Friday, January 31, 2014

January Favorites

I've seen a few of my favorite bloggers do this, whether it's once a week or once a season, and I always love seeing what they're enjoying.  I sort of did one this Christmas when I made my Christmas list, but I thought it would be fun to write about what I'm actually loving [not just dreaming of] and writing it more on a more regular basis. [teaser, teaser]  I found a bloggie bestie who will be joining up with me for a fun little blogventure!  Tune back in in February to see what we're dreaming up!
In the mean time, here's what made me smile to begin 2014:

GoPicnic Meals
I'm in city elementary and middle schools for the next couple of months, teaching golf in phys ed classes, so I usually have only 20 minutes to eat lunch.  GoPicnics are seriously perfect for me; they are all around 300 calories, have 5 different things to eat, and always have a little dessert!  Bonus: Target has them on sale for 3 for $8 right now! 

The Pool
I cannot even describe how much we've loved swimming twice a week.  Last night, I decided to be ambitious and set out to swim at least 1000 yards [40 lengths of the pool] straight.  Well, at about 800 yards, I felt fantastic, so I figured I'd just go for the mile.  In 25:07, I completed 1650 yards or a "mile" in swimming terms.  I probably haven't swam a mile straight in 8 or 9 years, and I was only a couple minutes off my PR from 2004 or 2005!

Essie Holiday Kit
Lovely Amanda gave me this pack to me for Christmas!  I am in love with every one of the colors and you should definitely check it out on the Essie website; they're perfect for winter!  

ButFirstCoffee on Etsy
My wonderful co-Connecticut Rep in Northeast Bloggers, Kallie, just started a fantastic Etsy shop.  Each Sunday on her blog, she writes a "Sunday Inspiration" post.  Recently, she started doing watercolor prints incorporating each piece of inspiration, and they are just fantastic!  And now, you can buy each print on her Etsy page!

Dole Banana Dippers
I found these in the grocery store earlier this month when I was buying frozen fruit for smoothies.  They are delicious and only 100 calories for a whole pack!  I've been eating them for dessert just about every night and even just bought a 40 pack from Sam's Club!

You might have seen this adorable picture of Ruxin on Instagram a couple of weeks ago!  Well, our whole family is obsessed with "Cran-brrr-rita" a new winter edition drink from Bud Light!  They are so refreshing and delicious without being too sweet.

Linking up with H54FFriday Five, and Insta Friday!


Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

Happy Friday, Meg!! What a FUN post!! I will definitely have to look for those GoPicnic meals asap! Sounds like a great lunch! Hooray for pool time!! Loving the Essie goodness! I just saw those banana dippers at the store the other day, thought about getting them but passed them up, now I'll have to toss 'em in the cart next time! ;) I haven't tried the cran-brrr-rita yet, but I'm usually a fan of any "rita" {meaning "margaritas"....not that I just have lots of friends named Rita - lol! Anywhoo....} sounds yummy and the pic of your kitty is too funny! Have a great weekend!!

Nichole @ said...

I always want to buy the lil' picnic boxes at the grocery, but am doing a Whole 30 right now. They look so cute. Food is cute, right? LOL!

Julie said...

Looks like I'm headed to Target to see if those meals are on sale here because I keep hearing about them, I need to try! :)

Nikki said...

OMG the gopicnic things and the dippers look awesome! I need to find them.

Jen said...

Those gopicnic meals are awesome!!! :)

Alex said...

Those banana dippers look so good!!! Nom-tastic if I may say so :)

- Alex @ Radiating Sunshine

Heather @ From Here to There said...

Great things from this past month! Excited about next month!! yay!! I can't wait to try those banana dippers!

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Anonymous said...

i love that you're swimming! that's amazing. my dad is a swim coach and i've been a whole life so i know how challenging and rewarding it is. you're doing great! keep it up!

Lisa C said...

I love the Go Picnic meals. And a group from my college department actually created the banana dippers for a competition. Dole liked it so much, they started making them.

Unknown said...

Those banana dippers look fantastic! I was already pregnant when Crab-brr-ita came out. I do feel like I am missing out but next year!

Rachel said...

Oh yes I love cranberitas too!! Smart cat!! Can't wait to see what you're "cooking up" for February! :)

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