Favorite Things on Friday!

I keep seeing all these fun Friday favorite posts. I was about to write a post on love before I realized I have some favorites I can share from this past week. So many new things have made their way into my life! I love it. And I still probably will write that post on love so you may get 2 posts from me today.

Here we go… Favorite things Friday! They are all wellness-related so it can be a part of Fitness Friday too with Jill Conyers. YAY! Okay, am I just a little too excited on this Friday or what!??!

My first favorite from this past week is a new tea. I can’t get enough of this Lemon Zinger tea from Celestial Seasonings. I first tried this tea over Christmas in Colorado when my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins left some tea at my parent’s place there. It was Lemon Zinger and I immediately thought, “I love that I don’t have to cut up lemons for this tea.” I know, weird thought, but I always have cut up lemons on hand for my black teas. Although, as some of you know, I am cutting caffeine as part of my wedding health goals so am staying away from black teas. Well, this has been the PERFECT substitute!

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My second favorite for this week is a picture of this cute, cuddly cat of mine. I saw her laying like this today and it melted my heart. Little soap box moment… I really do not understand people who do not like animals or pets. They are gifts from God! I treasure my pets.. hope you do too if you have any!

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My third favorite for the week are these workout capri’s I just bought from Six:02. I LOVE the color! And the picture stinks, but I just wanted to get a close up of the pattern so you could see it. These are Under Armour pants and have you been to Six:02 yet? I love that they have many different fitness brands for women available under one roof. Very cool place if you love a variety of fitness brands!

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My fourth favorite for the week is this book. I am reading it for my local book club that I just joined. I could not put it down. I read the whole thing in less than 5 days. It is about this lady, Alice, that hits her head in spin class and then cannot remember the last 10 years. She doesn’t remember that she was in the middle of a divorce; she still thinks she is in love with her separated husband. Very interesting take on a book and I loved it! I hope they make a movie out of this one.

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My fifth favorite is the scent of Eucalyptus and Mint together. Oh my invigorating! I light it whenever I write a post or am working on something serious for work. It keeps the stress away!

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I know you have a few favorites from the week. Name one for me! And then go and enjoy the weekend. ūüôā

Holiday Weekends

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the holiday weekend. I am in love with holiday weekends. How often do we have 3 day work weeks and 4 day weekends? I think our society should make this the norm. Wouldn’t that be great? Work for 24 hours and be off the rest of the week? Hell ¬†to the yeah.

What did you do this weekend? Where did you go? I stayed at home this weekend and spent Thanksgiving with the boyfriend’s family. It was wonderful! The next day we both put the Merry in Christmas. Our house is in the Christmas spirit, my friends, and I LOVE IT!

If you read this post from a couple weeks ago, you know I am doing the Elf for Health challenge this holiday season. In honor of the challenge, I thought I would give a little recap of my first week. Here it goes…

Monday… Go meatless day. I made a black bean with veggies type of dish. It wasn’t bad, but I tell you what was even better… reheating it the next day and mixing it into scrambled eggs. Yum!

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Tuesday… Unsubscribe challenge. I found out about unroll.me and my life is forever changed. Seriously, if you get overwhelmed signing into your email every day, check this out. I now don’t have to worry about getting 100 advertisement emails in my inbox daily.

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Wednesday… Try a new workout. I did a new yoga routine in the morning and added in a new Tone It Up routine in the afternoon. It was a good change of pace. I highly recommend Yoga with Adriene vids and Tone It Up vids. I subscribe to both YouTube channels fo sho!

Thursday… Share a book, blog, etc. I¬†am reading Bossypants by Tina Fey right now. I love her. I want to be friends with her!

Friday… New veggie smoothie. I failed at this today, not going to lie. I intended to make a smoothie, but did not get to it. I just don’t look forward to anything cold these days.

Saturday… Treat yourself. Boy did I ever! I decorated for Christmas, took a nice nap, caught up on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and hung out at home with the boyfriend. I may have even made chocolate chip cookies… my favorite!

Sunday… Meal prep day. I baked some sweet potatoes ahead of time because you know I looooooove my baked potatoes. All I have to do is reheat, put a little bit of ghee on that sucker, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Y to the um!

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Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead!

Festive Friday Fun

I just wanted the title to be all F words. Good thing I didn’t choose the bad F word- that would have really changed the tone of this post. No, I want today to be all about festive and fun! It IS Friday after all.

What are you up to today?¬†After work, my boyfriend and I will be making our way to the Texas State Fair. The fair is the same every year, but I always love walking around for at least a couple hours. He wants to try a funnel cake flavored ale. I am really feeling a caramel apple on a stick this year I think. Can’t tell you the last time I have had one!¬†We also want to see the car shows, animals, and maybe play a few games. I am not a fan of the rides so could do without those, but we’ll see. Should be fun!

Tomorrow I have a wedding to go to for one of my college roommates. She is going to be a beautiful bride and I cannot wait to see her walk down the aisle. I am taking my brother with me so that he can enjoy some Houston sites a bit after the wedding and on Sunday morning. Should be festive!

And since it is Friday, I want to share some fun pics from this past week. Hope you enjoy!

I had to share this video first, because it is of my cat, Cali. She cracks me up!¬†For those that do not know, Cali¬†is the only pet I can truly call “mine”, but I do care and love for others just as if they were my own. Anyway, enjoy her being funny in a Dr. Pepper box…

This pic is of Junior. I found him with this odd black mark on his face. He always does the cutest poses too so naturally I name this pic… Junior as Marilyn!

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Junior as Marilyn

This picture is of the fun run from Wednesday that I held for the company I work for. I love everything about wellness, but one of my favorite things is when people come together for a fitness event. We all inspire each other to live a healthier life.

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GPA BeWell Fun Run

My boyfriend and I went to Broken K ranch last night. It was a beautiful fall night! I saw at least 10 deer and we fed the horses, cats, and dogs.

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Broken K Ranch

Delights of the Week: It’s Summer Time!

The 5 on Friday link up that I normally do on Fridays is going on summer break. But, since I don’t have a summer break, I will still participate and call it “Delights of the Week.” I love sharing cool stuff that either happened this past week or is about to happen this weekend. Keeps me delighting in the simple things!

So, here we go…

{Delight #1} Grilled Corn on the Cob. I am grilling corn on the cob tonight. My favorite way to grill them is with fresh sprigs of rosemary. Grilling out on summer nights is the BEST! What is your favorite thing to grill?

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{Delight #2} Bumble Bee Honey Dipper.¬†Okay, I saw this cuuuuuuute honey dipper at Central Market the other day and had to buy it. I keep a jar of honey in my pantry, but currently just use a spoon or knife. This dipper makes it WAY more fun and actually less messy than the spoon or knife. Now I just need a holder for it. They had the holders too at Central Market, but for some reason I didn’t think I would need it. Now I think I do… go figure!

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{Delight #3} Truck Yard in Dallas. Any of my Dallas peeps ever been here? I keep hearing about it and am super excited to head out to this place tomorrow night for a friend’s 30th birthday. Hoping to catch some good drinks, tasty bites, and plenty of fun with friends!

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{Delight #4} Stitch Fix Inspiration. I have had a Stitch Fix before, but it has been quite a few months since my last one. I am ready to try it out again. I read on their blog to create a Pinterest board so they can tailor your stitch fix to your style interests. I had fun creating my new Stitch Fix Inspiration board before work this morning! I am so in the mood for new outfits for summer… and of course, cute work outfits too.

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{Delight #5} The Jive.¬†My dance lesson this week was all about the Jive. Oh my, do I love this dance! It is such an upbeat and exciting dance for me. My dance teacher and I are talking about doing a competition sometime at the end of the year. I am pumped and finally feel ready… or somewhat ready. I still have a lot of work to do!

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What are some of your delights from this past week? Or delights you are looking forward to this weekend?

5 on Friday: Birthday

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It’s my pre-birthday weekend so I am pumped! I am turning 30 on Tuesday and know that I will love every minute of my thirties. My 20s have been good to me, but they have been somewhat of a roller coaster. Whose hasn’t?! So here’s to thriving in the thirties!

My 5 on Friday will be dedicated to birthday stuff.

{ONE} I treated myself to Hawaii this year for my birthday trip. One thing about me that you may or may not know already is that I will pay MUCH more for memories than I will for things. Traveling and spending time with loved ones on special trips is priceless. So, this year, I visited my cousin-in-law and her son for a week in Hawaii. Kailua to be exact! Best birthday present I could have gifted myself.

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{TWO} I am having a get together tomorrow at a place in Dallas that has a “beachy” atmosphere. It’s called Sandbar and has sand volleyball and healthy bites. I cannot believe I have never been here. But, tomorrow.. it is ON! Sand volleyball has been calling my name for awhile and let’s be honest, I love the heck out of ANYTHING that is beach-related. (Have I ever mentioned that I named my cat after California?!)

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{THREE} My birthday toes. I love purple and palm trees (go figure!). So, I got a pedicure this past Sunday with both. Might be a little over the top, but hey.. it’s my birthday!

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{FOUR} Birthday dinner. The boyfriend is making me dinner tonight. I am super excited about it. It’s the little things, y’all! I make dinner for both of us most of the time (okay, maybe 2 or 3 days out of the week and the rest we are on our own, eating leftovers, or going out to eat). It’s such a nice treat to have it go the other way around. Bring on the grill!

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{FIVE} With 4 days left of my 20s, I want to give them a proper farewell.

  • Thank you, 20s, for allowing me to make kick-ass friends at Texas State University and graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration, while having the time of my life in college.
  • Thank you, 20s, for giving me the best 21st birthday I could have asked for (with a trip to the Spurs locker room on the night they won the Finals in 2005).
  • Thank you, 20s, for getting me to Houston where I met some additional kick-ass people, made some great memories, and had my first “real job” at Shell.
  • Thank you, 20s, for teaching me that my real passion is nutrition, fitness, wellness, and health in general.
  • Thank you, 20s, for pushing me to go back to school and graduate with a Master of Science in Nutrition (and get my Registered Dietitian certification in the process).
  • Thank you, 20s, for allowing me to become a fitness instructor and eventually find Pure Barre (where I teach now).
  • Thank you, 20s, for giving me a relationship that would teach me to grow, become a better person, find my confidence again, and learn so much (6 years and counting!).
  • Thank you, 20s, for providing me the opportunity to see my parents pursue a huge dream of theirs and the bonus of also seeing my mom retire (with a huge smile).
  • Thank you, 20s, for giving me the career and job of my dreams.. being a wellness coordinator for various companies.
  • Thank you, 20s, for allowing me to find my passion of dance again through latin ballroom dance lessons.
  • Thank you, 20s, for reminding me how important the people in my life are. All people, past and present.

You have been good to me, 20s, so when I leave you I will always remember you.

5 on Friday: June

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Friday always makes me happy. Plus, it’s June! Every day in June I write down at least 1 thing about my day that was a delight. I print off a calendar and write it in. I have done this since 2006 and love the tradition. It keeps me LOVING every minute of June, my birthday month. For this 5 on Friday, I am picking a few of my delights from the first part of June to share…

{ONE} Bonnaroo Music Festival. This weekend, the boyfriend and I are enjoying every minute of this music festival. I will have plenty of pictures to share when I get back. Anyone else been to Bonnaroo? I am most excited about Elton John, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West since I have never seen them live. Ohhhhhh I love me some music!!!!

{TWO} New kicks to help me kick butt! On the first day of June, I bought me a new pair of kicks. I was at the mall buying shorts for someone so had to take a walk through DSW while I was there (naturally, of course!) Found these and fell in love. And bonus, they were 65% off. Now I have more motivation to kick butt during my workouts!

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{THREE} Pinterest Fail.¬†I like to tap into my creative side. I saved a few tins from my Tazo Tea and wanted to make a cute box with them that I could use for other things like pens, paper clips, etc. I got out the hot glue gun, scrapbook paper, and stickers…. what happened next turned into a hot mess. Glad the pic doesn’t look QUITE as bad as it did in person, but it still looks pretty bad. I got a good laugh and enjoyed the process, but needless to say sent it off to the recycle bin. Next time, prepare for a beauty! And a different project…

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{FOUR} PARTY TIME!¬†We had my mom’s retirement party on Friday. I am so happy and excited for her. This next stage in life is going to be wonderful for her. She will spend most of her time in Colorado with JuneBug, Holly, and my dad. Family, friends, and co-workers all showed up to wish her well. It was a blast!

{FIVE}¬†Orange is the New Black is back. We are savoring our Netflix time. I know that everyone gets excited and can easily watch the whole season in one night, but we are taking our time by watching one episode a night. I really like this season so far! And I also like hearing about the back story. I had no clue that this was based off a book and a real woman’s experience in prison for a year. Very cool!¬†

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Friday Five

Five random things on this Friday afternoon! Enjoy…

One. I am without a car for a few days. The last time I did not have a car was my freshman year in college at Texas State University… (eat ’em up cats!). I have to say though, I actually loved not having a car in San Marcos. I could walk anywhere and if you know me, you know I love to walk everywhere that I can.

But, I don’t like it much this time around and it is only for a few short days. I will get over it, don’t worry, I know this is #selfishgirlproblems, but I live in the ‘burbs of DFW. The only place I can really walk to that is even remotely exciting is the library and perhaps a Target. ¬†Can’t wait to get my car back!

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Two.¬†I turn 30 in less than a month. I have one word that describes how I am feeling about it and yes, it should be said in Joey Lawrence’s voice…. Whoa!!! I am not afraid of turning 30 and in fact, I know my 30’s are going to be kick ass. I just don’t feel like I am a day over 25. The calendar moves faster than the mind, body, and soul ages. But, no matter what my age, I will always remember this quote…

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Three.¬†Do you ever read something at the exact moment you feel you were meant to? It’s almost like someone read your mind and said… HERE, READ THIS. I read a blog post like that today. It was awesome! And my mind and spirit have a renewed outlook on love and faith. I needed that.

Four.¬†Is Orange the New Black? I don’t know, but the show sure is good. We are catching up on season one with two episodes left. I found out this week that the next season comes out on June 6th. Yay for Netflix shows.. I am impressed! House of Cards and Orange and Black are VERY well done.

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Five.¬†“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde. I have heard two people say this quote this week. It’s pretty spot on. I leave that quote with you for the weekend. Be yourself. Be authentic. And have a thrilling weekend, dear friends!

Five on Friday

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ONE: My letter to grandma this week.¬†My grandma and I still write back and forth. She lives in Webster City, Iowa, so it is a great way to keep in touch. She doesn’t do email or facebook or any of the social media stuff. I don’t blame her either.. and thank goodness, because if she did I wouldn’t get to enjoy snail mail. It seriously rocks and makes me sad that it is slowly going away.

This week I surprised her with a couple of goodies I couldn’t resist. Wishing her a happy (grand)mother’s day next Sunday!

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TWO: Usher and Michael Jackson pics on the IHeartRadio Music Awards last night. Did anyone else see that? It freakin’ rocked!

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THREE: I cannot get enough Insanity these days.¬†Is anyone else in love with the workout DVD’s? I am so over running for now and am on the Insanity bandwagon. I literally feel like I could kick someone’s butt afterwards. I hope my love affair with this workout sticks for awhile!

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FOUR: I got a fitbit for $4 (had an Amazon gift card for the rest of it).¬†So far, I am loving it. Have only used it for 3 days so have been observing my “steps”. Don’t think because you are into fitness and workout regularly that you get a lot of steps in. Holy cow! I only got about 6,000 steps the first day. Not that I am going to become obsessive, but I will try to shoot for 10,000 per day. Even people that workout can benefit from NEAT.. Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (or my simplified explanation- daily activities where you are on your feet). So, here’s to more NEAT!

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FIVE:¬†My Dill Dip! I cannot get enough of this stuff. If you do not know what I am talking about, read my What to Eat Wednesday post. I cannot believe how much I love it and how much I have been looking forward to it this week. I do try not to go overboard, but man is this good. I think I am officially over my “white food aversion.” Score!!!

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5 on Friday: Inspirational Pins

I have been feeling a little under the weather lately.. in a slump, so to speak. We all get there every now and then, but it is important to realize that each day is a NEW day. A fresh start. So, with that… today is my fresh start and for my 5 on Friday post, I am dedicating it to inspirational pictures or quotes. Enjoy! And feel free to share what inspires you…

ONE: I love to dance, but this can also apply to life… (Pinterest link)

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TWO: This pose in this exact place. Who wouldn’t want to be there right about now doing yoga? (Pinterest link)

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THREE: Now this is the greatest love there is. I have needed this reminder lately… (Pinterest link)Romans

FOUR: All I have to say to this one is… WAKE UP CALL! (Pinterest link)

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FIVE: Who doesn’t have the best of friends or family members? Hug someone tight tonight or call/text someone that you are thinking about them. Share the love! (Pinterest link)

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Five on Friday

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ONE: Sleep is so not overrated. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE sleep. The people who dislike sleep and tell you, “I can sleep when I’m dead,” are seriously missing out. I am looking forward to sleeping in this weekend. How about you? And to honor sleep today, I leave you with a very cute meme…

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TWO: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop hits the spot every time. My boyfriend came home early today and brought lunch. Isn’t that sweet? Brought home one of my favorites. I had two beef tacos and my taste buds were happy. Do you like Fuzzy’s?

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THREE: Canton weekend. If you are from Texas or live in Texas, you most likely have heard of Canton. It is an extra large flea market. SUPER HUGE and has anything and everything you can want. My plan is to go on Sunday with my mom… and probably 500 million other people. But, even with the crowds, it is still fun and I still end up with some really awesome purchases.

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FOUR: Adding spearmint to my water. I have a big stash of spearmint that I got through my local co-op. I thought I would end up making Mojito’s with the spearmint or some other crafty drink, but I quickly realized that it is EXCELLENT in water. And simple, of course. You know I like simple!

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FIVE: Free concerts. Anyone in the DFW area? Apparently there are free concerts all weekend long. Even Tim McGraw will be here. It’s the March Madness Music Fest. I am hoping that we get the energy to brave the crowds one of these days this weekend and see someone live. Gotta love free concerts!

What are you enjoying today?