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November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites #64: Week of 11/21

Good morning and Happy Friday!! Whew… did your week just fly by too? I really don’t know how we are already here, but I’m not questioning it.

Who’s pumped for the weekend? I am looking forward to ours (after I spend tonight taking an online driving course… sigh) so to kick things off, let’s get right into our weekly Friday Favorites party!

As usual, I invite you all to join in by sharing some of your favorites from the week in the comments section and link up too. Party on!

Friday Favorites #64: Week of 11/21

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Here’s what I’ve been loving this week…

• Minnetonka moccasins

I have mentioned these bad boys a time or two, but this is the first time I am really highlighting a picture of them.

Don’t these slippers just scream comfort?

Minnetonka womens slippers

(similar, similarsimilar, similar <- love the red!)

Minnetonka moccasins are a popular brand up in the mitten (Michigan), and I was pumped to find these for $24 at Marshalls. I pretty much wear them 24/7 when I’m home. They are so warm and cozy!

9 Thanksgiving Recipes with 5 Ingredients or Less

(via Women’s Health Magazine) 

These are great ideas for those of you who are actually cooking this year… Spoiler Alert: I’m taking this one off!

• Swiffer Bissell SteamBoost mop

This might sound lame, but I got ridiculously excited about finding this Swiffer Bissell SteamBoost mop at Kmart for 40% off!

bissell swiffer steamboost mop

I mentioned this a little while ago, but it looks as though a percentage of Kmart stores are going out of business across the country. Keep your eyes peeled for blow-out sales near you!

Anyways, I bought the mop and the steampad refills thinking I would need several to clean all of the tile and wood in our house. Usually, I need a good three or four wet pads with my Swiffer sweeper. Not this time!

swiffer bissell steamboost mop

Since you plug this version in and fill it with water, it produces steam… hence the title. The steam keeps it wet throughout the use! I’m not sure if that’s how you are supposed to use the refill pads, but it certainly did the job in our house. Woo hoo!

and speaking of mops/vacuums…

my interview with cooking & cleaning tips on Vacuums Guide

Because, apparently, I’m really good at both of those things. #questionable

• my new favorite T-Swift song on repeat

I heard this new jam a week or so ago, but really fell in love with the song when I saw this video. It’s not the official one, but it’s so much cuter.

I heart Taylor. And PS, check out this acoustic cover of the same song from Tyler Ward. So pretty.

lucy activewear sharing my photo <3

this sweatshirt that doesn’t sugarcoat

i am freaking cold sweatshirt


(I obviously need it.)

• apple corer

I picked up an apple corer on our day of apple and pumpkin picking at Big Red’s Cider Mill.

apple corer

I wasn’t sure how to use it at first, but I assure you it couldn’t be easier. Simply stick it in the apple around the core and pull. I can’t recall the brand of this one, but we got it for less than $5 and they sell them at most kitchen and home good stores.

Apple corer that works

(similar, similar, similar)

• Friday funnies

thanksgiving someecard


Sorry, but that literally made me laugh out out. #ifonly

thanksgiving cat funny


Anddd that has Aspen’s name all over it. #notamused

• favorite HWG posts

>> (Reader Request) Grocery Haul #1

Grocery Haul Number one

>> 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Holiday Gift Guide for Men Housewife Glamour

>> 2015 MNB Diary (Active Living Planner) Giveaway

Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe diary 2015

This planner/diary is perfect for anyone who currently lives or wants to get into living a happy, healthy, active lifestyle. Enter to win one for yourself, or give it to a friend or family member you think could really use a push. <3

and speaking of giveaways… *surprise!!*

• Jar Half Full mason jar giveaway

I was recently contacted by the sweet Jar Half Full Etsy shop owner, Jamie. The Jar Half Full sells modern calligraphy mason jar tumblers with a side of sass. They believe that the jar is half full & you should always #SipFancy!

A portion of the proceeds go to the Siobhan O’Sullivan Foundation. Siobhan is a best friend of Jamie’s who is now a quadriplegic due to a spinal cord injury she sustained in 2013. The foundation was created to support her throughout her long road to recovery.

After hearing the story behind these mason jars, I knew I wanted one. Please excuse my shadowy inside picture of the one I selected. The snow and early sunset is really throwing me off of my picture taking game!

The Jar Half Full Rise & Grind glass mason jar

I was gifted this Rise & Grind glass tumbler, but I want to purchase the other two because they are all so cute!

the jar half full glass mason jars

Good news! The Jar Half Full would love to gift one HWG reader a glass tumbler of their choice with a side of sass too!

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this blog post sharing which tumbler you would choose, and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Midnight Monday, November 24th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning, the 25th.

Good Luck!  

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Have a great weekend!

Disclaimer: While the glass tumbler featured in this post was provided to me by The Jar Half Full, I was not compensated for this review or to host the giveaway. The Friday Favorites series features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please understand, however, that affiliate links may be included. I always, always appreciate your support! <3

November 19, 2014

2015 Planner for Active Living (Giveaway)

Hi! I feel like today totally flew by. Things are starting to happen and I am really excited to stop being so vague and share some real details with you.

Until then, I’ll distract you with pretty things and giveaways. Sound good?

Lorna Jane Move Nourish Believe diary 2015

Backing up to this morning, I loved (slash loved to hate) my last personal training session at Rock City Fitness. I am pretending to say hate because it completely kicked my booty and I felt like a weakling. It was awesome, and very challenging on my entire body, which actually is enjoyable for me. After the fact, anyways.

I plan to share a full review of the training facility and my experience soon. For now, again, I’ll just distract you with pretty *white* things I saw on my way home from running errands after the gym.

driving in the snow

(Don’t worry… I fully stopped to take the photo.)

Followed by the current Winter Wonderland view from my window.

snow outside my window

Winter has arrived in Michigan, my friends!

As soon as I got home, I quickly heated up leftovers from last night’s dinner and topped it with the last of our rotisserie chicken and Parmesan cheese.

gluten free spaghetti with veggies and chicken

gluten free pasta with chicken and vegetables

It was the perfect warm start to my afternoon!

With (what feels like) a dramatic change in the seasons this week, it made me realize how incredibly fast this entire year went by. How are we already halfway through the month of November? I know I can’t be alone here.

The real wake up call that 2014 has almost come to an end came when I received this 2015 MNB Diary from my sweet contact over at Lorna Jane.

lorna jane active living planner 2015

I have mentioned the Move Nourish Believe (MNB) movement on the blog before, and this planner is the epitome of everything it stands for.

Lorna Jane Clarkston, the creator of Lorna Jane Activewear, designed a line that creates more than fashionable fitness gear. I actually got to hear her speak in person at the IDEA BlogFest over the summer. She’s an amazing woman! Beyond the LJ inventory, the brand shares quotes, workouts, and healthy recipes on their media channels, in books, and most recently in an everyday planner to support active living!

live your best life in 2015 lorna jane journal

It’s technically called the 2015 MNB Diary, because it does so much more than help organize your appointments. It organizes and helps you. Inside, you will find workouts (move), recipes and healthy eating tips (nourish), and inspirational quotes (believe) to get you through your days.

lorna jane diary workouts

lorna jane cooking vegetables chart tips

lorna jane quotes in diary

In between all of the active living inspiration is the traditional everyday planner features I need like a year snapshot, a month-by-month breakdown, and a place to fill in activities by weeks and days.

lorna jane mnb diary inside

The more pages I skimmed through, the more I fell for this adorable little book of awesomeness.

lorna jane arm workout in diary

lorna jane healthy recipe in diary

lorna jane active quote

Almost immediately, I noticed how much writing space there was to reflect.

Every so often, there is a page that asks questions and gives you an opportunity to stop and reflect on how your year is going. I took some time filling out my thoughts on this year, and thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing out my goals and reflections for the past, present, and future.

lorna jane diary planner

There’s numerous writing prompts and places to take notes throughout it, so I guess that would explain the importance of the word diary in the title!

I was sent my 2015 MNB Diary as a gift from the company and loved it so much that I asked my contact if I could host a giveaway to gift one lucky HWG reader a planner as well!

Win Your Own 2015 MNB Diary

This planner/diary is perfect for anyone who currently lives or wants to get into living a happy, healthy, active lifestyle. Enter to win one for yourself, or give it to a friend or family member you think could really use a push. <3

lorna jane planner diary picture

To enter:

Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what you love most about the diary, and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Midnight Monday, November 24th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning, the 25th.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.

Good Luck! xx

Disclaimer: While the diary featured in this post was provided to me by Lorna Jane, I was not compensated for this review or to host the giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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