Friday Favorites #16!

Hey all!!! Top a’ tha mornin’ to ya! (or whenever you happen to be reading this). I’m not sure I have ever been so excited for a round of Friday Faves. Let’s not dilly-dally and rather jump right in, shall we?!

1.Thanksgiving Leftovers. Can I get an AMEN?! I swear they are even better after a couple days. I have been loving my acorn squash for breakfast with syrup or for lunch with a little Fage. Alsooo, I have been LOVING this pumpkin butter from William Sonoma. Goodness gracious I could live on the stuff.

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To get creative with the Turkey Lurkey, I added it to some zoodles and made a “turkey alfredo”.  I froze the rest in the freezer so it didn’t go bad. Did you know you can freeze roasted turkey for up to three months? I read it on the Internet, so it must be true.

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Oh and of course, ya gotta sprinkle some parm on top! I served it with some homemade garlic bread.

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After my runs I have been loving cauli mashed potatoes, pumpkin butter, cranberry crisps, pumpkin hummus, and a corn muffin. MMmm.

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2. My girl, Dani, has a blog & I am LIVING for her recent post to Tahoe with Tammy. You all will love this so much, promise! I seriously re-read the post three times because it feels like you are right there with them & her pictures are phenomenal!!! You can find her blog at embracethedetours.blog.

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3. ALSO Tammy, who you alll know well by now, has a new Instagram that is gonna blow your travelin’ socks off. It’s called backroadborn. She travels more than anyone I think I know (besides Dani) & has a heckuvah an eye for photography. Get ready to be wow-ed by some seriously stunning views !!

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4. Honey Chai Turmeric Vitality Tea. Wow, what a mouth full! And a delicious mouth full at that! (well maybe more of a sip, we don’t want anyone burnin’ their tasters). Anywho- this is such a yummy warm & cozy tea & it’s magical too. Since I’ve started having this once a day I’ve noticed the inflammation has gone down in my body tremendously, especially my knee!

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5. Garage sale at our house!!! JK…. I joke that Target is our second home considering we are there pretty much once a day (mostly due to the fact that I inevitably forget something).. but anyways… they are having awesome sales right now. I clipped a coupon for $20 off 100, then we found some deals on laundry detergent and other necessities where if you buy three you get a $10 gift card.  We stocked up on all our essentials & saved a ton, and left with gift cards in hand. Pah-retty cool deal if ya ask meee.

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6. I cannot put the Order of the Phoenix down; it’s my favorite yet- so goooood! Also, Christmas tends to put me in the mood for HP. Not sure why, probably the magic of it all. Aaaand we are going to Disney World/Universal studios soon! (eeeep, imma pass out from excitement). So to get ready, this past week I have been living in this magical world. When I’ve been working on school work or on long runs I have the series playing in the background- I watched all four movies this past week, plus any spare time I’ve spent reading the fifth book.

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7. Arrested Development. DJ and I have a new tv obsession. We started Making A Murderer II, and while it was really good we both needed a palette cleanser after Haunting of Hill House. This is gold. We are sold. If you like The Office, I highly recommend this! **Also fun fact- we saw Jason Bateman in person on our honeymoon— and one day when I was in the workout room he asked if he could turn down the music. I said no. Just kidding – of course, I said yes. I tried to work up the courage to say something else, but got scared & starstruck and ran out of the workout room. You guys know how I get. Hahaha.

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8. I finally tried Boarshead dessert hummus… and the verdict? I am obsessed. FULL FLEDGED obsessed! I love eating the two flavors with pretzels & putting the dark chocolate one in my oatmeal in the morning. It is so fudgy, almost like frosting! I am telling you- you must try this!!!

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9. The Campfire Marshmallow Candle from Chesapeake Bay Candle. Oh my does this smell ever delicious! It burned a little quicker than I’d like- but that’s probably what happens when you burn a candle 24-7. (Pssst, I’ll tell ya a secret: we got it from Target).

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10.  This meme. If you know, you know.

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Questions for you:

  • Do you have any candles you swear by?
  • Any creative way to use up leftovers?

xo <3

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Friday Favorites #15 -Autumnal Feels!

TGIF!!!! Thank goodness it’s FALL!!!!! I know it may be a bit premature to be posting full fledged Autumn posts, but every ounce of my basic-fall-loving-self is screaming like a banshee to be let out. Even though I’m desperately trying to suppress it, just kidding I’m not, it’s showing itself in all its true colors. Like a tree in Autumn. On that note, let’s jump in (and I’m not talking a pile of leaves). How far into the back of your head have your eyes rolled? Rollin’ like a pumpkin rollllllll. Okay, I’m done. For now. Anywho- hope you enjoy these faves- maybe they’ll get ya in the spirit too!

  1. Faux pumpkins. Am I slightly embarrassed I have faux pumpkins? Yes. Do I nearly cry tears of joy when it’s time to bring them out? You betcha.

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2. Apple Pie & Pumpkin Candle from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I recently did a massive bulk purchase from BBB for necessities (TP, paper towels, cleaner, dishwasher soap, hand-soap, etc.) with a $20 off coupon & slid a candle into the cart. This candle has such a strong scent; I am living for it. Recently, we’ve had a couple candles that don’t smell like much when they burn, but this is just warming the house with all the fall aromas!

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3. Dr. Death podcast. With a background in neurosurgery, this podcast caught my attention instantly. I have to say I think I have a strong stomach when it comes to gruesome medical talk, but this is not for the faint of heart. It is pretty disturbing- but what disturbs me the most is the fact that this story is real, and these are real patients, and involves a real surgeon. It’s mind blowing, tragic, fascinating… and horrific.

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4. The Passenger. I am about halfway through this thriller and loving every second of it. It’s entirely unpredictable, and the story line is gripping. It’s not super explicit like a lot of thrillers are, which I greatly appreciate. Highly recommend this one!! I can’t wait to finish it up.

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5. Dexter. I’m pretty sure Dexter has made it on the FF list before, but he’s making a comeback! DJ and I watched this show probably about a year ago, but dropped off around season 4 when work was getting intense. We decided we both would love to pick it back up and now we’re wondering how we ever stopped. It’s soo stinkin’ gooooood.

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6. A Simple Favor. Stop what you are doing right now (wait, I guess that would be reading this)….. After reading this, buy tickets for the next showtime of A Simple Favor. This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time! I saw it this past Tuesday with my SIL, Amy and her boyfriend. The way it’s produced is just genius- the perfect blend of humor, thriller, suspense and everything else. Plus, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are just phenomenal actresses (goes without saying).

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7. 6 min. abs with Cassey Ho. This has recently become one of my favorite workout videos. You can get a better abs workout in these 6 mins than from  some of the 15 mins you’ll find on Youtube. Cassey & any of her Blogilates videos are amazing! I do this one about every other day.

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8. Murasaki Sweet Potatoes. They’re baaacccck. I literally let out a vocal “yay!” when I saw these in Trader Joe’s. I have a couple recipes for stuffed sweet potatoes I love to make with them in the fall!

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9. Miyoko’s Vegan Cheese Wheel. We used this for the first time this past summer, and it’s my new vegan cheese obsession. It’s the closest changing faux cheese to the real thing I’ve found- and the herbes de provence is remarkably delicious. You’ll need to pack this for your autumn picnics of course 😉

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10. African Botanics Revitalizing Therapy Gel. This stuff is magic! It came in my FFF box, and I am fully obsessed. I love using it on my shoulders and back especially. Funny story though- one night this past week my hamstrings were hurtin’, so I lathered it alllll over my legs. Not a good idea. They felt like they were on FIRE. I had to race into the bathroom and scrub it off once the burn set in. It was quite a scene, much to DJ’s entertainment. As you can tell, it works VERY well, meaning a tiny bit goes a long way! You’ll need this after raking all those leaves!!

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Question for you!

  • Any weekly favorites? Things you are loving?

xo <3

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