Five Things Friday #205
I feel like I put up our Christmas tree last week so that I could stretch out the holiday season even longer, but it still feels like it’s speeding right along. SLOW DOWN TIME. As you may have seen from Monday’s post, we had our gender reveal and now that we know it’s a boy we have to start thinking about names and all that fun stuff. Boy names are hard guys!
We don’t have much planned this weekend which is my favorite, and I may use that time to get ahead of some posts and work so that I can slow it down during Thanksgiving next week. I may also end up napping with Donut so who knows. Either way, it’ll be a low key weekend and I hope that yours is too!
To kick it off, here are some of the things I’m loving this week:
1. Baby Animal Prints by The Crown Prints
I think I may be late to the party with this one, but I stumbled across these baby animal prints after seeing someone share one on Instagram. I love baby animals (don’t we all?), and immediately got sucked into which ones I wanted to buy for the nursery we don’t even have (we’re currently in a one bedroom). 🙂
This baby goat is the first one I saw and I loved it because if you know me, you know I love watching videos of baby goats. They’re so happy! There are more than just animal prints on the website, and (for now at least) it looks like there’s a coupon for 30% off 3 or more: 3ANDMORE.
2. Blaze Pizza
I have been having serious Blaze pizza cravings for a couple weeks now and going at least a couple times a week. IT’S SO GOOD. If you’ve never been, think of it as like a Chipotle of pizza where you go down a line and make your own pizza (or choose from any of the options listed on the menu). It’s then wood-fired and ready for you within minutes. They’re 11 inches, which for me is a single serving, but they also have lunch specials where you can get half pizza half salad if you want.
My go-to has always been sauce, cheese, mushrooms, and then pesto drizzle at the end. There’s also a pesto sauce you can choose at the beginning, but DO NOT. Wait and just get the drizzle at the end it’s much better. There’s actually way more locations than I realized, so to see if there’s one near you, check here.
Now that the weather is getting colder, another comfort food besides my gluttonous love of pizza is pho. Neil and I got some over the weekend and it was so satisfying. We have to travel a bit to get real, delicious pho, but if it were closer I would probably eat it a lot more. It’s just so soothing on a cold day and since moving to Chicago we have made it a Christmas Eve tradition as well!
4. No Pudge Brownies
Now the name aside, these brownies are the bomb. I first found them years and years ago at Trader Joe’s, and since then have gotten them off and on when I’m in the mood for brownies. Lately Neil has been wanting more chocolate (sympathy eating?), and when I tried TJ’s again, they didn’t have them. He then proceeded to order a pack of 6 off Amazon, but it was a great deal and now we are stocked for awhile.
We like them because you simply add yogurt (we use Fage Greek yogurt) to the mix, stir, and bake. The longer you bake them, the more cakey they are, so we tend to undercook them just a bit so that they are more fudgy. Either way, they’re delicious.
5. Meditation with Reside
Last night I had the opportunity to attend a meditation session hosted by Reside Living at their State & Chestnut building. It was a nice, relaxing guided meditation that felt like a good option for me to do to mix things up and also work on being more mindful. I feel like we could all use a little more of that, don’t you? 🙂 Selfie taken post-zen haha.
There are always a ton of free events and classes going on across all the buildings, so I’m lucky to be able to be a part of them. If you’re looking for a place to live in the city, definitely check out Reside.
That’s all I have for this week — see ya Monday!