February 10, 2017

{5 Friday Favorites} Otters, Micellar Water, and Tea

Disclosure: I received complimentary samples of Yogi Tea through my partnership as a Women's Health Action Hero. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Happy Friday! My graduate school spring semester has started, and my schedule is the craziest yet because apparently that was possible. I'm slowly building up my running to hopefully 4 or 5 miles this weekend which is great. I've also been eating a lot of Trader Joe's mini frozen pizzas for dinner, which isn't the healthiest but is quite delicious. It's all about taking life one day at a time. Anyways, here are my 5 Friday favorites this week-have a fabulous weekend! 

Favorite Animal Video: Otter pup in the snow at Yellowstone Park


So it was really tough to pick just one video. I watch so many cute animal videos during the week because they make me happy (and give me hope that is world is wonderful). I loved this video of a little otter enjoying the snow in Yellowstone Park. I am dying to get out to some of the National Parks out west. 

Favorite Beauty Find: Trader Joe's Micellar Cleanser wipes

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So I was introduced to micellar water after first trying the Garnier micellar water because it had good reviews for cleaning skin and removing makeup. Micelles are pretty much surfactants or tiny clusters of micelle molecules that are suspended in water and actually in many other makeup removers and toners (I'm a science nerd so I researched it!). The micelles attract dirt, grime,and oil and remove them from your skin without drying out your skin so you can just wipe your face off with micellar water on a cotton ball. 

 I have been using it to remove my makeup at night, and like that it doesn't dry out my face or leave an oily residue. ANYWAYS, I impulsively picked these up at Trader Joe's this week and like the towelette form which would be a nice form for travel. So far I think they are great, however it's probably cheaper to just use the micellar water and cotton balls than the 20 packs of towelettes because I use it every day. 

Favorite Weather This Week: Short Sleeves Weather


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Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon 2016 recap coming next week! Finally!
On Tuesday and Wednesday the weather was 65 degrees F and even hit 70 degrees I think with sunshine (#climatechangeisreal). Thursday night the forecast was snow. INSANE. I ran in short sleeves both days and didn't even need a coat during the day. Winter is cool for a little bit, but this was a tease, and I really want spring to get here soon. 

Favorite Blog Post: How to Get Over Your Fear of Losing Fitness by Tina Muir

Coming back from injury with the whole stress fracture, it has been tough being slow and every run feeling really hard,even at slower paces. This blog post from Tina  captured so much of what I was feeling and was so down to earth (which is why I love her and her blog too).  This quote especially sums up the first month of my return to running: 

Because at that time, you know you SHOULD be grateful, and you are, you know you would rather be where you are now, running, feeling like junk, than not running at all.
But it doesn’t change that it feels so awful.
Read this post if you are injured or coming back from time off, trust me!

Favorite Beverage: nightly cup of Honey Lavender Yogi Tea

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I received some samples of Yogi Tea through my partnership as a Women's Health Action Hero. While I have been a fan of Yogi Tea and their inspirational tea bag tags for a while, I received some flavors that were new to me. This Honey Lavender tea has been my go-to nightly tea and has become part of my routine. I love that it's caffeine free and tastes delicious while also providing stress-relief (which I can always use) thanks to the chamomile and lavender herbs in the tea. If you want to try it, I've seen Yogi Tea carried at grocery stores, Target, and Whole Foods. 

This post was linked up with my fave Friday Linkup ladies with NicoleAmanda and Jill.

What is one of your favorite tea flavors? Have any cute animal videos I should check out? 

14 comments:

  1. Cute animal videos are the best. I'm a big fan of penguin videos.
    I'll have to look for those cleansing wipes the next time I am in TJ!

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    1. Ooh penguins can be so cute too-thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Yesterday you mentioned corgis, today you have otters... I agree, I think tomorrow is penguins...

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    1. Haha okay I'm rolling with it!

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  3. I love Yogi teas! They're mint licorice flavor is amazing (and I don't like licorice). Here's a list of some things I've been loving this week (the weather in DC has been AMAZING!): https://aluminumfoiledkitchen.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/i-love-lists-valentines-day-edition/

    - Judith

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    1. Ooh I don't like licorice either so I haven't bought it, but if you say it's good I should check it out. Thanks for sharing your post!

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  4. Yayyyyyy for the big running return! I wish it was that warm here. We did hit upper 50s Wednesday but that morning was 27 and I wiped out on my bike on black ice haha fail. So excited that in EXACTLY A MONTH we'll be running and spinning together!!!!!!

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    1. And that's exactly what would happen if I tried to bike without black ice. Can't wait to HANG WITH YOU.

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  5. SO jealous of your 65 degree weather!!! It's currently 15 here and I am an icicle! LOL Also that lavender tea is SO amazing. I love it to warm up after a long day!

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    1. Ah that's so cold-bundle up and stay warm, lady!

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  6. Oh my GOSH that otter video!! I could watch that all day! He's so adorable! I'm guessing you've probably seen this, but on the off chance you didn't, you have to watch the snow day video from the Oregon Zoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r19F6LhzhCA It's everything *heart-eyed emoji*

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    1. I KNOW. Ah I have seen that video-but that doesn't stop me from watching it 3 more times in a row :)

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  7. That otter video made my week!

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    1. Yes, I watched it way too much!

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