Friday Favorites #125

“If I could turn back time. If I could find a way”. Are you singing that? If you’re a Cher fan, then you probably are. Well if I could turn back time, I’d turn it back to this time last year when we were getting ready to go to Hawaii for our 25th anniversary trip.  We had the best time, and in some ways I can’t believe it’s been a year, but in other ways it seems much longer. That’s the funny thing about time, isn’t it? It can feel both ways at the same time.

This week I’ve come up with a whole lot of random goodness to share with you so without further ado, let’s get right to it.

JEANS / CONVERSE / NECKLACE / EARRINGS / SWEATER / BRACELETS

Fall is slowly showing up over here on the West Coast. I actually wore a sweater twice this week, but what I’m really dying to wear is this beautiful hot pink fleecy sweater. Y’all know how I feel about cozy clothes. I am completely obsessed. Don’t believe me? See #5. 😉Anyway, back to this cozy sweater, not only is it super soft it’s also on sale for a song and you need it.

VITAL PROTEINS / NESPRESSO COFFEE MAKER  & FROTHER

Have you seen any of my Instagram stories lately? (your missing out if you haven’t😉) I’ve been sharing my latest obsession of Vital Proteins. I kept hearing all these good things about them, and all the benefits and couldn’t resist trying them any longer.

I decided the best place to get the low down on them was the Vital Proteins website and here’s what I found….

Collagen is the vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Our bodies cannot synthesize enough collagen on their own and our diets today contain minimal collagen.**

HERE ARE JUST A FEW BENEFITS WE’VE SEEN FROM TAKING COLLAGEN DAILY:
Glowing skin**
A more youthful appearance**
Joint health**
Tendon & bone strength**
Healthy cartilage**
Increased athletic performance**
Improved digestion**
Gut health**
Deeper sleep**

Sounds pretty good, huh? I’m hoping to help my knees not be so noisy (they sound like a Barbie dolls when you bend them) and I’d like to think I can restore some of the collagen in my skin. I guess time will tell, but for now, I’m going for it. I’ve been adding them into my afternoon coffee and my yogurt. I’m happy to report they have no taste and dissolve completely. You’d never even know they are in there. They are a great source of protein and no carbs. Sound like a miracle product, don’t they?

If you have access to a Costco, they have the large container I got for $45 and that’s a great deal. If not, Amazon has them.

MARINADE

One of our favorite cuts of meat around here is a flank steak. They are so easy to prepare and with very little prep you can get a delicious flavor. I’ve been using this marinade for years. Actually for about the last 18 months I had just been rubbing spices on our flank steak with my whole “clean eating” approach, but I had company last month and decided to pull this yummy concoction out again and we had forgotten just how delicious it was.

Here are a couple of tips:
1) Make the marinade in a gallon Ziploc bag for easy clean up
2) Before placing the meat in the bag, stab it all over on both sides with a fork to tenderize it. Trust me, it really works and if you’re frustrated, you’ll feel better. HA!


SAUCONY RUNNING SHOES

New running shoes!!! Do you think I needed a pair? YES, the two in the picture are the exact same shoe. I’m always amazed how much wear and tear they take. I do wear them 5-6 days a week when I work out, and Kent and I go for pretty long walks on the weekends, so they get a lot of miles on them. My personal favorites are Saucony’s. I’ve been wearing this brand for a good 10 years. Every couple of years I go to the running store and get fitted to make sure they are still the best option for my pronating feet. I buy the initial pair from store and then for the next few pairs I can just order them from Amazon or where ever I find the same shoes for a better deal. I love slipping my tootsies into a nice new pair of cushy tennies.

WUBBY FLEECE PULLOVER / JEANS / BOOTIES / EARRINGS

Another piece I’ve had hanging in my closet ever since the Nordstrom sale this summer is this incredibly soft Wubby Fleeece Pullover. That’s just fun to say. Wubby Fleece. Well it’s even more fun to wear. Holy softness, Batman. This thing is ahhh-mazing. It just might be soft enough to make your kids want to cuddle with you, and oh man is it going to feel so good on a chilly day. I can’t wait to cuddle up with it and my favorite leggings on and drink my coffee in my favorite corner of the couch. See, everything in this description is a total favorite and if that’s not enough, it’s back on sale just like it was when I got it. Have I mentioned Christmas is two short months away? Think Christmas presents friends.

TARTE BLING / STILA ANGELO OR CARAMELLO / JOUER LIP TOPPER IN SKINNY DIP

Another thing I put on Instagram and Facebook this week is my current lip trio I’m loving. If one lip color is good then it only makes sense that three would be 3X as good. I layer them in the order they’re listed and they last the better part of the day. Love that.

On a side note…check out my lashes would you?! Wondering if Lash Boost is for real? I’ve been using it  for 2 years and could not be more thrilled with the results.  I barely even had lashes before starting Lash Boost. To say I LOVE IT is an absolute understatement. If you want to see a dramatic change in your lashes, then let’s get you started. You can expect a little difference in 4 weeks, noticeable in 8 weeks and WOW in 12 weeks. Need even more proof? Look at Katie’s lashes. They are in-sane!!! If you’re ready to try it, let me know and I’ll get you all set up.

Okay friends, I think that about wraps it up. What I can’t wrap, is my brain around it being the last Friday in October. Things are about ramp up and get busy.

Have a great weekend and as always, thanks so much for taking a few minutes out of your day to stop over here and see what I have to say. It really means the world to me. I love your comments and getting to interact with y’all.


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