It’s Fri-yay, cooler weather is finally here, day 3 of my #noexcusenovember challenge started off great and I’m excited for the weekend! Every week I’ll be sharing a few things I loved from the week whether its a product, recipe or exercise. Here’s a few of the things I’m loving this week.
- Smitten Kitchen Every Day – This cookbook is full of breakfast goodies, decadent desserts, so many vegetarian mains and sides, and delicious, easy one pan dishes. I can’t get enough of it! I’ve been a loyal follower of Deb’s blog for years and my copy of her first book is full of notes, stained with food and very well loved. I go to Deb when I need dinner inspiration or a dish to take a potluck. I seriously can’t recommend this book enough and I’ve only made a handful of things. Deb also just launched a book tour; I’m hoping to catch her at one of her Bay Area stops in a few weeks.
- Resistance Bands – These little bands can be used for so many things and are the perfect travel accessory. I’m a huge believer that you don’t need a lot of equipment to get in a good workout but these little bands add extra resistance to lunges, squats and glute bridges. They’re great for isolating small and large muscle groups and come in several different ‘weights’. Greatist.com has a great list of exercises you can do anywhere with or without these bands.
- Suspension Trainer – While this product is a bit of an investment, a lot of gyms have them and some even offer classes. I recently invested in one and WOW, I was sore for days after using it the first time. Suspension trainers use body weight and gravity to strengthen your core and help improve balance. I recommend either the TRX home system or SBT Extreme‘s system. They are also portable and can be mounted to a sturdy tree, pole, attached to a door or mounted to a wall.
- Hearth and Hand with Magnolia Collection from Target – Technically this isn’t out until Sunday, but you better believe I’m going to be there when the doors open! Fixer Upper is one of my favorite shows and Joanna’s style in my opinion is perfect. I have my eye on this tote and I can’t say no to a good onesie.
- Hygge aka all things cozy! Hygge is the Danish word for “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” according to The New Yorker. Cooler weather is finally here and I’m loving sweaters, fuzzy socks, beanies and curling up with a good book like this one from Judy Blume, a cup of Fortnum and Mason Afternoon Tea Blend and my favorite blanket. I’m also crushing hard on this velvet pajama set from Madewell.
If you need me this weekend I’ll be curled up in front of a fire, AFTER I run all the miles training for #CIM35. What’s on your agenda for this weekend?