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Five Things I’m Loving Friday: Christmas Edition!

Happy Friday everyone! Isn’t Friday the best? Although I actually prefer Saturdays since there’s no work involved on Saturdays πŸ™‚


This Friday I decided to do a Christmas gifts edition of ‘Five Things I’m Loving Friday’ to share some of my favorite things I got for Christmas this year – and that I think would make great gifts for other people! I tried to do a wide variety of both fitness and health related items, as well as just some unique gifts – it was hard to pick only five!

1. Gaiam “Everything Fits” Gym Bag


I first read about this bag on PB Fingers and I’m so glad that she recommended it! It’s a good size bag – with a nice wide strap, lots of pockets and neat features like a separate vented compartment for your shoes and a strap on the bottom for a yoga mat (or I discovered my foam roller fits there too!). You can buy this bag in black or purple from Gaiam at this link. I’m super excited about this gift since before I was carrying my gym stuff in a free drawstring bag I got at the Run or Dye race last year. Also with GRIT starting I definitely needed more space to tote stuff around! πŸ™‚

2. Salt Cellar


This seems like such a simple thing but it was one of the gifts I was the most excited about! This particular salt cellar is from Crate and Barrel and I love the natural wood with the sliding magnetic lid. It’s perfect for keeping kosher salt out near the stove and being able to grab a pinch to add into dishes. Prior to this, I was just pouring the salt into my hand from the big kosher salt container which was a less than ideal situation.

3. Cookbooks – ‘Super Natural Every Day’ and ‘Tidewater Table’


I’m always excited for new cookbooks! You can see a few others in my collection lined up next to the new ones. My mom gave me a copy of ‘Tidewater Table’ which is a new cookbook written all about the cuisine of my hometown – the Tidewater area of Virginia! I’m really excited to try out some of these classic recipes – just flipping through it I noticed tons of seafood! The other book was given to me by my best friend that I’ve known for 12+ years – ‘Super Natural Every Day.’ I cannot express how much I love this book. I’ve already read it cover to cover and there are dozens of recipes I can’t wait to try! The cookbook is vegetarian and features some of my all-time favorite ingredients – like coconut oil, chia seeds, and quinoa! I can’t wait to try these recipes and share the results with you on this blog πŸ™‚

4. Origami Owl Necklace


My mom gave me this necklace and I am absolutely in love with it. I had heard Origami Owl mentioned a few times in passing, but I had never really seen one before – it’s a really neat concept. It’s sort of a clear locket/pendent that you can buy and add charms to for your individual personality. My mom gave me three with the necklace – a cat paw, a running shoe, and a blue sapphire. So pretty! I don’t think I’ll add too much more than that – I think the simplicity is nice. I also love that the length of the necklace is a little longer so it sits really well on top of higher V-neck sweaters or crew neck sweaters. I’ve been wearing it a lot! πŸ™‚

5. Fitness Gear!


So I cheated a little on this one – it’s more than one item! I told you choosing just five was hard! My best friend Heather gave me an awesome pairing for Christmas – a “Strong is the New Skinny” shirt from the Strong Girl Clothing Etsy shop. I’ve been coveting this tank-top for a while and I have to say that it’s just as nice in person as it looks in her shop! I know with “homemade” stuff you can really be taking a chance on quality but I love everything about this shirt – the fit, the color, and the fabric! Definitely check out her shop because there’s lots of other awesome fitness apparel! Heather also got me a water bottle with a built-in infuser for fruit/herbs and a built in core to keep the water cold! I’ve been wanting one of these since water with lemon is one of my favorite things! I’m excited to try it with other combinations too – like cucumber and mint!


Recipe Organization


So I have a lot of magazine subscriptions. I’m not sure when it got to this point, but I know get Real Simple (my all-time favorite), Rachael Ray, Food Network, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine. And those are just the food and home related magazines, I also get Entertainment Weekly and Time which are weekly magazines – boy those ones can really build up if I don’t keep up with them. Thankfully the entertainment magazines don’t usually have recipes in them or my collection of ripped-out magazine pages would be even more out of control than it already is. But, thanks to my mom, I came up with a solution!

I used to keep my favorite cooking magazines stacked on my counter like cookbooks, with pages flagged for recipes I wanted to try – boy did that take up at lot of space! I don’t know what I was ever thinking with that method. Then my mom started organizing her recipes in a binder filled with those plastic sleeves – genius! So I took that idea and ran with it. I bought a binder at my local office supply store as well as a few packets of the aforementioned plastic sleeves – and set to work organizing my recipes. Personally, I have my binder split up by plastic tabs into Breakfast; Soups, Stews and Chili, Entrees, Appetizers/Drinks and Sweets. Check it out below:


Also, I rip out A LOT of recipes so I set up a secondary system of folders, to use for recipes that I haven’t tried yet. That way, a recipe only makes it into the binder when it’s a tried and true favorite. Here are my folders below, I have two folders, so that’s four pockets that are labeled for Sides, Burgers/Sandwiches, Entrees and Pastas/Soups. At least now my recipe collection is closer to controlled chaos!


I hope this organization idea helps! Any other suggestions on organizing recipes?