Friday Faves #9

What whaaaatttt Friday Faves is back and since I’ve left you high and dry for so long, I’m doing TEN faves today. Enjoy!

1. Whole 30

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I did Whole30 last year right around this time and it was a total game-changer. (You can read about that here.) I lost a total of 11 pounds in 30 days, and felt like a totally new person. I felt SO GOOD. Which is why I am about to do it again: because I DO NOT FEEL GOOD. I am so so so tired and sluggish and my body just does not feel great. Let me know if you want to do it with me! (It’s free and not some sales-y thing, you just eat whole food for a month)

2. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Free Spirit

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My mom gave my sister and I a crap ton of makeup to go through and take that she did not love. Somehow I ended up with two tubes of this stuff, and I am SO GLAD I DID. I’m picky about lipgloss since a lot of it leaves me with chapped lips, but this is minty and a great, has a lasting color and somehow is also kind of moisturizing? I also love this because it is kind of the shade that my lips naturally are, so I can wear it every day.
PS: Sign up for the bareMinerals email and you’ll get 15% off your first order!

3. Buzzfeed

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I cannot get enough of Buzzfeed. If I could get a job reading Buzzfeed articles or taking Buzzfeed quizzes, I’d jump on it. Here are a few of my recent favorites:


4. Starbucks Cold BrewScreen Shot 2016-06-24 at 2.13.19 PM

This is mainly a fave because I’m drinking it right now and it’s so effing hot outside. All y’all Starbucks haters can chill out, because I don’t care about any level of coffee-snob-ishness. Okay? Good.

I order mine with a splash of whole milk (studies have recently shown whole milk is MUCH better for overall health & weight loss) and one pump of vanilla syrup.


5. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

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This is the best white wine I think I have ever had. Very tart, bright, light. Not sweet. Love it so much.

6. LOLA Tampon Delivery

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You heard me right. Here are the fourĀ BEST things about LOLA:

  1. They deliver tampons to your door.
  2. They are made from 100% organic cotton.
  3. You can MIX AND MATCH absorbencies. WHAT. Isn’t that all of our wish? Want 3 supers, 14 regulars and 1 light? Done. How about 7 supers, 7 regulars, and 4 lights? Done. All regular? Done. 8 super and 10 regular? You get that too. This is so crazy.
  4. You can turn off and on delivery. So if you don’t need a new box next month, just change the delivery date and you won’t be billed. Brilliant.

And, they aren’t that much more expensive than Playtex or Always or whatever other brand.

Start now! Get your first TWO boxes for only $9 (regularly $18) AND get a $5 credit if you use the code APURSER1


7. CatbirdĀ 

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I love Catbird jewelry if you’re looking for some timeless, dainty, long-lasting jewelry. In fact, this is where I got my wedding ring! I love it so much because their pieces are timeless and sturdy and don’t break the bank (although there are some incredible pieces that do break the bank).

In addition to jewelry, they also have beauty products, and home goods.


8. Loacker Quadratini Chocolate Wafers (I buy @ Trader Joe’s)

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All I need to say about these is that they’re light enough to easily trick me into eating a whole bag. God bless America.

I buy them at Trader Joe’s, but they’re also on Amazon and I think at Walmart and World Market.


9. Quinoa Apricot & Arugula Salad from Love and Lemons

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THIS is my salad. It’s my jam. It’s so filling and yummy and different and I love it. I roast the chickpeas for 15mins at 450 degrees to give them a little crunch and I don’t add the chives or almonds because they’re just unnecessary to me so why spend the $ on them? And OH the dressing. So good.


10. Pure Barre

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Y’all, I drank the Kool-Aid. The bright red Kool-Aid.

I didn’t think I’d enjoy PB as much as I do, mainly because of the cost ($$$). I didn’t think it would be worth it but YOU GUYS. It is.

I’ve taken barre classes before, but when I took a Flybarre class in Atlanta thanks to my cousinsisterfriend Joanna, I knew that I was missing something. There is something about a KILLER workout with fast paced music that is REALLY HARD that just fits my soul. The barre classes I had taken before were good, but lacked the energy.

Since we don’t have a Flybarre here, I just thought I was out of luck–because I did not realize that we have a Pure Barre. But once I found out that we did (!) and went to my first class–GAME OVER. Literally I signed up for the New Client Special (1 month unlimited for $100) after my first class and yesterday I signed up for a year unlimited.


That’s a lot of classes. But it is so worth it let me just tell you. I usually go a minimum of three times a week, and sometimes more. It’s an incredible workout, and I usually reach muscle failure in each section we work (arms/thighs/seat/abs). They tell you to “embrace the shake” and BOY DO YOU SHAKE. I worked in the fitness industry for almost 8 years, and this is the It’s the real deal.

This 55 minute workout is no joke. Yesterday my instructor commented on how she loved how much I sweat during class. Because I do.

So–if you have a Pure Barre in your area, go to one class. And then promise me something….go again. The first class can be overwhelming; they move quickly and use terms you might not be familiar with. But guess what? EVERYONE in the room with you has had to be a first timer and not understand what was going on. No one walked in all chill and new what it meant to “bend stretch”, okay? So just go once, have a little fun, and then go one more time. You won’t regret it.

PS: BUY THE STICKY SOCKS. You are required to wear socks during class. Try holding a 90 second plank with regular socks on ON CARPET. #bless

Trader Joe’s Finds

{Disclaimer: If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your city, don’t read this post, because you might cry out of jealousy #dontsayididnttellyouso}

My sweet momma got me a $50 gift card to Trader Joe’s for Christmas and today I spent $49.97 of that. #winning

TJ’s can be SUPER overwhelming to me, possibly because our location is so small, and there are tons of TJ diehards that live here (and possibly live there…at the store…). But it’s also really awesome because they have really good wine at really low prices. I don’t think I’ve actually shopped on any aisle besides the wine aisle until today. Continue reading