Keep Calm and Coffee On

Good Morning!

Lindsey here, hoping that all of you are having a great day so far. I am back to work after what felt like a very short weekend. Then again, they always do!

I know that a few weeks ago I talked about Monday motivation and what I did personally to get motivated. Today, I would like to give you a few ideas on how to keep going once that Monday motivation wears off!

We’ve all been there- Sunday night, setting out your work out gear, planning your week down to the specific details, not know what curve-balls the week will throw at you. You crawl into bed intent on getting up early, not hitting the snooze button, going to work refreshed and ready to take on the day. Then you wake up still a little sleepy and conquer the day. You return home and think about the awesome day you had and how you are going to wake up tomorrow and do it again. If you are like me, some weeks it is just a struggle to crawl out of bed and pour a cup of coffee, let alone throw on my running shoes.

I am actively working on this and diligently trying to stick to my guns regarding working out and making the right choices for me.

Here are five tips to keep you going once the Monday motivation has worn off:

  1. Listen to upbeat music. One of the ways I can escape and regroup is through music. The right playlist can make the difference between owning the day or the day owning me because it has a huge effect on my attitude. I have found lately that I enjoy a combination of upbeat oldies and alternative as well as Disney ride soundtracks.
  2. Be realistic. I am guilty of setting lofty goals for myself on Sunday night. That is mostly because on Sunday night I am looking to the possibilities of what the week might hold and dreaming big! However, sometimes it is necessary to check myself and be realistic about what is going to be accomplished and what won’t. By doing this, I am making sure that, come Friday night, I am not regretting all the coulda-woulda-shoulda’s and can celebrate what I did accomplish.
  3. Treat Yo’ Self- That is what Donna would recommend and also what I recommend. Sometimes this treat can come in the form of a manicure and other times it might be a soft serve cone from McDonald’s. The important thing is that at the end of what you proclaim as a great week, it is important to celebrate and indulge yourself a little. You work hard and deserve it!
  4. Rest. I Cannot tell you how many times I have woken up on Monday rip roaring and ready to go, only to find that the next day I am dragging a little. This trend seems to continue through the week until I am so exhausted the idea of doing anything more than putting my pj’s is awful. That is what it is so important that you rest and give your body the time to relax and allows you to wake up feeling refreshed.
  5. Elsa said it best, Let It Go! What I mean when I say it is that sometimes, you just need to let it go- the stress, the sadness, the anxiety and look at all of the good things that are happening around you. This is one that I have to frequently remind myself to do. My job is not necessarily life or death but I have a boss that is a tad..high maintenance. Because of this, I sometimes have trouble checking my attitude and negative thoughts from the day at the door. However, I have found that if I can look at a the silver lining from the day and focus on the good things that happened, I can enjoy the rest of my evenings and weekends a little more.

I hope that some of you may find these tips useful as you venture through your week. I would absolutely love to hear about what keeps you going during the week!

 

Desk Essentials


Hey Everyone, Cierra here. I hope you are all having a fantastic week so far, once we make it through today it will finally be the weekend. Doesn’t it feel like this week has gone on forever?
Anyways, since the theme for this week has been school/ work, I thought I would share with you my desk essentials. The desk in the picture above is mine and it’s where I write posts for this blog as well as my personal (www.mightrunforcupcakes.com), where I do my homework (currently studying for my bachelor’s in business management) and where I run my online bakery business (www.cierrasbakeshoppe.com). So it serves as the headquarters for my many adventures. A few, let’s be honest the list is never ending and changes on a day to day basis, of my essentials are:
– The magnetic whiteboard calender: this keeps track of my crazy schedule, tells me what I have coming up, my work schedule and what orders need to be filled when and vacations when I get the chance to get away.
– The Three Drawer organizer: I have two, the little one atop of the desk and a big one under my desk. These are lifesavers when it comes to keeping all of my important things close by. The bigger one holds my files, my cameras, tablets and my never ending notebook supply.
– The shelf that sits above my desk is my motivation/happy things shelf. It holds some of my favorite pictures, as well as, momentous to remind me why I work so hard.
– The small striped wooden box next to the baker Piglet, holds most of my post-its. Before I had this, I usually had to really search for something little to write on, so with this little holder I can keep it close and organized.
– My sisters and I have a weird addictions to pens. Whenever we go to Target we are always down the pen aisle, we have plenty but never enough it seems. So because of that issue I have 3 holders on my desk just for pens.
– In front of those pens is a coaster. Lindsey picked up these cute beach themed coasters for sydnee and I, while she was vacationing in Newport a few years back. That combined with the Brad Paisley Koozie has made such a difference to keeping the condensation from the daily ice coffees from making a watery mess.
For today, those are the top desk essentials. If you have any suggestions or would like to share your desk essentials, please comment below!

Have a great day!

Friday Favorites- Disney Edition

Happy Friday!!

 

I don’t know about you guys but for us this week lasted forever!

 

Today, we are going to share with you some of our Disney favorites.

 

Our first favorite is Alex and Ani bracelets. With each one of us owning just one or two to begin with, you’d think our collection was complete…However, with new designs being released every few months, our collections might never be complete! Between the three of us, we own 16 bracelets and 1 necklace! Seeing everyone’s photos on Instagram always inspires us to want just one more. How many do you own?

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Our second favorite is Disney Dooney and Bourke purses and wristlets! While Sydnee is able to resist the temptation of the purses, Cierra and Lindsey have quite the variety of designs.

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Our third favorite is Starbucks and Disney! Our Frappuccinos always seem to taste a little sweeter when we have a view of the castle. Our visits during the holiday seasons are never complete without a pumpkin frapp or latte or a peppermint hot chocolate.

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Our fourth favorite is  our Monsters University Hats. You might see these pop up frequently on social media during our visits to Disneyland. They keep the sun out of our faces and look adorable on! We are also proud to support Monsters University and would happily attend if we could!

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Our fifth favorite is Disney Waffles. I am not sure what it is about Disney themed foods, they just taste a little better. Our two favorites are- Mickey Waffles and the Cars Waffles. The Mickey Waffles can be found at a variety of locations throughout the Disney Parks. The Cars themed waffles can be found at Flo’s V8 Café in Cars Land. Sydnee wants it noted that the waffles at Flo’s are some of the softest waffles that she has ever enjoyed. The texture is delicious and the syrup adds that little extra sweetness making it an experience that will fuel you up for a long day at the parks.

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What are your Disney favorites?

Top 25 Workout Songs

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Hey Everyone!

 

Cierra here and today I’ll be sharing my top 25 go to pump up/motivational songs. If you’re like me, sometimes the music is the only thing that keeps you going. I don’t listen to music while doing marathons but when I’m training the music serves as a good distraction, haha!

 

  1. Believer by The Imagine Dragons
  2. Rise By Katy Perry
  3. Life Changes by Good Charlotte
  4. Warrior by Ke$ha
  5. Roar by Katy Perry
  6. Till I Collapse by Eminem
  7. Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
  8. Sing by My Chemical Romance
  9. Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine
  10. Pound The Alarm by Nicki Minaj
  11. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  12. Jungle (Remix) Featuring Jay-Z by X Ambassadors
  13. Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) by Andy Grammer
  14. Confident by Demi Lovato
  15. Go Go GO by Sleeping With Sirens
  16. Let’s Eat (Featuring XP) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  17. Shape of You by Ed Sheeran
  18. Barcelona by Ed Sheeran
  19. Life Of The Party by All Time Low
  20. Bo$$ by Fifth Harmony
  21. Almost There by Anika Noni Rose (From Disney’s The Princess and the Frog)
  22. Let’s Go by Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
  23. Move by Little Mix
  24. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  25. Swish Swish Featuring Nicki Minaj by Katy Perry

 

 

If you have any suggestions or want to share your favorite pump up songs, please comment below!

 

Have A Great Day!

FastPass Friday!

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Hey Everyone,

As we bring this week to a close the three of us are wishing we were heading to Disneyland again this week. Today, we wanted to share with you our review of the new FastPass system at Disneyland and California Adventure.

Though we were excited that Disney added FastPasses for Matterhorn Bobsleds and Toy Story Midway Mania, we will admit that we were a bit bummed when they started making changes to the FastPass system and we were definitely curious what that would mean for all of us moving forward.

With Walt Disney World utilizing the Magic Band to store all of their tickets as well as their FastPasses, it looks like Disneyland/ California Adventure may just be heading that direction.

The first big change that has taken place is that your FastPass is now stored directly on your Annual Pass, Single, or Multi-Day Ticket. You will still receive a paper print out but this is simply to remind you when your FastPass is available to use.

Once you have obtained your FastPass, you will not be able to add another FastPass to your que until the time it states on your FastPass.

Once the time has come, you will proceed to the FastPass entrance of your chosen ride and scan your ticket, once the light turns green, you’re ready to go. Be sure to keep your ticket out as you will need to scan it one more time towards the end of the line.

In addition to the FastPass being stored on your ticket or Annual Passport, Disney will launch MaxPass at Disneyland resort July 19th. Disney MaxPass can be accessed through the Disneyland App, this app inclusion allows unlimited Disney Photo Pass downloads and the ability to book and redeem Fast Passes on your mobile device. While the Disneyland app is free, MaxPass starts at $10 a day. You can buy MaxPass with your ticket or through the app once you’ve enter Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure. Annual Pass holders have the option of purchasing MaxPass as a lifetime commitment for $75. If you have a signature plus passport you get MaxPass for no added cost.

I will say that it takes a bit of getting used to but the line was definitely shorter and we were able to get a lot more FastPasses with them on our Annual Passes than with the previous system. As for MaxPass, we will have to try it out next time we go! We are excited about the changes and we hope that having these two new ways to obtain and redeem FastPasses will increase the amount of rides we go on and therefore increase the amount of fun we have! (If that’s even possible)

These are the rides which we were able to utilize the new FastPass System:

  • The Haunted Mansion (Twice)
  • Buzz Light-year Astro Blasters
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Star Tours

We definitely give this new system two (or three?) thumbs up! We’ll see if we can say the same about MaxPass!

We hope you enjoyed our review! Have you gotten a chance to try out the new FastPass system? If so, let us know what you thought about it in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

What We’re Listening To Wednesday

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Hey guys! Happy Hump Day! Music is a big part of a lot of people’s lives so today we thought that we would share our Spotify playlists with you and give you our top 5 songs from each of the playlists.

Lindsey- Since my taste in music changes along with my moods, my top five favorite songs right now are a mish-mash.

Top 5:

1. I’ve Got You- Jack Johnson

2. Poor Jack- The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack

3. Landslide- Fleetwood Mac

4. Evermore- Josh Groban

5. Shiny- The Moana Soundtrack

Cierra- Like my sisters, I like a wide variety of music. Plus, it’s really difficult to choose only 5 of my favorite songs, haha!

Top 5:

1. Someday I Will By Jimmy Buffett

2. Believer By The Imagine Dragons

3. Sign Of The Times By Harry Styles

4. Forever Country By Various Country Mega Stars

5. What The Hell Did I Say By Dierks Bentley

Sydnee- My music taste is all over the place so if you enjoy a large variety of music like I do then my playlist is for you!

Top 5:

1.Nancy Mulligan by Ed Sheeran

2.Video Games by Lana Del Rey

3.Eraser by Ed Sheeran

4.Evermore by Dan Stevens

5.Bad Liar by Selena Gomez

Have a recommendation? Please feel free to post it in the comments below!

Six Summer Essentials

Hi Guys!

Lindsey here, I hope everyone had a great weekend! We are so thrilled that so many of you are enjoying our posts and following our adventures on Instagram! We just got back from California last night so coffee is definitely in order to make it through this work day!

Today, I am going to be sharing with you Six Summer Essentials (well at least I think they are essential!)

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My first summer  essential is: A Great Magazine!

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Whether I am riding in the car on a road trip or relaxing by a pool, I am a huge fan of magazines! Runner’s World is a favorite of mine because I can get immersed in the articles and find inspiration in the stories. Another fun magazine I enjoy reading is Glamour. While I do not love all of the advertisements this magazine contains, I do enjoy the stories.

My second summer essential is: A great hat

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Summer = Sunshine! If I forget a hat, especially while on vacation, I usually wind up rocking a really read nose and burnt scalp. Luckily, I have a collection of race hats and this amazing MU hat from Disneyland. P.S.- MU RULES!

 

My third and fourth summer essential are both really important: Sunblock and Chapstick with SPF!

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While I typically hate the heavy feeling of sunblock on my face, especially when heading out for a run, I have had really good luck with the Banana Boat Sport Performance lotion. It is light on my face and keeps me burn free! I typically use a higher SPF on my arms and legs since they get more exposure during my trips out into the sun but SPF 15 works perfect for my face, especially when paired with a cute hat!

My summer essential number five is: Sunglasses

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As you’ll notice in a huge majority of my vacation pictures, I almost always have on a pair of sunglasses. This is mostly because I do wear contact lenses and find that my eyes have gotten more sensitive to the sun. This part in-particular was received after the Country Store Fun Run and I always say that because they were free, they will never break of disappear. I have worn them kayaking, zip lining, skiing, in the pool, to the fair and dropped them on the ground countless times. I am under the impression that if I threw them in the ocean, I would still miraculously get them back. However, I will not be testing this theory because these sunglasses are the perfect accessory to every outfit.

My sixth and final summer essential is: Brightly Colored Nail Polish

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I don’t know about you but I am very partial to bright nails in the summer-time. This color is perfect for both your fingers and your toes and definitely stands out.

 

What are your summer essentials?