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September 4, 2014

More Summer Workout Music

Hi friends! I have been getting some requests to share more of my workout music, so I am here to deliver. But first, I wanted to talk about this afternoon’s (blazing) run outside with Roadie.

running trails with roadie in reebok z goddess

I have been hearing how unbearably hot it is from family and friends down in Florida, and today I finally felt it.

I wanted to get a run in and needed to do so before an appointment I have at 4, so I took my chances against the sun and mid-80 degree heat of the afternoon and took Roadie out for a loop on the trails.

trail running in the summer

I would have sworn that Fall was approaching a couple of weeks ago. This week, however, Summer feels and looks like it’s here to stay for a while.

running the trails scenery

We ended up taking a couple of breaks in the shade on our run to keep cool, which I’m sure the pup appreciated.

Running with Roadie face

Look at that tongue!

Upon our return home, I made sure that we both re-hydrated and I jumped in the shower.

As soon as I got back downstairs, I wanted all of the cold things in our freezer and made a smoothie bowl the size of my head. Well… what do you know, I ended up eating all of it.

fruit and protein smoothie bowl

In my smoothie:

frozen spinach

frozen banana

frozen strawberries

frozen grapes

1 scoop Designer Whey vanilla protein powder

a generous amount of almond milk to get it going!

Summer 2014 Running + Workout Playlist II

I was going to wait until the Fall to roll out my next workout playlist, but I have received a handful of requests to share more of them.

Summer tends to feature a ton of hit music on the radio, so I guess I lucked out there. Below you will find a compilation of jams I have been loving and breaking a sweat to over the past couple of weeks.

Summer 2014 running and workout playlist

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You can find both of my Summer 2014 Running + Workout Playlists (and more!) combined on my 2014 Summer Favorites Playlist via Spotify.

Hopefully that widget works for you! If not, you can click the link above it and listen to them through the Spotify app.

Previous HWG Running + Workout Playlists

• Summer 2014 Workout Playlist

• Spring 2014 Workout Playlist

• Winter 2013-14 Workout Playlist

• Fall 2013 Workout Playlist

• Summer 2013 Workout Playlist I

• Summer 2013 Workout Playlist II

• Spring 2013 Working Playlist

• Winter 2012-13 Workout Playlist

• Fall 2012 Workout Playlist

• Summer 2012 Workout Playlist

And a whole series of half marathon training playlists you can find on the Fitness page!


Gotta jet, but I will see you guys back in the morning with Friday Favorites. Have a great rest of your Thursday!

September 2, 2014

Arts, Beats, and Eats 2014

Hi friends! After a long and busy four-day weekend followed by a night and morning of cleaning and gearing up for the week, I am here to share our whereabouts and highlights of it all.

Spending eighty percent of our time in Downtown Royal Oak, I am slowly getting back into the groove of a normal day of working at home again. Kind of. (Are any of you struggling at work today?)

But enough about that. Here’s what went down over the weekend!

Arts, Beats, and Eats 2014

Arts Beats and Eats is considered to be Oakland County’s favorite summer festival celebrating art, music, cuisine, and humanity. It’s certainly ours!

Arts Beats and Eats Labor Day 2014

Falling on Labor Day weekend this year, the four-day festival featured hundreds of local artists and shows, ten music stages with over two hundred live performances, and specialty areas like the deaf arts festival, carnival, and kids zone.

Deaf Arts Festival Arts Beats Eats

Arts Beats and Eats carnival and music stage

Correctly labeled, this festival is one of the biggest I have been to and features the best in the area when it comes to seeing, hearing, and tasting what is great in the Metro Detroit area.

Located in the heart of Royal Oak, I always enjoy walking the surrounding streets to find new places to check out and bookmark for later. On our breaks from working our corner in NBA Nation, we admired the arts.

Arts Beats and Eats Art

Stayed after hours for the beats of popular bands.

Arts Beats and Eats Michigan Lottery Stage

And consumed our fair share of eats!

Bozii at arts eats and beats

Bozii chipotle chicken at arts eats and beats

arts beats and eats food loaded corn on the cobb

(That loaded corn on the cobb WILL be re-created at home!)

Baja Smoothies at arts beats and eats

We spent the majority of our time, however, on the courts with NBA Nation.

NBA Nation Arts Beats and Eats 2014

NBA Nation Detroit Pistons entertainment teams

Last year, the Detroit Pistons had a booth and area for entertainment, but this year surged with activities and exhibits specifically centered around teams and players from all over the NBA.

I tested my high jump (nothing impressive), compared my shoe size to the giants in the league, and measured my wingspan!

NBA Nation wingspan test

NBA player shoe size exhibit

Feeling extra short, we went to the back and tried our best to shoot the 18 and 25 foot baskets. Scott made his in and I gave my best attempt with the granny shot style.

NBA Nation hoops at Arts Beats and Eats

Throughout the weekend, almost all of our entertainment teams made an appearance. I specifically helped out with the Flight Crew dunk shows and our crazy horse of a mascot, HOOPER.

HOOPER with detroit sports 105.1 knockouts

He can’t always be trusted to stay in line, ya know.HOOPER on the basketball backboard NBA Nation

Between the events, I got to hang with a few familiar faces I miss seeing on an every day basis.

arts beats and eats NBA Nation Nichole

(Oh hey, Nichole!)

Scott kept busy at the booth and helped out wherever he could. The two of us left the festival completely wiped each day… except for Saturday.

friends in royal oak

We caught a second wind and joined some friends for late night beats and eats of our own, then went back to the festival to catch the tail end of Third Eye Blind!

Third Eye Blind concert Arts Beats and Eats Detroit

They started an hour later than planned, played a lot of current music not a lot of people recognized, but it still proved to be a blast.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t obnoxiously jamming out to How’s It Gonna Be on their double encore. But really, that was to be expected.

Yesterday was our shortest day on the courts, so Scott and I took the rest of our late afternoon to walk the festival. We saw art we would love to buy for our imaginary foyer in our one-day dream house, treats like homemade fudge, and almost anything you can imagine fried on a stick.

Detroit Lions Drumline Arts Beats and Eats

Taking a break from the crowds, we ran out of tickets and had our last meal of the weekend at a local restaurant while listening to the beats of the Detroit Lions drumline followed by a nearby local artist on stage. We were pooped, so it was a great way to enjoy the experience while taking a couple of minutes out of it.

ferris wheel arts beats and eats

Another year of AB&E is in the books and it was fun to be a part of it over the past two of them. We had our admissions covered, but for those of you who are near the area and are interested in attending next year it’s definitely worth the $5 entry fee.

Arts Beats and Eats Royal Oak 2014

You then, of course, have to factor in parking, and ticket purchases to use on food and such, but overall the experience is well worth the investment. Hope to see you there next year!

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