Friday Favorites! – (1/30/15)

by Her Happy Balance on January 30, 2015

And just like that, the first month of 2015 is behind us! Well, almost ;) Can you believe it?! How is everybody doing with their resolutions and goals – still going strong I hope! But if you’ve slipped off the wagon, and everybody does now and again, here’s your friendly little reminder to hop back on! Take the weekend by storm!

Favorite #1

snow day breakfast

After much hoopla, the “Blizzard of 2015″ hitting the Northeast turned into a whopping 6 inches {and I’m being generous!} of snow. We were initially projected to get anywhere between 14 and 24 inches and Philadelphia went a little crazy and the mayor put a state of emergency into place. Being a Philly working girl, my workplace shut down and I didn’t have to go in on Tuesday. This gave me plenty of time to actually eat a proper breakfast! Usually I just have reheated steel cut oats on-the-go. But bacon, eggs, half of an everything bagel and cherry tomatoes seasoned with Italian spices were on the menu for Tuesday. Man, I love me some runny yolks!

Favorite #2

granola oats at desk

While we’re on the topic of breakfast, I tried to spice up my {sometimes boring} steel cut oats. It’s easy to make a big batch of oats on Sunday night and then scoop out a serving and reheat it for breakfast each morning, but I tend to get stuck in a toppings rut. But with all that extra snow day time, I made a batch of my homemade granola. It’s amazing how the little changes can brighten up your day! The crack granola has been making its way on top of oats, mixed in with fruit for dessert, and its being eaten by the handful. 

Favorite #3

J. Crew Packages

Remember how one of my goals for 2015 was to be more fiscally sound? Yeahhhhhh, about that. So a little online {discount!} shopping happened. I simply cannot control myself around a sale. I think I have a shopping disease. Plus it doesn’t help that January is such a hum drum month – I needed a little pick-me-up! So, I picked up this shirt and this shirt and a new piece of jewelry. I may have gotten a little crazy and ordered this sweater from the Lululemon We Made Too Much section as well. I’m a sale stalker. When something I’ve had my eye on goes down low enough, I take the plunge. It’s dangerous. But for what it is worth, I got a steep discount on all of those articles with promotional codes and what not. I’m hoping February will be more exciting and I won’t have to get my kicks from scouring the web for deals. 

Favorite #4


And to continue with the shopping tangent – I now do all my online shopping with the help of ebates. com. It is glorious! My brother tipped me off about the site. It is essentially a portal for lots and lots of retail sites. If I log in to my ebates account and then tell it I want to go shopping at J.Crew, it funnels me over to J.Crew’s website. From there, any purchase I make online, I get a percentage of my money back just by using ebates. Um yes. Yes, yes, and yes! I’ve already made $27 just by shopping at places I normally would anyway. And no, ebates is not asking me to share this with you all, I just think that that website is super rad and I love it! BTW, if you do decide to create an ebates account, would you be so kind as to say that I referred you there? My email address is :) Just so you know, I would get a little kick back for referring you. One way or the other, I just felt obligated to share the shopping love.

Favorite #5

Premier Protein

Finally, I wanted to give a big shout-out to Premier Protein. They sent me a little surprise package of bars and shakes to try and it has essentially been getting me through this hectic week. Don’t have time for lunch? Grab a protein bar? Feeling lazy about breakfast? Drink a protein shake. This is the first time I’ve ever tried this brand of protein products. I haven’t gotten through all of the different flavors yet, but – so far so good!

And on a random tangent…does anyone else relate?! This has been my entire twenties so far. And you know what, I’m good with it!

expectation vs reality

And that, ladies and gents, is all I’ve got for you today. As per usual, I’m linking up with Katie, Heather and Clare to share in the Friday fun this week. Go give those ladies some love! And everyone have a wonderful weekend – stay warm!

Online shopping – yea or nay? I only buy from stores where I know for sure that the size I order will fit.
What breakfast will you make if you have all the time in the world to lollygag around in the morning?


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