Friday Favorites – 2nd Edition

Friday is here! Didn’t this Friday seem to come around a lot quicker than others (thanks Labor Day)? I love a four day week. Thanks to a little rain in deep South Texas, we got to shut the farm down on Monday – so it was truly a four day week around here. However, the same cannot be said for this weekend. The sun has been shining all week and things have dried up nicely around here – so it’s time to get back in the field and start some land prep on the farm. We live and work around the weather. It’s life on the farm. And I love it.

I’m excited to share a few more of my Friday Favorites this week. For this round of Friday Favorites – I walked into my closet and kitchen and plucked out a few things I use every day (or at least weekly). So all these things really and truly are some of my favorites. Check them out and let me know if you love them too!

1. Stella & Dot Engravable Bar Necklace

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I love this necklace because it’s simple and cute. I had my necklace engraved with our wedding anniversary. But you can engrave it with any date, any name, or any initials you choose. They even offer different charm shapes to choose from. I’m not a “big jewelry” person – I just can’t pull it off. So this is the perfect little thing for me. Sometimes I’ll get wild and crazy and layer it with a longer chain necklace. But usually I throw this necklace on as an every day piece and love the simple look of it. I snagged this piece up at a friend’s Stella & Dot Jewelry Party. If you have a gal pal that is a Stella & Dot stylist, she can get it ordered for you. Or you can visit the Stella & Dot website and shop the necklace here: https://www.stelladot.com/shop/en_us/p/jewelry/charms-engraving/engravables/signature-engravable-bar-necklace-gold

2. Mizuno Wave Inspire Running Shoes

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I’ve been running in Mizuno Wave Inspire shoes for about 5 years. I love them. My feet and these shoes are soul mates. They just work well together. I don’t even shop around for running shoes anymore (I’m committed), I just run down to my local running store and order the same shoe in the new model. This is the Wave Inspire 12 by Mizuno. These shoes are pretty new with only a small of chunk of miles on them – that’s why they’re still so shiny and clean. I love brand new running shoes. It’s like running on clouds. I know that shoes (especially running shoes) are very personal choices and a different shoe works for different people, but if you’re on the hunt for a new running shoe – or just a new walking shoe – you might want to check these out.

I get my Mizunos from our local running store, Footworks. If you’re in the Rio Grande Valley, Footworks can analyze your foot and stride and get you in a pair of these. Or you can check them out online here: https://www.amazon.com/Mizuno-Womens-Wave-Inspire-Running/dp/B011QSWF8E

3. Kashi Cookies

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I didn’t accidentally place the cookies right after the running shoes spiel. I run to eat. I run to eat cookies. cake. donuts. and cookies. Homemade cookies will always be my first choice, but that’s not always an option. So it’s nice to have something readily available in the pantry. And these cookies are my absolute favorite boxed cookie. The best thing you can do with this cookie is get a cup of coffee or a cup of hot tea and whip one of these cookies out and put it in the microwave for 15 seconds. It’s perfect. This is something I do frequently around the 2 o’clock hour. My favorite thing about these cookies is that they’re hearty, so 1 cookie really does the trick. The oats in the cookie give it a grainy texture – so they’re like…healthy, ya know? And the chocolate chips, well those just sweeten the deal. Try them!! And don’t forget to warm them.

You can grab a box of these babies at your local grocery store, Walmart or Target for $3-$4 a box. Or check them out here: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kashi-Dark-Chocolate-Oatmeal-Cookies-8.5-oz/10319639

4. Fiesta Dishes

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I started collecting Fiesta when we got married. I love the simple design. I love all the colors. I love that Fiesta is still American made. And I love the history of Fiesta. It’s been around since 1936 and it is the most collected dinnerware in the history of the tabletop industry. Fiesta introduces a new color every year. And the retired colors that are truly retired can’t be ordered – they can only be collected by antique dealers and Fiesta collectors. So Fiesta is fun to collect. It’s fun to shop for. And it’s just fun to eat off these pretty dishes. I have a handful of colors I like to collect. I love to hunt for serving platters, bowls and any other knick knack serving pieces to add to my collection. Sure, I could go to Dillards or Amazon to order some of these dishes (and sometimes I do), but it’s fun to keep your eyes peeled when you’re strolling the antique shops.

If you love Fiesta, check the current selections in your local department store or look online at: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/351145-fiesta-5-piece-place-setting-turquoise.html

Or next time you find yourself antiquing, keep an eye out for Fiesta!

5. GiGi New York – All In One Bag

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I love this clutch for going out (or when I don’t have to carry toy tractors) because it’s small enough to tuck under your arm – but it’s big enough for a wallet, a phone, a little touch up make up for the road, a pack of gum, and even a few other small things. It’s the perfect size when you’re on the go. There are lots of different colors to choose from. There are also a ton of different sizes and styles to choose from. And…you can personalize. Who wouldn’t want to put their initials on their handbag? And don’t you just love that tassel!

If you’re in the Rio Grande Valley, you can find GiGi New York bags at Cita’s Boutique in Harlingen and Brownsville. If you’re not in this part of the world, go online to check out the selections at: https://www.giginewyork.com/Clutches-s/1823.htm

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