Friday Favorites – Summer Drawing To a Close

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Can you honestly believe it is the end of August??  I have officially been married for 6 months now.  Time is flying!  I am really looking forward to this weekend.  My classes that I teach start on Monday, so this is my last weekend of freedom before I have to hunker down for the next semester.  I have so many ideas for blog posts that I need to get out of my head and into posts.  Be on the lookout for lots of fab new posts coming your way.  Let’s get right into these favorites!


Favorite Song

I know for all of you that follow me on snapchat (@meetatthebarre) you must be like….wow this girl loves BPM and snapping techno to bridge driving. What can I say, I’m in my car a lot driving to all of my various jobs.  It’s where all my blog inspiration and running songs come from. This is one of my favs right now.  Renegades by X Ambassadors.


Favorite Recipe

Cauliflower Risotto .  It was so good.  Full recipe here.

Cauliflower Risotto

Favorite Workout

Y’all know how much I love planks.  If you can’t motivate to start working out.  Do this plank series and guaranteed to get that workout flow going.

Plank Series

Favorite Purchase

Did you grab this bottle yet?  It is half the price of the Swell bottle and all the same benefits.  Thanks to Jenn for this share!  Full review here.

Mira water bottle


Favorite Funnies

Following some of the big time bloggers on instagram and then actually seeing them on snapchat with no filters

hocus pocus


When it’s pouring rain out, stuck in my car without an umbrella in my favorite pair of leather ballet flats

don't even know what to do


When a new person stumbles on the blog and emails me telling me they totally love hippie products as well

becoming homies
When I first heard how my voice comes through on snapchat videos


Finally.  How I feel 95% of my day

no signs of intelligence


Alright now it’s your turn!  Stop by and tell me your favorites from the week!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Don’t forget about my fun little hippie giveaway here.  Tell me what are some of your plans?  Make sure to follow me along on snapchat @meetatthebarre.  xoxoxo

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  1. August 21, 2015 / 1:08 AM

    I’ve been thinking about getting a Swell bottle for a while – glad to see another endorsement for it! And loving that renegades song – it’s been on repeat along with a few others on my Spotify this week.
    Good luck with the first day of class Monday and enjoy your weekend!!

  2. August 21, 2015 / 5:20 AM

    Gah I cringe whenever I hear my own voice. I just got a hydroflask and am obsessed, best water bottle I have ever had.

  3. August 21, 2015 / 6:04 AM

    LOL why do you think I don’t do very many videos on Snapchat? I hate hearing my own voice, it does not sound that way in my head!!! And yes to the rain and shoes. I literally went barefoot through the rain the other day. Stupid Florida weather. Happy Friday girl!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. August 21, 2015 / 6:07 AM

    I love the Renegades song! SO good and so easy to jam out toooooo!

    You’ve got some amazing plank, lady! Rock it out!

    IT is SO the worst when you are inside with leather shoes on and it’s raining. Just the worst!


  5. August 21, 2015 / 6:27 AM

    That water bottle is on it’s way to me right now!! Speaking of your snaps should I be worried you drive and snap so much LOL!! Love that plank series, perfect for days I just don’t feel like going to the gym! Enjoy your last weekend before your classes start!!! Happy Friday love! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  6. August 21, 2015 / 6:32 AM

    That cauliflower risotto sounds amazing! I need that in my life!
    So glad that you’re liking the Mira bottle. I knew that you would–especially with the added cupholder benefits ;)
    Your funnies are on point this week (well, they are every week), especially the intelligent life. Ugh…so many morons! haha
    Have a great weekend, friend!

  7. August 21, 2015 / 6:41 AM

    Thanks for hosting the party! That Cauliflower Risotto looks delicious, I want to try that out.

  8. August 21, 2015 / 7:09 AM

    Jenn needs to work for Mira! I got that bottle too because of her! I tempted to try that plank workout…and that’s saying a lot for me because I’ve been completely unmotivated to even think about working out!
    Trish – tales from trish

  9. August 21, 2015 / 7:16 AM

    I feel like summer is drawing to a close as well. I am really excited about fall though, so I am ready! Love your Friday Funnies especially the Hocus Pocus reference, which is so true! Thanks for hosting the this fun Friday link up. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Alexis @

  10. August 21, 2015 / 7:33 AM

    That cauliflower risotto looks AMAZING!!!! I think cauliflower has become the ‘new kale’ :)

  11. August 21, 2015 / 7:53 AM

    i canNOT believe that august is ending soon…where did the time go?! i’ll be bookmarking that cauliflower recipe, so thanks for that :)

  12. August 21, 2015 / 8:04 AM

    I know – how did summer go so fast!? I’m loving that song as well – have a great weekend!

  13. August 21, 2015 / 8:06 AM

    That risotto looks DELISH! And I am beyond over all this rain! I hope we get some sunshine this weekend, so I can squeeze in at least a little pool time. I can’t believe it’s the end of August, only one month left of summer – but at least for us FL gals we can keep doing fun things outside :)

    Happy Friday gurlie <3

  14. August 21, 2015 / 8:07 AM

    I have pinned your plank workout because I need to get my butt back in gear! Too many days traveling in the car! I just added that Mira bottle to my Amazon cart–I have been dying to buy the S’well bottle but I cannot justify the price unless it magically refills itself. Have a wonderful last weekend of summer!
    All Things Big and Small

  15. August 21, 2015 / 8:19 AM

    I so need to get that bottle!!! I ordered the glass one that you shared a few months ago. I am trying to get away from my plastic tervis cups. I know they say BPA free but it is still plastic, you know??? I like that one for keeping stuff cool. I hate room temp water. I am digging this song! Have a great weekend :)

  16. August 21, 2015 / 8:21 AM

    ah i love that song! on repeat too :) also i love me some planks. i need to get back on that train. thanks for the reminder! and lastly, i need to make that recipe stat. looks to die for! happy 6 months and happy friday love!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  17. August 21, 2015 / 8:21 AM

    Ok so I need snapchat. I feel like I’m missing out lol. Not sure how soon it will happen though. I work the weekend and then I took on an emergency wedding cake order for an old friend for the weekend of the 29th.(Her decorator fell through) After I committed to that another new client confirmed a cake and sugar cookie order literally 5 min after. lol So my life is going to be crazy this week, but thank god my adorable pink bando agenda arrived yesterday! Btw your photos look amazing!! I love the first one soo much. The light pink shade looks perfect. Do you use photoshop, or something else I should be aware of? lol xo Happy weekend!

  18. August 21, 2015 / 8:48 AM

    Girl, get your butt down in your plank photo! If you were in my yoga class I’m come over and tap your rump so you’d get in a straight line. Juuuuust kidding! Actually, I do with the students I’m friends with whom I know are strong enough for a real plank :) Anyway, is it weird that I’m crushing on your water bottle? I left my good glass one at the studio, so that’s a goner. I have a cheaper glass replacement from Target and it’s garbage. This one looks awesome. Who knew water bottles demanded so much thought?!

  19. August 21, 2015 / 8:50 AM

    I am also one of those people whose driving snaps are always baring with techno. I just can’t help it! That cauliflower rissoto looks amazing as well!

    – Annessa

  20. August 21, 2015 / 8:53 AM

    Bwahaha that Buzz Lightyear gif is going to bring a smile to my face for days, thank you! I just can’t believe that August is almost over, thank goodness we still have a few weeks until Fall and then the year will be over as well, lol. Heather @ My Little HEA

  21. August 21, 2015 / 8:54 AM

    Want a new hippy trend? Try rubbing Rosehip Oil on your face. I feel like Barbie. (; Have an awesome weekend Amanda.

  22. August 21, 2015 / 9:04 AM

    That cauliflower risotto looks delicious! May have to put it on my to try list!

  23. August 21, 2015 / 9:05 AM

    Loving that Renegades song! So easy to jam out to! That water bottle looks really cool! I’ll have to check into it. :)
    Have a great weekend!

  24. August 21, 2015 / 9:27 AM

    that cauliflower risotto is calling my name. and i am always on the hunt for the perfect water bottle–it’s like searching for the holy grail i swear! i can never find one that i LOVE. happy weekend, amanda!!

  25. August 21, 2015 / 9:37 AM

    I HATE my voice. it’s so icky on snapchat. i sound so shrill! gross. love these photos of you by the pool, hottie!

  26. August 21, 2015 / 9:48 AM

    I need to try that cauliflower risotto! I cringe every time I hear my voice on videos/voicemail. Have a great weekend, lady! :)

  27. August 21, 2015 / 9:52 AM

    Obsessed with the main first photo. You look like a model!!! xo

  28. August 21, 2015 / 10:01 AM

    Every week, your videos (memes…I’m totally spacing out right now and can’t think of the right word for them…I haven’t had coffee yet) crack me up! I am totally feeling the same way about how I view some of my favorite big time bloggers after watching them on Snapchat. Some of them are downright annoying. Haha. But clearly, that Buzz Lightyear “meme” is 100% me. Happy Friday!

  29. August 21, 2015 / 10:03 AM

    I think you’ve convinced me with that water bottle! And I totally cringe at hearing my own voice – I have no idea why but it’s the most awkward thing ever! Happy weekend lady and happy 6 months! :)

  30. August 21, 2015 / 10:17 AM

    Five minutes of planks?! You have abs of steel! I love your music Snaps! You can totally tell you have fitness in your blood because they’re always awesome workout beats! I can’t stand hearing my voice ;)

  31. Darcy
    August 21, 2015 / 10:23 AM

    LOL to that hocus pocus gif. I don’t have snapchat but I have heard multiple people saying the same things!

  32. August 21, 2015 / 10:54 AM

    LOL at the Kim K gif. I know she’s the person that everyone loves to hate, but I like her!! Anyways… that song is good, and thanks for sharing those planks. When you shared that one quick snapchat when you’re at Trader Joe’s, I thought that you sounded great. I hope that you have a good day today and that you don’t encounter too many people lacking intelligence haha. Have a fabulous weekend too!!! :-)

  33. August 21, 2015 / 11:01 AM

    I hate the sound of my voice too! I was hemming and hawing about getting that bottle and then my camelbak leaked in my purse today so off to Amazon to purchase! Happy Friday!

  34. August 21, 2015 / 11:26 AM

    SO TRUE about seeing people on snapchat without filters!! You get to see the “real” version of everyone :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  35. August 21, 2015 / 11:47 AM

    That 5-Minute plank series will be a great morning wake-up call! I’ve loved seeing you on snapchat!

  36. August 21, 2015 / 11:49 AM

    HELLO, cauliflower risotto!! i can totally get on board w/ that. xoxo

  37. August 21, 2015 / 12:13 PM

    I have snapchat, but no clue what to do with it. Like I’m boring, what’s there to say? Literally? lol
    BPM rocks, btw :) That Renegade song’s a good one.

  38. August 21, 2015 / 12:33 PM

    hahaha seeing big bloggers on snapchat without makeup. hilarious!
    woah woah woah woah woah. cauliflower risotto?! i have made cauliflower rice but i need to try the risotto. yum.
    seriously, its then end of august. soon it will be christmas. where is this year going!?

  39. August 21, 2015 / 1:04 PM

    Totally agree with you about snap chat! I HATE hearing my voice! But it is so fun seeing people in “real life” and “real time”, I love it! You have me seriously considering that water bottle!

  40. August 21, 2015 / 1:32 PM

    I really like that water bottle since it keeps the water cold. I will have to look into that. My only issue with bottles liek that is that I can’t put a straw in it. I put a straw in my water bottle so that my lipstick doesn’t get all over it. I know I’m weird. Totally agree about hearing yourself on snapchat. To be honest, I stopped talking in mine when I realized how horrible I sound. You have such a nice speaking voice, I wish my voice was as nice as yours.

  41. August 21, 2015 / 2:20 PM

    I loveee that song, heard it in a commercial and have been hooked ever since. I need to get back on my plank game, I was doing so well…gotta sweat for the big day. I need to look into that water bottle, I hate condensation!! LOL completely agree on the big bloggers being much less filtered on Snapchat, it’s great. My voice in any video is just horrendous, I hate it…you sound just fine in your videos. I love seeing your morning snaps, great song choices :)!

  42. August 21, 2015 / 2:22 PM

    So many things to comment on! 1st that first GIF is hilarious #soagree! I’ve been wondering about the MIRA bottle but I am obsessed with drinking with a straw so I don’t think it would work for me #sad Gonna try that plank this week, I am so week and at pure barre the 90 second plank always kicks my butt, I hope to really build my core strength before next summer!

    Linds @ Not A Mom

  43. August 21, 2015 / 2:24 PM

    I LOVE that song – it has been on repeat on my running playlist at the gym! Girl, you seriously always have the best workout sequences – I definitely will be doing some planks this weekend at the gym. Oh, and I about had a heart attack after hearing my voice on Snapchat – it’s disturbing that that’s actually what I sound like, and also that my sister and I could be mistaken for twins if people only listened to us talk. Have a great weekend!

  44. August 21, 2015 / 7:31 PM

    My 7 year old stepson actually loves cauliflower, so I’m always open to new recipes using it. Will definitely need to try the risotto. Have a fantastic weekend lovely!

  45. Kristina @ Medicine and Manicures
    August 22, 2015 / 9:47 AM

    Haha I love your snaps!! And I’m the same way about my voice.. it sounds so weird lol. Have a great weekend :)

  46. Sarah
    August 22, 2015 / 6:25 PM

    Where are your workout pants from? I love that the heels are cutout!!

  47. August 22, 2015 / 6:51 PM

    So glad you have snapchat, going to follow you now! I gotta say I don’t think I’ve ever done a video because I’m afraid what my voice sounds like haha – I gotta just take the plunge. That cauliflower risotto is getting made this week FOR SURE. Also, just catching up on your posts and I’m obsessed with your new photo/overlay style!

  48. August 24, 2015 / 12:26 AM

    I saw the cauliflower risotto on pinterest and said YUMMM! I hate to hear my voice period!

  49. August 24, 2015 / 7:14 PM

    Holy cauliflower risotto! Sounds amazing. The title of this post made me the teensiest bit sad, but I was definitely smiling by the end :)

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