Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’
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!
July 2, 2013
For those of you who are wondering when I will return to regular real-time housewife glamouring rambling, the answer is tomorrow.
For those of you who have enjoyed reading about my trip to Portland to attend a blogging conference called FitBloggin’, then you are in luck… it’s time one final recap post!
If you are new to the blog this week, (HI! and) thank you for stopping by! Here are a few posts to catch you up to the final afternoon and night spent in Portland.
Lunch Break to Explore Portland
After a sweaty morning of jumping around on trampolines and completing a short CrossFit WOD, we had a scheduled three hour break in our day to get us out and explore the city for lunch.
I was very grateful for this, because I love to walk when I travel to new cities to see what they are all about (if they feel safe to do so in a group!). Portland totally did.
After we made our stop by Kure Juice Bar for the best smoothie bowl I have ever tried (see the monstrosity I will be attempting to recreate one day), we set off with a mission to find something cool and “Portland-y” to see.
After a few failed attempts to find a lulumon athletica store some of the girls wanted to check out, we aborted the mission and casually popped into a close hotel to use their restroom and ask where the local Farmer’s Market was located.
We all thought it was funny how we just pretended we belonged there, and were all two seconds from taking a granny smith apple from the reception’s bowl on the way out. We didn’t. (But… I think that would have been hilarious.) A few blocks later, we entered the heart of the Cultural District and found the Farmer’s Market!
It was late Saturday Morning, so the streets and lawns were poppin’ on such a gorgeous, sunny weekend day.
As we started walking towards the tents, the group of us got very eager and excited to see and smell the fresh market produce. The very first tent we came to sold berries, and we all sampled the white raspberries. I had never even seen them before, and they were wonderful.
They taste a little sweeter than regular red raspberries, so if you ever get a chance to sample or buy them, I highly recommend it.
Even though we weren’t able to buy anything, it is always nice to see fresh produce and browse around.
The flowers were stunning! They smelled incredible and the bouquets were very bright and colorful.
I even tried a gooseberry for the first time! Also, very good and something I recommend you try!
I have to admit that there were a lot of strange characters roaming around the streets nearby. With a city slogan of “Keep Portland Weird”, I guess out of the ordinary was to be expected.
More than anything, I noticed an abundance of food trucks lined up on the streets for regular business. It is a very interesting city with a lot of entertainment, if you are looking for it. Here is a complete list of free things to do in Portland, if you ever get the chance to go explore on your own!
FitBloggin’ Day 2: Afternoon Sessions
By the time we got back to the hotel, I had just enough time to shower and get dressed in my final Reebok sponsored outfit of the trip.
Pictured: PWR Legging, Dance UrLead 2.0 sneakers, and a new version of the Strappy Long Bra with a cut-out back. I am still working on information on where exactly to find and buy these dance/zumba tanks! I promise I haven’t left you high and dry.
Prior to coming to the conference, I had been conversing with SOYJOY, who had invited me to their discussion on snacking healthy and gluten-free eating with Tenley Molzahn!
The Bachelor fans out there already know she was a big part of Season 14, being the runner up. These days, she spends her time as the new spokeswoman for SOYJOY, and shares her gluten-free Sweet and Free Life blogging!
She is an absolute doll and is as genuine and sweet as I’ll get out. I could tell that she was just as excited to be at the conference as we were to have her there, and that was really cool to see.
We had just enough time between meeting Tenley and her discussion to grab a quick juice from Kure (again). I am telling you… we became one hundred percent obsessed with this place!
This final (fourth in three days!) visit, I introduced beets into my diet with the Farmer’s Favorite: carrot, kale, beet, ginger, and lemon. I decided to skip the ginger to make it sweeter with less of a bite, but I know a lot of the other girls like the taste as is. I also had a Eatin’ Alive peanut butter love bar on the side, which was ooey gooey and absolutely dreamy.
Both items were devoured pretty soon into Tenley’s discussion!
She had some great tips on how to eat gluten-free and snack healthy on-the-go that I will have to sneak in and share with you in the future.
After her session, we had a snack break sponsored by The Laughing Cow.
I had never actually tried their cheeses before, and have to share that they were delicious and full of flavor.
With just enough time to change, a group of us met downstairs to explore the city and it’s eats one final time.
With dinner reservations at 8 p.m., we had time to finally check out the rooftop bar at the top of our hotel the staff had been raving about.
The view was fantastic, and the glass of pinot noir felt refreshing and well deserved after a long weekend of non-stop activity.
We had a ten minute walk over to The Picnic House, which was a restaurant recommended by one of Julie’s readers. Kudos to you… this place was just the environment what we were looking for!
As we sat down at our table, I took note of how each one in the place is entirely different. The table next to us looked like a log cabin set with tree stump stools, while ours felt like an outside fancy picnic set-up.
Since everything on the menu looked great, we ordered a sample of appetizers and split everything!
The brussell sprouts dressed in bacon were out of this world, and it was my first time really enjoying beets! <- twice in one day, no less.
I ordered a specialty pasta dish with mixed vegetables and grilled chicken. My body was craving the carbs, and it killed me to leave about half of it behind.
Everything was SO good!
As we walked back to the hotel, we said our final farewells and I thanked the group for being so nice and welcoming to me. Since I have only run this site for about a year and a half, I consider myself a relatively “new” blogger and had the best experience getting to know influential women in the industry. I left with more motivation and inspiration than they will ever know.
Especially by this one!
Julie, Gina and I rode to the airport together, and Julie and I ended up talking the morning away after Gina boarded her flight. I have been following her blog for a while now, and for those of you who have done the same… she is every bit of awesome in person as you think she is online!
What an amazing experience. I will certainly remember my first blogging conference well, and hope to attend a lot more of them in the future.
And, of course, a huge THANK YOU to Reebok for the generous sponsorship that allowed me to go!
GIVEAWAY CLAIM REMINDER
I still haven’t heard from my $100 Reebok Gift Card Giveaway winner!
• Entry #104 Laura Flan! You won by sharing what’s on your Reebok wish list and will receive a $100 Reebok Gift Card very soon.
*You have 24 hours to claim your prize, or I will be forced to pick another winner. I have the email on file and took a guess at the last name that coordinates with the email, so if you think this you, email me and I will tell you!