Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday Favorites 10/17/14: Week 4

Oh hi there!!!  Happy Friday readers :)  Any exciting weekend plans?  I'm looking forward to a date night with my hubby, celebrating my dad's birthday and meeting some zoo animals on Sunday.  Anyway, it's time for Friday Favorites!  A collection of my favorite Food, Finds, Fashion, Fitness and Fun.  I've joined the party that Housewife Glamour started, so don't let the fun stop here. I love sharing all my Friday favorites and can't wait to hear some of yours.

Housewife Glamour

Fashion - Ombre 

  • Are you in a hair rut?  I am.  That's why this weekend I'm jumping on the ombre train!  I'm a little nervous, but hoping I love the results. I adore these Rachel Bilson looks, so we'll see what happens tomorrow. 
  • Looking for the ultimate comfort food?  Click the link above.  Potatoes + avocado = my dream.  If you're looking for an easy appetizer or side for your next meal, make these. I'm adding them to our weekly menu ASAP.
Fact - Focus on Flu

  • Pause from talking ebola and start talking influenza. Many, many people underestimate just how deadly the flu can be - especially in young otherwise healthy individuals.  Last year, 60% of the people hospitalized for influenza were between the ages of 18-64.
  • According to the World Health Organization, worldwide, annual influenza epidemics lead to 3-5 million cases of severe illness resulting in 250,000-500,000 deaths.  The current outbreak of Ebola has let to 4,500 deaths.  Influenza kills more people in the United States every year than Ebola has killed in the history of the world. 
  • Those infected with the flu can infect others 1 day before symptoms occur and 5-7 days after symptoms begin - this means you can pass the flu onto other people without knowing that you're infected.  Flu viruses are spread through the air when you cough, sneeze and talk. 
  • A flu shot is an easy way to protect not only yourself, but also your loved ones.  Scared of needles? Go for the flu mist.  Don't want to skip a workout due to a sore arm?  Go for the intradermal vaccine and skip the soreness.  

Fitness - Group fitness classes!

  • Have you felt less motivated in the gym lately or gotten bored with your solo workouts? I've been in a gym rut ever since our honeymoon that I've been working on digging myself out of. What's working for me is group fitness classes!  I'm addicted to Tone & Sculpt and Spinning. The group environment keeps me motivated and the workouts are challenging. Plus, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name!

What's your Friday favorite? 

DIY Gold Pumpkins

Happy Friday Eve!  Hope you're having a great week so far.  Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner, so I thought I would share a fun and easy DIY craft.  After all, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than holiday crafts?  I love crafting and this project is fairly simple. No experience?  You're in luck!

This all started when my husband and I were browsing in Pier One.  I spotted a few gold pumpkins and made a mental note to do something similar when the colder weather hit.  As luck would have it, I found some orange and black pumpkins a few weeks later in the dollar bin at Target.  I handcrafted most of our wedding decorations, so I had a surplus of gold paint in the basement.  I tossed a couple of pumpkins in my cart, handed the cashier $3.00 and got set to work.

For this project, I highly recommend working outside.  The paint can be pretty stinky and is probably toxic and you don't want to accidentally spray your dining room table gold.  Speaking of the paint, you can pick that up at Michael's or Hobby Lobby - don't forget to check their websites, most of the time one of them will be offering a 40% off coupon.  Remember, remove your jewelry or wear gloves - no one wants to be cleaning spray paint off of anything nice.  Also, while we're on that topic, don't forget to cover that surface with an old towel or garbage bags so that you don't accidentally end up painting your grass or driveway

DIY Gold Pumpkins


Krylon Metallic Spray 
Plastic pumpkins

1.  Cover surface you'll be working on with towel, trash bag or old sheet.  Follow instructions on paint can to prime paint - generally, you will need to shake the can 1-2 minutes prior to using.

2. Begin by spraying your pumpkin with light coats - allow 1-2 minutes between coats.  If you spray too thickly in any one area, the paint will begin to run.

3. When dry to the touch on the tops, flip the pumpkins upside down and gently spray the bottoms.

4. Allow to dry overnight on a foil lined baking sheet.

5. Show off your beautiful new decorations around your home.

What's your favorite fall craft? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A gluten-free Halloween

Hi friends!  Today, check out my guest post on Calio's blog on how to have a gluten-free Halloween :) As a bonus, all candy options are also under 100 calories.  Check it out and have your treats without any tricks.  See you tomorrow with a post on my favorite Halloween craft!