I hope all of you are having a great day. Yesterday was a bit rough and I wound up leaving work sick. Luckily, today I seem to be feeling better.
Since I am in the midst of training for a half marathon in October, I have a variety of long runs and 30 minute runs scattered throughout the weeks. While some of them are outdoors, a large majority of them take place on the treadmill. Since treadmill minutes are 4,000 times longer than regular minutes, I like to alternate between music and Netflix for entertainment.
If you are like me, a Disney fan and runner, this playlist should be right up your alley.
Do yo have a favorite running playlist? What kind of music do you prefer to listen to while you run?
Yesterday sure was a Monday. The funny thing was that I heard the same sentient from everyone I spoke to even outside of work!
If it gives you any indication of how busy yesterday was, I spent part of last night making today’s to-do list. Anyone else ever feel like you are constantly trying to get “it” together? I have been really trying to get organized at work so that I can have a better flow and relax a tiny bit at work. That feels like an uphill battle but I remain hopeful.
Trying to get it together lead me to a bit of a splurge purchase. Some of you know that I love a good day planner and that Erin Condren has been my go-to for a few years now. A few days ago I was scrolling through Instagram and came across an hourly layout. I could not get it off my mind!
That lead me to purchasing a new planner with an extension pack so that it finishes the year. I know, I know! Why spend money on something you already had, but it was a small (ish) splurge on something I really do use.
I am so, so excited to get it in the mail and will be sure to show you around the new planner when it arrives!
What has been a bit of a splurge purchase you’ve made lately?
How is it Monday again already?! Didn’t I just walk out of work so thankful it was the weekend?
Speaking of, how was your weekend? Going into mine I had grand ambitions to be super productive and get a million things off of my to-do list. While some of those things happened, a huge majority of them did not.
Saturday started out kinda slow, updating my lists and looking over some paperwork that had come in the mail over the course of the week. As the day progressed, I had convinced myself I needed two things- a haircut and a new day planner. Not even necessarily a new kind of day planner because I love my Erin Condren, but just a new planner- a fresh start! Since my current day planner is still perfectly fine and will last me until December, I settled for the haircut.
It has been awhile since I cut any length off of my hair and since I have some changes going on in my life right now, I was itching for a little bit of change. Now, haircuts are hard since I like my hair long and always want the option of a bun or a ponytail. I was relieved to have gotten a stylist at Fantastic Sams (not my usual hair place) that really listened to me and what I was looking for. Not only was I thrilled at the price but I walked out feeling refreshed and happy.
Saturday night was spent with my best friend! She and I have been friends for almost 30 years and had a great time catching up, eating pizza and hanging out with her adorable little boy.
Sunday started out…rough. There are a lot of words I could use to describe it but rough really is the best. I woke up with the mother of all headaches! It radiated all throughout my sinuses and made me feel sick to my stomach every time I moved. I literally spent a huge majority of the day curled up in bed with a blanket over my face to try and keep the light out. Unfortunately, I was stuck like this until pretty late in the afternoon and did not get even half of the things I wanted to done. When I finally did venture out of bed, I headed out to Dunkin Donuts to pick up some coffee and back out again to pick up groceries for the week (thank god for Walmart Grocery Pick Up!)
Once I was home, I had a team meeting with my travel agency and ate a delicious salad from Texas Roadhouse. From there it was right back into my pj’s and after a tiny bit of prep for work tomorrow, I was off to bed.
Even though this week will now be spent playing a little bit of catch up, I have some wonderful blog posts coming up that cover a large variety of topics. I hope that your Monday is great and I will see you again tomorrow!
Technical glitch on my side yesterday so my post did not go up as it was scheduled! Sorry about that!
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Today, I just wanted to pop over and say hello and let you know that if you are seeing this, technical glitch has been fixed!
I am so, so glad it is finally Friday. Yesterday was a productive day at work but it was crazy busy and exhausting. We are approaching today with an optimistic attitude and a large cup of coffee in hand! This weekend will be full of travel quotes, blog prep for next week, dinner with my bestie and some relaxation.
One thing I am going to be getting started on is my packing list for August since it is a longer trip than we usually take.
Today, I wanted to share with you the super exciting news that my sister and I going to D23 in Anaheim, CA this August! We will be heading over to California with my Host Travel Agency, Royal Treatment Travel, and spending 5 days exploring different aspects of the parks.
Even though we are huge, HUGE, Disney fans, this will be our first time attending the expo. I cannot even tell you how excited we are as more and more details are announced. We will be attending on Saturday and I will be going live and sharing plenty of pictures on social media.
I am so extremely excited to share our trip with you and hope that you will follow along!
I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of quality time with Pinterest!
While there is sometimes a specific image or topic I am looking for and delving into, often times there is no rhyme or reason and I find myself simply exploring random pages or suggest pins. In addition to my usual Disney inspired crafts or cute hairstyles, I often find myself looking at beautiful homes and amazing kitchens! There is such a large variety to choose from but I usually find myself gravitating more toward the minimalist, white and marble kitchens that never have a single crumb or dish out of place. While that is certainly not realistic for most people, it definitely looks enticing and makes you consider a small or large scale kitchen revamp.
Recently, I came across a company that puts together not only beautiful kitchens but also elegant bathrooms and intricate and tasteful tile work. This company is called Premier Surfaces.
Premier Surfaces is an installer of custom surfaces and counter tops and the nation’s largest fabricator. They currently have 17 locations across 10 states and have a product range that meets the needs of almost any client, commercial or residential. They carry a large selection of high quality materials, such as, natural stone, quartz, engineered marble and other specialty materials. Premier Surfaces is a market leader providing for a multitude of projects that range anywhere from a single family home to a variety of commercial services in the hospitality and healthcare industry.
I know when I think about any services for a home, I take into consideration the history and reputation of the company. Premier Surfaces has been fabricating and installing customized designs of surfaces and counter tops for more than 30 years! Not only have they been in business for over three decades, they also have a pristine reputation for outstanding services provided . In fact, a huge portion of their continued growth can be attributed to the recommendations and referrals of previous satisfied professionals and clients.
Currently, you can visit one of the local showrooms in any of the 10 states they are serving, located in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast. You can find out if there is a location near you, here!
After visiting the Premier Surfaces website, I was a little curious about who some of the designers and where they get their inspiration. One particular designer who stuck out to me, not only because we share the same name, was Lindsey Frost. After seeing photos of the beautiful designs she has put together for clients, I can definitely see why people love working with her.
If you would like to find out more about what it is like to work with a designer, specifically Lindsey Frost, who recently opened her own interior design company in 2018, check out this feature- Lindsey Frost Cambria Quartz
I don’t know about you guys but I definitely may be considering some home upgrades in the near future.
I am curious, if you could remodel or re-design any part of your home,what would it be?
Happy Monday! I hope all of you had a great holiday weekend. A large majority of my weekend was spent enjoying time with my family- drinking coffee and hanging out. The other portion of my weekend was spent putting together some travel quotes from some amazing vacations!
As all of you know, I love anything Disney and Disneyland is my absolute favorite vacation destination. That being said, visiting in the summer time months is a little different because you have to get a little creative with ways to stay cool while visiting the parks. Today I am going to be sharing with you my top 10 ways to beat the heat at Disneyland.
Arrive At The Parks Early-I would highly recommend arriving early at the parks so that you can enjoy some of the outdoor rides without the midday heat! You will also avoid some of the crowd and hopefully get on rides a little easier and faster. Not into getting up early? See #2!
Utilize Max Pass– I am working on a blog post regarding all the amazing benefits of the Max Pass and why I think it is totally worth the investment. But, for now I will say that Max Pass definitely cuts down on not only the time you wait, particularly on the rides with an outside waiting area but also on the time spent standing in the sun deciding what to do next.
Stay At The Parks Late– Like option #1, this option allows you to escape the heat and take advantage of the thinning crowd. If you can head back to your resort or hotel in the afternoon to cool off in the room or take advantage of the pool, that is even better! Most weekends, the park closes at 12:00 A.M. which allows for plenty of time for enjoying dinner and/or a nighttime show before heading back to the room.
Water Rides, Water Rides, Water Rides-At the Disneyland Resort you have access to not 1 but 2 water rides. The only issue? Everyone is thinking the same thing! I would highly recommend getting in line early in the day, booking a Fast Pass for later use so that you aren’t stuck waiting in a long line or heading there during one of the nighttime shows when the line is a little bit shorter. Water rides not your jam? See option #5!
Indoor Rides-If you are like me and not necessarily a fan of getting wet, there are plenty of options for indoor rides that provide a nice air conditioned break from the heat! In Disneyland, head over to the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s A Small World. In California Adventure, venture over to Soarin’ or The Little Mermaid ride. It is definitely advisable to get a Fast Pass for Soarin’ since it usually fills up quickly!
Stay Hydrated!-I know, I know! It is common knowledge to stay hydrated but the distractions are real when you are running from ride to ride and you may just forget to take a sip of water here and there. One of the best solutions my family and I have found is to bring our own water bottles. Not only does this save money but it also gives us the option to sip on our water when we are waiting in line. Another great option is that any counter service restaurant will give you a cup of ice water for free, just ask! ** The water bottles that we take to the parks are Contigo and we have great luck with them staying cold for a really long time.
Made In The Shade-If you do get to the point where there are no Fast Passes left, you may just be stuck waiting in line. The following rides offer the shadiest waiting areas: Disneyland- Star Tours, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Snow White’s Scary Adventure, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the Caribbean( this one depends on exactly how long the wait time is!),Haunted Mansion ( again this one depends on the wait time). California Adventure- Monster’s Inc. and Grizzly River Run
Dine Indoors!-I will say that this one is a toughie depending on the day because everyone has the same idea! A large majority of the restaurants that offer indoor dining will usually have full tables, sometimes with people simply wanting to beat the heat and not necessarily enjoying a meal or a drink. The top options for Disneyland are- Rancho Del Zocalo, Café Orleans, Plaza Inn, Alien Pizza Planet and Red Rose Tavern. California Adventure- Smoke Jumpers Grill, Starbucks, Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Lamplight Lounge. In both parks, both of the ice cream parlors do have indoor dining as well!
See A Show or Learn to Draw!-This one is a great option but does require a little bit of outdoor waiting in some cases. Frozen is currently playing at the Hyperion Theater in California Adventure and it will DEFINITELY help you cool off. Once inside you can enjoy an amazing show and relax for just about an hour. California Adventure also offers a learn to draw class and Turtle Talk with Crush in the Disney Animation Building. Disneyland offers the opportunity to enjoy some old fashioned vintage movies on Main Street, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and 3D showings of different shows throughout the year at what used to be Captain EO’S theater in Tomorrowland.
Go Shopping!-When all else fails, go shopping! The fun part is, is that you don’t even need to spend money to enjoy the air conditioning, take a look at the amazing décor and variety of themes in the stores located throughout the entire Disneyland Resort.
**Are you looking to plan your dream vacation? I’d love to help! Feel free to email me at Lindsey@royaltreatmenttravel.com!
I hope that you all are having a fantastic day so far. Today is such a weird day for me. I am not sure about you but a random day off in the middle of the week is totally throwing me off!
However, off or not, I was still thankful for a day off! I spent most of yesterday hanging out with family, drinking coffee and binge watching Stranger Things Season 3. We made it through all but 2 episodes and I am excited to pick it back up on Saturday. Another plan for this weekend consists of a run! I’ve been keeping a secret from you guys…. I signed up for a 5k and a half marathon in October!
It was a hard to pick a race to sign up for since Disneyland is not currently doing their races. However, Sydnee and I had talked about the Long Beach half on and off for awhile. After seeing that there was also a 5k option that runs through the aquarium, we decided why do just one race when there are two medals we could earn.
With a new race season comes the purchase of new shoes. The Brooks Adrenaline have been my go-to shoe ever since I got fitted for them back in 2015. I was sad that I had to buy new socks since my old ones were finally starting to get holes in them and not offer much cushion as they used to have.
While training schedules are always hard to keep up in the summer, I am really excited to have a race on the schedule for the Fall .
Do you have any races on the schedule for this Fall?