Good morning my friends!
It felt weird taking a break from the blog yesterday. I signed on in the morning, but I didn’t have much to say. Instead of just throwing something online, I decided to take a step back and spend the day getting things done around the house before work.
While it makes me sad, I have to admit that getting all of the Christmas decorations down and put away felt great. If I had it my way and electric bills weren’t a factor, I would leave our tree up all year long! That’s socially acceptable when you live in a winter climate for six months, right?
Anyways, it’s Friday, and it’s my favorite time of week where I like to take a look back and share what I have been loving lately.
I always 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 #123: Week of 1/8
• gel manicure
Have you ever gotten a gel manicure?
I don’t get my nails done very often, and when I do, it’s hardly ever upgraded to gel, french, or acrylics. This month I had an excuse to get a manicure since I was in my friend’s wedding! Part of the bridal party met the day before the wedding, and the bride talked me into getting gel on my toes and nails. She said it lasts so much longer, and she’s absolutely right!
I’ve had this gel polish (it’s O.P.I. in Bubble Bath) on for over a week now, and I don’t have a single chip. I can’t remember any previous manicure of mine lasting more than a couple of days. If you’ve been skeptical about the gel upgrade option, I can assure you it’s worth it.
• Burt’s Bees deep pore scrub
After running out of my go-to Yes To Grapefruit facial scrub a few weeks ago, I decided to pick up something new on my way up to the register at Fresh Thyme Market. There wasn’t a huge selection, but I knew I would be safe with anything from the Burt’s Bees line. As it turns out, I love, love, love this deep pore scrub.
I keep it in our second bathroom for when I take a bath, and I actually look forward to washing my face with it while unwinding with a hot soak. Is that weird? The texture beads are awesome! Regardless, if you are in the market for a facial scrub that truly rejuvenates and gently exfoliates, this one’s worth a try.
• velvet plush throw
Oh. my. gosh. After my obsession with polyester pajamas came to fruition a few months ago, it’s no wonder why I can’t stop carrying this throw blanket around the house with me! It’s labeled a “velvet plush” throw, but is made out of pure polyester.
It was given to me by my friend’s mother (thanks Rene!) after she saw me eyeing it at a white elephant gift exchange. The brand is Better Homes and Gardens, and it looks like you can find several similar throws at Wal-Mart. I’ve been a lover of blankets for years, but this – by far – has been my favorite so far. So cozy!
• Scott’s Giorgio Armani glasses
Some of you might remember me mentioning that Scott recently got his very first pair of glasses. Thanks to a campaign with LensCrafters, we were each able to order a new set of frames at the end of our AccuExams. They had a wonderful selection to choose from, and I’m semi-jealous of these Giorgio Armani frames that just came in.
They’re very different than my Tiffany & Co. frames, and I love the trendy, matte look on him. I can’t find an exact link to them, but here they are in grey. You should be able to find them at your local LensCrafters!
• Honey Roasted Blue Diamond Almonds
This was the second time I have tried this flavor of Blue Diamond Almonds, and the container didn’t last more than a couple of days. Both times. While I’m a fan of a lot of different flavored almonds, these are right at the top of my favorites list.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a can if you see them.
Oh, and I also shared a full day of recipes featuring these bad boys. Yum!
• turquoise & champagne phone case
Before the holidays, I was browsing around Amazon and casually mentioned that I needed a new iPhone case to my brother. To give him an idea of the type of cases I like, I sent him a link to this one. Isn’t it cute?
I didn’t expect him to get it for me on top of another present, but I happily accepted it when I opened it. I love the 4-side protection and color combo. You can’t beat the $14 price tag, either!
• favorite links around the web
» Thank you to ActivewearUSA for featuring my workout!
» I love the idea of using socks in workouts. Check out this one via Pumps & Iron.
» I need this spaghetti squash in my life. It looks so delicious and easy to make.
» If Snapchat Existed in the 90s via TheBerry.com. (Hilarious and so accurate.)
» Since we’re past Christmas morning, I need an excuse to make this Egg Nog French Toast Casserole recipe via Peanut Butter Fingers.
» Um… Ryan Gosling performing in a dance recital at 12 years old. You’re welcome.
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
Right? (to all of them…)
Have a wonderful weekend!