Good morning and a very Happy Friday to you!
I’m still smiling about last week’s favorites celebration. You guys truly are the best. <3
As soon as I publish this post, Scott and I will be packing up and heading over to Chicago to celebrate the wedding of two dear friends later tonight. I am really looking forward to seeing some familiar (Orlando & Chicago) faces, and I can’t wait for the weekend of festivities to begin!
I’ll be sure to share the highlights, but for now, let’s move right along and into this week’s edition of Friday Favorites.
I love sharing some of my finds with y’all, and am so glad you like to read them every single week. If you are a blogger, make sure to look for the blue Inlinkz button at the bottom and link up your own #FFavorites posts too!
Friday Favorites #101: Week of 8/7
• Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm
I don’t know why it took me so long to finally give Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balms a try. I have heard people talk about them and have seen the different colors and packages near check out lines, but they have never really peaked my interest until a trip into Ulta yesterday.
I wasn’t sure the Pink Punch shade would be something I could wear every day, but I certainly can. It’s not dramatic at all, and I absolutely love the built in moisture with a touch of color!
• easy chai tea lattes
Scott brought this Oregon Chai Tea Latte Concentrate home the other day. I’m not sure where he got it from (I’m guessing our new favorite local health food store, Fresh Thyme), but you can also grab it online.
This mixture makes a morning (or afternoon) cup of fancy tea extremely easy to make. Simply add milk, heat up, or serve over ice. I love that this mix is made with all natural ingredients, it is certified organic, and the container makes enough for 8 lattes. Easy peasy!
I’m not always in the mood for extremely slow coffee house music, but I have been especially drawn to Hozier lately. Earlier this week, I shared my new love for From Eden. I also can’t get enough of Someone New. I love the variety of sounds and instruments that show up in his songs, and could honestly listen to his tracks all day long.
And thanks to Spotify, you can. I love it!
• Champion GEAR
I recently received this adorable Champion GEAR running outfit courtesy of Sports Authority. They are featuring a new Champion line special to the store. Their goal is to create top-of-the-line athletic apparel at affordable prices.
Any run this time of year requires a moisture-wicking top for me to feel as cool and dry as possible. The Novelty Tank is extremely lightweight, chafe resistant, and includes a hidden motivational message on the inside.
The shorts are quickly turning into my most worn pair. I love the lightweight (moisture-wicking) mesh material and ventilation. Both pieces featured above are now available for under $25 per piece online!
And, Sporty Authority is currently offering free shipping and an additional 20% off all orders over $49. Get on it!
• popsicles & slushies
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… summertime just screams ice cream, slushies, and popsicles to me. Scott and I took a short trip up to our neighborhood Dairy Treat the other night, and I had the hardest time choosing what to order. I wanted all the ice cream things.
Eventually, I decided on a glacier, which consists of a flavored slush (I got Piña Colada) with floating ice cream in the middle. Um, yes please.
I couldn’t believe how packed it was! Apparently, Dairy Treat is the place to be on a weeknight in the Rochester Hills area. I am looking forward to trying more throughout the summer, and I hope we can bring Roadie for a free pup cup sooner than later.
I’ve also been really into making my own ice pops lately.
They’re so easy, and have quickly turned into my go-to snack during hot summer afternoons!
I don’t think cantaloupe gets enough love, y’all. I’ll admit that I am one of those people who requests a fruit bowl without melons when dining out for breakfast, but it’s only because berries are my jam. (Pun intended?)
Anyways, I almost forgot how good cantaloupe can be when it’s soft and rich with color.
I used two cups of it in the popsicles you see above, and have been enjoying picking at the leftovers all week long. Yum!
• around the Interwebs
Great tips to throw into your next beach vacation!
– Shonda Rhimes Tells Us Why She Killed Off McDreamy… via Hello Giggles
I’m still not okay with it, but at least there’s some kind of explanation.
– 12 iPhone Storage Tricks Everyone Should Know via Good Housekeeping
I definitely need to do most of these.
– (For my Orlando peeps) USA Today Names Orlando’s Best Non-Chain Restaurants via Orlando Weekly
I’d agree with the majority of this list! The rest are new ones I can’t wait to check out on a future visit home.
– (For my Detroit peeps) The Hottest Restaurants in Detroit Right Now via Detroit Eater
Why have I only heard of two of these? It looks like we need to get busy!
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
Featuring awesome photos from a new Instagram account to obsess over, @earthpix.
The pictures they share are absolutely incredible!
But first… let me take a selfie.
The best/scariest paddle boarding lesson ever… basically, don’t fall off.
It’s like a tiny cotton ball.
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Have a fabulous weekend!
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