Posts Tagged ‘Health’
February 28, 2014
Holy moly, you guys. It’s Friday and in just a few short hours I will be on my way to Orlando with my best friend Alex! I really don’t think you could pay me to stop smiling!
Hopefully your week was filled with plenty of favorite moments or things you are dying to share at the bottom of this post. Because that’s how we do Fridays around here. (Don’t forget there is a link-up too!)
Let’s get right to it and kick off the weekend with a party, shall we?
Friday Favorites #26: Week of 2/28
• Yes To Cucumbers facial towelettes
You may have seen me feature Yes To products on the blog before. After falling in love with the brand, I have accepted a title of being a Yes To Girl and receive a shipment of products every now and then to share with you.
Just so you know, all Yes To products are ninety-five percent all-natural, recyclable, and free of parabens, sulfates (both SLS + SLES), and phthalates. All five sub-brands (Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Blueberries, Yes To Carrots, etc.) are made from real fruits and vegetables and only use organic ingredients. (You can see why I’m a fan!)
My must-have product for my face lately has been the facial towelettes. While I like all of the Yes To facial towelettes, the Yes To Cucumber hypoallergenic soothing wipes are my favorite.
I love that just visited a spa cucumber scent!
• Girl Scout cookies
I was doing so good avoiding this year’s sales of Girl Scout cookies until the cutest group of girls showed up in the lobby of our arena last week. Yeah… I have no will power here.
Something different, however, is what Scott and I know as Caramel DeLites are called Samoas up here. The same goes for Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs), Shortbread (Trefoils), and Peanut Butter Sandwich (Do-si-dos)! It’s funny how the names change regionally.
• sporty tumblers
They finally arrived! Scott and I have a friend over at Tervis and every once and a while he surprises us with goods. He’s actually one of their graphic designers and helps put together the designs that go on the sports cups!
Knowing we are both sports fans, he ever so graciously sent us two Super Bowl XLVIII Championship tumblers (Go Seahawks!) and a Detroit Pistons water bottle. I just love those tumblers. Thanks, Rusty!
• hair, skin, nails tablets
I have been meaning to regularly take biotin supplements ever since my hair dresser suggested doing so years ago. I used to be great at it, then got over the whole having to take a pill every day thing.
To make sure I get my multivitamin, I have been bypassing the pills and enjoying Adult Gummies instead! From the same company, I received these NatureMade VitaMelts biotin chewable tablets and LOVE them. They are actually really good and I find myself wanting to take them every morning.
Three cheers for healthy hair, skin and nails!
• country music
I don’t know if this is the Southern girl in me or what, but I have been channeling into country music stations a lot this week. It has been forever since I have listened to it consistently, so I couldn’t tell you half of the songs I heard, but I still enjoyed it anyways!
• sweet potato tortilla chips
Okay, this one is actually a love/hate relationship. While stocking up on my normal chip needs last week, I stumbled upon these Garden of Eatin’ Sweet Potato corn tortilla chips and had to give them a try.
Garden of Eatin’ has easily become my favorite brand of Non-GMO, organic, gluten-free corn tortilla chips. As much as I love chips and salsa, I could eat these on their own all day, every day.
Needless to say, I finished the entire bag on my own within a day and a half. That’s the hate part… I might be a little too obsessed.
• dancing throwbacks
I found this gem along with pages of others while browsing for photos of my Orlando Magic dancing days this week.
In preparation for the reunion this weekend, I shared my favorite experiences and a ton of photos yesterday!
Reminiscing old times is something that never gets old to me. Now you go!
February 26, 2014
Good afternoon! Wow, today sure flew.
I spent my morning working on some projects, including the wedding blog I cover for a Orlando photographer. I can’t even stand the cuteness of the engagement shoot we featured today. The backstage photos and props are so fun and creative!
Since then I have been trying my best to concentrate and get things done around here. It’s really, really challenging considering I just got confirmed for an exciting sponsored trip coming up next month. I’ll be sure to share more details about that when I can!
The rest of my attention span has been engulfed by dreams of sunny Orlando this weekend! I am going home for an extremely short and scheduled trip to dance with my fellow Orlando Magic Dancer alumni for a reunion. So much fun, right? I’m so excited for Friday to get here already!
So that is where my mind is. Anywhere but right here at the computer desk.
Just for you guys, I am forcing myself to tune in and share this week’s What I Ate Wednesday to hopefully kick start some healthy eating motivation. Per usual, I documented my entire day of eats yesterday.
What I Ate
Tuesday ended up being pretty eventful! It started with a 9 a.m. dentist appointment and knowing I needed to leave early, I quickly grabbed breakfast I prepared the night before.
Directly after the dentist, I came home for a hot minute to chat with you guys about teeth grinding and shared my concerns about ordering a night guard. By the way, thank you so much for telling your stories and giving your input! It’s great to hear how different people handle the situation and it is very comforting to hear there are some successes because of it!
As soon as I hit publish, I refilled my coffee cup (whoops) and drove over to Royal Oak for a hair appointment. It’s always nice to escape the craziness of life and just sit in a hair chair for a couple of hours, isn’t it?
I made sure to pack a high-protein snack to hold me over at the salon.
Clif’s Builder protein bar in Chocolate Mint.
I was so pumped, I completely forgot to eat lunch and figured I should then. Better late than never!
Quinoa with spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese and a mixture of beans.
Just as I was finishing up my post, I heard Scott come home and joined him upstairs for a few minutes. He told me about his day and knowing I had some work to do in the basement, agreed I would meet him back upstairs in an hour or so for dinner.
First, I had a workout to create and complete! (Aspen helped.)
Stay on the lookout for the workout and PUMA clothing review Monday!
Sweaty, I kept truckin’ along and learned one of the routines I need to know for this weekend’s reunion by video.
Since I was a dancer for four seasons in Orlando, I will be participating in two segments and can not WAIT to see and perform with my former teammates!
Now super sweaty, I came back upstairs and quickly threw together a monster vegetable salad for dinner. Literally, any good veggie that needed to be used up went into this one.
Romaine lettuce, baby spinach, broccoli slaw, corn, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini squash, black and green olives, Parmesan cheese, and fresh cilantro.
I drizzled mine in plain balsamic vinegar and topped it with freshly ground pepper. It was pretty tasty if I do say so myself!
I spent the rest of the night learning the other routine and booking flights for upcoming trips. (PS: I heard through the grapevine that occasionally cheaper flights will pop up on Tuesdays. Have any of you heard that before?)
I might have dug into a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies with my tall glass of unsweetened almond milk afterwards.
Sorry I’m not sorry about that. Not even a little.
And there you have yet another WIAW. I hope that from this one you can at least see how easy and healthy meals can be, even if you don’t necessarily take the time to plan them out ahead of time. Besides the overnight oats, the rest of my eats were more grab-and-go type of meals anyone on any schedule could prepare relatively quickly.
Now I am off to finish learning the routines, get them in my body, and will probably be doing the same thing reviewing ones for our Pistons court here before practice tonight.
See ya in the morning!
Questions of the Day
• What are some of your go-to “unplanned” quick and healthy meals?
• What are you looking forward to in the upcoming months?
I have a general rule I stick to when putting meals together. I start with some kind of side, healthy carb, or whole grain (quinoa, rice, sweet potato, pasta, etc.) add veggies, and make sure to include some type of protein. I am not a huge meat eater, so often times I make it up with beans and nuts. If you are ever needing something to bring it all together try a cheese! My favorites are feta and Parmesan.
• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!
• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.
February 25, 2014
Today I have about twenty minutes to pop in and chat with you all before I need to get back out the door to a hair appointment. I know, hard Tuesday right? Hey… it’s all a part of the professional dancer occupation ya’ll.
My morning started with high hopes of spring. Even though the temperature is currently in the low twenties (still!), the sun is shining bright which always heightens my mood!
To celebrate, I busted out the Coconut flavored Dunkin’ Donuts coffee I have been waiting to try. I also noticed I had a SO Delicious dairy-free coconut creamer in the refrigerator, so it was a winning combination just waiting to happen.
I skipped the stevia and it’s actually pretty good. There is a slight after-bite to it, but that could very well be my sealant coming back to haunt me, thanks to my morning at the dentist’s office.
The last time I went, it was my first time visiting one up north and I am thankful for having found a good one! Everyone is so nice and seem to know exactly what they are doing. I say that because not all of my trips to the dentist’s office have been that way.
Anyways, (down to ten minutes here…) I had a pretty standard visit and completed the rest of my every so often x-rays and such. Nothing too out of the ordinary.
(Gotta love that sweet dentist office swag!)
Towards the end of my cleaning, the dentist came in and reminded me of some of the problem areas he was still concerned about. I have a few spots with what they call abstractions, or gaps where the teeth don’t always meet the gum. I also have a receding gum on the back right side!
Like most of you would do, I asked him what caused it and what I could possibly do to fix the problems before they go any further. He and the hygienist both credited it to teeth grinding and/or clenching at night.
Before moving up here, the idea had never even been brought up to me by my dentist, so it took me by surprise the first time I heard it six months ago. After my last appointment, I agreed to watch my symptoms (waking up with headaches, sore jaws, etc.) and check back in on it today.
Well, the symptoms still exist and paired with the receding gum and abstractions, they all equaled ordering a night guard for me. Better safe than sorry, right?
Luckily, my insurance covered eighty percent of the cost, but it was still wasn’t a cheap thing to “just do.” Actually seeing my receding gum kind of freaked me out and pushed me towards getting one.
I had good ten minute conversation with the hygienist about what else could have caused it and she explained that dentists used to think it was a result of brushing teeth too hard, or with too rough of toothbrushes. This is when all of the “softer but better” toothbrushes came out and people were still having the same problems.
She went on to explain that for some reason Michigan has one of the highest percentages of teeth grinders. Out of all the U.S. And, most of it is caused by stress. (Ha!) Sounds about right with this crazy winter season we have been fighting!
Without any more time to discuss it further right now, I want to hear from you today!
Are you a teeth grinder and/or clencher?
Do you have to wear a night guard?
And if so, has it helped?
I’ll be sure to check back in later this afternoon. Off to my hair appointment!
January 28, 2014
Good afternoon! Hope your Tuesday is going swimmingly. Mine is movin’ right along as I get ready for an exciting home game tonight.
Before we get too ahead of ourselves, I have a giveaway winner to announce. And a big THANK YOU going out to all who entered the Gymboss Interval Timer Giveaway over the weekend!
• Entry #85: April V. - You won by tweeting about the Giveaway!
Please email me at email@example.com with your mailing address and timer color choice to claim your prize.
For everyone else, don’t get too bummed just yet. There’s another giveaway happening right at the bottom of this post. Woot!
Adult (Vitamin) Gummies In My Tummy
I have been wanting to try gummy vitamins ever since I saw them at my mother-in-law’s house over the summer. Although I am a lover of vitamins, I am also the first one to admit to skipping over daily doses. Quite often.
Some weeks go better than others, but overall I have just never gotten used to taking any type of supplement on an every single day basis.
I was contacted about a month ago by the lovely folks over at Nature Made to review their newest line of Adult Gummies vitamins and minerals. It sounded right up my alley, so I figured it was worth a go.
It has been three weeks since I opened the bottles and the only days I have missed taking the gummies since then was when I went out of town.
I actually crave them! In my package I received:
• Nature Made Adult Gummies Energy B12 (retails at $7.99)
This one contains 1000 mcg of Vitamin B12 per serving (2 gummies) to support cellular energy production by helping the body convert food into energy. Hello, afternoon pick-me-up!
• Nature Made Adult Gummies Multi + Omega-3 ($15.99)
This one provides key nutrients needed for daily nutritional support, plus omega-3 benefits from Fish Oil. Goodbye, nasty fish oil tasting mega pills.
This bottle helps protect the body against free radicals, which is a key mineral that plays a role in many bodily functions by providing antioxidant support for a healthy immune system.
Not only are all of the flavors delicious, but they also taste exactly like fruit snacks. The biggest bottle (middle) has a sour, sugary gummy taste, while the other two resemble a more traditional gelatin fruit snack.
My handful serving (two gummies of each) per day has turned into an every day treat I actually look forward to.
I even got Scott hooked onto them this week, which says a lot for someone who doesn’t even believe in taking supplements, or any kind of medicine for that matter. #winning
Right on our kitchen counter, these three bottles have a new home and I am grateful to have them as part of a new routine I plan to stay on top of. You can find this line of vitamins online, or at Target. Check out their store locator for more retailers in your area!
Nature Made Adult Gummies Giveaway
Since late January seems to be all about sharing new products with you, we are keeping the giveaway train rolling, thanks to Nature Made. Who wants some vitamin gummies in their tummy? One lucky Housewife Glamour will win all three bottles pictured above.
To Enter: Leave a comment on this post sharing your current vitamin routine and intake (if any) and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter!
You have until Midnight Friday, January 31st E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced Saturday, February 1st.
*Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.
*Disclaimer: Although the Nature Made Adult Gummies Line was provided to me, free of charge, I was not compensated for this review in any way. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! Please see my full dislaimer for additional information.