Good morning! I’m actually coming to you from the west coast today.
I’m in Scottsdale visiting two of my life-long girlfriends! The three of us have known each other since we were three years old, and since we all live in different parts of the country now, we try to plan a reunion of sorts every five years or so.
It has been quite a while since we have all been together for an extended period of time. We all turned 30 this year, so a celebration was well overdue!
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to get away and spend time with them this weekend, and also for Scott who gave up his miles and searched high and low for a flight to get me here. It was a last minute decision to go ahead and book this trip (just short of a week ago!), and I’m just so happy to be here.
Seeing my friends and exploring some fun things to do in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Pine areas is my number one favorite this week! I’ll be sure to share photos and stories from our Arizona adventures when I get back, but for now I’ll leave you with this week’s edition of Friday Favorites.
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Friday Favorites #111: Week of 10/16
• my September POPSUGAR Must Have Box
I received this pink box of surprises in the mail from POPSUGAR over a month ago, so it’s about time that I share it with you.
It’s their September Must Have Box!
Last month centered around getting ready for fall and travels. It’s the perfect time to polish your beauty routine, freshen up your style, dive into new to-go snacks, and upgrade your travel accessories.
The September 2015 Box included:
- HUDSON+BLEECKER Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio, suggested retail: $42
- KRIS NATIONS “XO” Stud Earrings, suggested retail: $35
- TOO FACED COSMETICS Brow Envy Brow Shaping & Defining Kit, suggested retail: $39
- BRIOGEO ROSARCO Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray, $20
- NCLA So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil, suggested retail: $18
- NOURISH SNACKS Almond to Cherries, suggested retail: $2
— Over a $155 Value!
I’m looking forward to testing out the beauty products and made sure to bring the almond to cherries snack with me on my trip. I’ll be back to report with some box wins soon.
I know I’ve shared a couple of boxes on the blog before, but for the newbies…
How It Works:
- Pick a plan: sign up for a subscription, packages start at $39.95 a month
- Unwrap your full-sized box of surprises each moth
- Enjoy your new discoveries!
You can always see what past boxes look like by visiting their Box Reveal page. All are valued well over $100 and include treats I would personally love to try. Also, I think it’s neat that Lisa Sugar (POPSUGAR Founder & Editor in Chief) personally hand picks the items that go into each box. You’re essentially trying out her monthly “Friday Favorites”.
While I don’t personally subscribe to the service, it looks like a great one to have. Who doesn’t love surprises in the mail every month? Thanks for shipping me another month, POPSUGAR!
• apple cider mimosas & sangria
I can’t believe I never thought of using apple cider for adult beverages!
I caught up with two friends over brunch (two different friends and brunch spots seen here) last weekend, and both places featured a specialty brunch drink made with a base of freshly pressed Pure Michigan apple cider. Um, delicious.
Pictured above is an apple cider mimosa (fresh cider mill apple cider & champagne) from The Meeting House, and I ordered an apple cider sangria (fresh cider mill apple cider, pinot grigio & fresh fruit) from Toast.
It won’t be long before I attempt to make my own batches at home!
• Subway footlongs (for two)
It had been a while since I stopped into a Subway, but I made a return this week thanks to a couple of gift cards my friends at the company sent my way. It’s no surprise that I ordered a foot long turkey on wheat for Scott and I to share.
Here’s exactly how I order it: A foot long turkey on wheat (toasted) with American cheese, topped in “the works” minus the onions and jalapeños. Add salt and pepper, and oil and vinegar for dressing!
I could probably eat that exact sandwich a couple of times every single week. In fact, I used to. If I’m watching my carbs, I’ll sub the bread for a salad with spinach and load it with all of the same goodies and toppings. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll add guacamole too.
Ahhh, it’s great to be back!
• punny Halloween costumes
Maybe it’s me tightening the purse strings this year, but I always appreciate a creative or punny costume. Oh hey, “Fifty Shades of Grey!”
Check these out for more awesome, punny ideas:
– 19 Halloween Costumes That Are Actually Clever via Huffington Post
– 10 Easy(ish) Halloween Punny Costumes via Cosmopolitan
– 43 Punny Halloween Costumes That Won’t Break the Bank via POPSUGAR
– 26 Hilariously Funny Halloween Costume via Buzzfeed
• early morning workouts
Scott and I have been taking advantage of an early empty gym hour twice a week, and it’s been nice to switch things up and work out in the mornings again. I used to frequent barre classes with the sunrise, but it’s been ages since I’ve voluntarily completed strength training circuits and HIIT workouts before breakfast and the 7 a.m. hour.
While I don’t mind working out later in the day (I actually feel more energized to move in the afternoons), I’ve found that I’m more likely to fit in a good sweat if I start my day with a trip to the gym. I’ve been working at the gym in the mid-afternoons and nights, so it’s been a nice change to have Scott join me in the mornings and start our days off on the right foot!
When do you prefer to work out?
• protein peanut butter
These flavors from Vitamin Shoppe’s #ProteinPantry are amazing, and I’m completely addicted!
I spread a serving or two on top of a handful of Saltine crackers the other day and it was basically protein crack. I kept digging in for more and had to finally put it away! I love that there is added protein content to get me fuller, faster. Otherwise there’s no way I could walk away.
I took a look at the entire Buff Bake website and holy yum, you guys. Pumpkin spice? White Chocolate? Cinnamon Raisin? Somebody stop me before I order all of them.
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
In the spirit of Halloween approaching and because I’m currently watching Friends in the background of putting this post together… Enjoy!
Hey, good for Ross for being himself right? #Sputnikforthewin
(If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should probably watch Season 8, Episode 6. It’s on Netflix.) 😉
Have a great weekend!
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