In advance of my first opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (#DisneySMMC) next month at Walt Disney World, each Thursday I’m sharing details about Walt Disney World adventure experience I haven’t shared yet on Born Just Right. So far, I’ve shared Jordan’s 9th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park, our Wild Africa Trek experience and tips for doing Disney with one hand.

I’ve written in the past how Frozen remains a family favorite in our house even when it has fallen out of favor with many of Jordan’s friends. So when I set up a Frozen Holiday Premium Package for the family during our first day at Walt Disney World, there were no complaints. The package included a dessert party at Hollywood Studios and really good reserved seats during For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.

The show is a really fun recreation of the movie Frozen. If you’ve never seen it, that’s okay. You’ll totally “get” it while watching the show. My brother had never seen the movie and felt very caught up on the fever by the end of the performance. But for the kids and I, Frozen is something we sing out loud in the house on a regular basis. Cameron was playing it cool, but Jordan and I were geared up to sing out loud and proud. (Probably as loud as we did when we went to the sing-along version in the movie theaters a while back.) Jordan was in a rare performance mood from her seat.
frozen-sing-along-happinessThere was a lot of joy during the show. The addition of bubbles floating down with the crowd as we sang out as loud as possible added to the fun. Honestly? I’m not sure which was more fun: watching the show or watching Jordan’s joy.

We had time to play around the park before a really fun dessert party with reserved tables while we watched the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. We ate Frozen-themed cupcakes and cakes on a stick that looked like Olaf. The adult drinks were also super yummy. Everyone had a lot of fun. Smiles everywhere. Stories to remember… and more reasons to sing.
family-disney-osborne-lightsThis summer, Walt Disney World is bringing back its Frozen Summer Fun celebration June 17th. There is a premium dining package that is similar to what we did this past winter. It includes priority seating for the sing-along and a dessert party during a Frozen fireworks show.


color-run-fun-power-messNot long ago, if I told you I was doing a color run, you wouldn’t believe me. I wouldn’t even let the kids use finger paint when they were younger and I go out of my way to avoid face painting. Why? Because of the clean up. I never want to deal with the clean up. But when The Color Run arrived in my town for the first time, I knew the kids and I would have a blast… A very messy blast.

And I was right.

I’ve worked on getting Jordan’s running back up to speed a little so we could manage the 5K run at a local park. I dragged an untrained Cameron into the mix as well because I knew this run wasn’t about the speed, it was about the fun. Even though I had to wake him up early, by the end of it, even the slightly unimpressed teenager agreed the sleep loss was worth it.

runicorn-the-color-runThis year’s The Color Run isn’t just a ton of colored cornstarch thrown at you, it also includes SPARKLES. Yes. sparkles. That gave Jordan and I an excuse to wear our Sparkle Athletic skirts and get very, very messy. To add to the fun, we bought a “runicorn” for Jordan to cover with sparkles and color. She was very proud to turn it all kinds of colors. Plus, she threw a race “HAPPY” tattoo on her little arm – it looked awesome in extra colors.

After a couple of small sibling tiffs and convincing the kids to run longer and longer stretches in between walking, we made it to the end. Not only did we earn a medal, each person was given a bag of color powder and a sparkle bag.

If you think a color run is fun while you’re running through sections where people spray color and sparkles, the big color party at the end is just as fun. Periodically, leaders from a stage encourage runners to open up their powder bags and throw them into the air at the same time. It was a windy day in our town so those colors mixed together very quickly. If you place yourself in the very middle of all those colors, you can end up VERY covered.

The kids were pretty proud of their levels of mess. I had cut up plastic trash bags earlier in the morning so we wouldn’t have to clean off until we got home. Tide was offering blowers to get take off the excess powder, but our crew wanted to carry it all home.

A couple of other tips if you plan to run The Color Run:
1. Cover your phone in a plastic bag. I alternated between shooting photos and video through the bag and taking it out during less mess portions of the run to take additional pictures.
2. Make sure your kids have a washcloth and soap to get that color off. Blue is the trickiest color. Jordan still has a little blue inside one of her ears – she told me she wanted to keep it that way so she could prove she did the run to her friends at school.
3. The color almost completely washes out of your clothes with one hearty wash in the clothes washer. Jordan demanded I not wash hers… She wants to hang it up on a wall in her room. I plan to spend a while convincing her not to put it up on a wall.
4. They call the race the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.” I don’t know about that, but we were all grinning ear to ear through the whole experience. I know both kids will be sure to jump into a race like this again any time.



Don’t worry about my kids while I travel

April 21, 2015

I’m a little more than two and a half years into a job that is based in Washington, DC. We didn’t have to move there because I’m a teleworker. But that means I need to travel. These days, that means I travel at least once a month. I just wrapped up three straight weeks home […]

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Summer plans change for a special experience

April 17, 2015

Every year since Jordan was three and a half, we’ve traveled to the eastern side of Missouri to take part in Camp No Limits Missouri. We’ve grown with the camp that started with four families and now has more families than I ever imagined. Kids of all ages and experiences attend the special camp. And […]

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Playing games with one hand at Disney

April 16, 2015

In advance of my first opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (#DisneySMMC) next month at Walt Disney World, each Thursday I’m sharing details about Walt Disney World adventure experience I haven’t shared yet on Born Just Right. So far, I’ve shared Jordan’s 9th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park and our Wild Africa Trek experience. After spending […]

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Make a big impact for Camp No Limits

April 15, 2015

For years, we’ve spent a lot of time and energy raising money for Camp No Limits. It’s a camp that has helped empower Jordan to be as able and strong as possible as a nine-year-old. Our six years with the program has introduced us to wonderful mentors and friends along with families who have become friends […]

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A DC experience everyone should try at least once

April 14, 2015

Waking up early isn’t my favorite thing to do in the world. But I try to do it at least once every time I visit somewhere away from home. Why? Because I’ve found running in the morning at sunrise gives you a peek into a different location in a way you can’t see at any […]

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A West Wing adventure at the White House

April 13, 2015

Our trip to DC had so many cool moments but one of the most memorable was a chance to spend time in the West Wing of the White House. My good friend Sara not only travels to our home in Missouri to help me clean the house, she also introduced us to one of the […]

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What it’s really like going gray

April 10, 2015

Last month, I had a really fancy opportunity to help shoot a video about letting your hair go gray. I’ve battled it for years and I reached that point where the hair in front of my face was just too platinum to fight anymore. But I wasn’t sure what to do. Luckily I work for […]

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Throwback to Disney’s Wild Africa Trek

April 9, 2015

In advance of my first opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (#DisneySMMC) next month at Walt Disney World, each Thursday I’m looking back to a Walt Disney World adventure experience I haven’t shared yet on Born Just Right. Last week, I shared how we celebrated Jordan’s 9th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park. This week, I […]

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Jordan (and her family) goes to DC

April 8, 2015

If your mom works in Washington, DC, you’d think you would have a chance to visit all the time. But if you live in the middle of the country, it might take two and a half years! But when you have two and a half years to plan out five days, you know it’s going […]

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Book Review: Learning about Emmanuel’s Dream

April 3, 2015

A special part of the Born Just Right community is having the chance to learn about great people, events and even books. A publicist reached out to give us a chance to read Emmanuel’s Dream, The True Story of Emanuel Ofusu Yeboah. The book is illustrated beautifully and tells the story of Emmanuel who was born […]

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Partnering with Type-A Conference

April 2, 2015

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. All of my opinions about Type-A Conferences are mine. I’m all about announcements this week! Born Just Right is excited to be an official blog partner with the Type-A Conferences (that’s an affiliate link). Why, you […]

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Throwback to an epic Disney birthday

April 2, 2015

Jordan’s ninth birthday and our epic trip to Walt Disney World was at the end of December but I figured now was a great time to share her experience and start a weekly Disney Throwback Thursday series. I’m counting down to an amazing opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney […]

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Celebrate differences during Limb Loss Awareness Month

April 1, 2015

It doesn’t come with a lot of shirts or ribbons but today, the Amputee Coalition launches its fifth year of Limb Loss Awareness Month. This year, the organization is looking to help prevent older adults from amputations by checking for possible circulatory problems in feet. It’s not the focus many families have when it comes to limb loss […]

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