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Showered with love and pizza.

What I knew:

  • That my bridal shower was on June 24th at 12pm at Umberto’s Pizzeria on Long Island

What I didn’t know:

  • Everything else.

In all honesty, I’m not a fan of bridal showers. Watching people open housewares? Yawn. Wearing a weird hat of ribbons? Cringe. Being the center of attention? Not really my cup of tea either.

There was so much I didn’t like about bridal showers that I had a hard time imagining how mine would look – but Saturday proved just how much my family gets me because it was a wonderful afternoon filled with incredible personal touches, amazing friends and family, and to top it all off, pizza.

My Bridal Shower

The Invite

Once Upon a Time themed? YES!

Not having to open gifts? YES!

From the get-go, my fam was on the perfect track for making this a day I would love 🙂

The Decor

Sticking with the once upon a time/happily ever after theme, the space was adorned with Cinderella’s carriages, sparkle, and small princess touches throughout. Also, can we talk about this cake?! My future sister-in-law (my lil’ bro is getting married next September!!!) had it made and it was delicious on top of being gorgeous (this is the baker – if you need a specialty cake made out on LI, this is THE place!).

The Menu

Umberto’s – Long Island, NY

My family does nothing small so there was A TON of food and absolutely no one went home hungry. I loved that in addition to the cake, there was little Carvel ice cream cups. I had both the chocolate and vanilla ice cream cups and a piece of cake. #sheddingfortheweddingLOL 

The Entertainment

Game 1: What did the Groom say?

Prior to the shower, Justin was sent a list of questions to answer about me. At the shower, I had to sit in a chair while my cousin asked me the questions. For every answer I didn’t match Justin, I had to chew a piece of gum. My cousin bought double bubble so THANK GOD I only didn’t match Justin for 6 questions.

My questions were:

  • What is the one thing you cannot live without?
    • He said, “Fruit.”
    • I said, “Disney.”
  • What is your favorite color?
    • MATCH! Purple 🙂
  • What was your first job?
    • MATCH! Pizza place 🙂
  • Who are you named after?
    • MATCH! Little girl in my mom’s baton twirling class 🙂
  • If you went out for drinks, what is the first beverage you would order?
    • MATCH! We both said “something fruity.” 🙂
  • Where did you have your first kiss?
    • Funny story: because my cousin didn’t say “with Justin,” I interpreted this as my first kiss ever and answered with “Kimberly W’s basement.” #Whoops
    • Once the question was clarified, I got it right – the High Line 🙂
  • What is your biggest pet peeve?
    • He said, “Dog across the hall.”
    • I said, “People chewing loudly.”
  • What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
    • He said, “Fitness stuff.”
    • I said, “Disney.” (running/fitness was my next answer)
  • What year did you graduate from high school?
    • MATCH! 2004 🙂 #onceatitanalwaysatitan
  • What was the first gift Justin gave you?
    • He said, “Olaf tank top and hoodie.”
    • I said, “Ummm I forget…”
  • What is your favorite song?
    • MATCH! Can’t choose but something by Kenny Chesney 🙂
  • When you are in a sour mood, what is your comfort food?
    • MATCH! Pizza 🙂
  • What do you do that really annoys Justin?
    • MATCH! Justin said, “Not answering as there’s no way I don’t get in trouble.”
  • What does Justin do that really annoys you?
    • MATCH! I said “omg there’s too many, I could start ranking them maybe…”
    • He said, “I could write you a novel”
  • What is one chore you really hate?
    • He said, “Redoing my chores even though they were done just fine.”
    • I said, “Dishes? I don’t know. I do them all and hate them all.”
  • What is the number of questions Justin thought you’d get correctly?
    • He said, “12.”
    • I said… nothing because I had so much gum in my mouth I couldn’t speak.

Game 2: Disney Love Songs

Because I’m, well, me, I was disqualified from winning – but the top 2 winners took home bottles of champagne! Also, our wedding song is somewhere in that list 🙂

Game 3: How Old was the Bride-to-Be?

My amazing friend (and officiant!), Jenny, set up a game with photos of me from various ages. I thought this was such a cute idea but oh boy was it difficult, even for me! It was adorable to hear people get excited when they were exactly right. I had Justin play when we got home and he guessed all of them within two years save for one photo (he thought I was 16 but I was really 12 – he followed this knowledge up with “OMG we can never have girls” LOL).

Activities: Scrapbook Guestbook & Date Night Ideas

I’ve been scrapbooking our entire engagement so instead of a formal guestbook, my mother arranged for the guests to leave me a note on scrapbook paper (I’m going to do the same for our wedding “guestbook!”). In addition to the sweet notes I received on the scrapbook paper, everyone submitted a date night idea for Justin and me. We reviewed the date night ideas on Sunday morning and were cracking up! They ranged from sweet to raunchy and it was hilarious to read everyone’s thoughts on what makes a good night out or night in.

Personal Touches

My Outfit

When I first found this dress, I fell in love with everything except the plunging neckline. I asked my mother if she could fill in the center with some sheer fabric and you know what she did? She cut the sleeve off her wedding gown and sewed the lace right into my dress. I also wore my late grandmother’s ring (adorned with a light blue heart) and a light blue pearl bracelet that my grandmother (and matron of honor) made for me a few months back. It meant so much to me to be wearing something from my three favorite women.


Family Brides

My mother did a wonderful job of arranging photos of all the brides and significant women in mine and Justin’s life.

Shower Umbrella

My grandmother made this umbrella and my mom, my aunt, and all their cousins have used it at their bridal showers over the years. It was such a special treat to have something so special and be the first of my cousins to use it (my cousin Sammy is next – she got engaged on Sunday!!!).


For Me

My parent’s had my great-grandmother’s silverware re-dipped. My babci received this silverware as a wedding gift in 1917, making the set 100 years old! I also received my grandmother’s china, something my grandmother passed on to my mother many years ago. I can’t wait until we have a larger home so we can display these and host a fancy dinner party for all my cousins 🙂

For Guests

My grandmother lives in an assisted living facility and has taken up a new hobby in the past few months – jewelry making! My aunts bought her an array of different beads and she made enough bracelets for every guest at the shower to take one home as a favor. It was so great to see everyone wearing a Made-by-Maria original!

When we got home, we spent time opening cards/gifts and arranging what we wanted to bring back to the city to use right away and what could be saved for when we have a larger home and family.

I feel so blessed for everyone who put in a ton of work to make this shower memorable and exactly what I would have wanted. I am so unbelievably thankful for those who came to share such a magical day with me as well as for those who sent their love from afar. Less than 3 months to go and feeling like the luckiest lady in the world!


Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!


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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

When I told Justin that I wanted to go back to Disney World in September, one of the biggest points I made (errrr maybe the only point I had to make) was that the timing would coincide with Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival. No joke, he got into bed one night and showed me the map he had made of Epcot, including the location of the stands he wanted to hit and exactly what he wanted to buy at each spot. I’m pretty sure he also made an Excel spreadsheet. #thatsmyboy

Before heading to the park and stuffing our faces with deliciousness, we set out on an easy run around the Grand Floridian and Polynesian resorts.

Grand Floridian from lagoon running path

Grand Floridian from lagoon running path

The plan then was to spend the rest of the morning at the front of the park going on rides before heading to World Showcase for the remainder of the day and night. We were able to ride the new Soarin’ Around the World, Living with the Land, Test Track, and Ellen’s Great Energy Adventure before heading over to the Italy pavilion’s Via Napoli for lunch.

Epcot's Food and Wine Festival

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

The pizza (and sangria omg the sangria) at Via Napoli is incredible so we didn’t want to pass up a chance to indulge ourselves. We figured we’d have salad and pizza for lunch and then snack around the world for dinner.

After lunch, we had FastPass reservations for Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion. Because of FastPass grouping, we had to choose between FastPasses for Frozen or for Soarin’ and Test Track. We elected to grab the FastPasses for Frozen and just hit Soarin’ and Test Track early.

If you’re heading to Epcot and are choosing FastPasses, I’d pick Frozen Ever after because the Soarin’ and Test Track standby lines were not bad and the Frozen Ever After standby line was absolutely insane.

Also, I just want to take a minute to talk about HOW UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING Frozen Ever After is. While it is no secret that I love Frozen and all things Olaf, I really loved the Maelstrom ride and was upset to learn that it would be no more. Disney did an unbelievable job with the Frozen ride and the technology used for the characters is incredible. The movements are so real and lifelike that you almost believe you are in the movie. Both Justin and I were very impressed.

Romantic stroll (ehh stumble)

Romantic stroll (ehh stumble)

After enjoying the Frozen ride, I was in the mood for a frozen treat (see what I did there? bahaha). Dole Whip with coconut rum was high on my list of “must-haves” for the day and it did not disappoint. This may most definitely will be a treat I have to enjoy again when we go back in February for Princess Weekend.

Dole Whip and coconut rum!

Dole Whip and coconut rum!

Later in the day, because it’s Florida in September, the skies went from blue and cloudless to dark and ominous in roughly 3.7 seconds. We waited out the storm in the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival before running through the rain (in our ponchos – these are a vital item on all Florida vacations) to Spaceship Earth. Luckily, once we left Spaceship Earth, the rain had stopped and we were able to walk around and enjoy the remainder of the World Showcase. We kept our ponchos on, though, just in case. #FloridaProblems

After a long day of running/walking around, eating and drinking, we were ready to head back to the hotel to get some solid sleep. We had a long (and magical!) day in Magic Kingdom ahead of us 🙂

Epcot - Spaceship Earth

Epcot – Spaceship Earth

This was my first time at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival but it will definitely not be my last. I liked going in September because the festival had just opened and the crowds weren’t all that huge yet. Next year, Justin and I plan to run the Wine and Dine Half-Marathon so we’ll be back for Food and Wine but expect the crowds to be much larger.


Next up: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.


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Glass Slipper Challenge: Enchanted 10k

With 3.1 miles and a day at Hollywood Studios under my belt, it was time for the official start of the Glass Slipper Challenge with the Enchanted 10k!

Enchanted 10k

My cousin Liz was also running the 10k so we met up in the lobby at holy-hell-it’s-early o’clock to get on the bus to the start village. Once at the start village, we had lots of time to sit down, make a stop in the port-a-potties, and meet up with my friend Jess before getting into the corrals.

As much as I typically hate 10ks, I absolutely adore the Disney 10Ks. It helps that I basically trot the entire time and aren’t pushing myself to a 10k pace, but it’s also because I truly adore Disney’s 10k course. I remember thinking during my first Dopey that I had never enjoyed this distance more.

In theory, the 10k sounds great. It’s a solid mid-distance run and you’re finished in less than an hour. Sounds wonderful, right? Wrong. In reality, racing a 10k is horrific for me. But running the 10k in Disney? Purely magical.

enchanted 10k

We kept a light and conversational pace, enjoying the scenery and character stops in Epcot, on the Boardwalk (where I saw the wonderful Alec!), and through Yacht and Beach Club.

enchanted 10k finish

9.3 weekend miles were down!

Magic Kingdom

With the early start time and a “short” race, we were up and at it pretty quickly, getting to Magic Kingdom before 10 am. Is there anything more magical than turning onto Main Street and seeing the castle up ahead? You can say yes, but you’d be wrong.

magic kingdom

I was pumped for a long and busy day in one of my favorite places on the planet.

magic kingdom 2

We enjoyed the following rides/attractions during our 12+ hours in the park:

  • It’s a Small World
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (One of my favorites)
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (So much yes)
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  • Splash Mountain (John’s face. #icanteven)
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (This will never get old. Also, now I want to have a Monsters movie marathon.)
  • Haunted Mansion (Classic and THE BEST. End of conversation.)
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Main Street Electrical Parade (The older I get, the more I love these parades.)
  • Celebrate the Magic (WHAAAAT?! Disney, THIS WAS AMAZINGLY MAGICAL. If you can watch this, do it. Do it now.)
  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Don’t worry, we also stopped for Dole Whip… twice 🙂

magic kingdom 3

With the half-marathon the next day, my cousin Mikey left a little after 8 pm to get a solid night’s sleep. Me? Well I’m not as smart and I opted to stay until after the park closed. So yea, I got a little more than 3 hours of sleep and then ran a half-marathon. And then took no nap and went straight to Epcot to drink in the sunshine. #wasnteventired #disneymagic


Next up: the Princess Half Marathon!

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a Disney fairy tale…

first up, workouts from last week:

www a Disney fairy tale:

once upon a time

there was a family

with two cousins

who wanted to run a race

they ran up Main Street, USA

through cinderellas castle

posed for a photo

or two

ran through epcot

and finished with big smiles

the family celebrated

with silly hats

and margaritas in a sippy cup

and princesses

they enjoyed a few more

but theyll return

Can’t wait for Marathon weekend 2015 – who else is in?!


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