Can’t be free from these Friday Faves!

So when I woke up this morning, I was going to channel the montra of my girlfriend Fit Chick Britt and pull a make-up free Friday so that I could respond to her last week’s post asking for pictures. So I did my hair, got dressed, put on my usual pearl earrings, and kind of looked around feeling bizarre. I had an extra 10 minutes, felt clean and refreshed…oh, and looked rough.  So I broke down and said I would only put on bronzer. And then decided I looked like I had spent too long in the sun, and needed some eyeliner. 10 minutes later I had a full face of make-up on and had thrown any fresh and clean aspirations out my apartment window. But I was thinking on my way to work…what are things that I could be free of? Hairspray free Friday? Not a chance, I would look like a furball. Underwear free Friday? That’s just not kosher. Deodorant free Friday? Matthew McCoughnahay is the only person that can actually pull that off. Caffeine free Friday? That came to mine as I was already sipping on my diet Dr. Pepper for the morning.  iPhone free Friday?  You’re out of your mind. Contact free Friday? I usually save that for days that I wouldn’t be driving or looking at things aimlessly in the office thereby being a danger to myself and others.   In the end, I didn’t come up with anything sadly enough. Maybe next week I can give it another shot.

Well, along the lines of things I just can’t have a day free of, here’s another addition of Five Friday Faves. These five things are things I just couldn’t go a day without!

BioSilk Silk Therapy Hair Drops-This is a must literally every day, since I wash my hair every day. We can skip the lectures about how bad that is for your hair and scalp (I get them from my mother all the time) and just let that go since my hair gets gnarly easily. And blonde hair that is dirty, look just vile. But since I do wash it every day, I have to use something to put the shine in it, and protect it from the daily heat treatments. A year or so ago, a girlfriend was at my house and I borrowed some of hers, and BioSilk has now completely changed my hair. I always had really fried and brittle looking hair, but not its soft and silky and in good condition. It is a little expensive, but a bottle lasts a long time and it is completely worth it! Good hair products are key…we’ll save my hair spray obsession for another post, as it deserves one to itself.

Chobani Greek Yougurt-Can’t go without breakfast! I have to eat every day, and use to eat a wide array of breakfast, just depending on what I had at the house. Then I tried Chobani, realized it tasted good, was full of protein and actually kept me full until lunch. So now, the only change I have in my daily breakfasts, are what flavor I am going to eat. My favs are blueberry and raspberry, but mango and lemon are a fun fruity twist. I keep a ton on hand so that I never run out in the morning!

Pandora Radio iPhone App-There is nothing better than waking up to Jason Aldean singing something wonderfully country in the morning. Well, maybe waking up to Jason Aldean, but let’s be realistic here. Pandora radio on the iPhone is my staple for the morning. It gives me all the country music mix I could want, without having to download a bunch of music and make giant playlists. After an hour of getting ready (its not THAT long, come on guys…) I have heard some great country music and am in a great mood to get up and go! Usually there is some hairbrush microphone singing and dancing involved too 😉 this app right here is just one of the reasons I can’t gave an iPhone free Friday..where would I get my tunes from?!

Super B Vitamin Complex-I love B12. And B6. I started taking it after surgery because it is a neuro-stimulator, but it actually has so many health benefits for the body that I never stopped! It helps with energy, metabolism, focus, brain function, concentration…everything! I switched recently to taking an overall B Complex pill instead of just a B-12, because it contains Vitamin C, D, Biotin and Folic Acid as well for added benefits. I got my bottle at either GNC or Vitamin world they are small pills with no weird flavoring. I don’t depend on the pill for my necessary vitamin intake and always try to eat foods that contain proper amounts of vitamins, but a supplement never hurts to fill in the gaps. A vitamin a day keeps the doctor away…hopefully!

 Rosebud Company Salve-my lifesaver all day! This wonderful stuff works on lips, cuticles, elbows, legs…anywhere! It is light, moisturizing, lasts forever and smells so great. You can get it for like $8 at Sephora in the little kiosk by the counter. I have a few of them laying around, and have tried multiple flavors. Classic Rosebud is my favorite, but the Strawberry is also so great. It is the last thing I do before going to bed every night!

Hope you enjoyed hearing about my 5 daily must haves! What is something YOU can’t live without daily?

On another riday not…tToday is my last day at CWCD and I really have enjoyed my clerkship here. It was a great firm to work for, I learned so much and I value the time I spend here this summer with terrific people! When I get off work, I am off to the lake for the weekend to enjoy the holiday! This will be my first vacation all summer and I just cannot wait!!!!! Then I have one more week until I head home to HOUSTON, TEXAS for the duration of the summer! Have a very happy Friday everyone!

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An apple tart a day keeps the doctor away!

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone had a lovely day 🙂 it really looked lovely outside here in Birmingham from the big windows of the library! No real surprise that I spent the day studying, but I made some head way today with easements and land zoning.

And then we got kicked out of the library at 5pm. Apparently there’s a holiday or something this weekend, idk Easter (haha) and the library is now closed until Tuesday morning. I swung by Old Navy on the way home and picked up some new shorts. SO excited because they were on sale and had all the colors I wanted!

When I got home, I ate some leftover pasta from last night and then decided to bake. I bought some awesome granny smith apples yesterday at the store and was in the mood to make something with them! My first through was a tart. Then I realized that I don’t really know how to make a tart…hmm. So I decided to wing it! I didn’t have enough dry ingredients to make an actual batter, but I did have the trust Duncan Hines box mix. Always have to keep one in the back of the cabinet for emergencies!

I mixed one box of cake mix with a 3/4 of water and two tablespoons of Chobani plain Greek Yogurt. Noeggs, no oil because eggs and oil make it rise like cake, and I wanted more of a crust texture. I chopped up one granny smith apple and one Bartlett pear, then tossed them with McCormick’s cinnamon sugar.

Spread a layer of the batter on the bottom of the pan, then pour the fruit mixture on top.

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Then in top of the, spread the rest of the batter. 30 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees and you’re done! It came out golden brown and crispy, with softened fruit that made it’s way all through the “tart.” Drizzle some caramel over the top and you have a dessert! Its way easy, and kind if like cheat baking haha. So good!

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After baking, I got sucked into watching the William & Kate movie on Lifetime. Twice. How sad is that? I’m a sucker for a good love story! Wine, good dessert and a love movie…I’m a happy girl!

Extreme Couponing…don’t mind if I do!

So last night after practice, I got sucked in to watching season 2 of TLC’s Extreme Couponing. Little did I know it would peak such an itnerest in me! These women in the show are crazy determined to save every bit they can. One of them bought $1K worth of groceries for $49…thats amazing! If you haven’t seen the show, check it out on Wednesday nights on TLC.

So I got to thinking. Well, I grocery shop. I usually use my Randalls or Kroger card to get some savings, and always look for the Publix deals. But I never get the weekly adds or print off the coupons, or go through the Val-Pack that comes in the mail to my apartment. But why don’t I? If I HAVE to buy groceries, then why DON’T I save on things? And from this little mental discussion I decided to go on a new venture…couponing.

Note I said couponing, not extreme couponing. I have a one bedroom apartment in Birmingham, Alabama, that just can’t hold a stockpile to feel a family of 5 for 36 months. But I can get the food and necessities to live for a better price and save myself some money. Law school is already costing me a fortune and since I’m no Mary Wise in volleyball coaching with a massive salary, I should take the deals I can get!

I gave it a start this morning, first by doing some old-fashioned google work, and then diving a little deeper into it. A few hours later, I have 11 iPhone applications, a registration with CouponMom, a Public coupon card and countless servers set to email me with new coups! The great thing is, you can print the majority of the coupons right from the internet!

Steal the Deal:

Chobani: They offer weekly coupons you can register on their website to have sent weekly to your email. This weeks is a coupon for $0.30/6oz cup and $.50/32oz cup. A great coupon to help you eat healthy for less!

Other great deals I found at Publix were on topilet paper, Aleve, Claritan, Glade products and BOGO Power Bars!

I will be hitting up Publix tonight with my new coupon, as I am out of yougurt and a few other items I forgot to tpick up this weekend, like toilet paper. Being that Chobani is already on sale there, its an even better deal! So, I’m not going to turn into some lunatic who will ONLY buy something if there’s a coupon for it, and who will buy something just because its on sale although I don’t need it…promise. Its kind of like a fun challenge. But I am always thinking of ways to try and save money, so we shall see how this goes!

Hope everyone had a fabulous day! It’s getting moe and more spring-like down here in Alabama, despite our recent cold front.  Granted, I haven’t felt the cold yet because I have been hunkered down in the library all day studying for Property! The good news is, class schedules for the Fall are being posted and I have gotten into the Constitutional LAw course that I wanted! The simple pleaasures in life…Chobani and Consitutitonal Law. What more could a law student ask for?

Have you seen any great deals lately? Do you coupon and have any good tips for me? Feel free to share them with me here, or tweet at me @SAHorwitch!

Disclaimer!!

My blog is nor professional advice. I'm not a chef, a nutritionist, a certified sports medicine professional or a lawyer (yet.) I'm just a girl who tries to cook healthy for herself, coaches off personal playing experience, lives by the law she knows and understands and blogs for enttertainment. Seek out a professional if you need help is any of the above categories. Thanks for reading!