1. Early morning runs. Especially when it’s a perfectly cool & crisp 60 degrees, like it was this morning! After my Mom and I parted ways, I zipped off on a blissful 3 miler. No yapping dogs in sight. :)  

2. Edible bowls, like the one containing the fruit & yogurt parfait I had for breakfast!


Oh Raspberry Chobani, I love you so!!!


How can 14g of creamy, thick, sweet protein NOT be on your list of favorite things?!


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cantaloupe
  • 1 Raspberry Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 banana (1/2 mixed in with the yogurt, 1/2 on top)
  • Raspberries
  • Sliced almonds


MAN, I love this breakfast!


Cutting up cantaloupe is definitely NOT one of my favorite things, so being able to scoop it straight out of the rind with a spoon is perfect for me. :)  


3. The combination of banana and raspberry. Honestly, this goes beyond favorite to LOVE.


4. Throwback lunches. 


Such as one containing almond butter & homemade strawberry jam on 100% Whole Wheat EarthGrains bread,


crunchy baby carrots,


and a sweet & juicy peach!

I am still kicking myself for not buying a bushel from this one vendor at the Farmer’s Market two weeks ago, who had THE most ripe & luscious peaches I have ever tasted. They had arrived from Georgia a couple days prior to the market and for whatever reason, I didn’t buy any. The next week he was out of them, so I had to buy some from the store. Hopefully they’ll taste just as good!


All I’m missing is my Rainbow Brite lunch box. ;)


5. Girly Stuff.


Including Makeup Forever brand cosmetics. You guys actually turned me onto this brand when I asked for some foundation/powder recs and I just LOVE it! Actually I love it WITH the foundation brush. Without it, the makeup is just OK. With it, it’s unstoppable!


Aveeno Fig + Shea Butter body wash. If this was an ice cream, I’d swim in it – it smells sooo good! And it hydrates so well that I don’t need to panic about skipping my morning lotion if I’m in a rush.


Bath & Body Works Black Raspberry Vanilla Body Splash. I’ve been wearing this same scent since high school, and I adore it. Sweet & refreshing – I’ll never stray. :D


Here are a few more of my favorite things!

My nephew

The Iowa countryside

Getting the parking spot closest to the door

People that wave hello to strangers

Pepperidge Farms Frozen Vanilla Bean Cake

The sounds and smells of a summer morning

Boca Java Coffee

Starbucks lattes

New York City

Checking out and learning that the item you’re buying is on sale


Finding time to breathe on a busy day

Being married

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

These brownies

These brownies + peanut butter cookie ice cream

Ann Taylor Loft

Pantene ProV Triple Action Mousse for fine hair

Ina Garten


Truly nice people

Locally made products (Gino’s, Graddy’s, Bisignano’s, Northern Prairie Goat Cheese)

All of you, for which this blog would not be possible without!

Ok, I guess that was more than a few things!!!

On that note, have a wonderful day, peeps! :D


What are a few of YOUR favorite things? People, places, food, products, locations? I can feel this turning into a warm and fuzzy post. ;)