December 19, 2014
Good morning! Sorry I didn’t have this up at the crack of dawn for the early bird link-up friends. Scott and I have been enjoying our date night on Thursdays over the past few weeks, which makes getting up earlier to write Friday Favorites a little bit harder.
I’ll be sure to share all about our trip to Detroit after the weekend. For now, there are some favorites to get to!
What have you been loving this week? Every Friday, I share products, articles, funnies, and favorites that made me smile and invite you to do the same by using the comments section and link up tool below!
Friday Favorites #68: Week of 12/19
• wrapped presents under the tree
One thing that I miss around the holidays (besides being around friends and family from home) is having presents displayed under our Christmas tree.
The majority of our presents for loved ones are now sent through the mail, so a part of me misses having the collection of wrapped goodies around to admire until Christmas Eve or Day. Is that weird?
Oh well. I still get joy out of wrapping and sending them (with flatter bows).
• UA See Me Go Running Gloves
In need of a slim, yet warm glove for running the (chilly!) Turkey Trot last month, I found this pair of Under Armour texting running gloves at a nearby sports goods store the day before. I love them.
They have an inner coating to help absorb body heat, but are still my lightest pair of warm texting running gloves yet.
• How to Run Hills via Run Eat Repeat
• Panera You Pick Two
Are there any other Panera Bread fanatics out there? I know, I mention the cafe a lot. I swear, they’re not paying me to! I probably frequent a location around once a week and rarely get anything but the You Pick Two option.
Even split into half portions, they offer plenty of the menu item, and I love the variety. Last time, I ordered the Fuji Apple Chicken salad (my fav) with the garden vegetable soup. So yummy!
• digital coin counting money jar
Scott brought this digital coin counting money jar from The Sharper Image home a couple weeks ago.
I already had a spot to store loose change in the house, but I have to admit that it’s been nice knowing exactly how much our change adds up to.
I’m not sure where he got it from since I can’t find it on The Sharper Image’s website (maybe it’s an older product?), but you can find them on Amazon for just under $25.
• dark nail polish
I don’t always wear nail polish (I’m trying to get back into doing my own nails again, and often)… but when I do, it’s been dark lately.
O.P.I. and Essie have been my go-to polish brands for years. Their punny names and shades are the best!
• Meghan Trainor’s performance on The Voice. Adorable. (Love her!)
• pumpkin spice hummus
Umm… have any of you tried this Cedar’s Pumpkin Spice hommus?
That’s right, I said pumpkin spice.
At first, I wasn’t sure I would like it. Obviously, I have a special appreciation for anything pumpkin, but I picked this tub up from my local grocery store (Meijer?) out of pure curiosity last week.
You guys. It was gone in two days. It’s ridiculously good! I need more.
• favorite HWG posts
(Including more than normal to share all of the holiday themed fun!)
• Friday funnies
(For my fellow freezing friends out there…)
• hands-free jogging leash & giveaway
Surprise… today’s favorites post is closing with a giveaway!
About a month ago, I received this Hands Free Hipster Jogging Leash.
I explained to my contact that Roadie is not exactly what you would call a “tame” jogger, but I thought that a lot of you could benefit from the product, so I agreed to feature it and test it out by walking him with it.
Thanks to his frequent darting and stopping skills, I don’t trust him enough to actually go running with him hands-free (yet). We did, however, enjoy a couple of hands-free walks this week.
(Like my personal training/ninja outfit?)
It was comfortable and adjustable enough to fit most waistlines. I also appreciated the pouch on the back to store personal items like a phone, keys, or even disposable doggie bags.
I liked that the leash felt strong (I was worried about that), and put the just-in-case handle to good use when he saw something that peaked his interest.
Like I mentioned above, I don’t exactly trust Roadie enough to take him for a hands-free run quite yet, but maybe one day we will get there. Every time I go running with him, I see very well behaved dogs on a leash and think this giveaway would be perfect for them. Would any of you like to give this hands-free jogging leash a try?
Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what kind of dog you have (or what kind of dog your friend or family member has if you want to gift it to them!) and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter.
(Feel free to share their name and something fun about them too!)
You have until Midnight E.S.T., Tuesday, December 23rd to enter the giveaway. The winner will be selected and announced Wednesday morning.
And speaking of giveaways, don’t forget to enter to win a $100 Visa Gift Card with Listerine if you haven’t already.
Have a great weekend!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Friday Favorites series features items I genuinely want to share with you. Although the hands free jogging leash was gifted to me, I was not compensated for a review. As always, all opinions remain my own. Also, please know that affiliate links may be included. Thank you for your support! <3
December 18, 2014
Hello, hello! I feel like I have been raving about holiday music this year.
An upbeat holiday tune never fails to heighten my mood, even on a dreaded Monday morning. If you haven’t been listening to holiday stations and songs throughout the month of December, what are you waiting for? They’re pretty enjoyable, y’all.
While I do appreciate the slower classics, I recently put together a fun workout-worthy playlist you can listen to at home, in the car, and even play during workouts and group exercise classes! Below you will find 21 awesome holiday jams you could also put on at your next holiday party.
Scroll down to give it a listen online!
(You can always access my public playlists on Spotify!)
I would bet that listening to even one of those songs made you smile and/or gave you a reason to break out your “jazz hands”. If this type of music doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will. Maybe a go see a show? I’m excited for Cirque Dreams tonight with Scott and friends.
Sorry to make it short, but I need to get going. See you in the morning!
Question of the Afternoon
• What is your all-time favorite holiday song?
I have too many. I love Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (<- fun video that brings be right back to my childhood), mainly because it reminds me of growing up watching Home Alone! I’ve also been loving Holiday a cappella music over the past few years. O Holy Night gets me every time!