Friday, March 13, 2020

Friday Favorites

I know today is Friday the 13th, but I don't think things could get much worse, could they?! I mean, it literally seems as though the world is going to hell in a handbag (or at least that's how the media is portraying it). With all the bad news and negativity circulating these last few days, I knew I needed to get a Friday Favorites post up this week, come hell or high water... (Golly gee, for someone who doesn't cuss, I have already used "h-e-double-hockey-stick" twice in the first few sentences - please forgive me!) Anywho, we better get on with it before I drop another curse word ;)

As many of you know, I haven't eaten meat in many moons (I actually had my final "meat" meal on New Year's Eve 2005), but may not know that I am now trying to also cut dairy out of my daily consumption. Finding good dairy alternatives is definitely getting easier as more people are moving towards a plant-based diet, but that doesn't mean everything you see tastes yummy. I had been hearing great things about Kite Hill, so when I saw the cream cheese alternative on sale at our local market I decided to grab a container. Now, I'll be honest and say I normally don't put cream cheese on my bagels, but I still wanted to try it to see if it was a decent alternative. (I normally prefer nut butter on a whole wheat bagel, but if I there is an everything bagel I might dabble in a cream cheese option.) I am happy to report that this was scrum-didily-umptious! I would say had I not known it was vegan I probably wouldn't have been able to tell a difference. I also appreciate the simple and recognizable ingredients (it only contains Almond Milk {Water, Almonds}, Salt, Enzyme, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Lactic Acid, Cultures). Now obviously I wasn't doing a side-by-side comparison, but even still I thought it stood up to the real thing very well. And the hubby liked it too! We will definitely eat this in the future.

Pre-Fab A-Frame Cabins

Let's be real, with all of the health issues going around, who wouldn't want to self quarantine in a gorgeous cabin in the woods?! And one that you can put together like a piece of IKEA furniture for a relatively inexpensive price sounds right up my alley... Now to find the magical plot of land to put said get-away on and we would be all set! For $29,500 CAD the A-Frame kit comes with a step-by-step building guide and can be assembled in under a week. #DearSanta #OrEasterBunny


Michigan Sticker Pack

If you know me, you probably know I love Michigan and I love stickers, so when I was fed this "Big Moods" Instagram ad the other day I had to screenshot it and go back to look at the brand. I don't know anything about the brand, but I've gotta say, I am loving the designs of their Michigan stickers. And the fact that you can buy them ALL in a Mega Pack so you don't have to decide on your favorites is pretty awesome too! (Although the Michigan State Flower Construction Cone and the Superman Ice Cream might be my top two picks as of this moment, but it might change any second...)


50 States of Beauty

Another Instagram ad I was fed this week was from a company called 50 States of Beauty. Like the previous favorite, I can't vouch for the brand since I don't actually own anything from them (yet), but from what I've seen on their website I am digging what they are doing. They have a native botanicals line (where the map is covered with the native flowers of that state) and a landscape line (inspired by vintage travel posters and atlases). I don't know that it goes with our current ascetics in the updated condo, but the flower prints are definitely something I am digging.

Left: California / Center: Botanical Colonies of the US / Right: Michigan

@SubParParks Instagram

I found this Instagram account this week and have been LOVING it. An amazing artist takes REAL 1-star reviews of National Parks left on Yelp and turns them into art. Not only are some of the reviews funny, but the art is fan-freakin'-tastic. If you love the National Parks and aren't following the account already, I'd definitely recommend you do so!

Left: Glacier Park / Center: Grand Canyon / Right: Joshua Tree

What are you lovingly lately?

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