Friday Faves: #sidelined Edition


Happy Friday friends!  I’m trying a new editor for my blog post this morning, so bear with me!  If you read my post from earlier this week, you also know that I am slowly, but surely recovering from the inguinal hernia surgery I had last Friday.  Wow!  It’s already been a week since that lovely experience!  Since I’ve been off work all week, I thought for sure this week would drag by, but surprisingly it’s FLOWN!  Hmmm….what’s that telling me?  Somehow I’ve managed to fill my days here away from school, which I was really quite worried about!  Of course filling my days has consisted of LOTS of rest, LOTS of Netflix and LOTS of still feeling quite sore and yucky.  I think that if I felt 100% I’d definitely have a harder time “staying home” like I have.  That all said, I have managed to come up with a few favorites for the past week – let’s call this my “#sidelined Edition” because these are some lazy favorites!  If you follow me on Facebook or even Instagram, you’ve seen bits and pieces of these favorites throughout the week.  I hope to do better next week (because fingers crossed I’m feeling more like myself.  You know I am DYING to get back to my workouts (in fact, I picked a walk OVER Patachou this morning….that’s how badly I need exercise in my life)!!!  Now onto the faves…..

Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte WITH Almond Milk:  Yesterday was my first day driving in a WEEK and my first time driving since my surgery, soooo I treated myself (and I mean TREATED b/c this baby was not cheap….a far cry from my usual “dark roast with room”) to a latte at Starbucks.  I’m still not eating a ton, so this just sounded GOOD to me.  Holy smokes – it did not disappoint!  SO good!  Before I really started watching my dairy intake (and budget), I would order regular (with nonfat milk) Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Lattes all the time.  I had forgotten how delicious that cinnamon dolce flavor is!  Since they will now do your drinks with coconut or almond milk, I thought – HEY let’s give this a whirl!  It was amazing!  I highly recommend this on your next Starbucks run! (Yes, I’m sure there are tons of “make at home” recipes for this too – they are just never the same!)12-04-01-skinnycinnamondolcelatte-starbucks

OPI’s Pompeii Purple Polish:  My OTHER goal destination yesterday was to get my nails done (I do gel manicures.) & I was in the mood for a “springy” new color….definitely a pink.  I went through the hundreds of color samples & came across one I loved & when I located the bottle to read the name of the color I had to laugh – I am such a creature of habit!  This was one that I’ve used and LOVED before….probably even last summer & I had totally forgotten about it!  Pompeii Purple!  I don’t think there’s anything “purple” about this color – it’s just PERFECT!  I went ahead and did my toes too since it’s going to be over 70 here today (yay)!!!!  I’m loving it!

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Halo Top Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream:  All I have to say about this is HURRY OUT & PICK UP THIS FLAVOR IMMEDIATELY!  Ignore the almost $6 price tag because it is 100% worth every penny!  I’m not a huge dessert lover, but I have been known to replace a meal here or there with frozen yogurt (dealing with the belly issues afterwards)!  We’ve done several other flavors of Halo Top (and loved each and every one….Mint Chip, Birthday Cake, Lemon Cake), but this is a peanut butter lover’s dream!  Despite the fact that the entire container is only 320 calories, I eat this in the tiniest portions as to make it last as long as possible!  It’s a great after dinner treat….again, in small portions!  I’ll never give Arctic Zero a second glance….Halo Top is where it’s at!  IMG_0381

Camo Joggers:  Confession…..I actually bought these pants about a year ago, wore them 1x and said “never again.”  I just thought they made someone with athletic/muscular legs (like myself) look weird.  The cuff at the ankle just wasn’t working for me (back then).  I had a change of heart this past week as I dug through my drawers looking for something, anything that would be cute & comfortable to wear post surgery.  I have 3 small incisions in my stomach from the laparoscopic procedure (super cute).  I pulled these out & decided to give them another chance since it seems like everyone is sporting joggers (and looking cute in them).  I’m not sure how my body has changed over the past year, but surprisingly I put them on & adjusted the waist band (rolled it over to shorten the leg/make the waist smaller) & voila – they were super cute & comfy!  Who knew?  I’m eating my words about “never wearing joggers” right now b/c I totally rocked these pants for 2 days!  Now, of course I bought the pair I own at Target & they no longer carry them.  I did, however, find a VERY similar pair by Z Supply – check ’em out!   5f631179ca44f6168d68c73494f2fe7b


My (super) cute nephew Teddy:  I mean, seriously….was he not the cutest visitor I had all week?  This baby just melts my heart!  IMG_0361

Now that you are all smiling…..I mean, how could you not be?  Have a GREAT Friday into an even better weekend!  It’s a long overdue “hair day” for me & you bet I’ll be (carefully) skipping into my stylist’s salon!  Back to blonde today, baby!  Can’t wait!  See….things ARE looking up!

xoxo – Jamie


3 thoughts on “Friday Faves: #sidelined Edition

  1. Ahhh your faves are making me so jealous. Each one is so great! I’m glad that you are enjoying yourself and indulging yourself (of course in moderation 😉 ) – it’s always important to be mentally healthy as well as physically being healthy. I hope you have a speedy recovery from your surgery! xoxo, steph


    1. Thank you!!!! I’m cleared to start easing back into cardio & light(er) weights on Friday! I can’t wait & have been walking a ton since I started feeling better late last week! I’ll be so glad to put this surgery behind me!!!! xoxoxo

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      1. Yay! Although it’s not given credit enough, walking is a great way to get in exercise. It’s slow and gradual, but you get cardio and endurance and some strength in. I especially love taking walks during the spring/fall weather with my friends after dinner (esp as the night is much brighter after daylight savings haha). Best of luck into your transition to weights/cardio this Friday! xoxo, Steph


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