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Friday 5 – Favorites from 2015


I just wanted to share a few things that really made me happy in 2015. If they made me happy, maybe they’ll make you happy, too!

Five of My Favorites of 2015

Favorite Book I Read:

dogs purpose

This piece of fiction is written from the point of view of a dog. I can’t stop thinking about it! It’s heart-warming and will make you happy. While I’m at it, may I recommend the sequel, A Dog’s Journey?I find myself craving more books written like this. And although we’ll never know how dogs truly think, I feel like I know my own dogs better and connect with them differently.


Favorite Body Wash:

Olay with Shea Butter

This’ll sound crazy, but this is different from any other body wash I’ve ever used. It is so luxurious and silky. It must be the shea butter. It feels like a combination of body wash and lotion. It’s going to be tough for me to use anything else again!


Favorite Habit I Adopted:

The morning ritual of drinking hot lemon water. So refreshing and comforting. Plus all of the added health benefits.



Favorite New Workout:

There are no excuses when you’ve got a 15-minute effective workout like this one.


Favorite Article I Read:

I talked about it here; but here is the direct link to the article – A Dog Reviews Stanley’s NE Yappy Hour. You are welcome.

Here are some favorites of the past few years:

Name something new that you discovered this year!



A New Morning Ritual + Smoothie Faves


There’s something I’ve been doing nearly every morning for the past several months…

Drinking hot lemon water

I’ve read about so many benefits of doing this…

…But ultimately, it has become a comforting morning ritual for me!

Here is what I do:

  • Heat a mug of water for 1 minute. {When I make tea, I heat a mug of water for 2 minutes.} I have a friend that just fills her mug with warm water from the tap.
  • Juice 1/2 of a lemon and pour into mug of hot water.

I use a citrus juicer like this that catches the seeds:

juicerA couple of weeks ago, when my in-laws were in town, I had my husband pick up a bag of lemons when I knew they were going to Costco. These lemons are HUGE!


I decided to slice one into thirds for my morning lemon water:


That middle one got more than a little messy. Now, I cut each lemon into four wedges and just squeeze one wedge into the mug with my hand. I can handle a few lemon seeds! But for regular-sized lemons, just juice 1/2 lemon and save the other half for the next day. So simple.


Oh, and as promised, of the 15 new smoothies I tried here, here and here, these are the ones I’d make again:

  • Green Monster Smoothie from Iowa Girl Eats – Very much like my Magic Green Smoothie, but with the added protein of Greek Yogurt
  • Dana’s Mango Smoothie from $5 Dinners – But only when I have juice in the house, which is rare. But it’s so tasty!
  • Coffee Smoothie from Snack Girl – So easy and a great use for leftover coffee!
  • Raspberry Grapefruit Smoothie from The Iron You – The prettiest smoothie ever! I love raspberries, too. But I’d probably have this as a refreshing summer snack, perhaps after a run or on a hot day on the deck, rather than at breakfast.
  • Avocado Smoothie from Chocolate Covered Katie – I’ve found that avocado in smoothies can make them so much creamier; but I also found that there needs to be the right balance or it’ll taste more like I’m drinking guacamole. This one’s a winner in my book. I’d like to rename it Avocado Milk.
  • Best 3-Ingredient Avocado Smoothie from Omnivore’s Cookbook – Another avocado one I liked and so easy!
  • Chocolate Green Smoothie from Greatist – This is a winner when I’m craving something chocolaty.
  • Tropical Green Smoothie from Simply Recipes – Yes, whisk me away to a tropical destination – stat!

And a few more links on how to make the perfect smoothie:


What are your morning rituals?