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November 20, 2014

Thinking Out Loud #1

Hello! I was trying to focus on producing something content-worthy for y’all this morning, but I kept wanting to write about everything. I literally just drafted five post ideas. I’m a mess.

Since my mind is all over the place, I feel like a random list of thoughts and things is going to be our best option. Thinking Out Loud, if you will. I hope you’re up for reading them, and if not, check back this afternoon for something more healthy living related.

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!

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What’s been going on here…

1. It’s been snowing for over 24 hours.

Like, full on sideways windy blizzard snow. What gives?

first big snowfall of winter 2015

Driving last night was a treat. For those of you who have never driven in snow, I can’t tell you how scary it can be in the dark when all markings of lanes disappear. It took me three attempts and misses to make a U-turn yesterday, and I almost got stuck on the turn around. Let’s just say I will be driving as little as possible over the next couple of months.

Roadie looking out at the snow

Roadie’s pumped.

2. Our household is filled with funny voices.

Both Scott and I are subjects of a cold and have pretty stellar coughing fits every now and then. This resulted in both of us losing our voices. I’m pretty sure I sound like the man, and he sounds like the woman. #ridiculous

3. I don’t know what’s worse…

Losing by a basket or a landslide?

Detroit Pistons vs Suns game

The Pistons have been great at putting up a fight and then losing by a couple of points the last handful of games. It’s kind of heartbreaking. Hopefully Stan Van Gundy does his magic (<- pun intended) and takes us somewhere this season!

4. Scary movies are not for week nights.

Scott thought it would be a great idea to watch Saw IV after the game last night. He started falling asleep during the last half hour, and I was pleasantly annoying by waking him up every thirty seconds. You can’t put that kind of movie on and leave me to watch it by myself! No sir.

That series of movies is twisted, that’s for sure. After I stayed up half the night unable to turn off my thoughts, I decided we should save the horror films for Friday and Saturday nights only from here on out.

5. It’s taking everything in me not to decorate for the holidays!

Getting out the holiday decorations and putting up the Christmas tree makes me ridiculously happy. It’s taking every ounce of will power not to go grab the tree and put it up right now. There’s just something so calming and homey about having our tree up at night. I can’t get enough of it!

christmas tree at night

Black Friday, it’s happening. <3

6. I really want to see this movie.

I just saw the trailer for the new Cinderella movie and I’m already obsessed. It looks like they did such a great job of bringing my favorite (okay, one of my favorite) childhood Disney Princess and her story to life.

7. I sincerely hope we don’t turn into frozen popsicles.

I’m excited to attend my first University of Michigan football game this weekend with Scott! Our dear friends gifted us with their season tickets (thanks, Joseys!) and we are really looking forward to getting over to The Big House with some friends on Saturday!

U of M football tickets

The weather is predicted to crawl back up to the 40s with a little bit of sunshine. Please, please be right weather folks! *fingers crossed*

8. I need to make more soup.

This freezing weather has me craving hot soup something fierce. I’ve been itching to create a new recipe and hope to make a new soup or stew soon to share with you guys. Do you have any specific requests or recipe inspirations? Send ‘em over!


Question of the Morning

• What is one thing you’d like to think out loud and share?

Here’s hoping you’re all having a great Thursday!

November 19, 2014

2015 Planner for Active Living (Giveaway)

Hi! I feel like today totally flew by. Things are starting to happen and I am really excited to stop being so vague and share some real details with you.

Until then, I’ll distract you with pretty things and giveaways. Sound good?

Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe diary 2015

Backing up to this morning, I loved (slash loved to hate) my last personal training session at Rock City Fitness. I am pretending to say hate because it completely kicked my booty and I felt like a weakling. It was awesome, and very challenging on my entire body, which actually is enjoyable for me. After the fact, anyways.

I plan to share a full review of the training facility and my experience soon. For now, again, I’ll just distract you with pretty *white* things I saw on my way home from running errands after the gym.

driving in the snow

(Don’t worry… I fully stopped to take the photo.)

Followed by the current Winter Wonderland view from my window.

snow outside my window

Winter has arrived in Michigan, my friends!

As soon as I got home, I quickly heated up leftovers from last night’s dinner and topped it with the last of our rotisserie chicken and Parmesan cheese.

gluten free spaghetti with veggies and chicken

gluten free pasta with chicken and vegetables

It was the perfect warm start to my afternoon!

With (what feels like) a dramatic change in the seasons this week, it made me realize how incredibly fast this entire year went by. How are we already halfway through the month of November? I know I can’t be alone here.

The real wake up call that 2014 has almost come to an end came when I received this 2015 MNB Diary from my sweet contact over at Lorna Jane.

lorna jane active living planner 2015

I have mentioned the Move Nourish Believe (MNB) movement on the blog before, and this planner is the epitome of everything it stands for.

Lorna Jane Clarkston, the creator of Lorna Jane Activewear, designed a line that creates more than fashionable fitness gear. I actually got to hear her speak in person at the IDEA BlogFest over the summer. She’s an amazing woman! Beyond the LJ inventory, the brand shares quotes, workouts, and healthy recipes on their media channels, in books, and most recently in an everyday planner to support active living!

live your best life in 2015 lorna jane journal

It’s technically called the 2015 MNB Diary, because it does so much more than help organize your appointments. It organizes and helps you. Inside, you will find workouts (move), recipes and healthy eating tips (nourish), and inspirational quotes (believe) to get you through your days.

lorna jane diary workouts

lorna jane cooking vegetables chart tips

lorna jane quotes in diary

In between all of the active living inspiration is the traditional everyday planner features I need like a year snapshot, a month-by-month breakdown, and a place to fill in activities by weeks and days.

lorna jane mnb diary inside

The more pages I skimmed through, the more I fell for this adorable little book of awesomeness.

lorna jane arm workout in diary

lorna jane healthy recipe in diary

lorna jane active quote

Almost immediately, I noticed how much writing space there was to reflect.

Every so often, there is a page that asks questions and gives you an opportunity to stop and reflect on how your year is going. I took some time filling out my thoughts on this year, and thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing out my goals and reflections for the past, present, and future.

lorna jane diary planner

There’s numerous writing prompts and places to take notes throughout it, so I guess that would explain the importance of the word diary in the title!

I was sent my 2015 MNB Diary as a gift from the company and loved it so much that I asked my contact if I could host a giveaway to gift one lucky HWG reader a planner as well!

Win Your Own 2015 MNB Diary

This planner/diary is perfect for anyone who currently lives or wants to get into living a happy, healthy, active lifestyle. Enter to win one for yourself, or give it to a friend or family member you think could really use a push. <3

lorna jane planner diary picture

To enter:

Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what you love most about the diary, and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Midnight Monday, November 24th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning, the 25th.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.

Good Luck! xx

Disclaimer: While the diary featured in this post was provided to me by Lorna Jane, I was not compensated for this review or to host the giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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