Friday Faves

Hello and TGIF!

Hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend. For me, Halloween starts tomorrow…goes on through Thursday…until Friday, when we celebrate it one last night for my roomie’s birthday! Needless to say there’s a lot of fun in my future 🙂

I also happened upon some fun things this week. Gather round while I share the goods!

1. This gif. AKA me in a nutshell.


To go out:


For work:


I never have makeup on before 10am at work. I actually may or may not have just not put on makeup at all today….#lazy

2. Group Halloween costumes

Some of my favorite costumes of the last 5 years have been the group/couples costumes I’ve done (Taylor Swift/Kanye… Betty Draper/Joan… Bike riding Mormons….) This weekend, I’m participating in a group costume that is sure to turn some heads:

good girls

I’ve no doubt admitted my unabashed love for this song before. We’re toootally taking it to a whole new level.

3. The t-AB-ata workout from GPP Fitness


This ab workout has been one of my most dreaded favorites for a long time now. The last time I did it, it left me sore for 2-3 days! So when I picked up my outfit for the aforementioned costume (which definitely shows off my midriff…and then some), I knew I’d have to whip my abs into shape! Since they posted it back in June, I’ve started incorporating V-ups into my normal workout routine…they kick my butt, but get my abs soo much stronger/more defined!

4. This article: How to Celebrate Halloween Without Being a Sexist 

Also relevant. I can see both sides of this issue and I like that the article goes into both sides and defends the so-called “sluts” of Halloween as well. For the first Halloween since college, I will be scantily clad tomorrow…I’m not looking for any unwanted attention or “asking for it”, my friends and I just happened to pick a current idea for a relevant pop culture Halloween costume and feel comfortable sportin’ it!

75% of the reason I exercise 4x per week is to feel good and feel good about myself, but I’d be lying if I said that other 25% didn’t involve wanting to look good! What’s the use of these gunz and abs if no one ever sees them? 😉

5. These 2 blog posts!

Alisha over at Alisha’s Appetite wrote an awesome post this week about not letting injury get you down – something I’m all too familiar with! And Becky at Olives n’ Wine has an awesome post up today as well, based on this simple quote: “If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business. – Dr. Gail Dines”

Side note: I’m super excited to see these two girls (and Carly & Sara) in Chicago in just TWO WEEKS!! I’m so looking forward to a Blend girls weekend full of food, fun, football, and shenanigans 🙂

6. La Terra Fina dips

Several weeks ago, I was sent some new-to-me dips from La Terra Fina. Their dips have always been available at places like Costco, but they’re currently rolling out to other grocery stores. I am 100% all about dips and snacky meals (see here and here), so I was stoked to try them. According to La Terra Fina, their dips are “Made with all natural ingredients…gluten-free…contain no nuts or trans-fats and are fresh alternative to traditional dips.” ….so they’re practically healthy, right? 😉

Anyway, they sent me the Spinach Artichoke & Parmesan and (my personal favorite) the Artichoke & Jalapeno…you guys, my roomie and I TORE THROUGH every last tub of this stuff. It is so good. I have a recipe coming your way involving the dip, but rest assured it was also amazing scooped up with crackers/chips, veggies, a spoon…you name it.


My favorite way to enjoy it was with some hot spaghetti squash and stir-fried veggies! It almost became like a pasta sauce.  MMMMMM. pasta. {I’m currently avoiding carbs after 6pm to avoid bloating/any stray belly fat tomorrow…Lord help me!!}

Hope you all have a fun and safe weekend!

What are you planning to dress up as for Halloween?

What’s your favorite kind of dip?