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August 26, 2014

Summer 2014 Chill Playlist

Good morning!

I don’t have much time to chat before I need to get out the door to a dentist appointment, but I wanted to pop in and share the latest batch of songs that have been keeping me happy.

Those of you who frequent the blog know I have thing for music and playlists, and I like to roll out a collection of slower jams every now and then that wouldn’t necessarily make it onto a workout playlist.

You know, for those long drives around town or walks around the neighborhood. I know I need a break from the fist-pumping every now and then. As always, there are a few throwbacks in the mix, as well as the acoustic versions of some of my current favorites. Hope you enjoy!

Summer 2014 Chill (Slow Down) Playlist

Summer 2014 Chill Music (Slow Down) Playlist

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Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Fancy (Acoustic) – Madilyn Bailey

Waves - Mr. Probz (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)

Survive – Jeremy Passion

I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You) – John Mayer

Girls – The 1975

A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay

Latch (Acoustic) - Sam Smith (<- his vocals drive me crazy in the best way)

Peace – O.A.R.

Cool Kids – Echosmith

You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne

The Wind – Amos Lee

My Uprising – James Morrison

Dancing Shoes - Gavin DeGraw

Exhale (Shoop Shoop) – Robin Thicke

Each Day Gets Better – John Legend

Tip Toes – Jayme Dee (<- this song makes me so happy!)

Rude – Madilyn Bailey ft. Flula


Previous HWG Playlists

Summer 2014 Workout Playlist

Spring 2014 Chill Music Playlist

• Spring 2014 Workout Playlist

• Winter 2014 Chill Music (Slow Down) Playlist

• Winter 2013-14 Workout Playlist

• Fall 2013 Workout Playlist

• Summer 2013 Workout Playlist I

• Summer 2013 Workout Playlist II

• Spring 2013 Workout 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!


See ya after lunch!

Question of the Morning

What is one slow down song you are currently loving?

August 12, 2014

Trail Hike at Orion Oaks Park

Hello! I said I wasn’t going to pop in this afternoon, and here we are. I am just full of surprises, ya’ll. Either that, or I am just postponing any real work I need to get done around here. Eh, it’s fine.

You see, I took a ton of photos over the weekend and have a bit of a photo dump to do in order to make more space on my phone before my trip. A lot of them were too cute not to share, so I am going to back up to Friday and Saturday and post them here. #throwbackweekendrecap ?

Looking over dock at dog park with roadie

I spent most of Friday getting our house ready for a video shoot that night. That’s right, a video shoot. It involved HOOPER, Meatloaf (the singer not the food), and opposing sports teams. It took a lot longer than we planned, but I am excited and slightly embarrassed to see how it turns out.

Also, Roadie got to make a few cameos! Surprisingly, a big furry horse mascot didn’t really phase him like I expected it to. He did great with him and the whole situation and scenarios were hilarious to me.

HOOPER video shoot with Roadie

Just call us the Cleavers!

HOOPER at the house for a video shoot

Saturday was full of events with HOOPER. I saw a lot of him this weekend. We’ll just skip over those photos, although the majority of them were also entertaining. I always take a bunch during our events for his social media channels, but never know if I should include them here on the blog. There’s only so many times you can see the crazy horse appear, right?

Do you you guys enjoy seeing when I post pictures of our appearances? I often feel like I’m beating a dead horse (<- ignore my need for a cheesy pun) saying “hey… look, we were at another event today!”, so I usually keep the HOOPER pictures to a minimum. But it’s your call.

Fast forward to Sunday after church, brunch at The Meeting House, and the Rockin’ Rods Car Show in Rochester, we spent a little down time at home and then were on our way to the dog park with our friend, Adam.

riding with Roadie

Adam is staying with us until he moves into his condo next week and has treated Roadie as one of his own! He takes him to the dog park more than we do, and I know Roadie is absolutely loving it.

Roadie at the dog park

The only one we have been to up here is a huge park, trail, and dog park called Orion Oaks. It’s located just under thirty minutes from us, but is worth the drive when we get to take Roadie off of his leash and watch him play with his bark park buddies.

This time, I wanted to check out the trail that loops around the entire outs and ins of the park and we ended up making a four mile loop. The property looked so desolate! Only trees, gravel, and flowers in sight for what seemed like miles.

Walking the trail at the dog park

We studied the map and figured out the best way to get to an overlook. Okay fine, the guys studied the map. I’m terrible at them so I didn’t even put in an effort to take a look.

Trail marker map orion oaks

I didn’t care how we got anywhere, as I was just excited to be enjoying a nice summer and sunny day outside in Michigan!

Walking the trail at the dog park orion oaks

After a buggy patch, we found a small dock that seemed to be placed there for no reason. I guess it was a true overlook, because that’s all you could really do with it. Regardless, the views were great!

Dock a dog park on hike

The group of us just sat and watched floating lily pads and the occasional animal fly or swim by. It was so peaceful.

Looking over dock at dog park with roadie 2

We knew Roadie had to be thirsty, so we led him over to a patch of rocks that went into the lake. I was nervous that the water was too mucky for him to drink, but it didn’t seem to bother Scott. We told him to go get a drink and he ended up going right in!

Roadie in the lake

Up to his chest is about how far he will go in though. We also walked over to the dog dock about a mile from there and he did the exact same thing. Maybe one day we will get him to try and go in for a swim!

Although we completed a hiking trail, I still want to find one that is a little more challenging to get through. Maybe one with hills and rocks to navigate through? I’m sure there are plenty surrounding us. I think I just need to do some research and go explore!

How about you… do you like taking hikes through the woods or trails?

If you are anywhere close to the Auburn Hills, Orion, or Rochester areas, I would love a suggestion of where to go hiking.

Okay, time to finish packing. I’ll see you in the morning with WIAW followed by *spoiler alert* an exciting giveaway!

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