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April 17, 2014

You’ve Got Me

As I felt the sun beaming through my window this morning, I realized it might have just warmed up which lead me to waking up in a great mood.

Considering it was snowing just two nights ago, I expected slush to be everywhere since that is usually what is to be expected when it warms up enough to melt the snow. So, on my morning walk with Roadie around the neighborhood this morning, I geared up with a lighter winter coat and trusty rain boots to get me through the muddy areas.

Soon out, however, I realized there was no snow or slush to be found.

spring is back in michigan

Within 48 hours, our ground turned from white and fluffy to dry and green. I really can’t figure it out.

rain boots in grass

You’ve got me, Michigan.

But hey, I’m the furthest from complaining right now… bring on the sunshine and spring!

Breakfast

I only have a few minutes to check in before I have to get out the door to do this whole sharing a car with Scott business. I will truly be thankful for the day when I get my own set of wheels again!

Anyways, breakfast was an old standard I prepared last night: overnight oats.

plain overnight oats

Paired with the usual giant cup of coffee… a cup of plain Greek yogurt, Tbsp. of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of raw oats, and enough milk to make it liquidy mixed and set overnight.

plain overnight oats close up

In case that confuses you… I fully plan on dedicating an entire post to my strategy and favorite versions of overnight oats. Coming up!

Lunch

Knowing I’ll be on the road for a little, I went ahead and made my lunch early. Using up the last of my prepared salad from Tuesday (<- it was still fresh!), I made a deli chicken and veggie filled wrap and plan to dive face first into it as soon as I publish this post.

deli chicken and veggie wrap

Sliced deli chicken atop spinach, cucumbers, red, orange, and banana peppers, carrots, black and green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cilantro, ground pepper, and a balsamic vinegar drizzle on a whole wheat tortilla.

As well as a bag of green grapes for the road!

green grapes to go

I’m sure there will be another small meal and/or a lot of snacking that will take place throughout the day before taking Fitness Pilates tonight. Have I mentioned I just love that class? I’m sure you couldn’t tell at all…

All right, folks, I’m out! See you a bit later for today’s HWG Beauty Week post!

April 16, 2014

WIAW #49: Grapes + Green Things

Good Morning! I trust that the week is going well for you.

Since it’s Wednesday, I am diving right into WIAW and have all of my Tuesday eats to share with you. I have a vet check-up for Aspen shortly, so lets get right to it!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Since Monday was the first post-season day off for Scott and I, we celebrated by ordering pizza and eating ice cream for dessert that night. It was pretty wonderful, although I woke up still kind of full Tuesday morning, which sparked this simple breakfast.

healthy breakfast

(Dunkin’ Hazelnut coffee with almond milk, egg beaters with sharp cheddar cheese, turkey bacon + organic strawberries and grapes.)

I picked up an appetite around Noon, but didn’t feel like making lunch until I was finished with more work on the computer. This snack of pretzels and carrots dipped in hummus held me over for a while.

carrots pretzels and hummus

Around 3:30 p.m. I put together the epitome of a monster salad for lunch.

making monster salads

Baby spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, red, orange, and banana peppers, carrots, black and green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cilantro, ground pepper.

Okay, maybe it was more like linner.

monster salad with lots of veggies

(Same salad drizzled in red wine vinegar for dressing!)

The plate of greens definitely hit the spot, but I wanted something with a little more staying power before heading to the gym.

When in doubt, toast and peanut butter it out! That’s what I always say…

almond butter and bananas on toast with chia seeds

Whole wheat toast smeared in almond butter and topped with sliced bananas and chia seeds.

I wanted more than one piece, but two might have been pushing it. I was pretty full even an hour later before Fitness Pilates.

fitness pilates class at station

By the end of class, I wasn’t incredibly hungry, but chose to grab a protein green smoothie on the way out to recover.

green smoothie lifetime

(Avocado, kale, organic pineapple, almond milk, VeganMax protein & Energy Boost.)

On the way out to the car, I also noticed how stunning the sunset has been lately, despite the recent snowfall that is totally uncalled for.

lake view after gym

That little cup of goodness ended up keeping me full and content until about 9 p.m., when Scott brought me the last slice of leftover Hawaiian/veggie pizza (?) upstairs to me.

leftover pizza

You can’t really say no to that kind of service.

Then I wanted something sweet. As much as I was tempted by ice cream again, I went ahead and grabbed a big tub of organic green grapes we needed to use up.

green grapes snack

Mission accomplished! ;)

All right. This has been fun, but I must wrap things up and get out the door with one little furry feline. Aspen has been dealing with an ear infection on and off for quite a while and I am hoping to leave with news that it has finally passed. See you all again this afternoon with a continuation of Beauty Week!

Have a great Wednesday!

• 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.

April 9, 2014

WIAW #48: A Day of Favorites

Good Afternoon party people!

So… did Hump Day fly by for anyone else? Just me? Okay, cool.

In true Wednesday fashion, I have hopped back on the WIAW train and complied all of my Tuesday eats into one post. As long as you guys keep giving me good feedback on these weekly check-ins, I’ll keep doing them!

All right, lets skip the small talk and just jump right into it.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

I had a goal of trying to picture new things yesterday. I can be a creature of habit and gravitate towards the same foods over and over, so for the sake of WIAW, I tried to think out of the box a little.

Breakfast seemed pretty simple, but it had been ages since I have blogged about something like this… so here we were.

healthy breakfast eggs turkey bacon and whole wheat english muffin

Scrambled egg beaters with shredded cheese, turkey bacon, and a whole wheat English muffin with a little butter.

And, a large cup of coffee flavored with almond milk and a splash of flavored creamer, of course. Always.

That did the job and kept me full for a couple of hours before I got the craving for something sweet for a snack. Good news… I had plenty of fresh berries to go around.

fresh berries healthy snack

 Give me ALL the berries.

I worked at the computer for a while before getting hungry for lunch, and when that happened I raided our vegetable drawer for any feasible monster salad ingredients. Lucky for me, there were lots of those!

healthy salad lots of veggies

Baby spinach, spring mix, red, yellow and green peppers, cucumbers, shredded carrots, green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, ground pepper and a balsamic vinegar drizzle.

Remember my pep talk on spinach earlier this week? Boom.

While enjoying lunch, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous it was outside and used that as motivation to take Roadie for a long trail walk.

Roadie on trail

Four miles later, we both returned feeling happy and hungry.

I curbed my dinner appetite with a pear and a large (<- ? and slightly burned) serving of sweet potato fries.

pear healthy snack

sweet potato fries

Leave it to me to get distracted and forget about them cooking in the oven.

Burnt or not, I still loved them, and they did a great job of holding me over until dinner.

Since Scott arrived home earlier than normal, I started thinking about what we would be eating shortly after. While raiding our refrigerator again, I realized that I totally flaked out in the meat department on our last trip to the grocery store. Whoops!

The only protein that would even sort of make sense for what I was going for were a couple of Hot Italian Al Fresco chicken sausages.

cooking chicken sausage with peppers

So, I sliced them up and sauteed them with some sliced sweet peppers.

I couldn’t decide between fajitas and quesadillas, so I created a combination with whole wheat Nuevo Leon tortillas. (<- Thanks, Olga!)

making fajitas

I shredded some sharp cheddar cheese, then layered the sauteed chicken sausage and veggies on top of the tortilla with sliced tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and more cheese.

It looked wonderful, until I tried to fold it over and call it a quesadilla. I have a bit of a habit of overloading ingredients into wraps and sandwiches!

loaded chicken sausage fajitas

Whatever… it still tasted delicious, and was happy when Scott thought I used some version of “chorizo”. Sure did! ;)

With dinner at a regular time, we had enough of our evening left to relax and finally watched The Great Gatsby.

Scott requested a big bowl of buttery popcorn, so I heated that up along with a mini bag of Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop for me.

oriville redenbacher smart pop mini bag

Both the movie and the late night snack were really, really good!

And there you have another week of WIAW eats. But before I go, I have a request slash question for you…

Beauty Tutorial Requests?

Over the past several months, I have received a lot of questions concerning beauty tips. Some were answered through my hair tutorials, and I have a few planned to share next week with you regarding spray tans and teeth whitening.

I figured I have enough material to make a whole week of it and am officially deeming next week: Housewife Glamour Beauty Week.

How To Curl Hair Video Tutorial Housewife Glamour

Coming up, you can expect to see a short series of beauty, hair, skin, makeup, and nails tips and tricks. And, to help fuel the fire and to hopefully deliver what you actually want to know, I ask you…

Is there anything beauty related that you are curious to know? A routine or tutorial you have questions on?

Feel free to use the comments section or email me at hwglamour@gmail.com to make a suggestion. Thanks, ya’ll!

 Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

• 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.

 

April 8, 2014

Super Troopaws

Hello friends! Well… I mentioned earlier that I dropped the kitties off at the vets to have a dental cleaning. Is that crazy?

Before moving here, we never even considered putting the girls down under anesthesia for a simple teeth cleaning. But, after their last two exams, two different vets expressed a need and concern for it, especially with Aspen. Both kitties are just around four years old and have never had one, so I guess the tartar was starting to build up.

Cali came out clean as a whistle, while Aspen had some inflammation and a bit of an infected area in the back.

Knowing a cleaning a year could help save their gums and prevent further dental problems (and infections), Scott and I decided to purchase a PAWS plan where we pay a monthly amount to cover their vet fees. At first, it sounded unnecessary, but in the end we actually saved money by doing so with annual check-ups, shots, and cleanings.

I’m sure leaving your pets at the vets is not an easy thing for anyone to do. I can’t even imagine how parents feel taking their little ones to the doctors! All I could do was drop them off early and drive back home hoping everything would turn out okay.

Super Troupers, or Troopers, or TrooPAWS

I got a call a few hours later, telling me all about how they did. The responded great, and were complete troopers!

I had to make an appointment to pick them up so I could go over their after care and results of the cleaning (mostly for Aspen) with the vet, and received two adorable “Super Trooper” certificates for their bravery.

super trouper vet award

Is that not the cutest?

Going into the day, I knew it was kind of a big deal since they were going to be put under anesthesia, but I had no idea that also involved IVs and such. I was assured they did just fine, and would be completely back to normal within a day’s time.

I arrived at the vets around 1:30 p.m. and left about fifteen minutes later with a couple of grumpy meowing kitties.

I guess I would be more than perturbed if I had to go without breakfast, get poked and prodded, then have to come home with this thing on my arm too!

cali in bandage

(For the newbies, Cali is white on top and Aspen is grey on bottom)

aspen in bandage

(Aw… Hi, Winkie!)

I am happy to report that as of now, they both seem to be doing a-okay.

I was instructed to only give them a small portion of their food when they got home, and then am only allowed to give about half of their normal day amount at 8 p.m. They’ll be okay, and in the mean time I will be sure to provide extra snuggles.

Speaking of food, I forgot to mention this beautiful (bright!) bowl of greens I threw together for lunch before I left.

bright veggie salad

More on that for tomorrow’s What I Ate Wednesday, but I have a feeling it might also pop back up as part of dinner.

As soon as I got home and made sure the girls were settled, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous the weather was outside. Finally!

Knowing both Roadie and I could use some fresh air, I hooked him up on his leash and set out for a long walk around the neighborhood.

Roadie on walking trail

Before I knew it, we were all the way to the trails and half way through our 4 mile running loop. I made a special effort to remain calm around strangers, and he seemed to react a lot better!

Roadie on trail

I figured we might as well finish it, and about an hour and ten minutes later I had a very happy and tired pup on my hands.

roadie smiling

I just love when he gets all smiley! :D

I guess he is somewhat of a super troopaw too. Okay, now I’m off to start thinking about dinner. See you in the morning!

Questions of the Day

• Have you ever taken a pet in for a dental cleaning?

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