Hey, friends! Do you have a three-day weekend this weekend? I don’t! In fact, I’ll be preparing to debut and launch the latest BODYATTACK 91 on Monday, in addition to teaching at Orangetheory, etc. However, Dave and I do have some fun plans for the next couple of days, including hosting a dinner party at our place. Now, let’s chat favorites …
This week’s finds for “Friday Favorites”
Because it’s the last day of the work week for most, I’m keeping it simple with my latest edition of favorite recent finds …
My favorite new workout wear of the week
Last weekend, I headed into Lululemon on a mission. You see, I don’t shop there all that often, but this time, I arrived armed with not one, but two gift cards. I thought I could swoop in and out in 30 minutes, but ended up going back out to the street to add money onto my meter three times to fulfill the mission. True story. I tried on a ton of stuff and ended up with this …
Of course, I went with classic black long pants, high-waisted with some fun meshing on the side. The top is long and lean and suitable for nearly any type of working out. I also picked up these for Dave, who already took them for a test run and was quite pleased. I’ve got to say that I would be happy to take home anything in Lululemon, but sometimes I just can’t stomach the price. Luckily, I get a 15 percent discount as a trainer, so I walked out of there spending very little, with the gift cards to help. Quality stuff!
My favorite new healthy treat of the week
It’s no secret that I have a love of dates (the fruit and the act of going out and socializing) as they are frequently on my “What I Ate Wednesday” posts. They are just so tasty, simple and healthy. I’ve always purchased the same brand of both coconut-covered and caramel-covered dates from Safeway, but last week picked up this new limited-edition variety at Sprouts Farmers Market, because I knew to look out for them. My friend and loyal reader, Courtney, mentioned there was a new flavor out, so I high-tailed it to the store to find it. Let’s just say, I am definitely enjoying these …
Limited-edition Dark Chocolate Orange Date Rolls are the jam. The jam.
Too much goodness, that’s all I’m saying. And as far as the coconut-covered dates from Bard Valley Natural Delights, which I also bought last week, Dave and I both agree that those are more coconut-y and better than our previous brand. We’re sold. A sweet pre-workout bite, a sweet post-meal dessert, dates are all good. If you can’t find the flavored ones near you, pick up some plain pitted dates and add a slab of almond butter. It works.
My favorite new top-for-a-cause of the week
When the CEO of UltraPress, a custom apparel shop, reached out to me about the company’s partnership with the Covenant House California, I knew I wanted to jump on board and support it. Together, they are selling a very special California-made custom-t-shirt screen-printed with “I Love You California” on the front. All of the proceeds go to supporting Covenant House California, a non-profit with a mission to provide shelter, help and other necessities to homeless youth.
I mean, the bear hugging the state? Doesn’t get much cuter than this top, which also happens to be made in California and sold for a good cause.
If even just 10 of you order one t-shirt, for the price of $20, those proceeds can be put toward helping one homeless youth get off the streets this year. The shirts come in this v-neck variety like I’m wearing above, as well as a regular crew-cut t-shirt. They come both for women and men and in several different colors. Totally comfortable, tagless, 100 percent cotton and a great casual get-up for a good cause. If you want to help, you can order a shirt here. To stay up-to-date with the campaign, follow Covenant House California on Facebook or UltraPress on Twitter.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week?
- Dinner date, dog date, group fitness and workouts
- How to beat the afternoon slump
- When in doubt, eat the rainbow
And from around the web worth checking out …
- This list of hashtags by POPSUGAR for every day of the week is awesome. I mean, #Caturday … that’s hilarious.
- Avocados can do no wrong. Try this simple snack, also from our friends at POPSUGAR, because it sounds delicious.
- How did I not start reading MindBodyGreen until recently? Perhaps my favorite article each morning is the “10 Things You Need to Know Today” the website releases. It’s always interesting and full of links to stories I will definitely want to read later.
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s something cool you’ve bought or found lately?