Happy Friday! I hope it’s not too cold where you live. This is my winter promise to you that I will not complain about the cold in Florida…at least this week.
I’ve been slowly getting into a routine at home after the graduation/holiday/vacation festivities. It’s been a mix of structure and free-time, which I love because I can’t sway too much to either side. I do have some exciting things ahead (for the blog and for me in general) to keep me busy. I’m still confident about not rushing into the workforce post-graduation, but that’s not to say I haven’t been casually looking online to see if something peeks my interest (nothing yet).
As for today, let’s play a little catch-up…Friday Favorites style.
The BGB Instagram challenge
One of my (loose) goals for the new year is to Instagram more. Kind of a weird goal when it seems like everyone is trying to use social media less, huh? Anyway, the Blogger’s Gonna Blog (BGB) Instagram challenge has been a fun way to force me into Instagram. We have two more days of prompts so we’ll see if I keep it up on my own.
Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon + 5k
I’m so excited to be an ambassador for the Iron Girl Clearwater Half + 5k in April. We had the kick-off event and group run this past Tuesday at Fit2Run in Tampa. It was a short (and chilly) run so it was great for me as I’m recovering from injury. If you are in the Tampa area here’s a discount code to sign up.
Jimmy Fallon’s #IfIWonPowerball
When I woke up on Thursday morning and saw that one of the winning tickets was sold in Florida I *might* have gasped a little. The ticket was sold on the other side of the state, so no billionaire here. I loved reading people’s (sarcastic) tweets of how they would spend the money. I linked to the article above but here are a few funny ones…
Shutterfly photo books
Kind of random, but have you guys made photo books on Shutterfly (or a similar website)? If not, I highly recommend making one as a special gift for someone. They are relatively cheap and always have sales. My family has been making them for years…for birthdays, vacation-recaps, holidays, etc.
For my mom’s 50th last week I made her a book filled with pictures and notes from family and friends. I reached out to her friends from high school, college and all the places we’ve lived and asked them to share a memory and photo of my mom. I got a great response (and awesome throwback pictures). Seeing her read the book was definitely a highlight of my week.
Homemade almond milk
Because I’m experimenting with foods (and I guess drinks now) during Whole30, I made almond milk yesterday to use for chia pudding and coffee “creamer” for my mom. I can do a little tutorial if anyone is interested but it was really simple. Soak the almonds overnight —> drain that water —> blend almonds in mixer with new water for 2 minutes —> strain with cheese cloth (or strainer) to separate almond meal from almond milk —> add cinnamon (or vanilla if not on Whole30) and blend on low —> pour into container and refrigerate.
Next time I need to strain it better/more because it was still a little nutty-looking, as you can tell. It tastes so good though! I’ll do a taste comparison to store-bought almond milk post-Whole30. I (think) it was relatively cheap too…$2.50 for one cup of almonds yielded more than 4 cups of almond milk. I bought the almonds in the bulk bin at Whole Foods.
That’s it from me…I hope you have an awesome weekend filled with football (if you like it) and relaxation.