Posts Tagged ‘Holidays’
April 19, 2014
Hi everyone, Happy Saturday!
Here’s hoping your weekend has started off on the right foot. Ours did, with all four of them getting out the door just after sunrise to join our training group from church for a chilly morning run!
This is our second week training with Team Kensington for the half (for me) and full (for Scott) marathon coming up this October.
More on the project and cause coming up, but for now I will tell you that our Saturday mornings are now spent in some kind of similar gathering all for one common purpose.
This morning’s route took us four miles on the trails and I loved every minute of it. It was a lot chillier than I would have liked, but I finally warmed up about half way through and had a wonderful time admiring the scenery.
We even got to talking with a few new faces and ended up taking the run with a Pistons Season Ticket Holder. He and Scott chatted about the team the entire time!
I also thought it was really neat that right after we took this photo, Michael hurried off to catch a yoga class.
I am excited to tell you more about why and what we are running for later this week!
Breakfast in Birmingham
After a quick stop into Walmart, we picked up a couple of friends and drove over to Birmingham for breakfast.
There are a few surrounding cities near us that I absolutely adore, and Birmigham is one of them. I love the downtown area that is populated with unique shops and restaurants, but also appreciate the not-so-fancy places only locals know about.
This was our first time visiting The Whistle Stop, a quaint and tiny diner with a variety of menu items and a lot of charm.
As soon as we sat down at our booth, I got up to wash my hands and returned to the biggest cinnamon roll I have ever seen.
That Scott is a sneaky one… always ordering dessert first.
Before I knew it, my “one bite” turned into several and it was gone. So good! I ordered a Western omelet for my entree with tomato slices and a side of wheat toast. Alex had never tried eggbeaters before, so we both requested our omelets to be made with them.
Inside was ham, green peppers, onions, and a ton of melted cheese that got me full really fast. Orrrr it could have been that cinnamon roll.
Jackfruit The Size of Both Scott and I’s Heads
It was jam packed with holiday meal shoppers, but we navigated our way through and got what we needed to prepare our contribution to tomorrow’s festivities.
As we were browsing the produce area, Scott enthusiastically tugged at my arm and asked me if I have ever seen a fruit like this before.
Yup, that’s Scott’s foot on the ground right next to it. The jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can weight up to eighty pounds!
It is most commonly shipped up from Mexico and looks like tiny sweet peppers when it’s cut up. I haven’t tried one yet, but the flavor is said to taste like a combination of apple, pineapple, mango and banana. (<- all delicious) Maybe sometime soon!
We also ran into something else kind of noteworthy before checking out… the Easter Bunny!
I don’t care how old you are, snapping a photo with him where you least expect an appearance is always acceptable in our household.
(Just another reason we need to eventually have children.)
We returned home about and hour and a half ago and the only plans remaining for the afternoon include putting a big salad together for tomorrow.
Between the cinnamon bun and the jackfruit, I guess you could say we had a big morning… Ha! I’m so lame.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter and holiday weekend!
♥ ♥ ♥
March 17, 2014
Hello, hello! I am currently getting ready to head out to gym and then the grocery store to start preparing a traditional Irish meal tonight at the Hesington Household.
Before get goin’, I wanted to share some of my favorite green dishes with you. Because (shocker!) I am a bit obsessed with eating and cooking with green things, especially vegetables. If you’re new around here, I am sure you will catch on sooner than later!
To celebrate, I have rounded up my favorite go-to green recipes.
Just in time for a St. Patty’s Day inspired snack or dinner. Enjoy!
• green smoothies + smoothie bowls
and to close, a St. Patty’s Day staple!
Wishing all of you a very happy, safe, and yummy St. Patrick’s Day!
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!