Good Morning, and Happy Friday to ya! Today I woke up extra early to try and get the link-up ready and have to say… part of me misses seeing the sunrise in the mornings.
I am a girl who loves her sleep, and usually have Friday Favorites up around midnight or so the night before for you early birds. This week, however, I told myself I would get up with the rest of the early risers, which instantly took me back to the days I taught 6 a.m. barre classes.
Those were the best. I might have been a little more tired to start, but once things got going I absolutely loved it! The clients were so hardcore, loved being there, and I always walked outside to the sunrise when it was over.
Anyways – as I down the rest of my large cup of coffee – we have an end of the week celebration to get to. Here is my list of things I have been loving this week, and as always, I invite you to join in at the bottom by sharing some of your favorites as well!
Friday Favorites #49: Week of 8/8
• Biotin vitamin gummies
My hairdressers have been telling me to take biotin supplements for years. I have tried it to grow out my hair on and off over the past five of them, but never consistently.
After I chopped off my hair earlier this summer, I took that as a chance to start with a shorter, clean slate. I have been trying to get it back to it’s natural color (whatever that is) and grow it out again without all of the damage attached to the ends from constantly styling and dying it for games over the past six seasons.
I have always been horrible at taking vitamins, so I gravitate towards vitamin gummies for an every day multi-vitamin. So far, I haven’t missed many days since I started and have easily added these vitafusion Biotin gummies into my routine.
It’s kind of like a fruit snack treat I oddly look forward to every morning!
• Reebok Skyscapes (again)
I have been in love with Reebok Skyscapes ever since I was sent a purple pair back in December. Last March, I was excited to attend the official Skyscape Launch Party, which only doubled my swoon-factor when I was also gifted a pink pair.
I received an email last week from Reebok sharing a one day July sale on the 31st including three print choices for $39.99. I ignored it at first, but couldn’t stop thinking about them as the day went on. I needed a neutral pair. Okay, fine… I wanted a neutral pair.
I have had my eye on the grey color since I spotted them in New York, but saw these black beauties with a pop of pink as one of the sale choices.
I have been looking for a solid black shoe I could wear to dance and around town for a while and knew I might just need to get them.
It’s quite possible that I also need an intervention at this point.
I felt silly ordering them, but have been loving them ever since they arrived at my doorstep just a few days later. I love the solid black with pink bottoms and also the look of the extra pink laces they came with!
Black and pink is the new black? I think so!
• this extremely smart dog
Just when I felt confident in Roadie’s sit, stay, shake and lie down commands, this guy appeared on the Internet. Man he’s cute and that jump and rope grab is crazy impressive! Yeah… we’re working on it…
• RIZE natural energy drinks
A couple of #FFavorites ago, I mentioned that Scott requested me to keep a more natural version of energy drinks available at home for him to grab on busy, long days.
I hadn’t heard of RIZE Energy before, but picked a 4-pack of it up from the health aisle on my last trip to the grocery store. The apple/pear flavor looked intriguing!
He drank one yesterday and I stole half of it to approve or disapprove. For an energy drink, I was pleased to only see the use of cane sugar (opposed to regular) and an absence of preservatives and artificial flavors. The folate (as folic acid) kind of creeps me out a bit, but I have a feeling that would be present in any sparkling energy drink. Overall, I was very happy with it!
• professional eyebrow waxing
I mentioned this years ago (<- woah, throwback on my old, slightly embarrassing writing style… sorry), but I have been getting my eyebrows threaded ever since I tried it for the first time in college. I have extremely sensitive skin around the brows and have had some horrible experiences using hot wax at professional salons.
When I danced for the Orlando Magic, we were sponsored by a salon that offered waxing with cold wax for sensitive skin that I would try from time to time, but I always preferred threading.
Since we moved up to Michigan, I haven’t found a threading place I am fully happy with, or a consistent shape to my eyebrows for that matter.
About a month ago, I stumbled upon a salon a couple of miles from me that offered threading, but ended up getting waxed instead. She has been trying to grow my eyebrows out, and so far I haven’t had any troubles or bad reactions to the wax.
I am embracing the thicker look in my brow and can attest that it’s a much more pleasant experience!
• Hillsong Young & Free
Earlier this week, I shared that I went to the Hillsong Young & Free concert in Plymouth. For those of you who might not be familiar with this group, it is an Aussie youth ministry with an inspiring mission and story.
Many of you commented that you know Hillsong, and this is their band composed of a younger generation! It’s incredible to hear and see live.
I often recognize their hits in our church services and didn’t realize just how many I already knew until I heard them playing them at the concert. I purchased their album as soon as the concert was over and have been hooked on it all week!
• pretzel crisps
Gah! These pretzel chips. Addicting, no?
Before the concert, I ate about half the bag of the original flavor at a friend’s place. I bought her a new bag of them to replace it and also brought home this bag of Everything with me. Dipped into hummus, I could literally eat the entire bag without even thinking of it.
I’m not sure if that is a good or bad thing…
• talk to text
I don’t know why it took me so long to utilize this option on my iPhone, but I finally started using Talk to Text this week and it’s been great!
Simply click on the microphone button on the bottom and speak normally.
I have found that it picks up the majority of my words, but not always the punctuations. Also, if you say smiley face it types the nose included version. This works perfectly fine and does the job, but the perfectionist side in me usually comes out and fixes it when I’m done.
I forgot the word *there above, but she got the point, nonetheless.
• working out of the house
Ever since I purchased my MacBook I have been absolutely loving getting out of my basement, and even house to get work and studying done.
(Before, I was glued to my iMac desktop in the corner of our basement.)
Yesterday, I spent a good four hours at Panera and loved being around people, yet in my own little working bubble. I was so much more productive and didn’t have the distractions of laundry and random things that come up at home throughout the day. The food was a great break too!
• favorite posts
Hey… I remembered to close this week’s favorites with post highlights. Woop!
Two that stand out to me (in case you missed them) are reasons why I run and why I think you should start too…
And the importance of fitting in “me” time and how to get and fit it into your busy schedule!
I would love to hear some of your suggestions and reasons you run (or don’t) in the comments section here as well!
Happy (almost) Weekend!