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Friday Favorites #24 A New ‘Do, Fruit, Flowers, & Lots of Links


Did you hear? It’s Friday. YEAH. On Fridays, it’s become a tradition around here to share some of my favorite things from the week. Anything funny, interesting, inspirational, or otherwise noteworthy in anyway is welcome on this list. My favorites are below, and I always love hearing about yours in the comments!


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This beautiful GIF Andrew made of his trip to Montreal

montreal raining

Not only does the GIF capture a stunning view of the rainy city, but it also perfectly captures the mood of the trip. Unfortunately, Andrew was in Montreal to be with his family and pay his respects to his Nana who very recently passed away.


She was one truly remarkable woman, and I’m honored to have known her and gotten to spend the time with her that I did.


New Haircut

new haircut

Ok, so it’s not new at all. It’s just a refresh of the same cut I’ve had for almost a whole year now. One downside of shorter hair is that it requires more maintenance than long hair. So thank you, thank you, Margie, for the gift certificate 🙂

OK, ready for a flashback?

long hair pre-cut

I was a mermaid.


Summer Fruit

summer fruit at the famers market

We’ve been swimming in beautiful, fragrant, farmers’ market fruit all week and I’ve been loving it.

washed berries

cherries #WIAW

ripe peaches #WIAW

Peaches, nectarines, pluots, cherries, strawberries… We’ve had no trouble polishing off all of the fruit, just in time to restock at Sunday’s market.



summery flowers

Such a simple, small thing can make the biggest difference in how cheery the house feels.


Plantains from the Whole Foods hot food bar


And what goes better with plantains than hummus and shredded rainbow carrots?


Yesterday’s Full Body strength + cardio Workout

full body strength + cardio workout

You guys seemed to dig this workout, and I’m glad. It’s one of the ones I keep saved as a picture on my phone for gym emergencies.


This infographic from the Bulletproof Executive on the benefits of butter

Bulletproof Executive butter infographic



Links from around the web:

Introverts Prefer Mountains: How Your Personality Affects Where You Should Live [PsyBlog] Interesting, but I’d personally prefer the ocean over the mountains any day.

Salmon and Black Sesame Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) [The Kitchn] This recipe looks challenging for sure, but I really want to try it.

Good food needs better marketing [The Verge] Agreed. That carrot commercial is awesome, though.

The Exercise Rule That Will Keep You Fit Forever [Summer Tomato] Good, simple tip to help you escape “lazy couch momentum”.

DIY Potted Cactus Macaroons [Sugar and Cloth] Holy cow, these are amazing. I’m not sure this is the best or most entry-level recipe to start with, however, seeing as I have yet to successfully make any real macaroons, but it’s something to work towards.

The 10 Fittest (And Least Fit) Cities In The US [Mind Body Green] Not many surprises on this list, but I am pretty proud of California right about now.

Map Reveals The Distinctive Cause Of Death In Each State [NPR News] This is along the same lines as the MBG story, but I’m happy to report that ‘lack of fitness’ was not the cause of death in any state.


I hope you all have lots of fun things planned for the long weekend ahead. Andrew and I are getting massages and potentially going to see a classic rock tribute band called Dazed and Confused, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty to report back with on Tuesday. Have a great weekend!



Question: What have YOU been loving lately?



Thank you, Heather, for hosting today’s Friday Favorites linkup!


Friday Favorites #21: Lululemon, Coconut Oil, & Simple Rules for Healthy Eating

Hey there, hi there! What’s new, what’s good?

It’s Friday(!) and I couldn’t be happier. Even though I’m ready for the weekend, it was a pretty good week around these parts. I started a new job, fit some great workouts in, and got some fun new spandex, I mean clothes.

Without further ado, because the name is pretty self-explanatory, I present this week’s…


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Coconut Oil… As Lotion

I’ll be the first to admit that I am particular when it comes to coconut. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. I like to cook with coconut oil and milk, but I don’t like the taste of shredded coconut or coconut water. Well, I have officially added ‘using coconut oil as lotion’ to the list of things that I like.


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I held off on coconut oil as lotion for a long time because I just couldn’t understand how it wouldn’t leave my skin feeling oily or smelling like coconut. To be honest, I still don’t understand it but it works.

I guess in my mind, I’d be using the same amount of coconut oil as I would use lotion, but in reality a small amount of oil goes a long way and I haven’t had any issues with greasiness. And as far as I can tell, my skin doesn’t smell like coconut at all.


New Clothes from Lululemon

Katie, my amazing sister, sent me a gift certificate for my birthday to Lululemon after seeing a pair of their stirrups pop up in one of my Friday Favorites posts.

lululemon gift certificate #fridayfavorites

I must have spent several hours on their site trying to decide what to buy, and of course I ended up back on the stirrups. Of course. And I might have thrown in another top, too. I need to beef up my personal training wardrobe!

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lululemon retreat tee #fridayfavorites

[Wunder Under Pant *Stirrup, Retreat Tee]


“Just Because” Flowers 

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This lovely little arrangement was waiting on our front porch when Andrew and I got home from the gym Wednesday night. It had been left by a neighbor who just thought we’d like them. Very sweet and much appreciated. 🙂


Links from around the web:

Simple Rules for Healthy Eating [NY Times] Yes, yes, and so much more yes.

Aerial Photographs Capture the Stunning Beauty of Los Angeles at 10,000 Feet [Mashable] They really are stunning.


That’s it from me, today. Have a wonderful weekend.



Question: What have you been loving lately?


Of course, you can check out a whole slew of other Friday Favorites over on Heather’s blog.