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Loving Lately

What I am Loving Lately – June 2015

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always, all opinions are my own and I truly appreciate your support!

 

Hello! Good morning and happy Friday! I am kicking off the weekend with a “What I am Loving Lately” post. Feel free to share something you’re loving in the comments below.

 

Amazon Customer Service

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I am VERY picky about workout headphones. Many of the earbuds on the market are too big for my very small ears. When I find a pair that I like, I buy them over and over until the manufacturer stops making them. I recently purchased a new pair that I loved, but they broke in the middle of my workout on Tuesday! Since I ordered them from Amazon, I used their Chat service to contact customer support to see what my options were. The chat service is the BEST. You get connected to someone right away, and my representative refunded me for the old headphones and sent me a NEW pair with same day shipping. Talk about unreal customer service! And that’s why Amazon is going to take over the world…

 

Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds

Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds

When Blue Diamond offered to send me their NEW Sriracha-flavored almonds, I JUMPED at the opportunity. We cook with sriracha a lot in our house, so I was curious how this new flavor of almonds would taste. Travis and I brought a jar of these to munch on while traveling to Chicago and we both loved them. They aren’t too spicy and I like them much more than other savory-flavored almonds. I plan on using the other jar to make a spicy almond crusted shrimp or chicken dish.

 

Fresh Flowers from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market

Flowers

I try to go to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market as often as I can. There are a few vendors who sell beautiful flowers, but I usually pass them and just head for the produce. Last weekend, I noticed that one vendor had a sale for two bouquets for only $5! I jumped at the opportunity and brought home some gorgeous flowers. Later that day, I spent some time placing small bunches of flowers in mason jars throughout the apartment and I just LOVED the way that it looked. These flowers seem to be lasting much longer than other flowers I’ve purchased. From now on, I am making a point to pick up a bouquet or two from this vendor once a week. It’s the little things that make me happy!

 

Bessie’s Egg Bed

Bessie's Bed

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely seen many photos of Bessie in her bed. Let me tell you, this bed was the best $20 we ever spent on Bessie. I found her bed at TJ Maxx and I honestly just picked it up because of the color – it matches our living room perfectly. As soon as I brought it home, I immediately could tell that Bessie was obsessed with this bed. The “egg” shape allows her to rest her head on the side like a pillow and it’s the cutest thing ever.

About a month into owning this bed, I started searching online for another one, so we have a backup for when this one gets too worn. It’s called the “Deep Dish Cuddler” from Best Friends by Sheri. I found it on Amazon listed for an INSANE price (over $100), which I could never justify spending on a backup bed. Every couple weeks or so, I search on various sites for the bed. PetSmart has some but not in the same color. In case your pup would want a pink bed, Amazon recently dropped the price to $29! If you have a small dog, I HIGHLY recommend this bed. Bessie gives it her wag of approval.

 

What’s one thing you’re loving this Friday? Let me know in the comments below!

Life Lately

What I’m Loving Lately

Hello, and happy Thursday friends! My week is flyyyyying by and I am not complaining! I wanted to pop in and share a few things I am loving lately.

 

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

The first night of Hanukkah was on Tuesday evening. To be honest, I get pretty homesick for my family during any holiday I am away from them – I miss our traditions! In college, sometimes I would FaceTime my parents as we lit our respective menorahs, but now that we have a three-hour time difference, that isn’t really possible.

I told Travis that I really didn’t want any presents this year, but he completely made my night on Tuesday when he came home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a Hanukkah card. This small gesture meant the world to me, and immediately my homesickness went away. Note: for those of you who will understand this, the card says “I love you latkes!”

 

Rain in Los Angeles

Rain in LA

It’s been raining a LOT in SoCal recently and I LOOOOOOOVE it! Don’t get me wrong, the sunny 70 degree weather is great, but sometimes you just need a good rainy day as an excuse to get cozy and stay inside. We’re suffering from a serious drought here in California, so the rain is welcomed by everyone. Plus, I’ve been able to whip out my bright-colored rain boots and umbrella that have been hiding in the back of my closet!

A little tip for those of you with tiny feet like me – buy the kid’s Hunter rain boots! They are half the price and the boot’s shaft doesn’t come quite as high up your calves, which is great for those of us who are petite.

 

Homeland

Homeland

Travis and I used to watch Homeland religiously together on Sunday nights. When we started watching this current season in October, both of us hated it. We thought the story line was unbelievably stupid and the first two episodes were painfully slow, so we stopped watching it. However, when I was home in Boston for Thanksgiving, my whole family insisted that I start watching it again because, according to them, it got really really good again.

So, last weekend Travis and I sat down on the couch and picked up where we left off and quickly realized that my family was right! Immediately, we were hooked again and we must have binge-watched at least 7 episodes in a matter of a few days. Yeah, there are some parts that are pretty unrealistic, but hey, it makes for great TV! Now that we are all caught up, I have to wait until Sunday to find out what happens next! Gah! And that’s why we all love binge-watching…

For those of you who watch the show, what do you think? Are you into this current season or do you wish it was more like seasons 1 and 2?

 

Quality Time with Bessie

Bessie

I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that Bessie showed up on this list, but I really have been loving her more than usual lately (which I didn’t even know was possible). It probably stems from the fact that we’ve started letting her sleep in our bed. One night back in October, I was feeling upset about something, so Travis plopped her in the bed next to me and she immediately started licking my face. It was like instant therapy. Ever since that night, Bessie has slept right between us – she sometimes even tries to share one of our pillows! We will have to reevaluate this situation come summer when she starts shedding again….but for now she’s staying in the bed!

 

Holiday Cookie Baking

Holiday Baking

This past weekend my friend, Kelly, came over and we baked SO. MANY. COOKIES. It was so much fun! Honestly, I am not sure how we turned out 5 different batches of cookies from my small kitchen and oven, but we made it work.

We made:

– Molasses Spice Cookies

– Peanut Butter Blossoms

– Peppermint Bark

– Decorated Holiday Sugar Cookies (we used christmas tree, star, dreidel, snowmen, snowflake, and menorah cookie cutters)

– Oatmeal, Cranberry, Pistachio, White Chocolate Chip Cookies (shown above)

Kelly took half of what we made home with her, but I was still left with SO MANY. I gave away most of the cookies as holiday gifts and I think they were a hit! I’ll be sure to share one these recipes with you soon!

 

That’s it from me! What’s one thing you’ve been loving lately?