Friday Five 011

A few days late on this Friday Five, but it’s been one of those weeks. Here’s what I’m loving this week…

A dairy free favorite
I celebrated the end of the week with a labor of love on Friday: dairy-free penne a la vodka (photo above). Penne a la vodka has been a favorite of mine since high school when I worked at a local Italian restaurant and it was something I missed terribly after giving up dairy last year. I’ve only made it a handful of times since then because it involves a blender and a few more steps than I typically like, but it’s well worth it when the craving strikes. Zach doesn’t eat it, so it’s a great meal to make ahead for lunches.

A new shirt
I visited Madewell for the first time in forever with Mom this week and bought this adorable top. It is super flattering for all sizes (follow link to see a small and extra large) and a great investment piece. It’s a great material (doesn’t wrinkle!), and I’m excited to layer it with a variety of sweaters this fall.

A new subscription
I’ve been eyeing the Book of the Month club for a while and finally bit the bullet last week. I got an extra credit, so I got TWO brand new books from my Want to Read list for only $15! I chose Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter and Hank Green’s debut An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. 

It’s hard to beat paying $15 to choose from 5 brand new hardbacks every month. (Especially when most new releases are $25+ on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble!) I also love knowing that I’m choosing from books that are highly recommended. Maybe I finally won’t be so behind in the book scene. Ha! Here’s my referral code for anyone who’d like to try it out. You’ll get a free add-on when you sign up.

An adult lunchable, for breakfast
I stumbled on this DIY Starbucks Bistro Box idea this week, and it got me all excited to get back to packing meals during the week. I’ve been in a bit of a slump with lunch lately, so I think this will help.

This specific idea is what I’m going to do for breakfast a few times a week. I tested it out on Friday and was very pleased! I obviously can’t eat the cheese or multigrain bread, so I opted for gluten free crackers and an extra egg. I’m also not a huge fan of grapes, so I swapped those out for blueberries. In general, it seems pretty easy to add variety if you start to get bored. To keep meal prep simple, I also ordered the recommended food containers.

Interested in more easy work lunches? This link had several great ideas. I’m hoping to curate my favorites after a few weeks as well.

A new skincare product
I’m learning that I’m not the only one frustrated that I’m in my late twenties and still struggling with acne. (Wasn’t this supposed to end when I left teen-hood??) I’ve tried multiple over-the-counter solutions and never been fully satisfied.

Enter Curology. My friend Katie mentioned she’d started using a new online option that provided a customized treatment plan for her skin. I got so excited! I completed a few simple steps and signed up for my free trial two weeks ago. I received a message from a licensed dermatologist with her recommendations for a treatment plan. My free trial arrived three days later and, no lie, I’m already seeing results.

I also like that there’s a variety of options — you get cleanser and moisturizer in the free trial, but if you already have a cleanser and moisturizer you love, you can just get your superbottle (topical treatment) sent every 1-2 months.

If you’re interested in trying Curology, you can use my referral link to check them out for yourself.

What are you loving this week? 

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