Happy Friday! I hope that you all have some great plans lined up for this weekend. My good friend Taylor is in town this weekend with her new puppy so I'm going to meet up with her on Saturday night. I can't wait to catch up with her and also meet her cute puppy named Kona! On Sunday I'll be headed to the JDRF walk that I blogged about a few weeks ago. If you haven't gotten a chance to donate to Marco's team Beat the Beetus and would like to, click HERE. Your donation goes towards research for Type 1 Diabetes and is greatly appreciated. No amount is too small!
As usual, I'm sharing my favorites of the week. I'd love to hear what you've been loving this week, too! Share your favorites in the comments :)
1. The Dog House
As I mentioned on Wednesday, Lola had some testing to get done at the eye doctor to see if she is a candidate for surgery. The testing takes about an hour, so we were told to drop her off around 11:30AM and then come back to get her. My dad and I decided to grab some lunch during that time, and it just so happens that Lola's eye doctor is right by The Dog House. My mom's dad and his brothers opened up a few restaurants around the local area, one of them being The Dog House. If you live in Delaware and you aren't familiar with The Dog House, I'm sure you know The Charcoal Pit, which my grandfather and his brothers also opened. My grandfather passed before I was born, and his brothers have also passed, so they no longer own the restaurants, but we still love to go now and then. I've been to The Charcoal Pit more times than I can count, but I hadn't been to The Dog House since I was little. It was really cool to be inside the restaurant that my grandfather worked so hard to build! The Dog House is known for their footlong hotdogs so I treated myself to one with everything on it (per my mom's recommendation), and it was really good. Yes, I did eat the whole thing and all of the fries. No regrets.
2. Pumpkin Pecan Granola
I posted the recipe for pumpkin pecan granola a few weeks ago, and by now the batch I made is long gone. I love this granola (a little too much probably) because it's a sweet treat that tastes like pumpkin pie, without all of the extra calories. If you haven't tried out this recipe yet and want to, click here. It's perfect to make on a Sunday to have around for breakfast or a snack for the upcoming week!
3. Real Techniques Complexion Sponge
Who else uses Beauty Blenders? Yeah, I did too, and then I found Real Techniques Complexion Sponges. You can get TWO of these sponges for about $10. No more spending close to $20 on ONE Beauty Blender sponge. Don't you love finding something just as great as a more expensive product for a fraction of the cost? Me too.
4. Fall Desktop Background
I don't know if it's just me, but I get really excited to change my computer desktop wallpaper to match the season. Nerdy, right? I think I like it because I spend so much time on my computer. I like being able to sneak a glance at in now and then while I'm working and it makes me get excited about the season and the holidays coming up. I got my current background from one of my favorites bloggers, Gal Meets Glam. She's a fashion blogger and it's safe to say I wish I could steal her closet. Her husband is a photographer and he takes gorgeous photos, including the one above!
5. My Current Breakfast on Repeat
Do you guys have a breakfast that just seems to be on repeat these days? As soon as the colder weather hit I wasn't really in the mood for a smoothie in the morning, so I turned to oatmeal. A good tip with oatmeal is to buy plain oatmeal, not the pre-packaged flavored ones (like maple and brown sugar). I'll add cinnamon, a little bit of maple syrup, and banana slices to my plain oatmeal to add just enough sweetness. You'll save yourself a good amount of sugar by starting with plain oatmeal instead of the flavored packets!
That's what I've been loving this week! Don't forget to let me know your favorites of the week in the comments.