Misadventures of a 20-Something Mom: 2014   

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Mom's Night Out Adventure: Limocycle Tours

I think I speak for most moms when I say that we don't get out much.

Like, not at all. Ever.

I mean, I didn't go out much before the babies came along, but now the elusive night out is as magical as finding Willy Wonka's golden ticket. There are sleep schedules to consider and babysitters to coordinate. Breast pumps to contend with and mommy guilt to combat. Not to mention the fact that if I'm nursing a hangover the next day, my toddler completely lacks a snooze button. (Trust me I've looked.)

All this to say, that if I do manage to get a night out of my "cell" (I joke, I kid) I want it to be EPIC!

Enter Limo Cycle Tours.

Last night, I gathered some of my mommy besties and we set off to laugh, and pedal, and drink to our heart's content. No diaper bags! No strollers! No toddler tantrums or baby meltdowns. Just me and my moscato. With my friends by my side, the wind in our hair, we laughed too loud, and sang off key. We danced like all of Orlando wasn't watching and we remembered that we are all so much more than "just a mom." It was Blissful!

Limo Cycle is the limousine of party cycles. It is chock full of amenities to make your tour super enjoyable. With an awesome sound system and the ability to store food and booze on board, this is the new go-to place for a night on the town. Though we didn't utilize it, I'm pretty sure it even had a working barbecue on board! The Limo Cycle seats up to 15 and has two convenient locations(Orlando/Sanford and Daytona). YOU power the cycle by pedaling so you're essentially canceling out any wine calories you may consume. ;)
They are always running amazing specials....and  if you sweet talk the tour operator you might even score a free drink ticket to one of the local pubs. Be sure to check back frequently because they offer different package additions throughout the year that you wont want to miss. (Think Ghost Tours in October and Holiday Lights Tours in December!)

I am a firm believer in the power of a great Mom's Night out. It completely recharges you. Revitalizes you. Empowers you to be your best self. Burnout is common in our circles and "me-time" is the best way to combat it. New Year's is quickly approaching. A time for new resolutions and a time for change.

So stop making excuses and make yourself a priority. :)

And if you find yourself partying on the Limo Cycle, tell Steve I said "hi."

Monday, August 4, 2014

All Aboard the Dinosaur Train: A 3rd Birthday to Remember

This year, my "baby's" party planning was a little more difficult because he seemed to have an opinion on EVERYTHING! I thought I could skirt by with an iron on shirt and a sheet cake...but not on his watch! I love seeing more and more of his little personality emerge. It made this birthday extra special because he loved and appreciated every detail.
A HUGE shout out to Crumby Art who never ceases to amaze me with her adorable cupcake toppers! Its the little details that are always the biggest hit at these shin digs!
Feel free to message me with any questions on food or d├ęcor :)
Cake Courtesy of Cakes by Alicia Wilkins
Present Table
Shirt From Charlotte's Stitch Custom Embroidery

Cupcake Toppers by Crumby Art

Dinosaur Train made from Diaper Boxes
Chocolate Fossil Dig
Dino Feet: Paper Mache Silverware Holders

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fat Broads Can Do 5ks Too (3rd Ed.): SPLASH & DASH

For those of you who have been following my effort to lose the "baby" weight, you'll be happy to know that as of today I am 70 pounds lighter than I was back in December (at 42 weeks pregnant.)

I still have a long way to go, but I am really happy with my progress and excited to keep participating in "fun runs" like the Orlando Splash & Dash on July 26th, 2014, to keep me motivated!

Florida summers are HOT!!!! Running outside in the heat would not usually be something you'd  catch me doing. However, this particular 5k promises to keep its runners COOL! 
Whether you're an expert runner or a first timer, all ages and genders will start out hot and dry and end up soaking wet.
The Family-friendly course is made up of tons of "Splash" and "Dash" zones. This means that water gun snipers, hose sprays, and slip n slides could be waiting around every turn!
Runners are even encouraged to bring their own water weapon of choice and use it to soak their friends or running neighbors.

    Following the 5k is an after party you won't
 want to miss that includes an epic water balloon fight!!

Don't miss out on an awesome time! Sign up here and don't forget to use this discount code for $10 off the registration fee:



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Learning to Love with Reckless Abandon: My messy, beautiful life

In life, there are some things that you know in your heart of hearts are a bad idea. Nobody even has to warn you. You can discern it all on your own. Red flags shoot up in your mind, and plead with you to steer clear. 

Like...perhaps...gas station sushi.

For a long time, marriage and children were like that for me. My proverbial gas station sushi. The thoughts both terrified and intrigued me... but mostly terrified.

I come from a long line of people who, for one reason or another, have trouble making relationships last. While in most cases, divorce might be the lesser of two evils, it is not without cost. Growing up in a broken home didn't just impact me, it shaped who I was, who I am now. Long ago, when I should have still been dreaming of prince charming and rocking plastic baby dolls, I swore off marriage and babies instead. I set my sights on college and the career world and scoffed at the idea of a family. In fact, I hardened my heart to the very idea. 

Eventually, a charming, young man swooped in and stole my heart anyways and I was forced to concede to at least one of those "nevers." 

But, even as I walked down the aisle, I knew I had still not given myself completely to him. I remained enshrouded in emotional armor and even as I vowed to pledge my life to him, I also secretly vowed to remain childless; lest our relationship ever crumple like so many before it and leave disaster in its wake. 

Years passed and through his unwavering love, attention, and commitment, that husband of mine chipped away at my armor. Slowly. Surely. Steadfastly.

Until one day, there was none left.

My soul was naked and vulnerable and bared. He had seen all the skeletons in my closet, dealt with every mood swing, and sorted through all my "baggage." When I tried to push him away, he pushed back.

He didn't run screaming. He dug in his heels and said,

"I'm here. 
I promised forever and I meant it.
I will never leave you."

And finally it just clicked. I could have happily ever after if I wanted it.
My husband was ready and willing to be everything I wanted and needed him to be...if I just let him.

Not long after I began to feel safe and enjoy the fruits of living in a truly authentic marriage, I caught baby fever. Bad. I was consumed by thoughts of little bonnets and teeny socks. The white picket fence and the tree with the rope swing hanging from it. I was ready for a family.

Despite years of my anti-baby sentiment, my husband happily obliged. Two beautiful, bouncing boys later, and I have finally learned what it truly means to love and be loved. To love without armor. To love without pretense. To love with my entire self.

To love with reckless abandon.

And yet sometimes, when nights with the babies are long, and tempers are short, that nagging fear sneaks back in and threatens to consume me. A few words spoken out of exhaustion or frustration snowball in my mind and we are suddenly in a "rough patch." I allow myself to think that our marriage is headed for that dark place and I question why I ever thought I was capable of making a marriage work. I tell myself I am defective. I panic.

And when I'm in that dark place, my husband puts his own frustration aside, and swoops in like always.....to remind me:

"I'm here. 
I promised forever and I meant it.
I will never leave you."

With every year that passes, my fear assuages a little. I am no longer held captive. Instead, I'm happily learning, and growing, and loving with reckless abandon.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

(2nd ed.) Fat Broads Can Do 5ks Too: Flavor Run 2014

Welcome to the second edition of "Fat Broads Can Do 5k's Too!" OK maybe not fat per se....but definitely wiggly and jiggly from carrying two giganto babies. I've let that extra pudge intimidate me from working out or attending awesome events like this in the past. Those days are over! This mini-series will chronicle me trying to tackle some awesome 5ks and finishing them by any means necessary!

Second up on my docket is the Flavor Run!
I'm super pumped about this one because it is so family-friendly and I know my toddler is going to LOVE it!!! Check it out and feel free to sign up too! Use the code: LITTLEMONSTERS20 for 20% off of your ticket! (Bonus: Kids 6 and under are free) Whether you are running, walking, skipping, or jogging it is sure to be an awesome time! I am attending the
Orlando, Fl run on April 26th, 2014!
From their web page: The Flavor Run "surprises you with fruit flavored color powder in one of the most unique family events ever created! This family fun run supports local charities and local businesses through creating a fun 5k run engaging all of your senses; sight, smell, touch, hearing, and most importantly TASTE.

During this 5k, there will be multiple Flavor Stations to cover you in fruit flavored (FDA Approved/All Natural Corn Starch) celebration color powder followed by a refreshing taste of REAL delicious fruits.

 YES. We said "fruit flavored" - Blueberry, strawberry, orange, banana, watermelon, and grape! Plus we have an awesome Post-Run Flavor Zone includes everything from fruit, vendors, live entertainment, and children's activities. Our Flavor Team's Mission is to make you smile."

Visit the Misadventures of a 20-something Mom facebook page for information on how you can score 2 FREE TICKETS!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Body After Baby: RUN or DYE!


Those of you who have religiously followed the facebook page, will remember that I started doing 5k's last year around this time...before I got knocked up again. :)
Please notice that I wrote "doing" instead of "running."
I'm not sure I could run if my life depended on it...but I can walk, jog, skip, and prance with the best of them. That's why I always pick the most laid-back, awesome, fun -tastic 5k' s on the planet. Run or Dye has been on my wish list and this year I finally get to do it! I am pumped!
3 months post-partum means I am more than a little wiggly and jiggly, but if I wait around until I have washboard abs, I will likely never get to participate in this awesome event! So, I am "carpe-ing this diem" and I am so flipping excited about it.
Read below for more info on the event and valuable coupon codes. I hope to see some of you there!
Run or Dye, the world's most colorful 5K, is coming to Osceola Heritage Park on April 5th. Bring all your friends and run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy our world-famous Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friends!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun.Create a team and save $5, then use the code: BLOGORLANDO to save another $10.
{link for Orlando Run or Dye http://bit.ly/1l00Usy}
Run or dye is for absolutely everyone! Whether you're a recovering couch potato or an avid marathon runner, you'll love the atmosphere and experience at Run or Dye. You're welcome to walk, run, dance, or skip your way to the finish line. And Run or Dye is family-friendly -- kids 6 and under participate for FREE  and do not require registration! Run or Dye Orlando is excited to be partnering with Susan G. Komen Central Florida!