Hi friends and Happy Friday!

Well, it took me a minute aka 3 months to get into gear, but my summer bucket list is finally seeing those check marks next to the things I wanted to do this summer. I’m actually slaying it this week and  crossed off a number of them including a weeknight canyon dinner cookout (where I took my Quinoa and Cucumber Tabbouleh Salad, Asian Ramen Noodle Salad and potato salad), zip lining with my girl before she goes back to school (Monday, ugh), hitting another free Wednesday night Deer Valley outdoor concert, and then staying overnight here after the concert for an end of summer celebration, DURING THE WEEK! Check, check, and check!

Good thing I’m finally buttoning things up on the bucket list since summer is just about over. So, this is the thing I just need to admit to myself: I like to think I perform best under pressure, but sadly that pronouncement is totally bunk and it’s because this is what I really am (#3 is totally me.) I still have hopes and goals of shedding my ways, and am continually working on it.

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

Ready. Set. Click those links. 

This is my kinda stir-fry—healthy and easy, with pantry staples. Weeknight dinner win!

I’m trying to watch my carbs lately, but I just can’t say no to this pasta. And how gorgeous are those lovely pottery plates?

Balsamic and basil and peaches, oh my! This chicken looks amazing.

And here’s a savory treat I can really get behind. Who needs a pineapple upside down cake when you can have a tomato and bacon one?

Also, I want a date with this no-churn ice cream.

5 corny recipes that are totally worth the shuck:

The 10 best new restaurants in America, according to Bon Appétit.

I know you know about frosé, but do you know about the frossant? Good thing it hasn’t made its way to Utah yet, or I’d be in trouble!

7 things to know about cleaning with baking soda.

Need a good chuckle? This woman is my hero.

I am all about trying to do this more.

A beautiful letter from a mother to her daughter, and another reason to love Laura Dern.

I wondered why my grass was all flattened down when I came home a few days ago, because my cousin Candace (and her rockstar thighs) and her fiancé were filming one of their workout vlogs (below) while staying with us. She’s a powerhouse and his 140 lb. weight loss transformation is totally inspiring, and like he says, if he can do it, anyone can.

If you’re feeling helpless in the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville, here are 8 ways you can help.

11 podcasts for your summer strolls & road trips.

And speaking of podcasts…

I am totally and utterly addicted to this one. Think I could write an essay on love and have Gwyneth Paltrow read it?

It’s almost back-to-school time, and this homework station is an awesome idea for helping kiddos stay organized.

And speaking of back to school…

Here are 10 smart snacking ideas from teachers.

I’d actually enjoy doing laundry if our laundry room looked like this. Bring on those dirty socks!

This rose gold bar cart is giving me major heart eyes.

This t-shirt pretty much sums up my life.

I could live in this dress.

How awesome is this travel-sized cosmetic line? I’ll take one one of everything, please!

And since we’re on the subject…

I can’t decide what I love more, this “sexy sienna” colored lipstick or the super cute copper tube it comes in.

Also, I just picked up this pretty non-toxic nail polish from Amazon for my next at-home mani-pedi!

Have a stellar weekend, everyone!

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