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Weekend Favorites: 4.15.16

It’s the freaking weekend! Here are my favorite things from this past week including an amazing bran muffin recipe, must-read self-help books, and more.

First I want to start off weekend favorite by saying that if you’re not following me on Snapchat, you should! Yesterday was all about doughnuts, but a lot of times I’ll share recipes, fitness motivation and more! Today I’m planning on making a delicious baked oatmeal recipe via Snapchat (that will also be on the blog on Monday) so be sure to stop by to see it in action. Also Milly makes plenty of appearances.

Anyway what’s new with you? Are you following the debates? My cab driver had a 5 minute convo about who he was voting for yesterday. Sometimes you can’t do anything but nod and listen. You feel me?

breakfast spread

This past week went by way too quickly. Rose and I started working on the Chicago Series, which will be hitting the blog in May! The series focuses on all things Chicago because if we live here we might as well share our favorites. First up on the list is donuts, so if you’re from Chicago let me know what your favorite places are in the comments!

Good food I ate this week: I did a lot of recipe testing for May and part of June. Right now I’m LOVING matcha anything, coconut and trail mix. I love making my own trail mix at home with a million different combos, most of them including anything chocolate. Lastly I’ve been super obsessed with BREAKFAST! Can I just have breakfast everyday like the one pictured above? (It’s from Proof Canteen in Scottsdale.)

Ahhh I also had the BEST cheeseburger in the city at Au Cheval last week. OMG really just the best ‘cheat meal’ ever. If you come to Chicago, this is your place to check out. Beware, the wait time is anywhere from 2-5 hours. Yes, seriously.

This weekend: It’s going to be SO nice out, I’m not sure how we’ll get anything done. So far our plans are to pickup a vintage bookshelf and refinish it. We also have a cabinet that I want to paint white, so hopefully that happens! I’ll be sure to take before and after pics.

Wellness thoughts: For the past month or so, I’ve been working out pretty intensely and I think I got a little burnt out. I know when this happens because I start avoiding my workouts and finding the weirdest excuses to put them off. This week I took a few days off to just relax and now am feeling much better about getting back into my routine. Does this ever happen to you?

Alright, now let’s get on to my favorites from this past week! There are some good ones in here:

How hiking changes our brains. And makes us better travelers too!

This chicken pasta skillet just looks AMAZING. Diving in NOW.

Celebrities to follow on snapchat. My fav is Kate Hudson!

I’ve been craving a really good bran muffin lately. These ones look PERFECT.

Foods we commonly mispronounce. Tony calls quinoa “KIN OH AH”

Amazing no fail pillow combos. Because everyone knows I’m obsessed with pillows and rugs.

This greek pasta salad is everything I want for dinner.

Four self help books to read. These all sound amazing.

10 reasons to use Turmeric. I love it with a little honey & almond milk.

30 places to visit before you turn 30. Guess I’ve still got a lot of traveling to do!

 

Have the best weekend!

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