Well, hello Friday’s Favorite Things! It has been ages since I shared my favorite things, and I miss writing them. A little TGIF shout-out to all the weekday worker bees out there. Anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend? Tonight I am going to try floating for the first time. If you happen to read Oprah Magazine she had a little feature on it awhile back. Click here to read the blurb. I was eager to try it, but it was impossible to find anywhere to go in the NJ area. My boyfriend has been going for a while to Zero Gravity in Austin and he had two “floats” left on his account so that’s the big plan for tonight. I’ll be back on Monday with my thoughts on the experience. So let’s get started with a few favorites from this past week.
Well Being Podcast – Scott got me interested in Podcasts about a year ago and I’ve listened to quite a few over the past year. He had been thinking of starting his own for quite some time, and he made that goal a reality earlier this month. The Well Being Podcast has had two recordings so far “Torture” and “The Human Hobbies: Part 1” and the theme of the show is aggressive wellness. It will focus on everything from sleep, diet, habits, lifestyle and athletic training. Scott and his co-host Sumair Bhasin of TrainLifeFit are also in the process of reaching out to some very cool people to be interviewed. They are recording on a weekly basis so check them out for some very solid advice on getting and staying healthy from two very reputable coaches.
My Rice Cooker – My mom bought this for me recently and I cannot explain how much I love this kitchen gadget. I was hesitant at first because I have so many items in my cabinets that were supposed to make my life easier yet somehow collect dust because they are not worth digging up. Not so with my rice cooker! I use it weekly and it is so easy – you simply add the rice, the water, and flip the switch. You get perfect rice in about a half hour. The cooking basin is easy to clean too. Love it.
Spoon Rest – Speaking of kitchen items, it came to my attention the other day that I in fact love my spoon rest too and use it on the daily. Scott and I are getting used to co-habitating and apparently he never noticed anything that was in my old apartment. In a state of confusion, he picked up my spoon rest when we were cooking in the kitchen the other day. He wondered what it was used for and why it was in the dishwasher every night. I demonstrated the spoon rest process to him, and I’ll have to say he still seemed a little confused. He thought it protected the kitchen – like a weapon. Now that I am typing it this whole exchange sounds ridiculous….maybe you had to be there. Either way, the spoon rest rules.
Cold Brew – I never really understood what the fuss was about buying or making cold brew. It seemed to really just be like an ice coffee to me. Well, since I have moved to such a hot climate I have been less inclined to drink anything hot – including coffee. Living Texas in August feels like being slow cooked in an oven, and I am still adjusting to the high temps. Cold brew never tastes watered down or lacking in flavor. You can make it yourself or buy it at a lot of grocery stores including Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. It keeps in the refrigerator for days and still tastes fresh. It’s my new favorite drink.
TJ Max– I forgot how much I love this store! I had not been there in a while and when I stopped in the other day I was looking around because I forgot how good some of the bargains can be. I even scored an arm band for my I-Phone for $9.99. Bargains are awesome.
Question of the Day: What is one thing making you happy this week?