Friday, we meet again! And hello to all of you out there. In just a few short hours, hopefully you’ll be starting your weekend off right.
Today, I’m teaching a morning BODYATTACK class, getting some work done and laying low this evening with Dave. I was actually supposed to go to a blogger meet-up in the City tonight. However, Dave’s been gone on a business trip, and I haven’t seen him since Tuesday morning, so I figured I’d rather hang back with him instead.
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be up and at ’em before the sun rises to teach two classes at Orangetheory Fitness, before enjoying some relaxation during the rest of the weekend. To tell you the truth, outside of work, Dave and I don’t have any other plans for the weekend. I’m guessing we’ll get together with friends to watch the Warriors playoff game on Saturday night, but that’s about it. Of course, I’ll be loving my Momma from afar on Sunday for Mother’s Day. And a very Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you Moms out there, who deserve some extra affection and appreciation!
Now let’s get to the reason you came here today — my “Friday Favorites” — a weekly chance to share a few unrelated and fun items that are making me smile as of late. Here we go …
My favorite pantry staple
Although I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s regularly, there are a few products there that I absolutely love and seek out. Take for instance, this super-tasty pantry staple, which makes an appearance several times-a-week in my kitchen …
This Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is just plain awesome. And I’ve heard that Trader Joe’s sells out of this quickly when a new batch hits the shelves, because it’s so darn popular.
Not only do I roast all of my vegetables using a coating of this coconut oil, but I’ve also used this on sweet potatoes as a topping. It’s got just enough of a coconut flavor, but not too much, and provides plenty of heart-healthy nutrients in one jar of cooking oil. And it’s multi-purpose too. I’ve heard you can even use coconut oil as a hair conditioner, body lotion or make-up remover, but I haven’t tried any of that yet. I’m guessing it leaves you smelling like a tropical island though, so the thought of that is intriguing.
My favorite piece of technology
So in case you missed the announcement, I’ve recently become a Fitness Coach at a brand new Orangetheory Fitness in the Bay Area. While I have talked a bit about the workout, I haven’t done a full review, so expect that soon. However, I have mentioned that Orangetheory Fitness is heart-rate-based training and all participants wear a heart-rate monitor in the one-hour studio class. During the soft-open phase of my studio, we loaned out heart-rate monitors for participants to wear in each class, but now that we’re fully open, all of our members have to buy their own monitor. And guess who else needed to buy one?
I finally got my own OT Beat heart-rate monitor this week and wore it in a fellow coach’s class yesterday for the first time. It fits snuggly right around the bra-line and syncs with the studio’s display system, so you can monitor your heart-rate and all the calories you burn during class live in-action. Totally cool, right? I’m loving the data that I get from these workouts, because I can tell when I’m really pushing hard and when I actually need to push harder. P.S. If you’re a Bay Area fitness lover, please come take my class! Check out the schedule here and look for Ashley P.
My favorite new bling
It just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t share my latest Rocksbox subscription jewelry delivery, because it’s so good. I’ve been getting a few months of the service for free and every single box I’ve received thus far has been fabulous. And for the first time, this batch is all silver …
I can’t wait to put these on this weekend, even if I don’t have any spectacular dressy plans yet. So Rocksbox works like this: You can keep the pieces sent to you in your box or send them back after you’ve worn them. I kept two things out of my last box and will likely keep something from this one as well. As a reminder, if you want to sign up for Rocksbox and get jewelry delivered right to your door, you can get your first month free by using my code aladygoeswestxoxo — and if you do, they’ll put some pennies in my account so I can buy a few of the pieces I receive for less. Woohoo! *Disclaimer: I’m getting a few free months from Rocksbox in exchange for sharing it with you, but I am in love with the service in spite of that. Not sponsored, just a fan.
My favorite thing in my purse
Even though I showed you a preview of my business cards when I wrote how I turned my blog into a business last week, these shiny little numbers haven’t ever gotten the attention they deserve. I ordered these cards a couple of months ago after getting new head-shots taken and a new blog logo, and I just love them. They are a great way for me to share my contact information with people I meet out and about. It sure beats scribbling my Twitter handle and blog name on a scrap of paper. So professional …
My business cards include the following information: my name, email address, blog name, blog url, blog logo, blog tagline, Facebook page address, Twitter handle and my Instagram name, which definitely fills up a full side, with a picture on the back.
A few readers asked me where I got my cards, so I wanted to share that with you today. I created my own design using Moo.com, and I would highly recommend the company as well. They have plenty of pre-designed card templates and lots of sizes and styles to choose from. If you are in need of cards for your blog or personal business, use this link >>> Moo.com, which is my direct referral, and you’ll get a little discount of 10 percent off your first order.
My favorite links of the week
Hope you didn’t miss out on some of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week …
- Work and play — A country concert and my weekly workout recap
- Cooking — Become a master chef with Blue Apron delivery
- Something fun and my eats — What’s normal to you? (And my daily eats)
- Talking fitness — Les Mills BODYATTACK 88 class review
I hope your Friday and weekend are just great, my friends! Find me on Instagram to stay in touch over the weekend. Otherwise, I’ll see you back here on Monday.
Read more Friday Favorites
- 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
- e-book, food, picnic and tunes
- A link, a superfood and a mask
- Pants, shoes, food and links
- Dining, protein and goodies
- Shopping, events and a book
- A gym bag, pumpkin and juices
- Workout gear, a top and a massage
- prAna, a watch, tea and more
- Tasty stuff and gift sales
- Decor, bars, boots and a drink
- Flowers, music and more
- Coqueta, a brush and food
- My people and the holidays
- Beauty, bling and entertainment
- A hodge-podge of goodies
- Just a few special things
- Tasty food, drinks and moving
- A bunch of feel-good stuff
- Home, car and fitness finds
- Sweets, cooking, beauty and blog
- Gold, yoga, photos and more
- Celebs, scents, games and more
- Food, shoes, stretches and fun
- Purse, snack, plant and more
- Fresh, healthy, clean and square
- Pilates, sneaks and much more
- Quite a few good things
- Food, jewels and sweat etc.
- Fun stuff and a giveaway
- Goodies and a yoga giveaway
- Orange, bikes and healthy food
Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
Do you have any recent favorite finds to share?
To all the Moms out there, what’s the best Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?