Happy Friday everyone!

This weekend I’ll be donning my bikini for the very first time all summer (I know) as Ben and I are heading to the Lake of the Ozarks for a few days of fun in the sun with friends!

I feel like I’m the only person in the Midwest who has yet to see the popular summer spot in central Missouri, and I’m beyond pumped. Hopefully we’ll get to swing by the legendary Party Cove, which one travel writer from the NY Times dubbed “the oldest established permanent floating bacchanal in the country.” Bahaha!

(Ok after a quick Google image search of party cove I am slightly rethinking that request…)

Anyways we’ve felt trapped indoors for a good part of the summer because of the heat, so a real “summery” experience is just what Ben and I need. Here goes nothin’! :D

I hope you’ve got some fun plans too, including spending some time outdoors (should be a blissful weekend around here!) but in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

Favorite fantasy: Gooey Chocolate Caramel Fantasy. OMG – all the things!


Favorite fashion: J Crew Classic Wide Bangle. Pink? Check. Shiny? Check. Adorable? Check!


Favorite fitness: Fitnessista’s Rainy Day Workout. I trucked through this workout yesterday and holy buckets, it is killer! The bicep curl countdown was pure torture, but as they say – no pain, no gain!


Favorite pooch: Dapper Dog. What a gentleman!


Favorite sip: Peach Margaritas. I had the best. peach. ever. last weekend and have been obsessing over everything peach ever since. These margs sound perfect.


Favorite tip: Coaster Tray. Although there’s only two of us, Ben is constantly putting his cup on the counter and I’m constantly putting it in the dishwasher – then we’re both irritated at each other. Love this blogger’s solution to our situation!


Favorite dish: Lime & Coconut Chicken. Ohhh this sounds so exotic and delish. Like something from a tropical island vacay.


Favorite craft: Custom Wrapping Paper. Ok this might not be as cool as I’m thinking it is in my head – but ironing two pieces of wax paper together with tissue paper cutouts in the middle to create custom wrapping paper is freaking awesome, right?


Favorite place: Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. Seriously the coolest.


Favorite remix: 25 Alternatives to Potato Chips and French Fries. Loving these clever ideas – especially the zucchini & beet chips!


Favorite how-to: 12 Ways to Knot Your Belt. As someone who is extremely fashion challenged, this is so helpful!


Favorite funny: Ham Dogger. Call me the weirdest person alive, but I cannot get over this ham dogger contraption. I mean…right?! Hilarious!


Favorite woah: Lake House in Muskoka, Ontario, CA. Forget the ham dogger, get me this place, stat!


Favorite fresh: Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil Pesto. A beautiful summer dish.


Favorite obsession: Neon Pink Wooden Bowl Set. Must. have. NEON PINK BOWLS.


Favorite Top 10: 10 Reasons We’re Cuckoo for Coconut Oil. Some really great ways to use coconut oil – besides chewy homemade granola bars. :)


Favorite save: Remove Rust Spots from Knives. Great recipe for saving your good knives from rust stains when you’re cough too lazy to hand wash them the second you’re down with them cough. (Me.)


Favorite slurp: Sausage and Bean Soup with Pasta. Going into my Sunday night Fall dinner rotation!

sausage soup

Favorite save: Save 15% off all Green Mountain Coffee® flavored coffees available in K-Cup® packs with code YUMMY-8131 until September 12 on GreenMountainCoffee.com. I have been loving down the Wild Blueberry flavor as of late! (Full disclosure, I am a Green Mountain K-Cup Ambassador!)


Favorite recipe: Apples with Salty Medjool Caramel. You will not believe this recipe for “caramel” apples. Hello, healthy Fall!


Favorite find: Jeweled Espresso Spoons. I am pining after these spoons so bad. They’d look so amazing in food photos.


Favorite sweet: Caramel Apple Cake. If you think the outside of this cake looks good – wait to you see the inside. Oh yeah!


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Have a fantastic weekend!