Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’
March 12, 2014
Good Morning from the Big Apple!
Yesterday was jam packed with excitement as I made my way from Detroit to New York City. I am here with a few fellow bloggers and FitFluential Ambassadors (thanks to Reebok!) to cover a launch party later this morning. Just another standard Wednesday, right? (!!!)
After an eventful morning of travel, I arrived at the JFK airport mid-afternoon. Julie was scheduled to arrive just a few minutes later, so I grabbed us an afternoon pick-me-up from Starbucks and before I knew it we were in a cab and on our way to the Reebok FitHub on Fitfh Avenue!
Reebok FitHub Fifth Avenue Tour
Luggage in hand, we quickly made our way into the store and both noted the bright and active feel of the store right away.
How cute and fun is their yoga line?
As we walked up to the front counter, we were greeted with enthusiastic smiles from employees and Reebok Fitness Ambassadors Michele and Darren.
I had never been to a FitHub before, so I was excited to learn about all of the different activities like dance classes, events, and workouts that happen right here in the store.
While waiting for Gina to arrive, we kept busy chatting with Michele about what makes this retail store unique. With a quick look around, it all became obvious. The ground is made up of gym flooring, there are ropes and rings hanging about, and the store is filled with weights and kettlebells.
Near the wall of shoes, there are boxes placed specifically for people to test out real CrossFit moves on. In order to figure out exactly what shoe fits your type of workout the best, why not test out how they feel right there?
The end of our tour took us down to what seemed like an underground secret workout society. Just downstairs, we entered the Reebok CrossFit Box that screamed amazingness.
With upbeat music blaring, CrossFitters ran by us sweaty and “in the zone” during their WODs. We were all tempted to jump right in! Alternatively, we just took photos of the box and I shared that was my first visit to a real CrossFit box.
I’m pretty sure the words “this makes me want to lift really heavy things” even came out of my mouth. Maybe one day I actually will visit a box in my area! (Maybe.)
Core Fusion Barre at Exhale Spa
About 5:30 p.m., we gathered our belongings and took a cab over to 77th and Madison to Exhale Spa Upper East Side.
While the spa offers plenty of pampering treatments that could have kept us occupied, we were there to take a barre class from Kat Steers. There was also a gorgeous yoga studio and adorable lobby filled with boutique-like items like fitness apparel, candles and jewelry.
Everything smelled so good!
All dressed and ready to go in our Reebok True Studio Slippers, we entered the barre studio for a Core Fusion class.
(A full review of these slippers will be coming soon.)
The class was filled to the rim and Kat made sure to introduce herself and learn our names. The style of this barre class was very similar to what I am used to and included the expected tucking, lifting, holding, shaking, and burning I normally get out of them.
Although I just took one in Orlando two weeks ago, you would have thought it had been years with how bad I was shaking! The class definitely gave me a challenge and I have a feeling I will be be sore for at least a few days as a result.
(Gina, Julie, Me)
With rumbling bellies, we made our way to our hotel by foot and actually got stopped at a stand still for a good fifteen minutes. Apparently President Obama is in town and just so happened to be exiting someone’s private residence. I’m pretty confident we kept the NYPD entertained with a series of questions as we waited for the security to clear and the sidewalks to open back up again.
Finally, just shy of 9 p.m., our hotel was in sight!
The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel in New York City is nothing short of a dream. I have only been to NY a handful of times, and remember passing by the gorgeous building thinking it would be amazing to stay there one day.
Thanks to an awesome partnership between Reebok and Fairmont, one day is currently today and tomorrow!
I have never had the opportunity to stay in a hotel quite this enchanting.
The beauty and elegance of this legendary stay is obvious, but all three of us couldn’t get over how good it smelled too. Every single flower in the hotel is fresh and replaced weekly, and there are a lot of them.
As I walked into my hotel room, I became instantly impressed. Gorgeous, no?
On the bed was a hand picked Reebok outfit waiting for me, as part of the Fairmont Fit Program which I will explain in another post coming up!
While deciding what we wanted to do about dinner, I noticed this alluring fruit basket and hand written welcome note that made me feel extremely welcomed.
Also, at least a third of that entire bowl was gone in about two minutes after snapping this photo.
Still in fitness apparel, we made our way down to the lobby and ended up grabbing a bite at the The Plaza Food Hall on the bottom level. It was perfectly casual enough for us to feel comfortably dressed, but still served food worthy of a 5-star restaurant.
All of us wanting everything, we put in an order for lobster guacamole to split as an appetizer.
I also ordered a shrimp and spinach tortellini (made with homemade noodles!) for my main entree.
The portions were perfect, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t go to bed feeling wonderful. I am already having the best time and am bursting with excitement over today’s itinerary!
I’ll be sure to check back in when I can with more NYC adventures!
February 17, 2014
Hey guys! I have something very exciting to share with you this afternoon.
A couple of months ago, I was selected to participate in an Blogger Shoe Styling Contest for Online Shoes. If you have never heard of the company before, they are known as the country’s first online shoe retailer and have been running strong since 1996!
Since it is still the beginning of 2014, the contest is centered around reaching your fitness goals with their Women’s Athletic Shoes! Being a gym shoe junkie, I was pumped to hear I would be receiving a pair of Asics to style and have been enjoying them on my runs ever since they arrived.
I had so much fun shooting my photos to submit!
Okay… I came back into the house with frozen fingers and extremely flushed cheeks, but it was well worth it! The photo with Roadie and I playing in the snow might just be my favorite thing ever.
VOTE and Enter to Win A FREE Pair of Asics
The Monthly Blogger Shoe Styling Contest just went live a few minutes ago and I was thrilled to click over and see what photos they chose.
Here’s where I am asking a favor from you… please help me win this online contest by VOTING! It’s super easy, promise.
Step 1: Click here or on the photo above!
Step 2: Click VOTE on the blogger you want to win (*cough* far right…)
Also, you can choose to share the contest on your social media channels and enter a drawing to win a FREE pair of Asics of your own! Four different shoes were styled in this contest and I am wearing the Asics GT 2000™ 2.
*There is only one vote allowed per household throughout the entirety of the contest: 2/17 through 2/28.
After browsing over the OnlineShoes brands and stock, I could definitely do some damage and know most of you probably could too. Help a sister out, would ya?
You can even enter to win a free pair of running shoes for yourself in the process!
THANK YOU! You are all rock stars.
February 13, 2014
Hey everyone! I’m just going to throw it right out there and tell you guys that this day has been a struggle. I have been absolutely sick to my stomach and unable to keep anything down the entire day.
I really didn’t think I was going to post anything today, but out of the blue it hit me: Today is Housewife Glamour’s 2 Year Blogiversary! I had to at least pop in for a quick celebration, right?
Last year I went through and recapped my favorite posts with you. This year I thought I would take a look back and also share some of your favorite posts!
A handful of my favorite dishes this year, all pulled from the Recipes Page.
Favorite Events + Trips
• FitBloggin’ – my first blogging conference!
My Favorite Posts
Your Favorite Posts
Without the encouragement and support I get from you guys, I would not have the level of motivation I do to keep this blog up and running.
THANK YOU for taking the time to stop by!
You, my friends, are what inspires me to share my life and stories with you, and I could not be more grateful.
Here’s to another year!
November 9, 2013
Happy Saturday! I hope you are enjoying the start of your weekend with something fun… or something relaxing… or something very Saturday feeling.
It’s basically an excuse for me to answer a series of questions, and since I enjoy learning more about the bloggers I follow, I had a feeling you might too.
Also, with the weather… well… not so pleasantly warm outside right now, I figured it was a great time to spice things up with a little sunshine!
Here are “the rules”…
1. Include award logo in a post or on your blog.
2. Link to the person who nominated you.
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award and ask them 10 questions.
Ten Questions (Sunshine Award)
1. What is your favorite way to sweat?
Running or some form of barre, yoga, or Pilates. I also enjoy HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and Tabata workouts.
I try to take them outside as much as I can!
2. What celebrity would play you in a movie and why?
This is such a tough question for me! I recently had to give my answer for it to go on my dancer bio. It used to be Heather Locklear when I had shorter blonde hair, but the dark red/brunette thing is really throwing me off.
I eventually came up with Reese Witherspoon because she’s funny (ever seen her make a cameo on Chelsea Lately?), adorable, and can totally rock any hair color!
3. What is your favorite recipe you have made lately? Link it up so we can all check it out!
Definitely this light turkey chili.
And I’m not just saying that because I haven’t cooked a lot lately… it really is a recipe I will be turning back to frequently this winter season!
4. What is your favorite cheat meal?
Umm… what isn’t my cheat meal? While I normally keep a balanced healthy diet, I do allow myself to splurge on occasions, and it’s most likely going to be on Italian food like pizza, pasta, bread sticks, the whole nine.
There also has to be some kind of chocolate involved. If there’s anything mint chocolate around me, I’m truly in for it.
And chips. Always chips. Preferably Salt & Vinegar flavored, or blue corn chips dipped in salsa.
5. What is the most spontaneous thing you have ever done?
Hmm. Going skydiving on my 23rd birthday? No, that was Scott’s planning I totally got suckered into.
Probably when Scott and I decided to drive over to Chicago at the last minute the night of Christmas Eve to spend Christmas with our friend, Barry.
6. Why did you start blogging?
Back in October of 2010, I started blogging under an anonymous name to share my wedding planning adventures, meant for my family and a few close friends to enjoy. When the wedding was over, I had the itch to write again and that is when my next blog started.
Writing that blog gave me an outlet to share some of the things I most commonly get asked by friends, which you will now find on my Health + Beauty (<- really needs a revamp) and Fitness pages. As I started posting regularly, I received positive feedback from people I least expected it from. Complete strangers emailed me with questions, or even just to say a quick “hello”.
Knowing what I do is appreciated is the motivation I have to keep going! Even if I encourage one person to make a healthy decision or show another a beauty trick, I feel satisfaction in what I do.
I found excitement writing that blog, then out of the blue one day it hit me that I needed a brand.
Check out the full story behind the Housewife Glamour name!
7. What is your favorite place to go in your city?
This is a tough one for me because I feel like I still don’t know about everything about our area and neighboring cities yet. So far, my favorite place to be is Main Street in Downtown Rochester, especially around the holidays!
There’s always some event or festival going on on the weekends!
8. It’s the weekend and you don’t have any plans. What would you do?
Sleep in. Go for a trail run with Scott and Roadie. Make a big breakfast. Enjoy having no plans. Lounge around the house for a while and then go do something fun at night!
9. What is your ideal date night/day?
Scott would say something spontaneous that could include going to a concert, show, or even theme park. I would say something relaxing like a day at the spa (or even getting a professional massage), a nice dinner and a movie!
10. What keeps you motivated to continue blogging and living a healthy lifestyle?
You guys! Seriously. While I work from home during the day, it is not always easy to stay motivated and focused on what I am supposed to be doing. Whenever I need an extra push, I browse around blogs in the healthy living community and check out the comments section here. I always love hearing what you have to say about anything at all!
As far as staying on top of living a healthy lifestyle goes, I guess I could say it just comes naturally. We all have our cheat days, but after a few of them my body craves healthy food and exercise. Plus, I love coming up with new recipes and workouts to share with you all.
And I guess that just about wraps it up!
Now you probably know ten things about me you didn’t before, and we’re a little closer because of it.
My 10 Bloggers:
1. Julie – Peanut Butter Fingers
3. Gina – The Fitnessista
4. Tina – Carrots ‘N’ Cake
5. Anne – fANNEtastic Food
6. Lisa – Lisa Lately
7. Ericka – The Sweet Life
8. Kristen – K•FabNY
9. Hannah – Clean Eating Veggie Girl
10. Charissa – Colourful Palate
My 10 Questions:
(Stolen all from Katie because I loved reading Christa’s answers!)
1. Do you own any pets? If so, what kind? Breed? Name?
2. What is the last book that you read?
3. Favorite way to sweat?
4. What is your favorite piece of workout apparel?
5. Salty or sweet?
6. Favorite fashion trend right now?
7. If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
8. What is your astrological sign?
9. How many states have you lived in? Where?
10. What is your favorite recipe you’ve made lately? Link up so we can all check it out!
Have a great weekend!