Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’
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!
July 1, 2013
(Huge shout out and THANK YOU to their team for sponsoring us on behalf of FitFluential, and supplying us with some adorable fitness gear for the entire conference!)
The subject was how to find the perfect shoe for you, and if you find yourself overwhelmed by all the different types of fitness shoes to pick from, check out yesterday’s post for a full play-by-play on the class.
Also, in case you are curious to find more detailed information on all the sessions offered, go on over to the FitBloggin’ website and explore the Live Blog posts. <- tons of useful information for bloggers!
After the discussion on shoes, we swung by a few of the sponsor booths to say hello and rack in on some free samples from brands including SOYJOY, The Laughing Cow, Blue Diamond, and REFUEL Chocolate Milk to name a handful.
Before we knew it, Day 1 of FitBloggin’ had come to a close and it was time to get upstairs to change for dinner.
Noble Rot Wine Bar
Without taking much time (thanks to an afternoon shower), a group of us met downstairs for happy hour conversations with a small group of sweet women from a PR agency called Porter Novelli: responsible for managing accounts including The Laughing Cow, SOYJOY, and Nature Made.
They invited us to Noble Rot, a swanky wine bar just across the bridge.
We hung out in the cocktail area inside, and I had a delicious glass of Pinot Noir. Everyone had a great time!
(This adorable photo was snapped from Tina.)
(This one was borrowed from Bobbi‘s Instagram.)
We are a group who likes to share the love around here!
Before we left, I had to get a shot of the breathtaking view of the Portland from the outside deck.
Gorgeous, fun place to visit!
Dinner at Meriwether’s
After we left the wine bar, we split into different groups for dinner. Taking a local friend of Ericka’s suggestion, we made our way to Meriwether’s Restaurant for dinner.
We had heard great things about this place, but weren’t necessarily taken back by the “unique dining” buzz… until we stepped outside, that is.
Hello, Secret Garden!
We had about a thirty minute wait inside, so when it came time to get seated, we were all taken by surprise of the serene environment. We sat right behind this big fountain and it put us all in the best mood.
The menu was a bit limited, but did not in any way disappoint. Everything was delicious, according to my table. I got the Dungeness Crab Risotto and finished every single bite.
(So did Bobbi and Charissa. It was a table favorite!)
FitBloggin’ 2013: Day 2
Day 2 of our conference started bright and early, but it was easy to get up for. I was very excited for the events to come, and to put on this fun outfit, courtesy of Reebok!
Everyone who attended the conference got a pair of these pretty purple CrossFit Nano’s in their welcome bag. Talk about some serious swag!
The shoes are extremely comfortable, very flexible, and great for any kind of cross training workout where you complete exercises like lunges, squats, and weight lifting. (Read more about cross training sneakers here.)
We met downstairs at 7:30 a.m. for the same breakfast as the previous day consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit salad, and seasoned potatoes. After eating a full plate and downing both coffee and water, I was a bit worried about how my body was going to react to a trampoline fitness class.
I didn’t care. I was SO pumped for it! We had seen the JumpSport Fitness booth set up and had all taken turns bouncing on the trampolines. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from a full hour class of cardio on trampolines, but knew I would be having a blast.
Jeff was our instructor, and I wanted to bottle him up and take him with me to all of my workouts. He was hilarious, played Backstreet Boy’s “Everybody” and pulled out some fantastic dance moves!
You may have caught me post a sneak peek video (<-second row if you are so inclined) of the class on Instagram. Needless to say, we all acted like giddy children bouncing around and worked up quite the sweat in the process.
Everyone had a partner for the class, and the majority of it was spent trading off sets of exercises with them: one on the trampoline, on on the floor. We did everything from low squat bounces, core rolls, spins and side to side movements on the trampolines and a ton of plyometric exercises on the floor including push ups, burpees, lunges, and kicks.
Even on the thirty second breaks, I couldn’t help but to keep bouncing. SO. MUCH. FUN!
We all left class with sweaty outfits and whooped booties, and I was thankful for a thirty minute break to recover.
At 9 a.m. sharp, we began our CrossFit WOD, sponsored by Reebok. I have never actually taken a CrossFit workout before, so I was a bit nervous.
I wasn’t sure what to expect in a convention setting, but I know classes in normal gyms can get intense.
The majority of the ballroom was new to the workout, so I felt better knowing I was not alone in lack of experience. We started in columns and were taken through a series of warm-up exercises.
Our teacher (Matt? He’s super new and officially starts with the company today!) was great and took some time to explain the movements and a few key core and strength conditioning exercises.
We only did one 4-minute official CrossFit workout, but it wasn’t easy. For four minutes straight, we went at our own (fastest) pace to complete 5 push ups, 7 full sit ups, and 9 air squats.
When we finished, I looked around like “that was it?” Intimidation gone.
Before I get too cocky over here… believe me, I know CrossFit is hard. I understand this was just a sample of one workout, and it has lit a fire under me to get out and try a whole class up here for myself.
I will give you one guess as to where we went for lunch after two workout classes. Yup… Kure Juice Bar it was!
Our entire group has fallen in love with the fresh produce combinations of their juices and smoothies, and Gina and I were dying to have their acai bowls.
(Thanks for the photo, Gina!)
I got the Sunnyside Bowl that had a base of Sabazon acai berries, strawberries, banana, Vanilla VEGA protein, apple juice and ice. Fresh toppings included banana, local seasonal berries, chopped hazelnuts, goji berries, hemp seeds granola, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and agave nectar.
Did you get all that? WHEW!!!
So unbelievably delicious.
We Have Some Giveaway Winners!
More of FitBloggin’ Day 2 to come, but I wanted to close this post by announcing the lucky giveaway winners this week.
• Entry #205 Laurin @ Be Well Body Blog! You won by following @hwglamour on Twitter and will receive a Designer Whey Sustained Energy canister of your choice!
• 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!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, address, and Sustained Energy Protein Powder flavor of choice (Laurin) to claim your prizes! You have 48 hours to contact me, and if I don’t hear form you will have to move on and pick another winner.
Have a fabulous Monday, everyone!!!
June 29, 2013
Yesterday was the first day of my very first blog conference, FitBloggin’!
I have been wanting to attend a conference for bloggers since I started writing one. When I found out there are conferences specifically for bloggers in the health and fitness community, I made it a goal of mine to attend one by the end of the year.
Just like any other type of industry, this conference is packed with a few days of education, networking, classes, and fun. We all just happen to attend in fitness gear and run healthy living/fitness blogs.
As a FitFluential Ambassador, I was sponsored by Reebok to attend the conference and represent the brand alongside the talented group of lady bloggers you see below. They are all rock stars, and run blogs I have followed for a considerable amount of time.
To say I feel honored to be a part of their team this weekend would be the understatement of the year. I feel so blessed!
Front row: Julie, me.
I have been absolutely blown away by this entire experience, and it started with a generous product delivery from Reebok. Everything fitness related you see me wear in these recaps were either sent to me beforehand, or given to me at the conference.
Day One, I dove right into their new dance line.
The top and the shorts were samples, and I am guessing that is the reason I cannot seem to find them on the website. I will have to ask them where I can find a link today! The Dance UrLead 2.0 shoes, however, are available and up for grabs.
Dressed and ready for the day, I met my group to head downstairs for breakfast. I think my eyes were bigger than my stomach on this one, because I only ended up eating about half of this food!
I didn’t want to get too weighed down before attending the two fitness classes I was looking forward to the most: Cardio Dance and Zumba.
(This schedule is just for activity in this ballroom only. Lots more to do!)
Ready to get our cardio dance groove on, Gina and I took a moment to capture our matching outfits. #twinzies
(I promise to give you more information on this cut-out style tank soon!)
We started our intenSati class with Patricia Moreno at 8 a.m. sharp. What I expected was cardio dance, and what I got was an hour long mixture of high-energy aerobics, martial arts, dance, yoga, and strength conditioning.
The intenSati method is something I have never heard about before, and did one heck of a job getting me to break a sweat. Not only was my body working hard, but my mind and soul came to life with mantras and outspoken chants as we transitioned from move to move.
Everyone had a blast and left feeling empowered. The dancing was great, but my favorite class moment has to be when Julie came over to do a teamwork “fish out of water” move with me during a dance break. She’s wonderfully hilarious.
After a thirty minute break (and a well deserved cup of coffee), it was time for Zumba! I have only taken a handful of Zumba classes before, but they have all been really fun.
I love taking classes out of my normal comfort zone because it reminds me how much I am missing out on at my home gym. I just might have to pop into Zumba every once in a while.
After an hour of booty shaking and jumping around, we all left sweaty and tired. Since that was our last fitness class for the day, we took a break to shower and get ready for the remainder of the day.
These pants are unbelievably comfortable, and I am loving the pockets on the sides! Once again, Gina and I rocked them as a team.
(Totally stole this cute picture from Julie.)
Yay for being so fresh and so clean, clean!
Just like breakfast, lunch was provided by the conference. I was excited to see some fresh greens and loaded my plate with a makeshift salad of lettuce, turkey, chicken, tomatoes, onions, some kind of pepper/pickle mixture (?), and blue cheese dressing.
The mixed vegetable pasta salad on the side was better than I expected with roasted corn and red peppers added into the noodle and broccoli mixture I originally went for. You already know how I feel about the fruit! I think I feel a bit of a fruit kick starting up again…
Two exciting things happened during lunch:
1. I got to finally meet Kelly Olexa, founder of FitFluential, and basically the definition of awesome!
2. There was a fitness fashion show with over a dozen smiley, confident women who seemed to have a blast on stage.
(Sorry for the blurry photo.)
This time I made sure to capture their team of juicers in action to share just how fresh everything is.
Today’s juice of choice was called Liquid Sunshine with apple, orange, kale, lemon and ginger.
It was great, but I could definitely taste a bite from the lemon and ginger combination. Scott would loooooove that.
Looks like we brought a new fan to the juice bar, too. Charissa came over to sit by us at lunch and ended up spending the next few hours with us!
Fueled by juice, we walked back over to the hotel to attend a discussion about how to find the perfect shoe by Reebok. More to come on this and a continuation of FitBloggin’ fun tomorrow!