Happy spring Friday my friends. Boy, it’s good to be home.

Of course I miss the Hawaiian sun shining on my now-at-home-in-zero-humidity-peeling skin, and the footloose and fancy free whims we wandered on our spring break vacation. It was exactly what I needed. Getting away from the every day, retreating from the usual responsibilities of life, and spending more one-on-one time with my little family than we have since our last vacation.

Why is vacation so important? Because science proves it’s so. So if you haven’t started planning your summer vaca, get on it! It’ll be here before we know it.

Leaving Maui was hard. But mainly because our 5 pm flight was cancelled and rescheduled for 12 pm the following day, so we had to do some quick finger dialing to beat the rest of our plane to find a new ride. Luckily we made haste and found seats to connect at LAX where I said adios to my man and my girl who made it home to our puppies (oh I missed them so!) while I continued on to Austin, TX to speak at the Indulge Conference.

On one of the three flights I took that day, I watched this TED talk on how to raise successful kids, and guess what it comes down to? CHORES. The perfect excuse to enforce my rule for all family hands on deck.

After 24 straight hours in the air, I hit the ground running. Make that running straight to Torchy’s Tacos for some of the best tacos and DEFINITELY the best queso that Austin has to offer. If I lived there, I would likely need to up my daily Tums intake to combat all the salsa I’d be consuming.

To see more of where I stayed and where I dined, check out my 48 Hour Getaway in Austin, Texas recap.

But enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves.

Okay, this video is just about the sweetest thing ever.

This salad is making me feel all the spring things.

I’m “dye-ing” to make these cupcakes. All-natural colors are totally my thing.

When food prep = tax prep: 10 kitchen items to donate for a tax write-off.

This soup has all the makings for meatless Monday.

This no-bake dessert is Easter ready.

We call this type of breakfast “dunkie eggs in bed.” One of our faves.

Dreams do come true: Champagne vending machine!

Energy bites in just 10 minutes. Healthy and easy.

The world’s 50 best restaurants. But do they take Open Table?

I love, love, love these tips from one of my favorite writers: How to make it easier to be awesome.

Not to be morbid or anything, but…Forget coffins, or an urn on the mantle to rest eternity in, this is how I want to be remembered.

The area under my iMac is a mess of notes, gift cards, extra chargers and misc receipts I need to keep at hand. Or do I? Thinking this would raise my organizational skills, and my eye level.

and…

My friend Amanda has this case for her iPhone and I HAD to order one. No more dropped phone.

These birdhouses! 

For those of you making road trips this summer, check this out.

8 delicious foods that make your hair grow longer. And taste good too.

75+ summer outfit ideas to copy now.

Okay, this toothbrush looks totally cool. And nicely designed.

I took these to Hawaii and they worked SO WELL with my favorite DIY gel manicure polish and favorite speed drying top coat for a glossy finish. Pretty pedi at your service.

Iron? What iron? Spray Downey is my secret, but these work too.

I FINALLY found a pair of flip flops with an arch! No more achilles issues for this one. Ordered. I’ll let you know how they are!

Recipes I Pinned this Week You Should Pin Too

Now that I’m home, I’m back to my meal planning ways, so easy dinners were at the heart of the recipes I pinned this week. I think you might want to Pin them too. Enjoy!

Mom's Cottage Cheese Lasagna from Neighbor Food Blog | foodiecrush.com

Mom’s Cottage Cheese Lasagna

This is the secret to my mom’s recipe too.

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Orange Ginger Turmeric Whole Roast Chicken from The Roasted Root | foodiecrush.com

Orange Ginger Turmeric Whole Roast Chicken

Ginger and turmeric supercharge this easy to roast dinner.

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Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce

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Have a wonderful weekend, foodiecrushers! I hope you get out and enjoy some spring in your step.

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