Friday Favorites: Health, food and grooming

I’m teaming up with Ricolaยฎ Herb & Throat drops, as part of a campaign with Socialstars, to bring you this sponsored post all about my latest favorites. 

Hello, Friday! We meet again! I hope your week has been going along just wonderfully. This morning, I’m teaching BODYATTACK and then digging in to start learning the newest Les Mills BODYATTACK 89 group fitness release that I will be debuting in my Monday class. This has been the latest I’ve ever waited to prepare before the official gym “launch,” so I’ve got a lot of work to do. Luckily, I still have some time before I have to debut the newest BODYPUMP 94, and I have a plan on how to best learn my choreography.

Tomorrow morning, instead of teaching at Orangetheory Fitness, I’m heading to a fitness blogger event in the City and guess who I get to bring as a guest? Dave! Other than that, we don’t have any fun plans for the weekend, because I’m a bit busy. I’m not only preparing for Monday’s group fitness launch, but I also have a lot to do before flying down to Los Angeles on Wednesday for IDEA BlogFest and IDEA World Fitness Convention. An action-packed couple of weeks ahead. So let’s get straight to the good stuff …

My latest “Friday Favorites” from the week

Because it’s Friday, it’s time to take a look at a few things that have been making me happy as of late. I like to throw all these unrelated items together in one post at the end of the week, because it just feels right. 

My favorite energizing daily treat

As you may know from reading A Lady Goes West, I’m working as a brand ambassador for Ricola this year. Ricola is a great company that I can get behind, and I’m a huge fan of the products. These Ricola Revitalizing Herb Drops have been a life-saver for me as a little jolt of energy between teaching classes when there isn’t enough time to snack. I also like them just to give my mouth something to do instead of chewing gum. And they’re always with me when I travel or hit the gym. Dave is totally addicted to them and continues to take some from my stash to keep at his desk at work.

Ricola Revitalizing Herb Drops by A Lady Goes West Friday FavoritesThese refreshing drops have vitamins and minerals and natural herbs from the Swiss alps, all designed to give you a pep of energy, with a little effervescence in the center. It’s a fun thing for the mouth, because when you least expect it, the fizz erupts.

If you need a little pick-me-up with natural nutrients, then these babies are for you. And thanks for supporting the great companies that keep the lights on here at A Lady Goes West and put food in little Rudy’s bowl.

My favorite recent special delivery

I can’t even begin to explain my excitement for the contents of a special delivery I received late last week. One of my lovely and long-time blog readers, Audie, who is an amazing person, sent me the ultimate care package. Ladies and gentlemen, a huge haul from my favorite grocery store Publix … 

Publix box of treats via A Lady Goes West Friday FavoritesI was like a spoiled kid on Christmas morning digging into this box. I mean, all of my favorite healthy and tasty things delivered right to my home from across the country. Oh the joy!

Growing up in Florida, I always had a Publix around every corner, and I didn’t know what I had until I moved to the West Coast. Yes, living in the San Francisco Bay Area has tons of perks, but it does not have Publix.

Since receiving this package, I’ve been plowing through the fresh and organic trail mix, the flavorful granola bars, salsa, oats, dates and more. It will take a while to eat it all, and I’m trying to be generous to let Dave in on the action, but I tend to be stingy with my favorite food items. For those of you who live near a Publix — I hope you enjoy those “BOGO” sale bins and the fresh subs, because not all of us have access to that in our daily lives. No we don’t. Thank you, sweet Audie. You’re the best!

My favorite new hair supplies

I know, I know. I don’t talk much about “beauty” stuff on the ole’ blog, because it’s not my biggest interest. But when I find a product that makes me excited, that’s something to talk about. When I find two? Even better. I’ve been trying out a few lines that have been sent to me lately by one friendly PR company, and these two items are definitely worth sharing.

ReGenesis scalp masque and wet brush by A Lady Goes West Friday FavoritesThis shiny tub of luscious ReGenesis Detox Hair & Scalp Masque is super thick and creamy and one of those things you only need to use once- or twice-a-week. And this Wet Brush is gentle on my unruly mane, whether it’s fresh out of the shower or totally dirty.

The deep conditioner made my dirty hair feel like butter. The brush helps detangle the knots from the messy and sweaty bun that is constantly on the top of my head. Those are tough jobs. Yes, the conditioner is pricey at around $40 a pop, but the brush is reasonable at less than $10. Good stuff.

My favorite photo of the week

I mean, flowers and Rudy? Just needed to throw this one out there for you before I send you on your way to other things. I took this picture yesterday afternoon just as I was writing this post, so clearly it had to be added in for good measure.

Rudy and BloomThat flowers by A Lady Goes West blog Friday FavoritesLooks like someone is about ready for his first grooming appointment, because no matter how many times we brush him, his little fur falls over one of his eyes.

Dave sent the beautiful flowers to me as a little surprise, and Rudy was totally scared of them. I couldn’t help but laugh. This was the closest he came to them after much coercion. What a cutie.

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 …

Have a lovely weekend, my friends! I hope you enjoy some fitness, food and fun. 

Read more Friday Favorites

If you’ve enjoyed browsing through this post, see below for previous editions or visit the the link-up hostesses, HeatherClare and Katie

  1. A snack, a purse and a ritual
  2. A delivery, a bra and a guy
  3. A sweet, a wine and a read
  4. A drink, a gadget and a plan 
  5. A time, a bottle and a powder
  6. San Francisco edition
  7. Beauty edition
  8. Beach vacation edition
  9. Hidden meanings
  10. Kicks, a book and a bowl
  11. The very best sweatshirts
  12. Party hosting and froyo
  13. Fourth of July daytime activity
  14. Beauty basics edition
  15. Workplace edition
  16. Shopping, sales and a show
  17. The foods I always buy
  18. Sushi, a game and pants
  19. Fitness apps
  20. Delicious and healthy products
  21. Comfort, fitness and function
  22. Beauty, buddha and blog events
  23. Dining, the city and gift ideas
  24. POPSUGAR, sweets and such
  25. A bunch of fun stuff
  26. e-book, food, picnic and tunes
  27. A link, a superfood and a mask
  28. Pants, shoes, food and links
  29. Dining, protein and goodies
  30. Shopping, events and a book
  31. A gym bag, pumpkin and juices 
  32. Workout gear, a top and a massage
  33. prAna, a watch, tea and more
  34. Tasty stuff and gift sales
  35. Decor, bars, boots and a drink
  36. Flowers, music and more
  37. Coqueta, a brush and food
  38. My people and the holidays
  39. Beauty, bling and entertainment
  40. A hodge-podge of goodies
  41. Just a few special things
  42. Tasty food, drinks and moving
  43. A bunch of feel-good stuff
  44. Home, car and fitness finds
  45. Sweets, cooking, beauty and blog
  46. Gold, yoga, photos and more
  47. Celebs, scents, games and more
  48. Food, shoes, stretches and fun 
  49. Purse, snack, plant and more
  50. Fresh, healthy, clean and square
  51. Pilates, sneaks and much more
  52. Quite a few good things
  53. Food, jewels and sweat etc.
  54. Fun stuff and a giveaway
  55. Goodies and a yoga giveaway
  56. Orange, bikes and healthy food
  57. Food, tech, sparkle and more
  58. Clothes, home, a roller and more
  59. Florida, tech, tea and more
  60. Toiletries, gifts and more
  61. Fashion, food and a giveaway
  62. Events, surprises and a puppy
  63. Good stuff and a giveaway
  64. Bling, crunch and pet goods
  65. Fitness, fashion and food

*Disclaimer: As part of a Socialstars campaign, this post in sponsored by Ricola. I’ve really enjoyed learning about this family-owned Swiss company, its rich history and the product line available throughout this campaign. So thanks Ricola. However, please know that all the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own, as they are during every single post. For more information on Ricola, you can visit Ricola on Facebook or on Twitter.

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42 Comments

  1. Rudy is the absolute cutest! Makes me want to get one of my own just like him.

    I have a Wet Brush too and I love mine. My hair is so so thick and when I run it gets in a knotted up mess and the Wet Brush is the best thing I’ve found so far to work through those tangles.

    What an amazing care package to get! Enjoy your Publix goodies and have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks, Courtney! I think you’d make a good maltipoo mommy one day. ๐Ÿ™‚ You better enjoy your ability to shop at Publix, lady. Happy weekend!

    1. Hi Courtney! You don’t know what you’re missing at Publix, lady! Next time you head down South, be sure to check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Niki! I know, I’d take a healthy food package over just about anything hahaha. Hope you have a lovely Friday and weekend, my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love that last picture! There is nothing better than receiving surprise flowers from your love and Rudy is just too cute-the scruffy-ness looks good on him ๐Ÿ˜‰
    This weekend we are finishing the kitchen- painting cabinets=fun times, and I am working on learning the newest BODYPUMP release for my upcoming training!
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Heather! I know, I know! I need to learn BODYATTACK for Monday and then BODYPUMP for the week when I come back from my LA Trip. And yes, Rudy is a scruffy little thing no matter how much we brush him heheh! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely time in your kitchen work AGAIN!

  3. Great links and your pup is so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m loving my new phone because it 1. works 2. isn’t totally shattered. No big plans this weekend – just looking forward to relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great day!

    1. Uh-oh, did you have a phone-droppage incident before the new one, Jamie? haha! Hope you have a great weekend as well! Rudy the pup says hi!

  4. I miss Publix! What a delightful treat to find in the mail! I LOVE the Ricola herb drops – I’m officially addicted ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been enjoying them on our very long drive west. I am really enjoying my Les Mills On Demand! I subscribed right when it came out and have not had a chance to use it yet. But, today after a very long day of driving, I got my mac out and started some BODYFLOW. I feel so much better! Love it!

    1. I forgot to say how much I enjoyed seeing that picture of Rudy and the flowers – perfect! Also, with all the driving today, I learned BODYPUMP 94. Yay! Now, hopefully I’ll be able to teach it somewhere! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think I’ll learn BODYCOMBAT 64 on the drive to Amarillo, TX, tomorrow!

      1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for the Rudy love! And nice work on learning BP! I will tackle that one after I get back from LA next week. But today, it’s all about BODYATTACK 89. I’m glad you’re making use of your time in the car. Safe driving and travels to you and your fam!!

        1. Hi Melissa! No!! No more programs for me right now. I’m constantly on prep-mode for all the things I teach, so I won’t get any more certs for a while heheh! You should go for it though!

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