And just like that, it’s time for my favorite post of the week. As far as weekend plans are concerned, Dave and I actually ended up saying no to a few things in order to have some free time. Outside of buying a Christmas tree this evening and hanging out with Rudy, we don’t have a lot on the agenda for the next couple of days, which sounds just perfect. We’re still getting back into the zone after Thanksgiving travels, that’s for sure.
This week’s finds for “Friday Favorites”
I’ve got some good things to share, so please enjoy today’s latest edition of weekly favorites …
My favorite purchases of the week
I had a few successful shopping trips while at home in Florida. Nothing fancy, folks, but some good stuff, which I genuinely needed. I bought this sweater dress, a denim jacket and a few more fall-ish goodies at Old Navy. I also popped into my favorite shoe store, DSW, for these …
Yes, I already have several pairs of booties, but the wedge differentiation makes these stand out from the pack. They are comfortable, fashionable, functional and have already been worn out on the town in Orlando earlier this week. Definitely my fall/winter staple shoe. And if you’re in need of some reasonably priced cute clothes for the season, head into your local Old Navy. I could have bought the entire store.
My favorite people of the week
Visiting home in Florida was just the best. While it had nothing to do with the setting (although the sunshine, ability to pop into Publix, numerous meals at First Watch and weather didn’t hurt), it had everything to do with the people. It’s no secret that I miss my family and friends in Florida, even though life is good out here on the West Coast.
Just a few shots from my nearly two weeks in Florida for Thanksgiving. So many awesome folks, so little time!
Spending the days with my parents, my brother, his girlfriend and so many of my long-time people was just fabulous. I wish there had been more time. I saw four of my five bridesmaids, met new babies and children and visited new homes. All around good stuff. Here’s hoping that some of those people come visit me again one day! (I mean, I finally have a second bedroom that’s ready for business, just sayin’ … ) Moral of the story? Hold your loved ones close, if they live near you.
My (Rudy’s) favorite pet things of the week
When I did my reader survey several weeks ago, I was shocked at how many people asked to see more pictures and hear more about my little maltipoo poochie, Rudy. Well, ask and you shall receive, pet lovers …
Of course, Rudy came with me to Florida, and it comes as no surprise that he was well received by my family and everyone who met him. He got extra treats, extra walks and even extra attention (if that is possible) during the entire two weeks. I think it’s safe to say that Rudy is a fan of visiting his Grandparents’ house. And because he is so cute, I figured Rudy deserved a chance to share some of his favorites with you today …
He doesn’t need much. This plain ol’ tennis ball keeps Rudy totally entertained. He also loves Paul Newman heart-shaped treats and his new bottle of pet medicine.
My Mom’s friend recommended the beauty that is this yellow bottle of goodness called Rescue Remedy. It’s a totally safe, all-natural plant-based liquid drop, that you put on your dog’s treat, and it calms him/her down. After a pretty rough cross-country trip with Rudy on the way to Florida, I administered this to Rudy on the way back to California and it was a LIFE-SAVER! I gave him four drops on a cookie right before the flight, and he was a little angel for five hours. I gave it to him again during our layover, and once again, he kept quiet and calm in his little pet carrier all the way until we got back home. I cannot believe it. My vet had told me to give Rudy Benadryl, but that didn’t work the first time we tried it, so we’ve been going drug-free for our numerous flights, and he’s been a fairly good boy. But for some reason, the flight to Florida was terrible, and I was not wanting to repeat that on the return. I will now totally swear by Rescue Remedy. And it makes the list as one of Rudy’s favorites today, because he enjoyed taking a nap rather than being nervous. He told me so. Rudy approved.
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss the latest on A Lady Goes West this week?
- A beautiful Thanksgiving weekend and my weekly workout recap
- A quick three-move resistance band workout
- A short and sweet stay in Orlando and some food pictures
- Signs you’re taking a class from a bad group fitness instructor
And from around the web worth checking out …
- This one I wrote for the MyFitnessPal blog: “5 Ways to Burn More Calories on a Walk” because walking is the best!
- And Men’s Health is killing it lately with awesome videos. Check out this one showing “5 Most Common Form Fails” and this one showing “13 Exercises That are Better than Burpees for Fat Loss.”
- For my aspiring food blogging friends, or anyone looking to share a good shot on their socials, check out this one “10 Super Simple Food Photography Tips for Beginners.” Yes, you can use your phone.
- And following up on that one, a post I wrote featured on the Healthy Living Blog Community about how to work with those photos, “Blog Tip Thursday: Free Photo Apps and Websites.”
That’s it for now. I hope you have a great weekend, friends. You know my radio is already programmed to all the Christmas tunes. How about yours?Need a light read? Check this out ... #fitness #fun #favorites Click To Tweet
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
Have you discovered a fun favorite lately?
Do you have any cool video links to share with the group?