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.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.

Long runs, relaxation and party prep

This weekend was about long runs, relaxation and prepping for our Halloween party on Saturday. It was such a great weekend, I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning.

BUT! I only work four days this week and then it’s Halloween party time! We are throwing a party Saturday night and attending one Sunday afternoon.

I got in a little under 5 miles on Saturday (which is long for me right now!) and on Sunday I did an awesome P90x video.

I took a nap on Sunday, watched lots of football, attended a baby shower for a friend from high school and watched the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

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Any TWD fans out there? What did you think of last night’s episode?!

As far as party prep goes, we bought a ton of food, extra tables, fake spiders, 200+ feet of cobwebs and more! I love any and all holidays and decorating is part of the fun! I’m still deciding between two costumes and Ryan is joining the fun and bought a superhero shirt to wear! (I’ll that that over not dressing up at all)

And that was my weekend. Uneventful for most, but perfect for me.

I’ll leave you with this hilarious picture of Murphy with a feather on his nose. Enjoy.

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.

Monday with Murphy 

I love sunny days with Murphy. He has all the energy in the world and would play fetch all day, every day if we let him. On Monday I spent almost my entire lunch break playing fetch with Murphy and his favorite red ball. Yay for being able to come home for lunch!

Someone was not very good at catch today. I love taking a burst of photos because I catch some of Murphy’s funniest moments.

Exact representation of how I felt today. It was busy, a mess and all around chaos. Here’s to a less hectic tomorrow!

But I am thankful for a pup who loves my unconditionally and listens to me rant about my work day. As long as he gets a treat and a belly rub, he is happy.
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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.