Hello and Happy Friday! Did the week fly by for any of you guys too?
Holy cow. But hey, I guess that’s never a bad thing.
I noticed a lot of new faces in the comments section this week, so if you are still getting used to the weekly shenanigans that happen around here, you should know that Fridays are spent looking back at what I loved about the week.
From funny videos to new health and fitness finds, I gather things that I like or that made me smile and share them with you.
The best part about Friday Favorites is that these types of posts have grown like wildfire in the blogging world! At the bottom you will find a link-up to share your #FFavorites as well, and if you’re not a blogger and still want to play, I invite you to utilize the comments section to tell me yours!
Friday Favorites #51: Week of 8/22
(And, PSSST… there may or may not be a giveaway at the bottom too!)
My sister first told me about Scentsy a little over a year ago. Back then she owned a few of their scented warmers and now has purchased so many (for herself and gifts to others) that she became a consultant!
If you are a fan of nice smells and night lights, I have a feeling that you would love these warmers.
I ordered the Tunis Scentsy Warmer from the Deluxe collection with Business Casual scented wax from the Scentsy Man collection. I kind of have a thing for house scents that smell like Abercrombie Man… remember?
Really though, I am loving this! It comes with a light bulb and all you have to do is plug it in and turn it on to get a large area to smell fantastic. Warmers can replace the need for candles and over time, can save you money since all you have to replace is the wax!
And if you’re a true lover of all things that smell good and light candles nightly like me, that will only have to happen about every 3-4 weeks.
• Harmless Harvest 100% raw coconut water
I sampled this Harmless Harvest coconut water at my last trip to Whole Foods. It was pink in color, which intrigued me.
An explanation of the hue, taken straight from their website:
“All of our coconut water is completely clear when bottled. After bottling, the color simply signals antioxidants interacting with light. Variation is (more than) normal in nature, but everyone thought we were crazy to put pink bottles on the shelf. Rather than change the product, we decided to educate people and trust that they would understand. We hope we’re paving the way for the acceptance of variability, and reconnection with the truth that nature comes in many colors.”
Rarely do I sample and buy something right away, but this stuff is PHENOM. It is easily the best coconut water I have tried thus far, and the biggest downfall is the price. At almost $5 a bottle, it’s expensive, but very delicious and “worth it” according to online reviews.
I certainly think it is refreshing!
• Whole Foods hot bar
Speaking of Whole Foods, how many of you haven’t visited their hot food bar? For the love… if you are close to one… go NOW.
While I used to stick to getting monster salads or have some sort of theme to my meal, these days I just load everything up into my bowl. It’s fine.
This honker weighed two pounds and cost about $15 upon checkout. (!!!) Once again, rarely do I pay $15 for a salad, but when I do it’s when I make my own at Whole Foods. With a side of Whole Foods sorbet, this one served as both lunch and dinner that day!
• IDEA World Fitness Convention & BlogFest
I know I have raved about it throughout the entire week, but I just can’t complete this #FFavorites post without mentioning IDEA. It was an absolute blast and I brought so much useful information home with me!
In case you missed the stories or tips I have already shared, read up:
I finished up the recaps with my personal tips on what to expect from the conference. My DO’s and DONT’s of attending IDEA, if you will.
For those of you who are fitness and/or blogging professionals (or even enthusiasts!), I hope this helps you decide if you would like to join next year. Many of you have expressed an interest, so I am looking forward to sharing more about the sessions coming up!
I also found these oddly fascinating.
At first glance, I wasn’t sure how egg whites would taste in a chip form, but I went over to their both at the IDEA EXPO anyways and I’m so glad I did. Hands down, the cinnamon flavor is where it’s at!
I took the bag to a session and devoured it all in about ten minutes.
• yoga mats with straps
This is the last mention of IDEA, promise.
But how cute is this yoga mat Reebok surprised us with at our Strala Yoga session with Tara Stiles?
(similar, similar, similar <- just the holder strap)
I already had a thick yoga mat at home, but have been on the hunt for a thinner one that is more portable with a handle or removable strap.
Or if you’d prefer, I’m digging these yoga totes that fit your mat right into the bottom. Thanks, Reebok!
• favorite HWG post
See? I did more than just talk about the conference this week…
This post was shared a lot on multiple social media channels and I was excited to see your responses in the comments section!
And last but not least…
• National Waffle Day + Van’s giveaway!
I got an email from Van’s this week letting me in on a little secret: This Sunday, August 24th, is National Waffle Day!
To celebrate, I whipped up one of my favorite ways to eat them to share the news.
Two Van’s Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon waffles topped in Peach Greek yogurt and fresh peaches.
Sick of hearing me talk about Van’s waffles and want to try some?
Van’s wants to give one lucky Housewife Glamour winner a handful of coupons for free waffles as well as a Van’s water bottle and tote!
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite waffle topping or way to eat waffles. The winner will be announced Monday, August 25th!
Have a great weekend! xo
My favorite Van’s waffle is the blueberry gluten-free topped with Greek yogurt and blueberries and raspberries. I learned this delicious way to enjoy my waffle from a special house guest, HB, and have enjoying them this way ever since.
I think of you when I make those waffles! Especially when they are gluten free. Thanks for entering! Hope to see you soon! xo
Scentsy is the best!! I’m sadly out of outlets or I would buy more warmers cuz they’re just so cute! They have some awesome scents too. I love the ones that smell like baked goods or cinnamon and spices. :p Your waffles look tasty! I love slathering mine in peanut butter!
I like to make a waffle sandwich with almond butter and smashed raspberries. Yum!
I love waffles with just some butter and good, real, Canadian maple syrup! Not particularly healthy, but that’s probably why I have waffles so infrequently… 😉
Actually I really wanted to say how jealous I am of your access to that harmless harvest coconut water. Had it for the first time (and then the second, third, fourth, etc.) when I was in LA over a year ago. Sadly, I’m no longer near a whole foods. That stuff is straight up the most amazing drink ever. It seriously tastes like it came straight out of the coconut a minute ago.
Glad to hear you love it just as much as I did! Bummer you aren’t around a Whole Foods. If it makes you feel better, I hate that I can’t find a Fresh Market close to me… I miss that place so much!
I love them with blueberries.
Im a fan of just some maple syrup!
A) who doesn’t love waffles? All the toppings please!
B) so jealous of blog fest. I wanted to go so badly but just couldn’t swing it
C)need those egg white chips! Happy Friday!
Strength and Sunshine
This week did fly by! I am so not ready though! I leave tomorrow (like really early …3am) for college! I still am not done packing and I can’t even picture what my next week alone will be like! I wish this week went by….A LOT slower! Haha!
Whoa… best of luck on your college endeavors! Thanks for linking up!
Jaclyn @ Bumpsweat
Cinnamon apples on waffles are pretty tasty. We rarely have waffles, though, because we don’t have a maker. Now I want them 🙂
I love to put almond butter on my waffles and a little bit of syrup!
pb and syrup!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
I love your cat mask! haha
My favorite way to eat waffles is with bananas, honey, and cinnamon!
Egg white chips?? Whoa! Those sound cool. I’ll have to be on the lookout for those!
Let me know if you find them and where! 🙂
Mmm… Waffles with raspberries and sunbutter!
I love making waffle sandwiches with ham and turkey…I’m weird, I know!
Ha, that is weird! But sounds good at the same time! 😉
I love waffles with plain greek yogurt, drizzle of honey, and fresh berries!!!
Waffles!!!!!! my top 2 favorite waffles eating ways would be with pb and honey and a waffle ice cream sandwhich!!!! . I also love them plan!
AHH! I used to make waffle sandwiches all the time! I really have no idea whey I stopped…
Whole Foods is seriously the best!
Whole Foods is seriously the best! I know it is really expensive but I just take it as if I was eating at a fancy restaurant, because, Whole Foods is fancy, right? 🙂 What better to eat high quality food at the comfort of your sofa with friends (if you want to share…Ha.)
I was always curious about the pink coconut water so its great to know!
Whole Foods = the fanciest of the grocery stores… so there’s that? 😉
My favorite topping for waffles is almond butter with sliced banana and greek yogurt!
My favorite topping for waffles is peanut butter! THE BEST!
Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
I would probably go savory with waffles…I’m not a huge sweet fan. So topped with bacon and over easy eggs! 🙂
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Egg white chips sound interesting! My favorite way to have waffles is with berries, Greek yogurt, almond slivers and a little honey or maple syrup. So good! Thanks for hosting the link up. Have a great weekend!
I didn’t care for all of the flavors, but the cinnamon was AMAZING. Ate the whole thing in no time!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Peanut butter + pure maple syrup on my waffles please! Some added banana slices are yummy too. 🙂
How have I never tried that combo? Awesome!
Smeared with peanut butter and topped with a drizzle of maple syrup!
I love waffles with fresh fruit and whipped cream!
Peanut butter and cinnamon on van’s apple cinnamon waffles – so hard to only eat one or two!
I love Scentsy! I have a couple in my house and they’ve almost completely replaced candles (sometimes I still like the dancing light the candles provide). I usually buy the Scentsy Man and also have Business Casual. For some reason I love my house to smell like that because it reminds me of being cozy and safe when my boyfriend works nights!
Love it! 🙂
Sweet: peanut butter with maple syrup and banana
Savory: dippy egg and sharp cheddar cheese
I love Vans waffles because I’m allergic to eggs and they’re egg-free (at least some variates). My favorite way to eat them is drizzled with honey before a long run!
I like waffles with peanut butter and bananas on them, just butter, plain, as a breakfast taco with egg white and turkey sausage- I guess I LOVE them anyway they come…..
I tried Van’s recently because of your blog and now they are the only ones I buy! They ROCK
I love waffles with a little butter and cinnamon on top. YUM!
I don’t like syrup, but I do love peanut butter! I also like to just heat up fruit in a sauce pan, and drizzle it on top too! Have you tried any of the Van’s cereals? Oh em gee! Mmm!
That sounds amazing! I actually haven’t tried the cereals… I need to get on that!
Jessica @ The Get Fit Chick
I definitely want to try my hardest to be at IDEA next year…everybody has been raving about it, I WANT TO BE THERE!!!
Hope to see you there!
I love waffles with peanut butter and jelly….one on each 🙂 thanks!
My favorite Van’s Waffle topping is peanut butter and fresh berries! So delicious. As I watched everyones’ IG and Twitter feeds blowing up about IDEA, I was secretly hoping I was there too. Will definitively try to get there next year.
I hope you get out there next year too!
I love peanut butter and cinnamon on waffles! also bananas!
My favorite waffle topping is peanut butter! I’m a kid at heart.
I love Van’s waffles with Greek yogurt and pb2 so delicious!
I’ve never tried just sprinkling PB2 onto the top of something. I usually just use it in smoothies. Great suggestion!
Love pb and bananas on top of waffles!
Love the gluten-free waffles topped with whatever fruit I have on hand and maple syrup. Classic, but so good!
I like them with butter, syrup, bacon and a cold glass of milk.
Scentsy and man smells are the best – my nightstand is full of them! IDEA sounds so fun and I think I would love to go, just not sure if I am at that fitness level yet when it comes to blogging. This isn’t the healthiest, but my favorite waffles are covered in Nutella and strawberries!
I love them w/ sliced strawberries & extra syrup!