Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Favorites: In the Holiday Spirit

Reindeer Sweater (psst - it's currently 40% off)

Well, folks, we made it through another week and we're that much closer to Christmas! I can't believe it. Before we dive into Friday Favorites let's chat. Did you catch yesterday's post - Tips & Tricks to Staying Fit through the Holidays? Additionally, starting today I'm sharing all my meals and snacks throughout the day for an entire week on insta-stories. The number one question I get about counting macros is how do I fit everything in. Guess what I'm going to show you via insta-stories! I hope to have a post finalized and posted here next week. I hope you'll follow along and ask tons of questions.

And now for my Friday Favorites!

I'm lucky to have found a dynamic group of fellow mamas I can also call friends. We all have kiddos roughly around the same age making it easy to relate to all things motherhood. Every month we get together for a few hours, enjoy a home-cooked meal and share laughs. Wednesday night I hosted at my house! We rocked holiday sweaters and did an ornament exchange. I'm looking forward to 2018 and beyond with these gals. For dinner, I made a Peruvian-Style Roasted Chicken with a side salad. For my first time, it was delicious! I also attempted my first charcuterie board and think I did an alright job.

Favorite Treat of the Week
For the mamas' dinner, I made three different types of cookies - chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and Candy Cane Blossoms with peppermint kisses. The Candy Cane Blossoms were hands down the best. There weren't any left over either so I would say they were a hit!

All the Gift Guides
I've slowing started posting gift guides because honestly rather than buying things I would rather invest in experiences, 401K, or save for house projects/rental house. When did I become so OLD? However in the spirit of creating my top blogger picks I did craft gift guides for the Fitness Enthusiast, Toddler, and Cook.

Best Deal of the Week
I picked up a 12 oz tub of Amazing Grass Pure Vanilla at my local Raley's Store for $8, because of old packaging! That is extremely discounted. I'm now kicking myself for not buying a couple of containers.

Favorite Purchase(s) of the Week
So I didn't buy anything this week, but I did have a few items delivered! YAY.  Our Christmas cards from Minted arrived Wednesday and I love how they turned out. There's still plenty of time to order and send out cards before Christmas. If you join now, Minted will give you $25 toward your first purchase of $100 or more! Emerson's full-sized bed arrived last night. Now I just have to assemble it and buy a mattress. Any mattress recommendations for toddlers?

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