Friday Favorites #24!

Happy Friday one and all! Although..maybe Happy Saturday when you read this considering I am writing it Friday evening. I finished up everything I wanted to get done for today, so I figured why not share some favs?!

  1. It’s-It ice cream sandwich! On a podcast I was listening to, the host was raving about how tremendous these are. I have passed by It’s-It brick and mortar shop plenty of times on Interstate 280, but have never thought to pay it a visit.

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This place was established in 1928 and has gained fame in San Francisco with this ice cream sandwich of vanilla ice cream in between two oatmeal cookies that are coated in dark chocolate. I was bummed we were going to miss out on this famous creation considering we wouldn’t have time to try them before we left. BUT.. while at Safeway (local grocery store), I stumbled upon them in the ice cream aisle!!!

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I had high expectations… and it met every bit of them. Highly recommend tracking these down if you are the west coast. It’s unlike any other ice cream sandwich I’ve ever had before. YUMMMAYY.

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2. Peets. I am soaking up every single last moment at Peets. I have gone nearly every day this week to study. The last day I knew I’d see my favorite barista, we exchanged numbers to stay in touch. I’ll miss her!! I gave her my blog name too- so if you are reading this- Hi, Connie! You make the best Cafe Au Laits in all the land! <3

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Connie has been there from the beginning when I studied for my NCLEX before I was even a nurse. It was hard to say goodbye, but I will always be thankful to know her. She rooted us on through so many seasons & continues to do so. Endless learning & growth took place at Peets. It’ll always be way more than a coffee shop to me. (I know it’s sappy, but it’s true).

3. Living minimalistically <– dat a word? We got rid of so much while packing up & since our movers came Tuesday we have been living with the absolute bare minimum. I feel like having so little around really has cleared my head, made me more productive & focused. It makes me want to get rid of even more! (Pictured is my little study spot I made since we have no couches or chairs to sit on right now- hehe).

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4. Tofu Tacos!! Yes, you read that right. When I first made these, I was a bit nervous how DJ would feel considering tofu is a bit spongier than meat. But he loved them! So much so he was still talking about them the next day.

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Roughly estimated recipe: They are super simple to make- just sauté mixed peppers and white or yellow onion in a sauce pan over medium heat with minced garlic. Once caramelized add crumbled extra firm tofu with your choice of vegan (or regular) Mexican cheese. Then add  your decided amount of taco mix (for a batch of taco seasoning : TBSP chili powder, 1 TBSP ground cumin, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika & 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper- sprinkle in as desired). Add a little bit of slice jalapeno for an extra nice kick!

5. Sunsets. The sunsets have been just gorgeous this week. I have tried to take moments away from the busyness to just enjoy a moment in awe of the beauty. God is the ultimate artist.

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I’ll miss these mountains <3

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6 & 7. Sonicare electric tooth brush with extra soft bristles & activated charcoal toothpaste. Okayyy, this combo is a game. changer. It was time for me to upgrade my tooth brush & with all the tea I have been drinking lately I feel like my teeth are staining (weirdly, coffee doesn’t stain them – only tea?). I was a little skeptical about how activated charcoal would work, but WOWZA Mctrowza…. I woke up after using it in the evening and already noticed the stains were disappearing! The toothbrush is awesome too- it feels like it is thoroughly cleaning my mouth, but without any harshness on the gums.

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8. Ok, a bit embarrassing to admit, but guys, I am lovin’ this season of The Bachelorette. I adore Hannah. I think this may be my favorite season yet actually. I don’t know any spoilers either, and I don’t feel like there is a clear front runner. Cannot wait to see what happens these coming weeks! I hear it’s wild…..

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9. Nathanwpylestrangeplanet on Instagram (good luck saying that three times fast)… is my new favorite Instagram account. DJ showed it to me, and it basically is a couple of aliens that make parodies of humans through cartoons. They are ingenious & hilarious.

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10. Always Be My Maybe. Sigh, I just loved this movie (even though it did take me over three weeks to actually finish it, lol). I am not a fan of chick-flicks usually. I typically think they are just so darn predictable… but this one.. this one I loved (even though it was just so darn predictable 🤪). I think it’s because it took place in SF & I loveeed all the local shots & references. I don’t know that I would have enjoyed it as much if we didn’t live in the Bay Area… but it’s so cute nonetheless & anything Ali Wong I am here for.

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What is one of your favorites from this week? Any new food items, songs, TV shows, etc.?

xo <3

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130 thoughts on “Friday Favorites #24!

  1. Gosh, that ice cream sandwich looks amazing! AHHH! Aww, how nice that you stayed in contact with the barista, wow, I love that in another occasion she would have been a stranger but instead yall had such a connection! WOW THAT IS VERY MINIMALISTIC! I hope you could do a house tour in your new home!? Your tacos look REALLY GOOD, now I really need some, thanks for sharing the recipe! I didn’t know activated charcoal was good for teeth!? I’m gonna try and find an alternative! Omg, following that alien account.

    This week’s favorite for me would be the CoverFX Glitter drops in Lunar I just got! Hehe! Thank you so much for sharing, you had such a lovely week! 😁😘

    1. Definitely try it out if you have a chance 😍

      the minimalism is so nice! I would love to give a little home tour, although we probably won’t decorate a crazy amount because we won’t be there super long 😉

      I just learned about the charcoal too- it’s such a game changer!!!

      Ohhhhh I have to check those out 😍 thank you for your beautiful comment- have a great week, Cordelia! Xoxoxo

      1. Hehe ok I will once we get things settled a little in a couple weeks! I am so honored you’re interested!! xo

  2. Yum. That ice cream sandwich and those tacos look absolutely divine. Good thing I’ve had my dinner otherwise I’d be drooling!

    1. Hi Miriam!! Thanks for stopping in! I was so shocked that the tofu tacos turned out- full disclosure I was just using up any ingredients we had left in the fridge haha . Hope you are having a great start to the week ❤️

    1. It was really yummy for sure 😋

      it was such an adorable movie! I’m glad you liked it too 🤗 🍿 🎥

  3. Oh we too have been loving this season of bachelorette, and I agree with you we all like Hanah! I think its because she seems so normal and just wants a normal happy life. Even my husband is hooked on this sesons’s bachelorette!! And he hates this series 😀. Oh and those sunsets this week in our area are spectacular! Doesn’t it feel like fall already? Have a great weekend Mackenzie, ❤️

    1. Aw I’m glad you guys like Hannah too!!! We are booking it to Southern California tonight- hoping to make it in time for the start of the show 😆

      It definitely did have those autumn feels! Thank you for reading and stopping in!! ❤️

  4. Wow I can’t believe the move is here already! I hope it all goes smoothly!
    I’ve been loving my Swell bottle this week. I can forget my water overnight and it’s still cool:)

    1. Thanks so much, AJ!!

      Ohhh swell bottles are the BEST! Hope you are having a nice start to the week!!

  5. my parents were just on a trip down the west coast and had it’s it ice cream sandwiches while they were in SF, I’d never heard of them before. Richard says he may have to search them out next time he’s in SF on work.

    I’m excited that the move is here. I hope everything goes smoothly and you enjoy your new location.

    1. Aw! I hope they enjoyed them- it’s so neat you’ve heard of them!

      Thank you so much 🤗 I so appreciate that!!

    2. And if Richard does try them you’ll have to let me know what he thinks! Also there is a place called Cream which is an ice cream sandwich shop that is actually even better!

  6. This tacos look extraordinary!!!!! Wowwee! I love your cozy little study space! I would love to be able to eat ice cream sandwiches like those. It’s been forever since I’ve had one. Best wishes to you both on your move!

    1. They were so yummy! I was shocked they turned out as well as they did!

      Ohh hope you can find a yummy ice cream sandwich soon 😋 thank you, Shan! Hope you are having a great start to the week!

    1. Ahhh hope you can find a good ice cream sandwich soon ! 😋

      She is so awesome- I couldn’t imagine not staying in touch! Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. Oh my goodness, those mountains look GORGEOUS! I miss views like that *swoons* Also, I think I’m going to need to stay away from your posts – I’m trying to eat healthily and now I’m craving an ice cream sandwich! (Although…it does look delicious!) xx

    1. Aww right?! There is just something about them 😍 🏔

      Haha aw well if you’re ever in the area you totally gotta treat yourself! 😋

  8. When you posted about those ice cream sandwiches on Insta, I thought it was chocolate chip cookies which would’ve been good but oatmeal sounds delicious!! The study spot you made look so comfortable. Who wouldn’t want to be studying there. I hope the move went well for you guys <3

    This past week I've been loving overnight oats since it helped use food up and was so easy to prep the night before then throw in my bag.

    1. Yes the oatmeal was actually such a nice combo !!

      Thank you so much, Maureen!!

      Yesss you cannot go wrong with overnight oats- especially in the summer!

      Have a great evening 🤗 thanks for stopping in!!

  9. Now that I have looked over the ice cream sandwich choices of my dreams, I’m experiencing serious FOMO! 😉 Gahhh that looks so good!! Ice cream sandwiches are nostalgic for me. Whenever we would go to our grandparents’ in the summer, our sweet Pa Paw would give us each an ice cream sandwich to eat on the back porch. The ice cream would begin to melt and drip down our hands and arms. You seriously just took me back to a super special memory. Never underestimate the power of your words and posts!!

    I so understand the closeness you feel with Pete’s and the sweet barista! So often it’s about human connection more than the coffee. The coffee is just an added bonus. <3

    Thank you for sharing such a fun Friday Favs post! I'm now following that funny Ig page. Have the best start to your week! xo

    1. Awww this is such a sweet comment- what a special memory of the ice cream sandwiches with your Pa Paw ❤️Certain ice cream treats bring back special memories for me too 💕 thank you for sharing that with me!!

      I could not agree more !! Coffee really does bring everyone together ☕️

      Aw glad you enjoyed !!! Hope you have best start too 🤗

  10. Oh Mack, I am so happy for you! Congratulations on your move – it’s to Austin, right? I wish you and DJ all the blessings of FUN, JOY, ABUNDANCE, GRACE, and LOVE!!!!!! And, I so agree––God is the ultimate artist.

    Take good care of yourself. Know that I’m cheering you on from LA and sending a big hug.

    Keep me posted. I care about you.

    Love,
    Debbie

    1. Aw Debbie!!! Thank you so so much, my dear friend! We are actually not too far right now from one another- we drove through LA today to arrive at Palm Desert for the evening before continuing to Texas in the AM 🙂 thank you for the warmest and most loving blessings & always being so supportive . ❤️❤️

      How are you doing?! I send huge hugs ! Xoxo

      1. Oh Mack, this is so exciting! If it’s not too late, there’s a great ice cream place near Palm Desert. They make it with a nitrogen freezing process (you can google it and I’m sure you’ll find it. 🙂 ). Anyway, all the best and lots of joy to you in your travels.

        I’m so good––thank you for asking. Just completed a spiritual conference called “Conference of the Highest Good”. It’s with a spiritual path where I study called the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA). 🙂

        Hugs to you and DJ! How exciting. Seeing Light and love all along your way.
        Blessings,
        Debbie

      2. Aww I am reading this too late- but I am going to have to keep this in mind for next time we are passing through for sure! <3 Thank you for the rec!

        I am so glad to hear you are doing well! I have never heard of that conference- I hope you had the most wonderful time <3

        Thank you thank you! Huge hugs back to you! Have the most blessed rest of your weekend, Debbie.

  11. Tofu tacos sound fabulous! You are so creative in the kitchen, Mackenzie! Yay for minimalistic living before your big move. I’m sure that feels so refreshing! Also, so sweet that you were able to visit Peets and your fave barista!

    1. Aw thank you!! Full disclosure – i was just trying to use up everything before the move so tofu tacos it was 😆 I was so glad they actually turned out!

      Minimalism is the way to go. I really don’t think God designed us to be around clutter- it makes all the difference!

      I am definitely going to miss her!! ❤️ thanks for stopping in Allie! Hope you and Sader tot are doing well 🤗

  12. I’m eagerly waiting to see what happens in the Bachelorette. I ruin things for myself, so my best friend and I have been keeping up-to-date on every second that these spoiler accounts post! I’ll just keep it to myself, haha, but I think Hannah has some really great guys, overall!

    I was wondering if the electronic toothbrushes are the actual way to go. I actually need to go out and buy some more, but I feel so reluctant to pay for these plastic brushes that I know don’t brush my teeth well enough because I’m so rough on the bristles– and my teeth probably– after a few weeks of using! I can’t wait to read about the next journey of your life as you’re in Texas!

    1. We are watching right now!!!! If you’ve watched we have to discuss! This episode was shocking… particularly the Jed date!!!

      I know electric are way better for gum health overall! I highly recommend it 🙂 it’s made alll the difference for me (but I have really sensitive gums to start).

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! I always love your comments. Hope you are having a wonderful start to the week ❤️

      1. I’m currently watching it right now. I’m at the point where Connor is leaving. I’m sad because he was one of my favorites!! But, I can see why he’s leaving since their relationship didn’t really go anywhere.

        I’m shocked that she told Jed she was falling in love with him! I was always curious about how they seemed to like each other so much, even from the very beginning!

        Hope your week is going well too, Mackenzie! 🙂

      2. Awww I know!! He seemed so genuine too which is really rare with this show. I wish he had more air time because I feel like there is so much more to his personality too. But yes, it’s soo clear who Hannah is having chemistry with- she’s pretty easy to read, lol!

        I was SHOCKED she told Jed that too- just floored. I don’t think the lead has ever said it first?! Have they?! Did Ben his season? I was also stunned that it was Jed… of all of them… I meannnnn, what?! I am definitely bias though knowing everything off air that came out.

        Hope your week is going well too, Stephanie! <3

      3. I think he’s on Paradise, but his experience was pretty short lived. But, still stoked to see the season! It’s definitely obvious of who she realllly wants to keep around. I still laugh about the scene where Kevin is walking up the stairs and just stands there awkwardly as Hannah is all over Jed!

        I don’t remember exactly if Ben said it first, but I do know that he was one of the first bachelors to tell the contestants that he loved them too with Jojo and Lauren, so he probably said I love you more openly as the season ended.

        I’ve got a big bias on it too, haha, but I’m still in hopeless denial that it’s Tyler and it’s all just a runaround for us viewers! He’s such a fitting match for her it seems.

      4. Oh my gosh there are more guys “walking in” on the lead than any season I feel like 😆

        Yesss, so true about Ben. I find it interesting how the seasons change over the years . I love that they’re breaking the fourth wall more now!

        I agree !!!! Peter also won me over a bit more the last episode too!

      5. I’m curious to see how many more seasons they’ll make in the future since we’re already in the 20s! But this week’s episode… Loved the first half, but wanted to gag and cringe at the last two hometowns, haha. Probably some of the worst hometowns I’ve watched!

      6. totalllly agreeee. So many cringe moments. And wow Monday’s episode – NUTS! I cannot wait for the rest of this season especially after seeing the previews

      7. Oh, gosh, yes! I somewhat feel that they hyped up that scene too much because it felt underwhelming.

        I almost agreed with about 70% of what Luke said, until he started to backtrack like he always does and puts his foot in his mouth! I’m not a fan of him, but I somewhat feel bad that most of Bach nation is dissing on him! Definitely looking for the Men Tell All and to see how the mess plays out!

      8. I knowwww! The thing about Luke is he actually has a good heart it seems and has strong morals that are in line with the Bible, but the way he talks to her and presents certain thoughts is just awful. He does come off so judgmental and is very poorly spoken. It makes me sad because I don’t think he represents Christians in the best light. Also, I think he just isn’t in the best scenario for what he’s looking for! Bachelorette may be the worse show he could have gone on 🤣 I hear Men tell All is good- I am soo stoked!

      9. Oh yeah, that basically sums him up with how he’s held conversations throughout the whole season! It makes me sad to see as well; hopefully people know enough to know that not everyone under a religious or non-religious denomination are similar to just the one bad person being shown everywhere! I’m extremely curious as to why he would want to be on the showing, knowing the premise of the show! I’ve seen clips of the MTA, so I’m looking forward to it! Plus, the memes of the whole season are what’s keeping me alive as well!!

      10. Totally!!

        MTA was nuts… so many thoughts … 🤯 I’m seriously counting down to Monday! I have no idea who she chooses… usually I have an inkling.. but this time I really don’t know!

      11. Lots of thoughts for sure!! Glad Luke’s great with long and awkward pauses because I would choke up the most! Haha. I’m so exciting to see how it ends, and for Paradise to come on!

      12. Yeah seriously!!! Sounds like we are in for a wild ride tomorrow night!!

        Paradise cannot start quick enough- I think I look forward to it more than I do regular Bachelor/Bachelorette haha.

      13. I haven’t watched the last two episodes yet because I just want to binge on them! I’ll have to creep online to see how it all goes down to mentally prepare myself, haha. I’m already distraught by Peter’s leaving, though.

        I’m looking forward to Paradise. This is the season that I’m looking forward to even more! I like the fairness of the playing field, which gives it a different edge from the Bachelor/ette. Everyone season is just crazy, so I’m sure this season will be no different!

      14. Ugh, I knowww! I really hope Peter is next Bachelor! I have a feeling it will be him or Mike.

        Are you all caught up??!! What a wild ending….

        Yes you are so right- it seems the relationships happen way more organically. I cannot wait for Monday! I can’t believe the premiere is almost here!

      15. Yeah, I definitely am team Peter for the next bachelor, but I do like Mike as well! I had my sister watch the final with me and that’s so crazy! I suppose her parents really knew best for her! So curious how it’ll play out between Hannah and Tyler now that they can be somewhat normal without cameras.

        I’m so surprised how quickly this summer had passed by. I definitely look forward to see Paradise in a few days!

      16. Have you been keeping up with all the drama with Gigi and Tyler too?!

        This season of paradise is WILD. Did you see what Blake posted on his IG tonight?!

      17. I have! I’m so curious what’s going between the two. In the mix of it, it’s funny to read articles of Tyler missing his court date over a car accident.

        Oh, goshhh. I mean, Blake really put himself in a terrible position with them all, and having them in all Paradise at the same time!? Insane. The producers definitely took advantage of that to stir up drama even more!

      18. Hah, I know- the headlines are really something right now!! Everyday it feels like there is something new.

        They really did take full advantage– it almost feels exploitive, but that’s what the show is about I guess- I think all parties involved were in the wrong in different ways, but the public wants to take sides which can make everything so convoluted. Part of me wants to skip to the after paradise live show to hear their thoughts on everything! But I guess they are kinda using their personal instragrams to do that!

      19. I was excited about seeing a few pics and videos from Jared & Ashley’s wedding, I can’t believed it finally happened!!

        I’m excited to see how it all plays out! Two nights of the week to look forward to, so that helps tons! Haha. Also, I wonder about the next bachelor; I remember being slightly disappointed about Arie when they announced him, but that may be due to me not being familiar with who he was. Either way, I was surprised that he was chosen.

        I can’t believe how invested I am in a franchise, but here I am 😅

      20. Oh my gosh that wedding looked like the most beautiful fairytale wedding of all time!!! I was living for the insta stories!

        I was surprised too!! I have a feeling it’s going to be Mike if I had to guess… but lately they have really been throwing curve balls. We’ll see!

        I hear you- im beyond invested. It’s nearly an unhealthy loyalty to the show 🤣 it consumes way too much of my daily thought and time hahah

      21. Right!? I’m stalking their Instas constantly to see if they post any more. I’m already in awe of what Jared put as his caption, just because I’m a total sap, haha.

        I’d be happy with Mike too, and people really seem to like him! I can’t wait for this week’s episodes! So odd to think that they managed to stretch the first rose ceremony into the third episode! Ugh, I’m so used to seeing one every week, haha.

        I’m glad I found someone else to talk about it! I just have one friend that avidly watches it and we are sending the memes and the latest news nonstop to one another! Haha

      22. haha me too. And right?! SO so sweet.

        the structure threw me off too! I am LIVING for this BIP though… last week was so good. Can’t wait for tonight too.

        haha I could talk all things Bachelor paradise all day everyday! The memes really are one of the best parts, the internet is continually undefeated, lol.

  13. Loved this post! That ice cream sandwhich looks heavenly!! I love purging stuff around the house too.. feels so nice! Those tacos look sooo delicious!! I always love trying new tofu recipes so I will definitely check this out! I am also guilt of loving this season of the Bachelorette. I love Hannah too … she’s so real and down to earth. Who do you think is going to be the guy at the end??

    1. Aw thank you, Taylor!!!! It really does feel SOOO good to get rid of things- freeing and cathartic!

      I so agree that Hannah is real- probably the most relatable Bachelorette we’ve ever had (currently watching it as I type this). I think it’s going to be Jed much to my dismay. I can’t stand him, but for some reason I feel like she is just smitten with him- ugh! Hbu?!

  14. Omg that ice cream looks delish! I cant believe Safeway sells them! We got Safeway here in oregon too so I’ll have to go and take a look!!!
    We also have peet’s coffee somewhere around here but since I don’t drink coffee as much I havent gone yet.
    So glad you finally tried tofu tacos!! And yay that DJ liked them too. I was concerned about the same thing when I made them and showed them to Alex lol. I’m stoked he was into them too lol
    Lol I love the alien ig account I’ll have to go follow it right meow!
    I have loads of favorites right now, but in terms of TV, I just watched the lion king all over again lol. Cant wait for the live action one haha
    I also like malcolm in the middle 🤣🤣 and the jenna julien podcast they’re my favorite people!
    Hope the move is going smoothly. Safe travels!!!

    1. Oh my gosh- you have Safeway tooo!?!! Definitely check if they have them 😍

      They were soooo gooood!! I actually ended up making them because it was literally all we had left and I totally see why you love them 😍 I totally winged it without a specific recipe, but it will definitely be a remake. I couldn’t remember specifically who I had talked to about tofu tacos (my mind is SO scattered), otherwise I would have given you a s/o.. next time :)!!

      Yessss!!!! It’s such a genius sense of humor. I’m obsessed.

      Ohhhh I have not heard of Jenna Julien! I will have to look into it- always about new podcasts 😍 thanks for sharing & stopping in, Gf ! ❤️

      1. I plan on making a trip down there today! It’s like 2am here right meow! =X
        Well I’m glad you liked them a lot because I make them often here too and I even use the taco bell seasoning to make homemade vegetarian crunchwraps LOL
        And don’t worry about the shout-out! I’m just so happy you tried tofu tacos! 😀
        Yeah Jenna and Julien are Youtubers but they’re so funny and cute! They actually remind me of Alex and I because we kind of get along the way they do lol

      2. Oh yayyy! Hope your shoppin’ trip went well.

        OK genius to use the taco bell seasoning!!! Making it homemade is good, but can be a pain.

        Awww I love that! <3 Then no doubt I'll like them too!

      3. I honestly wouldn’t even know HOW to make the taco bell seasoning at home, so I admire the fact that YOU made it homemade, I didn’t even bother to try LOL

      4. Lol! Girl honestly idk why I did it either 🤣 the store bought is just as good, if not better!

  15. That ice cream sandwich looks incredible! I will be looking for them when I head back to Arizona… we have a Safeway!

    Enjoy your last moments and know new moments will be coming your way very soon!

    1. Yay!!! You’ll have to let me know what you think if you try it 😋

      Thank you so much , Nancy 💕

  16. That ice cream sandwich looks so delicious!!! I loved this post so much, its so nice to have an insight on everything you have been loving. I would love to hear more about how you live a minimalistic life!! xxx

    1. Hi. Chloe!! Oh man it was yummy 😋 I could go for it now in this heat! Thank you for reading 🤗 I’d love to do a minimalistic post sometime 😍 glad you’d be interested!!!

  17. The ice cream sandwich looks so good & so do the tofu tacos!
    The sunsets are beautiful & even though there are no mountains in Austin, at least there are hills.
    I’ve actually been looking into activated charcoal toothpaste but it just looks so weird..
    I love the Strange Planet comics & Always Be My Maybe is on my watch list!

    1. Thanks for stopping in and reading, Karaleee! I so appreciate your comments! My husband and I were just saying we can’t believe how pretty it is here with the hills! We are so pleasantly surprised 😍

      It does look weird for sure and I actually just heard it could have some long term damage so I’m just gonna stick to using it for special occasions !

      Yessss! I hope you enjoy the movie! Have a great weekend 😊

      1. I’m glad to hear you & your husband like the Austin landscape!
        You should definitely go to Mount Bonnell. It’s the highest point in Austin that overlooks the river 😊

      2. Ohhhh thank you SOO much for the recommendation! I am writing this down right now!!!

  18. Oh my gosh, we use the same toothbrush!! I can’t believe that, lol! Our dentist was always recommending the Phillip’s Sonicare, so we found a Groupon for it about two years ago or so. We love it! I am interested in those fancy minimal Quip electric toothbrushes but I wonder how well they work in comparison. I love the sound of that charcoal toothpaste though! I’d love to whiten my teeth but they are sooo sensitive. I know you have sensitive teeth too, so I assume this toothpaste is okay for sensitivity?!
    We were just living that same minimal scene with moving, lol!! We literally just got our furniture so it was about a week in our old apartment and two weeks here without much of anything haha. It helped me appreciate it more I think!

    1. Ahhh that was genius to look on Groupon!! I didn’t even think of that! Next time haha. It’s a great tooth brush for sure!!

      So surprisingly the charcoal doesn’t worsen my sensitivity, but I did just hear(after writing this post), that it can have some detrimental long term effects. So I may just use for special occasions!

      We definitely are at the point where we are missing certain things- like our chairs to sit on for eating! Haha

      1. I haven’t looked for anything on Groupon for a while — I forget all the time! But we happened to think about it back when we got the toothbrush and it did save us quite a bit!

        I’m glad the charcoal didn’t worsen your sensitivity, though that is a bit worrisome to hear about it having detrimental long term effects. I’ve never heard anything bad about charcoal before!

        Haha yes!! I actually started to get really sore without furniture to sit on for work and such, lol. We ended up borrowing my in-laws’ camp chairs and that helped.

      2. Yesss Groupon for the win!!

        Right?! I haven’t looked that deeply but someone was telling me all about how it actually can harm the enamel. I need to do more research on it though!

        That was so smart!!! We finally got our chairs yesterday- woohooo!

  19. Although I am not vegan I’ve had those tacos!! A trail runner friend brought them to a potluck one time. They are so delicious! I will have to have a meatless dinner and make them one day! Thanks for the lil recipe!

    1. Yesss !!! So glad you enjoyed them! I totally made them on a whim with basically whatever we had left because we needed to eat up everything before the move! Thanks for stopping in, Chelsea! I hope you had a great 4th 🙂 we are officially in the same state!

  20. That ice cream sandwich looks and sounds so good! I love ice cream so much. I love your little study spot. I actually have a similar type setup in the room that I use for my office/book room, haha. I have a bunch of throw pillows and comfy blankets on the floor, so I can lay/sit there to read. I love sunsets and taking pictures of them. I especially love the one with the mountains, so pretty!

    1. Hi Ashley! The ice cream was so delicious!

      Aww I love that you have a similar setup too. Isn’t it all about that ambiance?! Can never have enough throw pillows or throw blankets!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  21. I had mixed emotions while reading this one. It’s Its are AWESOME (I prefer mint)! I think you know how I feel about Peet’s. 🙂

    Then came the tofu tacos and toothpaste with coconut. No thanks haha.

    1. LOL! Well I’m glad you at least enjoy It’s It. I kinda wish I’d tried the mint- I loveee mint ice cream. And not to make matter worse but uh… it wasn’t coconut toothpaste- it was charcoal… bahahah. Yep, I’m pretty sure that’s worse.

  22. That Ice Cream Sandwich looks ahhh-mazing!! I’m always in love with a good sunset! I have a charcoal whitening toothpaste. I haven’t necessarily decided whether it’s doing any whitening, but it is really hilarious to look at the grayness while brushing after a lifetime of white toothpaste. lol. Plus, I like that it isn’t filled with junk. I have to be in just the right mood for a chick flick, but I’ll have to give this one a try! 🙂

    1. Hi, Amy! It was soo yummy!!!

      So I actually just learned, after publishing this, that it could have potentially some long term damaging effects on the enamel- it makes me wary to use it long term, but I am seeing some temporary improvement- will probably put it away after my sister’s wedding! The grayness is definitely soo amusing haha. Took a while to get used!

      I am the samee way- I have to be in the right mood too. This one is definitely enjoyable if you are looking for one 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Fourth and holiday weekend!

  23. It’s so hard to say goodbye …. thank you for sharing your farewell; I know it can’t be easy.

    That is one Ice Cream Sandwich! I can honestly say I have never seen one so huge!!!!

    And that tofu taco looks fabulous! I am going to make me some – probably put it in a pita or tortilla, as it is challenging to find taco shells here.

    Isn’t Nathan Pyle a scream? He is such a hoot!

    Thinking of you lots & sending you hugs as you prepare to transition to tte next exciting phase of your journey!

    1. Hi, Ju Lyn! It is hard, but at the same time makes me sooo incredibly thankful and definitely makes me count my blessings for the time we had there!

      Hehe- it was definitely big! I totally see what all the hype is about around them.

      Ohhhh putting it in a pita sounds AWESOME. You’ll have to let me know what you think if you give them a try 🙂 I also like to cook them in a little bit of oil & add a little pink Himalayan salt on top- I think I may have forgot to put that in the recipe.

      YESS! So funny!!!! I could read those comics all day long. just genius!

      Aw this means so much <3 You are such a dear friend! Thank you tons! I hope you are having a beautiful weekend!

  24. That ice cream sandwich looks awesome – there was something similar on the market called a “Cookiewich” many years ago, with fresh chocolate chip cookies and a slab of ice cream in between, but not with the lovely chocolate too. I’d hate to leave that treat, Peet’s friendly faces and brews, not to mention those to-die-for sunsets. Bet you were tempted to pack up Smalls while you were getting everything ready for the movers. 🙂

    1. Hehe- can never go wrong with an ice cream sammy of any kind! Ok that cookiewich sounds so yummy! It sounds like a place near us called Cream which DJ actually preferred to this ice cream sandwich.

      Hahah I was DEFINITELY tempted to pack up Smalls and say “see ya when I see ya!”.. but my test in a couple days wouldn’t allow even a few hours of separation. He is like a needy child always at my side- lol! Thanks for reading and always making me smile with your thoughtful comments! 🙂

      1. Yummy indeed and for years in downtown Toronto, there were two big department stores: Eaton’s and Simpsons. They were both large and very competitive. You could walk across Yonge Street to window shop and enter each store that way or go underneath Yonge Street through the “tunnel” to go to either store. In Eaton’s Annex (their side of the tunnel area), they always had a vendor selling hot waffle ice cream sandwiches. Eaton’s was famous for them. They simply toasted two waffles and slapped a slab of ice cream in between them and handed them to you. I think they had a wax paper wrappper of some kind as they were hot. Every time I went downtown with my parents or grandmother, it was a stop we had to make. We would make these treats at home when the convenience stores (even Walgreens in later years) sold small bricks of ice cream, which you could easily slice and put between the hot waffles. I’ve not had any in years, but they sure were good.

        Needy child make me LOL. Sorry you couldn’t give Smalls the boot, and must hunker down instead with your fan and festive lights instead. Sigh. Work now, get the test under your belt and then off to more exciting things this weekend … you will dread to come home with all you have to do!

        Glad I can give you a smile in your very busy day!

      2. All that sounds sooo delicious!

        Currently Smalls is on my lap.. in the airport.. on our way to my sisters wedding haha. But tomorrow through Saturday I am giving myself and smalls a mini vacation ! Woot woot.

        Have a good rest of the week, Linda!

      3. Good deal – you so deserve it Mackenzie. Enjoy yourself and your family and the break. Thank you – hope your Miami weather is good too.

  25. SO many good favorites! And this post gave me all the feels! That ice cream sandwich looks SO good! I am so happy you got to try them before you leave! And girl baristas are the bet! I know we talked about it, but I totally understand all the feels about leaving baristas who have been with you since the beginning. They are like family slash therapists slash making sure everyone is happy! 🙂 Those tacos look SO yummy! And sunsets are the best! I have a friend who LOVES that IG account!
    Oh my word The Bachelorette is SO good! I can not handle Hannah! She is hysterical!
    Girl I can relate to this SO much! I got rid of SO much stuff (most f it I wondered how ti had even fit in my apartment!) and the last week or so I was definitely roughing’ it! I love how you are making it work though! Good luck on moving and sending you ALL the positive vibes beauty! <3

    1. Hi, beauuuutiful! Thank you for stopping in!! I was so relieved we got to try them too- another great spot in NorCal is Cream! After chatting with DJ we stillll think we may like it a bit better surprisingly!

      Yesss Baristas totallly double as therapists! She will be missed for sure!! <3

      haha that account is just a hoot.

      I love Hannah too! Sometimes she drives me a bit nuts, but that's also part of what makes her so relatable!

      YESS- we are going through the exact same thing - you getttt it! Hope you are settling into now! <3 I have been so behind on all your happenings, but I'm eager to catch up soon 🙂 XOX

  26. Those ice cream sandwiches sound delish! I wish they were over on the east coast! I’ve always wanted to try the activated charcoal to whiten my teeth. I’m glad to hear it actually works!

    I hope all has been well with you! I feel like I haven’t been perusing blogs as much now that it’s summer!

    1. They were so yummy!! Definitely a nice treat if you are ever in NorCal 🙂

      So yess the charcoal works really well- but I actually did just hear it could have some long term damaging effects, so I am going to just use it for special occasions to be safe.

      Aw thank you so much, Em! We just got to TX this week so it’s been a whirlwind- hope you are having a wonderful summer and soaking up every single second 🙂 !!

  27. Oh my that Ice cream sandwich is soo good! I can almost taste it Mackenzie! It must be hard leaving Peets behind and your Barista Connie. It is nice you exchanged contact details . It is good to clear stuff out , a move makes us realize how much we have! I love your study spot. The tacos look yummy, glad DJ liked them too! I love that sunset and those fabulous mountains , God is THE artist! I have not tried an electric toothbrush yet (fact!) Dont be embarrased about the bachelorette , it is your show! Hannah looks so pretty in that gown! Nathanw****** (lol) looks so fun and hilarious! Chick flicks can be predictable for sure , I guess i am taken in by them ! Glad you liked this and the local hotspots featured. I will go with #5 as favorite . Take care , I hope you had a nice 4th in Texas , Terri xo.

    1. hehe- it was quite a treat for sure!!!

      EXACTLY! It is wild how much you actually have that you don’t realize until you pack.

      Hehe- Nathan cracks me up!

      Chick flicks definitely can be great- I think choosing to start one is the hard part for me but then I usually end up enjoying them once I do!

      Hope you and your family had a beautiful 4th too <3

  28. I have seen those ice-cream sandwiches at our grocery stores and thought about picking them up more than a couple of times, but never did. Now that I know there’s a brick and mortar in CA and that you loved it I will most definitely be taking the plunge.
    Moving is such a great time to get rid of things-I know we definitely made got rid of things that we had been avoiding getting rid of despite not ever using them! I felt so much lighter afterward! It’s a very addictive feeling and I’m trying to not throw things out for the sake of throwing things out…wish me luck!
    I’ve also been watching The Bachelorette and definitely have some opinions on who needs to leave, but we’ll see what happens 😀
    I do love chick-flicks and you are so right…they are so predictable, but I am such a sap. I cry at commercials and love feel good moments. All that being said Always Be My Maybe was such a great movie-I’m with you, anything with Ali Wong I’m down to see!

    1. Ohhhh I hope you can try one soon!!! I love that they sell them near you !

      It is such an addictive feeling getting rid of things. DJ and I said we want to get rid of even more once we have time to go through it all.

      Haha girl, this season is nuts. But I’m LOVING it. I found this last episode a snooze fest, but it’s setting the stage for a great episode next week I think!

      oh my gosh, I cry at commercials all the time too! Have you seen the Spearmint commercial? With the high school couple? Gets me every single timeeee 😪💕

      1. I will definitely be trying one soon! One way or another!!
        I also thought this past week was a snooze fest…lots of eye rolling over here🙄 that being said I cannot wait till next week 😁
        Nooo I need to Google this immediately! I will get back to you on the commercial!!

      2. Totally agree !!! But since I am late to responding to this… Monday’s episode was pretty juicy! (And controversial!!).

      3. For sure!!!! This whole season has been awesome. I feel like the franchise is finally out of their rut this last couple seasons .

  29. Oh my goooosh, if I ever see those ice cream sandwiches at the grocery store, I’m so buying them… they look & sound absolutely amazing. I sure hope they are sold around here!!

    That’s so sweet that you exchanged numbers with your barista, Connie. I know how close you two are– I bet she’s gonna miss you brightening up her day! Are there no Peet’s in TX?

    I am shocked that DJ had any other tacos besides bison ones lol. They look good! & I tried some charcoal toothpaste at my sister’s place, couldn’t stop laughing at the black teeth. 🤣 But you’re lucky coffee doesn’t stain yours!!

    My brother kept telling me to watch that Ali Wong film, he’s a teenage boy & said it was so cute lol. & he knows I am a sucker for predictable chick flicks. I also keep seeing it on everyone’s blog so I’ll have to watch it for sure now. 🙂

    LOVE when you do a favorites, Mackenzie!! ♡

    1. YESS! They are really yummmmy!!! Although I do think Cream might be better overall in terms of ice cream sammys– I think you might have those in LV?!

      Ahhh you are so sweet- I really miss Connie already! I have to find a new barista family here now! And there are no Peet’s in TX unfortunately 🙁 Or at least not anywhere close to here! It’s probably a good thing though because it’ll force me to explore more local ones!

      AW! I find it so endearing that your brother endorsed the movie!! have you seen her comedy specials on Netflix? They’re a hoot!

      Thanks so much for reading, Hunida!! xoxo

      1. Is Cream a brand or a shop??

        Local coffee shops are always so cute & fun but they close way too dang early (for me)! I hope you find one that’s perfect for you & treats you like family as Connie did. <3

        LOL yeah, my brother turned it on for me to watch when I was at my dad's house but I couldn't focus at the time. He was like "it's cute" and shrugged his shoulders like he didn't care he was a big, sports-playing teenager so it must be good lol! I've never seen her comedy specials, either. I must give 'em a watch then!!

        <3 <3

      2. It’s a shop!! I’ll look it up.. Ugh, I found it- but it closed .. https://www.yelp.com/biz/cream-las-vegas-6 NOOOO. Such a bummer. But I guess with those ratings it’s a good thing.

        Can’t wait to hear what you think of her stuff! 🙂 Let me know if you get a chance to watch! <3

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