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On My List of Favorite Things

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Welcome to Fitness Friday.

Thank you for taking the time to visit during this wonderfully busy time of year.

Not a whole lot of time this morning. I’ve been unplugged a lot the past few days and didn’t have today’s post ready until, well, now. My daughter and I are headed out for our annual Black Friday shopping adventure. We’ve been doing this since she was about 2. We haven’t missed a single year and she’s almost 17. A tradition I hope always continues no matter how old she is.

So, without further ado, so we can leave on time, I give you the things I’m loving the most lately. The little non-essential things that just make me smile.
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Alex and Ani bangles. I wear these 2 everyday and I have 2 more on my wishlist.

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My slowly growing collection of essential oils. I love experimenting with oil combinations for the aromatherapy diffuser in my office. One of my latest favorite combinations, revitalize and refocus with eucalyptus, tangerine and peppermint oils.

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There are a handful of products I’ve been introduced to with brand partnerships that I continually buy. Love Grown Foods Hot Oats Cup is one of those products. Whole foods with convenience. The easy to make Hot Oats Muffin topped with yogurt (+ Skoop protein powder) has been on my list of favorites a lot lately. Favorite Things jillconyers.com #fitnesshealthhappiness @jillconyersFavorite Things jillconyers.com #fitnesshealthhappiness @jillconyers

I rarely use anything other than Bare Minerals for skin care and make-up. That changed with my new found love of skin care by Lush Cosmetics. I love the brand philosophy and, honestly, the store is fun to shop at. The best part, the all natural ingredients. Like in the face mask, peppermint, kaolin, and aduki beans. Some of the pots have to be stored in the refrigerator to preserve freshness.

“No words can adequately describe the sense of combined relief and amazement to be experienced at the Rock.” 

That quote is referring to the last thing on my favorites list right now, my husband’s excitement and enthusiasm for a race he has signed up to run in July 2016. Oddly named The Last Annual Volunteer State Road Race. It’s not really the last annual. According to Ultra Signup: It begins with a ferry ride across the Mississippi River, from Missouri to Kentucky, and finishes at “the Rock,” high atop Sand Mountain in Northeast Georgia. What lies in between are 314 miles of the great unknown. Success is not guaranteed. There are no aid stations, teeming with volunteers waiting to tend to your every need and encourage you to continue. There are just miles and miles of empty road. 

Get this, the race filled in 2015. Wait what!?!

The race in itself is a cool concept, but it’s Chad’s excitement and energy that I’m loving. You can see it in his face when he talks about the event.

What’s on your list of favorites? Would you ever consider running 300 + miles? Have you had the pleasure of shopping at Lush Cosmetics?

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  1. Loveeeee this post, especially about the essential oils new addiction. I highly recommend checking out my EO’s tab on my website though because I’ve ton years of research on the industry and not all essential oils are alike. In fact, most are cosmetic grade, which is actually counterproductive for our health. What we breathe and put on/in our bodies can either hurt or help so definitely let me know if I can help in your oily journey. It’s a passion of mine that I mostly share on facebook but will be blogging more soon! 🙂 xoxo

  2. Considering I barely made it through 3 miles today without pain, I’m going to say a big no to running 300+. Holy lord that’s just pure insanity to this girl! But woohoo for your hubby, it’s wonderful to hear he’s so pumped, it’s rare to see people that excited! I’m all about natural skin care, thanks for telling us about lush!I hope you had a beautiful weekend my friend!

  3. I love your bangles! So cute, and I love the yoga theme, makes me want to see the two that are on your wishlist!

    1. Thanks Amber. My first 2 Alex and Ani were an easy choice choice and must haves 🙂

  4. wow! go husband! what an amazing race. keep up posted on his training. <3 that enthusiasm. And i so want everything on your list.

  5. I do love Lush! However, I can never go in there with the husband – he can’t handle all the smells! So fun to read about your hubs. I can’t imagine running over 300 miles!

    1. Hi Jen, 100 miles I’ve considered but I can’t even begin to imagine running 300 miles. I bet your hubs is not a fan of Yankee Candle stores. I love fragrances but that is one store that the smells are way too much. Can you imagine working there?

  6. 300 miles!!!! OMG…what an accomplishment that will be!!! LOVE Lush…it smells so awesome there:)

    1. I know! I love the smell of Lush stores 🙂 100 miles I’ve considered but I can’t even begin to imagine running 300 miles. Thanks Kim.

  7. I love Alex & Ani bracelets too, Jill! I have two myself (and a few on my wishlist) and just bought one yesterday for my mom for Christmas. They are such great bracelets and I wear mine a lot.

    1. What 2 do you have Brie? I have 2 now and want one more. I’ve been wearing them everyday. #nevergetsold haha

  8. I love LUSH, a friend turned me on to them about 6 months ago and I pretty much bought the store, I have to check to see if they have a store here in Florida.

    1. My daughter turned them on to me and, ironically, a few weeks later a store opened in a new mall that is dangerously close to home. I can’t resist going in every time we’re at the mall 🙂

    1. Janelle, have you tried the ocean salt scrub? It feels so good and makes your skin super soft. Do you have any other Lush products you recommend?

  9. I’m glad your husband has a crazy cool road race to look forward to with excitement, and you have all these everyday treats to make you smile.

    1. Thank you Mary. I’m so excited for my husband you would think I was running the race. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I use my diffuser almost daily Janelle. My daughter and I had a blast! Thank you.

    1. Which Alex and Ani bracelet did you get Nicole? I think I’m going to buy another one today 🙂

      We had a blast Black Friday shopping! Thanks.

      1. I found two really cute ones at Nordstrom Rack, actually. They’re both monopoly pieces – the little dog and the car :).

  10. Hi Jill,
    First time on your site! Love it 🙂 Really enjoyed all of your favorite things, especially the Alex and Ani bangles 🙂 Definately will be checking out their site! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Have a great day!

    1. Welcome Joan. Thank you for visiting. There are so many Alex and Ani bracelets to choose from. It’s hard to decide which ones to buy 🙂 Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Hi, Jill

    How nice of you presenting some of the wonder gift ideas for the Holiday season.
    I particular like the various kinds of gifts so that they can be useful for different age groups,
    I will read this post again to get more gift idesa.

    – Stella Chiu

    1. Hi Ivana. What’s your favorite Lush product? There are so many I want to try.

    1. “That’s insane” were the first words out of my mouth when he told me haha! Thanks Janice 🙂

  12. I love my Alex & Ani bracelets- favorites for sure! My daughter and I just came back from Black Friday shopping, she hasn’t outgrown it yet! Have a great weekend!

    1. We had a blast shopping on black friday. My daughter will never grow out of it. A tradition I hope lasts forever 🙂

      Have a fantastic weekend Mary Beth!

  13. I have a recipe for baked oatmeal bars – I think I am going to try to put them in muffin cups this week!

    1. Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite ways to make oatmeal. Let me know if you share the recipe 🙂

  14. We just fairly recently got a Lush at our mall, but I haven’t had the time to stop in yet. I want to, but my time at the mall is fairly limited.

    You are a braver woman than I, braving Black Friday. We stopped at the food store & the pet food store and that was it. I prefer to do my shopping online!

    1. I wouldn’t miss black friday with my daughter for anything! I love everything about it.

      You should check out Lush! It’s awesome.

      Thanks Judy.

    1. I know I’ve heard of NOW, but can’t remember anything specific. What type of products do they have? Always looking for great recs especially high quality and reasonable price 🙂

  15. I love Lush! It does have the tendency to make me wish I were rich though, hahaha.

    Hope you have fun shopping with your daughter! :]

  16. OOOOHHH I love that ocean salt scrub from Lush!! I have to get another jug for the winter!

    1. Me too Krysten. I makes my skin super smooth and I love how it smells. Do you have any other Lush favorites I should try?

      Have an awesome weekend!

  17. I love Lush 🙂 My best friend in high school worked at our local store, which meant lush gifts for everyone every year 🙂 She also constantly smelled like everything in the store, so that was nice too haha!

  18. No would never consider running 100 miles. Essential Oils are my favorites right now. Love having something being diffused. Love the pine scents right now.

    1. Oh I haven’t tried any of the pine scents, but I would love to. I’ll pick up some this weekend. Thanks Karen 🙂

  19. Well that race sounds interesting… not sure if I would be up for it, but I admire your husband’s adventurous spirit! Things I am loving lately are all things pumpkin (Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter) and overnight oats!

    1. I would like to run 100 miles, maybe. 300+ miles I’ll leave to my husband. Thanks Carly.

  20. I have FOUR alex and ani’s and i love them all. because of their meaning each symbol holds 🙂 i have the key, the claddaugh, the daughter and the thumb print – each a special gift!

    1. Hi Amber! That’s exactly the reason I love mine. The meaning behind the charms we choose. Have a fantastic weekend!

  21. That road race sounds so interesting! Is it a relay or an individual event? All on foot or use of bicycles, etc. for some stages? Thanks for sharing this really cool list!

    1. Hi Kelli. The race is an individual event and all on foot. Blows my mind to imagine.

      Happy to share 🙂

  22. Have fun shopping with your daughter and stay safe! I don’t ever want to do 100 miles, 26 is enough but I envy the people who have done it. It’s truly amazing!

  23. I’m a big fan of essential oils. I’m slowly collecting mine too!
    that hot oats muffin looks delicious btw. I’m drooling over here. =)

    1. Hi Haley, what is your favorite most often used oil. I have so much to learn 🙂

      1. I use lavender(for relaxation), peppermint (for a deodorizer), tea tree (added to shampoo for dry scalp), and eucalyptus (soothing muscles soreness) pretty regularly.
        I’d like to get more into it too. I love and highly recommend the methods I’ve used so far.

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