Hello there, and happy Friday to you! Did you have a nice week? Here are some of the things that made me smile this week, Favorite Things Friday style. 🙂
Favorite New Salad Add-In – Trader Joe’s Fully Cooked Lentils
I think I mentioned this last week, but Trader Joe’s fully cooked lentils are my new favorite salad add-in! They are perfectly seasoned and add a great flavor to any salad, plus they provide a boost of protein and fiber. I liked them so much I am thinking about adding lentil-cooking to my usual Sunday meal prep. What do you guys think? Do you cook your own lentils? Do you add spices to them? I think it’s time to start researching!
Favorite New Nutrition Tracker – MyFitnessPal Macros
Lately I’ve been curious about tracking my macros, and after googling macro trackers I realized that MyFitnessPal has this functionality built into its app. I used to use MFP back in the day to track calories and nutrients, but I love that they now have macro tracker as well.
One thing I noticed this week from tracking is that I don’t crave sweets/dessert as much when my macro levels are on track. Interesting, right? After dinner I almost always crave a little something sweet, and I found that if I ate close to my goal macros during the day then I didn’t crave the sugar as much. Of course this could have been a one-off occurrence so I’m going to continue tracking, but I thought it was interesting nonetheless.
Then again I am usually pretty bad at sticking with trackers like this – especially when there’s no real goal in my mind – so we will see how long it lasts!
Favorite Mood – FlyWheel
Last week when I visited FlyWheel I was feeling sort of off. I was super tired that day for some reason, and just didn’t push myself as hard as usual during class. The instructor and playlist also make a huge difference for me which definitely could have had something to do with it, but for whatever reason I was just off my game.
This week when I went I was feeling MUCH better, and I was even spinning in 2nd and 3rd place for most of the class. When I got home I compared my personal FlyWheel stats online, and I saw that I had performed much better this time around. I’m not sure what was going on last week – maybe I wasn’t getting enough sleep? – but whatever the reason I was happy to see improvement this week!
Favorite Wednesday activity – Happy Hour with my MoH
My good friend and Maid of Honor, Bianca, was in town this week for work training, and Fabio and I joined her for happy hour on Wednesday. Since Bianca is from Maryland like I am, her family joined us for the evening as well. We had a fun night catching up with her family!
Favorite Purchase – Nine West Purse from Tj Maxx
I recently decided it was time for a new work bag, so I headed over to TJ Maxx on my lunch break one day to scope out the options. I spotted this black and tan tote bag from Nine West that only cost $29! (This one is similar.) The funny part is that they had another purse that looked just like it from Michael Kors that cost significantly more (close to $200). No thanks – I’ll stick with my $30 version for now. 😉
So far it’s been working out great!
Favorite Lunch – SweetGreen
I ran out of salad greens on Tuesday this week, so from Wednesday on it was pretty much all SweetGreen all the time. I can’t help it – their salads are just so delicious! Right now I’m loving their peach and goat cheese summer salad with chicken added for protein. Yum! I’m going to be so sad when this one comes off the rotation.
Favorite New Podcasts – YHL & Bon Appetit
Is anyone else out there enjoying the Young House Love podcasts? As a long-time YHL blog reader, I am loving these fun podcasts about DIY, home decor, blogging, and more. I missed hearing from John and Sherry now that they don’t write for their blog as regularly, and it’s been nice to catch up with them via a weekly podcast.
Another podcast I’m loving lately is the Bon Appetit foodcast! This one was a recommendation from my friend Jess, who is a food lover like I am, and I’m so glad she told me about this one! I never get tired of hearing about food, and I love that this one interviews famous chefs and gives me ideas for restaurants I want to check out. After listening to this, I’m now dying to go to Bad Saint, a Filipino restaurant in Columbia Heights that was ranked #2 on Bon Appetit’s list of 2016 best restaurants. Has anyone been?
Psst – looking for even more podcasts? Find a list of my favorites here.
Favorite New Show – Stranger Things
I feel like everyone is watching this Netflix show right now! A coworker first told me about it and now I’m seeing it pop up on blogs around the interwebs. I have to warn you, it’s a little scary and not great to watch before bed. Even so, Fabio and I are devouring this show (we started on Monday) and I think we’re going to be finished with it before we know it (maybe by the end of the weekend?). It’s so good!
Favorite For A Good Cause – Elect-A-Pet 2016
I recently got an email from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) about their Elect-A-Pet 2016 election, and the dog lover in my couldn’t resist posting an announcement about it. According to the email, this year’s national election has inspired the AWLA to create “Elect-a-Pet 2016,” a political spin on their annual photo competition. To participate in the election, you just submit a picture of your pet to the election ($30 per entry) and then try to get more votes than any other pet!
Elvis is currently in the lead with 720 votes. 🙂
All proceeds go to the animals, of course! I’m thinking about adding a picture of Jack to the competition, but I have to look at the rules more carefully since I don’t live in Alexandria. Either way, I love this idea for a fundraiser and hope a couple of you will participate!
Question of the day: What made you smile today?