Good morning! Here’s the to (almost) weekend, am I right?
I bet most of you can guess what we’ll be up to. When we aren’t buried in boxes, Scott and I will be celebrating Easter at church and with friends on Sunday. I’m also really looking forward to getting out and seeing some of our Michigan family and friends at a low-key going away gathering on Saturday night.
And so the goodbyes begin … ahh! (Cue all of the bittersweet emotions.)
In true Friday fashion, let’s forget the sads and move on to Friday Favorites.
Every week I cover what I’ve been loving lately, and I always encourage you to share your latest faves the comments section, too. If you’re a blogger, don’t forget to link your #FFavorites posts at the bottom!
Friday Favorites #134: Week of 3/25
• new kitty collars
After months of being au naturel, the girls are now decked out in new collars. They stay indoors and fight having collars on every now and then, so I took them off a while back. As we gear up for a move, it’s important to make sure that they have identification … just in case someone gets a little adventurous on the drive over.
I picked this set of glow in the dark collars that could also be filed under the breakaway category. Since they are both inside kitties, the glow in the dark wasn’t necessary, but I liked it. I don’t notice a huge “glow”, however, unless you stick the collar under the light before you turn the lights off.
Isn’t that how anything glow in the dark works? Even if so, that seems pointless. Regardless, I think they’re fun, bright, and I love the little fish pet ID tags, too. (Our information is on the backs.) #itsthelittlethings
• Alex and Ani bracelet
I have mentioned my growing love for Alex & Ani bracelets on the blog once before. I’ve been loving my small collection of them, and I was recently gifted a new one from Gina, one of my best blogging friends. I had a great time catching up with her in San Diego, and she was super sweet to think of me after we returned home.
She picked out the Lotus Blossom which is a symbol of beauty, strength, and grace. I love what it represents (an eternal, unbreakable bond between two people), and will always remember a comforting feeling of coming out of this crazy period of life that Scott and I are in right now.
Everyone has been so, so supportive of what we are doing and also encouraging over the hardships that we have encountered over the last six months. Thank you for this wonderful surprise, Gina! (My friends are pretty awesome.)
• crushed red pepper spice
If you pay even a small amount of attention to my pasta and soup recipes, then you already know that I am a fan of crushed red pepper flakes.
I mentioned this in a recent post on metabolism boosters, but kicking your plate up with a bit of spice can also help kick up your metabolic burn.
I used to cook and order my food on the spicier food for this reason, but now I also prefer the taste of spicier food. More times than not, I find myself reaching for red pepper flakes any time I eat a bowl of soup, pasta, or slice of pizza. I can’t get enough of the heat and flavor!
• the end of hoarding dresses and bras
Over the past decade or so, I have been saving all of my dresses from special events. Homecoming, prom, bridesmaid, you name it … and I couldn’t tell you why. I busted a good amount of them out for “tacky prom” at a women’s retreat a few years ago, but other than that, they have just been collecting dust in our guest room closet. Not anymore!
A client of mine mentioned that you can donate fancy dresses to Gown Town at the Oakland Mall. It looks like I missed the donation days for that event, but I am going to find a way to donate them there or to similar organization before we move.
(Metro Detroit readers!) One place I do know will take things off my hands and donate to those in need, however, is Soma at the Somerset Collection. Soma is a bras, panties, and sleepwear store that collects used bras. They donate them to local women’s shelters, and I have racked up quite a collection to pass off this weekend.
Yes, these are the bras I don’t wear. I’ve changed sizes, but I also used to work at Victoria’s Secret in college. I may have had a problem buying all the new bras, and I definitely didn’t need them. It feels good to purge my closet of extra stuff I don’t personally use on a regular basis, and hope it inspires you to do the same!
Check out Donation Town to find a drop off near you, or google search “bra donation” or “prom dress donation” (and your city name) to see where there is a drop off near you!
• Yin yoga
Thanks to a Groupon I purchased for a handful of yoga classes near me, I tried my first Yin yoga class this week. Yin is made for all levels and involves holding postures for 2-5 minutes. It’s not a challenging workout by any means, and instead offers an hour of balancing out intense workouts with recovery, stretching, and flexibility exercises.
I didn’t snap a photo inside of the studio since phones are prohibited, but we used a few props including blankets, yoga blocks, and a boulder pillow to help us hold and really sink into poses. It hurt so good!
Scott and I took Yin together, and we both left feeling like a million bucks. It would be awesome to take after a long training run or hard week of workouts for sure. It was incredibly relaxing, too. I highly recommend it!
• the return of Snapchat
Okay, friends. Who’s on Snapchat?
I’ve been using the app for over a year now, but I let it go and signed off for a bit. Thanks to the urge of blogging friends, I took the leap and re-registered with a new username (the process is highly annoying, but doable) for Life In Leggings. You can now find and follow under the username lifenleggings!
Since I’m now using Snapchat as an extension and a behind-the-scenes look into everyday, unfiltered LIL life, anyone can view my stories and snap me. I’m having a little too much fun creating random stories, and I’d love to hear from you guys!
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
I think I’m going to start creating and sharing more inspirational quotes here and across the LIL social channels. Sometimes they are meant to pump you up for a workout, and sometimes they are for helping you feel okay about living a little.
To me, healthy living is all about finding a balance that works for you! You need days where you hit the workout floor hard, and you need rest days. That’s my motto.
I hope you enjoy them!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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