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September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites #54: Week of 9/12

Happy Friday!! I have a feeling this weekend is going to fly, but I’m still looking forward to it. By tomorrow afternoon I will be certified in CPR, so that’s pretty cool.

How was your week? Mine was good. Chilly, but good. Let’s just not talk about the projected weather today and tomorrow… (low of 43? Really, MI?) I’m just not ready.

Instead of dragging that subject out, let’s focus on the fun stuff, like everything that made me smile this week. It’s time for another edition of Friday Favorites! I love to hear what you have been loving too, so feel free to play along in the comments section and/or even link up at the bottom!

Friday Favorites #54: Week of 9/12

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• autumn scents and candles

This is totally predictable, I know. I knowww. Regardless, I have been all about the fall scents this week!

bath and body works wallflowers leaves

I am pretty sure I spent a solid half an hour in Bath & Body Works on Monday trying to decide which scents are the best. The answer? None of them. They are all fantastic!

After going back and forth on the autumn line (and passing over the HUGE pumpkin line of flavors… that was hard) I finally decided on the Leaves refills for our wall flowers. The scent screams warm fall fuzzies and I think the printed leaves on the outside are adorable.

bath and body works leaves wallflowers

Paired with this Autumn Sky candle in our kitchen, our house smells pretty great right now!

bath and body works autumn candle

Now I just have to be patient for the beautiful fall foliage to arrive. I saw signs of a change in leave colors yesterday and know it will be here soon!

• Panera Bread hazelnut creme coffee

I order this hazelnut creme coffee every time I visit a Panera. I found it in the form of a 12 ounce bag this week and had to pick it up.

Panera Bread Hazelnut Creme coffee

So delish!

• This If Disney Princes Were Real video via Buzzfeed

Because every now and then we need a dose of reality when it comes to true love and how to find it.

HILARIOUS, and I’m pretty sure Ariel is rocking a version of my glasses.

how to deal with foot cramps via FitSugar

I have gotten some horrible ones in the past, especially while I’m in training mode. Great tips!

• Chipotle salads

I know I have mentioned my love for Chipotle on the blog several times, but have you ever tried their salads?

chipotle chicken salad

That’s the only menu item I have ordered over the past couple of years. Personally, I like to load it up with rice and beans, add fajita veggies, and skip the dressing. You don’t need it with the salsa (or three that I get).

Earlier this week, my friend Alex and I both enjoyed a loaded salad with a side of guacamole and chips. SO good!

17 things you should know before you date an athletic girl

Oh my gosh, YES. To all of those! (Take note fellas.)

• Lorna Jane Activewear

I shared these adorable Lorna Jane sports bras with you last week and have two equally exciting outfits to highlight this week!

Pictured below is the Radiate 7/8 Tight, Two Step Bra, and Evie Excel Tank.

Lorna Jane Evie Excel Tank Two Step Bra Alexis 78 pant

I love the mesh on the back of the tights, and the ballerina in me likes that it kind of looks like I am wearing a leotard with the pattern of the tank.

Lorna Jane Active at the gym

I wore the outfit (without the bra) to Fitness Pilates class last week and had Scott snap a few photos. He only agreed if I did “cool poses”. Ha! I’m not quite sure the one on the right qualifies.

Anyways, I also received the Dark Bloom Active Pant and Flash Excel Tank. Aren’t they fun?

Lorna Jane Dark Bloom Active Pant and Excel Tank

I wasn’t too sure about the pants at first. I liked the pattern but didn’t think I would be sporting them to any kind of workout class. Come to find out, they have a pair of built in shorts inside and are so, so comfortable.

Lorna Jane Excel Tank and Dark Bloom Active Pants

I’ve already worn them around town to run errands, to the movies, and at home whenever they’re clean. I bet they would be perfect for a dance class and cute to rock on a long day of travel!

• open windows

While I’m not sure I am fully ready for cool weather to roll in just yet, we did take advantage of the mid-50 degree weather over the past couple of days by turning off our air conditioning and opening the windows.

open window cool weather

I love, love, love being home by an open window when the weather is just right. It’s so calming.

• PUMA Friends & Family sale

PUMA is currently running a sale in stores and online through Monday, September 15th!

Simply use the promo code PUMAFIT14 to receive 40% off at PUMA full price stores (exclusions apply), and 50% off original prices at PUMA outlet stores (no exclusions)!

• favorite HWG posts

>> 12 Things I Get Embarrassingly Excited Over

fresh and clean laundry to fold

>> 6 Easy Ways to Make Salads Exciting

How to make a salad more exciting

Also, if you live in the mid-west and like free groceries, be sure to enter the Meijer gift card giveaway currently going on!

meijer gift card giveaway

 and to leave you with a laugh…

• This daddy/daughter duo dancing to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.

Because this will for sure be my life one day. <3

… unless somehow Scott pick’s up some swag. Then it might look a little something like this. Ehh… maybe we’ll just stick to the creepy plastic horse head.  ;)

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Have a wonderful weekend! xo

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, and merely features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please understand, however, that affiliate links may pop up on occasion. I always, always appreciate your support!

September 5, 2014

Friday Favorites #53: Week of 9/5

I’m sorry, are we already into the week of 9 something? When did that happen? The high number inevitably comes along with the month of September, I suppose.

Want me to really freak you out? Halloween is next month. Like… next month. I hope you’re ready for costumes and candy corn!

Anywho, today is Friday and we have plenty to celebrate. Ready for some Friday Favorites? Perfect. Go ahead and share yours in the comments and link up section at the bottom too!

Friday Favorites #53: Week of 9/5

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• The Gifts of Imperfection

I am currently in the middle of reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown for a monthly book club I joined over the summer.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

I am only a couple of chapters into it, but can already tell I am going to finish it with more of an enlightened heart and open mind. I love the author’s style of writing (she’s hilarious) and can relate to her on many levels!

• Lorna Jane sports bras + accessories

I recently received a haul from the kind folks at Lorna Jane Active and am delighted to share some of the pieces with you.

Aren’t these sports bras fabulous?

Lorna Jane sports bras activewear

 (Two Step Bra + Somersault Bra)

Lorna Jane sports bra

There are a few outfits I have been sporting, but for now I’ll highlight the accessories that have been brightening up my days.

Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe bracelet

(The complimentary Move Nourish Believe bracelet you receive with orders over $100 in the US.)

Lorna Jane headband

Pop Stripe Supa Slim Headband

(similar, similar, similar, similar)

Lorna Jane activewear headband

Please excuse my lack of makeup, overgrown eyebrows, and scrunched and thrown up in a messy bun hair. I will be fixing all of those things shortly.

My Dad doing the ALS ice bucket challenge with his team.

Yup, that’s him on the left of middle. Tom. I just love him so much and will forever be proud of him and his dance moves on and off the court!

Scott and I also completed the #ALSicebucketchallenge a few weeks ago. It’s easy to donate to the cause if you haven’t already!

• homemade granola cereal

I have always enjoyed granola on top of yogurt, in pancakes, and even in smoothies, but I only tried it on it’s own as a cereal for the first time with my homemade roasted honey vanilla granola the other day. Here’s the recipe!

homemade granola cereal

Loaded with chopped almonds and topped with fresh blueberries, this has certainly been a favorite breakfast this week.

Adam Levine doing musical impressions on The Tonight Show.

That pretty (yet rugged) man will always hold a special place in my heart. So beautiful, so funny, so talented. Scroll down to see the full clip!

• wildflowers on the trail

It looks like Summer is in full bloom in Michigan. (Finally.)

flowers on the trail

As much as I run the trials around our neighborhood, I still stumble upon new colors and types of wildflowers every now and then.


I absolutely love it and never mind stopping to snap a photo. I guess the planted ones on the streets aren’t too shabby to look at either.

flowers on a walk

Please don’t take them away, cold weather!

• a return to the massage table

I have had a membership to Massage Envy since April and have been a total of two times, as of yesterday. Why? I honestly couldn’t tell you.

massage envy

With a decent amount of credit towards my account, I cashed enough in to get a two hour massage yesterday! Boy was it needed. I almost felt bad scheduling that long of a session, but I was reassured that they happen all the time and it really helped get out the majority of the knots and kinks that have been building up.

I really need to make a point to get back on the scheduling regular massages train. It’s important and I already feel so much better!

• The Katy Perry Part of Me Movie

Okay. Don’t poke fun at me for wanting to watch this. I heard it was really good and shows her unexpected backstory with the triumph of her drive after going through a rough personal life.

Katy Perty Movie


The film shows how much hard work went into her first world tour and I think so highly of her after seeing how much she cares about her fans, especially in the meet and greets. She has such a creative mind and isn’t afraid to do her own thing. Gotta love that!

• Favorite HWG posts this week:

6 Weeks Half-Marathon Training Plan

6 week half marathon training plan

Scott’s Healthy Homemade Salsa

Healthy Homemade Salsa with corn chips

More Summer Workout Music

Summer 2014 running and workout playlist

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Housewife Glamour

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, and merely features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please understand, however, that affiliate links may pop up on occasion. I always, always appreciate your support!

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