Friday Favorites-First Inaugural Link Up

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Happy Friday!!!!  I am so excited this week is over and to be hosting my first annual Friday Favorites Link Up!
I can’t tell you how pumped I am by the positive feedback from everyone!  I also should start this post off with a disclaimer.  ****I have been sick all week and just noticed that my allergy and cough medication was kinda old. How old you ask???? Well……..

Clearly I rarely get sick.  So I apologize in advance because right now I kinda feel like this.  Like it’s totally normal for raccoons to be chasing me around in a circle right now….makes perfect sense!

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Alright are you ready to get going?

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Favorite Song
Are you ready to hear the song that just screams Summer?  I have a feeling this song is going to blow up.  “I Got U” by Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones. You can said you heard it hear first ;-)

Favorite Recipe
I had posted this on Instagram and Sarah had asked for the recipe saying her husband would totally eat this salad. Well Sarah I have to agree it is man approved.  I make these salads in assembly lines and tupperware them up for lunches for the week.

Man Approved Salad Recipe
1 cup of Romaine Lettuce
Throw some corn on it
Then some low sodium organic black beans that have been rinsed
Chop some orange peppers (snack on strips while making because you’re starving)
Cut some sharp cheddar and sprinkle it throughout
In a straight line down the middle (because it’s all about the presentation right?) spoon some fresh salsa over the top of it
Cut up some fresh avocado (these were from Trader Joe’s)
Feel free to add whatever protein on top (chicken etc)
The fresh salsa is a great dressing but you can add a few tablespoons of whatever you want
If you’re feeling a little crazy you can crunch a few tortilla chips on top
Then devour….and repeat

Favorite Workout
I have never really been able to do a split until I started taking and teaching Pure Barre.  I can do one fully with my right side leading and almost get fully into my left side leading.  This was such an accomplishment for me! My hamstrings were so tight from all the running and spin and Pure Barre gave me my flexibility back!  Try these exercises.  We do a few of them in Barre but this is a 5 minute stretch you are suppose to do twice a day.

Favorite Discovery
My girl B sent me this one.  I was dying.  It’s first of all is from the website “Bro Bible“.  Now come on I hear you asking. Are you serious?

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I almost did not go further but I’m so glad I did.  It’s absolutely hilarious.  The post is from a guy who took his first Pure Barre class and wrote about his experience.  The title is “I Tried Pure Barre and Holy Hell Is Hard Being A Woman” (well is that the straight truth?).  This is my favorite line.

Also, homeboy scores some major points for his amazing illustrations.

If you want a great laugh read this article by clicking on this link.  I was dying laughing.  Also a side note our studio does not charge that much for a class.  Don’t let that deter you.  All my Barre gals isn’t this the best validation ever???

Favorite Funnies
I mean this is 100% the truth at Costco.  Has anyone else made the epic discovery their “muffins” are just the cupcakes without frosting??? Carrot Raisin muffins are really just Carrot cake cupcakes with no coverup amazing cream cheese frosting on.

I couldn’t have described myself better if I tried.

Why is it such a habit to lower the radio when you’re lost and trying to see something?

My exact feelings when someone asks if I want to do something on a Friday night.

When I get home from a particularly bad day at work.

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How I feel like when I walk out of my room when I actually pull it together to go out on a Friday night.
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One of the DJ’s on XM the other day was saying something about “That’s how white people would dance to the song”….wait like this?
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How I feel when I see yet another selfie pic in my Facebook feed from a girl….in the car on the way to work just begging for someone to tell them they look pretty.
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*I can’t even I’m literally laughing as I’m writing this one.  When Mark is at home and trying to get work done on his computer and I’m bored trying to get his attention.
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How I feel about my first ever link up!!!
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Okay now it is your turn to link up!  Tell me about your favorites from the week!!


  1. April 18, 2014 / 10:34 AM

    Bahahaha that same thing happened to me with my Tylenol that I keep in my work bag. Im a nurse I should know better. But, I still keep using it :) I already had my Ipsy post planned for today – I normally do a favorites post on fridays. But I am so excited to link up for next week, I bet your link ups will be super popular!

  2. April 18, 2014 / 11:02 AM

    Haha I have had that happen with medicine … Also I’m a little embarrassed at how early Im up with a ready post… Insomnia is a biatch

  3. April 18, 2014 / 11:05 AM

    I can’t stop laughing about that creepy girl behind the reporters shoulder! I’m sure I turn the radio down when I’m lost but I also caught myself doing it yesterday when I came up to a stop sign and a guy with 2 dogs was just standing there. I quickly thought “I’m slowing down so I need to turn the radio down. I mean i might hit this guy here with his 2 dogs if I don’t.” Um no what was wrong with me?! I would love to be able to do a split but I can barely touch my toes and that’s after doing yoga. I always blame it on the fact I’m tall. I know that’s just an excuse. That salad looks yummy and my husband would def approve! Have a good weekend!

  4. April 18, 2014 / 11:06 AM

    I have been sick all week too…ugh allergies and a head cold – yuck!!! That article was beyond hilarious and his visuals…yep perfectly captures how I feel as well! I totally creep on Gary the same way…he usually does his grad school homework in the bedroom and because I”m weird I totally miss him (from the living room) and “check in” with him every 15 min!!! Hope you have a great weekend love!!

  5. April 18, 2014 / 11:16 AM

    I’m cracking up at these gifs! Woohoo for your first link up! I’m also the person who is OCD for only a few minutes–hilarious!

  6. April 18, 2014 / 11:24 AM

    Sorry you are sick. The expired medicine is the worst especially after taking it for days and not realizing it. :( The creep behind the reporter is hilarious! I totally post selfies when I am having a good hair day because that ish needs to go on record. ;)

  7. April 18, 2014 / 11:25 AM

    LOL the selfie thing is too funny and the OCD, ADD thing too! lol I don’t know how you keep up with your blog so consistently while working, teaching barre and manage for it to be hilarious every day! Mine has been pathetic lately lol. House projects/Spring cleaning have been taking priority this week. That salad looks soooo yummy! I have just recently become obsessed with avocado. I’m actually off to make some avocado toast! XO Happy Easter!!

  8. April 18, 2014 / 11:40 AM

    Haha my medicine closet looks exactly like what you posted. Full of a bunch of expired (by years) medicines that I don’t pay attention to, then take and wonder why I’m not feeling any better. I’m really hoping there are no longer term effects LOL! Hope you feel better soon! Love your first link up! :)

    <3, Pamela

  9. April 18, 2014 / 11:40 AM

    OMFGGGGGG that article of pure barre!!??? I DIE!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! that article wins the internet today.

    and that drunk girl behind the news reporter…these gifs are gems.

    can’t wait to link up next week! my post is already half done boom boom pow

    Vodka and Soda

  10. April 18, 2014 / 12:04 PM

    Great job on your first link up! How exciting and Happy Friday! Your funnies always have awesome e-cards! I have to put on pants? Not going!

  11. April 18, 2014 / 12:15 PM

    I’m paranoid about things expiring, so I drive my husband crazy checking everything like once a month to make sure nothing is old. LOL. Those pictures that guy made of the Pure Barre moves is HILARIOUS! Do any guys ever do it– or is it pretty much only females?? I’m definitely in favor of frostingless cupcakes being “healthy”! I’m excited to go read some of the other blogs who linked up for this!

  12. April 18, 2014 / 12:18 PM

    Yay! Congratulations on your link-up!! So excited to participate.
    Sorry you´re feeling under the weather, being sick sucks! Maybe eating some bunny chocolate will help? And don´t worry I have so many expired things in my fridge it´s not even funny, like someone will ask me “do you have mayonnaise for the burger?” I´ll be like “yeah sure!” and then you know see it expired 5 months ago and be like, “do you want some ketchup instead?? no wait….that also expired” LOL!
    long comment short. i´m taking out my 6th garbage bag today…….

  13. April 18, 2014 / 12:18 PM

    Oh wow, there are just too many things to comment about here, haha.

    I saw that article and thought it was hilarious! A lot of my barre friends had it posted on their facebook.

    Cupcake = muffins you made my life.

    I need to try that splits exercise, i have zero flexibility now.

    Have a great day!

  14. April 18, 2014 / 12:24 PM

    Love i Got U! Such a fun song, love the vibe! I think it will be my pre summer jam for sure! Happy Friday love!

  15. April 18, 2014 / 12:29 PM

    Hahaha, I love this entire post! I make a similar “man approved” salad, too. I love adding salsa as the dressing! Hope you feel better, chickie! TGIF

  16. April 18, 2014 / 12:34 PM

    Yum. That salad looks delish!

  17. April 18, 2014 / 12:47 PM

    I have wanted to try Barre for awhile. Unfortunately, there is no place around here that offers it. Sad face. Move this way!!

  18. April 18, 2014 / 12:51 PM

    You are a GIF genius. Seriously, I had a bad am and that just made everything SO much better!! xoxo

  19. April 18, 2014 / 12:53 PM

    Congrats on your link up! Wasn’t sure if my post was suitable but I def want to link up soon!

  20. April 18, 2014 / 1:01 PM

    Now I want to try the to work on doing the splits, 2 weeks seems like a really short time for this old body though.

  21. April 18, 2014 / 1:15 PM

    Yay! Congrats on your new link up! I love that Snuggie gif. My husband makes fun of that all the time! Have a great weekend!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  22. April 18, 2014 / 1:15 PM

    LOL at that article! That is golden. I could do a split when I was like 12, I am honestly too terrified to even try at this point!

  23. April 18, 2014 / 1:15 PM

    lmfao at that Snuggie gif… what the fuuuuck?!?! bahahahahahaa
    Note to self: “eat the frosting first instead of saving it for last, makes it healthier.”

  24. April 18, 2014 / 1:24 PM

    The creepy girl gif is hilarious!! I like to dance like that in my snuggle haha!

    The comments from that guy are great and so is the picture her drew!!

  25. April 18, 2014 / 1:30 PM

    I hope you feel better!!

    My friend sent me that barre article last night and I was dying too! So funny. I had a guy friend come with me to barre once because he couldn’t believe that it was so hard…let’s just say that it was incredibly entertaining.

    xo, jen

  26. April 18, 2014 / 1:39 PM

    You’re reading my mind because I was just looking for ways to get better at splits. I’m so close to having it at PB, but can’t quite get there! Totally using this to help me.

  27. April 18, 2014 / 1:48 PM

    hahaha I love everything about this post! Besides making me crack up, that salad seriously looks delish! I’m so glad I came across your blog!


  28. April 18, 2014 / 1:49 PM

    I am definitely that person that cuts the radio off when I am lost! Total concentration needed :) I hope that Mucinex still had some potency and you are feeling better! Hope you have a great weekend!!

  29. April 18, 2014 / 2:05 PM

    The car radio is my life!! I am constantly changing the volume based on what is going on the road. I am laughing at all these ecards!!!!

    I already had my post typed up then saw that I didn’t do the link up right. Oopsy. Next week I will get my shit together….great job though!!! It is fun reading all of these.

  30. April 18, 2014 / 2:07 PM

    oh my gosh – those raccoons! so cute/creepy haha. and I had expired ketchup in my fridge that I was using at least a year after it expired. oops. oh and I STILL can’t do the splits. i’m fairly flexible and been taking ballet for like 8 years and still can’t do them. sad face.

  31. April 18, 2014 / 2:09 PM

    You honestly are hilarious. I was cracking up while reading this entire post. Great first linkup! Also, my gym is having a try-it week next week, so I signed up to try out my first barre class – I’m pumped!

  32. April 18, 2014 / 2:33 PM

    Ughh the selfies!! I feel like I can’t talk because I am posting outfit photos every day but that is different than standing in front of a mirror taking a picture! (what really makes me laugh are the people who use an iPad hahaha!)

  33. April 18, 2014 / 2:38 PM

    Bahah! I love all of these. You did such a great job for your first link up! I’m definitely joining next time, but I took this Friday off. sorrynotsorry. :D Annnnd I’m about to go creep on Troy.

  34. April 18, 2014 / 2:48 PM

    Amanda, thanks for the recipe! I think it was the salsa on top that really caught my eye. I do believe that my husband will be getting this for dinner tonight! He’ll probably insist on guacamole, too! He has a thing against plain avocados.

  35. April 18, 2014 / 2:49 PM

    Love that you made this a link-up!! I have always loved this series that you do. The Tina Fey gif made me laugh…haha! And the man doing barre (even though I’ve never tried it either and would probably feel the same way! lol) linking up with you now! xo

  36. April 18, 2014 / 2:50 PM

    Sorry to hear that you weren’t feeling good, that stinks. Feel better!! Happy Friday!!

    Best, MRee

  37. April 18, 2014 / 2:56 PM

    The cupcake funny is my favorite, the news anchor clip is my second favorite. I love the linkup and I am happy to make it a friday ritual!

  38. April 18, 2014 / 3:32 PM

    as usual, falling off my chair with laughter. have a fab weekend!

  39. April 18, 2014 / 3:43 PM

    i just read the PB article too. men are so funny. happy friday!

  40. April 18, 2014 / 4:05 PM

    Hahaha the little girl being chased by raccoons, and the lady creeping on the news lady!!! Killed me. I wish I had time to creep on my husband.
    Your link up is doing great so far – hooray!!!
    Hope you have a great weekend. XOXO

  41. April 18, 2014 / 4:35 PM

    I just LOL’d to everything.. so so funny!

  42. April 18, 2014 / 4:40 PM

    High five for your link up girl! Love the cupcake muffin pic, muffins are totally healthy! Right ;) Happy weekend!

  43. April 18, 2014 / 4:57 PM

    look at you killin it with your first link up!! you go girl!

  44. April 18, 2014 / 5:49 PM

    Love your link-up!! Cant wait to read everyones great blogs–and I am dying over your cute button–adorbs girlfriend!


  45. April 18, 2014 / 7:02 PM

    If I can ever do the splits it will be a miracle…but eating those healthy “muffins”…now I’m all over that!!

  46. April 18, 2014 / 7:45 PM

    Girllll, cupcakes turned muffins are my life mantra – love it!!! Hope you start feeling better! :)

  47. April 18, 2014 / 9:29 PM

    So glad you finally did the link-up! Happy to finally join a link-up with material I already plan on!! :)

  48. April 18, 2014 / 9:47 PM

    I love your Friday favourites, thanks for making it a link up! I’ll have to try out that man approved salad, anything to get some veggies into the boy is a good idea to me.

  49. April 18, 2014 / 10:01 PM

    I’m so excited to join in on the link-up fun! And unfortunately, I’m also joining you with being dreadfully sick this week :( I’ve also been downing mucinex and ripping through tissues like no other – here’s hoping we come out on the other side for the weekend! xoxo

  50. April 19, 2014 / 12:48 AM

    OMG this is SOOO great! I love all the GIFs you put in!! You’re awesome. I promise I will be linking up soon!

  51. April 19, 2014 / 12:57 PM

    I am loving this song, definitely going to be a big hit this summer!

  52. April 19, 2014 / 3:00 PM

    That article!!! I was laughing through the whole thing! And I’m definitely trying this work out because I’ve been wishing I could still do the splits. So random but I’m going to see if it really only takes 2 weeks of doing this!

  53. April 20, 2014 / 8:59 PM

    Love your new link-up girl! Will definitely be joining in! :) xo

  54. April 21, 2014 / 12:53 AM

    Yay for your first linkup! Are you doing it every Friday?! As always, I die laughing at some of your ecards and gifs :) The radio one brought tears! =)

  55. April 21, 2014 / 4:15 AM

    I wish I would have seen this sooner! If I remember I am jumping on this bandwagon next time! So cute!

  56. April 21, 2014 / 11:41 PM

    Look at how many people linked up!! This is awesome :)

  57. April 22, 2014 / 2:22 PM

    The Barre post = HILARIOUS. I read it this weekend and immediately thought of you!! I was trying to read it to Amir and I was snort-laughing so hard, he could barely understand me, lol!

  58. May 16, 2014 / 2:25 PM

    I can’t wait to link up! I love that song already. This post is a my friday fav for sure!

  59. April 24, 2017 / 2:56 PM

    Do you remember the 2008 Olympics? When Chinese officials impassively and systematically forged birth documents so that ultra-nimble 13-year-old gymnasts could participate in 16-and-older events? And then the whole world watched on TV and was treated to a fat middle finger in the form of a prepubescent gymnast?That's kinda what the CCP does: it's an ethos. It's why I don't trust the Shanghai PISA results. At the very least, if there was no tampering with the test itself, or outright cheating during the examination, then they probably still managed gerrymander the set of students sitting for the exam.

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