April 19, 2014
Hi everyone, Happy Saturday!
Here’s hoping your weekend has started off on the right foot. Ours did, with all four of them getting out the door just after sunrise to join our training group from church for a chilly morning run!
This is our second week training with Team Kensington for the half (for me) and full (for Scott) marathon coming up this October.
More on the project and cause coming up, but for now I will tell you that our Saturday mornings are now spent in some kind of similar gathering all for one common purpose.
This morning’s route took us four miles on the trails and I loved every minute of it. It was a lot chillier than I would have liked, but I finally warmed up about half way through and had a wonderful time admiring the scenery.
We even got to talking with a few new faces and ended up taking the run with a Pistons Season Ticket Holder. He and Scott chatted about the team the entire time!
I also thought it was really neat that right after we took this photo, Michael hurried off to catch a yoga class.
I am excited to tell you more about why and what we are running for later this week!
Breakfast in Birmingham
After a quick stop into Walmart, we picked up a couple of friends and drove over to Birmingham for breakfast.
There are a few surrounding cities near us that I absolutely adore, and Birmigham is one of them. I love the downtown area that is populated with unique shops and restaurants, but also appreciate the not-so-fancy places only locals know about.
This was our first time visiting The Whistle Stop, a quaint and tiny diner with a variety of menu items and a lot of charm.
As soon as we sat down at our booth, I got up to wash my hands and returned to the biggest cinnamon roll I have ever seen.
That Scott is a sneaky one… always ordering dessert first.
Before I knew it, my “one bite” turned into several and it was gone. So good! I ordered a Western omelet for my entree with tomato slices and a side of wheat toast. Alex had never tried eggbeaters before, so we both requested our omelets to be made with them.
Inside was ham, green peppers, onions, and a ton of melted cheese that got me full really fast. Orrrr it could have been that cinnamon roll.
Jackfruit The Size of Both Scott and I’s Heads
It was jam packed with holiday meal shoppers, but we navigated our way through and got what we needed to prepare our contribution to tomorrow’s festivities.
As we were browsing the produce area, Scott enthusiastically tugged at my arm and asked me if I have ever seen a fruit like this before.
Yup, that’s Scott’s foot on the ground right next to it. The jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can weight up to eighty pounds!
It is most commonly shipped up from Mexico and looks like tiny sweet peppers when it’s cut up. I haven’t tried one yet, but the flavor is said to taste like a combination of apple, pineapple, mango and banana. (<- all delicious) Maybe sometime soon!
We also ran into something else kind of noteworthy before checking out… the Easter Bunny!
I don’t care how old you are, snapping a photo with him where you least expect an appearance is always acceptable in our household.
(Just another reason we need to eventually have children.)
We returned home about and hour and a half ago and the only plans remaining for the afternoon include putting a big salad together for tomorrow.
Between the cinnamon bun and the jackfruit, I guess you could say we had a big morning… Ha! I’m so lame.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter and holiday weekend!
♥ ♥ ♥
April 18, 2014
Good Morning, friends! It’s Friday! Can I get a what what?
Sorry… I guess I am pretty excited about this one. Are any of you just as pumped about the holiday weekend? Although I will be missing our families, I am really looking forward to spending the weekend and Easter with friends.
Today’s Friday Favorites post is kind of a long one, but it’s also a special one. Continuing on with HWG Beauty Week, today’s compiled list of favorites is all about products you would find in my beauty drawers.
Lets get right to it!
Friday Favorites #33: Beauty Edition
• lip crayons + balms
Ever since I discovered these Revlon colorburst balms, I have also been on the hunt for lip crayons.
I love the mixture of lipstick and lip balm (or chap stick) all in one!
• PINK body sprays
I have always been a big fan of body sprays. I love perfume, but even more love the portability of sprays in plastic bottles and not feeling bad about spraying my clothes and self several times a day with a lighter fragrance.
Since Christmas, these bad boys have come in handy to keep ready in my purse, gym bag, and even car.
You can’t really go wrong with anything from the PINK beauty line.
• false eyelashes
A lot of women are terrified of wearing and applying false eyelashes. I have been wearing and applying them myself for dance competitions and performances for over fifteen years now. (!!!) I guess you could say they have become like a second skin to me, and now I hardly even notice when they’re on.
I wear a variety of brands and styles, but I have found a few favorites I turn to for games and fun nights out.
My go to pair for the entire 2013-14 NBA season and fancy dinner dates have been Ardell Wispies.
• warming face masque
I received this warming trend green tea masque as a present from a friend a few years ago and have been very careful to make it last ever since.
I absolutely love the warming sensation it gives as it dries and always look forward to my at-home facial nights knowing a layer of this stuff will be included. Very calming!
• press on nails
I am not a huge fan of acrylics, or spending a lot of money on my nails so I have turned to press-on nails for years.
My favorite kind is Kiss French Petites or Real Short length, and both retail for around $7-$8 a box. There are several skeptics out there about using press-ons, but I can personally assure you that they are wonderful.
The box includes easy-to-apply instructions, the entire process takes about ten minutes, and they always last at least five days after I put them on. Try adding a clear top coat for extra shine! I would bet money that no one will suspect they weren’t professionally done.
• bare Minerals makeup
I have been using Bare Escentuals as my primary foundation and powder for years, but rarely talk about it.
When I don’t need anything heavy (and by heavy I mean foundation for a game, a night out, or an appearance) I prefer the lighter every day coat of bare Minerals makeup.
I find it to be heavy enough to cover but light enough to look natural.
Also, I like to switch between buying the Original and Matte versions every now and then. If you aren’t sure what shade is yours, you can purchase it in stores and get matched up in ULTA.
Check out my 5-Minute Makeup Tutorial for more of my every day wear!
• bright lip colors
All of the following lipsticks are from MAC. (<- my absolute fav!)
From left to right: Sheen Supreme-Full Speed, Amplified-Full Fuchsia, Amplified-Impassioned, Satin-Pink Nouveau, Matte-Pink Plaid, Cremesheen-Creme Cup and lip liner is Process Magenta.
I love pink lips, but occasionally enjoy bright reds, corals, or even a nude lip depending on the outfit. A fun lip color can dress up your going-out look, and depending on the outfit become the focal point of color.
I am a MAC fanatic, especially for lips and eye shadows. Most shades go for $14.50, but prove to be worth every penny.
• self tanning lotions, wipes + sprays
Just in case you missed my Spray and Self-Tanning 101 post this week, here is my all star line up of products:
From left to right: Gradual: Neutrogena build-a-tan Sunless Lotion, In-between: California Tan Instant Sunless Lotion,In-between: L’Oreal Sublime Bronze, Medium Natural Tan, Instant: L’Oreal Sublime Luminous Bronzer, Instant Action, Instant : California Tan Instant Sunless Spray
• GUM soft picks
(Also part of a HWG Beauty Week tutorial I shared earlier on my Every Day Teeth Whitening routine!)
Soft picks are made to keep your teeth clean after meals and in-between brushes. I adore the travel case they come with and the minty fresh feeling I have after using them. I new must-have item I always have in my purse!
• argabeta oil
In the past, I have had problems with my hair tangling. I purchased this Dikson ArgaBeta oil from my hair salon back in October and it has significantly helped out with matting.
You only use a tiny bit, since the oil is really concentrated and goes a long way. It’s also been great to keep some of the frizz down and gets my hair looking closer to silky and smooth!
• curling wands
Once you get used to it, curling becomes much easier, and I love how much you can vary in curl shape.
• ALMAY liquid eyeliner
After trying out several over the years, this simple black liquid eyeliner from ALMAY is what I buy over and over.
I use it every time I wear eye shadow and love the control I have with the sharp point to make tiny wings.
• Essie nail polish
Besides O.P.I. I have only went out and purchased Essie over the past few years. In my opinion, it really is the best!
April 17, 2014
Hello, hello! This afternoon I am continuing HWG Beauty Week with a video I promised you weeks ago. (Are you getting sick of these yet?)
In those videos, I demonstrated my around the barrel and away from the face curling technique using a curling wand, along with how I create the look of tight curls vs. loose curls.
Today, I am sharing how to make that hairstyle last for days… i.e.:
How To Get More Wear Out of Your Hair (Tutorial)
Because who really washes their hair every single day anymore?
Before I get going, let me just throw this out there…
This is a judgement-free zone, people.
On average, I only wash my hair two to three times a week. Really. For those of you who don’t know already, my hair has a very weird frizzy, thin, but looks thick natural wavy/curly texture to it. Without blow drying and styling it, it isn’t pretty, and I wouldn’t wish the same hair upon my worst enemy.
Dealing with it pre-straightener days was a real treat.
I guarantee that the majority of pictures I post of myself, I am rocking at least day-old hair in them. A lot even have two-day-old styling, but you would probably never know!
To be one hundred percent real with you, I have been known to go three to four days without washing my hair, depending on what my activities look like. I started getting into that habit when I added a dark red tint to my hair, since it tends to wash out so easily.
If you’re thinking that’s gross or that you had no idea, that just means I am doing a good job at getting the most wear out of my hair and this is why I am sharing my ways! (Stop judging me.)
Per usual, I guess my techniques are best described in person, or in this case, via YouTube. I hope you enjoy it!
Products mentioned in the video:
• Beyond the Zone Rock On dry shampoo
• Sahag Air Power hairspray
• teasing combs
Thank you so much for tuning into my video! As always, please feel free to share questions and comments below.
See you back here tomorrow morning with this week’s Friday Favorites!
Previous HWG Beauty Week Posts:
April 17, 2014
As I felt the sun beaming through my window this morning, I realized it might have just warmed up which lead me to waking up in a great mood.
Considering it was snowing just two nights ago, I expected slush to be everywhere since that is usually what is to be expected when it warms up enough to melt the snow. So, on my morning walk with Roadie around the neighborhood this morning, I geared up with a lighter winter coat and trusty rain boots to get me through the muddy areas.
Soon out, however, I realized there was no snow or slush to be found.
Within 48 hours, our ground turned from white and fluffy to dry and green. I really can’t figure it out.
You’ve got me, Michigan.
But hey, I’m the furthest from complaining right now… bring on the sunshine and spring!
I only have a few minutes to check in before I have to get out the door to do this whole sharing a car with Scott business. I will truly be thankful for the day when I get my own set of wheels again!
Anyways, breakfast was an old standard I prepared last night: overnight oats.
Paired with the usual giant cup of coffee… a cup of plain Greek yogurt, Tbsp. of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of raw oats, and enough milk to make it liquidy mixed and set overnight.
In case that confuses you… I fully plan on dedicating an entire post to my strategy and favorite versions of overnight oats. Coming up!
Knowing I’ll be on the road for a little, I went ahead and made my lunch early. Using up the last of my prepared salad from Tuesday (<- it was still fresh!), I made a deli chicken and veggie filled wrap and plan to dive face first into it as soon as I publish this post.
Sliced deli chicken atop spinach, cucumbers, red, orange, and banana peppers, carrots, black and green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cilantro, ground pepper, and a balsamic vinegar drizzle on a whole wheat tortilla.
As well as a bag of green grapes for the road!
I’m sure there will be another small meal and/or a lot of snacking that will take place throughout the day before taking Fitness Pilates tonight. Have I mentioned I just love that class? I’m sure you couldn’t tell at all…
All right, folks, I’m out! See you a bit later for today’s HWG Beauty Week post!