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September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites #55: Week of 9/19

Happy Friday! I can’t believe we are well into September already.

Fall is most certainly in the air up here and it makes me want to go pick a pumpkin out from a patch or visit a cider mill. All in due time, I suppose.

As usual, I have complied a list of things I have enjoyed this week for Friday Favorites. New around here? Come on and join the party!

I started this link up almost fifty weeks ago (!!!) because I found myself clicking on any type of favorites post that popped up in my reader on Fridays. They’re entertaining to read, and if I like to creep on other people’s favorites, chances are that you do too.

Whether it’s fitness, food, or fashion related (or just plain funny!) feel free to share a list of things you’ve been loving lately through the widget (blue button) at the bottom of the post. If you are not a blogger, I still welcome you to take part in the fun by sharing some of yours in the comments!

Friday Favorites #55: Week of 9/19

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• the beginning of fall

I have come across patches of autumn colored leaves here and there, but I finally saw a predominately yellow tree on my run yesterday.

beginning of fall 2014

I guess I can tolerate the chilly weather in exchange for views like this.

I love this time of year!

• Yes To Carrots anti-frizz serum

I have mentioned the Yes To Carrots organic hair and skincare line a couple of times on the blog, but I can’t recall if I have highlighted this specific item yet.

I have been using this anti-frizz serum on my wet hair and it has worked wonderfully for scrunching and naturally shaping my curls while it air dries!

Yes To Carrots Anti-Frizz Serum

To be fair, I already have naturally curly hair, but I really didn’t expect it it tame the frizz as much as it did. It’s been nice to occasionally go au naturel.

• Ed Sheeran concert

Remember that concert I was dying to go to on Wednesday? We got to go!

ed sheeran concert detroit

Ed Sheeran is AMAZING in concert, you guys. He sounds even better live than on his albums and seriously impressed me with his unexpected guitar playing and rapping skills.

I have been a lover of his music since I heard his first track years ago, but can’t seem to get off of his Pandora and Spotify stations lately. I found out he was coming to our home arena and flipped out. I’m so thankful that Scott found a way for us to get there!

ed sheeran concert

It was the best date night we’ve had in a while!

• headband hack trick

Speaking of the concert, I got word we were going without much time to get ready and decided to throw my hair on top of my head and make it work. Like my headband?

belt bow tie for hair

Ha! That’s not a headband. It’s a belt from one of my jackets tied around like a scarf with some kind of makeshift bow I created while tying it.

I literally don’t even know how it came together and stayed, but it worked on the first try and is something I will surely attempt again! Next time you’re in need of a cute headband, get creative with your fabric belts. Who knew?

• Nature’s Way Alive multi-vitamin gummies

I first discovered vitamin gummies back in January. They might not be as good as taking a supplement in the form of a capsule is for you, but they are the only type of vitamin I actually end up taking on a daily basis.

On a trip to the grocery store a couple of weeks ago, I picked up these Nature’s Way Alive Muti-Vitamin adult gummies from the organic aisle. They’re gelatin-free and so, so good!

Alive multi-vitamin gummies

Scott and I both take two every morning and we have already gone through an entire bottle. Time to get more!

• the Friends episode that squeaked by?

This is somewhat embarrassing, but I am going to go against my better judgement and share it anyways.

Most of you all already know that I have been a fan of the show Friends since it premiered in 1994. Seriously. I’ve seen every episode at least twenty times and record the re-runs to have on a rainy day or for when I need something to listen to in the background while I’m cleaning the house or folding laundry. Scott thinks I’m ridiculous.

With that being said, I watched an episode that I didn’t know every line to the other day. The One With Rachel’s Dream, the maple candy, and Phoebe’s “classy” singing outfits? How did I completely miss that one throughout all of these years?!

It sounds silly, but the fact that I had no idea that one episode existed blew my mind. Has this ever happened to you? #theonethatgotaway

• Every Man Jack body wash

In need of a body wash refill this week, I decided to try something new.

I picked up a bottle of Aveeno for me and this bottle of Every Man Jack body wash for Scott. The Sandalwood scent is absolutely dreamy.

Every Man Jack body wash

He loves it and I really can’t get enough of the smell on ‘em!

• The no-cut lip dub of a fraternity singing “Shake It Off” and this article explaining how they came up with it.

And this marks me mentioning this jam three Friday Favorites in a row.

I can’t help it. Haters gonna hate, ya’ll.

I still can’t believe how synchronized and planned out it all was! Nice work, Delta Sigma Phi – Beta Mu. (<- say that three times fast.)

• favorite HWG posts

>> Half-Marathon Training: Week 1

running in the rain

>> PUMA Fitness Fashion + Strength Exercises For Runners

stability ball hip extension

And to leave you with a laugh…

• a Friday funny!

Because you know you do it.

friday funny picture

Tee hee!

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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 11, 2014

Metamucil® Recipes + $100 Meijer Gift Card Giveaway

The following post is sponsored by Meijer on behalf of Metamucil®.

Most Americans don’t get enough fiber in their diet. But nobody, especially under the age of fifty, really cares about their fiber intake, right? Wrong. I do, and think we all should!

Not only does a healthy dose of fiber keep you regular, but it can also help to maintain a healthy weight, help reduce high levels of cholesterol, and help lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Metamucil® is on a mission to educate people on the importance of fiber and how easy (and tasty!) it is to get the recommended amount daily.

high fiber easy metamucil recipes

So, exactly how much is recommended?

As a 29-year-old female, it is recommended for me (and all women between the ages of 18-50) to get 25 grams of fiber per day! I really couldn’t tell you if that happens, but I have been enjoying using the Metamucil® powders at home this week just to be sure.

(Calculate your own fiber number and see meal plan suggestions with this Fiber Toolkit!)

There are plenty of foods high in fiber content, especially in fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.

fruits high in fiber - metamucil fiber guide


grains high in fiber - metamucil fiber guide


vegetables high in fiber - metamucil fiber guide


To help fill in the gaps on the days you aren’t sure you are getting the recommended daily amount of fiber, Metamucil® created a digital recipe book to show how easy taking the supplement can be.

metamucil fiber supplement and benefits


All of the following recipes were created for and featured in the new digital recipe book, and I remade them at home. I hope you enjoy the high fiber inspirations and don’t forget to keep ‘on scrolling for an exciting giveaway!

Citrus Spritzer

This citrus spritzer recipe can help you relax and enjoy any occasion while you reap the health benefits of adding more fiber to your diet.

citrus spritzer metamucil

*3 grams of fiber*


1/3 cup grapefruit juice

1/3 cup orange juice

1/3 cup club soda

1 rounded teaspoon Metamucil® Sugar Free Original Smooth powder

(I used Sugar-Free Orange Smooth Metamucil® powder)


Pour juices and club soda into a glass along with a few ice cubes. Add Metamucil® and stir briskly. A great breakfast-time refresher!

(Berry Pink!) Morning Meta-Muffins

Using the Berry flavor turned them pink! I loved it. Yields 12 muffins.

Serving size: 1 muffin = 1 Adult Serving of Metamucil®.

pink meta-muffins metamucil recipe

*4 grams of fiber*


1 cup of fat-free milk

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup applesauce

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2/3 cup of brown sugar

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup blueberries

12 teaspoon Sugar-Free Original Smooth Metamucil® powder

(I used Sugar-Free Berry Smooth Metamucil® powder)


1. Pre-heat oven to 375 ̊F. Mix milk, egg, vanilla, applesauce, cinnamon and sugar.

2. In separate container mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to milk mixture, once well mixed, add blueberries and mix in the Metamucil then pour into muffin tin.

3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the outer rim of the muffins are light brown.

4. Drink 8 ounces of water with each muffin.

Strawberry-Kiwi Sipper

Strawberry smoothie recipes are known for their tasty flavor and ability to mix with other fruits. This version, enhanced with kiwi and Metamucil®, is a great way to sneak more fiber into your diet.

Strawberry Kiwi Sipper Metamucil Smoothie

*12 grams of fiber*


1 medium peeled banana

2 kiwis, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup (4 oz) apple juice

1/2 cup (4 oz) frozen strawberries

1 rounded teaspoon of Metamucil® Original Coarse or Metamucil® Sugar-Free Original Smooth Powder

(I used Sugar-Free Berry Smooth Metamucil® powder)

crushed or cubed ice


Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until ice is crushed.

Iced Tea Delight

Mix your favorite flavor of iced tea with Metamucil® for a refreshing way to sneak more fiber into your diet. I used a spiced apple chai tea and loved the extra tang of the Orange flavor!

metamucil iced tea recipe

*3 grams of fiber*


1 cup cold brewed or instant tea

1 rounded teaspoon Metamucil® Original Coarse

(I used Sugar-Free Orange Smooth Metamucil® powder)

crushed or cubed ice


1. Mix Metamucil® with iced tea and stir or shake thoroughly.

2. Serve with plenty of ice cubes, and add sugar, lemon, or mint leaves to taste.

3. If you prefer an orange twist, try preparing iced tea using 1 rounded tablespoon of Metamucil Orange Smooth or 1 rounded teaspoon of Metamucil® Orange Sugar Free Smooth. (That’s what I did!)


$100 Meijer Gift Card Giveaway

To get you up and moving on the fiber train, Meijer is offering one lucky Housewife Glamour reader $100 credit to their store to go grab some Metamucil® and groceries to make your own recipes!

meijer gift card giveaway

For those of you who haven’t heard of Meijer (I hadn’t until I moved to the mid-west), it’s a hypermarket chain that has become a one-stop shop for name brands on groceries, clothing, and home goods at a great value. I prefer to do my big grocery hauls here and always love their huge produce section and Meijer Organics brand!

Meijer stores can be found in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Find the nearest location to you and enter to win a gift card to get shopping!

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post (mandatory!) sharing one way you like/would like to make sure you get enough fiber in your diet and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Midnight Monday, September 15th E.S.T to enter the giveaway. The winner will be announced Tuesday morning, the 16th.

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!


Related Articles and Fiber Facts

Check out this video to find out even more ways fiber can help you!

The psyllium fiber from Metamucil benefits your health in so many ways.

Find everyday tips for adding fiber into your diet.

It’s never too early or too late to help reduce the risk of heart disease by adding fiber into your diet.

Disclaimer: While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions on the brands mentioned above remain my own!

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I am not a registered dietician, nutritionist, or certified fitness professional. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.

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