Raise your hand if you’re ready for the weekend! :D

Also raise your hand if you cannot believe that Christmas is LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY. Uhh, WHAT?! As I mentioned earlier, Ben and I are heading to DC to celebrate with his family this year, and I have not even mentally prepared myself for the fun and family time that awaits. Nor thought about packing. Who am I kidding, that will wait until circa 6 hours before we leave. Standard practice, you see.

At any rate, we don’t have anything on the agenda for the weekend (again! Bliss!) so it should be a relaxing weekend at home before the festivies of the holidays begins. Can’t wait. :)

Hope you have something fun planned for yourself but, in the meantime, please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web in the week’s Friday Favorites, and don’t forget to checkout an awesome giveaway from Stella & Dot at the end of the post. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Favorite healthy treat: Congo Bars. Yahoo – my sister-in-law posted the recipe for the dairy-free, soy-free, peanut-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free, wheat-free Congo Bars she brought to lunch last weekend. They are seriously so yummy – you would never know they aren’t “normal” cookie bars!

Favorite style: Parker Leather Wrap. LOVE this mix of bling and casual style.

Favorite breakfast: Caramelized Apple Oatmeal. If this doesn’t get you to eat your oatmeal, then I don’t know what will.

Favorite devour: Peppermint Ice Cream and Hot Cocoa Affogato. Now taking bets on how long it would take me to devour a big bowl of this rich hot cocoa poured over cold peppermint ice cream.

Favorite place: Lofoten Islands, Norway. Just totally confirming my obsession with the entire freaking country of Norway. I want to spin barefoot on a mountaintop there.

Favorite snack: Cuties! I LOVE when clementines come into season. They are perfectly sweet and so easy to peel. I bought a big bag earlier this week and already gave myself a sore on my the side of my mouth (TMI?) from eating so many. Worth it.

Favorite bite: Homemade Pretzel Bites. WOW – never knew making these could be so easy! Obessing over the garlic-butter slather, too.

Favorite fitness: The Core Challenge. This looks doable, right?

Favorite treat: Peppermint Oreo Truffles. These look SO easy to make, and I can only imagine how yummy they’d be!

Favorite polish: Essie Penny Talk. I think you’re either a nail polish girl, or you aren’t. I’m not, but I can still appreciate a super-pretty shade like this rose-gold-esque Essie polish. Would be cute every once in a while when I get motivated!

Favorite indulge: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies. Check out at that gooey cookie dough topping!!

Favorite sip: Jingle Jangle Punch. Wow I could seriously slam a glass of this festive, berry-spiked punch right about now!

Favorite dinner: Crock Pot Rancher’s Roast Beef. Doesn’t this look mouthwatering? Especially love that it’s crock pot-friendly. Plus it has pepperoncinis, which make everything better. Always.

Favorite give: West Elm Baggu Bag. These bags are the perfect size for traveling, and I love that you can customize them with an initial. Great holiday gift idea!

Favorite dessert: Double Cookie & Cream Bars. My favorite dessert flavor – cookies & cream – times 2!!

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Month of Holiday Giveaways

I have a soft spot in my heart for elegant and unique jewelry with classic, timeless style, which is why I feature Stella & Dot jewelry on my Friday Favorites allthetime. That said, I was PUMPED when Stella & Dot stylist (and IGE reader!) Denise Gulley offered to giveaway a piece this month. Of course I responded YES! and together we picked out a few choices that I know you, or someone on your gift list, will just love. Choose from…

Serenity Stone Drop Earrings available in smoky or jade:

Lindsay Bangle available in turquoise or white:

or Serenity Small Stone Pendant in aqua:

Enter to win your choice of Stella & Dot jewelery by 11:59pm central time on Saturday, December 15. Here’s how:

  1. Enter once by clicking on the “+1″ button next to the piece you want, then clicking “Enter” .
  2. Enter a second time by “Liking” Denise’s Stella & Dot Facebook page. If you currently Like her page, click “I’m a Fan!”. If you do not, Like the page via the blue button, and then click “I’m a Fan!” (You must have a Facebook account for this option.)

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