Good morning! I’m so glad it’s Friday.
It’s been a bit of a weird week around here. Scott was out of town, so I am really looking forward to spending some quality time with him tonight and throughout the weekend. We have plans to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise tomorrow with a couple of friends (after my morning shift at the gym), but other than that, the weekend looks pretty clear. That’s a beautiful feeling!
In true Friday fashion, it’s time to celebrate getting closer to the weekend with another edition of Friday Favorites. Every week, I share what I have been loving lately through a series and link-up, and I can’t believe we are already two weeks past the 100 mark!
I enjoy seeing what you guys have also been loving, so I invite you to join in on the fun by sharing your favorites for the week in the comments section. 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 #102: Week of 8/14
• dark chocolate
Welp, my sweet tooth is back. There were a few weeks that went by when I wasn’t craving something sweet before bed, but… have no fear. The need for for (chocolate) speed has returned.
Instead of loading our freezer up with ice cream and dessert sandwiches, I decided to go a different route and stocked up on chocolate this week. I saw these dark chocolate bars in the organic section of the grocery store the other day and had to take them home.
The mint was for me and the salted caramel was for Scott. Or, at least that’s what I keep telling myself. (Let’s be real, they’re both for me.) And, they’re both delicious. Just a few squares per night go so far and are completely satisfying!
• EO Essentials all natural hand soap
I also found a new line of hand soaps to become obsessed with this week. It’s called EO Liquid Hand Soap, and I picked this bottle of Lavender + Tea Tree + Peppermint up from TJMaxx.
It must be a throwback because I can’t find the replica on their website, but here is a similar one. You can also find them and refill bottles on Amazon. I seriously can’t get over the smell of the essential oils every time I wash my hands. It’s so calming!
• garden vegetable medley pita chips
On a whim, I picked up and tried new-to-me Garden Veggie Medley Stacy’s Pita Chips up a couple of days ago and ohhhh my.
Give me a side of hummus with these bad boys and I’m done. Stacy’s Pita Chips are ridiculously good (and addicting), and this flavor is no exception. Go try them!
• press on acrylic nails
I am not a huge fan of acrylics (or spending a lot of money on my nails), so I have turned to press-on nails any time I want them to look nice for a special event, photo shoot, or wedding. I picked up a box similar to the left for a wedding we attended last weekend, and they stayed in place and looked great for close to a week!
My favorite kind is Kiss French Petites or Real Short length, and both retail for around $7-$8 a box. There are several skeptics out there about using press-ons, but I can personally assure you that they are wonderful.
The box includes easy-to-apply instructions, the entire process takes less than ten minutes, and they always last at least five days after I put them on. Try adding a clear top coat for extra shine, too! No one will ever suspect they weren’t professionally done. Promise.
• fruit smoothies
Ahhh, fresh fruit smoothies. You definitely have my heart lately.
My favorite concoctions always randomly come together, and they always include whatever fresh produce I have on hand.
I can’t even remember exactly what went into this smoothie, but I do know it had a ton of fresh berries (most likely strawberries, blueberries and raspberries), almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, and ice. Smoothies have become a snack I turn to often, and on the days where I have two lunches or dinners, a big part of my meals when I add extra protein.
The more colorful and loaded, the better! Am I right?
• favorite LIL posts
(Have you entered yet? If not, YOU SHOULD!)
By the way, I am still floored (yet not crazy surprised) by how incredibly supportive this online community is. This post wasn’t an easy one to write, and I wasn’t even sure I wanted to publish it after I wrote it, but I’m so, so glad I did. I truly appreciate all of the love and messages I have received and am still receiving. Thank you. You guys really are the best.<3
• Friday funnies
And to end things on a lighter note…
These are for all of the parents, teachers, and back-to-schoolers out there!
And I remember that book buy-back struggle like it was yesterday.
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Have a wonderful weekend!
Disclaimer: Friday Favorites is a series of posts that features items I genuinely want to share with you. While #FFavorites isn’t sponsored, affiliate links may appear from time to time. As always, any support is much appreciated! <3