Good morning! I hope you were all able to enjoy time with loved ones yesterday. Even though Scott and I were far from our families, we spent some much needed quality time together for Christmas, and I am so very thankful for it.
Things are slowly getting back to “normal” around our household… whatever that is. I plan to spend the day going through a lot of our closet and belongings, sorting through things we need and things we can give away. There’s a Pistons home game later tonight, but that’s really the only thing on the radar as far as plans go this weekend.
Here’s hoping you have a great day doing whatever you’re doing. If you happen to be home, or traveling to see friends and family, soak it up!
Now onto this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. As always, I invite you to join in on the party in the comments and link-up sections at the bottom!
Friday Favorites #69: Week of 12/26
• complete Friends series DVD set
It’s no secret that I’m a Friends fanatic. I’ve mentioned it on the blog plenty of times, and am one hundred percent guilty of recording episodes on our DVR that I have seen at least ten times before. I might have a problem.
Knowing this, I received the complete (ten season) series on DVD as a Christmas gift from Scott’s Dad and step-mom this year!
I was pretty excited to unwrap this beautiful red box of entertainment when we skyped with them on Christmas Eve! Let’s just say that Scott is… thrilled.
• monogramed phone charger labels
I mentioned that a unique phone charger would make a great gift in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide for Him. After finding these cloth wrapped cords online, I knew I wanted to order at least a set of them for Scott and I. As I was checking out, I saw it would take 2-3 weeks for them to arrive, I became inpatient, and bailed on the order. I wanted them sooner.
With the same cloth cord idea in mind, I searched all over the Internet, but was unable to find exactly what I was looking for. Eventually, I ended up on Etsy and found this custom monogram iPhone charger decal. It was perfect for Scott, since he has a habit of stealing my charger.
I ordered him one in black and then found this adorable Lily Pulitzer inspired monogram iPhone charger decal for me too.
I found a set of Mercury cloth wrapped iPhone chargers at Nordstrom Rack for $19.99 each. The decals arrived around three business days later, and I applied them, re-boxed them, then wrapped both boxes up for us to unwrap on Christmas morning.
They light up when you plug them in and charge our phones very quickly. It was a great gift for both of us!
• 16 Reasons You Should Never Reenact Pinterest Photos via Buzzfeed. This pretty much sums up what happens every time I try.
• family photo album (Christmas gift)
I shared a few throwback family photos earlier this week, and almost couldn’t wait to also include where they came from. My mom made my brother, my sister, and I all copies of this holiday album of family Christmas photos from our childhood!
The inside took me back to my very first Christmas, and getting the book was a total surprise!
I don’t have too many photos from the early days in our home, so this was the best present I could have received.
She put the book together through Shutterfly, and from what I understand, it only took her a couple of days to do so. What a thoughtful present for any holiday, birthday, anniversary, or special event!
PS: If you ever end up using Shutterfly for photo albums, prints, or cards, look for coupon codes online! I simply googled “shutterfly coupon codes” and ended up getting almost 60% off our holiday cards that way.
• ear warmer headbands
I absolutely love ear warmer headbands.
They are similar to beanies, only don’t cover the entire top of your head. They’re great for keeping your head and ears warm during the winter without leaving you with as much “hat hair” when you take them off.
The ones I rotate the most include the one you see above (I got from Frank & Me in Clarkston), and two others I brought home from Paris. They all have a fleece lining on the inside that feel extra cozy and keep me warm!
I even wore one during the entirety of my last half marathon. You can wear your hair up with them, as opposed to only being able to wear a low ponytail with regular beanies. Genius!
I almost forgot how much I love pancakes until we made some for breakfast on Christmas morning. Almost.
I usually make Fiber One or protein pancakes, so it was a treat to have the Bisquick buttermilk pancakes I grew up on. SO good!
• local products (Made in Detroit)
Both Scott and I thoroughly enjoy finding and trying produce and products made locally or throughout the state of Michigan. We often frequent the Made in Detroit shops when we have out-of-town visitors, and always come home with something for our pantry as well.
Scott brought this gift basket filled with Michigan-made goodies home from the office this week and we can’t wait to dig into it!
Aren’t locally made products the best?
• quality R&R time
Scott and I spent the entire day being anything but productive yesterday. I really can’t remember the last time we did that. We watched a total of four movies, picked up take-out for dinner, and spent the entire day in sweat pants! It was glorious. <3
• Williams-Sonoma hot chocolate
After hearing Julie and a handful of other friends of mine rave about the gourmet hot chocolate from Williams-Sonoma, I went to the store and bought the sampler pack to give to Scott as part of his Christmas present.
He’s a huge hot chocolate fan, so I knew he would instantly love the gift. We broke it out while watching a movie last night, and I absolutely see what all of the fuss is about. Each bag is filled with real chocolate shavings flavored differently.
The peppermint bark was dreamy and I can’t wait to dig into the other bags too! Oh, and all of their hot chocolate is currently on sale too. (I might just be going back…)
• GIVEAWAY WINNER
I apologize for not announcing a giveaway winner earlier this week.
Thank you for all who entered in the Hands-Free Jogging Leash giveaway at the end of last week’s Friday Favorites!
Entry #84: Jennifer K! You have been emailed and are asked to respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.
• favorite HWG posts
• Friday funnies
Both accurate today.
Have a great holiday weekend!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Friday Favorites series features items I genuinely want to share with you. Please know that affiliate links may be included. Thank you for your support! <3
Friends is my favorite, I have all the seasons as well and could watch them over and over (and I do). Glad you had a good holiday!
Hehe, I KNEW I’m not the only one 😉
Lake Shore Runner
I love the phone charges, especially the Lilly one. All things are better monogramed! And I of course love love the Detroit Local Shops and items made in Detroit. I got a few presents from the Detroit shop at Somerset this year 🙂 Thanks for hosting the Friday Favorites linkup and Happy Day after Christmas!
I think so too! 😉 I had a feeling you would like the Detroit basket. Glad to hear you had a great holiday! Thanks so much for linking up!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Scott’s sister had one of those books made for her son through Shutterfy too. So cute! I love the headband and the phone chargers. Yay for the full set of Friends episodes too. 🙂
It’s the perfect gift for someone who seems to have everything <3
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Those chargers and the photo album are so cute!
I LOVE ear warmer head bands! I call the “sweater” headbands 😉 They seriously keep me SO warm on my runs!
(And pancakes…well there is nothing much to say except…LOVE and YUM!)
They really are like sweater headbands, so comfy!
Annette Perkins (@FitnessPerks)
That is the cutest/thoughtful gift! I love photo albums 🙂 I made one for my husband, and it ended up being a super fun, but long project! So fun though.
Mmmmmm hot cocoa!!
I know… I made one for my parents after our wedding and it took FOREVER! I think it’s because I’m a serious perfectionist, lol. Thank you for linking up!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
So glad to hear you had such a relaxing and wonderful day with Scott! When we lived in Utah before Hunter came along, we had a couple Christmases with just Cody and me and they were SO nice. I’ll never forget those special Christmases with the two of us!
It was definitely weird with it just being the two of us, but still a great way to spend the holiday. <3
Um, I’m thinking that the chocolate mix needs to be sprinkled over ice cream. Or straight into my mouth… So glad you had a great Christmas! Relaxing with your dude when you are so busy is perhaps the best present of all, amiright?
Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating
Glad y’all had a great Christmas! Oooh, I love the monogram phone chargers. Any unique gift like those always gets me. I’ve used Shutterfly in the past and always enjoyed their customer service and products. And my mother made some very special Christmas pancakes this year as well! I posted a picture of them on my recent blog post with a recap of Christmas.
I’ve only had great experiences with Shutterfly! Yum… pancakes are the best. Happy Holidays!
Oh, Friends! <3 I discovered this late into my college life and used to watch it with my roommates!
Those custom monogram phone chargers are such a great idea, and I love that coffee mug! 😛 I hope you have an awesome holiday weekend!
Thanks Farrah, you too!
Pancakes, R&R and chocolate bark. Now, those are my kind of favorites. Love love the Pinterest Photo link 🙂
Ha, so very true! Happy Holidays!
Made in Detroit gifts are the best. I sent my dad a gift basket similar to that in FL. It had all the must haves like Vernors, Better Made chips, Macinac Island fudge and a ton of other goodies. It reminded me I need to take advantage of living here and eat some of that too 😉
Lucky Dad! I know, I do the same thing. I need to stock up while I’m around it!
Hannah @ Sprints & Scones
I love that photo book! That is so sweet of your mom! I use Shutterfly for all of my photo books (not crafty enough to scrapbook, lol) and I LOVE how they turn out 🙂 I often build the book in my free time and then wait to order it until they have a big sale.
Oh, I gave up on scrapbooking a long time ago! I barely have the patience to put them together online 😉
Oh I like that charger! I can’t ever find a cord when I need one. That book is adorable what a great gift idea. Shutterfly just sent me a code for a free book I wonder if it’s still valid? Now I want to make one. Happy Holidays Heather!
Can’t hurt to try! I love making those books too. Happy Holidays!