Friday Favorites


Happy Friday everyone!

This week went crazy fast, and I can’t believe another weekend is already on the horizon. No complaints here! ;)

Ben and I have some fun plans lined up over the next couple of days, starting with date night tonight. It’s been way too long. We’re thinking sushi and maybe catching Chronicle afterwards. Have you seen it? It’s about a couple of teenagers that get super powers after coming into contact with a mysterious substance. Um, cool!

In the meantime, check out my favorite finds from around the web in this week’s Friday Favorites! :D

Favorite Valentine’s Day treat: Pink Champagne Cupcakes. Pink Champagne Cake with buttercream icing is by FAR my favorite cake (it was the top tier of Ben’s and my wedding cake!) These individual-sized cupcakes would be perfect for V-day!


Favorite easy ‘do: Quick Twist. Elegant AND it works for short-medium length hair.


Favorite bite: Mini Mexican Chili Bites. Wish I would have found these before the Super Bowl – they are so stinkin’ cute!

Favorite meltdown: Kristen Bell Sloth Meltdown. Kristen Bell is one of my very favorite actresses, and this video makes me love her 10,000 times more!

Favorite bikini buster: Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars. As if the 10 (yes, TEN) boxes of Girl Scout Cookies Ben brought home last week weren’t tempting enough…


Favorite bling: Gold Vermeil Nugget earrings. Simple yet unique, and could work with a casual or dressy outfit.


Favorite funny. BAHAHAHA!


Favorite side: Cheesy Italian Bread. Oh my, this recipe is pure genius! The cheese combos are endless, too!

Gorgonzola Garlic Bread

Favorite sweet accent: Heart Earrings. I let out an audible awwww when I saw these sweet studs.


Favorite find: How-To Make Popular Chinese Food Recipes. Droyling. (Drooling/dying.)


Favorite spot: Bora Bora Mansion on the Water. How much fun would it be to round up like 10 of your friends and rent this place out for a week?!


Favorite outfit. Beachy/chic. I totally dig.


Favorite vacation find: Bandau Bikini. I’m into white bikinis right now, and this would be perfect for Negril!

Favorite sip: Bahama Mama. COME to mama! Tropical thoughts are taking over my brain!


Favorite furball. HAHAHAHA, hungry spice.


Favorite accent: Gold Dipped Bar Bracelet. Kind of an upscale, grown up friendship bracelet, you know? Plus those colors are SO spring!


Favorite picture. Talk about the ultimate wedding bouquet. These colors are gorgeous!


Favorite print: United Stereotypes of America. Tee hee – this gave me a little giggle. ;)


Favorite cozy spot. I love the cozy, log cabin vibe of the huge wooden beams in this kitchen.


Favorite easy treat: Sugar Cookie Bars. I couldn’t resist! Now THESE might be the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert!


View past Friday Favorites >

Before I go, the winner of the Papa Murphy’s Romantic Package for 2 is…

Debbie @ Accidentally Delish: I love the movie 50 first dates!! Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore just worked so well together! So cute!! I’m a sucker for almost all romantic comedies!!

Congrats, Debbie! Email your full name, address and phone number to, and we’ll get the  package right out to you!

Have a superfunandhappy weekend, everyone! :D

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  1. I want to rent that house, I love the slide going directly into the water! Also loving that bikini… is it summer yet? That stereotype map is hilarious, as are all someecards!!!

    Happy Friday :)

  2. Jessica 02.10.2012

    If you are thinking about a sushi date night.. Wasabi Chi is the place to be! I’ve tried nearly every sushi place in DM and it is definitely my fav! Thay have a great Happy Hour too. Enjoy yourselves!

  3. OMG….That Kristin Bell video was the funniest thing ever. It totally made my day!!!

    And the only words I have for that kitchen is…. *sigh*

    Thanks for sharing…I love your Friday favorites!

  4. Sara 02.10.2012

    I just bought that bikini only in the stripe color! It’s super cute. I love Kristen Bell too, her video is so funny. And that garlic bread looks divine!

  5. The sloth video made me love Kristen even more too! It still makes me laugh :)

  6. Trisha 02.10.2012

    Oh IGE, you always post the best Friday favorites! Kristen Bell is SO adorbs. I’ve been obsessing over that video. Her emotional scale/crying description perfectly describes me as well. I’m such a cryer. Today, a friend posted this on my Facebook wall:

  7. I love that USA map — hilarious!

  8. WendyG 02.10.2012

    Is that where the Kardashians were in Bora Bora……makes me think of Kim crying because of her earring……I love me some KK but she has the uuuuuugllly cry…….kinda like me!

  9. LOVED this post. I was eyeing bikinis last night on VS for our Mexico vaca, but I’m not sure I need another just for a 5 day trip. After all, I have a few that I still like and fit well. But it is a good excuse to buy a fun new suit. I’ve also been browsing sun dresses, but I don’t need those either.

    OOH, and I have been OBSESSSING over that flower bouquet ever since I found it last week. So amazing.

  10. Sisi 02.10.2012

    Ugh, I love Kristen Bell so much.

  11. Holly c 02.10.2012


  12. I am so glad I found your blog. I am from Iowa too (Go Hawks!) but living on the Texas coast. I have a great recipe for “Korny Korn” on my blog I think you might like, or being from Iowa, you may already know it. Looking forward to reading more. I miss Iowa.

  13. That video was so amazing my eyes teared up!!!! Thank you hahahaha

  14. 58Teresa 02.10.2012

    These recipes
    are they just pure genius
    or pure evil genius!

    And oh – here’s a kicker! – Son told me I’m “too old and would get hurt” trying out – HA!

    The gauntlet is thrown, you think?

  15. love that super cute outfit and those flowers are incredible!! I made this recipe and it was a HUGE hit – tasted just like orange chicken…

    xoxo from Trinidad

  16. Jenni in KS 02.10.2012

    Wow. I didn’t know other people were like that. My emotional scale or whatever is very similar to Kristen Bell’s. I mean, I got a little teary over watching that video. Children’s books make me cry. My college textbooks sometimes make me cry. The local high school production of Seussical made me cry at least twice–both times I watched it. My daughter’s games (and she plays most sports) make me tear up because some kid is always getting hurt. She’s 15! They aren’t little any more. Now I feel like crying because I do not feel so alone and also because I live in the land of dive bars and serial killers. It’s exhausting.

  17. Jana 02.10.2012

    Ha! But I disagree with Dive Bars and Serial Killers! (I’m from KS) Weeeeell, at least the serial killer part–totally wrong! :) I think it should be called “Flat Land of Oz” or something like that!! :D

  18. Meggan 02.10.2012

    I always look forward to your fabulous Friday Favorites! Just tried out your Spicy Tomato and Turkey Soup…DELICIOUS!!! My husband is a picky eater and he went back for seconds :-)

  19. Mindy 02.10.2012

    IGE’s Friday Favorites, oh how I love thee!

    • Mindy 02.10.2012

      By the way, your blog’s design is my favorite! Who designed it?

  20. I always love your Friday Favorites!! You are awesome at finding cute/funny/awesome things :-) I love the American stereotype map this week!

  21. Emilia 02.11.2012

    Totally agree regarding the Kristen Bell sloth meltdown video, love her even more now! Those cupcakes look fantastic as well, champagne buttercream? Sign me up! :)

  22. Melissa 02.12.2012

    I made the sugar cookie bars tonight. They are so good! Tastes like a thick chewy sugr cookie – which are my fav Not fattening at all! ;) Thanks for all the wonderful recipes that you always post!

  23. Dee 02.12.2012

    That bread looks amazing…By the way I made your shamrock shake redux with coconut milk ice cream and coconut milk and it was a huge hit! What a great treat and no tummy ache afterwards

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  25. Tara 02.12.2012

    Just wanted to say thanks for the shout-out! I hope you love the toffee bars as much as we did here!

  26. Prairie Princess 02.14.2012

    I made both the Pink Champagne Cupcakes AND the Sugar Cookie Bars for a bake sale at work. They were both PHENOMENAL, not to mention the cupcakes were the PERFECT PINK. You understand the importance of that. I am now a living legend at my workplace for those cupcakes and bars. The bars were a thick, chewy, soft, almost sugar cookie dough like (because you really don’t want to overbake them at all) with an equal amount of frosting to bar which IMO is essential. Friday Favorites are my favorites, I’ve tried so many recipes from things you’ve posted on FF but these 2 are definitely at the top of the list. Thanks for doing the legwork! I’d pay you in Pink Champagne Cupcakes and Sugar Cookie Bars but umm, they’ve vanished. :)

  27. CK 02.14.2012

    sad I missed the giveaway!

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