Friday Favorites


Hi there!

I couldn’t be happier today. It’s Friday, Ben and I leave for Charleston on Sunday morning (epic Easter planning fail – I had no idea it was so early when I booked the trip,) and it’s been a beautiful week here in the Midwest!

Yesterday we reached 56 degrees so I took the Bump out on a walk. I feel like I haven’t really been showing very much, then week 23 happened and – BAM.  Bump! ; ) It’s supposed to get up to 63 degrees today, so I’m heading out for a run as soon as I hit publish on this post!


It should be a crazy, but fun weekend. Between my niece Evie’s first birthday party tomorrow (my how time flies!) my little brother flying in from Denver for the occasion, plus trying to get ready to leave, there won’t be a minute to spare. Looking forward to every crazy minute though.

I’ll be gone all next week, but have a couple of awesome (seriously don’t miss ’em) guest post recipes planned for ya’. Plus I’ll be popping in to show you what Ben and I are up to in Charleston (stuffing our faces, most likely,) here on the blog, as well as on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter all week!

Until we meet again, have a great weekend everyone, and if you celebrate, a happy and blessed Easter!

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Favorite treat: Chocolate Chip Cookie Popcorn. I’m kind of on the fence about crazy popcorn creations. Give me some butter and salt, and I’m good. That said, I flipped when I saw this sweet Chocolate Chip Cookie Popcorn. I would definitely inhale this!


Favorite place: The Oasis – Lake Travis, Austin, TX. What a view! The Oasis is a popular restaurant perched on a bluff 450 feet above Lake Travis in Austin, TX, Would you dare?


Favorite combo: Lime & Coconut Chicken. This flavor combo reminds me of the Caribbean. What a mouthwatering grilling recipe.


Favorite furball. This is one bunny I wouldn’t mind seeing hopping through my yard! ;)


Favorite sip: Citrus-Strawberry Green Tea. In the spirit of fruit + tea combos, I thought the combo of citrus, strawberry, and green tea in this drink sounded super refreshing!


Favorite find: My Catch All Bag. ADORABLE. This Noonday bag is on back order, but it’s the perfect size for traveling as it can hold a laptop, a few magazines, and a compact or two. Love the classic striped design.


Favorite sweet: Peanut Butter Toffee Dip. Ohh come to Mama! You could put toffee in pretty much anything and I’d be sold, but peanut butter too? Must try.


Favorite fashion. So cute for spring, right?


Favorite slurp: Szechuan Noodles. I’ve been really into slurpy noodle dishes lately, case in point, I should probably buy stock in Noodles & Company’s Udon Pan Noodles at the rate I’ve been devouring them over the past several months. Love the looks of these garlicky, slightly-spicy Szechuan Noodles.


Favorite decor. My brother and sister-in-law have their main living room decorated in similar colors and I love how cozy, yet smart it always feels.


Favorite pop: Cinnamon Bun Bites. Thinking these would be really yummy for Easter morning. Basically poppable cinnamon buns!


Favorite funny: Hutzler 571 anana Slicer Reviews. Ok this link has been flying around Facebook for the past several weeks, and I’ve resisted looking until last night. The user reviews on this simple banana slicer are HILARIOUS. Click to view all the reviews, then sort by “most helpful” and get a tissue handy. You’ll be crying from laughter!

I would rate this product as just okay. It’s kind of cheaply made. But it works better than the hammer I’ve been using to slice my bananas.


Favorite fitness: Run, Burpee, Run Workout. I tackled this workout earlier this week and it flew by. (Note: I subbed plie squats in for the burpees.)


Favorite indulge: Brie & Bacon Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam. Salty bacon or deli meats, cheese and sweet jam is, well, my jam. The ultimate savory/sweet combo!


Favorite tip: How to Pack ClothesThis is such a brilliant idea. Had to make note for a future house move!


Favorite fresh: Lemon Blueberry Muffins. I have been lusting after these bright, cheery, and sweet muffins all week. Aren’t they just a breath of fresh air?!


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Have a great weekend, everyone!

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  1. Julie 03.29.2013

    You are such a tease w/ your shadow bump pic! :P Have a great trip! Can’t wait to read all about it. ;)

    P.S. So sweet that your brother is flying back for Evie’s b-day party! Your family is so awesome! Have fun!

  2. The Bump’s silhouette is too cute! I’m loving that outfit and the Noonday bag. I’m supposed to attend the launch party for Noonday and can’t wait to do some shopping! I just hope everything isn’t on backorder. Have fun in Charleston!

  3. Ashley 03.29.2013

    Make sure you stop at “The Gin Join” in Charleston. Although you can’t drink, your hubby should order a drink called the Gin Basil Smash. It is soooooo amazing. Enjoy!!

  4. Whitney 03.29.2013

    Another great idea for moving clothes is to lay your clothes (on the hanger) in a pile on a sheet on your bed, and tie them up in a bundle. It has worked wonders for me when moving (and I’ve moved almost every summer for the past 6 years)!

  5. Jodie 03.29.2013

    My husbands family has a house on Lake Travis. The Oasis was just a boat ride away. Sadly, the lakes level is so low making impossible to boat on =(

  6. katydidsoaps 03.29.2013

    Squeee! Bump!

    That bacon and brie sandwich needs to find its way to my house.

  7. Alyssa O 03.29.2013

    I love The Oasis in Austin!!! Great food and a beautiful view, especially if you time your meal around when the sun sets.

  8. Tieghan 03.29.2013

    Loving a you food pics for this week! Making my mouth water!

  9. Abby VZ 03.29.2013

    If you are craving some Szechuan Noodles you should stop by a Noodle Zoo and get theirs!!!! It’s amazingly wonderful!

  10. Tracy 03.29.2013

    Your shadow bump is cute!!

  11. I am sure someone has already recommended it, but please go to Husk, even if its just for an afternoon snack. Amazing. The cornbread with lard butter will knock your socks off… trust me. And stop by Fleet Landing or the Market Pavilion Rooftop for a beautiful view of the harbor. Lunch at Magnolia’s or Cru Cafe is inevitably fantastic, but Jestine’s kitchen is always worth the wait. If you like Thai, head to Basil. Again, worth the wait. Ok, I’ll stop now. Have a blast! :)

  12. Britney Mills 03.29.2013

    I like the shadow bump pic. I’m always self-conscious of taking pics but I guess it’s good to document the journey. I hear ya on not showing much until all of a sudden you just pop out there. That’s all that happens to me :) Have a fun trip!

  13. Sara 03.29.2013

    Dear lord those banana slicer comments had me and the co-workers ROLLING on the floor. Seriously, though? Why?
    Have a fun trip!!!

  14. The bump photo is so cute.

  15. Ana 03.29.2013

    Love the bump picture! And now I’m daydreaming about that bag…

  16. Christie 03.29.2013

    Those Szechuan Noodles look SO GOOD!! I love your belly bump picture, so cute! I’m also 23 weeks and feel like my stomach definitely popped out this week, too! :)Have a great trip! My husband used to be stationed near there when he was in the Navy,(before we met) and he loved it, so it has been on our vacation list for a while! We just moved out to North Carolina (from Des Moines) in October so hopefully a little vacay to Charleston will be happening within the next year or so! :)

  17. debtgirl 03.29.2013

    You need to go to a Pho restaurant for oodles of noodles! Really great. I just made up that name, so don’t expect to see it on any menu unless of course, they are clever, like me! ;-)

    Aww… you look so cute! I can’t wait!
    Have a safe and wonderful trip & Easter.

  18. Pari 03.29.2013

    The Amazon link made my afternoon! Hilarious!

  19. Lift, Sleep, Eat 03.29.2013

    mmm that cookie popcorn looks unreal!! as does the peanut toffee dip…drool! id definitely love to eat at that looks so cool!

  20. Bacon, Brie & Fig jam…my stomach is rumbling just typing those ingredients.

    More bump pictures please!

  21. That chocolate chip cookie popcorn sounds amazing!! Two of my favorite things combined into one treat sounds perfect!

    And that restaurant looks amazing. I will have to be that on my list of places to visit :).

  22. Oh I love Lake Travis! I’m a Texas girl and my god parents had a house off of Lake Travis for about ten years. The water is gorgeous and there’s nothing like a day spent water skiing and tubing to work up an appetite!Or sitting in your life jacket upside down for a little “corkin” session while your beer corks beside you in a koozie. Man, I miss that place.

  23. Oooh thanks for posting that citrus strawberry green tea link! I saw it on Pinterest but my friend who pinned it pinned a dead link :(

    Trash bags were my #1 trick when moving in and out of dorms in college. I put my trash bag over the top and cut out a hole for the hangers (which I tie together as well as I can). So clutch!

  24. Jodi 03.29.2013

    Today was the first I had seen the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer reviews. Funniest things I have read in…. forever! I can’t begin to tell the biological responses I had reading them. Thank you, thank you, thank you for putting them on your blog!

  25. Those cinnamon bun bites, oh my gah! Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous favorites. Have a great Easter, Kristin!

  26. I’ve been lusting over those muffins all week too! The photography is beautiful! Have a fun trip!

  27. nancy 03.29.2013

    You sweet little thing you — if only I could send you a similar pix of me back in 1981 with my lovely Dana. I also would drag my working friends into the bathroom to pull up my shirt to show them my “bump”. Back then, “bump” was not a word — and huge maternity clothes were what we shopped for. Oh, how I would love to do it over and wear the maternity fashion out there. Enjoy that little bump. It will certainly get bigger and bigger – oh, enjoy that, too. Before you know it, Kristen, your little boy will be born and then you will wonder about that weird feeling in your tummy that feels kind of like a baby and kind of like gas. LOL But holding your son will be so amazing and magical — I’m excited for you. I don’t even know you but feel like maybe you are having a grandchild that I would like to have. (Hint to my darling Dana – I am ready to be Grandma).

  28. Sara Ann 03.29.2013

    I’m going to Charleston, SC on Sunday too! (Actually Isle of Palms but close enough!) So excited for some warmer weather!

  29. Trisha 03.29.2013

    Those banana slicer reviews…wtf?! How did so many people jump on board to write such hilarious reviews on such a silly product?!

  30. Deborah 03.29.2013

    Thanks so much for including my popcorn – now I’m wishing I had some more!!

  31. Bek @ Crave 03.29.2013

    Wow look at your bump! :) Love your Friday Favs!

  32. OMG those banana slicer reviews are priceless!!!

    Those cinnamon bites look yum as does the popcorn. I’m usually the same as you and prefer just plain popcorn.

    Plus loving that carry all bag, anything with a nautical-esque look to it and I’m there :)

  33. Wow I’m sorry but I have to post my favourite quotes from the banana slicer review:

    ‘We have incorporated it into our lovemaking’
    ‘Once I figured out I had to peel the banana before using – it works much better.’
    ‘For decades I have been trying to come up with an ideal way to slice a banana. “Use a knife!” they say. Well…my parole officer won’t allow me to be around knives.’
    ‘No more throwing bananas at the ceiling fan for me!’
    ‘This product gave me the confidence I need to slice my own banana, any time, any where.’


  34. Amanda 03.30.2013

    Your “Friday Favorites” post is my favorite Friday post. Thanks.

  35. Kristi 03.30.2013

    I have that purple shirt! It’s very comfortable and cute:)

  36. Renee 03.30.2013

    Hi Kristin! Thank you so much for including my sandwich in your Friday Favorites! It’s such a great sandwich I’m glad more people are finding out about it! Have a great weekend.

  37. ann 03.31.2013

    Love the Oasis at Lake Travis, yummy sun downer shots with a beautiful view. Thanks for highlighting a favorite college memory.

  38. I want to go to the oasis, and eat coconut lime chicken while in there!!

  39. Carl 03.31.2013

    If you like chocolate chip cookie popcorn, you would love the caramel and chocolate popcorn at the old Popcorn Indiana (later rebranded Dave and Thomas Popcorn, or something like that) store in times square. Unfortunately, I found out last time I was in Manhattan the store was closed down…major disappointment!!!

  40. That closet packing is HILARIOUS but awesome!!

  41. First off, congrats on the bump! This is such an exciting time in your life!

    Secondly, I love the colors in the “decor” shot and hydrangeas are my favorite flowers.

  42. Love so much about this post. I have loved loved the weather in Iowa lately. (Finally, a Monday without a snow storm!)…and the banana cutter has the best reviews! And the cinnamon bun bites look sinfully amazing.

  43. Love so much about this post. I have loved loved the weather in Iowa lately. (Finally, a Monday without a snow storm!)…and the banana cutter has the best reviews! And the cinnamon bun bites look sinfully amazing. Also–I have a little Westie at home, and she’s pretty much the diva of our house.

  44. Donna Boudreau 04.01.2013

    I’ve actually been to The Oasis in Texas. I forgot all about that place until I saw that picture. It was many, many years ago. I’m from MA but my boyfriend went away to school at the University of Texas. I was out there visiting and he took me there. It was the first time I ever had fajitas!

  45. Liz 04.02.2013

    Love the banana slicer reviews! Search these two on Amazon as well, you will DIE:

    1. Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant – 55 Gallon
    2. Bic Cristal For Her Pen.

  46. Brita 04.02.2013

    How is it that you know exactly what I would like to gawk at?!?! Kindred spirits :)

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