OMG It’s Friday Favorites

Good morning, it’s Friday, omgI’msoglad.

This has been a week, ammiright?! I’m ready to close the books on this week and get the weekend started. We’ve got some fun things planned, specifically a multi-couple game night on Saturday that Andrew and I are going to dominate, and I don’t know what yet, but I’m going to be doing some baking on Sunday. I’ve had these recipe tabs open all week: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Thoughts?

Speaking of tabs that I’ve had open all week… It’s time for Friday #Favorites! Each week, I like to highlight some of the funny, interesting, unusual, or otherwise noteworthy things I’ve come across throughout the week that I think deserve a second look. Please feel free to add to my list in the comments below!


Friday #Favorites


Top billing goes to the toy chest Andrew built. I’m so proud of him, and it’s such a beautiful piece of furniture. He’ll be the first to tell you that he had some bumps along the way, but he learned from each one and has yet to make the same mistake twice. That’s impressive!

22315 craftsman

Because I feel like bragging about him a little more, I’ll have you know that Andrew also built our entertainment unit, coffee table, shoe rack, pull-out desk, garden cabinet, and Christmas tree stand. And he was commissioned to build a bright red makeup table for a friend. Chyeah. #hottiewithahobbie


Andrew builds most of his projects on our patio, so now that the toy chest is done, it’s nice to have a clear view of all the plants again.

22715 garden cabinet

22715 aloe explosion

When did the aloe plant explode?

22715 succulents

We successfully brought these guys back from the dead and I’m so happy. They were part of a little succulent centerpiece at the NCTA show last year, but the dirt was covered in a layer of glue, meaning the arrangement wasn’t meant to survive more than a week. That was unacceptable to me, so Andrew and I brought it home, scraped off the glue, and gave it a ton of TLC.


Stitch Fix finds. If you stopped by on Monday, then you already know I kept a couple great pieces from my most recent fix. Spring fashion is starting to pop up everywhere, so the delivery from Stitch Fix (<–referral link) came at the perfect time.

February 2015 Stitch Fix Review


That’s not to say I haven’t been eying a few pieces of spring workout gear lately…

workout gear i'm loving

[Upper: 1, 2, 3, 4, Lower: 1, 2, 3, 4]

…You know, to get me through that brutal transition from winter to spring that takes place in LA.


Shoutout to this cutie for making my afternoon walks a little cuter.

22715 caswell 2

That is the “You’re seriously taking another picture of me?” look.

22715 caswell smirk

Yes, Caswell. Yes, I am.


Flat whites with coconut milk at Starbucks. I’m officially a fan. After conducting a mini experiment, I determined that I like coconut milk in a flat white, but not in a latte. I’m not a big fan of coconut, and in a latte (where the ratio of milk to coffee is higher), you can really taste the coconut.

starbucks new coconut milk latte


Toolery. Tools + Jewelry = Toolery. Not having enough hobbies is something that Andrew and I have never been accused of. Between hiking, baking, woodworking, water-coloring, gardening, biking, puzzling, and t-shirt making, the two of us are never bored. Well, I can now add “jewelry making” to my list of hobbies.

22715 toolery mash up

I’ve been playing around with some nuts and bolts and things from Andrew’s toolbox, along with suede and cotton cording, to see what fun designs I can come up with. I just opened an Etsy shop (because I take my hobbies very seriously), so if you’re interested or even just curious, you can check it out here.


22715 bolt toolery


And finally, some randoms from around the web:



  • Regulate performed by Warren and Kenny G on Jimmy Kimmel. Not only are Warren G and Kenny G a dynamic duo of epic proportions, but their performance is spot on. Does Kenny G just not age?


  • Uptown Funk covered by Alex Boye’ & The Dancing Grannies. I love the original song and video (a lot), but I would argue that this is almost better. And a fun fact for any Frozen fans out there, this is the same Alex Boye’ from this Let It Go cover.


  • Smart Rope by Joen Choe [Kickstarter]. This is so cool! I want one.



Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a wonderful weekend. Is it Happy Hour yet?



As always, you can see what others are loving this Friday on Heather’s new site, Life in Leggings.

Snapshot Thursday

Good morning!

As soon as I finish my coffee (or this post), I’m out the door for a run. The weather outside is gorgeous right now.

Instead of giving a generic recap of yesterday, I thought I’d try something different and share a collection of all the random snapshots I took throughout the day along with the titles that I actually gave the photos when saving them to my computer. I usually rename my pictures once they become part of a post, but today I’m going to let the unedited titles tell the story.


Saved as: 22515 alien selfie

Saved as: 22515 alien selfie

Nothing says “I’m excited about an early morning dentist appointment” like a good selfie. At least the morning light was nice.


Saved as: 22515 pear oats

Saved as: 22515 pear oats

Prepped the night ahead, these oats (and some sunflower seed butter) were there for me in a moment of extreme post-dental hunger. The pear wasn’t quite ripe enough, but they still hit the spot.


22615 third bud

Saved as: 22515 third bud

Another bloomer on my neon orchid. I love buying orchids with a bunch of closed buds. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.


22615 the most beautiful beauty

Saved as: 22515 the most beautiful beauty

There are at least four buds that have yet to bloom. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you guys posted. Stay tuned for updates.


22615 caswell

Saved as: 22515 Caswell 

Caswell is the name of this little lady, whom I have the honor of walking every day this week. She’s the sweetest thing and isn’t much bigger than the Kevins. Speaking of the Kevins…


This one comes from Andrew’s phone:

22615 pile of kevins

Saved as: 22515 pile of kevins

This is pretty much standard procedure. Every night, when we sit down to relax and watch some TV, Al gets comfortable in my lap and then Sam comes along and sticks his big old butt on top of Al. Al doesn’t even seem mad about it in this picture, he’s so used to it.


22615 study all the time

Saved as: 22515 study all the time

It looks like I was studying my NASM materials late into the night, thanks to the terrible lighting in this picture, but this is actually around 3:30 in the afternoon. I have one more chapter of material to learn and then I need to switch gears and memorize all one billion of my flashcards. Just a couple more months until I take my test.


22615 clown food

Saved as: 22515 clown food

Last night’s dinner was a completely random throw-together of leftover items: farro salad with bell pepper, onion, & dried cranberries and a side of sautéed kale + prosciutto.


22615 freezer cookie buddies

Saved as: 22515 freezer cookie buddies

Andrew had a great idea to bake a few freezer cookies after dinner last night. This is what it looks like when frozen balls of dough get a little too friendly in the toaster oven. But what a delicious friendship it is.




Question: What naming convention do you use for your files and photos? I always include the date, but I could be better about using descriptive titles that would help me find what I’m looking for later.