Sunday, August 24, 2014

Give Kids The World Ice Bucket Challenge~ I Accept!

Homemade art, made with love by Gayle Turner and pals.

With dry cloths and coiffed hair, I've written several checks for ALS; I am not adverse to ice water, but I believe folks should participate in philanthropy freely, without undue pressure, and because they have a leaning towards a particular charity.  I have treated several patients with ALS; it is a dreadful disease, and I gave freely to that cause, though bone dry.

Give Kids The World Village is different.  When Disney Gals and The Adult Side of Disney asked me to participate in the Disney Writers United Ice Bucket Challenge, I just could not say no.  I have spent a lifetime in the Disney Parks, and three years writing about that Disney Side.  I know what visiting those parks has meant to my parents, me and my siblings, my children, and my step grandchildren .  The magic that Give Kids The World Village delivers trumps all; providing a spark of fantasy, a lightened heart and dreams that soar and last an all-too-often truncated lifetime.

SO, I happily get dumped on before I make my donation, and I pledge to make a donation for every long run I do before the inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon.  For super heroes are exactly what these families are, and their enemy is a fierce one.  If each Incredible runDisney fan donated just $5 to this cause, we could win the happiness battle and ensure magic for all.  Here.  We.  Gooooo!

Link up.  Bucket or no, write a check.  #GiveKidsTheWorld #TagYoureIt!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Celebrating a Blogoversary ~ Giveaway

We're all in this blogosphere together; rooting for and chEARing on blogging friends is one of the absolute best aspects of this virtual world.  MapleMouseMama is one such pal, and DIStherapy would like to extend an enthusiastic "Happy 3rd Blogoversary" to her!!

Six other blogs are joining the party celebrating our northern cousin:

-   Mickey's Garden Villa
-   The Adult Side of Disney  
-   Disney Day by Day  
-   Storybrooke Villas
-   Running The Kingdom
-   Bibbidi Bowtique

The MapleMouseMama 3rd Blogoversary Prize Pack includes:

-   $50 Visa Gift Card
-   $25 Starbucks Gift Card
-   MapleMouseMama T-shirt
-   MapleMouseMama Knapsack
-   Mickey-shaped Photo Frame
-   Buzz & Woody Bow Set

The MapleMouseMama 3rd Blogoversary Prize Pack Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. who are over the age of 18.  Please read the terms and conditions below.  To enter follow the Rafflecopter directions.
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Best of luck all, and happy magical milestone Suzanne!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I'm Finally Going to Type-A Parent Conference- How About You??

After reading for years that Type-A Parent Conference is the Harvard of blogging conferences, I am honored to say that I am an Official Blog Partner for the 6th Annual Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta; September 19-21, 2014!   I previously have been oh-so-lucky to have attended three Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "On-The-Road" events.  Each time I would ask the seasoned social media mavens; "Which blogging conferences would you suggest as a next step?"  TO A PERSON, they would answer Type-A Parent Conference.  Well, it's time.  Anyone else out there on the fence?

Don't wait- the savings are huge!

Type-A Parent Conference, in its sixth year, is the world’s largest conference for parent bloggers. The conference has a well-established reputation for outstanding learning with actionable takeaways. It features power networking with the best and brightest parents who blog plus the major brands and firms who want to engage them. Type-A is where influential digital parents grow their business and connect. Register at Type-A Parent Conference. Use code BLOGPARTNER to get 25% off for 24 hours only!

**  Though the discount period is now over, you can still register for the three day conference for the reasonable price of $297 (plus $8.42 Eventbrite fee).

Looks like fun, no?
 And did I mention?  Disney Parks is a 2014 conference sponsor!!  Add some Disney Side magic into the mix!!!  One can only imagine the pixie dust that will find its way into our blogs post event.

To better prepare, I'm doing my homework; which for a blogger can only mean one thing.  Pinterest.  Come take a look at Type-A Parent Conference speaker line-up, recaps and tutorials.  Do you have a post I can add?  Please include it in the comments!

Spread the word.  Share the love.  Hotlanta, here we come!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Inaugural runDisney 6.2 Miler; 2013 Disneyland 10K

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory

While the 5K is considered the gateway to running distance events, the 10K is gaining in popularity as the logical stepping stone towards the coveted half marathon.  When I made the runDisney leap and ran my first 5K, I struggled to find the next perfect race.  I knew I wasn't ready- physically or psychologically- for 13.1, but needed to push myself towards the more serious bling.  Luckily, at the time, runDisney offered the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay, and I was able to "step up" to the 8.3 leg.   (I would have preferred the 4.8, but darn, my partner snagged it.)  I've never looked back, but I do have to say I was still looking forward to a runDisney inaugural 10K race.  The inaugural Disneyland 10K was it, and I was there!  (Our 10K-runDisney Love Affair)

I simply love running races at Disneyland; strolling leisurely from my resort (Disneyland Hotel) to the starting line (nearby Disneyland Drive) means not having to stress over transportation and ultimately a later wake-up call.

The Alice in Wonderland theming permeated the corrals and starting line, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum warmed up the crowd of 8,000 or so runners for our 6:15 am kick-off.

Early on, the course winds through the city and past the Anaheim Convention Center.  Spectators and neighbors lined our path and gave us our 6.2 mile boost.

The magic went into overdrive after Mile 2, as we entered Disney California Adventure Park.  Hello Route 66!

Mickey's Fun Wheel further set the mood.

After a short run between parks, we entered Disneyland at about Mile 3.5, and as always, relished our time on Main Street, U.S.A..

Into a deserted Toontown...

And through Sleeping Beauty Castle.  Pure enchantment with a blue bird sky.

A final chEAR from the many, spirited spectators lining Downtown Disney District.

To the finish line at Mile 6.2...

I barely had time to cool down on the short walk back to the resort.


This race is by far my favorite 10K to date.  Park time is a-plenty, and I always find the residents of Anaheim to be supportive and enthusiastic.  Last year's weather didn't cooperate, although the high temperature and humidity levels felt strangely familiar to Orlando runners.

While the 2014 Disneyland 10K course is unchanged, the starting time has been adjusted to 5:30 a.m., which should translate to a cooler race.  (Unlike 2013, the Disneyland 5K will take place the day before the Disneyland 10K, eliminating the need for a later start.)

Image courtesy of runDisney

For some, the Disneyland 10K is simply a cog in the Dumbo Double Dare wheel, but for a great many others it is their first "real race"; a timed event that takes training and concentration.  The runDisney 10K is a brilliant addition that widens the brand's appeal to the masses of varying motivation and fitness levels.

Read more about this Happy weekend by following the Virtual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop, co-hosted by Krissy Murphy, @krissymmurphy!