Friday Favorites + Fitness Gear Giveaway – CLOSED

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Hey, hey, happy Friday!

My schedule has been all out whack this week, what with the holiday on Tuesday, then having Ben home from work, then not – I feel like I’ve lived 3 Fridays already!

I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend at home, including making homemade sushi for dinner tonight with Ben, then STEAM MOPPING my entire house this weekend with the new STEAM MOP I’m buying today. I could not be more excited, if you can’t tell (what has my life come to…) All I can say is keeping the tile in my entryway, kitchen, and bathrooms is, well, it’s a challenge my friends. One I’m going to tackle head on with the power of steam on my side, muwahaha!

At any rate, let me in on your fun plans for the weekend, and in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond, in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Click the light blue links to be taken to the original source. 

Favorite mini: Birthday Cake Brownie Pops. How adorable and intricate are these cake pops? Totally appeals to my miniature-obsessed self.

Favorite reads: The Violets of March by Sarah Jio. I have now read all of Sarah’s books and The Violets of March might be my favorite. I read it in one day over Christmas break (which seems to be a pattern with her stories – I cannot put them down!) and was enchanted by the tale of a mysterious novel that the main character finds in a drawer at her great Aunt’s house, whose story somehow weaves itself into her present-day life. LOVED it!

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnI also read this book over the holidays, and it is warped in the best possible way. It’s a tale of a toxic, he said/she said relationship that has the craziest ending. This was a day and half read – again, totally sucked me in!

Favorite bite: Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups. Mini, browned butter, chocolate chips, plus a gooey center? ‘Nuf said. Oh, one more thing, YUM!

Favorite fitness: Brazilian Butt Workout. I find walking incline workouts to be much tougher than running workouts. They BURN to the point where running feels like relief! That said, I can’t wait to try this one out. :)

Favorite sip: Spiced Ginger Pear Cocktail. Festive for the season, but also really fresh too. This actually sounds like it’d make a really good tea blend!

Favorite tip: Pashmina Wrap. I have tons of pashminas which I love taking with me to weddings and events to drape around my shoulders if I get chilly, but they’re hard to wear as scarves because they’re so long, and I’m so short! I think this simple way to tie a pashmina as a scarf, with a unique little wrap on top, is sooo cute though. There’s also a video which show’s you how to do it!

Favorite dish: Roasted Corn Pasta Salad. To be honest the gemelli is what first caught my attention (my favorite pasta shape!) but the flavors of chipotle and sweet corn in this recipe had me hooked.

Favorite space saver: Bed Sconces. None of the bedrooms in my house are particularly huge so I’m always looking for ways to save space. This sconce solution would totally work for me!

Favorite yum: Honey Mustard Glazed Chicks in a Blanket. Because, what isn’t made better by wrapping in bacon, and glazing with honey mustard sauce??? Love the super-short ingredient list in this recipe, too.

Favorite funny: Trust Fall. Ok, this video is really stupid, but it makes me laugh really hard. I TRUST YOU!

Favorite sweet: Fresh Strawberry Cake. While it’s definitely not strawberry season – far from it – I’ve been seeing strawberry recipes everywhere lately. Perhaps its our collective wishful thinking for warmer weather? Whatever the case may be, this Fresh Strawberry Cake is the best looking recipe I’ve seen yet.

Favorite placeIf I can’t be twirling in strawberry fields, I’ll take a cup of hot chocolate and a good book in front of this roaring fire in my cozy, log cabin thankyouverymuch. 

Favorite fresh: Deviled Egg Chef SaladI am a total sucker for Chef Salads (sans bleu cheese) and Deviled Eggs. What a great, fresh combo of the two!

Favorite furball. Been there, done that…

Favorite brunch: Coffee Crunch Cake. Oh crumble topping, take me away!

Favorite funky: Herringbone Scarf. How chic would this look with a nice black wool coat for a night out?

Favorite devour: Low-Carb Caramel Machiatto Tiramisu. Oh the humanity! Would you believe this epic dessert is low-carb, too?!

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Have a GREAT weekend, everyone!

 

Month of Holiday Giveaways

As we come to the final giveaway in the Month of Holiday Giveaways, I wanted to thank each and every person who participated this year. As they say, it’s more fun to give than to receive, and I loved reading all your excited comments about the products we gave away this year. To finish up, I thought I’d appeal to your fitness-loving side!

Whether you made a resolution to get back on track with your workouts, or you just need some encouragement to keep on keepin’ on, one reader is going to win a fitness-related prize pack, including…

1-Year Fitness Magazine Subscription

Filled with workout tips and ideas, recipes, and product reviews, this is one of my favorite magazines I receive. I especially love the tear out workout cards I can take with me anywhere!

Peekaboo Ponytail Hat

Love running outdoors in the winter, but find it hard to manage your pony AND a warm hat? Peekaboo Ponytail Hats have an opening in the back for your ponytail to slide right through! If you don’t have long hair, no worries, the opening is very discreet and doesn’t show if you’re not using it. Choose from Glacier or Birch in Misses, and Stardust and Lipsmack for Little Miss (you’ll get one of each size.)

Little Green Pouch

Originally intended as a reusable food pouch for toddlers, Little Green Pouches also make excellent water bottles for long runs or workouts. Just fill up and squeeze as you please!

Sweaty Bands

I have tried a TON of workout headbands in my day that claim to be non-slip, but guess what – they ALL slip. Not Sweaty Bands. These babies have this crazy, crushed-velvet like backing that literally do. not. slip. I wear mine all the time. Included in the prize pack are the two Sweaty Bands you see below.

Enter to win this entire fitness-themed giveaway by using the voting widget below. Click on the “+1″ button then click “Enter” by 11:59pm central time on Saturday, January 5. Good luck!

 *** PLEASE NOTE: the widget may take up to a minute to load and may not work in Internet Explorer. Winners are chosen randomly via Random.org and will be contacted directly via email. ***

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Comments

  1. Kristin thank you for linking up my Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups as your fave bite – that’s so sweet! I’m pretty much in love with everything from the Tiramisu to the Pear Cocktail to the Strawberry Cake! Hope your 2013 is off to a great start!

  2. Bobbi 01.04.2013

    Yum! Those chocolate chip cookie cups look awesome and love the herringbone scarf. Enjoy your steam mop – absolutely adore mine. Did you hear they’re making Gone Girl into a movie? The whole time I was reading that book I kept thinking it would make a good movie, excited for it to come out

  3. That is so funny about the steam mop. I totally want one of those and I’ve been perusing the user reviews. Please let us know which one you get and what you think. Happy steaming!!

  4. Lacey Bean 01.04.2013

    OMG I need the ponytail hat in my life! That would solve all of life’s (first world) problems!

  5. ErikaMC 01.04.2013

    Since we finally have snow I will be going snowshoeing! I’m very excited.

    Be sure to tell us how you like the steam mop – I might need to get one too.

  6. mary s 01.04.2013

    def needed the pashmini lesson and….. must say…. I wait all week for the Friday Favorites. and this week has been a week of fridays, or mondays, Either way it’s been LONG.

  7. Erin 01.04.2013

    oh man do i ever need some motivation to work out. apparently, a honeymoon trip to st. john isn’t enough of a kick in the bootie! love all these favorites too.

  8. Jackie 01.04.2013

    Steam mops are the best invention EVER for tile floors. I love mine, and you will instantly be able to feel the difference on your bare feet! Thanks for the giveaway! We will be cheering on the Vikings tomorrow night in the playoff game! Skol!

  9. Valerie 01.04.2013

    The Sweatybands and Peekaboo ponytail hat are AWESOME! Makes for good running accessories all year round! Thanks for offering this giveaway- what a great collection of items!

  10. I totally love gemelli shaped pasta too :D

    OK so I’ve only ever heard about Gone Girl on a bunch of the blogs I read (all written by women) so I got this idea in my head that it was 50 Shades of Grey-esque in its reader appeal…and then died laughing when I realized my boyfriend’s super fratty 25-year old dude roommate was reading it! But he said it was crazy so I might have to steal it from him soon :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.05.2013

      That’s so funny because my brother-in-law recommended it to me – said his roommate was reading it, and everyone was laughing at him because they thought it was chick-lit, which it obviously didn’t turn out to be!

  11. Ashley 01.04.2013

    I love your Friday Favorites! The chef salad looks amazing. Also, need that herringbone scarf–so cute! Hope I win the giveaway :)

  12. Lindsey F 01.04.2013

    What an awesome giveaway! I may have to get some of those no slip headbands, they are adorable!

  13. Erin Kaye 01.04.2013

    LOVE this giveaway! I have long, thick hair and hate having to wear it down to run in cold weather… Please let me win for that hat!

  14. Marilyn Martin 01.04.2013

    LOVE the furball! We have one just like him!

  15. Jenny 01.04.2013

    Sweaty bands are the best I have a serious issue so much so I cannot go to their website. I give them as gifts all the time and everyone loves them. I am going to look into that hat it would be perfect for winter! It is cold out there!

  16. Leslie 01.04.2013

    Seriously my favorite tea is by Forte tea and it’s a white ginger pear. It’s phenomenal. I can’t wait to have this baby so I can make this cocktail!!

  17. Renee 01.04.2013

    I LOVED The Violets of March! I read all of the Sarah Jio books over Christmas after pinning the recommendation for Blackberry Winter that you posted. Keep recommending! I’ve set a goal to read 50 books this year (Christmas to Christmas) and I’ve finished five so far…

  18. Kristin 01.04.2013

    I love my steam mop, and guess what? It is strawberry season in Florida. In February (I think) they hold the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, which is a little bit like a state fair. Food, rides, music acts. I just had my first pint of strawberries, and they were delicious. And, I hope you’ll consider an Italian greyhound for your Friday favorites. I just hugged an IG puppy today, and he was the cutest! Made my Friday :)

  19. Maria 01.04.2013

    OK, I really think I want to punch the ‘trust me’ guy!

  20. Kristin 01.04.2013

    I LOVED Gone Girl. I read it in a day. Totally freaky but I couldn’t put it down. You can read my full review on my blog. I’m a book blogger, but I love your recipes!

  21. Patti 01.04.2013

    I purchased those little green pouches for my toddler. They would be a bit small for a water bottle. However, they do have similar larger pouches at Eddie Bauer that are meant to be water bottles and that are excellent!!

  22. stacym 01.04.2013

    Awesome giveaway, I was just reading a Fitness mag at the Dr.s office thinking I need a subscription! Gone Girl was plain crazy, I still can’t get over how unglued those people are!! The strawberry cake looks delish and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for all the great tips on this Friday’s Favorites!

  23. Meredith 01.04.2013

    Okay, that video is HYSTERICAL. I laughed SO HARD. Thanks for that. :)

  24. I love these posts- there is always something I’d never seen before. That video was hilarious

  25. It’s been beyond freezing here in New England, but seeing those pretty little strawberry cupcakes reminds me that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ll need to remind myself to make those when I’m done hibernating :)

  26. Beth 01.04.2013

    Loved the pony tail hats!

  27. Jen 01.04.2013

    Sarah Jio is AMAZING! Also check out Erica Bauermeister.

  28. JV 01.04.2013

    Trust me! Hilarious! I was laughing out loud and my husband was starting to get annoyed and then he watched it and was dying!

  29. Mollie K 01.04.2013

    Literally died laughing at the “I trust you” video. hahahahah Just the kind of laugh I needed today.

  30. LindaRobinson 01.04.2013

    I love the give away. I hope my name gets drawn! I could sure use it! My fingers are crossed.

  31. Kaelin 01.04.2013

    I read both of those books last year and they were at the top of my list, too! Gone Girl is totally warped.

    And I am in serious need of a ponytail hat! I end up wearing ear warmers/head bands on runs in the winter instead of hats, because I can’t stand my long hair sticking to my neck. Brilliant!

  32. I keep hearing such great things about Gone Girl. I really need to get my hands on a copy and read it.

    Awesome giveaway! I am LOVING that ponytail hat…so creative and cute! :)

  33. Elizabeth 01.04.2013

    I would love the peekaboo ponytail hat! I am going to have t read violets of march! I just finished blackberry winter and would love something else by her!

  34. Haley S 01.04.2013

    Gemelli is my favorite pasta too! Yummy! (:

  35. Meredith 01.04.2013

    I read Blackberry Winter after your post and recommendation. Loved it. Then I read The Bungalow. Now I happen to be reading Violets of March. I love her books!! I am sure this one will be great also!!

  36. SB 01.04.2013

    I just read Violets of March this past week, too!! Love, love, LOVED it…especially the long-lost-love mystery entwined with the Pacific Northwest setting. Onto Blackberry Winter next!

  37. Megan 01.04.2013

    I just read Blackberry Winter and loved it, will be on to Violets of March next! I too get excited to steam clean my dog-hair filled carpet, you are not alone in your floor cleaning glory!

  38. Andrea Gurine 01.04.2013

    Thanks for the books suggestions. I’ve had Gone Girl on my wish list for a while. Guess it is time to buy it! Will have to check out Violets of March while I’m at it.

  39. kari 01.04.2013

    Happy New Year fellow Iowan! Rock on in the New Year, I look forward to your posts and photos!

  40. Jess 01.05.2013

    Great round-up! LOVE that herringbone scarf. I saw those strawberry cupcakes this week and definitely must make them – oddly it’s strawberry season now in Thailand (this is the only time of year it’s cool enough for them to grow here – ha)!

  41. Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com 01.05.2013

    What a brilliant giveaway! If only I lived in the US! I love Fitness magazine. Your health and fitness magazines are much better than ours in the UK.

    I’m off on a mini-break to Oxford with my boyfriend today – our Christmas gift to each other. Can’t wait!

    Your reference to the short ingredient list made me laugh. That’s what I always look for!

  42. Lisa @ SoTeaBeeZa 01.05.2013

    Yes, I’m one of those people, too; people who get excited about a steam mop. I got one for Christmas, and by the end of the day, all my floor were clean. :)

    Hey, who said mopping isn’t fun!!

  43. Amanda 01.05.2013

    I loved the last Sarah Jio book you recommended, Blackberry Winter,so I am sure this one will be just as good! I just read Gone Girl too. Good description of it, that book was crazy! I started reading another of hers but stopped to get back into the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. I just started the series this summer so I have a lot of catching up to do! Also, I just had to let you know that I love, love, love reading your Friday Favorites and your daily posts! I’m the creepy blog reader who talks to my fiancé about the things you are making like we are best friends and just got done texting about it(probably shouldn’t admit that outloud). I am very excited for the homemade sushi. That is on my to do list so now that you’re going to post about it I have no excuse but to attempt to make it!

  44. Tina B 01.05.2013

    Ha ha we laughed over the “trust you” dude” ;) Ouch some of those landings had to hurt! Love the peek a boo hat-I need to get my daughter one of those-I didn’t know they were out there! Keep up the geat work :)

  45. Emily 01.05.2013

    I have a steam mop, too! It is the BEST THING EVER! You’re going to love it. And be completely amazed by how clean your floors get in such a short amount of time – mopping time is reduced by more than half!

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Fingers crossed that I win!

  46. this is probably one of the most amazing packets for a giveaway!! i would love probably every part of it!

    thanks for the giveaway!!

  47. Ahhhh I hope I win! Love all of this!

  48. I’m a fan of Tosh.0 and I always love his Trust Fall videos!! And the salad sounds amazing!!

  49. The sushi and the cookie cups look out of control amazing! I am obviously hungry. Thanks for sharing, Happy weekend! :)

  50. Dee 01.05.2013

    I love fridays on your blog. I get the best ideas!

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