Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, everyone! In case you didn’t know, there are less than two weeks until Christmas. I’ll give you a minute to let that one sink in…

I’m kicking my shopping into high gear this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done a little bit, but I’m nowhere near where I should be. I’ve been a scattered, always behind on everything mess ever since I had a baby. OK, I’m lying. I’ve been like this my whole life. It’s not fair to blame the kiddo πŸ™‚

I have scooped up some great things for my truck-loving little dude. This toy is what I’m most excited about and is sure to be on of his favorites this Christmas.

I can't wait to see his face when he opens this!
I can’t wait to see his face when he opens this!

I also got him a sick pair of Cars sneakers that light-up at Target, but he’s already been sporting them. They’re not only one of my favorites, they’re his, too!

Light-up Cars shoes. Perfection for a 19-month-old with a Car/truck obsession.
Light-up Cars shoes. Perfection for a 19-month-old with a Car/truck obsession.
Sporting his new kicks while coloring - a Cars coloring book, of course.
Sporting his new kicks while coloring – a Cars coloring book, of course.

I bought a few things recently with leftover gift cards from my (30th!) birthday in October. A few of my favorite birthday presents:

Dying over this jacket from Victoria's Secret.
Dying over this jacket from Victoria’s Secret.
A (somewhat) better shot of the boots.
A (somewhat) better shot of the boots.
Plaid tunic that I can actually wear with leggings because it covers my butt!
Plaid tunic that I can actually wear with leggings because it covers my butt!

In honor of my Friday Faves, I’ll share a great treadmill workout I did last night. It’s definitely a fave when I want to crank things up a notch and make 6 miles fly by.

My “Sweat-Your-Ass-Off” Treadmill Workout

1 mile warm-upΒ 

*Bump incline up to 3.0 grade

1 min @ 7.5 (8:00 min pace)

30Β seconds @ 8.0 (7:30 pace)

30 seconds @ 8.6 (6:58 pace)

1 min @ 7.0 (8:34 pace) *reduce incline to 1.0 grade

Repeat cycle until you reach 6 miles

1 mile cool down

Adjust the pace based on your level. The first 1-minute interval should be a challenging pace that you could hold for your entire run, while the 30 second intervals should be paces you could not hold for an entire 6 miles. Hard and so hard you’re panting. The second 1-minute interval should be more of a recovery pace. You can also extend the 1 minute “easier” interval to two minutes if you want. You can also leave the incline at 1 percent the entire time, or bump it up even higher if you want your butt to be on fire.

Other Friday Favorites

Smiling's my favorite too, Buddy.
Smiling’s my favorite too, Buddy.

New hair color! A gorgeous blonde ombre I’m in love with.

My fabulous hairstylist and good friend called this "sombre." I have no idea what that means.
My fabulous hairstylist and good friend called this “sombre.” I have no idea what that means.

Christmas cards! I finally got my act together and ordered them. As per usual, I waited until the last minute. Procrastination is also my favorite.

Front
The front…
...and the back. With any luck I'll have these out by Valentine's Day.
…and the back. With any luck I’ll have these out by Valentine’s Day.

Giving back. I’m trying to set a better example for Max about giving to others. So, in an effort to instill a sense of philanthropy and teach him about the giving spirit, he and IΒ hauled bags and bags of his old clothes and mine to Goodwill last weekend. I’m not sure he got it, but one of these days, he will. I’m trying to look for other ways to give back outside of my usual (goodwill, salvation army). This Forbes article is definitely a good place to start.

Last, but most definitely NOT least. My little man. Duh. He’s my most favorite of all.

So. Much. Cuteness.
So. Much. Cuteness.

Have a fabulous day and weekend!

Any favorite charities or ways that you give back during the holidays? What are some of your Friday Favorites?

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