Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Favorites 2018 v1


Happy Friday lovelies! Welcome to the very first edition of ABA {A Balancing Act...I'm trying to be cool and act like I'm popular enough to need a cute acronym for my blog name!} Friday Favorites! I love sharing my weekly favorites with y'all. It'll be different every week. Sometimes I'll have totally random things {like today!}, sometimes I'll share favorite products, clothing, workouts, blog, really whatever I'm feeling is my favorite that week!

This week I just have my favorites from this week across the board. I recipe, a run and as always, my best girl!


one. This Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Chocolate Covered Katie
I've been following Chocolate Covered Katie for quite some time, and I love giving some of her healthier dessert recipes a go! I saw this chocolate zucchini bread on her instagram and had to have it. The best part is that I had a zucchini in my fridge and everything else I needed was in stock in my pantry. It's so delicious and works as a breakfast or snack. Plus you don't feel so bad because you're eating vegetables. Vegetables are healthy and chocolate is good for your heart. Practically health food! I'm not going to reinvent the wheel or copy her recipe, so head on over to her blog to see just how to make this treat!

Note: I did make mine in a bundt cake pan because I couldn't find my loaf pan. I cooked it for 30 minutes instead of 35 and still left it in the oven for 5 minutes after turning it off. It came out perfect!


two. This Snuggle Bear
My little snuggle bear has recently decided that she's obsessed with blankets. I'm a blanket person. I'm always cold, so naturally I love blankets. Especially with all this cold weather we've had lately. Now Chloe wants to snuggle mommy and a blanket. It's kind of adorable and I love finding her all bundled up!


three. This running view.
Any running view actually. Taking 3 weeks off for sickness was super hard! It's not hard to take a break during the summer because it's so hot and miserable outside around here. It's dangerous to run some days. But to miss beautiful running days while training for several races is hard on my runner heart! On the plus side, I'm back at it and I logged a 2.5 and 4 mile run this week. I'm running my first race of the year this Sunday and can't wait to have a race recap on the blog soon! It's been too long!


four. This totally awesome and super hard dinosaur puzzle.
1000 pieces. It took us over a month to finish! Of course while I was sick, I didn't want to have anything to do with the puzzle. I don't want to brag, but I'm good at puzzles. So is JP, but I {not so} secretly believe that I'm a little bit better. Granted we probably ended up 50/50 on this puzzle in the end. We split the beginning, he did most of the middle and I dominated the finish of this guy! I bought this puzzle at the Jurassic Quest dinosaur exhibit that I went to in December, and it was much harder than we anticipated. A lot of the dinosaurs colors look exactly the same when they're all mixed together! Plus the amount of pure white space was a challenge. We finished it on Tuesday and felt like champions! It hurt a little to destroy it, but it was taking up a lot of counter space on my island that I wanted back!


five. This little cowgirl had a blast at Giggles and Fun!
We met up with some friends at this super sweet indoor playland this week, and all of the girls had so much fun. They were able to dress up, go "shopping", ride ponies, play on playgrounds and so much more. The mommas were able to sit with the little babies in their special area and chat while the girls did their thing. We could see everything from where we were sitting, so it worked out great. Chloe had so much fun that we'll definitely have to check this place out again when we get into the miserable Houston summer months. If you're in the Houston area with little ones, check out Giggles and Fun! {They didn't pay me to say this or promote them. We just really had fun so I wanted to share!}

That's all folks! I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. We're off to the zoo this morning!

What are your favorite moments from this week?
Do you have any favorite "healthy" dessert recipes that I should check out?


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