Friday favs

Today is my first day back to work after a nice long winter break.  [cue all the tears]  But let’s focus on the positive, as I try so hard to do, and check out some things I’m loving lately in a Friday favs post – something I haven’t done in way too long.

I finally, finally hopped on the Snapchat bandwagon.  (I’m itz.linz if you want to add me!)  I don’t think I’ve ever posted a story (is that what they’re called??), but I am having fun playing with the filters.  My five year old niece Audrey taught me how to use them.  I’m still way more of an Instagram fan, but the Snapchat filters definitely provide a good source of entertainment.

Not to mention the “pretty” filters when you’re feeling a bit blah.  I imagine it’s only a matter of time before Instagram comes up with something similar.

I tried one of Jamba Juice’s seasonal flavors, berry berry chocolate.  It’s a total WIN!  Definitely my favorite flavor.  And better yet, I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram – five $10 gift cards are being given away for the New Year!

Speaking of the New Year, I did a power flow yoga class three days in a row at Yoga Six.  Some of you may remember when I used to do bikram on a regular basis (pre-William).  I miss it, but am definitely not in good enough shape to attempt that right now.  Power flow is awesome because it’s in a heated room and the class is an hour (as opposed to 90 minutes like bikram).  I get in a good stretch, a great workout, and an awesome sweat.  Plus, some time to get out of my own head and focus on my breath and body, something I have trouble doing in my home.

With school back in session, I’ll have time to go just once a week, but that’s better than nothing!  I bought a ten class package to ensure I actually do keep going.  Financial accountability!  I’m still working on getting back into / finding a new workout routine, but this was definitely a good week for me.

I was sent some argan oil from Actually Organic.

My hair tends to be dry and frizzy, so I do use a serum of some type in it. The argan oil provides moisture and smooths down flyaways.  A little bit goes a long way, so this little bottle has been lasting awhile.  The first couple of times I used it, I used too much and my hair was a little too oily.  Lesson learned.  A drop or two is all you need! You can use it on your skin, as well, though I prefer my hair.

I have so many adorable photos to share of William with his friends from the past month.  However, this one with his bestie, Wolf, takes the cake.  They’re so sweet.

And if you could have heard them.  Wolfie kept saying, “I love you, illy-yum!”

William and I have had a lot of fun over break together.  He’s just the silliest little thing and continues to amaze me on a daily basis.  We were playing with a Chanukah present and I asked him to smile for a picture.

That lightbox is like the one I just posted about from UncommonGoods.  It’s been fun to come up with different messages.

Yes, this is the third time I’ve blogged this week; you better believe it!  I’d like to get back into a blogging schedule.  While I probably won’t do Monday-Friday like I did my first few years, maybe Monday / Wednesday / Friday is more manageable.  We shall see.

What are your favorites from the week?

Super Bowl weekend

Someday I’ll remember how to blog Monday through Friday again. 😉 For now, I’ll catch up and share some good stuff with ya when I can!  Super Bowl weekend was a good one; it was busy, but we still had plenty of time to relax.  We laid low on Friday night and didn’t do much.  On Saturday morning, I met a friend at a painting spot and our kids painted pottery.


William LOVES to paint at school, and I knew he’d love going here.  He slopped quite a bit of paint all over the place; I’ll be curious to see how it turns out after I pick it up from being glazed.  It was definitely a fun Saturday morning activity!

I had a “sprinkle” to go to on Saturday afternoon for one of my good friends who is having her second baby.  We enjoyed a tasty lunch, and it was nice to catch up with the girls.  I went to the St. Louis Blues hockey game on Saturday night and we brought home a winner!

We lucked out and had great weather over the weekend – it was almost 60 degrees again!  That meant we had to try Jamba Juice’s new superfood smoothie – the acai berry charger.  A few years ago when I was vacationing in Arizona, I had an acai bowl for the first time and I was obsessed. However, there was nowhere in the midwest to get one, so when Jamba Juice emailed me telling me they now have acai bowls and smoothies, I was pumped!  The acai smoothie has strawberries, blueberries, sherbet with raspberry, soymilk, ice, chia seeds, and flaxseed.

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They sent fun football props with my gift card, but William was not amused and wanted no part of it.  My friend ordered the new island pitaya bowl which was a blend of pineapple juice, frozen pineapples, fresh bananas, frozen pitaya, strawberries, mangoes, organic pumpkin flax seed granola, blueberries, honey, chia seeds, and coconut. It was awesome, and while my acai smoothie was great, the island pitaya bowl was sweeter, so I liked it better. Definitely a winner and both are a great source of antioxidants!

After Jamba Juice, we went to a park to soak up the sun and the nice weather!

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The park had a pond with a few ducks swimming around, which William loved. He was more interested in the ducks and the water than the actual playground!  He was running around quaking and flapping like the ducks and talking up a storm!  While he was entranced with the pond, I snapped a photo of his super long curl he has in the back that always pokes out from beneath his hats.


I don’t think I’ll ever cut it! 😉

We got cleaned up after the park, and headed downtown to pick up our Snarf’s order.  Everyone at our Super Bowl party had been hearing me rave about Snarf’s, so they were excited to try if they weren’t at our playoff party a couple weeks ago.  I’m telling you, these sandwiches were the food hit of the night!  Check out my parents’ excitement:


Those are some good sandwiches right there!  My sandwich, the Touchdown Turkey, was the best (obviously, since I made it).  There were only a few sandwiches leftover and it was just as good yesterday toasted as it was on Sunday!  Snarf’s is my new favorite sandwich shop, for sure!

Honestly, I think I watched about four seconds of the actual game.  I was busy with William and the other kids, and the few minutes I had if William was occupied was spent snarfing down my Snarf’s! It was a fun and eventful evening.  There were 7 kids, 2 dogs (my uncle brought his 10 year old chocolate lab and his 6 month old chocolate lab puppy! so cute!), and about 20 adults.  William was right in the middle of it all.  He was holding the puppy’s leash, giving kisses to the dogs, requesting piggyback rides from Jacob and Audrey, and playing all over the place.  We left before the game was over because I was just as exhausted as William!

You know it’s a good night when the kiddos are pretending to go to sleep on the ground!


What’d you do for the Super Bowl?