Friday Favorites v. 76

*Sorry for the blog problems this morning! This post published only half finished? So odd! I think everything is back to normal now.

WE ARE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY FROM THANKSGIVING. Can you tell I am excited?

Before the craziness of next weeks starts, let’s talk Friday Favorites.

1. Every Wednesday I eat supper at Panera before I teach my night class. This week I branched out from my usual order and tried their new turkey and cranberry flatbread. OMG it was SO good. Definitely a new favorite. And you can never go wrong with their broccoli and cheese soup.
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2. These festive earrings are to die for! They would be so perfect for New Year’s Eve!

3. My Turkey 5 miler is tomorrow! I’m not really worried about time, but it will be fun to race again. Are any of your racing this weekend? I know a lot of turkey trots wait until Thanksgiving day, but we like to have ours a little early 🙂

4. This song came on the radio earlier this week and I forgot that this used to be my jam back in the day.

5. Ryan and I have been addicted to playing Words with Friends 2. It’s been so fun racking my brain for crazy words. Even though I’ve lost almost every game, it’s still so fun to play.

6. Gear to make winter running just a bit better.

7. If you’re still needing a dish to take to a Thanksgiving gathering, FAnnetastic Food had a great roundup of healthy Thanksgiving recipes on her blog yesterday.

8. I love this snuggly pup.

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Friday Favorites v.75

Good morning, my friends! How are you today? I am so pumped for this weekend because we are heading to Nashville for the weekend! Lots of shopping and good food are in our future!

1. I went rock climbing Tuesday. It’s become one of my favorite activities, but since our closest indoor place is an hour away, I don’t get to go as often as I would like.

2. I love fancy, expensive coffee. 😂 I don’t drink it very often, so it’s a treat when I do. I went to Starbucks on my way to work and had planned on ordering a regular caramel macchiato (I’m not a pumpkin spice girl), but when I saw they had their seasonal Christmas drinks on the menu, I quickly changed my order. Something peppermint coffee makes it feel so much more like the holidays!

*From 2-5 p.m. until Nov. 13 Starbucks has buy one, get one free on all holiday drinks. 

3. Why you love Honeycrisp apples, hate Red Delicious and know their names.

4. Ryan and I paid off out bedroom furniture! We had scheduled to pay it off in at least two years, but paid it off in six months! Being debt-free is very important to us, so we try to pay for things outright or pay them off as soon as we can.

5. Has anyone given this Vega protein powder a try? I’ve read about it on some blogs and from reading the label, it looks safe, but I’m still worried about dropping $40 on something I’m not going to like.

6. Slow cooker caramel apple cider cocktail. This looks perfect for the holidays!

7. Work (both jobs) is going well and I am so excited. I love advancing and doing well in my career. #girlboss

8. Snuggly pup. By now you all should know I’m obsessed with my dog. 

Friday Favorites v. 74

I cannot believe we are already at the first weekend in November. I feel like the end of the year is flying by and I still have so much left to do!

Just a reminder, Sunday at 2 a.m. is when Daylight Saving Time occurs! We get to “fall back” an hour, but this also means it’ll be dark when I get off work. Boo. 

Anyways. 

Happy Friday! Enjoy some of my favorites from this week. Let me know one of your favorite things from the week in the comments below!

1. The New York City Marathon is Sunday and I can’t wait to watch it. So many great American runners, including Meb Keflezighi. It’ll be his last competitive marathon and I am so ready to watch him race one last time. This article previewing his race is great. Give it a read if you have time. ‘My story is the American Dream’: Meb Keflezighi’s Indelible mark on U.S. distance running.

2. If you missed any of my Halloween posts from this week, check them out here, here and here <– includes a workout! Lots of costumes, candy and even a workout!

3. Pb&js have a made a comeback in my life and it is the best.

4. With Daylight Saving Time happening this weekend, here is a great resource for the best new running headlamps. Stay safe, friends!

5. This technically hasn’t happened yet, but we are heading to Tennessee for the weeeknd!

6. There is no just in 13.1.

7. I should not have read this post right before lunch, because by the end of it my mouth was watering and my stomach was growling! Like Julie, I LOVE Aldi, so I can’t wait to give this recipe for hearty vegetable bolognese a try.

8. Just a random picture of Murphy on my phone. 😂

Friday Favorites v.73

I took a day off from work today to get everything prepared for our Halloween party, so things are a little random over here today. A trip to the grocery, lots of cleaning and some last minute decorating. I’m hoping to get everything done today so I can relax all day tomorrow! Check back in Monday for a full recap of the weekend’s events.

But keeping with my normal schedule on the blog, here is this week’s Friday Favorites!

1. Our Halloween party!!! <– Yes it requires three exclamation marks because I have been looking forward to this for weeks. I can’t wait to see everyone’s costumes, eat lots of great food and spend time chatting and playing games with friends.

2. How National Geographic grew its Snapchat audience by 3M in 3 months. This is a super interesting read! I love learning how other companies handle their marketing and social media and this is a good example of something that works. 

3. THIS! Some days I feel like I need to put this sign on my back. So. Many. Interruptions. 
4. The winning cornbread recipe from PBFingers. I love cornbread with chili and I can’t wait to try out this recipe in the next week or two!

5. Hustle for that muscle.
I saw this quote on Instagram earlier this week and I love it. It motivated me, so I’m hoping it will do the same for you.

6. THIS VIEW. Give me all the praise hands. I love living in the country. Plus this sunset was pretty amazing — look at these colors!

7. Shelter starts sorting dogs into Hogwarts houses to help them get adopted.

8. Instastory filters and stickers make everything better. Love this crazy pup and our wonderful life.

Friday Favorites v. 72

TGIF! This work week was a mess and I so happy it’s *almost* the weekend! While I don’t have any big plans, I am just excited to get in some long runs and rest and relaxation.

Here are some of my favorites from this week:

1. I’ve signed up for a 5 mile race the Saturday before Thanksgiving!

2. Emma Coburn just had the wedding every running couple dreams of. I love Emma and followed her and Kara Goucher on Instagram, so I loved seeing all their pictures from the week!

3. If you saw my post on Wednesday this is especially funny.  img_2203.jpg4. Our local Apple Fest is this weekend! I’m so excited for apple doughnuts and cider.

5. There is a Facebook page specifically for UPS drivers and the dogs they meet on their routes. So cute and heartwarming. A good animal story (especially one involving dogs) always makes me smile.

6. Surprise, surprise, another heartwarming dog story 🙂 Stray dog crashes a wedding and finds his own happily ever after.

7. Four pasta alternatives to fuel your run.

8. Probably my favorite picture from the week. Check out Monday’s post for all the funny Murphy pictures.

Friday Favorites v. 71

Happy Friday! I am enjoying a four day weekend, so no work for me today!

But to keep things running smoothly, here is my regular Friday series, Friday Favorites!

1. Jordan Hasay becomes fastest American woman to run Bank of America Chicago Marathon. <– She is killin’ it this year!

2. This rice and quinoa pouches have become a staple in our house over the last couple of weeks. They are cheap, healthy and filling! Perfect combo. I’ve been mixing half a bag of this with some grilled chicken nuggets and salsa for a perfect supper.

3. I gave my midterm to my students earlier this week, so I’ve officially made it half a semester as an adjunct college professor! I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to improve next semester.

4. If you missed my post on Wednesday, be sure to you love your people extra this week.

5. This peanut butter and jelly smoothie recipe from Eating Bird Food. Just looking at the pictures makes my mouth water — it’s two of my favorite things mixed together! PB&Js and smoothie, you can’t get any better than that.

6. OH MY STARS. This is precious. 25 photos of dogs dressed as Disney characters.

7. Jax, the official stamp licker.

8. Murphy and his toys. This pup loves his animals so much. We literally find his toys hidden all over the house, it’s hilarious. img_2126

Friday Favorites v.70

Can you all believe this is my 70th Friday Favorites post?! That’s crazy to me! These are some of my favorite posts to write because they are always such a happy roundup from my week.

So let’s get it started!

1. Some weeks are so up and down with work and blogging and I feel like I’m treading enough water to keep my head above water. Anyone else feel this way? I wish I knew how to get more traffic to my blog, but I don’t have a lot of money to go to a domain name + I don’t have a ton of time to constantly promote my stuff and get my name + blog name out there. While I do like having the blog as an online journal, I do wish I had more readers and people to connect with.

2. Porta Potty Challenge. I feel like this is something I would have done in high school with my cross country team.

3. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and with it just a couple weeks away, I have scouring Pinterest for ideas. This article is 12 costume ideas to make out of a big shirt. I love it! So simple but cute.

4. With all of the craziness that is my life (full-time job, part-time college teaching job, running, meal planning, social life and more) I love feeling like I have all my sh*t together. I’ve raved about my Simplified Planner before, but I want to bring it up again if any of you are looking to buy a Christmas present for someone who needs to organization in their life (you included)!
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5. Best girl squad movies.

6. Does anyone have any recommendations for super cute fall booties? I’ve been eyeing several pairs online, but I have to try on shoes before I buy. Any suggestions or sites with free shipping and return? Trying to dress cute is harder than it looks.

7. This is a super interesting insight on what a triathlete eats in a week. Triathlife with Jesse Thomas: I Eat A Lot And That’s OK. 

8.  Murphy and his toy mouse, Mick.

Friday Favorites v. 69

I am off work today and I am so excited! I plan on spending my day running errands, cleaning the house and packing for our weekend trip to St. Louis! I have been looking for this trip for months and I so happy it’s finally here!

But before I get started today I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite things from this week. This week was fantastic and I think the post shows it! I have so many favorites from this week, it was hard to only chose eight!

1. Kelly Clarkson’s new song is my JAM. I swear every time it comes on the radio it makes me just want to dance.

2. Vegan Cinnamon Rolls (with make ahead option!) from Oh She Glows.

3. THIS WEATHER. Our heat wave finally ended and on Thursday and started to *almost* fell like fall. I am so excited for the cooler weather and all the cute fall clothes! Plus I run 10x’s better in cooler weather. Bring on the fast(er) times!

4. This week was all about green smoothies. I think I drank one almost every day. While they weren’t all picture perfect (read: Instagram worthy) smoothies, they did the job! I was feeling gross, so I made up the most basic green smoothie to help my stomach even itself out.

Recipe: half a frozen banana, handful of spinach, two or three pieces of frozen fruit (pineapple, mango, etc), lime and lemon juice and water.

5. I’m 1-2 in Fastasy Football this year (NOT a favorite), but I am getting so much better about learning the rules of the sport, the players and the lingo. So I’ll take it! Let’s hope I can snag a W this week!

6. I am slowly crossing items on my to-do for my biggest project of the year. Our first big deadline is Monday and I am already ahead of schedule on most of the work for it! This magazine is the biggest project I tackle every year and it takes about five months from start to finish. I can’t wait to see the final product at the end of the year!

7. Buffalo Cauliflower Wings from Eating Bird Food.

8. Afternoons with my favorite pup. After my workout, Murphy and I run sprints in the yard. He always wins and is never tired.

Friday Favorites v. 68

This has been my first full work week in almost a month and whew! I could definitely feel it. But this weekend is supposed to be glorious and there are lots of local events going on, so I plan on spending all of Saturday and Sunday outside.

But first I have to get through this work and picking up groceries after work. Thank the Lord for Clicklist.

So lets jump into Friday Favorites.

1. An oldie, but a goodie. Total body indoor workout.

2. So I know frozen meals have a ton of sodium, but this one isn’t too terrible (in retrospect) and it tastes great. I try not to eat this brand too often, but since Aldi is closed and I can’t get my usual meals, this worked as a substitute. Plus, sometimes I just DO NOT feel like cooking. This was the case Tuesday night. Frozen meal for the win. Remember guys, it’s all about balance.

3. 15 health living podcasts. I haven’t listened to all of these, but this looks like a pretty solid roundup.

4. This is hilarious. Definitely watch this if you need a laugh.

5. Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms. I love saving food and outfit ideas from other people! This breakfast toast roundup looked delicious, so took a screenshot and saved it for inspiration throughout the week. 

6. Four dogs freak out when they realize they are going to the park. This is adorable! Murphy always knows when we are heading to my parent’s house or the park, and he always gets super excited. He also knows when we are heading to the vet and whines and hides in the back seat.

7. A feel good story from this week.

8. Murphy cuddling with his pal. Murphy might be a handful, but I love these sweet moments when he cuddles with us on the couch.

Friday Favorites v.67

Another Friday is here and we are half way through the month of September! This week has been very busy and this weekend will be no different! I am so looking forward to the end of the month and our mini-vacay to STL to watch some baseball and eat + drink all of the goodies!

Until then, it’s work work work. Workout. Run. LIFE ALL THE HEAVY THINGS. Repeat.

Check out past Friday Favorites posts here!

So let’s get started with this week’s favorites.

1. Jenny Simpson snagged her sixth win and fifth consecutive at the 5th Avenue Mile. She also matched the 27-year-old course record, winning in 4:16.6. CRAZY FAST.

2. Probably my new favorite Instagram account. 


3.#DeskGoals
A happy workspace is a productive workspace. I have pictures of Ryan and Murphy at my desk and anytime I look at them, they automatically cheers me up.

4. A runDisney race is on my bucket list for sure! Check out this RW article about Why You Need to runDisney.

5. Total Body HIIT workout. Plus I love these super cute tights I found at TJ Maxx. 

6. Truth. Do you have a tv show or movie you can watch time and again without getting bored?
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7. Apple Watch commercial featuring Kara Goucher. I’ve been wanting an Apple Watch for months and now I’m really debating splurging on the AW3 for Christmas. Any Apple Watch users want to chime? I’ve also looked at other Garmin and Fitbit watches, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on any of them yet.

8. Murph passed out on the kitchen floor after playing with his toys at my parent’s house earlier this week. He is such a ham.
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