Friday Favorites –

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Happy Friday y’all.  This was a jam packed week for sure!  I am so ready for this weekend, I know I sound like a broken record but I am so ready for some beach time and relaxation.  I have a feeling this Fall is going to fly by.  Football, long weekend getaways and then before you know it, the holidays will be upon us.  I wanted to thank everyone for your sweet words yesterday.  I am such an advocate for education and empowering of women.  Did you have a chance to catch the Ellen clip?  She donated $10,000 to Miss Colorado Kelley Johnson to help further her education for her Masters degree.  Finally!  Hats off to you Ellen for helping to get another high quality professional out in the community to make a difference.  Okay, lets get into these favorites!

Favorite Song

This beat though.  How can you sit still when you hear this one?  Icona Pop “Emergency”.

Favorite Recipe

I snapped away while cooking this the other night and promised I would share.  It certainly doesn’t photograph pretty but oh it tastes so good.

Spicy Sriracha Almond Butter Noodles copy

Spicy Sriracha chicken Almond Butter noodles

-Start with sesame oil in the pan, bring up to medium heat then add a shallot.
-Added diced chicken and Asian seasoning rub (I got mine at Costco but any store carries it).
-Add low sodium soy sauce and sriracha.  Then add whatever veggies you have on hand.  I used peppers, squash and mushrooms.
-While that cooks, boil up some noodles.  I used quinoa noodles but that was because Mark wasn’t home.  Any kinda that you have will work.
-Then add almond butter and red pepper flakes.
-When the noodles are cooked, use a tong and add them into the pan.  The starch from the noodles will thicken the sauce and will coat the noodles evenly.  Then you don’t have to clean a strainer.
-Try to not eat the entire recipe, from the pot, with a fork before it makes it to your plate.  Not too specific or anything.  Enjoy!

Favorite Workout

I have gotten such awesome feedback from this 5k workout I posted on Wednesday.  So happy to hear it has motivated so many of you to get out there and break a sweat.  Pin away and tell me your favorite song from the list!

5k Running Playlist

Favorite Purchase

Y’all know how much I love my Tieks but that price point is such a deterrent.  Well, I picked up these yosi ballet flats on major sale and I love them.  The patent leather toe are perfection because you know I tend to bash my feet into things.  They go with everything and they are soooooooo comfortable!  Do yourself a favor and snag them before they sell out!  On sale for half of what they usually sell for at Nordstrom on myhabit here.

yosi ballet flats on sale

Favorite Funnies

Yup.  I could so see myself someday doing this.

search for chocolate


excusesHow I feel in the mornings when I actually get a morning workout in and don’t hit snooze


Going to my favorite sushi restaurant and being asked if we are ready to order

born ready

Every time I get in the car with Mark and we have to stop by the post office quickly

bored in car


When I’m almost done typing a complex chart note on a patient and then the EMR freezes

monkey typing on computer

Finally…..trying to set an alarm to wake up for a Sunday morning workout



Alright it’s your turn!  Tell me your favorites from the week and what your plans are this weekend!  xoxoxo

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  1. September 18, 2015 / 12:08 AM

    Love the playlist!!
    I just caved and got a premium spotify account so I can listen to music at the gym and while driving and not use up my data.
    I am always using the already made playlists but this looks like a great one to add into my mix.
    Have a wonderful weekend Amanda! !

  2. September 18, 2015 / 1:00 AM

    Your recipe looks delicious!! Those flats are super cute. I pulled mine out for the first time on Tuesday and highly regretted it. I had a ton of errands to run on my lunch and I clocked over 10,000 steps that day. By the time 2 or 3 rolled around, I highly regretted the decision. No flats are as comfortable as flip flops lol. I laughed hard at the eating in the car gif. I mean don’t leave me bored in the car, I need a snack! Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!

  3. September 18, 2015 / 1:13 AM

    Those ballet flats are super cute! I’m definitely in that seasonal transition mode where I want to buy, buy, buy. Very dangerous. Love your play list too. Thanks for all the extra motivation. Have a great weekend!

  4. September 18, 2015 / 3:19 AM

    i love hearing what other people like to run to! I need to update my running list, it’s also been a while since i ran :) haha

    Happy Friday!

  5. September 18, 2015 / 4:37 AM

    That spicy siracha chicken dish looks SO amazing, I am always looking for god recipes, and I will have to give this a try!

  6. September 18, 2015 / 4:48 AM

    Shoes are so cute. Ballet flats are my go to shoe! Your funnies this week are hilarious.

  7. September 18, 2015 / 5:44 AM

    Love your friday funnies! Way to make me laugh at 5:45 am!!! Thanks for hosting, have a good weekend!

  8. September 18, 2015 / 6:15 AM

    OMG the monkey on the computer that literally made my morning (even though I’ve been up for all of 15 minutes LOL)!! That meal looked delish – need to try that recipe!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! It’ll exactly one month until I see you and Mark!!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  9. September 18, 2015 / 6:43 AM

    hahah you and I must be on the same wavelength at work because I have a typing funny too. I feel like that happens to me when I log my kids online and it freezes…I go nuts! haha
    Umm watching you make that sriracha chicken meal the other night was like the best mini cooking show ever. And I wanted to join you in eating it when you were done because it looked so good! :)
    Hope you have a good weekend girl!!

  10. September 18, 2015 / 6:49 AM

    That recipe looks delicious! Great playlist too! I need to work on a new one soon. Have a great weekend!

  11. September 18, 2015 / 6:59 AM

    Great play list, makes me want to go for a run right now but after a week of sunshine it is storming out so I’ll wait til later. Ha!! I want those flats too! There is just something about a comfy flat that adds a spring to my step! Have a glorious weekend you glorious babe!!! :)

  12. September 18, 2015 / 7:24 AM

    I bought the same pair of flats and sadly they didn’t fit fell. I had to return them :(

  13. September 18, 2015 / 7:29 AM

    Hahahaha the TuPac tweet. Hilarious!! But really, how is he still releasing tunes?? Convinced he’s on an island somewhere… Want to try that recipe. Anything with almond butter has me sold!

  14. September 18, 2015 / 7:31 AM

    Thanks again for that playlist. I’ll be putting it to use tomorrow morning! :)

    That Tupac tweet is hilarious! :)

    Happy Friday lady!

  15. September 18, 2015 / 7:47 AM

    The Tupac and text quote tho! Hahahaha! I snort laughed at that one! I don’t ride with hubs while we run errands anymore because um – kids – but if I DID, that would be exactly what it’s like. And if he tells me he has two to run, I know he actually means more like 10, and it will take no less than 3 hours. Ooff. Bring snacks is right!

  16. September 18, 2015 / 8:38 AM

    Ooo awesome thanks for sharing that playlist! I have been trying to build running playlists lately because I NEED good music to keep me going when I run! That recipe looks so good! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

  17. September 18, 2015 / 8:45 AM

    Loving those flats and the patent detailing! And I feel the same way about morning workouts, they almost never happen but when they do I feel I need a standing ovation :-P

    Happy Friday <3

    Green Fashionista

  18. September 18, 2015 / 9:07 AM

    That recipe looks really good despite the fact that it doesn’t photograph pretty. We sell those flats at work too and I have heard nothing but good things about them. Those gifs… oh my gosh. That monkey… lol. And that lady in the car is me when Chris says that we need to stop at the dry cleaners or some place that I don’t want to go. Haha. Have a fab weekend lady and I hope that you get to relax!! :-)

  19. September 18, 2015 / 9:16 AM

    haha that ron swanson gif – gets me every time. well his character in general. that recipe looks so good! must add to my list. and tieks, don’t get me started. i have on my ballet pink pair today! have a good weekend girl!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  20. September 18, 2015 / 9:22 AM

    I was almost drooling when you were snapchatting that pasta, can’t wait to try it this weekend!

  21. September 18, 2015 / 9:25 AM

    Oooh, love those flats! I”ve always wanted Tieks but have never made the plunge because they are so dang pricey! But I’m guessing worth it. Have a great weekend!

  22. September 18, 2015 / 9:35 AM

    That Spicy Sriracha Chicken Pasta sounds incredible! My husband is completely obsessed with Sriracha sauce, so I will have to give this a try! Great playlist for a 5k too! Happy Friday!!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  23. September 18, 2015 / 9:37 AM

    Holy cow I just love Ellen, makes my heart smile. Those noodles look amazing, might try them for dinner one night next week. Those flats… yes.

  24. September 18, 2015 / 9:50 AM

    I’m going to HAVE to try that recipe. YUM.

    I’m looking for some new flats – I’m going to have to look into those!

  25. September 18, 2015 / 9:52 AM

    First of all Ellen is awesome! Those noodles look to die for and those black flats need to make their way into my closet ASAP. Have a fab weekend!! xo

  26. September 18, 2015 / 9:53 AM

    I need to make my life the gif where I work out in the morning. I would be so proud of myself. Happy Friday!

  27. September 18, 2015 / 9:55 AM

    Buahaha at the Tupac comment – so true!
    I wish I had to motivation to work out in the morning but I hardly even want to get out of the bed when the alarm goes off as it is. Plus once it gets cold out it’ll be even harder!
    Trish – tales from trish

  28. Darcy
    September 18, 2015 / 10:03 AM

    I am sure this is so silly of me but I did not know Icona Pop had other songs out besides the “I love it ” one! Definitely need to check this out because that song is SO fun!

  29. jillian
    September 18, 2015 / 10:28 AM

    i really want chinese food now!! and it’s not even 1030 am hah xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  30. September 18, 2015 / 10:53 AM

    I love the red brick! I also love the ballet flats! Those would be perfect for work! Have a great weekend!

  31. September 18, 2015 / 11:20 AM

    Your recipe sounds amazing! I love cooking with sesame oil. It gives such a nice flavor. Your funnies always crack me up….the lady with the sour patch kids haha! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your beach trip!

  32. September 18, 2015 / 11:26 AM

    Those flats look amazing! I keep trying to talk my hubby into a few additional bday gifts for me. Maybe I can add these to the list. :)
    Those noodles look amazing! We love spicy!!
    Have a nice, relaxing weekend my dear!

  33. September 18, 2015 / 12:00 PM

    HAHA the Tupac one! Also, that recipe sounds delicious – I don’t care what it looks like :)

  34. September 18, 2015 / 12:27 PM

    Love this list of Fridays favs! Elle King Exs & Ohs is one of my fav songs of the moment. Seriously in love. I laughed super hard when I saw the monkey hitting the computer. I can totally relate to that using EMR myself. Ugh! Been there! Great post as always!

  35. September 18, 2015 / 12:53 PM

    I am so totally making those noodles… I love spicy stuff with nut butters… yum. Your gifs always crack me up, they so totally capture the essence of what you are saying and I feel like “hey I do that thing or make that face” all the time too:) Have a great weekend!

  36. September 18, 2015 / 12:55 PM

    Love your blog and link up! Have a great weekend :) Found you through A Memory of Us blog…

  37. September 18, 2015 / 1:18 PM

    As usual your funnies are on point! And those ballet flats?! So cute! Always love a comfy, cute pair of flats! Have an amazing weekend girl!

  38. September 18, 2015 / 1:35 PM

    that siracha chicken sounds incredible!! and love me some icona pop!

  39. September 18, 2015 / 1:43 PM

    Those noodles sound cracktastic and I will definitely be making them! I’m totally obsessed with Emergency!

  40. September 18, 2015 / 2:33 PM

    That playlist- yes. I need a new one and this is just in time. You are right on the flats- they are so darn comfy. Happy to be linking up finally!

  41. September 18, 2015 / 3:36 PM

    hahaha I’m pretty sure I do the monkey gif at least once a day on my work computer… so frustrating!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  42. September 18, 2015 / 4:45 PM

    I love Ellen, she has such a kind and generous heart. Did you hear about The View today, they brought on and paraded around a bunch of nurses to explain what they do and all that….pathetic. Omg those noodles look and sound delicious, I’m gonna have to try it out. Those Gifs are hilarious!!

  43. September 18, 2015 / 5:26 PM

    I never even thought about putting almond butter in a sauce until I saw your snap the other night. Hallelujah! It was like a big A-HA moment! Haha.

    Now, gotta go jam to some Icona Pop.

  44. September 18, 2015 / 10:05 PM

    I like the flats very much! The spicy chicken noodles look so tasty! I might include them in my next week’s menu. Have a nice weekend!

  45. September 19, 2015 / 11:58 AM

    That spicy sriracha chicken looks so good! And I always love your funny GIFs at the end of your favorites posts! Have a great weekend!

  46. September 19, 2015 / 12:11 PM

    When I wake up early to do ANYTHING it’s like miracle. It happened like twice this week so it’s safe to say I’m a full blown adult these days.

  47. September 19, 2015 / 2:16 PM

    Seriously, Ellen for the win! She’s the best in my book. I loved your snap of that recipe, it looks delicious! Your funnies are so on point this week – I need that cheering section to get me to the gym most days!

  48. September 20, 2015 / 11:23 PM

    Alarm on a Sunday? Except for the once a month I have to work that day, NOPE! That chocolate pic is cracking me up; I would totally do that, too.

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