Posts Tagged ‘Videos’
November 25, 2013
Morning! Mine actually started on an early note today.
Scott’s parents are currently en route to us, driving all the way from Powell, Missouri. We haven’t seen them since our visit over the summer so we are really excited to have them, especially for Thanksgiving!
Scratch marvelous, let’s go with epic. Ahhh!
Friday Night at the Game
If you happened to stop by here on the weekend, you probably caught my highlights from Friday’s game. Releasing our 2014-15 Pistons Dancers Calendar was a true stand-out moment, not just for this season but for all of my seasons dancing in the NBA.
Part of our job entails signing autographs for fans, but dedicating an entire halftime to us then signing calendars for the remainder of the game felt like such a big deal. Friday night is one I will remember and cherish for years to come.
After the game, a group of us went over to a local favorite spot for a little Friday Night karaoke.
Of course we didn’t plan on singing… but we all know how that goes. We may or may not have torn that stage up!
… and that’s why we should really stick to dancing. Good times!
Saturday called for rest and knocking off projects around the house and on the computer. Scott woke up early for an event and a flag football game while I enjoyed the extra few hours of shut eye. (Hehe.)
Just a few minutes after he got home for the day, I received a last minute request to make an appearance at the practice facility. Surprise! It was to film a fun segment for Good Morning America!
If you haven’t heard the story yet, this article explains it all. I have met Shannon (The Dancing Usher) before and he is great. Antwain (the 11-year-old) was adorable too. He was so excited to be there, well spoken, and grateful for everything that’s happened since that game last Tuesday.
They had a blast trash talking and challenging each other in different ways.
It was so much fun! Check out the video that aired the next Morning.
We wrapped up around 6:30 p.m. and Scott and I had full intentions of going vacuum shopping. (Yes… our second attempt.) After arriving a few minutes past store closing, we were going to catch a night time showing of Catching Fire but decided to call it a night instead. Scott was exhausted!
Chili over whole wheat penne noodles and catching up on The Voice proved to be just as exciting.
I also fit in some ornament surgeries while we lounged.
Every year a handful of ornaments always get the short end of the stick, either by me stepping on or dropping them. Even though Scott was a less than happy about it, I convinced him it was nothing a little super glue can’t fix.
I knew Sunday would be busy day. I woke up early and got out the door around 9 a.m. to head to a six hour halftime practice at the arena.
Do you want to know what motivates me on mornings like those? A large cup of coffee and a Subway stop.
I may or may not have been their first sub of the day when I also ordered a foot long turkey, American cheese and tons of veggies on wheat for lunch to split with a teammate. I told you… I need to invest in some serious stock, ya’ll. #everydaysubwayproblems
We ended up getting out an hour early after a productive practice for our big TLC halftime coming up later this week!
It’s also when we play the Lakers, so Friday will for sure be an exciting game!
I got home by 4 p.m. and both Scott and I got cleaned up and ready to go knock out some early holiday shopping. I still can’t believe how cold it is already… it dropped down to the twenties for majority of the weekend!
Soooo not ready for this.
Warm coats in hand, we drove over to the Somerset Collection in Birmingham. With three stories of shopping and a walkway crossing over to another entire building, it’s one of the fanciest malls I have ever been to. It also had an impressive Photos with Santa set-up in the middle.
I just love Christmastime.
There wasn’t much time to shop before the stores closed, so we fit in what we could and left to go grocery shopping. On the way we passed a Noodles & Company and thought that sounded perfect for dinner.
I ordered the Chinese Chicken Chop Salad.
Scott got the Thai Hot Pot.
I may have gotten a little jealous, but both were great!
We arrived at Meijer right around 7:30 and didn’t get home until after 9 p.m. Apparently our trip was a serious one that took over an hour and required two grocery carts. We did score some deals on holiday scented candles AND found some quality entertainment in the home decor aisle.
(Just in case and of you are in need of a ridiculously large & sign, you now know where to find it.)
Finally home for the night, we watched more of The Voice in the background (this season is so good!) and unloaded groceries for quite a while. Before bed, I set up this 3 foot tree for downstairs since I miss having the tree on and around while I’m typing away in the basement during the days!
Oh there’s a problem with the lights? Yeah, I noticed that once I got it all decorated. I spent a good while trying to find the misbehaving bulb, but wasn’t too successful there. For now, I think being half lit gives it more character.
Today is the start of a crazy busy week! We have four home games in seven days. And then there’s that holiday, Thanksgiving, we will be hosting on Thursday. Scott’s parents arrive tonight and I have every intention of checking in with you guys every day. Fingers crossed!
Off to finish cleaning, Fitness Pilates, then getting ready for the game. Have a great start to your week!
November 16, 2013
Hello! Hope your weekend is starting out on a wonderful note.
Today we’ve got big plans. Well I do… and it may involve decorating our house for the holidays. Too soon?
I guess I am in a bit of a merry mood if you will. We’ll see how far I get!
Before the fun starts, I wanted to share a tutorial with you I am oh so excited to publish. I got a question or two on how I curl my hair for games at the beginning of last season. Yeah, last season. I have been meaning to demonstrate my around the barrel technique ever since, but never got around to it.
Since I was introduced to the wand a few weeks ago, curling my hair seems more effortless than ever. I can’t believe I didn’t try it out sooner! So, this new found inspiration motivated me to finally share my ways.
When curling my hair, I do a few different looks. Depending on what I am styling it for, I go from loose and wavy brushed out curls to tight and structured small curls. I use the same technique on all styles, and have learned that different irons and wands help me achieve different looks.
How I Curl My Hair: Video Tutorial
By no means are my curling instruments the best out there. In fact, two out of the three were purchased from a local grocery store. Just remember to use protective sprays (like this Redken Spray Starch or Thermal Setting Mist) and ceramic tools for minimal heat damage. But, for what it’s worth here are the tools I use in the video:
• Conair 1″ Instant Heat curling iron
I also use this Sahag Air Power hairspray (love), this oil (for extra smoothness and detangling) and this teasing comb. Like I mentioned in the video, I am still looking for a better one… maybe like this or this.
Like most, I section off my hair and choose to do it in three main ones starting from the bottom and working my way towards the top. Some people prefer to work with smaller sections, but I like to keep it simple with a bottom, middle and top section.
All right, let’s get our curl on!
Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.
Hope this helps!
August 19, 2013
Good Afternoon! Well, today sure has zipped by.
I wanted to publish this post early this morning, but I guess WordPress had other plans in store. I have had the hardest time with my server lately. Not only has it been intolerably slow, but it freezes up and times out every few minutes. Is this happening to any other blogger friends out there? Super frustrating.
Since posting wasn’t in my future before hitting the gym for Fitness Pilates, I am going to start there. It felt SO great to get out of “vacation mode” and back into my normal healthy living routine now that I’m home again.
Although I was incredibly full from a full day of eating in Frakenmuth (sharing that with you in just a sec!), I felt like I just had to go running last night. Do you ever feel that way? My body was tired, but my mind was going crazy without that extra release of workout endorphins it has been missing lately.
5 miles last night + Fitness Pilates + 3.1 treadmill miles today = one happy girl!
Ahhhhh. That’s better!
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An Afternoon In Frankenmuth
Okay… now onto the part of the post that coordinates with it’s title. Scott and I both had an event to work yesterday in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Since it is about an hour away from where we live, we planned ahead of time to hang around for a few hours!
Have you ever been to Frankenmuth? It’s known as being “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”, is home of the “World’s Largest Christmas Store”, and is absolutely charming!
We didn’t have enough time to fully explore the area, but made the most of our trip down the main strip. The first stop was at the Bavarian Inn restaurant and castle shops.
We had a hard time deciding where to eat lunch, since we had heard great things about a few places from friends. While thinking about it, we enjoyed the atmosphere and live music around the castle shops.
Gotta love a good cut-out photo opp every now and then!
While walking through the main courtyard, we noticed it was almost time for the Glockinspiel to go off. Right a 3 p.m., the bells rung and started playing a few familiar tunes. A few minutes later (yes minutes), some figurines came out and began telling the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamel. I was pretty pumped to see the figurines come out and rotate around!
After another few minutes, Scott and I realized this would be a story told on the slow side… so we ended up moving on.
Our tummies were rumbling and we finally decided to eat at Zendher’s.
It is famous for their chicken dinners, and always has a waiting line out the door of both main dining rooms.
We got sat in a huge dining area, which almost felt more like a cafeteria to me. There was a buffet on the side, offering almost anything German inspired you can imagine.
Since I am not huge into trying too many meats (which is why most people turn to the buffet), I ordered off of the menu. Without knowing it, my meal also came with more than a few appetizers.
(Chicken Noodle Soup, Cranberry Dressing, Cottage Cheese, Cole Slaw, and a Nut and Fruit Bread with Strawberry Jam.)
Andddddd Chicken Liver Pate.
I know it is considered to be a delicacy, but I really have no urge or intentions on trying anything with the word liver in the title. Sharing this with Scott of course prompted him to offer me cash for my efforts. One piece of bread smothered in chicken liver pate = $75.
Wouldn’t you do it? I’ll just let you observe how that went.
I’m almost certain I will never be trying it again, but regardless, I am now a $75 richer woman. Boom!
At the end of the video, you saw me trying my potato dumplings to try to hide the aftertaste. The side of them, along with my main dish of Chicken Schnitzel was pretty tasty!
Our late lunch continued with a trip to the dessert bar, and I may or may have not shared some of Scott’s orange sherbert and fruit cobbler. We both left miserably full!
Wanting to walk it off before heading back home, we took a few strolls down Main Street and stopped in a few shops along the way.
We Scott also wanted to join in on some ribbon game fun at the fountain.
As a child, I remember visiting Frankenmuth with my family and how much we loved the homemade fudge. Scott and I agreed another trip was in order later on this year and we just have to wait until then to get our fudge fix.
It was a fun few hours to explore, but we still have yet to go see the World’s Largest Christmas Store as well as a few other big landmarks. I think it will be even cooler to visit in the winter when it actually feels like Christmas!
Until next time…
Auf Weidersehen, Frankenmuth!
August 17, 2013
It’s Saturday, and we have only just begun a busy weekend at the Hesington household. Today and tomorrow are filled with Detroit Pistons events for both Scott and I, starting with me helping HOOPER make a statement at the Woodward Dream Cruise 2013!
Yup… that’s us. I was sitting passenger while HOOPER was on the roof top cruisin’ along the streets with the best of them. The half smile, half fear for our lives look on my face is real, folks. After hanging around the crazy horse for a season, I guess I am as used to his dangerous stunts as I can be. Although I was hesitant, he turned out to be completely fine… until the Sheriff told us he was done. And reckless. Oops.
We finished our drive back and forth on Woodward right around 11 a.m., and I am currently coming to you from a Starbucks right down the road! I was finally able to try the Valencia Orange Refresher today, and friends, it is delicious. Thank you for finally convincing me to look past my Very Berry Hibiscus ways and give it a go!
Since I was running behind this morning and didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast (healthy living blogger fail), I was craving it for lunch. Have you ever tried their egg white wraps? I love the spinach and feta version, but the chicken sausage flavor takes the cake for me every time. YUM!
I have a little bit of a break before having to get back to work (this time as a Dancer!), and wanted to use my time wisely to share my latest vitamin and supplements reviews with you. Because you care about things like that… right? <Raises eyebrows, turns to the side, and makes an enthusiastic smile while giving a thumbs up!>
Bulu Box July 2013 Unboxing
Some of you might remember me introducing Bulu Box on the blog a few months ago. As an Ambassador for the brand, you can expect to see me share boxes full of surprise products with you every now in then, if not on a monthly basis.
I received my latest box at the beginning of July, but have yet to share my unboxing and review with you. Is it really mid-late August already? Danggg.
Just for fun, lets pretend it is the end of July and see what this month of goodies looked like!
So, What Exactly IS Bulu Box?
If you are into what’s new in the vitamin and supplement world and would like to sample products before you buy the full (and sometimes expensive) versions, Bulu Box might make your life a little bit easier.
Bulu works with a large list of well-known brands that supply them with sample sizes of their newest and most popular products on the market. They send out a handful of trial products on a monthly basis, and each box is packed with variety.
Let’s see what’s in the box of goodness this time…
1. I filmed this video way before I published Tanya’s guest post on GMOs! So, you can ignore the “more to come” statement… for now.
2. This is technically the second video I posted with dark hair. Gotta love early planning!
How It Works
1. Choose your line: Health Box or Weight Loss Box.
2. Choose your subscription:
Month-to-Month, 3-Month, 6-Month, or 12-Month.
3. Receive your box and sample the products.
4. Share your thoughts + reviews for coupons!
Interested? Head on over to their website, pick your package, and use my promo code: BULUGAN 417 to receive $10 OFF your subscription, or use it all towards one free box!
July Product Breakdown
While I normally offer you a detailed product description, the retail price of the product, and a detailed review of each product, I did it a little differently this month. With all of our traveling lately, I seem to have misplaced my information sheet/sample notes page, so I improvised.
Instead, enjoy the condensed version, which you might just like better anyways!
By order of appearance in the video:
1. ERBA Vita Acid Dietary Supplement – (Value $0.50):
Helps regulate your digestive system and supports a healthy pH of the stomach. Contains natural ingredients and is GMO Free! The package I received only provided a one day sample, so it is hard to say if my digestive system really felt any different. I like that the supplements were chewable, and the taste wasn’t half bad!
2. PowerBar Performance Energy Blends - (Value $2.27 each):
These energy blends are meant to be taken before, during, or after a workout to give you more endurance or help you recover. They come in a variety of flavors and I sampled the Banana Blueberry and Apple Mango Strawberry packs. The first one was tasty, but the Apple Mango Strawberry combination was SO good. It wasn’t as “gel-y” as I was expecting, and actually had more of an applesauce consistency. I really liked these and they might just end up in my shopping cart in the future!
3. Vivarin Caffeine Alertness Aid - (Value $0.60):
This is a mental alertness supplement that offers 200mg of caffeine per tablet. As you all know, I am a bit of a coffee addict… so the thought of supplementing it seems silly to me. I would much rather enjoy a hot cup of joe, but that’s just me. Also, I told Scott about these and he mentioned he used to take them in college all the time to “study”… I think he really means to stay up at all hours of the night playing video games.
4. Ripped Cream in Lean Vanilla Bean – (Value $1):
Instead of supplementing coffee (or caffeine), this protein packed coffee creamer adds to it! I sampled the Lean Vanilla Bean flavor, but it also comes in others and is meant to satisfy your craving for coffee creamers. I used my one individual sample serving packet in two large cups of coffee and enjoyed the taste. There was, however, a little bit of clumping going on… which I was kind of expecting. It seems to happen to almost everything liquid you add protein powder to!
5. Daily Burn Gift Card - (Value $30)
Daily Burn is a workout application, giving you access to workouts wherever you are! I haven’t tried it out for myself, but have the card stashed for future use. Seems like a great resource for new workout ideas and nutritional guides.
6. Zellies Xylitol Gum/Mints in Cool Mint, Spearmint, and Cool Fruit (Value $0.40):
Mints, Gum, and Candies that are sweetened with 100% Xylitol. No artificial sweeteners and naturally sugar free! Daily servings help protect teeth after meals, drinks, and snacks, or anytime for healthier teeth and gums. Loved the flavors, and since I am a gum freak, I appreciated this one. The mints were pretty kickin’ too. Great product!
And I guess that just about wraps it up! If there is one thing I could tell Bulu, it is that am a tad over getting caffeine and metabolism supplements. Instead, I enjoy sampling more unique products like the PowerBar gels and the gum!
If the idea of the box doesn’t do anything for you, I hope something in it caught your eye this month. If not, well then I hope you enjoyed hearing me ramble on the video. Because I tend to do that.
Giveaway Reminder + Reebok SALE!
Have you entered to win one of the sample packs of Yes To Blueberries organic skin care yet?
Umm…. why the heck not? You only have the weekend left to do so!
Also, if you are in need of some cute fitness gear, Reebok is offering a Friends and Family discount to you through the end of tomorrow only! Get 30% OFF anything on the site using the code: FF30 upon checkout here!
Get onnnnnn it you guys!
To close, here is a good ‘ol Bulu Box quote:
“You Can’t Brighten Someone Else’s Path Without Lighting Your Own.”
Have a wonderful weekend!
*Disclamer: I received this box free of charge, from Bulu Box. Although this is not a sponsored post, I will earn a small percentage from any purchase you make using my code. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!