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Wednesday (Pre-Convention)

Posted on August 11, 2019 by under Zumba.    

Brian and I went to registration right before nine o’clock on Wednesday. There was quite a line already. I guess they saw all the people waiting and opened registration early. The line was moving pretty quickly but several people were taking photos and selfies while waiting.

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So did we…

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Finally, it was my turn. Here’s a selfie of us with the very nice staff member who checked me in…

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I got my ZW INSIDER – 3 STAR badge again this year. More on why this is important later.

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Here’s a pic of the back of the badge which has all of your sessions. My sessions were mostly at Hyatt Regency. Most of my sessions are there which is why it is our preferred hotel. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into that hotel this year because the room block was already full by the time I completed my ZINCON registration.

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Here’s a pic of this year’s commemorative shirt.

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And our bag…

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After registering, we hung out at the pool before I went to do some early access shopping. This is where the special 3 STAR badge comes in handy. All 3 STAR ZW INSIDERS get to show at the Zumba wear store two hours before it opens to the public. So you definitely want your badge to say ZW INSIDER – 3 STAR!

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I met fellow Filipina while in line for the early shopping.

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I guess word has gotten out. There were a ton of people in line this year. Last year, I got to the meeting place around 11:45 AM (they open the doors for us at noon, while regular shoppers go in at two o’clock) and I was near the front of the line.

This year, I got there around the same time and there were already a ton of people ahead of me. Here’s a pic of Patti. She is one of the ZCOM volunteers for our region and also a fellow 3 STAR.

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One of the best things about the early access to the store is you get to shop with all of the presenters. Here’s a pic of me with Marcie.

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Me with Donna, another presenter.

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Here’s Melanie, the person behind all the Zumba wear we love.

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I bumped into Cynthia, one of my friends from the “Zumba Wear Outfit of the Day” Facebook group.

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This is Claudia, a 3 STAR ZW INSIDER I met last year who also happens to be part of the same Facebook group.

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Here are some pictures of the new Zumba wear…

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At ZINCON, we get to buy items from yet to be released Zumba wear lines. Sometimes, the items don’t show up on Zumba.com for months!

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I wasn’t going to get these crazy, sequined sweat pants but Marcie got them so, naturally, I had to get them too. LOL.

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There were a ton of cute things. The new STRONG by Zumba line also looks amazing. I really had to make an effort to resist buying everything I saw.

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I prefer to buy stuff from Zumba.com because then the purchase goes toward my ZW INSIDER status. Purchases at ZINCON don’t count. I learned this lesson the hard way last year. I bought a ton of Zumba wear at ZINCON and none of it counted. Even though I spent a lot, I actually got downgraded to 2 STAR for not buying enough Zumba wear.

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The other new thing they started this year is the juniors line. The had several super cute juniors outfits that matched items from the regular line. As for me, I’m small enough to fit some of the kids’ large items. Bonus!

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Here’s a pic of the highly-coveted ZINCON-exclusive flannels (everyone calls them flannels, but they really aren’t made of flannel material — they’re basically just long-sleeved button-down shirts) that sold out with the first hour. Yes, it was ridiculous! The store wasn’t even officially open yet and they already sold out of these. Apparently, there was a reseller there who immediately bought the entire rack. I am so glad I got one!

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After shopping, I went back to the hotel pool to join Brian.

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It was the perfect pool day, nice and sunny.

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We took the opportunity to snap some fun pics.

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After a short poolside nap, it was time to head to the We Move the World Stage at the Hyatt for the Wednesday night ZIN Flavors Master Class. We bumped into Lindsey Taylor on the way there.

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Also bumped into my friend Christopher from Hawaii who I met for the first time at the LA Conference in 2014.

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I think everyone and their uncle took one of these photos. LOL. I took my first one on Wednesday. I think I did it a couple more times before ZINCON was over.

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I had Brian put my jacket on while we were waiting in line for the master class. We were just goofing around, killing time.

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Here’s a pic of me in my super shiny jacket.

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What do you think? Who wore it best? 😉

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Line selfie.

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They finally let us in. Hundreds of people did the pre-convention mega jams so, for the first time ever, I was actually close to the front.

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Most of the time I’m way in the back. This is the first time ever that I was actually just a couple of rows from the railing.

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It was great but also made me remember why being at the front sucks. Nobody dances. Everyone is just standing around taking photos and videos. It was really frustrating because I was trying to dance. I just can’t win. When I’m not at the front, I can’t dance because I can’t see anything. When I’m at the front, I can’t dance because no one else is dancing. I tried to make the best of it though, and danced as much as I could given the circumstances.

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After the master class, I took Brian to the store. He couldn’t get in with me earlier during the early access because it was only for the 3 STAR people. As we were leaving, we ran into a huge Filipino contingency. It was Christina and her crew.

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On the way back to our hotel room, we bumped into Kelly who is also in “Zumba Wear Outfit of the Day” Facebook group.

Anyway, that was pretty much how I spent my pre-convention day. Come back for a recap of the rest of ZINCON!

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Traveling to Orlando

Posted on August 7, 2019 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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Obligatory airplane selfie.

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Upon our arrival at the Orlando airport, we were greeted by the same chauffeur we had in 2013. What are the odds?

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Our first stop that night was the Pub, our favorite place to eat in the area.

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Our first drinks in Orlando.

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Brian’s favorite meal.

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I love the fish and chips at the Pub. This time they had an option on the menu to get fish and chips and shrimp.

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It was a nice night for a walk, so we took the long way back to our hotel. Grabbed a few pics on the way.

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It was a long day but there’s always time for a few pics.

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We stayed at the Hilton this time because the Hyatt Regency was already full by the time I registered, which was within a couple of hours of registration opening. It was ridiculous. Anyway, the Hilton also does the commemorative ZINCON keys so at least I still got one to add to my collection.

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We went to check out the fitness center in the morning. It was decent but not as nice as the one at the Hyatt.

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I guess it’s a lot nicer than most hotel gyms.

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We did some exploring that day.

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The rooms are just okay and it’s on the opposite side of the Orange County Convention Center from the Hyatt so the location is not idea but the resort pool is phenomenal!

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It is much bigger and nicer than the resort pool at the Hyatt.

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And, they have a lazy river. Bonus!

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There’s even a splash pool for the kiddos.

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There are a few fire pit areas with food and beverage service.

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The pool grounds are super nice!

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Besides that, it’s like a legit resort with activities and everything. I just wish it wasn’t so far away. Anyway, next post will be all about ZINCON. Check back soon!

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Getting Ready for ZINCON

Posted on August 6, 2019 by under Life.    

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This is us at Nails & Beyond, getting ready for ZINCON. I did silver toenails this time. We did two different shades of silver. One was opaque and the other a glittery overlay for extra sparkle.

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I also had a waxing right before ZINCON, which also happened to be the same day as a big sale at Beau Monde so I bought myself a blingy hat.

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Blues & Brews Festival

Posted on August 4, 2019 by under Events.    

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Our friend Tina hooked us up with awesome patio tickets to the Andover Blues & Brews Festival a few weeks ago.

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We got there before the rest of our crew because they had another event that same day. Luckily, we met some other people we knew (Michelle and Scott) who got their early and got an awesome table in the shade. They graciously offered to share their table so we hung out with them until the rest of the gang arrived.

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Here’s an obligatory selfie…

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Some pics with the rest of our group…

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(From Left) Becca, Tina, Justin, Brian, and Aston…

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I’m so grateful to Tina for hooking us up with these awesome tickets. They included dinner and beer tasting. And we got a great view of the show.

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Here’s a pic of me and Brian with Tina’s husband, Justin.

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Jay and Brian…

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And a couple more pics to close out the night. It was a beautiful evening for hanging out. Love these guys!

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Electric Scooters are Here

Posted on July 27, 2019 by under Free Stuff, Things to Do.    

Remember when Brian and I rode the heck out of the electric scooters in Austin back in April? Well, they’ve finally arrived in Wichita!

I saw them on my way in to work a couple of weeks ago and then Chris and I checked them out when we went for a walk later that day.

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Brian and I loved using the scooters when we were in Austin so we are happy they are now available in Wichita. As with anything though, people need to understand the rules and obey them so we don’t have the same problems they’ve had in the cities that have implemented these.

You can learn more about the rules here.

The electric scooters seem a bit intimidating at first but once you’ve tried them you’ll never go back. Seriously. I would much prefer to walk or take a scooter to go somewhere than have to get in my car.

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If you’re ready to give them a try, I have some promo codes you can use so you can get $10 FREE to spend on SPIN rides:

  • CHINGBRUBAKER
  • FREEFIVE

These codes are each good for $5 in free ride credits and can be stacked so, if you use both of them, then you’ll have $10 to spend on rides before you have to start paying with your own money. Enjoy!

PRO TIP: Download the app now so you don’t have to spend a few minutes setting everything up on your first ride. If you’ve already got the app installed on your phone, you can just scan and go.

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