Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’
February 15, 2014
Happy Saturday friends! Did you have a good Valentines Day? And for all of you beautiful single ladies out there… did you have a good Galentines Day?
Ours was just like any other day around here. I found out a few years ago that Scott doesn’t really believe in commercial holidays. In fact, we got into a somewhat unpleasant conversation about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day last night over dinner. In the end, I made it pretty clear that if or when the day I become a mother comes we will be celebrating it. No question.
Until then, I can’t really argue about the rest of them. He simply questions why people have to show their love publicly only one day a year and I get that. I told him all I want for Valentines Day from here on out is a box of chocolates and if or when we have children, a dinner date out.
Before you feel sorry for me, here is an example of what he does for me on holidays like Valentines Day. Instead of writing in cards, he turns to publicly showing his affection and to be honest, it saves us about $10 in paper goods. No pressure. No stress over what to get the other person. Fine by me.
This is what he wrote yesterday:
“The greatest feeling in life is to feel wanted and loved, unconditionally and unashamedly.
I knew I loved Heather when she accepted me just as I am, not needing to change a thing about me, but making me WANT to change to be a better lover and leader for her. I absolutely love you unconditionally and unashamedly… and NOT just one day a year! Thanks for being amazing, interesting, accepting, and freaking hilarious – every day of our lives.”
I guess I’ll take it. He can romantic when he wants to be!
So with that, we planned a simple no-high-expectations night of winging dinner and renting a movie. But I’ll get into that when I check back in for a weekend highlight. The purpose of today’s post is to share a speedy interval workout on the treadmill to help you back on track!
Because I know I indulged in quite a few chocolates over the past 24 hours…
Sweat Off the Sweets Treadmill Workout
When trying any new treadmill workout I post, make sure you are doing speeds that make sense for you. Keep in mind that every treadmill is different, and what each m.p.h. speed feels like can vary from machine to machine.
When I say “rest” I mean either walk it out or split your legs on the sides of the treadmill for the allotted time, explained here. Just make sure to hold on tight and be careful getting back on!
Just in case that was at all confusing, here’s the break down:
• Set incline at 6. Set speed at a power walk (around 3.5 m.p.h.) for 2 minutes.
• At the 2 min. mark, crank the speed up to 6 (or whatever you feel is challenging) and complete a series of 1 minute on, 30 second off intervals.
• Make some of the minute sprints more challenging by increasing the speed, if you’re up for it.
• Repeat series until you have hit a set of 12 sprints (about 20 mins.). Set speed at a power walk (around 3.5 m.p.h.) to cool down for 2 minutes.
I completed this treadmill workout after Fitness Pilates Thursday night and left the gym feeling like a million bucks. Interval sprints will do that to ya!
Reebok Giveaway Reminder
Don’t forget to enter in the Reebok ZQuick Giveaway if you haven’t done so already!
I have been enjoying reading your enthusiasm and color choices in the comments section thus far! Just remember it closes at Midnight E.S.T Sunday and a winner will be announced first thing Monday morning.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
February 14, 2014
Good morning! It’s Friday, and I know there is a lot of lovin’ going on with it being Valentines Day and all!
First and foremost, I want to thank you for the sweet comments and well wishes on yesterday’s post. For those of you who missed it, Housewife Glamour turned 2! It’s always fun to take a look back at the past year and reflect on what has changed. Certainly a lot!
Also, thank you all for your concerns. After a long day of being terribly sick, I finally started feeling human again around 10 p.m. last night. I tried my luck at a few crackers and a cup of applesauce and was able to keep everything down. This morning I woke up feeling refreshed and have a feeling whatever I had is on it’s way out of my system. Woo hoo!
That being said, I have a hunch that Scott and I are going to lay low this year. Originally, all I asked for was a hot date with him since it has been a while just the two of us have gone out to dinner. Considering I’m not even sure if I will be able to enjoy what most likely would have been expensive food, I am taking it as a sign to enjoy a nice comfy night in instead. Any good movie ideas?
Anyways, before I start rambling, let’s get right down to what I have been loving this week with some Friday Favorites!
Friday Favorites #24: Week of 2/14
• Blue Diamond Almonds
I have always loved snacking on almonds, but it has been quite a while since I went out and purchased them. Last weekend I stopped by a gas station for a bottle of water and came out with a serving of Blueberry flavored almonds. They have a few different fruity flavors out now, and those along with the Salt ‘n Vinegar cans have to be my favorite.
This week I got a little surprise from Blue Diamond that had me trying the Smokehouse flavor. Yum!
I know we are already well into the 2014 Winter Olympics, but I also wanted to share that you have the chance to get a free can of Blue Diamond Almonds when the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding win Gold (while supplies last).
Stay in the loop by following their Facebook page for more details!
• L’Oreal “concealer”
I have been out of concealer for a few weeks now. Every time I went into a store to replace it, the thought completely left my mind and I exited the store without it several times.
Last week I borrowed some from a teammate of mine for a game and loved it! It’s called L’Oreal Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation so that is why you will notice quotes around “concealer” in the title of this one.
I know it is a common trick for some to layer foundation under their eyes and on problem areas when they are out of concealer, but I have been doing this on purpose for the past week and really like how it turns out! I couldn’t help but to share.
• The Circle Maker
A personal goal of mine this year is to stop watching television at night and start tuning into books instead. I used to read books all the time growing up, but sadly admit to putting them on the back burner over the past decade.
This month, I am really enjoying The Circle Maker by Matt Batterson. It was suggested to my by a friend and will also be the book we talk about in a new Book Club I joined later this month!
Based on the true legend of Honi the circle maker, a first-century Jewish sage whose bold prayer ended a drought and saved a generation, Mark explains the idea of drawing circles of prayer around your dreams, family, and problems. No matter what your spirituality or religion consists of, I believe this book would be a great and inspirational read for anyone.
• Roadie eyes and snuggles
Between the crazy home game schedule and frigidly cold temperatures outside, I feel bad for not getting Roadie outside as much as we used to. During the warmer months, I take him for at least two long walks a day, and often times a trail run. These days, he’s lucky to be outside longer than five minutes. It’s just too cold!
In the mean time (while we wait for it to warm up a little) he has been by my side at all hours with his Roadie eyes.
Aren’t they so sad? I can’t stand it! Scott and I have always joked that Roadie is super expressive. He shows us exactly what he’s thinking with those cute eyebrows and facial expressions. Don’t worry though… I have him totally covered in the snuggles department until we can get back out there.
• revamping your “little black dress”
I was recently asked to style an adorable red leather clutch you probably saw pop up in my favorites a few weeks ago. Although I won’t be going anywhere (I know of) that would require a revamp of the little black dress attire, I thought I would share the look with you anyways.
Just in case you are in need of changing up your go-to date night out attire, here are a few tips.
Go for a romper! I just love the look and comfort they give, and can’t wait for it to get warm enough to rock them again. I got this plain black shorts romper from Forever 21 last year. I kept the belt a simple black color and focused two fun accent colors in my accessories.
If you are stumped on what to pull out of your closet for a dressy Valentines outing, try revamping your LBD with fun pops of color in accessories!
Oh, and before I forget… wishing you a very HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Now I want to hear from you…
Have a great start to your weekend!
January 3, 2014
Wait a second… we’re already into the week of 1/3/14? I am well aware that there was a New Year’s celebration and all, but holy geez. Typing that just made it real!
Are any of you back to work yet? If so, then I have some good news for you: it’s Friday! And to get you ready to dive right into the weekend, lets have some fun with week’s installment of Friday Favorites.
Here are a handful of things I have been loving this week. For those of you who are new around here, there is a link up for bloggers at the bottom and an open welcome for all to play along and share some of your favorites in the comment section. Woo hoo!
Friday Favorites #18: Week of 1/3
• coffee mug warmer
After seeing me take coffee down to the computer and watching how long it takes me to finish a cup while typing away, my mom suggested I invest in a coffee warmer.
While I attended practice, I dropped her off to wander around the mall and I picked her up a few hours later with shopping bags. One of them had this Mr. Coffee coffee warmer from Bed, Bath & Beyond in it just for me.
I have really been enjoying the extra time to drink hot beverages downstairs without the inconvenience of having to microwave them when they cool. The plate gets pretty toasty and does a great job of keeping everything warm!
• quality time with Mom
Since I brought her up, I might as well highlight how much I have been loving catching up with my mom this week. She came to visit us and I am grateful to be able to spend some much needed mother-daughter time with her during the holidays.
She even made a trip to the gym with me yesterday!
I am so glad she brought her go-with-the-flow mindset while she’s up here. She’s been great at hanging with our crazy schedules and making the most out of our time together!
• This husky video that might just be the most adorable thing ever.
This one‘s pretty cute too. I have always had a thing for huskies! They remind me of snow dogs that always seem warm and cuddly and the majority of them have the most captivating blue eyes. SO stinking cute.
(Earmuffs Roadie… and, speaking of…)
• Roadie helping us unwrap presents
He’s been getting into everything lately! It’s like he’s a teething puppy or something. Gotta love ‘em (and that face)… but what gives?
Free internet video calling that makes opening presents from loved ones across the miles so much better!
• Avicii’s new song that inspired me to start a new workout playlist. Stay tuned for that share next week!
• winter coat steal
I found this navy and pink plaid coat at Target this week for $17.98. Seriously. A lot of their outerwear is on mega clearance right now.
Oh, Target. How I love thee!
• William-Sonoma hand soap and lotion sets
Gah! I’m obsessed. I first purchased a set of hand soap and lotion to keep in the downstairs bathroom at the William-Sonoma Outlet back around Thanksgiving. Since then, I have bought two more sets as gifts, and two more sets for our other bathrooms in the house.
I included them in this year’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide and I stand firmly on that decision. They come in a variety of scents and packages, and I am currently displaying the Basil and Lemongrass fragrances.
• rain boots
Speaking of presents, I am absolutely loving these Style & Co. ‘Drizzle’ rain boots, courtesy of Scott’s Mom and Step-Dad. Wrapped up with them were rain boot liners, which seem super practical for this snowy, slushy weather we have been having this week.
I actually saw the same exact pair in Stein Mart over two years ago and wanted to get them for myself then. I didn’t. But now I have them. Such a good call!
• winter ready
I am proud of a big step that happened this week for me: not being terribly afraid to drive in the snow or bear the freezing temperatures in order to go through every day life.
Don’t get me wrong… there are still times I question why we live in these snowy conditions, and they may or may not happen on a daily basis. But, every now and then I get an answer to my own question and take a step back to capture it.
Getting to experience different seasons and winter wonderlands softens the blow just a little. It’s beautiful!
And I guess that’s it for this week. Today I am really looking forward to showing my mom around town. We have plans for brunch with a possible day trip to Canada, then back with just enough time to catch the Harlem Globetrotter’s perform tonight. Should be a fun day!
Now, the floor is yours…
Have a great start to your weekend!
January 1, 2014
Well, a BIG and happy hello to all of you in 2014! I still cannot believe it is a new calendar year. Just like that. Crazy!
Did you all enjoy ringing it in? Scott and I go back and forth on what to do at midnight every year, and looking back at the last six of them, this was our most eventful one yet. To be honest, I would be a-okay with hanging in our pajamas with a simple toast at home at midnight. My husband, on the other hand, likes to get dressed up and celebrate in a unique way.
I can’t blame him for making things a little more interesting!
But we’ll get to that in a minute… first I want to share our afternoon with my mom in Downtown Rochester!
She caught a glimpse of Main Street last year when we took her to see the downtown lights. They don’t come on during the daytime, but we took a quick stroll down the street anyways. And I say quick because it’s pretty chilly out this week. These Floridians were shaking in their boots for sure!
Lunch at Penny Black’s
We walked a few blocks over to Penny Black’s, a restaurant that Scott and I have been eyeing for a while. I’m so glad we finally got to stop in and try their food because it was incredible. Seriously. SO good!
We started by splitting their Fried Green Tomatoes for an appetizer that were out of this world. Then Scott and I split two meals: Texas tacos (pork, chicken, and brisket) with a chipotle lime rice and a meatloaf dinner with mashed potatoes and green beans.
We were very happy with our choices and also bummed that we didn’t have room for dessert. They have some unique ones like Yates Cider Mill donut bread pudding for instance. I mean, really… that just sounds dreamy.
We decided to rain check on that and stopped into a bakery called Cupcake Station for indulgences later on instead.
See that dog bone shaped one on the right? That pupcake was for Roadie, since he would be keeping my mom company during the ball drop. I thought they were so cute!
Ringing In a New Year
We had plans to go out with our friends Alex and Casey, and they arrived at our house around 8:30 p.m for a quick toast with my mom.
We picked up a few nice bottles of champagne from Paris, since they are so much cheaper over there! Don’t mind if we do.
Happy New Year! (Three hours early.)
Ready for a fun celebration, we all packed in the car en route to Royal Oak.
Alex attended a New Year’s celebration at Royal Oak Music Theatre last year and said it was a blast, so we gave it a shot! The first thing we came across inside were these (not so) awesome hats that made us giggle.
Once we got inside, we found the cute ones.
And a live band!
For arriving around 9 p.m. I was pretty impressed by the turn out. The venue was perfect for anyone our age, younger, and older to celebrate and everyone there seemed to have a great time!
We certainly cut a rug or two and got a conffetti drop surprise at midnight!
3… 2… 1…
Happy New Year!!!
New Years Day
Our celebrations were fun, but I would be lying if I said we weren’t dragging a little today. I think our trip overseas is finally setting in, so we have been enjoying lounging inside for today.
I made my go-to breakfast of gluten-free waffles topped in Greek yogurt and fresh berries.
And my mom made a traditional ham and black bean crockpot dinner that’s alllmost ready to dig into.
We plan to eat up, then finally get bundled up to head outside and explore Downtown Detroit with her. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day. Oh, and before I forget: Happy Six Year Date-iversary to you, my love!
Thank you all for making it possible to share my adventures with you on this blog! 2013 was a great year, and I am looking forward to see what 2014 has in store. Wishing you all a very happy start to the new year!