FIVE things for Friday: Favorites

Without sounding too, too happy, Friday Five is my list of 5 things that I am so happy about this week!

1. My new oven! After living for two weeks without an oven…We got one from the GE Café line and I LOVE it.  It heats up super fast, the oven heats evenly and has convection, and it is sparkling-clean! I love, love, love this bad boy. I haven’t used the bake-bottom drawer, but for now it is storing the top grate and a pan that I have no room for. The light above this on the vent-fan is tremendous.  We have been in the dark!  Thank you GE for your awesome…because I have lived your un-awesome (read: dishwasher. erg).

new oven

2. My new fan and recessed lights in my kitchen. There was a spot of darkness, where no light could shine, right above where I do most of my chopping/prepping.  Awesome, right? Now there is light! I can see both my fingers and the knife! This is a good thing! We had them put in all over the ceiling, where there was no light at all.  The difference is amazing. The fan, isn’t really great, but it is very good. Our old one had a crazy huge light and was the color of a baby’s diaper…the after part.  Gross. No one wants a dirty diaper hanging from your ceiling…and then spinning around with lights. Not this gal.

new fan

3. Take your child to work day.  I got to have some much-needed one-on-one time with the “middle-child” who really needed this time with me. I can remember going to work with my Dad- to his “fancy” office, and seeing how he lived when he wasn’t at home with us…It felt like I was so special and it made me respect him for being so ‘important’ in his hi-rise office and taking me out to lunch at a restaurant (big deal to a little one at that time)! Now, the college library (where I work) experience isn’t quite like that…but it was REALLY nice, and she loved going to the college bookstore, campus Dunkin Donuts, mailbox, and meeting all the people that I work with. She had a good day, I must say. Love her.

take child to work day

Sigh.  Am just noticing that I look pregnant in this shirt. Shoot. That was my go-to shirt! Has it always made me look like that?  I will have to rethink that one…okay- moving on.

4. The Handana Giveaway.  It is my 1st time doing a legit giveaway, and it happens to be for a product and company that I can really get behind.  It is a thoughtful product story, made in the USA, and the company is woman-owned. Girl-power! Thanks to those who have entered- it makes a big impact in reflecting to the company how I can operate in a review/giveaway situation, so I really appreciate it!  There are still 3 days to enter if you haven’t yet-

Win a Handana

5. Today I am going on a “field trip” to a local tourist place with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and our kids since we are Spring vacation break.  I am so thankful to love my in-law family so much! We always have fun and lots to share and our kids know and love eachother to pieces.  It is a gift to my kids, but also for me as well. Xoxo to them.

What are 5 things you are happy about this week? I actually have a few more that I could tack on here, but I will reserve it…Too much positivity can be annoying. winkwink!

Have a wonderful weekend~

I am linking up with a few other blogs who also have some Friday Faves that I think are fun to read up on:

3 Things: Wednesday Workout Inspiration

Workout inspiration.  Everyone needs it. Not everyone wants it.

I find inspiration in so many things, in so many aspects in my life, but as far as staying healthy, the inspiration always comes from within…I have learned this in my “ole-age!”  When I was younger, pictures of other people doing amazing things was inspiring.  It still is to a certain extent, but finding my own way to be the best me- and feel good wearing a t-shirt without worrying about my muffin/full-sized cake-top is inspiring {and actually hasn’t happened yet- I don’t wear many t-shirts comfortably anymore…wahwah}

Motivation is a totally separate animal I think…I need to motivate myself to do something, and planning a workout schedule does that for me. If you remember from this post, I had a plan…and I have updated it with the actual workouts that I have done in RED:

Week ends Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
April 4 stretch & rest OFF 3 m run & weights 35 min cross- SPIN 2.0 m run + strength weights/stretch 50 min cross 5.3 m run weights 4 2.5 m run
April 11 stretch & rest 3 5 m run & weights Stretch/weights 40 min cross- SPIN  2.0 m run + strength weights/stretch 50 min cross 2.5 m run weights 4.5  m run OFF
April 18 stretch & rest OFF 3 m run & weights Stretch/Weights 40 min cross Spin 2.0 m run + strength 50 min cross 3.5 m run weights 5.5 m run
April 25 stretch & rest 3 m run/ weights 45 min cross SPIN This is TODAY!2.0 m run + strength 60 min cross weights 5.5 m run
MAY 2 stretch & rest 3 m run /weights 30 min cross 2.0 m run + strength 60 min cross Rest 10-K Race

Not like you are following exactly-  but do you see what I mean about planning? I have to be flexible with my mind and allow myself the wiggle room of switching around workouts according to my needs as a mom and person of my own but without putting it on paper, I would not be motivated or guided in any way or shape.  I slept in a few days. I took off a few days. I cross trained, and did a few runs in-between.  I am scheduling my weights and stretching…never.  I have never. done. that.  Shaking things up, my friends!  Trying to stay motivated AND inspired.

Here is my wordless-Wednesday inspiration for my own workouts:

Summed up with  3 Things that inspire me:

Inspiration: Running with friends, new sneakers, and a finisher's medal.

Inspiration: Running with friends, new sneakers, and a finisher’s medal.

  • Running with Friends

  • New sneakers

  • A Finisher’s Medal…and also this picture.

It is sometimes just the memory of how good I feel after a long run, or staying NOT-injured enough to be able to run even just a mile- that keeps me inspired to train slowly and cross-train to keep myself the healthiest!

I am linking up with the ladies at WOW- Workout Wednesday Linkup for great posts on working out.

Femme Fitale Fit Club


What Inspires or motivates you to workout or stay healthy?

Don’t forget to enter the Handana® Giveaway below! It is only for one week, through 4/28 11:59pm EST.

Spring Radish, Clementine & Feta Kale Salad

radish kale salad

Isn’t this pretty?  And Spring-y?

I know…you were wondering when I was going to make yet another kale salad! Well, wonder no more, it is here!

I love this new recipe! I made it up this morning with the bare-bones refrigerator that I have!

Oranges, radishes, feta.

Oh- and kale! Of course, the kale!

Sweet, bitter, salty- this is sooooo good.  Sometimes I just crave feta, don’t you?

Again- just look:

radish salad



Here’s how:

Spring Radish Kale Feta Salad

Yield: 2 lunch sized salads, or 4 side salads

This is a great make-ahead salad, as the hearty kale can be dressed with the vinaigrette and then sit until you are ready to serve it. Also a good salad to bring to a potluck for the same reasons.


  • 1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup italian parsley, chopped
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 4 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 seedless clementine, divided into sections
  • 1 Tbsp. feta crumbles
  • For the Vinaigrette
  • 1/8 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp.ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt


Mix all the salad ingredients together in a bowl.

Whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl, and pour on top of salad.

Mix all together very thoroughly. Serve.

If this makes you want MORE kale salad, see this recipe, or this one! HarHar.  Of course if you are over kale and onto the next thing…you can move on to the next thing. Not this. Not this delicious kale.

Lemme know in the comments:

How are you cooking differently with this thing in the sky that has appeared…I mean “the sun.” I know- I almost forgot what it was called! Welcoming any new veggies or cooking with less heavy comfort-food ingredients?

Oh! Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway! It is open for ONE WEEK only until 4/28, 11:59 EST! It is for a Handana- my review was yesterday and I know you will want to enter!

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