Friday Favorites: April Edition
“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” ~ Kenneth Branagh
With Spring, supposedly, allegedly, theoretically, comes Spring Showers. Except I am beginning to think whoever the heck coined that phrase was drunk, because the majority of showers we have gotten has been snow, not rain. and I won’t lie I am salty about it. Spring is legit teasing us, and this girl is done with being teased and wants the real thing.
Heck I am sure you guys are sick of hearing me lament about it. I AM sick about hearing me lament about it. That said, there is hope. At least today, it is suppose to get to be a hot seventy-one degrees, just in time for me to go see a Broadway show, prepare for a trip next week, and also celebrate some of my new favorite things that scream Spring.
O-Venture Key Rings
These are the GREATEST invention EVER. If you follow me on Insta, you have probably seen me post about these.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am constantly juggling about a dozen different items (apparently I should have gone into the circus) from keys and a wallet, to my phon and of course coffee. Coffee is an accessory in of itself! These O-Venture key rings, removes some of that hassle, making me able to be more hands free and mobile.
Banh Mi Inspired Noodle Bowl and Corn and Quinoa Salad
If you do not shop at Trader Joe’s you NEED too! It is a must. You can’t beat the prices and the have delicious, healthy, prepared food. With spring they are expanding their prepared foods and I am obsessing over two of those new additions which is really an addiction. (totally normal to buy ten of each right?)
The Banh Mi Inspired Noodle Bowl, legit gives me life. Made with pickled carrots, cabbage, peppers, rice noodles (making it GF!), and sriracha tofu, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch AND dinner!
My other addiction is the quinoa and corn salad, made with cotija cheese, cabbage, kale, tomatoes and topped with their to die for (I wish they would sell it bottled, because it is SO yummy!) cilantro dressing, it is healthy while STILL packing a healthy protein filled punch.
Have you tried either of these products? What is your favorite thing to buy at Trader Joe’s?
Let me begin by saying, I am not a doctor, and you should definitely consult with one before taking this. Now that litigation is out of the way….
I had heard great things about chlorophyll and the wide range of benefits it has, from digestive and liver health, to skin healing, and even neutralizing body oder and making certain fluids taste better. I had yet to try it, but after my recent bout with the creeping crud I thought it was high time I did and I can say after using it for over a month, I like what I see and feel. Have you taken chlorophyll? What do you think of it?
I am not one for syfy, but guys I am HOOKED on this show and I have only seen two episodes! Airing on Mondays, The Crossing is about a group of refugees from the future who wash up onto the shores of a small coastal town. There is a virus, future genocide, one person with seemingly Catwoman-esque super-powers, and of course (because their always has to be) a super shady organization and government conspiracy.
The first two episodes have my mind spinning and I can not wait to see what happens. Have you seen The Crossing?
“Cry Pretty,” by Carrie Underwood
This was a late addition since her song just came out on Wednesday, but guys I am already obsessed. Her music has always spoken to me, and this song was not only released at a time I really needed to hear it, but legit could have been written about me. The lyrics, her voice, the beat, it is all just absolute perfection!
Old Whaling Co.
When I was in Charleston, I came across this divine bath shop at City Market. They sold lotions and bath bombs, but it was the soaps that caught my eye. I love a good soap, especially if it smells nice. I am super picky about lotion, especially during the summer, as it gets sticky, so I am always on the hunt for a soap that moisturizes while still being fragrant.
These soaps do that! They also foam up very nicely, as well as are made locally, and are cruelty-free. They also last a while. I am currently using oat, milk, and honey, and still have half a bar left. If you don’t live in Charleston, you can find them at their Etsy shop here.
A Very Special Letter
When Ann-Kathrin from Gluecksgeist, asked me if we could exchange letters, I was incredibly touched. I LOVE Snail Mail, and the fact that she wanted to send me a letter made my week. Receiving her letter yesterday, made my month.
Ann-Kathrin is the kindest, thoughtful, most genuine person I have had the pleasure of “meeting” through blogging. She not only wrote the sweetest letter, (If you follow her, which you should, you know she is very artistically talented, and her handwriting is goals!) but also sent some special surprises, that she put much thought and effort into. My favorite being a mermaid zine that she handmade herself. I admit there were tears when I saw it.
She not only took the time to write me a letter, but also made it incredibly personal. I absolutely loved it and it was the bright spot I needed to my day. Thank you SO much Ann-Kathrin! If you do not follow her, you NEED too! You will make a friend for life!
What are some of your Friday Favorites? Has Spring arrived where you are?