Sunday, September 21, 2014

When in Ann Arbor

Although a torrential downpour and a defeated Michigan Wolverines football team dampened our spirits during our trip to Ann Arbor, we still had an amazing time. This is our second time visiting Ann Arbor and we were welcomed with kindness and great service by everyone we came into contact with. There are many things to do in Ann Arbor and here are a few of our favorites.

1. Tailgate before the game. There are many places that you can tailgate near and far away from campus. People are very friendly and it is not uncommon to walk from tailgate to tailgate making friends. We rented a car just so we could tailgate if we did not find any other tailgate party to attend. To park in a premium location, across the street from the Big House can run you $40 to $50. It was shocking to us that most tailgates took place on the golf course across the street from the stadium. Throwing your cans on the ground is a-ok in the golf course as people come around and pick up the cans to turn in to recycling centers for money. Many restaurants and other companies tailgate in this area too. We were lucky enough to get tickets to the Miller Lite tailgate from the friend's that we made at the Arena the night before. The tailgate included free food and beer, games, and a television to watch the Detroit Tigers game. The History Channel was also in town for the All American Tailgate. Boasting free food, games, and prizes, we did not find much in any of those departments. The free food consisted of a small piece of sausage on a stick that dripped grease. The games included a football toss sponsored by LG where you could win a pair of plastic sunglasses. Hyundai had a booth where you could potentially win a car by filling out a 3 page survey all about yourself. We skipped this...Overall, our tailgate experience was fun and something we would do again.
Hanging out at the Miller Lite Tailgate before the Utah vs. Michigan game. 

Football toss at the LG tent at the Great American Tailgate experience hosted by the History Channel.
2. Good food, drinks, and people
A couple of years ago, D and I visited Ann Arbor for the Ohio State v. Michigan basketball game. We were instantly impressed by the friendliness of Michigan people and we were welcomed the same way on our second visit. D and I visited several sports bars while in town and explored the University of Michigan campus. Our favorites turned out to be the Brown Jug and the Blue Leprechaun with the Arena in a close third. I posted several reviews on Yelp! on places that we visited. Stop by and read what I had to say!

3. Attend a University of Michigan sporting event. 
D and I both love sports and we flew in to town to visit  the area and attend a football game. Although the game ended in a miserable loss to a great Utah Utes team and a horrendous thunderstorm, we still had a great time. Our seats were in the 6th row. Although great seats if everyone was sitting down, it was super hard to see considering most people stood for the entirety of the game. It was difficult to see when people were standing and we wish we would have bought cheaper tickets higher up in the stands so we could see the game.
A view from our seats in row 6

We did get a couple glimpses at a few plays while people were sitting so of course I snapped a few photos. The Big House is a gorgeous facility but when it is packed with over 100,000 screaming fans, it can be a lot to take in. Be prepared to dodge people every step of the way through the stadium and do not be surprised when you are smashed in like sardines while in your seats. Although the close quarters can be a bit overwhelming, there is nothing like a great experience at the Big House.
A view from my sister's seats in the endzone.

D and I will be back to Ann Arbor. The people are overwhelmingly nice and there are many more Michigan breweries and eateries that we need to visit. Not to mention, attending a University of Michigan sporting event is truly a great experience worth reliving every now and then.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A WIN-Win with WIN Detergent

Ever since I started Piyo in early July, I have been working out 6 days a week for at least 30 minutes. I feel amazing but with working out six days a week, I have more laundry than I have ever had before. Sweaty, nasty, stinky laundry that I use all the time! I needed a detergent that I could rely on to eliminate sweaty, stinky odors from my athletic technical apparel without breaking down the fabric.

I have been using WIN Detergent on my athletic apparel all summer and I am so pleased with the product. WIN detergent is available in both fragrance free and light fragrance. I prefer the light fragrance because it leaves my clothes smelling clean and fresh. My clothes come out of the wash feeling soft and clean. Another perk in my mind is that WIN is manufactured and shipped from the USA!!! I love that WIN is manufactured and ships from Ohio.

How does WIN work? WIN is specially formulated to remove oils and residue that cause odor from synthetic fabrics. Simply fill your washing machine with water, pour 2 capfuls of WIN into your washer and fill with your smelly athletic clothing.

You will be so pleased with the result! You can read more about WIN's special formula by visiting their website.

WIN comes in 32oz bottles and they fit nicely on a shelf or on top of the washing machine. I love that the bottles are portable and easy to just throw in a laundry basket if you have to walk to a laundromat. 

WIN is competitively priced and can be purchased at Amazon or at a retailer near you.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

collecting dust.


The summer has come and gone already. It is amazing how time flies so fast and you don't even realize it. The days seem so long but they are truly so short. It just seems like I blogged the other day; yet it has been over 1 month. I find that this is becoming more and more of a trend and for that I am sorry. I adore my little blog in the huge blogosphere. Why must I leave you to collect dust...

What have I replaced my blog time with? So many things, really. I started to spend more time on me and what I value. I started to try to build relationships with those in my community and not spend as much time building relationships online as I had in the past. I began getting involved with philanthropic efforts in my community. I signed up to be a Thirty-One consultant and after an amazing year of great success, making new and long lasting friends with hostesses and party-goers, I recently joined another direct sales company. I am now a Thirty-One consultant AND a Jamberry consultant.

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AND---> in making my fitness more of a priority, I am committed to doing Piyo six times a week. More on that later.

Not to mention, I still need to keep up with things around the house, making food for my family, and taking care of our fur-kids. Whew...I get tired thinking of everything that I have been up to while I let my blog collect dust...

It is time to dust off this pretty little place in the blogosphere and get back to growing and evolving through my writing on Hiyaluv.com

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Favorite Happy Hour in Town: Bahama Breeze

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bahama Breeze for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I was pleasantly surprised when my boss let us out of work early today to go out and enjoy the 4th of July weekend. D and I don't get to go to Bahama Breeze for their happy hour often because it is from 4pm-6pm and by the time I get off of work, it is usually too late for us to go. Bahama Breeze has the best happy hour in town. Choose from $5 appetizers, $2 beers, and $4 martinis. The live music on the patio makes Bahama Breeze a great place to unwind after a busy work week or a nice place to visit with family and friends.
I mentioned above that Bahama Breeze has the best happy hour in town but starting June 23, 2014, they will begin to feature their exclusive Bahama Breeze Summer Beach Bash on Saturdays which includes a mojito bar where you can choose your fruit and rum while listening to live island music! I like mojito's but I really enjoy pina colada's and pineapple beverages. The Bahama Breeze Ultimate Pineapple is delicious! I paired mine with their classic coconut shrimp and it was perfection! D and I couldn't help but reminisce about our trip to the Dominican Republic last summer while enjoying our dinner!
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Bahama Breeze is the summer desitination for good times. D and I enjoy Bahama Breeze's laid back atmosphere, delicious island style foods, and great drinks. Enjoy an iced cold beer, mojito, martini, or the ultimate pineapple while snacking on delicious eats. My favorite is the coconut shrimp and D love's the jamaican jerk shrimp. There is something for everyone on the menu!
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Stop in to Bahama Breeze and enjoy the Summer Beach Bash before it ends on August 3, 2014!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

a goal I have no chance of accomplishing...

Books. I can't get enough of them. At the beginning of the year, I hopped on my goodreads account, which I admit I had neglected in 2013, and committed myself to a hefty goal of reading 50 books in 2014. I realize that this goal is probably way too big and I may not even get close, but I am planning to try. You see I rarely take time to decompress. I am often running from my full-time job, to a 31 party, to a commitment of some kind with a friend---or even my husband. My poor husband feels like he never gets time with me because I am always so busy.

Whoops...

Wait.

What?

I am too busy for my husband? 

Crap!

Time to

SLOW

IT

DOWN!

So I gave myself a goal of reading 50 books in 2014. My thought process was that I would force myself to slow down and build in time at night to read and relax. Nah. Still going super fast...just now added a new goal. I need help.

What do you do to slow down .... without giving anything up?



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rent Back, Give Back, Make Money

Let's face it. I was a geek-a-zoid in college. I was a goody goody. Never got in trouble. Didn't dare drink alcohol under age. Studied until my eyes burned on a nightly basis. My idea of a good time was selling old clothes on ebay to make money for my car payment. I always looked forward to the end of the semester when I could sell back my books and "make some money." I just didn't have the luxury of spending lots of money while in college and every dollar I made I saved to go towards next semester's books of my car payment.

Things have changed a lot since 2003 when I graduated undergrad! Because of the ability to rent textbooks online or even rent my textbooks to other students, college students have the ability to save some serious coin while making some money also!

Campusbookrentals.com recently launched a new program for students with desirable text books that are in good condition!

RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options! Isn't that awesome?! Genius!

What I love even more about Campusbookrentals.com is that they are serious about giving back. Sure, they are providing an outlet to be sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint by recycling and reusing books, but they are also doing something to improve the lives in people all over the world with Operation Smile!


With each book that is rented from Campusbookrentals.com, a donation is made to Operation Smile.  As stated on their website, "Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries."

When you are getting ready to purchase your text book for the upcoming semester, stop and check out Campusbookrentals.com Not only could you save money by purchasing a used book, but you could also be helping a child in great need receive pertinent medical attention that will increase their quality of life. 



Free Shipping. Great customer service. The opportunity to save money, make money, and help a child. The only thing missing is you! Visit Campusbookrentals.com today!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

$35 Thirty-One Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Hi Friends!

Thirty-One Gifts recently came out with their brand new summer catalog!




 I am so pumped and excited about the new products that I am offering a $35 gift certificate to 1 lucky reader!

All you have to do to enter to win is fill out the rafflecopter below!
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