Good morning! Welcome to a new edition of Friday’s Favorite Things. Did this week fly by for anyone else? I cannot believe I am already typing up this post! The week was fast and Christmas is just around the corner too. Sometimes it seems that time is moving at warp speed.
As is my Friday tradition on the blog, below is a little round up of some items that helped to make my week a little happier. Speaking of happy, I finished My 100 Happy Days Challenge on Wednesday. Back in September, I had shared that I was going to start the challenge of documenting daily gratitude through social media (I used Instagram). A little over three months later and I am done! I will be sharing some of my reflections in the next week or so. Overall, I am so glad I did it because I believe that it contributed to helping me reframe my thoughts through a consistent act of gratitude.
Read on to see my favorites of the week and as always I invite you to participate and share those small things you are grateful to have in your life.
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Our Christmas Tree
There is nothing like a Christmas Tree to make this season feel like well, Christmas. Last year, I was going through a very hard time (I was let go from my job out of nowhere). I sort of threw myself into the holidays to make myself feel more cheerful. It really helped! Just the sight of my tree and decorations made me happy when I would come home at night.
So I have lots of Christmas decorations in…New Jersey. I was going to box them up over Thanksgiving, but then we ended up staying in Austin. Scott and I decided to make it simple and bought a tree and some lights to put up this year. I like to keep it lit whenever I am home!
Be Lovely Tote
My sister has a very talented friend, also named Lauren, who started her own company – Be Lovely Cards. She is an artist and designer who creates unique and individualized cards using her sketches.
She was generous enough to send me one of her new tote bags and it arrived in the mail yesterday! She also gifted me a 2nd package of a bag and a hand designed card that will be featured on The Bikini Experiment as a giveaway next week!
It is the first giveaway that I have hosted on the blog, and I am really looking forward to sharing more about Lauren and her company. The tote is adorable, and I look forward to sending this unique creation to one of you lucky readers! Stay tuned.
Charles & Charles Merlot
I am not super uneducated when it comes to wine and my purchasing process is very simple. I look for a wine that is recommended by the store (usually at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods) and within my particular price range. I settle at around $10-15 a bottle.
Often I will also fall victim to buying wines that have really cute names too…
Little fun fact, Scott’s real first name is Charles, but he goes by Scott which is his middle name. When we saw Charles & Charles Merlot at Whole Foods last week I could not resist snagging one to take home.
Black Friday Orders
Scott and I ordered a few items on Black Friday and the orders arrived yesterday. One of my items was a orange t-shirt from Hook Grip with a Snatch Exercise Demonstration. The other was a hip circle (good for band work and squats in workouts).
Specifically frozen wild blueberries. Berries are no longer in season (sad face), and the last few packages I bought were disappointing. Plus, they are crazy expensive right now. So I have been enjoying wild frozen blueberries in my smoothies and in Greek yogurt after they are defrosted.
My mom sent me this quote earlier in the week. I think it is great advice we can all appreciate and apply to some area of our lives.
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Scott and I have a fitness competition to attend on Saturday, but otherwise we will just be playing the weekend by ear.
Question of the Day: What is one thing that made you smile this week?
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