Good morning … it’s Fri-yay!
I hope you all have had a great week, and I’m guessing the majority reading this are ready to dive face first into the weekend. Good news … we’re almost there.
Scott and I have a fun event to attend tonight (you’ll hear more about that on Monday!), and the rest of our weekend will be spent organizing and putting our lives together. It’s a slow process this time. We came to the city with little to no furniture, so we have to be patient and allow ourselves some buffer time to slowly put our new home together piece by piece. It will all come into place eventually.
Just like every other Friday around here, today I want to take a look back on the week and share what made me smile. I always invite you to join in on the Friday Favorites party, too via the comments and link-up section below.
Friday Favorites #138: Week of 4/22
• mophie charging case
I noticed how quickly my iPhone’s battery dies a couple of days into living in the city. I can’t just plug it in to charge in a car whenever I am out and about, and I end up relying on it quite a bit for directions on how to get from one place to another.
Knowing that I needed something to help me out, I polled my friends on Facebook and got an overwhelming response to purchase a mophie charging case to help get me through my commutes and days out of the house.
There were some other portable chargers I was looking at, but in the end, I knew I needed something that I could have with me at all times. I found this gold one on Amazon, and I have been loving it ever since it arrived earlier this week!
True to the reviews, it isn’t too heavy and charges my phone a full charge one time. It’s pretty quick, too. You can switch the charge function from on or off any time, and it tells you how much battery is left on the charger by how many lights are lit on the back. (Mine only had about 25% of the battery left in the photo above.)
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone in the market for a charging case!
• fresh juices
My love for fresh juices grew strong a few years ago.
Actually, I remember getting the ‘ol juicer out on Saturday mornings with my mom while growing up. We always made fresh carrot and apple juice, and it was absolutely delicious. Since I moved out, however, I can count how many times I have juiced my own concoctions on one hand. Our juicer was gigantic and super annoying to clean, so Scott and I decided to part ways with it before our move to New York.
It was a sad day, but I figured that we would be close to several juice bars wherever we ended up. That we are!
(Carrots, apples, beets, celery, and pineapple)
It’s a great local grocery store (which can be expensive for some products, yet very reasonable for in-season produce), and offers large made-to-order juices for $4. Scott and I have already become slightly addicted. By the time you buy the produce yourself, go home, juice it, and clean everything up … you can start to justify it.
As you can imagine, Scott and I are in the honeymoon phase of moving where everything is new and exciting. We have so many restaurants and things to check out in our area, and we realize that it will probably take years to hit it all. Really though … I don’t think years is an exaggeration.
After hearing how good the pho is from our friends downstairs, we had to try it for ourselves last night.
Scott passed Ha Noi Vietnamese Kitchen on the way home from the park last night and didn’t have to ask me twice to join him for dinner. I ordered the avocado salad with chicken because I had soup for lunch (fail), but Scott ordered the Pho Thai which was very tasty.
I ended up eating a good portion of it, finishing it all off with a Vietnamese coffee for dessert. Apparently, that also meant I needed to wear the traditional rice hat while drinking it?
Anddd now I know why I’m extra chatty in this week’s favorites – the coffee. Ha! It was so good. I need some more pho in my life pho sure! (<- had to.)
• MetroCards + zero cars = no car payments
Scott and I are officially car-free. We now walk and utilize public transportation (subway, train, bus, etc.) everywhere we go every single day!
We canceled our regular auto insurance this morning, but we are looking into getting non-owners auto insurance on the off chance we need to rent a car or use Zipcar. While it can be annoying at times (like having to carry several bags on the way home from Target yesterday), we have both been loving the extra cardio and forced time outside.
I’ve heard that you don’t need an unlimited month MetroCard unless you work in the city and use it twice a day, at least five times a week. For now, we are loading them one week at a time at $29 each. Not too shabby!
• gas stove
I’m sure this one seems pretty random, but this is the very first time that I have ever used a gas stove, let alone have one in my kitchen. I don’t know what you use at home, but gas cooktops are where it’s at. They heat things so quickly. I love it!
And that, my friends, makes it a worthy Friday Favorite.
• spring flowers
We picked the perfect time to move, y’all. The flowers are coming at us everywhere!
I have particularly been loving the variety of cherry blossoms we see every day on our walks. If you follow me on Snapchat (lifenleggings), then you already know that I’m obsessed with taking pictures of the pretty trees and flowers.
Sorry I’m not sorry … they’re beautiful and smell incredible as you walk by!
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funny
Scott saw this saying on a chalkboard outside of a restaurant the other day, and I thought it was awesome!
(Do you recognize that picture?)
I told you … I’m in love with all the cherry blossoms.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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