Friday Favorites–October 13th, 2017

 

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Good morning and happy Friday friends! I hope you all had a good week. Over here it was a busy week filled with lots of fun including a happy hour last night at one of our favorite, neighborhood spots, Pig Beach. A few weeks ago Katie would rarely hang out in the carrier but last night, she was so happy and relaxed that she actually fell asleep for half the happy hour. Unfortunately, last night we got our first taste of the famous four month regression which means that Katie was up a few times last night. I know that everything is a phase but man do I need a second cup of coffee this morning. This weekend is going to include a mix of everything as I have the Rock’n’Roll 5 Miler tomorrow morning and then we are enjoying brunch with some friends afterwards. Other than that the rest of our weekend is open which means lots of relaxing.

Now, let’s dive into this week’s edition of Friday Favorites, including recipes, articles, posts and other things that caught my eye this week.

  • I asked you guys for your favorite flattering workout gear and these leggings were recommended not only by more than 1,000 Nordstrom shoppers but also over 20 readers. I ordered my first pair and can’t wait for them to arrive!
  • A number of friends also recommended this tank as it’s loose in the mid-section and can be adjusted based on the tie back. I ordered it in two, darker Fall colors, so hoping that it is as cute on me as it is on the model!
  • I’ve been wearing this sheer blouse frequently since receiving it in last month’s Stitch Fix shipment. It is flattering, a perfect weight for the warmer temperatures we’ve had and is comfortable enough to wear while I’m wearing Katie in the carrier.
  • These whole wheat pumpkin muffins are heartier than most and can be made in the blender which means EASY cleanup! I can’t wait to enjoy them as an afternoon snack next week!
  • Beautycounter launched their holiday gift sets this week and I’ve already bought two of them! This brush set is a great deal and includes the only four brushes I need! This lip duo’s bright, poppy red color is the perfect hue for holidays but sheer enough that someone like me can figure out how to apply a red lip without getting it everywhere! Don’t forget, if you use this link you’ll also get a free charcoal cleansing bar with any order over $100! *Note, the free Charcoal Cleansing Bar ($24 value) will ship separately and won’t appear in your cart.
  • If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I started the BBG Stronger workout plan this week. Part of Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide (BBG) the 28-minute workout has been a great way to get me back in the gym and focusing on strength training. I now understand why more than 20-million people around the world have used her programs to get fit! While I don’t care about being in a bikini, it feels good to get an efficient and effective workout and have a clear guide to follow. While her original BBG guide is available in PDF version online, I believe the STRONGER one that I’m following is only available in her SWEAT app.
  • How delicious does this vibrant kale and brussells sprout salad look? If you want to make it easier, grab the pre-cut kale and brussells sprouts at your local grocery store versus spending time slicing and trimming them.
  • At last night’s happy hour, three of the babies were wearing this adorable, cozy sweater from Baby Gap! I ordered two for Katie last night so that she can be warm and cozy in the cooler, Fall temperatures.  If you use the code HAPPY you get 40% off!
  • I’ve enjoyed following Megan’s journey as a mother runner and this article which she wrote for Women’s Running is spot on! Even though I’m not training for a race yet, I can understand why she and so many others say that becoming a parent made them a stronger runner.

Have a great weekend!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of beauty and fashion items which means there are a few affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links!

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Friday Favorites–October 6th, 2017

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Happy Friday from me and my little black cate! I hope you all have had a wonderful week. We had a nice surprise earlier this week, when Bo and I realized that he has Monday off due to Columbus Day holiday. We are looking forward to enjoying the three-day weekend together by taking Katie to her first Oktoberfest festival tomorrow, working in our yard and spending a lot of time in the kitchen together! What are your plans for the weekend?

Now, let’s dive into this week’s edition of Friday Favorites, including recipes, articles, posts and other things that caught my eye this week.

I was so in love with these shoes when they arrived that I immediately ordered a second pair!

This surprising vegetable will make your smoothies healthier, creamier and improve your mood!

I’ve loved this new sports bra, which happens to be on sale for less than $40, especially for early morning runs. It easily holds my cell phone and fits perfectly!

Last night I enjoyed a massage in the comfort of our home thanks to Soothe. I decided, last minute, that I wanted and needed a massage after tweaking my lower back yesterday and just three hours later I was relaxing with my favorite candles and playlist while Beverly worked on the knots in my lower back and shoulder area. Available in more than 80 cities worldwide, Soothe (<—click link for $20 off your first massage) allows you to book in-home massages with qualified masseuses!

This chocolate chip pumpkin bread looks delicious and is a new-to-me variation that is just screaming to be made. Good thing I just added the ingredients to today’s shopping list!

Speaking of pumpkin, this pumpkin pie granola is filled with crunch thanks to two different types of nuts!

I fell in love with this soft, cotton rugby pull-over after wearing my mom’s when we were in Vermont last weekend. She has the sea salt and navy color but I went with the indigo and red colors for a different look. Now, if only the temps in New York would get cooler so I could wear it! It’s just $39.99 if you use the code FALL20!

The lace detail gives this white blouse a fresh look and is perfect when paired with dark jeans.

This pumpkin spice candle fills our entire home with a cozy but not-to-sweet aroma and, due to the high quality wax, seems to last forever!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and good luck to anyone running the Chicago Marathon this weekend!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of beauty and fashion items which means there are a few affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links!

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Friday Favorites–September 22nd, 2017

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Happy Friday! This post is earlier than normal as I woke up at 4:45 and couldn’t go back to sleep. This rarely happens but when it does, if it is after 4 AM, I tend to just wake up. There will be lots and lots of coffee this morning as we are driving up to my family’s place in Vermont this morning. We don’t have any special plans, just spending lots of time on the porch together and hopefully a hike, if the weather allows. Right now the forecast for both Vermont and New York looks warmer than normal these next few days. Am I the only one cheering for Fall and ready to put my Summer clothes away once and for all? I am looking forward to the vibrant colors in Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park during long walks with Katie, bundling up in sweaters and leggings and hair that isn’t perpetually frizzy from the humidity.

Now, let’s dive into this week’s edition of Friday Favorites, including recipes, articles, posts and other things that caught my eye this week.

  • While we typically have Hello Fresh meals during the week, at least one weekday I cook dinner from scratch. Over the past year I’ve enjoyed integrating more chicken thighs into our life as they have more flavor than chicken breasts. This Five Ingredient Lemony Chicken recipe looks like a perfect weeknight meal especially when served with my favorite garlic roasted green beans and mushrooms as well as roasted new potatoes.
  • Making this pumpkin pie smoothie this week immediately got me excited for a season filled with pumpkin in both sweet and savory recipes. What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?
  • I’ve worn these jeans four times since they arrived and love the flattering fit, high waist and dark color. I like the fit so much that I ordered a pair in black yesterday.
  • Since sharing my running short story on Instastories yesterday, a few people have asked what shorts I’m running in these days. I love the forgiving nature of Brooks 5 inch Chaser Running short. They are a lightweight short with built in moisture-wicking liner, loose fit that prevents chafing and a wide waist band that is comfortable and large enough for keys and a phone. Also, in case you missed my Instagram Story, my shorts fell down while I was racing across the street yesterday since I was running in my maternity size and also weighing them down with a phone, keys and credit card in the pocket! Ooops! Like I said, it was time to buy a smaller pair!
  • I ordered a new front door mat to greet our guests when they arrive this season. I put it out on Wednesday, as soon as it was delivered, and the UPS man even commented on it yesterday afternoon! It’s festive and only $13!
  • I appreciate when bloggers share their top social media tips, especially as I focus on growing my platforms and engaging with readers better. Luckily, my friend Heather shared all her top tips for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in one convenient post yesterday! 
  • You’ve probably heard about the importance of kegels, but do you understand why it’s important to strengthen your pelvic floor? Whether you are 20 or 50 years old, this is a key often over-looked area of the body that we women should focus on for our overall health. It’s crazy to think that nearly one in three US women suffer from a pelvic floor disorder!
  • Have you all watched the new Netflix Original, Jerry Before Seinfeld? Bo loves Seinfeld and while I’ve never made it through the entire series, I have an appreciation for the witty humor and fun characters. This is on our Netflix list as the combination of Jerry Seinfeld and hearing about his roots and how he started seems like the perfect way to relax on the couch.
  • Pinned over 98,000 times on Pinterest, this Healthy Turkey Chili seems like a sure winner for an easy weeknight meal this Fall.  

Okay guys, it’s time to finish packing and then head to Vermont! I’ll check in with you guys later on Instagram stories. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of beauty and fashion items which means there are a few affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links!

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