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April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites #32: Week of 4/11

Good Morning and very Happy Friday to you!

Today I have plans to get an oil change, head to the gym, and put our house back together from getting our carpets cleaned. I’m not going to lie… it’s kind of nice not to have a million things going on at once today.

As of right now, the only plans I see happening this weekend are early tomorrow morning and all day Sunday for our very last home game of the season. It’s crazy to think the end is already approaching!

As I wrap things up with my team this weekend, I am excited to share more of my plans for the summer and the upcoming year with you. I still have a lot to figure out, but already have a list of goals I am excited to move forward on. Can’t wait to share more!

Until then, we have Friday Favorites. Because it’s Friday and that’s what we do around here. I’m so glad a lot of you enjoy this series and I hope you feel inclined to play along in the comments section (and link up!) too.

Friday Favorites #32: Week of 4/11

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Zulily scarves (and sale!)

I actually saw this one pop up on my Facebook newsfeed and couldn’t help but to click over. How cute are these Leto Scarves?

zulily leto collection scaves

Rarely do I get suckered into impulsively purchasing online, but I have been on the lookout for lightweight infinity scarves for spring. And I may or may not have ordered three of them… Jackpot!

The early birds reading this might just catch the sale that is currently going on, pricing each one at $7.99!

• pet care + supplies

You might have caught a couple of posts about our fur kids and their health issues this week. First, I mentioned a change in Roadie’s behavior since moving up north, then expressed concern for the kitties and their dental care.

All is good with them, but after our vet visits, I am making a point to take precautionary measures for potential issues in the future. One thing my vet recommend for healthy teeth and gums are dental treats!

cat and dog greenies dental treats

Greenies dental treats for cats and dental chews for dogs.

As well as some help in the hair ball department.

cat dental and hairball care

Sentry Petrodex dental chews, Whisker City Hypoallergenic & Shed Control wipes, and Martha Stewart slicker brush.

On my last visit home, my mother raved about “the antler” that has kept their puppy occupied for hours upon hours. She purchased hers at a dog show, so it was a pleasant surprise to find one on an impromptu visit to Petsmart.

It’s a real antler (yeesh) – most likely from an elk or deer – that lasts for months at a time and is great for keeping dog teeth clean and healthy. I also figured it was about time to invest in a tooth brush kit.

dog antler chew and toothbrush dental care

And finally, I stumbled upon this calming spray that smells amazing.

Although Roadie doesn’t ever really have that wet dog smell, I thought it would be nice to give him a good stress-relieving spray every now and then. I also like that it’s calming, and hope it makes him feel like I do after a nice hot bath with lavender soap and oils.

burt's bees dog care

 Plus, it’s Burt’s Bees brand, which has never disappointed.

• spring weather

Can I get a “heck yes” for this local weather report I’m seeing?

rochester hills weather

The Weather Channel

After a winter I hope to never have to experience again, I can’t even express how excited I was to see temperature in the 60s and 70s pop up in our forecast for the weekend!

I’ll just go on and pretend like I don’t see the drop back down to the twenties on Monday. (<- What? Why?!)

• sunset runs with Roadie

A solid week of amazing spring weather makes me want to do nothing but go outside and enjoy it. So we did.

sunset run with roadie 2

After months and months of a dry running outside spell, I almost forgot how awesome sunset runs around the neighborhood are.

sunset run with roadie 1

sunset run with roadie 5

Avoiding our normal trail, Roadie and I took a different route along a main road last night and found nothing but pink skies and mother nature as our stunning backdrop.

sunset run with roadie 4

sunset run with roadie 3

It was so refreshing and felt easy to fly through the miles. In fact, we hit a new Roadie distance record of 4.5! I am so proud of ‘em.

Speaking of running…

75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For A Run via Buzzfeed

Hehe. Totally. #3 crosses my mind EVERY time I go for five miles. And #9.

Anddd #17…. and #27… this could go on for a while…

• this photo that makes me what to be a Bulls fan

ljgarvin daaaaaaaaaaa bulls tee

source (<- oh, hey Friday Favorites!)

I mean really. I have followed Jessica Garvin on Instagram for a while now, and her cuteness never ceases to amaze me.

For all you mommies out there, she also runs an incredible blog and is the photographer and DIY crafter I aspire to be one day. Like I wish I had even one thirtieth of her talent.

Anyways, she is sporting this tee with her adorable baby bump and husband!

• this salad

I have been obsessed with the same monster-mix salad combo this week. This is the third time it will appear on the blog within the past couple of days, except this time I added a quinoa burger.

housewife glamour monster salad

Baby spinach, spring mix, red, yellow and green peppers, cucumbers, shredded carrots, green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cut up quinoa burger, ground pepper and a chipotle onion flavored olive oil.

Yeah… I might just make more for lunch later.

• yoga burnout pants

I mentioned these pants a few weeks back when I received a shipment from Reebok. Well, ever since the first time I put them on I haven’t wanted to take them off.

reebok yoga burnout pant grey

I have worn them around the house, to dance practice, to bed, around town, and even on the running trails.

reebok yoga burnout pant and skyscape sneakers

Paired with these Reebok Skyscapes, I feel like I might not even be wearing any clothes at all. I’m that comfortable and I love it.

That was fun! But now I would love to hear from you…

Your Turn

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Happy Friday! :D

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 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.


March 19, 2014

WIAW #46: Green Things + Carbs

Good afternoon everyone! It’s Hump Day, which means you know exactly what to expect around here.

Today marks the forty-sixth week of What I Ate Wednesday. Crazy to think!

Per usual, I have a full day of eats from our household ready to share, always with the same goal in mind: to inspire you to add more veggies and green things into your diet! And don’t worry… I have also included carbs in the spotlight this week for the skeptics out there. Because apparently I am slowly but surely becoming a healthy carb monster. No shame.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast yesterday was more effortless than usual when I turned to a bowl of cereal and berries to do the trick.

Fruitful O's cascadian farms cereal

Cascadian Farms Fruitful O’s in unsweetened almond milk topped with fresh blackberries.

For any of you who grew up loving Fruit Loops (or who are currently still enjoying them), you would appreciate this box of goodness. It’s definitely a step-up in the health department, packed with whole grains and fiber and tastes great with the natural fruit flavors.

I also took a big ‘ol handful of strawberries on my way out the door.

strawberries for a snack

I made a trip to the dentist office and upon my return got the craving for hummus. While I could have easily grabbed some carrots and celery to dip into it, my body wanted whole grain crackers.

It wants what it wants, what can I say?

triscuits with red pepper hummus

Reduced-Fat Triscuits with Roasted Red Pepper Sabra hummus.

About another hour later, I wanted a fresh juice. I didn’t have the patience to get out our juicer and clean it afterwards (<- at least a twenty minute process, am I right?) so I decided to make Scott and I a simple fruit smoothie instead.

green and blackberry smoothie

Frozen spinach, fresh blackberries, strawberries, and enough almond milk to make it move.

It wasn’t the best combination I have come up with, but did the job of keeping me satisfied until lunch.

That happened late around 2:30 p.m. with a monster salad featuring the Gardenburger black bean vegan burger I have been wanting to try!

Gardenburger black bean chipolte

Instead of doing my research at the point of purchase, I waited until I got home and realized this brand is not 100% Non-GMO. Dang.

For what it’s worth, it was delicious atop my plate of greens anyways.

gardenburger vegetable salad

Baby spinach, spring mix greens, tomatoes, carrots, black and green olives, feta cheese, and a black bean Gardenburger drizzled in balsamic.

I plan to use up the rest of my box of them and hopefully find a different Non-GMO brand to fill my need for veggieburgers next time!

I talked Scott into taking me to the gym that night, but enjoyed a late-afternoon snack beforehand.

pineapple peach salsa with sweet potato chips

Garden of Eatin’ Sweet Potato corn tortilla chips with Tostitos pineapple peach salsa.

Yes, yet another picture of these Sweet Potato corn chips. They’re pretty much the jam and taste unbelievable paired with any sweet salsa! NOM.

Around 6 p.m. Scott and I hurried out the door to make it to Fitness Pilates class. Those of you who have been reading for a while know this is usually the Tuesday night standard. I just can’t get enough of the hour long challenge of cardio, strength and core toning through Pilates movements!

fitness pilates class

My friend Katlyn joined me in the studio, and we also ended up walking a few inclined miles on the treadmill and chatting away while Scott played basketball.

I finally talked him into leaving around 8:45 p.m. and told him he owed me a smoothie from the Life Cafe in the lobby for making me wait so long.

lifetime life cafe smoothies

Mocha Madness: organic milk, Mocha Java Boost, and whey protein (left) + Emerald Energy: avocado, kale, organic pineapple, almond milk, VeganMax protein powder and Energy Boost (right).

I’ll give you one guess as to whose is whose. ;)

We finished them up on our way home and went right upstairs to get cleaned up before starting a late dinner. I also put Scott in charge of that while I finished up putting away a few loads of laundry, and was quite happy to see one of my favorite meals appear shortly after.

grilled cheese with turkey

Grilled cheese on whole wheat bread and Cajun turkey with a small bowl of vegetable minestrone soup.

It was the perfect full day of veggies and carbs if you ask me! And now I am currently dreaming of repeating that dinner tonight since it’s rainy out. Whoops.

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.

Question of the Day

• What is something you have been craving lately?

Clearly carbs is on the top of that list for me. I all about listening to the body and giving it what it wants, so I have been allowing myself to enjoy them as often as my body asks for them. Of course, I could take advantage of it and go for regular flour pizzas and pastas, but instead I try my best to stick to whole wheat and whole grain products. Occasionally, I will choose the gluten-free option, but if my body wants true carbs I go for them!

March 9, 2014

Snowy Trail Run + Detroit Crêpes

Hey there! I hope you all had a great weekend.

We are close to wrapping ours up over here, and since I am pretty certain nothing more than a long family walk and possibly a movie in is happening, I figured I would go ahead and share some of my weekend happenings.

Two main highlights are in the title of this post, but just for fun, I’ll include some extra shenanigans too.

Snowy Trail Run with Roadie

After being well into what everyone living north of Tennessee has admitted to being the worst winter in over twenty years, it is a serious breath of fresh air when the temperature rises above thirty. Pair that with the wind dying down and the sunshine making an appearance, it all equals up to the best day I have seen up here since October! Sad, but so unfortunately true.

Obviously, I needed to take advantage of the “warm” weather and decided to do so by taking an overly anxious pup out for a little afternoon run in the sun Friday.

running with roadie sunny snowy

Holy geez, was he excited! When we reached our normal winter turnaround spot around the mailboxes (around a quarter mile), we started jogging straight instead. I think this is when he realized we were taking our chances on a run outside together and he started sprinting like Seabiscuit.

I was more than down for a challenge, but when we made it to the two mile mark, I became a bit discouraged to try out our normal path home through the trails. Surely people don’t actually run them when there is this much snow out right?

running snowy trails with roadie 2

Wrong. As soon as I snapped this photo, a runner darted right past us and proved us wrong. (You get on after it, ambitious neighbor friend!)

All right… I guess people do run trails in the snow. Knowing this, I did what a lot of you would do and tested the concept out for myself.

running snowy trails with roadie

(We got this!)

At first, it was really fun and reminded me of running in the sand. I didn’t mind the extra challenge, and Roadie seemed to be equally okay with it.

running snowy trails with roadie 3

After a half mile passed and I started getting thrown off by tracks and dips in the snow. Then it seemed a little more annoying than running on the beach. Plus my feet were getting damp, which always makes me crabby.

Whenever I thought one of us (or even our ankles!) needed a break, I stopped to take pictures of the winter views.

snowy trails in winter

These sights right in my back yard around this time of year really are stunning, and I know I don’t always give credit where credit is due up here.

snowy trails in winter 2

As the sun started creeping it’s way down, I knew that was my cue to head back to the house. Without even looking at my distance until I made it there, Roadie and I knocked out 5.27 miles together! I was so proud of him!

Upon our arrival home, I dove into a heaping serving of blue corn tortilla chips and salsa, showered, and got ready for dinner plans with Scott. We went to Bar Louie, a fun dinner and night spot we used to frequent in Orlando with plans to see a movie right next door afterwards.

We ended up meeting a friend there and all split a hummus plate to start.

hummus plate at bar louie

I ordered the Chop Chop salad for my entree and added grilled shrimp to it for extra substance.

chop chop salad bar louie

Shrimp, iceberg lettuce, bacon, tomato, avocado, carrot, blue cheese crumbles, onion, garbanzo beans, egg, cucumber, tortilla strips, house dressing.

It was even better than the last time I ordered it and for the extra cost for shrimp, I justified having enough leftover for an entire additional meal later.

We had plans to see a movie, but both Scott and I agreed it might be a waste of money with our drooping eyelids. Instead, we made a quick stop at the grocery store and then went home to turn in.

Saturday in Downtown Detroit

February through April is Scott’s busy traveling months, so it isn’t out of the ordinary for me to spend a weekend alone here and there. Thankfully, this is also when my friends intervene with my “me” time and take me out or stay in with me to keep me company! Particularly this one.

funny brunch shot

Around 10:30 a.m., Alex arrived at my door to take me to brunch in Downtown Detroit. Before moving here, I already ruled Detroit out of my options of places to spend the weekends. Growing up, I had heard horror stories about how unsafe the city is, and while that is true in some areas, Alex is determined to show me it’s not true in all areas.

She had a Groupon to use at Good Girls Go To Paris, an adorable crêpe place in Midtown.

good girls go to paris cafe

She mentioned this spot a while back, and I was excited to finally check out more areas in Detroit besides the Boardwalk and Greektown.

good girls go to paris decor

good girls crepes menu

Wanting a combination of sweet and savory, we ordered one from each category and split them along with two side salads.

good girls go to paris side salad

good girls go to paris savory crepe

The Allison: hummus, spinach, herb de provence, hot sauce.

good girls go to paris sweet apple caramel crepe

The Katie: apple, brown sugar, caramel, salted butter.

They weren’t quite as filling as the ones Scott and I experienced in Paris, but hey… that’s pretty rough competition!

With content but not overly full bellies, we were on our way back to the car and passed a great vintage apparel and boutique en route. I believe it was called the Peacock Room, but their website alludes to being mostly women’s apparel and accessories, which is not exactly how I would describe the store.

The funny trinkets is what drew us in, and as soon as we started reading things we both labeled this shop unexpectedly hilarious.

good peacock store detroit

I mean… you just can’t keep a straight face in here!

funny socks


With a few small purchases in hand, we left the store in a great mood and drove back to our part of town to get ready for bible study. I have really been enjoying getting together with some of our team in a small group setting on the weekends!

The discussions are always relevant to our lives and there are always more than plenty of snacks to go around.

healthy gathering snacks

easter cupcakes

(Treats too!)

After our session ended, we hung around and chatted the night away. For being a Saturday night and having the next morning off from practice, we all joked that we should be out doing something fun. Eh… apparently that meant a cleaning sleepover at our house instead.

Channeling the complete inner grandmas/dorks we are, Alex and I cracked open a bottle of wine, cranked up the *NSync Radio and cleaned our entire condo. We finished the night off with face masks and it really was the most fun I have had in a long time.

saturday night face masks and cleaning

Sometimes you just need those relaxing nights in!

Today flew by, and I spent the majority of it doing laundry and preparing for the week ahead. It was chilly, but also sunny again outside, and I am getting really pumped that some of the piles of snow are slowly melting down.

winter snow in front yard

I was about two seconds from going on another afternoon run outside, but took a clue from my extremely sore shins to back off. Maybe tomorrow!

Tuesday, I am off to New York City for an exciting trip I can’t wait to share more about with you. With a lot of dance reviewing to do and posts to plan, I’m also off to pack.

See ya in the morning!

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