What a week! I’ve been confused on the days all week, because there has been so much going on around here. And it’s all good stuff, my friends! I’d like to send a very big happy Friday out to you, and as always, thanks for stopping by to read today. In addition to my favorites, I’ve got a sneaky giveaway in here for some tasty bars. Don’t miss that.
Celebrating the Warriors’ win with a parade
Even though I usually teach BODYATTACK on Friday mornings, I have other plans today and got subs for the three classes I was supposed to be leading. You see, I get to walk in the big celebration parade in Oakland this morning honoring the Golden State Warriors and their NBA Champs title. Hundreds-of-thousands of people are coming together to line the streets, watch the parade and attend a pep rally in downtown Oakland. It was so nice of the Warriors organization to extend the invitation to employees’ immediate families to join the parade, and I’m looking forward to marching along with Dave and the team. Dave went out to buy a GoPro, so we can capture the 90-minute walk. Stay tuned for more on that!
I’m not sure what we’ll be up to after the parade and rally today, but I know we’ll have big smiles on our faces. Tomorrow morning, I’m back on the mic for a couple of classes at Orangetheory Fitness. Then, Dave and I are taking our little Rudy to his first vet visit. After that, we’re heading to watch the Oakland A’s play in a day game. The weekend will also include some relaxation and some sweating. (And sending some Father’s Day love to my dear Daddy in Florida, of course.)
My latest “Friday Favorites”
But you’re here today to look at some random “Friday Favorites” that are making me happy lately. I do this every single week, because it just feels like the right thing to do on the last day of the work-week. Let’s go …
My favorite new gift company
So get this — my friend from college is part of a cool company that sells all sorts of unique gift items, made in the U.S.A. and designed to make your home less “common.” He was kind enough to send me two Mason Jars and two Rocks Glasses from his product line, all featuring etched maps of my favorite city, San Francisco.
His Boston-based company, theUnCommonGreen is hoping to launch a line of map glasswares featuring college towns to build on their arsenal of products available. They need a little support to get the College Town Maps Drinkware line up-and-running, so if you’re interested, help support them on their Etsy FUND raising page. They have plans for 60 college towns to begin and will expand after that. And yes, my alma mater University of Florida is one of them, so I’ll be sure to place my order once production is ready.
I think it goes without saying that anything from the company’s site would make an excellent Father’s Day gift, if you act quickly. And just to be extra awesome, follow theUncommonGreen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I wish Ben and his team the best of luck with their cool project!
My favorite championship team
It should go as no surprise that the Golden State Warriors becoming the 2015 NBA Champs is huge news for us in the Bay Area. I’m so proud of Dave and all of his coworkers for the time and effort they have put in, not only this season, but every season. Dave is coming up on three years with the organization and nobody deserves this recognition and moment of glory more.
We celebrated the big win at a viewing party on Tuesday night with a few fellow Warriors employees and their wives, and it was awesome (please tell me you saw this hilarious picture I posted). A lot of work goes on behind the scenes of professional sports teams — late nights, business trips, weekend games and stress, stress, stress. But it all seems worth it when the title comes home. Go team! But hey, we’re totally ready for the off-season.
My favorite bite-size snack and a GIVEAWAY
Oh boy was I excited when a box of mini 100-calorie GoMacro Macrobars bars arrived at my door last week. This variety pack features all of the 11 delicious flavors, and I honestly can’t pick a favorite. These bars are super healthy and made by a family-owned company. Yes, they are organic, vegan, soy-free, kosher, non-GMO and are mostly made of raw ingredients. Nothing fake in these babies. My only beef with the bars? I want to eat several at a time, because they are so tasty, yet small, with a nice soft texture. But they do come in a full size, which would be a much more substantial snack.
I would highly recommend picking these up if you’re in need of a healthy snack on-the-go, and you can find them at most grocery stores. Thanks to the folks at GoMacro for giving me a complimentary box. You know the way to my heart, people.
GIVEAWAY and DISCOUNT ALERT: And now for that sneaky giveaway. I’m giving away one box of GoMacro bars to a lucky A Lady Goes West reader. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. And to get additional entries, like any of GoMacro sites on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest) and leave a comment letting me know you did so. Leave a separate comment for each site you like. And if you don’t win, you can order some bars from the GoMacro site and get 40 percent off using the one-time discount code: BLOGGER.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss out on some of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week? Here’s what happened …
- Keeping it real and fitness — How I maintain balance and my weekly workouts
- Good times in the Bay Area — Class FitSugar, delicious food and a big win
- Food pictures and blogging news — BlogFest 2015 and “What I Ate Wednesday”
- Party time with wine — Entertaining is easy with these two appetizers
And a personal favorite, check out this cool piece by Crunch Live featuring one of my fitness tips …
I’m honored to be included with some other fitness blogger friends.
And that covers it for today!
Enter the giveaway and have a fabulous weekend
Don’t forget to enter to win a box of GoMacro bars. Leave a comment on this post to enter, and you can get more entries by liking GoMacro social media sites and telling me that you’ve done so in separate comments. (Find GoMacro on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.) This contest is open to those in the U.S. and Canada only and will end on Monday night June 22.
Now go off and have a good one, my friends! And if you’re in the Bay Area, tune into the parade on TV and look for me. I’ll be the one in the Golden State Warriors shirt.
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
- Food, tech, sparkle and more
- Clothes, home, a roller and more
- Florida, tech, tea and more
- Toiletries, gifts and more
- Fashion, food and a giveaway
- Events, surprises and a puppy
Questions of the day
Which city map would you like on your glass?
What are you up to this weekend?
Which GoMacro bar flavors would you most like to try?