Friday Favorites Take Two

“It’s Friday, Friday

Gotta get down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend

Friday, Friday

Gettin’ down on Friday

Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend” ~ Rebecca Black


Friday Favorites

First of all I apologize in advance for getting that song stuck inside your head, but Rebecca Black’s It’s Friday is only fitting. I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in awhile (since May!) not only am I due, but I am super excited. I have a lot of things that have become my “Friday Favorites” recently, as well as a lot to be grateful for. (which personally goes hand in hand anyway!)


Running The Reservoir

Perhaps you saw THIS post, if not, no worries, I am sharing it again. I am obsessed with the Reservoir. It has literally been therapy for me and helped me get through a rough patch the last week. I had forgotten how utterly stunning it is. Usually I am a morning runner, but running at sunset has actually been the encouragement I need to push myself farther and get in that running zone.



Taking a leaf (pun intended) out of Mack’s book (check out her Friday Favorites!) Fall definitely counts as a favorite!


Trader Joe’s began to tease us with the over abundance (can there really be an over abundance though?) of pumpkin everything (’tis the season!) hitting the shelves. I am psyched to get to do Fall-esque activities like apple picking, pumpkin choosing, and some leaf peeping. The fact that it is warm whilst doing them makes me so ecstatic! Just being out in nature during this golden and vibrant time makes my heart so happy.


Halo Top Ice Cream

Guyssssss this is THE best ice cream! For realz! Seriously! Okay I know I just sounded blonde and SO basic, but I am serious! I don’t get to caught up in calories, and I believe that you should splurge and enjoy life. But when it is 80 calories a serving AND 320 calories a pint (A PINT!) for ice cream. Choir of angels sing!


I mean let’s be real who REALLY follows a serving suggestion?

And let’s be REALLY honest who eats the whole pint!? (ahem guilty!) This is pleasure without the guilt! And it is SOOO yummy! They have so many decadent flavors but my favorite is the Salted Caramel. Ahhh I am hungry now!

Blog Anniversary

I love that WordPress is so fond of reminding us about our milestones with those cute little banners. A few weeks ago I celebrated eight years on here!


Say what?!?!

While I joined eight years ago (and had a different and admittedly inanely BORING screen name) I really was not active until about three years ago. As I have mentioned before, I have been on all different platforms and have had blogs all over the place.

I am like the world wide web of bloggers. I should have a blogging passport!

Joking aside I feel like I finally have the blog I want. Perhaps it is because with age comes knowing yourself, more maturity, or what, but I am really happy with how it has evolved and honestly I owe that to the incredible WordPress blogging community and to you my wonderful readers. YOU make this what it is and I am so lucky to have connected with many of you not on just a cyber level, but through meaningful and steadfast relationships. SO thank you!


Blogger babes Unite! 

If you follow LifeWithLilRed, you know that Lil Red herself is coming to visit! I am so flipping excited to show her around the concrete jungle. She is one of the sweetest, most authentic people I know and she has literally been my rock the last week. We are gong to have an absolute blast. (and hopefully not get into to much trouble!) I am also super excited because some collaborations are in the works while she is here! Blogging babes unite!


I am also super excited because I just found out Jenny from sitbackandjustlive is also coming to the city! I apologize for all the shattered glass from my screaming, because I am SO flipping excited! This city is never going to be the same! We just need Mack, Brittany and anyone else who wants to join us and it will be an epic bloggers conference! (Making my pitch for 2018. Clear your calendars ladies!)


While I haven’t elaborated, I also have not hidden the fact that I have been going through a difficult time the last couple weeks, and I am incredibly grateful for those who have reached out to me and let me know not only that they are there for me, but how much I mean to them. It might sound conceited but I REALLY needed to hear that right now. I have  a hard time opening up and having those people to talk to has been incredibly cathartic.

Knowing they not only have my back in rough times, but are incredibly proud of my accomplishments and are interested during good times means more then they will ever know. This is not a solitary life (I know I say that a lot but it is true) and our successes need to be celebrated together, not separated on a pedestal.


A Bonus Friday Favorites:

My oldest nephew just started his very own blog! It has literally given me all the feels. I remember when I was his age and blogging my heart away on LiveJournal. I would be eternally grateful if you guys would check it out and give him a follow. It is called Adviceagers, and I am so proud of him for starting it.

What are some of your Friday Favorites? Do you have any plans for the long weekend? 

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33 thoughts on “Friday Favorites Take Two

  1. Okay okay!! So many points I want to make from this post! First of all, oh my God, I hope with every bone in my body that I see that pretty face when I’m in NYC. Like I better, or I might just cry and melt from sadness. We’re making it happen! Also ummm bloggers unite in NYC, I would 100000% be down with that. We seriously seriously need to collaborate and plan something because that would be life changing!
    Next, I bought my first Halo Top ice cream. I got the pistachio one although mere inches away from grabbing sea salt caramel. That will be on deck.
    8 years on the Press, good gracious you go girl. That’s a huge milestone in blogging and I’m so happy that you continue to write and hope that you carry on with many more years to come!
    Have such a fabulous weekend!!!! <3 <3 Also I second @lifewithlilred's comment above!!

    xo, JJ

    1. This made me smile! And girl yessss! We are totally going to get together! It isn’t even a question! 🙂 <3 I am so flipping excited! Yessss it would!
      Oh my gosh isn;t it the most ah-may-zing thing ever? Yes you have to try it, it is life!
      Thanks beauty! 🙂 Though I am not sure I can count my first few years here….especially with the name I had ;o lol. Awe thank you so much love, that means a lot to me! I appreciate your support and friendship so much! You are a huge part of why I love WordPress so much! So thank you! Thanks beauty! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Awe I love you ladies! <3

    1. It is crazy! Though in fairness not sure you can count the first few years ;p I had a completely different name too! Thank you sweets! And thanks for taking the journey with me! <3

  2. Aww thanks! I cant wait for pumpkin picking! It will be a blast! Anyways cya and nice post! (I havent been active because of school 🙁 Ill try to post more soon tho!)

        1. I like blogging because in a way, im kind of used to it. Its VERY similiar to Scratch.MIT.EDU Which is like blogging but you code your posts. It allows me to do a lot of stuff on here and its really nice tbh!

  3. Oh my gosh!! Girl, I get Rebecca Black’s song stuck in my head every single Friyay! I am lusting after that run you had… how gorgeous. It’s absolutely beautiful! LOL!!! I actually laughed out loud at your epic pun. You get me. <3 Trader Joes is the best, especially in the fall. LOVEEE.

    HALO TOP IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!!!! I have yet to try the sea salt caramel, but the cookie dough definitely melts my heart. And I eat the whole pint EVERY time with whip cream. If someone doesn’t eat the whole pint, I judge.

    Holy cow girl, EIGHT YEARS?! You are serious goals. Your blog is incredible, it’s raw, genuine, beautiful, whimsical, inspirational, and absolutely YOU. I love every aspect of it, and I am so stinking glad to have stumbled upon it.

    And heck yaaaa- I feel like once we get that blogger conference underway I can die happy! Lol. Ahhh, that’ll be the best.

    Last, you are doing amazing, love. You have been on my mind and heart a ton lately, and I pray things are getting better. I send the biggest hugs filled with sunshine. You are such a blessing to me and everyone else. When you are feeling down, just know the massive impact you have on so many. You are so loved and cherished, and your sis would be ridiculously proud of you. <3 XO

    1. Girl You have no idea HOW BADLY I needed to read this comment and how much this meant to me this week. THANK YOU! Seriously so much love to you lady! You always seem to know what I need to hear and I greatly appreciate it! And I am forever grateful that your sweet soul came into my life. Utterly blessed for you hun!
      Haha it is a good song! Thanks beauty! It is one of my favorites! Hehe I KNEW you would appreciate that! I save all my puns for you! ;p
      Bwahaha right?!?! I can not believe I am JUST discovering it and how epic it is and girl I SO agree! How can you NOT eat the whole pint?!?!
      Awe hun thank you! That means a lot to me! And I am so happy that I found YOUR blog! We have to! It is necessary!
      Seriously that last paragraph I NEEDED that so much THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for being such a sweet inspiring and supportive friend. It literally means the world to me! SO so SO much love to you beautiful sweets! <3

      1. AWW! <3 I am SO glad these words encouraged you in some way… it’s the least I can do for all the sweet encouragement you ALWAYS give me. I mean every word <3 Sending the biggest hugs of ALL time. XOXOXO

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