Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday Favorites

WHOOO HOOOO! It's Friday! I think the whole "Spring Forward" thing this past weekend really threw me and my body for a loop (even though, truth be told, I do appreciate more sunlight in the evenings for when the hubby and I take Walt for his "Walt Walk Streak"). I swear it feels like we lost more than an hour... Anywho, I'm stoked it is finally the weekend (and we get the full 48 hours this time around) and I'm stoked to share some of the things I have been enjoying recently.

O'Dang Hummus Dressing

If you follow my Instagram stories, you have probably seen that I have been loving my BIG FREAKIN' salads for lunch recently. With the weather starting to warm up (hello spring), I am loving all the fresh veggies I can get my hands on. And recently I found a new salad dressing that I have been LOVING! It's the O'Dang Honey Mustard Hummus Dressing. I was originally looking for a salad dressing that was vegan (and although this is dairy free, obviously honey is not vegan so as you can tell from the name, this dressing isn't completely plant based), but when I saw this one I wanted to give it a try. The ingredients are super basic and there's no crazy additives! I love how thick it is - like a hummus, DUH! I don't know why I never thought of using a hummus as a dressing, but now I might look into making my own!

My salads normally contain spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots,
and some sort of protein (baked tofu or a meat substitute).

#TrashTag Challenge

Let's be honest, most of the viral challenges can be rather silly or idiotic (read: Tide Pod challenge), but I was STOKED when this most recent challenge started to catch on. The #trashtag challenge inspired people to go to locations covered in garbage, pick up the trash, and post before and after pictures on social media. As you may remember, as part of the Wild Keepers program I took part in last year I did "impact" days where the hubby and I went and picked up trash in February, March and April. Although I haven't done a specific clean-up recently, the hubby and I do our best to leave places better than we found them. With that said, I think we need to jump on the #TrashTag challenge and get our garbage pickin' on!


Brooks Off-Road Runners

If you've been around my corner of the InterWebs for a while, you probably know that I've been getting more into trail running recently. (I'll be honest, it took be a while to take the plunge - I was always scared of seeing the slower paces or hurting myself - but once I did, it was hard to look back.) Well, Brooks announced earlier this week a new trail running ambassador program, Brooks Off-Road Runners, created to inspire other runners like you to get outside, enjoy the trails and celebrate the outdoor spaces we all love to explore. I'm not sure if they will ever open up the program to public applications, but I'm still stoked that they have a handful of runners on their team who spend the majority of their time on the trails - that can only mean more and better trail focused products are coming down the pipeline, right?!


Ultra-Low-Cost 3D-Printed Homes

I came across an article about these Ultra-Low-Cost 3D-Printed Homes and had to pass it along! Over the past year, in a lab in Austin, a team of engineers and materials scientists tweaked and tested the design of a massive machine that can 3D print the frame of a small house in less than a day. Later this year, it will begin printing a neighborhood of more than 50 homes. The new neighborhood – the first of its kind in the world – will be built in a semi-rural part of Latin America for families who earn less than $200 a month. The machine builds walls and floors by squirting layers of concrete, and can finish a house in a day or less. Adding a conventional roof, windows, and utilities can be completed a day later. The company plans to fund the houses, with the new homeowners paying for them via a no-interest loan that the new home owners pay back with a monthly fee based on income. The money will go into a community fund for more community improvements over time. HOW STINKIN' AWESOME IS THIS?! #DoGood


Small Ways To Reduce Plastic Consumptions

As I am sure we are all well aware, America has a HUGE waste problem, and municipalities are now burning recyclables. Why? Because in 2017, China, which used to buy most of America’s discarded recycling, decided it was tired of being the world’s garbage bin. Unfortunately, the U.S. isn't equipped to do its own recycling. This Outside article includes nine ways we can stop using so much plastic. Sure, some of them takes a little forethought (like making sure to bring your reusable bags with you to the grocery store), but a little effort can go a long way! For example, throw a set of utensils in your car for when you grab food on the go and skip the single-use plastic cutlery from the restaurant. #EasyPeasy


What are you loving lately?

1 comment:

Virjinia @ With Purpose and Kindness said...

That dressing sounds good! I'm going to have to give it a try! Also, I think it's so neat that 3D printing is being used in such a positive way. It's a faster way to build homes and help those in need!