I’m a little late to the party today, so I’ll cut the introduction chatter short and get right to the good stuff.
I hope you all have a fantastic Friday, and also that you enjoy this week’s roundup of favorites. Don’t forget to link your Friday Favorites posts up at the bottom, too!
Friday Favorites #143: Week of 5/27
• IKEA storage bed
As soon as Scott and I decided that we were moving to New York, a storage bed was one of the first things on my radar. We are still in the process of piecing everything together, but this purchase has been the best one so far … by a landslide.
The first place I thought to look was IKEA, since it is basically the go-to for everything storage for small spaces. I found plenty of options online and in person, and we kept coming back to the MALM storage bed in black-brown.
You guys … it holds so much. I strategically placed all of our fall wardrobe in our suitcases, and used every square inch I could to find a home for things that we want in our apartment, but don’t necessarily need to get to every day.
Just like all IKEA furniture, the bed was a total pain to put together, but it was one hundred percent worth it. Our room is a lot closer to becoming organized, and I know a big part of me feeling calm about it is the bed!
• Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap (new scent?)
Longtime readers will recognize this logo right away. I’ve always had a thing for Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day counter top sprays and dish soaps, and this week I stumbled upon a new (to me?) scent and label called Lilac.
(The hand soaps are more favorites when I run out of my Williams-Sonoma sets.)
I usually pick my scents by the seasons or whatever is on sale. For example, I’m always drawn to the Basil line around the holidays (maybe because it smells like trees?), and I opt for something flowery for the spring and summer. Apple or Rhubarb reminds me of fall!
You know you’re getting older when … you get excited about soap y’all. It’s fine.
• travel hair dryer
I have the Ultra CHI Low EMF hair dryer (similar, similar), and have owned that or a PRO series and others for years and years. I love CHI hair dryers, so it really bummed me out when it stopped blowing hot air on my recent trip to Orlando.
I totally forgot about it when we got home, until I had a surprise last-minute interview in Manhattan and needed to get ready as soon as possible. Great timing to not have a functional hair dryer, right?
Luckily, Scott was around to walk down to CVS for me and pick up a travel hair dryer. I had been toying with the idea of getting one for traveling anyways, and I have been very pleased with how the Conair Vegabond Styler 1875 Watt Dryer dries my hair.
It’s super quick, and is great in the mean time while I figure out how to send my CHI dryer back and get a new one for $50 (I’ve heard you can do this … have any of you had luck here?)
I miss two things about my old dryer: the ability to control hot or cold air, and the attachments for straightening or curling. If I can’t get a new version of mine for $50, I might be keeping my eye out for any CHI hair dryer sales this weekend!
• Roadie at the dog beach
It’s no secret that Scott and I have both been loving Prospect Park. We feel very grateful to live in Park Slope, and even more grateful that this beautiful retreat is just about a half mile away!
You can usually catch my (almost) daily snaps at the park (Snapchat username: lifenleggings), and we have certainly been taking advantage of the dog-friendly areas.
Whenever we take Roadie for a run or long walk with us, we always make sure to pass by the dog “beach” to let him get a drink and cool off. He’s never been one to fully submerge by jumping in the water, but he loves getting in and going up to his chest to walk around. It’s so cute.
• Shakeology drinks
Okay, okay … friends. I finally caved towards one of the (many) requests I get to try Shakeology drinks. I’ve seen a huge buzz around them, as well as a strong push from anyone who is a Beachbody Coach, but I never really understood what was so special about them.
I always thought that Shakeology drinks were just Beachbody’s line of protein powders, but I’ve come to learn that there is much more to it than that.
Shakeology is a supplement that can help you lose weight, improve your digestion and regularity, increase your energy and stamina, and most importantly, reduce junk food cravings. Each serving comes packed with protein and amino acids, antioxidants and super-fruits, phytonutrients and super-greens, herbs, prebiotics and probiotics, and digestive enzymes.
Each packet costs $4, so the price may seem a little steep. The benefits of ensuring that you are getting more than enough servings of vegetables and nutrients, however, makes it worth it.
Per my friend Molly’s suggestion, I made one of her concoctions by blending 1 pack chocolate, 1 pack vanilla, almond milk, and ice for two servings after our run yesterday. (She actually suggests using coconut milk instead of almond for it to taste similar to a Mounds chocolate bar, but we were out!)
The shakes tasted fantastic, and I would have thought I was drinking a milkshake. I honestly didn’t taste anything supplemental about it. I was very surprised.
I still have the other packages to try out (including some vegan options!), so I’ll be sure to report back again with my thoughts. So far, Shakeology is a big win in my books.
(Thanks for sending them over my way, Molly!)
• Memorial Day Sales
Here are some Memorial Day Sales that are currently going on and filling up my inbox:
» Get up to 40% off at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, starting now!
» Lots of sales going on at Bath & Body Works (use the promo code SUMMER4U to get 20% off your total)
» Enjoy the sales and use the promo code MEMORIAL10 for $10 off at Kohl’s
» Up to 35% off your purchase at The Vitamin Shoppe
» Get 30% off your purchase at J. Crew
» 50% off everything (plus an additional 40% off clearance items) at Coach!
» 50-70% off the entire store at Banana Republic
» Get up to 40% off using the promo code MEMDAY at Reebok
» Take an extra 30% off sale items at lucy
» All tanks, tees, shorts, and swimwear is 50% off at Old Navy
» Enjoy 25% off at Betsey Johnson
» Use the promo code SITEWIDE to receive 40% off everything at White Plum
• favorite LIL posts
» NYC Weekend Snapshots (& Dough Doughnuts)
» Spring Outside Workout Playlist
• Friday funnies
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
That bed is amazing!
Also, I’m having a Mrs. Meyer’s giveaway right now on my blog if you want to enter! I went to an awesome garden event last week for it!
Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job recently posted…Five Things Friday #88
That’s awesome, Erin! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy the weekend!
Anna-Marie @Beauty and the Beets
Oh no! The cat in the cookie monster costume. I am dying. Happy Wekkend!!
Hahaha right? Gotta love animal memes. 😉
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday
That bed is so cool! The perfect way to store stuff under the bed without looking like, well, you’re storing stuff under the bed. And thanks for the Shakeology review – I want to try it now! Have a great weekend, Heather 🙂
Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Five Friday Favorites 05/27/16
Right? It’s a bit pricey for an IKEA bed, but so awesome! I’m looking forward to trying more flavors!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
Yes to that coffee quote!!
(insert fist emoji here)
Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
I hear a million things about shakeology too, but I’ve never tried it before. The chocolate definitely sounds good, though!
Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food recently posted…Friday Favorites 5.27.16
I’m excited to try the cafe latte and vegan flavors too!
Amanda @ Real Life Recovery Diary
I am thanking you for that list of sales (helloooo Banana Republic shopping spree!!) but my bank account is not :p Hope you have a great holiday weekend girl!
Haha, I am living vicariously through anyone who clicks and shops the sales. (Must resist!)
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
Okay, I am seriously impressed with what you’ve done in that storage bed. We should have had a storage bed when we were in the City … instead we had to “display” our storage strategically throughout the apartment hehehe! Happy Friday, friend! 🙂
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West recently posted…Favorite things: Workout gear and more
Thanks friend! You have to use every inch you’ve got around here. Oh don’t worry, we have plenty still “on display” 😉 Happy weekend!
we just got that bed (minus the storage part) in the light wood color. Fun story actually my husband took apart our old bed and put our new bed together only to find out I have bought the wrong size so he had to take it all apart and put it together again the next day once we got the right size…. I am honestly surprised I’m still married haha!
kaitlin @4loveofcarrots recently posted…Things I’m Loving Friday
NO – I can’t imagine how frustrating that would be. Putting it together once is bad enough! Haha, you’ve certainly got a trooper on your hands!
Susie @ SuzLyfe
That bed is LEGIT. We are really excited that our new apartment has a little storage locker with it. I honestly don’t know how I fit everything that I did in our last place. I really must have had mad skillz there, because we are overflowing with things in the new place! Have a great weekend, Heather!
Susie @ SuzLyfe recently posted…Summer is Here, and I am Ready (?) For It!
That’s the best – it’s amazing how much you can fit in hidden spaces! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂
Yay! So glad you guys enjoyed your first “trial”! LOVE the coffee quote!!!
Woo hoo! I’m excited to try the latte and vegan flavors next. Thanks again!
I need that bed!!! I have no storage space! I wish we had an Ikea nearby but the closest one is two hours away. Boo!
Rachel recently posted…Five Things I Love About Being a Fit Mom
Just stumbled upon your blog & I am linking up this Friday! 🙂 Love that bed – I cried twice putting together my futon from IKEA, so I commend you for getting it together, haha! Have a great weekend!
Hi Ciara, welcome!! Thanks for linking up! Oh no, that sounds like the worst … I can’t take much credit though, Scott handled 95% of it! Good for you for toughing it out 😉
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
I am all about Mrs. Meyers products. They are awesome. I know there are times when the only inspiration I need is a cup of coffee too! xo Lauren
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I bought this platform bed and it has 12-drawers. Imagine how much space I saved in my little apartment.
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