Friday Favorites #3/ Recap!

Happy Fri-yay ya’ll!!

I’m sort of combining Friday Faves and our recap into one this week!

Okay- so basically since I returned from LA  I have been sick. Not normal sick- like the wind knocked out of my sails sick. (No worries- recovering slowly). I had a viral infection and was out for the count Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. Thursday I woke up in the middle of the night, and when I stood up to go to the bathroom, I suddenly had the most excruciating ear pain of my life. I told DJ I have never been through childbirth, but I would bet it was comparable. Turns out my eardrum was on it’s way to being ruptured and was tearing on the edges (Sorry, TMI?). I’m a nurse, guys, I don’t know the “normal” bounds of conversation sometimes! …The things I and my nursing friends would talk about at dinner…. Oy vey! Anyway after 1 ER, 1 Urgent Care, and 3 different pharmacies I was finally set up with the meds needed to combat the bad boy. I still don’t have my hearing back in the infected ear, but I just finished my last day of antibiotic drops, so it should be back once the drops start to drain. Fingers crossed!

But this leads me to my first Fri-yay fave (these aren’t in order of importance, more just chronological!):

  1. Puns. Because ya’ll know I love puns, and when you are sick you can make ALL the puns and no one calls you out on it. Exhibit A:


2. Sushi. All the sushi. & Grubhub. When I’m sick (well anything but GI sick), I crave sushi. Wait…. I always crave sushi. But I especially crave it when I’m sick. Grubhub came in the clutch last week with the magic sushi delivered to our door. Sushi, sushi, sushiiiiiii. (Still not over it). There were seriously a couple days where I could barely get off the couch, so grubhub with the sushi saved my life! My go-to is a rainbow roll, spicy tuna, or a eel roll of some type! What’s your favorite sushi? Wasabi? Ginger? I douse my soy with the wasabi and always follow a bite with some ginger!


We also had a delicious dinner at Dj’s family’s house on Wednesday! Love that family time.

3. DJ’s Baptism!!! DJ was baptized Sunday! It was such a special event. I was not about to miss it for the world. I drug myself off the couch to make it in between services and was able to see my love make a public declaration of his faith. I felt so honored to know him during this HUGE event in his life. He is truly one of my role models, and I couldn’t be more proud of my hubs <3 His grandma was able to make it too since she was in town all the way from Ohio which was a blessing!!!


4. Dreyer’s Limited Edition Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!!!! AHHHHH! This stuff is the bombbbb. I have an ice cream cone almost every night (not exaggerating). I’m a big believer of at least one sweet treat a day. I’ve been on a dreyer’s light mint chocolate chip ice cream kick (with cashews mixed in), but man, this stuff is my new crave. When I showed DJ he laughed because he said it was all my favorite things in one ice cream.


5. John Freida Full Repair. I don’t know what it is about this stuff, but it’s pure magic. All the John Freida products are my ride or die when I have blonde highlights. In the winter and change in seasons my hair gets some severe breakage. This stuff helps tremendously and keeps the brightness of the blonde without any brassiness. I can’t recommend this enough!


6. Another BIG UPDATE!!!! I finally have permission to announce that DJ has a new employer! He finished up his internship with the church and is now employed by the SJ Giants! Wooohoooo! I know he will do a tremendous job and I am incredibly proud of him for pursuing his dreams. Plus I got a cute baseball cap to wear out of it 😉


7. Reading. YES!!! I finally have time to go through the HP series. For like, the first time in my whole life. I know I’m ten years late to that game (I’m also reading Cutting for Stone which is incredible). But as many of you know, one bucket list dream is to read the series then go to Harry Potter World. I should be embarrassed to admit this, but I’m not? One of my favorite nights this week was when DJ and I just read our individual books, DJ reading The Power of Habit (which he says is super great), and me reading HP while sipping on red wine in the evening. Perfection.


8. Lysol Multi-purpose cleaner. It’s laboriously difficult to find an all purpose cleaner that is powerful but not super strong on the chemicals. This stuff actually smells terrific, and it works incredibly well.


9. Protes chips. Ahhh, I could make a post alone about how much I love these chips. I believe protein packed snacks are the best types of snacks! Protes have 120 calories per 1 oz, 15 g of protein, 7g of carbs, and 1g sugar. I say that’s a pretty well macro balanced chip to munch on!!! I’ve been enjoying these with hummus everyday. (If you have had Quest chips- these blow them out of the water. I like Quest, but these are in a different league).


10. Bitmojis. JJ inspired me to make a bitmoji, and I am obsessed. (You may have figured that out if you follow me on snapchat). Do you all have a bitmoji?! I don’t know why it took me so long to pull the trigger on making one! Too fun!


Blog Birthdays: Happy Birthday to you all! These are some amazing ladies, and you all should go check out their blogs now and shower them with birthday wishes (or belated wishes- my baddd).

Chiara @ ChiarasCorner on February 28th (Sorry this is so late, dear!)

Nikki @ Flyingthroughwater on March 2

H.M. Davis @ Letsruntherace in the month of March

Have such a beautiful weekend everyone!



85 thoughts on “Friday Favorites #3/ Recap!

  1. I think that we would be best friends if you lived closer. 😉 Loved everything about this blog post! (I’m kind of a new reader, but I’ve loved every blog I’ve read so far).
    Have a wonderful weekend!!! 🙂

    1. Ahhh I wish, girlfriend!!!!!! If you are ever in the Bay area we can most certainly hangout 😉 Thank you for reading!!! And I hope you have a spectacular weekend yourself 🙂

  2. My brother is a PA and we talk vomit, blood, and broken bones at Thanksgiving all. The. Time. 🙂 It grosses my mom out. Also, every time I have gotten pregnant, we talk in depth medically. Haha! Also, I’ve had my eardrums rupture twice. Once was lat year while I was pregnant. All that to say, I have felt your pain. Hope you feel and hear better soon!

    1. Hahahha so glad you get the casual “medical chat”. I have to stop myself so many times mid conversation when I realize the person on the receiving end may not want to hear about said event to that explicit extent! And ah, I’m so sorry it’s ruptured TWICE! The pain is just the worst part. I just hope it starts to drain soon. I’m worried the fluid is permanently stuck in there! But I just finished my antibiotic ear drops so we will see if it starts to!

  3. So what made your ear ring? Ear ring? Ok you can start laughing any time. Glad you are starting to feel better. Thanks for mentioning what DJ is reading-sounds good. And thanks for the baptism photos!

    1. Awwww of course!! I’m so glad I could share DJ’s baptism!!! I was able to Facetime Laura and Gordie in on it live time so that was great that it worked out! #technologyforthewin . Also – hahhahaha- love that. Keep the jokes coming!!!! 😉

  4. Heyyy!!!

    First, congratulations to DJ on his baptism!!!! SUPER pumped for him to be making those faith steps and declaring it to the world! That’s what’s up!! Also congrats on his new job!! Baseball woooo!!!

    Your ear rupture sounded incredibly painful and the worst. Hope you’re doing alright! Just…don’t let it bleed out or…something. Gross.

    Sushi is the best and those Protes chips sound awesome. Gotta love those healthier chips!

    Hope you are recovering well! Have a great weekend!!!

    1. Hey Michael!!!!! How are you? I will pass that onto DJ! Thanks for sharing in the excitement with us! And he has wanted to get into sports (particularly baseball) for the longest time and it’s coming to fruition! With the ear —- too late on it bleeding— hahah. Sorry TMI again! UGH! But it’s much better, I just want to get the darn hearing back. Thank you for the well wishes!

      And have you had Protes or Quest?! SO GOOD!

      Have such a great weekend!!! I can’t wait to catch up on your blog soon!

  5. Sending you all the get-well vibes! You’re definitely tough and will kick all of this to the curb soon. It’s still no fun, though! I love this round-up. The ice cream sounds incredible! I’ve been enjoying Halo Top but may need to get my paws on this flavor. Congrats to your husband on his baptism! I think it’s adorable that you all have evenings when you each read – I love our casual evenings. Life certainly doesn’t have to be all about going out. 🙂 Enjoy your Friday!

    1. Aww thank you, Kori!!!! It’s definitely on the up swing, I just want to hear again, haha. And YESSS I LOVE Halo Top! I actually was going to include them in my Friday Faves until I found this little gem. I also like Enlightened ice cream- sea salt caramel- me oh my- so good! Have you had that? What’s your favorite HT flavor?! And I will pass on the congrats to DJ!!! With reading– we joke that we are so old with our reading nights, but truly so relaxing! Enjoy your weekend too 🙂 Can’t wait to read about it! XO

      1. I’ve never had Enlightened Ice Cream! Another one I need to try. I’ve only had HT Lemon and PB Cup, but so far, both are delicious! I love any and all things lemon, so that’s been my fav! We joke about being “old” too, but I so love this time in my life, and it sounds like you do too. <3 You enjoy your weekend too, and I hope all your hearing returns soon!

      2. Yes! Oh my goodness love the lemon- I haven’t had PB yet, but it sounds so yum! Aww- I love that you guys relate on that 🙂 And thank you for the well wishes- I hope your weekend is off to a great start!

      1. Just wanted to leave you a message totally unrelated to the above! I’m really missing my Christian friends in ca right now and It’s been hard here not having any people who’s beliefs align with mine. It’s refreshing to have friends like you to talk to while I’m here! 😄

      2. Awww! This is the sweetest thing <3 I don't know how it got so buried in my comments- so I'm sorry I'm just responding now! But I'm thankful to know you here too. It's hard when it doesn't feel like you have a strong Christian community. I know it will happen for you, but if you ever need to chat you always know how to reach me! Life has been so nuts but I look forward to sitting down and catching up on your amazing blog tonight. I send big hugs. <3

    1. Ahhhhh it was SO rough! But it’s much better now. The only issue left is the fluid stuck behind the ear drum. But slowly it should start draining! Have a great weekend, Lacey!

  6. Oh Mack, sorry to hear about you being sick and your ear…OWWW. I’m with you though. I’ve been so sick too (no ruptured eardrum though- thanks goodness…I’m not ready to endure pregnancy pain just yet) But I was sick with that awful cold a few weeks ago and was better for like a 1.5 weeks and now I’m sick again…what the heck! Although I think right now it’s just early spring allergies but it’s definitely kicking my butt.
    But on a nicer note- YAY for DJ!!! That really is an amazing thing to witness and I’m so proud of him too!!! Also give him a been congrats to his new job!!! That’s so exciting. What’s he doing for the SJ Giants? I think Andrew would be a tad jelly because he’s just such a sports fanatic! Originally went to school for Sports Management but then ended up in Finances somehow lol
    Girl I see you with that brown rice on your sushi!!! 😉 Grubhub is an amazing thing. I love when they send me like 20% off coupons because I use them so much. It’s always either grub hub or yelp! Also I lovee that you love bitmojis too now! I swear I use them at any time possible lol Did DJ make one yet?
    Alright now, I hope you get better ASAP. Have a good weeekend love!! <3

    xo, JJ

    1. Awww thanks for your well wishes! You and I both have definitely had a rough go of it this winter!!!! It’s been a bad season of sickness all over I think!

      And I will pass that onto Deej 🙂 That’s so sweet of you!!! And he is working in their marketing department! He worked for a minor league team one summer in Ohio, and loved it so he is just in his element. It makes me so happy to see him doing what he loves. The limbo after law school and all that was sorta hard, but everything always works out doesn’t it?! And I feel like that happens so often with majors in college and then actual career paths not aligning— it probably happens more often than not actually!!!!

      AND BROWN RICE IS BOMB! SO good! I love it so much on sushi- it’s heartier and healthier!

      I stillll need to get DJ to make one. I’ll make it a new goal for the weekend hahah. Hope yours and Andrew’s is off to a beautiful start! xoxoxoxo

  7. Love this! 🙂 hope you’re feeling much better now! I don’t like raw fish on sushi but I would like to try the spicy tuna. My favorite is the california roll lol.
    And congrats to him for the job!

    1. Hey, lady!!!!! Thanks so much! I am much better!! And you cannot go wrong with a california roll- anything with avocado- yummmmmmy!!!! They actually have a decent number of vegetarian rolls on the menu and it always surprises me! Hope your weekend is off to a great weekend 🙂

  8. Oh no, so sorry to hear that you got sick!!!! That is the worst feeling ever but hope your’e feeling better! But asides that, congratulations to DJ on his new job and on his baptism!!! What a blissful experience and it’s amazing you got to be by his side to witness it all. Ahh the sushi looks so good. You and your fancy food preps! Haha I need to get on that grubhub app, looks so convenient! Have a great weekend girly! <3

    – Jess

    1. Hey, girlfriend!!! Thank you so much- definitely getting much better! And thank youuuuuuu.. I will pass this onto DJ! Grubhub is awesome!! I don’t usually do delivery, but when I do, this is great! Hope you guys are having a beautiful weekend so far 🙂

    1. Ahhh! I just stopped by your blog! So glad you found me— so I could find yours! LOVE it! And thank you for the sweet words- I’ll pass them on to the hubby! Ohhhhh the Protes chips are DELISH! I’m already excited to have some this afternoon! Thank you for the well wishes, Kinlee! XO

  9. I hope your ear is drumming peacefully again Mackenzie, sorry but it don’t beat Pregnancy pain, I have had both much more than once and yes their both bad but cause different body sensations, one your head feels like its exploding and the other the rest of your body, one you get a clean ear the other you get dirty nappies.

    Wonderful news about your Hubby, some Scriptural advice for him below and my warm wishes too, God bless you both greatly as you seek Him with all your hearts.

    John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee Except a Man be Born of water and of The Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is Born of the Spirit is Spirit.

    Mark 1:8 8 I indeed have Baptized you with water but He shall Baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

    Luke 11:13…….how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

    Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then shall ye call upon me and ye shall go and pray unto me and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall Seek me and find me when ye shall Search for me with all your Heart.

    Proverbs 8:17 I Love them that Love me and those that Seek me early shall find me.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

    1. Hahahha, I may have been a bit dramatic comparing it to childbirth but it was SUCH horrific pain! And thank you for the scripture and kind words. Hope you are having a great weekend!

  10. What a great selection of favorites! I am so looking forward to enjoying more sushi post-baby…in fact my birthday is in July and I am already planning on what sushi Im going to order and what wine I’m goign to have with it…haha!
    Those chips look amazing–I’ve also been loving beet root chips…I think the brand is Terrain? Congrats to DJ getting baptized! I hope that you continue to feel better–that ear stuff sounds rough!

    1. Thanks, Heather!!!! YESSSS- sushi and wine is so soon in your future! My friend who is pregnant says the same thing- she is due in July. AHHH I loveeeee those Beet chips, but haven’t had them in forever! I’ll have to restock on them now. I kinda forgot about them for some reason, so I’m glad you brought it back to attention! And thank you for the well wishes- slowly but surely recovering 🙂

  11. There is no such thing as TMI beauty! I hope you are feeling better!
    Oh my gosh I want sushi! My favorite is avocado and cucumber. But there is a restaurant back home that has this roll (that actually has fish in it) called the Spicey Lover Roll. So yummy has spicy mayo, king crab, salmon, avocado, cream cheese, and about a gazillion other things sooo good!
    Huge huge HUGE congrats to DJ and you! That is amazing! AND Congrats to him on his new job! So many exciting things happening for you guys I am so happy for you! <3
    Oh my gosh uhhhh gurlllll we have the same dream! My brother went to Harry Potter (and he tortured me for my obsession as a kid…though in his defense it was for work) and I was sooo jealous. I did get a super cute mug, but I want to go soon badly! IT WILL HAPPEN! I have read the books multiple times….like in the hundreds. :O But I do NOT have an obsession! I swear!
    I love that cleaner! It really is the best!
    Yasss!!! Welcome to the Bitmoji world! I am obsessed with it! We also might be earring the same outfit lol. I hope you have an amazing weekend sweets! <3

    1. I am feeling SOOO much better! Thank you, K.!!! I love avocado on anything- especially lately I have been craving it! And that spicy lover roll sounds right up our alley!!!! Drooooling. I will definitely pass on that congrats to him ☺ Thank you for sharing in the excitement with us! The similarities between us are uncanny- I love that you are obsessed with HP too! Hope you had/have safe travels here! AHHHHH! ☺ XO

  12. Oh no! I’m sorry about the ear infection, Mack! Congratulations to DJ on his new job and baptism! I’m still attempting the Harry Potter series! Idk how many years it’s been now! Lol.

    1. Thank you TONS, Lisa!!!! Hahah- I feel you on the HP series, I’ve reread the first two books idk how many times and haven’t ever made it through the series! Have a wonderful week!

  13. Aw, Mack! I’m so sorry about your ear infection. But besides your ear infection, it seems like your week was quite a happy and blessed one! Congrats to DJ on getting baptized and landing a new job! You must be so proud! I pray that both you and him will have your hearts open to the infinite love and joy of the Spirit alive in your life. And ugh…that avocado eel sushi! Looks so good! Probably my fault to be scrolling through your blog right before dinner – should have known better that a ravenous stomach and your blog is not a good mix, haha. Anyways, hope you have another happy and blessed week! xo,Stephanie

    1. Awww thank you, Stephanie!!!!! Despite the craziness with the ear thing, it was a great week 🙂 And I am SO proud of DJ! I will pass on the big congrats to him 🙂 Thank you for your prayers!!!! And ahhhhh eel rolls- SOOO good! Hope you have a blessed week as well, dear <3 Thank you for stopping by!

      1. Anytime! Your blog is a must read for me – it’s just that sometimes I get too busy with school and life that I forget to blog more often! It’s so impressive that you blog so often, yet you are a certified nurse, a wife, and such a strong and faithful daughter of God! You’re amazing and blogger goals, Mack! Much love, Stephanie (p.s: love the emojis by the way 😉)

      2. Stephanie, you have no idea how much this made my day!!!! THANK YOU! I admire you too, dear! The fact that you blog during school blows me away- I can’t even imagine! And your posts are always amazing. Sending massive hugs your way!!! <3

    1. Thank you, love!!!!! GIRL! Get you some! It’s “light” ice cream 😉 I’m telling you– no such thing as a diet, everyone needs one sweet thing a day 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week, Sar <3

      1. Hi Mack!! haha Yes, Ice cream is just ugh!!! I love it so much!!! I’m so happy it’s getting a bit warmer again in Belgium. Enjoying some smoothies and ice cream!!! I’m hoping you have a great week to Mack!!! xoxo Sarah

  14. Wow, Mack, much Light and many blessings to you. I hope you are feeling better today. <3 Funny, I know a lot of people in the LA area who are going through some type of physical ailment. So glad you are taking care of yourself.

    And so cool on DJ's baptism. What a blessed opportunity to love.
    Many, many blessings my friend. Love you — Debbie

    ps – Ice cream is to me an essential part of the week. 🙂

    1. Thank you sooo much, Debbie!!!! That’s so crazy because I came down with this the day after coming back from LA. I wonder if I picked it up there! And thank you always for the sweet blessings <3 Ice cream is an essential part of life, right? 🙂 Hope your weekend has been tranquil and beautiful on your retreat! XOXO

  15. Oh no!! You poor thing! 😔 sickness is never any fun and a viral infection sounds horrible and that ear infection?! OUCH! I used to have horrid ear infections (and one burst eardrum or near burst) as a kid and they were so so painful!

    I hope you’re feeling a trillion times better now, gorgeous!

    1. Awwww– thank you, sweet girl!!! It’s so crazy because I forgot just how badly they hurt till now. This may be the worst I’ve ever had though! And I’m sorry you ever had to endure that pain too- NOT FUN! It’s SOOO much better today than it’s been all week thankfully. Thank you for stopping by, Kristy! I hope you have a beautiful week ahead 🙂

  16. Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes! xo Made me smile! are so lucky to be reading Harry Potter. I wish I was reading it for the first time. I’m a total Potterhead and there is no shame in admitting it. 🙂 Steve and I dream of going to Harry Potter World. I’m betting you will make it there before us! 🙂

    Congrats to DJ!!

    Hope you are feeling better. HUGS!

    1. Awww, of course!!!! I hope it was just the best birthday!!! 🙂 And I am SO glad I’m not alone in the HP obsession 😉 I can’t put the dang books down!!!! I’ll pass on that congrats to DJ!!!- and thank you- I am feeling much better!! Hugs back to you, Nikki!!! XO

  17. Aww so many amazing things in this post, but the most memorable is you getting on the HP train!! I grew up reading those books & when my boyfriend took me a couple years ago to Harry Potter land I literally teared up like 8 times! Lol who does that?!? Idk but it was amazing & you’ll love it <3 when you go you have to get the strawberry peanut butter ice cream 😍😍 hope you get well soon, kenzie!!

    1. Thanks, girlfriend!!!! YAYYYY!!! You are a HP lover too! WOOOHOOO! I promise you- I will probably tear up too one day when I go- you won’t be alone in that! This week has been so busy and I kept telling DJ, “All I want to do is sit down and read HP!” Hahah. And STRAWBERRY PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM! That sounds like a DREAM! I definitely will try that! Thank you for the well wishes- I am so much better now <3!

  18. Oh girl, I hope your ear heals quickly now that you have good meds! Feeling knocked out sick like that is awful! Though I’m with you on loving sushi and craving it when not feeling well! In fact, weirdly enough sushi has been one of the few things that I have consistently been able to eat all throughout this pregnancy no matter how sick I’ve felt (granted, I’m not eating the raw stuff right now, but still!).

    Congrats to DJ on his baptism and the new job! WOW! So much to celebrate! How awesome!

    1. Thank you, Rach!!!! I really appreciate those well wishes <3 I am much better now 🙂 It's been a long time- but I finally turned that corner! And that's so crazy that you crave it too!!! I don't feel so strange about craving that then hahha 🙂 Sushi (and coffee) are the two things I'm dreading giving up when I'm pregnant one day— yes, already have thought about that. Hahaha. But I didn't think about how I could still eat just vegetarian rolls without the raw fish to get my fix! Woohoo! I will pass on the sweet words to DJ:) Thanks so much! I hope you had a beautiful week!

  19. So glad that you are feeling better. Eye problems are so hard to get over and hurt like mad. Glad you can inform
    all of us as to if you were alright.l So proud of D.J. He must be feeling like he has the world by the tail. Clad you are back, Kenz Sounds like you are back to having fun and eating again.
    Love you and God bless

  20. First of all, a HUGE congratulations to DJ on his baptism (!!) and on his new job! What a great week! Also, SUSHI!! I crave it all the time too! And, now I’m wanting it! 🙂

    1. Awwww! Thanks, Tara! I’ll definitely pass that on to him! We are actually getting sushi again tonight. I think the longest I went without sushi was the daniel fast, and that was only 21 days. Hahah

  21. Ha ha love the disclaimer about been a nurse I am a clinical social worker so I get those conversations very well 😊. Glad your on the mend , and DJ is starting a wonder new journey.

    1. Hehe I am glad you enjoyed that 🤗 One of my closest friends is a social worker- I have nothing but respect and admiration for you! That’s not an easy job, but social workers can have some of the most tender hearts! 💕

  22. I love this new series of yours! : )

    Sorry to hear about your ear infection! Despite that, you’re still able to radiate positivity from your post. I love that about you.

    I am a big sushi fan and could not pass up the chance to talk about it. Ha! 😀 I used to DUNK my sushi in a soy sauce + wasabi mixture, but didn’t enjoy being extremely parched for the rest of the day, so I started to eat my sushi as is. And I LOVED it. I was so much more able to really enjoy the different flavours and didn’t miss the soy sauce at all! But I kept bumping into sources that said the wasabi helps kill off bacteria in the raw fish, so…… I’ve started mixing wasabi into water. It’s great, but I only do it when I’m not in plain view because no one wants to see me pouring some water from my cup into a tiny saucer, right. 😐

    (And congrats to DJ, it’s going to be a big year for him!)

    1. FRILLY! What a treat 🙂 Thank you so much- I am so so so thankful the whole ear-scapade is over with! I do the SAME thing (with dunking my sushi in soy/wasabi)— I don’t think I’d be able to give it up, that takes some serious fortitude on your part. Haha. I do try to use low-sodium when I can though because I feel ya on being SO thirsty for the rest of the night. Hmmmm maybe I should give it a try sometime, or just use a TINY bit. This is definitely a big year for DJ too 🙂 You are just the best- thanks for stopping in! How are you?!

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