Posts Tagged ‘fitness’
October 24, 2014
Hi friends, Happy Friday!
I am really looking forward to this weekend. The only plans on our radar involve a trip to a new-to-us cider mill on Sunday afternoon to pick out pumpkins to bring home and go apple picking.
We then plan to carve (or at least paint) the pumpkins after, so I’m pretty sure our day will be as close to the definition of “Fall activities” as you can get. I’m perfectly okay with that. #noshame
Moving right along to business as usual, let’s get on to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. As always, I invite you to share some things you have been loving too at the bottom using the comments section and link up tool!
Friday Favorites #60: Week of 10/24
• pumpkin spice coffee
If you have been a longtime reader of the blog, then this probably isn’t the first time you have seen this golden bag of coffee goodness pop up.
Back in Florida, I couldn’t wait for the Pumpkin Spice coffee bags to appear at The Fresh Market.
We don’t have a Fresh Market store anywhere close to us, so my mother has done a great job of getting a bag of their special PS flavored coffee to me every year. She’s planning a visit up for Thanksgiving and is coming with another to replace this one. It’s so, so good!
• Rock City Fitness
I am in the very beginning stages of reviewing a personal training program at a new workout facility in my area, but I can already tell that I am going to love Rock City Fitness.
I had my initial training consultation yesterday and went through a series of movement assessments followed by a short workout.
I have trained in small and intimate gym settings before, and there’s just something about being in that type of environment that is extra motivating.
I have six more (personal and small group personal training) visits awaiting, and look forward to sharing my experience with you!
• maple water
I had never even heard of maple water until a couple of weeks ago.
Maple water is natural, filled with vitamins and nutrients, and sweetened by Quebec’s sugar maples. It’s perfectly flavored and extremely low in sugar and calories. You can read more about the benefits of drinking it on their website.
I absolutely loved the taste… very sweet and refreshing!
• Mitchell’s Fish Market
I had a chance to see my dad and grandmother this week before they flew back home to Florida! It required a drive over to Lansing and back, but it was totally worth it.
I arrived at their hotel just in time for dinner on Wednesday.
I remembered passing a Mitchell’s Fish Market on the way in, and frequented MFM plenty of times close to home in Winter Park, Florida. Both my dad and I wanted to jump at the chance to dine there again.
We had a great time catching up for about two hours. I ordered a Seafood Plate off of the specials menu that came with the House Salad.
I liked that the salad included dates, and my main entree was delicious!
The combo included a jumbo lump crab cake, scallops, shrimp, and autumn veggies.
I ended up taking half of it home to enjoy for lunch yesterday and dove into dessert instead. I didn’t take a picture of it, but the Sharkfish Pie is huge and amazing!
You know what else was amazing?
Time with family. <3
• homemade applesauce
Any visit to see my grandmother also usually involves some homemade goodies. This time my goody bag included a jar of homemade applesauce using the apples from her own tree!
I had heard of the FlipBelt before, but never thought I really needed one until I had to carry my passport with me during my last race.
It’s a lightweight and easy to use belt that allows you to be equipped with things you might need during a workout or long run, completely hands-free.
Simply put it on, flip it over, and put anything like your phone, keys, credit card, earbuds, etc. in the slots, then flip it back over. You can barely even tell my phone is in the one below!
I wore my FlipBelt between my shirt layers and found it very handy!
• Finish Line engagement
Speaking of the race, remember when I mentioned our friends Kelly and Brian passed us at the 11 mile mark?
I wanted to keep up with them because a little birdie told me he was going to propose to her at the finish line!
How wonderfully romantic and awesome is that?
As they were approaching the finish line, both families were waiting for them and were temporarily holding the ring, ready to take pictures. Brian kneeled down and asked for her hand right there!
I’m bummed we didn’t get to keep up to see it, but I was so happy for them when I heard the news!
Congratulations Kelly and Brian!
• bride and groom pretzels
The race was on Sunday, and then our small women’s group met for our weekly bible study the next night. Our friend Jenna made these bride and groom pretzel sticks to help congratulate our newly engaged friend!
Aren’t they cute? She said she got the idea off of Pinterest. I went onto look and there are TONS you can order as wedding favors. Adorable idea!
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and to end with a laugh…
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Have a great weekend! xo
October 17, 2014
Hi friends, it’s Friday… woot!
It’s also my favorite time of the week where I share my random finds with you and display them in a traditional bullet point fashion. (Because I am a blogger and that’s what we do.)
As always, I invite you all to play along in the comments section by sharing your favorite things about the week, and also utilize the link up tool by clicking the blue button at the bottom to link up your #FFavorites posts!
Now onto this week’s list of Friday Favorites! Ready? Go.
Friday Favorites #59: Week of 10/17
• bareMinerals Bronzer
I have been using bareMinerals makeup for years. I turned to MAC bronzers in my dancing days, but I finally ran out of my stash of them last week.
Instead of replacing my MAC compact, I made a trip to Ulta and gave the bareMinerals READY bronzer in The Skinny Dip a try.
I have been using it all week and love it!
• BODYPOP Royal Peplum Jacket
I had the pleasure of meeting Cassey over the summer at the IDEA World Fitness Convention and think she’s incredibly talented. Her line is so cute!
And just in case any of you are wondering, she is also super sweet.
She gifted me this Royal Peplum Jacket before I left her booth and I have been all about wearing it lately.
The peplum waist is so unique and adorable!
Speaking of cute jackets and long sleeves, I can’t get enough of the ones that have thumbholes.
(BODYPOP Royal Peplum Jacket shown above)
I hate when my sleeves rise up, especially when it happens while running.
Thumbholes for the win, ya’ll!
• fall foliage
In reference to the photos above, how gorgeous are the red, orange and yellow leaves on the ground?
And these trees in our backyard?
The sight of fall foliage will never, ever get old. It’s the best! <3
• cider mill visit with Dad
I also treasure this time of year because it’s the season of cider mills.
My dad is in Michigan to help out at my grandmother’s house for a few weeks and stopped by our house on Monday before his drive up north.
A visit from Dad always equals a visit to the cider mill if it’s open!
We made sure to get a couple of hot ciders, a small bag of cider mill donuts, and left with two of their best apple products.
• unique autumn vegetables
(I guess this is the Friday Favorites of segues to the next bullet point?)
After stocking up at the cider mill, we stopped by a farmer’s market on the way home and stumbled upon some funny (to me) looking vegetables.
(mini pumpkin and mini gourds)
I don’t know why they make me smile, but they do. So interesting looking!
• curling wands
I feel like my hair is finally starting to grow. Woo hoo!
It’s out of the awkward length and is long enough to curl. To celebrate, I have been putting my straightener aside and turning to my curling wands instead over the last couple of weeks.
If the thought of using a curling wand intimidates you, don’t let it. I shared a tutorial on how I curl my hair last year and – believe me – if I can train myself to do it, so can you!
• foam rolling
Ahh, foam rollers! I don’t even hate to love them anymore. With all of my training and running lately, I love to love them.
I actually look forward to the time of night where I take a good ten minutes to roll out my sore muscles while I watch television.
I bought the orange one at DICK’s when I was training for my first half over two years ago. I believe the current version they sell of it is purple, but there are tons of similar foam rollers to choose from.
It was the best $30 investment ever!
I recently picked this Thera-roll 3.5″ firm roller (also from DICK’s) up, and it has been amazing to work out tightness in my feet and neck.
If you still have yet to try foam rolling, I strongly urge you to give it a try.
Even just a few minutes a day does a world of difference for me!
• YOU GUYS!
Ever since I posted this Letter of Hope, I have received over a handful of contributions to my fundraising page for the Hope Water Project… from YOU GUYS! Readers of this blog that I’ve never even met.
I am almost half way to my goal and plan to contribute myself as a final push over the weekend. You really blow my mind in the best way, ya’ll.
Thank you so much for your kind efforts and generosity! <3
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Have a wonderful weekend! xo
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