Hello, hello and happy Friday!
It’s an especially happy Friday for me because it’s my birthday on Monday! One more year down and I’m still kickin’. Sure, it’s a little more achey when I do, and sometimes I can’t remember where I put my boots to kick it up in, but hey, I’m lucky in so many other ways that another wrinkle isn’t going to ruin my day. Or my year!
And this girl is celebrating her birthday in style.
It was just last Friday we were skiing the slopes of Park City’s Deer Valley Resort and eating the BEST lobster rolls right on the mountain (thanks Rime Raw Bar!) and here we are today, in a tropical paradise. I mean, I am literally counting my lucky stars every.single.day.
Last night my husband and I left the snow and cold behind and took the red eye to arrive today in Puerto Rico, readying ourselves to set sail through the Caribbean with Viking Cruises. When Viking asked us to join them on this trip it was a happy coincidence it fell upon my birthday week. And yes, I learned years ago from my best friend Kim that each of these momentous yearly occasions should always be looked at as a birth-week instead of a measly birth-day. Raise your hand with an an enthusiastic HECK TO THE YES!
Thank you thank you thank you to my mom and dad for bringing me into this world and for taking care of our girl and animals while we’re sailing into this trip’s sunsets, and also to our friends who are shuttling Smudge to and fro too. Soon she’ll be old enough to drive, and then I’ll never see her! I’m just using this time away as a test drive for when college comes. I hope she has room in her dorm for me too.
If you’re interested in seeing more of our adventures you can follow behind the scenes on my Instagram stories @foodiecrush. And would you like me to do a recap with the tips and secrets I learn here on the blog? Email me back and let me know if you do.
But enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
It may sound like a bad 70’s rock band, but here’s why you need to see this weekend’s Super Blood Wolf Moon.
Happy 97th birthday Betty White! Her tips to living a long and happy life.
Did you know this is the week when people quit their New Years resolutions? How are you staying strong? Or are you?
If you want to keep your new habits strong, my day planner will totally help! And, we’re having a birthday(s) sale with 30% OFF but only until Sunday, Jan. 21 when it will return to the regular price.
5 good kitchen storage tips to steal, especially #2 for me.
5 mindful habits for a minimalist kitchen.
Your Cliffsnotes edition of all the best tips from Marie Kondoe’s Netflix show.
How to start a dinner club. I REALLY want to do this!! I really SHOULD do this. Anyone else?
This sheet pan dinner is going on the books. My favorite gnocchi!
Bring out the sheet pan it’s time to shrimp.
Cloudy with a chance of…
This is definitely one of my favorite Thai dishes. LOVE!
and speaking of Thai…
Shake it up: Mason jar southwest chicken salad.
This one’s for you Chris and Lisa: a new Tuesday night recipe for Instant Pot chicken tacos.
Instant Pot Asian style ribs. Oh mama.
Snowed in! If you’re making hot chocolate you need to make these.
This healthy soup is totally jives with my Med-eating ways.
And so does this salad.
Another weeknight, another night you need this easy chicken recipe.
I can totally see this slow cooker sandwich for game day.
My grandma did this every day. I do it some days. Need to up my game.
This is an investment, but if you’re really into planning, it might be worth it.
Seriously, this isn’t a scam: How to buy a home in Italy for under $2!
9 experts give their best Disneyland insider tips.
50 fun things to do with your kids and ditch the screen!
They’re speaking from experience: Weight loss tips from people who’ve lost over 100 lbs..
And intermittent fasting…does it really work?
Ahhh, loving these sneaks!
Restocked on some of my fave beauty products:
- My favorite mascara
- My favorite makeup remover — on sale! (and I slather all over my face before bed)
- My favorite undereye concealer
- My favorite face wash — and it’s buy one get one 50% off. (Boo! I didn’t get that discount in the store.)
And I went wild and bought a new tank to cruise in. It’s like I’m 14 again and obsessed with the KISS.
Okay, that’s it because I have some sailing to do. Have a fabulous weekend everybody! I know this lucky girl will!
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