Friday Favorites

Cassis, France

Happy Friday! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post and that’s probably because it has been.

Believe it or not, they can actually be more time consuming for me to put together than a recipe post so I guess they just kind of fell to the wayside for a while. I’m hoping to set aside more time to bring them back into the regular rotation because I just love chatting with you guys about stuff. :)

So we have a few fun things planned this weekend because a certain someone is going to be 31 on Sunday! Okay, it’s me. I’m going to be 31. Seriously, where did the last year go?

I hope you guys have a few fun things on the agenda too! In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy a round-up of my favorite recent finds.


Favorite Pumpkin Treat: Healthy 10 Minute Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait. I’m not usually a fan of cheesecake but for some reason I LOVE pumpkin cheesecake. These look like the perfect quick and healthy way to enjoy that delicious combination!

Healthy 10-Minute Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait


Favorite Meatball: Eggplant Meatballs with Za’atar and Kale Pesto. This desperately needs to happen in my kitchen before eggplant season ends!

Vegan Eggplant Meatballs with Za'atar and Kale Pesto


Favorite Mug Roll: Paleo Cinnamon Roll in a Mug. You guys won’t believe the ingredient list for this! I may never eat a regular cinnamon roll again.

Paleo Cinnamon Roll in a Mug


Favorite Body Soap: Dr. Bronner’s Rose Pure-Castile Soap. I’ve been experimenting with different natural body soaps for a few years now and this one has been my favorite so far. It has a light rose scent, a simple ingredient list and it’s only $10 for a huge bottle that feels like it lasts forever.




Favorite Bedtime Ritual: DIY Lavender Linen Spray. I just made a new rule that I’m not allowed to bring any electronics in bed with me at night because the stimulation was becoming way too much for me to be able to fall asleep. So now my new routine is to spritz the sheets with lavender spray and then read a book for about 20 minutes, until my eyes get tired. It seems like it’s really helping to improve my quality of sleep. Now let’s see if I can keep it up!

DIY Lavender Linen Spray


Favorite Workout: 40 Minute Treadmill Lower Body Workout. I’m still doing my beloved Body Pump and Body Attack three days a week but on the other days I still like to get in a little light cardio. Lately I’ve been loving incline treadmill workouts and this is a great one with a little butt work mixed in to keep your tush looking top notch. :)

40 minute treadmill lower body workout


Favorite Show: Fixer Upper. I like to watch HGTV while I’m doing said treadmill workouts and it’s caused me to form an addiction to Fixer Upper. It’s amazing how they are able to transform homes and I absolutely love Joanna’s taste. Plus Chip is hilarious to boot!

Fixer Upper Chip Joanna Gaines


Favorite Wanderlust: 10 Best Trips to Take This Fall. I wanted so desperately to take a road trip to Oregon this year but it’s looking like we’re going to have to put it off until next year. I really hope we get to eventually go because I’m dying to see that part of the country!

10 Best Trips to Take this Fall

Favorite Jacket: H&M Quilted Jacket. A quilted jacket is on my wish list for fall and I love this one from H&M!

H&M Quilted Jacket


Favorite Animal: 31 Important Pigs to Melt Your Heart. Baby pigs are the cutest thing EVER. I think I’m going to adopt one so Coco has a friend.

Cute Baby Pigs


Favorite Soup: Vegan Corn Chowder. Oh how I love corn. Imagining how good this chowder must taste makes my heart pitter patter. It looks light yet comforting and SO delicious.



Favorite Pasta: 5-Ingredient Butternut Squash, Arugula and Goat Cheese Pasta. Simple fall pasta perfection. I can’t wait to give this one a try!



Favorite Breakfast: Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal. I feel like fall is the best time to make baked oatmeal. You can prep it the night before and then pop in the oven in the morning so that all you have to do is wake up, pour a warm cup of coffee and let the smell of it baking lure you in. I love that this version sneaks in a little green for breakfast too!



Favorite Potato: Dal Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Cooking Indian food is an art that I have yet to perfect. Believe me, I’ve tried many times! I’m still working on that one but in the meantime, I’ll be enjoying David and Luises latest creation because it looks awesome!



Favorite Muffin: Flourless Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins. Because I always like to end with chocolate. These babies are grain-free, oil-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. AND they look amazing!