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Friday Favorites

Favorite Song: Jonas Blues version of Fast Car – I love the original and this one is great for running.

Favorite Moments:

–Last night I got the chance to participate in a focus group for a local restaurant and it was so much fun!!! Not only did I get a free DELICIOUS dinner, I got the chance to sit around and talk about my favorite thing (food, duh) for two hours. It was very interesting to hear everyone’s answers to the questions and at the end I got some swag which included a visa gift card and gift card to the restaurant. Where can I sign up to do more of these???

–Watching the sun rise is always a favorite.


Favorite Recipe: These sweet and spicy paleo chicken bites look delicious!!!!

Sweet and Spicy Paleo Chicken Bites:


Favorite WorkOut/App: Chris and I were catching up with Shark Tank over the weekend and one of the episodes had a guy from Swork It on there. I liked the concept of his app. Basically you input your information and tell it how long you have to work out that day. You can pick from strength, cardio, yoga or stretching. There are target workouts for core or upper body or you can do a full body. It tells you what workout you are about to do, the move lasts for 30 seconds. Without around 5 seconds left it will tell you what your next work out is so that you are ready. It shows you how to do it then entire time there is no confusion. At the end of the work out it tells you an approximate number of calories you should have burned and will sync to your Health app.

I also found Daily Cardio Free that I like to mix with Swork It to get a full work out! It is very similar to how Swork It works with a countdown, timed moves showing you how to do them and at the end it tells you how many calories you burned and adds it in to your Health App on your phone.

Favorite Beauty:


Have you seen the news Burt’s Bees Lipsticks? I grabbed one in Blush a few weeks ago at Walgreen’s and I really love how moisturizing it is. The color is more of a lighter lipstick coverage, but it sticks around for a while.  Also, can we talk about the adorable bee comb packaging??? Not to mention that it is all natural.

I also grabbed the Milani Nourishing Raspberry Coconut Oil Infused Lip Treatment. I absolutely am in love with how wide the applicator is! One swipe delivers a sheer, pretty, shiny color that feels amazing on my lips!!! I have worn this both alone and over other lip products. It smells wonderful and the packaging is cute. Can you tell i am a sucker for packaging??

Milani Moisture Lock Coconut Oil Infused Lip Treatment, Nourishing Raspberry - .1 oz

Favorite Podcast: I find that listening to health and fitness chat can spark new motivation in me, so I went in search of a new podcast to listen to. I found Paleo for Woman. I have bounced around a little picking episodes based on what I see in the title since there are over 50 episodes. I have learned a few things and am more motivated to stay on track during the week while listening to this in my car. Check them out if you are interested in learning about paleo, want to eat healthier, looking for inspiration. Do you have any health or fitness podcasts that you like? Or any fun podcasts in general? I have about 5 that I listen to no matter what, and about 10 others I listen to sometimes. Always looking for new ones!

Also, did you listen to Steph and Jana’s new podcast on books??? I can’t wait to hear more from them!!! Plus, now I know how they sound as I read the blog posts.

Favorite Lust:

This ottoman from Z Gallerie is just gorgeous!!!! Why does it have to cost so much??? I am keeping my eye on the price to drop a little. $399 isn’t too awful but $89 sounds better!

There is this option for $89. It’s growing on me.

This shell from Loft is so pretty!  Love the color!!

Favorite Links:

–I have been wanting to dive in to coconut oil for my face. I have been using it to cook for years. I have made lip scrubs with it, but never used it as actual face skin care. Here is a great post on the different ways you can use it and basically anything you wanted to know about coconut oil for skin care!!

–What is your body trying to tell you through your breakouts?

–Spring is in the air. See what trends probably shouldn’t be mixed in with your work wardrobe.

Favorite Funnies:

Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.:

This is something my dad would have totally done…

The 50 Best Funny Christmas Memes 2:

the end of the day


When Chris tries to explain something technical to me…

repeat it

When someone jokes about grabbing a drink at lunch. Never joke about drinks!!

When I try to explain that Saturday calories don’t count….

When you walk in somewhere and see someone you didn’t want to run in to …

When you can’t reason with someone…

Linking up with Amanda. I hope you all have a great weekend!!!

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  • Reply Katie @Running With Wine March 11, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Dude!! How did you get invited to be part of that focus group?? Sounds so awesome! I really want to try the burt bees’ lipstick, I”m going to look at Target when I go today! I think I may have already told you but I love love love using coconut oil on my face. It makes my skin so soft and I’ve noticed considerably less pimples when I’m using it vs when I don’t use it.

  • Reply Cara March 11, 2016 at 8:20 am

    That lipstick color is gorgeous, and I love that it’s all natural! I definitely would love to be part of a food focus group too, that sounds awesome! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Erin LFF March 11, 2016 at 8:31 am

    A restaurant focus group sounds AWESOME! So fun! 🙂 I love Burt’s Bee’s tinted lip balm, I should try their lipstick out next!!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine March 11, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Oooh what shade did you get the Milani lip gloss in and where did you find it? I need a new lipgloss and I think I would really like that wand! I am so all over the cute little poof Ottomans! I would love to find a good one at a good price! the frozen peas for Christmas…so funny! You are the BEST, happy happy weekend!!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston March 11, 2016 at 9:14 am

    bahah she wanted frozen stuff for x-mas!! that is too funny! I ALMOST went out and bought that burts lipstick and then stopped myself because I need to get rid of a few first…but I love their colors!! Saturday / Birthday/ Weekend calories really don’t count!! Have a great one girl! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky March 11, 2016 at 9:25 am

    LOLOLOLOLOL the technical homer simpson thing. that’s exactly how it is here when i try to explain to the business team why their idea won’t work because of technical limitations etc etc.

  • Reply Kelli March 11, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I can’t wait until Monday, time change moves sunrise back to AFTER school drop off so I can see it again. I miss seeing sunrise!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter March 11, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I love those ottomans! I wanted one for my makeup table and I looked all over the internet. I wound up buying this one from PB Teen. I used a 20% off coupon and got free shipping so it was less expensive. Maybe it could work for you as well? Have a fabulous weekend! xo

  • Reply Marie March 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Oh I love those ottomans! I totally want one for my bedroom. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Reply Lauren March 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I’ve been wondering what I want to be when I grow up and restaurant focus group participant sounds like a good plan. I always see Milani and it’s always so cheap but I’ve never bought anything in that brand. Maybe it’s time…?

  • Reply Christina March 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Those sweet and spicy chicken bites look soooo good. I just pinned them for myself.. have a great weekend!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  • Reply Rebecca Jo March 11, 2016 at 10:10 am

    WHAT?!?!?!? I am so keeping my eye out for that Burts Bees lipstick! That’s exciting news to me.

    Gotta check out that podcast – I love good ones that give great info.

    Have a great weekend!!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph March 11, 2016 at 10:43 am

    You know I love the pug weekending!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says March 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout for the podcast! Glad you enjoyed it!

    A restaurant focus group sounds AMAZING. #jealous

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer March 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Um, super jealous about your focus group experience but am so glad it happened for you! Sounds like a lot of fun! I may need to try those lipsticks! I put coconut oil on my face when it’s really dry and apply it to my scalp as well! Going to check out that app now! So cool! Happy Friday!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista March 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Loving that Burts Bees lipstick – so pretty! And how fun that you got to participate in a focus group at a restaurant – YUM! Happy Friday gurlie <3

  • Reply Jen March 11, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I did just see the new BB lipsticks today over on another site, and I’m so in love with the packaging that I made a note to grab one later. Too darn cute!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders March 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    That’s so awesome that you got to be a part of a focus group for a restaurant! I swear that I could talk about food all day long and never get tired of it! Both of the lipsticks you picked up sound amazing, and I have to admit, I would be ok with a more sheer coverage. I hope you have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native March 11, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I love that furry ottoman! So fun! That Home Depot thing is totally on my bucket list now too hahaha. I love Burt’s Bees chapstick, I’m interested in trying out their lipstick now too!

  • Reply Tricia Coniglio March 11, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    When I first saw the frozen pic, I was like “Wha??” hahaha. Yes, technical stuff has me zoned out and into my own world. oopsy

    I’m going to start following your Saturday philosophy that those calories don’t count!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family March 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I want to be in a restaurant focus group! That sounds awesome!

    And the “Frozen Stuff” pic made me laugh! That’s hilarious!

  • Reply Jess March 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Ugh I still remember the Christmas my stepdad thought it was the funniest thing ever that he got me a brick as a present. He loved to tell that story foreevvveerr. Pretty sure I felt how that little girl looks. Like haha… sooo funny. I will probably do similarly annoying things to my kids.

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots March 13, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    That Frozen meme hahahaha! I’ve been wanting to try that’s Burts Bees lipstick, glad to hear it’s good!

  • Reply kristen March 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    oooh a focus group, fun! i want to try new food and talk about food. that really does sound super fun.
    z gallerie always has the prettiest stuff but damn their prices are ridiculous.
    i will keep a look out for that milani stuff, so pretty!

  • Reply Dani March 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    The weekend pug wins Friday posts! Blush seems to be the color of the season and I couldn’t be happier about it. How did you get invited to that focus group?! That’s awesome! And the Simpsons meme- that’s totally me with any and all things technology related lol! Hope you’re having a great week!

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