Five on Friday: flowers, smoothies, organizing, a good read, and running

Friday, February 21, 2014

I am terribly happy it's Friday, friends! Last week was kind of a break, since we had a few snow days, and I guess that made this week feel extra long. Whatever the reason, it's Friday now, and that makes me happy!

ONE. Since we spent Valentine's Day with my in-laws last week, Alex and I had a mini V-day on Tuesday night (he flew to Texas for work on Wednesday). He not only planned and made dinner, but showed up with flowers. Random flowers trump Valentine's Day flowers, any day.

TWO. I've been on a green smoothie kick lately and although they ain't cute, they taste good. I'm trying to drink one each day to help reach all of my servings of fruits and veggies.

This recipe is my favorite:
2 cups (tightly packed) spinach
1 cup water
1/2 cup Diet V8 Splash (I use Tropical Blend)
1 banana, frozen
4 strawberries, frozen
1 peach, not frozen

Blend the spinach and liquids, then add the fruit and VOILA - you've got 2 smoothies! I keep the second one in the fridge for the next day so I can just grab it, shake it, and drink it up.

THREE. Over the weekend, I began to tackle a task on my list of 14 things to do this year: organize my life! I started with our office files. This was the scene in the study while I was underway. I'm still not 100% satisfied that I've found the perfect system, but I'm getting there. Why is organizing so therapeutic?

FOUR. I finished reading the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin this week, and I highly recommend it. It's a great read and I promise you will take something away from it. Some of my favorite takeaways: a clean house is a happier life (see #3 above), use the pretty stationery (why do I "save" it anyway???), tackle a nagging task first, and be a storehouse of memories (which I guess explains my obsession with Shutterfly).

FIVE. I got closer to crossing off another one of my 14 goals: I registered for a 5k! I'm no runner, but I'm trying to pretend to be. I'm doing the Couch 2 5k program for the second time, and I intend to culminate this one with an actual race. The 5k is April 12, so I still have plenty of time to train (and I'm already on week 4 of the 9-week program). I'm feeling great about it, and I even signed Alex up, too! I cannot believe I am so excited about running. Who is this person?

On another note - I'm thinking about doing our annual Essentials Only Month in March to jump start a savings goal. Is anyone interested in doing it alongside me, so we can challenge each other and hold each other accountable? Maybe with a weekly link-up? Let me know if you're down!

That's it for me, ladies. Y'all have a wonderful weekend!


Linking up with
 AprilChristinaNatasha and Darci


  1. Good luck on your 5k, how fun! It'll be over before you know it!

  2. You go girl on the 5k! Whew! Those flowers are gorgeous by the way (points for him!) :) Happy weekend!

  3. I try to drink green smoothies often too. Obviously I'd rather eat chips though! Pretty flowers!

  4. I need to sign up for a're going to be my inspiration!! Lovely flowers and I agree there is just something so great about organizing...

  5. I'm definitely going to have to give your green smoothie a try!
    Happy Friday!
    xo A Southern Style

  6. We had two day snows as well last week and it was pretty nice, but you're right - it made for one crazy busy week this week. I am elated it's Friday. Your belated Valentine's flowers are drop dead gorgeous, the colors are so beautiful. I had a smoothie for breakfast every morning this week. I love my power green's as well! I hope you have a great weekend babe, xo!

  7. Those blooms are gorgeous! I'm thinking I need to hint to the husband that next time he gets me flowers they will have to be pink. I've seriously wanted to read the happiness project for SO long now...but I keep forgetting. What you just said about "becoming a storehouse of memories" kind of makes me nervous though, because I'm already a photo taking fiend!

  8. I am so obsessed with green smoothies! They are just so good!


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