Hello and a very Happy Friday to you!
I am heading into the gym early to teach a 7 a.m. class today, but will be returning home well before lunch. I have just enough time to grab some bedding and pack for a couple days before leaving for Up North! I am joining a great group of friends at our women’s church retreat, and I am so happy today has finally arrived. We had such a blast last year!
I’ll be sure to fill you in on how our weekend at “summer camp” went when I return. In the mean time, I’ll be crossing my fingers for anything but cold and rainy weather.
Let’s finish the week off with a bang and celebrate some highlights with Friday Favorites! I encourage you to share some of your favorites from the week in the comments, and 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 #89: Week of 5/15
• umbrella ring holder
I love this little gold umbrella ring holder I received from friends as a birthday gift last month. Isn’t it charming?
I’d say it’s a nice upgrade from using the top of our cotton ball holder. You can find it at Francesca’s or online by clicking the link above.
• C9 running gear
While we’re on birthday gifts, I received a very thoughtful one from my friend Nichole after our race last weekend. Somehow, she knew I was itching for some running shirts and shorts for the summer, and picked out an adorable set from the Champion C9 line at Target. (<- love it all!)
Champion C9 Tech Tee & Women’s Woven Short
She topped it off a matching light zip-up that has been perfect for the cooler mornings and evenings we’ve been having. Also, thumbholes. <3
Danskin Full Zip Jacket
I’m packing all three pieces on my camping trip this weekend, and I’m hoping to sneak in a run around the campgrounds. I just love the lime and grey combo!
• charcoal face mask
I feel like I have shared this face mask on the blog before, but if I did, it was ages ago. New readers deserve to know my love for the Origins Clear Improvement charcoal face mask.
I don’t use face masks nearly as often as I used to, and I couldn’t tell you why. After letting that bad boy sit for about fifteen minutes or so, I washed it off, and my skin felt as soft as it did after a professional facial. This one is formulated to minimize pores, and it’s one of my all-time favorites I continuously replace.
I didn’t get a massage this week, but I did last week. In fact, thanks to my membership to Massage Envy, I now schedule regular monthly appointments to recoup my muscles and help keep the kinks under control.
Massages are much more than an hour of relaxation time for me. While that’s a perk, it’s important to work out stubborn knots and tension that naturally builds up from any type of work (active or sedentary). I hate to admit it, but I have horrible posture. I understand the importance of sitting and standing up straight, but I always catch myself slouching down on the computer for what can be hours at a time. Yikes!
Over the last six months or so, I have been adamant about scheduling regular massages. I notice a big difference in the overall tightness and soreness of my muscles, and have seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of headaches I get on a day-to-day basis. I make sure to drink plenty of water after my sessions, and since I’ve been more regular with my visits, I feel so much better. It’s definitely worth looking into getting a membership if you’re someone with similar issues!
Scott and I both got a craving for some good ‘ol Southern barbecue a couple nights ago. We wanted to try somewhere we hadn’t been before, so all signs pointed to Famous Dave’s for a mid-week dinner out.
It was our first time into the restaurant and we are already hooked. I ordered the pulled chicken dinner with beans and sweet corn, and Scott got the pork with macaroni and cheese and grilled pineapple steaks. The meat was delicious, but the sides were worth coming back for on their own. Everything was wonderful. We’ll be back for sure!
• movie theater recliners
Have you ever seen a movie at a movie theater while reclining?
I noticed there were big comfy seats as soon as we walked into a theater Wednesday night, but I had no idea the chairs actually reclined until we sat down. How cool is that?
We went to see Furious 7 at the AMC in Madison Heights. Do all newer AMC theaters have these seats? After that filling bar-b-que dinner, that seat was everything. We will be making the drive over to this theater from here on out!
Oh, and the movie was awesome, too. (RIP Paul Walker.) *tear*
• KINDness Safari
I was invited to attend a safari at the Detroit Zoological Society this Saturday, May 16th. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend (as I will be Up North), but Scott is still planning to go and enjoy the experience with some friends.
KIND has started a movement to make the world a kinder place, and I loved the sound of their KINDness safaris taking place at zoos across the country tomorrow!
It sounds like fun family-friendly event (catered to children), and includes a scavenger hunt booklet that features interactive kindness activities inspired by animals (i.e. see a bear; give somebody in your family a bear hug).
Attendees will receive flowers upon leaving to pass on to someone else as well as a take-home kindness kit that comes in a complimentary lunch tote that kids can color on.
To my Detroit folks, KIND and zulily will be hosting a KINDness safari at the Detroit Zoological Society tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The same event is going on at 17 other locations across the county, and you can find out more information about participating zoos here.
Click on the zoo in your area to view and print your special offer for a discounted ticket during Kindness Safari day tomorrow, May 16th!
• favorite LIL posts
(I loved reading your comments!)
• Friday funnies
Oh my gosh, you guys… I couldn’t resist. I found one funny dog snapchat and got lost in a black hole of them for at least thirty minutes. So great!
That middle dog’s face.
Have a great weekend!
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