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November 28, 2014

Friday Favorites #65: Week of 11/28 + Black Friday Deals

Good morning and very Happy Friday to you!

Here’s hoping all of my American peeps had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. Ours was packed with morning events and lots food, which is pretty standard these days. To those living outside of the United States: hopefully your Thursday was awesome as well.

Since I’m sure that a lot of you have places to be and people to spend time with, let’s get right down to this week’s collection of Friday Favorites. I’m so happy y’all enjoy this series. As always, I invite you to play along and share your favorites in the comments and link up sections below!

Friday Favorites #65: Week of 11/28

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• NBA ugly Christmas sweaters

Scott told me about these the other day, and I think the concept is great.

NBA ugly christmas sweaters

Both men and women are going crazy over them! I haven’t seen a size Small in-stores or online since they came out. The second I do, you better believe I will have one in my closet. In person, they are super long and would be totally acceptable to wear with leggings and boots.

I need one! No but really.

• also… these Digital Dudz action sweaters

The Crackling Fireplace JumperGingerbread Snack Christmas Sweater


• Mom on the jumbotron

My mom has been up here visiting with us for the week! I have really been enjoying all of the quality time I have been able to spend with her.

I am looking forward to taking her to another Detroit Pistons game tonight, but I’m not sure if it can top seeing her pop up on the big screen during the Kiss Cam with HOOPER at Wednesday’s game.

mom on the jumbotron

(Thanks for the photo, Karen!)

Mom with HOOPER at game

I’m glad she got to experience the embarrassment I often undergo from that crazy horse. In a loving manner, of course.

• Turkey Trot Drumstick Double

Yesterday started with a chilly run in Detroit!

It was my first time completing the Drumstick Double (10K + 5K), and I have a feeling it won’t be my last. My mom joined me for the 10K as part of her training for her upcoming half marathon, and I was so very proud of her for getting out there and facing the cold!

mom and i after the turkey trot detroit

Keep a lookout for the full race recap coming early next week.

Detroit Drumstick Double Turkey Trot 2014

• Thanksgiving 2014

After a full morning of running followed by America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Detroit, we had worked up strong appetites for lunch and dinner. I already mentioned this yesterday, but we wanted to keep things on the “lighter” side for Thanksgiving this year.

Thanksgiving dinner 2014

Pshhh. Right.

We did go the easier route with the meat by purchasing herbed seasoned turkey, apricot jam flavored turkey, and honey glazed ham from Whole Foods the day before.

Mom made our family famous (Southern) Macaroni & Cheese, pumpkin pie, cranberries, and glazed carrots and peas. Scott made a dessert, our friend Adam brought pulled pork with homemade barbeque sauce, and I was in charge of the crescent rolls, cleaning, and helping out with all the odds and ends of getting everything in place.

We threw together some easy sides to make it a full meal. Boy was it ever!

thanksgiving dinner plate 2014

Mom heated up our fresh cider from Yates in a small crock pot, and spiced it with a cinnamon stick and an apple with cloves to enjoy afterwards.

hot spiced cider

It was a great way to round out the food comas when we finished eating!

mom and i at thanksgiving 2014

Scott and I at Thanksgiving 2014

(Matchy Minnetonka moccasins alert)

Another (crazy, scheduled… but awesome) Thanksgiving is in the books at the Hesingtons, and I’m so thankful for it.

• Behavior Change Specialization (BCS) through NASM

(and a special Black Friday – Cyber Monday deal!)

Welp… it looks like I’m going to be hitting the books again! After getting my CPT through NASM, I knew it was only going to be the start of where I wanted to take my professional fitness certifications.

My goal with getting my certification in personal training is to use it as an umbrella of sorts for other specializations. The Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) and Weight Loss Specialist (WLS) programs are first on my list. Knowing this, my contact over at NASM thought I would like the brand new Behavior Change Specialization (BCS) certification that closely relates to the other two I’ve had my eye on.

NASM’s new Behavior Change Specialization (BCS) helps trainers gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities involved in motivating clients to help change health and fitness related behaviors. It’s ideal for existing CPTs, dietitians and nutritionists, and health-related fields. You can learn more about the objectives of this specific program here.

Needless to say, it’s all right up my alley. I will be starting the course in the next couple of weeks, and I am excited to share the process with you!

Interested in earning a BCS yourself?

NASM Behavior Change Specialization certification

*Great News!* (NASM Special Offer)

Black Friday through Cyber Monday, NASM is running a special promotion for those looking into BCS and similar certifications. Over the weekend only, members can purchase the Behavior Change Specialization (BCS) and get the Weight Loss Specialization (WLS) for FREE! (Basically, they are offering a buy one $499 course, get one free type of situation… kind of a big deal.)

Important Note:

To take advantage of this special offer (and also save even more money by getting a referral discount from this blog), make sure you reach out to my contact, Michael Golembewski directly via phone (602-383-1263) or email (Michael.Golembewski@nasm.org).

If you end up browsing the NASM site and stumble upon the 1-800 number, you won’t have access to the extra discounts and/or gift (free NASM Dri Fit polo!) by calling their general line. Simply shoot him a message and let him know you got his contact information from my blog, Housewife Glamour.

He is very welcoming and has been extremely helpful throughout my entire certification process!

and to keep the special offers rolling…

• Black Friday – Cyber Mondy Deals

 Here are some good ones I found in my email:

– Old Navy: 50% off in-store and online (Friday only) + an extra 15% off using the code GRAVY (online only).

– ULTA: (online only) Free 15 pc makeup set with any $50 online purchase.

– Target: 100s of doorbusters, 1000s of deals. I see some great ones!

– lucy: 30% off in-store and online through 11/30.

– American Eagle: Free $10 gift card to first 100 in-store customers and 40% off + free shipping in-stores and online using the promo code GOBBLEUP.

– Nordstrom Rack: Get an extra 30% off all clearance items.

– Amazon: Up to 65% off on clothing, shoes, jewelry and more.

– DSW: Free Getaway bag with $59 purchase using the code GETAWAYBAG.

– J.Crew: 30% off in-stores and online using the promo code HOLIDAY + 40% off sale styles.

– Urban Outfitters: Get an extra 50% off all sale items.

– Express: 50% off everything (in-store and online) + 60% off select items.

– Bath & Body Works: Buy 3, get 3 free everything (!!) + Get a Holiday Favorites Tote ($100 value) for $20 with a $40 purchase by using VIP2014.

– Petsmart: 50% off select inventory (Friday only).

• favorite HWG posts

>> Scott’s Blogging Debut: Saucony Triumph ISO Review

(This is mostly for his humorous comments at the end.)

Saucony Triumph #whoaface

>> 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Her

and to end with a giggle…

• (Black) Friday funnies

This is for those of you who are brave enough to tackle the crowds today.

black friday funny


This is for me.

black friday at home


May the odds be ever in your favor!


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Have a great weekend!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. After reaching out to NASM about furthering my education, my BCS certification was comped in exchange for sharing my experience with the program on the blog. Even so, please know I was already on board to purchase similar certifications (on my own), and that all thoughts and opinions of NASM services are mine.

The Friday Favorites series features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please understand, however, that affiliate links are often included, and that I truly appreciate your support! <3

November 27, 2014

Thinking Out Loud #2

Good morning! Today we are up and at ‘em early, and by the time you are reading this I will be en route to race my first ever Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! Since today also happens to be Thursday, I thought it would be fun to put together another Thinking Out Loud post.

A lot of you seem to like this style of chatting on the blog, so grab a cup of coffee and let’s discuss!

Thinking Out Loud Button

First things first…

1. I am so thankful.

I have so many things to be thankful for. I could write an entire post listing them off, but we’d be here forever. In short, I love (and miss) my family, I feel extremely blessed to have my friends back home as well as new loving friendships up here, to have connected with a church and built an amazing community through small groups and studies, and somehow ended up with the best husband I could ever ask for.

I get to do what I love every single day of my life, and I never want to take that for granted. I am lucky to be in good health, have a solid roof over our heads, food on the table, and also a drive to keep up with my fitness goals. I am thankful to have been blessed with three wonderful and equally awesome fur kids, but most of all I am so very thankful for you guys!

cali with hearts

Seriously. Getting to wake up and share my random musings and talks on healthy living through this blog is something I am so incredibly grateful for. As much as I love learning, I also love inspiring and am elated to have this outlet available to share creative writing. Without your readership, I most likely wouldn’t be able to blog or do nearly as much as I do… so for that, I am eternally thankful.

Whatever you plan to do today to celebrate the holiday, I hope you get the chance to be with the ones you love, or at least give them a phone call. Consider this my long distance dial to you all. Happy Thanksgiving!

2. If you have 5 minutes, you need to make this.

Any sweet potato fans out there?

Enter this dish that is ridiculously effortless and delicious.

sweet potato loaded with chili spinach and cheese

I had twenty minutes to cook and eat dinner on Monday. I cooked a sweet potato in the microwave (the first time I haven’t baked one in the oven), heated up half a can of Amy’s Medium Chili, topped it with a generous handful of spinach and sprinkles of cheese, then popped it all back in the microwave for a little over a minute. So easy, so yum!

3. Running in the cold hasn’t been all that awful (yet).

I’m not going to sugarcoat it… I thought I would be absolutely dreading running in the cold lately. It’s just not something I can easily motivate myself to get out there and do. Recently, however, I simply layer with the best of them and get out there to get it done. It really hasn’t been that bad!

Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon 2014 Heather

Anyone want to join my (go when you feel like it) running club?

4. I’m wondering how much you guys like to read Holiday Gift Guides.

Would you like to see more?

Holiday Gift Guide for Men Housewife Glamour

I shared a holiday gift guide for Fitness Goodies last year, and would love to update it. Please let me know if you are finding this series helpful.

If so, I’ll definitely continue them!

5. We are keeping Thanksgiving dinner “light” this year.

Is that even possible? We already have what I would consider a plate full of things ready to make, so I’d love to see what that actually ends up meaning. How much are you planning on cooking/not cooking this year?

6. It’s still not cold enough for me to rule out smoothies (luckily).

It was a low of 28 degrees yesterday, and I still wanted a smoothie.

designer whey green smoothie

I’m so glad I’m becoming immune to the “it’s too cold to make a smoothie” way of thinking. I let myself fall deep into it last year! Proud (new) Northerner moment right here…

7. I have no interest in losing my sanity for Black Friday sales.

Except for one specific item. Our main television in our living room has a not-so-awesome tendency to produce two huge black stripes across the screen. It’s only gotten worse over the last couple of months, so Scott and I have our hearts set on bringing home a new one tomorrow.

There was a time where I would go crazy over Day After Thanksgiving sales. I would spend all day at stores picking out holiday presents for loved ones, but I’m just not into it this year. Beyond our splurge in the electronics department, I’m online or out! What about you?

8. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Turkey Day!

Enjoy whatever the day may bring and safe travels to those who are making a drive or flight home.

roadie says happy thanksgiving

Oh yeah, and enjoy all of the yummy eats, will ya?

See you tomorrow with this week’s edition of Friday Favorites! <3

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