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August 1, 2014

Friday Favorites #48: Week of 8/1

Holy moly you guys, it’s August? Where has the summer gone?! Judging from the weather outside… anywhere but here, apparently. I hope you have had better luck in the weather department where you are!

Regardless, today is a happy one because it’s Friday and almost the start to the weekend. Except, our weekend is absolutely filled with work events. Whoops.

Here’s hoping you have an enjoyable one and to kick things off, it’s time to get right into our weekly Friday Favorites party! As usual, I invite you all to join in by sharing some of your favorites from the week in the comments section and link up too!

Friday Favorites #48: Week of 8/1

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• coconut beach candle

On our final walk down Seawall Blvd. in Galveston last week, we stopped into Murdoch’s Bathhouse and saw this beachy candle in a coconut shell. I wanted something to remember the trip by and loved the smell.

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What do you know… it’s one of my favorite scents I have lit in a while!

• seashell wind chime

I have never had my own wind chime. My dad used to make some interesting ones back when I lived with my parents, and I always loved hearing the chimes when I sat outside.

We saw this one on the way out of the Galveston shop and both Scott and I thought it would be great to have at home.

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My approach to hanging it is temporary, but I’m looking forward to hearing in move the wind from our backyard deck.

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So calming!

• fabric Brady Bands

I was introduced to Brady Bands a couple of months ago and have been wearing them during my workouts ever since.

I love the non-slip versions, but fell for the prints of the fabric headbands I saw pop up on my Facebook feed a few weeks ago. Aren’t they adorable?

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(Blue Aztec Headband + Folkloric Headband)

I received two fun prints from the company earlier this week and can’t get enough of them.

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They don’t stay in place as good as the non-slip ones, so I’ve been skipping them on my runs but wearing them at home and around town.

Unlike other headband companies, Brady Bands are very affordable (most as low as $6!) and donate ten percent of every sale to help support childhood cancer research. I’m happy to be supporting them and recommend their headbands to anyone looking!

• Fitness Pilates (goodbye for now)

Earlier this week, I mentioned that my gym membership is ending. I thought my last day was Wednesday, but as it turns out I had two more to squeeze in. I lit up when I heard the news and joined a few friends last night for my (official) last Fitness Pilates class. For now.

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That beautiful and seriously toned woman standing to my right is Val, and I will miss taking her classes on a regular basis more than she will ever know! Half of my motivation to even get to classes at the gym has to do with the instructor, and she is one of the best I have ever taken from.

Thanks for almost two years of awesome booty kicking, Val!

• flowy summer tops

I picked these two tops up from Marshalls while I was in Houston last week. One was a steal at $9.99 and the other was only $12.99.

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Paired with a cute pair of shorts and flip flops or jeans and wedges, I am all about this flowy style of blouses this summer!

• my new mantra

I don’t even know where I saw this picture, but I just had to save it and share it with you.

take vacations quote

Scott and I were just talking about this.

Besides our recent trip to Texas (which actually started out as a work trip), we haven’t taken a “vacation” where we spend days sightseeing and getting into the culture in years. We get days off here and there, but want try to take longer, more explorative vacations as much as we can swing them.

Experiencing life you work so hard for is so good for the soul!

• guacamole

My obsession this week first started at Chipotle, and continued onto last night when I realized Chili’s now offers table side guacamole.

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If a restaurant offers anything table side, Scott and I will usually give it a try at least once. This one may not look incredible in the photo, but it certainly was. I practically ate half of it myself… so good!

• VS tote gift with purchase

I went into Victoria’s Secret to purchase a gift and realized that if I spent a total of $75, I could also take this getaway tote bag home with me.

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I have a smaller one (through the same gift with purchase) but was excited to have a bigger version of it for trips where I need more packing room.

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Plus, how it came is exactly how I can store it. The deal is still going on until Monday and offers one per customer as long as supplies last. You can also get it online by using the code GETAWAY75 upon checkout!

• this tee that was clearly made for me

I’m not sure exactly where this tee is from, but I saw this image on Facebook and immediately took a screen shot.

Florida Girl at heart living in Michigan tee shirt

SunFrog seems like it could have very well been the source, and has a whole collection of different states and sayings! (similar, similar)

I need it.

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July 29, 2014

What Would You Ask Tara Stiles?

Yesterday was a hard hit of reality that we were back in Michigan after a week long of hot Texas weather and sunshine. Following a weekend of enjoying the beaches in Galveston, it was a little bit of a bummer when Scott and I landed into cool and rainy weather late Sunday night.

I spent the majority of my Monday indoors catching up on life, and was okay with that when I felt a chill on my morning walk with Roadie. Seriously? In need of a sweatshirt already? I’m just not ready.

As the day went on, I got stubborn and continued to sport my tank top and shorts on our evening run on the trails. Okay, I actually forgot about it being in the mid-50s and was too lazy to go back inside to change. I figured I would heat up once we got moving anyways.

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That I did!

Since we have been away from home for a week, I knew time on the trails with my favorite furry running buddy was long overdue. We made our standard four mile loop, but took our time this go around.

Per usual, I let him walk whenever he needed and snapped a few photos of the surrounding nature while I was at it.

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Are you guys getting sick of me sharing these yet?

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Because I could literally take the same pictures every time and still want to share them with you.

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I planned to also sneak in some sort of circuit when I returned home, but got caught into the black hole of Instagram instead. I decided to cut my losses when I found an opportunity to take a new barre class at my gym later this morning and hit the showers.

Dinner soon followed, as quickly as I could rummage through our refrigerator and pantry to find anything that I could make a meal out of. Our groceries were limited, but I found a winner in deli turkey and beans.

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Spring mix, spinach, chick peas, black olives, edamame soy beans, deli turkey and feta cheese drizzled in grape seed oil and balsamic vinegar.

On the side was the last of our strawberries and a glass of almond milk.

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My appetite hasn’t been as raging since we’ve gotten home from vacation, and I am hoping that lasts a little while longer. It was the perfect amount!

What Would You Ask Tara Stiles?

In just a few weeks, I will be heading to Anaheim, California to attend the IDEA BlogFest and World Convention and am thrilled for the opportunity to get out there. I am looking forward to reconnecting with some blogging buddies, but am even more excited to learn from fitness professionals and attend sessions given by some of the greatest names in the business!

Idea World Convention Fitness Fanatics

Before the conference, however, I have been graciously presented with an opportunity to interview Tara Stiles!

Most of you know her as the founder and owner of Strala, the first branded yoga program to be available in major chains. She is also has her own yoga line with Reebok (love!) and is a best-selling author.

reebok cloud print yoga tank and slippers

I have already signed up to attend a couple of her sessions, and thought you all might be able to help me gather some questions to ask her. What would you like to ask Tara Stiles?

While I could stick to strictly yoga questions, I thought it would be fun to include more “real life” type of questions some of you might be wondering as well. Here is what I’ve got so far:

(Clued in from her Instagram account…)

• You certainly keep a colorful plate filled with healthy meals and snacks. What are some of your tips to keeping that up while on the road?

• What is your favorite type of Strala or yoga class?

• Do you mediate? If so, when and where?

• What is your go-to piece from Reebok Yoga?

I wanted to cap out at five questions, so if you have something in particular you would love to know, feel free to share it in the comments section below. I’m looking forward to sharing her answers with you!

Have a great Tuesday!

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