Favorite Things: Loving Lately

Mondays can sometimes be the worst. Thankfully today I’ve got a generously poured glass of wine and The Bachelor Women Tell All special to look forward to. Hey, it’s the little things in life. Speaking of little things, I thought I’d share some of the little things I’m loving lately. You know, share the love on this first Monday morning of March. (My favorite month of year!)

 

* Audible. Yes, I was one of the people who got suckered in to subscribing after listening to the Serial podcast (which was SO good – if you haven’t listened to it yet, do it NOW!) but I have not regretted it one bit. In the last year or so one of the biggest regrets (seems a little harsh but couldn’t think of a better word) is not reading more books. There are TONS of books I’ve wanted to read but finding the time to concentrate fully on a book has been nonexistent.

There is one time a day (well two) where I have time to myself – the drive to and from work – so I’ve been making the most of it this year by listening to audio books. I started with comedy books: Yes Please by Amy Poehler (very disappointing) and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (loved it). After realizing that I could focus on something more serious I listened to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (so addicting – the British accents alone had me mesmerized) and now I’m listening to Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Now I don’t mind sitting in traffic AS MUCH and I feel like I’m finally catching up on all those books I’ve been wanting to read.

* Orange Theory Fitness. I am fully obsessed with this one. I started going about six weeks ago to these group workouts and was addicted after one class. If you’ve never been or heard of it, they are one hour classes split into intervals of running (or biking/elliptical if you prefer), rowing and strength training all while wearing a heart rate monitor to track your intensity.

First off, the classes are awesome and go by really quickly. I’ve never gotten bored and I always leave feeling like I got an amazing workout. Second, the people are ridiculously nice which really helps when you’re trying out something new and mildly intimidating. I never felt out of place and every one knows your name so quick. I was amazed (and still am) at how nice and friendly every one is. Last, I love that it’s a little competitive – even if you’re just competing with yourself.

They’ve got a ton of classes and I’ve been going to the one at 6 am a couple times a week now. So obsessed. And no, I wasn’t paid to say this. I just love it that much.

* Shirts from Buy Me Brunch. Okay before this turns into a full resolution post, I’ll throw in some shopping for good measure. I bought the ‘Party on Wayne’ one for our trip to Mexico and got lots of thumbs up. Some of the shirts are R – Rated but the majority are just fun. Makes for something unexpected to wear under a black blazer or just to wear with jeans shorts to the pool.

*@Thug_the_Frenchie. I am a sucker for cute pets on Instagram and Thug the Frenchie is my latest love. He’s just so darn cute plus he lives in Miami. And looking at cute pups helps me from going out and getting a pup. Sorry one picture just wasn’t enough.

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* This Dress. Okay so it’s going to be at least a few weeks before I can wear it (although I think it’ll work well with flat boots and a denim jacket) but I just bought this linen dress from Old Navy and I was beyond pleasantly surprised. So surprised that I felt like it needed to be included in the favorites. Not only is it really cute and very flattering but the quality is way nicer than you might expect. It runs a little big so if you decide to pretend it’s spring already and order it, I would size down.

There’s also a little girl version and although I would sooner die than do the mommy & me look (not hating, it’s just NOT me), I may have to order it for Reese to wear on days when mine is in the wash.

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Favorite Things: Last Minute Packing with Dryel

I feel like kind of jerk saying this, since we just got 10+ inches of snow here, but tomorrow I’m heading out of town on a little getaway to Mexico. The trip couldn’t come at a better time weather wise but this snow storm has made my last minute preparations (because I ALWAYS leave everything to the last minute) a little more hectic.

Clearly I didn’t even think of planning/packing until yesterday when we were buried under a blanket of snow with a warning to stay clear of the roads. I opened up my closet and pulled out the dresses I was planning on taking only to realize that a couple of them were in desperate need of a trip to to the cleaners. Yeah that wasn’t going to happen.

Then I realized I had my Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaning kits and the day was saved. In between answering work emails and catching up on my DVR, I was able to get my dresses clean and ready to go. Now that I’ve got that checked off my list, I’ve only got another 39423094+ to go. Okay, that’s obviously an exaggeration but that’s what it feels like.

Seriously, these kits have been a huge lifesaver either when it comes to packing or last minute, “I have nothing to wear moments” before an evening out. All it takes is a couple sprays of the refresher treatment, toss it in the dryer bag, throw it in and hit start. Within 20 – 40 minutes you’re good to go and you’ve saved the time and cash of a trip to the dry cleaner.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Dryel who also provided me with samples of the product to try. All opinions, both good and bad, are my own. I only write about and support products that I dig and think you all might too!

Favorite Things + Shopping: Secret Cupid Valentine’s Day Gift Exchange

February will be here tomorrow but no doubt you’ve already seen rows of Valentine’s Day candy, trinkets and treats in stores. I can’t say that I LOVE Valentine’s Day. I do think it’s basically a trick to buy more candy and make men the pressure to pull off a movie-style romantic evening. While I do love candy and a nice evening out (at this point I’ll take dinner just about anywhere if I means I can finish my food without 16 questions from a four-year-old), those things can get a little tired.

So a couple years ago, all the girls at my office thought it would be fun to do a Secret Cupid gift exchange. It’s, by far, one of my new favorite things when it comes to Valentine’s Day because I know I’ll end up with a pretty sweet gift (no pun intended).

Let’s all be serious. When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, we all just want a few of the fun, maybe cheesy or silly, cute items that stores (namely Papersource) stock this time of year.  So the Secret Cupid is perfect. Nothing fancy when it comes to organizing one – it’s basically the exact same thing as a Secret Santa exchange but we do it with just girls and a $25 gift limit. You can get a bunch of little things or one big gift – it’s up to you – we just make sure that it’s something the person would love. Which around our company usually means kitschy office supplies, funny gift cards and anything Rifle Paper Co.

If you’ve got more than three ladies in your office, I definitely recommend throwing one together (you can do it on Monday – it will make the start of the week WAY better). Or just send out an email to all your girlfriends, swap names and deliver the gifts on the 14th or plan a girl’s night out before or after.

Here’s a few of my favorite gift ideas. I’ll also be adding some to the rotating favorites in the side bar so check those out too!

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