Happy Friday, friends!

I hope your 4th of July was a safe and wonderful one and you got exactly what you wanted out of it. Especially hoping that included lots of good eats.

What was on our table? Baby back BBQ Ribs. The Best BBQ Baked Beans. Classic Macaroni Salad. Watermelon and Avocado with Arugula Salad. Sweet Sweet Corn. Can I just get a high five on all the classics?

If you’re like me, you’re wondering how in the heck we can possibly already be half way through the year. Yes, I know! I can’t believe it either. July 1 marked the leeward side of 2017. While some might realize this and think, “Oh man! It’s all down hill from here,” it’s absolutely not.

This week I’ve been working on updating our new edition of the 2018 Nourished Planner, so I’ve had reflecting and projecting on the brain. And for the past couple of years, I’ve used the mid-year point to step back, and look back, and then take a look forward. It’s my time to reflect on the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the year and to objectively look at where the rest of 2017 is headed. Whether it’s personal or professional goals, or even my summer bucket list, I can adjust my sails and plan any changes I need to make to get back on track (this post has some helpful tips), or if we want to continue with this odd sailing analogy, pivot, adjust and start sailing back on course again.

Man, I can be so cheesy sometimes.

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

This oatmeal includes my signature ingredient! I totally need to try it.

Can’t wait to get my fork into this pasta salad.

Rosé alfredo? Heck yes!

This summery gnocchi is gnoccking at my kitchen door.


This is the veggie tray that will rock your summer eats.

Crushing on these dinner plates.

These chicken kebabs totally had me at AVOCADO RANCH (!!!)

The Instagram food trends that need to die…according to you.

And this roundup of the 100 best burgers in America will get you on a plane in no time flat.

I need a new beach read. Can’t wait to dive into this juicy page-turner!

Just don’t forget the wine in a can! Has anyone tried any of these? I’m loving the packaging on the Lila cans.

Crushing on the kitchen of this cottage craftsman. Those windows over the sink though!

Smart, and no nasty sprays: How to clean your oven with baking soda and vinegar.

This cabin may be tiny, but the view is huge.

The ultimate summer movie round up.


Oh man, it’s sweaty out there. The easy way to get rid of body odor.

These flower braids…so pretty!

Trying to get in shape? Follow these IG accounts for some Insta-workout inspiration.

Check out these cool new brands Target just launched. I’m particularly excited about the JoyLab workout attire (hey cute spots bra, I see you).

If these sunnies don’t scream “summer,” then I don’t know what does. I love the matte and a touch of gold.

Speaking of summer, here’s why you should clean out that medicine cabinet and ditch the Banana Boat.


These adorable small coastal towns will send your road trippin’ wanderlust into full effect!

You know those cute wide brimmed floppy summer hats with writing on the brim? Did you know you can customize them? Fun idea.

I had 3 pairs of lounge pants just like these and used to live in them. Looks like I need to restock.

I’m liking these strappy wedges that could be dressed up or dressed down.

A woman at the pool was wearing the cutest halter swim top so I asked her wear she got it, and here it is. She paired it with plain black bottoms. So cute and cheap too!


This summer swim wrap is perfectly flirty and fun. Cute!

This is an easy way to get into the jumpsuit trend.

Just hold up there a minute mom jeans, we haven’t given up on our faves just yet: 5 ways to reinvent your skinny jeans.

All right, that’s a wrap, folks! Have a wonderful weekend, and keep on summering so hard!

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