It’s Friday. YAY! Although I woke up with this.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Favorites, but I always enjoy reading and commenting on these types of posts, so I figured I’d share a few of my favorite things from this week. Unfortunately, since I’m under the weather, I’m going to keep it pretty short. (Apologies in advance for any typos). I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Quote of the week: “Alright, drop the beat.” — President Obama during Lin-Manuel Miranda’s freestyle rap session in the White House rose garden (link below).
- Any Bachelor fans out there? Well, Bachelor Ben’s season finale happened on Monday to celebrate, my friend and fellow TV fanatic, Eileen hosted a party. Look at the names of the food! I think my favorite is Ben Piggins in a blanket.
- The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Season 2 trailer is out. I would say it looks completely dumb…but the first season was absolutely hilarious. Still unclear when it’s going to launch but when it does, I’ll have my #pinotnoircaviar ready.
- Despite having a make-up artist for a Mom, I know very little about make-up let alone the tools to use to achieve a particular look. Thankfully, my friend and fellow blogger, DeAndrea from a Sister’s Crown, wrote this blog post, which has been instrumental in providing guidance to a make-up (brush) novice like me.
- Would you believe nothing new has caught my ear this week? What is happening? That said, as you can tell by my quote of the week, I did enjoy Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Hamilton star) freestyle at the White House in the Rose Garden with President Obama. #bomb P.S. I REALLY want to see Hamilton.
- My new app obsessions: Digit.co and Hopper. First, let’s talk about Digit. Digit is a free service that seamlessly saves money for you. All you do is link your bank account and every few days (2-3 on average), Digit withdraws anywhere from $5-$50 from your bank account into your own Digit account. Whaaaa? I know. Stay with me. Basically, it monitors and analyzes your spending habits to essentially learn “what you won’t miss” so that withdrawals are virtually painless. (Meaning, they only transfer money if you can afford it). The Digit account is FDIC-insured (up to $250,000) and is anonymized and encrypted. When you’re ready to get your moola, all you have to do is go into your app or your text messages (they text you daily with a tidbit about your spending habits ) and hit/type withdraw and the money transfer back into the accounts it’s linked with within 2 days. I joined Digit on 2/26 and so far I have $201.85 saved. And since I can cash out at any time, I might use my savings as extra spending money for Miami. Here’s a referral code for Digit.
- The second app is Hopper, which is basically like a trusted friend who has insider trading to the airlines and can tip you off about when to Fly/Buy. I simply input my desired travel (to/from and dates) and Hopper watches the prices for me and updates me accordingly either saying: “Hell to the nah, girl. That ticket from SFO to JFK is way too high right now. I predict it will go down, so hold on.” Or, conversely, “It won’t get much better than this. What are you waiting for – BUY NOW!” (Ok, so it doesn’t really tell me like that but you get the point). And, it will watch as many flights for you as you’d like…so I have Hopper monitoring a bunch of flights to various places from now until the end of the year. Score!
- On a more serious note, a dear friend of mine recently lost her Dad last week. When I heard the news it literally sent chills up my spine, because even though I know and believe God will never give us more than we can bare, I can’t imagine the thought of losing a parent or someone close to me right now. Naturally, when someone we care about loses a loved one, the go-to sympathy gift is to send flowers, a fruit basket, perhaps a gift certificate for a meal, right? And that’s all fine but honestly, as I started Googling for options, it became very clear that sending flowers or a gift basket wrapped in ribbons that scream “WITH SYMPATHY” as big as day, just wasn’t going to cut. I mean, I want to let her know I’m thinking about her and send her a warm virtual hug, not remind her that her father is no longer with her. Thankfully, after searching for a bit, I stumbled across A Spoonful of Comfort. A Spoonful of Comfort is a service that delivers homemade chicken noodle soup care packages. Because who doesn’t love Chicken Noodle Soup. Cheerfully packaged and gift wrapped with love, the Spoonful of Comfort care package I sent provided a family sized mason jar of soup, warm, soft dinner rolls, homemade chocolate chip cookies, chamomile tea and a lovely handwritten note of my message to her and her family. It also came with a beautiful ladle spoon for them to keep.
- Additionally, Real Simple published this article, which seriously came right on time; because who knows what to say at times like this?
Health and Fitness
- I found out via Insta that one of my favorite Fhitting Room instructors is going to be in Sonoma in August for a workouts and wine retreat. I don’t know if I can afford it (hello $2k that I don’t have…) but it sounds ah-mazing.
- This 21 minute AMRAP workout, compliments of Nicole from Pumps and Iron. Whoa.
Tell me: What are you listening to on repeat at the moment?
Are we friends in the virtual real world?