Sep 16

VITA-MERICAL or My Blog Commercial

I’m always up for a challenge!  When one of my most favorite bloggers Joi at RX Fitness Lady threw down the blogging gauntlet, I was more then willing to take it up…and then I realized I had to make a commercial.  Shit.

So get your eyeballs ready because not only do I have a video for you (or a vlog or whatever the techie nerds call it) but I’ll be blogging every damn day this week! That’s right.  It’s my first blogging challenge and I intend to succeed!…even if I have to kill my family to do it which almost happened after day one. Let the games begin!


I’ve been a MAC owner for about two months.  The apple nation tells me there’s an amazing program called iMovie.  Sounds daunting.  Turns out, it’s a friggin nightmare, but I WON!  I wrestled that program to the ground and I beat out a video with music, audio AND pictures! Take THAT iMovie!  Ok, so it’s probably the most amateur thing you could ever hope to see (and I had to hide in the playroom to record it!) but for better or worse…


My first masterpiece.  I’m sure it will be a thing of shame for years to come!  Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed it in a way that you enjoy watching the drunk girl at a party.


Have you ever made a vlog or commercial for your blog or otherwise?  How do you feel about being on camera?


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  1. Michelle

    I think you did fabulous!!! I loved your video and of course you know I love your blog!

    1. vita88

      Thanks Michelle!! Right back at ya!

  2. Leah

    You did an amazing job! I loved all the pictures and I loved getting to hear you speak – so personal! I love videos put to music. I can actually watch them all day – you can really capture the emotions. Way to go!

    1. vita88

      Thank you!!! I’m glad you loved hearing me speak b/c it makes me cringe!

  3. Kenya G. Johnson

    I did an iMovie of me and my son doing the hula hoop (it’s on Youtube). It’s kind of commercially except I didn’t talk. I had to laugh about you calling it a nightmare because each iMovie I’ve done, the success what purely by accident. I don’t think I would ever be able to make the same video twice. I think you did great (no shame in it) – love the pics. You have a beautiful family. #MBC

    1. vita88

      I’ll have to check that out!! It was incredibly hard – not only to make it but also to convert it and post it to YouTube!! Thank you!!

  4. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama

    Allie, the video is AWESOME! Loved every second of it. So many great pics of your family and your amazing racing career. I really love the pic of your boys walking toward the ocean together and the sweet shot of you and your hubby toward the end. And I’m insanely jealous of the gun & abs shots. You are one hot mama!!

    1. vita88

      Ha ha ha!!! Thanks so much Nicole! A few of those shots were WAY too close but I had no clue how to change them!!

  5. thedoseofreality

    You are just straight up ADORABLE Allie! I definitely think you rock…and I am dying over how well you did with iMovie! Love the music and the pictures! Great job! :)-Ashley

    1. vita88

      Thanks so much Ashley. There was a lot of LUCK involved!!

  6. Jane

    Awesome job!!!

    1. vita88

      Thank you Jane!! I’ve come a long way since 2nd grade…I think – ha ha !! Love you!

  7. Tamara

    haha! You’re not the drunk girl at the party. You’re the awesome girl people want to talk to! I love hearing people’s voices on their blogs. I can’t say that enough. The ones I imagine in my head? 100% wrong. (I guess I should probably put mine on my blog too) You did a wonderful job here!

    1. vita88

      I know, right?? You should absolutely do a video and pretty please include those beautiful kids!! Maybe Scarlet will like the video camera better?? Thanks Tamara!!

  8. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    ALLIE!!! This was perfect!!! I love love love it! You did so great! Thank you so much for the shoutout! Your lighting and sound was perfect, you are a total natural at vlogging! Loved every single picture! Especially the sneaks!! It shows off all the wonderful-ness (new word) of the blog plus the essence of you!! I’m so excited for this video like its my own LOL

    1. vita88

      You are the sweetest!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I can’t wait to use “wonderful-ness” in my next blog. You’re the best!!

  9. LydiaF

    I’m glad you were able to defeat iMovie, hahaha! #MBC

    1. vita88

      Me too!!…and I did sign-up for a tutorial at my local Apple store. I can’t wait to find out how much easier this whole process really is. Thanks for watching!

  10. Shannon

    Such a great view in to your world…you rocked it and I LOVE the choice of music, just perfect. Can’t wait to see what the other topics bring…

    1. vita88

      Thanks Shannon!!! Glad you were able to help me (& make an appearance) since you got me into this!!

  11. Hope

    You totally smashed that iMovie. Hi tech-Allie (your new name 🙂 . That was great! Loved it! You and your hubs sure know how to make cute kids. Your sons are so adorable. I’ve always loved the name of your blog. My mom’s name is ParVita…I used to call her Vita when I was acting to grown to call her Mummy. It was our little joke.

    1. vita88

      Thank you so much Hope!!! That really means a lot. I also LOVE that it’s your mom’s name!! That is just way too cool!! Your grandma must be one amazing woman!

  12. Alison Hector

    Love it! You were marvelous, Allie! It IS a masterpiece. I feel you re: how challenging it was to put a video together. If if weren’t for my friend who basically pulled it together for me, I would have given up.

    1. vita88

      I’m happy to know at least one other person struggled with it! Looking forward to checking yours out!! Thanks for watching & commenting!!

  13. Andrea

    Good for you Allie! I’m too scared to post a video but if I would have it would have likely been in the bathroom away for the little one and hub. Distraction! #mbc

    1. vita88

      It was very scary but FUN!! Hiding was a must! Thanks for visiting!!

  14. Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady

    Nothing shameful at all about this dear! You kicked iMovie’s arse! My little sister did too but she was a mass communications major. She was complaining that it was too much but she got the hang of it quick. She just watched yours with me & she loved it! She says the twins are cute….ditto that for me too! Great video! It is perfect for showcasing your rockstar fitness and family life. I love you too! Thanks so much for partying with #MBC!

    1. vita88

      Thanks so much!! I was a communications major too – shame, shame, shame!! Ha ha ha!! I’m glad you ladies could watch it together. This is a great party:-) #MBC

  15. Reginia {PoisedinPrint.com}

    I think blog trailers are amazing. I’ve tired iMovie a few times and its challenging to say the least. Great vid. I look forward to more.

    1. vita88

      Thank you!! I’m hoping to learn a lot more and I’m sure it’s easier then what I went through. Thanks for watching and commenting!!

  16. Veronica

    Good job on the video. I just may try a video next time. My daughter and I play with iMovie all the time. Perhaps I will try it.

    1. vita88

      You should definitely give it a try. I’m sure if you’re just playing around and not working on a deadline, it may actually be fun!!

  17. The Shitastrophy

    Ok that was AWESOME! Good for you for slaying the tech beast! And I love the commercial/Vlog:) Nicely done.

    1. vita88

      Thank you so much!! I love kicking some technological butt:-)

  18. Kim

    Dang – most impressive video I’ve seen!!! I have a MAC, too and have never even tried iMovie – pretty sure my attempts would not be nearly as awesome as yours!

    1. vita88

      WOW thank you!!! I’m sure you could do just as well if not better. You have serious video skills!

  19. Melissa Burton

    Nice job! I’ll be honest and lyk I teared up a little. Great video (I think I’m going to have to check out Nellie’s tutorial (if she has one) on making a video because I absolutely don’t know how.

    You are an inspiration Allie!


    1. vita88

      Awwww thanks Melissa! I pretty much cry when anything is set to music so I get it. I know it would have been better for you if I used a little DD!! Nellie does have a basic tutorial with some great tips. It didn’t help me at all with iMovie (b/c she used a different platform) but a lot with presentation. I googled iMovie tutorials which helped! Good luck!

  20. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Nice work!! I’ve attempted video just a handful of times- it’s not my strength- but you did awesome!

    1. vita88

      Thanks Laura!! It was definitely a labor of love…:-)

  21. Dana

    Allie! You did a great job! I could have never done mine without help – I’m very impressed. Looking forward to seeing you every day this week, and let’s hope no one in your family gets hurt!

    1. vita88

      I’m keeping my fingers crossed but I can’t promise anything!! I’m looking forward to a week of “lists” too:-)

  22. Laurie Miele

    Is there anything you can’t do???
    Never cease to amaze me.
    Love you

    1. vita88

      Thanks Auntie Laurie!! Love you too!!

  23. Jen @ milesandblessings

    I am soooo impressed!!!!! You did an awesome job! You have such awesome pictures! Your family is so cute and your race pictures are great!!!!! I would have had no idea how in the world to figure out how to do that!
    Great job!!!!!!

    1. vita88

      Thanks Jen! I had no idea either!! I’m just glad it’s DONE.

  24. Carla

    I loved your blog commercial! The music with the pictures was great. My husband was tapping his foot so you must’ve picked the right song. Oh, and I totally hear you on triumphing on this whole thing.

    1. vita88

      That is great!! So glad your husband liked the song!! Must conquer mini-blog challenge!! Thanks:-)

  25. Alison

    You did such a good job with the vlog/ video editing! Love seeing your face, hearing your voice.

    1. vita88

      Thanks Alison!! It’s funny when you can actually hear a voice with the face, right?

  26. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    Oh my gosh!!! That was so great! I absolutely loved your video! AND I loved hearing your voice! You have the sweetest demeanor! I can’t believe you were hiding in the playroom. Too funny. iMovie is really difficult. I am Impressed! (Note the capital “I”).

    1. vita88

      Noted!! Thanks Britt. I had to hide because the kids woke up early from their nap and there’s no way I would have been able to record anything coherent with them in the background. After about 7 minutes they started calling me!! I have an appointment at Apple next week to figure out this whole iMovie thing – yay!!

  27. Marisa

    This AWESOME!!! Wow..great job on your vlog and I love that I get to be in your life 🙂

    1. vita88

      Thanks Marisa!!! I need to get some “skinny” pics of you – ha ha!! I don’t even recognize that girl from the scramble pic!!

      1. Marisa

        Lol..ok when Vita crew reunites again, new pic! 🙂

  28. Britton

    I love, love, LOVE IT! You did an awesome job for your first time! I love the first picture of the twins and that song choice! That’s my cool down song after my long runs!

    1. vita88

      Thank you so much!!! It’s a really great, motivating song for me:-)

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