Happy Friday! This week has included some work, some writing and a lot of sweaty group fitness. And as we do on the last day of the work-week, I’d like to get into today’s edition of “Friday Favorites,” in which I share a few things that I’ve been enjoying lately.
My favorite read of the week: Blogging e-book
Have you ever thought about starting your own blog? Take it from me, if you want to start a blog, just do it. I wish I had started A Lady Goes West long before I did. But then again, I guess I wouldn’t have gone west yet.
For those of you who are bloggers or aspiring bloggers, I’d like to introduce you to a super helpful and easy to digest e-book all about blogging. Gina, who writes The Fitnessista, is a very successful healthy-living blogger and a brand new fellow Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor. Check out her e-book, called “Build Up Your Blog.” <<—This is an affiliate link, and if you click through to purchase, I’ll get a little referral credit, so thanks!>>
This was my first time ever reading an e-book. I read it on my phone in about half-an-hour and then went back on my tablet to go through the major high points. Some of the best tips? Be true to yourself, establish a blogging schedule and editorial calendar, create a helpful media kit for brands, spend time on your content and use all of the social media tools you possibly can to get in front of your current readers and new readers. I took a few pointers from Gina and put them in place this week. For instance, there’s a new hover-to-share feature on A Lady Goes West images, and a new board on my Pinterest page just for blogging. Thanks for sending me the book, Gina. It’s a great resource.
My favorite sight at home: A full fridge
Once a week, usually on Friday afternoons, I order our groceries online from Instacart. After they arrive and I put them away, I often go back to the fridge a couple of times just to admire it.
While this is not a full-size fridge (three-quarter-sized for a city kitchen, of course), it’s so nice to have it full of food. Does anyone else get true happiness from having their fridge stocked? I feel the same about the fruit basket on the counter and our cabinets, but the fridge brings me just a little bit more joy.
My favorite Sunday afternoon activity: Picnic in Marin
It had been a while since Dave and I had gone over the Golden Gate Bridge for a little outdoor play. On Sunday, we took a picnic lunch, brought our favorite picnic blanket and set up camp on this gorgeous cliff for a couple of hours. It was much warmer than normal, and I loved the fact that I could take off my jacket for a little vitamin D.
It was a very short and easy hike to our spot, which we’ve been to once before. We watched the waves, enjoyed some cold beverages and ate boxed Trader Joe’s salads. There are a lot of reasons to love living in the Bay Area, and I think an activity like this is high on that list.
My favorite new tunes: Hip Hop BBQ
One of our San Francisco friends works at Pandora and always tells us about the best stations. His latest recommendation is to-die-for. Trust me on this one. Check out Hip Hop BBQ on Pandora, and you’ll thank me later. It’s such a fun mix of music, and Dave and I put it on blast on our TV when getting ready to go out on the weekends.
There you go. Short and sweet. I’m heading off on a special little mission this morning that I may talk about soon, and of course, I’m teaching BODYPUMP tonight. Have a great day!
More Friday Favorites
If you’d like to see a few more “Friday Favorites,” see below or visit the the link-up hostess, Heather.
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha and blog events
- Dining, the city and gift ideas
- POPSUGAR, sweets and such
- A bunch of fun stuff
Questions of the day
What are you doing this weekend? Did you discover any new favorite finds this week? What’s your go-to station Pandora?