
This little girl is getting too big too fast! She's even started saying "I'm big!" when she wants to do something by herself. Didn't you know that these trikes are obviously for pushing very slowly around block, not riding. Duh.


two. I gave up ice cream for Lent.
Of course I'm craving it like woah now. Why is it that when you can't or shouldn't have something you want it even more?! Actually, the real question is, is Dole Whip really ice cream? Not that I can get Dole Whip anytime soon. That would require me to be at Disney or in Hawaii. Both of which are not happening any times soon.


three. Post Disney Depression.
Speaking of Dole Whip, I have some serious post-Disney depression. I want to go back to the most magical place on Earth so bad! This last trip was perfect and I'm already itching to make plans and prep for next year. Oh wait, we already have the hotel booked and we're registered for the races thanks to my awesome Disney vacation planner Rachael! But still, next February is a long way a way and I miss the magic.


four. Can't stop won't stop.
This little girl can't stop won't stop moving all the time. And this momma can't stop won't stop posting all the pictures of her. I can't help it. She's so perfect and all mine. Being with her all day keeps me from feeling the post Disney blues that's for sure. I mean, how could you want to leave that smile!


five. Happy Birthday Daddy!
Happiest of birthdays to the best daddy a girl could ask for. I'm so thankful that he is such a great presence in my life. I'm blessed to have been made his daughter and I hope that I can help to make this next year of life even better for him! I love you so much Daddyface. I hope this weekend is just the best!


Linking up with these lovely ladies for 5 on Friday! I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!



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