Paleo Pancake Bake

School is back in session which means the days of lounging around, binge watching Southern Charm, and slowly sipping coffee until 11am are longgg gone. I’m back to the 5:45am grind for the next nine months! As relaxing as the last month at home as been, it’s been somewhat lonely and I have been craving routine like nobody’s business so I’m super excited to have some normalcy back in my life!

Because my mornings are back to a tight schedule, meal prepping my breakfasts is the only way I can stay sane when I’m rushing around. Rushing is a term that should be used loosely when on crutches, FYI.

This week I decided to try something new, a pancake bake! I am OBSESSED with this Birchbenders pancake mix, and as much as I wanted to spend my Sunday night at my stove flipping a million pancakes, hoping they all turned out perfectly, it was not in the cards this week. I decided to grease an 8×8 pan, throw some things together, and hope for the best. It turned out better than I imagined, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

This recipe is quick and easy, and can totally be modified to include whatever mix ins you like! I did mine with peanut butter chips, but I can think of 100 different things that would be amazing! Chopped fruit, chocolate chips, pumpkin puree, etc., anything would work, so get creative! I will warn you that it it definitely isn’t super sweet, it’s just a thicker, fluffier pancake! So feel free to top with my favorite, peanut butter and a drizzle of syrup or honey!

The recipe is below! If you make it, be sure to send me a picture or tag me on IG so I can see all of your pancake bakes! Happy hump day, yall!

Paleo Pancake Bake
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Thoroughly combine all ingredients
  • Pour into a greased 8×8 baking pan/dish
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes
  • Makes 6 servings



Eggless + Easy Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie dough is my kryptonite; I truly believe it is my all time favorite food. I’m talkin’ straight up, raw cookie dough. Raw eggs, no eggs, day, night, chocolate chips, no chocolate chips, it doesn’t matter, I’ll eat it. I know, I’m a “health blogger” and probably shouldn’t condone eating raw eggs, but some things in life are non negotiable. Cookie dough is one of them.

That being said, eating cookie dough every day probably isn’t the greatest idea for anyone. Alas, the reason I decided to come up with a healthier spin on my favorite food! This cookie dough calls for two versions of an artificial sweetener called Swerve: one is their brown sugar, and the other is their regular granulated sugar. Swerve is a line of all natural, zero calorie sweeteners. Do not get me started on the fake sugar debate. They’re okay in small amounts, just like anything in life. It won’t kill you, I promise. However, if you are 100% against using artificial sweeteners, this recipe would work just fine with real sugar and brown sugar.

You can click this link to find out where you can purchase Swerve products near you. If they’re not sold near you, click here and you can order from Amazon! The recipe is posted below! Let me know if you have questions. If you make them, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instgram so I can see your beautiful cookie dough bites!

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Easy Chipless Nachos

As many of you know, I spent the last week in Mexico! Mexican food has been on my mind ever since I got back; I think I could eat it every single day and never get sick of it! Alas, chipless nachos were born!

I’m not sure you can even call it a recipe, it’s THAT simple. It requires minimal ingredients, but it’s downright delicious. I didn’t miss the chips whatsoever! I’m going to hop to it because I know y’all scroll past me blabbing, and I don’t blame you. I would too. So, here we go!

  • 1 bag of mini sweet peppers
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (I like to use 93% or 99% lean to cut down a little bit on the fat, but use what you like!)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bag of Trader Joes frozen Mexican style roasted corn with Cotija cheese
  • 1 cup cheese (use what you like! I used a Mexican blend)
  • Trader Joes cowboy caviar (or salsa of your choice)
  • 2 tsp Trader Joes chili lime seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. Brown the ground turkey in a pan with olive oil.
  3. When the ground turkey is 1-2 minutes away from being done, add in the frozen Mexican style corn and the chili lime seasoning with the ground turkey.
  4. When the corn and ground turkey are both done, mix in the Cotija cheese that comes in the bag with the corn.
  5. Set aside the ground turkey mix to cool.
  6. Slice the mini sweet peppers lengthwise and remove all seeds.
  7. Lay the peppers cut side up, close together, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. I didn’t measure the S&P, just a sprinkle or two to season the peppers!
  9. Layer the ground turkey and corn mix evenly among the peppers.
  10. Top with shredded cheese.
  11. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted! Keep an eye on them, every oven varies.
  12. Top with Trader Joes cowboy caviar and avocado and enjoy!

Cookie Skillet Bars

I’ve made @RachaelsGoodEats cookie skillet no less than 15 times at this point. It never ever disappoints, but I found myself wanting to make this last night regardless of the fact that I didn’t have the proper ingredients. I decided to see what I could throw together with what I had, and it ended up being just as great as the original, just with a whole lot less sugar. Win win!

I swapped the maple syrup in this recipe for sugar free syrup because that’s all I had, but this is also what helps cut down on the sugar. I also added an additional tablespoon of Swerve (if you click that link, it’ll take you to a page where you can find Swerve near you – I bake with it ALL the time!), which is a sugar replacement. You can definitely make this recipe without Swerve, it just may not be as sweet, especially if you use sugar free syrup! If you use regular syrup, you probably won’t notice a difference!

In Rachael’s recipe, she uses a cast iron skillet. If you have one, I recommend using that. However I lost mine when I moved a couple of months ago, so I just used an 8×8 baking dish and that worked just fine. Use whatever you have, just know your baking time will vary somewhat!

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Friday Faves #3

Friday Faves #3


Silicone Mini Muffin Tin

  • This is my most recent Amazon purchase and I’m already in love. If you’re a pancake bite maker, this is a must. I have searched high and low for a mini muffin tin I loved, I just never pulled the trigger. But I’m so happy I never did, because this is silicone (the best) and its way cheaper than anything I’d had my eye on! Silicone is my absolute favorite because you don’t have to spend hours on end scrubbing each nook and cranny of the muffin wells. You just use it, plop it in the dishwasher and you’re good to go! Worth every penny of $6!

Sweet Chicken Sausage

  • These chicken sausages have been a Sam’s Club staple recently. They’re cheap, high in protein, and a breeze to whip up. I have been using them in my sheet pan lunches/dinners the past couple of weeks, but this is by far my favorite flavor. They’re pre-cooked, so technically you could even microwave, but I like to slice and saute/bake for a few minutes before I eat them! A quick and easy meal prep shortcut!

Aerie Workout Crops

  • These babies are $20, but I would easily pay $50+. In my opinion, they’re Lulu quality, at 25% of the price. I have them in black, but I just ordered them in white and tangerine too! They’re extremely flattering and slimming, and I absolutely love the mesh detailing. I’m usually plain jane when it comes to leggings, I typically don’t like anything too loud and crazy, but the detailing on these is just enough without being too much! Worth every penny, go ahead and order more than one color because you’ll love them!

Ribbed Sleep Leggings

  • Holy. Cow. You guys. These leggings are everything. I ordered two pairs of them and they’re my FAVORITE OF ALL TIME. I can’t even tell you how much I love them. They’re buttery soft, not too tight, and so comfy I will even be wearing them this summer. $10, you can’t afford not to. Get two pairs and thank me later!

BioHealth Hyper Reactive Preworkout 

  • I have been waiting for this day for what seems like months. You guys have asked me incessantly when this magic would be back in stock and it FINALLY is – in just a few hours! I’ll update you on my story when it’s back this afternoon! I cannot say enough about this pre workout. It gets me going when the gym is the last place I want to be, but it doesn’t make me feel jittery, itchy, or make me crash like a ton of other pre workouts I’ve tried over the years. The blue is my favorite, hands down. Get your hands on it while it’s in stock! Use “KALE” for 20% off your purchase!


Friday Faves #2

I’m back for this week’s edition of Friday Faves! I had such an amazing response to last week’s post so I will definitely be trying my best to make this happen each week! I’m cutting right to the chase this week, so here we go!

Friday Faves #2

Dannon Light & Fit: Lemon Meringue

  • When I was in college, I was obsessed with these greek yogurts. About 8 months ago, I quit eating greek yogurt altogether for a short period of time in an effort to avoid dairy. However I’m slowly incorporating it back into my diet as much as I can these days, and these are a recent favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Siggis. But I’m not always at a grocery store that carries it, so this is my next go-to! It’s substantially cheaper too! I can already tell you this will be a summer staple for me. It’s packed with 12 grams of protein, and is sweet enough to be a dessert! I know it’s limited edition, so make sure to pick it up the next time you’re at Target!

Ponds Cold Cream

  • Y’all, this cold cream is an absolute game changer. I will preface by saying I have the world’s most sensitive skin. I am highly allergic to almost all makeup wipes and removers, but this cold cream is extremely light and gentle, and has not caused one reaction or breakout. You use your fingers to rub a small amount all over your face when you’re ready to take your makeup off, and it melts your makeup right off. I use a damp makeup cloths, which I’ll talk about below, to help wipe away my makeup, but you could use a washcloth too. In one swipe, my makeup is completely gone. I’m talking liquid eye liner, two coats of mascara, the whole nine. It’s only $5 and it’s worth every penny and then some. I will never go back to a liquid remover, or wipe, ever!

Makeup Eraser

  • I use this cloth in addition to the cold cream to help remove my makeup at night. Even if you don’t use the cold cream, this removes make up all on its own! I just think the cold cream helps speed it up. You dampen the cloth with warm water, and wipe away your make up! Like I said, I’m allergic to every single packaged makeup wipe, so these have been a lifesaver. There are zero chemicals whatsoever, meaning they’re uber gentle! I have four of them and I use each one for 4-5 days at a time. They’re machine washable so I just throw them in the laundry when I’m done! Just a side note: I linked a two pack for $11, meaning they’re $5.50 each. That’s cheaper than just one pack of makeup wipes and mine have lasted me two years!

Figgin Delicious Tahini Brownies

  • I bought tahini at Trader Joe’s a couple of months ago and I just can’t seem to bring myself to like it. For those of you who don’t know, tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. Almost like a sesame seed nut butter. However, it’s not sweet whatsoever. I’ve tried it in multiple different ways, but I didn’t love it in any way I tried, until I stumbled up on these brownies! You cannot taste the tahini at all in this recipe, but it definitely helps keep the brownies gooey and dense! These brownies are to die for. They’re extremely rich, but made with tons of great ingredients! They lasted about two days in my house and Taylor has already requested them again, so they’re a definite winner!

Headstand Tank

  • I posted this tank on my story yesterday and I got a ton of questions about it. It’s on mega sale (originally $6!) It is the softest, most comfy workout tank I own. It’s padded which I love, has the cutest criss cross back, and it’s seamless so it’s super stretchy. The high neck and the rouching around the tummy would make this top flattering on anyone, and the color is to die for! It’s extremely high quality and it’s a steal at $23! There’s also a blue version I ordered which is only $16! I wear a large for reference!

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great weekend!

Air Fried/Baked Chicken Fingers

I don’t know why it has taken me so dang long to break out my air fryer to make these. I’ve bought chicken breast tenders each week, for the past two months – the sole purpose of making chicken fingers. Yet every single week, I got lazy and decided to do something with the Instant Pot instead. I’m kicking myself now, because had I just bucked up to make these in the first place, I’d have realized how amazing they were two months ago!

For those of you who have an air fryer, I’ve gotten so much feedback from you saying you’re in the same boat. It seems daunting to bring it out and use it. I’m here to tell you, it is the simplest appliance I own. There was no set up required, there’s no pre heating, nothing. You turn it on your desired temp, put your food in, and set the timer. That’s it. I use the Von Shef Air Fryer and I can’t say enough good things about it. There are tons of uses for an air fryer but I’ll save that for another day!

However all that to say, if you don’t have an air fryer, you can still make these chicken fingers! You can do them just as easily in the oven, so don’t feel like you have to buy one to make these.

  • 1 lb boneless chicken tenderloins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 tsp Trader Joes Chili Lime seasoning (can omit, but I think it adds great flavor!)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. In a small bowl, whisk eggs
  2. In another bowl, mix together almond flour and spices, combine evenly
  3. Turn your air fryer/oven on 400 degrees, and spray the air fryer basket/cookie sheet with olive oil spray
  4. Fully coat each chicken breast tender in the egg mixture, let the excess mixture drip off
  5. Dip each piece of chicken into the almond flour mixture, make sure to evenly coat
  6. Place 3-4 tenders into the basket/onto a cookie sheet and fry for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through! Keep an eye on them, all air fryers are different!
    1. If baking, cook for 20-25 mins, flipping halfway through, until each tender is crispy.
  7. Repeat until all tenders are fried! If baking, bake all at once.
  8. Enjoy!


As most of you have probably noticed by now, I am no longer doing my own strength training workouts at the gym. I have gone back to doing Kayla Itsines BBG guide (BBG stands for bikini body guide for those of you who aren’t familiar with the program). There are a couple of different reasons for that, and I wanted to explain my thought process in deciding to make the switch!

To be completely honest one of the biggest reasons for going back to BBG was the fact that I needed a goal. When you’ve been working out consistently for almost 8 years, it’s really hard to continue to stay motivated without changing things up every once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to strength train, lift weights, and use machines. However, I’ve been in the same exact routine for almost 4 years now, and I have noticed my passion for it start to dim ever so slightly these past few months.

On top of that, when I had foot surgery back in March, I was out of the gym for almost a month. I did light cardio here and there, but I pushed myself and definitely had a couple of setbacks that kept me out of the gym longer than I ever anticipated. I am all for taking breaks from the gym; weekends, vacations, days off here and there, absolutely. However being gone for a month after not taking longer than two days a week off in over a year, is a lot. That being sad, getting back into a routine was really, really tough.

I also didn’t feel 100% like myself shortly after my surgery. I lost some strength, I didn’t have full range of motion yet, and I didn’t feel like I could modify things very well. So on top of being unmotivated, I was getting caught up in being discouraged because of my physical limitations as well.

It’s not like me to feel down on myself about the gym. The gym/working out is my happy place. It is truly my “me” time for the day. Yes there are times that I’m unmotivated, but I always leave the gym with an endorphin high and a clear head. But after my surgery, I just wasn’t feeling that way. That’s when I knew something needed to change.

What I have learned from working out for so many years now, is that if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you will not continue to do it. So, I decided I needed something new; something that would kind of give me a fresh start and light my fire again. Which is when I decided on BBG. Now that you have a little background, I’m going to answer a few questions I’ve gotten lately!

What the heck is BBG?

BBG is essentially a form of circuit training. It’s two circuits, each circuit is seven minutes. You do each circuit twice, so your workout is 28 minutes in total. In each circuit, you do four different moves. You get through the four moves as many times as you can in seven minutes. So, here’s kind of how it’s laid out:

  • circuit one – 7 minutes
  • circuit two – 7 minutes
  • circuit one – 7 minutes
  • circuit two – 7 minutes

An example looks like this:


Where can I get BBG?

The mobile version of BBG is available for purchase in the app store. I recommend this version if you’re first starting out. The app helps keep you organized, has a built in timer for you, and is all around just easier for a beginner. You can also buy a PDF version, which is what I have. You can purchase the PDF version here. You can either download this an an iBook for your phone, or print out a hard copy!

Why did you pick BBG?
  • I have done BBG twice before, two entire rounds of the 12 week program about two years ago. I was extremely impressed with my results after the first two rounds, and I knew it was something I could stick to.
  • The program is easy to modify! Because of my foot surgery there are still things I have to be careful of, but you are able to modify all of the moves in the guide if needed.
  • It’s quick – every single person has 28 minutes in their day to dedicate to working out. Doing BBG eliminates all forms of excuses due to lack of time for me, which is what I need.
  • You can do it anywhere!
How long does it take?

BBG takes 28 minutes total, which I think is 90% of the reason people love it, including myself. EVERYONE has time for a 28 minute workout, I don’t care who you are! I even follow a ton of new mom bloggers on IG who do BBG. If someone with a newborn can do it, I can do it!

Where do you do it?

Right now I do BBG in my home gym in the basement. We have a couple of sets of weights, and a padded floor, but it’s nothing fancy. I can assure you that you’ll have everything you need at home to do these workouts! My very first round, I just used household items as weights. Ie: a gallon of bleach for a medicine ball, coffee table for step ups (hopefully my mom isn’t reading this) etc.

That being said, I do know people who have to go to the gym to work out. Whether it be because they live in a small apartment or because it helps them to get out of their house to get a workout done, rest assured you can do these workouts anywhere, including the gym!

It’s so hard, does it get easier?

I got this question more than any question! Unfortunately, I’m on my third round and I still don’t think it gets any easier. I’m still dripping with sweat after every workout. However, each time I’ve compelted a round, I’ve noticed substanial gains in my strength. At the very beginning of BBG, I could hardly do a push up, and by the end of the first round, I was doing them all! You will start to notice things like that really quickly, and that’s the most rewarding part!

I will also say that although it’s hard, it pushes me, and that’s what I love about it. I am not always pushing myself 110% when I’m at the gym. I have my phone with me, and usually Taylor, and I end up scrolling around on Instagram, talking to him, etc., when I should be working out and really pushing myself. I do BBG alone, I blast music, I can’t have my phone, and I get really into a zone when I’m doing it. So I appreciate it for how difficult it is, because I have a hard time challenging myself like this challenges me!

Did you notice a major physical change?

The first round, I definitely did. I took before and after pictures (highly recommend) and I was really impressed with how much my body had changed. I didn’t quite notice as much of a difference between the beginning and end of round two, but I wasn’t quite as dedicated to it as I was round one. I also think by round two, the physical changes just aren’t quite as drastic. However, like I said before, you will start to notice changes in your strength before you notice aesthetic changes, which is just as exciting to me.

DId you follow the kayla meal plan?

I do not follow the BBG meal plan. It’s strictly personal preference. I know people who have followed it to a T and really think that makes a big difference. I counted macros throughout both rounds, and will continue through this round, but that’s just what works for me! I think her plan is a great baseline if you’re just starting out/new to following an eating plan of any kind.

What does your weekly workout routine look like now that you’re doing Kayla?

I do BBG three days a week, and cardio three days a week, then I take one day off! So my schedule typically looks like this:

  • Monday: BBG legs
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes of cardio (usually stairmaster)
  • Wednesday: BBG arms & abs
  • Thursday: 40 minutes cardio (usually stairmaster)
  • Friday: BBG full body
  • Saturday: 40 minutes of cardio (cityshape class)
  • Sunday: rest day

If you have any other questions, feel free to let me know! I’d be happy to answer them the best that I can! Thanks for reading!



My Breakfast Favorites

I am a breakfast girl through and through. I would prefer breakfast over any other meal, at any time of day! Growing up, breakfast for dinner was my absolute favorite. I would venture to guess it was probably because it gave me an excuse to eat a Toaster Pastry for dinner, (remember those?!) but nonetheless, the trend has continued into my mid 20’s.

Because I eat breakfast around 6am, and don’t get the chance to eat again until 10:30am, my breakfast has to pack a punch or I’m ravenous by 8am. I’ve spent the past two years trying different recipes and combinations of things that keep me satisfied all morning long, but it really hasn’t been until recently that I’ve felt like I nailed it.

Obviously what works for me, may not work for everyone. I know a lot of people that have more flexibility than I do as far as being able to eat throughout the day, so eating a big breakfast isn’t quite as important as it is for me. Regardless, it is critical to start your day with a well rounded breakfast. I know, such a cliche thing for a food/health blogger to say, but it couldn’t be more true. Eating breakfast gets your brain going, it helps wake you up in the morning, and it gets your metabolism going.

Below are my three favorite breakfast staple recipes/combos. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve probably seen these make an appearance or two!

Protein Pancake Bites
Cottage Cheese w/ Eggs + Egg Whites + avocado
  • Recipe:
    • 1/2 cup of egg whites + 1 egg, scrambled, on top of 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
    • 1/2 avocado on top
Egg White Oatmeal
  • Recipe:
    • 1/2 cup of oatmeal + 1/2 cup of water, microwave for 1 minute
    • add 1/3 cup of egg whites, microwave for another another minute

In addition to any of these breakfast options, I always pair them with a serving of fruit, as well as a protein. These are always interchangeable, and truly just depend on what’s on sale for the week, what’s in season, and what I have on hand!

Fruit Options:
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 1/2 a banana
Protein Options:
  • turkey bacon egg cup (recipe is on my Instagram highlights!)
  • hard boiled egg
  • chicken sausage
  • turkey sausage
What my meals typically look like
  • egg white oatmeal + 1/2 cup berries or banana on top + hard boiled egg on the side
  • 4 mini pancake bites + 1/2 an apple + 1 turkey bacon egg cup
  • cottage cheese/egg mixture + 1/2 banana + 2 turkey sausage links or 1/2 avocado

Friday Faves #1

I asked you this week if you’d like me to start sharing my “Friday faves”. I was pretty brief in describing what this series would be, and that’s because I’m not exactly certain myself! Which is sometimes how the best content comes to be!

However, there are a few reasons I wanted to start this series. I asked for blog post ideas a couple of weeks ago, and so many of you said you wanted to see more “lifestyle” related content, which makes me so happy! Most of what you see on IG and the blog revolves around food and fitness, but there are definitely other aspects of my life that I’d love to share with you, and this is a great outlet for that! I also have quite a bit of messages that revolve around hair care, skincare, favorite athleisure, etc. So this series is a great way for me to showcase some of that as well!

For the most part, this series will highlight products. If I’m taking the time to share products with you, I want them to be accessible to you, so I will do my best to make sure everything is shoppable by linking products or telling you exactly where to get that specific item!

Friday Faves #1:

Loreal Primer

  • This primer has been a holy grail makeup product for me since college. I never used to be a big believer in primers, but this one is a game changer. It lengthens and thickens your lashes, it amplifies your mascara, as well as it conditions your lashes. I use this on my top and bottom lashes and it makes all the difference in the world. Amazon sells it for the best price of anywhere I’ve ever seen, less than $5 a bottle and worth every penny!

Zella 24 Seven Shirt

  • Here’s a little secret for you guys: some of my all time favorite workout gear has come from the Nordstrom Rack clearance section. I’m always browsing through this section of their website because I’m a sucker for Zella, but I’m not always willing to pay the full price. I am in LOVE with this tee. I have the Lulu version (swiftly tech) but I like this one even better, and its a freaking steal for $13! It’s light, breathable, and perfect for summer. I got it in two colors!

Stok Cold Brew

  • If you follow me on IG,  you know how obsessed I am with this new cold brew find! I honestly think this tops the Starbucks cold brew that I’ve been buying for years, and it’s cheaper! Make sure to get the unsweet version if you don’t want all the added carbs and sugar! I’ve been drinking this every morning with 1 scoop of collagen + a splash of Fairlife chocolate milk + a dash of stevia! Delish! Here’s an inside tip for you: if you happen to live near a Hyvee grocery store with a Hyvee gas station, they have it on tap there! You’re welcome.

Dave’s Killer Bread: Blueberry Bagels

  • You guys, they’re 100% everything they’re cracked up to be. I’m bagel obsessed as it is, so the fact that these are decently healthy is a dream come true for me. I’ve tried all of the bagel flavors and this takes the cake, by a long shot. As if it weren’t blueberry-y enough, I topped mine with some Melanie’s Medleys blueberry cream cheese. Heaven in bagel form. You can check their website to find Dave’s Killer bagels near you!


  • This might seem like a silly Friday fave, and I so wish I could “link” it for anyone who hasn’t experienced this amazing spring weather yet, but dang I am so thankful! I don’t know that I’ve ever been this excited for warm weather before. Winter has seemed never ending here in KC so I am more than ready for the heat after this first taste of spring this week! For me, weather is an instant mood booster. I am so much happier when I can walk out of work and the sun is shining and it’s 60+ degrees outside! This girl is ready for lake season!

Thanks for reading yall! I hope you enjoyed the first edition of “Friday faves”! I hope you have the best weekend, and no matter where you are, hopefully some warm weather is headed your way!