Friday Favorites #20!

Hey hey–Happy Fridayyyy! Even though I’m in school full time, & weekends are basically filled with school work anyways, there is something about the energy of a Friday I still love 🙂 Also I usually try to get most of the heavy lifting done by now so I can at least move at a somewhat slower pace once Saturday rolls around. Anyways, I have a long list of Friday Favorite items saved & catalogued from Christmas till now. I can’t wait to release them over the coming weeks 🙂 I got up early this AM to try to get a post in since I’m so behind- what is new?!

  1. This mug! How stinking cute is this? I feel so fab sipping my coffee in the morning with it! I couldn’t find this exact one, but I linked up one similar on Amazon (not quite as cute).. there are a plethora of  fun options on there though.

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2. Candy Sushi!!! Yes you heard right- Candy Sushi! I first saw this at Candytopia & then Taushah posted about it. After that I just needed to try it! Okay, I expected it to be more of a novelty thing, maybe not the best tasting candy ever-  but it was all soo yummy. The little red sour gummies were my favorite followed by the gummy fish. This was too fun!

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3. When I came home from SD, I had this super thoughtful card & gift awaiting me from Kate. She has just the sweetest heart!!! This lush green coconut bath bomb scent is out of this world- holy moly. Everything in Lush smells great, but this might be my favorite scent yet. AND she paired it with a toasted coconut peanut butter cup. It did not last long, lol. It was such high quality chocolate- so. stinking. good.

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4. My mom got DJ and I hooked on these Icon Meals when we were in Texas! These are a great snack when you just need a handful of something sweet and also a protein boost. Highly recommend! The dark chocolate sea salt is my personal fave.

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5. Norwex Envirosponge. Y’all. My mom got them for us for Christmas, and they are game changers!! They do not stink at all or have that musty scent that traditional sponges have after a few uses. Seriously do not know how I went so long without them. We have saved many paper towels by using these too. Bye bye green & yellow sponges!

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6. This Lavender & Lemon Soy Candle. This was another gift that is one that is great to get, but also wonderful to give. If you read on the label, the proceeds go to helping survivors of human trafficking. Such a worthy cause, and the candle smells just lovely. I couldn’t find the exact one- but I found a vanilla scented one.

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7. This video. I felt personally attacked but also laughed so hard. Trust me, worth the watch!

8. This planner below. I’m a bit late to the game posting about my planner, but it was a winner getting me through January. I’m just lovin’ it even though it’s super basic 😉 I got it for $5 at TJ Maxx!

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9. The Moth Podcast. This podcast is different than ones I usually listen to, but it’s a nice change of pace. I feel like I have been kinda high-strung lately, so listening to high energy podcasts that I usually do seem to just make me more anxious. This podcast almost calms me down. The stories that people tell are fascinating, mind blowing, make you think, and bring you back down to earth. They are humbling and perspective changing.

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10. Ozark. DJ and I are deep into Ozark. I think you suggested it, Kaci, so thank you for that!! We finished Season 1 last night & oh boy, is it a good show. It is extremely well done. In an interview, one of the producers said their goal was to never have a bad or “throw away” scene. I’d say they accomplished that goal with flying colors. Every single moment of the show will keep you on the edge of your seat! I look forward to watching an episode every evening with DJ before bed while eating my nightly ice cream cone, lol.

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Question for you:

  • What are some of your favorites this week/month?

xo <3

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78 thoughts on “Friday Favorites #20!

  1. Mackenzie!!!
    I LOVE every single one of these items. I want that candle, that coffee mug, the sponges… all of it! I literally have that same package of sushi sitting on my counter waiting to be tasted. Funny, because I think of you when I see it since we talked about it a few months ago! Lynn and I were thinking we needed to get a bottle of sake to wash it down!
    Thanks for the shout out as well 🙂
    Don’t work too hard this weekend… you deserve a bit of rest!
    Happy Friday!

    1. Hi, Taushah!! Thanks for stopping by, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Oh my goodness- when you & Lynn do try the sushi let me know which ones y’all like-Sake with it sounds just perfect! Have a great week, girl!

  2. Wow, I loved everything, too! We are Ozark fans, too, and good news- there will be a Season 3. Does it make you want to visit the Ozark’s…or not? If you want something fun and easy to watch, we just finished “Instant Hotel” on Netflix. A reality show competition about couples and their Airbnb type houses in Australia! Have a good weekend!

    1. Aw I’m so glad you enjoyed this post 🙂 Wait- I guess it didn’t register that there is actually an Ozarks?! I would totally go! I wonder if they actually filmed there too! I am sooo thrilled to hear there is a season 3- we actually were just wondering, so thank you for letting us know 🙂

      Ohhhh Instant hotel sounds fascinating- definitely going to look into it. You know me- anything reality tv (especially with a competitive element) I love! Thanks for stopping in & have the best week 🙂

  3. The candy sushi is so cute, haha! I love Lush bath bombs. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve bought any though. I need to look into that Envirosponge, because I think it would be a perfect thing to have. I hate my green & yellow sponges so much, lol. I also hate the smell they eventually end up getting. It makes your hands smell and I feel like no matter how many times I wash my hands after, it just lingers for awhile. My kitten hates the smell too, lol. I remember I had just finished dishes, washed my hands, and she kept smelling my hands and biting me; which she never does! hahah. I’ve been meaning to check out Ozark. Happy to see you guys are enjoying it!

    1. Hi, Ashley! Thanks for stopping in ! I cannot talk enough about how I love the Envirosponge- one of the best/most useful upgrades from those green/yellow sponges. You expressed my personal frustration with those perfectly! That’s too funny your kitten doesn’t like it too- hahah. Makes sense though! I’m cracking up at that story. Have such a great week!

  4. Ooh we haven’t watched Ozark yet, but it’s definitely on our list. It sounds so much like Breaking Bad that I was afraid it would be a bit of a knock-off. A lot of people are loving it though, so I definitely want to give it a try!
    I love that candle! The message and proceeds are absolutely fantastic, and their packaging itself is beautiful! I love how simplistic but stunning it is.
    That mug is just too cute! I am a bit obsessed with mugs but I have to put a damper on it because they take up so much cupboard space, lol. I told Joshua that when we end up buying a home, I want to install a mug rack on the wall haha.

    1. We have yet to watch Breaking Bad (I started a couple episodes, but want to watch the whole thing with DJ)- did you like it?!

      Isn’t the candle so wonderful? I just love when something supports a good cause that you’d buy anyway- ya know?

      Hahah I’m nearly out of cupboard space too- I get emotionally attached to my mugs, lol.

      A mug rack is a phenomenal idea!! When you start that project you’ll have to let me know how it works 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping in, Courtney. Have a great week, girl!

      1. I definitely liked Breaking Bad!! It’s addicting haha. There are a few parts that are just frustrating, but that’s because it pulls you into the story so much, so it’s a very well-written show! The last season probably wasn’t necessary, but I feel like that’s common for a lot of shows.
        Agreed! It makes me feel good to spend my money on those products because at least I know it’s going toward helping people instead of just adding profit to a company.
        If we ever buy a house and get to do home projects like that, I will definitely be blogging all about it!! It’s on my bucket list lol.
        I hope you have a great week as well, Mackenzie! We made it through January! 🙂

      2. Oh this just made me want to watch it so badly now!!! Dj and I will probably have to make it our next show!

        Can’t wait to see it all when you do 😍

        We did make it! I can’t believe how quickly it went by … How are you feeling about school in general and everything?

      3. I hope you guys like it! Now you’ll probably think it’s similar to Ozark haha.

        Overall, pretty good! January was stressful, so I’m happy it’s February. The first few weeks of the semester are always an adjustment aren’t they? 🙂 I hope it’s going as well as can be expected for you!! <3

      4. Girl, I’m with youu about January. Being now we are in a groove, right?! Hope February is great for ya too. xox

    1. Hi, Sapphire!! So excited to see this comment from you 🙂 Thanks for your sweet words, glad you enjoyed this post. Have the most wonderful week, girl!

    1. Hi, Claire!! Thank you for stopping by 🙂 Ahh you are SOO right- that’s totally what they are like. Or do you remember the little “Krabby patties” that were little gummies too? Have a great week ahead!!

  5. That video – so funny Mackenzie. Pinterest and puns. Thought of you with the puns but I love ’em too and I’m not a millennial. 🙂 The mug is so sweet too. Mascara and coffee will get you everywhere in life!

    1. Hehe- so glad you liked the video- oh yes I’m sure you could still relate to some of those even without being a millennial! (Especially us bloggers 😉 ). Agreed- mascara and coffee should never be underestimated!

      1. I could – I was laughing about the taking photos … very funny stuff. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, but I usually like to jump on YouTube and watch them after the SB is over. I heard this morning that the commercials were mostly geared to millennials as they were more tech-related. Don’t know if that’s true or not – will know when I catch up here and Reader and check them out. Don’t work too hard with all that schoolwork!

      2. That’s the way to do it (about the SB) since the commercials are truly the best part!!

        Thanks, Linda!! <3

  6. Oh my gosh!! I was cracking up at that video!! I felt a little personally attacked too!! Hahah Especially when they mentioned having a blog and having a dog!! But it was still hilarious and true 🙂

    Love your Friday Favorites! Looking forward to the ones to come!!

    Enjoy your weekend girly!! xoxox

    1. Hey, gf! Glad you appreciated the video- I’ve watched it probably three times over & it gets me every time!

      Thanks for stopping in 🙂 Have a great week ahead!

  7. You always have such interesting, fun, and unique stuff in your Friday Favorites posts! The bath bomb sounds delightful, and your planner and new mug are so cute! Also, that podcast is fascinating! I can’t wait to check it out!

    1. Hi, Allie! Thanks so much, girl 🙂 That’s so sweet of you to say <3 Some of the podcast stories are better than others- but they are gripping & pull you in immediately! Have such a great week ahead !

    1. Hehe- oh girl, I thought the same thing- i was like “this is just gonna be a cute little thing, but probably won’t taste great”… it was SO darn tasty- I had to keep myself from eating it all at once, lol.

  8. I love popcorn so that protein popcorn looks delicious, especially that chocolate sea salt one. Definitely going to check out those sponges too! Normally I’ll run the sponge through the dishwasher if it’s starting to smell but after a while that doesn’t work at all. Such a pretty planner! Pretty planners make me 10x more likely to use it.

    Alex and I are going to need a new show so I think we’ll check out Ozark. Thanks for the recommendation Mackenzie! Have a great Sunday 🙂

    1. Hi, Maureen! Oh I bet you would love this protein popcorn. They sell them on Amazon and also at GNC/Vitamin Shoppes I believe! The sponges seriously changed my life- they would make a MVP Friday Faves if I had them hahah. Oooh maybe I’ll do that at the end of the year.. hmm. haha. I agree- Pretty planners make me want to just pick it up and write down everything and anything!

      Hope you enjoy Ozark- it’s wild, but really well done. Have a great week ahead! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

    1. Hi, Steffani! Thanks so much <3 Isn't the sushi candy fun ? I couldn't believe how good it tasted too! Ohh girl, if you like Jason Bateman definitely check out Ozark :) Hope you had the best weekend, girl. Thanks so much for stopping in.

  9. I have to admit that I have a mug problem. I have so. many. yet I always want more! That one is so cute.

    The candy sushi is such an adorable (& tasty) idea!

    Those gifts are so sweet! I’ve never tried a bath bomb, but they sound intriguing.

    So I know this was a Friday Favorite last fall, but Matt & I finally watched A Simple Favor last night! It had great plot twists, & the ending caught me by surprise. I really enjoyed it, & I loved Blake Lively & Anna Kendrick. They’re great actresses.

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Although how it’s already Sunday evening I don’t know.

    1. haha you and me both, girl. I’m running out of room… but I can’t stop, won’t stop. Too . many. cute. mugs.

      Isn’t the candy sushi fun?! I was excited to actually tasted so good. I did not expect that!

      Ohh my gosh, you’ve gotta try a bath bomb! They are some of the most delicious smelling things you can imagine- it makes the whole bathroom (and our attached bedroom) smell amazing- especially the ones from Lush!

      Aw that’s sweet you even remember that about A Simple Favor- I’m glad you guys enjoyed it! Aren’t the plot twists great? So unpredictable. I really appreciated the tongue-and-cheek humor throughout it too.

      Ahh seriously- Sunday Scaries hitting hard today. have such a great week, Kori. Thanks for stopping in 🙂

      1. I even have our coffee cart, and I still have little room. Ha! I need floating shelves one day for even more display potential. Plus we could add hooks underneath to hang some. Ohmygosh, this is dangerous. I have ways to accommodate more!

        I will absolutely try one soon!

        So great! I was dying at the end with the Prius because I drive a Prius, and Matt and I have said it’s, “silent but deadly”. Hahaha!

        I certainly have a love/not-so-love relationship with Sunday, but it’s sunny, pretty, and the day seems very hopeful, so I plan to make the most of it! I wish the same for you! XO

      2. Haha! Ahh I need to get a cart like that 😍 ☕️ hooks would be soo cute too! Lol- no no not dangerous just innovative 😉

        Oh my gosh yes so funny about the Prius 🤣
        Sooo trueee 🤣
        Thanks so much 🙏🏻

  10. 1) That mug is too cute and so true!!

    2) While I’m not a huge candy fan (chocolate or bust…or bust from chocolate bahaha) that looks so incredibly fun!

    3) What an incredible birthday surprise!! I need to try a bath bomb.

    4) What the what?? That sounds DELISH! D and I love popcorn so sign me up!

    5) What a great replacement! I so desperately need to cut down on my paper towel usage.

    6) Oh my goodness what an incredible company and cause. Plus a yummy smelling candle so total win win!

    7) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I’m dead!!!!! Everything is sooooooo true!!!!! This is just fantastic!

    8) That is precious and such a steal! My super sweet sister-in-law gifted me a blush pink planner for Christmas that I am loving. I don’t particularly love writing down work assignments that I am totally lost on but hey, at least it’s cute. Lol

    9) Gosh I am so the same. If I’m worked up already, I feed off of what I’m listening to/watching/reading and will further exacerbate my stress with intense content.

    10) YESSSSSSS! It is so.freaking.good! I’m pretty sure I sat with a towel to dab my constantly sweating forehead because the show is just so dang intense! I love Jason Bateman so much now.
    My favorite is my Kindle! I am already reading my 3rd book for the year, which surpasses how many I read last year (which was zero haha)! It is so flippin convenient to just download and read regardless of your light situation, what position you are laying in, and you don’t have to go to the store. Total game changer.

    1. Lol! I am with youuu- chocolate trumps all! Most of my “candy” cravings revolve around anything chocolate followed second by gummies- but yes “chocolate or bust” or “chocolate and bust” always hahah.

      Yess- good company + good cause really is a win win. It challenges me to see what else I can support through simple purchases (Like a candle! Something I’d buy anyway, ya know?)

      I watched that video like four times- maybe the most accurate thing I’ve seen in a while, lol.

      That planner sounds so pretty- I am with you- I put all my school assignments in for the semester – but anything in something that cute of a place can’t be thattt horrible, right?!? Haha.

      Yesss- girl- you said that so well- I feed off whatever I’m surrounded by or fueling myself with too. I’ve had to stop listening to so much “noise” and just let myself be ok in the quiet more to keep calm.

      We just turned off Ozark for the night! The second season is already off to an awesome start ! My heart is just racing through the whole series too!

      I loveeeeee kindles too! My last one broke, but I use the kindle app on my Ipad, so basically the same thing- it is the BEST. Thank you tons & tons for stopping by & your super thoughtful comment. Have a great Wednesday! Halfway through the week- woohoo!

    1. Awww!!! Thanks so much, girl! I am so happy you enjoyed this & found some good products 🤗 have a great rest of the week, love! ❤️

  11. I tried making my own candy sushi once with rice krispies treats and candy – it was fun but they weren’t as yummy looking as those! Also that planner is so dreamy, I’d be lost without my planner

    1. Ohhh that sounds so fun though!! I give you major props for giving a try. I agree- I have no clue what I’d do without mine too! Thanks for stopping in, Rosie! Have a great Wednesday, girlie

  12. That gummi sushi is so adorable! I may have to order my fiance a pack for Valentine’s Day! YUMM that popcorn looks so good! Popcorn paired with protein = perfection. Both flavors sound good! I hate smelly sponges so I may have to try those ones out! Ozark has been on our “to watch” list for awhile and I think you’ve convinced me to start it this week! Thanks for sharing your favorites, Mackenzie 🙂

    1. Hi, Emily!! Isn’t it too cute? I bet your fiance would love it! It would make such a fun, unique valentine’s day gift 🙂 The popcorn was just sooo delicious- we flew through it way too fast. Such a yummy snack! I like adding it to yogurt too or eating it on its own.

      Yay! I hope you enjoy- it is intense! Thanks for stopping in & leaving your sweet comment.. have a great rest of the week, Em!

  13. I love the sushi! I don’t eat sushi but I can get behind gummy sushi! The video was so funny!!!! It’s true about glamour shots with the dogs and of course I’ll take all the avocado toast I can get!

    1. hehe- yesss I bet you would like this version of sushi for sure! Isn’t that video too funny?! I was laughing soo hard. Yesss amen to the avocado! I just need to get us a dog & we’ll be good to go, lol.

  14. That mug is super cute and I need to find those sponges! I hate that smell that dish sponges have a few days into use and there’s no amount of wringing or microwaving that seems to keep it out!

    1. Hi, Jess! Thanks so much 🙂 These sponges are such a game changer! I wish I had used them sooner, I just love how they don’t stink at all & clean so effectively.

  15. Oh my goodness, how adorable is that candy sushi?? I need to get this for some of the sushi lovers in my life. Ha, ha. So confession (although I feel as though I may have already confessed this to you before… HA), I’ve never had actual sushi before… I know, I know, I need to get on the bandwagon. I love rice, fish, avocado, basically all the things that you typically find in sushi. So I don’t know why I have yet to take the plunge… Hmmm, this might need to be added to my 2019 bucket list of things to do! 🙂
    LOVED all your favorites! I always enjoy reading about what people are enjoying, because I tend to find some favorites of my own in the process. And I think I’m just nosy too. HA! It’s really interesting to see what others are reading, watching, listening to, eating, etc…
    A current fave of mine is the new show “The Passage.” Like the book, it’s a bit intense and gruesome at times (so not like a romantic comedy or anything like that… Ha, ha). But the story is very strong, and I’m definitely left on the edge of my seat wondering what’s going to come next. I’m also loving thick cozy sweaters (since I have a cold), chef salads (on a chef salad kick these days), and Valentine’s Day chocolate. 🙂

    1. YES! Any sushi lovers would sooo appreciate it just for the thought- it’s just too fun. If you like all those things you would LOVE sushi, I hope you can try soon! eeek, I will be sooo excited for you!!! I love reading everyone’s favorites for that reason too 🙂 The Passage sounds SO up my alley- thank you tons for sharing that with me! Okay hardly anything is better than a cozy sweater, I have been living in mine lately too- that and comfort “fall” foods like pumpkin butter and butternut squash! And Mmm chef salads are beyond satisfying, but gotta have that valentine’s Day chocolate for dessert of course 😉 Thank you for your sweet comment! xo

  16. That mug is so cute & so is the candy sushi! That was so sweet of Kate to send you the little gift. The chocolate does look super high quality! I wish I could sniff that candle through the screen & I think your planner is super pretty even if it’s “basic.” 🙂

    1. Isn’t the candy sushi so fun? That was too thoughtful of Kate- this WP community is my favorite <3 Thanks for your sweet comment & stoppin' in, girl! xo

  17. I am very belated, but Happy Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful birth day/week/month … and while we are at it, here’s wishing you a year filled with much love, good food, and great company!

    1. Aw thank you soo much, Ju Lyn! So sweet of you to stop in 🙂 Hope your year was off to a wonderful start and the rest is blessed too !

  18. That mug is adorable!! That candle scent sounds like it would smell amazing and I love the fact that it helps with such an important cause!! I haven’t seen Ozark, but I’m always on the lookout for a good show. 🙂

    1. Isn’t it too cute?! My mother-in-law always finds the cutest little gifts! The candle smells just delightful. I think I’m going to start giving them as gifts for holidays too- it really does challenge me to try to put my money in any situation possible toward good causes. Ozark is insane! It’s so good- we have had a little hiatus with how busy it is, but we are sooo excited to start the second season. Thank you so much for stopping by!! Hope you are having a lovely week 🙂

  19. That video – hahaha!! I relate completely and I’m not even a millenial! I’m catching up on your blog, but looks like I missed your birthday….happy belated birthday! Hope it was super special for you!

    1. Haha- isn’t it so spot on?!?! Thanks for the birthday wishes & reading, Susie!! Great to hear from you- I hope you are having a wonderful start to this year 🙂

  20. I really want a mug like that lol. I’ll have to see if I can find something like it.
    And candy sushi? I’m in. I would love to try their flavors lol.
    How nice of her to have sent you a gift! If I would have known it was your bday I would have sent you something too 😉
    That bath bomb looks like a yoshi egg, I’d totally get it! Have you used it yet? I want to know if the coconut scent is strong or subtle
    You must tell me where your mom got those sponges!! I’m a bit tired of the standard green and yellow or blue and yellow lol. I have to replace them so often. Its tiring.
    I love that the proceeds for the candles go to a good cause! There’s still hope for humanity.
    Omg I’ve wanted to watch ozark but I never get a chance to watch TV by myself without having CL around constantly looking over lol. I added it to my list a long time ago only because of Jason being in it, but I’m sure it’s a great show. I haven’t seen anything with him in it that I didn’t like yet lol

    1. They have a huge variety of the mugs on Amazon! You are too sweet- I don’t ever ever expect anything- I never see my bday as a big deal (just an excuse to go out to dinner & demand DJ watches a trashy reality show with me, lol!). I haven’t used it yet- I’m saving it for end of the semester after everything is turned in to just give myself a home spa day!! I’ll letchya know! I think I linked up the sponges in the post- but let me know if the link isn’t working!! these are game- changers!! I felt like I replaced the other ones constantly too. Oh yessss- I remember you saying you love JB! Ozark is soo good, Rossy.. definitely make sure you watch it at some point 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      1. Haha at least he obliges and watches with you lol.
        Oh okay awesome! Cant wait!
        I’ll be sure to check out those sponges then, at least I’ll write down the name for now lol.

  21. Love the sound of the lavender & lemon soy candle and what a great enterprise! I can’t believe you got such a beautiful looking planner for only $5, I didn’t know the brand did planners, so I’ll have to let my little sister know – we have a different name for it in the U.K. “TK MAXX.” Xx

    1. No wayyyy!!! This blows my mind- they call it TK MAXX?!?! I need to make sure I stop at one when I visit the UK. Thanks for sharing with me, Sophia!!

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