Good morning! Mine started a little later than I expected today. Have you ever slept through three alarms? That just happened. I guess my body needed the rest? Wow. Sorry guys.
It’s a good thing we are still celebrating the holidays this week!
Let’s get right to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. Below you will find a collection of things I have been enjoying, seeing, using, reading, wearing, watching (etc.) over the course of the week.
As always, I encourage you all to join in on the #FFavorites party by sharing your favs from the week in the comments and link up sections!
Friday Favorites #70: Week of 1/2
• customized return address stamp
I ordered this customized return address stamp on Etsy mid-December. Looking back, I should have gotten that bright idea months ago to be able to use the stamp over the holidays!
(I blurred out our address for obvious reasons.)
There are tons of them out there! Some are rubber stamps with handles and others are self-inking like the one I have. Although mine came a couple of weeks late to use for holiday cards, I look forward to using it in the future.
A return address stamp would make a great gift to newlyweds or a housewarming present to someone who just bought a house!
• TOMS beanie (one for one)
I received this one as a gift along with some other goodies from a reader, now friend. Thank you so much, Olga!
She remembered me posting about the TOMS for Target promotion going on over the holidays and was so sweet to think of me when purchasing this TOMS beanie! I can’t seem to find it online, but I know that’s exactly where she purchased it. Good ‘ol Target. I know I’ll wear it often.
Until this week, I hadn’t eaten sushi in months. I forgot how much Scott and I love to go out and order it!
I’m not usually too keen on the rolls with raw seafood on top, so I mostly enjoyed the lobster roll you see below.
That was amazing! I look forward to going back for more sushi I really love in the near future.
• Ringing in the New Year
I guess I should also mention what brought us out to a sushi dinner. Scott and I joined a couple of our dear friends in Rochester for dinner at Sumo Sushi & Seafood on New Years Eve.
We were so happy to see the Christmas lights still up and twinkling!
After a wonderful dinner, Scott, Alex, and her fiance, Alex, and I all went back to our place to celebrate a super low-key turning of the new year. They came with their adorable pup, red wine, and pints of ice cream for all!
That sounded absolutely perfect to us this year.
We spent a couple of hours playing board games while watching the Rockin’ New Years Eve countdown live from New York on television. We had a champagne toast at midnight, and made sure to pour a special glass of Mountain Dew for Scott.
Exactly a year ago, Scott vowed to give up soda for an entire calendar year. This was a huge deal coming from someone I would have considered to be addicted to Mountain Dew, often throwing back multiple cans a day, every day. It was like water to him.
I am so proud of him! He went an entire year without any type of soda, so he celebrated by drinking one full glass at midnight. When I asked him how it tasted, he said “flat” and that he wasn’t planning on going back to drinking it any time soon. Woo hoo!
See? Resolutions can be game changers!
Speaking of games, I was vague in mentioning what kind above because I think this one deserves it’s own highlight. Have y’all ever heard of Quelf?
Scott and I never had when Alex mentioned bringing it over. I was intrigued! Quelf is the definition of random. You move through the spaces in hopes of reaching the finish, and have to act out and perform ridiculous stunts along the way. There’s only one rule – and that’s to obey the card. If you draw a card and refuse to do what it says, you move back and someone else can act it out to move forward.
At one point, Scott had to “rearrange” the living room as a very into-character “interior designer”. I’m pretty sure I was crying from laughing so hard. We will definitely be playing it again!
• working out at home
Ever since my membership at a large gym ended, I have been utilizing the small amount of equipment I have at home to complete a portion of my workouts and cardio. Since it’s freezing (literally) outside, it takes a lot of motivation to lace up a pair of running shoes these days.
I know I’ll get out there and run in the cold again, eventually, but I have really been enjoying putting together and doing cardio workouts at home for now.
Last night I went through the 25 Min. Cardio Core Tabata Workout I posted yesterday, and I added an extra Tabata set of jumpropes and arms by switching between biceps curls and lateral raises. I finished right under thirty minutes and felt like I squatted and ran for miles afterwards. It was great!
• soup and salad
When I wasn’t loving sushi this week, I was most likely enjoying some kind of soup and salad combo.
My body craves hot soup and stews during the cold winter months. I would guess that I have a soup and salad combo at least four times a week this time of year. Above is Amy’s Organic Split Pea soup with the leftover salad Scott put together the other night.
I usually top it off with a handful of crackers or a slice of toast to dip in my soup. I could literally eat something similar to what you see above every single day! (And… I probably do.)
• favorite HWG posts
• Friday funnies
Just one today because it’s long… but SO true. Ha!
Story of my life, folks.
Have a great weekend!
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